Victory will continue the meteoric rise for the champion chaser and send him further towards what many pundits are already suggesting- that he is the best dog to have been produced. His record since being stepped out to the longer trip is brilliant, with his only 'miss' at the diatance trip coming in the heats of the UBET Gold Cup at Albion park when having his first look at the track. If he stays out of trouble, it is hard to see him getting beat and he can land his 3rd G1 win.
The litter brother of Tornado Tears provides Robert Britton with a live chance of securing another G1 quinella with his start chasers, adding to their one-two finish in the Sandown Cup. Rippin Sam will line up in his 7th Group 1 Final as he looks to add a victory to his win in the G1 Galaxy Final at Cannington in April. Never further back than 4th in 22 appearances at 700m or greater, can he turn the tables on his star brother from the perfect box?
One of three progeny of Fernando Bale in the race, sshe is the only bitch by the former National Sprint Champion in the field. Trainer John Finn has given the bitch a trial at Sandown to have a look at the track where she was able to run the 715m trip in 41.78. Her recent form has been brilliant with wins at 8 of her past 9 outings and coincides with stepping out to the longer trip in her past 6 starts, winning her past 3 over the Wentworth Park 720m.
A slick beginner, Dyna Chancer is one of three Victorians to make the final field. The red-fawn dog has been runner-up to Tornado Tears in both the heat and semi of the Victorian segment of the Nationals. He blazed around the Sandown track in a trial to prepare for the big dance and has been well tried to place once the UBET fixed market opened. He might not be able to see it out, but he might jusst casue some headaches early for favourite backers.
More commonly referred to as The Nationals, the feature final is held on a rotation basis around Australia’s premier tracks, with each state hosting its own heats and final, with the winners progressing to the National Final. The Distance heats and finals are to be held as close to 700m journey as that track allows.
In 2018 the Finals are being held at Melbourne's Sandwown Park, with the Final to be run over 715m on Friday August 24. Winners from the state based finals run at Launceston, Albion Park, Sandown Park, Cannington, Wentworth Park and Angle Park were automatic qualifiers to the National Final. The remaining two spots in the field are decided by a wild card invitation.
The race is held in conjunction with the National Sprint Championship.
First past the post in the 2017 final at Albion Park was Fanta Bale, for trainer Robert Britton. Other past winners include Miata, Dashing Corsair and Tip Top Tears.
Total prizemoney on offer for the 2017 final will be $105,000 with the winner set to receive $75,000.
|Date:||Friday 24th August 2018|
|Race Time:||20:28 AEST|
|2017 Winner:||Fanta Bale|
|2018 National Distance Final Odds|
|2016||Ring The Bell|
|2014||Sweet It Is|