Destruction To Wreak Havoc In Mandurah Cup

FORMER talented Victorian sprinter Destruction is perfectly boxed to win Friday night's rich Group 3 Mandurah Cup Final (490m).

David Brasch

7 October 2021

FORMER Victorian sprinter Destruction is perfectly boxed to win Friday night’s Group 3 Mandurah Cup (490m).

That’s according to Steve Shinners who trains the dog in partnership with his wife Krystal.

Destruction has drawn the four box on the corner start but Steve believes the lack of early pace drawn inside him for the final is greatly to his advantage.

Destruction (Fernando Bale-Carjack Arrest) was bought by the Scarey One Racing syndicate headed by Calum Robson three and a half months ago after the dog went through a form slump back in Victoria.


“He’d made the final of the Launching Pad and was a boom youngster in Victoria,” Steve said. “But, he went through a form slump and came up for sale.

“I got Kel Greenough to check over him for us and he found a problem in his hip.”

The syndicate bought Destruction and he went to WA for a few months rest and repair.

“We gave him four or five weeks off and worked on the hip while he was resting,” Steve added.

“Then we worked him up our straight and set him for a first-up bet. We averaged $2.70 and got most of our money back when he won.”

Shinners said Destruction is still not at his peak and that would come after a few more 500m races.

“He drew wide in his heat and five of those against him had lots of early pace,” he said. “But it was a great run to get home and finish second to Serong.

“Of course Serong is the one to beat in the final and Krystal and I hope Destruction can cross to the fence early and hold him out.

“We believe Destruction can run 27.10 or 27.15 in the final. He had won at Mandurah in 27.36 on a slow track just before last week’s heats.”

The Shinners kennel has high hopes for the future with a bitch called Amplified, a recent 27.29 Mandurah winner.

“She is the real deal,” Steve added.

Amplified is a regally bred daughter of Fernando Bale and Group 1 winner Elevated.