American Monster chasing Ballarat Greyhound Cup honours

Young trainer Ashlee Terry says winning the group 2 Energis Ballarat Greyhound Cup on Friday night with her star chaser American Monster would mean much more than the stakemoney.

Ballarat has the richest Victorian country cup with a $110,000 purse.

“We never really look at the money side of it when we target the country cups. I couldn’t believe it when we saw there was $77,000 to the winner,” Terry from Cranbourne said.

“The money is excellent, but to win a cup would mean more than the money for us.” He finished second in the Shepparton Cup.

FLYING: American Monster in full flight in his Ballarat Cup heat. Pictures: GRV

FLYING: American Monster in full flight in his Ballarat Cup heat. Pictures: GRV

WIDE DRAW: American Monster will jump from box six in Friday night's Ballarat Cup.

WIDE DRAW: American Monster will jump from box six in Friday night's Ballarat Cup.

Terry believes that although American Monster is not the best beginner, he musters quickly to make up for it.

“He is also strong so he should be able to hold off the field if he is out in front.”

American Monster, which has 20 wins in 42 starts, charged home on the rails to run down Aussie Infrared in his heat, with Geelong Cup winner third.