Almost two years to the day since High Earner broke Rapid Journey’s 12-year-old record for the most prize money earned by a racing greyhound in Australia, champion bitch Miata easily eclipsed that astounding mark with her second consecutive victory in the West Australian Galaxy at Cannington, scoring by a massive 14 lengths in 41.48.
Miata’s victory took her earnings figure to $671,508, well past High Earner’s mark of $610,070. For trainer Paul Stuart this will be a night he will never forget as his sprint charge Dyna Nalin annexed the Perth Cup.
In achieving this feat Miata becomes only the second West Australian to hold the Australian prize money record since the brilliant bitch Sandi’s Me Mum surpassed Queenslander Dancing Gamble in May 1990 with what was then an amazing $136,400.
Miata’s win takes her record over the 715 metres trip at Cannington to an unbeaten 13. This is the second-best record achieved at the course, only bettered by 1998 National Distance Championship victor Paradise Street. He won his first 14 over the stayer’s course at Cannington before tasting defeat, by a very narrow margin. He was also the winner of the 1998 Galaxy.
The sensational greyhound has won her last 11 on end to take her overall record to 40 wins, two seconds, and two thirds from just 47 starts. Miata already has a previous win sequence of 15 and so this set of 11 means she is the first stayer in history to record two win sequences of 10 or more in a career, and the third overall. The other two are Tasmanian True Vintage (15 and 13) and South Australian Wild Country (13 and an undefeated 12).
The previous best set by a stayer was that of National Lass wo had sequences of 14 and nine consecutive wins in her career.
More significantly in terms of achievement for Miata is she becomes the first stayer since Victorian champion Bold Trease to set the prize money mark. And Bold Trease set the record, with about $106,100, on 19 October 1988 only to lose it the very next night to Dancing Gamble.
Just 18 days before Bold Trease briefly annexed the record, the smart New South Wales stayer Whip Tip had taken the mark from Queensland sprinter Pretty Fearless with $105,995. Whip Tip was promptly retired to the breeding barn. It is the first and only time the prize money record has fallen three times in three weeks.
Prior to Whip Tip, the last stayer to hold the prize money mark was the great Victorian Lizrene who went past Zoom Top’s earnings on 14 February 1974, taking her earnings to $59,170.
So Miata joins a very elite and quite restricted list of stayers who have managed to gain the mantle of Australia’s foremost prize money winners.
Prize money figures are pretty accurate since 1966, and in the nearly 47 years since Miata is the 17th greyhound to hold the record.
It’s almost certain Miata will be named 2012 Australian Greyhound of the Year -unless the judging panel had a collective brain embolism- and she will become the first West Australian to gain this coveted title and just the second stayer, since the inaugural winner Boomeroo in 2002.
What a fitting situation that would be for Miata: the crowned national champion and prize money record holder as well.