Cup Night Match Race One For The Ages

THE scene is set for an enthralling Cup Night Match Race Sprint between Typhoon Sammy and Paua Of Buddy at Shepparton on Saturday night.

Mick Floyd

18 March 2022

SOMETIMES, the entrée is as appealing as the main.

And that is certainly the case at Shepparton on Saturday night when two of Victoria’s premier one-turn sprinters – Typhoon Sammy and Paua Of Buddy – line up in the Cup Night Match Race (450m).

While Cup Night Match Races have become a fixture on the Victorian provincial circuit, the quality of runners and evenness of some contests has made the race a non-event at times.

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However this contest between two track record holders promises to be every bit as intriguing – and exciting – as the group 2 Cup final later in the evening.

Both greyhounds were sent to their respective Cup heats as short favourites before modest getaways curtailed their hopes of progressing to the $47,000 to the winner Cup final.

Instead, they will line up next to each other in the $10,000 winner-takes-all support feature.

Since arriving in Jason Thompson’s Pearcedale kennels in August last year, Typhoon Sammy has won 15 of 22 starts including 14 from 19 over distances between 395m and 485m. He has won the Traralgon (395m) and Horsham (485m) Cups, and holds track records at Bendigo over 425m and Traralgon over 395m.

Paua Of Buddy has had just 16 starts through his injury riddled career, but when right has won eight of 10 starts (and finished second in the other two starts) in races over 450m-460m as well as breaking the Warragul 400m track record.

Jason Thompson has long held a high opinion of Typhoon Sammy, though connections would have preferred to draw on the outside in this format.

Steve White has also long had a high opinion of Paua Of Buddy and believes that if he can jump cleanly and lead he should win, saying his charge ‘has a V16 engine.’

The match race will be run at 6.59pm (race 4) with the group 2 Shepparton Cup to be run at 8.25pm (race 8).

Typhoon Sammy Paua Of Buddy
Jason Thompson Trainer Steve White
40 starts 26-2-5 Record 16 starts 11-4-0
$178,055 Prize money $76,055
11 BON wins 10
2 Track records 1
Best times
24.83 Ballarat 450m 24.77
23.28 Bendigo 425m 23.29
25.29 Shepparton 450m 25.07
22.1 Warragul 400m 22
25.47 Warragul 460m 25.3