El Grand Senor Wins 2010 Maturity Classic Beating Arsonist

Sensational sprinter El Grand Senor coasted to another victory at The Meadows on Saturday night, the classy young chaser beating a fine field of rivals in the $50,000-to-the-winner Group 1 Maturity Classic (525m).

Starting as the clear $2 favourite following their win in the semis the previous week, the Carolyne Jones-trained El Grand Senor enjoyed a perfect run on the rails from box one after an easy jump that had them at the front from the start.

Leading all-the-way El Grand Senor found the line 2 ¾ lengths ahead of Heather Collins’ gallant Arsonist ($5.20), with roughie Mid Levels ($19.90) a further three lengths back for third.

El Grand Senor ran scintillating sectionals, coasting to finish in a sharp 29.99 for his maiden Group victory.

In our Maturity Classic Preview we had Arsonist as the best dog for a Place bet at Ladbrokes.com.au and the young speedster came through for us finishing second after putting pressure on the winner down the back straight.

In our Maturity Classic Preview we had Arsonist as the best dog for a Place bet at Ladbrokes.com.au and they won us money finishing second

The super consistent El Grand Senor (Where’s Pedro x Elgrando Gold) has now won 15 of his 20 career starts including seven of his eight starts wearing the red rug for $98,955 in prizemoney.

The disappointment of the Maturity Classic was Iceman Raikkonen ($7.50), the Jeffrey Britton-trained dog finishing last.

El Grand Senor will now prepare to contest the Victorian State Sprint series, kicking off this week.

The other feature dog race held at The Meadows on Saturday was the Group 2 AWM Distance Title (725m) where Blue Lorian secured victory ahead of Reign Over Me.

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2010 Maturity Classic Results

Place

Dog

Trainer

Margin

SP

1 EL GRAND SENOR C M Jones $2.00F
2 ARSONIST H L Collins 2.75 $5.20
3 MID LEVELS P E Giles 5.75 $19.90
4 RED LESTA G J Bate 5.85 $9.10
5 COSMIC PLANET D J Brown 7.50 $10.10
6 CARCOAR KURT D N McDonald 7.75 $23.00
7 LE FOX P H Hili 9.50 $19.30
8 ICEMAN RAIKKONEN J R Britton 9.75 $7.50