2014 Group Two Harrison-Dawson Preview

Sandown Park is again the epicenter of top class greyhound racing this Thursday night with a stellar card of chasing scheduled, including four Sandown Cup heats and the Group One Sapphire Crown final.

Amid all of this, one of Victoria’s newest Group races, the Group Two Harrison-Dawson final takes place. The $100,000 to-the-winner event is held over the flying 515 metre journey and will be the eighth race of the evening at 9:49pm.

Last Thursday night’s heats threw up a few surprises which saw dogs of the ilk of Black Magic Opal, Tonk, Hooksy and Innocent Til all missing a berth in the big one.

In fact, up until the scratching of Mepunga Melachi, there were no Group One winners in the race. Reserve runner Hawk Alone is now the only runner with that achievement next to his name in this final.

That aside, there is still no lack of quality in the race with the likes of Musquin Bale, Awesome Project and Banjo Boy among the top chances.

Here is the field in detail along with connections appraisals of their hopes;

Box 1
Race Odds
$13.00
Heat Replay
 
Texas Titan
Trainer
Jeff Britton
Owner
Nathan Wilson
Prizemoney
$21,730.00
Last 10 Starts
1621121312
21 Months   Black   Dog   by   Vapour Whirl Foot Luce
Start Slow Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,975.00 Rating 98
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
11 5 3 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
45% 91%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
10 4 3 2
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Comments: Angela Langton (Co-Trainer) – “He tends to track wide and likes to be a little off the fence. He hasn’t had box one much and we are hoping the box will bring him out a bit better as he is a slow beginner. We also hope that he doesn’t pull of wide on the turn.”

 

Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.57 29.63 5.14 5.22
Box 2
Race Odds 
$2.90
Heat Replay
 
Musquin Bale
Trainer
Andrea Dailly
Owner
Paul Wheeler
Prizemoney
$102,350.00
Last 10 Starts
5233251211
37 Months   Red Fawn   Dog   by   Dyna Lachlan Foot Luce
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,437.00 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
42 13 9 4
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
31% 62%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 3 0 1
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 3 0 1
Comments: Tom Dailly (Co-Trainer) – “He has drawn nicely, as long as he gets a clear run early then he should go alright.”
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.30 29.30 5.04 5.05
Box 3
Race Odds
$3.90
Heat Replay
 
Awesome Project
Trainer
Darren McDonald
Owner
Bradley Canty
Prizemoney
$105,045.00
Last 10 Starts
7132511112
38 Months   Black   Dog   by   Collision Honour Phase
Start Slow Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,839.00 Rating 99
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
37 17 6 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
46% 76%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 2 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 0 2 1
Comments: ARG opinion is – Strong runner in a good kennel who has been in great form of late. Will need to step well to put himself in this contest early, if he can be in the first few heading for home, he is strong enough to be a genuine hope.
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.53 29.52 5.09 5.10
Box 4
 Race Odds
$11.00
Heat Replay
 
Tyronimo
Trainer
Wayne Vassallo
Owner
Whittongton Sprod Syndicate
Prizemoney
$74,956.00
Last 10 Starts
2161322161

41 Months

  Black   Dog   by   Bombastic Shiraz Ferly Gain
Start Slow Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,229.00 Rating 91
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
61 15 20 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
25% 66%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 3 2 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 0 3 1
Comments: Wayne Vassallo (Trainer) – “He’s very consistent around that 29.50 mark, he just needs that good run to the first turn, then he can really motor home.The box draw has not done him any favours, really now I’ll just be happy if he can run into a place. He’s very consistent, he has been sort of racing every week and is going as good as he as ever gone.”
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.51 29.56 5.09 5.20
Box 5
Race Odds
$14.00
Heat Replay
 
Cornelius Fudge
Trainer
Lisa Cockerell
Owner
TwoFromFiftyFour Syndicate
Prizemoney
$92,255.00
Last 10 Starts
64123532F2
36 Months   Fawn   Dog   by   Knocka Norris Finlandia
Start Slow Running Middle Finish

Strong

Prizemoney Rating $1,809.00 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
51 13 13 10
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
25% 71%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
20 5 3 5
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 1 0  4
Comments: Lisa Cockerell (Trainer) – “The draw is not great, I guess it is better than six, seven or eight, but he is going to get back regardless so as long as he gets some room, I guess the box doesn’t matter too much. I think it is just a case of putting him in the box and closing my eyes and hoping for the best. I think he has deserved his spot in the race, just for himself more than anything.”
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.30 29.51 5.18 5.30
Box 6
Race Odds
$15.00
Heat Replay
 
Owen Bale
Trainer
Steve Collins
Owner
Paul Wheeler
Prizemoney
$31,785.00
Last 10 Starts
5265F24112
32 Months   Fawn   Dog   by   Surf Lorian Dyna Panama
Start Fair Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,025.00 Rating 93
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
31 6 7 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
19% 52%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 2 4 0
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 2 0 1
Comments: Tammy Collins (Kennel Representative)  “He is a good honest chaser but he is going to need a lot of luck from the bad box. But he is in there with a chance so we will just see what happens.”
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.61 29.66 5.10 5.10
Box 7
Race Odds
$2.70
Heat Replay
 
Banjo Boy
Trainer
Ken Virtue
Owner
Andrew Varasdi
Prizemoney
$120,380.00
Last 10 Starts
3115334511
37 Months   White & Black   Dog   by   Vee Man Vane Off Springer
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $3,439.00 Rating 93
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
35 14 6 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
40% 71%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
11 4 1 5
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 1 3 2
Comments: Ken Virtue (Trainer) – “I don’t think the box is going to really matter, what is going to matter is how he begins wherever he draws. Perhaps you can argue that if he had an inside draw he could push up inside them, where from wide you can get trapped out there if you do happen to dwell a bit. It is up to the dog, in my opinion his only weakness is that he is a risky beginner.”

 

Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.34 29.34 5.00 5.10
Box 8
Race Odds
$SCR
Heat Replay
 
Mepunga Melachi – SCRATCHED
Trainer
N/A
Owner
N/A
Prizemoney
$N/A
Last 10 Starts
N/A
N/A Months   N/A   N/A   by   N/A N/A
Start N/A Running N/A Finish N/A
Prizemoney Rating N/A Rating N/A
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
N/A% N/A%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: SCRATCHED
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
N/A N/A N/A N/A
1st Res
Race Odds
$7.00
Heart Replay
 
Hawk Alone – Starts from Box 8
Trainer
Andrea Dailly
Owner
Mark Rodgers
Prizemoney
$308,395.00
Last 10 Starts
F241332273
45 Months   Black   Dog   by   Westmead Hawk Glamorous Jade
Start Moderate Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $5,711.00 Rating 94
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
54 16 12 10
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
30% 70%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
11 5 1 3
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 2 2 3
Comments: Group One Rookie Rebel winner who is strong and can handle the wide draw. He was also a place-getter in the Golden Easter Egg and if he gets some room to position himself early, he will be running on at the business end of proceedings.
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.38 29.55 5.03 5.09
2nd Res
Race Odds
$14.00
Heat Replay
 
My Bro Fabio
Trainer
Brooke Ennis
Owner
Michelle Jones
Prizemoney
$36,900.00
Last 10 Starts
1225152133
26 Months   Black   Dog   by   Turanza Bale Flamenco
Start Slow Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,677.00 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
23 10 4 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
43% 74%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 2 1 3
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Another run on type dog who has gone fast at Sandown in the past. Depending on the draw, he would not be the worst if he gained a start.
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.38 29.67 5.15 29.67

This is a race that appears to lack genuine early speed. If Musquin Bale (2) can begin the way he has been lately then he may get the opportunity to make his own luck up front. He is a very strong dog and, if he finds the lead, will take a power of running down.

Banjo Boy (7) holds all the keys. He is an unreliable beginner, but should he exit the boxes well, then the race is there for the taking.

Awesome Project (3) could well be on the speed but will be hoping they cross Musquin Bale early to give himself the best chance of winning.

Hawk Alone (9) who will exit box seven, is a proven performer in big finals and comes into this as a real smokey. With a modicum of luck in the running, he could prove to be a knockout.

Cornelius Fudge (5), Tyronimo (4), Texas Titan (1) and Owen Bale (6) are all likely to leave the boxes slowly and will need luck in the run to the first turn.

Both Cornelius Fudge and Tyronimo have registered fast times here before and are the smokeys in the field if the cards fall their way.