Matt Loch wins Ballarat 2024 Listed Western Derby

Matt Loch
and after winning the 2024 Listed Western Derby Final at Ballarat.

Matt Loch won his second black-type final in as many series starts by taking out the 2024 Listed Western Derby final at Ballarat on Wednesday night, May 15.

The recent Group 2 Warrnambool Cup winner went through the Ballarat Western Derby series undefeated, and improving his time at each look at the track.

Having won his Listed Western Derby heat with a best of the night 24.83 win, Matt Loch was always going to be a very short favourite to win the $20,000 to-the-winner final after drawing box one.

Concerns were evident when it became apparent that in all races prior to the Derby final, Matt Loch had drawn box one just once, and that run resulted in a fall at in September 2023.

Despite that worrying history from the red box, greyhound punters and online bookmakers stuck by the -trained greyhound, sending him to the boxes as the odds-on -200 favourite.

Kennelmate Fernando Phil (+850) and Western Derby heat winner Kingsley Bale (+680) were the only other two finalists in single figures.

Any fears were quickly allayed when Matt Loch was able to join early leader Kingsley Bale just as the field passed the Ballarat 390-metre boxes.

Powering along the rail, the son of and Stepping was able to quickly sprint to a race-winning lead over the field and hung on late to beat the fast-finishing Vincent Bale by 0.81 lengths in 24.79.

Yogen Bale finished third, 3.03 lengths from the winner.

2024 Listed Western Derby Final – Matt Loch (24.79) T: Michelle Mallia

Matt Loch added the 2024 Listed Western Derby at Ballarat to his titles after recently winning the 2 Warrnambool Cup.

The popular 35-kg black dog took his race record to 14 wins and six placings from 27 race starts.

It is well known that in 2023, Mallia gave Matthew Field and Lachlan Barsby, two boys who both have cerebral palsy, 25% of the talented greyhound she had bred.

Mallia had also previously raced the $130,000 career earnings-winning greyhound Matty's Hope with Field under a similar ownership arrangement.

Matt Loch's Ballarat Western Derby win took his career earnings to $116,975 for connections.

Matt Loch will next contest the 2024 Group 2 Ballarat Cup heats, which are scheduled for Sunday, May 26, 2024.

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