A TA­LENT THAT CAN’T BE RE­FUSED

Herald Sun - - INTER DOMINION 2018 - CODY WINNELL

THE In­ter Do­min­ion dream is alive for a big group of own­ers cheer­ing on their Terang-based pacer Cant Refuse.

Emerg­ing late in his Bal­larat se­cond-round heat on Tues­day night to fin­ish a flashy se­cond, Cant Refuse won new fans and had his own­ers op­ti­mistic about se­cur­ing a place in the Grand Fi­nal at Mel­ton on De­cem­ber 15.

“His two runs to date have been

very pleas­ing,” trainer Matthew Craven said.

“The best part about them is he’s had an easy run in tran­sit and got to the line ter­rific.

“We can’t be hap­pier with the way he’s han­dled the series so far.”

Cant Refuse is eighth in the peck­ing or­der be­fore tonight, equal on points with San Carlo (21). The top 12 pac­ers and trot­ters con­test ID18 grand fi­nals.

“The draw on the fence around Cran­bourne should be ideal,” Craven said.

“You’d love to be able to hold up early and then pick one to hand up to. I imag­ine Tiger Tara will be charg­ing for­ward. You’d love to sit on the back of him.”

Mean­while, a close fin­ish looms as the ID18 charges chase fi­nal points. GoodForm an­a­lyst Ja­son Bon­ning­ton tweeted his fi­nal thoughts this week:

“In­cred­i­bly un­pre­dictable sit­u­a­tion but if every run­ner fin­ishes ex­actly where I rank them on Satur­day night then En­rolled will jump into the top 12 and Monty Python will drop out in trot­ters ID, while Im The Boss will jump into the top 12 for pac­ers and Mach Doro will make way for him.”

Pic­ture: STU­ART McCORMICK

Trainer and driver Matthew Craven pic­tured aboard Cant Refuse.

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