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    Ideal draw for title defence Ideal draw for title defence

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    A PERFECT draw has Karalta Moondance in a strong position to successfully defend her title in Launceston on Sunday night. Engaged in The Bandbox... Ideal draw for title defence

    A PERFECT draw has Karalta Moondance in a strong position to successfully defend her title in Launceston on Sunday night.

    Engaged in The Bandbox for trainer Kent Rattray, Karalta Moondance will begin from the coveted pole.

    The daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven captured last season’s Tasbred Final after working to the lead before gaining a trail behind the favourite Spoilt Sport, which finished two-and-a-half metres away as the runner-up.

    Karalta Moondance paid a massive $81 on the tote.

    This time around the three-year-old is listed as an $8 chance, with Spoilt Sport once again the public elect despite drawing the outside of the front row.

    “I couldn’t be happier with her draw,” Rattray said. “It brings her right into it.

    “Spoilt Sport is the one to beat, but we’re certainly in a position to give it a good shake.

    “She is certainly not out of it and the draw helps her chances.”

    Rattray has also Sunny Sanz and Karalta News in the colts’ and geldings’ division, with Sunny Sanz the short priced favourite.

    Boasting five wins and a second from six starts the son of Sportswriter has drawn barrier six.

    “I felt like we left a lot of money on the table last season when he got injured and this is a good opportunity to make up for some of that,” Rattray said.

    “I couldn’t be happier with his condition and expect him to be very hard to beat.”

    Unlike his stablemate, Karalta News is among the outsiders from the pole.

    “He’s only had two starts and is learning what it’s all about,” Rattray said. “He’s going to need his share of luck.”

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