Three of the state finalists for last week’s National Sprint Championship will do battle again in the Best 8 event as part of a solid ten race program at Albion Park on Thursday night.
Bill Elson’s Fabulous Bill (box one), Swap Ya (box four) and Sheza Keen Size (box seven) finished fifth, second and third respectively behind the in-form Outside Pass last week and will be keen to improve upon their placings.
Elson’s chaser is perhaps best drawn to make amends, and the inside box will likely see him on the speed or thereabouts approaching the first bend.
The interesting runner in the event is Banjo Bewdy, who has joined the Tony Zammit kennel. Banjo Bewdy (box eight) was formerly campaigned in Victoria and has built an imposing record which includes nine wins from twenty-seven starts. Despite not racing for almost two months, the daughter of Magic Sprite is in good hands and has to be respected.
The depth of the race doesn’t end there, with quality top grade performer Lady Abigail in box two, Distance Championship finalist Abby’s Magic in box three and the in-form El Chad lining up in box six, all three of whom have claims to the victory.
Former top-grade performer Main Story makes his return to Albion Park in race six after almost a year away from circle tracks. The Sandra Hunt-trained son of Knocka Norris was in terrific form up the straight at Capalaba in May and June, winning four consecutive starts breaking the 20 second barrier each times. Last start winner Torque Flight (box five) looks the main danger, with Knave (box two), Inspector Cloud (box thre) and Apatite (box eight) not without hopes.
The last event of the night will see Neil Catchpole’s Venom Strikes attempt to make it six wins from six starts. The son of Brett Lee and Ima Geisha Girl, a brother to Group 1 performer Pop The Cork, acquitted himself well in the step up to the 520m journey a week ago, but will have to overcome a wide draw in box seven.
Racing at headquarters Thursday kicks off at 6:44pm.