Amity Bale Stands Tall In Pages Hire Sydney Cup

The winner‟s cheque, like in the Paws Of Thunder, in the Group 2 Pages Hire Sydney Cup, will be staying in NSW while the training accolades go to Victoria – Paul Wheeler owns the emphatic winner Amity Bale, trained by one of Victoria‟s leading trainers Graeme Bate.

The Wheeler Bate combination had three of the finalists (Bate trained four) with Amity Bale a pronounced favourite at $1.70. She did not disappoint leading and winning well by 3 ½ lengths from a gallant second favourite Reign Over Me ($4.80) owned and trained in NSW by Michael Cope.

Rob Britton trained the third placegetter Melandri ($18.50) which finished 6 ¼ lengths further back.
The only other NSW runner of the eight (Britton had two) Tifi, third pick at $7.00, ran sixth for part owner and trainer Chris O‟Brien.

On a wet track Amity Bale’s time was an ultra impressive 42.41 and she was simply too good, but there was much comment about the great run of the runner up –Reign Over Me which chased hard in second place for the majority of the journey. He is a relative newcomer to the staying ranks and his performance impressed many good judges on the night.

After the placed runners the field finished in the following order Beware ($27.10), Whitfield Bale ($25.80), Tifi ($7.00), Jarvis Bale ($10.50) and Benji Magic ($38.30).

Raced by Paul Wheeler and trained by Graeme Bate, Amity Bale is a Black Bitch whelped September 2006 by Sonic Flight from Evonne Bale (Light Of Fire x Frosty Bale) she has raced 65 times for 25 wins and 24 placings and with the $25,000 first prize for the Sydney Cup her overall stake earnings went to $175,045.

Sydney Cup Honour Roll

  • 1963 Wally’s Best
  • 1964 Pinkstone
  • 1965 Barry’s Pixie
  • 1966 Rose Moss
  • 1967 Only Ten
  • 1968 Zoom Top
  • 1969 Our Vent
  • 1970 Miss Limit
  • 1971 Top Saba
  • 1972 Jan’s Issue
  • 1973 Miss High Lo
  • 1974 Miss High Lo
  • 1975 This Guy Moss
  • 1976 Glahda
  • 1977 Bozo Belmont
  • 1978 Brigante Babe
  • 1979 Debraja Flash
  • 1980 Henry’s Girl
  • 1981 Supreme Hiwai
  • 1982 Pleasure O’Hope
  • 1983 Olympic Rose
  • 1984 Linen’s Best
  • 1985 National Lass
  • 1986 Beautiful Dream
  • 1987 Sonic Wave
  • 1988 Kirsty’s Charity
  • 1989 Rules
  • 1990 Rocket To Tubrid
  • 1991 Vindicate
  • 1992 Sailing Waverly
  • 1993 Trojan Tears
  • 1994 Raven Kelly
  • 1995 Fire Lad
  • 1996 Bonza Boy
  • 1997 Ringside Fire
  • 1998 Gallant Seagull
  • 1999 Kobble Creek
  • 2000 Valley Cowgirl
  • 2001 Pearl Larricki
  • 2002 Westend Prince
  • 2003 Distintive
  • 2004 Resigned
  • 2005 Royal Riddle
  • 2006 Quidame
  • 2007 Miagi
  • 2008 Others Quoted
  • 2009 Amity Bale