Dyna Williow wins Summer Distance Plate by a nose.
Lara trainer Steve Collins has made a tough call with regard to his up and coming stayer Dyna Willow, potentially bypassing the $107,000 Group 1 Sale Cup (650m) in favour of the $71,000 Group 2 Laurels (515m) at Sandown Park.
Dyna Willow was a brilliant winner of the Group 3 Summer Cup (720m) at Wentworth Park on Saturday night in 41.92sec, just a length and a half off Miata’s 41.82sec track record.
“Dropping her back in distance wasn’t part of a my initial plans, however with the Laurels being an age-restricted race I figured this will be her chance to have a crack at that race. It wasn’t an easy decision and something I thought long and hard about,” Collins said ahead of Thursday’s Laurels heats.
First prize in the Summer Cup was $25,000, with Dyna Willow defeating local greyhounds Smart Valentino and Set To Shine.
“If she gets knocked out in the Laurels heats I may put her in the Sale Cup after all, because fortunately nominations for the Sale Cup don’t close until Friday so the timing works well.”
Dyna Willow, a 30 month old daughter of Collision and Horizon Bale, has won her past three races on end including a heat and final of the Summer Cup.
She has now won 12 races from 32 starts and earned $89,000 in prize money.
“She has been inconsistent up until recently as she has finally learnt that she can go around other dogs,” Collins said.
“Previously all she wanted to do was wait for a run on the rail, but you don’t always get a rails run so I’m hoping now that she has worked that out she will emerge as one of the better stayers around.”