2015 Group Three Mandurah Mail Birthday Cup Final Preview

The short-course speedsters will be out in force at Mandurah for the Group Three Mandurah Mail Birthday Cup over 405 metres on Friday night.

With the race worth $25,000 to the winner, most of the chasers engaged have plenty of class including Paul Stuart’s regally-bred duo Sialia (box one) and Astrophysic (box four).

Christine Robartson will also be represented by two finalists in Golden Gossip (box two) and Last Day (box seven), the winner of last year’s Mandurah Cup over 490 metres. Last Day, a son of Dashing Corsair and Take A Squizz, will be looking for his fifth consecutive win and his 26th overall.

Young Emily Frazer has her first Group finalist in Walkaway Ablaze (box eight), which is a genuine threat despite being drawn out wide. His scintillating early sectionals should have him right up near the lead in the early stages.

There is lots of early speed drawn in the centre with Majestic Gem (box five) and Fun Princess (box six) both pinging the lids in their heats last week. Both will need luck from the awkward draws, but it pays to be a frontrunner in these big races, especially over the short-course sprint.

The field is rounded out by Powerhouse (box three), the grand old stager of the field. He ran a great race to claim his heat last week and has been a great money-spinner for connections. He may find a few of these a bit hot, but you have to respect the old bloke, which is over four years of age.

Lets hear what the trainers had to say:

Box 1
Race Odds
$5.50
 
 
Sialia
Trainer
Paul Stuart
Owner
Paul Stuart
Prizemoney
$20,980
Last 10 Starts
3113361621
February
2012
  Blue   Bitch   by   Collide Winsome
Bluebird
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $954 Rating  94
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
22 11 3 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
50 82
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
19 10 3 3
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 0
Paul Stuart (Trainer) – I’d prefer if they were switched around, to be honest. Sialia is better off with an outside draw. She’s only a little bitch which doesn’t go well with them going around the outside.
Best Mandurah Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
22.45 22.66 6.55 6.62
Box 2
Race Odds
$8.50
 
 
Golden Gossip
Trainer
Christine Robartson
Owner
Jason Jennings
Prizemoney
$27,345
Last 10 Starts
2471214751
February
2012
  Red
Brindle
  Bitch   by   Turanza
Bale
Expect
More
Start Moderate Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $943 Rating 86 
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
29 11 7 1
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
38 66
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 7 2 0
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 2 1 1
Christine Robartson (Trainer) – She will jump, she seems to accelerate at first but then settle. She is not a true sprinter, the others will probably take off around her, but she will run on and she won’t leave the rail. I just don’t think she is a 22.40 type of dog.
Best Mandurah Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
22.50 22.77 6.58 6.73
Box 3
Race Odds
$26
Heat Replay
 
Powerhouse
Trainer
Andrew McLaren
Owner
K Charles, K Charles, A Charles
Prizemoney
$31,655
Last 10 Starts
8727547521
November
2010
  Black   Dog   by   Path
To
Power
Velocity
Cloud
Start Fair Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $395 Rating  80
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
80 21 16 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
26 54
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 1 1 1
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 1 3 0
Andrew McLaren (Trainer) – This is his hardest task, there is no doubt about it. I think we will get room early. I don’t think we can win, but I think we can give the placings a good shake. He will be up there early but the rest of them will be trying to do the same thing. I think whoever goes around the first turn in front will probably win.
Best Mandurah Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
22.73 22.93 6.61 6.61
Box 4
Race Odds
$2.10
 
 
Astrophysic
Trainer
Paul Stuart
Owner
Paul Stuart
Prizemoney
$19,075
Last 10 Starts
1311211111

January
2013

  Dark
Brindle
  Dog   by   Cosmic
Rumble
Right
On
Ruby
Start Excellent Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,467 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
13 11 1 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
85 100
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
13 11 1 1
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Paul Stuart (Trainer) – It will definitely be his hardest test to date. He hasn’t drawn too well so he has to be on his best behaviour. There are some classy types in this field and his lack of experience is a worry. The draw is a worry but he is fast enough to counter that.
Best Mandurah Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
22.41 22.55 6.45 6.52
Box 5
Race Odds
$31
 
 
Majestic Gem
Trainer
Greg Martin
Owner
Anthony Barranca
Prizemoney
$22,160
Last 10 Starts
1254654251
January
2012
 

Blue

  Bitch   by   El
Grand
Senor
Cosmic
Sapphire
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $739 Rating 85 
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
30 10 6 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
33 57
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
27 10 5 1
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 1 1 0
ARG Comment – Began brilliantly from box three in her heat last week, recording a solid 22.76 heat win. She will need to do everything right again in the final with several pacy chasers in the race that are capable of quicker times.
Best Mandurah Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
22.64 22.76 6.56 6.56
Box 6
Race Odds
$10
Heat Replay
 
Fun Princess
Trainer
Lexia Isaac
Owner
C Baisden, L Isaac, M Pollard
Prizemoney
$36,875
Last 10 Starts
5717731632
March
2012
  Black   Bitch   by   Where’s
Pedro
Alotta
Fun
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $723 Rating 97 
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
51 15 8 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
29 53
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
20 4 5 3
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 2 0 2
Lexia Isaac (Trainer) – I think she has a good chance. On her night she is a very good beginner and if she can jump like she did last week then she will probably be out in front and it will just be whether she can stay there or not.
Best Mandurah Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
22.60 22.60 6.55 6.55
Box 7
Race Odds
$5.00
 
 
Last Day
Trainer
Christine Robartson
Owner
Larry Jocumsen
Prizemoney
$83,665
Last 10 Starts
1123151111
November
2011
  Blue
Brindle
  Dog   by   Dashing
Corsair
Take
A
Squizz
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,521 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
55 25 15 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
45 84
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
19 10 4 1
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 2 3 2
Christine Robartson (Trainer) – I’d like the boxes to be reversed and for him to be in box two. He is the one with the most ability but not from box seven. He has been a really good dog and he usually comes home strong, although I would like to see him ping straight to the front.
Best Mandurah Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
22.49 22.49 6.63 6.63
Box 8
Race Odds
$5.00
 
 
Walkaway Ablaze
Trainer
Emily Frazer
Owner
Emily Frazer
Prizemoney
$30,915
Last 10 Starts
1111311521
February
2011
  Red
Brindle
  Dog   by   Bombastic
Shiraz
Walkaway
Tiny
Start Good Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $562 Rating 96 
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
55 18 16 8
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
33 76
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 3 1 1
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 0 4 0
Emily Frazer (Trainer) – He is going to have to come out running. Paul Stuart and Dave Robartson’s dogs are probably the ones to beat. I reckon he needed the fence, but he might stay out of trouble out there and with a bit of luck he might find the fence. It is the first Group final that I have made, it would be a total dream come true to win it, but it is a very hard race.
Best Mandurah Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
22.55 22.77 6.48 6.57

The Mandurah Mail Birthday Cup final is race seven on tonight’s card and will jump at 12:02AEDT.