Whiskey Riot extended his winning record to five from six on Saturday night when he claimed the $35,500 Warrnambool Summer Sizzle, concluding the clubs Warrnambool Seaside Festival.
The son of Fernando Bale and Ready To Riot jumped from box eight as the $1.70 favourite. He’s For Me, trained by Jeff Britton was the closest in the market paying $6.50 for the restricted age feature.
WATCH: Whiskey Riot win the Warrnambool Summer Sizzle on Saturday night from box eight.
Whiskey Riot, who is trained by Anthony Azzopardi and owned by NSW resident Sandra Camden-Bermingham, produced a best of the night 25.126 second run over the 450 metre distance.
“He is a young dog and I probably threw him in the deep end putting him in this race, but he had shown so much beforehand and I felt it was a race he was ready for,” Anthony Azzopardi said.
“To win this race off the back of the Rising Star win at Sale on Boxing Day is a big achievement on his behalf.”
Whiskey Riot’s only defeat came at Bendigo in a 425 metre Maiden Final where he found trouble out of the boxes and finished fourth.
“After his run at Bendigo where he had box seven, out of the boxes I saw that he took a little step to the left which had me thinking he wouldn’t suit an outside box,” Azzopardi said.
Box eight didn’t worry him in the Summer Sizzle, he was able to cross towards the lead in front of Major Innings (box seven), Axel Footluce (box six) and Crimson Vixen (box five).
“Whiskey Riot is a dog that can do it at both ends; he has great early pace and he hits the line strong,” Azzopardi said.
Whiskey Riot is a half brother to Million Dollar Chase winner, Mystic Riot which was one of the reasons Azzopardi and his partner Kylee Osborne bred their mother, Ready To Riot’s fourth litter to Brett Lee 12 months ago.
“Whiskey Riot’s breeding is royal; out of one of the best sires we have seen in Fernando Bale and Ready To Riot who has continually thrown impressive greyhounds. I have never said something like this, but this dog is something different.”
It is Whiskey Riot’s royal bloodlines and his ability to ‘do it at both ends of a race’ that has Azzopardi believing he will be successful on the track and as a well as the possibility of a stud career in the future.
It was a huge night for the Myrniong trainer, as he won all three features at Warrnambool – snaring the quinella in two of them – while he also won a heat of the Group 1 Paws Of Thunder (520m) in Sydney with Cash Point, who will line up in Saturday night’s $75,000 to-the-winner final at Wentworth Park.
Warrnambool’s annual Seaside Festival ran between 27 December and 12 January, with the club hosting eight race meetings in the space of 17 days.
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