Dyna Nalin is set to represent WA in the Group 1 Topgun at the Meadows next Saturday night.
WA’s talented youngster continues to assert his dominance in WA greyhound racing, winning an astonishing 25 out of 38 races. His biggest WA honour came in the final of the Group 1 Perth Cup when, at just 23 months of age, he rattled home for victory and $140,000 in prize money.
Dyna Nalin, along with 28 other greyhounds, received his invite to the Group 1 Sky Racing Topgun around a month ago.
Trainer Paul Stuart says he was a little surprised at first when Dyna Nalin gained a start. Initially he had doubted whether or not his chaser would make it through to the invitation-only final after he ran second in the Group 3 Mandurah Cup last Friday night.
“Running second probably hindered him if anything because they probably expected him to win,” Paul Stuart said.
“If he won he would have been an automatic start, but because he didn’t win he left himself open to be not selected.”
Dyna Nalin has drawn box eight in the final
“Box eight reduces his chances of winning quite severely,”
“It’s hard to win at the Meadows from box eight in any race, let alone in a Group 1, with seven of the highest rated dogs in the country.”
Stuart believes that there are a number of dogs in the race that are drawn to win.
“Peter Rocket has drawn the best out of the lot of them, he has got the red box, with a bit of a wide runner next to him in box two (Punch One Out).”
“Tomac Bale is drawn quite well with box three, he should probably go close to leading.”
“Ernie Bung Arrow likes it out wide and he has box seven, he also likes to use a little bit of the track early.”
Being a slow beginner with little early pace, Stuart believes Dyna Nalin is going to need a lot of luck take home the Topgun title.
“He won’t lead, no chance.”
“His best scenario is to come out with them and maybe get a run across with the seven dog (Ernie Bung Arrow) because it has got the speed.”
“Peter Rocket is the dog to beat because he has got the red.”
Paul Stuart will fly over with Dyna Nalin on Sunday morning, leaving girlfriend Adele Hobby to look after the kennels and a pregnant Miata.
“He will have a trial at the Meadows Monday night and that will be it going into Saturday.”
As for the Victorians home track advantage, Dylna Nalin has an almost perfect record at the Meadows. From just three starts, he has two wins and a second to his name.
“He ran second in the Maturity at the Meadows. Overall, including trials, he has been around there five or six times.”
Despite his signature come-from-behind style, Dyna Nalin mustered enough early speed to lead the field and win in his first start at the Meadows.
After the Topgun, Dyna Nalin will contest the Group 1 Melbourne Cup series. The black dog does not need to go into a prelude, having qualified by winning the Perth Cup earlier in the year.
Stuart is also contemplating a run in the Shoot Out at Sandown.
“He is going for the Melbourne Cup anyway and hopefully he gets a run the in the Shoot Out.”
“The Shoot Out is 10 days after the Topgun and the Melbourne Cup heats are a week after that.”
“I’ll see what happens, I don’t know if I will bring him home or not, he is okay over there if he stays.”
The son of Ashom Bale and Tally Bale broke in well but didn’t have the early speed to match the dogs around Victoria. Therefore he looked to suit Cannington’s 530 metre trip.
“He was a bit of an experiment that turned out.”
After Dyna Nalin’s Perth Cup performance, he showed Cannington onlookers that he was the real deal when he easily upstaged one of WA’s strongest Puppy Classic fields.
Dyna Nalin’s strong finishing style fell through for him in the Mandurah Cup over the 490 metre trip last week. After jumping averagely, Dyna Nalin gave his fellow competitors more than a few lengths before storming home. However, he ran out of distance on the line, allowing Te Amo to hold on to the victory.
“He can’t be perfect everywhere otherwise he would be Brett Lee.”
“He is always a place chance because that is the way he races, he can come from last and still run a place.”
“I can never be 100% confident with him because he’s at risk of getting caught in traffic.”
Dyna Nalin is Paul Stuart’s second participant in the Group 1 Topgun- in 2011 the late Pedrosa represented WA. Unfortunately he finished unplaced.
“I thought he deserved to be in the race, but being a WA dog it makes it tougher. It was good to see them consider him.”
WA’s talented chaser has proven once before that he can lead early at the Meadows, so here’s hoping he can find himself at the front end of the pack and put himself in a prime position for the Topgun title.