QUEENSLAND star Colt Thirty One rounded off his Inter Dominion preparation on a perfect note.
Due to leave Australia next weekend, Colt Thirty One will cross the Tasman as a last start winner at Tabcorp Park Melton.
Driven by local reinsman John Caldow, the son of Mach Three captured the Popular Alm Free-For-All.
Pleased with Colt Thirty One’s performance, trainer Grant Dixon confirmed his stable flagship will contest the New Zealand Inter Dominion.
Heats of the time honoured Championship begin at Alexandra Park on November 29, with the Final scheduled to be conducted on December 14.
“That will be his last run now before we go to New Zealand,” Dixon said. “I was planning to run him in next week’s Geelong Cup, but it clashes with the flights.
“He flies out of Melbourne which is why he has stayed down there to race.
“He is fit, healthy and in winning form which is a good way to go into such a tough series.”
Pushed through from his second row draw Colt Thirty One settled in the one-one early before being sent forward during the middle stages to settle outside the leader, Wrappers Delight, which was pulling hard for driver Josh Aiken.
With the pacemaker choking and being retired from the race with 1200 metres to travel, Colt Thirty One took over the front runner’s role.
Never seriously challenged from that point the stallion cruised to a six-and-a-half metre win from My Kiwi Mate, with Somebeachshadow a half-head away third.
“I was content for him to sit in the ‘death seat’ but he got a bit of luck soon after getting there and found the front instead,” Dixon said.
“After that John said he just rolled along as he pleased and never got out of second gear.”
Owned by Kevin and Kay Seymour, the Australian Pacing Gold eligible five-year-old rated 1:56.1 over 2240 metres to take his record to 34 wins and 11 placings from 51 starts for earnings of $790,356.