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MELBOURNE - SHAKAMAKER
The year 2000 saw Harness Racing Victoria turn the Inter-Dominions on their head. The new format was a drastic change away from the equine battle that was always the case and turned in to something completely different. The end result though was spectacular with great racing over the month of the series. Shakamaker took all the short cuts through the series and with the aid of a cool drive by John Justice took out the final over a star-studded field.
BRISBANE - YULESTAR
It had been decades since we had cracked it on Aussie soil but Yulestar did it. He turned around fair form in the heats to smash the Inter-Dominion Grand Final field and the Aussie hearts. After three minor placings in the heats Yulestar was clearly behind the Championship stars of Atitagain, Shakamaker and Courage Under Fire in the betting but Yulestar produced a world record shattering run to break the hoodoo.
SYDNEY- SMOOTH SATIN
Kiwis stayed away in their droves from the Sydney Inter-Doms but it didnít stop the top horses putting on a regal show. The cream quickly rose to the top during the heats with Shakamaker, Courage Under Fire, Stars And Stripes and Smooth Satin winning all 10 heats between them. The final was billed as a Courage Under Fire-Shakamaker match race but as is so often the case, these donít eventuate. Smooth Satin stole the show and the ĎBathurst Bulletí won for his trainer/driver Steve Turnbull. The win rekindled memories of another Bathurst great Hondo Grattan who won back-to-back Inter-Doms for Turnbullís father Tony in the early 70s.