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Herald Sun Form Guide : March 28th 2009
48 Herald Sun, Saturday, March 28, 2009 + Winner’s Enclosure YOUR COMPREHENSIVE HARNESS GUIDE MIELICKI’S MAIL with DAN MIELICKI EXPECT REACTOR TO CONQUER NEW Zealand sensation AUCKLAND REACTOR will have to be the budding champion he is touted, if he is to win harness racing’s holy grail – the Watpac Inter Dominion Pacing Grand Final – on the Gold Coast tonight. It’s hard not to take in the romance of this super horse from the Shaky Isles. Perhaps that’s just the yearning to have a new champion or the prospect that he is the best ever. History will show that the horses currently rated Australasia’s best don’t have the record that Auckland Reactor has after 23 starts, so victory tonight would elevate the stallion to an even higher pedestal.He has been beaten just twice and almost everybody that watched those defeats would say he should be undefeated. I’m yet to see a horse impress as much as when a three and four-year-old. His open-class performances at four have netted multiple Group 1 wins and dominant displays. But this is his biggest challenge. Not only is he taking on Australia’s best, including our champion BLACKS A FAKE, on home soil, he will also do it from the horror alley of 13. I believe he can do it, and if he does you will not want to miss it. Gavin Lang has long been considered one of Australasia’s best drivers, and in Victoria there is almost no parallel, but Lang has never won an Inter Dominion pacing final. It will take something special from Lang and the Reactor. It’s likely the New Zealand champ will make a mid- race move and be sitting outside BLACKS A FAKE to set up a mouth-watering final lap. It is amazing to think that BLACKS A FAKE is shooting for a record fourth Inter-Dominion Final win. The gelding has been the benchmark for harness racing over the past four years and has drawn coveted gate one. He should lead and will take a power of beating. DIAMONDS AND FURS will get the run of the race and I see him as the best outsider. It is no mean feat to out-sprint BLACKS A FAKE, but I expect the pace to be on and the Andy Gath- trained pacer will get his chance via the sprint line. Another Kiwi star, CHANGEOVER, is back in peak form after sensational performances over the past two weeks. The Geoff Small-prepared stallion used the sprint lane to out-zip BLACKS A FAKE last week but will have to rely on luck in tonight’s $1 million dollar classic. It would be no surprise to see him settle one-out one-back, but if so, when does driver David Butcher pull three wide as there are sure to be plenty of moves? MRFEELGOOD was set an enormous task last week but he battled on well despite the tough run and I feel that with a fast pace he has shown he can be very strong at the end of his races. The American pacer is yet to win a mobile race in Australia but his staying credentials are exemplary and this distance suits him. KARLOO MICK has been the find of the series – or simply, he has re-found his top quality form. He was runner-up to ‘‘Blacky’’ in the 2006 Inter final at Hobart, but he is racing even better now. Driver Greg Bennett has teamed with KARLOO MICK three times for a perfect record and he is a definite wining chance at value. WASHAKIE is a fast beginner and his best chance would be to spear to the lead and take a trail. MIELICKI’S MAIL: IDO9 Final: AUCKLAND REACTOR 1, Blacks A Fake 2, Changeover 3. + IDO9 Consolation: OUR AWESOME ARMBRO 1, Fleur De Lil 2, Ohoka Utah 3. BEST ON TIMES VERY COOL (Gold Coast Race 5 No.10) Led out then took a trail when he dashed home to win in a brilliant 1:54.2 mile at Albion Park last outing. Considering the first half was run in a sensational 55.1sec, his run was outstanding and he is capable of taking the rise in class this evening. BEST ON CLASS LAGUNA BEACH (Gold Coast Race 2 No.10) Raced wide for the final lap when third in an outstanding 1:54.2 mile prior to beating the mid-week open class on Tuesday. He is making his claiming debut and is tough enough to overcome a poor draw. BEST ON VIDEO CINCINNATI KID (pictured) (Gold Coast Race 6 No.9) Was unlucky not to make the Inter Dominion final after a game fourth on the opening night, followed by his luckless effort last week when he went to the line jogging with no clear run. He has a trailing draw and should take holding out in the Consolation of the Inter Dominion. BEST ON RECORD AUCKLAND REACTOR (Gold Coast Race 8 No.13) Has a phenomenal record with 21 wins and two luckless seconds from just 23 starts. He is only four, so he is the youngest of the Inter Dominion competitors, but he is potentially one of greatest pacers Australasia has produced. BEST ON TRIALS INTHELIGHTOFDAY (Gold Coast Race 10 No.2) A beautifully bred first starter for trainer John McCarthy, who finished second in handy time in an Albion Park trial on March 17, and looks to have a promising future. BEST ROUGHIES RIVERBOAT STAR Gold Coast Race 6 No.8) Ran an eye-catching race for sixth (10m) behind Changeover when he motored home out wide on the track last week. He is perfectly drawn behind FLEUR DE LIL (1) and should receive every chance via the sprint lane. WASHAKIE (Gold Coast Race 8 No.3) Sustained a long run in the final lap when he finished a brave second behind AUCKLAND REACTOR (13) last week. He possesses brilliant early pace and is a value hope in the Inter Dominion. BEST MULTI BET Flexi Roving Trifecta Race 1: 1&2 the rovers into 6,7,8,10 (Cost $20, which gives 83.33%) INTERSTATE BEST BET LOMBO TATTOO (Bathurst Race 7 No.10) Broke stride in the early stages of the event and picked up many lengths when he produced a big effort for second to All I Can Be in a heat of the Gold Crown. MYDREAM was to be writing this column and telling you how excited I was to be driving in the Inter Dominion grand final, but unfortunately, as you know, my plum drive Melpark Major had to miss the series through injury. The pressure’s off me now, but it’s certainly on Natalie Rasmussen. She and Blacks A Fake are chasing four straight titles – in front of their home crowd and from the perfect barrier draw, too – so all eyes will be on her. There’s no doubt it’s going to be an amazing race to watch, particularly with Auckland Reactor, the horse I’d most like to drive, drawn so badly in barrier 13. AMY set the scene for a really competitive race and that’s great for the sport. If you reverse the barriers and Auckland Reactor was starting from one, I don’t think the second horse would have seen him at the finish. TUBBS From the sulky I think he’s brilliant, such a great athlete, and if he’d have won his heat on the first night, when he was far from disgraced, then everyone would have been raving about him non stop. I’m expecting Gavin Lang to put him into the race as soon as he gets the chance. That’s certainly what I’d be doing. The big query is what will I Am Sam, who looks the obvious death- seat horse, do when he gets there? What the draw has done, though, is In the end, I think Auckland Reactor might just have too much speed for him and thus be able to get around them. From there he’s the one to beat. Blacks A Fake is set to get the run of the race from the draw though. The ingredients do look right for him - he’s at home on the Gold Coast, he’s drawn to lead and we know both he and Natalie rise to the occasion in these big events. The key thing is that Natalie drives him like she normally would and forgets about Auckland Reactor because Blacky’s the champ, not the challenger. Let him roll along and make them run you down. Changeover has great gate speed and should get into a nice spot from the draw. He sprinted very nicely last week and you can never discount him because he’s run some outstanding races when it counts most. I like Diamonds N Furs and think he’s the value. He’s very talented, has been racing exceptionally well and is drawn to get a great run on the fence behind Blacks A Fake. Outside those, I would be so excited if Karloo Mick won because it’s a great fairytale story and really epitomises what the Inter Dominion is all about. Amy’s Watpac Inter Dominion tips Auckland Reactor 1, Blacks A Fake 2, Changeover 3, DiamondsNFurs 4. TRAINERS and DRIVERS NATALIE RASMUSSEN Driver BLACKS A FAKE (Gold Coast Race 8 No.1) He’s really fit and well, but it’s a very hard race and they are (all) going to need some luck in running, and therefore the barrier makes his job that little bit easier in a tough race. IAMSAM (Gold Coast Race 8 No.5) If he had drawn one and Blackie five, he’d be a great chance because he could have led, but it’s going to be hard for him from the draw. But in saying that, he’s come through the heats really well and he’s stepped up every time we’ve asked. GAVIN LANG Trainer/Driver CAPTAIN JOY (Gold Coast Race 7 No.9) He’s got a good trailing draw and as we’ve seen in the past, distance doesn’t pose a problem. History shows that after a first-up run he’s a better horse next time out, which is a bit daunting for the opposition. AUCKLAND REACTOR (Gold Coast Race 8 No.13) I drove him on Thursday morning to familiarise myself with him. We didn’t do any fast work, but he felt good. It’s a bit out of my hands from the draw, but from out there at least he’s not going to be involved in any hustle and bustle at the start. LUKE McCARTHY rainer MERV WILLIAMSON Trainer/Driver FLEUR DE LIL (Gold Coast Race 6 No.1) She was three-back on the fence in both heats and never got a clear run, so she probably should have been in the final. Our Awesome Armbro’s probably a chance of crossing me, but I’m going to try and hold the front if I can. WASHAKIE (Gold Coast Race 8 No.3) It probably looks a better draw than it is because I could end up one- out-three-back in an awkward spot, so he’s going to need a lot of luck. But the horse is flying and we’re in the final, which is the main thing. GEOFF SMALL Trainer OUR AWESOME ARMBRO (Gold Coast Race 6 No.3) His effort was very good the other night and he seems to have come through the run well. He can lead, he does race well in front in New Zealand, so there’s no reason why he can’t lead and be a chance here. CHANGEOVER (Gold Coast Race 8 No.4) Last week was the first time in about five starts he’d been near the pegs, so it was nice to see him get a softer run and he got a real confidence boost out of it because he’s been very bullish this week. QUICK FORM with CRAIG RAIL heraldsun.com.au
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