2014 Group One Sandown Cup Preview

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The world’s richest staying race, the Group One Sandown Cup, is the feature of racing at Sandown Park on Thursday evening. No less than $175,000 awaits the connections of the first dog past the post in the event raced over the lung-busting 715 metre journey.

Exciting bitch Sweet It Is will start an odds-on favourite for the event, with her come-from-behind style a big draw card amongst fans.

The team of Jeff Britton and Angela Langton will provide three runners for the race (Supersonic Hawk, Tarks Nemesis and Mepunga Tiara). Know Class for James Shaw, is also trained out of their Anakie kennel and looks to become the first New Zealander to win the event since Raurimu in 1984.

Here are the runners in detail with comments from their connections on the hopes of their dogs;

Box 1
Race Odds
$23.00
Heat Replay
 
Supersonic Hawk
Trainer
Jeff Britton
Owner
Allan Lie & Alex Ooi Syndicate
Prizemoney
$49,805.00
Last 10 Starts
3772616462
35 Months   White & Black   Dog   by   Westmead Hawk Shelby Shiraz
Start Good Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $996.00 Rating 86
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
50 9 13 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
18% 56%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 0 4 0
Comments: Angela Langton (Co-Trainer) – “It was his first seven-hundred last week and I thought he done a super job for his first go at the distance, hopefully he will improve being his second go. If he gets the opportunity he is also capable of leading.” 
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 42.63 6.20 6.20
Box 2
Race Odds 
$6.50
Heat Replay
 
Break O’Day
Trainer
Maxwell Wintle
Owner
Maxwell Wintle
Prizemoney
$92,070.00
Last 10 Starts
1311115512
41 Months   Black   Dog   by   Where’s Pedro Menado
Start Moderate Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,771.00 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
52 19 7 13
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
37% 75%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 3 1 1
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 1 1 1
Comments: ARG opinion is – Consistent conveyance who is amid a rich vein of form. Has gone fast here before and should be rattling home late. 
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.05 42.69 6.23 6.23
Box 3
Race Odds
$7.00
Heat Replay
 
Zipping Joe
Trainer
Darren McDonald
Owner
Bradley Canty
Prizemoney
$31,120.00
Last 10 Starts
2247616242
32 Months   Black   Dog   by   Bombastic Shiraz Or Catra
Start Fair Running Wide Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $915.00 Rating 91
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
34 12 8 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
35% 68%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 1 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 1 0
Comments: Darren McDonald (Trainer) – “He obviously likes to use a bit of the track and that’s where it is going to be important early. He will probably want to be off the track by the first turn so if he stays out of trouble there, then he is going to be right in the race, if not then he is probably going to struggle a little bit.”
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 42.47 6.22 6.22
Box 4
 Race Odds
$12.00
Heat Replay
 
Tarks Nemesis
Trainer
Angela Langton
Owner
Champagne Partnership
Prizemoney
$36,540.00
Last 10 Starts
7722165111

31 Months

  Blue   Bitch   by   Velocette Skrat
Start Fast Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,353.00 Rating 91
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
27 8 4 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
30% 52%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 2 0 1
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 1 1 1
Comments: Angela Langton (Trainer) – “She has hit a bit of a purple patch and has a bit of confidence, the track was really heavy last week so she did a really good job to kick on and run the other dog down. I think she can lead but she will probably have to if she is to have any chance of winning, I don’t think she can come from behind and run down most of these dogs.”
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.12 42.41 6.03 6.03
Box 5
Race Odds
$11.00
Heat Replay
 
Know Class
Trainer
James Shaw
Owner
Garry Cleeve
Prizemoney
$70,665.50
Last 10 Starts
4426122511
43 Months   Blue   Dog   by   Willy What Blue Fern
Start Risky Running Middle Finish

Strong

Prizemoney Rating $1,809.00 Rating 89
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
81 20 29 17
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
25% 81%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 2 0 0
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 3 2  2
Comments: James Shaw (Trainer) – “He seems to know where the line is but that is what you get when you come from behind all the time I guess. The box isn’t great but I am happy he is in there. Any box from one to eight is good. I think the only way he can improve from his last two runs is by beginning a little bit better. This is his third run so maybe he can go a little bit quicker but I am just happy he is in there.”
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.20 42.62 6.34 6.34
Box 6
Race Odds
$26.00
Heat Replay
 
Butterfly Bling
Trainer
David Phillips
Owner
Nicolas Beltran
Prizemoney
$27,765.00
Last 10 Starts
5243332431
45 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Bit Chili Miss Bling
Start Slow Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $631.00 Rating 88
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
44 5 9 10
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
11% 55%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 2 2 4
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 0 1 3
Comments: ARG opinion is – Caused an upset in the heats but does not win out of turn. May find a few of these too classy. 
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.56 42.71 6.31 6.52
Box 7
Race Odds
$1.70
Heat Replay
 
Sweet It Is
Trainer
Darren McDonald
Owner
Two Bear’s Syndicate
Prizemoney
$150,460.00
Last 10 Starts
6246212122
30 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Mogambo Off Springer
Start Slow Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $4,559.00 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
33 8 5 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
24% 49%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 2 2 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 1 0
Comments: Darren McDonald (Trainer) – “She needs that clear run. The problem has been that she is beginning a little bit better for me and that means she is finding trouble. I was kind of hoping for an inside box so that if she does come out a little but better she can get a clearer run to the first turn without getting knocked over, because if they get knocked over too many times they tend to want to give it up after a while. Being a bitch you don’t really want her to be knocked around too much.”
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.10 42.76 6.30 6.41
Box 8
Race Odds
$6.00
Heat Replay
 
Mepunga Tiara
Trainer
Jeff Britton
Owner
Barry Smith
Prizemoney
$35,340.00
Last 10 Starts
1442723121
29 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Premier Fantasy Meounga Opal
Start Good Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,414.00 Rating 87
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
25 7 6 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
28% 68%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 1 0
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 0 0 1
Comments: Angela Langton (Co-Trainer) – “She is another quick beginner, she does have to overcome the outside but she has a slow beginner drawn inside her and at least our three quick beginners are separated in terms of the box draw. So many times they draw next to each other and tend to muck each other up.”
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.46 42.46 6.17 6.17
1st Res
Race Odds
$13.00
Heart Replay
 
Heaps Of Ability
Trainer
Carl Schlensog
Owner
Carl Schlensog
Prizemoney
$18,615.00
Last 10 Starts
1263221153
24 Months   Black   Dog   by   Bekim Bale Queen Bluebird
Start Good Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,163.00 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
16 5 5 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
31% 88%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
16 5 5 4
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Up and coming stayer who is still improving but would only be a rough hope if gaining a start.
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41.69 42.49 6.06 6.43
2nd Res
Race Odds
$18.00
Heat Replay
 
Infinite Wish
Trainer
Angela Langton
Owner
Champagne Partnership
Prizemoney
$82,170.00
Last 10 Starts
4323221363
33 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Premier Fantasy Jean Jeannie
Start Slow Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,826.00 Rating 89
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
45 11 11 9
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
24% 69%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
10 1 3 2
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Would only be a place chance at best if gaining a start. 
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.27 42.83 6.25 6.42

The obvious key to the race is whether or not Sweet It Is (7) can obtain a relatively clean run in transit. If she does, it should be a matter of how far she wins by.

The Langton/Britton trio of Supersonic Hawk (1), Tarks Nemesis (4) and Mepunga Tiara (8) look to have the pace in the race.

Zipping Joe (3) could improve very sharply should he be left alone in the run to the post the first time, while Break O’Day (2) was caught up in a bumping duel last week and could be a lot better with a clear shot at them in this one.