It took four weeks and thousands of entries but someone finally picked the four legs of the Sandown Pick4 competition.
Warrnambool’s Jackson Bell claimed the $500 cash first prize after correctly selecting Yindi Girl Turbo, Wallbanger, Mepunga Pegasus and Fire Legend to win the legs of the quaddie.
However a second entry also found the four winners on top, and even got within 0.01 seconds of Yindi Girl Turbo’s winning time 29.64. Unfortunately for 21 year old Liam Aspen, the competition was only open to Australian residents.
“Oh gutted! I was just starting to get the hang of the Aussie dogs!” he said from his him in Norfolk, England.
“I saw your post on Twitter and thought I’ll have a go.”
Aspen is a kennel hand for Towcester trainer Kevin Boon and began to take an interest in Australian racing once the sport was locked down in the United Kingdom due to COVID-19 restrictions and has since become a fan, citing Black Opium and Simon Told Helen among his favourite Australian chasers.
“Obviously David Mitchell and the Blue Tick Syndicate have a couple of dogs racing in Australia. They’ve gotten quite popular here so I started to watch it a bit.
“I like it. The eight dog racing is different and the inside lure is an interesting one. I’ve never experienced much racing with the inside lure (the lure is on the outside of the track in the UK) but I think we’d probably benefit with it, especially with six dog races. I think it’d be much cleaner racing.
“I’m hoping to get over to Australia at some point. It’s probably a few years away but I’d love to do it.”
Until then, we’ll continue to follow Liam’s tips. He’s seeing the form well, even from 10,000 miles away.
Paw note: The club will send Liam a merchandise pack for his effort