The age-restricted Group 3 Warragul St Leger series (460m) is renowned as a ‘nursery’ for future champions.
And the 2021 edition will prove no exception judging by tonight’s three sensational heats.
It was ‘plain sailing’ for Aston Fastnet ($2.10F) who sailed past Shima Classic ($2.80) in the home straight to win Heat 2 by 2.75L in a sizzling 25.39sec (Best).
Trained by Jason Thompson, Aston Fastnet registered his 10th win from 22 starts, including six of his past 10. His winning time was a fraction outside his 25.35sec PB here, and he’s four from four exiting the ‘white’ trap.
Aston Fastnet was also a finalist in the G1 Maturity Classic and G3 Bill Collins Speed Star, won by his litter brother Aston Rupee, and runner-up to Koblenz in the Pink Diamond Rookie Sprinter final.
And credit must be given to the Andrea Dailly-trained Shima Classic who has won 10 races from 27 starts. She finished third to Qwara Bale in the G1 Sapphire Crown and was a finalist in the G1 Australian Cup, G2 Ballarat Cup and Pink Diamond Champion Short Course.
Sprint queen Qwara Bale’s ‘royal tour’ rolled on with a command performance in Heat 3.
Qwara Bale ($3.20), also trained by Dailly, defeated the gallant Paua Of Buddy ($5.60), who was unbeaten in four starts here, by 1.2L in 25.63sec. St Leger series favourite Rebellious ($1.80F) finished seventh.
Winner of last week’s G1 Maturity Classic, along with the G1 Sapphire Crown and G2 Warrnambool Cup, Qwara Bale landed her 19th win from 32 starts. She has now won 10 of her past 14 starts.