WA sprinter Quartz Bale was simply outstanding at The Meadows on Saturday night, running the fastest time (29.602sec) among the eight heat winners.
The only non-Victorian greyhound in the race, Quartz Bale is drawn in box 3 in the final, and he is second favourite in betting at $3.50 behind Lamia Bale at $3.00.
Trainer Paul Stuart sees similarities between Quartz Bale and his former champion greyhound Dyna Nalin, who ran third in the 2014 Australian Cup, also from box 3.
“He’s a little bit like Dyna Nalin in that he’s not real quick early but he so often finds a way to win,” Stuart said.
“He showed in his heat what he can do when he gets a clear run, and his time didn’t surprise me because the track was pretty fast at that point of the night (before rain set in) and he has a track record to his name at Mandurah (405m) so I know how fast he is.”
With just 18 starts in his career (11 wins) Quartz Bale, who is a whopping 38 kilograms, looks like establishing himself as one of the country’s premier greyhounds over the next 12 months.