The ‘Apple of the Isle’ – Tassie speed machine Ducati Roy following his Traralgon Cup heat win 📸 Clint Anderson

  • Thursday, 25 Jan, 2024,
  • by Greyhound Racing Victoria

Ducati Roy ‘rides’ into Traralgon Cup

High-performance Tassie speedster Ducati Roy will be searching for his first interstate feature race success when he contests the $83,000 Group 2 Sportsbet Traralgon Cup final (450m) on Friday night.

The son of Hard Style Rico and Elsey Gregg qualified for his fourth Group race final in 24 starts when stepping out on the unique J-curve track last week, claiming his heat from Salad Dodger in 24.83sec.

He scored by almost two lengths, bringing up his 13th career victory for the ‘Esplanade’ syndicate.

“Doesn’t really matter where he draws as he doesn’t begin well; he just needs to find his feet and go forward.”

Having reached lofty heights in a short but phenomenal career to date, Latrobe trainer Mick Sherriff is thrilled to see his current kennel star make his way to another big race having previously reached the Group 3 Warragul St Leger.

Ducati Roy was also third in the Group 1 Hobart Thousand and recently made the Group 3 Devonport Chase.

Everything has scripted well, his trial in lead-up was quite fast and it matched up with the run,” Sherriff said.

“I thought that Skinny Olive (Box 1) and Short And Stumpy (Box 3) would spear out, giving this bloke clear room to get moving. But he got a safe run and the way he went around the leader was what really impressed me.”

The $55,000 to-the-winner Traralgon Cup has drawn together a superb field as expected for a major race.

Powerhouse sprinter Unleash Collinda set the time standard for the series by clocking 24.68sec, giving trainer Jason Thompson a dual chance in the final as Got Attitude also qualified with a 24.81sec heat victory.

Coming up with box five in the final isn’t trouble for Ducati Roy, who is known to be a modest beginner.

“Doesn’t really matter where he draws as he doesn’t begin well; he just needs to find his feet and go forward,” Sherriff explained.


“It has been a big turnaround for the dog. He pulled up a bit ordinary after the Devonport Chase, so he only had the one trial over a shorter trip leading into the series. We hope he should be spot on for the race this week.

“It’s a great thrill for us to be in the final and more to both Barry Heawood and Murray Johnson (owners).”

Ducati Roy, who is $13 on Sportsbet’s fixed odds market, will remain with caretaker trainer Bec Romyn heading into the final.

NB. Article supplied by Brennan Ryan – TasRacing

WATCH: “But Tasmania… Ducati Roy’s got through.” ‘Tassie tiger’ DUCATI ROY (B2) ‘burns rubber’ in a Traralgon Cup heat.

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