Qwara Bale Rules In Battle Of The 'Bool

QWARA Bale has defied both age and experience to claim an all-the-way victory in the Group 2 Warrnambool Cup Final on Wednesday night.

Adam Dobbin

5 May 2021

QWARA Bale has defied both age and experience to claim a slashing all-the-way victory in the Group 2 Macey’s Bistro Warrnambool Cup Final (450m) on Wednesday night.

The Andrea Dailly-trained daughter of Allen Deed went into the $47,000-to-the-winner decider as the only female, youngest runner, with the fewest starts, and contesting her first group race final.

But those obstacles mattered for little.

A trademark faultless beginning set up the stellar group triumph in a flying 24.82, extending the hugely talented youngster’s overall record to 11 wins from just 20 appearances.

Finishing second in the Group 2 showpiece was dual country cups hero Yozo Bale, while red hot favourite Shima Shine, a kennelmate to the winner, finished on gamely for third.

Qwara Bale’s scintillating win was constructed with an outrageous first split of 6.42 before carving out a dazzling 11.22 second section.

At the finish the regally bred youngster scored by 3 ¾ lengths with another length separating placegetters Yozo Bale and Shima Shine.

The victory handed ‘Team Dailly’ a fourth Warrnambool Cup title following previous wins by Sun Hero (2005), Dyna Bert (2012) and Dyna Patty (2019).

On the strength of her epic Warrnambool Cup success, Qwara Bale is expected to be a major player in the Group 1 Sapphire Crown (515m) which gets underway at Sandown Park next week.

The bitches series is worth $100,000-to-the-winner and given she already boasts some blistering winning times at the circuit, is expected to be at the pointy end of betting for the event.

Meanwhile, on a fantastic card of racing out of the ‘Bool on Wednesday night, the Cup Night Match Race (450m) was annexed by Perth Cup winner Tiggerlong Tonk in a fast 24.83.

In a fantastic two-dog battle, Tiggerlong Tonk made full use of the inside alley to hold out Ferdinand Boy in the early stages before getting away late for a decisive victory.

Both greyhounds are expected to line-up in next week’s heats of the Group 1 Harrison-Dawson (515m) at Sandown Park.