The Britton’s Formal Wear W.A Derby was run and won at Cannington Saturday night, with Jordy Pordy leading all the way in the national Group 2 Event. Having been transferred to the kennels of Linda Britton for this campaign, the victory adds to a very long list of feature wins for the state’s premier trainer.
After running down Whispering Wind in a 30.23 Best-of-Night performance a week earlier, the son of Bombastic Shiraz and High Tide Honey was too quick again in the final, setting up winning break in the opening stages of the race.
Exiting the three alley as the $3.30 popular elect, the light fawn sprinter recorded 5.72 to the first mark, and was able to clear away from Al’s Special ($6.80) who ran up the track on the first bend.
With several runners getting shuffled around, it left Go Mighty Shiraz ($3.60) and Garrett Bale ($9.90) next in the chase, as the leader set a sectional time of 18.85 off the back and looked to be travelling strongly.
With Al’s Special starting to feel the pinch in the straight, Jordy Pordy had the race in his keeping. Coming away in the closing stages, the final margin was almost three lengths, with Go Mighty Shiraz getting up for second, and 30.42 displaying on the semaphore board.
It has been a progressive career for Jordy Pordy, who began racing at Shepparton with a debutant 25.50 win in a maiden heat before eventually the taking out the final.
The dog’s gallant third behind Dyna Bert in the Warrnambool Cup earlier this month had no doubt set things up for the long trek across the country, and to notch up the first of what could be several Group race trophies.
It brings the total career statistics to 9 wins and 7 placings from 23 career starts and over $70,000 in the bank already.
In what was a true night out for the Victorian visitors, a total of four winners scored for the garden state over the 530m. Garrick Bale was the fastest of those outside of the Derby final running 30.50 for Andrea Dailly, being too strong for Miata’s littermate Starlight Delly in the straight.
Dailly’s other winner was Chris Bale who came from midfield to pip Linda Britton’s chaser, Stoked, on the post in 30.91. While earlier in the night Britton had scored with Vee Ate Mate after it accounted for a grade five field easily in 30.73 winning by five and half lengths.
On the plus side for the locals, super sprinter Hot Irish returned from its interstate campaign to record a brilliant lead-all-the-way win over Vocal Enforcer in what was a best of the night time of 30.34.