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Vics ‘cross’ Qld border

Due to COVID-19, Queensland has closed its border to Victoria.

But that won’t stop an elite group of Victorian greyhounds border-hopping to contest heats of the Group 1 Sky Racing Brisbane Cup (520m) and Group 1 TAB Queensland Cup (710m) at Albion Park on Thursday night.

David Burnett (Simon Told Helen and Who Told Stevie) and Jason Thompson (Hooked On Scotch and Black Opium) should play a major hand in the Brisbane Cup series, while Robert Britton (Blazing Cartier) is flying solo in the Queensland Cup series.

Below is a ‘highlights reel’ of the Victorian contingent – including their race stats at Albion Park.

Brisbane Cup – Heat 2 (Race 6 Box 7) – 8.13pm
SIMON TOLD HELEN

26 starts: 17-6-0
Stakes: $519,545
Group race highlights: Won (G1 Silver Chief; G1 Perth Cup; G1 Harrison-Dawson; G2 Queensland Derby; G3 Great Chase; G3 Cup Night Sprint); Runner-up (G2 Warrnambool Cup; G3 Silver Bullet)

Albion Park – 2 starts: 2-0-0 (29.65sec PB)
TAB Fixed Odds: $1.45F

Brisbane Cup – Heat 4 (Race 8 Box 8) – 8.58pm
WHO TOLD STEVIE
18 starts: 10-3-3
Stakes: $62,600
Group race highlights: Finalist (G1 Silver Chief); Runner-up (G3 Great Chase)

Albion Park – First start
TAB Fixed Odds: $2.40

Brisbane Cup – Heat 3 (Race 7 Box 6) – 8.37pm
HOOKED ON SCOTCH
23 starts: 14-2-4
Stakes: $358,765

Sandown 515m: 28.94sec TR
Group race highlights: Won (G1 Adelaide Cup; G1 Hobart Thousand; G2 Geelong Cup; G3 Shootout; G3 Speed Star); Finalist (G1 Melbourne Cup – 3rd)

Albion Park – 1 start: 0-0-0
TAB Fixed Odds: $1.80F

Hooked On Scotch Trial

Dual Group 1 winner Hooked On Scotch trialled before the first at Albion Park this evening.In the care of leading Queensland mentor Tony Brett for the upcoming feature races at headquarters, the Sandown Park track record-holder clocked splits of 11.80 and 12.27 recording a slick 24.07 time for his post to post journey.His immediate target will be the Listed TAB Super Sprinters over the 520m this Thursday night, before a tilt at the Group 1 Sky Racing Brisbane Cup the following week.Box 1 Photography Gerard Daffy Sandown Greyhounds Greyhound Racing Victoria - GRV John Brasch RaceQ

Posted by Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club on Sunday, June 14, 2020

WATCH: Hooked On Scotch trial at Albion Park on June 14 stopping the clock in a time of 24.07sec (post to post; 11.80, 12.27).

Brisbane Cup – Heat 1 (Race 5 Box 6) – 7.52pm
BLACK OPIUM
52 starts: 26-12-0
Stakes: $512,453
Group race highlights: Won (G1 Sapphire Crown); Runner-up (G1 Brisbane Cup; G1 Australian Cup; G1 Melbourne Cup); Finalist (G1 Topgun; G1 National Sprint Championship; G1 Golden Easter Egg; G3 Easter Gift; G3 Flying Amy Classic)

Albion Park – 4 starts: 2-1-0 (29.54sec PB)
TAB Fixed Odds: $1.80F

Black Opium Trial

Victorian star and Thompson kennel darling Black Opium arrived in Brisbane over the weekend and had a quick hit out at headquarters this evening in preparation for Thursday night’s Group 1 Sky Racing Brisbane Cup heats.Having her first run on the track since her gallant second to champion Sennachie in last year’s edition, the recent Sapphire Crown winner scorched around Albion Park over the 395m in 22.25, equalling the current track record held by Thursday night’s Thunder winner Canya Cruise.Like her kennelmate Hooked On Scotch, she joins the Tony Brett kennel, and looks right on song for her tilt at going one better in the event in 2020.RaceQ Box 1 Photography Greyhound Racing Victoria - GRV Gerard Daffy John Brasch TAB Sandown Greyhounds

Posted by Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club on Sunday, June 21, 2020

WATCH: Black Opium’s trial at Albion Park over the 395m where she equalled the track record held by Canya Cruise.

Queensland Cup – Heat 1 (Race 3 Box 8) – 7.07pm
BLAZING CARTIER
51 starts: 15-14-6
Stakes: $127,955
Group race highlights: Finalist (G1 Sandown Cup; G1 Zoom Top – 3rd; G1 Sale Cup; G1 Bold Trease; G2 Summer Distance Plate; G3 Sydney Cup)

Albion Park – 1 start: 0-0-0
TAB Fixed Odds: $1.45F

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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