Brian Johnstone Memorial Heat Results

Wednesday afternoon Angle Park in South Australia ran the heats for the Group 3 Brian Johnstone Memorial (515m), the feature race series for the Classic 2009 Futurity.

It was a short-priced affair with the odds-on favourites claiming victory in three of the four heats. Spectators were still kept on the edge of their seats, as they witnessed some of the closest race finishes the track has ever seen.

Heat one was taken out by Khandi Kist ($11) in 30.19s, in a tight finish with runner-up Impressive Rose ($5) a mere neck away with odds-on favourite at $1.30 Satanic Cash a further four lengths back in third. The opening heat was the only upset victory of the night where not one of the top three favourites won.

The afternoon’s second heat saw Springvale Dash ($1.80) from McLaren Vale claim victory in another close finish a neck away from Emerley Charmer ($4) with second-favourite starting the race, Cool In Blue ($2.60), two and a half lengths away in third. The G.P. Harris-trained victor won in 30.43 seconds.

Heat three was again taken out by the short-priced favourite, Springvale Coops ($1.30), giving trainer G P Harris his second semi-final qualifier. In the closest race finish of the day, Springvale Coops defeated Dakota Drive ($2.00) by 0.10 of a length, with Blame Brodie ($11) a distant third some six lengths back.  Springvale Coops matched the winning time in heat one, finishing in 30.19s.

The final heat was taken out by Jean Jeannie ($1.20) just a quarter of a length ahead of runner-up Fairy Bower ($3) with Vain Dakota ($9) a further seven lengths back in third. Jean Jeannie ran the fastest qualifying time of the night by far, a very slick 29.91s. While heat one winner Khandi Kist ran the quickest first and second sectionals, an impressive 4.40 and 16.88 respectively.

Two semi-finals for the Brian Johnstone Memorial series will be conducted on Thursday December 3 with the $20 000 to-the-winner final taking place on December 10.