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2013 Laurels Classic Final Preview

2013 Laurels Classic Final Preview


Tonight's Laurels Classic final has well and truly been overshadowed by the other big group race on tonight, the 2013 Sale Cup. However there will be more than a few breeders, owners and trainers will be hoping they can etch their greyhound's name in the history of this bitches only race, the richest race for age-restricted females in Victoria.

The Laurels was first conducted by the Sandown Club in 1964 when won by Tara Princess. The Classic has found some outstanding winners over the years none the least 1965 champ Cheltenham Lass who later in her career was runner up and won a Melbourne Cup as well as runner up in an Australian Cup. Odious who went on to win an Australian Cup in 1976, Carrington Jade won a Melbourne Cup in 1976. Cavalier Queen won the Adelaide Cup in 1977. Paua To Burn won the 2005 Easter Egg, and 2004 and 2005 Group 1 Sapphire Crown. Household names such as Winifred Bale and Sandi's Me Mum are also previous winners of the race.

This year's finalist have won their way through the heats and semi finals to make tonight's Group 2 $50,000 to the winner final field.

Box 1
Race Odds
$9.00
Semi Replay
Dyna Evy
Trainer
J Hunt
Owner
B Wheeler
Prizemoney
$15,885.00
Last 10 Starts
6522182412
25 Months Brindle Bitch by Surf Lorian-Penelope Bale
StartFastRunningRailFinishMedium
Prizemoney Rating$722.00Rating94 
Career Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
22581
Strike Rates
Win %Place %
23% 64%
Track & Dist.
Starts1st2nd3rd
11431
    
Box 1 Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
2000
Comments: Jenny Hunt (Trainer) - "Trainer unavailable for comment. ARG opinion: Other with better chances but does have the prized draw. Not as string as some in the race, and not the quickest from the boxes. Would need plenty of luck and trouble to others to win, but could find a place."
Best Sandown Times
BestLastSect. BestSect. Last
29.7129.795.065.11
Box 2
Race Odds
$7.00
Semi Replay
Blue Viper
Trainer
K Repia
Owner
Sciacca Sciacca (Syn)
Prizemoney
$4,635.00
Last 10 Starts
212141F32
29 Months Blue Bitch by Collision-Classic Concept
StartFastRunningRailFinishMedium
Prizemoney Rating$515.00Rating92 
Career Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
9331
    
Strike Rates
Win %Place %
33%78%
Track & Dist.
Starts1st2nd3rd
2011
    
Box 2 Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
1001
Comments: Karen Repia (Trainer) - "If she can hold her ground through the first corner under Ritza Hattie and Maximum Lil, then she's in with a great chance. She's not super quick from the boxes, but has great acceleration once she hits the ground; so just needs that little bit of room early. We're really happy with the draw."
Best Sandown Times
BestLastSect. BestSect. Last
29.5729.575.085.08
Box 3
Race Odds
$2.60
Semi Replay
Ritza Hattie
Trainer
M Gatt
Owner
M Gatt
Prizemoney
$57,125.00
Last 10 Starts
1111231121
25 Months Black Bitch by Bombastic Shiraz-Midnight Flare
StartRiskyRunningMiddleFinishStrong
Prizemoney Rating$3,360.00Rating100 
Career Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
171052
Strike Rates
Win %Place %
59%100%
Track & Dist.
Starts1st2nd3rd
2110
Box 3 Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
2110
Comments: Mark Gatt (Trainer) - "I'm quietly confident going into the race. She will have to do everything right and there won't be room for errors. If she can cross the inside two, she's in it up to her ears."
Best Sandown Times
BestLastSect. BestSect. Last
29.3729.375.115.11
Box 4
Race Odds
$4.50
Semi Replay
Maximum Lil
Trainer
P Hunt
Owner
Jordean (Syn)
Prizemoney
$23,070.00
Last 10 Starts
1774811221
24 Months Black Bitch by Mogambo-Lil's Memory
StartRiskyRunningRailFinishStrong
Prizemoney Rating $1,357.00Rating93
Career Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
17741
Strike Rates
Win %Place %
41%71%
Track & Dist.
Starts1st2nd3rd
7420
Box 4 Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
0000
Comments: Jordan Cooper (Owner) - "It will be hard for her to cross. But if she can jump like last week and lead, then she will be very hard to beat."
Best Sandown Times
BestLastSect. BestSect. Last
29.3929.395.015.01
Box 5
Race Odds
$41.00
Semi Replay
Blue Lavros
Trainer
J Borg
Owner
P Arkathiotis
Prizemoney
$28,578.00
Last 10 Starts
2225135132
26 Months Blue Bitch by Where's Pedro-Aussie Belle
StartFastRunningRailFinishAverage
Prizemoney Rating$1,058.00Rating 85
Career Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
27864
Strike Rates
Win %Place %
30%67%
Track & Dist.
Starts1st2nd3rd
5111
Box 5 Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
5210
Comments: Joe Borg (Trainer) - "There are other bitches in the race that probably have her covered at this stage in her career. She needs a ton of luck and is one of the outsiders of the field. But it's a great effort to have made the final. We need her to ping to the front and the rest to find some trouble. It's a credit to her to have made the final."
Best Sandown Times
BestLastSect. BestSect. Last
29.9329.935.075.09
Box 6
Race Odds
$6.00
Prue Replay
Prue Bale
Trainer
A Dailly
Owner
P Wheeler
Prizemoney
$26,420.00
Last 10 Starts
1112317552
26 Months Black Bitch by Go Wild Teddy-Zambola Bale
StartFastRunningRailFinishAverage
Prizemoney Rating$1,148.00Rating95 
Career Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
23951
Strike Rates
Win %Place %
39%65%
Track & Dist.
Starts1st2nd3rd
6111
Box 6 Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
3010
Comments: Tom Dailly (Co-Trainer) - "Trainer unavailable for comment. ARG opinion: Capable of leading this on best form but is not a consistent beginner. If able to bring her best box manners tonight, will go very close to leading all the way from this draw."
Best SandownTimes
BestLastSect. BestSect. Last
29.4229.534.985.07
Box 7
Race Odds
$5.00
Semi Replay
Liara Allen
Trainer
S Collins
Owner
J Wheeler
Prizemoney
$26,610.00
Last 10 Starts
3326243411
24 Months Fawn Bitch by Surf Lorian-Spiral Bale
StartSlowRunningMiddleFinishStrong
Prizemoney Rating$1,774.00Rating 96
Career Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
15534
Strike Rates
Win %Place %
33%80%
Track & Dist.
Starts1st2nd3rd
8203
Box 7 Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
2010
Comments: Tammy Collins (Kennel Representative) - "She is a chance is she can find the rails. She is badly boxed out there , but will be hitting the line really hard"
Best Sandown Times
BestLastSect. BestSect. Last
29.5229.695.145.14
Box 8
Race Odds
$21.00
Semi Replay
Rinoa Bale
Trainer
J Hunt
Owner
P Wheeler
Prizemoney
$12,255.00
Last 10 Starts
113124521
23 Months Black Bitch by Hallucinate-Amelia Bale
StartFairRunningMiddleFinishSlow
Prizemoney Rating $1,361.00Rating82
Career Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
9421
Strike Rates
Win %Place %
44%78%
Track & Dist.
Starts1st2nd3rd
4 21 0
Box 8 Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
211 0
Comments: Jenny Hunt (Trainer) - "Trainer unavailable for comment. ARG opinion: Slow beginner boxed inside does no harm and has a good record from the box. Would need a lot of luck to lead from out here but on best form wouldn't be far away in the run to the first corner. Don't dismiss."
Best Sandown Times
BestLastSect. BestSect. Last
29.7129.905.075.12

Damien Oborne

About Damien Oborne (All Articles)

Damien is a former Editor on Australian Racing Greyhound from November 2013 to November 2014. He wrote and edited for PokerNews for many years, as well as other magazines. He has been involved in greyhounds for years, as an owner, breeder and hobby trainer. He is extremely passionate about all areas of the greyhound industry.

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