Thursday Night’s Puppy Classic Semi-Final’s

Tonight Dapto will host the much awaited semi-finals of the Group 2 Country Winnebago Dapto Puppy Classic (520m).

The heats last week saw early series favourites On Parole, Puddy Muddles and Jedd Lion qualify with the top three times. However, all three of the standout heat performers have drawn awkwardly in their semi final runs.

On Parole will start the opening semi final as the warm favourite after the Adele Powell-trained speedster ran a slick 29.94 seconds to win their heat. On Parole may have some early trouble with jumping from the less-than-ideal box six, especially after being graced with the rails draw for the heats. But if she can start well and find some good early pace she will put up one strong run and maybe bring her race record to five wins in six starts.

The second semi final looks to be dominated by Allan Manwaring’s Puddy Muddles coming from a fast 30.01 heat win if the speedy dog can overcome the awkward box draw starting from eight.

Third fastest qualifier winning their heat in an impressive 30.03, the Raymond Webster-trained Jedd Lion, will contest semi final three on Thursday night. The powerful runner is coming from a recent win in the Nowra Spring Puppy Classic where he defeated the quickest qualifier On Parole. He too, however, has been cursed with box eight and will have to work hard to gain the lead early from the outside.

Jane Carruthers’ Valiant Journey stands a strong chance in the last semi-final of the night coming from an impressively consistent last four that included a 30.25s win in the heats.

The four semi finals will take place amongst an exciting ten race programme.

The $50 000 to-the-winner final of the Group 2 Country Winnebago Dapto Puppy Classic will be held on November 26.

Dapto Race Programme Thursday November 19:

Race 1 – Winnebago Leisure Seeker Heat 1 (520m) M – 7:28pm

Race 2 – Allan Bryant Mixed Final (520m) MX – 7:51pm

Race 3 – Country Winnebago Classic Semi Final 1 (520m) NG – 8:12pm

Race 4 – Winnebago Birdsville Maiden Heat 2 (520m) M – 8:35pm

Race 5 – Country Winnebago Classic Semi Final 2 (520m) NG – 8:55pm

Race 6 – Teacher’s P’Borough Special School (600m) 4/5 – 9:14pm

Race 7 – Country Winnebago Classic Semi Final 3 (520m) NG – 9:38pm

Race 8 – Winnebago Birdsville Stake (520m) 4/5 – 9:58pm

Race 9 – Country Winnebago Classic Semi Final 4 (520m) NG – 10:19pm

Race 10 – Calcutta 22nd November Stakes (520m) 5 – 10:39pm