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  • Monday, 08 Aug, 2022,
  • by Peter Quilty

Daniel’s ‘double delight’

Avalon’s Daniel Gibbons will launch a two-pronged challenge in the $10,000 to-the-winner Victorian Straight Track Championship final (350m) on Sunday.

Gibbons snared two of the three heats, within 15 minutes yesterday, including the fastest heat winner.

Quinlan Bale ($2.30F) set the time standard with a runaway 6.3L victory in 19.34sec (Best), while litter brother Nicolson Bale ($2.70F) clocked a 2.6L win in 19.62sec.

Both Jun ’20 Feral Franky x Ethla Allen siblings have similar form lines.

Quinlan Bale, a dual G3 finalist, notched his 10th win from 23 starts and Nicolson Bale, a G3 Warragul St Leger finalist less than 48 hours earlier, registered his 11th win from 23 starts.

They have drawn box four and box two respectively in the final.

The remaining heat winner was Fascinate Aussie ($8.70) – prepared at Creswick by Stefano Cassar – which caused an upset in semaphoring 19.55sec. Zigzag Cabang ($1.30F) finished fourth, albeit only 1.9L from the winner.

Fascinate Aussie will exit from box six in the final.

NICOLSON BALE with handler Dallan Klemke after his impressive heat win.

Meanwhile, Seymour trainer James Shaw will also issue a dual threat in the final courtesy of Master Ogilvie (second to Fascinate Aussie) and Crabby Yabby (third to Quinlan Bale). They have drawn box three and box eight respectively in the final.

And Devon Meadows trainer Garry Selkrig has two finalists – half-brothers Shima Punga (second to Quinlan Bale) and Shima Sheen (second to Nicolson Bale). They will exit from boxes five and seven.

Pawnote: The first two placegetters in next Sunday’s (August 14) $15,250 Victorian Straight Track Championship final will qualify for the $25,000 to-the-winner National Grand Final to be conducted at Richmond (NSW) on Saturday, August 27.

WATCH: QUINLAN BALE (B7) streaks away with a Vic Straight Track C’ship heat at Healesville on Sunday.

Peter QuiltyPeter Quilty

Peter Quilty

Peter Quilty has more than three decades of experience as assistant editor of Victorian Greyhound Weekly. He was editor of GRV monthly magazine The Adviser (2001-09) and owner/publisher of Australian Greyhound Monthly. He also served on the selection panel for the inaugural GRV ‘Hall of Fame’ inductees and for several years was an adjudicator on the Victorian GOTY. He’s also published greyhound racing yearbooks and wrote the ‘Bold Trease’ video script.

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