True Detective enhanced his growing reputation with an impressive win in the Group 1 Hume Cup (600m) at The Meadows tonight.
A storm hit the opening night of the Festival of Racing, causing significant delays, however that took nothing away from the performance of the Jeff Britton-trained True Detective, who landed his first group win and claimed the $75,000 first prize.
Britton said the performance – in which True Detective paid $2.90 and clocked the smart time of 34.42 – was full of merit.
“There was a lot of fast dogs in that race and he got out well which I was hoping he would. His record out of box one is very good, but I was still worried about fast beginners crossing in front of him early,” Britton said.
True Detective, who was the fastest Hume Cup heat winner, has now mustered the impressive statistics of 12 wins from 18 starts, while his middle-distance record is even more spectacular.
He remains unbeaten in 10 starts between 595-650m, including the Speed Star at Sandown when he won his two-dog match on the night but recorded the third fastest time over the 595m distance.
Bred in NSW by Jill Harper, the son of Black Magic Opal and Little Grey is owned by the Kramerica Syndicate, which comprises RSN’s George Farrugia and Queenslander Wade Gallagher.
“George puts a lot into the greyhounds and he deserves all the success he gets. I’m just glad I’ve got this one to train for him,” Jess said.
Britton indicated that he would potentially look at entering True Detective in the heats of the Group 1 Bold Trease (715m) at Sandown Park on November 22.
“We’ll see how he recovers now and probably look at a staying race next because the Bold Trease is coming up,” he said.
Earlier in the night, Barooga Brett was sensational in scoring a come-from-behind win in the Group 3 RSN Silver Bullet (525m).
The Festival of Racing continues with the Group 1 Topgun and Topgun Stayers this Saturday night at The Meadows, while it will culminate with the TAB Melbourne Cup final at Sandown on November 29.
WATCH: True Detective (1) takes out the Group 1 Hume Cup from Zipping Potter (8) and Lektra Spring.
Photos by Clint Anderson.