Talented local stayer Back Page Lead should relish a massive drop in grade when she returns to Wentworth Park this Saturday night.
Trained by Nowra-based Steve White, Back Page Lead has made an ultra-impressive start to what shapes as a promising career over ‘the longs’.
The well-travelled daughter of Brett Lee started her career in Victoria, and then had a lengthy stint in Tasmania before relocating again to NSW.
After scoring in 42.88 at her 720m debut at headquarters in early January, White threw Back Page Lead in at the deep end, contesting the heats of the Group 2 Summer Plate.
And Back Page Lead vindicated White’s judgement, proving more than competitive against some of the best stayers in the land in the lucrative series.
Back Page Lead was gallant in running second to Tasmanian star Bell Haven in her Summer Plate heat – albeit she was beaten eight lengths – and then was only beaten one and half lengths when finishing third in last Saturday night’s final, beaten by the victorious Irma Bale and Bell Haven.
With grand campaigner He Knows Uno now in the twilight of his career, the mantle of NSW’s number one stayer could soon be up for grabs and Back Page Lead shapes as a leading contender for the position should she continue on her upward spiral.
And Back Page Lead will get every opportunity to do so at headquarters on Saturday, plummeting in grade to fourth and fifth grade company in the fifth race.
The main danger shapes as David Righetti’s Jill’s Army, who was an impressive 42.70 winner at the track last Saturday night.
Another local prospect seemingly heading in the right direction is Anthony Azzopardi’s Where’s Keroma, who looks the testing material in the Centrebet Fire Up Final for fourth and fifth graders (race six) over 520 metres.
A son of Where’s Pedro and Cinnabar, Where’s Keroma served notice of his talent in last Sunday’s heats when clocking a scorching 29.69, opening his Wentworth Park account at start number two at the track.
Azzopardi, who is enjoying a strong start to 2013, will also have a second finalist in 30.22 heat winner Lucky I’m Black.
Best Bet: Back Page Lead (Race 5)
Best Value: Search Party (Race 7)
Quaddie: Race 5 - 4, 5
Race 6 - 2, 3, 7
Race 7 - 1, 4, 6
Race 8 - 1, 4, 8
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