Franco Jamar may start favourite

JAMAR RISES THROUGH RANKS Five weeks ago, only hardcore Australian harness fans would have known much about New Zealand 3YO Franco Jamar. The colt had a handy record, including a Group 2 win and New Zealand Derby second placing, but nothing to suggest he would challenge for favouritism in a Tabcorp Australasian Breeders Crown final.…

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Breeders Crown barrier draws

BREEDERS CROWN BARRIERS DRAWN Franco Jamar was the big winner at the barrier draw for the headline race of next Sunday’s $1.56 million Tabcorp Australasian Breeders Crown finals day at Melton’s Tabcorp Park. The Steve Dolan-trained colt is poised to challenge for favouritism in the 3YO Colts & Geldings Final after landing the coveted inside…

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Devil Dodger adds interest in Crown

NO DODGING THE BIG GUNS By Brad Bishop New Zealand is launching an unprecedented assault on this year’s Tabcorp Australasian Breeders Crown and its strongest hand will be played out in the three-year-old colts and geldings’ division. Most of the leading Kiwi contenders in that series need no introduction to Australian harness fans. Smiling Shard…

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Shard drawn back row in Crown semi

BREEDERS CROWN SEMI-FINAL FIELDS DRAWN The task confronting several Tabcorp Australasian Breeders Crown big guns took a hit on Tuesday morning when they were handed testing draws for this Friday night’s semi-final round at Melton’s Tabcorp Park. Proven Breeders Crown performers Smiling Shard and Lanercost drew out the back in their respective 3YO colts and…

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Smoken Up rates 1:53.9

SMOKE MAY DRIFT NORTH Smoken Up may have booked himself a trip to the Sunshine State following a gutsy win in the $A20,000 Bolinda Publishing My Lightning Blue Free-For-All at Melton’s Tabcorp Park on Friday night, August 6. The millionaire gelding’s new-found racing style has prompted Melton trainer-driver Lance Justice to contemplate a trip north…

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Smiling Shard should be top five

LAST CHANCE FOR THREE-YEAR-OLDS Had you asked anyone for a tip in the three-year-old colts and geldings’ section of this year’s Tabcorp Australasian Breeders Crown entering the series, they probably would have picked one of five horses. Smiling Shard, Lanercost, Chariot King, Cuttheattitude and David Hercules were those most considered the major players in the…

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Roche into 3YO Crown reckoning

ROCHE BLASTS PAST RIVALS Roche At La Plagne could have been waiting for the Tabcorp Australasian Breeders Crown to deliver on his immense potential. The Amy Tubbs-trained gelding pulled off one of the biggest upsets of this year’s $2 million series when he won the first of four heats for the three-year-old colts and geldings…

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Douglas loyal to Melton

DOUGLAS LOYAL TO MELTON The Chariots Of Fire has the potential to provide Glenn Douyglas with the biggest win of his career, but Victoria’s leading trainer won’t be at Menangle on Friday night, July 30, for the $A200,000 Group 1. The Bendigo horseman has left travelling duties to the man who has overseen interstate trips…

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