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    AUSTRALASIA’S most in-form trainer Jason Grimson will take his first step towards history when he heads to Albion Park tonight. Grimson’s quest to re-write... First step towards Inter Dominion history

    AUSTRALASIA’S most in-form trainer Jason Grimson will take his first step towards history when he heads to Albion Park tonight.

    Grimson’s quest to re-write the record books coincides with the opening round of Inter Dominion heats.

    Winner of the past two Inter Dominions, Grimson is aiming to become the first trainer to secure the time-honoured Championship in three successive years with different pacers since the series’ inception in 1936.

    As it stands, Grimson is just one of three trainers, or partnerships, to win consecutive Finals with different runners.

    Triumphant in the Club Menangle-based Championship with Boncel Benjamin in 2021, Grimson captured last season’s decider at Tabcorp Park Melton with I Cast No Shadow to become part of Inter Dominion folklore along with Bob Knight and power couple Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen.

    Knight was the ground breaker, scoring at Harold Park with Our Maestro in 1988 and in Perth with Jodie’s Babe in 1989.

    Purdon and Rasmussen were victorious with Smolda in 2016 and Lazarus in 2017, with both wins recorded at Gloucester Park.

    On a side note, former star pacer Captain Sandy is the only campaigner to win two Inter Dominions for different trainers.

    Jock Bain prepared Captain Sandy to secure the 1950 series at the Ascot Vale Showgrounds, while Dinny Nolan rejuvenated the retired veteran to capture the 1953 Perth edition.

    As for Grimson’s attempt at history, the New South Wales-based horseman will rely on the rampaging Swayzee to achieve the feat.

    A struggling restricted class performer before joining Grimson’s team, Swayzee has become the southern hemisphere’s most improved pacer since the stable switch last April.

    Registering just one win from his previous dozen starts, the son of Rock N Roll Heaven is undefeated from nine outings for Grimson, with his victories including a pair of Grand Circuit events – The Blacks A Fake and New Zealand Cup.

    Swayzee’s astonishing transformation has resulted in him being listed as the second favourite to win the Inter Dominion Final on December 16.

    The gelding is at $3.50 via TAB Fixed Odds, with his younger half-brother, Leap To Fame, heading the market at $1.80 for trainer Grant Dixon.

    Drawn barrier two in the fourth heat, Swayzee is sitting at $1.10, with Manila Playboy considered the biggest threat at $10 from the pole.

    Now under the guidance of Darrel Graham, who has given the son of Shadow Play three starts, I Cast No Shadow is a $151 outsider in his bid to retain the title.

    Winless since his Inter Dominion crowning moment, I Cast No Shadow is poised to contest the opening qualifier as a $41 shot from barrier three.

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