With $25,000 on offer to the winner of the Dean Industrial Maiden series at Dapto on September 20, a brace of high-quality youngsters plied their trade in impressive fashion in last Wednesday’s series opening heats.
Many hopefuls had trialled at the track six days earlier and very slow times were the norm but, on a blustery night, the well-related Sheikha cleared the cobwebs from clock watchers in heat one.
A three-quarter sister to High Earner, Sheikha was poorly away from box 5 but secured an inside run to the first turn and, after wresting the lead from Kay Tee Perry with 150 metres to run, went on to score by two lengths in 30.02 seconds. The standard had been set.
Only two races later, Kellmatt’s Melody overcame difficulties to gun down the speedy Paua To Punish in 30.15. Twenty minutes on and it was Dark Assassin’s turn.
A son of 2010 National Futurity and Ladies Bracelet winner Daydream, Dark Assassin showed high speed in his 29.91 s offering, registering best-of-the-night sections of 5.36 s and 17.17 s on the way to potting almost 12 lengths between himself and runner-up Bit Kool.
But the fireworks were far from over. Jason Magri’s Rebel Vigilante (Bombastic Shiraz – Ferly Gain) finished with gusto to take heat six in 29.98 s while his kennelmate Stuzzichino (Bit Chili – Winsome Silver) showed speed to lead from box 5 and register 29.95 s.
Heat eight went to Tubba The Weapon in a tight decision over Les Ogden in 30.15s while Fancy Choice’s 30.23 offering in heat 10 made secured trainer Anthony Azzopardi a third runner in Thursday’s semi-final round.
Meanwhile, at Ipswich on Friday, the ill-fated High Earner sired the winner of the Ipswich Futurity (Velocity High) and his son, Alex The Great, dead-heated with Never Tell in the final.
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