Ladbrokes Inter Dominion Countdown – September 28

As part of the countdown series until the running of the 2023 Ladbrokes Inter Dominion Championship at The Creek, Albion Park Harness Racing Club, Adam Hamilton will update the key happenings around Australasia’s premier harness racing event each week.

Trainer-driver Grant Dixon will decide on Saturday week whether Queensland pacing sensation Leap To Fame heads to the Victoria Cup as part of his Ladbrokes Inter Dominion build-up.

Leap To Fame hasn’t raced since his brave second in the world’s richest pacing race, the $2.1m TAB Eureka, at Menangle on September 2.

“It’s 50-50 at this stage,” Dixon said. “We’re leaving the call late. We’ll make it on Saturday week.”

Leap To Fame, who boasts 23 wins from just 31 starts and almost $1.4m in earnings, dominates pre-post Inter Dominion pacing final markets at $2.

Top Queensland driver Nathan Dawson hopes to cap an incredible 2023 season by driving in his first Inter Dominion series at Albion Park in December.

Dawson, who is runaway leader in the Australian driving premiership (306 wins), is the regular driver of Jack Butler’s classy former Kiwi pacer Hot And Treacherous.

“That would be a great way to finish the year. Hopefully my favourite, Teddy Disco, comes back well and goes into the series as well,” Dawson said.

There is plenty of Inter Dominion flavour in Friday night’s $75,000 Group 2 Kilmore Cup (2690m).

Recent Group 1 Len Smith Mile winner Rock N Roll Doo is back to defend his Kilmore Cup crown, but will have to do it the hard way from outside the front (gate seven).

Despite the draw, Mick Stanley’s stable star is a $2.70 favourite.

Last year’s Melbourne Inter Dominion placegetter Act Now, one of 10 pacing entries for the trainer Emma Stewart in Ladbrokes Brisbane Inter Dominion, looks Rock N Roll Doo’s biggest threat from the pole. He is $3.50 second elect.

Stewart has five runners in the Kilmore Cup and four of them – Act Now, Treachery, Beyond Delight and Narutac Prince – are nominated for the Inter Dominion.

Jess Tubbs’ dual Group 1 winner Better Eclipse also heads to Kilmore and is nominated for the Inter Dominion.

Other Inter Dominion nominees in the Kilmore Cup are: Loyalist (trainer Joe Conolly), Curly James (Courtney Laker) and Max Delight (David Aiken).

The Kilmore Trotters’ Cup also has strong Inter Dominion flavour.

The exciting Ollivici, who boasts 12 wins from just 27 starts for co-trainers Chris Lang Sr and Sonia Mahar, is a $10 shot in latest Inter Dominion markets.

Jess Tubbs’ mare One Over All, who shares a 30m backmark with Ollivici at Kilmore, is also nominated for the Inter Dominion.

Of course, Tubbs won last year’s Inter Dominion final with Just Believe, who went on to earn rave reviews during a three-race Swedish campaign mid-year.

Just Believe is being specifically aimed at a title defence at Albion Park.

The Penny Drops, Bullion Harry and Victree Hill are other Kilmore runners nominated for the Inter Dominion.

Trainer Jarrod Alchin is still weighing-up options with his classy four-year-old My Ultimate Ronnie.

It could come down to whether he goes to Perth for a string of four-year-old features or tackles the Inter Dominion.

My Ultimate Ronnie looms as one of the major players in a strong free-for-all (race five) at Menangle on Saturday night.

Brad Hewitt’s Taipo looks the one to beat at Menangle from gate three and is also nominated for the Inter Dominion.

So too are the likes of Fire Fox (gate four), Kanena Provlima (five), Mach Da Vinci (six), Petes Said So (nine) and Zeuss Bromac (10).

Loyalist is entered for both the Kilmore Cup on Friday night and the Menangle free-for-all.

Three of Western Australia’s five Inter Dominion pacing nominations steps-out in the Past Presidents’ Cup (2130m) at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Team Bond’s pair Tenzing Bromac and Patronus Star have barriers one and five respectively.

It’s great to see Michael Brennan’s classy speedster Pinny Tiger resuming from gate three and looks a big threat with his explosive early speed.

Team Bond also has last Friday night’s upset Gloucester Park winner Steal The Show and Minstrel nominated for the Inter Dominion.

For further information, visit the Inter Dominion Championship website.

By Adam Hamilton