Tornado’s Sandown Cup Plunge


George Farrugia

12 Apr 2018

Written By George Farrugia

TORNADO Tears has been sensationally backed from $31 into a $2.50 favourite for next month’s Group 1 Sandown Cup after a remarkable 41.20 victory over 715 metres last Thursday night.

The son of Fernando Bale and Tears Siam – a brother to two-time Group 1 runner-up Rippin’ Sam – jumped to the front before destroying his nearest rival by over 11 lengths to stop the clock just .03 behind Miata’s long-standing and somewhat untouchable track record, set over six years ago.

His overall time was matched by some fantastic splits of 6.04, 15.54 and 30.07, with punters quickly jumping on the big odds for the white and black chaser for next month’s richest staying race in the world – the Group 1 Sandown Cup.

Tornado Tears is trained by Robert Britton, who will be looking for back-to-back Sandown Cup wins after Fanta Bale’s heroics last year, and he goes in with two of the more talented brothers we’ve seen over a half-mile trip.

Owned by the Milmi Syndicate, Tornado Tears has now won six of his 13 starts, including winning his first four starts in New South Wales.
Boom Litter Continue To Fire

THE incredible start for the Barcia Bale x Father Of Mine litter continued at Healesville on Sunday in heats of the GRV Maiden Vic Breeders over 340 metres.

Debutant Eye Got It is yet another from the litter to fire, recording a sizzling 18.93 on debut for trainer Ashlee Terry, scoring by over four lengths.

Litter brother Outta My Depth certainly wasn’t far behind, clearing out by over six lengths in 19.10.

Other to impress included George The Black, another on debut to win well, jumping cleanly before powering away to score in 19.08.

Sky Flix (Nitro Burst – All Sky Girl) broke through to win her Maiden in start number three, running 19.19.

Other heat winners included Frosty Snowman (19.36) and Bluey Can Fly (19.63).
The series continues on Sunday with four semi finals. The final – set down for April 22 – is worth $7500-to-the-winner.

The day also seen the running of the Heroes of Healesville Challenge, where Superior Scotch led from go to whoa to score in a fast 19.09 to claim the $5,000 winners’ cheque.




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