Even the intervention of local wildlife couldn’t stop Dyna Chancer from securing a win in last night’s Free For All and all but ensure a berth in September’s Speed Star 595 series.
The race was delayed by four minutes as track staff escorted a pesky rodent from the track. Once the race got underway, Dyna Chancer began well from the inside draw and charged through the first turn to assume control of the race as the field entered the straight the first time. He quickly opened a sizeable gap over his rivals down the back before powering to a seven length victory in 33.977 – good enough for 3rd place in the Speed Star 595 standings.
Trainer Correy Grenfell was full of praise for the 40 month old dog, still racing in the best form of his career. It was the red fawn dog’s 31st victory in 80 career starts, taking his prize money to $293,546.
“I think it just comes down to confidence,” said Grenfell of Dyna Chancer’s continued strong form.
“He’s been pushing up well lately over 700m, now back to his ideal trip he showed his ability – he hasn’t lost any.”
A winner over all three distances at Sandown Park, the versatile son of TAB Melbourne Cup winner Dyna Double One has now won six times over 595m, with history suggesting his winning time will be enough to qualify for the Speed Star 595 match race series. Dyna Chancer has twice contested a match race series over 595m – running second behind Tornado Tears in the May 2018 series – as well as winning over 715m in May 2019. Grenfell confirmed the 595m series would be the target for Dyna Chancer, and if he does to take his place in the September, it would a be record fourth match race appearance.
“I’d like to think he’s done enough now with that time.
“Now that Tornado Tears is back as well, I think we have to go for the 595m. It’s his favourite distance.”
Dyna Chancer’s immediate task will be in a rematch against Tornado Tears in next Thursday’s Crocmedia National Distance Championship Victoria series.
Dyna Chancer (1) lights up the clock
Earlier in the night, Emma Bowles and Lachlan Scott enjoyed their first Sandown city class win when Hardaway JayJay scored a stunning nine length victory.
Angela Langton took the training honours on the night with a winning treble, while her partner Jeff and his brother Robert also claimed a win apiece.
Click here for full results from last night’s meeting.