An improbable dream could become a reality for Brett Nye when his greyhound Last Hurrah lines up as a $21 chance in Saturday night’s Group 1 TAB Australian Cup at The Meadows.
Seven months after first taking up training greyhounds, Nye prepared his first city winner last weekend, which is always a monumental milestone in any trainer’s career.
This wasn’t just any city win, however, as it was a heat of the Australian Cup, and Last Hurrah’s huge come-from-behind victory over the highly fancied Caishen left Nye in a state of disbelief.
“I didn’t think I could win the race to be perfectly honest. I thought he could run a good race and run a place because he does go well at The Meadows,” Nye told RSN Central.
“But being my first city winner it was all a very big surprise. I didn’t really know what to do straight after the race. It was a big shock.”
LISTEN: Australian Cup trainers Anthony Azzopardi and Brett Nye on RSN Central.
Last Hurrah paid $15.70 for the win, and Nye now finds himself rubbing shoulders with the sport’s elite.
A staggering $300,000 first prize awaits if his greyhound can pull off another unlikely victory on Saturday.
“To be in this race with astute trainers like Anthony Azzopardi is an enormous thrill,” the Little River trainer said.
“I’ve only been training greyhounds for a short time but I’ve been around dogs for a long time through my grandfather.”
“Words couldn’t describe it if we happened to win. I’ve got a big tribe of friends from Barooga coming to The Meadows, so it’s going to be a pretty special night.”
“I’ll just soak it all in and hope for the best.”
WATCH: Last Hurrah (7) comes from midfield to win his TAB Australian Cup heat in 29.90sec.