Inter Dominion: Maximan makes his own luck for unlikely final shot

TRAINER Shane Tritton knowsMaximan will need plenty of luck in the Inter Dominion pacing final at Melton on Saturday night but he says it’s no fluke the 10-year-old gelding is in the$500,000 race.

Maximan will start from gate six, the second widest on the front line, in the 2760-metre eventand was an $80 chance with TAB Fixed Odds.

Shane and Lauren Tritton

Picked up by Tritton and his wife Lauren in a claiming racein July for $25,000, Maximan has already returned almost $40,000 to his syndicate of owners and taken them on the ride of a lifetime to the Inter Dominion decider with a third and two fourths in the heats.

Maximan is the second Inter Dominion finalist, after Mach Beauty in 2014,for the Trittons, who dominated Hunter pacingfor seven years before moving to Menangle Park in 2016.

Shane hoped the leading chances would “go to war” up front and Lauren could find a soft spotfor Maximan in the run from the poor barrier.

He was realistic about the odds of beating the likes of favourite Spankem ($3.10) and Cruz Bromac ($3.80)but said Maximan had earned his chance.

“We obviously need luck and he’s well and truly the underdog, but just to be in the race is a pretty good effort from him,” Tritton said.“He hasn’t got into the race through luck. He had to make his own luck all the way through the series and he hasn’t drawn the best, but at the end of the day, sometimes you can be out of sight, out of mind and anything can happen.

“The owners just wanted to come for the experience and as we go through the series, he sat outside Cruz Bromac the first night and he sat behind Wrappers Delight and Spankem last week, and in the last one he had to race the best ones again.

“He’s earned his spot.He hasn’t got a good barrier the whole series, so he deserves to be there and he won’t disgrace himself by any means.”

Past the Inter Dominion, Tritton waslooking to more features with Maximan.

“The way he’s going, the Miracle Mile wouldn’t be out of his grasp,” he said.“He’s been running 1.49 miles at Menangle with the best of them.It mightn’t be the end of the story. He is a 10-year-old but he’s not racing like one.”

Tritton believed Franco Nelson was the best of his four runners in the series but he scratched him before the final round of heats because of injury concerns. Retirement looked an option but it appears the veteran may race on.

“Since then he’s come through really well and showed signs he’s recovering,” Tritton said.“We were thinking it might be the end but he’s shown us he might be able to make a comeback. We’ll give him a month off and bring him back.”

Meanwhile, Lauren’s younger sister, Grace Panella, will be one of three Hunter drivers in the invitation Inter Dominion mini-trots race at the meeting.

Panella will drive Velvet’s Little Star, Chloe Formosa, the daughter of Ellalong trainer-driver Michael Formosa, will pilotLumber Jack Willie and Mia McMillan has Midnight Express. Todd McMillan owns and works the three ponies, who will compete between races at Melton.Formosa won the Miracle Mile this year for mini-trots with Lumber Jack Willie.

Chloe races in the colours of her father’s stable, which he wore in the 2016 Inter Dominion series while driving Ultimate Art.

At Menangle Park on Saturday night, Keinbah trainer Roy Roots jnr, the brother-in-law of the Trittons, has The Black Prince in the group 3 Christmas Gift Final.

Chloe and Michael Formosa.

Roots jnr will also have group 1-winning trotter Glenferrie Typhoon debuting for his stable in the eighth.

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