Posting the fastest qualifying time of 41.58 around Cannington’s 715 metres, the daughter of Bombastic Shiraz and Winsome Bluebird romped home by 12 lengths from box five and will once again have to be content with a middle box, having come up with the blue vest for the final.
While she took a little while to get going in her heat, mostly due to a collision with Kalden Petroni, the strength of this bitch cannot be underestimated. The winner of 18 from 22 will no doubt provide Paul Stuart with many more thrilling displays now that she has experience over the longer journeys.
Kalden Petroni kept digging to maintain second position behind Miata, and also booked itself into the final for South Australian trainer, Troy Murray.
Troy already had a finalist when the talented Kalden Mayhem blitzed her rivals in the first heat. After taking the lead from Adelle Bale with a lap to go, this son of Big Daddy Cool never looked in any danger of losing, and won easily in 41.75. Race favourite, Echelon, seemed a chance when it started making its move down the back straight, but once it ran off around the final turn, all hopes of qualifying were lost. Freeway Fame for Keith Harding kept its mind on the job however, and snuck up along the rails to gain the second spot for the final.
Zipping Lad for Jason Mckay made the long flight worthwhile, when it led all the way to score in 42.30. While the time was the slowest of the four heats, the New South Wales based stayer looks the only genuine leader amongst the finalists and will be hard to run down if it can gain a decent break. Zipping Lad will exit box two next week, while the other chaser going through from the heat, Sam Sammut’s Mortal Combat, will be out in box eight.
Coming into the final heat, astoundingly there was no Victorian as yet in to the final. That soon changed, when Shimaguni from the all-conquering Team Dailly kennel, put in a superb run to win in the shadows of the post. The qualifying duo was known early on when Kalden Athena and Shimaguni had raced ten lengths clear of the pack with a lap to go. Kalden Athena looked to have a winning break around the home bend, but Shimaguni showed why it is a top-class stayer, running down the local hope in the last bound. The official margin was three-quarters of a length in a respectable time 41.84. It would appear that both Kalden Athena and Shimaguni are genuine chances in the rich final, despite drawing boxes five and six respectively.
Amazingly though, three of the eight finalists as well as one reserve, are out of the super producing bitch Abbadale Gold. Members of her Big Daddy Cool and Surf Lorian litters have all shown a knack for the longer trips, winning in several states over the past nine months.
While having the weight of numbers is handy, it will still take a special performance to run down Paul Stuart’s small fawn bitch that is quickly claiming Cannington as her own. The full box draw for the Australia’s second richest staying event is listed below.
Group 1 $120,000 Sky Racing Galaxy Final
1) Freeway Fame (WA) – Keith Harding
2) Zipping Lad (NSW) – Jason Mckay
3) Kalden Mayhem (SA) – Troy Murray
4) Miata (WA) – Paul Stuart
5) Shimaguni (VIC) – Andrea Dailly
6) Kalden Athena (WA) – Dan Biddle
7) Kalden Petroni (SA) – Troy Murray
8) Mortal Combat (WA) – Sam Summut
9) Freeway Miles (WA) – Keith Harding
10) Kalden Abubo (WA) – Brad Yates