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Hooked on hype

Young superstar greyhound Hooked On Scotch has continued his meteoric rise by taking out the $67,000 Group 2 Geelong Gold Cup (460m) at the Beckley Centre tonight.

Notching his sixth straight win, the Jason Thompson-trained speedster settled in second position, four lengths behind early pacesetter Runnin’ Royalty, who was the fastest heat winner last week.

Hooked On Scotch ($2.30Fav) won by a length to Runnin’ Royalty ($4.00), with Peter Galo ($6.40) third in the slick time of 25.31sec.

Dubbed the fastest greyhound on the planet, Hooked On Scotch has now won eight of his 12 career starts, and he has already won four major events including the Speed Star, the State-of-Origin, Adelaide Cup and the Geelong Gold Cup, while he has amassed $165,935 in prize money.

Darren Puleio, who bred and owns Hooked On Scotch in partnership with his father Michael, is thrilled with the current hype surrounding Hooked On Scotch.

“It’s so good to hear people talk about him. He has brought a lot of positivity and excitement to the track and that’s what racing is all about,” Darren said.

Earlier in the night, champion Lara stayer Tornado Tears (Robert Britton) ran 3rd to Blue Shadows in his first ever run at his local track.


WATCH: Darren Puleio is still pinching himself at having bred another superstar, while trainer Jason Thompson has another #MelbourneCup in his sights.

WATCH: Hooked On Scotch (3) storms over the top of Runnin’ Royalty (8) to win the Geelong Gold Cup.

Photos by Clint Anderson.

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Andrew Copley
About Andrew Copley - Racing Communication Manager at Greyhound Racing Victoria with 20 years of experience working as a greyhound racing reporter with National Greyhound Form newspaper and GRV. Adopter of celebrity greyhound, Fred Basset.
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