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Marcus & Hannah Miller racing Down Under

December 04, 2017

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After the first two heats of the International Invitation Drivers Series at Gloucester Park the contest is too close to call with a three-way tie for top spot between Victorians Greg Sugars and Chris Alford and Western Australian Gary Hall Jnr as they have 21 points. Sponsored by Sky Racing and Slater Gartrell Sports, the final two heats will be held at Gloucester Park on Inter Dominion Grand final night Friday, Dec. 8.
Visiting North American reinsmen James MacDonald and Marcus Miller found it hard to leave each other's side finishing sixth and seventh in the opening heat and 11th and 12th in the second heat and both finished on eight points at the halfway point.
Neither driver had any luck in the ballot for horses in the opening two races and both are hoping for a better opportunity to display their talents on Inter Dominion Grand final night.
"It was a great experience and the racing is extremely tight and a buzz driving in front of such a big crowd," MacDonald said.
There were in excess of 8,000 fans on track on Friday night and more are expected this week for the $1.1 million Inter Dominion Grand final.
MacDonald, the current world champion, finished seventh on the $6.00 chance Your Excused in the opening heat and 11th on the $37.50 chance A Boy Named Rosie in the second heat.

Miller, who finished third in the recent World Championships, was sixth on the $92.60 chance Ona Happy Note in the first heat while his drive Extreme Prince at $98.30 suffered an atrial fibrillation in the second heat.

Both MacDonald and Miller were active participants at the traditional Inter Dominion Calcutta held on Sunday as part of the Barrier Draw function for the 2017 Inter Dominion.

MacDonald paid $1,800 to purchase pole marker Tiger Tara as his runner while Miller teamed with his father Erv to outlay $2,550 for second favorite Chicago Bull.

Miller's sister Hannah is also in Perth and she will be one of 10 women drivers taking part in a special Lady Drivers Challenge Race which will feature the world's leading female driver Kerryn Manning, who has driven more than 3,700 winners and beaten the men, to win five Australian Drivers Premierships.

The special race is being sponsored by Retravision and with the support of Racing and Wagering Western Australia it will be the 11th race on an amazing card of harness racing featuring four Group One events including the $1.1 million TABtouch Inter Dominion final.

The 10 competing drivers have won some 5375 races between them.

Hannah Miller was the USA's National Amateur Driver Award winner in 2015 and 2016 and represented the USA in the World Amateur Driving titles in Hungary in 2016 where she finished runner-up. (Alan Parker for USTA)

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