Lamia Mila with former trainer Lorenzo Carbone and family

  • Friday, 05 Jan, 2024,
  • by Andrew Copley

Drawn to sizzle


Lamia Mila will line up in Saturday night’s $15,250 Summer Sizzle Final (390m) at Warrnambool at 7.37pm.

A winner of seven races from 18 starts, Lamia Bale was super impressive in her heat win, being turned sideways in a rough race before going on to score.

“She’s very talented and should improve on her heat run when she found plenty of trouble from Box 4,” trainer Jason Portelli said.

Lamia Mila has drawn Box 8 for the first time in her career in tonight’s final, and Portelli said that’s exactly where she wants to be.

“It was probably her own fault that she encountered interference because she likes to step right out of the boxes, which can be her undoing.”

“But she’ll be perfectly drawn in Box 8. She should get plenty of room early, which will give her the chance to step right, as she does, push forward and then come down on to the fence,” he said.

Lamia Mila, a relative newcomer to Potelli’s kennel, has big race experience on her side.

“She made the final of the Group 2 Laurels at Sandown Park (finishing 6th) and she ran 2nd in the Group 3 Northern Districts Cup Final at Shepparton, so hopefully that holds her in good stead,” Portelli said.

WATCH: LAMIA MILA (4) overcomes interference to win her Summer Sizzle heat.

Successful switch


Soda Success won first up for new trainer Ken Bailey at Sale last start, ending a run of 10 straight defeats, with a trip to The Meadows on Saturday night being the enigmatic speedster’s next assignment.

Drawn in Box 4 in Race 10 at 9.28pm, Soda Success looms as a major player again having shaken off some fitness issues.

“He has had a few injuries and was having fits, so was sent to me and the change of scene has done him the world of good,” Bailey explained.

“I don’t gallop him at all. I’ve got a place at Seaspray and take him for walks on the beach and take him for a swim.

“The new training regime seems to be keeping him fresh mentally.”

WATCH: SODA SUCCESS (1) wins first up for new trainer Ken Bailey at Sale.

A big performance at The Meadows tonight, where he boasts a scintillating 29.75 seconds PB, could see Soda Success head to north in search of group success.

“He’s still a couple of weeks off his absolute best, but if he goes really well I’ll probably take him to Sydney for the (Group 1) Paws of Thunder series.”

“I’m expecting the red (Crimson Cannon) to lead tonight and if Soda Success settles within two or three lengths of the leader there’s a good chance he’ll run over the top of him.”

Andrew CopleyAndrew Copley

Andrew Copley

Communications Manager at Greyhound Racing Victoria with 25 years’ experience as a reporter with National Greyhound Form newspaper and GRV. Former Watchdog form analyst. Adopter of celebrity greyhound, Fred Basset. Victorian Greyhound of the Year and Victorian greyhound racing Hall of Fame panel member.

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