Trained by Russell McRae at Junction Village, Special Sign made the final of the Group 1 Laurels Classic at just her third race start but had to wait until a maiden heat the following week for her first race win.
She went on to win the final (defeating recent Group 2 Sale Cup winner Vintage Octane), and has been beaten just once since. She is blessed with good early speed, has an impressive 29.81PB at the track and looks well placed to record her 10th career win.
The Schweppes Grade 4 is an interesting affair, with Fidel Bale the likely favourite after a stunning 29.72 win last week. Fidel Bale has four wins and three seconds from his last seven starts, but is up in class and has to overcome the awkward box 5 tonight.
Bruin Bale has drawn inside Fidel Bale and was impressive when winning in 30.00 flat last week, recording a similar time to Fidel Bale to the first split. Been Dipped was untroubled in his all-the-way win last week, while Gisborn Bale is well placed in box 1 to make amends for his narrow loss last week. Shunted is a young greyhounds building an impressive record, won his only start at Sandown Park and make represent some value in this open affair.
Eighth Wonder makes his Sandown Park debut and should start favourite from box 2. David Burnett’s youngster found early trouble in the final of the Group 1 Silver Chief on Saturday but was a solid winner of his semi final, was impressive when second in his heat, and looks well placed to add to his six career wins. Stone Cold Sober is a solid Queensland performer and could give a good sight from box 1, while Garner is always competitive at the venue. Wassim Bale and Kelandy are strong, but both have a horrible Sandown Park record.
The final leg of the quaddie is also an open affair, with every greyhound given some chance.
Rick’s Pride has been mixing his form but can run time if right and has box 1. Jeddy Boy finally broke through after a number of minor placings with a win from this box last week. Excellerator returned to sprinting with consecutive wins at the Meadows and Sale. Rowdy boasts a 29.77 best at the track but may not get the run it needs from box 4.
Coulta Sky is another than needs early luck, but was impressive in winning over 600m at the Meadows on Saturday and can figure in the finish. Arvo’s Falcon has won his past two starts impressively, but needs to lead to win. Super Modern is another winner from last week looking to make it two in a row but will need luck from box 7, while El Haze has ability and may be the best value runner from a favourable box 8.