If you can stay up long enough, promising young sprinter Kasumi Rose looks a good chance of extending her winning streak when she tackles the lucky last - race 12 - at Sandown Park this Thursday evening.
One for the real night owls, with the event scheduled to go at 10.50pm, the Robert Britton-trained Kasumi Rose has taken out each of her three career starts so far in impressive style.
A sub 30 second winner on each occasion, the Helen Ivers-owned daughter of Where’s Pedro has posted slick winning times of 29.90, 29.87 and 29.74 - improving by a length or two on the clock at each outing.
Tipping the scales at a tick under 30 kilos, Kasumi Rose is out of brood bitch Old Tears, who raced at over the 31 kilo mark throughout her limited career, winning two of her seven starts.
While Kasumi Rose will command plenty of attention in Thursday night’s assignment, trainer Andrea Dailly lines up two live chances in the shape of Dyna Felix (box one) and Big Black Mac (box five).
Falling last Friday night at Geelong when in a prominent position, Dyna Felix has the benefit of the rails draw here where he’s already a winner in a brisk 29.56.
Dailly’s other runner is recent 30.21 Meadows victor Big Black Mac, returning from a failed expedition to Angle Park last Thursday evening.
A son of Bombastic Shiraz and Phiona, Big Black Mac has finished out of the placings at his only two previous Sandown Park runs but is more than capable of setting that record straight.
One of the more keenly contested affairs on the program is sure to come around in race four when last start 34.14 victor Katie Merry struts her stuff against Jamie Ennis’ smart pairing of One Last Dance and Max A Zillion.
Katie Merry led all-the-way last week from the rails and trainer Kelly Bravo will be hoping her star bitch can repeat the dose this week from the same draw, despite meeting tougher opposition.
One Last Dance and Max A Zillion carry identical records into this over the Sandown 595-metre journey – both victorious at two of three appearances.
While Katie Merry will maintain favouritism, each of the three inside division is more than capable of claiming the spoils.
In what is an open program, I am making Alpe D’Huez the best of the night over the 715 metres in race seven The well-bred son of Bombastic Shiraz is a winner of 10 from 23 for trainer Mick Fearnley and is not without his share of ability.
Best Bet: Alpe D’Huez (Race 7)
Best Value: Zipping Duke (Race 9)
Quaddie: Race 5 - 2, 5, 6, 7
Race 6 – 2, 4, 8
Race 7 – 3, 4
Race 8 – 2, 5, 6
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