Inter Dominion Final

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After five qualifiers held in four states, the stage is set for Sunday's Inter Dominion Final at Menangle.

Following a high attrition rate, the $750,000 Group 1 Final has come down to two major chances Beautide and Lennytheshark.

 Beautide  Lennytheshark

BEAUTIDE                                                                LENNYTHESHARK


Beautide is the defending champion and boasts a magnificent overall record. James Rattray's star pacer has won 43 of his 71 starts, with 17 further placings to earn $1,562,212 in prize money. He was arrogant winning his 2400m heat at Menangle by 6.6m from For A Reason in a mile rate of 1:54.4. That at just his second run back after an injury-plagued preparation.

There is little doubt Beautide is far superior at Menangle, where he's won 16 of 25 starts, had a further six seconds and a third. His two worst finishes at the course located 10km south-west from the Sydney CBD were fourth. He's also the record holder for the marathon distance of the final (3009m), clocking a mile rate of 1:55.5 last year.  

A major threat to Beautide registering back-to-back 'Inter Doms' is Lennytheshark. Trained by David Aiken, the son of Fourstarzz Shark has only been out of the money three times in 33 starts. He's won 16 races, including two at Group 1 level, with 10 seconds and four thirds. 'Lenny' has $468, 550 in the bank. With regular driver Chris Alford in the sulky, he won the Victorian heat over 2240m in 1:55.9, finishing 3.5m clear of Flaming Flutter.

There have been plenty of casualties leading up to during the series. Adore Me, Christen Me, Guaranteed, Philadelphia Man and Arden Rooney all fell by the wayside, while last year's runner-up Seel N Print and the speedy Suave Stuey Lombo failed to qualify.

Chris Bombolas - Tatts Senior Writer

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