Azzopardi had told ARG prior to the race that if his 35kg white and black chaser was within three lengths of the lead in the run, it would take a very good dog to hold him out and that is exactly how things transpired.
As expected, Stilton Blue (4) and Unleash De Fear (7) speared the lids and vied for the early lead, with Stilton Blue gaining the upper hand. Things were already looking ominous when My Boy Snoop was parked third, around two lengths from the leading duo.
While Stilton Blue had beaten off Unleash De Fear at the top of the long Bulli straight, My Boy Snoop had worked to the centre of the track and was poised to unleash his customary finishing burst that was showcased in the heats a week earlier.
The further they went down the straight, the more apparent it became that Stilton Blue’s lead was only going be temporary. My Boy Snoop lengthened stride and went past the leader rapidly, scoring by 1 1/2 lengths on the line. Stilton Blue held on for second, while grand old stager Gradence sprouted wings to finish third.
In the tale of the beaten brigade, Unleash De Fear could not match motors early and finished fourth. Knocka’s Return (8) was slow away but ran on well along the fence late to finish fifth. Walk Hard (5) began midfield and found trouble when looking to move forward early and then again on the home turn before finishing sixth. My Awesome Opal (6) did not show his usual early speed, which saw him caught deep throughout and he was never a winning hope. Highly Respected (3) jumped fourth, but found interference and was eventually squeezed right out of play to tail out a long way.
The win is My Boy Snoop’s fourth from his last five starts and his seventh from 19 career outings. The Group Three victory takes the 27-month-old dogs career earnings beyond $42,000.