Prodigious talent Poke The Bear has long promised to claim a Group 1 trophy and he delivered in spades on one of Australian greyhound racing’s greatest stages when careering away with the star-studded TAB Topgun (525m) at The Meadows on Saturday night.
In a sensational display, Poke The Bear trounced the best sprinters in the land to claim the Topgun’s $150,000 winner’s purse, emulating his superstar sire Fernando Bale, which won the invitational feature in 2015.
It was Seona Thompson’s second Group victory in as many nights, with Aston Kimetto storming home to win the Geelong Gold Cup on Friday.
Poke The Bear gave the powerful Thompson kennel a third Topgun triumph, with Seona’s husband Jason having won the race with No Intent (2001) and Whisky Assassin (2004).
Coming off a luckless fourth in the Million Dollar Chase in Sydney a week earlier, where he started favourite, Poke The Bear was the $3.30 second select in the Topgun from a testing draw in six, with Andrea Dailly’s rails runner Dyna Patty heading the market at $2.90.