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  • Friday, 02 Feb, 2024,
  • by Andrew Copley

Morton simply magnificent in Gold Bullion thriller

Victorian superstar Morton landed his first group one, and the first for Lara’s Team Sharp, in Thursday night’s $359,375 Group 1 Garrard’s Gold Bullion final (520m) at Albion Park.

Having claimed the Group 2 Queensland Derby on January 4, the Jessica Sharp-trained Morton came from the clouds to stun onlookers in a thrilling photo finish, defeating local hope All Natural.

“I can’t believe it,” Jessica’s husband Jason Sharp said after the win by the 25-month-old speedster.

“We’ve been doing this for 20 years, trying to win a Group 1.”

“It’s an absolute dream, it’s crazy. We’re so lucky to have this dog.”

“I really didn’t think he’d won.”

“This tops off my life… it’s unbelievable. It’s the best thing ever.”

Bred by the Wat Gor Pow syndicate and owned by Darrell Heathcote, Morton (Tommy Shelby x Chloe Louise) made it 13 wins from 20 career starts, with the $250,000 winner’s cheque taking his prizemoney earnings up to $414,995.

Earlier at Albion Park, three Victorian greyhounds lined-up in the $143,750 Group 1 Garrard’s Gold Cup (710m), with reigning Sale Cup winner Drill Sergeant  (Vic) the runner-up after being mowed down late by Queensland staying sensation Valpolicella.

Fellow Victorians Pearly Tears and Big Suzie were both unplaced.

Andrew CopleyAndrew Copley

Andrew Copley

Communications Manager at Greyhound Racing Victoria with 25 years’ experience as a reporter with National Greyhound Form newspaper and GRV. Former Watchdog form analyst. Adopter of celebrity greyhound, Fred Basset. Victorian Greyhound of the Year and Victorian greyhound racing Hall of Fame panel member.

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