1st: $1,325 2nd: $375 3rd: $190 GOBIS: $1,000.
Top End Torque (4) has scored two solid quali wins here over 390m and last week he looked impressive when stepping up to the 450m journey. He was a tad slow to begin but he then showed a terrific turn of speed and he was far from disgraced when beaten by less than four lengths in a blistering 25.08. If he can turn in a similar effort tonight he will take a power of beating.
Bloss’s Blitzen (1) has the good draw and he was never headed in his smart 25.44 heat win, from the red he should be in a prominent position for the entire trip.
Charleston (3) is in good hands and he too was a top heat winner, he will need some luck in the early stages but he should be suited by having a slow beginner drawn underneath.
Coolan Boy (6) rounds out the winning hopes, he appears to be improving with every run and he appears suited to a wide draw.
Top Four: 4 – 1 – 3 – 6
Exacta: 1,4/1,3,4,6 ($6 for 100%)
Quinella: 4 to rove with 1,3,6 ($3 for 100%)
Trifecta: 4/1,3,6/Field ($18 for 100%)
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.
Ultima Bale (6) is the real deal and with the explosive speed in boxes one, two and three he should get every chance to get a nice sit early and then run over the top of them late. He has solid box manners but his best asset is his dazzling turn of foot once they clear the mat. Back in October he really caught the eye with a brilliant 25.22 victory and with the improvement he has showed since then I can easily see him going sub 25 seconds with a clear run.
Magic Diva (1) has the good draw and she has broken 25 seconds here previously, she is a little below that form at present but her early speed means she is still a chance.
King Surfa (2) is an obvious danger, he is reliable early and he should match motors with Magic Diva for most of the journey.
Veyron Bale (5) is the smokey, he has a heap of talent and he should be able to pick off some of them late in the race.
Top Four: 6 – 1 – 2 – 5
Exacta: 1,2,6/1,2,5,6 ($9 for 100%)
Quinella: 6 to rove with 1,2,5 ($3 for 100%)
Trifecta: 1,2,6/1,2,5,6/1,2,3,5,6,7 ($36 for 100%)
Trifecta: 6/1,2,5/Field ($18 for 100%)
Race 11: National Time