Melbourne Cup Winner Black Magic Opal wins at Warragul in 29.48, just outside track record.
Jason Thompson rates Black Magic Opal as the best one-turn dog he has ever trained. And that is some praise considering Thompson has put the polish on some of Australia’s best half circle dogs.
“I know that is a big statement considering I have trained dogs the calibre of El Gallo, Whisky Assassin and Light of Fire but Black Magic Opal is just superior to all of them,” Thompson said.
So it came as no surprise to Thompson when Black Magic Opal (pictured) broke the 460m track record winning a heat of the SITA Geelong Cup on Monday night, recording a time of 25.25, well under the previous record of 25.39 set by Famor Las Vegas.
“No it didn’t surprise me,” Thompson said.
“He is a brilliant dog and the time just backed up how he has been going.
“Since he’s come back from a spell he has been absolutely flying. He cracked a bone in his leg at The Meadows back in July and had a good spell, and now the bone has mended and he has come back in fantastic condition.”
And Thompson warned that Black Magic Opal is still not jumping cleanly but when he does watch out!
“He hasn’t began yet. He’s only had three races in three months so touch wood he will start jumping out a lot quicker,” he said
“He has acceleration like no other dog I have ever trained and only needs a bit of room early to find the lead in his races.”
Black Magic Opal will start from box four in Friday night’s Geelong Cup but Thompson is not concerned with the draw.
“There’s no genuine speed drawn around him,” he said.
“All he needs is 10m of clear running to wind up and he’ll lead. The only speed dog in the race is Paw Licking in box eight, and although he likes to be drawn out there Black Magic Opal’s acceleration is so unbelievable I doubt if he will be able to head him off.
“And when he’s out in front free-wheeling and running record times it’s almost impossible to run him down.”
Following the Geelong Cup Black Magic Opal will be set for the Group 1 Melbourne Cup series at Sandown Park commencing on November 14.
“Then if he gets through the Melbourne Cup all right we’ll head to Tasmania for the Group 1 Hobart Thousand heats on December 12.”
A win in the Geelong Cup for Paw Licking will earn connections a $50,000 bonus for becoming the first greyhound to win three country cups in a calendar year.
Paw Licking has already won the Traralgon and Shepparton cups.