KNOWN as the petrol dog, Boombalata showed how far determination could go when he won the Sportingbet Mdn race at Dawson Park on Wednesday.
Finishing with a time of 18.43 seconds, Boombalata's first win gave him not only his best time so far and but also the first place prize of $415.
Owned and trained by Glen and Amanda Ginn, the two-year-old's luck finally went his way after a few close calls.
"He's the only dog in his litter who hasn't had a bit of luck but he got there today and that's all he needed," Mrs Ginn said.
"He went in a good time too, a very good time actually."
Hailing from Cudal, Boombalata has in the past finished second and third in all of his starts. His owners call him the "petrol dog" because his second or third place wins paid for their petrol wherever they went in NSW.
"Seven (Hesa Beauty) crossed over and crashed out some of the field, so he (Boombalata) went his own way and had a clear run," Ginn said.
"He can run those times if he gets his own way.
"He's not a very good jumper and he gets into all sorts of strife all the time. But when he gets clear that's how he runs his places. In the straight he usually picks up second or third but today was different."
Ginn said she wasn't sure if Boombalata could keep up his success but would see how he'd go next week.
"When he gets his own way, he can run but he likes to get tangled up in other dogs. He usually loses his way and is unlucky. He loves it here (Dawson Park) but a placing is a placing and I'm very proud of him," she said.