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One of harness racing’s golden girls will fast-track her return to driving to be part of Sunday’s stellar Breeders Crown meeting at Melton’s Tabcorp Park. Life has changed a fair bit for Lauren Tritton since she last drove in a race about seven months ago. She’s now a first-time mum to son Levi, but has been counting down the days to jumping back in the sulky. “It’s really exciting to be back driving. I haven’t driven in a race since January,” she said. “Levi’s a month-old today (Tuesday). The first two weeks were hard, I felt like death warmed-up to be honest, but every day has been better since. It’s an amazing time of life, but I’ve certainly missed the driving.” It is another of her favourite “kids” — glamour two-year-old filly My Sweetchilliphilly — who has lured Tritton back to the races this weekend. “I will drive at the Menangle trials (Tuesday) and will drive My Riviera Belle at Melton on Friday night so I’m primed for ‘Chilli’ on Sunday,” she said. “I love the filly. She ran below her best last week and didn’t look comfortable. It’s the biggest race of her season and I really wanted to be part of it.” My Sweetchilliphilly brilliantly won her first five races, earning comparisons with great juvenile fillies of the modern era, before being beaten into fifth place as a $1.60 favourite in her Crown semi-final at Bendigo last Saturday night. She’s drawn the back row (gate 10) in Sunday’s final and is a $7.50 shot with TAB. Sunday’s card features eight Group 1 Crown finals and TAB markets are open on them all. The early movers have been: The More The Better $1.70 into $1.60 (3YO colts and geldings final); Petacular $1.50 into $1.40 (3YO fillies’ final); Our Bettor Joy $2.40 into $1.90 (2YO fillies’ final); Dance Craze $1.80 to $1.60 (3YO trotting final). Reprinted with permission of The Herald Sun

It will not be long until Lauren Tritton's name starts appearing as a harness racing driver in formguides again. The 23-year-old plans to be back on track as early as next month according to her husband, co-trainer Shane Tritton. "Lauren's hoping to be back driving in the new season as early as September," Shane said. "She's had a few drives in trackwork and is very excited to get back." Lauren has not driven in a race since finishing second with Yayas Hot Spot at Tabcorp Park Menangle on January 7, 2017. Shortly after this, it was announced that her and Shane were expecting their first child together and just recently baby Levi Shane Tritton was born. "Levi is three weeks' old and everything is going really well," Shane said. Despite having not driven in a race for eight months, Lauren is still ranked amongst the top 10 metropolitan drivers in New South Wales for the 2016/17 season. Before putting the reins aside, Lauren had driven 38 winners and 27 placegetters in 134 drives this term. And it looks as though Lauren will have another big start in the new season with the hopeful return of their Group-winning mare Arms Of An Angel and Yayas Hot Spot being nominated for the 2017 Inter Dominion in Perth. "Arms Of An Angel is fast working and has had about three to four weeks of fast work," Shane said. "We want to bring her back slowly and hopefully be back at the races by October, November. "As for Yayas Hot Spot, we believe he has done enough to earn a crack at the Inter Dominion this year and he'll suit the Gloucester Park track. "We've been trying to get there the last couple of years and hopefully they give us a shot as his form this season is certainly strong enough." AMANDA RANDO

Check out the winning harness racing drivers’ immediate reactions after their success at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night. Jodi Quinlan and Lauren Tritton both picked up a winning double, while Michael Stanley continued his run of form with two-year-old fillies by taking out the Tatlow Stakes aboard Soho Angel. Rodney Petroff won the Seelite Windows and Doors Winter Trotters Cup Final aboard Our Twentyten, the dual Breeders Crown winner defeating Blue Sky Commander and Sky Petite, who are both talented four-year-olds. See the winning driver interviews here Trots Media

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