The son of Lonesome Cry and On Shore lined up in race eight of the ten event card, a Grade 3/4/5 event over the 512 metres, and although it started a $2.30 elect, no one in attendance could predict what would happen next.
Whether it was the extra bit of concentration or just the stars aligning, the usually tardy box dog fired out of the one trap and charged to the front with an attitude of ferocity. Dub Me In whizzed past the post the first time with a two length gap, leaving his rivals desperate to change the situation.
From there it was clear who the premier chaser was on this occasion, with the margin expanding out to sixth lengths with half of the distance left to travel. The normally powerful Walkaway Again (a winner of 15 races itself) was unable to make any headway on the leader as it became apparent that there was some time being carved out in front.
As the finish line loomed large, the strides from Dub Me In were as big as at any other point in the race, and the margin would wind up eight lengths by the time the dust had settled.
Despite the on-course semaphore board displaying something different, it was confirmed that Dub Me In had indeed ran them ragged like nothing else before, setting a new record at 29.62. The record had stood since April 2011, when Half Way Home ran 29.79 when having only its third career start for trainer Robert Halliday. However, fast forward three years and Dub Me In eclipsed that effort by almost three lengths, which is a significant amount for a track where racing takes place regularly.
Dub Me In is a greyhound with a very good record, with this being his sixth win to match his three placings from eighteen starts.
Originally from Victoria, Dub Me In started life on the eastern side of the border, debuting under the astute care of master trainer Graeme Bate. Along with many others, it was transferred to the care of Peter and Jenny Hunt, before Norm McCullagh took over in January. However, it wasn’t long after that Dub Me In returned home to the Thomas Sinnott kennel, and back to the man responsible for breeding the litter on New Year’s Day 2012.
But back onto Dub Me In, and looking at the dogs’ racetrack performances, it may come as no surprise that a run of this nature was on the cards. Considering the dog started out with a win around The Meadows over Maximum Lil to break its maiden and then went on to run 30.14 in victory at the same track five starts later.
This week’s’ record breaking effort was the fawn chasers third run in South Australia, with a 30.03 display coming before a fourth in a Cup heat behind Cairnlea Peter.
Dub Me In will line up again at Horsham on Tuesday in a heat of the Rural City Cup for Grade 5 runners. Wearing the white rug on this occasion, it will need to be at its best to overcome a strong field which includes city-class winners in Money Come Back and Al Moran. But the South Australian air at Mount Gambier may just be in catalyst towards bigger and better things for this talented prospect.