Fernando Bale is the world’s first greyhound to win $1Million in prize money following a stunning victory in the Group 1 Adelaide Cup (515m) on Friday night.
Trained in Victoria by Andrea Dailly, the white and brindle sprinter has carved out an incredible career since making his debut last December.
This was his 31st victory from just 38 starts and his seventh Group 1 win, with the $75,000 first prize taking his career earnings up to $1,006,110.
Fernando Bale ($1.30) took control of the Adelaide Cup soon after the start before scoring a commanding victory in the brilliant time of 29.20sec over local sprinter Lachlan Brown ($31.00) and Victorian pair Kayda Shae ($8.00) and Waymore’s Blues ($17.00).
While prize money levels in greyhound racing have grown dramatically in recent years, popular opinion among greyhound racing experts is that Fernando Bale is the greatest greyhound of all time.
Extraordinarily, Fernando Bale has never been beaten in a Group 1 final, and he has managed to clock the million dollar mark despite winning only one of the top six richest greyhound races in Australia (the $250,000 to-the-winner Golden Easter Egg).
He is expected to race at least until the Melbourne Cup at Sandown Park on November 20 before retiring to stud – that race being the world’s richest greyhound event boasting a first prize of $420,000.