Inter punters rally behind one pacer

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    LAZARUS in full flight - Photo Jodie Hallows

    DESPITE being a Lazarus fan and tipping him to win, TAB’s Adam Hamilton is surprised by the level of support for the star Kiwi ahead of tomorrow night’s Inter Dominion Final at Gloucester Park.

    The highest listed contender when first rankings were released last September, Lazarus has been favourite for the $1.1million decider for 98 per cent of the time.

    His status as the hot shot was briefly relinquished following his second behind Soho Tribeca in the opening heat, but the Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen-trained stallion quickly regained the top position.

    Fresh from his record breaking win in the third round, Lazarus was installed a $2.10 chance with TAB Fixed Odds after drawing well in barrier two – down from his $2.40 pre-draw quote.

    With money “pouring in” for the five-year-old, Lazarus is now at a prohibitive $1.90.

    Amazingly, the next six contenders in the market have all drifted!

    For example, second elect Chicago Bull is at $4 out from $3.80, Tiger Tara is $5 having been as short at $4.

    Victoria’s leading hope, 2015 Inter Dominion winner, Lennytheshark, is now $14, up from $11.

    “It’s one way traffic for Lazarus, which surprises me because it’s such a strong race and his draw is good, but not great,” Hamilton said.

    “I thought he’d be a $2.40 chance, but the punters clearly think otherwise

    “If he gets to the front he’s almost unbeatable, but if not, he’ll need to produce something special to win against such hot opposition.

    “I’m still tipping him to win, with Chicago Bull a major threat from the inside of the second row.”

    • PAUL COURTS

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