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Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety has joined Patumahoe’s Geoff Small as NZ’s most successful trainers of Group One Breeders Crown Final winners after Katy Perry’s hard fought success in last Sunday’s $A297,000 Betterthancheddar @ Alabar Australasian Breeders Crown 2YO Fillies Final at Tabcorp Park, Melton. Both have achieved five Breeders Crown Final successes in the specialised two-four age group categories, just one ahead of NZ’s premier trainer Mark Purdon. Cran Dalgety’s growing list of ABC Grand Final winners is: Sparks A Flyin (2001 3YO fillies), Smiling Shard (2009 2YO colts/geldings), Bit Of A Legend (2012-13 3YO colts/geldings) and Katy Perry (2014 2YO fillies). Former world champion driver Mark Jones partnered Sparks A Flyin. Current NZ champion Dexter Dunn has driven the stable runners since 2009. The Kentuckiana Lodge mentor is challenging as NZ’s most successful trainer at the Breeders Crown, taking into account his additional three Grand Final seconds _ Smiling Shard (2010 3YO colts/geldings), Onlyforyou (2012 2YO fillies) and Bit Of A Legend (2014 4YO entires/geldings). Northern-based, but Canterbury-raised Geoff Small, set the early pace among the Kiwis. Small’s ABC Pacing Grand Final winners are: Pullover Brown (2003 3YO Fillies), Changeover (2007 3YO Colts/geldings), Tintin In America (2009 3YO Colts/geldings), De Lovely (2010 3YO Fillies) and Cowgirls N Indians (2011 2YO Fillies). He also has a Group Two Australasian Breeders Crown Graduate FFA (open class race) to his credit, with All Tiger in 2009. Recuperating Cambridge driver David Butcher has partnered all but one of Small’s ABC winners. Templeton driver Anthony Butt partnered Pullover Brown for her ABC win after also driving her to win the NZ Oaks that season.  Anthony Butt, a close second driving Joanne’s A Delight in last Sunday’s 2YO Fillies Final, also won the 1998 ABC 3YO Fillies Final driving Under Cover Lover, Mark Purdon, who gained early ABC Final training successes with Galleons Assassin (2005 2YO trot) and Fly Like An Eagle (2012 3YO colts/geldings), doubled his quota when (My) Ayra (2YO fillies trot) and Follow The Stars (2YO colts/geldings) delivered last Sunday. His additional driving win with (Our) Twentyten (who he formerly trained) in the 3YO trot final on Sunday, makes him jointly NZ’s top driver in the 2-4YO age group catergories, with David Butcher, who besides the Small-trained winners, also reined Miami H to win the 2010 3YO trot final for trainers Derek Balle and Owen Gillies. Victorian trotting training master Chris Lang is the most successful Breeders Crown trainer with seven wins. His successes, all in ABC trot finals, are: Kyvalley Road (2002-03 2 & 3YO trot), Right Interest (2006 3YO trot), Skyvalley (2008-09 3 & 4YO trot) and Let Me Thru (2009-10 3 & 4YO trot). Lang has also added three Group Two Australasian Breeders Crown Graduate FFA wins, a race for open class trotters, with former champ, Sundons Gift (2007-08 & 2010). Lang’s brother, champion Victorian reinsman Gavin, although winless at the Breeders Crown this year, remains the most successful driver in Breeders Crown Finals, with 10 successes. Courtsey Of Cran Dalgety Racing

In a matter of months she has gone from being a filly few wanted to be involved with to one of the hottest properties in harness racing. Having purchased a youngster by Bettors Delight from Karen Donna, leading New Zealand horseman Cran Dalgety was struggling to find people to buy shares in the pacer. Fast forward to Tabcorp Park last Sunday and the same prospect – racing as Katy Perry – is an Australasian Breeders’ Crown champion. Katy Perry’s latest success compliments her Group One victory in the PGG Wrightson Sales Final last May. “I did like her, which is why I bought her, but I was having a hard time syndicating her to people,” Dalgety said. “The dam hadn’t really done much, which is what scared people off I reckon. “Only about a year ago, before Katy started racing, the broodmare was sold for $1000. “As for Katy, she hasn’t stopped improving and has developed into a wonderful buy.” Unbeaten from four Australian starts, Katy Perry was forced to dig deep during her latest triumph when driven by star reinsman Dexter Dunn. Beginning swiftly to lead from barrier four, Katy Perry was ‘kept honest’ throughout the 2240-metre event by Joannes A Delight, which issued a strong challenge from the ‘death seat’. With the pair matching along the home straight, Katy Perry staved off her fellow Kiwi to score by a head. Cyclone Kate provided a New Zealand trifecta when two metres away third. “She didn’t have to do too much to get to the front, but the ‘death’ filly certainly kept the race on,” Dunn said. “She was challenged strongly up the straight, but responded well and proved she was up to it.” With the final 800 metres run in 57.3 seconds, the two-year-old rated 1:58.7, taking her record to seven wins and two seconds from 10 starts for earnings of $348,347. Due to return across the Tasman on Friday, Katy Perry will be given a “nice break” before being prepared for the various classics next season. “She will stay in Australia until the end of the week before she heads home for a nice break,” Dalgety said. “I will have her up and running again in time for the Oaks and other majors at home, but she will also be back here at some stage. “I’ll look at the Victoria Oaks as well as the Breeders’ Crown when she returns. Paul Courts    

Australian harness racing fans...You have been warned! Not only will Follow The Stars be back next season, he will be better, stronger, faster.   Okay, Six Million Dollar Man reference aside, that was the call from New Zealand trainer Mark Purdon, who believes Follow The Stars will improve following a good break.   Having proven himself the Southern Hemisphere’s premier freshman, Follow The Stars is poised for  a stellar campaign as a three-year-old. Not only will he tackle the various majors on the Shaky Isles, he will return across the Tasman for several features such as the Victoria and New South Wales Derbys.   Purdon also plans to be back at Tabcorp Park Melton for the Australasian Breeders’ Crown – a race  Follow The Stars made his own last Sunday. “There is something special about this horse,” Purdon declared. “He has a real X-factor about him. “I would say he is more than up with the best two-year-olds I’ve trained...he is the best. “He will go home and have about eight to 10 weeks off now, then I’ll get him ready for our Derbys at home. “After that he will be back in Australia for the Derbys and the Breeders’ Crown again.”   Purdon’s “he is the best” statement is huge considering the outstanding two-year-olds he has  prepared. Headed by Il Vicolo and Light And Sound, the list includes Fly Like An Eagle, Lennon, Major Mark, Mr Nickel and The Court Owl – all multiple feature race winners.   As for Purdon’s plans, they represent a bleak season for Aussies as Follow The Stars already boasts an unblemished record from six mainland starts. Furthermore, the latest was the colt’s most impressive. Pushed forward from the outside of the front row, Follow The Stars worked to the lead as his talented stablemate, Kept Under Wraps was eased to take a trail. Never in danger of being beaten, the son of Art Major provided Purdon with an ‘armchair’ drive as he cruised to a soft five-metre win from Kept Under Wraps. My Field Marshall, which was three-wide without cover from the bell, was seven metres away third.   “That was a great run,” Purdon said. “I couldn’t have scripted it any better. “After he got to the front without doing too much work he was never going to be beaten. “He just did it so easy and had plenty in reserve at the finish.” Covering the last half in 55.7 seconds, the two-year-old rated 1:56.7 for the 2240 metres.   Raced by similar connections to Kept Under Wraps, Follow The Stars extended his record to an  impeccable 10 wins from 11 starts for earnings of $455,410.   Paul Courts    

It was a case of third time lucky for top harness racing mare Spidergirl in the Australasian Breeders’ Crown. Missing the Final as a two-year-old, Spidergirl then finished fourth in the three-year-old division won by Quite A Moment last season. Returning for another crack at Tabcorp Park Melton last Sunday, the David Aiken-trained trotter was simply a class above her rivals when driven by premier reinsman Chris Alford. Aiken is naturally stoked Spidergirl upstaged the ‘boys’ to cap off a tremendous campaign with a Group One win. “She has had a wonderful year and this just tops it off perfectly,” Aiken said. “She’s met and bettered every challenge we’ve set for her and I couldn’t be happier with the year she’s had. “She is just a terrific mare which gives her best every time she goes around.” Beginning swiftly to lead from the pole, Spidergirl was allowed to roll along as Blitzthemcalder worked in the ‘death seat’. Fending off the initial challenge on the home turn, the daughter of Yankee Spider proved too slick as she completed a two-metre win from Glenferrie Typhoon, which finished along the sprint lane. Blitzthemcalder battled on to be 10-and-a-half metres away third. “What can you say about her...she is just a great mare,” Aiken said. “The draw was in her favour today and she was good enough to take advantage of it.” Rating 1:58.7 for the 2240 metres, the squaregaiter covered the last half in 57.3 seconds. To be given a short spell, Spidergirl will be aimed at next season’s majors, with the Great Southern Star the primary target. “I’ll give her a bit of time off and have her back and ready for the main races around Christmas,” Aiken said. “Obviously we’d like to have her in the Great Southern Star, which she is guaranteed a place in, so we will work her campaign around that.” Owned by Kevin Riseley’s Sheron Park, Spidergirl extended her record to 19 wins and eight placings from 31 starts for earnings of $292,587. Paul Courts  

Since settling into her new digs at Shepparton, rising-star reinswoman Amanda Turnbull has notched two Group 1 wins at Tabcorp Park Melton in just a couple of months. The 24-year-old followed up a Vicbred Super Series win last month with a Breeders  Crown triumph yesterday, steering Just Cala to a 1.2-metre win in the Bettors Delight @  Woodlands Breeders Crown Final for three-year-old fillies. Turnbull, who grew up driving hundreds of winners a season while based in Bathurst,  would have especially enjoyed that yesterday’s winner was trained by a New South  Wales country horseman in Dennis Picker. “It’s all going really well,” Turnbull said of her transition to Victoria. “We’re going to wait until next season before we get some more (horses) in but we’re  going on a holiday to Hamilton Island first and then when we come back it’ll be all go.” Just Cala, a filly by the indomitable Art Major out of a Kiwi mare named Lilsistar, found  the front yesterday from barrier one, showing far more speed off the arm than she had  in her previous two starts. “I thought Spicy Stride would cross me before the race but once I was able to hold her  out I was lucky enough to be able to be in front, which worked out really well,” Turnbull  said. Turnbull handed up to the challenge of Nike Franco, who was set alight from the rear of  the field early, grabbing the spot behind the Luke McCarthy-driven race favourite. As the field headed towards the home turn McCarthy was starting to ask Nike Franco for  more and Turnbull had to decide whether to wait for the sprint lane or ease across the  heels of the leader and death-seat horse Quick Draft to make her run wide. She took the latter option, which in turn allowed Tasmanian filly Barynya to storm  through on the inside after a three-back-the-pegs trail. “Luke was asking for his filly to show a bit more while Chris (Alford) was sitting quietly  on his,” Turnbull said. “I was travelling really well at that stage so I decided to go to the outside of them. “She let down like she has the first two times I’d driven her. “It was a great feeling to win it.” Turnbull has already driven 1041 winners in just seven seasons in the sulky, a remarkable achievement for someone so young. This season she has driven 133 winners from 660 drives. Cody Winnell - Harness Racing Victoria

STAR Tasmanian four-year-old pacer Pachacuti was far from disgraced when he powered home to finish a close-up fifth in the 4YO Australasian Breeders Crown final over 2240 metres at Melton today. Pachacuti was forced to tail out to last from his wide second-row draw while the Shane Triton-trained Marty Monkhouser began brilliantly from gate six to lead. The favourite Bit of a Legend spent some time in the three-wide line to eventually find his way to the "death" outside of the leader. Todd Rattray sent Pachacuti off three-wide at the bell and he enjoyed cover for 500 metres but he had to move four-wide to set sail after the leaders. The Barrie Rattray-trained gelding appeared to lose concentration nearing the home turn and lost ground but he picked up the bit in the home straight and powered home to finish fifth and only 2.6 metres from the winner Marty Monkhouser that held a 1.4 metre advantage over Bit of a Legend with Majestic Mach a close-up third. Late money for Pachacuti had him start at $10 at fixed odds with Tattsbet while the winner started at $18. Barynya just misses Breeders Crown glory Tasmania’s Victorian Oaks-winning filly Barynya went within just over a metre of taking out the 3YO Fillies final of the Australasian Breeders Crown at Melton today. With Rohan Hillier in the sulky, Barynya was smothered up three-back the fence while the heavily-backed Nike Franco rolled to the front after early leader Just Carla’s driver Amanda Turnbull handed up 1400m from home. When the leaders lifted the tempo Turnbull left the rails to challenge Nike Franco and that allowed Hillier to find the passing lane in the home straight but the game Tasmanian filly ran out of ground and was unable to run Just Carla down with Quick Draft a close-up third. The Dick Eaves-trained filly that is owned and raced by Lloyd Whish-Wilson and his wife Judy has had a brilliant season winning the Tasmanian and Victorian Oaks and was placed in a Breeders Crown final and heat to take her stake earnings to beyond $200,000. Peter Staples  

Harness racing needs its pin up stars and there’s no bigger star at the moment in Australasia than Follow The Stars. Punters backed Follow The Stars into $1:10 after a brilliant semi final win at Ballarat last Saturday. One punter dropped $50,000 on Follow The Stars at that money and he would have had few worries during the running. The Mark Purdon trained son of Art Major was at his brilliant best today at Tabcorp Park Melton, taking out the American Ideal @ Woodlands Breeders Crown Final for two-year-olds. Working straight to the lead despite an outside-front-row draw, Follow The Stars controlled the race like he has done nine times before (from 10 career starts -- and his only defeat came in the Harness Jewels in New Zealand when he got knocked over, so he arguably he should have a perfect record). Follow The Stars cruised home by 4.9 metres over stablemate Kept Under Wraps for Greg Sugars, while My Field Marshall, from the Tim Butt stables, made it a trifecta for the Kiwis. While the Kiwi trainers dominated the race, there was a strong Australian connection with the winner – with Lauriston Bloodstock having bred the winner. Follow The Stars recorded a winning mile rate of 1:56.7, finishing off with a smart 55.7secs for the last half-mile. Cody Winnell - Harness Racing Victoria    

Harness racing driver Mark Purdon has paid tribute to Brent Lilley after winning the Pegasus Spur @ Woodlands Breeders Crown 3YO Trotting Final with Our Twentyten. The Kiwi horseman, who has driven three Group 1 winners today at Tabcorp Park Melton, said Lilley had done a super job with Our Twentyten, who is by Muscles Yankee out of Regal Volo. “Credit to Brent,” he said. “He’s got him absolutely spot on for today and he’s done a fantastic job.” Our Twentyten started $1.70 favourite on the tote but had his work cut out for him rounding the home turn when pole marker and pacesetter Bad Habbott, who ran a mighty race, kicked clear. Purdon took Our Twentyten back behind the leader at the final bend before peeling out again and overpowering the Russell Commens trained son of Sundon in the last 150m. “He tested me on the corner and I dropped in but by the time we straightened up he felt good again,” said Purdon. Lilley said he was thrilled to notch the Group 1. “He’s done a super job since we’ve had him. I’m grateful to Mark for the opportunity,” he said. “He’ll go for a well-deserved spell now.” Asdenro ran third for Haydon Gray, while Master Hugh was fourth for Chris Svanosio. Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria  

Gun up-and-coming harness racing reinswoman Amanda Turnbull combined with New South Wales trainer Dennis Picker for Group 1 glory today at Tabcorp Park Melton. Turnbull steered the Picker trained filly Just Cala to victory in the Bettors Delight @ Woodlands Breeders Crown Final for three-year-old fillies over the runner-up Barynya and third placegetter Quick Draft. Turning for home Just Cala eased off back of the two leaders, Nike Franco and Quick Draft which allowed Tasmanian Barynya access to the sprint lane. While at first glance punters may have thought it was the wrong move by Turnbull, the young gun driver’s decision paid off in spades as Just Cala thundered down the outside to edge out Barynya at the line. “In the run she was hanging a bit so I was a bit worried about her going into the sprint lane,” Turnbull said of her home-turn decision post-race. “She was travelling pretty good though and she really found the line.” Just Cala went a 1:58.6 mile rate and scored by 1.2 metres. Quick Draft battled on well for third after sitting parked. Nike Franco, which ran to the front early from a back-line draw for Luke McCarthy, got away with a cheap first half (63.6) but isn’t finishing her races off like we know she’s capable of. She ran fifth behind fourth-placed Tuscan Breeze. Picker said it was the biggest win of his career. “Definitely the biggest win I’ve ever had anything to do with,” he said. Cody Winnell - Harness Racing Victoria

Harness racing may not be as glamourous as the music industry but Katy Perry is a genuine star in both. Since touching down in Australia, the New Zealand bred filly Katy Perry hasn’t looked like losing and she continued to roar today in the Betterthancheddar @ Alabar Breeders Crown 2YO Fillies Final. The daughter of Bettors Delight out of the In The Pocket mare Karen Donna found the lead early after crossing Soho Tokyo, and in the finish proved too strong for Joanne’s A Delight by a head, with Cyclone Kate in third making it a New Zealand trifecta. Victorian Niki No No ran a huge race to finish fourth after working hard in the run. Trained by Cran Dalgety and driven by Dexter Dunn, Katy Perry churned out sectionals of 30.8secs, 29.7secs, 28.8secs and 28.5secs to hold off the late challengers, clocking a mile rate of 1:58.7. Katy Perry took out the Tatlow Stakes before landing successes in a Breeders Crown heat and semi-final before today. She has now won seven of her 10 races and could end up being more recognisable than her pop star namesake. Cody Winnell - Harness Racing Victoria

New South Wales trained Marty Monkhouser has made it two straight wins with an all-the-way triumph in the Empire Stallions 4YO Breeders Crown colts and geldings’ final today at harness racing headquarters at Tabcorp Park Melton. Lauren Panella delivered the perfect drive aboard the Shane Tritton trained son of Village Jasper, whose second quarter of the last mile – 32.5 – had to have played an important role in the victory. Marty Monkhouser found the lead early from gate six despite there being plenty of talk about the front line’s gate speed pre-race, though she had to work for it. Race favourite Bit Of A Legend worked around the field to the breeze but did have to put in some hard yards out three-wide early. Turning for home the final time, Marty Monkhouser kept on kicking, holding off all challengers to score by 1.4m over Bit Of A Legend and Dexter Dunn, with Majestic Mach finishing third for Grant Dixon. The winner’s mile rate was 1:57.6. It was an ultra-gutsy performance by Marty Monkhouser, who has now won 10 races from 35 starts. Cody Winnell - Harness Racing Victoria

Eljaykay Phoenix completed the Vicbred Super Series/Breeders Crown harness racing double with a strong win in the two-year-old colts and geldings’ final today at Tabcorp Park Melton. Despite strong backing coming late for second favourite Shared Interest, which defeated Eljaykay Phoenix last time out, the David Aiken trained son of Sundon assumed the front early and never looked back. No one wanted to take on Eljaykay Phoenix mid race, allowing driver Josh Aiken to thoroughly control the pace. Shared Interest sat behind the leader, while the stablemate of the winner, Hadrians Phoenix, worked to the breeze. Late in the race Primz Luck and Illawong Armstrong made their moves out wide, but the pacemakers had had things too easy up front and they were always going to kick on. Eljaykay Phoenix scored by 3.5m over Shared Interest, who used the sprint lane late, while Kyvalley Boomerang ran third for Chris Lang. “It’s just great to see. It’s a great way to finish the season,” David Aiken said. The winner’s mile rate was 2:04.7 with a last half in 58.5 seconds. Aiken has the long odds-on favourite in the next race, the 4YO Breeders Crown Trot Final, Spidergirl. Cody Winnell - Harness Racing Victoria

Harness racing super mare Frith scored win No. 29 at start No. 38 today in the Pet Rock Breeders Crown 4YO Mares Final at Tabcorp Park Melton. Punters started the day on a winning note, the Bruce Harpley trained and driven daughter of Four Starzzz Shark paying $1.40 fixed odds with the TAB. Harpley managed to overcome an inside back row draw with Frith, who took a five-race win streak into today’s final. Frith went three-wide early as West Australian Arma Xpress was trying to get away with a cheap run out in front. At about the 1500m Frith loomed up to the breeze and turning for home to get the bell Harpley took the favourite up to eyeball the leader before running past it at the 900m. Im Smouldering worked to the spot outside the leader and Arma Xpress went looking for a breather on the leader’s back. Off the back straight Frith made her move, putting her rivals to the sword and breaking their hearts as the crowd started to cheer. Frith skipped 5m clear at the top of the home stretch before holding off late challengers The Baggy Green, Im Smouldering and Courageousnquick to score by 3.5m in a rate of 1:56.6. Harpley gave an enthusiastic victory salute at the winning post, clearly thrilled to have got the job done. “She’s strong, fast, got brains – what more do you want,” Harpley said after the race. “She’s such a champion. She’s just so strong.” Cody Winnell - Harness Racing Victoria

Another preview for harness racings big day on Sunday at Tabcorp Park Melton and this time it is the four year old trotters that hold centre stage. Once again the 4 year old trotters are all thrown in together (unlike the pacers) but this time it is a mare that everyone has to beat.  Breeders Crown 4 Year Old Trotters Final The way the draws have worked out for this race have lead us to the conclusion that Spidergirl looks one of the bets of the day. She has been in outstanding form all season, having won five group races and only missing a placing on one occasion in eleven starts. Spidergirl has gate speed to burn and is as tough as she is quick and Chris Alford is on board so she ticks all the boxes. The main challenger of course is Blitzthemcalder who has Gavin Lang in the bike after Chris Alford stuck with Spidergirl a few starts back. Blitzthemcalder hasn't quite kicked on from his stellar three year old season but he has mixed it with the very best at times this season and at his very best he could win this race but he just doesn't seem in the zone at the moment.  It is not that he is going poorly, it is just that he appears a touch off his best and that won't be good enough against Spidergirl. The way the draw has worked out means that the stablemate of Blitzthemcalder in  Glenferrie Typhoon looms as a genuine threat. Glenferrie Typhoon showed gate speed to lead at her last start before sprinting her last 400 meters in 27.8 to nail Blitzthemcalder.  She has drawn one on the second row behind Spidergirl so Glenferrie Typhoon should get the run of the race.  After those three it all becomes a bit messy either due to the draws or the inconsistent performances of the horses involved. Paris Pepperell was unlucky last weekend after getting trapped back on the inner and then flying home late and she is drawn to get a soft run handy to the pace so has to be a first four chance. Our Dreamlover galloped in the straight last week but his run three starts ago was super so he is not a forlorn chance to run in the first four. Vics Cheval and Glenferrie Dreamer are both badly handicapped by the draw but could run first four if the breaks go their way and Quite A Moment is in the same boat. SELECTIONS Spidergirl in one for us.  She is in the zone, has the draw and the driver and that should be game over. The dangers are the stablemates Blitzthemcalder and Glenferrie Typhoon who are both going near enough but not as good as Spidergirl. After that it is a bit of a lottery but Paris Pepperell and Our Dreamlover appeal most to us while those wanting to really chance their arm should include Vics Cheval Glenferrie Dreamer and Quite A Moment Harnesslink Media 

Harness racings big day on Sunday at Melton has drawn great fields throughout most of the divisions and the 3 year old trotters are no exception. 3 Year Old Trotters Breeders Crown Final Unlike the two year old trotters where the fillies and colts are separated, at three they are all thrown in together which is a real shame. The other disappointing thing in this years three year old final is the absence of the top Kiwi three year old trotters such as King Denny and Majestic Time but I suppose you can't be everywhere in a long season. In our view in this years final there are really only four winning chances and we deal with those one by one. First up is Our Twentyten who has drawn nicely at barrier four. A serious contender in the classics in New Zealand before his sale to Australia to clients of Brent Lilley, Our Twentyten has quickly established himself as one of the best three year old trotters  in his adopted land. His previous trainer Mark Purdon takes the drive on Sunday which in our view is another tick for Our Twentyten. Our Twentyten does have real gate speed and we expect Mark Purdon to try to grab the lead early and dictate the tempo of the race. The big danger is undoubtedly Claudys Princess who has drawn awkwardly at two on the second line. She has finished either first or second in all of her 13 starts at three and a lot of those starts have been at Group or Listed level. The danger is Claudys Princess is not in complete control of her own destiny from the second line but with the master Gavin Lang in the bike she can overcome the draw. Her last win over Asdenro was an arrogant performance which shows she is right at the top of her game at the moment.  The enigma of the race is without doubt the Kiwi  One Over Da Moon who has drawn barrier five and who has been in the Chris Lang barn for a couple of months now. When he is good he is very good and when he is bad he is awful about sums up One Over Da Moon. Can throw the toys out at times such as the Redwood Classic where he just self destructed and he did the same thing in the Harness Jewels in New Zealand as well but there is no doubting the ability is there. One Over Da Moon was eased out of the gate the last time he raced at  Maryborough before finding the front and that was due to the fact he can over race if you chase him out of the gate which makes his job at  Group One level that much harder. The last of the quartet we fancy is Asdenro who has drawn barrier three. Asdenro has finished in the first three in 11 of 13 starts at three but has been unable to win since he starting racing in the Group and Listed races. He is competitive but just half a length off the top trotters in this division. Asdenro is a free going type who likes to lead but that tends to make him a sitting duck for the likes of Our Twentyten and Claudys Princess who have such high speed. If he burns the gate in trying to hold out Our Twentyten then in our view he can't win the final as the favoured pair have that small class edge. His best chance of winning this race is if the two favourites go to war and he runs over the top of them late in the piece.  SELECTIONS This is a very close call but we think the draw gives Our Twentyten the edge over Claudys Princess but there is not much in it. One Over Da Moon needs to bring his "A' game to be a chance and we think the other two are going just a touch better than him at the moment although his class will always make him a threat. Asdenro needs a few things to happen for him to win but the determination is certainly there. Throw in Bad Habbott, Four Lillies and Lightning Calder for first fours Harnesslink Media

This is another of our previews for harness racings big day this Sunday at Tabcorp Park Melton. Before we start we would like to wish Harvey Kaplan all the best with his two outstanding three year olds. It is a notable achievement to have two huge chances on a day as big as this.  3 Year Old Pacing Fillies Breeders Crown Final Before the semi finals at Ballarat last Saturday night, this division had a ready made favourite in Nike Franco but after an early gallop she only ran fourth in her semi final and gave her opposition renewed confidence that she was beatable. Now with Nike Franco having drawn at four on the second line in the final, the result is not as clear cut as it seemed just a week ago. Nike Franco has been the standout filly all season but she has missed the money in both the New South Wales and the Victorian Oaks and is beatable. So who put their hand up in the semi finals at Ballarat. Just Cala was allowed to drift back from barrier four in the first semi final and ended up last at the 800 meters mark before getting a drag up from Rocknroll Arden and finishing over the top of them for a brilliant win. In the same heat Spicy Stride had a shot at the lead, failed and then badly over raced for most of the race yet still got off the canvas to run second. Ocean Diva was sent forward early from barrier seven when the pace was hot and stuck on well for third after racing parked for most of the race. In the second semi final Nike Franco got her front legs clipped early and galloped and then looped the field to lead mid race before not surprisingly battling the last 150 meters to finish a close up fourth. The winner of the semi final Quick Draft went huge after settling back from her second row draw. Sent forward three wide from from the back at the 700 meters, Quick Draft kept giving in the straight to score a great win. The last 800 meters off the front was run in 55.6 and 400 meters in 27.1 which makes the run of Quick Draft look even better. Barynya followed Quick Draft everywhere she went but couldn't pick her up in the straight and Our Santa Catalina finished nicely for third after working early in the race. SELECTIONS We are not as bullish about Nike Franco as we were before the semi finals with two or three others looming as major challengers. Still at the end of the day class is permanent so Nike Franco is top pick but from four second line it will not be easy. Just Cala and Quick Draft only have to bring their semi final form with them to be serious winning chances. Barynya will need luck from barrier eight but has upset them before and Ocean Diva is in the same boat from outside of the second row. Spicy Stride and Our Santa Catarina for first four takers.   3 Year Old Colts/Geldings Breeders Crown Final This looked a two horse war before the semi finals and in our view nothing much has changed now heading into the final. In the first semi final, the late scratching of Messini robbed the race of a lot of interest. Major Crocker ambled to the front from barrier four over Will Mach My Word who ended up in the trail from barrier one. Alleluia worked forward and found the death after 500 meters and that was more or less the finishing order. Major Crocker flew the last half in 55.5 and quarter in 26.9 to give those off the pace little hope of being in the first four.  Alleluia grabbed second with the trailer Will Mach My Words ending up in third. The unlucky runner was Lettucerockthem who looked to have plenty to offer with little room. The second semi final was full of quality and was billed as a match race between Sky Major and Bling It On and that is how it panned out. Saloon Passage from barrier one got crossed early by Hectorjayjay who immediately handed up to Sky Major. Half a lap later Zac Butcher on Sky Major handed up rather easily to Bling It On who immediately threw the anchor out. The race turned into a sprint home from the 400 meters with Sky Major getting out 150 meters from home and claiming Bling It On in the shadows of the post with the last 400 meters in 26.4. Hectorjayjay held third and Jilliby Jagger did well for fourth after being three wide for a lap. Saloon Passage after being beaten out of the gate overaced but still finished the race off well to run fifth. SELECTIONS The draw says Bling It On should win but we think Sky Major is still the one to beat even from the outside of the second line. Its a big call but Sky Major is right in the zone at the moment and won the Harness Jewels in New Zealand two months ago from five on the second line. Clearly Bling It On will be favourite and tough to roll from barrier three However there are several horses who are lining up to spoil the party and this is how we see them. The next three horses from the semi finals that impressed us in no particular order were Lettucerockthem, Major Crocker and Saloon Passage who unlike last week are all drawn  to be in the running line this week.  For first four players the next two cabs off the rank for us are Jilliby Jagger and Alleluia. Harnesslink Media  

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