FFA To Decide Bandit Ned's Immediate Future

BANDIT Ned is expected to bolt away with Wednesday night's Wentworth Park FFA but his performance will influence his immediate future.

Jeff Collerson

15 June 2022

BANDIT Ned is expected to bolt away with Wednesday night’s Wentworth Park Free-For-All but his performance will influence trainer Jodie Lord on mapping out the dog’s immediate future.

Bandit Ned, who has won 10 of his 15 WP starts, has box one and with the luxury of wide runner Impress Shades in two and with box three vacant, will be long odds-on to win again.

“There is another Million Dollar Chase final at Wentworth Park on September 24 and that is probably his ultimate goal,” said Lord, who won this year’s initial Million Dollar Chase with She’s A Pearl.

“Then there are the National Championships in August but I am very keen on giving Bandit Ned a crack at middle distance racing because I have no doubt he will run a flying 600 or so metres.”

Lord is also upbeat about Wednesday’s prospects of the Mark Duclos-owned We Don’t Share, who has won three of his seven WP outings so looks well placed in race nine, a 520m fifth grade.

His six rivals have won just a single WP race between them and while We Don’t Share has box six he has won from boxes four, seven and eight.

And on Wednesday has an empty box on his left with wide running Orson Charli outside him in seven.

Jodie Lord said: “We Don’t Share has a big future because he is only 20 months old and is doing everything right in his races.”

Lochinvar Kewell is the only WP winner in the Thanks Sue Absalom Stakes, a 520m fifth grade. but trainer Ruth King is slightly concerned about her dog’s box seven draw.

“He will run straight from the boxes to the first turn, he won’t crash over, but I would prefer him drawn near the rails,” King said.

“Lochinvar Kewell has had no luck at all with box draws because in his four races he has drawn box seven twice, along with boxes five and eight.

“Considering he really wants the fence he has done well to have come away with a win and two placings.”

Venetian Fury has finished down the course at Nowra since winning impressively at WP on June 1 but trainer Steve Fairbairn advised punters to ignore the dog’s last start seventh.

“At Nowra he was badly checked at the first turn while getting across to the rails from box eight so forget the run,” Fairbairn said.

“He had box two when he won at Wenty at his previous start and seems to like the place because he has had two wins and a second from three starts.

“Box three looks okay for him on Wednesday because Venetian Fury can run a first split of 5.50 and that should put him up near the lead at the first turn.”

Zambora Tiger was beaten 15 lengths when unplaced in a heat of the Flying Amy Classic at Albion Park on June 9 but only needs to jump cleanly to redeem herself in Wednesday’s seventh race, a 520m fifth grade.

A winner of six from just 11 starts, Zambora Tiger’s personal best WP time of 29.58 is far quicker than the figures posted by any of her six rivals on Wednesday.

“At Albion Park she was barking and playing up in the boxes and went up with the lids and lost all chance,” trainer Scott Tyson said.

“Zambora Tiger is ready to win providing she begins well but if she misses the kick again I may send her away to be re-educated in the starting boxes.

“My brother Robert has Send It Tiger in box eight against Zambora Tiger but while his dog is nowhere near as fast as my bitch, I only wish she was as reliable as he is at the start.”

Highlight of Wednesday’s meeting should be the duel between up-and-coming stayers Tania Keeping (box two) and Tiger Jack (eight) in the 720m Ladbrokes Mates Mode Stakes.

Tania Keeping hasn’t been headed in two WP 720m outings and recorded a sizzling 41.93 winning from box four on June 8.

Tiger Jack has only been placed in one of two WP 720m tests but staged an amazing performance to give the pacemaker 15 lengths start in the early stages before storming home to win over 600m at Ladbrokes Gardens on Saturday, clocking near record time.

Best Bet Tania Keeping (race 5)

Best Value We Don’t Share (race 9)

Quaddie race 5 – 2, 8, 5

Race 6 – 3, 2, 8

Race 7 – 4, 2, 8

Race 8 – 1, 4

$20 for 37.03%