HEADING into Friday’s Inter Dominion Final as one of the outsiders is of little consequence to Victorian horseman Craig Demmler.
Demmler will contest the Alexandra Park-based feature with My Kiwi Mate, which earned his place in the time-honoured decider as the highest ranked Australian.
Despite his standing among the Aussie point earners, My Kiwi Mate is a $71 long shot with TAB Fixed Odds.
Almost two decades ago Demmler was engaged in another Inter Dominion Final, where he also partnered an outsider.
Driving Breenys Fella for his legendary trainer-father Ted, Demmler finished second behind Shakamaker in the 2000 Melbourne Final.
“I think Breenys Fella was about 80 to 1 when he ran second to Shakamaker in 2000,” Demmler said. “The horse doesn’t know what odds he is and will still be doing his best.
“Breenys got the right run and nearly caused a boil over and My Kiwi Mate is capable of doing the same thing.
“They are similar in that way as they’ve got to rely on opportunities and a bit of luck.”
Demmler has gained an early stroke of luck in the barrier draw with My Kiwi Mate likely to receive a handy passage in the $500,000 Group One.
The son of Bettors Delight will begin from the pole.
“It’s a great draw,” Demmler said. “Hopefully from there he can get into a good position and grab that luck he needs.
“He’s pretty bright and seems to be thriving on the racing which is ideal.
“I won’t be doing much with him during the week, just cruise along and keep him happy.
“If he’s not fit now he never will be, so I won’t be working him hard.”