Rank outsider David Bale ($31.20) caused one of the biggest boilovers in Group 1 history, running down kennelmate Desalle Bale in the shadows of the post to win the Sky Racing Topgun at The Meadows in 29.92.
Starting from box eight after the scratching of Bye Bye Bucks, 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 Zara Zulu, 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 Glen Gallon ($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 cheque 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 Hume Cup, with the final to be run on RSN Group 3 Silver Bullet night on Melbourne Cup eve.