Superstar juvenile trotter Blitzthemcalder is safely through to the semi-finals of this year's Breeders Crown series on August 10.
Vicbred Super Series champion Blitzthemcalder and 3YO Ruby winner Cyclone U Bolt both won through to the semi-final phase of this year’s Blue Chip Farms Breeders Crown Series but there were also some high profile casualties at Carisbrook Raceway on Monday afternoon.
Chief among them was previously unbeaten Vicbred queen Spidergirl in heat four of the Crazed Breeders Crown series for juvenile trotters.
Sent out a $1.50 favourite, David Aiken’s daughter of Yankee Spider broke gait on several occasions and finished tailed off behind The Boss Man, who may be a major player on Super Sunday at Melton.
Now boasting two wins from three starts, both by more than 50 metres, The Boss Man has emerged from nowhere to be one of Victoria’s foremost freshman trotters.
Earlier in the day Blitzthemcalder made amends for his Redwood Classic failure when cruising home in heat three of the same series over Redy To Race and Nico Serrano.
The Ross Payne-trained son of pacing sire Metropolitan improved his record to 9 wins from just 12 starts and almost ensured he would start favourite when TAB Sportsbet release fixed odds markets for Super Sunday on August 7.
In the pair of Crazed Breeders Crown heats for classic age squaregaiters Cyclone U Bolt starred with an effortless pillar to post victory over Nagambie gun Aldebaran Shades and Kiwi Cannon.
Despite finishing behind Cyclone Bolt for the third successive time, Aldebaran Shades produced what was arguably his finest run this campaign to go down by 5.4m after galloping early in the affair.
The news wasn’t so good for the program’s final red figure favourite, Amore Stride who found the front through the middle stages of heat five but wilted late; ultimately going under to Sonofpaco.
Last year’s Breeders Crown consolation winner, Sonofpaco delivered the best performance of his career for trainer Lance Justice and driver Leigh Sutton and now progresses to the series’ semi-final phase.
Tomorrow night Kilmore will host the first Breeders Crown repechages for 2012 when juvenile pacers of both genders line up for a place in the series’ semi-finals at Victorian harness headquarters.
Vicbred Super Series placegetter Lennytheshark will be among the stars requiring a top-six finish in order to qualify for semi-finals of the Breeders Crown series for juvenile colts and geldings.
While APG Final and Youthful Stakes winner Musical Delight has less margin for error, with only the top three horses home assured of a semi-final berth in the freshman fillies division of Australasia’s foremost futurity series.
Breeders Crown action continues on Thursday night when Beckley Park, Geelong will stage further repechages, this time for the classic age pacers of both genders.
Among the stars looking for a top-seven finish required to progress in the 3YO fillies division will be Group 1 winners Louvre and Beauty Secret along with Victorian 2YO Filly of the Year La Machane.
While NSW stars Waldenburg and Grand Stride will be hoping for the top-five finish needed to line up in semi-finals for three-year-old colts and geldings on August 10 at Tabcorp Park.