Is this Saturday’s Grade 5 final the best we have ever seen at The Meadows, with the eight finalists winning over $1.2 million in prizemoney?
Melbourne Cup winner Ando’s Mac, Launching Pad star Suffragette and speed demon Zinzan Brooke (pictured) are among the amazing field to face off in a classic Grade 5 final after all recorded impressive heat victories over the weekend.
Ando’s Mac – now in the care of Anthony Azzopardi – recorded his first victory since late April, recording a fast 4.97 split before winning his heat in 30.07. The son of El Grand Senor and Brook’s Doll will start from box three in Saturday’s final.
Suffragette – who debuted at The Meadows as a maiden back in October, 2016 – had to work very hard for her win, trailing runaway leader Grand Maximus for most of the way before putting her head in front right on the line, stopping the clock at 30.31.
But the most impressive heat win came when Zinzan Brooke (Knocka Norris – All Fired Up) recorded splits of 5.04 and 17.63 before streaking past the finish line in a Best of Night 29.81 on debut over the 525-metre Broadmeadows circuit. The Brooke Ennis-trained chaser has drawn well in box two for the star-studded final.
Other heat winners to impress were Group 1 Sapphire Crown finalist Flyrite (30.02) and young gun Rosacky Thunder, winning his eighth race from just 10 starts in a fast 30.07.
Throw in dual Group 3 winner Pepper Fire – who has drawn box one – and you have one of the best-credentialed Grade 5 finals ever run at The Meadows.
The night will also see super chaser Jesaulenko take on one of the country’s fastest chasers Bewildering.
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Zinzan Brooke scorches on debut at The Meadows, running 29.81.