Trainer's three-way bid for Ipswich final honours
TWO heats of the Young Guns series were run at the Ipswich Showgrounds last Saturday night, in rainy conditions.
Darren Russell had four runners and qualified three of them for the $10,250 to the winner final to be run tomorrow night.
Russell provided the quinella in heat one when Fab Dooley ran down the leader Go Lassie Go in 30.89.
Russell's Scipio Africanus finished third in heat two, won by Big Bad Bob in 31.21.
The win of the George Clegg trained Big Bad Bob was sensational.
The dog was last at the winning post the first time and midfield around seven lengths off the lead in the back stretch.
On rain soaked sand or loam tracks, backmarkers rarely make much ground, be it Ipswich or anywhere.
Big Bad Bob stormed home to score by a widening two lengths.
The three Russell trained runners have drawn boxes four, five and seven which does not concern the trainer to any extent.
"Go Lassie Go is a fast beginner, I hope she leads,'' Russell said.
"Leading by 10 lengths would be good actually but I don't suppose that will happen.
"She is a bit suspect at the end of 520 metres. Fab Dooley goes straight from wherever he draws, I doubt that he will try and crash to the left from seven.
"I would be real happy if he happened to lob second in the run. From what I have seen of the other runners, they don't have much early speed.''
The box draw is: 1 Sympathetic (Gary Gilbert), 2 Morayfield Swift (Lester Kleinhans), 3 Big Bad Bob (George Clegg), 4 Go Lassie Go (Darren Russell), 5 Scipio Africanus (Darren Russell), 6 Sisso's Joy (Michael Menken), 7 Fab Dooley (Darren Russell), 8 Alpha Chaos (Jim Heddles). Reserves: 9 Oh Golly Gosh (John McCarthy), 10 Loved Up (Ray Mears).
Racing tomorrow night starts at 5.07pm with the Young Guns to be run at 7.21pm.
THREE heats of the Rockhampton Cup were run last Wednesday night.
The race has had a prizemoney boost to $25,000 to the winner and attracted keen support from Ipswich and Brisbane based trainers.
Tony Brett won heats with Split Image in 29.87 and Zabdon Ferrari who overcame a slow start to win in 30.00.
John McCarthy produced fastest heat winner, the aptly named Slick, who ran 29.75.
McCarthy has three runners in next Wednesday night's final, Brett has two as does Selena Zammit from the Gold Coast.
The only local trainer to qualify for the final was Bill Boon with Velocity Mia.
Unusual dead heat
FOR the Capalaba meeting last Saturday there were four nominations for the high grade race.
As a rule a race is scrapped if there are less than five nominations. But Racing Queensland allowed the event to proceed.
There was a dead heat for first.
Bonknocka Prince, for Kay Harradence, jumped from box one and moved to the centre of the track, directly behind the drag lure.
Dash Ta Fame, for Michael Menken, started from box seven and stayed on that side of the track all the way.
Little separated the pair for the whole 366 metres. At the finish they were wide apart and the photo finish could not split the pair.
A dead heat in a field of four. Now that is unusual.
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