Day At The Track

Sunny Sanz gets crack at $50,000

11:29 PM 07 Jun 2019 NZST
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Sunny Sanz, driven by John Walters, wins the Globe Derby prelude at Mowbray last week. He is at unbackable odds to take out Sunday night's $50,000 final.
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The $50,000 Globe Derby Harness Racing Stakes final looks like going to the Rattray family for the fifth time in nine years at Mowbray on Sunday night.

But, barring bad luck, it should be a different member of Tasmania's most successful harness racing dynasty lining up to collect the trophy.

The Kent Rattray-trained Sunny Sanz will be at almost unbackable odds after his dominant win over a similar field in last week's prelude.

Rattray's brother Barrie won the race in 2011 with Beautide and again in 2013 with Pachacuti while Barrie's son Todd has won the past two with Harjeet and Izaha.

Todd's brothers Gareth (Beautide) and James (Pachacuti) also appear on the honour roll as winning drivers.

Rattray family patriarch Wayne won the third running of the race back in 1985 with Napoleon Stone when it was open to fillies and also scored in 1991 with Karalta Jet.

Sunny Sanz won his only three starts as a two-year-old before being sidelined by injury.

He has won two of his three starts since returning, suffering his only defeat behind smart filly Spoilt Sport in Hobart when Rattray said he "got fired up."

His prelude win was outstanding as he lost ground after locking wheels with a tiring runner in the back straight.

He appears to be clearly the best horse in the final and it would be hard to begrudge him a win.

"I feel like we left a lot of money on the table last season when he got injured and this is a good opportunity to make up for some of that," Rattray said.

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