TWO of the finest sprinters in NSW, El Magnifico and Ritza Lenny, stole the show at Wentworth Park on Saturday night, scoring scintillating victories in their respective semi-finals of the Group 1 Peter Mosman Classic (520m).
Despite the GBOTA alerting punters and participants that the times may be slow due to the track being harrowed on Thursday, both chasers easily broke the 30 second barrier, with El Magnifico recording best of night figures in the fourth and final semi.
Stepping well from box two, the black powerhouse punched up to take the lead around the first turn and was never in doubt, charging clear to score by four and one quarter lengths over Victorian Invictus Rapid (box seven) in a flying 29.71.
Race caller Luke Marlow summed the race up perfectly following the event, declaring “Once he led you wanted to sell the house, the car and maybe even the missus as well and have the lot on…once he led he was near unbeatable”.
The victory made it 10 wins from 18 starts for the Bruce and Julie Fletcher prepared greyhound which holds the fastest time at Wentworth Park in 2016, a blistering 29.59 which was recorded in his heat of the Peter Mosman on June 11.
El Magnifico’s win came two races after Ritza Lenny’s dashing display in semi-final two. Despite a slow start, the blue dog was able to stalk the leader, Runway Idole (box one) in the early stages before railing through to take the lead in the run down the back straight.
Once he found the bunny Ritza Lenny hit top gear, striding out to record a fast 29.82 triumph by five and three quarter lengths over Runway Idole, with Sausage Sizzle filling the trifecta back in third spot.
Two local chasers also made it through to next Saturday’s $75,000 to the winner final in the fourth semi, with Zambora Idol (box three) defeating a gallant Tap Out Scarlet (box two).
When the lids flew open it was Tap Out Scarlet which showed terrific early dash to roll straight to the lead, with Emission Control (box eight) carving across from out wide to sit in second spot ahead of Zambora Idol back in third.
Swinging for home and Tap Out Scarlet started to wobble, with Zambora Idol checking off her heels as he went for the inside run. The Tony Spiteri-trained dog was quick to regain his momentum, switching to the outside and surging to the front to score by three quarters of a length in 30.16.
The only semi-final to be won by a visitor was the first of the night, with leading Victorian conditioner Andrea Dailly collecting top honours with the talented Shima Song.
Stepping beautifully from box three, the daughter of Dyna Tron and Shimaguni bounced straight on the lure and was able to pinch a break on her rivals as trouble struck on the first turn.
Turning for home and Shima Song was in no danger, running home to win by five and three quarter lengths over a fast finishing Buck Forty in 30.07.
Shima Song has now won 11 of her 22 starts heading into the final, to be run and won at Wentworth Park next Saturday night.
Group 1 Peter Mosman Classic – box draw
Box 1 – Ritza Lenny
Box 2 – Buck Forty
Box 3 – Shima Song
Box 4 – Invictus Rapid
Box 5 – Tap Out Scarlet
Box 6 – Runway Idole
Box 7 – Zambora Idol
Box 8 – El Magnifico
1st Res – Unlawful Entry
2nd Res – Nangar Thunder