Tonight we saw some fantastic racing at Ballarat, but it wasn’t confined to the heats of the $70,000 Mega Merch Ballarat Cup. The second heat of the GRV VBIS Maiden Series saw a phenomenal performance from the Brian Petty trained Campaspe Will, who won in an amazing 25.15 and will be extremely hard to beat in the final. This highly talented sprinter will be a dog to watch closely over the coming months.
Coming into the Ballarat Cup there were two dogs with a chance of taking home the GRV Bonus of $50k for winning three country cups in the calendar year, and they didn’t let connections down.
Ronan Izmir absolutely sizzled in the fastest heat win of the night in 25.12. It was a win full of guts and determination after being crossed early by the speedy Magic Diva, who went the clear fastest first split of the night in an electric 6.46.
Paw Licking was also a tough win after being crowded early the race. The Kel Greenough speedster drove through and led all the way in 25.14, which was the second fastest run of the night. The task wasn’t made easy for either runner for the final however, with Ronan Izmir drawing box four and Paw Licking box five.
The first heat of the night was won by the Joe Borg trained Deadly Vane, who gave the more seasoned Ferly Reign a start and a beating. The Vee Man Vane youngster was a very impressive winner in a time of 25.34 at only his seventh start, with the consistent Peter Rocket another good run for third.
There were some shocks on the night though; with the highly fancied Banjo Boy lowering his colours to the honest Andrea Dailly trained Empire Allen in the third fastest heat time of 25.16. It wasn’t all good news for the Dailly kennel however, with star sprinter Spud Regis leading and getting run down in the sixth heat by the Steven Collins trained Allen Malik. The son of Surf Lorian covered the 450m in a slick 25.20, and has an extremely bright future.
Dark Warrior confirmed his liking for one-bend tracks with a workmanlike win in the fifth heat for Darren McDonald, just holding off the consistent Gary Ennis trained Blaster in a time of 25.29. His chances for the final improved considerably when he drew the red box.
The sensational run of the Robbie Britton team continued in the last heat, with star New Zealand import Clone Your Own an impressive winner in a slick 25.20. He was average to begin, but showed amazing drive and mid-race speed that will hold him in good stead for the final.
With the seven winner’s locked into the final, it was down to time’s for the last place in the final, and the fastest second place getter was decided by the barest of margins, with the Andrea daily trained Veyron Bale sneaking into the final after his 25.29 run behind Allen Malik. The Darren Brown trained speedster Magic Diva is first reserve after posting a time of 25.30 in her heat run behind Ronan Izmir and Banjo Boy is the second reserve after his 25.31 heat run.
2013 Group 2 $70,000 Ballarat Cup Final Box Draw
- Box 1 – Dark Warrior – Darren Mcdonald – 25.29
- Box 2 – Veyron Bale – Andrea Dailly – 25.29
- Box 3 – Clone Your Own – Rob Britton – 25.20
- Box 4 – Ronan Izmir – Janon Thompson – 25.12
- Box 5 – Paw Licking – Kel Greenough – 25.14
- Box 6 – Deadly Vane – Joe Borg – 25.34
- Box 7 – Empire Allen – Andrea Dailly – 25.16
- Box 8 – Allen Malik – Steve Collins – 25.20
- 1st Reserve – Magic Diva – Gary Ennis – 25.30
- 2nd Reserve – Banjo Boy – Ken Virtue – 25.31