TRAINER Anthony Bullock celebrated his biggest success just two months from returning from disqualification when Queensland-owned Are Ate caused a blow-out win in yesterdays $34,300 Devonport Cup.
Are Ate was the outsider of Bullock's three Devonport Cup runners and his all-the-way win created the biggest upset in the race for years.
Are Ate ($23.20) avoided early trouble at the start and went to the line with a length to spare over reserve An That ($30.70) with Jeff The Tipster ($17.70) a neck away third.
With most of the fancied runners being involved in an early scrimmage and missing a place the first four dividend paid a mammoth $21.650.40.
Bullock, who for many years was Tasmania's premier trainer, found himself on the end of a six-month disqualification last year which was later reduced by two months on appeal.
Since returning to racing he has prepared winner after winner from his Exeter kennels and Are Ate joined him from Queensland to aim for the Devonport Cup and then next month's Launceston Cup.
He will then return to Queensland for the Ipswich Classic Series.
Bullock said he was thrilled with yesterday's result.
``I've just won a group 3 Devonport Cup and while he wasn't the favourite he deserved his place in the field, he said.
The Angus Evans Memorial Devonport Cup consolation fell to first reserve Black Rip for Brighton trainer Shane Whitney.
At the Devonport Cup official luncheon a special presentation was made to former North-West Greyhound Racing Club chairman, Gary Sutton who resigned last year because of ill health.
New president Leigh Alexander said Sutton had provided 49 years of service to the club after starting as a stand-in racecaller. ``He has been a great chairman and worker for the club,'' he said.