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    Qualifying first Group One runner is already a win Qualifying first Group One runner is already a win

    CHRIS ALFORD

    SHE’S the rank outsider of the field, but that means nothing to connections. As far as trainer Todd Prest is concerned qualifying his first... Qualifying first Group One runner is already a win

    SHE’S the rank outsider of the field, but that means nothing to connections.

    As far as trainer Todd Prest is concerned qualifying his first Group One runner is already a win!

    Prest will be represented by Sporty Dancer in a Breeders’ Crown Final at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night, with the daughter of Sportswriter at $151 with TAB Fixed Odds.

    On the other end of the spectrum, New Zealand raider Bettor Twist is a $2.20 favourite.

    “She has been a handy filly all along and to make her way into the Breeders’ Crown Final is a pretty good effort,” Prest said.

    “I sent her to Shannon Price for a Queensland campaign during winter and she won the Group Three South East Oaks before running third in the Queensland Oaks.

    “Although she was in a Group One up there, this is the first time I’ve had a runner in a Group One as a trainer.

    “We’re going to need a lot of luck…it’s an old cliché, but you’ve got to be in it to win it.”

    Fifth in her semi-final, Sporty Dancer has drawn awkwardly in barrier five.

    Champion reinsman Chris Alford will partner the three-year-old.

    “I thought she ran home just as good as the winner in the semi, but she was well back,” Prest said.

    “That was only her second start from a break and she will be tighter again on Saturday night.

    “It is a bit of a tricky draw and if she’d drawn one or two and sat on leader’s back I’d give her a sneaky chance.

    “Now we’ll just hope for luck on the night and see how we go…that’s all we can do!”

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