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The field: Group 1 Maturity Classic

1. FERAL FRANKY
Breeding: April 2017 Collision x Solar Pak
Trainer: Raymond Smith, Forbes NSW
Record: 27 starts: 15-8-2
Prize money: $312,170
Record from Box 1: 5 starts: 4-1-0
Comment: Champion NSW sprinter lining up for his seventh Group race appearance, having won this year’s Group 1 Vic Peters Classic (520m) and finishing runner-up in this year’s Group 1 National Derby (520m) – both at Wentworth Park. And he relishes box one! His litter brother, Good Odds Buddy, is a reserve for the final.

2. GET IT GIZMO
Breeding: June 2017 Kinloch Brae x Dasha
Trainer: Harry Monolitsis, Lysterfield South VIC
Record: 8 starts: 5-1-1
Prize money: $15,370
Record from Box 2: 0 starts 0-0-0
Comment: New star on the horizon, with five wins from only eight starts. Has been setting provincial tracks alight, and displayed his huge potential with an ultra-impressive Maturity Classic heat victory. Like Western Envoy, he is sired by Kinloch Brae.

4. WESTERN ENVOY
Breeding: July 2017 Kinloch Brae x Shared Equity
Trainer: Angela Langton, Anakie VIC
Record: 17 starts: 7-3-2
Prize money: $38,330
Record from Box 4: 2 starts 2-0-0
Comment: Finished fourth to Feral Franky in this year’s Group 1 Vic Peters Classic (520m) at Wentworth Park. Prepared by Angela Langton, whose partner, Jeffrey Britton, trained 2014 and 2017 Maturity Classic winners Mepunga Hayley and Mepunga Blazer respectively.

5. TAUWITCHERE
Breeding: January 2017 Dyna Double One x Irish Keepsake
Trainer: Steven White, Buln Buln East VIC
Record: 15 starts: 9-4-1
Prize money: $189,885
Record from Box 5: 0 starts 0-0-0
Comment: Won this year’s Group 2 Launching Pad (515m) at Sandown Park. A model of consistency who has only been unplaced once in 15 starts. However, an unknown quantity from the ‘yellow’ trap. Along with Sennachie, she gives Buln Buln East trainer Steven White a two-pronged attack in the final.

7. ROCKSTAR PRINCE
Breeding: March 2017 Collision x Bekim Rose
Trainer: Andrea Dailly, Anakie VIC
Record: 16 starts; 7-1-4
Prize money: $27,215
Record from Box 7: 2 starts 1-0-0
Comment: Making his Group race debut. In the all-conquering Andrea Dailly kennel which produced 2015 and 2018 Maturity Classic winners Fernando Bale and Dyna Patty respectively. His sire, Collision, is also represented by Feral Franky.

8. SENNACHIE
Breeding: February 2017 Fernando Bale x Rhonda Rocks
Trainer: Steven White, Buln Buln East VIC
Record: 21 starts: 13-3-2
Prize money: $388,005
Record from Box 8: 3 starts 0-1-0
Comment: Star speedster tackling his fifth Group race final, having won this year’s Group 1 Brisbane Cup (520m) and Group 2 Thirty Talks @ Stud Derby (520m) – both at Albion Park – and finishing runner-up in this year’s Group 1 Silver Chief (525m) at The Meadows. Will be attempting to emulate his sire, Fernando Bale, who won this event in 2015.

RESERVES 

9. WHISKEY RIOT
Breeding: January 2017 Fernando Bale x Ready To Riot
Trainer: Anthony Azzopardi, Myrniong VIC
Record: 22 starts: 11-4-1
Prize money: $74,110
Comment: Boasts a 50% winning strike rate (22 starts – 11 wins) and contested this year’s Group 2 Warrnambool Cup (450m). Earlier in his career, he hit a purple patch with six successive wins. A live chance if he obtains a start in the final. Like Jebrynah, he is also sired by 2015 Maturity Classic winner Fernando Bale.

10. GOOD ODDS BUDDY
Breeding: April 2017 Collision x Solar Pak
Trainer: Frank Hurst, Londonderry NSW
Record: 27 starts: 10-8-1
Prize money: $39,860
Comment: Underrated NSW raider with a touch of class. He’s a litter brother to Feral Franky, who is a major contender in this final.

3. JEBRYNAH (SCR)
Breeding: February 2017 Cosmic Rumble x Jebrynah Glory
Trainer: Rocky Crisafi, Pakenham VIC
Record: 29 starts: 19-4-2
Prize money: $106,490
Record from Box 3: 6 starts 4-0-0
Comment: Keeps building on an imposing record. This will be his third black type appearance, having finished runner-up in this year’s Group 2 Warragul Cup (460m) and contested this year’s Group 2 Bendigo Cup (425m). His race CV reads 29 starts for 19 wins, and, like Ruby Girl, is sired by Cosmic Rumble.

6. RUBY GIRL (SCR)
Breeding: June 2017 Cosmic Rumble x Go Go Treetment
Trainer: Gary Cowcher, Broadford VIC
Record: 16 starts: 8-3-4
Prize money: $22,885
Record from Box 6: 3 starts 1-1-0
Comment: Hasn’t finished out of the money in her past 12 starts, which has included seven wins. One of two finalists sired by Cosmic Rumble, the other being Jebrynah.

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