Group 1 Golden Easter Egg runner-up Brad Hill Billy smashed the Dubbo 516 metre track record in a heat of the Cosmic Rumble Dubbo Cup on Monday night.
The richly talented former Tasmanian, a notorious slow beginner, was aided by the scratchings of the two sprinters drawn on his immediate inside.
Brad Hill Billy ($1.60) jumped as quickly as he ever has and after trailing Part Of Me from the start he raced to a clear lead into the back.
The powerhouse sprinter peeled off a sensational run home of 13.84 to demolish the track record.
Brad Hill Billy beat promising youngster All A Blaze ($4.40) by 5 ¾ lengths with Part Of Me ($36.50) third.
The time of 29.30 was an incredible .29 quicker than Tricky Jade’s track record.
The black dog gave notice that a record breaking performance was on the cards after he clocked 29.41 in a hit out on the track in the lead up to the series.
Brad Hill Billy has won 23 of his 58 starts with 25 placings and $224,000 in prizemoney.
He is New South Wales best sprinter having clocked 29.37 at Wentworth Park and now the Dubbo record.
He came from last early when beaten a neck by Moreira in last month’s Golden Easter Egg Final after finishing runner-up to Knight Sprite in the Group 2 Richmond Derby.
Mid north coast sprinter One Hill also broke the previous track record when he posted 29.49 in a heat.
A slow beginner, One Hill ($4.00) was last away but he worked his way into third place through the catching pen.
He railed up to lead in the back and with a very strong run home of 14.06 he was in no danger.
One Hill won by two lengths from track specialist Suzie Cargo ($5.20) with Fancy Nangar ($17.80) seven lengths away.
One Hill put the writing on the wall a week earlier when he sped over the course in 29.64 first look at the track.
Cowra sprinter Second Line came from back in the field to win a heat in 30.08.
Second Line ($5.10) relegated Awesome Danny ($3.60) and Jackie’s Mate ($9.50) into the minor placegetters.
Roughie Total Platinum ($21.90) was the slowest heat winner when he held off the challenge of Tullabung Honey ($2.70) to win by a length, Davey ($7.20) was third in 30.13.
Charlie Lamb who left the Dubbo region more than 30 years and moved to the Hunter trains One Hill which is owned by his wife Lisa.
The Lambs these days live at Swan Bay where they have a magnificent greyhound farm.
Charlie stayed at home to look after the greyhounds on the property while Lisa made the five hour trip to Dubbo with One Hill.
I caught up with Charlie on Tuesday.
“To win the Dubbo Cup would be special to me,” Charlie said.
“I went to high school in Dubbo and my two sisters and brother live there. I have never had a starter at this Carnival but I have always wanted to.
“We have twenty greyhounds in training and one of us to stay home so I told Lisa to go to Dubbo. We decided not to trial One Hill at Dubbo but instead put him in a race the week before the heats and he flew.
“I was surprised that he ran 29.64 first look albeit he does have a big motor. He is hit and miss at the boxes but One Hill rarely draws a decent box. He was slow away last night but he is a smart dog in a field and he was in a winning position through the pen.
“To break the old record and not run the fastest time is unusual but Brad Hill Billy is a hot dog. We will need luck on Sunday and the box draw hasn’t been done yet so I can’t comment on that.
“I will be taking One Hill to Dubbo for the final. This dog’s dam One Tree Hill put us on the map winning the Group 1 Paws Of Thunder and Group 2 Black Top when trained by Robert Britton.
“I would like to thank Neil Gray and Gordon Lattimore for their assistance at Swan Bay.
“You can’t run a business like ours without good help. Lisa is a Trojan working at her sister and brother-in-law’s hotel as well as all the work she does with the greyhounds,” Charlie added.
The box draw for the $15,000 to the winner Cosmic Rumble Dubbo Cup was not available when this newspaper went to print.
The two standout finalists Brad Hill Billy and One Hill are normally slow beginners.
The pair has lengths on their opposition but in a race like this luck in running may decide the winner.
Two of the runners up in the heats went well on the clock and the pair Suzie Cargo and All A Blaze have genuine early pace.
Suzie Cargo clocked 29.64 and All A Blaze 29.71 in their respective heats.
The Cosmic Rumble Dubbo Gold Cup Final is the highlight of Finals night on Sunday.