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  • Friday, 18 Mar, 2022,
  • by Gerard Guthrie

Audacious bid for Cup glory

Gippsland trainer Rachael Busuttil says she’s “still on cloud nine” after boom youngster Mr. Audacious’ sensational record-breaking performance in Monday night’s Group 2 CKH Painting Shepparton Cup (450m) heats.

At just his fifth start, Mr. Audacious, which doesn’t turn two until April 6, clocked a jaw-dropping 24.66sec.

His scintillating time smashed defending Shepparton Cup champion Ferdinand Boy’s previous course record of 24.75sec, established in the 2021 Cup final.

After beginning only fairly, the son of Beast Unleashed demonstrated rarely seen acceleration in defeating G2 Warragul Cup winner Robbie Rotten by one length to claim his fourth win.

“We’ve only ever had average dogs. Twelve months ago, we were going to get out of dogs altogether.”

“He’s a miracle dog!” said Rachael Busuttil, who trains Mr. Audacious with husband Mark at Kilmany.

“We knew he was good enough to win on Monday, but that time was not expected at all.

“Mark was in the catching pen after the race and thought he’d run 24.85sec and said, ‘I’m happy with that’ and then somebody told him he’d broken the record!

“It’s amazing and he’s not even two yet.

“When we were driving home – it’s a long drive but it was worth it – Mark said, ‘What can he do if he gets a clear run?’ It’s scary!”

WATCH: Boom youngster MR. AUDACIOUS (6) sensationally broke Shepparton’s 450m track record when winning his G2 Shepparton Cup heat in 24.66sec on Monday night.

With Mr. Audacious’ heat heroics still sinking in, the Busutills’ focus has shifted to Saturday night’s Cup Final, where they won’t be able to escape the hype surrounding their first runner in a Group event.

“The nerves are starting to kick in,” Rachael said.

“We’ve never dealt with this level of excitement before.

“We’re just trying to take it one day at a time and make sure everything stays the same.”

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After drawing Box 6 for the $47,000 to-the-winner Cup final, as was the case in his remarkable heat performance, Mr. Audacious is TAB’s $3.40 favourite, shading Ferdinand Boy (Box 3), which is striving to become only the second greyhound to win the Shepparton Cup twice, at $3.70.

It was destiny that Mr. Audacious would find his way to the Busuttils, with two previous trainers incredibly returning him to owner Kevin Wainwright before he’d raced. The rest, as the saying goes, is history.

“He’s a once in a lifetime dog,” Mark glowed.

“We’ve only ever had average dogs. Twelve months ago, we were going to get out of dogs altogether.

“Our plan was to take it easy with him, but when they’re running the times he is, what do you do?

“His mid-race speed is enormous, and he looks like he’s doing it so easily. I’d love to measure his stride.

“We’re over the moon and we’re just going to enjoy the ride.

“But it’s not going to change us at all. I’m taking two slow dogs to a Tier 3 meeting at Warragul this afternoon (Thursday) and I’ll be sitting with the same people and talking to the same people I always do!”

Mr. Audacious in full flight in his record-breaking Shepparton Cup heat victory.

Gerard GuthrieGerard Guthrie

Gerard Guthrie

One of Australia’s leading greyhound racing journalists since 2000 with the Greyhound Recorder and now with Greyhound Racing Victoria. Part-owner 2013 Group 1 Paws Of Thunder winner Sheikha. (The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of GRV)

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