Got The Feature dazzles in Future Stars Maiden Series heats

Greyhound racing at Maitland

Maitland's Future Stars Maiden Series has produced some of New South Wales' most successful sprinters in recent years, with the honour roll including NSW State Sprint champion Sky Wave (2017), Million Dollar Chase victor (2018), Cup and Country Classic winner Zipping Kyrgios (2020) and G3 Ladies Bracelet runner-up Ties That Bind (2021).

In-form mentor David Smith unleashed some talented youngsters including Got The Feature, the quickest qualifier for next week's $15,000-to-the-winner final, who carved out the 400m journey in a slick 22.41 on a rain-affected surface. By Fernando Bale out of Sheez My Chicki, and a half-brother to G2 Black Top winner , he stepped cleanly from box four and took the lead around the first turn to score by 1.75 lengths at the finish, defeating a brave Nangar Zeke. Smith qualified two runners for the final, with littermate taking out the opening heat in 22.86 from box three.

2022 Listed Future Stars Maiden Series Heat 2 – Got The Feature (22.41) Trainer: David Smith

2022 Listed Future Stars Maiden Series Heat 1 – Stunning Chick (22.86) Trainer: David Smith

Also impressive on debut was Daniel Flanagan's Red Rolex, who stepped out in the final heat from box eight. The son of and Fusion Girl, a winner of 11 career starts, began brilliantly from the wide alley and carved across to lead throughout in 22.50, saluting by a margin of 4.75 lengths at the finish.

2022 Listed Future Stars Maiden Series Heat 6 – Red Rolex (22.50) Trainer: Daniel Flanagan

(Fernando Bale x Lilly Banner) cracked his maiden victory at start four, with an impressive 22.55 victory from box five for owner/trainer Barry Gibbons.

2022 Listed Future Stars Maiden Series Heat 5 – Nando Banner (22.55) Trainer: Barry Gibbons

War Hawk (Barcia Bale x Precious Sal) for owner/trainer Penny Hutchinson saluted on debut from box three in a speedy time of 22.61 over the 400m.

2022 Listed Future Stars Maiden Series Heat 4 – War Hawk (22.61) Trainer: War Hawk

Dennis and Anne Barnes' 25kg pocket rocket Nangar Peal (Feral Franky x Little Nangar) won her heat in 22.88 from box five.

2022 Listed Future Stars Maiden Series Heat 3 – Nangar Pearl (22.88) Trainer: Dennis Barnes

Interestingly, victors in the past four finals have exited from boxes six and seven, with Barnes' two chasers Nangar Pearl and Nangar Zeke drawing these alleys respectively.

Maitland Future Stars Final Box Draw

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