SA TROTS -Sunshineanrainbows connections confident heading into Southern Cross Final.

IT’S easy to understand why Sunshineanrainbows’ connections are so confident ahead of next week’s Southern Cross Final.

Despite waiting to find out where the daughter of Sweet Lou has drawn in the decider, trainer Paul Cavallaro is positive Sunshineanrainbows is as close to a “good thing” as possible in harness racing.

Unbeaten from three starts, Sunshineanrainbows was simply a class above her opposition in last night’s futurity heat.

Driven by Dean Girardi, the two-year-old occupied the ‘death seat’ on her way to a strong seven-metre win from the pacemaker, Laylas Princess.

Frivolity was 19-and-a-half metres away third.

“She is a very nice filly,” Cavallaro said. “She’s getting better each week and I think it is fair to say she has the wood on the others.

“Without seeing the draw, I’m still very confident with her and think it will take a big run or some terrible luck to beat her.”

Owned by members of the Cavallaro family, Sunshineanrainbows rated 1:58.8 over 1800 metres, with her time 3.4 seconds quicker than Honolulu Lulu in the second heat.

Enjoying the ideal one-one trip, Honolulu Lulu scored by a head from Godsgift, which was gallant after racing outside the pacemaker, Lunas Gift, which was a neck away third.

Honolulu Lulu’s success was the second leg of a double for trainer Jill Neilson, who captured the opening event on the card with Skew Whiff.

Boasting a perfect record from four starts, Skew Whiff rated 2:05 over 1800 metres as Centillionaire and Glamourise filled the placings.

Story: HRSA Media

Photo: Walter Bulyga