Its now time to review another exciting week of metropolitan racing and here are the highlights.
The Darren Pattinson trained Antique Blonde started the week of metro racing with a most impressive ten length debut win over 525m at The Meadows on Wednesday. I feel this youngster has the potential to blossom into a nice 600m+ chaser after she powered to the line in 12.15 (top class chasers record around the 12.00). There’s no doubting she lacks a little zip but I will be expecting to see plenty of Antique Blonde, especially over a shade more ground in the months ahead (Replay).
Coo Coo Coconuts fits the exact same category as Antique Blonde after he charged away to a six and half length win running 30.01 with a superb 12.07 run home (Replay). The four heats have made for a classy maiden final with some supreme strength in the metro final this Saturday night.
Fine Cocoon racked up her second metro class win as she sprinted to a nice early lead in the novice final to open proceedings at Sandown Park on Thursday. The promising youngster brought up her second novice final win
as she led all of the way in a smart 34.37 (Replay).
‘There’s no doubting ANTIQUE BLONDE lacks a little zip but I will be expecting to see a lot more of her, especially over a shade more ground in the months ahead, and the same can be said about COO COO COCONUTS.’
The heats of the Sir John Dillon Memorial (595m) didn’t disappoint as the evergreen Lamia Bale highlighted four impressive heats as she advanced through to another group final. The Steven Collins trained veteran controlled heat three with speedy sections on the way to her 34.10 victory over Blazin’ Bomber (Replay).
The other of the John Dillon heats went to Lithgow Panther (34.15), Ryno’s Raider (34.26) and No Donuts (34.23).
The explosive Allen Phanto racked up another win as he dominated the novice final at The Meadows on Saturday night. With the ability to generate top class early speed, he controlled the opening race with sections of 5.12 and 17.72 on the way to a red-hot 29.93 victory with his nearest rival eight lengths in a rears (Replay).
The juicy prize money was once again on offer for the Bendigo to the City distance final for the stayers. The even money favourite Sweet Intention justified the short quote with a classy 42.93 victory over Tricky Mover and El Chana. Not yet two years of age, Sweet Intention is sure to have a more than handy staying career ahead of her after this impressive 725m win (Replay).
‘Following five straight wins to kick start her career at Healesville, IT’S ALL TALK produced group class sections in her metropolitan debut at Sandown on Sunday when winning in 29.57sec.’
The Sunday Sandown Park meeting was almost the highlight as Australia’s best female sprinters clashed in heats of the Laurels. The Kel Greenough trained Fantastic Skye showed sensational acceleration between the first two marks as she left the back in a flying 18.71. The former Sydneysider kept going in the lead to record a 29.46 best of the day performance (Replay).
The other highlight for mine was the Angela Galea trained It’s All Talk after she handled the fierce rise in class after producing five unbeaten runs up the straight at Healesville to kick start her career.
Group class sections of 4.98 and 18.69 set up her smart 29.57 overall winning time (Replay). This exciting prospect showed Group class pace and with the ability to do this week in week out, she should develop into a topliner.
That wraps up the metro review for another exciting week of chasing!
WATCH: The unbeaten It’s All Talk (1) showed group class pace in her metropolitan debut at Sandown Park on Sunday, which gave her six wins from six career starts.
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