PREMIER racecaller Dan Mielicki has predicted Saturday night’s Breeders’ Crown Final for three-year-old colts and geldings to be one of the highlights of year.
Not only does the Tabcorp Park Melton-based feature offer $195,000 in stakes, it has attracted a stellar field of rising stars.
Long touted as the most exciting member of his age group, New South Wales pacer Ignatius was unbeaten this season until he clashed with local star Poster Boy in their semi-final at Bendigo last weekend.
Successful at his 11 starts heading into the qualifier, Ignatius’ wins include an effortless clean sweep of the New South Wales Breeders’ Challenge.
Boasting eight victories – including the New South Wales Derby and Vicbred Final – and three seconds from his 11 outings for the term, Poster Boy was runner-up behind Queenslander Colt Thirty One in the Victoria Derby last February.
A well-travelled son of Mach Three, Colt Thirty One has also captured Qbred Final and Premiers’ Cup against older rivals.
Then there is the likes of semi-final winner Ride High.
A newcomer among the ranks, Ride High has been impressive since debuting last April, winning seven of his eight starts, while finishing third in the other!
“They have all given the impression they can go on as older horses in a period where we want some new blood coming through,” Mielicki said.
“Poster Boy is the ultimate professional, Ignatius has excitement about him, Ride High has an X-factor feel and then there is the Victoria Derby winner, Colt Thirty One.
“I’m a fan of Konan and to imagine a horse of his quality has four or five in front of him is remarkable.
“I will have to go with Ignatius, but Colt Thirty One went well last week and has got the draw, so I give him a chance at odds.”