LONGFORD trainer David Crosswell will be enthusiastic about his chances in next week’s Carlton Draught Classic final, as He’s A Boomer laid down the law to his rivals with dazzling performance in the heats on Tuesday afternoon at Devonport.
A winner of 12 races from 49 starts, the former middle distance chaser made the return from Victoria after a successful stint with Pearcedale trainer Kelvyn Greenough, having won 3 of his 14 starts at Sandown Park over the 595 metres.
The advantage of the inside alley was rewarding for connections as the son of Head Bound gained a saloon passage along the rails soon after the start, allowing the black chaser to burst through to take the lead by two lengths at the half-way mark over the 452-metre journey.
Proving a class above the opposition , the $1.95 favourite powered away around the final turn and then up the home stretch to win by 4 ¾ lengths over Zakizbo Gun and Hello Birdy which grabbed third in the time of 25.66 seconds.
The seven remaining heat winners all finished within a length of each other: Lobster Falls (25.84); Country Helen (25.85); Bet On Dud (25.89); Provenance (26.00); Black Rhino (26.02); Kamikaze Turtle (26.14) & Platnium Cye (26.17) setting up what should deliver an ultra-competitive final next week.
2017 Carlton Draught Classic Box Draw
1 – Lobster Falls
2 – Provenance
3 – Bet On Dud
4 – Platnium Cye
5 – Country Helen
6 – Black Rhino
7 – He’s A Boomer
8 – Kamikaze Turtle
9 – Dark Drifter
10 – Suzy La Rue
Watch He’s A Boomer winning his heat of the Carlton Draught Classic: