FEW predicted Trevor Salmoni to break a 30-year drought and win his first Taylor Family and Clarence Valley Sheds Maiden Series Final.
Few, that is, except the man from Casino himself.
At $28.90, Ricochet Rose was largely ignored despite a favourable box two draw.
Spring Missile was $2.70 favourite to lead the assault on the bunny but ran last from box six while the fast-qualifying Raymond Steele, Menangle duo Lady Ronray ($5.70, box 5) and Ronray Spirit ($6.10, box 7), and Barry Morris-trained Fast Noodle ($6, box 4) attracted the attention.
But it was Ricochet Rose who left them all in his wake while second emergency Jazzy Lou ($15.40, box 8, Stephen Jones) made the most of its opportunity after missing the final as the slowest of 10 heat winners and ran second. Lady Ronray was third.
Ricochet Rose won by almost five lengths and improved its heat time by a third of a second to cover the 407m in 22.91 seconds.
"It's a prestigious race and I've been trying to win it for 30 years," Salmoni said.
"I've probably been in a couple of finals, but that's about it."
Salmoni said the pup by El Grand Senor out-of Roseberry Rose is of a classy litter, with three siblings represented in a 1-3 wins final at Casino last night.
"I thought he was a genuine chance," Salmoni said.
"A lot of dogs, they have a good night, have a bad night. But what happens in the final is what counts.
"The whole litter is great. They just want to be racing dogs."