The NSW GBOTA wishes to congratulate both the Dailly and Wheeler families on Fernando Bale becoming the first greyhound in the world to earn over a million dollars in prizemoney.

 

Fernando Bale, the son of American sire Kelsos Fusileer and Wheeler’s owned and bred Chloe Allen, took the title on Friday night after winning the Group 1 Triple M Adelaide Cup at Angle Park, SA.

 

Trained by Andrea Dailly at Anakie in Victoria, the two and half year old has recorded 31 wins and four minor placings from a glittering 38 start career. Dailly was understandably over the moon with the historic achievement but was quick to deflect praise to other members of the incredibly successful Team Dailly, namely husband Tom and brother in law George, as emotions post race flowed.

 

Having now earned $1,006,110 in prizemoney, Fernando Bale commenced his Group race success streak with the Group 1 National Derby in February at Wentworth Park. Since then, Fernando Bale has taking a real shining to NSW’s premier track, having also claimed three other Group 1 trophies there, namely the Golden Easter Egg (April), Peter Mosman (June) and AGRA National Sprint Championships (August).

 

His other Group race victories this year include:

  • Group 1 Harrison-Dawson, Sandown Park, May 2015

  • Group 3 Bill Collins Memorial, Sandown Park, May 2015

  • Group 2 Bendigo Cup, Bendigo, July 2015

  • Group 1 Hudson Pacific Maturity Classic, The Meadows, July 2015

  • Group 2 Traralgon Cup, Traralgon, September 2015

  • Group 1 Adelaide Cup, Angle Park, October 2015

 

Paul Wheeler, patriarch of Australian greyhound racing’s most famous family, has described Fernando Bale as the best greyhound raced by the family.

 

“He is the best, a pure professional who keeps producing peak performance after peak performance,” said Wheeler during the course of celebrations.

 

Fernando Bale is set to contest the Topgun invitational at The Meadows on October 24 before taking on the Melbourne Cup at Sandown Park in November. Should he be successful in both events, Fernando Bale’s prizemoney will rapidly rise over $1.5million.

 

Following that, a keenly awaited stud career beckons and one for which Wheeler has received hundreds of inquiries for already.