Barron hopes for Derby repeat

Trainer Tony Barron hopes tomorrow's Southern Supremacy Stakes Final at Ascot Park turns into survival of the fittest.

The former Southland trainer returns to his home province to contest one of its feature races with Global Domination.

The 3yr-old charged into fourth placing in tough, testing conditions behind Ultimate Sniper in the New Zealand Derby.

MetService forecasts suggest the Ascot Park could become rain-affected tomorrow.

Combine that with a strong race tempo, and the stage will be set for a another big effort from Global Domination.

``It was a thrill just to have one [runner] in the Derby, I didn't think he would disgrace himself,'' Barron said.

``With a similar trip to [that of] the Derby, I don't think he will be too far away.''

Global Domination brings one advantage over his main rival, Robyns Playboy, into tomorrow's 2700m group 2 feature.

Robyns Playboy's brilliant southern form meant he was one of the favourites ahead of tomorrow's race.

That was confirmed by TAB bookmakers, who installed the horse as the second-favourite after he drew barrier 1.

But to justify that, the Ross Wilson-trained pacer will have to turn the tables on Global Domination.

The pair have met twice, and Global Domination has defeated Robyns Playboy both times.

Barron hoped that his rival's draw may help Global Domination get the race tempo the trainer is looking for.

``Robyns Playboy will obviously go out hard, and I am hoping there is another couple there that come out.

``We will just come across and hopefully end up in the first five or six. I just hope there is a genuine speed. This fellow can sit off the speed, it won't matter how quick they go.''

One of Robyns Playboy's defeats to Global Domination came in the New Zealand Derby.

The Southland 3yr-old went a sound race when running eighth after doing plenty of work, while Global Domination saved ground along the markers.

Memphis Tennessee, Cast No Shadow, Mongolian Cavalry and Stars Tonight competed alongside Global Domination and Robyns Playboy in the New Zealand Derby.

Should Robyns Playboy hold the lead from barrier 1, it could hand a sweet run in the trail to Mongolian Cavalry.

The Paul Court-trained pacer could only manage 10th in the New Zealand Derby, but improved on that with the best run of his campaign in his subsequent start when second to Bringitonhome in good time.

Global Domination ran sixth in the same race.

The pacer put up a massive effort after being knocked over and losing ground at the start, before being forced to sit parked.

Bookmakers rated the seventh placegetter in the Derby, Memphis Tennessee, the best runner from that field that will line up in tomorrow's race.

They have made the Terry and Glenys Chmiel-trained 3yr-old the $3.30 favourite.

Memphis Tennessee has winning form after producing a big lower-grade victory at Addington following his Derby effort.

The Greg and Nina Hope stable look to have big hand in tomorrow's group 2 Southland Oaks final.

Their runners, Kendra and Mossdale Art, look major players after drawing 4 and 5, respectively.


 

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