The lure of $1m at Wentworth Park on October 18 is firmly in focus for the connections of TAB Million Dollar Chase aspirants in regional finals to be conducted at Dapto on Thursday and Bulli on Saturday night.
At Dapto, Cawbourne Smarty maintained his unbeaten record at the track in the September 5 heats in typically strong fashion in 29.80 secs - the best time of the night.
The black dog is six from six at the Showgrounds track and will start favourite but is sure to find stern opposition from Furious Not Fast (box 7). She has won three from six at the track with a personal best of 29.78.
The series at Bulli kicked off on Monday and the performance of Bulli 400m track record holder Pindari Express to post the fastest time of the night (26.07).
Pindari Express' imposing record stands at 14 wins from only 23 starts and he's saluted at Wentworth Park in a slashing 29.41.
In his heat win, Pindari Express gave National Sprint Champion Premium Share a start and a beating in a display of brute strength while Victorian Slingshot Hammer snared the opening heat - a combative affair - in 26.13.
The box draw for Bulli's MDC Regional Final is: 1 Premium Share, She's Gifted, 3 Dyna Patty, 4 Slingshot Hammer, 5 Whisky Riot, 6 Western Envoy, 7 Pindari Express, 8 Shima Shine. Global Impact and Seven Hour Park are the reserves.
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