Franco Nelson faces tough task in Inter-Dom final
If the quality of the opposition is not tough enough on its own, the Franco Nelson camp have to face up to the difficulty of the draw also, in tonight's final at Gloucester Park, Perth. This task has been made a little bit easier with the withdrawal yesterday of one of the favourites in Lennytheshark, but driver Dexter Dunn will need to be at his absolute best to conjure up victory this evening.
Simply to make tonight's final was a close run thing for Franco Nelson. An unlucky run in last Friday's final round of heats saw some nervous moments, before it was confirmed that he had made the starting ten for the final. You could not help but be impressed by his run in that heat though. Pocketed away four back on the rails all the way, he was climbing over top of them turning for home, looked to get to the outside with his run, but eventually had to charge through in limited room on the inside, to finish a very unlucky 5th. Clearly the three heats in the week had not been a factor and it looked like Franco Nelson was hitting his peak for this week. But then came that draw!
Stand in trainer Dexter Dunn, has been joined in Perth this week by his brother John and no doubt the two of them have been going over every possible scenario ahead of this evening. John has really enjoyed his week and is looking forward to tonight's final to be run over the 2936m journey.
"The horse looks great and has come through the heats really well. The draw is no good, but we will be giving it our best go all the same."
Franco Nelson's chances will be largely dependent on the tempo of the race and how many are prepared to launch a challenge in the running over the longer trip.
The favourite all through the championship has been Hectorjayjay. He could not have done any more than he has, with three convincing heat wins. However, he too has been a victim of the draw, coming up with the horror outside barrier. If he goes forward early, he may be forced to do too much work, if he goes back, he is reliant on others doing work to bring him into the race.
Outside of Hectorjayjay, the main hopes appear to be Run Oneover and Bling It On, the two horses best served by the barrier draw.
For team Nelson though, they are there and much more than just a runners chance. To owners Clive and Rona McKay, Jenna Dunn and Mitzi Taylor have a blast tonight and may Nelson do you proud!
Posted: Fri 09 Dec 2016