Hancock's half hour
EL TOREADOR gave Spring Grove trainer Frank Hancock his biggest win since moving from Townsville to the Northern Rivers when he took out the rich Renzo Park Star Maker Final (520m) at the Lismore greyhounds on Tuesday night.
Hancock had three runners in the $15,000-to-the-winner final – El Toreador, My Caballero and Papa Luigi – and all were unwanted in the betting.
Fine Display went to the boxes a solid $2.30 favourite after winning her heat and semi-final in style.
But in the final, El Toreador ($19.60) pressured the favourite in the run to the first turn.
When the two leaders bumped, Fine Display came off second best and El Toreador scooted away.
Winston made a good run down the back straight to find second place but the winner had it safely in his keeping, clocking 30.31s.
El Toreador won by 2-1/2 lengths from Winston ($4.90), with My Caballero ($20.60) third.