Victorian aspirants for the National Sprint Championships line up on Saturday night at The Meadows for the Victorian leg of the Nationals series. The field is missing a number of top Victorian sprinters but nevertheless it should be a good race as each dog has a reasonable chance of success. Brooke Ennis’ Dream It is the fastest qualifier through to this week’s Victorian final. If Dream It cannot win this race on Saturday night he is a very rough chance of getting a wild card into the big final at Cannington.
Jeff Britton has two finalists. Britton missed out on a berth in the National Distance final with Mepunga Tiara on Thursday night at Sandown but he has a chance of qualifying for the sprint final with Cosmic Wise and Mepunga Armagh.
Here’s a look at each of the finalists and their current Sportingbet fixed odds prices:
Box 1 – Crackerjak Dak (Andrea Dailly) – $3.40
This Andrea Dailly trained dog loves an inside box so he is drawn to do well. The extremely well bred son of Mogambo and Lil’s Memory (Bombastic Shiraz – We Owe Heaps) ran second to Dream It in the heats last week from box two. He has won four from nine at The Meadows with a best time of 29.94. He needs to lead to do his best work.
Box 2 – Crawf’s Bread (David Crawford) – $9.00
Crawf’s Bread is an extremely consistent chaser and winning this race would be a nice little reward for the dog by Where’s Pedro and Tekki (November Fury – Brian’s Tiger). He defeated Marcus Joe last week to land a heat win in 30.12. He has won six from 18 at The Meadows with an overall best of 30.03. He’s got an imposing record from box one but from box two he has won just the one race from eight attempts.
Box 3 – Cosmic Wise (Jeff Britton) – $10.00
The Cosmic Chief and Wise Penny (Bombastic Shiraz – Awesome Berger) bitch had box four last week when running one and three quarter lengths second behind Buckle Up Mason. She has won two from six at the track and has stopped the clock at 29.94. Her form from inside boxes is good and she is generally reliable at box rise.
Box 4 – Dream It (Brooke Ennis) – $5.00
Dream It was last week’s fastest heat winner from box one. The Bartrim Bale and Ondina Bale (Collision – Maple Bale) dog moves to box four to week, a draw he has won from three times. Dream It is a talented conveyance, running second in this years Group Two Warrnambool Classic and also a finalist in the Group Two McKenna Memorial. He has had 10 starts at the track for six wins. He takes a few strides to get motoring so he will need some luck in the early stages.
Box 5 – Marcus Joe (Barry Moloney) – $6.00
This Velocette and Mojo Glory (Jack Junior – Mint Mojo) dog loves The Meadows. It was the scene of his Group One Maturity win last year and overall he has seven wins from 15 starts at the track with a flying 29.66 to his credit. He finished strongly behind Crawf’s Bread last week from box six and he has the squeeze draw for this race. He has only won once from box five so his connections will be hoping he can overcome the draw.
Box 6 – Mepunga Armagh (Jeff Britton) – $4.60
A winner last week in 29.86, Mepunga Armagh will be looking to make it two in a row on Saturday night. The Premier Fantasy and Mepunga Harmony (Pure Octane – Mepunga Shiraz) dog has two wins at the track from four starts. He had box eight last week for his eight and a half length win so the wide draw should not worry him this week. He’s got great early pace and looks a real chance.
Box 7 – Buckle Up Mason (Jenny Hunt) – $7.50
Jenny Hunt will be looking to qualify her second runner for the Nationals after her charge Xylia Allen took out the Victorian National Distance final at Sandown on Thursday night. Buckle Up Mason won in 29.99 last week to bring his Meadows record to 13 wins from 32 attempts at the track. His best is 29.74. The Collision and Everlong Bale (Primo Uno – Shique Bale) dog has just the one win from box seven but is capable of showing the pace needed to lead.
Box 8 – Nockabout Aussie (Peter Akathiotis) – $16.00
Nockabout Aussie had a comfortable six length win over Grand Legacy last week to win his heat in 30.02. He has not won from a draw wider than box six so the Knocka Norris and Aussie Nicky (Aussie Cruiser – Aussie Nerabella) dog looks to have a tough task ahead of him. He has won just three from 16 at the track so he will be relying on a lot of luck.
Grand Legacy (9) finished second behind Nockabout Aussie. He has just the one win at The Meadows and will find it tough to challenge some of the others in this final. Woodnear (10) was well beaten by Mepunga Armagh. His last win was back in April this year and he is likely to be double figure odds if he gets a run.