“Starlight Yoyo powers into Birthday Cup Final”
The Mandurah Mail Birthday Cup is a time honoured race that was first run in 1979 when Newburn Lad won over the old 530m distance.
Some big name winners have been Icy Monaro (1982), Fire Rock (1995), Zalock (2003), Back Tonight (2007 and 2008), Astrophysic (2016) and Miss Bamsy (2018).
Super sprinter Starlight Yoyo overcame box eight to win tonight’s third heat of the Birthday Cup in very impressive fashion. The daughter of Fernando Bale boasts a wonderful record at the Peel circuit, taking her credentials to 8 wins from 11 appearances. She began quickly but was posted wide at the first turn outside speedsters Cool Talent, Double Talkin’ and Quara’s Xavier. Turning for home she ducked down to the fence and overpowered her rivals, streaking away to win by three lengths.
Earlier in the night her kennel-mate and recent Melbourne Cup finalist Campini also saluted from box seven after settling well back.
Later in the night Love Me Tinder rattled home to score too, providing Nambeelup trainer Paul Stuart with three in the ‘big dance’. Other heat winners were Mottza, Fab’s Gem, Jett’s Champion, Love Me Tinder, Mermaid Monelli and Dyna Dean.
Ryan Levitzke (commentator)
The Box Draw for the Final :
1) DYNA DEAN
3) JETT’S CHAMPION
4) LOVE ME TINDER
5) STARLIGHT YOYO
6) FABS GEM
7) MERMAID MONELLI
9) BLUE GLITTER
10) QUARA’S XAVIER