Ipswich Greyhounds, Race 9 Box 3 Gee Ef Cee, 6.35pm
This bloke did the job for us here two weeks ago at good odds. Against this opposition he looks to be a big chance here again today. He has a PB of 25.11 here, and he looks very hard to beat if he jumps. It’s a field out of form, and the Tzouvelis kennel is in winning form again. Fast dog with a big motor when given clear room. Each Way chance.
Casino Greyhounds, Race 10 Box 7, Ventura 2.49pm
Ventura looks extremely hard to beat here in this. I was talking with her trainer Robin Palmer, and he was quite confident in the chances of his bitch last week. Watching the replay over a few times, she really was a good thing beat in my opinion. She was laid all over for the entire journey, and never got free galloping room. This is a much easier race this week, and the 7 box will suit this girl here. From box 7 she can lead here and turn the tables on Bogan Girl who beat here here last week. Great chance to salute here today.
Wentworth Park Greyhounds, Race 1 Box 2 Norris Major 7.22pm
I may regret backing this bloke, as he can be very moody and costly; but he does stand out here in a race of average talent. He finds it tough to win, but he does have a PB of 30.01 here, and had has 3 starts for 2 seconds. He needs to find clear galloping room early, but from box 2, he should be able to possie up early and look to finish to strong for his rivals here tonight. He’s moody so each way is the best bet.
Geelong Greyhounds, Race 4 Box 2 Crash Kart Kev, 8.10pm
The veterans race here and I’m going with Crash Kart Kev. He’s got plenty of early toe, but hasn’t been able to lead of late and he needs to lead to win. He can lead his field here, but he will have to be at his best to hold off the talented Burnt Fuse. Burn Fuse is likely to start favourite, but the value will come from our selection, Crash Kart Kev. He’s honest and has won a stack of races, and his form is a little better then it appears. Great chance here.
Best of Luck
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We really are on struggle street at the moment, we just can’t seem to find that winner. A run of placings is about the best we can come up with. The cards just aren’t falling our way at present and it’s tough to watch our selections get beat. I mean, no one wants to follow a loser, and that’s what we have been doing for the last week.
We have always managed a winner or two, even some at odds over $12.00 but lately it’s been few and far between. But we’re going to try extremely hard to bring the winners your way tonight. We have studied the replays and then studied them again and again. Lets hope the punting gods shine down on us here tonight. We need it!!!
Albion Park Greyhounds, Race 4 Box 1 Restless Teddy, 7.42pm
Restless Teddy is a selection of ours from previous weeks. Last time we selected him as a place chance only, and he did the job, running second to Jetta’s Girl in a quick 30.03. He was beaten only 4.50 lengths, and paid a whopping $9.00 the place. Tonight’s race finally looks the right race for him to break through. From box 1 he only needs to hold then out rounding this first turn, to be night hard to beat. There’s no real threat in the race and his main danger early is Ellie’s Flash, but she is out of form, and not jumping well. Clan Eirann is boxed well out wide from the pink box, but he too is a little out of form at present. The Teddy only needs to jump and make it around the first turn, and I say get in the cue. He’s capable of running a quick time, maybe about 30.20. He has won at Sandown, running good time their, although his Albion Park record isn’t great, he looks a good thing from a good box, and is capable of going around the 30.20 mark. The stars have aligned for this fellow, and he should be winning here tonight!
Angle Park Greyhounds, Race 7 Box 6 Laurie Lachlan, 9.22pm
I’m going to have to select my old mate here, Laurie Lachlan. The fawn dog raced well while here in QLD, but struggled when he was brought and raced in Victoria. He’s now with Ossie Chegia, in S.A and there’s no doubt they have worked the little bloke out. He’s got plenty of pace, but does turn it up quite easily if not finding the front. In his last 3 starts he’s won 1 and run 2 seconds. Leading from boxrise at all 3 times. In his last two he’s been run down right on the line. Theres no more strength in this race then his previous two, but there is plenty more early pace. So he won’t be able to make a mistake here tonight. He’s not a fan of pressure, and he may have to face it here tonight. So don’t take silly odds, about $4.00 should be about the right price.
Dapto Greyhounds, Race 6 Box 3 Fast Archer, 9.38pm
Clay Mullens returns home here with Fast Archer, after his second placing in the Group 2 QLD Derby heat. He ran a great race, and only narrowly went down to the home town speedster Top Story. Back on home turf and boxed outside 2 really slow beginners he looks to be a moral to win here tonight. I don’t like selecting dogs after they have returned from a campaign interstate, but his from and ability is far too good to ignore. He has a PB of 29.82 and relishes racing around here. From box rise he should easily, cross the 2 inside dogs, and race right away to salute. He’s going to be the favourite, but $2.20 should he around what he will start at. Great bet and should be wining.
Hobart Greyhounds, Race 3 Box 8 Matt’s Entity, 7.58pm
I’m going against everything I believe in here, and selecting a runner over the scamper of 340 meters. I’m not a fan of these races and never before have a selected a runner in them. But Matt’s Entity, a son of northern rivers stud dog, Vee Man Vane looks a good thing here to me. He’s a big 34kg dog, but he can really motor early, and wins most of his races leading throughout. He’s perfectly suited to box 8, and will once again ping out. He has a outstanding record of 10 starts for 7 wins and 2 placings. His only unplaced run came about on Tuesday, where he tackled a star studded line up at Devenport. Which was eventually won by super bitch, She’s All Class. Over tonight’s short journey of only 340m, he can make no mistakes, and must give a faultless display. The reason we are selecting him is, he may be good value, and over the odds. There bad races and very tricky affairs usually, but we like this bloke to win here tonight.
Sandown Greyhounds, Race 1 Box 2 Velocemente, 7.07
It’s quite a tough night here at Sandown tonight and it appears a meeting with many chances. I’ve watched the replays and I quite like the young Andrea Daily trained Velocemente. His form is quite good, and he has posted a slick 30.05 at the Meadows. He races best when he can get out in front a dictate terms and he gets that chance here tonight from a good box draw. It’s quite a good quality field, here with most of the field in recent winning form. But this young dog looks like he’s going to develop into a nice handy chaser, and tonight looks a great chance for him to start kicking off. Don’t take silly odds, he deserved to be short, but around about $3.00 should be about the right price.
Well there you have it, our take on tonight’s selections, and lets hope the punting gods do shine down upon us.
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Albion Park Greyhounds Race 5 Box 5 Miss Karoo 4.59pm
This race looks the perfect race for Miss Karoo. The recent Group 2 QLD Futurity Finalists, should have trouble disposing of this field. Even though she run second last, she was only beaten 6 lengths. It was a great effort to reach the final. She definitely needs to find the rail to show her best and box 5 will make it tough, but she has plenty of speed and strength, and looks far to good here with a clear run.
Angle Park Greyhounds, Race 10 Box 7 Contrarian 3.38pm
A race with a mix of speed and experience, contrarian is our on top selection. Likely favourite and flying machine Cosmic Way is the main danger to our selection. He has a flying PB of 29.62, but has failed to fire a shot since winning in that time. Contrarian on the other hand is very experienced, and does have a solid PB of 30.04. He’s not suited all that well by box 7, but he does have the ability to win this from behind. With luck he should be winning this. However if Cosmic Way does come out and find the bunny, he may be hard to stop. Each Way Contrarian.
The Gardens Race 1 Box 1 Our Money Box,7.08pm
The all conquering Tifi, has one of her progeny engaged here in this. Our Money Box has a terrific record with 8 wins and 12 minors from 35 starts, with a fantastic box 1 record having so far had 5 starts with 3 wins and 2 seconds. Its not overly hard and she has broken the 35.00 second barrier. From box 1 she will no doubt fire out, and hopefully lead all the way. The main dangers are not boxed well and will have to rely on plenty of luck. Our Money box to win here.
Ballarat Greyhounds, Race 5 Box 3 Free Will,8.18pm
The Sydney sider and big money spinner Free Will has earned over $100,000 in prize money and theres no doubting his class. Last time Anthony Azzopardi campaigned him and Seldom Said in Victoria, He came back to Sydney and won the Gosford Cup. Anthony may be embarking on a new mission and has come a long way to race here tonight at Ballarat. He has high speed from box rise and may be a little over the odds here with his poor form of recent times. I think few people will select him, to win and he looks a great eachway bet.
Cannington Greyhounds, Race 8 Box 1 Chosen Jewel, 8.57pm WA time
The Linda Britton Trained chosen Jewel is our on top selection here. Two starts ago she put in a great performance to get up and just win. It was the sign if a dog bursting to win and in tip top shape. Something we come to expect from W.A’s leading trainer, Linda Britton when racing her dogs. Box 1 will suit the daughter of Big Daddy Cool and there isnt a great deal of in form speedy dogs in this race. She may or may not start short, its a little tricky. But one thing is for sure backers will get a great sight, for there money.
Best Of Luck
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Finally we got one up last night at $8.70 Shanlyn Mini got the job done at Launceston, and wore down the early leader to win. Our Albion Park selection Auriga Legend was unfortunately a scratching and gained a run in the final where he finished unplaced.
Ipswich Greyhounds, Race 9 Box 1 Kelly Charm, 6.18pm
630m event here and not only do i think she will win, I think she will blow them away. Her last start which was her first go over the longer trip, she went super and was only beaten 2 lengths, in a quick 35.24 at Albion Park. Today she is perfectly boxed and has plenty of early toe to jump straight to the front and lead all the way. Great bet.
Angle Park Greyhounds, Race 1 Box 2 Deyna 12.49pm
This is certainly a clash of the titans, with 4 really talented speedy individuals lining up. I’m going with Deyna, the recent flying 29.78 winner over 515 at Angle Park; but he certainly has issues – if he doesn’t find the front and does cop a few checks; he generally gives it all away. But he does have early speed and he may be able to ping a lead here today. He’s not going to come from behind, and if he does find the front I expect him to run around the 35.30 mark at his first go. If he jumps he should win.
Devonport Greyhounds, Race 11 box 5 In The Book, 3.32pm
It seems this bloke is the only dog I select in Tassie but he has plenty of talent and he looks a good thing again here today. Forget his last start effort, where he was unsuited and never really got into the race. He has the quickset PB of these runners and he is sure to improve on his PB here. He should be far too good here today, for a ordinary line up, Today’s Best Bet.
Lismore Greyhounds, Race 5 box 5 Red Beret, 8.05pm
This bloke went super here last week, and was blocked for a run at a vital stage. He’s no better drawn tonight, and Junior Phantom who beat him last week, has come up with the same box again, the coveted rails. I think Red Beret, may be able to turn the tables here tonight. He just needs the right run, and hopefully he doesn’t get blocked for a run again this week. He’s going to be about $5.00 and I think that’s great value about a dog who should win with a clear run.
Warragul Greyhounds, Race 5 Box 3 Jannik, 8.09pm
This seems a two dog war between the talented pair Jannik and Charlie Nic. There’s noting between them and I think who ever leads wins. Jannik my selection does have plenty of experience, and dies begin very well. He may be able to just slightly outpace Charlie Nic early and that’s all it will take for him to win. Which ever one of the two dogs leads, will win. Jannik is our selection.
Best of Luck
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I always look forward to Monday nights. Monday and Thursday night deliver the most 500m events, and there’s no doubt these are the best betting races. It’s a great shame that Bulli, will soon loose there Monday night slot, and we will revert to Monday night racing at Wentworth Park, where I’m sure we are going to see lots more “squib” races over the shorter 300m trip. They’re not a good spectacle and are terrible betting races. Winning at Wentworth Park was once held in high regard, I’m afraid now it will loose its prestige. Hopefully we can find a few winners before the change takes place.
Albion Park Greyhounds, Race 5 Box 1 Auriga Legend 8.04pm
The first leg of the Quaddie here tonight and our selection is the talented but very moody Auriga Legend for trainer Geoff Draheim. The son of the ill-fated High Earner has plenty of talent and has the ability to really open up this type of field. There doesn’t appear to be any standout out danger, and as long as this bloke turns up to race, he should have no trouble winning here. He can switch off at times and he did so one day at Ipswich and effectively threw the race away. He has early toe and should be far too good here if he turns up. He’s going to be short, but I wouldn’t be coming into him unless you can get 2-1.
Angle Park Greyhounds, Race 9 Box 2 Josephine Whiz, 9.17pm
The usual staying race on a Monday night at Angle Park; they are my favourite races and I often do very well. Uno Lesson is probably going to be all the rage after her last to first victory in last weeks race, but it didn’t impress me all that much. It was quite a funny race with none of the field really firing. Our selection Josephine Whiz has been disappointing of late and I’m hoping she can turn it all around. It’s been a long time between drinks and her record isn’t that great over the distance, but if she’s going to return to the winners circle, tonight looks her best chance. She may be able to land right in front here tonight, or a worst land straight on the rail. She doesn’t start to go until she reaches the rail. This is her race tonight and from a good box she should go awfully close. If she does happen to fail tonight we might just forget about her until she wins again. Don’t take sill odds 5-1 or better.
Bulli Greyhounds, Race 7 Box 1 Street Boss, 9.10pm
This race isn’t as tough as it appears in my opinion. The old boy of the field here, Street Boss; has an imposing record from box 1. From 11 attempts he has won 7 and run 3 placings, only missing the place once. He’s also 2 from 2 over the distance here. Last weeks run was super, and although the distance was far to short, the old boy raced remarkable well. He showed his experience weaving his way thorough, and chasing 110 percent from a long way off the bunny. He got home really well against a couple of really quick young dogs. He steps up to the longer journey here, and from the perfect box he looks mighty hard to beat. He should be able to position himself in the leading division, and I give him a great chance, of running right over the top of these in this. Keep your eye on Shanghai Rose I think she’s going to improve dramatically here tonight.
Launceston Greyhounds, Race 5 Box 6, Shanlyn Mini, 9.00pm
Terrible race here and I should be finding another selection, but I have been tipping Shanlyn Mini for a while now and this looks exactly the right race for her. It’s a very ordinary field with some runners still maidens. She goes well from a wide box and has a far quicker PB then most of these are capable of. Her PB of 30.25, and her record of 2 placings from 4 starts should be enough to see her salute here in this. Bad race but she looks the outright winner.
Shepparton Greyhounds, Race 7 box 5 Giselle Bale 9.07pm
Giselle Bale is our selection here and she does enjoy racing from middle boxes. She is racing well and 2 starts ago went terrific, I don’t like the like favourite from box 2, and I’m not a fan of Dale Bale on a one turn track. Giselle Bale to win this.
Best of Luck.
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So, is it time?
Warrnamboolâ€™s â€śClassicâ€ť series may well be classic to some but others will have their doubts. The word classic denotes â€śof the first or highest class or rankâ€ť, according to the Macquarie dictionary. Unfortunately, although the club puts a lot of work into it, this event does not even get close.
Soon after whelping, a dogâ€™s name goes down for a start in the event. After forking out some hundreds of dollars in fees the owner may then end up with a dog with four legs that has qualified for entry. Whether it can run fast or not is immaterial.
This time, four of last weekâ€™s 12 heats were drawn with a short field. Runners included 10 first starters and two others with only one run. 18 were maidens, including the above first starters. Since they have all paid up for a start, there are no reserves.
After scratchings, we were left with two heats with a full field, four with only seven runners, three with six, two with five and one with only four runners.
A few decent dogs were scattered around but the majority had poor form or none. On the night, a few times were good, five favourites started well into the red and the average margin to the fourth dog was just on 10 lengths.
This is a case of clubs (and maybe authorities) latching on to an idea that owners and trainers might like but ignoring what customers need. Thatâ€™s not in the best interests of the industry, even though these races were largely self-funded. (Yes, I know some will point out that TAB takings were reasonable but these days you would probably get much the same results from racing frogs).
Together with â€śauctionâ€ť series racing, as at Dapto, these things belong to a bygone era when mates raced against mates and had a beer afterwards. As betting propositions they are terrible. That would not be quite so bad were it not for the overall decline in race quality due to the increasing proportions of Maidens, Tier 3, Restricted Win, Non Penalty, C Class, Novice and squibsâ€™ racing in todayâ€™s TAB programs. Taken together, it is adding up to a mugâ€™s game. It is also detracting from the significant number of high quality races the code can put on.
By all means offer incentives for people to buy pups but do it so that future racing is not paying the price. After all, that future racing is what creates the prize money that owners and trainers need.
In contrast, the thoroughbred equivalent, the Gold Coastâ€™s Magic Millions, might have a few rough edges but it does promote the breeding sector directly. It offers only one race, rather than seventeen, and horses qualify for entry in order of prize money won. So it is genuinely competitive and it also attracts lots of good publicity.
But why now? Well, consider this: many Australians love their Holden cars, but no-one is buying them any more. GMH is downsizing and survives only on handouts from the taxpayers. Ford is in much the same boat while Mitsubishi has already shut down its main production line. Itâ€™s called the march of time. We need freshness, initiative and imagination to carry the code forward.
A COUNTRY WIN
I should have added another track to my 15 April list of investment problems but I did not because I donâ€™t think it has had a lot spent on it (apart from volunteer labour). This is the country track at Northam in WA.
Actually, it is not a problem but an asset. While I have never done much analysis of racing there, what I do see on videos shows a remarkable absence of interference. Barring the odd wide runner which veers off the track, the fields seem to get around in good shape, and for all distances including the 588m which is nominally a bend start.
However, the 588m boxes are set back off the track proper and therefore allow runners more time to get set.
Another positive feature at Northam is that crashing to the rail is rare â€“ dogs tend more to run straight ahead, much like they do at Hobart. Why, I donâ€™t know, but it bears close study to learn the secret. In fact, both Mandurah and Northam might offer evidence for WA authorities when (if) they have to build a new Cannington track.
As an aside, Northam, like many other tracks these days, has changed to a red lure. No doubt it looks spectacular to committee members in the boardroom. Unfortunately, expert opinion is that greyhounds are largely colour-blind to red. Itâ€™s the movement that attracts their attention, not the colour. They were bred to spot deer on the other side of the valley, not to win art prizes.
A very fine youngster, Black Magic Opal, ran away with the first race at Wenty on Saturday night in a fast 29.79 with an equally quick first section of 5.40. Itâ€™s now won 13 of 16 starts, all but two on a TAB track, which is nearly as good as it gets. Everybody expected that, of course, which is why it started at $1.20, despite this race being its first attempt beyond 450m and its first run on the circle proper.
Its previous runs had been at Coonamble, Gosford, Maitland and The Gardens.
But do you know over all those runs it had earned only one sectional time in what must be called the second-rate NSW form system and that was 12 starts ago at Maitland (5.37 over 400m)? Even that one is always arguable because readers are forced to guess which dog was the actual leader, and times for non-leaders are never published for these trips. On top of that, in NSW no two tracks publish details exactly the same way. In any case, that particular performance was old enough not to appear on any current formguide.
Not good enough.
Unfortunately we come unstuck with our big multi last night, with Lightning Impact running second; but I was pretty confident about the rest, so I bet again after Lightning Impact got beat and although there were some very tight finishes we managed to get the rest up. A $50 investment would have returned our punters great odds of 11-1; or $50 into $600! A fantastic return when you consider all were short priced favourites. Sometimes taking an all up is certainly the way to go, but the key is to have 5 or more legs and take well boxed short priced favourites; and I always bet again if going down in the first or second leg – food for thought next time there a few short priced near certainties.
Onto today’s selections and we have been having a little dry spell of late and no punter is immune to these; we’ve all had them. It leaves you pulling your hair out – I know it does this to me. Whether you follow ouror just use them as a guide when making your own selections, it’s always very important to bet correctly.
It takes a certain level of skill and know how, to find a few winners but most of us who are involved in racing greyhounds, are certainly able to find the odd winner or two. The key however, is to bet correctly and always have a staking plan to maximize your return. Stay tuned for our article on “How to make money backing greyhounds”.
Albion Park Greyhounds, Race 6 Box 6 Honey Boquet 7.13pm
This girl won’t start favorite but I really like her chances of winning. It’s a tough race with 4 winning chances but expect El Bella Beach to fire out and lead them up early. Poetic Mover is very unreliable, Zipping Hurf will get too far back; and I reckon Tayla Marie might just burn up on the outside and land second early here. If she does land in second position I’m quietly confident she can run El Bella Beach down. She’s going to be healthy odds and she does have a blistering PB of 29.94. From 11 starts on the track she’s won 5 and placed 4. A great record for the daughter of Bit Chilli and Honey Mist. Forget last starts performance, she was never out of trouble and did continually bump with other runners. A great winning chance if she leaves the boxes quickly.
Sale Greyhounds, Race 8 Box 5 Orthia Bale, 7.40pm
The Paul Wheeler bred daughter of Dyna Lachlan has really started to figure out what winning is all about. There was a period there where she found it tough to win, but that period is over and she certainly knows how to find the line in front now. From box 5 she looks as if she will lob into second or third rounding the first turn. She has a blistering PB here and looks set to score here again. The only way I see her getting beat is if Lightning Leah pings and does hold our selection off early. If she does hold her out Orthia Bale does have a little tendency to give up a little when challenged, but that was early on in her career, and I think she’s past that hurdle now. Speedy strong type with a flying PB. Should win.
Strathalbyn, Greyhounds, Race 6 Box 3 Antoni Bale, 7.03pm
Antoni Bale is certainly a long way off the talented dog he once was. He’s getting on a little now and will probably never get back to what he once was but he does meet a very ordinary line up here, and at his best he would thrash these. He’s a long way off his best, but he can still win, such is his ability. The 3 box will suit and he just needs to lob into a forward position early. He needs room and clear running but he should get both here today. I’m not sure of his starting price but I wouldn’t be backing him unless you can get 4-1 about him.
Best of luck.
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We are going to try and tip 6 straight winners tonight. They’re going to be short priced favourite’s, but if you do follow our selections then the idea is to take all 4 in a multi. We should be a able to achieve 5-1 about the 6 selections. Or you could take them individually, in multiple bets.
Wentworth Park Greyhounds Race 1 Box 1, Black Magic Opal. 7.27pm
The recent Maitland Cup winner, and outstanding your dog Black Magic Opal looks near impossible to beat here. He’s come up with box 1 here at his headquarters debut, and that should be of huge advantage to youngster. He has an imposing record and ran a near track record last time out. From the rails he should have no trouble saluting here. He’s the first leg.
Wentworth Park Greyhounds, Race 2 Box 1, Lightning Impact, 7.50pm
Former QLD Lightning Impact looks another certainty if the night. He too has drawn the rails and although he is a little suspect at 520m, he does posses blistering speed. He should should have no problem jumping out and leading clearly here. He posted a sub 30.00 second time here last start and from the raise against moderate opposition, he looks near unbeatable. Leg 2.
Wentworth Park Greyhounds, Race 8 Box 1 Sometimes Speedy, 9.57pm
This girl is another special of the night. She’s been near unbeatable and went around as one of the favourite’s in the Golden Easter Egg. She has a super quick PB and will simply win from box 1. Leg 3
The Meadows Greyhounds, Race 4 Box 1 Hoover Jack, 8.20pm
Another shorty here, and another box 1 favourite. Hoover Jack has a blistering PB, of 29.78 and from box 1 he too looks unbeatable. He’s not a great beginner, but really musters plenty of pace after he hits the ground. He can’t make many mistakes though, as it is a tough field with plenty of ability in it. From the rails he too looks far too good if he does things right. Leg 4
Cannington Greyhounds, Race 3 Box 3 Boss Coin 7.50pm WA time
New WA speed machine is another near unbeatable chance here tonight. Boss Coin has won his last 4 starts in a row and last week posted the quickest time he has run. Running a super quick 30.12. He’s getting better and better this dog, and will have no trouble disposing of this line up. Leg 5
Cannington Greyhounds, Race 6 Box 2 On Coin. 8.50pm
Another flying machine who last week posted a near record run of 29.85; only the great Miata, who holds all the records at Cannington; has gone quicker. He’s absolutely low flying at the moment, and he will simple win again. He may give the record a shake if he lands straight in front. Another shorty but a other moral. Final leg.
There will be no value in backing each runner, the idea is to have a multi and hope we get all the legs up.
Best of Luck.
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Big night last night with the final of the Group 2 QLD Futurity, Purcell Bale was the overall victor in a rough house affair; kennel mate Xylia Allen finished second and Celtic Diva wound up 3rd.
The heats of the Derby provided only the one upset, with 2 of our selections running first and second in the upset race of the night. Captain Clarrie and Pharmocopia both home bred dogs ran 1 and 2 in the final heat to book spots in next weeks QLD Derby Final, which is sure to be a really interesting affair with plenty of speed and strength engaged.
Ipswich Greyhounds Race 9 Box 7, And It’s Gone. 6.35pm
And It’s Gone looks to be just over the line in this race here tonight. She was a recent Vince Curry finalists and raced extremely well throughout the series. Since then she has been around the mark but has failed to salute running placings. She has a very quick PB of 30.57, and that is much quicker then anything in this field. I’m a little concerned that Abbey Corsair from the 6 box might pose a little problem early for our selection. Abbey is quite quick early and she may bring And It’s Gone undone. Hopefully she drags our selection into the race rather that interfere with her. The only other danger is the very talented Mysterious Thing she has a big motor and no doubt will develop into a handy stayer in the future. She will be giving the leaders a start but if they find trouble she will no doubt be there ready to swoop. And It’s Gone to win, she should be far too classy here.
Casino Greyhounds Race 9 box 6 Glass. 2.35pm
A maiden race here and it appears as if there are very few chances. Glass is my selection and he looks the likely winer in this. There is very few winning chances and the only other 2 appear to be little Tiny Mumble, who was meant to end up with the name Tiny Rumble, however someone made an error and landed her with Mumble instead of Rumble! She has been going ok but probably lacks the speed to win here. Boo Rose High, from the red box appears the only other danger, having run a time of 27.96 a while ago from a similar box; but he is very inconsistent and can’t be backed with confidence. Glass for local trainer Charlie Northfield is out of the super stayer Miss Grub who a few years back was one of the country’s best stayers for Charlie. Glass will enjoy racing from the outside box and he only needs to step away here to win this one. He was Favourite in Tuesday’s race at Lismore from box 1, but failed to negotiate the first turn in the pouring rain. He’s much better suited from the outside here today and he only needs to steer clear of the trouble early to win this.
Wentworth Park Greyhounds Race 1 Box 6 Compass, 7.19pm
Yet again another very good dog from a home breeding venture. Compass the daughter of Hidden Image and Dance of Nights, has been sensational wining just about everything that has been asked of her. He last run at Dapto was brilliant running a near record. She makes her long awaited step up to the staying trip here and I have no doubt she will acquit herself very well. She has plenty of early toe and does have plenty of different arsenal to win races – she’s not limited to one style of racing, and she can do it from behind or in front. Bralyn Casey makes the race interesting and she is making her Wentworth Park Debut here for trainer Doctor George Clegg. She too has plenty of ability, but I’m totally unsure on how she will handle this. There’s no doubt she can run the trip but here will to win has been questionable of late. I know the dog quite well, and she can run the time it will take to win this but I’m going to have to go with Compass here. Expect Compass to fly out and head straight to the front, and if she handles the extra journey with ease; expect to hear a lot more about this bitch in the future.
Geelong Greyhounds, Race 2 Box 8 Leprechaun Macey, 7.27pm
680m staying event here, and it appears a two dog war with Coulta Harvest and Leprechaun Macey appearing the two that will fight it out. Our selection is by the great Bombastic Shiraz from the Champion Betty’s Angel. This is her first attempt at the longer journey and its questionable whether she can run it out strong. She is very moody but does find a race where she can win in. She can go a bit early and I expect her to lead from go to whoa here. I doubt very much she can come from behind to win this. Coulta Harvest is the main threat and he too probably needs to land near the front to win this. His form is pretty good and he has shown he can handle the journey, with placings over the trip at Sandown in mid-week class. Generally a front runner who is able to stick on, but in his last run he was unable to lead and surprisingly worked home well to finish second. He’s getting stronger, and appears the only danger. Leprechaun Macey must lead to win and I’m afraid if she doesn’t she cant win. She’ll get plenty of room from box 8 and with her best jump should cross here. Win bet only, as I fear if she cant lead she cant run a place.
Best of Luck
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Albion Park Greyhounds Race 4 Box 1 Beau Ryan 7.41pm
Queensland Derby Heat 2, and I’m going with a roughie in this race. Its not a race I feel confident about finding the winner in, but I am going to select something I quite like at big odds. Beau Ryan for Northern Rivers Trainer Robert Cooke, is named after new Cronulla recruit, and Footy Show funny man Beau Ryan. The son on Vapour Whirl has very little experience only having 5 starts, but he has run a fast 22.97 at Grafton and Cookie would not have him in this if he didn’t think he was a chance. He’s coming off a very fast trial at Lismore and track touts tell me his middle section was unheard off, which is evident in his fast Grafton win. Whether I select him or not, he’s going to start at big odds in a race against some very experienced high class animals. From any other box I would suggest not having anything on him but from box 1 in a field out of form, I suggest something small each way on this fellow. He could be the upset of the night.
Angle Park Greyhounds, Race 9 Box 2 Cousin Callum, 10.05pm
731 staying event here and Cousin Callum has to be a world certainty on last weeks run in the big one behind Mimicking. His own personal time was a very fast 43.26 and if he repeats that its game over. However he will be no odds at all, so we are going to try tip the First 4. Cousin Callum is the likely winner, but SA’s most consistent bitch Miss Woods is our second selection. She just doesn’t know how to run a bad race, even when finishing 6th in last weeks final. The daughter of Miagi still ran just outside her own PB, with a quick 43.51. Its a fabulous effort considering she was off the bunny for the entire race and was beaten 7 lengths – she’s our second pick. Best Delight is our third pick, and the daughter of Bond is having her 116th start tonight. She’s still racing very well considering she over 4 years of age. She too has a god PB although she is yet to win in 8 attempts. One thing about this bitch is she’s been there and done that, and will continue to chase from behind. Our fourth and final pick has to go to the Peter Jovanovic trained Book Of Shadows. This girl is no doubt being stepped up to get her coming out in front. She has ability but tends to get too far back at box rise. I’m not sure she will handle the trip but she should hold onto fourth position in front of Alis Bale, who seems to hate Angle Park.
1st – Cousin Callum
2nd – Miss Woods
3rd – Delightful Bond
4th – Book Of Shadows
Dapto Greyhounds Race 7 Box 3 Vivian Bale 9.38 pm
I really liked the run of Vivian Bale last start; it was full of merit. She wasn’t given much chance and had to work extremely hard the entire race. Box 3 wont be any problem here tonight. She has enough early speed to lead here, and I have no doubt if she lands on the bunny she will win this one. The two dogs boxed inside her aren’t the best of beginners, especially Slingshot Jack; but Slingshot Jack does have a love affair with Dapto and once he finds the rail he works home really hard. Vivian Bale should have no trouble crossing him, and if she gets across him and kennel mate Richard Bale its all over. She has posted a fast 29.95 and a repeat of near that will be more than enough to win this. I cant see the outside dogs cutting across early, so all our selection needs to do is jump and run. She’s out of form, but she has been around the mark and her times haven’t been to bad for a dog being beaten. We are only going to get around the $4.00 mark, but that should be about the right price.
Hobart Greyhounds, Race 9 Box 1 Nooee’s Lad. 10.28 pm.
This bloke has to be seen to be believed. I dont think I’ve ever seen a dog begin quicker then this bloke. He literally begins under the boxes and lands at least 2 or 3 in front every time – I’ve never seen a dog begin so quick; its quite remarkable. From box 1 here tonight he will again fire out and land 2 or 3 in front. He can run fast times but isn’t at his best if he is pressured early on. The only danger appears to be the very fast Shanlyn Johno, he too has a huge motor; but is generally a much slower beginner. Nooee’s Lad has the ability to really open up this field early on, and that may make it hard for his main danger to land close enough to run him down. I prefer to back front runners and one things for sure this bloke will certainly be out in front from the get go.
Sandown Greyhounds, Race 6 Box 7 Steve Allen 8.52pm
We have been tipping this bloke for a while, and he was a selection when running unplaced at the Meadows two starts back. He led the race but stopped badly in the run home and it appeared it may have been to much for him. However he came out the next week, and stormed from near last to first to win in very good time. I was of the opinion he would make a very good stayer this fellow, and it now appears he’s shaping up like one. Tonight’s race is no harder and he will be suited,with Bagget Bale the likely tearaway leader. I have the feeling Steve Allen goes best from behind, and when finding the front early he uses up to much gas; a little like Champion He Know’s Uno when he first started over the staying trip. It’s the right race for Steve Allen tonight, and he’s a great each way chance.
Best of Luck
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Two postscripts to the 15 April article about track expenditure.
Over the years I have visited around 30 tracks in the three eastern states and Tasmania and on each occasion it has been my practice to go out early and ask permission to â€śwalk the trackâ€ť, much the way jockeys do when visiting a new racecourse. By doing that I get a feel for what the dogs have to do. I can gain a good impression of whether it is easy or hard to get into the race from an awkward spot.
For example, a few bend start trips are not only tightly positioned on the circuit proper, but they also have the inside box pointing into the nearby rail, so to speak, meaning the box 1 dog actually has to do two things; first, edge to the right after the jump and then bear left to make the turn; second, it must jump well as otherwise it will be smashed up against the rail. This is a classic example of poor design. Eight dogs are trying to get into a space large enough for four.
Anyway, in seeking that permission, I found that about half of all track managers responded by asking the same question: â€śWhy would you want to do that?â€ť They just donâ€™t see the point. I guess we are supposed to take what is dished out and not worry about it. But I do – my wallet tells me to.
The second story concerns one track where I did the usual walk â€“ Geelong. Before it was re-built I had been watching a number of dogs missing their gait as they rounded the home turn. Always at the same point, a couple off the fence, they would stutter and lose ground before regaining their momentum. I couldnâ€™t understand it but those incidents radically changed the outcome of the race.
As I walked back and forth across this section it was hard to see anything amiss at first. But then I got down on my hands and knees. Sure enough, at the magical point I discovered an undulation in the surface. It was not huge but it was significant. I then looked around for the cause. Lo and behold, parked just behind the old 700m boxes was the water truck (Victorian folk frequently prefer to use water trucks rather than the fixed â€śfairway wateringâ€ť, presumably because it wastes less water). On quizzing the curator I discovered that it drove on to the track at the exact point where the undulation occurred. The wheels did the damage. They then changed their practices and the problem disappeared.
My point is that if you see a particular effect then there has to be a cause somewhere.
Sometimes that will be hard to find. For example, I went to some trouble to do the same walk-around at the now-closed Gold Coast track, and for a similar reason. About one third of the way around the main turn it was common to see a couple of dogs running abreast clash with each other. Something there made it hard for them to maintain a steady course. One or both would then be spat out the back.
I never found the reason for that problem. Once again, there was nothing for the eye to see. Yet the hassle was there â€“ repeatedly. And it was also there on the old grass track. It is possible to conclude only that some combination of gradients, turn radius and lure type combined to create the problem. Thatâ€™s the sort of thing that only detailed scientific evaluations might sort out.
Such an effort would be well worthwhile. Comparable hassles are present at other tracks at the same point â€“ Bulli being the most obvious.
By the same token, it was not hard to see why dogs regularly ran off on Gold Coastâ€™s home turn. It was too flat, sometimes even leading to a dog disappearing out of range of the SKY camera. The likely reason there was the earlier presence of the old 732m boxes. When such boxes are placed near the home turn (or any turn) it is not uncommon for builders to set up a level run in to the upcoming straight, all the while ignoring what that might do to dogs coming around that turn from another distance. They need a decent camber to help maintain their course.
That fault not only occurred at the Gold Coast but also at Ipswich, Richmond, the former Singleton, The Gardens, Angle Park and maybe others. More imagination is needed.
Anyone who claims that dogs themselves cause all the interference forget that man is involved, too.
Incidentally, that same Gold Coast track had one other unusual feature. The 457m start was perched on a rise so that dogs had a downhill run on to the track proper. But that lofty position also meant that dogs rounding the nearby turn â€“ ie those in distance races â€“ enjoyed a good camber and were less inclined to run off. Good thinking.
Yesterday’s Results: Seize The Bomb – Winner $1.30, Chicka Scott – Winner $2.40, Real Vain – Second, Niamh Premier – Unplaced, Mrs. Thursday – Winner – was a lay bet.
Still on struggle street at the moment, our lay bet for the night Mrs. Thursday got up to win ending any chance we had of winning.
I was a Lismore and to my surprise she showed pretty good box speed to overcome box 8 and managed get across the field rounding the first turn. As soon as she lobbed into second I knew she would win, even though she was spotting the leader ten lengths; such is the bitches strength. She showed much more speed and chase last night then in any other start she’s had before.
Our run of bad luck must end soon, otherwise I’ll be out of a job, and our followers will have no more hard earned to have on.
Albion Park Greyhounds, Race 7 Box 4, Sarah’s Spirit, 5.40pm
Sarah’s Spirit is today’s Albion Park Selection, and the daughter of Premier Chief and Kathy’s Recall looks a terrific chance in this race here today. Box 4 isn’t ideal but she has plenty of talent and does race well here. It’s a pretty handy litter, with littermate Pharmocopia lining up in tomorrow nights Qld Derby heats. Sarah’s Spirit has been touted the best of the litter but is second to brother Pharmocopia in best times around Albion Park. She meets a fair field today, with the Bundaberg performer Jimmy Butterfly sitting up in the 8 box. Little Player from the red box also has to be respected. Sarah’s Spirit has a tendency to mix her box manners a little but she does poses a mix of speed and strength and it won’t be long before we see her produce it. From box 4 today im hoping she can jump away with them and find a nice position on the rail rounding the first turn – maybe 3rd or 4th, if she can do that she should finish far to strong here for these. The middle box makes it tough but she should be a nice each way chance here today.
Angle Park Greyhounds, Race 7 Box 4 Emerley Lover, 3.05pm
A heat of the S.A Breeders prelude here and the recent addition to the Troy Murray kennel, Emerley Lover; is flying at present with 4 wins from his last 5 starts. The son of Nitro Burst looks extremely hard to beat here today. Boxed in the middle of the track around slow beginners he will have no trouble jumping straight to the front. Boxes 2,3,6 are all slow early and none of them can give this bloke a start and beat him. He has a PB of 29.93 here but I think he’s capable of going quicker and today looks his best chance to do so. High speed dog in great form boxed in between slow beginners – its a recipe to sure success. Absolute special and should easily take care if this lot. Even at his short quote of roughly $1.70, I think he’s great value. You often see short priced favourite’s that don’t deserve there low starting price. But this bloke is no false favourite her today and no excuse should be offered up if he gets beat. Will win.
Richmond Greyhounds, Race 4 Box 7 Samadhi Babe 4.37pm
Shockingly bad distance race here and Samadhi Babe, formerly trained by astute mentor Dave Irwin; looks the likely winner for mine. Dave was campaigning her around Grafton a while ago and she did look to have a bit of talent. But time and time again she found a way to get beat as favourite. She has trialled quite well over the shorter trip, and has also a quick 23.17 to her name over the 400 in a performance trial. She only needs to repeat that trial or go somewhen close to be a long way out on front of these today.
618 will be a test for the daughter of Big Daddy Cool, but I expect her to be too good her for these. He last couple over 535 where shes placed here have been fair. She has a tendency to throw away races, but lets hope today her minds on the job and she gets the chocolates here. Boxed well with plenty of early toe, and she should give backers a great sight.
The Meadows Greyhounds Race 10 Box 1 Fire Up Nate, 2.54pm
600m event here and the old boy is my selection from the favorable box 1, although he has never won from box 1; he does like to hunt along the rail or 1 or so off. He is very experienced at the trip and does often perform quite well on a Thursday night. His form has tapered off a little recently, but the drop on grade should see him return to form. He has a pretty good PB and there doesn’t appear to a great deal of completion. Destini Warrior will be the likely favourite here today, but I do give Fire
Up Nate a great chance here. Should be each way odds, and that’s the way id be going.
Ballarat Greyhounds, Race 4 Box 7 Love of Lauryn, 7.58pm
The daughter of champion Queen Lauyrn looks a great value chance here tonight. She has already posted a fast 30.51 win a Cranbourne. Box 7 will make life a little tough here today, but she does have her share of ability. She is quite moody and does need things to go her way, but she going to be great each way odds in this race here tonight. It’s going to be mighty tough for her to get over early, but if she can get a nice drag across expect her to race very well. I suggest only backing her if 12-1 or better as she will need plenty of luck early. Fast dog who will improve sharply from a inside box, she does have box speed and let’s hope she can use it today. It’s certainly a winnable race, and each way here today.
Best of luck
$$ Another Day Another Dollar Hopefully. $$
Another total blackout last night, I counted 6 roughies who won over $20.00; some as high as $56.00! It was near impossible to find a winner. If you managed to collect well done. We’re back to have another go again today hopefully we can get back in front.
Ipswich Greyhounds, Race 1 Box 1 Seize The Bomb, 4.02pm
431m maiden race and the Reg Kay prepared runner will be mighty hard to beat. The daughter of the best talented Seize The Moment look extremely green when running third in her first start back in November. She drops back in distance here to the 431 from her first start which was over 520. She should have no trouble winning this against a maiden field that appears to have very few winning chances. She’s going to start short once again but we need a winner and she should be able to do to here for us.
Angle Park Greyhounds, Race 11 Box 8, Niamh Premier, 3.27pm
This race appears to be a two dog race with Niamh Premier and Jet Blast. Niamh Premier has drawn the right box and she has plenty of early toe. She has posted a quick 30.05 here and won well last start from box 6. She should improve from that effort and with a clean start and good jump she will be tough to beat.
Devonport Greyhounds, Race 5 Box 3, Chicka Scott, 1.54pm
Chicka Scott get his best chance to win another one here. He has a big motor but certainly has problems focusing and doesn’t always apply himself. 1 out I have no doubt he’s easily the quickest dog in this field. He meets a very ordinary field, and he’s quite capable of easily running a sub 26.00 run. But the question will be wether he focuse’s and turns up to win. Make sure you get about $4.00 before having a go.
Lismore Greyhounds Race 1 Box 8 6.41pm
Mrs.Thursday is not a selection to win, rather a lay bet. It’s well known how fast this bitch is but let me tell you, slow beginners are bad betting propositions. There’s absolutely no doubt 1 out she will trounce these and maybe run a near record. But from box 8 and the fact she begins really slow, makes her a fantastic lay bet. I don’t think she can win this and her performances in the last couple have been very ordinary. Wait until she steps up in trip before backing her. She will once again start a favourite, but I suggest laying her and backing something else.
Warragul Greyhounds, Race 5 Box 4 Real Vain, 8.09pm
Another two dog race with Knockin’ Nowhere and Real Vain the two standouts. I’m going with Real Vain, and the son of Dyna Lachlan is in fantastic form, winning his last 4 in a row. He has no trouble handling box 4 and he has won more races from this box than any other. He’s a quick beginner and certainly one on the up. Knockin’ Nowhere takes a few strides to get going, and this should allow Real Vain to set up an early lead and win.
Best of Luck
$$ Another Day Another Dollar $$
There are two ways the industry can make money. One is to get more people to have a bet. The other is to spend capital wisely and productively. We seem to be having trouble on both counts, but here letâ€™s concentrate on the big jobs involving the building of new tracks or re-building old ones. Not your regular heavy maintenance items such as cables, machinery or kennels but works that involve the actual racing circuit.
What we should be looking for are investments that produce a return over the long term, much like the NBN they are arguing about at the moment. These would be jobs that make racing better for all. Unfortunately, if you look for safer and more interference-free tracks â€“ those which encourage punters to bet – the score is dismal.
At a rough count, some $40 million has gone into new or re-built tracks over the last decade or so. Examples are listed below. That figure ignores inflation and omits the share of jobs attributable to grandstands and other buildings.
Of all these jobs, only two could be said to have produced a really good return â€“ Hobart and Mandurah – while a couple of others have done some good â€“ Angle Park and Nowra â€“ the latter being primarily at the initiative of the local club and council, not the racing authority.
All the others have resulted in tracks with significant faults, ranging from disruptive turns to poorly placed boxes and dubious gradients. In some cases, a refurbishment simply repeated the old faults, or copied bad features from another track. In others, the outcome may be better than what went before but is still less than ideal.
Those views emerge from studies of the consistency of race results (ie dividends), a measure of race falls and interference which we conduct quarterly (and which has been posted on a previous article here) and observation of actual races.
Some folk maintain that greyhounds have mind of their own and cannot be expected to take advantage of a well-built track. Itâ€™s just the luck of racing, they say. Yet this attitude ignores the fact that some tracks are better than others, as pointed out above. Of course, there are clumsy dogs, good field dogs and many in the middle. And some dogs have different galloping actions to others. But, in the main, the evidence shows that a better designed track produces lower interference and allows dogs to more readily hit their own performance standards.
In total, some 90% of all the invested capital has returned a negative result. Commercial company boards have been thrown out for much less. That this has not occurred in racing may be partly due to the fact that authorities are not really called to account for what they do. Auditors address only whether the paperwork was right, not whether the investment was productive in practical terms. Racing Ministers, who are legally in charge of them, seem less inclined to intervene.
A wide variety of firms and officials has been involved in carrying out these jobs yet virtually none has the right to claim any expertise in track building. Indeed, it is impossible for them to have that expertise as no-one has ever bothered to study the subject in any detail. Engineers study for years to learn how to build bridges or skyscrapers yet racetracks are built using only peopleâ€™s opinions or guesswork – sometimes educated guesswork, but guesswork nonetheless. The results reflect that.
There is only one way to start achieving a better return on the industryâ€™s investment â€“ authorities must get together to commission an independent scientific study of track design criteria. The amateur approach must give way to a professional one.
Here is our track summary.
Hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on plans for Logan and Deagon, which both involved consultants with little or no experience. Deagon has already been dumped while Logan is in the lap of the gods. No decision has been made on building a new track, nor on Albion Parkâ€™s future.
Projected $1 million to be spent on plans alone for a combined thoroughbred/greyhound track. No further details available but many millions will be required if the plan goes ahead.
Gosford and The Gardens
Both designed by country engineering firms with no experience. Both were forced to shift 400m boxes after a few months. First turns at both tend to be disruptive. Gosfordâ€™s home turn is good, The Gardenâ€™s is not – too flat. The run into the pen at The Gardens is risky.
First turn remodelled in 2010 in a way which â€śhas proved successful elsewhereâ€ť, according to GRNSW. Cutaway turns elsewhere have not done that at all â€“ they all increase the track bias and favour inside boxes more than normal. They create unfair races. The evidence is on the books, but not on GRNSW statistics â€“ the authority failed to re-start winning box data after making the track change. Oranges are mixed with apples, or maybe lemons.
Both turns remodelled in 2001 as at Maitland. Substantial interference occurs at both 520m and 720m first turns. Strong railers can overcome the bias but fields are often disrupted anyway.
A post-flood re-build (for $1m-plus) essentially created a copy of what went before with the exception of an added transitional rail covering an 80m stretch going into the turn. The result is that dogs are confused at the double change and so unpredictable lateral shifting causes routine interference. The flat home turn also throws many dogs off the course.
Designer unknown. Rebuilt at substantial cost yet disruptive bend start for 400m retained and 535m runners must overcome flat first turn (due to the shape of the run-in from the 400m start).
No apparent designer known. Complete re-build yet retained all the features of the previous version, including a too-tight positioning of the 520m boxes (inside dogs tend to move outwardly at the start) and a disruptive first turn.
At club initiative, the home turn was re-built successfully. First turn still disruptive.
GRV commissioned a full re-build yet retained a bend start for 520m while the turn into the home straight is suspect.
Some millions soon to go into improved grandstand and other facilities yet no improvements announced for the track. Crowding at the start, a disruptive first turn and a flat home turn remain.
Re-built/refurbished several times yet crowding at start and disruptive first turn remain, the latter prompting many inside dogs to move out suddenly.
The start of the 525m trip at this $13 million (in old money) complex has been fiddled with three times yet it remains heavily biased towards the inside. That means unfair races.
Shepparton, Horsham, Warragul and Warrnambool
All re-built yet the 390m/410m trips are problematical. Interference and bias are high, results less predictable than for other distances. Frequent interference occurs going into the turns. 650m races at Sheppparton, Warrnambool and Bendigo are on top of the nearby turn and seriously hamper some runners.
Strong (but different) bias present for 400m and 460m races. Runners veer outwards on home turn. Need for both circle and one-turn tracks is hard to understand. Fairly handy options exist for both at nearby tracks.
One of the few success stories although it is still a tight track. Remodelling of the track and re-positioning of 515m boxes improved outcomes. Used some outside advice. However, home turn is less than ideal.
Work done to install a 400m trip which seems satisfactory. The main 531m start is too close to the turn while the 643m trip and its bend start are not satisfactory.
Remodelled in 2001 with a cutaway first turn which immediately produced a strong inside bias. Many dogs cannot handle that turn well. Major events have been disrupted. New track likely to be required when lease runs out shortly.
A new track which had initial problems but subsequent work on the main turn provided much improved running.
A brand new track built with the dreaded cutaway turn which generates a strong inside bias. A dangerous run into the pen at the finish â€“ dogs have to make a right turn after the post.
Excellent running over 461m. Wide separation between the line of the running rail and the boxes helps reduce interference. Dogs run straight after the 461m start and the turn is very serviceable. This is the countryâ€™s best investment by far.
Yesterday’s Results: Poetic Mover – Winner, Orthia Bale – Winner, Disco Dave – Unplaced, Suberushie- Unplaced.
Albion Park Greyhounds, Race 6 Box 8, 8.24pm Hurricane Ash
Nice race here with Hurricane Ash our on top selection. He hails from a handy litter who are performing quite well. His trainer Andrew Monaghan has placed this fellow well, and now brings him to headquarters. He started his career racing over the shorter trip around Ipswich, Lismore Albion and Grafton and performed quite well. His lasted assignment has been the step up to 520m racing and he has take to it with ease, running a quick 30.70 at Ipswich. He will handle box 8 tonight well, and he does have plenty of speed to cross over early. There is very little early speed and he may go close to leading in this. With clear running he should he able to run around the 30.30 mark. There is a couple of dangers Auriga Legend and Wag Tail. Auriga Legend, is extremely moody and can only be taken on trust; and Wag Tail is generally a slow beginner who over this trip will need luck. Both dogs will pose a threat if they can get forward early. Hurricane Ash to jump and run, and hopefully salute in this.
Angle Park Greyhounds, Race 4 Box 8 Aston Carmelita, 7.37pm
715 distance event here, and were going to try tip you guys into the exacta. Aston Carmelita is having her second go over the journey, and will no doubt be off and gone in the early stages of the race. She does stick on quite well, and I think she can hold them off here to win this one. Box 8 is perfect and she should be off and burning, from the moment the lids open. Josephine Wiz, can not be taken lightly in this. The daughter of Flying Penske, loves the journey, and always performs well over it. Forget her last few runs, they have been against much harder company, and she will appreciate the drop in class here tonight. She likes to jump and get back a little in her races, but she handles the trip. As they start to get tired up front, she should be powering home late. She needs to find a nice spot early on the rails. Aston Carmelita from Josephine Wiz.
Bulli Greyhounds, Race 6 Box 8 Spring Blueboy, 8.52pm
Great race with out selection Spring Blueboy looking like he will get the chocolates. Box 8 will perfectly suit the son of El Galo, and he performs at his best from the pink box. He seems to enjoy plenty of room and he will have all the room he desires out here tonight. He has has two previous states On the track, and performed very will both times with a PB of 29.00. It’s a tough race with a few winning chances but our selection, Spring Blueboy; has been knocking on the door and drawn the right box. Everything points to him winning here tonight. He should be around $4.00, and that looks a great price for a dog who has everything in his favour here tonight.
Launceston Greyhounds, Race 5 Box 2, In The Book 9.00pm
Our readers should be aware of the wrap I gave this young dog In The Book last start. He was a place selection in a mighty hard race and he went super, running third, and paying a whopping $7.10 the place. This race is much much easier and
I expect this bloke to win, and win very well. He’s a young dog going places and he has a big motor. He takes 1 or 2 strides to get going, but once into his rhythm, he really accelerates. Box 2 will suit, and there appears only 1 danger. Terror Time. He’s a really nice young dog, In The Book, by Knocka Norris and Regent Ebony and expect him to win this, and go right on it with after tonight. He’s probably going to be short after his nice placing last here week but he’s got plenty of talent and he should be winning this. Keep following.
Shepparton Greyhounds, 5 Box 4 Lochinvar Camaro 8.28pm
650 staying event and the former WA chaser will come up favourite and he looks the winner in this. Since coming across he’s won his 2 starts in great fashion. He still looks to be improving and he should be far too good for these here again tonight. He’s a get back and run on type and they always need there fair share of luck. But he looks the one and will only have to chase down the early leader Turkoglu. If he wins here tonight, that will make it 3 in a row and he may head to the big smoke soon after. He will certainly be tested then. Don’t take silly odds, though its hard to be confident with slow beginners.
Well I hope we have found a few winners for you guys tonight, it looks to be a great betting night and one where a few multiples might be on the cards.
Best of Luck
$$ Another Day Another Dollar $$
We will forget last nights selections, and hope you all had a winner or two. Only Boss Coin did the job last night winning the Lew Dorsa Memorial trophy and paying a nice $2.60.
Albion Park Greyhounds, Race 4 Box 1 Poetic Mover, 6.29pm
This is quite an interesting race, with the very fast and very moody Poetic Mover, stepping up in trip for the fist time. The fawn dog by Knocka Norris and Bomber Babe has posted some flying times over the 520m trip running sub 30.00 seconds. There was a small period there a while back, where he really was shaping into a high class performer. His litter brother Top Story has proven himself to be a mighty fine dog himself running very quick times also, and in the process earning himself a shot at the Silver Chief. This bloke has the ability but seems to only use it when it suits. Today’s 600m event should hopefully see him return to form.He has drawn box 1 and does have early toe. It’s a poor quality field, and if he jumps and decides to have a go, he should run around the 35.30 mark, and that should see him win this with ease. Make sure you get fair odds, about $4.50 should be the right price about a dog who has the talent, but can be very moody.
Nowra Greyhounds, Race 6 Box 7 Disco Dave 7.15pm
The final of the Nowra Summer Puppy Classic with $25,000 to the winner, and I’m going to go with an outsider here Disco Dave 1 of 3 runners for Sean Evans and Chris Nutt. The son on Collision and Paris St Germain is the likely outsider of the 3 with Luxurious and Miss Kiss the more favoured pair. From out wide here in box 7 he’s going to get a nice clear run. He does prefer and inside box, but the likely favourite, Double Twist, has been beginning a little slowly of late and this could see her get buried around the first turn. Disco Dave may be able to sweep around the outside and miss all the trouble. He has posted a PB of 30.10 and has run a fast first sectional. If he begins and they jam up, he may get the chocolates here. Each way, in a tough race.
Sale Greyhounds, Race 4 Box 1 Orthia Bale, 6.30pm
This one seems a match race between two dogs Orthia Bale, and the very talented Salegreys Power. The former finds it very tough to win, preferring to continually run placings. She’s better boxed here then her last few, and she does possess the early pace to lead here. She can run time when on the bunny and if she pings and goes she will be mighty hard to run down. Salegreys Power is a dour little bitch who two starts ago, posted a very quick 30.35 at Sale, and went just as well last start when running 4th, from a tougher box. Expect both dogs to be burning from the get go. Orthia Bale might just get the better run to hold on here. Match race. We’re going with the red runner.
Sandown Greyhounds, Race 11 Box 2 Suberushie, 5.29pm
Tough race and were going with a roughie here in Box 2. This girl is badly out of form, but shows her best when she able to lead and roll along in front. She should lead this field here today and I liked the way she won 4 starts ago. The favourite Running Man will have to do it tough from the middle squeeze box and this should allow our pick to roll along nicely out in front early on. If Running Man gets caught in traffic early Suberushie may well be able to pinch this one here.
Best of Luck
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We experienced a total blackout yesterday, without a single winner. However I was quietly confident the two favorites at Geelong in race 9 would miss the place. That they did and we went with Street Danger at $32.00. Unfortunately it ran unplaced, but the winner paid $32.00 and the trifecta nearly $3,000. The first four paid near $9,000! I thought the roughies would win but we went with the wrong one. If you had of taken my advice, and boxed a few up, you would of had a nice collect.
Hopefully tonight we can turn it all around a find a few winners, to have ya hard earned on.
The Meadows Greyhounds, Race 7 Box 1 Mission Complete, 9.22pm
715m staying event here, and there’s 3 winning chances. Mission Complete, Katie Merry, and Defib Darryl. The classy and honest Mission Complete for Michelle Mallia- Magri looks the out right winner for mine. He’s always raced around in group or feature races and always acquitted himself very well. Recently he ran a place in the the Group 1 Sandown Cup. He had to come from behind that night and went really close to winning. This is no Sandown Cup field and from box 1 this bloke looks to good. Katie Merry, will no doubt put it to him early, but if he can stay on touch with her early, I have no doubt he can finish to strong. He has a great box 1 record, and last start at Ballarat he was moving around the field nicely before he coped a bad check, which put an end to his chances. Big improvement here tonight and he looks a great bet here. He should start around $3.00 and that should be enough.
Wentworth Park Greyhounds, Race 9 Box 4 Pride of Mykonos 10.20pm
Nice race here with a few chances. Magic Sprite the current boom sire just keeps producing winners. Every time I see a Magic Sprite pup in a race, I always stay very aware of its presence. They just keep winning and some step up from the shorter trip straight up too 500, and it only takes them 1 or 2 starts to start winning. Magic Sprite is certainly the real deal. Our selection Pride Of Mykonos stepped out here last week with an all the way victory in a quick 30.13 at big odds. He sped away early with a nice first section and despite his ordinary career record, his Wenty record is fabulous with 10 starts for 2-2-2. He’s got nice early toe, and he only needs to jump and repeat last starts effort to salute here. He won’t be able to dwell and stay in the boxes, as the outside runners will be carving down. He needs to ping and run to win this. He should be value and don’t take silly odds. $7.00 should be around the mark. Each way.
Cannington Greyhounds, Race 5 Box 2 Boss Coin, 8.35pm W.A time
The feature race here tonight is the Lew Dorsa Memorial Trophy. $12,000 is what the winner will receive, and I’m confident it’s going Boss Coins way. Last week Boss Coin and the Perth Cup winner Dyna Nalin, fought the heat out with Boss Coin proving to good. This week with the box draws reversed I can’t see Boss Coin being beat. From box 2 he should begin quickly and if he leads its all over. He carved out very fast sectionals last week and stopped the clock in a quick 30.33. Last week Dyna Nalin run nicely into second but wasn’t taking any ground off Boss Coin in the run to the line. Boss Coin should begin and head straight to the front, and he looks a certainty in this. He’s a very fast and talented dog, and since his return to the track he’s been noting short of brilliant. He will be short, but fixed price will be on offer, and I’d say get in early to maximize your return.
Ipswich Greyhounds, Race 6 Box 7 Maywyn’s Diva. 10.34pm
This little girl is strictly a place bet only, but we should be able to get about $5.00 the place. There’s very little pace early in this race, and she may be able to skip away early and give them something to catch. She has a pretty good record here, with a PB of 31.00 and she only a needs to jump and run to hold onto a place in this. Zipping Hurf looks the one to beat, he’s had a little freshen up and is a nice young dog going places. He’s going to have to give 1 or 2 of these a start but he has a big motor and far too much class for these. He will need luck but he should win. It may be a good race to take a multiple in, with Maywyn’s Diva set to lead and take plenty of catching. Nice race to have a go in.
It’s a tough night ahead but I’m hopeful we can turn a profit, Fixed price will be on offer with one of our many sponsors, , and .
It’s pouring here in Queensland, and hopefully the rain stays away.
Best Of Luck
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Yesterday’s Results: Captain Clarrie – Third, El Brooklyn – Unplaced, Brent Bale- Winner $2.20, Mimicking – Winner $4.80.
Great night of racing with The Victorians dominating all around the country with winners in the Queensland Futurity heats, and Victoria also supplying both winners of the Angle Park feature races.
Ipswich Greyhounds Race 1 Box 3 Where’s Bluey, 3.52
Maiden Race here, and they all have no legs. It’s really madness selecting a runner in such a shocking race, but Col Byers is one of Ipswich’s leading trainers, and I’m sure he’s able to collect the chocolates in this with Where’s Bluey. He’s run quick times when running placings before and he only needs to reproduce his best effort to wallop these. He’s capable of around 25.30 and the entire field will be lucky to break 26.00 seconds. On that fact alone he must win this race.
Casino Greyhounds, Race 10 Box 2 Hanify’s Diamond. 2.47pm
Tough race with many winning chances. Casino in Northern NSW, is Australia’s only Tab grass track. It’s extremely well supported with full fields and 12 races every week. It takes a track specialists to consistently win here. The track is as close to a circle as you will get and dogs are generally on 3 legs the whole way around. Hanify’s Diamond, is our selection in this. He has recently been relocated down to Casino, and is well familiarized with the track. Inside information tells me he’s feeling 110 percent and he does possess a very big motor, evident in his flying run at Tweed in 23.28. He’s quite moody and does need things his own way. He should lead this race early, and if he gets out takes off, he’s going to be mighty hard to beat. Right box, in the right race, and he’s feeling fantastic. Each way.
The Gardens Greyhounds. Race 3 Box 6 Joe Hanley. 4.25pm
400m scamper here and not an event I like tipping in, but Joe Hanley, is a super quick dog who can really fly when he gains the right draw or luck. Box 6 will make today’s task a mammoth one but he should start at big odds from out wide here. He does need plenty of luck, and there’s no possible way to predict it how he gets it. He should be great odds and only back him as an each way chance if he’s good odds.
Wentworth Park Greyhounds, Race 4 Box 2 Royal Fringe, 8.19pm
Another tough race with many chances. No Rules League will start the favourite, and rightly so as the daughter of Bit Chilli has earned well over $100,000. But she is a mad railer, and jumps quickly and heads straight to the rail. This may bring her unstuck in this tonight. For that reason, Royal Fringe is our selection here in this. She’s only had the 2 starts here with 1 placing. She’s well suited by the inside box and should get a soft run here. She capable of going quicker than her PB of 30.24, and she will need to in order to win this. She needs luck but if No Rules League misses the start and fails to get across. She may bob up here. Each Way.
Geelong Greyhounds, Race 9 Box 9 Street Danger, 9.49pm
We may be able to get a rough one up her in this. The two favorites Soho Rhythm and Sweet Shadow, are both very moody and may get knocked off here. I don’t like the box draw for them, but they do appear miles better than the others. Street Danger for Tina Womann is the knockout chance for mine. She’s drawn in between the two favorites and will need luck, but she’s looks the best of the rest behind the two main hopefuls. I just get the feeling both favorites may find trouble and if they do Street Danger could be the one. Each Way.
Best of luck
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Yesterday’s Results: Kesh Stream – Second, Felina Bale – Unplaced, Fully Advaced – Second, Evie Jane- Winner $1.70.
Yesterday was quite a day for Australian. We saw two track records fall.
Firstly Australia’s fastest dog in my opinion,Punch One Out; absolutely destroyed the Richmond track record, running a phenomenal time of 29.90 taking 4 lengths of the old one. That’s now two flying records for the little black chaser and im sure theres plenty more over 500 and no doubt further.
Then later that night, the recent Bendigo Cup winner Ronan Izmir lowered the Ballarat record, pinging out and racing away running a blistering 24.95 for the 450m journey.
Albion Park Greyhounds Race 2 Box 3 Captain Clarrie
I’m super confident this bloke can win this race. He’s got a bit of claw this fellow, and was extremely unlucky in last weeks Easter trophy where he was beaten by litter and kennel mate Jeppeli. He jumped from box 5 and was squeezed right up, before he unleashed a huge turn of foot and tried to burst through the pack. Unfortunately he ran into a dead end which spelt the end of his chances. From box 3 against this opposition he will have a little more room to move and I’m confident he can win. Since returning from a short stint in NSW both the brothers have sharply improved. It appears as if it did them the world of good. His brother Jeppeli, has come up with the rails box and he’s a much improved chaser of late. But expect the Captain to either jump and run, or sit just behind the speed and be way too good here. Great Bet.
Angle Park Greyhounds, Race 8 Box 1 Mimicking. 9.41pm
West End Draught Distance Championship – It’s not a tough multiple’s race but it is quite tough to find the winner. With 4 winning chances, I’m going to go with last weeks tip Mimicking for value. Box 1 won’t entirely suit, but he has a great finish and he went super here last week coming off the pace. To run down Cousin Callum, who improved dramatically on his previous weeks run. There’s going to me plenty of hustle and bustle early with Proven Impala and Cousin Callum leading out. Mimicking and Kalden Mayhem will be battling it out behind. Mimicking should get the softest run of the four, and he may finish over the top of them here. It’s a tough race with 4 chances and I’ll take Mimicking for value. Facts are though, there ain’t much between all 4 here tonight given they all steer clear of trouble…
Maitland Greyhounds, Race 8 Box 6 El Brooklyn, 9.58pm
The big one for the night the Maitland Gold Cup, and I’m sure most of you would of read our betting preview; but I’m going with the ever consistent El Brooklyn. She hails from around here before being brought and sent to Victoria by Jason and the family. She’s super consistent, and a very fast beginner. She been there and done that making plenty of group race and feature finals. It’s a race jammed pack full of exciting talent and you can make a case for all runners. But El Brooklyn for me, quick beginner who will steer clear out of trouble. She can run the time and is extremely reliable. 8 chances here, El Brooklyn for me.
Sandown Greyhounds Race 7 Box 3 Brent Bale. 9,11pm
Tough race but Brent Bale went super lady start when only being run down by Surf Mail. No Surf Mail here tonight and he should once again spear the lids and take off running. Should lead and hold on.
Best of Luck
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GRNSW will be playing musical chairs next financial year when a few country tracks gain more meeting dates while others miss out. Its monster two-page media release lists a pile of goodies but fails to mention that Dapto lost all its C Class dates on Wednesdays (no loss there, mind you, as the track has never been up to standard).
Richmond, which is apparently designated a â€śregionalâ€ť club, gets the benefit and will race twice weekly all year.
In total, the new program will offer an average of 17.8 TAB meetings each week compared with the current total of about 18. Not much in that. Currently, give or take one in each case, Victoria offers 20 TAB meetings each week, SA 6, WA 6 Queensland 8, Tasmania 3 and the ACT 1.
Shifting Bulli back to its former Wednesday night slot means it gets away from the dreaded Monday night timing when betting pools are poor. If you like Bulli, that makes sense. I will be waiting until they improve the turns before I invest there. Viewers could also do with vastly improved pictures of the racing.
Grafton gets more meetings, albeit half are on Monday nights, but this is a good thing for the North Coast region. The Grafton track is far superior to those at Lismore and Casino but perhaps needs more attention to the turn into the straight. Its fairly recent introduction of 305m races does not impress, though, and is not a move in the right direction. Squibs should not count. To attract good punters we also need to see many more sectional times than are offered today. Leader-only times are just not enough, especially when we are not really sure which one did the leading. Results as published by GRNSW are often confusing.
The addition of a third weekly meeting at Wentworth Park on Mondays is really strange. According to the GBOTA chairman this â€świll provide participants with entry level racing at the home of the sportâ€ť. But why is that necessary? Why do entry level dogs need such access? Indeed, some would say that some current Wentworth Park fields are little better than entry level anyway. And any prospect of staging 280m racing there again â€“ as one commentator suggested – beggars belief. That is rubbish racing. It measures only a dogâ€™s ability to jump out of a box. And the public always prefers longer races.
More importantly, the more racing at Wenty, whatever the class, the worse off will be the surrounding provincial clubs. Ideally, two or three of those should be selected for further upgrading, including higher prize money, and so offer a strong lead in to the city track.
In any case, the Wenty increase will rip 80 or so dogs out of the provincial circuit. This is precisely what happened in Melbourne a decade ago when each of the city clubs started taking it in turns to run a weekly Non-Penalty meeting (now both do). They started at below-provincial prize money but soon moved up to parity. Starters comprised about equal proportions of youngsters and experienced dogs which otherwise would have been racing at Ballarat, Geelong, Cranbourne, etc. Strategically, that move made no sense then and nor does it now. It adds nothing but weakens the structure of the weekâ€™s racing.
Overall, the new plan fails to address the continuing degradation of average field quality across the three eastern states, coupled with the fall in pool sizes on a race by race basis, including at Wentworth Park. GRNSW has highlighted the increase in cash going to country tracks but omitted to mention the decline in betting at headquarters (and also at The Meadows on Saturday nights).
Good luck to the guys in the bush and to trainers with mediocre dogs but the cost of bringing that about has been enormous. City fields today are only a shadow of what they used to be while the overcrowded programs have resulted in a mad scramble for punters to get set. You cannot reduce the worth of the product without suffering the consequences â€“ which is why mug gamblers are now starting to dominate the takings and serious punters have moved to other options. The evidence is overwhelming.
At the same time, field sizes are slipping away due to the shortage of dogs able to compete in TAB events, not just in NSW but also in Victoria and Queensland, where short fields are common. Remember, there are no extra dogs available, rather the opposite.
Figures produced by Greyhounds Australasia show that between 2003 and 2011 the number of dogs named has fallen by 5% while the number of litters registered is down by 10%. Note the difference. More dogs out of each litter are getting a run, with the obvious inference that less well qualified dogs are now in the mix.
None of these issues have been attacked by racing authorities. In fact, they have gone in the opposite direction by promoting racing stock out of the bottom of the barrel and looking for short term cash. By comparison, how would the fans react if the TV channels started showing C Class football matches? Would the codes still get $1 billion-plus in broadcast fees? Would 50,000 strong crowds still turn up? No way.
Itâ€™s all a question of priorities. Racing has got them wrong.
Yesterday’s Results: Gee Ef Cee – Winner $7.50, Shanlyn Poh – Unplaced, Oenjay Dancer – Unplaced.
We managed a $7.50 winner yesterday. Gee Ef Cee, saluted at Ipswich for us and he should now go on with it now. He may string a few together. The son of Collision has a fair amount of ability and he demonstrated some of that yesterday. Keep following.
Albion Park Greyhounds, Race 9 Box 3 Kesh Stream, 6.19pm
Kesh Stream, the daughter of Where’s Pedro owned by a young lady who is a regular catcher and helper around the dogs. She appears as if she has drawn a race in which she can certainly win. There is little ability in the field and the main danger will come from the son of Buckingham Chuck, Pucker Up Chuck. He recently flew around the Ipswich short circuit in 25.02. He was stepped up to the longer trip last start, and failed to fire. He gets into this race against much easier opposition. Our selection Kesh Stream, has early pace but can be risky at box rise. She has already posted a sub 23.00 second run over the 395 and last start over this distance she did work home quite well after a slow beginning. There’s no ability and little speed in this race, and if she does jump I’m quite confident she can win this. She looks as if she is capable of about 30.55 and that time should see her easily win this. She needs to jump and lead, so we will no out fate at box rise – she jumps, she wins.
Angle Park Greyhounds, Race 10 Box 1 Felina Bale 4.19pm
A tough race here but hopefully one were we can find a nice winner in. Felina Bale, finds it tough to win, but she has drawn the right box and has the speed to ping and lead. Speed Chick will likely start the favourite, and the daughter of El Galo who has formerly raced in NSW, may struggle here at here first go. Very few dogs can come here and win first up, if there not superstars.
Felina Bale has enough early speed, and is capable of about 30.40 and if she jumps and does everything right expect her to pose a huge threat. Madeline Hotel, is probably the fastest dog in the race but does struggle early and races got luck. She could bob up, but will need the luck go her way.
Richmond Greyhounds, Race 6 Box 7 Serisier Street. 5.14pm
This girl went super lady start when we tipped her here at Richmond. She flew the lids over the 618, and never once looked in danger. She was far too good for the rest of the field, and the main two dangers failed to get near her. She should once again flog these. She showed plenty of ability last week, began quickly and easily handled the step up in distance. Box 7 will again suit, and I see her leading again here today. Today’s race is no harder but she does meet a full field and will need to jump and race the same way. She should once again be around the $3.00 mark and a great bet.
Ballarat Greyhounds, Race 8 Box 3 Fully Adcanced 9.18pm
Fully Advanced returns from a stint in the Golden Easter Egg and he will be value in this race here against the recent, Bendigo Cup winner Ronan Izmir. The G. Bate runner posted a flying 29.45 at Wenty, and he can begin like a bomb. If he can ping and hold Ronan Izmir out I’ve got the felling he can go on to win the race. The race is jammed pack full of quality and realistically there is many winning chances. But it’s best to back quick beginners, and dogs who make there own luck. Don’t take silly odds about Fully Advanced, $4.00 should be about the right price with most punters rallying towards the in form Bendigo Cup winner. He’s a good bet at the right price.
The Meadows Greyhounds, Race 9 Box 3 Evie Jane 2.24pm
600m event here and the Andrea Daily trained Evie Jane looks as if she has a mortgage on this race. The daughter of Velocette went like a bomb here last start and flew around the circuit, running 29.90. She showed no signs of stopping and will have no trouble running out the trip. She has far more ability then the entire field but she does need to do things right. She can’t miss the kick and afford to get buried on the corner start here. She will be short odds, but she should take care of these; don’t take silly odds though. Maybe anchor her in a multiple.
Best of Luck
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Yesterday’s Results: Outback Hero – Scratched, Botha Bale – Unplaced, Logan John – Unplaced, Chunuk Bair – Second, In The Book- Winner $7.30 place.
Mixed results last night with a couple of chances going down. Our rough tip for the night In The Book went super running third, holding off Kiss Me Elvis, a 29.70 winner, to snatch third. And in the process he paid a mammoth $7.30 the place!! He’s certainly going to develop into a good dog, and make sure you keep following him.
Onto today and there’s always many meetings to choose from with plenty all around the country. We are going to do our best to find a few more.
Ipswich Greyhounds, Race 10 Box 6 Gee Ef Cee, 6.42pm
The son of Collision has been badly out of form of late but he has drawn the right race to see him return to winning form. Despite his recent form, and poor record, he does posses a fair amount of ability. Early on he was shaping as a nice young dog, but has since gone right off the boil. Box 6 won’t be too muck of an issue here for him, and I expect him to race really in this. He does have good early toe and he should get forward in this. Blue Oval looks the danger from his favorable box draw. Poor quality race, and Gee Ef Cee gets his chance here. Eachway.
Angle Park Greyhounds, Race 10 Box 8, 3.29pm
This bloke has been knocking on the door, and all around of late. He has the speed and ability but is a very moody type and must be taken on trust. Box 8 will suit as he should stay out of trouble out wide on the track. When he does get things right he can really fly. He needs to ping and get out in front, to show his best. But don’t take the shorts, he is too moody to do that.
Devonport Greyhounds, Race 1 Box 5 Shanlyn Poh, 1.02pm
The son of Big Daddy Cool steps up to the longer journey here and looks suited by the trip. He’s no certainty and will be a good odds. He needs to ping to show his best form, but he may get a nice drag across with Brumby Bomber. He’s been a solid performer over his career and has posted a fast 29.80 over 515 at Launceston. If he happens to ping he may bin up at big odds here.
Warragul Greyhounds, Race 7 Box 8 Oenjay Dancer. 8.50pm
Tough race with a few winning chances. Take The Weight will start favourite for Kel Greenough. She has posted a few flying times, and has run a slick 29.96 at the Meadows. She has plenty of early toe and only needs to begin to race well in this. If she can jump and hold them out mid race, I’d be surprised to see them go past her. She should be the value runner amongst a speedy field. Each way.
Best of luck.
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Yesterday’s Results: Tayla Marie – Third, Dyna Jezabeel – Unplaced, Double Twist – Winner $2.40, Reckless Charm – Winner $3.50.
A maiden final here with a couple of really good young dogs engaged. Outback Joe, and Knocknagoshel; named after a small NorthEast town in Ireland – a clever name for the son of Knocka Norris. Outback Joe, by Lochinvar Marlow speared out of the boxes and carved out a 5.71 first section last week but was run down and beaten on the line by a whisker by Knocknagoshel. Outback Joe, is well boxed again and both dogs will take great benefit from last weeks run. Knocknagoshel, will have to jump better than he did last week from the squeeze box here tonight to beat Outback Joe again. Expect Outback Joe, to be off and gone early on, and he may skip away with an unassailable lead. He should start second favourite, and is the likely winner for mine.
Angle Park Greyhounds, Race 1 Box 1 Botha Bale 6.38pm
Speedy race with a few winning chances. Most of the money will come for the well travelled former QLD Laurie Lachlan, after his quick 29.88 win last start. Laurie Lachlan formerly owned by Blues legend, Tommy Raudonikis and trained by profile trainer Jamie Mchugh, here in QLD is a very moody dog who needs to ping and have it all his own way to win. That will not happen here tonight. With plenty of speed coming from the inside 3 boxes, they should hold Laurie out and spell the end of his chances. Botha Bale, probably named after South African boxing legend Fran’s Botha. Should account for these from an inside box. Expect her to punch up early and hold the rail. She only needs to hold her position and produce her best effort to win this. She has posted a quick 30.16 here and a repeat of that will see her collect the winners cheque here tonight. It appears a race where the roughies may find the placings, so if you are having a go at a multiple then don’t leave the roughies out.
Bulli Greyhounds, Race 3 Box 1 Logan John. 7.52pm
I know this bloke will be favourite, but he hails from a pretty good litter with some fast dogs in it. The Son of Elite State and Pretty Sudden won well here last week in 22.90. He can go much faster and will take great benefit from last weeks first up performance. Jason Thompson, a leading Victorian trainer, campaigned his brother for a while before returning him home. If this bloke has a touch of speed like his brother, expect him to let fly here. Boxed well and in form against an ordinary bunch. Everything points to him winning here. Great bet.
Launceston Greyhounds, Race 6 Box 2 InThe Book. 9.23pm
This is probably total madness, selecting a dog who has won only 1 race against an entire field full of highly promising flying machines. Two runners have smashed the 30.00 mark in this. Now, In The Book, needs to be placed in your little black book; I don’t think he can win this race tonight but he may run a place. He will be huge odds and punters should get great value. He has enormous early pace once he hits the ground, and this bloke will certainly knock up winning plenty of races. A few starts ago he showed blinding pace after missing the start and raced extremely well. Incredibly hard race and forget it, if he runs unplaced in this. Put him In The Book and wait patiently. Place Bet Only.
Shepparton Greyhounds, Race 9 Box 8 Chunuk Bair 9.51pm
The son of Collision drops back to a more suitable distance here for mine and has drawn very well. He’s had 2 weeks off and does posses a big motor. He needs room and is only a ordinary beginner, but really hits his straps after the first 100. He will be over the odds in this and if they jam up or make a mistake, this bloke will be coming fast and hard down the outside. He’s a bit out of form but I think it’s due to his recent step up in distance, which he didn’t handle all to well. Only an each way chance here tonight but will be great value in a race full of speedsters. Each way only.
Well there’s a few nice chances tonight, and I’m quietly confident we can show a profit. We have given you a coupe of roughies in tonight’s races and hopefully one can run into a hole. It will almost certainly ensure we have a profitable night of banking all our selections.
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It was fascinating to read (SMH April 5) that the Sydney University veterinary people have demonstrated that an early racing start for two-year-old thoroughbreds does not harm their later development, rather the opposite. The study of careers of 115,000 horses over 10 years was run by PhD candidate Brandon Velie and published in veterinary journals in Australia and the UK.
The same veterinary faculty had previously looked into the effect of whip use, generally concluding that they had no real effect on race results, and so should be restricted.
The age study seems reasonable but I am not so sure about the whip thing, although the ARB has already imposed limits on their use.
Still, there is a related issue here. Just a week ago viewers might have noted a horse dislodge its rider at the start at Rosehill and then happily continue to run along with the field for the rest of the race. Conclusion â€“ horses quite like to gallop and take part in a race. You could say exactly the same thing about greyhounds, which have been known to attract criticism from extreme elements about being â€śforcedâ€ť to race. Yet they are under no urging from a jockey and chase the bunny as they wish (some donâ€™t, of course, but those ones seldom see a racetrack).
The background here is more interesting. A few years ago I chatted with the veterinary professor at Sydney Uni, partly because I was curious as to why his final year students never selected greyhounds as a topic for their major projects. Other dog breeds, yes, but not greyhounds. Apparently they just did not identify with the breed.
This led to a suggestion to racing authorities that they should mount a campaign to promote more student involvement in greyhounds, possibly offering prizes or sponsorship for particular topics. The university was keen to see that and to take part in other studies as well.
GRNSW never responded to the query while Greyhounds Australasia said it was too busy and in any case had its own way of dealing with veterinary studies (ie exclusively via the greyhound vet association). In practice, GA rarely does much anyway. In other words, the industry was quite happy to ignore the largest veterinary faculty in the country, one which had already demonstrated an interest in racing. A great pity. Not just for me but the university people were disappointed, too.
Veterinarians are represented one way or another on the various racing authorities. Indeed, at one stage one was usually a board member. Thatâ€™s all very fine but it still leaves the fans out of play. Board employees are, by definition, beholden to their master and may not be free to express personal views in public. The same applies to many outside vets who have a kind of doctor-patient relationship with their clients or who may not deal with greyhounds at all. All of which makes it even more important to hear the views of academics, as the thoroughbred people have done.
And there is plenty to have them think about. Here are some examples of studies that might be helpful to the industry and its public. Readers might like to add to the list.
- Should there be tighter rules about racing too often? How may a dog perform after a quick turnaround?
- Should greyhounds be offered periodic spells, as occurs with thoroughbreds?
- How does age affect the canine athlete?
- What are the trends in Australian breeding lines â€“ the relative influence of speed or stamina?
- What effect do various track layouts have on injury levels?
- What is the effect of travel, including air travel, on racing dogs?
- What qualities are needed to make a stayer?
- What sort of turn best suits the majority of dogs?
- How do Australian racing surfaces help or hinder the dog (there are American studies on this but their conditions are much different)?
- What is the effect of various track and equipment features on interference levels?
Going back to the first item, I can recall the time when Wentworth Park raced on Saturday and Monday and the odd dog was entered for both meetings. I wrote an article protesting that the punter could hardly be expected to know how the dog had come through the first race and would therefore be betting blind on the second one. A furious trainer of one such dog took me to task in a letter to the editor, outlining how he had spent all Saturday night and Sunday morning massaging his charge and getting it ready for the upcoming race. He knew best, he said, and so mind your own business.
Well maybe, but I would then add the point that it is by no means certain that the trainer would know the whole truth anyway. He is unlikely to take a blood count on Sunday or be able to check other factors which may have affected the dogâ€™s metabolism. Essentially, he is hoping his available skills will overcome the doubts.
A more reliable solution is for authorities to ban the practice and bring in a rule against backing up within, say, 5 days or maybe 7 days for staying races (a bit like footballers suffering from concussion). Anything less leaves outcomes in the lap of the gods and is likely to do the dog no good either. Standard veterinary advice is that a 7 day break is needed to replenish the petrol tank. Even then, who can forget the time some years ago when Boomeroo, well trained and by no means over-raced, nearly died and was on a drip for three days after winning the National Distance Champion at Albion Park?
However, all these things are conjectural unless some serious studies are done. And, in practical terms, universities are the only completely independent sources available to conduct those studies. Sure, there have been odd investigations reported over the years from various other sources, the latest being a study of thumps commissioned by GA. Another was a study into heart sizes. But these are few and far between. Why not try to advance the industry and expand its knowledge by using the resources of our great learning institutions?
Incidentally, the veterinary fraternity may need some jogging to improve its PR. The full report mentioned at the top here is posted on official veterinary sites in Australia and the UK, and also in journals in both countries. But unless you are a member/subscriber you wonâ€™t be able to read it. You will have to join up first.
Yesterdays Results: Bagget Bale – Winner $2.30, Until Then – Unplaced, Magic Fancy – Unplaced.
1 from 3 last night, and only skinny odds. Bagget Bale saluted, however Until Then from Cannington unfortunately broke down putting an end to her winning chances. Magic Fancy was once again disappointing. We may have to wait a long while for him to come good again.
Lets hope today we are able to find a few winners. Daylight saving has come to an end and most of the country are now on par. The Nowra Puppy classic will be the highlight of today’s racing and the action kicks off at 5.43pm.
Albion Park Greyhounds, Race 5 Box 8 Tayla Marie, 7.10pm
I’m going to have to tip a hot favourite here as I’ve been unable to find a value runner. However it is the first leg of the Quaddie and you may be able to stitch it up. Tayla Marie, trained by John Conlon is in fine form. The only way I see her getting beat is if she finds trouble or beats herself. She begins quite well, and will be suited by box 7. She run a quick 35.25 last start, when having her first crack at the distance. Expect her to improve again on that time, and any improvement will see her destroy these. Elimbah Swift, looks the best of the rest and she should be running on at the end. These two may make a good exacta.
Nowra Greyhounds, Race 6 Box 7 Double Twist. 7.22pm
Toughest of the heats here with many winning chances. Double Twist looks to be the one here after drawing well. There’s a tonne of early pace from the inside few runners. Double Twist can also get out of the boxes and she may sit up outside and race around them here. They’re likely to jam up and allow the daughter of Where’s Pedro to get the fly around the outside. She has a quick PB and a great record here with 3 wins and 1 second from 4 starts. She only needs to begin and stay outbid the early scrimmage here to win this.
Sandown Greyhounds, Race 7 Box 1 Reckless Charm, 4.19pm
715m staying race here with a very ordinary bunch of participants. We’re not likely to see any superstars come out of this one, but Reckless Charm looks the winner here. Her last two starts have been quite good against quality opposition, and the inside rails draw will suit. She’s a little one paced and does need to get an unimpeded run throughout. Her last two runs have been here, and she only needs to get out well and keep rolling in this to go very close to winning. Butterfly Bling may also threaten here, but she’s moody and a very hard to catch type. Keep her safe.
Sale Greyhounds Race 5 Box 8 Dyna Jezabeel, 6.58pm
The very consistent, very speedy Dyna Jezabeel will go very close in this. It appears a 2 dog race and I’m going with Box 8, after she knocked off an inform raging hot favourite Purcell Bale last start. She began too well and simply outpaced the favourite. She should again spear the lids, and the outside box won’t worry her.
Best of luck.
$$ Another Day Another Dollar $$
Greyhound Betting Saturday 6th
What a great days fishing I had yesterday – a few coldies and a few muddies. Unfortunately no fish but plenty of fun otherwise.
I hope our followers took the tip on Borgy Rose Hi, he paid wonderfully in Qld $5.80. I was unable up watch the race as I was fishing, but I figured if I was unable to watch it you guys might as well cop the good tip. I hpe you won plenty.
Yesterday’s Results: Borgy Rose Hi – Winner $5.80, The Albion Quaddie went down, with raging hot favourite Regal Lauryn being beat, Pops Max – Unplaced, Supercell – Unplaced.
The Meadows Greyhounds, Race 4 Box 2. Bagget Bale, 8.20pm. Vic time
The staying event for the night and the son of Go Wild Teddy and super producer Princess Bale looks as if he can win this. He’s not the most strongest of stayers, and does find the trip on his limit. But he has great speed and really runs the first 600 at high pace. Expect him to possie up 3rd or 4th, and start working into the race mid way through. He’s a talented chaser who finds the 500 to short and needs plenty of luck in running over the 600, and the 725 is just that bit too far. Nevertheless, he meets a field here he can beat in this. Kiltanon Skye, appears to be the smokey, and his past couple of runs have been quite sound. Keep him safe in the small field from the inside.
Wentworth Park Greyhounds, Race 6 Box 1 Magic Fancy, 9.07pm Nsw time
The badly out of form Magic Fancy can win this for mine. He’s a very moody very hard to catch dog, and I think his racing pattern is sure to improve with maturity. Box 1 won’t be ideal as he prefers to be drawn off the track, but he can begin and if he manages to jump and hold out the runners on his outside he will put his foot down and race away. He should be good odds and if he can step here watch out. We will know our fate at boxrise. Win only.
Cannington Greyhounds, Race 9 Box 1, Until Then 9.32 W.A time
The very quick Until Then is the winner here. She has a flying PB and can certainly win this. The only danger is the very strong runner Freeway Ace. Until Then can show great pace and she will need to show every bit of it here. Expect her to fly and and keep rolling. She went well last start when winning after just managing to hold them out around the first turn. She will have no such trouble here and needs to bring her A game to win. Freeway Ace will come with a barnstorming finish and he too can win if Until Then makes a mistake.
Best of luck
$$ Another Day Another Dollar $$
Last night was a good night again, with 3 out of our 5 selections saluting at good odds. However one of our selections Camouflage Model won the race but it was later declared a no race and no dividend was paid. Its just another way to get beat on a race course.
Yesterday’s Results: Camouflage Model- Winner No dividend, Mimicking – Winner $2.50, Born On Lava- Winner $4.10, Might Be Me – Unplaced, Shanlyn Mini- Unplaced.
Albion Park Greyhounds Quadrella, 4.17pm Qld Time
- First leg
- 1. Fashion Guru
- 3. Lucky As El
- Second leg
- 1. Hareless Chaser
- 2. Nitro Blonde
- Third leg
- 5. Regal Lauryn
- Final leg
- 2. Jetta’s Girl
At a cost of $4.00 for 100% if we manage to snare it we should get about 6/1 on our investment.
Casino Greyhounds, Race 7 Box 4 Borgy Rose Hi. 1.57pm Nsw time
Terrible 600m event but a little birdy tells me Borgy Rose Hi, is ready too go. He’s a big 40kg dog and a notoriously slow beginner, so he’s going to need plenty of luck but he has trialled extremely well in fast time. Lengths faster then anything these are capable of. I’m going fishing and won’t be betting or watching the race, so you guys might as well cop the tip. Each way.
Wentworth Park Greyhounds, Race 6 Box 1 Supercell, 9.00pm Nsw Time.
The talented son of Lochinvar Marlow looks a certainty to win this. He’s perfectly boxed and looks a great bet to win this. Box 1 is a huge advantage at Wentworth Park, and there’s no reason why he can’t use the box to his advantage. Spud Gun, looks the hardest to beat, but will have to do it tough from out wide.
Geelong Greyhounds, Race 8 Box 3 Pop’s Max, 9.28pm Vic time
The super talented Pop’s Max will be really hard to beat here in this. His last win at Sandown was a good effort from a favorable box. He has drawn box 3 here and will need his best jump to salute. There’s plenty of early speed, in the race and expect him to be behind them early. Don’t take silly odds, though $3.50 will be about the right price here.
Best Of Luck.
$$ Another Day Another Dollar $$
So called experts, incompetent stewards, and backward leaders, unfortunately stand at the helm of our sinking ship.
In my opinion, only Victoria are doing things the right way. It’s a little hard to be critical of our so called experts, as I expect most of them are great people, but you shouldn’t be labeled an expert if in fact you’re an amateur.
For example, resident greyhound expert and weekly commentator Peter Davis is not immune to the odd error when commentating on greyhound meetings. Now he’s not alone and Simone Fisher has been know to do the same, and I’m sure most, if not all of the experts make mistakes. No one is perfect and I’m sure we would all be prone to the odd error in the same pressure situation in front of the camera, but how do we trust these people when they can barely get the basics right?
Last night Peter Davis made two blatant errors that I’m aware of.
He labelled Group 1 winner and top flight stayer Proven Impala a male dog. How can a “expert greyhound commentator” label one of the country’s best, as the opposite sex? Surely he’s aware he won’t be able to use Proven Impala over one of his bitches – isn’t he?
His second mistake was picked up by a friend of mine who knows nothing about the game and has only been introduced too it 2 weeks ago.
During Peter’s race preview he referred to Dyna Daina, as Dyna Dianna – who? Surely he had to have read the names of the runners too when making his selections; or is he merely reading lines from a piece of paper written by someone else. He must be! Peter is regarded as a greyhound expert and it’s not the first time he’s made errors.
Let me give you the definition of an expert:
Expert: A person who has extensive skill or knowledge in a particular field.
Calling a Group 1 winner a male when infact she is a female, and calling a dog Dyna Dianna instead of her correct name Dyna Daina, isn’t conducive to the the label of “expert” in the strict sense of the accepted definition.
I’m sure I wasn’t the only one forced to go scrambling for the form guide to make sure I had backed the right runners after our on-air commentator had spruiked the wrong information.
Surely our experts can get the basics right, can’t they?
All to often commentators and race callers make obvious errors. If the on-air “talent” has no knowledge or even little knowledge of what their talking about, then why don’t the decision makers employ people who do?
Now I know Peter is passionate about the game and does a lot of good forbut last night’s performance was not at all good enough for nationally televised coverage of our great sport.
Now lets move on to the Stewards. What were they thinking when they declared race 5 at Dapto a No Race?
Camouflage Model pinged out and landed straight on the bunny and was never headed. How on earth can the boxes opening prematurely affect the outcome of the race when the leading dog was always in front? At no stage did she stop chasing, at no stage did she lunge at the lure and lose momentum. The entire field were left chasing the leader and it mattered little that the boxes opened early.
I’m at a loss to work out how it affected the outcome. Someone please explain why common sense is not applied to certain situations.
Does the reason behind such decisions lie in the fact that many of our greyhound stewards have little or no real world greyhound knowledge and have come straight out of university or from some other unrelated industry?
We see it time and time again – poor decisions made by stewards. Lets take for example the dog who fell and crossed the line in fourth position but was later stripped of its correct placing by GRV stewards before corrected weight was announced. It’s total madness.
Surely we’re all frustrated and fed up with silly errors being made by our so called experts? I know I am.
If they can’t get the basics right, how can we trust them to carry our industry forward. Either shape up or ship out.
The Maitland Gold Cup heats headline today’s card. With 7 heats jammed pack full of flying machines. Each heat has many winning chances, and plenty of the country’s best chasers. Jason Thompson has a strong hand with El Brooklyn, Werynski and the flying, Whata Good Size.
Dave Irwin, has recent Gold Collar winner Scissor Queen engaged, along with the freakish Hot Tewin. These runners are only a few of many seriously fast greyhounds engaged. For any greyhound fan, today’s heats are a must see, and the action kicks off at Maitland today at 3.57pm NSW time.
Yesterday’s Results: Babylon Hotel – Unplaced, Perfect Rosso – Unplaced, Tark’s Legend – Second, Serisier Street – Winner $3.60, Sunny Nyasaland – Winner $3.70, Jack Silver- Winner $1.60.
Fair day yesterday, with only two unplaced runners. Tark’s Legend ran second but had his chance to salute. He made a few errors in running and it ultimately cost him the race.
Ipswich Greyhounds, Race 2 Box 3 Might Be Me, 7.04pm Qld time
The appropriately named Might Be Me, might be the one here tonight. He has a good record on the track, and should develop into a nice hound. He’s not overly quick early but he does finish of his races very well. It’s hard to work out where he is going end up after box rise, but I’m hoping he can position himself along the rail. The Vicki Wisener trained, And It’s Gone, will be the hardest to beat after, racing extremely well throughout the Recent Vince Curry Series, and posting a flying 30.57 in the process. Might Be Me, will be over the odds and with his fair share of luck, expect him to race very well in this. Each way chance.
Angle Park Greyhounds Race 6 Box 6 Mimicking, 8.58pm Vic time
A heat of the West End Draught Distance Championship here, and Mimicking should dispose of this lot after the scratching of likely favourite Abdon Bale. He’s by far the class runner in the field, and his main Danger Cousin Callum is racing poorly. His win last week was in slow time and nearly 19 lengths below his best. Mimicking has has two previous runs here, with a PB of 43.78. He will take great benefit from those runs and he clearly looks the winner. Box well out wide, he should initially jump mid field, and he should finish way too strong for these. He should be about $2.20on the tote and fixed price will be offered by our sponsors,, , , and . It may pay to get in early and back this fellow with fixed price odds. He should have no trouble winning this.
Dapto Greyhounds, Race 5 Box 6 Camouflage Model, 8.55pm NSW time
Last week we made this girl out best bet, and unfortunately she was pipped right on the line in fast time. She will strip lengths better after last weeks run, and expect her to win here tonight. She begins very quickly, and can once again lead this field. It took Box 1 runner Sizzling Osti to runner her down last week. Sizzling Osti has drawn better here again tonight, but expect Camouflage Model to improve just that little but more to win here tonight. There’s not going to be much between them and it might pay to take the two runners in a multiple. She’s only young and expect to see her winning many more races after tonight. A good young bitch from a very fast and successful litter and one to keep following in the future. Don’t take silly odds though, $3.00 should be about the right price.
Hobart Greyhounds, Race 10 Box 3 Shanlyn Mini, 10.30pm NSW time
This girl looks a great chance in this tonight. She has a pretty fair record, but does find it hard to win. It’s a fair field with a few winning chances. She doesn’t need to lead to win and can do it from both ends. She should position up mid-field early, and she only needs to gain a clear passage to go very close here. She will be a good each way odds, and she should give punters a great run for there money. Each way.
Sandown Greyhounds, Race 2 Box 1 Born On Lava, 7.24pm Vic Time
This is the third time we have tipped this girl and although tonight is a real acid test, it will be the last time we do. Early in her career she was touted as being a future stayer by her connections. In her last couple it appears she may not go further then 600. Box 1 will be perfect and she should boot up early and contest the lead. Langi Bale the flying G.Bate runner, has come back from a spell in fine form. She will start favourite and will be mighty hard to beat. Expect Born On Lava, to start at big odds, and if she can ping and roll forward, once on the bunny I expect her to keep rolling. She has posted a quick 30.02 over the 500 at the Meadows. She can run the trip, and if they find trouble behind, there’s no doubt she can win. She should be big odds and certainly worth an Each way bet.
Ipswich Quaddie Selections
We are also going to have a go at tipping the Quaddie at Ipswich tonight. Each leg has many winning chances, and if we can find the winners, no doubt the dividend will be of great reward.
- First Leg
- 1. Arabian Mcabdi
- 2. Berella Kathry
- 3. Rylee’s Ebony
- Second Leg
- 2. Don’t Eat Cake
- 3. Auriga Doll
- 4. Raging Isa
- Third Leg
- 1. True To You
- 2. Miss Milkshake
- Final leg
- 2.Clan Eirann
- 4. Simmerly
- 5. Pharmacopia
A tough night tonight, with feature races all throughout the country, Angle Park, Maitland, and also the final of the Ipswich Auction Race, with $35,000 to the winner to be run and won.
Best of Luck
$$ Another Day Another Dollar $$
After 13 meetings at Bendigo this month and six in the seven days leading up to the Cup, the bunny must be worn out. But it did not stop Ronan Izmir (Elite State-Adhara Izmir â€“ a Turkish influence there?) making it four wins in a row with another immaculate performance. This is a very fine dog up to 450m although how it will go in town is yet to be proved. It has raced well over Traralgonâ€™s 513m but thatâ€™s an easier trip.
The Cup heats were pretty smart, too, with six of the eight winners getting well under 24 sec. Six of the eight also led all the way, the other two being second out, telling us that box positions and early speed are vital over the 425m trip. I am not so sure about the run into the turn where a bit too much interference is present.
However, two odd things emerged in the Cup. Why on earth did GRV program this meeting in the peculiar twilight/night slot on Sunday when everyone is in church or home with the family? Itâ€™s a sure loser
In NSW, not a single race reached $10,000 on the Win tote, making it a poor betting proposition. And the best race? No, not the Cup but a maiden at 7 pm with $9,644. The Cup managed only $9,239. The worst race reached only $5,364.
Thatâ€™s the second thing. It is yet another unmistakable marker that real punters have disappeared and mug gamblers have taken their place. What will racing authorities do about this continuing trend?
Victorian pools made a bit more sense, averaging around $20,000 up until the Cup ($25,830) but then died off as the night wore on. No doubt oncourse takings would have been boosted the totals.
By comparison, the Bendigo meeting during Saturday twilight the day before the Cup did much better. Even though it was mostly made up of Novice races it attracted pools 50% higher than on Sunday, led in by a whopping $29,884 for a 6.15 pm race. If itâ€™s of interest, on the same night NSW punters bet $42,000 on the Golden Easter Egg Win tote. It makes no sense that a field of novices can get that close to the best sprinters in the land.
More punters, please!
GENERAL SPORTS â€“ A GROWING COMPETITOR
Along with recent efforts by the Australian Institute of Sport (responsible for training and the like) the Australian Sports Commission, which looks after more general matters like finances, has joined in the call for improved sports governance (The Australian, April 2).
Newish chairman, John Wylie, says â€śone lesson for me from corporate life is that governance principles on a piece of paper are important and useful as a template, but at the end of the day what counts more than anything is the quality of the people sitting around the board table and do they have the courage to ask the hard questions?â€ť
ASCâ€™s key governance reforms include â€śimproved organisational structures; improved board selection processes and gender balance; zero tolerance for lack of transparency by sports on how they spend money; and public-company level requirements for sports financial reporting practicesâ€ť.
(This column has frequently called for more transparency about the worth of paying greyhound breeding subsidies, for example. Do they really pay off or should the money go somewhere else?)
Sports that fail to measure up now risk having their grants reduced or terminated. In particular, cycling and swimming have been under the spotlight recently for shortcomings in the governance area. So, for that matter, was the former GRV board in Melbourne.
Letâ€™s note that racing does not come under the definition of â€śsportsâ€ť in this context. However, racing is set up in much the same way as most general sports, including several where million dollar pay cheques are commonplace. Racing also benefits from government largesse in one way or another.
Letâ€™s also remember that sports betting is racingâ€™s fastest growing competitor for wagering business.
Finally, AIS has expanded on the need for innovation, suggesting attention to â€śtools to enhance coaching effectiveness such as athlete feedback and tracking technology, athlete biomechanical analysis tools to enhance performance and minimise injury, injury monitoring and projects to drive innovation in sportsâ€ť.
Those same points would go directly to an obvious need to design and create better greyhound tracks. Today, far too many have grown up in an amateur environment. They fall under the â€śâ€ťwe can do betterâ€ť category.
A postscript on the Golden Easter Egg. While the winner, Grigorieva Bale, was always too well placed to lose, some sympathy should go to Sometimes Speedy, from box 7, which began very well but going around the first turn it got a couple of nudges at the critical time, thereby ruining its chances. At that point it is common for one or more dogs to shift out, thereby often putting another runner out of play. I doubt Sometimes Speedy could have won but 2nd place is still worth a lot of money.
Almost the same thing happened to Billy The Sid in race 7, to say nothing about a couple of thousand other races â€“ Dana Beatriceâ€™s Egg win, for example, where El Galo shoved Miss Elly Mint off the course. For my two cents, they should blow up the track and start again. Itâ€™s just not good enough. There has to be a way to design turns so that these things are the exception rather than the rule. It is not acceptable to put it all down to the luck of racing when better designs can eliminate the problems.
And a note to people writing down times. In race 2 there was no way Gold Town ran 5.39 to the judge the first time, as shown on the GRNSW website. At that stage it was actually last. It makes you wonder how many times are valid after all.