Distance racing over 732 metres made a welcome return to the programme at Sunday’s Mount Gambier Cup day meeting – for the first time since 2014 when Brendan Bunworth’s Maccaboy was successful in 44.25 seconds.
The interesting runner in the Back To Distance Racing Mixed Stake was the Victorian stayer Mick’s Angel who was over to try and outstay the local distance dominators Cryer’s Bob and Cryer’s Plugger, both trained by Tom Cryer.
Trained at Hoppers Crossing by Allan Meyer, Mick’s Angel came across with a pretty fair record of 11 wins, 32 minor placings and more than $80,000 in stakemoney although she had never seen the track.
And when Cryer’s Bob, a winner of three distance races at Tara Raceway, took over the early running and Mick’s Angel settled well back, the visitor’s task looked to be tough, to say the least.
But turning for home, Cryer’s Bob had had enough while Mick’s Angel, who was just warming up, pulled out to make her run, powering home to defeat Cryer’s Plugger by three lengths in 43.94 seconds.
By Kilty Lad x Seabrook Lass, the black bitch is owned by Faye Craig, who picked her out as a pup, Meyer training her for all of her 81 starts.
Meyer was at Tara Raceway for the first time on Sunday, glad that he had listened to Paul Carmichael – trainer of Tara Raceway Anniversary Cup winners Black Presence and Calm Presence in 2006 and 2009 respectively – who had suggested they make the trip over for the distance event.
“I’ve often meant to come over here but never got around to it,” Meyer said. “So when Paul suggested we come for the cup day meeting and for a change dodge running into the million dollar dog Fanta Bale I thought it was probably a good idea.”
Involved in the sport for 30 years, Meyer said Mick’s Angel had now become the first dog to win more than 11 races for him.