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    Stablemates chasing Inter Dominion berths Stablemates chasing Inter Dominion berths

    AMANDAS SPUR on the inside - Photo Ashlea Brennan

    THEY’RE long shots of making the cut-off, but Amandas Spur and Kowhai Monarch will continue their push for Inter Dominion berths when they head... Stablemates chasing Inter Dominion berths

    THEY’RE long shots of making the cut-off, but Amandas Spur and Kowhai Monarch will continue their push for Inter Dominion berths when they head to Tabcorp Park Menangle tomorrow.

    Hoping to have the pair in the resurrected Trotters’ Championship, co-trainer Joe Rando is aware the task will monumental but hasn’t conceded defeat.

    Only the top 24 squaregaiters will contest the heats, which begin in Melton on December 1.

    Amandas Spur is ranked at 76, with Kowhai Monarch sitting on 79.

    “It’s not going to be easy, maybe even close to impossible, but we will keep pushing on and hope they can climb the rankings,” Rando said.

    “We’ll begin with Menangle tomorrow and go from there.

    “There is a Group Two at Menangle on October 28, so if one of them happens to win that, it will certainly help their ranking.”

    Although he is giving his stablemate a 10-metre start Amandas Spur is rated as Rando’s – who prepared his team with his wife, Mary – leading prospect.

    A recent New Zealand import, Amandas Spur was second upon debut before scoring at Menangle nine days ago.

    “He’s turning out to be a really nice horse as we expected,” Rando said. “In his win he showed gate speed, took a sit and relaxed, and then when a gap came he moved quickly.”

    Third behind Amandas Spur during their recent clash, Kowhai Monarch has a prime opportunity to reverse the roles from the pole.

    “Off the front he is the one to beat,” Rando said. “He’s been among the placings in his three starts for us and is certainly building up to a win.

    “It’s just a matter of time and tomorrow could be it from a good draw.

    “They are both going well, training right and we can’t ask any more of them.”

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