If you are going to host an Inter Dominion trotting series you hope the best trainers in the business will turn up. This week they have.
Training trotters is not for everybody, it is a game of patience, trial and error and plenty of heartbreak.
But after bizarrely being canned in 2012, the trotting series was reborn last year and they have provided some of the truly magical moments in Inter Dominion history.
The series which starts at Alexandra Park tomorrow not 0nly sees the undisputed king of Australian trotting in Andy Gath, who trained last season's Interdom winner Tornado Valley return to Auckland with McLovin, but has at least one rep from the most successful trotting trainers in New Zealand's recent history.
Best of best
The domestic numbers, including wins recorded in partnerships, of the still active kings and queen of New Zealand trotting:
• 599: Phil Williamson
• 351: Mark Purdon
• 344: Paul Nairn
• 307: Michelle Wallis
• 287: John Dickie
• 261: Tim Butt (now in NSW)
• 250: Barry Purdon
• 132: Tony Herlihy