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Chasing that ‘million dollar feeling’

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

When owner-trainer Paul Herry bobbed at Tara Raceway last Sunday with the little-known Garku Bale there were probably plenty who weren’t even aware that the maiden greyhound with stake earnings of $570 is a litter brother to the mighty Fanta Bale.

She’s the champion bitch who raced the previous night at The Meadows where she won the Top Cat Video Cup (725 metres) final, taking her record to 31 wins and 10 minor placings from 47 starts for stake earnings now approaching a million dollars.

Garku Bale on the way to the boxes at Tara Raceway last Sunday with owner-trainer Paul Herry.

At Tara Raceway for the first time, Garku Bale had raced on only 12 occasions for a couple of seconds in steady time at The Meadows back in late 2016 prior to a frustrating run of injuries that saw him off the scene for the first eight months of this year.

But a for sale advertisement placed last month for the son of $300,000 winner David Bale and the US bred Ucme Typhoon – a Victorian city middle-distance winner – caught the attention of Herry who figured that the lightly-raced black dog was probably worth a go at the asking price of $500.

Originally a reserve, Garku Bale gained a start from box two following the scratching of Brazen Blue in last Sunday’s Gordon Refrigeration Mixed Stake (600 m).

However, it was always going to be a tough introduction to Tara Raceway for Herry’s dog, especially with Hit The Runway racing in good form and looking well placed in the grade 4/5 middle-distance affair.

Hit The Runway ultimately ran out a comfortable winner in a quick 35.10 seconds while $50 chance Garku Bale ran a 12 length sixth although Herry was more than happy with the effort.

“I was happy with the way in which he handled himself and his actual time of 35.94 seconds should see him competitive in a lower grade of race,” he said.

Garku Bale will be back on Friday for Tara Raceway’s time-graded meeting and looks much better placed in the Trackside Meats Stake, a 0-4 wins event over 600 metres.

He’ll be chasing a $415 first prize in the non-penalty race while Fanta Bale will be going around the following night at Wentworth Park for $6200 in a heat of the Sydney Cup (720 m).

But Friday won’t be about the money. Because if Garku Bale can open his winning account then Herry most certainly will head back to Mortlake feeling like a million dollars anyway.

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