Fernando Bale’s amazing Group box record

WIN, lose or draw in this year’s Adelaide Cup final, Fernando Bale already owns a unique -level racing record.

He has won six Group 1 events, two Group 2 races and one in his 37-start career so far, to be undefeated in nine Group races overall, a unique factor in itself but not the one we are going to focus on here.

Fernando Bale has registered all eight of his Group 1 and 2 successes from each of the eight possible starting boxes, a truly unique feature.

In box sequence they read like this:

Box 1: (Group 1), as well as the Memorial (Group 3)

Box 2: Maturity Classic (Group 1)

Box 3: Bendigo Cup (Group 2)

Box 4: Peter Mosman Memorial (Group 1)

Box 5: National Sprint Championship (Group 1)

Box 6: Traralgon Cup (Group 2)

Box 7: National Derby (Group 1)

Box 8: (Group 1)

To put this in perspective, let’s look at some of the other great multiple Group winners in the period since 1995, when Group racing was first introduced (although I have included Flying Amy’s 1994 success, since it would certainly have rated at Group level).

I have also ignored middle-distance and distance performers since the ‘pool’ is a lot less deep than that of the sprinting brigade. It’s also worth noting that some Group 3 races from the past are now Group 2, and some Group 2’s are now Group 1 (the Topgun being one example).

Flying Amy

Box 1: 1995 Brisbane Cup (Group 1)

Box 5: 1995 National Sprint Championship (Group 2)

Box 6: 1995 Gold Coast Cup (Group 2)

Box 7: 1994 Gold Coast Cup (pre-Group era)

Box 8: 1995 Winter Carnival Cup (Group 1)

Rapid Journey

Box 1: 1998 (Group 2); 1998 Topgun (Group 2)

Box 2: 1998 Adelaide Cup (Group 1)

Box 3: 1998 WA Interstate Challenge (Group 3); 1998 Perth Cup (Group 1); 1998 Golden Easter Egg (Group 1)

Box 6: 1998 National Sprint Championship (Group); Melbourne Cup (Group 1)

Kantarn Bale

Box 1: 2000 Brisbane Cup (Group 1)

Box 3: 2000 Horsham Easter Cup (Group 3); 2000 Warrnambool Cup (Group 2)

Box 5: 2000 Shepparton Cup (Group 3)

Box 6: 2001 WA Interstate Challenge (Group 3)

Box 8: 1999 Melbourne Cup (Group 1); 2002 Warrnambool Cup (Group 2)

Brett Lee

Box 3: 2001 SA Interstate Challenge (Group 3); 2001 Adelaide Cup (Group 1)

Box 6: 2001 Australian Cup (Group 1); 2001 Warrnambool Classic (Group 2)

Box 8: 2001 Golden Easter Egg (Group 1); 2001 Maturity Classic (Group 1)

Bogie Leigh

Box 1: 2003 (Group 3); 2003 Lismore Cup (Group 3)

Box 3: 2003 Brisbane Cup (Group 1)

Box 5: 2004 Australian Cup (Group 1); Golden Easter Egg (Group 1)

Box 8: 2003 Classic (Group 1)

El Galo

Box 2: 2009 Adelaide Cup (Group 1)

Box 3: 2008 Bendigo Cup (Group 2)

Box 4: 2009 The Temlee (Group 1)

Box 5: 2008 Brisbane Cup (Group 1); 2008 Topgun (Group 1)

Box 6: 2008 Bulli Gold Cup (Group 3); 2008 Gold Coast Cup (Group 2)

Box 7: 2009 Warrnambool Cup (Group 2)

So, El Galo is the only greyhound to come close to emulating Fernando Bale, having won eight Group 1 or 2 races from every alley except Boxes 1 and 2.

Yet again, it emphasizes that in this annus horribilis for greyhound racing, we are fortunate to have such a wonderful exemplar as Fernando Bale competing around the nation.

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