The 2016 RSN Sandown Cup (715m) has drawn seven heats this Thursday night, demonstrating a rise in depth in Victorian greyhound racing’s staying ranks at present.
This is believed to be a record number of heats for the series, which is greyhound racing’s richest staying race in the world.
“We believe it’s a record number of heats,” said Sandown GRC CEO Greg Miller.
“We’ve asked our Directors, most of whom have been around a long, long time, and none of them can recall there ever being so many heats of this great race.”
To celebrate, the Sandown GRC is presenting a parcel of goodies, each valued at $150, to each owner or syndicate of the greyhounds engaged in the Sandown Cup heats, should they be on course.
“Each syndicate will receive a package containing a cap, a complimentary each way bet on their dog, plus food and other goodies,” Miller said.
The influx of staying greyhounds for the feature is an encouraging sign that GRV’s initiative to pay an extra 15 per cent in prize money for distance races of 570m and beyond is paying dividends.
The prize money incentive is aimed at encouraging owners and breeders to breed for staying strength.
Longer races generally equate to less interference in running and provide more opportunity for a greyhound to recover from a check and still have a competitive chance. For these reasons they are also more popular with punters than shorter course races.