Some of Australia’s fastest youngsters clash in the 11 heats of the Launching Pad (515m) tonight at Sandown with form lines from all over the nation, including a greyhound touted as potentially being the next Bogie Leigh.
The racing is set to commence at 7.07pm with the opening heat of the Launching Pad and I’m pushing the chances of Destini Wildfire from Box 3 ($26 in The Watchdog Formguide). He produced a solid run over the 595m when placed two starts ago (Replay) and in a race that doesn’t appear to have a stack of early pace, he could lob into a very challenging position.
Dundee Osprey left many stunned after he flew around Sandown in a dazzling 29.11sec at his last start (Replay). The son of Fabregas looks to have the world at his feet based on that breathtaking win and, with a clear run early, he should prove too good in the second event.
Spoken in the same sentence as former Queensland champion Bogie Leigh, the unbeaten Paua To Avoid (won three from three) has some massive wraps to live up to as she exits the rails alley in the fifth race. Caretaker trainer Tony Brett has labelled her as something very special and, after remaining unbeaten with a dead heat finish in the final of the Vince Curry maiden series, she’s living up to expectations.
From the inside box I’ll be expecting to focus mainly on the clock from a fairly early stage as she doesn’t have too much pace drawn alongside of her. With clear running and a soft lead as it appears on paper, she will prove too classy.Last weekend’s Group 3 GRV Vic Bred Maiden winner at The Meadows on Australian Cup night, Gilberto, exits the red alley in Race 7 and it will be interesting to see how he handles the fierce rise in grade so early on in his career.
The lucky last will zip off at 10.58pm so make sure you tune in to see the fastest youngsters go head-to-head in what appears a night full of fireworks on the track.