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    Awkward draw not an obstacle for G1 favourite Awkward draw not an obstacle for G1 favourite

    INAUGURAL The Allwood winner Pandering - Photo Walter Bulyga

    AN AWKWARD second row draw has done nothing to dampen the belief Pandering has a stranglehold on Saturday night’s The Allwood Final at Globe... Awkward draw not an obstacle for G1 favourite

    AN AWKWARD second row draw has done nothing to dampen the belief Pandering has a stranglehold on Saturday night’s The Allwood Final at Globe Derby.

    An effortless winner of his heat at the same venue last weekend, the Sales graduate is considered a cut above his Group One rivals.

    Driven by Kima Frenning, Pandering was never fully extended on his way to a 21-metre victory.

    Owned by Justin Baker, the son of Courage Under Fire rated 1:59.3 over 1800 metres, with his time 2.8 seconds quicker than Justabitofheaven in the opening qualifier.

    Ryan Hryhorec who trains Justabitofheaven stated “I can’t see Pandering being beaten.

    “It’s Pandering and then an area code to the others.”

    TAB Fixed Odds supports Hryhorec’s assessment, with the Emma Stewart-trained colt a $1.30 favourite despite his middle of the back line barrier.

    Fellow Victorian raider Night Spirit is the only other runner under double figures at $5.50 from gate seven.

    Pleased with the two-year-old’s progress, Stewart is positive Pandering can add the $100,000 feature to his record of two wins and two placings from four starts.

    “His work since the heat has been solid and I expect him to be better again for the run,” Stewart said. “On paper he appears to have them covered, but he still has to get out there and get the job done.

    “The draw has made it a little tougher, and as we all know, anything can happen in racing.

    “Barring any unforeseen circumstances he will take a lot of beating in the Final.”

    The Sale and race series are the brainchild of enthusiast Dean Baring, with the working committee including Harness Racing SA chairman Gary Crocker, who has a personal interest in the event.

    Crocker owns Adam Crocker which has drawn barrier five.

    Trained by Justin Brewin, the son of Somebeachsomewhere finished third in Justabitofheaven’s heat.

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