The three best male two year old trotters in Australia landed in the same Breeders Crown heat at Maryborough this afternoon and the least favoured of the trio upset his more fancied competitors and made a real statement with the final only three weeks away.
Shared Interest, a son of Angus Hall was a runners chance before todays race but now looms as a genuine winning chance on August 24th.
Hot favourite Eljaykay Phoenix ($110,569) who had won his last six straight sped to the lead from barrier five for driver Joshua Aiken while Shared Interest and Nathan Jack lobbed the trail from barrier one.
Illawong Armstrong ($49,012) who had won four from six this season before today, dropped back early from barrier seven for trainer/driver Jodi Quinlan.
Eljaykay Phoenix upped the tempo with a lap to go at the same time that Illawong Armstrong tried to improve from well back in the field.
Why he made it up to Eljaykay Phoenix's wheel at the 500 meters mark, the son of Majestic Son was under pressure soon after and turning for home Eljaykay Phoenix looked to have the race in safe keeping.
However why all this was going on, Shared Interest had managed to hold the back of Eljaykay Phoneix and once they straightened for home he sprinted through on the inner to good effect for a notable victory.
It was the first victory for Shared Interest at just his third lifetime start and breathed some life back into the Breeders Crown final which up to today had appeared Eljaykay Phoneix's to lose.
Shared Interest trotted the 2190 meters from the mobile in 2:46.8, a mile rate of 2:02.6 with smart closing sectionals of 57.6 and 28.8.
Illawong Armstrong battled away in the home straight but was over 20 meters back in third.
Angus Hall had a great day all round with his stylish 2 year old filly Endsino winning her Breeders Crown heat comfortably earlier in the day.
The way the heats are playing out, Angus Hall could be in for a huge day at the Breeders Crown finals.