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‘Xylia Among Top Three Greatest’: Finey

SEN’s Mark Fine has heaped enormous praise on Xylia Allen, rating her among the three best greyhounds of all time.

Xylia Allen is set to become Australia’s all-time highest prize money earner as soon as this Saturday night, where she is rated a $1.25 favourite from Box 1 in the Group 2 AWM Distance Championship final (725m) at The Meadows.

Xylia Allen has had 72 starts for 36 wins and earned $682,000, and if she can capture the $40,000 first prize on Saturday she will surpass Australia’s $715,000 prize money record, held by Miata.

The Jenny Hunt-trained daughter of Turanza Bale and Tayah Bale also has seven track records to her name.

“Her versatility makes her one of the greatest (greyhounds of all time). Brett Lee is the fastest greyhound that I’ve ever seen, (but) for versatility and durability Xylia Allen is probably the one (the best),” Fine told GRV’s Rick Durham on Monday night.

“When I started following greyhound racing there was a superstar by the name of Temlee who, in terms of the imprint on greyhound racing in Australia, both on the track and through breeding lines, stands right up there with the very best.”

“So I rate Temlee, Brett Lee and Xylia Allen as Australia’s best ever.”

Fine and Durham also discussed the Greyhound Adoption Program as well as Saturday night’s Group 1 Hudson Pacific Maturity Classic at The Meadows.

Tune into Rick Durham’s greyhound racing report each Monday night on 1116 SEN.

Watch Xylia Allen’s brilliant AWM Distance Championship heat win at The Meadows last Saturday night in 42.47sec, which was four lengths quicker than the other heat winners.

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