Young Speedster Sets Sandown Park Alight

Heather Collins' exciting speedster will start a warm favourite for next week's $36,000 DDC Pad 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 Group 1 Silver Chief 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), (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 Group 2 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 –
  • Box 4 – Scarlett Girl –
  • 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 Manager, on 0409 426 562

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