Tassie dog powers away with Galaxy
By ADAM WRATTEN
LILLIPILLI Power blitzed the field to become the first Tasmanian dog to win the $30,000 Border Park Galaxy yesterday.
The heavily backed 5-4 favourite won the 420m race by three lengths from Gosford dog Tommie's Placard, who was a further three and a half lengths ahead of Whatuira Banner.
His time of 23.24secs was fractionally quicker than his heat run on Saturday.
Racing from the inside box he got off to a good start in the 35th Galaxy, quickly overhauled early race leader Tommie's Placard and surged to victory.
Owner Shane Whitney was not trackside yesterday, but trainer Anthony Bullock returned to Tasmania a happy man last night.
Bullock said the 40-month-old speedster was the quickest dog he had worked with.
The dog will race at the national titles at Wentworth Park in August, with a decision to be made soon on whether he will first contest the Gold Coast Cup in July.
"It's our biggest win by a mile," Bullock said.
"This dog is by far the best high-speed (one) I have had."
This was both the trainer and the owner's first crack at the Galaxy.
Lillipilli Power, who has a 13-3-1 career record from 24 starts, arrived for the Galaxy in peak form.
His winning strike rate is above 50 per cent and he was the fastest qualifier for the final after winning his heat on Saturday in a time of 23.37secs.
The dog kennelled with Dulguigan trainer Glenda Dart during his stay on the Tweed.