Victory would catapult Fanta Bale into elite territory to become just the third greyhound to earn $1m in prizemoney and the first bitch, joining Fernando Bale and Dyna Double One in the millionaires club. In her heat when starting from box 3 she bounced straight to the front and that was the end of proceedings as she maintained a big lead all the way to run the fastest of the 4 heats. Since taking victory in the UBET National Distance Championship in August at Albion Park, the champion chaser has started 7 times, scoring 6 victories and finishing 2nd to Bogie Bekim in the G2 Topgun Stayers. The bitch has really developed into a top stayer and in her past 19 starts has 13 wins and 5 seconds, the only miss being in the Victorian Nationals Distance heat. Her Sandown record is imposing reading at 20: 13-5-1, while her performances over 600m and greater is breathtaking showing 21: 17-2-1.
The ‘novice’ of the field with just 24 career starts, Rockoon has managed to land 10 career wins and came into the Bold Trease with a last start Group 1 victory. That win came in the 600m Hume Cup final at The Meadows from box 4 where he was checked and dropped to the tail early. Out of trouble he then found open track and worked home strongly and turning for home swept past to land the win. Starting from box 7 in the third heat of this series he jumped with the pack at box rise and continued to press forward and by the home corner the first time had found the front. Once he was in control from the front he continued to race clear of the pack and was a comfortable winner. He lands box 7 for the final and from 3 starts in the black vest has two wins and 3rd.
Starting from box 4 in her heat, Ebby Ripper missed the start and was a clear last in the early stages, a pattern that has followed the majority of her 54 start career. Chasing hard all the way she cornered as the widest runner and swept past to prove she was the best stayer in heat 1 to score by two lengths. Yet to win following 7 Group performances, two at the elite level, the brindle bitch finished 5th in the UBET Nationals when she was just too far out of the ground to get within striking distance behind the dominant all the way winner Fanta Bale. One of four interstate runners to make the final, Ebby Ripper has raced 7 times previously at Sandown for three wins, all at the 715m. Her chances rest with how close she can settle following the box rise.
A heat/final series conducted at Sandown Park, the Bold Trease is named to honour the champion Hall of Fame chaser who was a four-time Sandown Cup winner amongst his 51 wins. The Warrnambool Warrior as he was affectionately known was also judged greyhound of the decade for 1980-1990.
The Bold Trease race series saw four heats conducted on November 17, with the first two placings from each heat progressing to the final. Run over 715m, the race was elevated to Group 1 status in 2010.
Total prizemoney on offer in 2017 is $145,000 with the winner to receive $100,000. The 2016 winner was the Wayne Vasallo trained It's A Bird. Other past winners of the race include Sweet It Is, Miata, So Seductive, Drill ‘Em and Cash Express.
|Date:||Friday 24th November 2017|
|Race Time:||19:27 AEST|
|2016 Winner:||It's a Bird|
|2017 Bold Trease Final Odds|
|1||IT'S A BIRD||1ST||$7.30 (win)|
|6||JAIMANDY HATTY||2ND||$1.70 (pl)|
|8||IT'S A FLING||4TH||-|