Interstate rivalry reaches its zenith tonight with representatives from Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania all vying for bragging rights in the Group 1 Sky Racing Topgun at The Meadows.
The invitation-only event has been a race dominated by the Vics recently, with nine of the last 11 winners trained locally.
Tomorrow, Keybow, Oakvale Destiny, Awesome Project and TAB favourite Allen Deed will be looking to improve on the modern-day supremacy for Victoria, along with reserve Mepunga Hayley, who gains a start following the scratching of Queenslander Flash Reality.
Their task has been made harder with the quality of this year’s interstate raiders, comprising Buckle Up Wes (Tas), Chica Destacada (NSW) and Zipping Willow (NSW), who have collectively won 71 races and over $500,000 in prize money.
The New South Wales duo are drawn at opposite sides of the track, with the likelihood of Chica Destacada leading the field seemingly enhanced further by her Box 1 draw.
“Her early speed is her greatest asset, and Box 1 is a big advantage in big races like this,” said trainer Doreen Drynan.
“She begins well 90 per cent of the time, but there’s no guarantees in racing, and if she doesn’t find the early lead she won’t win.”
While Box 8 isn’t traditionally a great draw at The Meadows, however Zipping Willow’s trainer Jason Mackay will take some solace from the fact that Dyna Nalin won the 2013 Topgun wearing the pink rug.
“I’d prefer her in Box 8 than in one of the middle boxes. She has run some super quick times at Wentworth Park and she has raced at The Meadows a number of times, so the track will hold no fears for her,” Mackay said.