It’s Western Australia’s turn to showcase their talents in the National Sprint heats on Saturday night at Cannington over the 530 metre distance. With just the two heats set to be run, the first four placegetters will receive a rug in next weeks WA deciding final.
Heat One – 8.10 PM, Perth time
Linda Britton looks to have the two favourites in the first heat of the National Sprint, Zelemar Fever, jumping from box two and Star Recall, jumping from box eight.
Reigning Temlee winner Zelemar Fever is set to start at $2.50 favourite. After a fall at Sandown’s Sapphire Crown she looks to have lost her zip out of the boxes that has seen her land in front of the field time after time. Her previous three starts have seen her manoeuvre through the field and hit the finish line with strength. If she manages to jump to the lead it’s hard to see anything catching her.
Star Recall is currently paying $2.80 to take out the heat from box eight. The little black bitch has been in great form from the start of her career, only missing out on finishing in the top three on four occasions. She missed out on the Oaks series and looks to be a genuine contender after a freshen up on the sidelines last week.
Luba Monelli returns from four months on the sidelines for trainer David Hobby. Prior to her break, Luba Monelli produced some impressive victories over the 600 metre trip. It’s a tough ask for Luba Monelli ($15.00) to take out this heat with chasers that are capable of clocking some very quick times.
Peter Hepple’s Jump The Queue ($5.00) will be the likely leader from box seven but will have to rely on trouble behind if she is to take out this heat.
Heat Two – 8.30 PM, Perth time
The winner of the second heat looks likely to come out of the inside boxes, especially with On Coin off the red. Since his return from a shoulder injury sustained in January, On Coin has set the standard high in WA. Almost week in week out On Coin has produced best of the night performances. The brindle chasers box manners have improved, which has helped him find the lead heading into the back straight on multiple occasions. He is the dog to beat in this heat and is paying $2.00 for the win.
Gone To Heaven has shown a return to form in recent weeks, pulling together two great performances in lower grade company. Jumping from box four, paying $3.50 for the win, she will need to be at her best to finish first past the post.
Last week, veteran Gomes proved that he could still perform in top company, clutching \victory in the closing stages. From box two he is starting at $15.00 for the win and it’s going to take a lot for the old boy to win, but like he showed last week he is capable of surprises.
With the first four chasers getting a run in the deciding final next week, it will bring them one week closer to possibly being named the 2014 National Sprint Champion.