The Gardens will today play host to the second round of the Laurie Healion Memorial Maiden series, with the first two in each of four semi-finals qualifying for next Friday’s $20,000 to the winner final.
In the first semi-final, series favourite and fastest heat winner, Winsome Gun will be all the rage when he jumps from box eight. Last Saturday night, the beautifully bred son of Bombastic Shiraz and Winsome Silver ran a sensational 29.58, over two lengths faster than any other heat winner.
Trained by Minnie and John Finn, Winsome Gun lived up to expectations placed on him after trialling impressively, with a powerful display, leading all of the way. Despite moving from box one to box eight today, Winsome Gun will be a short priced favourite to be the first through to the Laurie Healion Memorial Final.
In the second semi-final, 29.72 heat winner, Make It Last for Warwick Farm trainer Frank Sanotti looks hard to beat, especially from the coveted rails ally. He is up against the two most impressive chasers from last week’s ‘beaten brigade’ in Rumble Missile and Winsome Shiraz. Rumble Missile chased home Winsome Gun, while Winsome Shiraz had no luck in her second placing behind He’s A Player.
The third qualifier is arguably the most even. Bobby Clavering was only beaten by a half a length in a slick 29.86 by quality youngster, Punishing, while the regally named, Sour Cream is another with a leading chance after his heat victory in 30 seconds dead.
In the last run-off, Bralyn Midge should dominate betting markets after the son of Hallucinate and Bralyn Maisie ran blistering early sectionals on his way to a 29.73 heat victory. Bralyn Midge is from an exceptional litter, with his brother, Bralyn County undefeated after eight starts, including his last two at Wentworth Park.
The semi-finals are the four legs of today’s Quaddie at The Gardens, but there is also a great support card.
Race four is the Multicam Middle Distance Final over 600 metres, where the Kristy Sultana trained Odessa Shiraz will be a short priced favourite form box one. Race two, Sky Channel stake, is also an interest 600 metre event, with the clash of Emo Appeal, Rose Of Heather and last start Wentworth Park winner, Multicam Girl.
While in race three, the Transqual Logistic Training Stake, we see the clash of recent city winner Lukekely Magic with Proper Draught from the inform Ken Cheetham kennel. Cheetham won the Free For All event at The Gardens on Wednesday night with Proper Draught’s litter brother, New Divide.
You can get bet live on today’s bumper meeting at The Gardens with Iasbet or Sportsbet, with the first race of the early evening program scheduled to kick off at 4.02pm AEST