More than 1,000 people were on-course at Bendigo’s Lords Raceway to witness Peggy May (Box 3 - $5.10) win the 2012 Skill Training Victoria Bendigo Cup, capping off an amazing weekend for Pearcedale trainer Jason Thompson.
The $40,000 first prize combined with Don’t Knocka Him’s Golden Easter Egg triumph ($250,000) and Ima Geisha Girl’s Gold Rush Maiden win ($10,000) meant that his greyhounds amassed $300,000 worth of feature racing stakes in 24 hours.
Peggy May, a daughter of Royal Riddle and Trinity County, flew out of the boxes and was never headed in the run, as she beat Andrea Dailly’s Dyna Tron ($1.70) and Graeme Bate’s Classy Maldini ($9.00) to the post in the best of the night time of 23.68s over the 425m journey.
The white and black 3 year-old has been a consistent performer and extended her career record to 43 starts for 26 wins, 7 seconds and 1 third with her total prize money closing in on $100,000.
“She’s (Peggy May) a very good girl, she’s been in a couple of finals and it’s great that she has now cracked one,” trainer Jason Thompson said in his acceptance speech.
Also after the race, Thompson said that the track and facilities are something the industry should be proud of, with the track being amongst the best in the world.
“I don’t think you will get a track anywhere else in the world where every greyhound has a chance to win like this one.
“It’s a fantastic set-up here I can’t commend the club enough,” he said.
Earlier in the night - another Thompson runner - Ima Geisha Girl (Box 5 - $3.00) won the famous $10,000 to-the-winner Gold Rush Maiden final in an identical time to Peggy May’s Bendigo Cup win of 23.68s. The Graeme Bate trained Allen Benji ($9.90) was second and Andrea Dailly’s Grigorieva Bale ($2.40) third. Interestingly the race was won by Golden Easter Egg runner-up Dyna Bert in 2011. Another of the features on the card was the girls only Ladies Bracelet which was won by David Curtain’s Flamena ($3.70) in a time of 23.99s.
Jamie Ennis was also a winner on the night when Conviction (Box 1 - $1.40) won the males only Gold Watch in a time of 24.00s.
It was a brilliant night at Bendigo, as a crowd of more than 1,000 people attended the finale of a fabulous Gold Rush Carnival. All on-course attendees had the opportunity to win a trip to Disneyland valued at $12,000 and it was Terry Paige who won the prize for his family. Although enchanted by the prospect of winning a trip to the place that has been described as the ‘happiest place on earth’, the crowd were enthralled by the outstanding racing throughout the evening, with many of the country’s best greyhounds on show at the brand new track endearing themselves to a host of new fans.
After the placings the field finished in the following order 4th King Benny ($23.50), 5th Harold Bale ($41.80), 6th Make The Call ($58.50) 7th Hannie Bale ($11.80) and Stagger ($7.30).
Peggy May is raced by Cassie O’Neil and trained by leading Victorian conditioner Jason Thompson at Pearcedale. She is a White & Black Bitch whelped December 2008 by Royal Riddle from Trinity County (Big Daddy Cool x On This Fold). Peggy May has won 26 of his 43 starts and has been placed on eight occasions. With the $40,000 first prize for the Bendigo Cup it took her current stake earnings to $95,650.
The popularity and success of the annual Gold Rush Carnival at Bendigo has continued to grow since its inception.
On the track, the Cup series drew outstanding quality for the heats and class sprinter Peggy May provided yet another star quality name for the Skill Training Victoria Bendigo Cup honour roll.
Listed below is the Bendigo Cup honour roll. The club first raced at the Eaglehawk circuit just out of Bendigo in the 50’s. The Cup was run over 400 yards, but for a few years in the 70’s saw it go over the 528 metres. When the club moved to Lords Raceway in 1988 the race was conducted over the current sprint distance of 430 metres ever year except 2001 when it was run over the middle distance of 545 metres. A number of top horse-shoe dogs have won the cup over the many years it has been the club’s flag ship event. This year’s winner is the first on the new circuit at Lords Raceway over the popular distance of 425 metres.
Bendigo Cup Honour Roll
1957 Cantee, 1958 Taranyka, 1959 Slippermee, 1960 Eager Flight, 1961 Sweet Mandy, 1962 Unknown ,1963 Unknown, 1964 Unknown, 1965 Chief Anama, 1966 Unknown,1967 Unknown, 1968 Rebelaire, 1969 Unknown, 1970 Andrew Takiri, 1971 Melbourne View, 1972 Leicester Edie, 1973 Borough Cheer, 1974 Proper Duke, 1975 Sidanna, 1976 Sue Silin, 1977 Worooa Jack, 1978 Fabey Forbes, 1979 "Not Held",1980 Slick O'Leary, 1981 Official, 1982 Welcome Jag, 1983 Meatworker, 1984 Bronze Wing, 1985 Newstone Flyer, 1986 Stamp Of Learod, 1987 Buka Sunset, 1988 Naphlio, 1989 Mets Man, 1990 Hard Rain, 1991 He's Jake, 1992 Belmont, 1993 Tivoli Man, 1994 Thorgil Tex, 1995 "Not Held", 1996 True Type, 1997 Sarah's Deano, 1998 Lansley Bale, 1999 Tom's Legacy, 2000 Whitten's Legend, 2001 Renzo Bale, 2002 Hey Brother, 2003 Puzzle Prize, 2004 Brumby Lad, 2005 Smack Wallop, 2006 Dragway Flex, 2007 Airbourne Bale, 2008 El Galo, 2009 Taipan Bale, 2010 Latifi Jiam and 2011 Enry Walt.