Headline making stayer, Miata, continued her habit of crushing opposition with another big win in Saturday night’s $18,000 Distance Gift final. After re-writing the 715m record books at her last start, with a crazy 41.30 run, the Paul Stuart trained chaser had to do it the tough way in order to take the riches this time around.
It wasn’t long before she recovered however, and had railled up to fourth past the post the first time around. Giving the leaders at least eights lengths start with a lap to go, Miata showed excellent track sense to stay on the rails and get past Mortal Combat down the back. A few strides on and McQueen was the next to feel the Miata breeze go past before the star stayer had set her sights on leader, Pakenham Lass.
In an effortless display, the $1.30 favourite rushed to the front turning for home and raced away from her competitors. The official margin of nine and a half lengths was somewhat accentuated by McQueen taking its mind off the job, running Pakenham Lass off the track, however the result of the race was well and truly known by then.
The winning time of 41.70 was very respectable, considering the early check and the fact her final section of 11.87 was significantly faster than the equivalent section of the record-breaking heat win.
All eyes will now be on the upcoming Galaxy series, to see how the local wonder girl goes up against the imposing raiders from the eastern states.
While Miata headlines the staying scene, the main sprinters of W.A had made the journey down the road to Mandurah, where the Birthday Cup was being held last Friday night over the flying trip of 405m. The most accomplished entrant was the Healesville Cup winner, Marbro Man, who had qualified for the $37,500 final courtesy of a 22.55 heat win. He would have the task of overcoming box six, while the quickest qualifier was Mungo Park for Linda Britton who would start from box five.
It was Queenslander, Give and Take for Christine Robartson, who landed the prize though, using box one to deliver the biggest win of its career. This young dog has a bright future ahead, with this feature win being his seventh success in only ten career starts.
The race time of 22.29 was a new race record for Give and Take (previously held by Back Tonight – 22.35) and was only marginally outside the track record set by Uno Reltub of 22.23, who coincidentally raced and won on the same night, albeit over the longer 492m journey.