Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Following an impressive 600 metre win at Tara Raceway last Friday, talented staying greyhound Silverali now looks to be on track for Sunday week’s 732 metre Back to Distance Racing feature.
From a Tara Raceway point of view, Southern Cross trainer Peter Byrne would have been hoping for a change of luck with the brindle dog who had been a well-beaten third behind track record holder McIvor Verna in a heat of last month’s Eric Lewis Memorial (600 m) before falling in the final a week later.
But he did appear well placed in Friday’s Klaassens Contractors Stake and the race couldn’t have gone any better as far as Byrne was concerned after Silverali railed through on early leader Hay Miss down the back straight before running out an easy 7½ length winner in 35.70 seconds – a good time on a rain-affected track.
“He’s a real confidence dog,” Byrne said after the race. “And he should have derived plenty from the run.
“The 732 metres certainly won’t be a problem for him as he won twice over 725 metres at The Meadows in December last year.”
Silverali, who has raced on 48 occasions for 11 wins and 13 minor placings for more than $70,000 in prizemoney, last raced over the distance three times in June-July when he was placed over 715 metres at Sandown Park.
Owned by former Fitzroy and Richmond VFL player Noel Mugavin – these days a Warrnambool schoolteacher – Silverali is by Velocette out of Molly Grace (Whisky Assassin x Born Lucky) and was also bred by his owner.
The non-penalty $2000 Destini Fireball Back to Distance Racing feature will be run on Sunday, August 27 with a prizemoney breakdown of $1190, $340, $170 and others $60.
Meanwhile, Byrne will be back at Tara Raceway tomorrow with the Mugavin-managed Lava Street Syndicate’s Miss Lava who will line up from box six in a handy Produce Store Stake (512 m).
Miss Lava will be having her second start at Tara Raceway after being beaten by Glenville Jester in a quick 29.91 seconds (512 metres) late last month.
However, the black bitch should be better for the run and with a record of five wins – four at Sandown Park over 515 metres and 595 metres – looks well placed in the time-graded event.
Whelped in February 2015, Miss Lava is by the US sire Djays Octane out of Born On Lava who in turn traces back to Born Princess, a litter sister to Silverali’s dam Molly Grace.
Adding further interest to the race is the box four runner Maximum Bella who will be chasing her third successive win for Allendale East owner-trainer David Peckham.
The daughter of Magic Sprite scored an easy win earlier this month in the first Masters race run for older greyhounds at Tara Raceway over 512 metres and then followed up with a time-graded win last Friday.
And Glencoe trainer Barry Shepheard will be hoping the former topliner Ernest Bale can find winning form again when he jumps from the seven, a box he has an excellent record out of.