IT’S that time of the year again in Geelong, with a number of the country’s most talented chasers making their way to Beckley Park to contest the $47,000 first prize.
And with the heats of the prestigious race taking place last Friday night, punters and spectators alike were treated to a fine night of racing.
Dalgetty set to the tone, notching a freakish best of the night time in just the third race of the evening. His run, a stunning 25.32sec triumph, was the fastest by around 0.15secs, with Angela Langton’s star Shared Equity coming in with the second fastest heat.
Dalgetty held off a strong charge from Ernest Bale, who stuck with the leader all the way – only to go down by two and a quarter lengths (see image above).
Having drawn the inside box for Friday’s Cup, Dalgetty looks as if he will be hard to beat if he can produce a similar showing to last week’s win.
Sam Liuzzi struck gold when talented youngster Fabstar shot through to score in the fastest of the night over the 400 metres – a classy 22.38sec triumph.Watch: Dalgetty was simply superb in his Geelong Cup heat.
TAKEDOWN highlighted an exciting night of racing at Horsham last Tuesday, when he put on a spectacular run in the first heat of the annual Great Chase.
Suffering an early check, Takedown shot away from the pack in the early stages – pushing through to lead by about nine lengths heading to the line. He maintained this deficit, crossing the line in 27.09sec.
Nemesis Bale turned on impressive form to take out the fastest distance race of the evening, shooting to the line in an impressive 32.62sec.
Bills Back has stamped himself as one of the talented short-distance chasers in country Victoria since debuting in the April of 2014, and his form of late has been nothing short of sparkling. Coming off nine wins in his last eleven starts, Bills Back notched yet another best of the night – a classy 23.28sec.
SPECTATORS at Ballarat did not have to wait long to see some of the highest quality racing in the state, when star youngster Sir Ollie notched his second win in as many starts in the Lynette’s Florist Final.
However, his effort couldn’t top that of Phaser Bale, who stunned his competition with a brilliant 21.86sec triumph in Race 11.
Dyna Alchemist then rebounded from a dry patch of form to score in an impressive 25.31sec – the fastest 450 metre run of the evening.
UNLAWFUL Entry has shown glimpses of brilliance in his young career to date, and he went a long way to realising potential with a mammoth eight length victory at Warrnambool last Thursday.
Beating the talented Flying Merkel to the line, the son of Knocka Norris and Ain’t She Late crossed the line in a flying 25.11sec – the best of the night over the 450 metres.
But the spotlight was stolen late in the night, when Gotta Get Back scored one of the most impressive victories at Warrnambool in recent months – a near track record run of 21.80sec over the 390 metres.
This came on the back of yet another stunning victory last week, a classy 21.86sec triumph. Now, Gotta Get Back looks to be going a long way to becoming a track specialist on the south coast, with the former New South Welshman notching two wins from two starts.
That was racing in Western Victoria this week, keep an eye on the GRV website for all of your news and buildup to the Geelong Cup on Friday evening!
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Gotta Get Back records his seventh straight win and his 15th from 24 overall.