The Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club (BGRC) today announced the invitees for the Listed Superstayers Invitational (710m) to be run on Thursday 22 June at Albion Park.
The selection panel reviewed performances from the recent Group 1 UBET Gold Cup series and other staying events throughout the country.
The four invitees are Burn One Down (Seona Thompson), Cyndie’s Magic (William Elson), Ebby Ripper (Michael Eberand), and Fanta Bale (Robert Britton), with Big Easy Red (Rusty Dillon) the sole reserve.
Incredibly, the four finalists have amassed $1.6 million in career prizemoney earnings, which makes the 2017 edition of the Superstayers Invitational one of the best of all time.
Burn One Down burst onto the greyhound scene in 2016 in the hands of Jason Thompson with a sizzling 29.16 win at Sandown at just his third race start. Since then in the care of Thompson and his wife Seona, Burn One Down has developed into one of the nation’s premier stayers, claiming victory in 26 of his 43 race starts. The son of Buck Fever and Fancy Jaffa has recorded four victories at Group level, including the Group 1 Zoom Top (725m), the Group 2 Topgun Stayers (725m), the Group 3 Topcat Video Cup (725m) and the Group 3 Racecallers (595m). Burn One Down will be making his first appearance at Albion Park.
Cyndie’s Magic is the darling of Queensland greyhound racing and the social media star has wowed audiences with her blistering finishes and amazing will to win. Bill Elson’s daughter of Magic Sprite and Regal Silver is still going as strong as ever at well over 4 years of age. A winner of 9 of her 25 starts over the staying journey, she was fourth in the 2017 Rookie Rebel over the middle distance and has been placed in four of her six Group 1 finals, with a third placing in the 2017 UBET Gold Cup to go with placings in last year’s Gold Cup, the 2015 Brisbane Cup (520m) and the 2016 Winter Cup (520m). Cyndie’s Magic is making her third consecutive appearance in the Superstayers after finishing fourth and third behind Dzeko and Ring The Bell in 2015 and 2016 respectively.
Ebby Ripper earned her way into the field with a commanding performance in her latest victory in an Open 710m race at Albion Park where she clocked 41.81, just half a length slower than Gold Cup winner Fanta Bale. Unlucky in her Gold Cup heat last week when checked approaching the hometurn, the brindle daughter of SH Avatar and Ebby Miss has excelled since being stepped up to staying journeys. She was a finalist in April’s Group 1 Association Cup (720m) at Wentworth Park to go with Group race placings in the Group 2 Summer Distance Plate and the Group 3 Gold Cup, both at Wentworth Park. Like Cyndie’s Magic and Burn One Down, she is armed with a powerful finish and is sure to be suited by the four-dog format.
Fanta Bale is a winner of 25 of 39 races and just shy of $800,000 in prizemoney, Fanta Bale is the first greyhound in Australian history to win Group 1 events over the Sprint, Middle Distance and Staying Journeys. The daughter of David Bale and the imported Ucme Typhoon is a perfect five for five in Group 1 finals after a six and three quarter length demolition in the 2017 UBET Gold Cup. Her other Group 1 victories include the Hume Cup (600m), Rookie Rebel (600m), Australian Cup (525m) and Sandown Cup (725m). Trained by master trainer Robert Britton, Fanta Bale has in a short time transformed into one of the best greyhounds in the country and at under three years of age, may become one of the greatest greyhounds seen in Australia.
The BGRC will also be hosting “Super Night” in conjunction with the Superstayers Invitational which will include Open class races over each of the club’s five race starts (331m, 395m, 520m, 600m and 710m).
Superheroes are the theme, with appearances from a cast of superheroes including Batman and Wonderwoman on track. There will be a jumping castle for the children as well as five vouchers to Village Roadshow Theme Parks to be given away to the best dressed superheros on the night.
The Club will also be running the ‘Superdog’ promotion, in which it has transformed the number 4 rug into the ‘Superdog’ rug and will shout the bar for patrons on course if the Superdog is successful in any event on the program.
Chief Executive Officer
Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club
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