Big Plans For Sammy After Record Bendigo Romp

BENDIGO'S newest track record breaker Typhoon Sammy could be a great chance in the upcoming Group 1 Topgun and Melbourne Cup.

David Brasch

10 October 2021

BENDIGO’S newest track record breaker Typhoon Sammy could be a great chance in the upcoming Group 1 Topgun and Melbourne Cup.

The son of Aston Dee Bee and Zabaleta eclipsed Shima Shine’s 425m mark of 23.35 when he ran 23.28 to win a heat of the Group 2 Bendigo Cup for new trainer Jason Thompson on Saturday night.

Typhoon Sammy was bred by premier NSW Northern Rivers trainer John Dart and is owned by John’s son, Sam.

“Jason rang after he ran the record and said he believes the dog is right up to Topgun and Melbourne Cup class,” John said today.

“He told me he has not had a dog like this for a long while.”

Typhoon Sammy has now started 23 times for 16 wins and had set records on the new Grafton track not long after racing resumed there.

“I got a phone call after one of those record runs from a friend in Sydney and he advised me to send the dog to Melbourne to be trained by Jason and his advice was that Jason would make a stud dog out of him,” Dart added.

But Jason was at first unable to take the dog.

“I rang him mid July and he was full, then rang again and he couldn’t take him then either,” Dart said. “But, I kept ringing and he went to Victoria in the middle of August.

“Jason admitted on Saturday night the dog is better than he thought.”

Typhoon Sammy’s career has not been clear sailing.

“He tore a gut muscle a while ago and when I put him back into work he did it again,” Dart said. “So I took him down to Newcastle for Peter Yore to check him over and we mapped out a plan to get him right and you see the results of that.”

While Typhoon Sammy broke the track record in the Bendigo Cup heat off the rails box, Dart says he believes he is even better suited out of the eight box.

“There is a trick to the dog,” said Dart. “When he goes to the boxes with his ears pricked, you know he is right on song.

“On Saturday night those ears were standing up as strong as I’ve seen. He was right on song and showed it.”