YOU know there is a super crop of three-year-olds when competing against some of the best open class trotters in Australia doesn’t seem any harder than racing your own age!
That thought was behind Matthew Craven’s choice when nominating Pink Gallahs for tonight’s Tabcorp Park Melton meeting.
Craven had two options – The Holmfield for three-year-olds and the Bill Collins Sprint for open class squaregaiters.
Craven chose the latter for the filly.
Pink Gallahs is no stranger to competing against older rivals, having beaten the nation’s best mares in the Sumthingaboutmaori Trot a fortnight ago.
“I figured if we are going to risk a run with her we might as well run for $60,000 as oppose to $30,000,” Craven said.
“With all respect to the open class trotters I felt it won’t be any easier in the three-year-old trot.
“Either way it is going to be a strong race and if she can run in the top four in this field I’ll be rapt.”
With Craven to take the reins, Pink Gallahs has drawn to settle in a prominent position from barrier three.
The daughter of Skyvalley slots into two with the removal of the emergency, which has seen her listed at $9 with TAB Fixed Odds.
Just to highlight the belief in Pink Gallahs, which boasts nine wins and four placings from 15 starts, Tornado Valley – the measuring stick among the gait in recent seasons – is at $8 from barrier 10.
Tornado Valley captured the Group One in 2018.
Star mare Dance Craze, which will begin from the pole, heads the market at $2.40.
Defending champion Mclovin – a stablemate of Tornado Valley – is being offered at $13.
Drawn the outside of the front row, the Andy Gath-trained gelding is first-up since scoring at Ballarat on August 8.