FORMER NSW speedster Ronray Spirit affirmed himself as one of the top sprinters in the country with a terrific victory in Wednesday night’s Group 2 Warrnambool Cup final.
Jumping from box two, the son of Cosmic Rumble and Ronray Disco speared straight to the early lead and was never headed in an all-the-way display, clocking a respectable time of 25.30 over the 450-metre trip.
Midnight Ride ran a great race to finish second after being posted wide from box eight for the majority of the trip. The Andrea Bahen-trained greyhound balanced up well and powered to the line to snare the runner-up spot, with Ride The Rails (box one) putting in a phenomenal display to grab third right on the line.
Race favourite Azza Azza Azza never got into the race from box six, finishing in sixth position.
Ronray Spirit, trained by Terry Reid, has now won 17 races from 29 career starts with $131,465 in prize money earnings. Aside from the Warrnambool Cup, he also has a tenacious win in this year’s Group 2 Warragul Cup to his name, whilst he also qualified for April’s Group 1 Golden Easter Egg at Wentworth Park, finishing sixth behind Fernando Bale.
In the second feature event of the night, the Group 2 Warrnambool Classic, Nunya Tron caused a boil over when scoring as the rank outsider at massive odds of $56.70.
Angela Langton’s Shared Equity was all the rage from the inside alley at $1.20 after a faultless performance from the same box in last week’s semi finals. All eyes were on the regally bred daughter of Brett Lee and West On Bluebird, but, after a poor start, it was Cosmic Lily which crossed from box eight to take the early lead.
Shared Equity made up good ground on the inside to join Cosmic Lily heading towards the home turn, however that pair were quickly headed on the outside by Nunya Tron from box six, which scooted away to score by one-and-half-lengths.
Fellow outsider Dewana Result came from the back of the field to flash home and finish second with Shared Equity tiring in the latter stages of the race, finishing third.
A son of Dyna Tron and Miss Someone, Nunya Tron clocked a time of 25.63 over the 450-metre journey and recorded his fifth career victory at start 10.
Nunya Tron’s owner Peter McDougall and trainer Simon Barker collected $75,000 for their efforts last night, with their chaser’s victory taking his prizemoney total to an impressive $93,007.