NEW NORFOLK trainer Leon Brazendale will go into Thursday night’s CUB Maiden Series Final (461m) at Hobart with three live chances, including fastest heat winner Cawbourne Dawnie.
Regarded as a wide-open series, three heats were staged with much improved chaser Cawbourne Dawnie storming down the centre of the straight to score a 26.36 victory from box three.
The daughter of Barcia Bale and Cawbourne Classy edged out kennelmate Tassie Infrared to score by 1.50 lengths, opening her winning account at start twenty-three for owner Stuart Dickinson.
Continuing upwards, Brazendale successfully qualified his third finalist in the remaining heat as Cawbourne Dill was caught in the last few strides by the fast-finishing Murray Mojito in 26.51.
A modest Leon Brazendale gave his thoughts on the three finalists heading into the decider.
“I was surprised in the results, but I was confident that Cawbourne Dawnie was better improved,” Brazendale offered.
“This bitch is an okay beginner however the room was given to her when the four (Suspect Nargles) shifted up the track, allowing clear sailing to gather momentum and lead clearly,” Brazendale said.
“I can’t put my finger on her improvement form wise, she is running a lot better recently.”
Brazendale is confident that out of all his runners, Cawbourne Dill is the one to watch.
“The dog ran an exceptional race last week and the winner had to work hard to run this bloke down, if the box draw plays out in the right scenario, I do think Cawbourne Dill will put the pace on early.
“My other runner Tassie Infrared (box 1) loves the rails and has shown improvement in his last few starts also. I see Cawbourne Dill from box four cutting down to the fence which should cause interference.”
Jared Davies’ consistent runner Havin’ A Go broke through for a maiden victory from box six, as the daughter of Fernando Bale downed Monahan Lass to score a courageous 26.48 effort.
“Havin’ A Go is another one that has improved, to really to say how it will all unfold is hard, I do think if Cawbourne Dawnie (box 5) can repeat that run she is hard to beat.
“I haven’t made a feature final for quite a while now, to win it would be a great thrill,” Leon said.