The Jason Thompson trained chaser came into the heats of this series as a dominant nine length winner of the Zoom Top, his first Group 1 victory. Starting from box 5 in the heat, he was slowly away and a clear last on settling. Sticking to the rail he then angled wide on the turn out of the home straight to find clear track and set out chasing Teddy Monelli who had cleared out to a big lead. Chasing hard all the way, it was not until the final 50m where his staying powers shone bright and he went straight past the leader to secure a powerful victory. He will start from box 6 for the final with his figures in the green rug reading at 7: 3-0-3, while his record at the 725m of The Meadows is outstanding with 9 wins and a 2nd from 10 attempts.
Jason Thompson has a live chance to prepare his second Group 1 quinella in the space of 2 weeks with heat winner Trip To Eden, who was the second fastest of the three heat winners. Starting from box 2 in the heat, he was slowly away but was able to weave a passage between runners and by the time they were down the back straight the final time he had found clear track and was setting out after the leader. Hitting the front as they rounded the home turn, he forged clear to record a four length victory. The black dog has drawn box 3 for the final with his record in the white rug reading at 8: 2-4-1 and over the 725 at The Meadows has two wins and a 2nd from 3 attempts, the 2nd place being in the Zoom Top when runner-up to his kennel-mate Burn One Down.
West Australian raider Teddy Monelli nearly pulled off the upset of the series when he flew the lids in his heat and skipped clear to a big lead. His big margin was soon gobbled up in the home straight by the power finish of Burn One Down. His first split was the fastest of the night, including the sprinters in the Australian Cup heats, running 4.90 through the first panel, not far outside the 4.84 track record opening split run by Star Recall in winning the 2016 Stayers. In WA the David Hobby trained chaser developed an imposing record, missing a place just once in 26 career starts. His first start out of the West was in the Zoom Top where off box 7 he was wide off the track through the first 300m which ruined his chances. Staring in box 5 for the final, he has two wins and a 2nd from 3 starts in the yellow rug.
As the name suggests, the Super Stayers is held over the staying trip of 725m. It is 1 of 7 Group 1 races held at a distance of greater than 700m on the Australian Greyhound Racing calendar. Attaining Group 1 status in 2003, the race is run as part of the Australian Cup carnival at The Meadows.
The race is a heat/final series with 3 heats held on Saturday February 25. The first two placegetters in each heat progressed to the final along with the two fastest third placed runners completing the 8 starting positions.
Total prizemoney on offer in 2017 is $145,000 with the winner to receive $100,000. The 2016 winner was the Jeff Britton trained Star Recall that jumped from box 5. Other past winners include the inaugural winner King’s Domain, Modern Express, Boomeroo, Malfoy and the duel winner Destini Fireball.