Rebecca Gibbons with Mr. Anderson, one of her four Bendigo Cup heat winners đź“· Clint Anderson

  • Sunday, 08 Oct, 2023,
  • by Andrew Copley

Team Gibbons in Bendigo blitz

Team Gibbons’ love affair with the Victorian country cups circuit continued on Sunday night when steering home four heat winners of the Group 2 Sportsbet Bendigo Cup (425m).

Nicolson Bale, Quinlan Bale, Mr. Anderson and Zella Bale were all victorious for Rebecca Gibbons, with the quartet to have a major say in Friday night’s $87,000 final.

The Avalon kennel has already won three country cups in the 2023 calendar year courtesy of their superstar sprinter Kelsey Bale (Ballarat, Geelong & Warrnambool), who is trained by Rebecca’s husband Daniel.

Time honours on Bendigo Cup heats night went the way of young gun Alpha Zulu, who stopped the clock at an electrifying 23.53sec, his 12th win from just 17 starts.

Alpha Zulu is part-owned by AFL legend Jonathan Brown.

WATCH: “It’s powering away!” APLHA ZULU (B2) takes time honours in the Bendigo Cup heats clocking 23.53sec.


(fastest to slowest)

23.528sec Alpha Zulu
23.592sec Nineteen Crimes
23.648sec Nicolson Bale
23.738sec Shima Shadow
23.753sec Quinlan Bale
23.794sec Mr. Anderson
23.854sec Unleash Collinda
23.867sec Zella Bale

Other highlights from Sunday’s Cup heats were:

  • Nineteen Crimes (Deb Carr) produced an upset in the opening heat, winning in a scorching 23.59sec.
  • Straight track superstar Unleash Collinda (Jason Thompson) had to work hard to take out his heat in 23.85sec, joining kennelmate Alpha Zulu on the winner’s list.
  • Shima Shadow (Andrea Dailly) produced a stunning burst of mid-race speed to take out the eighth and final heat in 23.74sec.
Andrew CopleyAndrew Copley

Andrew Copley

Communications Manager at Greyhound Racing Victoria with 25 years’ experience as a reporter with National Greyhound Form newspaper and GRV. Former Watchdog form analyst. Adopter of celebrity greyhound, Fred Basset. Victorian Greyhound of the Year and Victorian greyhound racing Hall of Fame panel member.

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