ONE of the most exciting events on the greyhound racing calendar is just days away, with the running of the Group 2 Shootout (515m) at Sandown Park this Friday night.
An innovative concept, four of the nation’s best sprinters have been selected to take their place in the $50,000, winner take all feature, which requires a combination of speed, strength and tenacity to win.
Topgun champion Dundee Osprey is the favourite to salute on Thursday night, with online bookmaker Crownbet installing him as the $2.50 top elect.
The son of Fabregas and Dundee Rose will step from box one and will be aiming to extend his stellar record over the track and trip, already boasting six wins and three minors from 12 appearances with a 29.11 personal best.
Four-time group winner Zambora Brockie has drawn box five but remains the second pick at $2.90.
The Anthony Azzopardi-trained sprinter bounced back to the winner’s list last Thursday with a 29.40 triumph at Sandown and if he can get anywhere near his 29.14 best this week he will be right in the finish.
Outside Pass has only had three starts at the track for a win and a second, but she has trialled here in 29.10 which is the best official time of any of the greyhounds in this event.
The daughter of Head Bound and Tina’s Show recorded a nice win in a heat of the Melbourne Cup Prelude a few weeks ago and if she can get away to a clean start she could cause some concern for the two big guns either side of her.
Worm Burner represents the value of the field at $6.50, however he will be debuting at the track this Thursday which is some cause for concern.
The brindle dog is boxed beautifully on the outside and he did defeat all three of his opponents in the final of the Group 1 National Sprint Championship at Angle Park when clocking a mind boggling 29.17.
If he can bring his South Australian form to Sandown, he could cause an upset.
Sandown Shootout – form and runner statistics
Box One – Dundee Osprey
Black Dog – 35.1kg – December 2013
Fabregas x Dundee Rose
Prize money: $345,260
Trainer: Geoff Scott-Smith
Career: 34: 14-3-5
T/D: 12: 6-2-1
Career Highlights: WON 2016 Group 1 Topgun, 2016 Group 1 Harrison-Dawson, 2016 Speed Star, FINALIST 2016 Group 1 National Sprint Championship, 2016 Group 2 Launching Pad, 2016 Group 2 QLD Derby, 2016 Group 2 McKenna Memorial
Odds to win the Shootout: $2.50
Box Three – Outside Pass
Black Bitch – 30.1kg – August 2013
Head Bound x Tina’s Show
Prize money: $114,273
Trainer: Tony Apap
Career: 33: 14-5-2
T/D: 3: 1-1-1
Best: 29.10 (trial)
Career Highlights: 2ND 2016 Group 1 Winter Cup, 2016 Speed Star, FINALIST 2016 Group 1 National Sprint Championship, 2016 Group 2 Richmond Oaks.
Odds to win the Shootout: $4
Box Five – Zambora Brockie
Black Dog – 30.8kg – September 2013
Nitro Burst x Flying Liddy
Prize money: $369,133
Trainer: Anthony Azzopardi
Career: 43: 26-4-5
T/D: 5: 2-0-2
Career Highlights: WON 2015 Group 1 Vic Peters Classic, 2016 Group 1 Winter Cup, 2016 Group 2 Warrnambool Cup, 2016 Group 2 Horsham Cup, 2ND 2016 Group 1 National Sprint Championship, FINALIST 2016 Group 1 Paws of Thunder, 2016 Group 1 Temlee, 2016 Group 1 Topgun.
Odds to win the Shootout: $2.90
Box Seven – Worm Burner
Brindle Dog – 31.4kg – December 2013
Oaks Road x Little Looper
Prize money: $204,225
Trainer: Cameron Butcher
Career: 52: 33-8-4
T/D: 0: 0-0-0
Career Highlights: WON 2016 Group 1 National Sprint Championship, 2015 Group 3 Brian Johnstone Memorial, 2ND 2016 Group 1 Adelaide Cup, FINALIST 2016 Group 1 Topgun.
Odds to win the Shootout: $6.50 with Crownbet