Oh Oh Range Roars Into Ladbrokes 715 Mix

A near record run from a relative newcomer by a grossly underrated sire stole the show in Saturday night’s heats of The Ladbrokes 715 at The Gardens.

Adam Dobbin

6 June 2022

A near record run from a relative newcomer by a grossly underrated sire stole the show in Saturday night’s heats of The Ladbrokes 715 at The Gardens.

At just start 19, Oh Oh Range roared into next Saturday’s $500,000-to-the-winner decider with a spectacular 41.42 heat display for master trainer Dave Irwin.

A son of understated sire Out Of Range, Oh Oh Range went within .02 of Cool Bourbski’s 41.40 track record to qualify fastest for the world’s richest staying event next weekend.

Post race, trainer Dave Irwin told thedogs.com.au’s Mark Duclos that the seven length trouncing wasn’t a huge surprise once the gifted youngster found the lead early.

“He’s a big inexperienced dog but on the bunny he’s really something,” Irwin said.

“When he gets behind dogs he can sidestep shadows a bit. It’s not that he doesn’t chase, it’s just inexperience … he’s still learning.

“I’m not sure if he can improve on that performance but he probably doesn’t have to if he can repeat that again.

“I brought him here for a 600m trial a few weeks ago and he went near the record and his second over the distance last week was good as well. He’s heading in the right direction.”

On a spectacular night of staying action, six heats were run and won with each winner and the fastest two seconds progressing.

The first two qualifiers produced nail-biting finishes with Cawbourne Magic defeating Sound Of Silence by a head in 41.81 before Jarick Bale edged out Line Of Quality by the same margin in 41.84.

Given their close-up seconds, Sound Of Silence and Line Of Quality booked their spots in the finale as the fastest seconds.

Heat three saw Victorian Drako Bale, a son of champion Fanta Bale, lead all-the-way to score in 41.86.

The Andrea Dailly-trained stayer was the first of two winners for Australia’s premier kennel after dual group 1 winner Gypsy Wyong landed the following heat in 42.10.

The sixth and final heat saw Miss Ezmae produce a dominant all-the-way 41.73 heat display for trainer Jack Smith.

With the series expected to be her swansong to racing, Miss Ezmae’s prospects at landing the staying feature were greatly enhanced at the box draw, landing the prized rails alley for the lucrative event.

LADBROKES THE 715 BOX DRAW

1. Miss Ezmae
2. Oh Oh Range
3. Jarick Bale
4. Line Of Quality
5. Sound Of Silence
6. Drako Bale
7. Gypsy Wyong
8. Cawbourne Magic

9. Collinda Lady
10.Aston Velvet