Ecstasy turned to disappointment in the space of 48 hours for Shepparton trainer Steve O’Donoghue and reinswoman Bec Bartley after star pacer San Carlo came up with a horror draw in this Friday night’s Inter Dominion Pacing Championship final at Gloucester Park, Perth.
After a stunning win in the final round of the heats on Friday night to clinch a spot in the $1million final, San Carlo drew barrier seven — two from the outside on the front line — in the final with four other main hopes in Tiger Tara, Lazarus, Soho Tribeca and Lennytheshark drawing inside him.
Tiger Tara drew barrier one, Lazarus two, Soho Tribeca four and Lennytheshark six.
The other main winning chance, the Western Australian Chicago Bull, is the sole runner off the second row.
Bartley described Friday night’s heat win by San Carlo as the highlight of her driving career so far.
‘‘It was pretty exciting and it’s the biggest thrill I’ve ever had,’’ Bartley said from Perth yesterday while awaiting for the draw for the final.
With Bartley and the driver of Devendra Todd Rattray declaring they wanted to lead in their final round heat clash, it was game on when the mobile arms folded back, but Bartley kept booting up to hold the front-running on San Carlo.
From then on she was able to dictate terms with San Carlo, who held off challenges from the favourite Soho Tribeca and the David Aiken-trained Lennytheshark to ensure a start in the final.
Devendra finished last.
‘‘He hit the line really strongly and the (2536m) trip really suited him down to the ground,’’ Bartley said.
While San Carlo’s overall mile rate of 1:56.3 was slightly inferior to the other two heat winners, Chicago Bull (1:56) and the New Zealand megastar Lazarus (1:54.5), San Carlo posted a 27 last quarter, the quickest of the heat winners.