Memorable triumph at the Ballarat Cup

A TRIP to Tasmania is now on the cards for Maverick Tiger after the greyhound’s sensational victory in last night’s Ballarat Cup.

The Kelvin Greenough-trained chaser secured a memorable triumph in the group two feature, coming from behind to clinch a two-length win over Blackalls Boss with Arizona Dozer a neck away in third.

Maverick Tiger’s next assignment will be the heats of the group one Hobart Thousand next week.

A large group of connections were on track to witness the son of Big Daddy Cool’s victory last night, including Jim Marshman, who said the win was a massive thrill for the syndicate of owners.

“We’ve always played sport together and we decided we’d get into greyhound ownership together. There’s about 10 of us that have been involved,” Marshman said.

“The other dog that made the track had 30-odd starts and won three races. That was all we were after – just a bit of fun – but we just got lucky with this one.”

The victory also helped continue Maverick Tiger’s love affair with Ballarat, where he was last night named the club’s greyhound of the year.

His record at the Morshead Park circuit now stands at five wins from six appearances.

“It’s the first time he has probably strung seven or eight races together.

“He’s had a couple of injuries so it was good to actually see what he could produce in a big race,” Marshman said.

Maverick Tiger’s victory ends legendary trainer Graeme Bate’s hold on the race after winning it for the past two years.

Bate’s three runners in the final finished third (Arizona Dozer), fifth (Imry Bale) and last (Carol Allen).

tim.oconnor@thecourier.com.au

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