Tornado Tears set the greyhound racing world alight last night with an unbelievable performance on his staying debut.
He sprung out of box 1 and then set some white hot sectionals, before completing the 715m trip in a phenomenal time of 41.20 – just half a length outside of Miata’s long standing track record of 41.17.
“Mind-boggling, absolutely mind-boggling,” said Rob Britton Greyhound Training representative Peter Riley.
His time is the fastest ran over the distance since Space Star went 41.26 in a heat of the 2015 RSN927 Sandown Cup.
“I thought he would run out an okay ‘700’, but how can you expect that, 41.20. I’ve never seen a run like that from a greyhound on debut over the distance.
“It’s a track record that was set by an absolute superstar in Miata and I thought it was one of those ones that’s untouchable, just like Brett Lee’s 28.88 at Angle Park.”
Although it was Tornado Tears’ first go at the staying trip, that didn’t shy punters away as he started the $1.60 favourite with strong support coming late with tab.com.au.
“In his ‘500’ runs he’s always been a bit tardy away but finished off well, like the rest of his litter. Greyhounds running for the first time over ‘700’ don’t run times like that.”
Tornado Tears looks destined to follow the footsteps of his litter brothers by competing at the sport’s highest level. Fernando Express and Rippin’ Sam were placegetters in last weekend’s G1 Golden Easter Egg and G1 Association Cup at Wentworth Park respectively.
“It’s an awesome litter. Fernando Express in the Egg final, Sam was up there as well, now this bloke has come out and done this.”
Tornado Tears is now a chance to head to Perth’s Sky Racing Galaxy heats next Saturday night.
“He may have earnt a trip to Perth, Rob said ‘he’d have to run something exceptional’, which he has, but we’ll just have to see how he pulls up.”
The time of Tornado Tears unsurprisingly now has him at the top of the 715m Speed Star standings, six lengths ahead of Rippin’ Sam’s 41.56.
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Tornando Tears’ was $26 into $2.50 for next month’s RSN927 Sandown Cup following his win.
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Can’t wait to see Tornado in the Sandown Cup, he was $31 before tonight!! Wow!!— The Dish King (@thedishking1) April 5, 2018