Star Studded Fields For Maturity Classic

THE best young sprinters in the land head to The Meadows this Saturday night for the start of the two-week $145,000 Group 1 Maturity Series (525m). 

George Farrugia

19 July 2019

THE best young sprinters in the land head to The Meadows this Saturday night for the start of the two-week $145,000 Group 1 Maturity Series (525m). 

Saturday’s card is made up of eight incredible heats, with only the winners progressing to the grand final – to be run on July 27 – worth $100,000 to the winner.

Headlining the series is recent Group 1 Brisbane Cup winner Sennachie, who reached the top of the mountain by winning the $250,000-to-the-winner event in track record time, running 29.38 over the 520-metre journey at Albion Park. The son of Fernando Bale and Rhonda Rocks has drawn box three in heat six in what is a three-pronged attack for Buln Buln trainer Steve White.

Other heat highlights include:

Heat one: Group 2 Launching Pad star Tauwitchere (box seven) will be looking to continue her good form at The Meadows against speed machines Weblec Ace (box two) and Curt Lee (box four).

Heat two: Southern Ripple (box seven) returns to The Meadows after his sensational 29.65 at the track two starts back. He takes on Group 1 Peter Mosman Opal placegetter Flossing and Vic Peters finalist Western Envoy (box four).

Heat three: Fresh off her Group 1 victory in Sydney, Start A Riot (box two) goes up against fellow finalist Aston Preregrine (box three) and the brilliant Say Hi (box five).

Heat four: One of Australia’s most popular greyhounds Feral Franky (box seven) will be looking to continue his winning streak in his first start on the Broadmeadows circuit. He faces a bunch of fast greyhounds from the Geelong region, including Black Signature (box three) and Saint Destructor (box four).

Heat five: Boom SA raider Querencia (box four) is fresh off an astounding 29.29 victory at Angle Park and will go up against the brilliant Black Opium (box three), who was amazing behind Sennachie in July 4’s Brisbane Cup.

Heat six: Sennachie (box three) has taken the greyhound world by storm after an amazing two months of racing north of the border. He will be the greyhound to beat in a heat that also includes Big Artie Banner (box one) and Sweet As Emm (box four).

Heat seven: Jaro Bale (box six) has a brilliant 29.73PB at The Meadows and he will race against the likes of Group 1 finalist Mister Harlewood, the speedy Charging Yaala (box two) and boom pup Seal The Deal (box four).

Heat eight: Jebrynah (box six) will be looking to qualify for another Group final in the last of the heats, facing off against class act Crowdza Starring (box one) and Whisky Riot (box three).

The night also sees two heats of the Group-listed The Fireball over 725 metres, where champion half-miler Tornado Tears (box five) returns to defend his crown after a 10-length, 42.02 romp in last year’s final. Victory in Saturday week’s decider will push his prizemoney past the $700,000 mark.

The first four from Saturday’s heats will progress to the $25,000-to-the-winner final on Maturity night.