NSW National Sprint And Distance Final Contenders To Be Decided

Tonight’s New South Wales sprint and distance championship final’s will be run and won, with the two winners heading over to Perth to compete in the grand final, worth $75,000 each.

The Distance final will kick off proceedings, with Dusty Moonshine the standout performer in last week’s heats clocking a flying 41.93. The daughter of El Grand Senor and Kiacatoo Pearl will be looking for her fourth straight win tomorrow night for trainer Denice Warren, who also has Gotta Problem exiting from box six, giving her two strong chances of making the trip to Perth.

NSW National Distance Championship Final 720m – $12,000 – $3,000 – $1,500

1. Pumped Up Zarr – Neil Staines (42.23): Won two on the trot before finishing third in his heat last week, after getting back mid-field early on. Has drawn ideally in box one to get a good look at the bunny early on and will be running on at the finish.

2. Cyclone Simone – Majella Ferguson (42.62): Has relished the step up in distance, recording three straight wins over the 600m recently and pretty much led all the way in her first attempt over the 720 in solid time.

3. Dusty Moonshine – Denice Warren (41.90): Was the standout performer in the heats last week, recording her fourth straight win and breaking the 42-second barrier. Definitely the one to beat.

4. Cosmic Rosie – Gary Adams (42.33): Has been a very consistent chaser over her past few starts, with an excellent personal best over the distance, could run a cheeky race if she gets room early.

5. Queen Marina – Noelene Holloway (42.28): Has electric early pace and should lead the field. If she can have
some luck will run a gallant race as expected.

6. Gotta Problem – Denice Warren (42.18): ran home very well last week, beaten by a length in fast time. Has drawn awkwardly in box six, however has a flying personal best over this distance and will be competitive.

7. Miss Fiction – Ivan Hanna (42.65): Has a solid record over this distance, however has failed to fire at her past few attempts at the track and will need to improve significantly to challenge this field.

8. My Asuncion: Adele Powell (42.28): Recorded an excellent win last week in fast time and is drawn well on the outside to get a nice run across. Will need to lift more at the finish.

NSW National Sprint Championship 520m: $12,000 – $3,000 – $1,500

An outstanding line-up of greyhounds will compete for the NSW National Sprint Championship title, with favourite runner Chica Destacada, who returned to her sensational best last week, leading all the way in 29.60 in her heat. Queen Esther is also flying at present, recording three of her past four starts at Wentworth Park and has electrifying early pace.

1. Take It All: Doreen Drynan (29.75): Is in great form at present, placing at his past four attempts at the track and has drawn ideally in box one. This greyhound has a very strong motor and look for him to come at them in the latter stages.

2. Silent Effective: Darren Sultana (29.54): When on song this greyhound has a massive motor and can record blistering times. If he gets a clear run, is definitely the one to watch to upset the favourite runners.

3. Chica Destacada: Doreen Drynan (29.49): Has a flying personal best at the track and returned to her brilliant best last week with a 29.60 all the way performance. Can lead all the way and fly the flag proudly for NSW.

4. Bessy Boo: Christine Proctor (29.71): Despite the poor box draw, the Group One Peter Mosman winner will be winding up at the finish and recording a smart time.

5. Tommy Brislane: Steven White (29.51): Ran a gallant second last week behind Chica Destacada in flying time and will need to time his start to perfection to position himself well in this race. Has a sizzling personal best at the track and can lead from start to finish.

6. Asia’s Babe: Marie Burton (29.89): Ran third last week in a heat and will find this race testing from a poor box draw. Place chance.

7. Queen Esther: Noelene Holloway (29.64): Is electrifying at boxrise and is one of the main dangers to take out this final. Has plenty of heart and will be up the front in the early stages.

8. Miss Sueko: Justin King (29.67): Recorded a sensational personal best at the track last month and has enough early pace to get across from the wide draw. Can test this field with a bit of luck.

The NSW Distance final will jump in race six at 9.12pm and the NSW Sprint final will be run in race eight at 9.57pm.

NSW National Sprint Finalists Decided

Two outstanding heats of the NSW National Sprint Championship were run and won last night at Wentworth Park, with Queen Esther and Chica Destacada both ultra-impressive over the 520m distance.

Queen Esther went into heat one as the $1.80 favourite for Hamlyn Terrace trainer Noelene Holloway and began beautifully from box one, clocking a speedy time of 29.77. Booming Bennett was fastest away, with the daughter of Lochinvar Marlow and Fascinate Marina hot on her heels at the first turn, streaking away to score by two and a half lengths at the finish. Notching up her eighteenth win from fifty-three starts, Queen Esther will be a force to reckoned with in next week’s final, despite coming up with box seven. In form chaser Take It All produced another barnstorming run to finish second from box five, giving Doreen Drynan another qualifier in the final.

Chica Destacada stunned enthusiasts in heat two. After failing to record a victory since May, the Doreen Drynan trained chaser was back to her brilliant best last night, leading all the way in a sizzling time of 29.60. The daughter of Cosmic Rumble and Eluthra began her career in stunning fashion with a 30.62 performance at Richmond followed by a blistering 29.46 win at Gosford. After somewhat of a form slump, she returned to peak form with a 29.49 victory at Wentworth Park back in May and is ideally drawn in box three for next week’s final. Favourite runner Tommy Brislane was gallant in defeat, but was no match for the winner who saluted by eight and three quarter lengths.

NSW National Sprint Championship Final Box Draw:

1. Take it All – Doreen Drynan
2. Silent Effective – Darren Sultana
3. Chica Destacada – Doreen Drynan
4. Bessy Boo – Christine Proctor
5. Tommy Brislane – Steven White
6. Asia’s Babe – Marie Burton
7. Queen Esther – Noelene Holloway
8. Miss Sueko – Justin King

Reserves
9. Booming Bennett – Shannon Ellis
10. Evil Punk – James Coyle

Two heats of the NSW National Distance Championship were conducted over the 720m, with an outstanding performance by Dusty Moonshine in heat one. The Denice Warren trained chaser took the lead in the back straight over Queen Marina, streaking away to score by eight and a quarter lengths in a flying time of 41.93. The beautifully bred daughter of El Grand Senor and Kicatoo Pearl recorded her ninth win last night from just fifteen starts and is emerging as a serious contender over the distance trip.

Heat two went to $13 outsider My Asuncion for trainer Adele Powell, leading all the way from box four in an impressive time of 42.28. The daughter of Bit Chili and Just Friends recorded her eighth career win last night and is now a genuine chance for next weeks final. Favourite runner Cosmic Rosie failed to fire from box seven, however finished in third position to qualify for next week’s final.

NSW National Distance Championship Final Box Draw:

1. Pumped Up Zarr – Neil Staines
2. Cyclone Simone – Majella Ferguson
3. Dusty Moonshine – Denice Warren
4. Cosmic Rosie – Gary Adams
5. Queen Marina – Noelene Holloway
6. Gotta Problem – Denice Warren
7. Miss Fiction – Ivan Hanna
8. My Asuncion – Adele Powell

Youngsters On Show In Laurie Healion Memorial Heats

Five heats of the Group Three Laurie Healion Memorial maiden series will be run and won this Saturday afternoon at The Gardens, with several youngsters set to make their debut over the 515m journey.

The three week series concludes on the 1st of August with an enticing $25,000 to the winner final.

Heat One:

Devine Raider (7) has been unplaced in both of his race track starts, however he did record an impressive 25.46 performance trial over the 450m at Maitland back in March. The Pat Parrelli trained son of Lochinvar Marlow and Devine Style ran second in a heat of the Magic Maiden Series at Wentworth Park back in March and will resume from a two month spell. Pen Me In (1), trained by Adam Campton, recorded a solid 30.35 performance trial at Gosford back in December of last year and should go well from the inside draw. Invisible (2) ran home very well in a performance trial at Richmond last month, clocking 30.94 over the 535m. Trained by Larry Procopio, a handy draw should help him go close to cracking his maiden win.

Heat Two:

Best Honour is perfectly drawn in box one to run smart time after a fast 29.83 performance trial at Gosford last week. Trained by Ron Lambert, the son of Bit Chili and Time Honoured recorded a solid 30.16 at the track last month and will be hard to beat in this affair. Christopher Carl’s Opus Forte was impressive in his performance trial at the track back in May, recording 29.93 over the 515m. The son of Fabregas ran third on debut last month at Wentworth Park in 30.31. Well-bred youngster Zipping Jacob was gallant in defeat in his race debut at Maitland over 450, recording 25.69 after clocking 25.52 in a performance trial the week prior.

Heat Three:

Zipping Amelia (7) makes her debut after a solid performance trial at the track a month ago, where she finished second behind littermate Zipping Saxton in 29.41. Beautifully bred by Spring Gun out of Agent Gibbs and trained locally by Jason Mackay, this greyhound should give the series a good shake. I’m Honoured (8) is another talented greyhound trained by Ron Lambert who trialled impressively at the track last month in 29.90. The son of Bit Chili and Time Honoured finished fourth at Wentworth Park on debut, however look for a much improved performance on Saturday. Kiddie Cutts (1) recorded a fast 22.84 at Bulli over the 400m before a 30.24 performance trial at Wentworth Park, followed by a third at his first race start at racing headquarters last month. The son of Fabregas has good early pace and should use box one to perfection.

Heat Four:

Lochinvar Cobra (7) recorded a slick 29.68 at the track in a performance trial two weeks ago, with an unheard of run home of 11.95. The son of Bekim Bale and Pure Elle will need to improve his early sectionals after walking to the first peg, recording 5.42. Lightest Touch (6) clocked 30.10 in his performance trial two weeks ago and will be competitive up front in the early stages for trainer Robert Glover. Colt Rocket (4) won his performance trial at Dapto by fourteen and a half lengths and should prove competitive in this event with some improvement on the clock.

Heat Five:

Dragon Emgrand (2) clocked a solid 31.15 in a performance trial at Richmond last month for trainer Luke Azzopardi and should go well from a favourable box draw. Well-bred chaser Cracked Model (5) recorded 30.38 last weekend at the track for trainer Keith Waddington, however has the added pressure of an awkward middle draw. Restless Heart (1) ran a respectable 26.89 in her performance trial over the 472m at Bulli two weeks ago in winning by almost twelve lengths and is primed to give a strong performance from the inside alley for trainer Ben McCauley.

Richochet Rose Causes Huge Grafton Maiden Upset

Trevor Salmoni will be the happiest person in Grafton tonight after his charge Ricochet Rose took out the $12,000 Maiden Series Final at this year’s Grafton carnival.

Starting at huge odds of $28 from box two, the son of El Grand Senor and Roseberry Rose scored an impressive win by four and three quarter lengths in a time of 22.91 over the 407m journey.

Ricochet Rose won his heat from box one last week in 23.24 by two and three quarter lengths and continued his good form, upsetting a promising field of youngsters in the final including favourite Spring Missile. The Christine Oldfield trained chaser failed to fire from box six and finished at the tail of the field.

Runner-up Jazzy Lou also defied her $15 odds to run a gallant race behind the winner after gaining a start in the ten rug. Ray Steele’s Lady Ronray finished in third position.

Tonight’s card also featured the Distance Challenge, which won by Geoff Sattler’s Where’s Fina in 35.34 over the 610m. Pumped Up Zarr scored a huge five and a quarter length win in the $5,000 Stayers Cup event, also conducted over the 610m, defeating Knave and Tony Brett’s $1.80 favourite Benarkin.

Brett didn’t leave the track empty handed, with his quality chaser Chant picking up a handy $6,000 for his efforts in the Sprinters Cup final over the 407m, scoring by two and a half lengths in a smart time of 22.89. The beautifully bred son of Mogambo and Velocity Thunder has blossomed since returning to the short course distance and backed up a superb performance from last week, where he recorded 22.76. Geoffrey Uhrhane’s Coco Benz finished a gallant second in the event, whilst Golden Easter Egg finalist Magic Display wound up in third position.

Tonight’s meeting concluded another brilliant carnival at the Grafton Club. The carnival continues to attract high profile trainers and greyhounds to the track and the prizemoney on offer has been nothing short of outstanding this year.

Tracey Bruce Snares Gosford Double

Hunter Valley trainer Tracey Bruce produced a sensational training effort at Gosford last night, saluting with her two greyhounds clocking best of the night figures over the 400m and 515m distances.

Cawbourne Havoc returned from a two-week spell and blew his rivals away from box six, winning by ten lengths in a blistering time of 22.76 over the 400m. The son of Brett Lee and American Spot has been an extremely consistent chaser for Bruce, notching up his fourteenth win from thirty-nine starts. He is well and truly on the comeback after some outstanding trial form.

“We trialled him at The Gardens and he went brilliant over the 400m and he actually broke the Gosford 400m record in a trial last week, but unfortunately just missed out last night.”

“After a lot of racing he just went a bit stale so we freshened him up and decided to bring him back over 400 and now we will build him back up to 520 for another go at Wentworth Park.”

The 33kg black and white flash has notched up ten wins at racing headquarters, with a sensational personal best time of 29.73 recorded in November of last year.

“He’s terrific at Wentworth Park and has good early pace, he just went off a bit his last few runs so the time away from the track should do him the world of good.”

Cawbourne Havoc cracked the $55,000 prizemoney barrier last night and should have many more wins to come.

Bruce’s other greyhound You Name It stepped out in a heat of the Steve Blythe Electrical Sprint Series, recording her first win since December last year in a flying 29.53 performance from box four. A field of just six greyhounds went around in the event, with the daughter of Paddy’s Flame and Bonding Eyes clocking speedy sectionals of 4.37 and 16.75, with a run home of 12.78.

Given the same two week spell as her kennelmate, the 26kg pocket rocket thrived on the freshen up and should provide some exciting times ahead for her trainer after notching up her eleventh career victory.

“It’s hard to believe this greyhound is coming up four years old in September. We don’t have to do much work with her, she knows what she has to do and I’ve just been freshening her up for her runs and she proved how good she is last night.”

“She loves doing things her own way and that’s how we prepare her at home and she’s showing it in her performances.”

“I was so excited with how they both went and now we will try and have another crack at Wentworth Park.”

The Gardens Greyhound Club Conducting First Meeting Friday

A new era has begun for Newcastle’s premier greyhound track with the formation of The Gardens Greyhound Club, who will conduct their first meeting this Friday afternoon.

The GBOTA has been the interim caretaker of the track since the NCA were prohibited from continuing their operations.

Chairman Brett Lazzarini along with Vice Chairman Ron Bell, treasurer Michael Brown and club secretary Alan Williamson have predicted several positive changes for the track, which has been subjected to vast criticism since the first race meeting was conducted back in 2004.

The track began with four distances over the 413m, 515m, 600m and 715m, with several complaints leading to the transfer of the 413m boxes back to a 400m turn start in 2010.

“A new era begins on Friday and we enter into a new arrangement with confidence, excitement and positivity,” Mr Lazzarini said.

“The Gardens is vital to the continued growth of greyhound racing in NSW. The Gardens complex also has great potential to generate secondary income and the board of the new club intends to work not only to improve existing facilities but to also explore commercial opportunities that may exist for diversification and future growth.”

“We are looking forward to a positive future for The Gardens and we welcome new members to join us.”

Greyhound Racing NSW Chief Executive Brent Hogan had the following to say in the lead up to Friday’s meeting.

“The Gardens is a hugely important venue for greyhound racing in NSW that will stage more than 100 TAB meetings and be utilised by thousands of participants and fans of the sport in the 2014/15 racing season,” Mr Hogan said.

“It is wonderful to see such a talented group of people coming together to form this new club that will be open for all sections of the greyhound community to join.”

“The club has enormous potential to grow and thrive as it moves forward. We wish everyone involved with The Gardens Greyhound Club a very successful future.”

The Hunter Valley’s only two-turn track will conduct their flagship maiden event next month with a juicy $25,000 presented to the winner of the Group Three Laurie Healion Final. Australian Racing Greyhound will have a comprehensive preview and review of the series, as the emergence of some of the state’s most talented young greyhounds will be on show.

Wagga Set To Receive New Track Surface Upgrade

The Wagga & District Greyhound Club will receive a surface upgrade next month, to be performed by track specialist Brian Barrington, whose expertise was called upon to design tracks and upgrades including The Gardens.

The board of Greyhound Racing New South Wales approved the schedule of work during June and the upgrade is set to commence on 8 July 2014.

Club Treasurer John Hartley couldn’t contain his enthusiasm when describing the work that has gone into making this upgrade a reality.

“I’ve been on the committee of the club for more than 20 years and this has been something we have been trying to get done for 15 of those years. It is a process that will cost in excess of $70,000 and a portion of that expense is being paid for by the club itself. We have worked very hard to get this upgrade done.”

“We are taking out the electrical work at the moment. It will make a hell of a difference to the track and will take about three weeks to complete. We are hoping to resume racing by the end of July.”

“They are taking four inches off the top of the existing surface and stockpiling that. Then four inches of the hard base underneath the surface is being removed and a waterproofing fabric is being placed there. After the waterproofing is put down we put the four inches of the old surface back on and a new four inch running surface.”

“This will make the track much safer for the dogs, we will have less injuries and the surface will be a lot softer. The safety of the dogs is paramount for the club.”

The Wagga Greyhound Club holds 26 TAB meetings each year and their flagship event is the Grahame Hull Memorial Wagga Gold Cup Final worth $10,000 to the winner.

This upgrade will provide a significant boost for the club and assist with the attraction of plenty of talented greyhounds in the area to compete for an array of features races conducted each year.

Bessy Boo Salutes In Classic Peter Mosman Victory

Bessy Boo ($17.00) has upset a red-hot field in the running of the Group One Peter Mosman Final at Wentworth Park, storming home from box one to claim the $75,000 first prize for trainer Christine Proctor and owner Ashley Wilson.

After finishing fifth in the heats and second last week in his semi-final, the son of Bekim Bale and My Black Bess wasn’t given much hope in tonight’s final, however he had a very strong motor to complement a perfect box one draw.

Jumping well from the inside alley, Bessy Boo stuck to the rails and found himself in second position heading into the back straight, behind early leader Push It who exploded away from box two. The 30kg greyhound grabbed his rival halfway up the straight to score by three quarters of a length at the finish in a fast time of 29.71. All Strung Out ran another brilliant race from box eight and claimed second position, with early leader Push It finishing in third.

Bessy Boo recorded his eleventh career victory tonight from thirty-four starts and has now cracked the $100,000 prize money barrier, with a total of $114,565.

Full Results:

1st – Bessy Boo (1)– Christine Proctor
2nd – All Strung Out (8)– Glenn Rounds
3rd – Push It (2)– Dean Swain
4th – Stilton Blue (3) – Philip Goodsell
5th – Tommy Brislane (5) – Steven White
6th – Where’s the Surf (6) – Darren McDonald
7th – My Awesome Opal (7) – Marie Burton
8th – Access (4) – Ian Garland

Time: 29.71
1st Split: 5.39 (2)
2nd Split: 17.95 (2)
Run Home: 11.76 (1)

Margins: ¾ x ¾

Scratchings: Fire Elusive (9), Keybow (10)

Upsets Galore In Group One Peter Mosman Semi-Finals

Group One Peter Mosman series favourite Hooksy bowed out in last night’s semi-finals at Wentworth Park after stumbling at the start and finding a stack of trouble from box three. The Philip Goodsell trained Stilton Blue continued his outstanding run of form, stepping beautifully from box five to lead throughout in a time of 29.93 by a length. Christine Proctor’s $28 outsider and first reserve Bessy Boo finished a gallant second and consistent chaser My Awesome Opal for Marie Burton finished in third position.

In-form chaser Push It recorded her fifth straight win at Wentworth Park last night taking out semi-final two for trainer Dean Swain after leading all the way from box two in 29.93. Notching up her tenth career win last night, the daughter of Collision and Low Gee Eye scored by nine and a quarter lengths and is a genuine chance in next week’s final, coming up with a favourable box two draw. Victorian greyhound Access for trainer Ian Garland finished second, providing a massive thrill for connections, and Fire Elusive for Mark Moroney wound up in third position. Favourite runner Zipping Delta unfortunately took a heavy tumble at the first turn, along with Aurora Girl and Smashing Sally.

Group One winner Keybow was all the rage at $1.90 in the last semi-final, however he failed to fire again from box two, missing the start and running home to finish in fourth place. Highly consistent chaser Tommy Brislane continued his winning ways after beginning brilliantly from box four to streak away by two and a half lengths in a best of the night time of 29.76. Trainer Steve White has prepared this greyhound to perfection, winning seven of eight career starts. The son of Premier Fantasy and Mary Virginia also recorded his fifth straight win last night and is a star on the rise, his notable early pace will be a key factor in next Saturday night’s final. Glenn Rounds’ All Strung Out ran a sensational race to finish second and cement his spot in the final, whilst Darren McDonald qualified Where’s The Surf for the final after he finished in third place.

The box draw for Saturday night’s $75,000 to the winner final is:

1. Bessy Boo – Christine Proctor
2. Push It – Dean Swain
3. Stilton Blue – Philip Goodsell
4. Access – Ian Garland
5. Tommy Brislane – Steve White
6. Where’s The Surf – Darren McDonald
7. My Awesome Opal – Marie Burton
8. All Strung Out – Glenn Rounds

Reserves
Fire Elusive – Mark Moroney
Keybow – Darren McDonald

Hooksy To Headline Peter Mosman Classic Semi Final Night

Victorian star chaser Hooksy will be the centre of attention this Saturday night at Wentworth Park, with three star-studded heats of the Group One Peter Mosman Classic to be conducted.

The son of Hondo Black and Uno Witch was all the rage in his heat last week, starting at skinny odds of $1.60. He didn’t disappoint an array of punters, clocking best of the night figures of 29.47. The Victorian first caught the eye of enthusiasts back in March. Tanya Auld and husband Jim made the testing trip up to the Glebe circuit from their base in Victoria and claimed their first Group win with Hooksy, the $25,000 Group Three New Sensation.

Hooksy will be a short-priced favourite when he steps out in semi-final one from box three. He has brilliant acceleration once he balances up and should secure a spot in next week’s $75,000 to the winner final. My Awesome Opal from box six is the only other heat winner in this semi-final after upsetting a hot field last week at huge odds, recording a time of 30.08 for trainer Marie Burton. Stilton Blue has been very consistent of late and finished a gallant second last week behind Tommy Brislane in a fast 29.71 by three and a half-lengths.

Semi-final two contains Jason Mackay’s talented chaser Zipping Delta, who put in her best performance at the track last week, clocking a sizzling 29.49 over the 520m journey. The daughter of Bekim Bale and Scarlett Spy began beautifully from the inside alley to record her third consecutive win and will be hard to hold out again from a favourable box three.

Another in-form chaser Push It upset hot favourite Keybow in her heat last week, securing her fourth consecutive victory at Wentworth Park when clocking a smart 29.81 from box eight. The Dean Swain trained chaser pinged from the outside box and was never headed in an impressive three-length win. Aurora Girl put in a brave performance last week from box two, finishing three and a half lengths behind Cawbourne Whip in a fast 29.70. Marie Burton’s chaser will need to begin well from the middle draw this week, but has speed to burn and should challenge this field from box-rise.

The final semi contains two highly talented greyhounds looking to keep their winning streaks alive, with Tommy Brislane and Cawbourne Whip having won their past four straight. Steve White’s Tommy Brislane now has six wins from seven starts and is starting to emerge as one of the hottest young prospects in the state. He blew his rivals away last week in a hot run of 29.71 after stepping well from box three. The son of Premier Fantasy and Mary Virginia shot away to claim victory by three and a half lengths and is a model of consistency on the race track.

Cawbourne Whip has also stamped her authority as one of the brightest starts on the NSW racing circuit, recording another flying time of 29.50 in her heat win last week. The Jodie Lord trained greyhound will have to overcome a difficult box five draw, however she has brilliant early acceleration and can outstep her rivals to the first turn.

Group One winner Keybow failed to fire in last week’s heats, finishing second to Push It, recording a time of 29.99. After missing the start, the Darren McDonald speedster left his run too late, reducing the winning margin to just three lengths. Coming up with box two on Saturday night is a huge positive for this greyhound; however the son of Take The Kitty will need to improve at box-rise with some speedy greyhounds engaged on his outside that will cross hard in the early stages.

Semi final one kicks off at 9.12pm, with the winner and second placegetter guaranteed a spot in next week’s final. The two fastest third placings will make up the remainder of the field.

Hooksy Fires In Group One Peter Mosman Heats

Brilliant Victorian chaser Hooksy justified his short odds at Wentworth Park last night in a heat of the Group One Peter Mosman Classic, recording best of the night figures of 29.47. Stepping beautifully from box five, the son of Hondo Black and Uno Witch clocked sizzling sectionals of 5.34 and 17.66, coming home in a solid 11.81. The Tanya Auld trained speedster notched up his fourteenth win from twenty starts and has a healthy prizemoney total of $80,880.

Heat one went to in-form chaser Push It for Dean Swain, who continued his winning ways, recording his fourth consecutive victory at Wentworth Park in a speedy 29.81. Beginning brilliantly from box eight, the daughter of Collision and Low Gee Eye quickly crossed her rivals to score comfortably by three lengths at the finish. $1.90 favourite Keybow missed the start and got squeezed out at the first turn, before making up solid ground to finish second and move through to next week’s semi finals.

Zipping Delta was also looking to continue her winning streak and was flawless from box one in heat two as the $2.20 favourite, racking up consecutive win number three. The daughter of Bekim Bale and Scarlett Spy was never headed in a dominant display, clocking 29.49. Jason Mackay’s chaser recorded an impressive run home of 11.70 and takes her win tally to nine from 26 starts. Glenn Rounds All Strung Out was gallant in defeat, reducing the winning margin to just one length and will be a forced to reckon with in the semi-finals next week, clocking an outstanding time of 29.55.

Punters heavily supported Darren McDonald’s Tiggerlong Amigo, starting as the $1.90 favourite in heat three, however he failed to fire from box three and finished in fifth position. Rank $17.00 outsider My Awesome Opal stunned enthusiasts by taking out the heat in 30.08 from box eight. The Marie Burton trained chaser began fast from box eight and crossed her rivals at the first turn to lead all the way and salute by five and three quarter lengths. Another $17.00 outside in Hilda’s Boy chased hard and finished in second position.

In-form chaser Cawbourne Whip continued her outstanding run, clocking a flying 29.50 in heat four from box three. The Jodie Lord owned and trained daughter of Dyna Lachlan sped to the front and charged home in a brilliant run home of 11.62. She has now won her last four straight races and has 13 career wins from just 23 starts. Aurora Girl was very impressive from box two and reduced the winning margin to three and a quarter lengths, clocking 29.70.

Tommy Brislane is one of the most promising pups New South Wales at present, notching up his sixth career win last night from just seven starts. Stepping beautifully from box three, the Steve White trained chaser impressed once again in a fast time of 29.71. This consistent son of Premier Fantasy saluted by three and a half lengths over second placegetter Stilton Blue. The $2.20 favourite Deadly Vane found severe early trouble and tailed off to the back of the field.

All eyes will be on the box draw for next week’s three semi-finals, with Hooksy now favourite to take out the Group One $75,000 final on June 21.

Group One Peter Mosman Classic Heats Preview

The coveted Group One Peter Mosman Classic heats will kick off tonight at Wentworth Park, with an enticing $75,000 on offer for winning connections in three weeks time.

Six competitive heats will be conducted over the 520m distance, with the first four placegetters moving through to next week’s three semi-finals.

To be eligible for the series all runners were required to be born on or after 1st December 2011.

Heat one will jump at 8.07pm.

Heat One:

Group One Perth Cup winner Keybow returns to Wentworth Park for the first time since contesting the Golden Easter Egg heats back in April and comes off a second placing in the Group Two Queensland Derby a month ago. Darren McDonald’s charge has a sizzling 29.45 personal best at the track and will be primed for this event from box three. My Kinda Music attracted plenty of attention during the New Sensation series at Wentworth Park in April, where she finished third behind the freakishly talented Hookesy in 29.36. Trained by Allan Pringle, the daughter of El Grand Senor and Ice Dancer recorded a flying 29.69 at headquarters last month.

Push It will be looking for her fourth straight win at the track after an impressive 29.70 performance last week from box three. Despite not having won from the outside alley, Dean Swain’s talented chaser has an excellent Wentworth Park record of three wins from six starts and the exceptional early pace to cross from out wide.

Heat Two:

Chica Destacada has returned to her brilliant best and produced a sensational 29.49 performance at the track two weeks ago, with an equally impressive 29.51 win the week prior. Doreen Drynan’s chaser has an outstanding record at headquarters with five wins from nine starts and despite the awkward box six, has enough early pace to trouble this classy field.

Jason Mackay’s Zipping Delta has come up with the coveted red rug and produced an outstanding 29.59 performance last week and a 30.61 run at Richmond the week before. The daughter of Bekim Bale will be doing her best work at the finish, so look for her to flash home. All Strung Out will be looking for his fourth straight win after solid performances at Warragul and Sandown Park over the past three weeks. He comes into this heat with plenty of confidence and will exit from box three.

Heat Three:

Darren McDonald has another strong hope in this heat with Tiggerlong Amigo, who has an excellent career record of nine wins from eighteen starts and has won four of his past five outings. An impressive 29.72 stewards trial at Wentworth Park on Monday and a handy box three draw makes this son of Cosmic Chief a huge threat to take out this heat. Oh So Striking comes off a win at the track on Monday night in 30.07 and recorded a flying 29.56 at Gosford last month, giving trainer Darren Sultana plenty of reasons to favour this son of Cosmic Rumble’s chances. Having won five of nine career starts, this greyhound can be risky at box rise, but has a huge motor that should see him figure at the finish. Hilda’s Boy shocked everyone with a near record 29.32 win at Gosford two weeks ago and a repeat of that performance should see this son of Just The Best challenging this field.

Heat Four:

Cawbourne Whip is in red-hot form at present and comes off a blistering 29.38 win at Wentworth Park last week and will only need to step cleanly to claim this affair for trainer Jodie Lord. The daughter of Dyna Lachlan and American Spot has a superb record at the track of four wins from seven starts and will be looking for her fourth straight win. Aurora Girl has a fast 29.72 personal best at the track which was recorded two weeks ago and is ideally drawn near the rails, with all of her career wins coming from boxes one and three. Trained by Marie Burton, the daughter of Cosmic Rumble can be risky at box-rise; however can find her way to the finish.

Lady Goldenpaw makes her debut at Wentworth Park for Victorian trainer Robert Britton and has some impressive personal best times, including 29.66 at Sandown Park, recorded back in March. The daughter of High Earner has good early pace and will need to use it, exiting from the awkward box six.

Heat Five:

Group Three New Sensation winner Hookesy returns to Wentworth Park for the first time since captivating the greyhound world with some sizzling performances around the two turn circuit, including a blistering personal best of 29.36. The son of Hondo Black trained by Tanya Auld, will have to overcome the testing box five, however should demonstrate another superb performance as one of the series favourites.

Unbelief has come up with the red rug and has an excellent Wentworth Park record of four wins from six starts and saluted impressively last week in 29.79. Rue De Kahn has produced solid form of late and last month recorded a flying personal best of 29.64. The Group One National Futurity winner has the ability to cross from the outside alley and push for a semi-finals berth next week.

Heat Six:

Tommy Brislane is airbourne at present, having won four of his past five outings, including a 29.74 performance at Wentworth Park and an equally impressive 26.17 win at Bulli. The son of Premier Fantasy and Mary Virginia has an outstanding career record of five wins from six starts and will give trainer Steve White a huge chance of making the semi-finals. Stilton Blue comes off a second placing in the Group Three Bulli Gold Plate and has a solid personal best at the track of 29.82.

Golden Easter Egg winning trainer Brooke Ennis returns to Wentworth Park with the talented Deadly Vane, who will exit from box eight and comes off an brilliant win at Shepparton in 25.05. The winner of 13 races from 22 starts has the pace to cross from the wide draw and will have plenty of watchers as he makes his Wentworth Park debut.

New Club Formed To Manage The Gardens

The Gardens has been plagued by controversy for most of its relatively short life, but Greyhound Racing New South Wales (GRNSW) is hoping that the creation of The Gardens Greyhound Club will steady the ship.

The Gardens was originally managed by the National Coursing Association (NCA) but GRNSW stepped up to the plate in August 2013 and axed NCA’s management of The Gardens due to concerns surrounding its financial viability. The financial mismanagement of The Gardens was used as a case study in the recent Parliamentary Inquiry into Greyhound Racing in New South Wales. The case study detailed the significant financial assistance (bail-outs) provided by GRNSW to the NCA over a period of time. There was also the well-publicised misappropriation scandal in 2012 which involved The Gardens General Manager.

After the NCA’s tenure was abruptly halted, GRNSW announced plans to invite Expressions of Interest for the management rights of the greyhound track. Three EOI’s were received (GBOTA, Richmond Greyhound Racing Club and PPB Advisory).

GRNSW has selected the submission by PPB Advisory and this has paved the way for the creation of The Gardens Greyhound Club. The new Club is comprised of four members:

Brett Lazzarini (Chairman)
Ronald Bell (Vice Chairman)
Alan Williamson (CEO/Club Secretary)
Michael Brown (Treasurer)

Many would recognise some of these names; Lazzarini has been involved in the greyhound industry for some time and most recently served as the Deputy Chairman of the GBOTA. Bell is a well known and highly respected greyhound trainer in the Hunter Valley. Brown is a businessman who set up the JB Lodge Greyhound Training and Breeding Facility and Williamson has a plethora of experience in managing sporting clubs.

The board members have been established in line with assistance from PPB Advisory. PPB Advisory provides corporate advisory, restructuring and insolvency services, so it is clearly in a position to provide the right advice to put The Gardens back on track. PPB Advisory will continue to assist throughout the formation of the new club.

Given the history of The Gardens, the new board members certainly have a big task ahead to make The Gardens financially viable as greyhound racing on its own will not make The Gardens trade in the black.

Lazzarini told the local Newcastle Herald that the board was considering its options.

“We will be oriented towards making it more of a community sporting arena,” he said.

“We just need it to make money again. That’s the black and white of it, because greyhound racing doesn’t make enough money for the track to be self-sufficient.”

The Gardens Greyhound Club will commence operations of The Gardens venue from 1 July 2014. The next year or so will prove crucial to its future.

My Boy Snoop Salutes In The 2014 Group Three Bulli Gold Cup

A powerhouse finish landed My Boy Snoop the 2014 Group Three Sportingbet Bulli Gold Cup on Wednesday night.

The Anthony Azzopardi trained son of Where’s Pedro and Daydream (Bit Chili – Stresa) registered the time of 26.11 en route to collecting the $25,000 winners cheque for his connections.

Azzopardi had told ARG prior to the race that if his 35kg white and black chaser was within three lengths of the lead in the run, it would take a very good dog to hold him out and that is exactly how things transpired.

As expected, Stilton Blue (4) and Unleash De Fear (7) speared the lids and vied for the early lead, with Stilton Blue gaining the upper hand. Things were already looking ominous when My Boy Snoop was parked third, around two lengths from the leading duo.

While Stilton Blue had beaten off Unleash De Fear at the top of the long Bulli straight, My Boy Snoop had worked to the centre of the track and was poised to unleash his customary finishing burst that was showcased in the heats a week earlier.

The further they went down the straight, the more apparent it became that Stilton Blue’s lead was only going be temporary. My Boy Snoop lengthened stride and went past the leader rapidly, scoring by 1 1/2 lengths on the line. Stilton Blue held on for second, while grand old stager Gradence sprouted wings to finish third.

In the tale of the beaten brigade, Unleash De Fear could not match motors early and finished fourth. Knocka’s Return (8) was slow away but ran on well along the fence late to finish fifth. Walk Hard (5) began midfield and found trouble when looking to move forward early and then again on the home turn before finishing sixth. My Awesome Opal (6) did not show his usual early speed, which saw him caught deep throughout and he was never a winning hope. Highly Respected (3) jumped fourth, but found interference and was eventually squeezed right out of play to tail out a long way.

The win is My Boy Snoop’s fourth from his last five starts and his seventh from 19 career outings. The Group Three victory takes the 27-month-old dogs career earnings beyond $42,000.

2014 Group Three Sportingbet Bulli Gold Cup Preview

The South Coast of New South Wales plays host to elite racing this Wednesday night when the final of the Group Three Sportingbet Bulli Gold Cup takes place.

An octet of quality chasers will vie for the $25,000 winners cheque over the 472 metre trip at the spacious one-turn track nestled in the heart of black diamond country, where the mountains meet the sea.

Highly promising pup Silent Effective was a scratching from the final which may have meant a sigh of relief from a few of his rivals. His place will be taken by the veteran Gradence, who won the Cyril Rowe Plate at the track back in January.

The meeting begins at the early time of 6:02pm to accommodate those wishing to watch the State of Origin rugby league. The feature event is race five which will jump at 7:25pm.

Here is a look at at the field in detail with comments from connections on their runners chances;

Box 1
Race Odds
$7.40
Heat Replay
 
My Boy Snoop
Trainer
Anthony Azzopardi
Owner
Terry Kingcott
Prizemoney
$17,875.00
Last 10 Starts
1211721738
27 Months   White & Black   Dog   by  

Where’s Pedro

- Daydream
Start Slow Running Wide Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $993.00 Rating  
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
18 6 3 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
33% 61%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 0 0 0
Comments: Anthony Azzopardi (Trainer) – “The draw is a little bit of a worry if the faster dogs outside him cross down on top of him. But then again, maybe being on the inside might drag him out a bit. He does like to use a little bit of the track. It is all going to come down to the luck he has in the run. If he is within two or three lengths of them in the run, it is going to take a very good dog to hold him out, but it is all going to be about where he is in the run.”

Best Bulli Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
26.34 26.34 N/A N/A
Box 2
Race Odds
$SCR
Heat Replay
 
Silent Effective (SCRATCHED)
Trainer
N/A
Owner
N/A
Prizemoney
N/A
Last 10 Starts
N/A
N/A Months   N/A   N/A   by N/A   - N/A
Start N/A Running N/A Finish N/A
Prizemoney Rating $N/A Rating  
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
N/A% N/A%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Scratched
Best Bulli Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Box 3
Race Odds
$24.40
Heat Replay
 
Highly Respected
Trainer
Mark Wilcox
Owner
Mark Wilcox
Prizemoney
$15,170.00
Last 10 Starts
2112511656
38 Months   Blue Brindle   Dog   by   Knocka Norris - Winning Shiraz
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $506.00 Rating  
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
30 14 7 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
47% 77%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 3 2 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 0 2 0
Comments: Mark Wilcox (Trainer) – “He is drawn a lot better this week in a harder field. If he can stay out of trouble then he should be a good chance of running into a place.”

Best Bulli Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
26.46 26.46 N/A N/A
Box 4
Race Odds
$3.70
Heat Replay
 
Stilton Blue
Trainer
Philip Goodsell
Owner
Jason Bolwell
Prizemoney
$44,070.00
Last 10 Starts
2111224141

28 Months

  Blue   Dog   by   Where’s Pedro - She’s A Player
Start Good Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,916.00 Rating  
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
23 11 7 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
48% 83%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 3 2 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 5 1 1
Comments: ARG opinion is – Led easily in his heat before being claimed in the dying stages by Silent Effective. Could lead the race and be in the firing line for a long way.
Best Bulli Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
26.21 26.30 N/A N/A
Box 5
Race Odds
$2.20
Heat Replay
 
Walk Hard
Trainer
Nicole McRae
Owner
Nicole McRae
Prizemoney
$132,855.00
Last 10 Starts
1334221411
43 Months   Black   Dog   by   Bit Chili - Miss
Bling
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,888.00 Rating  
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
46 21 11 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
38% 80%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 1 3 0
Comments: Nicole McRae (Trainer) – “A lot is going to depend on what happens with the dogs around him. There is a lot of pace drawn either side of him. Hopefully he just gets that little bit of pace early and gets a good run to the first turn. He hasn’t had much luck with box draws his whole career, especially in Group finals but I pulled this one out so I can’t blame anyone else.”

Best Bulli Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
26.01 26.01 N/A N/A
Box 6
Race Odds
$30.30
Heat Replay
 
My Awesome Opal
Trainer
Marie Burton
Owner
Marie Burton
Prizemoney
$11,790.00
Last 10 Starts
7115221261
24 Months   White
&
Blue
  Dog   by   Fear Zafonic - Awesome Knocka
Start Excellent Running Middle Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $561.00 Rating  
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
21 9 6 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
43% 81%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 1 0
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 2 0
Comments: Ross Burton (Co-Trainer)“It is a pretty hard field, I think our hopes are pretty slim. That was only his second run on the track. We had put him around without a look at the track and he ran second then last week was his second look. It is good to be in the race but I am a realist, there is some champion dogs in that race. But he is in it to win it, he will be having a go and we will have our fingers crossed.”
Best Bulli Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
26.41 26.41 N/A N/A
Box 7
Race Odds
$4.40
Heat Replay
 
Unleash De Fear
Trainer
Charlie Gatt
Owner
Charlie Gatt & Peter Baker
Prizemoney
$11,615.00
Last 10 Starts
2111111128
29 Months   Black   Dog   by   Disintergrate - Unleash De Elite
Start Good Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $893.00 Rating  
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
13 8 3 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
62% 85%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 1 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Comments: Peter Baker (Owner) - “His dad Disintergrate was in the final of the Bulli Gold Cup like this and I hope his son Bill (Unleash De Fear) can go one better and win it with his early speed. Charlie Gatt is a bloody master-trainer to get this dog back on the track and he deserves to win this race more than anyone.”

Best Bulli Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
26.27 26.39 N/A N/A
Box 8
Race Odds
$7.40
Heat Replay
 
Knocka’s Return
Trainer
Mark Wilcox
Owner
Mark Wilcox
Prizemoney
$39,775.00
Last 10 Starts
2312331121
38 Months   Red Brindle and White   Dog   by   Knocka Norris - Winning Shiraz
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $925.00 Rating  
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
43 19 11 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
44% 84%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
11 5 3 2
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 3 1 0
Comments: Mark Wilcox (Trainer) – “He is drawn very well. He loves coming from the wide boxes. The main problem with him is that I had to rush him back a little bit from a long break through injury for this race. He may just need another week or two before we see his best. Last week sort of showed that but he should be a little bit better this week.”
Best Bulli Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
26.03 26.45 N/A N/A
1st Res
Race Odds
$21.00
Heart Replay
 
Gradence (STARTING)
Trainer
Mark Gatt
Owner
Joseph Scerri
Prizemoney
$133,835.00
Last 10 Starts
3423225341
48 Months   Black & White   Dog   by   Vapour Whirl - Ding’s Rocket
Start Slow Running Risky Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,471.00 Rating  
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
91 23 20 24
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
25% 74%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 2 1 3
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Mark Gatt (Trainer) – “He should run ok, he will drop out the back and be running on at the finish so the box doesn’t really matter too much. It would be nice for him to win the two big races at Bulli but I’m not overly confident of his chances.”

Best Bulli Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
26.38 26.38 N/A N/A
2nd Res
Race Odds
$10.00
Heat Replay
 
Ferly Reign
Trainer
Anthony Azzopardi
Owner
Terry Kingcott
Prizemoney
$57,000.00
Last 10 Starts
3441326243
41 Months   Black   Dog   by   Bombastic Shiraz - Ferly Gain
Start Excellent Running Risky Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,056.00 Rating  
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
54 16 9 10
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
30% 65%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 2 0 1
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: A consistent on-pace type who was prominent for a long way in his heat run. Would probably only be a place chance at best if he gained a run.
Best Bulli Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
26.37 26.37 N/A N/A

Victorian chaser Walk Hard (5) is the class runner of the field. He sizzled at his first look at the track but has the visitors box to contend with this week. If he lands anywhere near the speed, he will be the one to beat.

Knocka’s Return (8) is boxed to perfection and has a real penchant for the circuit. He is only recently back from a lengthy spell, but if he produces his best, he will be in it up to his ears.

The pace looks to lie with Stilton Blue (4), Unleash De Fear (7) and My Awesome Opal (6). Whoever wins that speed battle will give themselves the opportunity to make their own luck in front and the possibility of pinching the race.

Highly Respected (3) may well land on the fence early. He can be a risky beginner but, should he step, can be prominent. If he misses it he is likely to struggle.

Gradence (2) and My Boy Snoop (1) both have whirlwind finishes and both also like to use the track. Anything caught outside that duet early could find themselves in bother if they are looking for the fence. If either land in the top half of the field in the running, they could blouse the leaders late.

Burton’s Buy Could Bring Bulli Bonanza

A chance purchase just a few months ago has given the Kemps Creek training combination of Ross and Marie Burton a crack at winning $25,000 this Wednesday night.

They will rug up My Awesome Opal in the final of the Group Three Sportingbet Bulli Gold Cup after he caused a boilover last week, winning heat three at massive odds in the time of 26.41.

ARG caught up with Ross Burton, who admits that, while the run of his dog was no surprise, the result was.

“I knew he could run the time that he did but wasn’t so sure that he would be able to win,” Burton said.

“I thought he could lead in the heat but thought he may be wanting at the end of the run. He isn’t that strong and I thought that there was stronger dogs in the race than him. I was surprised that some of the other dogs didn’t run him down.”

“We have only had him a couple of months, we bought him out of Queensland. We have been pretty happy with him, he has won three races for us. He won at Gosford in fast time and Richmond in good time and he also went well there the other week.”

My Awesome Opal was not originally on the radar for the Burton’s when they made a phone call to enquire about a dog that was for sale.

“When we bought him we originally rang up because his brother Glorified Gee was advertised in the paper and then they told us that they had him for sale too. I had a look at his form and we decided to buy them both.”

“We bought them off Grant Fennelly, he owns Punch One Out. He had a new litter coming into his kennel by El Grand Senor and he didn’t have room for these guys anymore. He owned Glorified Gee and the breeder (Barry Kitchener) owned My Awesome Opal and they wanted to get rid of them, they put them on the market and we bought the pair of them.”

“They both won first up for us at Gosford, Glorified Gee won there again and ran second at Wentworth Park last week, they are going ok.”

While Burton originally purchased the dogs based on form, it is fair to say that they lack nothing in the breeding department, sharing a damline with one of the countries fastest current dogs.

The pair are by Irish sire Fear Zafonic out of Awesome Knocka (Knocka Norris – Awesome Opal). Awesome Knocka is a half-sister to the all-conquering Black Magic Opal (Magic Sprite – Awesome Opal), who needs no introduction.

Burton admits that is was not something that initially lured him into the purchases but he is happy with the fact.

“I initially just looked at their form but have since been told that his damline means he is somehow related to Black Magic Opal.”

When it comes to Wednesday night’s final, Burton is far from brimming with confidence.

“It is a pretty hard field, I think our hopes are pretty slim. That was only his second run on the track. We had put him around without a look at the track and he ran second, then last week was his second look. It is good to be in the race but I am a realist, there is some champion dogs in that race. But he is in it to win it, he will be having a go and we will have our fingers crossed.”

While he may not be too bullish about his hopes in the Bulli Gold Cup, Burton is much more optimistic when it comes to the future of My Awesome Opal.

“There is plenty of races he can win later on in his own grade. He is certainly good enough, but it is very, very good for him to get into a final like this.”

My Awesome Opal will exit box six in the final on Wednesday night, which is scheduled to jump at 7:25pm. His brother, Glorified Gee, is also engaged at the Bulli meeting in race four at 7:05pm.

Walk Hard Flies In Bulli Gold Cup Heats

Group Two Warragul Cup winner Walk Hard stamped his authority on the 2014 Sportingbet Bulli Gold Cup series, setting the time standard in the four heats conducted on Wednesday night.

The Nicole McRae trained son of Bit Chili and Miss Bling (Spiral Nikita – Skullring) set the spacious Slacky Flat circuit ablaze at his first start there, stopping the clock at 26.01, just two lengths outside the track record.

Beginning well from box one, Walk Hard had to contend with some early pace from Bearded Midget (2), but soon after he put the paw to the floor, railing like the lure to drive under the early leader and quickly transform the race into a one act affair.

The 34kg black dog scored by 7 1/2 lengths in an imperious display. The Mark Wilcox trained Highly Respected (3) ran a solid race to finish second and qualify for next week’s final, while Soaring Eagle (7) wound up in third place.

Walk Hard has a history of drawing poorly in big finals and that luck has continued here with the Victorian handed box five for the $25,000 to-the-winner event.

The second heat saw a much closer finish with just one length separating the top three dogs. In the end, it was a flashing finish from the Anthony Azzopardi trained My Boy Snoop (7) that would land him the chocolates.

Favourite Unleash De Fear (5) came out of the boxes as if shot from a cannon to open up a handy early lead. Reserve runner Ferly Reign (9) settled in second while My Boy Snoop was tardily away in second last place of the six dog field.

By the home turn, Ferly Reign and Unleash De Fear look destined to battle it out down the long Bulli straight. Just when it appeared as though it would be a terrific finish between that pair, My Boy Snoop sprouted wings and cut a swathe between the two leaders like a hot knife through butter to score by three-quarters of a length.

The striking 35kg white and black son of Where’s Pedro and Daydream (Bit Chili – Stresa) registered the time of 26.34 in his first start at the track. Unleash De Fear held on well for second, with Ferly Reign in third.

Heat three yielded the biggest upset of the night when the Marie Burton trained My Awesome Opal finished strongly to take the event at cricket-score odds.

After beginning well from box three and finding himself parked behind the early leader Princess Syrene (6), the son of Fear Zafonic and Awesome Knocka (Knocka Norris – Awesome Opal) worked his way to the front as the field entered the long, sweeping turn for home.

While most punters were looking back in the field for the more fancied chances to run on, My Awesome Opal put on a beautiful, long-striding display of galloping down the centre of the straight to hold on and score by three-quarters of a length in the time of 26.41.

Knocka’s Return (1) screamed home for second place in an eye-catching run while veteran Ritza Ryder finished third.

The fourth and final heat lived up to expectation when boom pup Silent Effective (8) showed great intestinal fortitude to land the event in 26.22 for Darren Sultana.

When Stilton Blue (4), a young dog known for his strength, went straight to the lead, it appeared as though the race was his to lose. Silent Effective left the traps in fifth place with more than his fair share of work to do.

Leaving the back straight, Stilton Blue was high-balling in front with Velvet Flame (1) in second, Silent Effective had worked to third out wide, but was still the better part of four lengths off the leader.

That was the order as they reached the top of the long Bulli straight with anticipation high as Silent Effective hooked out wide and balanced up for one last crack.

With a hundred metres to go, the 31kg son of Cosmic Rumble and Best Percentage began to unwind his trademark withering burst and claimed Stilton Blue in the twinkling of an eye to score by 1 1/4 lengths in a soul-stirring finish.

The win was Silent Effective’s eighth from just 11 career outings and the dog, who is just 21 months old, is certainly shaping up as a very exciting prospect.

The draw for next Wednesday’s Group Three Sportingbet Bulli Gold Cup is as follows;

1- My Boy Snoop – Anthony Azzopardi
2- Silent Effective – Darren Sultana
3- Highly Respected – Mark Wilcox
4- Stilton Blue – Philip Goodsell
5- Walk Hard – Nicole McRae
6- My Awesome Opal – Marie Burton
7- Unleash De Fear – Charlie Gatt
8- Knocka’s Return – Mark Wilcox

Reserves
9- Gradence – Mark Gatt
10- Ferly Reign – Anthony Azzopardi

2014 Bulli Gold Cup Heats Attract Quality Fields

A cavalcade of smart sprinters will converge on New South Wales’ premier one-turn track this Wednesday evening to compete in four heats of the Group Three Sportingbet Bulli Gold Cup.

The 2014 event will take place over the 472 metre journey and a $25,000 cheque awaits the connections of the winning dog in next week’s final.

Entering its fifteenth year of existence, the race has taken place under numerous guises including the Cyril Rowe Memorial (which is now a separate event) and was also conducted as a twin-tracks series in 2010 with the Maitland club when Hooky Booky won for Mark Bell.

Other winners include the great El Galo (2008) as well as Brilliant Style (2005) along with the Mark Gatt trained Ritza Ryder (2012) who will compete again in 2014.

One of the more unusual results in the history of the race was Winsome Lesson’s victory in 2006. Not so much because of the way the blue dog won the race in the track record time of 25.94, but more so due to the fact that he was a product of two previous winners, History Lesson (1999) and Winsome Dollars (2003).

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

Race 5 – Sportingbet Bulli Gold Cup – Heat 1 – 8:25pm

One of the draw-cards of the series appears in the first heat when Victorian raider Walk Hard exits box one. The Nicole McRae trained son of Bit Chili and Miss Bling (Spiral Nikita – Skullring) won the Group Two Warragul Cup earlier this year and has been consistently racing in elite company down south. The spacious Bulli circuit should suit him to a tee with a nice long straight to unleash his withering run home.

Bearded Midget looks to have the speed to lead from box two and has a superb record at the track. The Ronald Hoogenboom trained white and black dog has won two of his three starts here including an airborne 26.14 victory in early April. He is likely to give them plenty to catch.

Golden Easter Egg finalist Evil Punk will exit box eight and resumed with a fantastic win at Wentworth Park. He has only had one start at Bulli where he finished second.

Highly Respected jumps from box three and has a terrific record at the track winning three of his five appearances there with a best of 26.48. He has won his last two at Goulburn in blistering times but faces a rise in class here.

Race 6 – Sportingbet Bulli Gold Cup – Heat 2 – 8:45pm

The outside division appear to dominate the second heat with boxes five through eight all looking to have winning chances.

Unleash De Fear will exit box five for the successful trainer/owner combination of Charlie Gatt and Peter Baker. The promising son of Disintergrate and Unleash De Elite (Elite State – Bigbad Darley) has won eight of his 12 career starts including a zippy 26.27 at Bulli in his only start there. He will be close to the lead and looks the one to beat.

The Mark Wilcox trained Natural Player has drawn the outside alley and boasts a sensational career strike rate, winning 16 of his 23 starts to date. He has also won three from four at Bulli and registered a personal best of 26.18 in late January this year.

My Boy Snoop jumps from box seven for astute trainer Anthony Azzopardi. He is a winner of five from 17 career starts including two very fast sub-thirty runs at Wentworth Park in April. This is his first start at Bulli but there is plenty of evidence to suggest that he can gallop.

Gaudi will sport the green rug for Nowra Hill trainer Steve White. He has only missed a place twice in nine appearances at Bulli and has a personal best of 26.35. He possesses more than his fair share of early zip and should be in the firing line early.

Race 7 – Sportingbet Bulli Gold Cup – Heat 3 – 9:05pm

The exciting Waymore’s Blues makes his Bulli debut in heat three for Molong trainer Toby Weekes. A winner of 10 from 23, the regally bred son of Collide and Casey’s Angel (Spiral Nikita – Leprechaun Yap) has shown some brilliant one-turn form at other tracks like Maitland, Shepparton and Ballarat and looks like he will relish the layout at Slacky Flat. He can be a little bit tardy on box-rise and may just need a little bit of space early to put himself in the race.

Richmond Vale mentor Jason Mackay makes the journey down south with his promising galloper Fire Elusive who will jump from box five. A winner of 11 from 32, he is another who has performed well on a one-turn track at Maitland in the coalfields. He would also benefit from a little bit of early room if we are to see his best.

Veteran Ritza Ryder as drawn the outside alley for Mark Gatt. He won the race back in 2012 and has also won the Group Three Ambrosoli at Wentworth Park. The red fawn chaser is a rising five year old but can still match it with the best and has a penchant for the Bulli circuit where he has won six races, including a 26.02 effort.

Bringelly trainer Mark Wilcox continues to show his strong hand in the series when he rugs up Knocka’s Return. A winner of 19 from 43, including five from 10 at Bulli, this 33kg dog should benefit greatly from the inside draw. He has a best of 26.03 at the track and set the Temora track record in March. He is returning from a two-month spell which will be the only question mark over him heading into this race.

Race 8 – Sportingbet Bulli Gold Cup – Heat 4 – 9:22pm

Boom pup Silent Effective headlines the final heat from box eight. The precocious son of Cosmic Rumble and Best Percentage (Big Daddy Cool – Apache Arrow) has already won seven races from ten starts despite only being just 21 months old. At his only start at Bulli, the 31kg Darren Sultana trained conveyance stopped the clock at a rapid 26.07. He has won his only start from box eight and should get plenty of room to move in the early stages. Clearly the one to beat.

Stilton Blue won the Nowra Puppy Classic earlier this year and has been tuned up for this to perfection by trainer Philip Goodsell with a hat-trick of wins at Bulli. While box four may present a query for the striking blue dog, he does have a slow beginner drawn outside him and a superb record from the box, with five wins from six starts in the blue rug. He looks the main danger.

Gradence exits box two for Mark Gatt. He comes into consideration on the credence of his win in the Cyril Rowe Memorial at Bulli back in January. Despite being a veteran of 89 starts, he has only raced at the track six times for two wins and three placings with a best of 26.47 which he registered in the aforementioned win. If he is afforded the right opportunities in transit, he will be whistling home late.

Invidious is a slippery beginner who looks to be drawn well in box three for trainer Jason Magri. He is undefeated in two starts at the track with a best of 26.35. He is capable of putting himself in the picture early and looks to be the value runner of the race.

Paua To Roar Breaks Goulburn Track Record

When Steve White made the trek down south to Goulburn on Tuesday, he looked to have a few good things in the trailer, none more so than Paua To Roar who was facing a moderate 5th Grade field over 350 metres in the last race.

But not even the affable Nowra Hill mentor could have foreseen the bedazzling display of blinding speed his son of Head Bound and Paua To Erupt (Spiral Nikita – Paua To Burn) was about to unleash. Put simply, if you blinked, you would have missed it.

The black dog who Tips the scales at close to 34kg, ran the proverbial hands off the clock, registering a new track record of 19.45, some 0.05 seconds quicker than the old mark set by Natural Player late last year. It was just Paua To Roar’s fourth start in a race.

Paua To Roar was a finalist in the recent Group Three Sportingbet Magic Maiden at Wentworth Park on Easter Saturday where he finished fifth. White told ARG at the time that he was managing a problem with the precocious dog and that he was going well considering.

“I had some hiccups with him in the six weeks before and during the series with tonsillitis, he had been choking up in the last bit getting to the line,” White said.

“They became a real nuisance, but we know he can run really good sections.”

He has since had his tonsils removed and it appears to have done the trick perfectly.

White is particularly excited about Paua To Roar’s litter and the day started well for him, courtesy one of his litter-mates.

“His sister, Foxy Nikita went within 0.15 seconds of the 457 metre record in race two, that was her first start.”

And there is plenty more to come if these two are any indication of the rest of the litter.

“We still have another five in the litter who are yet to have their performance trial, it is a very, very good litter.”

The future may also hold more down the track for the now proven producer Paua To Erupt who has recently been mated to Kinloch Brae.

If recent results are any indication, there is certainly exciting times ahead for Steve White and his Paua Kennels.

Zipping Willow Qualifies Fastest For Richmond Oaks Final

Group Two Ladies Bracelet winner Zipping Willow continued her winning ways last night at Richmond, qualifying fastest for next week’s $20,000 Richmond Oaks final in a speedy 30.42.

After a moderate beginning from box eight, the Jason Mackay trained chaser quickly gained momentum to take the lead at the first turn, and scored by four and a half lengths over second placegetter Black Empress. The daughter of Goodesy and Sirocco Lass has flourished on the racetrack of late, winning five of her last six races, with brilliant career statistics of nineteen victories from thirty starts.

Heat one went to Neil Falk’s Smashing Sally, leading all the way in a solid performance of 30.71. The $2.80 second favourite dwelt at the start, however mustered brilliant pace to make her way through the field and salute by two lengths. Second placegetter Eleazar put in an enormous run for trainer Dean Swain, after tailing off for a majority of the race and will be a definite danger next week. $2.30 favourite Ready To Riot finished in third position.

Dean Swain’s second qualifier came in heat two, with in-form chaser Rue De Kahn finding the front at the first turn to score comfortably by four lengths in a fast time of 30.57. $28 outsider Aurora Girl put in a terrific performance from box five to qualify for next week for trainer Marie Burton and took ground off the winner in the run to the line. $2.00 favourite Zipping Delta found considerable trouble early on and finished in third position.

Marie Burton got a second qualifier through to the final in heat four with $9.30 outsider Asia’s Babe, who mustered brilliant early pace to lead throughout in an impressive time of 30.67. Last year’s Oaks winner Calm Model finished in second position and will give trainer Clay Mullens a chance at back-to-back victories. Favourite runner Kulu Special unfortunately suffered an injury early on in the affair and tailed off.

The full results of qualifiers for next week are:

Zipping Willow – Jason Mackay (30.42)
Rue De Kahn – Dean Swain (30.57)
Asia’s Babe – Marie Burton (30.67)
Black Empress – Harry Sarkis (30.70)
Smashing Sally – Neil Falk (30.71)
Aurora Girl – Marie Burton (30.82)
Calm Model – Clay Mullens (30.84)
Eleazar – Dean Swain (30.84)

2014 Richmond Oaks Heats Preview

Four sensational heats of the $20,000 Richmond Oaks will highlight Saturday night’s Richmond meeting, with last week’s Group Two Ladies Bracelet winner Zipping Willow the standout performer in heat three. Last year’s Oaks winner Calm Model will step out in the final heat and aim to go back-to-back for trainer Clay Mullens.

Heat one contains plenty of last start winners, however Smashing Sally has good early pace and has a brilliant record at Richmond with two wins from three starts, including a flying personal best of 30.45. The Neil Falk trained chaser can overcome box five to salute in this event. Dean Swain’s Eleazar drops back in distance after a solid campaign over the 720m, where she recorded a speedy 42.37, and is ideally drawn in drawn in box two. Ready To Riot comes off an outstanding performance at Wentworth Park last month, clocking 29.71 over the 520m for in-form trainer Anthony Azzopardi.

Group One National Futurity winner Rue De Kahn comes off a brilliant win at Wentworth Park in 29.64 and will exit from box six with good early pace in heat two. The Dean Swain trained greyhound has eight wins from fifteen starts and is looking to crack the $100,000 prizemoney barrier. Asha Tanga has a sizzling personal best at Richmond of 30.32 and produced a wonderful win at Maitland last Thursday in 25.15 over the 450m. This greyhound can be a risky beginner, however has great pace once she balances up and can steal this for trainer Maureen Sharman. Jason Mackay’s Zipping Delta has been down on form lately, with her last victory back in March over the 565m at Maitland. She has a huge advantage exiting from box one and is no stranger to success at the track with two wins from four starts.

Group Two Ladies Bracelet winner Zipping Willow is perfectly drawn in box eight for heat three and comes off a blistering win at Wentworth Park last week in 29.44. Debuting at the track for Jason Mackay, the winner of eighteen races is looking for her fourth straight win and is the early favourite to take out next week’s final. Black Empress is unbeaten around the Richmond circuit and was very impressive in a 30.67 win here last month. Despite drawing box four, this bitch has terrific early pace and can push for a finals berth. Chica Destacada is slowly regaining the form that saw her burst onto the scene at Wentworth Park at the beginning of the year and will need to be at her best from box five to test this field. The Doreen Drynan trained chaser has a good Richmond record of two wins from five starts and will be hard to beat if she reproduces her best.

The final heat sees promising Queensland pup Visualize It making the trip down from the Sunshine State with solid Albion Park form under her belt. The Peter Young trained bitch recorded 30.16 over the 520m last month, and does have genuine early pace to overcome the tricky box six. Anthony Azzopardi has another talented runner engaged with Kulu Special exiting from box three. Before falling in the Dubbo Cup final last month, this bitch won four three of her past four starts including a flying 29.72 performance at Wentworth Park. If the fall hasn’t affected her mindset, look for her to lead all the way and record a fast personal best on debut at the track. Last year’s Oaks winner Calm Model returns for another crack at the winner’s purse for trainer Clay Mullens, however she has been struggling of late with her last victory back in September of last year. She has a flying personal best of 30.48 at the track and will need to run this sort of time again to be any hope of making the final.

Heat one will be run and won at 7.44pm, with the winner and second placegetter moving through to next week’s $20,000 final.

A Look At The 2014 Dapto Puppy Auction Results

The 2014 Dapto Puppy Auction took place on Sunday, 4 May. A total of 350 lots were catalogued to be auctioned. A number of pups were withdrawn on the day so approximately 280 greyhounds went under the hammer at an average of just over $2,800. There’s no word yet on how many were buy-backs.

Two litters in particular featured heavily in terms of high prices: Collision – Fancy Mandy (Kiowa Sweet Trey – Chantilly Doll) and Bombastic Shiraz – Dusty Retreat (Spiral Nikita – Undermatched).

Fancy Mandy was a handy race bitch, winning 16 races and over $86,000 in prize money. The eight month old Collision litter offered at the auction is her second litter. Her first litter were by Brett Lee and are 26 months old. Of seven pups whelped, four have been named to race with just two from the litter winning just one race each so far (Midnight Rhythm and Zulu Mystique).

Despite her first litter not setting the world on fire just yet, one of her black dogs went for the highest price of the auction; $20,000. The other dog in the litter collected $7,500 while the bitches went for $15,000, $11,000 and $10,000.

Dusty Retreat has a very handy litter of pups racing at the moment, trained by Christine Oldfield. They are by Collision and have just started their careers (Bacash and Frattini). Frattini has reportedly been the subject of some big figure offers and she has been impressive to date, winning both her starts at Bulli in slick time. At the auction, the highest price a dog pup by Dusty Retreat went for was $12,000. The other dogs in the litter attracted $10,000, $8,000 and $9,000, while the two bitches went for $10,000 and $8,000.

High priced pups generally do not go on to win the Auction series so it will be interesting to see how these pups develop over the coming years.

Aside from the high priced purchases, there was some value around for those that did their research and stuck around for the duration of the auction.

You could have started off your breeding empire with Lot 1, a bitch by Collision – Alexia Flex (Dyna Lachlan – Princess Bale). Her grand-dam is the invaluable Gold Rush Bale. Princess Bale herself has thrown the likes of Tomac Bale, Desalle Bale and Barcia Bale to name just a few. Lot 1 went for $4,200 which is great value considering the proven breeding line.

Another top purchase (which was a genuine purchase) was Lot 213, a fawn bitch by Barcia Bale – Luminous (Collision – Tocsin). She went for a steal at just $1,700. Two other pups from the litter went for $3,400 and $4,000 earlier in the day. Luminous is a litter sister to multiple track-record holder Phenomenal.

Lastly, two pups from the Velocette – Chinatown Lilli (Lilli Pilli Lad – Chinatown Babe) litter went very cheaply. If you were after a strong greyhound you couldn’t go past these. Chinatown Babe was the 2008 Australian Broodbitch of the Year. Chinatown Lilli is a litter sister to Group performers Chinatown Lad and Fallen Zorro. Three pups went through the auction for the bargain prices of $600, $800 and $1,200.

The next auction for greyhound pups takes place at Ipswich in August followed by the inaugural Richmond auction in November.

Hunter Hummer Breaks The Gardens 400m Track Record

It comes as no surprise that another record tumbled last Friday, with 400 metre specialist Hunter Hummer setting a new time standard of 22.32 at The Gardens.

The Corey Spliet trained chaser has been reignited after somewhat of a form slump at the beginning of the year, recording his eighth win at the track, and his fourth win in his past six starts.

“It was great to see him break the record. The track was very quick on Friday which helped, but he’s putting it all together now at the start and finish. He was a little hit and miss before, but now he’s beginning a lot better and hopefully he can keep going from here.” Explained Spliet.

The son of Cosmic Rumble and Saint Dora stepped beautifully from box two, clocking 10.74 to the first mark and was never headed in a comfortable two length win, recording a sensational run home of 11.58.

The fawn chaser saluted on debut in 21.98 over the 384m at Wauchope; however it wasn’t until start number twelve at Maitland, where an outstanding 22.43 performance stamped his authority as a brilliant short course specialist. The 30kg dog continued to lower his personal best over the subsequent weeks to 22.38.

Hunter Hummer turned three years old last month and now has twenty wins from just forty-two starts, including ten minor placings.

Zipping Willow Successful In Group Three Ladies Bracelet

Zipping Willow (3) has etched her name on the honour roll as the 2014 winner of the Group Three Ladies Bracelet at Wentworth Park on Saturday night.

Ritza Hattie (1) went to the boxes as favourite and when the lids lifted she was right there to stake her claim early. Zipping Summah (2) gave her sister Zipping Willow (3) the room she needed early and Zipping Willow joined Ritza Hattie as they exited the turn into the back straight. The two bitches then matched motors down the back straight with Zipping Willow gaining the ascendency approaching the home turn. Ritza Hattie was checked as Zipping Willow crossed her and this slightly halted her momentum. Zipping Willow went on to score by one and a half lengths over the gallant Ritza Hattie. Rose Of Galo (8), after a good getaway, wound up six and a quarter lengths away in third.

Of the others, Quick Succession (7) was terribly away from box seven and stayed near the rear of the field for the duration of the race. Smashing Sally (4) was in the firing line early but couldn’t negotiate a clear passage through the first turn. Lacey Lois (6) was only average away but ran on well for fourth. Irondale Bravo (5) wanted to use the track and wasn’t close enough to factor in the finish. Zipping Summah (2) didn’t begin and stayed mid-field.

Zipping Willow stopped the clock at a superb 29.44 for the 520 metre journey; a new personal best for the Goodesy – Sirocco Lass (Bond – Many Tricks) bitch.

Zipping Willow is trained by Jason Mackay and owned by the Hallinan family. The Group Three Ladies Bracelet win is her second Group race victory, after winning the Group Three Canberra Cup in 2013.

Full Results

1st: Zipping Willow (3) – Jason Mackay
2nd: Ritza Hattie (1) – Mark Gatt
3rd: Rose Of Galo (8) – Albert Kennewell
4th: Lacey Lois (6) – Peter Acers
5th: Zipping Summah (2) – Jason Mackay
6th: Irondale Bravo (5) – Darren Sultana
7th: Smashing Sally (4) – Neil Falk
8th: Quick Succession (7) – Darren McDonald

Time: 29.44
1st Split: 5.35
2nd Split: 17.69
3rd Split: 11.75
Margins: 1 1/2 x 6 1/4
Scratchings: Chica Destacada (9), Magic Display (10)

2014 Group Three Ladies Bracelet Final Preview

The 2014 installment of the Group Three Ladies Bracelet will be run on Saturday night at Wentworth Park. The race is for bitches only and has been a feature event since 1971. The race was first won by Shapely Escort and in previous years Winifred Bale, Camden’s Ghost, Jessica Casey, Lucy Lawless, Mint Mojo, Cindeen Shelby and Desalle Bale have all added their name to the honour roll. Lagoon Lawanna was crowned the 2013 winner.

The race jumps at 9:57pm and is worth $25,000 to the winner.

Box 1
Race Odds
$3.00
Heat Replay
 
Ritza Hattie
Trainer
Mark Gatt
Owner
Mark Gatt
Prizemoney
$144,760.00
Last 10 Starts
1121423311
29 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Bombastic Shiraz - Midnight Flare
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $5,567.00 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
26 14 7 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
54% 96%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 4 2 3
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 3 0 2
Comments: Mark Gatt (Trainer) - “I think she should go well. I don’t really like box one with her but with the draw the way it is she should get a good run on the fence. Realistically, she is a good chance of winning. She is really starting to race well.”

 

Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.47 29.87 5.33 5.40
Box 2
Race Odds 
$3.80
Heat Replay
 
Zipping Summah
Trainer
Jason Mackay
Owner
M Hallinan & F Hallinan
Prizemoney
$23,765.00
Last 10 Starts
1721411122
34 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Goodesy - Sirocco Lass
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,320.00 Rating 99
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
18 9 4 2
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
50% 83%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 3 2 0
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 2 1 1
Comments: Returned to racing with style last week, running a close second behind Ritza Hattie. If she shows her customary early speed she is a big hope.
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.64 29.92 5.35 5.36
Box 3
Race Odds
$5.00
Heat Replay
 
Zipping Willow
Trainer
Jason Mackay
Owner
M Hallinan & F Hallinan
Prizemoney
$95,010.00
Last 10 Starts
6241521411
34 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Goodesy  - Sirocco Lass
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $3,393.00 Rating 99
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
28 17 5 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
61% 86%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
14 9 2 1
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 0 2 1
Comments: Huge run last week. She was caught up in interference early but worked herself into the race late to score by one and three quarter lengths in 29.96. One of the main dangers to Ritza Hattie.
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.59 29.96 5.31 5.61
Box 4
 Race Odds
$15.00
Heat Replay
 
Smashing Sally
Trainer
Neil Falk
Owner
Lastlot syndicate
Prizemoney
$26,260.00
Last 10 Starts
1125186151

24 Months

  Black   Bitch   by   Hurricane Luke - Smashing Jen
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,010.00 Rating 94
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
26 9 4 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
35% 50%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
13 4 1 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 0 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – Finished too strongly for Rose Of Galo last week. Her form prior to the series has been inconsistent. She will need to do everything right to be in with a chance. 

 

Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.97 29.97 5.36 5.42
Box 5
Race Odds
$17.00
Heat Replay
 
Irondale Bravo
Trainer
Darren Sultana
Owner
Brian Moloney
Prizemoney
$17,395.00
Last 10 Starts
1164113122
24 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Collision - Luci Tee
Start Fair Running Middle Finish

Strong

Prizemoney Rating $1,242.00 Rating 96
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
14 5 4 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
36% 79%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 1 2 1
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 0  0
Comments: Strong bitch who can pinch this at odds if there is some interefence amongst the inside three bitches. Worthy of consideration.
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.66 29.82 5.44 5.51
Box 6
Race Odds
$34.00
Heat Replay
 
Lacey Lois
Trainer
Peter Acers
Owner
P Acers & A Powell
Prizemoney
$17,855.00
Last 10 Starts
7273131272
28 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Superman - Naughty Nicki
Start Good Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $850.00 Rating 92
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
21 6 7 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
29% 81%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
10 2 3 3
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 1
Comments: ARG opinion is – Led last week and ran a fast 5.35 but was run down by Zipping Willow. She will need to show that early speed again but it looks like she will struggle from box six. 
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.03 30.06 5.35 5.35
Box 7
Race Odds
$5.00
Heat Replay
 
Quick Succession
Trainer
Darren McDonald
Owner
Amanda Honan
Prizemoney
$32,460.00
Last 10 Starts
4411113511
32 Months   Fawn   Bitch   by   Bombastic Shiraz - Spiral Siyan
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,545.00 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
21 8 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
38% 67%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 0 0
Comments: Darren McDonald (Trainer) - “The draw makes it hard for her as she needs the rail. It’s a good race. If she had drawn inside I would have rated her more of a chance.”
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.80 29.80 5.39 5.39
Box 8
Race Odds
$13.00
Heat Replay
 
Rose Of Galo
Trainer
Albert Kennewell
Owner
Albert Kennewell
Prizemoney
$40,365.00
Last 10 Starts
3231381442
38 Months   Blue   Bitch   by   El Galo - Noir Rose
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $938.00 Rating 92
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
43 15 9 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
35% 70%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1  0
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 0 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – Recorded a fast 5.34 to the first mark last week and will need to repeat that to cross the field. She needs to lead to be amongst the placings. 
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 30.07 5.34 5.34
1st Res
Race Odds
$6.00
Heart Replay
 
Chica Destacada
Trainer
Doreen Drynan
Owner
Dee and Pee syndicate
Prizemoney
$24,570.00
Last 10 Starts
8121114533
24 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Cosmic Rumble - Eluthra
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,755.00 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
14 6 2 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
43% 71%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 3 1 1
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Tried hard last week behind Quick Succession. Talented bitch who wouldn’t be out of place if she finished in the top three. Each-way chance if she gets a start. 
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.98 30.25 5.84 5.92
2nd Res
Race Odds
$9.00
Heat Replay
 
Magic Display
Trainer
Evelyn Harris
Owner
L Bull & S Bull
Prizemoney
$52,780.00
Last 10 Starts
1717331173
30 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Magic Sprite - Display Bonus
Start Excellent Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,552.00 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
34 14 5 8
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
41% 79%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
10 5 0 3
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Showed the effects of the gruelling Golden Easter Egg series last week, failing to lead. She finished strongly for third behind Smashing Sally and isn’t without a chance if she gets a start. 
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.80 30.09 5.36 5.48

A real race will be on between the inside three bitches. Ritza Hattie (1) looks the favourite, drawing the prime rails position and coming off a flying 29.47 two weeks ago on Easter Egg night. Her trainer is hoping the box will give her the advantage along the rails. She will be challenged early by both Zipping Summah (2) and Zipping Willow (3). The dynamic sisters are both sub-30 performers at Wentworth Park and possess a strong finish. They are the main threats to Ritza Hattie saluting.

Irondale Bravo (5) is currently at double figure odds in betting markets but it’s worth remembering that she has a 29.66 personal best to her credit and she has been racing well. She will be poised to strike if the inside three have a mix-up. Quick Succession (7) was the fastest heat winner in 29.80. She jumped from box two in the heats and now moves to the unsuitable wide draw. She will need luck from the draw but if she can lead, she will perform well. The remainder of the outside divison, Lacey Lois (6) and Rose Of Galo (8) both possess early toe but are considered rough outside chances of winning. Lastly, Smashing Sally (4) will need to show some consistency if she is to win as her form prior to the series was all over the place.

Kicking Rocks Stuns At The Gardens

After just one career start at Tamworth this time last year, nobody expected maiden greyhound Kicking Rocks to step out on Friday at The Gardens and run just 0.07 off the 515 metre track record of 29.23.

Keinbah trainer Ryan Tredway has spent the past twelve months preparing this superbly bred chaser by Cosmic Rumble out of Really Satisfies, who has been showing enormous potential on the clock.

“On trial day on a Tuesday he has been running around the 29.60 mark, which is great. I have had non-stop problems with him since he began at Tamworth last year and I’m just hoping he can stay healthy now. I like to take pups out to the bush for some experience and I had a lot of dramas with Kicking Rocks after his debut at Tamworth, but he is putting it all together now.”

Kicking Rocks was never headed on Friday in a brilliant win by ten lengths, recording blistering sectionals of 4.94, 17.17 and a scintillating run home of 12.13, with an overall time of 29.30. Which was faster than both group one races that were held at the track in February.

“Honestly I was surprised he went that fast. What was most pleasing for me was he showed good early speed and ran home really well; he did it at all ends of the track. That was only his third ever 500 on Friday. I won’t plan too far ahead and will probably just work him through the grades to get some more experience. I do pinch myself at the thought of what he ran, but I just want him to keep going now.”

Kicking Rocks dam Really Satisfies has been an exceptional producer to date, with Tredway’s outstanding group one finalist Rigs her most successful offspring to date. Tredway picked up a litter double with Kicking Rocks litter brother Pad Burner, who recorded an impressive victory also over the 515, clocking 29.78.

“Really Satisfies has been a very good producer and I have a 7 month old litter to Collision and she is currently in pup to Surf Lorian, so there is a lot to look forward to.”

Hallinan Thrilled With Tricky Jade’s Triumphant Return

Clergate trainer Martin Hallinan took out another feature race on Thursday at Dubbo with Tricky Jade, who was flawless from start to finish in claiming the Rocky Ridge Gold Cup and collected $25,000 for her efforts.

Jumping brilliantly from box three, the impeccably bred daughter of Hallinan’s own breed of Bit Chili and Navigator Miss led throughout in a record-breaking time of 29.59, shattering the previous 516m record which stood at 29.71.

“I listened to the race on the way to Albury and when I heard she was in front, I thought she would be hard to beat if the favourite couldn’t get near her,” said Hallinan.

“Dubbo need to give themselves a huge pat on the back for getting a sponsor like Rocky Ridge and putting on a race worth $25,000. It was an honour to win the race.”

Tricky Jade began her career with Richmond Vale mentor Jason Mackay, who set her for the Group Three Mega Maiden series at Wentworth Park last year, where she made the semi-finals after an impressive heat win of 29.86. After finishing third in her semi-final, Tricky Jade went on to win three of her next four races and clocked some sizzling personal bests at Richmond (30.41, 535m), Wentworth Park (29.56, 520m) and Sandown Park (29.56, 515m).

Mackay then stepped up Tricky Jade to the testing 618m journey at Richmond, where she notched up a victory in a time of 35.92. After a five-month spell during the middle of last year, Tricky Jade made a triumphant return over the short courses at Richmond and Maitland, clocking smart times of 22.55 over the 400m and 25.13 over the 450m.

Hallinan received Tricky Jade from Mackay after somewhat of a form slump over the past three months, with her performances over the past two weeks showing that this smart chaser still has the ability to notch up a few more feature race wins.

“I’ve been taking all the old girls back off trainers and just fiddling around with them. I have been in greyhounds for 40 years, but haven’t trained for about eight years, so I’m still learning a lot at the moment by picking the brains of experts.”

“My sons Damien and Cameron are keen on training so that’s the reason why I got back into it. We have been having a great run of late and I told my sons you have good times and bad and we will just enjoy the moment and hopefully keep getting some good dogs.”

Martin and wife Fiona have become household names in greyhound racing for their astute breeding and rearing facilities at their Clergate property, just outside of Orange in New South Wales. Tricky Jade’s mother Navigator Miss, is a highly successful broodbitch, having produced the likes of Zipping Weston (29.50 at The Gardens) and Zipping Bruno (25.08 at Maitland), and is due to have a litter by Dyna Tron sometime next week.

The Hallinan’s also bred and raced multiple group one winner Mantra Lad, who is now a successful stud dog and continues the Hallinan dominance of breeding excellence Australia-wide.

2014 Group Three Ladies Bracelet Heats Reviewed

Four heats of the Group Three 2014 Ladies Bracelet were run and won at Wentworth Park on Saturday evening.

The first two from each heat progressed to next week’s $25,000 to-the-winner final, which should be a very competitive affair.

Quick Succession took the time honours for Victorian trainer Darren McDonald after she won the third heat in a flying 29.80.

Here is how the heats transpired;

Heat One

Smashing Sally (2) finished best to land the first heat for Tahmoor trainer Neil Falk in a personal best of 29.97.

After lobbing second from box two, the daughter of Hurricane Luke and Smashing Jen (Collision – World Secret) found the fence and set out in pursuit of the early leader Rose Of Galo (4). Last week’s Golden Easter Egg finalist Magic Display (5) had the sit on the pair in third as they headed to the back straight.

It developed into a case of whether or not the Queenslander, Rose Of Galo, was going to be able to stave of the efforts of the chasing duo behind her as they skipped away from the field.

But Smashing Sally railed with aplomb and finished hard and overhauled Rose of Galo in the concluding stages, scoring by 1 1/2 lengths from the early leader, with Magic Display further head away in third.

Heat Two

Series favourite Ritza Hattie (1) had to dig deep to win the second heat after engaging in a terrific battle with Zipping Summah (5).

The Mark Gatt trained daughter of Bombastic Shiraz and Midnight Flare (Spiral Nikita – Midnight Drama) found herself in second early after Zipping Summah (5) scorched out of the traps to lead at the post the first time in a slick first section of 5.40.

This ensured that the race was going to be an intriguing battle with Zipping Summah possessing plenty of strength, the only query being that she was first-up since November.

The pair quickly opened up a space on the rest of the field as they tore down the back straight with Zipping Summah maintaining a three length ascendency.

Ritza Hattie made good ground off the back and the pair entered the straight locked together.

Zipping Summah tried her heart out, but it was in vain as the classy Ritza Hattie managed to get the better of her, to win by three-quarters of a length in a rapid 29.87. The second reserve, Envy (10), finished in third place some 3 1/2 lengths away.

Heat Three

Quick Succession (2) led all the way to win a high quality third heat in 29.80 for astute Devon Meadows mentor Darren McDonald.

Beginning swiftly from box two, the daughter of Bombastic Shiraz and Spiral Siyan (Spiral Nikita – Flight And Life) did not have things all her own way and was forced to fight off challenges from some top quality greyhounds.

She went to the post the first time in 5.39 with Chica Destacada (7) parked right on her outside hind-quarters. The pair went hammer-and-tongs all the way to the home turn and, just when it appeared that Quick Succession had shaken off Chica Desticada, Irondale Bravo (3) emerged as a contender in a hurry.

Quick Succession had to show plenty of intestinal fortitude to stave off the efforts of Irondale Bravo and managed to hang on by a neck on the line to score with Chica Desticada just three-quarters of length away in third placing in an engrossing affair.

Heat Four

Richmond Vale Trainer Jason Mackay took out the last heat when Zipping Willow (4) showed a ton of strength and tenacity to get the chocolates in 29.96.

The daughter of Goodesy and Sirocco Lass (Bond – Many Tricks) was one of the last to leave the boxes and found her share of trouble in the initial stages as the early leader Lacey Lois (7) sped away, setting the fastest early split of the four heats (5.33).

But the 26kg black bitch was impressive, cutting a swathe through the field and blowing the whistle to whizz past Lacey Lois to hit the lead with a blistering mid-race turn of foot as the field came off the back.

Lucy Lips (2) and Where On Earth (6) were beginning to run on before colliding but Zipping Willow was simply too good, winning by 1 1/4 lengths from Lacey Lois with Crash Model a long way back in third place.

With an even spread of talent and just three lengths separating the four heat winners on times, next Saturday night’s final should be an engrossing affair with plenty of chances.

Preview Of The Group Three Ladies Bracelet Heats

Group racing continues at Wentworth Park on Saturday night with four heats of the Group Three Ladies Bracelet taking place over 520 metres at Wentworth Park. The race is open to the best 32 female greyhounds nominated and is worth $25,000 to the winner.

Here’s a look at the main chances in each heat:

Heat One – Group Three Ladies Bracelet (Race 5 at 8:50pm)

Golden Easter Egg finalist Magic Display (5) headlines the first heat. She has the same box as she did in last week’s Egg final and was unlucky not to lead as she was hampered by Buckle Up Wes (1) on the first turn. She has been beginning very consistently and that trait should put her in the race.

National Futurity winner Rue De Kahn (7) has missed the boat in her last two runs at Wentworth Park after failing to lead both times. This is her first go wearing the black rug. She’s won from box eight previously so she should be able to handle the outside. Her best time at Wentworth Park is 29.79. A return to that will see her go close.

Queen Marina (3) has been showing good box manners in her last few starts. She has won her last two at Gosford over 600 metres however she hasn’t nabbed a win in nine attempts at Wentworth Park.

The Kristy Sultana-Tim Caines partnership has been producing winners of late and they have Premier Mozz (6) jumping from box six. She has five wins at Wentworth Park to her credit and a best of 29.93. Her recent form has been average but with some luck it would be no surprise to see her feature.

Heat Two – Group Three Ladies Bracelet (Race 6 at 9:12pm)

Ritza Hattie (1) won the Group Three Ambrosoli last week, flying out from box four to record sizzling sectionals en route to her 29.47 win. Based on that form she is hard to beat. She performed extremely well through the Egg series with some bad luck costing her a chance of making the final.

My Kinda Music (6) had this box last week when she finished third in the New Sensation behind Hooksy. She is the track record holder at Temora and a very speedy conveyance. Her best time is 29.75.

Zipping Summah (5) has won three of her last four at Wentworth Park with a flying best of 29.61. She is strong and with a bit of room early, can show some early dash.

Heat Three – Group Three Ladies Bracelet (Race 6 at 9:35pm)

Darren McDonald will make the journey up from Victoria with Kiss Me Ketut’s sister, Quick Succession (2). She had a smart stewards trial last week in 29.76 and has had some fast wins at Geelong and Shepparton.

Irondale Bravo ran second behind Hooksy last week in the New Sensation. She won her semi-final of the series in 29.66 from a suitable outside draw. She’s had five runs at Wentworth Park for one win and two placings. She mixes box manners and hasn’t got a load of early pace, but she is strong.

Chica Destacada (7) has been racing without luck lately, finishing unplaced in the Maitland Cup and Easter Egg heats. She travelled to Albion Park last week for the heats of the Bogie Leigh Futurity, but just missed the final, running third. She likes Wentworth Park having won three from five. Her best is 29.73.

Lil Miss Sparkle (4) is a good each-way chance. She is an excellent beginner and will likely lead the field with a best first section of 5.32. She isn’t strong in the closing stages but has run 29.99.

Heat Four – Group Three Ladies Bracelet (Race 8 at 9:57pm)

Zipping Willow (4) was in the winner’s circle last week in 29.72 and she looks the likely favourite for this heat. Her best time is a flying 29.59. As long as she doesn’t find trouble early, she should be too good.

Jawlaa (8) put together three wins at Wentworth Park in March before a seventh last start. Her best is 29.90 and she needs to be up amongst the early leaders in order to feature.

Where On Earth (6) is a chance at odds. She has won three of her last four and is a consistent beginner. The only thing going against her is that she has failed to run a place from three starts out of box six.

Eleazar (1) is dropping back to 520 metres after racing over the staying trip. She has been leading most of her staying events and it will be interesting to see how she fares in the early stages of this race.

The two placegetters from each heat will go through to next Saturday’s final.

Tricky Jade Wins Rocky Ridge Dubbo Gold Cup And Breaks Track Record

Tricky Jade set the Dubbo 516 metre track alight with blinding speed to take out the 2014 Rocky Ridge Dubbo Gold Cup and register record a new track record in the process for Clergate trainer Martin Hallinan.

The zippy daughter of Bit Chili and Navigator Miss (Whiskey Assassin – Al Fresco) pinged the lids and found the fence by the post the first time and was always going to take a power of beating from that point.

Drama struck at the first turn when there was a mix-up of gargantuan proportions that not only ended the chances of more than half of the runners, but also saw Kulu Special (8) heading the wrong way back towards the field before she was expertly collared by a track attendant.

Meanwhile, Tricky Jade was carving out time in front with the imposing white figure of Manyana Groper (1) in pursuit, albeit in vain.

The further they went, the further Tricky Jade got away, eventually scoring by 4 3/4 lengths in a blistering 29.59 lowering old track-record of 29.63 set by Long Range a fortnight ago.

Manyana Groper finished a gallant second while Freddy’s Smile finished third.

The win was Tricky Jade’s tenth from 23 career starts and takes her career earning past $45,000.

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