The Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club (BGRC) today confirmed the invitees for the Group 3 Box 1 Photography Superstayers Invitational (710m) to be run on Thursday night, 21 June at Albion Park.
The selection panel considered performances of greyhounds engaged in the recent Group 1 UBET Gold Cup series and looked at recent staying performances from around the country, with two Queenslanders and two Victorians getting the nod for the $37,500 feature.
The invitees for the 2018 edition of the event are, in alphabetical order, Champagne Sally (Ray Burman), Jalapeno (Tony Apap), Rippin’ Sam (Robert Britton), and Tornado Tears (Robert Britton). Ebby Ripper (Tony Brett) will be the sole reserve for the event.
The invitees have between them recorded 56 wins and amassed around $830,000 in prizemoney throughout their careers.
Ray Burman’s Champagne Sally, has established herself as one of Queensland’s premier chasers over the distance, winning the last two editions of the $37,500 Winter Chase, the primary lead up to the Group 1 UBET Gold Cup. She failed to make the final of this year’s Gold Cup, but showed she is no slouch, dominating a quality field in this year’s Winter Chase, clocking a slick 41.68 seconds.
A fast stayer who likes to race on the speed, the daughter of Barcia Bale and Bizarre Barbie holds no less than three track records (Ipswich 520m, Ipswich 600m, Albion Park 600m) and will be suited by the small field format of the Superstayers.
Queensland’s second representative is the Tony Apap-trained Jalapeno, who has put in arguably the two best performances of his career throughout the UBET Gold Cup series. The son of Kiowa Mon Manny and Brook Lee defeated Tornado Tears in his heat before running a fast-finishing second to that greyhound in the final. Apap’s chaser will be racing at Group level for the sixth time in his career and he will be looking to add the Superstayers to his win in January’s Group 3 Queensland Cup (600m).
Robert Britton’s first invitee Rippin’ Sam has had to live in the shadow of star littermate Tornado Tears in recent months, but his credentials are no less impressive. A back-marking stayer armed with a powerful finish, Rippin’ Sam has quickly stamped himself as one of the nation’s finest stayers, competing in no less than six Group 1 finals over the distance to this point, with his last run being a closing third in the UBET Gold Cup. After running into recently retired champion Fanta Bale in his first two Group 1 finals, Rippin’ Sam broke through for a maiden Group 1 victory in April’s Galaxy (715m) at Cannington in Perth and has added the Group 3 Lizrene Speed Star (715m) to his honour roll.
Britton’s second runner Tornado Tears is the baby of the field when it comes to race experience, having raced only nineteen times, but he has created a mighty impression in such a short space of time, winning eleven of those nineteen starts including a track-record breaking run of 41.33 in taking out last night’s Group 1 UBET Gold Cup. The son of the phenomenal Fernando Bale and Tears Siam made the move south to the Britton kennel in Victoria at the start of the year with an eye on a career as a stayer, but made the Group 2 Launching Pad Final at his third Victorian start. At his first distance start, he ran the second fastest 715m time in Sandown Park history, clocking 41.20 seconds. In addition to his Gold Cup win, he has notched victories in the Group 3 Racecallers Speed Star (595m) and the world’s richest staying race, the Group 1 Sandown Cup (715m).
Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club CEO Luke Gatehouse was excited about the quality of the field that the Superstayers has once again drawn together.
“We are lucky to have arguably the two best stayers in the world battling it out here at Albion Park again next week, but the locals won’t make it easy for them.” Mr Gatehouse said.
“Each year we manage to get a field of quality stayers for the exciting four dog format and next week will be no exception.”
For the third year in succession, the BGRC will also be hosting “Super Night” in conjunction with the Group 3 Box 1 Photography Superstayers Invitational which will include $10,000 Open class races over each of the club’s five race starts with the 331m and 395m races being part of a heat and final series with heats run this Sunday, 17 June.
Superheroes are once again the theme as we combine the super performances from the greyhounds on the track with appearances from a cast of superheroes throughout the night.
The ‘Superdog’ promotion will also be in effect once again for those on course, with the number four rug being transformed into the ‘Superdog’ rug and the BGRC will shout the bar if greyhound number four is successful in any event on the program.
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Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club
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