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