Stepping out in the final heat as the $1.20 favourite from box three, the Tanya Auld trained chaser secured his eleventh career win from sixteen starts and is now the $2.20 favourite to take out next week’s $25,000 final. King Odessa chased gallantly in defeat, finished second by thirteen and three quarter lengths and will exit from box seven in next Saturday night’s final.
Semi-final one went to Bottom Dollar ($5.90) for Glenn Rounds, who used box eight to perfection. The son of Bombastic Shiraz and Miss Bel Air crossed hard at the first turn to sit behind early leader Raincheck and grabbed his rival on the line by one and a quarter lengths in 30.27.
Silent Effective started as the heavy favourite in semi-final two for Darren Sultana at $1.30 after a scintillating win last week, clocking 29.54. However, he had to settle for third placing after kennelmate Irondale Bravo stole the show from box seven, running down early leader Lacey Lois in a flying 29.66.
The third semi final finally rewarded favourite backers with My Kinda Music ($2.40) saluting from box four in a brilliant displaying, clocking 29.75. Trained by Alan Pringle, the regally bred daughter of El Grand Senor and Ice Dancer notched up her tenth win from fourteen starts, but will have to overcome a difficult box six draw next Saturday night.
The box draw for next week’s $25,000 final is:
1. Raincheck – Peter Lagogiane
2. Irondale Bravo – Darren Sultana
3. Hooksy – Tanya Auld
4. Velvet Flame – Andrew Bayliss
5. Bottom Dollar – Glenn Rounds
6. My Kinda Music – Allan Pringle
7. King Odessa – Kristy Sultana
8. Lacey Lois – Peter Acers