It looks like next week's $1 million (AUS) Inter Dominion Championship will be a face off between Blacks A Fake and Monkey King. In this week's second round, Blacks A Fake defeated defending 2009 Inter Dominion champion Mr Feelgood in a track record mile rate of 1:55.3 for the 2,030 meter race. Monkey King was impressive in his heat as well. For a recap of the four heats this week, you can check out the Inter Dominion website and/or check out Harness Racing Australia's website for replays. The replays of the four heats from this week can be found here (races 4 thru 7)
After the two rounds of preliminaries, the following horses will compete next week in the final (post positions to be drawn). The horses are listed in order of points earned during the Inter Dominion preliminaries: Monkey King, Blacks A Fake, Bondy, Washakie, Atomic Ark, Our Awesome Armbro, Smoken Up, Mr Feelgood, Changeover, Baileys Dream. Also eligibles are Sammy Maguire and Be Good Johnny.
Much has been made about the Meadowlands now showing driver selections before each race so the wagering public will know which horse a driver went with if named on more than one horse. Any effort to make information available to the gambler should be applauded. However, we need to be careful that we don't overload our novice fans with too much last minute data. Perhaps posting information like this on the Meadowlands website would be better. This way those, who subscribe to this angle can access the information when they want it.