Race favourite Zambora Brockie staked his claim to be labelled the best greyhound in the country as he recorded his second Group 1 victory when taking out the final of the Garrard’s Winter Cup (520m) at Albion Park on Thursday night.
Anthony Azzopardi’s chaser started a dominant $2.30 favourite after a sizzling 29.64 heat win as he aimed to record his third consecutive Group victory after taking out the Group 2 Warrnambool and Horsham Cups over the past two months. The son of Nitro Burst and Flying Liddy began evenly, and after some tense moments, found himself on the rail behind early leader Split Image heading out of the straight the first time. Thirty Talks and Blazin’ Bomber tried to make ground from out wide but found themselves back in the pack heading down the back straight.
Showing all his customary strength, Zambora Brockie claimed the lead approaching the turn for home and held off strong late charges from local hopes Outside Pass ($9.10) and Cyndie’s Magic ($16.10) to score by a length in a fast 29.72. Cyndie’s Magic placing with her third place effort, and her second of the carnival after finishing second to Sydney chaser My Boy Brodie in the Gold Cup (710m) last month.
The win was Zambora Brockie’s twenty-second in a thirty-five start career for owner Charlie Azzopardi, who is no relation to the trainer. The $75,250 winner’s cheque took the greyhound’s career earnings to $317,603
Azzopardi indicated in an interview post-race with Sky Racing that Zambora Brockie’s next feature target would likely be the Victorian qualifiers of the AGRA National Sprint Championship early next month.