Barnes Relishing Nellie's Classic Run Of Reds

DENNIS Barnes can’t believe his run of good fortune with box draws for his emerging middle distance newcomer Nangar Nellie.

DENNIS Barnes can't believe his run of good fortune with box draws for exciting middle distance newcomer Nangar Nellie.

Nangar Nellie will exit the rails for the third week running in Saturday night's Ladbrokes Country Classic heat (605m) at Dubbo.

Winner of 14 from 26, with nine minors, the July '21 daughter of Fernando Bale and Fancy Dancer has been installed $2.60 favourite in what looms as a baptism of middle distance fire.


Chasing her fifth straight win, she'll face newly-crowned NSW Greyhound of the Year Palawa King (box 6 – $2.80) and Father Rick (box 2 – $4), runner-up in the G1 Rookie Rebel at The Meadows last Saturday night.

"Fair dinkum, I've never drawn two reds in a row in my life, let alone three!" Cudal-based Dennis Barnes quipped.

"Never. I think I've used up all my luck!

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Nangar Lucy is one of a strong contingent Dennis Barnes has for the Country Classic

"She's going good. We're very happy with her and she has a real affinity with Dubbo.

"Father Rick is the benchmark. 

"We all know Palawa King's racing pattern. If he can find a run on the fence they won't beat him, but Dubbo isn't the easiest track to get around."

Nangar Nellie has drawn box one in her last three visits to Dubbo, winning all three, the past two over 605m, clocking 34.63sec and 34.97sec.

The G2 Bogie Leigh Futurity placegetter has forged an imposing record at her ‘home track', victorious in eight of ten Dubbo assignments, saluting over 400m, 516m and 605m.

"Nellie was just starting to fire when she came on season, which is why she hasn't had a lot of racing," Barnes explained.

"I didn't know how she'd go over 600. 

"I never trialled her over 600m, but when she won at Albion Park (29.85sec) her last section was terrific and in her last couple of runs at Grafton over 450m she was running away from them over the last 50 metres.

"In her first win over 605m at Dubbo, all her sectionals were great."

Barnes has the bookends in Dubbo's Country Classic heat, with Nangar Lucy, a litter sister to Nangar Nellie and winner of the G1 Peter Mosman Opal and G2 Black Top in 2023, $10 from box eight.

Nangar Lucy ran fourth to her sibling last weekend, but Barnes isn't willing to split them ahead of the Classic clash.

"Nangar Lucy goes all right off the pink, if you have a look at her record," Barnes offered.

"She actually jumped ahead of Nellie last week, before Nellie gave her a bump.

"I couldn't pick between them."

Barnes is also tackling Friday afternoon's Country Classic heat at The Gardens with Nangar Rocket (box 8), a son of Feral Franky and Little Nangar.

Nangar Rocket finished fourth to Showman Jack in last year's Country Classic Final and was agonisingly edged out by Zipping Orlando in The 715m at The Gardens, denied a $500,000 bounty by the barest of margins.

"I've given him a couple of months off, he last raced in December," Barnes said.

"He's had half a dozen trials, but hasn't had a 600m, so he might need the run."

Barnes' potent dam-line just keeps producing, with the astute breeder/educator reflecting on his fateful purchase of a pup that would be named Miss Fancy almost three decades ago.

"The best day in my life was when I bought two bitches off Bruce Gay from Crookwell," Barnes recalled.

"One was no good and the other one was Miss Fancy. She was no champion, she won a couple in Sydney, but everything has come from her."

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