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Herald Sun Form Guide : May 14th 2009
u Herald Sun, Thursday, May 14, 2009 51 + SANDOWN CUP YOUR GUIDE Awkwarddraw: trainer Wayne Vassallo says Sirocco Hero, starting from box six, will face his moment of truth in tonight’s Sandown Cup final. Pictures: BRUCEMAGILTON Entry: FREE Address: Lightwood Road, Springvale Victoria Melway ref: Map 80 B11 By train: From the city, take any Cranbourne, Dandenong or Pakenham line train to Sandown Park station. The track is approximately 500m from the station. One to beat: Graeme Jose with Sandown Cup runner Mantra Lad. Picture: BRUCE MAGILTON Happy to have real Lad back MANTRA Lad trainer Graeme Jose says he never gave up on the best dog he has trained, even when many of his critics were writing him off. ‘‘He ran a plodding second in the heat of the Group 3 Lizrene Classic and I knew he wasn’t himself,’’ Jose said. ‘‘After the final he ran even worse and he was pulling his hind legs up very high so we knew something was wrong. We vetted him and found he was bleeding . . . so we treated him with antibiotics and the real Mantra Lad showed up last Thursday.’’ Jose said there are two main dangers to Mantra Lad in tonight’s feature: ‘‘Vintage Octane was a bit crook before his heat so he’ll improve on his impressive victory, which is a worry, and Headley Bale, who has drawn the seven box, is also very speedy and can cause some problems.’’ Jose said it was relief more than jubilation when Mantra Lad smashed his rivals, and the track record, in his heat. ‘‘When he jumped like he did I knew he was back and it just such a huge relief. It was like the weight of the world had been lifted from my shoulders.’’ Jose is delighted with the box draw as Mantra Lad will wear the pink from box eight. ‘‘When he drew the outside box I thought all my Christmases had come at once. I couldn’t get the smile off my face. He definitely races best from the outside box, with no runners on his outside, and if he can lead to the first turn I anticipate he’ll be extremely hard to run down.’’ Mantra Lad’s is a remarkable story. He was one of Australia’s leading stayers before Jose decided to drop him back to the sprinting distances where he competed in some of the country’s biggest races. But now, with more experience, Jose has again stepped him up in distance with the dog now in career-best form. ‘‘I’m just blessed to have a dog like him. In 15 years of training I’ve dreamt of a dog this good and we’re learning from each other along the way,’’ he said. Having a runner in such a main race is nerve- racking,but Jose has an old-fashioned solution. ‘‘I would be a nervous wreck come race time, but I’ll have a few Crown Lagers when I get to the track which will helps settle the nerves,’’ Jose joked. Many punters will be hoping he’s having a ar l control freak and when rse running I study the rn, where the rail is, the track and the speed in re bombarding the jock- uctions. dogs, once they jump it e lap of the gods with no ent and I have no doubt t appeals to so many of the Sandown Cup are istian and Angela Pip- s co-workers on Prime on Sport 927. be great to get a winning Michael; it would make e him handing me over ter joked. can’t help himself when being on top of the form own opinion on which e hardest to hold out in ture event. ad won very impressive- day night and is the class he field. I think he has ctly in box eight and will eat,’’ he said. e Octane’s perspective I loved to have seen him e Mantra Lad.’’ Sound hound: Sport 927’s Angela Pippos and Michael Christian with Sandown Cup contender Vintage Octane. celebratory beer after the race. Nick Quinn Cup champ Bold and beautiful THINK of the Sandown Cup, and you think of one dog. Bold Trease won an amazing 51 races. In 104 starts he also finished second 22 times and was third 12 times. He was Victorian Greyhound of the year in 1987 and Greyhound of the Decade 1980-90, and held track records in Ballarat and Launceston. But it was the Sandown Cup that he made his own. Bold Trease won the race a record four times, going undefeated from 1986-89. The ‘‘Warrnambool Warrior’’ became a crowd favourite for his ability to drop out in his races and tail the field then, with less than a lap to go, pick off all his opponents one by one as he stormed home. Trainer Norm McCul- lagh said Bold Trease’s Sandown Cup wins were his most special victories. ‘‘His second Sandown Cup was a thrill. He was Rest in peace: Bold Trease. just so far back, I didn’t think he could win, and to run down a dog as good as High Intensity in 43.59 (sec) was a great performance,’’ he said. McCullagh said Bold Trease was a special dog. ‘‘In Sydney, they had him playing with kids; he used to love the kids. They’d walk him and pat him, you could take him anywhere and he’d be at home, a very relaxed dog.’’ Bold Tease died from bone cancer in 1991. ENTERTAINMENT ¦ Your chance to win a 42-inch Panasonic plasma TV and home entertainment system valued at more than $2500. ¦ Radio Sport 927 personalities Michael Christian and Angela Pippos live trackside. ¦ Losing ticket draw ¦ Australia’s best sprinters in the $14,500 Dave Hodgson Memorial ¦ Limited dining bookings are still available – phone (03)95469511 for your seat PLUS ¦ Be one of the fi rst 500 racegoers through the gates on Sandown Cup night to receive $6 off your BIG6 bet when you place a BIG6 bet to the value of at least $10. Vouchers for this promotion will be handed out upon entry. ¦ There is also a a $6000 BIG6 jackpot on the meeting. ¦ Win a $500 bet on a Sandown Cup fi nalist with the Punter’s Pot of Gold, courtesy of Radio Sport 927 and the Sandown Greyhound Racing Club. HONOUR ROLL 1963 Briar View 1964 Haleka Jewel 1965 1966 Local Blend Venetial Court Fawn Scout 1967 Charlie Lee 1968 Sprite of Egypt 1969 1970 Paul’s Thunder 1971 Paul’s Thunder 1972 Lizrene 1973 Lizrene 1974 Corcoran 1975 Tammy Shanta 1976 1977 1978 1979 Brindle Norma Rani’s Copy Kawati Boy Miss Tema 1980 Wynlee Wonder 1981 Bianca Lee 1982 1983 1984 Raurimu 1985 Tashla 1986 Bold Trease 1987 1988 Bold Trease Bold Trease 1989 Bold Trease 1990 Western Creole 1991 Pixie Eyes 1992 1993 Eliza Dylan 1994 Village Stomper Top Sovereign 1995 Keon Star 1996 Boronia Blossom 1997 1998 Tonights Wish Red Mystique 1999 Smart Attitude 2000 2001 2002 Ostis Joker Bentley Babe Jennev 2003 Arvos Junior 2004 Proven Lethal 2005 Best Quoted 2006 Sargent Major 2007 (race not held) 2008 Chinatown Lad + Status Supreme Lead Role
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