Happy Speed Star Day!
Tonight is the 9th edition of the match race series with 40 of the country’s fastest greyhounds racing head to head and against the clock.
For fans of the sport, the Speed Star is a spectacular exhibition of the canine athlete. And for those who enjoy a punt, it’s a sports betting style extravaganza, with over 50 different markets available from tab.com.au. Not only is betting available on each match as well as the overall winner, there’s a range of specials available including most winners from each box, time over/under, fastest first splits, special head to heads and a host of other markets to satisfy the greyhound aficionado and casual fan alike.
Entry to the track is free, and patrons will have the chance to win $500 in our ‘Last Man Standing’ tipping competition, and there’s $10,000 up for grabs if you can tip the card!
If you can’t get to the track, you can catch all of the action with the special showcase coverage Sky Racing 2 (Foxtel channel 527) – open and free to all Foxtel subscribers – with form experts Jason Lincoln and Jason Adams helping you to find a winner.
Let’s take a look back the previous eight 515m Speed Star events to see if that can help us find a winner:
- Smart Missile (series 1) is the only top seed to win the Speed Star. Hooked On Scotch is tonight’s top seed
- Smart Missile also holds the race record, running 29.006 (the fastest match ever run however was run by Dyna Patty when she ran 28.999 in a consolation event in series 8)
- Just 10 female chaser have contested the main event, and only four have won their match (Dyna Patty, Zara’s Entity, Outside Pass and Lamia Bale). Dyna Patty is the only female to win overall. Courting is the only female in series 9
- 18 of the 32 match winners had drawn the outside, including seven of the eight overall winners
- 22 of the 32 match winners led their match at the first split, including seven of the eight overall winners. Bewlidering (series 5) is the only overall winner to have come from behind
- The first split record for the series is 5.01 held by Allen Terminator. Interestingly, he also has the record for the slowest winning time of 29.730
- 22 of the matches were won by the faster qualifier of the two, including five of the overall winners
The fastest time run by a defeated greyhound was Orson Allen’s 29.222. He ran the third fastest time overall in series 7
- The average match winning time (excluding the rain affected series 6) is 29.313
- The first four series winners trialled their way into the final. The most recent four winners set their times in a race. Sennachie and Feral Franky are the only two greyhounds to have trialled their way into tonight’s series
Jason Adams and Dan Huddy take a look at the Speed Star
This will be the fifth Speed Star day to incorporate greyhounds over each distance.
- Race record: Tornado Tears 33.668
- Robert Britton has trained the last three 595m winners (Tornado Tears, Tornado Tears, Neo Cleo). He has Extreme Justice in tonight’s series
- 10 of the 16 matches were won by the greyhound drawn on the outside
- 13 of the 16 matches were won by the faster qualifier
- Just seven of the 16 matches were won by the greyhound leading at the first split
Jason Adams and Dan Huddy take a look at Speed Star 595
- Race record: Rippin’ Sam 41.251
- Robert Britton has won the series twice with Rippin’ Sam. He has Tornado Tears in tonight’s series
- Tornado Tears is aiming to become the first greyhound to win a series over multiple distances
- Tornado Tears owns 6 of the 13 fastest times ever run over 715m. His qualification trial of 41.345 was the fastest trial ever run over the trip
- 10 of the 16 matches were won by the faster qualifier
- Nine of the 16 matches were win by the greyhound drawn outside
- Half of the 16 matches were won by the greyhound who led at the first split
Jason Adams and Dan Huddy take a look at the Speed Star stayers
The first of tonight’s 20 matches will jump at 5.08pm.
Note: Any track records set in the series are official