The son of Where’s Pedro and Greys Destiny took his career earnings past the $600,000 mark winning the event for the second year running for Lethbridge trainer Norm Rinaldi.
At just under four-years-old, the veteran rekindled some of his best form, stopping the clock at 42.57 en route to his 25th career victory.
As expected, Whodat Knockin’ (3) was the early leader with the race favourite Dyna Kayla (6) beginning very well to sit second in a handy position. Destini Fireball was third as they passed the post the first time.
Leaving the straight, Whodat Knockin’ continued to carve out time up front while Destini Fireball railed under Dyna Kayla to sit in second down the back.
Off the back, the 36kg white and black chaser cut an imposing figure as slowly, but surely, he cut down the leading margin and appeared to have the leader covered. The danger was still Dyna Kayla, who was expected to finish hard.
Rounding the turn, the grand old veteran hit the front and the large crowd made plenty of noise as they willed the old-stager to a fitting farewell in a soul-stirring final hundred metres.
As hard as Dyna Kayla tried, she was unable to cut down the margin and finished second, a length behind Destini Fireball. Dyna Willow (7) rattled home for third after a tardy beginning hampered her chances of being any real chance.
Of the beaten brigade, Hala Belle (1) left the boxes well but could not quite match motors with Whodat Knockin’ and Dyna Kayla. Lethal Three (4) was away slowly and struggled from that point. Maddison Dee (5) was another who couldn’t keep the pace early and found herself a long way back in the run with too much ground to make up, while Sweet It Is (8) found trouble early and ran on well to finish fourth.
The curtain falls on an illustrious career for Destini Fireball who will now embark on a stud career. In total, he raced on 61 occasions for 25 wins, 10 seconds and 7 thirds, earning $626,170 along the way.