Allen Elroy gave Graeme Bate a night to remember in Perth last Saturday by taking out both the Group 2 Britton’s WA Derby and the Group 2 Solo WA Oaks, it was a stella performance by the master trainer.
Beginning brilliantly from box 2, Allen Elroy ($2.20) a dark brindle son of Collision opened up a commanding break down the back straight and was never in danger from that point on although challenged on the home corner by Vocal Enforcer ($6.70) he was to strong racing away to win by a length from the WA hope and Victorian Easy Peasy ($4.10).
Time for the final was 30.48 this was exactly the same time Allen Elroy ran in his heat when he lead all the way from box five putting the writing on the wall he was the dog to beat in the final.
“He has had a few injury problems recently but is really firing now he probably needed the run leading into the final and he is certainly on the way up now. I might have a look at the Peter Mosman in June and certainly target the Traralgon Cup where he broke the track record.” Bate said this week.
Tonneli Bale and Graeme Bate also won the 2011 Group 2 Solo WA Oaks in brilliant fashion running down the kennel mate Shereen Bale to win the $35,000 to the winner feature.
Bate had never won the WA Oaks or the Derby but hadn’t really made a target of the feature races in the past. “I think it was a great concept to have both puppy races on at the same time I think in worked very well for the club.” Bate said.
Tonneli Bale ($1.80) recorded an impressive win in the Oaks final she enjoyed the inside draw in box one after finishing second behind Olivia’s Asset in her heat the week before. Olivia’s Asset ($5.40) finished third in the final for WA trainer Barry Thompson. Winning by two and a quarter lengths in 30.39 the brilliant black bitch again defeated Shereen Bale ($10.20) the same kennel mate who finished second to her in the recent Group 2 Ladies Bracelet at Wentworth Park in NSW.
Raced by Paul Wheeler she has now amassed $107,945 in stakes with 11 wins and 12 placings from 34 starts. Bate, who stays with Max Julien while in WA, is hoping to come back next year with Tonneli Bale and contest the Group 1 Sky Racing Perth Cup. “Her next mission will be the Group 1 Sapphire at Sandown, I’d love to win the three main races for bitches with the same dog she is very smart especially if she draws the rails.” Bate said.
After the placings in the Derby field finished in the following order 4th Battsy Monelli ($21.00), 5th Dyna Tron ($14.30), 6th Dyna Bert ($19.60) 7th Primordial ($7.30) and Dyna Max ($43.30).
Allen Elroy is a Dark Brindle dog whelped March 2009 by Collision from Clementine Bale (Faithful Hawk x Alarming Bale) he is owned by Janice Wheeler and trained by Graeme Bate from Lara in Victoria. Allen Elroy has raced only 22 times for 11 wins and three placings, his prizemoney earnings took a big boost with the Derby’s first prize of $35,000 taking his overall stake money to $79,475.
Listed below is the WA Derby honour roll, this feature for age restricted dog pups was first conducted at Cannington in 1976. Since that time it has been a well sought after major event on the WA Calendar each year. Most notable winners would be Swift Glade (1983) a brilliant sprinter who campaigned successfully in the east under the guidance of Graeme Bate. Prince Of Tigers (1997) he brilliantly won the Group 1 National Sprint final in Adelaide in 1997 and had his career tragically cut short by injury.
Reggemite (1998) arguably the best ever sprinter to come out of the west he won a Sandown Shoot Out in 1998 and was runner up in the Top Gun to the all conquering Rapid Journey. Plus recent winner Victorian Sun Hero (2004) who also enjoyed a wonderful race career, reaching no less than 17 group race finals, for four wins and eight placings. He made five group one’s winning the Perth Cup and amassed $316,950 in prizemoney. Plus who will forget 2009 winner super star High Earner the highest stake winner in history.
WA Derby Honour Roll
1976 Rajundi, 1977 Mister Toewyte, 1978 Wind Warning, 1979 Dark Gramoi, 1980 Pop’s Jester, 1981 Power Play, 1982 Mum’s Jester, 1983 Swift Glade, 1984 Zelrob, 1985 Icy Fox, 1986 Janarlee Tiger, 1987 Black Review, 1988 Cheatin’ Charmer, 1989 Tim’s Chariot, 1990 Liz’s Champ, 1991 New Temlock Two, 1992 Eljay, 1993 Nikemos, 1994 Michael’s Tears, 1995 Steve’s Pride, 1996 Frogmore Ferrari, 1997 Prince Of Tigers, 1998 Reggemite, 1999 Paddy’s Fault, 2000 Blue Catona, 2001 Clear Havoc, 2002 Osti’s Warrior, 2003 Regal Bazz, 2004 Sun Hero, 2005 Magic Trance, 2006 Spitfire Jet, 2007 Mandagery Man, 2008 Octanol, 2009 High Earner and 2010 Pedrosa.
After the Oaks final the three placed runners were followed finished order by 4th Where’s Demonica ($23.80), 5th Aston Elle ($8.00), 6th Mini Emily ($9.20), 7th Lady Ashby ($50.50) and Darya Bale ($18.90).
Tonneli Bale is Black Bitch whelped January ’09 she is by Collision from Ambrosia Bale (Ashom Bale x Daishi Bale). She is raced by Paul Wheeler and trained by Graeme Bate at Lara in Victoria. The Group 2 Ladies Bracelet win took her record to 34 starts for 11 wins and 12 placings and prizemoney earnings of $107,945.
The WA Oaks was first conducted as a feature in 1976 when won by Venus Ice it started as a Group 3 race and was elevated to Group 2 status in 2003 when a substantial increase to prizemoney affected the change. Listed below is the full honour roll.
WA Oaks Hoinour Roll
1976 Venus Ice, 1977 Fashion Flo, 1978 Pisces Attack, 1979 Lunar Rose, 1980 Next In Line, 1981 Fiery Message, 1982 Orient Star, 1983 Candid Star, 1984 Repeat Design, 1985 Lady Kiwi, 1986 Pebbles, 1987 Sable Rose, 1988 Woofie’s Wonder, 1989 Super Swinger, 1990 Zoila’s Crown, 1991 Capobianca, 1992 Expected Riches, 1993 Sandameri, 1994 Sunshine Molly, 1995 Isn’t She Lovely, 1996 Cherry Kongwak, 1997 Billy’s Echo, 1998 Balance Sheet, 1999 Roxy Reason, 2000 Antiki Bale, 2001 Grace’s Choice, 2002 Macbeth’s Image, 2003 Dance Portrait, 2004 Kola’s Pride, 2005 Estella, 2006 Leprechaun Kate, 2007 Miss Hot Gossip, 2008 Miss Slick, 2009 Topline Doovee and 2010 Rock Pool.