Maitland Bronze Bullet winner Scientific Man has the chance to claim his second feature race in three week when he steps out in the $5000-to-the-winner Maitland Supporters Club Gold Collar final on Thursday afternoon.
The Mark Wilcox-trained son of Cosmic Rumble and Winning Shiraz is a one-turn specialist with six wins from seven starts at Maitland and is the likely race favourite if he draws box one or two in the final. He is unbeaten in five starts from box one and three starts from box two, however he is yet to win from boxes five or six.
Scientific Man showed great tenacity to run down early leader All About Tiger to win the second of two heats over 400 metres by a nose in 22.35 seconds.
All About Tiger is from the Queensland kennels of Brett Hazelgrove and the son of Mildean Panther and Whirly Storm has an impressive record of 25 wins and 19 placings from 66 starts, including a free-for-all win at Maitland on March 7.
Morse was third for Branxton trainer Susan Smith and Smart Songar fourth for Kearsley trainer Sonia Greene to also earn a spot in the final.
Scientific Man has a personal best of 22.23s at Maitland - the time he clocked with an all-the-way win in the J&H Commercial Services Bronze Bullet on March 21 - and a career record of 17 wins, two seconds and one third from 27 starts for $48,045 prizemoney.
The Ron Marsden-trained Haradaway Harada won the first Gold Collar heat in a best-of-day 22.28s, beating the Ruth Matic-trained Superfast Love by two and a half lengths.
Fair Dinkum was third for Lochinvar trainer Louise Mcgee and Stylish Chic fourth for Salt Ash trainer Stephen Davies.
The final will be run at Maitland Showground on Thursday afternoon.
Golden start for Pindari Express
Maitland 450m track record holder Pindari Express is off to a great start in the $250,000 Ladbrokes Golden Easter Egg series with an impressive heat win at Wentworth Park on Saturday night.
The Tracey Scruse-trained speedster clocked the second best 520m heat time of 29.41s to progress through to next week's semi-finals.
Interestingly, the fastest heat winner was recent Group 2 Maitland Gold Cup runner-up Fernando Blaster with a 29.40s effort to win the second heat while Gold Cup winner Black Forge finished a length second in the ninth heat behind Million Dollar Chase runner-up Jamella Jet.