2016 Group 1 Harrison-Dawson – best odds & betting preview

EIGHT of Australia’s best male sprinters will line up on Thursday night at Sandown Park to contest the Group 1 Harrison-Dawson (515m) on one of the biggest nights of racing in 2016 thus far.

The favourite to take out the $100,000 race is the all-conquering Blazin’ Bomber. The son of Kinloch Brae and Absolute Stunna sits at $2.85 with Crownbet.com.au .

Drawn in box three, the black dog comes into the final in career-best form, winning five of his six starts since resuming from a spell. His only defeat coming in the final of the Group 1 Perth Cup at Cannington.

Amongst his recent victories are two at this very distance and track, including a scintillating 29.09 effort when taking out the Group 3 Bill Collins Speed Star.

Second best in the market is Dalgetty at $3.60 for champion trainer Jason Thompson. The black dog was far from disgraced when finishing second behind Blazin’ Bomber in his heat off box eight and moves into box four for the final.

A winner of 16 of his 30 starts including the Group 1 Temlee, Dalgetty is capable of posting brilliant early sectionals and he will need to do precisely that on Thursday night with speed draw on his outside.

The majority of the speed is likely to be coming from Dalgetty’s kennel mates, Invictus Rapid and Aston Bolero, which have drawn boxes seven and eight respectively.

Invictus Rapid produced the performance of his career in last week’s heats, recording a two length win over One For Me in a blistering 29.20, while Aston Bolero reeled off the fastest early sectional (5.00) when finishing second behind powerhouse performer Dundee Osprey.

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One For Me is given a chance at $6.50 with WIlliamHill.com.au after coming up with box one for the final. He is yet to start from the cherry throughout his 29 start career, but looks as if he will be suited along the fence. Can be hit and miss at box rise but has been improving his box manners of late and is capable of running fast times on the bunny.

There could be some value for punters with Tiggerlong Await which has flown under the radar heading into the final. The former WA chaser is now in the care of Terry Reid and has been impressive at his only two starts at Sandown, debuting with a 29.36 win off box one before running second behind Soda Man in his heat last week. Box five is no help but he is armed with good early speed and could put the pressure on a few of the dogs on his inside in search of the lead in the run to the first turn. Tiggerlong Await is currently paying $4.40 to place with Crownbet.com.au.

Soda Man displayed the best beginning of his career last week when scoring in 29.45 for young gun trainer Corey Grenfell, however he finds himself in box six surrounded by speed in the final on Thursday.

The field is rounded out by Dundee Osprey which showed what he is capable of last Thursday when overtaking superstar performers Zambora Brockie and Aston Bolero to score in 29.31, however he lacks early speed and is likely to find himself too far back against this lot.

The Group 1 Harrison Dawson is race eight on the card at Sundown Park this Thursday and is set to jump at 9:37pm AEST.

Box One – One For Me
Black Dog – 32.8kg – December 2013
Barcia Bale x My Secret Shiraz
Prize money: $125,040
Trainer: Jeff Britton
Career: 29: 10-5-4
Box: 0: 0-0-0
TD: 16: 4-4-3
TD Best: 29.48
Career Highlights: WON 2016 Group 2 Warrnambool Classic

Odds to win the Harrison-Dawson: $6.50 with William Hill

Box Two – Dundee Osprey
Black Dog – 35.3kg – December 2013
Fabregas x Dundee Rose
Prize money: $34,800
Trainer: Geoff Scott-Smith
Career: 22: 8-1-3
Box: 2: 1-0-1
TD: 6: 3-0-1
TD Best: 29.11
Career Highlights: FINALIST 2016 Group 2 Launching Pad, Group 2 QLD Derby, Group 3 Bill Collins Speed Star

Odds to win the Harrison-Dawson: $17 with William Hill

Box Three – Blazin’ Bomber
Black Dog – 32.9kg – November 2013
Kinloch Brae x Absolute Stunna
Prize money: $130,965
Trainer: Darren Pattinson
Career: 28: 17-3-4
Box: 2: 1-0-0
TD: 8: 4-1-2
TD Best: 29.09
Career Highlights: WON 2016 Group 3 Bill Collins Speed Star, 2015 Group 3 Cranbourne Puppy Classic, 3RD 2015 Group 1 Vic Peters Classic, FINALIST 2016 Group 1 Perth Cup, 2015 Group 3 Dillion Memorial

Odds to win the Harrison-Dawson: $2.85 with Crownbet

Box Four – Dalgetty
Black Dog – 32.4kg – April 2013
Stagger x Rockin’ Along
Prize money: $240,980
Trainer: Jason Thompson
Career: 30: 16-5-1
Box: 6: 4-0-0
TD: 6: 2-1-0
TD Best: 29.09
Career Highlights: WON 2016 Group 1 Temlee, 2015 Group 2 Geelong Cup, 2015 Group 3 Silver Bullet, 2016 Listed Easter Gift, FINALIST 2016 Group 2 Shepparton Cup

Odds to win the Harrison-Dawson: $3.60 with Crownbet

Box Five – Tiggerlong Await
Black Dog – 32.3kg – December 2012
Fabregas x Tiggerlong Petal
Prize money: $116,590
Trainer: Terry Reid
Career: 45: 19-8-10
Box: 3: 2-1-0
TD: 2: 1-0-0
TD Best: 29.36
Career Highlights: 2ND 2016 Group 1 Perth Cup

Odds to win the Harrison-Dawson: $26 with Sportsbet

Box Six – Soda Man
Black Dog – 33.6kg – April 2013
Fabregas x Pure Elle
Prize money: $70,905
Trainer: Corey Grenfell
Career: 55: 20-7-9
Box: 8: 0-1-1
TD: 9: 3-2-1
TD Best: 29.38
Career Highlights: WON Shepparton 25.24, The Meadows 29.79, 29.89, Sandown Park 29.38

Odds to win the Harrison-Dawson: $34 with William Hill

Box Seven – Invictus Rapid
Black Dog – 33.5kg – February 2014
Cosmic Rumble x Miss Fiesty
Prize money: $60,478
Trainer: Jason Thompson
Career: 33: 12-9-4
Box: 7: 3-2-1
TD: 7: 2-2-1
TD Best: 29.20
Career Highlights: FINALIST 2016 Group 1 Silver Chief Classic

Odds to win the Harrison-Dawson: $11 with Sportsbet

Box Eight – Aston Bolero
Black and White Dog – 32.5kg – October 2013
Fabregas x Aston Dream
Prize money: $100,930
Trainer: Jason Thompson
Career: 39: 23-6-4
Box: 3: 2-0-1
TD: 2: 1-1-0
TD Best: 29.59
Career Highlights: 2ND 2016 Group 2 Maitland Gold Cup, 2016 Group 2 Warragul Cup, FINALIST 2016 Group 1 Australian Cup, 2016 Group 2 Shepparton Cup, 2016 Group 2 Warrnambool Cup

Odds to win the Harrison-Dawson: $7 with William Hill

1st Res – Zambora Brockie
Black Dog – 30.7kg – September 2013
Nitro Burst x Flying Liddy
Prize money: $175,273
Trainer: Anthony Azzopardi
Career: 29: 16-3-3
Box: N/A
TD: 2: 0-0-1
TD Best: N/A
Career Highlights: WON 2015 Group 1 Vic Peters Classic, 2016 Group 2 Warrnambool Cup, FINALIST 2016 Group 1 Paws of Thunder, 2016 Group 1 Temlee

Odds to win the Harrison-Dawson: $6 with William Hill

2nd Res – Both Sides Now
Black Dog – 31.0kg – December 2013
Magic Sprite x Cristalle
Prize money: $49,978
Trainer: Angela Langton
Career: 40: 12-1-8
Box: N/A
TD: 19: 6-0-4
TD Best: 29.37
Career Highlights: WON Sandown Park 29.37, The Meadows 29.78

Odds to win the Harrison-Dawson: $41 with William Hill

Suggested bet: PLACE bet on Tiggerlong Await @ $4.40 with Crownbet.com.au