Defending champion Im Themightyquinn firmed to favouritism after drawing gate six for his clash with Australasia's best pacers in Sunday's $750,000 Sydney Inter Dominion grand final (3009m) at Menangle.
Player fixed odds tightened the Gary Hall Sr-trained gelding, a brilliant last-start Gloucester Park winner, from $3.10 to $2.90 when he received a front-line start in yesterday's barrier draw.
"Im Themightyquinn's central position on the 10-horse first row will provide reinsman Gary Hall Jr with options," said Player fixed odds betting manager Ben Pomatti.
"A pressure-packed race is anticipated and Hall's tactical moves in the early stages will be vital."
Dual New Zealand Cup winner Terror To Love eased from $3 to $3.30 yesterday after drawing gate seven.
"It's significant Im Themightyquinn will have inside running on him," Pomatti said.
Im Themightyquinn's trackwork yesterday pleased Hall Sr and he will go ahead with plans to run him in a trial at Menangle today.
"He's really well," Hall said. "We'll meet Inters rivals Chariot King and Pub Blitz in the trial, which should top off Quinnie."
Pomatti said Victorian Cup winner Caribbean Blaster had been backed from $8 to $5.25 in betting since drawing gate two.
"An inside draw will suit Caribbean Blaster," Pomatti said.
"In contrast, the pole could be against slow beginner Mah Sish and he's steady at $7."
WA-owned Washakie, prepared in Sydney by John McCarthy, eased from $26 to $41 when he drew outside the back line.
Perth trainer Tony Svilicich's Mysta Magical Mach (gate eight) has drifted from $36 to $71.
He could shorten if he wins today's Menangle free-for-all.·WA reinsman Chris Voak drove Lettucereason to win an Australasian Young Drivers Championship first-round heat at Goulburn in NSW yesterday. He will drive Vomo Hanover and Mister Onetwo in heats at Menangle today.