NSWNCA St Leger Series Begins Tonight At The Gardens
Written By Michael Radley, New South Wales National Coursing Association Correspondent Wednesday 1st December 2010
The Gardens will tonight play host to the heats of the Group Three Woy Woy Poultry St Leger, which is fast becoming one of the highest quality age restricted race series anywhere in the country and the 2010 edition can only improve its standing.
Trainers from all over NSW as well as South East Queensland the calibre Tony Brett, Dave and Jack Irwin, Mal Dawson and Brad Northfield have all targeted the event as well as inform locals Jason Mackay, Reg Kay, Ken Cheetham and Wayne Vanderburg.
Charity Greyhound Knights Defender is also engaged at the meeting and this will be his best chance to open his account for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter and the Hunter Surf Lifesaving Association.
Knights Defender has drawn closer to the rails, exiting box three in race four, the NSW NCA Maiden Stake over 515 metres, with trainer Robert Smith confident of victory and once again all Knights members will receive free entry to The Gardens
Hereâ€™s a look at the five Woy Woy Poultry St Leger heats:
Woy Woy Poultry Heat 1, race three 7.47pm AEDT
Quality local bitch No Doubt for Wendy and John Brown looks the one to beat in opening heat after another powerful win at The Gardens last Friday. The well related daughter of
Whereâ€™s Pedro and Isadora is probably better drawn towards the outside with more room to move, but is good enough to still prevail.
Positano for Jack Irwin, Four Winds for top Casino trainer Jan Finneran and the promising Huggy Fella all have chances in the first heat.
Woy Woy Poultry Heat 2, race five 8.27pm AEDT
This looks a great contest between Red Flame, Bralyn Midge and Out With Evie.
Red Flame, the runner up in the recent Group One Vic Peters Classic, has been aided by drawing inside his two main rivals, but he will have to bring his best box manners with
Bralyn Midge and Out With Evie, on immediate outside both processing brilliant speed.
The Brad Northfield owned and trained Bralyn Midge has a sizzling best time of 29.59 at The Gardens, but will have to improve on his most recent efforts, while Out With Evie has been racing well in town and should be respected from the strong Reg Kay kennel.
Woy Woy Poultry Heat 3, race six 8.46pm AEDT
Local hopes, New Divide fro Ken Cheetham and Glen Abbey Man from the Jason MacKay camp will attract the main interest in the third qualifier.
New Divide should be nearing somewhere near his peak for this series after couple of runs back from a break and is the fastest chaser to race at the Novocastrian circuit of the entire series, while Glen Abbey Man showed he was a force to be reckoned with, with a brilliant win at Wentworth Park on Saturday night.
Champion trainer Tony Brett has Chevez engaged, who should benefit from his first look around The Gardens last Friday where he ran third.
Woy Woy Poultry Heat 4, race seven 9.06pm AEDT
The fourth heat looked the hottest on paper, and although still a very good event, it has been weakened somewhat by the scratchings of Cipollini and Silk Degrees.
Two Wentworth Park winners on Saturday night head the line up in Big Bunga and Arapaho Elite. Big Bunga has been specifically set for the St Leger and put the writing on the wall with two outstanding wins within four days. Arapaho Elite, another from the all conquering Reg Kay camp, made it two on end at Wentworth Park on Saturday night and should be respected.
Howes Brado for Queensland trainer Mal Dawson has a terrific record winning 10 out of 19, including his last six in a row. He also has slick 29.89 around the track and distance.
Coastal Storm looks a most promising chaser, but this is by far his toughest test to date.
Woy Woy Poultry Heat 5, race eight 9.26pm AEDT
Group One winner Isadoll heads another strong line up in the final decider.
The Wayne Vanderburg trained star is having her first start since her Vic Peters victory and has a class edge on her rivals.
Sunro Clapo and Garbanzo are both racing well and are in good hands, while Dunno is the query with plenty of speed, but the 515 metres is the big concern.
The final is worth $15,000 to the winner the following Wednesday night, with the five heat winners and the three fastest seconds progressing through.
There are 10 quality races on Tuesday nightâ€™s card, covered by Sky Racing1, but the best way to catch all the excitement is by being at The Gardens. â€˜Edensâ€™ restaurant is open with great food at reasonable prices, right on top of the action. Bookings can be made on (02) 49515842.