Thursday Night’s Puppy Classic Semi-Finals

Thursday night Dapto held the exciting semi-finals for the Group 2 Country Winnebago Puppy Classic (520m), with the odds-on favourite in each race claiming victory and securing their spot in the final next week. Again series leaders On Parole, Puddy Muddles and Jedd Lion reigned supreme.

The first semi final of the night was won by the $1.70 favourite, Adele Powell’s On Parole who defeated Light Scotch ($6.50) by three-quarters-of-a-length with Moets Mate ($6.40) a neck back in third. On Parole ran a solid 30.14 seconds jumping well from the less-than-favourable box six. On Parole’s record now stands at five wins in six starts.

Semi final number two again saw the odds-on favourite claim victory, this time it was Puddy Muddles ($1.50) in an impressive six length win over Key Suspect ($10.80) with Offsider a further two-and-a-half lengths back for third. The Allan Manwaring-trained Puddy Muddles ran the fastest qualifying time of the night, a scintillating 30.08 seconds, now likely to head the betting markets for the final. Puddy Muddles did well to overcome the difficulty of drawing awkwardly with box eight.

Nowra Spring Puppy Classic winner Jedd Lion took the title in the third semi of the night in a sharp 30.17 seconds. The $2.10 favourite trained by Raymond Webster defeated Kid Koonawarra ($12.40) by one-and-a-quarter lengths with Cristalle ($3.20) the same distance away in third.

The final semi of the night saw Jane Carruthers’ Valiant Journey ($1.90) finish one-and-a-half lengths ahead of runner-up Teriv ($4.90) with It’s Happy Hour ($8.10) pulling in four lengths back for third. The ever consistent Valiant Journey qualified for the finals the second fastest on the night in a sensational 30.08 seconds.

The $50 000 to-the-winner Group 2 Country Winnebago Dapto Puppy Classic final is due to be conducted on November 26. The final field and box draw will be published here on early next week.