NOMINATIONS for the 2017 TABtouch inter Dominion have officially closed with Racing and Wagering Western Australia, and for the third successive year, the list is outstanding.
A total of 98 nominations have been received including five from New Zealand, 19 from New South Wales, 12 from Victoria, two from Tasmania and one from Queensland. Locally there have been 59 entries lodged.
The nominations have won a combined total of 1701 races and earned over a staggering $34.6million.
Leading the nominations is champion Kiwi pacer Lazarus from the all-powerful Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen stable.
Australasia’s most dominant stable took out the series last year with the recently retired war horse Smolda and have doubled down this season, nominating Grand Circuit Champion, Lazarus, Australasia’s fastest mile record holder Have Faith In Me, star mare Our Dream About Me and former outstanding juvenile Our Waikiki Beach.
Victorian David Aiken will be back with 2015 Inter Dominion winner, Lennytheshark.
The locals are led by defending Fremantle and WA Pacing Cup winner, Chicago Bull, and last season’s Golden Nugget winner, Soho Tribeca.
“The quality of nominations is simply outstanding,” said RWWA Manager of Harness Racing, Barry Hamilton
“The 2017 series, at this stage, appears to be the strongest of the three years and we have saved the best series for last.”
The TABtouch Inter Dominion is scheduled to begind Friday, November 24, before travelling to Bunbury for the second set of heats on Tuesday, November 28.
The third set of heats returns to Gloucester Park on Friday, December 1 and the $1.1million Final will be conducted on Friday, December 8.
- RWWA Media