Kulu Magic stuns top field
BENTLEY greyhound Kulu Magic has proved that sometimes long shots pay off big.
The $16 chance overcame more- fancied opposition to win the $36,000 Group 2 Sir John Dillon Memorial (715m) at Sandown Park, Melbourne, on Thursday night.
The win landed owner John Clarson $25,000 plus the returns of a lazy $50 each-way bet on the three-year-old stayer. Kulu Magic jumped well from box five before getting crossed by National Distance champion Flashing Floods ($3.90), which looked to have it won with a six-length lead in the back straight.
But Kulu Magic chased well and steadily reeled in the leader over the final lap before powering home over the last 200 metres to score a two-and-a-half-length win.
Sky Hazzard ($4.40) sneaked into second with a tight run on the rails ahead of Flashing Floods in third. Defending champion Miss Brook ($1.90) could manage only fourth despite carrying big expectations and starting as favourite.
Miss Brook had previously beaten Kulu Magic in the Harvey's Towing Invitation (720m) at the Lismore Workers Cup meeting this year.
Following the Invitation, Clarson sent the dog, brother of Kulu Spirit, to Victorian trainer Robert Britton. Clarson's partner Kim Gooding said the greyhound's start in the race was the best of his career.
"He's a strong dog and he jumped well," Gooding said. "It was the best I've seen him get out of the box.