EXCITEMENT machine Paua Of Buddy finished within a whisker of setting his second track record as he streaked away with the 2021 Bendigo Cup (425m) at Lord's Raceway on Saturday night, leaving behind him one of the best country cup fields to be assembled.
Backed into favoritism late, the lightly-raced sprinter began well from the inside and used the draw to show his tremendous speed to find the front before the first turn and then unleashed the Cup winning pace that saw him post 23.290, juts 0.009 outside the track record set by Typhoon Sammy last week to add $50,000 to his bank balance.
Trained by Group 1 winner Steven White - who also put the polish on champion sprinter Paua To Burn - Paua Of Buddy has been well managed in his career, with the Bendigo Cup win his eighth in just 11 career starts.
"It's a great thrill," White said post-race.
"We've won a lot of big races, Group 1s, but this is the first country cup we've won and we were hoping that we could win it with him - he's a very very special dog."
Lots Of Chatter, one of the roughies of the field, was a gallant runner-up, while track record holder Typhoon Sammy lost no admirers in finishing third after missing the start and finding trouble in the early and middle stages of the race.
How they finished in the Bendigo Cup:
1. Paua Of Buddy
2. Lots Of Chatter
3. Typhoon Sammy
4. Aston Shine
5. Ferdinand Boy
6. Dr. Tucker
7. Shima Classic
8. Perfect Colour
Meanwhile, it was a big night at Lord's Raceway with a host of feature race finals to support the Cup.
The Battlers Cup and Battlers Cup consolation were both claimed by locals, with Heathcote trainer Jordan Formosa preparing the well-supported Lembor to claim the $5000 first prize in the Battlers Cup and Tennyson trainer Samuel Webb providing the quinella in the consolation with Innocent Gem defeating Aston Paquin.
Locals also claimed the Mannings Greyhound Complex final with star sprinter Bareki notching up win 16 at start 23 for Dallas Massina.
The Hip Pocket Bendigo Spring Cup final was taken out in emphatic fashion by promising stayer Overflow Lisa in a near record 37.449 over the 660m trip to claim the $10,000 winners cheque
Promising sprinter Mobile Legend carved out sizzling sections en route to a flying 27.883 victory in the Vic Bred Maiden final.
Bendigo Cup night concluded the inaugural Spring carnival for the club that consisted of five meetings and $300,000 in prizemoney.
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