Starlight Destiny Holds On

New Zealand-bred mare Starlight Destiny revealed good fighting qualities to set the pace and hold on with grim determination to beat the fast-finishing My Prayer by a short half-head in the 2130m Retravision Your Fujitsu Specialist Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Starlight Destiny, prepared by leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond and driven by Deni Roberts, was favourite at $4.10 and from the No. 1 barrier she was able to dawdle through the lead time in 38.9sec. and the opening quarter in a slow 31.8sec. before she sprinted over the final 400m sections in 28.5sec. and 27.8sec.

My Prayer ($4.40) trailed Starlight Destiny until Chris Lewis was able to get her into the clear on the home turn. She finished fast to fail narrowly.

Starlight Destiny is the sixth foal out of Western Starr, who produced Pal Amino, who raced 18 times in WA for two wins (at Pinjarra in November 2014 and at Kellerberrin in August 2015). Starlight Destiny has had all of her 38 starts in WA for ten wins, 17 placings and $69,376 in stakes.