Are Ate victory might have seemed like a shock to most, but not his trainer, who explained in an interview after the heats that he was in with a chance.
“Are Ate will lead this field for sure, and the Hellyeah dogs will be in the firing line behind him.” Bullock explained on Wednesday.
“Whatever happens next is in the lap of the gods, but all I know is that I have a great chance of winning my first Devonport Cup.”
This was exactly how things panned out, with Are Ate spearing straight to the front and holding on to win in 25.57. There was plenty of trouble behind Are Ate and this allowed him enough breathing space to hang on. An That was a big run to finish second after finding plenty of early trouble.
There is no doubt that Hellyeah Missile and Hellyeah Bolt were the best chances from the Bullock kennel, but that won’t be worrying the Exeter based trainer one iota and the Cascade and Boag’s will be flowing freely.