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A PAIR of unbeaten freshmen have set the stage for a stellar clash.

15 April 2021 | Paul Courts

Having their second start at Club Menangle yesterday, My Ultimate Byron and Mahomes were triumphant in Australian Pacing Gold Bullion heats.

As such the two-year-olds are poised to collide in the $125,000 Final at the world class venue on April 24.

Arguably the most impressive of the pair, My Ultimate Byron is lucky to contest the futurity after a paperwork mix-up almost forced the son of Somebeachsomewhere to miss the series.

To trainer Jarrod Alchin’s delight the error was discovered just in time!

“I’ve got quite a few two-year-olds in the stable this season, but for some reason a stable return wasn’t lodged for Byron,” Alchin explained.

“Under the rules of racing in New South Wales the return must be lodged 28 days before a horse starts.

“Then there is the rule of having to have had at least one start before contesting an APG heat, with the two combined putting us in a difficult position.

“Luckily the 28 days ended in time for him to race in Newcastle last Friday just four days before the heats.”

With Cameron Hart in the cart, My Ultimate Byron led throughout from barrier three to score by 23 metres from Rocknpenny, with The Rainbow Beach a short half-head away third.

“I’ve liked him from the start as he has done everything I have asked of him so easily,” Alchin said.

“Although I thought he was a nice horse, it wasn’t until he raced that I started to think he may be a little better than I gave him credit for.”

My Ultimate Byron covered the mile in 1:53.9, with his time six-tenths of a second quicker than Mahomes in the opening qualifier.

Driven by Luke McCarthy for trainer Peter Russo, Mahomes completed a head victory from the Alchin-prepared My Ultimate Cobber.

Allstarzzz Frankie was 14 metres away third.

“Mahomes seems like a pretty nice type,” Alchin said. “I’ve got a reasonable opinion of Cobber and he was unable to run him down.

“With all respect to the others, Byron and Mahomes are the two to beat, while Cobber could surprise them both with the right run.”