Monday, September 4, 2017
Moyston trainer Peter Franklin has an ambitious campaign mapped out for star stayer McIvor Verna after her brilliant 44.45 seconds win on a slow track in Sunday’s Destini Fireball Back to Distance Racing final (732 m).
Away only fairly from box four, the daughter of Bella Infrared x Blonde Caviar was midfield early before unleashing a powerful run off the back to eventually run out a 9½ length winner over Emily As with a further three-quarters of a length back in third spot to Lektra Destiny.
Franklin said the Barry Priest owned McIvor Verna, who remains unbeaten over both 600 metres (three wins plus a track record) and 732 metres (two wins) at Tara Raceway, would now be set for a Melbourne campaign.
“I’m now looking at heats of the Group 3 Top Cat Video Cup (725 m) which will be run at The Meadows on Saturday, September 23 with the final a week later.
“Hopefully, if she performs well, an invitation may be forthcoming for the Topgun Stayers (725 m), a Special Event Group 2 which will be run on Saturday, October 28 at The Meadows.”
Even though he’s based more than three hours away, Franklin said he considered Tara Raceway – where he has trained 25 winners this year – as his home track and that he would return with McIvor Verna as the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club continues to promote middle-distance and distance racing.
Disappointment of Sunday’s race was the Peter Byrne trained Silverali who after showing early pace dropped out to finish a well beaten fifth.
But earlier in the day Byrne dominated the two 600 metre races when Silverali’s litter brother Born Billy and Miss Lava were successful.
Born Billy, after a fair start from box one in the Trackside Meats Mixed Stake, worked into third spot down the back behind Cullquin Nikki and Jasmine Lilly before taking the lead turning for home and running out a 3¼ length winner over Two Jobs in 35.99 seconds.
In the following race, the Metal Worx Mixed Stake, Miss Lava made it two wins in succession when finishing too strongly for Brazen Blue to score by 2½ lengths in 35.79 seconds.
The double was Byrne’s second in as many weeks and took his number of wins at Tara Raceway this year to 14.