Group 1 Paws Of Thunder Heats Released

Saturday night’s heats of the Group 1 Paws Of Thunder are headlined by the appearance of superstar brothers Good Odds Harada and Feral Franky.

Adam Dobbin

15 January 2020

Saturday night’s heats of the Group 1 Paws Of Thunder are headlined by the appearance of superstar brothers Good Odds Harada and Feral Franky.

Second and third behind Sennachie in last Friday night’s Group 1 Gold Bullion Final at Albion Park, the star litter-brothers highlight four heats of the $75,000 to-the-winner series this Saturday night.

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Million Dollar Chase winner Good Odds Harada will step out in heat one from box eight, tackling Ballarat Cup winner Western Envoy, the son of Kinloch Brae also noted for his heroic second in November’s Group 1 Melbourne Cup at Sandown.

The second qualifier sees Group 1 Ladbrokes Opal winner Start A Riot sitting up in box one, the daughter of Magic Sprite a gallant second to Good Odds Harada in last month’s Group 1 Megastar at Dapto.

In a competitive second heat, Start A Riot is joined by ageless campaigner Dual Keroma in box two, along with powerhouse Victorian Jaro Bale, Gosford Cup winner Kid Candle, Laurels victor Oakvale Beauty and Victorian speedster Seal The Deal.

The third qualifier sees 2019 Paws Of Thunder winner Buck’s Future take his place, joined by a host of evenly matched chasers eyeing a berth in Saturday week’s decider.

They include Jason Magri’s King Cratos, the son of Sh Avatar returning from a decent spell with a fast 24.83 Maitland win a fortnight ago.

The final heat will see the “people’s champ” Feral Franky begin his Paws Of Thunder assault from box one, tackling mighty Victorian youngster Who Told Stevie in box three.

With ‘The Feral’ set to start a warm favourite, Who Told Stevie won’t be without his share of admirers either for trainer David Burnett, trialling in a sharp 29.83 last Saturday night.

Burnett made the call to target Who Told Stevie at the Paws Of Thunder rather than the Derby 24 hours earlier given the fact litter-brother Simon Told Helen sits atop of pre-post betting for the aged classic.