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Herald Sun Form Guide : March 28th 2009
74 Herald Sun, Saturday, March 28, 2009 + heraldsun.com.au Final contenders 1 BLACKS A FAKE (QLD) TRAINER-DRIVER: Natalie Rasmussen LAST FIVE STARTS: 56112 LATEST ODDS: $3.50 ADAM SAYS: Chasing history. Amazing pacer who is going for his fourth successive win in the Interdom fi nal. Very close to best form and the draw gives him the chance to lead. Takes a power of beating. 4 CHANGEOVER (NZ) TRAINER: Geoff Small DRIVER: David Butcher LAST FIVE STARTS: 44d21 LATEST ODDS: $6.50 ADAM SAYS: Outstanding Kiwi pacer who is peaking at the right time. Shocked quite a few when he (very easily) dashed past Blacks A Fake along the sprint lane to beat him last week. 7 IN MONACO (VIC) TRAINER: Charlie Wootton DRIVER: Craig Demmler LAST FIVE STARTS: 35027 LATEST ODDS: $251 ADAM SAYS: It’s just sad he’s drawn so poorly. Underrated Victorian who peaked for the series with terrifi c runs in both heats. Needed a good alley to take a forward position to have any hope of sneaking a place. 10 SMOKEN UP (VIC) TRAINER-DRIVER: Lance Justice LAST FIVE STARTS: 13125 LATEST ODDS: $41 ADAM SAYS: Victorian star who is up against it from the back row. Drew poorly in both heats and hasn’t been able to fi nd his favoured role in front. Won’t be any different from bad draw tonight. 13 AUCKLAND REACTOR (NZ) TRAINER: Mark Purdon DRIVER: Gavin Lang LAST FIVE STARTS: 11121 LATEST ODDS: $2.30 ADAM SAYS: Hogged the headlines for so many reasons. Could be one of the all-time greats, but will need to be to win from the worst possible barrier draw. There was something special about his heat win last week. 2 WATPAC INTER DOMINION PACING FINAL OUR BRAHMAN BOY (QLD) 3 TRAINER: Alix Khouiss DRIVER: Morgan Woodley LAST FIVE STARTS: 51363 LATEST ODDS: $151 ADAM SAYS: One of the surprise packets of the series. Ran really cheeky races in both heats. The draw has treated him kindly and he has the early speed to take a forward position. 5 I AM SAM (QLD) TRAINER: Natalie Rasmussen DRIVER: Grant Dixon LAST FIVE STARTS: 22313 LATEST ODDS: $18 ADAM SAYS: Natalie Rasmussen’s second-stringer, but a star stayer in his own right. The jump to 2609m really suits. Sure to have to do plenty of work, but he just keeps grinding away. 8 DIAMOND N FURS (VIC) TRAINER: Andy Gath DRIVER: Kate Gath LAST FIVE STARTS: 91614 LATEST ODDS: $21 ADAM SAYS: Serious place hope at the very least now he’s drawn so well (behind Blacks A Fake). Fantastic opening-night win, then brave effort last week. Some query at the longer trip. 11 OUR AWESOME ARMBRO (NZ) TRAINER: Geoff Small DRIVER: Philip Butcher LAST FIVE STARTS: 23392 LATEST ODDS: $67 ADAM SAYS: The hard luck story of the series. Would easily have made the fi nal with a sneaky hope had he not galloped out and fi nished last on opening night. Ripper second to Karloo Mick last week. May have place claims if sneaks into the fi eld. rd luck series. W with a ck last w nto t Odds: TAB Sportsbet Get the news from the Gold Coast as it happens heraldsun.com.au WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY ADAM HAMILTON CONSOLATION Our Awesome Armbro Fleur De Lil Cincinnati Kid Mister Swinger FINAL Changeover Auckland Reactor Blacks A Fake Karloo Mick + CRAIG RAIL CONSOLATION Fleur De Lil Our Awesome Armbro Cincinnati Kid Mister Swinger FINAL Blacks A Fake Changeover Auckland Reactor Karloo Mick DAVID FOWLER CONSOLATION Our Awesome Armbro Fleur De Lil Cincinnati Kid Report For Duty FINAL Washakie Auckland Reactor Blacks A Fake I Am Sam CHRIS BARSBY CONSOLATION Our Awesome Armbro Report For Duty Fleur De Lil Cincinnati Kid FINAL Blacks A Fake Auckland Reactor Karloo Mick Mr Feelgood BILL HUTCHISON CONSOLATION Our Awesome Armbro Fleur De Lil Cincinnati Kid Ohoka Utah FINAL Blacks A Fake Auckland Reactor Changeover Washakie MICK GUERIN CONSOLATION Our Awesome Armbro Fleur De Lil Cincinnati Kid Master Of Disguise FINAL Blacks A Fake Changeover Auckland Reactor Diamonds N Furs opening n made t he not ga WASHAKIE (QLD) TRAINER-DRIVER: Luke McCarthy LAST FIVE STARTS: 71132 LATEST ODDS: $17 ADAM SAYS: Former Kiwi pacer who was pressured in front when run down by Blacks A Fake on night one, then a ripper second to Auckland Reactor last week. Capable of causing an upset. 6 GOTTA GO CULLEN (NZ) TRAINER-DRIVER: Tony Herlihy LAST FIVE STARTS: 40443 LATEST ODDS: $67 ADAM SAYS: Top-class Kiwi when right and he seems to have thrived during the series. No luck night one, then grabbed the eye with a fast-fi nishing third to Changeover and Blacks A Fake last week. The draw hurts, but has Herlihy aboard. Place claims. 9 KARLOO MICK (NSW) TRAINER: Barry Lew DRIVER: Greg Bennett LAST FIVE STARTS: 12111 LATEST ODDS: $10 ADAM SAYS: The best story of the series. Gone to another level since trainer Barry Lew sacked himself as driver and put Greg Bennett on. Impressively won both heats and has genuine claims in the fi nal. 12 MR FEELGOOD (NZ) TRAINER: Tim Butt DRIVER: Anthony Butt LAST FIVE STARTS: 12135 LATEST ODDS: $18 ADAM SAYS: The former Yankee has the challenge ahead from this draw. Fantastic winning the Hunter Cup before a break. Nothing has gone right in two heats runs and he has drawn poorly for the fi nal. Needs a very solidly run race and right trail into it. ACROSS THE NATION WHILE the spotlight shines brightest on the Gold Coast this evening, there’s an array of feature harness racing across the nation for you to enjoy. Here’s the must-watch races away from the Gold Coast tonight: MOONEE VALLEY 7.15pm – HROA Youthful Stakes 8.17pm – E.K. Bray Country Clubs Cup Final 9.45pm – Markovina Free-For-All BATHURST 7.40pm – Gold Chalice Final (Group 3) 8.10pm – Gold Tiara Final (Group 1) 8.37pm – Gold Bracelet Final (Group 3) 9.07pm – Gold Crown Final (Group 1) GLOBE DERBY 8.54pm – SA Graduate Pace (Group 2) MAKE IT BIG AUSTRALIA’S newest and biggest bet type is the BIG6 and tonight a tantalising $50,000 jackpot is on offer. With the pool tipped to nudge $200,000, form analyst Craig Rail suggests you take the following BIG6: Leg 1 (Gold Coast R6, 9pm) – 1,3,4,9 Leg 2 (MV R6, 9.15pm) – 6,9,11 Leg 3 (Gold Coast R7, 9.30pm) – 9 Leg 4 (MV R7, 9.45pm) – 1,8,9 Leg 5 (Gold Coast R8, 10.05pm) – 1,4,9,13 Leg 6 (MV R8, 10.20pm) – 2,4,6 Cost: $50 for 11.57% ABOUT THE SERIES THE Inter Dominion is the most coveted trophy in Australasian harness racing. It was developed as a series in which Australian and New Zealand standardbreds could compete to determine the champion of Australasia. First held for pacers in Perth in 1936 and later for trotters in Auckland in 1948, it is the event by which greatness is measured. The race for glory has continued over eight decades with each state of Australia and both islands of New Zealand playing host to the industry showcase on a rotational basis. This year’s series featured only two heats – a 1609m scamper on March 14 and a 2100m qualifi er last Saturday. Indeed, the Inter Dominion now boasts a more condensed and highly competitive racing schedule aimed at showcasing the best of the best at their optimum on grand fi nal night. Up to 15,000 people are expected to pack into the Parklands track on the Gold Coast for tonight’s $1million Watpac Inter Dominion grand fi nal. And the stage is set for a true Inter Dominion contest – Aussie versus Kiwi, us versus them. The hometown hero Blacks A Fake, who is striving for a record fourth Inter Dominion title, leads the Australian contingent into battle against New Zealand superstars Auckland Reactor and Changeover (below).
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