‘Team Gibbons’ will be attempting to break a Group final jinx when they chase a G3 double at Wentworth Park on Saturday night.
Based at Avalon, husband-and-wife Daniel and Rebecca Gibbons have endured a frustrating run in ‘black type’ events but that could all end with June ’20 Feral Franky x Ethla Allen littermates McKeon Bale and Quinlan Bale.
McKeon Bale ($2.30EF) – named after champion swimmer Emma McKeon – qualified for the Ladies Bracelet final (520m) with a strong 30.07sec heat win, while Quinlan Bale ($4.00) also clocked a 30.07sec heat success in booking a Bob Payne Sprint final berth. Both events carry a $25,000 first prize.
McKeon Bale – which was a 29.28sec (Best) Sandown Park winner at her previous start – notched her sixth win from 12 starts, while Quinlan Bale – which was a recent G3 Mount Gambier Cup finalist – registered his fifth win from nine starts.