The Group 2 Triple M Bendigo Cup series kicks off with eight sensational heats over 425 metres on Sunday.
The fixture is a promoter’s dream. No doubt, the Bendigo GRA would be ecstatic with the quality of entrants as they comprise a raft of group race performers plus several track record holders.
Below is a summation of each heat:
Heat 1 (Race 1 – 11.57am)
Appears a tussle between strike rate stars Tinker Craig (Box 1) and Zipping Walter Box 4), who have both won 10 races from 15 starts, and recent G1 Harrison-Dawson runner-up Jax Bale (Box 5).
Tinker Craig is undefeated in two starts with a 23.67sec PB at Bendigo, while Zipping Walter boasts a 23.58sec PB and Jax Bale a 23.85sec PB.
Heat 2 (Race 2 – 12.12pm)
Looks an open affair, with the main chances being Kipling (Box 6), Bound To Succeed (Box 3), Yozo Bale (Box 1) and Faithy Bale (Box 4).
Kipling recently broke Horsham’s 410m track record (22.84sec) and has won his past five starts. He’s notched 15 wins from 23 starts, including a 23.61sec PB at Bendigo.
Bound To Succeed has 14 wins from 22 starts to his credit, and has won two from three at Bendigo with a flying 23.44sec PB.
A winner of 10 races from 24 starts, Yozo Bale was a last-start finalist in the Winter Cup at Cranbourne and has won three of his past four.
Faithy Bale has won 13 races from 29 starts, including four from four out of Box 4.
Heat 3 (Race 3 – 12.34pm)
It’s hard to go past G2 Warrnambool Cup winner Zambora Smokey (Box 6). He’s won 15 races from 21 starts, including 11 of his past 13. And he defeated Australia’s No. 1 sprinter Simon Told Helen in the Warrnambool Cup.