Titan Blazer secures deserved Mt Gambier Cup group race win
Titan Blazer, the 2022 Group 1 Melbourne Cup finalist; has made and placed in many group race finals but until Sunday that group race win had eluded him.
With retirement looming it looked like the Daniel Gibbons-trained 69 start veteran might not get the chance to secure the elusive black-type win.
But all those fears were allayed at Mt Gambier on Sunday afternoon when Titan Blazer began well from box five to race outside local chance Lochinvar Cahill early then comfortably claim the Group 3 cup as his own.
The son of Mepunga Blazer and Miss Tron had drawn outside one of Gibbons other two greyhounds in the feature race final, Yahiro Bale; and as happened in the heats Yahiro Bale was again slowly away giving Titan Blazer all the room he needed to demonstrate his undenied speed.
2023 Group 3 Mt Gambier Cup – Titan Blazer (29.36) T: Daniel Gibbons
Titan Blazer, who began racing in July 2021; has now had 69 starts for 25 wins and 23 minor placings earning owner and breeder Peter Arnott $249,360 in prizemoney.
The Mt Gambier Cup win places a much deserved cup win in Titan Blazer's record after the black greyhound has made and placed in many group races.
Titan Blazer was placed third in the 2022 Group 1 Silver Chief Classic at The Meadows, second in the 2023 Group 2 Warragul Cup, and third in the 2022 Group 3 Silver Bullet at The Meadows.
He'd also made the finals of the 2022 Group 1 Australian Cup at The Meadows, the 2022 Group 1 Harrison Dawson at Sandown, the 2022 Group 1 Melbourne Cup at Sandown, the 2022 Group 2 Warragul Cup, and was a standby reserve for the 2023 Group 1 Temlee at The Meadows.
Connections have already spoken of retirement drawing nearer for Titan Blazer but the way the determined veteran won on Sunday, you would be forgiven for thinking the three-and-a-half-year-old has got quite a few more group race finals left in him.
2023 Mt Gambier Cup
2023 Mt Gambier Cup Results
Mt Gambier512mGroup 3$26,000 to-the-winnerSunday April 2 20232:37pm (SA time)
5 Titan Blazer
T: Daniel Gibbons 29.36
1 Lochinvar Cahill
T: Dave Peckham 29.47
8 Sister Roberta
T: Tracie Price 29.55
4 Yahiro Bale
T: Daniel Gibbons 29.70
3 Aston Ziebell
T: Dave Peckham 29.81
6 Springvale Rex
T: Gavin Harris 29.85
T: Shane Richer 29.96
7 Mr Anderson
T: Daniel Gibbons 30.02