In-form sprinter Hoover Boy fired an ominous warning to his rivals for Saturday night’s Group 2 Multiquip Bob Payne Spring Sprint Final, qualifying fastest for the $40,000 to-the-winner showpiece at Wentworth Park on Saturday night.
Trained by Luke Azzopardi, Hoover Boy (pictured) was simply sensational in his 29.77 romp, defeating multiple group race winner Bye Bye Bucks by 6 ¾ lengths.
Azzopardi – who picked up two winners on the program with Fast Summer successful earlier in the evening – has done a wonderful with the son of Where’s Pedro, who is now a winner of 10 from his 26 career starts.
Hoover Boy will contend with box three in the final while Bye Bye Bucks, who tends to have a knack of finding his best for big race finals, will need to overcome box five.
The opening Bob Payne Sprint run-off was won by John Vanderburg’s exciting youngster Penetrator in 30.07.
Racing like a seasoned open grade sprinter, not a youngster that has won eight of her 11 starts, Penetrator gunned down Transcend Time in the straight to win by 2 ¾ lengths.
Neither Penetrator nor Transcend Time faired well at the box draw, landing boxes seven and eight respectively for next Saturday’s big final.
Robert McColm’s outstanding galloper Mr. Clydesdale found some of his best form in heat three, proving too strong for Street Boss in the concluding stages to register a 29.99 victory.
A slashing 29.56 Wentworth Park winner in late August, Mr. Clydesdale has a real love-affair with Wentworth Park and despite drawing box six he will be highly fancied in next week’s final.
Graeme Bate was to the fore in the final qualifier, with promising youngster Leeroy Rocker making his Wentworth Park debut a winning one, recording a 29.94 triumph.
Winner of 12 from 16 back in Victoria, the son of Premier Fantasy can show blinding early pace, as evidenced with Saturday’s first section of 5.35.
Drawing box four for the final, expect Leeroy Rocker to be right in the firing line early, with runner-up Here Comes Kenny drawing box one in the decider, the same draw he negotiated in his heat.
Everything shapes up for an intriguing final to the Group 2 Bob Payne Spring Sprint, on what is sure to be a great night’s racing with Wentworth Park celebrating its 25 year re-opening anniversary.
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