The 2016 edition of the Winged Runner Trophy on Thursday night appears to be one for the ages with the field comprising five Group finalists and combined prizemoney earnings in excess of $700,000.
Headlining the field is reigning Group 1 National Futurity winner Cash In Motion for Northern Rivers mentor Robert Cooke, who will line up from box four following an unplaced performance in the semi-finals of the Group 1 Golden Easter Egg series at Wentworth Park. The daughter of Smooth Fancy and Teddy’s Jackpot is a winner of 11 from 24 over the 520 metres at Albion Park and will again be popular with punters when the field heads to the start.
Versatile chaser Cyndie’s Magic for leading trainer Bill Elson has been in sparkling form over recent weeks including a captivating win over kennelmate Fabulous Bill in the Best 8 event last week. The runner-up in the 2015 Group 1 Brisbane Cup will line up from box 3 on Thursday night and will give competitors a sizeable early lead before powering home to challenge in the home straight.
Northern NSW visitor Mitcharlie Mia (box 7) looks the testing material in the race coming off a extraordinary month of performances which included taking out the Group 2 Richmond Oaks series and earning a berth in the Group 1 Golden Easter Egg final before finishing unplaced. The Mitchell Northfield trained chaser is unbeaten at Albion Park including a personal best of 29.90 seconds over the 520 metres recorded back in February of this year.
Local hopes Outside Pass (Box 5) and Sheza Keen Size (Box 8) provide further intrigue to the event following impressive performances in recent weeks.
The Winged Runner Trophy is named in honour of the ‘Queen of the Creek’ in Winged Runner. Owned by the Ledlie Syndicate and trained by Hall of Famer John Reimer, Winged Runner amassed an incredible 31 victories at Albion Park in a stellar racing career.
The eight finalists of the Winged Runner Trophy will be competing for $10,250 in total stakes, which will be run as race eight on the program, at 9.10pm.
2 LADY ABIGAIL
3 CYNDIE’S MAGIC
4 CASH IN MOTION
5 OUTSIDE PASS
6 IONA CHAMPION
7 MITCHARLIE MIA
8 SHEZA KEEN SIZE
9 SPRING DREAM
10 RICH ‘N’ WILD
The first race on a high-class ten event program is scheduled to jump at 6.43pm.