ANOTHER awkward draw has done nothing to hold back the tide of money for the APG graduate pacer Leap To Fame.
Undefeated from four starts this season, the Australian Pacing Gold purchase made a strong field of three and four-year-olds look second rate to capture The Rising Sun at Albion Park last weekend.
Driven by trainer Grant Dixon, Leap To Fame overcame barrier seven – the outside of the front row – to score in 1:52 over 2138 metres.
Set to return to the same venue on Saturday night, Leap To Fame has drawn gate six in the Sunshine Sprint.
Despite the early obstacle, the son of Bettors Delight is a raging favourite with TAB Fixed Odds.
After opening at $2.40, Leap To Fame has firmed into $1.90, with Betterzippit considered the main danger at $5 from the pole.
Like several pacers before him, Betterzippit has been a revelation under Jason Grimson’s genius guidance.
The gelding notched a win and three placings from 15 starts last season, but has improved his stats to six wins and a second from 10 outings for Grimson.
Betterzippit’s victories include the $1million Nullarbor at Gloucester Park on April 14.
“After a dominant win in The Rising Sun, TAB punters were quick to snap up the $2.40 on offer when markets opened for Saturday’s Sunshine Sprint,” TAB’s Hamish Ferguson said.
“We saw an influx of money come for the boom pacer with bets of $600 at $2.40, $500 at $2.40 and $1000 at $2 taken as soon as the market opened.