New Zealand rider Tony Herlihy thinks Bolt For Brilliance is the horse to provide him a fifth win within the Inter Dominion Remaining.
Regardless of all of the well being drama of the previous two weeks, Herlihy is making no excuses for Aussie followers who will not see the perfect of his celebrity trotter within the subsequent two weeks.
Victory within the Trotting Grand Remaining on 10 December can be Herlihy’s first in an Inter Dominion decider since Delft received at Moonee Valley in 2006.
Mark Purdon holds the file with seven ultimate wins with Brian Hancock and Natalie Rasmussen tied for second place from 5 wins.
Herlihy is considered one of solely three drivers – Anthony Butt and Doody Townley the others – with 4 Grand Remaining victories.
Whereas Bolt For Brilliance’s current well being challenge has dulled a few of his luster, he stays one of many $2.80 favorites going into the finals.
The most important enhance for him comes from Herlihy who claims to be pretty much as good as the previous Inter Dominion champions he received towards: Satisfaction Of Petite and Buster Hanover.
“At his greatest, I feel he lives as much as them. He’s a extremely good trotter and hopefully we will present that to everybody within the subsequent couple of weeks,” mentioned Herlihy.
However Bolt For Brilliance’s Inter Dominion raid appeared in tatters a few weeks in the past when he ran far under his greatest through the enormous Christchurch Cup Week and stopped with ‘grime’ in his lungs.
“We handled him immediately and there, we deserted the massive race we went over there for and returned to Auckland to provide him each probability to get better for this journey,” mentioned Herlihy.
“If we would seen one factor, or one purpose, to not take him throughout (Victoria) we would have hit the bull’s-eye, nevertheless it’s been implausible. All of the checks we did went effectively and he began working effectively once more.
“It arrived right here on Wednesday and we will not wait to get into it now.”
So how near his prime will Bolt For Brilliance be for Saturday’s opening conflict with Aussie star and sure chief, Majestuoso?
“Nearer than you may suppose,” Herlihy mentioned.
“He hasn’t misplaced a lot work and we had been capable of hone it at house earlier than assembly him. He is able to go this week, however he ought to proceed to construct by way of the collection,” Herlihy mentioned.
* Adam Hamilton is a paid contributor who writes about harness racing for Information Corp
Initially launched as Harness racing: Bolt For Brilliance has totally recovered from the Inter Dominion skew