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  • Monday, 09 May, 2022,
  • by Peter Quilty

Hank’s ‘heist’

Victorian staying star Hank The Hustler pulled off a daring ‘heist’ at Wentworth Park in Sydney on Saturday night.

Hank The Hustler ‘swindled’ two of the finest stayers in New South Wales – Zipping Kansas and Super Estrella – to claim the $50,000 first prize in the Group 3 Wentworth Park Gold Cup Final (720m).

Trained at Anakie by Jeff Britton, Hank The Hustler ($13), which was last in the early stages, came home at the rate of knots to defeat Super Estrella ($2.50) by one length in 42.27sec. Zipping Kansas ($2.10F) finished at the tail of the field.

Hank The Hustler (Sep ’18 Fernando Bale x Oakvale Destiny) notched his 23rd win (with eight seconds and 15 thirds) from 76 starts. His stakes spiralled to $251,535.

A triple Group 1 finalist – Topgun Stayers, Zoom Top and Association Cup – Hank The Hustler registered his second Group 3 win, having saluted in The Fireball.

His dam, Oakvale Destiny, was a star sprinter which won the 2014 Group 1 Sapphire Crown defeating litter sister Oakvale Flyer. She finished runner-up in the Group 1 Topgun and third in the Group 1 Adelaide Cup – both also in 2014.

And she produced triple Group 1 finalist, Oakvale Beauty.

Meanwhile, Hank The Hustler lines up next in a heat of the Group 1 Sandown Cup on Thursday night.

Other Victorian results on TAB Million Dollar Chase (MDC) night were:
Million Dollar Chase – Photo Man (Trainer: Gavin Clifton) – 5th
G3 Ladies Bracelet – McKeon Bale (Daniel Gibbons) – 3rd
G3 Bob Payne Sprint – Quinlan Bale (Daniel Gibbons) – 5th
MDC Consolation – Plaintiff (Jason Thompson) – 6th
MDC Maiden – Lovaz Bale (Samantha Grenfell) – 3rd; Natteo Bale (Correy Grenfell) – 5th; Kai Bale (Correy Grenfell) – 8th

Peter QuiltyPeter Quilty

Peter Quilty

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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