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Allen Deed The Fastest Qualifier For 2014 Sale Cup

Adelaide Cup winner Allen Deed has qualified fastest for the Group One Sale Cup to be run and won on Boxing Day with a superb 37.15 effort tonight over the 650 metre trip.

Starting as the $2.30 favourite from box seven, the son of Jarvis Bale and Greta Bale jumped a little awkward before recovering in the straight to race into third around the first turn. Charging into the back and the Andrea Dailly- trained chaser showed a brilliant burst of acceleration, finding the front and striding to the line two and a half lengths clear of a gallant Agent Jack in second position.

It was just Allen Deed’s second start over the track and distance after being run down by Sisco Rage at his last start. The classy campaigner seemed to derive great benefit from that hit out and will definitely be a key player in Friday’s $75,000 to the winner final.

Another impressive performance was from WA speedster Star Recall which blitzed her rivals to score by just under six lengths in a hot 37.18. It was her first start at Sale and she was ultra impressive, making it her third win from four starts since stepping up over the middle distance.

Now trained in Victoria by Jeff Britton, Star Recall has now won 24 races with 11 minor placings from 43 starts.

Jeff also won the last heat with Texas Titan too good from box one. A member of the fantastic Vapour Whirl – Foot Luce litter, Texas Titan was having his first go over the testing trip, his only other attempt at a middle distance journey being the 595 at Sandown where he won in April.

The striking black dog appeared to get a little tired in the run to the line, although that was to be expected, clocking 37.49.

Jeff’s brother Rob Britton qualified a runner for the final with Space Star claiming the opening heat. The son of Bekim Bale and Tonto Tears relished the wide draw, giving him room to move, sweeping around the outside to race to the lead on the home turn. Although he got a little weary a few metres before the line, Space Star was able to hold on to defeat Deadly Boy by half a length in 37.34.

Sweet It Is was all the rage in the fourth heat, but she was only able manage second behind the Peter Dapiran- prepared Zipping Felix. As per usual, the daughter of Mogambo and Off Springer dropped back to last early before making her move mid-race. However, Darren McDonald’s star stayer found plenty of congestion before powering home to finish under two lengths off the winner that clocked 37.25. All honours were with the winner which put in a gutsy effort himself, flashing home from midfield to score his eight win at start 29.

The remaining heat was taken out by the in form Kelly Bravo kennel with Kiltah Magic. She bounced straight on the bunny from box two and was never in danger, holding out Zipping Spike by two lengths in a speedy 37.21.

The final of the Group One Sale Cup will be run this Friday evening.

The box draw for the final is as follows:

1   TEXAS TITAN – Jeff Britton

2   AGENT JACK – Steven McKenna

3   ZIPPING SPIKE – Darren McDonald

4   STAR RECALL – Jeff Britton

5   KILTAH MAGIC – Kelly Bravo

6   ALLEN DEED – Andrea Dailly

7   SPACE STAR – Rob Britton

8  ZIPPING FELIX – Peter Dapiran

9   SWEET IT IS – RES – Darren McDonald

10  DEADLY BOY – RES – Steven McKenna

Vegemania’s Miraculous Race Track Return

Not many people would recognise the name Vegemania, however after you learn of his remarkable return to the race track, I’m confident there will be an array of participants eager to view his next race start.

Hunter Valley trainer Rod Teasdale performance trialled Vegemania at The Gardens over 400 metres back in April, clocking a time of 23.23. After finishing fifth in his first race start at the track two weeks later, Teasdale never expected the horrific accident that happened one Tuesday morning.

“He was just running around our yard and then fell over and broke his neck.”

“Luckily it wasn’t near the spinal cord, but rather the area near the outside of the neck.”

“The vets couldn’t operate so all we could do was try and keep his head still, which was very hard.”

“It was horrible watching him try and get up and down off his bed.”

After twelve long and strenuous weeks of recovery and rehabilitation, Teasdale made the decision to put Vegemania back in work and was pleasantly surprised with his progress.

“He was trialling pretty well and I thought it would be worth having another go with him, since the injury had healed.”

Five months after making his debut, the son of Vee Man Vane and Blue Sky Libby returned to Gosford at the end of September, finishing second over the 400m. Two and a half months later, Vegemania finally cracked his maiden win at Maitland this past Wednesday, clocking 23.02 over 400m. Teasdale was elated after the race, adamant all the months of hard work put in returning his beloved chaser to the race track was worth it.

“I was actually relieved more than anything. He’s such a beautiful big dog and the win was worth every minute of all the hard work.”

“He was due to go to another trainer on 27th of this month, so it was great to win with him and my wife and I decided to take the offer of shifting him to a country trainer. I have no doubt he will do well there.”

Greyhounds have an amazing resilience to recover from horrific injuries and illnesses and make a successful return to the race track. Anthony Azzopardi’s Group winning chaser My Boy Snoop returned from a twisted bowel injury last week at Wentworth Park and ran home extremely week last night finishing third, I’m sure delighting owner Terry Kingcott.

Below is an x-ray of Vegemania’s broken neck, with the white line running through the bone, illustrating the break.

vegemania

2014 Group Two Laurels Classic Final Preview

The Group Two Laurels Classic takes centre stage at Sandown Park tomorrow afternoon and it looks to be a great race with a number of talented bitches engaged.

There isn’t much difference between any of the runners time wise so it wouldn’t be a shock to see virtually any of the eight salute.



Lets have a look at what the trainers had to say

Box 1
Race Odds
$3.50
Heat Replay
 
Weblec Belle
Trainer
Jeff Britton
Owner
Weber Lochel syndicate
Prizemoney
$52,830
Last 10 Starts
1412712112
December
2012
  Fawn   Bitch   by   Dyna
Tron
- Snow
Excuse
Start Fair Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $3,108 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
17 9 4 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
53 82
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 5 2 0
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 2 1 0
Jeff Britton (Trainer) – She is well boxed, I think the two will give her a bit of room. I am hoping she can get out well and put herself in the race because if she begins slowly she could get into a bit of trouble.
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.40 29.81 (2nd) 5.08 5.16
Box 2
Race Odds
$2.35
Heat Replay
 
Weblec Rose
Trainer
Jeff Britton
Owner
Weber Loechel syndicate
Prizemoney
$9,400
Last 10 Starts
- – 14562721
December
2012
  Fawn   Bitch   by   Dyna
Tron
- Snow
Excuse
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,175 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 2 2 0
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
25 50
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 2 1 0
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Jeff Britton (Trainer) – I didn’t know she was capable of running 4.93 early but when they (Weblec Rose & Weblec Belle) cam to me there wasn’t must difference, she just hasn’t been racing as well. I don’t think she came to racing as quickly as Weblec Belle. If she does what she did last week I think she will be very hard to beat.
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.39 29.39 4.93 4.93
Box 3
Race Odds
$11
Heat Replay
 
Ousai Bale
Trainer
Andrea Dailly
Owner
Paul Wheeler
Prizemoney
$18,580
Last 10 Starts
1166457712
October
2012
  Brindle   Bitch   by   Yahoo
Omar
- Geisha
Bale
Start Slow Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,093 Rating 87
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
17 6 2 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
35 53
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 1 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 0 0
George Dailly (Co-Trainer) – She is a rough chance, a lot of the other bitches in the race are better than her but she is in it so you never know.
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.66 29.65 (2nd) 5.09 5.09
Box 4
Race Odds
$9.00
Heat Replay
 
Kerrigan Bale
Trainer
Andrea Dailly
Owner
Paul Wheeler
Prizemoney
$47,900
Last 10 Starts
1251812731

July
2012

  Brindle   Bitch   by   High
Earner
- Maple
Bale
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,597 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
30 10 4 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
34 64
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
11 4 1 3
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 0 2 1
George Dailly (Co-Trainer) – She has to lead. She will have to get out and go, but she has early speed and she is quite strong to the line when she gets out on the bunny.
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.48 29.67 5.02 5.08
Box 5
Race Odds
$26
Heat Replay
 
Footluce Diva
Trainer
Jeff Britton
Owner
Trowbridge Trowbridge syndicate
Prizemoney
$33,445
Last 10 Starts
1215723631
July
2012
  Black   Bitch   by   Vapour
Whirl
- Foot
Luce
Start Slow Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,045 Rating 87
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
32 10 4 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
31 59
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 4 0 1
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 0 1 1
Jeff Britton (Trainer) – She is poorly boxed because there will be a lot of speed from the outside coming down on her. She is going to have to rely on a bit of trouble, she is very strong, so if there is a little bit of a pile up and she can get around the other dogs then she is a bit of a chance.
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.35 29.81 5.06 5.22
Box 6
Race Odds
$6.00
Heat Replay
 
Lamia Bale
Trainer
Steve Collins
Owner
Paul Wheeler
Prizemoney
$85,645
Last 10 Starts
7223171112
July
2012
  Brindle   Bitch   by   High
Earner
- Maple
Bale
Start Fair Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,519 Rating 91
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
34 10 8 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
29 66
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
19 4 5 2
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 0 1
ARG Comment – Highly talented bitch that is in terrific form at present. She is not well boxed under a brilliant beginner so she will need to put her best paws forward to put herself into the race.
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.37 29.67 (2nd) 5.03 5.12
Box 7
Race Odds
$8.00
Heat Replay
 
Lady Ronray
Trainer
Ray Steele
Owner
Irena Steele
Prizemoney
$37,175
Last 10 Starts
1113611131
December
2012
  Black   Bitch   by   Cosmic
Rumble
- Ronray
Disco
Start Excellent Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $2,065 Rating 98
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
18 14 0 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
78 94
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 1
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 2 0 1
Ray Steele (Trainer) – I think it will suit her out there because she can come out really good off an outside draw. Her early speed is her best attribute but she will really need it on Sunday because there are seven other handy dogs in the race. She has got to use all of her early speed to be any chance
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.58 29.58 5.01 5.01
Box 8
Race Odds
$15
Heat Replay
 
Jamiela Twist
Trainer
John Galea
Owner
Kim Holloway
Prizemoney
$11,360
Last 10 Starts
5361311242
July
2012
  Fawn   Bitch   by   Where’s
Pedro
- Valley
Twist
Start Moderate Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $793 Rating 89
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
10 3 2 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
30 70
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 1 2 1
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 0 0
ARG Comment – Has run a hot 29.39 over the track and distance but will need some luck to get into the race from the wide draw. If she can find the lead she is as good as any of these on the bunny.
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.39 30.04 (2nd) 5.08 5.29
1st Res
Race Odds
$31
Heart Replay
 
Hastag Selfie
Trainer
Robert Britton
Owner
Shane Fisher
Prizemoney
$6,280
Last 10 Starts
-162317323
March
2013
  White
and
Blue
  Bitch   by  

Cosmic
Rumble

- Coulta
Sky
Start Moderate Running   Finish  
Prizemoney Rating $1,298 Rating 84
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 2 2 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
22 78
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 1 1 1
Box – Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
- - - -
ARG Comment – Lightly raced greyhound that is always around the money but faces a stiff rise in class and will need a fair bit of luck to feature if she gains a start.
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.98 29.84 (3rd)

5.08

5.08
2nd Res
Race Odds
$8.00
Heat Replay
 
Oakvale Destiny
Trainer
Jeff Britton
Owner
Nathan Wilson
Prizemoney
$240,500
Last 10 Starts
3213728124
July
2012
  Blue   Bitch   by  

Vapour
Whirl

- Foot
Luce
Start Slow Running   Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $ 7,074 Rating 88
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
34 13 6 7
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
38 21
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
14 4 3 4
Box – Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
- - - -
Jeff Britton (Trainer) – She was stiff last week not to get through. She was last early last week and the dog that was back with her put her into the fence and then she got run off the track when she tried to make some ground. If she can get into the race she will always be a chance.
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.52 29.90 (3rd) 5.14 5.32

If Weblec Rose (2) can begin like she did last week then it is hard to see anything leading her. She showed what she was capable of, clocking 4.93 early and 29.39 overall. She does like to get off the track a touch but she shouldn’t be threatened too much early from her direct outside and, as long as she gets clear galloping room around her, I think she can find the front and be too strong. 



Lady Ronray (7) is a class runner and she also shows tremendous speed early. She is a flawless beginner week in, week out, but she does have to cross six other runners here and a few of them can show early toe too. She will need to lead to win as she did get a little bit tired in the final stages last week, but if she can find the front she can record slick time on the bunny. I think she is the value runner in the race and is definitely the one to be on if the odds are too short for Weblec Rose.



Weblec Belle (1) isn’t a brilliant beginner but she is drawn well to get a nice run along the rails and she is very strong in the run to the line. 



Lamia Bale (6) is in top form but wont be helped by the poor draw and a lot of speed in the race. She can record some sizzling early sections in her races, however she has a bit going against her today.

The Group Two Laurels classic is race eight and will jump at 4:17pm.

Wentworth Park Greyhound Tips & Betting Preview December 20 2014

While most of the attention will focus on The Meadows tonight, we should still have a top night of racing in the Harbour City.

Best Bet:
Race 10: Miss Dover

Best Value:
Race 3: Eton Gold

Quaddie:
Leg 1: 7 – Leg 2: 5,8 – Leg 3: 1 – Leg 4: 2,3,4,6,8
$10 for 100%

Race No. 1Luke Zorzi Birthday Classic Stak…7:28 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1INTERROGATED643329.83Michelle Shambler
2SMOOTH NUMBER721130.20Allen Hansen
3HEROIC AVENGER125230.28Michelle Shambler
4I’M PEDRO335429.75Sydney Wales
5VON RYAN412129.94John Ayoub
6MIDNIGHT TOAST261130.04Geoffrey Greville
7BLACK EMPRESS248829.81Harry Sarkis
8CAWBOURNE POWER444429.78Jodie Lord
9GOOD AS OSTI857730.20Michelle Shambler

I’m Pedro hasn’t been racing with much luck of late and I’m expecting him to show a lot more improvement in this company. In recent weeks he has been finding bother soon after the start and therefore he has been unable to make an impact, tonight he has speed drawn underneath so he should get a nice cart into the race from the three and he should then take over as they head into the first bend.

Smooth Number is in rare form and he hit the line when scoring here last week in 30.20. In that effort he found some bother in running so with a clear run tonight I would expect him to go a lot quicker on the clock.

Von Ryan has a good record here and he should settle near the speed, the box draw isn’t great but he did post his impressive 29.98 PB here from this draw.

Cawbourne Power must be included in your exotics, he doesn’t win very often but he is never far away in this type of company.

Top Four: 4 – 2 – 5 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on I’m Pedro
with Sportingbet

Boxed Quinella: 2,4,5,8 ($6 for 100%)

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

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

Race No. 2The Sydney City Toyota Stakes7:47 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MAZZY STAR886330.12Ronald Bell
2WINSOME MISSION111329.68Melinda Finn
3JACK KADE237730.10Jodie Lord
4HOT THING433730.68Shane Pulbrook
5ELLA HAS CLASS141629.68Dean Swain
6LORELLA FIRE147X30.28Troy Halligan
7THREE MUGS IN156630.40Justin King
8JUMBLE622229.88Craig Chappelow
9GOOD AS OSTI857730.20Michelle Shambler

Jumble finally showed his true potential last time out and I think he is ready to take the next step. Last week he turned in an almighty performance when placed behind star sprinter Chica Destacada, on that occasion he was fair to begin and he managed to find some bother as they headed into the first turn so he probably should have finished even closer to the winner. From the pink tonight he should get a clear run early and if he gets across he should prove too zippy for his rivals.

Winsome Mission set the track alight here two runs back when winning in 29.68 and he should start the favourite, he has won five of eight to date in explosive fashion and if Jack Kade doesn’t get in his way early he will prove hard to hold out.

Ella Has Class is another one who scored a ridiculously fast win here two runs back and she too can feature with some luck early, she can be slow to begin at times so I’m not too keen on her winning hopes tonight.

Lorella Fire is showing some promise and she must be included in your exotics, while Jack Kade has the early speed to lead them up and he too could hold on for a place.

Top Four: 8 – 2 – 5 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Jumble with Sportingbet

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

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

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

Race No. 3Macro Meats Gourmet Game Stakes8:08 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ETON GOLD66X330.36Marie Burton
2VARCOE323229.98Mark Gatt
3MR. FORDHAM745529.96Warren Harper
4CUMBERLAND BLACK146430.24Lisa Mcfarlane
5ABUNDA611431.29John Miles
6UNO NORRIS663230.35Lisa Mcfarlane
7GOTTA PLAN455430.41Jodie Lord
8SHEBA’S DIVA187330.25Michelle Shambler
9GOOD AS OSTI857730.20Michelle Shambler

Tough race but I think the former Tasmanian Varcoe can get the job done. Last time out he resumed from a spell with a top 472m Bulli placing and he should have derived a lot of benefit from that run. There isn’t a lot of speed drawn directly on his outside so if he can step away cleanly he should be able to drive through and hold a prominent position in the early stages.

Eton Gold has come up with the coveted rails draw and he does his best racing from this pin, I dont think he can hold Varcoe out but he should be able to camp just behind him and fill the quinella spot.

Abunda is racing in great form at present and he possesses smart early speed, if he crosses the inside two he might be able to steal a race winning break as they head to the back straight.

Mr. Fordham could be the value in the event, he was fair when resuming from a lengthy spell last time but he did trial well before that and he should turn in an improved effort.

Top Four: 2 – 1 – 5 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Varcoe with Sportingbet

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

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

Exacta: 1,2/1,2,3,5 ($6 for 100%)

Race No. 4Flight Centre Coogee Stakes8:29 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1FEAR THE SPEED823530.70Lisa Mcfarlane
2ODD SOX845430.36Ronald Bell
3STUNNING ASHBERG367330.38Harry Sarkis
4MASTER TRICKETT341530.52Jill Harper
5UNO JUSTICE835730.52Lisa Mcfarlane
6GOLD DAWN522430.14Marie Burton
7SANTORINI BLUE253530.45Justin King
8KASINDA836230.30Owen Langley
9GOOD AS OSTI857730.20Michelle Shambler

Gold Dawn is yet to win here in 10 tries but she has turned in some very handy efforts of late and she finds herself in a very winnable race. She is normally very good to begin and the early pressure is going to come from the outside, so if she can step on terms she should have enough natural speed to hold them out at the first turn. This is not a very strong race so if she leads she should have enough in the tank to hold on in the final 50 metres.

Kasinda should match motors with Gold Dawn for most of the trip and she too is getting close to another win, if she was drawn underneath Gold Dawn she would be my top pick, however because she is drawn on the outside I think she might be posted wide for most of the trip so the quinella spot looks best.

Stunning Ashberg hit the line solidly when placed here last week and she shouldn’t be too far away again, I dont think she can win but she would be a great anchor for third and fourth in your exotics.

Santorini Blue rounds out the chances, he has been disappointing here of late but if he can sight the bunny early he may turn in an improved effort.

Top Four: 6 – 8 – 3 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Gold Dawn with Sportingbet

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

First Four: 6,7,8/6,7,8/3/Field ($30 for 100%)

First Four: 6,7,8/6,7,8/Field/3 ($30 for 100%)

Race No. 5The Beastwear Stakes8:52 PM
4/5 event over 720 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,325 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,110 2nd: $1,485 3rd: $730.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1LUZAKA ICON236242.55Marien Sullivan
2GRETA’S RESCUE122842.27Rodney Mcdonald
3RARAMURI541442.15Ian Morgan
4RITZA RUBY116242.35Preston Rowles
5JOANE443342.40Christine Proctor
6MY MISS DIVA366442.68John James
7DUSTY MOONSHINE637141.86Denice Warren
8STARGATE SYSTEM615142.63Wayne Crick
9QUEEN MARINA762342.28Noelene Holloway
10NODDY HOLDER5543NBTMark Davidson

Good race and I think the classy Dusty Moonshine should find this race to her liking. In recent times she has found the going tough against the nation’s best stayers but last time out she dropped back in class at The Gardens and she destroyed a field which is similar to what she meets tonight. If she can get away cleanly and settle in the top three, she should prove far too good for this lot.

Stargate System made his Wentworth Park debut last time out and he powered to the line when scoring in 42.63, I think he will be giving Dusty Moonshine too big of a head start but he should be able to run home into the quinella spot.

Ritza Ruby should settle somewhere near the speed and she was a top 42.35 winner here three runs back, she can be a little hit or miss early but if she gets away she should run a cheeky race.

Raramuri is rarely far away in this company and she has a slick 42.15 PB here, she may get shuffled back a bit early but she can run home into a place.

Top Four: 7 – 8 – 4 – 3

Suggested Bets:

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

Trifecta: 7/8/Field ($6 for 100%)

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

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

Race No. 6Thedogs Bp Betfair Blue Paws F9:12 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,670 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,650 2nd: $1,350 3rd: $670.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1CRAZY COSMIC146130.52Gary Adams
2SO FAR871230.17Charlie Micallef
3JOE HANLEY541130.22Ronald Bell
4STRATAVON PAT141230.19Christine Kay
5WHITTAKER211429.80Julie Fletcher
6COSMIC PRINCESS212130.35Carly Brown
7HAZY RAINBOW114130.07Yvonne Harris
8TOPPER ROAD134129.97Anthony Azzopardi
9UNO NORRIS663230.35Lisa Mcfarlane
10LYLA MEL481230.34Anthony Meredith

Topper Road is armed with explosive early speed and if he can step away he should be able to burn them off and score. Last week he went through the first marker in a blistering 5.39 before going on to score in 29.97, that was his first run for a few weeks so if he finds the top again tonight I would expect him to go a little quicker overall.

Whittaker is a star in the making and if he can avoid early bother he will take a power of beating, he has plenty on this lot ability wise but I’m concerned about the draw because he can miss away and he is likely to find early bother.

Hazy Rainbow showed tremendous improvement here last week and she should be in the mix again, this is obviously a big class rise but she does possess early speed and she appears to be getting better with more racing.

Top Four: 8 – 5 – 7 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Topper Road with Sportingbet

Quinella: 8 to rove with 4,5,7 ($3 for 100%)

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

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

Trifecta: 8/4,5,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 7Ladbrokes Paws Of Thunder Prelud…9:28 PM
4/5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1WINSOME JACKO316129.61Melinda Finn
2ZIPPING TANK242729.86Anthony Azzopardi
3LINSKI211530.06John Ayoub
4JACKS ZAC613230.02Susan Pitstock
5CAWBOURNE REV271629.95Jodie Lord
6MR. UNO711529.99Lisa Mcfarlane
7BESSY BOO444429.71Christine Proctor
8REMOTE CONTROL341329.97Anthony Azzopardi
9CAWBOURNE WHIP323629.38Jodie Lord
10KING COBBER414729.60Neville Brown

Winsome Jacko is the real deal and it’s hard to see him being beaten tonight, in his two efforts here of late he has been slow to begin but tonight he has two slow beginners directly on his outside so he should get plenty of room to drive through at the first bend. Last week he rated off the charts and with a trouble free run it will be interesting to see if he can go sub 29.50.

Bessy Boo looks the likely quinella, he has been racing against some real top liners of late and he loves racing over this journey, with Winsome Jacko expected to gap this field, he should be able to run over the top of some stragglers in the home straight.

Remote Control has his favourite draw and he shouldn’t be too far away, he should get plenty of room to muster speed early and he is capable of running time when he lands on the bunny.

Cawbourne Rev rounds out the chances, she scored a strong 30.33 win here two runs back and with some luck early she should be in the mix for some minor money.

Top Four: 1 – 7 – 8 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Winsome Jacko with Sportingbet

Exacta: 1/5,7,8 ($3 for 100%)

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

Race No. 8Ladbrokes Paws Of Thunder Prelud…9:50 PM
4/5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1CAWBOURNE COBRA334329.69Jodie Lord
2PETER’S PICK232630.22John Callaughan
3ZIPPING TARN226129.81Anthony Azzopardi
4FORT ALLEN225129.97Simon Rhodes
5COOLABAH JET512829.79Jodie Lord
6GILGAMESH641129.90Justin King
7EVOKED513129.90Craig Chappelow
8ASIA’S BABE133529.80Marie Burton
9VON RYAN412129.94John Ayoub
10BLACK EMPRESS248829.81Harry Sarkis

Zipping Tarn looked very impressive when she overcame some difficulties to score here last week in 29.95 and with a trouble free run tonight she should be able to score in much faster time. There is a little bit of speed on her outside but she does possess good burn after box rise so she should be able to hold Fort Allen out early.

Asia’s Babe is ideally drawn in the pink and she looks well placed in this class, four starts back she scored a sizzling 34.52 Gosford win and if she can settle in the top four early she should be there at the end tonight.

Fort Allen returned to form with a speedy 29.97 win here last week and he should be in the mix for a long way again.

Peter’s Pick could be the value in the event, he has recorded two strong placings here of late and drawn nearer the inside he could run a big race at nice odds.

Top Four: 3 – 8 – 4 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Zipping Tarn with Sportingbet

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

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

Race No. 9The Petersham Rsl Club Stakes10:15 PM
4/5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,670 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,650 2nd: $1,350 3rd: $670.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1KNOT TELLING YA6X5529.75Marie Burton
2WATTO LOTTO172329.73John Callaughan
3KING COBBER414729.60Neville Brown
4CHARLM ROAD587429.92Richard Muscat
5WOODS346530.05Marie Burton
6MAGIC DREAM123429.84Jodie Lord
7SINGING SAMMY5X2230.08Ronald Bell
8CAWBOURNE WHIP323629.38Jodie Lord
9GOOD AS OSTI857730.20Michelle Shambler

Cawbourne Whip returns to her favourite track and she is drawn to make a big impact. She has won six of 18 here and she has a blistering 29.38 PB, there is a bit of speed drawn in the six and seven and that should allow her to get a nice cart across as they head into the first bend. If she settles in the top three early she should prove too strong, so if you can land $2.80 or better that is great over’s.

King Cobber can be hard to follow at times but there is no doubting his talent, back in October he won here in a ridiculous 29.60 and since the he has also scored in very fast time at Nowra, he will need to ping and run to win but that isn’t beyond him.

Watto Lotto is well placed nearer the inside and he is a great place hope, he lacks mid race speed but he will scrape the paint and finish on well.

Magic Dream has the speed to lead and he could give a great sight, with Woods cutting left early he should allow Magic Dream to drive through as they head into the first bend.

Top Four: 8 – 3 – 2 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Cawbourne Whip with Sportingbet

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

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

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

Race No. 10Aaa Radiator Specialists Stakes10:37 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1WINGIN’ PRAYER462330.47Ronald Bell
2BLACK BRONCO424530.23Christine Proctor
3SEXY OPINION513330.16Owen Langley
4COSMIC VEE BEE456631.28Ian Morgan
5MISS DOVER355230.09Justin King
6JETEYE EXPRESS767230.64Stevan Vas
7AUSSIE SPRITE354630.72Lisa Mcfarlane
8DEVINE FROSTI6X21NBTPatrick Parrelli
9GOOD AS OSTI857730.20Michelle Shambler

Miss Dover resumed from a spell with a top effort here last week, after stepping cleanly she led for a long way against Winsome Jacko and she was far from disgraced when beaten by seven lengths. If she can find the early lead tonight she should give a great sight again and this race is a lot weaker than the event she contested last week.

Sexy Opinion should settle just behind Miss Dover and she should run a big race, three starts back she won here in a solid 30.16 and that type of effort again will see her figure prominently.

Black Bronco has been placed here on six occasions and he has strong place claims again, whilst Cosmic Vee Bee is dropping back in distance and she should be steaming home at the end.

Top Four: 5 – 3 – 2 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Miss Dover with Sportingbet

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

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

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

The Meadows Greyhound Tips & Betting Preview December 20 2014

Looks like a terrific night of racing at The Meadows tonight with heats of the Group One Silver Chief over 525 metres.

Best Bet:
Race 9: Go Mobo

Best Roughie:
Race 3: Dyna Norfolk

Quaddie:
Leg 1: 1,2,6 – Leg 2: 7 – Leg 3: 1,2,5,7,8 – Leg 4: 1,4,6,7,8
$75 for 100%

Race No. 1Rsn – Racing & Sport7:12 PM (VIC time)
Mixed 4/5 event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $7,600 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,320 2nd: $1,520 3rd: $760.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SPRING MILLIE (NSW)[5]1251530.68(8)A Dailly (Anakie)
2JORDAN ALLEN (NSW)[4]2514130.01(2)A Dailly (Anakie)
3LITTLE POOKIE [5]48155NBTT Galea (Brookfield)
4CRACKERJACK ROSE [4]31T2430.31(2)A Dailly (Anakie)
5LEKTRA BRAVE [5]7252230.23(6)A Dailly (Anakie)
6BOTTOM DOLLAR [5]7162630.22(8)A Dailly (Anakie)
7RASHAD REASON (NSW)[5]7735330.39(8)A Dailly (Anakie)
8TWO STROKE PAT [5]42843NBTR Cunneen (Moe South)
9SPRING COLLETE (NSW)[5]Res.77334NBTA Dailly (Anakie)

Jordan Allen caught the eye with an all the way win here last week in 30.01 and with a similar getaway tonight he should be able to repeat the dose. He is normally quite reliable early and he musters pace quickly so he should have sufficient speed to cross the red in the early stages. This is a pretty weak race so if he finds the bunny it’s hard to see him getting run down whilst running 30 flat on the bunny.

Lektra Brave was far from disgraced when placed behind Jordan Allen last week and he must be respected again, unlike Jordan Allen he can miss the kick at times so from the middle pin he will need to get away cleanly.

Bottom Dollar is a class act when on song and he turned in a great effort when placed at Cranbourne two runs back, he has proven in his career that when given room to muster he is capable of reeling off very impressive sectionals.

Crackerjack Rose rounds out the chances, she has a great record here and she does possess enough speed to settle in the top three early.

Top Four: 2 – 5 – 6 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Jordan Allen with Sportingbet

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

Quinella: 2 to rove with 4,5,6 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2/4,5,6/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 2Ajs Corporation Silver Chief Ht17:37 PM (VIC time)
S/E Heat event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $10,000 Prizemoney.
1st: $7,000 2nd: $2,000 3rd: $1,000.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BLACK BOTTLE (QLD)[5]52811FSHK Johnstone (Hove)
2IKAKU BALE (NSW)[5]6130.01(5)A Dailly (Anakie)
3HARDEN BALE (NSW)[5]3474230.96(3)T Womann (Lara)
4TUREAUD (WA)[5]13125FSHP Stuart (Nambeelup)
5FEARLESS JOHN [5]2122630.40(2)J Hunt (Lara)
6QUASI BALE (NSW)[4]161F530.03(2)M Delbridge (Balliang)
7LEFT IS RIGHT [4]3573130.24(2)A Langton (Anakie)
8POCKET KINGS [4]6425830.40(2)R Galea (Brookfield)
9NORMAN BENZ (QLD)[5]Res.58153FSHW Hansen (Daisy Hill)
10LAZZA MIKADO [5]Res.65517NBTM Barber (Hoddles Creek)

This is the first heat of the Silver Chief and it should be a cracker, I’ve gone with WA visitor Tureaud. He comes here having won nine of his 13 career starts and he has set the Cannington track alight in some of those victories. I dont think he has seen the track but if he can handle the first bend he should be good enough to score and he should continue to improve throughout the series.

Quasi Bale is a very fast chaser and with a clear run he will take a power of beating, the concern with him is that he can be slow to begin and he has a heap of pace drawn around him.

Ikaku Bale is the interesting runner, after a luckless debut run here he made significant improvement with a sizzling 30.01 victory here, if he can reproduce that type of effort he will be right in the mix, it’s worth noting that he is $100/1 all in for the final with some bookmakers and if he continues to improve he could be the smokey for the series.

Left Is Right is the most reliable beginner in the event and he returned to form with a top 29.69 Sandown win, he should get a clear run early and he should run a big race.

Top Four: 4 – 7 – 2 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on Tureaud and Left Is Right with Sportigbet

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

Exacta: 2,4,7/2,4,6,7 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 4/2,6,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 3Ajs Corporation Silver Chief Ht27:58 PM (VIC time)
S/E Heat event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $10,000 Prizemoney.
1st: $7,000 2nd: $2,000 3rd: $1,000.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1WESTON EAST (NSW)[5]1421430.22(5)A Langton (Anakie)
2HUNTER ROCKS [5]4815230.39(2)G White (Mount Helen)
3DYNA ALCHEMIST (NSW)[3]5284230.01(4)S Collins (Lara)
4ACOLA MAGIC (NSW)[5]51271NBTT Noy (New Gisborne)
5DYNA ZOD (NSW)[4]5141530.13(6)A Dailly (Anakie)
6TIGGERLONG AWAIT (NSW)[4]1217130.19(7)D Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
7XTREME KNOCKA [4]6142230.29(4)J Thompson (Pearcedale)
8DAWKINS BALE (NSW)[4]1441129.87(3)J Hunt (Lara)
9LEOPOLD BALE (NSW)[5]Res.4163FSHJ Hunt (Lara)
10DASHA MIKADO [5]Res.84646NBTM Barber (Hoddles Creek)

Dyna Alchemist showed a return to form last time out when placed behind gun sprinter Clash Of Kings last time out and he should be able to go one better tonight. His box manners arent great but he does muster speed at a rate of knots and if given room in the first 30m he will take a power of beating.

Tiggerlong Await is an exciting prospect and he was a strong 30.19 winner here two runs back, I strongly believe he is capable of getting down to the 29.90 mark when given a clear run and if the seven and eight dont come across too quickly he should get every chance to show that type of form.

Dawkins Bale continues to impress and he is drawn to get a nice cart across early, his 29.87 win here two runs back was spectacular and if he is allowed a clear passage through the first bend he should be in the finish.

Weston East has the good draw but he is likely to settle back in the field early, he is quite strong and he must be included in your exotic bets.

Top Four: 3 – 6 – 8 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Dyna Alchemist with Sportingbet

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

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

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

Race No. 4Ajs Corporation Silver Chief Ht38:18 PM (VIC time)
S/E Heat event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $10,000 Prizemoney.
1st: $7,000 2nd: $2,000 3rd: $1,000.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1AMARO BALE (NSW)[5]4235230.48(4)J Hunt (Lara)
2LEKTRA OUTLAW [5]3615530.50(3)A Dailly (Anakie)
3DECANUS (QLD)[5]44215NBTK Chalker (Pearcedale)
4DYNA NORFOLK (NSW)[5]22636NBTJ Hunt (Lara)
5PAPPA GALLO [5]2752630.31(3)M Cortese (Hampton Park)
6QUANTUM BALE (NSW)[4]5725130.26(4)T Womann (Lara)
7CHARLESTON [5]11F2NBTJ Borg (Maryborough)
8HAKATA BALE (NSW)[5]11FSHA Dailly (Anakie)
9NORMAN BENZ (QLD)[5]Res.58153FSHW Hansen (Daisy Hill)
10LAZZA MIKADO [5]Res.65517NBTM Barber (Hoddles Creek)

This is probably the weakest heat of the lot and if Dyna Norfolk can anticipate the start he might get the cash at nice odds. With a wide runner on his outside, the middle pin shouldn’t pose too many problems and he has been placed in two of his three tries here. He has proven in his career to date that when he finds the bunny early he can run some serious time, so I reckon tonight might be his night at nice odds.

Charleston was solidly placed in his metro debut last time out and he should have derived a lot of benefit from that run. Prior to that effort he had posted two brilliant Ballarat wins and on each occasion he gave the indication that he will be better suited to this journey.

Quantum bale has plenty of gears and he will be steaming home at the end, from box six he will need a few breaks but he is too good to dismiss.

Amaro Bale has the coveted red draw and he is an improving type, he is likely to settle back in the field but he will finish strongly and he must be included in your exotics.

Top Four: 4 – 7 – 6 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Dyna Norfolk with Sportingbet

Exacta: 4,6,7/1,4,6,7 ($9 for 100%)

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

Trifecta: 4,6,7/1,4,6,7/1,2,4,5,6,7 ($36 for 100%)

Race No. 5Ajs Corporation Silver Chief Ht48:37 PM (VIC time)
S/E Heat event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $10,000 Prizemoney.
1st: $7,000 2nd: $2,000 3rd: $1,000.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ABOVE ALL (NZ)[4]1114129.78(1)R Britton (Lara)
2BAD BOY SNIPER (NSW)[5]52111FSHJ Magri (Austral)
3AXIS BALE (NSW)[5]21135NBTJ Hunt (Lara)
4DYNA VIKKERS (NSW)[5]1230.44(6)A Dailly (Anakie)
5SIX GREEN THUMBS [4]3181130.17(5)N Vincent (Lal Lal)
6DROOPYS BENTLEY (GA)[5]1381230.06(7)T O’donovan (Devon Meadows)
7ASTROMATIC [5]11111FSHS Cameron (Maffra)
8EARL BALE (NSW)[4]F821430.43(5)A Dailly (Anakie)
9LEOPOLD BALE (NSW)[5]Res.4163FSHJ Hunt (Lara)
10DASHA MIKADO [5]Res.84646NBTM Barber (Hoddles Creek)

Great race and logic says to tip Above All, however I think he might be a little flat after his devastating Hobart Thousand Win and I believe Droopy’s Bentley can cause an upset. Droopy’s Bentley scored a blistering 25.13 Shepparton win two runs back and he followed that effort up with a top placing here last week. He is capable of going around the 29.85 mark on the bunny and I think that should be enough to get the job done.

Above All is a an absolute freak and his Hobart Thousand win was probably the best win I have seen for quite some time, he made a gun lineup look like a bunch of grade five chasers, if he brings that form tonight then he wins with ease, however I believe the travelling might take a bit out of him and he is a risk at the short odds.

Bay Boy Sniper set the track alight in his 29.83 trial effort here last week and a similar effort tonight will see him test the two favourites.

Dyna Vickers is a real up and comer and his placing here last week was super, he is likely to get back early but he can finish on strongly into a place.

Top Four: 6 – 1 – 2 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on Droopy’s Bentley and Bad Boy Sniper with Sportingbet

Quinella: 6 to rove with 1,2,4 ($3 for 100%)

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

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

Race No. 6Ajs Corporation Silver Chief Ht58:58 PM (VIC time)
S/E Heat event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $10,000 Prizemoney.
1st: $7,000 2nd: $2,000 3rd: $1,000.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1FLEETWOOD ZAC [4]3271530.38(8)A Langton (Anakie)
2BENZO BALE (NSW)[5]4747130.12(1)J Hunt (Lara)
3OPUS FORTE (NSW)[5]41511FSHL Azzopardi (Londonderry)
4SERCO BALE (NSW)[5]F561530.75(8)T Womann (Lara)
5ZANPA BALE (NSW)[5]54132FSHJ Hunt (Lara)
6EMRYS [5]1142530.61(7)M Briganti (Tuerong)
7DYNA YEMEN (NSW)[1]6146329.87(5)A Dailly (Anakie)
8ZELEMAR ZEST [5]21FSHJ Galea (Brookfield)
9NORMAN BENZ (QLD)[5]Res.58153FSHW Hansen (Daisy Hill)
10DASHA MIKADO [5]Res.84646NBTM Barber (Hoddles Creek)

Dyna Yemen is an enormous talent but he has looked a little off at his past couple, however I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt and I believe he can bounce back to his best. The wide draw shouldn’t pose too many problems and he has won here previously in a blistering 29.87, if given a clear passage in the first 50m he should put a space in them.

Fleetwood Zac isn’t a star but he is honest and he has the good draw, two starts back he led all the way at Sandown in 29.64 and a similar effort tonight would probably see him lead for most of the journey.

Opus Forte is a classy NSW speedster and he has scored two dazzling Richmond wins of late, if he can handle the track he will prove extremely hard to hold out.

Benzo Bale is very unreliable but when he has bounced on the bunny in the past he has scored some slick wins, from the rails draw he should get a clear run early and he may cause an upset.

Top Four: 7 – 1 – 3 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Dyna Yemen with Sportinget

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

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

Race No. 7Ajs Corporation Silver Chief Ht69:18 PM (VIC time)
S/E Heat event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $10,000 Prizemoney.
1st: $7,000 2nd: $2,000 3rd: $1,000.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ZIPPING RYAN (NSW)[5]31F41NBTP Dapiran (Northwood)
2DYNA QUIRK (NSW)[5]3130.14(6)A Dailly (Anakie)
3VANGER BALE (NSW)[4]5713730.62(2)T Womann (Lara)
4MACCA’S SWAY [5]45864NBTJ Borg (Maryborough)
5GLOCK [5]32253FSTDD Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
6FLEETWOOD STORM [4]1353430.28(5)A Langton (Anakie)
7CLASH OF KINGS (QLD)[5]2572129.98(5)S Whyte (Bunyip)
8WALT BALE (NSW)[5]1132230.06(4)J Hunt (Lara)
9LEOPOLD BALE (NSW)[5]Res.4163FSHJ Hunt (Lara)
10LAZZA MIKADO [5]Res.65517NBTM Barber (Hoddles Creek)

Very open affair and it’s hard to look past Zipping Ryan after he scored a devastating 23.60 Bendigo win last time out, on that occasion he showed a blistering turn of foot soon after the start and once he found the bunny he went into overdrive, from the red tonight he should be able to hold them out and he will take some catching.

Dyna Quirk is a real up and comer and he caught the eye with a slick 30.14 win here last week, his box manners arent great but he musters quickly and he should continue to get stronger with every run.

Clash Of Kings has the class edge and he returned to form with a top 29.98 win here last week, if he can step cleanly again he should be able to make an impact, he is much better from a rails draw but he is way too good to dismiss.

Glock is the run on type in the event, he has failed to deliver on his early promise but if there is a mix up near the lead he is still good enough to run over the top late.

Top Four: 1 – 2 – 7 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Zipping Ryan with Sportingbet

Exacta: 1,2/1,2,5,7 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1/2,5,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

Quinella: 1 to rove with 2,5,7 ($3 for 100%)

Race No. 8Ajs Corporation Silver Chief Ht79:38 PM (VIC time)
S/E Heat event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $10,000 Prizemoney.
1st: $7,000 2nd: $2,000 3rd: $1,000.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1QUARREL BALE (NSW)[4]6122530.21(8)S Collins (Lara)
2SAM TOOCAN [5]1341630.37(5)A Dailly (Anakie)
3FLEETWOOD JAY [5]1112330.36(2)A Langton (Anakie)
4GUNLOCH [4]4521329.98(2)D Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
5BOUNTY (QLD)[5]1362630.84(1)T Womann (Lara)
6ZEPPELIN BALE (NSW)[5]1272130.29(4)J Hunt (Lara)
7DYNA VILLA (NSW)[4]1113129.93(6)J Hunt (Lara)
8USAIN I’M NUTTY [5]12413NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
9NORMAN BENZ (QLD)[5]Res.58153FSHW Hansen (Daisy Hill)
10LAZZA MIKADO [5]Res.65517NBTM Barber (Hoddles Creek)

Dyna Villa is an absolute star and the reigning Melbourne Cup champ should make light work of these, however I do have a small concern with him. Like Above All he is coming up a tough trip to Tassie and he may be a little flat, if he is off his game tonight, the red may make him work very hard for victory.

Quarrel Bale is perfectly placed in the red and he has turned in some monster efforts at Ballarat of late, he is normally slow to begin but from the red he should settle a little closer to the speed than normal and he may run over the top of them as they round for home.

Gunloch hasn’t had much luck since his impressive 29.98 win here and he will be looking to improve tonight, with a slow beginner on his outside he should be afforded all the breaks as they head into the first bend. Usain I’m Nutty could be the value for the place, he is likely to settle mid pack but he is armed with a strong finish and he is getting better with every race start.

Zeppelin Bale is more than capable and he must be respected at odds also, he led all the way at Sandown last time in 29.54 and a repeat effort tonight will see him be competitive.

Top Four: 7 – 1 – 4 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on Quarrel Bale and Gunloch with Sportingbet

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

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

Trifecta: 1,4,7/1,4,7,8/1,3,4,6,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

Race No. 9Macro Meats9:58 PM (VIC time)
Mixed 4/5 event over 600 metres at The meadows Of $8,745 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,120 2nd: $1,750 3rd: $875.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1JULIE FOZZ [5]14151FSTDB Fothergill (Numurkah)
2GO MOBO [4]3232334.84(1)D Coleman (Lara)
3SLIPAWAY MAVIS [5]76441NBTA King (Sulky)
4CLASSY BOY [5]24215NBTJ Thorpe (Arthurs Creek)
5BLACK KADEN [5]48383NBTP Kelly (Longwarry North)
6REEN’S FABIAN [4]1137534.53(2)J Holden (Nambrok)
7OPTIMUS BART (SA)[5]12267FSTDA Debattista (Toolleen)
8PASON SANDER [5]64374FSTDS Donlon (Burnbank)
9MAHOGANY SAPHIRE [5]Res.83223NBTA King (Sulky)
10KILCOLEGAN CROSS [5]Res.23862NBTW Donlon (Burnbank)

Go Mobo is dropping considerably in class tonight and he should lead from go to whoa, last time out at Geelong he stepped cleanly and scored a commanding 29.94 win. If he can produce a similar effort tonight he should be able to build up a nice lead mid race and it’s hard to see them reeling him in.

Classy Boy has been racing well and he is armed with a big finish, he can make a lot of mistakes in his races but if the gaps open up at the right time he will be right in the mix at the end.

Reen’s Fabian has a great record here and he is in good form, if he can get across in the early stages he can make an impact, he does possess good speed so he should be able to settle in the top two early.

Optimus Bart rounds out the hopes, he is very strong and he should get a nice cart across from Reen’s Fabian in the early stages.

Top Four: 2 – 4 – 6 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Go Mobo with Sportingbet

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

Trifecta: 2/4,6,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

Quinella: 2 to rove with 4,6,7 ($3 for 100%)

Race No. 10Ajs Corporation Silver Chief Ht810:22 PM (VIC time)
S/E Heat event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $10,000 Prizemoney.
1st: $7,000 2nd: $2,000 3rd: $1,000.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1TANTRUM TOMMY [5]5765730.42(8)A Dailly (Anakie)
2MIDNIGHT FLYNN [5]23112FSHM Carter (Violet Town)
3FEEL THE WRATH (NSW)[5]1734130.42(4)R Divirgilio (Devon Meadows)
4IZZEY BALE (NSW)[4]1414129.92(2)A Dailly (Anakie)
5DYNA KEITARO (NSW)[5]2534130.11(8)T Womann (Lara)
6GORHAM BALE (NSW)[3]6261130.03(3)S Collins (Lara)
7DUOMO BALE (NSW)[4]1115130.26(7)J Hunt (Lara)
8KING SURFA (NSW)[4]2156230.10(4)D Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
9NORMAN BENZ (QLD)[5]Res.58153FSHW Hansen (Daisy Hill)
10LAZZA MIKADO [5]Res.65517NBTM Barber (Hoddles Creek)

Duomo Bale appears to be the real deal and he is unbeaten in his two tries here. In his brief career to date he has shown smart early speed and apart from the pink this race doesn’t feature a lot of early speed.

Izzey Bale beat a classy type here last week in 29.92 and that type of effort would see him figure prominently again, the only concern with him is that he doesn’t box that well and he will need some room in the first 30 or so meters.

Midnight Flynn comes here with strong country form and if he can handle the extra journey he shouldn’t be too far away, his effort at Shepparton two starts back when scoring in 25.29 was ultra impressive.

Top Four: 7 – 4 – 2 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Duomo Bale with Sportingbet

Quinella: 7 to rove with 2,4,6 ($3 for 100%)

Exacta: 2,4,7/2,4,6,7 ($9 for 100%)

Race No. 11Ajs Corporation Silver Chief Ht910:45 PM (VIC time)
S/E Heat event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $10,000 Prizemoney.
1st: $7,000 2nd: $2,000 3rd: $1,000.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DINGO BALE (NSW)[5]13253NBTJ Hunt (Lara)
2CAUSTIC BALE (NSW)[5]3511130.46(2)S Collins (Lara)
3MR EMGRAND (NSW)[5]25517FSHL Azzopardi (Londonderry)
4SCENIC SHOT (NSW)[3]T141530.05(2)M Mallia-magri (Avalon)
5BALLERINO [2]4116129.97(5)J Borg (Maryborough)
6DYNA DOUBLE ONE (NSW)[5]1129.81(2)A Dailly (Anakie)
7PRESCRIBE (TAS)[5]73511FSHE Medhurst (Mangalore)
8ASTRONOMIZE (WA)[5]1121FSHP Stuart (Nambeelup)
9LEOPOLD BALE (NSW)[5]Res.4163FSHJ Hunt (Lara)
10DASHA MIKADO [5]Res.84646NBTM Barber (Hoddles Creek)

One of the stronger heats with six genuine winning hopes, I’m going with the explosive Caustic Bale, he has the potential to be the state’s best sprinter and if he can fix his box manners he could go with any chaser in the land. Three starts back he set the Ballarat track alight with a blistering 25.04 win and he does have experience here so he should be able to handle the track.

Ballerino is unbeaten in four tries here and he managed to break the 30 second barrier in his last victory, he is armed with early speed and he appears to be the likely leader.

Dyna Double Dee scored a ridiculous 29.81 win here last week and he is showing enormous potential, I’m not convinced about his early speed but if he gets room early he should be right in the mix.

Prescribe is a gun Tasmanian chaser and he trialled quickly here last week, he should be able to settle in the top three early and he could cause an upset.

Top Four: 2 – 5 – 7 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Caustic Bale with Sportingbet

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

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

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

Race No. 12Ajs Corporation Silver Chief Ht1011:05 PM (VIC time)
S/E Heat event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $10,000 Prizemoney.
1st: $7,000 2nd: $2,000 3rd: $1,000.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SMOKEM JIMMY (NSW)[5]15124NBTA Pringle (Yetholme)
2CRACKERJACK MAX [5]3223130.24(2)A Dailly (Anakie)
3VAPOUR LEE [5]21441NBTL Smith (Langwarrin)
4SEE HIM NEXT [5]12218NBTM Mallia-magri (Avalon)
5RIMPAC [5]5130.63(3)T Turnbull (Romsey)
6UDON BALE (NSW)[4]2113630.06(1)T Womann (Lara)
7ULTIMA BALE (NSW)[4]1313130.09(4)S Collins (Lara)
8QUARTZ BALE (NSW)[5]18213FSHP Stuart (Nambeelup)
9LEOPOLD BALE (NSW)[5]Res.4163FSHJ Hunt (Lara)
10DASHA MIKADO [5]Res.84646NBTM Barber (Hoddles Creek)

Smoken Jimmy is a class act when on song and he has scored some sizzling wins in his brief career to date, from the red he should be able to hold a forward spot early and if he can hold them out he should be running some time on the bunny.

Crackerjack Max is aiming for a hat trick of wins and he continues to go from strength to strength, with a couple of slow beginners on his outside he should get a fairly clear passage early and he should be able to make an impact.

Ultima Bale has the class edge and he scorched around Warragul last time out, he is better suited to a rails draw but he has genuine speed once he hits the ground and he should be able to overcome some minor difficulties early in the race.

Top Four: 1 – 2 – 7 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Smoken Jimmy with Sportingbet

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

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

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

2014 Hobart Thousand Rises Above All Others

Kiwi owner/breeder Alison Lee is still on cloud nine after her superb greyhound Above All scored an emphatic victory in last night’s Group One Hobart Thousand.

Beginning well from box five, the Robert Britton- trained chaser found the front in the early stages and put on an effortless demonstration, defeating Ride The Rails by seven and three quarter lengths with Melbourne Cup champ Dyna Villa back in third.

“It is surreal, I still can’t believe it”, Lee enthused, “It was very exciting and a great experience”.

Lee made the trip from the Land of the Long White Cloud to the Apple Isle to cheer on her brilliant black performer, thinking that he would race well in the $75,000 to the winner feature.

“I thought that if he jumped and got a bit of clear room that he would be a chance, but I really thought the one (Big Ticket) and two (Dyna Villa) would have jumped better and that he would have had to tuck in behind them”, Lee explained.

“Rob (Britton) said that the four (Blurred Lines) missed the jump and it gave him that little bit of room which he used to his advantage.

“Although he was in front, I wasn’t too sure because he had Dyna Villa behind him, but he just kept going.”

Not only did Above All record one of the most dominant Hobart Thousand wins in recent times, the son of Magic Sprite and Kara Janx also smashed the track record previously held by one turn king Paw Licking, clocking a breathtaking 25.52 over the 461 metre trip.

Lee said his effort to shave 12/100ths off the previous Hobart benchmark was just the icing on top of the cake.

“I couldn’t believe that he broke the track record and I didn’t even realise he had until I got down to the presentation. He went well and to top it off I was then told the track was a little bit soft too, so to get the track record has just made it unbelievable.”

Above All came into the Hobart Thousand series after having a freshen up following his fourth placing in the Melbourne Cup. Lee said that the short break was pivotal for Above All, with just 11 starts to his name before the Tassie series.

“He was unlucky in the Melbourne Cup, he got a couple of checks and we think he hit the rail. For him to hold on for fourth, we were really happy with the run.

“We wanted to keep him fresh, he races better that way and he is only young so Rob has just decided to race him lightly and pick out races for him.”

Above All qualified for Australia’s oldest race with a phenomenal last to first heat performance on December 11. Showing maturity and field sense way beyond what his racetrack experience would suggest, the 32 kilogram powerhouse weaved his way through the field and captured the lead in the run to the line.

“It was a huge run in his heat”, Lee said, “We were absolutely screaming back home.”

“When he jumped and got checked I thought ‘on no’ but he really used his brain, he went back to the rail and found his way through the field.”

Now with 13 starts for eight wins and two minor placings, Above All looms as one of the most promising and exciting chasers in the country. Lee, who bred him with her partner Merv O’Brien in New Zealand, said that they virtually knew from day one that he was superbly talented.

Based on this, they decided to send him to Australian shores to race under the tutelage of Britton, who previously trained their former gun speedster, Clone Your Own, to win the Group Two Harrison-Dawson.

“The bloke that broke him in said that he was quicker than any other dog he has put around.

“When I got him home I hand slipped him at Addington and the time that he ran home in for his first trial was huge. I knew then we had to get him over to Rob as soon as we could.”

“Rob is brilliant, he is such a good conditioner. He looks after his dogs, they are always fit and in brilliant condition and the whole family- Rob and Mary and Pete and everyone that works there, they are just really great.

“Plus they always buy him an ice cream and a cheeseburger on the way home”, Lee laughed.

At this stage, the next goal for him is tomorrow night’s heats of the Group One Silver Chief at The Meadows, however Lee explained that the final call will rest with Britton to determine whether the dog is ready to back up in the 525 metre feature.

“Rob wasn’t going to make any commitments until he was back at home and settled in his kennel, but if there are any issues then he will scratch him straight away.”

Lee and O’Brien, who have been breeding greyhounds for 18 years, look set to have a wonderful ride ahead of them with Above All.

“The sky is the limit for him and Rob will just pick and choose the races for him to go in and eventually he will stand at stud.

“As long as he stays fit and sound he should have a huge future, it is great what he is doing for New Zealand racing.”

2014 Group One Sale Cup Heat Preview

Six heats of the Group One Sale Cup will be held tomorrow night over the testing 650 metre trip.

Worth $75,000 to the winner, the Sale Cup was first run 1968 with some stars of the track featuring on the honour roll such as Chariot Supreme, Miss Brook, Mantra Lad and Destini Fireball. Last year’s race was taken out by three time Group One winner Dyna Nalin.

Group One Sale Cup Heat One – 6:48pm

Rob Britton looks set to qualify for another Group One final with the brilliant Space Star (8) drawn ideally in the pink. The son of Bekim Bale and Tonto Tears is a dual track record holder with a massive motor and has been racing competitively at the top level at his last few starts. He has won 13 from 23 and should go close to recording another win here.

Zipping Maggie (4) debuted at the track last week, running fourth behind Dyna Kayla. At the start before that she finished second in the Group Three Summer Cup at Wentworth Park and, although she hasn’t won in a while, she has been racing the nation’s best stayers and has been far from disgraced. She races at her best when leading and looks capable of doing so tonight.

Deadly Boy (1) is having his first start over the track and distance, but has won well at The Meadows over the middle distance so he should be capable of running out the trip. He has a  brillant record from box one so should go well from where he wants to be.

Perfect Tess (7) has clocked 34.17 at Sandown Park so must also be respected.

Group One Sale Cup Heat Two – 7:09pm

WA bitch Star Recall remained in the care of Jeff Britton after competing in the Melbourne Cup final and has made quite an impact since stepping up to the middle distance. Although finishing midfield at her last start, she had recorded two slick wins at The Meadows (34.26 and 34.01) prior to that. She should be able to find the lead from box seven and, although it is her first start at Sale, her class should get her over the line.

Tyra Giselle (3) is exceptionally bred being out of the great Paua To Burn, she is a last start 34.64 winner at The Meadows so must be included.

Shall She Rock (2) has been mixing it with some classy chasers of late and should enjoy being drawn in box two whilst Go Jetta Go (8) has a handy record from the pink and should be finishing strongly.

Group One Sale Cup Heat Three – 7:31pm

Eliza Blanche (2) is a highly promising bitch that loves an inside draw and should go close to finding the lead early on. She has been racing against some exceptional chasers lately and has recorded wins at Sandown (34.02) and The Meadows (34.19). Under the care of Darren McDonald she should go well

Allen Deed (7) is drawn out wide where he wants to be and is a freakishly fast greyhound when at his best. He recently contested the Ballarat Cup final before stepping up to the 650 last start when finishing second to Sisco Rage. He should derive great benefit from that run and be better for it when the lids fly open tomorrow night.

Agent Jack (4) is first up since his fourth placing in the Ballarat Cup behind Luca Neveelk. He is a very strong greyhound who should relish the extra distance here.

Group One Sale Cup Heat Four – 8:14pm

Australia’s best stayer, Sweet It Is (2), will be aiming to bounce back from her last start failure in the Group Three Summer Cup and should appreciate the slight drop in grade. She has a tendency to drop out early and find a lot of trouble in running, so she always needs a lot of luck, but on her night she is better than any of these by a long mile.

Sisco Rage (4) defeated Allen Deed over the track and distance in 37.38 at his last start. The advantage of having a look at the track should favour him over a few other runners in this affair.

Ralphy Cinel (8) clocked a flying 33.94 in a heat of the Sir John Dillon Memorial at Sandown two starts back before running third in the final to the in-form Lamia Bale. He doesn’t appear very well suited out wide but he is too fast to leave out.

Group One Sale Cup Heat Five – 8:33pm

Should be a cracking heat with the likely favourites being Hostile (6) and Blinker’s On (7).

Hostile made the step up over the middle distance two starts back and won impressively in a smart 34.19 at The Meadows. He returned the following week and ran second behind Star Recall. That form is solid going into a race like this and, if he can run out the extra 50 metres, he should be in the finish despite the ordinary draw.

Blinker’s On has been knocking on the door for a feature win for a while now and gets his chance to make it through to another Group final here. He finished fifth behind Lamia Bale in the Sir John Dillon Memorial last start but is far better suited over this journey.

Kiltah Magic (2) will go close to leading from her inside draw and should be up near the front for a long way. She ran a fast 33.96 at Sandown two starts back but she is unraced over the 650 so it will be a big test for her.

Mepunga Hayley (3) is the class runner as the winner of the Group One Maturity Classic earlier this year but she is racing below her best at the moment and is a little hard to follow.

Group One Sale Cup Heat Six – 9:15pm

Dyna Kayla (6) is hard to follow but is a flying machine when she is on the task. She recorded a fast 37.11 win over the track and distance last start and a repeat of that would see her hard to beat, despite being drawn in box six.

Texas Titan (1) looks suited by the rise in distance here. He is a moderate beginner over the sprint trip but may find himself near the lead early here and he would be hard to run down if he is on the bunny.

Zipping Rory (8) is a recent winner of the Summer Cup at Wentworth Park before finishing at the tail of the field at his track debut last week. He is a classy dog but will need a bit of luck to cross from box eight.

Volksjager Blue (2) is a litter brother to Shot To Bits and he has run some handy placings over the middle distance at Geelong recently. He may not be quite good enough to win, but he can definitely run on into a minor placing.

Robert Conway Disqualified For Androstane Positive

Offence:

83 (2) (3) and (6): Mr. Robert Conway failed to present the greyhound ‘Norrie’s Antics’ free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club on Wednesday, 27 August 2014.

Report:

Following advice from Racing Analytical Services Laboratory, the Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria conducted an investigation into the results of a post-race urine sample taken from the greyhound ‘Norrie’s Antics’ at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Wednesday, 27 August 2014.

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

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Conway with a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rules 83(2)(3) and (6) in that he did fail to present the greyhound ‘Norrie’s Antics’ free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 given that the post-race urine sample taken from the greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substance 5β- Androstane-3α, 17β-diol at a mass concentration greater than 10ng/ml.

Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules a breach of GAR83 (2) (3) and (6) constitutes a Serious Offence. As a result, on Thursday, 18 December 2014 this matter was heard before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board in the first instance under Greyhound Local Racing Rule 47.3 and Sections 83C(b) and 83M(1) of the Racing Act.

Mr. Robert Conway represented himself.

Mr. Glenn Fish (GRV Chief Steward) and Ms. Demi Barber (GRV Steward) represented the Stewards Panel.

Mr. Robert Conway pleaded guilty to the charge.

After hearing all the evidence tendered and having regard to GAR83 (2)(3) and (6), the RADB determined that Mr. Conway was guilty as charged and disqualified him for 9 months (with 5 months of this penalty suspended for 12 months pending no further breaches of GAR83 during the next 12 month period), effective from Tuesday, 23 December 2014.

Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB also disqualified ‘Norrie’s Antics’ from Event 4 – The KINGSTON TROPHIES – Grade 5 – at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 and amended the placing’s as follows:

1st Midnight Reign
2nd Buckle Up Axel
3rd Henry Garth
4th Bekim Goddess
5th Ulla Allen
6th Sonic Fantasy
7th Smash It
Disqualified Norrie’s Antics

In assessing penalty, the Board took into account all the evidence and submissions, including the following matters:

(a) Mr. Conway’s guilty plea;

(b) The nature of the prohibited substance 5Beta-Androstane-3alpha, 17beta-diol when present at a mass concentration greater than 10ng/mL;

(c) The need to maintain the integrity of greyhound racing and ensure a level playing
field for all participants;

(d) Prior penalties for similar offences;

(e) Mr. Conway’s character and his clean history for more than 45 years in the
greyhound industry;

(f) The need for general deterrence as a factor in sentencing and having regard to the
number of similar offences coming before the Board; and

(g) Mr. Conway’s positive presentation before the Board.

The Board took the opportunity to repeat its concern as to the number of matters involving this substance coming before it. The penalty given in this matter must stand at the low end of any scale and influenced by all the matters in Mr. Conway’s favour.

ARG Opinion:

There seems to be a lot of positive swabs for Androstane in recent months, probably due to the threshold being reduced to a lower concentration. GRV have shown that they are committed to eliminating the issue with most trainers caught facing disqualification and fines with this case’s penalty being consistent with those handed out recently.

Terry Moore Disqualified And Fined For Salbutamol Positive

Offence:

GAR 83 (2)(3): Mr. Terry Moore failed to present the greyhound ‘Irene Florence’ free of any prohibited substance for an event at Bendigo Greyhound Racing Association on Wednesday, 10 September 2014.

Report:

Following advice from Racing Analytical Services Laboratory, the Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria conducted an investigation into the results of post-race urine sample taken from the greyhound ‘Irene Florence’ at the Bendigo meeting held on Wednesday, 10 September 2014.

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

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Moore with a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rules 83(2) and (3) in that he did fail to present the greyhound ‘Irene Florence’ free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Bendigo meeting held on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 given that the post-race urine sample taken from the greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substance Salbutamol.

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 Thursday, 18 December 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. Terry Moore represented himself.

Mr. Glenn Fish (GRV Chief Steward) and Ms. Demi Barber (GRV Steward) represented the Stewards Panel.

Mr. Terry Moore pleaded guilty to the charge.

After hearing all the evidence tendered and having regard to GAR83 (2) and (3), the RADB determined that Mr. Terry Moore was guilty as charged and disqualified him for 3 years and fined him $3,000, effective from Thursday, 18 December 2014.

In assessing penalty, the Board took into account all the evidence and submissions, including the following matters:

(a) Mr. Terry Moore’s guilty plea;

(b) The nature of the prohibited substance Salbutamol and how and when the offences
occurred;

(c) The need to maintain the integrity of greyhound racing and ensure a level playing
field for all participants; and

(d) Prior penalties for similar prohibited substance offences.

Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB also disqualified ‘Irene Florence’ from Event 3 – The BARBEQUES GALORE BENDIGO – Grade 5 T3 – at the Bendigo meeting held on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 and amended the placing’s as follows:

1st Flynn O’Malley
2nd Lioness Lulu
3rd Victoria Jay
4th Astana Spur
5th Moonlight Cruise
6th Thyme For Bed
7th Talkin’ Lass
Disqualified Irene Florence

ARG Opinion

Another forceful penalty imposed in Victoria, highlighting GRV’s intolerance of banned substances within the sport. Salbutamol, being a drug commonly used for treatment of bronchospasm, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cystic fibrosis, has been shown to increase performance in athletes.

Greyhound Tips & Betting Preview December 19 2014

After a big night of racing last night, we head to Geelong tonight to try and find a couple of winners.

Race No. 4Rocket Signs8:08 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 400 metres at Geelong Of $1,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $375 3rd: $190.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1LONDON TOWN (TAS)[5]27673FSHD Chapman (Leopold)
2ZSA ZOOM (NSW)[5]76417FSHE Lieshout (Drouin West)
3PRINCE NANDO [5]12681FSHA Gringhuis (Ripplebrook)
4COTTON BUD JOE [5]4142122.74(6)G Kantzidis (Bundoora)
5PEREGON FLYER [5]41822FSTDD Crawford (Pearcedale)
6SILVER ROCKSTAR (NSW)[5]7445222.88(7)L Delbridge (Balliang)
7HERBIVOROUS [5]265T8FSTDJ Collins (Lara)
8RUN RIGHT BACK [5]22247FSTDJ Higgins (Linton)
9BLUE WESTMEAD [5]Res.3817NBTD Geall (Lara)
10KAUFMAN BALE (NSW)[5]Res.76764FSTDJ Hunt (Lara)

Very open race and I think we can find some value with the well drawn Run Right Back. She has raced well from this draw and she should be ready to fire fresh after having six weeks off. Prior to going for a short spell she had turned in some super efforts when placed at Sandown Park and she appears to be better suited to this journey.

Silver Rockstar was narrowly beaten in slick time at Ballarat last time and if he turns in a similar effort tonight he appears to be the main danger, he doesn’t have great box manners but he does have a great turn of foot and that will allow him to put himself into contention early.

Peregon Flyer rounds out the winning chances, he is poorly drawn but he does possess good speed and with a keen railer drawn in the four he should get a clear run early.

Top Four: 8 – 6 – 5 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Run Right Back with Sportingbet

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

Quinella: 8 to rove with 5,6,7 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 5,6,8/5,6,7,8/3,4,5,6,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

Race No. 5Nth West Heat & Cool8:28 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 460 metres at Geelong Of $1,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $375 3rd: $190.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DIGGER’S BEACH (NSW)[5]55843FSTDG Hopes (Reservoir)
2FRANCESCO (NZ)[5]37723NBTT Womann (Lara)
3BORDELLO QUEEN [5]3883826.03(5)J Karamatic (Lara)
4BEAUTY BALE (NSW)[5]8861126.21(6)S Collins (Lara)
5HOLD ON BEAU [5]7765226.01(6)B Gatt (Melton West)
6MAX MOON [5]21122NBTA Galea (Sunshine North)
7ASTON DIMA [5]24145NBTE Lieshout (Drouin West)
8JOSHUA TREE (NSW)[5]85221NBTB Gatt (Melton West)
9ANISA BALE (NSW)[5]Res.6136326.17(7)S Collins (Lara)
10SIR RUSS (NSW)[5]Res.27555NBTG Hopes (Reservoir)

Max Moon has won two of his past five and he has been runner up in the other three efforts. On each occasion he has shown smart early speed and if he can reproduce that speed tonight he should be able to get a cheap lead and he will then prove hard to gun down.

Francesco has recorded two solid Horsham placings of late and he could run a nice race at odds tonight, he doesn’t win very often but he hits the line well and he is rarely far away.

Aston Dima should get a nice cart across from Max Moon in the early stages and he should figure prominently for most of the trip, last time out he had no luck over this journey and I’m expecting an improved performance.

Hold On Beau is better than his form reads and he has raced well here in the past, if he goes around at silly odds he could be worth a saver bet.

Top Four: 6 – 2 – 7 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Max Moon with Sportingbet

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

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

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

Best Value:
Race 9: Ennis Bale

Above All Seizes 2014 Group One Hobart Thousand

The Robert Britton- trained Above All has put in a breathtaking performance to claim this year’s Group One Hobart Thousand, defeating an outstanding young field in the process.

The son of Magic Sprite and Kara Janx was the standout heat winner last Thursday, coming from last early to surge clear in a time of 26.16 over the 461 metre trip.

With a better beginning from box five this week, the black powerhouse showed everyone what he is really capable of when getting on the bunny, obliterating the field to score by seven lengths in a phenomenal 25.52.

The airborne time broke the existing 25.64 track record which was set by Paw Licking when he won the same race last year.

Above All defeated the Kelly Bravo- trained Ride The Rails with Melbourne Cup hero Dyna Villa filling the trifecta back in third.

Above All has now won eight races from just 13 career starts with over $105,000 in prize money earnings.

He is now expected to take his place in a heat of the Group One Silver Chief on Saturday night where he has drawn box one in race five.

Lady Ronray Primed To Steele The Laurels Classic

Lady Ronray will be the sole NSW representative when she exits box seven in this Sunday’s Group Two Laurels Classic at Sandown Park.

Trained at Menangle Park by Ray Steele and owned by his wife Irena, Lady Ronray is one of the most promising bitches in the state, having faced the starter on 18 occasions resulting in 14 wins and three minor placings.

Lady Ronray qualified for Sunday’s $50,000 to the winner final when scoring an emphatic 29.58 victory in her semi-final last weekend. The win didn’t shock her trainer who was expecting to see improvement from the daughter of Cosmic Rumble and Ronray Disco, which had placed third in her heat the week prior.

“We were thrilled, she lived up to all our expectations”, Steele enthused, “she is a little pocket rocket”.

“I trialled her down there about ten days prior to the heats and she picked up a virus so we had to restrict her training until she got over it. She was probably a little bit underdone going into the heats but fortunately she was able to do enough to qualify for the semi final.”

Steele said his speedster is well suited in box seven this week, but will need to put her best paws forward to be in with a winning chance.

“I think it will suit her out there because she can come out really good off an outside draw.

“Her early speed is her best attribute but she will really need it on Sunday because there are seven other handy dogs in the race. She has got to use all of her early speed to be any chance.

“She is a beautiful box dog in Sydney and, although she came out alright last weekend, I do think she can begin a lot better than she did the other day.”

Lady Ronray’s competition includes a Jeff Britton trio in Weblec Belle (Box 1), Weblec Rose (Box 2) and Footluce Diva (Box 5) as well as three from the Wheeler Dynasty in Ousai Bale (Box 3), Kerrigan Bale (Box 4) and Lamia Bale (Box 6). Jamelia Twist (Box 8) rounds out the field for John Galea.

Steele said it would be an enormous thrill to take out a prestigious series, such as the Laurels, with a consistent performer like Lady Ronray.

“It would be sensational to win it, especially when you have got a little dog that tries like her.

“Even though the money is lovely it would just be nice to win for the dog, you would hate to see her get disappointed

“She just never stops amazing you with the times she can run and (winning) 14 out of 18 with three placings, they don’t come much better than that.”

Steele, who has been training greyhounds since he was 19, says that the bonny black bitch has the potential to become the best greyhound he has ever trained.

“I have had some nice dogs over the years, I quinella’d the Nowra Puppy Classic with Tian Hao Lee and Tian Hao Miss for some overseas clients in 2009 and Ronray Lass, Lady Ronray’s grandmother, made the final of the Association Cup.

“But she is potentially the best one I have had, at this stage she is just a faultless little dog.

“I think when she ran 22.3 at Bulli was when I realised I had something special. I always knew she had ability but when she came out and ran a tenth outside of Barica Bale’s track record as a very young dog I knew she was going to be pretty good.”

Making her success even more significant is that Ray and Irena bred Ronray Miss. Her mother, Ronray Disco, was a modestly performed sprinter which did the majority of her racing in New Zealand before making the move to the breeding barn.

“We decided to breed from her (Ronray Disco) on recommendations from the trainer in New Zealand. She had brilliant early speed, like her daughter, and her brother could run 600 despite the fact that she could only run 350 metres.

“The rest is history. Her Magic Sprite litter was quite good but I think this litter is a little bit better and she has just had a litter to Swift Fancy.”

Steele said the fact that he bred Lady Ronray is also a massive factor in his decision not to sell her, despite some sizeable offers.

“I still have some offers in the pipeline but I am trying to put them to the back of my mind. Overseas are trying to buy her but I am not interested at this stage. We bred from her great-grandmother and have had all the generations down to her.

“It makes it even better when you have had them from day one. When you breed them, rear them, educate them and they come out and do this for you, it is very satisfying.”

Lady Ronray, which will celebrate her second birthday on Sunday, looks to have an exceptionally bright future and, as of next month, she will officially become a Victorian. Steele has made the decision to move South and is hoping Lady Ronray will continue to shine against the high class Victorian chasers.

“We are moving to Victoria so she will be doing all of her future racing in Melbourne after the end of January.

“I have bought a property in Moama, my daughter and grandchildren are around there, and I will be taking her brother, Ronray Spirit, he is quite a handy dog too.”

The Group Two Laurels Classic is race 8 at Sandown this Sunday and will jump at 4:17pm (VIC time).

Chris Darmanin Suspended And Fined For Procaine Positive

Offences:

GAR 83 (2) (3): Mr. Chris Darmanin failed to present the greyhound ‘Penny Maid’ free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club on Saturday, 2 August 2014.

Report:

Following advice from Racing Analytical Services Laboratory, the Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria conducted an investigation into the results of a pre-race urine sample taken from the greyhound ‘Penny Maid’ at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Saturday, 2 August 2014.

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

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Darmanin with a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rules 83(2) and (3) in that he did fail to present the greyhound ‘Penny Maid’ free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Saturday, 2 August 2014 given that the pre-race urine sample taken from the greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substance Procaine.

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 Wednesday, 17 December 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. Chris Darmanin represented himself.

Mr. Ron Matthews (GRV Steward) represented the Stewards Panel.

Mr. Chris Darmanin pleaded guilty to the charge.

After hearing all the evidence tendered, the RADB determined that Mr. Darmanin was guilty as charged and suspended his registration for 2 months and fined him $250.

In assessing penalty, the Board took into account all the evidence and submissions, including the following matters:

(a) Mr. Darmanins’ guilty plea;

(b) The nature of the prohibited substance Procaine and the probability that it had been present in meat ingested by the greyhound;

(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 2 prohibited substance offences;

(e) Mr. Darmanins’ character and his clean history in the greyhound industry, save for a prior conviction for a similar offence in 2009, which the RADB took into account.

Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB also disqualified ‘Penny Maid’ from Event 9 – The VIRBAC ANIMAL HEALTH – Grade 5 – at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Saturday, 2 August 2014 and amended the placing’s as follows:

1st Sasha Diva
2nd Claretown Tex
3rd Abit Late
4th Lexi Star
5th Loyal Miss
6th Sister Trix
7th Greysynd Rava
Disqualified Penny Maid

The RADB also expressed concern that another charge involving Procaine was before it. If this is to continue the range of penalties may need to be addressed.

ARG Opinion:

It has become pretty standard for positive Procaine swabs to result in a fine with $250 a fair amount given the other cases that have been heard recently. Mr Darmanin was also suspended for two months, a penalty less common, which is perhaps attributed to the fact that he had a conviction for a similar offence in 2009.

Sandown Park Greyhound Tips & Betting Preview December 18 2014

Another cracking night at Sandown Park ahead of a fantastic Group Two Laurels Classic which will be held on Sunday at the track. Hopefully we can get you a few winners tonight so that you have plenty of cash to load up on the big race on Sunday.

Best Bet:
Race 2: Armed And Ready

Best Roughie:
Race 1: Se’s High Above

Quaddie:
Leg 1: 1,3,6,7,8 – Leg 2: 1,3,7 – Leg 3: 2,3 – Leg 4: 1,2,3,6
$120 for 100%

Race No. 1Onautos.com.au7:06 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ANDIAMO NEO [5]24651NBTR Crisafi (Pakenham)
2SPRING GRACE (NSW)[5]51216NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
3LEKTRA UTOPIA [5]45113FSHA Dailly (Anakie)
4FARMOR EYE AM (QLD)[5]216230.01(3)R Britton (Lara)
5SHOUT OUT LOUD [5]31171NBTB Brown (Axedale)
6SE’S HIGH ABOVE (GA)[5]7335429.59(1)R Britton (Lara)
7ALLEN QUARIAN (NSW)[5]31261NBTJ Hunt (Lara)
8TELL ME MA [5]321FSHJ Carr (Devon Meadows)
9BILLY BUBBA [5]Res.35532NBTJ Naughton (Berwick)
10ADDIS REVENGE (NSW)[5]Res.33874NBTL Smith (Langwarrin)

Andiamo Nemo has the good draw and he recently caught the eye with a strong 28.17 Bendigo win. He has been placed in three of four here previously and this is the weakest race he has contested at this track. With the wide running Spring Grace drawn on his outside he should get a very clear run into the first turn and he should break away as they head for the back straight.

Spring Grace was a zippy 30.20 Meadows winner two runs back and she should give a great sight. In her past three starts she has recorded sizzling early sectionals and I can see her leading again tonight. She tends to drift wide through the turns so I dont think she can hold out the red.

Se’s High Above is armed with a monster finish and she shouldn’t be too far away at the end, she tends to find a lot of trouble so she could be a good anchor for third and fourth in your exotics.

Allen Quarian is a powerful chaser and if he can find the rail early he should be in the finish, my concern with him is that he can miss away and he will be looking for the rail.

Top Four: 1 – 2 – 6 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Andiamo Nemo with Sportingbet

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

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

Trifecta: 1,2,7/1,2,6,7/1,2,4,5,6,7 ($36 for 100%)

Race No. 2Abba Boarding Kennels7:24 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ARMED AND READY (NSW)[5]1113NBTD Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
2MY ZEPHYR [5]32617NBTN Armstrong (Cranbourne)
3XTREME GRETEL (GA)[5]21427FSHR Britton (Lara)
4MAXIMUM CHEZ [5]11313FSHA Dailly (Anakie)
5SATSUKI BALE (NSW)[5]51545NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
6SHE’S YOURS [5]4372229.71(3)W Vassallo (Devon Meadows)
7FLOTILLA [5]76781NBTG Walker (Clayton)
8DYNA CHASER (NSW)[5]58412NBTS Collins (Lara)
9JET MIKADO [5]Res.6184630.35(4)P Jones (Hoddles Creek)
10BLACK CHASE (QLD)[5]Res.37385NBTJ Gill (Darriman)

Armed And Ready was beaten when on debut here last time but I’m expecting him to make a lot of improvement tonight. He was a tad slow to begin last week and he had to work hard mid race to stay in contention. From the red tonight he should be able to hold them out early and then put a space in them mid race.

Satsuki Bale is dropping in class and she hasn’t had much luck since her handy 30.11 Meadows win, she is drawn poorly again tonight but the four should give her a nice cart across and that should allow her to settle in a prominent position.

Dyna Chaser returned to form at Geelong with a highly impressive 25.86 Geelong win and if he gets across early he will prove hard to hold out, unlike most of his opponents, he is able to run a genuine 515m.

Xtreme Gretel is a former American chaser now in the care of the in form Robert Britton kennel, he comes here with solid credentials so it will be worth watching the betting moves.

Top Four: 1 – 8 – 5 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Armed And Ready with Sportingbet

Exacta: 1,5,8/1,3,5,8 ($9 for 100%)

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

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

Race No. 3Total Rubber7:43 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 595 metres at Sandown park Of $8,225 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,750 2nd: $1,645 3rd: $830.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1COME ON FANTASY [5]18624FSTDJ Borg (Maryborough)
2PETER PETTIGREW [5]5323334.72(2)L Cockerell (Buckley)
3BLONDE OASIS [5]33613FSTDB Dapiran (Northwood)
4DYNA GLINDA (NSW)[5]33143NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
5KO KO MIKADO [5]33474NBTP Jones (Hoddles Creek)
6SONIC PIRATE [5]4448334.49(8)P Reinders (Gruyere)
7ZIPPING BART (NSW)[5]3233234.47(3)P Dapiran (Northwood)
8FENDER [5]31221FSHB Divirgilio (Langwarrin)
9MACCA’S SWAY [5]Res.45864NBTJ Borg (Maryborough)
10BLACK CHASE (QLD)[5]Res.37385NBTJ Gill (Darriman)

Come On Fantasy is dropping considerably in class and she is drawn to make a big impact. Five starts ago she posted a strong 29.62 win here from this draw over 515m and in that effort she gave every indication that this trip will suit. There is no speed on her outside so if she can step cleanly she should get every chance to lead all the way.

Sonic Pirate has a solid record here and he should be in the mix for most of the journey, he tends to get a little tired in the run home but if he happens to cross the red early he may just be able to establish a race winning lead.

Zipping Bart charged home when placed at Bendigo last time and with some luck early he should be there again, however if he is short odds I would be risking him as he does make a lot of mistakes in his races.

Dyna Glinda rounds out the chances, she has the ability to ping the lids and she caught the eye when winning at The Meadows in 30.12 three runs back.

Top Four: 1 – 6 – 7 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Come On Fantasy with Sportingbet

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

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

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

Race No. 4Domain Appliances8:07 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 715 metres at Sandown park Of $8,225 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,750 2nd: $1,645 3rd: $830.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1PRINCESS PASS [5]44534FSTDJ Sharp (Lara)
2MAVERICK BOMBER [5]52385NBTM Cartechini (Hallam)
3MIMICKING (NSW)[5]4775242.15(8)R Britton (Lara)
4EXQUISITUS [5]46255FSTDJ Imlach (Pearcedale)
6CAMBRIDGE PRINCE [5]33212NBTA Langton (Anakie)
7BORN ALI [5]538T641.97(3)R Britton (Lara)
8TEARS SIAM (NSW)[5]5874141.91(8)R Britton (Lara)

Tears Siam is the litter sister to gun stayer Space Star and she made a dazzling Victorian debut here last week when winning by a staggering 20 lengths in 41.91. Once again she has drawn perfectly in the pink and if she steps on terms with them again she should prove far too classy for these. She is likely to start $1.50 or shorter but that is still massive over’s against this lineup.

Exquisitus has the ability to lead them up and she may be suited to this journey, outside of the pink this is a very weak race so she should get her own way out in front and she should run a cheeky race.

Born Ali is much better than her recent form suggests and she should give a nice site. She is clearly a fair way from her best but she should still be good enough to fill the quinella spot.

Cambridge Prince rounds out the place chances, he has been racing in consistent fashion and he appeared to hit the line a lot better at Geelong over 680m last time out.

Top Four: 8 – 7 – 4 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Tears Siam with Sportingbet

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

Quinella: 8 to rove with 4,6,7 ($3 for 100%)

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

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

Race No. 5Laser Electrical8:25 PM (VIC time)
Mixed 4/5 event over 595 metres at Sandown park Of $8,745 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,120 2nd: $1,750 3rd: $875.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ALLEN ERYK (NSW)[4]6528234.15(7)A Dailly (Anakie)
2SIGN OF SNOW [4]2663734.37(5)A Langton (Anakie)
3SMART MAXWELL [5]7485434.17(2)D Coleman (Lara)
4DYNA ORION (NSW)[4]4725534.52(7)A Dailly (Anakie)
5HE ISN’T REALLY [4]4674134.40(1)C Schlensog (Anakie)
6OAKVALE FLYER (SA)[5]11445FSTDJ Britton (Anakie)
7ECHELONIC ACTION [4]1472134.25(1)D Coleman (Lara)
8CORNELIUS FUDGE [4]1361134.47(4)L Cockerell (Buckley)
9MACCA’S SWAY [5]Res.45864NBTJ Borg (Maryborough)
10BLACK CHASE (QLD)[5]Res.37385NBTJ Gill (Darriman)

Allen Eryk has been racing in good style here of late and his effort three runs back was enormous. Tonight he has the luxury of slow beginners drawn on his outside so with a clean getaway he should be able to poke through and lead as they head past the post the first time. He is quite strong in the run home so if he does happen to lead I can’t see anything reeling him in.

Oakvale Flyer is making her middle distance debut and she shouldn’t have too much trouble covering the ground. She tends to race best when on the speed and this race doesn’t have too much pace so she should be able to lob in the top two early.

Smart Maxwell is better than his form reads and he does have a very zippy 34.17 PB here, if he can come out cleanly and get a clear run he could give a nice sight at odds.

Cornelius Fudge has regained his best form of late and he should be suited by the wide draw, I dont think he can win tonight but I think he is a genuine place chance.

Top Four: 1 – 6 – 3 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Allen Eryk with Sportingbet

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

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

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

Race No. 6Long Island Country Club8:50 PM (VIC time)
Grade 4 event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $7,600 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,320 2nd: $1,520 3rd: $760.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1CREATIVE KARISMA [4]1536329.34(3)K Podmore (Wagga Wagga)
2ALLEN GRAVION (NSW)[4]4882329.49(1)M Delbridge (Balliang)
3DYNA NIHILIST (NSW)[4]1312529.51(3)J Hunt (Lara)
4PAPA HOOK [4]3523229.76(6)R Neocleous (Hazelwood North)
5HOT WHIRL [4]32F5229.74(5)J Sharp (Lara)
6MAXIMUS GLIDER [4]5733529.48(1)D Crawford (Pearcedale)
7JAYNEY BALE (NSW)[4]1155129.48(2)A Dailly (Anakie)
8MISSILE FLASH (NSW)[4]3757129.57(4)A Dailly (Anakie)

Dyna Nihilist is an absolute beast and I think he can get the job done tonight. Two starts back he turned in a monster performance when placed behind Hobart Thousand finalist Ride The Rails and with an ounce of luck tonight he should go one better. At present he is one of the fiercest chasers in training and he really does look suited near the rail.

Papa Hook has the ability to lead and he is nearing another win. He has recorded three impressive placings in a row here and if he happens to cross them early they might just bunch up behind him and he could steal the prize.

Creative Karisma has a great record here and he should run an improved race from the red, he does have a sizzling 29.34 PB here and with the lack of speed on his outside he should be able to get a clear run in the early stages.

Jayney Bale is a class act and she is capable of just about anything, however tonight I think she is limited to a place chance because she may get posted wide for most of the journey.

Top Four: 3 – 4 – 1 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Dyna Nihilist with Sportingbet

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

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

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

Race No. 7Emerson School9:11 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1HELLO GOOD BYE [5]7531429.09(5)P Galea (Rosedale)
2MAXIMUM LIL [5]1261429.39(2)A Dailly (Anakie)
3WHERE’S THE SURF [5]74123NBTD Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
4SKINNY VINNIE [5]3246529.57(2)R Britton (Lara)
5HAILSTORM BILLY (NSW)[5]7435629.35(2)A Langton (Anakie)
6ALLEN MALIK (NSW)[5]3223429.80(6)S Collins (Lara)
7DYNA GELDOF (NSW)[5]1577429.88(8)S Collins (Lara)
8MEPUNGA MOSS [5]7454729.43(2)J Britton (Anakie)
9CLASSIC NITRO [5]Res.F4723FSHJ Carr (Devon Meadows)
10SPA JANGLES [5]Res.5333329.84(4)J Mccoll (Daylesford)

Maximum Lil can be hard to follow at times but when she pings the lids she is capable of running blistering times. Two starts back she stepped cleanly and reeled off an explosive 29.86 Meadows win, tonight she meets a similar lineup and apart from the pink there is no early speed at all, so she should get every chance to show her best form.

Where’s The Surf has been placed in six of ten here and he has been desperately unlucky in his past two starts, with an even getaway tonight he should be able to sit just behind Maximum Lil in the early stages and he will then apply pressure as they turn for home.

Hello Good Bye is a long way from his best but two starts back he did record a strong 29.54 win here, if he can repeat that effort he shouldn’t be too far away at the end.

Mepunga Moss had no luck here last week and she is capable of pinging the lids, she is down on confidence but if she finds the bunny early she can turn in an improved performance.

Top Four: 2 – 3 – 1 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Maximum Lil with Sportingbet

Exacta: 2,3/1,2,3,8 ($6 for 100%)

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

Trifecta: 2/1,3,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 8Macro Meats9:35 PM (VIC time)
Free For All event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1HUMPHREY BALE (NSW)[4]3512229.48(1)A Dailly (Anakie)
2AWESOME PROJECT (NSW)[1]1661229.35(4)D Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
3MUSQUIN BALE (NSW)[3]4316129.27(3)A Dailly (Anakie)
4OLLIE BALE (NSW)[4]1848629.32(4)A Dailly (Anakie)
5BUCKLE UP MASON (TAS)[3]5535229.26(5)J Hunt (Lara)
6HAWK ALONE [2]2556629.38(2)A Dailly (Anakie)
7DYNA NICO (NSW)[4]2622329.62(1)A Dailly (Anakie)
8PRINCE TO EXCEL (NSW)[3]8152529.67(2)G Jose (Catani)

Awesome Project is a gun speedster and he should make light work of this lineup. Two starts back he stepped up in distance to score a dazzling 34.23 win here over 595m and I think he is better suited back to this journey. There is a bit of speed drawn around him tonight but he should be able to out muster them and if you can land $2.50 or better that is value.

Hawk Alone is never far away over this journey and he should be able to return to some form, there is a fair bit of speed in this event so he should be able to settle mid pack and that will allow him to avoid trouble at the first turn.

Humphrey Bale was far from disgraced when placed here last week and from the red he should be in the mix again. He will need a bit of luck at the first turn but if he gets it he should make an impact.

Musquin Bale beat Humphrey Bale here last week and he must be respected again, my concern with him tonight is that the two dogs underneath him have enough speed to match him and he may be posted wide for the first few hundred meters.

Top Four: 2 – 6 – 1 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Awesome Project with Sportingbet

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

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

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

Race No. 9Tab Rewards9:55 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 595 metres at Sandown park Of $8,225 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,750 2nd: $1,645 3rd: $830.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1PENNSYLVANIA IS [5]7851134.59(8)A Paraskevas (Cranbourne South)
2ROCKABILLY KING [5]54615NBTE Dowsey (Cowwarr)
3THATCHER [5]52125NBTC Russell (Kyabram)
4BONJOUR BONSOIR (NSW)[5]4675234.76(3)J Delaroche (Cranbourne North)
5SPA CHEANG [5]84455FSTDJ Mccoll (Daylesford)
6EL CHANA [5]25526FSTDL Sturgess (Talbot)
7DIVA’S SHADOW [5]16835FSTDJ Britton (Anakie)
8MISS SHIRLEEN [5]36336NBTN Stanley (Portland)
9MACCA’S SWAY [5]Res.45864NBTJ Borg (Maryborough)
10BLACK CHASE (QLD)[5]Res.37385NBTJ Gill (Darriman)

Pennsylvania Is surprised me here last Sunday when he came from off the speed to score in 34.59, from the red tonight he should be able to push through and lead them up and on the bunny he should go a lot quicker on the clock. I think he can possibly get down to the 34.20 mark and there isn’t anything in this field that can get down to that sort of time.

Diva’s Shadow is making her middle distance debut and she should give a great sight. She is armed with smart early speed and she should match motors with Pennsylvania Is for most of the journey, she may get a little tired in the run home but she should be able to hold on for a place.

Bonjour Bonsoir was far from disgraced when placed at The Meadows last time and she should be in the mix again, she lacks early speed but she is strong and she is a must for your exotic bets.

Top Four: 1 – 7 – 4 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Pennsylvania Is with Sportingbet

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

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

First Four: 1,7,8/1,7,8/4/Field ($30 for 100%)

First Four: 1,7,8/1,7,8/Field/4 ($30 for 100%)

Race No. 10Harvey Norman – Springvale10:15 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DR. DES [5]1373329.57(6)W Mcmahon (Darriman)
2DYNA FATBOB (NSW)[5]2175529.58(1)M Delbridge (Balliang)
3BUNGA BUNGA [5]6417329.74(2)J Greenough (Pearcedale)
4STRANGE WISH (NSW)[5]3636129.67(2)D Saunders (Somerville)
5RUMERO REASON (NSW)[5]7743330.03(2)A Dailly (Anakie)
6POLLY BALE (NSW)[5]4523629.73(8)A Dailly (Anakie)
7UPSET BOY [5]8344729.64(2)J Hunt (Lara)
8TRICKY ROSE (NSW)[5]15112NBTB Dapiran (Northwood)
9CLASSIC NITRO [5]Res.F4723FSHJ Carr (Devon Meadows)
10OLD JOCK [5]Res.16462NBTN Stanley (Portland)

Tricky Rose is back to her brilliant best and she is drawn to make a big impact. Three starts back she showed a dazzling turn of foot soon after box rise when scoring at The Meadows in 30.31 and she should take some stopping again, with a clear run she is capable of running some serious time and this looks her race.

Rumero Reason has turned in three strong performances since resuming from a short spell and he is bursting to break through. He is going to need a lot of luck in running but if the gaps open at the right time he could get the cash.

Dyna Fatbob is dropping in class and he is suited by the rails draw, he can be hit or miss early but he is capable of good things when he steps cleanly.

Polly Bale rounds out the chances, she is better than her form reads and she only needs a clear run in the first 50m to feature.

Top Four: 8 – 5 – 2 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Tricky Rose with Sportingbet

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

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

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

Race No. 11Razldazl Greyhounds10:40 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DESTINI LOBO [5]7525629.76(1)E Rinaldi (Lethbridge)
2MINORITY (TAS)[5]27732NBTG Campbell (Peechelba)
3WEALTHY SCHOONER [5]12312NBTC Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
4KING ROCKSTAR [5]1181629.88(6)M Briganti (Tuerong)
5SAGE BALE (NSW)[5]12244NBTM Delbridge (Balliang)
6DR. RAHOUAL [5]5376329.67(6)J Mcmahon (Darriman)
7LISSA BREEN [5]15327NBTC Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
8HESTIA BALE (NSW)[5]5352629.87(2)M Delbridge (Balliang)
9ZIPPING COCO (NSW)[5]Res.87114FSTDB Dapiran (Northwood)
10RASHAD REASON (NSW)[5]Res.77353FSHA Dailly (Anakie)

Hestia Bale has been racing well in much stronger company of late and she gets her chance to score tonight. She is better suited to a rails draw but she still has the speed to cross and she has won three of her seven tries here.

Sage Bale should be in the mix for a long way and he too is dropping in class, with a wide runner on his outside he should get a clear passage early and he will get his chance to make an impact.

Dr. Rahoual is well drawn out wide and he will be strong in the run to the line, he has won here previously in a solid 29.67 and if given some room early he should be able to turn in a similar effort tonight.

King Rockstar rounds out the winning chances, he has speed to burn and if he settles in the top two early he may prove hard to reel in.

Top Four: 8 – 5 – 6 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Hestia Bale with Sportingbet

Exacta: 5,6,8/4,5,6,8 ($9 for 100%)

Quinella: 8 to rove with 4,5,6 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 5,6,8/4,5,6,8/1,3,4,5,6,8 ($36 for 100%)

Race No. 12Laurels Final This Sunday10:58 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1YOKO [5]47426FSHJ Carr (Devon Meadows)
2HUMMING BIRDHILL (NSW)[5]1166129.50(1)R Britton (Lara)
3DR. KLAAS [5]4548529.62(5)W Mcmahon (Darriman)
4DELI ALLEN (NSW)[5]67361NBTS Collins (Lara)
5CRAFTY MAISY [5]12361NBTC Russell (Kyabram)
6JAGMAN [5]43311FSHC Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
7FLAME BALE (NSW)[5]51152NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
8HILDA’S BEST (NSW)[5]42134NBTR Britton (Lara)
9LEKTRA SPIDER [5]Res.15174NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
10DASHA MIKADO [5]Res.84646NBTM Barber (Hoddles Creek)

Humming Birdhill put her best paw forward last time out and she looked ultra impressive when scoring at The Meadows in 30.06. In that effort she showed a great turn of foot soon after box rise and with a similar run in the early stages tonight she should get every chance to lead throughout.

Jagman continues to improve and he should run a big race again, last time out he beat the exciting Gunloch at Cranbourne in 30.57 and he only needs luck early to feature.

Flame Bale scored a hot 30.14 Meadows win three runs back and if she repeats that effort she should run a big race again, she normally shows early speed and there isn’t a whole lot of speed drawn underneath her.

Hilda’s Best should follow Flame Bale across early and he should make up for his luckless effort here last week.

Top Four: 2 – 6 – 7 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Humming Birdhill with Sportingbet

Exacta: 2,6,7/2,6,7,8 ($9 for 100%)

Quinella: 2 to rove with 6,7,8 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2/6,7,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Angle Park Greyhound Tips & Betting Preview December 18 2014

With 11 races on the card at Angle Park tonight, we should be able to find you plenty of winners.

Best Bet:
Race 9: Black Daddy

Best Value:
Race 6: Danyo’s Luke

Quaddie:
Leg 1: 3,4,7,8 – Leg 2: 2,3,5,6,8 – Leg 3: 1,2,8 – Leg 4: 1,3
$120 for 100%

Race No. 1The Highway Hotel Mixed Stake Ct…7:09 PM
4/5 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $3,355 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,350 2nd: $670 3rd: $335.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BREAKER KAHN452330.07Kathleen Johnstone
2SQUALL BALE221430.14Tony Rasmussen
3DYNA ERWIN623529.84Wendy Matcott
4FLYING BALE255329.97Lisa Rasmussen
5VICTA SCOTT457229.89Ronald Schadow
6WHEELS OF FIRE221130.01John Shanahan
7BOGIE CLASSIC581629.80Ben Rawlings
8ILLUSIVE ALLEN216629.92Wendy Matcott

Breaker Kahn looks well placed in the red and he was far from disgraced when placed here last Thursday behind Set The Scene. On that occasion he led for most of the journey and was nabbed in the shadows of the post, if he can lead again tonight he should give a great sight.

Wheels Of Fire should be suited by the wide draw and if given room in the first 50m he will prove hard to hold out, he has beaten a great lineup in his past two starts here and he appears to have the class edge.

Squall Bale is the run on type in the event and two starts ago he unleashed a monster finish to score here in 30.14, if the gaps open at the right time mid race he should be right in the mix.

Bogie Classic rounds out the chances, she can ping the lids at times and she can run time on the lure.

Top Four: 1 – 6 – 2 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Breaker Kahn with Sportingbet

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

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

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

Race No. 2Financial Advisory Group (sa Own…7:34 PM
6 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $2,350 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,645 2nd: $470 3rd: $235.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MAX TYSON725330.38Tony Lagana
2GUNSLINGER GIRL282130.36Natasha Isaacson
3ALLINGA DOT541130.13Yvonne King
4BOONOONA BOY223229.97Troy Murray
5IRISH KEEPSAKE482330.34Kirin Corby
6DASHING DEE DEE237629.90Gavin Harris
7CHEROKEE MCLAREN374130.34Tania Foster
8CHECK YO SELF241430.36Wayne Ryan

Irish Keepsake hasn’t had much luck in his past two tries here and she might be able to score at nice odds tonight. She is likely to start big odds but she has the speed to lead and she appears to be getting stronger with more racing.

Dashing Dee Dee has a slick 29.90 PB here and if she can improve her box manners she will take a power of beating.

Allinga Dot is the interesting runner, she has been placed in five of 11 here and some of those placings have been in sizzling times, if she can find the rail soon after the start she should make a powerful move mid race.

Boonoona Boy is the only other winning prospect, he is bursting to win again and he appears to be showing a lot more early speed than normal.

Top Four: 5 – 6 – 3 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Irish Keepsake with Sportingbet

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

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

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

Race No. 3Totally Workwear Stake Cta Divis…7:53 PM
5 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $3,065 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,150 2nd: $610 3rd: $305.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1VELOCITY DAFF386230.09Kim Johnstone
2ANIMATE132429.93Lester Harris
3NEVADA SMITH553630.00Gavin Harris
4BRONEEE763530.07Wendy Matcott
5DYNA GARTH547830.18Wendy Matcott
6WOODSIDE JAGGER243330.03Graham Smith
7ALLEN NEMO452230.12Lisa Rasmussen
8ABSOLUTE BOSS255530.11Robyn Mackellar

Woodside Jagger should be suited by the wide draw and he should get every chance to lead throughout, in recent weeks he has been unlucky because he has been able to find the early lead but a strong chaser has landed on his back each time. Tonight he should be able to break away mid race and he should be running time on the lure.

Animate is never far away and her effort here two runs back was enormous, she will settle mid pack but she finishes off nicely and with luck in running she should feature.

Velocity Daff has the good draw but she rarely wins, once again I dont think she can win but she has great place prospects.

Allen Nemo is a class act when on song and he was a tad unlucky on Monday night, if he can settle in the first half he is capable of scoring.

Top Four: 6 – 2 – 1 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Woodside Jagger with Sportingbet

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

Exacta: 1,2,6/1,2,6,7 ($9 for 100%)

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

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

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ZARA MCLAREN112243.25Tania Foster
2LUNA JINX22X142.77Gavin Harris
4MISS PARTY GIRL241443.72Colin Swain
6MCLAREN GRACE241443.41Tania Foster
8PSYCHOTIC GOLD411543.13Petar Jovanovic

Luna Jinx returned to racing with a blistering 43.07 win here last week and she should make light work of this lot. She is suited by the small field and as long as she doesn’t get crowded early she should take over mid race and put a space in them.

Psychotic Gold is resuming from a two month spell and if she is fit she will give the favourite a scare. She has won 11 of 19 here and she only needs luck in the first 50m to feature, my only concern is that she may give Luna Jinx too big of a head start.

Zara Mclaren is another with a great record here and she is drawn to run a cheeky race, she doesn’t have the talent of the other two but she is very honest.

Top Four: 2 – 8 – 1 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Luna Jinx with Sportingbet

Trifecta: 2/8/1

Exacta: 2/8

Race No. 5Limetree Wealth Management Stake…8:38 PM
5 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $3,065 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,150 2nd: $610 3rd: $305.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DYNA PAUL744130.11Wendy Matcott
2ONUS ON ME763330.29Robert Isaacson
3ASTON WINGARD122130.35Troy Murray
4SPORTING TEARS787229.85Steve Meimetis
5YELLOW FEVER655531.01Kathleen Johnstone
6ALLEN RENEGADE7341NBTTony Rasmussen
7RED LINE LAD155430.14Lisa Rasmussen
8SPRING TYSON342130.03Tony Lagana

Aston Wingard is an exciting prospect and he should make every post a winner tonight. He doesn’t have great box manners but he does possess a blistering turn of foot, if he is given room in the first 20m he should get the job done. He is still a little suspect in the final stages but he should be good enough to hold on.

Spring Tyson showed a heap of improvement when scoring in 30.03 here last week and she should prove hard to reel in again, she must lead to win but if the favourite gets crowded early she will get every chance to find the top early.

Red Line Lad is very strong and she is well drawn out wide, he was a smart 30.26 winner here four runs back and a repeat performance will see him hit the scoreboard tonight.

Sporting Tears was a tad disappointing here last week but he can improve tonight, I dont think he can win because there is too much speed underneath but a top three finish isn’t beyond him.

Top Four: 3 – 8 – 7 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Aston Wingard with Sportingbet

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

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

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

Race No. 6Rams Seafood Distribution Stake …8:57 PM
5 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $3,065 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,150 2nd: $610 3rd: $305.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1VICTA NICOLE553530.07Ronald Schadow
2GOOD ODDS PUNK366529.89Walter Harkins
3BIG ZAP212629.65Troy Murray
4JUNTA BALE471430.00Lisa Rasmussen
5DANYO’S LUKE734429.92Colin Swain
6TEN ACES167530.40Petar Jovanovic
7OSBOURNE BALE731829.96Wendy Matcott
8DISCO DAVE383530.17Kim Johnstone

Danyo’s Luke doesn’t have great form but his most recent racing has been in much stronger class and if he can get away with them on terms he can return to the winners list. He has bombed the start in recent weeks and he hasn’t been experiencing much luck, this is a big drop in class tonight so he just needs a few breaks to make an impact.

Big Zap is likely to start a short priced favourite and he too will be suited by the drop in class, he has been a tad disappointing in his past two runs but he is in good hands and I’m expecting an improved effort.

Disco Dave has the speed to cross and he should give a bold sight, he tends to stop in the last 30m but he should have enough in the tank to hold on to a top three finish.

Top Four: 5 – 3 – 2 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Danyo’s Luke with Sportingbet

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

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

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

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

Race No. 7Glenelg Ana C.c Mixed Stake Cta …9:22 PM
2/3/4 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $3,995 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,795 2nd: $800 3rd: $400.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1FANCY RICK142229.67John Shanahan
2CAIRNLEA LAYLA423429.44Robyn Mackellar
3SPRING CHARLOTTE232330.10Wendy Matcott
4RINOA BALE736430.56Tony Rasmussen
5ALLEN ILLEM444129.81Tony Rasmussen
6COOL GUINNESS281329.90Kirin Corby
7CHEMICAL MAKER441429.54Raymond Barkla
8BLACK BOTTLE281129.84Kathleen Johnstone

Very open affair but I think Cairnlea Layla is drawn to return to the winners list. In recent weeks she has found bother soon after the start when she has crashed to the inside, drawn in the two tonight she should be able to find the rail easy and if she finds the bunny she will be reeling off sizzling sectionals.

Fancy Rick should sit just behind the two early and he will pressure her for most of the journey, I dont think he can reel her in but he should fill the quinella spot.

Black Bottle is flying and if he gets across he can win but he must lead to win his races and from the pink he is going to have to work very hard in the early stages.

Spring Charlotte is very honest and she must be included in your exotic bets, she has the ability to lead or come from off the speed in her races.

Top Four: 2 – 1 – 8 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Cairnlea Layla with Sportingbet

Exacta: 1,2/1,2,3,8 ($6 for 100%)

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

Trifecta: 2/1,3,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 8Doug Payne (sa Bred) Feature Cta…9:41 PM
OPEN event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $6,875 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,250 3rd: $625.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BLUE VIPER232429.94Lauren Harris
2PUNISHMENT321229.84Carole Scott
3EMERLEY SENORITA331529.82Peter Hurley
4VUCHKO733129.87Bozidar Stamenkovic
5TASER MCBAIN812130.25Vadim Roz
6SET THE SCENE541129.66Laurence Cahalan
7LANNISTER511129.97Troy Murray
8GUN MCBAIN346129.90Vadim Roz
9CASH IN LOOPERX33129.88Troy Murray
10YOUNG GUN MCBAIN452130.11Vadim Roz

Emerley Senorita scored a tremendous 29.82 win here two runs back and she should lead from go to whoa again tonight. With a slow beginner on her outside tonight she should get plenty of room in the early stages and she is a class act.

Blue Viper has the good draw and she has won five of nine over this journey. From the red she should get plenty of room to drive through because both the two and three like to use a bit of the track as they head through the turn.

Set The Scene is armed with a monster finish and if he avoids bother early he will prove hard to hold out, he does make a lot of mistakes in his races so he will need to be a nice price to back straight out.

Gun Mcbain has the speed to cross and he can run a big race if he lands on the bunny, the only concern is that there is a fair bit of speed drawn underneath him.

Top Four: 3 – 1 – 6 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Emerley Señorita with Sportingbet

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

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

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

Race No. 9Cash Converters Clovelly Pk Mixe…10:05 PM
3/4/5 event over 600 metres at Angle park Of $4,800 Prizemoney.
1st: $3,360 2nd: $960 3rd: $480.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1CHARTER7X2335.42Lauren Harris
2KAYLARIKKI334334.98Raymond Burgess
4SPRING AMANDA254135.17Wendy Matcott
6HE’S A VILLIAN223435.02Lisa Rasmussen
8BLACK DADDY311535.00Allan Francis

Black Daddy caught the eye when scoring here two runs back in 35 flat and if he can turn in a similar performance tonight he will prove extremely hard to hold out. He will be suited by the smaller field and apart from Spring Amanda there appears to be no speed at all.

Spring Amanda should match motors with Black Daddy for most of the journey but she might get burnt off a little after mid way.

He’s A Villian could be the value, he is better than his form reads and he has won here in slick time previously.

Top Four: 8 – 4 – 6 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Black Daddy with Sportingbet

Quinella: 8 to rove with 4 & 6 ($2 for 100%)

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

Race No. 10Ieducate Stake Cta Division210:25 PM
6 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $2,350 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,645 2nd: $470 3rd: $235.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ASTON CATE515130.83June Sharpe
2CHILL NOW415730.68Allan Francis
3DYNA WEDI848530.54Wendy Matcott
4SPRING PEARL721630.32Wendy Matcott
5INDIVIDUALIZE637530.55Lisa Rasmussen
6NOREN BALE383230.46Lisa Rasmussen
7ORAN BALE234330.33Tony Rasmussen
8ALEX TYSON716430.84Tony Lagana
9DYNA MORRIGAN167830.37Wendy Matcott

Oran Bale is showing plenty of promise and he deserves a change of luck. His lack of early speed makes things difficult for him but he is learning to weave his way through a field and tonight he finds himself in a race which has numerous chasers that struggle to run out the trip. If he can get into some open space through the first turn he should be ready to pounce on the leaders as they turn for home.

Spring Pearl scored a strong 30.32 win here two runs back and she should give a good sight again, with a wide runner drawn on her outside she should get every chance to drive through at the first bend.

Alex Tyson rounds out the chances, he has been mixing his distances of late but he is much better suited to this journey.

Top Four: 7 – 4 – 8 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Oran Bale with Sportingbet

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

Exacta: 4,7,8/4,6,7,8 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 4,7,8/4,6,7,8/1,3,4,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

Race No. 11Josh Mcdonald Stake Cta Division…10:46 PM
6 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $2,350 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,645 2nd: $470 3rd: $235.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1CUDDLETIME TEARS774430.48Steve Meimetis
2SAEKI BALE253730.71Tony Rasmussen
3DYNA PHOEBE234130.26Wendy Matcott
4ILYS BALE521530.17Wendy Matcott
5IRISH MIDGE526330.26Kirin Corby
6YAMI BALE617830.66Lisa Rasmussen
7KOOMBOOYANA KID331330.03Bozidar Stamenkovic
8AND AWAY63X730.44Lisa Rasmussen
9DYNA MORRIGAN167830.37Wendy Matcott

Dyna Phoebe followed up her luckless SA debut with a brilliant 30.26 win here last week. If she can begin cleanly again she should get a clear run in the first 50m and she will take a power of beating.

Koombooyana Kid powered to the line in his recent 30.19 win here two runs back and he is suited to a wide draw, there isn’t much speed drawn around him so he should get all the breaks as they head into the first turn.

Irish Midge is never far away and she must be included in your exotics, whilst Ilys Bale can show early speed and she is improving with every run.

Top Four: 3 – 7 – 5 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Dyna Phoebe with Sportingbet

Boxed Quinella: 3,4,5,7 ($6 for 100%)

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

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

Albion Park Greyhound Tips & Betting Preview December 18 2014

Should be a great night of racing at Albion Park with some highly talented youngsters going around including boom sprinter Iva Vision.

Best Bet:
Race 2: Tear Away Size

Best Value:
Race 3: Fred Sealey

Quaddie:
Leg 1: 1,2,4,7,8 – Leg 2: 1,5 – Leg 3: 8 – Leg 4: 1,2,3,4,5
$50 for 100%

Race No. 1Big Dog Racing Supplements6:40 PM
NOV event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,250 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DARK SPUR1NBTJohn Thompson
2CONNIE BEAR5521NBTGregory Berry
3GIGGLING TOMMY123230.37Glenda Dart
4PICTURES PEARCE1730.15Peter Ruetschi
5ANGELIC MISS51131.00Peter Rayner
6GOSHI322130.49John Adams
7GEORGINA122430.36Christina Harman
8GET INVOLVED253330.41Pamela Field
9STUART’S CHOICE2142NBTPaul Cauchi
10SPRING OUT215630.71Kenneth Wray

Pictures Pearce scored a brilliant 30.15 debut win here two weeks back and if he can show similar early speed tonight he should put himself in the box seat to score again, he obviously meets some talented youngsters here but he put the time on the board in his win and he should figure prominently.

Georgina has a heap of talent but she just can’t get any luck in running at present. With a keen railer drawn underneath she should get room to muster in the early stages and she should run a big race.

Dark Spur smashed his rivals when winning on debut at Ipswich and he is drawn to make an impact again, I’m sure connections would have trialled him here so he shouldn’t have too much trouble handling the first turn.

Angelic Miss must be included in your exotic bets, she struggles in the run home but she can lead them a merry dance.

Top Four: 4 – 7 – 1 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Pictures Pearce with Sportingbet

Boxed Quinella: 1,4,5,7 ($6 for 100%)

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

Trifecta: 4/1,5,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 2Highforce Trophy7:04 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,250 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1TEAR AWAY SIZE421529.86Reg Kay
2MISTER TO US372329.99Terrence Auckram
3STEEL ROSE613130.53John Thompson
4BUCK CITY636430.32Selena Zammit
5BULL TITAN361530.07Raymond Burman
6FEMME JOLIE623330.20Barry Dull
7CUTE TO BOOT665230.25Colin Graham
8DAYSEAS RIGG485330.28Claude Dacey
9EL CAPO418830.07Patricia Comley
10TAYTO266730.72Peter Cauchi

Tear Away Size is an extremely fast chaser when on her game and from the red she is drawn to get all the breaks. With a very slow beginner drawn on her outside, she should get plenty of room to drive through early and assume control, if she gets to the first marker in front, there isn’t a single runner who can reel her in.

Mister To Us will be powering home at the business end and if the gaps open mid race he can test the red in the run home. He is going to be better suited to a longer journey but he is still good enough to feature over this journey.

Buck City showed tremendous improvement in her sizzling 30.42 Ipswich win and if she brings that form to town she can cause an upset.

Bull Titan rounds out the chances, she is armed with early toe and she can lead them a merry dance.

Top Four: 1 – 2 – 4 – 5

Suggested Bets:

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

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

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

Race No. 3Golf Gurus Aspley Trophy7:22 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,250 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1I’M ALL STRIPES623X30.27Sandra Giles
2FRED SEALEY443529.97Amy O’reilly
3LINE UP BUOYS511330.02Bradley Woods
4PRINCE MINTO1451NBTGlen Northfield
5ELUSIVE STRIKE371X30.16Colin Graham
6BIG DAC433630.22Colin Hamilton
7ASTOUND YA228630.09Gloria Falla
8BLUE DEN543730.19John Reimer
9COMMANDO CHARLES216730.41Kylie Jorgensen
10SANDAVE GEM2385NBTAndrew Rich

Fred Sealey is resuming from a short spell and he should run a cheeky race at odds. He has broken 30 seconds here previously and he should be able to poke through at the first turn and hold a prominent position. This is one of the weakest races he has contested for a while and he should be good value.

Line Up Buoys has scored two impressive wins here of late and he has the speed to make every post a winner, with two slow beginners on his outside he should get all the breaks initially.

Astound Ya tends to race best at Ipswich but he still has a good 30.09 PB here, if he can get away on terms he should be able to put himself in a winning position in the early stages.

Top Four: 2 – 3 – 7 – 1

Suggested Bets:

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

Trifecta: 2,3/2,3/Field ($12 for 100%)

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

Race No. 4Imcd Xmas Dinner Trophy7:44 PM
5 event over 600 metres at Albion park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,250 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1KANISHA’S FLYER738635.53Patricia Comley
2KILLARA1226NBTRobin Palmer
3GOOD CALL PAUL322534.83Reg Kay
4DZEKO114534.91Glenda Dart
5FLICK PASS256834.99Ron Ball
6PILGRIM’S PRINCE784335.72Rachel Scott
7OKAY YETTA658735.54Reg Hazelgrove
8GOLFING AMY156634.94John Pollock

Good lineup set to do battle and I think we can find some value with Killara, she has been luckless in her two recent runs here over 520m and from the rails draw tonight I think she can poke through early and hold them out, she has been crying out for this journey and she should give a bold showing.

Dzeko is a real up and comer and she caught the eye when winning here in 34.91 recently, if she can step away on terms she should settle in a prominent position and she can then go into overdrive mid race.

Good Call Paul has the class edge and he must be respected but the concern with him is that he was a tad disappointing here last week, this is a bit easier but he will still need to do everything right early.

Flick Pass has a good record here and he could run a cheeky race at odds.

Top Four: 2 – 4 – 3 – 5

Suggested Bets:

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

Exacta: 2,3,4/2,3,4,5 ($9 for 100%)

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

Race No. 5First Grade Recruitment Trophy8:08 PM
3/4 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,250 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1PIKELET131429.88Ron Ball
2HOPE’S FANTASY142330.08William Elson
3FABIO767230.23Tom Tzouvelis
4ABBY’S FANTASY522230.10William Elson
5HAWKO’S MISTAKE625729.94John Edwards
6OUTA TEMPO545630.06Peter Ruetschi
7DREAM RIVER612229.86Troy Okamura
8FROSTY JAY JAY124829.73Renald Attard
9MELODY SERENADE675630.00Lyndall Massey

Frosty Jay Jay is resuming from a lengthy spell and he looks well placed to make his return to the race track. Obviously I dont know his progress on the trial track but for him to be making a return he must be doing something right. With a speedy beginner and keen railer underneath, he should get a nice cart into the race and if he is fit he should run a big race.

Dream River should make the race for the pink and if the pink can’t keep up he may be off and gone with the prize. He is armed with dazzling early speed and he has won here previously in a zippy 29.86.

Pikelet is in great form and her last win came from the red box in a slick 29.95 here, if she can reproduce that effort she will prove very hard to hold out.

Abby’s Fantasy is the only other winning chance, she has the speed to lead and she is racing in very consistent fashion at present.

Top Four: 8 – 7 – 1 – 4

Suggested Bets:

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

Exacta: 1,7,8/1,4,7,8 ($9 for 100%)

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

Race No. 6Big Dog Challenge Bne 600 F8:28 PM
OPEN event over 600 metres at Albion park Of $10,800 Prizemoney.
1st: $7,560 2nd: $2,160 3rd: $1,080.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1HOUGENIE363334.88Peter Ruetschi
2TUAVASA SHEK142335.21Darryl Chapman
3REGAL LAURYN531134.86Tony Brett
4SHERIDON746135.12Robin Palmer
5MULLAWAY187234.62Joanne Price
6CHARIOT’S OFFIAH464435.74Ross Ogden
7SET HER AGAIN117234.68Bruce Linnan
8KIDATEE CROC427435.09Darren Russell
9GOOD CALL PAUL322534.83Reg Kay
10DZEKO114534.91Glenda Dart

Great final and I think the classy Mullaway holds the key to the race, last week he had to work hard to find the early lead and he was found wanting in the home straight. Tonight I am expecting him to get a much cheaper lead and I can’t see them reeling him in when he is running sub 34.80 on the bunny.

Hougenie has the good draw and she has a top record here, from the red she should hold a top three spot early and she should be there at the end.

Regal Lauryn is in devastating form but she is poorly drawn tonight, if she happens to get through early she can win but it is likely that she will get strung up in traffic early.

Tuavasa Shek will be storming home late and he continues to improve over the staying journeys.

Top Four: 5 – 1 – 2 – 4

Suggested Bets:

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

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

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

Race No. 7Haines Electrical Trophy8:52 PM
BT8 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $9,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,650 2nd: $1,900 3rd: $950.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1LE SIRENUSE116730.06Tom Tzouvelis
2CYNDIE’S SPECIAL624329.86William Elson
3GUNSPEED134130.01Shane Ellis
4TEE BRADY4X3130.06Tom Tzouvelis
5FUSAICHI KAHN112529.88Glenda Dart
6YOU CAN TALK217229.94Peter Ruetschi
7BILL’S FANTASY131829.93William Elson
8IVA VISION121529.62Peter Young

Iva Vision has won nine of 13 over this journey and he has a breathtaking 29.62 PB. From the pink draw he should get a nice cart across early and he should put them to the sword as they head into the turn.

Cyndie’s Special has been racing well without winning of late and she should give a great sight again, if the favourite happens to find bother early she may be off and gone with the prize.

Fusaichi Kahn was recently placed in the Cup final here and he should be thereabouts again, he can be hit or miss early but if he gets away cleanly he will run a monster race.

Bill’s Fantasy has won two of his past four and he should be in the firing line for a long way, he must lead to win but even if he doesn’t he can still hold on for a place.

Top Four: 8 – 2 – 5 – 7

Suggested Bets:

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

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

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

Race No. 8Brisgreys Xmas Stocking 5th Grad…9:11 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $9,800 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,860 2nd: $1,960 3rd: $980.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1KINGSBRAE LAVINA221130.11Glenda Dart
2MARLISA112130.28Christina Harman
3STELLA NIGHTS331129.89Glenda Dart
4CYNDIE’S MAGIC171230.44William Elson
5RENATUS751130.12Ron Ball
6KOORINGA PETE511230.26Glen Northfield
7HARA’S DERECK613130.27Kerry Myers
8MR. BRAND362230.39Darren Titmarsh
9DON’T GO QUIETLY152230.37Pamela Field
10SPANISH QUEEN271230.65Frank Hancock

Stella Nights has scored two ridiculous wins of late and she appears to have panels on this lot. She has pinged the lids in her past two starts so it’s not beyond her to ping away again and if she does there is no way they can beat her.

Renatus is a reliable beginner and he is also aiming for a hat trick of wins, if the favourite happens to miss the kick he may be able to capitalise early and build up a nice break mid race.

Cyndie’s Magic is a real up and comer and she should run a monster race, she didn’t have much luck in her heat and if given a clear run she is capable of going well under the 30 second barrier.

Kingsbrae Lavina rounds out the genuine chances, she has scored two top wins here of late and she will continue to get better with more racing over this trip.

Top Four: 3 – 5 – 4 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Stella Nights with Sportingbet

Trifecta: 3,5/1,3,4,5/1,2,3,4,5,8 ($24 for 100%)

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

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

Race No. 9Tattsbet.com9:34 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,250 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BON YEO173330.15John Adams
2MISS KAMIKAZE521630.10Adam Hines
3LA MADRINA212630.46Patricia Comley
4WHATA NICE SIZE133129.89Tony Brett
5GUNNADOO APACHE314530.22Glenda Dart
6MISS JACKPOT111830.97Robert Cooke
7SPANISH QUEEN271230.65Frank Hancock
8BLACK PARADOX148730.95Jeanette Cauchi
9BOUNDING AFFAIR741330.09Fred Crowther
10GANGNAM STRIDE456430.30Sheryl Clark

Whata Nice Size has a blistering turn of foot and he looked ultra impressive when scoring here last time in 29.89, once again he hasn’t drawn to well but he has a slow beginner on his outside so he shouldn’t get crowded in the first 50m.

Bon Yeo is the obvious danger but the draw is a bit of a concern for him, he isn’t the best of beginners and the last two times he has exited this draw he has got shuffled back in the early stages.

Miss Kamikaze had little luck when resuming from a spell and she should look to show improvement, she is also better suited to a wider draw but she is very talented and must be respected.

Spanish Queen should settle on the speed with the favourite and she should run a cheeky race, she will struggle in the last 40m but she might be able to hold on for a place.

Top Four: 3 – 1 – 2 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Whata Nice Size with Sportingbet

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

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

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

Race No. 10Garrard’s Horse And Hound9:52 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,250 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MOONLIGHT TYCOON834630.65Jeanette Cauchi
2PRINCESS CANUTE1122NBTTom Tzouvelis
3BILLY ROSE HI343130.16Trevor Thompson
4DON’T GO QUIETLY152230.37Pamela Field
5BIRTHDAY BASH123731.47Christine Bourke
6ART OF CONFUSION227230.14Patricia Comley
7MASTER JACKPOT172130.31Robert Cooke
8ABBY’S MAGIC613430.91William Elson
9GEARS OF WAR714730.59Steve Lennon
10MR. ELEGANT142430.34Jeffrey Garrick

Abby’s Magic is a highly promising speedster and if she can step cleanly tonight she should make a big impact. Early in her career she posted a ridiculous 24.98 Ipswich win and if given the chance to produce that effort here she will definitely test this lot.

Princess Canute is making her metro debut and she has been turning in some eye catching performances at Ipswich of late, she is normally a very reliable beginner and if she can push through early she will take some catching.

Art Of Confusion hasn’t had much luck of late but she does have a lot of ability, from the six she will need the breaks again but if she gets them she can run a big race at odds.

Top Four: 8 – 2 – 6 – 7

Suggested Bets:

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

Quinella: 8 to rove with 2,6,7 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 8/2,6,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

This Week In Racing History

December

17

Mick The Miller took out the last running of the Bookmaker’s Trophy (now called the Bold Trease Carnival Cup), over 513 metres at Sandown Park, in 1987. In a close finish Mick The Miller defeated Fletcher Miss by a head with Free Range only a neck away third. The following year the race was run over 716 metres.

Buddy Rich won the 2005 Christmas Gift, run over 520 metres at Wentworth Park, defeating Just Winsome and Oxley Hero. Among the unplaced division were top-class sprinters Paua To Burn and Edie Beauchamp. Buddy Rich ran a race record 29.86, clipping a significant 37/100ths off the previous standard, held by 2003 winner Dancing Habit, to pick up the $15,000 first prize money.

18

Quick Trek defeated Inch Ahead by half a length with The Earbrander a head away third in the 1990 final of the Top Cat Video Trophy, run over 424 metres at Warragul.

Shantung Tiger scored a brilliant win in the 1997 Hobart Thousand, coming out of box one to notch his 22nd victory from 32 starts in Tasmania (eight placings). The $20,000 first prize money took Shantung Tiger’s earnings to $50,000. The runners-up Conrod and Market Force were both trained by Ted Medhurst.

19

How’s The Fort downed Lucky Ferrari by just over a length in 30.92 in the 1992 Christmas Gift final, the first time the event had been run since the Wentworth Park track surface had been converted from grass to loam.

Victorian stayer Keon Star scored by just over six lengths from Desefiar in the 1996 West End Draught Distance Championship. Carmelina was 11 lengths away third.

20

A second running of the Maturity Classic for 1982 took place, at Olympic Park. The Maturity had traditionally been held earlier each year, and the first one for 1982 took place in January and was won by Wynlee Spirit. This second running saw Rocky Pyramid defeat South Australian finalist Superstar.

21

Brilliant Tasmanian sprinter Top Shiraz caused a boilover in the 2000 final of the Hobart Thousand when defeating the short-priced favourite Brett Lee by one length in a fast 25.91. Top Shiraz had been an unplaced finalist in the Hobart Thousand the previous year.

The first Hobart Thousand to be run over 461 metres at Tattersall’s Park, Elwick was run in 2006, with Victorian sprinter Superman exiting box one to down Major Bear by almost two lengths with the classy Train A Journey third. It was also the first time the long-established classic had been worth $50,000 to the winner.

22

The first hurdle race was conducted on the new Newcastle track at Beaumont Park, in 1954.

The 2001 final of the Potential Stakes (run over 520 metres at Wentworth Park) was marred by the late scratching of Scottish Express. Montana Sky prevailed from Queenslander Waterview Star with Frosty’s Token third.

23

The Paul Cauchi-trained Brettianly won the 1978 Christmas Gift for Stayers final at Harold Park, defeating Vermillion by six lengths in a race record 42.85. Third home was Nimble Twinkle, who had won the event the previous year.

The last Silver Chief Classic to be run over the 511 metres trip at Olympic Park took place in 1996. The race was taken out in stunning fashion by Awesome Assassin, who scored by nine lengths from box six for trainer Jason Thompson.

What You May Have Missed

Greyhounds Australasia Details National Welfare Strategy

Greyhounds Australasia has released initial details on the National Welfare Strategy to be implemented from 1 July 2015. The strategy focuses heavily on the breeding side of the sport, with several restrictions to be introduced including:

  • All broodbitches are to be registered with the controlling bodies as a “breeding female” before they whelp their first litter
  • Broodbitches over eights years of age won’t be allowed to continue to whelp litters, unless a veterinary certificate detailing their health and fitness is provided to authorities
  • Creation of a National Breeding Review Panel who will be responsible for deciding is a brood bitch who has whelped three litters is allowed to continue for a fourth or any subsequent litters that may follow
  • Individual brood bitches will only be able to whelp two litters at a time, during an 18-month period.

These changes will aim to combat unnecessary breeding with bitches that haven’t produced any successful chasers within their first three mating’s, improving welfare of brood bitches and ultimately reduce the number of greyhounds that never make the race track.

Greyhounds Australasia is currently calling for feedback on their proposed changes and this should spark great debate amongst participants in the coming months.

Compression Suits Approved In Victoria

The popularity of the compression suit for greyhounds has grown in leaps and bounds of late, with Greyhound Racing Victoria approving the use of the suits made famous by champion horse Black Caviar.

Introduced as an approved mechanism from 1 December this year, trainers can use the suits whilst their greyhounds are in the race kennels and can reapply them after the event, provided the greyhound has left the kennel block area.

Social media has been flooded with pictures of custom made suits for an array of trainers, illustrating another positive initiate of greyhound racing welfare.

New Cannington Bunny Cam

Cannington greyhound track introduced a fun concept at their weekly trial session last week, with a GoPro attached to the lure and the launch of bunny cam.

The short-term aim of this concept is to give participants a new and unique insight into the racing patterns of greyhounds, with plans to upload race footage after the completion of each meeting and the possibly of bunny cam footage being broadcast live in the future.

Worth A Second Look:

23-year-old Victorian trainer Bethany Dapiran claimed her first career group victory at Wentworth Park, after Zipping Rory sizzled over the 720m journey in a time of 42.08. Dapiran’s father Peter finished second in the Group Three Summer Cup Final with Zipping Maggie, giving the training duo and renowned owner’s Martin and Fiona Hallinan a sensational quinella.

Where Have Our Customers Gone?

The fact is that greyhound racing has hardly any customers left. It has not happened overnight but it has been building up ever since SKY pictures started appearing in lounge rooms and social clubs from the late 1980s.

The need to visit the racecourse gradually and remorselessly unwound. The attraction was no longer there. With that came a decline in the knowledge of racing, of how dogs race and how they react to certain tracks and distances, of what bookmakers do and, indeed, what price is a good price.

(Coincidentally, a personal view is that the parallel move away from traditional bookmaker’s pricing to the decimalised tote system helped to destroy the concept of odds. People more often expected a $2.00 pop to win all the time rather than win once out of every two attempts as a 1/1 favourite. It may also be no coincidence that the last two decades have also seen a substantial decline in the proportion of high school students taking mathematics in any form).

In its place, we got casual, lottery-like betting on the numbers, sometimes with help from tipsters in your favourite publication. All of which are dubious propositions. And all of which are now being stimulated by one-shot access to betting opportunities via your hand-held device, complete with apps about form and competing offers from a variety of betting operators.

So we forgot about being racing’s customers and morphed into a world where we became customers of the betting systems, much of it online. Whatever they offered, we accepted without query, without analysis, without advice from people we once rubbed shoulders with at the track. Hence the over-bet favourites and all the rest of it.

One outcome of this process would be a decline in knowledge and appreciation of the greyhound breed, and with that a decline in support from the general public. Those images were never strong anyway but the further away from the action the average punter got the weaker that image became.

Contrast that with pictures of fit young men striding on to the football field, attractively attired and stirred up by hordes of fanatical supporters filling the grounds. Yes, they have had their periodic problems too but note how sporting authorities relentlessly seek to maintain and build their squeaky clean images and to present their products more sensitively to women and children. They have customers, no doubt about that, which is why general sports have now overtaken harness racing in the betting stakes and are threatening greyhounds in second place.

In racing, only Tabcorp and Tattsbet now have customers in any numbers, although the latter is losing out steadily. But, by default, they now dominate the sport. They run things. They even outrank governments which are happy just to count the tax income at the end of the week.

The solution? There is no other option but to go out and meet that public, to address them in person, to educate them properly in the mysteries of the greyhound and the intricacies of betting. Don’t let them guess or take the word of people with ulterior motives or even of mates they rub shoulders with in the pub.

The industry cannot just throw out information and hope it hits the mark. It has to be directed and reinforced on screen, in brochures, across the ether and in person. Explain how everything works and how they can take part.

The default position – do nothing – can only increase the level of misinformation, leaving the money-grabbers in charge and reducing it all to poker machine standards.

How Others Are Thinking

A sobering view of the industry came from writer Matt Nicholls on the justracing.com.au website. Let’s quote him directly.

“It is a worrying trend in racing that 90% (by my estimation) of racing reporters are either employed directly by the industry, or employed by people who are given large subsidies by the industry. To clarify that statement, I am including Tabcorp as part of the industry, as its bread and butter is wagering on the three codes of racing.

So basically every reporter seen on TVN or Sky Racing is being fed by the industry. That’s not to say that some won’t make an informed opinion about issues, but you’ll find the majority are either fence sitters or too scared to say anything negative.

The same goes for the reporters that work for the various daily newspapers around the country. While there are still a couple of good ones left, most of them have become puppets for the industry”.

Fortunately, this website is able to present objective views on a variety of subjects, and to prompt debates which you will never see on racing authority pages.

* * * * *

Nick Cater, in The Australian, 9 December, writing about the tendency for universities to strive more for political correctness than to encourage differing viewpoints, said …

“Higher education is stuck, for now, with an exhausted funding model that gives preference to quantity over quality. It is burdened, too, with a culture that despises pluralism and shouts down debate”.

* * * * *

Finally, the other day, the left-leaning Sydney Morning Herald printed a long list of letters to the editor ripping into Treasurer Joe Hockey for failing to continue handouts to a variety of deserving causes. The fact that the country is spending more than it earns was lost to these people and to the editor who was unable to present any contrary views.

The whole deal finished with one correspondent advising that “Prayer can produce miracles”. Really? For the Federal budget. Like how?

2014 Group One Hobart Thousand Final Preview

The Hobart Thousand is the oldest race in Australia and has been won by some of the sport’s finest since it was first run in 1935.

The 2014 Group One Hobart Thousand will see a terrific lineup of some of the most promising young chasers in the country.

Lets have a look at each runner individually.

Box 1
Race Odds
$3.60
Heat Replay
 
Big Ticket
Trainer
Steven Clarke
Owner
Pat Sofra
Prizemoney
$22,785
Last 10 Starts
1122151511
December
2012
  Black   Dog   by   Fabregas - Bella
Portrait
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,753 Rating 98
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
13 8 2 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
62 85
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 3 0 1
Steven Clarke (Trainer) - He has got his box so hopefully he takes advantage of it. He can be a little bit tardy from the boxes but if he can begin with them he certainly has the speed to match it with them.
Best Hobart Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.90 25.90 5.12 5.12
Box 2
Race Odds
$2.40
Heat Replay
 
Dyna Villa
Trainer
Jenny Hunt
Owner
Paul Wheeler
Prizemoney
$469,060
Last 10 Starts
3181311131
October
2012
  Black   Dog   by   Collision - Roxio
Bale
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $19,544 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
24 15 2 5
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
62 92
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 0 0
ARG Comment – Melbourne Cup winner that was very impressive in his 25.94 heat win. Has been jumping consistently well lately and would prove very hard to catch if he bounces on the bunny.
Best Hobart Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.94 25.94 5.07 5.07
Box 3
Race Odds
$51
Heat Replay
 
Breaker’s Tip
Trainer
Gary Fahey
Owner
G & G Fahey
Prizemoney
$14,450
Last 10 Starts
3231112211
October
2012
  Black   Dog   by   Mogambo - Dennes
Point
Start Fair Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $850 Rating 87
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
17 7 5 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
41 88
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
10 4 4 1
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 1
ARG Opinion – Has won five of his last seven and began well last week but he comes up against a terrific field and looks like he will have to improve a few lengths or hope for a lot of interference to win.
Best Hobart Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
26.22 26.37 5.05 5.05
Box 4
Race Odds
$12
Heat Replay
 
Blurred Lines
Trainer
Kelly Bravo
Owner
Brett Bravo
Prizemoney
$75,860
Last 10 Starts
1712122871

March
2012

  Black   Dog   by   Batrim
Bale
- Witch
Fantasy
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,107 Rating 88
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
36 11 9 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
31 67
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 3 2 0
Kelly Bravo (Trainer) – It is probably not the greatest box for him because he needs a clear few strides early to get moving, if he gets that he goes ok.
Best Hobart Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
26.23 26.23 5.11 5.11
Box 5
Race Odds
$5.00
Heat Replay
 
Above All
Trainer
Robert Britton
Owner
Allison Lee
Prizemoney
$31,165
Last 10 Starts
1421211141
July
2012
  Black   Dog   by   Magic
Sprite
- Kara
Janx
Start Moderate Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,833 Rating 96
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
11 7 2 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
64 82
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
ARG Opinion – His heat run was his first start since finishing fourth in the Group One Melbourne Cup behind Dyna Villa. He put in a terrific run last week and is right in the race if he can begin cleanly.
Best Hobart Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
26.16 26.16 5.10 5.10
Box 6
Race Odds
$18
Heat Replay
 
Hellyeah Bolt
Trainer
Anthony Bullock
Owner
Hellyeah syndicate
Prizemoney
$88,090
Last 10 Starts
4656212341
September
2011
  Black   Dog   by   Dyna
Lachlan
- Flash
Diamond
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,545 Rating 93
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
57 27 9 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
47 72
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
19 10 3 1
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 1 1 2
Anthony Bullock (Trainer) – I give him a big chance. I think it depends on what the one (Big Ticket) and the two (Dyna Villa) do at the start…if he begins like he did last week I will be very happy.
Best Hobart Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.75 25.96 5.04 5.04
Box 7
Race Odds
$6.50
Heat Replay
 
Ride The Rails
Trainer
Kelly Bravo
Owner
Nadine Brown
Prizemoney
$52,165
Last 10 Starts
2132726311
October
2011
  Black   Dog   by   Cosmic
Chief
- Pearl
Napoleon
Start Moderate Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,086 Rating 94
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
48 17 13 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
35 75
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 2 3 0
Kelly Bravo (Trainer) – His heat run was impressive. Hopefully being drawn off the track will allow him to get clear room to get into the race and he won’t find too much trouble. The Tassie dog in the pink (Señor Slamma) seems to go pretty straight, it doesn’t crash down to the fence, so as long as he (Ride The Rails) can begin with them I think he will improve a lot from his heat.
Best Hobart Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
26.05 26.05 5.12 5.12
Box 8
Race Odds
$18
Heat Replay
 
Senor Slamma
Trainer
Gary Johnson
Owner
Robyn Johnson
Prizemoney
$35,665
Last 10 Starts
1111211111
April
2012
  Fawn   Dog   by   El
Grand
Senor
- Tequila
Mall
Start Good Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $793 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
45 20 2 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
44 56
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
14 8 0 0
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 2 1 2
Gary Johnson (Trainer) – He likes the outside but the key to the dog is that he has got to jump to win. He usually runs pretty good sections and his second section is where he usually clears out away from them.
Best Hobart Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.88 26.23 5.01 5.12
1st Res
Race Odds
$7.00
Heart Replay
 
Kicking Rocks
Trainer
Darren McDonald
Owner
Ryan Tredway
Prizemoney
$28,560
Last 10 Starts
2247311112
October
2011
  Red
Fawn
  Dog   by  

Cosmic
Rumble

- Really
Satisfies
Start Slow Running   Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,298 Rating 89
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
22 9 6 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
41 82
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
Box – Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
- - - -
ARG Comment – A very fast greyhound that is capable of clocking some scintillating times. He is tardy at box rise but has great acceleration when he is given time and room to balance up. Will need luck if he gains a start but is more than capable on his night.
Best Hobart Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
- 25.95 (2nd)

-

-
2nd Res
Race Odds
$7.00
Heat Replay
 
Buckle Up Wes
Trainer
Ted Medhurst
Owner
R Johnson & S Sutton
Prizemoney
$551965
Last 10 Starts
3213728124
June
2011
  Black   Dog   by   Collision - Everlong
Bale
Start Good Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $ 10,614 Rating 99
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
52 30 8 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
58 83
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
15 8 3 1
Box – Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
- - - -
ARG Comment – Class runner of the field that has been a little disappointing at his last two starts. Despite this, he is one of the best dogs in the race and would prove hard to beat if he gains a start
Best Hobart Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.77 26.01 (2nd) 5.09 -

Dyna Villa (2) is the class runner of the race. He is the winner of this year’s Melbourne Cup and is a genuine Group One star. He is drawn well in box two on Thursday night and if he can get room to move in the early stages he should get to the front and prove very hard to run down.

A few of the dogs in this race are hit and miss early but, if they time the start right, they can really fly. 

Big Ticket (1) looks to be a quality dog in the making and he has the ability to match it with any of these if he begins with them. Box one will help him but he can’t afford to let them get away from him in the early stages. He is the fastest qualifier coming into the race so must be respected.

Above All (5) ran a phenomenal race in his heat after striking trouble in the early stages. He didn’t manage to break 26 but the style of the win was amazing. You would think if he steps well he is good enough to challenge for the lead and take out the title.

Senor Slamma (8) is in terrific form as a winner of 11 of his past 12 starts, but he comes up against a whole new class of greyhound tonight and will have to make a big step up in grade.

Ride The Rails (7) has had two starts back since fracturing a hock for two outstanding wins. He is fast enough to win but he can mix his box manners and that won’t be any help in a Group One field. 

Hellyeah Bolt (6) is a quality dog but his form is hit and miss. He was back to his best last week but it is a big ask to do it again the following week and he only has an average strike rate from the green. Not saying he can’t win, but he would need to do everything right.

Greyhound Tips & Betting Preview December 17 2014

Back to South Australia and Angle Park to try and find some winners today.

Race No. 5Only At The Dogs Mixed Stake Pr2…1:12 PM
3/4 event over 388 metres at Angle park Of $1,590 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,110 2nd: $320 3rd: $160.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SHIELS131722.48Kelvin Stott
2THUNDER OF PARIS147822.68Charles Adcock
3KALDEN LEGENDA127322.36Ben Rawlings
4KALDEN KAPONE846122.12Troy Murray
5VICTA MERRILL565722.39Ronald Schadow
6KIMMY KASH127722.57Lester Harris
7UNCLE VICK641322.26Dean Decrea
8COSMIC ILLUSION422222.20Richard Pearce

Cosmic Illusion is well placed in the pink draw and she was a tad unlucky here last week. She is normally a very reliable beginner and three placings on the trot she is overdue to break through. There is a bit of speed drawn in the middle and they should carve up the inside division and that should allow her to get the fly early.

Kalden Legenda can ping the lids and he has a heap of talent, if he gets away cleanly tonight he should sit just behind Cosmic Illusion and fill the quinella spot.

Kalden Kapone scored a devastating 22.12 win here last week and a repeat of that will see him go close again, the concern tonight is that there is a fair bit of speed around him and he will need a few things to go his way early.

Top Four: 8 – 3 – 4 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Cosmic Illusion with Sportingbet

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

Exacta: 3,4,8/3,4,7,8 ($9 for 100%)

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

Race No. 6Gap Racing To Retirement Stake P…1:30 PM
6 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $1,315 Prizemoney.
1st: $925 2nd: $260 3rd: $130.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1YARRAMUNDI HANNA147730.28Vadim Roz
2COSMIC CHOO437830.51Nadine Payne
3DELTA MCLAREN341831.83Kathleen Shepherd
4ROCKIN’ LOOT651330.65John Rees
5CRYSTAL HERO268230.28Stuart Ellis
6TANGEMATIC328830.61Benjamin Hughes
7DAKOTA LA FLASH232129.87Kerry Stagg
8EMERLEY OCCA453730.82Ross Panagiotou
9VICTA HARPER174830.72Sam Basham
10SALARY PACKAGE384530.86Gary Pidgeon

Dakota La Flash is likely to start short odds but it’s worthwhile anchoring her up front in your exotics and taking the all up with Cosmic Illusion. Last time out she gapped a handy field when scoring here in 22.25 and she is better suited to this distance range. Rockin’ Loot is the only one who will challenge her early but she should put pay to her as they head for the back straight.

Emerley Occa is suitably drawn in the pink and he was solidly placed here two runs back, he can’t win the race but he can sneak into a placing.

Rockin’ Loot as stated earlier, should settle near the speed and he is a great place prospect, he was solidly placed here over this trip last time and he should have derived a lot of benefit from that run.

Top Four: 7 – 4 – 8 – 1

Suggested Bets:

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

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

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

Exacta: 7/1,4,8 ($3 for 100%)

Best Value:
Race 9: Costa Kahn

Beaten Brigade Make For A Quality Hobart Undercard

While all the focus will be on the Group 1 Hobart Thousand, the R.W (Bob) Brown Memorial Consolation event will again take its regular spot on Tassie’s biggest night, and as such stands as much a part of the Thousand series as the heats and final itself.

Since 1999, the consolation event has been named in memory of the late Robert William “Bobbie” Brown, the local legendary trainer whose name is etched all over the in the history of the race, and sport in the state of Tasmania.

Apart from being a stellar boxer (a winner of 69 of 72 bouts fought), Bob Brown became an inductee of the Tasmanian Greyhound Hall of Fame in 2008. He was witness to every Hobart Thousand that took place during his lifetime, from the first running in 1939 right up until his death which actually occurred on December 17, 1998; the same day 59th running of the race.

Despite winning just about everything a trainer could win on the Apple Isle, the Hobart Thousand eluded him as a trainer. However it remains a great gesture for the Hobart club to honour him with what has proven to be a high-class listed event in its own right.

One doesn’t have to look back any further than to last years’ race when a virtually unknown-at-the-time black dog named Buckle Up Wes took it out, with the eventual Launceston Cup winner, Varcoe, third in the same event.

Emerald Lee won the 2011 version for Debbie Cannan, while Penny’s Angel led all the way previous to that. Even a Victorian in Banger Harvey can be seen on the recent honour roll for the Bob Brown Memorial.

But the 2014 running of the race is arguably the best version to date, with five of the seven runners coming second in their respective heats last week.

Though Buckle Up Wes isn’t there to go back to back, there are three interstate chasers that have remained to challenge an excellent crop of local stars.

Kelly Bravo will take a duo of chasers into the main event two races later, and her chaser Hekate Belle was less than a half-head away of making it a Group 1 trio. It couldn’t quite catch Senor Slamma from box one on that occasion, but gets the chance to atone from the same draw this week. It will likely be one the favourites, with a consistent form line in the past month.

Fellow Victorian, Kicking Rocks had no problems coming out the 461-metre start last week, but found Big Ticket a touch too fast. It broke 26 seconds on that occasion being beaten narrowly and a repeat would go close to getting it back into the winners’ circle for master trainer, Darren McDonald.

While Nicole Mcrae’s veteran Walk Hard could only manage fourth in its heat, it was the manner in which the son of Bit Chili finished the event that suggests it will be hard to beat. While he may be giving away youth to his rivals, the dog is no stranger to the Elwick track and with any luck in running will be storming over the top.

The race won’t be an all-Victorian show, as Night Tremors and Bruny Venture couldn’t be racing in better fashion to defend their home turf.

Trainer Eileen Thomas would be well aware of the brilliant mid-race burst the Night Tremors possesses, and it will be right in the picture again from the outside draw. Given the amount of interstate talent, this Tassie youngster could well be the knockout dog for punters looking for a bit of value.

Likewise for Bruny Venture, who despite the six-rug should be well in the race at the half way point and well placed to capitalise on any mid-race bother that may come the way of those behind him.

The R.W Bob Brown Memorial Consolation is scheduled to run at 9.05pm as race six on Hobart’s Thursday night fixture – a race that carries a lot more weight than the $4465 on offer for the winner.

R.W Bob Brown Memorial Consolation Box Draw

Box 1 – Hekate Belle – Kelly Bravo
Box 2 – Kicking Rocks – Darren McDonald
Box 3 – Wynburn Rush – Ben Englund
Box 4 – Warehouse Mouse – Mick Stringer
Box 5 – Bit Hot Rusty – Shane Whitney
Box 6 – Bruny Venture – Gary Fahey
Box 7 – Walk Hard – Nicole Mcrae
Box 8 – Night Tremors – Eileen Thomas
Reserve
Izon Destruction – Shane Whitney

How They Play With Your Money

A reader has queried the source of my comment about Tabcorp altering Fixed Odds bets while the race is under way. I must confess I can’t find the reference at the moment but the issue came up during a blog discussion about punters’ FO bets being accepted or rejected. Several contributors were complaining about getting the amount of their bet halved and about slow processing of their “application”. Of course, this is why your FO bet at a TAB outlet often takes quite a while to accept, usually holding up customers waiting their turn behind. That occurs even for small bets because they have been placed in a clearing queue for the operator to process.

You see these complaints regularly and my policy is generally to make a mental note and leave it at that until more confirmation is available. However, in this case a “value” customer of Tabcorp’s also offered a copy of an email he got back from the operator which specifically advised him they knew the race had already started by the time they reduced his bet (the dog actually lost anyway).

When you place this is an environment where Tabcorp’s manual instructs staff to consider each bet for acceptance, reduction or rejection (we have a verbatim copy of those instructions) it gives you the obvious impression that the company is dedicated to making a profit on every race, no matter what. That climate or culture, call it what you will, is consistent with the above email advice to the customer. There is no question of making a “book” and taking their chances against the betting public. Add to that Tabcorp’s practice of offering FO prices or books of around 130% and you can then see the age-old principle of each party having a chance of a win is looking very thin. Those odds, please note, are not covered by the tote’s legal obligation to average a 16% deduction over the course of a year. It can get away with pretty much anything it likes to do.

There is another example of this sort of behaviour available in Tabcorp’s everyday practice of encouraging Mystery bets which include a boxed Trifecta. Not only do these attract high takeouts of 21% in NSW (25% when hosting international pools) but they are also guaranteed losers before the race starts. This occurs because the Tabcorp computer which assigns the three starters to each bet takes runners from each price bracket – short, medium and long – and each of those is, by definition, at a much different price. Yet the boxed bet assumes that each have the same chance. You are therefore investing as much on the favourite winning as you are on a 10/1 shot, which is mathematical madness.

When one of the favoured runners runs a place (it does not have to win) the dividend will be much smaller than the odds demand. In the much less likely event that the favourite misses a place, that dividend will be higher than justified by the true odds. Good luck as to which side of the coin you fall on.

I should add that tipsters are also prone to suggest boxed bets to unwary customers. That includes the Watchdog which recommended five such bets in the 12-race meeting at Sandown last Thursday night. Only one of those succeeded, paying a very modest $42, even though a $5.20 dog won the race.

Tabcorp, of course, has a tote monopoly in its markets, so excess profits from FO and Mystery bets serve to put some icing on the cake. It is also why the vast majority of gamblers will lose money over a period

It is little wonder that many folk are calling for better regulation of Australia’s betting market, starting with a national betting pool.

A Distance Too Far

Sometimes I wonder about my fellow punters. The betting shock of the week had to be at Horsham last Tuesday. It wasn’t so much the result as the price.

The evidence was already there. My earlier comments about 425m dogs (ie Bendigo) being a different batch to 450m dogs (ie Ballarat) were no better illustrated than when a short course flier, El Grand Seal, got caught near the post in its Ballarat Cup heat and then again in the Consolation on Cup final night. Sure, he has won at 450m and even 460m but not when heavy hitters are in the offing. Still, he has put up some good fights but by far his best career run has been a 23.50 at Bendigo. That’s his peak. After that, it all gets harder.

But nothing could prepare me for the trainer putting him in a 480m event at Horsham. This is not just a tough trip in one-turn racing terms, it also finds out many good city winners. They cannot handle the long home straight. There is no tougher sprint in the country. Yet here I found El Grand Seal sitting up in box 1 in a short field of solid if not spectacular dogs. Several were well capable of running 27.20 to 27.30.

Never mind all that. The Watchdog priced him at $1.30 while the market settled for $1.60 in both NSW and Victoria. Amazing, absolutely amazing. Not that it would be impossible for it to win but it had to be a huge task. And so it turned out. In the race, Hekatia Bale led the favourite out of the boxes but both got run down by the strong finishing Quick Kisses in an average sort of time of 27.37. El Grand Seal did his thing but even his top class mentor, Jeff Britton, must have been hoping against hope over this distance.

El Grand Seal had won only three of its last eleven starts and all those wins were over 425m or less. So, was the short price due to the Watchdog’s leadership (as often happens) or general pressure from punters on the day? Probably a bit of both but the whole process was very sheep-like.

Looking back over the weekend beforehand I found seven dogs started at odds-on at the three major tracks. Four won, including Zipping Willow and Winsome Mission which were no-brainers. However, an even dollar on each of the seven would have given you back $6.10 for your $7.00 investment. Taking odds-on is a mug’s game. The TAB takes out enough already without going down that road.

Happily, I took three Quinellas at Horsham and the winning combination paid $36.90 in NSW, mainly because El Grand Seal ran only 3rd. If only I could do this every week.

Meantime, distance is undoubtedly the greatest single leveller in greyhound racing. Add a false favourite and you are in business.

The Night Two Giants Clashed In A Memorable Hobart Thousand

She was the darling of the media and greyhound fans across the country. He was the one chaser who had already tested her and would later go down as the one who seemed to have her measure. When the mighty all-distance champion Zoom Top came to Hobart to try and annex the prestigious Hobart Thousand in 1969, her nemesis Benjamin John, one of the finest sprinters Australia has ever seen was there to throw down his challenge.

Owned and trained by Hec and Leah Watt, Zoom Top had carried all before her through much of 1968, winning 31 of her 61 starts, including her last eight in a row. It was no surprise when she was named NSW Greyhound of the Year.

Benjamin John, trained by the master mentor Stan Cleverley, had begun racing in late July 1968 and had won 10 of his 18 starts that year.

He had already clashed with Zoom Top on two occasions, with the score at one win apiece. On the first occasion, in a race over 555 yards at Dapto, Zoom Top found trouble at the first corner and had to be content with fourth place, beaten just over a length by Benjamin John. On the second occasion, the final of the 1968 NSW St Leger, run over 580 yards at Wentworth Park, Zoom Top exploded out of box six and gave nothing else a chance, racing away to score by three lengths in 31.0, a new race record. Benjamin John finished third, beaten six lengths.

In the lead-up to the Hobart Thousand heats, run in late January 1969, Zoom Top and Benjamin John were in contrasting form.

Zoom Top had commenced the new year with defeats at Richmond and Harold Park (twice). Despite her apparent loss of form, Hec Watt took Zoom Top south to Tasmania, to contest the prestigious Hobart Thousand series, run over 540 yards.

In order to give Zoom Top a look at the Hobart track she was given a solo trial at the circuit. A record crowd of almost 1,000 turned out to watch the trial. After the hit-out Hec Watt found Zoom Top was bleeding from a front paw, the result of a torn stopper.

Benjamin John had begun the year with victories at Wentworth Park and Olympic Park in Melbourne, split by a second placing over the middle-distance 675 yards trip at Bulli.

In his heat on 27 January, Benjamin John blitzed his field, overcoming box six to score by 14 lengths and set a new track record of 28.9. This eclipsed the previous mark of 29.3, set in November 1968 by Future Tanist and equalled by Mounthall King in taking out the 1969 Hobart Maiden Thousand early in the same month.

For Zoom Top, Hec Watt had managed to patch up he injured paw and she started a prohibitive 1/5 ($1.20) favourite against moderate opposition in her heat. Zoom Top began well and quickly led but although nicely clear in the back straight she suddenly faltered and allowed the trailing Twinkling Lin to close to within a length of her. The champion got going again and went on to score by four lengths in a fast 29.3, equalling the previous track record.

After the race the reason for Zoom Top’s mid-race baulking became clear. She had torn the same stopper and was bleeding from the front paw yet again. Fortunately, there was a nine-day gap to the semi-finals and Zoom Top was able to take her place in her run-off on 5 February. Starting at 1/3 ($1.30) from box three, Zoom Top jumped clear at the start and led all the way to win by six lengths from Gold Brig in a best of the night 29.1.

Benjamin John also won his semi-final, but only recorded 29.4 after being slowly away and coming from well back early. He was almost certainly tired after Cleverley had returned to Sydney with him after his heat victory and raced Benjamin John at Wentworth Park on 1 February. Despite the advantage of box one, Benjamin John was beaten half a length by the brilliant Sammie Sparrow.

The Hobart Thousand final took place just three days after the semi-finals, on 8 February. Benjamin John drew perfectly in box one for the $3,000-to-the-winner final, with Zoom Top alongside him in box two. It looked a virtual match race and that’s how it panned out.

Benjamin John began best but Zoom Top showed great early speed to lead two lengths into the first turn. Zoom Top held the lead into the back straight from Benjamin John but coming to the back bend she was tackled by her fellow NSW rival. Benjamin John went around Zoom Top and, to the cheers of the record crowd, raced away to score by three lengths from Zoom Top. Queensland sprinter Michael Craig was a well-beaten four and a half lengths away third. Benjamin John recorded a sensational 29.0, the second-fastest ever run at the course.

The Hobart Thousand was the first time Zoom Top had ever been run down in a sprint. Her only real excuse was that her torn stopper had not had sufficient time to heal and she might well have been feeling some discomfort in her front paw while racing.

Benjamin John and Zoom Top clashed on three more occasions. Benjamin John won one of these, relegating Zoom Top into second place, but in the other two races they were both beaten, although Benjamin John had the better of the placings, running second both times while Zoom Top was third and fourth.

Greyhound Tips & Betting Preview December 16 2014

Another day, another dollar. Heading to Warragul to try and find some winners.

Race No. 5Boss Hogg’s Pizza Vic Bred Ht18:08 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 460 metres at Warragul Of $1,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $375 3rd: $190.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1RICKY FIELDS [5]1788126.10(5)G O’keefe (Neerim Junction)
2NOAKI LYNX [5]31343NBTJ Reynolds (Pearcedale)
3DON’T CRUMBLE [5]5154726.03(6)M Brown (Loch)
4DROMORE’S PEARL [5]3621725.95(2)F Alister (Cranbourne South)
5JOHNNY MOBSTER [5]34125FSHG Neocleous (Yinnar South)
6STEALTHY BLONDE [5]15312NBTE Dowsey (Cowwarr)
7WE’RE OFF HERE [5]14144NBTB Keel (Devon Meadows)
8SUMMER WAGES [5]2724225.99(7)W Bickerton (Cranbourne South)
9BILLY BEERGARDEN [5]Res.57366FSHM Mallia-magri (Avalon)
10HIGH STYLE [5]Res.57714NBTG Dalton (Hazelwood North)

We’re Off Here is a very fast chaser when on the bunny and he should make up for his luckless effort here last week. Last week he missed the kick and was never really a factor, tonight’s race doesn’t feature a lot of early speed so with a clean getaway he should have the speed to carve across and he should prove too zippy for these.

Summer Wages is a class act and he should be able to follow the seven across as they head into the first bend, he is quite strong in the run to the line but I’m a little concerned that We’re Off Here might burn him off mid race.

Stealthy Blonde should settle just behind them and she has been racing consistently, with a trouble free run she should finish in the placings.

Dromore’s Pearl was a brilliant 25.95 winner here three runs back, a repeat of that will see her feature but she will need luck from the poor draw.

Top Four: 7 – 8 – 6 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on We’re Off Here with Sportingbet

Quinella: 7 to rove with 4,6,8 ($3 for 100%)

Exacta: 6,7,8/4,6,7,8 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 7/4,6,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 7Boss Hogg’s Pizza Vic Bred Ht28:48 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 460 metres at Warragul Of $1,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $375 3rd: $190.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MISS SOCIETY [5]23828FSTDJ Imlach (Pearcedale)
2BLONDE NELLIE [5]31734NBTJ Paterson (Tenby Point)
3AMAROO MY GIRL [5]7752225.98(8)C Schembri (Moe South)
4HOGG THE LOT [5]61112FSHD Pattinson (Pearcedale)
5TIME TO EMBRACE [5]12332FSTDT Fasoli (Heyfield)
6ROWDY RONDA [5]177FSHK Hellmuth (Pearcedale)
7VEE FOR VEGAS [5]37855NBTS Neocleous (Yinnar South)
8COSMIC BREAK [5]231125.86(7)D Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
9CANINO [5]Res.75167NBTC Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
10RED TRUMP [5]Res.44826NBTL Russell (Sale)

Rowdy Rhonda is an explosive talent and if she reproduces the effort which saw her win at Ballarat on debut in 25.08 she will take a power of beating. She possess a ridiculous turn of foot and after slow starts at her previous two efforts she hasn’t had a chance to show it. With the speedy Time To Embrace drawn underneath she should get a clear run into the race and the time should be interesting.

Cosmic Break has scored two powerful wins here of late with the latest being in a blistering 25.86, he is well placed in the wide draw and he should be there at the end.

Miss Society has the perfect draw and she has the speed to hold them out, she has been racing in strong class of late and she could be the value in the event.

Top Four: 6 – 8 – 1 – 4

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Race 9: Symmetry Lad

Barry Wells Fined And Disqualified For Heptaminol Positive

Offence:

GAR 83 (1) and 83 (2) (3)

(1) Mr. Barry Wells the trainer of the greyhound HECAN BOLT, which was nominated to compete in an Event, namely, Race 10, the AWESOME LODGE – Mixed 4/5, conducted by the Healesville Greyhound Racing Club at Healesville on Sunday, 3 August 2014, did administer or cause to be administered the prohibited substance Heptaminol for the purpose of affecting the greyhound’s condition, behaviour or performance in the Event.

(2) Mr. Barry Wells the trainer of the greyhound HECAN BOLT, which was nominated to compete in an Event, namely, Race 10, the AWESOME LODGE – Mixed 4/5, conducted by the Healesville Greyhound Racing Club at Healesville on Sunday, 3 August 2014, did fail on that date to present the greyhound free of any prohibited substance, given that a pre race urine sample taken from the greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substance Heptaminol.

Report:

Following advice from the 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 ‘Hecan Bolt’ at the Healesville Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Sunday, 3 August 2014.

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

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

Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules a breach of GAR83 (1) and GAR83 (2)(3) constitute Serious Offences.

As a result, on Monday, 15 December 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. Barry Wells did not attend the Hearing.

Mr. Ron Matthews (GRV Steward) represented the Stewards Panel.
After hearing all the evidence tendered and having regard to GAR83 (1) and GAR83 (2) (3), the RADB determined that: (the Stewards having withdrawn charge 1)

In relation to charge (2), Mr. Wells was guilty as charged and disqualified him for 2 years effective from completion of this present period of disqualification, he was also fined $2,000.

Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB also disqualified ‘Hecan Bolt’ from Event 10 – The AWESOME LODGE – Mixed 4/5 – at the Healesville Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Sunday, 3 August 2014 and amended the placing’s as follows:

1st Transcend Time
2nd Lost Profits
3rd Centralian
4th Dirty Mary
5th Under Threat
6th Gino Keeping
Disqualified Hecan Bolt

In assessing penalty, the Board took into account all the evidence and submissions, including the following matters:

(a) Mr. Wells’ failure to attend the hearing;

(b) The nature of the prohibited substance Heptaminol;

(c) The need to maintain the integrity of greyhound racing and ensure a level playing field for all participants; and

(d) Prior penalties for similar offences and Mr. Wells record of prior offences.

ARG Opinion:

GRV has been very consistent in their handling of positive swabs and this hearing has resulted in yet another firm decision. It reinforces their adamant stance that that prohibited substances will not be tolerated within the Victorian greyhound racing industry.

Barry Wells Fined For Failing To Keep Treatment Records

Offence:

84(A)(1): Failure to keep and retain treatment records

Report:

Stewards on the 15 December 2014 conducted an Inquiry into the failure by Mr Barry Wells to keep and retain medical treatments administered to the greyhound ‘Hecan Bolt’.

After hearing the evidence, Stewards charged Mr Barry Wells pursuant to GAR84 (A)(1) in that as the person in charge of ‘Hecan Bolt’ he did fail to keep and retain records detailing medical treatments administered to the greyhound under his care and was unable to produce such records when requested by stewards during an inspection conducted on 28 August 2014.

Mr Barry Wells failed to attend the Inquiry.

Stewards found Mr Barry Wells guilty and fined him the sum of $500.00.

ARG Opinion:

While $500 is a considerable amount of money, it is growing increasingly important for trainers to ensure that treatment records are kept as a way of monitoring the health, wellbeing and welfare of racing greyhounds. It is also relevant to note that in addition to the above charge, Barry Wells was also found guilty of a Heptaminol Positive on the same day and was disqualified for two years and fined $2,000.

Darren Brown Hoping The Ride Continues In Hobart Thousand Final

There won’t be a dry eye in the house this Thursday night if Ride The Rails can salute in the Group One Hobart Thousand final.

Trained by Kelly Bravo, Ride The Rails is owned by Nadine Brown, the wife of popular trainer Darren Brown, who lost his father Peter in October. Darren Brown trained Ride The Rails until only recently, transferring him to Bravo after his father’s sad passing.

At his Hobart debut last week, Ride The Rails was ultra impressive, weaving his way through the field and drawing clear to salute in a handy 26.05. The victory booked his start in this week’s $75,000-to-the-winner final and was his 17th career win at start 48.

Brown said he was happy with Ride The Rails’ performance and was thankful for what Kelly and Brett Bravo had done with him.

“It was his first look at the track so he went well,” he said.

“I am very happy with how he is going and I appreciate everything Kelly and Brett have done, they took over training the dogs after my father passed away.

“Dad and I did everything together, every day. I learned a lot from him and I will never stop learning, that is something he always told me. He used to say, ‘eyes and ears open, mouth shut’, and, ‘you will never get into trouble for asking questions’.”

Impressively, Ride The Rails’ Hobart Thousand heat win was just his second start since fracturing a hock. At his first race back from injury under the care of Bravo he clocked a sizzling 29.23 at Sandown Park.

Brown is elated just to have made the final.

“It is a big thrill, especially with him coming back from a broken hock,” he said.

“It is a credit to Brett and Kelly for what they have done to get him back, he has come back as good as gold, and to Alistair Smith who did the operation at Sandown.”

The 34-kilogram sprinter is an October 2011 son of Cosmic Chief and Pearl Napoleon. Darren and Peter Brown raced his sire, a winner of the Sandown Shootout and Warrnambool Classic, before purchasing Ride The Rails as a pup.

“We bought him out of the TABform off Peter Stanford,” Brown said. ”They were in the paper for three or four weeks and no one wanted to buy them, there was three left in the litter for sale so we bought the three of them.

“We knew as soon as he broke in that he was going to be good. They have got to be able to run our times and he did that.”

A win in the Hobart Thousand would capture the elusive Group One victory that the Browns were not able to land with Cosmic Chief and simultaneously give that dog his first Group win as a sire.

Although Ride The Rails faces a tough task against quality sprinters such as Melbourne Cup winner Dyna Villa, Brown said he was drawn where he needed to be in the seven.

“Dyna Villa goes well but he [Ride The Rails] is where he wants to be, I would rather be out there than be in the squeeze box and he has enough pace to match it with them if he jumps,” he said.

“Once we put him in the boxes there is nothing else we can do for him, it is up in the lap of the gods when the lids open. Any of the eight dogs could win the race.”

And Brown summed up what it would mean to win Tassie’s most prestigious event in just one word:

“Everything!”

He added: “It would give a happy end to what has been a sad year for the family. It could never bring back the old man, but it would just be good to win the race.”

Chinatown Lad Inducted Into The Tasmanian Greyhound Hall Of Fame

Former champion stayer Chinatown Lad was one of four inductees to the Tasmanian Greyhound Hall of Fame at the Hobart Thousand function on Saturday night.

The dark brindle son of Lilli Pilli Lad and Chinatown Babe was owned by Katrina Gregory and trained for most of his career by Brighton mentor Shane Whitney.

Starting 47 times, Chinatown Lad recorded 21 victories and 17 minor placings with $222,730 in prizemoney.

The 2005 whelp was a dominant force in the staying ranks during much of 2008, taking on the best from around Australia and recording triumphs in the Group One Sandown Cup and Group One Albion Park Gold Cup.

Chinatown Lad also claimed two Group Three wins in the Swan Challenge and Chairman’s Cup.

Induction into the Hall of Fame is a fitting result for Chinatown Lad, which sadly died earlier this year from cancer. Gregory said it was an enormous honour that her star greyhound, affectionately known as Max, was chosen to be recognised in the Hall of Fame.

“I am very humbled by it,” she said. ”To see the other dogs that have previously been inducted and to think that my Max is up there with them now, and has been written into the history books as well.”

Gregory explained it was especially exciting for Chinatown Lad’s biggest supporter, Braydon, who was unaware the big announcement was coming on Saturday night.

“We were able to keep it a secret from Braydon, he was quite shocked and surprised,” she said. ”Braydon just loved the dog and the dog loved him, they shared a great relationship and bond.

“I am Braydon’s great-aunt and he has lived with us since he was five. He has disabilities, he is a special needs child, and Max brought him out of his shell and made him the young man he is today.

“He was a child that couldn’t read and struggled to have a conversation and through this dog he was able to meet people, he learned to read form guides, and he really advanced his knowledge.”

It is a perfect ending to the Chinatown Lad tale and it has made Katrina Gregory reflect on the incredible journey that she experienced with him, not just on the track.

“It is really hard to explain the things that Max did for me and my family,” she said.

“A big thing has been the relationships we have formed with other people, not just in Tasmania but around Australia, we have made lifelong friends.

“People have opened up their homes and their hearts to us in every state and I find that really special. Without Max we would never have experienced that.”

Other inductees into the Tasmanian Greyhound Hall of Fame were Big Moose, Gary Sutton and Butch Deverell.

Robert Neocleous Disqualified For Androstane Positive

Offences:

GAR 83 (2) (3) and (6): Mr. Robert Neocleous failed to present the greyhound ‘Mumma Hook’ free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club on Wednesday, 20 August 2014.

Report:

Following advice from Racing Analytical Services Laboratory, the Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria conducted an investigation into the results of a pre-race urine sample taken from greyhound ‘Mumma Hook’ at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Wednesday, 20 August 2014.

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

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Neocleous with a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rules 83(2)(3) and (6) in that he did fail to present the greyhound ‘Mumma Hook’ free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 given that the pre-race urine sample taken from the greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substance 5β- Androstane-3α, 17β-diol at a mass concentration greater than 10ng/ml.

Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules a breach of GAR83 (2) (3) and (6) constitutes a Serious Offence. As a result, on Monday, 15 December 2014 this matter was heard before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board in the first instance under Greyhound Local Racing Rule 47.3 and Sections 83C(b) and 83M(1) of the Racing Act.

Mr. Robert Neocleous represented himself.

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

Mr. Robert Neocleous pleaded guilty to the charge.

After hearing all the evidence tendered and having regard to GAR83 (2)(3) and (6), the RADB determined that Mr. Neocleous was guilty as charged and disqualified him for 9 months (with 5 months of this penalty suspended for 12 months pending no further breaches of GAR83 during the next 12 month period), effective from Friday 19 December 2014.

Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB also disqualified Mumma Hook’ from Event 5 – The TAB GREAT CHASE (1-5 Wins) Heat 2 – at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 and amended the placing’s as follows:

1st Custom Classic
2nd First Dan
3rd Tekki Minx
4th Take Them On
5th Elly Nora
6th Smith And Wesson
7th Elegant Elle
Disqualified Mumma Hook

In assessing penalty, the Board took into account all the evidence and submissions, including the following matters:

(a) Mr. Neocleous’ guilty plea;

(b) The nature of the prohibited substance 5Beta-Androstane-3alpha,17beta-diol when present at a mass concentration greater than 10ng/ml;

(c) The need to maintain the integrity of greyhound racing and ensure a level playing field for all participants;

(d) Prior penalties for similar offences;

(e) Mr. Neocleous’ character and his clean history for more than 40 years’ in the greyhound industry;

(f) The need for general deterrence as a factor in sentencing and having regard to the number of similar offences coming before the Board; and

(g) Mr. Neocleous’ presentation before the Board.

ARG Opinion

The penalty in this case is standard to what has been dealt out in Victoria in recent times and is another clear indication that the state is determined to rid the sport of banned substances.

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