Trainer Evelyn Harris was reduced to tears on Saturday night when her talented veteran sprinter, Cosmic Bonus took out the $100,000 first prize in the Ladbrokes Master Meteor on Million Dollar Chase night at Wentworth Park.
Way back on March 18, 2017, Cosmic Bonus set his best time at the Glebe circuit of 29.65s. He chose last night, more than 18 months later, and at the age of three years and 10 months, to better it.
Leading from box rise, Cosmic Bonus refused to be run down and had a length and half to spare on the line, stopping the clock at 29.63s.
“It’s just a really good feeling,” Evelyn said after the win. “He’s such a beautiful dog and he deserves every bit of this.
“Honestly he’s the best dog in the world to train. I’m just so proud of him.
“He’s a good boy he is. Such an easy dog to train. And he’s still got plenty left in him. We have got dogs at home over five years old still racing.”
The Masters series is a way of catering for older dogs so they can continue their careers a lot longer. This series was for Masters greyhounds over the age of 45 months with a minimum of 40 starts.
Second in the race went to Springcreek Bill, with Blabba Mouth a half length away third.
The win took Cosmic Bonus’s record to 36 wins and 18 placings from 76 starts.
While the sprinters took centre stage last night the final of the Group 3 Sydney Cup was also held, and leading NSW stayer Poco Dorada led throughout for a brilliant win 41.68s.
As like the case has been so often it was Poco Dorado’s litter sister Veloce Nero who stalked her throughout, and on the home turn it looked for a moment that she would get past her kennelmate.
But Veloce Nero couldn’t work her way around Poco Dorado, and failed by 1 ¾ lengths, with Taken King a further 3 ¾ lengths away in third.