Soldiers Saddle semis could deliver spectacular performances

THERE’S no shortage of lightning quick contenders heading to the boxes for this Monday’s three Soldiers Saddle Semi-Finals at Kennerson Park.

Runners will be aiming for a top two finish to ensure their spot in the following week’s coveted $10,000 final.

BIG NAMES: Last week's heat winner Black Jillak is among the 24 runners vying for a spot in the Bathurst RSL Club Soldiers Saddle Final. Photo: ALEXANDER GRANT

BIG NAMES: Last week's heat winner Black Jillak is among the 24 runners vying for a spot in the Bathurst RSL Club Soldiers Saddle Final. Photo: ALEXANDER GRANT

One of the big battles of the day promises to be in the second of the semi-finals between Pride Of Charlie and Sky Wave, who start from boxes two and three respectively.

Pride Of Charlie ran a scintillating 29.71 second time over the 520m distance two starts back at the Bathurst track while Sky Wave is still undefeated from her five career starts.

“That second semi-final will be worth the price of admission alone,” Kennerson Park racing manager Jason Lyne said.

“Pride Of Charlie did the quickest time here over the distance that we’ve seen in the last 12 months. It’s around the top five to six times we’ve ever seen at the track over the distance. In his first sectional of that race he was flying.

“Sky Wave did a great job in her first ever crack at the distance last week. I think she’ll improve after her first look at the track too.

“Hippo Clan won well last week but goes out from the one box to the seven this time. I think Pursayis from the eight is a great each way hope.”

Lyne said the other two semi-finals promise to be very open affairs.

“I can’t pick a winner out of that third semi-final. The first corner could decide how they go,” he said.

“Ask King Jeff had a great run last week to finish third after a tough start. He was in all sorts of trouble so that was a big effort.

“Little Digger is the only one in the race to have run a sub-30 here before but box four might make things tricky. Drink Schooners did really well for a first look at the Bathurst track last week.

“In the first heat Give Us Peace looks the leader there. Luminescence had a big run last week for second. Zipping Floyd is the fastest qualifier in the group but will have to get out quickly to come across from box six.

“Rockstar Kyle didn’t start well last week but when he gets in the clear he can really go. Black Jillak won last week but the move from one to eight will make a big difference.”