Lilley Criminal Gives Them A Staying Lesson In Association Cup

2009 Association Cup Winner Lilley Criminal with Connections & Sponsors
2009 Association Cup Winner Lilley Criminal with Connections & Sponsors
The Group 1 Hotham Body Repairs Association Cup Final 720m is the GBOTA’s most important distance event with a $50,000 purse for the winner.

And the 2009 running of the event looked likely to be a speedy affair and it panned out that way for Lilley Criminal who gave the others a galloping lesson, using box 1 to full advantage and leading all the way in the good time of 42.24.

Lilley Criminal which had the form on the board as the fastest heat winner and the benefit of box 1 understandably started a short priced (8/11) favourite in the final and did not disappoint owner Allen Williams and trainer Anthony Azzopardi.

Lilley Criminal was soon in front and gave nothing else a look in with an emphatic 3 lengths win in the fast time of 42.24 from 25/1 outsider Calhoun Park which continued its improved form for trainer Warren Harper.

Abbi Taylah also maintained its recent consistent form finishing ¾ length further back.

All honours were with the winner which is on top of the NSW stayers honours list at the moment – Lilley Criminal is very strong, has early speed and has been tuned to the minute by astute young trainer Anthony Azzopardi.

Dana Lou Lou started second favourite at 11/2 but never threatened to finish fourth.

A Wentworth Park feature win continues to elude multiple Group distance winner Fallen Zorro who started third elect at 13/2 and finished at the tail end of the field.

After the placed runners the field finished in the following order 4th Dana Lou Lou ($6.60), 5th Tifi ($17.50), 6th Like A Star ($56.20) 7th War Hero ($50.20) and Fallen Zero ($7.50).

Lilley Criminal is raced by Bigger Than Life Syndicate and trained by Anthony Azzopardi she is a Black bitch whelped October 2005 by Hallucinate from Que Dee Tee (Picnic Point x De La Hoya). Lilley Criminal has won 22 of her 47 starts and has been placed on nine occasions and with the $50,000 first prize for the Association Cup it took her current stake earnings to $141,213.

The Association Cup over 720m is the first Group 1 event of the calendar year for the NSW GBOTA at Wentworth Park. A time honoured event the Association Cup was first run in 1965 the race was first conducted at Harold Park on a grass circuit over 732m.

The first event at Wentworth Park over 720m was held in 1988. The Association Cup has been won by the house hold names of the Australian staying ranks. Greyhounds like Rose Moss, Zoom Top, Travel Rev, Ragsie, Ascapella Miss, Bay Road Queen, Quick Pulse, Bold Trease, Whip Tip, Worthy Reward, Northern Legend, Many Tricks, Classy Customer and Miagi. The Cup has always been the yard stick of the best and listed below is the full honour roll.

Association Cup Honour Roll
Harold Park – 732m – Grass Track

  • 1965 BLUE AUTUMN 44.00
  • 1966 ROSE MOSS 44.20
  • 1967 GLOAVON 44.00
  • 1968 ZOOM TOP 43.70
  • 1969 ZOOM TOP 43.80
  • 1970 HEATHER REV 43.80
  • 1971 TRAVEL REV 43.60
  • 1972 RAGSIE (VIC) 43.60
  • 1973 PLUNDEROLA (VIC) 43.26
  • 1974 ASCAPELLA MISS 43.39
  • 1975 DOTIE WILSON 43.33
  • 1976 WOOLLEY WONG 43.51
  • 1977 TE ROPA LEE 43.81
  • 1978 CYCLONE CORSICA 43.44
  • 1979 LITTLE VOGUE 43.50
  • 1980 GINI’S CHOICE 43.57
  • 1981 BLACK AZTEC 43.27
  • 1982 BAYROAD QUEEN 43.47
  • 1983 QUICK PULSE (VIC) 43.40
  • 1984 LEASE OF LIFE 43.21
  • 1985 QUEEN’S CROSS 44.18
  • 1986 CLOVER PARK 43.04
  • 1987 BOLD TREASE (VIC) 43.62

Wentworth Park – 720m – Grass Track

  • 1988 WHIP TIP 42.97
  • 1989 FROSTY ZULU 44.03
  • 1990 VALLEY MAIL 43.59
  • 1991 FAST APPEAL 42.96
  • 1992 EQUABILITY 42.40

Wentworth Park – 720m – Loam Track

  • 1993 CALL ME CASEY 43.45 Group 1
  • 1994 WORTHY REWARD 42.67 Group 1
  • 1995 ROB’S REBEL 43.54 Group 1
  • 1996 GROOVEY DANCER 42.89 Group 1
  • 1997 NORTHERN LEGEND 43.22 Group 1
  • 1998 THOMA DI 42.94 Group 2
  • 1999 MOE’S TAVERN 43.17 Group 2
  • 2000 MANY TRICKS 42.55 Group 2
  • 2001 FLASH JOAN 43.11 Group 2
  • 2002 NIMUAY 42.96 Group 1
  • 2003 BIG SAM BANNER 42.77 Group 1
  • 2004 IRINKA BARBIE 42.54 Group 1
  • 2005 CLASSY CUSTOMER 42.65 Group 1
  • 2006 ENDLESS PIT 42.99 Group 1
  • 2007 EXCUSED 42.73 Group 1
  • 2008 MIAGI 42.91 Group 1
  • 2009 Lilley Criminal 42.24 Group 1