Dazzle You Dazzles Tweed Heads Galaxy Final

Dazzle You lived up to his name in the Border Park Galaxy yesterday, blitzing the field to win regional racing's richest purse.

In a dazzling display, the Ferguson family greyhound jumped to the front from the rails box and was never headed as it ran on to record the second fastest time in Galaxy history (23.06s), just 0.02s from rewriting the record books.

“To see him come out running like that was great. He was on his toes and I couldn't fault him,” trainer Chris Ferguson said.

“He's just returned from injury, so I didn't know if he could back up from Saturday, but inside I knew if he could he would hold it.

“It's my first runner in the Galaxy and it's a great feeling to get the win.”

Inside the track, punters were jostling for position, lining the rails and packing out the grandstands, anxiously waiting to see who would claim the $25,000 winner's .

As soon as the bunny passed, Dazzle You leapt to the front, with pre-race favourite Taipan Bale moving quickly into second and pushing the leader to run a 7.09s opening section.

However events played into Dazzle You's paws, and Taipan Bale was quickly forced to shuffle back into the pack as early flyers Hannify's Impact and crowded towards the rail.

Coming around the home turn, Dazzle You shot three lengths clear and continued to pull away, simply outclassing the field and getting up by 4.5 lengths, with Hannify's Impact second and Taipan Bale a further 4.25 lengths adrift in third.

“It's a dog, the form tells you that,” Border Park secretary manager Stephen McGrath said.

“It handled the track remark-ably and was a deserved winner.

“As they say, winners are grinners and it's a tremendous day for both Dazzle You and the Fergusons.”

Dazzle You crossed the line to rousing applause from the large crowd, who made the most of the sunshine on what was the first dry Galaxy day in three years.

Dazzle You is a Black Dog whelped July 2006 by from Stylish Scene (Just The Best x Tranquil Scene) he is raced & trained by and ownership is shared by Majella's mother-in-law Pat. Dazzle You has raced 32 times for 14 wins and eight placings and with the $25,000 first prize for the Galaxy his overall stake earnings went to $54,455.

After the placings the Galaxy field finished in the following order 4th Diamonds Amore ($17.00), 5th Royal Surfer ($9.00), 6th ($26.00) 7th ($8.00) and Bell's Fair ($26.00).

The Border Park Galaxy was the brain child of legendary club administrator Harry Pledger, Pledger severed a record number of years as club secretary now in his 80's he is still Club president. The name of the race was conceived by Harry and meant a galaxy of stars racing under the stars.

It has been a most sought after feature since it's inception in 1971 and has been won by a number of quick dogs over the horse shoe circuit of 420 metres. Not only do they need to have high speed but also the ability to back up on the Monday after winning their heat on the Saturday.

The race is just as famous for its winners as it is for the cavalcade of top liners that have got beaten trying to win it. It remains the richest non TAB feature race in Australia a mantel it has held since King Doolittle won in 1971. Listed below is the full honour roll.

    Border Park Galaxy Honour Roll

  • 1971 King Doolittle
  • 1972 Lass
  • 1973 Enduxi
  • 1974 Ebony King
  • 1975 Ebony King
  • 1976 Golden Spur
  • 1977 Romaro's Triumph
  • 1978 Kelowna Prince
  • 1979 Miss Perlita
  • 1980 Society Romeo
  • 1981 Kununurra
  • 1982 Border Tracker
  • 1983 Mister Biggles
  • 1984 Hallowed
  • 1985 November Prince
  • 1986 Gumangan
  • 1987 Lord Tanga
  • 1988 Yannick
  • 1989 Eastern Lad
  • 1990 Brutess
  • 1991 Go Series
  • 1992 Genesis
  • 1993 Winning Jim
  • 1994 Travelling Ghost
  • 1995 Mr Kent
  • 1996 Gotta Be Gold
  • 1997 Sobbing Sal
  • 1998 Golden Clover
  • 1999 Mint Magic
  • 2000 Mint Magic
  • 2001 Springtime Magic
  • 2002 Bitability Bale
  • 2003 Sootie Allover
  • 2004 Harvey Bale
  • 2005 Lilli Pilli Power
  • 2006 Cape Bruny
  • 2007 Singin The Blues
  • 2008 Never Surrender
  • 2009 Dazzle You

Some Content Courtesy : Jamie Gallagher, Tweed Daily News

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