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Inter Dominion Trotting Championship set to return

The return of the Inter Dominion Trotting Championship has been ratified by Harness Racing Australia with the series guaranteed to be run for the next nine years.

Harness Racing Victoria is likely to reduce the prizemoney for a trotting feature, the Great Southern Star, to hold the Inter Dominion trotting series alongside the pacers in December.

The Inter Dominion Event Committee was delighted to have the trotters championship back with the final reportedly worth $150,000.

“The Event Committee had been keen to see the Inter Dominion Trotting Championship return on a rotational basis, so the cooperation of all co-hosts to work collectively and share the event equally was hard to ignore,” IDEC chairman Ken Spicer said. “In the end the unanimous decision was simple.

“All of the co-hosts are to be congratulated on a great step forward for the industry and particularly those who have deep investments in the trotting gait.”

The trotters are growing in popularity and the series will hopefully encourage more to be bred in Australia.

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Since I Can Doosit won the title in 2012, the race name had been held in quarantine and the return of the name will also have to be signed off by Harness Racing Australia.

“As per the HRA Rules of Association I will now call a Special General Meeting of members to endorse this decision of IDEC,” HRA chairman Michael Taranto said. “This approach is procedural and I do not expect any issues to return this event as the jewel in the crown of trotting features in Australasia.”

During the meeting in Melbourne, whip and change of tactics rules were discussed but no consensus could be found to change the present ones.

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Chris Roots

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