Stars Bolt For Brilliance and Costly Ego shine within the Inter Dominion Finals

It was simply what Inter Dominion wanted.

Two of the collection’ greatest stars – Bolt For Brilliance and Costly Ego – had been each beneath a cloud, however had a good time opening night time and are favorites to win their respective finals.

First out was New Zealand standardbred famous person Bolt For Brilliance, who practically crossed the Tasman after a ‘bug’ pressured him to withdraw from a Group 1 race in Christchurch simply two weeks earlier.

However normality returned when the proficient five-year-old contested his first qualifying run on the Inter Dominion in Ballarat on Saturday.

Bolt For Brilliance odds for the December 10 last have been decreased from $2.60 to $2.

“There’s all the time a little bit little bit of reduction whenever you come and win after the final two weeks we have had, however the whole lot stated he was again on observe earlier than we left residence final week,” stated driver-trainer Tony Herlihy .

“It was nice to begin with a win, however even higher to get away with a fairly mushy experience.

“I hope he does nicely and continues to enhance because the collection goes on.”

He was instantly again in motion for Bolt For Brilliance and all of the Inter Dominion riders with the second spherical of heats on the 1690m dash journey to Shepparton on Tuesday night.

Bolt For Brilliance has the again row (gate 9) at Shepparton however he is a weaker warmth than the one he received at Ballarat and may see him win once more.

Costly Ego was the workhorse of the tempo collection on opening night time, particularly as his most up-to-date journey from NSW to Victoria resulted in an inglorious and mystifying seventh place within the Group 1 Victoria Cup on 8 October.

This from a pacer who 12 months earlier received all three Inter Dominion heats and was first throughout the end line within the last, solely to lose it in protest and relegated to second place.

Co-trainer and driver Luke McCarthy was adamant. Costly Ego was prepared for a giant present and his secure star delivered the race of the night time by a whopping second within the strongest and quickest moto.

On a moist observe, he put all of the work in outdoors the chief and favourite Mach Dan and beat him however was dive-bombed by Act Now. The time of 1 minute 54.1 seconds was 2.5 seconds sooner than another pacing warm-up and simply 0.4 seconds off the observe file.

“We had been enthusiastic about him earlier than the Victoria Cup and since then that run is only a thriller,” stated McCarthy. “We have ridden him, and all our horses, type of nice with 4 races forward of them, so he ought to solely enhance on what he did tonight.

“I am certain he is one in every of, if not one of the best horse within the collection and final yr we noticed how he thrives in such shut quarters.”

Costly Ego turned the $5 clear favourite in an open marketplace for the rhythm last.

It was a incredible begin to the collection for 2 of Victoria’s main stables Emma Stewart and Clayton Tonkin together with Jess Tubbs and Greg Sugars who each received two motos.

Stewart and Tonkin’s wins got here with the Act Now and Honolua Bay pacers, whereas Tubbs and Sugars received with the Simply Imagine trotter and Higher Eclipse pacer.

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

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