El Galo Sets Sandown Alight In Bert Bryant Memorial

El Galo’s renowned early speed was on full display at tonight as he blitzed his rivals in the $14,500 .

Having just his third start at the Lightwood Road circuit and his first since winning the 2008 Schweppes Melbourne Cup Consolation, El Galo ($1.50F) began like a rocket from box 5 to lead by three lengths through the first turn and equalled the first sectional record of 4.99.

The seven-time race winner extended his lead to five lengths down the back, setting a new mark of 17.86 for the second split before smashing the race record and setting the equal fastest time of 2009 – 29.55.

($10.40) was gallant in defeat finishing 5.5 lengths adrift, but the punters who took the short odds about ’s best greyhound were never in any doubt.

The win was El Galo’s 39th from 61 starts, and took his prizemoney to $462,080. will now set his champion for the Golden at . If successful, the $150,000 first prize would smash ’s Australian prizemoney mark.

Earlier in the night, Toowoomba Banker took out the $14,500 Memorial.

Trained by , Toowoomba Banker ($9.70) began fairly before sweeping to the lead down the back straight before powering to the line to win by 4.5 lengths in 29.92.

The win was easily the biggest of Toowoomba Banker’s 40 race career and provided his first-time owners with their biggest thrill in greyhound racing.

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