The Tony Brett trained Glen Gallon triumphed in last night’s Queensland final of the National Sprint Championship at Albion Park.
The recent Albion Park Winter Carnival Cup winner booked himself a berth into another group one final, this time the National Sprint Championship final in Hobart on Saturday, August 25.
Glen Gallon’s win last night means he will be the only Queensland runner in the Hobart final. Had he been beaten last night, Glen Gallon would have been a chance under the AGRA rules of determining the eighth finalist.
As of July 30, the cutoff date for determining AGRA rankings, Glen Gallon was rated third behind Sydney sprinter Oaks Road and brilliant Perth stayer Miata. No other Queensland greyhound is rated highly in the AGRA rankings.
As things stand now, if Oaks Road wins the NSW state final at Bulli next Monday night, he is off to Hobart whether he wins or loses. If he wins, the next highest AGRA ranked runner to make a state final, Don’t Knocka Him will fill the eighth position in the grand final. Don’t Knocka Him is trained in Melbourne by Jason Thompson for Queensland’s Reg Kay.
Glen Gallon won the state final last night by a nose in a thrilling duel all the way to the finish with the Reg Kay trained Knocka Down. Glen Gallon ran 29.99. Tony Brett described Glen Gallon as a ‘’super dog’’ and will take him to Hobart within a week to trial around the spacious track there.
The state final of the National Distance Championship at Albion Park last night went to Tarlie’s Angel, trained by Ipswich G.R.C. vice president Bruce Linnan. The $10 chance proved last week’s heat win was no fluke with a strong win in 42.28.
At Sandown in Melbourne last night, 21 months old excitement machine Fabregas romped home in the Victorian state final of the National Sprint Championship, running a slick 29.45 on a very much rain affected track. Fabregas has won 11 of his 12 career starts for trainer David Hirst.
At Angle Park in Adelaide last night, Abdon Bale for Lisa Rasmussen won the state final of the National Distance Championship. The $2.50 second favourite beat the favourite Kalden Mayhem. In the National Sprint final for South Australia, Ray Murray’s Aston Thomas was the winner.
Further Nationals finals are to be run at the Meadows and Cannington tomorrow night, Bulli on Monday and Hobart next Thursday.
Story by Paul Dolan, photo by Corey Pearce.