Victorian trainer Darren Pattinson has no regrets in choosing to decline an invitation for his star sprinter Blazin’ Bomber to be considered for selection in last weekend’s $224,500 Group 1 Sky Racing Topgun at The Meadows.
Pattinson instead chose to race Blazin’ Bomber in the Group 1 Vic Peters Classic (520m) series at Sydney’s Wentworth Park, and after running second in a heat he won a semi-final of the series in spectacular fashion last Saturday (replay below). He is drawn in box four in Saturday night’s $100,000 final at 9:50pm.
Blazin’ Bomber is yet to miss a place in his career, having had 16 starts for 12 wins and four minor placings. He is on the third line of betting in the final at $4.20 behind Kihael Kaluna ($2.60Fav) and Zambora Brockie ($3.40).
“He’s not yet two years of age and I felt he wasn’t really ready to take on the likes of Fernando Bale in the Topgun, but I was pretty confident he could make the Vic Peters Final because it’s restricted to younger greyhounds.”
“With a $75,000 first prize I was surprised that he was the only Victorian dog that competed in the series,” Pattinson said.
This is Pattinson’s first runner in a Group 1 final, with the former international cricketer describing the achievement as “a real buzz”.
“He’s not real quick early and he is a greyhound that needs a lot of luck, but he knows how to get through a field and as long as the leaders don’t get too far in front of him he’s in with a chance,” the Pearcedale trainer said.
Pattinson, who has been training greyhound for three years, also has two finalists in Sunday’s $11,710 Vic Breeders Maiden Final at Healesville.
Watch: Blazin’ Bomber’s (box 2) outstanding Vic Peters semi-final win last weekend in 30.10sec