Former NSW sprinter Blackalls Boss produced a sizzling performance to land the major prize in the 2012 Group 2 Skill Training Victoria Shepparton Cup final on Friday night.
Trained at Lara by Michelle Mallia-Magri for Vince Tulio, Blackalls Boss ($7.60) repeated his blistering sections shown in his heat victory to outpace favourite El Brooklyn in the run to the first turn and once the son of Hallucinate and Blackalls Beauty found the front the race was well in his keeping.
In NSW, Blackalls Boss had built a record of thirteen wins from 27 starts with his most dominant performances being on the u-turn tracks and for Mallia-Magri has now won a further nine races from nineteen outings including making the Traralgon Cup final last month and now etching his name on the honour roll of the Shepparton Cup alongside some of the superstars of greyhound racing.
Blackalls Boss’s career earnings are now nudging $70,000 after the $42,000 windfall at Shepparton and with his brilliant speed the Shepparton Cup may not be the only trophy making its way onto the mantelpiece in 2012.
Promising youngster Leeroy Rocker ($11.50) was gallant in defeat chasing home the winner and he is still yet to finish further back than second place in his nine career starts while El Brooklyn ($1.90) was honest as ever finishing in 3rd place and she will now head to Dapto for the The Megastar.
The powerful training combination of Jeff Britton and Angela Langton took out both staying features on the night when Quo Vadis saluted in the Quest Shepparton President’s Trophy and Yowyeh scored a dominate victory in the National Greyhound Form Stayers Challenge.
Forever Strong scored a barnstorming victory in the Ron Nestor Memorial while Tina Womann’s Street Danger scored an upset win in the inaugural Neatline Homes Winter Maiden.
Highly promising youngster Walk Hard continued on his winning way when scoring an impressive win in the Quality Teams Goulburn Valley Sprint while the “locals” claimed a feature race victory on the night when the Kevin Eyles trained Abit Patchy took out the Topcat Video Productions Dash For Cash.
While the first class racing action dominated the proceedings there were two other special presentations on the night. Jeanette Powell, Member for Shepparton was on hand to officially open the al fresco deck that was recently constructed at the Kialla venue as a project jointly funded by the State Government and Greyhound Racing Victoria.
The other presentation was to long time race caller Paul “Happy” Hammon who after more than 25 years behind the microphone has decided to call it a day and the Shepparton Cup meeting was his farewell race meeting.
After the placed runners the field finished in the following order 4th Allen Hertz ($32.30), 5th Don’t Knocka Him ($5.00), 6th Stagger ($13.20) 7th Bubba’s Dream ($17.90) and Classy Maldini ($11.90).
Blackall’s Boss is a Red Fawn dog whelped February 2009 by Hallucinate from Blackalls Beauty (Solve The Puzzle x Rondor’s Opal). He is raced by Vince Tullio and trained by Michelle Mallia-Magri at Lara in Victoria. He has now won 22 races and been placed on nine occasions from his 46 starts. The Shepparton Cup first prize of $42,000 brings Blackalls Boss’ overall prizemoney to $69,710.
On a monster night of racing Tina Womann and Forever Strong took out the Ron Nestor Memorial. Shepparton Greyhound Racing Club commemorate the passing of greyhound figure Ron Nestor by honouring his memory with the special event after his passing in March 2006 – Nestor was one of few people who had never missed a Shepparton Cup Final and the Committee at the time decided to make sure that spirit remains forever for a true gentleman of the sport.
The Shepparton Cup has always been a well sought after country cup and a one time a very important lead up race for the Melbourne Cup. It has been won by some brilliant greyhounds over the years none better than Hall of Famer and local superstar Highly Blessed. Other Melbourne Cup winners included Master Giant and Kantarn Bale. While like Highly Blessed, Bahama Image went on to win an Easter Egg. The race was run over the 440 metres at the old Shepparton Showgrounds until its closure in 2004.
Shepparton Cup Honour Roll
1973 Garner Bin, 1974 Morning Glow, 1975 Tivashley, 1976 Marungi Boy, 1977 Near History, 1978 Relle Louise, 1979 Mannerism, 1980 Proven Bold, 1981 First Question, 1982 Golden Impulse, 1983 Blue Echo, 1984 Blitzem Bill, 1985 Thorgil Magic, 1986 Thorgil Magic, 1987 Nan’s Pal, 1988 Fantasy Boy, 1989 Pure Talent, 1990 Highly Blessed, 1991 Bomber Gleeson, 1992 Master Giant, 1993 Head Honcho, 1994 Thorgil Tex, 1995 Hanson Diamond, 1996 Bahama Image, 1997 World Title, 1998 Ashigga, 1999 Star Of Mine, 2000 Kantarn Bale, 2001 Salong Bale, 2002 Knockabout Wok, 2003 Puzzle Prize, 2004 Whisky Assassin, 2005 not run, 2006 Slater, 2007 Overflow Breaker, 2008 Hanify’s Impact, 2009 Gardam Prince, 2010 Din’s Son and 2011 El Grand Senor.