Big Energy defeated Hector Fawley, which finished strongly into second, by 7.25 lengths in an airborne 28.984sec.
The run was .05sec outside Big Energy’s PB of 28.93sec, set in the Launching Pad Runway Final on April 6, while it was his 13th win from 27 starts and eighth from 14 at Sandown.
“He took full advantage of the good box, got a clear run and away he went,” said Kel Greenough.
“Generally his first section is a little bit slower than that, so the fact that he’s run his best first section is really good. Most of the time he’s trying to get through the field, so it was nice to see him get clear air.”
Big Energy had been knocking on the door of a feature success, demonstrating he’s taken his enormous potential to another level with luckless second placings in the G1 Adelaide Cup and G2 Cranbourne Cup (at Sandown).
“He was probably unlucky in both races and probably lost more than the margin that he lost by,” Greenough said.
“Being drawn on the outside of Transponder has been his nightmare, but tonight was a different story, he was drawn on the other side of him.
“I think he’s matured with racing and got better and learnt how to race.
“The fact is he’s learning on the job. I think when he went to Adelaide he really learned a lot and grew up a fair bit. I’ve found that with quite a few dogs, they mature with a trip away and he had four weeks in a row, and he got used to it and became a better dog.”
Big Energy will return to Sandown, along with star kennelmate Wow She’s Fast, for next Saturday night’s heats of the Group 1 Sportsbet Melbourne Cup.
The sensational Shootout victory is almost certain to earn Big Energy a slot in The Phoenix, which will bring the Dream Chasers carnival to a sensational conclusion at The Meadows on Saturday, December 16.