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‘Simon’ and the ‘All-Stars’

An all-star cast of 23 Victorians descends upon Sydney for heats of the Group 1 National Derby (520m) and Group 1 National Futurity (520m) at Wentworth Park on Friday night.

And leading the charge of the 12-strong Vic brigade in the Derby is Simon Told Helen (pictured above), while Aston Silk heads the list of 11 fabulous femmes for Victoria in the Futurity.

In fact, recent G1 Silver Chief winner Simon Told Helen dominates TAB’s ‘All In’ market for the Derby final at $3.10, followed by Victorian counterparts Aston Wizard (who was runner-up in the Silver Chief), Fire Legend and Hard Style Rico.

Ironically, Simon Told Helen (Box 7) – $1.80F is pitted against ‘new kid on the block’ Hard Style Rico (Box 3) – $2.80 in Heat 2 of the Derby. (He also had Hard Style Rico’s measure in the Silver Chief.)

And in the Futurity, Aston Silk is the ‘All In’ equal favourite at $6.00. She has so much X-factor, being undefeated from only three starts – all at Sandown.

Aston Silk (Box 1) – $1.85F is engaged in Heat 3 of the Futurity.

Other high profile Victorians contesting heats of these series – and their TAB Fixed Odds prices – include:

 

National Derby

Heat 1 (Race 6, 7.57pm) – Halberd Bale (Box 6) – $2.40F
Heat 2 (Race 7, 8.19pm) – Weblec Haze (Box 1) – $10.00
Heat 3 (Race 8, 8.38pm) – Aston Wizard (Box 6) – $1.85F; Wallbanger (Box 1) – $4.00
Heat 4 (Race 9, 8.57pm) – Fire Legend (Box 1) – $2.30F
Heat 5 (Race 10, 9.19pm) – Revelation (Box 1)- $3.30F; Aston Peroni (Box 5) – $3.50

 

National Futurity

Heat 2 (Race 2, 6.38pm) – Chun Li (Box 8) – $17.00
Heat 3 (Race 3, 6.58pm) – Mrs. Sharp (Box 5) – $10.00; Indulge (Box 6) – $11.00
Heat 4 (Race 4, 7.19pm) – Yindi Girl Turbo (Box 3) – $3.70EF; Run Baba Run (Box 1) – $7.00; Philadelphia Pip (Box 2) – $7.50; Junk Food Junkie (Box 4) – $9.50
Heat 5 (Race 5, 7.38pm) – Desiree Devere (Box 2) – $3.40; Aston Perignon (Box 5) – $11.00

TAB’S ‘ALL IN’ MARKETS

WATCH: Simon Told Helen (4) races away with the G1 Silver Chief at The Meadows.

Peter Quilty
About Peter Quilty - Has more than three decades of experience as assistant editor of Victorian Greyhound Weekly. He was editor of GRV monthly magazine The Adviser (2001-09) and owner/publisher of Australian Greyhound Monthly. He also served on the selection panel for the inaugural GRV ‘Hall of Fame’ inductees and for several years was an adjudicator on the Victorian GOTY. He’s also published greyhound racing yearbooks and wrote the ‘Bold Trease’ video script.
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