November 26, 2019 Paul Courts
AUSSIE Inter Dominion contender Bling It On has arrived in New Zealand.
Having left Sydney late last night, Bling It On landed on the Shaky Isles during the early hours of the morning.
To trainer Craig Cross’ delight the son of American Ideal has handled the trip like the seasoned veteran he is.
“There was never a concern with him being anything but fine with the travel,” Cross said. “He’s flown all over Australia and has always taken it in his stride.
“He’s had his breakfast and is enjoying an easy time of it.”
There will be no such thing as an “easy time” for Bling It On when he heads to Alexandra Park for the opening Inter Dominion heat on Friday night.
Engaged in the second qualifier, the stallion faces a difficult task from barrier seven.
“The draw hasn’t been so kind,” Cross said. “We’ve certainly been treated like visitors.
“It’s not going to be easy over 2200 metres, but he is in great condition and is ready to go.
“As long as he can get a clear run at them he will be hard to hold out.”
Citing stablemates Thefixer and Cruz Bromac as the pair to beat despite their second row draws, Cross believes fellow New South Wales pacer Atomic Red “holds the key to the race” from the pole.
Thefixer and Cruz Bromac are prepared by champion couple Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen.
Atomic Red is prepared by Inter Dominion winning horseman Steve Turnbull.
“Mark and Natalie’s two will be the hardest to beat even from their draws,” Cross said. “Atomic Red is an interesting runner and probably holds the key to the race given his draw.
“He’s likely to try and hold the lead early before looking to hand up to the right horse.
“It’s a pretty even field which doesn’t seem to have that real staying type which will apply a lot of pressure, so it’s likely to be a sprint home.”