Victoria’s best sprinters converge at Sandown Park this Thursday night for heats of the Victorian sector of the National Sprint Championship.
Although only two heats set for decision, they’re both of phenomenal quality with the 16 runners combining for a whopping $2,959,921 in prize money and half of them boasting group race success.
Reigning National champion Worm Burner heads a team of five from the Seona Thompson kennel, and is aiming to become the first ever greyhound to win the National Sprint series twice representing two different states.
Last year he flew the flag for South Australia, this year he enters as a Victorian with three wins on the trot, the latest being a brilliant 29.36 win last Thursday night in blustery conditions.
“He’s going really well. He went as good as he could have gone last week given the windy conditions,” said trainer Seona Thompson.
He faces some fierce competition, drawn against kennel mates Aston Dee Bee and Bewildering. Last start group 1 Maturity Classic winner Mepunga Blazer is also engaged in the heat, along with Raw Ability and Dundee Osprey.
The other heat not too dissimilar in quality, headlined by Black Mumbo, Aston Bolero and Striker Light.
The top four runners from each heat will advance to next Thursday night’s Victorian final. The winner will represent Victoria in the National Sprint Final at Albion Park on Friday August 25.
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: Worm Burner with Jason Thompson earlier this monthWorm Burner wins the 2016 National Sprint Championship