At start 98, veteran sprinter Let It Develop broke through for a maiden Group 1 by claiming what could be the last ever Dapto Megastar (520m) on Thursday night.
The Jodie and Andy Lord trained chaser arrived in his final strides to edge out Pantera Nera by a head and win the richest greyhound race on the South Coast.
Co-trainer Andy Lord was ecstatic.
“You can’t describe how you feel winning a Group 1 or any group race especially with a dog like him,” he said.
“He is a testament to greyhound racing.
“He has had 98 starts and will have a home for life just like all of them.
“He is a great dog. A great chaser.
“He is not the fastest dog in the world but geez he is a good dog.”
Let It Develop had tasted black type success before by winning the Group 3 Canberra Cup and Goulburn Cup.
A $8.50 TAB hope, he was slow to begin from box eight in the feature but stayed out of trouble on the first turn.
Pantera Nera ($3.90) pinged out from box seven and fought out the early lead with Magic Spring ($31).
By the back straight Let It Develop was alongside the eventual runner-up with Maya Herrera ($35) tucked in just behind the pair.
The leading pair were locked in a duel at the top of the straight and it was Let It Develop who got up on the line to snatch the $75,000-to-the-winner prize.
Race favourite Ritza Lenny ($1.95) missed the kick but rattled home to finish ¾ length back in third.
“Coming from that box and the way it was set up, there is a lot of speed it in,” Lord said.
“He was the speed too but they all wanted to go to the fence and he knows where he is in the eight.
“Six, seven or eight and you can put the money on.”