|A brilliant performance from Western Australian Dyna Nalin (box 6) secured victory in the Group 1 Gold 1242 Sale Cup (650m) on Boxing Day.
Starting as an $8.80 third favourite, Dyna Nalin proved himself yet again amongst elite company as he overcame immense trouble to win the richest provincial race in Victoria taking home the $75,000 first-prize which elevates his career prize money to $516,000.
It was the third Group 1 victory of the year for the son of Ashom Bale and Tally Bale, after his successes in the Perth Cup and Topgun.
Dyna Nalin was squeezed early in the race by Phenomenal (box 7) and Born Ali (box 5) but was able to use his trademark race smarts to navigate his way through the field.
Garry Selkrig’s Noaki Spitfire found himself in the lead for the majority of the race with Steve Collins’ Dyna Willow and Jason Thompson’s Phenomenal pressuring him throughout.
As the field rounded the final turn a big gap was left on the inside and as he did in the Topgun, Dyna Nalin took the run and stormed home to yet another famous victory.
Speaking after the race, Paul Stuart said he was grateful to his friends in Victoria for helping the dog settle and that he is still surprised by how good Dyna Nalin navigates his way through a field.
“It’s a big task coming over from Perth and I wouldn’t be able to do it with the help of Darren (McDonald) and his staff,” Stuart said.
“He’s (Dyna Nalin) such a smart greyhound in a field and he always seems to put himself in a position where he can challenge for the win.”
Dyna Nalin’s career record now stands at 46 starts for 27 wins and 13 minor placings with career earnings of $516,000.
Paul Stuart famously trained Australia’s greatest ever stakes earner, Miata, that won $715,000 in prize money. Dyna Nalin is just two years and nine months old with a promising middle distance – and potential staying career – ahead of him, Miata’s record may be in danger.
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