March 5, 2014
While the big NZ hopes ran well without winning on Inter-Dominion day at Menangle, not all was lost. The Glenferrie Farm Challenge was again won by Keystone Del, bred in NZ by Dr Ronerail, and trained by Nicole Molander, once employed by Jack Smolenski. The other NZ win was by Andre Poutama in the Australasian Junior Drivers Championship. He is from Palmerston North where he is employed by Stephen Doody.
One of the key players in trying for the hosting rights of the Inter-Dominions will be Western Australia which signaled its intentions in Sydney last week. The event will again be run at Menangle next year, but that’s the last of New South Wales’ three-year contract. The tendering document will be sent out next month.
Former crack pacer Changeover sired his first winner when Supriya won at the Winton meeting last week. One of Changeover’s first crop, he is a 2-year-old trained by Cran Dalgety.
American track expert Daniel Coon has remained in Sydney to supervise work on the resurfacing of the Menangle track. Coon said he had to work on a few things to make sure the track delivers in all conditions.