Aston Bolero ($3.10Fav), pictured, has finally landed his first win at group level after taking out tonight’s Group 2 3BO 93.5 Bendigo Cup (425m).
The son of Fabregas and Aston Dream has had an outstanding career, winning 27 races from 45 starts heading into the Bendigo Cup final.
For Pearcedale trainer Jason Thompson, it was his fourth Bendigo Cup win in the space of 10 years.
“We haven’t had a lot of luck with Aston Bolero in big races but we had some tonight,” said Thompson, who also acknowledged owner and breeder Ray Borda.
Troy Harley, Manager of the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Association, said Aston Bolero was a deserving winner.
“This is Aston Bolero’s eighth black type final, so he is a deserving winner, especially considering that the club held eight quality heats, so the competition was outstanding.”
“This is Aston Bolero’s eighth black type final, so he is a deserving winner.”
Aston Bolero (box 2) began with his usual brilliance in the Bendigo Cup along with runner-up Gotta Get Back (1). Sticking to the rail, the pair managed to avoid the interference that occurred and skipped to a clear lead over the remainder of the field, before Unlawful Entry flew home to almost grab second place.
Earlier, first reserve Miss Fox ($9.00) won the Ready 2 Race Mid Year Bonus Race (425m) for the Dr. Turf Three Syndicate, led by radio personality John Rothfield (Dr. Turf) and 10 competition winners from regional radio’s Off The Bench team.
“I’d like to thank Dr. Turf and the Crocmedia team including Craig Hutchison and Liam Pickering, who bring a lot of new owners into the sport through their Off The Bench radio show. It is a fantastic promotion for greyhound racing,” said trainer Gavin Kearns after Miss Fox won in 24.52sec.
The Ready 2 Race Mid Year Final was open to the top eight prize money winners sold at the 2015 Ready 2 Race Sales at Bendigo in November.
Bendigo also hosted two other major features on the night, with Lightning Frank ($1.80) winning the $10,710 GRV Vic Bred Maiden Final (425m) for Mathew Wright of Allansford in 23.971sec.
Burn One Down ($2.10) won the $14,000 Diamond Vision Photography Winter Cup (660m) for Thompson in 37.848sec.
James Van de Maat ran a Punters Club on the night, and after selling around 200 tickets at $10 each punters walked away with $11. Sure beats losing.