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    Punters flexing their muscles ahead of Classic Punters flexing their muscles ahead of Classic

    LOOKS A WINNER: Muscle Factory. Photo Dan Costello

    PUNTERS are showing faith in Muscle Factory as he attempts to break the stranglehold raiders have had on the New South Wales Derby at... Punters flexing their muscles ahead of Classic

    PUNTERS are showing faith in Muscle Factory as he attempts to break the stranglehold raiders have had on the New South Wales Derby at Tabcorp Park Menangle tomorrow night.

    As mentioned on www.nationaltrotguide.com.au earlier in the week, Muscle Factory is the lone local in the Blue Riband.

    In fact, the Australian Pacing Gold purchase is the only non-Victorian in the Group One field!

    A strong second in his heat – which was won in track record equalling time by APG graduate Demon Delight – Muscle Factory has drawn barrier three for co-trainers Lauren and Shane Tritton.

    The son of Roll With Joe slots into two with the removal of the emergency.

    Winner of the Victoria Derby on January 26, Muscle Factory has been backed into being the $3 second elect in his bid to complete the classic double.

    Centenario, another to come from the Australian Pacing Gold ‘stable’, is the easing $2.60 after drawing to begin from the pole.

    Excel Stride was the last local to capture the Derby in a race record 1:54.2 over 2300 metres in 2011.

    In the Oaks, New Zealand filly Our Princess Tiffany continues to tighten, moving into $1.40 from barrier six.

    Considered Our Princess Tiffany’s main danger, Kualoa has eased from $2.30 to $4 from gate 11.

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    Paul Courts

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