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There are more rich pickings ahead for the West Melton stablemates Toomuch To Do and Ado's Invasion. Only Prince Sundon separated them from running the quinella in the $30,000 Giannis Pita Bread Canterbury Park Trotting Cup at Addington last Friday night.

Driver Blair Orange said Toomuch To Do was "very stiff" the week before when 10th to Diedre Don, and Ado's Invasion was on the way up after an improver's fifth in the same race. Both are seasoned campaigners, and both have won 11 races, although Toomuch To Do is still behind in stakes. "She is better in her gait this season," said trainer Mike Austin, which is exactly what John Hay is saying about Prince Sundon, who is eight and the same age.

Austin said Toomuch To Do is "flat beating a maiden" in her work at home, but a huge performance to win a heat of the Inter-Dominions last season showed she is up to the best on her day. "She drew fifteen in the Grand Final," said Austin, who added that she has just kept getting better each season.

Ado's Invasion didn't start racing until he was four, missed much of last season because of a tendon injury, and has never been any great shakes over two miles. "That is the best he has gone," said Austin

Credit: Mike Grainger writing in HRWeekly 19Oct 05

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