The crème de la crème of Australian greyhound racing line up at Sandown Park tonight for the heats of the group 1 triple bill – the RSN Sandown Cup, Sapphire Crown and Harrison-Dawson. How good are tonight’s fields? The numbers speak for themselves!
1. The numbers are BIG!
The runners in tonight’s group 1 heats have combined to win 1112 races and almost $8m in prize money. The RSN Sandown Cup heats feature five individual group 1 winners – Bogie Bekim, Dundee Osprey, Fanta Bale, Burn One Down and Trip To Eden
2. Experience is everything
In the last 15 years, just five greyhounds have reached the RSN Sandown Cup final with less than 20 starts, and just one had fewer than 10 starts. Next Top Model qualified for the 2008 Sandown Cup at her 9th start (finishing fifth) before coming back and winning it the following year. Burn One Down was the least experienced chaser to contest the Sandown Cup heats, entering last year’s series after just 5 starts. Midnight Elsa will enter tonight’s heat with just four starts under her belt. Interestingly, all three greyhounds – Next Top Model, Burn One Down and Midnight Elsa – are all prepared by Jason and Seona Thompson
3. Same stage, different race
Rather than defend his Harrison-Dawson title – the first of his three group 1 wins – Dundee Osprey will line up in a heat of the RSN Sandown Cup. He’s the first Harrison-Dawson winner to contest the world’s richest race for stayers
4. Bruce Tycoon
It’s fair to say that Bruce Tycoon enjoys the inside box. From 20 career starts in the red vest (he’s had 97 starts overall), he boasts a 10-6-1 record
5. A national sport
Of the 88 runners engaged tonight, 39 were bred interstate. Unsurprisingly, 33 NSW were bred in NSW, while WA, Queensland and South Australia supplied two runners each. Two Tasmanian bred greyhounds, Tiny Dreamer and Rosie Oh Rosie were reserves.
There are projected $15,000 TAB First Four pools on each race.
Track side coverage
Mark Duclos will be trackside bringing you all the action live on Sky Racing.
The box draw for all three group 1 finals will be conducted live on air on RSN927 from 11am on Saturday morning.
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The good thing: Fanta Bale (race 5 number 1)
Each way all day: Mumma Josie (race 11 number 1)
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