Early pace poser for Williamson

Majestic Man (foreground) in action at Ascot Park earlier this year. Photo: Bruce Stewart
Majestic Man (foreground) in action at Ascot Park earlier this year. Photo: Bruce Stewart
Oamaru trotter Majestic Man is set to find himself in the middle of the early speed in Saturday night’s Interdominion Trotting Championship final at Alexandra Park.

Driver Brad Williamson will face the choice of whether to let the squaregaiter, trained by his father, Phil, show off his fast gate speed from barrier 4.

With known fast beginners in Victorian Big Jack Hammer (1) and the favourite, Winterfell (2), drawn inside his horse, it is a option the reinsman may choose not to take up.

Winterfell and Majestic Man were the clear winners among the leading contenders once the draw was made for the $150,000 final.

Marcoola landed a horror draw on the outside of the front row in barrier 8.

Parmount King and Massive Metro will have to start from barriers 4 and 5 on the second row, respectively.

Temporale is slightly better off than them, drawing behind Big Jack Hammer in barrier 9 – No1 on the second row of the mobile.

Oamaru could have two finals representatives as Monty Python is the 2700m feature’s emergency.

Series star Ultimate Sniper’s premium barrier 5 draw is set to result in early fireworks in the Interdominion Pacing Championship final.

The 4yr-old, winner in impressive style of all three heats, is expected to easily take up a handy position from stablemates and key rivals Cruz Bromac and Thefixer.

The All Stars duo will have a huge task to work around the field to get into the race in order to beat their stunning stablemate.

Cruz Bromac and Thefixer are likely to start beside each other, in barriers 2 and 3 on the second row, if emergency Classie Brigade is scratched.

The stocks of My Kiwi Mate (1), Sicario (2), Ashley Locaz (3) and On The Cards rose after they drew inside Ultimate Sniper yesterday.

Exactly how they fare could depend on how desperate their drivers are to find the front in the hope of securing a perfect run by handing the lead to the favourite.

My Kiwi Mate and driver Craig Demmler look to have first option on the lead from the inside. The Victorian pacer began quickly in the first two heats of the series, before being restrained at the start of this third.

It should be an easy task for My Kiwi Mate to hold out On The Cards, who has shown blistering early speed to lead two heats. The Barry Purdon-trained pacer crossed his rivals in the two times he drew the front row in the heats.

Sicario has enough gate speed to suggest he could add early pressure. However, the horse was easily beaten out of the gate by On The Cards in their first-round heat.

Ashley Locaz looks the least likely of those drawn inside Ultimate Sniper to get involved in the early rush.

Drivers who cast their mind back 12 months will know the early rush for the lead did not end well for some involved in last year’s final. Mach Doro ran second-last after rushing to find the back of the leader, Tiger Tara.

Interdominion Pacing Championship field: My Kiwi Mate 1, Sicario 2, Ashley Locaz 3, On The Cards 4, Ultimate Sniper 5, Mach Shard 6, A G's White Socks 7, Triple Eight 8, Chase Auckland 9, San Carlo 10, Cruz Bromac 11, Classie Brigade E1 12, Thefixer 13.

Interdominion Trotting Championship field: Big Jack Hammer 1, Winterfell 2, Destiny Jones 3, Majestic Man 4, Monty Python E1 5, Valloria 6, Bonnie Highlander 7, Marcoola 8, Temporale 9, Habibi Inta 10, Tough Monarch 11, Paramount King 12, Massive Metro 13.


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