This Tuesday evening the Lismore track will host the final of the Northern Rivers Vet K9 Reproductions Maiden Series. The $20,000 to the winner event will be staged over the flying 420 metres. Finalists qualified by winning heats at the track last week, with eight promising chasers earning a crack at the big prize. The race will jump at 9:05pm.
Jessie Small (Collision – Oxley Falcon) occupies box one after qualifying in a moderate 24.45, but she didn’t have it all her own way in the heat. She was dragged down from behind as she crossed to the lead and lost a lot of momentum. The 28kg black bitch showed plenty of tenacity to prevail and gives the indication that she can go faster. The query will be if she has a fast enough first section to prevent others from crossing her, that may be her downfall but she does look a knockout hope.
Astute Queensland mentor Tony Brett has Velocity Zoe (Mogambo – Velocity Thunder) in box two. She led quickly from box three in her heat and carved out a very respectable 24.09. The 28kg bitch had failed to flatter in six race starts prior to last week and the win was a sharp improvement on her previous efforts. If she can reproduce last week’s run she could be the smokey in this field.
Agent Romanoff (Cosmic Rumble – Rumble Parade) will exit box three for sunshine state trainer Jeffrey Cumming. The 24kg bitch began well from box one last week and took full advantage of a mixing pack behind her to score by 2.5 lengths in a moderate 24.39. She will have to improve to feature in the finish here.
Tweed Chic (Velocette – Halzani) caused the biggest upset of all eight heats last week and will exit box four in the final. The Mark Johnston trained bitch quickly led and replicated her performance trial run from a week earlier to win in 24.30. The box is a worry given the fact that she appears to be a couple of lengths off the major players in this final.
Cosmic Melody (Cosmic Rumble – Yessam Melody) is another finalist who may have had its chances greatly inconvenienced by the box draw. The diminutive 24kg bitch began fairly last week before finding trouble when looking to cross to the rail. She did well to pick herself up off the canvas and hook around the field to land a tenacious win right on the line in a slow 24.69. There will be no place for the faint hearted in the charge to the first turn this week and, should the Lyndall Massey trained bitch find herself slightly off the pace, she is going to need plenty of luck.
Flash Reality (Premier Fanstasy – Orara Flash) starts from box six for Grafton trainer Marlene Ellis. The 34kg dog was flawless last week when he qualified second fastest, leading all the way, to register 24.02 from box seven. His run also featured a blistering 14.26 run home, faster than any other heat. If he can be anywhere near the lead, he’s in this up to his ears.
Bon Zephyr (Surf Lorian – Abundia Boo) will start from box seven after landing his heat in 24.30, despite only beginning on terms. The 30kg black dog also ran an identical time in his performance trial at Lismore a week earlier so he may find himself a little of the pace, particularly with the two fastest qualifiers either side of him.
The favourite for the event and logical choice to win, is the Darren McDonald trained There’s A Earn (Where’s Pedro – Nova Surf) who will jump from box eight. This 31kg black dog has set Lismore alight in the past fortnight, running 24.14 in his performance trial followed by a sizzling 23.99 in his heat win last week. The regally bred twenty three month old dog set the fastest first section last week from box four, and only needs to negotiate a clear passage early to seemingly have his paw on the $20,000 prize.
The first reserve Tweed Ace (Collision – Rose Chalice) is not without at least a place chance if he gains a run. He found himself way back in his heat and took many lengths off Flash Reality in the fastest run home of the night. He did a similar thing in his performance trial a week earlier so he is likely to need luck in the run but he can motor, possibly one to look for over a bit more ground.
The second reserve is My Awesome Opal (Fear Zafonic – Awesome Knocka). He chased home Agent Romanoff last week and his times suggests he would probably struggle to feature in this hot final.
It is hard to go past the McDonald trained conveyance There’s A Earn in this race. The main danger looks to be Flash Reality. If he can find enough early toe to hold out There’s A Earn, then we could have a race on our hands. As is so often the case, the run to the first turn will be vital, with the tight Lismore track offering very few concessions to dogs that find trouble. Jessie Small could well be the knockout chance from box one at massive odds with the Tony Brett trained Velocity Zoe sure to be well and truly in the mix as well. This race should provide a great spectacle, as well as a few dogs for us to follow throughout their careers.