Precocious pups and a plethora of hopeful owners and trainers will descend upon Wentworth Park this Sunday afternoon for ten heats of the Group Three Magic Maiden at the Glebe Circuit.
First conducted in 2002, the race is conducted in line with the Golden Easter Egg and gives maiden dogs an early crack at the big time.
The race was first won by Country Zulu with other winners including Winsome Revenge, Infinite Beauty, Breeze It In, Humdrum, Zipping Man and Tifia.
Tifia holds the race record at 29.86 which she set in 2012 for trainer Chris O’Brien.
With plenty of slick performance trials as well as whispers of some other lightning times in recent trials, the track is certain to be set alight come Sunday afternoon.
Let’s have a look at a few of the chances in each heat;
Race 1 – Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Heat 1 – 5:57pm
Paua To Roar (5) looks an absolute standout in the opening heat. The regally bred son of Head Bound and Paua To Erupt (Spiral Nikita – Paua To Burn) sizzled in a performance trial at Bulli stopping the clock at 26.18. He then came to Wentworth Park for another performance trial and registered a toey 30.23 which included a first split of 5.48. He is in the astute hands of Nowra Hill mentor Steve White and will take a power of beating.
Patrick Parrelli trained the 2009 winner of the Magic Maiden, Divine Road. In 2014 he will have Divine Strike (2) in the first heat of the same event. Divine Strike is a son of Collision and Divine Rush (Bond – Majestic Rush) who has not raced since October last year. He had trialled 23.16 at the Gardens before running second at Maitland over 400 metres. He then stepped up to the 535 metres at Richmond where he appeared to go amiss in a maiden won by Boyce Road. His maturity may help him in a race like this if he is right.
Mean Mr. Mustard (1) has drawn well and is a blue-blood by Cosmic Rumble out of Cindeen Shelby (Bombastic Shiraz – Proper Shelby). He had to show plenty of tenacity after finding trouble in a performance trial to finish second and register 30.59 in the process.
Race 2 – Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Heat 2 – 6:17pm
Black Jack Billy (2) looks to have a mortgage on the second heat after a lightning performance trial at Wentworth Park last week. The David Pringle trained son of Collision and Kiacatoo Pearl (History Lesson – Naughty Thoughts) stopped the clock at 30.08 including a first split of 5.48. He is clearly the one to beat.
Cuddletime Tears (7) has the benefit of a race start where she finished second at Gosford running 29.96. Her perforce trials prior to that leave a little bit to be desired but if she replicates her race start she could lead this lot for a fair way.
Tommy Brislane (8) ran a slick performance trial at Bulli despite finishing second to the favourite for the first heat Paua To Roar. He was beaten 4 1/4 lengths but still ran 26.44. He could loom as a smokey in this heat.
Race 3 – Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Heat 3 – 6:32pm
Filante (1) has trialled extremely impressively and is drawn perfectly in the third heat. The son of Cosmic Rumble and Indigo Gem (Slater – Valeri’s Purse) flew around Wentworth Park in 29.78 performance trial last week for trainer Janet Cottrell. If he runs anywhere near that time he will take some tossing.
Zipping Lucy (5) registered 30.26 when finishing second to Mo Keeping in a performance trial last week. She is in the hands of Jason Mackay and is sure to be looming large as they turn for home. She could be the value runner in this one.
Allmendinger (3) registered a good 22.78 performance trial at Richmond before finishing second in another one at Wentworth Park last week behind Anything Less. He ran 30.40 in that trial which has to bring into calculations.
Magic Rip (8) has the benefit of race experience and has been placed in three of his four career outings. He is in the hands of trainer Chris Arletos who ran second in last year’s final.
Race 4 – Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Heat 4 – 6:52pm
Brasko Star (5) for Jason Magri heads the charge in the fourth heat. The superbly bred son of Where’s Pedro and Mantra Style (Malfoy – Al Fresco) has gone well in two performance trials to date. A 22.69 Richmond run was followed by a second at Wentworth Park where he stopped the clock at 29.96. If he can overcome the draw he is the one to beat.
Zipping Weston (1) ran a fast second in a performance trial at The Gardens before finishing third in a maiden event at Maitland. Don’t be surprised if he improves from the good draw.
Devine Raider (4) showed pace in a recent performance trial at Wentworth Park before finishing second in 30.52.
Cosmic Woody (2) ran 30.65 when finishing third in his recent performance trial at this track.
Race 5 – Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Heat 5 – 7:12pm
The fifth heat looks to be one of the toughest of the meeting with at least half the field looking to be realistic chances.
Anything Less (6) looks the one to beat on the on the back of a slick 29.79 performance trial here on March 22 for trainer Glenn Rounds. The son of Bekim Bale and Casey’s Angel (Spiral Nikita x Leprechaun Yap) does have to overcome an average draw but looks capable.
Mo Keeping (4) zipped around Wenty in his recent performance trial and looks the main danger. The son of Cosmic Rumble and Indigo Gem (Slater – Valeri’s Purse) registered 29.95 for trainer Charmaine Roberts. The first section was only 5.58 so the box may be the biggest obstacle for this precocious flyer.
Fancy Top (7) has drawn a tough heat here but has shown that she has her share of ability too. After having a race start at Coonamble and a performance trial at Bathurst late last year, the daughter of Cosmic Chief and Armatree Elle (Surf Lorian – Elle Siyan) ran 30.29 here in a performance trial on March 21. She looks one of the most likely to trouble the other two.
Gan Gan Fire (1) has drawn well and also unleashed a handy 30.28 performance trial here on March 15. With the other three contenders all drawn so close together, the race may unfold in her favour. She looks a real knockout chance here.
Race 6 – Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Heat 6 – 7:30pm
Shakey Jakey (2) is another speedster from the Pringle camp who should go very close to taking out his heat. Despite colliding with the running rail in his performance trial at the track, the son of Collision and Kiacatoo Pearl (History Lesson – Naughty Thoughts) sizzled around the Glebe circuit in 29.80. Prior to that he had trialled a record at Bathurst of 25.28 in another performance trial. He is drawn well and is clearly the one to beat in the sixth heat.
Cosmic Barbie (5) landed a good 30.38 performance trial win from box seven here on March 27. Her 5.52 early in that run could put her somewhere near the front in this one.
Remember Ross (7) went around the Maitland 400 metre trip in a fast 22.74 in a performance trial before registering 30.54 in another at Wentworth Park.
Ada Mary (6) ran second in a performance trial at Wentworth Park but still managed to run 30.35 in that effort. Prior to that she trialled a moderate 30.57 at Dapto.
Race 7 – Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Heat 7 – 7:50pm
Heat seven sees another Jason Mackay trained dog with a massive hope. After a blistering 29.66 performance trial at The Gardens, Zipping Bruno (8) went to Maitland over the 450 metres and was run down in a fast race. The son of Smooth Fancy and Navigator Miss (Whiskey Assassin – Al Fresco) still ran 25.08 in that second placing and will be the one they have to catch here.
Big Red Chev (6) flew in a performance trial at The Gardens, stopping the clock at 29.63 for trainer Michael Manuel. The son of Cosmic Rumble and Diorissimo (Gunnadoo Style – Tarawi Tess) then ran 30.25 at Wentworth Park finishing second in a performance trial behind Black Jack Billy.
Recruitment (5) finished second in a very fast performance trial at Bulli. He still managed 26.68 and comes into calculations on the basis of that run.
Race 8 – Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Heat 8 – 8:06pm
The eighth heat features two absolute missiles who look to have the race between them.
Xtreme Knocka (4) scorched the loam at Bulli in a performance trial for Victorian master mentor Jason Thompson. The son of Knocka Norris and Misty Fields (Droopy’s Kewell – Barbie’s Shiraz) ran the hands off the clock in a sizzling 26.13.
All Strung Out (5) could well be the pre-post favourite for the whole series after he seared around Wentworth Park in 29.66 on March 22 for trainer Glenn Rounds. He is another son of the Bekim Bale – Casey’s Angel litter who look to be shaping up as something very special. Casey’s Angel is a littermate to stud dogs Bo Frazier and Talk’s Cheap as well as prolific producer Glamorous.
Up-and-coming Molong trainer Toby Weekes looks to also have a handy one in the race. Old Mexico is another runner from the Collision and Kiacatoo Pearl (History Lesson – Naughty Thoughts) litter and he turned a few heads at Richmond in his performance trial when he registered a rapid 30.57.
Race 9 – Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Heat 9 – 8:22pm
The ninth heat looks to lack the genuine flyer that some of the other heats possess and is a very open affair.
Miss Talladega (3) has had the benefit of three race starts and has been placed in all three for Wilberforce trainer Justin King. She kept coming in her last outing at Dapto to finish second despite finding early trouble. That experience may sit her in good stead for this race.
Megan Keeping (5) led in her Wentworth Park performance trial before being run down. She produces a 30.45 effort which may be enough to take this one out, especially if she is doing it from the front.
Bedlam Bridge (4) could be an improver for trainer Chris Carl. The daughter of Bekim Bale and Desolate (Whiskey Assassin – Sienna Blue) ran 30.55 when finishing third to Mo Keeping in a perforce trial on March 27. She is one to keep safe.
Moonshine Lady (7) ran 30.53 when finishing third to Paua To Roar in a performance trial here on March 27. She looks to lack early pace but may be thereabouts.
Race 10 – Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Heat 10 – 8:22pm
The final heat looks another tough one on paper with a few chances.
Gilgamesh (6) had registered two reasonable performance trial times, including a 29.96 at Dapto before coming to Wentworth Park for a look. The daughter of Collision and American Titch (Molotov – Elite Monelli) ran third behind the flying All Strung Out in the time of 30.45. With a bit of improvement, that could be enough for her to win this heat.
Chevy Lass (8) registered 22.75 in a performance trial over 400 metres at The Gardens before coming to Wentworth Park for another where she led and was just beaten in an average 30.72. If she can lead, that may give her the upper hand.
Organic Choice (3) has been placed in three of three race starts in moderate times at Richmond and Gosford. The experience may serve her well in this field.
Smart Rip (1) has the coveted rails alley and has been placed in three of his four race appearances. He is another who is yet to flatter on the clock but should benefit from both race experience and the inside draw.