Despite not being recognised as a group race the Richmond Cannonball has become a time honoured classic taken out by some of the greatest ever short course sprinters. Saturday night will be no different when four outstanding heats will be conducted over the 400m with an attractive $5,000 first prize to the final winner next week.
Heat one kicks off with Seldom Said for Anthony Azzopardi, drawn well in box three after notching up a very impressive 22.63 last weekend in his debut performance at the track. Spring Blueboy for owner/trainer Barry Lazzarini shows excellent early speed at Richmond and can get the fly from box eight with a personal best of 22.59. In form trainer Peter Lagogiane has got the coveted red box with Enter The Dragon who returns from a 6 month spell but has clocked 22.75 and is not to be discouraged.
Debuting at the track in heat two is exciting youngster Vayetra for Amanda Ginn, who is as versatile as they come having recorded a flying 22.61 at Unitbet Gardens 400m followed by 30.29 at Bathurst over the 520m. A 100% strike rate from box eight should see him get easily cross with his electric early pace. A return to form for Jane Carruthers sees Ando’s Magic, one of her electrifying up and comers, yet to be defeated at the track. Despite drawing the awkward box five, a 22.71 personal best should see him in the firing line at the finish. She Can Sew is an experienced runner and recorded a personal best of 22.63 just over a month ago and will exit from a preferential box one.
Although he has produced mixed form of late Richmond specialist Blitz To Excel returns in heat three with a flying pb of 22.37 and a repeat of this effort should see him cruise into the final. Outlaw Torn from box six is prepared by astute trainer Jason Mackay and has a huge motor with a fast personal best time of 22.68.
The fourth and final heat sees Master Jeteye who is a very speedy customer over the short distance come up with the favourable box one. With a personal best of 22.56 along with 2 wins and 2 placings from just 5 starts sees him a genuine contender. Left Field returns from a month spell after a heavy fall in a heat of the Gosford Gold Cup remarkably saw him left with only minor injuries. Regardless of the difficult box five, his 22.51 personal best has the ability for punters to overlook the poor draw.
Richmond race club is the place to be this Saturday night as the short course action heats up with the first turn no place for the faint hearted. Heat one kicks off at 7.09pm.