Fanta Bale has captured a sixth Group 1 event by taking out the National Distance Championship in Brisbane.
Exactly one week after being announced the 2016/17 Victorian Greyhound of the Year, the Robert Britton-trained Fanta Bale opened up a big lead from box one before holding on to defeat fellow Victorian, Burn One Down and Queensland’s Big Easy Red (Queensland)
Earlier in the night, it was the home state that took the honours in the National Sprint Championship, with Jury (Tony Brett) defeating South Australia’s On Fire and Victorian Aston Dee Bee.
Fanta Bale is only the second greyhound in Australia to achieve six Group 1 wins, two fewer than Fernando Bale, who won eight. She stretched her career record to 28 wins from 44 starts, with the $75,000 winner’s cheque taking her prize money earnings to just under $894,000.
“It’s like winning the trifecta,” Britton said, referring to Fanta Bale’s three Group 1 wins over the long distance, which includes the Sandown Cup at Gold Cup. “She’s a damn good dog.”
The Nationals is greyhound racing’s ultimate stater versus state challenge, with Victorian representatives now winning the past four Distance titles with Sweet It Is (2014), Lady Toy (2015), Ring The Bell (2016) and Fanta Bale.