Former Tasmanian Jagger Moves scored a surprise victory for his Summerholm owner/trainer Robert Jacobsen in the richest ever greyhound race at Thabeban Park with a last-bound triumph in the Group 3 TAB Bundaberg Cup Final, picking up the massive $40,000 purse.
The son of Jagger Swagger was one of the outsiders, paying $15 after finishing second to Sunshine Delight in the Heats.
Favourite Lucky Lance ($2.50) made a bold bid to lead throughout from the red box, and he was hailed the winner until Jagger Moves caught him on the line.
He got the verdict in a photo finish by the barest of margins (0.05 lengths), with second-favourite Sunshine Delight a further 4.25 lengths away in third position, with the minor placegetters collecting still lucrative amounts of $10,000 and $5,000, respectively.
Robert was also represented in the race by third favourite He’s So Call ($7), which had also been a runner-up in the Heats, but he could manage only sixth.
The major event success capped a red-letter day for Robert, completing a treble for him after the earlier wins of favourites Desley’s Girl ($2) in the Bargara Bakery 5th Grade and Capture Bart ($2.25) in the Terry Signs 5th Grade.
A delighted Robert said he always loves coming to Bundaberg and had enjoy plenty of good times here over the years.
The victory took Jagger Moves’ record to 14 wins, 6 seconds and 2 thirds from 33 starts for $87,995 in prizemoney, after making a winning debut over 278m at Launceston on 17th May last year, before leaving the Apple Isle with a further two wins on that track, four at Hobert and two at Devonport, three seconds and one third from 13 starts.
Since arriving in Robert’s kennels, prior to his Bundaberg Cup coup, he had taken out a further four events, all at Albion Park.
Bundaberg Greyhound Racing Club president Stephen Bland was delighted to stage such a prestigious event which again showcased the Region on the international stage.
Lucky Lance’s Glasshouse Mountains part-owner/trainer Robert Ayres had taken out one of the earlier events on the program with white-hot favourite I’m Explosive which made a one-act affair in her Special Event Heat, winning by 8.25 lengths, earning the $6,370 stakes.
Meanwhile, Kiss and Cut completed a hat-trick of wins at successive Bundaberg meetings for her Buccan owner/trainer Jeff Crawford in the Mixed 3rd/4th Grade.
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