Grandchester-based trainer Tony Brett looks a good chance to book himself a ticket to Cannington for the Nationals. He will rug up three runners in the Queensland National Sprint final on Thursday night at Albion Park and his fastest charge, Flash Reality, has drawn the coveted rails alley.
The quickest qualifier through to the finals was Give You Credit.
Box 1 – Flash Reality (Tony Brett)
Since joining Tony Brett’s kennels, this dog by Premier Fantasy and Orara Flash (Bond – Sweet Elite) has been almost unstoppable in Queensland. This year he has taken out the Group One Winter Carnival Cup and the Group Two Queensland Derby at Albion Park. He has gone close to the track record in a couple of wins and Brett rates him highly. If he runs up to his form, he will be off to prove himself at Cannington.
Box 2 – Fancy Stiches (Noela Hazelgrove)
Prior to last week’s third placing in the heats to Exhibitionist, Fancy Stiches had run last at her previous two starts. The Velocette and Whirly Storm (Black Enforcer – Cyclone Chrissy) bitch has won five from 20 at the track with a best time of 30.00. She will be at long odds in this race.
Box 3 – Gumlow Star (Sandra Hunt)
Gumlow Star finished one length second behind Exhibitionist last week. The El Galo and Jackpot Return (Bombastic Shiraz – Call Me Cash) bitch was a finalist in the Group One Winter Carnival Cup earlier this year but didn’t run a place. Her recent form has been mixed with just the one win from her last five starts. Her best is 30.07 and she will need to improve to take this out.
Box 4 – King Elliot (Reg Hazelgrove)
The red brindle Dyna Lachlan and Slick Candy (Black Enforcer – Cyclone Chrissy) dog was a finalist in the 2014 Flying Amy Classic. In his 27 start career, he has won 10 races. Four of those wins have been at Albion Park with a best time of 30.21. He ran second to Flash Reality last week from box two. He now moves to the less than desirable box four draw for the final.
Box 5 – Placid Planet (Tony Brett)
Brett’s second runner in the final ran third to Give You Credit last week. The Cosmic Rumble and Bogie Angel (Bond – Bogie Leigh) dog lacks nothing on the breeding side and in his 16 start career he has won six and placed on seven other occasions. He has run 29.86 at the track but will need to show pace to overcome the squeeze draw.
Box 6 – Cyndie’s Special (William Elson)
Cyndie’s Special performed really well behind Give You Credit last week, going down by just three quarters of a length in 29.90. The Premier Fantasy and Regal Silver (Surf Lorian – Wongawillisue) bitch is no stranger to feature race finals, finishing second in the 2014 Group Two Queensland Futurity. She had box two last week and this week moves to box six. She has won twice from this draw.
Box 7 – Give You Credit (Peter Ruetschi)
Give You Credit returned to the winners circle last week, which was testament to his chasing ability as he fell at his start prior at The Meadows. The Outa Credit and Where Are You (Hallucinate – Duel’s Me Mum) dog recorded his best time at the track last week (29.90), leading all the way from the box three draw. He has won just once from box seven but if he repeats last week’s efforts he could challenge Flash Reality.
Box 8 – Exhibitionist (Tony Brett)
Similar to Give You Credit, Exhibitionist recovered from a last start fall to secure a win in her heat last week. The bitch by Superman and Naughty Nicki (Bombastic Shiraz – Outrageous Claim) has won three of her last five and is the third of Brett’s runners in this final. She has won twice from the wide draw and has the pace to cross. Her best at the track is 29.99. She will need the luck in the early stages.
Rose Of Galo (9) can show some pace and she is highly experienced at Albion Park, winning 12 from 34 starts at the track. She ran third in the Group Three Ladies Bracelet at Wentworth Park earlier this year. She isn’t without a chance if she gets a start. Yogi Blue (10) has struck an inconsistent patch of form, winning just one race in his last five starts. He finished fourth behind Give You Credit last week, beaten six and a half lengths. He will need a return to form to feature if he gets a run.