A bullocking first bend manoeuvre by Dalgetty saw him capture the $45,650 Group 3 RSN Silver Bullet (525m) at The Meadows on Monday night.
Dalgetty (Stagger x Rockin’ Along) outmuscled the in-form Shared Equity to secure the $25,000 first prize and his fifth straight win, in a performance that now has trainer Jason Thompson admitting he may have underestimated the youngster.
A virtual unknown 18 days ago, Dalgetty has exploded on to the group racing scene in his past three starts – firstly by easily clocking the quickest heat win of the Group 2 Geelong Cup, then winning the Geelong Cup final and, finally, capturing Monday night’s best eight RSN Silver Bullet in a sizzling 29.78sec.
“Prior to the Geelong Cup final I was asked if Dalgetty had the potential to reach the heights of (Thompson’s other Geelong Cup winners) Black Magic Opal and Whisky Assassin, and I said ‘no way’ because they were absolutely brilliant greyhounds.”
“But he (Dalgetty) keeps improving at a rate faster than I thought he was capable of. Don’t get me wrong, he has got a long way to go before he achieves what those dogs did, but I must admit that based on his past two runs I am starting to think he might eventually get there.”
“He (Dalgetty) has a long way to go before he achieves what the likes of Black Magic Opal and Whisky Assassin did, but based on his past two runs I am starting to think he might eventually get there” – JASON THOMPSON
Like Dalgetty, Black Magic Opal burst on the scene late in the 2013 before capturing the Geelong Cup/Melbourne Cup double that year.
With the Silver Bullet being Dalgetty’s final hit out before the 2015 TAB Melbourne Cup heats on Friday week, Thompson was asked about his preparation.
“Dalgetty has had an ideal preparation going into the Melbourne Cup. In fact, to be honest, he has had an even better preparation than what Black Magic Opal had in 2013.”
“Black Magic Opal went straight from the Geelong Cup into a Melbourne Cup heat, where as Dalgetty running in the Silver Bullet has given him a 500m run leading into the Cup heats which is just what he needed. He has won five on end now so he will enter the Melbourne Cup full of confidence.”
“In saying that, I think that the quality of greyhounds currently at the top end like Fernando Bale and Kayda Shae are better than the competition that Black Magic Opal faced two years ago, and that’s taking nothing away from the greyhounds that were going around back then.”
Bred by Carole Brown, Dalgetty is raced by the Veetee Living The Dream Syndicate.
Sandown Park will now race three Friday nights in a row instead of Thursdays, starting with the Shootout this week, followed by the TAB Melbourne Cup heats (Nov 13) and final (Nov 20). The TAB Melbourne Cup is the world’s richest greyhound race boasting $600,000 in prize money between the first three placegetters including $420,000 to the winner.
Watch: Dalgetty (8) gets the better of Shared Equity (1) at the first turn before defeating Texas Titan (3) and Margins (2) in the Group 3 RSN Silver Bullet on Monday night.