Cruel draw for Tritton 

THE luck of the draw has again abandoned Shane Tritton, but the Keinbah trainer was looking on the bright side as he prepared another double shot at a second group 1 win tomorrow at Melton.
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Tritton has qualified Light In Every Day and Major Bonus for the $100,000 Victorian Breeders Crown Series final for four-year-old mares.

Major Bonus won her heat last Sunday and Light In Every Day was a creditable second, but both pacers have drawn poorly for the 12-horse decider.

Major Bonus will start from gate eight, the inside of the second line, and Light In Every Day is in seven, on the extreme outside of the front.

It comes a month after Tritton’s hopes with Suave Stuey Lombo and NSW Breeders Challenge winner Mach Beauty in the group 1 Blacks A Fake at Albion Park were cruelled by second-line draws.

Tritton, though, believed the Melton draws gave him hope.

“They have both drawn reasonably OK,” Tritton said.

“We like to go forward with Light In Every Day and she keeps drawing out the back, so she’s probably a little bit better off than she has been by drawing the outside. The other mare likes to sit on the fence and get a bit of cover.

“If they were the opposite way around, it would be a disaster, so it probably didn’t work out too bad. But we would have liked to have drawn one, that’s for sure.”

Born Again Sassy defeated Light In Every Day in the heats and drew gate one for the finals. She will be expected to lead, which should help Major Bonus into the race.

But Tritton believed Light In Every Day was his best chance.

“I don’t think there are too many mares going around better than Light In Every Day,” he said. “If she drew one, she’d probably be favourite. She’s good enough to win but keeps drawing badly. If she’s gets a bit of luck, she can win.”

The race will be one of nine group 1 races on the 10-event Melton card.

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