Korda wins 2023 Group 1 Sandown Cup for Jeff Britton

with Angela Langton and Nick Britton after winning the 2023 1 in 41.83. (Photo: Bluestream Pictures)

In a crowning glory of a race characterised as “The Battle of the Britton's”, the Group 1 Sandown Cup, Australia's premier staying event, lived up to its anticipations.

Yet, the spotlight shifted to a new member of the Britton family, , who edged out his elder brother Rob to take home the grand prize of $175,000 with Korda.

, a previous double victor of Sandown Greyhound Racing Club's marquee staying event with (2017) and Tornado Tears (2018), had to step aside for his younger brother this time around, with Jeff winning his first Sandown Cup.

This win represented a moment of triumph for Jeff Britton, who finally overcame his Sandown Cup ‘hoodoo' and seized his inaugural Sandown Cup trophy.

His earlier attempts had seen him finish in second place with True Detective (2020), and third place finishes with (2021), Mepunga Tiara (2014), and Lady Moscato (2009).

Jeff lauded Korda for his consistency, saying, “He gives 100 per cent every time he starts; and he begins, which is the beauty with him”.

In a thrilling finish, Korda, priced at +380 with greyhound betting sites, held off a late charge from First Picked (+950), finishing the race 0.6 lengths ahead in 41.83 seconds.

The up-and-coming NSW stayer completed the podium, finishing a further 5.1 lengths back.

2023 Group 1 Sandown Cup (Sandown, 715m) – Korda (41.83) T: Jeff Britton

Intriguingly, the starting prices for Korda and First Picked came as a surprise, given they were the quickest and second-quickest qualifiers with just a whisker separating them – First Picked had a time of 41.74 seconds and Korda had won his heat in 41.75 seconds.

This victory marked Korda's 13th win from 52 starts and his fifth win from 11 starts over 715m at Sandown Park, solidifying his standing as a five-time Group 1 finalist.

Korda has now won connections $326,490 in prizemoney.

Jeff Britton's partner, Angela Langton, who also had Osprey Athena (8th) in the final, stepped in for him, as he was indisposed.

Expressing her elation at the win, she said, “It's a race I've never won, and Jeff hadn't won either.

“To win it with a dog we own as well… It's really a super win. Yeah, very exciting.

“We've got great staff at home that help us, and the dogs are going really well.” she said.

2023 Group 1 Sandown Cup

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