Chasin Crackers is ready to break his Group One duck in Saturday’s Australian Cup Final at The Meadows.
The talented chaser has contested five Group Ones and placed in all of them, however, is still a maiden at the highest level. Drawn box three here, Chasin Crackers is a big chance to finally capture that elusive ‘major’ but plenty will be known shortly after the start. To date he has run placings in the Rookie Rebel, Melbourne Cup, Sale Cup, Vic Peters and Peter Mosman Classics.
The son of Fabregas stepped brilliantly last week from box two to led throughout in the final heat of the Australian Cup, stopping the clock in a sizzling 29.78 – the second best time of the night. He needs to get away cleanly from box three and if he does find clear air, it will take an almighty effort to run him down.
Prior to that win, Chasin Crackers finished second in the Rookie Rebel at this track over 600 metres but the distance of this week’s Australian Cup (525 metres) looks right up his alley as he savaged the line last week.
Chasin Crackers biggest concern will be the start as he has quick beginners in Slick (one) and Raw Ability (four) near him and they are two of the biggest threats going into Saturday’s feature.
Slick is arguably the quickest beginner of the lot and is drawn ideally in box one. The Queenslander has finished second at all three runs at Group One level and like Chasin Crackers, is looking to take one step further. He comes into the race off a 30.22 heat win after overcoming a slow start from box four.
Raw Ability has won five times from box four and is a dual Group One winner having captured the Paws Of Thunder last month along with the Adelaide Cup last year. He too begins well and loves The Meadows so the Anthony Azzopardi-trained runner has to be respected.
It has to be noted that a few of these dogs in Saturday’s Australian Cup Final have clashed previously in big races. The latest of those was in the Temlee where Slick (second) and Raw Ability found Striker Light too good.
Of the others, Hecton Bale from the eight has to be respected but will need luck from out there. Not a noted quick beginner, Hecton Bale stopped the clock in a best of the night 29.76 beating Dyna Chancer and Temlee winner, Striker Light.
Saturday’s Group One Australian Cup does look a favourites affair and we can’t see the other four dogs, all capable on their night, causing an upset. The result of this one will probably be known shortly after the start so whichever dogs jumps best will have the race at their mercy.
Selections: Chasin Crackers 1, Slick 2, Raw Ability 3, Hecton Bale 4