Record in sight for Tritton in Victoria

Shane Tritton Stables, Majors Lane, Keinbah. Shane Tritton with Suave Stuey LomboSHANE Tritton will have the chance to equal a NSW record for winners trained nationally in a season when he continues his Victorian campaign with two runners at Stawell on Wednesday.
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Although his hopes of a maiden state title appear gone, the Keinbah trainer will look to close on another piece of history when I Asked Nicely and Just Stopandstare compete in the first and third races respectively.

Tritton has 194 wins in NSW to trail defending champion Steve Turnbull by 10 with just six days remaining in the season, but he looks set to challenge the Bathurst trainer’s record on a bigger stage.

Turnbull had 217 winners in total for 2013-14 to finish with the most in Australia by a NSW trainer in one season.

Tritton sits on 215 victories for 2014-15 and has only a handful of meetings to surpass Turnbull’s national mark.

His hopes of winning the three-year-old fillies Breeders Crown final with Katy Perry on Sunday at Melton suffered a blow on Monday when she drew poorly in nine.

Katy Perry was an impressive second in the semi-finals on Saturday night but will start from gate two on the back row in the $174,000 final. Semi-final winners The Orange Agent and Ameretto drew 10 and one respectively.

Meanwhile, Anthony Butt will drive I Asked Nicely and Jaimie-Lee King will steer Just Stopandstare on Wednesday at Stawell.

Another chance for Tritton this week in Victoria is Marty Monkhouser from gate two in the group2 Graduate Pacers Free For All on Friday night at Melton.

Back home, Tritton will race Burning Cash at Menangle on Saturday night, but his best hopes of going past 217 winners will likely come at Newcastle.

Tritton will cap his sixth consecutive Newcastle premiership with runners at the track on Saturday night and on the last day of the season on Monday.

Tritton’s partner, Lauren Panella, will wrap up her maiden NSW drivers’ premiership with 167 winners despite being sidelined since a fall on June 13 left her with a broken hand. Robert Morris is next best on 133.

Panella and Tritton last season became the first people from the Hunter to win NSW metropolitan premierships.