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|Keystone Del makes a statment at Melton
All harness racing pundits assessing the form leading into tonights $100,000 Group 1 Australian Trotting Grand Prix at Tabcorp Park Melton were in agreement that it was a two horse war...read on
Trotting Grand Prix - Trotting Masters (Group 1)
Free For All Trotters 2.240 meter auto Purse: $100 000
* The winner of this race will receive an automatic invitation to contest the Great Southern Star Elimination Heats at
Tabcorp Park Melton, March 12. * This race is a leg of the 2015/2016 Trotting Masters. *
|Strukna: Gross Time: 2:41.5 Mile Rate: 1:56.0|
Keystone Del makes a statment at Melton
All harness racing pundits assessing the form leading into tonights $100,000 Group 1 Australian Trotting Grand Prix at Tabcorp Park Melton were in agreement that it was a two horse war.
Glenferrie Typhoon from barrier 1 was expected to lead early and going by his previous two starts was expected to be very difficult to catch.
The main danger was the star New Zealand four year old Monbet who after two sensational victories in the last fortnight was looking to cement his standing as the best trotter in Australasia at present.
The script went out of the window as soon as the mobile gate left the start with Anthony Butt sooling Keystone Del straight to the front with Glenferrie Typhoon settling in the trail and Monbet settling in the open on Keystone Del's wheel.
However Monbet looked scratchy in his gate a couple of times early in the race and driver Ricky May was happy to take a trail when the Kiwi raider Speeding Spur and Josh Dickie worked around to sit in the open with just over a lap to go.
Going past the 600 metres Speeding Spur put it to Keystone Del and the pair drew clear a length of Monbet who started to trot very roughly, finally galloping and being retired from the race.
Keystone Del and Speeding Spur turned for home together but as they did Glenferrie Typhoon also went into a gallop in the trail, extinguishing his chances.
Under a hard drive from Anthony Butt , the Dr Ronerail gelding Keystone Del was able to keep a game Speeding Spur at bay down the straight by an ever reducing head with Arboe flying late to be only a half neck away third.
The time of 2:41.5 for the 2240 metres was a new track record at Tabcorp Park Melton, a mile rate of 1:56 with smart closing sectionals of 55.9 and 28.1.
Anthony Butt was full of praise for Keystone Del post race.
" He has gone great tonight.
" He was travelling well most of the way but Josh really turned up the pressure at the 600 metres mark.
" I was waiting for Monbet to come out of the one by one but it never happened," Anthony said.
Tonights win by Keystone Del was his 33rd career success at just his 55th start and took his career earnings over the $860,000 mark.
Tonights win was a timely reminder by Keystone Del to the young pretenders that he was not going to give up his crown as the best trotter in Australia easily.
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