2013 Laurels Classic Final Preview

Written By Thursday 26th December 2013  

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 champCheltenham Lasswho later in her career was runner up and won aMelbourne Cupas well as runner up in anAustralian 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 1Sapphire 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
Start Fast Running Rail Finish Medium
Prizemoney Rating $722.00 Rating 94 
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
22 5 8 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
23%  64%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
11 4 3 1
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 0 0
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
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.71 29.79 5.06 5.11
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
Start Fast Running Rail Finish Medium
Prizemoney Rating $515.00 Rating 92 
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 3 3 1
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
33% 78%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 1 1
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 0 1
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
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.57 29.57 5.08 5.08
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/td> - Midnight Flare
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $3,360.00 Rating 100 
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
17 10 5 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
59% 100%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 1 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 1 0
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
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.37 29.37 5.11 5.11
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
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating  $1,357.00 Rating 93
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
17 7 4 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
41% 71%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 4 2 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
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
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.39 29.39 5.01 5.01
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
Start Fast Running Rail Finish Average
Prizemoney Rating $1,058.00 Rating  85
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
27 8 6 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
30% 67%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 1 1 1
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 2 1 0
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
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.93 29.93 5.07 5.09
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/td> - Zambola Bale
Start Fast Running Rail Finish Average
Prizemoney Rating $1,148.00 Rating 95 
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
23 9 5 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
39% 65%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 1 1 1
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 0 1 0
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
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.42 29.53 4.98 5.07
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
Start Slow Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,774.00 Rating  96
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
15 5 3 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
33% 80%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 2 0 3
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 1 0
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
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.52 29.69 5.14 5.14
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
Start Fair Running Middle Finish Slow
Prizemoney Rating  $1,361.00 Rating 82
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 4 2 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
44% 78%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4  2 1  0
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 1  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
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.71 29.90 5.07 5.12
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