Monday, October 2, 2017
Taking a line on McIvor Verna, the 732 metre staying debut of Cryer’s Plugger in Sunday’s Greyhound-Data Mixed Stake was, to say the least, pretty impressive.
A winner of four 600 metre races at Tara Raceway, Cryer’s Plugger had been drawn to clash with Silverali in a heat of the Destini Fireball Back to Distance Racing at the end of August but was scratched due to injury.
Silverali ultimately won the heat in a hand-timed 43.99 seconds while McIvor Verna was successful in the second heat in a hand-timed 44.00 seconds prior to bolting the final in a week later on a rain-affected track in 44.45 seconds.
On Saturday night, McIvor Verna was beaten just over five lengths in the Group 3 Top Cat Video Cup (725 m) final at The Meadows which saw Australia’s best stayers Fanta Bale and Burn One Down fight out the finish.
The next day Cryer’s Plugger gave notice of bigger and better things to come when he burst from the pack down the back straight to chase after the tearaway leader Gee She Roks, also making her distance debut.
And in the run home, the odds-on favourite Cryer’s Plugger was simply too strong, running out a seven length winner over Gee She Roks in a time of 44.03 seconds.
Owned by Margaret Cryer and trained by her husband Tom at Apsley, the winner is by Spring Gun out of Cryer’s Midget who never won beyond 512 metres but is by former top stayer Texas Gold who won 21 races ranging in distance from 535 metres to 771 metres.
Judging on Sunday’s effort, Cryer’s Plugger gives the impression of being an out and out stayer. As such, it’s now going to be interesting to see how Cryer goes about placing the January 2015 brindle dog in races of a suitable distance.