The $400,000 Group 1 Pryde’s EasiFeed Great Southern Star has quickly become a squaregaiting extravaganza in just its second year since inception.
This morning’s barrier draw played a strong hand in just who might be the 2014 champion and as always there have been winners and losers as the dust settles on the fields for Saturday night.
The first heat is full of some of the up and coming stars of the sport.
Stent has drawn perfectly in barrier one following his Group 1 Australian Trotting Grand Prix win last week while runner-up Aleppo Midas has pulled position three.
Four-year-old star Blitzthemcalder will split the pair in barrier two as he aims to win the world-renown race at just his second start in the last seven weeks.
In the second of the heats, arguably the stronger, Flying Isa has the aid over the pole as he returns to the mile which he so dominantly won at two starts back when breaking the Menangle track record.
Contenders will come thick and fast however with dual-Glenferrie Challenge winner Keystone Del in three, last year’s winner Vulcan in four and My High Expectations in barrier six.
The race, styled on the Elitloppet in Sweden, gives barrier preference to heat winners, followed by runners-up and so on meaning that each heat will be fiercely contested.
And the night won’t just be highlighted by the Great Southern Star with Girls Night Out – and the Lyn McPherson Memorial Breed For Speed Series – playing a major role.
A huge fundraising effort will be held on the night to support the fight against Ovarian Cancer.
For more information on the Great Southern Star visit www.greatsouthernstar.com.au.
For more information on the Women’s Cancer Foundation – Ovarian Cancer Institute visit http://www.womenscancerfoundation.org.au.
And for Saturday night’s fields just click this link.