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Inter Dominion - Round 3 Heat previews

The final round of the Inter Dominion heats and it's back to Gloucester Park over the longer trip. Be very wary of horses who have already qualified for the final - you can read the current points table here.

Once again, for the shrewd advice, it's over to WA harness racing specialist, Trent Orwin, @themightytrent3.

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

The final round of qualifying heats are crucial for a number of horses and this round will be ultra-competitive as some runners know that only a strong performance will see them make the $1.3 million Group 1 Inter Dominion Final on December 13.

Lennytheshark and Philadelphia Man have already booked their spot into the final which means that they don’t have to produce anything special on Friday night. Yes they can win their respective heats, but making sure they get around safely without doing unnecessary work will be the number one priority.

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 4 – INTER DOMINION HEAT 7 – 2536m
1925 local, 2225 AEDST, 1125 GMT

1. Dynamite Dude ($31 UBET) – Hasn’t had any luck in two heats to date and stepping up to 2536m is ideal. Rough each-way chance at odds.

2. Billies A Star ($10 UBET) – Looks set to run a good race from the barrier and could be the leader. Each-way chance in the race.

3. Mach Alert ($21 Luxbet) – Would have slept well after a 26.3 opening quarter on Tuesday night. Short back-up from a gut-buster means he is a massive risk despite good draw.

4. Bettors Fire – SCRATCHED

5. Franco Ledger ($12 Sportsbet) – Suited by the step up in distance and should be finding the line well. Each-way.

6. Crusader Banner ($41 Bet365) – Not sure whether he will go forward or back. Has been racing well but prefer others in this event.

7. My Hard Copy ($6 UBET) – New Bunbury track record holder that can finish strongly with some luck. Each-way contender.

8. Lovers Delight ($26 Bet365) – Enormous run when three-deep the trip at Bunbury and running third. Extremely versatile but place chances look best from the draw.

9. Lennytheshark ($1.75 Luxbet) – Series favourite that continues to dominate. Could be just a ‘run’ as he doesn’t need any points to make the final. Looks under the odds but is the leading chance.

10. For A Reason ($41 Ladbrokes) – Makes up the numbers in this heat and doubt we will see too much more of him after the summer. Been a great campaigner and looks ready to enjoy retirement.

Selections: 1. Lennytheshark, 2. Billies A Star, 3. My Hard Copy
Suggested Bet: Billies A Star each-way

Race 6 – INTER DOMINION HEAT 8 – 2536m
2030 local, 2330 AEDST, 1230 GMT

1. Our Hi Jinx ($14 CrownBet) – Hasn’t looked like the QPC winner as of late but this is his go and he should be a dramatic improver. Excellent each-way value.

2. Northview Punter ($51 Ladbrokes) – He’s not up to this level and will need a soft run. Can’t see him figuring unless he gets the pegs in a striking position.

3. Libertybelle Midfrew ($8.50 Sportsbet) – It wasn’t to be for the only mare in the series and watch out for her in mares grade. Prefer others in the race.

4. Shannonsablast ($41 Sportsbet) – Capable of running better than his odds suggest. Will need luck in running but is capable of being an each-way chance.

5. Jason Rulz ($13 Bet365) – Due for a change of luck because he hasn’t had much this series. 2536m looks ideal and can run into the money.

6. Major Crocker ($3.70 UBET) – Terrific run at Bunbury and will be driven aggressively again. Strong contender in this race and the lead may be on offer for him.

7. Our Blackbird ($51 Bet365) – Not the right draw for him but he has flashed down the outside on a number of occasions at the track from similar draws. Not for me but don’t be discouraged if you are a fan.

8. Waylade ($4.70 UBET) – Needs some luck here in order to make the final. We will see what level he is at from the horror draw but he is still young so follow him going forward. Each-way.

9. Philadelphia Man ($3 Sportsbet) – Unbeaten through two heats and doesn’t need to be knocked around here. Strong contender but connections won’t care if he doesn’t win as his grand final is next Sunday.

10. Easy On The Eye ($34 Ladbrokes) – The worst possible draw for this horse who will either need to follow the pegs or be driven upside down. Don’t like his chances.

Selections: 1. Philadelphia Man, 2. Our Hi Jinx, 3. Major Crocker
Suggested Bets: Our Hi Jinx each-way and Shannonsablast each-way

Race 8 – INTER DOMINION HEAT 9 – 2536m
2130 local, 0030 AEDST, 1330 GMT

1. Meadowbranch DJ ($501 Bet365) – Have to give credit to all involved for taking the risk with the Irish pacer but he hasn’t been competitive and won’t be here.

2. Five Star Anvil ($61 UBET) – Would need a fast form reversal to be winning here and happy to oppose. If he can cross Meadowbranch DJ he is a blowout place hope only.

3. Cold Major ($10 Ladbrokes) – Will find the pegs early and most likely trails Mach Beauty throughout. Each-way chance.

4. Mach Beauty ($8.50 Ladbrokes) – Will lead unless Cold Major declares war early and then both will be sitting ducks. Last run was good and looks an each-way chance.

5. Classic American ($21 Bet365) – Needs luck from the draw but racing well and can figure in the finish. Each-way.

6. Avonnova ($4.20 Ladbrokes) – Can’t fault his work and looks the breeze horse in the race. One of the leading hopes.

7. Blazin N Cullen ($9 Sportsbet) – John McCarthy drove him to perfection last start but this draw looks trickier. Still an each-way hope.

8. Flaming Flutter ($7 Bet365) – Excellent run at Bunbury. Looks the best chance in a very wide open affair. Each-way.

9. Devendra ($3.80 Sportsbet) – Race favourite but I don’t understand why that’s the case. Was a huge run at Bunbury but looks like his best work comes close to the speed. Happy to oppose.

10. Machtu ($26 CrownBet) – Gets the awkward draw behind Meadowbranch DJ. Not going well enough to do work and win from here in this company.

Selections: 1. Flaming Flutter, 2. Cold Major, 3. Avonnova
Suggested Bet: Flaming Flutter each-way

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