Hard Style Rico surprised everyone but his trainer Luckie Karabitsakos in tonight’s Group 3 RSN Silver Bullet (525m) at The Meadows paying a staggering $8.10 for the win as greyhound racing’s Metropolitan Festival of Racing got underway.
Jumping from box seven in the $25,000 to-the-winner race, Hard Style Rico was able to cross Simon Told Helen and lead with a blistering 5.02sec early, stopping the clock 1.5 lengths off Allen Deed’s 525m record in a time of 29.46sec (12.06sec run home).
Simon Told Helen, who was the TAB favourite heading into the race, finished second in front of up-and-comer Dr. Tucker.
“He is a great dog. Credit to all the dogs in the field, it was a tough one and to do what he has done tonight just shows the quality of the dog himself,” trainer Luckie Karabitsakos told Jason Bonnington on course.
The Group 3 Silver Bullet victory is Hard Style Rico’s second group race victory after claiming the Group 2 Shepparton Cup in March this year.
The son of Bella Infrared and Bella Rico is trained, owned and was bred by Karabitsakos.
“I am overwhelmed. He has been a great dog for us and hopefully he goes on with it.”
Hard Style Rico is the first reserve in the Group 1 Topgun which will be run on Saturday night at The Meadows.
The RSN Silver Bullet was the opening group race of the Metropolitan Festival of Racing, which will see almost $2 million distributed across five nights of racing in November at The Meadows and Sandown Park.
The Group 1 Hume Cup was also run at The Meadows on the same night, with Last Hurrah making it seven straight wins and snaring his first group victory at start number 70.
WATCH: Hard Style Rico (7) explodes out of the boxes running 5.02sec before clocking 29.46sec, just 1.5 lengths off Allen Deed’s track record over the 525m.
There’s no feeling on Earth like winning a big race on a big night and it was beautiful to feel the emotion emanating from Luckie Karabitsakos after Hard Style Rico humbled an outstanding field in tonight’s Silver Bullet. And how about the time: 29.46! pic.twitter.com/MrX5piHAS3— The Meadows (MGRA) (@TheMeadowsDogs) November 2, 2020
Photos by Clint Anderson