El Galo Annihilates The 2008 Group 1 Topgun

El Galo Winning The 2008 Topgun
El Galo Winning The 2008 Topgun
El Galo continued his sensational sprinting year at The Meadows on Saturday night by taking out the Group 1 TAB TopGun in spectacular fashion.

El Galo ($2.50) was sent out favourite for the $100,000 to the winner Group 1 and never gave his supporters a reason for concern registering new record splits of 4.94 and 17.50 to romp to victory by 5 ½ lengths in 29.75 beating Regal Thyme ($5.40) and One Tree Hill ($12.90) who was a further 2 ¼ lengths away in third.

With the winner running amazing sectionals out in front, it was always going to be hard for anyone behind El Galo to run him down, and although those behind him tried valiantly the victor was never really in doubt.

El Galo add his first Group1 victory to his stellar year so far, having already won the Bendigo Cup, Warrnambool Cup, and Gold Coast Cup plus he also was runner-up in the Group 1 Australian Cup.

The win was Pearcedale greyhound trainer 's third Topgun, having saluted with No Intent (2001) and Whisky Assassin (2004) he is the only trainer to win the event more than once. Thompson has also started more greyhounds in the “expert panel” selected Group 1 Topgun than any other trainer.

El Galo and connections have bypassed the and it will be interesting to see if they pursue a Melbourne Cup campaign with . In what might be a sign of Thompson's concern over El Galo's stamina, the dog has yet to face the starter at Sandown in any of his 48 starts to date.

After the placings the field finished in the following order 4th All Caution ($29.60), 5th Mantra Lad ($7.20), 6th Trew Millions ($8.60), 7th Queen Lauryn ($8.20) and ($9.50).

El Galo is a blue dog whelped November 2005 by Where's Pedro from Roxy Reason (Malawi's Prince x Playground) raced by and trained by Jason Thompson he has raced 48 times for 29 wins and 13 placings, adding the Top Gunss first prize of $100,000 his overall stake earnings went to $302,930.

Listed below are the past Top Gun winners since the race commended in 1993

    Group 1 Topgun Full Honour Roll
  • 1993 Dead heat Worth Backing (VIC) / Golden Currency (VIC) Carl Haas / 30.56 Sandown Park
  • 1994 New Fox (NSW) Dennis Reid 29.98 Olympic Park
  • 1995 Rapid Hiker (VIC) Philip Newman 29.80 Sandown Park
  • 1996 Wylie Boy (VIC) George Rose 30.09 Sandown Park
  • 1997 Chicago Blue (VIC) Brian Furness 30.00 Sandown Park
  • 1998 Rapid Journey (NSW) Jane Carruthers 29.85 Sandown Park
  • 1999 Mint Magic (NSW) Ray Watson 29.97 Meadows
  • 2000 Placard (NSW) Ruth King 29.92 Sandown Park
  • 2001 No Intent (VIC) Jason Thompson 30.17 Meadows
  • 2002 Lindale Blue (WA) Colin Bainbridge 29.76 Sandown Park
  • 2003 Bombastic Shiraz (VIC) 30.06 Meadows
  • 2004 Whisky Assassin (VIC) Jason Thompson 29.40 Sandown Park
  • 2005 (QLD) Tony Brett 30.02 Meadows
  • 2006 Jaimandy Coops (VIC) Paul Donohue 29.60 Sandown Park
  • 2007 (VIC) Mario Briganti 29.88 Meadows
  • 2008 El Galo (VIC) Jason Thompson 29.75 Meadows
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