Australia’s most popular chaser, the mighty stayer MIATA, and brilliant sprinter UNO RELTUB, are heading to Hobart for the National Finals after brilliant displays at Cannington on Saturday night August 11
Miata sped straight to the lead once again from box three, and she continually increased her advantage until the judge invoked the mercy rule, at which stage she was 13 lengths ahead of Kalden Abubo, a roughie that was brave in coming from a distant fifth, with Dollstan Cruise in third.
The holder of all three track records at Cannington stopped the clock at another brilliant 41.40.
From the moment nominations came out, it was all about Paul Stuart’s little fawn freak, which has now surpassed $330000 in prize money, and started an unprecedented $1.04 on the TAB.
The series drawcard has now won 27 of her 32 starts with 3 minor placings, and all of Tasmania welcomes her with open arms.
She is expected to be in Tassie by Thursday August 16, and most likely trial on the track that evening between races.
There is no doubt Miata will start a short priced favourite in the Wrest Point National Distance Final, despite a massive increase in the level of opposition.
Linda Britton’s classy sprinter UNO RELTUB, similar to Miata, led every step of the way in the Tatts Bet West Australian Sprint Final from the two box.
The top flight son of Primo Uno always had the race under control, and he railed hard to hold out the other highly fancied runner Hot Irish by a half length, with City Rumble a resolute third one length further back.
The time was a highly respectable 30.52, and Uno Reltub looks to be equally suited to a spacious U-Turn track like Hobart, given he has won 11 of his 13 starts at Mandurah, which is a one bend track as well.
And what a performance by his popular trainer Linda Britton.
This is the seventh time she has provided the West Aussie representative in the National Sprint, having won her home State Final in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2007 and 2008.
If this fellow can draw somewhere near the inside rail, he may give W.A. a sporting chance of taking two National trophies back across the Nullarbor Plain.