THE big guns return to Tabcorp Park Menangle this afternoon and it’s the ones that missed success in the interstate features who will be looking to make up lost ground.
The powerful Shane and Lauren Tritton stable only qualified one runner for Saturday night’s $500,000 TAB Inter Dominion final at Melton and Maximan couldn’t make an impression on them, finishing a long last behind Tiger Tara.
Likewise ‘Team Tritton’ qualified one for the $50,000 Inter Dominion Consolation and Yayas Hot Spot also finished last, despite having the services of champion North American reinsman Jody Jamieson.
The Trittons should reverse that trend when they head for Menangle today with two favourites and several other well-credentialled runners on the seven-race card.
The best of those looks to be Gods Spirit ($1.33) in Race Six, who was surprisingly beaten first-up at Menangle last week when nabbed right on the line by the ultra-talented former Derby winner Raukapuka Ruler.
Looking to lead all the way, Lauren Tritton looked stunned when the Tim Butt-trained former Kiwi pacer sat outside her and rated 1:50.2 to score by a half-neck.
Drawn gate three this afternoon, Gods Spirit comes into gate two with the scratching of Theartofinfusion and should be able to atone for that shock loss.
Butt will again be hoping for an upset win as he will have another talented pacer Franco Landry (Jason Grimson) up against them and looking to make it three wins from his past four starts.
Lauren should be looking for a double after also winning Race Five as she will partner $2.25 favourite Petes Big Jim.
Her task won’t be an easy one though as she’s up against Roy Roots junior’s smart youngster Miss Streisand, who has won her past three in a row as well as Kerry McDowell’s impressive Cowboys N Indians, who won a recent trial but is first-up since July.
Another leading stable with their No 1 driver back is the KerryAnn Turner-Robert Morris team, which has been campaigning in Queensland for the past month.
Morris finished a disappointing 11th driving Aztec Bromac in Saturday night’s $50,000 Queensland Cup at Albion Park, 24m behind Queensland harness racing’s latest star, Colt Thirty One.
Morris will partner favoured runner Pembrooks Passion for the stable in Race Three today as well as handy trotter Torfino Mist ($10) in Race Two, Fat Prophet ($9) in Race Four and Its Mesmerise ($15) in Race Five.
Morris will also be hoping to improve the chances of claimer Our Quinn ($6.50) in Race Seven following the gelding’s disappointing fifth at Goulburn last week.