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Inter Dominion final: Kevin Riseley favours Lazarus as head rules heart

The Inter Dominion grand final has turned into a battle between heart and head for owner Kevin Riseley.

On one hand he has Lennytheshark, an Inter Dominion winner two years ago, with a Hunter Cup, Victoria Cup and Miracle Mile also on his resume.

Then there is superstar Lazarus, a two-time New Zealand Cup victor and winner of 32 of his 39 starts, that he also part owns.

"Lazarus is the best horse I have ever owned, but Lenny is something special, because he is my family's horse," Riseley said. "He is a favourite of mine because he has been doing it for years and years and lived up to everything we thought he would do when we bought him.

"But I can't explain what Lazarus has done and how exciting those New Zealand Cups wins were.


"All I want to see on Friday is for them to have no bad luck and get their chance and if they do I'm sure they will both be in the finish."

Lazarus is the $2.10 favourite for the grand final at Gloucester Park on Friday night after breaking a track record in winning his heat last week and then drawing gate two. Lennytheshark is a $15 outsider after a series that opened with a heat win before a couple of thirds showed he is in the twilight of his career.

"I think we have seen the best of Lenny, but he is an old warrior and it wouldn't surprise me if he can raise one more effort," Riseley said.

"[Driver] Chris [Alford] is confident he is ready to show his best again, but talking with Mark [Purdon] he said Lazarus has built with every run over here and he gets to his best trip.

"If that is the case, Lazarus probably has the edge."

Punters think Lazarus' main threat will come from West Australian pacers Chicago Bull and Soho Tribeca. Chicago Bull is the $3.70 second pick in betting despite drawing the second row, behind NSW pacer Tiger Tara.

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