An enigma and a famous person battling well being issues are the protagonists of the Inter Dominion intrigue that may open on Saturday in Ballarat.
Gifted pacer Costly Ego and high Kiwi trotter Bolt For Brilliance are arguably one of the best horses of their divisions of the enduring collection, however each are available in with huge questions on them.
Costly Ego grabbed the headlines for the incorrect causes round this time final 12 months, when he was the primary pacer to win an Inter Dominion remaining, solely to be stripped bare within the stewards room in protest.
That disappointment apart, on the time it nonetheless appeared like the following huge factor, but it surely has since struggled to recapture something resembling that elite type.
Redemption awaits, however can he discover his greatest type in the course of the 4 races in two weeks of this collection?
The Victorians had been scarred after his woeful show when he led and simply let loose a whimper as falling favourite within the Group 1 Victoria Cup on his final run right here on 8 October.
Co-manager Luke McCarthy introduced him again to NSW and he has since returned to profitable type. He says every little thing factors to Costly Ego taking his A-game on this collection however most shall be cautious and wait to see some proof on the monitor.
“That Victoria Cup race is only a thriller. He appeared nice earlier than, we by no means discovered something incorrect with him and he is been nice at dwelling ever since,” McCarthy mentioned. “You’d make your head overthink these items. We simply needed to transfer on and transfer on.”
Costly Egos will not have a straightforward begin to the collection from barrier 10 in Saturday night time’s tempo run two, whereas primary hazards Mach Dan (gate two) and Act Now (gate seven) have the entrance row at their dwelling monitor.
Bolt For Brilliance is an excellent larger and extra vital question.
He’s nearly as good as any trotter on this a part of the world at his greatest and has been a longtime favourite for the collection.
However his marketing campaign appeared in tatters simply two weeks in the past when he ran miles wanting his greatest in Christchurch and driver-trainer Tony Herlihy found ‘dust in his lungs’.
It has been a each day factor for Herlihy ever since when he has even crossed into Tasmania, however the tide has turned.
“We took care of it instantly and I believed I would have sufficient time if every little thing went properly,” she mentioned. “She appeared superb in the midst of final week after which I labored on her once more final weekend and I used to be glad. He’s again the place we wish him.
“He’ll be somewhat underpowered to kick off however he’ll construct by the heats and I feel we will have him on high for the final time.”
Bolt For Brilliance drew aim two in Saturday night time’s second trot warmth however has shiny native star and sure chief Majestuoso inside.
You are feeling how a lot Herlihy want to win on Saturday night time, racing properly and passing him in nice order can be near a win too.
■ Adam Hamilton is a paid contributor who writes about harness racing for Information Corp Australia.
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