Wed, Jun 10, 1:49pm by Kevin Pitstock
NSW Nova Surf will start a short-priced favourite in the fourth heat of the Group 1 Hawkins Media Laurels when the series kicks off this Thursday night at Sandown Park.
Trained in Victoria by Darren McDonald but previously trained in New South Wales by Neale Gray, Nova Surf is only a youngster but is already the veteran of two Group 1 finals and was placed in both.
More recently she was the only bitch to contest the final of the recent Group 1 Maturity Classic at The Meadows where she placed a gallant second behind Aston Trivett after overcoming early trouble.
A black bitch by Surf Lorian out of Nova Keroma, Nova Surf has won 11 of her 19 starts and has only once found herself outside the placings. She comes into the Group 1 Laurels series as a good last start 29.96 Sandown winner, despite being only moderately away at box-rise.
The winner of the Group 1 Hawkins Media Laurels will receive $50,000 and a free service to leading Queensland sire Black Enforcer, donated by studmaster Tony Apap on behalf of the A-Team.
The Laruels series is Australia’s richest race for age-restricted bitches, and was first run back in 1964. The Laurels boasts some of Australia’s greatest race bitches on its Honour Roll, including Sandi’s Me Mum, Cheltenham Lass and Paua To Burn.
Both Iasbet and Sportsbet are expected to run pre-post markets on the 2009 Group 1 Laurels and we’ll cover them here on Australian Gambling for youn as soon as they are available.
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