Dentax Bale Blouses Bob Payne Winter Stake Rivals

Even money favourite El Galo just failed in his bid to become Australaia’s highest stake winning greyhound when he could only manage third place to the Brendon Wheeler trained Dentax Bale in Saturday night’s Group 2 Classic, much to the joy of our Australian Racing Greyhound tips followers.

El Galo jumped well and led at the first turn but only by a narrow margin from Foxhill Bella who also began well. Eventual winner Dentax Bale was well back in fifth place.

Down the back, El Galo still led but Foxhill Bella and Lukekely Magic were taking ground from the champion with Dentax Bale commencing a long run from fourth place.

Approaching the home turn, Foxhill Bella had got the better of El Galo but Dentax Bale was beginning what was to prove to be a paralyzing run.

Coming from the clouds Dentax Bale quickly put paid to the opposition, coming away to record an exciting win in the smart time of 30.05, with the margins 6.75 lengths x a head.

The win was Dentax Bales thirteenth from just the nineteen starts and his fourth at the Wentworth Park circuit from five attempts. The win also solidfy’s Collision remarkable recent run as a greyhound sire and surely means he’ll hold down the claim to Australia’s leading sire for another month with High Earner racing so well at the same time.

While Brendan Wheeler was ecstatic with winning such a prestigious Group 2 race, Jason Thompson was obviously disappointed that his great sprinter had not been able to break the record. However, he was magnanimous in defeat, saying he hasn’t made a decision on the greyhound’s future at this stage.

On the strength of Saturday’s win, Dentax Bale looks set for bigger and better things and astute trainer Wheeler is sure to pursue more Group events with this son of Collision.

Dentax Bale is a Brindle dog whelped July 2007 by Collision from Maple Bale (Prince Of Tigers x Shadow Osti) he has raced 19 times for 13 wins and three placings and with Saturday’s night first prize of $25,000, he took his stake earnings to $54,965.

After the placed runners the field finished in the following order Reb Secert ($12.00), Lukekely Magic ($17.10), Kerosene ($58.90), Cool Flight ($17.90) and Radio Star ($19.60).

First run in 1961 the Winter Stake is a time honoured GBOTA feature sprint event. It was sponsored for many years commencing in the early 80’s by Bradshaw’s Waste one of Greyhound racings major contributors during that period.

The company shared a long affiliation with former GBOTA Chairman of eight years (1978-1985) Bob Payne and following his retirement from that position Bradshaw’s requested the Winter Stake be named after Payne to commemorate his massive contribution to Greyhound racing in New South Wales and in particular the GBOTA, he had first joined as a member in 1943.

The feature race has remained named in his honour and is now held as a memorial following Bob Payne’s passing four years ago. The race has been won by some of the sports finest sprinters and listed below is the honour roll.

Bob Payne Winter Stake Honour Roll

    Harold Park 457m – Grass Track:

  • 1964 CREAM RANGE 26.60
  • 1965 KEWIN 26.90
  • 1966 JET AGAIN 26.90
  • 1967 MEGS DELTA 26.80
  • 1968 GOLD HERO 26.50
  • 1969 SILENT RETREAT 26.90
  • 1970 LINDENS CHARM 26.90
  • 1971 GEMINI TODD 26.50
  • 1972 WOOLLEY WILSON 26.60
  • 1973 SILENT WONDER 26.52
  • 1974 BUFFATEER 26.76
  • 1975 SMOOTH APPROACH 26.49
  • 1976 LORD ZEPHYR 26.58
  • 1977 TREACHEROUS GAL 26.45
  • 1978 RIVIERA TIGER 26.53
  • 1979 RUSTY BRAIN 26.71
  • 1980 LOVELY KATHY 26.71
  • 1981 FRANC METEOR 26.42
  • 1982 BETTER FUTURE 26.52
  • 1983 BOBBY RICH 26.38
  • 1984 SWITCH BLADE 26.61
  • 1985 SNOW REPORT 26.58
  • 1986 CAMDEN’S GHOST 26.43
  • 1987 CROTTY KID 26.37
  • Wentworth Park 520m – Grass Track:

  • 1988 RUMPUS BRANDI 30.43
  • 1989 VALLEY MAIL 30.47
  • 1990 NOBLE SPADES 30.51
  • 1991 MOUNTAIN RED 30.39
  • Wentworth Park 520m – Loam:

  • 1992 HOWS THE FORT 30.85
  • 1993 DYNAMITE LAD 30.70
  • 1994 GALLANT RULER 30.39
  • 1995 WARRIGAL ROAD 30.45
  • 1996 MIDNIGHT FLIRT (VIC) 30.45
  • 1997 HONCHO FLASH 30.99
  • 1998 SOLVE THE PUZZLE 30.03
  • 1999 FAITHFUL HAWK 30.21
  • 2000 GO WILD TEDDY 30.14
  • 2001 WINSOME DOLLARS 30.58
  • 2002 PHANTOM DEVIL 30.59
  • 2003 KUMTA CHASE 30.37
  • 2004 JUNEY RELTUB 30.70
  • 2005 OVER FLO 29.83
  • 2006 STRYKER’S SHADOW 30.25
  • 2007 TRAIN A JOURNEY 30.16