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Harness Racing: Ladies In Red lands tough draw

Ladies In Red reinsman Nathan Jack says the superstar will be able to overcome a tricky barrier draw when contesting the Group 1 Australian Gold final on Saturday night.

The four-year-old boasts an outstanding record from her 21 races. She has won 18 of them and finished second in the other three.

Tough test

However Ladies In Red will face one of her toughest tests yet when she takes to the track at Menangle. She will race outside of her home state of Victoria for the first time and has been handed a tough draw in gate 10.

Even so Jack is not causing a fuss and believes Ladies In Red will be up to the job.

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“It’s just a number,” Jack told reporters when asked about the wide draw. “I’m just putting my faith in her, I think she’s earned that. I haven’t even thought about tactics or what I’ll do at the start.

“She just knows how to win, she finds a way. As I’ve said before, she does the impossible. That’s what makes her so great.”

Jack has taken the drive of late as regular reinsman David Moran is suspended. However Moran has been able to give out some sound advice.

“He told me she can get like that in front, only do what she has to do,” Jack added. “’Sal’ (Moran) said she’s a much better chaser and that’s how most of her best wins have come.”

Main dangers

Once again stablemates Tough Tilly and Joanna look to be the main danger to Ladies In Red.

“Tough Tilly is the interesting one,” Jack said. “It’s been a bit hard to get a line on her. She hit the line well in the Geelong trial and again in the heat (third to Ladies In Red) last week, but she’s had easy runs.”

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