Big Ticket has the opportunity to emulate his sire Fabregas by winning his first Group 1 race at Hobart and in less than 14 career starts.
Fabregas set the greyhound world alight in 2012 when he won the Group 1 National Sprint Championship. He was unbeaten in eight races at Sandown Park and finished his career with the record of 12 wins from 13 starts.
Big Ticket – trained by Steven Clarke in Tooradin – has had just 13 starts. He has won eight and placed on three occasions with this tonight’s final the biggest test of his short career.
Running a best of the night 25.90 secs in last week’s heat and drawing box one for the final has led Big Ticket to being a $3.50 second favourite with TAB behind Melbourne Cup winner Dyna Villa ($2.50).
Clarke, believes his young greyhound has enormous potential but tonight’s task will be difficult.
“This dog (Big Ticket) is going to have to run the Melbourne Cup winner (Dyna Villa) down to win the race,” Clarke told the Winners Greyhound Panel on RSN on Thursday.
“We may be wishing on a star to beat him.
“If he could even run a place in his first group race it would be a monumental effort.
“This will be his first test but I’m sure it won’t be his last.”
Hard chasing and size is what characterized Fabregas throughout his short career. Clarke says that Big Ticket is a big boy – weighing in at 39kgs – and that sometimes he can be a little hard to handle.
“He is a big dog at 39kgs and when you have him on a lead he can really pull your arm!”
It would be the first Group victory of the former banker’s career who is now concentrating full-time on his greyhounds.
PIC: Fabregas stares down the barrel of the camera [inset] Big Ticket winning his Hobart Thousand heat. Fabregas pic courtesy Clint Anderson.
WATCH: Fabregas dominated the 2012 National Sprint Championship