Newcastle Cup Injury Ends Amity Bale’s Career

Wednesday night the running of the $20 000 to-the-winner Group 3 Newcastle Cup (715m) resulted in a devastating end to the career of Graeme Bate’s star stayer Amity Bale.

The champion bitch from Victoria sustained a severe hock injury in the prestigious staying event at The Meadows, ending her impressive race career that included six Group victories this year alone.

In her first look at the track, Amity Bale started as the odds-on favourite at $2, her consistent and freakishly good form outweighing any issues punters may have had with her awkward box six draw. But after seriously injuring herself in the race, the daughter of Sonic Flight finished dead last in what has tragically turned out to be her last career start.

It was a shocking blow to the career of renowned Australian trainer Graeme Bate, following the injury-forced retirement of another of his star runners, Velocette, earlier in the week.

Amity Bale’s official career record stands at 31 wins from 72 race starts with total prizemoney earned in excess of $275 000, but it was obvious to all that she was just warming up and had just touched on her true potential as a Group 1 staying champion.

Drill ‘Em ($4.90), also racing for the first time at The Meadows, went on to defeat local runner Lochinvar Vogue ($9.90) by four and three quarter lengths in a smashing 42.02 seconds with the John Heard-trained Forty Twenty ($4.80) a further two lengths back for third.

The lead-all-the-way victory was the Dave Knocker-trained Drill ‘Em’s second successive feature race success.

2009 Group 3 Newcastle Cup Results:

Placing

Greyhound

Trainer

Time

Margins

1
DRILL ‘EM
42.02
2
LOCHINVAR VOGUE
42.36 4 ¾
3
FORTY TWENTY
42.49 2
4
REIGN OVER ME
42.92 6 ¼
5
SALVATORE
43.20 4
6
DIS LOW KATE
43.26 ¾
7
TIFI
43.34 1 ¼
8
AMITY BALE
44.15 11 ½