Star Youngsters Set For St. Leger Showdown

THREE heats of the Group 3 Warragul St Leger are programmed this Friday night with some of the sport’s brightest young sprinters to do battle.

Adam Dobbin

31 July 2020

THREE star-studded heats of the Group 3 Warragul St Leger (460m) are programmed for the Gippsland circuit this Friday night with some of the sport’s brightest young sprinters to do battle.

The opening heat of the $25,000 to-the-winner series sees Group 2 Warrnambool Cup hero Zambora Smokey take his place from box two for trainer Jason Thompson.

A firm $1.45 favourite, the son of Zambora Brockie takes his place after contesting last Saturday’s Group 1 Maturity Classic won by Simon Told Helen.

And if the 17-time winner runs up to his Warragul best time of a near record 25.37 the powerhouse speedster should make a seamless entry into the August 8 finale.

Heat two will see Jason Thompson again line-up the race favourite with Fire Legend all the rage with punters from box two.

The son of Fernando Bale fell when in a stalking position at The Meadows last Saturday night and having come through the fall in good order, is poised to make his presence felt from the cushy draw.

$1.95 in early markets, Fire Legend heads betting ahead of box one runner Phantom Call for Kylee Osborne.

Blessed with plenty of ability, the four-time winner will relish his box one draw, having drawn either six or eight at his past four appearances.

Zambora Lion, a brother to Zambora Smokey, is another in the mix for heat two, quoted a $6.50 chance from box four.

The third and final chance to qualify for the group 3 decider will see star sprinter Catch The Thief start favourite from box six.

The Matt Clark-trained WA Derby winner returns to where it all started at Warragul on Friday night having kicked off his career at the circuit with an eye-catching 25.78 victory.

In what promises to be a terrific clash, promising youngsters Music Event (box one) and Zambora Lou (box two) share second favouritism at $3.60.

Just 14 days ago, Music Event and Zambora Lou contested the same race at Shepparton with Zambora Lou coming out on top in stylish fashion.

With some exceptional young sprinting talent contesting Friday night’s St. Leger heats, next week’s group 3 finale promises to be a rip-roaring spectacle.