The Mathew Reid-trained Norm The Storm will look to take out his third feature race win at Albion Park when he lines up in the final of the Group 3 Queensland Cup (600m) on Thursday night.
The son of Magic Sprite and Bellbird Park continued his impressive form since stepping up to the middle distance with another dominant win in a fast 34.73 seconds. The winner of the 2015 Gold Coast Cup (520m) and 2016 Clem Jones Cup (600m) took full advantage of box one in his heat, but is drawn more awkwardly in the final, jumping from box six.
Peter Wilson’s Velocity Shirl, another rising star of the middle-distance journey booked her place in the final with an impressive win from box eight in 34.75 seconds. Despite a solid performance from the wide box last week, she too will need some luck early in a classy field from box seven.
Veteran middle distance and staying performer Golfing Amy earned her place in another feature final with an all the way win in the final heat last Thursday, clocking 35.08 seconds. The former Group 1 Gold Cup finalist appears well drawn to run a race from box four, and she looks a chance to lead early, particularly with average beginner Cyndie’s Magic drawn inside her.
The aforementioned Cyndie’s Magic will be looking to break her feature race hoodoo after being a model of consistency in 2015. Bill Elson’s chaser was a finalist in the Group 1 Gold Cup over 710m and a terrific second to Victorian superstar Dyna Double One in last December’s Group 1 Brisbane Cup over the 520m. Her versatility over all distances should stand her in good stead and she will be charging at the leaders late if she can find the rail and clear running.
The eight finalists will all be competing for the $25,000 winner’s cheque in the feature, which is to be run as race seven, at 8:58pm.
Also on the card, last weekend’s Group 1 National Futurity winner Cash In Motion, trained by Robert Cooke, looks to be well drawn to chalk up another win in the Best 8 event, race eight.
Jeff Crawford’s Leeroy Roller also appears ideally placed to bounce back to winning ways after an unplaced run in the heats of the National Derby at Wentworth Park. He will line up from box one in the sixth event.
The ten events on a fantastic ten race Queensland Cup program kick off at 6:42pm.