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Garku Bale’s in good company

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Garku Bale joined an illustrious winning litter that includes Brolly Bale, Erelda Bale, Diama Bale, Abed Bale, Helski Bale and, of course, Fanta Bale when successful in last Sunday’s Greyhound-Data.com Stake (732 metres) at Tara Raceway.

Paul Herry pictured with Garku Bale after he opened his winning account at Tara Raceway last Sunday over 732 metres.

Not that Mortlake owner-trainer Paul Herry was about to rate Garku Bale in the same company that had won 75 races and $1,142,294 in prizemoney but he was certainly very happy after his son of David Bale x Ucme Typhoon had finally won his first race.

Fanta Bale is on target to reach the magical $1m in prizemoney if successful in tomorrow night’s $75,000-to-the-winner Topgun Stayers (725 m) at The Meadows in Victoria.

On the other hand, Garku Bale’s prizemoney jumped to $1385 after his win last Sunday but he’s travelling alright for a dog that was picked up by Herry for only $500 a couple of months ago.

Sunday’s non-penalty stayers’ race lacked the likes of McIvor Verna and Cryer’s Plugger in the field but all the same it looked to have the makings of a competitive six-dog race – and that’s how it turned out, in the end only a neck separating Garku Bale and Bekim Lucy’s after 1½ laps of the Tara Raceway circuit.

Gee She Roks showed early speed from box two but when she went via the car park into the home straight the first time Garku Bale took up the running and from then on just kept finding, eventually winning in 44.56 seconds.

There’s no doubt about Cap Abbott – it’s a different woman for every win! This time it was track photographer Bronny Nicholson who got in on the act after Emily As won the final race.

And the Cap Abbott owned and trained Emily As should be ready to once again join the stayers in next month’s distance events judging by her win in the ClassicBet Mixed Stake (600 m) last Sunday.

The daughter of Sure As (a brother to former champion stayer Miata) and 630 metre Nowra winner Darmilou never looked like being beaten when leading all the way to defeat Big Rough by 1¼ lengths in 35.45 seconds.

The win was her first this year after she had run numerous placings at Tara Raceway – including seconds behind Silverali and McIvor Verna in the Back To Distance Racing series – when trained at Horsham by Kevin Jakobi.

Jakobi has since retired from greyhound racing with Abbott able to pick up Emily As in early September in an “everything must go” sale for $200.

Meanwhile, Abbott will be at Strathalbyn tomorrow with Emily As who will clash with kennelmates Blazin’ Vicky and Mo Town Roy in a mixed stake over 536 metres.


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