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    From stablemates to main rivals From stablemates to main rivals

    TORO STRIDE

    FORMER stablemates are set to dominate Saturday night’s Carousel Final at Club Menangle. Winners of their heats, Toro Stride, Red White And Bloom and... From stablemates to main rivals

    FORMER stablemates are set to dominate Saturday night’s Carousel Final at Club Menangle.

    Winners of their heats, Toro Stride, Red White And Bloom and Constantinople are the three leading contenders in the trotters’ division.

    While they will represent different stables, the trio were trained by Victorian horseman Chris Lang before arriving in New South Wales.

    Since crossing the Murray River, Toro Stride and Constantinople are undefeated from three starts, while Red White And Bloom has been triumphant in his only appearance.

    Another ‘bond’ between them is each returned from long spells before making their NSW debut.

    Faring best in the barrier draw, Toro Stride will begin from gate four for co-trainers Mary and Joe Rando.

    The son of Love You made his debut for the prominent couple on July 11, in what was his first start since last October.

    “He is a very nice trotter,” Joe said. “We really like him and believe he can go a lot further.

    “He’s only lightly-raced and gives the impression he’ll get better as he gains experience.”

    To be driven by Bailey McDonough, the gelding is a warm $2.40 favourite, with Constantinople considered the biggest threat at $3.20.

    Trained by premier horsewoman Belinda McCarthy, Constantinople has drawn barrier eight.

    Along with Toro Stride, the Randos also have Leaf Stride in gate 12.

    “Leaf’s drawn badly because he is right outside of the draw in mobiles, but if he puts it together he is more than capable of winning this,” Joe said. “It will all come down to his behaviour on the night.”

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