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Sandown smorgasbord

A veritable smorgasbord of stars will ‘platter up’ at Sandown tonight.

And greyhound racing aficionados are in for a feast!

Let’s start with entrée…

Just Terms (Race 6 Box 5, 8.46pm)
Trainer: Anthony Azzopardi (Rowsley)
48 starts: 18-10-8
The Watchdog says: Is one of the best stayers in the land at present and with a clear run early she can get the job done.

Just Terms was brilliant during the Australian Cup Carnival, winning the Group 1 Zoom Top before finishing third to HERE’S TEARS in the Group 1 Super Stayers.
She’s all class and is one of the sport’s premier distance exponents.
Just Terms is boxed awkwardly in Box 5, but a middle draw won’t worry her. She has a 50% winning strike rate from Boxes 4 and 5.

Whiskey Riot (Race 8 Box 1, 9.31pm)
Trainer: Anthony Azzopardi (Rowsley)
44 starts: 21-11-4

The Watchdog says: Is one of the best in the business and he will be carving out serious time in front.

Whiskey Riot was outstanding winning the Group 1 Temlee before finishing third to his brother Fernando’s Riot in the Group 1 Australian Cup.
He then followed up with third placing in the Group 2 Shepparton Cup.
Whiskey Riot has won four races from six starts at Sandown, including last year’s Group 1 Melbourne Cup.
And he’s perfectly drawn in Box 1, as he has a 60% winning strike rate from Boxes 1 and 2.

And how about this for dessert!

Hard Style Rico (Race 5 Box 1, 8.25pm)
Trainer: Luckie Karabitsakos (Pearcedale)
18 starts: 10-3-1
The Watchdog says: Captured the Group 2 Shepparton Cup and with a clean getaway he can give the 29 seconds barrier a nudge.

Hard Style Rico recently broke the 450-metre track record in a Group 2 Shepparton Cup heat before winning the final in devastating fashion.
He’s an excitement machine who has already contested three Group 1 finals from only 18 starts.
Hard Style Rico is making his Sandown debut, but has drawn the coveted Box 1.

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Peter Quilty
About Peter Quilty - Has more than three decades of experience as assistant editor of Victorian Greyhound Weekly. He was editor of GRV monthly magazine The Adviser (2001-09) and owner/publisher of Australian Greyhound Monthly. He also served on the selection panel for the inaugural GRV ‘Hall of Fame’ inductees and for several years was an adjudicator on the Victorian GOTY. He’s also published greyhound racing yearbooks and wrote the ‘Bold Trease’ video script.
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