“He’s done a lot of racing in top company at home in Melbourne and Sydney but never in Brisbane, you want to show you can compete wherever you can go and that made this race a drawcard,” Dailly said.
“Group 1s are what we’re looking for with him, he’s in the prime of his career and we’d be mad not to send him to one of the biggest races in the country.”
Dailly was hesitant to declare him their best dog ever but said he was right in the conversation with some freakish accomplishments.
“We’ve been very lucky with a lot of good dogs over the years and it’s hard to compare him while he’s still racing, but I think he’s going to be right up there with one of our best when it’s all said and done,” he said.
“There’s just so much to like about him, he sees a gap and that blistering turn of foot is unmatched, hence his winning record.
“To own three track records at Warragul, Bendigo and Ballarat and sit a couple of hundredths off the Sandown record is amazing - you’d be rapt to have one.”
While Shima Shine grabs the headlines, Faithy Bale has been slowly building her own resume and has a lot in her favour when she jumps in her heat.
“Shima Shine gets most of the attention but Faithy Bale is not just there as a companion, we think she can really run a race,” Dailly said.
“Her form’s been fantastic at home winning in Free For All company and when we’ve taken her to tracks for the first time in the past - she’s handled it well.
“She beat Tiggerlong Tonk in a match race at Warragul not all that long ago, so that tells you what kind of class she’s in and if she can find the front from the three in her heat, I don’t think they’ll catch her.”
The bitch has competed at the highest level but never quite broken through, and Dailly thinks it’s her time now.
“She’s just turned three, seems to have fully matured and this is the time we’d like to see her make an imprint at Group level,” he said.
“She’s probably been just a length of two off competing with the real big guns at her best, but when she puts it all together, she’ll challenge anyone.
“She’s always been a strong sprinter and will get home well, if she can jump the way we know she can then she could give them some real headaches.”