Melbourne Cup, Ballarat Cup and Warragul Cup winner Aston Dee Bee is making his return to racing tonight following more than a month on the sidelines due to a calf injury.
The son of Barcia Bale and Aston Elle will jump from box seven in heat two of the Group One Harrison-Dawson, but his time on the sidelines has not knocked the confidence punters have in him – labeling him as the $2.80 fixed odds favourite.
“He’s jumping out of his skin,” trainer Seona Thompson said.
“We are really looking forward to getting him back to Sandown tonight. He’s been trialling very well and seems to have enjoyed his well deserved break.”
“As expected, all three group races tonight are top quality.”
A win in heat two may not be a walk in the park for 3-time group winner Aston Dee Bee, with the new kid on the block My Redeemer drawn on his inside.
Two starts back My Redeemer clocked the fastest time at Sandown over the 515m, and although he didn’t replicate the effort in his Speed Star match, trainer David Geall still has a huge opinion of the dog.
“My Redeemer will have to begin really well tonight. Two starts ago, when he ran 29.12sec at Sandown, his first split was 5.05, and if he can get near that again tonight he’s in with a huge chance. But we all know what a great dog Aston Dee Bee is, and Kouta Mayhem, who will be pushing hard for the early lead, is another greyhound in his heat with plenty of ability,” David Geall said.