Preview: National Sprint Highlights Sandown Card

FOUR heats of the Group 1 National Sprint Championship headline the card of greyhound racing at Sandown Park on Thursday night.

Mick Floyd

4 August 2022

FOUR heats of the National Sprint Championship headline the card at Sandown Park on Thursday night.

The winner and runner up from each heat will progress to the state final on Thursday 11 August, with the winner progressing to the group 1 National final at Wentworth Park in Sydney on Saturday 27 August.


South Australia, Queensland and Tasmania will also hold their sprint heats on Thursday night, while New South Wales and Western Australia will be run on Saturday night.

Victorian National Sprint heat 1 (race 2)

Dusty Bourbski (2) is racing in superlative form and is a deserved favourite. He ran second to the country’s premier sprinter Wow She’s Fast in the group 1 Maturity two starts back before winning impressively at Free For All level last Saturday. He’s a winner of four of eight starts at Sandown Park, making the Launching Pad in April. With a slow starter in box 1 and a vacant box on his outer, Dusty Bourbski is drawn to lead and is one of the best on the card.

Selections: 2-5-8-4

Victorian National Sprint heat 2 (race 3)

Rapaki Rocks (2) won the group 1 Harrison-Dawson this track and distance in May and followed it up with a match race win the following week. After an unsuccessful trip to Brisbane, he was suspended for marring at his most recent start in June. He trialled brilliantly on Sunday running 29.21 – half a length faster than he’d run previously under race conditions. He has no early pace but if right, is the fastest greyhound in the race. Photo Man (8) was placed at group 1 level last time out, and despite drawing box 8 has the pace to cross. Propelled (5) has been racing in fantastic form but will need an ounce of luck from the awkward draw.

Selections: 2-8-5-1

Victorian National Sprint heat 3 (race 4)

Looks a race in two between Paddy Wants Pats (2) and Revolution (3). The former was brilliant in trying conditions last week, winning at his first city start in four months while the later was caught on the line by the powerful Zippy Tesla a race later. Both are capable of a quick early split and boast excellent records at Sandown Park, but the inside draw hands Paddy Wants Pats the advantage.

Selections: 2-3-6-1

 Victorian National Sprint heat 4 (race 5)

Compliance (2) is drawn to lead and with a clear run will give some cheek. The pressure will come late from the brilliant Big Opal Rocks (6) and powerful Zippy Tesla (4) with both greyhounds doing their best work late. Riccarton Rick (8) is capable and worth including in multiples and exotics.

Selections: 2-4-6-8

Best: Dusty Bourbski (race 2 box 1)

Next best: El Dorado (race 7 box 1)

Value: Osprey Rose (race 10 box 1)

Quaddie: 2468 / 36 / 1 / 237 = 208% for $50.