Last Chance Saloon For Million Dollar Spots

THE last round of spots for next Friday’s Ladbrokes Million Dollar Chase semi-finals are up for grabs at Wentworth Park this Saturday night, as the countdown to the $1 million to-the-winner extravaganza – to be staged on Saturday, October 20 - intensifies.

Adam Dobbin

5 October 2018

THE last round of spots for next Friday’s Ladbrokes Million Dollar Chase semi-finals are up for grabs at Wentworth Park this Saturday night, as the countdown to the $1 million to-the-winner extravaganza – to be staged on Saturday, October 20 – intensifies.

With the hype and anticipation around the series growing by the day, Saturday night’s four remaining qualifiers will then see just 64 greyhounds remain in the running for the mind-boggling first prize on offer, after the staging of qualifiers around NSW the past six weeks.

With Victorian trained sprinters dominating the Wentworth Park qualifiers, winning each of the ten heats the past fortnight, this weekend looks likely to carry much the same theme, with a string of top-flight interstate raiders again engaged.

The opening heat sees NSW sprinter’s Drink Schooners and Jamella Jet seek qualification from boxes one and eight respectively, after failing in their bids at their regional qualifiers last Friday.

The Michelle Sultana-trained Drink Schooners finished third in the Ladbrokes Gardens Final last Friday and from box one looks a huge chance of progressing Saturday night, while the Andrew Crouch-trained Jamella Jet finished sixth in the Richmond qualifier to kennelmate Big Butters, after qualifying fastest for that final with an electric 30.47 heat win.

Victoria is represented in the opening heat by Slingshot Hammer (box 2) for Rob Britton, Dyna Yezza (box 4) for Andrea Dailly and Cash Point (box 6) for Kylee Osborne – with Britton and Dailly not surprisingly enjoying immense success in the metropolitan qualifiers the past fortnight.

Heat two will see the Seona Thompson-trained Aston Duke line-up from box seven where he’s set to start a pronounced favourite.

The Maitland Cup winner started favourite for last week’s Ladbrokes Gardens qualifier after running a sizzling 29.33 in the heats, but managed only a midfield finish after a moderate getaway.

The son of Go Wild Teddy looks set to atone for that defeat this Saturday, where he tackles fellow Victorian’s Dyna Carnie, Oakvale Warrior and Go Seek Heidi.

The third heat looms as another Victorian dominated affair with Group 2 Cranbourne Cup winner Mossimo Bale poised to strike sitting up in box one for Andrea Dailly.

A real case for an inside alley, the son of Fernando Bale is having his second run back from injury and from the better draw Saturday looks a major player, with Seona Thompson’s last start Wentworth Park winner Panhandle Slim and Rob Britton’s speedster Slingshot Whippa right in betting also.

The fourth and final chance to book a spot in next Friday’s semi-finals promises to be a terrific spectacle, with a host of chances engaged.

Installed favourite is the Jodie Lagogiane-trained Set To Storm, who three runs back won a heat of the Group 2 Black Top at Ladbrokes Gardens in a near record 29.27, defeating Aston Duke in the process.

Loaded with ability and capable of running outstanding time, as evidenced with her 29.63 Wenty PB, the daughter of Barcia Bale is right in the mix, with some of the other key hopes talented Victorian Awesome Catch, rails runner Dyna Harpa, and the smart, but awkwardly drawn, Cyril Figgs.

The scene is set for another outstanding night of racing at Wentworth Park where the complexion of this year’s Ladbrokes Million Dollar Chase Series will begin to really take shape.

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