The feature Harness Pacing Race of the season is taking place at Melton on Saturday night as the best of the best do battle in the Group 1 Inter Dominion Pacing Final.
The race is one of the biggest betting and most competitive Harness races of the calendar year and Saturday night’s edition looks a cracking contest on paper.
Spankem just holds favouritism at $3.40 over stable mate Cruz Bromac but has been easy in betting after opening at $2.90.
I’m Pat’s Delight is on the next line of betting at $5.00 and Galactic Star is currently $6.50.
We have analysed the entire field and our complete 2018 Inter Dominion Pacing Final tips can be found below.
Galactic Star is never far away in his races. He has been placed in 45 of his 60 career starts which has included 25 wins. He started this campaign with three straight wins and was second to the favourite Spank Em in the heats. He was fifth in the race last year and has the advantage of coming off the front row. Trainer Greg Bond has confirmed that his stable driver Ryan Warwick will come over from Perth to partner the pacer on Saturday.
Can’t Refuse would need to improve significantly to be a chance of causing an upset. He is rated a $100 shot in the race.
Im Pat’s Delight
A perfect draw in gate 3 on the front row puts I’m Pat’s Delight right in this Inter Dominion Final. He is a horse that rarely puts in a bad performance and has won almost 40% of his career race starts. He made a move on the 1st of December to attempt to take up the running at Melton however he got shuffled back. This draw allows him to get into position a couple of hundred metres before the favourite Spankem and he should be in the race for a long way.
Mach Doro has drifted in betting from $51 out to $71 since the field was finalised for the 2018 Inter Dominion. His form this prep does not suggest that he will be in the finish and he looks outclassed in a race of this quality.
Spankem holds favouritism in the 2018 Inter Dominion Final after his dominant win as $1.50 favourite in his most recent heat. He got all the favours at Melton when he beat home I’m Pat’s Delight and a fast finishing Tiger Tara. Interestingly Natalie Rasmussen had the option to ride Spankem or the stable mate or Cruz Bromac and she chose the latter. He has drifted in the market since opening but he should get a nice enough run in transit.
Maximan has not been far away in his three Inter Dominion Heats but he would have to improve to be considered a winning chance. Prefer others.
Tiger Tara is the horse to beat in the 2018 Inter Dominion Final and is a healthy $9.00 to do so. He absolutely bolted in the Victoria Cup when taking up the running in that race and I would like to see him be more positive than he was two back at Melton. He was trapped for room heading into the straight that night when Spankem won. He was savaging the line once he found clear running and he will come off the front row where he can take advantage and find a good spot. He ran a great 3rd behind Lazarus last year and I think he can go two better this year with a bit of luck.
San Carlo has won 24 of his 40 career race starts and has been competitive without winning in his three Inter Dominion Heats. He has drawn the inside on the back row and if he can find a good spot in behind the leaders he can run a race. He is right in the race however I have a few ahead of him.
Natalie Rasmussen knows what it takes to win a Inter Dominion Final. She has had six rides in the race for four wins, all on champion Black’s A Fake, and two second placings. Cruz Bromac has won his last four, all ridden by Rasmussen, which she has pin pointed as the reason for choosing the seven year old gelding as her steer. He has been the best backed runner in the race, firming from $4.50 into $3.90 and it would not surprise if he started favourite. He is certainly in the race but I can’t get him as short as his current price.
Our Uncle Sam
Our Uncle Sam ran Tiger Tara to within a metre last start at Cranbourne and is not the roughest horse in the race. He is a place chance at best.
Wrappers Delight is one for those to chuck in their multiples. He was disappointing last start behind Spankem but his form before that was ok. I’m just not sure where he gets to in the run after drawing a tricky spot in the back row.
Audi Hare was comfortably beaten at Cranbourne last start and is rated a $200 chance in the race.
Cash N Flow
Cash N Flow is another that has been beaten comfortably at his last couple of starts. He looks outclassed in a field of this quality.