Victoria has had a proud and long-standing association with the Inter Dominion Trotting Championship. So it seems only fitting that Tabcorp Park, Melton will bid a fond farewell to Australasia's most revered harness racing square gaiting feature this Saturday night.
First staged in Auckland in 1948, no less than 41 Inter Dominion trotting champions have subsequently been crowned on both sides of the Tasman.
Melbourne has hosted an unprecedented 12 square gaiting Grand Finals and celebrated triumphs by horses the calibre of local heroes Scotch Notch, True Roman and Sumthingaboutmaori as well as Kiwi raiders Yankee Loch, William Dee, Pride Of Petite, Delft and Galleons Sunset.
Indeed, Melbourne has become the adoptive home of the Inter Dominion Trotting Championship, hosting five of the past eight stagings.
Moonee Valley’s inaugural Grand Final – carrying a purse of just $25,000 - was won by Derby Royale in 1978.
The most recent in 2010 (coinciding with the final meeting at the iconic harness racing venue), went the way of hometown superstars Gift who took home the lion’s share of $250,000 in prize money.
In 2012, the final Inter Dominion Trotting Championship will once again offer a quarter of a million dollar stake, with just over $150,000 to the winning connections.
The event has attracted the sponsorship support of Seelite Windows & Doors, led by Michael and Catherine Taranto who coincidently part-own one of the leading local contenders in I Didnt Do It.
The Merv Williamson-trained seven-year-old is a bold front runner racing in peak form and drawn ideally in barrier two.
For full history on the Inter Dominion you should refer to the chronicles that are maintained by Harness Racing Australia.
For more information contact Gary Kairn National Operations Manager on 03 9227 3003