'Raw' Emotion After Cash View Wins Lismore Thriller

CASH View came from a seemingly impossible position in the back straight to score a neck victory in the Group 2 Lismore Gold Cup on Tuesday night.

David Brasch

27 October 2021

CASH View came from a seemingly impossible position in the back straight to score a neck victory in the Group 2 Lismore Gold Cup (520m) on Tuesday night.

And the win gave breeder, owner and trainer Robert Cooke his first win in the Lismore Cup and sire Raw Ability his first Group winner since retiring to stud.

Cash View (Raw Ability-Cashpot) began well and shared the lead to the first turn but was outpaced in the back straight by tearaway leader Louis Rumble and last year’s Cup winner Fire Legend.

Cash View dropped back to third several lengths from the leader.

But coming to the home turn he had loomed large and then stormed home to just grab Louis Rumble on the line in a fast 29.61 which was a personal best for the winner.

Louis Rumble started $2.20 favourite just ahead of Cash View at $3.20.

“Unbelievable,” said Robert’s wife Tammy. “We keep thinking we are dreaming. I don’t want to wake up.

“What an amazing dog. If he needs to run a PB to win, that’s what he does.

“In the back straight, I didn’t think there was any chance he could catch Louis Rumble.”

Cooke never gave up on his track star who has been just that since he first started racing with a 29.70 victory in the Dave Brett Memorial at Albion Park and along the way has been a finalist in the Group 2 Queensland Derby and a Young Guns, as well as running a Grafton track record.

“He just does whatever he needs to do,” said Cooke.

Cash View will now go into the Lismore heats of The Phoenix.

One of the first to congratulate Cooke was his great mate, premier Victorian trainer and Raw Ability’s studmaster, Anthony Azzopardi.

“He was over the moon with Raw Ability getting his first Group winner, but there is an added bonus,” said Cooke.

“When the litter was whelped there were three dog pups and Anthony kept ringing up to find out if we had given them a kennel name.

“We named one Anthony, another Azza and the third is Pardi. And Pardi is the Cup winner.”

Tammy said the victory would see Pardi in a “good mood” when kennels were opened in the morning.

“He is a shocker if he gets beaten,” said Tammy. “He sulks all day and won’t come out of his kennel. But if he wins, there he is at the gate to his kennel, tail wagging and full of himself.

“That will be the view in the morning.”