Cranebrook trainer Melinda Finn has three talented chasers engaged, with new 400m track record holder Winsome Jacko her best hope from box six. The son of the El Grand Senor and Ramblin’ Ruby sent tongues wagging during the heats last week, clocking a sensational time of 21.98. Finn also has two other lives chances in Winsome Mission, who recorded a sizzling time of 22.20 and Winsome Bluey who qualified in 22.51. All three greyhounds will line up side by side from boxes four, five and six.
Londonderry trainer Christine Proctor’s chances were given a boost when the box draw was released yesterday, with smart youngster Lord Gee coming up with the inside alley. The son of El Grand Senor and Oh Em Gee was superb last week, clocking a fast time of 22.45 from box three. Proctor’s other finalist Master Gee will face a tough test from box seven, however he did display good early pace last week to cross and lead throughout from box eight in a flying time of 22.38.
Brodie Wells Electrical Future Stars – Maitland 400m:
Box One – Lord Gee (Christine Proctor): Despite missing the start last week, is perfectly drawn in box one to take advantage of a rails run. Recorded a fast time of 22.45 last week, with a sensational run home of 6.58.
Box Two – Gauge This (Walter Simmons): Did everything right last week from box six and can improve on the clock after suffering some interference heading around the turn. Clocked 22.73 in his heat and will be given every chance from a favourable draw.
Box Three – Lord Licrick (Robert Green): Showed great acceleration last week to get across from box seven, clocking a speedy time of 22.51, with an impressive run home of 6.68. A genuine railer who should take advantage of this box draw and put himself into the race in the latter stages.
Box Four – Winsome Bluey (Melinda Finn): After stumbling at the start, railed underneath the leader on the home turn to clock a fast time of 22.51. Will need to significantly improve his box manners after coming up with a difficult draw.
Box Five – Winsome Mission (Melinda Finn): Was brilliant last week from box six in a sizzling time of 22.20, with a flying run home 6.55. A poor box draw won’t help his chances after a slow start last week, however look for him to flash home at the finish.
Box Six – Winsome Jacko (Melinda Finn): Labelled a superstar after breaking the track record last week, clocking a blistering time of 21.98. Box six will be the only concern for his trainer, however if he gets any room to move early we should see him salute in fine style and carve out another impressive time.
Box Seven – Master Gee (Christine Proctor): Recorded a sensational time of 22.38 in his heat last week and mustered good early pace from box eight. Will be right in this with a repeat performance of last week and is drawn inside a risky beginner.
Box Eight – Airbourne Miss (Allan Mcgowan): Produced the biggest upset from the heats last week from box five, recording a smart time of 22.69 and a sizzling 6.59 run home. Being a risky beginner wont help her chances getting across from the wide draw, however she showed good stamina and can figure at the finish.
The final will be run and won at 6.02pm EDST.