Revelation Rapaki Rocks ‘rocked’ Sandown Park tonight with a sizzling 29.24sec win in a Group 1 Harrison-Dawson heat (515m).
But he deservedly earned sibling bragging rights snaring his fifth win from 17 starts, including three from four over this track/distance.
It was a nice consolation for Briganti considering Big Opal Rocks – second elect at $5.00 in ‘All In’ betting – failed to qualify for next week’s $100,000 to-the-winner final after finishing sixth in his heat. Incredibly, Rapaki Rocks was at a $34 nominal quote.
(fastest to slowest)
- Rapaki Rocks – 29.24sec
- King Of Calypso – 29.38sec
- Fearless Max – 29.38sec
- Titan Blazer – 29.51sec
- Bang – 29.70sec
Other highlights to emerge from Friday night’s heats included:
- Lara trainer Tim Britton finished third with Carry On Angel in last year’s Harrison-Dawson. But King Of Calypso – $34 in pre-post betting – gives him every chance of going a couple of rungs higher on the podium after his 29.38sec heat win. King Of Calypso ($9.20) – third in the G2 Launceston Cup in late January – notched his 22nd win from 73 starts. He’s 10 from 31 over this track/distance. Britton’s father, Rob, won the 2013 Harrison-Dawson with Clone Your Own.
- Rising star Fearless Max ($10.30) – prepared at Metung by Harley Whelan – was $201 in pre-post betting. But he dented some big reputations with a smart 29.38sec heat win. He registered his sixth win from 13 starts, including five on the trot. Whelan’s mother, Monique, finished fourth with Lakeview Walter in last year’s event.
- Highly underrated Titan Blazer – trained at Avalon by Rebecca Gibbons – could be the greyhound that breaks ‘Team Gibbons’ Group final ‘curse’ after he knocked off $4.20 pre-post favourite Amron Boy and Big Opal Rocks in 29.51sec in his heat. A dual G1 finalist, Titan Blazer ($2.90) was ‘backed for a stack’ and notched his 16th win from 38 starts. He was $34 in ‘All In’ betting.
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