Warrnambool’s biggest event of the year is just around the corner, the 2017 Warrnambool Cup which is set to run next Wednesday night.
Held at Wannon Park during the town’s most famous racing carnival, the Warrnambool Greyhound Racing Club is the only country club to host two group two features on their cup night; the $67,000 Warrnambool Cup and the $106,500 Macey’s Bistro Warrnambool Classic.
Both events are run over the 450-metre distance and carry a combined $274,080 in prize money.
The 12-race card was packed with eight heats of the Warrnambool Cup and four semi-finals of the Warrnambool Classic.
Lucky Chap was a stand out in the Cup heats, recording the fastest heat time of 24.929sec from box four for trainer Anthony Azzopardi. Giving the Myrniong trainer hope of back-to-back Warrnambool Cups following Zambora Brockie’s memorable 2016 victory.
Jeff Britton has set himself up to also claim back-to-back Warrnambool Classic wins with his greyhound Our Turbo Boy, who finished second to star sprinter Up Hill Jill.
Angela Langton (pictured with Rig Fifty Five) is also well on her way to taking out her fourth Classic with two runners; Rig Fifty Five and Kumbia Lass in the 2017 Classic.
Lightning Frank jumped as $1.20 favorite but missed the start and had to work very hard to finish second behind Langton’s Kumbia Lass.
The local representation doesn’t stop with Lightning Frank, Premier Zed – a maiden, has made it through for 22 year-old Jackson Bell.