It was another birthday gift for a winning Workers Club Goulburn Cup trainer this year, Jason Magri who won his second cup in six years with Clock’s Ticking.
The promising dog who has now won 14 races from 27 starts was first to break a straight line out and controlled the race from in front giving his rivals little chance.
Magri also celebrated his birthday last week as did Anthony Azzopardi in his win with Let It Develop last year.
Clock’s Ticking recorded 24.74 and after making the Group 1 Vic Peters Memorial final at Wentworth Park last month indicated a feature win was not far away.
Clock’s Ticking defeated a class field including to Group winners and Magri showed again his judgement by having the right dog ready for the race.
Takedown for Mark Gatt did well to cross early from the eight and had his chance from the second section but had to race in the winners shadows from that point.
Knight Sprite chased just behind them all the way taking third while favourite, last year’s winner Let It Develop was hampered early and never really put himself into a competitive position finishing down the track.
The race sponsored for the third year by the Goulburn Workers Club who indicated there continued association with the club and the industry locally into the future.
The big announcement at the presentation was that next year’s cup will be worth a record $25,000 to the winner as the club progresses its signature race into a Group 3.
The supporting feature to the cup was the first running of the Palmerbet Fireball for the speedsters over 350m and track specialist, Spider’s Brother led all the way in brilliant style
This is the dog’s seventh win in eight runs at the track for trainer Neil Staines and defeated a quality field.