Leading trainer Tony Brett is hoping his charge Luna Jinx can continue her return to form when she lines up in Thursday night’s Listed $37,500 Superstayers Invitational (710m) at Albion Park.
The annual four dog invitation race has attracted a smart, even field of invitees out of the Gold Cup series earlier this month.
Luna Jinx (Velocette x Hannah’s Jinx) a winner of 26 races over distance journeys in her career, will line up from box five against local hero Cyndie’s Magic (box one), Victorian Ring The Bell (box three) and Group 1 Gold Cup winner My Boy Brodie (box seven). Brett believes Luna Jinx, $2.90 second favourite with UBET, is ready to produce a bold showing despite her typical come-from-behind racing pattern.
“She’s excellent. I didn’t nominate her last week just to freshen her up a little bit, keep her ticking over” he said.
“She’s had a long campaign and a lot of 700m racing. To be in this race I think she has to stay in touch with the leaders somewhere.”
“If (Cyndie’s Magic) lobs in front running her time, you don’t want to be 10 or 15 lengths behind trying to peg them back, it’s just not going to happen. I just hope she can run a little quicker in the first section.”
The diminutive blue chaser produced a gallant run to win on Gold Cup Final night in 42.21, just four one-hundredths of a second slower than My Boy Brodie’s Gold Cup winning time. Brett believes that the veteran stayer is improving with every week back in his kennels.
“She just felt like she needed a week to settle in up here, she was in the Sandown Cup final and only flew up here on the Monday of the (Gold Cup) heats” he said.
“The week she won, she was bouncing around, whereas she wasn’t the week before and that’s what we’re hoping for again and that she goes when it counts.”
“Honestly, I think she can run under 42 (seconds), but it’s just a matter of her doing it on the night.”
He believes that local chaser Cyndie’s Magic, $2.80 favourite with UBET, is the dog to beat given her track and distance form.
“You can’t beat good form, and she knows (Albion Park) better than anyone. So she’s the dog to beat.”
Brisbane Club CEO Luke Gatehouse believes the race is wide open.
“It is the most even Superstayers field for years, and a win by any of the four would not surprise me” Gatehouse said.
His views appear to be shared by most punters with only a point separating favourite Cyndie’s Magic ($2.80) and third favourite My Boy Brodie ($3.80) in the UBET market. Ring The Bell is the outsider of the small field at $6.00.
Brett also has his boom youngster Thirty Talks engaged in race two, a 3rd and 4th grade in preparation for next week’s Group 1 Winter Cup heats. The son of Where’s Pedro and Unfinished was a disappointing fifth in the final of the Flying Amy Classic a fortnight ago and has drawn perfectly in box two to replicate his 29.66 Flying Amy heat win and record a thirteenth career victory. Lismore 520m track record holder Mitcharlie Mia looks the only danger from box four.
The Brisbane Club is hosting ‘Super Night’ in conjunction with the Superstayers Invitational, which will see open class races conducted over each of the five race distances which have attracted plenty of quality.
In race five, the open 395m event, Frank Hancock’s Battistuzzi Lad and Ross Ogden’s Time For Abby will chase their fifth wins in a row from boxes five and six respectively, with the latter a 22.47 winner here in recent weeks.
Sandown Speed Star winner Blazin’ Bomber (Darren Pattinson) makes his first appearance in Queensland in the open 520m event from box seven. The son of Kinloch Brae, a littermate to Ring The Bell, will be on trial for next week’s Group 1 Winter Cup heats. He will oppose Speed Star second, Outside Pass (box one), a brilliant 29.68 winner last week and Flying Amy Classic winner Fabulous Bill (box two) who is a reliable beginner and a consistent type.
The ‘Superdog’ promotion will run throughout the night, with the club promising to shout the bar if any dog wearing the modified number four ‘Superdog’ rug wins a race. There will also be appearances by a variety of superheroes on track, with a photo booth available for patrons to capture the moment with their favourite superheroes.
Race one on an action-packed ten race program kicks off at 6:41pm, with the feature, the Superstayers to be run at 8:52pm.