On a card where three trainers landed doubles, Shakey Jakey provided race goers with a moment they’ll never forget as he shaved a whopping three lengths of Punch One Out’s record, setting a new time-standard of 29.07.
Steve White, Jason Mackay and Justin King all had multiple winners during the ten heats.
Let’s take a look a how things transpired;
Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Heat 1
Paua To Roar (5) took out the first heat for Nowra Hill trainer Steve White in a race which was reduced to just five runners due to scratchings. After beginning on terms, the son of Head Bound and Paua To Erupt quickly opened up a margin, registering a first section of 5.35.
From that point, Paua To Roar was never headed and won the event by 4 1/4 lengths in the time of 30.03. Mean Mr. Mustard (1) ran a solid middle section and finished the race off well to finish second with American Sniper (7) also running on strongly to grab third placing right on the line.
Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Heat 2
Steve White made it an early double when Tommy Brislane (8) caused a boilover in the second heat. Beginning well from box eight, the son of Premier Fantasy and Mary Virginia (Brett Lee – Thai Again) used the outside box with aplomb, avoiding early trouble to register a first section of 5.45.
The big 35kg dog made his own luck in front from that point, leading throughout to land the heat by 1 1/4 lengths in 30.20. Big Gee Eye (6) ran a good race, overcoming early trouble to finish second while Cuddletime Tears (7) finished third. Short-priced favourite Black Jack Billy was slow away and ran into plenty of dead-ends before finishing fourth.
Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Heat 3
Filante (1) dominated the third heat, leading throughout to score by 6 3/4 lengths in 29.78 for Langwarrin mentor Janet Cottrell. After spearing the lids from box one, the 31kg son of Cosmic Rumble and Indigo Gem (Slater – Valeri’s Purse) ran a first section of 5.43 and quickly made the race a one-act affair.
Lochinvar Akira (7) grabbed second right on the line from Allmendinger (3).
Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Heat 4
After being well supported in betting, Zipping Weston (1) duly delivered in the fourth heat for trainer Jason Mackay.
After beginning moderately from the inside, the son of Smooth Fancy and Navigator Miss (Whiskey Assassin – Al Fresco) quickly got to third and railed like the lure out of the straight the first time to hit the front.
From that point, the further they went, the further Zipping Weston got away, scoring by a massive 10 1/4 lengths in 29.62. Lyla Mei (8) ran on to fill second place with Brasko Khan finishing third.
Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Heat 5
Anything Less (6) saluted in the fifth heat of the night in 29.92 for trainer Glenn Rounds. The regally bred son of Bekim bale and Casey’s Angel (Spiral Nikita – Leprechaun Yap) showed plenty of determination in a rough-and-tumble style affair.
An even start saw a line of three neck-and-neck to the post the first time, with Gan Gan Fire (1), Anything Less (6) and Fancy Top (7) all vying for the lead. Anything Less showed great tenacity to carve down to the rail and find the front. Gan Gan Fire was inconvenienced and fell at the first turn along with Nicki Fields (5).
Anything Less and Fancy Top went to the back almost together but it did not take lone for Anything Less to gain the upper-hand and career away to win by 10 3/4 lengths.
Molong Express (3) finished second in what was a terrific run. The Toby Weekes trained dog copped a myriad of interference but just kept coming for a solid placing. Fancy Top hung on for third place.
Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Heat 6
Heat six provided the highlight of the night, if not the year, when the David Pringle trained Shakey Jakey (2) smashed the track record in an imperious display of chasing.
The son of Collision and Kiacatoo Pearl (History Lesson – Naughty Thoughts) stopped the clock at 29.07, and yes that is not a typo, en route to obliterating Punch One Out’s former record of 29.27.
Beginning well from box two, the 35kg black chaser ran a moderate 5.47 for the first section before morphing into a canine missile and transforming the race into a virtual solo trial.His second section of 13.74 saw him open a massive margin which he only bettered with a mind-blowing run-home of 11.32.
He won by no less than 22 1/4 lengths from Passenger (2) with Emily’s Sweet in third.
Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Heat 7
Zipping Bruno (8) showed terrific track sense to negotiate the outside alley and take the seventh heat in 30.13 and landing Jason Mackay a training double in the process.
Beginning only moderately from the wide draw, the son of Smooth Fancy and Navigator Miss (Whiskey Assassin – Al Fresco) stayed wide and avoided trouble before showing a great turn of foot to hit the front down the back.
Recruitment (5), who led early, stuck on very well for second, only going down by three-quarters of a length. Big Red Chev (6) finished third.
Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Race 8
Heat eight always looked a close heat on paper and it eventuated that way, with the run to the first turn telling.
It would be the Toby Weekes trained Old Mexico (a littermate to the newly crowned track record holder Shakey Jakey) who would come out victorious in a moderate 30.37.
Heavily supported favourites Xtreme Knocka (4) and All Strung Out (5) won the start with Old Mexico on their inside. But things went awry at the first turn with Xtreme Knocka appearing to be galloped on from behind, leading to both he and All Strung Out’s chances being severely hampered and leaving Old Mexico in front with Fancy Chance (8) in pursuit.
That pair cleared right out with Old Mexico proving too good, prevailing by a length on the line. All Strung Out ran a massive race to grab third position.
Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Heat 9
As the rain started to tumble at Wentworth Park, Miss Talladega (3) led all the way to land the ninth heat in 30.51.
Beginning well from box three, the daughter of Dyna Lachlan and Miss Lolola (Late Late Show – Miss California) led from Fox Rip (6) and Megan Keeping (5).
That trio raced closely for the duration of the race with Megan Keeping looking poised to strike on the home turn. But, to her credit, Miss Talladega kept on keeping on and scored by a length on the line from Megan Keeping with Moonshine Lady getting home well for third.
Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Heat 10
Londonderry trainer Justin King finished off the night with a race-to-race double when Gilgamesh (6) scored in the final event.
The daughter of Collision and American Titch (Molotov – Elite Monelli) began on terms but did not have things all her own way early on in proceedings. She copped a bump halfway down the straight as well as a clip from behind as she crossed to lead but still managed to shoot clear as the field headed into the back straight.
In no time at all, she had put the result beyond doubt, racing away to win by 9 1/4 lengths in the time of 30.31.
Chevy Lass (8) finished second, with Organic Choice (3) in third.