Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Top Runners for National Distance Series Lining Up

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Top Runners for National Distance Series Lining Up

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THE make-up of the fields for the National Sprint and Distance Championships entered its last leg at Albion Park last night.

Over the past fortnight six positions have been filled for both $75,000 to the winner grand finals at Albion Park tomorrow week, August 25.

First and second across the line in the state finals last night go through, as the host state Queensland gets two finalists plus the reserves.

Victoria has two runners in the National Sprint final, both prepared by Seona Thompson.

Aston Dee Bee won the Victorian final last Thursday at Sandown.

Bewildering finished second and gained the "wild card'' entry.

He didn't have to run second for that to happen, as long as he made the state final, as the highest ranked AGRA performer, he was Brisbane bound.

Aston Dee Bee and Bewildering had their first experience of Albion Park on Tuesday this week, the Thompsons electing to trial their candidates at Brisbane's headquarters.

They went separately "box to box,'' jumping from the 520 metres boxes and pulling up on the lure arm at that point after completing one lap of the course.

Aston Dee Bee ran a fast 5.51 from the boxes then a second split of 11.50.

Those times suggest the dog was going to run well under 30 seconds had he completed the full 520 metres.

Bewildering was noticeably slower with a 5.60 first split, then ran 11.47 and was really warming into his work as the trial concluded.

On Wednesday, Western Australian stayer Ramifications trialled "box to box'' from the 710 metres start at Albion Park. His time was moderate.

At Albion Park last night, NSW sprint finalist Bekin Street for Christine Proctor trialled over 520 metres.

This Sunday, prior to the twilight race meeting at Albion Park, Tasmanian sprinter Gold Lenny for Rod Walker will do a 520 metres trial. …

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