2011 Sapphire Crown Classic Final Betting & Form Preview

The 2011 Group 1 Sapphire Crown Classic Final will be run and won tonight at Sandown greyhounds, and one of the eight finalist will win $50,000 in first place prizemoney, as well as the respect and recognition that goes with one of Australia’s most prestigious female only greyhound races.

In the interest’s of helping you find the 2011 Group 1 Sapphire Crown Classic winner Australian Racing Greyhound have scoured the form of the finalists to find all the facts and figures you need to know (and a few of the ones you don’t) to help steer you in the right direction.

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Group 1 Macro Meats Sapphire Crown Classic Final Betting & Form Preview

S/E Group 1 event over 515 Metres at Sandown Park Of $72,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $50,000 2nd: $15,000 3rd: $7,500.

Amakler Girl

  • Breeding : Superman ~ Sky Alarm
  • Whelped : July 2007
  • Sex : Bitch
  • Colour : Black
  • Owner/s : Gloria Stack
  • Trainer : Robert Stack
  • Race Record : 70 Starts – 26 wins – 9 seconds – 11 thirds
  • Prizemoney : $60,115
  • Sandown Park 515m Record : 7 Starts – 2 wins – 2 seconds – 2 thirds
  • Best Time : 29.85
  • Last Time : 29.86
  • Best First Sectional Time : 5.10
  • Last First Sectional Time : 5.18
  • Box 1 Record : 5 Starts – 1 wins – 1 seconds – 2 thirds
  • Sportsbet Market : $3.50

Comment :
Rising four year old who is surprisingly not that well boxed down on the rail with her fastest wins being from out wide and 14 of her 26 wins from boxes 6,7 and 8. Was reserve back in 2009 and with the race not run here last year, is looking to improve on her unplaced run behind Tonneli Bale in her only other group race final, the 2011 Ladies Bracelet at Wentworth Park. Was an even 29.86 winner last start in the heats but will need to improve to hold some of these out.

Aston Elle

  • Breeding : Bombastic Shiraz ~ Elite Oriental
  • Whelped : December 2008
  • Sex : Bitch
  • Colour : Black
  • Owner/s : Ray Borda
  • Trainer : Jason Thompson
  • Race Record : 24 Starts – 10 wins – 4 seconds – 2 thirds
  • Prizemoney : $39,360
  • Sandown Park 515m Record : 9 Starts – 4 wins – 2 seconds – 0 thirds
  • Best Time : 29.68
  • Last Time : 29.81
  • Best First Sectional Time : 5.13
  • Last First Sectional Time : 5.24
  • Box 2 Record : 3 Starts – 1 wins – 1 seconds – 0 thirds
  • Sportsbet Market : $5.00

Comment :
Makes the final after finishing second to Queen Of Cyprus from box 3. Third group final after finishing 4th in Radley Bale’s 2011 Golden Easter Egg and unplaced in the 2011 WA Oaks final at Cannington. Doesn’t have the pace to lead, although will be a great place chance for owner Ray Borda who is also the major sponsor of the race.

Rafferty Flyer

  • Breeding : Where’s Pedro ~ Kalimna Rose
  • Whelped : February 2008
  • Sex : Bitch
  • Colour : Black
  • Owner/s : Leon Gallivan
  • Trainer : Ronald Giles
  • Race Record : 46 Starts – 18 wins – 9 seconds – 5 thirds
  • Prizemoney : $52,175
  • Sandown Park 515m Record : 12 Starts – 6 wins – 1 seconds – 1 thirds
  • Best Time : 29.68
  • Last Time : 29.78
  • Best First Sectional Time : 5.17
  • Last First Sectional Time : 5.17
  • Box 3 Record : 12 Starts – 4 wins – 1 seconds – 2 thirds
  • Sportsbet Market : $8.50

Comment :
Set a personal best first sectional last week in the heats when leading all the way in 5.17, 29.78. Strong chaser who makes her third group final here after finishing unplaced in both the 2011 Bendigo Cup and Horsham Cup finals. Very good greyhound but lacks the early pace to establish a break over this field. Another who is a great place chance but would need luck to take it out.

Miss Bel Air

  • Breeding : Brett Lee ~ Casey’s Angel
  • Whelped : August 2008
  • Sex : Bitch
  • Colour : Black
  • Owner/s : Judy Hayley
  • Trainer : Judy Hayley
  • Race Record : 28 Starts – 15 wins – 3 seconds – 2 thirds
  • Prizemoney : $37,895
  • Sandown Park 515m Record : 12 Starts – 5 wins – 2 seconds – 0 thirds
  • Best Time : 29.73
  • Last Time : 29.92
  • Best First Sectional Time : 5.14
  • Last First Sectional Time : 5.20
  • Box 4 Record : 3 Starts – 2 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds
  • Sportsbet Market : $12.00

Comment :
Has won 8 of her 15 wins from boxes 2,3 and 4 and is not without hope in this final but will need to run a personal best first section to be in the picture. Has to clear Rafferty Flyer cleanly in the run to the corner as that runner likes to use plenty of the track. Will have to improve on the last start 29.92 but on best form of 29.68 would be right in this. In very good hands and an improved showing would not surprise.

Dream Chick

  • Breeding : Premier Fantasy ~ Que Sera Sera
  • Whelped : May 2009
  • Sex : Bitch
  • Colour :White & Black
  • Owner/s : Jacob Weinmann
  • Trainer : Jeff Britton
  • Race Record : 18 Starts – 3 wins – 6 seconds – 4 thirds
  • Prizemoney : $12,670
  • Sandown Park 515m Record : 12 Starts – 2 wins – 2 seconds – 4 thirds
  • Best Time : 29.77
  • Last Time : 29.80
  • Best First Sectional Time : 5.08
  • Last First Sectional Time : 5.08
  • Box 5 Record : 0 Starts – 0 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds
  • Sportsbet Market : $34.00

Comment :
Youngest bitch in the final and improved lengths on previous runs to win the heat leading all the way from box 4. Ran a personal best 5.08 last week and a repeat performance would put her in the picture again. A daughter of 2007 winner Que Sera Sera and a nice effort from the Britton/Langton team to continue the damlines strong showing in this race, but realistically she is not her mother and will struggle in this race unless able to lead clearly. There will be other races for her.

Tonneli Bale

  • Breeding : Collision ~ Ambrosia Bale
  • Whelped : April 2008
  • Sex : Bitch
  • Colour : Black
  • Owner/s : Paul Wheeler
  • Trainer : Graeme Bate
  • Race Record : 35 Starts – 12 wins – 5 seconds – 7 thirds
  • Prizemoney : $113,405
  • Sandown Park 515m Record : 8 Starts – 3 wins – 1 seconds – 2 thirds
  • Best Time : 29.46
  • Last Time : 29.60
  • Best First Sectional Time : 5.19
  • Last First Sectional Time : 5.24
  • Box 6 Record : 6 Starts – 2 wins – 0 seconds – 1 thirds
  • Sportsbet Market : $3.50

Comment :
Has had an absolute mortgage on the sex restricted group races lately, winning the 2011 WA Oaks, and 2011 Ladies Bracelet finals. Has also been placed in the 2010 National Futurity and 2010 Laurels, has also made the finals of the Queensland Futurity, WA Young Stars Classic and The Ambrosoli. Class runner of the field who is racing with great confidence and is one of just a few who doesn’t need to lead to win. Came from off the pace last start to win and qualify fastest for this final, and just needs to avoid bad luck in running from the draw.

Queen Of Cyprus

  • Breeding : Pure Octane ~ Cheeky Sprite
  • Whelped : September 2008
  • Sex : Bitch
  • Colour : Dark Brindle
  • Owner/s : Jon The Bay Syndicate
  • Trainer : Tony Brett
  • Race Record : 12 Starts – 7 wins – 3 seconds – 1 thirds
  • Prizemoney : $11,718
  • Sandown Park 515m Record : 1 Starts – 1 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds
  • Best Time : 29.75
  • Last Time : 29.75
  • Best First Sectional Time : 5.33
  • Last First Sectional Time : 5.33
  • Box 7 Record : 0 Starts – 0 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds
  • Sportsbet Market : $4.00

Comment :
Unheralded Queenslander who made people stand up and take notice with a barnstorming run from back in the field to win her heat in 29.75 beating Aston Elle. Should be improved by the run and the look at the track and in the very capable hands of Tony Brett who won the race in 2003 with Bogie Leigh and again in 2008 with Queen Lauren; so knows what it it takes to win and wouldn’t be traveling down here on hope alone. Rapid rise to group level having contested the Magic Maiden series at Wentworth Park in April 2011 but will make the race interesting if able to sit outside or just behind Tonneli Bale and they make their runs together.

Wadelock Sal

  • Breeding : Bond ~ Hello Gal
  • Whelped : November 2007
  • Sex : Bitch
  • Colour : Black
  • Owner/s : Donna Cobain
  • Trainer : Michael Clohesy
  • Race Record : 64 Starts – 16 wins – 13 seconds – 3 thirds
  • Prizemoney : $34,705
  • Sandown Park 515m Record : 15 Starts – 4 wins – 0 seconds – 1 thirds
  • Best Time : 29.75
  • Last Time : 29.85
  • Best First Sectional Time : 5.13
  • Last First Sectional Time : 5.16
  • Box 8 Record : 8 Starts – 1 wins – 1 seconds – 2 thirds
  • Sportsbet Market : $21.00

Comment :
Drawn to get a great run from the box with slowish beginners Tonneli Bale and Queen Of Cyprus drawn directly to her inside, but doesn’t have the pace to lead clearly. Good effort to run down Khumbu in the heat in 29.85 but would need to improve again to win this. Great effort by connections to have her make her first group final at group 1 level and at start 64, but will need some others to find trouble to escape with the title.

2011 Group 1 Sapphire Crown Classic Selections

  • First : Tonneli Bale
  • Second : Aston Elle
  • Third : Queen Of Cyprus