Last night at Angle Park there were two terrific Semi Finals of the SA St Leger where the first four placegetters from each Semi-Final qualified for next week’s feature Final. The fastest qualifier for the Final, which came in the second Semi Final, was the Robyn MacKellar trained Dee Dee Corsair who overpowered Emerley Wizard and Pandora Kist in the run to the finish line recording a handy 30.11 win for the 515m journey.
All three raced up on the pace with Dee Dee Corsair winning by a head from Emerley Wizard with the leader Pandora Kist a further ¾ of a length away. Dee Dee Corsair has drawn nicely in box 3 next week and again should race up on the pace and be hard to hold out.
The first Semi-Final was taken out by the Tony Lagana trained Avid Tyson who made it 8 wins in a row when she was able to show her brilliant early pace to lead and hang on for a fine victory in a solid 30.20 defeating Triffett Bale by ¾ of a length with more fancied kennel mate Fire Tyson a further ¾ length away in third.
Both Triffett Bale and Fire Tyson found plenty of trouble during the run and did a good job to fill the minor placings, but take nothing away from Avid Tyson and with her drawing box 5 in the Final she looks the leader again and will be hard to catch. Her kennel mate and SA Sprint Champion Fire Tyson fared badly in the box draw drawing box 8 however he should get a good run across and seems certain to start favourite next week.
Both Peter Hurley and Tony Lagana have done a terrific job to qualify three runners each, however, they have been out shone by reigning SA Stud Dog of the year Emerley Carlos who has produced five of the finalists out of three different litters with six of the eight being SA Bred.
The $14,000 Feature Final will be run next Thursday night 28th February at Angle Park. It will be race 8 on the program and is listed to jump at 9.11pm (SA time).
The Final field in Box Draw order is:
2013 SA St Leger Final Box Draw
1. Pandora Kist Peter Hurley
2. Carlos Tyson Tony Lagana
3. Dee Dee Corsair Robyn MacKellar
4. Emerley Cliona Peter Hurley
5. Avid Tyson Tony Lagana
6. Triffitt Bale Shaun Matcott
7. Emerley Wizard Peter Hurley
8. Fire Tyson Tony Lagana
9. Just Shine (1st Res) Robyn MacKellar
10.Ali The Great (2nd Res) Ben Rawlings