Forner's Sister Act Takes Flight At Dapto

CLASSY sprinter Forners Flame runs into a baptism of fire when she steps out at Dapto this Thursday night eyeing a fifth straight win for Sergio Forner.

Adam Dobbin

7 April 2020

CLASSY sprinter Forners Flame runs into a baptism of fire when she steps out at Dapto this Thursday night eyeing a fifth straight win.

Winner at seven of her 10 starts, including four from four at her hometrack Dapto, the progressive youngster faces a steep class rise in Thursday’s 520 metre fast class event.

“It’s a very hard race full of seasoned campaigners,” declared trainer Sergio Forner.


“My girl is still finding her way. She’s not drawn well either in box six, she really wants the fence but I can’t complain, she’s improving every time she goes around.” 

A daughter of Oaks Road and Flame Bale, Forners Flame tackles Thursday night’s free-for-all assignment unbeaten in four Dapto appearances, including last week’s dashing 29.71 success.

“I reckon she can get down to 29.60, maybe even high 29.50s,” Forner said.

“But the favourite (Tennessee Tiger) he’s something else, if he does what he did last week we are in big trouble!”

The race favourite is the Mark Gatt-trained Tennessee Tiger which went within a whisker of the Dapto track record last Thursday with a rampaging 29.35 success.

“He’s in another world but if he misses the start and finds trouble it’s the kind of race you could say any of the other seven could win,” Forner added.

“The good dogs with the good trainers like Mark (Gatt) are very hard to beat. Every dog in the race has broken 30 seconds and there’s a lot of depth – as I said there’s some seasoned campaigners there. My bitch will need to do everything right from that draw, she’s desperate for the fence.”

Fresh off a winning double last week, Forner is also represented on Thursday night by Forner Rising in race seven, the Beteasy fifth grade final (520m).

“It was a tough win last week, she got knocked a few times in the race by her brother Lightning Kiwi but never shirked her task,” Forner explained of the 30.40 win.

“She’s taken a little while to come to hand. She had a fibula injury and then came on season. I brought her back from that but wasn’t happy with her so I gave her another six weeks off. Last week was her first 520m at Dapto so she’ll strip fitter but it’s a hard race.”

For Albion Park based Forner, a self confessed hobby trainer, he couldn’t be happier with having two talented conveyances in his care.

“I broke the litter in at Dapto with help from my mate Cliff Bell and they always showed they could be more than handy,” Forner said.

“The main thing is they kept improving while the dogs in the litter leveled out.

“Early on Formers Flame was about 4-5 lengths better than Forner Rising but there’s not that much between them now.

“Their mum Flame Bale whelped a litter to Orson Allen a few weeks back so there’s a bit to look forward to. Hopefully we have some luck Thursday.”