2014 SA Sprint Championship Final Preview

Due to the redevelopment of the Gawler track the Group and Listed racing calendar for South Australia has been amended. The Group Three Gawler Gold Cup heats were due to be run this week but they have been moved to February next year. As a result, the Listed SA Sprint Championship has been moved forward from January. On Thursday night at Angle Park, the final of this Listed feature will take place.

Two heats were conducted last week, with Dustnado the fastest qualifier through to this week’s $15,000 to-the-winner final. Trainers Troy Murray and Kathleen Johnstone have a good hand in the final with two runners each.

Here’s a look at each of the finalists:

Box One – WILD SOUL (Kim Johnstone)

Wild Soul was SA’s national sprint representative this year. The Mogambo and Velocity Thunder (Flying Penske – Subjective Lee) dog comes right into contention for this final as he has drawn well in box one. He has 17 wins at the track for a best time of 29.79. He finished third in his heat last week behind Dustnado after a slow getaway from box three.

Box Two – KALDEN KAPONE (Troy Murray)

Finishing fourth behind Dustnado last week, Kalden Kapone just scraped into the final. He was boxed wide last week and with a less than desirable winning record from box eight he was always going to find it tough. The Lochinvar Marlow and Abbadale Affair (Big Daddy Cool – Sprinkles Of Gold) dog now moves to box two where is record isn’t too crash hot either. He has had six starts from the box for just one win. He has the ability to show early pace and he will need to be right on his game to be in the hunt early. He has won seven times at the track from 25 attempts with a best time of 29.67.

Box Three – GALILEE SPIRIT (Robert Isaacson)

The Aston Galilee and Southpaw Chic (Where’s Pedro – Jayarri) dog was a heat winner last week in 30.04, showing good speed to punch up and lead and hold off Kalden Gambino. The winning time was well outside his best of 29.62, which was recorded back in April this year. If he gets a sniff in front he may prove hard to catch.

Box Four – BLACK BOTTLE (Kathleen Johnstone)

The 21 month old youngster was impressive last week, just getting pipped on the line by Dustnado in 29.88. The Surf Lorian and Flaminia Bale (Lansley Bale – Georgina Bale) dog has shown he has speed to burn early and presents a good each way chance at odds. He has had just the 19 career starts for six wins. He has four wins at Angle Park and a best of 29.84.

Box Five – AS IT GOES (Oswald Chegia)

As It Goes has recorded just the one win in her last 10 starts and has drawn the squeeze box for this final. The Talk’s Cheap and April County (Addis Boy – Ariek) bitch finished three and a half lengths fourth behind Galilee Spirit last week. She is a risky beginner that lacks early speed so she will find it tough from this draw.

Box Six – KALDEN GAMBINO (Troy Murray)

Kalden Gambino has been given no favours drawing box six. He is yet to notch up a win in the green stretch vest from six attempts. He showed great early speed from this draw last week but couldn’t grab lamplighter Galilee Spirit, finishing two and a half lengths behind in second. Overall, Kalden Gambino (the litter brother to Murray’s other finalist Kalden Kapone) has nine wins at the track from 24 starts. His best is 29.70.

Box Seven – GENGHIS KAHN (Kathleen Johnstone)

He is a dog that is always thereabouts and loves box seven. As such, Genghis Kahn is a big hope of taking out this event. The black dog by Brett Lee and Another Request (Collision – Double Guess) lacks early toe but can rattle home strongly. He has nine wins at the track with a best of 29.68.

Box Eight – DUSTNADO (Steve Hoffman)

The Vapour Whirl and Sharlinda (Hotline Hero – Kristasha) dog known as Dustnado has been in good form of late. He has won two of his last three including last week’s heat win in 29.88. He had box two last week when he nabbed Black Bottle in the shadows of the post. He will need to show plenty of speed to cross the field from the wide draw. He has shown a penchant for box eight, winning four of seven attempts in the pink. He will be popular in betting and will be looking to make it 11 career wins at Angle Park.

The reserves for the race are FARMEROO (9) and WINBROOK (10). Farmeroo was fifth in his heat behind Dustnado. He has been a little inconsistent with his form and his chances will depend on drawing somewhere close to the fence. Winbrook recently made the final of the Adelaide Cup, finishing 16 lengths behind the winner Allen Deed. He has now had a few runs under his belt since a long spell. He finished fifth last week behind Galille Spirit from box eight. He will need some luck if he gets a start.

The race jumps at 9:11pm (SA time).