The battle for Queensland representation at the 2016 UBET National Championships reaches it’s conclusion Thursday night at Albion Park with the State Finals of the National Sprint (520m) and National Distance (710m).
The Distance Championship, race six, looks to be a race of few chances, with new Albion Park ‘Queen’ Cyndie’s Magic (box three) and Rusty Dillon’s Big Easy Red (box seven) dominating the betting at $2.25 and $3.50. Not to be discounted is Group 1 Gold Cup finalist Vegas Bound, who has come up with the inside box. Last year’s winner Mullaway (box four) is also likely to have some support, with Joanne Price’s looking to bounce back from a disappointing heat performance last week.
Got A Brother (box two), Smashniak Marcy (box five), Treblig Lucia (box six) and Abby’s Magic (box eight) round out the field.
The Sprint Championship is a far more open affair, with the box draw unkind to many of the major chances. Fastest qualifier Outside Pass has been perhaps most hampered, coming up with box eight, which is not ideal for a hit and miss beginner. Despite the awkward draw, she is $2.40 favourite with UBET to earn the spot in Adelaide. Tony Brett’s Thirty Talks, another of the heat winners, has drawn in the middle of the field in box five. Like Outside Pass, he has a tremendous motor and will be hard to beat if he can find clear running, having already been a winner of fifteen races in a brief career.
Perhaps the best drawn of the chances is the Peter Ruetschi-trained Sheza Keen Size, who showed blistering early speed when defeating Fabulous Bill in the final heat last week. She has come up with the coveted inside draw, and should be able to utilize her early speed to be in or near the lead at the first turn.
The chances don’t end there, with the speedy pair Zabdon Ferrari and Fabulous Bill (boxes two and six), consistent Macnivek (box three) and Swap Ya (box four) all holding claims to the victory.
Flying Circus (box seven), who is also trained by Peter Ruetschi, is the rank outsider of the field at $67.
The winner of each final will progress to the Grand Finals of the UBET National Championships which will be run at Angle Park on Saturday night, August 27.
The first of the ten event card will be run at 6:38pm, with the Queensland finals of the Distance and Sprint Championships to be run as races six and eight at 8:25pm and 9:10pm respectively.