Double One’s Golden Handshake

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9 Mar 2016

Written by Gerard Guthrie
Australian Cup Preso Daillys

DYNA Double One has retired in a blaze of glory after smashing the million dollar barrier when storming to victory in the Group 1 Australian Cup at The Meadows last Saturday night.

The memorable Australian Cup triumph, Dyna Double One’s fourth at Group 1 level, saw the Victorian superstar became only the third greyhound worldwide to surpass one million dollars in prizemoney, joining former kennelmate – and long-time nemesis – Fernando Bale and Sweet It Is in the exclusive club.

The historic achievement provided a perfect stage for Dyna Double One to bow out, with owner/breeder Paul Wheeler confirming the March ’13 son of Barcia Bale and Crystin Bale’s retirement on Tuesday morning, resisting the lure of the Golden Easter Egg.

“He’s officially retired,” Wheeler said.

“He won the Melbourne Cup, stepped up to 600m and won the Rookie Rebel and broke track records at Sandown and The Meadows and then dropped back to 500 and won the Australian Cup. He’s three years old and has earned a million dollars in prizemoney so he really doesn’t need to do anything else and I thought it was an appropriate time to retire him to stud.

“I still don’t know how he stayed on his feet on the first turn on Saturday night and to pick himself up and run down a couple of hot dogs in front was an amazing performance.

“The Daillys were disappointed with the decision – Andrea shed a few tears – but at the end of the day they accepted it pretty well.”

Dyna Double One’s retirement brings to an end a golden 14-month period for the all-conquering Wheeler/Dailly partnership, which saw firstly Fernando Bale and then Dyna Double One dominate the Group racing scene.

Fernando Bale was retired in December having won 35 of his 44 starts and $1,299,370 in prizemoney, while the Australian Cup was Dyna Double One’s 31st victory from 54 starts, with the $250,000 winner’s purse boosting his bank balance to $1,160,316.

“Everyone in the racing industry dreams of having a champion and we had two at the same time so we’ve been living the dream,” Wheeler said.

“There’s only been three dogs that have broken the million dollar mark and we’ve had two of them, which is unbelievable.

“Fernando Bale and Dyna Double One were very different dogs. They would both chase through a brick wall but Fernando Bale was a front-running strong sprinter while you could call this bloke ‘Mr Versatile’. He won Group 1 races and broke track records over 500 and 600 and while he was never tried over the distance the way he won the Rookie Rebel I thought, ‘Struth, this dog will run 700!’

“One of the things breeders look for in a racing animal is longevity and Dyna Double One had that. He raced in elite company almost his entire life and while he was the bridesmaid to Fernando Bale for a long time, he beat Fernando in the Melbourne Cup and then took over when Fernando retired.

“It’ll be very hard to find a replacement but I was very impressed with the run of Diego Bale to finish third in the Australian Cup. He was the youngest dog in the race and if he stays injury free over the next six months he could step up and develop into a super duper dog.

“Dyna Double One will stand at stud in NSW with Tony Wiseman at Sires On Ice. He’s already got about 40 litters on the ground and there’s 50 or 60 people trying to get semen off Tony.”

After reeling off four sensational middle distance victories – breaking both the Sandown 595m and The Meadows 600m records and then winning the Group 1 Rookie Rebel invitational on the opening night of the Australian Cup Carnival – Dyna Double One dropped back to 525m for the Australian Cup.

He won his heat in 29.64 and started $2.20 favourite in last Saturday’s final from box two, from where he was unbeaten in seven appearances, with fastest heat winner Pop The Cork (29.61), one of Jason Thompson’s five finalists, the $2.90 second elect.

Dyna Double One began well and overcame first turn interference to move ominously into second down the back, unleashing a trademark powerful finishing burst to beat Black Frenzy by three lengths in 29.76 in a bittersweet result for the Dailly kennel.

“It (retirement) came as a surprise to us because we had him nominated for the Easter Egg but obviously Paul had been thinking about it and it’s his decision,” co-trainer George Dailly said.

“Who’s to say he wouldn’t have won the Easter Egg and I don’t think anybody would have looked at him differently if he didn’t, but having said that he’s gone out on top of the world and it was a brilliant run.

“He barged his way through on the first turn – the dog loves that sort of stuff and he’d chase through ten brick walls if he had to – and then he just blew them away. He’s a phenomenal race dog.

“We’ve been very fortunate to train two beautiful animals in Dyna Double One and Fernando Bale and I couldn’t split the pair of them. They were both magnificent chasers and could run phenomenal times. Fernando Bale was the fastest early dog I’ve ever seen and Dyna Double One was the strongest dog you could find so they covered both ends of the spectrum.”

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