Simon Told Helen has been installed favourite for next Thursday’s group 1 Harrison-Dawson following a brilliant win in his heat last night.
In his first start at Sandown Park since claiming the Cup Night Sprint last November, the dual group 1 winner began fairly from box 7 before showing his trade mark mid-race pace to open a five length margin down the back, a gap he’d maintain over Short Pork to claim victory in 29.21.
The country’s top ranked greyhound, Simon Told Helen is likely to start favourite for the 20th time in his 22 start career as he aims for an incredible sixth group race win.
As impressive as Simon Told Helen was, it was Jax Bale who set the time standard the race prior running a slashing 29.136 – the third fastest time recorded at Sandown Park in 2020. Easter Gift winner Tiggerlong Tonk overcame early trouble to run second and qualify for the final, however both of their chances were dealt a blow drawing boxes 6 and 7.
The night’s opening heat was won by the unheralded Vivatar who will now line up in the third group race of his career. .
The final of the group 1 Harrison-Dawson carries a $50,000 winners cheque, and will be run in conjunction with the RSN Sandown Cup heats on Thursday 14 May.
Between Harrison-Dawson heats, Black Opium finally broke through at group level by winning the Sapphire Crown, her first group 1 win in seven attempts.