G.O.T.B.A.T Div 1 & 2 Series heat wrap-up

19 / 05 / 2017 Article by: Shane Yates
icon Click to enlarge

THE heats of the G.O.T.B.A.T Series in Divisions 1 & 2 were among the highlights on the ten-race program at Hobart on Thursday night over 461 metres.

Once again Mangalore trainer Ted Medhurst produce a brilliant master class training performance, landing a winning double through the Division 1 Series.

Chief Jetpilot, returning to the winner’s list for the first time since March, started the night off well for Medhurst in the opening heat.

The son of Cosmic Chief began slowly from box six, before catching up with field and manoeuvring through along the rail in the home straight to dash pass Stylish Nic and score by half a length, running the time of 26.05 seconds.

Halo Lee, the daughter of Razldazl George jumped fairly from box seven in heat two, settling third in the early stages behind tearaway leaders Manila Dawn and Gold Lenny which led clearly coming off the top turn.

Coming around the home bend, Halo Lee hooked to the outside and stormed pass her rivals down the centre of the track before being forced to stave off the fast finishing Casio Lad to win by a nose in the time of 25.94 seconds.

Five heats of the Division 2 Series were run and won with the Robin Grubb-trained Hello Nugget recording the fastest time of the heats in a new personal best performance of 25.87 seconds.

On the back of its recent solid form including a second place run at Launceston over 278 metres last Monday night, Hello Nugget was sent out the short-priced favourite at $1.95 with the Russell Watts-prepared Maharani the second elect at $2.50.

The son of Fabregas and Stylish Abbey jumped brilliantly in the second of five heats, heading the field soon after the start and racing away by four lengths towards the halfway mark with Maharani in hot pursuit.

Maharani never gave up the chase but was no match for Hello Nugget which charged to the post to score by 2 ¾ lengths from the gallant Maharani with Hooltifia a further five lengths away third.

Three of the four remaining heat winners finished within a length of each other on times : Hello Pipit (26.06); Jouster (26.07); Silver Drone (26.09) with a gap to Free Spins which recorded (26.44).