EXCITING pacer Ultimate Sniper is favoured to join an elite fraternity among the Inter Dominion winners.
Successful in his two heats – including a dashing victory in the second round at Alexandra Park tonight – Ultimate Sniper is on target to become just the 13th four-year-old to capture the time-honoured Championship.
Springfield Globe was the ground breaker during the fourth edition of the series in 1939 when the Inter Dominion was conducted in Tasmania.
Four-year-olds dominated with triumphs in 1987, ’88, ’89 and ’91, however, the age group has been absent from the honour roll since Shakamaker secured the title in 2000.
Shakamaker’s Moonee Valley-based Final was the southern hemisphere’s first $1million race.
Ultimate Sniper is co-trained by Mark Purdon, who drove Mark Hanover to annex the 1991 Alexandra Park Inter Dominion.
As a result of his latest win, Ultimate Sniper has tightened from $2.50 to $2 with TAB Fixed Odds.
Driven by co-trainer Natalie Rasmussen, Ultimate Sniper scored from his stablemate Cruz Bromac.
In what is becoming a Purdon fest, Mark’s brother Barry prepared Mach Shard to finish third.
Barry was victorious with A G’s White Socks in the first qualifier on the program, with the son of Rock N Roll Heaven also unbeaten from two rounds.
A G’s White Socks accounted for Chase Auckland – a member of the Purdon/Rasmussen squad – with Australian hopeful, My Kiwi Mate, third.
Astonishingly, the Purdons have the top five contenders in betting markets, with Cruz Bromac on the second line of betting at $4 with TAB Fixed Odds.
A G’s White Socks is on $4.50 followed by Thefixer at $5 and Chase Auckland on $6.
Bling It On, which is yet to run a placing, is the best of the Australians at $11.