Prolific winner Peter Galo wears a ‘halo’ at Healesville where he has notched 20 wins from 28 starts. But he’s much more than just a straight track specialist!
And his Devon Meadows-based trainer Garry Selkrig couldn’t agree more.
“It’s not only ridiculous, it’s a fallacy,” Selkrig said. “In fact, he’s better around a circle track. He had a few problems, so I left him at Healesville for a while.”
Okay, Peter Galo holds the Healesville 350-metre track record (18.65sec), which he set in last year’s Group Listed National Straight Track Championship.
But he’s also clocked some staggering times on ‘horseshoe’ tracks – Ballarat 450m (24.85sec), Bendigo 425m (23.41sec), Shepparton 390m (21.78sec), Shepparton 450m (25.06sec) and Warragul 400m (22.12sec).
And on Saturday night, he lines up in his fifth country cup final – the Group 2 Warragul Toyota Cup (460m).
A winner of 39 races from 63 starts, Peter Galo ($4.20) is on the third line of betting, behind G1 Melbourne Cup hero Whiskey Riot ($2.50) and NSW star La Grand Quality ($3.60).
He notched his 19th win from his past 22 starts posting a flying 25.41sec in a heat, defeating Slingshot Hammer by almost four lengths. It was his third win from six starts over Warragul’s 460m sprint trip.
WATCH: Peter Galo (1) takes out a G2 Warragul Cup heat in 25.41sec.
Peter Galo will exit from box two in the final, a draw from which he has had nine starts for four wins, one second and two thirds.
“I’m quietly confident… All he has to do is jump; if he jumps he wins,” Selkrig said.
Selkrig added: “He’s a veteran now, but he’s showing no signs of slowing down. His mind is working well, and his legs are too… He’s been on the lead all week; I’ve kept him fresh.”
Peter Galo is chasing his second G2 victory, having taken out the 2018 Shepparton Cup. He was also a finalist in last year’s G2 Geelong Cup (3rd), 2018 G2 Bendigo Cup and 2017 G3 Healesville Cup.
And Selkrig is hoping for a third Warragul Cup success, having scored with Stagger (2012) and To The Galo’s (2016).
Ironically, all three greyhounds are closely related – To The Galo’s is Peter Galo’s older half-brother, while Stagger is his ‘uncle’ as his dam (Instructed First) and Peter Galo’s dam (Flossy) are sisters.
“All three have been really honest dogs, but as far as speed goes, Peter Galo is the fastest,” Selkrig said. “Stagger was an iron dog, and I believe he holds the Australian record of 64 wins. But I’d like to surpass that figure with Peter Galo.”
Peter Galo turned four years old last month, and Selkrig says he’s probably got another 12 months of racing in him.
“Age is just a number, and he looks good for his age,” Selkrig said. “Another year of racing, that’s the plan… And then I can head to Thailand for a long-overdue holiday with my wife and relax on a beach.”