The Sandown Shootout has been won by some of the nation’s best greyhounds since WA star Reggemite took out the inaugural running back in 1998.
Go Wild Teddy, Bombastic Shiraz, Whisky Assassin, Mantra Lad and Velocette are just some of the names that appear on the honour roll and this year another talented sprinter will add their name alongside some of the greatest chasers our sport has seen.
Seven runners were nominated for the 2014 Group Two Sandown Shootout; Allen Deed, Awesome Project, Banjo Boy, Iva Vision, Oakvale Destiny, Sisco Rage and Star Recall with the four runners announced earlier tonight.
ALLEN DEED (Jarvis Bale x Greta Bale)
A beaten favourite in the Group One Topgun on Saturday night, Allen Deed is one of the most powerful chasers in Victoria. The Andrea Dailly-trained chaser has won 18 races from 42 starts including three victories at Sandown Park over the 515 metre trip. He has a personal best of 29.31 at the track and, although he will probably be giving the leaders a big start, he has a massive motor and will be powering home.
AWESOME PROJECT (Collision x Honour Phase)
Awesome Project ran a great third in the Topgun from an awkward draw in box six. He is one of those greyhounds that is always around the money and consistently performs well at the top level. He is a winner of two Group Two races, the Gosford Gold Cup and the Harrison-Dawson, the latter being held at Sandown earlier this year. He has run a slick 29.35 over the track and distance.
BANJO BOY (Vee Man Vane x Off Springer)
The dashing white and black speedster was a finalist in last year’s Shootout, finishing third behind superstar bitch Xylia Allen. He has had four starts back from injury resulting in two wins and two minor placings, including a 29.40 win at Sandown.
IVA VISION (Ivan Brown x Visualization)
One of the most exciting youngsters in Queensland, he showed his potential earlier this year when winning the Group Three SA Derby at Angle Park. He has since had a look at Sandown and was very convincing posting a quick 29.43 victory.
RESERVES: Oakvale Destiny (1st), Star Recall (2nd)
The box draw will be conducted this Thursday night at Sandown Park and, for the first time, it will be a preferential box draw with each dog selected randomly. Trainers are then given the opportunity to draw their greyhound in a box they think suits them best.