Jason Thompson has revealed this morning on RSN that his star greyhound Black Opium has been retired after coming in season.
Black Opium, who was joined at the hip by Jason’s wife Seona, was a winner of 29 races from 61 career starts and amassed more then $580,000 in prize money.
The daughter of Black Magic Opal and Captivating is destined for great things in the breeding barn, but a decision will be made on the sire of her first litter in the near future by owner and breeders the See The Dream Syndicate – Serg and Bill Buccilli.
“I had a rule that we would never had a dog in the house but it turns out that Black Opium now spends more time in the house than outside,” Jason Thompson told Michael Felgate and Gareth Hall on RSN’s TAB Melbourne Cup special live from Sandown Park.
Black Opium had huge wraps on her from the day she stepped foot on the track, finishing second in the Group 1 2018 TAB Melbourne Cup in her eighth career start.
She then went onto finish second in the 2019 Group 1 Australian Cup nine starts later.
Black Opium broke her Group race hoodoo this year taking out the Group 1 Sapphire Crown at Sandown Park and then went on to take out the Group 1 Brisbane Cup.
Take a listen to what Jason Thompson had to say about his Melbourne Cup heat chances with the crew from RSN.