Thursday may have been Brisbane’s hottest day of the year, but that didn’t stop a terrific crowd from attending Queensland’s premier club for the 2013 Group 1 Sky Racing Brisbane Cup Final. While the temperature was cooled with a light afternoon shower, trackside temperatures quickly heated up as the club hosted a wonderful night of racing, including attendance from AAMI celebrity Ketut. The stage was set as the 8 finalists made their way to the starting boxes for the $75,000 to the winner feature.
Pre post fixed betting was dominated by the Victorian raiders who occupied the first four lines of betting. Tomac Bale would start a narrow favourite at $2.50 from box 2 and victory would be the first group 1 win for him and trainer Mark Delbridge. Battling Tomac Bale for favouritism at 2.70 was Australia’s best greyhound Xylia Allen, despite being awkwardly drawn in box 7. Farmor Las Vegas wasn’t well drawn in box 5, but the Robert Britton trained chaser was fancied at around 8.00. Omen bet Kiss Me Ketut shared the 8.00 line of betting with Farmor Las Vegas. The celebrity greyhound was hoping to impress his namesake, who was drumming support trackside knowing victory would see his cult following grow.
Of the locally trained chasers it was a toss of the coin between Frank Hancock’s Battistuzzi at $13.00 from box 3 and Sandra Hunt’s Top Story at $15.00 in box 1. In the eyes of the punters Captain Clarrie at $24.00 in box 8 and Hawko’s Mistake at $48.00 from box 4 would need luck. The race was set to be one for the ages.
Jumping well and exploding from the boxes was celebrity greyhound Kiss Me Ketut, who was off and on the bunny speeding through an unheard of 5.49 first section. Tomac Bale brought up old habits by missing it badly and was hampered by the outside dogs moving across. At the first corner Kiss Me Ketut was clearly in front from Battistuzzi, with Farmor Las Vegas moving to third. Behind them the field was bumping and in all sorts of trouble. Xylia Allen was back last after being repeatedly flattened and it would have taken a herculean effort to win from where she was.
Rounding the back straight and the crowd was up and standing, cheering on the Ready2Race success story who was holding the other runners at bay. Entering the home straight and it was a race in two with Kiss Me Ketut holding on narrowly to score over a gallant Farmor Las Vegas by a half-length, with Battistuzzi two lengths away third. Flashing home from the tail of the field for another wonderful performance was the unlucky Xylia Allen, who finished a narrow fourth. With the help of the new boxes the winner stopped the clock in a quick 29.82.
Prepared by South Geelong mentor David Burnett, the son of Bombastic Shiraz ex. Spiral Siyan was purchased at the 2012 Victorian Ready2Race series for $21,000. The Melbourne Cup finalists is now a group 1 success story taking his career record to 37 starts for 17 wins, 6 seconds and 5 thirds with prizemoney in excess of $175,000. The celebrity status continues to grow.