Beginning well from box 8, Dentax Bale ($5) swept around early leader Galba Jack ($3.40F) and from there was never threatened, the Graeme Bate trained sprinter proving too strong for Birthday Boy ($5.80) in the run to the line to win in 29.54.
Prior to the meeting, many pundits predicted the new surface would be around half a second faster than the previous surface. Iso Octane proved the predictions were close to the mark, clocking 29.29 seconds in his win in the ninth race.
New track records on the new surface will be ratified on 31 December with the previous record holders (Bond, 515m; and Total Denial, 715m) entering the archives as the fastest ever greyhound on the old surface
Earlier in the night, Allen Shaul won the opening event of the Macro Meats Autumn Stayers Series with an impressive all-the-way win in the City of Greater Dandenong final. Beginning well from box 6, Allen Shaul ($4) proved too strong in leading all the way to win by six lengths in 42.06 from fast-finishing reserve Us Five ($8.20).
The nation’s best stayers will descend on Sandown Park over the coming weeks as the Macro Meats Autumn Stayers Series continues with the heats of the $29,000 Group 3 Lizrene Classic on Thursday 15 April. The Lizrene Classic is the final warm up for Australia’s richest race for stayers, the $143,000 Group 1 Radio Sport 927 Sandown Cup to be run on Thursday 13 May.
Galactic Diamond created history in the third race of the night, winning the first race over Sandown Park’s new 595m distance. Dropping back to last after blundering the start, the Bob Iredale trained son of Bombastic Shiraz railed powerfully to win by four lengths in 34.63.