Monday, August 28, 2017
Distance racing over 732 metres returned to Tara Raceway on Sunday and threw up no surprises when long odds-on favourites McIvor Verna and Silverali were successful in the heats of the Destini Fireball Back to Distance Racing series.
McIvor Verna, the Tara Raceway 600 metre record holder and fresh from a top win over 600 metres at The Meadows a week prior, was chasing her first win beyond 660 metres when jumping from box one in the first heat.
Always handy in running, the daughter of Bella Infrared x Blonde Caviar railed through on Lektra Destiny down the back before finishing strongly for a 5¾ length win in a hand-timed 44 seconds.
Trained at Moyston by Peter Franklin, the fawn bitch has raced on 18 occasions for six wins and five minor placings for Bendigo owner Barry Priest who was on track with wife Julie to witness McIvor Verna win the first staying race run at Tara Raceway in more than three years.
Speaking after the race, Priest said Blonde Caviar, also a winner over 600 metres at The Meadows, would be mated – for a second time – when next on season.
City-winning stayer Silverali never looked in any danger of defeat when leading all the way in the second heat, eventually defeating the consistent chaser Emily As by 4¾ lengths in virtually the same time as the first heat – a hand-timed 43.99 seconds.
Raced by Noel Mugavin of Warrnambool and trained at Southern Cross by Peter Byrne, Silverali, a son of Velocette x Molly Grace, brought up his twelfth win at start number 50.
The final of the Destini Fireball Back to Distance Racing series will be run this Sunday and carry total prizemoney of $2000.
Silverali’s win was also the first leg of a double for Byrne who later in the day was successful with Miss Lava in the ClassicBet Mixed Stake (600 m) for the Mugavin-managed Lava Street Syndicate.
The daughter of Djays Octane x Born On Lava led all the way to defeat Hay Miss by four lengths in 35.51 seconds and bring up her first success at Tara Raceway after previous wins at Sandown Park and Geelong.