The highest prizemoney earner in the field having bankrolled over $500,000, the Robert Britton trained chaser faces the biggest test of his career, despite being a three-time Group 1 winner. The black bitch steps out beyond 700m for just the 4th time in her career. Those previous three appearances have all been over the 715m at Sandown and have seen her record two wins from box 1 and box 7. In the heats last week once in control after jumping to the front from box 1, she was never in danger in recording the quickest heat win, securing a six length victory. A powerful front-runner she has missed a top-3 finish 5 times in her 36 start career and has annexed wins at the elite level in the Association Cup Final, the Rookie Rebel and the Hume Cup Final. Her record in the green vest is 5: 3-1-0 and has 10 wins from 16 runs at Sandown.
A proven Group 1 winner, Burn One Down took out the Zoom Top back in February over the 725m at The Meadows. Following that maiden G1 win he went into the G1 Superstayers Final as a short priced favourite wearing the green vest. When looking to make his traditional finishing burst he copped a slight bump and then didn’t run-on, finishing a 10 length last. Freshened up after the failure, his next start was in the 595m The Racecallers at Group 3 level where he was back to his best in scorching home late to take victory by just under one length over Fanta Bale with both Shima Song and Dundee Osprey among the beaten runners. Burn One Down defeated the in-form Dundee Calypso in the Cup heats from box 6. His only even line start off box 1 was victory in a heat of the Destini Fireball Stayers Series at The Meadows.
Another of the Thompson trained chasers in the field with the son of Solve The Puzzle finishing 2nd in the heat behind Teddy Monelli. Jumping from box 2 in that heat, he had previously finished 2nd on three occasions from box 2 and added another to that tally when finishing hard as the odds-on favourite to get within a half-length. This will be his 5th G1 appearance, having finished in a quinella position in all 4 starts. The wins have come in the Australian Super Stayers Final from box 3 at The Meadows, the Association Cup Final from box 3 at Wentworth Park, while the runner-up awards have come in the Zoom Top behind Burn One Down and the Galaxy Final at Cannington behind Bogie Bekim. His record at 700m or greater is impeccable, reading at 12: 5-5-2 and will be just his 3rd start wearing the yellow.
Held over the staying trip of 715m, the Sandown Cup is a heat/final series with 4 heats conducted at Sandown on Thursday May 18. The first two placings from the heats progressed to the Final with the two fastest individual 3nd placed dog gaining the reserve positions. Boasting total prizemoney of $250,000, the winner will receive $175,000, in what is the world’s richest greyhound staying race.
Held at Group 1 level, the race faced a rapid progression being awarded G3 status in 1993, upgraded to G2 in 1995 and one year later in 1996 was lifted to the current Group 1 level.
First run in 1963 as the Woolamai Cup and won by Briar View, some of the great greyhounds have been successful in the race over the years including Paul’s Thunder and Lizrene (dual winners), Kawati Boy, Osti’s Joker, Bobby Boucheau and Irma Bale. However without doubt, the 4 time winner (1986-1989) Bold Trease is without peer and stands alone as the greatest winner.
|Date:||Thursday 25th May 2017|
|Race Time:||21:40 AEST|
|2016 Winner:||Bells are Ringin|
|2017 Sandown Cup Odds|