Anthony Azzopardi believes fellow Victorian Peter Galo, TAB’s $1.60 favourite, could be vulnerable in Sunday afternoon’s Group Listed SEN National Straight Track Championship (350m) at Healesville.
The inaugural National Championship will pit the best straight-course speedsters from Victoria, South Australia and Queensland against each other, with a $35,000 purse awaiting the winner.
In last Sunday’s Victorian State Final, track specialist Peter Galo, trained by Garry Selkrig, defeated Anthony Azzopardi’s Myrniong And All in 19.09s, improving his superb Healesville record to 16 from 23, with 14 of his victories over 350m.
Peter Galo dominates betting on Sunday’s Final despite drawing box five, with Myrniong And All the $3.90 second elect from box three and Azzopardi isn’t prepared to concede defeat.
“Peter Galo can be beaten,” Azzopardi offered.
“He isn’t boxed great, but in saying that he’s got a great record at Healesville, he’s a very fast dog with a good trainer and he’s a Shepparton Cup winner.
“I’m happy with box three for Myrniong And All, although if I’d been able to choose it would’ve been my third choice!
“The closer to the fence the better and if he’d drawn four or up he probably would’ve been no chance.”
WATCH: Peter Galo (B7) and Myrniong And All (B5) in the Victorian Straight Track Championship.
In stark contrast to Peter Galo, Myrniong And All is a relative straight track novice, having started only three times at Healesville.
“We did target this race with Myrniong And All because there’s not many races around for that type of dog,” Azzopardi explained.
“He’s been a terrific dog for Terry (Kingcott, owner) and I but he’s only a 420-440m dog at the most, although he did make the Warrnambool Cup Final (450m) earlier in the year.
“I’ve been rapt with his three runs at Healesville because he’s not overly experienced up the straight.
“He had been trialled at Healesville but only in patches and he hadn’t been out of the boxes there before the 300m he had prior to the heats.
“It looks like the two inside dogs, Panhandle Slim (SA) and Hollow Words (QLD), both use a bit of the track so I’m hoping we can miss them.
“But my dog hasn’t been coming out that well so hopefully he can drop onto the fence and he’s the most explosive dog you’d ever see when he hits the ground. I haven’t had too many like him!
“I’ve got no doubt he can break 19 seconds at Healesville. I just hope he brings his A game.”