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Dyna Patty Ready To Sizzle

A month away from racing at the start of the year has re-ignited the form of Dyna Patty and the now the star sprinter is on the hunt for another Group 1 title as she heads into the heats of the Perth Cup (520m) at Cannington on Saturday.

Dyna Patty has been in superb touch since she returned to the track in late February.

She won a heat and then the final of the Group 1 Australian Cup at the Meadows and brought that momentum over to Cannington in the Perth Cup Prelude last weekend.

It was an ominous run from the Andrea Dailly-trained speedster as she made a mess of a quality field of greyhounds, including leading local hope West On Augie, winning by more than six lengths in 29.56.

“We couldn’t be happier with the way she’s racing,” said Tom Dailly, partner of trainer Andrea Dailly.

“She’s getting out of the boxes really well at the moment so hopefully her form carries on for a bit longer.”

It’s a been a remarkable turnaround for the greyhound.

Dyna Patty has always been a quality chaser but she had a big dip in form following her victory in the Group 1 Maturity in the middle of last year.

She had only eked out three wins from her last 18 starts leading up to the break. Dailly identified that the problem was mental rather than physical.

“There wasn’t anything wrong with her she just needed a freshen up,” he explained.

“She’s a bit older now, just over three years old, and dogs can go a bit stale doing the same thing over and over.

“We had to do something to spark her up.

“We gave her the break and tried a few different things which seems to have worked.”

Dyna Patty will contest the second heat of the Perth Cup on Saturday night where she’ll be a clear favourite despite an awkward draw.

“She’s drawn box five which isn’t ideal but she should be alright,” Dailly said.

“We’ll see what happens when the lids flip open.”

The Daillys previously won the Perth Cup in 2005 with Sun Hero.

Some other big name chasers that are chasing Perth Cup glory in this series include Group 2 Horsham Cup winner Orson Allen.

Orson Allen goes around the opening heat where he’ll take on, among others, Not Available.

The third heat also shapes as an intriguing contest between Chips And Trains, Victorian raider Miss Splendamiro and the mercurial Campini.

Chips And Trains returns to the kennels of Chris Halse following a stint in Victoria.

Under Halse’s guidance last year Chips And Trains annexed the Group 2 All Stars Sprint and Group 3 Young Stars Classic.

The David Geall-trained Miss Splendamiro has amassed more than 30 career wins and over $215,000 in stakemoney.

She lands in WA on Friday and will get her first look at Cannington when she does a walk around the track that afternoon.

On his night Campini is a capable of anything, including sub-29.50 runs over the 520m journey, but his form has fluctuated wildly over the past couple of months.

By James Broadhurst

CANNINGTON TRACK MAINTENANCE – SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY MARCH 12

The Cannington Track is scheduled for routine maintenance works Tuesday morning March 12.  It will be deep raked to a depth of 65mm. The track will then bladed and rolled to reconstitute the racing surface. The track surface will be in good order for Public Trials Tuesday commencing at 5pm.

Dyna Patty & Tornado Tears at Cannington this Saturday

More big name racedogs have arrived in WA ahead of the Sky Racing Perth Cup/ Galaxy series which commences next weekend.

Topline chaser Dyna Patty will appear in the Perth Cup Prelude (520m) at Cannington on Saturday fresh from her victory in the Group 1 Australia Cup at the Meadows last weekend.

The Andrea Dailly-trained speedster has drawn the pole for her WA debut where she’ll take on a small but quality-packed field, which includes local champ West On Augie and last year’s Perth Cup Consolation winner Benali.

West On Augie, the reigning National Sprint Champion, returns to racing following a week off.

He has been in white hot form with wins from his past six attempts.

Also lined up against Dyna Patty is former kennel-mate Hecton Bale.

Hecton Bale claimed the 2018 Australian Cup for Dailly but is now based here in the west under the guidance of Enzo Crudeli.

Not Available and Eighty Eight, no slouches in their own right, round out what is cracking field.

Superstar stayer Tornado Tears’ assault on the Galaxy commences on Saturday.

The multiple group 1 winner gets his first look at the Cannington circuit in a 600m solo trial.

Former Victorian chaser Equilibrium, which has transferred into the kennels of David Hobby, will also go around in 600m solo trial.

 

By James Broadhurst

Pictured : Andrea Dailly with Dyna Patty

Britton’s Empire Set To Strike

The countdown to the Perth Cup and Galaxy has well and truly commenced with the first trickle of ‘eastern state raiders’ landing in WA ahead of next month’s big group races.

Top Victorian trainer Robert Britton has sent his first wave of contenders across the Nullarbor with Barcali and Not Available getting a sighter at Cannington on Saturday.

Britton also plans to send last year’s Perth Cup Consolation winner Benali and all-conquering stayer Tornado Tears over in the next couple of weeks.

The arrival of Barcali and Not Available comes in the same week that 2018 Galaxy winner Rippin’ Sam, formerly trained by Britton, relocated west into the kennels of Shayne Williams in the lead-up to this year’s edition of the race.

Britton has no doubt that his greyhounds will benefit from an extended preparation heading into the upcoming carnival.

“I like bringing the dogs over early to get acclimatized and get a couple of looks at the track before the main races,” the superstar trainer said.

“Over the years the non-local dogs that have come over ahead of time have generally had more success during the Perth Cup series than the ones at that have turned up just prior to the heats.

“Perth’s not a place you can just get on plane, lob a couple of days before a race and do well.”

Not surprisingly Britton had no hesitation in nominating Tornado Tears as the brightest prospect of his ‘invasion’ team.

Since April last year Tornado Tears has won 16 of 18 starts and collected a swag of group race trophies to establish himself as the dominant distance chaser in the nation.

“Tornado Tears is a great chance in the Galaxy all things going well but I’m a little bit down on where I’d like to be for my Perth Cup dogs,” Britton admitted.

“They’ll be competitive but I’m not super confident.”

Britton believes Not Available and Barcali will be tested in their opening hit-outs at Cannington this weekend.

Not Available contests the 520m Free To All as a warm-up for his Perth Cup campaign while Barcali will go around in the 600m Free To All.

On the three previous occasions Not Available has raced at Cannington he has had wide boxes and once again he’s had no luck with the draw as he’ll jump from the pink in this weekend’s race.

“He’s a bit one dimensional; from an inside draw he’s every chance but he finds it tough out wide,” Britton said.

“Hopefully we’ll get all his bad draws out of the way now.

“There’s a lot of ifs and buts but with the right draw in the Perth Cup he could do well.”

Galaxy hopeful Barcali is having his first start in WA and the talented stayer will be looking to turnaround his form.

He took out the Group 1 Bold Trease at Sandown in November but has been winless in six starts since.

“He’s had a few setbacks and small injury problems after racing in Sydney a few starts back so he’s coming (to WA) on a bit of a downer.

“Hopefully the change of environment will freshen him up.

“I’m not excepting too much from him over the 600m plus he comes up against a pretty good field this week.

“He’ll be much better when he steps up the 700m.

“The aim this week is to give him a look at the track and get him around unscathed.”

Barcali is a litter brother to Benali; the two chasers are out of Born Ali, which won the 2014 version of the Galaxy for Britton.

All three greyhounds are owned by former Fitzroy, Richmond and West Perth player Noel Mugavin.

Britton has won three of the past five Galaxies with Born Ali (2014), Space Star (2015) and Rippin’ Sam (2018) but is yet to claim the Perth Cup.

 

By James Broadhurst

Can Blade Runner cut it in Puppy Classic ?

By James Broadhurst

Baker’s Hill based trainer Joe Dailly is happy to claim underdog status for his runner Jade’s Blade in the Puppy Classic final (520m) at Cannington on Saturday.

The plucky 24 kg chaser comes into the aged restricted feature in decent form with wins from two of her past three starts, including victory during her heat last weekend in 30.14.

Chris Halse-trained pair Kiss Me Linda and Feelin’ Alright, which both recorded personal best times in their respective heat wins, are likely to vie for favouritism.

Jade’s Blade showed another dimension to her racing during her heat performance.

Her main asset is her early pace but impressed her trainer when she was able to win despite being beaten for the lead.

“Normally she’s quick early and is a length in front before she leaves the mat but having said that she hasn’t come out in her last two starts,” Dailly said.

“So to win the heat the way she did was really encouraging.

“I didn’t think she could come from behind but she proved me wrong.

“She stuck to the task even when she things didn’t go her way and she didn’t hesitate to go past the leader when she had the chance.

“She’s improving with her track sense. I think the penny is slowly starting to drop.”

Jade’s Blade will launch from box eight in the trophy decider and Dailly is hopeful for a good result but is realistic about his prospects.

“There’s nothing we can do but put her in and cross the fingers,” he said.

“We need luck to win it. On pure ability she’s not the fastest in the race but if she happens to get to the lead she’ll give herself every opportunity.”

The Puppy Classic final is scheduled for Race 5, 8.35pm on Saturday.