BARTHOLOMEW Bale won the 440 metre grade five final at the Sale greyhounds on Sunday.
The dog, trained by Mark Delbridge at Balliang, west of Melbourne, went wide on the bend, but kicked in the home straight to win in 25.15 seconds.
In second place was Quick Paws for Denison trainer Ronald Winter, with Delbridge’s Man Absconded third.
Sunday’s meeting began with the heats of the 440m maiden series, with the final to be raced this Sunday.
Omega Cimarron won the first heat on debut for Barry Harper at Seaspray.
The dog led for the journey, holding off a challenge from Battle Symphony, trained by Matthew Clark at Briagolong, to win in 25.26s. In third place was Dr Rozzie, trained by Bill McMahon at Darriman.
Barry’s wife Heather trained the winner of the fourth heat. Omega Dodge had the race won by the bend, winning in 24.87s, more than nine seconds clear of Claydon (trained by McMahon) and Amrin (for Jennifer Gill at Woodside).
The second heat was won by debutant Swift By Design, trained at Rosedale by Carolyn Jones. Swift By Design opened up a lead on the bend and drew away in the straight to win in 24.87s, 7.1s ahead of Patience Pays, trained at Longford by Adrian Smit.
On debut, Camila, trained by Gill, won the third heat in 25.5s, pipping Odd Gem, trained by John Musselwhite at Lindenow, at the post.
Dr Edward came third for Judith McMahon at Darriman. It was a tight finish, with only 1.37s separating the first three.
The meeting ended with heats of the 440m series for dogs with one to four wins. The final will also be raced this Sunday.
Louranda won the first heat for Maffra trainer Darren Watts.
The $12.10 chance notched a second win from her past three starts in 29.92s.
With the four dogs in single odds colliding or checked early, the race became a battle of the long shots.
Montaro finished second for Damian Meade at Hazelwood North, and Speed Demon third for Woodside trainer Margaret Read.
Judge Hook, trained by Robert Neocleous at Hazelwood North, had a good win in the second heat, in 25.22s, from Leo Rose, trained by Sharon-Lee Chignell at Rosedale, and Madalia Brodie, trained by Kathleen Fogarty at Heyfield.
Chignell went one better in the third heat, with William Rose winning in 25.5s, despite being checked on the first turn. The favourite has placed in his previous five starts, which includes two wins.
Judith McMahon’s Dr Rayna led into the straight before colliding with Stay At Home, but recovered to finish second.
Stack won the final heat for Johnsonville trainer Todd Chatwin in 25.29s, a length from Baileys On Ice, trained by Matthew Clark.
Stack recorded back-to-back wins at Sale, with all but one of his seven starts been in the first two.
Wee Gem finished third for Sale trainer Bruce Russell.
Coming off three consecutive third placings, Slingshot Prince won race six, a 440m mixed grade four-five, for Lara trainer Robert Camilleri in 24.82s.
In second place was Ouzo, prepared by Deborah Coleman, also based at Lara.
Camilleri brought up a winning double in race eight, the 520m mixed grade four-five, when With Confidence avoided trouble after the start to reach the post first in 29.34s.
Eastside finished second for Mark Delbridge, just ahead of favourite, Carolyn Jones’ Zipping Hamish.
Deborah Coleman trained the victor of race seven, a 440m grade five, with My Word Shirley finishing strongly to win in 25.11s, just ahead of What Price Mason, trained by Garry Allen at Darnum.
In his first race since winning at Sale on February 23, Akina Dee Jay, trained at Denison by Samantha McKay, finished third.