2014 Group Three Dapto Maiden Preview

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.

 

Box 1
Race Odds
$3.80
Heat Replay
Master Shot
Trainer
David Pringle
Owner
David Pringle
Prizemoney
$1,145.00
Last 10 Starts
12
27 Months Black Dog by Brett Lee - Midnight Movie
Start Slow Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $572.50 Rating 96
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 1 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
50% 100%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 1 0
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
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.”
Best Dapto Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.20 30.15 5.68 5.64
Box 2
Race Odds
$7.00
Heat Replay
Zipping Saxton
Trainer
Jason Mackay
Owner
M & F Hallinan
Prizemoney
$555.00
Last 10 Starts
22
25 Months Fawn Dog by Spring Gun - Agent Gibbs
Start Slow Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $277.50 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 2 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
0% 100%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 2 0
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
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.
Best Dapto Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.00 30.00 5.61 5.61
Box 3
Race Odds
$5.50
Heat Replay
Martin Clegg
Trainer
Julie Fletcher
Owner
Julie Fletcher
Prizemoney
$1,080.00
Last 10 Starts
41
20 Months Black Dog by Fabregas - Meredith Grey
Start Fast Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $540.00 Rating 98
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
50% 50%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
ARG Comment: Has shown a lot of promise at his first two starts and is well drawn to give this race a shake.
Best Dapto Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.89 29.89 5.44 5.44
Box 4
Race Odds
$26.00
Heat Replay
Diablo’s Secret
Trainer
Anthony Gannon
Owner
Peter Dimmock
Prizemoney
$555.00
Last 10 Starts
22
25 Months Black Bitch by Prince Diablo - Stunning Secret
Start Fast Running Rail Finish Average
Prizemoney Rating $277.50 Rating 85
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 2 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
0% 100%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 2 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0

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.
Best Dapto Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.30 30.30 5.45 5.48
Box 5
Race Odds
$23.00
Heat Replay
Paua Explosion
Trainer
Steven White
Owner
S & K White
Prizemoney
$435.00
Last 10 Starts
242
23 Months Black Bitch by Head Bound - Paua To Erupt
Start Fast Running Wide Finish Average
Prizemoney Rating $145.00 Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 0 2 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
0% 67%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 1 0
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Comments (Steve White): “Needs to lead to have any chance of picking up any prize money. Will improve with racing.”
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.25 30.25 5.45 5.46
Box 6
Race Odds
$4.80
Heat Replay
Winsome Prince
Trainer
Melinda Finn
Owner
Melinda Finn
Prizemoney
$1,910.00
Last 10 Starts
11
18 Months Black Dog by Barcia Bale - Winsome Shiraz
Start Fast Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $955.00 Rating 98
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 2 0 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
100% 100%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 2 0 0
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Comments (Melinda Finn): “Will need plenty of luck from where he is boxed”
Best Dapto Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.77 30.13 5.46 5.55
Box 7
Race Odds
$23.00
Heat Replay
Debbie’s Prince
Trainer
Owen Langley
Owner
Sharon Oliveira
Prizemoney
$1,910.00
Last 10 Starts
11
19 Months Black Dog by Magic Sprite - Nimbastic
Start Fast Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $955.00 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 2 0 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
100% 100%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 2 0 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
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.
Best Dapto Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.03 30.03 5.41 5.41
Box 8
Race Odds
$2.40
Heat Replay
Whittaker
Trainer
Julie Fletcher
Owner
Julie Fletcher
Prizemoney
$1,910.00
Last 10 Starts
22
21 Months Black Dog by Milldean Panther - Mrs Trickett
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $955.00 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 2 0 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
100% 100%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
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.
Best Dapto Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.55 29.55 5.49 5.49

Miner’s Moss Sets The Standard In Group Two Black Top Heats

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 didn’t 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 didn’t 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 didn’t have everything go her way, after an average start and a running battle with reverse starter He’s 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 week’s 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 week’s 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 Miner’s Moss shared favouritism in heat five, with Queen Esther badly missing the start, giving Miner’s 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 Swain’s 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 Alan’s 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 – 29th August, 2014

1. Push it – Dean Swain
2. Hersi – Peter Lagogiane
3. Alan’s Kidz – Robert Barnden
4. Zipping Summah – Jason Mackay
5. Zipping Willow – Jason Mackay
6. Cloud Ten – Anthony Duggan
7. Miner’s Moss – Matthew Reid
8. Rose Of Galo – Albert Kennewell

Reserves

9. Tricky Rose – Martin Hallinan
10. Kilkenny Babe – Gwendoline Sparke

2014 Group Two Black Top Heats Preview

The Gardens will stage six outstanding heats of the Group Two Blacktop, with a juicy $40,000 awaiting next week’s 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 Mackay’s 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. Miner’s 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 week’s Group Two final.

Colt Rocket Flying For The Bears Of Hope Foundation

Wilberforce trainer Amy Bennett’s 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.

“Amy 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 away”, 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.

“Once 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 start”, 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.

“Once 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.”

Due to work commitments, the Lovering family were forced to watch the race on television, but that didn’t stop the celebrations that followed immediately after.

“We 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 amazing”, 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.

“He’s a strong dog and I think he will run a bit of distance in the future. He’s still very young and once he matures, I think his going to be a handy dog.”

“It 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 them”, Bennett added.

Bennett vowed before Colt Rocket’s 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.

“The Bears Of Hope foundation gives out packs to everyone who has lost a child, to help them find strength to overcome the pain. I’m glad to see Colton’s memory has been honoured in such a special way”, 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.

Anyone who can assist with donations to the incredible work performed by the Bears Of Hope Foundation can visit their website at www.bearsofhope.org.au.

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2014 Group Three Dapto Maiden Semi-Finals Preview

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 week’s 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 Where’s 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 week’s $25,000 final.

Winsome Prince Charges Into Dapto Maiden Semi Finals

Cranebrook trainer Melinda Finn returned to the winner’s 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 week’s 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 Fletcher’s Whittaker the $1.70 favourite, closely followed by Jason Mackay’s 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 Langley’s Debbie’s Prince prevailed by a length and a half over the fast-finishing Diablo’s Secret, with early leader Bronco’s 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 White’s 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 Swain’s 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 week’s semi finals and Heard ‘em 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 Gatt’s 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 week’s semi-finals will decide which eight finalists will be vying for a first prize of $25,000 in the final.

Talented Youngsters On Show At Dapto

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.

Heat One:

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 Trickett’s 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.

Heat Two:

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.

Heat Three:

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.

Heat Four:

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.

Heat Five:

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.

Heat Six:

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.

Heat Seven:

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.

Heat Eight:

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 week’s semi finals, with heat one set to jump at 7.29pm.

Ladies Steal The Show At Wentworth Park

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 Drynan’s 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 – Queen Marina – Noelene Holloway ($12,000)
2nd – Pumped Up Zarr – Neil Staines ($3,000)
3rd – Miss Fiction – Ivan Hanna ($1,500)
4th – Dusty Moonshine – Denice Warren
5th – Cosmic Rosie – Gary Adams
6th – Cyclone Simone – Majella Ferguson
7th – Gotta Problem – Denice Warren
8th – My Asuncion – Adele Powell

Time: 42.29
1st Section: 16.18 (5)
2nd Section: 29.66 (5)
Run Home: 12.63 (5)

Margins: 3 ½ x ¾

NSW National Sprint Final Results:

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

Time: 29.60
1st Section: 5.33 (3)
2nd Section: 17.88 (3)
Run Home: 11.72 (3)

Margins: 2 ½ x ½

NSW National Sprint And Distance Final Contenders To Be Decided

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NSW National Sprint Finalists Decided

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

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

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

NSW National Sprint Championship Final Box Draw:

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

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

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

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

NSW National Distance Championship Final Box Draw:

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

Youngsters On Show In Laurie Healion Memorial Heats

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

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

Heat One:

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

Heat Two:

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

Heat Three:

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

Heat Four:

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

Heat Five:

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

Richochet Rose Causes Huge Grafton Maiden Upset

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tracey Bruce Snares Gosford Double

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Gardens Greyhound Club Conducting First Meeting Friday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wagga Set To Receive New Track Surface Upgrade

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bessy Boo Salutes In Classic Peter Mosman Victory

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

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

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

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

Full Results:

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

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

Margins: ¾ x ¾

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

Upsets Galore In Group One Peter Mosman Semi-Finals

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

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

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

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

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

Reserves
Fire Elusive – Mark Moroney
Keybow – Darren McDonald

Hooksy To Headline Peter Mosman Classic Semi Final Night

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hooksy Fires In Group One Peter Mosman Heats

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Group One Peter Mosman Classic Heats Preview

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

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

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

Heat one will jump at 8.07pm.

Heat One:

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

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

Heat Two:

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

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

Heat Three:

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

Heat Four:

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

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

Heat Five:

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

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

Heat Six:

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

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

New Club Formed To Manage The Gardens

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2014 Group Three Sportingbet Bulli Gold Cup Preview

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where’s Pedro

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

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

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

28 Months

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Burton’s Buy Could Bring Bulli Bonanza

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Walk Hard Flies In Bulli Gold Cup Heats

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2014 Bulli Gold Cup Heats Attract Quality Fields

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Paua To Roar Breaks Goulburn Track Record

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Zipping Willow Qualifies Fastest For Richmond Oaks Final

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

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

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

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

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

The full results of qualifiers for next week are:

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

2014 Richmond Oaks Heats Preview

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Look At The 2014 Dapto Puppy Auction Results

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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