Chevez for champion Queensland trainer Tony Brett upstaged a host of Group winners to qualify fastest for next Wednesday night’s Woy Woy Poultry St Leger at Betchoice Gardens.
The son of Hallucinate and Drunken Treasure improved dramatically from his first look at the track last Friday, where he led, but was run down and relegated to third place, to sizzle around the 515 metres in 29.58 in wet and windy conditions.
Brett was over the moon with his performance and was hoping for a wide draw in the final, with his wish being granted when Chevez drew box eight in the $15,000 to the winner Group Three.
“It was a great run” said Brett after the race
“He uses plenty of the track, so he’s ideally drawn on the outside”
Wayne Vanderburg’s pair, Isadoll and Red Flame, who quinella’d the Group One Vic Peters Classic at Wentworth Park at the end of October also progressed through to next week’s rich final.
Isadoll, stepping out for the first time since her devastating Group One victory lead all of the way in a slick 29.68, defeating a gallant Garbanzo by only a neck.
“It was a pleasing performance” said Vanderburg
“That’s first time she has been on a circle since the Vic Peters wins, so she should improve even further”.
Red Flame had to be content with a second placing after looking like he had the measure of Bralyn Midge, but the Casino chaser showed great tenacity for pull out enough to score by a half a length in 29.77.
Bralyn Midge has now won three out of four races at the track and distance, with his only defeat coming at the hands of boom pup, Winsome Gun in the Group Three Laurie Healion Memorial in August this year.
Reg Kay’s Arapaho Elite grabbed Group Two Galaxy winner Big Bunga right on the line to score by the barest possible margin, a nose, in 29.77 with both first and second progressing through to the final.
This could be Kay’s last feature event as a NSW trainer, as he signalled his intentions to return to Queensland after being based at Calga on the Central Coast for the past 18 months, in which time he has won the Group One National Derby, and the Gosford and Maitland Cups, both at Group Two Level.
Big Bunga’s trainer Jason Mackay is no stranger to winning group races at Betchoice Gardens, with Snozz taking out the Group Two Black Top Earlier this year.
The other heat winner was the talented No Doubt, trained by Wendy Brown, the wife of NSW NCA Vice President John Brown. A litter sister to Isadoll, No Doubt has proven herself to be a quality chaser in her own right, winning 12 of 36 starts and reaching Free For All level at Wentworth Park.
The box draw for the Group Three Woy Woy Poultry St Leger worth $15,000 to the winner is:
- Box 1 – Red Flame
- Box 2 – Bralyn Midge
- Box 3 – Garbanzo
- Box 4 – Isadoll
- Box 5 – Arapaho Elite
- Box 6 – No Doubt
- Box 7 – Big Bunga
- Box 8 – Chevez
- 1st Res – New Divide
- 2nd Res – Four Winds
Also last night at Betchoice Gardens, charity greyhound owned by Newcastle Knights super star Aku Uate, Knights Defender, opened up his winning account in sensational style.
Jumping straight to the front, Knights Defender gave nothing else a chance winning by massive seven and three quarter lengths in a fast 29.92. The $800 first prize goes to Westpac Rescue Helicopter and the Hunter Surf Lifesaving Association and on the strength on the win more funds should flow towards these two worthy charities
‘Edens’ restaurant is open for next Wednesday Night’s Group Three Woy Woy Poultry St Leger Final night with great food at reasonable prices, right on top of the action. Bookings can be made on (02) 49515842, and the first race will jump around 7pm AEDT.