The RSN Sandown Cup has been thrown wide open following the box draw for the $250,000 final.
Fastest qualifier Tornado Tears has opened at $1.70 for the world’s richest race for stayers despite his trainer Robert Britton hoping for an inside draw.
“I’d like to reverse it,” Britton told RSN – Racing and Sport following the draw.
“I would have liked Benali out wide and Tornado Tears on the fence. With Rippin’ Sam it didn’t really matter but anyway you take what you get.
“Benali looks the leader, for Tornado Tears to get across is going to be difficult, but as long as it’s a cleanly run race and he find a spot that’s the main thing.”
Those three greyhounds have opened the three favourites for the final. Tornado Tears’ litter mate Rippin’ Sam, a winner of 10 of 14 starts over the distance, is the second elect at $3.20, while Barcali ($5.50) was the big mover after drawing box 1. Quick Jagger, the fourth of Britton’s quartet of finalists, is rated a $21 chance after drawing box 3.
In the Sapphire Crown, Dyna Patty consolidated her favouritism to land the $100,000 first prize after coming up with box 3. The $2.60 favourite jumped from box 2 when recording the fastest heat win (29.34) and again looks well placed in Thursday night’s group 1 final. Elevated and Miss Splendamiro (both $3.80) share the second line of betting after running first and second in the their heat, while Wynburn Cutie ($5) is the only other runner in single figures after drawing box 1.
Exciting youngster My Redeemer was the big winner in the Harrison-Dawson box draw after coming up with the red vest in the male greyhounds only feature. A half-brother to three-time group 1 winner Up Hill Jill, My Redeemer has opened a $2.70 chance to win the biggest race of his career. However the bookmakers believe it to be an open race, with Hasten Slowly ($5.50 from box 2), Not Available ($3.20 from box 3) and group 1 Australian Cup winner Hecton Bale ($4.50 from box 6) all given a chance in what is expected to be a spirited betting affair.
The final for all three group 1 finals will be run this Thursday night.
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