CHAMPAGNE Sally smashed the Ipswich 630m track record on Saturday night and could now be headed for a tilt at the Group 1 Hume Cup at The Meadows.
The daughter of Barcia Bale and Bizarre Barbie ran 36.68 to eclipse the track record held by the late Peter Ruetschi’s Hougenie (36.90).
Bred and owned by Mary Burman and trained at the outer Brisbane suburb of Park Ridge, Champagne Sally was aided by her much-favoured rails draw, winning by a staggering 15 and three-quarter lengths over Sorrento and Ziva’s Lass.
Mary Burman was incredulous at the fact Champagne Sally had taken .22 off the previous record.
The Burmans have already won a Hume Cup, with their first ever Group-winning dog Technoman when the Cup was run over 725m back in 2007.
But Mary is also unsure if Champagne Sally will actually make the Cup series on October 28 and November 6.
“She is due to come on season very soon,” said Mary. “It’s been nine months since she was on season, so any plans we make can only be tentative.”
Back in June, Champagne Sally went within a tick of the Albion Park 600m track record of 34.55 held by Mullaway when running 34.63 at her only start over the distance at that track.
Champagne Sally is a litter sister to top class bitch Magic Hornet.
“I always thought Champagne Sally was the better of the two when we first started working them,” said Ray. “But Magic Hornet has really come on since.”
Mary says the difference between the pair is Champagne Sally will never come off the rails during a race to go around a rival, but Magic Hornet will and is a better beginner.
She certainly could go to Melbourne for the Hume Cup.
Champagne Sally dominated the race at Ipswich storming straight to the front and winning with ridiculous ease.
“She had hit the running rail at Albion Park in the Young Guns series at her previous start,” said Mary.
The track record took Champagne Sally’s record to 36 starts for 11 wins and seven placings.
Her dam Bizarre Barbie was a Group class stayer and a litter brother to Group class stayer Migaloo Magic who had also held the track record at Capalaba during his race career.
Big Easy Red Joins Greenough Kennel
TOP Queensland stayer Big Easy Red (Barcia Bale-River Seine) is to join the Melbourne kennel of Kel Greenough.
Big Easy Red has started 56 times for 22 wins and 14 placings and already earned $134,000.
Unfortunately, he has struggled to get distance races at Albion Park since finishing third to Fanta Bale in the Group 1 National Distance Championship.
Winner of the Chairman’s Cup at Albion Park, he was second in an Albion Park Gold Cup and a finalist in last year’s Topgun Stayers Invitational.