DARREN Elder will nominate Shannonsablast for the Interdominion and Shane Tritton has six races on Monday to get the three wins he needs for a double century in NSW after a big night for Hunter trainers on Saturday.
Shannonsablast was one of three Hunter-trained winners at Menangle, while Tritton runners claimed the opening three races at Newcastle to give the Keinbah horseman a national record for a NSW trainer.
Glasscutterspirit, Controversial and Mickey McRooney saluted for Tritton, taking him to 219 winners nationally for the season and past Steve Turnbull’s record of 217 for a NSW trainer set in 2013-14.
Tritton’s other target in recent weeks has been 200 wins for the season in NSW.
He moved to 197 with the treble and has 14 runners across six races of the nine-event program at Newcastle on Monday, the final day of the season.
Tritton said he was proud of the season, which also included two wins in New Zealand and a maiden NSW drivers’ premiership for his partner, Lauren Panella.
‘‘It means a lot to be ranked as the trainer who has won the most nationally in NSW in history,’’ he said.
‘‘It means a lot to my partner, family and workers.
‘‘We all work extremely hard and it’s good for the country participants to see that anyone can achieve their dreams, no matter where you are from. I’m proud to be from Newcastle.’’
The Tritton-trained Katy Perry was fourth in the group1 Breeders Crown for three-year-old fillies at Melton on Sunday.
Elder, meanwhile, was a winner on a huge night for Hunter trainers at headquarters.
With Todd McCarthy in the gig, Shannonsablast sat outside the leader in race two before a sustained sprint down the straight gave him a length victory in 1.53.8 in race two. The win gave McCarthy the joint metropolitan drivers’ premiership with his brother, Luke.
In race one, Ellalong trainer-driver Michael Formosa won with Ultimate Trump in 1.53.6.
In the fourth, Bolwarra trainer-driver Geoff Dorn had his first win at Menangle when Mista Taptoe Lombo caused an upset to take out a Country Series final at odds of $31.70.
Elder told Harness Racing NSW after Shannonsablast’s win that he would take his stable star to the Queensland Pacing Championship and Gold Coast Cup before a shot at Perth’s $1.8million Interdominion series in November.
He said he was waiting to see how the five-year-old gelding performed on Saturday night before deciding on the Interdominion nomination, and he would now probably lodge it on Monday.