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Inter Dominion Harness Tips - both pacing heats previewed

San Carlo (Stuart McCormick/HRV)

The second round of Inter Dominion Heats will be held at Alexandra Park on Tuesday. 

Race 5 - IRT IDOM PACING CHAMPS H3 (1700m) – 6:20pm AEDT

The third heat of the Inter Dominion pacing division sees Chase Auckland draw barrier one for the sprint trip. He is the $1.75 favourite after running second on the opening night of the series. He looks hard to beat but isn’t unbeatable. 

One horse that may be able to topple him is A G’s White Socks who was enormous for new trainer Barry Purdon. The six-year-old gelding won his heat defeating Cruz Bromac in 1:54.2. He should map well from barrier three with driver Maurice McKendry in the sulky. 

My Kiwi Mate was seventh on night one and trailing Chase Auckland here is ideal. He is going to be given every chance by trainer-driver Craig Demmler and looks to be a good each-way price at $26/$4.40. 

Ashley Locaz and Thefixer have tricky draws to overcome but plenty of class and are good enough to win if Chase Auckland underperforms. Colt Thirty One is also in the mix. 



The Australian runners have drawn exceptionally for this heat with San Carlo (1), Conviction (2), Our Uncle Sam (4) and Bling It On (9) and they will need that advantage against the mighty All Stars stable. 

San Carlo is a tough horse that can win when leading but generally doesn’t salute the judge in first place when forced to sit parked. His night one effort was strong when beaten 4.2 lengths after racing outside of Chase Auckland in 1:53.6 for the 2200m. 

An obvious concern is that Ultimate Sniper raced three-wide without cover late and easily whooshed straight past him to defeat Chase Auckland. Ultimate Sniper is favourite for this heat from barrier seven and he may be able to prove too good for all rivals.

San Carlo is $8.00 though from barrier one, a price you certainly wouldn’t see in an Australian race from this draw; happy to take a chance on the Stephen O’Donoghue & Rebecca Bartley-trained nine-year-old gelding.

Ultimate Sniper is the horse to beat for the series and another win here would only further solidify his claims as the likely overall winner. Cruz Bromac should acquit himself very well and is capable of winning. Smaller hope to Bling It On who races best with a sit after a dismal showing night one. Classie Brigade looks to be the blowout chance. 

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Inter Dominion Harness Tips - both pacing heats previewed

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