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Healesville Cup heats by the numbers

Black Opium, Hard Style Rico, Tiggerlong Tonk & Zambora Smokey are the headline acts in Sunday’s TAB Healesville Cup heats (350m).

Interestingly, the 64 runners across the eight heats have amassed a combined 779 wins and $3.2mil in prize money.

And how about this for a stat – 28 of the 64 runners (43.75%) will be having their first start over the track/distance.

Here’s some more interesting facts out of Sunday’s heats:

Most prize money won: Black Opium ($582K), Tiggerlong Tonk ($272K), Hard Style Rico ($156K)
Oldest runner: Big Bazza (four years, five months)
Most experienced: Speed Star (82 starts), Almapa Berisha (74)
Most wins: Speed Star (36); Black Opium (29), Runnin’ Royalty (29), Time To Talk (27), Tiggerlong Tonk (25), Almapa Berisha (21)
Best winning strike rate: Run And Carry (85.7% – won 6 from 7)
Most wins track/distance: Golden Years (9), Superior Breeze (7), Big Bazza (6)
Fastest PB: Midnight Monarch (18.83sec), Time To Talk (18.89sec)
Milestones: Big Bazza & Tiggerlong Tonk will both be having their 50th start

The first of Sunday’s eight heats kicks off at 11.20am.

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