Favourite Dyna Patty emulated her sire, champion sprinter-turned stud sensation Fernando Bale, with a dominant victory in the Group 1 Maturity Classic Final (525m) at The Meadows on Saturday night.
Fernando Bale won the Maturity in 2015 and the Andrea Dailly-trained Dyna Patty, a daughter of Unix Bale, continued the freakish young stud dog’s phenomenal 2018 when defeating another exciting Wheeler-bred prospect in Orson Allen.
Dyna Patty, which won the Group 3 Bill Collins Speed Star match race series at Sandown Park in May, had produced the standout performances in both the heat and semi-final stages of the $100,000 to-the-winner Maturity, clocking 29.73sec and 29.80 respectively, both best of night performances.
Drawn in box one, as had been the case in the semi-final, Dyna Patty started $2.50 favourite, ahead of Tritt Tritt, one of two finalists trained by Brooke and Jamie Ennis, which was the $4.80 second elect from box two.
Dyna Patty began well off the inside but was outpaced by Chief’s Empire ($6.40) in the run to the first turn.
Dyna Patty took over down the back as Orson Allen ($6.70) moved into second and that was how they stayed as Dyna Patty kept going strongly in the home straight to score by 2.26 lengths in a scorching 29.73sec, her 11th win from 22 starts.
“She’s every bit as good as them, probably better, to be honest,” Tom Dailly said, comparing Dyna Patty favourably with former star females trained by the Dailly family, including Star Of Mine and Cape Drina.
“She’s a ripper…nice natured and very relaxed, which is what you want in a greyhound. She’s a very good racer and her greatest asset is her speed. I knew she could run the time required to win the race, so it was always a question of whether she would be able to avoid interference.
“I didn’t think she could lead early, but when she lobbed in second position I was pretty confident. I was just relieved Orson Allen wasn’t in front of her though, because if he was I don’t think she would’ve caught him.”
Young trainer Correy Grenfell, 24, was left ruing runner-up Orson Allen’s box six draw, but was justifiably proud of the youngster’s gallant effort.
“It was a great race. If we swapped the boxes around I think we might have had Dyna Patty’s measure, but you can never know for sure,” Grenfell said.
“I’m tossing up between the Nationals and the Shepparton Cup with him now.”
While the Ennis kennel were denied what would have been a fairy tale Group 1 victory with third-placed Tritt Tritt, a son of their former superstar My Bro Fabio, the husband and wife team appear to have a potential middle distance topliner on their hands in Ella Enchanted.
A Maturity semi-finalist, Ella Enchanted was a runaway 34.48sec winner over 600m and looks destined for much bigger and better things.
This article was compiled by Gerard Guthrie and Andrew Copley. Photos by Clint Anderson.