1st: $4,000 2nd: $770 3rd: $360.
Marlow Man returned to his best form here last week when scoring a brilliant heat win in 29.82. On that occasion he showed a tremendous turn of foot soon after the start and if he produces a similar beginning tonight he should have more than enough speed to cross. Knocka’s Return overcame plenty of difficulties in running to score a strong 30.25 heat win and with the wide running Miami Lass on his outside he should get a few more breaks early in the race.
Zipping Tarn is aiming for a hat-trick of wins and if she can step away cleanly she should be able to settle in the top four early. She hit the line strongly in her heat last week so if she is close to them off the back straight she should be right in the mix. Watto Lotto is never far away in this type of company and he is a great anchor for third and fourth in your exotic bets.
Top Four: 7 – 4 – 3 – 6
Quinella: 7 to rove with 3,4,6 ($3 for 100%)
Exacta: 4,7/3,4,6,7 ($6 for 100%)
Trifecta: 7/3,4,6/Field ($18 for 100%)
Trifecta: 3,4,7/3,4,6,7/1,2,3,4,6,7 ($36 for 100%)
1st: $3,300 2nd: $700 3rd: $330.
Paperbond has the good draw and he should atone for a luckless effort here on Monday night. He normally has great box manners and is armed with slick early speed. His last 40m can be a bit of a concern but if he holds them out then he should build up a nice break mid race.
Roman Queen is drawn to get a nice sit behind Paperbond early and is very strong in the run home. It’s her first look at the track but if she handles the first corner she should be a major player. Road Agent has won three of four to date and he was far from disgraced when placed in his heat at Dapto, if he can clear them from the pink he may take some catching.
Top Four: 1 – 2 – 8 – 6
Win bet on Paperbond
Trifecta: 1/2,6,8/Field ($18 for 100%)
Trifecta: 1,2,8/1,2,6,8/1,2,4,6,7,8 ($36 for 100%)
Quinella: 1 to rove with 2,6,8 ($3 for 100%)
Exacta: 1,2/1,2,6,8 ($6 for 100%)
Race 2: Interrogated
Lewiston trainer Robert Isaacson already has an SA Sprint Championship on his resume courtesy of Scull Murphy in 2007. On Thursday night at Angle Park he added another to the list as Galilee Spirit (3) crossed the finishing line first.
At box rise, Galilee Spirit showed his customary box speed to take the lead early ahead of Black Bottle (4) and Dustnado (8). From there, he was never headed as he recorded a one length win in 29.70. The Aston Galilee and Southpaw Chic (Where’s Pedro – Jayarri) dog has always demonstrated that he is reliable once he is on the bunny so it was always going to be a challenge for those dogs trying to run him down. Dustnado tried his hardest but could only manage third while Wild Soul (1), who was again just steady away, finished strongly to capture second.
The Listed feature adds $15,000 to Galilee Spirit’s prizemoney and the victory was career win number 29 for the 30kg dark brindle chaser.
1st: Galilee Spirit (3) – Robert Isaacson
2nd: Wild Soul (1) – Kim Johnstone
3rd: Dustnado (8) – Steve Hoffman
4th: As It Goes (5) – Oswald Chegia
5th: Genghis Kahn (7) – Kathleen Johnstone
6th: Black Bottle (4) – Kathleen Johnstone
7th: Kalden Gambino (6) – Troy Murray
8th: Kalden Kapone (2) – Troy Murray
1st Split: 4.37
2nd Split: 16.75
Margins: 1 x 1
Scratchings: Farmeroo (9) Winbrook (10)
I have to admit to being somewhat surprised by the reaction to my article ‘Buckle Up Wes becomes the best ever from Tasmania.’ Following his first-up from an injury-enforced spell victory in the Topgun, I made the suggestion that Buckle Up Wes could now arguably be called the best sprinter to have ever come out of Tasmania.
One reader commented, ‘very poorly written article’, and I have to put my hands up and say ‘fair enough’, because clearly a number of readers missed the point I was trying to make in the body of the text.
That point was simply that on his performances to date, Buckle Up Wes is surely entitled to be acknowledged as the best sprinting greyhound to have ever campaigned against the best in the country on their own doorstep, that is, on the mainland.
Among some of the greyhounds mentioned in the numerous comments at the end of my original piece were the likes of Sheila’s Teresa, Lillipilli Power, Topline Doovee, Awesome Cole, Cheetah Zorro, and True Vintage.
In my original article I wasn’t making a list of all the Tasmanians down though the decades who have crossed Bass Strait and plundered a major race or two. There are, indeed, plenty like that. I merely highlighted a number who really did register a series of major victories or topline performances which set them apart from many others. Equally, both Sheila’s Teresa and Cheetah Zorro are best known as stayers, so, like Chinatown Lad, Fallen Zorro, Bell Haven and Oak Queen, they weren’t under consideration.
Those who read the original article and with longer memories than many others might have noticed I didn’t mention Busy Vintage (who won the 1984 National Sprint Championship at Harold Park and was plagued by injury throughout his career), or Crotty Kid (who raced with success at Harold Park, winning the last Winter Stake run at that course, in 1987, in race record time and was third in the Melbourne Cup), or Highland Summer, Mona’s Beauty, Arkaroola (who won eight of 12 starts at Wentworth Park and was second in the 1975 Australian Cup), Shantung Tiger, Ralph The Mouth, Big Moose, Fergalicious, Rewind and, well, you get the picture. None of the aforementioned boast the same set of race performances as Buckle Up Wes.
As for True Vintage, she was a mighty sprinter, in Tasmania. Her record on the mainland doesn’t come anywhere near that of Buckle Up Wes, or even the others I mentioned in the original article, such as Ebony Minda or Iceni Princess, to name just two.
True Vintage raced 66 times for 40 wins, 13 seconds and two thirds. She once put together a sequence of 15 successive victories between January and May 1988 and had previously strung together 12 in a row before that. Her best performances on the mainland, however, were restricted to a track record 22.90 over 400 metres at Maitland in February 1987, a win over 424 metres at Sale and two victories over 511 metres at Olympic Park.
Her other interstate races include a second over 400 metres at Wangaratta, third over 424 metres at Sale, a fifth over 424 metes at Warragul, and two sixth’s at Olympic Park. True Vintage is arguably the best sprinter to have ever raced inside Tasmania.
To use a cricket analogy, scoring a series of centuries in grade cricket is hardly to be compared with making a ‘ton’ on the international circuit. For a Tasmanian to be taken seriously as a genuine top-flight performer, he or she needs to cement their credentials in the toughest marketplace in the nation, and that is in Melbourne and Sydney.
The fact remains that Buckle Up Wes is the only genuine Tasmanian sprinter to have made five Group 1 races, scoring two wins, one second, one third, and one fourth.
No other Tasmanian has ever come near to equalling this feat as a sprinter.
Get yourself up to $700 in free bets at Sportingbet for a big night of racing at Sandown Park.
Race 10: Azza Azza Azza
Race 11: Lektra Hawk
Leg 1: 1,2,5,7 – Leg 2: 3 – Leg 3: 1,2,3,5,6 – Leg 4: 1,3,4,6 – $80 for 100%
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.
Tough race to kick off the night but the promising Esparza is a member of the in form Ennis kennel and with an ounce of luck she should get us off to a flying start. Two starts ago she pinged the lids and posted a sizzling 29.43 win here, if she repeated that effort she would blow this lot away, my only concern is that she has missed the start on every other occasion to date.
Red Superman is another promising type and he is armed with a great turn of foot. His box manners aren’t great but he does knuckle down pretty quickly and if given room in the first 50 or metres he should be able to settle in the top three early. Blistering Bob is very hard to follow but when he is on song he can run serious time. He has been placed in one of his two starts here and with a slow beginner on his outside he should get a fairly clear passage early. Andiamo Neo rounds out the chances, he has been placed in all six starts to date and he has early speed. He is an improving type and he may be worth an each way ticket if he is over the odds.
Top Four: 8 – 2 – 4 – 7
Win bet on Esparza
Quinella: 8 to rove with 2,4,7 ($3 for 100%)
Trifecta: 8/2,4,7/Field ($18 for 100%)
Trifecta: 2,4,8/2,4,7,8/1,2,3,4,7,8 ($36 for 100%)
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.
Ronaldo Magic is airborne at present and he looks poised to strike again tonight. He has won two of his past three starts here and on both occasions he has reeled off blistering sectionals. He should get a relatively clear run in the early stages and if he happens to find the bunny early it should be a matter of times and margins.
Weston East is probably the most talented chaser in the event, however he is still learning the caper and he is going to need a lot of luck as they head into the first turn. Two starts ago he scored a scorching 29.36 win here but his first section of 5.21 means that he is unlikely to get things his own way early tonight. No Ransom has a heap of talent when switched on and he appears drawn to make an impact. With three wins from ten tries here, he must be considered a major player. Dyna Norfolk is the interesting runner, he has scored some highly impressive provincial wins and the manner in which he has hit the line suggests that he shouldn’t have too much trouble running out this trip.
Top Four: 3 – 2 – 1 – 4
Win bet on Ronaldo Magic
Exacta: 1,2,3/1,2,3,4 ($9 for 100%)
Trifecta: 3/1,2,4/Field ($18 for 100%)
Boxed Quinella: 1,2,3,4 ($6 for 100%)
Trifecta: 1,2,3/1,2,3,4/1,2,3,4,7,8 ($36 for 100%)
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.
Margins is another member of the powerful Ennis kennel and he should continue on his winning way. He has won four of five to date and his past two wins have been enormous. First he travelled to Ballarat and smashed a handy lineup in a blistering 25.17, he then followed that effort up with a commanding 29.53 win here and he had to overcome difficulties in the early stages last time. With a clean getaway he should settle in the top three early and I would expect him to put a gap in them mid race.
Harden Bale is the run on dog in the event and he looks drawn to get a nice sit early, he has been placed in three of his past four starts and he appears to be nearing another win. Dyna Synch is the interesting runner, I’m a big fan and I think his recent runs are much better than they look, he has won two of six here with a solid 29.91 PB but I think he is a much better chaser now and he should be able to get down to around the 29.50 mark with a clear run. Maintenance Man normally pings the lids and he is one of many potential leaders in this event, he didn’t have much luck in his debut here two runs back but he should be much better for that run.
Top Four: 4 – 1 – 2 – 5
Trifecta: 4/1,2,5/Field ($18 for 100%)
Trifecta: 1,2,4/1,2,4,5/1,2,3,4,5,8 ($36 for 100%)
Exacta: 1,4/1,2,4,5 ($6 for 100%)
Quinella: 4 to rove with 1,2,5 ($3 for 100%)
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.
I know I should have given up on her by now but once again Jewel Bale is going to suck me in. She has been unlucky but also a tad disappointing of late but from the red she should be able to hold a much more prominent position in the early stages and I would expect her to run over the top of them late. I’m surprised that she hasn’t stepped up to the longer journey but she is still showing enough at present to stick to the sprinting assignments. She has been very costly of late so dont rush in to take short odds, if she is unders it may be worthwhile just anchoring her in your exotics.
Lamia Bale has been competing in strong company of late and she should appreciate the class drop. She is normally a very reliable beginner and with the lack of speed underneath her she should be able to get a cheap lead. Her run three starts back behind Banjo Boy was highly impressive and she really should finish in the top two tonight. Hekate Belle set the Cranbourne track alight when scoring in 29.98 recently and a repeat of that effort would see her feature tonight. My concern with her is that she can be very inconsistent and she races best when she lands on the bunny, with the early speed of Lamia Bale I can’t see her crossing. Upset Boy rounds out the chances, he is very fast when he gets out into the open spaces and if he can get through the first turn without too much bother he can run a big race.
Top Four: 1 – 2 – 3 – 5
Exacta: 1,2/1,2,3,5 ($6 for 100%)
Quinella: 1 to rove with 2,3,5 ($3 for 100%)
Trifecta: 1,2,3/1,2,3,5/1,2,3,4,5,6 ($36 for 100%)
Trifecta: 1/2,3,5/2,3,5 ($6 for 100%)
1st: $5,320 2nd: $1,520 3rd: $760.
Left Is Right is a real up and comer and he is unbeaten from this draw. This is clearly a rise in class for him, however he has showed that he can run serious time when on the bunny and from the red he should be able to hold them out. Last week he led for a long way and was only gunned down near the line by the talented Bazza’s Gift, if he can hold them out he should be able to set up a good break mid race and that should be enough for him to score.
Farmor Las Vegas is clearly the class factor and he has won three of ten here. He has the rare ability of being able to lead or come from off the speed in his races and with the slow beginning Tick Bale drawn underneath he should get every chance in the early stages. Joey Valdez is a little hit or miss early but when he does step he is capable of running the hands off the clock, I dont think he will lead tonight but he should get a nice sit behind Left Is Right and he should be able to apply some strong pressure mid race. Zambora Magic rounds out the chances, he returned to form with a sizzling 30.05 Cranbourne win last time and if he gets away cleanly he is more than capable of featuring.
Top Four: 1 – 5 – 2 – 7
Boxed Quinella: 1,2,5,7 ($6 for 100%)
Exacta: 1,2,5/1,2,5,7 ($9 for 100%)
Trifecta: 1/2,5,7/Field ($18 for 100%)
Trifecta: 1,2,5/1,2,5,7/1,2,3,4,5,7 ($36 for 100%)
1st: $7,200 2nd: $2,060 3rd: $1,025 GOBIS: $2,400.
Sweet It Is has won two in a row and this class act looks well placed to notch up the hat trick. She is likely to trail them early but she has destroyed similar line-ups in her past two victories. She is clearly the best stayer in the land and she returns to what is probably her favourite track. The bookies are going to open her up short odds but I think it is worth anchoring her in exotics and banking on her in the quaddie.
Zipping Rory scored a blistering 41.75 Wentworth Park win three runs back and he is drawn to find the early lead tonight. His form is extremely inconsistent but he is a big talent when he can find the bunny early in his races, with two wins from six tries here and a 41.67 PB, he may just give the favourite something to catch. Zipping Maggie has cooled off in her past four runs after taking the staying world by storm in August and September. She has the speed to settle in the top two early and her recent effort when placed behind Sweet It Is at Wentworth Park was far from disappointing. Bailey Rose could be the value in the exotics, she has been placed in three of four here and she hasn’t been too far away in similar company of late.
Top Four: 3 – 1 – 2 – 6
Trifecta: 3/1,2,6/Field ($15 for 100%)
Trifecta: 1,2,6/3/Field ($15 for 100%)
Exacta: 3/1,2,6 ($3 for 100%)
Quinella: 3 to rove with 1,2,6 ($3 for 100%)
1st: $6,120 2nd: $1,750 3rd: $875.
Sisco Rage is flying again and he is a massive chance of notching up his fourth victory in a row. The box draw is against him tonight but luckily he has slow beginners all around him so if he can get away cleanly he should be able to settle in the top two of three early and he is then likely to go into overdrive mid race. He has proven in his career to be a super talent when he gets clear galloping room and with the lack of speed in tonight’s race he should get every chance to show his best.
Sonic Pirate is the likely leader in the event and he has been placed in his past six starts here. He will set a cracking pace but in recent weeks his last 40m has been a struggle, if they happen to bunch up behind him tonight he may just steal the prize. Wind Whistler could be a star stayer in the making and he should improve on his luckless middle distance debut at The Meadows. He is likely to get back early but the manner in which he has hit the line over 500m suggests that this journey will be right up his alley. Kayo Marciarno is another run on dog and he is a great dog to anchor for third and fourth in your exotics, clearly not good enough to win but he is always thereabouts.
Top Four: 6 – 1 – 5 – 3
Trifecta: 6/1,3,5/Field ($18 for 100%)
Trifecta: 1,5,6/1,3,5,6/1,2,3,5,6,7 ($36 for 100%)
Quinella: 6 to rove with 1,3,5 ($3 for 100%)
Exacta: 1,5,6/1,3,5,6 ($9 for 100%)
First Four: 1,5,6/1,5,6/3/Field ($30 for 100%)
First Four: 1,5,6/1,5,6/Field/3 ($30 for 100%)
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.
Quality lineup and its hard to look past the explosive Awesome Project, he has won six of ten here and his effort in the Top Gun was very impressive. There isn’t a lot of speed drawn on his outside so if he can get away with them on terms he should have enough natural speed to be up outside Dyna Nico as they negotiate the first turn. His middle section is the strongest part of his race so he should put a gap in them as they head for the back straight, if you can get around $2.40 I think that is great value.
Dyna Yemen is a star in the making and he is more than capable of matching it with the favourite, however he is still learning the caper and he can be slow to begin at times. The red draw is a definite advantage and he should be able to fill the quinella spot. Campaspe Will has an enormous engine and if the good Campaspe Will turns up he is more than capable of rolling Awesome Project. His PB of 29.18 here is off the charts and if he can get an ounce of luck early he should be right in the finish. Babylon Club could be the surprise packet, in recent weeks he has turned in some monster efforts here and he is well placed out wide.
Top Four: 3 – 1 – 4 – 6
Win bet on Awesome Project
Trifecta: 3/1,4,6/Field ($18 for 100%)
Trifecta: 1,3,4/1,3,4,6/1,2,3,4,6,7 ($36 for 100%)
Exacta: 1,3,4/1,3,4,6 ($9 for 100%)
1st: $6,120 2nd: $1,750 3rd: $875.
Heaps Of Ability returned to the winners list at Cranbourne in a scorching 41.35 and on that occasion he beat the classy Zipping Spike fair and square. He isn’t the best of beginners but he does muster speed well and if he can settle in the top four you should see him make a race winning move mid race. He has a ridiculous 41.69 PB here and if he runs anywhere near that he should win with ease.
Starc looks the likely leader and he has a solid record here, last week he was in the mix for the entire journey and he only went down narrowly in fast time, if he can reproduce that effort he will be right in the finish. Love Affair is a promising staying type and she turned in a solid effort when placed behind Sweet It Is last time out. She has the ability to lead or come from off the speed in her races so all she requires is a little bit of luck in running. Nureyev has solid place prospects and he must be included in your exotics, he can’t win the event but he can run homer into some minor money.
Top Four: 4 – 5 – 2 – 6
Trifecta: 4/2,5,6/Field ($18 for 100%)
Exacta: 2,4,5/2,4,5,6 ($9 for 100%)
Quinella: 4 to rove with 2,5,6 ($3 for 100%)
Trifecta: 2,4,5/2,4,5,6/1,2,4,5,6,7 ($36 for 100%)
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.
Azza Azza Azza made his debut here last week and he should be much better for the run. On that occasion he was slow to begin and he had to work overtime mid race, tonight he doesn’t have a lot of speed around him so he should have enough natural dash to find the early lead and I would expect him to run some serious time on the bunny tonight.
Nockabout Aussie has an enormous engine and when he sees daylight he can produce an amazing sprint, from the poor draw tonight he will need a few things to go his way but if they do he will be right in the finish. El Grand Seal should settle on the speed with the favourite and she should give a good sight, she isn’t strong enough to win but she can hold on for a place. Cornelius Fudge is much better than his recent form suggests and he will be hitting the line strongly, it may be a good idea to anchor him for third and fourth in your exotic bets.
Top Four: 3 – 7 – 5 – 1
Win bet on Azza Azza Azza
Trifecta: 3/1,5,7/Field ($18 for 100%)
Trifecta: 3,5,7/1,3,5,7/1,3,4,5,6,7 ($36 for 100%)
First Four: 3,5,7/3,5,7/1/Field ($30 for 100%)
First Four: 3,5,7/3,5,7/Field/1 ($30 for 100%)
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.
Going for a bit of value in this event with Lektra Hawk, he is likely to start at good odds but he is highly talented and he is worth an each way ticket. He is risky at box rise but when he steps he is capable of matching it with the best of them. If he can reproduce his 29.50 PB effort he should give a great sight.
Praise Chorus is the likely leader and his recent efforts haven’t been that bad, he is rising a little in class tonight but I would expect him to have a nice lead mid race and he may be able to hang on. Pure Mayhem has a great record and he was a recent strong 34.48 winner here over 595m, with a clear run early he should figure prominently again. Dyna Glinda probably has the most talent in the event but she isn’t the most reliable, if she gets away like she did at Cranbourne last time then she becomes a major player.
Top Four: 5 – 3 – 4 – 2
Win bets on Praise Chorus and Lektra Hawk
Boxed Quinella: 2,3,4,5 ($6 for 100%)
Exacta: 3,4,5/2,3,4,5 ($9 for 100%)
Race 12 – 515M Grade 5 – 10.58pm
One Dee is a highly promising speedster and she recently set the track alight at Bendigo when posting a scorching 23.63 victory. She is normally a very good beginner and there is absolutely no speed in this event, she should find herself in front at the first bend and from there on it should be a procession.
Dyna Nihilist has been placed in five of six here and when he is switched on he is capable of just about anything. He is likely to settle back in the field but if the gaps open up at the right time he should be right in the mix. Weblec Belle has won three of four over this journey and she appears to be improving with every run, the wide draw is a little concern tonight but if she gets through the first turn she shouldn’t be too far away. Morson Senor rounds out the chances, he has the good draw and he should be in contention for most of the journey.
Top Four: 5 – 4 – 8 – 1
Win bet on One Dee
Exacta: 4,5,8/1,4,5,8 ($9 for 100%)
Trifecta: 5/1,4,8/Field ($18 for 100%)
Quinella: 5 to rove with 1,4,8 ($3 for 100%)
Race 4: Spring Amanda – Launch on Spring Amanda at Centrebet with up to $200 in free bets.
Race 5: Bogie Classic
Leg 1: 1,4,5 – Leg 2: 1,8 – Leg 3: 2,3,4,5,6 – Leg 4: 1,3,4,6,7,8 – $90 for 50%
1st: $2,350 2nd: $670 3rd: $335.
Very open race to kick start the night but I think the speedy and well drawn Premier Event can get the cash. Last week he dropped back to the 388m journey and scored a sizzling 22.19 win and if he can display similar sectionals tonight he should cross and lead all the way. He’s A Villian is absolutely flying at present and if he can settle midfield he should prove very hard to hold out. The only concern with him is that he may get shuffled back at the first turn. Fancy Rick is going to be well supported but I don’t think he has winning prospects tonight, place claims appear best for him. Yiche has the speed to lead and if she holds them out she can get the cash.
Top Four: 8 – 7 – 4 – 3
Win bet on Premier Event
Exacta: 7,8/3,4,7,8 ($6 for 100%)
Quinella: 8 to rove with 3,4,7 ($3 for 100%)
Trifecta: 8/3,4,7/Field ($18 for 100%)
1st: $1,645 2nd: $470 3rd: $235.
Faustino Faust was a tad unlucky at Gawler last Sunday and I think he can make amends tonight. He was almost across and away before he got dragged down, with a keen railer drawn directly underneath tonight he should get a nice cart across and he may just zip away mid race. Midway Magic is a great dog to plonk for second and third, she rarely wins but she is never far away. Bev’s Choice is a promising speedster and she scored a slick 22.34 win here over 388m when second up from a spell last week. Spring Tyson rounds out the chances, she can muster speed very quickly and if she holds them out she will prove hard to reel in.
Top Four: 8 – 3 – 7 – 4
Win bet on Faustino Faust
Exacta: 3,8/3,4,7,8 ($6 for 100%)
Trifecta: 8/3,4,7/Field ($18 for 100%)
1st: $2,150 2nd: $610 3rd: $305.
Danyo’s Luke can be very hard to follow at times but his last two efforts here have been extremely impressive. This is one of the weakest events he has faced for a while and with an even getaway he should get the cash. Just As Fancy is ideally drawn out wide and he hit the line hard when placed here on Monday. This race features quite a few which are a doubt to run the trip so he may just pick them off late. Mindcette could be the value, he is resuming from a short spell and he is drawn to get a nice sit early on.
Top Four: 5 – 8 – 2 – 1
Win bet on Danyo’s Luke
Trifecta: 2,5,8/1,2,5,8/1,2,5,6,7,8 ($36 for 100%)
Boxed Quinella: 1,2,5,8 ($6 for 100%)
Exacta: 5,8/1,2,5,8 ($6 for 100%)
1st: $2,835 2nd: $910 3rd: $455.
Spring Amanda is well placed in the pink and she should have no trouble crossing to the early lead. She has won three of her past four starts with the latest win being over this journey in a smart 43.50. Manila Express has won her past two over this trip and she has the class edge, she will need some luck early but if she gets it she will be a major player. Zara Mclaren was narrowly beaten here last week and she is never far away in this class. She is unlikely to win but she is a must for your exotic bets. Pandora’s Sin is the only other genuine winning chance, I dont like where she is drawn but if she happens to lob in the top three she will play a part.
Top Four: 8 – 6 – 1 – 3
Win bet on Spring Amanda
Trifecta: 8/1,3,6/Field ($18 for 100%)
Trifecta: 1,6,8/1,3,6,8/1,3,4,6,7,8 ($36 for 100%)
Exacta: 1,6,8/1,3,6,8 ($9 for 100%)
1st: $2,150 2nd: $610 3rd: $305.
Breaker Kahn returned to the winners list here on Monday with a strong 30.56 victory and from the red draw he should be able to go back to back. Bogie Classic could be the value in the event, she is better than her recent form reads and she may be able to find the early lead tonight and that will help her confidence. Red Line Lad has been hitting the line strongly here of late and he should be around the money again at nice odds. Sneaky Little Me is a huge talent and she will be well in the market, however she does make a lot of mistakes in her races so she may be a risk.
Top Four: 1 – 4 – 5 – 3
Win bet on Breaker Kahn
Exacta: 1,4/1,3,4,5 ($6 for 100%)
Trifecta: 1/3,4,5/Field ($18 for 100%)
Quinella: 1 to rove with 3,4,5 ($3 for 100%)
1st: $2,150 2nd: $610 3rd: $305.
Wheels Of Fire is airborne at present and he should notch up his fourth win in a row. He is armed with a dazzling turn of foot and with an even getaway he should be off and gone at the first bend. Set The Scene can be hard to follow but he has a big engine when on song, from the red he will need some luck at the first bend as he likes to get wide, however if he gets a clear run he will prove hard to hold out. Allen Illem is never far away over this journey and he can run home into a place. Senni Tony has been placed in his past three starts here and he can run a drum again.
Top Four: 8 – 1 – 5 – 6
Win bet on Wheels Of Fire
Exacta: 8/1,5,6 ($3 for 100%)
Quinella: 8 to rove with 1,5,6 ($3 for 100%)
Trifecta: 8/1,5,6/Field ($18 for 100%)
Trifecta: 8/1/Field ($6 for 100%)
1st: $2,555 2nd: $730 3rd: $365.
Winbrook was a recent finalist in the Adelaide Cup final and he hasn’t experienced much luck since. This race features quite a few front runners who struggle in the concluding stages, he should be able to settle mid field and make a strong move as they head around the home turn. Emerley Senorita is in great form and she will settle in the top two, my only concern with her is that she may get pestered by the speedy Avid Tyson in the middle stages. Farmeroo has a great record here and he shouldn’t be too far away and he has a habit of winning at big odds.
Top Four: 6 – 2 – 4 – 5
Win bet on Winbrook
Exacta: 2,6/2,4,5,6 ($6 for 100%)
Quinella: 6 to rove with 2,4,5 ($3 for 100%)
1st: $15,000 2nd: $4,000 3rd: $2,000.
Wild Soul has amazing track sense and he appears drawn to get all the breaks. From the red he should be able to boot through early and settle in the top four, he is extremely strong in the run home and he really does look well placed here. Dustnado was a top 29.88 heat winner and he should give a great sight again, the wide draw doesn’t help but there isn’t too much speed in this race so he shouldn’t get posted wide. Black Bottle ran the race of his life last week and if he leads he should give a great sight again. Kalden Gambino has won nine of 24 here and with a good getaway he should be able to make an impact.
Top Four: 1 – 8 – 4 – 6
Win bet on Wild Soul
Exacta: 1,8/1,4,6,8 ($6 for 100%)
Quinella: 1 to rove with 4,6,8 ($3 for 100%)
Trifecta: 1/4,6,8/Field ($18 for 100%)
1st: $2,150 2nd: $610 3rd: $305.
Lannister is going very well at present and he is drawn to lead from go to whoa. He has shown in previous races that he can have a tendency to switch off and lose focus, however from the red he should roll straight to the lead and with no distractions he should get the job done. Woodside Jagger led for a long way here last week and he is well placed in a wide draw, with a good getaway he should give a great sight again. Doona Bale is the run on type in the event and she can fill the minor money, she is better suited to a rails draw but she will get a long way back early so the box draw shouldn’t be too much of an issue.
Top Four: 1 – 6 – 7 – 5
Win bet on Lannister
Trifecta: 1/5,6,7/Field ($18 for 100%)
Trifecta: 1/5,6,7/5,6,7 ($6 for 100%)
Exacta: 1,6/1,5,6,7 ($6 for 100%)
1st: $1,645 2nd: $470 3rd: $235.
Deadly Caper scored a strong 30.55 win here four runs back and he appears well graded in this event. There is no speed whatsoever in this event so if he gets away on terms I think he will have enough speed to cross and lead. He is normally very strong in the run home so if he does cross he will prove hard to reel in. Boonoona Boy has the class edge but the wide draw is a concern, if he can get through the first turn without too much bother he will be right in the finish. Storm Allen is a strong type and he broke through for a well deserved win on Monday in 30.43, I dont think he is a winning prospect but he must be included in your exotics.
Top Four: 6 – 8 – 1 – 5
Win bet on Deadly Caper
Trifecta: 6,8/6,8/Field ($12 for 100%)
Trifecta: 6/1,5,8/Field ($18 for 100%)
Quinella: 6 to rove with 1,5,8 ($3 for 100%)
Exacta: 6,8/1,5,6,8 ($6 for 100%)
Appin trainer Jason Fletcher is closer than ever to his dream of winning a Group One final, with talented sprinter Xtreme Knocka the fastest qualifier for Saturday night‚Äôs Vic Peters Classic.
Exiting from box two last week, the son of Knocka Norris and Misty Fields began moderately before mustering good pace to lead into the first turn, saluting by three and a half lengths in a flying time of 29.56.
‚ÄúIt was a terrific run last week. He got some room to move and everything worked out well,‚ÄĚ said Fletcher.
Fletcher isn‚Äôt as optimistic about Xtreme Knocka‚Äôs chances this Saturday night, after coming up with a difficult box eight draw.
‚ÄúBox three and box eight were left when it came to our turn to pick and unfortunately we got eight. I‚Äôd love him to be stepping out in a different coloured rug on Saturday, but I‚Äôm just hoping the dogs on his inside help him get across.‚ÄĚ
Despite the obstacle of overcoming box eight in the final, Xtreme Knocka recorded a speedy run home of 11.69 on Saturday night and can figure at the finish, if he‚Äôs close enough.
‚ÄúI was very pleased with his run home and if he‚Äôs chasing a dog that‚Äôs not so strong, I‚Äôd be confident of his chances. John Finn‚Äôs dog (Anything Less) is very strong and if he gets a chance I don‚Äôt think anything will run him down.‚ÄĚ
Xtreme Knocka has been one of the surprise packets of this series, coming into the heats two weeks ago with eight career wins under his belt, including a speedy 28.73 performance at Bulli over 515 metres.
‚ÄúAfter he won at Wentworth Park in 29.82, I decided to take him away from the track and he won a couple at Bulli and ran a very good second to Evil Punk over the 600m at Dapto.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúHe‚Äôs always had plenty of ability, but just had to learn to run with seven other dogs.
Finishing second in his heat behind Cosmic Angel in 29.88, Fletcher was confident in his greyhounds‚Äô ability to get the job done in the semi final from a favourable box draw.
‚ÄúIt definitely did surprise me how well he went last week. I was very happy with his run home, but there‚Äôs a lot of strong dogs in the final this week and he will need to do everything right to have a chance.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúHe really enjoys racing at Wentworth Park and has grown in leaps and bounds over the past few weeks.‚ÄĚ
After a flying 26.13 performance trial at Bulli over the 472 metres back in March, Xtreme Knocka headed to Jason Thompson‚Äôs kennels in Victoria and notched up a handy maiden victory at Sandown Park over the 515 metres in a time of 29.85.
In July Xtreme Knocka transferred to Fletcher‚Äôs Appin kennels and has blossomed since, wining six of thirteen starts, with an overall career record of nine wins from twenty three attempts.
RWWA Stewards have been advised by the ChemCentre in Perth, that the presence of 5ő≤‚Äďandrostane-3őĪ, 17ő≤‚Äďdiol (metabolite of Testosterone), at a concentration of greater than 10ng/ml, has been detected in the following samples obtained from Zelemar Fever:
A post race urine sample after winning Race 5, the Tabtouch W.A. Sprint Championship Final at Cannington on 16 August 2014.
A post race urine sample after placing third in Race 8 the Tabtouch National Sprint Championship Final at Cannington on 23 August 2014.
These findings of both ChemCentre reports have been verified by the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) in NSW.
Accordingly the Stewards will inquire into these reports and the Trainer of Zelemar Fever, Ms Linda Britton has been requested to attend the inquiry, which will be held in the RWWA Stewards Room at Ascot Racecourse on a date to be confirmed.
Pursuant to provisions of GAR92(5)(a), Zelemar Fever is not permitted to compete in or be nominated for any event until such time as the inquiry is concluded.
There must be a faster way of getting these swabs tested. It is now late October and these samples were taken in August. Two months isn’t fair on any participants; the Britton camp, Zelemar Fever’s connections and those that they are racing against. Zelemar Fever raced a further three times in between the tests and the results being determined.
30th August – 3rd at Cannington.
6th September – 5th at Cannington.
20th September – 7th at Cannington.
If Zelemar Fever is stripped of third placing in the National Sprint Final, then Crackerjak Dak will be elevated to third position and $10,625 will jump into the pockets of connections.
Due to the redevelopment of the Gawler track the Group and Listed racing calendar for South Australia has been amended. The Group Three Gawler Gold Cup heats were due to be run this week but they have been moved to February next year. As a result, the Listed SA Sprint Championship has been moved forward from January. On Thursday night at Angle Park, the final of this Listed feature will take place.
Two heats were conducted last week, with Dustnado the fastest qualifier through to this week’s $15,000 to-the-winner final. Trainers Troy Murray and Kathleen Johnstone have a good hand in the final with two runners each.
Here’s a look at each of the finalists:
Box One – WILD SOUL (Kim Johnstone)
Wild Soul was SA’s national sprint representative this year. The Mogambo and Velocity Thunder (Flying Penske – Subjective Lee) dog comes right into contention for this final as he has drawn well in box one. He has 17 wins at the track for a best time of 29.79. He finished third in his heat last week behind Dustnado after a slow getaway from box three.
Box Two – KALDEN KAPONE (Troy Murray)
Finishing fourth behind Dustnado last week, Kalden Kapone just scraped into the final. He was boxed wide last week and with a less than desirable winning record from box eight he was always going to find it tough. The Lochinvar Marlow and Abbadale Affair (Big Daddy Cool – Sprinkles Of Gold) dog now moves to box two where is record isn’t too crash hot either. He has had six starts from the box for just one win. He has the ability to show early pace and he will need to be right on his game to be in the hunt early. He has won seven times at the track from 25 attempts with a best time of 29.67.
Box Three – GALILEE SPIRIT (Robert Isaacson)
The Aston Galilee and Southpaw Chic (Where’s Pedro – Jayarri) dog was a heat winner last week in 30.04, showing good speed to punch up and lead and hold off Kalden Gambino. The winning time was well outside his best of 29.62, which was recorded back in April this year. If he gets a sniff in front he may prove hard to catch.
Box Four – BLACK BOTTLE (Kathleen Johnstone)
The 21 month old youngster was impressive last week, just getting pipped on the line by Dustnado in 29.88. The Surf Lorian and Flaminia Bale (Lansley Bale – Georgina Bale) dog has shown he has speed to burn early and presents a good each way chance at odds. He has had just the 19 career starts for six wins. He has four wins at Angle Park and a best of 29.84.
Box Five – AS IT GOES (Oswald Chegia)
As It Goes has recorded just the one win in her last 10 starts and has drawn the squeeze box for this final. The Talk’s Cheap and April County (Addis Boy – Ariek) bitch finished three and a half lengths fourth behind Galilee Spirit last week. She is a risky beginner that lacks early speed so she will find it tough from this draw.
Box Six – KALDEN GAMBINO (Troy Murray)
Kalden Gambino has been given no favours drawing box six. He is yet to notch up a win in the green stretch vest from six attempts. He showed great early speed from this draw last week but couldn’t grab lamplighter Galilee Spirit, finishing two and a half lengths behind in second. Overall, Kalden Gambino (the litter brother to Murray’s other finalist Kalden Kapone) has nine wins at the track from 24 starts. His best is 29.70.
Box Seven – GENGHIS KAHN (Kathleen Johnstone)
He is a dog that is always thereabouts and loves box seven. As such, Genghis Kahn is a big hope of taking out this event. The black dog by Brett Lee and Another Request (Collision – Double Guess) lacks early toe but can rattle home strongly. He has nine wins at the track with a best of 29.68.
Box Eight – DUSTNADO (Steve Hoffman)
The Vapour Whirl and Sharlinda (Hotline Hero – Kristasha) dog known as Dustnado has been in good form of late. He has won two of his last three including last week’s heat win in 29.88. He had box two last week when he nabbed Black Bottle in the shadows of the post. He will need to show plenty of speed to cross the field from the wide draw. He has shown a penchant for box eight, winning four of seven attempts in the pink. He will be popular in betting and will be looking to make it 11 career wins at Angle Park.
The reserves for the race are FARMEROO (9) and WINBROOK (10). Farmeroo was fifth in his heat behind Dustnado. He has been a little inconsistent with his form and his chances will depend on drawing somewhere close to the fence. Winbrook recently made the final of the Adelaide Cup, finishing 16 lengths behind the winner Allen Deed. He has now had a few runs under his belt since a long spell. He finished fifth last week behind Galille Spirit from box eight. He will need some luck if he gets a start.
The race jumps at 9:11pm (SA time).
Mr. Peter Mullen failed to present the greyhound Betty Armagh free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Healesville Greyhound Racing Club on Sunday, 29 June 2014.
Following advice from Racing Analytical Services Laboratory, the Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria conducted an investigation into the results of a pre-race urine sample taken from the greyhound Betty Armagh at the Healesville Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Sunday, 29 June 2014.
During the investigation, Stewards received evidence from registered trainer Mr. Peter Mullen, Mr. Peter Colthup (Trainer), Ms. Naomi Selvadurai (Racing Analytical Services Laboratory) and Dr. Steven Karamatic (Greyhound Racing Industry Veterinary Officer).
After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Peter Mullen with a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rules 83(2) and (3) in that he did fail to present the greyhound Betty Armagh free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Healesville Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Sunday, 29 June 2014 given that the pre-race urine sample taken from the greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substance Guaifenesin.
Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules a breach of GAR83 (2) and (3) constitutes a Serious Offence. As a result, on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 this matter was heard before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board in the first instance under Greyhound Local Racing Rule 47.3 and Sections 83C(b) and 83M(1) of the Racing Act.
Mr. Peter Mullen represented himself at the hearing.
Mr. Glenn Fish (GRV Chief Steward) represented the Stewards Panel.
Mr. Peter Mullen pleaded guilty to the charge.
After hearing all the evidence tendered, the RADB determined that Mr. Peter Mullen was guilty as charged and fined him $1,250.
In assessing penalty, the Board took into account all the evidence and submissions, including the following matters:
(a) Mr. Mullen‚Äôs guilty plea;
(b) The nature of the prohibited substance Guaifenesin;
(c) The need to maintain the integrity of greyhound racing and ensure a level playing field for all participants;
(d) Prior penalties for similar category 1 prohibited substance offences;
(e) Mr. Mullen‚Äôs prior conviction for an offence under the same rules.
The RADB noted that this conviction constituted a breach of the terms of a suspended period of disqualification given by the RADB on 17 October 2013 and accordingly the three month suspended period of that conviction is to commence immediately.
Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB also disqualified Betty Armagh from Event 7 ‚Äď Backmans Greyhound Supplies ‚Äď Grade 5 – at the Healesville Greyhound Racing Club meeting held Sunday, 29 June 2014 and amended the placings accordingly.
Guaifenesin is a cough tablet for dogs that contains the active ingredients guaifenesin and dextromethorphan hydrobromide. These work together to help relieve cough symptoms.
The Anne Foley trained Marlow Man finally lived up to his enormous promise on Monday night at Wentworth Park, scoring an emphatic victory in a sprint series heat, clocking a slick 29.82 over the 520 metres.
The son of Lochinvar Marlow and Gembaz had shown plenty of potential early in his career at Maitland, posting a hot 22.44 run in November last year at just his seventh start.
That victory was his last prior to Monday night with an array of injuries keeping him from putting his best paws forward on the track.
“He started off with a bang and we had high hopes for him, but these things are sent to try you and you have to just keep going”, Foley said.
“It took him eleven months to win another race. He pulled a toenail right out and that took a couple of months to heal and then he was ripped apart in a yard accident.”
Anne and her husband Barry, who train from their residential property in Maitland, showed great faith in their black speedster and he now looks set to repay them for the love and care shown to him during his recuperation.
Foley was delighted with the win and time but said she always knew that Marlow Man had enough ability to develop into a handy city-class performer.
“I always thought the shorter straight at Wentworth Park, opposed to the long straight at Maitland, would suit him and I always thought he was capable of breaking the 30 at Wenty.”
“Earlier in his career, his style was to jump steady and to then burst away. It has taken a long time to get him back to where he was at the start.”
Affectionately named Bobby after Anne’s close friend Bob Brown, Marlow Man is not only a highly exciting chaser, he is also a much loved companion of eight-year-old Zac Shoesmith.
Zac, whose parents are family friends of Anne and Barry, was given a share in Marlow Man as a pup and he now races under the ownership of the ‘Our Boy Zac’. It’s a certainty that there was nobody cheering louder on Monday evening than the youngster from his Heddon Greta home.”
“I gave Zac a share in Bobby for his sixth birthday and my hope when I gave it to him was that the dog would win some races. He went over $10,000 on (Monday) night so Zac has now won over $2,500. We are going on a cruise next February now because of Bobby”, Anne explained.
“Naturally enough he is too young to have a license and he couldn’t be a registered owner. The way around it was to call it the ‘Our Boy Zac’, it puts Zac’s name in the race book and that’s all he ever wanted to see.”
Anne says that each and every race that Marlow Man wins is special to her because of the joy it brings to young Zac, who suffers from haemophilia.
“With his haemophilia it gives him an interest in life. His illness prevents him from playing sport, so this is his sport.”
“He is absolutely devoted to Bobby. He doesn’t even talk about the other dogs in our yards, it is just all Bobby.”
It has been a tough year for the Foley’s who lost their outstanding youngster Zac Marlow at Richmond in February. While it has taken a while, things now appear to be looking up for Anne and Barry who recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.
“Even though it has been a long time in-between drinks it has been well worth the wait and he (Marlow Man) has given us so much joy. We are hoping the best is yet to come.”
“The bad times outweigh the good times but when the good times come you grab them with both hands and enjoy them.”
Marlow Man will head back to Wentworth Park this Friday for the Sprint Series final where he has drawn box seven. It will be a tough assignment for him against proven performers Zipping Tarn, Knocka’s Return, Watto Lotto and Encapsulate, but Anne remains optimistic.
“He has box seven in the final. It’s a hard final, finals are always hard to win, but he doesn’t mind being out there. We are just hoping that all those little injuries are behind him now and he can kick on.”
Win, lose or draw on Friday, as long as ‘Bobby’ comes home safe, there will be a smile on the face faces of Anne, Barry and one special little boy.
“Every time you put him around you just hope nothing happens to the dog. You just know that excitement that Bobby gives him, he has made an eight-year-old boy’s dreams come true.”
Anne Foley, Marlow Man are joined by Zac and Taylah Shoesmith.
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1st: $1,120 2nd: $360 3rd: $180.
Dashing Dee Dee has kick-started her career in fine style, having won two of her three starts to date. Her latest victory came last week when she powered to the line in a sizzling 29.90 and she appears to be improving with every run at present and with a wide runner on her outside she appears drawn to get all the breaks.
Spicey Peppa looms as the obvious danger, she has won six of 11 to date and is armed with sizzling early speed. She is likely to find the early lead but if Dashing Dee Dee lobs close I don’t think she can hold her out.
Allinga Dot is the only other winning hope, she has a heap of talent but has a habit of missing the kick. All three are littermates and they should run the trifecta. Gunsmoke Mcbain has a bit of early speed and he is an outside chance for a place but he does appear to be outclassed.
Top Four: 3 – 4 – 6 – 2
Boxed Trifecta: 3,4,6 ($6 for 100%)
Exacta: 3,4/2,3,4,6 ($6 for 100%)
Quinella: 3 to rove with 2,4,6 ($3 for 100%)
Trifecta: 3/2,4,6/Field ($18 for 100%)
1st: $580 2nd: $160 3rd: $80.
High Market is making his SA debut and although he is very inconsistent, he is blessed with enormous talent. From the red he should be able to punch through and lead and if he handles the first bend he should be off and gone with the prize. Madam Crash looks a lock for the quinella spot, she is ideally drawn out wide and recently beat a handy lineup when posting a solid 30.57 win here. She can be a little hit or miss early but is drawn to get all the breaks even if she misses away.
Vuchko is resuming from a short spell and he should be hitting the line well, he has a good record here and his PB of 30.11 is impressive. Handsome Blue is a handy middle distance chaser and if he gets a clear run early he can feature, he is a keen railer so the first 50m will be crucial for him.
Top Four: 1 – 8 – 4 – 6
Win bet on High Market
Exacta: 1,8/1,4,6,8 ($6 for 100%)
Trifecta: 1,8/1,8/Field ($12 for 100%)
Trifecta: 1/8/Field ($6 for 100%)
Trifecta: 1/4,6,8/Field ($18 for 100%)
Race 7: Young Gun Mcbain
Dream’s Image took out the 1949 Cesarewitch Stakes, run over 500 yards at Harold Park, by three lengths from Chief Mystery, running 26.8. The Eddie Batiste-owned and Les Brett-trained sprinter had already won the Youthful Stakes and Two-Year-Old Produce Stakes at the same course over the previous few months.
Sashweight downed track record holder Carly’s Choice by six lengths over 700 yards at Dapto in a match race in 1953. Carly’s Choice, from box 8, jumped into lead but then stumbled and was soon behind. Sashweight, who had won her last seven starts in the city but was having her first look at Dapto, broke into a long lead and was never challenged in front of a large crowd. Carly’s Choice’ muzzle was found to be twisted after the race, suggesting he had tangled a paw in it soon after the start.
In 1983 Inch Time registered his ninth successive victory when taking out a semi-final of the Vic Peters Memorial Classic over 457 metres at Harold Park in a sizzling 26.11.
New Zealand star Brother Bee scored what would be his last win in his home country, over 505 metres at Auckland, in 1974. Brother Bee came to Sydney as the NZ representative for the NSW St Leger series and created a sensation by winning all three of his race starts in fine style.
Welcome Stranger took out the 1989 Warragul St Leger (424 metres) by three lengths from Dark Jivaro in 24.61. The win was his 11th in only 12 career starts.
The Rod Deakin-bred and owned and Max Hammond-trained Allocate won his first race start, over 720 metres at Shepparton by 17 lengths in 1973, recording 42.56 which set a new track record.
Alpha Brava registered his sixth consecutive victory when taking out the 1975 Bi-Annual Classic (now the Peter Mosman Memorial) over 457 metres at Harold Park by just over two lengths from Steve Austin in a fast 26.22.
Hanson Diamond won the 1995 Shepparton Cup by just over a length from Neutral Wisp and City Blitz, with the classy Midnight Flirt in fourth position.
Victorian finalist Go Go Ebo won the 2006 South Australian Sprint Championship by 10 lengths over 515 metres at Angle Park, running 29.49 to set a new race record for trainer Jeff Britton.
Eric Phipps, Andrew Schlecht, and William Furlong were sentenced to two years in prison in 1949 for allegedly ringing in a greyhound at Lismore in February in what became known as the Brindle Havoc-Runaway Joe conspiracy.
A greyhound track at Bulli was officially opened in 1950. It held an afternoon meeting of 10 races over 500 yards (457 metres) and 700 yards (684 metres). A crowd of about 2,300 turned out to watch the action. The first race, a maiden over 500 yards, was won by Lucky Les (box 1). Prince Min (box 3) won the first of the 700yds races, trained by Ron Condon. Fastest time at the meeting was 27.6 recorded by Pamraye (box 2), while Danny Dee (box 1) ran 38.8 as the quickest over 700 yards.
This Thursday afternoon at will see the running of the Brodie Wells Electrical Future Stars final at Maitland, where an alluring $8,000 awaits the winner.
Cranebrook trainer Melinda Finn has three talented chasers engaged, with new 400m track record holder Winsome Jacko her best hope from box six. The son of the El Grand Senor and Ramblin‚Äô Ruby sent tongues wagging during the heats last week, clocking a sensational time of 21.98. Finn also has two other lives chances in Winsome Mission, who recorded a sizzling time of 22.20 and Winsome Bluey who qualified in 22.51. All three greyhounds will line up side by side from boxes four, five and six.
Londonderry trainer Christine Proctor‚Äôs chances were given a boost when the box draw was released yesterday, with smart youngster Lord Gee coming up with the inside alley. The son of El Grand Senor and Oh Em Gee was superb last week, clocking a fast time of 22.45 from box three. Proctor‚Äôs other finalist Master Gee will face a tough test from box seven, however he did display good early pace last week to cross and lead throughout from box eight in a flying time of 22.38.
Brodie Wells Electrical Future Stars ‚Äď Maitland 400m:
Box One ‚Äď Lord Gee (Christine Proctor): Despite missing the start last week, is perfectly drawn in box one to take advantage of a rails run. Recorded a fast time of 22.45 last week, with a sensational run home of 6.58.
Box Two ‚Äď Gauge This (Walter Simmons): Did everything right last week from box six and can improve on the clock after suffering some interference heading around the turn. Clocked 22.73 in his heat and will be given every chance from a favourable draw.
Box Three ‚Äď Lord Licrick (Robert Green): Showed great acceleration last week to get across from box seven, clocking a speedy time of 22.51, with an impressive run home of 6.68. A genuine railer who should take advantage of this box draw and put himself into the race in the latter stages.
Box Four ‚Äď Winsome Bluey (Melinda Finn): After stumbling at the start, railed underneath the leader on the home turn to clock a fast time of 22.51. Will need to significantly improve his box manners after coming up with a difficult draw.
Box Five ‚Äď Winsome Mission (Melinda Finn): Was brilliant last week from box six in a sizzling time of 22.20, with a flying run home 6.55. A poor box draw won‚Äôt help his chances after a slow start last week, however look for him to flash home at the finish.
Box Six ‚Äď Winsome Jacko (Melinda Finn): Labelled a superstar after breaking the track record last week, clocking a blistering time of 21.98. Box six will be the only concern for his trainer, however if he gets any room to move early we should see him salute in fine style and carve out another impressive time.
Box Seven ‚Äď Master Gee (Christine Proctor): Recorded a sensational time of 22.38 in his heat last week and mustered good early pace from box eight. Will be right in this with a repeat performance of last week and is drawn inside a risky beginner.
Box Eight ‚Äď Airbourne Miss (Allan Mcgowan): Produced the biggest upset from the heats last week from box five, recording a smart time of 22.69 and a sizzling 6.59 run home. Being a risky beginner wont help her chances getting across from the wide draw, however she showed good stamina and can figure at the finish.
The final will be run and won at 6.02pm EDST.
The Sandown Shootout has been won by some of the nation‚Äôs best greyhounds since WA star Reggemite took out the inaugural running back in 1998.
Go Wild Teddy, Bombastic Shiraz, Whisky Assassin, Mantra Lad and Velocette are just some of the names that appear on the honour roll and this year another talented sprinter will add their name alongside some of the greatest chasers our sport has seen.
Seven runners were nominated for the 2014 Group Two Sandown Shootout; Allen Deed, Awesome Project, Banjo Boy, Iva Vision, Oakvale Destiny, Sisco Rage and Star Recall with the four runners announced¬†earlier tonight.
ALLEN DEED (Jarvis Bale x Greta Bale)
A beaten favourite in the Group One Topgun on Saturday night, Allen Deed is one of the most powerful chasers in Victoria. The Andrea Dailly-trained chaser has won 18 races from 42 starts including three victories at Sandown Park over the 515 metre trip. He has a personal best of 29.31 at the track and, although he will probably be giving the leaders a big start, he has a massive motor and will be powering home.
AWESOME PROJECT (Collision x Honour Phase)
Awesome Project ran a great third in the Topgun from an awkward draw in box six. He is one of those greyhounds that is always around the money and consistently performs well at the top level. He is a winner of two Group Two races, the Gosford Gold Cup and the Harrison-Dawson, the latter being held at Sandown earlier this year. He has run a slick 29.35 over the track and distance.
BANJO BOY (Vee Man Vane x Off Springer)
The dashing white and black speedster was a finalist in last year‚Äôs Shootout, finishing third behind superstar bitch Xylia Allen. He has had four starts back from injury resulting in two wins and two minor placings, including a 29.40 win at Sandown.
IVA VISION (Ivan Brown x Visualization)
One of the most exciting youngsters in Queensland, he showed his potential earlier this year when winning the Group Three SA Derby at Angle Park. He has since had a look at Sandown and was very convincing posting a quick 29.43 victory.
RESERVES: Oakvale Destiny (1st), Star Recall (2nd)
The box draw will be conducted this Thursday night at Sandown Park and, for the first time, it will be a preferential box draw with each dog selected randomly. Trainers are then given the opportunity to draw their greyhound in a box they think suits them best.
Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) stewards on Thursday 16 October 2014 inquired into the analysts’ reports of the finding of caffeine and its metabolites, theophylline, paraxanthine, and theobromine, in urine samples taken from greyhounds trained by Tony Desira.
The greyhounds involved and the events in question are as follows:
Kate‚Äôs Reaction ‚Äď won at Richmond 31 May 2014 (Race 4 Penrithelectrical.com.au Maiden 535m)
Cosmic‚Äôs Son ‚Äď won at Gosford 17 June 2014 (Race 4 Rob Sharp Electrical Maiden 515m)
Kate‚Äôs Reaction ‚Äď won at Gosford 24 June 2014 (Race 4 Centrebet 132946 Stakes 5th Grade 515m)
Kate‚Äôs Reaction ‚Äď won at Gosford 1 July 2014 (Race 5 Gosford to City Heat 1 5th Grade 515m)
Evidence was taken from Mr Desira, and Dr Adam Cawley from the Australian Racing Analytical Laboratory (ARFL). Written evidence was tendered by Racing NSW Head Veterinarian Dr Craig Suann.
A kennel inspection was undertaken at Mr Desira‚Äôs premises on 4 August 2014 after confirmatory analysis from the Racing Science Centre Queensland of the first positive sample was declared on 31 July 2014.
During this inspection Mr Desira produced a powdered substance which he advised was supplied by his son Michael, who is involved in the training of athletes in mixed martial arts. Mr Desira stated that the powder was sprinkled over feeds after his greyhounds had either raced or trialled to assist with muscle repatriation. As both Kate‚Äôs Reaction and Cosmic‚Äôs Son had chronic injuries, the powder had been administered to both greyhounds prior to them returning the positive samples. Stewards obtained a sample of the powder for testing.
Stewards then visited Michael Desira‚Äôs premises and obtained samples of five powders that were said to be combined with the mixture fed to Kate‚Äôs Reaction and Cosmic‚Äôs Son. One of these products – Oxyshred – was labelled as containing green coffee beans.
On analysis by the ARFL, both Oxyshred and the sample of the powder taken from Tony Desira‚Äôs premises were found to contain caffeine and its metabolites.
Mr Desira subsequently pleaded guilty to four charges under GAR 83 (2) (a), in that he presented Kate‚Äôs Reaction and Cosmic‚Äôs Son for the races in question other than free of any prohibited substance.
Mr Desira was subsequently disqualified for four periods of six months, all to be served concurrently. This decision had regard to the fact that the result of the screening analysis of the sample taken from Kate‚Äôs Reaction on 31 May 2014 had not been received prior to the receipt of the screening analysis report relative to the event on 1 July 2014. This meant that Mr Desira could not have been alerted to the alleged breaches prior to the event.
In determining penalty, stewards took into consideration Mr Desira‚Äôs guilty plea, his cooperation with stewards during the kennel inspection, the low level of the prohibited substances, previous penalties for breaches of the same prohibited substances, his culpability in using imported non-veterinary products, the poor reflection on the industry in the report of four breaches of the prohibited substance rules, and general deterrence to participants.
Under GAR 83 (4), Kate‚Äôs Reaction and Cosmic‚Äôs Son were disqualified from their winning performances. Kate‚Äôs Reaction was also disqualified from her third placing in the Gosford to City Final held at Wentworth Park 11 July 2014.
Mr Desira was advised of his right of appeal.
24 greyhounds were adopted into 23 new homes on Saturday in a record day for the Greyhound Adoption Program
The previous adoption record for GAP in a single day was 14 in May this year, with Saturday‚Äôs adoption day at Sandown Park eclipsing that record by 10.
Last year, GAP ‚Äď which is operated by Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) – broke the record for the number of adoptions in a single year, with 536 greyhounds finding new loving homes. This year, GAP is on-track to break the record yet again and has already found homes for 238 greyhounds in just four months.
GAP Manager, Larissa Darragh, says that the public is starting to understand that greyhounds can make amazing pets.
‚ÄúOur record numbers are so heart-warming because we have known all along that greyhounds can make wonderful pets
and now the public is starting to understand that too.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúI think because there are so many pet greyhounds in the community now people are starting to see them more and
fall in love with them and when presented the opportunity to adopt they jump at it.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúEvents such as the Royal Melbourne Show and our adoption days have been fantastic for us as well as our really strongfollowing where people share their lovely stories with us.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúGreyhounds from 12 months old up to nine-years-old were adopted on Saturday to families from right across Victoria
showing that there is a big interest in these beautiful animals. There were new owners from 21 suburbs around the
state ranging from Collingwood to Clyde.‚ÄĚ
GAP headquarters in Seymour has also recently been undergoing a major state government supported $880,000
redevelopment that will increase the capacity of the program and facilitate further adoptions in the future. The first stage of the project set to be complete in the coming month.
GAP has adopted more than 5000 greyhounds into new homes since its inception in 1996.
Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) stewards have finalised investigations into the placement of an advertisement in the Crookwell Gazette on 31 July 2014 by registered trainer Robert Fenton. The advertisement was in the form of soliciting the purchase of live animals.
GRNSW, with the assistance of RSPCA inspectors, were able to establish that Mr Fenton had placed the advertisement some time prior to the date of publication. No live animals were found on the property of Mr Fenton and it was established that at no time were any animals purchased.
Mr Fenton was charged with an offence under GAR 86 (q) of committing an act detrimental to the interest of greyhound racing.
The matter was dealt with via correspondence and Mr Fenton subsequently pleaded guilty to the charge. Having regard to all of the circumstances he was fined $400. Under the provisions of GAR 95 (3), $200 of the penalty was suspended conditional on Mr Fenton not incurring any penalty under the offences rules over the next 12 months.
In determining penalty, consideration was given to the potential damage to the industry‚Äôs reputation caused by a registered person advertising to purchase live animals, Mr Fenton‚Äôs limited industry involvement, his previously unblemished record, guilty plea and previous penalties for such breaches.
Mr Fenton was advised of his right of appeal.
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1st: $1,650 2nd: $475 3rd: $235.
Veyron Bale resumed from a lengthy spell here last week and he was far from disgraced when narrowly beaten by the speedy Cool Trend. On that occasion he missed the kick but made a strong move mid race. From the pink tonight he should get a clear run into the first turn and should burn them off mid race, he’s a super talent when on the bunny and he should prove too classy for these.
Skye scored a sizzling 22.57 win here two runs back and she loves racing here. There is very little pace drawn on her outside, so she should get every chance to settle in the first two early. Cool Trend beat Veyron Bale here last time out and he should give a great sight again, the last 30m is always a worry but he must be included in your exotic bets. Big Tex Rockin’ is the interesting runner, he resumes from a short spell and he may fire fresh.
Top Four: 8 – 5 – 4 – 6
Win bet on Veyron Bale
Trifecta: 8/4,5,6/Field ($18 for 100%)
Exacta: 5,8/4,5,6,8 ($6 for 100%)
Quinella: 8 to rove with 4,5,6 ($3 for 100%)
1st: $1,325 2nd: $375 3rd: $190.
Earl Bale is showing a heap of promise and was placed here last week behind the classy Jenkins Bale. He is normally a very reliable beginner and if he gets away with them he should have more than enough speed to cross in the run to the first turn. If he can find the lead then he should be able to get down to the 26 flat mark and that would be more than enough for him to score.
Peggie is better suited to a longer journey but she can sprint well and I expect her to be hitting the line very strongly. Choclotto is likely to start big odds but he isn’t without a chance, he is suitably drawn out wide and recently scored a strong 26.13 win over this trip. Go Go Gail rounds out the chances, she is another who will get back early but she has a big finish and only needs an ounce of luck in running.
Top Four: 5 – 2 – 8 – 7
Win bet on Earl Bale
Exacta: 2,5/2,5,7,8 ($6 for 100%)
Quinella: 5 to rove with 2,7,8 ($3 for 100%)
Trifecta: 5/2,7,8/Field ($18 for 100%)
Race 9: Satsuki Bale
Good to hear some comments from readers about my review of the TOPGUN. But, no, I was not talking from my back pocket as I did not have a bet in the race. Big race finals are always hard and overcoming all the hassles I mentioned was too big an ask.
Yes, I did have a leaning towards Buckle Up Wes because I have done nicely with him on similar occasions before. He actually likes starting from a middle box and could be expected to lead this field. But the 10-week break due to injury scared me off. Or, as the trainer told GRV, ‚Äúif he didn‚Äôt lead he wouldn‚Äôt have won because he probably didn‚Äôt have enough race fitness to come from behind and win.‚ÄĚ
He followed up with‚Ä¶ ‚ÄúHe has only had four trials since he injured himself in August, so he‚Äôs still a couple of runs off his peak.‚ÄĚ Yes, as I feared, he was not at his best but still won, which also tells you a lot about the opposition.
All of which serves to emphasise the points I made about the ordinary race time and the policy of selecting out-of‚Äďform dogs. And rare is the trainer who allows his charge to sit on the sidelines for a month or two unless it has a genuine health problem.
Here is some more information about that field.
SECTIONAL COMPARISONS ‚Äď WHY YOUR DOG LOST
|1. Chica Destacada||5.12||5.26||+0.14||4|
|3. Oakvale Destiny||5.22||5.37||+0.15||2|
|4. Mepunga Hayley||5.16||5.27||+0.11||2|
|5. Buckle Up Wes||5.02||5.05||+0.03||10|
|6. Awesome Project||5.09||5.29||+0.20||1|
|7. Allen Deed||5.17||5.37||+0.20||2|
|8. Zipping Willow||5.09||5.21||+0.12||2|
Average = Average of last 10 recorded sectionals.
Weeks = Gap to previous race start
Note = Any sectionals recorded in Tasmania are ignored as the official recording process is faulty (which includes time posted in Victorian and NSW formguides).
All those sectional differences can be put down to either a shortage of recent form or awkward boxes. Both factors were skipped over by punters. Only two in the field started at double figures ‚Äď Oakvale Destiny, which ran 2nd in moderate time, and Mepunga Hayley which came into the race with ordinary form and ran nowhere, so a huge amount of money was wasted on dogs priced wrongly, or at ‚Äúunders‚ÄĚ.
On the subject of prices, it is worth mentioning here the way authorities make up their own race selections.
Typically, the Watchdog‚Äôs formguide has three bites at the apple: it selects the first four in order and then suggests a bet; it puts up an actual price for each runner; and it lists their rankings in that peculiar 100-99-98 process. Normally, these three measures never agree with each other.
First, Awesome Project was selected on top, even though it was priced at $10.00 and ranked third at 95.
Second, the shortest price was for Allen Deed at $2.60, followed by Keybow at $3.50. These dogs were ranked 5th (94) and equal last (90) respectively in the oddball ranking process. In any event, prices for the eight runners added up to a book of 136%, which is well in excess of even the normalrip-offs. Why would they do that when it has no relation to either their true chances (100%) or to what the tote will offer (114.5%)? For intending punters, it is truly misleading.
Third, the ranking process put on top with 100 ‚Äď guess who ‚Äď reserve My Bro Fabio, which failed to get a start. Next best was Zipping Willow at 99, followed by Buckle Up Wes at 97. So, neither the favourite or the Watchdog‚Äôs pick made it through there.
Punters would be well advised to make up their own mind about these things. However, what has always puzzled me is how they make up those ranking numbers and what they are supposed to mean. Everybody does it but no-one ever explains them. I have no idea about the answers there but the best policy would be to ignore them completely. They are a complete nonsense.
However, this state of confusion is yet another reason why I have suggested that racing authorities should get right out of the business of formguides. The data should all be dumped in the hands of an independent group, responsible only to customers, which can then adopt policies and procedures which are tuned to what punters need.
There is another dimension to form ‚Äď or lack of it ‚Äď which the selection panel chose to ignore. Buckle Up Wes may have been ‚Äúa couple of runs off his peak‚ÄĚ but very often that peak may never be reached again. History is littered with fading careers of once smart dogs that have not managed to recover their best form after injury, despite the best efforts of connections.
For example, even now top WA competitor, On Coin, is battling to get back. It led well at Cannington on Saturday but faded in the run home to run fourth, with the winner running an average 30.50, well short of the BON. Punters blissfully charged in anyway, making it a $2.10 prospect (less on Fixed Odds, bless them). Time may tell more.
I doubt that will happen with Bookkeeper. A terrific past winner, particularly over the middle distance, it has been a shadow of its former self since its return from an injury enforced break of several months. Currently, it has been getting away reasonably but has not been able to go on with it.
These events must be frustrating to connections who often put in tremendous efforts to get the dog right. But there are never any guarantees. And without match practice and showing enough dash they cannot be seen as sensible betting prospects. Just ask Michael Clarke.
In the last few months (269 races) at The Meadows 21% of all Saturday races had odds-on favourites. Half lost and half won, so an even dollar on each would see you losing money. It‚Äôs not an easy track.
At that Cannington meeting (see On Coin above) a 642m race was won by stayer Ash Flash in a fair 37.54. Last was Obama Flash which finished 110.75 lengths behind in 44.46. There was a time when results would show such a performance as T/O, DIST or FELL and they could therefore be ignored if you wish. But when you insert an actual margin and time it all goes into the career records for future use. Very misleading!
In fact, Obama Flash fell at the first turn (amazing in a field of four) but picked itself up and finished the race just in front of the ambulance, so to speak. All that has achieved is to fill in a number for First Four punters but that could well have been handled in some other way ‚Äď eg reverting to the Trifecta placings, or whatever.
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1st: $950 2nd: $280 3rd: $140.
Woodnear has returned to SA in fine form having won two of his three attempts. In his past two starts he has begun brilliantly and led from go to whoa and he has gone around the 30 flat mark in both runs. With a wide runner on his outside and keen railer underneath he should get every chance to muster speed in the early stages and prove too classy for these.
Chemical Maker has had three runs from a spell and he should be ready to show his best. In his latest effort here last week he stepped back up to this distance and he was far from disgraced when placed in slick time. The empty draw underneath should help and he should be at peak fitness now. Dyna Erwin has his favourite draw and should get a nice cart across early. He has a habit of getting up at nice odds so he is worth an each way ticket if he goes around at silly odds. Breaker Kahn rounds out the chances, he hasn’t had much luck in his two SA runs and will be looking to improve.
Top Four: 2 – 6 – 8 – 4
Win bet on Woodnear
Trifecta: 2/4,6,8/Field ($15 for 100%)
Exacta: 2,6/2,4,6,8 ($6 for 100%)
Quinella: 2 to rove with 4,6,8 ($3 for 100%)
1st: $780 2nd: $230 3rd: $115.
Check Yo Self is a highly promising speedster who has won three of four to date. Her latest victory came here last Wednesday when she led throughout in a solid 30.40. In that performance she got a slight check as they headed into the first turn so I think she should be able to go a little quicker tonight.
Montgomery Road has the class edge but he seems to make too many mistakes in the early stages, if he can get through the first turn without too much bother he should be right in the finish. Storm Allen has been solidly placed in her past three runs here and she shouldn’t be too far away again. She isn’t a genuine winning threat but is a great dog to anchor for second and third in your exotics. Our Striker rounds out the chances, he led all the way here last week in 30.49 and will give a great sight again if he can cross early.
Top Four: 3 – 5 – 2 – 6
Win bet on Check Yo Self
Exacta: 3,5/2,3,5,6 ($6 for 100%)
Trifecta: 3/2,5,6/Field ($18 for 100%)
Trifecta: 3,5,6/2/Field ($18 for 100%)
Trifecta: 3,5,6/Field/2 ($18 for 100%)
Boxed Quinella: 2,3,5,6 ($6 for 100%)
Race 10: Cheria Bale
Saturday was a day of racing firsts for Tasmania. The state had it’s first representative in the time honoured Cox Plate with The Cleaner carrying the hopes of the entire Apple Isle. While the gelding had no success at Moonee Valley, another Tassie racer in Buckle Up Wes was able to salute later that night, giving Tasmania their first success in the Group One Topgun at The Meadows.
While Buckle Up Wes may not have received as much publicity as his thoroughbred counterpart going into the invitation-only feature, he certainly commanded plenty of attention after his dazzling display from box five to claim the $150,000 winner’s cheque.
The Ted Medhurst trained chaser exploded from the boxes and crossed the field from the awkward draw with ease. After burning around the first turn the son of Collision and Everlong Bale set up a big break on his opposition heading down the back straight and cruised home to a three length victory.
Oakvale Destiny put in a massive run to claim second for Jeff Britton, with Awesome Project filling the trifecta back in third.
Making the victory even more remarkable was the fact that Buckle Up Wes went into the Topgun having not had a start in nearly two months due to injury. After the race Medhurst admitted that he was shocked at how much strength his star chaser showed in the latter stages, despite knowing that it’s usually one of his key traits.
“The ease of the victory surprised me. I was worried who was chasing him off the back straight because I thought if he was going to be vulnerable it would be coming off that bottom bend. But when he balanced up, he got going again, he is a deceptively strong dog”, Medhurst explained.
Buckle Up Wes recorded a neat 30.02 en route to winning the Topgun and, while it was a number of lengths off his 29.74 best at the track, Medhurst says he wasn’t too concerned and that there is still plenty of improvement in him.
“He is probably a couple of runs short of his peak but the race was on that date and we did our best to have him as good as we could for that night. Fortunately for us it worked out.”
“It’s nice to run quick times on top of a win in a Group One but it alters nothing in our minds about him. Sometimes these big races don’t produce the best times but they are still impossibly hard to win.”
Buckle Up Wes now boasts the outstanding record of 49 starts for 30 wins and 12 minor placings, including a stunning win in this year’s Group One Australian Cup at The Meadows. With prizemoney earnings now in excess of $550,000, the win certainly stamped him as one of the nation’s best of all time.
“Last night I think the whole of Australia realised how special he is. I think now he is a bonafide star and we are just so proud of him.”
“Going into the race we knew he didn’t have to do anything more for us, he has already been magnificent, so for him to perform the way he did was quite surreal. The feeling after the race was just tremendous.”
All things going to plan, Medhurst now hopes to have Buckle Up Wes back to peak fitness in time for $420,000 to-the-winner Group One Melbourne Cup, with heats kicking off on November 13 at Sandown Park.
In the meantime, Tasmania will continue to celebrate their historical victory, as will Medhurst, who remains in awe of his terrific speedster and the whole Topgun experience.
“It was wonderful and I wish everybody that participates in racing could experience it, I am very fortunate to have experienced it. It’s a dream come true.”
“The dog’s performance was remarkable in my opinion and it’s typical of Wes, he is an outstanding individual and he just produces all the time.”
Appin trainer Jason Fletcher is now a step closer to a Group One victory, after his talented youngster Xtreme Knocka recorded a blistering time of 29.56 in semi final two of the Vic Peters Classic at Wentworth Park last night.
The son of Knocka Norris and Misty Fields began well from box two and took his place on the rails to lead throughout, saluting by three and a half lengths at the finish. Even more impressive was the sensational run home time of 11.69 that will give his trainer plenty of confidence heading into next week‚Äôs final. Xtreme Knocka recorded his ninth career win last night and is a very consistent chaser, having won six of his past nine outings.
Cranebrook training duo John and Melinda Finn‚Äôs fantastic run of form continued last night with Anything Less recording his ninth career win from twelve starts. The son of Bekim Bale and Casey‚Äôs Angel positioned himself beautifully behind early leader Jewel Action, before careering away up the straight to score by three and three quarter lengths in a sizzling time of 29.61. The 34kg chaser also notched up his third straight win at Wentworth Park and gave his trainers another reason to smile, clocking a flying run home of 11.64. Glenn Rounds‚Äô All Strung Out also produced an exceptional effort from box two, weaving his way through the field to finish second, recording a smart time of 29.84. Anthony Azzopardi‚Äôs Shoulders started as the $3.00 favourite, however he unfortunately found a heap of trouble after missing the start from box one and finished at the tail of the field.
Cosmic Angel battled on gamely in semi final number two and clocked a slick 29.78 in finishing second behind Xtreme Knocka. Anthony Azzopardi‚Äôs chaser started as the $3.10 favourite and has a genuine chance in next week‚Äôs final with a repeat performance.
The third semi final saw talented sprinter Are Jip a clear cut favourite at $2.10, however some early interference prevented the Kristy Sultana trained chaser from mustering his notable early pace, finishing in fourth place. Consistent performer Lucy Lobster recorded her third consecutive victory at headquarters with another all the way display from box two in a solid time of 29.85. Trainer Charlie Lamb would be ecstatic with this beautifully bred daughter of Brett Lee and One Tree Hill‚Äôs perfect box manners, which have contributed to her eight career wins from fourteen starts, with only one unplaced run. Christine Oldfield‚Äôs Frattini produced a barnstorming run to reduce the winning margin to just three quarters of a length, and has a great chance of going one better next week after coming up with the inside alley.
Next Saturday night‚Äôs Group One Vic Peters Classic Final is full of talented greyhounds that possess both early speed and stamina, with the winner to receive an enticing $75,000 and join last year‚Äôs victor Belfast Johnny on the illustrious honour roll.
Group One Ladbrokes Vic Peters Classic Final Box Draw:
1 ‚Äď Frattini ‚Äď Christine Oldfield
2 ‚Äď La Grand Logie ‚Äď Jeff Eaton
3 ‚Äď Anything Less ‚Äď John Finn
4 ‚Äď All Strung Out ‚Äď Glenn Rounds
5 ‚Äď Lucy Lobster ‚Äď Charlie Lamb
6 ‚Äď Jewel Action ‚Äď Kristy Sultana
7 ‚Äď Cosmic Angel ‚Äď Anthony Azzopardi
8 ‚Äď Xtreme Knocka ‚Äď Jason Fletcher
9 ‚Äď Lady Livingston ‚Äď Leanne Procopio
10 ‚Äď Are Jip ‚Äď Kristy Sultana
When it comes to Tasmanian chasers, the victory of Buckle Up Wes in the Topgun, combined with his success earlier this year in the Australian Cup, arguably makes a case for him to be called the best sprinter to have ever come out of the Apple Isle.
Tasmania was once the place where the best greyhounds in the country would make the trek across Bass Strait to compete in races like the Hobart Thousand and Launceston Cup. Those days are long gone, but from the start of greyhound racing behind the mechanical lure in 1927 until the late 1960s, Tasmania produced some good quality chasers who more than held their own against, usually, invaders from New South Wales. Some Tasmanian greyhounds even crossed over to the mainland and performed at the highest level.
Buckle Up Wes now has mainland victories in the Australian Cup and Topgun, a second in the Winter Carnival Cup in Brisbane, third in the Paws of Thunder, and fourth in the Golden Easter Egg. That’s a pretty strong lineup of major races. Overall he has raced 49 times for 30 wins, seven seconds and five thirds, with a remarkable record of 10 wins and six placings when drawn in boxes four or five.
He is undefeated in three starts at the Meadows. At Wentworth Park he has raced seven times for three wins, one second, two thirds and one fourth. In Brisbane, he has raced twice for one win and one second. The only blot on the Wes landscape are his two seventh placings at Sandown.
With $551,485 in prize money, which makes him the 11th greyhound to pass the half million dollar mark and puts him currently into eighth position overall, he has easily surpassed any other Apple Isle chaser. His closest Tasmanian rival in the money pit is St Pierre, the 2011 Australian Cup winner, with $242,050, although I would argue that St Pierre was really a NSW greyhound considering his first Tasmanian start did not occur until his 34th race, and overall his career was 68 starts (for 23 wins). The first ‘real’ Tasmanian on the prize money lists is Fallen Zorro, with $229,375, ahead of his kennelmate Chinatown Lad, who collected $222,730 in stakes. And both of those stars were stayers, not sprinters.
Of course, prize money records are pretty meaningless these days when so many races are worth silly amounts of money to the winner, the Topgun included.
So, how does Buckle Up Wes compare to the great Tasmanian sprinters of the past? And who are they anyway? A serious look at those who have crossed Bass Strait and made a name for themselves on the sprint circuit reveals a pretty short list.
One of the first to come over and do well was Ebony Minda. She had won her first seven starts, including the 1958 Launceston Cup in race record time, and came over to take the 1958 NSW St Leger (now the Paws of Thunder). She then went to Victoria and scored three wins at North Melbourne and Sandown.
Iceni Princess, who won her first start at Devonport and then almost immediately was transferred to the mainland, went on to set a 520-metre track record at Wentworth Park, won the 1992 Winter Carnival Cup at the Gabba and Schweppes Cup at Olympic Park, defeated NSW champion Warren’s Flyer and Classy Kyarran in a match race at Angle Park, was second in the Brisbane Cup, fourth in the1992 National Sprint Championship after setting a track record at Hobart in winning the Tasmanian division of the championship, fifth in the Golden Easter Egg, and fifth in the Melbourne Cup. She was easily the most prolific Tasmanian performer on the mainland in sprints before Buckle Up Wes.
Elle’s Commando raced just 20 times for 15 wins, including victories in eight of 11 starts at Wentworth Park. After coming from Tasmania he won the 1997 Paws of Thunder (in race record time), and Christmas Gift.
Then, in 1998, the smart Jamella Prince left Tasmania after winning his first eight starts on end, including the 1998 Hobart Maiden Thousand, and went on to take the South Australian Derby at Angle Park and the 1999 Silver Chief Classic at Sandown. He only raced 33 times, for 22 wins and in just 10 interstate races scored six wins and three seconds, the only time he was unplaced being when he fell.
A couple of others who made a name for themselves on the mainland include Northop Tuesday, who took out the 1974 Queensland Cup and also ran second in the 1974 Tweed Heads Galaxy, third in the 1975 Tweed Heads Galaxy, and was seventh in the 1973 Melbourne Cup and Arkaroola, who was second in the 1975 Australian Cup, reached top grade in Sydney and won seven of 12 starts at Wentworth Park. His trainer in NSW, Les Harper said he was, “the most honest and determined chaser I’ve ever handled, he would chase through a brick wall if he had to.”
Buckle Up Wes’ trainer Ted Medhurst is no stranger to top chasers and is astute enough to only take the best of his charges interstate. To agree to produce his star first-up from a lengthy break in a race like the Topgun speaks volumes for his rating of Buckle Up Wes, a rating that must surely have all Australia nodding in agreement.
The Prime Minister is calling for a debate and a compromise between the federal and state governments about the way they work with each other and how they spend money on such things as health services or how they collect taxes. A national reform, in other words.
“It’s basically about giving everyone ‘a fair go’ ‚Äď but it has to be fair to the states making the financial contributions as well as to those receiving them, to those who give as well as those who receive. It should be possible to make these arrangements more equitable between the larger states with the smaller states no worse off,” he says, according to Fairfax Media.
For example, he points out that “After two decades of ‘cooperative federalism’ and any number of agreements at Council of Australian Government meetings, we still have tradies who cannot operate across state borders”.
His target involves “Rethinking the conventions about which level of government is responsible for the delivery of particular services or the revenue measures to which particular levels of government should have access will require a readiness to compromise … in our highly partisan system.”
So much for governments, but could it be this way for the racing industry? At least on some matters, without infringing on any sovereign rights?
Already, the march of time has resulted in racing‚Äôs customers betting on one state‚Äôs events when they live in another one. Horses and dogs don‚Äôt care about state borders, especially now that transport and communications make it easy to move from one to another.
Already the industry pays lip service to the national concept but national organisations are still advisory; they don‚Äôt carry any real weight. Who can forget the nonsensical situation when everyone approved the change of the brown rug to a green one but it took 18 months to harmonise the deal as each state decided to conduct its own technical review. SKY showed one colour in one race and the other in the next.
Stewards have regular annual meetings but then go home and apply different penalties. The only thing they are consistent about is assessing form badly – or not at all.
Track designs are unsatisfactory everywhere yet solutions are hard to come by. A highly qualified national unit is desperately needed to analyse problems and come up with reliable recommendations. No one state has the technical or financial ability to do that properly; many do not even acknowledge past errors and simply repeat them, putting both dogs and punters at risk.
Formguides do not provide a service to punters, but confuse and frustrate then. What should be a prime means of communication to the public has become slapdash, error-prone and often hard to obtain. This is yet another area where an independent national unit, tuned to customer needs, could do a much better job. After all, we don‚Äôt need half a dozen different Stud Books, do we?
In total, some stuff needs to remain state-based, some doesn‚Äôt. Compromises are the way to progress.
DON‚ÄôT SWAB THE DOGS; SWAB THE SELECTION PANEL
What an anti-climax the TOPGUN turned out to be! One of the country‚Äôs greatest events was botched by the peculiar policies adopted by the unknown members of the selection panel (although we know broadcaster Ron Hawkswell was on it, because he said so).
In the end, proven performer Buckle Up Wes jumped in front and ran away with the prize. A useful run but the time was mediocre for this class, and four lengths slower than the dog‚Äôs best.
The winner, along with Chica Destacada and Keybow, was one of three runners which had not raced for 4 to 8 weeks but which had allegedly been trialling well. Prior to that, the latter two had very ordinary form, which they repeated on the big night, as did lucky reserve Mepunga Hayley. Wes had been going OK but only in Tasmania against lesser dogs.
After many decades of race watching it has not been hard to conclude that while trialling is all very well, it is no guarantee of the same or any performance in a real race. After all, the other seven runners may have trialled well, too (Allen Deed had, for example). Anyway, fit is not match fit. Form and fitness both failed Chica Destacada and Keybow, neither of which figured in the first four places, despite their good box draws.
Tipsters went for the in-form Allen Deed, making him favourite at $2.90 ($3.00 in Victoria) ‚Äď a fine dog but a ridiculous price considering his box and the difficulties of The Meadows track. It is a death trap for moderate beginners and wide runners. The Watchdog went for Awesome Project, which at least had decent form, but ignored its poor box (6) and risky jumping prowess. It did well enough but was never in the hunt for first prize.
Meanwhile, My Bro Fabio had been relegated to the reserves ‚Äď and failed to get a run ‚Äď despite smashing the opposition over several recent runs on different tracks and breaking a track record to boot. Then, on TOPGUN night he blitzed the field in a quick BON win of 34.12 in a 600m heat of the Hume Cup.
Judging from media releases, the TOPGUN selections were based on the quantity of Group victories over the previous year, regardless of current form. Of course, Group races might well be of a higher standard than at regular Saturday night meetings but the dogs don‚Äôt know that, nor does it take account of good box draws or luck in running. Wins and hot form are better guides than the title of the race or the size of the prize.
Certainly, the evidence proves that. My Bro Fabio‚Äôs omission was a terrible mistake, but not the only one.
Speaking of form, ancient or otherwise, whatever possessed tipsters and punters to send out Xylia Allen at $1.60 from box 7 over 600m? It had run an awful 515m two weeks earlier at Sandown, preceded by moderate placings over 725m at The Meadows and a fading 2nd at Wenty. On Saturday, it just plodded around, finishing in 6th place. None of these runs attracted steward‚Äôs comments or questions. Is motherhood indicated?
On the subject of cash, the attraction of The Meadows meeting resulted in NSW punters shifting from Sydney to Melbourne, where takings were always above average while Wenty was below average. The Victorian pools obviously included a bonus from Tabcorp as they recorded a huge $223,520 in the First Four pool. Win pools were $29,121 in NSW, $60,633 in Victoria and $15,658 on Tattsbet. The latter would have been helped by Tasmanians investing on local star Buckle Up Wes although they might have had little left after The Cleaner crashed out in the Cox Plate.
Last night Greyhounds WA Cannington saw Paul Stuart‚Äôs Coconut Grove named 2014 Group Two All Star Champion.
Favouritism was with hometown superstar On Coin who was paying $2.00 from box one. Coconut Grove sat as third favourite paying $6.00 behind Linda Britton‚Äôs My Mate Cobber who wore the green rug paying $4.00.
At box rise On Coin held the lead on the rails and was soon met by Tiggerlong Amigo who crossed from box seven with Coconut Grove camped on the rails. The positioning stayed the same throughout until the field hit the home turn, where Coconut Grove took advantage of a tiring On Coin to win by one and a half lengths over Tiggerlong Amigo and Four Paw Glory in a time of 30.48.
The son of Bit Chili ‚Äď Smell The Roses has now recorded eight wins and nine placing‚Äôs from 32 career starts with last nights Group Two win being his biggest.
A month ago the 36kg chaser made the move West from Brooke Ennis‚Äô Lara kennels and there has been no looking back. On debut at Cannington Coconut Grove clocked a best of the night performance of 30.47 after jumping well out of the boxes. Last week after missing the start he stormed home in the heats to run 30.92 on a slow track. In similar fashion this week he was able to run over the top of On Coin to score the Group win.
With the $40,000 cheque tipping his stake money to over $100,000 it is guaranteed to make new trainer Paul Stuart and the Greyhounds Brokers Australiavery happy.
Ben Abercrombie‚Äôs Takahashi stole the limelight temporarily from the Group race in the third event on the cards lowering her personal best time to a sizzling 30.24 from box three.
2014 Solo Group Two All Star Sprint ‚Äď Full Results
1st – Coconut Grove (2) – Paul Stuart
2nd – Tiggerlong Amigo (7) – Darren McDonald
3rd – Four Paw Glory (4) – Linda Britton
4th – On Coin (1) – John Crossley
5th – My Mate Cobber (6) – Linda Britton
6th – You Can Dream (5) – Dennis Calleja
7th – Cee Sheen (8) – Jase Stuart
8th – Deputy Chief (3) – Max Julien
1st Split: 5.70
2nd Split: 13.36
Margins: 1 ¬Ĺ x 1 ¬Ĺ
Scratching‚Äôs: Luba Monelli (9), Astronomic (10)
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1st: $655 2nd: $190 3rd: $95.
King Cadel has been racing in ridiculous form since coming to SA and he has a great record from wide draws. Last time out at Angle Park he overcame a poor start to beat a classy field in 22.59. He normally begins a lot better than that and with a good getaway tonight he should assume control soon after the start. If you can land $2.20 or better that is a nice price.
Wired For Sound had been struggling for a while, but he showed a return to form at Angle Park during the week when narrowly beaten by the speedy Avid Tyson. There isn’t a lot of speed underneath him tonight so with a good getaway he should be able to roll to the early lead. Uncle Vick hasn’t had much luck in his three recent placings at Angle Park and with a clear run early he should be there to threaten. Contrarian is the interesting runner, he resumes from a lengthy spell but he is a class act when at peak fitness, so watch for any significant betting moves.
Top Four: 7 – 3 – 4 – 5
Win bet on King Cadel
Exacta: 3,7/3,4,5,7 ($6 for 100%)
Trifecta: 7/3,4,5/Field ($18 for 100%)
Quinella: 7 to rove with 3,4,5 ($3 for 100%)
1st: $630 2nd: $180 3rd: $90.
Regal Looper has a great record at this track having won three of five and he recently returned to form with a strong 31.72 Strathalbyn win. He is armed with a great turn of foot soon after box rise and if he reproduces his sizzling 30.62 PB run here he should put a space in them. He can be a little tardy at box rise but he doesn’t have much speed drawn on his outside so he should get a fairly clear passage early.
Long Gully Mark looks the likely leader and he should give a great sight out in front. He is much better than his recent form suggests and he seems to save his best for this circuit. Wiregrass turned in a strong effort when placed here last time and she is very fast when she lands near the bunny. She should have enough speed to land in the top three and she may be worth a bet if she goes around at silly odds. Piero has been racing well of late but I think place chances appear best tonight, from the wide draw he is likely to be posted wide for most of the trip.
Top Four: 3 – 2 – 5 – 7
Trifecta: 3/2,5,7/Field ($18 for 100%)
Trifecta: 3/2/Field ($6 for 100%)
Trifecta: 2,3/2,3/Field ($12 for 100%)
Quinella: 3 to rove with 2,5,7 ($3 for 100%)
Exacta: 2,3/2,3,5,7 ($6 for 100%)
Buckle Up Wes became the first Tasmanian to win the Group One Topgun with an all the way victory at The Meadows tonight. Jumping brilliantly from box five, the son of Collision and Everlong Bale was never behind another runner, drawing to the line three lengths clear of the Jeff Britton trained Oakvale Destiny.
Awesome Project filled the trifecta in a tidy time of 30.02, while the race favourite, Allen Deed, was never in contention after a moderate beginning, finishing fifth.
Buckle Up Wes, trained by leading Tassie mentor Ted Medhurst, has now won three from three over The Meadows 525 including this year‚Äôs Group One Australian Cup.
It was an amazing effort on Medhurst‚Äôs behalf to have Buckle Up Wes ready for the race, let alone win it, with the Topgun being his first race start since the middle of August. His last start saw him claim the Tasmanian Sprint Championship final at Launceston, but he was later ruled out of the National decider at Cannington after it was discovered that he had injured the ligament that runs down to the stopper bone.
Buckle Up Wes now boasts an outstanding record of 30 wins and 12 minor placings from 49 career outings. The Topgun‚Äôs $150,000 winner‚Äôs cheque takes his career earnings to over $550,000 and he could potentially add a further $420,000 to that if he is successful in his next assignment, the Group One Melbourne Cup, which kicks off with heats on November 13 at Sandown Park.
2014 Group 1 Topgun – Full Results
1st Buckle Up Wes (5) – Ted Medhurst
2nd Oakvale Destiny (3) – Jeff Britton
3rd Awesome Project (6) – Darren McDonald
4th Zipping Willow (8) – Jason Mackay
5th Allen Deed (7) – Andrea Dailly
6th Keybow (2) – Darren McDonald
7th Mepunga Hayley (4) – Jeff Britton
8th Chica Destacada (1) – Doreen Drynan
Margins: 3L x 3/4L
Scratchings: Flash Reality, My Bro Fabio (2nd Res)
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Race 2: Cawbourne Whip
Race 9: My Awesome Opal
Leg 1: 2,3,6,7,8 – Leg 2: 1,8 – Leg 3: 5,6,8 – Leg 4: 3,4,5 – $90 for 100%
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.
Leroy’s Mystery is a highly promising speedster and he looked impressive when posting a strong 30.04 win here a couple of weeks back. Prior to that effort he first caught my eye when winning at Bathurst over 520m, on that occasion he took control mid race and powered to the line when scoring in a ridiculous 29.78. He isn’t blessed with a heap of early pace but there isn’t much speed on his outside so if he steps cleanly he should get every chance to settle in the top three.
Cawbourne Power is a perennial placegetter here and he should be right in the mix again. He has a big engine but for some reason he struggles to win here having been placed in 21 of 31 here but with only one win. Logan John looked the pace setter and he should give a great sight. He generally peaks on his run with about 40m to go but if there is some shuffling behind he may have enough in the tank to hold on. Magic Dream rounds out the chances, he should get a nice cart across from Logan John in the early stages and he tends to race very well here.
Top Four: 1 – 2 – 4 – 5
Win bet on Leroy’s Mystery
Trifecta: 1/2,4,5/Field ($18 for 100%)
Trifecta: 1,2,4/1,2,4,5/1,2,4,5,6,8 ($36 for 100%)
Quinella: 1 to rove with 2,4,5 ($3 for 100%)
1st: $4,650 2nd: $1,350 3rd: $670.
Cawbourne Whip is facing a dramatic drop in class and with an ounce of luck early she should get the cash. Last week she bombed the start and was tailed off early, however she still managed to pick herself up and run home into fourth spot. She is normally a much better beginner than that and if she steps on terms this really looks her race.
Satchmo’s Hanky looks the likely leader and he was far from disgraced when placed here last time behind the classy Ritza Hattie. He has very little speed drawn around him so he shouldn’t find too much bother in the run to the first turn. Gradence is the run on dog in the event and he is never far away over this journey, it’s unlikely he will win as he always finds one or two better but he is just about a lock to fill a place. Soaring Eagle could be the value in the event, he is capable of pinging the lids and he has scored some slick wins in his career when he has found the bunny early on.
Top Four: 7 – 2 – 1 – 4
Win bet on Cawbourne Whip
Trifecta: 7/1,2,4/Field ($18 for 100%)
Exacta: 1,2,7/1,2,4,7 ($9 for 100%)
Quinella: 7 to rove with 1,2,4 ($3 for 100%)
Trifecta: 2,4,7/1/Field ($18 for 100%)
Trifecta: 2,4,7/Field/1 ($18 for 100%)
1st: $4,650 2nd: $1,350 3rd: $670.
The highly talented Zarita was extremely unlucky here last week and she should get a bit more luck in running this week. Three starts ago she scored a commanding win here in 29.89 and a similar effort tonight would see her win with ease. She has the unique ability to either lead or come from off the speed in her races and with the lack of speed drawn on her outside she should get all the breaks as they head into the first turn.
Zola Icon is much better than her recent form reads and she has enough speed to lead this event. Her last 40m is always a concern over this journey but she should have a nice lead mid race and that might be enough to see her hit the line first. Zipping Zoro is ideally drawn out wide and he will be steaming home late, he returns to a track where he has had great success and this race is much weaker than what he has been racing against of late. Asia’s Babe is a class act and she appears well drawn, however she can bomb the start at times and she likes to move right as they head into the turn, if she pings away then she is a major player but if she bombs out she will get shuffled back and is unlikely to feature, I’m anticipating that she will miss it and make no impact.
Top Four: 2 – 5 – 8 – 7
Win bet on Zarita
Quinella: 2 to rove with 5,7,8 ($3 for 100%)
Exacta: 2,5/2,5,7,8 ($6 for 100%)
Trifecta: 2/5,7,8/field ($18 for 100%)
Trifecta: 2,5,8/2,5,7,8/2,4,5,6,7,8 ($36 for 100%)
1st: $7,000 2nd: $1,750 3rd: $850.
Great Lineup and I’m going with a bit of value. Miss Sueko was disappointing in her heat but I dont think she was suited by the red draw, she normally pings the lids and she has proven to be a very fast chaser when on the bunny. Two starts ago she set a cracking pace and the superstar in the making Anything Less only beat her by 2 lengths. If she can step cleanly and find the bunny she may just steal the prize at nice odds.
Anything Less is the real deal and he has won seven of eight here with a staggering five of this wins being around the 29.60 mark. The box draw is a concern tonight but he tends to do everything right in his races and it’s hard to knock him. Shoulders has a ridiculous amount of talent but he can be hard to follow at times, he returned to form with a brilliant 29.77 heat win and if he can reproduce that effort he should be in the finish again. Jewel Action is in great form and she is another who can run time on the bunny, she may have some trouble crossing from the pink but if she does she will give them something to catch. All Strung Out is the only other winning hope, he will get back early but he works his way through a field nicely and he shouldn’t be too far away.
Top Four: 3 – 5 – 1 – 2
Win bet on Miss Sueko
Boxed Quinella: 3 to rove with 1,2,5 ($3 for 100%)
Exacta: 3,5/1,2,3,5 ($6 for 100%)
Trifecta: 1,3,5/1,2,3,5/1,2,3,5,6,8 ($36 for 100%)
Quinella: 3 to rove with 1,2,5 ($3 for 100%)
1st: $7,000 2nd: $1,750 3rd: $850.
Very hard race to assess because there is an abundance of early speed. I’ve decided to go with the powerful and strong finishing Zipping Tank. Last week he hit the line hard when scoring in a speedy 29.86 but the most impressive part of that effort was the fact that he probably lost around three lengths in the run. If he can get through the first turn unscathed he should take a power of beating.
Paua To Roar looks the likely leader and he should give a great sight, last week was his first run here for a while and I would expect him to hit the line a little better this week. Prior to last week’s effort he has posted three sub 30 second wins at Nowra and he should figure prominently again. Xtreme Knocka is airborne at present and he should be able to find the rail soon after the start. His box manners can be a worry at times but if he gets away he should test the clock. Cosmic Angel scored a breathtaking 29.62 heat win last week and he is obviously a chance, however I think he is worth risking tonight as he is likely to be posted wide for most of the trip tonight.
Top Four: 3 – 6 – 2 – 8
Win bet on Zipping Tank
Exacta: 2,3,6/2,3,6,8 ($9 for 100%)
Boxed Quinella: 2,3,6 ($3 for 100%)
Trifecta: 2,3,6/2,3,6,8/1,2,3,6,7,8 ($36 for 100%)
1st: $7,000 2nd: $1,750 3rd: $850.
Are Jip is an absolute freak and this wide running star couldn’t have drawn any better. He has stepped well in his past two starts here and both times he has run the hands off the clock. There isn’t an abundance of speed underneath him tonight so if he steps on terms he should have no trouble crossing and it should be a matter of times and margins from there on.
Frattini is drawn to hold a prominent position early and she was far from disgraced when placed here last week in her heat. It was her first look at the track last week so I would expect her to derive a fair bit of benefit from that run. Zipping Weston is another very fast chaser and his PB here of 29.62 means he is a serious contender, the only concern tonight is that he doesn’t have great box manners and he is likely to find early bother from box six. To A Tee is showing promise and he will continue with every run, he found a heap of bother when placed in his heat and he can sneak into the placings again at nice odds.
Top Four: 8 – 1 – 6 – 7
Win bet on Are Jip
Trifecta: 8/1/Field ($6 for 100%)
Trifecta: 1,8/1,8/Field ($12 for 100%)
Trifecta: 8/1,6,7/Field ($18 for 100%)
Quinella: 8 to rove with 1,6,7 ($3 for 100%)
Exacta: 1,8/1,6,7,8 ($6 for 100%)
1st: $7,500 2nd: $1,700 3rd: $850.
Very open race and I think we can find some value with the strong chasing Mr. Corsair. He is yet to win here in five tries but he has recorded three placings and two starts ago he turned in a monster performance when placed behind the up and coming staying star Ruff Cut Diamond. He is likely to get a long way back again tonight but he has great track sense and he should find this class to his liking.
Avondale Maurick has the speed to lead and he rolled the brilliant Space Star here last week. He will need to ping the lids again tonight but he is fairly reliable early so he should give a great sight. Pumped Up Zarr has a great record here and he should appreciate the drop in class tonight. He normally settles near the speed over this journey and if he is anywhere near peak fitness he should finish in the money. Luzaka Icon is the run on dog in the event and she is a great dog to anchor for third and fourth in your exotics. She gets too far back early to win but she runs all day and a place finish isn’t beyond her.
Top Four: 8 – 5 – 6 – 1
Win bet on Mr. Corsair
Trifecta: 5,6,8/1,5,6,8/1,3,5,6,7,8 ($36 for 100%)
Trifecta: 8/1,5,6/Field ($18 for 100%)
First Four: 5,6,8/5,6,8/1/Field ($30 for 100%)
First Four: 5,6,8/5,6,8/Field/1 ($30 for 100%)
Quinella: 8 to rove with 1,5,6 ($3 for 100%)
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.
Queen Esther has been racing in superb form of late without winning and I think she can return to the winners list tonight. She has pinged the lids in three of her past four starts and I think with a clean getaway tonight she should be able to lead from go to whoa. She has won 11 of 46 here and her recent runs suggest that she isn’t too far from her best.
Addison Road is a huge talent and she has been powering to the line here in recent weeks. She is poorly drawn again tonight but if she can get a clear run early she should be able to settle mid field and she should make a strong move as they head towards the back straight. Hersi scored back to back wins here in recent weeks and he should be thereabouts again, with a slow beginner on his outside he should be afforded all the favours in the run to the first turn. Cyclone Simone has scored three sub 29.90 wins here of late and she must be respected again, in those wins she went below 5.40 to the first marker on each occasion.
Top Four: 3 – 5 – 4 – 6
Win bet on Queen Esther
Exacta: 3,5/3,4,5,6 ($6 for 100%)
Quinella: 3 to rove with 4,5,6 ($3 for 100%)
Trifecta: 3,4,5/3,4,5,6/1,3,4,5,6,7 ($36 for 100%)
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.
My Awesome Opal can be very hard to follow at times but he is ideally placed in the pink draw and he can salute at nice odds here. His box manners are just average but he does possess a wonderful turn of foot and he should have enough speed to burn them off as they head into the first turn. He has been racing in much stronger company of late and he should be able to regain some confidence tonight.
Knot Telling Ya returned to his best with a slick 29.68 Gosford win and he has a great record here. The red is normally a slow beginner so he should be able to find the rail soon after the start and that is when he does his best racing. Coolabah Jet was an impressive 29.79 winner here three runs back and with a clear run early she should be in the mix again. The concern with her is that there is a fair bit of speed on her outside so she will need luck in the first 50m. Trapper Jet is a class act when on song and he should be hitting the line strongly, his form has been a little inconsistent of late but he can match it with the best of them on his night.
Top Four: 8 – 2 – 6 – 4
Win bets on My Awesome Opal and Knot Telling Ya
Boxed Quinella: 2,4,6,8 ($6 for 100%)
Exacta: 2,6,8/2,4,6,8 ($9 for 100%)
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.
Miss Mariah has been very inconsistent in her brief career to date but when she has showed her best she has been absolutely brilliant. Two starts back she led all the way at Goulbourn when scoring in 19.87 and I think if she can land on the bunny tonight she will be reeling off very zippy sectionals. She is of course a doubt in the final stages but this race isn’t overly strong so she should be able to find the line.
Mizzou Tiger was far from disgraced here last week and he appears to be improving with more racing, he is likely to settle back in the field but he will hit the line quite strongly. Passenger is much better than his recent form suggests and if he can get away cleanly he should show some improvement. Mrs. Chitty Bang has been placed in four of eight here and she looks a solid place hope again.
Top Four: 4 – 2 – 3 – 7
Win bet on Miss Mariah
Boxed Quinella: 2,3,4,7 ($6 for 100%)
Exacta: 2,3,4/2,3,4,7 ($9 for 100%)
Trifecta: 2,3,4/2,3,4,7/2,3,4,6,7,8 ($36 for 100%)
Huge night at The Meadows tonight with some great fields. Open an account with Sportingbet for up to $700 in free bets to boost the bank.
Race 12: Frank Furter
Race 5: Love Affair
Leg 1: 2,3,4,5,6,8 – Leg 2: 7 – Leg 3: 2 – Leg 4: 1,2,3,7,8,9 – $36 for 100%
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.
Tough race to kick off the night but I think the improving Kallara Gem can get the job done. After a solid Sandown Park placing he posted impressive sectionals when scoring a handy 30.71 heat win last week. With a clean getaway again she should be able to lead throughout again.
Unova Bale hit the line hard when placed in her heat and she should continue to improve. She is probably better suited to a wider draw but she looks the most likely to improve after last week’s heat efforts. Spring Candy pinged the lids in her solid 30.64 heat win and she should be in the mix again, with slow beginners drawn either side she should get a clear run in the early stages. Spring Millie is well drawn out wide and she looked a likely type in her 30.68 heat win, she might get posted a little wide early but she should run home into a place.
Top Four: 5 – 3 – 2 – 8
Win bet on Kallara Gem
Quinella: 5 to rove with 2,3,8 ($3 for 100%)
Exacta: 3,5/2,3,5,8 ($6 for 100%)
Trifecta: 5/2,3,8/Field ($18 for 100%)
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.
The well bred Zelemar Zest is in good hands and he really caught the eye when posting a sizzling 23.97 Bendigo win in September. He has had nearly two months off and he should be ready to fire first up from a spell. With a lack of speed underneath him, he should be able to find the rails soon after box rise and the manner in which he hit the line at Bendigo suggests that he will prove hard to run down over this journey.
Tantrum Tommy has been placed in six of his nine starts to date and he powered to the line when placed here last week. Once again he hasn’t drawn too well but there is quite a bit of speed drawn underneath so he should get a fairly clear passage early. Dyna Zerg is much better than his recent form reads and he could run a cheeky race at odds. He normally shows early speed in his races and if he can cross early he may just get away with a race winning lead off the back straight. Laurie’s Chance rounds out the winning hopes, he has been placed in five of seven here and he will be very strong in the run to the line.
Top Four: 2 – 5 – 6 – 1
Win bet on Zelemar Zest
Quinella: 2 to rove with 1,5,6 ($3 for 100%)
Exacta: 2,5,6/1,2,5,6 ($9 for 100%)
Trifecta: 2/1,5,6/Field ($18 for 100%)
Trifecta: 2,5,6/1,2,5,6/1,2,4,5,6,8 ($36 for 100%)
1st: $7,200 2nd: $2,060 3rd: $1,025.
Zipping Maggie was in rare form in August and September and although she is dropping back in distance she looks very well placed. In recent times she has been pinging the lids and matching motors with the countries best stayers, if she can ping away again tonight she should be able to settle in the top three early and she should be far too strong in the run to the line.
Texas Titan makes the step up in distance after turning in some super impressive performances at Angle Park and Cranbourne. Three starts ago he stormed to the line when winning a heat of the Adelaide Cup in 29.74 and his racing pattern indicates that he is looking for this distance range, he is also a wide runner so the seven box should be a big advantage. Tarks Nemesis is resuming from a spell and she has won two of four over this trip. From the red she should be able to settle in a prominent position and if she is near peak fitness she will prove hard to hold out. Zell Bale is currently in good form and he has a habit of bobbing up at nice odds, the middle pin is actually a good draw for him and he should run a cheeky race.
Top Four: 4 – 7 – 1 – 5
Trifecta: 4/1,5,7/Field ($18 for 100%)
Trifecta: 4,7/4,7/Field ($12 for 100%0
Exacta: 4,7/1,4,5,7 ($6 for 100%)
Quinella: 4 to rove with 1,5,7 ($3 for 100%)
1st: $7,200 2nd: $2,060 3rd: $1,025.
Quality lineup and I’ve decided to go with the well drawn Musquin Bale. After a string of luckless performances he bounced back to his best with a dazzling 29.29 Sandown Park win. From the red he should punch through and lead at the first turn and based on his sectionals at Sandown he should be able to build up a nice break mid race.
Zipping Rory is classy stayer when on song and he may be suited by the drop back to 600m. Two starts ago he exploded out of the boxes before scoring a brilliant 41.75 Wentworth Park win and in the process he rolled the champion stayer Sweet It Is. Warrior King is much better than his recent form suggests and he should get plenty of room in the early stages from the pink draw. He can be hard to follow at times but when he lands on the lure there aren’t many chasers in the land that can go with him. Eliza Blanche is going to be well supported and she is in rare form, my only concern with her is that she is desperate for the rails and from box six she is likely to find lots of bother soon after box rise.
Top Four: 1 – 3 – 8 – 5
Win bet on Musquin Bale
Quinella: 1 to rove with 3,5,8 ($3 for 100%)
Exacta: 1,3,8/1,3,5,8 ($9 for 100%)
Trifecta: 1/3,5,8/Field ($18 for 100%)
Trifecta: 1,3,8/1,3,5,8/1,2,3,5,6,8 ($36 for 100%)
1st: $6,120 2nd: $1,750 3rd: $875.
Sweet It Is finally returned to the winners list at Wentworth Park last time and it’s hard to tip against this class act. She is going to trail them early but she should make a strong move mid race and she will prove far too strong for these.
Love Affair really caught my eye when placed here last week and she should make the favourite work for victory. Last week she bombed the start but she managed to hit the line in good fashion. She is normally a much better beginner and if she can settle in the top three she should be in the mix at nice odds. Beks does his best racing here and with some luck in running he should be thereabouts. In recent months he has been racing in strong company here and he has been more than competitive. Mystic Twist is the interesting runner, she has posted some brilliant middle distance wins at Sandown and if she can handle the rise in distance she should give a great sight. Bekim Hatrick and Zipping Joe are another two which need to be included in your exotic bets, both will settle around mid field but both are strong and rarely far away over this trip.
Top Four: 2 – 3 – 4 – 6
Boxed Quinella: 2,3,4,6 ($6 for 100%)
Exacta: 2,3/2,3,4,6 ($6 for 100%)
Trifecta: 2/3,4,6/Field ($18 for 100%)
1st: $7,200 2nd: $2,060 3rd: $1,025.
Xylia Allen is the current record holder over this journey and it takes a brave man to tip against her. She was a tad disappointing at Sandown park over the 515m trip last time out but I would expect her to be much better for that run and improvement is expected. She is unlikely to start flashy odds but this race is quite weak so it’s probably best to anchor her in exotic bets.
Deadly Boy was a recent 34.46 winner here recently and on that occasion he reeled off a sizzling 8.94 to the first marker. With a similar getaway tonight he should be able to find the early lead and he will give a great sight. Lady Toy is the run on dog in the event and she is a great dog to anchor for third and fourth in your exotics, she will give away a big start but she will be powering to the line. Lou Todd led for a long way when placed at Sandown Park last time and he has been placed in four of five over this trip, if he can settle in the top two he should be able to hold on for a place.
Top Four: 7 – 5 – 3 – 2
Trifecta: 7/2,3,5/Field ($18 for 100%)
First Four: 7/2,5/3/Field ($10 for 100%)
First Four: 7/2,5/Field/3 ($10 for 100%)
Quinella: 7 to rove with 2,3,5 ($3 for 100%)
1st: $7,200 2nd: $2,060 3rd: $1,025.
Looks to be a very skinny quaddie tonight as we get to see the freakish My Bro Fabio strut his stuff. He recently captured the Canberra Cup and he then followed that up with two breathtaking Sandown Park wins. The box draw doesn’t really suit him tonight but he is absolutely flying at present and it’s hard to see him getting rolled.
Cosmic Wise is drawn to fire to the early lead and she has a good record over this track and trip. She was a recent finalist in the Adelaide Cup and after a flat spot mid race she tends to hit the line very well. Wind Whistler has been crying out for this distance and if the favourite happens to find trouble he could be there to capitalise. He is well placed out wide and he only needs an ounce of luck in the first 50m to feature. Flying Twist is ideally suited in the pink draw and she is aiming for five wins in a row, her most recent racing has been done over the 700m distance range but she is unbeaten in two tries here and she has been showing great early speed in her recent staying efforts.
Top Four: 2 – 1 – 6 – 8
Win bet on My Bro Fabio
Exacta: 1,2/1,2,6,8 ($6 for 100%)
Trifecta: 2/1,6,8/Field ($18 for 100%)
Quinella: 2 to rove with 1,6,8 ($3 for 100%)
1st: $150,000 2nd: $43,000 3rd: $21,500 GOBIS: $10,000.
Ridiculously hard race to assess but I’m going to give the edge to the in form Allen Deed. Presently he is probably the most tenacious chaser in training and he recently captured the Group One Adelaide Cup Final. He has been beginning a lot better in recent times and he trialled here last week in preparation for this event and he ran the hands off the clock when posting a blistering 29.63. If he can get a clear run in the initial stages he will figure in the finish.
Chica Destacada looks the danger, she is well placed in the red draw and she has set the track alight in some of her Wentworth Park wins in recent months. If she happens to ping and hold them out early she will give a great sight on the bunny. Keybow is resuming from a spell but he is in good hands and I’m sure his connections will have him cherry ripe for this assignment. Zipping Willow should get plenty of room in the initial stages and if she can settle in the top three she should make an impact. The only concern is that there is a fair bit of early speed in this event and she may get posted wide in the early stages.
Top Four: 7 – 1 – 2 – 8
Win bet on Allen Deed
Boxed Quinella: 1,2,7,8 ($6 for 100%)
Exacta: 1,7/1,2,7,8 ($6 for 100%)
Trifecta: 7/1,2,8/Field ($18 for 100%)
1st: $7,200 2nd: $2,060 3rd: $1,025.
Ralphy Cinel has notched up the hat trick at Sandown Park last week when scoring in a scintillating 34.10 and from the red he should get every chance to lead throughout. There is very little speed drawn on his outside and he is unbeaten in three runs here, you will be asked to take around $2.50 but it looks a good bet to me.
Dream It is a super talent and he turned in a big performance when placed behind My Bro Fabio at Sandown Park last time, over this journey he should settle in the top two or three early and he should be right there at the finish. Dyna Orion is the run on dog in the event and he overcame numerous difficulties when winning at Sandown Park last time. He is going to need a lot of luck again but if they shuffle up in front he should be there to pounce. Kiltah Magic will be well supported and the middle distance should suit, however from the wide draw tonight she will need a few things to go her way early.
Top Four: 1 – 5 – 4 – 3
Win bet on Ralphy Cinel
Boxed Quinella: 1,3,4,5 ($6 for 100%)
Exacta: 1,5/1,3,4,5 ($6 for 100%)
Trifecta: 1/3,4,5/Field ($18 for 100%)
1st: $7,200 2nd: $2,060 3rd: $1,025.
Babylon Club is making his middle distance debut tonight and he has turned in some monster efforts at Sandown Park of late. I have a bit of a concern about him running out the trip but he is perfectly placed out wide and I expect him to build up a huge lead mid race and he should then have enough in the tank as they round for home.
Bessy Boo is a gun NSW speedster and he too should be suited to this journey. He is a keen railer and if he can get through the first turn unscathed he should make a big impact. He is having his first look at the track but he finds himself in the weakest heat so there should be no excuses. Rumero Reason is much better than his recent form reads and he can return to form at his favourite track and trip. Julie Bale is facing her toughest test but with some luck in running she should be up to the task, three runs back she led all the way at Sandown in a speedy 34.39.
Top Four: 7 – 2 – 5 – 6
Win bet on Babylon Club
Exacta: 2,7/2,5,6,7 ($6 for 100%)
Quinella: 7 to rove with 2,5,6 ($3 for 100%)
Trifecta: 7/2,5,6/Field ($18 for 100%)
1st: $7,200 2nd: $2,060 3rd: $1,025.
Oscura recently set the Geelong track alight when scoring there in an eye popping 25.52. On that occasion he settled just off the speed and powered to the line, tonight over the middle distance he should once again settle in the top three and he should then give them wind burn as they head to the back straight. He is going to need some luck in the first 50m but he has a speedy beginner underneath so he should get a nice cart across early.
Gorham Bale is an exciting prospect and he has been crying out for this journey, he has posted two strong 525m wins here in recent weeks and he looks a major chance to notch up the hat trick. Maximum Lil is proven over this distance range and she should give a great sight on the bunny. She can stitch up in the last 40m at times but if she gets away from them early she may just steal the prize. Bookkeeper is the interesting runner, he previously held the track record over this journey and he is well placed in the red, however his two runs from a spell have been far from impressive.
Top Four: 5 – 4 – 8 – 6
Win bet on Oscura
Trifecta: 5/1,4,6,8/1,4,6,8 ($12 for 100%)
Trifecta: 5/4,6,8/Field ($18 for 100%)
Exacta: 4,5/4,5,6,8 ($6 for 100%)
Quinella: 5 to rove with 4,6,8 ($3 for 100%)
Race 12 – 525M Mixed 4/5 – 11.17PM
Tough race to finish off the night but I think the speedy Frank Furter can lead throughout. After a string of poor performances he finally showed his best with a slick placing at Warragul over 460m which he then followed up with a blistering 25.89 win. He has a good record here and this race appears to lack genuine early speed, so with a clean getaway he shouldn’t have too much trouble crossing and if he does he should get the cash.
Scenic Shot is racing well and with an ounce of luck early he should be in the finish again. He can be a little hit or miss early but in recent times he has been stepping well, so I will give him the benefit of the doubt. Quantum Bale scored a powerful 30.26 win here last week and he should be thereabouts again. The box draw hasn’t done him any favours but he tends to work his way through a field with ease. Cruiser’s Sol has the good draw and if he holds them out he is likely to figure in the finish, he is very talented when on the lure and he just needs a good getaway to be a key player in this event.
Top Four: 5 – 2 – 1 – 6
Win bet on Frank Furter
Boxed Quinella: 1,2,5,6 ($6 for 100%)
Exacta: 1,2,5/1,2,5,6 ($9 for 100%)
Trifecta: 1,2,5/1,2,5,6/1,2,3,4,5,6 ($36 for 100%)
Master Londonderry trainer Anthony Azzopardi will be hoping for another repeat performance from his chasers tonight at Wentworth Park, with live chances in each of the three Group One Vic Peters Classic semi-finals.
Azzopardi‚Äôs freakish greyhound Shoulders has come up with box one in semi-final one and was back to his best last week, clocking a speedy time of 29.77. Jumping beautifully from box four, the son of Cosmic Rumble and Bit Stressed sat behind the early leader and cruised past Jewel Action halfway down the straight. Shoulders has a sizzling personal best of 29.36 over the 520m journey and holds a special place in his trainers heart.
‚ÄúFrom where this dog has come from and what he can do in a race is a credit to Brett and Deb. I would love to win this race with him for them, he‚Äôs that special,‚ÄĚ said Azzopardi.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm over the moon with box one, but last time he had this box in a big final he bombed the start and that was it. It‚Äôs hard when there in the first line of dogs to go in the boxes, but hopefully he can settle down and get a good run to the first turn, because he can clock fast time.‚ÄĚ
Anything Less will be looking to upset Shoulders in heat one after a stunning 29.75 come from behind performance last week. Speedy beginner Lady Ronray led the field as expected into the back straight, with John Finn‚Äôs chaser too strong at the finish. The son of Bekim Bale and Casey‚Äôs Angel has an impeccable career record of eight wins from just eleven starts and will exit from the middle draw again tonight.
Kennelmates Zipping Tank and Cosmic Angel will both step out in semi-final two from box three and eight respectively, with Azzopardi rating their chances very highly, provided they get some luck in running.
‚ÄúZipping Tank has to rely on some luck early on, but he‚Äôs very strong at the finish. Last week was a great run and if he gets some room to move he will be charging home.‚ÄĚ
Cosmic Angel is another talented offspring by Cosmic Rumble out of Bit Stressed and was brilliant last week, leading all the way from box one in a flying time of 29.62. Despite going from one side of the box draw to the other, Azzopardi has found the secret formula to his success and will be hoping it continues tonight.
‚ÄúI brought him (Cosmic Angel) into this series fresh off a spell. He was always better than Shoulders, but just didn‚Äôt rise to the top like his brother did. Something just seems to have sparked with him now and he‚Äôs worked it all out.‚ÄĚ
Zipping Weston will line up in the last semi-final from box six and despite finishing second last week, produced an enormous effort after suffering heavy interference at the first turn. The son of Smooth Fancy and Navigator Miss faces a tough task with speedy on either side of him, however this greyhound comes from the sensational ‚ÄėHallinan‚Äô bloodlines, renowned for their run home speed and strength.
In-form chaser Are Jip will also step out in the last heat from box eight for talented owner-trainer Kristy Sultana. The son of Fabregas and Monique‚Äôs Doll will be looking for his fourth consecutive win and third straight victory at Wentworth Park. Are Jip has been brilliant at his past two outings, clocking 29.63 and 29.61 and decimating his rivals by large margins. The wide draw shouldn‚Äôt prove an issue for this consistent lid pinger, whose one of the most exciting greyhounds in the state at present.
Lucy Lobster will jump from box two and was also successful in her heat last week in 29.92. The daughter of Brett Lee and One Tree Hill saluted by ten and a half lengths and has blistering early pace that will give trainer Charlie Lamb plenty of hope of securing a final‚Äôs berth.
Semi-final one will be run and won at 8.28pm EDST. All winners and runner ups will move through to next week‚Äôs $75,000 final along with the two fastest third placegetters.