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Greyhound Betting Tips & Preview November 23 2014

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Race No. 3Arclight Photography Stake Pr2 D…5:49 PM
JUV event over 400 metres at Gawler Of $820 Prizemoney.
1st: $580 2nd: $160 3rd: $80.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MACHINE ROAD71NBTNadine Payne
2HEZA GOOD SIZE113622.70John Mundy
3JUST CONTRARY317522.91Karen Bearpark
4PARK GLORY554322.99Vadim Roz
5DANGER THREE TWO551622.71Karen Bearpark
6RELUCTANT KING18623.33Karen Bearpark
7PRINCELY BOGAN637323.14Karen Bearpark
8YOLO’S MAGIC8123.18June Whyte

I think we can find a little bit of value in this event, Princely Bogan hasn’t had much luck in recent weeks and if he can get away cleanly today he should run a nice race at odds. He normally shows good early speed and if he can settle in the top two he should be there at the finish.

Heza Good Size has a big engine but his past two performances haven’t been great. From the rails draw he should be able to settle in a more prominent position early and I expect him to be able to regain some confidence.

Just Contrary is showing some promise and if she can reproduce her 22.91 winning effort here from three runs back, she will play a major role. She has proven to be a little hit or miss at box rise to date but if she happens to step she will figure in the money.

Top Four: 7 – 2 – 3 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Princely Bogan

Exacta: 2,7/2,3,5,7 ($6 for 100%)

Quinella: 7 to rove with 2,3,5 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2,3,7/2,3,5,7/1,2,3,5,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

Race No. 7Dinky Di Web Designs Stake Pr2 D…7:09 PM
6 event over 531 metres at Gawler Of $820 Prizemoney.
1st: $580 2nd: $160 3rd: $80.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1EMERLEY OCCA678331.50Ross Panagiotou
2DYNA VANITY6652NBTNadine Payne
3ALEX TYSON173731.34Tony Lagana
4WHAT REMAINS241NBTDonald Turner
5RAT GIRL855731.29Florence Moore
6ELSWADO477531.53Kiah Edwards
7JETTA KAHN2161NBTKim Johnstone
8BUBBA RAY DUDLEY688531.16Karen Bearpark
9MAHLO STORM64X831.21Douglas Frith

Dyna Vanity has been racing in much stronger company of late and she should appreciate this class. She doesn’t possess a heap of early speed but she has enough pace to settle in the first half of the field. This race features a few runners which will struggle over the journey so I am expecting her to pick them off late in the race.

Jetta Kahn will likely start favourite and she looked impressive when winning at Angle Park in 30.42 last time out. She must lead to win but she is fairly reliable early so I am expecting her to settle in a prominent position.

Bubba Ray Dudley is another who drops in class and his form is better than it appears, the wide draw should suit and he could run a big race at nice odds.

Top Four: 2 – 7 – 8 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Boxed Quinella: 2,7,8 ($3 for 100%)

Exacta: 2,7,8/2,3,7,8 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2,7,8/2,7,8/1,2,3,5,7,8 ($24 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2/3,7,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Best Roughie:
Race 5: Jack And Lolli

Wentworth Park Greyhound Tips & Betting Preview November 22 2014

The main night of racing in Sydney and there is plenty of value around. Open an account with Sportingbet for up to $700 in bonus bets.

Best Bets:
Race 1: Miss Sueko
Race 2: Berridale Lad

Best Roughie:
Race 9: Inner City

Quaddie:
Leg 1: 1,4,5,6 – Leg 2: 1 – Leg 3: 1,2,3,6,8 – Leg 4: 5,6
$40 for 100%

Race No. 1Macro Meats Gourmet Game Stakes7:24 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1PIERRO KADE831530.34Jodie Lord
2MISS SUEKO724629.67Justin King
3BLACK EMPRESS612429.81Harry Sarkis
4LINSKI224230.29John Ayoub
5GLAMOROUS OPAL112330.05Carol Hudson
6QUITE READY345330.00Harry Sarkis
7COOLABAH JET641329.79Jodie Lord
8EMMA PHASEX13130.10Troy Halligan
9UNO NORRIS635630.35Lisa Mcfarlane
10HEROIC AVENGER524130.60Michelle Shambler

Miss Sueko hasn’t had much luck of late and she has been racing in stronger class. From the rails draw she should be able to find the early lead and she has posted a ridiculous 29.67 when landing on the bunny here previously. She is a confidence chaser, so if she happens to find the bunny she will grow a leg.

Linski was far from disgraced here last week and he produced a strong effort when placed here last time out, he doesn’t win too often but he generally hits the line well and he is always thereabouts.

Coolabah Jet has a great record here and she caught the eye when scoring here in a slick 29.80 two runs back. She will need some luck early but she has raced well from wide draws in the past.

Black Empress rounds out the chances, she beat the classy Xtreme Knocka here three runs back and she is capable of pinging the lids at times.

Top Four: 2 – 4 – 7 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Miss Sueko

Trifecta: 2/3,4,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2,4,7/2,3,4,7/1,2,3,4,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

Quinella: 2 to rove with 3,4,7 ($3 for 100%)

Race No. 2Farewell Mark Epstein Stakes7:48 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BERRIDALE LAD217129.92Lisa Mcfarlane
2MR. UNO722730.16Lisa Mcfarlane
3CUMBERLAND BLACK442130.24Lisa Mcfarlane
4NATURAL PLAYER1216NBTMark Wilcox
5LET IT DEVELOP152730.31Jodie Lord
6THREE MUGS IN671130.55Justin King
7STUNNING ASHBERG163630.49Harry Sarkis
8SHEBA’S DIVA311130.25Michelle Shambler
9REXY SKEETA343730.41Leslie Dennis
10GOLD MISS538330.49Marie Burton

Berridale Lad has scored some breathtaking Canberra wins of late and if he can bring that form to Wentworth Park he will take a power of beating. His box manners aren’t great but from the red he should get a fairly clear passage early and if he can hold them out he will be running some serious time on the bunny.

Natural Player is making his metro debut and if he runs out the 500m he should make the red work hard for victory. Two starts ago he set the track alight at Bulli with a 22.32 victory so it is likely that he will lead tonight and the only query will be the last 40m.

Stunning Ashberg is the run on type in the race and if she can avoid early bother she should run a cheeky race at odds, I dont think she can win but she might be a good one to anchor for second and third in your exotic bets.

Mr. Uno rounds out the chances, he should get a nice sit during the middle stages of the race and he should run home nicely.

Top Four: 1 – 4 – 7 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Berridale Lad

Exacta: 1,4/1,2,4,7 ($6 for 100%)

Quinella: 1 to rove with 2,4,7 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1/2,4,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 3Petsnacks.com.au Stakes8:08 PM
NG event over 720 metres at Wentworth park Of $8,550 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,000 2nd: $1,700 3rd: $850.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1TUAVASA SHEK1221NBTDarryl Chapman
2NUMBER KRUNCH542542.54Darren Sultana
4AVONDALE MAURICK261442.34Ronald Bell
5GRETA’S RESCUE132142.27Rodney Mcdonald
7PUMPED UP ZARR651142.19Neil Staines
8KEY MISSILE127243.09Kelvin Lean

Tuavasa Shek is making his metro and staying debut but he appears to be the real deal and if he handles the track he will take a power of beating. Last time out he assumed control mid race and scored a commanding 37.47 Lismore win, the small field should suit tonight and he really does look to be a great bet.

Avondale Maurick was a solid 42.45 winner here two runs back and if he can find the bunny early he should give a great sight.

Pumped Up Zarr has the class edge and if he can cross from out wide he should be in the finish. He has won his past two here in impressive fashion but my concern with him is that he may be posted wide for most of the journey.

Greta’s Rescue is the only other winning hope, she finished strongly to score here last week in 42.27 and with a clear run in the middle stages she can run home into some minor money.

Top Four: 1 – 4 – 7 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Tuavasa Shek

Exacta: 1,4/1,4,5,7 ($6 for 100%)

Quinella: 1 to rove with 4,5,7 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1/4,5,7/4,5,7 ($6 for 100%)

Race No. 4Sbm Premium Stakes8:33 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1INTERROGATED231229.83Michelle Shambler
2CAWBOURNE KAYONO341130.26Jodie Lord
3JACK KADE721630.10Jodie Lord
4PACKING KRUNCH255630.34Darren Sultana
5CAWBOURNE POWER235229.78Jodie Lord
6ALL IRISH412729.95Nicholas Clifton
7BAD BOY SNIPER115230.15Jason Magri
8KURMOND GODDESS524429.94Christine Proctor
9PARISIAN MAC116630.22Adam Wallace
10GLORIFIED GEE72X630.31Marie Burton

Interrogated has come up with the good draw and he was far from disgraced when placed here last week. He got a little tired in the run home last week but tonight I’m expecting him to get a much cheaper lead and that should allow him to finish the race off a little better.

Cawbourne Power doesn’t win very often here but he has been placed in 23 of 34 attempts, he is drawn poorly tonight but he should be finishing on strongly at the business end and I can easily see him filling a place again.

Bad Boy Sniper was solidly placed here last week and he should be in the mix again, there is a bit of speed around him but that should allow him to drop in behind early and hopefully a few gaps will open mid race.

Jack Kade is the only other winning prospect, he must lead to win but he has enough dash to cross and he could run a very cheeky race.

Top Four: 1 – 5 – 7 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Interrogated

Exacta: 1,5/1,3,5,7 ($6 for 100%)

Quinella: 1 to rove with 3,5,7 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1/3,5,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 5Ladbrokes.com.au Stakes8:54 PM
4 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,670 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,650 2nd: $1,350 3rd: $670.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1LOCHINVAR IMPACT511529.78Robert Smith
2MARLOW MAN161129.82Anne Foley
3MAGIC DREAM521629.84Jodie Lord
4ASIA’S BABE754129.80Marie Burton
5ZIPPING OSCAR312129.91Jason Mackay
6CAN OF515329.47Beau Hedley
7FIRE ELUSIVE212329.73Mark Moroney
8EXHIBITIONIST1563NBTDarryl Chapman

Lochinvar Impact is a super talent and he should make up for a luckless effort here last time out. He normally begins well and with the wide running Marlow Man drawn on his outer he should get all the breaks as they head into the first turn. He has a sizzling 29.78 PB here and if he finds the bunny early he should be able to probably go a tad quicker.

Can Of is blessed with enormous talent and he had no luck when resuming from a spell at Richmond last time out. He has run 5.32 and 5.31 to the first marker here previously and if he can reproduce those type of sectionals he will take a power of beating.

Zipping Oscar has won two of four here and he appears to be improving with every run, the draw doesn’t suit tonight but he can muster pace quickly and if he can settle in the top three he will run a big race.

Asia’s Babe smashed a handy lineup at Gosford last time in 34.52 and she races well here, she will be looking to get wide early but if she gains a clear run she can make an impact.

Top Four: 1 – 6 – 4 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Lochinvar Impact

Trifecta: 1/4,5,6/Field ($18 for 100%)

Exacta: 1,6/1,4,5,6 ($6 for 100%)

Quinella: 1 to rove with 4,5,6 ($3 for 100%)

Race No. 6Ladbrokes.com.au Sprint Series F9:18 PM
4/5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $10,250 Prizemoney.
1st: $8,000 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1RECRUITMENT426129.74Shaun Evans
2SHADY RHINO184129.86David Duncan
3USAINE715129.98Margaret Bannerman
4ZIPPING ABBY111129.66Ronald Seymour
5LA GRAND LOGIE373129.97Jeffrey Eaton
6DRAGON EMGRAND261529.97Luke Azzopardi
7MR EMGRAND454230.13Luke Azzopardi
8RAINCHECK226129.87Peter Lagogiane
9TAKE IT ALL285229.75Doreen Drynan
10KNOT TELLING YA122229.75Marie Burton

Recruitment has come up with the good draw and he showed his true talent when posting a sizzling 29.74 win here last week, if he can step cleanly like he did last time he will prove extremely hard to hold out. There doesn’t appear to be much speed directly on his outside so he should be afforded a relatively clear run early.

Zipping Abby really turned heads last week with her breathtaking 29.66 heat win, if she does that again then she will finish in the top two for sure but tonight there is plenty of speed drawn on her outside so she will need a few things to go her way.

La Grand Logie has the speed to lead and he is getting stronger with every run, he must lead to win but of all the competitors he appears to be the one with the most genuine early pace.

Shady Rhino will be charging home at the end and if he can lob behind Recruitment early he should be able to run home into a place.

Top Four: 1 – 5 – 2 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Recruitment

Exacta: 1/2,4,5 ($3 for 100%)

Quinella: 1 to rove with 2,4,5 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1/2,4,5/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 7Odds Park Corp Bitches Only F9:43 PM
4/5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $10,250 Prizemoney.
1st: $8,000 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1CAWBOURNE COBRA514329.69Jodie Lord
2LADY RONRAY361129.87Raymond Steele
3JOANE324130.18Christine Proctor
4SENORITA PEARL141330.15Ronald Bell
5ZIPPING TARN114229.85Jason Mackay
6CAWBOURNE REV421229.95Jodie Lord
7EVOKED651229.90Craig Chappelow
8ADDISON ROAD232129.85Mark Gatt
9GOLD DAWN443530.55Marie Burton
10ASIA’S BABE754129.80Marie Burton

Addison Road wasn’t overly impressive on the clock here last week but she appears to have the class edge here and if she can avoid early bother she will prove very hard to beat. Her box manners aren’t great but she does muster speed quickly and she has terrific track sense. When given a clear run she is probably capable of getting down to 29.70ish and that would be more than enough to win this.

Cawbourne Rev appears to be the likely leader and she has been placed in all five tries here, there doesn’t appear to be much speed around her so she should get every chance to drive through at the first bend.

Lady Ronray has won 14 of 17 and she should match motors with Cawbourne Rev early, this is a big rise in class for her and her last 40m isn’t overly strong, she will need to lead clearly and I think place hopes look best.

Joane powered to the line in her heat win and she looks a great place hope again, she is likely to settle too far back to win but she could be a great anchor for third and fourth in your exotics.

Top Four: 8 – 6 – 3 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Addison Road

Boxed Quinella: 2,3,6,8 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 3,6,8/2,3,6,8/1,2,3,5,6,8 ($36 for 100%)

Exacta: 3,6,8/2,3,6,8 ($9 for 100%)

Race No. 8Rapidvite Blue Paws Stakes10:05 PM
FFA event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1FATHER SKEETA272129.86Leslie Dennis
2WATTO LOTTO412129.73John Callaughan
3BESSY BOO132529.71Christine Proctor
4HERSI373229.75Peter Lagogiane
5ZIPPING WILLOW411429.35Jason Mackay
6ANYTHING LESS132129.56John Finn
7ZIPPING ANGEL513329.73Jason Mackay
8PADDY’S DEVIL381429.76Patrick Byrne

Great race and Zipping Willow and Anything Less should have a great battle again. Zipping Willow was disappointing here last week but this race tonight lacks early speed so I can see her getting a very cheap lead and she may just get too far in front of Anything Less in the early stages. She has won 17 of 23 here and she is normally faultless early, so if she steps she should get the job done.

Anything Less is possibly one of the fastest chasers in the land and he just keeps on turning in big efforts here. He has gone around the 29.60 mark on five or six occasions here and if he avoids early trouble he will be right there at the finish.

Bessy Boo is the only other genuine winning hope, he is another who excels here and he will be steaming home at the end.

Watto Lotto can sneak into a place, he is well drawn near the inside and he is another who runs out the journey strongly.

Top Four: 5 – 6 – 3 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Zipping Willow

Exacta: 5,6/2,3,5,6 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 5/2,3,6/Field ($18 for 100%)

Quinella: 5 to rove with 2,3,6 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 5,6/5,6/2,3 ($4 for 100%)

Race No. 9Aaa Radiator Specialists Stakes10:27 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SOARING EAGLE515229.89Marie Burton
2TAKE IT ALL285229.75Doreen Drynan
3EDGE354529.68Graeme Barnett
4JOSHUA BALE344130.11Margaret Bannerman
5MY AWESOME OPAL616429.91Marie Burton
6KNOT TELLING YA122229.75Marie Burton
7KNOCKA’S RETURN111429.71Mark Wilcox
8INNER CITY717329.93Christine Proctor
9DYNAMITE CHARLM462829.87Richard Muscat
10BOBBY BLANCO647729.90Dean Swain

Wide open affair and I think we can find some value with the well drawn Inner City. Three starts ago he beat a classy lineup here in 30.01 and if he can begin well and settle in the top four early he will be very strong in the run to the line.

Soaring Eagle is drawn to hold the early lead and he has scored some smart wins here in the past. With wide runners drawn on his outside he may be able to zip away early and he may steal the prize.

Knocka’s Return is an enormous talent and if he is switched on he will play a major role, the concern with him is that he doesn’t really race that well here and he can make some mistakes early in his races.

Take It All is a class act and if he can get out into some open spaces through the first bend he can salute at nice odds, he will need a few things to go his way but he is more than capable.

Top Four: 8 – 1 – 7 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Inner City

Boxed Quinella: 1,2,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

Exacta: 1,8/1,2,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1,7,8/1,2,7,8/1,2,3,6,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

Race No. 10Schweppes Stakes10:51 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1OBAN336430.21Jodie Lord
2TO A TEE345130.06Harry Sarkis
3UNO JUSTICE318330.52Lisa Mcfarlane
4BLACK BRONCO832530.23Christine Proctor
5LOCKSMITH322230.28Anne Kada
6GOLD DAWN443530.55Marie Burton
7ODD SOX413830.46Ronald Bell
8BARNEY’S RHINO171330.59David Duncan
9SHE’S ANDY415330.57Dean Swain
10SEXY OPINION386530.17Owen Langley

To A Tee is an exciting prospect and he appears to be going from strength to strength. Last time out he overcame plenty of trouble in running to post a strong 30.22 Dapto win and prior to that he turned in a big effort here behind the talented Lucy Lobster.

Barney’s Rhino posted a slick 30.59 Richmond win two runs back and if he gets room in the early stages he should be there to pounce off the back straight. I would prefer him drawn closer to the rail but he has enough natural speed to get across.

Locksmith has been placed in his only three tries here and he must be included in your exotics again, he is likely to get too far back to win but it might be worth anchoring him for third and fourth in your exotics.

Black Bronco is another who doesn’t win often but is never far away, he has been placed in six of 11 here and he has strong place prospects again.

Top Four: 2 – 8 – 5 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on To A Tee

Trifecta: 2,8/2,8/Field ($12 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2/4,5,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Quinella: 2 to rove with 4,5,8 ($3 for 100%)

Exacta: 2,5,8/2,4,5,8 ($9 for 100%)

The Meadows Greyhound Tips & Betting Preview November 22 2014

What a night at Sandown last night! We have some quality racing again tonight at The Meadows, lets take a look at the fields and see if we can find you some winners. Open an account with Sportingbet for up to $700 in bonus bets.

Best Bet:
Race 12: Scintillating

Best Value:
Race 4: Heaps Of Ability

Quaddie:
Leg 1: 2,3,4,7 – Leg 2: 1 – Leg 3: 1,2,3 – Leg 4: 1,5,6,8
$48 for 100%

Race No. 1The El Garpo Special Final7:12 PM (VIC time)
Maiden Final event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1AMARO BALE (NSW)[5]2130.48(4)J Hunt (Lara)
2DEBORAH LEE (NSW)[M]2NBTA Azzopardi (Londonderry)
3WEST ON DELLY [5]1226130.08(5)J Britton (Anakie)
4HERCULES BALE (NSW)[5]F3130.80(8)S Collins (Lara)
5IN CANADA [M]34432NBTG Ennis (Sandhurst)
6UNOVA BALE (NSW)[M]74322NBTM Delbridge (Balliang)
7ANGEL OF MUSIC [M]24232NBTA Langton (Anakie)
8OPEC BALE (NSW)[5]7433130.29(2)M Delbridge (Balliang)
9GREYSYND TURBO [M]Res.25253NBTM Chilcott (Heathcote)
10CRACKERJACK MAX [M]Res.32223NBTA Dailly (Anakie)

Considering it is a maiden final to kick off the night, there is a fair bit of depth in this event and there should be some good ones come out of it.

West On Delly was probably the most impressive of the heat winners. Last week she pinged the lids and reeled off sizzling sectionals before stopping the clock in a zippy 30.08. If she can turn in a similar performance tonight it’s hard to see anything being able to match motors with her.

Angel Of Music is another who is armed with early speed and she is bursting to break through, last week she reeled off a similar first section to my top pick but her run home time wasn’t as good. If she can settle in the top two she should have enough in the tank to hold on for a place.

Opec Bale is a the run on type in the event and he looks to have great staying prospects for the future, last week he overcame a few difficulties in running before charging home to score in 30.29. He is going to need a few things to go his way but if the gaps open he will be there at the finish.

Deborah Lee is in good hands and she could be an improving type also, she is well bred and she trialled well before her debut here last week.

Top Four: 3 – 8 – 7 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on West On Delly

Exacta: 3,8/2,3,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 3/2,7,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 3,7,8/2,3,7,8/1,2,3,6,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

Quinella: 3 to rove with 2,7,8 ($3 for 100%)

Race No. 2Slim’s Bux Party7:33 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1UDON BALE (NSW)[5]2235230.70(1)T Womann (Lara)
2HASHTAG SELFIE [5]1623130.21(3)R Britton (Lara)
3ULLA ALLEN (NSW)[5]46278NBTS Collins (Lara)
4RED SUPERMAN [5]37151NBTD Crawford (Pearcedale)
5SOUL MAKER [5]T2223NBTA Britton (Lara)
6BLISTERING BOB [5]13524FSHJ Karamatic (Lara)
7GUNLOCH [5]12334NBTD Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
8REMOTE CONTROL (NSW)[5]43513FSHA Azzopardi (Londonderry)
9MAHALO [5]Res.13545NBTC Hayes (Mill Park)
10VEE BIG BOY (QLD)[5]Res.3761130.53(1)M Nash (Little River)

Remote Control comes here with strong NSW form and he has shown that when he gets room in the early stages he can really motor. From the pink draw he should get a clear passage early and if he can balance up quickly he should be able to find the front as they enter the first bend. He has some quick Wentworth Park wins to his credit so if he finds the bunny he will prove hard to reel in.

Udon Bale is a bit of a gunner, but he has turned in some strong efforts of late and from the red he is drawn to get all the breaks. He takes a few strides to get going but if he can punch through and settle in the top four he should be running over the top of them late in the race.

Hashtag Selfie is improving with every run and she looked impressive in her all the way 30.21 win here last time. If she finds the early lead she should give a great sight again.

Red Superman is poorly drawn but he has plenty of gears, if he is allowed to muster speed in the first 50m he should be able to put himself into the race.

Top Four: 8 – 1 – 2 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Remote Control

Boxed Quinella: 1,2,4,8 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 8/1,2,4/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1,2,8/1,2,4,8/1,2,3,4,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

Race No. 3Keilor Autobody7:55 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1TRAIL BLAZING [5]4241730.41(8)T Womann (Lara)
2ZEPPELIN BALE (NSW)[5]3177130.29(4)J Hunt (Lara)
3TOPPER ROAD (NSW)[5]21713FSHA Azzopardi (Londonderry)
4KING SURFA (NSW)[5]12112NBTD Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
5BOTTOM DOLLAR [5]3531830.22(8)A Dailly (Anakie)
6SAGE BALE (NSW)[5]2222530.53(4)M Delbridge (Balliang)
7CHEEKY HAND [5]25155NBTD Dean (Nyora)
8GOOD ODDS PUNK (NSW)[5]4547530.55(1)D Murray (Napoleons)
9BORDELLO QUEEN [5]Res.3388330.53(2)J Karamatic (Lara)
10EL ROSCOE [5]Res.6327530.54(2)M Karamatic (Lara)

This race features a number of runners who must lead to win and I think King Surfa should win the battle to the first turn and that should allow him to snag the winners prize. Last week he made his 525m debut and after a steady getaway he mustered speed quickly and led for most of the journey. He should be much better for that run and if he finds the bunny early he should be much stronger in the run to the line.

Bottom Dollar is highly talented when on song and he should be able to follow King Surfa across in the first 50m, if he can get through the first turn unscathed and settle within four of King Surfa he should give the leader plenty to think about.

Trail Blazing is very hard to follow but he has the good draw and he is fairly strong in the run to the line, if he can avoid bother he should give a nice sight.

Zeppelin Bale has won two of five here and he has enough early dash to be a competitor, my only concern with him is that King Surfa and Topper Road might carve him up in the early stages.

Top Four: 4 – 5 – 1 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on King Surfa

Quinella: 4 to rove with 1,2,5 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 4/1,2,5/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 4,5/4,5/Field ($12 for 100%)

Race No. 4Smith Lewis & Staff Ht18:11 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 725 metres at The meadows Of $8,225 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,750 2nd: $1,645 3rd: $830.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ECHELONIC ACTION [5]52221NBTD Coleman (Lara)
2GO JETTA GO [5]41413FSTDJ Thompson (Pearcedale)
3DYNA ORION (NSW)[5]13564FSTDA Dailly (Anakie)
4SUNDAY SESS [5]77417NBTD Murray (Napoleons)
5OPTIMUS BART (SA)[5]11112FSTDA Debattista (Toolleen)
6DOUBLE RINSE (NSW)[5]5242743.31(3)A Dailly (Anakie)
7MANILA EXPRESS [5]21413FSTDC Abbott (Edenhope)
8HEAPS OF ABILITY [5]2518642.96(8)C Schlensog (Anakie)
9SLIPAWAY MAVIS [5]Res.4557643.08(6)E Sladdin (Sebastopol)
10BLACK TILLY [5]Res.74656NBTM Ferguson (Drouin)

Heaps Of Ability can be costly at times but this is the weakest event he has contested for some time. He loves to scout wide in his races and his latest win came from a wide draw at Cranbourne. On that occasion he jumped well and reeled off great sectionals before posting a ridiculous 41.35. If he can repeat that type of performance tonight he is likely to put an absolute space in this lot.

Double Rinse turned in a huge performance when narrowly beaten by Blinkers On here two runs back. She can be a little hit or miss early but if she happens to get away and settle in the top three she should be right in the mix at the finish.

Echelonic Action has a tremendous record here over 600m and his failed attempts over this journey have been in Group Race company, from the red he should settle in a fairly prominent position and he will appreciate racing in this class.

Dyna Orion is the interesting runner, he is making his staying debut but his efforts over the middle distance of late suggest that this type of journey is right up his alley.

Top Four: 8 – 6 – 1 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Heaps Of Ability

Exacta: 1,6,8/1,3,6,8 ($9 for 100%)

Quinella: 8 to rove with 1,3,6 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 8/1,3,6/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1,6,8/1,3,6,8/1,2,3,6,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

Race No. 5Topcat Video Ht28:36 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 725 metres at The meadows Of $8,225 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,750 2nd: $1,645 3rd: $830.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1LAGOON MYTYE (NSW)[5]25743FSTDT Reid (Yuroke)
2LADY TOY [5]65534NBTN Gost (Little River)
3STARC (NSW)[5]4225FNBTA Dailly (Anakie)
4SEEKING JUSTICE [5]11115FSTDM Auld (Tatura)
5JULIE BALE (NSW)[5]35125FSTDS Collins (Lara)
6DU PLESSIS (NSW)[5]64177FSTDA Dailly (Anakie)
7JUST DUCAL [5]61556FSHJ Roberts (Devon Meadows)
8ZIPPING CASPER (NSW)[5]61632FSTDW Kirk (Melton West)
9SLIPAWAY MAVIS [5]Res.4557643.08(6)E Sladdin (Sebastopol)
10CLASSIFIED MISS [5]Res.67527FSTDA Warton (Colac)

Good race and I think we can find some value with the talented Starc. Prior to hitting the deck last time, he had turned in some strong performances at Sandown and he finds himself in a suitable race tonight. I am expecting him to settle in the top two or three early and he should give a bold sight. You should be able to snag around the $6 mark and that is great value.

Lady Toy is a very strong chaser and she will be charging home at the business end. She is yet to win here in three tries here but she has been placed in two of those attempts. She is going to need a few breaks in running but she is the only genuine stayer in the event so she must be respected.

Seeking Justice is going to be very well supported and he is clearly a chance, however this is a big step up in class for him and he is no guarantee to run the trip right out.

Just Ducal is making his debut here but he has scored some strong Sandown Park wins, if he can handle the track he should run a big race.

Top Four: 3 – 2 – 4 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on Starc and Lady Toy

Boxed Quinella: 2,3,4,7 ($6 for 100%)

Exacta: 2,3/2,3,4,7 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 3/2,4,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 6Rsn – Racing & Sport8:57 PM (VIC time)
Grade 4 event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $7,600 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,320 2nd: $1,520 3rd: $760.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BECKENBAUER (SA)[4]1114330.26(6)D Pattinson (Pearcedale)
2IMA SCREW LOOSE [4]8173830.30(3)C Capuano (Anakie)
3LEKTRA OUTLAW [4]3615430.50(3)A Dailly (Anakie)
4ALLEN ERYK (NSW)[4]7427630.01(2)A Dailly (Anakie)
5POLLY BALE (NSW)[4]1615230.01(4)A Dailly (Anakie)
6KERRIGAN BALE (NSW)[4]1251830.14(1)A Dailly (Anakie)
7ZIPPING BRUNO (NSW)[4]3643130.29(6)A Azzopardi (Londonderry)
8APRIL ROSE [4]7712230.13(3)R Ashworth (Cowwarr)
9INGA BALE (NSW)[4]Res.1613830.30(4)S Collins (Lara)

Beckenbauer is racing in dazzling form of late and from the red draw he should be able to lead throughout. There is a little bit of speed drawn on his outside but he does posses a great turn of foot and with an even getaway he should be able to hold them out. He has a solid 30.26 PB here but he is a much faster chaser this time around and a sub 30 second run could be on the cards for him.

Kerrigan Bale is a very hard chaser to follow but she is blessed with explosive talent, she caught the eye with a strong 30.15 win here two runs back and with a good getaway she should figure prominently for most of the journey.

Zipping Bruno is a gun NSW chaser and he looked impressive when posting a strong 30.29 win here last week, he will need some luck in running but he is good enough to overcome a couple of difficulties in running.

Polly Bale rounds out the chances, she has a solid record here and she has shown in the past that she can run time when on the bunny.

Top Four: 1 – 6 – 7 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Beckenbauer

Quinella: 1 to rove with 5,6,7 ($3 for 100%)

Exacta: 1/5,6,7 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1/5,6,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 7Le Pine Funerals9:13 PM (VIC time)
Mixed 4/5 event over 600 metres at The meadows Of $8,745 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,120 2nd: $1,750 3rd: $875.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1GO MOBO [4]4173234.84(1)D Coleman (Lara)
2HESSION BOOTS [4]6212134.59(3)R Clark (Toolleen)
3SHALL SHE ROCK [5]31333NBTD Crawford (Pearcedale)
4SILK CLUB [5]3581334.89(4)G Hall (Yarragon)
5PERFECT TESS [4]1181134.43(1)D Dooley (Maffra)
6ZELEMAR DIVA [5]16145NBTB Harley (Axedale)
7KURZKE [5]2443135.27(6)J Caulfield (Pyramid Hill)
8TICK BALE (NSW)[5]56543NBTJ Hunt (Lara)

Shall She Rock was desperately unlucky at Sandown Park last time and she should be ready to make amends tonight. From box three she should be able to lob onto the rails in the early stages and get a nice sit on Go Mobo, she is extremely strong in the run home and she should run over the top of them in the closing stages.

Go Mobo is drawn to hold the early lead and he should give a great sight. Last week the track was heavy on the inside so it will pay to forgive his effort as he appeared to get very tired. Tonight the surface on the inside should be good and I would expect him to finish the race off in stronger fashion.

Hession Boots loves racing here and he has scored two commanding wins here of late, he always needs a few things to go his way early but from the rails draw he should get every chance.

Perfect Tess is a fast chaser when she lands on the bunny and if she pings away she can give a great sight, my only concern is that she is poorly drawn and if she misses it away her chances of winning are gone.

Top Four: 3 – 1 – 2 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Shall She Rock

Exacta: 1,2,3/1,2,3,5 ($9 for 100%)

Quinella: 3 to rove with 1,2,5 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1,2,3/1,2,3,5/1,2,3,5,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

Race No. 8Macro Meats9:31 PM (VIC time)
Free For All event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1CRAWF’S BREAD [1]2217830.03(1)D Crawford (Pearcedale)
2JORDAN ALLEN (NSW)[4]3264230.09(6)A Dailly (Anakie)
3HUMPHREY BALE (NSW)[4]4414429.96(8)A Dailly (Anakie)
4SKINNY VINNIE [4]8642330.02(2)R Britton (Lara)
5DYNA YEMEN (NSW)[2]2631629.87(5)A Dailly (Anakie)
6PELOTON BALE (NSW)[3]3272529.83(4)J Hunt (Lara)
7PRUE BALE (NSW)[3]3788729.88(4)A Dailly (Anakie)
8EMPIRE ALLEN (NSW)[2]F523330.11(6)A Dailly (Anakie)
9INGA BALE (NSW)[4]Res.1613830.30(4)S Collins (Lara)

Dyna Yemen is a star in the making and I think he is good enough to overcome the poor draw tonight. His box manners aren’t great but he does possess a dazzling turn of speed and if he gets room in the first 30m he should explode to the early lead. In early October he posted a blistering 29.87 win here and a similar performance would see him win tonight.

Empire Allen is a classy provincial sprinter and he has a good record here. From the pink draw he should get a clear run early and he has enough speed to cross. His last 30m may be a worry but if he carves them up early he may be able to build up a race winning lead mid race. Peloton Bale has won six of 17 here and he must always be respected, he can be slow to begin but he has great track sense and he always finds his way into the money. Crawf’s Bread has the good draw and he can show enough pace to hold them up, his past two runs have been below par but from the rails draw he should be able to regain some confidence.

Top Four: 5 – 8 – 6 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Dyna Yemen

Exacta: 5,6,8/1,5,6,8 ($9 for 100%)

Quinella: 5 to rove with 1,6,8 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 5/1,6,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 9Hudson Pacific Ht39:48 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 725 metres at The meadows Of $8,225 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,750 2nd: $1,645 3rd: $830.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BAILEY ROSE (NSW)[5]32628NBTE Lieshout (Drouin West)
2MIMICKING (NSW)[5]2353442.76(1)R Britton (Lara)
3ACOLA ROSEBUD (NSW)[5]46117NBTT Noy (New Gisborne)
4ZIPPING FELIX (NSW)[5]14551FSTDP Dapiran (Northwood)
5LOVE AFFAIR (NSW)[5]3337542.95(3)A Dailly (Anakie)
6BIG KAT [5]13728NBTC Schlensog (Anakie)
7ROETHLISBERGER (NSW)[5]17415FSTDA Dailly (Anakie)
8ZIPPING JOE (NSW)[5]5566443.00(4)D Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
9CLASSIFIED MISS [5]Res.67527FSTDA Warton (Colac)
10BLACK TILLY [5]Res.74656NBTM Ferguson (Drouin)

Zipping Felix is a promising staying type and he looked super impressive when winning at Shepparton by 13 lengths in 37.48. He can show a little bit of speed in the early stages and if he settles in the top three early he should prove far too strong for this lot.

Bailey Rose has the good draw and she has been racing in consistent fashion. This is probably one of the weakest races she has contested for a while and if she can hold them out early she will prove hard to reel in.

Love Affair can be hard to follow at times but she has won here in a solid 42.95 previously. She is likely to be over the odds tonight so she might be worth a saver bet.

Big Kat rounds out the chances, she has been placed in six of 12 here and she is well placed in a wide draw.

Top Four: 4 – 1 – 5 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Zipping Felix

Boxed Quinella: 1,4,5,6 ($6 for 100%)

Exacta: 1,4,5/1,4,5,6 ($9 for 100%)

Race No. 10Ajs Corporation10:09 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MAXIMUM LIL [5]3587830.35(4)A Dailly (Anakie)
2WE ARE GEELONG [5]1475830.21(3)M Karamatic (Lara)
3KID MAXIMUS [5]2355830.23(5)P Akathiotis (Reservoir)
4DYNA FANCY (NSW)[5]3161730.16(5)A Dailly (Anakie)
5BOGNER BALE (NSW)[5]6812430.01(5)J Hunt (Lara)
6PREMIER MOZZ (NSW)[5]48325NBTK Sultana (Londonderry)
7HE ISN’T REALLY [5]36454NBTC Schlensog (Anakie)
8FRANK FURTER [5]7312730.14(1)C Schlensog (Anakie)
9BORDELLO QUEEN [5]Res.3388330.53(2)J Karamatic (Lara)
10EL ROSCOE [5]Res.6327530.54(2)M Karamatic (Lara)

Frank Furter is normally a very reliable beginner and he gave a great sight when placed here in fast time two runs back. There isn’t a whole lot of speed drawn underneath him and with a clean getaway he will have enough natural speed to cross them in the early stages. He isn’t overly strong in the run home but he should be running around the 30.10 mark on the lure and that would be enough for victory.

Maximum Lil is a class act when on song and it will pay to forgive her most recent form. She is suited by the rails draw and if she can sight the bunny early she is likely to give an improved effort.

We Are Geelong beat a classy lineup at Sandown Park five runs back in 29.81 and if he pings away he should prove very hard to reel in. His most recent racing has been done against open class sprinters so he should appreciate the drop in class.

He Isn’t Really could be the value, he is very strong and he has the ability to ping away, he is likely to be big odds but he is more than capable of matching it with this lot.

Top Four: 8 – 1 – 2 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Frank Furter

Boxed Quinella: 1,2,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

Exacta: 1,8/1,2,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 8/1,2,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 11Sky Racing10:31 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1WHITE WALKER [5]8434430.33(2)T Reid (Yuroke)
2GROOVE GIRL [5]53262NBTL Delbridge (Balliang)
3DYNA GLINDA (NSW)[5]3145430.17(3)A Dailly (Anakie)
4HOT WHIRL [5]5512329.99(6)J Sharp (Lara)
5KICKING ROCKS (NSW)[5]24731FSHD Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
6ZIPPING TANK (NSW)[5]1445230.32(4)A Azzopardi (Londonderry)
7DYNA FULCRUM (NSW)[5]5434330.13(3)J Hunt (Lara)
8MAXIMUS GLIDER [5]2133530.24(4)D Crawford (Pearcedale)
9BORDELLO QUEEN [5]Res.3388330.53(2)J Karamatic (Lara)
10EL ROSCOE [5]Res.6327530.54(2)M Karamatic (Lara)

Kicking Rocks finally showed his true talents with a blistering 30.15 Cranbourne win last week, his box manners aren’t great but he has slow beginners drawn on either side so he should get a clear passage in the first 50m. He is making his debut here but I’m guessing connections would have trialled him here previously, so he should be able to handle the first turn.

Dyna Glinda is much better than her recent form suggests and if she is given a clear passage through the first turn she will prove hard to hold out. She has won here on two occasions previously and untouched she is capable of going sub 30 seconds.

Hot Whirl hit the line strongly when placed here last week and she shouldn’t be too far away again.

Zipping Tank rounds out the chances, five starts ago he posted an impressive 29.86 Wentworth Park win, if he can reproduce that form he should be right in the mix.

Top Four: 5 – 3 – 4 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Kicking Rocks

Quinella: 5 to rove with 3,4,6 ($3 for 100%)

Exacta: 3,5/3,4,5,6 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 5/3,4,6/Field ($18 for 100%)

The Meadows Race 12 – 5th Grade – 525 metres – 10:54pm (VIC time)

Scintillating has recently rejoined the powerful Thompson kennel after an unsuccessful stint in NSW, after six weeks off I’m sure that his connections would have him cherry ripe for this assignment. Prior to going to NSW he was setting the provincial tracks here alight and he also scored a devastating win at Sandown. With a clear run early he should make light work of this lineup.

Tekki Minx has the good draw and she posted a strong placing here last week, from the red she should be able to settle in a much more prominent position and she should be in the finish.

Dyna Norfolk was never headed in his handy 29.78 Sandown Park win and if he finds the bunny early he could give a nice sight.

Dyna Chaser had no luck here last week and he should show improvement, he has won four of 13 here and he only needs an ounce of luck to feature.

Top Four: 7 – 1 – 3 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Scintillating

Exacta: 1,7/1,3,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

Quinella: 7 to rove with 1,3,8 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 7/1,3,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

2014 Group One Melbourne Cup Is Dyna Villa’s

Dyna Villa (8) has taken out the Group One Melbourne Cup in style, carving across from box eight to streak away for a two length victory in 29.36 at Sandown Park on Friday night.

The Collision and Roxio Bale (Droopy’s Vieri – Francesca Bale) dog came into the race unbeaten at the track. He had also never had his colours lowered wearing the pink stretch vest.

The money had been coming for Dyna Villa all day and at box-rise he was just shy of starting as the favourite. That honour went to Keybow (1) who punters had supported well due to the prime rails draw.

Dyna Villa forged out a fast first section of 5.04 to lead clearly into the first bend, just ahead of NSW bitch Chica Destacada (2). Rounding the turn, there was a little bit of interference between Above All (3) and Luca Neveelk (7), which left space for Keybow to hunt up along the rail into third.

Down the back, Dyna Villa got out to a six length lead and at this stage it was clear we were looking at this year’s Melbourne Cup winner. Chica Destacada tried her heart out, maintaining second position and pocketing connections $120,000 while Keybow filled the last of the minors.

Dyna Villa, trained by Jenny Hunt, has now won his first Group race. Prior to the Melbourne Cup, he had made the final of the Group 2 Geelong Cup. The generous prize-money of $420,000 takes his earnings over $460,000. He has just turned two years of age and the big win takes his career record to 15 wins from 23 starts. He looks to be the next star for the famous Wheeler family and little wonder given he is closely related to the recently retired Xylia Allen.

Full Results

1st: Dyna Villa (8) – Jenny Hunt
2nd: Chica Destacada (2) – Doreen Drynan
3rd: Keybow (1) – Darren McDonald
4th: Above All (3) – Robert Britton
5th: Cosmic Wise (5) – Jeffrey Britton
6th: Awesome Project (4) – Darren McDonald
7th: Star Recall (6) – Jeffrey Britton
8th: Luca Neveelk (7) – Gerald Kleeven

Time: 29.36
1st Split: 5.04 (8)
2nd Split: 18.62
Margins: 2 x 2
Scratchings: Cawbourne Whip (9), My Bro Fabio (10)

Sweet It Is Takes Out 2014 Bold Trease

She has done it again.

The bitch that trainer Darren McDonald described post race as a “Bold Trease re-incarnated” unleashed her trademark run home to clinch the 2014 Group One Bold Trease at Sandown at Sandown Park on Friday night.

A clear run in transit is always the key for the daughter of Mogambo and Off Springer (Flying Penske – Skullring) and, while she was slightly hampered leaving the home straight the first time, she could not of asked for a much better trip.

Ever the consummate professional, Sweet It Is took full advantage of the uninhibited run home to give the early leaders a cold and storm away to salute by a cool 5 1/2 lengths in a rapid 41.56.

After leaving the boxes reasonably well, Sweet It Is settled in seventh place as Zipping Maggie (2) took the ascendency, leading from Space Star (4).

Halfway down the back straight, Space Star took over and looked a big hope. Sweet It is began her move as the field passed the 715 metre boxes and made ground in a hurry.

Swinging for home, that familiar lightning turn of foot was as evident as ever as the 28kg black bitch hooked to the outside and put paid to her rivals in the twinkling of an eye en route to her fourth Group One victory.

Space Star hung on for second placing with rank outsider Reap The Benefit (5) working home for third placing.

Of the beaten brigade, excuses could not really be made for any of the runners with the winner simply too good and interference reasonably minimal.

The win was Sweet It Is’ 15th from 47 career outings and sees her career earnings reach a whopping $584,065.

2014 Group One Bold Trease – Full Results

1st – Sweet It Is (3) – Darren McDonald

2nd – Space Star (4) – Robert Britton

3rd – Reap The Benefit (5) – Michael Chilcott

4th – Zipping Maggie (2) – Peter Dapiran

5th – Beks (1) – Patrick Bouchier

6th – Blinker’s On (8) – Brooke Ennis

7th – Mystic Twist (6) – Mark Cauchi

8th – Coulta Rock (7) – David Curtain

Time: 41.56

1st Split: 6.17 (2)

2nd Split: 15.88 (2)

3rd Split: 30.62 (4)

Margins: 5 1/2 x 3 1/4

Scratchings: Dyna Kayla (9), Manila Express (10)

Dyna Villa Aims Up For Wheeler Glory In The Melbourne Cup

The world’s biggest race is about to take place and it wouldn’t be the same without the world’s biggest owner playing a significant hand. Paul Wheeler is in Melbourne to watch his young star Dyna Villa attempt to etch his name into the record books for trainer Jenny Hunt.

“I think the whole race revolves around the race to the turn. It’s a level field, although he is as quick as anything in the race he will need luck to the first turn. He is definitely an exciting young dog that’s shown a hell of a lot of promise”, explained Paul.

It’s a huge day on many levels for the Wheeler’s, with former superstar Irma Bale currently whelping a litter to American sire Yahoo Omar.

“It’s such a busy time of the year at the moment, with a lot of bitches whelping. Irma has just had her seventh pup to Yahoo Omar and there might be some more coming, she is a fantastic mum so far”, an excited Jan Wheeler stated from the Wheeler’s farm near Young.

“I love the whelping side of it. But it’s exciting to see the all the hard work pay off. Brendan broke Dyna Villa in and said he broke in super and always had a ton of talent, so it’s a real family effort. I’m not sure about the box eight draw, but we will have our fingers crossed up here.”

Speaking to Paul it’s hard not to take in the massive passion he has for the breeding side of his operation. It’s also obvious in discussion that the empire that’s been created by the Wheeler family is truly staggering.

“The mum of Dyna Villa is Roxio Bale and she’s a litter sister to Xylia Allen’s mother. So there is exceptional breeding from the dam’s side. We have had Xylia Allen and Dyna Willow retire recently, so the torch has been passed to Allen Deed and this dog. We have had some very good feedback on some of the Barcia pups, so that’s very exciting as well.”

When asked what he thought would happen tonight Paul provided the following thoughts.

“In front they will be flat out catching him, but there is a heap of pace out wide and any scrimmage will have him come out the worst from box eight.”

The future is definitely bright for this son of collision and the excitement from Paul is extremely evident.

“He looks like being really handy. To be only two years old and achieve what he has is fantastic. He’s done exceptionally well to get where he is at the age that he is. He’s the youngest dog in the field and to be the fastest qualifier is an enormous effort. He could end up being a very very good one, that’s for sure.”

Football fans are well accustomed to the saying “take it a week at a time” and in the case of greyhound racing it’s the perfect quote.

“We don’t have any plans moving forward. Take it one race at a time and see how they go. If they are fit and well then it’s up to the trainers to place the dogs to maximum effect.”

If there was a litter around that typified the highs and lows of the sport, the Collision – Roxio Bale litter would do a pretty good job.

“Hopefully Villa can carry the flag for Dyna Synch. He was put down after suffering from a broken leg at The Meadows in a horrible fall. He was a dog that was just starting to put it together and we had genuinely high hopes for him.”

Will It Be Lucky Number Seven For Awesome Project?

Tonight is the night that we have all been waiting for. Tonight one star sprinter will be crowned the 2014 Melbourne Cup champion and one set of connections will walk away $420,000 richer.

Eight superb canines are ready to do battle. For most it will be a nerve-wracking experience, for Awesome Project it will just be like any other race.

The Darren McDonald- trained chaser knows a thing or two about racing at the elite level.

Tonight will be his seventh appearance at Group level where he will be chasing his third victory. 

The veteran of 55 starts has already tasted success in the Group Two Gosford Cup and the Group Two Harrison- Dawson with that all important Group One honour so far alluding him.

His closest finish at the highest level was last month where he finished a gallant third in the Group One Topgun at The Meadows.

His owner and former trainer Brad Canty knows just how special the son of Collision and Honour Phase is. Rarely putting in a bad performance, he goes into the Melbourne Cup as a winner of 28 races with 15 minor placings.

“He is very consistent and he has been consistent all the way through his career since I sent him down to Darren after the Gosford Cup. He has probably only had three weeks off this whole time and if you go right through his form and he has just about made all the big group finals”, Canty said.

“I don’t think I will ever own a better dog than him, not a more consistent one anyway. He is very reliable.”

Awesome Project was an all the way winner of his heat last week clocking a slick 29.39. While he loves the track at Sandown, where he is yet to miss a place from 13 starts, it will be a tough ask to claim the final jumping from box four.

“The draw is not good for him with the six, seven and eight going to be crashing across from out wide with pace.

“He has speared the lids and come out running a couple of times like when he won the Harrison- Dawson and in a heat of the Brisbane Cup he came up two in front, but I think whatever dog leads that race will probably win.

“They are all basically leaders in the race, he is probably the strongest dog in the race, but they are going to be running 29.3 so whatever dog goes to the front will be hard to run down.”



Canty, who is based in New South Wales, has made the trip to Melbourne to cheer on his charge.

While it is going to be a tough race, Awesome Project should never be discounted. 



“Luck is going to play a big part in it, you couldn’t have hand picked a better eight dogs for the race but if he can come out and hold his position to the first turn he will be a big chance.”


And for a rising four year old, a win in the sport’s most coveted feature could lock in a future career at stud.

“It’s the richest greyhound race in the world. I would love to win it for the dogs sake, if he wins this race his stud career is locked in, so it would mean a lot for me for the dog to win it.”

Sandown Greyhound Tips & Betting Preview November 21 2014

Greyhound racing doesn’t get any better than Melbourne Cup night at Sandown Park. It’s time to study the form and place your bets for a terrific night of chasing action! Open an account with Sportingbet for up to $700 in bonus bets.

Best Bet:
Race 9: Ballerino

Best Roughie:
Race 12:Dynamic Punch

Quaddie:
Leg 1: 1,2,3,5,8 – Leg 2: 3,4,8 – Leg 3: 1,2,3,7,8 – Leg 4: 2,8
$150 for 100%

Race No. 1Tab Melbourne Cup Night7:00 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ZIPPING MAKKA (NSW)[5]8675629.75(7)J Delaroche (Cranbourne North)
2RAPID INCLINE [5]8741130.03(5)R Tartaglia (Newcomb)
3FLEETWOOD JAY [5]41129.87(7)A Langton (Anakie)
4PRETTY BALE (NSW)[5]34151FSHS Collins (Lara)
5MACCA’S SWAY [5]28458NBTJ Borg (Maryborough)
6MAINTENANCE MAN [5]72321NBTS Bauer (Lovely Banks)
7KINGSTON REGAL [5]13334NBTW Bickerton (Cranbourne South)
8FLEETWOOD ZAC [5]71113NBTA Langton (Anakie)

Fleetwood Zac is showing loads of promise and he looks well placed in the pink draw. Two starts ago he posted an impressive 30.38 Meadows win from this draw and if he can step on terms with them he should have enough speed to settle in the top three.

Maintenance Man looks the likely leader and he broke through for a well deserved Meadows win in 30.50. His last 50m isn’t great but if he happens to find the bunny early he will give a great sight.

Macca’s Sway is much better than his recent form reads and with some luck in the first 50m he should make a big impact.

Fleetwood Jay rounds out the chances, he is a littermate to Fleetwood Zac and he too is an improving type. He needs to probably go a little quicker on the clock than he has in his past two wins but I think he is more than capable.

Zipping Makka is a great place prospect, he hasn’t won for quite a while but he is a very strong type and he must be included in your exotic bets.

Top Four: 8 – 6 – 5 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Fleetwood Zac

Exacta: 5,6,8/1,5,6,8 ($9 for 100%)

Quinella: 8 to rove with 1,5,6 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 8/1,5,6/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 2Boags Time7:19 PM (VIC time)
Mixed 4/5 event over 595 metres at Sandown park Of $8,745 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,120 2nd: $1,750 3rd: $875.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1FLYING TWIST [5]1244434.65(7)A Dailly (Anakie)
2REEN’S FABIAN [5]23741NBTJ Holden (Nambrok)
3GALLOPING ROCKY [5]23446NBTR Conway (Bunyip)
4DARBAIN DASHER [5]1532534.34(5)R Conway (Bunyip)
5BONJOUR BONSOIR (NSW)[5]312F134.76(3)J Delaroche (Cranbourne North)
6ROXY’S PRIDE [5]63126FSTDJ Grindley (Gladysdale)
7MEPUNGA TIARA [5]6646534.15(1)J Britton (Anakie)
8SUPERSONIC HAWK (NSW)[4]5636334.41(2)J Britton (Anakie)
9BLONDE NELLIE [5]Res.2363134.95(1)J Paterson (Tenby Point)

Reen’s Fabian is a class act when on song and he looks well graded in this event. He is armed with genuine early speed and he gapped a solid lineup when scoring at Sale in a more than handy 37.52. There is no speed drawn on his outside and that should allow him to get all the breaks as they head into the first turn.

Flying Twist is much better than her recent form suggests and she has the draw to feature tonight. She has been racing against class acts of late and her effort when placed behind My Bro Fabio four runs back was eye catching.

Mepunga Tiara hasn’t had much luck in recent times and she does her best racing here, if she can step cleanly she should be able to settle in the first half of the field, when given room to gallop she is capable of reeling off very quick sectionals.

Darbain Dasher has a solid record here and he is never far away over this journey. He will get a long way back early but he can run home strongly into a place.

Top Four: 2 – 1 – 7 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Reen’s Fabian

Exacta: 1,2/1,2,4,7 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2/1,4,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1,2/1,2/Field ($12 for 100%)

Quinella: 2 to rove with 1,4,7 ($3 for 100%)

Race No. 3Momentum Gaming Ht17:38 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1XTREME KNOCKA [5]2146129.85(7)J Thompson (Pearcedale)
2GRUBBY [5]2362229.77(6)K Leek (Devon Meadows)
3DYNA KEITARO (NSW)[5]1253229.73(1)T Womann (Lara)
4SIZE DOES MATTER (QLD)[5]26214NBTB Ennis (Lara)
5SUMMER WAGES [5]1472729.50(2)W Bickerton (Cranbourne South)
6LETHAL THREE (NSW)[5]7325229.74(1)K Bravo (Lovely Banks)
7LAMIA BALE (NSW)[5]5722329.54(2)S Collins (Lara)
8COSMIC ANGEL (NSW)[5]81256NBTA Azzopardi (Londonderry)
9SPRING GRACE (NSW)[5]Res.75121NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
10OUSAI BALE (NSW)[5]Res.66457NBTA Dailly (Anakie)

Xtreme Knocka is a star talent when on song and he showed his best when posting a breathtaking 29.56 Wentworth Park win. From the red draw he should be able to hold a forward spot early and if he reproduces his Wentworth Park effort he will prove way too hard to reel in. His box manners can be very hit or miss but from the red he should get all the breaks.

Size Does Matter has plenty of gears and he recently finished strongly to score at The Meadows in 30.19. He tends to make a lot of mistakes in his races but when given a clear run he is capable of matching it with the fastest chasers in the land.

Cosmic Angel hasn’t had much luck since running the hands off the clock at Wentworth Park in 29.62 last month and with a better getaway he should return to form. She is better suited to a rails draw but Lamia Bale should give her a nice cart across in the early stages.

Top Four: 1 – 4 – 8 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Xtreme Knocka

Quinella: 1 to rove with 4,7,8 ($3 for 100%)

Exacta: 1,4/1,4,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1/4,7,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1,4,8/1,4,7,8/1,3,4,5,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

Race No. 4$600k Guaranteed Quaddie Pool Ht27:57 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1CORNELIUS FUDGE [5]4526129.30(8)L Cockerell (Buckley)
2JAYNEY BALE (NSW)[5]1774129.53(4)A Dailly (Anakie)
3FULL ON BLING [5]4121429.88(4)J Westerlo (Clyde)
4DYNA GELDOF (NSW)[5]3845129.88(8)S Collins (Lara)
5MORNINGSIDE [5]41512NBTK Bravo (Lovely Banks)
6IBROX DIGGER (NSW)[5]4254129.78(4)S Clarke (Tooradin)
7HIGHBURY (NSW)[5]1787529.46(1)R Britton (Lara)
8ALL STRUNG OUT [5]3262429.90(5)G Rounds (Devon Meadows)
9OUSAI BALE (NSW)[5]Res.66457NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
10MAKE THAT CALL [5]Res.76521NBTG Bartlett (Tenby Point)

Jayney Bale is a highly promising type and she should prove hard to hold out based on her impressive 29.53 PB here. She normally shows early speed in her races and with slow beginners drawn either side she should be able to assume control soon after box rise. She is getting stronger and stronger with every effort and if she happens to find the lure I can’t see them getting near her.

All Strung Out is well drawn out wide and he has plenty of gears, his box manners aren’t great but he does muster speed at a rate of knots, two starts ago he was placed behind the dynamic Secret Spell and a similar effort tonight would see him prove hard to hold out.

Cornelius Fudge regained some confidence with an impressive 28.05 Bendigo win. He has a great record here and his win last time suggests he is somewhere near his best.

Dyna Geldof can ping the lids at times and he beat a classy lineup at The Meadows in 30.21, a repeat effort will see him make an impact again.

Top Four: 2 – 8 – 1 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Jayney Bale

Exacta: 1,2,8/1,2,4,8 ($9 for 100%)

Quinella: 2 to rove with 1,4,8 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2/1,4,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1,2,8/1,2,4,8/1,2,3,4,6,8 ($36 for 100%)

Race No. 5Macro Meats Cup Night Sprint8:19 PM (VIC time)
Group Listed event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $21,750 Prizemoney.
1st: $15,000 2nd: $4,500 3rd: $2,250.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1HOSTILE (QLD)[2]3221229.28(8)D Beasley (Footscray West)
2HAWK ALONE [2]3232529.38(2)A Dailly (Anakie)
3MEPUNGA HAYLEY [2]5457329.29(5)J Britton (Anakie)
4CRACKERJACK DAK [1]2611429.43(6)A Dailly (Anakie)
5MY BRO FABIO (NSW)[1]5111229.09(8)B Ennis (Lara)
6KISS ME KETUT [2]5811529.46(6)D Burnett (Marcus Hill)
7MEPUNGA ARMAGH [2]7211729.34(1)J Britton (Anakie)
8ALLEN DEED (NSW)[3]2154729.31(8)A Dailly (Anakie)
9DREAM IT [3]Res.2451229.23(8)B Ennis (Lara)
10HEKATE BELLE [3]Res.1611329.29(1)K Bravo (Lovely Banks)

Great lineup and I think Hostile is drawn to get every chance. Two starts ago he destroyed a handy field and stopped the clock in an explosive 29.28. From the red he should have sufficient speed to hold them out and when on the bunny it will take an almighty effort to reel him in. He can miss away at times but from the red the run to the first bend can be a little more forgiving.

My Bro Fabio is a superstar and capable of just about anything but his racing pattern does hurt him. He is likely to get a long way back but he is going far too well to dismiss. If he is even money or shorter then I think he is a massive lay and it is best just to include him in your exotic bets.

Allen Deed is ideally placed in the pink draw and he hasn’t had much luck since winning the Adelaide Cup, he was going to just about lead the shootout before getting knocked over, from a similar draw tonight he should settle in a prominent position and he will take a power of beating.

Mepunga Hayley rounds out the chances, she is an enormous talent but she can be hard to follow. If she pings away she will prove very hard to hold out and she will be nice odds.

Top Four: 1 – 8 – 5 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Hostile

Boxed Quinella: 1,3,5,8 ($6 for 100%)

Exacta: 1,8/1,3,5,8 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1/3,5,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 6Solo Bold Trease Final (gobis)8:38 PM (VIC time)
S/E Group 1 event over 715 metres at Sandown park Of $155,000 Prizemoney.
1st: $100,000 2nd: $30,000 3rd: $15,000 GOBIS: $10,000.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BEKS [4]2524142.04(6)P Bouchier (Dennington)
2ZIPPING MAGGIE (NSW)[3]3264241.85(2)P Dapiran (Northwood)
3SWEET IT IS [1]2111241.46(3)D Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
4SPACE STAR (NSW)[4]1532141.65(6)R Britton (Lara)
5REAP THE BENEFIT [5]12252NBTM Chilcott (Heathcote)
6MYSTIC TWIST [4]3737142.07(2)M Cauchi (St Leonards)
7COULTA ROCK [4]4125142.75(4)D Curtain (Longwarry)
8BLINKER’S ON [3]1111241.71(7)B Ennis (Lara)
9DYNA KAYLA (NSW)[4]Res.4217342.11(6)A Dailly (Anakie)
10MANILA EXPRESS [5]Res.21413NBTC Abbott (Edenhope)

Great staying lineup and I think the super star in the making Space Star can get the job done. This race doesn’t feature a lot of early speed and if he can step away on terms he should have too much speed for them as they head into the first turn. Last week he stopped the clock at 41.65 in his debut here and I think with a clear run again he should probably be able to go a little quicker.

Sweet It Is will be steaming home like always and she has a tremendous record here, she is obviously a great winning chance but I dont think she can afford to give Space Start too big of a head start. Two starts back she smashed the clock when winning here in 41.46 and that type of effort would see her win tonight.

Blinker’s On is the only other winning prospect, he turned in a monster effort here last week and if he can avoid early bother he has the talent to go one better. Like Sweet It Is, he will need some luck as they head into the first turn.

Top Four: 4 – 3 – 8 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Space Star

Exacta: 3,4/2,3,4,8 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 4/2,3,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 3,4,8/2,3,4,8/1,2,3,4,6,8 ($36 for 100%)

Quinella: 4 to rove with 3 & 8 ($2 for 100%)

Race No. 7Berwick Mazda Cup Night Middle Distance8:57 PM (VIC time)
Group Listed event over 595 metres at Sandown park Of $21,750 Prizemoney.
1st: $15,000 2nd: $4,500 3rd: $2,250.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1JEWEL BALE (NSW)[5]32351NBTJ Hunt (Lara)
2OSCURA (QLD)[5]3124434.47(5)B Ennis (Lara)
3SISCO RAGE [3]1114634.29(5)J Galea (Lara)
4WHY NOT WAYNE [5]4311234.23(6)W Gray (Wendouree)
5BOOKKEEPER (NSW)[1]8846234.04(3)G Dainton (Cosgrove)
6WARRIOR KING (NSW)[5]72716NBTB Ennis (Lara)
7RALPHY CINEL (NSW)[2]1111634.10(8)J Borg (Maryborough)
8MUSQUIN BALE (NSW)[2]6154434.20(6)A Dailly (Anakie)
9DARBAIN DASHER [5]Res.1532534.34(5)R Conway (Bunyip)

Ralphy Cinel is a lid pinger and he has won three of his five tries over this journey. There doesn’t appear to be a heap of speed drawn underneath him tonight so if he can step well he will have the speed to cross and if he reproduces his 34.10 PB run, then it will be hard to see them reeling him in.

Musquin Bale is well drawn out wide and he should get a nice cart across from Ralphy Cinel early, he isn’t a genuine 600m chaser but when he settles in the top two he is capable of playing a major role.

Oscura has a big engine and if he can get through the first bend he will make a major impact. He has been bombing the start of late so he will need a few things to go his way as they head into the first turn.

Sisco Rage is in career best form and he has won four of six here, if he pings away he may give them something to catch at nice odds.

Top Four: 7 – 8 – 2 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Ralphy Cinel

Exacta: 7,8/2,3,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

Quinella: 7 to rove with 2,3,8 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 7/2,3,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 8Tab Melbourne Cup Final (gobis)9:24 PM (VIC time)
S/E Group 1 event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $610,000 Prizemoney.
1st: $420,000 2nd: $120,000 3rd: $60,000 GOBIS: $10,000.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1KEYBOW (NSW)[3]5361129.36(2)D Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
2CHICA DESTACADA (NSW)[4]5682129.22(6)D Drynan (Llandilo)
3ABOVE ALL (NZ)[3]1211129.33(3)R Britton (Lara)
4AWESOME PROJECT (NSW)[1]6313129.35(4)D Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
5COSMIC WISE (WA)[2]1531129.40(1)J Britton (Anakie)
6STAR RECALL (WA)[4]1188129.34(2)J Britton (Anakie)
7LUCA NEVEELK [4]1113129.42(2)G Kleeven (Denison)
8DYNA VILLA (NSW)[1]8131129.21(6)J Hunt (Lara)
9CAWBOURNE WHIP (NSW)[5]Res.34432NBTA Azzopardi (Londonderry)
10MY BRO FABIO (NSW)[1]Res.5111229.09(8)B Ennis (Lara)

The main event on the night sees an all star lineup set to do battle. Honestly I think every runner has a winning hope except for Cosmic Wise. Each runner has the ability to ping the lids and whoever finds the early lead will just about win the prize. Chica Destacada is the one I have settled on, she exploded from the traps in her heat and she never looked in doubt when posting a blistering 29.22 heat win. She should have the speed to cross Keybow early and if she leads I’m expecting there to be quite a bit of shuffling up at the first turn behind her.

Dyna Villa looks well placed in the pink draw and Luca Neveelk should give him a great cart across as they head into the first turn. Last week he reeled off PB’s throughout the journey and a similar effort tonight would see him put pressure on Chica Destacada for the entire journey.

Keybow is fairly well drawn and he is all class, if he can hold his position as they head through the first bend he will prove extremely hard to hold out, he can run the hands off the clock and he is all class.

Star Recall is another who must be respected, she is ridiculously fast and she has scored some tremendous wins in recent months, my only concern with her is that there is a heap of speed drawn on her outside.

Top Four: 2 – 8 – 1 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Chica Destacada

Exacta: 1,2,8/1,2,6,8 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2/1,6,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1,2,8/1,2,6,8/1,2,3,4,6,8 ($36 for 100%)

Race No. 9Nitro Circus Ht39:57 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1TIGGERLONG AMIGO (NSW)[5]8224229.52(4)D Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
2BALLERINO [5]41161NBTJ Borg (Maryborough)
3VEYRON BALE (NSW)[5]5235429.57(3)A Dailly (Anakie)
4AL MORAN [5]F131129.82(5)A Armstrong (Huntly)
5VANGER BALE (NSW)[5]3313529.64(8)T Womann (Lara)
6WIND WHISTLER [5]4533529.49(8)A Langton (Anakie)
7HER HIGHNESS [5]42337NBTK Bravo (Lovely Banks)
8RINASH [5]3255729.65(1)G Laidlay (Devon Meadows)
9SPRING GRACE (NSW)[5]Res.75121NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
10DYNA ZOD (NSW)[5]Res.5335129.76(3)A Dailly (Anakie)

Ballerino has been racing in tremendous fashion of late and if he can step cleanly he should have the speed to lead all the way. Last time out he mustered pace very quickly and beat a classy lineup when posting a smart 29.97 at The Meadows. There is no speed on his outside tonight so he should get a fairly clear passage in the first 50m.

Wind Whistler is the run on type in the event and he only needs an ounce of luck early to feature. He is much better than his recent form suggests and he has won five of 13 over this track and trip, if the gaps open mid race, he will prove hard to hold out.

Tiggerlong Amigo is a star talent and he also races very well here, the concern with him is that he likes to get wide and he will need a few things to go his way as he heads into the first bend.

Veyron Bale could be a threat if he happened to find his best form, however he has struggled in recent times, if he steps cleanly and can find the rail early he could play a major role.

Top Four: 2 – 6 – 1 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Ballerino

Exacta: 2,6/1,2,3,6 ($6 for 100%)

Quinella: 2 to rove with 1,3,6 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2/1,3,6/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1,2,6/1,2,3,6/1,2,3,4,6,8 ($36 for 100%)

Race No. 10360 Sports Events Ht410:19 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1VAPOURASH [5]1628129.39(1)L Morshead (Barongarook)
2BABYLON CLUB [5]2583629.60(5)K Bravo (Lovely Banks)
3DYNA NIHILIST (NSW)[5]51172NBTJ Hunt (Lara)
4THUNDER EYES (NSW)[5]75263NBTR Britton (Lara)
5GORHAM BALE (NSW)[5]1433629.42(5)S Collins (Lara)
6WHERE’S THE SURF [5]22342NBTD Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
7SHOULDERS (NSW)[5]62184NBTA Azzopardi (Londonderry)
8JEWEL ACTION (NSW)[5]18232FSHK Sultana (Londonderry)
9DYNA ZOD (NSW)[5]Res.5335129.76(3)A Dailly (Anakie)
10FLAME BALE (NSW)[5]Res.45554NBTA Dailly (Anakie)

Jewel Action is making her debut here but she has been flying at present at her home track Wentworth Park and if she brings that form to Sandown she should lead all the way tonight. She is normally a very reliable beginner and she has a solid record from this draw, with an even getaway she shouldn’t have too much trouble getting across.

Where’s The Surf has had two runs since a short spell and he should be primed to show his best. His recent form doesn’t read to well but he is all class when he is fit and confident. He has constantly raced against the best and he should appreciate racing in this class.

Shoulders is a very fast chaser when on the bunny and if he doesn’t get carved up by Jewel Action early he should run a monster race. Three starts ago he beat Jewel Action at Wentworth Park in a slick 29.77.

Dyna Nihilist has a big motor but he can make a few mistakes in his races, he is likely to get back early but if the gaps open mid race he should be there to pounce at the end.

Top Four: 8 – 6 – 7 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Jewel Action

Exacta: 6,8/3,6,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 6,7,8/3,6,7,8/1,2,3,6,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

Quinella: 8 to rove with 3,6,7 ($3 for 100%)

Race No. 11Harvey Norman – Springvale Ht510:37 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1COME ON FANTASY [5]51237NBTJ Borg (Maryborough)
2LEKTRA BRAVE [5]4427829.52(1)A Dailly (Anakie)
3STRANGE WISH (NSW)[5]6261329.67(2)D Saunders (Somerville)
4ALLEN MALIK (NSW)[5]3736329.80(6)S Collins (Lara)
5ELIZA BLANCHE (QLD)[5]1171329.59(1)D Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
6WAYMORE’S BLUES [5]42352NBTK Bravo (Lovely Banks)
7ARISTOTLE BALE (NSW)[5]21133NBTJ Hunt (Lara)
8CAWBOURNE WHIP (NSW)[5]34432NBTA Azzopardi (Londonderry)
9FLAME BALE (NSW)[5]Res.45554NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
10MAKE THAT CALL [5]Res.76521NBTG Bartlett (Tenby Point)

Cawbourne Whip turned in a massive performance when placed in a heat of the Melbourne Cup last week and if she turns in a similar effort she will take a power of beating. She has been placed in her three tries here and with the speed Aristotle Bale drawn underneath she should get a nice cart across as they head into the first turn.

Waymore Blues is a super talent when on song and although he is poorly drawn tonight he must be respected. He can be a little hit or miss early but he does possess a wonderful turn of foot and if given room early he would have enough speed to find the lead as they head into the first bend.

Eliza Blanche is dropping back in distance but she is absolutely flying and is always a chance, she normally pings the lids and then has a flat spot mid race, if she can ping tonight that should allow her to settle in a prominent position and she will finish off the race very strongly.

Come On Fantasy rounds out the chances, she has the good draw and she has been racing fairly consistently of late.

Top Four: 8 – 6 – 5 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Cawbourne Whip

Exacta: 5,6,8/1,5,6,8 ($9 for 100%)

Quinella: 8 to rove with 1,5,6 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 8/1,5,6/Field ($18 for 100%)

Sandown Race 12 – Mixed 4/5th Grade – 515 metres- 10:57pm (VIC TIME)

Good race to finish off the night and I think the up and coming Benzo Bale can get the job done, he has shown a heap of improvement lately and he really caught the eye when winning her last week in a brilliant 29.50. With the empty draw underneath he should be able to find a cheap lead and that should allow him to set up a race winning lead mid race.

Nockabout Aussie has explosive talent but he does do a lot of things wrong in his races, this is probably the weakest race he has contested for quite some time and if he gets some luck mid race he will take a power of beating.

Blue Giant is a litter and kennelmate to Nockabout Aussie and he is blessed with similar talent and a similar knack for finding trouble, the red draw doesn’t suit tonight but he is too good to dismiss.

Dynamic Punch could be the value in the event, he is well drawn out wide and his recent form is much better than it reads.

Top Four: 6 – 2 – 1 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Benzo Bale

Boxed Quinella: 1,2,6,8 ($6 for 100%)

Exacta: 1,2,6/1,2,6,8 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 6/1,2,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1,2,6/1,2,6,8/1,2,3,4,6,8 ($36 for 100%)

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Robert Hayes Suspended And Fined Following Positive Swab

Offences:

(1) Mr. Robert Hayes failed to present the greyhound Well Advertised free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club on Friday, 27 June 2014.

(2) Mr. Robert Hayes on or about Friday, 20 June 2014 did in relation to greyhound racing, administer to the greyhound Well Advertised the substance Testaprop, resulting in a swab irregularity at the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club meeting on Friday, 27 June 2014, in circumstances which were negligent, improper or constituted misconduct.

Report:

Following advice from Racing Analytical Services Laboratory, the Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria conducted an investigation into the results of a pre-race urine sample taken from the greyhound Well Advertised at the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Friday, 27 June 2014.

During the investigation, Stewards received evidence from registered trainer Mr. Robert Hayes, Mr. Paul Zahra (Racing Analytical Services Laboratory) and Dr. Steven Karamatic (Greyhound Racing Industry Veterinary Officer).

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Hayes with a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rules as indicated in charges (1) and (2) above.

Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules a breach of GAR83 (2)(3)(6)and GAR86 (o) constitutes a Serious Offence. As a result, on Thursday, 20 November 2014 this matter was heard before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board in the first instance under Greyhound Local Racing Rule 47.3 and Sections 83C(b) and 83M(1) of the Racing Act.

Mr. Robert Hayes represented himself via telephone.

Mr. Glenn Fish (GRV Chief Steward) represented the Stewards Panel.

Mr. Robert Hayes pleaded guilty to the charges.

After hearing all the evidence tendered and having regard to GAR83 (2)(3)(6) and GAR86 (o), the RADB determined that:

(a) In relation to charge (1), Mr. Hayes was guilty as charged and disqualified him for 9 months (with 5 months of this penalty suspended for 12 months pending no further breaches of GAR83 during the 12 month period), effective from Tuesday, 25 November 2014.

(b) In relation to charge (2), Mr. Hayes was fined $500 (wholly suspended for 12 months pending no further breaches of GAR86).

Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB also disqualified Well Advertised from Event 5 – The Bendigo Advertiser Ht1 Grade 5, Heat – at the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Friday, 27 June 2014 and amended the placing’s accordingly.

In assessing the penalties, the Board took into account all the evidence and submissions, including the following matters:
(a) Mr. Hayes’s guilty plea;
(b) The nature of the prohibited substance 5Beta-Androstane-3alpha,17Beta-DIOL when present at a mass concentration greater than 10ng/mL;
(c) The need to maintain the integrity of greyhound racing and ensure a level playing field for all participants;
(d) Prior penalties for similar offences; and
(e) Mr. Hayes’s character and his clean history for more than 40 years’ in the greyhound industry.
(f) The need for general deterrence as a factor in sentencing and having regard to the number of similar offences coming before the Board.

ARG Opinion:

The clampdown on Testaprop etc Australia wide has been well publicised, but in this instance the penalty seems harsh. Although the fine is wholly suspended, it appears as though one positive swab has been used to create two separate offences. You would have thought that 40 years of history would help create a substantially lighter sentence, which doesn’t seem to be the case here.

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Curtain Closes In On Bold Trease Glory

It is often said that success comes with the perfect blend of youth and experience. That may well be the scenario when Longwarry mentor David Curtain rugs up Coulta Rock for the 2014 Group One Bold Trease final on Friday night.

The son of Velocette and Coulta Sally (Go Forever – Coulta Tess) is just 27-months old and will line up in the top level final after only hitting the track early in 2014. Curtain on the other hand, describes himself as quite the opposite when it comes to experience.

“He is the youngest dog in the race and I think I might be the oldest trainer in the race,” he told ARG.

A closer examination of the bloodlines of Coulta Rock could have many scratching their heads as to how he ended up over the longer trips.

His mother, Coulta Sally, was a winner of 26 races only two of which were beyond 440 metres but, as Curtain explains, there was a method in the way that Coulta Rock was bred.

“We went to Velocette hoping to get a bit of strength, as you know, you try these things in breeding and it doesn’t always work out but it certainly has with this litter.”

“If you look at this race and the recent Hume Cup, a lot of the runners were either by Velocette or Bekim Bale.”

Coulta Rock has had 35 career starts to date which have yielded 10 wins and 13 minor placings so he is never too far away from the major end of the spoils.

It was only in February, eight short months ago, that He landed his maiden win at his first race track appearance. At that stage, one could have been excused for thinking that he was going to follow in the footsteps of his zippy dam.

“He won first up in his maiden which was only over 390 metres at Shepparton.”

But since that time, Coulta Rock, along with his two littermates Coulta Tiger and Coulta Mayham, have proven that they possess more than their share of strength.

“Coulta Rock has a lot of ability and is maturing quite nicely as a stayer, particularly considering he only turned two in August.”

“Both of his littermates have won over ground too. Coulta Mayham has won over 699 metres at Cranbourne and Coulta Tiger has won over 570 metres at Horsham.”

Curtain says he would have loved to race a few more progeny from Coulta Sally but due to a set of unfortunate circumstances, it is highly unlikely to occur.

“It is a bit of a shame but Rob Irvine, who has his mother, has not been too well and he has decided to stop breeding.”

Coulta Rock won his heat of the Bold Trease in an average 42.75 in a mixing affair. The time that was over a second outside the time standard set by Space Star, but it is not something that concerns Curtain too much.

“It was a pretty rough race last week so the time doesn’t look too flash. I thought before the race that he could at least run a place but it was nice to win it.”

If there is supposed to be any pressure or weight of expectation around putting the polish on a Group One finalist, Curtain certainly is not showing it.

“There is no stress and no expectation, anything he does is a bonus, there is a bit of pace around him but hopefully he gets a clear run, that is all I can ask for.”

As for Coulta Rock’s itinerary post Bold Trease, there is a race in late December that Curtain has his eyes set on.

“He trialled 34.22 over the 595 metres at Sandown and then I took him to Sale and put him over the 650 metres. He showed me enough in that run there for me to think about taking him back for the cup. That is more than likely part of his future plans.”

Coulta Rock will jump from box seven in the Bold Trease final on Friday night at Sandown Park.

The final is Race Six on the card and is scheduled to jump at 8:38pm.

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2014 Group One Bold Trease Final Preview

While the Melbourne Cup takes centres stage at Sandown Park tonight, greyhound fans will be treated to a double dose of Group One racing.

Just two races earlier, $100,000 is up for grabs for stayers in the 2014 Bold Trease.

Darren McDonald will rug up the favourite Sweet It Is from box three. Despite having won almost every important race on the calendar, the Bold Trease has been one that has so far eluded the astute Devon Meadows mentor.

Rob Britton will look to make it back-to-back wins in the race after he won the 2013 final with Cheetah Zorro. Britton is the only trainer in the race who has won the event in the past.

The Bold Trease is Race Six on the card and is scheduled to jump at 8:38pm.

Here is a look at each dog in detail with comments from connections;

Box 1
Race Odds
$12.00
Heat Replay
 

Beks

Trainer
Patrick Bouchier
Owner
Patricia Bouchier
Prizemoney
$39,360
Last 10 Starts
3152325241
32 Months   Black   Dog   by   Bekim Bale - Flaming Doll
Start Slow Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,270 Rating 91
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
31 6 6 7
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
19% 61%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 1 2 2
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 1 1 2
ARG Comments: Made the most of his opportunities to flash home and score in 42.04 last week. That was his first win at the track in six attempts. He will need to begin well to be an chance of competing here.
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.04 42.04 6.34 6.37
Box 2
Race Odds
$10.00
Heat Replay
 
Zipping Maggie
Trainer
Peter Dapiran
Owner
M & F Hallinan
Prizemoney
$90,025
Last 10 Starts
1111432642
30 Months   Dark Brindle   Bitch   by   Turanza Bale - Natalie Rass
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $3,215 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
28 12 5 3
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
43% 71%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 2 1 0
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 1 1 0
Peter Dapiran (Trainer): “The draw looks to have helped her, it is what you want to be drawn close to the fence with both Sweet It Is and Beks usually reasonably slow away. She should get a good look at the lure. She got a little bit tangled up last week and, by the time she balanced up the run on dogs had a little bit too much momentum and just got her on the line.”


Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last

41.85

42.08 6.13 6.19
Box 3
Race Odds
$2.10
Heat Replay
 
Sweet It Is
Trainer
Andrea Dailly
Owner
Paul Wheeler
Prizemoney
$484,065
Last 10 Starts
1232221112
36 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Mogambo - Off Springer
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $10,523 Rating 99
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
64 18 10 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
30% 63%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
11 5 4 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 2 2 0
Braden Finn (Owner): “I spoke to Darren yesterday and he said the bitch is as good as ever and jumping out of her skin he’s just hoping for a clear run! It looks a very good race with the 2 dogs on the rise Space Star and Blinker’s On improving all the time should be a good final all dogs worthy of their spot in the race. I think the six should come out and lead and give the pink a nice cart over which will make him hard to beat.”

Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41.46 41.94 6.23 6.23
Box 4
Race Odds
$4.40
Heat Replay
 
Space Star
Trainer
Robert Britton
Owner
Camilla Limon
Prizemoney
$36,800
Last 10 Starts
1111315321

29 Months

  Black   Dog   by  

Bekim Bale

- Tonto Tears
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,840 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
20 12 2 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
60% 85%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 02 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 4 0 0
Robert Britton (Trainer): “It was exciting to have a dog with so much ability come into the kennel, you often get pups who are a little more average so it was great to have him come in. We knew he had a big motor and it was good to see him get off the track last week where he wants to be, that allowed him to show what he can do. It was a good field in his heat but when you are running 41.6 then you wouldn’t be too disappointed if you got beat. To be honest I am not too happy with this week’s draw with the pace on his outside. I am hoping he can get a clear run early but you just wonder how it will happen. It could be a big night for us, but I have learnt over many years to not get too excited, they don’t give these sort of races away, that’s for sure.”
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41.65 41.65 6.20 6.20
Box 5
Race Odds
$101.00
Heat Replay
 
Reap The Benefit
Trainer
MIchael Chilcott
Owner
Geoffrey Collins
Prizemoney
$19,450
Last 10 Starts
4231212252
32 Months   Black   Dog   by   Bekim Bale - Zarbo
Start Moderate Running Rail Finish

Good

Prizemoney Rating $648 Rating 88
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
30 5 7 7
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
17% 63%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 1 0
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 1 0 1
Michael Chilcott (Trainer): “He has drawn the worst box and is between the two fastest dogs in the race but you can not do much about that. He has enough pace to be up there but got shuffled back from second to second last in the heat, if he is sitting midfield heading for home, you never know.”
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 42.81 6.35 6.35
Box 6
Race Odds
$34.00
Heat Replay
 
Mystic Twist
Trainer
Mark Cauchi
Owner
Kim Hollway
Prizemoney
$61,615
Last 10 Starts
1511737371
37 Months   Brindle   Bitch   by   Velocette - Valley Twist
Start Good Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,760 Rating 81
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
35 12 5 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
34% 57%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 0 0
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 0 0
ARG Comment: Front running bitch who looks the likely leader in the race. Led all the way in her heat, winning in 42.07. That was her first win over the trip in three attempts. She will have to improve on that time to take this race out.
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.07 42.07 6.06 6.06
Box 7
Race Odds
$23.00
Heat Replay
 
Coulta Rock
Trainer
David Curtain
Owner
David Curtain
Prizemoney
$40,235
Last 10 Starts
431F341251
27 Months   Black   Dog   by   Velocette - Coulta Sally
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,150 Rating 86
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
35 10 5 8
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
29% 66%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 1 0

David Curtain (Trainer): “He has a lot of ability and is maturing all the time. I think nearly every dog copped some interference in his heat and he did well coming back but that is why the time isn’t real flash. There is no stress and no expectation, whatever he does is a bonus.”

Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.75 42.75 6.30 6.30
Box 8
Race Odds
$3.40
Heat Replay
 
Blinkers On
Trainer
Brooke Ennis
Owner
Troy Little
Prizemoney
$50,590
Last 10 Starts
7123211112
30 Months   Blue   Dog   by   Cosmic Rumble - Good Oil
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,300 Rating 93
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
22 9 5 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
41% 68%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 2 2 0
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 1 0
Jamie Ennis (Kennel Representative): “If you could draw the field the way you wanted to, this would have to be close to it. He should get a great cart over and be right in the race. He trialled over 600 before last week and was simply outstanding, he was very unlucky last week and probably should have won easily. But you have those nights and it was one where nothing went our way. He should get a lot more luck this week given the way the field is drawn. You can never be too confident with Sweet It Is in the race, she can do freakish things and run down anyone when things go her way.”


Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41.71 42.18 6.28 6.28
1st Res
Race Odds
$11.00
Heart Replay
 
Dyna Kayla
Trainer
Andrea Dailly
Owner
Brendan Wheeler
Prizemoney
$136,285
Last 10 Starts
6411142173
28 Months   Blue   Bitch   by   Surf Lorian - Amity Bale
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $4,867 Rating 94
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
28 14 4 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
50% 71%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 0 1
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
- - - -
ARG Comments: Quality race bitch who found trouble when crossing to lead last week. She has plenty of Group racing experience and would be far from the worst if she gained a start.
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.11

42.16

6.13 6.19
2nd Res
Race Odds
$101.00
Heat Replay
 
Manila Express
Trainer
Captain Abbott
Owner
Captain Abbott
Prizemoney
$23,645
Last 10 Starts
1234121413
32 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Bekim Bale - Flossy
Start Slow Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $430 Rating 80
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
55 15 6 8
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
27% 53%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 0 1
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
- - - -
ARG Comments: A run on type who does most of her racing in easier classes. She will be a fair way back in this type of field and looks tested.
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 42.32 6.27 6.27

The early pace in the race looks likely to come from Mystic Twist (6) and Zipping Maggie (2).

This should give Blinker’s On (8) a beautiful cart across into the action. Should he be afforded a clear run, he will take some running down.

Champion bitch Sweet It Is (3) will be worse than midfield early and is sure to be running home like a hungry school kid. If she gets a clear run in transit, she will add a fourth Group One title to her impressive curriculum vitae.

Space Star (4) set the time standard in the heats and had tons of ability. He will need to avoid dogs cutting across him early if he expects to use the track as usual.

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2014 Group One Melbourne Cup Final Preview

The eagerly anticipated Group One Melbourne Cup is scheduled to jump at 9:24pm (VIC time) tonight at Sandown Park.

A whopping prize-money pool of $600,000 is available for place-getters. The winner receives $420,000, the runner up will receive $120,000 and third grabs hold of $60,000 – not too shabby for a 29 second run.

The Melbourne Cup was first conducted at Sandown Park in 1956. The race has come a long way since. In this year’s edition a number of story lines thread their way into the race.

If Keybow wins, he will break the Australian prize-money record and will make his trainer, Darren McDonald the first trainer to win four Melbourne Cups. If Above All wins he will become just the second greyhound from New Zealand to take out the great event. That feat was last achieved 40 years ago.

Recent winners of the Melbourne Cup include Black Magic Opal, Got A Moment, Dyna Tron, El Grand Senor, Lord Ducal, Surgeon, Betty’s Angel and Closing Argument.

We will soon know who the 2014 winner is. Here is a look at the form of each of the finalists;

Box 1
Race Odds
$3.10
Heat Replay
 
Keybow
Trainer
Darren McDonald
Owner
Kelvin Lean
Prizemoney
$343,635
Last 10 Starts
2414153611
35 Months   Black   Dog   by   Take The Kitty - Key Exit
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $9,818 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
35 16 7 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
46% 74%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 3 1 2
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 1 0
Kelvin Lean (Owner): “It is a good draw, it’s unbelievable. I think in these big races you have got to be on the inside and there is so much speed in this race that the inside is definitely the place to be.”

Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.36 29.36 5.05 5.11
Box 2
Race Odds
$4.80
Heat Replay
 
Chica Destacada
Trainer
Doreen Drynan
Owner
Dee and Pee syndicate
Prizemoney
$145,655
Last 10 Starts
6311156821
29 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Cosmic Rumble - Eluthra
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $4,699 Rating 91
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
31 12 5 3
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
39% 65%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 1 0
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 1 0
Doreen Drynan (Trainer): “It is the same box that she won the National Sprint from but she seems to go better when she is drawn out on the track a little bit. She seems to be able to pace up a lot quicker because she is inclined to step a bit to the right when she comes out of the boxes.”
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.22 29.22 5.02 5.02
Box 3
Race Odds
$5.50
Heat Replay
 
Above All
Trainer
Robert Britton
Owner
Alison Lee
Prizemoney
$29,510
Last 10 Starts
1F14212111
27 Months   Black   Dog   by   Magic Sprite - Kara Janx
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,951 Rating 94
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
10 6 2 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
60% 80%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 3 2 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Robert Britton (Trainer): “He doesn’t have the early pace that others have in this field. What he has shown me is that he is fearless in taking gaps, so hopefully he can get a soft early run into the first turn and take any gap that may be presented to him.”
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.33 29.38 5.11 5.11
Box 4
Race Odds
$8.50
Heat Replay
 
Awesome Project
Trainer
Darren McDonald
Owner
Bradley Canty
Prizemoney
$297,690
Last 10 Starts
1711163131

43 Months

  Black   Dog   by   Collision - Honour Phase
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $5,412 Rating 94
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
55 28 7 8
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
51% 78%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
13 8 3 2
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 5 0 0
Bradley Canty (Owner): The draw is not good for him with the six, seven and eight all going to be crashing across from out wide with pace. He has speared the lids and come out running a couple of times like when he won the Harrison- Dawson and in a heat of the Brisbane Cup he came up two in front, but I think whatever dog leads that race will probably win.
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.35 29.39 5.00 5.12
Box 5
Race Odds
$34.00
Heat Replay
 
Cosmic Wise
Trainer
Jeff Britton
Owner
Brona Lane Racing syndicate
Prizemoney
$110,645
Last 10 Starts
4131115311
38 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Cosmic Chief - Wise Penny
Start Good Running Rail Finish

Strong

Prizemoney Rating $1,875 Rating 91
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
34% 64%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
19 6 2 1
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 2 0 0

Justin Wright (Owner): “Box one helped her last week and I would imagine the track was a bit quicker than it normally is but we were still chuffed with how she went. It will be very different this week and I don’t think she has the pace to beat the other seven to the first corner. There is going to be a lot of early speed and she is a mad railer, she will look for the rails straight out of the boxes. I reckon her only hope is if she misses it a little bit and then goes straight to rail and if there is a little bit of trouble on the corner that she can rail up underneath. It is going to be tough but you have got to be in it to win it. She will give 100% and whatever happens, happens.”

Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.40 29.40 5.07 5.07
Box 6
Race Odds
$9.00
Heat Replay
 
Star Recall
Trainer
Jeffrey Britton
Owner
Kevin Dover
Prizemoney
$158,305
Last 10 Starts
1221111881
30 Months   Black   Bitch   by   High Earner - No Recall
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $4,166 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
38 21 7 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
55% 84%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 0
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 4 2 1
Kevin Dover (Owner): “Hopefully she can ping the lids and get up with them near the lead going into the first turn. She is not a mad railer, she holds her line to the first turn, so that should help her too.”
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.34 29.34 5.05 5.05
Box 7
Race Odds
$16.00
Heat Replay
 
Luca Neveelk
Trainer
Gerald Kleeven
Owner
Paul Kleeven
Prizemoney
$128,865
Last 10 Starts
1113111131
29 Months   Blue   Dog   by   Talk’s Cheap - It’s A Neveelk
Start Excellent Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $4,772 Rating 97
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
27 22 0 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
81% 93%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 3 0 0

Gerald Kleeven (Trainer): “I reckon he can get across and I like him out there. It depends on what the pink (Dyna Villa) does but he (Luca Neveelk) is a pretty big dog so the pink shouldn’t push him out of the way. He just needs clear room in the first one or two strides and then he has got that massive early pace. Whatever gets out in front will win, there is no two ways about it, because you have got seven other dogs with equal ability behind you and they usually all look to go to the rails and they will be in a bunch. If you are lucky enough to get to the front I’d imagine you would be laughing.”

Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.42 29.42 5.00 5.00
Box 8
Race Odds
$6.50
Heat Replay
 
Dyna Villa
Trainer
Jenny Hunt
Owner
Brendan Wheeler
Prizemoney
$46,635
Last 10 Starts
4333181311
25 Months   Black   Dog   by   Collision - Roxio Bale
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,220 Rating 92
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
21 13 2 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
62% 86%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 7 0 0
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 3 0 0
ARG Comment: Dyna Villa is unbeaten at the track and unbeaten from the box. He showed tremendous pace last week from box six to defeat My Bro Fabio by 1 1/4 lengths. He recorded his best time in the process. A repeat of the pace from last week will see him contesting the lead in the early stages. He has to be considered a big chance based on his form.
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.21 29.21 5.00 5.00
1st Res
Race Odds
$26.00
Heart Replay
 
Cawbourne Whip
Trainer
Anthony Azzopardi
Owner
Jodie Lord
Prizemoney
$83,305
Last 10 Starts
1124634432
34 Months   Black & White   Bitch   by   Dyna Lachlan - American Spot
Start Moderate Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,136 Rating 88
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
39 16 5 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
41% 64%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 0 1 2
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 0 1 1
ARG Comment: Does not have the pace to match some of the speedsters in the final and will be well and truly at double figure odds if she gains a start.
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 29.29

5.10

5.10
2nd Res
Race Odds
$4.60
Heat Replay
 
My Bro Fabio
Trainer
Brooke Ennis
Owner
Michelle Jones
Prizemoney
$202,075
Last 10 Starts
2111151112
31 Months   Black   Dog   by   Turanza Bale - Flamenco
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $4,811 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
42 21 9 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
50% 79%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
13 5 2 3
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 2 3 0
ARG Comment: Will rocket right into contention if he gets a start. Although he is tardy at box-rise at times, he is a freakishly fast dog that is capable of anything.
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.09 29.29 5.15 5.24

Keybow (1) is currently the favourite from the prized rails alley. He just needs an ounce of luck early to stamp his authority on the race but there will be plenty of others in the field looking to challenge him.

Dyna Villa (8) is boxed out wide and possesses the best record of any dog in the race as he is unbeaten at the track and unbeaten from the draw. He is the fastest qualifier going into the final after stopping the clock at 29.21 in last week’s heats. His sections across the board were great and he will prove hard to beat if he repeats last week’s efforts.

Luca Neveelk (7) will be challenging for the lead early. He needs to be in front at the first turn to be any chance.

Awesome Project (4) has a mile of ability and seems to be flying under the radar a little due to the focus on his kennel mate. He came out last week to lead all the way and he is more than capable of doing that from box four.

Chica Destacada (2) was impressive last week and she is drawn to go well again. Her trainer has indicated that she may step right out of the boxes but she has the form from the box, winning the National Sprint earlier this year from the same draw.

The Kiwi’s will all be cheering for Above All (3). While he will need some luck in the early stages, he has made the final and certainly has a big future ahead of him as he has come into the race with just 10 starts under his belt.

Cosmic Wise (5) and Star Recall (6) both have Western Australian connections and will be aiming to give the West something to cheer for. The draws are not great for either chaser but, as with all the other chasers in this final, they are in with a chance.

It should be a great race so be sure to tune in or get trackside.

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Tom Waterhouse Steps Up With $100 Melbourne Cup Bonus

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Above All, It’s All A Dream

Rangiora couple Alison Lee and Merv O’Brien have arrived in Melbourne to watch their 28 month old pride and joy, Above All, take his place in the final of the Group One Melbourne Cup at Sandown on Friday night.

Their excitement is palpable as they describe how they feel about getting a dog they have bred into the final of one of Australia’s biggest races.

“Amazing isn’t it.

“It’s hard to believe that it’s a dog we bred ourselves and it is just amazing really, it is kind of like a dream, actually it is a dream. When we first got into greyhounds it was a dream when we first came over to Australia to race a dog. To believe that this (Melbourne Cup) is actually happening, is amazing,” Lee said.

Above All’s mother Kara Janx was bred by Lee and O’Brien and was whelped in 2007. She faced the starter 34 times for seven wins and eight placings. She won all her races at Addington over the 520m distance.

Others in Above All’s litter include About Town, Eckles, Minnie Bannister and Neddy Seagoon. Not including Above All, the rest of the litter have won 14 races between them across the ditch in New Zealand.

Above All came to Australia with just two starts under his belt. His first start resulted in a win over 295m at Addington in June of this year. That win was then followed by a fall at his next start at the same track. He then popped up in Robert Britton’s kennels in and had his first start in Australia in September at Sandown, winning first-up in 29.33. He has gone on to record another three wins at Sandown (including the heat win last week) and one at The Meadows. That brings his career tally to six wins from 10 starts.

Robert Britton trained Clone Your Own for Lee and O’Brien so they had no hesitation sending Above All over.

Clone Your Own was a success winning a number of races in Victora and taking out the Group Two Harrison-Dawson in 2013. His mother, Elie Saab, is a litter sister to Kara Janx.

“It was a real easy decision to send the dog over, they are such nice people, really great and he is a lovely guy. So there were no second thoughts about sending him to Robbie,” Lee said.

Lee and O’Brien take their breeding choices seriously and plenty of thought was given to choosing Magic Sprite as a sire.

“I’m a great believer in the Waroo Lass line through National Lass and I just try and cram as much of that as I can if I’m in a position to. At the time I bought the straw, Magic Sprite was $880 and it’s a gamble you take on an unproven sire but you have to do what you think is best for the bitch and not what’s best for Merv and Ali. The selection comes first. We are in it for breeding we aren’t in it for our own personal “I like that dog”. You have to do what is best for her (Kara Janx) and I believed Magic Sprite was for her.

“Clone Your Own’s mum, we mated her to Magic Sprite as well because Kara Janx and Elie Saab are litter sisters and unfortunately she missed and she’s had big big litters previously. This was going to be her last litter. So the next one I was looking at was Oaks Road. It’s what suits our girls and that’s all that counts, that’s the most important thing,” O’Brien told ARG.

It has been 40 years since Kwik Metal, a chaser from New Zealand, won the Melbourne Cup. Above All will be looking to create history again on Friday night and it would be great to see it happen for his dedicated owners.

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Dover’s Star Makes His Dream Comes True

Most people pays thousands of dollars for a perfect pedigree in their greyhounds that will hopefully enable them to achieve Group One glory on the racetrack. Star Recall is different.

The daughter of High Earner and No Recall was given to her owner, Kevin Dover, by WA’s leading lady, Linda Britton, when she was just a young pup. Linda has trained Star Recall throughout her 38 start career which has resulted in 21 wins and 11 minor placings.

Tomorrow night the black bitch will line up in the world richest greyhound race, the Group One Melbourne Cup at Sandown Park, where she will jump from box six as she chases a slice of the $600,000 on offer.

Dover is hoping his star performer, currently being trained in Melbourne by Linda’s brother Jeff, can do everything right to overcome the average draw.

“She is a strong finisher, she is capable of running 600. She has plenty left in the tank at the finish so being a 515 she doesn’t want to give them too much of a break”, Dover explained.

“Hopefully she can ping the lids and get up with them near the lead going into the first turn. She is not a mad railer, she holds her line to the first turn, so that should help her too.

“Before going to Melbourne the best box that she had drawn was the three. The rest of her boxes have been out wide in the six, seven and eight so she has got used to what she has to do.”

Star Recall showed everyone what she was capable of with a stunning 29.34 victory from box two in her Cup heat last week. It was a relief for Dover to see her back to her brilliant best, having finished at the tail of the field at her Sandown debut the week prior.

“She had her preparation disturbed after the Mandurah Cup final where she hurt her shoulder and then she started so badly in the Prelude that I didn’t know what to expect of her in the heats. But she got out, got to the front and never looked back.”

Dover said that he knew she was capable of a quick performance, having run some slick times back home in WA.

“She just about broke the track record at Cannington (running 29.85) and followed it up the following week by just about breaking the track record at Mandurah (running 27.12) in a heat of the Cup.

“Prior to nearly breaking the record at Cannington she also broke the 30 seconds there the week before. It proved that it wasn’t a one off because she was putting those performances together three or four weeks in a row.”

Star Recall is just the second greyhound that Dover has owned, getting a start in the sport through Linda’s brother Ian.

“The Britton family are very good. I have known them for a long time and I used to play cricket with Ian Britton.

“I mentioned to him one day that I was interested in getting involved in the greyhounds and that’s how it all started.”

Dover cannot speak highly enough of Linda for guiding Star Recall so successfully during her career thus far and is also thankful to Jeff Britton and Angela Langton for training her throughout the Melbourne Cup series.

As for tomorrow night, Dover said that he plans to simply enjoy the experience and not go into it with too many expectations. He is also relieved that they are going into the race as underdogs.

“Keybow and Dyna Villa are all the talk, obviously because they have had plenty of starts at Sandown. That’s good for us because there is no extra pressure.

“I am heading over with my wife and daughters and we are returning on Sunday. Hopefully we come back to WA with the Melbourne Cup but we will just go over there and enjoy it and take it all in.

“Whatever happens, happens. Hopefully she makes it around the track without getting injured, that’s our main priority. If she is not good enough to win it would be nice for her to come second or third but as long as she comes out of it safely and lives to fight another day we will be happy.”

Dover said making the Melbourne Cup final is beyond his wildest dreams.

“When we had our first dog Tempted we were down at Mandurah in a grade 5 race the night that Te Amo won the Mandurah Cup.

“I remember sitting there thinking that it would be nice to have one in the Mandurah Cup, not even worrying about getting a runner to Cannington.

“When Star Recall first started racing it was only a dream to have a dog in a race like this, the best race around, and that dream has now come true.”

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What Omens Will The 2014 Melbourne Cup Winner Follow?

Approximately 29 seconds will stand between eight of the country’s best greyhounds and immortality when the lids fly open in the Group One Melbourne Cup tomorrow night at Sandown.

Only the best have won the Melbourne Cup, the races’ honour roll contains more stars than you will see littered through the night sky, and in 2014 another set of powerful paws will carve their name alongside the greats.

Keybow is currently the $3.30 favourite with Sportingbet to take out the race that paw-ses a nation. The son of Take The Kitty and Key Exit will jump from box one, a box he has only started from twice throughout his 35 start career, resulting in one win and one second.

Keybow’s sire finished fifth in the Melbourne Cup in 2009 and, incidentally, both father and son will start from the same draw. Box one has not won the Melbourne Cup since Closing Argument stormed to victory in 2005 however, prior to that year, it had saluted in the previous three runnings.

One of those was in 2004 when the race was taken out by Hallucinate for Darren McDonald, who will put the polish on Keybow in Friday’s $420,000 to the winner feature. McDonald, who also trains Awesome Project in the final, will become the first conditioner to have trained four winners of the Melbourne Cup should either of his charges salute.

Awesome Project is currently rated a $9 shot with Sportingbet and has a tough task ahead of him from box four. The striking black chaser has been ultra consistent throughout his career and relishes the track at Sandown where he is yet to be unplaced from 13 appearances. He also boasts five wins from his draw and if, he can salute, he will join former greats such as Betty’s Angel and Go Wild Teddy to have won the Cup wearing blue in recent years.

Interestingly, the last two Melbourne Cups have been won in a time of 29.37 by greyhounds starting from box two. If this trend continues, your winner will be the Doreen Drynan- trained Chica Destacada which is $4.80 with Sportingbet to taste success. Boasting blistering early sectionals and a 29.22 PB at the track, this bitch means business.

Kiwi chaser Above All is right in contention, rated a $5.50 pick with Sportingbet. Trained by Rob Britton, the classy black greyhound is by Magic Sprite, the same sire as last year’s winner Black Magic Opal. A winner of his last three in a row, he is one from one wearing the white where he will jump from in the final, but box three has not won a Melbourne Cup in 19 years since City Blitz triumphed in 1995.



Rob’s brother Jeff will have two starters in the Cup but they are both drawn awfully in the five and six. Cosmic Wise (5) and Star Recall (6), which are both owned in WA, will both need luck and are rated $20 and $9 with Sportingbet to win the race respectively.

It takes a brilliant dog to win from either box. The last winner of the Melbourne Cup from box five was Classic Capri in 2001, while the most recent to triumph from the six was Shanlyn Prince in 2007.

Luca Neveelk, currently a $16 chance with Sportingbet, should be the early leader and will be hoping for scrimmage on the first turn so he can dart clear down the back. His sire, Talk’s Cheap, is a half brother to Betty’s Angel which took out the Cup in 2006. He also comes into the race as the winner of the 2014 Geelong Cup with last year’s winner, Black Magic Opal, seizing the same double that Luca Neveelk will be aiming to complete tomorrow night.

Last, but certainly not least, is Dyna Villa which is rated a $6 chance with Sportingbet. He is by Collision, who has sired two of the last three winners of the Melbourne Cup, and he will be aiming to score success from box eight where he is unbeaten. If he is to win, he will be the first to triumph from the pink since Surgeon in 2008. If he does, lets hope he has better manners in the home straight.

Australian Racing Greyhound will have a full preview of the Melbourne Cup tomorrow morning. 


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Rapid Journey’s Great Melbourne Cup Feat

It was the race that broke the ‘hoodoo’ for one of the greatest greyhounds to have ever raced over the sprint courses in Australia. The 1998 Melbourne Cup series and the Topgun, which in those days took place after the cup final, were the targets set by owner-trainer Jane Carruthers for her all-conquering champion Rapid Journey.

The sensational sprinter had recorded a stellar year with victories at Group One level in the Adelaide Cup, Golden Easter Egg, Perth Cup, and National Sprint Championship. Campaigning all over the country, Rapid Journey also won the Queensland Cup (Group Two), WA Interstate Challenge (Group Three), Penrith Cup, Jockey’s And Trainer’s Cup, Lismore Cup, and Orange Cup as well as running second in the Coca Cola Cup (Group Two), third in the Winter Stake (Group Two) and Bert Bryant Memorial, and fourth in the Premier’s Cup. The champion had set track records over 520 metres at Wentworth Park and 555 metres at Beenleigh and equalled the 530 metres time standard at Cannington.

If Rapid Journey (Amerigo Man x Miss Courtney) had a nemesis then its name was Victoria. He had not won in three starts in the southern state, failures that were a marked counterpoint to his incredible successes elsewhere.

So it was that on 19 November, Rapid Journey drew perfectly in box one for his heat of the Melbourne Cup and finally laid the hoodoo to rest with an easy victory, blitzing his field in 29.92, the fastest of the run-offs.

When the box draw was announced, the NSW champ came up with the six marble. With the Graeme Bate-trained pair of Shelton Bale (box 1) and Cerin Bale (box 4) as well as Star Of Mine (box 2) all boasting faster first sectionals than Rapid Journey, the general view was the NSW star was going to have his work cut out to be anywhere near the lead in the run to the first bend.

Rapid Journey had staged a remarkable last-to-first victory in the National Sprint Championship final in Perth, while coming from box six, but the Melbourne Cup field looked just that much stronger.

As it happened, come final night 26 November, Rapid Journey simply blew his rivals away, rocketing out of the boxes as if he was well aware of what was required and leading all the way to down Billy Cruise and Cerin Bale by three lengths and recording a fast 29.91 to collect the $100,000 first prize money.

The Melbourne Cup victory meant Rapid Journey had contested five Group One races in 1998 for five victories, a feat that has never been repeated. He had also raced five times in his career out of box six for five wins.

Box six was not successful again in a Melbourne Cup final until 2007, when Shanlyn Prince took the event and it had not won the race since Legendary Kid in 1986.

Two weeks later, Rapid Journey contested his last race, the Topgun. From box one he defeated champion West Australian sprinter Reggemite in what was then a Group Two event. The $70,000 from the win took his overall prize money to an amazing $530,995, making him the first Australian greyhound to pass half a million dollars. It meant he finished 1998 having raced 30 times for 23 wins, three seconds, two thirds and two fourths.

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Angle Park Greyhound Tips & Betting Preview November 20 2014

Just one more sleep until the Group One Melbourne Cup and there is some great racing on tonight to get everyone in the spirit for the race that paw-ses a nation. Open an account with Sportingbet for up to $700 in bonus bets.

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Race 9: He’s A Villian

Best Roughie:
Race 8: Black Bottle

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Race No. 1Ingle Farm Sporting Club Mixed S…7:15 PM
4/5 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $3,355 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,350 2nd: $670 3rd: $335.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ALDERLEY RIOT727130.17Terrance Cahalan
2ALLEN ILLEM333229.81Tony Rasmussen
3BLUE VIPER112229.94Lauren Harris
4BEACH WARY231730.33Lisa Rasmussen
5WITCH BALE531229.98Wendy Matcott
6DYNA DAINA142630.17Wendy Matcott
7BREAKER KAHN112430.16Kathleen Johnstone
8BOGIE CLASSIC861829.86Ben Rawlings
9LEKTRA HAPPY365630.43Wendy Matcott
10TAIT BALE746530.12Wendy Matcott

Blue Viper has won five of eight over this journey and she looks well placed in this event. Tonight she has slow beginners drawn on either side and with a clean getaway she should have enough speed to hold them out.

Bogie Classic is well placed in the pink and she was a recent winner here in a more than handy 30.14, she normally begins well in her races and she is very fast when on the bunny, if she can reproduce her 29.86 PB run she will be a major player.

Allen Illem is never far away in these types of events and he will be steaming home again.

Beach Wary is the interesting runner, he recently scored a brilliant 29.83 Mount Gambier win and he didn’t have much luck in his Angle Park debut, with a clear run early tonight I would expect him to show a lot of improvement.

Top Four: 3 – 8 – 2 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Blue Viper

Exacta: 3,8/2,3,4,8 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 3/2,4,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Quinella: 3 to rove with 2,4,8 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2,3,8/2,3,4,8/2,3,4,5,6,8 ($36 for 100%)

Race No. 2Glenunga Gourmet Meats Stake Cta…7:35 PM
6 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $2,350 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,645 2nd: $470 3rd: $235.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1VELOCITY SAPHIRE332330.28Kim Johnstone
2INDIVIDUALIZE541830.57Lisa Rasmussen
3LONG GULLY MAGS184830.09Paula Hearnden
4DYNA DRAMA331230.22Wendy Matcott
5RUBY SWIFT237630.60Tony Hinrichsen
6ALL SILVER251230.28Angela Modra
7SPRING TYSON253530.24Tony Lagana
8MONTGOMERY ROAD234430.30Matthew Payne
9MISATO BALE646530.46Wendy Matcott
10KANKAKEE MCLAREN364530.11Tania Foster

Velocity Saphire is an improving type and she is due to break through again. She has been placed in her past two tries here behind two classy performers and if she can hold them out again tonight I think she should have enough in the tank to hold on.

All Silver was a strong 30.87 Gawler winner two runs back and she has the ability to ping the lids in her races. If she happens to settle in the top two early she may prove too strong in the run home.

Montgomery Road doesn’t win very often but he is never far away, he is likely to be posted wide for most of the journey but he will charge home and he may snag some minor money.

Dyna Drama has improved immensely of late and she must be respected, the draw doesn’t help her tonight but she has early speed and she should put herself into contention.

Top Four: 1 – 6 – 8 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Velocity Saphire

Exacta: 1,6/1,4,6,8 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1/4,6,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Quinella: 1 to rove with 4,6,8 ($6 for 100%)

Race No. 3Adel Wood Heaters & Gas Log Fire…7:55 PM
FFA event over 731 metres at Angle park Of $4,200 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,835 2nd: $910 3rd: $455.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ZARA MCLAREN212143.25Tania Foster
2MISS PARTY GIRL361243.72Colin Swain
4LONG GULLY SURF653443.26Paula Hearnden
5HANDSOME BLUE861243.71Lauren Harris
7MCLAREN GRACE664243.41Tania Foster
8MCLAREN PRINCE887343.39Tania Foster

Zara Mclaren is currently in career best form and it’s hard to see her being beaten off the red. From the draw she should be able to push through early and settle in a much more prominent position. With Miss Party Girl and Handsome Blue expected to set the pace, she should sit just behind them and then pick them off late in the race.

Mclaren Grace is another run on prospect and she showed a return to form when placed here last time out. I dont think she can win but she is a great prospect for your exotic bets.

Miss Party Girl is racing consistently and she should lead for a long way, her last 50m isn’t great but she should have a nice lead mid race.

Long Gully Surf is better than his recent form reads and he may be able to show some improvement in the small field.

Top Four: 1 – 7 – 2 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 1/2,4,7/2,4,7 ($6 for 100%)

Exacta: 1/2,4,7 ($3 for 100%)

Quinella: 1 to rove with 2 & 7 ($2 for 100%)

Race No. 4Havelberg Diesel Service Stake C…8:15 PM
5 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $3,065 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,150 2nd: $610 3rd: $305.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ILLUSIVE ALLEN472229.92Wendy Matcott
2COSMO KRAMER266229.96Paul Barry
3ALDERLEY RETREAT365430.46Kathleen Johnstone
4ALLEN PARAGON844630.64Wendy Matcott
5SQUALL BALE543630.43Tony Rasmussen
6CERRONE232330.47Kim Johnstone
7GRANDE TO EXCEL331630.01George Rehmann
8DYNA ERWIN648529.84Wendy Matcott
9KASH KIST588730.27Kiah Edwards
10TAIT BALE746530.12Wendy Matcott

Dyna Erwin is well down on form and confidence but tonight he exits his favourite draw and he should get a nice cart across from Grande To Excel in the early stages. He is a very fast chaser when given room early and if he sights the bunny he will give a great sight at odds.

Grande To Excel had no luck at all last time but prior to that he did post a convincing 30.25 win here. There isn’t much speed underneath tonight so he should get a fairly cheap lead.

Cosmo Kramer has an enormous engine and if he happens to avoid early bother he will prove very hard to hold out.

Illusive Allen has the good draw and she has been placed in her past two runs here, she hasn’t won for a while but she does have a speedy 29.92 PB and this is one of the weakest races she has contested for a while.

Top Four: 8 – 7 – 2 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Dyna Erwin

Quinella: 8 to rove with 1,2,7 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1,7,8/2/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1,7,8/Field/2 ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1,7,8/1,2,7,8/1,2,3,5,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

Race No. 5Pooraka Can And Bottles Stake Ct…8:38 PM
5 event over 600 metres at Angle park Of $3,355 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,350 2nd: $670 3rd: $335.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1NUBIAN PRINCESS4643NBTJeffrey Guy
2GRIFTER BALE2648NBTBen Rawlings
3DYNA ARCEUS755335.52Tony Rasmussen
4NORRIE’S ANTICS255435.69Kim Johnstone
5AEROPLANE BOWSER322135.39Walter Harkins
6CHARTER211535.42Lauren Harris
7EL TREN BALA776135.12Kenneth Trowbridge
8HIGH MARKET6118NBTPetar Jovanovic

High Market is an enormous talent and if he gets across at the first bend he should put a space in them. Since coming from Victoria he has won two of three here over 515m and on both occasions we went sub 30 seconds. He has won over 650m previously at Sale so he should have no trouble running out the trip.

El Tren Bala is very hard to follow but he returned to form here last Wednesday when winning in a zippy 35.12. He doesn’t always show his best but if he is switched on tonight he will be right in the mix.

Aeroplane Bowser broke through for a well deserved win here on Monday over 515m in 30.11 and he is better suited to this trip. He will need some luck early but he will prove hard to hold out if he gets it.

Dyna Arceus rounds out the chances, he is much better than his form reads and he should give a sight at odds.

Top Four: 8 – 5 – 3 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on High Market

Exacta: 3,5,8/3,5,7,8 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 8/3,5,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

Quinella: 8 to rove with 3,5,7 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 3,5,8/3,5,7,8/1,2,3,5,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

Race No. 6Cross Keys Hotel Stake Cta Divis…8:58 PM
5 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $3,065 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,150 2nd: $610 3rd: $305.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1FLYING BALE754429.97Lisa Rasmussen
2EYE SMITH745630.04Jeffrey Guy
3ANIMATE531129.93Lester Harris
4SPRING CHARLOTTE261730.26Wendy Matcott
5ALLEN NAMOR624129.90Wendy Matcott
6TEN ACES215330.40Petar Jovanovic
7ALLEN CYDAN752630.57Wendy Matcott
8MR. BEJAY53X430.44Kim Johnstone
9KASH KIST588730.27Kiah Edwards
10LEKTRA HAPPY365630.43Wendy Matcott

Eye Smith hasn’t had much luck since scoring at Bendigo in 28.14 last month and I’m expecting a much better performance tonight. With slow beginners all around him he should be able to bounce on the bunny and he should prove far too speedy for this lot. He has a slick 30.04 PB here and if he reproduces that he will prove extremely hard to reel in.

Spring Charlotte is dropping a little in class and she was a strong 30.26 winner here two runs back, if she can avoid early bother from the squeeze box she should be there at the business end.

Flying Bale is better suited to a wider draw but he should still get a fairly clear passage in the early stages, he has a top record here and he will be very strong in the run to the line.

Animate is aiming for three in a row and she will be steaming home late, she races better over the longer journey but she is still a must for your exotic bets.

Top Four: 2 – 4 – 1 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Eye Smith

Trifecta: 2/1,3,4/Field ($18 for 100%)

Quinella: 2 to rove with 1,3,4 ($3 for 100%)

Exacta: 1,2,4/1,2,3,4 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2/1,3,4/1,3,4 ($6 for 100%)

Race No. 7Clovercrest Hotel Motel Free For…9:22 PM
SE event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $3,065 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,150 2nd: $610 3rd: $305.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DISCO DAVE124330.17Kim Johnstone
2BIG MICK DEE545129.98Lisa Rasmussen
3FIERY MCBAIN722130.06Todd Kelly
4PREMIER EVENT327829.98Laurence Cahalan
5MEL ALLEN745529.98Lisa Rasmussen
6FLYING TEE181429.79Oswald Chegia
7ZAC BALE137230.06Tony Rasmussen
8LUKEY DEEZ322529.87Troy Murray
9MY SELYNYA455630.54Robert Drurey

Premier Event has been a bit of a money muncher since coming to SA but I think he is well placed in this event. He is hit or miss early but he does possess a dazzling turn of foot and if he happens to find the bunny early he will be running time. He has slow beginners drawn all around him so I think he should get all the breaks tonight.

Flying Tee has the class edge and he was a sizzling 22.19 winner here over 388m when resuming from a spell, he has a brilliant record over this journey and he should take a power of beating.

Zac Bale is well placed out wide and he was far from disgraced when placed here last week, if they happen to shuffle up underneath him he may just get the fly.

Top Four: 4 – 6 – 7 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Premier Event

Exacta: 4,6/1,4,6,7 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 4/1,6,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

Quinella: 4 to rove with 1,6,7 ($3 for 100%)

Race No. 8Sussex Hotel Free For All Cta Di…9:42 PM
FFA event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $4,415 Prizemoney.
1st: $3,095 2nd: $880 3rd: $440.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SET THE SCENE411129.66Laurence Cahalan
2STEW’S MISTAKE551129.67Donald Turner
3BLACK BOTTLE262529.84Kathleen Johnstone
4LOLLY BALE145329.67Lisa Rasmussen
5FARMEROO564129.78Kenneth Gill
6FANCY RICK161129.67John Shanahan
7WILD SOUL324229.77Kim Johnstone
8YICHE251329.99Angela Modra

Great race and I think we can find some value with the speedy Black Bottle. He is a very reliable beginner and he has turned in some fantastic efforts here in recent months. I’m expecting him to find the early lead and when Set The Scene spears wide at the first turn and takes out the field, that should leave him with at least a five length lead.

Stew’s Mistake is back to his brilliant best and although he is poorly drawn he must still be respected, he is armed with a blistering turn of foot and he might just be able to rail up through the first turn and sit on the back of Black Bottle.

Set The Scene has won three on the trot and if he avoids early bother he simply wins, however he does a lot of things wrong in his races and he will need a few things to go his way.

Wild Soul is all class and he must not be forgotten about, he will be steaming home late and he seems to always find a way to put himself into contention.

Top Four: 3 – 2 – 1 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Each Way bet on Black Bottle

Trifecta: 1,2,3/1,2,3,7/1,2,3,5,6,7 ($36 for 100%)

Trifecta: 3/1,2,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

Quinella: 3 to rove with 1,2,7 ($3 for 100%)

Exacta: 1,2,3/1,2,3,7 ($9 for 100%)

Race No. 9Northern Hydraulic Service Mixed…10:05 PM
3/4/5 event over 600 metres at Angle park Of $3,995 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,795 2nd: $800 3rd: $400.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1POETIC MOVER427435.68Donald Turner
2FUNKY CHICKEN525135.73Jeffrey Guy
4AS IT GOES443334.92Oswald Chegia
6CHERIA BALE354835.78Wendy Matcott
8HE’S A VILLIAN535635.02Lisa Rasmussen

He’s A Villian bas a great record over this trip and he is suited by the smaller field. With a clean getaway he should be able to settle in the top two early and I would then expect him to put a space in them mid race.

Funky Chicken was placed at his only try here over this journey and he has enough speed to lead, I dont think he can hold out He’s A Villian but he should have enough in the tank to secure the quinella spot. As It Goes is the only other chance, she is racing a little below her best but she has broken 35 seconds here and she can ping the lids in her races.

Top Four: 8 – 2 – 4 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on He’s A Villian

Trifecta: 8/2/4,6 ($2 for 100%)

Trifecta: 8/2,4/2,4 ($2 for 100%)

Quinella: 2,8

Exacta: 8/2,4 ($2 for 100%)

Race No. 10Aussie Farmers Direct Stake Cta …10:25 PM
5 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $3,065 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,150 2nd: $610 3rd: $305.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1CAVIAR NOIR267530.11Lauren Harris
2SPRING FALL518330.65Vadim Roz
3NEVADA SMITH521330.00Gavin Harris
4WOODSIDE JAGGER272430.03Graham Smith
5RED LINE LAD434530.14Lisa Rasmussen
6RILEY CRACKS IT653130.16Paul Barry
7RED TIN545430.06Robin Harnas
8LEKTRA JACKLYN458630.08Wendy Matcott
9KASH KIST588730.27Kiah Edwards

Very open race but the talented Woodside Jagger is due for a change of luck. Two starts ago he led for a long way when placed behind the classy Set The Scene and if he happens to find the bunny tonight I can’t see him being run down.

Nevada Smith looks the likely leader in the first 50m and he was a strong 30.40 winner here two runs back, he has won seven of 31 tries here and he should finish in the top two.

Red Line Lad is better than his form reads and if he gets some luck mid race he should make a big impact, he is likely to be nice value so he may be worth a saver bet.

Red Tin can be hard to follow but he is very fast when on the lure, he can give a big sight if he happens to step away and cross.

Top Four: 4 – 3 – 5 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on Woodside Jagger and Red Line Lad

Quinella: 4 to rove with 3,5,7 ($3 for 100%)

Exacta: 3,4,5/3,4,5,7 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 3,4,5/3,4,5,7/2,3,4,5,6,7 ($36 for 100%)

Race No. 11Ingle Farm Dcc B & D Grade Premi…10:47 PM
6 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $2,350 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,645 2nd: $470 3rd: $235.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1VERA ALLEN456130.31Wendy Matcott
2NOREN BALE734230.46Lisa Rasmussen
3ONE WINTA618230.62Micheal Delorenzo
4AND AWAY653630.68Lisa Rasmussen
5MAX TYSON577330.38Tony Lagana
6BRAZEN BULL4211NBTJeffrey Guy
7MIDWAY MAGIC241230.25Desmond Hockley
8DYNA WEDI153830.54Wendy Matcott
9HURRICANE IVY846429.97Samantha Decrea
10ONSLOW378830.48Paula Hearnden

Brazen Bull is fairly inexperienced but he appears to be getting better with every run and if he can show the form which saw him win at The Meadows in 30.59, he will prove very hard to hold out.

Midway Magic is super consistent and she will be charging home at the end, she tends to find one better than her on most occasions but she is just about a lock to finish top three.

Max Tyson was a tad disappointing here last week but he has the speed to lead and he may prove hard to reel in.

Noren Bale is the only other winning hope, he will hit the line strongly and if the leaders bunch up he may just swoop over the top in the home straight.

Top Four: 6 – 7 – 5 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Brazen Bull

Boxed Quinella: 2,5,6,7 ($6 for 100%)

Exacta: 2,5,7/2,5,6,7 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2,5,7/6/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2,5,7/Field/6 ($18 for 100%)

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The Breeding Behind A Melbourne Cup Finalist

Let’s face it, we would all love to have a greyhound running in the Group One Melbourne Cup final on Friday night at Sandown. So what does it take to get a finalist into the coveted race?

A look behind the scenes at the breeding of each of the finalists reveals some interesting facts which may go some way to telling us what the right recipe is for getting a Group One finalist.

Keybow

Keybow is a 30.5kg male chaser by Take The Kitty and Key Exit. Key Exit was trained by Ken Cheetham and recorded seven wins from 22 starts. The wins were at places like Wentworth Park, Gosford, The Gardens and Maitland.

Key Exit is by Over Flo and Atlanta Belle. Atlanta Belle hails from the highly successful Matic-bred line. Her dam is Georgia Belle, who is found in the breeding of stud dog Hurricane Luke and other chasers such as Brother Knows (2006 Group 1 Derby winner), Persian Belle and Ironstein (2006 WA National Sprint Champion).

So, although Keybow is out of a moderately performed bitch, his dam-line has a good history of success.

Chica Destacada

It is really no surprise that Chica Destacada is a very hand chaser. The 26.5kg Cosmic Rumble bitch has the Group-performed Eluthra as her mother. Eluthra (Most Awesome – Buena Sarah) made the final of the Group One National Futurity in 2008. She was also the winner of the 2007 Group Two Wentworth Park Potential Stakes.

Eluthra’s previous litter to El Galo produced El Caballo, a finalist in the 2012 Group One Easter Egg and Ella Bonita, a finalist in the Group Three Ladies Bracelet.

Above All

The 32kg Kiwi-bred chaser has an Australian dad (Magic Sprite) and a mother that raced in New Zealand. Kara Janx had seven wins from 34 starts and is by Fashion Thief and More Than This. Fashion Thief is an Australian bred dog who qualified fastest for the Group One National Derby in 2004 and now stands in New Zealand. More Than This was a well-performed New Zealander, finishing third in the Auckland Oaks.

More Than This also features in the breeding of Clone Your Own. Clone Your Own, who is also owned by Above All’s connections, came to Australia to race under the tutelage of Robert Britton. He was highly successful, with the crowning glory a victory in the Group 2 Harrison-Dawson.

Awesome Project

Awesome Project’s dam, Honour Phase, was unraced but this mere fact has not stopped the 30kg Collision dog from being a success on the racetrack.

However, you don’t have to scratch the surface too much to see why his dam has been a success. Honour Phase is by Big Daddy a Cool and Hunter Tylo. Hunter Tylo is the mother of Group winner Oh Behave. Oh Behave has produced Group finalists such as Will You Behave and Maddison Dee.

So although it is a risk breeding from an unraced performer, Awesome Project proves that it can be done with success.

Cosmic Wise

Cosmic Wise is a strongly built 29kg bitch by Cosmic Chief and Wise Penny.

Wise Penny did much of her racing in Western Australia, winning nine from 48. Her worth as a brood lies in the fact that she is by Bombastic Shiraz and Awesome Berger. Awesome Berger is from a prolific line that has produced Group chasers the ilk of Bit Chili, Tifi, Did I Entertain, Double Twist, Smart Betsy, Smart Valentino and even Paua To Burn.

Star Recall

The 27kg Western Australian chaser Star Recall is by High Earner and No Recall. No Recall had 13 wins from 43 starts with the majority of those wins at Cannington. No Recall’s mother, Bradshaw Girl, was a very versatile chaser, winning from 410m through to 725m.

The mother of Bradshaw Girl, Glamourette, also features in the breeding of Cool Effort who won the Group 2 Shoot Out in 2007 and the Group 2 Geelong Cup.

Luca Neveelk

Luca Neveelk has had a flying start to his career. The blue 36kg chaser is by Talks’s Cheap and It’s A Neveelk. It’s A Neveelk won nine from 59 before being retired to the breeding barn. She is by Nitro Neveelk and Bigbad Leesa.

Bigbad Leesa did not do much on the track, having just the one start for no return. Bigbad Leesa is by Brett Lee and Lara Flynn and that is where we start to understand the success behind this line. Lara Flynn out of Mystery Bird, the 2002 Australian brood-bitch of the year and dam of Group 1 Easter Egg winner Cyrus The Virus. Mystery Bird is out of Dollar Bird, the matron of another Easter Egg winner, Stately Bird.

Dyna Villa

On the face if it, Dyna Villa is by Collision and Roxio Bale but when you dig down you find out that Dyna Villa is related to none other than the recently retired superstar Xylia Allen.

Roxio Bale is the sister of Xylia Allen’s mum, Tayah Bale (Droopy’s Vieri and Francesca Bale). Roxio Bale raced largely in South Australia, racking up 17 wins.

Roxio Bale has produced a Group performer in her previous litter to Meticulous. Allen Makoto finished second in the Group Two Silver Chief in 2013 and was a finalist in the 2013 Group Three SA Derby.

In conclusion, there’s a nice spread of sires in this year’s final with just Collison featuring twice. Clearly, a large amount of success for these chasers stems from the success of those in their dam-line. What the analysis of the breeding does show is that while having a well performed bitch feature in the first few generations is very handy, it isn’t always necessary as moderately performed chasers can also throw a Melbourne Cup finalist. In saying that though, the analysis demonstrates that it helps if these moderately performed chasers hail from successful dam-lines.

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Terry Mort Fined $2000 After Using Offensive Language

Report

Racing Queensland (RQ) Stewards today inquired into the conduct of licensed trainer Mr Terry Mort, after being directed to present his greyhound Stealthy Dancer by Steward Mr Jimmy Bauer, to the Club’s Veterinarian for inspection at the Ipswich Greyhound Racing Club on 24 October 2014 following the running of Race 6.

After reviewing the race day recording, in addition to evidence submitted by kennel attendant Renn Mears, handler Sean Soar and Stipendiary Stewards Cameron Ferguson and Jimmy Bauer and hearing further submissions from Mr Mort, Stewards issued a charge under Greyhounds Australasia Rule of Racing 86 (f)(i) which reads:

A person (including an official) shall be guilty of an offence if the person engages in, publishes or causes to be published, broadcasts or causes to be broadcast, the use of any contemptuous, unseemly, improper, insulting, or offensive language, conduct or behavior in any manner or form towards, or in relation to a Steward.

The specifics of the charge being that Mr Mort, as the licensed trainer of Stealthy Dancer on Friday, 24 October 2014 following the running of Race 6 at the Ipswich Greyhound Club in the vicinity of the presentation area did, improperly conduct himself by using offensive language directed at Steward Mr Bauer, after being directed to present that greyhound to the Club’s Veterinarian for inspection.

Mr Mort pleaded guilty to the charge as issued.

In considering penalty, Stewards considered Mr Mort’s remorsefulness throughout the inquiry, his guilty plea and personal circumstances. Stewards were also mindful of penalty precedents for similar breaches of GAR 86(f)(i) and the detrimental effect serious breaches of the Rules, such as this, have on the racing industry which requires a significant penalty to act as an appropriate deterrent.

In all the circumstances Mr Mort was fined the sum of $1000.

A further fine of $1000 was imposed after Mr Mort breached a condition of a previous suspended penalty issued on 9 May 2014 relating to a conduct matter.

Mr Mort was advised of his appeal rights.

ARG Opinion

Although Terry Mort has prior offences relating to an altercation with Michael Campbell, this seems like an enormous fine for swearing at a steward. When you compare this fine to the fines awarded in high profile positive swab situations, it’s absurd. Swearing is apparently a worse offence than racing a dog with “help”.

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Albion Park Greyhound Tips & Betting Preview November 20 2014

Just one more sleep until the Group One Melbourne Cup and there is some great racing on tonight to get everyone in the spirit for the race that paw-ses a nation. Open an account with Sportingbet for up to $700 in bonus bets.

Best Bet:
Race 2: Victory Prince

Best Value:
Race 4: Grim Creeper

Quaddie:
Leg 1: 1,2,8 – Leg 2: 5,7 – Leg 3: 1,2,3,5,6,8 – Leg 4: 2,3,5,8
($144 for 100%)

Race No. 1Tattsbet.com6:41 PM
NOV event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,250 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ELUSIVE DESIRE43130.73Colin Graham
2GET INVOLVED1NBTPamela Field
3DON’T GO QUIETLY212NBTPamela Field
4RADLEY RETURN345330.47Sandra Hunt
5BOGIE DREAM422230.85Glenn Carlyle
6HARD LUCK123430.31 Selena Zammit
7ABBY’S MAGIC11NBTWilliam Elson
8ELUSIVE SPARKLE541331.07Colin Graham
9SHIVERANCE663330.91Trish Southee
10BELOW PAR241430.25Michael Mcalister

Elusive Desire resumed from a month off and showed his true ability with an explosive 24.14 Lismore win. On that occasion he pinged the lids and reeled off brilliant sectionals, from the red draw he should be able to hold the lead and he will give them something to catch.

Hard Luck was a strong 30.31 winner here back in October and he likes to scout wide in his races. He can be a little slow to begin but he does muster speed quickly and he should put himself into contention as they head for the back straight.

Abby’s Magic broke the 25 second barrier at Ipswich last time out and if she can handle the rise in distance she should make a big impact.

Don’t Go Quietly rounds out the chances, he is well placed near the rails and he should be charging home at the end.

Top Four: 1 – 6 – 7 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Elusive Desire

Exacta: 1,6,7/1,3,6,7 ($9 for 100%)

Quinella: 1 to rove with 3,6,7 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1/3,6,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 2Garrard’s Horse And Hound7:05 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,250 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1NEVER EVER322830.39Gary Pettersen
2VICTORY PRINCE1713NBTGary Friend
3TITAN ASH136730.32 Raymond Burman
4SKIPAWAY6511NBTGregory Stella
5GUNNADOO APACHE321530.22Glenda Dart
6TRANSKEI HERO381530.29Robert Giltinan
7CYNDIE’S MAGIC11NBTWilliam Elson
8WAIKARIE MAGIC322130.04Brian Baker
9MR. HOPPINS726830.41Amy O’reilly
10MACIE’S DINGO376430.28Darryl Armfield

Victory Prince is the real deal and if he can step cleanly he should be running some time on the bunny. Two starts ago he put a space in a handy lineup at Ipswich when posting a brilliant 30.53 and prior to that he did set the track alight here over 395m when winning in 22.55. He has proven that he can handle the 500m journey and he looks a moral in this event.

Skipaway is aiming for a hat trick of wins and she should be in the mix for a long way, she is making her debut here but she is in good hands and I’m expecting her to have trialled here previously.

Waikarie Magic has a speedy 30.04 PB here and she looks well placed in the pink draw, she would need to lead and cross to win but that isn’t beyond her.

Cyndie’s Magic is unbeaten but she is facing her toughest test tonight, I think she may be a little under the odds so I would just include her in the exotics.

Top Four: 2 – 4 – 8 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Victory Prince

Exacta: 2,4,8/2,4,7,8 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2/4,7,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Quinella: 2 to rove with 4,7,8 ($3 for 100%)

Race No. 3Big Dog Australia7:25 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,250 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SWIFT PHANTOM373330.82 Marilyn Swift
2GRIN AND WIN232330.30Tony Zammit
3WHAT A THURSDAY551630.36Glenda Dart
4CLASSY BLONDE313130.17Jamie Ogden
5ARCTIC STAR144230.54Mathew Reid
6FEARLESS RULER3115NBT Peter Simpson
7ROPELEY JET531830.45Kevin Forrester
8JOHNATHAN’S HOPE246330.08John Pollock
9MR. HOPPINS726830.41Amy O’reilly
10MORE ARIES727630.39John Reimer

Jonathon’s Hope showed a return to form at Ipswich last time out and tonight he returns to his favourite track. He is normally a reliable beginner and he should get a nice cart across from Ropeley Jet in the early stages. If he can reproduce his slick 30.08 PB here he should prove very hard to hold out.

Arctic Star can show smart early speed in her races and if she happens to cross she should give a bold showing, her last 50m isn’t great but if they shuffle up behind her she may just steal the prize.

Fearless Ruler is making his debut here but he looked ultra impressive three runs back when winning at Ipswich in 30.59, if he handles the track he should be right in the mix.

Want A Thursday must be included in your exotics, she will likely get back early but she will come home quite solidly and can snag some minor money.

Top Four: 8 – 5 – 6 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Jonathon’s Hope

Exacta: 5,8/3,5,6,8 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 8/3,5,6/Field ($18 for 100%)

Quinella: 8 to rove with 3,5,6 ($3 for 100%)

Race No. 4Xxxx Gold7:44 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,250 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1TWEED CHIC437229.87Mark Johnston
2SKUZI327230.31Tony Apap
3SUPER VISION482530.27Peter Young
4BUCK CITY146330.32Selena Zammit
5ALL YOU CAN836330.18Peter Ruetschi
6HECTOR KAHN4617NBTGlenda Dart
7GRIM CREEPER657429.86Thomas Noble
8NO PRISONERS271430.36 Tom Tzouvelis
9MAL ROSE HI127730.71Patrick Lavis
10MACIE’S DINGO376430.28Darryl Armfield

Grim Creeper is ideally placed out wide and he is much better than his recent form reads. He has been bombing the start of late at Ipswich but tonight he returns to his favourite track and I’m expecting him to begin a lot better. His sizzling 29.86 PB here is far superior to his rivals and a similar effort tonight would see him win with ease.

Hector Kahn comes here with solid NSW form and he has recently joined the powerful Glenda Dart kennel, he is normally a very good beginner and if he can cross early he should give a great sight.

All You Can has been placed in 15 of 28 here with three of those being victories. She too is a reliable beginner and she should be in the mix for a long way.

Tweed Chic is a super talent but she can be hard to follow, from the red she is likely to be under the odds but she is obviously a winning prospect.

Top Four: 7 – 6 – 5 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on Grim Creeper and Hector Kahn

Boxed Quinella: 1,5,6,7 ($6 for 100%)

Exacta: 5,6,7/1,5,6,7 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 5,6,7/1,5,6,7/1,2,5,6,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

Race No. 5Book Your Xmas Function Here8:09 PM
4/5 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,250 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1YOU SAY SO111230.09Peter Ruetschi
2LE SIRENUSE841230.06Tom Tzouvelis
3PILGRIM’S PRINCE514130.65Rachel Scott
4DAYSEAS RIGG321730.28Claude Dacey
5FRED SEALEY443529.97Amy O’reilly
6THUNDER ROCKS562630.14Stephen Arnold
7RAINBOW REX351630.24 Darren Russell
8SUPER VELO714129.75Sandra Hunt
9MAL ROSE HI127730.71Patrick Lavis
10AZA BUZZ545430.17Alex Green

You Say So has been racing in devastating fashion at Ipswich of late over the 431m journey and he should be reeling off blistering sectionals. He has won six races over this trip previously so he can run out the trip and he appears to be a much faster chaser this time around.

Super Velo is an exciting prospect whose three wins here have all been in sub 30 seconds, he likes to scout wide in his races but my concern tonight is that there is a little bit of speed drawn underneath him.

Le Sirenuse was recently placed in the Ipswich Cup final and she should get a nice sit on You Say So in the early stages, if the red struggles in the final 50m she should be there to pounce.

Top Four: 1 – 8 – 2 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on You Say So

Exacta: 1,2,8/1,2,5,8 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1/2,5,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1,2,8/1,2,5,8/1,2,3,5,6,8 ($36 for 100%)

Quinella: 1 to rove with 2,5,8 ($3 for 100%)

Race No. 6Brisgreys.com8:28 PM
3/4 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,250 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1TINY TURNER488130.21Ron Ball
2GUNSPEED741130.06Shane Ellis
3ABBY’S FANTASY412130.10William Elson
4BIG DAC342330.22Colin Hamilton
5MINER’S MOSS513729.89Mathew Reid
6SHERIDON118530.42Robin Palmer
7HOUGENIE217129.95Peter Ruetschi
8KIDATEE CROC415429.94Darren Russell

Hougenie is perfectly placed in the wide draw and her effort to score at Ipswich last time in 30.56 was massive. She is likely to settle midfield tonight but she should stay wide and be out of trouble, she will be motoring in the last 150m and she should be able to pick them off late.

Miner’s Moss hasn’t had much luck of late and if he can step a little better tonight he should be able to regain some confidence. He has a slick 29.89 PB here and if he finds the bunny he should probably go a little quicker on the clock.

Kidatee Croc has won four of ten here and he should be able to settle in the top three early, three starts back he smashed a handy field when winning at Ipswich in a sizzling 30.42.

Gunspeed rounds out the winning hopes, he is probably better suited to a wider draw but he is racing well and with some luck early he could feature.

Top Four: 7 – 5 – 8 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Hougenie

Exacta: 5,7/2,5,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

Quinella: 7 to rove with 2,5,8 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 7/2,5,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 5,7,8/2,5,7,8/1,2,3,5,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

Race No. 7A Team Stud8:52 PM
3 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,250 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1TEE BRADY552830.06Tom Tzouvelis
2CHANT656229.84Tony Brett
3DREAM RIVER211529.86Troy Okamura
4ROYAL ROWDY312730.11Gregory Hancock
5FUSAICHI KAHN247229.88Glenda Dart
6FARMER’S GOLD121X29.98Darren Russell
7GUMLOW STAR232130.07Sandra Hunt
8MELODY SERENADE223130.00Lyndall Massey

Chant is a class act when he is on song and he showed a return to form when narrowly beaten in blistering time at Ipswich last time. He has won here previously in a brilliant 29.84 and if he is given a little room in the early stages he should be able to hold them out and score.

Fusaichi Kahn is capable of reeling off very zippy sectionals when given clear galloping room and he is actually not that badly drawn in the middle, with a slow beginner on his outside and a keen railer on his inner, he should be afforded a very clear run early.

Farmer’s Gold is racing in great fashion at present and although he is poorly drawn he must still be respected, he normally missed the kick and dives for the rail, if he misses away again he should get a fairly clear passage.

Melody Serenade is ideally placed in the pink and she must be included in your exotic bets.

Top Four: 2 – 5 – 6 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Chant

Boxed Quinella: 2,5,6,8 ($6 for 100%)

Exacta: 2,5,6/2,5,6,8 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2,5,6/2,5,6,8/1,2,3,5,6,8 ($36 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2/5,6,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 8Tattsbet.com9:12 PM
1/2 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $9,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,650 2nd: $1,900 3rd: $950.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MAGIC DISPLAY531430.12 Evelyn Harris
2BILL’S FANTASY213129.93William Elson
3TOP STORY434529.65Sandra Hunt
4YOGI BLUE162329.89Peter O’reilly
5HAPPY HASWELL811129.64Reg Kay
6OUTA TEMPO234530.06Peter Ruetschi
7YOU CAN TALK325229.94Peter Ruetschi
8CYNDIE’S SPECIAL742629.86William Elson

Happy Haswell is an enormous talent and he recently won the Ipswich Cup final in a devastating 30.23. He has won seven of his ten tries here and if he reproduces his blistering 29.64 PB here he should blow them away.

Cyndie’s Special is well placed in the pink and she has enough speed to cross them early, she has a tremendous record here and if she does happen to cross she will give a great sight at odds.

Bill’s Fantasy is another fast beginner and he should be in the mix for a long way again.

Top Story is the interesting runner, he is resuming after five months off and, if he is at peak fitness, he is more than capable of matching motors with Happy Haswell.

Top Four: 5 – 8 – 2 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 5/2,3,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 5/2,3,8/2,3,8 ($6 for 100%)

Exacta: 5,8/2,3,5,8 ($6 for 100%)

Quinella: 5 to rove with 2,3,8 ($3 for 100%)

Race No. 9Brandons Electrical Services9:34 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,250 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BLUE DEN487530.19John Reimer
2ARABIAN ORACLE717230.09Brian Baker
3BELLISIMO BELLE546730.23Darren Titmarsh
4SONNET’S SPECIAL111730.08Mathew Reid
5HOPE’S FANTASY224330.14William Elson
6ROYAL ALBERT432530.44Desmond Gilroy
7HARA’S DERECK421230.27Kerry Myers
8FLICK PASS334229.96Ron Ball
9MAL ROSE HI127730.71Patrick Lavis
10AZA BUZZ545430.17Alex Green

Sonnet’s Special is flying at present and if he gets away cleanly he should lead from go to whoa. In October/November he scored three Ipswich wins on the trot in fast times and he appears to have a few lengths on his rivals.

Flick Pass is the run on type in the event and he likes to scout wide in his races. His effort when placed at Ipswich last time was massive and a similar effort tonight would see him figure prominently.

Arabian Oracle has the speed to lead and she was a strong 30.09 winner here in October, if she happens to hold them out she should give a great sight.

Hope’s Fantasy is the only other winning hope, she has a top record here and she is capable of pinging the lids.

Top Four: 4 – 8 – 2 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Sonnet’s Special

Exacta: 2,4,8/2,4,5,8 ($9 for 100%)

Quinella: 4 to rove with 2,5,8 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 4/2,5,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2,4,8/2,4,5,8/1,2,4,5,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

Race No. 10Macro Meats Gourmet Game9:54 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,250 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1NEVER ENDS553730.43Anne Southee
2THIS TIME REBA152230.27Peter Ruetschi
3ELISHA’S TAN361130.54Glenn Smith
4FEMME JOLIE743530.20Jan Warner
5MADE THAT WAY625830.85Darren Titmarsh
6RENATUS871130.12Ron Ball
7LOLLI DOLLI113830.23Gary Pettersen
8STELLA NIGHTS411130.72Glenda Dart
9MR. HOPPINS726830.41Amy O’reilly
10MORE ARIES727630.39John Reimer

Tough race to finish off the night but I think the in form Renatus can get the job done. Two starts ago he posted an impressive 30.52 Ipswich victory and after four luckless efforts here he is due for a change of luck. With very little speed drawn on his inside he should be able to cross and lead throughout.

This Time Reba is racing consistently and she has the speed to lead, if she happens to lead she will prove very hard to reel in.

Made That Way could be the value, he is much better than his recent form reads and he could give a nice sight at odds.

Top Four: 6 – 2 – 5 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Renatus

Quinella: 6 to rove with 2,3,5 ($3 for 100%)

Exacta: 2,6/2,3,5,6 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 6/2,3,5/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2,5,6/2,3,5,6/1,2,3,5,6,7 ($36 for 100%)

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The Big One

Friday’s Melbourne Cup favourite Keybow is priced at $2.00 to $2.40 depending on where you look, mostly due to its box draw on the rails. On the night, the shorter of those is more likely due to the weight of visitors’ money.

Well, I suppose it can win the race but it would need to jump at least with them, and probably hold its position going around the corner. That is quite possible but there is no guarantee that will happen.

Luca Neveelk, Chica Destacada and Star Recall are more likely to be in front of Keybow in the run to the first turn, not certain, but likely. Had Keybow drawn the 8, as in its heat, it would be a better bet as it would then be free to motor up and try to run around them, as it did in its heat.

The most likely outcome is that Chica Destacada will work up inside Luca Neveelk and lead around the turn. The latter will be no help to Star Recall, boxed just inside it. Chica then offers terrific each way value at $7.00/$2.00 on Fixed Odds.

Remember only Chica and Dyna Villa have been able to get down to the 29.20 area, the others are all 29.30-plus dogs, including Keybow, and Chica tends to hang on to any lead it gets. Anyway, Dyna Villa faces a big task in trying to get around the several dogs in front of it.

It’s true that Chica has run a bit quicker from middle boxes but it still won the National Sprint Championship after leading from box 2.

But how will the Bold Trease final be run? That’s harder to know as they are backing up only seven days after their heat runs. Zipping Maggie and Space Star have proved risky in those circumstances, while Sweet It Is and Blinkers On (carrying an incorrect apostrophe) will be coming through the field. The other four are in a class below. The only sure thing I can find is that Sweet It Is will run 1st, 2nd or 3rd so at even money it is hardly a great bet.

Some Meadows History 

A reader’s comments on times for The Meadows 725m trip prompted us to have a closer look at what has been happening there. We mentioned that the average time run in the last 200 races was 42.94, as compared with Nellie Noodles’ record of 42.03. Of course, that average would have been influenced by some low-grade races won in slow times.

However, the time in question was a 42.58 run by Dyna Willow, which I somewhat harshly described as “ordinary”, partly because it occurred in the middle of a pretty poor part of its career and partly because it had been capable of a bit better. The point was that it was generally off its game during that period, perhaps due to injuries, perhaps due to extensive long distance racing.

Anyway, there is more.

Since 2005, we have uncovered 92 wins which bettered that 42.58 mark. These comprised 24% of the 511 races run. They involved 66 different dogs, so many were multi-winners, the most recent Amity Flame.  Here is a summary.

Year Number Better Best Run Greyhound

2005

5

42.34

Malfoy

2006

22

42.28

Sergeant Major

2007

10

42.09

Sky Hazzard

2008

8

42.28

Mantra Lad

2009

11

42.23

Oodles Rocks

2010

7

42.03

Nellie Noodles

2011

10

42.29

Bobby Boucheau

2012

6

42.34

Thrilling Brat

2013

10

42.31

Major League

2014

2

42.46

Zipping Rory (10 months only)

Miata’s best at the track was 42.37 in February 2012. Xylia Allen’s best occurred in July 2014 when it ran 42.47.

In passing, note that, on average, dogs will get around Sandown 715m 0.74 sec quicker than The Meadows 725m. Wentworth Park 720m is 0.45 sec quicker. Sandown is therefore the fastest tack at 17.1 m/sec, followed by Wentworth Park at 16.9 m/sec and The Meadows 16.8 m/sec. That’s all fairly logical as The Meadows has more sweeping turns, which tend to reduce speeds.

Note

Much care is needed in checking times at this track due to the significant number of handicap races being run. GRV formguides routinely show incorrected times, not just on formlines but also in the “Best” box. These are designated “H” but no actual handicaps are included.  A check of GRV individual dogs’ records will show these details but, once again, the times printed are not corrected for those handicaps, nor are the actual handicaps transferred to the formguide file.  Similarly, sectional times are misleading. The same problem occurs for many Horsham 570m races.

This deserves an editorial comment. That sort of failure to advise customers correctly about fundamental information is an illustration of a far too common attitude of racing authorities in punching out material which they personally think is fine, rather than first finding out what customers need. Fortunately, that practice is uncommon in Victoria but it is par for the course in NSW where the new Ozchase system covering three quarters of the nation is, in practical terms, unusable. For example, meeting results cannot be downloaded or even printed out. All you can do is look at them on screen, one race at a time.

We were better off 30 years ago when you could photocopy pages in a daily newspaper on the following morning.

Sadly, economic limitations have beaten us there, too, as deadlines and delivery barriers have stopped that happening as well. (There was a time when I subscribed to four daily newspapers for this purpose. I also had to spend two full mornings each week travelling to town and back just to obtain NSW and Victorian hard copy formguides. Today all that could be done in two or three minutes each day, providing someone made the stuff available. Such is progress!).

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Ipswich Takes A Breather After Five Weeks Of Daily Racing

The Ipswich Greyhound Racing Club can enjoy a bit of rest and recuperation, at least until Friday, after the track was recently host to one of the busiest periods in it’s entire history.

Incredibly, Ipswich has held a meeting on 36 of the past 37 days due to Albion Park being closed for reconstruction of the track surface. Albion Park resumed racing this afternoon.

Track Manager Merv Page was understandably relieved to see the end of what has been a hectic five week period.

“We are hoping it might be enough to get us into the Guinness Book of Records”, Page joked.

“Getting over the first week was the toughest part. The first week everybody got very tired but after that I guess adrenaline kicked in. Once we got to half way it was just a countdown from then.”

“We all got a little bit tired towards the end and so did the fields. The last three days it was pretty hard to get full field, but that was to be expected. People would have been looking forward to going back to Albion Park and they wouldn’t have nominated in anticipation.”

Page said the Club was committed to running the extra meetings at Ipswich to ensure racing and prize money was not lost interstate.

“We have only got Albion Park and Ipswich in the south east of Queensland and if we didn’t hold the meetings the other clubs in Queensland would have struggled so Sky Channel would have given the meetings to other tracks.

“That way our owners and trainers got every meeting that they were supposed to as well.”

Page, who has been manager of the track for the past three years, said that everything went as smoothly as can be expected over the past month.

“The only problem we had in all those meetings was one false start where the boxes opened before the lure got there. Other than that nothing went wrong and the track stood up amazingly well.

To add to the chaos, the Club’s flagship event, the Group Three Ipswich Cup, was conducted last Saturday night.

“We had to have the two big meetings in amongst it all whereas it would have been a lot easier if they were on at a different time. The Ipswich Cup was held on the last Saturday of the five weeks so that was a bit daunting.”

The Cup was taken out by Reg Kay’s excitement machine Happy Haswell. The son of Surf Lorian and Teenage Dream was leading by around 12 lengths turning from home but lost at least few lengths when baulking at Farmer’s Gold, who had fallen on the first turn and proceeded to run back towards the field, in the home straight.

Happy Haswell still managed to clock a race record time of 30.23. Page believes he would have gone close to Queen Lauryn’s 30.01 track record if the incident hadn’t occurred.

“I think it cost him the record. Doesn’t that say something that after five weeks of straight racing at the track that you could go close to breaking the track record? It really shows how well the track stood up.”

Page would also like to thank his staff who all played a big part in ensuring everything went to plan.

“The staff have been very good, on the overall I can’t really single out anyone because everybody deserves credit for it.

“We are very happy with how it all went, we had a big party last night!”

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Sportsbet Launches New Cash Card For Punters

Online bookmaker sportsbet.com.au today launched the Sportsbet Cash card – a card that allows its customers to instantly access their winnings as cash thanks to new technology from the Australian firm Emerchants. Emerchants already have this technology in use with fellow online bookmakers Ladbrokes and Bet Easy with the demand for the technology increasing as its popularity begins to grow.

The Card allows punters to move money from their betting accounts into their Sportsbet Cash card which can then be used by Sportsbet customers to withdraw their winnings as cash at any ATM or use the card via eftpos anywhere in Australia.

Sportsbet punters can transfer their winnings to their Sportsbet Cash card on all of the bookmakers wagering platforms, including the mobile app, through integrated technology.

“Our 1.8 million customers love the superior value for money and better range of betting markets they get from Sportsbet – but many of them still love the feel of real cash in their hand – now they can have the best of both worlds,” said sportsbet.com.au CEO Cormac Barry said.

“Sportsbet customers can transfer winnings onto their Sportsbet Cash card via our mobile and tablet betting apps and not just via desktop.”

From today, Sportsbet customers are able to request a Sportsbet Cash card. If you are not already a customer of Sportsbet, why not sign up and take advantage of this easy to use cash innovation

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Jason Magri Fined $1000 After “Misbehaving”

Report

Greyhound Racing NSW stewards have heard submissions from trainer Jason Magri on a charge of him having misbehaved before stewards during an inquiry following the final race at Richmond on 18 October 2014.

Mr Magri pleaded guilty to the charge under GAR 91 (c) and was subsequently fined $1,000, with $500 of that penalty suspended conditional on no repeat offence under the conduct rules for a period of 12 months.

Mr Magri was advised of his right of appeal.

ARG Opinion

It’s extremely hard to have an opinion when given no option to do so. What did Magri actually do? Who would know from this report? The fact the he pleaded guilty means that he did something wrong, but there needs to be far more transparency in the stewards reports.

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This Week In Racing History

November

19

A crowd estimated at 16,000 attended Harold Park in 1949, creating a new record for attendance at a greyhound meeting in Australia. They saw a dead-heat in one event and Pretty Secret equal the 800 yards (732 metres) track record of 43.7 in scoring her seventh win in 12 starts at the Glebe circuit.

Mixed Blessings won the 1979 final of the Olympic Park Distance Championship (732 metres) from Irish Haste and Midnight Hour. It was the first time the race, inaugurated in 1967, had been held in November. It was also the last time the event was run until 1984. The race is now known as the AWM Distance Title.

Toban Leah took out the 1994 City of Ipswich Gold Cup, run over 512 metres, defeating Diamond Rell and Lookout Max for trainer Dave Brett.

20

Nulla’s Idol caused a boilover when she downed champion stayer He’s Some Boy by two lengths in the final of the 1972 Spring Cup, run over 732 metres at Olympic Park.

High Climax won the 1975 Queensland Derby, run over 558 metres at the Gabba, scoring by five lengths from Cruisaway.

21

A greyhound track at Alfred Oval in Young opened in 1953 with sprint distances over 550 yards (503 metres).

Former Victorian stayer Sonic Wave established a track record 42.09 for the 720 metres trip on the new grass circuit at Wentworth Park when she won the 1987 Summer Cup. This was the first time the historic race had been run at Wentworth Park since the closure of Harold Park.

South Australian staying star Gem Supreme took out the 1992 Summer Cup (720 metres, Wentworth Park), defeating National Digger by half a head. This was the first Summer Cup contested on the new loam surface.

22

Reena’s Raider downed Alarmist Belle by six lengths to win the 1972 Farrell’s Dog Food Trophy, run over 617 metres at Bulli. Reena’s Raider, a greyhound which would often race two or three times a week, earned $750 for connections.

The 2003 running of the 520-metre Bull N Barley Cup at Wentworth Park saw All Display overcome box six to score by almost nine lengths and earn $8,000 for connections.

23

The inaugural Queensland Derby was run over 558 metres at the Gabba in 1972 and saw the Reg Smith trained Dixie’s First score by seven lengths from Native Glen and Soval.

National Lass made it four starts for four wins over 732 metres at Harold Park when she led all the way from box four to take out the 1985 Summer Cup at Harold Park, downing Statistician by four lengths in a fast 42.83.

Donovan Bailey set a new race record time of 42.96 in downing the Victorian pair Happy Reuben and Ebony Park Lass in the 1996 Summer Cup final at Wentworth Park.

A fire destroyed much of the steward’s accommodation and ground staff facilities at the Cannington track in 2001.

24

Champion stayer Pharaoh’s Mask set a new track record time of 43.09 for 732 metres at Olympic Park in 1986.

Exiting box seven, Hua took out the 1988 Melbourne Cup by two lengths from Disco Dishlicka and Indiana, running a new track record time of 30.01 for the 511 metres trip.

25

The Sandown greyhound track had its official opening in 1952. The Lightwood Road circuit had the largest turn of any course in the country.

Some Secret won the 2005 Paws of Thunder (520 metres, Wentworth Park) by just over five lengths, running 30.05 to equal the race record set the previous year by Stately Bird.

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Shot To Bits Expected To Make A Full Recovery

Victorian trainer Paul Ryder must have believed the career of his exciting young stayer Shot To Bits was precisely that after the budding star took a heavy tumble in a heat of the Group One Bold Trease last Thursday at Sandown Park.

The black powerhouse was carried off the track and hearts sunk soon after when it was discovered that he sustained an injury to his right hock.

Scans taken last Friday revealed no fractures and a vet appointment yesterday revealed the extent of the injury.

“He has got some ligament tears and some overstretched ligaments in the hock area”, Ryder explained.

“He has his hock strapped up and he has a splint on it. It is strapped basically from his toe up to the top of his hock and he has got to have that on for 2-3 weeks just to give the ligaments time to settle  and calm down from the stretching and tearing .

“After that it will probably just be light bandaging as we just try to get him back walking and mobile again.”

Ryder endured nearly a week of consultation with veterinarians and specialists to identify the injury and he is now relieved that it is not as severe as first anticipated. It appears that Shot To Bits will be able to return to the track once he has fully recovered.

“It is not great but it is good all the same. He will be off the scene for the best part of three months, unfortunately, but there is a good side to it and that is as long as it all heals up ok, he shouldn’t have any problems that carry on.

“It is good news to me, any news was going to be good so long as he is going to be ok.”

Ryder said despite his injury, Shot To Bits remains happy in himself.

“He is awesome. It doesn’t take too much to please him, if he can get on the couch he is quite happy.

“Being such a fit dog he can get a little bit over the top at times but now that the splint is back on he doesn’t like it being there and he is much calmer. That’s a good thing because otherwise he would be inclined to hurt himself.”

Shot To Bits, affectionately known as Morpha, is one of the most promising young stayers in the country.

The son of Bekim Bale and Eye The Tiger has started on 23 occasions resulting in 11 wins and four minor placings.

Among his victories was a success in the Group Three Top Cat Video Cup where he defeated a high calibre field including Sweet It Is, Xylia Allen, Zipping Maggie and Dyna Willow, while he also holds the track record at Bendigo over 660 metres.

While Shot To Bits recovers on the sidelines, Ryder will have his littermate Volksjager Blue, named after a German warplane, to keep the kennel going. The black dog has been a handy money spinner in his own right and will line up in race eight at Geelong this Friday.

“Volksjager Blue was a good second behind Shot To Bits ability wise when they came back from breaking in but I got him here and persisted with him. I kept doing little things just to try and keep him interested and very slowly he started to bridge the gap.”

Amazingly, they are the only greyhounds Ryder has in work and the first two that he has ever trained. While he has had an interest in the sport for about 10 years, it was only through former top Queensland trainer Ryan Ayre that he picked up the collar and lead.

“When Ryan used to race Bogie King in Melbourne he used to come down and stay here. I set up kennels and we got to know each other and formed a bit of a relationship.

“During one of his stays I mentioned that I would love to have a go at doing it myself one day. A few months later he rang up and told me one of his bitches was due to come on season and he asked me if he sent her down would I want to go halves in a litter.”

The duo selected Bekim Bale as the sire and the rest, as they say, is history. Ryder reared the litter of 10 pups at his house until they were around four months at which time they were sent back to Queensland. They remained in the Sunshine State until they were broken in, after which the pair returned to Ryder at his Corio residence.

Ryder said that there was always something special about Shot To Bits as a pup, with the trainer and greyhound forming a close friendship which remains to this day.

“Shot To Bits was switched on from day one. Funnily enough he was different to the others even as a pup, he was more forward and he was almost annoying in the fact that he was just in your face all the time.

“Me and him formed that bond in the first few months when he was a pup because he just wouldn’t leave me alone and, to be honest, now I am glad he wouldn’t.

“I couldn’t be any more grateful for what he has been able to achieve so far and hopefully there is more to come”.

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Cosmic Wise Wright In Contention For Cup Glory

The Jeff Britton- trained Cosmic Wise may be the rank outsider in this Friday’s Group One Melbourne Cup, but that won’t stop her part owner, Justin Wright, from making the trip across Australia to watch her compete in the $420,000 to the winner event.

Wright lives in Western Australia and made the trip to Melbourne last week to experience the excitement of Melbourne Cup heat night, but he never imagined he would making the same journey two weeks in a row.

“I have a couple of days of work and then I am back in Melbourne again. I had organised the trip a while ago because it is always a good night of racing with the heats of the Melbourne Cup and Bold Trease but to have one in a heat, let alone win one, was just unbelievable”, Wright enthused.

“I knew she would be nominated for the heats, it was a case of whether or not she was going to be lucky enough to gain a start. Thankfully she won a prelude the week before so she was guaranteed a start.

“When I saw the box draw and knew that she had drawn box one I actually gave her a chance of winning it.”

Beginning well from the inside, Cosmic Wise railed beautifully through the first turn and was too strong in the run to the line, scoring by one and three quarter lengths in a hot 29.40. Wright concedes that she will face a tough task this week with everything against her from box five.

“Box one helped her last week and I would imagine the track was a bit quicker than it normally is but we were still chuffed with how she went.

“It will be very different this week and I don’t think she has the pace to beat the other seven to the first corner.

“There is going to be a lot of early speed and she is a mad railer, she will look for the rails straight out of the boxes. I reckon her only hope is if she misses it a little bit and then goes straight to rail and if there is a little bit of trouble on the corner that she can rail up underneath.

“It is going to be tough but you have got to be in it to win it. She will give 100% and whatever happens, happens.”

Cosmic Wise has been a terrific money spinner for connections as a winner of 20 races from 59 starts with 18 minor placings.

“She has been pretty versatile, she runs a good 600 but she still managed to make the final of the Healesville Cup over 350 metres.

“She is probably not the fastest greyhound going around but she is very competitive and she tries her heart out every single week.”

Wright owns Cosmic Wise as a part of the Brona Lane Racing syndicate. Made up of seven former workmates, the syndicate purchased Cosmic Wise’s mother with a career in the breeding barn always planned.

“Wise Penny came up for sale and I really liked her breeding so we decided to have a crack. She went alright on the track, she won over 640 metres, and when she retired we decided to breed from her as a syndicate.

“We bred the litter over here in WA and my wife Debbie reared them until they were five or six months old. At that time we didn’t have enough connections over here so we decided to have the rearing finished off in Victoria.”

After the Cosmic Chief- Wise Penny litter were broken in, their breaker Kevin McNamara contacted successful duo Jeff Britton and Angela Langton as potential trainers for the syndicate.

“Initially Jeff and Angela were only going to take four from the litter, they weren’t going to take Cosmic Wise or Wise Ella because they actually broke in the worst.

“Jeff saw them trial and decided to have a crack with them as well and now she (Cosmic Wise) has won over $100,000 and Wise Ella has won about $50,000.”

And Wright cannot speak highly enough of Britton and Langton who have enjoyed a terrific year on the track with their talented team of chasers. .

“Jeff and Angela work hard. I just spent five or six days with them and the hours they put in is unbelievable and on top of that they are great people. They deserve to have a year like they have had this year.”

For a bunch of average guys from three hours west of Perth, having a competitor in the world’s richest greyhound race is nothing short of amazing. ‘Unbelievable’ was the word used by Wright to describe the whole exhilarating experience.

“It hasn’t really sunk in. I have always dreamed of having one in the Perth cup being from WA but to have one in the Melbourne Cup is just unbelievable. The rest of the guys in the syndicate are pretty excited about it too, some of them are coming over on Friday to watch her as well.

“For me personally to win it would just be incredible, I have always loved greyhound racing. The other guys from the syndicate are loving it now too and it would just be amazing to win it, I don’t think we would be sober for a few days afterwards!”

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Greyhound Tips & Betting Preview November 19 2014

With some classy interstate chasers making the move to SA, there looks to be some standout bets racing at Angle Park today. Open an account with Sportingbet for up to $700 in bonus bets.

Race No. 1Grsa.com.au (n/p) Mixed Stake Pr…12:22 PM
5/6 event over 600 metres at Angle park Of $900 Prizemoney.
1st: $630 2nd: $180 3rd: $90.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1JOHNNY GUITAR565636.11Kenneth Trowbridge
2WESTERN CHILL8737NBTRoss Burns
3KIKEM ZARBO4335NBTOswald Chegia
4MADIBA MAGIC5724NBTKelvin Stott
6FROM THE TOP645735.75Janice Jones
7LONG GULLY MARK6X36NBTPaula Hearnden
8DIGNIFIED LAD266535.57Martin Doyle

Kikem Zarbo hasn’t had much luck in her two SA starts to date and she should be suited by the step up to 600m. There is very little depth in this event and if she is given an ounce of luck early she should prove too strong in the run home.

Long Gully Mark should roll to the early lead and he will set a cracking pace, this is his first try over the trip so the last 50m or so may be a struggle. He couldn’t have asked for an easier race to make his middle distance debut and if Kikem Zarbo happens to find trouble he may just steal the prize.

From The Top rounds out the chances, he has had five runs from a spell and he should now be at peak fitness, he is likely to settle a long way back early but he should hit the line hard.

Top Four: 3 – 7 – 6 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Kikem Zarbo

Exacta: 3,7/3,4,6,7 ($6 for 100%)

Quinella: 3 to rove with 4,6,7 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 3/4,6,7/4,6,7 ($6 for 100%)

Race No. 6Macro Meats Grade 5 Series H Pr2…1:52 PM
5 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $860 Prizemoney.
1st: $605 2nd: $170 3rd: $85.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BISCA ALLEN3646NBTWendy Matcott
2KOOL ALEXIA4371NBTRaymond Fewings
3GOLD BUCCANEER4216NBTPetar Jovanovic
4PROVEN URBAN845630.38Oswald Chegia
5JACK BALE467530.63Wendy Matcott
6BODY POWER376230.30Robert Harris
7JETSON KIST157630.00Kiah Edwards
8DYNA GARTH366730.18Wendy Matcott
9LEKTRA DREAMER3858NBTWendy Matcott
10UNAVOIDABLE466731.00Ross Burns

Gold Buccaneer comes here with very strong NSW form and he recently won a trial here in a smart 30.14. He has slow beginners drawn on either side of him and with a clean getaway he should have more than enough speed to drive to the lead. If you can land $2.50 or better that is great value.

Kool Alexia returned to form with a strong 31.12 Gawler win last time out and she should be in the mix for the entire journey.

Bisca Allen could be the value in the event, she is much better than her recent form suggests and she should be suited by the rise in distance from her most recent racing.

Jetson Kist is a class act when on song and he should be ready to fire after a solid effort at Gawler last time when resuming from a spell.

Top Four: 3 – 2 – 1 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Gold Buccaneer

Exacta: 3/1,2,7 ($3 for 100%)

Quinella: 3 to rove with 1,2,7 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 3/1,2,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

Best Value:

Race 9: Weblec Belle ($4 fixed)

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Melbourne Cup Promo’s Disturbing Origins Exposed

In 2014 the Group One Melbourne Cup will be worth a record $600,000. That is a pretty impressive feat for an industry which has long been regarded as a ‘minor’ racing code.

However, just as the sport reaches new heights on the prizemoney front, it would appear that it is sinking to an all new low in regards to self promotion ahead of greyhound racing’s most illustrious event this Friday night.

Marketing and advertising industry insider website Mumbrella has just blown the lid on the Sandown Greyhound Racing Club’s latest advertising campaign We Love The Dogs, which they believe is a direct takeoff of the highly controversial and vulgar Duck Sauce music video, Big Bad Wolf.

“It’s not uncommon for ads to take, shall we say, inspiration from other realms of the arts, be they films, music or cult fiction”, the website reported.

“But rarely has Dr Mumbo seen an ad borrow an idea from anything as ‘out there’ as this one.”

Mumbrella went on to state that the film clip for the ‘song’ was, “One of the oddest music videos ever made”, and that the film clip had been named the “most disturbing music video of 2011 by Billboard Magazine in the US”.

It’s difficult to understand the thought process that linked Sandown Greyhound Racing Club’s ‘brand new’ ad campaign for the richest greyhound race in the world, with the disturbing reality of its inspiration.

The questions have to be asked:

Sandown greyhound Racing Club’s Melbourne Cup Promotion

Visit the story at Mumbrella to see the original genesis of the promotion and work out what all the fuss is about.

Greyhound folk have forever yearned to be taken seriously in comparison to the thoroughbred industry but, lets face it, the gallops would never tarnish their brand by being linked to something so crude and offensive.

This year the Australian Turf Club released a series of advertisements for the inaugural ‘The Championships’ and, love or it or hate it, the end product was a clean and fresh promotion for their carnival which generated enormous success in Sydney and is set to take place again in 2015.

Clean and fresh are certainly not the words to describe this recent campaign from the Sandown Club and it appears to have been a big backwards step in regards to promotion of the industry and what it has to offer.

If greyhound racing is ever to be taken seriously, surely it can come up with its own ideas to display the fun and excitement of the sport rather than borrowing thought from a song which has no link to the industry, or the dogs themselves, other than an incessant howling noise throughout.

The sport should be building its appeal to the community rather than degrading their status by sharing links with such a disturbing source.

Hopefully the Sandown Club can improve their approach in 2015 because, as Mumbrella alluded to, their promotion of the world’s greatest race this year has seen it go to the dogs, and not in the way they were hoping it would.

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