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    Blazing ready to fire in ‘Grand Final’ Blazing ready to fire in ‘Grand Final’

    BLAZING UNDER FIRE - Photo Ashlea Brennan

    ALTHOUGH his not the ‘flag favourite’, Blazing Under Fire is in a solid position to capture his “Grand Final” at Tabcorp Park Menangle on... Blazing ready to fire in ‘Grand Final’

    ALTHOUGH his not the ‘flag favourite’, Blazing Under Fire is in a solid position to capture his “Grand Final” at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night.

    Winner of his last three starts, Blazing Under Fire is engaged in the Trotters’ Mile – a target trainer Blake Fitzpatrick set for the handsome stallion at the beginning of his preparation.

    “I’m not sure where I will head with him after the weekend,” Fitzpatrick said. “Saturday night’s race has been his Grand Final all through this preparation.

    “I guess I’ll see how he comes through the run but I may send him for a break.

    “It’d be nice if he went to the paddock as a last start winner.”

    Drawn barrier five, Blazing Under Fire slots into four with the removal of the emergency.

    Despite the six-year-old’s strong form, which includes four wins and three thirds from his last seven starts, Blazing Under Fire is mid range at $11 with TAB Fixed Odds.

    Victorian raider Big Jack Hammer and local squaregaiter Tough Monarch share favouritism at $3.10.

    Big Jack Hammer will begin from gate three for trainer David Aiken, with Tough Monarch to come from six for astute horseman Rickie Alchin.

    Despite the markets, Fitzpatrick rates War Dan Destroyer as the one to beat from barrier two.

    The son of Majestic Son is on the second line of betting at $3.60.

    “My bloke is going terrific and having two weeks between runs has really suited him as he is nice and fresh,” Fitzpatrick said.

    “He has drawn well but it’s still tough as a few of the good ones have drawn inside him.

    “I’d say War Dan Destroyer from the draw and over the distance is the one to beat.”

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