Owner Brendan Wheeler believes that Victorian chaser Dyna Double One is well poised to double his tally of Group 1 victories in the Sky Racing Brisbane Cup (520m) at Albion Park on Thursday night.
“All reports are that everything’s good to go. He’s pulled up great and ready to try and do it again.” Wheeler said.
Dyna Double One will try and make it 2 Group 1 victories in just three starts after finally conquering kennelmate, and champion, Fernando Bale in a gripping edition of the Melbourne Cup at Sandown just a few weeks ago.
“It was good to see him get it done, he’s been such a terrific dog and to do it in the biggest race is fantastic.” he said.
A son of Barcia Bale and Crystin Bale, Dyna Double One has performed extraordinarily in three Queensland starts, including a track record 29.51 in a heat of July’s Group 1 Garrard’s Winter Cup, a 2nd placing in that final behind Reg Hazelgrove’s Fabulous Storm and a blistering 29.53 in last week’s heat, a performance which is sure to see him start a dominant favourite for Thursday’s final.
Wheeler thinks that his Albion Park performances will stand him in good stead come race time Thursday.
“I’m not sure what it is about (Albion Park), he just absolutely flies.”
“He likes the sunny weather up there.”
Wheeler says that he believes Box 4 is cause for some concern, but has belief that his quality chaser can overcome it.
“I would have liked him really close to the inside or right on the outside, just away from the barging around in the middle.”
“It’s all going to come down to how he gets out of the boxes.”
“His box manners have greatly improved.”
Wheeler believes, regardless of the result Thursday, that his dog has earned the right to be considered one of the top chasers in the land, particularly given the impending retirement of Fernando Bale.
“You’ve got dogs like Kayda Shae nipping at his heels, he’s also a fantastic dog, but I think (Dyna Double One) has earned the right to be number one once Fernando steps aside.”
As for the future, Wheeler says he will be guided by trainer Andrea Dailly and her team.
“I’m sure they’ve got a plan for him. He’s definitely going to race on.”
Despite his strong finishing burst, it also appears as if we won’t see Dyna Double One tried over any further than the sprint trips at this stage of his career.
“When dogs really power over 500m like that, I think you’d probably run a good 600m, but it would probably flatten him, so I don’t think there would be any plans to do that at all.”
A stud career is also on the cards at the culmination of his career.
“He’s already got quite a lot of interest at stud.”
“He’s already been collected and people have already purchased and are already using him, so he’s off and going.”
Another Group 1 victory Thursday night at Albion Park would go a long way to cementing his racing legacy and also enhance his stud value. Additionally, victory would take him to third on the all-time AGRA stake earners list, vaulting him past Dyna Villa, Miata, and Xylia Allen, a fact which makes it hard to argue that he shouldn’t be considered a champion.