Winifred Bale commenced racing at only 16 months of age on December 11 th 1981 in a 400 metre Maiden at Richmond . From box two she jumped straight to the front and raced away for a strong victory with her litter sister Gwendalyn Bale running third. Ironically it was to be nearly 15 months before Winifred Bale would again win a race in front of her sister.
The champ backed up a week later for another win again over 400 at Richmond both wins her only two appearances in 1981.
During 1982 Winifred Bale contested 39 races for 16 wins, six seconds, eight thirds and nine unplaced runs (four fourths), collecting $54,050 in prizemoney.
She had won the New South Wales St Leger, the New South Wales Elimination Final of the National Sprint Championship and the Sandown Laurels. She finished second in the N.C.A. Futurity and third in the Harold Park Classic, Young Star Classic and Richmond Oaks. Additionally, Winifred Bale was a finalist in the Coca Cola Cup (fourth), National Sprint Championship (seventh) and Appin Opal (scratched).
Interestingly, among the 16 nominations for the 1982 NSW Greyhound of the Year award were the three litter-mates Winifred Bale, Gwendalyn Bale and Billy Bale, a unique performance. However, the final four greyhounds for the title were the Harold Park specialist Bobby Rich, champion stayer National Lee, the mighty 'Blue Flash' Promises Free and Winifred Bale. These last three were all progeny of the great sire Temlee.
Winifred Bale raced 40 times during 1983 for 23 wins, nine seconds, five thirds and just three unplaced runs (two fourths) for over $60,000 in prizemoney. She had won the National Sprint Championship, the N.S.W. State Final of the Championship, the N.C.A. Futurity, Ladies Bracelet, Richmond Oaks, Penrith Oaks and Appin Opal as well as running third in the Melbourne Cup. She had won 13 races at Harold Park in seven months to take her into the record books with 18 wins over the sprint distance.
The champion raced for the last time on December 17 th 1983 she took her place in a heat of the Christmas Gift at Harold Park, this had followed a let up from racing and split webbing suffered in a trial earlier in the month.
From box three Winifred Bale begun only fairly and thereafter was never in the hunt, coming in a long last behind Acacia Park. After the race it was found that she dropped a back muscle and Allen Wheeler had no hesitation in retiring her immediately.
One amazing feature of Winifred Bale's career is that she clashed with her litter sister Gwendalyn Bale on 24 occasions throughout her career. Winifred Bale came out the victor with 12 wins to Gwendalyn Bale's eight. Winifred Bale also finished ahead of her litter sister in the remaining four races, which neither of them won. It is interesting to note however, that after nine clashes Gwendalyn Bale had notched six wins to Winifred Bale's one.
The result of the 1983 New South Wales Greyhound of the Year award was considered by many to be a forgone conclusion: Winifred Bale easily. And so it proved with this striking red fawn and white bitch becoming only the second greyhound to win the ultimate accolade for two successive years.