R3 Retravision Inter Dominion Qualifying Heat Four | 2100m | 9:20pm
SMOLDA was very good running second to Bettors Fire after doing a stack of work. Super smart Kiwi who has won nearly $1.5m in prizemoney. FRANCO NELSON is also a very smart Kiwi who was a good third to Hector in its heat from Gate 5. This is down in class and a huge chance. RUN ONEOVER was 80/1 when second in a huge effort to Hector last week when stuck in the chair and only beaten 3m. That was a super tough run – hopefully didn’t take too much out of him. OUR JIMMY JOHNSTONE was very good in its heat leading and being run down late however is drawn behind Freyberg now – winning hopes look to have diminished somewhat.
|5. Franco Nelson||$3.45|
|4. Run One Over||$5.50|
|8. Our Jimmy Johnstone||$16.50|
|6. The Bucket List||$32.00|
|3. Flaming Flutter||$85.00|
|10. Stunning Grin||$190.00|
R5 Inter Dominion Qualifying Heat Five | 2100m | 10:15pm
HECTORJAYJAY is equal favourite for the title and deservedly so after his dominant 1.53.6 victory on Night 1 after showing blistering speed to lead from Gate 8. Shouldn’t have any problem from Gate 2 to lead all the way here. OUR JERICHO was very good in his heat from Gate 7 at nearly 80/1 when flew home from four pegs to run fourth to Lenny. Gets a cushy run here and should be in the placings. BEAUDIENE BOAZ will be three pegs early and after his very good second to Lenny, he should be driven quietly here and be content to run top-four to consolidate his way to the final.
ULTIMATE ART was an eyecatcher after being last early, he managed to run home OK for seventh albeit beaten over 16m. Drawn horribly again, this horse is flying, having won at Menangle in 1.50.4 in the death seat recently. Formosa’s best chance might be to make an early move to the chair here – he needs points to be able to qualify. BETTORS FIRE was awesome winning on opening night after leading. Not much chance of him leading here though and that is the end of the section as far as he is concerned.
Selections – 2/1/8/7
|8. Beaudiene Boaz||$35.00|
|1. Our Jericho||$45.00|
|4. Bettors Fire||$60.00|
|7. Ultimate Art||$60.00|
|6. Major Crocker||$80.00|
|3. Tricky Styx||$500.00|
|5. Elegant Christian||$500.00|
|10. Phoenix Warrior||$500.00|
BACK (PLACE) Ultimate Art
R6 Princi Butchers Inter Dominion Qualifying Heat 6 | 2100m | 10:40pm
LENNYTHESHARK is equal favourite and he showed why last week. Arrogantly sitting in the chair and doing enough to win. He has drawn badly here – the same gate he drew two starts ago when narrowly beaten by BLING IT ON at Melton in 1.51.4 after doing a stack of work. The extra journey from that night will help here though as Alford will have time to balance up and make his move. Looks the winner again. Bling It On defeated Lenny that night at Melton when sitting on him and only making a move with 200m to go – outsprinting him in a brilliant drive by Luke McCarthy. JOHN OF ARC was a good third to Bettors Fire last time from this gate and WAYLADE is also an each way chance from Barrier 1.
Selections – 8/3/5/1
|3. Bling It On||$6.70|
|5. John Of Arc||$8.40|
|4. Ima Connoisseur||$35.00|
|2. Heez On Fire||$220.00|
|7. Simply Sensational||$220.00|
|9. Our Blackbird||$400.00|