Green King Of Swing can rock Aussie pacers
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.