Caption: Gatlin (centre) took pride of place by winning the G1 Vic Peters at Wentworth Park

VICTORIES by Gatlin in the G1 Vic Peters and Embrace in the G1 Peter Mosman Opal at Wentworth Park celebrated some significant bloodline combinations that continue to be proven at the highest level.

The age-restricted events have a wonderful history with greats of Aussie racing among the victors. It also makes sense to switch the Peter Mosman to a bitches race to complement the Vic Peters for males.

Gatlin is by Dyna Double One-Von Magic by Magic Sprite, a cross popping up more and more among feature race winners.

Hark back to the 2020 running of the Peter Mosman Opal and we find Lilly Banner is also by Dyna Double One from a daughter of Magic Sprite.

The power in this cross is that Dyna Double One’s sire Barcia Bale already has sired Group stars like Fast Times and Zack Monelli (and many others) when mated to daughters of Magic Sprite.

Interesting too that both Lilly Banner and Gatlin have a cross of Collision in their direct damline as well.

But what Queenslanders will find fascinating in the pedigree of Gatlin is that he has former Albion Park greyhound of the year, Joe Menary’s grand sprinter Tad Smarter, as his third dam.

Gatlin boasts sire and dam both bred on the Go Wild Teddy/Spiral Nikita cross, but in reverse.

I have always believed the double and balance of Spiral Nikita in any mating of Magic Sprite bitches to Dyna Double One would prove influential.

Lilly Banner proved it in 2020 in the Opal. Gatlin did the same this year in the Vic Peters.

Others bred on this cross include NZ staying star Centurion a finalist in the recent G1 Silver Collar, and the prolific Tassie Group performer Whyburn Lethal, and of course that very good litter from the Elson family that includes Magic Miss and Dynamic Bill.

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EMBRACE, on the other hand, is a real blueblood of Wheeler damlines mixed with one of today’s strongest female families.

Embrace is by Turanza Bale-Twisted Love by Fernando Bale, and her direct damline runs to NSW GOTY Double Twist, back to Tifi, Chili Berger and that breed shaper Alice Dooley.

The dominance in Embrace’s pedigree is a 1×3 of Turanza Bale and Chloe Allen who are virtually brother and sister.

They are both by Primo Uno and their damlines both have Head Honcho, Silver Ball and the Gail’s Beauty family.

Do a Greyhound Data testmating and see what I mean.

Embrace is bred on a reverse cross to G1 Sandown Cup winner Bronski Beat, who is by Fernando Bale from a daughter of Turanza Bale. Bronski Beat headed to NZ and broke a track record on his way to more Group performances.

It wouldn’t have taken a genius to predict daughters of Fernando Bale would become fine producers even with the worry that they could be on the small side.

Over in the UK, G1-winning stayer Priceless Jet is by Droopys Jet from the Fernando Bale bitch Ravenna, an Aussie bitch taken back to Ireland by Thomas O’Donovan after his stint at training in this country.

Priceless Jet recently was a finalist in the G1 English Derby.

Toss in names like Good Odds Cash and Miss Ezmae and over in NZ Claws In Leo, all of them out of daughters of Fernando Bale, and it proves he has started his broodbitch sire career as good as he did with his own progeny.

Interesting that Claws In Leo is by My Bro Fabio a son of Turanza Bale.

WHAT is also interesting about the two G1 winners is that their dams were both very good on the track.

Gatlin’s dam Von Magic won 14 races but was primarily a shortcourser.

Gatlin has heaps of early pace which won him the Vic Peters … but it would not have wanted to be a metre or more longer.

Embrace’s mother Twisted Love won 19 races but got 520m and was a Wenty winner.

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ALSO in the Opal final was Start Packing (Zipping Garth-Arabella Emjay by Hostile) and she has an intense pedigree to match.

Line bred and balanced 4×3 to Collision, she also has a 4×3 of similarly bred Malfoy and Black Enforcer both bred on the Token Prince-Head Honcho cross.