2010 Winter Stakes Preview

This Saturday Wentworth Park will come alive as eight of the nation’s best sprinters take to the track for the coveted $25,000-to-the-winner final of the Group 2 AAA Radiator Specialists Bob Payne Winter Stakes (520m).

Sure to start as one of the warm favourites is the Brett May-trained National Futurity winner Daydream, who qualified quickest in last week’s heats in a speedy 30.01s. The smart brindle bitch from Bit Chili x Stresa is drawn out wide in box eight for the final and looks the dog to beat having won two of her six starts wearing the pink rug and six of her eight starts at the track.

Daydream claimed an emphatic six and a half length win in the heats ahead of dual Group 2 winner Magnifique. But the Julie Fletcher-trained Magnifique should not be forgotten in the final, the quality son of Brett Lee having drawn ideally on the rails. Magnifique has won all four of his race starts wearing the red rug and will be hard to catch if they get away well on Saturday.

The other heat winners from last week were surprise roughie Lovin’ Spoonful who held off the hot favourite New Divide, Did I Entertain, and Smooth Fancy.

Robert Arnold’s super consistent Did I Entertain is coming off three successive victories at this track and distance, however the son of Bombastic Shiraz has drawn awkwardly in box four and looks best for a Place bet.

Although they didn’t run the quickest in the qualifiers, the fourth heat winner Smooth Fancy boasts the fastest personal best here, a smart 29.75. The Anthony Azzopardi-trained black son of Collison has drawn well in box three and looks a top chance.

In the heats a number of the pronounced favourites were quickly knocked out of the series including Hurricane Luke and Fedex, while Elite Blue Size (first reserve) and Take The Kitty (second reserve) will only gain a start through the scratching of another dog.

The 2010 Bob Payne Winter Stakes Final is scheduled as the eighth race at Wentworth Park’s bumper 10-event card on Saturday night, and is due to jump at 9:57pm.

It is a bumper weekend of greyhound racing, with another great group final decided in WA. Cannington are set to host the $35,000-to-the-winner Group 2 Schweppes WA Oaks (530m) featuring eight classy bitches including the speedy Rock Pool and the Andrea Dailly-trained Cara Bale.

Check out the odds for both these quality races at Ladbrokes.com.au today to get in on the action of dog racing today!

2010 Winter Stakes Final Field & Box Draw

Box

Form

Dog

Trainer

Best Time T/D

1 1312 MAGNIFIQUE Julie Fletcher 29.85
2 5122 REV LIMITER Tina Womann 30.26
3 6311 SMOOTH FANCY Anthony Azzopardi 29.75
4 5111 DID I ENTERTAIN Robert Arnold 29.85
5 1152 NEW DIVIDE Kenneth Cheetham 30.08
6 3112 TUIAKI Neville Brown 30.00
7 1431 LOVIN’ SPOONFUL Raymond Webster 30.23
8 1411 DAYDREAM Brett May 29.97
Reserves:
9 3123 ELITE BLUE SIZE Reg Kay 29.97
10 1163 TAKE THE KITTY Kenneth Cheetham 29.75