We’re five heats down and past the halfway mark in the inaugural Trot Rods series, with Dattitude still topping the leaderboard.
The Donny Smith-trained gelding stopped the clock in 65.73 seconds in heat two on March 18, almost half a second faster than the benchmark set by Lifes Black a week earlier.
Heat four winner, Beef City Starzzz, rounds out the podium with a time of 66.21 seconds.
The 2020 Trot Rods Series leaderboard as it stands:
Speaking after his chart-topping run three weeks ago, Dattitude driver Keith Durston said he wasn’t confident of keeping the lead, but with another three heats in the book, he still holds top spot.
“I’d like to think it’s going to hold but you’re going to have a higher grade of horse come through soon,” he said.
“Even though that time wasn’t a bad time, you have to take things like the wind into consideration – it’s luck of the game.”
At the halfway mark, the average winning price is $3.85; the shortest being Lifes Black at $1.33 and longest Downtown Lucca at $11.
There’s been five individual winning drivers over the five heats, with Angus Garrard having had the most drives for a best of second place behind Bumper in the opening heat.
The curse of the helmet-cam claimed another victim last night; not one driver who has been sent around with the camera has claimed a win in the series thus far.
The series rolls in to week six next Wednesday night, with three more heats to be conducted over the next three weeks, culminating in a massive feature night on Sunday, May 10 where eight more laps will be run.
The quickest 947-metre lap of the series will be awarded a $10,000 cash bonus, and heading into the finale it could still be absolutely anyone’s game.
“I personally think it’s a great initiative for the sport – it needed a bit of a pick-me-up and something to come in and make it a bit more exciting,” Durston said.
“It’s great to allow some of those horses that do have really good speed a format where it suits them only going around the one lap.”