This Thursday afternoon at will see the running of the Brodie Wells Electrical Future Stars final at Maitland, where an alluring $8,000 awaits the winner.
Cranebrook trainer Melinda Finn has three talented chasers engaged, with new 400m track record holder Winsome Jacko her best hope from box six. The son of the El Grand Senor and Ramblinâ Ruby sent tongues wagging during the heats last week, clocking a sensational time of 21.98. Finn also has two other lives chances in Winsome Mission, who recorded a sizzling time of 22.20 and Winsome Bluey who qualified in 22.51. All three greyhounds will line up side by side from boxes four, five and six.
Londonderry trainer Christine Proctorâs chances were given a boost when the box draw was released yesterday, with smart youngster Lord Gee coming up with the inside alley. The son of El Grand Senor and Oh Em Gee was superb last week, clocking a fast time of 22.45 from box three. Proctorâs other finalist Master Gee will face a tough test from box seven, however he did display good early pace last week to cross and lead throughout from box eight in a flying time of 22.38.
Brodie Wells Electrical Future Stars â Maitland 400m:
Box One â Lord Gee (Christine Proctor): Despite missing the start last week, is perfectly drawn in box one to take advantage of a rails run. Recorded a fast time of 22.45 last week, with a sensational run home of 6.58.
Box Two â Gauge This (Walter Simmons): Did everything right last week from box six and can improve on the clock after suffering some interference heading around the turn. Clocked 22.73 in his heat and will be given every chance from a favourable draw.
Box Three â Lord Licrick (Robert Green): Showed great acceleration last week to get across from box seven, clocking a speedy time of 22.51, with an impressive run home of 6.68. A genuine railer who should take advantage of this box draw and put himself into the race in the latter stages.
Box Four â Winsome Bluey (Melinda Finn): After stumbling at the start, railed underneath the leader on the home turn to clock a fast time of 22.51. Will need to significantly improve his box manners after coming up with a difficult draw.
Box Five â Winsome Mission (Melinda Finn): Was brilliant last week from box six in a sizzling time of 22.20, with a flying run home 6.55. A poor box draw wonât help his chances after a slow start last week, however look for him to flash home at the finish.
Box Six â Winsome Jacko (Melinda Finn): Labelled a superstar after breaking the track record last week, clocking a blistering time of 21.98. Box six will be the only concern for his trainer, however if he gets any room to move early we should see him salute in fine style and carve out another impressive time.
Box Seven â Master Gee (Christine Proctor): Recorded a sensational time of 22.38 in his heat last week and mustered good early pace from box eight. Will be right in this with a repeat performance of last week and is drawn inside a risky beginner.
Box Eight â Airbourne Miss (Allan Mcgowan): Produced the biggest upset from the heats last week from box five, recording a smart time of 22.69 and a sizzling 6.59 run home. Being a risky beginner wont help her chances getting across from the wide draw, however she showed good stamina and can figure at the finish.
The final will be run and won at 6.02pm EDST.
It was well and truly ladies day at Maitland yesterday afternoon, with astute female trainer Melinda Finn dominating the Brodie Wells Electrical Future Stars heats, notching up three winners and a track record in the process. No greyhound in the history of racing at Maitland had broken the 22-second barrier, until yesterday.
Winsome Jacko went into heat three well supported by punters at $1.80 and despite a slow exit from box eight, showed a brilliant turn of acceleration at the top of the turn to streak away by six and a quarter lengths in an astounding time of 21.98. The previous record of 22.11 had been held by Barry Evans’ Little Ed since March of 2012, who fittingly took out the GBOTA Sprint Series Final and was trackside to witness his record fall. Jason Mackay’s talented chaser Zipping Midge battled on gamely, however this truly gifted greyhound is undoubtedly racing’s newest sensation.
“He didn’t begin that well, but I was really glad he had box eight and got plenty of room to move,” said delighted trainer Melinda Finn.
“I expected him to go well because he’s been trialling very fast there, but probably didn’t expect him to break 22 seconds.”
The son of El Grand Senor and Ramblin’ Ruby will be joined by litter mates Winsome Mission and Winsome Blue, who were outstanding in their respective heats, clocking times of 22.20 and 22.51. Winsome Mission jumped from box six and emulated his brother’s turn of speed to round up the early leaders, clocking a flying run home of 6.55. Winsome Blue stepped out in the final heat from box one and took full advantage of an inside draw. Railing underneath his rivals, the 35kg heavyweight took the lead half way around the turn, saluting by three quarters of a length at the finish.
“The whole litter is very fast. Winsome Mission broke in the best and I was really happy with how he came out. When you breed them, break them in and train them, it gives you a real kick when they perform like this.”
Finn could be forgiven for planning well and truly ahead of next week’s final, with the Cranebrook trainer illustrating her desire to nurture her talented youngsters through the grades.
“They’re only 18 months old and I don’t want to rush them yet. I’ll just work them through the grades at different tracks, because there’s plenty of time for the big races.”
Londonderry trainer Christine Proctor also had a memorable afternoon at the Hunter Valley circuit, notching up two heat winners with litter brothers Lord Gee and Master Gee. Lord Gee stepped out in the opening heat from box three and after a moderate getaway, railed underneath the leaders to salute by one and three quarter lengths in 22.45. Master Gee started from box eight in heat six at skinny odds of $1.60, and rewarded punters enthusiasm, virtually leading all the way in a flying run of 22.38. The 34kg heavyweight by El Grand Senor out of Oh Em Gee is a definite star on the rise and will be well supported once again in next week’s final.
Lord Licrick for owner-trainer Robert Green came into this series after a very impressive 22.69 performance trial at Richmond and didn’t disappoint from box seven, clocking a smart time of 22.51. The son of Oak’s Road and Myron’s Angel saluted by three and a quarter lengths at the finish, with a solid run home time of 6.68.
The biggest upset of the day came in heat seven, when $17.30 outsider Airbourne Miss began well from box five and brushed off his rivals at the top of the turn, scoring by three and a quarter lengths in a smart time of 22.69. Owned and trained locally by Allan Mcgowan, this talented son of Knocka Norris and Dis Low Kate clocked a sizzling run home time of 6.59 and thoroughly deserves his place in next week’s final.
The box draw for next Thursday afternoon’s $8,000 to the winner final will be released on Monday.
Eight heats of the Brodie Wells Electrical Future Stars Series will be run and won at Maitland this afternoon, with some outstanding prospects on debut over the 400 metres. This extremely popular event will again carry a winner’s purse of $7,000, which will be presented to winning connections next Thursday.
Shelby Thunder (7) will make his debut in heat one from for trainer Deen Parkinson after an impressive 22.73 performance trial at the track last week. Leading all the way from box five, this impeccably bred son of Cosmic Rumble and Cindeen Shelby will be well supported by punters, despite exiting from box seven. Shelby Thunder appears to have inherited some of his mother’s notable early speed after clocking a fast first sectional of 5.31.
Gauge This (6) and Harry Bailey (8) will step out in heat two, with both greyhounds recording an outstanding time of 22.68 in their respective performance trials at Maitland. Walter Simmons’ Gauge This is a son of Lochinvar Marlow and Hail Queenie and was brilliant last week, leading all the way and scoring by five lengths at the finish. Harry Bailey is another promising youngster from renowned breeders Brett and Deborah May, with the son of Brett Lee and Daydream prepared by astute trainer Anthony Azzopardi. Exiting from box five last week, Harry Bailey saluted by two lengths and recorded a fast early split of 5.28, which will help him get across from the wide alley.
It wouldn’t be a maiden series without Martin and Fiona Hallinan making an impact and Zipping Midge (1) is looking to do just that in heat three. The daughter of Fabregas and Zipping Jewel sizzled around Maitland two weeks ago in 22.65 and is certain to be familiar with the 400m distance, being prepared by master Hunter Valley trainer Jason Mackay. In-form trainer Melinda Finn will be looking to continue her winning ways with Winsome Jacko, who will exit from box eight in the same heat and comes off a flying 26.19 performance trial at Bulli. This son of El Grand Senor and Ramblin’ Ruby will certainly test this field at the finish.
In heat four, Winsome Jacko’s litter mate Winsome Mission will start from box six after a brilliant 25.50 performance trial over the 450m two weeks. Trainer Melinda Finn has decided drop the son of El Grand Senor and Ramblin’ Ruby back in distance and he will have to overcome a tricky draw to figure prominently in this event.
Finn will again unleash another talented prodigy from El Grand Senor and Ramblin’ Ruby in heat five, with Winsome Warrior (6) simply outstanding at Richmond on Saturday night, recording 22.66 over the 400m and blitzing his rivals from box seven. Despite another awkward box draw, this greyhound illustrated blinding speed in his only trial and should post a smart time with a repeat performance. Looking to upset the favourite with be Lord Licrick (7) for owner-trainer Robert Green. This son of Oaks Road and Myron’s Angel performance trialled a month ago at Richmond and was equally impressive over the 400 in 22.69. Green will be confident with his charges chances, particularly being drawn inside a slow beginner.
Christine Proctor has another live chance in heat six with Master Gee (8), who clocked a sizzling time of 22.56 at this track in a performance trial last month. The 35kg son of El Grand Senor and Oh Em Gee destroyed his rivals by nine and a quarter lengths from box five and makes his racing debut from box eight.
Two outstanding prospects will line up in the final heat of the day, with Melinda Finn’s Winsome Bluey exiting from box one. The son of El Grand Senor and Ramblin’ Ruby finished second to Winsome Jacko in a performance trial at Bulli two weeks ago, clocking a fast time of 26.25 over the 472m. The 36kg heavyweight showed a great turn of acceleration and should handle this track and distance with ease. Beautifully bred chaser Petal Sannette also finished second in her only performance trial to date, clocking a speedy time of 22.71 earlier this month at Maitland. The Kevin Johnson trained daughter of Cosmic Rumble and Bloss Sannette battled on gamely behind Zipping Midge and expect a big showing from box two.
All eight heat winners will move through to next week’s $7,000 final, which was won last year by Devine Awe in a time of 22.52 for local trainer Pat Parrelli.
It was a case of deja vu at Gosford tonight with another track record falling, this time over the 400 metres. Tracey Bruceâs talented sprinter Cawbourne Havoc returned from a 12-week spell and shattered the previous record held by All Tommie, clocking 22.47 in an astonishing display.
This beautifully bred son of Brett Lee and American Spot reduced the record set in 2012 by 0.14, with a sizzling early split of 10.50 and an equally impressive run home time of 12.00. Bruce was elated with the performance, which she watched with her family at their Hunter Valley property.
âI couldnât believe it when I saw the time. The kids and I were cheering for him to win and I was so happy he did, then when I saw the time I started to cry.â
âI wasnât sure whether the Iâd read the time correctly and my ten year old kept saying it was right.â
Exiting from box seven in the Masters event, Marie Burtonâs Soaring Eagle was made the $1.80 favourite from box one, however the race was all over in a matter of seconds once the black and white flash jumped straight to the lead and gapped his rivals by six lengths at the finish.
Cawbourne Havoc had his last race start at The Gardens back on July 18, where he finished last over the 515 metres after finding a heap of trouble. Bruce acknowledged that despite a hindering wrist injury, the talent this greyhound possesses is simply stunning.
âHe has broken track records before but only in trials so unfortunately it doesnât count. Heâs such a beautiful dog and nothing ever worries him. The cat can walk past his kennel and he wonât even move.â
Cawbourne Havoc recorded his fifteenth career win tonight from start number forty one and appears to be showing no signs of slowing down even at three and a half years of age.
âHe has terrible wrist problems and that prevents him from racing all the time. He always does well off a spell and I couldnât be happier at his age to still be running such fast times.â
Bruce is an extremely family orientated woman and was quick to acknowledge the hard work her husband Jarred and son Chase put into their training operations.
âIâm just so happy for my husband and son Chase. He always talks about track records, even if he doesnât know the person and he gets so excited when a dog breaks the record. I can only imagine how heâs feeling right now.â
âMy husband and son do all the hard work going to trials and the race track, whilst I stay at home and focus more on the fitness side of the dogs. We havenât had much luck lately so hopefully this is the start of a good run.â
This victory was made even more special with Bruceâs father recently having major heart surgery, with early reports the operation was a resounding success.
In what is a wonderful reward for perseverance and hard work, greyhound racing is always capable of providing a moment of jubilation that can put the biggest smile on someoneâs face even in the most testing of times.
Winsome Prince further enhanced his reputation as one of the most exciting youngsters in New South Wales with a dominant performance in a 4/5th grade heat yesterday at Maitland.
Trained by Minnie Finn, the son of Barcia Bale and Winsome Shiraz stepped evenly from box eight before mustering pace and assuming the front around the first turn.
Once in the lead it was a case of times and margins as the black chaser sprinted to the line four-and-one-quarter lengths clear in a sizzling 25.07.
The victory was his seventh from as many starts, with a barnstorming success in this yearâs Group Three Dapto Maiden also among those wins.
Finn made the trip up to the Hunter Valley circuit from Cranebrook, near Richmond, expecting a good performance from her exciting pup.
âWe thought he would go alright because he was well boxed out in the eightâ, Finn said.
âHe has usually got good speed, that is why he is going so well. He didn’t come out all that good yesterday and he had to put the pedal to the metal to get to the front.â
Winsome Prince had trialled at the track on Monday in preparation for his Maitland debut, clocking a nearly identical time of 25.05.
Based on this, Finn said that she was originally a little disappointed with the time recorded on Thursday.
âI thought he would have went quicker and we were a bit disappointed with the time but he cracked an outside toenail, so that could have been the problem.â
Finn is optimistic that the cracked toenail will not cause a setback to her star sprinter and that he will be able to take his place in next weekâs $1500 final.
However, she is not prepared to risk him if there is any uncertainty closer to race day.
âAt this stage we are hoping (it will be ok), but we will just see how he goes through the week. If it is not right we will have to scratch him.â
It is the perfect time of the year to have an exciting young dog in your kennel, with the Group One Vic Peters heats being run at Wentworth Park this Saturday.
Despite the allure of the $75,000 winnerâs cheque, Finn decided to steer clear of headquarters and the big one to allow Winsome Prince some more time to mature.
âHe is not experienced enough, he would have been giving a lot away (to the other dogs). If we had a bit more time to school him around there we might have gone in it but we didn’t have time to trial.â
âWe have a good opinion of him, he is a fast dog and he has got speed but he is only young.â
âThatâs why we took him to Maitland and haven’t taken him to Wenty yet, we just wanted to get a bit of age on him and let him find his feet and then we will head to town.â
If he is fit and well by next Thursday, Winsome Prince looks to be the leading contender heading into the final, although it will be a harder task than his heat. The other qualifier was taken out by Remember Ross in a quick 25.17.
Finn said she is not too concerned about the box draw for the final which should be released on Monday afternoon.
âIt doesn’t really matter where he is drawn as long as the dogs either side of him don’t go left or right.â
âHe had bad boxes at Dapto and could handle them so it is just a matter of getting left alone for those first few strides and then he has got the pace to take off.â
Finn is contemplating taking Winsome Prince to the city after next Thursday to see if he can handle the step up in grade. With his combination of speed, strength and field sense, all signs at this early stage indicate that he should turn into a top class chaser down the track.
âWe will probably take him to Wenty and give him a couple of trials before we put him in around there.â
âWe are excited about him- and thatâs why we are taking him along slowly, he is only young.â
âAt this stage he is going good. He still has to take the big boys on down the track but he is ticking all the boxes so farâ.
A $20m war chest can be delivered to the NSW greyhound racing industry, provided a wagering tax cut is rubber stamped by the Baird government.
This was just one of a raft of improvements recommended from a 12 month Parliamentary Inquiry into the ailing sport’s fortunes.
The government-appointed Select Committee found clear evidence that greater communication should exist between stake holders and the governing body, GRNSW. To this end, GRNSW has been asked to report back to the Government in six months with an expectation of a greater consultative process.
Similarly, the government remains uneasy about GRNSW’s accountability in the marketplace and seeks a working party’s input to establish the merit of the current administration.
However, separating the froth and bubble from the 18 recommendations, which were tabled to the government, indeed, is proving harder than extracting a wisdom tooth.
Rather than rubber stamp the Select Committee’s extensive wish list, the Government has provided “in principle support” for many of the critical reforms.
Greyhound Inquiry Chairman Robert Borsak was not phased by the government’s reponse.
“They did the best they could, under the circumstances,” Borsak said.
“It was always going to be a tall order but their support to our recommendations are critical to the overall process.”
While industry-wide consultation was a big ticket item to emerge from the Inquiry, the establishment of an Integrity Commissioner also went hand in hand with the Select Committee’s recommendations.
When Goulburn trainer Denice Warren slips the pink stretch vest on to Dusty Moonshine for Saturday night’s Sydney Cup at Wentworth Park, there will be more than Group Three glory or the $25,000 first prize at stake.
Warren’s 29kg blue bitch could earn herself a trip to Victoria to pursue further spoils if she manages to prove her worth against quality opposition on Saturday night. The Group Three final will provide the perfect litmus test that sways the decision either way.
“The Victorian stayers are just miles ahead at the moment,” Warren told ARG.
“They have a great crop of greyhounds and if Dusty Moonshine wants to compete against them in their own backyard, she is going to need to show us that she is good enough here.”
Dusty Moonshine’s breeding needs little introduction. She is by El Grand Senor out of Kiacatoo Pearl (History Lesson – Naughty Thoughts), which makes her a half sister to Wentworth Park track record holder Shakey Jakey.
Dusty Moonshine has set two track records herself, both over the longer trips at Gosford and Dapto. However Warren is yet to be convinced that she is ready to race in elite company.
“She may be just a length or so off being a genuine Group dog, she can tend to have a little bit of a flat spot in the middle of her races. For her to earn a trip to Victoria and for this little old lady to go on a drive down the highway, she needs to prove it to me here.”
Warren is grateful that the owners of Dusty Moonshine have shown loyalty to her and appreciates the opportunity that she has with such a talent.
“I have told them that if they want to send her to a Victorian trainer or give her a go with someone else that they can, but they have said that they want her with me. They said it has taken long enough for them to get me a good one and that they are not going to take it from under me.”
Warren’s late father Frank Day had great success with harness racers and Warren says she has seen the liberties that successful trainers and it allows her to appreciate how hard the work can be when you do not have those same luxuries.
“My Dad had some very good horses, sometimes it would be nice to just have good ones keep coming in the front door and out the back door. He had two Miracle Mile winners. But reality is that most of the dogs you get are going to have their problems, you just have to put in the hard work and do your best.”
Dusty Moonshine finished third to Zipping Rory in her heat last week. Warren says she is capable of better.
“I think the small field may have helped Zipping Rory get to the front. Dusty Moonshine may be able to lead this week and she is a much better dog when she is on the bunny.”
Warren summed up the opportunity to compete in the final in optimistic terms and hinted that the outcome is literally in the lap of the Gods.
“You really just have to be grateful that you are there and that you are in with a chance, I’m crossing my fingers. We are just hoping she can do it, I’ll have to go to church on Saturday to try and help her out.”
The Sydney Cup is Race Eight at Wentworth Park and scheduled to jump at 9:47pm.
The October long weekend always promises to be a memorable one at Coonamble Greyhound Club, with the running of the annual Maiden series, with $10,000 presented to winning connections on Monday afternoon.
Thirteen heats were conducted on Saturday afternoon; with some brilliant first-up performances include debutant Spring James, who recorded a fast time of 17.42 over the 301m distance. Trainer Gregory Board made every second of his four-hour trip from Orange worth it, successful with three of his four starters and a second placing. Spring Marcus will join Spring James in the final, after clocking a smart time of 17.68 in heat one.
South Penrith trainer Michael Hodges also had a memorable afternoon, with two impressive winners making Mondayâs final and Dance On Air clocking the next best of the day in 17.63. Set It Off will also represent the Hodges kennel in the final, with a strong heat win clocking 17.65. Other heat winners included Lady Jay for Karen Sanderson (17.67), Duck Down Valley for Desmond Winter (17.71), Freak Show for Terry Callen (17.71), Head High for Dave Pringle (17.73), Just Missed for Shannon Ellis (17.76), Spring Major for Gregory Board (17.79), Local Fatboy for Michael Hodges (17.83), Lorian Bolt for Barry Coyte (17.95) and Nosey Morgan for Byron Phillips (18.07).
The fastest eight winners move through to Monday afternoonâs Global HR Final, with the winner taking home $10,000.
The weekendâs proceedings kicked off on Friday with two non-tab meetings in the morning and another at night. A huge crowd was in attendance to witness three heats of the Multicam Routers 530m series, with Dave Pringleâs Grader Jack recording a sizzling time of 30.55.
Friday eveningâs meeting saw two heats of the 21st Century Meats run and won over the 400m, with Dennis Barnes chaser Rockinâ Fancy the fastest heat winner in a time of 23.16. The beautifully bred son of Spring Gun and Flash Fancy recorded his third win from start number five and will be very hard to beat in Mondayâs $2,000 final.
Two heats of the www.australianracinggreyhound.com series for greyhounds with no more than five career wins were held over 530m, with Dennis Barnes successful once again. Fancy Lola clocked a brilliant time of 30.51, giving the Cudal trainer another strong chance of taking out the final worth $2,000 to the winner.
Six best eight races were conducted on Friday, with Most Arrogant for Len Haaring taking out the $1,000 Tony Reilly Memorial Final in 17.59, recording her fourteenth career win. Dennis Barnes notched up another winner with All Too Fancy victorious in the Coonamble Bowling Club Final over 400m, worth $1,000, whilst Allen Ivers took out the second Coonamble Bowling Club Final over 530m with Sheâs Ayce, and collected $500 in prizemoney. The final two races of the day saw Sapphire Madam for Shannon Ellis take out the Heikens Supa IGA Final over 301m in 17.52 and Wiley Warhorse triumphant for Kevin Buckley in the Terminus Hotel Final in 23.36, with both trainers collecting $500 for their efforts.
Saturday morningâs meeting included the running of the Rocky Ridge Farm Final over 400m, with first reserve Uniting Cargo saluting for trainer Ron Steel in 23.50. Two heats of the $2,000 Coonamble Shire Council Cup were also conducted over 301m for greyhounds with one to five wins, with Peter Dunneâs Never Looked clocking the fastest heat time of 17.59. Four heats of the Woy Woy Poultry Super Maiden Series were also run and won with Heâs Zarr Badger for Colin Miller recording the fastest time over the 400m of 23.10.
Racing will recommence on Monday morning at 9am, with all the big finals to be decided in the afternoon, starting at 1pm.
Below are some snapshots from a packed Coonamble Carnival on day one. Thanks to Terry Callen!
GAR 14 (6): A person who on demand being made by a member of the Controlling Body pursuant to sub- rule (5) fails or refuses to furnish his correct name and address, shall be guilty of an offence.
GAR 86 (f) (iii): A person (including an official) shall be guilty of an offence if the person engages in, publishes or causes to be published, broadcasts or causes to be broadcast, the use of any contemptuous, unseemly, improper, insulting, or offensive language, conduct or behaviour in any manner or form towards, or in relation to the Controlling Body, or a member of the Controlling Body.
The Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) Integrity Department has finalised deliberations on penalty after registered attendant Susan Absalom was found guilty in relation to two charges emanating from an incident at the Richmond Race Club meeting on 7 May 2014.
GRNSW Integrity Officer Norm Becroft delivered a report on the incident on the evening of 7 May 2014, detailing the incident said to have occurred at or around the kennel block at Richmond at around 6.45pm.
An inquiry was conducted over two days on 17 June 2014 and 3 September 2014. Evidence was taken on 17 June from Ms Absalom, who tendered a written statement, Mr Becroft, Leroy Della Casa and Mr Warren Absalom. Application for assistance by Dennis Carl on behalf of Ms Absalom on 17 June was denied however recourse to adjournments to seek support and advice at any stage was granted. At Ms Absalomâs request the 17 June proceedings were recorded on video as well as audio.
After consideration of the evidence given on 17 June Ms Absalom was asked at the hearing on 3 September to answer a charge under GAR 14 (6) of having furnished a false name upon request by Mr Becroft as an official of the Controlling Body.
Additionally she was also asked to answer a charge under GAR 86 (f) (iii) of having engaged in the use of insulting behaviour towards a member of the Controlling Body in that she directed words towards Mr Becroft in a loud and insulting manner.
Ms Absalom pleaded not guilty to both charges. After consideration of the further submissions from Ms Absalom, Mr Della Casa and Mr Absalom, both charges were confirmed. She was then given time to prepare written submissions, references and other material for consideration in any penalty.
After consideration of this material, Ms Absalom was advised on 2 October 2014 of the decision to impose a period of disqualification of four months on both charges. This means that she would be free to apply for registration as of 1 February 2015. She was advised of her right of appeal.
In considering penalty weight was given to the adverse effects such public behaviour has on the image of greyhound racing, the fact that this is the second such charge Ms Absalom had been found guilty of in the past two years, her behaviour during the course of the two hearings, her failure to acknowledge the offences through the not guilty pleas, the need for industry and employee protection from such behaviour, and the expectation that a leading industry official carries a burden of responsibility to the industry above that of normal standards.
Mitigating these factors were Ms Absalomâs contribution as a honorary Greyhound Breeders, Owners and Trainers Association official over a long period, and references of support from other industry officials and participants.
Beau Hedleyâs boom youngster Avondale Al is the new Gosford 515m track record holder, after a devastating performance last night, clocking 29.14.
The son of Mogambo and Avondale Miss came tantilisingly close to breaking the record last week, clocking 29.31 and missed out by just 0.01 of a second. Stepping out in race ten, this gifted chaser began brilliantly from box three, recording sizzling sectionals of 4.39 and 16.57, with a run home time of 12.57. The black flash set the Central Coast track alight, scoring by twelve and a quarter lengths, annihilating the previous record held of 29.30 held by Lochinvar Curl, since May 2012.
At just his second race start tonight for part ownerâs Beau Hedley and Mick Brown, Avondale Al set tongues wagging last week on debut, with many people predicting the record would go this week. Trainer Hedley was âover the moonâ with his charges performance last night and thereâs no doubt this pup who is just 23 months old, has an enormous future on the race track.
“I told Mick after he trialled at Gosford in 29.37 that you know this dog will probably run 29.10. We are off to Wenty now and if he can stay unbeaten I will put him into the Vic Peters”, explained Hedley.
Avondale Alâs dam Avondale Miss was no stranger to success herself. She held the Gardens 400m record and won fifteen races from twenty seven starts for trainer Jason Mackay. Her first litter to Mogambo also includes Avondale Storm, who was very impressive at Maitland on debut two weeks ago in 25.49 and is engaged at The Gardens this Saturday night over 515m. Avondale Miss had nine pups to Collision back in January and is currently in pup to Swift Fancy.
The Coonamble Greyhound Racing Club has a very long and successful history. For over forty years the club has held the biggest non tab carnival in Australia.
Trainers come from all over the country to try their luck over the three days of racing. The biggest race on the calendar is the maiden 301, which this year is sponsored by Jamie McHugh and his company Global Hr. Jamie grew up in Coonamble and still has family in the town and involved in the club. The heats are on the Saturday, with the final on the Monday.
Jamie and his brother Leith also sponsor the Shinner Ryan Memorial race which is in memory of Shinner, who was the caller for many years. Another memorial race on the program is the Tony Finlay Memorial. Tony served as secretary for over 30 years and was instrumental in making the club what it is today.
Coonamble is a small regional town with a population of 3,000. It’s a farming community located on the banks of the Castlereagh River and is situated 1.5 hours north of Dubbo.
The whole town looks forward to the carnival, with many local business sponsoring the club and most of the locals attending the carnival. With eight bookmakers and a full bar and canteen available, itâs a great weekend out.
This year Coonamble has a new promotion thanks to the sponsorship of Brad Canty, who is sponsoring the Cantyâs Coonamble Cash. Following kennelling and prior to the running of the first race at all of the race meetings over the carnival, a runner will be drawn from that meeting on track. The greyhoundâs connections will receive $500.00 cash. If that greyhound wins its event connections will receive an additional $2,000.00 cash.
Over the years there has been some spectacular greyhounds run in the carnival. The first runner to win the maiden was Zeiton in 1973 in a time of 18.15. The best time for this event was in 2010 with Press Statement running a record breaking 16.96. The winner last year was Maloo Keeping, trained locally in Dubbo.
Another highlight of the carnival is the calcutta, which is held at the Terminus Hotel. After the calcutta there is a bbq and get together at the track to watch the NRL grand final. All trainers and connections are invited to attend this free afternoon.
An event of this size does not happen overnight. The carnival involves a great deal of work, both behind the scenes and during the carnival. The executive and the committee would like to thank all the sponsors and volunteers for all their hard work.
The carnival is a good example of country racing at its best and we hope to see you all there.
Editors Note :
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GAR 86 (d):
A person shall be guilty of an offence if the person being an owner, trainer, attendant or person having official duties in relation to greyhound racing, makes a false or misleading statement in relation to an investigation, examination, test or inquiry, or makes or causes to be made a falsification in a document in connection with greyhound racing or the registration of a greyhound.
GAR 86 (o)
A person shall be guilty of an offence if the person has, in relation to a greyhound or greyhound racing, done a thing, or omitted to do a thing, which, in the opinion of the Stewards or the Controlling Body, as the case may be, is negligent, dishonest, corrupt, fraudulent or improper, or constitutes misconduct;
Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) stewards have concluded an inquiry into alleged fraudulent business transactions between registered participant Michael Certoma and Angela Meimetis from South Australia.
After receiving a complaint from Ms Meimetis, GRNSW commenced investigations into advertisements and alleged fraudulent transactions initiated by Mr Certoma over a period of time around June 2013.
During a recorded interview between Mr Certoma and GRNSW Investigator William Beekman, Mr Certoma recanted his initial denials of any wrongdoing. He subsequently made full admissions that he had acted fraudulently in seven greyhound related transactions with Ms Meimetis, obtaining money by deception.
Mr Certoma was charged with a breach of GAR 86 (d) in that he gave false and misleading evidence in relation to an inquiry, and also with a breach of GAR 86 (o) for fraudulent conduct. Mr Certoma was found guilty of both charges.
Mr Certoma was disqualified for a period of 12 months with regards to the breach of 86 (d), and for a period of five years for the breach of 86 (o), with both periods to be served concurrently, expiring on 11 September 2019.
In determining penalty, stewards took into consideration the nature of the offences, lack of contrition by Mr Certoma, initial denial of guilt, the poor image these matters have portrayed for the industry, previous penalties imposed for such breaches, and general deterrence for similar behaviour.
Mr Certoma was advised of his right of appeal.
Cooranbong trainer Beau Hedley unleashed a talented youngster on the racing scene last Monday, with Medusaâs Me Mum most impressive in a heat of the Macro Meats Maiden Series.
Exiting from box five in heat one, the daughter of Cosmic Rumble and Magic Medusa started as the $2.50 favourite and didnât disappoint punters, clocking a best of the night time of 29.93. After getting a good start, the 25kg chaser took the lead around the first turn, streaking away at the finish to score by four and three quarter lengths.
The victory was not only pleasing for Hedley, but even more so for owner Linda Henderson, whose experienced some extremely difficult times in recent months and thoroughly deserved something to smile about.
âLinda is a great lady who has been through some tough times recently and I was so pleased for her after the race. Hopefully she can keep improving from her and we can have some fun,â said Hedley.
After clocking a sizzling time of 25.19 in a performance trial at Maitland two weeks ago, Hedley was confident of her chances heading into Monday nightâs race.
âI told Linda if she gets left along for the first few strides she will be hard to beat. Her performance trial at Maitland was very good and Iâm really happy she has drawn box eight on Saturday night. It should give her some room to move.â
Paua Explosion was also impressive in her heat for trainer Steve White; clocking 30.00 from box one in heat two. After missing the start from box one, the daughter of Head Bound and Paua To Erupt sat behind the early leader, taking over in the back straight and saluted by one and a half lengths.
Other heat winners included Karma Connie (30.12), Lagoon Kootchy (30.27), Talkin Fancy (30.34), Peejay Jack (30.60) and Devine Raider (30.76).
Box draw for $10,000 Macro Meats Maiden Final:
1. Talkin Fancy â Dennis Barnes
2. Devine Raider â Pat Parrelli
3. Peejay Jack â Amy Bennett
4. Fantastic Spiral â Jason Fletcher
5. Lagoon Kootchy â Raymond Webster
6. Paua Explosion â Steve White
7. Karma Connie â Peter Honnery
8. Medusaâs Me Mum â Beau Hedley
Superstar bitch Xylia Allen stamped her authority on yet another Group race series when she set the time standard in the heats of the Chairmans Cup at Wentworth Park on Saturday night.
The black flash was as dominant as ever en route to her 40th career win, roaring away to win by 5 1/2 lengths in a slick 41.76, which is 0.23 seconds outside the track record she set back in April.
After beginning on terms with the field from box six, Xylia Allen quickly found the front in the first heat. Gold Affair Two (8) managed to remain within a length of her until they passed the post the first time before the champion proceeded to give a quality field a galloping exhibition.
The daughter of Turanza Bale and Tayah Bale (Droopys Vieri – Francesca Bale) notched up her 12th win from her last 14 starts and is likely to be sent out as favourite for next Saturday’s $25,000 to-the-winner event.
Gold Affair Two hung on for second placing with Bailey Rose a further 2 1/4 lengths back in third. Zipping Rory (5) claimed fourth to also advance to the final.
The second heat saw a boilover when the Peter Daprain trained Zipping Maggie (3) showed the virtue of racing on the pace to defeat recent National Distance Champion Sweet It Is by 2 1/4 lengths in 42.00.
The daughter of Turanza Bale and Natalie Rass (Malfoy – Al Fresco) was fourth away but worked her way to the front by the post the first time.
She wasted no time in putting a margin on the field, opening up a four-length ascendency heading into the back straight. A margin she would maintain until the final stages of the race.
All eyes were on the odds-on favourite Sweet It Is (4) who was finding her fair share of trouble back in the field. By the time she found some space it was too late and she could only manage to run home for second.
The win was the 27-month old bitch’s 10th from just 20 starts and, given it was her first run at Wentworth Park, she may be open to improvement in the final.
Liara Allen (2) hung on for third place while My Asuncion (8) booked a place in the final with a fourth placing.
The box draw for the Group Three 2014 Charimans Cup Final is as follows;
1 – Bailey Rose (Eddie Lieshout)
2 – My Asuncsion (Adele Powell)
3 – Zipping Maggie (Peter Daprain)
4 – Sweet It Is (Darren McDonald)
5 – Xylia Allen (Jenny Hunt)
6 – Zipping Rory (Bethany Daprain)
7 – Liara Allen (Steve Collins)
8 – Gold Affair Two (Robert Britton)
9 – Dyna Willow (Steve Collins)
10 – Queen Marina (Nolene Holloway)
Anthony Azzopardiâs chaser Shoulders was simply brilliant in taking out the Dapto Megastar Prelude Friday night, clocking a flying time of 29.69 over the 520m distance.
Shoulders started from box four as the $2.30 race favourite and began well to sit in second position behind early leader Lacy Louis. The 33kg son of Cosmic Rumble and Bit Stressed took the lead at the top of the home turn and accelerated away to score comfortably at the finish by five and half-lengths. Lacey Louis was gallant in defeat and finished second, whilst Woods finished in third position.
Even more pleasing for Azzopardi is Shoulders drew the one box last night and will go into next weekâ final with a strong chance of claiming his first Group One final.
Three of the five invited finalists performed exhibition trials at Dapto last night, with Queensland chaser Flash Reality clocking an impressive 29.78, whilst recent Group One National Sprint Champion Chica Destacada clocked 30.18 and multiple Group winner Ritza Hattie clocked 30.26.
The box draw for next weekâs $75,000 to the winner final is:
1 – Shoulders – Anthony Azzopardi
â¨2 – Chica Destacada – Doreen Drynanâ¨
3 – Tommy Brislane – Steve Whiteâ¨
4 – Flash Reality – Tony Brettâ¨
5 – Woods – Marie Burtonâ¨
6 – Ritza Hattie – Mark Gattâ¨
7 – Zipping Willow – Jason Mackay
â¨8 – Lacey Lois – Peter Acers
If you could select a trio of stayers that you’d hope to see contest a Group Three event, chances are that all the greyhounds you select are taking part in the 2014 Chairmans Cup series at Wentworth Park, which kicks off this Saturday night.
The heats of the $25,000 to-the-winner event features the two big guns of Australian “half-mile” racing in Xylia Allen and Sweet It Is.
Xylia Allen has done it all, eight track records, multiple Group One victories over both sprint and distance trips and is the greatest Australian stakes earner of all time.
Sweet It Is is a triple Group One winner who possesses an exciting finishing burst in her races.
Add to those two the former Wentworth Park track record holder Dyna Willow, who has also won multiple Group events at Wentworth Park and it has the makings of a classic series.
The race was first conducted over the 732 metre trip on the grass of Harold Park in 1984 before moving to Wentworth park in 1988, also on the grass surface. It has been conducted over the current 720 metre loam journey since 1992.
The honour roll boasts such names as Miss Cruise (1994), Sharden Blaze (1998), Yaroun Express (2000), Chinatown Lad (2008), Amity Bale (2009) and Shimaguni (2011).
Here is a look at the two heats;
Race 6 – Chairmans Cup Heat 1 – 9:15pm
1 – Avondale Maurick (Ron Bell) – A good beginner and a winner of 12 from 38 who loves box one. He has only won two from 10 over this trip and will need to find the front and hope he can hang on for a place in this sort of field.
2 – Dusty Moonshine (Denice Warren) – An exciting staying bitch who only tasted her first defeat over the Wentworth Park 720 metre trip at her last start. Before that she had won three in a row including a best of 41.90. She should be near the lead and is capable of pushing the two big guns in this race. If there is a query over her, it may be the fact that she has not raced for a month and may be better for the hit out.
3 – Bailey Rose (Eddie Lieshout) – A young Victorian who is yet to compete regularly in the top grade. She has been placed in her last two outings at Sandown Park but will need to be a lot better than that in a field like this. This looks too tough for her.
4 – Dyna Willow (Steve Collins) – A quality race bitch and multiple Group winner with a genuine penchant for Wentworth Park. She has won six from eight at the Glebe circuit and is a former track record holder with a best of 41.69. Her recent form has been a little below her best with a last placing followed up by a short let-up and two subsequent unplaced runs. She will need to find close to her best to win this but it will take a sharp improvement on recent efforts.
5 – Zipping Rory (Bethany Daparin) – A promising type and Group placed dog who has his first Wentworth Park outing in this race. His Victorian form is consistent without being outstanding and he would need the more fancied runners to make a few errors for him to be winning this.
6 – Xylia Allen (Jenny Hunt) – A Champion all-distance race bitch who is the current Wentworth Park track record holder. She has won 11 of her last 13 starts and warmed up for this with a dominant 39.07 win at Geelong. She has never missed a placing from box six and is clearly the one to beat in this race.
7 – Asteroid Miss (John Lawson) – A youngster who is still working her way up through the grades. Faces a massive class rise on her last start fifth grade win here and her best of 42.54 is a second slower than Xylia Allen’s best. This race is too much to ask of her at this stage of her career.
8 – Gold Affair Two (Robert Britton) – A 100-start veteran who has competed in top company for a long time. Finished second to Xylia Allen last week, albeit some 9 3/4 lengths from the winner. She is yet to race at Wentworth Park and looks to be more of a place chance than a winning one.
9 – Infinite Wish (Angela Langton) – A Group One placed bitch who has also made two Group finals at Wentworth Park. She has been a little below her best of late but does have a tendency to improve at the track and would be a place hope if she gained a start.
10 – Clan Annie (Alex Anderson) – A winner of just 4 from 38 who looks to be way out of her depth in this type of company.
Race 7 – Chairmans Cup Heat 2 – 9:35pm
1 – Miss Fiction (Ivan Hannah) – A slow beginner with a less than flattering strike-rate who is yet to impress on the clock in her three wins over this trip. She is likely to be tested in this sort of company.
2 – Liara Allen (Steve Collins) – A consistent Victorian bitch who races in good company on a regular basis. She has been placed in her last six starts and has a great record from box two with three wins from four attempts. She could find herself near the speed from the draw and may give a little bit of cheek at her first Wentworth Park appearance.
3 – Zipping Maggie (Peter Daprain) – Another quality Victorian stayer who has won her last three, including two at Sandown Park in slick time. She also has the ability to leave the traps well and will be a huge chance if the favourite finds trouble back in the field. She registered 42.50 in a stewards trial at the track last week and she will need to improve a little on that to be a winning hope here.
4 – Sweet It Is (Darren McDonald) – A triple Group One winner and recently crowned Australian Distance Champion. She has a terrific turn of foot in the back half of her races and provides a great spectacle as she flashes home. All she will need is a bit of space in transit and this race looks to be hers for the taking.
5 – Terry’s Memory (Raymond Smith) – Has only recently graduated to the longer trips and is yet to register a win in easier company at two tries over this journey. He looks likely to find this field a little bit too hot.
6 – Queen Marina (Nolene Holloway) – The recent New South Wales distance champion who finished last to Sweet It Is in the national final at Cannington. She has since finished third over 600 metres at The Gardens. Surprisingly, she has only managed one win in seven attempts at this trip and has a best of 42.28. She is likely to find this race tough and will need to find the front to be any hope.
7 – Yellow Fever (Ronald Bell) – A regular in easier grade staying races at this track who has only managed two wins in his last 20 races. Has only won one from 13 over this distance and has a best of 42.45. He is sure to be tested in this one.
8 – My Asuncion (Adele Powell) – A track regular who broke through for her first Wentworth Park 720 metre win two starts back at her 22nd attempt. She does not win out of turn but has a good place strike rate and her best claims look to be in the placings again in this event.
9 – Clan Annie (Alex Anderson) – A winner of just 4 from 38 who looks to be way out of her depth in this type of company.
10 – Infinite Wish (Angela Langton) – A Group One placed bitch who has also made two Group finals at Wentworth Park. She has been a little below her best of late but does have a tendency to improve at the track and would be a place hope if she gained a start.
Preparations are in full swing for the Group One Dapto Megastar Final to be decided next Friday, with five greyhounds having secured automatic qualification last Sunday. Chica Destacada, Ritza Hattie, Flash Reality, Zipping Willow and Tommy Brislane will all line up on September 12, for a shot at the $75,000 first prize.
This Friday, eight talented greyhound’s will step out in the series’ only prelude race, with the first three placegetters moving through to next week’s Group One final.
Brilliant youngster Shoulders will return to Dapto for the first time since March, after clocking a near-record 29.49 at just his second career start for trainer Anthony Azzopardi. The son of Cosmic Rumble and Bit Stressed blew his rivals away at Wentworth Park two weeks ago, recording a sizzling time of 29.36 over the 520m.
Last week’s Group Two Black Top runner up Push It will exit from box eight and has been ultra-consistent of late with some impressive performances at Wentworth Park and The Gardens. Trainer Dean Swain will be confident his charge can get across from the wide alley and possess good stamina that should see him finish off the race nicely.
Stilton Blue is a Dapto specialist; with a perfect race record at the track of two wins from two starts, including a flying personal best of 29.60. Despite the poor box six draw, the son of Where’s Pedro and She’s A Player can challenge this field with a clear run and cement a spot in next week’s final.
Queensland trainer Tony Brett returns to Dapto with Exhibitionist, who has recorded a fast personal best of 29.71 over the 520m distance and comes into this race with solid form at Albion Park.
Lacey Lois, My Awesome Opal, Velvet Flame and Woods will all start the race as big outsiders and will need plenty of luck to win the race.
The winner of this prelude will collect $5,000 for their efforts, but more importantly secure a spot in next week’s illustrious $75,000 Group One Megastar Final.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.
Eight talented youngsters will step out in the final of the Group Three Dean Industrial Maiden at Dapto tonight, with $25,000 in prize money up for grabs to the winner.
Whittaker has taken the series by storm after a blistering performance last week, clocking 29.55 for trainer Julie Fletcher, who has two live chances tonight with Martin Clegg exiting from box three.
Master Shot has drawn ideally in box one for trainer Dave Pringle and has a massive motor if he gets room to move. Melinda Finn’s Winsome Prince has also been well-supported, however will have to overcome a difficult box six draw to be competitive in this affair.
Regardless of the result, these newcomers are stars on the rise and are definitely worth putting in your blackbook for the future.
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The race will be run and won at 9.14pm.
|Comment (Dave Pringle): “I couldn’t be happier with the box draw. I just hope he can position himself well, because the race will be decided in the early stages.”||
|ARG Comment: Has a stack of ability, however lacks crucial early pace required at this track. If he gets room to move, look for a big finish.
|ARG Comment: Has shown a lot of promise at his first two starts and is well drawn to give this race a shake.||
ARG Comment: Has good early pace and is looking to break through for her first victory. Will need luck from this box and lacks punch at the finish.
|Comments (Melinda Finn): “Will need plenty of luck from where he is boxed”||
|ARG Comment: Despite a poor box draw, a very consistent chaser who produced two impressive wins in his heat and semi final. Is not out of this if given a chance.||
|ARG Comment: The standout of the series with a blistering win last week in 29.55. Will need to step cleanly from the wide draw with lots of early pace in this final, however should blow them away if he’s positioned well early on.||
Six outstanding heats of the $40,000 Group Two Black Top were conducted at The Gardens in wet and miserable conditions last night, however that didnât stop some cracking times being recorded, with four of the six winners breaking the 29.50 second barrier.
Heat one went to local trainer Jason Mackay and $2.60 favourite Zipping Summah who began brilliantly from box five and showed electrifying speed to the first turn, clocking a first sectional of 4.92. The daughter of Goodesy and Sirocco Lass, owned by renowned breeders Martin and Fiona Hallinan, scored by two and three quarter lengths in a flying time of 29.49. Kilkenny Babe battled on gamely to finish second and Kicking Rocks made up good ground to finish third.
Queensland chaser Rose of Galo was well supported in heat two, stepping out on track as the $2.40 favourite and didnât disappoint punters with a flawless display from box seven. After suffering a check early on in the race, the daughter of El Galo and Noir Rose saluted by a length and three quarters in another flying time of 29.47. The Albert Kennewell trained chaser notched up her twentieth career win last night and could well and truly head back to the Sunshine State next week with the trophy. Hersi was very gallant in defeat for trainer Peter Lagogiane and Tricky Jade for Martin Hallinan finished in third position.
Pre-series favourite Zipping Willow was all the rage in heat three for Jason Mackay at $1.40 and was looking for her ninth consecutive win. The litter sister of Zipping Summah didnât have everything go her way, after an average start and a running battle with reverse starter Heâs A Knight, the Canberra Cup winner zoomed past early leader Zulu Mystique at the 600m boxes to streak away by four and three quarter lengths in a sizzling 29.44. Zipping Willow recorded a sizzling run home of 12.17 and has now recorded an astonishing twenty eight wins from just forty starts and has plenty of room for improvement in next weekâs final. Dee Getta for local trainer Shane Hill ran a brilliant race to finish second and Rue De Kahn for Dean Swain wound up in third.
Martin Hallinan and Jason Mackay were hoping to qualify another runner in next weekâs final with Zipping Tarn the $3.00 favourite and Tricky Rose also well supported, starting at $3.70. Tricky Rose was best away from box five and led Zipping Tarn into the back straight, with Cloud Ten sitting in third position. Heading into the home straight, Cloud Ten found the rails and loomed up on the inside of Tricky Rose to score by a head at big odds in a fast time of 29.59 for owner-trainer Anthony Duggan. Tricky Rose finished second and Remember Ross stormed home to grab third.
Queen Esther and Minerâs Moss shared favouritism in heat five, with Queen Esther badly missing the start, giving Minerâs Moss a beautiful rails run heading into the first turn. The Matthew Reid trained chaser led throughout in a best of the night time of 29.43. The son of Magic Sprite and Bellbird Park also recorded the fastest run home for the night of 12.16 and scored by two and half lengths over Dean Swainâs Push It and My Awesome Opal for Marie Burton finished third.
The sixth and final heat saw Lani Banarni the $2.10 favourite ahead of Evil Punk, however Robert Barnden and Alanâs Kidz had other ideas, with the son of El Galo and Screaming Kidz leading all the way from box in a fast time of 29.66. Lani Banarni missed the start and checked off another runner at the first turn, forcing her to the back of the field, whilst Evil Punk found a head of trouble at the start and flashed home to finish second, beaten three and a half lengths. Edge for Graeme Barnett also ran home well to finish in third position.
Group Two $40,000 Black Top Final â 29th August, 2014
1. Push it â Dean Swain
2. Hersi â Peter Lagogiane
3. Alanâs Kidz â Robert Barnden
4. Zipping Summah â Jason Mackay
5. Zipping Willow â Jason Mackay
6. Cloud Ten â Anthony Duggan
7. Minerâs Moss â Matthew Reid
8. Rose Of Galo â Albert Kennewell
9. Tricky Rose â Martin Hallinan
10. Kilkenny Babe â Gwendoline Sparke
The Gardens will stage six outstanding heats of the Group Two Blacktop, with a juicy $40,000 awaiting next weekâs final winner.
This race has an outstanding honour roll, with stars such as Snozz, Bye Bye Bucks and Cindeen Shelby amongst the former winners.
Pre-series favourite is Jason Mackayâs Zipping Willow, who will be looking for her ninth straight win on Friday and is out for redemption after finishing runner-up in this series last year.
Heat one will feature Kicking Rocks (4), who loves this track and posted a near-record 29.30 in his maiden victory back in April. The Ryan Tredway trained chaser is unbeaten at The Gardens and clocked a sizzling time of 29.46 earlier this month. Zipping Summah (5) had no luck in a heat of the NSW National Sprint Championship at Wentworth Park, but has posted flying times at this track including a personal best of 29.49. Trained by astute mentor Jason Mackay, the daughter of Goodesy and Sirocco Lass will only need some luck early on to feature heavily in this affair. Kool Mac (3) has won his past two starts, recording impressive times at the Gardens (29.73) and Wentworth Park (30.35) and has the ability to run a cheeky race.
Queensland chaser Rose Of Galo (7) trialled impressively at The Gardens on Saturday, clocking a flying time of 29.66 and should improve on that this week in heat two. The daughter of El Galo and Noir Rose will be looking for her 20th career win for trainer Albert Kennewell, who will be looking to return home to the Sunshine State with a Group Two title. Fire Elusive (3) has regained form for trainer Mark Moroney after a short stint in the Jason Mackay kennel. The son of El Grand Senor and Cathella Ice recorded impressive wins at Maitland (22.66) and Wentworth Park (30.04) at his past two outings and has the genuine early pace to be competitive. Hersi (1) has solid form at this track, with a speedy personal best of 29.68 recorded back in March and should use the box one advantage.
Zipping Willow (7) steps out in heat three and has the early pace to cross from out wide and post another sizzling time. The daughter of Goodesy and Sirocco Lass clocked a near record 29.33 in May last year and can emulate this with her current run of form. Rue De Kahn (2) returns to The Gardens for the first time since her Group One triumph back in February and is primed for a big performance from box two. Trainer Dean Swain will head into this race with plenty of confidence after a second placing in a FFA at Wentworth Park last Saturday. Dee Getta (4) has been a consistent performer of late and will be running home at the end. The Shane Hill trained greyhound has a flying 29.56 personal best at the track and must be respected.
Zipping Tarn (1) returns to the racetrack for the first time since June in heat four and clocked a blistering 29.37 back in May. The Jason Mackay trained daughter of Mantra Lad and Scarlett Girl has drawn perfectly in box one and is a huge threat in this affair. Golden Easter Egg finalist Magic Display (3) will make her debut at The Gardens for trainer Evelyn Harris. The daughter of Magic Sprite and Display Bonus has sizzling early pace and can lead from start to finish if she times the jump to perfection. Hector Kahn (2) gives Dean Swain another good chance of qualifying for the final, with the consistent chaser runner up at his past three outings. The son of Premier Fantasy and Another Request was successful in her only start at The Gardens, recording a speedy time of 29.53.
Queen Esther (2) is in red-hot form at present, with a flying 29.77 win at Wentworth Park two weeks ago. The daughter of Lochinvar Marlow and Fascinate Marina has recorded a brilliant early sectional of 4.93 and a sizzling overall time of 29.48 at this track, giving trainer Noelene Holloway a huge chance of securing a finals spot via the fifth heat. Push It (8) also has genuine early pace also clocked 29.77 at Wentworth Park at the start of the month for trainer Dean Swain, she is well draw out wide to get a clear run. Minerâs Moss (1) has come up with the red rug in this event and is making his debut at the Gardens for trainer Mathew Reid. The son of Magic Sprite and Bellbird Park recorded an impressive time at Albion Park last month, clocking 29.89 over the 520m journey.
In the final heat, exciting sprinter Lani Banarni (2) returns to the track for trainer Charlie Gatt, after recording three straight wins at her past few attempts, including a flying 29.72 at Wentworth Park. The daughter of Disintegrate and Hey Princess clocked a blistering time of 29.40 at this track back in January and is perfectly drawn near the rails. Evil Punk (4) also returns to The Gardens after some consistent form of late, including a 28.85 performance at Bulli over the 515m. The son of Collision and Punk Angel has a good record at this track and is one of the main dangers to take out this heat and the final. Edge (6) loves this track and has posted a personal best time of 29.51, however will need some luck from box six. Trained locally by Graeme Barnett, the son of Cosmic Rumble and Belle Tara has an outstanding Gardens record of six wins and two minor placings from just eleven starts.
Heat one will jump at 8.17pm, with the six winners and two fastest runner-ups, moving through to next weekâs Group Two final.
Wilberforce trainer Amy Bennettâs outpour of emotion after her charge Colt Rocket won a heat of the Group Three Dapto Maiden last Thursday night brought tears to many eyes, including the mother of his namesake, Angela Lovering.
Bennett developed a friendship with Lovering whilst visiting her mother, who works as a nurse. Unfortunately last year Lovering lost her beautiful baby boy Colton, with Bennett declaring that she would name a dog in honour of his memory.
âAmy made the sweetest gesture by saying she would name a dog after Colton. We got the second part of his race name from the little rockets that were on his socks the day he passed awayâ, said Lovering.
Colt Rocket was bred, reared and is now trained by Bennett, an offspring of her successful producer Sky Fly High and by proven sire Cosmic Rumble. Colt Rocket made his racing debut at The Gardens in a heat of the Group Three Laurie Healion Memorial Maiden, finishing in fifth position.
âOnce he missed the start I knew he would have a hard time. He ran on well, but I knew he would definitely be better for the experience and would improve at his next startâ, said Bennett.
After an impressive trial at Dapto, Bennett was somewhat confident heading into his heat of the Group Three Maiden Series last week. Colt Rocket didn’t disappoint, exiting well from box two and rounding up the early leader in impressive fashion.
âOnce he got to second I got really excited because I know he’s strong. It was beautiful to watch and straight after the race I spoke to Angela and everyone was screaming with excitement.â
Due to work commitments, the Lovering family were forced to watch the race on television, but that didnât stop the celebrations that followed immediately after.
âWe were all screaming and jumping up and down in front of the television, it was amazing. We are so happy for Amy and just really excited to see what he can do next. I was over the moon when he came fifth, but to win at his next start was amazingâ, said Lovering.
Despite coming up with box six in his semi-final this week, Bennett is hopeful her chaser can improve his start and overall time.
âHeâs a strong dog and I think he will run a bit of distance in the future. Heâs still very young and once he matures, I think his going to be a handy dog.â
âIt was devastating what Angela and her family went through, but they absolutely love this dog and I cried after winning on Thursday, it means so much to themâ, Bennett added.
Bennett vowed before Colt Rocketâs first start to donate a percentage of the prizemoney to the Bears Of Hope foundation, who assist families with the loss of a child through an enormous support network.
âThe Bears Of Hope foundation gives out packs to everyone who has lost a child, to help them find strength to overcome the pain. Iâm glad to see Coltonâs memory has been honoured in such a special wayâ, said Lovering.
In another beautiful touch to this story, Lovering is pregnant and due in November, giving hope to all families that fairytales really do come true.
Another fantastic part of this story is that the Lovering’s will be adopting Bruno (Colt Rocket) after his racing career has finished.
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Four semi-finals of the Group Three Dean Industrial Maiden Series will be conducted at Dapto this Thursday, with some talented youngsters set to clock some sizzling times over the 520m distance after stamping their authority in last weekâs heats
Semi-final one consists of two heat winners from last week, with Whittaker set to dominate betting after coming up with a suitable inside draw. The Julie Fletcher trained son of Milldean Panther and Mrs Trickett was ultra-impressive last week, clocking a fast time of 29.86 from box two after early interference. Topper Road for trainer Anthony Azzopardi was another heat winner from last week, leading all the way from box eight in 30.08. The speedy son of Oaks Road is set for improvement on the clock, but will have to overcome a tricky box six draw. Zipping Saxton had no luck last week after missing the start and getting heavily checked. The son of Spring Gun and Agent Gibbs stormed home to finish second behind Whittaker and only needs luck this week to produce another strong performance.
Only one heat winner will step out in heat two, with Colt Rocket producing a solid performance last week from box two, running down Fast Country in a time of 30.27. The Amy Bennett trained chaser will have an obstacle to overcome exiting from box six, however he showed good early pace last week and should improve on the clock. Encapsulate was impressive on debut for trainer Mark Gatt. After taking the lead heading into the back straight, the son of Whereâs Pedro and Surpassing faded in the home straight, but look for improvement this week from box two. Martin Clegg had no luck last week from out wide and found a heap of trouble, however gets a chance to redeem himself this week from box three. The son of Fabregas and Meredith Gray showed enormous promise after an impressive performance trial at Goulburn and has the potential to give trainer Julie Fletcher two runners in next weeks final.
Winsome Prince was the fastest heat winner last week for trainer Melinda Finn, pinging the lids from box four and leading throughout in a flying time of 29.77. The son of Barcia Bale and Winsome Shiraz faces a tough test exiting from box five, however has genuine early pace to burn off his rivals at the start in semi-final three. Dragon Emgrand showed good strength last week to finish second in 30.21, beaten by two and three quarter lengths and will only need some luck early to be competitive once again. Fast Country began fast last week to finish second behind Colt Rocket in 30.27. Trained locally by Cliff Bell, the son of El Galo and Country Dawn has the potential to run another cheeky race and qualify for the final.
Master Shot lived up to expectations last week with an impressive come-from-behind performance in 30.20. The son of Brett Lee and Midnight Movie will exit from box four as the heavy favourite in the final semi this week and will improve significantly on the clock with some room to move early on. Ella Has Class led all the way in her heat for trainer Dean Swain in 30.21 and has a great opportunity to take out this affair from box one. Cleaning Money was impressive at his first race start for trainer Gary Adams, leading from start to finish in a solid time of 30.20. Beautifully bred by El Grand Senor and Clay Model, he has the pace to overcome a wide box draw and can also improve on the clock.
Semi-final one will kick off at 8.55pm, with the winner and runner-up moving through to next weekâs $25,000 final.
Cranebrook trainer Melinda Finn returned to the winnerâs circle for the first time in 2014 with Winsome Prince, who was ultra-impressive in a heat of the Group Three Dapto Maiden Series.
Starting at skinny odds of $1.90, the beautifully bred son of Barcia Bale and Winsome Shiraz stepped beautifully from the four alley and accelerated away to score by seven and a half lengths in a flying time of 29.77. The 36kg heavyweight is now the firm favourite heading into next weekâs semi-finals and will have plenty of supports after a superb debut. Doozy and Restless Heart filled the minor placings, whilst Bedlam Bridge finished fourth.
A talented first heat saw Julie Fletcherâs Whittaker the $1.70 favourite, closely followed by Jason Mackayâs talented youngster Zipping Saxton. After a poor start, and plenty of interference, Whittaker found the rails heading into the back straight and zoomed past his rivals, saluting by fourteen lengths in a fast 29.86. The son of Milldean Panther and Mrs Trickett recorded the fastest run home of the night clocking 12.42 and will only need some luck early on to be a huge threat next week. Zipping Saxton finished strongly after finding early trouble, with Get Out Claws and So Far the other semi-final qualifiers.
Paua Explosion stepped out in heat two as the $2.40 favourite, however faded in the latter stages to finish fourth. After a good start, Owen Langleyâs Debbieâs Prince prevailed by a length and a half over the fast-finishing Diabloâs Secret, with early leader Broncoâs Prance running third. The son of Magic Sprite and Nimbastic recorded 30.25 on the clock and looks set to improve for next week.
Anthony Azzopardi led out the $1.80 favourite in heat three, with Topper Road all the rage exiting from box eight. Stepping beautifully from the wide draw the son of Oaks Road and Uno Emi was never headed in a 30.08 performance, saluting by nine and a quarter lengths. Mr. Emgrand for Luke Azzopardi finished second, whilst Zipping Jacob ran third. Charlees Jackpot finished in fourth to qualify for next week.
Steve Whiteâs Paua To Escape stepped out as the $2.30 favourite in a wide-open fourth heat, with Cleaning Money and It Happened also well supported by punters. The beautifully bred Cleaning Money by El Grand Senor and Clay Model stepped beautifully from box two and led all the way in 30.20 for trainer Gary Adams. Paua To Escape balanced up after striking trouble early on to finish second and It Happened placed third. Avatar Princess finished fourth for Matthew Wotton to qualify for next week.
There were plenty of strong chances in heat five, with Talking Fancy and Kiddie Cuts made equal favourites, with Martin Clegg also in the market. Outsider Fast Country was best away from box four, with Colt Rocket in second place heading into the back straight. The Amy Bennett trained chaser was two strong at the finish, saluting by four and three quarter lengths in a time of 30.27.
Mark Gatt blooded a newcomer in heat seven with Jett Setter, who was made the $2.60 favourite from box five. After finding trouble early on he was no match for Dean Swainâs Ella Has Class, who began quickly from box three and held off early challengers to score by two and three quarter lengths in 30.21. The daughter of Bekim Bale and Bralyn Ella showed good early signs on debut and look for improvement on the clock next week. Second favourite Dragon Emgrand gave Luke Azzopardi his fifth qualifier for next weekâs semi finals and Heard âem Say finished fourth.
Master Shot started as the red-hot favourite in the eighth and final heat for trainer Dave Pringle and made punters extremely nervous early on after missing the jump and finding a heap of trouble. Mark Gattâs Encapsulate skipped away down the back, before the son of Brett Lee and Midnight Movie charged home to salute by two and a half lengths in 30.20. Encapsulate held on to finish second and Unbroken ran third. Nifty Reign finished in fourth and will take his place in the semi-finals next week.
Next weekâs semi-finals will decide which eight finalists will be vying for a first prize of $25,000 in the final.
Eight heats of the Group Three Dean Industrial Maiden Series over 520m will kick off this Thursday night at Dapto, with a juicy $25,000 up for grabs to the final winner.
Zipping Saxton (4) comes into this event with a blistering 29.41 performance trial at The Gardens, followed by a respectable 30.25 performance trial at Dapto last week. Trained by master mentor Jason Mackay, this beautifully bred son of Spring Gun and Agent Gibbs is undoubtedly the one to beat.
Whittaker (2) also comes into this race with outstanding performance trial form, having recorded a flying 26.34 over the 472m at Bulli last week. The Julie Fletcher trained son of Milldean Panther and Mrs Trickettâs will attract a few keen eyes from punters, making his debut over the 520m distance. Get Out Claws (3) has been consistent at the track and finished second last week in 30.51, before backing up with a Nowra third on Monday.
Talented youngster Bronco Prance (8) makes his debut in this heat for trainer Peter Rodgers and has excellent trial form, with a fast 29.87 performance at Gosford earlier this month and a sub 23 effort at Richmond a month prior, clocking 22.95. Despite being drawn out wide, the daughter of Bit Chili and Good Purchase has genuine early pace to cross and lead the field.
In form trainer Steve White has a great chance in this heat with Paua Explosion (7), who trialled very well at Nowra over 365 (20.71) back in May and the only question is the step up in distance, however she would have been well schooled at the track. Cherokee Fiddle recorded a speedy time of 30.10 at the track last month and is one of the genuine chances from an ideal box draw. The Ben Mccauley trained chaser has been very consistent, placed four times from six starts and will go close to cracking his maiden in this event.
Paua To Change (6) gets a chance to redeem herself after an unplaced run on debut at Bulli back in June after producing two solid trials at Goulburn coming into that race. Despite the awkward box draw, the Steve White trained daughter of Head Bound and Paua To Erupt is drawn inside a slow beginner and should get room to move early on.
Zipping Jacob (7) comes off the back of some very consistent performances in the Laurie Healion Memorial Maiden at the Gardens over the past few weeks and despite his lack of early pace, should be primed for a strong finish. Topper Road (8) debuts for trainer Anthony Azzopardi from a suitable wide draw and recorded a speedy 26.41 in his only performance trial at Bulli last week. The son of Oaks Road has good early pace and should use the box to perfection.
Paua To Escape (4) is another smart greyhound from the Head Bound – Paua To Erupt litter and performance trialled at the track two weeks ago in 30.52. The Steve White trained chaser will need to overcome a poor box draw with a good start. Cleaning Money (2) was beaten convincingly in his only performance trial earlier this month at Wentworth Park, however look for solid improvement from the son of El Grand Senor and Clay Model, who should go well from an inside draw. It Happened (7) has good trial form on the board for trainer Luke Azzopardi, but will need to improve on the clock to be competitive in this affair.
Julie Fletcher has another strong chance in this heat with the beautifully bred Martin Clegg (7), who comes off a 25.86 performance trial at Goulburn and looks certain to go well in this affair. The son of Fabregas and Meredith Grey only needs to cross and should record good time. Kiddie Cutts (1) has come up with the coveted red rug and notched up a solid time at Wentworth Park back in June, clocking 30.24 over the 520m. Colt Rocket (2) missed the jump and got smashed on debut during the Laurie Healion Maiden series at the Gardens; however look for the Amy Bennett trained greyhound to take full advantage of a suitable box draw.
Trainer Melinda Finn debuts Winsome Prince (4) after a fast 30.12 performance trial last week and this promising sprinter is the one to beat in this race despite an awkward middle draw. The son of Barcia Bale and Winsome Shiraz should carve out smart time if he gets to the lead early on.
Ballistic Tip (3) has been impressive in both his performance trials over the short distances and will be up with the frontrunners early on. Bedlam Bridge (2) has been consistent, despite being winless after sixteen starts; however look for him to be flying home at the finish.
Mark Gatt debuts Jett Setter (5), who was impressive in clocking 30.03 last week in his only performance trial and will only need to overcome a poor box draw to be a threat in this heat. Dragon Emgrand (2) recorded a solid time of 31.15 over the 535m at Richmond back in June and will be another one to watch out of the Luke Azzopardi kennel. Ella Has Class (3) produced a solid 30.30 performance in a trial last week at The Gardens and showed decent pace in the early stages to warrant respect.
Master Shot (8) blew his rivals away in both performance trials at Bathurst, carving out a brilliant time of 25.31. The beautifully bred son of Brett Lee and Midnight Movie will be prepared to perfection by trainer Dave Pringle and should get a nice cart across from the wide draw. Encapsulate (1) is another promising youngster from the Mark Gatt kennel and despite only recording a time of 30.66, is drawn perfectly on the inside to produce a good performance. Unbroken (2) is also drawn well close to the rails and can improve on his trial form. The regally bred son of Brett Lee and Stylish Scene will make his race debut for trainer Majella Ferguson and should run a cheeky race.
The first four placegetters of each heat will move through to next weekâs semi finals, with heat one set to jump at 7.29pm.
It was well and truly ladies night at Wentworth Park this evening, with two female greyhounds taking out the finals of the NSW Sprint and Distance Championships, trained by two female trainers.
The NSW Distance final kicked off proceedings in race six, with last weeks fastest heat winner Dusty Moonshine, stepping out as the $1.60 favourite from box three. Queen Marina led the field past the post the firm time as expected and showed incredible strength to hold off Pumped Up Zarr and Miss Fiction, who filled the minor placings. Trainer Noelene Holloway continued her winning ways at headquarters, securing $12,000 for her efforts and booking a ticket to Perth to compete in the national final. Dusty Moonshine found trouble the entire way and finished in fourth spot.
A highly competitive NSW Sprint final saw an open market between runners, with Tommy Brislane made the $3.30 favourite over Chica Destacada at $3.60. The race was all over in a matter of seconds as Doreen Drynanâs outstanding chaser Chica Destacada pinged the lids from box three and led throughout in a flying time of 29.60. The daughter of Cosmic Rumble and Eluthra recorded her tenth win tonight and will be a genuine threat in the final at Cannington over 530m.
NSW National Distance Final Results:
1st â Queen Marina â Noelene Holloway ($12,000)
2nd â Pumped Up Zarr â Neil Staines ($3,000)
3rd â Miss Fiction â Ivan Hanna ($1,500)
4th â Dusty Moonshine â Denice Warren
5th â Cosmic Rosie â Gary Adams
6th â Cyclone Simone â Majella Ferguson
7th â Gotta Problem â Denice Warren
8th â My Asuncion â Adele Powell
1st Section: 16.18 (5)
2nd Section: 29.66 (5)
Run Home: 12.63 (5)
Margins: 3 Â˝ x Âž
NSW National Sprint Final Results:
1st â Chica Destacada â Doreen Drynan
2nd â Tommy Brislane â Steven White
3rd â Bessy Boo â Christine Proctor
4th â Miss Sueko â Justin King
5th – Silent Effective â Darren Sultana
6th â Asiaâs Babe â Marie Burton
7th â Take It All â Doreen Drynan
8th â Queen Esther â Noelene Holloway
1st Section: 5.33 (3)
2nd Section: 17.88 (3)
Run Home: 11.72 (3)
Margins: 2 Â˝ x Â˝
Tonightâs 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 weekâs 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 â 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 â 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 â 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 â 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 â 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 â 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 â 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. Asiaâs 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.
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 weekâs 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 weekâs 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 â Doreen Drynan
2. Silent Effective â Darren Sultana
3. Chica Destacada â Doreen Drynan
4. Bessy Boo â Christine Proctor
5. Tommy Brislane â Steven White
6. Asiaâs Babe â Marie Burton
7. Queen Esther â Noelene Holloway
8. Miss Sueko â Justin King
9. Booming Bennett â Shannon Ellis
10. Evil Punk â 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 weekâs final.
NSW National Distance Championship Final Box Draw:
1. Pumped Up Zarr â Neil Staines
2. Cyclone Simone â Majella Ferguson
3. Dusty Moonshine â Denice Warren
4. Cosmic Rosie â Gary Adams
5. Queen Marina â Noelene Holloway
6. Gotta Problem â Denice Warren
7. Miss Fiction â Ivan Hanna
8. My Asuncion â Adele Powell
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.
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.
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 Carlâs 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.
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. Iâm 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.
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.
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.
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 Steeleâs Lady Ronray finished in third position.
Tonight’s card also featured the Distance Challenge, which won by Geoff Sattlerâs Whereâs 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 Brettâs $1.80 favourite Benarkin.
Brett didnât 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 Uhrhaneâs 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.
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.
âWe 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.â
âAfter 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.â
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.
âHeâs 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.â
Cawbourne Havoc cracked the $55,000 prizemoney barrier last night and should have many more wins to come.
Bruceâs 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 Paddyâs 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.
âItâs hard to believe this greyhound is coming up four years old in September. We donât have to do much work with her, she knows what she has to do and Iâve just been freshening her up for her runs and she proved how good she is last night.â
âShe loves doing things her own way and thatâs how we prepare her at home and sheâs showing it in her performances.â
âI was so excited with how they both went and now we will try and have another crack at Wentworth Park.â