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Hurrah’s just Gr8

Former top-flight sprinter Last Hurrah has found a ‘middle ground’. And in the process, he’s become a “Gr8 Eight king”.

Earlier this year, Last Hurrah contested one of the sport’s most prestigious sprint events – the Group 1 Australian Cup (525m) at The Meadows.

But since turning his paws to middle-distance racing, he’s been an absolute marvel!

Trained by young gun Brett Nye, 28, Last Hurrah won his third Gr8 Eight with a customary frontrunning display in a keenly contested affair over 595 metres at Sandown tonight. He’s previously won the special events at Sandown (595m) on June 4 and The Meadows (600m) on June 13.

Utilising Box 1 to perfection, Last Hurrah ($1.80F) defied all attempts to run him down, defeating the gallant Tough Tears ($22.10) by three-quarters of a length, with rank outsider Big Jo ($55.80) a further half-length away third in 34.23sec. Run Like Jess ($4.20) was only inches away fourth. (The Trifecta paid a handsome $247.40 and the First 4 a whopping $661.40!)

Amazingly, only one and a half lengths separated five of the six runners! It was Last Hurrah’s fourth successive win.

Owned by John Maple, Last Hurrah (Feb ’17 Where’s Pedro x Quick Succession) has won four of his past five starts over Sandown’s 595m trip.

It was also his seventh win in 10 starts from Box 1 and his fourth win from eight starts over 595m at Sandown.

Last Hurrah has won $31,500 alone, courtesy of his three Gr8 Eight wins.

Pawnote: Previous winners of the $15,000 Special Events spread across Victoria’s two metropolitan tracks and run over a variety of distances are: Mister Harlewood (Sandown, May 7 – 715m), Rockstar Beav (Sandown, May 14 – 595m), Simon Told Helen (Sandown, May 28 – 515m), Weblec Haze (The Meadows, May 30 – 600m), Last Hurrah (Sandown, June 4 – 595m), Simon Told Helen (The Meadows, June 6 – 525m), Blazing Cartier (Sandown 715m – June 11), Last Hurrah (The Meadows – June 13) and True Detective (The Meadows – June 20).

Further races on the Gr8 Eight calendar are:

Saturday, June 27 – The Meadows (525m)

Peter Quilty
About Peter Quilty - Has more than three decades of experience as assistant editor of Victorian Greyhound Weekly. He was editor of GRV monthly magazine The Adviser (2001-09) and owner/publisher of Australian Greyhound Monthly. He also served on the selection panel for the inaugural GRV ‘Hall of Fame’ inductees and for several years was an adjudicator on the Victorian GOTY. He’s also published greyhound racing yearbooks and wrote the ‘Bold Trease’ video script.
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