Bathurst Treble Perfect Birthday Gift For Dwyer

FOUR starters, in a couple of days, and a treble at Bathurst all with littermates was the tale of Bathurst on Monday afternoon for Ashley Dwyer.

David Brasch

3 August 2022

FOUR starters, in a couple of days, and a treble at Bathurst all with littermates.

That’s the story behind Ashley Dwyer’s long weekend.

Ashley, 65, and based at Symonston where he has eight in training, started his winning run on Saturday night when Joseph’s Coast (Fernando Bale-Osti Influence) ran 29.97 to take out a 520m 5th Grade.

He headed to Bathurst on Monday and promptly landed a winning treble all with offspring of the Fernando Bale-Osti Influence litter.

It started with Royal Osti winning in 17.87 in a 307m 5th Grade, then followed Ashley’s grand campaigner Special Blend in 30.05 in a 520m top grade, and finally Charlie’s Jar in 30.14 in a 5209m 5th Grade.

“I’ve had a treble in the past, but having only eight dogs in the kennel, and five of them from the same litter, is special,” said Ashley.

The feat had an upside.

Ashley celebrated his 65th birthday on Tuesday and the litter turned three on Monday.

Ashley grew up with Barry Doss, son of legendary greyhound breeder Ted.

“He’s still going strong at 93,” said Ashley. “I still visit him as often as I can.”

Ashley bought Sizzling Osti from Ted, put her to Collision and got Osti Influence, a winner three times at Wentworth Park, and her classy sister Mainline Osti.

Both bitches have litters by Fernando Bale.

Special Blend is a high class galloper winner of 18 races and $105,000.

He is on target for the Million Dollar Chase.

“He will get his chance in the series and he is a dog who deserves to win a big race,” said Ashley.

“I took him to Bathurst to get a bit of confidence back.

“He will miss the Nationals and head to Bathurst for the Million Dollar Chase first round. We have Nowra as a back-up.”

Special Blend has been a finalist in several Group races.

“I thought he was drawn to win the Richmond Derby but they had to do a re-draw and that put him out of contention,” said Ashley.

The Fernando Bale-Osti Influence litter has been exceptional.

Joseph’s Coat has won eight, Charlie’s Jar nine and Royal Osti five.

“Those four winners were great,” said Ashley. “We’ve got to take all the success we can while it happens.”