There is no superlative that adequately depicts the efforts of Sweet It Is and Fernando Bale's efforts in winning their respective $75,000 Ladbrokes Nationals Championships at Wentworth Park on Saturday night (August 22).
With the Ladbrokes AGRA National Distance Championship the first to go, 2014 winner Sweet It Is was the short priced favourite to claim back to back titles.
Out of the boxes, NSW reserve, Ada Mary, which gained a start after the scratching of Magic Earner lead, with Sweet It Is able to get a good rails position early.
Into the back straight, Western Australian qualifier Deadly Boy for John Carmody took up the running, with Sweet It Is moving into a strong second position, and from there it was poetry in motion as Australia’s current highest earning greyhound ground down the lead of Deadly Boy’s, before kicking away.
As she strode over eight lengths clear of her rivals, the clock stopped at 41.5, seconds passed before the time was finalised at 41.52, breaking Xylia Allen’s record by two thousandths of a second.
Lady Toy for Brooke Ennis (Vic) finished in second, 8 3/4lenghts back, while Deadly Boy for John Carmody (WA) finished in third.
Winning owner-trainer, Braden Finn said the efforts of ‘Zoe’ were truly remarkable and a huge thrill.
Watch, Sweet It Is' track record win again:
With a track record broken, it was on to the Ladbrokes National Sprint Final, with superstar, Fernando Bale looking to get back to the winners circle on a track which has already seen him claim over $400,000.
The 10 day recovery from his State Final third placing seemed to have offered the champ a chance to freshen up.
As a result, the wildcard finalist was on his toes and able to spear the lids, posting a flying 5.30 first section before carving out hot splits of 13.50, 17.56 before stopping the clock at 29.24, Wentworth Park’s second fastest ever time.
NSW runner Bessy Boo was impressive in his run home, as always, to take second, while Queenslander Keybow, prepare by Tony Brett finished third.
Filled with absolute pride, trainers Andrea and Tom Dailly thanked supportive owners the Wheeler family and their own family which continued to all work together an enjoy the tremendous ride Fernando Bale has provided.
Watch Fernando Bale's sensational win again
In a truly sensational evening, the Nationals again lived up to the hype. The NSW GBOTA and Wentworth Park thank all States for their attendance and wish South Australia the best for the 2016 Championships. Group racing will now turn to the Group 3 720m Chairman’s Cup in September, with heats just a fortnight away.