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Inter Dominion heats - Round 2

It's an arduous road to winning the Inter Dominion - three heats over different distances within eight days, highlighting the toughness of the breed. After Friday night's first round at Gloucester Park (the track you often see when watching TV coverage of cricket matches at the WACA), the second round moves to Bunbury for the mile races. Our regular analyst, Trent Orwin, @themightytrent3, travels down the highway to preview the meeting.

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Inter Dominion Heat Previews
Form analyst: Trent Orwin
Website: BettingPro
Twitter: @themightytrent3

The first round of qualifying heats was entertaining and the second should be equally-impressive over the mile at Bunbury. Tuesday will also see a new track record holder as the 1:54.1 mark set by Lincoln Beach Girl in 2011 could fall by a couple of seconds. I will analyse the chances of each runner per heat while listing the biggest odds on offer at the time of writing along with the bookmaker that is offering those odds.

Race 3 – INTER DOMINION HEAT 4 – 1609m
1750 local, 2050 AEDST, 0950 GMT

1. Franco Ledger ($6.50 UBET) – Should be able to land the back of Mach Beauty during the run and has a nice turn of foot which should be on display here. No sprint lane in play means he will need an element of luck but one of the leading chances.

2. My Hard Copy ($4.20 Ladbrokes) – Another devastating sit-sprinter that is well drawn. He will be looking to race close to the speed and is an each-way chance.

3. Mach Beauty ($2.80 UBET) – Pet distance and drawn to get an easy lead without a speed battle this time around. Will be the big improver but the quick back-up is the main concern following a gut-buster on Friday night.

4. Billies A Star ($18 Bet365) – Probably doesn’t want to do the bullocking work outside Mach Beauty here so taking cover looks preferable. Can improve but not for me in this one.

5. Bettors Fire ($8 Luxbet) – Hard to predict whether he runs the gate to find the breeze early or is driven cold this time around. Each-way chance from the draw.

6. Major Crocker ($31 Bet365) – May be driven forward here and has shown he likes the sprint trip. I’m expecting him to be the big improver and looks the best each-way value.

7. Our Hi Jinx ($34 Sportsbet) – Draw really hurts his chances as he goes back at the start and gives most of them a headstart. Happy to oppose.

8. Cold Major ($81 Ladbrokes) – Horrible draw for him and all scenarios lead to him struggling in this event.

9. Crusader Banner ($21 Sportsbet) – Good run in the first round and gets a soft draw to trail Franco Ledger. Each-way chance in the race.

10. Our Blackbird ($21 Luxbet) – Ran second behind Lennytheshark but tougher here. Could be four back on the markers. Include him in exotics but place chance at best.

Selections: 1. Mach Beauty, 2. Franco Ledger, 3. My Hard Copy
Suggested Bets: Franco Ledger to win, Major Crocker each-way

Race 5 – INTER DOMINION HEAT 5 – 1609m
1850 local, 2150 AEDST, 1050 GMT

1. Northview Punter ($31 UBET) – Will be crossed by Easy On The Eye and will try to hold leader’s back. Not up to Lennytheshark so place best scenario.

2. Easy On The Eye ($31 Luxbet) – Dreadful on Friday night but this may be more suitable. Doesn’t have the class of Lennytheshark and will probably be a sitting shot late. Place best.

3. Lennytheshark ($1.40 William Hill) – Has a mortgage on this race and may race without cover or take cover behind Avonnova. Hardest to beat and is long odds-on for a reason.

4. Meadowbranch DJ ($501 Bet365) – Was easily beaten in the opening round and will be looking for the pegs early. Could beat a runner home here but no chance of winning.

5. Libertybelle Midfrew ($61 Bet365) – Superstar mare that could surprise in this one. Not sure whether they stay in the moving line or head for the fence but could place at big odds.

6. Shannonsablast ($51 Sportsbet) – Didn’t impress me in the opening round despite running third. Happy to be against him.

7. Lovers Delight ($67 Bet365) – Underrated local with very good gate speed. Probably has to restrain and come late with one run. Maybe a blowout place chance.

8. Avonnova ($14 Luxbet) – The Queenslander loves a poor barrier draw. May have no option but to go forward and hope Lennytheshark hands up to him. Place best.

9. Waylade ($6.50 Ladbrokes) – Well under the odds in this event and is going to have to do a mountain of work in order to win. Place chance at best.

10. Jason Rulz ($17 Bet365) – The horse that I believe is the only other winning chance. Should follow Easy On The Eye through and could land Lennytheshark’s back. May not get over him but strong each-way chance.

Selections: 1. Lennytheshark, 2. Jason Rulz, 3. Easy On The Eye
Suggested Bet: Jason Rulz each-way – tailored more towards the place

Race 6 – INTER DOMINION HEAT 6 – 1609m
1917 local, 2217 AEDST, 1117 GMT

1. Dynamite Dude ($41 Luxbet) – Better known as a standing-start stayer, he may surprise a few in this race and could be a knockout place hope.

2. For A Reason ($26 UBET) – The racing career of this million-dollar earner are almost over (stud beckons) but he has to be an each-way chance from the draw.

3. Mach Alert ($10 Luxbet) – Speedy beginner that will be trying his best to at least find the pegs (likely) and then may try to hold up or hand up. Each-way chance.

4. Devendra ($2.25 William Hill) – Was an excellent winner of his first heat and draws to be very prominent again. Looks under the odds and could start in the red.

5. Machtu ($21 UBET) – Probably had too much hype about him but is a very good horse nonetheless. Hard to know what his tactics are here but happy to oppose.

6. Classic American ($34 Bet365) – Would have been keen on this speedster if he had drawn well. Looks too hard from here and is only a very small place chance.

7. Blazin N Cullen ($41 Sportsbet) – Not sure why but I feel he could be a big improver in this. May have a peanut on him but won’t be one of my suggestions.

8. Flaming Flutter ($18 Bet365) – Only fair in the opening round and this is much tougher. He looks a better stayer than sprinter so happy to let him go through to the keeper in this one.

9. Philadelphia Man ($2.75 Bet365) – Will be forced to come with a single run and won’t be riding Dynamite Dude’s back for luck. Best horse in the race and looks a strong chance.

10. Five Star Anvil ($81 Luxbet) – He’s been a nice horse but a number of them are better in this. Knockout place hope from the fence.

Selections: 1. Philadelphia Man, 2. Devendra, 3. Mach Alert
Suggested Bets: Philadelphia Man and Mach Alert to win

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