Four greyhounds earned the right to represent the Big V in WA on August 24 following last night’s State Finals of the National Sprint and Distance Championships.
Rajasthan ($9.10), the reigning Sandown Cup winner, led all the way in the Victorian Distance Final at The Meadows, defeating the fast-finishing Tornado Tears ($1.40Fav), who qualified as the Wildcard for being the highest ranked stayer according to Greyhound Clubs Australia’s rankings.
Meanwhile, it was a similar story in the Victorian Sprint Final, with Black Opium (pictured above), the $2.50 favourite, simply superb in scoring by almost five lengths. Fellow superstars Orson Allen and Dyna Patty ran unplaced, however Orson Allen qualified as the Wildcard before being scratched following his retirement today because of a hamstring injury.
Victoria’s 2019 Nationals qualifiers:
Rajasthan (Robert Camilleri) – Distance state final winner
Tornado Tears (Robert Briton) Distance Wildcard
Black Opium (Jason Thompson) – Sprint state final winner
Orson Allen (Correy Grenfell) – Sprint Wildcard SCRATCHED
WATCH: Rajasthan (8) defeats Tornado Tears (3) and Dyna Chancer in 42.805sec.
WATCH: Black Opium (8) defeats Jaro Bale (4) and Reiko Ablett (1) in 29.997sec.