Amity Bale Summer Cup Final

Star Stayer Amity Bale won the challenging Group 2 Pages Event Hire Summer Cup Final (720m) at Wentworth Park on Saturday night, claiming the $25 000 to-the-winner prize.

The in-form trainer Graeme Bate’s bitch has dominated the greyhound group racing scene over the past few months, and her performance on Saturday night did nothing to dent her increasing reputation as one of Australia’s best greyhounds.

Daughter of Sonic Flight, Amity Bale’s impressive record now stands at 22 wins from 26 career starts, the last five of which were at Group level. She now stands unbeaten in her last nine starts.

In the Summer Cup she defeated Forty Twenty by 1 ¼ lengths with Melandri third, in a winning time of 42.45 seconds, not her best but still a decent run. It was Melandri’s fourth place in as many starts at the track.

Amity Bale was outpaced early in the race by eventual third and fourth placegetters Melandri and Whitfield Bale but as always the consistent stayer fought back with plenty of skill. Just inside the 200m she railed to the inside of Whitfield Bale, surpassing him and chasing down Melandri. At the 50m mark Amity Bale went wide and strode clear.

After a troubled start, Forty Twenty found a late surge of power to charge down the straight proving a real contender for the title, but was just short, defeated by just over a length.

Prior to her Summer Cup victory, Amity Bale won the AWM Distance Championship at The Meadows on July 25, Chairman’s Cup at Wentworth Park on September 19, Sydney Cup at Wentworth Park on October 3, Sir John Dillion Memorial at Sandown on October 11 and the Hume Cup, in record breaking time, at The Meadows on November 2.

Group 2 Summer Cup Final Results:

Placing                  Greyhound                         Weight                 Time                      Margins

1                              AMITY BALE                        29.9                        42.45

2                              FORTY TWENTY                 32.1                        42.53                     1 ¼

3                              MELANDRI                          31.8                        42.58                     ¾

4                              WHITFIELD BALE               34.0                        42.97                     5 ½

5                              CHILLI JIM                           33.8                        43.20                     3 ¼

6                              SALVATORE                        32.0                        43.28                     1 ¼

7                              TIFI                                         26.4                        43.47                     2 ¾

8                              JARVIS BALE                       31.9                        42.48                     nose