Young Speedster Sets Sandown Park Alight

exciting speedster Arsonist will start a warm favourite for next week’s $36,000 2 after a scorching 29.76 heat win at Sandown Park tonight.

Having just her third start following two comprehensive wins at Warrnambool, Arsonist ($2.50F) was flawless from box one, leading all the way to win by a staggering 16 lengths in the fastest time of the night.

The rising star’s chances of Group race glory improved sharply after drawing box 1 for the final.

Recent winner ($1.70F) overcame a moderate start to win his heat in 29.91. Enry Walt found early trouble jumping from box 1 in last week’s Group 1 Temlee invitational race at , and made a similar start from the same box tonight. However he proved too classy for his inexperienced rivals, powering to the line 3.25 lengths clear of early leader Ercole Bale ($17.10).

Other heat winners included Scarlett Girl (30.25), Iceman Raikkonen (30.17), Wild Haley (30.23), Stepping Stone (30.11), Messi (30.04) and Arvo’s Cougar (30.01).

The $25,000 to-the-winner final will be run at Sandown Park on Thursday 25 February.

The box draw for the DDC Launching Pad final was conducted trackside following the event and Arsonist will start a short favourite after drawing box 1 in the final.

2010 Group 2 DDC launching Pad Final

  • Box 1 – Arsonist – Heather Collins
  • Box 2 – Enry Walt – Gary Ennis
  • Box 3 – Iceman Raikkonen – Jeff Britton
  • Box 4 – Scarlett Girl – Graeme Jose
  • Box 5 – Messi – Peter Craig
  • Box 6 – Arvo’s Cougar – Tina Womann
  • Box 7 – Stepping Stone – Maureen Stephens
  • Box 8 – Wild Haley –
  • Reserves:

  • 1st Res – Ercole Bale – Graeme Bate
  • 2nd Res – Napoleon Tiger – Tanya Auld

For further details and photos, please contact:
Michael Floyd, Racing and Media Manager, on 0409 426 562

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