Fernando Bale has been crowned the 2015/16 Victorian Greyhound of the Year at tonight’s Victorian Greyhound Awards at the Sandown Greyhound Racing Club.
The Andrea Dailly-trained Fernando Bale was adjudged the best performed greyhound in Victoria during the 18 month period incorporating the 2015 calendar year and the first half of 2016.
The eight-time Group 1 winner received the most votes by the Victorian Greyhound of the Year Panel, ahead of fellow finalists (in alphabetical order) Dyna Double One, No Donuts and Space Star.
FERNANDO BALE SNAPSHOT
Trainer: Andrea Dailly (Anakie)
Breeder/owner: Paul Wheeler
Group 1 wins: 8
Best wins: Topgun, Golden Easter Egg
Prize money: $1.299M (first Australian greyhound to win $1Million in prize money)
Earlier in the evening, Melbourne Greyhound Racing Association General Manager, Marg Long was one of three new inductees into Greyhound Racing Victoria’s Hall of Fame.
2015/16 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
– Marg Long (Administration)
– The late Ron Izon (Racing Equipment)
– Cursorial (Breeding Greyhound)
OTHER 2015/16 AWARD WINNERS:
Victorian Sprinter of the Year: Fernando Bale
Victorian Stayer of the Year: Space Star
Ken Carr Medal: John Reid
GRV Welfare Award: Aileen Travis
Ned Bryant ‘Silver Fox’: Gerard O’Keeffe
Metropolitan Trainer of the Year: Andrea Dailly
Provincial Trainer of the Year: Andrea Dailly
An emotional Jan Wheeler and Tom Dailly embrace after Fernando Bale is named the Victorian Greyhound of the Year.
Andrea Dailly celebrates Fernando Bale’s win.