Monday, February 5, 2018
Cryer’s Bob, a brilliant 12¼ length winner of the 732 metre distance at Tara Raceway back in December, went right on with the job on Sunday with another big win at his second start over the stayers’ journey in the JB Irrigation Mixed Stake.
Coming into the race on the back of four reasonable runs over 600 metres, including a last start sixth behind dead-heaters Odd Boots and Xtreme Carnage on January 21, Cryer’s Bob’s biggest danger in the five-dog field appeared to be Kevin Finn’s Destini Montana, second over 725 metres at The Meadows last Wednesday.
But as it turned out, there were no real dangers after Cryer’s Bob railed through on Destini Montana turning for home the first time before grabbing the ascendancy going into the back straight and running away to a 7¾ length win in 44.10 seconds.
By Spring Gun x Cryer’s Midget, the January 2015 brindle dog is owned by Margaret Cryer and trained by husband Tom with the pair now holding a strong hand in the staying ranks after the return of litter brother Cryer’s Plugger, also a 732 metre winner at Tara Raceway, to their Apsley kennels last week.
Speaking after the race, Tom Cryer said he would now give some consideration to perhaps trying Cryer’s Bob over 731 metres at Angle Park.
Meanwhile, later in the day The Border Watch Stake for grade five bitches over the 600 metre middle-distance journey turned out to be a keenly-contested affair with Stylish Affair defeating Chilly Kiss and Azumi Spice in 35.78 seconds.
Owned and trained at Portland by Nicole Stanley, Stylish Pursuit, a daughter of Mogambo x Butterfly Bling, broke a long run of outs, her last win being back in May last year. She will now line up over 600 metres at The Meadows on Wednesday afternoon.
The win was the first leg of a running double for Stanley, Derivation improving plenty to win the Gordon Refrigeration Stake (512 m) by 6½ lengths in a personal best 30.26 seconds from Breemelia Swift and Dyna Beryl.