GRV CEO Stuart Laing (centre) with representatives from Blairlogie Living and Learning, which collected a $1750 donation at Wednesday’s Great Chase Grand Final. Inset: Great Chase winner Explicit. 📷 Clint Anderson

  • Wednesday, 18 Oct, 2023,
  • by Peter Quilty

Explicit is ‘Great’!

‘Great Expectations’ are the norm for champion trainer Jason Thompson, but his juggernaut keeps getting Great… Greater… Greatest!

Thompson quinellaed Wednesday afternoon’s $70,335 Group 3 Great Chase final (525m) at The Meadows with rising stars Explicit and Tim Zoo, with the race witnessed by around 300 excited guests from within Victoria’s disability sector.

Disability groups are invited to the Great Chase series each year, and allocated greyhounds to cheer for on the day, with groups on course at the Grand Final sharing in $5000.

The winning organistions on the day were St. John of God Community Campus in Sydenham and Blairlogie Living and Learning, who each collected $1750, followed by Latrobe All Ability Sports ($750), then Wintringham Ron Conn and Enjoy Disability ($375 apiece).

A total of $45,000 was distributed to the disability sector across the 2023 Great Chase series – which was held across nine of Victoria’s racetracks in recent weeks – taking the total donations to Victoria’s disability sector up to around $800,000 since the Great Chase began in 2003 .

Thompson’s Great Chase victory came only 12 days after claiming the G1 Adelaide Cup (Transponder) and five days since landing the G2 Bendigo Cup (Alpha Zulu).

WATCH: EXPLICIT (B2) scores a comfortable win over kennelmate TIM ZOO (B4) in the Great Chase at The Meadows.

Explicit with handler Luke Thompson after notching his sixth win at his eighth career start. 📷 Clint Anderson

Pawnote: Since its inception in 2003, only one other trainer has quinellaed the Great Chase – Darren Murray with littermates Slater and Beachley in 2006.

Great Chase placegetters Tim Zoo (2nd), Explicit (1st) and Smooth Plane (3rd) with their respective handlers Holly Thompson, Luke Thompson and Josh Formosa. 📷 Clint Anderson

Thompson snared his third Great Chase trophy, having saluted with Wot Price Harold (2007) and Boris Fields (2012). He also finished runner-up with Godsend (2011).

His wife, Seona, took out the 2017 Great Chase with Despacito.

But back to Explicit ($4.00), who sensationally exploded away around the circle to take home a $47,000 first prize defeating kennelmate Tim Zoo ($5.70) – named after Aussie world champion boxer Tim Tszyu – by 4.7L, with Smooth Plane ($12.20) a further 5.7L away in 29.87sec.

It was Explicit’s sixth win from only eight starts and he’s now four from six at The Meadows.

Pass The Buck began really well but Explicit was able to hold him out,” said Thompson’s son and handler, Luke.

“He’s such a young dog and this is just his eighth start so we’re just taking it week by week with him.

“He ran 5.00 to the first section in his heat, which is flying, and that sort of early speed should hold him in good stead as he comes up against more experienced greyhounds in the bigger races.”

WATCH: Hundreds of representatives from Victoria’s disability sector were in attendance at Greyhound Racing Victoria’s 2023 Great Chase Grand Final at The Meadows. This was the 21st running of the Great Chase series, which has seen $800,000 distributed to organisations that care for the intellectually or physically disabled.

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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