Thursday Night’s Puppy Classic Heats

On Thursday night Dapto will host the much awaited heats of the Country Winnebago Puppy Classic series a little over 18 months after the 10th Puppy Auction took place on May 4 2008.

210 lots of puppies were sold at the auction, with the two top priced lots going for $17 500 (lot 140) and $12 500 (lot 87); the high priced pups were siblings by Bond out of Winsome Dollars.

46 of these now matured pups return to Dapto to take place in the six heats, hoping to secure their spot in the finals.

The attractive $50 000 to-the-winner Puppy Classic final is held on Melbourne Cup night, November 26.

Notable hopefuls running in the heats include Jedd Lion, placegetter in the Vic Peters Classic Puddy Muddles and the in-form Think Quick.

Think Quick, the son of Irish sire Droopy’s Marco, is a promising and rising talent that connections paid just $2000 for at the auction. He now boasts eight wins from 25 career starts.

Jedd Lion is one of the other more experienced and well-performing runners in the series, having won seven of his 24 starts including the Nowra Spring Puppy Classic.

The heats for the Allan Bryant Maiden are also due to be held at Dapto on Thursday night.

Dapto’s Thursday Night Race Programme:

Race 1 – Allan Bryant Maiden Heat 1 (520m) M – 7:30pm

Race 2 – Country Winnebago Puppy Classic Heat 1 (520m) NG – 7:52pm

Race 3 – Country Winnebago Puppy Classic Heat 2 (520m) NG – 8:12pm

Race 4 – Allan Bryant Maiden Heat 2 (520m) M – 8:36pm

Race 5 – Country Winnebago Puppy Classic Heat 3 (520m) NG – 8:55pm

Race 6 – Happy 18th Brent Bennett Trophy (520m) Grade 4/5 – 9:14pm

Race 7 – Country Winnebago Puppy Classic Heat 4 (520m) NG – 9:35pm

Race 8 – Kiama Rugby Blowhards Trophy (600m) Grade 5 – 9:57pm

Race 9 – Country Winnebago Puppy Classic Heat 5 (520m) NG – 10:22pm

Race 10 – Country Winnebago Puppy Classic Heat 6 (520m) NG – 10:39pm