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Elite Fields To Contest Victorian National Distance Championship Heats

This Thursday evening sees the beginning of a frenzy of qualifying races Australia-wide for the National Distance and Sprint titles in each state.

Greyhounds will attempt to win through to their own state finals before then earning a crack at qualifying for the big national finals in Western Australia on August 23.

There is likely to be few series anywhere in the country that rival the Victorian stayers event, which takes place at Sandown Park this Thursday night.

Four heats overflowing with Group One performers will form a terrific night of racing which is sure to please the most fastidious of half-mile aficionados.

Despite Victoria being well regarded as the premier state when it comes to depth in the staying ranks, the last winner of the National Distance Championship to come through the series in the Garden State was Jarvis Bale back in 2009.

Here is a look at the main chances in each of the four heats;

AGRA National Distance Championships Victoria Heat 1 – 7:44pm

Last weekend’s Victorian Distance Championship winner Mepunga Tiara (8) headlines the first heat. The Jeff Britton trained daughter of Premier Fantasy and Mepunga Opal (Hallucinate – Mepunga Spark) now boasts a Group Two win as well as multiple Group One final appearances in her 34-start career. She has a personal best of 42.46 at Sandown and is yet to miss a place in three outings there. She is the one to beat.

Coral (1) has earned a crack at top-line racing with some sensational efforts of late. The Amanda Scott trained daughter of Bombastic Shiraz and Daintree Lady (Light Of Fire – Honchytonk Girl) has won her last five races including an all-the-way 42.12 effort at Sandown. She has won two of three at the track and also won two races out of box one from five attempts. She will give them something to catch.

Born Ali (3) is a Group One winner who has been a little below her best in recent times. She has not won since late March and comes into this on the back of a three-week spell. If she can recapture her best she will be right in it, but it’s a big “if”.

Arejay Smokey (4) made the Victorian Distance Championship final last week where he finished seventh to Mepunga Tiara. He is yet to win here in four attempts and will need to improve to win this heat.

AGRA National Distance Championships Victoria Heat 2 – 8:08pm

A cracker second heat features triple Group winning bitch Dyna Willow (8). The Steve Collins trained daughter of Collision and Horizon Bale (Stately Bird – Vodeena Bale) stormed home to run second in the Victorian Distance Championships last Saturday night at The Meadows. That was just her second run back from a three-month layoff and she should be ready to fire here. If she goes anywhere near her best of 41.99, she is going to take some beating.

Zipping Joe (3) is a consistent type who also made the final of the Victorian Distance Championships last Saturday night. He has a best of 42.14 and is in the hands of the astute trainer Darren McDonald. If he is prominent early he could pose a huge threat.

Zipping Rory (4) may only be 30-months old but he is already stamping his name in the elite staying ranks. He ran a credible third to Mepunga Tiara in the final of the Victorian Distance Championships last Saturday night at The Meadows where he loomed large on the home turn. He has produced a very quick run of 41.89 here in his only win over this trip and if he finds the front, he could make things interesting.

Tarks Nemesis (1) could be the knockout dog in the race. The Angela Langton trained blue bitch finished second in the Sandown Cup here in May and has won three from seven over this journey. It would be no surprise to see her right in the race throughout.

AGRA National Distance Championships Victoria Heat 3 – 8:28pm

The third heat features the much-awaited return of the exciting dual Group One winning bitch Sweet It Is. The daughter of Mogambo and Off Springer (Flying Penske – Skullring) captured the imagination of greyhound fans with her eye-catching last-to-first wins in both the Association Cup at Wentworth Park and the Sandown Cup. The Darren McDonald trained black bitch only needs to find a passage through this field to be winning this heat.

Lethal Three (3) led the Victorian Distance Championship final for a long way last Saturday at The Meadows. She has a best of 42.25 and if she can find the front again this Thursday, she may be there for a long way.

Infinite Wish (7) is a Group placed bitch that has also made multiple feature finals. If there is a query over her, it is the fact that she has only won one race over this trip in 12 attempts. She has not missed a place in her last six outings and should be thereabouts.

AGRA National Distance Championships Victoria Heat 4 – 8:52pm

Champion sprinter/stayer Xylia Allen (1) headlines the fourth-and-final heat. Her run of nine straight wins came to an end last Saturday night in the Group Two Victorian Distance Championship final. The Jenny Hunt trained daughter of Turanza Bale and Tayah Bale (Droopys Vieri – Francesca Bale) has made a career out of winning Group races and won the National Sprint Final in 2013. She is the one to beat in this race.

Luby Lu (2) may not have the experience of some of her rivals in this race but she has proven she can carve out time at the track with a best of 41.90. She is yet to prove herself at the top level but gets her chance to lead from box two here.

Zipping Maggie (5) is a youngster who looks to have a big future. She reached the final of the Victorian Distance Championships after a quality second placing behind Mepunga Tiara in the heats. She is an improver.

Gold Affair Two (3) is a four-year-old veteran who has won 20 races in her 95-start career. She has a best of 41.91 at the track but has only won one race in 2014.

Clash Of Kings Dominates 2014 Darwin Cup Heats

Bunyip trainer Stephen Whyte holds all the aces heading into Friday night’s Group Three 2014 Darwin Cup final after the regally bred Clash Of Kings (1) qualified fastest in the three heats held at Winnellie Park on Monday night.

Whyte will have plenty of challengers with three trainers managing to qualify two dogs each for the final. Robert Britton, Darren McDonald and Tom Tsouvelis all qualified a pair for Friday’s $25,000 to-the-winner event.

Class Of Kings is a son of Fear Zafonic and 2009 Darwin Cup winner Queen Lauryn (Token Prince – Cheeky Sprite) and he took out the second heat in emphatic fashion, scoring by 7 1/2 lengths from Rumbling Rick (2) and Engine Alley (8) in the time of 31.33.

It was Clash Of Kings’ fifth win from just nine starts and he will be a force to be reckoned with after drawing the coveted rails alley for Friday’s final.

Earlier in the night, Robert Britton justified his trip north when Highbury (7) took out the opening heat. The son of Collision and Apology (Bond – Temperance) stopped the clock at 31.63, defeating Where’s The Surf (4) by a head with Tee Brady (8) filling third place.

The final heat of the night was taken out by Rumble Street (7) for Queensland mentor Jeffrey Cumming. The daughter of Hallucinate and Rumble Charm (Spiral Nikita – Rumble Spirit) registered the time of 31.67 en route to defeating Le Sirenuse (2) by four lengths with Saleen (1) in third.

The box draw for the Group Three 2014 Darwin Cup is as follows;

1 – Clash Of Kings – Stephen Whyte
2 – Rumbling Rick – Darren McDonald
3 – Le Sirenuse – Tom Tsouvelis
4 – Where’s The Surf – Darren McDonald
5 – Tee Brady – Tom Tsouvelis
6 – Highbury – Robert Britton
7 – Rumble Street – Jeff Cumming
8 – Engine Alley – Robert Britton

Reserves
9 – Saleen – Graeme Ferns
10 – I’m Ziva – Kerry Perrett

Coursing Stalwarts Lead The Way At Virginia

Robyn Mackellar returned to coursing with Big Dingo who showed his rivals a clean pair of heels when taking out the Maiden event in 15.57, defeating Big Merc by a neck. Times were on the slow side after all the rain that had been received in the area. Peter Smith’s patience was rewarded when Jetset Rebel took out the second maiden in 15.58 when he defeated Black Merlo. Jessie Fozz kept the smile on Len Wilson’s face when she defeated Blonde Justice in 15.68 in the third maiden. Lake Burley showed his liking for coursing when defeating Hilltop Snow for Wendy Sebastyn in 15.61. Raja’s Green Man continued on his winning way for Ray Fewings when taking out the Juvenile Stake, defeating Little Caddy in the process. Don Turner and Stew’s Mistake made no mistake when defeating First Call in the Open Stake in 15.44 (best).

Dates for the remainder of the season are 10 and 24 August, with our final meeting on 7 September. Please note that our meetings in August do clash with Gawler; however we will attempt to negotiate for the 31 August with no clash apparent. You will be informed of the outcome.

Our next meeting is scheduled for Sunday 10 August – all grades are catered for.

RESULTS:

RACE 1 : GOTBA MAIDEN STAKE
Ron Williams BIG DINGO (BE F D; Feb ’12; Cosmic Rumble/Zin Zin Zanziba) defeated Philip Kruger’s BIG MERC (DK BD D; May ’10; Pure Octane/Foolish Jean) by a neck in 15.57. Winner trained by Robyn Mackellar.

RACE 2 : GOTBA MAIDEN STAKE
The Ratbags syndicate’s JETSET REBEL (Wh&Bk D, Dec ’10; Velocette/Odessa Princess) defeated the Castle Plaza Tavern syndicate’s BLACK MERLO (BK D, Aug ’11; Bombastic Shiraz/Black Narcissus) by 2 lengths in 15.58. Winner trained by Peter Smith.

RACE 3 : GOTBA MAIDEN STAKE
Len Wilson’s JESSIE FOZZ (F B; Sep ’11; Nitro Burst/Bella Calabresa) defeated Karon Blakemore’s BLONDE JUSTICE (F B, Feb ’12; Dee Winter/Candy Lu) by 1 length in 15.68. Winner trained by Len Wilson.

RACE 4 : GOTBA NOVICE/ONE STAKE
Wendy Sebastyan’s LAKE BURLEY (BK D, Mar ’11; College Causeway/Where’s Leena) defeated Tina Cattermole’s HILLTOP SNOW (Wh&Be B, Apr ’11; El Galo/Ice Blast) by 3 lengths in 15.61. Winner trained by Wendy Sebastyan.

RACE 5 : GOTBA JUVENILE STAKE
Ray Fewings’ RAJA’S GREEN MAN (BK D, Mar ’13; Bit Chilli/Dancing JayLo) defeated Tina Cattermole’s LITTLE CADDY (F B, Feb ’13; Galba Jack/Carra Winslow) by 8 lengths in 15.62. Winner trained by Ray Fewings.

RACE 6 : GOTBA OPEN STAKE
Don Turner’s STEW’S MISTAKE (F D, Dec ’11; Cosmic Chief/Miss Eva Mai) defeated Len Wilson’s FIRST CALL (BK D, Nov ’10; El Galo/Dance Token) by 4.5 lengths in 15.44. Winner trained by Don Turner.

Twin Code Challenge – Longwood To Shepparton

This weekend sees the running of the 2014 National Coursing Association of Victoria Derby and Oaks at Longwood, Victoria. Both classics are sponsored by the Sale & District Greyhound Racing Club.

Whilst the Derby and Oaks runners take centre stage, we are only a month out from the time honoured Waterloo Cup, which will be staged at Lang Lang on the last weekend of August.

Do you have a potential Waterloo Cup winner in your kennel and haven’t even tried coursing him or her yet? This year’s Waterloo Cup prizemoney is worth a total of $27165.00 with Consolations catering for those beaten in early rounds, with a total of 24 greyhounds collecting prizemoney. It’s not too late to try coursing in 2014; you never know that cup winner might be out the back now. You might have a dog that just can’t come out of the boxes as quick as he needs to and keeps running into the backs of his opponents. Starting out of collars evens things up and with only one opponent up the straight there are no hard luck tales from interference on the first turn!

With the fantastic assistance of the Shepparton Greyhound Racing Club we are trying something we haven’t tried in quite a few years with a Twin Codes Challenge. No you don’t have to teach your greyhound to pull a sulky, we are holding a special event at Longwood this Sunday and a Grand Final at Shepparton on Monday August 11th.
32 greyhounds will be drawn in four events at Longwood with the winners and runners up qualifying for a 390 metre final at Shepparton carrying prizemoney of $1650.00 plus $1000 GOBIS to the winner. Of course all of the qualifiers will also collect coursing prizemoney at Longwood (same level as tier 3).

Why not give it a try, so many dogs get that confidence boost racing two out and who knows you might just uncover our next Waterloo Cup winner.

Greyhounds Tips & Betting Preview July 28th 2014

Centrebet is providing weekly greyhound based promotions and a $200 free bet. If you have loaded up at Centrebet, then Sportingbet has a $700 free bet.

Use these free bets to launch on the following best bets and best roughies tonight!

Albion Park Best Bet: Race 6 Box 2 Tear Away Size
Albion Park Best Roughie: Race 7 Box 1 Tweed Chic
Angle Park Best Bet: Race 1 Box 2 Princess Tee
Angle Park Best Roughie: Race 5 Box 3 Amunra

 

Race No. 3Glen Gallon @ Stud7:23 PM
NOVICE event over 520 metres at Brisbane greyhound racing club Of $2,075 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,450 2nd: $415 3rd: $210.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1LATE SHOW ANGEL30.82 21Oct13Darren Titmarsh
2BURWANANBTTom Tzouvelis
3HIGHLIFE30.31 9Jun14James Loye
4WELL HELLONBTPeter Ruetschi
5BELLA NARCISSUS30.32 16Jun14Steve Lennon
6WHAT A THURSDAY30.48 27Jan14Glenda Dart
7ZERAMBONBTMalcolm Cuneo
8MISS DARKAZNBTMichael James

Burwana looks set to score here in an ordinary 520M novice. He has been fairly consistent in his past four starts against much better opposition. Box three isn’t ideal for him because he needs room to move and only begins fairly. Luck will play a part if he is to win here. Expect him to land midfield early and start to work into the race down the back straight. With a little luck he is clearly the one to beat.

Box four runner Well Hello is a far better dog then her recent form suggests. If she can jump and find herself in a forward position I expect her to hold onto it. She has met some stiff opposition in her past couple and looks a great place chance at odds.

Zerambo is certainly going good enough to challenge in this and is likely to start one of the favourite selections. She will need to begin far better then she has done in her past two if she is to lead. It has always been rumoured that What A Thursday can gallop a little, but in her fourteen stars to date we have only seen glimpse of that talent. She is a get back and run on type so she looks likely to fill fourth.

Top Four Selections: 2 – 4 – 7 – 6

Suggested Bet: Eachway Burwana

Trifecta: 2/4,6,7/3,4,5,6,7

 

Race No. 7Gap Racing To Retirement Stake C…8:36 PM
5 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $1,225 Prizemoney.
1st: $850 2nd: $250 3rd: $125.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BOGIE YATES1551NBTBen Rawlings
2VIVO BALE835430.53Lisa Rasmussen
3DYNA QUILTON436230.13Tony Rasmussen
4CRASH DOOLEY373330.39Lisa Rasmussen
5ASTON765330.14Kim Johnstone
6ULTIMATE LIDDELL564630.23Dean Decrea
7KALDEN BLANCO683630.10Troy Murray
8ALLEN NAMOR734629.90Wendy Matcott

In his past seven starts Allen Namor has been beaten by the best dogs in South Australia. You have to go back that far to find his last solid run when winning at Gawler. The start before that he blew then away winning by eleven lengths in a fast 29.90 from box six. This is a huge drop in class tonight and a repeat of his best performance will see him win. Box eight is ok as long as he comes away midfield and can work his way around the outside.

Kalden Blanco is the danger but I’m not convinced she’ll get away from out wide. If she does come away quickly and hit the front, she will be very hard to beat. Aston has been going well lately and he can drive forward to fill a place spot. Bogie Yates can land handy and he looms a a real threat if he fires up.

Top Four Selections: 8 – 7 – 5 – 1

Suggested Bet: Win on Allen Namoor.

Interstate Raiders Target 2014 Darwin Cup Heats

Top line racing heads north this Monday night when Winnellie Park hosts three heats of the Group Three 2014 Darwin Cup.

The race is run over the 537 metre trip, with the $25,000 to-the-winner final to be conducted on Friday August 1st. This year’s heats have attracted plenty of interstate raiders who are set to do battle with some of the Northern Territory’s most talented sprinters.

Darren McDonald makes the trip up from Victoria with Where’s The Surf and Rumbling Rick. McDonald is aiming to make it back-to-back Darwin Cup wins after he took out the 2013 final with Take It All.

Here is a look at the main chances in each of the three heats;

Race 4 – Darwin Cup Heat One – 8:41pm

Darren McDonald will rug up the smart Victorian performer Where’s The Surf (4) in the first heat. The son of Where’s Pedro and Nova Surf (Surf Lorian – Nova Keroma) has won 15 of his 42 starts and amassed over $50,000 in prizemoney. He would have to be considered as one of the series favourites.

Highbury (7) is another Victorian raider who has won eight from 28 for Robert Britton. He has won two of his last four over shorter trips and may find himself prominent early.

Queensland mentor Tom Tsouvelis brings his sprinter Tee Brady (8) back over for the cup again this year. He is no stranger to interstate travel and has contested group races in New South Wales and Victoria in the past. He was also a finalist in this very race in 2013 which is an experience that should sit him in good stead again this year.

Swansea Jacky (2) is prepared by local trainer Graeme Ferns and has an impeccable record. She has won no less than 23 of her 48 outings, with all but one of those being at this track. Her local knowledge could be an advantage in this.

Race 5 – Darwin Cup Heat Two – 9:03pm

When Rachel Scott and Mike Chapman took out the 2014 Ipswich Auction final with Are Ate (4) back in April, they told ARG that his long term goal was the Darwin Cup. Almost four months later, it has come to fruition and he lines up in the second heat.

Are Ate, who also won the Group Two Devonport Cup, has been racing predominantly over 600 metres at Albion Park of late, where he has won three of his last five. He looks a major player here.

Rumbling Rick will exit box two for Darren McDonald. The red fawn dog, who is owned by former Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting, has carved out some fast times since moving from Tasmania to Victoria and is in this race up to his ears.

Engine Alley (8) is the query runner after being off the scene since 2013. The 537 metre trip will hold no fears if he is primed for the first up run and the Robert Britton trained chaser will be hoping to improve his career record of 12 wins from 25 starts.

Race 6 – Darwin Cup Heat Three – 9:25pm

Robert Britton looks to hold a strong hand in the third-and-final heat when 2013 Silver Bullet winner Farmor Las Vegas dons the pink rug to jump from box eight. He is a winner of over $150,000 in prizemoney and looks to be back in winning form on recent efforts. He is a massive hope here.

Youngster La Sirenuse (2) looms as a big threat for Tom Tsouvelis. She has won seven of her 17 career starts including some very rapid Ipswich efforts. She is drawn to be right in this.

Rumble Street (7) will be looking to bounce back to form for her Queensland trainer Jeff Cumming. She has not won since late June but has the ability to be in a race like this on her day.

Too Much, Too Often

Bad luck for punters in the final of the Victorian Distance Championship at The Meadows, when hot favourite Xylia Allen finished fourth, well beaten by Mepunga Tiara. Yes, she had an early check but it was not a big one, and it was her own fault. The winner got a much clearer passage this time and raced a length faster than in its heat. Dyna Willow was much quicker when second-up after a long break, although nowhere near its previous best.

Those who might claim that Xylia Allens’s moderate start was to blame might first ask why it did not jump better, particularly as it had box 1 and has won seven of its 73 races from there. In any case, its sectional of 5.06 was not all that bad.

Xylia Allen recorded six lengths slower time than in the heat, when it otherwise ran a very similar race. Lethal Three, Zipping Joe, Arejay Smokey and Zipping Maggie all ran two to nine lengths worse time as well.

What can you read into all this? Well, this is the third time in big distance races that Xylia Allen has failed or run much slower time in a final, after doing really well in the heat. Albion Park and Wentworth Park (a track record) were the others. Similarly, she failed badly over 715m at Sandown in May after breaking the Traralgon track record a week earlier.

Of the others, you could say that Lethal Three is not a true stayer and is better suited over 600m or so. It faded after leading well, as often happens. In the past, the others have all had some form over the long distance, but they are not terribly consistent, while Dyna Willow is obviously still not match fit.

The common denominator in all these experiences is that they have been running two 700m or so races in successive weeks. A few dogs can do that but most can’t, particularly not Xylia Allen. They simply do not have the ability to recover in such a short time. Over 500m or 600m, perhaps, but not over 700m. It is simply not in the “normal” capacity of a greyhound to do that.

So don’t make them do it.

Yes, spreading some of these series out a bit would be a hassle for travel and other reasons but what is the point of queueing dogs up to run below their best? And the bigger hassle is that you can’t be sure which dogs will be fine and which won’t. Some 90%-odd of punters did their dough when Xylia Allen failed to figure in the Win-Quinella-Exacta-Trifecta lists. Not a good advertisement.

WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN

All the talk before the State Championship was about Xylia Allen having the chance to become Australia’s greatest ever stakes winner. I have never liked those rankings much, mainly because they are artificial and do not properly measure a dog’s ability. They are figures built up by man and media and are becoming less meaningful as each year goes by. They take no account of inflation or of club policies in allocating ever bigger prize money (which are now completely lopsided, in my view).

But you can’t rate Xylia Allen against the best stayers because she has failed too often in that category. Simply, this is a brilliant galloper but not a genuine 700m racer. Certainly, busting the Wentworth Park 720m record was a terrific effort but that and subsequent runs told us that she was a great bitch which was able to pull out all the stops on one occasion but never twice in a row. By the same token, despite her fine record, she has not quite hit the peaks over the sprints or middle distances. She has won really good races, but lost many she might have won. Even her great start in the Top Gun led to a time well outside the track record. So, too, with top 600m races, one of which she won the other day.

This is a bitch you can never back. Even when she wins, she will be under the odds. Such is fame in today’s climate. She started at around $1.50 on Saturday, yet on form I made her a 2/1 chance, even without considering the quick backup problem.

But is she a better sprinter than Rapid Journey or Brett Lee, or a better 600m racer than Paua To Burn? History says no. And the wins she has had over the long trip have been against very few top stayers, including in the race last Saturday.

More versatile, perhaps, but not in the very top league of champions.

The final irony is that had she raced in shorter events rather than in those premium races at Sandown and last Saturday at The Meadows, she would now have almost certainly bypassed the old prize money mark.

MORE FAIRY STORIES

Stewards Report, Race 7, The Meadows, Saturday 26 July.

“Gimme Fuel (3) and Tyronimo (4) collided soon after the start. Great Spartacus (5) crossed to the rail soon after the start checking Tyronimo and Gimme Fuel”. (Boxes added).

Well, the first sentence is half right. In fact, Tyronimo wanted to get to the rail and shoved Gimme Fuel towards the inside. Partly because of that, the second sentence is rubbish. Great Spartacus never touched the other two, always being in front of them and headed towards the turn with Woodnear (6) hard on its heels. The dog is not a hard railer anyway, often preferring to use some of the track in the straights.

Perhaps, like football umpires, OPSM could sponsor stewards’ jerseys and throw in some technical advice on the way.

Digressing a bit, that brings up a suggestion I have always wondered about. Remembering that Ansett (RIP) used to sponsor windsocks at football grounds, why don’t raceclubs do a deal with an advertiser to do the same thing at greyhound tracks? A package of 20 or so of a modest version of those would not cost a lot and could be sited near the turn into the straight, giving them good exposure. It would be an interesting guide for racegoers, particularly at a straight track like Healesville where wind is always a key factor.

Shock Result In The 2014 Westchase Final

You For Real has taken out the 2014 Westchase final at just her fifth career start, paying an incredible $52.30 to win the feature. Trainer Ben Abercrombie produced a quinella at Cannington in the 530 metre feature event with litter-brother Full Of Beans finishing second.

Favouritism for the $13,500 to-the-winner final was firmly held by Linda Britton’s Star Recall paying $1.60 for the win from box six. As the boxes flew open for the WA bred race Star Recall was unable to get to the front of the field after You For Real crossed straight to the rails out of box seven. Litter-brother Full Of Beans (box five) sat in second position after jumping well. You For Real was able to extend her lead to four lengths as she crossed the finish line.

“When she was in front I was kind of confident, when I saw Full Of Beans behind her I knew he couldn’t run her down. I was just hoping that he would battle on and hold off Vic Gundi (Box nine, jumped from box four).” Trainer Ben Abercrombie explained.

Linda Britton’s My Mate Cobber (box four) was scratched from the Westchase event allowing the Christine Bennett trained Vic Gundi a chance in the feature event.

“I thought Full Of Beans was my best chance, he had the most experience out of the three – he probably wasn’t the fastest but he was one that could lead. The other two are so inexperienced; ability wise they are across the board and needed a bit of luck because of what Star Recall has done so far.”

Abercrombie qualified three chasers into the Westchase final, all from the same litter. The Collision – Miss Marly litter produced nine puppies, four dogs and five bitches, all black with the exception of a light brindle bitch (Diamond Boots). Born April 2012, six have made it to the racetrack with three more waiting to make their debut.

“I gave her (You For Real) a little bit of a roughies chance because she is quick early and she likes to get across to the rail. Realistically I didn’t give her much chance but I wasn’t overly surprised, it wasn’t just a fluke.”

Coming into the race, Abercrombie believed his biggest threat was Star Recall, because of her experience in feature events.

“There are a lot of dogs that need to find the front, it’s lucky that we had box seven and were able to cut her (Star Recall) off at the start. She was always doing work and got shuffled around a bit and that favoured us.”

“The next ten times she races against us she could ping to the front and run 30.30 like she did last week, she is a great dog.”

You For Real and litter-sister Oopsy (box two) had the least experience heading into the final, both participating in their fifth career starts. The duo were up against WA bred chasers like Fun Princess (box one), Ambitious Gem (box three) and Star Recall (box six) who have had over 90 starts worth of experience between them.

“I was a little bit worried about putting them in the series, more so Oopsy because she is nimble and very quick on her feet. I was concerned Oopsy would get knocked around if there was pressure on and because of her inexperience she wouldn’t know what to do.”

“I wasn’t like that as much with You For Real. Ability wise there are dogs that are a lot faster, but she is tough and will bash them around if she gets the chance.”

The 29 kilo You For Real, known as Marly around the kennels, was less then impressive during the breaking in process. She even had Abercrombie and owner breeder Helen Sayer questioning whether or not she would make it to the track.

“With the breaking in report you would never thought she would win a feature race. Early days her breaking in times where a long way off the others. She may have been carrying an injury or something wasn’t quite right.”

Before You For Real’s five career starts for two wins and two placing’s she broke both her fibulas, a common juvenile injury. Her time off was spent at Sayers property where she was kennelled with her mother Miss Marly as well as older sister Countess Of Cork.

“Normally the quick ones are the ones that are doing the injuries like that.”

“At the moment she is showing speed and has ability, but once she has another six or seven runs and builds the muscles up she will get stronger and stronger, lowering her times.”

You For Real produced a personal best of 30.81 in her Westchase victory, lowing her previous time of 30.97.

Oopsy, Full Of Beans and You For Real have done their mother proud. After each feature win Miss Marly receives a new toy to add to her collection from Sayer. The newest edition to her toy box will have to be an extra special one since she was able to produce three of the eight greyhounds in the race.

“Helen gets a massive buzz out of it! It might be the start of something with Helen, I think she is going to be standing up a lot on the podium for the West bred races in the future.”

Mepunga Tiara Crowned The 2014 Group Two Victorian Distance Champion

If pre-race comments are any way to measure the happiness of a trainer after an event, then Anakie mentor Jeff Britton will be as happy as the proverbial pig in mud.

When speaking about his bitch Mepunga Tiara to ARG through the week, Britton said “I’ll be happy if she can run a place.”

She did that and a whole lot more on Saturday night at The Meadows when she landed the Group Two 2014 AWM Victorian Distance Championship. In the process, the daughter of Premier Fantasy and Mepunga Opal (Hallucinate – Mepunga Spark) not only picked up a cool $40,000.

After exiting box six in fourth place, Mepunga Tiara quickly mustered pace to sit in second, racing about three dogs off the fence behind early leader Lethal Three (3) while youngster Zipping Rory (8) was in third place.

Odds-on favourite Xylia Allen (1) was slowly away and found herself in fifth as the field went down the home straight on the first occasion.

The leading trio raced in that order until they left the back straight when Mepunga Tiara took over. Zipping Rory also made good ground and loomed as some sort of threat.

However as they turned for home, Mepunga Tiara’s strength became evident as she quickly beat off the challengers and made the race her own.

When she crossed the line, the 27kg black bitch had stopped the clock at 42.66 in winning by a length.

Dyna Willow (4) did not have an abundance of luck in running and made good ground late to grab second while Zipping Rory ran a credible third.

Of the beaten brigade, Xylia Allen’s tardy start saw her feature heavily in the stewards report including colliding on the home turn on both occasions, as well as a brush with the running rail mid-race. There is no doubt that she is capable of much better and will not be out of the winners circle for too long.

Lethal Three was unable to maintain her early lead and knocked up to finish fifth. Zipping Joe (5), Arejay Smokey (7) and Zipping Maggie (2) were probably the worst served in terms of interference and as a result, were never in the hunt. They filled the last three positions in that order.

The win was a part of what proved to be a night to remember for Jeff Britton. Two races later he made it a feature race double when he landed the Group One Maturity with Mepunga Hayley.

Britton also took out Race Four with Cosmic Wise and Race Nine with Mepunga Fearon.

The 2014 Distance Championship victory was Mepunga Tiara’s ninth career win from 34 starts and she has now amassed over $120,000 in prizemoney.

Full Results

1st: Mepunga Tiara (6) – Jeff Britton
2nd: Dyna Willow (4) – Steven Collins
3rd: Zipping Rory (8) – Bethany Dapiran
4th: Xylia Allen (1) – Jenny Hunt
5th: Lethal Three (3) – Kelly Bravo
6th: Zipping Joe (5) – Darren McDonald
7th: Arejay Smokey (7) – Bob Iredale
8th: Zipping Maggie (2) – Peter Dapiran

Time: 42.66
1st split: 4.92
2nd split: 15.97
3rd split: 29.78
Margins: 1 x 1/4
Scratchings: Galloping Rocky (9) and Liara Allen (10)

Mepunga Hayley Deserved Winner Of 2014 Group One Maturity

Jeff Britton has capped off a remarkable night of racing for his team of greyhounds by taking out the Group One Maturity at The Meadows with Mepunga Hayley. Earlier in the night , Britton and Mepunga Tiara secured the Group Two Victorian Distance Championship final.

Britton told ARG earlier in the week that Mepunga Hayley deserved to win the final and the Bekim Bale and Mepunga Harmony (Pure Octane – Mepunga Shiraz) bitch certainly didn’t disappoint.

Jumping from box eight, Mepunga Hayley was handy but it was Take Charge (3) who took the early lead. Favourite Hooksy (7) was slow to begin, as was Grand Legacy (6) and Sisco Rage (1). Neither of this trio was able to factor in the finish, with Hooksy finishing down the track in seventh.

Mepunga Hayley headed Take Charge coming off the back straight and streaked away to score by three and a quarter lengths in a personal best 29.78. Shoulders (2), who was positioned well in the early stages, got home for second for Anthony Azzopardi. The Andrea Dailly trained Humphrey Bale (5) finished strongly for third.

Mepunga Hayley, owned by Barry Smith, has now won 10 from 20 and over $160,000 in prizemoney and is one to follow closely for the remainder of her career.

Full Results

1st: Mepunga Hayley (8) – Jeff Britton
2nd: Shoulders (2) – Anthony Azzopardi
3rd: Humphrey Bale (5) – Andrea Dailly
4th: Take Charge (3) – Stephen McKenna
5th: Sisco Rage (1) – Darren McDonald
6th: Lamia Bale (4) – Steven Collins
7th: Hooksy (7) – Tanya Auld
8th: Grand Legacy (6) – Peter Dapiran

Time: 29.78

1st split: 5.06
2nd split: 17.81
Margins: 3 1/4 x 2

Scratchings: Trail Blazing (9) and Wind Whistler (10)

Background To The AWM Distance Title

In some ways the AWM Distance Title is one of the ‘unsung’ long-standing major distance races on the Australian calendar. Of course, if Xylia Allen manages to win the 2014 final and extend her winning streak to nine on end (easily the longest of her grand career) and snare the Australian prize money record, then the AWM may well take on a much greater significance in the future.

Inaugural Running

The event began life as the Olympic Park Distance Championship and was first run over the testing 800 yards (732 metres) trip at Olympic Park in 1967. The winner was Magic Zephyr who scored in a fair 44 12/16. I have no other details about that first event.

Distances

As mentioned above, the race was run over 800 yards at Olympic Park between 1967 and 1995. It was then contested at Sandown Park in 1996 and 1997, over 715 metres. Since 1999 it has been run over 725 metres at The Meadows.

Names

From 1967 to 1977, 1979 to 1985, and 1988 to 1991 it was known as the Olympic Park Distance Championship. In 1978 it was called the Victorian Distance Title. In 1986 it was known as the Toyota Trophy, then in 1987 as the Toyota Cup. In 1992 and 1993 it was the Diamond Distance Title, then in 1994 and 1995 it became the ANZ Distance Title. Thankfully, since 1996 it has simply been called the AWM Distance Title.

When is the Race Run

I have no knowledge of the dates of the first two runnings in 1967 and 1968, although I suspect that it was May. From 1969 to 1978 the final was run in May. In 1979 it was held in November. No event took place between 1980 and 1983. In 1984 and 1985 the final was run in November. In 1986 it reverted to February (or late January) until 1992. Between 1993 and 1995 it was run in April. In 1996 it was November, 1997 July, no race in 1998, 1999 it was August, and 2000 November. Since 2001 the race has been held in either July or August, much, no doubt to the delight of owners and trainers who can now plan when they need to target the race.

Biggest Winning Margins

The great Lizrene scored by nine and a half lengths in 1972, Modern Express by nine lengths and a quarter lengths in 1992, Amity Bale by seven and a quarter lengths in 2009, and Zoom Top (1969), Julep (1989) and Johnny Glenoban (1995) all won by six lengths.

Closest Winning Margins

Mid City Mandy, in 2006, and Sky Hazzard, in 2007, won by a neck. La Sierra (1975), Westend Prince (2002) and Zarbo (2005) all won by half a length.

Most Successful Trainer/s

Peter Giles has won two, with Long Shadow (1999) and Westend Prince (2002) and Don Hazzard won with Sky Hazzard in 2007 and 2008.

Only Dual Winners

Sky Hazzard is the only one, scoring in 2007 and 2008.

Only Reserves to Win

None.

Dual Finalists

Phantoma (second 1969, unplaced 1970, unplaced 1971), Dimpled Dianne (unplaced 1973 & 1974), Benjamin Court (unplaced 1975 & 1976), Chevron Lass (Won 1976, unplaced 1977), Sheila’s Teresa (Won 1984, dead-heat second 1985), Bold Trease (second 1987, fifth 1988), Why Complain (second 2002, eighth 2003), Arvo’s Junior (Won 2003, eighth 2004), Sargent Major (eighth 2006, seventh 2007), Sky Hazzard (Won 2007 & 2008), Jarvis Bale (eighth 2009, third 2010).

Beaten Stars

Wonoka (unplaced 1970), Roman Copy (fifth 1971), Saki Dasher (unplaced 1971), He’s Some Boy (second 1973), Titus (third 1976), Mandarin Girl (third 1977), Ibrox (fifth 1977), Bold Trease (second 1987, fifth 1988), High Intensity (third 1988), Raven Kelly (fourth 1994), Northern Legend (second 1996), Keon Star (third 1996), Boronia Blossom (fifth 1996), Bentley Babe (second 2000), Osti’s Joker (fourth 2000), Tip Top Tears (sixth 2001), Total Denial (third 2002), Malfoy (second 2005), Best Quoted (third 2005), Miss Brook (third 2006), Miss Grub (third 2007), Flashing Floods (sixth 2007), Fallen Zorro (second 2008), Chinatown Lad (third 2008), Mantra Lad (fifth 2008), Nellie Noodles (seventh 2010), Irma Bale (third 2012), Proven Impala (second 2013), Bell Haven (eighth 2013).

Additional Notes

Phantoma is one of very few greyhounds to have been a finalist in the same event three years running.

When Golden Ambition won the 1987 final by two lengths from Bold Trease, the time of 43.42 was the second-fastest over 732 metres at Olympic Park to that point, behind Pharaoh’s Mask’s 43.09.

The 1988 final saw the first five across the line finish within 1.7 lengths of each other.

When Destini Fireball won in 2013 he took his earnings to $488,010. AWM director

Terry Davis generously added $12,000 to the $40,000 first prize money to push Destini Fireball’s career earnings past the half million dollar mark.

Past Winners

1967 Magic Zephyr
1968 Carbon Lass
1969 Zoom Top
1970 Trev’s Button
1971 Paul’s Thunder
1972 Lizrene
1973 Thurmiss
1974 Alveray
1975 La Sierra
1976 Chevron Lass
1977 Oakwood Moss
1978 Lindsay’s Pick
1979 Mixed Blessings
1980 not held
1981 not held
1982 not held
1983 not held
1984 Sheila’s Teresa
1985 Suzanne Gwenda
1986 Linton’s Ace
1987 Golden Ambition
1988 Strolling Benja
1989 Julep
1990 Malmar Magic
1991 Witchery
1992 Modern Express
1993 Brijon Belle
1994 Athjoy
1995 Johnny Glenoban
1996 Happy Reuben
1997 Ringside Fire
1998 no race held
1999 Long Shadow
2000 Jedi Lightsabre
2001 Hotshow Vintage
2002 Westend Prince
2003 Arvo’s Junior
2004 Classy Customer
2005 Zarbo
2006 Mid City Mandy
2007 Sky Hazzard
2008 Sky Hazzard
2009 Amity Bale
2010 Blue Lorian
2011 Shimaguni
2012 He Knows Uno
2013 Destini Fireball

The Meadows Greyhounds Tips & Betting Preview July 26th 2014

Centrebet is providing weekly greyhound based promotions and a $200 free bet. If you have loaded up at Centrebet, then Sportingbet has a $700 free bet.

Both Centrebet and Sportingbet provide punters with the option of taking a quaddie. I’ll be taking the following and then sitting back to enjoy watching the mighty Xylia Allen stake her claim at history at The Meadows.

Quaddies
Leg 1: 1,3,5,6,8 – Leg 2: 1 – Leg 3: 1,3,8 – Leg 4: 1,7 – $30 for 100%
Leg 1: 1,3,8 – Leg 2: 1 – Leg 3: 1,3,8 – Leg 4: 1,4,6,7,8 – $45 for 100%

Best Bet:
Race 2: Bazza’s Gift

Best Roughie:
Race 10: Victa Bale

 

Race No. 1Uncle Nick’s Mozzarella Final (gobis)7:13 PM (VIC time)
Maiden Final event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $8,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720 GOBIS: $1,000.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BREAKING NEWS [5]273130.96(6)S Dalton (Coldstream)
10DEE IVY [M]Res.4NBTG Kantzidis (Bundoora)
3TILLA BALE (NSW)[M]25232NBTT Womann (Lara)
4DOUBLE RINSE (NSW)[5]6130.79(8)A Dailly (Anakie)
5FLYNN O’MALLEY [M]32333NBTG Hansen (Daisy Hill)
9WINSTON GROOM [M]Res.33353NBTR Britton (Lara)
7DROOPYS BENTLEY (GA)[5]130.52(8)T O’donovan (Devon Meadows)
8YAMI BALE (NSW)[M]23822NBTS Collins (Lara)

Tough race to kick off the night and I think the box draw will be a major factor. Breaking News has come up with the red draw and she was a steady 30.96 heat winner last week. The time wasn’t flashy but she did find a little bit of trouble in running, so with a clear run she should be able to go much quicker. Her first section of 5.17 was the quickest of the three heats and she has raced over the 600m journey prior to her heat, so she will be much stronger in the run home than most of her opponents.

Droopy’s Bentley won impressively on debut in a more than handy 30.52 and if he can reproduce that effort he should be in the finish again. The only concern with him is that he will be looking for the rail soon after box rise. Roethlisberger is the run on dog in the event and he hasn’t had a lot of luck in his six starts to date. He will get a long way back early but if there is some shuffling up front he should be there to capitalise on it.

Top Four: 1 – 7 – 6 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Breaking News

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

Trifecta: 1,7/1,6,7,8/1,3,4,6,7,8 ($24 for 100%)

 

Race No. 2Gravox Gravy & Boosters Ht17:37 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1JULIE BALE (NSW)[5]5431130.37(6)S Collins (Lara)
2SISCO GOOD [5]3743530.11(5)R Galea (Brookfield)
3PHENOM BALE (NSW)[5]2144330.54(3)T Womann (Lara)
4ALLEN GRAVION (NSW)[5]2258130.35(4)M Delbridge (Balliang)
5TWEAK [5]5743329.90(5)T O’donovan (Devon Meadows)
6BAZZA’S GIFT [5]6764330.17(2)N Bell (Point Lonsdale)
7WHATTA JOKE [5]2242530.11(5)D Dean (Nyora)
8FLYING TWIST [5]22T7730.11(1)A Dailly (Anakie)

Bazza’s Gift has been racing in much stronger company of late and he looks suited in this event. Being a wide runner, the six box is actually quite favourable for him and I would expect him to settle in the top two as they head into the first bend. Two starts ago he was beaten by less than four lengths behind gun sprinter Marcus Joe and this race should be a nice confidence booster for him.

Allen Gravion powered to the line when scoring here recently in 30.35 and with an ounce of luck early he should be there at the business end. He has been missing the kick of late but his first sectionals haven’t been too bad, so provided he doesn’t get crowded initially he should be able to settle fairly close. Tweak probably rounds out the winning chances, he loves racing at this venue and after two solid Sandown placings he appears to be knocking on the door for another win. Like Allen Gravion, he can be slow to begin and he will need a bit of luck in the early stages.

Top Four: 6 – 4 – 5 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Bazza’s Gift (have a crack at this one)

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

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

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

Trifecta: 4,5,6/4,5,6/2,3,4,5,6,7 ($24 for 100%)

 

Race No. 3Manildra Stakes Ht28:00 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ZELL BALE (NSW)[5]7646729.99(3)S Collins (Lara)
2DR. PAULIE [5]4323130.12(3)L Delbridge (Balliang)
3DYNAMIC PUNCH [5]2565330.32(1)R Tartaglia (Newcomb)
4RED HOT MILLIONS [5]7653330.35(1)T Womann (Lara)
9WITCH BALE (NSW)[5]Res.23648NBTM Delbridge (Balliang)
6VIRAL BALE (NSW)[5]1415130.77(3)S Collins (Lara)
7LEKTRA LETHAL [5]51367NBTD Fisher (Lara)
8FORT ALLEN (NSW)[5]6227330.18(8)A Dailly (Anakie)

Fort Allen has raced well from the pink draw in the past and he should appreciate the enormous drop in class tonight. He is clearly the most reliable beginner in the field and he can consistently run sub 5.10 to the first marker here, if he can produce that type of effort that should allow him to cross to the early lead and he is likely to zip away off the back straight. His last 40m isn’t the strongest part of his race but this race lacks depth and he should be good enough to hold on.

Dynamic Punch is easily the most talented chaser in the event but he tends to make a lot of mistakes in his races. He is likely to bomb the start and settle back in the field but he does have a big finish and if the gaps open at the right time he will get his chance to feature. Zell Bale is much better than his recent form reads and if he happens to get away cleanly he can make an impact. He has broken the 30 second barrier here previously and if he can regain some confidence he won’t be far away.

Top Four: 8 – 3 – 1 – 7

Suggested Bets:

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

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

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

 

Race No. 4Don Kr Castlemaine8:23 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

1EVER ALERT [5]1165634.65(2)A Dailly (Anakie)
2AMLIN GIRL [5]1741734.73(2)A Terry (Cranbourne South)
3LADY TOY [5]31211FSTDN Gost (Little River)
4EMA’S PRINCESS (NSW)[5]4355234.65(6)R Britton (Lara)
5COSMIC WISE (WA)[4]1224734.47(7)J Britton (Anakie)
6CRACKERJACK BABE [5]2557234.79(2)A Dailly (Anakie)
7ALLEN WAKE (NSW)[5]5415134.92(3)A Dailly (Anakie)
8TICK BALE (NSW)[5]41552NBTJ Hunt (Avalon)

Prior to her previous two runs, Cosmic Wise was absolutely airborne and now that she is back up to her favourite distance she should return to the winners list. Five starts ago she reeled off sizzling sectionals when scoring at Sandown in 34.17 and if she can reproduce that type of effort she will prove very hard to hold out. Obviously her chances hinge on her being able to lead but there isn’t a lot of speed in this event and she should get every chance.

Tick Bale is a classy performer and he hasn’t had a lot of luck in his previous efforts here, from the pink he should be able to get a clear run early and if he can balance up in the top four he will put the pressure on Cosmic Wise as they head for home. Ever Alert has loads of talent but he needs room in the early stages, if he can get away cleanly he should be thereabouts. Lady Toy will be well fancied but she is going to get a long way back early and she will be needing a lot of gaps to open, it may be worth anchoring her for third and fourth in exotic bets.

Top Four: 5 – 8 – 1 – 3

Suggested Bets:

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

First Four: 1,5,8/1,5,8/3/Field ($30 for 100%)

First Four: 1,5,8/1,5,8/Field/3 ($30 for 100%)

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

 

Race No. 5Markwell Foods8:42 PM (VIC time)
Mixed 4/5 event over 725 metres at The meadows Of $8,745 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,120 2nd: $1,750 3rd: $875.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1LIARA ALLEN (NSW)[5]61174NBTS Collins (Lara)
2GALLOPING ROCKY [5]72513NBTR Conway (Bunyip)
3BEKS [5]5441443.23(6)P Bouchier (Dennington)
4TYRA GISELLE (NSW)[5]12264NBTT Chatwin (Johnsonville)
5FUNKY CHICKEN [5]48224FSTDJ Guy (Horsham)
6BIG KAT [5]21141NBTC Schlensog (Anakie)
7CORAL [5]41111FSTDA Scott (Knowsley)
8BREAK O’DAY [4]5512442.91(1)M Wintle (Reservoir)

Tough race to kick start the quaddie and I think you will have to go wide. I’ve given the edge to Liara Allen and that is purely because she has the red draw. Last week she made her staying debut and after missing the kick she never really had a chance to show her best, from the red she should be able to punch through and lead and she will be much better for last week’s effort.

Beks turned in a big performance at Ballarat two runs back when he reeled in Infinite Wish and he could be the value in this event. He is likely to go around at big odds but if he can settle mid pack and avoid trouble he should be in the mix when it counts. Break O’Day has his favourable pink draw and he should be a lot sharper tonight considering he has had 2 months off. He has a good record here and prior to his spell he had been racing in very strong company. Big Kat and Funky Chicken both need to be included in your quaddies, Funky Chicken is having his first crack at the trip and at 20/1 he could cause a boil over.

Top Four: 1 – 3 – 8 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on Liara Allen, Beks and Funky Chicken (very open race and all should be value and you should be able to double your money)

Trifecta: 1,3,5,8/1,3,5,6,8/1,3,5,6,8 ($48 for 100%)

 

Race No. 6Awm Distance Championship Final (gobis)9:00 PM (VIC time)
S/E Group 2 event over 725 metres at The meadows Of $68,000 Prizemoney.
1st: $40,000 2nd: $12,000 3rd: $6,000 GOBIS: $10,000.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1XYLIA ALLEN (NSW)[4]1111142.47(2)J Hunt (Avalon)
2ZIPPING MAGGIE (NSW)[5]21182NBTP Dapiran (Northwood)
3LETHAL THREE (NSW)[5]82532NBTK Bravo (Lovely Banks)
4DYNA WILLOW (NSW)[3]1114242.16(4)S Collins (Lara)
5ZIPPING JOE (NSW)[4]1133143.00(4)D Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
6MEPUNGA TIARA [4]3224142.72(8)J Britton (Anakie)
7AREJAY SMOKEY [5]71533NBTB Iredale (Pearcedale)
8ZIPPING RORY (NSW)[4]3113342.17(6)B Dapiran (Northwood)

She is aiming to become the number one prize money earner in history and she has everything going for her. Xylia Allen is one of the greatest chasers we have seen in recent times and from the red draw she should create history tonight. She will go around at $1.30 or shorter and it is best just to anchor her up front in your exotic and multiple bets. Her past two tries over the staying trip she has altered her racing pattern and after settling back in the field she has powered to the line, so with her ability to lead or come from off the speed, it really is impossible to see her being beaten.

Dyna Willow is a star in her own right and she returned to racing with a big effort when placed in her heat last week. She found a lot of trouble in the run and she should be much better for that effort, she is capable of settling much closer to the speed and it would turn into a wonderful match race if she and Xylia Allen landed in front. Zipping Rory has the good draw and he is a great chance to run a place, whilst Zipping Maggie appears to be a staying star of the future, she was smartly placed in her heat and she will continue to improve with every staying run.

Top Four: 1 – 4 – 8 – 2

Suggested Bets:

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

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

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

Trifecta: 1,4/1,4/Field ($12 for 100%)

 

Race No. 7Devondale Stakes9:22 PM (VIC time)
Free For All event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1PELOTON BALE (NSW)[3]1211329.83(4)J Hunt (Avalon)
2ALLEN ZENTAX (NSW)[3]2523730.03(4)A Dailly (Anakie)
3GIMME FUEL [2]1215629.92(3)K Bravo (Lovely Banks)
4TYRONIMO [3]7522530.01(1)W Vassallo (Devon Meadows)
5GREAT SPARTACUS [4]2112129.89(8)K Bravo (Lovely Banks)
6WOODNEAR (SA)[3]1122330.11(5)V Cotton (Elaine)
7SPRING LEAF (NSW)[2]1T11830.01(3)A Dailly (Anakie)
8BUCKLE UP MASON (TAS)[1]8162129.74(3)J Hunt (Avalon)

Quality race and it’s hard to look past track specialist Peloton Bale, he has won six of 13 over this journey and his latest victory here was last month when scoring in a smart 29.92. On that occasion he settled back in the field before powering to the line for a convincing win. The red box should allow him to settle much closer mid race and if he can gain some luck in running he should be there when it counts.

Buckle Up Mason is another who has a love affair with this track and if he can get away on terms from the pink he should have sufficient speed to get across, obviously if Peloton Bale is close in the run he will get run down but if the favourite finds trouble he may just get away with the prize. Tyronimo has been racing in solid fashion of late and he can atone for a luckless run here last week, whilst Gimme Fuel should round out the winning chances, he is a reliable beginner and he can run time on the bunny.

Top Four: 1 – 8 – 4 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 1,8/1,3,4,8/1,3,4,5,8 ($18 for 100%)

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

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

 

Race No. 8Hudson Pacific Maturity Final (gobis)9:40 PM (VIC time)
S/E Group 1 event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $155,000 Prizemoney.
1st: $100,000 2nd: $30,000 3rd: $15,000 GOBIS: $10,000.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SISCO RAGE [5]3462230.24(5)D Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
2SHOULDERS (NSW)[4]2112229.94(4)A Azzopardi (Londonderry)
3TAKE CHARGE [4]1343230.20(8)S Mckenna (Napoleons)
4LAMIA BALE (NSW)[4]5622130.00(7)S Collins (Lara)
5HUMPHREY BALE (NSW)[3]5173129.96(8)A Dailly (Anakie)
6GRAND LEGACY [4]21F3130.17(5)P Dapiran (Northwood)
7HOOKSY [4]1613229.95(4)T Auld (Tatura)
8MEPUNGA HAYLEY [3]4241130.01(8)J Britton (Anakie)

Definitely not the strongest Group One Final and with that being said, if Hooksy wants to lay claim to being the best sprinter in the land he will need to win a race like this. His two heat efforts have been rather disappointing but he is in good hands and I’m sure connections would have him cherry ripe for tonight’s final. It all comes down to what he does in the first 20 metres, if he gets away cleanly and is given some room he should drive to the lead and he will destroy his rivals, however if he misses the kick then he is going to need a huge amount of luck. I’m tipping that he will ping the lids tonight and at around the $2.80 mark he is big odds, it’s worth noting that $1.80 is his biggest starting price at his past eight starts and they have all been in open class company.

Sisco Rage has the gun draw and although he was a tad disappointing last week I think the Mcdonald factor is the key. From the red he should be able to hold a forward spot early and prior to last week he had been turning in some enormous performances, if Hooksy finds trouble early, look for Sisco Rage to take advantage. Lamia Bale and Grand Legacy are the two smokey’s in the event, both have enough speed to lead and they both appear to be getting stronger and stronger with every 500m run.

Top Four: 7 – 1 – 6 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Hooksy (this will be the best price you see for a while)

Trifecta: 1,7/1,4,6,7/1,2,4,6,7,8 ($24 for 100%)

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

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

 

Race No. 9Black Swan Dips & Yoghurts10:05 PM (VIC time)
Grade 4 event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $7,600 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,320 2nd: $1,520 3rd: $760.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ALLEN GIZMO (NSW)[4]8144530.20(6)A Dailly (Anakie)
2LUKEY DEEZ [4]5654430.09(4)M Carter (Violet Town)
3MOOT POINT (NSW)[4]1524430.28(5)M Carter (Violet Town)
4LADY GOLDENPAW [4]6534630.24(5)R Britton (Lara)
5SUPERSTAR MAGIC (NSW)[4]4161130.19(1)B Shillington (Avalon)
6SKINNY VINNIE [4]3513130.02(2)R Britton (Lara)
7CRACKERJACK DAK [4]1228129.94(4)A Dailly (Anakie)
8MEPUNGA FEARON [4]1142230.18(4)J Britton (Anakie)

Crackerjack Dak is a super sprinter and he continues to impress, last week at Geelong he used his rails draw to perfection and scored a blistering 25.54 win. On that occasion he led from go to whoa and it appears that with a clean getaway tonight he should be able to lead throughout again.

Mepunga Fearon looks suitably drawn out wide and he should get a nice cart across from Crackerjack Dak in the early stages. I don’t think he can beat the favourite but he looks a great prospect for the quinella. Allen Gizmo is suitably drawn in the red and he returned to form recently with a strong 25.61 Ballarat win, whilst Moot Point is a strong type and he can run home into a place.

Top Four: 7 – 8 – 1 – 3

Suggested Bets:

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

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

Trifecta: 7,8/7,8/Field ($12 for 100%)

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

 

Race No. 10Bakels Artisan Bread Ht310:25 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SILVER BRODIE (NSW)[5]7412F30.14(1)L Delbridge (Balliang)
2DUNSTALL [5]53262NBTJ Guy (Horsham)
3TOP SECRET [5]32327NBTK Bravo (Lovely Banks)
4MAXIMUM LIL [5]78645NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
5VICTA BALE (NSW)[5]6843530.10(4)S Collins (Lara)
6SAPPORO (NZ)[5]5255829.82(4)T Womann (Lara)
7LAGOON MYTYE (NSW)[5]42511FSHT Reid (Yuroke)
8RAPID INCLINE [5]43444NBTR Tartaglia (Newcomb)

Top Secret has been racing in much stronger company of late and he is armed with sizzling early speed. Two starts ago he posted a smart 5.08 section but unfortunately My Bro Fabio settled too close to him in the early stages and he was never a match for him. Tonight’s race is fairly weak and if he can land on the bunny he will give them something to catch. The red is in form so we might be able to snag at least $3.50 or better with this one.

Silver Brodie regained some confidence with a slick 30.06 win here on Wednesday and he is drawn to be a major player again, I don’t he can hold out Top Secret early but he should be able to settle very close to him and the run to the line should be very interesting. Victa Bale is much better than his recent form reads and he is returning to his favourite track, he has a wide runner drawn on his outside and that should allow him to get a clear run early.

Top Four: 3 – 1 – 5 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on Top Secret and Victa Bale

Trifecta: 1,3,5/1,3,5/Field ($36 for 100%)

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

 

Race No. 11Nestle Professional Ht410:42 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ASTRONOMIC (WA)[5]15352FSHD Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
2WIND WHISTLER [5]11523NBTA Langton (Anakie)
9RORSHACH BALE (NSW)[5]Res.3545830.49(4)A Dailly (Anakie)
4MAGNETO BALE (NSW)[5]2463130.37(8)S Collins (Lara)
5ROY GALO [5]8418329.80(8)S Ralph (Tooradin)
6CETTE AWAY [5]1463530.25(2)J Hunt (Avalon)
7DYNA SUZIE (NSW)[5]4228330.24(3)S Collins (Lara)
8TRAIL BLAZING [5]1232330.41(8)T Womann (Lara)

Astronomic has been a little disappointing in her two Victorian runs but she is drawn to show loads of improvement. In WA she has scored some very slick wins and if she can reproduce some of that form she should be able to get around the 30 flat mark or just under and that would be enough to score here.

Wind Whistler has turned in two huge performances here in a heat and semi of the Maturity Classic and if he gains an ounce of luck in running he will be there at the finish. He lack of early pace means that he will need a lot to go right to win but he is a powerful chaser and he seems to be getting better with every run. Trail Blazing will be well supported but I don’t like his chances of crossing from the pink box. Roy Galo was very unlucky here last week and if he can begin like he did last start then he won’t be far away.

Top Four: 1 – 2 – 5 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on Astronomic and Roy Galo

Boxed Quinella: 1,2,5 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1,2,5/1,2,5/Field ($36 for 100%)

 

Race 12 – 525M Grade 5 Heat Five – 11:00PM

Quick Succession is absolutely flying at present in her last start Sandown Park win she recorded a ridiculous 4.98 to the first marker. The pink draw doesn’t do her any favours but there isn’t another runner in this event who is capable of matching motors with her in the first 50m. So provided she gets away on terms she should have enough natural speed to get across.

I’m a massive fan of Dyna Alchemist and I think he is going to go on to bigger and better things. My only concern with him tonight is the wide draw, he is keen for the fence and he can take a few strides to get going so he is going to need a lot of luck as they head for the first bend. What For is in career best form and he should be able to settle in the first two. His last 50m isn’t great but he should have enough in the tank to hold on for the minor money.

Top Four: 8 – 7 – 4 – 1

Suggested Bets:

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

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

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

 

Wentworth Park Greyhounds Tips & Betting Preview July 26th 2014

Centrebet is providing weekly greyhound based promotions and a $200 free bet. If you have loaded up at Centrebet, then Sportingbet has a $700 free bet.

Both Centrebet and Sportingbet provide punters with the option of taking a quaddie. I’ll be taking the following and then sitting back to enjoy watching the mighty Xylia Allen stake her claim at history at The Meadows.

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

Best Bet:
Race 10: I’m Pedro – Currently 2.70 in Centrebet fixed odds markets.

Best Roughie:
Race 4: Kobi Jay – Showing odds of 5.00 at Sportingbet in fixed odds markets.

 

Race No. 1Macro Meats Gourmet Game Stakes7:30 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DIESEL TRAIN272730.63Gregory Lye
2ZULU MYSTIQUE133230.56Frank Sanotti
3ETON GOLD3113NBTMarie Burton
4ZIPPING ANGEL211430.57Jason Mackay
5WINNING CHARM5134NBTFrank Hurst
9ALL BUT CENTRE242430.28Michelle Shambler
7FREDYS FLASH118330.25Ian Betts
8CAWBOURNE COBRA672230.00Jodie Lord

Very open race but I think the well drawn Cawbourne Cobra showed enough last week to suggest that she is going to win a race again very soon. After a steady beginning she showed a great turn of foot and applied pressure to Coolabah Jet for the entire trip. She went down narrowly last week in good time and with some luck early she can go one better.

Zipping Angel is the obvious danger and she is expected to start a short priced favourite. The only concern with her is that there is a heap of pace drawn directly on her outside and she will need a lot of luck in the first 50m. Winning Charm is expected to lead the event and she has been in good form of late. She is suspect in the final 50m but she should give a great sight in front. Diesel Train has the good draw and he should be able to settle in the first three, he isn’t overly strong but there are a number of runners in this event who struggle to run the trip.

Top Four: 8 – 5 – 4 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on Cawbourne Cobra and Diesel Drive

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

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

 

Race No. 2Petsnacks.com.au 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

1INTERROGATED273330.18Michelle Shambler
2BELLA ROC555130.37Lewis Galea
3BLACK EMPRESS322629.92Harry Sarkis
4BIG GIRL GERALD113430.07Mark Bell
5MAGIC DREAM131429.84Jodie Lord
6KATE’S REACTION113130.19Tony Desira
7LE BURGLAR423330.02Pauline Moran
8DANISH SUCCESS467230.11Harry Sarkis

Another very open affair but I think the consistent Big Girl Gerald can return to the winners list. Three starts ago she posted an impressive 30.07 victory here and she hasn’t experienced a lot of luck in her two subsequent runs. She is capable of going sub 5.50 to the first marker and that should allow her to settle in the top three as they head into the back straight. She appears to be getting stronger and stronger with every run and she should make an impact here.

Magic Dream is an explosive beginner and if he can reproduce his sizzling 29.84 victory here he will prove very hard to reel in. He can be a little hit or miss at box rise but he has performed well from middle pins previously. Le Burglar has lots of talent and he is the run on dog in the event. He has been solidly placed in his past three runs here and he only needs a clear run early to feature.

Top Four: 4 – 5 – 7 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Each Way on Big Girl Gerald

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

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

 

Race No. 3Adopt A Greyhound Today Stakes8:07 PM
4 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,670 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,650 2nd: $1,350 3rd: $670.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1FLYING MORSON221230.04Justin King
2ZAMBORA MAGIC325829.55Frank Hurst
3EVIL PUNK425129.70James Coyle
4CREEPY COUPE241129.71Adam Wade
5BOOMING BENNETT721229.83Shannon Ellis
6HECTOR KAHN212129.88Dean Swain
7KING SAPPHIRE347130.19Noelene Holloway
8CLONAKILTY MAN223129.66Ruth Matic

Quality event but it appears to be a match race between Evil Punk and Clonakilty Man. I’m going to give the classy Evil Punk the edge based on his recent 29.46 Gosford win. Prior to that effort he appeared to be off his game and he was disappointing in a couple of runs, however his Gosford win has convinced me that he is back to his best and he loves racing at this venue.

Clonakilty Man returned from a six week break and smashed his rivals when scoring here in a blistering 29.66. He showed a ridiculous turn of foot soon after box rise and he maintained that high speed in the run to the line. The pink draw doesn’t really suit but if he can step away on terms it shouldn’t pose too many problems. Creepy Coupe is in rare form and he can be a factor if he can reproduce his 29.71 PB run here.

Top Four: 3 – 8 – 4 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Evil Punk

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

Trifecta: 3,4,8/3,4,8/2,3,4,5,6,8 ($24 for 100%)

 

Race No. 4Find Us On Facebook Stakes8:30 PM
4/5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,670 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,650 2nd: $1,350 3rd: $670.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1PABLO CRUZ736330.04Benjamin Mccauley
2SATCHMO’S HANKY216129.85Benjamin Mccauley
3COOLABAH JET321129.97Jodie Lord
4KOBI JAY434629.83Ronald Bell
5KNOT TELLING YA382430.01Marie Burton
6MINZA RED ONE522629.77Charlie Gatt
7STRATAVON PAT433130.27Christine Kay
9LOOSE CONNECTION744230.55John Hughes

Kobi Jay hasn’t experienced a lot of luck in recent times but I think he is suitably drawn in the middle tonight. There is a heap of early speed drawn in the inside three boxes and that should allow him to find the rails very early and he should find himself very close to the lead off the back straight. He is very strong in the run to the line and he has been racing in much stronger company of late.

Satchmo’s Hanky appears to be the likely leader and he was an impressive 30.08 winner here last week. There is quite a bit of speed drawn around him so he will have to work a little harder initially but he is still good enough to hold on and make an impact. Knot Telling Ya could be the blowout value, he has been racing well without winning recently and he has the potential to ping the lids and run time on the bunny.

Top Four: 4 – 2 – 5 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on Kobi Jay and Knot Telling Ya

Boxed Quinella: 2,4,5 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2,4,5/2,4,5/Field ($36 for 100%)

 

Race No. 5Schweppes Sprint8:50 PM
FFA event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1CHICA DESTACADA625629.49Doreen Drynan
3AVONDALE ZENA331629.86Ronald Bell
4CHILLI SIERRA175529.93Kenneth Burnett
5SOARING EAGLE117529.89Marie Burton
6DOUBLE TWIST351129.56Garry Edwards
7TAKE IT ALL663129.75Doreen Drynan

Chica Destacada hasn’t been racing with a lot of luck recently but from the gun draw she gets her chance to return to the winners list. She is normally a very reliable beginner and the last time she exited the red draw she went through the first marker here in 5.35 and stopped the clock in a scorching 29.51 overall, a repeat of that will see her post a comfortable victory.

Double Twist is a freak and she just continues to win open class races. Once again the box draw hasn’t done her a lot of favours but she does have a wide runner and slow beginner drawn directly outside and that should allow her to get a relatively clear run into the first turn. Unfortunately I’m anticipating that she will be giving Chica Destacada a fairly big head start and therefore the quinella spot looks likely for her. Take It All finally broke through again here last week and he is suitably drawn out wide again. He isn’t good enough to match it with the top two anymore but he can run home into the minor end of the money.

Top Four: 1 – 6 – 7 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Chica Destacada

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

Trifecta: 1,6/1,6/Field ($12 for 100%)

 

Race No. 6Greyhound Recorder Distance Chal…9:15 PM
4/5 event over 720 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,285 2nd: $1,485 3rd: $730.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1PAINTED DOTTY331142.43Michael Stringer
2MISS PARTY GIRL3124NBTGregory Perrin
3MY ASUNCION232342.36Adele Powell
4TIFI FOR ME561242.58Chris O’brien
5COSMIC ROSIE254142.33Gary Adams
6SNEAKY BONANZA1112NBTJudith Fisher
10WAYLIN JOY6175NBTPaul Bigeni
8CLAN ANNIE124342.44Alex Anderson

Cosmic Rosie finally showed her true talent when scoring at Richmond in 42.05 last week and she should be able to continue on her winning way. Surprisingly last week she settled just off the speed and took over mid race, so that shows that she is getting stronger and stronger with every run. The middle pin is a disadvantage but she should have enough early toe to push through in the run to the first bend.

Painted Dotty is aiming for a hat trick of wins and she is drawn to be a major player. Two runs back she posted an impressive 42.43 win here and a similar run to that would see her push for another victory. My Asuncion has been placed in seven of her past eight and she is never far away in this type of company. She is yet to win here in 20 tries but she is just about a lock to run a drum.

Top Four: 5 – 1 – 3 – 4

Suggested Bets:

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

Boxed Quinella: 1,3,4,5 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1,5/1,3,4,5/1,3,4,5,6,8 ($24 for 100%)

 

Race No. 7Www.wentworthpark.com.au Stakes9:35 PM
4/5 event over 720 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,325 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,110 2nd: $1,485 3rd: $730.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1GARRY’S DREAM1151NBTWarren Slade
2CYCLONE SIMONE611142.62Majella Ferguson
3CAPRIATI328643.44Harry Sarkis
4LUZAKA ICON425442.71Marien Sullivan
6YELLOW FEVER513242.45Ronald Bell
8ELEAZAR141642.32Dean Swain

Cyclone Simone is back to her brilliant best and she should be able to lead throughout tonight. After an unsuccessful WA campaign, she has regained some confidence with three brilliant 600m wins. She isn’t the strongest of stayers but there isn’t a whole lot of early speed in this event and that should allow her to set up a monster lead mid race. She has posted a 42.62 win here previously but I think she can get down to around the 42.30 these days.

Eleazar has been racing in great heart in QLD of late and she is perfectly placed in the pink box. She recently won a heat of the Gold Cup and on the occasion she hit the line very hard. She will get back early but if she doesn’t find too much trouble she should be fighting out the finish. Yellow Fever was far from disgraced when placed here last week and he should run a cheeky race again. I don’t think he is good enough to win but he can run home into the minor money.

Top Four: 2 – 8 – 6 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 2,8/2,8/Field ($10 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2,8/2,4,6,8/2,4,6,8 ($12 for 100%)

Quinella: 2,8

 

Race No. 8Rapidvite Sprint Series F9:57 PM
NG event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $9,325 Prizemoney.
1st: $7,000 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BESSY BOO143129.71Christine Proctor
2BOBBY BLANCO158429.90Dean Swain
3RITZA RAIDER214329.79Mark Gatt
4MISS SUEKO114229.67Justin King
5ZOLA ICON513229.90Robert Sullivan
6GRADENCE332329.76Mark Gatt
9QUEEN ESTHER151529.64Noelene Holloway
8ZIPPING SUMMAH521129.64Jason Mackay

Quality final with numerous winning chances but I think the Jason Mackay trained Zipping Summah is drawn to get the cash. She has raced well from wide draws in recent times and her 5.36 to the first marker last week would see her lead this field quite easily. Her overall time in her heat was a little disappointing but she does have a blistering 29.64 PB here. It was her first try over 500m for a while last week so she will also be much better for the run.

Bessy Boo hit the line strongly when scoring a smart 29.86 heat win and in the process he reeled in the highly promising Miss Sueko. The red draw will be a big advantage and that should allow him to settle much closer to the speed than he normally would. Gradence is a powerful sprinter and he will be steaming home late, he rarely wins these days but he is a great dog to anchor for third and fourth in your exotics.

Top Four: 8 – 1 – 6 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Zipping Summah

Trifecta: 1,8/1,4,6,8/1,3,4,6,8 ($18 for 100%)

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

Quinella: 8 to rove with 1,4,6 ($3 for 100%)

 

Race No. 9Tab.com.au Stakes10:17 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ELVEE EXPRESS426229.99Peter Simpson
2PACE VENTURA172330.12Peter Simpson
3ENVY135830.13Peter Tobin
4FREDDY DIESEL452329.88Mark Gatt
5SOLAR PAK212830.03Chris O’brien
6PERFECTED322530.12Lorraine Atchison
7LANI BANARNI166130.08Charlie Gatt
8MY AWESOME OPAL164529.91Marie Burton

My Awesome Opal has been a little disappointing of late but tonight he has his favourite draw and he should return to the winners list. In his recent races he has been getting crowded soon after box rise and he has had to work overtime to get into a prominent position early. From the pink he should be able to carve across to the early lead and he should zip away off the back straight. His last 40m is always a concern but there aren’t a lot of strong runners in this event.

Freddy Diesel is one of the stronger runners in the event and if he can get some luck as they head into the first bend he should be fighting out the finish. He has a slick 29.89 PB over this trip but under the right conditions he is capable of going a little bit quicker. Lani Banarni resumed from a spell with a handy 29.92 Dapto win and she is armed with explosive early speed. I don’t think she can match the pink mid race but if My Awesome Opal does some things wrong early she will be there to capitalise.

Top Four: 8 – 4 – 7 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on My Awesome Opal and Freddy Diesel

Trifecta: 4,7,8/4,7,8/1,2,4,5,7,8 ($24 for 100%)

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

 

Race No. 10Bohemia Crystal Stakes10:35 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SWIFT INDIAN265130.00Maureen West
2SWAN’S MAVIS178229.92Dean Swain
3CAWBOURNE POWER123329.78Jodie Lord
4I’M PEDRO318229.75Sydney Wales
9ROCKFORD REASON516630.66Harry Sarkis
6BEING GOOD111130.17Jane Carruthers
7CALAMITY TRIGGER647130.08Michael Eberand
8LACEY LOIS242629.86Peter Acers

Quality race to finish the night and it appears to be a race in two between I’m Pedro and Being Good. They are very hard to split but I think the early pace of I’m Pedro will be a big factor in the result. Three starts ago he led from go to whoa when scoring a sizzling 29.77 win here and a repeat of that effort will see him score again. Obviously he would need to lead to win but there isn’t a lot of speed in this race and he should get a very cheap lead.

Being Good has scored some dazzling 600m wins of late and in those victories she has showed a lot more early speed than normal. Back to the 500m trip I don’t think she will settle as close to the speed but with a clear run she is capable of running the hands off the clock. Outside the top two, Calamity Trigger is the only runner really capable of causing an upset. In May he appeared to be struggling but he had six weeks off and last week he returned to racing with a brilliant 22.57 Bulli win. He is very hit or miss early but if he gets away on terms he may give the two favourites something to think about.

Top Four: 4 – 6 – 7 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on I’m Pedro

Trifecta: 4,6/4,6/Field ($12 for 100%)

Trifecta: 4,6/4,6,7/2,3,4,6,7,8 ($24 for 100%)

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

We Will Tell You What’s Good For You

As the financial year draws to a close it’s time to look again to our national body, Greyhounds Australasia, to see how we are doing. Sadly, no luck. The latest stats on people, dogs and cash are for 2011 – still. That makes it really hard to assess the industry. We then have to rely on state annual reports which are sometimes informative, often not. Good news stories can outrank facts. And you cannot put them together and add them up as they all approach the subject differently.

Fortunately, the thoroughbred’s Fact Book will be out later in the year and will provide lots of current data about all Australian betting, including greyhound betting. But it will not include Betfair turnover because the company says it is not relevant and refuses to supply it. Can you believe it?

Another option might be to take the various Racing Ministers’ words of wisdom and cut them in half or, in Queensland’s case, by two thirds.

How on earth can you run an organisation properly without good information about the whole country? Or even parts of it. States might think they are islands unto themselves but the dogs don’t know that. Neither do the punters.

And, sad to say, all Queensland’s form and results are going into the NSW Ozchase system this weekend, which will make them extremely difficult to use. Ozchase continues to be a poor relation to other formguides and the like, notably those from Victoria. Since Victoria is the only state doing reasonably at the moment, you would think the other states would be pulling out all the stops to catch up. Not so. They just don’t get it. Maybe a course on customer relations would be a help.

WHO’S ON FIRST BASE?

Talking about Racing Ministers, since they are responsible for appointing board members of state authorities it is interesting to note a pattern emerging.

Do you know that the chairmen of five major greyhound authorities are lawyers? They are Queensland, NSW, Victoria, SA and Greyhounds Australasia. One of those is a QC.

So was the guy who conducted the last statutory review of NSW greyhound and harness boards. Well, actually he was a barrister which is a bit of a worry. Their brief in life is to nit-pick about words and argue that black is really white, mainly on behalf of wealthy firms. Vision, progress and corporate objectives do not get much of a look-in, certainly not in his case. Maybe he had the wrong brief?

Lawyers are paid to get things right, which makes it odd to see that GRNSW is trying to shift a commercial enterprise (Tweed Heads dogs) from NSW to Queensland. Since that could shatter long term contractual obligations, as well as pose a massive constitutional challenge, you have to wonder how they would bring that about. Or why? What does it achieve? More jobs for lawyers, perhaps?

They might pick up some secrets from Prince Leonard of Hutt River Principality, 595km north of Perth. Having seceded from Australia, he seems to be doing well by charging incoming tourists a fee for stamping visas in their passports. And on special at the moment is a commemorative watch for only $45. A coin in honour of the late Princess Shirley is also available

Elsewhere, I can recall a proposal of mine going to the board of a company I once worked for. Later I got a response from one director – a prominent QC and good bloke – that he recognised the way it was written and therefore knew where it came from. No word about the worth of the proposal, though, only about the writing.

It all reminds you of the example of airline captains, finely trained, highly skilled, well paid members of the community. Yet the first duty of a pilot is to assess the risks and not take them. The duty of a businessman is to assess the risks and take one of the options; otherwise he will go out backwards. Who would you rather have running your company?

(This, incidentally, is why the old habit of putting pilots in charge of airlines – and there were many – is a relic of the ages. They have all done it at one time or another, but not anymore. See Ansett, Qantas (twice), Butler, Hazleton, Kendall, Pan Am (also twice), Cathay (launched by Australian pilot Syd de Kantzhow), TWA (Howard Hughes was a dedicated pilot), Eastern (Eddie Rickenbacker, a pioneer), and so on. It is also interesting that only two of those airlines are still operating, one of them somewhat shakily).

All these folk are no doubt well-regarded, upstanding people but our question remains: are lawyers the best people to take an industry into the modern age? Since breeding is down, betting is generally declining, field numbers are falling, as is their quality, and the industry is now reliant on mug gamblers, there is a big doubt about that.

It is sensible to have a lawyer on the board, for obvious reasons. But not in charge.

What we desperately need is a national body, led by someone who is prepared to mount his white charger and roar into battle, brandishing his sword and encouraging the troops to follow.

THE UNDERLYING ISSUES

The whole question of who to put in charge is argumentative, of course. We hear about hotshot “independent” advisors being used to come up with possible names for board membership yet you can judge only on results and they are mixed at best. Too often the motive seems to be to pick people who are “sound”, as Sir Humphrey might say. Ministers never like the boat being rocked, yet how else can you achieve progress?

The greyhound industry lacks real leadership, partly because of its fragmented nature, partly because it has shown no inclination to adapt to modern standards of governance, partly because it has been concerned only with process and not outcomes, and partly because it has always been low man on the totem pole.

Therefore it must look to why this is happening and correct its direction and its corporate strategies. Put simply, it has worthwhile assets but they are not being utilised well. That shortcoming means the buck has to stop with the various boards and to the people who put them there.

Whether our leaders are lawyers, accountants, doctors or vets is perhaps not so much the point as whether those folk can achieve results. Demonstrably, the present lot are not doing that, hence my query about the current dominance of lawyers – circumstantial evidence, you might say.

2014 Group Two Victorian Distance Final Preview

When the lids fly for the Group Two AWM Victorian Distance Final at The Meadows on Saturday night, eight greyhounds will not only vie for the $40,000 first prize and the tag of Victoria’s champion stayer.

For one greyhound, Saturday evening’s final is also the opportunity to etch her name into Australian greyhound racing immortality. Should Xylia Allen win the race, she will become the greatest prizemoney earner in the history of the sport in Australia and she will start a very short priced favourite to do so.

Here is a look at the field in detail;

Box 1
Race Odds
$1.30
Heat Replay
 
Xylia Allen
Trainer
Jenny Hunt
Owner
Janice Wheeler
Prizemoney
$682,175.00
Last 10 Starts
1411111111
39 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Turanza Bale - Tayah Bale
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $9,475.00 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
72 36 10 11
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
50% 79%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 1 0
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 7 1 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – The champion sprinter/stayer who looks to surpass Miata as Australia’s greatest stakes earner of all time in this race. She was dominant in her heat win and is drawn to take this race out. She will take a power of beating here.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.47 42.47 4.88 5.06
Box 2
Race Odds
$16.00
Heat Replay
 
Zipping Maggie
Trainer
Peter Dapiran
Owner
Hallinan syndicate
Prizemoney
$23,865.00
Last 10 Starts
5513121182
26 Months   Dark Brindle   Bitch   by   Turanza Bale - Natalie Rass
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,705.00 Rating 94
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
14 6 3 2
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
43% 79%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – A youngster who pushed Mepunga Tiara all the way in her heat placing. She is an up-and-comer who could well be a top-line stayer of the future but looks graded up to her ears here. Her place claims look best.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 42.83 5.12 5.12
Box 3
Race Odds
$26.00
Heat Replay
 
Lethal Three
Trainer
Kelly Bravo
Owner
Trident syndicate
Prizemoney
$51,725.00
Last 10 Starts
8516382532
33 Months   Blue   Bitch   by   Velocette - Flushed
Start Fair Running Wide Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,398.00 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
37 8 6 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
22% 54%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 0 2 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 2 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – She is a seasoned top-class campaigner who ran home well in her heat placing behind Xylia Allen and looms as a rough chance in the final. She will need to be even better to salute here and is likely to need a little bit of luck at the first turn.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 42.73 5.06 5.13
Box 4
Race Odds
$7.50
Heat Replay
 
Dyna Willow
Trainer
Steve Collins
Owner
Brendan Wheeler
Prizemoney
$239,610.00
Last 10 Starts
1271311142

37 Months

  Red Brindle   Bitch   by  

Collision

- Horizon Bale
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $5.098.00 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
47 19 7 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
40% 68%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 2 2 2
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 1 0 0
Comments: Tammy Collins (Kennel Representative) – She will definitely be better for the run after last week. She has pulled up well. It is a bad box again for her. Xylia Allen will be the one to beat.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.16 43.20 4.52 N/A
Box 5
Race Odds
$13.00
Heat Replay
 
Zipping Joe
Trainer
Darren McDonald
Owner
Brad Canty
Prizemoney
$62,260.00
Last 10 Starts
2531111331
34 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Bombastic Shiraz - Or Catra
Start Fair Running Middle Finish

Strong

Prizemoney Rating $1,448.00 Rating 86
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
43 17 8 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
40% 72%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 0 0 3
Comments: ARG opinion is – He is very strong conveyance that is likely to need to find a little bit of room early to allow him to unleash his withering run home. He overcame a slight inconvenience early to still score last week in his heat but will need to be quicker to win this one.

 

Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
43.00 43.00 N/A N/A
Box 6
Race Odds
$6.50
Heat Replay
 
Mepunga Tiara
Trainer
Jeff Britton
Owner
B Smth
Prizemoney
$74,390.00
Last 10 Starts
2132532241
31 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Premier Fantasy - Mepunga Opal
Start Good Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $2,254.00 Rating 89
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
33 8 9 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
24% 70%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 1 0
Comments: Jeff Britton (Trainer) – “She is going to have her work cut out. You used to think Xylia Allen could be beaten if she had to come from behind but now Xylia Allen is coming from behind and winning. The dog outside mine loves the fence and crashes to the fence. She will have to get out well to beat him out. We would be really happy if she could run a place.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.72 42.72 4.92 4.92
Box 7
Race Odds
$41.00
Heat Replay
 
Arejay Smokey
Trainer
Bob Iredale
Owner
Boblex syndicate
Prizemoney
$34,057.00
Last 10 Starts
2114371533
29 Months   Blue   Dog   by   Collision - Galactic Diamond
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $851.00 Rating 81
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
40 8 6 9
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
20% 58%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 0 1
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 0 1
Comments: ARG opinion is – He is a reliable beginner who has a good record from outside draws. The key to his race will be where he finds himself after the first turn. He looks to be a genuine outsider here.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 43.07 4.98 4.98
Box 8
Race Odds
$16.00
Heat Replay
 
Zipping Rory
Trainer
Bethany Dapiran
Owner
Hallinan syndicate
Prizemoney
$23,995.00
Last 10 Starts
7411331133
29 Months   Red Fawn   Dog   by   Mantra Lad - Cho Chang
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,200.00 Rating 89
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
20 8 2 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
40% 75%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 1
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 0 1
Comments: ARG opinion is – He can fly the lids at his best and carve out some very rapid times. If he is in front early he may take a power of catching. He is still learning what the game is all about and faces a tough test here but could be the knockout at big odds.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.17 42.93 4.53 5.00
1st Res
Race Odds
$41.00
Heart Replay
 
Galloping Rocky
Trainer
Robert Conway
Owner
R Conway
Prizemoney
$39,600.00
Last 10 Starts
1885672513
34 Months   White and Black   Bitch   by   Vapour Whirl - Disruption
Start Good Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $638.00 Rating 84
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
62 10 9 8
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
16% 44%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 0 1
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: She led easily before struggling over the concluding stages in her heat placing. She will need luck to feature if she jags a start in this final.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 43.21 5.05 N/A
2nd Res
Race Odds
$41.00
Heat Replay
 
Liara Allen
Trainer
Steve Collins
Owner
Janice Wheeler
Prizemoney
$54,955.00
Last 10 Starts
1548761174
31 Months   Fawn   Bitch   by   Surf Lorian - Spiral Bale
Start Slow Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,446.00 Rating 79
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
38 10 4 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
26% 53%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 0 0
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: She looks to be a little out of her depth in this final if she gains a start. I would prefer to see her in something easier at this stage of her career.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 43.16 5.11 5.11

Champion bitch Xylia Allen (1) looks to have the race at her mercy if she can produce her best. If she is parked anywhere near the speed or afforded a good run in transit she should be winning.

Mepunga Tiara (6) looks to be back to her devastating best and will be a force to be reckoned with if she pinches a break in front.

Dyna Willow (4) found trouble in her heat and is second up since April. If she is in the top couple early she could blow this field away at her best.

Zipping Rory (8) has ran time at The Meadows before and could be a rough chance if he can find the front.

Lethal Three (3) is always thereabouts in races like this. She may not be the genuine Group Two winning type but will keep them honest and is one for the exotics.

2014 Group One Maturity Final Preview

The time has come for the 2014 Group One Maturity Champion to be decided. The eventual winner of this age-restricted feature event will join an illustrious list of names on the honour roll. Greyhounds such as Temlee, New Tears, Brett Lee and Hallucinate have won the race. In recent times, it has been taken out by El Grand Senor, Shereen Bale, Barcia Bale and Marcus Joe.

This year’s final is not an easy one by any stretch. Hooksy will start the favourite but there are a number of other chances in the race. Trainer Anthony Azzopardi (who will rug up Shoulders) best summed the race up when he told ARG “it’s not your average Joe race where it’s easy to pick the leader and who will win”.

Here is a look at each of the finalists, including form and trainer’s comments;

Box 1
Race Odds
$8.00
Heat Replay
 
Sisco Rage
Trainer
Darren McDonald
Owner
R Galea
Prizemoney
$45,370.00
Last 10 Starts
5387234622
29 Months   Black   Dog   by   High Earner - Sisco Power
Start Slow Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,008.00 Rating 97
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
45 10 7 8
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
22% 56%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 1 3 0
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 2 1 3
Comments: ARG opinion is - He is drawn where he needs to be but lacks the early speed to go with some of these finalists. He will be flying home at the finish.

 

Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.24 30.00 5.20 5.20
Box 2
Race Odds
$4.40
Heat Replay
 
Shoulders
Trainer
Anthony Azzopardi
Owner
D May
Prizemoney
$19,835.00
Last 10 Starts
1475321122
25 Months   Black   Dog   by   Cosmic Rumble - Bit Stressed
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,653.00 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
12 5 3 1
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
42% 75%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 2 3 1
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 1 0
Comments: Anthony Azzopardi (Trainer) – “It’s a hard race. It’s not your average Joe race where it’s easy to pick the leader and who will win. He’s got a good chance as the dog in box one is slow early so he should find the fence and get a good run into the first turn. He isn’t without a chance. The dog is feeling well. Hooksy will be hard to beat if he begins.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.94 30.20 5.13 5.19
Box 3
Race Odds
$18.00
Heat Replay
 
Take Charge
Trainer
Stephen McKenna
Owner
A Forte
Prizemoney
$48,420.00
Last 10 Starts
2123113432
28 Months   Fawn   Dog   by   Bartrim Bale - Witch Fantasy
Start Good Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,793.00 Rating 94
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
27 10 9 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
37% 85%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 1 4 1
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 2 2 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – Consistent place-getter at The Meadows that has only won one from seven at the track but has been placed on five other occasions. He has early speed so could be amongst the leading pack.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.20 30.34 5.02 5.10
Box 4
Race Odds
$21.00
Heat Replay
 
Lamia Bale
Trainer
Steve Collins
Owner
Paul Wheeler
Prizemoney
$14,905.00
Last 10 Starts
42711546221

25 Months

  Brindle   Dog   by   High Earner - Maple Bale
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,355.00 Rating 92
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
11 3 3 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
27% 64%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 1 3 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 0 2 0
Comments: Tammy Collins (Kennel Representative) – “She has always had the potential and always trialled well, it has just taken her a while to show that in a race. She is drawn okay as she likes to use the middle of the track. Hopefully she will jump again.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.00 30.00 5.06 5.06
Box 5
Race Odds
$15.00
Heat Replay
 
Humphrey Bale
Trainer
Andrea Dailly
Owner
Paul Wheeler
Prizemoney
$60,240.00
Last 10 Starts
1421451731
29 Months   Fawn   Dog   by   Bartrim Bale - Pindari Bale
Start Risky Running Rail Finish

Good

Prizemoney Rating $1,673.00 Rating 94
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
36 11 6 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
31% 58%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
23 7 5 2
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 1 0 0
Comments: ARG opinion is - Been around The Meadows plenty of times and it wouldn’t surprise if he filled one of the placings. He will need to overcome the squeeze draw.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.96 30.19 5.07 5.15
Box 6
Race Odds
$31.00
Heat Replay
 
Grand Legacy
Trainer
Peter Dapiran
Owner
M Dapiran
Prizemoney
$33,755.00
Last 10 Starts
6314121F31
29 Months   Fawn   Dog   by   El Grand Senor - Premier Babe
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,407.00 Rating 97
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
24 7 3 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
29% 58%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 1
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 1 1 0
Comments: ARG opinion is - Performed at his best last week and obviously needs to repeat that to be chance. He has been done no favours by the draw.

 

Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.17 30.17 5.07 5.07
Box 7
Race Odds
$2.70
Heat Replay
 
Hooksy
Trainer
Tanya Auld
Owner
T Auld
Prizemoney
$95,920.00
Last 10 Starts
1111616132
28 Months   Black   Dog   by   Hondo Black - Uno Witch
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $3,837.00 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
25 15 5 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
60% 88%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 1 1 1
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Comments: J Auld (Co-Trainer) -“He needs luck from the wide draw at The Meadows.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.95 30.17 5.08 5.17
Box 8
Race Odds
$3.20
Heat Replay
 
Mepunga Hayley
Trainer
Jeff Britton
Owner
B Smith
Prizemoney
$61,690.00
Last 10 Starts
1111142411
25 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Bekim Bale - Mepunga Harmony
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $3,247.00 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
19 9 1 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
47% 58%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 4 0 1
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 1
Comments: Jeff Britton (Trainer) -“She has done everything right her last two races. She is the sort of dog that once she gets on a roll, she goes well and she is on a bit of a roll at the moment. She is drawn a little further out this week and will need some interference on the inside to cross. She did well last week and she has got to be a chance. If she does happen to win, she deserves it as the field she beat in the semi-final was a quality field. Hooksy will be hard to hold out if he gets a crack at them. If he was sitting in box two, he would be hard to beat.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.01 30..01 5.08 5.08
1st Res
Race Odds
$26.00
Heart Replay
 
Trail Blazing
Trainer
Tina Womann
Owner
Tina Womann
Prizemoney
$24,015.00
Last 10 Starts
5622412323
28 Months   Red Fawn   Dog   by   Trewly Special - Nikita Beriman
Start Good Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $961.00 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
25 7 4 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
28% 56%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 1 3 2
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Will need to improve on his best winning time at the track to be a chance.

 

Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.41 30.12 5.12 5.12
2nd Res
Race Odds
$41.00
Heat Replay
 
Wind Whistler
Trainer
Angela Langton
Owner
Champagne Partnership
Prizemoney
$11,050.00
Last 10 Starts
1366111523
25 Months   White and Black   Bitch   by   Premier Fantasy - Seminole
Start Slow Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $789.00 Rating 92
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
14 4 3 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
29% 71%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 0 3 2
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Slow early but has a strong finish. Not likely to be considered a winning chance if she gets a start.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 30.29 5.28 5.32

The in-form greyhound is Mepunga Hayley (8). Her trainer Jeff Britton has been enjoying a great run of late with his greyhounds (although he did comment to ARG that he has a few handy ones sitting injured in the kennels) and he rates Mepunga Hayley a good chance in the race. If she shows what she has the last two weeks then she is right up there.

Anthony Azzopardi has based some of his kennel down in Victoria and as Azzopardi told ARG, the move has paid off as he now has a finalist in the Maturity. Azzopardi has experienced some cold and wet weather while down in Victoria, with snow falling at times and as he told ARG he can now relate to the TV show “Life Below Zero”. Azzopardi’s finalist is Shoulders (2) and he has taken to The Meadows like the proverbial duck to water. If he gets the room his trainer predicts he will get, he will take some holding out.

Race favourite Hooksy (7) has drawn wide and his trainer has made no secret of the fact that he doesn’t particularly like the draw. Other trainers in the race have also noted that if Hooksy had been boxed on the inside he would have been hard to beat. However, trainers remain wary of Hooksy and know that if he gets a crack at them he will be difficult to contain.

Humphrey Bale (5) is well versed around the track but he will have to overcome the squeeze draw. A fellow ‘Bale’ dog, Lamia Bale (4), is drawn on Humphrey’s immediate inside. Those involved with Lamia Bale have indicated that she trials well and may just be starting to transfer that to her race performances. She is the fastest semi-final winner and can’t be discounted. Bale dogs have recent good history in this race, winning two of the last four Maturity finals.

Sisco Rage (1) has relished the drop back to the 525 metre trip at The Meadows. He is drawn where he needs to be but will need some luck. He will be flying at the finish.

Take Charge (3) and Grand Legacy (6) will both need some luck to feature. Grand Legacy performed at his best last week but hasn’t been done any favours by the draw.

The race jumps at 9:40pm and is race eight on the card. Be sure to tune in and see who takes home the $100,000 prize.

Background To The Maturity Classic

Background to the Maturity Classic

This is arguably the premier restricted age event held in Australia. Yes, superior to the National Derby and the Silver Chief Classic. Just a look through the honour roll of the winners is a walk through a parade of champions. Then you come to those who have failed to win the race, and once again the ‘gems’ just hurtle off the page.

Inaugural Running

The first Maturity Classic was run at Olympic Park on 23 March 1970 and fell to Phantom’s Heir who used box one to full advantage to run 30 5/16 and pick up $1,250. Phantom’s Heir had run second in the Australian Cup a month earlier and went on to win the Geelong Cup.

Distances

It has been contested over 560 yards (511 metres) at Olympic Park (1970-1996), at Sandown Park over 515 metres (1997-1998), 518 metres at The Meadows (1999-2001) and 525 metres since 2002.

When Is The Race Run

In 1970 it was March, then between 1971 and 1975 it was January. Between 1976 and 1981 it was either February or March. In 1982 there were two Maturity Classics finalized, the first in March (won by Wynlee Spirit) and the second in December (taken out by Rocky Pyramid). No race was held in 1983. From 1984 to 1986 the final was in April. Between 1987 and 1999 the final was concluded in either May or June. It was back to April in 2000, then March in 2001 and 2002, before May again became the preferred date from 2003 until 2009. Since 2010 the final has been run in July.

The mixing of the dates has not dented the popularity of the race; just made it harder for owners and trainers to remember when it takes place.

Only Reserves to Win

None.

Biggest Winning Margins

I don’t have full information for all the finals, but of those I am aware of the widest winning margin belongs to Temlee, who won by nine lengths in 1974 (from box one). Satan’s Legend won by six and three-quarter lengths in 1978, Best Of Blue by six lengths in 1989, and Hall’s Northern scored in 2003 by five and three-quarter lengths.

Closest Winning Margins

Executive Class won by just a head in 1992 and Overflow Love won by half a length in 1977.

Most Successful Trainers

Graeme Bate has won five times, with Storm Glade (1985), Hay Dinney (1988), Northern Legend (1995), Shereen Bale (2011), and Barcia Bale (2012). Peter Giles has won twice, with Acacia Dee (2000) and Paddy’s Flame (2008), as has Darren McDonald, with Brett Lee (2001) and Hallucinate (2004) and Jason Thompson, with Run’s House (2007) and Aston Trivett (2009).

Some Beaten Stars

Sylvan Prince (second 1974), Bristol Sue (eighth 1974), Shelley O’Reilly (second 1977), Mile Post (seventh 1977), Belabour Prince (third 1978), Dusty Pogress (unplaced 1978), Rod’s Advice (unplaced 1980), Takbe’s Talent (unplaced 1981), Superstar (second 1982), Eaglehawk Star (unplaced 1984), Freewheeler (second 1988), Hua (second 1989), Sandi’s Me Mum (unplaced 1989), Farmer George (unplaced 1989), Worth Backing (fourth 1992), Dallas Duo (fifth 1992), Big Ginger Boy (third 1995), Cattle Drive (second 1996), Paradise Street (seventh 1996), Chicago Blue (second 1997), Now Running (third 1997), Ringside Fire (fourth 1997), Solve The Puzzle (sixth 1998), Arvo’s Express (sixth 1999), Jack Junior (eighth 1999), Trewking (fourth 2001), Bombastic Shiraz (fourth 2003), Blackjack Tom (fifth 2003), Sun Hero (fourth 2004), Pure Octane (fourth 2005), Nova Surf (dead-heat second 2009), Dyna Forte (eighth 2009), Rewind (third 2011), Kilty Lad (fourth 2011), Dyna Nalin (second 2013) and Hawk alone (third 2013).

Additional Notes

For its first three editions (1970-1972 inclusive) the race was restricted to male greyhounds. Since 1973 it has been open to both males and females.

Graeme Bate trained first and second in 2011 (Shereen Bale and Stefan Bale) and first, second, and sixth in 2012 (Barcia Bale, Desalle Bale, and Dyna Filbert).

Temlee, the winner in 1974, went on to sire Satan’s Legend (1978) and Murchison Champ (1981) while New Tears, the winner in 1987, sired Northern Legend (1995) and Brett Lee, the 2001 victor, sired Hallucinate (2004).

The race has unearthed some tremendous future stayers: Rod’s Advice (unplaced 1980), Pharaoh’s Mask (Won 1986), Northern Legend (Won 1995), Paradise Street (seventh 1996), and Ringside Fire (fourth 1997) being the prime examples.

Past Winners

1970 Phantom’s Heir
1971 Linden Lad
1972 Nulla’s Call
1973 Shan’s Tempest
1974 Temlee
1975 Warranwood Girl
1976 Aaron King
1977 Overflow Love
1978 Satan’s Legend
1979 Marajax
1980 Worthy Weston
1981 Murchison Champ
1982 (1) Wynlee Spirit
1982 (2) Rocky Pyramid
1983 not held
1984 Broken Cup
1985 Storm Glade
1986 Pharaoh’s Mask
1987 New Tears
1988 Hay Dinney
1989 Best Of Blue
1990 Eureka Man
1991 Enfield
1992 Executive Class
1993 Keystone
1994 Refur
1995 Northern Legend
1996 Royal Honcho
1997 Running Gold
1998 Adrenalin Storm
1999 Coriole
2000 Acacia Dee
2001 Brett Lee
2002 Rocka Cockatoo
2003 Hall’s Northern
2004 Hallucinate
2005 Poetic Magic
2006 Train A Journey
2007 Run’s House
2008 Paddy’s Flame
2009 Aston Trivett
2010 El Grand Senor
2011 Shereen Bale
2012 Barcia Bale
2013 Marcus Joe

Wentworth Park Greyhounds Tips & Betting Preview July 25th 2014

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Race 1 – 520M Grade 5 Final – 7:17PM

Very open affair to kickstart the night, but I think the strong Big Gee Eye has the favourable draw and he has winning experience at the track in a handy 30.12. He meets a field which has a number of runners who are suspect at running out the trip and if he can get some luck as they head through the first bend, he will surely make his presence felt.

Remember Ross is another with handy 500m form and he really hit the line strongly when winning at Maitland in 25.44. He can be a little slow to begin, but he should be able to find the rails early on and will make his move mid-race. Pure Arrogance is an explosive beginner and will lead for a long way. He had first try at this trip last week and he folded up very quickly, but he will be much better for that effort and should hit the line a little stronger.

Top Four: 8 – 4 – 3 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Big Gee Eye

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

Trifecta: 4,6,8/3,4,6,8/3,4,5,6,8 ($27 for 100%)

 

Race 2 – 520M Grade 5 Final – 7:40PM

Billy Bowlegs put it all together at Dapto last week when scoring in a slick 29.78 and if he can get away cleanly he should make light work of this lot. He can make a lot of mistakes in his races but has raced here previously and appears to be getting better and better with every run. He can make a lot of mistakes in his races, so he’s only worth backing if you can get $2.50 or better.

How’s It Rude has scored two impressive Dapto wins in her brief career and should make a big impact in her metro debut. Since going back to back at Dapto she has encountered two luckless runs and she gets her chance to improve from the red draw tonight. Midnight Ripple has broken 30 seconds here on two occasions and if she can gain an ounce of luck early she should be in the finish. She has been missing the kick of late but is much better than that and can improve tonight.

Top Four: 8 – 1 – 6 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 1,6,8/1,6,8/1,2,3,6,8 ($18 for 100%)

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

 

Race 3 – 520M Grade 5 Final – 7:58PM

Gut Wrenching can be very hit or miss at boxrise, but when she steps cleanly she can be brilliant. In late June she pinged the lids and scored a slick 29.91 win here and a reproduction of that performance would most likely put a space in this field, however last week she also showed that she can win her races by coming from off the speed.

Miss Pocano is aiming for a hat-trick of wins and she looks the obvious danger, last week when having her first look at the track she handled herself well and scored an impressive 30.08 win and prior to that she posted a top Dapto win from a wide draw. She has slow beginners drawn either side and that should allow her to get a clear run in the early stages.

Top Four: 2 – 7 – 3 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Gut Wrenching

Trifecta: 2,7/2,7/Field ($12 for 100%)

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

 

Race 4 – 520M Mixed 3/4 – 8:17PM

Very tough race but I think the high promising Lochinvar Impact can get the job done. In recent times he has scored two sizzling wins here, but his last start placing has probably been his most impressive effort. On that occasion he showed good early speed and he went down by less than two lengths to up and coming star Tommy Brislane. He has a keen railer drawn directly underneath tonight and that should allow him to get a clear passage as they head into the first bend.

Push It has been a little disappointing of late but she returns to her favourite track and if she pings the lids like she normally does she will prove hard to reel in. She has just been lacking confidence and with little speed drawn underneath she should get a clear run early and that will allow her to regain some confidence. Raincheck has the good draw and prior to his last start defeat he had been racing in great style at this venue. From the red he should get a nice sit mid race and is quite strong to the line.

Top Four: 6 – 5 – 1 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Lochinvar Impact

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

Trifecta: 5,6/5,6/Field ($12 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1,6/1,6/Field ($12 for 100%)

 

Race 5 – 520M Grade 5 – 8:40PM

Very even race but I think the early pace of Maria’s Impact will be the key to the race. In her two recent wins here she went sub 5.40 on both occasions and a repeat of that would see her find the lead quite easily. She isn’t known for being overly strong but she has recorded 29.85 in one of her victories and that time would see her win this event.

Queen Charlie is the interesting runner, she experienced no luck at all when making her debut here last week but prior to that she had scored some blistering Bathurst and Bulli wins. She will be much better for the experience last week and if she steps cleanly she will make Maria’s Impact work hard for victory. Shanlyn Patch is the only other winning hope. He is ideally drawn out wide and his two wins here have been sub 30 seconds. He doesn’t have the early brilliance of the other two, but will be quite strong in the run to the line.

Top Four: 3 – 4 – 7 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 3,4,7/3,4,7/1,3,4,6,7,8 ($24 for 100%)

Exacta: 3,4/1,3,4,7 ($6 for 100%)

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

 

Race 6 – 520M Non Graded – 8:58PM

Lucy Lobster made her metro debut here last week and really caught the eye with a smart 30.15 victory. That victory gave her a hat trick of wins and she looks like she should have no trouble progressing through the grades. This is a pretty weak event and if she can step on terms she should have sufficient speed to lead and continue on her winning way.

Katie Oi Oi could be the one to cause a boilover. She is normally a reliable beginner and from the red draw she should be able to punch through at the first bend and make the favourite work hard for victory. Elite Arena is the run on dog in the event. She has been racing in great form at Bathurst recently and has a strong record from wide draws. Midnight Rush has loads of talent and he needs to be included in all your exotic bets.

Top Four: 5 – 1 – 8 -2

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 1,5/1,2,5,8/1,2,5,6,7,8 ($24 for 100%)

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

 

Race 7 – 520M Non Graded – 9:17PM

There looks to be only three genuine winning chances and they are all drawn inside. Recruitment is an exciting prospect and he looked super impressive when scoring here last week by more than 10 lengths in a smart 30.07. In his brief career he has won four races and amazingly his smallest winning margin has been eight lengths, so he either wins big or loses big. Tonight I’m going with win big. Tautology, who is drawn on his outside, likes to get wide in his races so that should allow him to get a clear passage into the first turn.

Stylish Jenmar has the gun draw and she scored a sizzling 29.82 win here in June. She is a little hit or miss early, but if she can get away on terms she should be right in the mix throughout. Tautology scored a strong 29.95 win here last week and in the process he beat the in form Billy Bowlegs. He is still learning and tends to make a few mistakes but if he is given room in the initial stages he will make an impact.

Top Four: 2 – 1 – 3 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 1,2,3/1,2,3/1,2,3,6,7,8 ($24 for 100%)

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

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

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

 

Race 8 – 520M Non Graded – 9:40PM

Glad Bag scored a convincing 30.93 Richmond win last week and appears to be getting better with every run. The wide draw should suit him and he takes on a pretty weak line-up. The only concern is that he is having his first look at the track and will need a lot of luck as they head into the first bend. There isn’t a whole heap of early speed drawn underneath him, so he should get every chance to balance up and attack the first turn.

Mohawk Kool looks to be the clear danger, she turned in a big performance when narrowly beaten here a fortnight ago and as I stated earlier, this is a very weak race so she gets her chance. The middle pin is definitely a disadvantage, but she is good enough to overcome it. Low Call has the coveted rails draw and she appears to be the only other winning hope. She has a poor record here but is more than capable when switched on.

Top Four: 8 – 5 – 1 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Glad Bag

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

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

 

Race 9 – 520M Mixed 4/5 – 9:58PM

Decastella has come up with her favourite draw and I think she can roll the favourite Kool Larocca. Three starts ago she scored a strong 30.09 win here from this draw and a repeat of that effort should see her in the finish again. Her last run is a bit of a concern as she finished well down the track, however if she is 100% fit I’m confident she can get the job done.

Kool Larocca will start a short-priced favourite and although he is a winning chance, I’m not totally convinced. He was a solid winner here last week, but did miss the kick and was stopping quickly in the home straight. He has a bit of speed drawn directly outside tonight, so he will need to do everything right at boxrise. Permanent Guest is the smokey in the event. He has recorded two strong placings here in recent weeks and they have been in strong company. If he can get some luck in the early stages he won’t be far away at the business end.

Top Four: 1 – 7 – 2 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on Decastella and Permanent Guest

Boxed Quinella: 1,2,4,7 ($6 for 100%)

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

 

Race 10 – 520M Grade 5 – 10:17PM

Although she was reeled in late last start, Paula Dawn really caught my eye and I think she can register another victory tonight. After pinging the lids she recorded some very slick sectionals and it took the strong Watto Lotto a long time to get to her and he didn’t exactly rip away from her in the straight. I would expect her to lead again tonight and there doesn’t appear to be anything overly strong in this event.

Supercell is a very hard dog to follow but he is quite brilliant when switched on. If he can ping the lids tonight and settle in the top two he will probably get the cash, however his box manners aren’t great and it’s hard to tip him with any confidence. If he goes round at silly odds its worth taking the risk and backing him. Dancer is a reliable beginner and is never far away in this type of class. I don’t think she can win but she can hold on for a place.

Top Four: 2 – 5 – 3 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 2,5/2,3,4,5/1,2,3,4,5,7 ($24 for 100%)

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

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

 

Quaddie

Leg 1: 3,4,7
Leg 2: 1,2,5,8
Leg 3: 1,2,3
Leg 4: 1,5,8

$108 for 100%

 

Best Bet:
Race 4: Lochinvar Impact

Best Roughie:
Race 6: Katie Oi Oi

Laurie Healion Memorial Maiden Semi-Final Preview

Two competitive heats of the Group Three Laurie Healion Memorial Maiden will provide some enticing racing at The Gardens today in Newcastle.

Surfection was the fastest heat winner last week and will step out in semi-final one for local trainer Clifford Clark from a suitable wide draw. Stepping beautifully last Saturday from box four, the son of Surf Lorian and Teenage Dream lead all the way in a flying 29.69 and should get room to move with a slow beginner on his inside. Zipping Amelia is trained by astute mentor Jason Mackay and showed good strength last week to come from behind in a fast 29.84 performance. Lightest Touch was also impressive on debut, winning his heat comfortably by five and a half lengths in a solid time of 29.98.

Effective Miss finished a gallant second behind Zipping Amelia in smart time. The Nathan Auld trained daughter of Cosmic Rumble and Best Percentage jumped brilliantly from box three and is well boxed for a repeat performance in the second semi. Best Honour is the only heat winner in this semi final and should handle the wide alley after showing good early pace last week. He only posted an average time of 30.43, however the Ron Lambert trained youngster can certainly lower his personal best in this affair. Devine Lad began brilliantly last week for local trainer Pat Parelli and has another good box draw that should see him up near the lead early on. Despite getting tired in his heat last week, look for some improvement in the latter stages.

The first four placegetters in each semi-final will move through to next week’s $25,000 to the winner final.

Out Of The Frying Pan, Into …. Where?

Australian wagering has moved on to yet another stage following Racing NSW’ negotiations with online bookmakers and others to ensure they take all reasonable bets. Or so we are assured.

CEO Peter V’Landys has announced the terms of a new deal requiring the online bookies to accept a minimum bet to lose $2,000 on city gallops, or $1,000 on country races, from September 1, 2014. An operator turning over less than $5 million can halve those figures. It applies to Fixed Odds bets and apparently will bind Tabcorp as well.

Under the new agreement bookies will not be able to cancel accounts for successful punters unless there is an integrity issue involved (which introduces a disputable area right away).

Punters who feel hard done by can appeal to Racing NSW, much as occurs with traditional oncourse bookies.

We will await announcements by other jurisdictions and other codes. Racing Victoria has already said it will be watching with interest to see what happens.

The big question is what will happen when the crunch comes if the Darwin bookies are found to be in breach of the agreement.

In the matter of racefield fees Racing NSW theoretically had some leverage in that it could deny access to the primary information – ie a list of runners – using copyright legislation. That was never really tested. From the beginning, the bookies had always agreed to pay a fee and, in fact had appealed to the NSW Racing Minister to allow that to happen. At the time, Racing NSW (and others) did not want a bar of them at any cost. It tried all sorts of avenues to prevent them from starting up, including an appeal to the Commonwealth to declare it illegal. That was denied.

The subsequent High Court argument was never about paying fees, only about how it was calculated. Racing NSW won there, too, as it should. After all, it is the principal and bookies are simply agents or service providers.

The irony of all these goings-on is that racing authorities are now rubbing their hands with glee as the money flows in. Enemies are now best of friends and a once moribund wagering sector was revitalised.

But only for a time. As online bookies gained ground, tote volumes fell away, suggesting amongst other things that the market had been fully exploited under the existing conditions, which included substantial increases in the number of races on offer and the confusion caused by clashing races. In turn, that meant that cracks were appearing in the foundations, particularly for smaller meetings (like greyhound meetings), and the reliability of the tote prices came under pressure. Yet they have been, and still will be, the guiding force for all wagering. The recent boost to Fixed Odds Betting is still based on likely tote prices, erratic or not.

So the online bookies have actually had a mixed influence, varying from good to now questionable.

The pity of it all is that it might be argued that online bookies are now looking at the possibility that they will move from being highly profitable to just normally profitable. Their bet acceptance policies, coupled with high Fixed Odds prices (up to 130% books), form a base for them to achieve very large surpluses, especially when much of their clientele is in the “mug gambler” category. This is clearly why overseas organisations have been paying hundreds of millions of dollar to buy out the local firms.

That last trend has been clearly indicated by GRNSW when it demonstrated that its agreement with online bookies is proving more lucrative under the “share of profits” model than under a commission on turnover. That is the exact opposite of the experience of the big players such as Racing NSW and Racing Victoria, both of which are now tens of millions better off using a turnover base. Obviously, NSW dog punters are not much good at what they do, so bookies are now able to buy a second Roller for the wife.

Perhaps you can take that a bit further. The rapidly increasing use of hand-held devices for wagering can only encourage quickie bets by people without serious racing knowledge. On the run, they would obviously not be able or inclined to study form and odds to any depth, no matter how many apps are made available. The only possible result is a loss over time, and a nice win for the bookies.

And the outcome of gambling on Swedish trots or whatever is a no-brainer. Bookies 1, gamblers 0.

As indicated in earlier columns here, the entire wagering caper has got completely out of hand. The concept of providing useful services to the racing industry is long forgotten, to be replaced by a bank of gambling options similar in shape to the long line of poker machines in your local club and pub. At the same time all power has switched from racing authorities to the wagering sector

An even greater problem is the loss of appreciation of the worth of the greyhound breed. The artificial images on Trackside machines are now little different to the real thing on SKY. Education is light on and so genuine knowledge is scant.

Both trends are manageable but only if governments and racing authorities can see where the failures are and take action to fix them.

As for V’Landys and Racing NSW – good luck to them, but can they make it stick legally? I doubt it. What will happen then? Rafferty’s rules?

(A note. The NT firms have become known as “corporate bookmakers”. In a sense that is correct but it is also confusing as some conventional oncourse bookmakers in the south are also incorporated, but they can do that only between family members because of restrictions imposed by racing authorities. Together with such things as high stand fees and taxes, earlier bans on mobile phones (or any phones) and the inability to set up shop outside a racecourse, these arbitrary policies were the prime causes of the establishment of operations in the NT in the first place. Had the industry been more attuned to the modern world and also less inclined to discriminate in favour of TABs, none of this mess would have come about and the NT would have been left to the crocodiles. Racing has been the loser).

Gun McBain Emerges As SA’s Champion Puppy

On a Thursday night which lacked some of the usual ‘star power’ around the nation, a quality card of racing took place at Angle Park on another cold winter’s night in Adelaide.

Amongst the several high-grade events was the listed Champion Puppy final, which has been a part of the South Australian calendar for many years. Having always been a good guide for future topliners, the 2013 Champion Puppy winner Ernie Bung Arrow went on to reach much greater heights.

Two heats took place last Thursday and three litters would end up producing six of the eight finalists, with the favourite Gun McBain coming from the local Spring Gun x Flame McBain crop. He would line up in the cherry draw for the main event after winning his heat in 30.01 from box five.

Meanwhile, Footluce Diva and Sunday Shoes represented the well-publicised Vapour Whirl x Foot Luce litter, but both needed to improve on previous efforts to steal the $5000 first prize.

Once the bunny was in motion the form from the heats immediately stacked up with Gun McBain flying out of box one. He then gave his rivals a galloping lesson, leading all of the way in 30.02. Trained by Todd Kelly, he brought up win number 11 from only 20 starts and should have a bright future as he works his way through the grades in weeks to come.

Dyna Motley worked home well in the concluding stages to grab second place at lucrative odds, while Coulta Rock snatched third from the winner’s littermate, Gunsmoke McBain. At no stage did any of the chasing brigade come close to knocking off Gun McBain though, who was clearly the classiest runner of the final.

Meanwhile earlier in the night there were plenty of big names around with two Free-For-All races over different distances and also an entertaining mixed grade race over the 600m.

The stayers were the first on show in race three, with Long Gully Surf looking to bounce back to the winner’s list after settling for the minor money in his past four starts. Former Victorian, Defib Daryl, was the obvious danger on paper along with Victa Victoria from box eight, with those three dominating the market.

After a short-lived charge to the first corner, Defib Daryl was able to rail up to find the lead, with the other fancied runners putting in slow beginnings. Despite having an unchecked passage throughout, Defib Daryl started to get weary entering the home straight, but held on gamely to stave off a late charge from Zara Mclaren who got within a length.

Stopping the clock at 43.77, Defib Daryl now stands as a winner of 13 races, with three of those coming from five starts around Angle Park’s 731m trip. Moving to South Australia has been a lifeline for the former Group level stayer, now under the care of Petar Jovanovic.

After a small break, it was middle distance time, with a 3/4/5 grade race pitting the talents of Kim Johnstone’s Wild Soul, who had won four of its past five, against her own mum’s chaser Genghis Kahn, who was undefeated from four runs over the 600m.

Despite the tricky box five, Wild Soul was able to maintain its streak beating Spring Amanda for the second time in a row, in a time of 35.06, with Victa Scott running third.

Genghis Kahn wasn’t able to get a crack at them from box seven and had to settle for fourth on this occasion.

Rounding out the eye-catching races was the Free-For-All sprint over the regular 515m journey. Sidney’s Shadow would start favourite from the widest draw with the talented Wingard the only other runner given any hope with punters.

Despite a lot of shuffling and bumping at various stages during the race, the market reflected reality as Wingard and Sidney’s Shadow drew away in the run to the post. Coming from behind and having to go around runners for the entire trip, Sidney’s Shadow was still able to find enough in reserve to overpower Wingard and record an impressive victory.

The son of Mogambo and Alana Blues now boasts an overall record of 16 wins from 32 starts, and earnings of $36,000 for owner-trainer Cameron Butcher.

Albion Park Greyhounds Tips & Betting Preview July 24th 2014

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Race 1 – 520M Novice – 6.44pm

After last weeks performance at Albion Park, Mister To Us should give these a belting. He was slow to begin but after getting into stride the son of champion stayer Miss Brook and Radley Bale took off and won by a widening 14.5 lengths in 30.06. He’s not the quickest runner in the race though, that honour goes to Velocity Spice, but he is the strongest. As long as he gets clear room to the first turn I expect him to win.

Velocity Spice should ping the lids again and will take catching. Jackson’s Day worked his way across nicely from out wide last start and should get home nicely. Skuzi can gallop and with the right run he can win. But I doubt he’ll get that run, so a place chance looks best for him. Burwana has claims.

Top Four Selections: 1 – 4 – 6 – 2

Suggested Bet:

Trifecta: 1/2,4,6/2,3,4,6

 

Race 2 – Novice 520M – 7.05pm

Big Yellow Taxi gets her best chance yet to win a novice. She’s speedy early and should lead these up. Once in front she looks super hard to beat. Cosmic Boss has obvious talent, but he’s a slow beginner and will need plenty of luck in running. Yessam Tulloch is well bred and his dam has produced some fast 520m types, so expect him to handle the step up in trip. Blue Scorpion and Elisha’s Tan both look hopes so keep them safe.

Top Four Selections: 4 – 1 – 7 – 2

Suggested Bet: Win on Big Yellow Taxi

First Four: 4/1,7/1,2,7,8,9/1,2,7,8,9

 

Race 3 – 5th Grade 520M – 7.22pm

Surely the famous hobby punter of the Northern Rivers Shawn Speeding is due for a change of luck here tonight with his talented dog Kidatee Croc. For two weeks now the money’s been left in the bag with this fellow. But tonight’s assignment is much easier and he’s well boxed. Last chance but it’s his best yet so empty out the piggy banks and keep backing him.

Arctic Star is the form greyhound of the race and will likely fly out and head for home. High And Mighty loves to storm home and is racing really well, if they jam up he can win. Tiny Turner can clear the red runner early and lob along on the rail for fourth.

Top Four Selections: 7 – 4 – 5 – 2

Suggested Bet: Load up on Kidatee Croc.

Trifecta: 7/4/2,5

 

Race 4 – 5th Grade 520M – 7.41pm

This is not a easy race and it will probably pay to leave it alone. But if you must have a go I suggest looking for value. Grin And Win is boxed ok and should represent that value. Outa Tempo has been knocking on the door and with the right run he could get up. Californian Dude is racing is superb fashion, but he takes on some stiff opposition tonight so it makes his job tough. Zipping Mani speared the lids here Monday night, but got very tired. He should strip fitter tonight. Sudoku Rebel has plenty of pace, but needs to ping and run from the get go.

Top Four Selections: 7 – 3 – 6 – 2

Suggested Bet:

Boxed Trifecta: 2,3,5,6,7

 

Race 5 – 5th Grade 520M – 8.05pm

Another one that goes in the too hard basket. There is a genuine case for each runner. When races look this hard I settle on the best boxed runner. Trav’s Fantasy looks that one for me. He has good early pace he’s strong and can run the time it will take to win this race. Melody Serenade has the pink box and if she begins expect her to threaten. Okay Yetta pinged and went like a bomb last start, so if she repeats that she can win. Fred Sealy is racing really well and was unlucky last start after finding early trouble.

Top Four Selections: 1 – 8 – 4 – 5

Suggested Bet:

Boxed Trifecta: 1,3,4,5,8

 

Race 6 – 4th/ 5th Grade 520M – 8.25pm

Love Kills was extremely average last start and looked very flat when running third in his first disappointing run for a long time. I’m prepared to forgive him and stick with this talented dog a second time round. If he is at 110% he’ll run 29.80 odd with ease. Exhibitionist was brilliant last start and finally broke 30.00 in doing so. She’ll hum out and take catching. Chant is another who will spear the lids and looks capable of pushing the fancied picks. Chariots Offiah flew here two starts back in 29.77, but box eight makes life tough. Farmer’s Gold can run but I’ve sacked him! Back at your own risk.

Top Four Selections: 1 – 6 – 7 – 8

Suggested Bet: Win bet on Love Kills

 

Race 7 – Presidents Cup 710M – 8.44pm

The big one for the night and it looks all over if Wag Tail continues to race as she is doing. She’s clearly Queenslands best stayer and only needs to jump and stay out of trouble to win again. Mullaway from box eight is starting to develop into a fine stayer and if he pings and goes he’ll push Wag Tail all the way. Golfing Amy has drawn perfectly and should ping and run. Shoe Laces Lady is a talented dog who had no luck here early last week, so keep her safe.

Top Four Selections: 6 – 8 – 1 – 4

Suggested Bet:

First Four: 6/8/1,4/1,3,4

 

Race 8 – 600m open – 9.08pm

Tricky affair but Abbey Corsair is racing in fine fashion and has the right box to stalk the leaders before running over the top of them. And It’s Gone is drawn really well and should get a great run. Set Her again looks to be getting back to somewhere near her best, whilst Swift opulence and Premier’s Reign look capable of filling fourth.

Top Four Selections: 3 – 1 – 6 – 8

Suggested Bet:

Trifecta: 1,3/1,3/2,6,8

 

Race 9 – Best 8 520M – 9.28pm

Top grade race that will see Flash Reality win again. Cyndie’s Special is racing in super fashion and she can ping and run second. Spirited Flame returns after a spell, so expect this mighty bitch to put a run in. Not Held is racing well and should threaten.

Top Four Selections: 1 – 7 – 4 – 6

Suggested Bet:

Trifecta: 1/6,7/4,6,7

 

Race 10 – 5th Grade 520M – 9.52pm

Tricky affair to finish the night. Walk With Faith has the box and ability to lead all the way, so let’s hope the real deal turns up tonight. Gunspeed is well boxed and should trail the red runner early. Expect him to push her all the way. Intensive Storm will get back and run on and if she’s close enough she should certainly fill third. Blue Den and Shot Of Fear can pop up.

Top Four Selections: 1 – 2 – 3 – 8

Suggested Bet:

Boxed Trifecta: 1,2,3

 

Quadrella

Leg 1: 1,4,5,8
Leg 2: 1
Leg 3: 6
Leg 4: 1,3,6

$12.00 for 100%

 

Best Bet:
Race 3 Kidatee Croc

Best Roughie:
Race 4 Grin and Win

Starlight Delly Does Her Famous Sister Proud In The Breeding Barn

The next generation of “Miata’s” have hit the Cannington racetrack in style, with the champion’s litter-sister Starlight Delly mothering the trifecta in the Winter Maiden Classic last night.

Tureaud was victorious after jumping out of the 530 boxes in the pink rug. He wasn’t the fastest out of the boxes, with sibling Downlight leading the field early from box one. Starlight Delly’s third offspring Romeo’s Comet jumped from box four and went straight to the rails to sit in second position.

The Paul Stuart trained brothers pulled away from Dollstan Star (box two), with Romeo’s Comet taking the lead from Downlight as they pasted the bright yellow Solo sign. It wasn’t long before Tureaud showed his strength, running over the top of Romeo’s Comet with ease winning in a race record time of 30.51. Romeo’s Comet and Downlight finished second and third respectively, with Christine Robartson’s Expect A Guess storming home in the yellow rug to fill fourth place.

“I had the most confidence in Mr T (Tureaud) coming into the race, at this stage he is the best one!” Trainer Paul Stuart explained.

“They all went good. It’s a great sign of their improvement and they ran accordingly, about as good as what they are.”

The son’s of Kinloch Brae – Starlight Delly had just three starts to their names, all being wins. Tureaud continued his unbeaten streak by taking out the Winter Maiden Classic as well as pocketing $7,520 in prize money, plus $750 in WESTCHA$E bonus’ for owner trainer Paul Stuart.

Tureaud first turned heads at Cannington in his qualifying trial three weeks ago when he stoped the clock at 30.56, a best of the night performance. The following week in his maiden the 30-kilo dog produced another best of the night performance clocking 30.37.

“He is doing everything right at the moment but he still has a long way to go. His times aren’t sensational and he can only keep improving, he is definitely going in the right direction though.”

“I have the feeling he will be able to run over 600 and 700.”

When choosing a sire for his beautifully bred bitch Starlight Delly (Bombastic Shiraz – Winsome Bluebird), Stuart was aiming for a number of characteristic including a need for the rails as well as strength when he chose Kinloch Brae.

“He is an outcross and I wanted to do an outcross with her first. He was performing well in Ireland with some pretty strong dogs.”

“He was also a real mad railer and she was a bit of a wide runner so I wanted to compensate for that and so far it has seem to have worked, most of them seem to rail pretty well.”

The sister to champion Miata now has three litters of pups on the ground, her eldest litter sired by Kinloch Brae, the second litter to Barcia Bale and most recently she went to Brett Lee.

“I went to Barcia Bale to get a bit of speed. He was freaky dog and he had a great temperament. I used Brett Lee simply because he is the best sire in the world.”

“I am happy with how she is producing, you couldn’t be disappointed and I would call her successful now as a breeder. She had a litter of 10 and they all look to be able to win races. She has thrown some strong dogs for over here.”

Sandown Park Greyhounds Tips & Betting Preview July 24th 2014

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Race 1 – 515M Grade 5 – 7:08PM

Hold On Wincup has been racing in consistent style of late and he led for a long way when placed here last week. In last week’s event he was unlucky due to the fact that See Him First was able to settle so close to the speed. There isn’t a whole lot of depth in this event tonight and if he can begin like he did last week he should be able to lead from go to whoa at nice odds.

Santa’s Special could be the value in the race. She is perfectly drawn out wide and when on song is blessed with loads of ability. She has a tendency to be unreliable but if she goes around at double figure odds then she is worth having a saver bet on. Miss Penguin hit the line hard when scoring here on Sunday in 29.76 and if she can get a clear run in the early stages she should make her presence felt. She is better suited to a rails draw but does appear to be well graded in this event. Allen Kessel rounds out the winning hopes. He has the good draw but I’m not convinced that he has enough early dash to hold them out early.

Top Four: 3 – 7 – 8 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on Hold On Wincup and Santa’s Special

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

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

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

 

Race 2 – 595M Grade 5 – 7:25PM

Dyna Glinda is a promising chaser who hasn’t been experiencing a lot of luck over the 500m journeys of late. In her recent racing she has been slow to begin but powering to the line and that gives me every indication that she should have no trouble with covering the extra distance. Although being slow to begin, her early sectionals haven’t been that bad and that should allow her to settle much closer to the speed in tonight’s event. If you can get around the $6.50 or better that is great value.

Rinash has been in good form over the 515m journey here recently and should have enough early speed to lead tonight’s event. He isn’t overly strong in the final 50m but he should have built up a big enough lead to feature in the finish. Rumero Reason is much better than his recent form reads and he is drawn to get the gun run. He has been racing in much stronger company and is sure to appreciate the drop in class. Aeroplane Cindy is likely to start short odds but I think she is very risky tonight. From the middle pin she is likely to get squeezed out early and will need all the breaks. Hession Boots is the run on dog and he is back to a more suitable journey tonight. He could be a great dog to plonk for third and fourth in your exotics.

Top Four: 4 – 2 – 1 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on Dyna Glinda and Rumero Reason

Boxed Quinella: 1,2,4,7 ($6 for 100%)

First Four: 1,2,4/1,2,4/7/Field ($30 for 100%)

First Four: 1,2,4/1,2,4/Field/7 ($30 for 100%)

 

Race 3 – 515M Grade 5 – 7:44PM

Yakamov Bale is armed with sizzling early speed and he gave a great sight when placed here last week. Tonight’s event doesn’t feature a lot of early pace and he should have no trouble crossing in the early stages. His last 50m is always suspect but if he can reproduce last week’s effort that should be enough to see him snag the prize.

Dello Bale has the good draw and he should start a short priced favourite. He has a tremendous record from this draw and over this track and trip, however his box manners can sometimes let him down. Provided he doesn’t get shuffled too far back he should make his presence felt. Dyna Geldof is pretty classy on his day and he is one of the few in this race which possess early speed. I don’t think he can hold out Yakamov Bale but he should settle just off him early and he will make him work overtime for victory. Stylish Shazz has some nuisance value, she is poorly drawn but her lack of speed should be able to help here. If she can miss the kick she should be able to cross to the rail easily and she should be able to save a lot of ground off the back straight.

Top Four: 7 – 1 – 3 – 2

Suggested Bets:

First Four: 1,3,7/1,2,3,7/5/Field ($45 for 100%)

First Four: 1,3,7/1,2,3,7/Field/5 ($45 for 100%)

Win bets on Yakamov Bale and Dyna Geldof

Boxed Quinella: 1,2,3,7 ($6 for 100%)

 

Race 4 – 515M Mixed 4/5 – 8:08PM

The champ Keybow makes his return to the track after three weeks off and from the red he should make light work of this lot. Two starts ago he set the track alight with a scorching 29.57 Wentworth Park win and if the track is in good condition he should give the 29 second barrier a little nudge. You will be asked to take very short odds so it’s best to anchor him up front in your exotic bets.

Lektra Hawk was pretty unlucky here last week and if he can step on terms he should be in the mix for most of the trip. Obviously he can’t match Keybow but he is good enough to fill the quinella spot and he should be good value for the place. Al Moran can show early speed at times and if Keybow steps cleanly he should be able to get a nice trail behind the favourite. His last 30m isn’t overly strong but he should have enough in the tank to run a drum.

Top Four: 1 – 7 – 2 – 4

Suggested Bets:

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

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

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

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

 

Race 5 – 715M Grade 5 – 8:28PM

Shall She Rock has been crying out for the staying trip and she should be able to atone for her luckless effort at Cranbourne over 699m last week. In her debut staying effort, she bombed the start and found herself a long way back early but what caught my eye was her ability to still hit the line after having her momentum stopped on a number of occasions. If she can get away a little better tonight she should be in the mix a lot earlier and will be able to put on a dominant display.

He Isn’t Really looks the obvious danger. He is making his staying debut and his last start win at The Meadows over 600m gave me every indication that he should have no problem getting the journey. He finds himself in a race with a heap of starters that can’t run out the trip so he should get every chance to feature. Sir Gazza has been placed in his only try over this trip and although his form isn’t flashy he should be able to regain some confidence. Unix Bale is the interesting runner. She had indicated that she was looking for this journey but at The Meadows last Saturday she burnt along in the lead and fell in a hole quickly, if she can rate herself a little better in front she may show some improvement.

Top Four: 8 – 7 – 4 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Shall She Rock

Trifecta: 7,8/7,8/Field ($12 for 100%)

Trifecta: 4,7,8/4,7,8/Field ($36 for 100%)

Exacta: 7,8/2,4,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

 

Race 6 – 515M Grade 5 Final – 8:52PM

Very even final and I think the early speed of Quick Succession should help her grab victory. Last week she began cleanly and showed a great turn of foot before hitting the first marker in 5.07, a repeat of that effort would see her lead easily again. The most impressive part of last week’s win was that after burning early she still had enough in the tank to post a fast 29.63. From the middle pin you might be able to get a little more value at Centrebet.

Grubby is racing in devastating form and he has three of five starts from this draw. His first section was a length off the fastest and that should allow him to settle close to the speed again tonight. See Him First showed his best form for a while in his heat and he really powered to the line. From the wide draw he will need everything to go his way but he is too good to dismiss. Hostile is probably the most gifted chaser in the event, however he has done his best racing when drawn closer to the rails.

Top Four: 3 – 1 – 7 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Quick Succession

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

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

 

Race 7 – 595M Grade 5 Final – 9:11PM

Quality middle distance final and I think the box draw will play a major role in the result. Agent Jack proved that the step up in distance was no problem when scoring a dazzling 34.18 heat win here last week and from the red he should get every chance to repeat the dose. His first section of 9.14 was easily the fastest of all the finalists and his run home time was quite strong also, with this being the case he should be able to lead from go to whoa.

Echelonic Action showed tremendous improvement when scoring here last week in 34.55, after a slow start he worked his way through the field before powering to the line to post a convincing victory. His box manners are always a concern but he should be able to follow Lunar Tom across in the early stages. Lunar Tom is the interesting runner, in his heat he wasn’t able to lead and therefore he was never going to go past the leader. He is a big time non-chaser but if he happens to ping to the front he should be able to show his best form. The last 40m is still a worry, but if he is on the bunny and chasing he will prove hard to reel in.

Top Four: 1 – 7 – 6 – 2

Suggested Bets:

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

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

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

 

Race 8 – 515M Free For All – 9:35PM

Marcus Joe is aiming for a hat-trick of wins and if he can get away on terms he should be able to get the job done. Since returning from a spell he has won two of his three starts with the latest being here in a sizzling 29.34. On that occasion he sat just off the speed and hit the line strongly, tonight’s event doesn’t feature a whole lot of early speed and he should be able to cross and settle in the first two again.

Dream It was a tad disappointing at The Meadows on the weekend when finishing third but his form prior had been strong and he seems to race better at this venue. He has a slow beginner drawn on either side which should allow him to get a clear run to the first bend and if he gets through the first turn unscathed he will surely make his presence felt. Awesome Project is obviously a chance. Surprisingly he was run down here last week but he should be a lot better for that run. Clone Your Own, who reeled in Awesome Project last week, isn’t really suited in tonight’s event. He is desperate for the outside and he is likely to find too much trouble as they head for the first turn.

Top Four: 7 – 2 – 5 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Marcus Joe

Trifecta: 2,7/2,3,5,7/2,3,5,7,8 ($18 for 100%)

 

Race 9 – 715M Grade 5 – 9:55PM

Blinker’s On is making his much anticipated staying debut and he finds himself in quite a weak race. Being a slow beginner, the first 50m is obviously very crucial to his chances but if he can get a fairly clear run in the early stages he should put them to the sword as they head off the back straight. He is no certainty to run out the trip, but his efforts here over the 595m journey suggest that he should have no trouble covering the extra ground.

Looby Lu has struggled in her previous two staying attempts, however tonight she faces a significant drop in class. She is normally a very reliable beginner and I would expect her to establish a massive lead mid race. Obviously the last 60m is still a concern but the lack of depth in tonight’s race will allow her to get a much cheaper lead and therefore run out the journey a little stronger. Zipping Makka looks the obvious one to fill the minor end of the money. He is well drawn out wide and should also appreciate the drop in class.

Top Four: 2 – 7 – 8 – 3

Suggested Bets:

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

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

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

 

Race 10 – 595M Mixed 4/5 – 10:12PM

This race looks to be a race in two between likely leader Especially and the powerhouse chaser My Bro Fabio. I’m going with the early speed of Especially. In her two recent runs here she has shown explosive early speed and in her latest effort she was only nabbed right on the line. Obviously she will have to lead clearly again, but other than Frank Furter there isn’t any other chaser that can match her early brilliance.

My Bro Fabio is an enormous talent and his recent 29.79 Meadows win was breathtaking. He will need a lot of luck as they head into the first turn from the wide draw, but if he can settle mid pack he will be in the finish. Mystic Twist could be the smokey in the event. She has scored some strong wins here over 515m and gives every indication that the step up in distance should suit. She has a wide runner drawn directly outside and that should allow her to get a clear passage in the early stages.

Top Four: 2 – 7 – 3 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 2,7/2,7/Field ($12 for 100%)

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

 

Race 11 – 515M Grade 5 – 10:32PM

Dyna Nico is a very reliable beginner and appears to be getting better and stronger with every run. She had been leading good fields and folding up late in her races, but at her last start she showed that she had found quite a fair bit. After stepping cleanly she posted quick sectionals before scoring in a very zippy 30.15 at The Meadows. If she can repeat that effort tonight she should get the cash again.

Baron Bling has been racing in great style and he is aiming for four in a row. The only concern with him is that his past three victories have been from wide draws. His box manners aren’t great but he does have a great turn of foot and if he gets some room early he should be able to make an impact. Dyna Fancy is a reliable beginner and has been racing in very consistent style. I would expect her to be matching motors with Dyna Nico early on. To win she would have to cross her in the first 80m and I don’t think she can, however she will be in the mix early and therefore she must be included in your exotic bets.

Top Four: 5 – 3 – 7 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 3,5,7/3,5,7/1,2,3,4,5,7 ($24 for 100%)

Exacta: 3,5,7/1,3,5,7 ($9 for 100%)

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

 

Race 12 – 515M Grade 5 – 10:52PM

Billy Rocket has won three of his eight tries here and showed his true ability with a slick 30.01 Meadows win recently. He has a bit of speed drawn outside, but if he gets away on terms he should be able to settle on the heels of White Spyro and be able to burn her off as they head off the back straight.

Allen Malik is a big talent and he hasn’t been racing with a lot of luck in recent times. He has been bombing the start recently and therefore finding bother soon after box rise. Tonight he has a keen railer drawn directly underneath and that should allow him to get a little more room in the early stages. White Spyro is a great place hope. She is expected to lead for a long way, but it is likely she will get a stitch in the closing stages. It may be worth anchoring her for third and fourth in your exotic bets.

Top Four: 2 – 5 – 4 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 2,5/2,3,4,5/2,3,4,5,7,8 ($24 for 100%)

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

Boxed Quinella: 2,4,5 ($3 for 100%)

 

Quaddie

Leg 1: 4,7,8
Leg 2: 1,2,3,5,7
Leg 3: 1
Leg 4: 2,5,7

$45 for 100%

 

Best Bet:
Race 3: Yakamov Bale

Best Roughie:
Race 10: Mystic Twist

This Week In Greyhound Racing History

JULY

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Jewel Stand, the first long distance ‘star’ of racing behind a mechanical lure, set a new track record time of 53.6 for the 920 yards (841 metres) at the Epping (Harold Park) course in 1927.

Playgirl Bonnie won the 1987 Laurels Classic (511 metres, Sandown Park) by five and a half lengths from Summer Jade and running a race record 30.57.

Just Winsome defeated Winsome Min by three lengths in the 2005 Young Star Classic (520 metres, Wentworth Park) with Queen Cleopatra two lengths away third.

24

Chariot Charm defeated by Billy Vee (Victoria) by half a head with Best Sun four lengths away third in the 1965 National Derby, run over 580 yards at Wentworth Park.

Elite State set a new race record time of 29.97 for the 520 metres trip at Albion Park in taking out the 2003 Winter Carnival Cup by almost four lengths from Happy Chappy and Robust Character.

The 2004 Young Star Classic (520 metres, Wentworth Park) fell to Eiffella who defeated Paua To Burn by one length with Miss Bekkie Lee eight lengths away third. Eiffella ran 30.22 to snare the $15,000 first prize.

25

South Australian champion stayer Yodel High took out the 1974 Gabba Thousand, run over 895 metres at the Gabba, running 54.52 and defeating the likes of NSW stayers Captain Winter (third) and Valodia (fourth).

Brilliant sprinter New Tears ran 23.38 to set a new track record for 420 metres at Tweed Heads in 1987.

26

General Jeff defeated Big Pinch by three lengths in a match race contested over 530 metres at Wentworth Park in 1980. General Jeff ran 30.89 on a wet track and picked up $7,000 for the success. This was his first run back from a 12-week spell.

Bye Bye Bucks downed Ritza Ryder by five and a half lengths to win the 2012 Dapto Megastar (520 metres). Bye Bye Bucks ran 29.75 against a top-class field which included El Brooklyn (fourth), Billy The Sid (fifth) and Glen Gallon (sixth).

27

The 1959 Interstate Invitation took place over 675 yards at North Melbourne and was taken out by NSW contestant Town Ghost who scored by two and a half lengths from Dashing Ros (Victoria) with Oak Queen (Tasmania) eight lengths away third and Idle Mate (Victoria) fourth and last.

Buka Sunset won the 1987 Victoria Bitter Trophy (Olympic Park, 511 metres), defeating Hot Spell by three and a half lengths in 29.94 for trainer Alec Reid.

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Sky Hazzard won the 2007 AWM Distance Title (725 metres, Meadows) by a neck from Cash In Transit with Miss Grub three-quarters of a length away third. Sky Hazzard returned in 2008 and won the event again to become the only greyhound to take the race twice.

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Blackliner overcame box six to take out the 1972 Laurels Classic at Sandown. This was the last run over 507 metres (555 yards). Blackliner earned $3,300 first prize money, and defeated Shirley Opal by a length and a half.

The Ron Ball-trained Mr Metz took out the 2010 Dapto Megastars (520 metres) by half a length from Certain Magic with Fedex third.

Lessons From The Farm

“If we don’t tell people how carrots are grown they will make up their own stories”. So says the owner of KALFRESH, a southeast Queensland grower, after looking for ways of improving profitability and deciding to launch the farm’s first open day. Expecting just a handful, the first event attracted 100 people, then grew to a thousand or more in later episodes, all related on the ABC’s Landline program.

The farm now charges $5 for a help-yourself barbeque, a tour of the automated processing factory and free access to the fields to pick carrots. The kids love it and families are thronging in from Brisbane and the Gold Coast, tourists and locals alike.

It brings to mind an open day conducted for charity a few years ago at Rocky Ridge stud farm near Gosford in NSW, where some 2,000 visitors turned up to marvel at all the fancy gear as well as the greyhound breeding stock. People love to learn about something new or unusual. The greyhound industry was the winner.

More generally, this sort of marketing theme usually has win-win overtones as it not only advances knowledge of the greyhound but also does wonders for the farm or the attraction itself.

Anyway, carrots are well within its grasp as the Mugavin-Brown combine near Warrnambool has long been famous for both dogs and carrots. There will be other examples if we look for them.

More of this and biased programs like the ABC’s anti-racing segment on its 7:30 Report and the one-sided reporting by the Sydney Morning Herald would not get off the ground. They would be put in proper perspective.

ROOM TO MOVE

So many of our tipsters’ comments about dogs are headed “given early room to move” that it is a wonder that the industry has not done more to allow that to happen. In fact, it often does the reverse.

In the last decade, NSW spent over $500k supposedly to rebuild the Dapto track. In practice, they did little more than change the loam. What they did retain was a set of 520m boxes jammed up against the line of the running rail, thereby forcing inside dogs to veer to the right after the jump, creating more confusion. That and a poor first turn contribute its position as one of the two most disruptive tracks in Australia. The recent rebuild of the Goulbourn track did much the same thing. Inside runners have to follow a snake-shaped course after the jump, while many dogs cannot hold the home turn. Another half a million or so poorly spent.

Queensland trainers have consistently called for improvements to the bend starts at both Albion Park and Ipswich, noting that the dangers were forcing them to take youngsters to northern NSW tracks to avoid bad experiences (a bit of frying pan and fire there?). Over 15 years or so, partly as an employee of the old QGRA at the time, I wrote formally on several occasions to the authority pointing out the problems and possible solutions at those tracks. To date I have yet to receive an acknowledgement of that correspondence, let alone an answer. (Disclaimer: QGRA later sacked me because I wrote that the state should get used to Betfair being around because that was what customers wanted. Apparently, the board did not like Betfair. Remember those days?).

Victoria not long ago finished a statewide program of replacing most middle distance trips at provincial tracks with 650m events (Sandown had also installed one). In every case these produced diabolical bend starts, mostly worse than the ones they replaced. All these increased the bias against outside dogs and promoted more interference. In essence, they became 4-dog races.

Then, to cap it all, WA has just announced it has firmed up the layout for the Cannington replacement (due in mid-2015) but it includes a bend start for the 600m trip – “across the apex” as RWWA termed it. In other words, they are doing specifically what works badly at almost every other track in the country. Some sort of mysterious mind blockage must exist in the industry for this to continue to happen. It runs against the interests of all involved – dogs, trainers, punters, the club and the industry’s image – and enhances the case being put by small but noisy numbers of anti-racing campaigners. It’s madness, sheer madness, especially as alternatives exist.

Anyway, let’s start another ball rolling. One possible aid to any start, not just those on bends, would be to re-engineer all the boxes so that more room is available to all in that vital first few metres. Why not put more space between each box, or perhaps at least between 3 and 4, as well as between 6 and 7, and make the overall box structure a good 1m to 2m wider. By doing that at least some of the interference would be reduced, allowing more dogs to do what they like to do.

Yes, it would cost a lot of money but it would be worth every cent if it succeeded in doing a better job. At the very least an experiment would be worthwhile running at one selected track.

It would also constitute a valuable start to a nationwide study of the art of track design. Why not write in with your suggestions?

Oh, I said Dapto was the second worst track in the country. The worst? By some margin, Ipswich. It has a horrible bend start for the 431m trip and a flat first turn for 520m dogs – the former contributing to the latter. Both faults are easily fixed, and for a modest amount of money. Just shift the 431m boxes and re-shape the turn. Fixing Dapto is different. You would first need to bulldoze the entire site, on and off the track. But if it helps the industry, why not?

PS: A side note. I would be happy to turn the first sod in rebuilding Dapto. Many years ago, as a kid, Dapto was the first provincial track I ever attended. First, you would ring the club to see if the meeting was still on or rained out. Then, after buying a deFax guide near Central station, you would catch the 5pm steam train out of Sydney, arriving comfortably prior to the first race. After the last, the club organised a charter bus to take us back to Sutherland station in Sydney’s south, where we could connect with the city’s electric train service to our desired destination. You would be lucky to get home by 1am. There was no TAB then, of course, but if you squint a bit those AWA tote windows look exactly the same now as they did then. Ditto for the track, save that loam has replaced the grass.

PS2: Val Anglim’s dog shop in Devonshire St where you bought that deFax guide (a roneoed set of pages stapled in the top left hand corner) later turned into a newspaper shop selling Melbourne’s Gold Guides as well. It has changed hands a couple of times since and is now run by a Korean family. Sadly, hard copy formguides are no longer there, outranked by SKY and the internet. The steam train has gone, as has the charter bus, but from the track you can catch sight of the freeway which now delivers fans and dogs from the Sydney region. The racetrack is still much the same, a memorial to the past, and the “Dapto Dogs” is still part of the lexicon.

John Frewin Fined $150 For Non-Arrival

Offence:

Failure to present the greyhound Elite Watch for its engagement at the Warrnambool Greyhound Racing Club meeting on the 19th of June, 2014.

Report:

Stewards on the 18th of July 2014 conducted an inquiry into an incident that occurred at the Warrnambool Greyhound Racing club meeting on the 19th of June, 2014 where the greyhound Elite Watch failed to be presented for its engagement in race six.

Stewards heard evidence from the trainer of Elite Watch, Mr. John Frewin, and registered trainer Mr. Keith Lloyd.

After hearing the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Frewin with a breach of GAR 86(o) in that he failed to present the greyhound Elite Watch for its engagement at the Warrnambool Greyhound Racing Club Meeting on the 19th of June, 2014, which in the opinion of stewards was negligent.

Mr. Frewin pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Stewards found Mr. Frewin guilty and fined him the sum of $150.

In determining penalty stewards took into account Mr. Frewin’s outstanding record over 41 years in the industry.

RIP Elektra – One Of The All Time Greats

One of Australian Greyhound Racing’s true great stayers passed away today. Elektra was one of the true champions of the modern era and will be greatly missed.

ARG was lucky enough to catch up with her proud owner and long term friend Philip Lenehan to discuss the life and career of an all-time favourite.

“There was two stages to her career. Firstly was her time with Bate and then post-Bate with Keith Harding in WA. It’s funny, Batesy (Graeme Bate) actually announced her retirement to GRV and NGF and looked silly when we sent her to WA. He wasn’t real happy when I pulled her out of retirement, but we thought she would be suited going around the one track consistently at Cannington. She won the Galaxy and was the 2008 WA greyhound of the year, so I think the decision was justified.”

Philip, or Red Eye to his mates, laughed whilst telling a story involving ARG’s own Kevin Pitstock.

“Kevin trialled her one night at Warrnambool before she had raced. He had a black bitch that was similar and we had everyone convinced she was Kevin’s bitch Pitch n Putt. One of Warrnambool’s large punters backed Pitch n Putt off the map at Horsham and of course she ran nowhere.”

“The funny thing is that the plan worked beautifully until we backed her at her first start for a fair whack. Batesy was training for us at the time and had one in the race of Wheeler’s. It was also having its first start and we were told it was just a dog. It had box one and was Dyna Redbull and bolted in. We later found out that Batesy had put a lazy $800 on his and was too smart for us. Dyna Redbull went on to win over 90k in prizemoney. The shame was that 450m was too short for her, or else we might have had the last laugh.”

Whilst speaking to “Red Eye” the passion was obvious when discussing Elektra.

“Jill basically ran the show. She would always bark at strangers and was always a bit different. But we loved her regardless and loved having her around the place. She would just roam and enjoy the property daily. She started everything with the Lektra name and really put our name back on the map.”

When I asked Red Eye what his favourite memory was of this superstar bitch, the answer surprised but made perfect sense.

“It was before the 2006 Sandown Cup final and we were first reserve. Texas Gold was scratched and I was training her myself and was in my first and only group one race as a trainer. Darren McDonald offered 25k and then Dennis Trewin chimed in with a 30k offer before the final and we really ummed and arred about it. My dad wanted to sell, but we decided that we would keep her and the rest is history.”

Elektra wasn’t the only talented bitch to come out of the Primo Uno-Natural Class litter, with the highly talented Speedy Lino also flying the flag for the litter.

“Speedy Lino was meant to be Speedy Uno and the GRV couldn’t read my shithouse handwriting. Everyone wondered where the Lino came from and when she won 80k in prizemoney I didn’t care what she was called. We actually ended up calling one of the others in the litter Speedy Uno and I got my wife Sue to write the papers.”

When we look at a bitch of the ilk of the great Elektra we are instantly drawn to the breeding barn and what she has thrown and what the remainder of the line can produce.

“Lektra Jay was the best of the racedogs. Lektra Radiant also had a lot of ability and Lektra Johnson was a favorite of ours. Elektra and her pups cracked a million in prizemoney and we hope the line can continue. Lektra Scarlett has had a litter to Cosmic Chief and we are hoping that she might carry on the flag for her mum.”

When asked what the favourite Elektra run was, Red Eye was definite and instant.

“The Galaxy win and the racecall when she crossed the line sent tingles up my spine. She could do it and she did.”

Watch the replay below and remember one of the all-time greats who is still locked in the top echelon of prizemoney earners in Australian Greyhound Racing history. RIP champion.


Elektra In One Of Her Scintillating Wins – 2008 Galaxy (3)

Greyhound Betting Tips Monday 21st July

Albion Park

Race 4 – 520M 5th grade – 7.41pm

Wilby Special is a talented type who I have been following for a few months now. He was dropped back to short course racing for a period there, but had limited success. He is being stepped back up to 520M racing once again tonight and from box one he looks a huge chance in this race. Summer’s Bug has enormous early toe and is likely to fire out. Rainbow Rex is racing poorly at present but he’s too good to leave out, so keep him very safe. Willy Be Topps does race well here but needs a clear run throughout. It might pay to work out a few different bets in this race. It’s a tricky affair with stayers and short course dogs engaged.

Top Four Selections: 1 – 5 – 3 – 6

Suggested Bet:

Win on Wilby Special

Trifecta: 1/3,5,6/3,4,5,6 $8.00 for 100%

Best Bet:

Race 4 Box 1 Wilby Special

Best Roughie:

Race 6 Box 4 Lucy’s Law.

Angle Park

Race 6 – 515M – 8.12pm

Screamin and Kalden Blanco look the only two hopes in this race. Both dogs were solid here last start and both appear to be well boxed. Screamin did show great early toe and mid race pace, but struggled in the run to the line. Kalden Blanco on the other hand finished her race off quiet well and will only need to lob handy to push Screamin all the way. Third and fourth place look quite hard to sort out. Crash Dooley, Penn Bale and Maysoon Kahn look likely to fight out the remaining placings.

Top Four Selections: 8 – 6 – 7 – 4

Suggested Bet:

Boxed Exacta: 6,8

Trifecta: 6,8/6,8/1,4,7

Best Bet:

Boxed Exacta Race 6 – 6,8

Best Roughie:

Race 9 Box 1 Phil De Magic

Victoria Coursing Club Comes To Lang Lang

This Sunday we headed down the South Gippsland Highway to Lang Lang, home of this year’s Waterloo Cup. Today it was all about the Victoria Coursing Club conducting their meeting at the Lang Lang track and a huge thanks must go out to the Lang Lang Coursing Club committee and volunteers for once again providing an excellent day of racing with only a couple of minor hiccups along the way. The V.C.C. are our oldest coursing club who previously conducted their meetings at the Geelong Racecourse, but after changes a few years back they found themselves looking for a new home which they are still trying to find. We are hopeful that some Crown Land will turn up somewhere so a new track can be developed.

The day started out a tad foggy but all was well and we kicked off the first event just after 10am. The first event was the 2014 VCC Cup and the final this afternoon was finally taken out by the David Dawson trained Shifty Mifty, who has made it thru to the final on her last three attempts and has got the winners prize in the last two, so a great effort by a bitch who not too long ago had a litter of pups. Well done Shifty! Runner-up today in this event was the Wayne Gray trained Why Not Oscar, a great effort by both greyhounds and I’m sure I can see the sparkle and glory of the Waterloo Cup in your eyes.

We then had the Little River Hotel All Aged Stake. This event was won by Texan for Karen Leek and the runner up was Liz Alister’s Holy’s Pride. In the final Texan showed his strength and came home a tad better to get the prize.

The first of the Dog Maidens had the Irish eyes smiling when Choco Rocco was first past the post for Thomas O’Donovan, proving too good today for Geraldine Debono’s Bolt Me Down. Dog Maiden No. 2 brought the first of four winners for the Westerlo camp when Captain Bling was too good for the John Barlow trained See The Power.

Next up was the first of our Maiden Bitch events and we saw a great display of the older dog showing the young one a thing or too when Del Vigor’s Lily Quist, who at the grand age of 5 and ¾ showed she was a force to be reckoned with, getting her nose past the post first over Maddi Gari trained by Owen Fraser at Devon Meadows. Congratulations Lily Quist on breaking your Coursing Maiden status! Better late than never don’t you agree?

The second Maiden Bitch event was won by a young bitch, Chloe’s Hand, trained locally at Nyora by Donna Dean. She defeated Dee Diamond, another of Dave Dawson’s team.

We then moved onto our Derby Trials having received a grand total of 36 nominations for this event I for one am looking forward to the Derby in a couple of weeks time !

Derby Trial No. 1 was taken out by Jim Redenbach’s Direct Hit and what a beautiful looking dog he is! He defeated Gee Callan, trained at Bass by Robert Colpoys.

Derby Trial No. 2 was won by another new comer to coursing Lumumba, trained at Viewbank by Murray Hehir. I’m guessing there is a Collingwood supporter in that camp somewhere but we won’t hold that against him. He got the chockies today over Agar who is trained by well know coursing trainer Russ McRae.

Derby Trial No. 3 saw the second winner for the Westerlo camp with Eyeful of Bling proving too good today for the Steve Colpoys trained Kallara Tipene.

The final Derby trial was taken out my the Marlene Schmidt trained Big Fancy who got past the post first over Gray’s Hand, trained by Dennis Dean.

Our last two events on the card were our Oaks Trials and these girls showed of their talent in brilliant form once again, with John Westerlo taking out both of these events with his two Oaks chances Enchanted Bling and Blingle winning respectively.

Enchanted Bling beat Laquita Lass who is trained by Graeme Campbell and this bitch has Waterloo blood running thru her veins so I am sure she is saving her best for later! Some of you may remember her mother Cruise Away Lass winning the Waterloo Cup at Lang Lang a few years back.

In the Oaks Trial No. 2 the runner-up was another of Jimmy Redenbach’s team Lady Abby and again well done Jim on your pup’s first outing in a coursing meeting, you should be proud.

That concluded the coursing today and I must also mention a big thank you to the Sponsors of all of the events at today’s meeting and also how wonderful it was to see a couple of the VCC’s Life members Joe and Wendy Pearl in attendance.

Our next meeting is the Derby and Oaks, which is being conducted at Longwood this year commencing on Saturday 2nd August, 2014. There is some great prizemoney up for grabs so get your puppies ready and we hope to see you there!

Supporting events for this meeting on the Sunday 3rd August will be our Twin Code Challenge; this event is calling for 32 All Aged greyhounds that will break up into four Heats being held at Longwood. The winners and runners-ups of these four events will then head to Shepparton on Monday 11th August, 2014 for a Grand Final over the 390 metres. Special event prizemoney is up for grabs at Shepparton of $1650 to the winner plus a GOBIS Bonus, trophy and Rug. There will also be a couple of Maiden events on Sunday 3rd August to fill up the card.

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