The Group 1 RSN Sandown Cup (715m) will be run on Thursday night at Sandown Park. Here’s a few things you might not know about this wonderful race.
- Six of the eight 2020 Sandown Cup finalists are trained in the Geelong region.
- Quickest heat winner Rockstar Beav is aiming to become the first greyhound to win the Sandown Cup from Box 1 since Osti’s Joker in 2000.
- Five of the past seven Sandown Cups have been won by female greyhounds. There are three females in this year’s final – Blazing Cartier, Ella Enchanted and Just Terms.
- If successful in Thursday night’s final, Bronski Beat will become the first Tasmanian-bred greyhound to win the Sandown Cup since Chinatown Lad in 2008.
- And for the history buffs…
- Western Australian champion Miata was the $2.70 favourite in 2013 Sandown Cup, with a huge crowd turning out to witness what was always going to be her final race. After an uncharacteristically slow start she flashed home for third in a thrilling finish to Irma Bale, beaten .33 lengths.
- In 2007 the Sandown Cup was controversially declared a ‘No Race’ by stewards after Don Hazzard, the trainer of Sky Hazzard, accidentally released the manual start lever.
- There have been five multiple Sandown Cup winners – Paul’s Thunder (1970-71), Lizrene (1972-73), Bold Trease (1986-89), Irma Bale (2012-13) & Sweet It Is (2014-2015).
WATCH: The late Don Hazzard promos the 2008 Sandown Cup with RSN race caller Rob Testa.
SANDOWN CUP RECENT WINNERS
2010 Next Top Model
2011 Bobby Boucheau
2012 Irma Bale
2013 Irma Bale
2014 Sweet It Is
2015 Sweet It Is
2016 Bells Are Ringin
2017 Fanta Bale
2018 Tornado Tears