Sport and racing is littered with tales of greatness and despair.
Some of our greatest athletes have never received the accolades they would normally receive due to another ‘champion’ being on the scene at the time and receiving the kudos dispersed by all and sundry.
Think of the mighty Hay List who had the ‘misfortune’ to be probably the second best sprinter in the world in recent years…second that is to a once-in-a-lifetime champion in the shape of Black Caviar.
Australian cricketer, Stuart MacGill, is another prime example.
A veteran of just 44 Tests, MacGill took 204 Test wickets at the impressive average of 29.02 and in any other era, MacGill may have played many more Test matches for Australia and earnt a place amongst the greats of the sport…his only ‘sin’ was that a certain Shane Keith Warne was perplexing the opposition at the time, en-route to earning the tag as the greatest leg spinner in cricket history.
The G1 Winter Cup from Albion Park is set to jump at 8:45pm (AEST). Check out the full TAB.com.au market here.
At present, Fernando Bale is the focus of attention for all and sundry in the greyhound racing industry with fourteen straight victories; eighteen wins from his past nineteen starts; and four Group 1 titles.
While Fernando Bale has been hogging the headlines, his kennelmate, Dyna Double One has had to play second fiddle, both in commanding attention, and also in feature races when these two talented canines have met.
In the recent G1 Peter Mosman Classic staged at Wentworth Park on June 20, Fernando Bale was electrifying as he cruised to a 2 ½ length victory from a gallant Dyna Double One who lost no admirers with his performance.
But for a fleeting 72 hours last week, Dyna Double One was the ‘talk of the town.’
At Albion Park last Thursday night in a heat of the Group 1 Winter Cup, the son of Barcia Bale took 6/100ths off the previous 520m track record, lowering the mark to a staggering 29.51 when blitzing his opposition by 10.50 lengths.
Lo and behold, Fernando Bale then stole the attention from his kennelmate after the Dailly’s decided to ‘split’ their stars in the pressing feature races – Fernando headed to Bendigo last Sunday night and established a new 425m track record.
So it seems that no matter what Dyna Double One does, at the moment, Fernando Bale just goes one better.
Despite drawing box 5 in the first $100,000 to the winner greyhound race in Queensland, I’m tipping that Dyna Double One can notch up maiden victory at the elite level at Albion Park this Thursday night.
His track record run was even more meritorious when you consider that he had never set foot on the track prior to last week and at $2.40 with TAB.com.au Fixed Odds, I think he is generous odds.
Boom pup, Pop The Cork ($2.80), who had threatened the Albion Park track record in recent months when clocking 29.58 and 29.59, has drawn box 1, and although many people would love to draw the inside box in a G1 final, unfortunately, I think it will bring about his downfall.
In the recent Flying Amy Classic, Pop The Cork also drew the red rug and in the run to the first turn he wasn’t able to lead, wanted to shift off at the first turn, and eventually wound up at the tail of the field.
Racing against Group 1 opposition, I can’t see Pop The Cork getting a clear passage to the first turn and unless he gets a miracle run through the field, I think it is a massive assignment for him to win.
Having said that, I have an enormous opinion of him and if (or when) trainer Peter Ruetschi steps him up to a middle distance, track records around the nation will be in danger.
My tips in the G1 Winter Cup are Dyna Double One to beat Fabulous Storm, Dawkins Bale and Pop The Cork.
Fernando Bale will again demand the eyes and ears of greyhound fans when he steps out in the G2 Bendigo Cup final on Friday night but for 24 hours, Dyna Double One may just have his moment in the sun.
I’ll be trackside at Albion Park this Thursday evening and you can watch all the action on Sky Racing 1 (Channel 519) from 6.30pm
Good luck and good punting!
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