Quartz Bale started as $1.25 favourite from box seven, with Steve Withers’ Stay And Play the closest in the betting market at $6.00 from box one.
The 38 kilo chaser stumbled out of the boxes towards the rails and bumped with Joe Daily’s Canon Ruler (box six) before finding the lead as the field went past the catching pen. There was little to no chance of the maiden field catching Quartz Bale as he extended his lead throughout the 530 metre trip, stopping the clock at 30.38. Banjo Monelli (box eight) ran on well to finish second, eight lengths behind Quartz Bale, with Zipping Suri (box three) and Stay And Play (box one) rounding out the first four.
In the heats of the Spring Maiden last week the son of Yahoo Omar – Zambola Bale showcased his early zip to win convincingly by ten and a half lengths in a personal best of 30.31 from box three. He qualified a few weeks prior in a time of 30.81.
The Wheeler-Stuart partnership continues through their light fawn chaser, hopefully following in the big footsteps of Miata and Dyna Nalin. The $9,000 Spring Maiden Classic final looks to be just the beginning of the features races Quartz Bales could take out.
Quartz Bale wasn’t the only chaser of Stuart’s that impressed at Cannington on Wednesday night. Kinloch Brae – Starlight Delly litter siblings Starlight Acacia (box six) and Starlight Jack (box eight) finished first and second respectively in the second race on the cards, with Starlight Acacia recording a personal best time of 30.57.
Starlight Acacia has won six from 10 starts, with three minor placing’s. Starlight Jack hasn’t had as much experience with five starts for three wins and two minor placing’s. Tureaud looks to be the fastest out of the litter of ten, recording a personal best time of 30.21 at just his fourth career start. Tureaud went on to compete in the Peter Thomas series on Saturday night against his toughest competition yet, taking out his heat but failing to catch a leading Jump The Queue in the final.