Like the Sprint, the WA National Distance series could only pull enough interest in WA to make up two fields. Paul Stuart’s Ash Flash drew the most attention because of her exciting come from behind style of racing.
The first heat of the night saw Mullet Hunter (box one) and Wing It Appeal (box seven) lead the field, with Ash Flash (box six) unsurprisingly last out of the boxes. Ash Flash had the whole field ahead of her as the lead chopped and changed between Mullet Hunter and Wing It Appeal. Bingle Monelli quickly made ground on the leading duo, followed by Free Candy (box two) in hot pursuit of the lead. Wing It Appeal lost a lot of ground by running around the outside of the track and Ash Flash began to make her run home as the field made their way past the 700 metre boxes. Ash Flash stole the victory off Bingle Monelli who held the lead for only a few strides, in a time of 42.09. Bingle Monelli held on to finish second while Wing It Appeal came again to finish third and Mullet Hunter rounded out the placing’s with fourth.
Linda Britton’s Reverberate (box seven) started as the odds on favourite at $1.40. She went straight to the early lead, followed closely by Obama Keeping (box three). The duo broke away from the field and tried to extend their gap but Houdini Monelli (box eight) proved hard to shrug off. In just his first start over the 715 metre distance Obama Keeping wouldn’t let up without a fight. Reverberate was able to take home the win by six lengths in a time of 42.17. Although he tired towards the finishing line, Obama Keeping held onto second place with Kody Charles’ Flight Of Anevay finishing third and Freeway Ace (box two) fourth.
The box draw for the 2014 National WA Distance Championship is as follows:
1 Bingle Monelli David Hobby
2 Flight Of Anevay Kody Charles
3 Wing It Appeal James Jefferies
4 Reverberate Linda Britton
5 Freeway Ace Keith Harding
6 Mullet Hunter Ben Abercrombie
7 Ash Flash Paul Stuart
8 Obama Keeping Terry Erenshaw
9 Free Candy Steve Withers
10 Houdini Monelli David Hobby