Bear’s Bullet lives up to hype in Ipswich Gold Cup final

Bear’s Bullet holds on valiantly on the inside to with the 2023 Group 1 Ipswich Gold Cup on Thursday night.

The stands of Ipswich Greyhound Club erupted as Bear’s Bullet took out the Group 1 Ipswich Gold Cup final on Thursday night in the tightest of finishes.

The Travis Elson-trained chaser was sent to the boxes in the 520m final as $1.90 race favourite with greyhound bookmakers.

Jumping from box four, Bear’s Bullet got out to hit the lead soon after box rise, kicking away in the first corner to lead by two lengths.

Get Carter ($11) moved up quickly out wide, to sit second and make a real race of the Ipswich Gold Cup heading into the straight.

In the shadows of the post, the pink rug of Get Carter stormed up to the leader and they crossed the line locked together, with the judge needing video review to declare the winner.

Bear’s Bullet would win, beating Get Carter by a whisker (0.03) in a time of 30.13, with the Jamie Hosking-trained fancy Jen’s Joy finished in third.

2023 Group 1 Ipswich Gold Cup – Bear’s Bullet (30.13) T: Travis Elson

The winning time improved Bear’s Bullet’s previous best of 30.16, clocked two starts back on October 21, when beating Where’s The Bar by close to 10 lengths in the Ipswich Cup Prelude Final.

Last time out, on October 26, Bear’s Bullet ran the fastest Ipswich Gold Cup heat time in 30.17, setting the tone and being handed strong favouritism for the $150,000-to-the-winner final.

Elson was impressed with Bear’s Bullet win, given the testing circumstances.

“She did really well, even after being checked she had to dig deep,” he said post-race.

The Fernando Bale x Mumma’s Hope chaser has 16 wins and 13 placings from 39 career starts and has banked $331,160 for connections.

Having already run in two group 1 features this year, in the Brisbane Cup Final at Albion Park in July and the National Sprint Championship Final at The Meadows in August, she had been building and improving towards taking out a high-quality group race.

Elson said he was now strongly considering taking Bear’s Bullet to Victoria, where there are more lucrative races up for grabs, that suit a dog of her class.

“I was planning to take her to Melbourne, especially with how she is running and ticking the boxes at the moment,” he said.

Racing Queensland has been on me to get her into The Flame, but the dates really clash if I was to do that.”

The Flame is to be run on November 30 at Albion Park and carries prize money of $90,000 along with stamping the winner’s ticket into the $1.65 million The Phoenix, to be run at The Meadows on December 16.

Elson said he is leaning more towards a tilt in the Melbourne Cup at Sandown Park on December 2, but with heats to be held on November 25, he has a decision to make.

Greyhound betting sites do not have Bear’s Bullet in the market for the 2023 Melbourne Cup at this point, but the nominations are yet to be released.

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