Green King Of Swing can rock Aussie pac­ers

Herald on Sunday - - RACING -

Kiwi raiders chase a rich pay­day at the Aus­tralasian Breed­ers Crown fi­nals in Vic­to­ria to­day, with im­pres­sive colt King Of Swing and fly­ing filly Our Bet­tor Joy spear­head­ing the chal­lenge in their re­spec­tive $NZ308,000 two-year-old fi­nals.

The Ray Green-trained King of Swing ($2.60) won his semi­fi­nal in fine style for driver David Butcher last Satur­day at Bendigo and Green says the cov­eted one draw will suit him near per­fectly over 2240m (mo­bile) at Mel­ton.

“I can’t imag­ine any of them be­ing sharp enough to cross him, he’s a pretty good horse with a lot of speed.

“But we’ll leave the driv­ing tac­tics to David (six Crown wins), that’s what he does.’’

King Of Swing has had only seven starts, but stunned Aussie ri­val Colt Thirty One ($6) in their semi­fi­nal with a pow­er­house pac­ing dis­play, while the Mark Pur­don-Natalie Ras­mussen­trained Si­cario ($4) ef­fort­lessly won the other semi and is right in the hunt, de­spite draw­ing 10.

Throw in the Cran Dal­gety-trained Mas­ter Moon­lite ($14) and Vic­to­rian hero Poster Boy ($3.20) and you have all the in­gre­di­ents for a clas­sic.

While Pukekohe-based trainer Green shoots for his first Crown win, Can­ter­bury trainer Dal­gety is gun­ning for his sixth Crown with Our Bet­tor Joy ($1.85) in the fil­lies fi­nal. Her two draw should see top Kiwi driver Dex­ter Dunn hold­ing all the aces.

“I’m re­ally happy with Our Bet­tor Joy.

“She’s wired, zoned in and perky. We’ll make the most of the two hole with her,” said Dal­gety.

“Our An­gel Of Har­lem ($4 , fel­low Kiwi, drawn three) isn’t be­ing re­ally rated over here for the fi­nal, but I think she’s prob­a­bly our hard­est one to beat.”

Our Bet­tor Joy flew from well back to win her semi over Aussie star Nos­tra Villa ($6.50, drawn 13) and Our An­gel Of Har­lem, while Red Charmer ($15, drawn four) came from last to stun them in the other semi­fi­nal at $71 and must be an up­set chance.

Other lead­ing Kiwi-trained chances on Su­per Sun­day are the Dunn-driven two-year-old trot­ting filly Our Renez­mae ($1.90), Par­tyon ($4) in the three-year-old fil­lies fi­nal, More The Bet­ter ($1.60) in the three­year-old male pac­ing fi­nal and the ever-im­prov­ing Chevron Ex­press ($11) in the three-year-old fil­lies trot­ting fi­nal.

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