John Carruthers achieved one of the more lucrative wins of his training career and a unique training double last night with three-year-old Borat’s victory in the $15,000 Canberra Cup.
Named after comedian Sacha Baron Cohen’s hapless Kazakh TV reporter, Borat has already achieved a cult following among bucks party goers at tracks in Sydney and Melbourne.
And after claiming the second of Canberra’s premier races last night, it’s probably only a matter of time until a flouro ‘mankini’ makes an appearance in his honour at the Canberra Greyhound Club. Last night he even wore green, starting in box six.
Borat beat home Cyclone Ned and pre-race favourite Snozz, equalling the track record with a 30.26sec run over 530m.
The Canberra club will have to go back over its timing records this week to see whether Borat’s impressive effort beat the 2002 record held by Heugill Bale.
In another piece of track history, Borat became the first dog to win the 600m National Capital Distance Championship and Canberra Cup double. Borat’s winnings from the two races was $26,000.
”Any dog that breaks track records or equals them, you nearly have to put them in the champion class,” Carruthers said.
”He’s an extremely good dog and little do people know that this week he broke the 400m track record in a trial at Richmond.”
There was a poignant postscript to the second feature race of the night, the $3000 Cannon Ball over 300m.
Trained by owner Danny Pearson, Behind Bars beat home Cruel Temptation and Dark Secret in 17.76.
Afterwards co-owner Cheryl Pearson paid tribute to the dog’s former trainer, Graham Gourlay, who died of a heart attack a month ago.