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Heats released for trio of Group 1 features


This Thursday will be a stunning night of greyhound racing with heats of the group 1 RSN Sandown Cup, Harrison-Dawson and Sapphire Crown.

Highlighting the RSN Sandown Cup heats is the clash between exciting litter brothers Rippin’ Sam and Tornado Tears. The pair come into the series after taking out the Lizrene and Racecallers Speed Star events  last Thursday night.

They are the top two fancied to win the world’s richest race for stayers according to tab.com.au, with Tornando Tears at $2.20 and Rippin’ Sam $3 to win the $250,000 final.

As expected, the Harrison-Dawson heats are exceptional. Fastest greyhound of last Thursday’s Speed Star, Not Available, has drawn box 1 in the opening heat. He meets Poke The Bear, Lightning Frank and in-form South Australian Cairnlea Jet.

My Redeemer will jump side-by-side with TAB Melbourne Cup hero Aston Dee Bee in the second heat. Last year’s Harrison-Dawson winner Black Mumbo returns to defend his title in heat 3, however he meets a strong field led by Australian Cup winner Hecton Bale. The final heat marks the return to Sandown Park for Raw Ability.

Bill Collins Speed Star winner Dyna Patty highlights the opening heat of the Sapphire Crown, while three time group 1 winner Up Hill Jill lines up in heat 2. This year’s fastest greyhound at Sandown Park, Elevated, has drawn box 1 in the penultimate Sapphire Crown heat, and star sprinter Zoom Out heads the closer.

The Harrison-Dawson series is exclusive for male greyhounds only, while the Sapphire Crown is a female greyhound only event.

The winner and runner up from each heat will progress to their respective finals on Thursday 24 May. Box draws for all three group 1 finals will be broadcast live via RSN at 10am on Saturday 19 May.

There is a $20,000 projected TAB First Four pool on all 12 races this Thursday night. Click here for Thursday’s fields

Fanta Bale wins last year's RSN927 Sandown Cup
Jason Adams
About Jason Adams - Racing & Communications Officer at Sandown Park. Over 4 years involvement in greyhound racing and one of the sport's biggest and most passionate fans.
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