Miata farewell free entry
Miata farewell free entry

Punters will get their last chance to see chasing phenomenon Miata compete at the elite level in WA when she runs as a $1.10 favourite in tonight's $120,000 Sky Racing Galaxy Final (715m) at Cannington.

To celebrate what is anticipated to be another record romp by the tiny fawn dynamo in the Group 1 feature, Greyhounds WA have thrown open the gates to the public on its biggest night of the year.

Miata will be striving to become Australia's richest dog, with the $80,000 first prize propelling her past two-times Perth Cup winner High Earner to $671,508 and on the path to becoming the nation's first greyhound millionaire.

She is due to return to Victoria next week to defend her title in the invitation only Zoom Top (725m) and Australian Super Stayers Series (725m) at The Meadows.

With Miata now three years and four months old, she is likely to only race until June before heading to stud where her future is assured as one of the country's most valuable broodbitches.

The Paul Stuart-trained stayer showed she was primed to defend her Galaxy title with a withering 23-length victory - the biggest winning margin of her career - in 41.60sec., in her heat at Cannington last Saturday night.

Last year Miata brought the 5000-strong crowd to its feet when she equalled her own 715m record (41.30), romping home by 11 lengths over Shimaguni in the Galaxy.

If she triumphs, Miata will be the first greyhound to win the Galaxy twice. It also will give her broodbitch Winsome Bluebird her third win in the race after Blue Lorian (by Surf Lorian) won it for NSW trainer Peter Whye in 2011.

Miata has drawn ideally in box three to stretch her unbeaten streak to 14 wins over the Cannington 715m trip.

Stuart has kept Miata fresh during the week.

"It has just been another usual week for her," Stuart said.

"Hopefully, we can get the result we are after. I don't think about the prize money record - for me it is another race.

"I love training greyhounds and she has allowed me to do just that."

Stuart has Dyna Nalin, who like Miata was bred by the famous Wheeler family in NSW, in the $210,000 Perth Cup final (530m).

The dog is the youngest (23 months) and the most inexperienced runner in the elite field, but Stuart is confident he can rise to be a challenger for next year's Galaxy.

Visiting trainers Tony Brett, who has the $2.40 favourite Glen Gallon, and Kel Greenough with Renegade Chief ($5) and Hello Good Bye ($8), said their dogs had thrived since last week's heat wins.

The West Australian

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