Warrior King (7) has proven the old saying true by taking out the Group Two Bendigo Cup on Friday night; the cream always rises to the top.
Warrior King was the most experienced Group performer in the race and as race leader Senor Socks (8) turned for home, all eyes were on the fast finishing 35kg red brindle dog as he careered around the home turn to set off after Senor Socks.
Talented youngster Luca Neveelk (4) was sent to the boxes as favourite but he didn’t begin as well as he needed to and finished fifth.
Pippa Shiraz (1) won the start but was soon headed by kennelmate Senor Socks (8) and eventually dropped out to last.
Fastest heat winner Zipping Snoopy (3) was last early and wound up seventh while long shot chance Flying Bolt (2) occupied sixth position.
Third placegetter White Spyro (5) began well enough but couldn’t get to the rail. Once she did, Warrior King was already upon her and the best she could do was hang on for a minor placing. Elite Devil (6) filled out the top four.
Warrior King won the $45,000 event by two and a half lengths in 23.75. The Turanza Bale – Flamenco (Where’s Pedro – Zarbo), trained by Brooke Ennis, brought up his 12th career win in the process and pushed his earnings to just over $127,000.
Full 2014 Bendigo Cup Results
1st: Warrior King (7) – Brooke Ennis
2nd: Senor Socks (8) – Robert Britton
3rd: White Spyro (5) – Craig Davis
4th: Elite Devil (6) – Michelle Mallia-Magri
5th: Luca Neveelk (4) – Gerald Kleeven
6th: Flying Bolt (2) – Andrew Mooney
7th: Zipping Snoopy (3) – Peter Dapiran
8th: Pippa Shiraz (1) – Robert Britton
1st Split: 6.38
2nd Split: 11.38
Margins: 2 1/2 x 2 1/2
Scratchings: Top Secret (9), My Kinda Music (10)
2014 Bendigo Cup Replay
vision courtesy of grv.org.au