Glen Gallon 2011 Brisbane Cup winner after great start

If you knew Glen Gallon would be equal with Spring Gun and a length away from Dyna Tron at the post the first time in the 2011 Brisbane Cup, the big odds posted about the Tony Brett-trained galloper would have been lapped up.

It was exactly that good getaway of the Velocity Lodge owned galloper that saw Glen Gallon crowned the 2011 Brisbane Cup winner.

From box three he matched it with Spring Gun and ran 5.75 sec for the first section, just a length away from Dyna Tron.

The start of the race was decisive for other chasers.

Both He Knows Uno and Bekim Bale had ordinary starts in the 2011 Brisbane Cup.

At box rise He Knows Uno collected Radley Bale and pulled out to look for the rail.

It gave him a slower than usual start, a pathetic 6.22 sec for the first section putting him five length behind the second last dog at the post the first time.

Bekim Bale went looking for the outside too soon and collected Radley Bale and was turned side on.

It did neither galloper much good and both were back in the field.

It was apparent early that Radical Dos and Mercy Rule were going to struggle in the Group 1 2011 Brisbane Cup and so it proved.

Dyna Tron coming off triumphs in the Geelong Cup and Melbourne Cup was gallant but had every chance.

At 600m boxes Spring Gun and Glen Gallon collided when the later persisted in looking for the rail.

The temperamental Spring Gun lost many lengths and his chance while Glen Gallon lost a length.

At this point Brett believed the 2011 Brisbane Cup was lost.

“I thought he was gone, but he’s a great chaser and a great dog and he kept coming,” he said

Glen Gallon took his chance up on the rail.

Dyna Tron raced one off the fence in pursuit of the long arm of the lure giving him room.

Radley Bale made continuous ground and narrowly missed second from Dyna Tron.

He Knows Uno was an enormous run for fourth three and  a half lengths from the winner after giving it triple that margin down the back straight.

At the 600m boxes he shoved Bekim Bale out of the way and finished in front of that galloper who also ran on well.

For the owners it was a first Group 1 win after literally pouring over $1m in the sport.

Headed by Steve Williams, they were on the verge of selling Glen Gallon just a fortnight ago.

“We had an offer of $55,000 for him from Victoria and then another offer from China,” Williams said.

“Tony (Brett) and I discussed it.

“He admitted he didn’t want to lose the dog and asked if he could run him through the Brisbane Cup.

“It doesn’t get any better than this.

“Well, it doesn’t for me.”

“I went weak at the knees when he won.”

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