• Saturday, 04 Mar, 2017,
  • by Andrew Copley

Litter has massive say in Group 3 Maiden Final on Australian Cup night

The Jessica Sharp-trained Oronsay has won the opening feature event on Australian Cup night, taking out the $35,000 Group 3 Vic Bred Maiden Final (525m) at The Meadows.

A 22 month old daughter of Walk Hard and Dirty Angel, Oronsay defeated Brueghelino (Des Douch) to claim the $25,000 first prize, with litter sister and kennelmate Angel Dash third in 30.13sec.

Breeder and owner Sam Bonaccurso was thrilled with the performance.

“This is a huge thrill. I won this race as a trainer four years ago, which was an amazing feeling and this is just as special,” Sam said.

“My wife and I stopped training greyhounds about 12 months ago because with two young kids we needed to be closer to family, so we had to move from our property at Mount Mercer to Melbourne which is where our family is.”

“But we bred, reared and educated this litter before giving them all to Jessica and Jason Sharp to train, and they’ve shown a lot of patience with our greyhounds and are doing a fantastic job.”

“There were seven pups in the litter, six of which have won races, while the other has gone to the Greyhound Adoption Program.”

In total, three of the litter qualified for the GRV Vic Bred Maiden final, with Varuchi Pass drawing box four before being scratched.

“Although we aren’t training anymore we will stay involved in greyhound racing for years to come, and we will definitely be breeding with Oronsay once she finishes racing.

Oronsay took her record to six starts for two wins and two minor placings.




Oronsay’s co-trainer Jason Sharp, and breeder owners Stefanie and Sam Bonaccurso celebrate the win.


Trainer Jessica Sharp shows Oronsay her appreciation for her performance.


Oronsay is one happy greyhound after the biggest win of her six-start career.


Oronsay with Lara trainers Jason and Jessica Sharp.

Andrew CopleyAndrew Copley

Andrew Copley

Communications Manager at Greyhound Racing Victoria with 25 years’ experience as a reporter with National Greyhound Form newspaper and GRV. Former Watchdog form analyst. Adopter of celebrity greyhound, Fred Basset. Victorian Greyhound of the Year and Victorian greyhound racing Hall of Fame panel member.

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