With Australia’s eight best sprinters engaged, nobody knew which way to look going into the Group 1 Topgun tonight (Saturday) at The Meadows. In the end it was the Paul Stuart-trained Dyna Nalin that claimed the $150,000 first prize and top honours for his home state, WA.
The favourite for the prestigious invite-only event was the freakish Punch One Out ($2.80) who looked ideally drawn in box two, however it was an open field with only one runner starting at double figure odds- Glen Gallon ($23.40)
When the lids flew open, six of the eight competitors charged towards the first turn in unison. The only two missing from the line were Punch One Out and the South Australian sensation Ernie Bung Arrow.
With 24 powerful paws all vying for the top spot, things got a little tight. Dyna Nalin (box eight), who began surprisingly well, loomed ominously on the outside of the field before crossing Glen Gallon (number six) on the first turn. In doing so, Xylia Allen (number five), Spud Regis (number four) and Tomac Bale (number three) were all inconvenienced as the big black dog set out after Peter Rocket (number one) who managed to avoid interference and punch up along the rails and sprint away.
Down the back it was a race in two, although Dyna Nalin was still giving Peter Rocket a three length head start. As they approached the home turn, the pink rugged runner managed to level up with the Victorian and edge his way through to assume the lead along the inside. Once he straightened up, Dyna Nalin put the paw to the floor and sprinted away to score by 3.19 lengths in a slick 29.89s.
Peter Rocket battled on well to finish second ahead of the fast finishing Xylia Allen who pipped Tomac Bale on the line for a top three position. Champion sprinter Glen Gallon was very unlucky but lost no admirers when finishing fifth.
Dyna Nalin is now a dual group 1 winner after he took out the Group 1 Perth Cup in February this year. The 34 kilogram powerhouse has now won 26 races with eight minor placings from 40 career starts, while he is the first WA-trained chaser to take out the Topgun since the mighty Lindale Blue who triumphed in 2002.