Cold Fusion back for 2012 Bob Payne Series

Ipswich Gold Cup winner Cold Fusion will make his return to racing in the third heat of the Group 2 $40,000 first prize 2012 Bob Payne Summer Stakes (520m) at Wentworth Park on Saturday night.

Cold Fusion has not raced since his third to Bekim Bale in a 2011 Brisbane Cup heat  (520m) at Albion Park late in November.

The Neil Falls owned and trained galloper suffered from a virus on the night and was immediately spelled.

“The spell has done him good and he looks great,” Falls said.

“He’s had a slip and a trial at Lismore and he ran 27.24 over 480m at Grafton late last week.

“He will go into Saturday night’s race fresh but a bit underdone.

“Obviously he will need the 520 metre race.”

Falls is eyeing off the Group 1 $140,000 2012 Perth Cup (530m) run on January 28 – February 4.

“The Perth Cup looks a great race for him but I’d really like to be able to fit in a trial on the track before the heats,” he said.

“After that there is all the big races coming up in Melbourne.”

Cold Fusion has an imposing record of 33 starts for 17 wins and 11 placings.

As well as his Group 3 Ipswich Gold Cup victory he has placed twice at Group 1 level in the National Sprint and Winter Cup at Albion Park.

On Saturday he is in his favourite box one in the 2012 Bob Payne Summer Stakes.

The son of Bit Chili and Arena Lee has won four of five starts out of the red.

He has also won six of 11 starts at Wentworth Park and is hoping to be the 2012 Bob Payne Summer Stakes winner.

Main dangers appear to be Kilty Lad (box 2) and Shereen Bale (box 7).

The 2012 Bob Payne Summer Stakes three heat series is full of quality with leading Victoria trainer Graeme Bate taking up the challenge.

Bate has David Bale, Tonneli Bale, Shereen Bale, Dyna Kate  and Radley Bale contesting the heats.

Group 2 Bob Payne Summer Stakes Ht 1 520m 9.12pm (EST)

  1. Young Snozz
  2. Radley Bale
  3. Main Drag
  4. Rybenbrook
  5. Gable Lid
  6. Gable Drum
  7. Noble Pedro
  8. David Bale
  9. Lidcombe Llanga
  10. Nicholas’s Habit

 Group 2 Bob Payne Summer Stakes Ht 2 520m 9.27pm (EST)

  1. Fancy Dean
  2. Tonneli Bale
  3. Oaks Road
  4. Premier Boloney
  5. Adam Meway
  6. General Trigga
  7. Zipping Lad
  8. Devine Law
  9. Fully Chic
  10. Lidcombe Llanga

 Group 2 Bob Payne Summer Stakes Ht 3 520m 9.50pm (EST)

  1. Cold Fusion
  2. Kilty Lad
  3. Krazy Fraz
  4. Things Missing
  5. Stylish William
  6. Undisputed Dos
  7. Shereen Bale
  8. Dyna Kate
  9. Nicholas’s Habit
  10. 10 Fully Chic


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