Photo’s by Kurt Donsberg Greyhound Photography
Eye Got It claimed the very first Murray Bridge Cup on Sunday in South Australia for trainer Andrew Paraskevas.
A model of consistency, having had 26 starts for 22 wins and four minor placings which also includes three consecutive victories.
Eye Got It jumped from box five as the $1.90 favourite and one of four Victorian trained greyhounds to compete in the $22,000 to-the-winner feature.
Jessica Sharp had two contenders in Penny Worth (third) and Crook Me Kindly (eighth). Aston Valetta, who is trained Ben Divirgilio rounded out the Victorian representation with a strong fourth placing after jumping last out of the boxes.
Eye Got It, the son of Barcia Bale and Father Of Mine stopped the clock in a best of the night time of 25.61 seconds over 455 metre distance. Half a length slower than his heat win the previous week.
“He is the ultimate professional,” trainer Andrew Paraskevas said.
WATCH: Eye Got It win the Murray Bridge Cup from box five.
When asked about the secret to Eye Got It’s consistency in racing, Andrew simply said he has no idea why or how, but believes that placement probably has a bit to do with it.
“Eye Got It is the type of dog who races better fresh. The nine-day break in between the heat and final of the Murray Bridge Cup was ideal for him.”
Eye Got It’s Murray Bridge Cup win his sixth feature race victory, without having claimed Group race glory.
The Barcia Bale and Father Of Mine litter, who is bred by the Sparkle And Fade Syndicate, are no stranger to feature race success in South Australia. My American Girl claimed the Group 3 SA Oaks and Nervous An Weird the Group 3 SA Derby on the same night at Angle Park in September last year.
Nervous An Weird has since gone onto compete in the Group 2 Bulli Cup and Horsham Cup where he finished second to Pindari Express and Orson Allen.
“It is hard to be so close, yet so far but there is no shame in being beaten by dogs like Orson Allen and Pindari Express. They are super animals.”
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