Swan Hill’s Matt Lanigan, who took up training greyhounds just three months ago, landed his first Group 1 win in Thursday night’s $100,000 Hobart Thousand (461m) with Zipping Bruiser.
It was the eighth year in a row that a greyhound trained in Victoria has won the Hobart Thousand, with Zipping Bruiser storming home to defeat Chief Jetpilot (Ted Medhurst) and fellow Victorian American Monster (Ashlee Terry).
“He’s a really strong dog and I was really nervous before the race, having quite a few sleepless nights and envisioning the race over and over in my head,” said Lanigan, 24.
“I got really caught up in the emotion of it all during the race and could barely speak afterwards.”
Lanigan is considering keeping Zipping Bruiser in Tasmania for a while longer to contest next month’s Devonport Cup.