Preview: Old Stagers to do Battle Again

James Van de Maat previews greyhound racing at Sandown Park tonight, with Mepunga Armagh and Sisco Rage, who have combined for exactly 150 starts, tipped to run a quinella at Sandown for the second week running…
Back to Sandown Park we go this Thursday night for a 12 race program kicking off at 7.08pm.

Early in the night I’m keen on the chances of Elfen Bale who drops a long way in class after running in the Group 1 ‘Sapphire Crown’ and Group 3 ‘Bill Collins’ at her last two outings. Drawn well near the fence I’m expecting a strong railing performance, similar to her dashing 29.64 heat win of the ‘Sapphire Crown’ three runs ago (Replay). The task she meets Thursday night (Race 3) seems suitable as there isn’t a lot of early pace and she does look likely to be on speed early.

Ikaku Bale lines up drawn box two in the fourth race of the night. With the natural wide running Canino drawn his outside the run to the first corner should be clear for Ikaku Bale. After running home in stronger company last week (Replay), I feel the Andrea Dailly prepared chaser should lob toward the lead and with the advantage of a few 600m runs under his belt, should be winning.

The recent Group 1 Sapphire Crown winner Lamia Bale lines up in race six, from box six. ‘Miss Consistent’ as she’s known got the closest any has to Fernando Bale in the past few months going down by just 1.75L in the ‘Bill Collins’ last week and with that type of form will be extremely hard to beat on Thursday night.

Click Here to watch Lamia Bale’s Sapphire Crown win

Click Here to watch Lamia Bale’s placing behind Fernando Bale

The old boy Mepunga Armagh (pictured) bounced back to a near career best with a smart 29.37 all the way win last week. After running 5.02 early, the black and white son of Premier Fantasy went off the back in 18.73 which was right near the best of what he can run. A winner of three races from the outside draw and also portraying an imposing Sandown Park record of 9 wins from 25, the Jeff Britton prepared veteran looks the goods with no doubt the danger being Sisco Rage.

The last takes off at 10.58 so once again it’s good luck and happy punting!
Sandown Formguide: Click Here

Watch: Mepunga Armagh (5) defeats Sisco Rage (1) last week at Sandown with the pair to renew acquaintances tonight.

About James Van de Maat - RSN Race Caller RSN race caller with a love for greyhound racing. Owner, trainer and breeder with a driving passion to win a Group race. (The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of GRV)
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