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Fernando looking to confirm number one ranking

 May 7 2015

In the wake of his brilliant performances at Sandown Park at his last two starts, boom sprinter Fernando Bale will be looking to cement the tag as Australia’s number one speedster in the Group 1 Harrison-Dawson series that commences tonight.

Last Thursday night, the son of Kelso’s Fusilier and Chloe Allen whistled around the Springvale circuit when winning by more than 7 lengths and stopped the clock at 29.04, the third fastest time ever recorded over the 515m at the track.

Fernando Bale, bred by the all conquering Wheeler family and prepared by the nation’s top kennel, Team Dailly, has now won eleven of his past twelve starts, including all-the-way wins in the Group 1 National Derby and G1 Golden Easter Egg.

Acclaimed as one of the most faultless beginners in recent times, punters waiting for Fernando Bale (currently $1.55 with Fixed Odds), to ‘miss the kick’ are seemingly in the same category as those who wait for real estate prices to go down…it doesn’t appear that it will ever happen!

Tonight, he has drawn box 3 in race 8 at Sandown Park (9.35pm AEST) has the added advantage of having average beginners (Smart Maxwell and Dyna Double One) drawn directly inside and outside of him.

Check the full market for Heat 4 of the Harrison-Dawson here.

There’s no doubting the ability of Dyna Double One and his recent brilliant victories at The Meadows (in 29.54 and 29.43) only confirm that, however, his box manners continue to hinder his chances when drawn against quality opposition such as his kennelmate tonight.

The twelve event card at Sandown Park tonight see’s four heats of the Harrison-Dawson (Quaddie races 5,6,7 & 8) to be decided with the first two place-getters advancing through to next week’s final which has $100,000 in first place prizemoney and is complimented by four heats of the Group 1 Sapphire Crown series, with similar conditions applying to that race, also worth $100,000 to the winner next Thursday night.

My best bets at Sandown Park tonight are;

Race 1 – Number 2 – Angie Rocks (drawn to get a prefect run to the first turn)
Race 6 – Number 7 – Luca Neveelk (should lead easily at the first turn) 
Race 8 – Number 3 – Fernando Bale (yep, really going out on a limb here!)
Race 12 – Number 6 – Prancing Magic (super impressive at his last three starts)

At Albion Park tonight, all eyes will be on exciting sprinter Pop The Cork, who ran 29.58 at his last start, just 1 100th outside the 520m track record – he will jump from box 1 in race 4 (7.42pm AEST) and is likely to start a prohibitive odds-on favourite while at Angle Park, veteran sprinter, Kalden Legenda, is looking to make it ten wins in succession when he exits box 8 in race 9 (10.05pm AEST).

Don’t forget, you can watch all the greyhound racing action tonight on Sky Racing 1 (Ch519) where I’ll be doing my best to find you some winners right around the nation.

Good luck and good punting!

Mark Duclos - Sky Racing

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