Drawn in box two in heat four, the dark brindle son of Collision was coming off a fall at his latest start at Geelong, and had not been seen at the race track for a few weeks. Despite the recent tumble, punters were not deterred and sent the accomplished chaser out at a prohibitive quote, and he did not disappoint.
Beginning smartly, Phenomenal showed great acceleration to hold the rails and the lead as the field reached the first corner. From that point on, it was simply a procession for the brilliant chaser, as he increased his margin with each stride. He reached the finish line over 11 lengths clear of Serengeti Oasis, who did all the chasing, with Noaki Swift six lengths further back in third place.
The time semaphored was mind blowing, 24.83 seconds for the 450 metres, a new track record, breaking the previous mark of 24.85 seconds held by the talented Walk Hard.
While the early sectionals returned by Phenomenal of 6.64 and 11.44 down the back are speedy, it was certainly the strength of the run home in 13.39 which enabled him to eclipse the previous mark. To put the run into some sort of perspective, when Walk Hard broke the same track record, his run home time was 13.52.
While track conditions vary from meeting to meeting, the performance of Phenomenal was simply breathtaking and his third track record breaking run, following on from his record efforts at Ballarat and Horsham.
Bred by Kerry Dalziel in the Wimmera in Western Victoria, Phenomenal has a strong pedigree which has speed and strength in equal measure throughout.
His dam Tocsin (Pure Octane-Sound Lee) was lightly raced, only having the 17 starts for four wins, including a fast win at the Meadows over 600 metres in 34.47, and a 30.17 win at Cannington. The litter she came from had plenty of ability and included the brilliant but ill-fated Pure Inspiration, who won 13 from 29 before breaking down, and the well performed Code One and Nitrane.
Judging by his outstanding ability and robust pedigree, Phenomenal should be very attractive to breeders once his race career is completed.
While he is more than capable over the sprints, Phenomenal may again but targeted toward some of the middle distance and staying features in the near future.
For greyhound fans, it promises to be fascinating to follow the star chaser in his quest for further race track glory.