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    Not much love for in-form squaregaiter Not much love for in-form squaregaiter

    ROMPERS MONARCHY on the outside - Photo Laura Lebedeff

    SHE’S racing in sensational form, including three wins from her last four starts, yet isn’t enjoying much support in betting markets. Despite her impressive... Not much love for in-form squaregaiter

    SHE’S racing in sensational form, including three wins from her last four starts, yet isn’t enjoying much support in betting markets.

    Despite her impressive record, Rompers Monarchy is midrange in wagering at Tabcorp Park Menangle tomorrow night.

    While the barrier draw may play a small role in the mare’s odds, the appearance of a former American trotter has pushed Rompers Monarchy back in the eyes of punters.

    Set to make her Australian debut, Lily Stride dominates as a $1.35 favourite from gate five.

    Owned locally by Emilio and Mary Stide, the daughter of Muscle Hill has seven wins and 15 placings from 30 starts for a bankroll of $701,858 and a best time of 1:50.2.

    Lily Stride has also won her two recent trials with consummate ease.

    As impressive as it sounds, co-trainer Joe Rando remains quietly confident with Rompers Monarchy.

    Rando prepares his team with his wife, Mary.

    “Lily Stride is certainly a nice type,” Rando said. “You don’t run those times and earn that much in stakes unless you’ve got ability.

    “She beat us easily at the trials, but we were also just there for the hit out.

    “Rompers Monarchy is a rising 10-year-old, but since the Inter Dominion earlier in the season she has felt like a two-year-old…I just wish the Inter happened a few years ago!

    “This was going to be her last season, but given the way she is racing she will go on for another year.”

    To be driven by David Morris the daughter of Monarchy is on the fourth line of betting at $11 from gate seven.

    “It’s not going to be easy by any means, but she’s ready to run another big race,” Rando said. “She couldn’t be in better condition going into Saturday night.

    “The draw hasn’t made it any easier, but with a bit of luck she will be right in the finish.”

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