Form expert Dale Code has picked out a selection of greyhounds to follow from around Victoria. You may even want to add them to your Blackbook account.
RHINO BALE (Box 4)
Breeding: Jan ‘21 Fernando Bale x Fanta Bale
Trainer: Samantha Grenfell, Anakie
Record: 11 starts 2-3-1
Dale says: Rhino Bale is one of the best bred chasers in the land.
He has always shown ability which was evident in just his second start with a slick 22.44sec Geelong win over 400 metres.
His form since then has been solid, but he can be a little tardy out of the boxes and his lack of experience found him in vulnerable positions in his 500m races where he found trouble.
However, he made his debut over 600m at The Meadows on Wednesday and speared straight to the front, appreciating the slower tempo early and recording an emphatic 34.95sec victory on a rain-effected track.
Rhino Bale appears to have found his ideal distance and he can become a prolific winner.
Best traits: Mid-race speed
Ideal draw: Box 1
Ideal distance: 600m
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BLUE TUNGSTEN (Box 4)
Breeding: Dec ‘20 Bernardo x Someday Lady
Trainer: Kayla Cottrell, Pearcedale
Record: 14 starts 4-4-1
Dale says: Blue Tungsten has always shown some promise, but not even the best judges in the world could have predicted one of the fastest runs ever seen on a provincial circuit.
Blue Tungsten broke the Shepparton 385-metre track record last Monday night posting a ridiculous 21.20sec, shaving 1.5 lengths off the previous time standard.
If the son of Bernardo continues this rapid rate of improvement, we could see something special.
Best traits: Elite early speed
Ideal draw: Box 8
Ideal distance: 400m
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DRAGON INN (Box 5)
Breeding: Apr ’21 Zambora Brockie x Shez Sublime
Trainer: Daryl Brennan, Napoleons
Record: 3 starts 3-0-0
Dale says: Dragon Inn is yet to taste defeat after three starts which includes a red-hot win at The Meadows in 29.76sec at just his second start.
In his first two wins, he had clear galloping room and consequently ran the hands off the clock, but his third win was the most impressive as he had to work hard early after copping pressure and stormed home to record a top win at The Meadows in 30.16sec.
Racing with a maturity beyond his tender age of 21 months, Dragon Inn looks like a star of the future.
Best traits: Can lead or come off the speed to win
Ideal draw: Box 1
Ideal distance: 525m
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Dale Code is a professional form analyst and son of champion Melbourne Cup-winning trainer, the late Judy Hayley.
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