Litter sisters Fyna Bale and Irma Bale joined Erica Allen as heat winners of the Group 3 Topcat Video Cup to give the Wheeler family a treble and a stranglehold on next Saturday night’s $25,000-to-the-winner final.
Irma Bale continued her amazing form over the half-mile trip with a super 42.85 victory, but it was sister Fyna Bale who stole the show (also running 42.85), defeating West Australian champion Miata, who overcame early trouble to finish second and progress to next week’s final.
The Paul Wheeler-owned Erica Allen was the other heat winner on the night, scoring in 42.92, taking the scalps of star youngster Jessie Rumble, Bizarre Barbie and Granduer in the process.
Victory for Irma Bale in next week’s final will push the Graeme Bate-trained chaser’s prizemoney to over $300,000, while Miata would push her earnings to almost $440,000 if successful.
The box draw for the Group 3 Topcat Video Cup final worth $25,000 to the winner will take place this Tuesday.
Editors Note: For reasons known only to them, GRV Stewards conducted a manual box draw today (Monday 24/9) for this final of the Top Cat Video Final despite even the club thinking this wouldn't be drawn until tomorrow with the rest of the Saturday Meadows races.
The box draw is as follows:
2012 Top Cat Video Final
Box 1. Miata
Box 2. Gold Affair Two
Box 3. Erica Allen
Box 4. Double Jeopardy
Box 5. Empire Mariah
Box 6. Zipping Man
Box 7. Irma Bale
Box 8. Fyna Bale
Res.9. Mission Complete
Res.10. Bizarre Barbie