Britton’s 2011 Ballarat Cup bolter

While 77-year-old trainer Allan Britton has won many races, the $40,000 first prize Group 2 2011 Ballarat Cup isn’t one of them.

On Wednesday a belated chance comes his way via 2011 Ballarat Cup outsider Mungo Man.

The Greyhound Racing Victoria Hall of Fame inductee hasn’t trained a group winner since Bear Creek won the Geelong Cup in 2002.

“I only train two or three dogs at a time these days as I find it a bit tiring,” Britton said.

“To make the final of this race is something I really didn’t expect.”

Britton’s own ‘litter’ have followed the lead of their father. Robert, Jeff and Linda Britton are all top trainers in their own right and will be cheering loud for their father.

“I’ve had a lot of Ballarat Cup runners over the years but have never won the race before”, Britton said.

“However, I have won four Geelong Cups, two Warrnambool Cups, a Horsham Cup and a Warragul Cup, plus I’ve had four 2nds in the Melbourne Cup and a 2nd in the Australian Cup.”

The fastest of the 2011 Ballarat Cup heat winners was Cape Hawke in 25.17sec, three lengths quicker than any other heat winner.

Drawn box eight, the Jamie Ennis-trained greyhound is sure to the 2011 Ballarat Cup favourite.

“Cape Hawke is beautifully drawn and some of the others aren’t, so he’s near enough to a good thing,” Britton declared.

Mungo Man has box 5 in the final.

“He’s got enormous ability,” Britton said.

“He came from virtually equal last to win his heat and I had actually given up on his hopes.

“But he showed what he can do, and unfortunately he doesn’t show that sort of form often enough.”

Britton praised Mungo Man’s owners, Colin and Matthew Morris.

“I have trained a few dogs for his owners over the years and every dog they have given me has had plenty of ability,” Britton said.

“They do a great job rearing their pups and deserve a lot of the credit for Mungo Man.”

2011 Petstock Ballarat Cup – Run Wednesday December 7

  • 1. Breckenridge
  • 2. Bala Bale
  • 3. Up And Away
  • 4. Lektra Express
  • 5. Mungo Man
  • 6. Marmion
  • 7. Dyna Steal
  • 8. Cape Hawke
  • Reserves
  • 9. Autoamerican
  • 10. Wongawilli Wala

 

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