The Group 1 KCR Pet Transport Maturity Classic is the headliner of tonight’s card but there are 11 other races on the card to get you through this Saturday night including the Group 3 Destini Fireball over the 725m and one of the most hotly anticipated Free For All races in recent memory!
Here is just a snippet of what has caught our eye;
Race 2 (6.57pm) – Mixed 4/5 Event – 525m
SHIMA CLASSIC (2) – 29.76 PB – led up the field in a heat of last week’s Maturity, before being chased down by Fernando Mick, and with her customary sizzling box speed should be leading up this field from seriously talented dogs including LALA KIWI (4) – 29.84 PB, TIME FOR PEACE (5) – 29.69 PB and ZERO COOL (8) – 29.78 PB.
Race 4 (7.37pm) – Mixed 4/5 Event – 600m
JARICK BALE (1) is a seriously talented animal and with the retirement of his older brother Christo Bale this week, can he take the next step and become the next dominant middle distance chaser? He will find stiff opposition from MEPUNGA WARRIOR (6) who is armed with a monster finish, and arguably the most intriguing runner of the race, DO IT (8) who steps up to the ’600′ for the first time – can he cross from the ‘pink’ though?
Race 6 (8.19pm) – GROUP 3 DESTINI FIREBALL – 725m
While hot series favourite, Zipping Rambo may not have made the final, plenty of talented stayers will face the starter in this very exciting event over the longest journey we have at The Meadows:
(1) HANK THE HUSTLER has won 4 from 5 from box 1.
(2) I’M EASY BOYS won his heat from the same box he exits from tonight.
(3) MY FATHER’S SON also raced in last year’s Fireball final
(4) STAR BLAZER holds the fastest PB of the field (42.77).
(5) WHATEVER I SAY was the fastest heat winner.
(6) ZIPPING TICKET is one of only two females in the field
(7) FIVE STAR is the most inexperienced runner in the race but did win the G3 speedstar recently
(8) SO PREDICTABLE is tied with Box 7 as the youngest runner in the field (06/03/2019 whelping)
Race 7 (8.38pm) – Have you ever seen a stronger FFA?
Despite the scratching of recent G1 Brisbane Cup winner, Equalizer, this field is nothing short of extraordinary and leaves us with so many questions!
-Can ASTON RUPEE (3) run up to his incredible PB of 29.47?
-Will KOBLENZ (5) break 5 seconds to the first peg again?
-Can SHIMA SHINE (8) improve his already mind boggling record from Box 8 – 12: 9-0-1?
-Can the ultra consistent JEPARA (6) match it with the big boys in this hot FFA?
-Will one of the outsiders (GYPSY BUN (1), MALAYAH BALE (4) & GOT THE TORQUE (7)) run out of their skin and cause an upset?
Race 8 (8.58pm) – GROUP 1 KCR PET TRANSPORT MATURITY CLASSIC – 525m
The Maturity Classic has been won by some of the biggest stars of the track since its inception in 1970 including; Temlee (1974), New Tears (1987), Northern Legend (1995), Brett Lee (2001), Hallucinate (2004), Barcia Bale (2012), Fernando Bale (2015) and most recently, Simon Told Helen (2020).
This time honoured race has been worth $100,000 to the winner since 2012 when Barcia Bale saluted!
Fernando Bale, the 2015 winner, is the race record holder with his 29.50 run and will be represented by 3 of his progeny, HILL TOP JACK, FERNANDO MICK & MR. FIX IT in this year’s edition.
MEET THIS YEAR’S FIELD:
BOX 1: NIHARI BALE
(Dyna Villa x Dyna Maddie)
Trainer: Mark Delbridge
Record: 32: 9-7-3
Comments: Box 1 is by far the winningest box in Maturity Classic History with 15 previous winners, including most recently Dyna Patty in 2018.
BOX 2: HILL TOP JACK
(Fernando Bale x Up Hill Jill)
Trainer: David Geall
Record: 29: 13-6-1
Comments: Hill Top Jack’s parent’s combined for in excess of $2 million in prizemoney during their careers!
BOX 3: QWARA BALE
(Allen Deed x Daithy Allen)
Trainer: Andrea Dailly
Record: 30: 17-2-4
Comments: Would be only the seventh female to have ever won the Maturity; Warrenwood Girl ’75, Overflow Love ’77, Coriole ’99, Shereen Bale ’11, Mepunga Hayley ’14 & Dyna Patty ’18.
BOX 4: FERNANDO MICK
(Fernando Bale x Noaki Moth)
Trainer: David Geall
Record: 31: 9-9-5
Comments: If Fernando Mick can win he will help his sire, Fernando Bale, overtake the great Temlee (tied at 2 wins) as the winningest sire in the history of the #MaturityClassic.
BOX 5: MR. FIX IT
(Fernando Bale x Alpha Demeter)
Trainer: Jeffrey Britton
Record: 37: 15-9-1
Comments: Jeff Britton is looking to win his third #MaturityClassic following successes with Mepunga Hayley (2014) & Mepunga Blazer (2017).
BOX 6: HANDSOME RHINO
(Aston Dee Bee x Got the Attitude)
Trainer: Paul Galea
Record: 15: 7-1-3
Comments: The least experienced race dog in the 2021 #MaturityClassic will look to give ‘backyard trainer’ Paul Galea his first Group 1 win as a trainer!
BOX 7: ENVY TO BURN
(Superior Product x Strength to Wyn)
Trainer: David Burnett
Record: 20: 8-2-3
Comments: David Burnett is looking to become only the second trainer in #MaturityClassic history to go back-to-back following Simon Told Helen’s win last year!
(Kc and All x Aston Miley)
Trainer: Jason Thompson
Record: 20: 9-3-1
Comments: Jason Thompson is looking for his third #MaturityClassic win and a second win for the Owner/Trainer duo of Thompson & Ray Borda following Aston Trivett’s success in 2009.
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