Friday, 02 June 2023 09:43

Weather cools, but racing heats up with exciting Autumn carnivals.

It’s the most prestigious race for stayers in the country and the weekend’s 715metre Sandown Cup didn’t disappoint.
Korda came home a winner – dashing the hopes of a back-to-back win by the coveted Untapped.
First run in 1957, the cup has one of the most glorious histories in the sport – nationwide! Although the $175,000
first-place prize is eclipsed by high-profile sprint races, The Sandown Cup is a pinnacle for first-class stayers.
“This is a shining light as a race,” Sandown Greyhounds Racing Operations Coordinator Jason Adams said.
“This race carries a much higher level of prestige and magic than a lot of the other richer races.
“But that’s what it is about; it’s not about the money or the prize.”
The 2023 place getters were:
• 1st Korda
• 2nd First Picked
• 3rd Zipping Orlando
While the Sandown Cup is what Adams calls “one of the jewels in the racing calendar’s crown”, it’s just one of the
many big events planned for the Autumn season.
The next event on the calendar is the Sandown Women in Racing event, to be staged this Thursday night.
Hosted by the club for the past 10 years, the event is a celebration of women and giving the women of the sport a
great night out of racing. Guest speaker for this year’s event will be Katherine Reed.
“It’s a night we look forward to celebrating every year and we are proud to host an event that celebrates the women
who give so much to the sport – and to our community.”
Adams said there was also a serious side to the night, celebrating the lives and efforts of Judy Hayley, who lost her
battle with Leukaemia in 2012 aged 63, and Karen Leek who was tragically murdered in 2021.
Both women, who made incredible contributions to the sport and the broader sporting community, are celebrated
with memorial races in their honour.
Another highlight of the night is the coveted Marg Thomas Award, which is awarded annually to a woman who has
made a great contribution to the sport.
“We have a lot of women who give a lot to this sport and this is our chance to say thank you, give them a good night
out and enjoy a top night of racing.”

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Francesca Carter – 0438 562 729

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