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WATERLOO CUP: Bear Left claims coursing’s biggest honour

Bear Left has claimed the 145th running of the Waterloo Cup at Lang Lang for trainer Ray Henness.

To win the Waterloo Cup, Bear Left had to course one-on-one six times over the weekend without defeat, in what is the ultimate test of speed and stamina.

Bear Left, a son of El Grand Senor and Angel’s Chorus, defeated Julana who is trained, owned and bred by the Massina family to win the $13,000 Waterloo Cup.

It was the battle of the Bendigo region in the final, Henness being from Heathcote and Massina from Golden Square.

Bear Left is no stranger to the coursing circuit having won the Loot Lodge Rod Millington Maiden Dog at Benalla in April and the Bert Clark Memorial at Longwood in July. And he is also well accomplished on TAB tracks, being a winner of six races from 15 starts.

Bear Left was bred is NSW by Benjamin Sweetman and is owned by Con Dimopoulos.

Henness has had a weekend to remember with his Ready 2 Race purchase Extra Gear finishing third in the 2018 Group 2 Shepparton Cup on Saturday night.

“I can’t believe it to be honest,” Henness said. “It has been a massive weekend. I couldn’t have done it without (fellow trainer) Murray Collyer, who looked after Bear Left overnight while I was at the Shepparton Cup.”

“I tried coursing for the first time 15 years ago and the dog turned around and came back to me. I said I’d never course again. But I’ve had a go at it this year with Bear Left and have won the Waterloo Cup. It’s very hard to believe.”

This was the 145th running of the Waterloo Cup, which concludes Victoria’s 2018 coursing season. For the second year running the final was streamed live on GRV’s Facebook Page.

2018 WATERLOO CUP VIDEO COVERAGE
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Greg Carter, President of Waterloo Cup sponsor the Cranbourne GRC, presents the winning trophy to trainer Ray Henness.

Greg Carter, President of Waterloo Cup sponsor the Cranbourne GRC, presents the winning trophy to trainer Ray Henness.

Bear Left with trainer Ray Henness and daughter Ivy.

Bear Left with trainer Ray Henness and daughter Ivy.

 Slipper Michael Webb lets go Bear Left (red) and Gotham Queen in one of the Waterloo Cup semi-finals.


Slipper Michael Webb lets go Bear Left (red) and Gotham Queen in one of the Waterloo Cup semi-finals.

Bear Left (white) defeats a persistent Julana in the Waterloo Cup final.

Bear Left (white) defeats a persistent Julana in the Waterloo Cup final.

enness is interviewed immediately following the Waterloo Cup as part of GRV's Facebook Live coverage.|

Henness is interviewed immediately following the Waterloo Cup as part of GRV’s Facebook Live coverage.

This article was compiled by Molly Haines. Photos by Clint Anderson.

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