Day At The Track

Now for the Victoria Cup

12:34 AM 11 Jan 2015 NZDT
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Guaranteed
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Boom harness racing performer Guaranteed will be kept fresh ahead of his return clash with Christen Me and Beautide.

Guaranteed finished third behind the pair in Menangle’s Miracle Mile last November in what was his Grand Circuit debut.

The trio are set to reunite in the Victoria Cup at Tabcorp Park Melton on January 31. Guaranteed and Christen Me are also due to compete in the A G Hunter Cup the following week.

Co-trainer Emma Stewart revealed her plans following tonight’s South Australia Cup victory at Globe Derby.

Stewart prepares her team with her partner, Clayton Tonkin.

“At this stage he will just be kept ticking along at home to prepare for the Victoria and Hunter Cups,” Stewart said. “Both those races will be tough, but he has proven he can compete at that level.”

First-up since the Miracle Mile, Guaranteed was driven to perfection by champion reinsman, Gavin Lang, who eased the stallion away from the mobile as Im Barney Rubble led from gate three.

With Franco Ledger working his way to the front, Lang moved Guaranteed forward to occupy the ‘death seat’ during the middle stages.

Forging his way to the lead on the home turn, Guaranteed was untouched to score by three-and-a-half metres from Flaming Flutter, with Steam Washed completing an all-Victorian trifecta when three-and-a-half metres away third.

“That was his first run in six weeks, but his work at home had been sensational,” Stewart said. “Drawing the outside of the second row was always going to be tricky, but we were confident he could overcome it.

“Gavin drove him a treat and made his move at just the right time.”

Rating 1:54.4 for the 2230 metres, the five-year-old extended his record to an impressive 24 wins and 10 placings from 36 starts for earnings of just over $800,000.

By Artsplace, Guaranteed is from broodmare gem, Jadah Rose, which is also the dam of last night’s Melton winner, Jadahson.

A member of the Stewart/Tonkin stable, Jadahson outclassed his rivals in 1:58.3 for the 1720 metres.

  • PAUL COURTS

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