Anthony Azzopardi believes Zambora Brockie is well placed to continue his strong recent form and progress to another Group 1 final when the heats of the Group 1 Garrard’s Winter Cup are run at Albion Park on Thursday night.
The son of Nitro Burst and Flying Liddy shattered the clock on his Albion Park debut earlier this month, clocking 29.67 seconds, just .16 outside the track record which was set by champion Dyna Double One in the heats of last year’s event. Azzopardi believes that his charge will improve even further, a belief that is sure to sound alarm bells for many of his rivals.
“He will improve off that, because he does improve off a first look” he said.
“I think the (lure) arm confused him a little bit, as he’d never raced on a looped arm like that before. It probably caused him to run a little wide, but I was very impressed.”
The visitor has come up with box two in heat two of Thursday’s $75,000-to-the-winner series, a draw which has pleased Azzopardi.
“I’m happy where he is. He can miss the kick now and then, but he is on the fresh side again.”
The winner of the recent Horsham and Warrnambool Cups is an explosive beginner on his day and has another fast beginner, 2015 Brisbane Cup finalist Old Spice drawn on his immediate inside, which may mean he has to work a little harder to find the front in the early stages.
“The one (Old Spice) has speed and so does the eight (Fabulous Bill). He can run those two down no worries, and he’s got plenty of fitness on his side.”
“He just needs to not get banged around too much, I’m not too concerned if he doesn’t lead.”
Azzopardi rates the dog as one of the best he has put a lead on,
“He’s got to be one of the best I’ve trained. He has terrific chasing ability and freakish speed.”
He also has Northern Rivers-owned Master Jackpot in the series, lining up in the third heat also from box two.
“He’s going really well, his first few starts in Melbourne he’s been very unlucky. He’s a very interesting runner, and I reckon he can quite easily make the final.”
The in-form trainer rates locals Outside Pass (heat three, box seven) and Thirty Talks (heat four, box six), along with fellow Victorian Blazin’ Bomber (heat one, box six) as his main competition in the series.
Outside Pass continued her terrific recent form with a 29.76 victory to go with her 29.68 victory a fortnight ago, she takes on the aforementioned Master Jackpot and Sydney visitor Knight Sprite.
Thirty Talks bounced back from his disappointing Flying Amy Classic Final defeat with a dominant 29.69 win last week, leading all of the way for his thirteenth win in seventeen starts. He opposes Group 1 Gold Cup runner-up Cyndie’s Magic (box one) and South Australian visitor Dyna Keitaro (box four) for Ben Rawlings.
Blazin’ Bomber was a terrific third to Outside Pass in last week’s Open 520m event at his first look at the Brisbane circuit, closing off well late. He has drawn perhaps the most open heat, with Split Image (box one), Norm The Storm (box two), Tripum (box seven) and Tilly’s Boy (box eight) all having claims.
The first two placegetters in each of the four heats will qualify for the Group 1 Final on Thursday July 7 worth $110,000 in total prizemoney.
The current UBET ante-post market has Zambora Brockie and Outside Pass as $3.60 equal favourites for the series, with Thirty Talks and Blazin’ Bomber at $4.20 and $5.00 respectively.
Also on the program, Lois Neal’s Nooree Dessa will look to bring his terrific form to Albion Park when he seeks his fifth consecutive win when he starts from box four in the third event on the card. He clocked a flying 30.28 seconds at Ipswich last start defeating Suite Alexis by twelve lengths.
The high-quality card featuring Group 1 action kicks off with the first of ten events at 6:37pm.