Thursday, February 22, 2018
The eagerly anticipated clash of litter brothers Cryer’s Bob and Cryer’s Plugger in last Sunday’s Back To Distance Racing (732 metres) at Tara Raceway certainly didn’t disappoint.
Raced and trained by Margaret and Tom Cryer of Apsley, the sons of Spring Gun and Cryer’s Midget went into the race undefeated over the distance – Bob successful in December and again in early February while Plugger had won at his only run over the stayers’ course back in October.
And Cryer’s Plugger, having his first run back at Tara Raceway for Cryer after a change of kennels and a stint of racing on Victorian tracks, lost no friends when chasing his brother throughout, eventually going down by a length in 43.78 seconds – a time second only to that of Nellie Noodles’ 43.45 seconds run on March 27, 2011.
A couple of days later, Moyston trainer Peter Franklin was at the Tara Raceway trials and a suggestion put to him was that a clash over 732 metres between McIvor Verna and the Cryer brothers would be worth the price of an admission ticket.
The Franklin-trained McIvor Verna holds the Tara Raceway 600 metre record at 34.84 seconds, is undefeated in two starts over 732 metres at Tara Raceway and is a Victorian city winner at Sandown Park and The Meadows.
“To be honest, I reckon the earliest Verna could be back here would be June. I’m looking at the Super Stayers at The Meadows, then the Association Cup and Gold Cup at Wentworth Park, followed by the Lizrene and Sandown Cups in May,” he said.
“Mind you, I certainly wouldn’t mind Plugger and Bob coming along for the ride with Verna.”
Unfortunately, Franklin’s odyssey has commenced with McIvor Verna being drawn as a reserve in a red hot first heat of Saturday night’s Super Stayers.