David Bale & Graeme Bate Reign Supreme In Topgun Upset

Rank outsider David Bale ($31.20) caused one of the biggest boilovers in 1 history, running down kennelmate Desalle Bale in the shadows of the post to win the Sky Racing Topgun at in 29.92.

Starting from box eight after the scratching of , the son of Bartrim Bale and Dyna Beauty began moderately before pushing into a midfield position as they reached the first corner. With kennelmate Desalle Bale flying out in front, David Bale outpaced Spud Regis and , pushing into second as Desalle Bale reached the second section in a sizzling 17.59.

Never giving in, David Bale continued to cut away at Desalle Bale’s lead, eventually reaching the tearaway leader with a last stride to score by just half a head. Queenslander Don’t Knocka Him ran on well for third, while favourite ($3.20) finished fifth after missing the start and finding trouble in running.

In an amazing feat, master trainer Graeme Bate and owner Paul Wheeler quinella-ed the Group 1 Sky Racing Topgun for the second year running after Allen Harper and Radley Bale went one-two last year.

David Bale’s victory was the 22nd of his career from 74 starts, with the $150,000 winner’s pushing his prizemoney to over $310,000. Runner-up Desalle Bale has now finished second in two Group 1 events at The Meadows, running behind brother Barcia Bale in the Maturity in July.

The night also saw six heats of the Group 1 , with the final to be run on RSN night on eve.

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