Kinson Bale The Big Improver Ahead Of Bullion

SAMANTHA and Correy Grenfell are enjoying a short break from the rigours of training greyhounds with a Gold Coast holiday this week.

David Brasch

26 January 2022

SAMANTHA and Correy Grenfell are enjoying a short break from the rigours of training greyhounds with a Gold Coast holiday this week.

But, they will be keeping a close eye on Albion Park on Thursday night when kennel runners Kinson Bale and Xavien Bale take on heats of the Group 1 Gold Bullion (520m).

Local trainer Jedda Cutlack has the Grenfell dogs in her kennel for the carnival.

Kinson Bale (Barcia Bale-Hue Allen) has drawn box four in his heat and comes off a handy third to local champ Orchestrate in last week’s Australia Day Trophy.

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Xavien Bale (Fernando Bale-Ethla Allen) is drawn in the eight in his heat and has drawn tough against Zipping Kyrgios, boxed perfectly in the rails, and recent The Phoenix runner-up Spotted Elk in the two.

“If we could put Kinson’s head onto Xavien’s body, we would have a super dog,” said Correy.

“Xavien is easily the faster of the two dogs, but he’s won $70,000, and Kinson has earned $164,000.

“That tells the story of which is the better race dog.”

Kinson Bale has been second in the Group 2 Warragul Cup as his start before the Brisbane trip, but that followed a third to Koblenz in the Group 1 Melbourne Cup.

“Before he made the Melbourne Cup final, I never thought Kinson would make such a racer,” said Correy. “But, maturity has been a big thing with him and he has gone to another level since the Melbourne Cup.”

Grenfell expects the run on Albion Park last week will improve Kinson Bale out of sight for this week’s Gold Bullion heat.

“You had to watch him last week to see what I mean,” said Correy.

“He really felt his way around Albion Park. He will improve out of sight this week.

“He’s an amazing dog. He will not trial great for us anywhere, but put him in a race and he just gets the job done.”

Kinson Bale has won 13 of his 51 starts and included in those is a 29.30 around Sandown.

“I expect him to lead on Thursday night,” said Correy. “And he will have to. That’s his best chance of winning. He is normally a lid pinger.”

Of Xavien Bale, the Grenfell’s are confident he is a Group winner of the future.

“He is a quick dog, but not a good race dog,” said Correy. “I have a brother to him called Usman Bale and he is a real star, but he’s been out for months and I just can’t get him to stand up.

Interstate standouts at Albion Park on Thursday night are Jungle Deuce, fresh from Saturday night’s Group 1 Paws Of Thunder, Adelaide Cup winner Do It a Paws finalist also, and ideally drawn Zipping Kyrgios who won The Collerson last Saturday night at Wentworth Park.