ON Saturday night, February 13, at the Meadows, Victoria’s leading kennel, headed by Andrea Dailly, completely dominated proceedings, winning an incredible six of the 12 races.
The sequence began in the first race when Spring Bumblebee (box 5) defeated kennelmate Bopa Allen.
It was two for two when Dyna Irminus (box 7) took out the second race.
The treble came up in race three when Gawker Bale (box 1) scored, while kennelmate Allen Zahra was unplaced.
The kennel had no starters in race four, but made it four wins in four contested races in the fifth event when Dyna Juggler (box 1) won, while their other starter, Spring Grace, was unplaced.
Five out of five was hardly a surprise, with Dyna Double One maintaining his undefeated record over the middle distance, scoring in the main 600m event. Snakebite Bale, the Dailly’s other starter and Dyna Double One’s half-brother, ran third.
The kennel suffered its first defeat when Benta Bale could only finish second behind Rare Pearl in race seven.
In race eight, Lektra Utopia ran third behind the smart Tap Out Rose while Crackerjack Burn was unplaced.
In race nine, Dailly rugged up three starters and collected win number six for the night when Crackerjack Bob (box 1) scored while Tro Bradman was third and Dyna Krypto unplaced.
Race 10 saw Dyna Jonah and Helga Bale run for the Dailly kennel, but both were unplaced.
The kennel had no starters in race 11 but in race 12 they rugged up Tronnie Oldfield (second), Folio Bale and Gia (both unplaced).
So, in the final tally, Andrea Dailly sent out 20 starters in 10 races and came away with six wins, three seconds and three third placings.
While records are hard to come by, the performance by Andrea Dailly is almost certainly an Australian record.
Until the mid to late 1990s the rules of racing were such that a trainer could not have more than one starter in a race, unless they had managed to get a brace through to a major race final.
So the opportunity to have more than a single runner in a race is a phenomenon of the last decade and a half or so only.
The closest to come to this city-class effort I can recall is that of Graeme Bate in the Ladies Bracelet series at Wentworth Park in 2011. Bate prepared the quinella in the first heat of the Ladies Bracelet on April 30, with Wongawilli Wala defeating Thecla Bale and then snared the remaining three heats with Darya Bale, Shereen Bale and Tonneli Bale to give him four winners on the night from the only four races in which he had contenders.
On June 12 1971, the great Bill Fletcher trained a treble at Wentworth Park when Marcus Moss, Mustard Moss and Broken Bit all saluted, while his other charge, Suelinda, ran third.
That was only the fourth time a treble had been achieved at the Glebe circuit in its history. Only Joe Power, Les Brett and Hec Watt had ever trained three winners at the one 10-event program previously.
Len Taylor, the trainer of the great Macareena, made headlines in June 1953 when he prepared three winners at Harold Park: Macareena scored her 10th successive victory, winning the Harold Park Stake (500 yards); Twinkling Jewel also won over 500 yards; and Miss Oakey (who was later sold to interests in the United States) had her first start over 800 yards and scored by four lengths in a new track record time of 43.4.
Watch Dyna Double One (3) scoring the Dailly’s fifth win of the night.