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Winter Stars To Continue Nationals Preparation

19 July 2016

Local Winter Carnival stars Outside Pass and Cyndie’s Magic will look to continue on their winning ways in preparation for the upcoming AGRA National Championship series when they line up in their respective events at Albion Park on Thursday night.

The Tony Apap trained Outside Pass was a stellar second to superstar chaser Zambora Brockie in the Group 1 Garrard’s Winter Cup at her last outing on July 7 and will be looking to continue the form which saw her record wins of 29.68 and 29.76 in the lead up to that event. She will not have it all her own way from box four, meeting a field that includes quality chasers such as Group 3 Flying Amy Classic winner Fabulous Bill (Bill Elson, box one) and Group 2 Ipswich Auction winner Magical Yessam (Don Massey, box five). Also returning to the Albion Park 520m journey is consistent chaser Macnivek (Kevin Ellis, box seven) who has recently returned to racing after an injury layoff.

The Cyndie’s Magic juggernaut continued to roll on last week, when she added the President’s Cup (710m) to her Winter Chase win and second and third place efforts in the Group 1 Gold Cup and Group 1 Garrard’s Winter Cup. She drops back to the middle distance, 600m, for an open event where she will start from box two. Last week’s 600m winner Magic Maiden (Errol Kleinhans, box six) and the in-form Serene Star (Margaret Quarrell, box eight) look the major threats to the likely favourite.

Both Outside Pass and Cyndie’s Magic are being set for the Queensland qualifiers of the AGRA National Championships which will be run at Albion Park on August 4 and 11.

Nomination forms must be filled out for the Sprint and Distance Championships and these close with the club Friday at 12 noon.

The remainder of the card looks to be full of open events, particularly the fifth and tenth races.

The fifth race, a 600m event for fifth graders, sees four greyhounds who have performed well of late. Smashniak Marcy (box one) and Issy Cool (box four) have both won three out of their last four, but will look to bounce back from last start defeats. Renouf’s Magic (box seven) and Treblig Lucia (box two) were both strong winners on Monday night, with the former looking for his third win on end.

The final event sees four last start winners do battle, Dooley’s Hobo (box three), Bonnie’s Dream (box four), Clover Fire (box five) and Logger County (box seven). The winning chances don’t end there, with both Arabella (box one), Egyptian Miss (box two) and Ima Paceman (box eight) holding some claims. It will be a tough race for punters looking to end the night on a winning note.

The ten race Thursday night card kicks off at 6:39pm.