A new race on the Australian Greyhound Racing Group racing calendar, the Harrison-Dawson has been on the calendar since 2009 when known as the Dawson.
First held at G3 level, Dyna Forte was the inaugural winner, the race was elevated to G2 level in 2012 when taken out by General Destini and in 2015 attained Group 1 status when the mighty Fernando Bale was successful.
Held over 515m, the race is for male greyhounds with the best 32 nominations for the series determined via the Greyhound Racing Victoria Grading policy. The top 32 nominated contested 4 heats on May 12. The top 2 finishers from each heat progressed to this $145,000 final, with the winner to receive $100,000.
|Date:||Thursday 19th May 2016|
|Race Time:||21:37 AEST|
|Race Type:||Restricted to Males|
|2016 Winner:||Dundee Osprey|
|2016 Harrison-Dawson Final Odds|
|2||DUNDEE OSPREY||1ST||$19.30 (win)|
|1||ONE FOR ME||2ND||$2.40 (pl)|
|3||BLAZIN' BOMBER||3RD||$1.20 (pl)|
Continuing his recent good form, the Darren Pattinson trained chaser was the fastest heat winner and also the fastest on the night over the 515m trip. That heat win made it wins in 5 of his last 6 starts, the only miss coming in the final of the G1 Perth Cup 3 starts back. Prior to this series he was successful in the G3 Bill Collins Speed Star when able to record the fastest time in the head to head series to take the win. With 17 career wins from 28 starts, this will be just the 3rd time he has worn the white rug, with the other 2 occasions being in both his heat win and then unplaced final run of the Perth Cup at Cannington. This will be his 7th Group appearance with 2 wins at G3 level, it will be his maiden G1 win if successful.
Trained by Jason Thompson, Dalgetty has put together a strong record since making his debut in July of 2015. In that time the talented dog has landed 16 wins from 30 starts including wins at G1 level in the Temlee, at G2 level in the Silver Bullet and at G3 level in the Geelong Cup. After starting from box 8 in his heat, he raced wide all the way but stuck to the task and was able to hold 2nd behind the flying Blazin Bomber. This will be the 7th time that he has started from box 4 in his career and he has managed to win 4 times when wearing the blue rug and is 2 from 6 at the Sandown 515m.
Although yet to win a big race, Aston Bolero will line up in his 6th Group race for 2016, with his best results coming with a 2nd in the G2 Warrnambool Cup and a 2nd in the G2 Maitland Gold Cup. In the heat run he jumped strongly to get to the front and held a 4 length margin racing down the back. Turning for home he was grabbed near the post by Dundee Osprey, beaten just under a length. He starts from box 8 in the final which may suit his wide running style of racing as he uses a lot of the track and from 3 previous attempts from box 8 has 2 wins and a 3rd.
Opening on the 7th line of betting with the 1st reserve still ahead in the market, Dundee Osprey is the least experienced chaser in the field with a record of 22: 8-1-3. Successful in his heat gallop he finished strongly down the centre of the track to gun down the leader Aston Bolero and take the win. This will be his maiden attempt at a G1 final and his 4th Group appearance since March having made it through to the G2 Launching Pad final, the G2 Queensland Derby and the G3 Bill Collins Speed Star. He is a 3 time winner over the Sandown 515m trip and has a win and a 3rd from 2 attempts out of box 2.