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    BLAZING HOME

    UNBEATEN youngster Blazing Home faces his toughest challenge tonight. Yet to experience defeat from eight starts – and three trials – Blazing Home is... Unbeaten youngster faces toughest test

    UNBEATEN youngster Blazing Home faces his toughest challenge tonight.

    Yet to experience defeat from eight starts – and three trials – Blazing Home is engaged in a New South Wales Derby heat at Club Menangle.

    Three qualifiers for the Blue Riband are scheduled to be conducted throughout the card, with the David Kennedy-trained gelding in the opening heat.

    Blazing Home indicated he is ready for the task ahead with an effortless 25-metre win in 1:56.9 in Leeton on February 17 when first-up from a seven-week spell.

    Two starts earlier the son of Rock N Roll Heaven rated a quick 1:51.9 over 1720 metres to secure the Youthful Stake at Tabcorp Park Melton, before setting a track record 1:53.7 in the Leeton Breeders’ Plate.

    With Jack Painting to take the reins, Blazing Home has drawn barrier five over 2400 metres.

    In a wide open market, TAB Fixed Odds have the three-year-old listed as the $3.90 third favourite, with Alta Meteor at the head of affairs at $2.90 from the pole.

    Drawn to settle in a prominent position from barrier two, Dangerous splits the pair at $3.50.

    Such is the strength of the field, On Deadline, which is undefeated from five Australian starts, is considered a $10 shot.

    “I think it is safe to say this is the strongest heat,” Kennedy said. “There is a lot of good form around him.

    “I’m very pleased with him going into tonight, and obviously it would be terrific if he was to remain unbeaten throughout the series.

    “That’s the dream, but for tonight I will be happy as long as he qualifies for the Final.”

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