Zambora Brockie ($1.90) made it back-to-back country cups when taking out the 2016 Group 2 Horsham Cup today.
It was win number 20 from just 33 starts for the Anthony Azzopardi-trained greyhound, who clocked the slick time of 26.719sec, with the $47,000 first prize took his career earnings up to $237,000.
The son of Nitro Burst and Flying Liddy won by five lengths from Blazin’ Bomber, with Zipping Chubbz third.
“He equalled the time he ran in his heat which speaks volumes about his professionalism and his recuperative powers,” said Azzopardi, who moved from NSW to Myrniong in Victoria late last year.
“I’ve had a lot of good greyhounds over the years, but I’m not sure any of them could run such a brilliant time twice in the space of five days. It shows what a determined chaser he is.”
Zambora Brockie also won the last country cup held in Victoria, that being the Warrnambool Cup in May, also held in far west Victoria.
Zambora Brockie is now one country cup win away from claiming a $50,000 bonus for winning three Victorian country cups in a calendar year.
“The Bendigo Cup is coming up in a few weeks but the 425 metres is a bit short for him, so he’ll head to Albion Park for the Brisbane Cup next and all going well I might aim for the Geelong Cup and the Ballarat Cup later in the year,” Azzopardi said.
Horsham Cup day started brilliantly on a local front, with two of the first three races won by local trainers.
The club hosted three other feature finals on the day, collectively boasting almost $30,000 in prize money.
Mark’s Boy (Sandra Galea) won the $10,710 GRV Vic Bred Maiden Final (410m), Shared Bonus (Jeff Britton) won the $10,000 Sylvia Penny Memorial (410m) and Cutting Edge (Geoff Collins) took out the $8,000 Wimmera Distance Championship (570m).
Zambora Brockie with trainer Anthony Azzopardi and the prized Horsham Cup.
Zambora Brockie wins the 2016 Horsham Cup.
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