“Astrozone wins over 600m”
The Summer Chase is a 600m series and two quality heats were assembled tonight over the middle distance. The first saw the Sarah Appleton prepared Moment To Jive charge home to win in 35.07. Jazz Get On who was sent out at $51 fixed odds gave plenty of cheek, leading to the top of the home straight and only losing by a length. Race favourite Starlight Asha finished third just ahead of Legit Boss (fourth) who passed a few in the run home to also make the final. Heat Two loomed as a showdown between 715m track record holder Neil Monelli and top sprinters Astrozone and Eminent Reality. Astrozone began sswiftly from box five and quickly out-mustered his rivals to lead. The field packed behind him and with Neil Monelli caught up in traffic Astrozone was able to establish a big lead of around 8 lengths in the middle stages. Neil Monelli broke free of the congestion late and rattled home for second but was beaten by five lengths. The Port Kennedy based Cruiser Coin snuck third spot ahead of former Victorian Chezzy Allen. Astrozone clocked a fast 34.82 for Paul Stuart and will take running down in the final. Due to a steward’s enquiry into Eminent Reality’s performance (finished fifth) in the second heat, the box draw didn’t take place and will be released on Tuesday afternoon by the grader. Pictured : Astrozone
HOUNDS TO FOLLOW :
Race 2 Number 5 STINKY PETE : Mustered like the wind to set up a big lead before being overhauled late by Canya Max. Is racing very well despite turning five last month.
Race 3 Number 6 MISS RAMJET : Sizzled along in the early and middle stages and whilst she faded to third she looks ready to win.
Ryan Levitzke (commentator)
Pictured : Pacific Owl