SURPRISE WIN: Brumby Bomber, trained by Brian Shipp at Westbury, won the City of Devonport Cup yesterday at big odds. Picture: Kelly Slater.BRIAN Shipp picked the wrong time to buck with tradition.
The Westbury trainer usually has $20 each-way on his dogs when they run, but such was the quality of yesterday’s City of Devonport Cup field, he could only part with $5 each-way on Brumby Bomber.
So when the dog saluted at the exotic odds of $45.70, Shipp was as surprised as anyone.
“It was very unexpected,” Shipp admitted.
“There were some really classy dogs in the race, but he got out well and held on.”
Starting from barrier six, Brumby Bomber held off challenges from local hope Wynburn Diamond and Devonport Cup winner Rewind, who filled the minor placings.
Black Nitro was scratched from the feature race.
Shipp had no problem identifying where the win sits in Brumby Bomber’s career.
“It’s his best win so far,” he said.
“It was his best time at Devonport by a few lengths.
“He had 10 wins coming into the race, but nothing really big.
`He’s a grade one dog now, so he’s going to strike good dogs every time he races.
“He will win a few, but he will need a bit of luck like we had today.”
Brumby Bomber’s sister, Jillaroo Bell, won a trial yesterday and will be a likely starter next week in Devonport.
Shipp said it had been a good day for his two-dog kennel.
“I only do it as a hobby.
“I was diagnosed with cancer a couple of years ago, so if it wasn’t for taking the dogs for a walk I would just be in bed most mornings,” Shipp said.
“It’s good to get a result from time to time.”
This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.