How Sweet It – read the full wrap from Sandown Park.
Sweet It Is (box 2 – $5.70) became the fifth greyhound to win back-to-back RSN Sandown Cups on Thursday night.
The $175,000 first-prize – the world’s richest for a staying race – propelled the black chaser to the top of the Australasian prize money table with her career earnings sky rocketing to $828,000.
It was also the third straight Group 1 victory for the daughter of Mogambo and Off Springer at Sandown Park after she won last year’s Sandown Cup and the Group 1 Bold Trease on Melbourne Cup night last November.
Owner/trainer Braden Finn was thrilled after the race commenting that he didn’t think his greyhound would win.
“This was completely unexpected,” he said “I came into the race thinking that she could run a place but I’m so proud of her for winning.”
Finn also revealed that Sweet It Is will be heading overseas to tackle the Silver Collar in New Zealand for her next assignment.
In the race, favourite Space Star (box 8 – $1.40F) jumped to an early lead and was roaring to what looked like an unassailable advantage before succumbing to an injured monkey muscle to finish sixth.
Sweet It Is weaved her way through the field hitting the front around the home turn to win in a time of 41.489 seconds in front of Lady Toy (box 4 – $9.10) and Love Affair (box 3 – $16.60).
Earlier in the night, sprint sensation Fernando Bale (box 1 – $1.35) brought up his tenth straight victory in the Group 3 Bill Collins memorial.
The distinctive white and brindle chaser who has been dubbed ‘Flying Fernando’ produced another flawless performance to lead all the way in the feature. He beat the gallant Lamia Bale (box 6 – $9.40) in a time of 29.226 seconds.
PIC (TOP): Sweet It Is following her victory in the Group 1 RSN Sandown Cup. Pic: Clint Anderson