2016 Group 1 Sandown Cup – best odds & betting preview

DUAL group 1 winner No Donuts is the favourite to take out Australia’s Richest staying race, the Group 1 Sandown Cup (715m), at Sandown Park this Thursday following a slashing victory in his heat last week.

Beginning from box six at what was his first start in a month, the son of Fabregas and Chevy Princess took up the lead with a lap to go and powered to the line to defeat Kilkee Flex by three and one quarter lengths in 41.78.

The black dog has subsequently been installed as the $2.10 favourite with Bet365 to take out the $175,000 to the winner final where he has drawn box three. The 30.5kg frontrunner will be aiming to secure his 25th career win at start 46, with a victory set to take his career earnings above $498,000 for owner Brad Canty and trainer Anthony Azzopardi.

Rated the best chance of toppling the favourite is the promising Zipping Kane which is drawn off the track in box seven. Trained by Carolyn Jones, the son of Magic Sprite and Scarlett Girl was only having his second crack at the testing ‘700’ trip in his heat, but ran the distance out very well when clocking a fast 41.83. With a remarkable strike rate of 13 wins and 13 placings from 29 starts, Zipping Kane is a $3.20 chance with Crownbet and comes into the race with plenty of confidence having won his past three in succession.

Wind Whistler, trained by Angela Langton, is the only other greyhound under double figure odds, the best price on offer being $9 with Crownbet. The white and black chaser secured a determined last to first win in his heat which followed a terrific 41.86 win in the Group 3 Lizrene over the track and trip on May 5.

Langton’s partner Jeff Britton also trains one of the finalists in Dublin Bull which has drawn box two. Rated an $11 shot to take out the feature with Sportsbet, the son of Barcia Bale and Chasin The Dream returned to his best with a 42.03 heat win last Thursday and has drawn favourably towards the fence in the decider.

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Kilkee Flex ran a nice race in her heat, breaking the elusive 42 second barrier when finishing second behind No Donuts. The brindle bitch moves into box eight for the final and will be looking to race up on the speed if she is to be a chance of pinching the title at $17.

Group 1 Superstayers winner Luna Jinx qualified for the Sandown Cup with a come from behind 42.26 win in her heat, but the experienced campaigner will have to contend with a less than ideal box six draw in the final.

Leading conditioner Jason Thompson also has one in the feature, namely Who Dey which will start from box one in the feature, while the field is rounded out by Bells Are Ringin which has drawn box five where she will be out to secure win 16 at start 39.

The Group 1 Sandown Cup is race eight on the card at Sandown Park this Thursday and is set to jump at 9:40pm AEST.

Box One – Who Dey
Red Fawn Dog – 31.6kg – May 2013
Nitro Burst x Same Consequence
Prize money: $35,620
Trainer: Jason Thompson
Career: 41: 9-5-2
Box: 7: 4-1-2
TD:4: 2-0-0
TD Best: 41.91
Career Highlights: WON Sandown Park 41.91, Bendigo 37.76

Best odds to win the Sandown Cup: $17 with Sportsbet

Box Two – Dublin Bull
Black Dog – 34.2kg – October 2013
Barcia Bale x Chasin The Dream
Prize money: $79,215
Trainer: Jeff Britton
Career: 42: 15-7-3
Box: 4: 1-1-1
TD: 4: 3-1-0
TD Best: 41.91
Career Highlights: FINALIST 2016 Group 1 Association Cup, 2015 Group 3 Sydney Cup

Best odds to win the Sandown Cup: $11 with Sportsbet

Box Three – No Donuts
Black Dog – 30.5kg – June 2013
Fabregas x Chevy Princess
Prize money: $323,552
Trainer: Anthony Azzopardi
Career: 46: 25-9-3
Box: 5: 1-4-0
TD: 1: 1-0-0
TD Best: 41.78
Career Highlights: WON 2015 Group 1 Sale Cup, 2016 Group 1 Zoom Top, 2016 Group 2 Summer Distance Plate, 2ND 2015 Group 2 Richmond Derby, 2015 Group 2 QLD Derby, 3RD 2015 Group 3 Dillon Memorial, FINALIST 2016 Group 1 Stayers Cup, 2015 Group 3 New Sensation

Best odds to win the Sandown Cup: $2.10 with Bet365

Box Four – Wind Whistler
White and Black Dog – 33.2kg – June 2012
Premier Fantasy x Seminole
Prize money: $179,740
Trainer: Angela Langton
Career: 97: 19-20-22
Box: 10: 2-2-2
TD: 10: 3-2-3
TD Best: 41.86
Career Highlights: WON 2016 Group 3 Lizrene, FINALIST 2015 Group 2 Cranbourne Cup, 2014 Group 3 SA Derby, 2015 Group 3 The Racecallers, 2015 Group 3 Top Cat Video Cup, 2015 Group 3 Sydney Cup

Best odds to win the Sandown Cup: $9 with Crownbet

Box Five – Bells Are Ringin
Brindle Bitch -24.4kg – November 2013
Kinloch Brae x Absolute Stunna
Prize money: $84,277
Trainer: Gerard O’Keeffe
Career: 38: 15-8-2
Box: 4: 2-0-1
TD: 4: 2-1-0
TD Best: 42.31
Career Highlights: FINALIST 2016 Bendigo Stayers Cup

Best odds to win the Sandown Cup: $51 with Sportsbet

Box Six – Luna Jinx
Blue Bitch – 26.2kg – May 2012
Velocette x Hannah’s Jinx
Prize money: $237,465
Trainer: Gavin Harris
Career: 72: 26-12-9
Box: 8: 3-0-2
TD: 15: 5-1-1
TD Best: 41.34
Career Highlights: WON 2015 Group 1 Superstayers, 3RD 2015 Group 1 Bold Trease, FINALIST 2016 Group 1 Zoom Top, 2015 Group 3 Lizrene, 2015 Group 3 Top Cat Video Cup, 2016 Group 3 Lizrene

Best odds to win the Sandown Cup: $16 with Bet365

Box Seven – Zipping Kane
Black Dog – 33.3kg – December 2013
Magic Sprite x Scarlett Girl
Prize money: $85,555
Trainer: Carolyn Jones
Career: 29: 13-10-3
Box: 5: 2-1-2
TD: 1: 1-0-0
TD Best: 41.83
Career Highlights: WON 2016 Group 3 The Racecallers

Best odds to win the Sandown Cup: $3.20 with Crownbet

Box Eight – Kilkee Flex
Brindle Bitch – 28.8kg – February 2013
Kinloch Brae x Mamie Bale
Prize money: $86,610
Trainer: Peter Dapiran
Career: 61: 15-12-8
Box: 6: 1-1-1
TD: 11: 2-3-2
TD Best: 42.06
Career Highlights: 3RD 2016 Group 1 Hume Cup, FINALIST 2015 Group 1 Bold Trease, 2016 Group 1 Zoom Top, 2016 Group 3 Lizrene

Best odds to win the Sandown Cup: $17 with Bet365

1st Res – Mepunga Rosie
Black Bitch – 29.6kg – August 2013
Kinloch Brae x Mepunga Diva
Prize money: $71,003
Trainer: Jeff Britton
Career: 39: 11-9-3
Box: N/A
TD: 3: 0-2-1
TD Best: NBT
Career Highlights: WON Wentworth Park 30.23, The Meadows 34.56, Ballarat 38.25

Best odds to win the Sandown Cup: $17 with Sportsbet

2nd Res – Ring The Bell
Brindle Dog – 31.6kg – November 2013
Kinloch Brae x Absolute Stunna
Prize money: $55,320
Trainer: Gerard O’Keeffe
Career: 35: 10-10-3
Box: N/A
TD: 5: 2-1-1
TD Best: 42.05
Career Highlights: WON Sandown Park 42.05, 42.21, Sale 37.61

Best odds to win the Sandown Cup: $31 with Sportsbet

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