Superstayers Invitational Returns With First-Class Field
The Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club today announced the four invitees for the return of the $37,500 Group 3 Orson Allen At Stud Superstayers Invitational (710m) to be held on Thursday night, 24 June at Albion Park.
Last year’s edition was taken out by the Kevin Ellis-trained Velocity Bettina, but the race was run under Best 8 conditions as the COVID-19 pandemic limited travel across Australia.
The selection panel considered performances of greyhounds who competed in the recent Group 1 Sandown Cup series, Group 3 Lizrene Speed Star Series and looked at Group race staying performances around Australia, with greyhounds with roots in four different States set to battle it out for the crown.
The invitees for the 2021 edition of the event are, in alphabetical order, Five Star (Paul Abela), Maggie Moo Moo (Darren Johnstone), Sir Truculent (Wally Harkins/Tony Brett) and Zipping Niseko (Tony Brett). 2021 TAB Origin Distance winner Barsandi for David Richardson will be the sole reserve for the event.
Together, the four greyhounds have notched 75 wins and accumulated just over a half a million dollars in prizemoney.
The first invitee, Five Star, is the ‘new kid on the block’ when it comes to the staying ranks, but he is fast becoming a household name, taking down a smart field in the Group 3 Lizrene Speed Star (715m) at Sandown earlier this month. He has only 7 starts over distance journeys to his name, but he has won 3 and been placed in another three of those outings. He takes on the final of the lucrative Pink Diamond Champion Distance series at Bendigo tonight and will be taking his place in the Superstayers for trainer Paul Abela and the Bkr Racing Syndicate.
Maggie Moo Moo will fly the flag for the locals in this year’s event. Darren Johnstone’s charge has returned to Queensland in fine form, running second in the Listed Dashing Corsair (710m) after an interstate campaign that included 4th placings in the Group 1 Sandown Cup (715m) and Group 1 Association Cup (720m) at Wentworth Park. She lined up in last night’s TAB Origin Greyhound Distance race where she placed second behind Barsandi.
Sir Truculent, the pride of South Australia, will make his second trip to Albion Park to take on Australia’s staying best. Owned by Wally Harkins, the dual Group 1 placegetter and five time Group 1 finalist is the class runner of the field having accumulated 38 wins and $287,500 in prizemoney in his illustrious career, which included a victory in the Listed $100,000 Garrard’s Gold Cup at Albion Park in February.
Zipping Niseko is fast cementing her place as the top female staying greyhound in Australia, and in the top three nationwide for her owners the Hallinan family. She has taken all before her since stepping up to the distance journeys, winning six of her ten starts over extended trips. She defeated Maggie Moo Moo here in the Listed Dashing Corsair, Won the Group 3 Wentworth Park Gold Cup last month and made the Group 1 Association Cup final over the Golden Easter Egg Carnival in April. She will be looking to hand adopted trainer Tony Brett a first victory in the event.
Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club CEO, Luke Gatehouse, said the quality of the Superstayers field is a testament to a well-planned Winter Carnival of riches in the Sunshine State.
‘The Superstayers is an event that we mark in the calendar each year to showcase the best staying talent in the country and this year is certainly no exception with the field we have attracted’.
‘Every greyhound will get their chance to position themselves at the top of the staying ranks and it provides a perfect lead in into the Group 1 TAB Queensland Cup series commencing on July 1’.
The box draw for the event will take place at Albion Park at 12 noon today and will be streamed live on the Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club Facebook page.
Albion Park will be the place to be on Thursday night with no less than 5 feature races alongside the Group 3 Orson Allen at Stud Superstayers Invitational. The supporting card includes the Listed $37,500 TAB Super Sprinters (520m), $15,000 Garrard’s Tempest (600m), $15,000 Chairman’s Trophy (710m) along with the $15,000 TAB Thunder (395m) and Lightning (331m) Finals over the short course journeys.
The action on Thursday night isn’t just limited to the track with delicious food and drink in Pacers and Chasers Bistro, live music from Jesse Emmanuel and a ‘Superheroes’ themed night for the patrons on course with visits from superheroes themselves.
Patrons can come dressed as their favourite Superhero for the chance to win prizes for best dressed. There will be a Superhero jumping castle for the kids and the ‘Superdog’ promotion returns for another year.