AGRA’s Greyhound of the Month for May is New South Wales owned and Victorian trained sprinter Tonneli Bale. In May Tonneli Bale won two Group 2 finals for bitches firstly at Wentworth Park she won her heat and final of Ladies Bracelet. She then went Cannington in West Australia ran second in her heat coming back a week later to win the final.
In the Bracelet final Tonneli Bale posting a sizzling 29.66 seconds and she had a grip on proceedings from the outset. She defeated Shereen Bale by four and a half lengths with Darya Bale third another length and a quarter away providing the master trainer G Bate with the trifecta.
Over in the west Tonneli Bale recorded an impressive win in the Oaks final she enjoyed the inside draw in box one after finishing second behind Olivia’s Asset in her heat the week before. Olivia’s Asset finished third in the final for WA trainer Barry Thompson.
Winning by two and a quarter lengths in 30.39 the brilliant black bitch again defeated Shereen Bale the same kennel mate who finished second to her in the Group 2 Ladies Bracelet.
Tonneli Bale has proven a very talented bitch having not only recorded wins in Sydney and Perth but also at Albion Park in Queensland and the Meadows in Victoria. She also finished third in the 2010 Group 1 Laurels after winning her heat and semi and she finished third in the Group 1 National Futurity at the Gardens in January.
She takes her place this week in heat three of the Group 1 Macro Meats Sapphire Crown at Sandown on Thursday. Trainer Graeme Bate is hoping she can once again prove hard to beat against her own sex making it three group wins straight.
Tonneli Bale is Black Bitch whelped January ’09 she is by Collision from Ambrosia Bale (Ashom Bale x Daishi Bale). She is raced by Paul Wheeler and trained by Graeme Bate at Lara in Victoria. Tonneli Bale current record stands at 34 starts for 11 wins and 12 placings and prizemoney earnings of $107,945.
The month of May has seen a number group races decided. Tonneli Bale beat Group 1 winner Bobby Boucheau and Group 2 winners Allen Elroy, Elite Blue Size, Pillow Torque, Arsonist and Compacto for the monthly award.
AGRA congratulates the owner Paul Wheeler, trainer Graeme Bate and Tonneli Bale on being awarded the AGRA Greyhound of the Month for May 2011.