The Group 3 TAB Great Chase series gets underway at Bendigo on Saturday night, with the event continuing its proud tradition of showcasing some of Victoria’s finest young sprinters and benefiting community groups from across the state.
Two heats of the 1-5 wins Vic Bred series will be staged at Bendigo, with the action continuing at an array of tracks next week, leading into the semi-finals, to be held at The Meadows on Wednesday, October 13, and the $47,000 to-the-winner final at the same venue one week later, Wednesday, October 20.
Saturday’s second heat, race 7 at 8.38pm, features the clash between Idolize (Box 4), which has won three of her five starts for Peter Presutto, and Jason Thompson’s In The Spotlight (Box 7), the winner of five from seven.
Idolize, a daughter of 2018 Melbourne Cup winner My Redeemer and Hightan, bred and raced by Devon Meadows-based Presutto’s friend and neighbour Michelle Nolan, has led in each of her starts and early speed will again hold the key to her chances at her 500m debut.
“She has to lead and hopefully she can keep going,” said Presutto.
“I broke her in myself and she’s always been a natural out of the boxes.
“She was as good as race dogs when she was 12 months old. You can do all the work you want with them but I believe they can either do it or they can’t.