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Greyhound tips & betting preview February 27 2015

IT IS going to be a massive weekend of greyhound racing with heats of the Group 1 Australian Cup and Superstayers at The Meadows on Saturday, but there is also some quality racing in the Harbour City starting tonight with a great 10 race card being run at Wentworth Park.

Lets see if we can find you some winners.

Best Roughie:
Race 6: Longneck

Race No. 1Wentworthpark.com.au Stks7:18 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $4,330 Prizemoney.
1st: $3,300 2nd: $700 3rd: $330.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1LORD GEE114830.96Christine Proctor
2KNIGHT SPRITE122430.39Gayle Masterson
3TANGAM FLASH7381NBTLisa Mcfarlane
4FEAR THE SPEED323330.49Lisa Mcfarlane
5DANDA FLASH7211NBTLisa Mcfarlane
6UNO JUSTICE235230.52Lisa Mcfarlane
7OVERSTOCKED361630.31Andrew Rowe
8UNO HUGO525730.92Lisa Mcfarlane
9LITTLE JILL8865NBTPaul Van Gestel
10PRINCESS JETEYE664730.72Stevan Vas

Lord Gee was a bit disappointing at his debut here last week but I know he is much better than that and he should show tremendous improvement from the red draw. Back in December he scored back to back wins at Bulli in sizzling times and if he can bring that form to town he will take a power of beating.

Knight Sprite is drawn to get a nice sit behind the red and he has recorded two handy placings over this journey in recent weeks. He lacks early speed but he does have good mid race pace and he should put himself into a threatening position as they head for the back straight.

Overstocked is extremely consistent and he will settle near the speed, he has been placed in all four tries here with one of those efforts being a victory, I dont think he can win but he should hold on for some minor money.

Uno Justice rounds out the place chances, he is yet to win here in 17 tries but he has recorded six solid placings.

Top Four: 1 – 2 – 7 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Lord Gee with William Hill

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

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

Trifecta: 1/2,6,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 4Golden Easter Egg Mar 20-apr 4 S…8:18 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $4,330 Prizemoney.
1st: $3,300 2nd: $700 3rd: $330.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1CUMBERLAND BLACK114530.24Lisa Mcfarlane
2SCARP MISSILE141729.95Jodie Lord
3KALDEN KOSTELLO6124NBTAndrew Rowe
4PARRYDISE ANGEL412430.62Shannon Ellis
5INTERROGATED326429.83Michelle Shambler
6ZOLA ICON667129.90Robert Sullivan
7RITMAR387430.24Frank Sanotti
8ARMY SURPLUS541429.61Adam Wade
9UNO NORRIS645430.35Lisa Mcfarlane
10LITTLE JILL8865NBTPaul Van Gestel

Army Surplus can be hard to follow at times but when he steps cleanly he is capable of running scintillating sectionals. He tends to race better from wide draws and he posted his 29.61 PB here from box seven, so he should get every chance from out here. Two starts back he showed a return to form with a devastating 29.93 Bathurst win and a repeat of that run will see him win with ease.

Zola Icon returned to her best with an impressive 30 flat win here last week and she should give a nice sight again, she is likely to lead but I think she may get burnt off mid race by the pink.

Kalden Kostello has turned in three solid efforts since coming over from SA and he should continue to get better, his lack of early speed is a concern but if he isn’t far away mid race he should be able to make an impact.

Top Four: 8 – 6 – 3 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Army Surplus with William Hill

Quinella: 8 to rove with 2,3,6 ($3 for 100%)

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

Trifecta: 8/2,3,6/Field ($18 for 100%)

This week in racing history

February

26

Swanston Lass overcame box six to win the 1968 Australian Cup from NSW contenders Rokoko and Miami Moss.

In a major upset, Lee Lana won the Western Australian National Distance Championship Title eliminator from Large Score and the heavy favourite Afro Freeway. Lee Lana went on to run fourth behind Ten Guitars in the National Distance Championship final, run at Launceston.

Top Shiraz took out the 2001 Launceston Cup, run over 522 metres, by six and a half lengths from Shanlea Title, earning $15,000 for connections.

27

Tasmanian stayer Oak Queen won the 1960 NCA Championship, run over 790 yards at Wentworth Park, defeating Boodler by eight lengths in a solid 44.1.

The Sid Swain-trained Cool Flight downed Snozz by half a length to win the 2009 Richmond Derby and pick up $25,000 first prize money.

28

Victorian invader Fine Devil took out the 1998 National Futurity at Wentworth Park from Miss Winsome and November Miss, winning by five and a half lengths in a race record 30.27 for the 520 metres trip.

March

1

The 1976 Maturity Classic, run over 511 metres at Olympic Park, was taken out by Aaron King from Leeander Mist. The winner picked up $3,500 for connections.

Poetic Reward ran a track record time of 34.32 for the 600 metres trip at The Meadows in 1999, just a month after the official opening of the course. This time would remain the benchmark until the end of the year.

On the same night, the final of the Australian Cup was taken out by Mandatario, who defeated Brookside Red and Mono Railer over the-then 518 metres distance.

2

El Grand Senor ran a new track record time of 22.80 for 410 metres at Horsham in 2010.

The 2013 edition of the Group 1 Super Stayers, run over 725 metres at the Meadows, was annexed by Destini Fireball, who defeated Irma Bale by just half a head. The final was robbed of interest when West Australian champion Miata was scratched.

3

Champion local sprinter True Vintage scored a brilliant victory in the 1988 Hobart Thousand, defeating Bookie’s Regret by just over four lengths with NSW contender November Bale third. The Margaret Crosswell-trained greyhound ran a race record 26.34 for the 457 metres trip, picking up $8,000 for the win.

Traction Control won the 2005 DDC Launching Pad over 515 metres at Sandown, picking up $25,000 for defeating Magic Trance and Chad Waters.

4

South Australian star Miss Spicy won the 2006 Australian Cup, run over 525 metres at The Meadows, by just over a length from Go Forever and Trew Touch. The winner collected $125,000, a new record prize money level for the Australian Cup. Miss Spicy became only the second South Australian to win the prestigious event, emulating the feat of Ginger, who scored in 1989.

Live baiting saga update: Legislation to go before SA Parliament

A SOUTH Australian politician wants action on the live baiting saga with legislation set to go before parliament which will see harsher penalties for anyone found to be violating animal welfare laws.



Michelle Lensink, a Liberal frontbencher, said she was approached with animal welfare concerns in the wake of the ABC’s confronting Four Corners program, and after consideration she believes the higher controls are now required in the industry.



The new greyhound training bill would require all training bullrings used in the state be licensed with those operating unlicensed venues facing harsh penalties of up to a year in jail and a $10,000 fine. 



In addition, anyone found guilty of live baiting could face up to penalties as harsh as jail terms and $50,000 fine, with those who knowingly provided an animal for live baiting facing two years and a $20,000 fine.

Lensink’s party is in Opposition in South Australia, so the legislation will be put to senior greyhound officials and the SA government.

Penalties have also been increased for live baiting in WA with those found guilty to be disqualified for no less than 10 years with a fine of $50,000. In addition, those guilty will not be able to make future applications for registered involvement within the sport of greyhound racing.

There will be no distinction between possessing any live animal and actually using it as live bait when it is clear the animal is not a domestic pet. 



No Significant Updates from Queensland



Racing Queensland (RQ) confirmed to Australian Racing Greyhound on Wednesday no greyhounds had been returned to their owners after the authority body seized approximately 100 dogs from the properties of suspended participants last week. 



RQ will still not reveal where the greyhounds are being kept, but did dispel speculation one greyhound had died.



Victorian report to strengthen greyhound racing



A final report will be provided within two months which will detail how to improve animal welfare standards, governance and compliance within the greyhound racing industry in Victoria.

Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford, said the Andrews Labour Government would stamp out live baiting when announcing the terms of reference for the Investigation into Animal Welfare and Cruelty in the Greyhound Racing Industry in Parliament on Tuesday night. 

The investigation is set to be led by Victoria’s Chief Veterninary Officer, Cr Charles Milne, in partnership with Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV).

It will include:

  • 

A review of the industry codes and standards in relation to the protection and welfare of animals within the industry
  • A review of the animal welfare governance systems and the strategies for compliance and enforcement.
  • recommendations on how these animal welfare standards, governance and compliance can be improved.



Preliminary reports from Milne and the Racing Integrity Commissioner will be delivered within the next two weeks before the final report is handed to the Minister for Agriculture and the Minister for racing no later than April 30 this year.

“We are serious about animal welfare. We are taking immediate action to address these disgusting acts of cruelty,” Pulford said.



“Live-baiting is barbaric, abhorrent and illegal. It has absolutely no place in Victoria’s racing industry and it must be stopped.”

“We want to send a strong message to the community and the industry that this sort of horrific behaviour will not be tolerated.”







Albion Park greyhound tips & betting preview February 26 2015

DESPITE a tumultuous week in Queensland, racing will be run as normal at Albion Park tonight with 10 quality races on the card.

Best Bet:
Race 2: Over Here

Best Value:
Race 6: Grand Roman

Quaddie:
Leg 1: 1 – Leg 2: 1,2,5,6,7,8 – Leg 3: 2,3,4,5,6,7 – Leg 4: 1
$36 for 100%

Race No. 1Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club6:40 PM
NOV event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,250 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MINNIE IMPACT564130.53Raymond Burman
2IMA YAHOO814631.27Ian Hoggan
3RADLEY RETURN572330.24Sandra Hunt
4BLACK CASPER3241NBTRon Ball
5AUSSIE ALI751530.51Peter Young
6PICTURES PEARCE772430.15Peter Ruetschi
7WILDASH DUKE1530.59Robert Giltinan
8HOUSO DELIGHT813830.62Michael Menken
9OVIE’S RAGING1267NBTTony Zammit
10FOUR EXCEPTIONAL456630.51Colin Wills

Radley Return has turned in two great performances here in recent weeks and with a clean getaway tonight she should be able to break through. She generally has good box manners and with slow beginners drawn around her she really looks suited, you should be able to land around $5 and that appears to be a steal.

Pictures Pearce is a highly promising speedster and he has had no luck since his dazzling 30.15 debut win here, once again the box draw hasn’t done him any favours but if he can just avoid bother in the first 50m he should put himself into contention.

Black Casper is in good hands and he appears to be improving with every start, last time out he showed great speed in his dominant 30.81 Ipswich win and a similar display of speed tonight will see him figure in the finish.

Houso Delight rounds out the chances, she was a strong 30.86 Ipswich winner three runs back and she just needs some luck early to feature.

Top Four: 3 – 6 – 4 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Radley Return with William Hill

Boxed Quinella: 3,4,6,8 ($6 for 100%)

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

Trifecta: 3/4,6,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 2Tattsbet.com7:04 PM
NOV event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,250 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1GOT A BROTHER315NBTDianna Buxton
2TOBIAS RUMBLE7130.20Stephen Kavanagh
3WHITE MARLIN644430.92Joanne Price
4SANDAVE DRIVE3X3630.83David Richardson
5OVER HERE147230.25Peter Ruetschi
6HUCKLEBERRY441230.44Christina Harman
7LITTLE TRISH231830.49Jamie Mchugh
8YOUI16NBTLee Wylie
9OVIE’S RAGING1267NBTTony Zammit
10RAGING THUNDER678831.21Tom Tzouvelis

Over Here reeled off ridiculous sectionals when placed in her debut here last week and tonight I am expecting her to go one better. She was gunned down in the shadows of the post but that was because she burnt herself out mid race, I’m expecting her to set a fast speed again but I would expect her to hit the line a little better and this race isn’t as strong as last weeks.

Huckleberry should follow the favourite across in the first 50m and he will be very strong in the run home, he recently scored at Ipswich in a slick 30.65 and he followed that effort up with a top placing here last week. T

obias Rumble mustered speed quickly in his great 30.20 win here last time and if he is given room to muster he should run a big race again, however I am a little concerned about his poor box manners.

Youi is an inexperienced type and he will continue to improve with racing, he should be suited to the wide draw and he could be the value.

Top Four: 5 – 6 – 8 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Over Here with William Hill

Quinella: 5 to rove with 2,6,8 ($3 for 100%)

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

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

Race No. 3Sky Racing7:25 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,250 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SPRING COLARADO385230.12Colin Byers
2DASHING MAN572430.50Tammy Stuhmcke
3JUST LIKE TINA825130.21Ron Ball
4TEXAS TEE372130.26Keiron Butler
5DOUBLE STORM552630.36Reg Hazelgrove
6MAJESTIC SEINE653330.16Gerard Bowe
7MACIE’S DINGO542730.28Tom Tzouvelis
8MORE ARIES515830.39John Reimer
9EARNING3857NBTMichael Boody
10FEMME JOLIE653230.20Jan Warner

Just Like Tina is a lid pinger and she returned to form last time with a commanding 30.81 Ipswich win. She has won three of eight here overall and she has the luxury of slow beginners being drawn on either side. With a clean getaway tonight she should have no trouble leading and I would expect her to build up a nice lead mid race.

Double Storm has plenty of gears and if he is given a clear run he will prove very hard to hold out, my concern with him is that he can be slow to begin at times and he does need some room to muster speed.

Dashing Man is a former talented chaser and he is slowly returning to form, he will settle well back early but he can run home into the placings.

Texas Tee is dropping back in distance after a strong 35.49 win here over 600m and he should be running home into the placings tonight.

Top Four: 3 – 5 – 4 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Just Like Tina with William Hill

Trifecta: 3/2,4,5/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 3,5/3,5/Field ($12 for 100%)

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

Race No. 4Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club7:44 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,250 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1FARMOR EYE AM422130.38Steven Scott
2GET INVOLVED331630.39Pamela Field
3FAST BEAN441530.06John Edwards
4KULU KAMBALDA847430.40John Clarson
5HOUINDEED115230.52Peter Ruetschi
6DEREK ZOOLANDER443130.22Dwyer Lennon
7WHIRLY WAY242130.12Reg Hazelgrove
8COSMIC BOSS458629.91Ron Ball
9EARNING3857NBTMichael Boody
10ABBY’S MAGIC744X30.74William Elson

Fast Bean is very hit or miss early but when he steps he is capable of great things. Two starts back he pinged the lids and reeled off eye popping sectionals when posting an impressive 30.06 win here. He will need to ping to win but he should be good value and he appears to be a nice bet.

Whirly Way resumed from a spell with a commanding 25.57 Ipswich win last week, the time wasn’t impressive but she managed to overcome a slow start and she hit the line solidly. She has a smart 30.12 PB here and if she finds the early lead to tonight she will give them something to catch.

Cosmic Boss could be the value, he has a brilliant 29.91 PB here and he is in good hands and he should be ready to fire second up from a spell.

Farmor Eye Am has the draw to settle in the top two early and she led all the way here last time in 30.38, she can probably improve a length or so overall and that will see her grab some minor money.

Top Four: 3 – 7 – 8 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Fast Bean with William Hill

Boxed Quinella: 1,3,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

Exacta: 3,7,8/1,3,7,8 ($9 for 100%)

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

Race No. 5Tattsbet.com8:09 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,250 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1UP THE ATTITUDE121429.96Vicki Wisener
2BIG DAC213130.22Colin Hamilton
3FLICK PASS334329.96Ron Ball
4GEMMA DUAL354830.25John Reimer
5HAWKO’S MISTAKE2X5429.94John Edwards
6WONG SIZE SUZIE115630.38Cynthia Suttle
7KING ELLIOT223730.21Reg Hazelgrove
8I’M A BELIEVER624530.48Lee Wylie
9ZAFONIC BOOM657630.16Marilyn Johnson
10CLASSY BLONDE487430.17Jamie Ogden

Up The Attitude is blessed with explosive early speed and he really caught the eye four runs back when posting a 29.96 victory here. That win came from this draw and with fair beginners drawn on his outside tonight he should get every chance to drive through and lead at the first turn. If he does hold them out, I would expect him to zip away mid race and he should prove too good for his rivals.

Flick Pass is dropping in class and he is back to a more suitable journey tonight. He should be able to lob onto the rail just behind the speed and he will be very strong in the run to the line.

Big Dac is another who is drawn to get all the breaks and he loves racing here, he has scored some strong 395m wins here of late and he is capable of running this journey right out.

Wong Size Suzie returned to form recently with three consecutive wins and if she has some luck from the awkward draw she should feature in the finish, the box draw is a big concern though and she will need everything to go right early.

Top Four: 1 – 3 – 2 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Up The Attitude with William Hill

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

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

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

Race No. 6Sky Racing8:28 PM
4/5 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,250 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1KIDATEE CROC625329.94Darren Russell
2KULU CHA CHING131130.25Kim Gooding
3CUTE TO BOOT251330.25Colin Graham
4BAGO KYSAM461529.96Peter Ruetschi
5HOPE’S FANTASY414730.08William Elson
6KNAVE632130.03Marilyn Johnson
7BRADLEY BENZ611229.99Geoffrey Uhrhane
8GRAND ROMAN563429.91John Conlon
9FEMME JOLIE653230.20Jan Warner
10CLASSY BLONDE487430.17Jamie Ogden

Kidatee Croc has come up with the good draw and he appears to have the class edge, from the red he should be able to settle just behind the two in the early stages and I would expect him to then take over mid race and then power on to victory. His recent form isn’t great so you might be able to snag $3 or a little better.

Knave is armed with a big finish and he roared to the line in his 30.55 win here last time, the time wasn’t flashy but he found bother in running and he is capable of going much faster with a clear run.

Kulu Cha Ching should lead for a long way and she is getting stronger with every run, I still dont think she is strong enough to hold on but she is a must for the exotics.

Grand Roman is much better than his form reads and he might get more time to balance up in the early stages from the pink draw, he is all class on his night and he could be the value bet if he goes around at silly odds.

Top Four: 1 – 6 – 8 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Kidatee Croc with William Hill

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

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

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

Race No. 7Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club8:52 PM
3/4 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,250 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1COIN OF PHRASE337529.80Colin Byers
2BIRKDALE BEAUTY125130.20Lee Wylie
3RENATUS343730.05Ron Ball
4ABBY’S FANTASY218630.10William Elson
5SHERIDON715230.09Robin Palmer
6SPANISH QUEEN741830.08Frank Hancock
7SENOR’S MISTRESS351230.12John Conlon
8TITAN ASH331130.06Raymond Burman

Spanish Queen is a fantastic beginner and she has been racing extremely well here in recent weeks. With an even getaway tonight she should be able to burn across and assume control as they head for the back straight. She has continued to get stronger with every run and I think if she finds the lure tonight she is capable of getting down to the 30 flat mark or even a tad quicker.

Renatus is better than his recent form reads and with a clear passage early he should be able to regain some confidence, this is a step back in class from his most recent racing and he just needs an ounce of luck to feature.

Sheridon has been racing in career best form and he will be charging home at the end, he will need to get out into some open space mid race but if he can do that without too much trouble he could be the value in the race.

Abby’s Fantasy is armed with early speed and if she holds out Spanish Queen she could run a cheeky race, her last 50m is terrible but if she gets away mid race she might just steal the event.

Top Four: 6 – 3 – 5 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on Spanish Queen and Renatus with William Hill

Boxed Quinella: 3,4,5,6 ($6 for 100%)

Exacta: 3,5,6/3,4,5,6 ($9 for 100%)

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

Race No. 8Tattsbet.com9:15 PM
BT8 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $9,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,650 2nd: $1,900 3rd: $950.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1IVA VISION156529.62Peter Young
2FUSAICHI KAHN314429.88Glenda Dart
3YOGI BLUE234629.89Peter O’reilly
4TEE BRADY285730.06Tom Tzouvelis
5BILL’S FANTASY422129.93William Elson
6FARMER’S GOLD331229.98Darren Russell
7WINGED ELITE345530.02John Hutchinson
8DREAM RIVER263229.86Troy Okamura

Iva Vision is an enormous talent and he is drawn to lead all the way first up from a spell. He is the reigning Shootout champion and he returns to a track where he has won nine of 14 and holds a ridiculous 29.62 PB. He is going to be short but he should make every post a winner.

Fusaichi Kahn is drawn to get a nice sit behind the red for most of the journey and he looks a great quinella prospect, he is another with a great record here and he should make the favourite work hard for victory.

Farmer’s Gold is racing extremely well and he will be charging home at the end, like always he will need some luck in running but if he gets it he should take home some minor money.

Dream River rounds out the chances, he is armed with good early speed and he is never far away in this company.

Top Four: 1 – 2 – 6 – 8

Suggested Bets:

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

Quinella: 1 to rove with 2,6,8 ($3 for 100%)

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

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

Race No. 9Sky Racing9:34 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,250 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MR. ELEGANT162330.34Jeffrey Garrick
2SPRING BONANZA582430.91Tom Tzouvelis
3GRIN AND WIN222530.30Tony Zammit
4DON’T GO QUIETLY225330.05Pamela Field
5OKAY YETTA746529.92Reg Hazelgrove
6HARA’S DERECK548630.27Kerry Myers
7THUNDER EYES312330.35Steven Scott
8ELUSIVE STRIKE852330.16Colin Graham
9GYPSY WAVE645730.82Ron Ball
10ABBY’S MAGIC744X30.74William Elson

Don’t Go Quietly has been placed in 15 of 19 here with three of those efforts being wins. He is dropping considerably in class tonight and with slow beginners drawn around him he should be able to drive through and settle in the top two early. He is very strong in the run to the line and if he does gain a clear passage this does appear to be his race.

Spring Bonanza is a fast beginner and she is much better than her recent form reads, she should get a fairly cheap lead tonight and if they shuffle up behind she may just steal the prize.

Grin And Win has been placed in three of his past four starts and he can run some serious times when given clear running, he is likely to be over the odds and he could be the value bet.

Elusive Strike has the good draw and he will be charging home at the end, I dont think he can win but he can sneak home into some minor money.

Top Four: 4 – 2 – 3 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Don’t Go Quietly with William Hill

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

Exacta: 2,3,4/2,3,4,8 ($9 for 100%)

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

Race No. 10Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club9:54 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,250 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1RENOUF’S MAGIC246130.15Elaine Klaassen
2BENT ABILITY534230.21Grant Fennelly
3RIZZINI753430.23Christina Harman
4BLUE DEN637630.19John Reimer
5SPECIAL GIRL2522NBTTom Tzouvelis
6TINY TURBO223130.30Neil Catchpole
7OH THAT’S NICE667330.42Dennis Hawkins
8JANDINELLE426230.40Keiron Butler
9ZAFONIC BOOM657630.16Marilyn Johnson
10GYPSY WAVE645730.82Ron Ball

Renouf’s Magic finally gained some luck in running and he capitalised on it with a brilliant 30.15 win here last week. I would prefer him from a wider draw but from the red he should be able to push through and hold them out early. If he finds the lure early he will be running very fast sectionals and I can’t see them getting anywhere near him.

Bent Ability has raced well here in recent weeks and he is drawn to get the gun run behind the red. He is getting stronger with every run and if he can reproduce his 30.21 PB run here he might give the favourite a scare.

Tiny Turbo led all the way here last week in 30.33 and if he pings away again he can feature, however I am a little concerned about the draw tonight and he may need too many things to go his way.

Oh That’s Nice must be included in your exotics, she is well placed out wide and she is very strong in the run to the line.

Top Four: 1 – 2 – 6 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Renouf’s Magic with William Hill

Quinella: 1 to rove with 2,6,7 ($3 for 100%)

Exacta: 1/2,6,7 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1/2,6,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

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

Angle Park greyhound tips & betting preview February 26 2015

THE main night of racing in South Australia will see 11 races run and won at Angle Park tonight and we hope to find everyone plenty of winners.

Best Bet:
Race 8: Blue Viper

Best Roughie:
Race 2: Getty Bale

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

Race No. 1Plympton Players Race Mixed Stak…7:10 PM
4/5 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $3,355 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,350 2nd: $670 3rd: $335.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SOUND EFFORT183430.05Steven Brook
2ALLEN RENEGADE545230.30Tony Rasmussen
3FREESIA BALE235129.98Wendy Matcott
4RED LINE LAD231430.04Lisa Rasmussen
5MR. LEONARDO844130.05Robin Harnas
6BLACK BOTTLE122629.84Kathleen Johnstone
7WOWZA LEE623430.00Petar Jovanovic
8ELAY GALAXY122330.05Lauren Harris
9ALLEN GUNDAM585530.76Wendy Matcott
10ULTIMATE FOSSILS552730.31Shayne Fielder

Tough race but I think Black Bottle has the speed to find the early lead and if he can get across he should prove too classy for this lot. There is a fair bit of speed drawn around him but he normally has great box manners so he should put himself into contention.

Freesia Bale hit the line powerfully in her brilliant 29.98 win here last time and she should prove hard to hold out again. She doesn’t have a great winning record but she has been racing with a lot more consistently of late and she should get a nice sit just behind the speed.

Wowza Lee should follow Black Bottle across in the early stages and if he can settle in the top three early he will be right in the finish. He isn’t overly strong but he has turned in some great efforts here of late.

Sound Effort could be the value, he hasn’t had much luck since her 30.05 win here four runs back and he is drawn to figure prominently throughout.

Top Four: 6 – 3 – 7 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Black Bottle with William Hill

Boxed Quinella: 1,3,6,7 ($6 for 100%)

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

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

Race No. 2G&a Olympics Juvenile Stake Cta …7:30 PM
JUV event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $2,350 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,645 2nd: $470 3rd: $235.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MAGIC SUPREME7130.24Oswald Chegia
2GETTY BALE228230.12Wendy Matcott
3WARRIOR OF OZ614430.24Dean Decrea
4LEKTRA RANCHER472330.22Wendy Matcott
5OZ DAZZLER431830.21Dean Decrea
6WHEEL SPINNER111129.91Brendan Gottschutzke
7DYNA RUKIA535130.60Wendy Matcott
8LUCY FERGO653230.56Michael Giniotis

Getty Bale was far from disgraced when placed here last week and I think she can go one better, she is blessed with solid early speed and if she can hold a top three spot in the early stages she may just run over the top in the closing stages. The six is going to be extremely short but I think he will get posted wide for most of the journey so Getty Bale might just steal the race.

Warrior Of Oz has the speed to lead the event and he could sneak away mid race. Three starts back he scored a handy 30.38 victory here and if he does lead tonight I think he is capable of going a bit quicker on the clock.

Lektra Rancher is another with brilliant early speed and he should give a nice sight at odds, his last 40m isn’t great but if he is on the lure he will run the trip out much better.

Wheel Spinner is absolutely flying at present and he will be short odds, however I think he is a big risk tonight, I believe he will get posted wide and he will have trouble getting into contention.

Top Four: 2 – 3 – 4 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Getty Bale with William Hill

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

Exacta: 2,3,4/2,3,4,6 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2,3,4/2,3,4,6/1,2,3,4,5,6 ($36 for 100%)

Race No. 3Ginpeg Drainage Stake Cta Divisi…7:55 PM
6 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $2,350 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,645 2nd: $470 3rd: $235.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BOONOONA BOY232629.97Troy Murray
2LEKTRA DAVE241730.45Wendy Matcott
3COORONG KID213129.73Cameron Butcher
4NOWAK322229.92Richard Stasiak
5BIANCA BALE342430.14Wendy Matcott
6KELLER BALE765530.37Tony Rasmussen
7LONG GULLY MARK664229.97Paula Hearnden
8COOL MINI166730.29Matthew Payne
9GUARDIAN BALE558730.61Wendy Matcott
10UNCLE JUNIOR867630.79Ronald Schadow

Coorong Kid is absolutely flying at present and he powered to the line when scoring here last week in a sizzling 29.73. He isn’t a brilliant beginner so that is a small concern but he does muster speed at a rate of knots and if he gets a little room in the first 40m he will take a power of beating. He is likely to be short odds but it’s hard to see him getting beat based on his present form.

Boonoona Boy has been a little disappointing in recent times but he has the good draw and with a clean getaway he should be able to push through into a prominent position at the first turn. He is second up from a spell and he should be able to show a lot more zip tonight.

Long Gully Mark has been in career best form in recent months and he should be suited to the wide draw, last week he turned in a strong effort when placed over this journey and with some luck in running he won’t be far away again.

Top Four: 3 – 1 – 7 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 3/1,4,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

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

Exacta: 1,3,7/1,3,4,7 ($9 for 100%)

Race No. 4S.m.t Drainage Free For All Cta …8:13 PM
FFA event over 731 metres at Angle park Of $4,200 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,835 2nd: $910 3rd: $455.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DU PLESSIS242243.83Lauren Harris
2MCLAREN PRINCE527743.39Tania Foster
4HUSKY DREAMER564743.19Sharyn Gray
6ZARA MCLAREN333643.12Helen Foster
8SUNDAY SESS7526NBTDean Decrea

Zara Mclaren is a class act and she should be suited by the smaller field. She has been extremely unlucky in her past four starts and with a clear passage in the first 50m she should return to the winners list. She has won 11 of 57 here overall with a further 29 placings and this is by far the easiest race she has contested for quite a while.

Du Plessis looks a lock for the quinella spot, he has recorded four placings from his past five over this journey and from the red he should be able to push through and hold them out early. I dont think he can hold the favourite out but he should have the rest covered.

Mclaren Prince rounds out the trifecta, he turned in a massive effort here three runs back but since then he has been extremely poor.

Sunday Sess is an interesting runner, he comes here with solid Victorian form but his distance credentials aren’t great.

Top Four: 6 – 1 – 2 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Quinella: 1,6

Exacta: 6/1

Trifecta: 6/1/2

Race No. 5Gk Big Deals Stake Cta Division18:38 PM
5 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $3,065 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,150 2nd: $610 3rd: $305.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BIG ZAP475329.65Troy Murray
2SPORTING TEARS232429.85Steve Meimetis
3DYNA ERWIN462529.84Wendy Matcott
4MATTY KEEPING352330.41Petar Jovanovic
5ASUKA BALE155630.25Tony Rasmussen
6VICTA SCOTT536229.89Ronald Schadow
7FUNKY CHICKEN411530.06Oswald Chegia
8BREAKER KAHN454630.07Kathleen Johnstone
9ULTIMATE FOSSILS552730.31Shayne Fielder
10ZAC BALE555630.06Tony Rasmussen

Big Zap’s recent form doesn’t look too appealing but he has shown signs that he is getting close to his best form again. Last time out he was going to settle in a prominent spot early before being dragged down, however he still managed to work home into third spot beaten by less than two lengths. If he can hold a forward spot from the rails draw tonight he should prove far too strong.

Sporting Tears is resuming after six weeks off and if he is at his best he will be right in the mix at nice odds. I can see him finding the rail and early lead with ease and he tends to do his best racing when he is on the lure.

Victa Scott could be value, he was narrowly beaten off the red here last week and he is probably better suited to the wider draw tonight.

Funky Chicken will be well supported and he is obviously a chance, however I think he is a bit of a risk because he tends to want to find the rail soon after box rise.

Top Four: 1 – 2 – 6 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Big Zap with William Hill

Boxed Quinella: 1,2,3,6 ($6 for 100%)

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

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

Race No. 6Team Mad Dog Stake Cta Division28:58 PM
5 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $3,065 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,150 2nd: $610 3rd: $305.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DYNA VANITY135330.13Nadine Payne
2INGA BALE812230.09Wendy Matcott
3GRANDE TO EXCEL278330.01George Rehmann
4WOODSIDE JAGGER146230.03Graham Smith
5NECRO BALE412230.05Tony Rasmussen
6MARGARET KEEPING318229.95Petar Jovanovic
7CLINT’S JESSIE238230.31Shayne Fielder
8RITZA TIGER158130.12Oswald Chegia
9ALLEN GUNDAM585530.76Wendy Matcott
10ZAC BALE555630.06Tony Rasmussen

Another very open race with numerous chasers that show early speed. I know she is poorly draw but I have given the edge to the speedy Margaret Keeping. Three starts back she posted a slick 29.95 victory here and I think if she can repeat that type of run she will prove extremely hard to hold out.

Woodside Jagger has been racing in great heart of late and with some luck early he should be right in the mix, the concern with him is that he can miss away but if he doesn’t get crowded he should be able to push through into a threatening position.

Dyna Vanity turned in an eye catching performance when placed here last time and she has come up with the coveted rails draw. My only concern with her is that there is a heap of speed drawn out wide and she might get shuffled back in the run to the first turn.

Inga Bale also isn’t without a chance, she has been showing good early speed in her races of late and she appears to be racing with confidence.

Top Four: 6 – 4 – 1 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Margaret Keeping with William Hill

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

Exacta: 1,4,6/1,2,4,6 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 6/1,2,4/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 7Plympton Football Club Free For …9:22 PM
FFA event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $4,415 Prizemoney.
1st: $3,095 2nd: $880 3rd: $440.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SQUALL BALE133129.87Tony Rasmussen
2STEW’S MISTAKE236229.67Donald Turner
3WOODNEAR111329.99Paul Barry
4GALILEE SPIRIT158629.62Robert Isaacson
5KALDEN BALERION114529.73Troy Murray
6EXCUSEZ MOI712230.02Kathleen Johnstone
7KALDEN LEGENDA431530.26Ben Rawlings
8NEBULA871829.78Lauren Harris

Woodnear has won three of his past four in commanding fashion and he looks well placed in this event. He has a chaser who takes a few strides to get going drawn underneath so he should get plenty of room to muster speed and I can see him finding the early lead. In the past he has proven he is capable of running very slick sectionals when on the lure and at the $3 mark tonight he appears to be nice value.

Galilee Spirit is much better than his recent form reads and he could be over the odds tonight, he needs to lead to show his best but he does have a habit of pinging the lids when at nice odds.

Squall Bale will be charging home at the end and he has reeled in some quality chasers in recent weeks, he is going to need some luck mid race but if he gets it he will be right there at the end.

Top Four: 3 – 4 – 1 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Woodnear with William Hill

Exacta: 3,4/1,3,4,5 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 3/1,4,5/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 3,4,5/1/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 3,4,5/Field/1 ($18 for 100%)

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

Race No. 8Gap Racing To Retirement Mixed S…9:42 PM
SE event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $4,415 Prizemoney.
1st: $3,095 2nd: $880 3rd: $440.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BLUE VIPER314229.94Lauren Harris
2HAILSTORM BILLY722230.14Laurence Cahalan
3MERLOT MONELLI533430.23Lisa Rasmussen
4WIREGRASS617429.96Ben Rawlings
5KALDEN KAPONE114129.67Troy Murray
6BOGAN CENTRAL533329.97Karen Bearpark
7KALINA ALLEN611129.97Matthew Payne
8ALLEN ILLEM544329.81Tony Rasmussen
9KALDEN LEGENDA431530.26Ben Rawlings
10GOOD ODDS PUNK353529.89Walter Harkins

Quality lineup set to do battle and I think Blue Viper can return to the winner’s list. She looks ideally placed in the red box and if she can push through and settle in the top two early she should prove too strong in the run to the line. There is a fair bit of speed out wide but there is very little directly outside her, so she should be afforded all the breaks early.

Hailstorm Billy has been solidly placed in his three SA runs and he should be able to follow the red through at the first turn, he is extremely strong in the run to the line and he could be a great place bet.

Allen Illem is another run on type in the event and he must be included in your exotic bets, he is a winning hope but he may be giving them too big of a head start.

Kalden Kapone will start a short priced favourite and he is a genuine chance, however at the odds on quote I am happy to risk him because he does need to lead to win his races.

Top Four: 1 – 2 – 8 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Blue Viper with William Hill

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

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

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

Race No. 9Adelaide Elite Landscaping 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

1ALLEN NEMO514435.37Lisa Rasmussen
2HE’S A VILLIAN421435.02Lisa Rasmussen
4YELLOW FEVER424535.45Kathleen Johnstone
5VOLTA ALLEN252135.35Wendy Matcott
7RED CAN117635.76Robin Harnas
8CUDDLETIME TEARS174535.76Steve Meimetis

Red Can has scored some blistering wins here over 515m of late and he appears to be suited to this journey. His box manners are always a concern but with the small field he should be afforded a clear run early and that should allow him to push into a winning position early. He has been beaten in his two previous tries over this trip but he is a much better chaser this time around and this looks his race.

He’s A Villian loves racing over this track and trip and he will take some holding out, like Red Can, he can be a little hit or miss early and he will need a few things to go his way as they come across in the run to the first turn.

Yellow Fever is a run on type and he could be value for your exotic bets, Volta Allen rounds out the winning chances, she has the ability to fire to the early lead and she always gives a sight at odds.

Top Four: 7 – 2 – 4 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Red Can with William Hill

Quinella: 7 to rove with 2,4,5 ($3 for 100%)

Exacta: 2,7/2,4,5,7 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 7/2,4,5/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 10Reardon Construction Stake Cta D…10:28 PM
6 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $2,350 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,645 2nd: $470 3rd: $235.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DAKOTA RUBY466129.94Colin Simes
2DYNA WENDY416730.70Wendy Matcott
3LINDY SUE767629.82Cameron Butcher
4KINGDA KAHN312330.10Kathleen Johnstone
5PHYSICAL ROAD184230.29Matthew Payne
6TIMELESS DIAMOND166430.70Michael Giniotis
7LANNY BALE543330.42Tony Rasmussen
8PARSEC BALE434530.07Wendy Matcott
9UNCLE JUNIOR867630.79Ronald Schadow
10GUARDIAN BALE558730.61Wendy Matcott

Parsec Bale has been racing with very little luck of late and from the pink draw she should have a few more things go her way tonight. She generally shows solid early speed but her asset is her strength, if she can avoid bother at the first bend she should be able to settle mid pack and she will run over the top of them in the home straight.

Kingda Kahn has the talent to lead throughout but I’m a little concerned because he has a keen railer drawn directly on his outside. If he steps cleanly and avoids crowding he is likely to salute.

Dakota Ruby returned to racing in brilliant fashion with a blistering 29.94 win here last week and a repeat of that run will see her feature, however that is the first time she has pinged the lids and I’m not convinced she can do it two weeks in a row.

Top Four: 8 – 4 – 5 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Parsec Bale and Kingda Kahn with William Hill

Boxed Quinella: 1,4,5,8 ($6 for 100%)

Exacta: 4,5,8/1,4,5,8 ($9 for 100%)

Race No. 11Deliver With Actions Stake Cta D…10:51 PM
6 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $2,350 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,645 2nd: $470 3rd: $235.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MASTER BEKIM322530.11Charles Irwin
2KOKO CABANA321130.12Lisa Rasmussen
3WAYNE’S ERROR433530.54Donald Turner
4TEENIE BALE254830.22Wendy Matcott
5SPRING SUSIE568330.40Wendy Matcott
6PARK GLORY424430.37Vadim Roz
7MONTGOMERY ROAD352230.23Matthew Payne
8MAGIC TRAIN324130.73John Gale
9GUARDIAN BALE558730.61Wendy Matcott
10UNCLE JUNIOR867630.79Ronald Schadow

Very open affair but I think Wayne’s Error can get the job done at nice odds. Two starts back he didn’t have much luck over this trip and with slow beginners drawn underneath tonight he should settle a lot closer to the speed and he should be able to show a bit more strength in the run home.

Teenie Bale has turned in a couple of shockers recently but I’m willing to give her one more chance, four starts back she showed smart early speed when narrowly beaten here in good time.

Koko Cabana took forever to win a race and she has now gone back to back, I think she will get too far back early tonight but she is a must for your exotics.

Master Bekim looks to be the only other winning prospect, he is better suited to a wider draw but from the red he might be able to settle a tad closer than normal in the early stages.

Top Four: 3 – 4 – 2 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Wayne’s Error with William Hill

Boxed Quinella: 1,2,3,4 ($6 for 100%)

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

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

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

Sandown greyhound tips & betting preview February 26 2015

WHILE most of the state’s best chasers will be engaged at The Meadows this weekend for the heats of the Group 1 Australian Cup, there is still 12 quality races on show at Sandown Park tonight.

Best Bet:
Race 12: Boxhead

Best Value:
Texan Star

Quaddie:
Leg 1: 2,3,4,6 – Leg 2: 2,3,6 – Leg 3: 5 – Leg 4: 2,6
$24 for 100%

Race No. 1Tab Early Quaddie7:01 PM (VIC time)
Grade 7 event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1VIRGINIA ROSE [7]22152NBTS Chignell (Rosedale)
2ZELEMAR STORM [7]4126329.83(6)R Britton (Lara)
3HULA [7]F6183NBTJ Borg (Maryborough)
4GAZER BALE (NSW)[7]32462NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
5LARA’S GEM [7]3225229.72(2)N Gost (Little River)
6ZORK BALE (NSW)[7]47342NBTT Womann (Lara)
7BROWN BOMBER (NSW)[7]18FSHM Carter (Kialla)
8ETCHED IN BLACK (TAS)[7]2212629.79(8)A Langton (Anakie)
9BIG FANCY (NSW)[7]Res.23424FSHM Schmidt (Devon Meadows)
10NINETY FIVE [7]Res.4313630.03(6)H Collins (Lara)

Open affair to kick off the night but I think if the exciting Brown Bomber can get away cleanly he should make a big impact. Prior to his last start defeat at The Meadows, he had trialled at Bathurst in a sizzling 25.78 and he followed that effort up with an explosive 25.45 Shepparton debut win. The wide draw is a little concern but he should have sufficient speed to cross and lead all the way.

Etched In Black should follow the favourite across in the run to the first turn and he was a recent 29.79 winner here from this draw, he will need to go faster to win tonight but he is an improving type and that isn’t beyond him.

Hula showed speed here last week before being knocked over and I would expect a better effort tonight, there isn’t a lot of speed around her so she should be afforded a clear run in the early stages.

Virginia Rose rounds out the chances, she has the good draw and she has been racing in consistent style of late.

Top Four: 7 – 8 – 3 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Brown Bomber with William Hill

Exacta: 3,7,8/1,3,7,8 ($9 for 100%)

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

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

Race No. 2We Love The Dogs7:24 PM (VIC time)
Grade 6 event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1COOL BOSS [6]7245130.02(8)S Corrigan (Clyde)
2COSMIC YAP [6]13771FSHJ Chignell (Rosedale)
3TOBIAS KELTON [6]41523NBTS Toner (Pakenham)
4ANGEL OF MUSIC [6]3142229.90(8)A Langton (Anakie)
5OLD MAN EMU [6]1682129.70(4)M Fearnley (Yinnar)
6MAY IT BE [6]26217NBTA Langton (Anakie)
7SOUL MAKER [6]12324NBTA Britton (Lara)
8SIR CHARLETON [6]F312229.78(8)D Geall (Lara)
9LEKTRA CRASH [6]Res.35527FSHA Dailly (Anakie)
10COWRIE (SA)[6]Res.26312FSHT Chatwin (Johnsonville)

Tobias Kelton was extremely unlucky here last start and with an ounce of luck early I would expect him to threaten big time. Four starts back he powered to the line in his sizzling 25.96 Warragul win and a repeat of that type of effort would see him win with ease. There is a little bit of a concern with the speed drawn around him but that should allow him to get a nice sit just behind them in the early stages.

Angel Of Music is a brilliant beginner and she should give a great sight on the lure, the last 40m is always a worry but if they shuffle up behind her she may be off and gone with the prize.

Sir Charleton is suitably drawn out wide and his most recent victory came here from this draw, there is a fair bit of speed underneath tonight so he will need some luck to get across but he has a big engine and he might be over the odds.

Soul Maker must also be kept safe, she has been racing well at Geelong of late and she has the speed to cross them in the early stages.

Top Four: 3 – 4 – 8 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Tobias Kelton with William Hill

Boxed Quinella: 3,4,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

Exacta: 3,4/3,4,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 3/4,7,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 3Judy Hayley Memorial Final7:43 PM (VIC time)
S/E Final event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1UP AND ADAM [5]2325129.70(4)J Hunt (Lara)
2KALLARA GEM [5]3613129.88(2)S Colpoys (Warneet)
3COUNTRY BALLAD (TAS)[6]4123129.80(3)A Langton (Anakie)
4SPEEDY CARERRO (NSW)[5]1813129.67(5)M Bell (Pearcedale)
5IMPACT BALE (NSW)[5]5144229.82(2)J Hunt (Lara)
6BE TWO BOMBER (NSW)[5]66422NBTS Fisher (Lara)
7SPLASH MOUNTAIN [5]4532129.64(8)J Hunt (Lara)
8AKINA AKEIRA [5]45472NBTJ Rowley (Denison)
9MECHA BALE (NSW)[7]Res.34172NBTT Womann (Lara)
10ZORK BALE (NSW)[7]Res.47342NBTT Womann (Lara)

Up And Adam looks ideally drawn in the red and he should get a nice sit in the early stages, he is extremely strong in the run home and he appears to be getting better at navigating his way through a field. This isn’t an overly strong race and if you can get around $2.80 or better that appears to be a good bet.

Splash Mountain is a hit or miss beginner but when he steps he is capable of running very impressive sectionals. Last time out he stepped well from a wide draw and he looked very strong in the run home in his impressive 29.64.

Impact Bale doesn’t win very often here but he will be suited by the drop in class, he was far from disgraced when placed in his heat and he just needs a clear run in the first 50m to make an impact.

Country Ballad has speed to burn and he could be value, he is improving with every start and he should continue to gain strength with every run.

Top Four: 1 – 7 – 5 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Up And Adam with William Hill

Boxed Quinella: 1,3,5,7 ($6 for 100%)

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

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

Race No. 4Sky Racing8:07 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 595 metres at Sandown park Of $8,225 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,750 2nd: $1,645 3rd: $830.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1GANGNAM STYLE [5]26312NBTC Capuano (Anakie)
2SELECT JESS [5]27257NBTK Bailey (Maffra)
3RAZLDAZL PACINO (GA)[5]11215NBTK Greenough (Pearcedale)
4RUFF EDGES [5]56252NBTD Ferguson (Longwarry)
5HUMMING BIRDHILL (NSW)[5]46217NBTR Britton (Lara)
6SILK CLUB [5]35416FSTDG Hall (Yarragon)
7WHY NOT WAYNE [5]5325134.23(6)W Gray (Wendouree)
8TEXAN STAR (WA)[5]51441FSHC Johnson (Bangholme)
9DE SHI VON [5]Res.7788534.44(6)C Johannsen (Devon Meadows)

Texan Star had always showed some ability but last time out at Cranbourne he went to another level. After beginning slowly he went into overdrive off the back straight before posting a dazzling 30.22 Cranbourne win. From the wide draw he should get a clear run early and if he can balance up in the early stages he will prove very hard to hold out.

Razldazl Pacino had no luck in his Australian debut but he is in good hands and he comes here with very strong Irish form, he was knocked over soon after box rise last time and I would expect an improved performance.

Gangnam Style has shown tremendous improvement in his past two runs and he is drawn to lead for a long way. He has been placed in three of four here and he deserves to breakthrough over this trip.

Humming Birdhill is probably the only winning hope, she has been missing the kick of late but if she can mend her box manners she should put herself right into contention.

Top Four: 8 – 1 – 3 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Texan Star with William Hill

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

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

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

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

Race No. 5Www.tab.com.au Final (gobis)8:28 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Final event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $19,650 Prizemoney.
1st: $12,000 2nd: $3,500 3rd: $1,750 GOBIS: $2,400.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BRUCE TYCOON [5]2111229.58(1)R Britton (Lara)
2TEXAS TITAN (SA)[4]1243129.57(7)J Britton (Anakie)
3MONEY COME BACK [5]6113229.47(2)G Selkrig (Devon Meadows)
4WEBLEC ROSE (SA)[4]8271129.24(1)J Britton (Anakie)
5SISCO FIASCO [4]5216129.47(4)M Cimarosti (Lara)
6SODA MAN [4]3214129.51(1)T Auld (Tatura)
7ACES HIGH [5]4333229.49(4)J Fowler (Curlewis)
8BENZO BALE (NSW)[5]2626229.50(7)J Hunt (Lara)
9HILDA’S BEST (NSW)[5]Res.5346329.92(1)R Britton (Lara)
10DYNA CHASER (NSW)[5]Res.2312329.65(8)S Collins (Lara)

Weblec Rose appears to have finally put it altogether and she looks the goods again tonight. She is beginning a lot better now and she has scored two devastating wins here in recent weeks. Last week she went off the back straight in a scorching 18.72 before stopping the timer in an impressive 29.31 overall, there isn’t a whole lot of speed drawn around her tonight so she should get every chance to repeat her impressive performance from last week.

Texas Titan is a class act and although I would prefer him from a wider draw, he still must be considered. Last week he overcame some early and mid race difficulties to score in 29.67 and with an ounce of luck tonight he should be right in the mix again. His PB of 29.57 isn’t overly impressive but with a clear run its obvious he is capable of going much faster.

Soda Man is the real deal and he powered to the line in his impressive 29.51 heat win, he is going to need some luck early but I actually think he is better drawn out wide.

Money Come Back loves racing here and he could be the value, he meets a handy lineup but he has been racing well against similar company in recent months.

Top Four: 4 – 3 – 2 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Quinella: 4 to rove with 2,3,6 ($3 for 100%)

Exacta: 2,3,4/2,3,4,6 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 4/2,3,6/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 6Tab Rewards8:52 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 715 metres at Sandown park Of $8,225 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,750 2nd: $1,645 3rd: $830.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1HALF WAY THERE (QLD)[5]45225FSTDK Height (Toora)
2LITES AND SIRENS [5]6541342.04(1)R Divirgilio (Devon Meadows)
3DZEKO (QLD)[5]42613NBTA Jackson (Pearcedale)
4CAMBRIDGE PRINCE [5]8544742.71(6)A Langton (Anakie)
5MISS MONTEYA [5]2F175NBTD Geall (Lara)
6TEARS SIAM (NSW)[5]4515741.91(8)R Britton (Lara)
7SERASH BALE (NSW)[5]36524NBTJ Hunt (Lara)
8SLIPAWAY MAVIS [5]52247NBTA King (Sulky)

Tears Siam is a litter sister to the excitement machine Space Star and on pure ability she isn’t far off her famous brother, however she can be very unreliable in her races and she doesn’t like to be crowded. She should be suited to the wide draw tonight and if she can step on terms she should be able to drive through into a prominent position early and she will then prove too strong for her rivals.

Dzeko had very little luck in her Victorian debut and she should be able to make amends on that effort. She has scored some devastating 600m wins in her home state and if she reproduces that type of form she will be able to post some serious overall times.

Lites And Sirens is a strong type and she will be powering to the line, two starts back she caught the eye when scoring at Cranbourne in a scorching 41.34, she may get too far back to score but she is a must for your exotic bets.

Half Way There has the good draw and if he can hold them out early he becomes a great place prospect, he will struggle in the final 50m but he can hang on for a place.

Top Four: 6 – 3 – 2 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Tears Siam with William Hill

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

Trifecta: 2,3,6/1,2,3,6/1,2,3,4,6,7 ($36 for 100%)

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

Race No. 7Rsn – Racing And Sport9:12 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

1HALA BELLE [5]57484NBTP Akathiotis (Reservoir)
2UNTRACEABLE [4]4132334.41(1)M Auld (Tatura)
3MAXIMUS GLIDER [5]16313NBTD Crawford (Pearcedale)
4SMART MAXWELL [5]3482234.17(2)D Coleman (Lara)
5QUASI BALE (NSW)[5]1484133.89(4)M Delbridge (Balliang)
6EXPLOSIVE ANGEL [4]4512134.47(2)M Brown (Loch)
7OAKVALE FLYER (SA)[5]57823NBTJ Britton (Anakie)
8WIND WHISTLER [4]2216334.01(8)A Langton (Anakie)
9DE SHI VON [5]Res.7788534.44(6)C Johannsen (Devon Meadows)

Quasi Bale is a beast and if he steps cleanly he should blow his rivals away. Last time out he returned to form with a strong 31.02 Ballarat win and he has won here previously in a scorching 33.89. He has a keen railer drawn underneath tonight so he should get a nice cart across in the run to the first turn.

Wind Whistler is suitably drawn out wide and he recently won here from this draw in a blistering 34.01. He can be hit or miss early so that is a big concern but he does love racing here and he only needs an ounce of luck to feature.

Maximus Glider was a strong 29.39 winner here over 515m recently and he should be suited to this journey, he has only had the one try over this trip previously but based on his racing pattern he should have no trouble with the extra distance.

Untraceable is a big talent but he has been very costly of late, if he goes around at nice odds he may be worth a bet but if he is short I would be steering away.

Top Four: 5 – 8 – 3 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Quasi Bale with William Hill

Boxed Quinella: 2,3,5,8 ($6 for 100%)

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

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

Race No. 8Sky Racing9:35 PM (VIC time)
Free For All event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1JACK SILVER (NSW)[4]6222829.67(3)M Carter (Kialla)
2CRACKERJACK MAX [4]3718629.43(4)A Dailly (Anakie)
3ALLEN ERYK (NSW)[3]54F4429.43(3)A Dailly (Anakie)
4AGILITY [4]5443129.79(2)M Delbridge (Balliang)
5ZEPPELIN BALE (NSW)[4]1437429.54(1)J Hunt (Lara)
6ALEX’S ENTITY [3]1227529.48(5)K Greenough (Pearcedale)
7BLUE GIANT [4]1357829.51(2)P Akathiotis (Reservoir)
8CRAWF’S BREAD [2]1343429.37(5)D Crawford (Pearcedale)

Crackerjack Max is armed with blistering early speed and if he steps on terms he should have the speed to burn them off at the first bend. Three starts ago he showed a dazzling turn of foot in his 25.22 Ballarat win and he hasn’t had a lot of luck since. With slow beginners drawn on either side he should get every chance to score.

Alex’s Entity is a gun sprinter and with a clear passage early he would be a serious contender, my only concern with him is that he can be a little hit or miss early, but like the favourite he has slow beginners on either side so he should be afforded a clear passage.

Blue Giant has a big engine and he will be hitting the line hard, he is much better than his form reads and he could be good value in this event.

Zeppelin Bale is the only other winning hope, he is hit or miss early but if you go back through his form he does have a slick 29.95 Meadows win to his credit.

Top Four: 2 – 6 – 7 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Crackerjack Max with William Hill

Quinella: 2 to rove with 5,6,7 ($3 for 100%)

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

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

Race No. 9The Watchdog9:55 PM (VIC time)
Mixed 4/5 event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $7,600 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,320 2nd: $1,520 3rd: $760.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1WEALTHY SCHOONER [5]6148629.96(3)C Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
2MAXIMUM CHEZ [4]1247629.45(5)A Dailly (Anakie)
3HE ISN’T REALLY [4]6316329.91(3)C Schlensog (Anakie)
4EARL BALE (NSW)[4]1126729.66(5)A Dailly (Anakie)
5BLACK ILLUSION [4]2132829.65(1)A Langton (Anakie)
6HIGHBURY (NSW)[5]3817329.46(1)R Britton (Lara)
7MOOT POINT (NSW)[5]6244229.75(1)M Carter (Kialla)
8DYNA KEITARO (NSW)[4]7341629.32(3)T Womann (Lara)
9BOLT ON [5]Res.1136329.47(4)I Brown (Loch)
10YOUNG HENRY [5]Res.65163NBTN Gost (Little River)

Earl Bale is a reliable beginner and he should lead them a merry dance tonight. This race appears to lack genuine speed so with a clean getaway he should burn them off early and as they shuffle up at the first bend he should be off and gone with the prize. He has a handy 29.66 PB here and I think if he leads tonight he should take a length or so off that time and that will be enough for victory.

Dyna Keitaro is well placed in the wide draw and he recently destroyed a handy lineup here when posting a sizzling 29.32. I dont think he can lead tonight but he should settle in the top two or three and he will be very strong in the run to the line.

Black Illusion should follow Earl Bale across in the early stages and he has raced very well here in the past, his lack of mid race speed is a worry but he should still run a big race.

Maximum Chez is better than her form reads and if she goes around at big odds she could be the value, she has some fast wins to her credit and she just needs to sight the lure to regain some confidence.

Top Four: 4 – 8 – 5 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Earl Bale with William Hill

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

Trifecta: 4,5,8/2,4,5,8/2,3,4,5,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

Race No. 10Tab Rewards10:15 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

1LEKTRA OUTLAW [5]42526NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
2DYNA PING (NSW)[5]21223NBTM Delbridge (Balliang)
3COSMEA [5]6211429.98(8)S Daniliuk (Sunbury)
4THUNDERLIPS (QLD)[5]2273329.82(8)K Height (Toora)
5BOTTOM DOLLAR [5]13155NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
6VINTAGE WARRIOR [5]21164FSHM Briganti (Tuerong)
7BOGNER BALE (NSW)[5]5621329.51(3)J Hunt (Lara)
8MAGIC DREAM [5]43331FSHT Chatwin (Johnsonville)
9BOLT ON [5]Res.1136329.47(4)I Brown (Loch)
10YOUNG HENRY [5]Res.65163NBTN Gost (Little River)

Very open race and I’ve given the edge to the well drawn Lektra Outlaw. His recent form doesn’t look overly impressive but he was a recent finalist in the Group One National Derby and he was far from disgraced in that series. From the red he should be able to hold a forward position early and I would expect him to assume control mid race.

Bottom Dollar is a class act and he should be hitting the line solidly, three starts back he finished powerfully to score at The Meadows in 30.12 and a similar effort tonight will see him threaten for victory.

Vintage Warrior is a classy provincial chaser and he must be respected in his metro debut, he has some very fast wins to his credit and if he happens to find the lead he might be able to break away mid race.

Magic Dream has raced well since coming from NSW and he is drawn to run a big race, his lack of mid race pace is a concern but he will be very strong in the run to the line.

Top Four: 1 – 5 – 6 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Lektra Outlaw with William Hill

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

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

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

Race No. 11Www.sandowngreyhounds.com.au10:37 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

1EYES ADORABLE (NSW)[5]14325NBTA Langton (Anakie)
2ALEXIS KELTON [5]15128NBTS Toner (Pakenham)
3MEPUNGA TREASURE [5]2421329.52(1)J Britton (Anakie)
4USAIN I’M NUTTY [5]1273829.45(6)A Dailly (Anakie)
5JEWEL BALE (NSW)[5]1753229.32(2)J Hunt (Lara)
6SIX GREEN THUMBS [5]8214429.56(1)N Vincent (Lal Lal)
7JENKINS BALE (NSW)[5]3113129.83(2)J Hunt (Lara)
8ANDIAMO NEO [5]27352NBTR Crisafi (Pakenham)
9UNO WHIRL [5]Res.8433630.07(5)J Maple (Little River)
10PRECIPITATION (SA)[5]Res.4712130.50(7)T Chatwin (Johnsonville)

Usain I’m Nutty has a big engine and he has been placed in five of his six tries here. He will settle back in the field early but there is a fair bit of speed underneath him so that should allow him to lob onto the rail soon after box rise. He will need some luck in running but if the gaps open mid race he will take a power of beating.

Alexis Kelton has a great record here over the 595m journey and she will be very strong in the run to the line, she is drawn to get a nice sit behind the red early and if the blue finds bother mid race she should be there to capitalise.

Eye’s Adorable looks the obvious leader and she should give a great sight, her last 40m is a concern so I dont think she can win but she is a great place prospect.

Jewel Bale is a class act and although she is a money muncher she still needs to be respected. She loves racing over this journey and after four runs from a spell she should be ready to fire.

Top Four: 4 – 2 – 5 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Usain I’m Nutty with William Hill

Boxed Quinella: 1,2,4,5 ($6 for 100%)

Exacta: 2,4,5/1,2,4,5 ($9 for 100%)

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

Race No. 12Lucky Last10:58 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

1DYNA BRAINIAC (NSW)[5]53151NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
2DYNA CHASER (NSW)[5]2312329.65(8)S Collins (Lara)
3MISS MAYFLOWER [5]24285NBTT Womann (Lara)
4PYROMANIA [5]61552NBTL Delbridge (Balliang)
5SCHUMACHER [5]3511130.01(4)J Shaw (Anakie)
6BOXHEAD [5]11214FSHJ Britton (Anakie)
7HOT GOLD (NSW)[5]31127NBTL Delbridge (Balliang)
8TIGER’S HERO [5]42123NBTR Britton (Lara)
9UNO WHIRL [5]Res.8433630.07(5)J Maple (Little River)
10PRECIPITATION (SA)[5]Res.4712130.50(7)T Chatwin (Johnsonville)

Great race to end the night and I think the highly promising Boxhead can get the job done, two starts back he reeled off explosive sectionals in his 25.12 Ballarat win and if he can step cleanly tonight it will be interesting to see what he can do on the clock.

Dyna Brainiac has shown a lot of improvement recently and he capped off a nice stretch of form with a smart 30.02 Meadows in last time. From the red he should hold a prominent spot early and he should be right there at the end.

Dyna Chaser has been placed in eight of nine here and he is drawn to get the run of the race, I dont think he can win but he is a must for the exotics.

Schumacher is the interesting runner, he is racing in rare form at present and if he happens to gain a clear run he should make a big impact.

Top Four: 6 – 1 – 2 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Boxhead with William Hill

Quinella: 6 to rove with 1,2,5 ($3 for 100%)

Exacta: 1,2,6/1,2,5,6 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 6/1,2,5/Field ($18 for 100%)

Pots calling kettles black is risky

CUSTOMARILY, I do not address personalities in these columns, rather I comment on events and policies. However, some of the stuff going around is beyond a joke. Yes, the industry deserves strong criticism for allowing the live baiting to take place but final judgements should wait until all the facts are on display.

First, Racing NSW CEO Peter V’Landys dumped scorn on the greyhound code about live baiting when a more sensible approach, as an industry leader, would have been to stay out until all the form was on the board. But shooting from the hip is his habit – as evidenced in the way he criticised greyhound officials at the Parliamentary Inquiry for their role in the original intercode commission sharing negotiations. At the time V’Landys was in charge of Harold Park trots and not very popular, according to inside information available to me. So much so that ABC TV prepared a one hour documentary, mainly about the way the Glebe hockey people felt they had been treated. They claimed they had a verbal agreement that would have given them a new field following the greyhounds’ move away from Harold Park. V’Landys rubbished them several times, including at a public meeting, and turned the centrefield into an expanded car park.

Subsequently, V’Landys presided over a major improvement to the grandstand and dining area, only to then see patronage dwindle away, leading finally to a shutdown and sale of the property, and a move to Menangle (by then under new management). En route, V’Landys had also built a poker machine palace into the Harold Park complex – but, sadly, nobody came and the project ended up a financial disaster. Commercially, the entire operation failed on his watch.

By then, Racing NSW was looking for a new CEO, including via a display ad in the Financial Review. The day after that appeared V’Landys was appointed to the job. Hmmm.

More upsets were to come. When the NT bookies started appearing on the scene in strength, V’Landys effectively led the push for traditional Australian racing authorities in rejecting their advances. He refused to negotiate with them, tried to get the Feds to ban them and abused them several times as “parasites”. That term was not only insulting but incorrect. In fact, they had offered from day one to pay fees, only to be knocked back by both RNSW and the Racing Minister. Of course, events proved the customers right and V’Landys wrong. His salary is now part-paid by the same bookies.

V’Landys’ later move in the High Court to sustain RNSW’s right to set fees as it wished was a sound one and, frankly, the bookies wasted an awful lot of money trying it on. Anyway, given the galloping code’s long term fall in market share, in breeding numbers and in field sizes, and the fact that RNSW bludges on takings from greyhounds (several millions per year), V’Landys is hardly in a position to criticise others. Recent unresolved drug issues in three states only add to the challenges.

The second example is even more striking.

In his privileged position as a columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald, bookmaker Robbie Waterhouse has not only condemned the live baiting, something we all agree with, but then called for a complete shutdown of greyhound racing. This is pointless. It will not happen and would put many thousands of people out of work. It can only divert attention from the real problems.

This comes from a man who, together with his father Bill, was embroiled in the notorious Fine Cotton ring-in scandal. So much so that he was warned off all racetracks for 14 years and later sentenced to eight months weekend detention for perjury.

Wife, Gai, is no stranger to controversy, being in regular conflict with stewards where she seeks to give priority to her rules rather than those of the umpire. Her failure to advise stewards about the illness and treatment of More Joyous did no good to punters on the following Saturday when the mare was heavily backed but ran like a crotchety old lady. Owner John Singleton took all his horses away from Gai as a result.

She did have an amazing victory after a stablehand was charged with cocaine possession. She mounted a spirited defence on the ground that the guy patronised a nearby hotel and had innocently brushed up against a user while he was there. She won the case, but you have to wonder if that would have been possible in a proper court.

I am not aware that Robbie Waterhouse has any special knowledge of greyhound racing although son Tom has dabbled (and now benefits hugely as the local leader of the William Hill bookmaking group). Either way, both are working on limited evidence while proper investigations are yet to get started.

The whole saga now boils down to only two reasonably certain issues. First, live-baiting offenders are on film and cannot escape whatever penalties are dealt out. At least some of those must be lifetime bans. Second, the supervision of kennels and trial tracks is inadequate so heads must roll (indeed, some already have). Meantime, the best thing any racing identities can do is to shut up, sit back and wait for the results of the exhaustive investigations that are already under way..

However, we are left with a critical challenge. While the disgraceful abuse of animals is a clearcut matter, what disturbs me most is that many of the offenders actually enjoyed what they were doing. That is really sick.

This takes us back to how such people could get a license in the first place. Heaven knows how it might be done but it points to a need to first take psychological or psychiatric readings of potential trainers and their employees. That’s probably more important than police checks.

Trainer does the steward’s job

Thankyou to trainer Shane Fleming for providing some more details about the background of Flash Earner (mentioned here on Feb 15 and 23). He says, “She was out with injury for quite some time, then we moved house, then she came into season. Finally I got her back on the track and went to Nowra for some fitness runs”.

However, Shane is missing some points. (1) The bitch’s “fitness runs” prior to the Wenty runs were awful, which is why she started at double figure odds in her next start at Wenty, and (2) the above comments – and more – should have been drawn out by the stewards, not by me. They are not there to be nice to trainers but to protect and inform the public.

I also need to correct the time run at its last start at Wenty – a very smart 29.94, which kinda proves my point.

Racing Queensland forces girls off the track

IN SEPTEMBER 2013, Racing Queensland launched a new marketing campaign titled ‘We Run As One’ which was aimed at developing sense of positivity and unison between the three racing codes, but it now appears that you can only be a part of this movement if you are not involved in the greyhound racing industry.



This was made clear when the authority body scrapped the greyhound component of the upcoming ‘Girls on Track’ series. Initially planned to run across the three codes, the series was launched to promote the rising roles of females in the racing industry and was set to feature three special races for greyhounds — the Girls on Track Classic, the Winged Runner Trophy and the Female Trainers 5th Grade, with all finals to be run at Albion Park on March 26.

However, due to the recent live baiting scandal, Racing Queensland CEO Darren Condon confirmed to Australian Racing Greyhound that there would now be no Girls on Track series held for greyhound racing participants.



“The greyhound element has been removed from the Girls on Track promotion in-line with the board’s recent decision to cancel the RQ Greyhound Awards,” Condon said.

“This is not a time to be celebrating and it was felt the bonuses on offer would be best directed to RQ’s animal welfare initiatives. Races will proceed as scheduled, however will not carry the Girls on Track brand or the bonuses.”



While no one can dispute that the greyhound industry is experiencing some very dark times at present, the feeling is that Racing Queensland is trying to distance itself from the sport which they run in a time when participants need its guidance and support the most. 



Sarah Johnson, who was locked in as one of the greyhound ambassadors for the Girls on Track promotion alongside Christina Harman, is disappointed to see the sport being shunned for the wrongdoings of just a few participants.



“I can understand their (Racing Queensland’s) reasoning but I don’t agree, I think it is a good time to be showing everyone that there are good people in the sport, because there is,” Johnson said.



“There are people that are really suffering because of all the negative publicity that we have had and I think we need some positive publicity to even it out and to stop everyone feeling like we are not being supported — I think a lot of people feel like they should give up because they don’t feel like they have any support.



“It is the wrong thing to do (to remove greyhounds from the promotion). Really they should be promoting it more and they should be trying to let everyone know that the people who are left are doing the right thing. The dogs shouldn’t have to suffer and the trainers shouldn’t have to suffer — we should be supported more than usual.”



Johnson and Harman have both been removed from the ‘Girls on Track’ promotional image and all mention of them and the sport of greyhound racing is absent on the series’ information page on Racing Queensland’s website.

Johnson is one of the rising stars in the greyhound game. The 26 year old is the partner of Geoff Uhrhane, who won last Saturday’s Group 2 Vince Curry Memorial at Ipswich, and is the niece of legendary Queensland trainer Tony Brett.



Johnson said she was disgusted by the vision shown on the ABC’s Four Corners program last Monday, but feels that the entire Queensland greyhound industry should not have to suffer as a result.



“I was horrified when I saw it,” she said. “I have never seen anything like it and it was terrifying to me. I knew when the story was coming out that it was going to be bad but I didn’t know it was going to be that bad and that graphic.



“I had to go racing the next day and I didn’t want to go. I was terrified about what was going to happen when I got there and everyone seemed very down on everything, no one wanted to be there and there was media there — it made us feel like the rest of us were in the wrong when really we had nothing to do with any of it.



“That’s the point of it all — the people that are still around and still racing, we haven’t done anything wrong and it feels like we have all been put in the same category because everyone thinks the whole industry is doing all of this when it’s not.”



Johnson said many trainers are beginning to fear for the future of the sport, including herself.



“I’ve spoken to a couple of people that have been in the industry a long time who are worried that we won’t come back from this and other people have said that it will take at least 10 years.



“For somebody that is young, to be sticking around in a sport that is going to take that long to recover or possibly not recover at all, it has put the dampener on it. 



“Even Geoff’s big win on Saturday night — it didn’t feel like we could celebrate as well as we should have been able to. It just comes back to everyone having to suffer because of a minority of the sport that are not doing the right thing. The rest of us that are doing the right thing now cannot make the most of our success.”



However, despite the scrutiny of the public and media, Johnson said she believes the sport which she loves can recover if participants and the authorities are willing to work together to repair greyhound racing’s tarnished image.



“I think if we can continue to support each other and stand by the sport then we will come back from this stronger than ever, but it will take persistence and strength because I feel like it will take a long time for that to happen.



“I think there should be more publicity about the people who are doing the right thing and succeeding from all the hard work they put in. It is only the minority who have been caught and the majority of us only want to do the best for our dogs and get the most possible from the work and time and effort we put in.”

Greyhound tips & betting preview February 25 2015

HEADING to Angle Park for today’s tips where we can hopefully find you all a couple of winners to help fill your betting accounts.

Best Roughie:
Race 10: Werburgh

Race No. 5Only At The Dogs Stake Pr2 Divis…1:34 PM
6 event over 388 metres at Angle park Of $820 Prizemoney.
1st: $580 2nd: $160 3rd: $80.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MATAHINA PEARL316622.83Robert Harris
2MICRO544422.80Graham Brown
3ONUS ON ME241322.51Robert Isaacson
4SCORCH MCBAIN436422.52Brenton Prouse
5SARAH THE WEAPON776722.54Patricia Moule
6LA NINA LADY822322.53Gary Pidgeon
7YAMI BALE517523.02Lisa Rasmussen
8LEKTRA SOULX45722.85Wendy Matcott

Onus On Me is armed with smart early speed and he has been racing in much stronger company of late. There isn’t a lot of speed drawn around him so with an even getaway he should be able to roll to the early lead and he will prove far too zippy. He is going to be fairly short odds but this really looks his race.

La Nina Lady has been solidly placed in her past three starts here and with her early speed she shouldn’t be too far away again, she tends to struggle in the last 50m but if she finds the early lead she might zip away mid race.

Matahina Pearl has the good draw and she is better than her form reads, if she can hold a forward spot early she should figure prominently.

Top Four: 3 – 6 – 1 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Onus On Me with William Hill

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

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

Trifecta: 3/1,5,6/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 7Angle Park Vet Clinic Grade 5 Se…2:09 PM
5 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $860 Prizemoney.
1st: $605 2nd: $170 3rd: $85.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1IBAKA584130.76Wendy Matcott
2JUNTA BALE143430.00Lisa Rasmussen
3GOOD ODDS PUNK353529.89Walter Harkins
4ALLEN GIZMO6878NBTWendy Matcott
5BILLY HOOPER365230.48Patricia Moule
6AVATAR KIST7X6830.12Kiah Edwards
7BRONEEE764430.07Wendy Matcott
8REVERT BALE246630.25Wendy Matcott

I think we can find some value in this race, Revert Bale hasn’t had much luck in recent runs but four starts back she turned in a great performance when placed behind the classy Dodger I Am. From the good draw she should get a nice run into the race and if she can settle in the top two or three early she will take a power of beating at nice odds.

Bronee is dropping in class and he should run a solid race, he can be a little hit or miss early but if he can step and put himself in contention, he should be right there at the end.

Good Odds Punk has been racing well without winning of late and he is a must for the exotics again, he doesn’t have much speed drawn on his outside so he should be afforded a clear run to the first turn.

Top Four: 8 – 7 – 3 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Revert Bale with William Hill

Boxed Quinella: 3,5,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

Exacta: 7,8/3,5,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

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

Queensland greyhound owners remain in the dark

WORRIED owners of seized greyhounds are still desperately trying to find out the location and wellbeing of their dogs after Racing Queensland removed more than 100 greyhounds from properties of suspended trainers last Tuesday.



Speculation continues to suggest the actual number of greyhounds seized may be higher than the figure mentioned above, however, Racing Queensland failed to provide an accurate number before time of publishing.

The dogs were seized after their trainers were stood down because of evidence gathered by Animal Liberation Queensland and Animals Australia. They worked in conjunction with the RSPCA and the ABC’s Four Corners program to expose the practice of live baiting allegedly used by some trainers.


Sunshine Coast-based owner Anthony Jeffress spoke with Australian Racing Greyhound last Friday, explaining he had not been notified his greyhounds had to be moved before they were taken from the property ‘Dessa Downs’ run by stood-down persons Debra and Steven Arnold. 



“We received no notice whatsoever, the first I was aware of it the Racing Queensland officials had already been on the property for 20 minutes or half an hour,” he said. 



“Deb, who is the trainer in question and the owner of the property at Dessa Downs, pleaded with them not to take all the greyhounds but when that failed she immediately contacted me as I have an interest in over half the dogs on her property.



“Debra sighted the identification details of all people, I believe there was 13, and every one was carrying Racing Queensland identification. I wanted to confirm that none of them were from the RSPCA and that was certainly my understanding that none of them were.”

Jeffress either owns, part-owns or manages approximately 40 of the 71 greyhounds seized from Dessa Downs. A statement released by RQ last week said owners “can apply to have their dogs returned provided they sign a statutory declaration, together with the proposed trainer, that they have not been involved in animal cruelty practices and will not be involved in such activities in the future”.



However, five days after receiving the original notice Jeffress is still no closer to getting any of his greyhounds back.


“Written notices were written to myself and the entities that I am involved with, some were issued on the 19th and some were issued on the 20th,” he explained.

“They stipulated that we had five days to respond – I don’t know whether that is just five days or working days, or whether it is from the date of the notice.

“It didn’t tell us what our appeal rights were and it directed us to provide information to Racing Queensland before they would release the dogs to specify where the dogs were going and it indicated that they would be doing a suitability assessment on everyone that was named.”



Jeffress said RQ should not be dictating where he could and could not send his greyhounds so long as they were not with a disqualified person.



“My contention is show me where there is any precedence whatsoever that we are obliged to tell Racing Queensland before we make a decision and what rights they have to say where I can and can’t have my dogs? The only stipulation they can place is that the dogs can’t go to a disqualified person.


“I respect what they are trying to do – to ensure that the people that we are sending the dogs to are appropriate, but I don’t understand why they think they have the powers to grant or refuse to release the dogs based on who I want to send them to.”



There are also growing fears for the welfare of the dogs seized with Jeffress still unaware of where they are, who is looking after them and if all of them are safe and cared for.



“Racing Queensland have consistently refused to provide information as to where the dogs are located or with whom they have been placed, we don’t even know if it is someone inside or outside of the greyhound industry.



“What’s the harm in letting the owners and trainers know? At the end of the day if we can be satisfied that the dogs are receiving appropriate care by someone within the industry then some of our fears can be allayed. But, in our case, not only has that information not been offered to us, it has been refused.”



Jeffress sent an email to RQ on Monday demanding to know further information and for his dogs to be returned. 



“They failed to give any response until I gave them until 4.30 today (Monday) to agree to release those dogs or else we would consider taking matters further.



“At exactly 4.30 I received a two-sentence email from Declan Martschinke acknowledging for the first time that he had received my correspondence on Saturday, Sunday and Monday and indicating that they have a lot on their plate at the moment and that they will reply in due course.”

Jeffress responded to the email to express his dissatisfaction. He has since been informed that one of his broodbitches, which was mated the week before being seized, has begun spotting.



“The dog is experiencing spotting which our vet has determined may be due to a uterine infection or she is losing her service,” the email stated.

“Our vet is closely monitoring this development and I will keep you updated on this as information comes to hand.”



He has also been informed one of the pups seized from Debra Arnold’s property has run into a fence and cut its leg. 



Jeffress said the news was exactly what he feared would happen when the greyhounds were originally removed from the property. 



“Our belief that far from acting in the welfare of our animals, we believe that they have acted contrary to their wellbeing and welfare,” Jeffress said.



“I have pointed out continuously that moving pups has the potential to cause a major upheaval, fights are commonplace and clearly being a pack animal that is a no-go zone. 



“They have also displaced old dogs that are purely pets and have been for several years and that is unconscionable. We had major storm activity in the south-east of Queensland over the weekend and there are at least three dogs that I am aware of that tend to fret in storms, but there is no one I can contact to inquire as to the wellbeing of those dogs.



“There are two bitches in particular that fret every time they are moved off Debra’s property and go for five to seven days without eating – I have been given no information as to their wellbeing and I fear that those animals in particular are being caused undue stress.”



For now, Jeffress is being left guessing, like many other owners, as to the wellbeing of his dogs. Not knowing when and if they will be returned is growing increasingly frustrating as Jeffress does not believe they had the right to seize his pups and retired greyhounds the first place.



“Based on the legal opinion I have obtained, there are several concerns. One of the primary concerns is that the piece of legislation that has been used clearly doesn’t appear to be applicable to pups or older, long-retired dogs – yet they have still been caught up in the seizure action. 



“I have asked for pups under the age of 16 months to be returned, for dogs over five years to be returned and four pregnant broodbitches, one or two of whom are under five. I specifically listed those four pregnant broodbitches as ones I wanted returned.



“I can accept for the time being that it may not be acceptable to ask that pre-trainers and race dogs be released. There was a rumour going around that dogs suspected of being trained through live baiting, that they may receive a racing ban, and therefore we were advised not to request any dogs in that category be moved.”



The one question that remains on everyone’s mind is why were the owners not given the opportunity to arrange for their greyhounds to be moved on their own terms?


“I was communicating with the now stood down [stewards boss] Wade Birch while the removal of the greyhounds was taking place,” Jeffress said.



“The first thing I asked was why as owners were we not given the opportunity to move the dogs? We were neither suspected or implied to be caught up in this action, so why are our dogs being penalised and why are we being penalised as owners?



“I feel disappointed and I feel let down, we are not implicated, we are not under inquiry, there is no suggestion of any impropriety on my behalf or any of the other owners I am associated with, yet we are being treated and our dogs are being treated like they are guilty of something.”



Jeffress remains determined to get all of his greyhounds back and to find out that they are all safe and well.



“Under the piece of legislation used, to the best of my knowledge they can only hold the dogs for 14 days, but frankly that is too long to be embargoing them and not returning them to their rightful owners or someone that can care for them.

“We just want to know that our dogs’ welfare is being put first and I refuse to accept that taking all these puppies, broodbitches from their litters and removing nine- and 10-year-old dogs can be in their best interests.”

Australian Racing Greyhound attempted to seek comment from Racing Queensland addressing the issues surrounding the seizure of the greyhounds, however, it failed to provide statements before time of publishing.

Sweeping changes need to be made from the top down

FORMER US president Harry Truman famously had a sign on his desk which read “the buck stops here”. Although far from being the originator of the phrase, Truman displayed the sign to make it clear he was the person ultimately responsible for running the government. Basically, the person at the head of any organisation who should shoulder the ultimate responsibility for any failings within that organisation. Those at the top are usually only too ready to accept the acclaim and the kudos for doing things right, and are happy to be paid pretty well for their endeavours, so it only stands to reason they should also be the first to put their hands up when the system fails, especially when it fails in such a dramatic way as we saw last week.

Yet, as the live-baiting scandal moves from the initial shock and awe stages into the internal inquiry stage there is the very real chance those at the absolute top will manage to keep their jobs, despite the overwhelming evidence of systemic failure to address what is clearly an issue that’d hardly been a secret to those on the front lines of animal welfare. After all, the key words here are “internal inquiry”, basically mates and colleagues going about the task of supposedly uncovering what their mates and colleagues have been doing.

The NSW government essentially did the right thing by disbanding, sacking, or removing – you pick the word you want – the GRNSW board. There was and isn’t, as I understand it, any suggestion any of the members of that board were involved directly in the live baiting of greyhounds. The point the NSW Premier and Racing Minister correctly made, in my opinion, is that, collectively, these were the people charged with overseeing greyhound racing in NSW and, essentially, they failed. That is, the buck should have stopped with them, and so it has.

Unfortunately, in Victoria and Queensland, those at the top of the racing tree remain virtually unscathed. Certainly the chairman of GRV, Peter Caillard, did the honourable thing and resigned from his position. That action showed a measure of integrity, no matter what pressures were being brought to bear behind the scenes.

Yet in Queensland the only senior person to have been removed so far is Wade Birch, the general manager of Stewarding and Integrity Operations, and he’s only been “stood down” at this stage. One has to wonder whether there’s been a bit of a quiet word along the lines of, “look, this will all blow over in a few weeks, and it’ll be business as usual here in the Sunshine State. We’ll throw a few of those that were sprung under the bus, but all our mates will be back in the saddle before you can say Fine Cotton and cobalt”.

Am I being cynical? Maybe, but then you have to wonder how it is at all possible that those at the top of what is now called the Queensland All Codes Racing Industry Board can possibly remain in place given the story broken by journalist Brad Davidson in the February 18 edition of the Gold Coast Bulletin where he claimed, and I quote, “Racing Queensland have conceded they received an email detailing concerns about live baiting in October [2014] from the animal welfare group which helped expose the illegal act … But RQ officials have blamed an ‘administrative error’ for not looking into the matter further.”

The article went on to say, “The Bulletin yesterday [February 17] obtained an email addressed to Racing Queensland chief executive Darren Condon from Ms Cotton on October 29, 2014, requesting a meeting to discuss ‘a number of animal welfare concerns I have, including … cruel training methods such as live baiting’. The email was addressed to Mr Condon’s office but the chief executive said yesterday an administrative error meant he never personally saw the email and that his assistant forgot to organise a meeting with Ms Cotton.”

Yet, in the first annual report delivered by the QACRIB the same Darren Condon notes: “Welfare continues to be a major focus for Racing Queensland across all its animal participants.”

Elsewhere in the same report comes the clearly fatuous statement: “We set the standard worldwide in the humane treatment of our animals and champion their welfare. We treat our animals, which our sport is totally dependent on, with the same respect and dignity we treat all our sporting legends.”

On Sunday, the ABC Offsiders program hosted by Gerard Whateley covered the story. After outlining the basics of industry participants suspended, greyhounds seized, sponsors pulling out and “ambassadors” leaving their posts came the “but” comment: “Rather incredibly the racing has gone on, unabated…”

Francis Leach, from ABC Grandstand, chimed in, “It beggars belief there hasn’t been a moratorium on the sport just to take stock, because this is obviously endemic and widespread industry practice. It’s gobsmacking.”

Whateley noted, “So the first line of defence was, this is a rogue minority within our sport. How did government not say to them, go away and prove that, because as of yesterday you claim not to have even known this was going on? How do you stand there with the motherhood statement and say, no, no this is not common practice? You, frankly, wouldn’t know.”

Whateley agreed with those who said the sport should have been stopped, for a short period of time. He felt racing should have been suspended for seven days. Fellow panellist Richard Hinds wondered, “Is this a practice that’s been going on and has got worse because the money’s come in, or has it always been there?”

Leach answered with the interesting point, regarding the high level of prizemoney now available, “The bigger the ‘pot’… the bigger challenge it is to people’s moral authority to do the right thing, and they really should have stopped it…”

“The staggering turnaround from Greyhound Racing Victoria,” said Whateley, “was they’d initially banned dogs from the affected stables (sic) from racing for the time being and then under threat of a Supreme Court challenge, which, frankly, they should have met, from owners they asked the owners to sign Statutory Declarations that they had no knowledge that their dog had live baited, which was absurd, and then in the Group 1 race last night which was at The Meadows, the Temlee, one of those dogs ran second, so it’s a purse of $30,000 and … so the trainer affected has been stood down, he was able to transfer all of his dogs into his wife’s name, the environment is absolutely unchanged, the owner was able to threaten the sport to get his dog to be able to run and they picked up their $30,000 …”

And yet, as I write this, the board of GRV remains steadfastly intact.

Final note

I would like to address a couple of points made by those who took the time and effort to comment on my first article on this subject.
Dale Hogan wrote: “Why not mention Sweet It Is since your bringing up dogs mentioned to rubbish them? What, is that a dog you have an interest in so you sweep that one under the rug? I have interstate friends that sent there dogs here to Victoria to compete in Group level racing and are now suspended even though only temporarily staying at ppl who were considered of high standing in racing the dogs hi or low lvl are not at fault so stop rubbishing them or at least mention them all because to me it seems like u just have your own agenda not the sports best interest…”

As I recall there was no mention in the program that Sweet It Is had been given live baits or been broken in using them, so I left it out of the equation. No, I do not have any kind of interest in Sweet It Is, nor, for that matter, do I have any financial or personal interest in any greyhound, anywhere. I have not owned, or part-owned, a greyhound since about 1992. I do not know any of the trainers or any of the people interviewed by, or who appeared on, the Four Corners program. Hence my error in the statement at the end of my piece regarding Amanda Hill, assuming she was still employed as a steward in Tasmania.

The reason I pointed out the overall poor performance levels of both Cee Cee Quoted and Dorak Dessa was not to denigrate those greyhounds per se, it was to make the argument that live baiting did not help either of them go from being slow to fast conveyances.

The best interests of greyhound racing at this juncture are to make sure absolutely every aspect of breeding to rearing to breaking-in to training and retirement is done completely transparently. No excuses.

Fields released for 2015 Group 1 Australian Cup heats

EIGHT sensational heats of the Group 1 Australian Cup take centre stage at The Meadows this Saturday night with each winner progressing through to next week’s $250,000-to-the-winner final.



No fewer than 25 individual Group winners will contest the series, all looking to add their names to the honour roll which boasts some of the greatest names the sport has seen. 



The inaugural Australian Cup was in 1958 at the old North Melbourne track and was won by champion chaser Rookie Rebel. Since then, greyhounds of the calibre of Benjamin John (1969), Tangaloa (1980), Ginger (1989), China Trip (1992-3), Tenthill Doll (1996), Brett Lee (2001), Bogie Leigh (2004) and Dyna Lachlan (2010) have taken home the coveted trophy, with last year’s prize going to the recently retired Tasmanian Buckle Up Wes.



The 2015 Australian Cup has attracted some of the best sprinters from across the nation.

Heat One - The first heat features last week’s Group 1 Rookie Rebel winner Cosmic Wise (box five) up against track record holder Allen Deed (box four) and boom NSW sprinter Winsome Prince (box six). Recruitment might be able to sneak under the radar, ideally drawn in box one after his slashing 29.84 last-start victory over the track and distance.

Heat Two – Fernando Bale (box two) and Azza Azza Azza (box three) headline the second heat with both coming into the series as recent feature race winners. Fernando Bale showed explosive speed throughout the three-week National Derby series at Wentworth Park, claiming that Group 1 event in devastating fashion. He will contest the heat as a winner of his past five races. Azza Azza Azza, a winner of 21 from 31, broke through for a deserved win in the Group 2 Shepparton Cup last month before scoring at The Meadows in a hot 29.71 last start. Outside of those two it is very open with Lamia Bale (box four), Dyna Nico (box five) and Secret Spell (box six) all in with a chance.

Heat Three – Anything Less (box one), Above All (box two) and Dyna Double One (box seven) are the star chasers in the third heat. Anything Less comes to Victoria with outstanding Wentworth Park credentials while Dyna Double One is fresh off his win in the Group 3 Perth Cup Consolation at Cannington. Above All will be aiming to bounce back from his solid fourth placing in last week’s Temlee.



Heat Four - If Dyna Villa (box one) can take out the Group 1 Australian Cup series he will become Australia’s highest stakes earner, but he has to bounce back from a couple of uncharacteristically poor performances. He is drawn in box one and has plenty of speed so he should find the front, but has had an extremely long preparation for such a young dog. The main dangers appear to be Ride The Rails (box four), Midnight Flynn (box five) and Astronomize (box eight).



Heat Five - Marcus Joe was all heart when placed third in last week’s Temlee and he looks drawn to feature in this series after coming up with box one for his heat. He will have to put his best paw forward with speedy greyhounds Chica Destacada (box three), Spring Leaf (box four), Ronray Spirit (box five) and Hostile (box seven) set to ensure an excellent battle to qualify for the final.

Heat Six - My Bro Fabio (box seven) has been in superb form, claiming the Group 1 Perth Cup and Temlee in recent weeks. He looks ideally suited out wide to swoop around the field, with his main opposition including Kiss Me Ketut (box one), Avondale Porche (box three) and Diva’s Shadow (box eight). 



Heat Seven – Ikaku Bale (box five) stunned a lot of spectators last Saturday when scoring in a sizzling 29.60 over the track and distance, but he faces a much tougher task this week from the middle draw. Luca Neveelk (box three) is ultra consistent and looks to be the early leader, while Ritza Hattie (box six), Winsome Mission (box seven) and Waymore’s Blues (box eight) will also be right in contention. 



Heat Eight – The final heat is an extremely open affair with the class runner definitely Awesome Project (box eight). He ran second in last Saturday’s Temlee and is as honest as they come. His biggest problem will be attempting to cross from the pink. Hawk Alone (box one), Dawkins Bale (box four), Weblec Belle (box five) and Droopys Bentley (box seven) are other notable contenders in the last qualifier.

Apology

Apology to Glengarrie Trial Track

Today (23rd February 2015), Australian Racing Greyhound published an article on its website http://www.australianracinggreyhound.com entitled “Live-baiting scandal: The darkest week in an industry’s history” authored by Danny McGrath which summarised the recent happenings in greyhound racing in the past week.

Australian Racing Greyhound inadvertently named Glengarrie Trial Track amongst the article.

Australian Racing Geyhound unreservedly withdraws all references either express or implied in the article and sincerely apologises to Glengarrie Trial Track, and management and staff for any hurt and embarrassment caused by the publication of the article on its website.

Live-baiting scandal update: Caillard resigns, Birch stood down

GREYHOUND Racing Victoria chairman Peter Caillard has quit his post in the latest twist in the live-baiting saga.

Caillard informed Martin Pakula, the Victorian Minister for Racing, on Monday he has chosen to resign from his position on the board.

Nearly 40 registered participants have been suspended nationwide so far, including 15 from Victoria, after an investigation by the ABC’s Four Corners. Working with the RSPCA, Animal Liberation Queensland and Animals Australia, it exposed trainers using live rabbits, possums and piglets to train their dogs.

Caillard said in a statement he believed it was in the best interests of all involved for him to step down and that he was confident the required changes would be made for the sport to continue.

“Since the Four Corners program and subsequent discussions and developments, I have made the personal decision that I cannot remain as chairman,” he said.

“I believe in accountability for a chairman of an organisation and that it is in the best interests of the industry that a new person be appointed to this position.

“I wish to emphasise that I am firmly of the view that the new team that has been put in place at GRV are the right people to work with the RSPCA to stamp out this activity once they are given the appropriate powers to do so.

“As a final comment, I will remain available to work closely with the Government and the RSPCA to bring those responsible to justice. I am pleased this activity has been discovered and have no doubt it will be stamped out.”

Caillard also maintained he did not believe the practice was widespread, however, he said he could no longer be satisfied it was restricted to just those caught at the Tooradin trial track. He finished his statement by congratulating the government on its swift action to try to eradicate live baiting.

Also in Victoria and three Group 1 races were run and won at The Meadows on Saturday night with no major incidents to report after it was initially thought a large number of anti-racing protestors would be at the meeting.

The feature events – the Temlee, the Rookie Rebel and Zoom Top, were taken out by My Bro Fabio, Cosmic Wise and Space Star respectively.

Awesome Project, formerly trained by Darren McDonald, was on Friday given the all clear to take his place in the Temlee for McDonald’s wife Joanne Gane and finished second.

There was doubt as to whether the son of Collision and Honour Phase would run after he was suspended from racing earlier in the week when McDonald was stood down due to alleged baiting offences.

RQ Integrity boss on the outer

Racing Queensland has announced the Queensland All Codes Racing Industry Board has stood down the general manager of Stewarding and Integrity Operations, Wade Birch.

Kevin Dixon, chairman of the QACRIB Board, said the action was taken following recent evidence which suggested procedures of the integrity department need to be addressed.

“Information that has to come to light in the past week suggests there are procedural issues within the integrity area of the business,” Dixon said in a press release on Sunday.

“As Mr Birch is the officer responsible for that department, the board has taken the decision that it is appropriate to stand Mr Birch down while those shortcomings are further understood.

“There is no allegation of improper conduct on Mr Birch’s part, however, in the board’s view, it was appropriate he be stood down until the review is completed.”

In total, 13 trainers have so far been stood down in Queensland for alleged live-baiting practices.

Also in the Sunshine State, Australian Racing Greyhound has requested an update in regards to the greyhounds removed from the properties of suspended participants, however, Racing Queensland was not able to provide further information by the time of publishing.

It is understood some owners have lost patience and are considering legal action. RQ has put the number of dogs seized at 100 but it is believed to be much higher than that.

Lavender says standing down was right call

In NSW, Greyhound Racing New South Wales board member Megan Lavender has publicly spoken about her decision to step down.

The entire board and CEO of GRNSW were asked to stand down or be fired by NSW Racing Minister Troy Grant last week.

Lavender, while disappointed, conceded it was in the best interests of the sport for them all to step down.

“It was in the public interest and in the interests of the greyhound racing industry as a whole that I offered my resignation as a board member of Greyhound Racing NSW to the Deputy Premier, Mr Grant,” Ms Lavender said.

“The only other alternative for the Government would have been to call an immediate halt to greyhound racing in our state. This was an option which I was not prepared to countenance because it would have resulted in the immediate unemployment of thousands of innocent NSW residents associated with greyhound racing – from the ladies serving at the tuck shop to the blokes sweeping out the kennels.

“It was for the greater good – the sacrifice of the few to protect the many – and, to quote Sydney Carton, ‘it is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known’.”

Lavender said she in no way supported the actions of the trainers depicted on the ABC’s controversial report.

“What we saw on Four Corners is not just abhorrent. It is revolting. It is vile. It is a crime predicated on evil,” she said.

“I hope that each and every one of the depraved individuals involved is prosecuted to the full extent of the law, which, in this case, can mean nothing short of a custodial sentence.”

Live-baiting scandal: The darkest week in an industry’s history

JUST a week has elapsed since the nation was shocked by revelations of live baiting in the greyhound industry broadcast on the ABC’s investigative program Four Corners. The week has seemed more like a month as the hits kept coming in all three states affected by the raids. Here is how the scandal unfolded:

RSPCA and police raided five properties in Victoria, NSW and Queensland on February 10 and 11, after Four Corners, in conjunction with Animals Australia and Animal Liberation Queensland, handed over details of its investigation into cruelty in the sport to state-based RSPCAs. The raids were driven by the RSPCA and targeted alleged use of live-baiting methods. Four Corners screened an episode entitled “Making A Killing” last Monday night (February 16) at 8.30pm, including hidden-camera footage of industry participants engaging in live baiting.

NSW

Breaking-in establishments in the Londonderry area were raided and the registration of the Box Hill Trial Track was suspended. Five participants were immediately stood down for alleged live-baiting activities. Another person, Congewai trainer John O’Brien, was stood down after a property inspection allegedly discovered eight live European rabbits. After Four Corners screened, northern NSW trainer John Thompson was also stood down. Greyhound Racing NSW announced a taskforce with wide-ranging powers to investigate the extent of live baiting in NSW, headed by former High Court justice Michael McHugh. The board of GRNSW was later stood down, as was chief executive Brent Hogan. Paul Newson, head of the NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing, was installed as interim CEO. The NSW Greyhound of the Year awards night last Friday was postponed. GRNSW stood down three further registered participants for alleged live-baiting offences.

Licensed persons stood down:

John Cauchi: Box Hill Trial Track in the Hills District.

Tony Cauchi: Box Hill Trial Track

Donna Grech

Zeke Kadir: Wilshire Park, popular breaking-in facility near Richmond. Has broken in notable dogs such as Keybow.

Ian Morgan: Sydney trainer with the notable “Quoted” greyhounds. It is a successful line including Best Quoted, which was part-owned by Morgan and won five group races, including the Sandown Cup, SA Distance Championship and Easter Chase.

John O’Brien: Trainer from Congewai in the Hunter district.

John Thompson: Trainer from Shannon Brook near Casino in northern NSW.

Majella Ferguson: Popular Sydney conditioner who won the 2008 NSW Trainer of the Year Award.

David Sundstrom: Trainer.

Bruce Carr: Trainer from Londonderry stood down after stewards allegedly found four live rabbits on his property.

Victoria

After raids by RSPCA and police, the Tooradin trial track near Cranbourne had its registration suspended and 10 industry participants were quickly stood down. Their names were finally released by Greyhound Racing Victoria last last week. It also moved to suspend any greyhounds owned and/or trained by the 10 stood-down participants until after investigations were complete. GRV later stood down five additional persons for alleged live-baiting offences at the Tooradin track. Victoria’s Racing Integrity Commissioner, Sal Perna, announced an Own Motion Inquiry into live-baiting practices, while the Victorian government also announced it will allocate up to $3 million from the Victorian Racing Infrastructure Fund towards bolstering GRV’s animal welfare and integrity measures. On Monday, February 23, Peter Caillard resigned as chairman of the board of GRV.

Licensed persons stood down:

Darren McDonald: Arguably Australia’s No.1 trainer. McDonald has prepared champions headed by the outstanding Brett Lee, which won 31 of 39 starts with eight placings and was inducted into the AGRA hall of fame.

Chris Connolly: Assists McDonald preparing his champion team of dogs at Devon Meadows.

Stuart Mills: Part of the Mills family, which is greyhound racing royalty in Victoria, and runs the Tooradin trial track. Trains greyhounds in his own right. Brother Andrew is head grader for GRV and a former deputy chief steward.

Tony Mills: Father of Stuart and veteran trainer who won the Ken Carr medal in 2013. The medal recognises outstanding contribution to a greyhound club or clubs. Mills has had a long association with the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club and the National Coursing Association.

Kerry Chalker: Veteran trainer from Pearcedale.

Paul Anderton: Well-known Devon Meadows trainer and lifelong participant in the industry. Anderson has formerly driven the lure at Cranbourne and was a former GRV Steward. Shifty Sticka is his most recent star, though the dog suffered a career-ending injury before it could reach its full potential. Anderson has also been the “slipper” at coursing events.

Dennis Dean: Well known for having the “Hand” dogs. One of the best-known was Henry Hand, which won $113,000 in prizemoney in the mid to late 90s, with 17 wins from 31 starts.

Neville King: The Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club president. Has prepared such stars as Return The King and Boomeroo.

Bob Smith: Former GRV integrity and racing operations manager.

Laurie Cunningham: Long-time trainer.

Kenneth Hodges

Brett Mackie

James Reynolds

Jon Roberts: Trainer who owned and prepared the 2009 Melbourne Cup winner Lord Ducal.

Eric Sykes

Queensland

The raids in Queensland centred around an unregistered greyhound training track at Churchable, 65km west of Brisbane. Seven trainers were immediately stood down for allegedly engaging in live-baiting offences. They have been given seven days to show cause why they should not be warned off Queensland tracks for life. Six others were later stood down and their greyhounds suspended from racing. Racing Queensland on Tuesday seized more than 100 greyhounds. On Sunday RQ announced it had stood down chief steward Wade Birch.

Licensed persons given show-cause notices:

Tom Noble: Owner and operator of the training track at Churchable.

Reg Kay: Champion trainer based at Lowood. Racing Queensland has said Kay will be removed from its hall of fame.

Debra Arnold: Trainer based near Tom Noble’s track at Churchable.

Tony McCabe: Coominya trainer.

James Harding: Coominya trainer.

Michael Chapman: Trainer.

Greg Stella: Trainer.

Licensed persons stood down:

Stephen Sherwell

Gerri Crisci

Anthony Hess

Stephen Arnold

Mick Emery

Samantha Roberts

Amanda Hill stands by her decision to speak out on Four Corners

FORMER steward Amanda Hill is standing by her words despite backlash following her appearance on last Monday’s controversial Four Corners program focusing on live baiting.



The ABC, working with the RSPCA, Animals Australia and Animal Liberation Queensland, launched an investigation into live-baiting practices within the greyhound racing industry and caught a large number of trainers red-handed through the use of secret surveillance cameras. 



Hill has received a mixed reaction to her interview on the program where she spoke out on the deplorable practice used by some participants within the sport. 

Some critics accused her of being bitter on the industry after she was forced out of her role in Tasmania.

“People are looking at me thinking I am one of the animal activists, but anyone that knows me knows that I’m not,” Hill said. 



“I didn’t do this for any status or any form of money, I was not paid, I did it because anyone that knows me knows my thoughts on live baiting.



“I didn’t do this to come back into the industry or get a job out of it – I did it because it broke my heart to think that an industry I loved was about to come unstuck in such a catastrophic way. When you know they have this sort of calibre of evidence you think to yourself, ‘What do you do?’.



“I didn’t crucify the industry but unfortunately what I saw as a good deed has bitten me on the backside. I don’t regret it, not for one minute, because I was trying to balance a show that I thought was going to be really hard on the industry.”



Hill has a diverse background in the greyhound racing industry. Starting off as an owner, she also worked as a vet nurse at the Sandown Vet Clinic before becoming a steward in both Victoria and Tasmania. 



“I don’t bet, I don’t gamble, I don’t punt, my involvement with racing is purely because I love the breed. I used to say to Jim Gannon, who was on the GRV board, ‘What they should do …’ and I used to be at him constantly saying they should do this and they should do that.

“Jim came into me one morning and handed me a clipping from The Age and said, ‘What you should do, Amanda, is apply for a job with the regulatory body’. That was the start of it, that’s how I became a steward.”



Hill, who has a Graduate Certificate in Animal Welfare through Monash University, said she found it challenging when working for Greyhound Racing Victoria which ultimately led her to taking a job as Chief Steward in Tasmania. 



“In my time as a steward I found it frustrating in Victoria – we were on different pages. While I understand the marketing and promotion of the sport was important, I also thought that the animal welfare was just as important,” she said.



“When I took the job as the Chief Steward in Tasmania, I did it because I thought that from a position of higher standing, that I could do more to promote animal welfare. 



“When I got to Tasmania one of my first challenges was to re-write the rules and I put in very, very strict animal welfare policies. In my time there, I prosecuted cases of animal welfare.”



Hill said she never had any trouble with animal activists when she was in Tasmania, despite confronting some serious animal welfare cases.



“When I prosecuted live baiting in Tasmania in 2008, Lyn White (from Animals Australia) was quite well aware of it. I didn’t see her make a huge deal about it,” Hill said.



“I had no problems with the animal activists jumping up and down saying, ‘see, it does go on’. I think that was because we were showing that we were proactive on it, if you did something wrong and you got caught, you didn’t participate in the industry.”



Hill said a lot of the problems the industry is facing is due to the fact that the relevant state authorities are not proactive enough to stamp out misconduct.



“My personal opinion on what has happened here is that the regulators have let the industry down. For whatever reasons, I don’t know, was it lack of resources? Lack of knowledge? I can’t say.



“Their approach to animal welfare is all wrong. You don’t ring up a trainer and announce that you are going to be there at 10 o’clock next Wednesday to do an inspection. When I got to Tasmania that is what they used to do, I stopped that. I think that is where the regulators have failed, if you are announcing that you are going there you are not going to be successful.



“Animals Australia went straight in and did what they did, and I know and understand that stewards don’t have that type of power, but it makes my blood boil when you listen to some of the hierarchy say, ‘We had no idea it was going on’ because if they can’t work out why they had no idea, you really have got to question why they are in the positions of power that they are in.”



Hill said she also believed the authority bodies were not working together with the participants to form a mutually trusting relationship, something she feels is extremely important for the industry to operate smoothly. 



“The sad thing is that people in the industry felt that there was no one that they could report this to and that is quite apparent when they (the authorities) said they had no idea it was going on.



“They (the authorities) failed, because you need someone in your ranks that the industry feel they can approach and know that their confidentiality will be protected.”



Hill said the issue needed to be faced as it was never going to just disappear. 



“I can understand why the industry is mad at me, they think I joined in on tarring the (entire) industry with the same brush, but I just tried to be as open and honest as I could be based on my experience.

“Unfortunately a lot of that ended up on the cutting-room floor. No one wanted to speak about it, but it wasn’t going to go away or be buried.”


Hill emphasised the Four Corners program should not brand the entire greyhound racing industry as there are a lot of decent trainers and participants involved for the love of the sport and their dogs.



“The thing that didn’t come across that I was trying to portray is that I don’t believe that it is systemic and until someone can actually give me the evidence that it is, I won’t accept it.



“I am not blind to it, but I don’t believe in alleging things that you haven’t got the hard facts to support and to balance it.”



Moving forward, Hill is adamant things need to change to ensure that greyhound racing survives.




“I don’t blame the industry because there a lot of good people, I blame the regulators because they are the ones that failed.

“I am not saying that I know the answer and I know that there are a lot of people standing around now scratching their heads – but I know that what has been happening hasn’t worked. Unfortunately it had to get to this stage before anyone stood up and took notice. 



“The industry can’t be self-regulated, in the last 10 years I have watched GRV turn into this massive media circus and animal welfare has been missed. In Tasmania the regulation is separate to the promotion and it seemed to work.”



Despite the chaos, controversy and carnage the greyhound industry is facing, Hill remains optimistic the sport will survive and will have a bigger and brighter future.

“The industry is going to take a long time to recover and I am not saying it is going to be overnight but I think when the industry does recover, it is going to flourish, it is going to blossom.



“Did I foresee it going like this? Absolutely not. 



“I wasn’t a whistleblower, the regulators have just failed the industry. That is my opinion and I am happy for people to challenge that.”

Stewards need to be a part of the team

THE functions of racing, probably not unlike some other industries, can be roughly divided up into three broad areas; management, stewardship or the more popular term today of integrity, and clerical or back-office jobs such as finance and IT. They all fly under the one banner flown by a single board and CEO.

Yet it is popular today to call for the stewards to be split off into a separate group, and perhaps to combine each such group into one big organisation by state or even nationally. The current kerfuffle has revitalised that theory. Cross-code diversification is also bandied around, and has been tested here and there, notably in NSW where it was recommended after a previous review (by a barrister) but proved an expensive failure. However, Tasmanian stewards do cover all three codes but racing frequency is much lower there.

The idea being pushed is that stewards are the “police” and should be moved away from the rule makers, much as the nation has a principle of the “separation of powers” between parliament, the executive and the courts. This is a misleading interpretation.

In the general society, police are not separate at all. They are directly under the control of a Minister and subject to budget restraints of the day. They can act only via the laws that a parliament enacts. There is always dialogue going back and forth, and also between police and the courts for practical reasons.

But, in racing, there is more to it than that.

Stewards have a role in supervising racetracks (including trial tracks), in implementing rules and proposing changes, in assigning penalties, in assessing form and in watching betting moves. Yes, they keep order at the meeting, but only under the overall direction of industry management. They are the local “managers”, at least for the time they are at the meeting.

Similarly, just as the management sector utilises information supplied by the back office function, so stewards do likewise in respect to registrations, grading changes, form details and so on. In a number of ways the three sectors depend on each other.

If the steward sector fails to produce the goods, the first thing to look at is not whether the organisational structure should be changed but whether the stewards and anyone else are doing their jobs properly. That is precisely where the current reviews will start. Depending on those assessments, so the reviewers will move on to the structural area if they think it proper to do so.

In the current cases, the evidence suggests that the way that supervision has been carried out is not up to scratch, in which case both management and stewardship functions are under the gun. To which I can only add my views – often expressed in these columns, together with examples – that there are currently too many inconsistencies in the way in which some penalties, errors or omissions (for fighting, for example, or in form assessment) are attended to by stewards.

Now, whether I am right or wrong is one thing, but if someone long exposed to the operation of greyhound racing cannot understand what is happening then that is something else again. Either way, there is an underlying problem to add to the uncertain state of affairs to do with live baiting.

To that I would add another risk; the concept of multi-code skilling of stewards might look nice on paper but I would defy any one person to maintain sufficient knowledge and appreciation of the fine points of each of the galloping, harness and greyhound codes to be able to make the best on-site judgements.

Here’s a comparison. I spend seven days a week studying greyhound form but I find that keeping track of what is happening in two, or at the most three, different states is as much as I can handle. Even then, you need to specialise a bit to achieve the best results. Any more than that and I would be making wild guesses. Remember, there are 14,000 dogs currently racing regularly, more than that whelped annually, and additions and subtractions occur daily. And that is in one code, not three.

If I had my way, stewards would be more highly educated, more highly skilled and better paid, but only if they achieved top results. That is more likely to happen if they are part of a team rather than lone rangers.

Could stewards Do Better?

Here is another example to throw light on how stewards operate. In a February 15 article I commented on the case of Flash Earner winning nicely at Wentworth Park on February 13 in 30.45 on a sloshy track. That followed a moderate to fair career in early 2014 and poor recent form in 2015. By any measure it was a form reversal yet stewards asked no questions and made no comments.

A week later Flash Earner did it again with an unusually good start and a strong run to win in 30.34, having battled all the way side by side with a competitor. Stewards again made no comment.

Those two runs were out of character with its recent history but the improvement was ignored. Now it might be that the trainer identified a problem or changed the dog’s routine. But, whatever the reason, punters who backed more favoured dogs in these races were entitled to know more. Flash Earner started at $13.00 and $7.20 in the two races.

This brings up the principle of having stewards in the first place. They must serve two masters – the rules and standards of the organisation they work for and the people of the state whose interests they are bound to protect. Neither was honoured in this case. Justice was not seen to be done. Apparently, they did not know there was a question to be asked.

This week in racing history

February

19

Two Codes took out the 1996 Launceston Cup, defeating Standby Thunder by two lengths to pick up the $12,000 first prize over the 522 metres trip. Zoom Fox, the 1995 winner, could only finish sixth.

Fond Regards defeated Bengina by just over four lengths with track specialist Stately Bird third in the 2000 National Derby, run over 520 metres at Wentworth Park. The Dave Irwin-trained greyhound ran 30.10 to set a new race record, taking 23/100ths off the previous best set by Hahn Bale in 1999. Fond Regards also set a new second sectional record of 13.89.

20

Hahn Bale upset the favourite, Queensland sprinter Faithful Hawk, to take out the 1999 National Derby at Wentworth Park, running 30.33 to set a race record, eclipsing he mark set by Indian Dance in 1994 at 30.50.

Late Angel Lee ran 29.57 in 2014 for the 520 metres trip at Albion Park to equal the track record set by Made To Size just over five years earlier.

21

Cedar’s Dream downed Elizabeth Bay by six lengths in a fair 44.6 to take out the 1959 Wentworth Park Trophy, run over 790 yards.

Made To Size set a new track record for 520 metres at Albion Park in 2008, running 29.61 to eclipse the previous standard, held by NSW sprinter Pororoca at 29.66. Made To Size would lower the track standard even further the following December, to 29.57.

22

The Daryl Thomas-trained Royal Rumpus won the 1982 Australian Cup by three lengths from Spaetzel with Shamrock Flight a length away third. Royal Rumpus earned connections $30,000 for the victory.

23

After a two-year hiatus due to the Second World War, the 1946 Launceston Cup was resumed and fell to Ebon’s Own who scored by half a length from Baldy Ruche and the Victorian Balkan Chief over the 525 yards distance.

24

The 1969 Australian Cup fell to NSW star Benjamin John who scored by six lengths from fellow NSW sprinter Tudor Valiant with Morjarro a further four lengths away third. Benjamin John earned $6,250 for the win.

China Trip won the first of what would be two consecutive Australian Cup’s, in 1992. She led all the way from box two to score by a head from Buka Blitz, reversing the placings from their semi-final. Bomber Gleeson finished third.

Wolf Black won the 1997 Anniversary Cup, the last to be run over the 512 metres distance at Angle Park. The Group 3 event was worth $10,000 to the winner.

25

Rank outsider at 33/1 ($34.00), Pleasant Foam won the 1951 Hobart Thousand, the first major event to feature both a New Zealand and an English finalist. The New Zealander, Final Birch, finished second, beaten just a neck while the English import, Good Worker, was a head away third. Good Worker was domiciled in NSW. Favourite, Sharid, finished eighth of the nine starters after being badly checked when making a run. Pleasant Foam earned connection £1,200 ($2,400).

Black Cobra won the 2006 Dave Alexander Memorial, run over 520 metres at Wentworth Park, downing Jennifer Hawk by two and a half lengths with Dyna Celeste third.

My Bro Fabio simply awesome in Group 1 Temlee victory

MY BRO FABIO has capped off a sensational month of racing, claiming the Group 1 Temlee at The Meadows in a stunning come-from-behind performance.

Exiting from box eight, the son of Turanza Bale and Flamenco surprisingly got away well, sitting behind early leaders Marcus Joe and Chica Destacada, which both began quickly from the inside alleys. Heading into the back straight, notable finisher Awesome Project made his run along the rails, however, My Bro Fabio was looming on the outside of the field and shot away up the home straight to score easily in a fast time of 29.70.

Trainer Brooke Ennis and owner Michelle Jones will share $100,000 in first prizemoney, taking his total to an astounding $469,325. It was the 35kg heavyweight’s 25th career win from start No.48 and his fifth victory from six attempts when exiting from box eight.

My Bro Fabio has firmly stamped his authority as one of the most in-form greyhounds in Australia, having won the Group 1 Perth Cup two weeks ago, also from box eight.

New South Wales sprinter Awesome Project, owned by Brad Canty, was extremely gallant in defeat at big odds and reserve runner Marcus Joe, which gained a start from box one after the scratching of Zipping Willow, ran the race of his life to lead in the early stages and finish third.

Heidi Benz salutes in 2015 Vince Curry Memorial final

HEIDI BENZ gave her little-known sire Westmead Osprey his first Group winner on Saturday night, taking out the Group 2 Vince Curry Memorial maiden over 520 metres at Ipswich.



Her UK-bred father, a son of Westmead Hawk, now stands at stud in Queensland at eight years of age.

The black dog was a Group 1 winner and track record holder overseas and has 40 litters on the ground in Australia. 

Trained by Geoffrey Uhrhane, Heidi Benz began beautifully from box three and went straight to the early lead, with the favourite Crazy Sexy (box one) slipping into second position behind the front runner-around the first turn.



Out on the bunny the white-and-brindle bitch never put a paw wrong throughout the race, leading all the way to defeat Tony Brett’s Crazy Sexy by one-and-three-quarter lengths in 30.83. 

Heidi Benz went into the event having won her heat on February 7 in a handy 30.91 before finishing second in her semi-final last Saturday behind Norm The Storm.

She now has a whopping $42,440 in prizemoney earnings to her name – not bad for a bitch with just five career starts. 

She adds her name to an honour roll littered with some fantastic former stars of the track such as Reliability (1996), Token Prince (1997), Just The Best (1999), and High Earner (2009). 


2015 Group 2 Vince Curry full results



1st: Heidi Benz (box three) – Geoffrey Uhrhane
2nd: Crazy Sexy (box one) – Tony Brett

3rd: Unaffordable (box four) – Adam Hines

4th: Norm The Storm (box eight) – Mathew Reid
5th: Got A Brother (box five) – Dianna Buxton

6th: Our Beach Girl (box two) – Michael Geraghty
7th: For Luck (box seven) – Michael Boody
8th: Okavango (box six) – Mathew Reid



Margins: 1 3/4 x 1 1/2
1st Split: 5.46
2nd Split: 13.24

Run Home: 12.13

Time: 30.83



Scratchings: Houso Delight (1st Reserve)

Wentworth Park greyhound tips & betting preview February 21 2015

WHILE most of the attention will be on The Meadows tonight, there will still be plenty of action in the harbour city with a solid 10 race card at Wentworth Park.

Best Bet:
Race 8: Opus Forte

Best Roughie:
Race 5: Knot Telling Ya

Quaddie:
Leg 1: 1,5,7,8 – Leg 2: 1 – Leg 3: 1,3,4,7 – Leg 4: 1,2,5,7,8
$80 for 100%

Race No. 1Mark’s 30 & He’s Finished Law! S…7:25 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1LONGNECK418530.11Christine Proctor
2KNOCKA’S RETURN353529.71Mark Wilcox
3ZOLA ICON266729.90Robert Sullivan
4PERMANENT GUEST228430.01Stuart Hazlett
5WOODS453730.05Marie Burton
6WATTO LOTTO423629.73John Callaughan
7FANCY CHANCE438429.99Andrew Bayliss
8PADDY’S DEVIL667429.76Patrick Byrne
9SOARING EAGLE44X729.89Marie Burton
10GOTTA PLAN547630.41Tracey Bruce

Very tough race to open the night but I think the speedy Longneck should have enough speed to hold them out and with the lack of speed in the race I’m expecting him to get away once they all bunch up behind him at the first bend. He isn’t overly strong but this race lacks depth and he may just steal it.

Watto Lotto is never far away in this company and if he can find the inside early in the race he should play a major role, he is likely to get back early but he has great track sense and he will be suited by the drop in class.

Knocka’s Return has a big engine and if he is given clear galloping room he will blow this field away, however he tends to miss the kick these days and he may get shuffled back from the rails draw.

Paddy’s Devil has the speed to cross and like Longneck he may be off and gone mid race when they shuffled up. He has won here in fast time previously but he appears to be a little down on his best form.

Top Four: 1 – 6 – 8 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on Longneck and Paddy’s Devil with Sportingbet

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

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

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

Race No. 2Golden Easter Egg Prelude Golden…7:45 PM
4/5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,665 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,485 3rd: $730.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BUNDY BEAR741329.86Ronald Asquith
2PRINCE TANGA841529.93Maureen Sharman
3MY AWESOME OPAL622529.91Marie Burton
4STILL SEARCHIN’4323NBTMelinda Finn
5LUKEY CHINO154430.28Christine Proctor
6RIVERGUM DRIVE613529.72Wayne Attwill
7UNO SUZIE113130.21Jodie Lord
8INTERROGATED532629.83Michelle Shambler
9SPIRITUAL CHARM141230.24Doreen Drynan
10PERMANENT GUEST228430.01Stuart Hazlett

Another open and difficult race but Bundy Bear is likely to start short odds and everything kind of points to him winning. He is blessed with smart early speed and he really caught the eye when winning here two runs back in a slick 29.86. If he can reproduce that type of effort he should be able to lead from go to whoa.

Rivergum Drive is a super talent and if he is allowed to show his best he will take a power of beating. Three starts back he timed the start to perfection and he was never in doubt when posting an impressive 29.82, obviously a repeat of that will see him contend, however he isn’t overly reliable early and he will need a few things to go his way.

Uno Suzie should settle on the speed and she isn’t without a hope, she has been placed in her only two runs here and if she happens to find the early lead she may just steal victory.

Still Searchin’ is the interesting runner, she is in good hands and she has turned in some great performances in her brief career to date.

Top Four: 1 – 6 – 7 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Bundy Bear with Sportingbet

Boxed Quinella: 1,4,6,7 ($6 for 100%)

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

Race No. 3Golden Easter Egg Prelude Golden…8:08 PM
4/5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,665 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,485 3rd: $730.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MAGIC MIRROR286230.09Graeme Hughes
2LORD GEE3114NBTChristine Proctor
3KASINDA334230.30Owen Langley
4EXHIBITIONIST185629.70Darryl Chapman
5MOHAWK KOOL218530.08Joseph Bertinato
6FROST YOURSELF273230.01Jason Mackay
7CAWBOURNE KAYONO226630.09Jodie Lord
8MAJESTIC ODESSA732430.11Kristy Sultana
9DEVINE AWE622730.02Patrick Parrelli
10WOODS453730.05Marie Burton

Good race and the classy Exhibitionist should appreciate racing in this company. She has been sparingly raced of late but she has won here previously in a sizzling 29.70 and if she can find the lure early she will be able to regain some confidence and she will definitely take some catching.

Lord Gee is an exciting prospect and he has scored some devastating Bulli wins in his brief career to date. There is a small concern that he is making his debut here but I’m sure he would have trialled here so he should handle the first bend.

Frost Yourself is never far away in this company and she is nearing another win, she faces a tough ask from the wide draw but if the favourite happens to miss the starts she might be there to capitalise.

Top Four: 4 – 2 – 6 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Exhibitionist with Sportingbet

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

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

Trifecta: 4/1,2,6/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 4Rapidvite Stayers Stakes8:25 PM
5 event over 720 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,825 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,785 2nd: $1,360 3rd: $680.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1PADDLES ANDERSON454542.15Jodie Lord
2INNER CITY732442.90Christine Proctor
3LUZAKA ICON144342.34Marien Sullivan
4NUREYEV244342.80Darren Scells
5AMY PARKER651343.14Stuart Hazlett
6RARAMURI351542.15Owen Langley
7FOLK TAILS216642.28Carly Absalom
8MISS FICTION532542.55Ivan Hanna
9LAUGH WITH MARY874142.79Harry Sarkis

Paddles Anderson is stepping back up in distance and after two runs over the 520m journey he should be ready to fire. When last in work he had raced well here over this trip in much stronger company and if he can recapture that type of form he should get the cash, he can make mistakes in his races which is a small concern but he should show a little more dash than normal and he won’t find an easier race to win.

Luzaka Icon turned in a strong effort when placed here last time and she too will appreciate the class drop. She has a slick 42.34 PB here and if she can settle in the top two or three early she should make a big impact.

Miss Fiction rarely wins these days but she could be a good anchor for third and fourth in your exotic bets. She will trail them early but she always works to the line well and she should run past some tiring runners in the home straight.

Top Four: 1 – 3 – 8 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Paddles Anderson with Sportingbet

Trifecta: 1/3,4,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

First Four: 1/3,4/8/Field ($10 for 100%)

First Four: 1/3,4/Field/8 ($10 for 100%)

Race No. 5Golden Easter Egg Prelude Golden…8:52 PM
4/5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,665 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,485 3rd: $730.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1KNOT TELLING YA633829.75Marie Burton
2SHE’S AYCE125730.18Allan Ivers
3PARRYDISE ANGEL8412NBTShannon Ellis
4TAKE IT ALL342429.75Doreen Drynan
5COSMIC SWIPER324629.94Kristy Sultana
6COSMIC PRINCE224130.54Craig Price
7STUART TOWN424230.04Owen Langley
8SCHOONER DOLL712329.83Beverley Sweeney
9LONGNECK418530.11Christine Proctor
10DEVINE FROSTI827830.29Patrick Parrelli

Schooner Doll is a very fast chaser on his night and from the pink draw he should get every chance to muster speed and blaze across to the early lead. He has won here previously in a sizzling 29.83 and if he finds the early lead there isn’t anything in this field with the talent to reel him in.

Cosmic Swiper is usually a smart beginner and he should match motors with or sit just behind the pink in the early stages, if she holds him out then she can definitely win but if she doesn’t she should be able to hold on for the quinella spot.

Stuart Town has been racing well in recent weeks and he shouldn’t be far away again, he is getting stronger with every run and he could be the value in this event.

Knot Telling Ya probably rounds out the hopes, he is better than his form reads and if the pace dogs happen to make a few mistakes he might be able to make them pay from his good draw.

Top Four: 8 – 5 – 7 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Schooner Doll with Sportingbet

Quinella: 8 to rove with 1,5,7 ($3 for 100%)

Exacta: 5,7,8/1,5,7,8 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 8/1,5,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 6Greyhound Recorder Distance Chal…9:28 PM
4/5 event over 720 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,285 2nd: $1,485 3rd: $730.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ZIPPING GEOFF2321NBTJason Mackay
2HAVAGO MEGSIE1464NBTBarry Evans
3KILKEE FLEX6112NBTShannon Ellis
4ZIPPING GRACE355242.59Trevor Jones
5EMILY’S SWEET242342.61Barry Howell
6MR. CORSAIR331542.15Michelle Shambler
7VICTORY BELLE423242.55Gregory Adamthwaite
8DRIVING FORCE555142.69Larry Procopio
9MISS ENCHANTED366543.68David Abbott
10NUREYEV244342.80Darren Scells

Zipping Geoff appears to be the real deal and this exciting stayer should make light work of this lineup. He has continued to progress well with each rise in distance and I think he could give the 42 second barrier a nudge if he gains a clear passage early. He is going to be very short so it may be best to just anchor him upfront in your exotic bets.

Kilkee Flex gave a great sight when placed in her heat at Richmond and she should improve on that effort as it was her first try at the journey. Clearly I dont think she can hold out the favourite but she should give a bold showing.

Mr. Corsair is the only genuine and proven stayer in the race and he should be running home into a place, I think he will get too far back to win but he is as strong as an ox and he could be a good anchor for second and third in your exotics.

Driving Force appreciated the smaller field in his heat victory last week and he shouldn’t be too far away again.

Top Four: 1 – 6 – 3 – 8

Suggested Bets:

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

Trifecta: 1/6/Field ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1/Field/6 ($6 for 100%)

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

Race No. 7Wentworthpark.com.au Stakes9:45 PM
FFA event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ZIPPING CARTER124129.73Jason Mackay
2GO HOME BRO485829.95Ross Gerard
3ANYTHING LESS621129.56Melinda Finn
4ZIPPING ANGEL713129.60Jason Mackay
5ARE JIP346629.48Kristy Sultana
6CAWBOURNE REV211429.94Jodie Lord
7LA GRAND LOGIE122129.73Jeffrey Eaton
8PASSENGERX24430.03Larry Procopio

La Grand Logie appears to have gone to the next level and he could be great value in this event. He is armed with blistering early speed and he showed good stamina in his sizzling 29.73 victory last time. I think he has the speed to cross again and if he does he should carve up the inside division in the process.

Zipping Angel clearly has the class edge and if she steps away then she will take a power of beating, she has been beginning well of late and she should be suited with the wide running Are Jip drawn directly on her outside, she would be my top pick but I think she is likely to be under the odds.

Anything Less is an absolute beast and if you knew he was going to get a clear run you would definitely put your hard earned on, the concern is that he is likely to miss the kick. He has won 10 of 17 here and he can still feature even if he does miss away.

Top Four: 7 – 4 – 3 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on La Grand Logie and Anything Less with Sportingbets

Boxed Quinella: 1,3,4,7 ($6 for 10%)

Exacta: 3,4,7/1,3,4,7 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 3,4,7/1,3,4,7/1,3,4,5,6,7 ($36 for 100%)

Race No. 8Ladbrokes.com.au Sprint Series F10:08 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,020 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,350 3rd: $670.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1OPUS FORTE282129.72Luke Azzopardi
2SCARP MISSILE514129.95Jodie Lord
3LEMON TREE GIRL512130.07Caroline Hughes
4JACK KADE787130.04Jodie Lord
5VELVET FLAME386129.78Andrew Bayliss
6ISABEL ENLIM546130.19Len Haaring
7TO A TEE134229.96Harry Sarkis
8LET IT DEVELOP221129.85Jodie Lord
9STUART TOWN424230.04Owen Langley
10ENCOSTA DEPLENTE712129.96Lorraine Perrin

Opus Forte has continued to improve in recent weeks and from the red he is going to prove very hard to hold out. There is plenty of speed drawn on his outside but that should allow him to sit just behind them in the early stages and I would then expect him to make a strong move mid race. He has a fair bit on these overall and he really does look the goods.

Scarp Missile is a brilliant beginner and he should have the speed to hold out the outside division, he is getting stronger with every run but if the red is anywhere near him mid race, the quinella spot looks likely.

Let It Develop is in rare form and if he gets across he will prove hard to reel in, he is engaged to run on Friday night and if he backs up he may be a little flat, so place claims may be best.

Velvet Flame must also be respected, she returned to form with a sizzling 29.78 win here last week and if she reproduces that run she should be right in the mix.

Top Four: 1 – 2 – 5 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Opus Forte with Sportingbet

Boxed Quinella: 1,2,5,8 ($6 for 100%)

Exacta: 1,2/1,2,5,8 ($6 for 100%)

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

Race No. 9Adopt A Greyhound Stakes10:28 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1CAWBOURNE POWER443529.78Tracey Bruce
2LORELLA FIRE258330.10Troy Halligan
3NIGHTWATCHMAN331430.32John Callaughan
4SPANISH FLAIR522130.19Andrew Bayliss
5EMPEROR JETEYE718230.09Stevan Vas
6DEVINE AWE622730.02Patrick Parrelli
7PRICELESS111230.16Leanne Jordan
8MIDNIGHT OWL257130.02Judith Fisher
9KAYLA’S TIGER814630.64Len Haaring
10PARRYDISE STORM5576NBTCraig Price

Midnight Owl has been racing well of late and she showed her true ability when scoring at Nowra last time in a sizzling 29.85. She normally shows great early speed and if she can get away with them on terms she had have sufficient speed to get across in the early stages. She has won here previously in a zippy 30.02 and a similar effort tonight would probably be enough to score.

Nightwatchman is probably the most talented chaser in the event but he does miss the kick and he will need a few things to go his way mid race but he has been racing well and this looks to be a very winnable race.

Spanish Flair showed a good turn of foot in his last start 30.19 win here and on that occasion he beat the highly promising No Donuts, this is a rise in class but he should be up to the challenge.

Devine Awe rounds out the chances, he has been placed in ten of 15 here and he can show early speed in his races.

Top Four: 8 – 3 – 4 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Midnight Owl with Sportingbet

Boxed Quinella: 3,4,6,8 ($6 for 100%)

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

Trifecta: 8/3,4,6/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 10Gee Carnival Mar 20 – Apr 4 Stak…10:50 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BILLYSOAR611530.54Bradley Barber
2AEROPLANE BLAZER315630.21Tracey Bruce
3BLACK BRONCO444130.23Christine Proctor
4BALLISTIC TIP331530.78Tracey Bruce
5AVENGER ICON235730.48Robert Sullivan
6SPIRITUAL CHARM141230.24Doreen Drynan
7DEVINE FROSTI827830.29Patrick Parrelli
8DEVIL PRINCE354330.19Owen Langley
9PETER’S PICK574430.22John Callaughan
10ADULT BEHAVIOUR736430.81Robert Arnold

Billysoar has come up with the good draw and he appears to be a highly promising chaser. He recently scored back to back slick wins at Richmond and he has been placed in one of his two tries here. If he can get away on terms he should have the speed to hold a prominent position and he may prove too strong in the run home.

Devil Prince can be a little hard to follow but he was far from disgraced when placed here last time out. From the pink he will need to get away well but he generally has good box manners and he should put himself into contention.

Ballistic Tip didn’t have much luck in his debut here last time but prior to that he did post a sizzling 29.64 Gardens win, he should have derived a lot of benefit from last week’s run and I would expect him to show improvement tonight.

Top Four: 1 – 8 – 4 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Billysoar with Sportingbet

Boxed Quinella: 1,4,5,8 ($6 for 100%)

Exacta: 1,8/1,4,5,8 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1/4,5,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

The Meadows greyhound tips & betting preview February 21 2015

DESPITE a difficult week in the greyhound racing industry, there is something positive to focus on tonight with the running of three Group 1 races at The Meadows- the Zoom Top, the Rookie Rebel and the Temlee.

Lets get into our selections for the meeting where we will hopefully find you plenty of winners.

Best Bet:
Race 10: Lektra Concord

Best Roughie:
Race 9: Dyna Quirk

Quaddie:
Leg 1: 8 – Leg 2: 1,2,4,6 – Leg 3: 1,2,7,8,9 – Leg 4: 5,7,8
$60 for 100%

Race No. 1Atc Australian Cup Prelim 16:57 PM (VIC time)
Special Event event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1LEKTRA UTOPIA [5]2835130.65(2)A Dailly (Anakie)
2BOTTOM DOLLAR [3]6131530.12(2)A Dailly (Anakie)
3CLASH OF KINGS (QLD)[5]1833829.98(5)S Whyte (Bunyip)
4ARMED AND READY (NSW)[5]11141FSHJ Gane (Devon Meadows)
5CAUSTIC BALE (NSW)[5]1161330.46(2)S Collins (Lara)
6BOGNER BALE (NSW)[4]3562130.01(5)J Hunt (Lara)
7FUELISH [5]11312FSHK Hellmuth (Pearcedale)
8DYNA GLINDA (NSW)[5]6155130.12(4)A Dailly (Anakie)
9TRAIL BLAZING [5]Res.4136630.41(8)T Womann (Lara)
10HAKATA BALE (NSW)[7]Res.34627NBTA Dailly (Anakie)

Good race to kick a wonderful nights racing and I think the well drawn Lektra Utopia can get the job done at nice odds. In recent weeks he had been racing very well without winning but two starts back he was rewarded for his good form with a smart 25.34 Ballarat win. With the scratching of boxes three and four, this race is left with very little early speed, so he should be able to punch through early and if he holds them out he might lead all the way.

Caustic Bale is an absolute beast and if he gets a clear crack at them he will win, two starts back he overcame a slow start to score at Ballarat in 25.14 and if he is given a clear passage tonight it will be scary to see what he can put on the clock.

Dyna Glinda turned a few heads when scoring at Sandown Park on Thursday with a breathtaking 33.94 win, if she can bring that form here, she could be the value.

Fuelish was pretty ordinary at Ballarat on Wednesday and he faces a tough task in his metro debut, there is no doubting he has the talent to match these, however I would prefer to wait and see what he can do after a couple of attempts in this class.

Top Four: 1 – 5 – 8 – 9

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Lektra Utopia with Sportingbet

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

Quinella: 1 to rove with 5,8,9 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1/5,8,9/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1,5/1,5/Field ($12 for 100%)

Race No. 2Atc Australian Cup Prelim 27:18 PM (VIC time)
Special Event event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1IKAKU BALE (NSW)[5]1556430.01(5)A Dailly (Anakie)
2QUARREL BALE (NSW)[4]1462530.16(4)S Collins (Lara)
3HAWK ALONE [4]6576630.04(1)A Dailly (Anakie)
4ONE DEE [4]2141429.96(4)S Taylor (Keilor East)
5AXIS BALE (NSW)[5]21837NBTJ Hunt (Lara)
6CRACKERJACK MAX [5]6837130.07(2)A Dailly (Anakie)
7ALEX’S ENTITY [4]4122729.96(8)K Greenough (Pearcedale)
8HIGH CLASS (WA)[5]1135330.03(4)S Labozzetta (Cheltenham)
9DYNA BRAINIAC (NSW)[4]Res.5315130.02(1)A Dailly (Anakie)
10OAKVALE FLYER (SA)[5]Res.5782330.32(5)J Britton (Anakie)

This should be an extremely competitive affair and I’m going to give the edge to the speedy Crackerjack Max. Three starts back he was desperately unlucky here when he was dragged down just as he was about to assume control, he showed that he took no harm from that run by scoring at Ballarat in a brilliant 25.22 at his next start. Once again he will need some luck early but he has blinding speed and there isn’t a lot of speed drawn underneath.

Ikaku Bale has the good draw and I am a big fan of this chaser, he has been a little disappointing in his most previous efforts but from the red tonight he should sight the lure a lot earlier and that will allow him to settle in a more threatening position. He is extremely fast and if he can get into some open space he could salute at nice odds.

Quarrel Bale is another with a big engine and he just needs an ounce of luck to feature, he has won three of nine here and I think he is capable of going sub 29.80 with a clear run, the only concern is that he can be slow to begin and he may get shuffled back early.

Alex’s Entity rounds out the chances, he has been racing in great form and the wide draw should suit, he should follow Crackerjack Max across early and if he settles in the top two he will take a power of beating.

Top Four: 6 – 1 – 2 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Crackerjack Max with Sportingbet

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

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

Trifecta: 6/1,2,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

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

Race No. 3Atc Australian Cup Prelim 37:42 PM (VIC time)
Special Event event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1CRACKERJACK BURN [5]1343630.36(7)A Dailly (Anakie)
2ZABIMARU BALE (NSW)[4]2138130.29(4)A Dailly (Anakie)
3LIARA ALLEN (NSW)[5]3866730.09(2)S Collins (Lara)
4DYNA ORION (NSW)[3]5685530.01(1)A Dailly (Anakie)
5TIGGERLONG AMIGO (NSW)[4]5513430.10(7)J Gane (Devon Meadows)
6ZEPPELIN BALE (NSW)[4]2143729.95(2)J Hunt (Lara)
7MIDNIGHT FLYNN [5]4715429.84(2)M Carter (Kialla)
8LEKTRA OUTLAW [4]2425230.12(8)A Dailly (Anakie)
9VANGER BALE (NSW)[5]Res.6672630.62(2)T Womann (Lara)
10HE ISN’T REALLY [5]Res.63163NBTC Schlensog (Anakie)

Midnight Flynn turned in a mammoth effort here last week and with an ounce of luck early he should atone for that luckless effort. He has a keen railer drawn directly underneath tonight and he likes to use a bit of the track himself, so he is drawn to get all the breaks. He has won here previously in a sizzling 29.84 and if he reproduces that time he will gap them.

Crackerjack Burn is rising in class but he is drawn to lead and he appears to be getting stronger with every start. He should hold them out early and if he can break away mid race he should have enough in hand to hold on for a top two finish.

Lektra Outlaw was a recent finalist in the Group 1 National Derby and he loves racing over this track and trip, if he can step cleanly he should follow Midnight Flynn across in the early stages and that will allow him to make his presence felt over the concluding stages.

If you’re looking for value, Dyna Orion could be sneak value for the place, he will be massive odds but he should be able to drop onto the rail early and he will hit the line solidly.

Top Four: 7 – 1 – 8 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Midnight Flynn with Sportingbet

Boxed Quinella: 1,4,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

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

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

Race No. 4Atc Australian Cup Prelim 47:58 PM (VIC time)
Special Event event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ALLEN ERYK (NSW)[5]754F430.01(2)A Dailly (Anakie)
2JAYNEY BALE (NSW)[3]1674629.96(2)A Dailly (Anakie)
3WIND WHISTLER [5]32216NBTA Langton (Anakie)
4MARGINS (NSW)[5]4111F30.17(5)B Ennis (Lara)
5MISS MAYFLOWER [5]1242830.19(2)T Womann (Lara)
6DAWKINS BALE (NSW)[4]5325129.87(3)J Hunt (Lara)
7QUICKER THAN AL [4]2242230.56(4)A Hanson (Marong)
8USAIN I’M NUTTY [5]31273NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
9ATHOS [5]Res.5323730.28(4)R Gray (Pyalong)
10LEKTRA CRASH [6]Res.6235530.82(8)A Dailly (Anakie)

Dawkins Bale is the real deal and he is better suited to the 525m journey. Last time out he gave a quality line-up a start and a beating when scoring at Shepparton in a slick 25.16. He has a keen railer drawn underneath and two slow beginners drawn on his outside, if he can step on terms he should be able to drive into a top three position early and he should then put them to the sword as they head past the second marker. He is an extremely fast chaser and he could be a major player throughout the series.

Wind Whistler returned to form with a powerful 34.01 Sandown Park win two runs back and he will be steaming home again, I don’t think he can win but he could be a great anchor for second and third in your exotic bets.

Jayney Bale is much better than her recent form reads and she should be able to regain some confidence from the rails draw. She has won three of six here and she does own a slick 29.96 PB run.

Margins rounds out the chances, like the favourite, he has a massive engine and he just needs a few things to go his way early, I’m a little concerned with the speed on his outside so that is why I only have him as a place chance.

Top Four: 6 – 2 – 3 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Dawkins Bale with Sportingbet

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

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

Trifecta: 6/2,3,4/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 5Macro Meats Zoom Top (gobis)8:22 PM (VIC time)
S/E Group 1 event over 725 metres at The meadows Of $118,000 Prizemoney.
1st: $75,000 2nd: $22,000 3rd: $11,000 GOBIS: $10,000.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1STARC (NSW)[5]1233342.79(8)A Dailly (Anakie)
2LADY TOY [5]12112NBTB Ennis (Lara)
3PSYCHOTIC GOLD (NSW)[5]22111FSHP Jovanovic (Lewiston)
4SHALL SHE ROCK [2]4113242.38(7)D Crawford (Pearcedale)
5FLYING TWIST [2]4126142.24(3)A Dailly (Anakie)
6PUMPED UP ZARR (NSW)[5]15F24NBTN Staines (Yass)
7BLINKER’S ON [4]5153442.79(1)B Ennis (Lara)
8SPACE STAR (NSW)[5]21111FSTDR Britton (Lara)
9ZIPPING MAGGIE (NSW)[3]Res.3245843.06(8)P Dapiran (Northwood)
10ZIPPING RORY (NSW)[4]Res.4838342.17(6)P Dapiran (Northwood)

Space Star has been racing in rare form and I think he announced himself as the country’s best stayer when he overpowered the brilliant Lady Toy to win the WA Galaxy last time out. In running I thought he was gone once Lady Toy headed him but like a true champ he dug deep and found a way to win. He is perfectly placed in the pink and he has raced well here over the 600m journey, so the track shouldn’t pose too many problems. He reminds me a lot of Texas Gold and I think if he continues to progress he may even turn out to be a better stayer than Texas Gold.

Lady Toy was brilliant when narrowly beaten in the Galaxy last time and she should be a major player again, however she had her chance to roll the favourite and I don’t think she will get a better opportunity than that. Outside of Space Star this race lacks real depth so she should fill the quinella spot quite comfortably.

Blinker’s On has probably been a disappointment in his career so far, he promised so much so early but he is yet to really deliver. I believe he has the talent though to match these so if the favourites happen to find bother he might be in the right position mid race and he will be ready to pounce.

Flying Twist rounds out the chances, she is back to her brilliant best and she has the speed to lead them up, I don’t think she can hold on for the win but she is a must for the exotics.

Top Four: 8 – 2 – 7 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Space Star (short odds but should win easily) with Sportingbet

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

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

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

Race No. 6Macro Meats Rookie Rebel (gobis)8:58 PM (VIC time)
S/E Group 1 event over 600 metres at The meadows Of $118,000 Prizemoney.
1st: $75,000 2nd: $22,000 3rd: $11,000 GOBIS: $10,000.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1RALPHY CINEL (NSW)[2]2831134.44(4)J Borg (Maryborough)
2RIDE THE RAILS (NSW)[3]1131134.20(6)K Bravo (Lovely Banks)
3WAYMORE’S BLUES [3]2512134.42(4)K Bravo (Lovely Banks)
4SISCO RAGE [3]8227334.39(8)J Galea (Lara)
5ECHELONIC ACTION [3]1325434.46(8)D Coleman (Lara)
6STAR RECALL (WA)[3]1111434.01(1)J Britton (Anakie)
7LAMIA BALE (NSW)[5]23133FSTDS Collins (Lara)
8COSMIC WISE (WA)[2]5662834.28(8)J Britton (Anakie)
9CORNELIUS FUDGE [3]Res.1562734.35(8)L Cockerell (Buckley)
10COME ON FANTASY [5]Res.81222NBTJ Borg (Maryborough)

It really is hard to look past the in form Ralphy Cinel, he excels over this distance range and he recently destroyed a classy line-up in the Big Dog Cup at Albion Park and in the process he reeled off a blistering 34.66 and 34.70 in the heat and final respectively. He does like to move up the track a little in the early stages but Ride The Rails should give him plenty of room in the first 50m and if he finds the lure I can’t see anything reeling him in.

Ride The Rails has been absolutely flying of late and he should match motors with the red for most of the journey, his effort in the Warragul Cup final a few runs back was enormous and although I’m a little concerned about the inside draw tonight I think he is capable of overcoming a few difficulties in the early stages.

Sisco Rage is one of the hottest chasers in training at present and if he drew the red I would be all over him. He has turned in some terrific performances of late and he has a great record here, if he can avoid early bother he should make an impact at nice odds.

We can’t forget about Star Recall, she has taken all before her in recent months and if she pings the lids she will be right in the mix, my concern with her is that she is poorly drawn and there is a fair bit of speed drawn underneath her.

Top Four: 1 – 2 – 4 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Ralphy Cinel with Sportingbet

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

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

Trifecta: 1/2,4,6/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 7Atc Australian Cup Prelim 59:25 PM (VIC time)
Special Event event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1CRACKERJACK ROSE [4]2213630.14(2)A Dailly (Anakie)
2ELFEN BALE (NSW)[5]6122130.02(1)A Dailly (Anakie)
3QUICK SUCCESSION [4]5433329.98(8)J Gane (Devon Meadows)
4TARGARYEN (NSW)[5]1211730.13(8)R Britton (Lara)
5HUMPHREY BALE (NSW)[3]4555429.94(6)A Dailly (Anakie)
6BLACK ILLUSION [5]82132NBTA Langton (Anakie)
7ARISTOTLE BALE (NSW)[4]8212129.84(8)J Hunt (Lara)
8DYNA KEITARO (NSW)[4]1734130.10(5)T Womann (Lara)
9BOXHEAD [5]Res.11121NBTJ Britton (Anakie)
10KID MAXIMUS [5]Res.3823430.23(5)P Akathiotis (Reservoir)

I’m anticipating that Boxhead will go into box three and I think if he does he will take a power of beating. This exciting speedster has scored some sizzling provincial wins in his brief career to date and after two placing’s in three tries here I think he is ready to put it all together in town. If he steps on terms he should have the speed to cross and if he finds the lure early he should be off and gone as they head for the back straight.

Crackerjack Rose loves racing here and she has the good draw, if she can hold them out in the run to the first turn she becomes a serious winning chance, however I think she might get crossed but she will still battle on and that is why she is a great quinella prospect.

Dyna Keitaro blew away his rivals when scoring at Sandown last time in 29.32 and he raced well from wide draws in the past. If he manages to settle in the first half of the field, he should be there at the end.

Top Four: 9 – 1 – 8 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Boxhead with Sportingbet

Boxed Quinella: 1,7,8,9 ($6 for 100%)

Exacta: 1,9/1,7,8,9 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 9/1,7,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1,8,9/1,7,8,9/1,2,5,7,8,9 ($36 for 100%)

Race No. 8Macro Meats Temlee (gobis)9:52 PM (VIC time)
S/E Group 1 event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $155,000 Prizemoney.
1st: $100,000 2nd: $30,000 3rd: $15,000 GOBIS: $10,000.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ZIPPING WILLOW (NSW)[4]1131530.11(4)J Gane (Devon Meadows)
2CHICA DESTACADA (NSW)[5]84617NBTD Drynan (Llandilo)
3ALLEN DEED (NSW)[2]61F3529.38(5)A Dailly (Anakie)
4AWESOME PROJECT (NSW)[3]6612129.92(5)J Gane (Devon Meadows)
5DYNA VILLA (NSW)[2]1118229.67(7)J Hunt (Lara)
6ABOVE ALL (NZ)[2]1121129.76(2)R Britton (Lara)
7FLASH REALITY (NSW)[5]18311FSHT Brett (Grandchester)
8MY BRO FABIO (NSW)[4]3611129.69(1)B Ennis (Lara)
9MARCUS JOE [1]Res.1711729.66(3)B Moloney (Marcus Hill)
10MUSQUIN BALE (NSW)[2]Res.2573429.90(2)A Dailly (Anakie)

Fantastic line-up and tonight is the night when Flash Reality really announces his arrival to the big time. He has always been considered a super talent but after a couple of injuries he appears to be the forgotten chaser. He appears well drawn out wide and last week he reeled off a sizzling 29.78 in a trial, the most impressive part about that run was the fact that he only went 5.21 to the first marker. I believe he is a genuine 5.04 or faster chaser to the first mark and so with a clear run he should be able to get down to the low 29.60’s and that will be enough to score.

Dyna Villa has been pretty ordinary in his past two starts but it takes a brave man to knock a champ. I think he is actually pretty well drawn in the middle and with the lack of speed drawn around him he should be able to drive through and settle in the top two at worst. If he holds them out it is hard to see them reeling him in as he will be reeling off explosive middle sections, however it is hard to tip him with any confidence based on his past two runs.

My Bro Fabio is a fierce chaser and he only needs an ounce of luck in running, he turned in an almighty performance to win the Group One Perth Cup and a repeat effort here will see him play a key role again, my concern with him though as that he is likely to be posted wide early and the Meadows doesn’t really suit his racing pattern. I know he has won here in 29.69 previously but he just about led on that occasion and I can’t see that happening tonight.

Top Four: 7 – 5 – 8 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Flash Reality with Sportingbet

Boxed Quinella: 3,5,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

Exacta: 5,7/3,5,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

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

Race No. 9Atc Australian Cup Prelim 610:18 PM (VIC time)
Special Event event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1NOCKABOUT AUSSIE [4]4374629.83(2)P Akathiotis (Reservoir)
2RECRUITMENT (NSW)[5]12328NBTJ Gane (Devon Meadows)
3DYNA QUIRK (NSW)[6]1128630.04(2)A Dailly (Anakie)
4DYNA NIHILIST (NSW)[5]23212NBTJ Hunt (Lara)
5TIGER’S HERO [5]1421230.01(4)R Britton (Lara)
6POLLY BALE (NSW)[4]3237130.01(4)A Dailly (Anakie)
7LILLYCETTE (NSW)[5]2311231.15(3)E Medhurst (Mangalore)
8EARL BALE (NSW)[4]3112630.26(8)A Dailly (Anakie)
9SIZE DOES MATTER (QLD)[4]Res.4652330.19(1)B Ennis (Lara)
10SPA JANGLES [5]Res.1464730.36(3)J Mccoll (Daylesford)

Earl Bale is a brilliant beginner and he should be able to cross and find the early lead tonight. Two starts back he led for most of the journey before being run down in the shadows of the post. If he can cross tonight he may be able to carve up the inside division in the process and that will allow him to get away mid race.

Dyna Quirk is the interesting runner, he has only had the six starts but he has won two of them and he is a member of an exciting litter. His 30.04 PB here would be good enough to win this race but I think with a clear passage early he is capable of probably going sub 29.90, I would have put him on top but I’m just a little concerned about his box manners at present.

Nockabout Aussie is an enormous talent and if you knew he was going to get a clear run you would be running for the ATM, however he isn’t very reliable and if there is trouble in the race it is likely that he will be right in the middle of it.

Dyna Nihilist is also another who is a trouble maker, however he is racing with a lot more confidence at present and he can show a little more early dash than the red.

Top Four: 8 – 3 – 4 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Early Bale and Dyna Quirk with Sportingbet

Boxed Quinella: 1,3,4,8 ($6 for 100%)

Exacta: 3,8/1,3,4,8 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 8/1,3,4/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 3,4,8/1,3,4,8/1,3,4,6,8,9 ($36 for 100%)

Race No. 10Atc Australian Cup Prelim 710:35 PM (VIC time)
Special Event event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1JOEY VALDEZ [5]12452NBTB Divirgilio (Langwarrin)
2DYNA FANCY (NSW)[5]5127830.16(5)A Dailly (Anakie)
3ULTIMA BALE (NSW)[5]313F830.09(4)S Collins (Lara)
4FLEETWOOD JAY [5]3155230.32(1)A Langton (Anakie)
5LEKTRA CONCORD [5]74713NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
6AMARO BALE (NSW)[4]8144130.10(1)J Hunt (Lara)
7BLUE GIANT [4]5135730.18(4)P Akathiotis (Reservoir)
8MAXIMUM CHEZ [5]6124730.15(2)A Dailly (Anakie)
9FRATELLI FRESH (NSW)[5]Res.54211NBTD Drew (Dennington)
10RUMERO REASON (NSW)[5]Res.4438230.10(1)A Dailly (Anakie)

Tough race but if Lektra Concord can come out cleanly he should get every chance to lead all the way. Two starts back he posted sizzling sectionals before stopping the clock in a blistering 29.36 at Sandown. He has been placed in his only try here and this really looks to be his race.

Ultima Bale has a big engine and if he is given room early he too should make a big impact. He has had a month off racing so he should be nice and fresh and he should probably show a little more early zip than normal. He is very fast when given clear galloping room and he could be the value.

Blue Giant is another with a big motor and he will be steaming home late, he will need a few things to go his way early but if they do I would expect him to be there at the end.

Joey Valdez rounds out the chances, he was solidly placed at Sandown when resuming from a spell and he should have derived a lot of benefit from that run.

Top Four: 5 – 3 – 7 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Lektra Concord with Sportingbet

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

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

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

Race No. 11Atc Australian Cup Prelim 810:57 PM (VIC time)
Special Event event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1FLAME BALE (NSW)[3]8411230.14(1)A Dailly (Anakie)
2DYNA ZOD (NSW)[4]3116530.13(6)A Dailly (Anakie)
3DYNA TIBER (NSW)[5]3227430.14(5)A Dailly (Anakie)
4WALT BALE (NSW)[6]3452330.06(4)J Hunt (Lara)
5HASHTAG SELFIE [4]8381129.97(8)R Britton (Lara)
6CAMPASPE WILL [3]1646729.72(8)N Walls (Melton)
7MEPUNGA ARMAGH [4]1174629.86(8)J Britton (Anakie)
8LEFT IS RIGHT [5]3177230.24(2)A Langton (Anakie)
9SIZE DOES MATTER (QLD)[4]Res.4652330.19(1)B Ennis (Lara)
10WHITE WALKER [5]Res.2535330.33(2)T Reid (Yuroke)

Left Is Right has always showed promise but at Ballarat on Wednesday he announced his arrival as a star in the making. After beginning well he soon went into overdrive before posting a ridiculous 24.99 and only the real good ones get under 25 seconds. Tonight he should get a nice cart across from Mepunga Armagh and I am expecting him to assume control as they head for the back straight.

Campaspe Will has the class factor and he is resuming after three months off, he can be very hit or miss early but once he gets some clear galloping room there aren’t many chasers in the land that can go with him. It’s hard to tip him with any confidence because he is resuming but if he goes around at silly odds he is worth a bet.

Walt Bale will be hitting the line hard and he is a must for your exotics, whilst Dyna Tiber is better than his past couple of runs indicate and I would expect him to show improvement tonight.

Top Four: 8 – 6 – 4 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Left Is Right with Sportingbet

Boxed Quinella: 3,4,6,8 ($6 for 100%)

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

Trifecta: 8/3,4,6/Field ($18 for 100%)

Rookie Rebel: a stellar career in three states

HE IS rated as one of the greatest chasers of all time, yet, unlike Chief Havoc and Zoom Top, his complete racing record is not known. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2002, and a year later a Group 3 race was inaugurated in his honour and run, fittingly, over the 600 metres trip at the Meadows.

Rookie Rebel, a white and fawn dog, was whelped in December 1954, sired by Dream’s Image out of Lady Janellan. His litter included such outstanding greyhounds as Sunview (a top class racer and later a leading sire), Smooth Event (who won the Vic Peters Memorial Classic at Harold Park) and Sunmarker (later to be exported to the United States as a sire).

Rookie Rebel raced between 1956 and 1958 and in many races gave away starts to opponents. The state of Victoria was Rookie Rebel’s main hunting ground and handicap racing was a central part of the overall format.

Rookie Rebel began his career in October 1956 by winning a maiden event at Wagga. I don’t know much about what happened between then and early 1957 but he next popped up in the Hobart Thousand series, winning his way through to the final (held in February), only to be checked in running and beaten a nose by Rising Ace.

On 6 April 1957 he had his first start at Wentworth Park and scored a brilliant 10 lengths win over 580 yards (530 metres), running 31.50, just 1/10th outside the track record. He then went to Victoria where he won three of his next four starts before disappointing and being sold.

In June 1957 he was back at Wentworth Park but ran only fourth behind his litter brother Sunview. He again finished fourth at the track on 6 August. Apparently he was sold yet again and reappeared in Victoria.

Following a series of wins and placings in handicap events at Ballarat and Sandown Park over 496 and 565 yards respectively, Rookie Rebel won at the new North Melbourne track on opening night, 7 October, scoring by five lengths over 675 yards (617 metres).

On 8 November he defeated the very smart Cantee by four lengths in a heat of the Melbourne Cup over 565 yards at Sandown Park. Three days later he scored by seven lengths at North Melbourne before going under by three-quarters of a length to the classy Style Bird in his Melbourne Cup semi-final. Nonetheless he made it through to the final, scoring a brilliant victory on 29 November.

Wins and placings at North Melbourne followed before Rookie Rebel came back to Sydney and contested his first race at Harold Park on 11 January 1958. The 500 yards was not really to his liking but, after being forced wide he finished fast to be beaten only a neck into fourth place behind Fine Earl and Magic Babe in a quick 26.78.

Six days later he blitzed a field at Sandown by seven lengths and then won narrowly over 425 yards at North Melbourne. Returning to Harold Park on 25 January he finished a one and a half lengths second to Red Namoi.

He had a second crack at the Hobart Thousand and went through the series undefeated, winning the final on 15 February by an emphatic eight lengths in a speedy 29.80.

His next major assignment was the inaugural running of the Australian Cup, a handicap event conducted over 675 yards at North Melbourne. Rookie Rebel, off the backmark, won his heat on 17 March. Four days later he downed Lucky Bingo (who had won 16 of his previous 18 starts) by a length over 565 yards at Sandown Park in 30.14/16, a new track record. Magic Babe was third.

Three days after this he won his Australian Cup semi-final by eight lengths.

In the final of the Australian Cup on 31 March, Rookie Rebel was checked at the driving tower yet still managed to career away from Magic Babe and Idle Mate to win by four lengths in a track record time of 36.2/16. The win earned him the princely sum of £800 ($1,600).

He won his next start at the track by seven lengths before suffering interference when beaten into second place twice at North Melbourne. Following a third at Bendigo over the shortcourse, Rookie Rebel bounced back to his best with a five lengths win at Sandown Park on 23 May.

Then it was off to Sydney for a highly-publicised match race with the great sprinter Top Linen. The match race was scheduled to be the first of two between the champions. The 31 May event was over 500 yards at Harold Park (where Top Linen had swept all before him and held the track and world record) while the return match was to take place over 675 yards at North Melbourne.

The match race proved a no-contest as Top Linen made every post a winner, downing Rookie Rebel by six lengths. Victorians firmly believed the tables would be turned when Top Linen came to North Melbourne.

That return match never took place as on 9 June 1958 Rookie Rebel broke two toes in valiantly finishing second in a 675 yards race at North Melbourne and was forced into retirement at the age of three and a half.

He remains the only greyhound to have won the Australian, Melbourne Cup and Hobart Thousand and run second in another Hobart Thousand.

GRV publicity officer Neil Brown believes the dog raced 67 times for 36 wins, 17 seconds, and six thirds. The Greyhound Recorder believed he had notched 35 wins. No matter, Rookie Rebel’s three major race wins are collectively worth $745,000, based on 2014 figures.

2015 Group 1 Zoom Top tips & betting preview

ON SATURDAY night eight of Australia’s best stayers will be chasing a winner’s cheque of $75,000 and Group 1 glory in the Zoom Top. The staying event is named in honour of one of the greatest greyhounds to ever grace a racetrack. ARG’s Duncan Stearn is a huge Zoom Top fan and wrote a book on the feats of this great, titled “Zoom Top, Australia’s Greatest Greyhound”.

Duncan had the following to say –

“By the time Zoom Top recurring injury forced her into retirement in early 1970, Zoom Top had swept all before her in a series of thrilling victories, downing some of the best racers in the country over a variety of distances. Her amazing versatility remains unchallenged to this day. No greyhound before, or since, has ever registered such a series of mind-boggling performances over such a long period. Was she a freak, as some suggested, or simply one of the most gifted and intelligent racers of all time? Zoom Top, despite the passage of time, remains the yardstick by which true greatness is measured.”

As well as the $75,000, the winning greyhound will have their name etched into an honour-roll along with some of the best stayers of the modern era. Irinka Barbie (2004), Miss Brook (2008), Blue Lorian (2011), Miata (2012) and Destini Fireball (2013) are just some of the winners of this prestigious race.

We will find out at 8.22pm who will be crowned the Group 1 Zoom Top champion, with Space Star set to start the race as the odds-on favourite.

Box 1
Race Odds
$9.00
 
 
Starc
Trainer
Andrea Dailly
Owner
Nutt Evans (Syn)
Prizemoney
$73,600
Last 10 Starts
3256412333
Oct-12 Black Dog by Bekim Bale-Glory Of Love
StartGoodRunningMiddleFinishStrong
Prizemoney Rating$1,989Rating75
Career Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
376126
Strike Rates
Win %Place %
1666
Track & Dist.
Starts1st2nd3rd
9112
    
Box 1 Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
3020
ARG’s Brad Bugeja:Has been racing in great form of late and has managed to be placed in two feature finals. From the red he should be able to settle in a prominent position early and he has raced solidly here in the past. There isn’t much speed on his outside so there should be no excuses in the run to the first turn and he has tested the two favourites in recent times, he could be the value in the race.
Best Meadows Times
BestLastSect. BestSect. Last
42.3942.734.594.59
Box 2
Race Odds
$4.00
 
 
Lady Toy
Trainer
Brooke Ennis
Owner
N Gost
Prizemoney
$139,342
Last 10 Starts
5534112112
June-12 Black Bitch by Our Toyman-Railway Shiraz
StartSlowRunningRailFinishVery
Strong
Prizemoney Rating$2,732Rating100
Career Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
51131311
    
Strike Rates
Win %Place %
2572
Track & Dist.
Starts1st2nd3rd
5003
    
Box 2 Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
8132

ARG’s Brad Bugeja:Has grown a leg since joining the Ennis camp and she appears to be showing a lot more early zip. She should be suited to the rails draw and she should be able to tuck in behind the speed and get a nice sit. My concern with her is that she had her chance to beat Space Star last week and he still proved too strong for her and she has struggled in her five runs here previously, obviously she has improved a lot since her last effort here but even so I dont think she can turn the tables on the Pink.

Best Meadows Times
BestLastSect. BestSect. Last
42.8543.265.205.26
Box 3
Race Odds
$34
 
 
Psychotic Gold
Trainer
Petar Jovanovic
Owner
I Russell
Prizemoney
$45,565
Last 10 Starts
4115322111
Dec-11 Black Bitch by Vapour Whirl-Molly’s Gold
StartSlowRunningMiddleFinishStrong
Prizemoney Rating$1,423Rating60
Career Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
321454
Strike Rates
Win %Place %
4371
Track & Dist.
Starts1st2nd3rd
0000
Box 3 Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
2200

Petar Jovanovic (Trainer): “I think she is on their level and has reached the mark where she can run times. She might need some more experience against the seasoned stayers. I just hope she gets a clear run early.”

ARG’s Brad Bugeja:Classy SA chaser and she has been flying since resuming from a spell. Her lack of early speed is a big worry though and I can’t see her giving her rivals a start and a beating. This is clearly the strongest race she has contested in her career and she is going to need a lot of things to go her way. She deserved consideration for this event, however I just can’t see her making an impact.

Best Meadows Times
BestLastSect. BestSect. Last
    
Box 4
Race Odds
$16
 
 
Shall She Rock
Trainer
David Crawford
Owner
S Crawford
Prizemoney
$111,785
Last 10 Starts
5312241132

Mar-12

 Black Bitch by Talk’s Cheap-Shall She
StartGoodRunningRailFinishStrong
Prizemoney Rating$2,191Rating75
Career Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
5116118
Strike Rates
Win %Place %
3168
Track & Dist.
Starts1st2nd3rd
12433
Box 4 Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
4012

David Crawford (Trainer): “This is her biggest test to date clearly. Britton’s dog in the pink might be a near good thing, but I think mine can lead and if she does she will be mighty hard to beat. I’m hoping she can run a place. She does like the Meadows.”

ARG’s Brad Bugeja:Very honest chaser and she is probably just a couple of lengths off the top class, she loves racing over this track and trip and that means that she must be considered tonight. The box draw hasn’t done her any favours but she does have the ability to step cleanly and with a good getaway tonight she might be able to settle in the first half of the field, she is very strong in the run home and a top three finish would not surprise tonight.

Best Meadows Times
BestLastSect. BestSect. Last
42.7042.705.045.17
Box 5
Race Odds
$8.50
 
 

Flying Twist
Trainer
Andrea Dailly
Owner
K Hollway
Prizemoney
$100,690
Last 10 Starts
4263841261
Aug-11 

Black

 Bitch by Velocette-Valley Twist
StartFastRunningMiddleFinishStrong
Prizemoney Rating$1,624Rating85
Career Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
621776
Strike Rates
Win %Place %
2748
Track & Dist.
Starts1st2nd3rd
5310
Box 5 Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
9111
    
ARG’s Brad Bugeja:Has been struggling for a little while but in recent weeks she has bounced back to her brilliant best and her last start 34.00 Sandown Park win shows that she is in peak condition. The sectionals she posted in that effort suggest that she will have the speed to lead tonight and if she does find the lure she might just zip away mid race. I’m still not convinced that she runs a genuine 700m but her early speed means that she will always put herself into contention. Has a winning hope but I think she could be value for the place.
Best Meadows Times
BestLastSect. BestSect. Last
42.5842.584.924.92
Box 6
Race Odds
$31
Heat Replay
 
Pumped Up Zarr
Trainer
Neil Staines
Owner
W Miller
Prizemoney
$77,315
Last 10 Starts
1651115F24
Aug-10 Black Bitch by Big Daddy Cool-Midnight Drama
StartAverageRunningRailFinishFairly Strong
Prizemoney Rating$1,504Rating70
Career Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
551694
Strike Rates
Win %Place %
2952
Track & Dist.
Starts1st2nd3rd
1000
Box 6 Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
6201

Neil Staines (Trainer): “It’s a very hard race, but it couldn’t be coming at a better time for the dog himself. He is fresh and well and if we can run a place we will be happy. If he can get to the front he might upset the apple cart without being too confident about things.”

ARG’s Brad Bugeja:Classy NSW stayer but he appears to be a little down on his best form at present. He tends to save his best for Wentworth Park and he is better suited to an inside draw. Would need to lead to have any chance tonight and I just can’t see that happening. Will be big odds and can really see him making an impact

Best Meadows Times
BestLastSect. BestSect. Last
    
Box 7
Race Odds
$9.00
 
 
Blinker’s On
Trainer
Brooke Ennis
Owner
Blinkers Syndicate (SYN)
Prizemoney
$58,545
Last 10 Starts
1126251534
May-12 Blue Dog by Cosmic Rumble-Good Oil
StartSlowRunningMiddleFinishStrong
Prizemoney Rating$2,018Rating85
Career Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
291062
Strike Rates
Win %Place %
3462
Track & Dist.
Starts1st2nd3rd
1100
Box 7 Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
4120
ARG’s Brad Bugeja:Could be the smokey in the event, he has always shown tremendous promise but unfortunately he has never really taken it to the next level. He has tasted victory in his only try here and he does have the ability to step cleanly and he could settle in a top four position early. He is very strong in the run to the line and when given clear galloping room he is capable of matching it with any chaser in this event, he can do a lot wrong in his races but if he happens to get some luck in running he could be the value bet in the race.
Best Meadows Times
BestLastSect. BestSect. Last
42.7942.795.075.07
Box 8
Race Odds
$1.80
 
 
Space Star
Trainer
Rob Britton
Owner
C Limon
Prizemoney
$236,700
Last 10 Starts
1213121111
Jun-12 Black Dog by 

Bekim Bale

-Tonto Tears
StartFastRunningWideFinishStrong
Prizemoney Rating$8,162Rating100
Career Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
291844
Strike Rates
Win %Place %

62

89
Track & Dist.
Starts1st2nd3rd
0000
Box 8 Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
3300

Rob Britton (Trainer): “It’s a tough race like any hand picked race, but he is drawn well and going super. Getting a clear run is everything in greyhound racing and we are hopeful he will get a clear run from out there. If he does get that he will run a mighty race.”

ARG’s Brad Bugeja:Absolute star and he reminds me a lot of a former champ called Texas Gold. Like Texas Gold he likes to scout extremely wide in his races but he is blessed with outstanding speed and stamina. In recent weeks he has gone to the next level and he should continue to be a dominant force over the staying journey. Of his most recent victories, I think he showed his true star status when he managed to reel in Lady Toy last week, that even surprise me, from the pink tonight he should settle in the top two early and then when he goes into overdrive mid race, he should put an absolute space in them. Very short at $1.65 but he deserves to be that short an I really can’t see him being beaten.

Best Meadows Times
BestLastSect. BestSect. Last
    

Top Four: 8 – 2 – 7 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Space Star (short odds but should win easily) with Sportingbet

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

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

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

2015 Group 1 Rookie Rebel tips & betting preview

THE Group 1 Rookie Rebel will give Australia’s best middle distance stars the chance to shine on the big stage as they all compete for a slice of the $75,000 winner’s cheque.

Amazingly, half of the field are sired by High Earner, the former Queensland star who once held the all time prize money record. He will be represented by Ralphy Cinel (box one), Sisco Rage (box four), Star Recall (box six) and Lamia Bale (box seven).

Cosmic Chief will also have two pups in the event with Ride The Rails (box two) and Cosmic Wise (box eight) looking to give their sire his first win at the top level. Incidentally, Cosmic Chief was trained by Darren Brown, who also owns his son, Ride The Rails.

The race is set to jump at 8:58pm.

Box 1
Race Odds
$4.00
 
 
Ralphy Cinel
Trainer
Joe Borg
Owner
M Crowe
Prizemoney
$99,690
Last 10 Starts
4413828311
November
2011
 Black Dog by High
Earner
-Fantasy
Parade
StartFastRunningMiddleFinishStrong
Prizemoney Rating$2,556Rating90
Career Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
391474
Strike Rates
Win %Place %
3664
Track & Dist.
Starts1st2nd3rd
5400
    
Box 1 Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
4210
ARG’s Brad Bugeja: Super talent who has won four of five over this journey. He is drawn to get all the breaks in the early stages and if he does find the lure in the early stages he will take a power of beating. Last time out he won the Big Dog Cup at Albion Park in a devastating 34.70 and if he reproduces that effort he will take some catching. He appears to be racing with extreme confidence and he really looks a good bet from the red draw.”
Best The Meadows Times
BestLastSect. BestSect. Last
34.4434.468.899.00
Box 2
Race Odds
$4.20
 
 
Ride The Rails
Trainer
Kelly Bravo
Owner
N Brown
Prizemoney
$138,055
Last 10 Starts
1231113114
October
2011
 Black Dog by Cosmic
Chief
-Pearl
Napoleon
StartFastRunningWideFinishFairly
Strong
Prizemoney Rating$2,422Rating100
Career Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
5722148
    
Strike Rates
Win %Place %
3971
Track & Dist.
Starts1st2nd3rd
2200
    
Box 2 Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
7310

ARG’s Brad Bugeja:Absolute star and he is unbeaten in his two tries over this journey. There is a bit of speed draw around him but if he can step on terms he would have more than enough pace to push through and hold them out. Four runs back he turned in an almighty performance when placed in the Warragul Cup Final and he deserves to win a big one. He has them all covered for talent and he just needs a clear run early to win this.”

Best The Meadows Times
BestLastSect. BestSect. Last
34.2034.488.978.97
Box 3
Race Odds
$10
 
 
Waymore’s Blues
Trainer
Kelly Bravo
Owner
B Bravo
Prizemoney
$95,415
Last 10 Starts
5111251213
January
2012
 Collide Dog by Collide-Casey’s
Angel
StartFastRunningMiddleFinishWeak
Prizemoney Rating$1,767Rating60
Career Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
5417108
Strike Rates
Win %Place %
3165
Track & Dist.
Starts1st2nd3rd
4210
Box 3 Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
3001

ARG’s Brad Bugeja:Racing in great heart of late and if he happened to find the early lead he could definitely feature. The concern though is that over this journey he will need to lead clearly and with the amount of speed in this event, I just can’t see that happening. Place chances do look best but even then, he will still need a lot to go his way.”

Best The Meadows Times
BestLastSect. BestSect. Last
34.4234.428.948.94
Box 4
Race Odds
$7.00
 
 
Sisco Rage
Trainer
John Galea
Owner
J Galea
Prizemoney
$120,415
Last 10 Starts
3111282273

February
2012

 Black Dog by High
Earner
-Sisco
Power
StartAverageRunningMiddleFinishStrong
Prizemoney Rating$1,564Rating90
Career Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
77201314
Strike Rates
Win %Place %
2961
Track & Dist.
Starts1st2nd3rd
10302
Box 4 Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
10134
ARG’s Brad Bugeja:Like Ride The Rails, he is racing in peak form at present and he is probably the hardest chaser in this race. Once again the box draw hasn’t done him any favours but if he can time the start he should be able to settle in a prominent position and he will be very strong in the run to the line. From the draw he is going to need a lot of luck but he is going to be over the odds and he does appear to be a nice each way bet.”
Best The Meadows Times
BestLastSect. BestSect. Last
34.3934.398.948.94
Box 5
Race Odds
$21
 
 

Echelonic Action
Trainer
Deborah Coleman
Owner
L Jones
Prizemoney
$78,412
Last 10 Starts
4721313254
November
2011
 

Black

 Dog by Mogambo-Off
Springer
StartSlowRunningRailFinishStrong
Prizemoney Rating$956Rating45
Career Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
8214911
Strike Rates
Win %Place %
1741
Track & Dist.
Starts1st2nd3rd
17554
Box 5 Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
10202
ARG’s Brad Bugeja: Has been a good chaser for quite a while now and he deserves his spot, however he is a little down on his best form at present and he will need a lot of things to go right for him to feature. From the middle pin he is likely to get spat out the back early and he can’t give these type of chasers a start and a beating.”
Best The Meadows Times
BestLastSect. BestSect. Last
34.4634.619.089.26
Box 6
Race Odds
$3.30
Heat Replay
 
Star Recall
Trainer
Jeff Britton
Owner
K Dover
Prizemoney
$289,815
Last 10 Starts
7115111114
April
2012
 Black Bitch by High
Earner
-No
Recall
StartFastRunningMiddleFinishStrong
Prizemoney Rating$6,038Rating100
Career Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
482964
Strike Rates
Win %Place %
6081
Track & Dist.
Starts1st2nd3rd
3200
Box 6 Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
8421

ARG’s Brad Bugeja:Absolute star and she has taken all before her in recent months. She has a blistering 34.01 PB over this journey and she is armed with genuine early speed. There is very little speed directly underneath her so if she can step away cleanly she should be able to settle in the top two or three early. I think she has only tasted defeat once over this distance range and in all of her wins she has run blistering times, she is going to be fairly short but everything points to her to win.”

Best The Meadows Times
BestLastSect. BestSect. Last
34.0134.648.819.26
Box 7
Race Odds
$5.50
 
 
Lamia Bale
Trainer
Steve Collins
Owner
Paul Wheeler
Prizemoney
$147,295
Last 10 Starts
1112123133
July
2012
 Brindle Bitch by High
Earner
-Maple
Bale
StartFastRunningMiddleFinishStrong
Prizemoney Rating$3,682Rating80
Career Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
401296
Strike Rates
Win %Place %
3068
Track & Dist.
Starts1st2nd3rd
0000
Box 7 Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
6202
ARG’s Brad Bugeja:One of the most honest chasers in training and she is capable of pinging the lids. Her recent racing has been done over the sprint journeys of late and that means she should be nice and sharp and she should show a lot of early speed. If she can step cleanly she should follow Star Recall across early and that will allow her to settle in a prominent spot. I dont think she can win tonight but she is more than capable of running a place.”
Best The Meadows Times
BestLastSect. BestSect. Last
----
Box 8
Race Odds
$10
 
 
Cosmic Wise
Trainer
Jeff Britton
Owner
Brona Lane Racing – MGR J Wright
Prizemoney
$121,200
Last 10 Starts
1157156628
September
2011
 Black Bitch by 

Cosmic
Chief

-Wise
Penny
StartGoodRunningMiddleFinishStrong
Prizemoney Rating$1,809Rating70
Career Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
6721118
Strike Rates
Win %Place %

31

60
Track & Dist.
Starts1st2nd3rd
5303
Box 8 Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
12234
ARG’s Brad Bugeja:Much better than her recent form reads and she has a terrific record here. She is likely to start double figure odds tonight and she could be the value. Two starts back she turned in a great effort when placed behind Astronomize and a repeat effort would see her run a mighty race here. She recorded her impressive 34.28 PB here from this draw, so the wide draw shouldn’t pose too many problems.”
Best The Meadows Times
BestLastSect. BestSect. Last
34.2834.288.878.99

Top Four: 1 – 2 – 4 – 6

Suggested Bets:

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

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

Trifecta: 1/2,4,6/Field ($18 for 100%)

2015 Group 1 Temlee tips & betting preview

THE Group 1 Temlee will be run and won at The Meadows on Saturday night and promises to be an exciting and enticing affair, despite the current furore that surrounds greyhound racing.

Zipping Willow has been withdrawn, giving the first reserve Marcus Joe an opportunity to compete for the $100,000 winner’s cheque.

My Bro Fabio is currently the $2.90 favourite with Sportingbet and is on a hot-streak, having claimed up his third straight win earlier this month in the Group 1 Perth Cup.

The Brooke Ennis-trained chaser has a blistering personal best time of 29.69 at The Meadows and will give punters plenty of confidence from box eight, with an impeccable record of four wins from five attempts in the wide alley.

Robert Britton puts the polish on Above All, currently $3.20 with Sportingbet, which has only been beaten once at The Meadows in four starts. The son of Magic Sprite and Kara Janx is already a dual Group 1 winner and has a sizzling personal best time of 29.76 over the track and distance.

The is plenty of value to be found in the race, with Melbourne Cup hero Dyna Villa a massive $7.00 at time of publishing. A win in the race would take his prize money earnings to $736,330 – less than $10,000 away from breaking Xylia Allen’s all time record.

The race is scheduled to jump at 9.52pm (Victorian time).

Box 1
Race Odds
$23
 
 
Marcus Joe
Trainer
Barry Moloney
Owner
Barry Moloney
Prizemoney
$255,700
Last 10 Starts
4241717117
Apr-11 Brindle Dog by Velocette-Mojo Glory
StartAverageRunningRailFinishFairly
Strong
Prizemoney Rating$4,124.19Rating65
Career Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
6220136
Strike Rates
Win %Place %
3261
Track & Dist.
Starts1st2nd3rd
19861
    
Box 1 Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
4000
ARG’s Brad Bugeja:Has a love affair with this track and if he gained a start he wouldn’t be without a hope, especially if he comes up with the red draw. He has solid early speed and he can go with any of these mid race, will be big odds but is not without a serious chance if he gains a start.”
Best The Meadows Times
BestLastSect. BestSect. Last
29.6629.9950.45.21
Box 2
Race Odds
$6.50
 
 
Chica Destacada
Trainer
Doreen Drynan
Owner
Dee & Pee Syn
Prizemoney
$299,605
Last 10 Starts
1211484617
May-12 Black Bitch by Cosmic Rumble-Eluthra
StartFastRunningRailFinishFairly
Strong
Prizemoney Rating$7,490.13Rating75
Career Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
401563
    
Strike Rates
Win %Place %
3860
Track & Dist.
Starts1st2nd3rd
1000
    
Box 2 Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
4120
Kerry Drynan (Kennel Representative): “Happy with the box draw. She’s trialling well, but will have to step away cleanly to be competitive. Definitely not confident.”

ARG’s Brad Bugeja: If this race was run in November/December she would have been a short priced favourite and just about a good thing, however at present she is racing well below her best and she is lacking confidence. She can ping the lids and when she finds the lure she is a different chaser, however I’m a little worried that she is going to bump with the red soon after box rise and I dont think she can recover after that.”

Best The Meadows Times
BestLastSect. BestSect. Last
30.6330.635.255.25
Box 3
Race Odds
$10
 
 
Allen Deed
Trainer
Andrea Dailly
Owner
Janice Wheeler
Prizemoney
$206,700
Last 10 Starts
6152161f35
Dec-11 Black Dog by Jarvis Bale-Greta Bale
StartSlowRunningWideFinishVery
Strong
Prizemoney Rating$15,900Rating90
Career Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
5421103
Strike Rates
Win %Place %
3963
Track & Dist.
Starts1st2nd3rd
13630
Box 3 Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
7012
ARG’s Brad Bugeja:Absolute freak and he is the current track record holder here. If you knew that he was going to get a clear run you would absolutely unleash on him because he is the fastest chaser in the race but his box manners aren’t reliable and he will be looking to push wide at the first bend. There is a fair bit of speed draw on his outside tonight so he isn’t going to get things his own way and he is likely to get squeezed out early. He is extremely strong in the run home so even if he does find bother early he should be able to run home into a place.”
Best The Meadows Times
BestLastSect. BestSect. Last
29.3829.385.135.14
Box 4
Race Odds
$17
 
 
Awesome Project
Trainer
Joanne Gane
Owner
Brad Canty
Prizemoney
$318,150
Last 10 Starts
6313166121

Mar-11

 Black Dog by Collision-Honour Phase
StartFastRunningRailFinishStrong
Prizemoney Rating$5,302.50Rating80
Career Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
603088
Strike Rates
Win %Place %
5077
Track & Dist.
Starts1st2nd3rd
6202
Box 4 Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
10500
Brad Canty (Owner): “I think he will go well, but he needs to come out running to be a chance in this race.”

ARG’s Brad Bugeja:Has been a great chaser for quite a while now and if he takes his place he is a genuine winning hope. Last time out he returned to form with a dazzling 29.39 Sandown Park win and he has the speed to get across and find the rail early. He tends to do his best racing at Sandown Park but he has raced well here in the past and if he can find the early lead he will prove very hard to reel in.”

Best The Meadows Times
BestLastSect. BestSect. Last
29.9230.275.165.29
Box 5
Race Odds
$7.00
 
 

Dyna Villa
Trainer
Jenny Hunt
Owner
Brendan Wheeler
Prizemoney
$636,330
Last 10 Starts
1311211182
Oct-12 

Black

 Dog by Collision-Roxio Bale
StartFastRunningMiddleFinishWeak
Prizemoney Rating$19,282.73Rating100
Career Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
332046
Strike Rates
Win %Place %
6191
Track & Dist.
Starts1st2nd3rd
8440
Box 5 Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
0000
ARG’s Brad Bugeja: Absolute star and he loves racing here, his last couple of starts have been a tad disappointing but he is clearly better than that and he tends to race better from wide draws. With a slow beginner on his outside, he should get plenty of room to muster speed early and that should allow him to swoop into the early lead. He has proven in his career that he is a very fast chaser when he can dictate the terms out in front and he is always very hard to get past. I know he has been a tad disappointing of late but he should be ready to get back to his best and he might be over the odds tonight.”
Best The Meadows Times
BestLastSect. BestSect. Last
29.6729.995.045.12
Box 6
Race Odds
$3.20
 
 
Above All
Trainer
Robert Britton
Owner
Alison H Lee
Prizemoney
$218,165
Last 10 Starts
2111411211
Jul-12 Black Dog by Magic Sprite-Kara Janx
StartSlowRunningWideFinishVery
Strong
Prizemoney Rating$13,635.31Rating95
Career Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
161030
Strike Rates
Win %Place %
6281
Track & Dist.
Starts1st2nd3rd
5410
Box 6 Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
2110
Robert Britton (Trainer): “It’s a strong field. He’s feeling good so you gotta be in it with a chance.”

ARG’s Brad Bugeja:Freak talent who has had a couple of problems in recent weeks, if he is 100% fit then he is definitely a major player. Prior to having a short spell, he did capture the Group 1 Silver Chief final here and his effort to win that final was enormous. It is going to take another big effort tonight but if he is afforded a clear run early he should get every chance to put himself into contention. He obviously has to be respected but I think he will be under the odds tonight.”

Best The Meadows Times
BestLastSect. BestSect. Last
29.7629.785.145.15
Box 7
Race Odds
$7.00
 
 
Flash Reality
Trainer
Tony Brett
Owner
Marlene Ellis
Prizemoney
$186,375
Last 10 Starts
1115318311
Dec-11 Black Dog by Premier Fantasy-Orara Flash
StartFastRunningMiddleFinishFairly
Strong
Prizemoney Rating$7,765.63Rating90
Career Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
241425
Strike Rates
Win %Place %
5888
Track & Dist.
Starts1st2nd3rd
0000
Box 7 Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
3120
Tony Brett (Trainer): “He’s not badly boxed. If he can time the jump better than he did in his trial he will hopefully be up with the leaders heading into the first turn. He is feeling enormous and ready to run a great race.”

ARG’s Brad Bugeja:Classy Queenslander and he really caught the eye in his trial here last week. In that effort he posted a sizzling 29.78 and I think he is capable of finding at least two lengths on that run. He only went through the first marker in 5.21, so clearly he missed the kick. With a clean getaway tonight he should be able to hit the first marker in around 5.04 and that would see him vying for the lead and he will prove extremely hard to hold out whilst running around the 29.60 mark. He is sort of the forgotten one, about six months ago he was the next big thing in racing but unfortunately he has been sparingly raced of late due to injury, I think tonight is the night he announces his arrival to the big stage.”

Best The Meadows Times
BestLastSect. BestSect. Last
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Box 8
Race Odds
$2.90
 
 
My Bro Fabio
Trainer
Brooke Ennis
Owner
Michelle Jones
Prizemoney
$369,325
Last 10 Starts
5111236111
Mar-12 Black Dog by 

Turanza Bale

-Flamenco
StartSlowRunningWideFinishVery
Strong
Prizemoney Rating$7,857.98Rating95
Career Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
472494
Strike Rates
Win %Place %

51

79
Track & Dist.
Starts1st2nd3rd
10430
Box 8 Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
5401
Jamie Ennis (Kennel Representative): “He’s come back from Perth in really good halt and he’s trial at this track during the week was very good. I’m hoping Dyna Villa cuts hard to the fence, which he normally does and I’m sure he’ll run well, just need to luck at the first corner.”

ARG’s Brad Bugeja:Absolute beast and he turned in a monster effort to win the Perth Cup last time out. Once again he is going to have his work cut out because he is going to be giving a gun lineup a big head start, however if he can settle around mid field and avoid early bother, he should be able to put himself into contention. There is no doubting he has the talent to beat any one of these chasers but I’m a little concerned that he will be posted wide for most of the journey, I would be anchoring him for second and third in your exotics.”

Best The Meadows Times
BestLastSect. BestSect. Last
29.6930.215.235.25

Top Four: 7 – 5 – 8 – 3

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Boxed Quinella: 3,5,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

Exacta: 5,7/3,5,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

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

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Hallinan confirms Zipping Willow will not compete in 2015 Temlee

ZIPPING WILLOW is back in the Richmond Vale kennels of her original trainer, Jason Mackay, after a tumultuous week in the lead-up to the Group 1 Temlee at The Meadows.



After drawing box one in the invitation-only feature, the New South Wales superstar was being prepared in Victoria by Darren McDonald for both that event and for the upcoming Australian Cup series.



But, after just one week in McDonald’s care, her quest for Group 1 glory was halted as she became one of the many chasers suspended across the state when her new trainer was stood down for alleged live-baiting practices on Friday, February 13. 



Zipping Willow’s owner and breeder Martin Hallinan found out on Saturday that McDonald was in trouble with the authorities.



“I only found out through word of mouth, nothing official,” Hallinan said.



“On Saturday morning I got a call to say that Darren was in trouble and that his licence was suspended, but nothing from Greyhound Racing Victoria to say that owners must move their dogs, no email at all.

“I got a hold of Darren and we put her in Joanne’s (Gane, McDonald’s wife) name and we thought everything was cruising along good until the Four Corners program came out. 



“Then I heard they were going to scratch us all if they stayed in Joanne’s name, so I rang Glenn Rounds (prominent Victorian trainer) on Tuesday and said, ‘Please, Glenn, can you go and get my dogs? I don’t want to be scratched’.”



Rounds quickly collected Zipping Willow and transferred the daughter of Goodesy and Sirocco Lass into his name while Hallinan made plans to travel down to Victoria.



“I was going to drive down and check her over because she went extremely well in a trial at The Meadows on Monday night and I was going to stay down there until Friday and then head home,” Hallinan explained.



“I left at 2.30(pm), it’s a 10-hour drive, and it was probably 5.30(pm) when Brad Canty (owner of Awesome Project, also trained by McDonald) rang me to say that we were going to be scratched from the Temlee.”



“About 7 o’clock Glenn Fish (GRV chief steward) rang me and said that there had been a board meeting and it was decided that all dogs that had gone into Joanne’s name were going to be suspended.”



“I said, ‘That’s all right but that there was no notification for me to move that dog out, you could have given me 48 hours and I could have done it officially’. He said the board had spoken.”



After his solicitors sent letters on Tuesday night requesting that Zipping Willow be allowed to start, Hallinan received an email on Wednesday morning to advise that his star performer would not be starting in the Temlee.



“We were sent a slip that was sent to everyone saying that Darren McDonald was suspended on Friday the 13th at 12 o’clock at night. I rang back and said, ‘Glenn, I don’t want that, I want you to tell me Zipping Willow will not start on Saturday night’.



“He then sent me another email that said ‘Zipping Willow is suspended’. I called him back and said, ‘Glenn, just tell me in your terms that she is scratched, because when I go I am not coming back with her’. That’s why she was down there, she doesn’t travel good.



“He told me, ‘Martin, head for home, you will not start’.”



Hallinan then started the long and arduous trip back home to NSW with Zipping Willow. 



“I was driving for home on Wednesday and I was back at Albury when the solicitor rang and told me that all the letters had been sent in and that there was a big possibility that she may get a run,” Hallinan said. 



“But I was headed for home, I had already driven five hours.

“Yesterday (Thursday) Glenn Fish rang me and told me that he thought I was going to be back in because they had lots of complaints.

“I told him to scratch Willow, because she went to my house on Wednesday night and then to Jason’s house on Thursday to get her back in training ahead of the Easter Egg.



“We all got notified last night (that Zipping Willow was back in the race), but we have to file an affidavit to allow her to start again.”



Hallinan is adamant Zipping Willow will not be taking her place on Saturday night.



“We cannot drive back down there in Group 1 racing taking on Free For All dogs to make her look ordinary – you’d kick yourself all the way back home on Sunday for being so stupid.


“It would be different if she was a great traveller, I wouldn’t hesitate to drive back down there today, but I weighed her when I got home and she was 0.6kg down.

“She hasn’t had the normal week that she needed in the lead-up to a Group 1.”



Despite his disappointment, Hallinan has remained understanding in what has been an extremely difficult time in the greyhound racing industry.



“Realistically, what’s happened has happened and I just want to move on. Everyone is saying to sue or do this, do that, but it has been a traumatic week and I just want to move on and live with it and go from there,” he said.



“Everything has gone wrong but sometimes you have just got to turn the other cheek and that is my attitude with it all.



“I would love for Willow to be in it, I have never had a Temlee starter and I don’t think I have had a bitch as good as her for many years. It has all been a bad dream, but I just want to move on.”

GRV released a statement on Friday afternoon explaining that the suspension had been lifted on all involved greyhounds, meaning that technically Zipping Willow and Awesome Project could rightfully contest the race.

Awesome Project will still jump from box four in the Temlee on Saturday night for Joanne Gane.

“The Board of GRV yesterday received a report from the Chief Steward in relation to the progress of that inquiry,” their release said.

“Following receipt of that information, the Board has resolved to lift the suspensions provided that it receives a statutory declaration from the owner stating that, having made reasonable inquiries, they are not aware of the relevant greyhound having been trained using live baiting.

“Needless to say, the suspension may be reinstated if subsequent evidence has been received that the greyhound has been trained in such a manner.

“Suspensions under this Board resolution will be lifted in relation to greyhounds only. The 15 alleged offenders suspended by GRV in relation to live-baiting offences remain suspended.”

Board reform – the chance of a lifetime

THE NSW government is proving to be far more aggressive than Queensland or Victoria in attacking the live-baiting scandal.

While the others have enforced lots of suspensions, the NSW Racing Minister (and Deputy Premier) Troy Grant has quickly removed the board and CEO of GRNSW, at least for the moment. The indications are that he expects to hear some radical recommendations from Justice McHugh’s task force.

The wording of the announcement is interesting. “Mr Grant, who is also Racing Minister, announced on Thursday morning that the GRNSW board had agreed to “formally disband” and refer their powers to an interim chief executive, Paul Newson. Mr Newson is currently head of the NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing and replaces Brent Hogan who has also agreed to step down”.(The Australian, February 19).

What this means is Newson, a public servant, is effectively the new “board”. Under the Act it is the board alone which has the authority and responsibility of looking after the industry. The senior bureaucrat, whatever his title, has no authority other than that delegated to him by the board. We have no idea what that is because these boards never publish that sort of information. He may be limited to buying a box of paper clips or he may be able to spend $50,000 on track repairs – we just don’t know.

In any event, it points up one of the major weaknesses of the typical racing authority – and they are all much the same. The ability to act – to make management decisions – is always tempered by the speed with which the board considers a proposal, perhaps once a fortnight. Even then, that decision is made by a “committee” so the lowest-common-denominator effect is in play. In those circumstances, excellence can easily run a long second.

Justice McHugh is also to look at the organisational structure of GRNSW so he might find it intriguing that the CEO has four general managers reporting to him, including one specifically responsible for stewards. Not just managers, please note, but general managers. Under the quasi-public service conditions applying to employees this would mean they would get a bit more pay, even though each has only a handful of staff in their unit. Such title manipulation is typically reserved for large companies such as Woolworths or BHP where thousands of staff are involved.

Unfortunately for the people who have “stepped down”, GRNSW and its immediate predecessors do not have a great management record. Millions of dollars have been spent on poorly designed changes to tracks and to the building of new ones – for example, among several others, both Gosford and The Gardens have significant shortcomings which contribute to race disruptions. Big investments at Dapto and Richmond simply repeated past errors.

GRNSW also strongly opposed the arrival of betting exchanges and online bookmakers, only to be forced to change its mind when it became impossible to ignore the push from rank-and-file punters. That opposition was led by former GRNSW chairman and former public servant Professor Percy Allan, who still officiates on the Wentworth Park Trust as well as on the panel selecting current board members.

Yet another furphy was the plan by GRNSW to shift the Border Park operation at Tweed Heads from NSW into Queensland. The full board thought that was a great idea, as did the local MP, the mayor and officials at Racing Queensland. Yet the prospect of massive constitutional and legal changes needed to bring that about was apparently ignored. No doubt they also forgot to sound out the NSW treasurer to see if he did not mind losing a valuable chunk of tax income to Queensland. Or to ask Tabcorp if it would mind altering its contract to service NSW racecourses. Further, the ability of Tatts to get the law altered to allow it take bets on a NSW racecourse also remains a mystery. And so it goes on.

The strangest thing about the whole process is that no reason or justification was ever advanced. And not only was it the subject of two media releases but the project was also highlighted in the 2012 annual report.

Nothing since, though. Perhaps sanity returned.

Its new Ozchase formguide and results service now compares badly with alternatives in Victoria and, in particular, with the local WA products which it replaced. Results can be accessed only one race at a time and print out poorly. It offers no data-processing facility to customers as the output is deliberately designed to delete important information if anyone attempts to use it.

Anyhow, such is the evidence of the convoluted goings-on in the GRNSW bunker – hardly encouraging.

The McHugh review will overlap with the current statutory review of the Greyhound Act, which has now been extended for another two weeks after the original February 13 deadline, following intervention from the Premier. This will give the government an opportunity to reform the current authority structure by creating one which is more compatible with the needs of modern society and more able to compete with other recreational pursuits. Two good starting points would be the elimination of “committees” of management and the removal of public service conditions for employees.

In passing, greyhound folk (even GRNSW) will have been delighted to see that the Opposition leader has confirmed that, if elected, he will reduce the tax on NSW wagering from the present $3.22 to $1.28, as applies in Victoria. While Labor has little chance of reaching power, it leaves the Libs and Nationals with little alternative but to bite the same bullet.

And again, and again

After reading comments from colleague Dominic Ciconte about his interview with GRV vet Linda Beer I can only repeat what I have said numerous times. The quote was: “With the greyhound industry facing its darkest hour, Dr Beer said the Greyhound Adoption Programs would spend countless hours dispelling the myths surrounding the breed. Some of the biggest barriers to new adoptions are the public’s misconceptions about the activity levels, feeding requirements and typical temperament of the greyhound.”

Exactly, but does she realise where it all starts? The inability to build accurate and favourable public opinion remains the biggest single failure of the industry. Every aspect, from the GAP to betting to live baits to misleading media comments, is affected by the lack of genuine knowledge of the breed. It means that for every dollar spent you will get back 25 cents, if you are lucky.

Whatever else happens, fixing this is the first priority.

Queensland owners sweating on information on seized dogs

OWNERS in Queensland are fuming after being left in the dark about the seizure of their greyhounds for more than 48 hours.

It is understood pups aged only six to nine months and broodbitches with litters aged under four months were taken away on Tuesday, with owners who are under no suspicion of being involved in any wrongdoing not informed of their seizure.

Racing Queensland swooped on several properties to impound dogs from properties at Churchable, west of Brisbane. This was in response to disturbing footage of alleged live-baiting practices screened on Four Corners on Monday night.

Thirteen industry participants have so far been named by RQ, with seven of those handed show-cause notices and given seven days to show cause why they should not be warned off racetracks for life.

But after the swoop on dogs on Tuesday, when RQ officials said they would be “taken to a safe and secure and undisclosed location”, some owners were not officially notified their dogs had been taken until Thursday night.

Prominent Sunshine Coast-based breeder Anthony Jeffress has had 40-45 dogs he either owns, part-owns or has assumed responsibility for confiscated from the Churchable property “Dessa Downs”, run by Debra and Steven Arnold.

Jeffress, a real estate agent, pedigree analyst and part-time race caller, is concerned about the welfare of his dogs, particularly four pregnant broodbitches and several pups. Broodbitches Autumn Waltz and Cool And Fancy were also taken and reportedly separated from their respective litters aged 12-14 weeks.

“There are a lot of greyhound trainers who believe mothers should be left with their pups for as long as six months,” Jeffress said.

“Those two were weaned off but it’s not just about the feed, it’s about the socialisation.”

Their litters and a third litter were left at Dessa Downs as they hadn’t had their second vaccinations and could not be deemed fully immunised and could not go into a general canine population.

Jeffress also had pet and retired race greyhounds and a stud dog of almost 10 years old taken away from Dessa Downs.

“We love our dogs, whether they’re valuable in monetary form or emotional form, they’re valuable to us,” he said. “They’re entities, they’re individuals, they’re valuable to us, we love them.”

On Friday Jeffress was awaiting a written response from RQ, which put out a release saying “greyhounds were seized on the basis these dogs may have been exposed to a practice which could compromise their welfare. Veterinarians have inspected each greyhound to ensure the animals’ health and wellbeing”.

“Racing Queensland will continue to have oversight of the welfare of any greyhounds seized. The owners of 40 of those greyhounds, who are not one of the suspended trainers, were contacted yesterday and can apply to have their dogs returned provided they sign a statutory declaration, together with the proposed trainer, that they have not been involved in animal cruelty practices and will not be involved in such activities in the future.

“The remaining greyhounds will stay in the care of Racing Queensland as our investigation progresses. Some of these greyhounds may be re-homed through the GAP program.”

Jeffress was bemused by the fact that even though dogs had been seized on welfare grounds, pups were allowed to remain at the property.

“My fear is out of being so hasty to act and potentially in an effort to appease public pressure, I fear they are certainly acting on a dubious basis,” he said.

“My concern as a person who owns dogs and has been involved in the industry for 25 years is that it’s not too far a stretch to suggest that if they are not careful by their haste, guilty people may actually slip the net.

“And I like most people want to see the full extent of the law, and the act, utilised against those that are found and proven, after an appropriate hearing, to be guilty.

“My concern, at all times, is for the animals involved. Secondarily, there are human relationships involved but at the moment I am saying categorically, hand on heart, my interest is in the welfare of those dogs.”

Jeffress said greyhounds were pack animals. “Every time you move one pup in or out of a yard or move a group of pups from one yard to another, it can affect the socialisation, it can affect the pecking order,” he said, adding there was often fighting after they were moved.

“These dogs have been moved, I don’t know to who, I don’t know to where, I don’t what facilities they have,” he said. “I don’t know if the groupings they were in are the groups that they are in now. I don’t know if they are in with other dogs. I don’t know what ages the other dogs are if they are in with other dogs, and they are refusing to tell me any of the above.

“I am not under investigation or suspicion. There is no suggestion that myself … or any other true owners, in other words people who own animals but don’t physically care for them … none of us are under any suspicion or action.

“But I can guarantee you that the decisions being made are affecting us.

“I’ve got racing greyhounds that are embargoed, I’ve got dogs that are in pre-training embargoed, I’ve got pups that their socialisation is being affected. I’ve got broodbitches that are being taken away from their pups at an inappropriate age.”

Up to 200 dogs may have been seized in raids, with upwards of $1 million in dogs taken from long-time trainer Reg Kay’s property alone.

Your say: public outrage continues as saga builds momentum

Earlier in the week we took a small sample of the public outrage we captured across social media and in direct emails sent to AustralianRacingGreyhound.com.

As the days passed, more trainers were suspended, more questions were asked of the industry’s seemingly inept governing bodies and State Governments around the country responded to the saga.

One constant throughout the industry’s darkest week remained – the public outrage.

Victorian Integrity Commissioner Sal Perna said it best when speaking to us exclusively this week:

“You could have governing issues, drug issues or race-fixing issues and the only people who would care would be those inside the industry, but the moment you have cruelty to animals it becomes a social issue and everyone is incensed. Rightly so, too.”

Here’s what we gathered from our readers, people passionate about the industry and those horrified enough to never want to see  a dog race again:

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Finally, the (completely un-edited) emails have continued to come in big numbers.

From: andrew joseph
Subject: trainers

Please remove any stories that you have on this webset that glorifues in anyway the scumbags caught up in the live baiting scandal.
this site should not be promoting any positive news about scumbag lowlife oxygen theifs.
thank you

From: gavin Nunes
Subject: Baiting and Animal Care

It seems to me that degree of those complicit will b discovered to be extreme. My interest is in what becomes of the animals after they have surpassed their purpose. Not the poor piglets, possums and rabbits that suffer from the barbaric acts / behavior, but the greyhounds themselves. Is there legiation that governs this aspect?

From: Andrea Ives
Subject: Your industry is an absolute disgrace – I am campaigning to STOP YOU!!!

To whom it may concern – no more words needed than what is above.
You have been outed finally.
We will not give up making sure your disgusting use of animals to make money will be stopped.
How you can sleep at night is beyond me.
Regards,
Andrea Ives

From: connie
Subject: How will this hurt the industry?

I have just seen the four corners episode on the use of live bait. I was determine to stop the use of grey hounds for racing. Now I feel more convicted then ever that the practice is ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING!!!
You people should be ashamed of yourself and all of you should end up in JAIL!
YOU ARE ALL CRIMINALS!!!

From: Jodie
Subject: Suggested actions on live baiting participants

Repremand for participating in live baiting should not be limited to suspension or banning of trainers but should also be extended to the actual identified dogs by way of lifetime race banning, desexing and possibly even confiscation or surrender if the dog may be at risk of destruction due to its future inability to earn money.

Possibly in some circumstances, accountability should be extended to owners and syndicates as it is this group who should be questioning any training practices and methods involving their dogs.

This would send the message through the industry that you risk losing practically everything if you’re engaged in live baiting practices.

From: Kathryn Ahern
Subject: Greyhound Racing :Disgusting Practice Should Be Banned

Dear Sirs,
I’m absolutely disgusted in the lack of care your industry shows for regulation and animal welfare.
I hope to see Greyhound racing banned in Australia.

From: Janice Martz
Subject: Live bate training

Since it appears that this practice was so wide spread over many, many years, it is curious that your organization never wrote about it until this scandal broke. Surely, you guys knew this was happening in the very industry in which you are experts. Everyone just kept the dirty little secret.

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