Lazarus leads Kiwi charge

The Press - - Racing - MAT KERMEEN

Cham­pion pacer Lazarus will carry the hopes of a na­tion and plenty of pun­ters in the In­ter Do­min­ion fi­nal.

The two-time New Zealand Trot­ting Cup win­ner is the $1.90 favourite to win the A$1.1 mil­lion

($1.2 mil­lion) race at Glouces­ter Park in Perth on Fri­day night

(1am Satur­day morn­ing NZT). If Lazarus can win the

2936-me­tre Group I mo­bile race, he will give the train­ing part­ner­ship of Mark Pur­don and Natalie Ras­mussen a sec­ond win in as many years.

The Rolle­ston-based train­ers won the 2016 edi­tion with Smolda.

Lazarus, the pre-bar­rier draw favourite for the fi­nal, was opened at $2 post the draw but has been backed into $1.90.

He will start from bar­rier two, out­side of for­mer Kiwi pacer Tiger Tara.

An­other for­mer Kiwi, Chicago Bull, is sec­ond favourite at $3.80, ahead of Tiger Tara at $5.

Lazarus’ sta­ble­mate Have Faith In Me is a $41 chance. TAB book­maker Richard Wil­son said there has been a steady stream of money for the pop­u­lar pacer with­out any sub­stan­tial bets since the draw on Sun­day.

Wil­son said the TAB had taken bets of $5000 at $2.60, $2000 at $2.60 and $3000 at $2.40 on Lazarus to win the fi­nal be­fore the bar­rier draw.

Lazarus, raced by Kevin Rise­ley, Trevor Casey plus Phil and Glenys Ken­nard, ran sec­ond in the first two rounds of heats from wide draws be­fore win­ning his third and fi­nal heat.

Late on Thurs­day af­ter­noon, the TAB had 84 multi-bets run­ning through the fi­nal with 81 of them on Lazarus.

If Lazarus can win the In­ter Do­min­ion fi­nal, one punter will col­lect a $42,500 pay­day from the New Zealand TAB cour­tesy of a four leg multi-bet.

The $250 in­vest­ment on Winx to win her third Cox Plate at $1.25, Em­bel­lish to win the 2000 Guineas at $8 and Chase Auck­land to take out the Sires Stakes fi­nal at $5 is alive fol­low­ing those three legs.

It fin­ishes on Lazarus to win the In­ter Do­min­ion Fi­nal at $3.40.

PHOTO: JOSEPH JOHN­SON/STUFF

Lazarus is a $1.90 chance to win the In­ter Do­min­ion fi­nal.

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