Sweet It Is Storms Home To Win 2014 Association Cup

Sweet It Is (3) defeated a hot field to take out the 2014 Group One Association Cup at Wentworth Park on Saturday night with a soul stirring last-to-first effort that had to be seen to be believed.

The Darren McDonald trained daughter of Mogambo and Offspringer (Flying Penske – Skullring) had the large crowd on their feet as she sprouted wings over the concluding stages of the race to claim an upset victory along with the $75,000 first prize in the slick time of 41.78.

Sweet It Is left the boxes dead last and seemingly with an Everest to climb as the track record holder Xylia Allen (2) lobbed in front.

By the time they past the post the first time, Xylia Allen had began to open up a margin, while Sweet It Is sat back in seventh, the better part of 20 lengths from the leader.

Xylia Allen appeared as though she would make the race a one act affair as the field headed to the back, opening up a 10 length ascendency. Rocky Bale (5) found himself closer than ever and began to emerge from the pack, looming as the main danger to the leader as he sped to second.

As the field reached the 720 metre boxes where the race had began, it still looked as though it was a race-in-two with Rocky Bale slowly whittling away at Xylia Allen’s lead.

It was at this point that Sweet It Is initiated a run that would embed her in greyhound racing folklore. In the twinkling of any eye, she went from a possible place hope to something that resembled a black, furry torpedo sporting a white rug who had just been launched from the most powerful artillery.

They entered the home straight with a tiring Xylia Allen trying desperately to stave of the challenge of Rocky Bale. But that battle was purely academic as Sweet It Is gave the pair of them a cold, whizzing past with a wing on every paw to score by three lengths. Rocky Bale snared second place, with Xylia Allen a further quarter of a length away in third.

Of the others, Lethal Three (1) began well and tried to match motors with Xylia Allen early, finding herself in second. She found interference in the catching pen and struggled from that point. Dyna Willow (4) was away mid-field and was unable to make any ground on the leaders. She found herself well back before making some ground late to finish fourth.

Hailstorm Billy (6) raced handily early in third place before he too found trouble in the catching pen which ended his hopes. Hala Belle (7) found herself well back early and was never really in the hunt, finishing fifth, a long way from the winner. Infinite Wish (8) was seventh away and struck trouble as she looked to move forward early which did nothing for her chances, eventually finishing sixth.

The win was Sweet It Is’ eighth from 31 career outings and she looks to be racing as well as ever. The victory also sees her total prizemoney earnings surpass the $130,000 mark.

Anything Less Wins 2014 Magic Maiden Final

Anything Less (8) announced himself as a star of the future by winning the Group Three Sportingbet Magic Maiden at Wentworth Park on Saturday night.

The regally bred son of Bekim Bale and Casey’s Angel (Spiral Nikita – Leprechaun Yap) clocked a personal best of 29.62 for Victorian trainer Glenn Rounds en route to scooping the $25,000 winners cheque.

Beginning the best he had all series from the extreme outside, the hulking 35kg black dog asserted his authority on the event early, leading to the post in a first section of 5.41, but his job was far from done.

Strong chaser Zipping Weston (2) landed in second early, ensuring that Anything Less could ill afford to make any mistakes or he would pounce.

However, in an imperious display of strong front-running, Anything Less gave nothing else a remote sniff of victory, scoring by 2 1/2 lengths from the gallant Zipping Weston with Zipping Bruno (4) in third, some seven lengths away.

Of the beaten brigade, usual fast beginners Paua To Roar (1), Brasko Khan (3) and Tommy Brislane (6) were not away as well as expected and struggled from that point. Gilgamesh (7) left the boxes well but found early interference as the eventual winner crossed her while Organic Choice (5) also missed the kick and found herself a long way back early.

Anything Less Remains undefeated in three outings and has already earned connections a tidy $32,800 in prize-money.

Hooksy Steals The Show In New Sensation Final

The Group Three New Sensation final was all over in a matter of seconds last night, as $1.60 favourite Hooksy didn’t disappoint the large Wentworth Park crowd, recording a sizzling 29.36.

Exiting from box three for the third consecutive time, the son of Hondo Black and Uno Witch caught the eye of enthusiasts after his outstanding heat win, where he clocked a sensational 29.44. One week later the Tanya Auld trained chaser was too good once again in 29.57, saluting by twelve and three quarter lengths.

The 36kg heavyweight stepped beautifully from the boxes and resisted early pressure from second favourite My Kinda Music, to lead comfortably at the first turn and record blistering sectionals of 5.36 and 17.67. Hooksy then streaked away at the finish by seven and a half lengths over Darren Sultana’s Irondale Bravo, with My Kinda Music for Alan Pringle finishing in third position.

Hooksy’s best of the night performance was simply breath-taking and takes his career statistics to an impressive twelve wins from seventeen starts with four minor placings, and a healthy prizemoney total of $60,430.

2014 Golden Easter Egg Goes To Tonk

Tonk is the 2014 Group One Golden Easter Egg winner. The fawn dog by Bartrim Bale – Coulta Gold (Bombastic Shiraz – Coulta Tess) was crowned the champion on Saturday night at Wentworth Park after drawing away to score by four and a quarter lengths in 29.62 for trainer Brooke Ennis. Ennis also put the polish on third placegetter, Warrior King.

After the dogs passed the post the first time, race favourite Buckle Up Wes (1) looked the goods as he held the rails advantage over lid pinger Magic Display (5). However, as the field approached the first turn, the race changed complexion. Buckle Up Wes elected to run-off and in the process hampered Magic Display, who never gave up trying to take the lead. Tonk made the most of this opportunity to dive into the gap that was created along the rail and zoom to the lead.

Buckle Up Wes checked off the back of Magic Display and fell back into fifth position. Down the back straight, the Andrea Dailly trained Hawk Alone (8) who showed pace from box eight, worked his way around the outside of the field to take up second position. Warrior King (4) showed great tenacity to hunt along the rails and work himself into third. After that, the placegetters positions didn’t change, with two and a quarter lengths separating Hawk Alone and Warrior King for second and third. Buckle Up Wes battled on gamely for fourth.

Of the others, Ollie Bale (3) got jammed early and was dragged down before the post the first time and then got checked to a clear last around the turn and that’s where he stayed. Evil Punk (6) checked off Warrior King in the early stages and wasn’t able to lead, finishing fifth. He was also forced wide around the turn. Jordan Allen (7) was slow away and was the widest of the runners rounding the first turn and finished sixth. Magic Display wound up in seventh.

The Easter Egg win is Tonk’s first Group One victory and he pockets connections $250,000 for his efforts.

2014 Group One Association Cup Preview

The two fastest greyhounds to ever grace the 720 metre journey at Wentworth Park are set to go toe-to-toe in the final of the 2014 Group One Association Cup this Saturday night.

Xylia Allen, who caused a sensation last week by smashing the track record, takes on Dyna Willow, the former track record holder and a winner of six from seven at the circuit.

Six other worthy adversaries join the super-star duo in a quest for not only the $75,000 first prize, but the privilege of being etched into greyhound racing immortality on an honour roll that includes names like Zoom Top, Travel Rev and Miata.

Here is how the field shapes up and how the trainers assess their hopes;

Box 1
Race Odds
$4.20
Heat Replay
 

Paua To Roar

Trainer

Steven White

Owner

S White & K White

Prizemoney
$4,320.00
Last 10 Starts

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19 Months   Black   Dog   by  

Head Bound

-

Paua To Erupt

Start Excellent Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,160.00 Rating 100
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

Comments: Steven White (Trainer) -”He is well boxed and he has got plenty of pace. I have had some hiccups with him in the last six weeks with tonsillitis, he has been choking up in the last bit getting to the line. I’ve taken some action against it this week and his tonsils have actually come down, they are not as inflamed as what they have been in the last five weeks, so hopefully I’ve done enough to get him over the line. He can run really good sections.”

Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.03 29.95 5.35 5.45
Box 2
Race Odds 
$9.00
Heat Replay
 

Zipping Weston

Trainer
Jason Mackay
Owner
M Hallinan & F Hallinan
Prizemoney
$4,435.00
Last 10 Starts

XXXXXXX312

24 Months   Black   Dog   by  

Smooth Fancy

-

Navigator Miss

Start Fair Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,478.00 Rating 98
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 1 1
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
33% 100%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 1 0
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – Moderate beginner with a massive motor. Given a clear run to the first turn, he could blow them away.
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.62 30.30 5.50 5.58
Box 3
Race Odds
$3.80
Heat Replay
 
Brasko Kahn
Trainer
Jason Magri
Owner
Michael Laffey
Prizemoney
$4,830.00
Last 10 Starts
XXXXXXXX31
20 Months   Red Fawn   Dog   by   Where’s Pedro - Mantra Style
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,415.00 Rating 99
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
50% 100%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 1
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – Very fast conveyance who has mixed box manners in his two starts to date. Will be a major player if he steps well.
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.86 29.86 5.46 5.46
       
Box 4
 Race Odds
$5.00
Heat Replay
 
Zipping Bruno
Trainer
Jason Mackay
Owner
M Hallinan & F Hallinan
Prizemoney
$8.040.00
Last 10 Starts
XXXXXXX211

24 Months

  Black   Dog   by   Smooth Fancy -

Navigator Miss

Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,680.00 Rating 96
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 2 1 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
67% 100%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 2 0 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – Another moderate beginner with a very strong run home. Needs some space early and will be hoping for luck from the squeeze box.


Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.81 29.81 5.52 5.52
Box 5
Race Odds
$41.00
Heat Replay
 
Organic Choice
Trainer
Graeme Duggan
Owner
Judith Browne
Prizemoney
$1,860.00
Last 10 Starts
33232
26 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Goodesy - Llandilo Fox
Start Good Running Wide Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $372.00 Rating 92
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 0 2 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
0% 100%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 1 1
Comments: ARG opinion is - Reliable beginner who has not missed a place in five race starts. May lack the genuine speed to win this race and looks tested. Place chances appear best.
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 30.34 5.45 5.45
Box 6
Race Odds
$4.20
Heat Replay
 
Tommy Brislane
Trainer
Steven White
Owner
Geoffrey Slattery
Prizemoney
$7,800.00
Last 10 Starts
XXXXXXXX11
19 Months   Black   Dog   by   Premier Fantasy - Mary Virginia
Start Excellent Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $3,900.00 Rating 99
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: Steven White (Trainer) – “He is a good chance, we just hope he gets out of the boxes and we will see what happens after that. He has not been in any good boxes yet but he has good pace. I think the pace is between him, the one and the three. There is only a length between him and Paua To Roar no matter where I have trialled them.”

Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.97 29.97 5.37 5.37
Box 7
Race Odds
$17.00
Heat Replay
 
Gilgamesh
Trainer
Justin King
Owner
G Hatton & R Hatton
Prizemoney
$4,320.00
Last 10 Starts
XXXXXXXX12
22 Months   Brindle   Bitch   by   Collision - American Titch
Start Good Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating

$2,160.00

Rating 95
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 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – Chased home Brasko Khan tenaciously in her semi-final. If she lands on the speed she will put herself right in the picture. Has to overcome the wide box to do so.


Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.23 29.96 5.49 5.53
Box 8
Race Odds
$7.50
Heat Replay
 
Anything Less
Trainer
Glenn Rounds
Owner
Glenn Rounds
Prizemoney
$7,800.00
Last 10 Starts
XXXXXXXX11
20 Months   Black   Dog   by   Bekim Bale - Casey’s Angel
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $3,900.00 Rating 99
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 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Comments: Glenn Rounds (Trainer) – “I don’t know about the box, you’ve got to get across at Wentworth Park from the eight, it is a bit of a dreaded box out there. If he can get away and show his speed he will be right, but you don’t want to be posted there. He is a nice dog, he just needs luck to the first turn.”
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.92 29.94 5.48 5.48
1st Res
Race Odds
$11.00
Heart Replay
 
Zipping Lucy
Trainer
Jason Mackay
Owner
Damian Hallinan
Prizemoney
$485.00
Last 10 Starts
XXXXXXXX43
24 Months   Blue Fawn   Bitch   by   Mantra Lad - Scarlett Girl
Start Slow Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $243.00 Rating 86
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 0 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
0% 50%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 0 1
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Slow beginner that gets back. Will need luck if she gains a start. 
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 30.10 5.61 5.61
2nd Res
Race Odds
$7.50
Heat Replay
 
All Strung Out
Trainer
Glenn Rounds
Owner
Glenn Rounds
Prizemoney
$815.00
Last 10 Starts

XXXXXXXX33

20 Months   Black   Dog   by   Bekim Bale - Casey’s Angel
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $408.00 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 0 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
0% 100%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 0 2
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Bombed the start last week and unlucky not to make the final. A chance if he gets a start. 
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 30.36 5.53 6.17

If Xylia Allen (2) lands on the bunny, it could be a case of “eyes on the clock”. She broke the 280 metre record en route to her 720 metre record last week, so it would be hard for anyone to match motors with her.

Should she make the smallest error, Dyna Willow (4) will be set to pounce. She is the consummate professional and knows where the line is.

Sweet It Is (3) looks to be in career best form and registered 41.87 when running second to Dyna Willow last week. With a clear run, she is likely to be flying home late and is a knockout chance.

2014 Group Three Sportingbet Magic Maiden Preview

Eight precocious greyhounds get an early shot at Group glory on Saturday evening at Wentworth Park when they line up in the final of the Group Three Sportingbet Magic Maiden.

With many already sizzling on the clock, there could be a few worth jotting down in the black book as ones to follow throughout their racing careers.

$25,000 awaits the winner of the event and, with plenty of genuine chances, it should be a gem of a race.

Here’s how they line up;

Box 1
Race Odds
$4.20
Heat Replay
 

Paua To Roar

Trainer

Steven White

Owner

S White & K White

Prizemoney
$4,320.00
Last 10 Starts

XXXXXXXX12

19 Months   Black   Dog   by  

Head Bound

-

Paua To Erupt

Start Excellent Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,160.00 Rating 100
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

Comments: Steven White (Trainer) “He is well boxed and he has got plenty of pace. I have had some hiccups with him in the last six weeks with tonsillitis, he has been choking up in the last bit getting to the line. I’ve taken some action against it this week and his tonsils have actually come down, they are not as inflamed as what they have been in the last five weeks, so hopefully I’ve done enough to get him over the line. He can run really good sections.”

Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.03 29.95 5.35 5.45
Box 2
Race Odds 
$9.00
Heat Replay
 

Zipping Weston

Trainer
Jason Mackay
Owner
M Hallinan & F Hallinan
Prizemoney
$4,435.00
Last 10 Starts

XXXXXXX312

24 Months   Black   Dog   by  

Smooth Fancy

-

Navigator Miss

Start Fair Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,478.00 Rating 98
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 1 1
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
33% 100%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 1 0
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Comments: ARG opinion is - Moderate beginner with a massive motor. Given a clear run to the first turn, he could blow them away.
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.62 30.30 5.50 5.58
Box 3
Race Odds
$3.80
Heat Replay
 
Brasko Kahn
Trainer
Jason Magri
Owner
Michael Laffey
Prizemoney
$4,830.00
Last 10 Starts
XXXXXXXX31
20 Months   Red Fawn   Dog   by   Where’s Pedro - Mantra Style
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,415.00 Rating 99
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
50% 100%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 1
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Comments: ARG opinion is Very fast conveyance who has mixed box manners in his two starts to date. Will be a major player if he steps well.
                                    Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.86 29.86 5.46 5.46
       
Box 4
 Race Odds
$5.00
Heat Replay
 
Zipping Bruno
Trainer
Jason Mackay
Owner
M Hallinan & F Hallinan
Prizemoney
$8.040.00
Last 10 Starts
XXXXXXX211

24 Months

  Black   Dog   by   Smooth Fancy -

Navigator Miss

Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,680.00 Rating 96
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 2 1 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
67% 100%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 2 0 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – Another moderate beginner with a very strong run home. Needs some space early and will be hoping for luck from the squeeze box.


Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.81 29.81 5.52 5.52
Box 5
Race Odds
$41.00
Heat Replay
 
Organic Choice
Trainer
Graeme Duggan
Owner
Judith Browne
Prizemoney
$1,860.00
Last 10 Starts
33232
26 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Goodesy - Llandilo Fox
Start Good Running Wide Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $372.00 Rating 92
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 0 2 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
0% 100%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 1 1
Comments: ARG opinion is - Reliable beginner who has not missed a place in five race starts. May lack the genuine speed to win this race and looks tested. Place chances appear best.
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 30.34 5.45 5.45
Box 6
Race Odds
$4.20
Heat Replay
 
Tommy Brislane
Trainer
Steven White
Owner
Geoffrey Slattery
Prizemoney
$7,800.00
Last 10 Starts
XXXXXXXX11
19 Months   Black   Dog   by   Premier Fantasy - Mary Virginia
Start Excellent Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $3,900.00 Rating 99
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: Steven White (Trainer) – “He is a good chance, we just hope he gets out of the boxes and we will see what happens after that. He has not been in any good boxes yet but he has good pace. I think the pace is between him, the one and the three. There is only a length between him and Paua To Roar no matter where I have trialled them.”

Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.97 29.97 5.37 5.37
Box 7
Race Odds
$17.00
Heat Replay
 
Gilgamesh
Trainer
Justin King
Owner
G Hatton & R Hatton
Prizemoney
$4,320.00
Last 10 Starts
XXXXXXXX12
22 Months   Brindle   Bitch   by   Collision - American Titch
Start Good Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating

$2,160.00

Rating 95
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 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – Chased home Brasko Khan tenaciously in her semi-final. If she lands on the speed she will put herself right in the picture. Has to overcome the wide box to do so.


Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.23 29.96 5.49 5.53
Box 8
Race Odds
$7.50
Heat Replay
 
Anything Less
Trainer
Glenn Rounds
Owner
Glenn Rounds
Prizemoney
$7,800.00
Last 10 Starts
XXXXXXXX11
20 Months   Black   Dog   by   Bekim Bale - Casey’s Angel
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $3,900.00 Rating 99
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 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Comments: Glenn Rounds (Trainer) – “I don’t know about the box, you’ve got to get across at Wentworth Park from the eight, it is a bit of a dreaded box out there. If he can get away and show his speed he will be right, but you don’t want to be posted there. He is a nice dog, he just needs luck to the first turn.”
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.92 29.94 5.48 5.48
1st Res
Race Odds
$11.00
Heart Replay
 
Zipping Lucy
Trainer
Jason Mackay
Owner
Damian Hallinan
Prizemoney
$485.00
Last 10 Starts
XXXXXXXX43
24 Months   Blue Fawn   Bitch   by   Mantra Lad - Scarlett Girl
Start Slow Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $243.00 Rating 86
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 0 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
0% 50%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 0 1
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Slow beginner that gets back. Will need luck if she gains a start. 
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 30.10 5.61 5.61
2nd Res
Race Odds
$7.50
Heat Replay
 
All Strung Out
Trainer
Glenn Rounds
Owner
Glenn Rounds
Prizemoney
$815.00
Last 10 Starts

XXXXXXXX33

20 Months   Black   Dog   by   Bekim Bale - Casey’s Angel
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $408.00 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 0 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
0% 100%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 0 2
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Bombed the start last week and unlucky not to make the final. A chance if he gets a start. 
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 30.36 5.53 6.17

The Steve White trained pair of Paua To Roar (1) and Tommy Brislane (6) look to hold the keys early. If either of those can lead they will be solid winning chances.

Zipping Weston (2) could get a nice run to the first turn which will bring him right into the race. He has a massive middle section and run-home, and appears to be value.

Brasko Khan (3) can run fast time and is another big chance with a clean get-away.

If Anything Less (8) can negotiate the outside alley, then he is another with enough talent to take out the event.

Gilgamesh (7) is a knockout chance should she be able to find a touch more early zip.

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2014 Group One Golden Easter Egg Final Preview

The 2014 Group One Golden Easter Egg will be conducted for the 25th time on Saturday night and the winner will join a long list of champions that have won the unique golden egg trophy.

The final field has been assembled over a period of three weeks with the final eight coming from an initial pool of 80 greyhounds.

Some of the races famous winners include Highly Blessed, Malawi Law, Tenthill Doll, Rapid Journey, Brett Lee and Paua To Burn. More recently, winners include Grigorieva Bale, Don’t Knocka Him and Radley Bale. The fastest winning time for the Golden Easter Egg is 29.60, recorded by Don’t Knocka Him in 2012.

Evil Punk is the fastest qualifier for this year’s final, running 29.70 last week.

Here’s a look at the field, which comprises five greyhounds from Victoria, two from New South Wales and one from Tasmania.

Box 1
Race Odds
$2.20
Heat Replay
 

Buckle Up Wes

Trainer

Edward Medhurst

Owner

R Johnson & S Sutton

Prizemoney
$333,690.00
Last 10 Starts

1313111112

34 Months   Black   Dog   by  

Collision

-

Everlong Bale

Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $9,019.00 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
37 22 6 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
59% 86%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 4 1 1
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 4 0 0

Comments: Ted Medhurst (Trainer) - “Hopefully he will go very well. There’s no question he is well drawn. They’re only flesh and bone and can do some strange things but hopefully he comes out well and if he does he will run a good race. He is a winning hope but it depends on how he begins. He is healthy and ready to go on with it. We are overwhelmed that he is has got into another Group One final and we are pleased to be there.”

Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.56 29.84 5.34 5.37
Box 2
Race Odds 
$7.50
Heat Replay
 

Tonk

Trainer
Brooke Ennis
Owner
Striptease syndicate
Prizemoney
$43,810.00
Last 10 Starts

1137661531

30 Months   Fawn   Dog   by  

Bartrim Bale

-

Coulta Gold

Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,752.00 Rating 98
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
25 10 6 4
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
40% 80%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 2 0 1
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 5 1 0
Comments: Jamie Ennis (Co-Trainer) – “From a punter’s perspective, Tonk has drawn beautifully. Ollie Bale, in box three, likes to use a bit of the track. That won’t help Warrior King, but it will help Tonk. Buckle Up Wes is obviously the one to beat, he is a professional race dog, has good pace and drives up hard. Tonk is probably at the right age to do well.”
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.57 29.81 5.38 5.47
Box 3
Race Odds
$7.50
Heat Replay
 
Ollie Bale
Trainer
Andrea Dailly
Owner
Paul Wheeler
Prizemoney
$157,665.00
Last 10 Starts
2367375111
30 Months   Black   Dog   by   Go Wild Teddy - Zambola Bale
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $4,261.00 Rating 98
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
37 10 6 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
27% 57%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 2 0 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 5 0 0
Comments: Tom Dailly (Co-Trainer) – He’s drawn nicely so I hope he gets a clear run and can get on the bunny. If he gets on the bunny he will be some sort of chance of winning.”
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.83 29.83 5.45 5.45
       
Box 4
 Race Odds
$6.00
Heat Replay
 
Warrior King
Trainer
Brooke Ennis
Owner
T Wales & C Knox
Prizemoney
$46,530.00
Last 10 Starts
1131132112

25 Months

  Red Brindle   Dog   by   Turanza Bale -

Flamenco

Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,861.20 Rating 97
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
25 10 6 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
40% 88%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 2 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 2 0
Comments: Jamie Ennis (Co-Trainer) – “Warrior King is still only a young dog that has just turned two. Those few inside draws he has had has given him some confidence and he drove up good last week. From a punters perspective though, Warrior King’s biggest problem in the final will be Ollie Bale wanting to use the track.”

Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.91 30.02 5.48 5.48
Box 5
Race Odds
$17.00
Heat Replay
 
Magic Display
Trainer
Evelyn Harris
Owner
L Bull & S Bull
Prizemoney
$49,895.00
Last 10 Starts
2317173311
30 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Magic Sprite - Display Bonus
Start Excellent Running Rail Good  
Prizemoney Rating $1,559.00 Rating 94
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
32 14 5 7
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
44% 81%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 1 2 1
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 0 0 2
Comments: Len Harris (Co-Trainer) – “I’m hoping she will go well. It is a very hard race. I’m just hoping she jumps out in front. She is only a young girl and it’s a big thing for her. She has made four finals now and has never drawn well and we have had no luck with the draw for this final. I just hope she really does well. The whole litter is going well and I put it
down to living in paradise (Northern Rivers).”
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.80 29.80 5.36 5.36
Box 6
Race Odds
$4.20
Heat Replay
 
Evil Punk
Trainer
James Coyle
Owner
James Coyle
Prizemoney
$67,810.00
Last 10 Starts
2123212FF1
31 Months   Black   Dog   by   Collision - Punk Angel
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,654.00 Rating 99
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
41 11 10 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
27% 63%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
22 4 5 4
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 2 0 1
Comments: James Coyle (Trainer) “It is going to be hard to lead. It’s too hard to say, with all those fast dogs inside him. I think he is going to need a little bit of luck around the first turn. He is a good chaser, a very hard chaser. Hopefully he’ll have a bit more luck this week and he’ll get there.”  
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.70 29.70 5.40 5.47
Box 7
Race Odds
$41.00
Heat Replay
 
Jordan Allen
Trainer
Andrea Dailly
Owner
Janice Wheeler
Prizemoney
$45,725.00
Last 10 Starts
5131664F42
31 Months   Black    Dog   by   Fear Zafonic - Dyna Celeste
Start Fair Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating

$1,1150.00

Rating 92
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
41 8 10 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
20% 51%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 0 1 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 0 2 0
Comments: Tom Dailly (Co-Trainer) – “He is probably not drawn too well out in seven but he does chase very hard so we will just see how he goes from out there.”

Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 30.27 5.54 5.54
Box 8
Race Odds
$15.00
Heat Replay
 
Hawk Alone
Trainer
Andrea Dailly
Owner
Mark Rodgers
Prizemoney
$244,895.00
Last 10 Starts
417F241332
32 Months   Black   Dog   by Westmead Hawk   - Glamorous Jade
Start Fair Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $4,802.00 Rating 94
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
51 16 11 9
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
31% 71%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 1 1 1
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 2 1 3
Comments: Tom Dailly (Co-Trainer) – “It doesn’t sort of suit him, the pink, because he doesn’t have an abundance of early pace so he’s going to need a fair amount of luck to get into the race from out there.”
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.95 30.05 5.39 5.51
1st Res
Race Odds
$7.50
Heart Replay
 
Ritza Hattie 
Trainer
Mark Gatt
Owner
Mark Gatt
Prizemoney
$114,310.00
Last 10 Starts
N/A
29 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Bombastic Shiraz - Midnight Flare
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $4,763.00 Rating 96
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
24 12 7 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
50% 96%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 2 2 3
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Has performed well during the series and was running home solidly last week to just miss out on making the final. If she gets a start from an inside box she is expected to go well.
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.95 29.87 5.40 5.40
2nd Res
Race Odds
$41.00
Heat Replay
 
Hurricane Rino
Trainer
Anthony Azzopardi
Owner
Pamela Braddon
Prizemoney
$38,905.00
Last 10 Starts

7521117823

32 Months   Brindle   Dog   by   Collision -  Taradearra
Start Excellent Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $998.00 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
39 13 10 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
33% 69%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
13 3 6 1
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Flew out last week but couldn’t hang on, beaten four-and-a-quarter lengths by Tonk. Will need some luck if he gains a start.
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.93 30.07 5.38 5.38

Buckle Up Wes (1) will start the deserved favourite from box one, a box he is undefeated from. He ran second last week to Magic Display (5) from box four, working hard to finish in second place. He is the current Australian Cup champion and with a good jump at box-rise, should prove too hard to hold out.

Tonk (2) also looks ideally drawn and as Jamie Ennis has pointed out, he should get some room with Ollie Bale (3) drawn outside him. Ollie Bale has been showing good pace in his last two runs at Wentworth Park and likes to use the track. Ollie Bale will show his best if he can get on the bunny but he may not have the pace to match Buckle Up Wes and Tonk.

Warrior King (4) has improved with each run he has had at Wentworth Park and is the youngest chaser in the field. It would not be a surprise to see him up there in the final stages.

Evil Punk (6) and Magic Display (5) are the local hopes and they both possess good early speed. Magic Display has been flying the lids in her last couple of runs and could lead the field, but she will have to try and get past Tonk and Buckle Up Wes early. Evil Punk hasn’t drawn well but is a tough chaser and will give it his all.

Jordan Allen (7) and Hawk Alone (8) will need luck from out wide. Hawk Alone has managed a fast first section here in the past but he is more noted for the strength at the end of his races.

The final should be a great race and is scheduled to jump at 9:45pm.

2014 Group Three New Sensation Final Preview

Eight talented runners will line up in tomorrow night’s $25,000 Group Three New Sensation final, with exciting youngster Hooksy set the start as the $1.70 favourite from box three.

The Tanya Auld trained Victorian dominated both his heat and semi final, with a sizzling personal best time of 29.44 over the 520 metre distance. The son of Hondo Black and Uno Witch has an excellent career record of eleven wins from sixteen starts and will be looking for his seventh consecutive win tomorrow night.

Darren Sultana’s Irondale Bravo has drawn ideally in box two and was ultra-impressive in his semi final last week, clocking a flying 29.66. The son of Collision and Luci Tee produced a sensational run home of 11.64 and will be one of the main dangers tomorrow night.

The Group Three New Sensation final will be run and won at 8.27pm.

Box 1
Race Odds

$17

Heat Replay
 
Raincheck
Trainer
Peter Lagogiane
Owner
Vincent Murray
Prizemoney
$9,625
Last 10 Starts
3232313212
26 Months   Fawn   Dog   by   Cosmic Rumble - Cold Ethyl
Start  Good Running  Rail Finish Moderate
Prizemoney Rating $641.67 Rating 80 
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
15 3 5 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
20% 80%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 2 3 2
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 1
Comments: Trainer Unavailable: Led last week and got run down by Bottom Dollar in 30.27. Is a good beginner and has drawn perfectly in box one, however will need to lift significantly to test this field. 
Best Wentworth ParkR Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.21 30.35 5.48 5.48
Box 2
Race Odds 
$6
Heat Replay
 
Irondale Bravo
Trainer
Darren Sultana
Owner
Brian Moloney
Prizemoney
$9,595
Last 10 Starts
2211641131
23 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Collision - Luci Tee
Start  Fast Running Middle  Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating  $799.58 Rating 99 
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
12 5 2 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
42% 60%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 1
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Comments: Trainer Unavailable: Was brilliant from box seven last week in clocking the second best time of the heats in 29.66. Clocked the fastest run home of 11.64 and will be very hard to beat if she gets a clear run. 

Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.66 29.66 5.44 5.44
Box 3
Race Odds
$1.70
Heat Replay
 
Hooksy
Trainer
Tanya Auld
Owner
Tanya Auld
Prizemoney
$35,430
Last 10 Starts
1214111111
25 Months   Black   Dog   by   Hondo Black - Uno Witch
Start  Good Running Rail  Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2214.38 Rating  100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
16 11 3 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
69% 94%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 2 0 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 3 1 0
Comments: Jim Auld (Kennel Rep): “The dog is jumping out of his skin and only needs a bit of lucky early, he will be very hard to beat.”
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.44 29.44 5.37 5.43
Box 4
 Race Odds
$7.50
Heat Replay
 
Velvet Flame
Trainer
Andrew Bayliss
Owner
Andrew Bayliss
Prizemoney
$11,340
Last 10 Starts
2216251112

25 Months

  Lt Bdl   Bitch   by   Collision - Perfect Model
Start Good  Running Rail  Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1030.91 Rating  80
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
11 5 4 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
   
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 2 1 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Comments: Andrew Bayliss (Trainer): “I think she has a great chance of running a place, but Hooksy is the dog to beat. My bitch will jump and probably go left so if she has a bit of luck early, realistically i think she can go ok. I am thrilled to be in a final like this and will thoroughly enjoy the night.”

Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.94 30.06 5.42 5.45
Box 5
Race Odds
$12
Heat Replay
 
Bottom Dollar
Trainer
Glenn Rounds
Owner
Glenn Rounds
Prizemoney
$16,735
Last 10 Starts
111121
23 Months   Black   Dog   by   Bombastic Shiraz - Miss Bel Air
Start  Good Running Middle  Finish

Strong

Prizemoney Rating  $2729.17 Rating  95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 5 1 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
83% 100%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 1 0
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
  0   0
Comments: Trainer Unavailable: Finished off his heat very strongly last week after getting across from box eight and running down Raincheck. Will need to improve on the clock to challenge this field. 


Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.27 30.27 5.47 5.47
Box 6
Race Odds
$4.50
Heat Replay
 
My Kinda Music
Trainer
Allan Pringle
Owner
Joshua Jones
Prizemoney
$24,645
Last 10 Starts
F111111141
26 Months   Black   Bitch   by   El Grand Senor - Ice Dancer
Start  Fast Running  Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1760.36 Rating 97 
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
14 10 2 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
71% 86%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 2 0 0
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 2 0
Comments: Trainer Unavailable: Was sensational last week in 29.75, leading all the way from box four. Has drawn awkwardly this week with a lot of speed either side, but can win this with the right run. 
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.75 29.75 5.34 5.34
Box 7
Race Odds
$21
Heat Replay
 
King Odessa
Trainer
Kristy Sultana
Owner
Ross Healey
Prizemoney
$14,015
Last 10 Starts
1151122222
24 Months   Black   Dog   by   Where’s Pedro - Supreme Odessa
Start  Good Running Rail  Finish Moderate
Prizemoney Rating $934.33 Rating 86
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
15 4 6 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
27% 73%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 2 5 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 0 3
Comments: Kristy Sultana: “He is a rough chance, but has drawn badly. Needs a lot of luck at the first turn”

Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.05 30.36 5.44 5.46
Box 8
Race Odds
$41
Heat Replay
 
Lacey Lois
Trainer
Peter Acers
Owner
P Acers & A Powell
Prizemoney
$16,205
Last 10 Starts
3272731312
28 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Superman -

Naughty Nicki

Start Fast  Running Rail  Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $852.89  Rating 85 
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
19 6 6 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
32% 84%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 2 2 3
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 0 2 1
Comments: Adele Powell (Kennel Rep): i got my wish I wanted either box one or box eight, but I would have preferred the inside. I bred her mother and grandmother and they have all made Group finals. This is Peter’s first Group finalist and we are so happy to have a runner on Egg night.”

 

Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.03 30.03 5.43 5.43

Soviet Missile Launches Assault On Dubbo Cup

Four solid heats of the Rocky Ridge Gold Cup were conducted at Dubbo this afternoon, with some exciting performances setting up an enticing final for next Thursday afternoon.

Toby Weekes’ Soviet Missile was the fastest qualifier of the afternoon clocking a near-record 29.80 over the 516m, saluting comfortably by seven lengths over second placegetter Second Sight ($22.40) for Shannon Kirby. After beginning midfield, the son of Where’s Pedro and Jacinta Bale got a beautiful rails run to sit behind the early leader and raced away to notch up his seventh career win and will start a heavy favourite in next week’s final.

Heat one went too Londonderry trainer Anthony Azzopardi, who made the five hour trek to Dubbo with five runners engaged and will have an excellent chance in the final with Kulu Special, who qualified second fastest in 29.92. The son of Trewly Special, who is a new addition to the Azzopardi kennel, exited box five off good form at Wentworth Park where he clocked up two straight wins, with a personal best of 29.72. He held off the Toby Weekes trained $16.30 outsider Freddy’s Smile, who battled on gamely to finish second and qualify for next week.

Renowned breeder Martin Hallinan took out heat two with Tricky Jade, who ran down four-year-old Yo Cool Maxie to score by one and three quarter lengths in 29.97. The beautifully bred daughter of Bit Chili and Navigator Miss racked up her first win since December, where she sizzled around the 450 metres at Maitland in 25.13. Manyana Groper ran a brilliant race to finish second and will be a genuine contender next week.

Haves upset the favourites in the last heat for trainer Shannon Kirby, after a brilliant performance from box seven in 29.99. The daughter of Collision and Lachlan’s Gift weaved his way through the field and snuck along the rails in the home straight to score by half a length over the fast finishing Zipping Tess.

Next week’s final will attract plenty of attention, with winning connections set to receive a sensational $25,000 for their efforts.

White’s Hard Work May Give Him The Paua To Roar

Steve White is no stranger to success in feature events both as a trainer and breeder.

The charismatic Nowra Hill mentor’s overflowing list of achievements are highlighted by his prolific producer Alice Dooley and Hall Of Fame bitch Paua To Burn.

This Saturday night he will line up two finalists in the Group Three Sportingbet Magic Maiden. Paua To Roar, who will exit box one, is a descendant of White’s successful line and a grandson of the aforementioned Paua To Burn and is raced by Steve and his wife Kerrie. Tommy Brislane will exit the six alley, who White prepares for owner Geoff Slattery.

When ARG caught up with White, he explained some of the hurdles he has faced with Paua To Roar in the lead-up to the big final and hinted that he may be even better come Saturday evening.

“I have had some hiccups with him in the last six weeks with tonsillitis, he has been choking up in the last bit getting to the line,” White said about his son of Head Bound and Paua To Erupt (Spiral Nikita – Paua To Burn).

“The last four or five weeks, they have become a real nuisance, they have been really inflamed after each run. But I have taken a few different measures this week with him. I checked them today (Thursday) and they are actually back to a pale pink, so that is a good sign. He is well boxed and he has got plenty of pace, so hopefully I’ve done enough to get him over the line. He can run really good sections.”

Both of White’s runners are blessed with early speed and could dictate the outcome of the race from box-rise. He finds it hard to split the pair, saying they have always been very close to each other ability-wise.

“They both look to be good chances, we just hope they get out of the boxes and then we will see what happens after that. Tommy Brislane has not been in any good boxes yet but he has good pace. I think the pace is between him, Paua To Roar and the three (Brasko Khan). There has always only been a length between Tommy Brislane and Paua To Roar, no matter where I have trialled them.”

Come 7:47pm this Saturday night, there may well be another Group success headed to Nowra Hill, and a tonsil tonic could give Steve White the Paua To Roar.

Eggciting Times Ahead for Ennis

Jamie Ennis is a busy man and he is likely to get no rest over the Easter break. The Ennis crew have two runners in the big Group One Golden Easter Egg at Wentworth Park on Saturday night but they are also busy with the Warrnambool Classic and the various feature races at Bendigo on Easter Sunday.

With a relatively small team of around 15 dogs, Ennis has had dogs engaged in the Bendigo Cup heats, Warrnambool Classic and Bendigo Gold Rush Maiden heats over the last few days. He has to get back from Wentworth Park after Saturday’s Egg final, as he has runners engaged throughout Bendigo’s meeting including a finalist in the Bendigo Cup (Deadly Vane) and the Gold Rush Maiden Final (Bejay The Dejay).

Turning to the Easter Egg, it’s a big achievement to get one dog through to the Easter Egg final but Ennis will rug up two dogs; Tonk and Warrior King. Interestingly both Tonk and Warrior King have each won 10 races from 25 career starts.

“Obviously when you only set a couple of dogs for the race you don’t expect too much. It was above our expectations to get two in the final”, Ennis said.

Ennis has been so busy that it has taken his mind off the Easter Egg.

“I had dogs in the Warrnambool Classic, dogs in the Bendigo Cup and the Bendigo Maiden and I have been that busy that I haven’t had a chance to sit down and think about Saturday night.”

In brief, Tonk is a 30 month old fawn dog by Bartrim Bale – Coulta Gold (Bombastic Shiraz – Coulta Tess). He has really taken to Wentworth Park, recording 29.56 at his first look at the track on 5 April. He was a runner up to Ernie Bung Arrow in the Group Three South Australian Derby. His mother was the winner of 11 races including multiple wins at Sandown and The Meadows.

Warrior King is a red brindle dog that just turned two years old in March. He is by Turanza Bale out of Flamenco (Where’s Pedro – Zarbo). You should recognise his mother’s breeding; she is a sister to Mogambo and Lady Arko. Warrior King’s most notable performance to date is his third behind Crump in the Group Two Horsham Cup.

For the Easter Egg final, Tonk has drawn box two and Warrior King has box four. Sandwiched between them is Ollie Bale and according to Ennis, Ollie Bale will be key to each of his dog’s chances.

“From a punter’s perspective, Tonk has drawn beautifully. Ollie Bale, in box three, likes to use a bit of the track. That won’t help Warrior King, but it will help Tonk. Buckle Up Wes is obviously the one to beat, he is a professional race dog, has good pace and drives up hard.”

“Tonk is probably at the right age to do well. Warrior King is still only a young dog that has just turned two. Warrior King is a bit of a dumb dog at times, he takes a while to get used to things. It’s a bit of a satisfaction to get the dog to the stage he is at so early. Those few inside draws he has had has given him some confidence and he drove up good last week. From a punters perspective though, Warrior King’s biggest problem in the final will be Ollie Bale wanting to use the track. Ollie Bale will probably hold the field out wide and the one and two will sail through. As a trainer I hope that doesn’t happen and Warrior King can get a clear run across. However, box draws are everything and if I had drawn the six or seven I would be saying I had nearly no hope.”

Come Saturday night, Ennis has a few mates coming up for support and he will be travelling with Tonk’s owner.

“As I have the Bendigo Cup on Sunday, win, lose or draw, I will be back on the highway afterwards. If Tonk happens to win I reckon I will end up doing most of the driving!”

If either of Ennis’ dogs win or run a place it is sure to make the drive home that tiny bit easier.

Hooksy Sets The Benchmark Again In New Sensation

Hooksy delivered another outstanding performance in last night’s Group Three New Sensation heats, recording best of the night figures once again, clocking a fast 29.57 on a wet track.

Stepping out in the final heat as the $1.20 favourite from box three, the Tanya Auld trained chaser secured his eleventh career win from sixteen starts and is now the $2.20 favourite to take out next week’s $25,000 final. King Odessa chased gallantly in defeat, finished second by thirteen and three quarter lengths and will exit from box seven in next Saturday night’s final.

Semi-final one went to Bottom Dollar ($5.90) for Glenn Rounds, who used box eight to perfection. The son of Bombastic Shiraz and Miss Bel Air crossed hard at the first turn to sit behind early leader Raincheck and grabbed his rival on the line by one and a quarter lengths in 30.27.

Silent Effective started as the heavy favourite in semi-final two for Darren Sultana at $1.30 after a scintillating win last week, clocking 29.54. However, he had to settle for third placing after kennelmate Irondale Bravo stole the show from box seven, running down early leader Lacey Lois in a flying 29.66.

The third semi final finally rewarded favourite backers with My Kinda Music ($2.40) saluting from box four in a brilliant displaying, clocking 29.75. Trained by Alan Pringle, the regally bred daughter of El Grand Senor and Ice Dancer notched up her tenth win from fourteen starts, but will have to overcome a difficult box six draw next Saturday night.

The box draw for next week’s $25,000 final is:

1. Raincheck – Peter Lagogiane
2. Irondale Bravo – Darren Sultana
3. Hooksy – Tanya Auld
4. Velvet Flame – Andrew Bayliss
5. Bottom Dollar – Glenn Rounds
6. My Kinda Music – Allan Pringle
7. King Odessa – Kristy Sultana
8. Lacey Lois – Peter Acers

Xylia Allen And Dyna Willow Sizzle In Association Cup Heats

A loam scorching track record run by Xylia Allen stole the headlines with three top quality heats of the Group One Association Cup run and won at Wentworth Park on Saturday Night.

Xylia Allen stopped the clock at 41.53, shaving 0.21 seconds off the record set by Dyna Willow in the Gold Cup final a fortnight ago.

Amazingly, Dyna Willow came out in the second heat and lowered her personal best when she won in 41.69, but it was not enough to see her regain her track record title.

Let’s take a look at how the three heats transpired;

Group One Association Cup Heat One

Xylia Allen (1) announced herself as the countries most exciting stayer, dominating the first heat and running her third consecutive track record in the process.

Shanghaiing out of box one, the daughter of Turanza Bale and Tayah Bake (Droopys Vieri – Francesca Bale) quickly opened up a space, running the first 280 metres faster than the current track record which has stood for 11 years.

Alpe D’Huez (6) and Infinite Wish (2) were the early chasers, but it was a solo act throughout as Xylia Allen just got further and further in front, eventually scoring by 11 1/2 lengths from Hala Belle (7) who ran on well for second to qualify for his third Group One Final, with Infinite Wish hanging on for third.

Group One Association Cup Heat Two

Wentworth Park specialist Dyna Willow (5) kept her amazing record at the Glebe circuit intact when she took out Heat Two in the second-fastest time ever witnessed at the track.

Perth Galaxy winner Born Ali (1) led early with Shoe Laces Lady (6) and Dyna Willow parked right on her hammer.

Born Ali managed to hold the ascendency past the post the first time but Dyna Willow loomed large and took over as they entered the back straight.

The daughter of Collision and Horizon Bale (Stately Bird – Vodeena Bale) quickly extended her advantage and raced away to score her sixth race win at Wentworth Park from just seven attempts in a lightning 41.69.

Sweet It Is (3) looks to be a much improved stayer and flew home to finish second for Darren McDonald, while Born Ali hung on for third.

Group One Association Cup Heat Three

With the first two heats always going to tough acts to follow, it was Hailstorm Billy who showed he has a staying future, winning at his first attempt beyond 700 metres in the time of 42.11.

Dyna Kayla (3) left the boxes in a hurry, leading clearly with Hailstorm Billy and Lethal Three (7) in pursuit.

By the time they entered the straight the first time, Hailstorm Billy had already hit the front and opened up a three length break with Lethal Three moving to second and Pumped Up Zarr (8) in third place.

That is the way the front two remained up the back and into the home straight with Lethal Three trying her heart out, but unable to make any ground on Hailstorm Billy, who won by three lengths.

Rocky Bale (5) unleashed a withering burst to fly home and nab second place right on the line, with Lethal Three in third.

The box draw for next week’s $75,000 Group One Association Cup is as follows;

1- Lethal Three – Kelly Bravo
2- Xylia Allen – Jenny Hunt
3- Sweet It Is – Darren McDonald
4- Dyna Willow – Steve Collins
5- Rocky Bale – Jenny Hunt
6- Hailstorm Billy – Angela Langton
7- Hala Belle – Peter Akathiotis
8- Infinite Wish – Angela Langton

Finalists Decided For 2014 Group One Golden Easter Egg

Over half the field for the 2014 Group One Golden Easter Egg final will be trained by two trainers. Andrea Dailly has qualified three runners for the final (Ollie Bale, Jordan Allen and Hawk Alone) and Brooke Ennis has qualified two runners (Warrior King and Tonk).

The final field is now known after four semi-finals of the rich Group One race were completed at Wentworth Park on Saturday night. The fastest semi-final winner was Evil Punk, who recorded 29.70 for the 520 metre journey. Overall, there wasn’t much difference amongst the other semi-final winning times; 29.80, 29.81 and 29.83.

Here’s a look at how each of the semi-finals panned out.

Semi-final One – Group One Golden Easter Egg

The Dailly’s kicked off the semi-finals with a bang, qualifying the first two runners into the Easter Egg final next week. Everything went the way of the Silver Chief winner Ollie Bale (3), as he lead all the way in 29.83, recording sections of 5.46, 13.94 and an 11.74 run home.

The race favourite, Keybow (7), came undone by the box draw, finding all sorts of trouble trying to get across from the outside and he finished down the track in seventh. Where’s The Surf (1) looked well-suited by the draw but didn’t fly the lids and had to do a mile of work to get himself into a handy position around the turn, but he couldn’t hang on for a place, finishing fourth.

Fort Allen (8) crossed beautifully from box eight to land in second behind Ollie Bale but it was kennel-mate Jordan Allen (5) that displayed blistering mid race pace to finish six and a quarter lengths second behind Ollie Bale. It was a top run as he was only average away and had to negotiate a tricky passage into the race. Romantic Affair (4) finished strongly for third.

The first two 2014 Easter Egg finalists are Wheeler bred. Ollie Bale is a black dog by Go Wild Teddy – Zambola Bale (Collision – Maple Bale) and Jordan Allen is a black dog by Fear Zafonic – Dyna Celeste (Awesome Assassin – Jindara Bale).

Semi-final Two – Group One Golden Easter Egg

Evil Punk (5) took out the second semi-final in a victory that no one could begrudge him of. It was a gutsy effort by the James Coyle trained dog who was desperately unlucky in the heats, falling after striking the lure down the back straight. The stewards wisely used their discretion to advance him through to the semi-finals and avoid the ballot. He ran away with a four and a half length win over Warrior King (4) in a time of 29.70. He recorded sections of 5.48, 13.84 and 11.73 run home.

Brooke Ennis’ Warrior King (4) began well from box four but switched off the back of Evil Punk rounding the turn, losing momentum. This allowed Lach’s Wish (1) to move up into second behind Evil Punk on the rail. However, Warrior King quickly balanced back up and swept past Lach’s Wish down the back. Dyna Nalin (6) stormed home for third, after rounding the first turn in fifth position.

Richmond Derby place-getter Evil Punk is a black dog, bred, owned and trained by James Coyle and is by Collision – Punk Angel (Addis Boy – Dos Santos). Horsham Cup place-getter Warrior King is a red brindle dog by Turanza Bale – Flamenco (Where’s Pedro – Zarbo).

Semi-final Three – Group One Golden Easter Egg

Luckily, greyhounds don’t know what odds they are when they jump from the boxes. Magic Display (3) was rated a $31.00 chance when the lids opened but she didn’t run like a longs odds shot. She pinged the lids to record the best first section of the semi-finals, a fast 5.36. Buckle Up Wes (4) tried to go with her but she stuck to her guns to get the all important lead around the first turn.

Down the back, she was nearly four lengths clear of Australian Cup winner Buckle Up Wes and Ritza Hattie (1), who began well from box one. Buckle Up Wes had to do a little bit of extra work as he was stuck outside Ritza Hattie down the back and could only cross her heading into the final turn. It was a mad dash to the finish line with Buckle Up Wes in hot pursuit of Magic Display and Ritza Hattie chiming in down the middle of the track.

Magic Display crossed the finishing line with half a length to spare in 29.80. Buckle Up Wes finished second, with just half a length separating him and Ritza Hattie in third. Magic Display, trained by Evelyn Harris, recorded sections of 5.36, 13.74 and 11.92 run home.

Magic Display is a black bitch bred by Evelyn Harris. She is by Magic Sprite – Display Bonus (Elite State – All Display). The Ted Medhurst trained Buckle Up Wes is a black dog by Collision – Everlong Bale (Primo Uno – Shique Bale).

Semi-final Four – Group One Golden Easter Egg

Brooke Ennis qualified a second runner for the Easter Egg final after Tonk (2) put on a great chasing display to hunt down Hurricane Rino (5) and run away to score in 29.81, running home in 11.87. The first two sections of 5.38 and 13.76 were credited to Hurricane Rino, who speared the lids from box five to lead the field around the Glebe circuit.

Tonk railed beautifully and chased the leader hard down the back. He poured on the pace up the home straight to zoom past the tiring Hurricane Rino to score strongly by three and a half lengths.

Rookie Rebel winner Hawk Alone (7) unleashed a withering finishing burst to grab Hurricane Rino in the shadows of the post to secure second spot and a place in the final.

The fancied Iona Tokyo (1) began well from box one, but after being crossed by Hurricane Rino going into the turn she shifted wide and that ended any chance she had of making the final.

Tonk is a fawn dog by Bartrim Bale – Coulta Gold (Bombastic Shiraz – Coulta Tess). Hawk Alone, trained by Andrea Dailly, is by Westmead Hawk – Glamorous Jade (Brett Lee – Glamorous).

The all-important box draw for the final next week is:

1. Buckle Up Wes – 29.84 (Ted Medhurst)
2. Tonk – 29.81 (Brooke Ennis)
3. Ollie Bale – 29.83 (Andrea Dailly)
4. Warrior King – 30.02 (Brooke Ennis)
5. Magic Display – 29.80 (Evelyn Harris)
6. Evil Punk – 29.70 (James Coyle)
7. Jordan Allen – 30.27 (Andrea Dailly)
8. Hawk Alone – 30.05 (Andrea Dailly)

Wheeler Ecstatic As Xylia Allen Smashes Wentworth Park Track Record

There is very little that Paul Wheeler has not achieved when it comes to greyhound racing in Australia, but when you hear him speak about his newest staying star Xylia Allen, you can hear the enthusiasm in his voice.

On Saturday night, Xylia Allen obliterated the Wentworth Park 720 metre record, running a jaw-dropping 41.53 and shaving over two-tenths off the former record set by Dyna Willow in the recent Wentworth Park Gold Cup.

If the track record wasn’t enough, Xylia Allen also lowered the 280 metre record en route to her win, carving out a sizzling 15.84 early. The current record is 15.98 which was set by Ballerina Legend way back in 2003. This prompted legendary race-caller Paul Ambrosoli to emphasise the significance of the feat.

“I can’t remember anyone doing anything like that since Zoom Top and I think that was in the fog one night at Gosford or something like that.”

ARG was lucky enough to talk to Paul Wheeler straight after Xylia Allen’s feat, with Wheeler hinting the scary prediction that Xylia Allen may go even faster in the future.

Wheeler says Xylia Allen’s latest successes are largely due to having a full preparation aimed at the longer trips.

“When she first had a go at distance racing, she was plonked straight into seven-hundred against Miata,” he said.

“Everyone said they were very disappointed. What they didn’t take into account was that she hadn’t had a preparation and Graeme (Bate) had to do it that way when he was training her because the race just came up and he had to put her in or not have a go at it at all. So Graeme had a go and she was always up against it racing Miata and everyone sort of boo-hooed her at that stage.”

“But there has been a hell of a lot of preparation put in by Jenny this time and what they have done has been that they have been running her over six hundreds and everything and she has been winning and breaking track-records over six hundred. So the preparation for the distance has been totally different this time.”

With Saturday evenings run being Xylia Allen’s longest race to date, Wheeler sent out the ominous warning to competitors that she is likely to have some improvement in her.

“That is the furthest she has ever ran and my own personal opinion is that, in the last twenty or thirty metres, she was showing the effects of a 720 metre race. Given that that race was her first 720 in this preparation and she has broken the track record by a couple of tenths, give her another couple of runs and she could give the track record a shake again.”

Xylia Allen is by Turanza Bale out of Tayah Bale (Droopy’s Vieri – Francesca Bale) meaning that she is a product of two greyhounds that Wheeler bred himself, another factor that he is also particularly proud of.

“We have been having a colossal run with our own breed, Allen Deed for example, he won a $12,000 final on Thursday night and he is also by our own sire and our own bitch. We have got a few out there now that are bred 100% from our kennel that are going great guns.”

If Xylia Allen can continue in the same sort of form that she has shown over the long trips in this preparation, she could end up among some of the best we have seen.

Finalists Decided For 2014 Sportingbet Magic Maiden

Steve White and Jason Mackay will train half of the runners in the 2014 Sportingbet Magic Maiden final after both trainers qualified two runners for next Saturday night’s Group Three event at Wentworth Park.

And what a final it promises to be, with just 0.15 seconds separating the four semi-final winners from Friday night. Add to that a couple of hard luck stories who snuck through to the final and our appetites are well and truly whet for a thrilling $25,000 to-the-winner finale.

Here is a recap of how the four semi-finals transpired;

Race 1 – Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Semi-Final One

Anything Less (2) unleashed a strong finish to land the first semi-final in 29.94 for Tooradin trainer Glenn Rounds, who may have also been unlucky not to land the quinella.

Box-rise drama resulted in All Strung Out (8), Glenn Rounds second runner, walking out some 15 lengths behind the field.

Cuddletime Tears (3) and Anything Less (2) were the early leaders but were quickly headed off by the speedy Paua To Roar (4) who led into the first turn.

Cuddletime Tears (3), Passenger (6) and Mean Mr. Mustard (7) struck trouble at the first turn and this allowed Paua To Roar and Anything Less to get away in front with Old Mexico (1) in third place as they headed into the back.

Paua To Roar opened up a good break, holding a four or five length ascendency on Anything Less down the back who slowly started to whittle down the margin as they rounded the home turn.

Swinging into the home straight it still looked as though Paua To Roar was going well enough to win the event as Anything Less hooked out for one last crack at him.

The last 50 metres saw Anything less really knuckle down to the task and sprout wings to grab Paua To Roar right on the line to score by a head.

Back in the field, All Strung Out had weaved a path through runners to somehow finish in third place just six lengths from the winner, despite giving the whole field a massive start.

Race 2 – Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Semi-Final Two

Zipping Bruno (3) benefited greatly from a clean run this week to take out the second semi-final in a much improved 29.81 for Richmond Vale trainer Jason Mackay, setting the time standard for the four semi-finals in the process.

Organic Choice (4) and Miss Talladega (8) were the best to leave the traps with Zipping Bruno finding a clear passage to the fence in third as they left the straight the first time.

Filante (5), who started favourite, was fourth away and found the fence early as well.

As the field headed to the back straight, Zipping Bruno railed hard underneath Organic Choice and hit the front slowly opening up a margin and skipping away as they began the swing for home.

Organic Choice held down second with Miss Talladega in third. Filante was disappointed for a run as he looked to rail under Miss Talladega leaving the back straight.

Around the home turn, Zipping Bruno put on the after-burners and scorched away to score by an impressive 7 1/2 lengths, breaking the hearts of his rivals in the process.

Organic Choice held down second from Miss Talladega who finished third.

Race 3 – Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Semi-Final Three

Brasko Khan put on a bold front-running display to take out the third semi-final in a slick 29.86 for Austral mentor Jason Magri.

The regally bred son of Where’s Pedro and Mantra Style (Malfoy – Al Fresco) left the boxes in third but took little time to muster to the front which is where he stayed for the duration of the event.

Gilgamesh (6) chased Brasko Khan resolutely throughout the race but could not quite match it with the winner, running a very credible second. Zipping Lucy (4) was in third place for the bulk of the race and also chased well to finish third.

Race 4 – Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Semi-Final 4

Tommy Brislane (7) showed the virtue of early speed to lead all-the-way in the fourth semi-final in a time of 29.96 giving Nowra Hill trainer Steve White his second finalist.

Beginning smartly from box seven, the son of Premier Fantasy and Mary Virginia (Brett Lee – Thai Again) set the fastest first section of the four semi-finals when he stopped the clock at 5.37.

Favourite for the race, Zipping Weston was last away and found plenty of trouble as he set out in his pursuit of the early leader. He worked his way to second as they left the back, but the bird had flown and Tommy Brislane was off and gone, scoring by 4 3/4 lengths on the line.

Zipping Weston finished second, making Jason Mackay the second trainer to qualify two dogs for the final.

Lyla Mel (1) came from a long way back to run a commendable third.

The box draw for next Saturday night’s Group Three final is as follows;

1 – Paua To Roar – Steve White
2 – Zipping Weston – Jason Mackay
3 – Brasko Khan – Jason Magri
4 – Zipping Bruno – Jason Mackay
5 – Organic Choice – Graeme Duggan
6 – Tommy Brislane – Steve White
7 – Gilgamesh – Justin King
8 – Anything Less – Glenn Rounds

Reserves

9 – Zipping Lucy – Jason Mackay
10 – All Strung Out – Glenn Rounds

2014 Group One Golden Easter Egg Semi-Finals Preview

The Group One Golden Easter Egg progresses to the semi-final stage on Saturday night at Wentworth Park. A total of four semi-finals will be conducted, with the first two placegetters from each semi progressing through to the rich $250,000 final on Saturday, April 19.

The field composition of the semi-finals has been determined, firstly, by placings in heats and, secondly, times recorded in registering such placings. The formula used seeds greyhounds into the semi-finals based on a combined consideration of the placings and times recorded by all greyhounds in the heats. No guarding applies in the semi-finals.

Training honours from last week went to Andrea Dailly, who has qualified seven runners for the semi-finals.

Here’s a look at the four races.

Semi-final One – Group One Golden Easter Egg (Race 5 at 8:50pm)

Darren McDonald has two greyhounds engaged in this semi-final and Andrea Dailly will rug up three greyhounds.

One of McDonald’s greyhounds, fastest heat qualifier Keybow (7), has moved from box two, which he had last week, to box seven. He is better drawn near the rails although he has won from outside boxes. The dog on his immediate inside, the Fay Wotton trained Pride Of Mykonos (6), is a quick beginner and may give Keybow a cart across. Keybow will need luck in the early stages in order to repeat last week’s devastating 29.45 performance.

Mcdonald’s other runner is Where’s The Surf (1) and he has drawn ideally in box one. He has had five starts from the cherry and recorded four wins and a minor placing. He ran second to Iona Tokyo last week, beaten three lengths in 29.78 after contending with an undesirable box seven draw. He won at Wentworth Park from box one on 29 March in 29.71. He looms as a big threat.

Andrea Dailly’s main chance in this semi-final looks to be Fort Allen (8). He is drawn on Keybow’s outside and was one of the greyhounds involved in the abandoned race last week. He began well from box six in the heats and was running within a length of Evil Punk before the lure caused carnage. He has won two from box eight and looks well drawn. He is yet to win at Wentworth Park. Dailly’s other chasers include Ollie Bale (3) who led all the way last week in 29.96 and Jordan Allen (5) who finished fourth, five and a half lengths behind Warrior King, who ran a winning time of 29.91. Ollie Bale and Jordan Allen will need to improve their times in order to feature.

Old stager Ritza Ryder (2), trained by Mark Gatt, finished a strong third to Dark Warrior last week, beaten two lengths in 30.29. He hasn’t been beginning well lately and faces a tough ask. Mario Abela’s Romantic Affair (4) was also finishing strongly in her heat and was beaten 10 and three quarter lengths by Keybow. She has only missed a place at Wentworth Park once in her 13 goes at the track, but this looks to tough for her at this stage of her career.

Semi-final Two – Group One Golden Easter Egg (Race 6 at 9:15pm)

Dyna Nalin (6), trained by Paul Stuart, has the fastest heat qualifying time in this semi-final. He ran 29.69 last week from box one. The move to box six is likely to cause the tardy beginner a few problems. He is a champion dog but will need that luck around the first turn in order to put himself into the race.

Warrior King (4) looks to be improving with each look he has at the track. The Brooke Ennis trained chaser won his semi last week in 29.91 after lobbing close to the lead. He began well and will need to do so again to overcome the poor draw. He has a lot of talent and is very strong.

Evil Punk (5) fell last week after colliding with the lure down the back straight and was advanced through to the semi-finals at the discretion of the stewards. He looked to have the race all sewn up last week after beginning well from box four. Trainer James Coyle rates him as a 90% chance of taking his place in this semi-final and it remains to be seen how the incident last week will affect him. He is a good beginner and could lead this field. He has a best of 29.70 at the track.

Tee Brady (2) finished second last week from box one, beaten four and a half lengths by Ollie Bale in 29.96. He has just one win at the track in 29.93 and is yet to record a career win from box two for trainer Tom Tzouvelis.

Varcoe (7) began okay from box eight last week and gets his chance this week to try and lead. He has a slow beginner (Dyna Nalin) on his inside and on his outside (Bessy Boo). The Debbie Cannan trained dog ran third to Iona Tokyo last week, beaten three and a quarter lengths in 29.78. He has run 29.92 in a stewards trial and would probably need to run quicker then that to make it through.

Of the others, Michael Carter’s Shadow Lane (3) is a talented chaser who is yet to win at Wentworth Park. He was beaten by Dyna Nalin last week but ran a good 5.46 to the first mark. He will show his best if he can lead. Lach’s Wish (1), for Adam Campton, was balloted through from the abandoned race last week. She has won five races at Wentworth Park but hasn’t managed to crack the 30 second mark and will find this tough. Bessy Boo (8), trained by Christine Proctor, rattled home last week but she has very little early place, which will make it hard for her to get across from box eight

Semi-final Three – Group One Golden Easter Egg (Race 7 at 9:35pm)

Buckle Up Wes (4) has drawn the blue rug for the third semi and is clearly the one to beat. Leading throughout last week in a personal best of 29.56, Wes recorded 5.36 to the first mark and that sort of section will see the Ted Medhurst trained dog leading this field.

Ritza Hattie (1) was very unlucky last week and the rails draw should suit Mark Gatt’s talented bitch. She isn’t the best away at box rise but has a slow beginner, Zipping Delta (2), on her outside. Zipping Delta, trained by Jason Mackay, ran fourth behind Buckle Up Wes last week. If Ritza Hattie can get a look in around the first turn, she is an each-way chance.

There’s a bit of speed drawn to the outside of Buckle Up Wes, with Edge (6), Mexico City (7) and Musquin Bale (8) drawn in the outside three boxes. Edge (6) is on the comeback trail and was very tenacious from box seven last week, running second to Easton Bale. His best time at the track is 29.68 and he has recorded a best first section of 5.38. Graeme Barnett will be hoping his fawn flash is back to his best. Mexico City (7), Mark Gatt’s other greyhound engaged in this semi-final, is also on a comeback. He has had three runs since a spell and had his first 520 metre race last week since returning. He wasn’t disgraced, losing by three lengths to Warrior King in 29.91. He hasn’t performed badly from outside boxes. Despite not winning from box seven, he has won four from box eight. Musquin Bale (8) ran second to Buckle Up Wes last week and ran 29.76 in the process. He’s won two races wearing the pink rug and the Andrea Dailly trained chaser is sure to be prominent.

Magic Display (3) for Evelyn Harris and Woods (5) for Marie Burton, may find the going a little tough. Magic Display was a surprise heat winner last week in 29.94. She does her best leading and ran a 5.37 first section last week. She will need to lead and hope for some trouble behind her. Woods has been done no favours by the box draw. He hasn’t been beginning lately and his form has been very patchy.

Semi-final Four – Group One Golden Easter Egg (Race 8 at 9:58pm)

Iona Tokyo (1) was a heat winner last week in 29.78 and has drawn perfectly in box one. The little black bitch, trained by Francois Sidrak, has really taken to Wentworth Park, winning three from four at the track. She is an excellent beginner and will put herself into the race.

Darren McDonald’s Dark Warrior (3) is another that has drawn well. He toughed out a win in the heats last week in 30.29 and with three looks at the track now under his belt, he looks the improver.

Easton Bale (6) led virtually all the way from box five to win last week for Andrea Dailly and recorded 29.83. It was just his second win from seven attempts at Wentworth Park. He had been coming off a 600 metre campaign and showed good early zip last week, running a first section of 5.44.

Tonk (3) couldn’t repeat his 29.57 effort last week that he put in at his first look at the track in early March. In the heats, he ran third to Buckle Up Wes, beaten five lengths. He had box one last week and this week moves to box two, a box he has won from four times. The Brooke Ennis trained chaser may make things interesting if he can hit the lead early.

Andrea Dailly has two other runners engaged in this semi-final and they look to be drawn unfavourably out wide. Rookie Rebel winner Hawk Alone (7) has box seven and Dyna Beth (8) has box eight. They are also drawn next to fellow kennel-mate Easton Bale. Hawk Alone found all sorts of trouble from the inside draw last week but fought on well to finish 11 lengths third behind Magic Display. Dyna Beth finished nine and three quarter lengths behind Keybow, but was drawn in box three on that occasion.

Local chasers Gradence (4) and Hurricane Rino (5) will need some luck to feature. Gradence, trained by Mark Gatt, likes to get back in his races and flash home. He may just give some of these speedy chasers too much of a head start. Anthony Azzopardi’s Hurricane Rino finished second to Magic Display last week from box eight, with the wide draw suiting him. He has the squeeze box this week and has never won wearing the yellow rug.

Satchmo’s Hanky Wins The 2014 Dapto Derby

Amid driving rain, Satchmo’s Hanky (8) caused a boilover when he led all the way to land the $5,000 to-the-winner Dapto Derby for Badgery’s Creek trainer Ben McCauley at the iconic South Coast circuit on Thursday night.

Sent out as a $21 outsider, the son of Bit Chili and Hannah Jane (Elite State – Austina) began flawlessly from the outside alley to cross the field and lead easily in a first section of 5.43.

Favourite Supercell (1) landed in second early with Francois Dryva (7) in third.

Satchmo’s Hanky extended his lead up the back straight and burnt off the more fancied Supercell, opening up a break.

As they came off the back, Francois Dryva emerged from third place in a hurry, racing up to the leaders hind-quarters and it looked as though it could be another Dapto Derby heading the way of Kembla Grange trainer Ruth King.

But to his credit, Satchmo’s Hanky kept finding and prevailed to score by three-quarters of a length, stopping the clock at 29.95 on a waterlogged Dapto surface. Francois Dryva finished second, while Supercell stuck on well for third.

Of the beaten brigade, Pablo Cruz (2) was away ok and fourth into the back, but copped a slight prat and drifted back through the field to finish sixth. Rexroth (3) collided with dogs at box rise and raced very wide into the first turn, finding plenty of trouble. Scout’s Gold (4) was squeezed up at the start and checked off heels in the catching pen but still ran on well for fourth. Electro Storm (5) looked desperate for the fence, carving left early and colliding with dogs before being carted off on the first turn and out of play. Fast Archer (6) was also slowly away and found a world of interference at the first turn, leaving him with little hope.

The win was Satchmo’s Hanky’s 14th from 44 career outings and takes his earnings over the $32,000 mark.

Shakey Jakey’s Brother Long Range Breaks Dubbo Track Record

The success of David Pringle’s amazing Collision – Kiacatoo Pearl (History Lesson – Naughty Thoughts) litter continued today when Long Range set a new track record over 516 metres at Dubbo in just his second race start.

Long Range is a litter-brother to new Wentworth Park track record holder Shakey Jakey, who sizzled around the Glebe circuit in 29.07 last Sunday afternoon.

Long Range’s Dubbo run was simply scintillating. Beginning only fairly from box one, the hulking 35kg black dog saw a space at the first turn and speared through, opening up a space in the twinkling of any eye before careering away to score by 12 1/4 lengths in 29.63 shearing 0.08 off Out Back’s old record. Pringle was understandably happy with the run.

“It was a good run, they are good dogs and we expect them to run good,” he said.

“He absolutely loves Dubbo. He trials about 29.8 there most of the time and the track was good today.”

It was Long Range’s second win from as many starts after a 31.12 Richmond maiden win when he found trouble early.

“He was trialling well at Richmond, he had gone about 30.70 there, but he found a bit of trouble in his race. Then we took him to Wentworth Park where he trialled 30.12, but he really loves Dubbo.”

Local trainers will know they’re up against a good one with Pringle announcing that Long Range will be back at Dubbo next time out.

“There’s a 0-2 event there worth $10,000 coming up so he will be going in that.”

“After that, we may look at Bulli or Maitland, those tracks should suit him down to the ground. I actually thought Richmond would too. But we will probably trial him at Bulli and see how he goes there.”

There was also more news to come out of the Pringle camp, with another precocious star from the same litter sold yesterday.

“Black Jack Billy was sold yesterday, Luke Azzopardi has him now. They are climbing out of the trees to try and buy these dogs.”

One thing is for sure, the Collision – Kiacatoo Pearl litter is one of the most exciting prospects in Australian greyhound racing at the moment and there is little doubt that they are set to make more headlines in the coming months.

Shakey Jakey Scratched From Magic Maiden

Greyhound racing’s newest star, Shakey Jakey, has been withdrawn from this Friday’s semi-final of the Sportingbet Magic Maiden series at Wentworth Park.

Trainer David Pringle informed ARG that his flying son of Collsion and Kiacatoo Pearl (History Lesson – Naughty Thoughts) was in doubt on his way home from Dubbo this afternoon, where he landed another track record with his brother Long Range.

“I will have a good look at him when I get home, but it is not looking good,” Pringle said, before recently confirming that he would not take his place on Friday night.

“He hurt himself in the catching pen after the heat and we are still hoping to get him up for the semi. The dog is definitely not retired though. We want to show people what he can really do. Imagine this dog at a one bend track, it could be scary.”

Shakey Jakey looked to have a mortgage on the series after lowering the Wentworth Park track record set by Punch One Out last Sunday afternoon at his first race appearance.

Shakey Jakey was phenomenal on his way to a 29.07 run which included a scintillating run home of 11.32.

The series has now been thrown wide open with a huge amount of chances now in the hunt for the $25,000 to-the-winner Group Three event.

Shakey Jakey Headlines 2014 Magic Maiden Semi-Finals

The reappearance of Australia’s most exciting greyhound headlines four semi-finals of the Sportingbet Magic Maiden at Wentworth Park this Friday night.

The David Pringle trained Shakey Jakey sent tongues wagging like a tail on a happy puppy last week when he put on an exhibition of low-flying to register a new Wentworth Park track record of 29.07.

He will start from box five in the third semi-final and, with rumors of massive offers coming for the dog, all eyes are sure to be on him once again.

Let’s have a look at the four semi-finals in detail;

Race 1 – Sportingbet Magic Maiden – Semi-Final 1 – 7:19pm

The first semi-final features three winners from last week. Anything Less (2) was the fastest qualifier with a 29.92 effort and comes into box two after winning from a wider draw in his heat for trainer Glenn Rounds. He was away moderately last week and will benefit from a bit of room early if he can get it.

Paua To Roar (4) began well last week en route to a 30.03 victory. If he begins as sharply this week then the Steve White trained chaser will be giving them something to catch.

Glenn Rounds’ second runner All Strung Out (8) had no luck in a rough-and-tumble heat last week, finishing third to Old Mexico. Prior to that he had sizzled in a performance trial, stopping the clock at 29.66. If he is afforded room from the outside alley and can use it to his advantage, he is the knockout chance.

Old Mexico (1) made the most of opportunities to score in 30.37 last week. He has drawn well for this heat but may need to improve on the clock to take this one out.

Big Red Chev (5) ran 30.23 when finishing third to Zipping Bruno in his heat. The awkward draw will not help his chances here if he begins as slowly as he did last time out.

Mean Mr. Mustard (7) finished second behind Paua To Roar in his heat running 30.29 in the process. He is another who will need to improve his box manners to be prominent.

Passenger (6) did run second to the fastest time ever at Wentworth Park, but was beaten out of sight and only ran a personal time of 30.46. He could improve with a better look at the lure in this one.

Cuddletime Tears (3) ran a fading third in 30.45 behind Tommy Brislane last week. She will need to improve on that run to be any hope here.

Race 2 – Sportingbet Magic Maiden – Semi-Final 2 – 7:36pm

Filante (5) was impressive on debut and looks the obvious one to beat in the second semi-final. Beginning well from box one, the Janet Cottrell trained dog led all-the-way in a quick 29.78. If he can handle the move to box five, he will go very close to winning.

Zipping Bruno (3) was impressive in his heat win, showing plenty of tenacity to score in 30.13. The move to box three may help him here and a slight improvement may put him right in this.

Whilst Miss Talladega (8) may not have run a time that flatters her, the rainy conditions may have made that run look a little slower than it actually appeared. She would have to be considered a rough chance in this.

Allmendinger (6) ran a zippy 30.25 when finishing third to Filante here last week. On times that would have to bring him into calculations.

Big Gee Eye (2) moves a lot closer to the fence this week after a 1 1/2 length second to Tommy Brislane last week. The shift to the fence may see some sort improvement from him.

Emily’s Sweet (1) is another who finds herself in a much better box this week. She was beaten a long way by Shakey Jakey, but a shift to the rails and a better look at the bunny may assist her in her endeavours.

Megan Keeping (7) found a little bit of trouble in her heat when running second placing behind Miss Talladega in slow time. She will need to improve to feature.

Organic Choice (4) found a world of trouble in her third behind Gilgamesh, but she will need to go considerably better than her 31.57 effort in that race.

Race 3 – Sportingbet Magic Maiden – Semi-Final 3 – 7:58pm

Super star pup Shakey Jakey (5) makes his appearance in the third semi-final. On paper he has panels on his rivals, or anyone that has ever raced at Wentworth Park for that matter. It goes without saying that he is the one they have to beat here.

Gilgamesh (6) won her heat in 30.23 from this box last week and could well be in pursuit of Shakey Jakey as they head to the back. Naturally, she has an Everest to climb if she is to win, but should the favourite find trouble, she looks the logical danger.

Brasko Khan (3) ran 29.96 in a performance trial before finding trouble from box five in his heat. He is capable of running better than his 30.39 from last week.

Lochinvar Akira (8) overcame strife from a wide draw to finish second to Filante in a time of 30.24 in her heat. She would have to be considered a place hope on that run.

Zipping Lucy (4) is in good hands and capable of improvement but realistically does not look a winning chance at this stage.

Moonshine Lady (7) ran on ok for third from this box in 30.63 last week but will need to be a lot better to figure this.

Chevy Lass (2) is drawn much closer to the fence this week after overcoming early interference to run second in a slow 30.88 in her heat.

Race 4 – Sportingbet Magic Maiden – Semi-Final 4 – 8:18pm

The final heat sees the impressive Zipping Weston (3) likely to start an odds-on favourite in the white rug. The Jason Mackay trained conveyance had the luxury of the rails alley last week, beginning only fairly, before driving through fiercely on the first turn to take over and race away in 29.62. There is no doubting that his strength lies in his second and third sections so a clear run to the first turn will be the key for him.

Tommy Brislane (7) has drawn wide again after a handy 30.20 victory from the extreme outside in his heat. The black dog owned by Geoff Slattery and trained by Nowra Hill mentor Steve White has a first section of 5.45 to his credit which may just be good enough to find the front here. He looks the main danger to the favourite.

Recruitment (6) registered a tidy 30.18 when running second to Zipping Bruno in his heat. If he can overcome the draw he is one of the major players in this race.

Fancy Top (4) was placed third behind Anything Less last week but will need to run better than 30.59 to figure here.

Lyla Mel (1) has drawn well but last weeks second in 30.34 was her first placing in four race starts. Will need to reproduce that to be a place chance.

Dan’s My Man (5) was never in the hunt when fourth to Paua To Roar in 30.40. Will need to find something to be a chance from this draw.

With the scratching of Molong Express (8), Cousin Paul (9) is likely to fill the void. He is yet to flatter in three race starts and only managed 30.72 when fourth to Miss Talladega last week.

Hooksy To Deliver Another Blow In New Sensation Semi Finals

Four semi-finals of the Group Three New Sensation will be run and won this Friday night at Wentworth Park after some notable performance in each of the seven heats conducted last week.

Hooksy received enormous support from the media and punters on Friday night, starting at just $1.90 and recorded best of the night figures in 29.44.

Semi-Final One:

Regally bred runner Fusaichi Kahn (1) was superb on debut at Wentworth Park last week after making the trip down south with trainer Glenda Dart. The son of Where’s Pedro and Daydream stepped beautifully from box three and was never headed in a dominate display, clocking 29.71.

Peter Lagogiane’s Raincheck is the other runner in this semi to have saluted last week. Starting at healthy odds, the son of Cosmic Rumble outlasted the fast finishing Zola Icon to salute in 30.21. Red hot favourite Shoulders stumbled out of the boxes last week, but managed to finish fourth and will get a second chance this week from box two for trainer Anthony Azzopardi.

Semi-Final Two:

Boom youngster Silent Effective (2) recorded his fourth consecutive win last week from just five starts and sizzled around the 520m circuit in 29.54. The Darren Sultana trained son of Cosmic Rumble and Best Percentage caught the eye of enthusiasts at start number two, when he clocked a near track record 24.93 over the 450m at Maitland.

Lacey Lois (1) has been very consistent of late for trainer Peter Acers, recording her second win at Wentworth Park in a time of 30.27. The daughter of Superman and Naughty Nicki has come up with the red rug in this semi and has been beginning consistently well. Secret Shot (3) has finished second at his past three outings and battled on gamely behind Fusaichi Kahn, clocking 30.17.

Semi-Final Three:

My Boy Snoop (1) has a speedy personal best at Wentworth Park of 29.81, has drawn perfectly in box one and is primed for a big performance. The Anthony Azzopardi trained chaser was gallant in defeat last week behind Silent Effective and can trouble this field with a clear run.

Velvet Flame (3) recorded her third consecutive win last week, leading all the way from box two in a solid 29.97. Trained by Andrew Bayliss, the daughter of Collision and Perfect Model will exit from the three alley once again and has been faultless at box rise. Cawbourne Whip (6) returned to the winner’s circle on Friday, scoring an impressive win over her rivals in 30.12. The Jodie Lord trained chaser has a good record from the outside boxes and will definitely improve on the clock this week.

Semi-Final Four:

Superstar prodigy Hooksy (3) will step out in the final heat of the night and lived up to the great expectations placed on him last week, saluting comfortably by thirteen and three quarter lengths in a best of the night time of 29.44. The son of Hondo Black and Uno Witch trained by Tanya Auld recorded his fifth consecutive win last Friday and will be very hard to beat from a favourable box draw.

Zola Icon (8) found the line strongly last week behind Raincheck and has an excellent record from box eight. The Robert Sullivan trained chaser only needs a clear run to secure a finals spot and can be competitive if the favourite finds trouble.

King Oddessa (1) is a model of consistency, finishing second for the fourth consecutive time last week and has drawn perfectly in box one to run another bold race. The son of Where’s Pedro and Supreme Odessa is trained by Kristy Sultana and has good early pace and an excellent Wentworth Park record of two wins and four minor placings from seven starts.

Semi-final one will kick off at 8.36pm, with the first and second placegetters moving through to next week’s Group Three $25,000 to the winner final.

2014 Association Cup Heats Attract The Best

While Australia’s best sprinters continue their quest for the Golden Easter Egg at Wentworth Park this Saturday night, the premier staying event on the New South Wales greyhound racing calendar also gets underway.

Three heats of the time honoured Association Cup will be conducted and it has attracted the bulk of the lands best half-milers, including an army of Victorians.

The race was first conducted on the hallowed grass of Harold Park way back in 1965 before moving to Wentworth Park in 1988.

Some of the sports true immortals have won the event, the most notable being Zoom Top, Travel Rev, Bold Trease and Miata.

Fancy Liza defeated Bell Haven to take out the 2013 running of the race.

The 2014 installment promises to be another cracker with three heats that are flushed with talent.

Let’s take a look at the three heats;

Race 2 – Association Cup Heat 1 – 7:47pm

Victorian raiders dominate the main chances in the first heat with some exciting conveyances set to kick off proceedings. There is a surprising amount of pace in the race and the run to the straight the first time could be telling for a few of these.

Multiple track record holder Xylia Allen (1) stakes the star billing in the first heat as she looks to add a Group One staying event to her already bulging list of accomplishments. The daughter of Turanza Bale and Tayah Bale (Droopys Vieri – Francesca Bale) tuned up for this by setting a new 680 metre track record at Geelong and has already won the Group One Peter Mosman at Wentworth Park over the 520 metres. She should be able to lead here and it could be a case of “eyes on the clock” as this exciting staying prospect burns up the loam.

Infinite Wish (2) is racing in the best form of her career in Victoria and seems to grow a leg at Wentworth Park. She can race on the pace and was narrowly beaten here in last year’s Sydney Cup final. If she can be on the speed early she should feature in the finish.

Victorian trainer Kelly Bravo brings her classy stayer Alpe D’Huez (6) to Wentworth Park for the first time and the regally bred son of Bombastic Shiraz and Joop Muse (Where’s Pedro – Zarbo) could not be in better form. He stormed home for consecutive 715 metre wins at Sandown before showing his versatility, leading all-the-way to score over 600 metres at The Meadows last start. If he adapts to Wentworth Park, he could figure prominently.

Hala Belle (7) is a bold on-pace type who also makes her Sydney debut for Peter Akathiotis. She has ran some eye catching races at Sandown over this trip and made the final of the Group One Super Stayers and Bold Trease events in recent times.

Eleazar (8) recently made the final of the Gold Cup at Wentworth Park and finished sixth to Dyna Willow in track record time. She is another on-pace type who will need to lead to feature.

Wag Tail (4) comes back to Wentworth Park for another crack at Group glory after performing well at Albion Park, but is yet to prove herself against this sort of quality.

Set Her Again (5) has been performing well over middle distances in Queensland but has failed in two trips to Wentworth Park and looks tested.

Race 3 – Association Cup Heat 2 – 8:10pm

The second heat is another race over-flowing with top quality stayers with impressive resume’s, including a multiple Wentworth Park Group winner, as well as two greyhounds who have broken track-records at their last start.

Dyna Willow (5) is the current undisputed staying Queen Of Wentworth Park and comes into this after recently smashing the track record of the great Miata at this very venue. The daughter of Collision and Horizon Bale (Stately Bird – Vodeena Bale) has won five of her six Wentworth Park appearances and can win from the front or running on. She is the obvious one to beat here.

Born Ali (1) recently finished second behind Dyna Willow here in the Gold Cup final and has won two from four at the Glebe circuit. She took out the Perth Galaxy early in the year and is always thereabouts in these big races. She has won five from 11 from the coveted rails alley and looms as one of the major players in this second heat.

Whodat Knockin’ (2) comes into this race after breaking the 699 metre track-record at Cranbourne at his most recent outing. His recent form before that had been mixed, but he was a finalist in the Group One Super Stayers event. He will need to be on his best behaviour to win here.

Sweet It Is (3) has recently moved to the astute kennel of Darren McDonald and is a promising stayer. She was a finalist in both the Group One Bold Trease and Super Stayers recently in Victoria and looks ready to take the next step. She has not drawn an easy heat here but is capable of putting herself in the finish.

Ash Flash (4) makes the trip over from Western Australia where her form is good. She was a Group One Galaxy finalist where she finished seventh to Born Ali. This is a steep class rise on recent racing for her.

Heidi Go Seek (8) has good middle-distance form in Victoria but is yet to be proven over the longer trip.

Shoe Laces Lady (6) looks tested on recent form and only boasts a best of 42.77 here in three attempts.

Miss Fiction (7) has an average strike-rate but has won three over this trip. She has never flattered on the clock and tends to need luck in the run. This race looks to be too hard for her.

Race 4 – Association Cup Heat 3 – 8:27pm

The final heat looks a very open affair with a few of the runners taking the step to the longer trip at the top level and hoping for a bit of luck in transit.

Dyna Kayla is a young stayer who has already been placed twice at Group One level. The daughter of Surf Lorian and Amity Bale (Sonic Flight – Evonne Bale) has only missed a place in four of her fourteen starts. One of those occasions was in her only start at Wentworth Park where she had little luck behind Born Ali in a heat of the Gold Cup. She finished second in both the Bold Trease and the Super Stayers and has to be heavily considered in this field.

Cawbourne Looney (1) is a Wentworth Park specialist who has won eight from 20 at this trip. She has a best time of 41.94 and loves the inside draw where she has won four from six. She finished fourth behind Dyna Willow in the recent Gold Cup final and gets her chance in this race. She could find herself in front and giving them plenty to catch here.

Lethal Three (7) is another Victorian making her Wenty debut. She was a finalist in the Super Stayers at The Meadows and has won at Sandown since that time. She tends to do her best racing on the pace so the first hundred metres will be vital.

Hailstorm Billy (6) graduates to the staying trip here and has an eye catching run home style of racing. He recently finished second to Xylia Allen in track-record time. He may find himself a little closer to the front in a race like this.

Rocky Bale (5) is a littermate to Dyna Kayla with a terrific strike-rate. He finished second to Whodat Knockin’s track-record run and was placed behind Hala Belle at his only recent 700 run. He should relish this journey and is a smokey in this race.

Pumped Up Zarr (8) produced a personal best of 42.33 winning here last start but faces a sharp rise in class for this race.

Little Red (4) finished last behind Dyna Willow in a heat of the Gold Cup and her strike-rate is only fair. She would have to improve to feature.

Folk Tails (2) as only won one from five at this trip and it was in a moderate 42.56. She looks to be tested in this grade.

Record Run And Training Doubles Highlight Magic Maiden Heats

The David Pringle trained Shakey Jakey stole the show on Sunday afternoon, obliterating the Wentworth Park track record in a heat of the Sportingbet Magic Maiden series.

On a card where three trainers landed doubles, Shakey Jakey provided race goers with a moment they’ll never forget as he shaved a whopping three lengths of Punch One Out’s record, setting a new time-standard of 29.07.

Steve White, Jason Mackay and Justin King all had multiple winners during the ten heats.

Let’s take a look a how things transpired;

Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Heat 1

Paua To Roar (5) took out the first heat for Nowra Hill trainer Steve White in a race which was reduced to just five runners due to scratchings. After beginning on terms, the son of Head Bound and Paua To Erupt quickly opened up a margin, registering a first section of 5.35.

From that point, Paua To Roar was never headed and won the event by 4 1/4 lengths in the time of 30.03. Mean Mr. Mustard (1) ran a solid middle section and finished the race off well to finish second with American Sniper (7) also running on strongly to grab third placing right on the line.

Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Heat 2

Steve White made it an early double when Tommy Brislane (8) caused a boilover in the second heat. Beginning well from box eight, the son of Premier Fantasy and Mary Virginia (Brett Lee – Thai Again) used the outside box with aplomb, avoiding early trouble to register a first section of 5.45.

The big 35kg dog made his own luck in front from that point, leading throughout to land the heat by 1 1/4 lengths in 30.20. Big Gee Eye (6) ran a good race, overcoming early trouble to finish second while Cuddletime Tears (7) finished third. Short-priced favourite Black Jack Billy was slow away and ran into plenty of dead-ends before finishing fourth.

Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Heat 3

Filante (1) dominated the third heat, leading throughout to score by 6 3/4 lengths in 29.78 for Langwarrin mentor Janet Cottrell. After spearing the lids from box one, the 31kg son of Cosmic Rumble and Indigo Gem (Slater – Valeri’s Purse) ran a first section of 5.43 and quickly made the race a one-act affair.

Lochinvar Akira (7) grabbed second right on the line from Allmendinger (3).

Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Heat 4

After being well supported in betting, Zipping Weston (1) duly delivered in the fourth heat for trainer Jason Mackay.

After beginning moderately from the inside, the son of Smooth Fancy and Navigator Miss (Whiskey Assassin – Al Fresco) quickly got to third and railed like the lure out of the straight the first time to hit the front.

From that point, the further they went, the further Zipping Weston got away, scoring by a massive 10 1/4 lengths in 29.62. Lyla Mei (8) ran on to fill second place with Brasko Khan finishing third.

Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Heat 5

Anything Less (6) saluted in the fifth heat of the night in 29.92 for trainer Glenn Rounds. The regally bred son of Bekim bale and Casey’s Angel (Spiral Nikita – Leprechaun Yap) showed plenty of determination in a rough-and-tumble style affair.

An even start saw a line of three neck-and-neck to the post the first time, with Gan Gan Fire (1), Anything Less (6) and Fancy Top (7) all vying for the lead. Anything Less showed great tenacity to carve down to the rail and find the front. Gan Gan Fire was inconvenienced and fell at the first turn along with Nicki Fields (5).

Anything Less and Fancy Top went to the back almost together but it did not take lone for Anything Less to gain the upper-hand and career away to win by 10 3/4 lengths.

Molong Express (3) finished second in what was a terrific run. The Toby Weekes trained dog copped a myriad of interference but just kept coming for a solid placing. Fancy Top hung on for third place.

Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Heat 6

Heat six provided the highlight of the night, if not the year, when the David Pringle trained Shakey Jakey (2) smashed the track record in an imperious display of chasing.

The son of Collision and Kiacatoo Pearl (History Lesson – Naughty Thoughts) stopped the clock at 29.07, and yes that is not a typo, en route to obliterating Punch One Out’s former record of 29.27.

Beginning well from box two, the 35kg black chaser ran a moderate 5.47 for the first section before morphing into a canine missile and transforming the race into a virtual solo trial.His second section of 13.74 saw him open a massive margin which he only bettered with a mind-blowing run-home of 11.32.

He won by no less than 22 1/4 lengths from Passenger (2) with Emily’s Sweet in third.

Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Heat 7

Zipping Bruno (8) showed terrific track sense to negotiate the outside alley and take the seventh heat in 30.13 and landing Jason Mackay a training double in the process.

Beginning only moderately from the wide draw, the son of Smooth Fancy and Navigator Miss (Whiskey Assassin – Al Fresco) stayed wide and avoided trouble before showing a great turn of foot to hit the front down the back.

Recruitment (5), who led early, stuck on very well for second, only going down by three-quarters of a length. Big Red Chev (6) finished third.

Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Race 8

Heat eight always looked a close heat on paper and it eventuated that way, with the run to the first turn telling.

It would be the Toby Weekes trained Old Mexico (a littermate to the newly crowned track record holder Shakey Jakey) who would come out victorious in a moderate 30.37.

Heavily supported favourites Xtreme Knocka (4) and All Strung Out (5) won the start with Old Mexico on their inside. But things went awry at the first turn with Xtreme Knocka appearing to be galloped on from behind, leading to both he and All Strung Out’s chances being severely hampered and leaving Old Mexico in front with Fancy Chance (8) in pursuit.

That pair cleared right out with Old Mexico proving too good, prevailing by a length on the line. All Strung Out ran a massive race to grab third position.

Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Heat 9

As the rain started to tumble at Wentworth Park, Miss Talladega (3) led all the way to land the ninth heat in 30.51.

Beginning well from box three, the daughter of Dyna Lachlan and Miss Lolola (Late Late Show – Miss California) led from Fox Rip (6) and Megan Keeping (5).

That trio raced closely for the duration of the race with Megan Keeping looking poised to strike on the home turn. But, to her credit, Miss Talladega kept on keeping on and scored by a length on the line from Megan Keeping with Moonshine Lady getting home well for third.

Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Heat 10

Londonderry trainer Justin King finished off the night with a race-to-race double when Gilgamesh (6) scored in the final event.

The daughter of Collision and American Titch (Molotov – Elite Monelli) began on terms but did not have things all her own way early on in proceedings. She copped a bump halfway down the straight as well as a clip from behind as she crossed to lead but still managed to shoot clear as the field headed into the back straight.

In no time at all, she had put the result beyond doubt, racing away to win by 9 1/4 lengths in the time of 30.31.

Chevy Lass (8) finished second, with Organic Choice (3) in third.

Shakey Jakey Obliterates Wentworth Park Track Record On Debut

Shakey Jakey sent shockwaves through the greyhound racing world tonight with a scintillating track record run at Wentworth Park in a heat of the Sportingbet Magic Maiden that had to be seen to be believed.

The David Pringle trained son of Collision and Kiacatoo Pearl (History Lesson – Naughty Thoughts) stopped the clock at 29.07, and yes that is not a typo, en route to obliterating Punch One Out’s former record of 29.27.

What is even more astonishing, is the fact that it was Shakey Jakey’s first race start after two very fast performance trials, including a record at Bathurst and a smart 29.80 at Wentworth Park, despite hitting the running rail.

Beginning well from box two, the 35kg black chaser ran a moderate 5.47 for the first section before morphing into a canine missile and transforming the race into a virtual solo trial.

His second section of 13.74 saw him open a massive margin which he only bettered with a mind-blowing run-home of 11.32.

In a recent interview with ARG, trainer David Pringle had predicted big things for the litter and made special mention of their strength, but he had probably never envisaged anything close to this.

“They are Collision’s and in their performance trials they will open a few eyes. They are a bit slow early and Wentworth Park may not suit them, but we are not to worried about them, they are going to get a bit of ground, probably go six or seven-hundred,” He said.

For those lucky enough to have seen the run, they may have just witnessed the genesis of something very special.

Keybow Sizzles In Golden Easter Egg Heats

The Dailly and McDonald kennels both head back to Victoria with doubles under their belts after the conclusion of the Group One Golden Easter Egg Heats at Wentworth Park on Saturday night.

As expected, the Victorian trainers dominated, taking out five of the heats. Western Australia, Tasmania, New South Wales and Queensland trained dogs will also feature in the semi-finals.

Keybow was the fastest heat winner, flying around the Glebe circuit in 29.45.

Heat One – Golden Easter Egg

Class prevailed in the first heat with Western Australian superstar Dyna Nalin (1) taking advantage of a rails draw to duck through into second spot around the first turn. He was last away but had room as Pride Of Mykonos (2) was off and gone. Once Dyna Nalin got into second it was only a matter of when, not if, he would run down the early leader Pride Of Mykonos. Dyna Nalin hit the front rounding the turn into the home straight and the champion dog trained by Paul Stuart drew away by seven and a half lengths in 29.69.

Fast Archer (7) and Chica Destacada (4) were both in the market but failed to run a place. Fast Archer didn’t show his customary early zip and went extremely wide around the first turn. Chica Destacada was in the hunt early but checked off Make A Fifty (3) rounding the turn and fell back in the field. Shadow Lane (5) got up to run third after suffering interference at the first turn, flying home to miss second spot by a head.

Heat Two – Golden Easter Egg

Frank Sidrak’s Iona Tokyo (3) displayed her blistering early pace to take out the second heat from Where’s The Surf (7) and Varcoe (8). She controlled the race from start to finish and was never troubled in 29.78. Where’s The Surf (7) and Varcoe (8) were able to cross the field safely at the turn as first reserve Hurricane Beccy crashed across from box six, interfering with Yogi Blue (5). Iona Tokyo’ winning margin was two and a half lengths lengths and just a neck separated Where’s The Surf and Varcoe.

Heat Three – Golden Easter Egg

Rue De Kahn (1) started as the favourite but wasn’t a factor after she was swamped by dogs crossing to the rail. The surprising leader was Easton Bale (5), who had been coming off a number of runs over the 595 metres at Sandown. That strength held the Andrea Dailly trained chaser in good stead as he was able to stave off a challenge by Edge (7) to win by four and a quarter lengths in 29.83, recording just his second win from seven starts at Wentworth Park.

Edge tried his heart out and was rewarded a place in next weeks semi-final by finishing second. As usual, Gradence (2) came from nowhere to finish third. He got the space he needed down the back to wind up his motor and power over the top of Crash Model (8) and Apollo Reign (4) down the home straight.

Heat Four – Golden Easter Egg

Warrior King (5) built on his good second in a Prelude a fortnight ago and went one better in the fourth heat. He obviously gained plenty from the look at the track in the Preludes as he jumped well to contest the lead with Mexico City (1). Mexico City gained a slight upper hand down the back but Warrior King was too strong at the end, winning the race in 29.91 by one and three quarter lengths for trainer Brooke Ennis.

Mexico City could only manage third as Bessy Boo (7) put in a massive run to rattle home for second. Jordan Allen (2) looked like he was going to run a slot rounding the home turn, but he checked off the back of Warrior King and in turn surrendered ground to Bessy Boo.

Heat Five – Golden Easter Egg

Keybow (2) set the track on fire to win by panels (well eight and a quarter lengths) in 29.45. Darren McDonald had given Keybow a short let-up and it didn’t hurt, as he was in front by the first turn and once in that position, nothing would or could catch him.

Dyna Beth (3) and Stilton Blue (5) found themselves in their own race against each other down the back, with Dyna Beth eventually prevailing to finish second while Stilton Blue fell back to fourth. The strong Romantic Affair (1), who turns four in August, kept her good record at Wentworth Park intact, filling third place. She has only been unplaced once now from 13 goes at the track.

Heat Six – Golden Easter Egg

The Dailly’s bought up a double for the night with Ollie Bale (3) showing great tenacity to win heat six. The 2014 Group One Silver Chief winner had a good run from box three to lead. Once he was in front it was always going to be a tough task to run him down. The hard luck story of the race was Ritza Hattie (2) who kept trying and kept finding trouble. Without the interference, it would be fair to say that she would have won the race. She wound up in third and will see her way to the semis next week where she may get more luck. Tee Brady (1), after beginning well, stuck on well for second.

Ollie Bale won by four lengths and recorded 29.96 for his first win at Wentworth Park.

Heat Seven – Golden Easter Egg

Unfortunate events unfolded in the seventh heat after the lure broke down in the back straight. The heat contained greyhounds the calibre of Walk Hard (5), Innocent Til (8) and Evil Punk (4). As a result of the incident, Evil Punk fell but was able to get back on his feet.

The lure looked to momentarily lose power down the back, allowing the leader Evil Punk to pounce on it. The lure kept up momentum, albeit slowly, and the dogs were pulled up near the 520 metre boxes.

The race was declared a no race. A ballot is normally undertaken in these circumstances but the stewards elected to exercise their discretion to excuse Evil Punk and Fort Allen (6) from the ballot on the basis that they were likely to finish in the top three and they will now go into next weeks semi-finals. Lach’s Wish (7) was picked from the ballot for the third placed spot

Heat Eight – Golden Easter Egg

Ted Medhhurst’s Australian Cup champion Buckle Up Wes (3) got his Easter Egg campaign off to a great start with a personal best win in 29.56, running a smart 5.35 to the first mark. Victorian chaser Musquin Bale (7) was also impressive running second as he was only beaten by two and three quarter lengths. Tonk (1) duelled with Buckle Up Wes for the early lead and wound up in third. Crump (6) wasn’t done any favours by the box draw and finished sixth.

Heat Nine – Golden Easter Egg

Magic Display (3), a $21.00 chance, convincingly won the ninth heat for trainer Evelyn Harris. Magic Display demonstrated that it’s always handy to lead at Wentworth Park, as all sorts of things can happen around the first bend. Favourite Red Road (6) blew his chances when he began badly and was then twisted sideways at the first turn.

Hurricane Rino (8) used box eight to perfection to find himself in second and avoid the strife at the first turn that affected many of the others in the race. Hawk Alone (1) was extremely unlucky, copping a check that meant he had too much ground to make up, but he still got into third. Magic Display won by four lengths in 29.94. The margin between the two minor placegetters was five and three quarter lengths.

Heat Ten – Golden Easter Egg

The final heat was extremely messy and it was Dark Warrior (4) that emerged as the eventual winner for Darren McDonald in 30.29. Prelude winner Woods (2) was just three quarters of a length away in second and veteran Ritza Ryder (1) ran on well for third. It was the slowest heat win of the night and indicative of the trouble in the race, with each dog suffering varying degrees of interference at different times over the course of the 520 metre journey.

Speedy Pups On Display In Sportingbet Magic Maiden Heats

Precocious pups and a plethora of hopeful owners and trainers will descend upon Wentworth Park this Sunday afternoon for ten heats of the Group Three Magic Maiden at the Glebe Circuit.

First conducted in 2002, the race is conducted in line with the Golden Easter Egg and gives maiden dogs an early crack at the big time.

The race was first won by Country Zulu with other winners including Winsome Revenge, Infinite Beauty, Breeze It In, Humdrum, Zipping Man and Tifia.

Tifia holds the race record at 29.86 which she set in 2012 for trainer Chris O’Brien.

In 2013, the race was won by Clockwise for John and Jane Carruthers in the time of 30.01.

With plenty of slick performance trials as well as whispers of some other lightning times in recent trials, the track is certain to be set alight come Sunday afternoon.

Let’s have a look at a few of the chances in each heat;

Race 1 – Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Heat 1 – 5:57pm

Paua To Roar (5) looks an absolute standout in the opening heat. The regally bred son of Head Bound and Paua To Erupt (Spiral Nikita – Paua To Burn) sizzled in a performance trial at Bulli stopping the clock at 26.18. He then came to Wentworth Park for another performance trial and registered a toey 30.23 which included a first split of 5.48. He is in the astute hands of Nowra Hill mentor Steve White and will take a power of beating.

Patrick Parrelli trained the 2009 winner of the Magic Maiden, Divine Road. In 2014 he will have Divine Strike (2) in the first heat of the same event. Divine Strike is a son of Collision and Divine Rush (Bond – Majestic Rush) who has not raced since October last year. He had trialled 23.16 at the Gardens before running second at Maitland over 400 metres. He then stepped up to the 535 metres at Richmond where he appeared to go amiss in a maiden won by Boyce Road. His maturity may help him in a race like this if he is right.

Mean Mr. Mustard (1) has drawn well and is a blue-blood by Cosmic Rumble out of Cindeen Shelby (Bombastic Shiraz – Proper Shelby). He had to show plenty of tenacity after finding trouble in a performance trial to finish second and register 30.59 in the process.

Race 2 – Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Heat 2 – 6:17pm

Black Jack Billy (2) looks to have a mortgage on the second heat after a lightning performance trial at Wentworth Park last week. The David Pringle trained son of Collision and Kiacatoo Pearl (History Lesson – Naughty Thoughts) stopped the clock at 30.08 including a first split of 5.48. He is clearly the one to beat.

Cuddletime Tears (7) has the benefit of a race start where she finished second at Gosford running 29.96. Her perforce trials prior to that leave a little bit to be desired but if she replicates her race start she could lead this lot for a fair way.

Tommy Brislane (8) ran a slick performance trial at Bulli despite finishing second to the favourite for the first heat Paua To Roar. He was beaten 4 1/4 lengths but still ran 26.44. He could loom as a smokey in this heat.

Race 3 – Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Heat 3 – 6:32pm

Filante (1) has trialled extremely impressively and is drawn perfectly in the third heat. The son of Cosmic Rumble and Indigo Gem (Slater – Valeri’s Purse) flew around Wentworth Park in 29.78 performance trial last week for trainer Janet Cottrell. If he runs anywhere near that time he will take some tossing.

Zipping Lucy (5) registered 30.26 when finishing second to Mo Keeping in a performance trial last week. She is in the hands of Jason Mackay and is sure to be looming large as they turn for home. She could be the value runner in this one.

Allmendinger (3) registered a good 22.78 performance trial at Richmond before finishing second in another one at Wentworth Park last week behind Anything Less. He ran 30.40 in that trial which has to bring into calculations.

Magic Rip (8) has the benefit of race experience and has been placed in three of his four career outings. He is in the hands of trainer Chris Arletos who ran second in last year’s final.

Race 4 – Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Heat 4 – 6:52pm

Brasko Star (5) for Jason Magri heads the charge in the fourth heat. The superbly bred son of Where’s Pedro and Mantra Style (Malfoy – Al Fresco) has gone well in two performance trials to date. A 22.69 Richmond run was followed by a second at Wentworth Park where he stopped the clock at 29.96. If he can overcome the draw he is the one to beat.

Zipping Weston (1) ran a fast second in a performance trial at The Gardens before finishing third in a maiden event at Maitland. Don’t be surprised if he improves from the good draw.

Devine Raider (4) showed pace in a recent performance trial at Wentworth Park before finishing second in 30.52.

Cosmic Woody (2) ran 30.65 when finishing third in his recent performance trial at this track.

Race 5 – Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Heat 5 – 7:12pm

The fifth heat looks to be one of the toughest of the meeting with at least half the field looking to be realistic chances.

Anything Less (6) looks the one to beat on the on the back of a slick 29.79 performance trial here on March 22 for trainer Glenn Rounds. The son of Bekim Bale and Casey’s Angel (Spiral Nikita x Leprechaun Yap) does have to overcome an average draw but looks capable.

Mo Keeping (4) zipped around Wenty in his recent performance trial and looks the main danger. The son of Cosmic Rumble and Indigo Gem (Slater – Valeri’s Purse) registered 29.95 for trainer Charmaine Roberts. The first section was only 5.58 so the box may be the biggest obstacle for this precocious flyer.

Fancy Top (7) has drawn a tough heat here but has shown that she has her share of ability too. After having a race start at Coonamble and a performance trial at Bathurst late last year, the daughter of Cosmic Chief and Armatree Elle (Surf Lorian – Elle Siyan) ran 30.29 here in a performance trial on March 21. She looks one of the most likely to trouble the other two.

Gan Gan Fire (1) has drawn well and also unleashed a handy 30.28 performance trial here on March 15. With the other three contenders all drawn so close together, the race may unfold in her favour. She looks a real knockout chance here.

Race 6 – Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Heat 6 – 7:30pm

Shakey Jakey (2) is another speedster from the Pringle camp who should go very close to taking out his heat. Despite colliding with the running rail in his performance trial at the track, the son of Collision and Kiacatoo Pearl (History Lesson – Naughty Thoughts) sizzled around the Glebe circuit in 29.80. Prior to that he had trialled a record at Bathurst of 25.28 in another performance trial. He is drawn well and is clearly the one to beat in the sixth heat.

Cosmic Barbie (5) landed a good 30.38 performance trial win from box seven here on March 27. Her 5.52 early in that run could put her somewhere near the front in this one.

Remember Ross (7) went around the Maitland 400 metre trip in a fast 22.74 in a performance trial before registering 30.54 in another at Wentworth Park.

Ada Mary (6) ran second in a performance trial at Wentworth Park but still managed to run 30.35 in that effort. Prior to that she trialled a moderate 30.57 at Dapto.

Race 7 – Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Heat 7 – 7:50pm

Heat seven sees another Jason Mackay trained dog with a massive hope. After a blistering 29.66 performance trial at The Gardens, Zipping Bruno (8) went to Maitland over the 450 metres and was run down in a fast race. The son of Smooth Fancy and Navigator Miss (Whiskey Assassin – Al Fresco) still ran 25.08 in that second placing and will be the one they have to catch here.

Big Red Chev (6) flew in a performance trial at The Gardens, stopping the clock at 29.63 for trainer Michael Manuel. The son of Cosmic Rumble and Diorissimo (Gunnadoo Style – Tarawi Tess) then ran 30.25 at Wentworth Park finishing second in a performance trial behind Black Jack Billy.

Recruitment (5) finished second in a very fast performance trial at Bulli. He still managed 26.68 and comes into calculations on the basis of that run.

Race 8 – Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Heat 8 – 8:06pm

The eighth heat features two absolute missiles who look to have the race between them.

Xtreme Knocka (4) scorched the loam at Bulli in a performance trial for Victorian master mentor Jason Thompson. The son of Knocka Norris and Misty Fields (Droopy’s Kewell – Barbie’s Shiraz) ran the hands off the clock in a sizzling 26.13.

All Strung Out (5) could well be the pre-post favourite for the whole series after he seared around Wentworth Park in 29.66 on March 22 for trainer Glenn Rounds. He is another son of the Bekim Bale – Casey’s Angel litter who look to be shaping up as something very special. Casey’s Angel is a littermate to stud dogs Bo Frazier and Talk’s Cheap as well as prolific producer Glamorous.

Up-and-coming Molong trainer Toby Weekes looks to also have a handy one in the race. Old Mexico is another runner from the Collision and Kiacatoo Pearl (History Lesson – Naughty Thoughts) litter and he turned a few heads at Richmond in his performance trial when he registered a rapid 30.57.

Race 9 – Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Heat 9 – 8:22pm

The ninth heat looks to lack the genuine flyer that some of the other heats possess and is a very open affair.

Miss Talladega (3) has had the benefit of three race starts and has been placed in all three for Wilberforce trainer Justin King. She kept coming in her last outing at Dapto to finish second despite finding early trouble. That experience may sit her in good stead for this race.

Megan Keeping (5) led in her Wentworth Park performance trial before being run down. She produces a 30.45 effort which may be enough to take this one out, especially if she is doing it from the front.

Bedlam Bridge (4) could be an improver for trainer Chris Carl. The daughter of Bekim Bale and Desolate (Whiskey Assassin – Sienna Blue) ran 30.55 when finishing third to Mo Keeping in a perforce trial on March 27. She is one to keep safe.

Moonshine Lady (7) ran 30.53 when finishing third to Paua To Roar in a performance trial here on March 27. She looks to lack early pace but may be thereabouts.

Race 10 – Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Heat 10 – 8:22pm

The final heat looks another tough one on paper with a few chances.

Gilgamesh (6) had registered two reasonable performance trial times, including a 29.96 at Dapto before coming to Wentworth Park for a look. The daughter of Collision and American Titch (Molotov – Elite Monelli) ran third behind the flying All Strung Out in the time of 30.45. With a bit of improvement, that could be enough for her to win this heat.

Chevy Lass (8) registered 22.75 in a performance trial over 400 metres at The Gardens before coming to Wentworth Park for another where she led and was just beaten in an average 30.72. If she can lead, that may give her the upper hand.

Organic Choice (3) has been placed in three of three race starts in moderate times at Richmond and Gosford. The experience may serve her well in this field.

Smart Rip (1) has the coveted rails alley and has been placed in three of his four race appearances. He is another who is yet to flatter on the clock but should benefit from both race experience and the inside draw.

All Hail The Newest Sensation In Greyhound Racing

Brilliant youngster Hooksy appears to be greyhound racing’s newest up and comer, after a magnificent debut performance at Wentworth Park last night in a heat of the Group Three New Sensation.

The son of Hondo Black and Uno Witch blew his rivals away by thirteen and three quarters lengths, sizzling around the 520m distance in a time of 29.44.

Trained at Tatura by Tanya Auld, Hooksy is now the heavy favourite to take out the $25,000 to the winner series, after seven competitive heats were conducted last night.

Heat one went to Dad’s Ambition ($6.10) for Peter Mccann in 30.40. Devine Vegas led the way for a majority of the race, before the 35kg son of Cosmic Rumble rattled home in the latter stages to score by half a length. $2.70 favourite Classy Sahara failed to get across from the wide draw and finished in fifth place.

Peter Lagogiane took out heat two with promising youngster Raincheck ($7.90). A litter brother to previous heat winner Dad’s Ambition, Raincheck mustered good pace to cross the field after an average start to lead throughout in 30.21. Favourite runner Invictive finished fifth after finding early trouble.

Favourite backers were finally rewarded in heat three when Cawbourne Whip ($2.10) put in a solid performance, scoring by two and a half lengths in 30.12. The Jodie Lord trained chaser had an early battle with Fashion Princess and Mike Lowrie, before streaking away up the home straight, clocking a respectable 11.93 run home.

The heavily backed Silent Effective justified his short odds of $1.90 in heat four, with an excellent performance from box one, clocking a flying time of 29.54. The Darren Sultana trained greyhound had huge wraps placed on him after a near record 24.93 win at Maitland last month and will be a strong contender in next weeks semi-finals.

A member of the highly-talented Daydream litter, Fusaichi Kahn ($8.00) made the trip down from Queensland with trainer Glenda Dart and put in a beautiful display in heat five, leading all the way in a fast 29.71. Short-priced favourite My Kinda Music ($1.90) failed to fire from box seven and finished fourth.

The final heat went to another outsider in Lacey Lois ($9.80) for Peter Acers, leading all the way from box seven in 30.27. Favourite runner King Odessa was gallant in defeat, finishing second behind the winner by three and a half lengths.

2014 Group One Golden Easter Egg Heats Preview

The heats of the Group One Golden Easter Egg kick-off on Saturday night. The three-week series will see 10 heats conducted on Saturday night followed by four semi-finals next week.

Notable absentees from the heats include Black Magic Opal and Paw Licking, who are setting their sights on the Bendigo Cup.

Recent Australian Cup winner Buckle Up Wes has made the journey up, and it will be interesting to see if he can nab the rich Australian Cup and Golden Easter Egg double.

Alongside the Australian Cup, the Golden Easter Egg is the richest race on the Group racing calendar, with a grand sum of $250,000 awarded to the winner.

Last year’s winner was Grigorieva Bale and other previous winners include Mancunian Girl, Tenthill Doll, Rapid Journey, Brett Lee, Bogie Leigh, Paua To Burn and Cosmic Rumble.

Here’s a look the main chances in each of the 10 heats:

Heat One – Group One Golden Easter Egg (Race 1 at 7:28pm)

Grand chaser Dyna Nalin (1) headlines the first heat. The Paul Stuart trained dog loves box one and trialled 29.65 last week at Wentworth Park. He lacks the early speed of some of the other runners in the race but you can never under-estimate class and if he gets even just a tiny bit of luck, he’s well and truly in this.

Chica Destacada (4) is only young but has shown plenty of ability. She has three wins from four starts at the track and distance with a best of 29.73. She has shown good box manners at the track, which she will need to use to overcome box four.

Victorian chaser Allen Eryk (8) appears to be well drawn out in box eight, as he has had two wins and a placing from three goes wearing the pink rug. The Jarvis Bale-Greta Bale (Where’s Pedro-Gold Rush Bale) dog has won four of his last five around The Meadows and Sandown over the longer trip. This will be his first start at Wentworth Park.

Fast Archer (7) has a load of early pace and won a free-for-all last week at the track from box seven. He recorded 29.75 leading all the way. He’s been hit-and-miss at box rise in recent times and needs to repeat last week’s efforts to take this out.

Rough each-way chances are Pride Of Mykonos (2) and Make A Fifty (3). Both won Preludes (at double figure odds). If there’s any trouble in the race, they may be the ones that benefit.

Heat Two – Group One Golden Easter Egg (Race 2 at 7:50pm)

Iona Tokyo (3) has drawn well near to the fence. His box manners have been brilliant and he is a last start winner (back on 1 March) in 29.71. He has gone 5.34 to the first mark previously, the best of any dog drawn in this race. Iona Tokyo is trained by Francois Sidrak and is by Swift Fancy-Iona Habit (Fenceline-Dancing Habit). She is a litter sister to Paws Of Thunder winner Iona Seven.

Another chaser that has been showing good box manners since a return from a spell is Kulu Special (2). The Anthony Azzopardi trained bitch is just 24kg and has won two from two at the track. Last week she recorded her best time of 29.72.

Queenslander Yogi Blue (5) has had the advantage of a few looks at Wentworth Park and was a Prelude winner in 30.03. The box draw hasn’t been kind to him as he has only had the one career win from box five.

Where’s The Surf (7) won here last week for Darren McDonald, drawing away to win by over six lengths in 29.71. He had the suitable rails draw on that occasion and now needs to contend with the wider draw.

Varcoe (8) failed in the Maitland Cup heats after beginning terribly. He has trialled here in 29.92 in preparation. If he doesn’t begin he will find it hard to crack a top spot in this heat.

Prue Bale (4) is also worthy of some consideration. She is a last start winner at The Meadows and showed handy box manners to lead. She has had a start at Wentworth Park but failed to run a place.

Heat Three – Group One Golden Easter Egg (Race 3 at 8:07pm)

National Futurity winner Rue De Kahn (1) will get every chance to lead from the nice draw. She is drawn next to Gradence (2) who is a slow beginner. The Where’s Pedro-Shelbourne Dream (Boherduff Light-Queen Survivor) bitch has three wins at the track and a best of 29.79. She looks to be one of the main chances.

Apollo Reign (4) has not missed a place since returning from a five month spell. His win at Richmond in March was a flying 30.43. He ran third here to Hellyeah Bolt last week and is definitely a place chance.

Edge (7) has not long returned from a two month spell and should be nice and fresh. He won at The Gardens last week in 29.52 and loves Wentworth Park, where he has won seven races. His best is 29.68 and if he shows the early speed we know he has, he should go well.

Crash Model (8) won a Prelude in 29.87 from box one. She has five wins at the track but goes better from the inside.

Heat Four – Group One Golden Easter Egg (Race 4 at 8:28pm)

Local chaser Mexico City (1) is well drawn and Mark Gatt will be hoping his chaser can get close to his best of 29.58. The Where’s Pedro-Physical (Surf Lorian-By Request) dog has had two runs back since a four month spell. He ran third in a Maitland Cup heat last start.

Crawf’s Bread (6) is a handy Victorian chaser visiting Wentworth Park for the first time in his career. He is a consistently good beginner and will need to begin here at Wentworth Park from the poor draw. He has been racing dogs like Innocent Til and Dark Warrior, so he can handle the class of dogs in this heat.

Warrior King (5) is a talented Victorian youngster who ran second at Wentworth Park in a Prelude. He has been showing some early speed in recent racing and is very strong. He was a placegetter behind Crump in the Horsham Cup and will need luck from the squeeze draw.

Winsome Charlee (8) ran a place in last years Egg final and makes her first race-track appearance since June 2013. She clocked 30.35 here in a trial last week and will need to improve off that to get anywhere near her best of 29.66.

Tricky Jade (4) has not won since December last year but she clearly has a lot of talent. The Martin Hallinan bred and trained bitch has a best of 29.56 at Wentworth Park. Her problem is that she hasn’t been showing any early pace in her three most recent starts.

Heat Five – Group One Golden Easter Egg (Race 5 at 8:50pm)

Star chaser Keybow (2) is the class act in the fifth heat. The Group One Perth Cup winner and Australian Cup placegetter trialled 29.62 here in preparation and he should prove too good for this field.

Recent Group Three Nowra Summer Puppy Classic winner Stilton Blue (5) has drawn box five and has been flying around Nowra, with a near track record breaking run just over a fortnight ago. He has a best of 30.23 at Wentworth Park, which you think he would need to improve on to be a chance.

Healesville track record holder Frosty Jay Jay (6) is a fast animal but he lacks the early toe. He ran fifth here to Dark Warrior last week, finding trouble. The one thing in his favour is that he appears partial to wearing the green rug, winning two from three out of the box.

Veyron Bale’s (4) recent form has been ordinary but a change in scenery may prove good for him. Last time he came to Wentworth Park (January this year) he scorched around the Glebe circuit in 29.50.

Tomac Bale (8) loves box eight and is coming here with a short spell under his belt. Interestingly, he has recently changed hands and left Wheeler’s ownership and is now trained by Luke Azzopardi. He failed at Wentworth Park in January and will need to improve on his recent form to be any sort of chance.

Heat Six – Group One Golden Easter Egg (Race 6 at 9:07pm)

Ken Burnett’s Double Trigger (4) will be advantaged by his experience and form at the track. His most recent win was on the 15th of March and it came at the track in 29.68. He has six wins in total at Wentworth Park and has brilliant early speed.

Jason Thompson and Darren McDonald trained chasers can never be overlooked and both have chasers engaged in this heat. Thompson has Boris Fields (5), a dog that has won two races at Wentworth Park with 29.54 his best time. He needs some room to move, which may be tricky from box five. McDonald has the speedy There’s A Earn (6), who ran second last week at Wentworth Park to Yogi Blue and should be improved by the look at the track.

Strong finishers Ritza Hattie (2) and Ollie Bale (3) are also in with a chance but their fortunes will lay with the all important start, as both will need some luck in the early stages. Tee Brady (1) is also worth some consideration from the rails alley.

Heat Seven – Group One Golden Easter Egg (Race 7 at 9:30pm)

Innocent Til (8) has again drawn a wide box but he has a good record from box eight, with seven wins. He has won four of his last five starts and was recent runner-up in the Horsham Cup. He has had the one start at Wentworth Park and didn’t run a place. However, he cannot be ruled out based on that. He has loads of talent and a win wouldn’t surprise.

Warragul Cup winner Walk Hard (5) makes his first visit to Wentworth Park under race conditions. He trialled last week in a fast 29.68, but he needs some room early in order to muster pace and that might be difficult from the draw.

Evil Punk (4) fell at his last start here at Wentworth Park and it remains to be seen how he will react this week after that. He is a talented local chaser trained by James Coyle with a best of 29.70.

Boyce Road (2) is a very handy youngster with three wins at Wentworth Park to his credit. He is already a Group race finalist and has recorded 29.69 at the track. He’s tardy at box rise and that might cost him at this level.

Fort Allen (6) has been racing consistently in Victoria and makes his first appearance at Wentworth Park. The Andrea Dailly trained chaser is an excellent beginner and that should put him in this race.

Heat Eight – Group One Golden Easter Egg (Race 8 at 9:50pm)

We have to wait until the eighth heat to see Australian Cup champion Buckle Up Wes (3) go around. He has had a short spell since his big win and had a tune-up at Hobart last week, winning in the fastest time of the night. He has taken to Wentworth Park well in the past, with three wins and a place from five starts. He ran third in the Paws of Thunder final in January and has a best of 29.65. He will be hard to hold out.

Horsham Cup winner Crump (6) has drawn off the fence in box six. He trialled in 29.85 last week and this will be his first start at the track under race conditions. If he can negotiate the turn safely he could turn this into an interesting race, as he is very strong.

The Victorian trained Tonk (1) debuted at Wentworth Park on 15 March in a flying 29.57. This heat is a rise in class from the field he met two weeks ago but if he runs up to that performance he will be up there.

Awesome Project (8) is a former NSW chaser now in the hands of the astute Darren McDonald. He is risky at box rise and will need to do everything right from the wide draw.

Heat Nine – Group One Golden Easter Egg (Race 9 at 10:12pm)

Richmond Derby winner Red Road (6) gets a chance to strut his stuff in the ninth heat. He has 11 career wins from 15 starts, with three of those wins coming at Wentworth Park. He has a best of 29.54 and displays generally good box manners. He just has to steer clear of any interference from the bad draw to take this out.

Calm Model (5) is returning from a long six month spell so should be fresh for this. She has two wins at Wentworth Park, with a best of 29.70.

Rookie Rebel winner Hawk Alone (1) has drawn his box. He is a strong 500 metre chaser who will be looking to pounce if he has a clear run.

Maitland Cup finalist New Gleam (4) has had the one start at Wentworth Park for a 30.01 win. He recorded a first section of 5.38 and if he can do that again he is a big chance of being near the lead.

Cawbourne Havoc (2) has 10 wins at the track and his experience will put him in good stead. He is a leader and could very well take this out at good odds.

Heat Ten – Group One Golden Easter Egg (Race 10 at 10:35pm)

Hellyeah Bolt (8) has excelled at Wentworth Park and has a best of 29.92 from box eight. He has won four in total from the box and looks hard to beat.

Hellyeah Bolt’s immediate danger is drawn directly inside him. Billy Buzzard (7) has been very consistent of late and has recorded a flying 5.32 to the first mark this year. If anyone can upset the favourite, it is Billy Buzzard.

Bathurst Cup and Prelude winner Zipping Tess (3) has been pinging the lids in her last few starts but failed to do so at Maitland. Her Prelude win came here in 29.79 and she is certainly capable of performing well from the decent draw.

Dark Warrior (4) was impressive winning a Prelude two weeks ago in 30.06. He could only manage fifth from box three here last week and will need to improve to feature.

Youngsters Aiming To Become Racing’s Newest Sensation

Heat One:

Classy Sahara (7) will step out in heat one for trainer Jason Magri from box seven, after a very impressive performance at headquarters last Saturday night, clocking a fast 29.81. This son of Where’s Pedro and Magri’s talented race bitch Helena Star has an excellent Wentworth Park record of two wins and four minor placings from seven starts, and will be hard to beat if he steps cleanly from the wide draw.

Bouchard (5) will make her debut at the track for trainer Shaun Evans, coming off good form at Dapto where the daughter of boom sire Bekim Bale recorded a speedy 29.85 last month. Despite exiting from the squeeze box, this bitch has decent box manners to compensate the poor draw. Dad’s Ambition (2) was impressive last Monday night at Wentworth Park against easier opposition, scoring in 30.09. The Peter Mccann trained chaser has drawn ideally and will run a cheeky race.

Heat Two:

Jason Magri is set to go back to back in heat two with promising youngster Invictive, who will exit from box eight. Another offspring of Helena Star, this greyhound has a terrific record at Wentworth Park, having recorded four victories and five minor placings from twelve starts, with a personal best of 30.05. Jorelle (2) has been on fire lately for trainer Andrew Bayliss, winning five from ten and won her only start at Wentworth Park back in February. This daughter of Collision and Perfect Model has genuine early pace and will definitely improve on her personal best of 30.41 if she begins well.

Zola Icon (1) has the coveted red rug and recorded a solid 29.98 personal best last month for trainer Robert Sullivan. Despite her inconsistent box manners, the daughter of Mogambo can produce a good performance if she begins well. Raincheck (7) for Peter Lagogiane has been racing very consistent of late, having been in the placings her past ten starts and was impressive at Gosford last month in a respectable 30.20.

Heat Three:

Irondale Bravo (6) sizzled around Gosford last week in 29.66 and will make her debut at Wentworth Park for trainer Darren Sultana. The daughter of Collision and Luci Tee has a good record from the outside boxes, having won two from five starts and will only need a clear run to test this field.

Cawbourne Whip (4) is resuming at headquarters for Jodie Lord after an unsuccessful campaign at The Gardens in February. The daughter of Dyna Lachlan has an excellent record at the track with two wins from three starts and a personal best of 29.98. Fashion Princess (1) has record mixed form of late, however the inside draw will be a huge advantage for this daughter of Where’s Pedro, who has a solid personal best of 30.06.

Heat Four:

Hooksy (3) is an outstanding prospect from Victoria, recording victories at his past three outings at Sandown Park, with a blistering personal best time of 29.15. The Tanya Auld trained son of Hondo Black and Uno Witch is a serious contender to take out the series after an impressive 29.68 stewards trial last week at Wentworth Park. Bottom Dollar (2) is undefeated after four career starts around the one turn circuits of Victoria and is nicely drawn in box two. The son of Bombastic Shiraz will be making his debut around the circle for trainer Glen Rounds and possesses good early pace to be competitive in this event.

Bekim Keeping (4) has been very consistent of late with a solid win at this track in 30.07 two weeks ago. Despite his lack of early pace and awkward box draw, he has a big motor and look for him at the finish.

Heat Five:

Silent Effective (1) is one of the hottest young pups in the state at present, recording scintillating times at Maitland (24.93) and Nowra (29.73), with a solid 30.28 win at Wentworth Park last month. The Darren Sultana trained son of Cosmic Rumble and Best Percentage is a risky beginner, however only needs some room to move to make an impact.

Sir Redmond (3) is impeccably bred, by Where’s Pedro out of Daydream and stunned racegoers last week at The Gardens, notching up his maiden victory over the 515m in a near record 29.37. Trainer Brett May will be hoping for a repeat performance on debut at Wentworth Park tonight from a handy draw. Litter brother My Boy Snoop (6) will exit from box six for in-form trainer Anthony Azzopardi and flew around this track in a steward’s trial last week, clocking 29.70.

Heat Six:

My Kinda Music (7) has won her past seven straight and nine from twelve starts overall. The son of El Grand Senor and Ice Dancer made her debut at Wentworth Park last week for trainer Allan Pringle, recording a speedy 29.89. Another member of the talented Where’s Pedro and Daydream litter; Fusaichi Kahn will make the trip down from Queensland after an impressive 29.88 performance at Albion Park.

Doonside Dani (2) has won her past three outings and will be looking to keep her perfect Wentworth Park record intact, after recording her second victory at headquarters in February, clocking 30.18. Waymore’s Blues has his first start for in form trainer Toby Weekes after being purchased after his last start at Maitland. He will be the main danger to the favourite and will only need a little bit of early luck to pose a serious threat.

Heat Seven:

King Odessa (3) was gallant in defeat last week in 29.91 and will be highly competitive in this affair from a good box draw. Trained by Kristy Sultana, this son of Where’s Pedro and Supreme Odessa has only been unplaced once at six attempts at Wentworth Park and has a respectable personal best of 30.05.

Lacey Lois (7) has a solid Wentworth Park record of one win and four minor placings from six starts, with a personal best of 30.34 and Wilson’s Dream (6) drops back in distance after an impressive win at Richmond over the 618m last week, and will make his debut at Wentworth Park. The Harry Sarkis trained chaser can test some of these runners who lack strength.

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