HE drew the rails and ran 23.42 to win his heat as the raging hot favourite.
That's Big Bunga (Hallucinate-Special Sauce by Tambray Gravy) who goes into Monday's Group 2 Tweed Galaxy final with a hot chance after drawing the rails. It won't be easy, but he's from a tough kennel to beat.
What interests me is that Big Bunga (just how did he get that name?) has an interesting pedigree.
He's yet another Group class dog to come from the damline that Osti Lee brought to fame.
But Big Bunga's branch of the Osti Lee damline went a bit haywire for a few generations.
His fourth dam Paris Match (Brother Fox-Osti's Shadow) was a track record breaker and a sister to champion stayer Pilgrim's Star.
Paris Match has been a huge influence on pedigrees to date. Her son Bobniak was a multiple Group winner and a fine sire. His position as the damsire of Hallucinate, Where's Pedro, Pure Octane and Meticulous etc is set to keep his name in pedigrees for generations.
Paris Match also produced the high quality galloper and influential broodbitch Lucky Penna who for Sarah Pringle produced Texan Beauty, Estella, Art Mann etc, as well as Cockatoo Cabin dam of Group 1 winner Rocka Cockatoo.
But among Paris Match's unheralded offspring has been Undermatched.
Undermatched is one of the flagbearers for those who believe underperforming race bitches can become quality broodbitches.
She had several litters that did little on the racetrack until she went to Spiral Nikita and produced Group performers Dusty Retreat and Magic Capers. The entire litter promised much, got all the rave reviews, but in the end didn't really produce the goods.
It will be interesting to see if the “outcrossed” bitches from this litter perform.
Among Undermatched's lesser litters was one by champion sire Token Prince.
It's almost the same cross as that which produced Pure Octane (Token Prince-Elusive Rebel by Bobniak) … but not quite.
There is no doubting the impact of this mating “skipped a generation”.
One of its litter was a bitch called Macbai Maree, unraced.
Mick Fullerton who had the bitch, bred her to Tambray Gravy, a son of Go Wild Teddy who was a track record at Richmond over 330m. The mating brought in a 4x3 duplication of Malawi's Prince and conveniently put Brother Fox top and bottom of the pedigree 5x4.
Tambray Gravy obviously brought in pace … the duplication of Malawi's Prince through a daughter and son helped greatly.
From the litter came a bitch called Special Sauce who won twice at Wentworth Park in her 14 wins and 14 placings in 51 starts. Those two wins on a city track certainly upgraded her.
When Special Sauce went to stud, she had that duplication of Malawi's Prince sitting in the middle of her pedigree. She also had Brother Fox top and bottom of the pedigree.
So what was going to suit her as a sire?
She had to be mated to a stud dog that carried common ancestors that came around those duplications of Malawi's Prince and in between the Brother Fox crosses.
Special Sauce went to Hallucinate and duplicated the famous broodbitch Paris Match who just happened to appear along the most important line in Hallucinate's pedigree.
Add to that the fact Hallucinate's grandsire Gun Law Osti also came from the Osti Lee damline.
Paris Match came through a SON in Hallucinate, and a DAUGHTER in Special Sauce. It was a great way to breed her.
The result is Big Bunga.
It might just be the pedigree of a Group 2 Tweed Galaxy winner.
We'll all know tomorrow afternoon (Monday).