Guaranteed draws favourable gate in group 1 final

GUARANTEED is drawn to complete the Vicbred Super Series triple crown at Melton harness races on Saturday night.

With early speed not his forte, Guaranteed will have all the time to settle from nine - two off the pegs on the second row - before staking his claim for a third group 1 VSS title.

The four-year-old entire already has the two and three-year-old finals under his belt, but this $110,000 feature looms as the toughest yet for the reigning Chariots of Fire champion.

Lennytheshark shapes as the one to beat. He should lead from gate four and then not too far into the race find the Emma Stewart-trained Guaranteed sitting on his outside for the business end of the 2240m journey.

The marbles also fell the right way for Dunnstown trainer-driver David Murphy in the same event, with Desdon Murruffy drawing two and getting the opportunity to be tucked away not far off the pace.

Another Ballarat trainer-driver Michael Stanley will also get the chance to put his two-year-old semi-final winner Morior Invictus and three-year-old Young Modern in the thick of things after each drew barrier three.

Barrier draws for Ballarat district runners in group 1 Vicbred Super Series pacing finals on Saturday:

2yo colts/geldings: Morior Invictus (trained by Michael Stanley) 3, Thebackpagescribe (Michael Stanley) 12

3yo colts/geldings: Young Modern (Michael Stanley) 3, Presidentialsecret (Emma Stewart) emergency 8

4yo mares: Here And Now (David Murphy) 8, Union Belle (Allan Stephens) 12

3yo fillies: Tallulah Bay (Bassie Steenhuis) 3, Bettors Package (Emma Stewart) 7, Bettor Downunder (Steve Loftus) 10 Berisari (Emma Stewart) 11, Tuscan Breeze (Emma Stewart) emergency 13

4yo entires/geldings: Desdon Murruffy (David Murphy) 2, Hes Kinky (Emma Stewart) 5, Guaranteed (Emma Stewart) 9

2yo fillies: Licnia (Emma Stewart) 7, Lovelist (Emma Stewart) 12