TRAINER John Finn's quartet of siblings produced by 2014 National Sprint Championship winner Chica Destacada and sired by the 2015 victor Fernando Bale seem certain to surpass the $250,000 prizemoney mark in this year's nationals.

Heats of the Crocmedia National Distance Championship will be held at Wentworth Park on Saturday night with the 720m NSW final at that venue on August 9 and the $75,000 to the winner grand final set down for August 24 over 715m at Melbourne's Sandown Park.

Litter sisters Poco Dorado and Veloce Nero will tackle Saturday's staying heats, with Poco Dorado's earnings standing at $61,590 with 14 wins from 38 starts.

Her Wentworth Park record is five wins, five seconds and two thirds from 18 appearances while Veloce Nero's $36,810 has come from eight wins in 31 races with four wins and five seconds from 16 outings at Sydney's headquarters.

Poco Dorado is well drawn in box seven in heat one while Veloce Nero is awkwardly placed in box five in heat two.

The staying duo's litter brothers, sprinters and kennelmates Two Times Twice (pictured) and Blue Moon Rising, have amassed $101,030 and $32,270 respectively.

Two Times Twice has won 13 of 34 starts with five wins and eight placings from 18 Wentworth Park races.

Blue Moon Rising has won eight from 33 races with his Wentworth Park tally five wins, six seconds and two thirds from 16 engagements.

Blue Moon Rising will step out from box three in heat four of the Crocmedia National Sprint Championship at Wentworth Park on Saturday night but Two Times Twice is currently sidelined with injury.

What a remarkable litter they are, and they have achieved all this at just 27 months of age.


FLYING Ella, who scored her sixth win in 14 starts at Maitland last Thursday, has joined the Londonderry kennels of Darren Sultana.

Formerly trained by her owner-breeder Ian Rose at Moorland, near Taree, Flying Ella is a hot prospect.

She recorded 22.67sec for the 400m on Thursday but set Maitland alight in winning there on May 3 in a near record 22.22sec.

Sultana knows what it takes to bring out the best in the progeny of Ella Lezah, Flying Ella's dam, as he trained Ella Enchanted, Flying Ella's sister, when she won in 29.48 at Wentworth Park in April.

And Darren's dad Victor prepares Ella Enchanted's top grade litter sister Sky Wave, who has won 17 of 28 starts.


SHORT course star Friskey is set to target the Group 2 Black Top at Ladbrokes Gardens after scoring her second win in as many starts at the Wallsend track last Friday.

Friskey, one of the fastest beginners in training, won first-up at The Gardens in a handy 29.75 on July 20 before again leading throughout on Friday, clocking 29.76sec.

She now boasts the wonderfully consistent record of 16 wins from 24 starts.

"Friskey will probably need to go a bit quicker to be competitive in the Black Top but Ladbrokes Gardens suits front runners like her and as she has only recently been tested beyond 400m she could be capable of improving her 515m times,'' trainer Andrew Mulrine said.

Heats of the Black Top will be run on August 24 with the $40,000 to the winner final a week later.