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8 April 2014
Track record setting debutant, Shakey Jakey, will be tested on Friday night (April 11), when he steps out from box five in the third semi-final of the Group 3 Sportingbet Magic Maiden series at Wentworth Park.
Setting a new 520m track record in his first race start on Sunday (April 6) the Central West based runner has drawn awkwardly in the second round of the $25,000 to the winner series.
Trainer David Pringle, who has reportedly received offers of up to $750,000 since the weekend’s run, doesn't believe his starter is a ‘shoe-in’ given the draw.
‘There are some dogs drawn under him which can lead the field, so he isn’t likely to get the run he did on Sunday,’ Pringle said.
“I have no doubt if he gets through the first turn cleanly he can put himself in a position to win, but he will have to work hard this week.”
The four Sportingbet Magic Maiden semi-finals will open this Friday’s card, and feature other speedy pups including Shakey Jakey’s litter mate Old Mexico (race one, box one), heat winners Anything Less (race one, box two) and Filante, which has also drawn awkwardly in box five, race two.
Friday’s program will also include the four semi-finals for the Group 3 Macro Meats New Sensation, which saw qualifiers come from last Friday’s (April 4) heats.
Quickest of the New Sensation qualifiers was Victorian runner Hooksy, which recorded a 29.44 in the all the way display. The overall time, quicker than any time posted in the Group 1 Macro Meats Golden Easter Egg heats on the Saturday night. Prepared by Tanya and Jimmy Auld, the well credentialed trainers placed Hooksy in the Macro Meats New Sensation series given his lack of experience.
‘We just thought the New Sensation would suit him better given age and number of starts,” Jimmy Auld said following his runner’s heat win.
“Going that time I am sure he would of been competitive in the Golden Easter Egg, but its done now,” he added.
The decision may have become a lost opportunity of up to $225,000 for the camp, but the Auld’s still remain upbeat about their runner and the bright future ahead.
Drawn in box three in the final semi-final on Friday, Hooksy will take one strong contenders in Kind Odessa (box one) and Glebe trainer Peter Mccann’s duo of Rained (box five) and Dad’s Ambition (box six).
First race on Friday night jumps at 7.19pm, and with the high calibre of runners on show, everyone is encouraged to get a long and not miss the sensational meeting.
Box draw for the Sportingbet Magic Maiden and Macro Meats New Sensation semi-finals are