Forty Twenty Wins Maidment Memorial

Star New South Wales stayer Forty Twenty last night reclaimed his winning form with his second Group victory when he took out the Group 2 Maidment Memorial Final (715m) at Sandown Park.

Despite a poor start from box six, the John Heard-trained Forty Twenty ($5.10) beat home the hot favourite Next Top Model ($1.60) by 2 ¾ lengths with roughie Join The Queue ($37.70) finishing just ¾ length back in a fast finishing third.

It was fantastic payback for the winning son of Big Daddy Cool as in the heats he placed third behind Next Top Model.

First reserve Smokin’ Ichiban gained a start after Drill ‘Em was scratched and made the most of his fortune, running on gallantly for fourth.

Graeme Bate’s Jarvis Bale was first out of the boxes in seven, ahead of Next Top Model who was slow to start on the far outside. Join The Queue then had the lead for a moment, but it didn’t take long for the eventual runner-up, Next Top Model, to accelerate and snatch the lead, the brindle bitch at the front of the pack before the first turn.

Forty Twenty was soon on her heels, making his assault along the fence before taking the lead that would secure him the win.

It was a strong finish for third placegetter and early leader Join The Queue, who pulled out a great rush of speed in the final metres.

Only seven of the eight dogs finished in the feature as the Darren McDonald-trained long-shot Guacamole fell around the first turn after being clipped by Republican.

Forty Twenty ran 42.45 over the 715m, securing the $25 000 to-the-winner prize for his connections and bringing his record to an imposing 23 wins from 37 career starts.

The black and white champion will now aim for his third Group win in the Gr. 2 Gold Cup at Wentworth with the premier staying race, the Group 1 Sandown Cup also in his sights.

2010 Maidment Memorial Results:

Place

Greyhound

Trainer

Margin (From Winner)

1
FORTY TWENTY
J E Heard
2
NEXT TOP MODEL
J Thompson 2.75
3
JOIN THE QUEUE
K M Bravo 3.50
4
SMOKIN’ ICHIBAN
M Wallworth 4.75
5
JARVIS BALE
G J Bate 7.50
6
KAY CEE POWER
M Briganti 14.00
7
REPUBLICAN
R D McRae 15.00
F
GUACAMOLE
D N McDonald F
Scratched:
DRILL ‘EM