Bandit Ned A Cause Of Confusion For Lord

PREMIERSHIP winning trainer Andy Lord says he has no doubt Bandit Ned can run 29.50 in next Wednesday's Magic Maiden Final at Wentworth Park.

Adam Dobbin

29 March 2021

PREMIERSHIP winning trainer Andy Lord says he has no doubt Bandit Ned can run 29.50 in next Wednesday’s Group 3 Magic Maiden Final (520m) at Wentworth Park.

The more pressing question for Lord is whether the son of Fernando Bale is prepared to fully unlock the true ability he’s displayed in trials leading up to the group 3 series.

“I kid you not, he’s never lost a trial and he could be six in front and win by 10 lengths,” Lord said.

“I’ve given him four and five dog trials and he’s never put a foot wrong. He comes out under the lids and the further they go the further he wins by. And with good dogs as well.

“If he was in a race at Goulburn tomorrow he’d break the track record. That’s how quick he is.”

FIELDS AND FORM WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Bandit Ned secured semi-final three of the group 3 maiden in 29.76 on Wednesday night, powering home from off the pace to defeat Springview Magic by three-quarters of a length.

A week earlier the son of Fernando Bale was heavily supported when winning his heat on debut in a pedestrian 30.83, the performance grabbing the attention of stewards given his “stargazing” antics in the home straight.

“I was at home watching it with Jodie and I was in total shock with what he was doing,” Lord said.

“I couldn’t believe it because he’d not given me one little indication of playing up like he did – nothing.

“He played up the straight in the heat and last night a bit past the winning post but he was better last night. I’ve just got to hope he gets better again in the final.

“I really don’t know what to put it down to but it might be the bright lights of Wentworth Park. We’ll no more again next week.”

Bandit Ned has drawn box seven for next Wednesday’s $25,000-to-the-winner final, the same draw he’s negotiated to win both his heat and semi-final.

Fastest qualifier for the final is the Peter Lagogiane-trained Lock Master which won the opening semi-final in a fast 29.77.

The second semi-final was taken out by Irinka Molly for Jack Smith in 29.99 while Cowgirl Ethics took out the final semi-final for David Smith in 29.94.

But it’s the Mick Hardman-trained Springview Magic which Lord says will be hardest to beat in the final, the son of Fernando Bale running a stunning 5.38 early before finishing second to Bandit Ned in his semi-final.

“The final could pan out the same as their semi-final – the pink will be hard to beat,” Lord said.

“The funny thing is with my dog he should be showing a lot more early speed off his sections in trials. But I can see he’s not getting down in the boxes at Wenty but he does everywhere else.

“If he can get a sit on something he’s right in it – he could run 29.50. He’s broken 24 seconds post to post at Dapto and when I trialled him at Temora he went quicker than Serious Object and that’s not easy to do.”

Rounding out the final field for next week’s final is semi-final runner-ups Zipping Decoy, Frustrated Fears and Bandit Butch.

Bandit Butch, trained by Matt Murphy, is a litter-brother to Bandit Ned.

Group 3 Ladbrokes Magic Maiden Final (Wednesday, March 31)

1. Zipping Decoy
2. Frustrated Fears
3. Bandit Butch
4. Lock Master
5. Cowgirl Ethics
6. Irinka Molly
7. Bandit Ned
8. Springview Magic
9. Analysing
10. All About Life