Super Six shortlisted for Sandown GOTY

An unprecedented six greyhounds have been shortlisted for Sandown’s Greyhound of the Year.

Sixteen individual greyhounds trained by 12 different trainers won the 22 black type conducted in 2019 in one of the most even – and brilliant – years of racing seen at the venue.

The six finalists have won 11 of those black type races and 25 races in all, combining for more than $1.25m won at Sandown Park alone.

The Sandown Greyhound of the Year is voted on by the club’s directorate, CEO, Racing Manager and Racing Coordinator and will be announced at the Australia Day meeting on Friday 24 January.

Listed in alphabetical order below are the six contenders and their records at Sandown Park in 2019.

Hooked On Scotch

7 starts 4-1-1
WON group 3 Speed Star
WON group 3 Shootout
3rd group 1 TAB Melbourne Cup
Best time: 28.939 TRACK RECORD

Hooked On Scotch breaks the Sandown Park track record

Neo Cleo

14 starts, 7-3-0
WON group 1 Sapphire Crown
WON group 3 Easter Gift
WON group 3 Race callers Speed Star
2nd group 2 McKenna Memorial
6th group 3 Speed Star 595
6th listed Maidment Memorial
Best time (515m): 29.28
Best time (595m): 33.89

Neo Cleo wins the group 1 Sapphire Crown

Orson Allen

5 starts, 4-0-0
WON group 1 Harrison-Dawson
WON listed Australia Sprint
6th group 3 Easter Gift
Best time: 29.14

Orson Allen wins the group 1 Harrison-Dawson


12 starts 3-4-1
WON group 1 RSN Sandown Cup
2nd group 3 Speed Star Stayers
4th group 3 Lizrene Speed Star
6th group 1 Bold Trease
Best time (595m): 34.40
Best time (715m): 41.90

Rajasthan wins the group 1 RSN Sandown Cup

Tornado Tears

5 starts 4-0-0
WON group 1 Bold Trease
WON group 3 Speed Star Stayers
7th group 1 RSN Sandown Cup
Best time: 41.37

Tornado Tears wins the group 1 Bold Trease

Whiskey Riot

6 starts, 3-3-0
WON group 1 TAB Melbourne Cup
2nd group 3 Shootout

Best time: 29.26

Whiskey Riot wins the world’s greatest greyhound race


Sandown Greyhound of the Year honour roll

Year Greyhound
2002 Boomeroo
2003 Arvo’s Junior
2004 Whisky Assassin
2005 Closing Argument
2006 Betty’s Angel
2007 Shanlyn Prince
2008 Fallen Zorro
2009 Amity Bale
2010 El Grand Senor
2011 Bobby Boucheau
2012 Irma Bale
2013 Xylia Allen
2014 Sweet It Is
2015 Fernando Bale
2016 Dundee Osprey
2017 Aston Dee Bee
2018 My Redeemer and Tornado Tears


Mick Floyd
About Mick Floyd - Mick is the Racing and Media Manager at Sandown Park and has 15 years of experience in the sport. He has a finely tuned talent for finding three legs of a quaddie. You can follow his ramblings on Twitter - @mickfloyd
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