Dailly Kennel Ready For Super Saturday Of Racing

AUSTRALIA'S biggest kennel is set for its busiest ever evening on Saturday night, represented in both Melbourne and Sydney in a big way.

Mick Floyd

22 April 2022

AUSTRALIA’S biggest kennel is set for its busiest ever night on Saturday night.

When Indy Juno crosses the line in the final event at The Meadows, she’ll have been Andrea Dailly’s 34th runner that evening and 68th since Wednesday night.

Amazingly, 27 of those runners are engaged at The Meadows alone.

“29 actually,” said Andrea’s husband, Tom Dailly.

“(Kennel employees) Josh Formosa and Brad Keel have one each too.”

So how does the kennel coordinate such a large number of greyhounds at one meeting?

“We’ll take the big trailer with the vehicle, that can fit 26, then we’ll take another car with another three and the kennel mats and papers and everything we need,” Dailly added.

“We trial 20-25 dogs on the odd occasion so we’ve got it down pat, we’re quite used to it.”

Two of Dailly’s better chances bookend the quaddie. In the first leg (race 5), Dailly has six of the eight runners including last start Launching Pad finalist Dusty Bourbski.

The son of the Dailly trained The Meadows track record holder Allen Deed, Dusty Bourbski impressed through the Launching Pad series, leading all of the way in his heat and semi-final including a brilliant 29.23 victory in the later before finding trouble from box one in the final.

While his Sandown form has been near faultless, his Meadows form reads zero wins from four stars though Dailly believes that can change after drawing favourably in box seven.

“He likes to use a bit of the track so that should suit him. He’s been going good at Sandown so if he takes his Sandown form to The Meadows he should go alright.

Dailly was also keen on the favourite for race eight, Daph’s Zac.

“He loves the rails at The Meadows, he goes good there.”

Dailly also has seven runners engaged in the Million Dollar Chase preliminaries at Wentworth Park on Saturday night, though was cautious about his team’s chances saying the main goal was to progress to next week’s heats.

“They’re quite hard races.  The Sydney dogs are hard to beat on their own track but the main aim is to get something through to the next week.

“We’ll see how they go, they’ve been up there the last few weeks for the Easter Egg so they’re used to the place now and they’re coming out a lot better than when they first got there which is a plus.

“Hopefully they come out good this week and some of them get through to next week.”

Meanwhile, Liam Sharp will be hoping Aston Oscar can deliver his first Meadows win on Saturday night, and get one up on his old at the same time.

Aston Oscar has drawn ideally in box one in the second race of the night with his father’s She’s For Real drawn on his outside.

The Sharp family operates a large kennel out of their Avalon property with both of his parents as well as his brother licensed trainers. While they celebrate each other’s success as team, Liam admits that the prospect of racing against his father adds another dimension.

“It does, but it’s a team effort, it means the same at the end. But it is fun,” he said.

Aston Oscar earned a tilt at city class following a seven-length win in a smart 22.16 over 390m at Ballarat earlier this month. He ran second to Romina Bale last Saturday night and Sharp is confident that he can pinch a race in the city at this grade.

“He’s drawn well, and we went well last week I thought. I think he’ll pinch one, especially a 6/7 grade.

“Dad’s can obviously run, but you don’t get the same every week out of her. Monique Keeping (in box 3) I would say is the main danger, but I think he’s a really good chance.”

Sharp, 20, trained his first city winner at Sandown Park in February winning by just 2/10,000ths of second.


Quaddie | 37 / 2678 / 1234 / 138 = 52% for $50

Best | Romina Bale (Race 3, box 1)

Each Way | Zipp Wiesman (Race 7, box 4)