Leading Victorian trainer Jason Thompson has heaped praise on Hooked On Scotch’s remarkable late-lunge victory in Friday night’s Group 1 Adelaide Cup at Angle Park.
The 22-month-old son of Barcia Bale and Nicky Fields was already regarded as the fastest sprinter in Australia having won match race events the Speed Star and State-Of-Origin.
However, he took his game to a whole new level in the Adelaide Cup, running down top-class duo Whiskey Riot and Sennachie at the death-knock in a performance that left onlookers gobsmacked.
Trainer Jason Thompson spoke to RSN Central’s Gareth Hall about the win.
“Considering his inexperience and that it was his first crack at a Group 1 race…to travel interstate and win it the way he did, I reckon it was a pretty exceptional effort,” Thompson said.
“He didn’t have things his own way. To run down the calibre of dogs that were in front of him was a credit to the dog.”
Thompson said the performance would stand Hooked On Scotch in good stead heading towards some of the big races later in the year including next month’s TAB Melbourne Cup.
A half brother to former champion Poke The Bear, Hooked On Scotch has now won six from 10 including his past four on end.
WATCH: Hooked On Scotch (1) wins the Adelaide Cup in a run that had to be seen to be believed.