ANDO’S Mac added yet another feature title to his rap sheet with a stunning triumph in Saturday night’s Group 2 Warragul Cup (460m).
Stepping from box two, the fawn flash was quickly away, settling behind the airborne Aston Bolero (box six), with young gun Aston Dee Bee (box eight) applying the pressure on the outside of the leading duo.
Around the turn, Aston Bolero slipped away from his opponents, with Ando’s Mac shaking off Aston Dee Bee to run to a clear second.
Into the home straight, Ando’s Mac switched to the outside of Aston Bolero, storming down the centre of the track to hit the lead in the run to the line.
On the post, Ando’s Mac scored by just over a length, with the time recorded being a slick 25.48.
Aston Bolero held on for second, with Aqua Cheetah (box four) rounding out the placings back in third spot.
Trained in NSW by Jason Mackay, Ando’s Mac has now won 19 of his 34 starts with an additional seven minor placings, with his career earnings now in excess of $614,000.
Mackay was in awe of his star chaser’s performance, defeating some of the nation’s best one-turn sprinters to take home the prize.
“That’s probably one of the hottest one-turn fields you’ll get; however long you want to go back,” Mackay said post-race.
“He come out nice and there were plenty of chances in the race, but he just trailed [Aston Bolero] up and got the last shot at him.
“I knew the green [Aston Bolero] uses a bit of the track and I knew that bloke of mine would keep coming and that’s basically what happened.
“He needed that big long straight at Warragul.”
The victory added to Ando’s Mac’s triumphs in both the Group 1 Melbourne Cup and the Group 1 Vic Peters Classic, with Mackay declaring him a complete professional.
“He is probably not the fastest dog you have ever seen but he has got a lot of good traits – he wants to begin, he wants to chase, he has got real good first sections, he is a real good bend dog, holds his own strength-wise and he has got the great temperament that all the good ones have.
“It doesn’t matter where you go, all the proper blokes you talk to around the world will tell you if you have a bad temperament you will never make a proper dog.
“This bloke just keeps turning up and he has pulled up a treat.”
Mackay also suggested that the son of El Grand Senor and Brook’s Doll is just hitting his straps, with maturity and experience seeing him develop into a top-class greyhound.
“He just looks like he is starting to tick all the boxes now.
“When dogs turn two-and-a-half to three-and-a-half that’s the best time of their life and this bloke has just turned two-and-a-half so it looks like he has got a bit in front of him.”
Next on the radar for Ando’s Mac will be a crack at the invitation only Group 1 Temlee, set to be run and won at The Meadows on February 18, and worth $100,000-to-the-winner.
“We will get him home and make sure his right and probably the week before [the Temlee] we will bring him down for a normal race [at The Meadows.
“He knows his way around the track – he has had a lot of trials and a fair few races – but he has been away from there for a while now so we will let him come back and have a nice little look there, be kennelled there, parade there and first and foremost go through the boxes to see if he can get them right.”