Typhoon Sammy's Cup Prospects Dealt A Blow

TYPHOON Sammy’s Melbourne Cup hopes have been dealt a blow after the Bendigo record breaker missed an all important Sandown trial on Sunday.

Adam Dobbin

9 November 2021

TYPHOON Sammy’s Melbourne Cup prospects have been dealt a blow after the Bendigo track record breaker missed an all important Sandown Park trial on Sunday.

It means the son of Melbourne Cup hero Aston Dee Bee goes into his mouth-watering clash with Koblenz at Sandown Park on Thursday night without the benefit of a trial at the track.

“He’s drawn the worst box imaginable in eight and hasn’t seen the track at all,” four-time Melbourne Cup winning trainer Jason Thompson said.

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“Being honest I can’t see how the dog can win now and it’s important that punters understand the situation.

“If he can win off the eight without a look at the track he’s even better than I already think he is.”

Thompson had earmarked a post meeting trial at Sandown on Sunday for his gifted chaser which is currently on the second line of Melbourne Cup betting with Cranbourne Cup winner Koblenz at $10.

But those plans were scuppered after the race meeting and trials were cancelled due to the state of the track following heavy rain on Saturday evening.

Such has been the volume of work done to the track, trials for Wednesday (tomorrow) have also been canned in order to have the track ready for Thursday night’s feature meeting.

It means the Shootout program will take place with the track having not been utilised since last Saturday morning.

“It’s not a good situation at all,” Thompson said.

“Some of the sport’s best dogs are going around on Thursday night after the track has been harrowed without knowing what condition it’s in.

“I’m told some greyhounds will trial on Thursday morning.

“But whatever happens it’s not going to be a track for speed dogs after being harrowed.”

After Sunday’s Sandown trials were cancelled Thompson ventured to Sale with the team of five he has entered in Thursday’s Melbourne Cup Preludes.

“They needed a run but that’s really all it was – a hit-out,” Thompson said.

“We got home at 1.30am in the morning as opposed to them being fed up and rested by 7pm had they been to Sandown.

“Typhoon Sammy has to go around in Thursday’s prelude to contest the Melbourne Cup heats the following Friday. I’ve been left with no option but to put him around but I just can’t see how he can win in the circumstances.”

Away from Typhoon Sammy, Thompson’s other runners include Aussie Secret (race 1, box 2), Immunity (race 2, box 5), Aston Fastnet (race 5, box 8) and True Collinda (race 6, box 5).

The spate of tricky draws on Thursday night continues a horror run for the Pearcedale trainer with 29 of his 40 most recent starters drawing box four or wider.

Meanwhile, Thompson has announced Group 1 Brisbane Cup winner Equalizer will miss the remainder of 2021 due to injury, ruling him out of a possible The Phoenix berth.

The regally bred son of Kc And All and Captivating will begin stud duties while recovering.

“But he’ll definitely be back next year,” Thompson said.

“In the meantime he’ll be available to breeders for $1650.”