One of the premier races on the Australian greyhound racing calendar is the Group 1 Sandown Cup. With a rich history going back to 1963, the Sandown race is regarded as Australia’s best for staying greyhounds. It has been won by some of Australia’s most famous greyhounds, headed by the legendary Bold Trease, who won it four times from 1986 to 1989, which is a remarkable feat when you consider a greyhound’s racing life is usually restricted to between two and three years.
The brilliant bitch Lizrene won it twice, as did Sweet As Is, Irma Bale and Paul’s Thunder. Star dogs Mantra Lad, Irma Bale, Osti’s Joker, Baraonia Blossom, Arvo’s Junior and, more recently, the current champion stayer Tornado Tears also are on the honour roll.
The 2020 Sandown Cup, run over 715m at Sandown Park race track, is Race 6 on Thursday 28 May (7.42pm AEST). The Sandown Cup field of eight will be racing for a first prize of $50,000.
The Sandown Cup field is made up of first and second placegetters from last week’s four heats. The results in those races didn’t go the favourites’ way, with the sensational litter brothers Tornado Tears and Rippin’ Sam unable to qualify for the big race.
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REVENGE FOR ELLA ENCHANTED?
Last year, Ella Enchanted produced the performance of her life when she finished second behind Rajasthan in the Sandown Cup. It was an incredible performance – she came from last, weaving through the field, to be beaten by less than a length.
Trainer Jamie Ellis described the defeat as a “tragedy”. This will be the last chance for the four-year-old bitch to get her revenge. Ellis admitted that while Ella Enchanted is not as good or quick as she was last year, she is stronger and smarter.
Ellis expects her to get a clear run from box 5, thanks to the dog drawn inside her, the fast He Shall Power, who is likely to jump to the lead and give Ella Enchanted a dream run.
Ella Enchanted, who has run a personal best of 41.49 seconds around Sandown race track, looks good value for those wanting a Sandown Cup bet. A repeat of her personal best will see her win.
THE GREYHOUND BETTING MONEY IS FOR ROCKSTAR BEAV
Red-box dog, Rockstar Beav, has been the best backed greyhound in the Sandown Cup betting market, firming from $3.20 to $2.60 favourite since the box draw was done. There is no doubt the Andrea Dailly–trained Rockstar Beav will get the “gun run” behind the pace, which is likely to be set by He Shall Power.
WATCH FOR CARTIER
The improving Blazing Cartier, trained by Robert Britton, is ideally drawn in box 2 and deserves to be rated highly for those looking for an each-way greyhound bet.
Blazing Cartier is peaking at the right time and she won her heat stylishly by 6.5 lengths; she ran 41.93 seconds, compared to Rockstar Beav’s fastest heat win of 41.69 seconds. There was a lot like about Blazing Cartier’s strength at the end of the race.
Blazing Cartier went into the Sandown Cup heats as Britton’s second-string chance behind his star Here’s Tears, who is the Sandown 715m track record holder. But Here’s Tears ran into trouble in his heat, before finishing third behind Rockstar Beav. Here’s Tears is the first emergency and, of course, becomes a major player if he makes the Sandown Cup field.
True Detective (box 7) and Bronski Beat (box 8) won their heats by leading and they have the talent to win – particularly True Detective, who is vying for favouritism. However, their draw – and the field of quality stayers – means they need luck to cross near the lead to be a winning chance.
SANDOWN CUP TIPS
Blazing Cartier to beat Rockstar Beav, with the value bet on the revenge bitch, Enchanted Ella.
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