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Tornado Tears could become the greatest ever: The Watchdog

Tornado Tears is the TAB favourite at $2.20 to win Thursday night’s Group 2 McKenna Memorial (595m) at Sandown Park.

The best stayer in the land, Tornado Tears dropped in distance to score an impressive come-from-behind win in his McKenna Memorial heat last Thursday night. And while he showed plenty of nous, his winning time of 34.12sec was only the third quickest among the four heats – some three lengths inferior to the fastest winner, Neo Cleo (33.95sec).

Greyhound Racing Victoria’s expert form analyst, The Watchdog, expects Tornado Tears’ class to prevail in the $40,000 to-the-winner final.

“Tornado Tears has the potential to be the greatest stayer we have seen,” The Watchdog said.

The son of Fernando Bale demonstrated his enormous potential when recording consecutive track record runs over 710m at Brisbane’s Albion Park in June.

While The Watchdog has tipped the Robert Britton-trained Tornado Tears to win, he acknowledged that being drawn in box four meant he would need “an ounce of luck” in the early stages.

Interestingly, the last time Tornado Tears raced at odds of greater than $2.00 was seven starts ago, when he won a race over the 595m distance at Sandown on 24 April, paying $2.50.

Incidentally, The Watchdog was in hot form at Sandown Park last Thursday night, selecting six out of 12 winners including a couple of greyhounds who were tremendous value.

He correctly tipped Van Ann (Race 6), who paid $7.70 after being marked a $3.30 chance by The Watchdog, and Slingshot Hammer (Race 9), who paid $6.30 having been rated a $2.80 chance by The Watchdog.

MCKENNA MEMORIAL HEAT WINNERS & TIMES
Neo Cleo: 33.95sec
Out Of Range: 33.97sec
Tornado Tears: 34.12sec
Van Ann: 34.42sec

GROUP 2 MCKENNA MEMORIAL
595m – $40,000 first prize
Sandown Park, 7.52pm Thursday
1. Van Ann (Joe Borg) $10
2. Rockstar Patriot (Andrea Dailly) $10
3. Neo Cleo (Robert Neocleous) $4.40
4. Tornado Tears (Robert Britton) $2.20
5. Out Of Range (Seona Thompson) $4.40
6. Big Bang Tears (Robert Britton) $10
7. Azkaban (Seona Thompson) $21
8. Hecton Bale (Andrea Dailly) $8.50
Reserves
9. Dyna Zesty (Andrea Dailly) $14
10. Black Impala (Glenn Dainton) $51

*TAB fixed odds as at 11.07.2018. Gamble responsibly.

THE WATCHDOG’S SELECTIONS:
4 – Tornado Tears
1 – Van Ann
2 – Rockstar Patriot
6 – Big Bang Tears

THE WATCHDOG’S SUGGESTED BET:
Trifecta 1,4 / 1,2,4,6 / 1,2,3,4,6,7 ($10 for 41.66%)

To get your FREE form guides for all Victorian greyhound race meetings including The Watchdog’s expert selections, simply google ‘The Watchdog’.

Note: TAB is offering a $10,000 jackpot in the Sandown Quaddie on Thursday night, starting at Race 5 (the McKenna Memorial is Race 6).

Andrew Copley
About Andrew Copley - Racing Communication Manager at Greyhound Racing Victoria with 20 years of experience working as a greyhound racing reporter with National Greyhound Form newspaper and GRV. Adopter of celebrity greyhound, Fred Basset.
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