Dyna Hunter claims Cup
“From the first day he came to the kennels I was drawn to his fruity personality.
“He is the kind of dog that you can sit in the kennel with him and he will put his head on your lap for a pat. It also helps that he has a bit of ability.”
Earlier in the night, the keenly-anticipated return to the track of Rippin’ Sam ended in anticlimax with the superstar stayer finishing at the tail of the field in the Warragul GRC Distance Cup over 680 metres.
At his first appearance since September 16, Rippin’ Sam started $1.90 favourite but dropped back alarmingly early in proceedings as Correy Grenfell’s Dyna Chancer ($2.20) romped to victory.
In the first of two ‘Dyna’ Cup successes for owner Brendan Wheeler on the night, Dyna Chancer, runner-up in the group one Sale Cup at his previous start, claimed the $10,000 winner’s purse in a new course record time of 38.58 seconds.
The son of another Wheeler-bred Melbourne Cup winner in Dyna Double One (2015) smashed multiple group one winner Ring The Bell’s previous benchmark of 38.82 seconds.
Shirley Melsen sends down a bowl for Warragul 1 in the local derby against Warragul 2; Photograph: Paul Cohen.