THE Bold Trease is a group 1 greyhound race which is run at Sandown Park over the testing 715m journey.
The race is held on the same night as the world’s richest greyhound race, the Group 1 Melbourne Cup, and offers a lucrative prize itself – with winning connections pocketing a sizeable $100,000.
The most recent edition of the Bold Trease was won by Fanta Bale for leading Victorian conditioner Rob Britton.
Betting on the Group 1 Bold Trease
Being a group 1 race, only the best greyhounds tackle the Bold Trease series – which in itself generates plenty of betting interest.
However, because there isn’t generally a great deal of depth amongst the Australian staying ranks, it is common for the series, including pre-post betting, to be dominated by just a couple of greyhounds – in comparison to sprint races where dozens are given a genuine chance of claiming the top prize.
This doesn’t mean there isn’t any value if you like to back roughies. The beauty of greyhound racing is it is exciting and full of surprises – there is no such thing as a certainly.
Dogs aren’t like racehorses – they don’t have a jockey on their backs to steer them through fields from behind and like all animals, sometimes they have a mind of their own and don’t bring their A-game.
Group 1 Bold Trease – race history
The Bold Trease is one of the most prestigious staying races on the Australian greyhound racing calendar. The race is named in honour of former champion Bold Trease (Roy Trease x Irish Temptress Mar ’84) which won an unprecedented four Sandown Cups in 1986, 1987, 1988 and 1989.
Bold Trease is often regarded as the greatest stayer of all time and was immortalised in the Australian Greyhound Racing Association Hall of Fame in 2002.
Interestingly, despite most greyhounds being black, fawn greyhounds have a good record in the Bold Trease – fitting considering Bold Trease was also a fawn flash.
The race, originally known as the Carnival Cup, was inaugurated in 1999 when won by Chain Of Lagoons (Head Honcho x Go Duchess May ’97) which – fittingly – a blue fawn greyhound. Collecting $40,000 for the win, Chain Of Lagoons defeated Tamingo Magic (Acacia Ablaze x Cry For Me Nov ’97) by five lengths in 42.54 over the 715m distance.
A white and fawn greyhound won the race in 2001 when Sara Magee (Ginger Magee x Kellcoll Feb ’99) clocked a moderate 42.87 for trainer A. DeDonato when causing a boilover at $44.20.
The following year, the Carnival Cup went to Naughty Nita (Worth Reward x Ready To Rain May ’00) for trainer Peter Giles. Run at The Meadows over 725m that year, the red fawn bitch was well drawn in box two and was dominant despite being a double figure chance, winning by two lengths in 42.83.
The honour roll also boasts the name Fallen Zorro (Lilli Pilli Lad x Chinatown Babe Dec ’05), another blue fawn greyhound, which made the race her own in 2008.
A litter sister to champion Chinatown Lad, Fallen Zorro was the 2008 Sandown Greyhound of the Year and has gone on to produce some quality offspring including dual group 1 winner Cheetah Zorro (Bombastic Shiraz x Fallen Zorro Aug ’10) which emulated her mother’s feat when winning the Bold Trease in 2013.
Three years later, another fawn greyhound got the job done in the Bold Trease when Zipping Malfoy (Malfoy x Or Catra) got the job done in 41.79. Trained by Anthony Azzopardi, the Terry Kingcott-owned greyhound won by nearly four lengths on the line, collecting $75,000 for his win.
One of the best greyhounds of the modern era was Miata (Bombastic Shiraz x Winsome Bluebird Oct ’09) which won the race in 2012. The red fawn bitch, trained by WA mentor Paul Stuart, retired as the highest prize money earner at the time, having banked a massive $715,508 throughout her career.
Group 1 Bold Trease – the recent years
Fanta Bale (David Bale x Ucme Typhoon Aug ’14) stamped herself as one of the greatest dogs of all time with a sensational victory in the Group 1 Bold Trease (715m) at Sandown Park.
The win took her earnings to $1,094,170 – making her the third greyhound to break the $1 million mark – and placing her in third spot on the all time prize money earners list behind champion greyhounds Fernando Bale (Kelsos Fusileer x Chloe Allen Mar ’13) and Dyna Double One (Barcia Bale x Crystin Bale Mar ’13).
2017 Bold Trease results
November 24, 2017. November 24 2017. Sandown Park. First Prize: $100,000
Winner: Fanta Bale (David Bale X UCME Typhoon) Black Bitch. Whelped 14/08/2014
Trainer: Robert Britton Owner: Paul Wheeler
Others in Finishing Order: Packey Keeping, Ebby Ripper, Zipping Lady, Rockoon, Moment To Jive, Petunia Monelli, Champagne Sally.
It’s A Bird continued the tradition for fawn greyhounds when saluting off box one in the 2016 Bold Trease. The ultra-consistent greyhound jumped well and was never headed, defeating Jaimandy Hatty (Barcia Bale x Jaimandy Emily Apr ’13) and Ramifications (Barcia Bale x Disco Girl Jan ’14) in 41.89.
2016 Bold Trease results
November 18, 2016. Sandownr Park SGRC Frist Prize $100,000
Winner: Its A Bird (Hondon Black x It’s A Blur) Born: June 2013 Fawn Bitch.
Owner: Whittington Sprod Synd, Trainer: Wayne Vassallo.
Time: 41.885. Margins: 3.5 x 0.25.
Others in finishing order: Jaimandy Hatty, Ramifications, It’s A Fling, Caco Potion, Kuta’s Lad, Avatar Jet, Springvale Bryne.
Bourbski Fever (Buck Fever x Midnight Movie Oct ’13) gave her owners, the Lyne Davidson Syndicate, their first win at the highest level when winning off box five. The black bitch also provided her sire, Buck Fever, his first group 1 winner – remarkable given she was from his first litter to be born and race.
2015 Bold Trease results
November 20, 2015. Sandown SGRC First Prize $100,000
Winner: Bourbski Fever (Buck Fever x Midnight Movie) Born October 2013 Black Bitch
Owner: Lyne Davidson Syn Trainer: Andrea Dailly
Time: 41.91. Margins 1.25 x 1.5.
Others in finishing order: Ryno’s Raider, Luna Jinx, Come On Fantasy, Lithgow Panther, Lady Toy, Kraken Flash, Kilkee Flex.
Sweet It Is (Mogambo x Off Springer Nov ’11) stamped her authority as one of the best stayers in the country with a brilliant win in the 2014 Bold Trease. The back marker was sent to the boxes as the favourite and was able to weave her way through the pack to score a five and three quarter length win, taking her record to 15 wins from 47 starts and almost $600,000 in earnings.
2014 Bold Trease results
November 21, 2014. Sandown Park Sandown GRC First Prize $100,000
Winner: Sweet It Is (Mogambo x Off Springer) Born November 2011 Black Bitch
Owner: Two Bears Synd. Trainer: Darren McDonald.
Time: 41.56. Margins: 5.75 x 3.25
Others in finishing order: Space Star, Reap the Benefit, Zipping Maggie, Beks, Blinker’s On, Mystic Twist, Coulta Rock.
Group 1 Bold Trease – honour roll
1999 Chain Of Lagoons
2000 Mr Boswell
2001 Sara Magee
2002 Naughty Nita
2003 Proven Adonis
2004 Arvo’s Athena
2005 Texas Gold
2006 Sargent Major
2007 Cash Express
2008 Fallen Zorro
2009 Drill’ Em
2010 So Seductive
2011 Zipping Malfoy
2013 Cheetah Zorro
2014 Sweet It Is
2015 Bourbski Fever
2016 It’s A Bird
2017 Fanta Bale