Harness racing: Eyes on the Inter Dom prize

Updated: February 15, 2014
Reigning Miracle Mile champion Beautide will be the shortest priced favourite in tonight's Inter Dominion heats

Reigning Miracle Mile champion Beautide will be the shortest priced favourite in tonight’s Inter Dominion heats

2014 Inter Dominion heats: R8 Addington (8.15pm), R6 Menangle (8.30pm), R6 Melton (8.45pm), R7 Menangle (9pm), R6 Albion Park ( 9.15pm), R1 Gloucester Park (9.30pm)

The Inter Dominion is harness racing’s premier event. It has been contested since 1936 rotating around cities in Australia and New Zealand. The series is being conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle for three consecutive years – 2013-15. The championship starts tonight with Inter Dominion Qualifying Heats throughout Australasia during a 90-minute window. The carnival returns to Tabcorp Park Menangle next Saturday for the Allied Express Pink Bonnet and Rod Fitzpatrick Memorial along with a host of qualifying heats for the Group 1 races on Inter Dominion Grand Final day. The TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion Grand Final will be held at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Sunday, March 2.

Heat 1 – Addington (NZ, two qualifiers) – just six horses to go around here and it’s hard to see #1 Terror To Love and #2 Smolda missing the top two, with the #2 likely to take the trail but the focus will be on qualifying for the two shorties.

Heat 2 – Menangle (NSW, two qualifiers) – not long ago #8 Beautide was trudging around in FFA class in Tasmania. Now’s he’s the reigning Miracle Mile champion and the best pacer in Australasia. He’ll win with the second spot to be battled out between #12 The Gold Ace and #1 Two Eye Cee.

Heat 3 – Melton (VIC, three qualifiers) – a field of 12 will contest the Melbourne heat where #1 Restrepo can either lead or take a sit and still qualify. #11 Caribbean Blaster will have to work from the outside of the second row but should progress with the battle for the third spot wide open. #8 Keayang Cullen and #9 A Bettorpunt look some chance.

Heat 4 – Menangle (NSW, two qualifiers) – #6 For A Reason will start favourite but he’s no certainty. Indeed #8 Mach Beauty looks more likely to qualify and he’ll be the likely leader or in a trail spot. Others to watch in this intriguing heat are #10 Franco Nelson while #1 Mah Sish will also be prominent.

Heat 5 – Albion Park (QLD, one qualifier) – the weakest heat scheduled tonight, #1 Forever Gold will get every chance from the inside draw but will be made to work for the rail by the improving #2 Avonnova. #9 Field Officer is the other logical chance but he’ll have to work hard from the second row.

Heat 6 – Gloucester Park (WA, two qualifiers) – triple ID champion Imthemightyquinn is out leaving three logical chances but this is a pretty even bunch. #5 Im Victorious looks the form horse while #1 Livingontheinterest will be prominent from the pole position. #8 David Hercules is an ultra-consistent performer but may have his work cut out from the draw.

Confirmed bets

Addington R8 #1 Terror to Love (win)

Melton R6 #11 Caribbean Blaster (E/W)

Gloucester Park R1 #5 I’m Victorious (win)

• Selections are listed in three categories – 1) Suggested (likely bet but yet to be finalised); 2) Confirmed (locked in at the price listed); and 3) Leans (tips, but not recommended bets); all times quoted are Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT); prices with thanks to Centrebet (except where markets are not available), correct at time of publication. Results/comments on today’s games will follow in the next post.

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