AT THE moment they number half a dozen, but that figure has the potential to increase tonight.
Thanks to their heat successes during the past week, six two-year-olds from three states are on target to collect a whopping NEDS bonus on April 29.
To secure the $250,000 bonanza – which is on top of the $400,000 prizemoney – the winner simply has to capture the Australian Pacing Gold Final at Club Menangle and beat the benchmark time for the event. How ’simple’ is it? Well, the colt has to beat 1.51.3 and the filly 1.52.1. The current 2yo track record at Menangle is 1.50.3 shared by a colt and a filly. Agreed – these records were both set in October – but it must be said that the NEDS benchmark times and $$$ are gettable.
The cash is available for both the fillies’ and colts/geldings’ deciders, meaning an additional $500,000 is up for grabs for a total of $1.3 million on offer!
Iron Clad, Stormryder and War Dan Buddy are the eligible ‘boys’, with Eye Believe, More Sass and Luvareschs the trio of fillies vying for the NEDS bonuses.
As for the potential lift in candidates, more will be known following this evening’s Gloucester Park meeting.
Two $50,000 APG Bullion Finals are part of the program, with the winners having the option of making the trek across the Nullarbor for next week’s Menangle extravaganza.
Triumphant at his last three starts, Ten To The Dozen is a $1.70 favourite for power couple Greg and Skye Bond after drawing well in barrier four.
To be driven by Deni Roberts, the son of Art Major is expected to search for the lead.
Boasting two wins and three seconds from five starts, Xceptional Arma is a prohibitive $1.08 in the fillies’ division.
Trained and driven by Colin Brown, Xceptional Arma should have little trouble adding a third win to her impressive tally from gate two.
The only other runner under double figures at $8, Remarkable Rock is considered the main danger from barrier five.