Eight of Australia’s best bitches will compete for the $7,000 first prize in tonight’s World Class Sires Special Event at Sandown Park.
Hybrid Theory is undefeated in her four Sandown Park starts – including the Group 1 Laurels – and has drawn box 1 tonight. She began like a bullet last week, and despite tiring towards the end of her race, should strip fitter tonight and again prove the greyhound to beat.
Betty’s Angel, a winner of three Group 1 events and over $436,000, returns from a brief injury lay off and despite drawing box 8, can never be discounted. Exciting WA sprinter Touch Up makes her first Victorian start tonight. Now in the care of master trainer Kel Greenough, Touch Up is a reliable beginner and from box 2 is well drawn to take up a commanding position. Violet Crumble has struck a rich vain of form, winning the Bill Collins Memorial and a Schweppes Melbourne Cup Prelude at her last two starts and should not be discounted tonight.
Gable Express will be hard to beat in the opening leg of the quaddie after drawing ideally in box 1. The Darren Fisher trained sprinter set the new standard at the recently re-opened Warrnambool track last week, and despite winning only three of 16 starts at the Lightwood Road venue, does boast a outstanding 29.61 PB.
Alpine Way is the biggest danger in the race. Patrick Ryan’s talented chaser has been racing in better company of late, running second behind the exciting Jarvis Bale in a Schweppes Melbourne Cup Prelude last week, and has again drawn box 2 tonight.
Swift Chariot, Sisco Cruise and Civic Asset are talented but don’t win out of turn.
The scratching of Invisiting Me opens up the sixth race of the night. Phoenix Shiraz has been racing well of late though has drawn badly in box 5, while Bad Glenny and Premier Moment each have claims. Sonador, a winner of 11 races at Sandown Park, has been racing well without luck and may prove good value from box 7.
Infallible boasts a solid Sandown Park record and is in good form for the seventh race on the card. Beti Graibel finished well when running fourth in the Group 2 Geelong Cup last start, while Farmor Swift, Corporal Bond and Kelandy all have a chance to add to their previous Sandown Park wins in this open affair.
The first race of the night will be run at 7.07pm with race 5 kicking off the quaddie at 8.28pm.