Queensland trainer Tony Brett wonders how a few centimetres stopped Glen Gallon from becoming Australia's first million-dollar greyhound.
WA stayer Miata will be crowned the country's richest greyhound if she claims the $80,000 first prize in the Sky Racing Galaxy Final (715m) at Cannington on Saturday.
The Paul Stuart-trained bitch moved to $18,562 short of equalling High Earner ($610,070) with a devastating 23-length win in the fastest of the three Galaxy heats in 41.60sec. at Cannington on Saturday.
In the next race, Glen Gallon accelerated out of box four for a 12-length win in 30.01, the fastest of eight heats in the Perth Cup (530m).
Last year, Glen Gallon ran the fourth fastest time, behind Miata, at Cannington when he was clocked at 29.87 in a heat, but victory in the $210,000 final was denied when he was barrelled out of the race in an early scrimmage when sixth to Oaks Road.
Glen Gallon has earnings of $468,087 but could easily be sitting with another $600,000 in the bank if luck had favoured him.
The son of Flying Stanley missed the $350,000 first prize when he was beaten by a neck by Got A Moment in Sandown's Melbourne Cup (515m) last November.
Got A Moment deprived Glen Gallon of successive wins in the Brisbane Cup (520m) at Albion Park in December.
In January last year, Glen Gallon ran second to Godsend in Australia's opening Group 1 in the Silver Chief (525m), and he was a narrow third to Radley Bale and Mystic Apple in the Temlee (525m) at The Meadows the next month.
"He could be heading towards the million dollars," Brett said. "If he had that little bit more luck, but then again that's racing.
"What it does show is how consistent he is at the top level."
Brett said Glen Gallon missed a key run at Albion Park last Monday when the meeting was washed out.
"It meant he was going into his Perth Cup heat without a run for three weeks, so fitness-wise he will be better for it," Brett said.