Star stayer So Seductive scored a stunning victory in the Group 2 Sir John Dillon Memorial at Sandown Park tonight, coming from last to claim her first feature race and stamp herself as Australia’s most exciting stayer.
The even-money favourite was last after receiving an early check as Sitka ($15.50) raced to an early lead. With a lap to run, So Seductive was still a dozen lengths from the lead before making her move down the back straight, weaving her way through the field to find the lead on turning for home.
Second favourite Satanic Cash ($3.10), who dropped out to last when So Seductive began her move, took off around the field to set up a thrilling finish as he charged down the centre of the track. However So Seductive proved too good, defeating Satanic Cash by half a length in 42.20. Sydney-sider Slick Lee ($7.90) was impressive in finishing 2¼ lengths away in third.
The win was the 15th of So Seductive’s 45 start career, but significantly was her seventh in eight starts over the ‘half-mile’. The $25,000 winner’s cheque took her career prizemoney to $84,050.
Jackie Greenough, who handled the greyhound for husband and trainer Kelvyn surmised, “she just showed she’s a champion.”
So Seductive joins a stellar Sir John Dillon Memorial honour that includes Amity Bale, Miss Brook, Texas Gold, Arvo’s Junior, Osti’s Joker and the immortal Bold Trease.
Next on So Seductive’s agenda is the $25,000 winner-takes-all Group 3 Macro Meats Shootout over the 515m journey on Thursday 4 November. Joining So Seductive in the four-dog extravaganza is Push The Paint, Cosmic Chief and Enry Walt.
The final round of Solo Melbourne Cup Preludes will also be run on Macro Meats Shootout night, ensuring an action packed night of greyhound racing. Richmond star Jack Riewoldt will be oncourse, and patrons will have the opportunity to win a night out at Sandown Park to the value of $5000 for their local sporting club.