Thursday Night’s Maidment Memorial Preview

This Thursday night, Sandown Park will host their next feature race final, the $25 000 Group 2 Maidment Memorial (715m).

Despite the small number of nominations for the Maidment Memorial series this year, a line up of sensational stayers are still set to contest the final.

Sure to start as the hot favourite is Next Top Model who took out heat one last week in devastating style.

Next Top Model ($2) defeated the Darren McDonald-trained Guacamole by 4 ½ lengths with the $1.90 favourite Forty Twenty in third over seven lengths from the winner.

Republican finished off the four dog race, but because of the low numbers will still race in the final, drawing well with box two.

Next Top Model has drawn wide with the far outside box eight, but has the speed and proven ability to cross the field early and gain a good lead from the start.

Guacamole has drawn awkwardly with box five and Forty Twenty will start from box six.

The John Heard-trained Forty Twenty was making his debut at the Sandown Park track in last week’s heats, and is fancied to make an impressive improvement on his heat run in the final.

Other strong stayers who may cause an upset in the final include Drill ‘Em, drawn ideally in box three and the Graeme Bate-trained Jarvis Bale in box seven.

Jarvis Bale ($3.60) took out heat two last week by an amazing 8 ½ lengths ahead of the $1.80 favourite Drill ‘Em with Join The Queue ($26.90) a neck back in third.

Previous winner of the National Distance Champion, Jarvis Bale is definitely a strong contender in the final from box seven, as he favours the wider draws.

Join The Queue is still the longest-priced runner in the final, despite drawing the prized inside alley.

The Maidment Memorial Final is scheduled as race eight at Sandown’s great 11 race card for Thursday night and is set to jump at 9:34pm (VIC time).

2010 Maidment Memorial Final Field & Box Draw:

Box

Form

Greyhound

Trainer

Best Time

1 33243
JOIN THE QUEUE
K M Bravo NBT
2 12334
REPUBLICAN
R D Mcrae NBT
3 13442
DRILL ‘EM
D W Knocker 42.08
4 12144
KAY CEE POWER
M Briganti 43.08
5 14232
GUACAMOLE
D N McDonald NBT
6 11143
FORTY TWENTY
J E Heard NBT
7 12271
JARVIS BALE
G J Bate 42.18
8 12131
NEXT TOP MODEL
J Thompson 42.16
Reserves:
9 34415
SMOKIN’ ICHIBAN
M Wallworth 42.63
10 52366
AQUIRED TASTE
P C Anderton NBT