Saturday, April 6, 2019
Dyna Quota, picked up by Koo Wee Rup owner Glen Burns for $1000 after copping a 28-day suspension for marring at Cranbourne in early November, gave Tara Raceway regular Nicole Stanley of Portland her biggest win as a trainer when successful at Angle Park on Thursday night.
A $7 chance, despite drawing box one, Dyna Quota turned in a solid staying performance, triumphant in the $10,000-to-the-winner SA Distance Championship (731 metres) by three-quarters of a length over Billy’s Bake in a time of 43.60 seconds.
The success has the daughter of Dyna Double One x Jayney Bale’s race record now standing at seven wins, 10 minor placings and $23,000 from 29 starts and completed a successful six weeks for connections after a $3000 win over 650 metres at Warrnambool in February and then a heat win leading into Thursday’s final.
Stanley has also won two staying races at Angle Park this year with another daughter of Dyna Double One in Ethics who missed the Distance Championship due to injury.
Interestingly, Greyhound Racing SA CEO Matt Corby paid tribute at Mount Gambier’s recent cup meeting to the number of trainers who travel countless kilometres to race their greyhounds – Stanley still recovering on Friday from a 14-hour round trip the previous day.
“It was a big day but sometimes it turns out to be all worthwhile as was the case with Dyna Quota who I thought had to do it pretty hard on Thursday night but in the end did us all proud.
“I have to say the trip home was nowhere near as arduous as some have been from previous Angle Park meetings when things haven’t gone to plan.
“The SA Distance Championship win was certainly my biggest on the track, upstaging Berry Bling’s win in the SA Country Cup in 2016,” said Stanley, Tara Raceway’s leading trainer in 2017 and currently sitting in third spot behind David Peckham and Tracie Price.
Stanley said she had received an out of the blue phone call last September from Burns asking if she was interested having a go behind the finish-on-lure with a dog called Shady Whip who had a couple of convictions against his name.
“He won a couple of races at Tara Raceway in December but before that Glen had been in touch again to see if I would be interested in a recent purchase of his – Dyna Quota, a winner at Healesville, Cranbourne and Warragul but with a marring conviction hanging over her.”
Burns told her Dyna Quota might win a couple of races at Tara Raceway, little realising that several months later the bright lights of Angle Park would be calling.
Pictures: Kurt Donsberg