Plugger wary on Bekim before 2011 Melbourne Cup

Not too many people ever disagreed with former champion full forward Tony Lockett on the football field.

The fierce bulky competitor and all time highest AFL goal scorer put disputes away in the physical sense if not always mental.

Now some are getting on ‘Pluggers’ nerves again.

Bekim Bale is being touted as the fastest dog to ever grace a greyhound track prior to the 2011 Meobourne Cup.

The Andrea Dailly trained son of Bartrim Bale and Amelia Bale is the first dog to break 29 seconds at Sandown Park and goes into tonight’s Group 1 $290,000 2011 Melbourne Cup as favourite.

And he scored the quickest 2011 Melbourne Cup heat win in 29.28sec but that tag is being hotly disputed by Lockett whose exploits in the greyhound world are huge and highly respected.

Lockett, a champion greyhound breeder, was once connected to Brett Lee, who is widely regarded as the best greyhound of all time.

“I’ve never seen a better greyhound than Brett Lee”, Lockett said.

“He won four Group 1 races and Bekim Bale hasn’t won any yet, so how can anyone compare them?”

Sticking with Plugger, which was always a good ploy on the field, Brett Lee had more early brilliance and won 30 of 38 starts with five runner cheques.

Bekim Bale is seriously good having already won seven from nine starts.

The chink in the armour is his average getaways which may play against him at some stage.

The 2011 Melbourne Cup is a great test of his nous and ability to overcome obstacles from box four.