Exciting finishes at sprint championships

Trainer Darren McDonald with daughter Ruby and National Distance Championship winner Sweet It Is.
Trainer Darren McDonald with daughter Ruby and National Distance Championship winner Sweet It Is.

The NSW chaser jumped to the lead at box rise and was able to fight off a mid-race challenge from Victorian Crackerjack Dak before being tested again in the home straight by Star Recall.

WA entrant Star Recall loomed into a threatening position in the final strides but Chica Destacada lifted again and held on to score by a neck in 30.28sec.

Star Recall’s kennel-mate Zelemar Fever ran third. Both dogs are prepared by Linda Britton. The win is Chica Destacada’s first Group 1 success and gives trainer Doreen Drynan her first national sprint title at her fourth attempt.

There was also an exciting finish in the Group 1 Tabtouch National Distance Championship (715m) when Sweet It Is defeated fellow Victorian chaser Xylia Allen with a come-from-behind victory.

Xylia Allen looked have the race sown up when she broke away down the back straight but Sweet It Is came charging home to overwhelm the leader in the final strides. The Darren McDonald-trained chaser surged to the winning post to win by a length in 41.39sec and capture her third Group 1 victory.