Tapian Bale Wins Bate’s Third Bendigo Cup

Slick sprinter Taipan Bale struck gold in the Group 2 MTD Bendigo Cup (430m) on Easter Sunday.

Trained by Lara living legend Graeme Bate, Taipan Bale deservedly broke through for Group race glory – in his eighth black type final, including runner-up to El Galo in last year’s Bendigo Cup.

It was Bate’s third success in the event having also saluted with Lansley Bale (1998) and Dragway
Flex (2006).

“He’s just a terrific dog… A no-fuss animal who is a pleasure to train,” Bate said.

“He’s very popular with the public, and it was great to see him win a race of this status. I’ll now
head to the Warrnambool Cup series with him.” (Taipan Bale finished third to El Galo in last year’s Warrnambool Cup.)

Taipan Bale ($2.50F) snared a $26,000 first prize defeating Our Wilbur ($2.90) and Parracryl ($6.50)
in a flying 23.73sec – around two lengths off the 23.61sec track record held by Slater.

It was his 32nd win (with 15 seconds and seven thirds) from 67 starts. His stakes spiralled to
$146,955.

After the placings the field finished in the following order 4th Fidel Bale ($8.00), 5th Pure Love ($17.50), 6th Young Ravello ($36.00) 7th Spence‟s Shadow ($15.10) and Retro Bale ($53.20).

Taipan Bale is a Black& White dog whelped February 2006 by Solve The Puzzle from Arivada Bale (Heading West x Luana Bale) He is raced by Paul Wheeler and trained by Graeme Bate. Taipan Bale he’s raced 67 times for 32 wins and 21 placings and the $26,000 first prize took his stake earnings to $134,445.

Meanwhile, rising star Ned’s Pedro took out a $10,000 winner’s cheque in the Rocky Ridge Farm Gold
Rush Maiden (430m).

Prepared by champion Devon Meadows mentor Darren McDonald, Ned’s Pedro ($1.40F) clocked
23.97sec. A half-share in Ned’s Pedro recently went for $14,500 at an auction to raise funds for the Kinglake football and netball teams.

McDonald will now set Ned’s Pedro for the Warrnambool Classic series, a race he has won on three
occasions.

The cup and maiden were the highlights of the Bendigo Gold Rush Carnival (April 2-12) – featuring seven race meetings over 11 days.

Listed below is the Bendigo Cup honour roll. The club first raced at the Eaglehawk circuit just out of Bendigo in the 50’s. The Cup was run over 400 yards, but for a few years in the 70‟s saw it go over the 528 metres. When the club moved to Lords Raceway in 1988 the race was conducted over the current sprint distance of 430 metres ever year except 2001 when it was run over the middle distance of 545 metres. A number of top horse-shoe dogs have won the cup over the many years it has been the club‟s flag ship event.

Group 2 Bendigo Cup Honour Roll

  • 1957 Cantee
  • 1958 Taranyka
  • 1959 Slippermee
  • 1960 Eager Flight
  • 1961 Sweet Mandy
  • 1962 Unknown
  • 1963 Unknown
  • 1964 Unknown
  • 1965 Chief Anama
  • 1966 Unknown
  • 1967 Unknown
  • 1968 Rebelaire
  • 1969 Unknown
  • 1970 Andrew Takiri
  • 1971 Melbourne View
  • 1972 Leicester Edie
  • 1973 Borough Cheer
  • 1974 Proper Duke
  • 1975 Sidanna
  • 1976 Sue Silin
  • 1977 Worooa Jack
  • 1978 Fabey Forbes
  • 1979 “Not Held”
  • 1980 Slick O’Leary
  • 1981 Official
  • 1982 Welcome Jag
  • 1983 Meatworker
  • 1984 Bronze Wing
  • 1985 Newstone Flyer
  • 1986 Stamp Of Learod
  • 1987 Buka Sunset
  • 1988 Naphlio
  • 1989 Mets Man
  • 1990 Hard Rain
  • 1991 He’s Jake
  • 1992 Belmont
  • 1993 Tivoli Man
  • 1994 Thorgil Tex
  • 1995 “Not Held”
  • 1996 True Type
  • 1997 Sarah’s Deano
  • 1998 Lansley Bale
  • 1999 Tom’s Legacy
  • 2000 Whitten’s Legend
  • 2001 Renzo Bale
  • 2002 Hey Brother
  • 2003 Puzzle Prize
  • 2004 Brumby Lad
  • 2005 Smack Wallop
  • 2006 Dragway Flex
  • 2007 Airbourne Bale
  • 2008 El Galo
  • 2009 Taipan Bale