Balliang trainer Mark Delbridge is hoping Jarick Bale https://watchdog.grv.org.au/greyhound/461066430 provides him with successive wins in the $262,500 Group 1 RSN Sandown Cup (715m) on Thursday night.
Delbridge won Sandown GRC’s flagship staying event last year with Zipping Rambo.
Jarick Bale was the fastest qualifier from five heats last week, registering a sensational 41.29sec – around 2L off the 41.16sec track record, set by Here’s Tears on January 30, 2020.
It was his 26th win, including three of his past six, from 68 starts.
“I was one of the ‘doubting Thomases’; I didn’t think he could win,” Delbridge said. “If you had told me he’d run that time, I’d say ‘get real’.
“I thought he may weaken in the final stages, but there was still an element of the unknown.
“We were in this position last year, but the way he won his heat was similar to how Zipping Rambo won the final.
“To win two in a row would be amazing.”