The Inter Dominion is the highlight of the Harness Racing calendar and we are set for a stellar edition of the Group 1 event at Gloucester Park on Friday Night.
Lazarus may have only won one of the Qualifying Heats, but he lost no admirers with a series of tough efforts and he will go into the Inter Dominion Final as a clear favourite from Chicago Bull, Tiger Tara, Soho Tribeca and Lennytheshark.
Will Lazarus add another feather race win to his stellar resume or will there be an Inter Dominion Final upset? We have analysed every horse in the field and our complete Inter Dominion Final tips can be found below.
Tiger Tara has been extremely consistent during the Inter Dominion and he goes into the race as a genuine contender. He was no match for Lennytheshark in Qualifying Heat 2, but he beat Lazarus at Bunbury and was not disgraced when second behind Chicago Bull at Gloucester Park last start. Tiger Tara may not have the same upside as the likes of Lazarus or Lennytheshark, but he is as consistent as they come and looks a safe bet to finish in the placings.
Lazarus won the New Zealand Trotting Cup by 15 metres before he made the trip to Australia and there is no doubt that he is the horse to beat in the Inter Dominion. He had no luck in running in his first two Qualifying Heats, but he showed exactly what he is capable of with an impressive win last start in very quick time. When he is at his best there is no trotter in Australasia that can match him and anything better than even money is an excellent price.
Vultan Tin was beaten by more than 22 metres last start and he has never shown anything to suggest that he is capable of winning a race of this quality.
Soho Tribeca stamped himself as a genuine Inter Dominion Contender when he beat Lazarus in Qualifying Heat 1 and he won again in Qualifying Heat 5 before he was beaten by San Carlo last start. The step-up in trip is a genuine query and he goes come out of the slowest of the three heats held at Gloucester Park last Friday night.
Galatic Star won Qualifying Heat 4 at Bunbury, but he was never able to get into the race when beaten by Lazarus last start. It is very hard to see him turning the tables on Lazarus.
Lennytheshark is an absolute marvel and you can never rule out the four-time Group 1 winner. He won the Victoria Cup and the Yarra Valley Pacing Cup as well as Qualifying Heat 2 of the Inter Dominion, but he was narrowly beaten by Gallatic Star and San Carlo at his past two starts. Whether he can handle the step-up in trip for Inter Dominion Final is a genuine question mark, but it is tough to get a horse of his quality as long as his current price.
Consistency is often an issue for San Carlo. He made a slow start to the Inter Dominion before he beat Soho Tribeca and Lennytheshark last start. There is no doubt that he head all the favours in Qualifying Heat 8 and another win would be a major surprise.
The Inter Dominion has been a big step-up in class for Shandale and he has been exposed.
Have Faith In Me
Have Faith In Me was very poor in Qualifying Heat 3 and Qualifying Heat 4 before he produced one of the best efforts of his career to finish second behind Lazarus in Qualifying Heat 9. It is tough to see him winning, but it would not surprise if he produced a better performance than his current odds suggest.
Chicago Bull is currently on the second line of Inter Dominion betting. He won Qualifying Heat 3 and had no luck in Qualifying Heat 5 before he led from start to finish to win Qualifying Heat 7. The Bettor’s Delight gelding has won over this trip in the past and he generally makes his own luck right on the speed. He is the main danger to Lazarus.
Ohoka Punter has seen better days and you couldn’t possibly back him in this race off his effort in the Qualifying Heats.
Devendra beat home Chicago Bull at Bunbury, but that was the extent of his heroics during the Qualifying Heat.
Major Crocker missed the placings in all three of his Qualifying Heats.
The Bucket List
The Bucket List just scraped into the Inter Dominion Final and never looked like a contender in any of his Qualifying Heats.