Thursday’s McKenna Memorial Preview – Flash Of Light the Favourite

This Thursday night Sandown Park will come alive as the club hosts the $25,000-to-the-winner final of the Group 2 McKenna Memorial, run over 595m for the first time since it was converted from 715m.

Eight top runners that made it through last week’s qualifiers will take to the track for the final, including the pronounced favourite Flash of Light.

The Mark Delbridge-trained Premier Fantasy bitch is a veteran Victorian runner with over 60 race starts to her name, including her impressive all-the-way win in the heats last week.

Flash of Light, who boasts the fastest personal best here, has drawn ideally in box two for Thursday night and will be hard to catch if she jumps well and finds the early lead.

There were a number of upsets in the heats last week with some of the series’ favourites knocked out including Dashing Corsair who beaten by over seven lengths in the opening heat won by fast beginner Zambola Bale.

The Grahame Bate-trained Zambola Bale has drawn box seven for the final, the daughter of Collision having won four and placed in six of her 10 starts wearing the black rug and so looks great for an Each Way bet at Ladbrokes.com.au.

The other McKenna Memorial heat winners from last Thursday were Craig Chappelow’s recent Group 2 Big Dog Cup winner Pulp drawn awkwardly in box four for the final, the Anthony Azzopardi-trained Smooth Fancy jumping out wide from box eight and the speedy local Where’s Womby.

The 2010 McKenna Memorial final is programmed as race eight on Sandown Park’s bumper 10-event card for Thursday night and is due to jump at 9:35pm.

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2010 McKenna Memorial Final Field & Box Draw

Box

Form

Dog

Trainer

Best Time (T/D)

1 61242 PHILBY R J Britton 34.45
2 11261 FLASH OF LIGHT M A Delbridge 34.12
3 51631 WHERE’S WOMBY K G Greenough 34.16
4 48211 PULP C Happelow 34.53
5 51322 LAST STRESS K R Ward
6 86512 VOCIFEROUS T Womann
7 14411 ZAMBOLA BALE G J Bate 34.26
8 31161 SMOOTH FANCY A Azzopardi 34.44
Reserves
9 63412 JARVIS BALE G J Bate
10 13512 OUTA CREDIT R J Kay