Bandit Ned Could Prove Lord's Best One Yet
STAR galloper Bandit Ned goes into Saturday night's Group 1 Vic Peters Classic Final (520m) at Wentworth Park off a career record of 14 wins from 17 starts.
14 October 2021
STAR galloper Bandit Ned goes into Saturday night’s Group 1 Vic Peters Classic Final (520m) at Wentworth Park off a career record of 14 wins from 17 starts.
But, Andy Lord, whose wife Jodie trains the dog, says Bandit Ned (Fernando Bale-Bombshell Bandit) is still on a learning curve in his racing career.
“It’s hard to believe considering he’s won 14 out of 17, but this dog is getting better with every run,” Lord said.
“And he absolutely loves Wentworth Park.”
Bandit Ned goes into the final off a 30.11 heat win last week where he had to overcome plenty of trouble in the run and takes on some star young gallopers, several of which went quicker in the heats.
“He has needed to be taken along slowly and you can see now he really wants to be there in his races,” Lord added. “He’s like a lot of Fernando Bales, they need to be allowed to improve. That’s what he is doing.”
Rivals of Bandit Ned might find this interview alarming… trainer Andy Lord says they still don't know how fast he can go, after The Bandit posted a brave and impressive win in @ladbrokescomau Vic Peters Classic Heat 3 @WPGrey tonight.
— The Dogs (@Thedogs_com_au) October 9, 2021
The six box in the final is of no concern to Lord.
“He loves outside,” he said.
“The seven came down hard in the heats but this dog has one major thing in his favour going into the final. He finds a way to win and that is what good dogs do.”
Lord rates Bandit Ned as good as any dog to come out of the kennel.
“Just when you think he has reached his level; he finds a bit more,” he said.
Lord is one who does not believe in planning too far ahead but is hoping if Bandit Ned can win the Vic Peters he will be considered for the upcoming Group 1 Topgun at The Meadows.
Of the final opposition he rates them a “pretty even lot of dogs”.
“A few of them, if they jump cleanly, can run a bit of time in front,” he said. “I thought if Zipping Kansas begins he will be hard to beat. He can run quick.”
Bandit Ned is already a Nowra track record breaker and winner of the Group 3 Magic Maiden at Wenty and the Group 3 Nowra Puppy Classic, and the Gosford Goldmine.
“He’s had only 17 starts and already he’s been through three heats and finals and won them all,” Lord said
TAB Fixed Odds have Bandit Ned a $2.50 favourite ahead of Zipping Kansas and Aston Barak both at $4.80.
Next in betting is Sound Of Silence, a 29.65 heat winner for Frank Hurst, at $7.50.
Group 1 Vic Peters (520m): 1 Barton, 2 Special Blend, 3 Cop Magnet, 4 Sound Of Silence, 5 Zipping Kansas, 6 Bandit Ned, 7 Mickey Doo, 8 Aston Barak. Res: 9 Cosmic Boom, 10 One Smart One.