SIBLING rivalry will be at its best this weekend.
One is being touted as potentially the best pacer anywhere around the globe, while the other has made a massive transformation from struggling restricted class performer to an open class force during the past two months.
Come Saturday night, the half-brothers will clash for the first time in The Blacks A Fake at Albion Park.
Unbeaten from five starts this season – for an eight-run winning streak – Leap To Fame is the name dominating media as being a genuine claimant as the world’s best.
Producing phenomenal runs this campaign, the Australian Pacing Gold purchase made a strong field of three and four-year-olds look second rate in The Rising Sun a fortnight ago, before embarrassing his free-for-all opposition in the Sunshine Sprint last week.
Rating a race record 1:50.1 in the Group One Sprint, Leap To Fame took his tally to 22 wins and five placings from 28 starts for earnings of $899,182!
Unfortunately for the Grant Dixon-trained entire, he has drawn barrier nine in his Grand Circuit debut.
On the other end of the scale, his older half-brother, Swayzee, will begin from gate two.
Interestingly, Swayzee pushing forward in search of the lead will aid Leap To Fame, who will follow the son of gelding through at the start!
As mentioned, Swayzee has been a revelation under the genius guidance of Jason Grimson.
Unplaced during his eight starts before joining Grimson’s stable, Swayzee is undefeated from five outings for the dual Inter Dominion winning trainer.
Also an APG buy, Swayzee has been the best backed runner since TAB Fixed Odds opened its market.
Originally listed at $9, Swayzee odds have plummeted to $5.
Leap To Fame remains at the head of affairs as a $1.35 favourite after ‘drifting’ from $1.25.
“The early money came for Swayzee after the barrier draw for The Blacks A Fake, with the pacer’s opening price almost slashed in half,” TAB’s Hamish Ferguson said.
“While there’s no doubt Leap To Fame is the one to beat, TAB punters have been cautious about the short price our traders put up and have looked around for some value.
“Swayzee is holding twice as much as Leap To Fame in the early market, but we expect to see that change if Leap To Fame gets out further than what you can currently get at $1.35.”