SHANE and Lauren Tritton have defied the odds this week by qualifying a former ‘claimer’ for the $500,000 Inter Dominion Grand Final next weekend.
Maximan couldn’t win a Claiming Pace at Melton in July when he was sent around as a $2.10 favourite before losing to Classic Guy.
Just five months later, since joining Team Tritton, he has qualified for the Inter Dom Grand Final and after drawing gate six may even make his presence felt against some of the best pacers in Australasia.
Still the Trittons will switch their focus back to Sydney today where they will head for Menangle with bright prospects of a winning treble.
One of their best chances looks to be improving mare Kates Carrera, who has the perfect draw to lead all the way and win race four, the C91.3FM Pace.
Listed as an odds-on $1.80 favourite, Kates Carrera has earned a cheque at all seven starts since joining the Tritton stable and already has a Newcastle win to her credit so should be too strong for a field of C0-C2-class pacers.
Co-trainer Lauren Tritton should be able to make it a winning double when she climbs into the sulky behind the impressive gelding Gods Spirit in race five.
While he is learning, Gods Spirit has won four from four since joining Sydney’s No 1 stable and rated 1:50.9 in one of those victories, scoring by an incredible 25.5m.
Tritton rates him a horse of the future and he should have little trouble adding to his imposing record.
Lauren will be hoping to line up for a hat-trick when she drives Falcon Stride, who will also chasing a hat-trick of wins in race six.
Despite being unbeaten since joining Tritton’s team, Falcon Stride is not even favourite and has been listed by the TAB as the $3 second favourite behind Tim Butt’s impressive four-year-old Franco Landry.
This should be the best race of the day with a number of other last-start winners like Bronski Belle (KerryAnn Turner), Ashark (Brad Elder) and Benalong Valley (Trevor Munday) all looking to topple the two favourites and score an upset win.
Then it’s back to normal when Team Tritton starts another favourite, Muscle Factory, ($1.75) in race seven.
This impressive Roll With Joe-bred colt won back-to-back races at Albion Park in August and proved he was ready to strike first-up when he rated 1:53.5 in scoring a Menangle trial win two weeks ago.
These top chances should have Lauren in the perfect frame of mind to head back to Melton at the weekend and give Maximan his shot at history.