Blue Moon Rising has taken out tonight’s Group 1 Topgun Stayers (725m) in start number 101.
Easily the most experienced greyhound in the field, Blue Moon Rising surprised onlookers as he settled in fourth position for much of the journey.
However, as the high quality trio of Tornado Tears, Bago Bye Bye and Rajasthan tangled up approaching the home turn, John Finn’s underrated star swept around the outside of them to take the lead before holding off a late charge from reserve Just Terms.
A member of the champion litter of stayers headlined by pin-up girl Poco Dorado, Blue Moon Rising was contesting the 11th group final of his career, and this was his second Group 1 victory having also snared the Fanta Bale Super Stayers at The Meadows in February.
“We’re very proud to have won this race,” said Peter McDermott, a member of the Dee And Pee Syndicate in NSW, which bred and owns Blue Moon Rising.
“I send my best to John and Minnie Finn, who are back in Sydney. John is not in the best health and I hope this gives him a big lift and aids his recovery.”
Blue Moon Rising notched win 29 and the $75,000 first prize took his career earnings up to $431,699.
WATCH: Blue Moon Rising made it two Group 1 staying races at The Meadows. Take a look at start number 101 for Blue Moon Rising in the Group 1 Topgun Stayers.
WATCH: NSW veteran Blue Moon Rising (7) comes from midfield to overcome a host of superstars and a late challenge from eventual runner-up Just Terms (9).
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Photos by Clint Anderson