Greyhound racing: McDonald holds strong hand in Sandown Cup

Updated: May 21, 2014
The "Warrnambool Warrior" Bold Trease poses with the amazing four Sandown Cup trophies he won in a decorated career

The “Warrnambool Warrior” Bold Trease poses with the amazing four Sandown Cup trophies he won in a decorated career

Sandown Park R8 G1 $250,000 RSN Sandown Cup; Sandown Park, Vic; Thursday, May 22, 9.30pm

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While thoroughbred and harness racing battle to maintain their share of the punting dollar, greyhound racing has been rewarded for its attempts to market the sport to a new audience.  Greyhound racing commands 20 per cent of market share in terms of TAB revenue and one in four bets placed on Victorian racing is on greyhound racing with more than $1.8 billion in consolidated turnover on the product. Last month, Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) launched its Strategic Plan for 2014-19, entitled ‘On Track for a Great Future. GRV’s lofty aim is to become the world’s most respected greyhound racing body, one of the most respected racing authorities and recognised as a world-class operator in the administration of racing in the next five years. But judging by the resurgence in the sport that they, and Greyhound Racing NSW, have presided over in the past two years, they’re well placed to achieve this goal.

One of GRV’s showpiece events will be run at Sandown Park tonight (Thursday). It’s the world’s richest greyhound race for stayers – the $250,000 RSN Sandown Cup over 715 metres. First run in 1963 as the Woolamai Cup, the RSN Sandown Cup has been won by some of the greatest stayers to grace the track. However, the RSN Sandown Cup will forever be synonymous with one greyhound – Bold Trease. Norm McCullagh’s fawn superstar won an amazing four consecutive RSN Sandown Cups, a feat that was unprecedented and unlikely to be repeated again. The ‘Warrnambool Warrior’ was a crowd favourite due to his spectacular drop-out-and-run-on style of racing, and was named the 1987 Victorian Greyhound of the Year and Greyhound of the Decade (1980-1990), and sits in both Greyhound Racing Victoria and Australian Greyhound Racing Association Hall of Fame. The club named its Group 1 staying race on Melbourne Cup night in his honour.

In 2013, Irma Bale defended her 2012 RSN Sandown Cup crown, defeating the fast finishing Bell Haven by 1/2 a head in 42.10. Retiring champion Miata finished a gallant third a further head away in one of the most exciting races of the year. With upset results the order of the day in the heats, this year’s Sandown Cup final has been robbed of some of its star quality meaning the Darren McDonald-trained #7 Sweet It Is looks to have a stranglehold on the event. After finding loads of bother early in last week’s heat, Sweet It Is wound up late to grab second and qualify for the final. However, she’ll have punters on their toes as she is renowned for dropping out the back before unleashing a blistering late sprint. #3 Zipping Joe never really got a clear run at them last week but still managed to hit the line well in the fastest heat of the night.


Confirmed bets

Sandown Park R6 #5 Xylia Allen (win)

Sandown Park R8 #7 Sweet It Is (win)

Sandown Park R9 #2 Dyna Ostrander (win)

Sandown Park R10 #5 Prue Bale (win)


• Selections are listed in three categories – 1) Suggested (likely bet but yet to be finalised); 2) Confirmed (locked in at the price listed); and 3) Leans (tips, but not recommended bets); all times quoted are Australian Eastern Time (AET); prices with thanks to Unibet (except where markets are not available), correct at time of publication. Results/comments on today’s games/races will follow in the next post.

Terms and Conditions

  • Only cash bets are eligible for the offer (you can still use any bonus bets to bet on the selections, but you will not receive the bonus from the promotion).
  • Promotion winnings are awarded as bonus bets, up to $100.
  • “Winnings” are defined as return minus stake. For example, a $100 bet on a $2 winning dog will return $200 in cash + a $100 free bet (return of $200 minus stake of $100).
  • Only the 1st win bet on the 2014 Sandown Cup counts. Minimum qualifying bet $10.
  • All cash bets placed after final field declarations are eligible.
  • Selections, which are part of a multi-bet, are excluded from the promotion.
  • For recreational punters only.

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