Three semi-finals of each of the National Derby and Futurity produced sensational racing at Wentworth Park on Saturday night (January 31).
With the ladies opening proceedings, first honours went the way of Kerrigan Bale, who continued her good run of form at the track, recording 29.73. Kerrigan Bale picked up early leader Jingjing on the home turn to book herself into a second Group 1 for 2015, after finishing third in the Paws of Thunder on January 17.
Semi-final two of the futurity saw Spring lead record a 5.35 first section and lead all the way, stopping the clock at a blistering 29.50 over Weblec Belle, giving Andrea Dailly a winning double for the series semis.
In the final semi it was a last minute lunge from Zipping Midge that got the Jason Mackay kennel the money, stopping the clock at 29.82. Zipping Midge’s victory putting a stop to the Andrea Dailly train on the night.
The box draw for the Group 1 National Futurity final, to be conducted on Saturday, February 7 is:
For the boys, local sprinter Topper Road opened the account for trainer Anthony Azzopardi. Spearing the lids, Topper Road lead all the way from box five to win in 29.80 over Dyna Tiber, with Winsome Prince finishing in third.
Star heat winner, Fernando Bale, didn’t disappoint favourite punters in the second of the Derby semis, clocking an outstanding 29.42, in an eye catching all of the way performance over kennelmate Lektra Outlaw, and Tasmania Dark Vito.
NSW in form sprinter Bad Boy Sniper, used the final semi to show the final wouldn’t be all one way traffic, stepping sweetly and recording a 29.43 overall winner of up and comer Zipping Carter.
The box draw for the Group 1 National Derby final, to be conducted on Saturday, February 7 is:
Watch both Fernando Bale & Bad Boy Sniper's impressive Semi-Final wins below