2011 Laurels Classic – box draw and preview

The Graeme Bate-trained Irma Bale is likely favourite for the Group 2 $72,500 Macro Meats Laurels Classic (515m) on Thursday night after running the quickest heat time in 29.44 sec.

Irma Bale, a member of the all-conquering Bartrim BaleAmelia Bale litter, has drawn box two in the final, the same as when she won the heat.

With her litter brothers Bekim Bale and Heston Bale holding the Melbourne metropolitan track records between them, no one would be surprised to see Irma Bale succeed.

In the heat she was aided by the slow early pace of Chilly Bale drawn on her inside.

Once Irma Bale found the front she just opened up to win easily running the first section in 5.04 sec.

In the final, Irma Bale has kennelmate Dyna Dara drawn on its inside.

She almost surprised herself with a excellent 5.10 opening sectional last Thursday.

In the back straight she was relegated to fourth but circled them in the final 200m to win in 29.91 sec.

Take Me Home finished second in the race from box eight but was looking for the fence throughout.

Drawn in six in the final her task may be a tough one.

Elmira Bale has drawn box eight in the final and should give a decent display from out there.

She settled second in the heat but finished too well to beat Mystery Pink and early leader Zara Zulu in 29.73.

She simply is racing well and can take advantage of any trouble inside of her.

Mystery Pink appreciated the rails draw in the heat but gets box four in the final.

She is likely to start big odds from the tough alley.

Stetson Donna is a live chance in the final after her 29.57 heat win.

She is beatable out of the boxes but heads to the rail and hugs it.

From box three she could lead or position up just behind them.

The daughter of Premier Style looks a nice eachway bet.

Group 2 2011 Laurels Classic (515m) box draw – Sandown Park on December 29.

$72,500 Group 2 Macro Meats Laurels Classic (515m)
  1 Dyna Dara
  Graeme Bate
  2 Irma Bale
  Graeme Bate

  3 Stetson Donna
  Peter Dundon
  4 Mystery Pink
  Michael Carter

  5 Witch’s Potion
  Scott Holmes

  6 Take Me Home
  Amy Cole

  7 By Starlight
  Michael Fearnley

  8 Elmira Bale
  Mark Delbridge

  9 Ruby Jet
  Robert Britton
  1st Res
  10 Chilly Babe
  Robert Britton
  2nd Res

 TIPS:  Stetson Donna 1 Irma Bale 2 Elmira Bale 3 Dyna Dara .