Forty Twenty Claims Another Distance Record At Dapto

On a night when some of the best stayers in the land were either sitting in their kennels or at Sandown Park in the heats of the Group 2 McKenna Memorial, popular Central Coast trainer Johnny Heard elected to head toward rain soaked Dapto with his charge Forty Twenty.

The current Richmond 717m track record holder (Forty Twenty holds the record with both Fancy Penny and Laura’s Legacy at 41.85) was coming off an excellent Brisbane campaign that netted both the heat and final of the Garrard’s Winter Chase over the 710m before looking right at home winning his heat of the Group 1 Gold Cup.

After racing without a lot of luck in the final, Forty Twenty managed a fourth placing in the rich Group 1 final and that race prompted Heard to bypass the Victorian McKenna Memorial series and return Forty Twenty to his North Entrance kennels after such a long campaign up north.

Heard had Forty Twenty for Wentworth Park last weekend but there wasn’t a race for him and so decided to nominate for Dapto in the off chance they could get a field for the staying distance, despite the fact Forty Twenty had never seen the track.

In a remarkable stroke of luck, Dapto were able to find a field for Forty Twenty over the little used 729m distance and the small field and box 2 draw meant Forty Twenty was always going to start a long odds on favourite.

Pre race talk of track records was quickly dashed when showers washed the Dapto circuit, but the little used distance was prime for a new standard to be set since Fort Shakin’ ran 43.28 back on the 27th March 2008 to claim the record.

In driving rain, Forty Twenty began well enough from box 2, but the small field allowed him to push forward early and claim the lead comfortably running 17.32 for the 290m distance, a good eight tenths of a second, or about 12 lengths off the 290m time standard.

With Gold Slammer trying to hang on valiantly, Forty Twenty made every post a winner and justified his $1.40 starting price by bolting in by 5.25 lengths in 42.24, just .04 of a second quicker than Fort Shakin’s previous record.

The ease with which he claimed his second track record and win number 14 from 19 starts even had the voice of Dapto Dogs, Paul Ambrosoli in disbeleif when the time went up.

Forty Twenty is a white and balck dog by Big Daddy Cool ~ Westend Kaitlyn and still relatively young being whelped in March 2007. Owned by a syndicate from the rugby league players and identitiies named the ‘Bennett and Partners Syndicate’ which includes amongst others Mark “Piggy”Riddell.

Riddell and co became greyhound owners after a fair bit of “grog talk,” said Riddell’s good mate and fellow part-owner Marty Kennedy. “We all put in $1000 and it has won us more than $30,000.

Now playing for Wigan, Riddell “has been taking his laptop to training and makes all the boys listen to it over the internet” said Kennedy.

The owners include Tigers player Lee Bennett, Southern Sharks player Adam Bennett, Dragons operations manager Ron Bennett and Greg Wayne.

Forty Twenty’s previous record run at Richmond earnt him the February 2009 Run Of The Month and he looks set to go close to another award for June. It also has greatly enhanced his propsects of gaining selection in the Superstayers Invitation at Albion Park next month, where has already competed so well.

Past Discussion

  1. Umm, 43.24 was the winning time, a good second or 16 lengths off the record!

    Race 6 :: DAPTO’S EPIC RACE

    Grade: 4/5 729 metres
    Prize Money: $1700 $1050 – $300 – $150

    Race Time: (5.50) (17.32) (43.24)
    Sectional Time: 5.50 17.32 13.41
    1st Section Pos:
    2nd Section Pos:
    3rd Section Pos:
    4th Section Pos:
    Photo Finish

    Race Report

    1 FORTY TWENTY 31.9 17.27 43.24 $1.40
    2 GOLD SLAMMER 33.9 17.46 43.60 5 1/4 $5.60
    3 BENJI MAGIC 32.5 17.61 43.71 1 1/2 $8.50
    4 FACIAL 33.3 17.66 43.97 3 3/4 $10.70
    5 CONCEPT 25.1 17.90 44.95 14 $30.60
    6 SPENT THE RENT 26.1 17.46 45.28 4 3/4 $24.70

  2. Well , I’m sorry to say “Sporty” that your quoting the wrong info there:

    From the Stewards Report
    The winner of this event FORTY TWENTY (8) was locked away for a Urine Sample
    to be obtained later in the evening due to breaking the existing Track Record.
    Result: 2 8 1 4 7 5 Margins: 5 ¼ x 1 ½ Time: 5.50 17.32 29.82 43.23

  3. Well, I got those results (downloaded) from GRNSW, here’s the link…
    Perhaps they’ve made a mistake?
    Also, note the time in the Steward’s Report, they have 43.23?, that’s still nearly a second outside the Donnie Darko’s 42.25 record…
    And the Steward’s time is different to those at GRNSW, by .01……strange things, but look at the sectionals and assume that he did run 42.24 (or 23). He’s come home faster than Brett Lee could ever run 200 metres anywhere and he did it on a wet track and after running the first 500 metres or so through slush, the first 290 metres 12 lengths slower than the short record, his final 200 metres or so would have to be the fastest gallop ever on the planet.
    Sorry, NO RECORD, not even close!

  4. The other thing I forgot is that Donnie Darko holds the 724 metre record at Dapto whereas Fort Shakin’ holds the 729 metre record at 42.28.

  5. Thx Sporty – thats where the confusion has set it was a 729m not a 724m – The record broken was Fort Shakin’s record of 43.28 set back in March 2008. I’ll fix the story. BTW Dapto also claim a 727m record and old 722m grass track record.