20 March 2013 - Huntly trainer Anthony Crossland will shoot for his biggest payday at the trots when he flies the Bendigo flag in the inaugural Group 1 Pryde’s Easifeed Great Southern Star at Tabcorp Park, Melton on Saturday night. Crossland will be out to qualify two horses, Bellingham and Our Dolly Would for the rich $250,000 Great Southern Star Trot final. In a unique concept two $50,000 elimination heats will be run on the same program as the $250,000 final. The biggest trotting race of its type to be staged in the southern hemisphere, the Great Southern Star has attracted the best local square gaiters as well as horses from Europe and New Zealand. Crossland has had plenty of success with trotters and Bellingham and Our Dolly Would qualified their way into the Elimination Heats. Our Dolly Would has held its form ok since winning its qualifying race, the SA Trotters Cup in January. The 5yo daughter of Artsplace also has a NSW Trotters Oaks victory on her resume. Harness Racing Victoria’s harness racing writer Jason Bonnington said in his Harness Racer Preview of this event that Our Dolly Would is an outsider but she is an interesting runner. “She has plenty of raw speed,” Bonnington said. Since the SA Cup win, Our Dolly Would has been placed fourth to Mister Zion in a Heat of the Australasian Trotting Championships at Ballarat, third to Mister Zion in the Australasian Trotting Championship final at Melton and was a last start third in the Girls On Fire Time Trials at Bendigo. Our Dolly Would has drawn the second row in a tough 1720m $50,000 elimination heat. She counts among her opponents the Kiwi champion Vulcan, the Tim Butt trained 6yo which has been electrifying at its two Melton starts this month, Australia’s number one hope, the Merv Williamson trained I Didn’t Do It, Kiwi warhorse Sovereignty and the USA bred My High Expectations. Bellingham, this season’s Cobram Trotters Cup winner has a tough task but has been assisted by a good front row draw in the first elimination heat. Better performed over a longer distance that 1720 metres, the 6yo Continentalman gelding Bellingham faces the might of top Kiwi Stig as well as European Ridgehead Cahore, the NSW trained Dreamit and Keystone Del as well as locals Earl Of Mot, Aldebaran Shades and Cold Sister. READ related HRV story
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