Two of the better two year olds from the current harness racing season in Kept Under Wraps 1:57.1 ($81,903) and Birdy Mac 1:53.8 ($15,855) fought out a thrilling finish to the Tatlow Stakes for two year old colts and geldings at Tabcorp Park at Melton recently.
It was a great race between two very talented horses with the ring craft of Kept Under Wraps helping him just overcome the raw talent of Birdy Mach.
The racing public haven't had to wait long for the rematch with both horses lining up in the same Breeders Crown heat for two year old colts and geldings at Shepparton tomorrow night Tuesday the 29th of July.
The Brent Lilley trained Kept Under Wraps has drawn the ace on the front line which will give driver Greg Sugars plenty of options with Birdy Mac also drawn well at four on the front line.
Driver Luke McCarthy may try to use Birdy Mac's gate speed to grab the front so there could be plenty of fireworks early on.
However it plays out both of these lovely two year olds should progress to the Breeders Crown semis and final where they will come up against the likes of Follow The Stars 1:53.8 ($272,010).
Both Kept Under Wraps and Birdy Mac have the breeding to match their performance.
Kept Under Wraps was brought out of the Sydney leg of the Australian Pacing Gold sales last year for just $18,000 by Kiwi trainer, Mark Purdon.
A son of champion sire Bettors Delight, Kept Under Wraps is from a half sister to Genuine Number 1:53.6 ($190,112).
The grand dam Classic Figure is a full sister to Saab 1:57.1 ($577,197) Talladega 1:57.8 ($411,680) and Saabella 1:59.2 ($205,745) while the third dam is none other than the former Australian Broodmare Of the Year in Soky's Number.
Birdy Mac was bred by one of Australia's leading breeders in Robert Watson from Western Australia.
A son of outstanding sire Mach Three, Birdy Mac is from the young Art Major mare in Pixel Perfect.
The dam is a half sister to the former outstanding pacer in Village Gem 1:52.1 ($587,403) and a full sister to the smart Manellina 1:56.9 ($97,625).
Both of these very smart two year olds look to have big futures ahead of them and tomorrows night clash should be the first of many over the next few years.
Kept Under Wraps and Birdy Mac in the Tatlow