Off & Racing: Premier's Cup9:39
The Daily Telegraph's Ray Thomas and Brad Davidson preview this weekend's racing
- August 24th 2017
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While trainers Seona and Jason Thompson are widely regarded as Australia’s best, Nationals success has eluded them and their three entrants on Friday night will be their first-ever finalists.
The husband and wife team have $3 favourite Aston Dee Bee and Bewildering ($5) in the Sprint (Race 6, 8.49pm), while their star stayer Burn One Down is the $2.90 second pick in the Distance final (Race 8, 9.28pm) behind Fanta Bale.
“I honestly can’t split my two dogs in the sprint,” Jason said. “Both trialled extremely well at Albion Park last Thursday and both are boxed well. I suspect Aston Dee Bee will be in front of Bewildering at the first turn.”
Burn One Down is widely regarded as the best stayer in the land having won 31 from 49 starts and has started odds-on in 40 of those starts.
His dangers primarily come from fellow Victorian Fanta Bale (box one, $2.75) and Queensland’s Outside Pass (box eight, $4.50). Both are relatively new additions to the staying ranks and are boxed perfectly after impressing in recent weeks. But Thompson remains confident.
“I’ve never had Burn One Down going any better than now,” he said.
Friday night’s finalists have accumulated over $2 million in prizemoney between them with Burn One Down accounting for almost $500,000. Those wanting to see the best in action will be getting the added bonus of free entry to the track.
Originally published as Thompsons hungry for National success...Read more