Dundee Osprey has won the 2016 Group 1 Sky Racing Topgun (525m) at The Meadows tonight, with biggest win of his career.
The $215,000 race went to script for the powerful greyhound, as he got a dream run into the first corner and settled in third position behind pacy duo Aston Bolero and Pantera Nera.
From there Dundee Osprey (Fabregas – Dundee Rose) was always going to be hard to beat, and he proved too strong winning by three lengths over Aston Bolero, with Pantera Nera third in 29.99sec.
On a wet night at The Meadows, Dundee Osprey paid $7.30 for the win, leaving hobby trainer Geoff Scott-Smith in disbelief.
“To get an invite into this race was a big thrill. And to win it is something beyond my wildest dreams,” Scott-Smith said after Dundee Osprey scored his 14th win from 33 starts, with the $150,000 first prize taking his career earnings up to $345,000.
In the lead up to the race, the Pakenham South trainer had little confidence about his greyhound’s chances.
“He’ll have a huge task to keep in touch with the leaders,” he warned punters. “Although he has matured into a really nice race dog and his last 200 metres is super strong.”
Scott-Smith was a little known breeder-trainer until he bred and raced Dundee Osprey, with the greyhound winning the Group 1 Harrison-Dawson, the prestigious Speed Star at Sandown Park, and now he has a Group 1 win to his name at The Meadows as well.
It takes an exceptional greyhound to win at Group 1 level on both of Victoria’s city tracks, and Dundee Osprey is certainly that.
Earlier in the night, $1.30 favourite Burn One Down took out the $108,000 Group 2 Sky Racing stayers Topgun, while six heats of the Group 1 Hume Cup were also run, with that final to be held on Monday night, October 31.
THE MEADOWS RESULTS
Dundee Osprey winning the 2016 Sky Racing Topgun.
The view from the grandstand as Dundee Osprey crosses the finish line.
Geoff Scott-Smith is presented the Topgun trophy by Sky Racing’s Mark Duclos.