Four solid meetings were conducted on the metro scene over the past seven days in Victoria and it’s now time to relive some of the highlights.
Starting with Wednesday’s midweek Meadows meeting (Nov 25) and it was two sets of kennelmates at the program which highlighted the 12 race card. Early in the meeting it was the promising Allen Phanto who bounced and led all of the way in the second event in 30.25 (Replay) whilst Nessie Allen followed suit immediately winning the third race in similar fashion in 30.16 (Replay) bringing up an early double for the Collins kennel.
In the second part of the program it was the Auld team from Tatura that flexed their muscles winning the sixth race with Soda Lad in a best of the day 29.92 (Replay), followed by Jaycee, who looked superb setting the benchmark over the 600m with a very impressive eight length win stopping the clock at 34.46 (Replay).
Thursday night’s racing from Sandown Park began with a classy win to the Andrea Dailly prepared youngster Snakebite Bale. Owned by Paul Wheeler, this talented pup showed his class as he swept into the lead off the back straight and went away to win in slick fashion running 29.55 to capture the maiden final (Replay).
Ring The Bell (pictured) controlled the Sale to City distance final after lobbing behind the leader in the initial stages. He then showed his class as he raced away to win just shy of five lengths in a fast 42.05 (Replay).
Jailor Bale once again lobbed to the front and won another metropolitan grade five final. After showing great early pace he set up a massive break which had him winning eventually by over five lengths in 29.59 (Replay).
There were plenty of slick winners but I thought the run of the night went to Polijuice Potion. This talented Lisa Cockerell trained chaser has probably slipped under the guard of many but let me tell you, I think she’s a hot young pup. 33.97 was the time he recorded on Thursday night and with a superb run home of 10.75, and you can expect to hear plenty more about the ‘potion’ in the months ahead (Replay).
‘POLIJUICE POTION has probably slipped under the guard of many but let me tell you she’s a hot young pup. Expect to hear plenty more about him in the months ahead.
Bells were ringing at The Meadows on Saturday night as trainer Gerard O’Keefe brought up a metro feature final double for the week. After Ring The Bell won the Sale to City staying final, it was up to litter sister and kennelmate Bells Are Ringin to repeat the dose and that’s exactly what she did. After jumping cleanly from the rails alley, the daughter of Kinloch Brae tracked the speed before clearly outstaying her rivals in 43.17 (Replay) claiming the $11,500 first prize in the Geelong to City staying special event.
Hush Now stepped up to the plate and delivered in the restricted win final as he staved off a late charge from and stopped the clock at 30.28 (Replay).
The GRV to the City final was won in a controlled way by My Silver Chisel after he bounced to the front and led all of the way in 30.08 (Replay).
It was Chrichton Bale who finally delivered in a staying event after showing some much promise of late. The Mark Delbridge trained budding stayer gunned down kennel mate Linco Bale in a top class time of 42.79 (Replay).
In the final feature final of the night the judge was unable to separate Who Told Red and Chase The Breeze as they had to share the winner cheque when dead heating in 30.626 (Replay).
At Sandown Park on Sunday the first of the 595m Novice heats was won so very impressively by Dundee Osprey. The Geoff Scott-Smith trained youngster ran them ragged recording slick sections (9.29, 23.27) on the way to his dominant 34.37 victory (Replay). He was the one win that stood out for mine on what was a very competitive smart meeting.
That wraps up another review of what was a terrific week of metro racing.WATCH: Polijuice Potion never gave her rivals a chance at Sandown last Thursday night.
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