Something you may not know about each Pad finalist


The Launching Pad is a proven, well, launching pad for a number champions and the 2021 edition will be no different.

We’ve learned a lot about the next wave of greyhound racing’s star over the last three weeks. Ahead of tonight’s finale, here’s a look at something you may not know about each of tonight’s finalists.

Kuro Kismet
Trainer: Matt Clark
Opening price: $26
Current price: $3.60
Path to the Pad
Heat: 1st – 29.18
Semi: 2nd – 29.61
What you may not know: Tonight is his first start from box 1. In 20 career starts so far, he’s drawn boxes 2 and 3 four times for a 2-1-0 record.

Destruction
Trainer: Robert Camilleri
Opening price: $71
Current price: $4.80
Path to the Pad
Heat: 2nd – 29.59
Semi: 1st – 29.61
What you may not know: Is lining up for his sixth start at Sandown Park 27 days. Has gone faster at both the first split and overall in each of his last three starts, and has drawn box 2 for fourth time in five starts having won his previous three in in the black and white rug.

Hadouken
Trainer: Jessica Sharp
Opening price: $12
Current price: $9
Path to the Pad
Heat: 1st – 29.52
Semi: 1st – 29.61
What you may not know: Is the only undefeated greyhound remaining in the series, and looking to become just the second greyhound after beast Unleashed to win the maximum $167,000 available in the series.

Fernando Mick
Trainer: David Geall
Opening price: $101
Current price: $14
Path to the Pad
Heat: 1st – 29-30
Semi: 2nd – 29.67
What you may not know: The last greyhound nominated for the series, Fernando Mick was entered under an agreement between slot holder Geoff Collins and trainer David Geall who will share in the $150,000 if successful tonight.

Sid Core
Trainer: Robert Britton
Opening price: $151
Current price: $41
Path to the Pad
Heat: 4th – 29.81
Semi: 1st – 29.56
What you may not know: Came into the series off a five month lay off and was the slowest of Britton’s four Launching Pad contenders. One of only two greyhound (Destruction the other) that has improved both his first split and overall time with each run this series.

Wedding Or Baby
Trainer: David Burnett
Opening price: $201
Current price: $61
Path to the Pad
Heat: 2nd – 29.58
Semi: 1st – 29.69
What you may not know: Named by Burnett in 2020 during COVID lockdown when his daughter was contemplating delaying her wedding and having a baby instead. Instead, she had both – perhaps he should have been named ‘Wedding And Baby’!

Aston Rupee
Trainer: Glenn Rounds
Opening price: $5.50
Current price: $2.50
Path to the Pad
Heat: 4th – 29.58
Semi: 2nd – 29.71
What you may not know: The favourite throughout the series despite not having a win next to his name, Aston Rupee has trialled 29.17 (4.97) at Sandown Park. Punters snapped up the $3.60 quote when the market opened following the box draw. No greyhound has won the Pad without winning a heat or semi-final.

Mepunga Warrior
Trainer: Jeff Britton
Opening price: $101
Current price: $11
Path To The Pad
Heat: 2nd – 29.57
Semi: 2nd – 29.67
What you may not know: He’s been placed in five of his last six runs coming from off the pace in each. His dam (Mepunga Rosie) was an accomplished stayer and Mepunga Warrior looks destined for a similar path.

The Launching Pad will be run as race 8 at 8.58pm tonight.

 

Click here for your free Watchdog form guide.
Click here for the latest market from TAB.

 

Click here for Launching Pad week 1 wrap and replays.
Click here for Launching Pad week 2 wrap and replays.

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
View all posts