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The Sixth Sense

Balliang’s Mark Delbridge pulled off an amazing feat at Sandown Park on Monday afternoon.

He trained ‘half the card’ – six winners on the 12-event fixture.

What’s more, he also prepared four-second placegetters and two quinellas on the program.

And his ‘big day out’ netted him $24,020!

“It’s my best result, in terms of winners, at a city track in
25 years of training.”

Here’s Delbridge’s ‘super sextet’: Race 3 – Valor Bale ($3.20F) – 29.52sec (BOD); Race 4 – Circumstance ($5.60) – 30.18sec; Race 5 – Balbina Bale ($2.90F) – 29.62sec; Race 6 – Nitro Bale ($8.50) – 29.67sec; Race 11 – Quincee Bale ($30.30) – 34.50sec; Race 12 – Yachi Bale ($1.90F) – 29.97sec. (Valor Bale and Yachi Bale are litter brothers.)

A $1 ‘all-up’ bet on all six would have returned a massive $25,430.28!

“We thought we could get four winners, but Circumstance and Quincee Bale were surprise packets,” Delbridge said.

“It’s my best result, in terms of winners, at a city track in 25 years of training and out of the 15 we had in only two didn’t earn prizemoney. And to top it off with three winners at Shepparton; it’s the most winners I’ve had in a day!”

Delbridge was also quick in paying tribute to his ‘team’ – including wife, Lisa, and son, Myles, along with kennel-hands Shaun Coulson, Dean Elliot and Debbie White.

“They all deserve a lot of credit and are integral to the success of ‘Team Delbridge’.”

Pawnote: The Delbridge juggernaut rolled on with a treble – courtesy of Impress Browning ($2.90EF), Beatrix Bale ($2.00F) and Spring Hondo ($4.70) – at Shepparton on Monday night.

Lisa (YACHI BALE) and Mark (JALEESA BALE) after their kennel quinella in Race 12.

WATCH: VALOR BALE (B6) was the first – and fastest – of Delbridge’s ‘sensational six’, narrowly defeating litter brother ZOHA BALE (B7).

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About 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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