Hello and Welcome along to this week’s issue of the North East Weekly Wrap.
The week kicked off with a top quality meeting at Bendigo last Friday (Oct 2) featuring four heats of the GRV Vic Bred Maiden Series, but was highlighted by a couple of freakish performances by future stars of our sport.
The first of those performances belonged to Allkel To Excel (pictured winning last month’s Group 2 Healesville Cup). He is a brilliant young sprinter who has won 14 of his 15 starts. He was dominant Friday going all the way in the very quick time of 23.66. He has dazzling speed and if trainer Kel Greenough can help him develop the same amount of strength he will be almost unbeatable. As it stands now though he is more suited to the short trips but it’s certainly fun watching him burn around running amazing times.
Whilst Allkel To Excel was the main event the side show on the card was the run of Aston Bolero. He is continuing to improve at each start and is showing terrifically positive signs that he will be a feature race player in the next 12 months. He hasn’t missed a place in nine starts now winning five of them and he may very well be the next star chaser trained by Jason Thompson.
On to Sunday and we once again saw straight track racing at Healesville. The two most impressive winners on the card were Uncatchable and Karthikeyan. They both were extremely strong late in the race and ran good time winning easily. They can both keep winning, in particular Karthikeyan, who is named after India’s First Formula 1 car driver Narain Karthikeyan. He has now won six of 12 and shows plenty of promise.
Plenty of people have said that they think Shepparton’s 650m track record, which has been held by Nellie Noodles since 2010, would never be broken. However, on Monday Night Spring Trail, from the Brooke Ennis team, just about achieved that task. Pinging away from Box 2, he kept running throughout, setting a brilliant time of 37.23, only .03 outside the record. It was a phenomenal staying performance.
On a warm night that was conducive to fast times there were some brilliant performances including Catch Fire in Race 1, Kid Audacious in Race 5 and Grand Intention’s brilliant 25.07 in Race 8. All those mentioned dogs can win again in the near future.
It was a wonderful week in the North East with some sterling performances. Hopefully this week brings more of the same. Until next week Good Luck and Good Punting.
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