Irma Bale & Lektra Jay Dominate Victorian National Distance Championship Final
Written By George Farrugia, The Meadows Greyhound Racing Correspondent Sunday 5th August 2012
The Graeme Bate-trained Irma Bale looks the greyhound to beat in next Saturday nightâ€™s State Distance Final at The Meadows after drawing perfectly in box one.
The daughter of Bartrim Bale and Amelia Bale showed her customary early speed in last nightâ€™s heat, recording splits of 4.88, 15.94 and 29.69 before a three quarter-length victory over litter sister and main series rival Fyna Bale in a Best of Night 42.82, which was also a new PB for the two-time Group winner.
Irma Bale will start a hot favourite to represent Victoria in the Group 1 Wrest Point National Distance Championship, to be held at Hobart on August 25 over 709 metres.
The second and final heat was taken out by Group-winning chaser Lektra Jay, running down tearaway leader Yowyeh in the shadows of the post in 43.12. The son of Whereâ€™s Pedro is part of a two-pronged attack for trainer Andrea Dailly in next Saturdayâ€™s final.
Irma Bale was part of a big night for the Wheeler family, owning nine of the 12 winners on Saturday night.
Victorian State National Distance Championship Final (725m)
Winner goes through to National final.
Box 1 – Irma Bale – Graeme Bate – 42.82
Box 1 – Karanji – Angela Langton – 42.90
Box 1 – Double Champ – Tina Womann – 42.99
Box 1 – Mission Complete – Michelle Mallia-Magri – 42.87
Box 1 – Fyna Bale – Andrea Dailly – 42.73
Box 1 – Lektra Jay – Andrea Dailly – 43.12
Box 1 – Yowyeh – Angela Langton – NBT
Box 1 – Mimicking – Robert Britton – NBT
1st Res – Czar (Res) – Robert Britton – NBT
2ns Res – Erica Allen (Res) – Andrea Dailly – NBT