Star stayer So Seductive maintained her unbeaten record over the Sandown ‘half-mile’, but it was a northern raider who set tongues wagging following the heats of the Group 1 Bold Trease Carnival Cup at Sandown Park tonight.
Talented but lightly raced stayer Lady Arko ($5) took out the second heat on the night in 41.77 – a length short of the track record. Formerly trained by Parkes-based owner John Hutchings and now in the care of Gary Ennis, Lady Arko led all the way to defeat four-time Group race winner Blue Lorian by six lengths.
So Seductive ($1.50F) took out the night’s other heat, carving a path through the field to defeat Slick Lee by 2.75 lengths in 42.21.
The final for the $72,500 Group Bold Trease Carnival Cup will be run on Thursday 18 November.
The boxdraw was performed trackside last night and is :