Welcome along to this week’s edition of the North East Weekly Wrap where we had some terrific racing highlighted by semis of the Vic Breeders series at Healesville and two heats of the Shepparton Classic Monday Night.
The week got started with a nice card of racing at Bendigo last Friday. The main race on the day was the GRV Vic Bred Distance Race and it was won by Major Crush. Trained by Brian Hodgson, she was able to come from off the speed and wear down the early leader Keep Warm to prevail in the time of 38.53. She has now won 4 of her 33 starts and with the right run in transit she can win again in similar grade.
Other winners worth noting on the card included Magic Is Might in Race 2 and the Jessica Sharp trained Sacramento Sal, who bolted in Race 7 in fast time. The outstanding short courser Tammy Baxter in Race 8 and Allen Terminator in the last were to others to impress.
Over to Sunday’s straight track racing at Healesville and we saw four semi-finals of the GRV Vic Bred Maiden Series. The two standout semi winners were It’s All Talk, who followed up its dominant heat win with another just as outstanding performance running another sizzling time. He will start favourite in the final this Sunday. The other top class run was that of Destroy in the last semi and he scorched up the straight in 19.07, which was the fastest of the semis. He will be a factor come Sunday.
Also of note was the win of Rockon Audacious in the last race, who went fairly close to Matt’s Entity’s track record with a tremendous run of 16.37 first up since April. He has won four of nine but might be in for a good campaign.
Heats of the Shepparton Classic were the feature races on Monday Night’s program at Shepparton and we saw a couple of brilliant wins. It was an upset result in the first heat with Proper Bluey for Frank Rachele starting in excess of $20.00, leading all the way to score over Take The Crown, who had his chance to win with Aston Maveric well back in 3rd. The second heat looked a two dog race between Aston Bolero and Absolute Silence, and that’s how it played out with Aston Bolero a sizzling winner in all the way style over Absolute Silence in 25.31, which was the fastest time of the night. Here is Aston Bolero’s all the way win.
That wraps up North East Racing for the past week. Keep an eye out for a preview of the Shepparton Classic and Healesville GRV Vic Bred Maiden Final later in the week. Until then Good Luck and Good Punting.
Watch: Aston Bolero (2) wins his Shepparton Classic semi-final in 25.31sec.