Bolt For Brilliance made a full restoration from the Inter Dominion tilt

New Zealand rider Tony Herlihy thinks Bolt For Brilliance is the horse to provide him a fifth win within the Inter Dominion Ultimate.

Regardless of all of the well being drama over 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 Ultimate on 10 December can be Herlihy’s first in an Inter Dominion decider since Delft gained at Moonee Valley in 2006.

Mark Purdon holds the file with seven remaining 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 Ultimate victories.

Whereas Bolt For Brilliance’s current well being difficulty has dulled a few of his luster, he stays one of many $2.80 favorites going into the finals.

The largest increase for him comes from Herlihy who claims to be pretty much as good as the previous Inter Dominion champions he gained in opposition to: Delight Of Petite and Buster Hanover.

“At his finest, I believe he lives as much as them. He’s a very good trotter and hopefully we are able to present that to everybody within the subsequent couple of weeks,” stated Herlihy.

However Bolt For Brilliance’s Inter Dominion raid seemed in tatters a few weeks in the past when he ran far beneath his finest through the enormous Christchurch Cup Week and stopped with ‘grime’ in his lungs.

“We handled him immediately and there, we deserted the large race we went over there for and returned to Auckland to provide him each likelihood to get better for this journey,” stated Herlihy.

“If we would seen one factor, or one cause, to not take him throughout (Victoria) we would have hit the bull’s-eye, but it surely’s been implausible. All of the exams we did went properly and he began working properly once more.

“It arrived right here on Wednesday and we won’t wait to get into it now.”

So how near his most will Bolt For Brilliance be for Saturday’s opening conflict with Aussie star and sure chief, Majestuoso?

“Nearer than you may suppose,” Herlihy stated.

“He hasn’t misplaced a lot work and we had been in a position to hone it at house earlier than assembly him. He is able to go this week, however he ought to proceed to construct by the collection,” Herlihy stated.

* Adam Hamilton is a paid contributor who writes about harness racing for Information Corp

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