Greyhound racing fans all remember the moment Miata swept past Xylia Allen in a heat of the Group 1 SuperStayers at The Meadows in February 2013. It was a defining moment in Miata’s career as she conquered another challenger on her way to a record breaking $715,000 in prize money.
That young, precocious talent that was part of Miata’s rich history has forged her own career now and become a seasoned and brilliant racing animal. This Saturday night in the Group 2 AWM Distance Championship (725m), Xylia Allen has the chance to return the favor to Miata and blitz past her all-time record and create history herself.
Xylia Allen has made an astonishing 21 group finals throughout her career. She has tasted success in seven of those and placed in another eight. Her outstanding ability to come-from-behind or dominate from the front has characterised an awe-inspiring career.
Paul Wheeler, owner of Xylia Allen, believes that she should be considered among the best greyhounds of all time, and now sees her as the best greyhound the family has ever had.
Wheeler believes that Xylia Allen is now a mature race-dog and is a more accomplished stayer than she was in the past. This could lead to a prolonged career, although he did say that she would be retired if she happened to come on season.
“The way she has been finishing off her staying races since she went up to Brisbane about a month ago has really impressed me. Prior to that she would fade in the dying stages of her races over 700 metres, but now she appears to be a lot stronger.
“Distance greyhounds seem to race a bit longer than sprinting greyhounds but when she comes on season we will retire and breed with her.”
Xylia Allen has the chance to break the all time prize money record when she lines up from box one in race six this Saturday night.
Watch above: Miata storms past Xylia Allen in SuperStayers heat