Galaxy a real bobby-dazzler
DAZZLE You lived up to his name in the Border Park Galaxy yesterday, blitzing the field to win regional racing's richest purse.
In a dazzling display, the Ferguson family greyhound jumped to the front from the rails box and was never headed as it ran on to record the second fastest time in Galaxy history (23.06s), just 0.02s from rewriting the record books.
“To see him come out running like that was great. He was on his toes and I couldn't fault him,” trainer Chris Ferguson said.
“He's just returned from injury, so I didn't know if he could back up from Saturday, but inside I knew if he could take the lead he would hold it.
“It's my first runner in the Galaxy and it's a great feeling to get the win.”
Inside the track, punters were jostling for position, lining the rails and packing out the grandstands, anxiously waiting to see who would claim the $25,000 winner's cheque.
As soon as the bunny passed, Dazzle You leapt to the front, with pre-race favourite Taipan Bale moving quickly into second and pushing the leader to run a blistering 7.09s opening section.
However events played into Dazzle You's paws, and Taipan Bale was quickly forced to shuffle back into the pack as early flyers Hannify's Impact and Diamonds Amore crowded towards the rail.
Coming around the home turn, Dazzle You shot three lengths clear and continued to pull away, simply outclassing the field and getting up by 4.5 lengths, with Hannify's Impact second and Taipan Bale a further 4.25 lengths adrift in third.
“It's a sensational dog, the form tells you that,” Border Park secretary manager Stephen McGrath said.
“It handled the track remark-ably and was a deserved winner.
“As they say, winners are grinners and it's a tremendous day for both Dazzle You and the Fergusons.”
Dazzle You crossed the line to rousing applause from the large crowd, who made the most of the sunshine on what was the first dry Galaxy day in three years.