O'Shea has dual attack looking for second Inter Dominion champion
Nov. 28, 2019
Peter O’Shea knows what it's like to own an Inter Dominion winner and realises how lucky he is to have two of the leading chances for this year’s series, which starts in Auckland on Friday night.
O’Shea is looking for his second Inter Dominion trophy after sharing in the ownership of Mr Feelgood in 2009 and Bling It On carries the same colours, yellow with green stars, while he also has a share in New Zealand Cup winner Cruz Bromac.
“They are my colours, I know not many people have them in trots but I got them when everyone was calling Mr Feelgood 'that Yank horse',” O’Shea said. “I wanted him to be seen as an Aussie. He was owned here and I felt we had to show that by the colours.
“I have kept them since and Bling It On has been pretty good in them. For him and Cruz Bromac [to be] in the series and favourites is incredible.”
Bling It On and Cruz Bromac have won the two major lead-ups and face off in the 2200m second heat of the series at Alexandra Park on Friday where they are battling for favouritism.
Bling It On looked the more likely, after winning last month’s Victoria Cup and breaking the track record held by Lazarus, before Cruz Bromac become Inter Dominion favourite with his New Zealand Cup victory earlier in the month.
“Don’t ask me to choose between them because it's like saying which one of your kids do you like better," he said. “They both get there in great form and we hoping to have two in the final in a couple of weeks."
O’Shea is no stranger to having two horses in a race. It has happened to him twice, firstly in the 2005 Warwick Stakes when Sir Dex beat Sportsman and then in the Victoria Cup a month ago.
“Both times it has happened with my horses have finished first and third and if that happens on Friday I’ll take it because it would be good points for the series,” O’Shea said.
“You tend to watch the one that looks the better chance of winning but these two - they are pretty evenly matched, so it will come down to what one gets the better run.
“It would be good if they could run first-third a couple more times in the next fortnight. That would mean we have had a good series.”
There are only two heats in the pacers series this year, making it important to get points on the board on the opening night with two other sets of heats to follow on Tuesday and next Friday.
Ultimate Sniper is the favourite for the first pacers heat in front of Chase Auckland, while in the trotters series, Hababi Inta and Marcoola are odds-on elects on the opening night.
Racing writer for The Sydney Morning Herald
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