NSW’s leading breeders, Paul Wheeler and Martin and Fiona Hallinan took out one Group 1 a piece on Saturday night at Wentworth Park.
With the National Derby (520m) first to fire, race favourite Fernando Bale overcame the awkward box seven draw take the $75,000 first prize.
Stepping strongly of the wide draw, Fernando Bale, managed to handle first turn congestion well to pick up the lead and scoot away at the catching pen, claiming a 29.89 victory.
Speaking after the race trainers Andrea and Tom Dailly said they were impressed with Fernando Bale’s determination to win the event. The victory giving owner Paul Wheeler another National Derby title, last winning in 1999 with Hahn Bale.
Bad Boy Sniper and Winsome Prince finished off well to claim second and third places respectively.
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The National Futurity then took centre stage, with the Dailly’s looking to claim a feature double with race favourite Spring Leaf from box one.
It was however an outsider in the betting, Zipping Midge which speared the lids and lead all the way to record a 29.80 victory.
Elated trainer, Jason Mackay said following the race that the win was a credit to the smart upcoming bitch that Zipping Midge is, the team and owner and breeders, Martin and Fiona Hallinan.
Overcoming an awkward box six draw won by three lengths in 29.80 over Andrea Dailly kennelmates, Spring Leaf and Dyna Nico.
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Wentworth Park will now commence the count down to the 2015 Macro Meats Golden Easter Egg Carnival, with preludes for the feature event to commence on Saturday, February 21.