Velocette Retires

Star runner Velocette has been officially retired to stud following an injury sustained in last month’s Melbourne Cup heats.

Named after an iconic English motorcycle brand, Velocette leaves behind a sensational racing career, highlights of which include five Group wins including victory in the Group 1 Australian Cup.

Connections decided to retire Velocette, the son of 2003 Australian & Victorian Greyhound of the Year Bombastic Shiraz, after the champion suffered a dropped back muscle in his Melbourne Cup heat run on November 19.

Winning 26 of his 54 career starts for earnings in excess of $379 000, Velocette was prepared for his first eight starts by Ron McCullagh, an owner breeder from Lara. McCullagh later sent the promising runner to prolific trainer Graeme Bate who helped to get the dog to his top form, becoming the ninth highest stakes winner of all-time.

It was a hard week for Bate as one of his other top runners, Turanza Bale, failed to finish in the coveted Melbourne Cup final after falling heavily on the first turn.