There will be plenty of interest surrounding the opening event at The Meadows on Saturday night where exciting young littermates Lemoine Bale, Searle Bale, Osbourne Bale and Tomac Bale take their place in the $5,000 to-the-winner Eric Bana Maiden Final (525m).
By Dyna Lachlan out of top producer Princess Bale, the April 2011 littermates look to be extremely promising chasers for their all-conquering owner Paul Wheeler.
Setting the time-standard from the heats last Wednesday week is the Mark Delbridge-trained Tomac Bale, who was an impressive 30.19 heat winner in which he defeated fellow finalist Miss Hot Vegas by a massive 12 ¼ lengths.
Running good sections, Tomac Bale has well and truly confirmed himself as the one to beat for the final despite drawing awkwardly in box six.
Chomping at his heels is his trio of littermates, each prepared at Anakie by Andrea Dailly.
Searle Bale (30.60) and Lemoine Bale (30.61) were both winners of their respective heats while Osbourne Bale finished second to the latter when a hot $1.70 favourite.
The remaining heat winner was the Graeme Bate-trained Scala Bale, with the daughter of Surf Lorian recording 30.60 when leading all-the-way from box one.
The fast class event of the night is race eight, where $12,000 awaits the winner of the Australia Day Sprint (525m).
Leading the charge is the Norm Rinaldi-trained General Destini, with the highly talented son of Where’s Pedro drawn nicely in box one.
Winner of 15 races and more than $150,000 in prizemoney, General Destini has previously posted a slashing 29.83 at The Meadows - a time that will hold him in very good stead on Saturday.
His biggest danger is Steve McKenna’s Hurunui Hitman, with the son of Spiral Nikita trying to recapture the form that saw him claim the Group 2 Geelong Cup and finish third in the Group 1 Melbourne Cup in the latter part of 2012.
Winner of three from five at The Meadows, expect a sharp improvement from the September 2010 whelp on Saturday.
Other chances include Black And Cool (box two), Allen Dion (box four) and Pop’s Max (box six).
The bet of the night looms in race five where Group 1 Sale Cup winner Destini Fireball makes his Meadows 725-metre debut from box one.
Third to Cintiarna in the final of the Cranbourne Cup last time out, Destini Fireball looks to have a class edge for his debut appearance at the distance.
Best Bet: Destini Fireball (Race 5)
Best Value: Oh So Sweet (Race 7)
Quaddie: Race 5 - 1, 3
Race 6 – 4, 6, 8
Race 7 – 4, 6, 8
Race 8 – 1, 3, 6
$20 for 37.04%
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