In a nine race card at Canberra on Sunday, it was an afternoon which saw many favourites get rolled, allowing some punters to go home cashed up.
The opening event, heat one of the WWP 310 Maiden heats saw Rapid Guy Luke, who had been producing good early toe over the 440metre starts begin odds on favourite.
It was Imposing Blonde however who showed the early dash, and when the fawn bitch was unable to hold the rails run at the first turn, John Boy for Arthur Jenkins made the most of the opening to scoot away and break his maiden in 18.22 over King’s Prize and Smart Soldier.
Heat two, saw first starter for Darren Lang, Saroma’s Idle also made the most of a rail run after a mix up at the first turn, beating Aranda and Leverage to secure their place in next weekend’s final.
After just getting pipped last week, Berella Ciata went one better on Sunday night, leading from start to finish the red fawn bitch beat home Vidar Izmir and Jada Kain, all three place getters likely starters in this week’s Canberra Mower Services Charity Cup.
One of the very few favourites to secure a win on Sunday was Half As Mate, taking out race five over kennelmate Unique Unit, who just picked up second by a head in front of Teddy Two Bucks, the winner posting the BON 17.86.
With scratchings decimating the non grade sprint event, only four went around and despite the small field and box one long odds on favourite Walkaway Freddy was not able to pick up Ian McFarlane trained Trimtex who left the lids the best of the four starters, winning by 1 & 3/4lengths, Walkaway Freddy running second, Mancunian Kool finishing in third.
Race six saw the money come for 600 track record holder Bunny’s Reward as she went from 6/4 to 4/6, opening price favourite and 530metre track record holder Licence To Dance manage to drift a little in the market, and for punters who were will to show faith in the 30.22 track record holder, they were rewarded as the Black bitch scored an impressive 10 & 1/2length win in a super smart 30.31 over Wagtail Willy and Bunny’s Reward.
The feature final of the evening, The Doug MacKechnie Maiden 530m Final, went the way of Cawbourne Jake who managed to sneak up on early leader Intellectual on the line to snatch the victory in 30.99, a neck over Intellectual, Semenya coming in third.
After running second to Puddy Muddle in the recent Dapto Winnebago Classic heats, Martini Bond returned to Canberra and posted her first win on the Nation’s Capital circuit taking out the final event on the card in 30.84 over Five To Life and Izmir’s Warrior.
This Sunday sees the running of the Canberra Mower Services Charity Cup over 440 metres, in what promises to be a great weekend, I hope you will be trackside and a part of the action.