Robo Raptor Wins Lismore Cup Final

Tony and Fleur Brett’s Robo Raptor has won Thursday night’s Group 2 Lismore Workers Club Cup Final (520m) in an impressive late burst to victory claiming the $30 000 to-the-winner prize.

It was a sensational last-to-first win for Robo Raptor (Collision x Macbeth’s Image), who was at the back of the pack at the first turn before rattling up the track to win in 30.30 seconds.

Side Cutter finished three-quarters of a length in second while Banzai Pipeline, Robo Raptor’s kennelmate and the second fastest qualifier in the heats, came in third.

The win follows Robo Raptor’s strong third place finish in the Group 2 Ipswich Gold Cup a fortnight earlier.

The victory was a sentimental one for the husband and wife team who own and train Robo Raptor, as his dam, Macbeth’s Image, won them their first feature race with the Group 2 WA Oaks in Perth. The Bretts missed the race, however, as they were in Melbourne running their champion bitch Queen Lauryn in the Group 1 Macro Meats Crown Classic at Sandown, where she finished fourth to winner Cindeen Shelby.

One of the most fancied runners for the race, Nev Robson’s Azure Allegro, failed to jump well from the outside box and could only manage to finish fifth despite being the fastest qualified in the heats. Club Sportz, another highly backed dog ran a lacklustre race coming in a very disappointing last. Prior to the race many punters and dog enthusiasts were saying it would be a head-to-head battle between Azure Allegro and Club Sportz, but Robo Raptor stole the show.

Group 2 Lismore Workers Club Cup Final (520m) Results:

Placing                  Greyhound                         Weight                 Time                      Margins

1                              ROBO RAPTOR                  32.1                        30.30

2                              SIDE CUTTER                      29.7                        30.36                     ¾

3                              BANZAI PIPELINE             35.1                        30.76                     5 ¾

4                              BLACK ATTACK                  31.0                        30.72                     neck

5                              AZURE ALLEGRO               24.3                        31.00                     3

6                              KULU BUNYIP                    31.5                        31.06                     ¾

7                              EMO APPEAL                     33.5                        31.18                     1 ¾

8                              CLUB SPORTZ                     35.3                        31.32                     2