Local champ Rewind ($2.30) failed in his bid to create Devonport Cup history on Tuesday, however he was gallant in defeat and took many lengths off the eventual winner Allen Benji ($3.70) in the run home.
While the Graeme Bate prepared Allen Benji found the premier position mid-race after a brilliant beginning from the green box, Rewind encountered a traffic jam, but then powered home to run second, beaten seven lengths in the time of 25.60.
Outsider Shanlyn Peanut ($55), an occupant of Graeme Moate’s Moonah kennel, also ran home strongly to finish in third placing.
It was master trainer Bate’s second victory in the prestigious event, he having also secured the major portion of the prize with Taipan Bale in 2009.
Allen Benji was shipped back to Victoria following the Devonport Cup, his next assignment the Warragul Cup heats on Sunday night.
Had Rewind been successful, he would have been the first greyhound in the 60-year history of the Devonport Cup to win in consecutive years.
Rated, along with champions True Vintage and Mystery Bridge as one of the top three greyhounds in Tasmanian history, he can now boast the enviable record of 49 wins from 80 outings and a purse of $208,985.
Meanwhile gay deceiver Bergermeister was on his best behaviour at the NWGRC meeting when he was successful in what is considered the Devonport Cup consolation – the Angus Evans Memorial.
The late Angus Evans is regarded as one of Tasmania’s best ever trainers, his main claim to fame having been his handling of the classy Lilli Pilli Lad, which established a Devonport Raceway circuit standard of 25.13 back in 2000 – a record that is unlikely to be surpassed.
Previously with Mangalore trainer Mick Stringer, but now with Shane Whitney of Chinatown Lad fame, Bergermeister ($3.90) flew the lids and was never headed, scoring by four lengths in the time of 25.69.
The son of Bit Chili has now won 18 of 44 lifetime outings and stakes of in excess of $30,000 and is the current 461 metre Tattersalls Park track record holder with a time of 25.71.
Whitney thanked the owners of Bergermeister at the presentation ceremony for the opportunity to prepare the chaser, which at times has frustrated Tasmanian greyhound racing punters with his inconsistent performances.
Another feature of the Devonport Cup meeting was the bestowing of NWGRC life membership on three long serving members of the committee.
Cheryl Sutton, wife of chairman Gary Sutton and a daughter of the legendary trainer Reg “Shorty” Ivory, was the first to receive the honour.
Ulverstone’s Jo-Anne Ivory, Reg Ivory’s grand-daughter and also a trainer in her own right, was the second recipient, closely followed by East Devonport’s Larry Tanner, a veteran trainer with a wonderful knowledge of the racing game in general.