Anthony Azzopardi will take aim at back-to-back victories in the Group 2 CKH Painting Shepparton Cup (450m) on Saturday, after record-breaking speedster Salad Dodger set a scorching pace in Monday night’s heats.
After springing a surprise in the 2022 Shepparton Cup Final with $15 outsider Substantial, Azzopardi set about defending the title with Salad Dodger, which made his debut at the track in the second of four heats.
In a determined chasing display, Salad Dodger ($4.80) ran down last start G2 Horsham Cup placegetter Matt’s Hope ($3F) in the final bounds, clocking a Best Of Night 24.93sec.
Salad Dodger headed to Shepparton after running second to She’s A Pearl in the G3 Temora Cup in track record time, having broken the record himself when upsetting the NSW superstar in the heats.
It was the second time this year Salad Dodger has set a record, only to surrender it in a matter of days, having also briefly held Traralgon’s 450m benchmark in January.