Exiting from box five in heat one, the daughter of Cosmic Rumble and Magic Medusa started as the $2.50 favourite and didn’t disappoint punters, clocking a best of the night time of 29.93. After getting a good start, the 25kg chaser took the lead around the first turn, streaking away at the finish to score by four and three quarter lengths.
The victory was not only pleasing for Hedley, but even more so for owner Linda Henderson, whose experienced some extremely difficult times in recent months and thoroughly deserved something to smile about.
“Linda is a great lady who has been through some tough times recently and I was so pleased for her after the race. Hopefully she can keep improving from her and we can have some fun,” said Hedley.
After clocking a sizzling time of 25.19 in a performance trial at Maitland two weeks ago, Hedley was confident of her chances heading into Monday night’s race.
“I told Linda if she gets left along for the first few strides she will be hard to beat. Her performance trial at Maitland was very good and I’m really happy she has drawn box eight on Saturday night. It should give her some room to move.”
Paua Explosion was also impressive in her heat for trainer Steve White; clocking 30.00 from box one in heat two. After missing the start from box one, the daughter of Head Bound and Paua To Erupt sat behind the early leader, taking over in the back straight and saluted by one and a half lengths.
Other heat winners included Karma Connie (30.12), Lagoon Kootchy (30.27), Talkin Fancy (30.34), Peejay Jack (30.60) and Devine Raider (30.76).
Box draw for $10,000 Macro Meats Maiden Final:
1. Talkin Fancy – Dennis Barnes
2. Devine Raider – Pat Parrelli
3. Peejay Jack – Amy Bennett
4. Fantastic Spiral – Jason Fletcher
5. Lagoon Kootchy – Raymond Webster
6. Paua Explosion – Steve White
7. Karma Connie – Peter Honnery
8. Medusa’s Me Mum – Beau Hedley