Stepping cleanly from box eight, the sleek black speed machine quickly found his feet, accelerating in the run to the first turn and crossing swiftly to the rails as he raced through the catching pen.
Jason Mackay’s Assertive Bella (box one) could not match his blinding pace, but managed to hold on to second position heading into the back straight with Kerrigan Bale (box two) sitting third. Racing past the 720-metre boxes and Dyna Villa broke away from his competitors, setting up a massive gap between him and Assertive Bella.
Around the home turn Dyna Villa was well clear and although he got a little weary, he was simply too good for the rest of the high-class field, scoring by two-and-a-quarter lengths in an airborne 29.69.
Assertive Bella ran a massive race to finish second with Kerrigan Bale filling the trifecta in third.
Dana Villa, the reigning Melbourne Cup champion, is trained in Victoria by Jenny Hunt and has won 19 races from 30 career outings.
The October 2012 son of Collision and Roxio Bale, owned by Brendan Wheeler, has already banked $629,990 during his short career and there is no reason he can’t go close to breaking the all-time prizemoney record held by Xylia Allen ($743,730) in the not-too-distant future.
Group One Paws of Thunder Full Results
1st: Dyna Villa (8) – Jenny Hunt
2nd: Assertive Bella (1) – Jason Mackay
3rd: Kerrigan Bale (2) – Andrea Dailly
4th: Whittaker (5) – Julie Fletcher
5th: Maximum Lil (7) – Andrea Dailly
6th: Spring Leaf (3) – Andrea Dailly
7th: Shoulders (6) – Anthony Azzopardi
8th: Coolabah Jet (4) – Jodie Lord
First Section: 5:45
2nd Section: 17:87
Run Home: 5:45
Margins: 2 1/4 x 4
Scratchings: Zipping Tarn (9), Dyna Double One (10)