Mornington Mitavite Summer Challenge heats up

With the midpoint of the Mornington Mitavite Summer Challenge upon us – heat four of seven will be run this Friday (Jan 13) – the race for $5,000 in horse feed and clothing is as close as could have been scripted.

A three-way tie between Verification (trained by John Wheeler), Glacier King (Peter White) and Blue Nile (Fran Houlahan and Brian Johnston) heads the leaderboard, with a host of chasers poised to pounce.

With ten points on offer for first in each heat, eight for second, and one less point as the placings proceed, Friday’s heat, a 1500-metre Rating 0-62 Handicap, looms as a key chapter in the story: Verification (co-leader on ten points), Northern Jet (Leon Corstens, eight) and New Venture (Dean Binaisse, seven) all contend in rivalry.

Come Friday, one of Wheeler, Corstens or Binaisse could have one hand on the $5,000 prize courtesy of Mitavite.

View the series leaderboard here, and its terms and conditions here.