The highlight of tonight’s meeting at The Gardens is the appearance of Jason MacKay’s quality youngster’s Kinga Cam and Glen Abbey Man in heats of the Jeffkins Novice series over 515 metres.
Kinga Cam, jumping from box six in race two, the second heat of the Jeffkins Novice series, ran second last week in the final of the $20,000 Dapto Maiden, behind his litter brother Kinga Zac (who is in at Maitland on Thursday). Kinga Cam previously won both his heat and Semi-final of the series, including a low flying 29.82 performance around the 520 metre South Coast circuit.
A third member of the Martin and Fiona Hallinan owned and bred litter, by Bit Chili out of Or Catra, Glen Abbey Man will make his local debut in race seven, the third heat of the Jeffkins Novice series.
Carrying the stripped rug tonight, Glen Abbey Man won a heat of the Dapto Maiden, before just missing out on a birth in the rich Group Three with a third in his semi-final. He bounced back in the best way possible a week later with an emphatic eight length win on Dapto Final night in a fifth grade.
“The three of the litter I have are all very good” said Mackay
“They have only had three starts each, but as soon as the penny drops about what racing is all about, they could be anything.
“I’ve had them for five or six months now. When Marty (Hallinan) sent them down he said to me you’ll be doing a lot of travelling with these, because they are just about the best I’ve had” explained the champion conditioner.
“You hear that a lot, but I think he might be right. Marty sent eight down and I’ve kept three that I think will make top grade.
“The two in at The Gardens tonight are good beginners and should be suited by The Gardens” added MacKay
The quinella by the ‘Kinga’ brothers in the Group three continued the great run for MacKay after his ‘old war horse’ Snozz won the Group Two Black Top at The Gardens three weeks ago.
Snozz will line up in a Semi-final of the Group One Rock Energy Drinks Paws Of Thunder on Saturday night, where he’ll once again take on outstanding Victorian, Cosmic Chief.
Both Kinga Cam and Glen Abbey Man will no doubt start at a very short quote in their respective races tonight and the form analyst has made the best bet of the program Leanne Robbo, number seven in race 10, the Cool Mat @ Stud Stake, which should start at ‘backable’ odds.
Punters can start the night off well with Sunset Showdown, rated the best value runner of the meeting in race one, the opening heat of the Jeffkins Novice Series, jumping from box five.
There are 10 quality races on tonight’s bumper card at The Gardens, covered by Sky Racing1 and you can bet live at Iasbet or Sportsbet with the first race of the program scheduled to kick off at 7.05pm AEST