Brett has given Queensland greyhound racing enormous exposure this year and although Black Opium is a Victorian, the trainer thinks the host state has a tonne of talent to lean on.
“It’s nice when you put a plan in place and a month later it pans out, as much as the Queenslanders want a local winner,” Brett said.
“I think she’s earnt temporary status after what she’s done in the cup the last two years.
“Queensland racing is still in great shape going forward, the runs of Special Cyndie and Federal Morgan were enormous, and it wasn’t Oh Mickey’s night but we all know what a special dog he is.”
If you want to win a Brisbane Cup you send your dogs to Tony Brett and that’s just what Jason and Seona Thompson have done, with Brett relishing the opportunity to race at the highest level with a couple of amazing animals.
“We just love being a part of the big races and are lucky enough to have the trust of Jason and Seona to send us their best two chances, but that relationship has been formed over several years,” he said.
“You take dogs like Black Opium and Hooked on Scotch everyday of the week, but it comes with its pressures as well as you don’t want them to come to your kennel and race ordinary, so I’m really pleased it’s worked out for all parties.
“We get as much enjoyment out of it having her for a month as we do with one of our own, I just enjoy good racing and would have been at the track watching the show even if I didn’t have a finalist, it’s good for the sport.”
There could only be one winner last night but Hooked On Scotch’s time in Queensland was still invaluable according to Brett and it might not be the last Brisbane sees of him.
“It wouldn’t surprise me to see Hooked On Scotch up here with his name is lights next year, he’s a funnier dog that didn’t quite get it right his first time at Albion Park and still ran 29.55 in his heat win,” Brett said.
“I think that was only his fifth start back from injury, if he stays sound and gets his confidence back, he’ll compete with any dog.”
Crawford double is only the beginning
The Crawford kennel has come with a massive resurgence in 2020.
Kiss And Spin winning the Flying Amy was a highlight but Classy Ethics and Eulogia took husband and wife team Jeff and Jane Crawford to another level and they’re not done yet.
“It’s been a enjoyable winter carnival for us, all the races that were scheduled we thought we had a dog or dogs that could compete and to knock off two Group races including THE Queensland Cup - I’m still pinching myself,” Jeff Crawford said.
“We hope Eulogia and Kiss And Spin get a start in the Emerging Origin Sprinters next week and Classy Ethics will head to the Breast Cancer Cup at Ipswich.
“We’ve got a couple of KC And All/Reshuffle litter mates that we’re setting for the Eric Thompson in a couple of weeks’ times, the stars have really aligned.”
When Crawford acquired Classy Ethics, he wanted a front running stayer and that’s just what he got, with the bitch overcoming odd-on pop Velocity Bettina early to claim the Group 1 Queensland Cup.
“She did exactly what I thought she could do, compete for the lead early cutting across from the six to go with Velocity Bettina,” Crawford said.
“I think we got about a half-length in front and with a bit of scrimmaging Velocity Bettina checked off heals giving us a fairly substantial break and she went right on with it and ran a personal best (41.77).
“The confidence Classy Ethics has in herself is there for all to see, the bold way she goes about her racing; I’ve always loved front running stayers and to have her perform on the biggest stage was fantastic.”