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    EMMA STEWART

    HE IS far from a trotter going nowhere and at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night Utopia is a strong chance to take his... Connections hoping for a state of utopia

    HE IS far from a trotter going nowhere and at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night Utopia is a strong chance to take his connections to a wonderland.

    Engaged in the Tatlow Stake, Utopia is one of the leading prospects in the time honoured feature despite his awkward draw.

    Fresh from his victory in last weekend’s The Gavin Lang Mile, Utopia has drawn barrier six for premier trainer Emma Stewart.

    Pleased with the two-year-old’s progress, which includes wins at his last two starts, Stewart has no doubt Utopia can complete a hat-trick.

    “He’s got plenty of ability and is still improving as he goes,” Stewart said. “His last couple of runs have been a better indication of how he can go and hopefully he can produce that again in the Tatlow.

    “The draw isn’t the best, especially against a strong field, but he is capable of winning from there.”

    TAB Fixed Odds markets have Utopia on the fourth line of betting at $6.

    Group One Home Grown Classic champion Keayang Ninja heads the table at $2.80 from gate seven.

    While she rates Keayang Ninja among the top contenders, Stewart believes Dont Care is the one to beat for trainer Kate Hargreaves.

    The son of Used To Me followed his recent second in an Australasian Breeders’ Crown Final with a soft win Maryborough a fortnight ago.

    To come from barrier five, Dont Care is the $3.80 second elect.

    “Keayang Ninja is talented and will be hard to beat again, but Dont Care appears to be all the way up,” Stewart said.

    “He’s put it together well in last few starts and could be the one we all have to beat.”

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