El Galo Chases The Half Million Dollar Mark Tonight

Glamour sprinter El Galo is tonight attempting to become only the second greyhound in the sport’s history to crack half a million dollars in stakes.

El Galo ($492,585) is chasing back-to-back Group 2 Warrnambool Cups, and by finishing first ($26,000) or second ($7425) will join NSW great Rapid Journey ($530,995) in the exclusive ‘$500,000 club’.

Rapid Journey has held the all-time prize money mark since 1998.

Trained by Jason Thompson, of Pearcedale, El Galo is Australia’s No. 1 speedster, and greyhound racing’s biggest drawcard. He has developed a nationwide cult following.

El Galo was crowned the 2008 Australian Greyhound of the Year and 2008 Victorian Greyhound of the Year.

He has won seven Group races, including three at Group 1 level – 2009 Adelaide Cup, 2009 Temlee and 2008 Brisbane Cup.

Of course that total would have been eight Group wins and four Group 1’s but for his positive swab in the 2008 Group 1 Topgun. That $100,000 win would also have seen him clearly Australia’s highest prizemoney winning greyhound but was forfeited when disqualified.

His stud value is estimated at $4-5 million.

El Galo – The Facts

Trainer : Jason Thompson (Pearcedale)
Owner : Seona Hood (Pearcedale)

Record :
64 starts – 41 – 12 – 5
Contested 16 Group race finals
Stakes: $492,585

Awards :
2008 Australian Greyhound of the Year
2008 Victorian Greyhound of the Year

2009 Group Races :
Group 1 Golden Easter Egg (3rd)
Group 1 Australian Cup (2nd)
Group 1 Temlee (1st)
Group 1 Adelaide Cup (1st)

2008 Group Races :
Group 1 Brisbane Cup (1st)
Group 1 Paws of Thunder (3rd)
Group 2 Gold Coast Cup (1st)
Group 2 Horsham Cup (5th)
Group 2 Wangaratta Cup (3rd)
Group 3 Bulli Gold Cup (1st)
Group 2 Warrnambool Cup (1st)
Group 2 Bendigo Cup (1st)
Group 1 Australian Cup (2nd)
Disqualified as winner of 2008 Group 1 Topgun

2007 Group Races
G1 Brisbane Cup (8th)
G3 WA Young Stars Classic (4th)
G2 City of Ipswich Gold Cup (5th)

Group Race Wins :
Group 1 (3); Group 2 (3); Group 3 (1)

Group Race Finals :
Group 1 (8); Group 2 (6); Group 3 (2)

Australian Metropolitan Wins :
The Meadows (Vic) – 525 metres
29.75sec, 29.80sec, 29.85sec, 29.87sec (twice), 29.91sec, 29.97sec

Sandown Park (Vic) – 515 metres
29.55sec, 29.75sec

Wentworth Park (NSW) – 520 metres
29.60sec, 29.71sec, 29.83sec, 29.88sec

Albion Park (Qld) – 520 metres
29.76sec, 29.84sec, 29.90sec

Angle Park (SA) – 515 metres
29.45sec, 29.50sec

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[…] plus just the final of the Group 2 Warrnambool Cup. El Galo is attempting to become only the second greyhound ever to earn more than $500,000 in prizemoney against one of the best country cups fields assembled for some time. If he is to do it, he’ll […]