Leading into the semi-finals of the Golden Easter Egg, letâ€™s look back at last weekâ€™s results and see what lessons can be learned and where tidbits of information can be taken out. There were, after all, 80 of Australiaâ€™s leading greyhounds on the one card, and as always the winners werenâ€™t as predictable as many believed. So here are some of the more interesting observations that might prove handy to remember before attacking Saturdayâ€™s form guide;
Jagger Swagger is the real deal â€“ Many would claim that Jagger Swagger was already a star of the track before his heat last week, but I personally had a couple of doubts whether the impressive from out of the age-restricted races would carry across to the Open Class. After his unsuccessful runs in Melbourne late last year, and starting from box eight, it seemed reasonable to take on the favourite in heat six, but boy, he charged past the field after a moderate beginning and made the opposition look second-rate. Hot Irish, a bitch that many would know was written about during the lead-up, was simply unable to get anywhere near the Mark Azzopardi trained chaser, and those two pummelled the rest of the field. Regardless of how he goes from box two Saturday night, Jagger Swagger be winning plenty of races in the month to come.
Victorians now know the name Princess Black â€“ There would have been many people in Victoria tuning into heat two of the Egg to see the fortunes of popular Warragul Cup winner, Nitro Cee. However what was witnessed instead was a devastating win by the lightly raced Princess Black. With a perfect demonstration of how to overcome a middle draw, Princess Black ran dead straight from box six and cleared the field easily out in front. From there it was over, and multiple city winner, Imry Bale, along with Nitro Cee were powerless to stop her. Princess Black comes up against the abovementioned Jagger Swagger in the semi-final â€“ a clash to get many a mouths watering.
Sometimes Speedy should never, ever, leave the Mackay kennel â€“ Former South Aussie Sometimes Speedy has always been a handy chaser, but now under the care of Jason Mackay, this daughter of Collision has become the pin-up girl of NSW racing. She has a Group win to her name, and could add the Golden Easter Egg to her CV if her current form continues. To think this is the same greyhound that ran third and fourth in juveniles and Grade six races at Angle Park in October last year. Without taking anything away from her S.A connections, her improvement since coming to the East coast must suggest that her future will no longer lie in the City of Churches.
Race times are to be taken with a pinch of salt â€“ Without doubt, one of the more agitating things about modern day racing is this tendency for clubs to doctor their tracks up beyond belief for the big races. Personally, I think it undermines any impressive times set and takes away the excitement of seeing a lightning run. Last Saturday night was another case, where eight of the ten heats were sub-29.75, when we would be lucky to see a run that fast once a month throughout the year. It not only brings an element of indifference to the spectator, but also becomes deceptive when lining up form once the feature series concludes. Wentworth Park arenâ€™t alone here either, and it would be unfair to single out this yearsâ€™ Egg as having an over-prepared track. I can recall several meetings in other states where grade fives were pulling out free-for-all times on the night of a Cup meeting.
The Wheeler domination is easing â€“ Remember a couple of years ago when the Wheeler dynasty filled seven of the eight Melbourne Cup final spots? Well itâ€™s safe to say that the streak they were experiencing with their brigade has now eased, after they failed to claim a single heat of the Egg. Not for one second am I saying they have become unsuccessful, but the sheer dominance of the past 24 months has seemingly dissipated across the board.
Capable dogs from good draws should be respected â€“ Time and time again dogs that are either out of form or facing a class rise come up and cause a boilover when drawn well. Nearly every greyhound punter Iâ€™ve ever come across recognises the tendency for inside runners to do well in big races, and yet sometimes they still go around at incredible value. Stetson Donna has always been the type of greyhound to be hit-or-miss, but drawn one in arguably the weakest heat of the night, she lands the prize and pays over $30 on some totes. A winner of over 12 metro races and $100K in career earnings, she certainly flew under the radar of many and never deserved to be those odds.
Early speed is worth its weight in gold â€“ All night last Saturday, runners were unable to make up any more than two places throughout the run. Whether there were too many good dogs running â€˜superâ€™ times up front, or whether there was high amounts of interference is arguable, but either way, you had to be on the speed to give yourself a chance. This isnâ€™t just an observation either, as official results tell us that not one heat winner came from any further back then second with a lap to go.
The Paws of Thunder was just confusing â€“ Sometimes form lines from a Group 1 series just donâ€™t stack up the next time around, and that was certainly the case from Januaryâ€™s Paws of Thunder series. With the exception of Cavendish Flyer and Ritza Ryder, all other finalists from the Paws final were engaged last Saturday and only Fully Advanced managed to repeat the dose. You would have done a lot of dough using the previous Group 1 on the track as your base.
The first heat for the Jet Pets Sister Cities Cup was conducted yesterday afternoon in Christchurch with New Zealand star Another Dollar for trainer J McInerney booking his trip to Adelaide for the $40,000 final on Thursday 27th September at Angle Park.
The defending champion who took out the title on his Addington home track last year flew the lids from box 6 showing his brilliant early speed crossing the field easily and from there was never headed rating a slick 30.50 for the 520m journey.
Joining him in Adelaide will be Know Spunk for trainer G Cleeve who ran a game second to the champ after being crossed early from box 2 however he kept finding to the line to only go down by 3/4 lengths.
Continue reading Another Dollar Wins Christchurch Leg Of Jetpets Sister Cities Cup
There is hardly a meeting goes by on the Northern Rivers without Trevor Thompson’s greyhounds featuring. Most of these dogs are named with a “Rose Hi” moniker and Trevor was at it again on Friday with a winning double at Casino.
Ted Rose Hi, a half brother to Socks, railed through at the top turn to take out a heat of the Ab Casey Memorial in 28 seconds even. He overcame box five, and the time can be ignored when assessing form as it was the final heat, and the track was a little soggy after rain during the day.
Continue reading “Rose Hi” Double For Thompson At Casino Greyhounds
The Manawatu dumped on it last year by the sport’s governing body.Club is scrambling for money to pay off a massive debt it says was
Lawyers’ letters are arriving, the coffers are bare and the club president has suffered a heart attack from the stress because of the $660,000 bill.
When the new greyhound race track was built at the Manawatu Raceway in 2007, the club thought it had a great deal based on a gentleman’s agreement.
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In a bizzare aftermath to the story we ran last month with regard to leading trainer David Schofield and his handler Willie Hodgson and their run in with greyhound officialdom and the law; Police have now had to be called to two greyhound meetings last week after threats were made to kill a trainer’s pregnant partner and others.
New Zealand’s Sunday Star Times Racing Editor Barry Lichter has reported that “in scenes described by one frightened bystander as akin to a gangster movie, threats to break bones and “chop your f—ing head off” were made”.
At the the heart of the sensational scenes are allegations of accusations that dogs are being drugged, and an increase in competition for the higher prizemoney on offer after the country’s leading trainer, John McInerney of Christchurch, set up a satellite kennel in Palmerston North run by his son Stephen. The fallout has left officials struggling to maintain order in the code.
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Despite the current economic environment, GRNZ) has taken every step to try and maintain industry funding to both its Clubs and the Licenced Persons. However the funding impact of the recession has meant that GRNZ has had no choice other than to reduce stake levels for the next racing season.New Zealand (
From 1 August 2009 all standard minimum stakes will decrease by 5% consistently across all classes and grades as compared to the current 2008/09 season. This 5% decrease is in place of the previously announced 15% stake level reduction.
GRNZ Chief Executive Jeremy F Kennerley explains: “Despite GRNZ making a number of cost savings across various aspects of the Code’s business and being prepared to use retained reserves, it has proved impossible to avoid cutting stake levels. The 5% reduction frustratingly negates the 5% increase provided to minimum stakes the same time last year.”
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And, if the result of an associated hearing against one of Schofield’s handlers is any guide, the North Island’s most successful trainer could be looking at a lengthy ban.
At a hearing in Auckland last week, Schofield’s handler, former Central Districts trainer Willie Hodgson, was disqualified for nine months on a misconduct charge.
Continue reading Leading NZ Trainer Faces Ban After Fiery Night
Court proceedings filed against the Waikato & Districts Gary Harding were yesterday adjourned at the Hamilton District Court to next month.Club by prominent Tirau greyhound trainer
Earlier this month Mr Harding successfully applied for a district court injunction to postpone the $30,000 First Sovereign Trust Waikato Classic greyhound race at Cambridge.
Continue reading Waikato Classic Court Injunction Hearing Adjourned
The Wairarapahas pulled off a coup for their TAB meeting at Solway Showgrounds, Masterton today.
Mindful of the strong support they receive from the local
Continue reading Todays Wairarapa Cup At Brewer/Gilbert/Lord’s Mercy
In stark contrast to the GRV’s pathetic handling of Jason Thompson’s alleged assault in the aftermath of the Mlebourne Cup, New Zealand has appealed a three-month disqualification handed down to a former Auckland Club President over his assault on a trainer.
The code’s ruling body wanted Geoff Farrell banned for 12 months over his attack at a race meeting last October when he allegedly took offence at Waiuku trainer Steve Mann’s behaviour, knocked him into a flower bed, jumped on top of him, and unleashed a barrage of blows to his head.
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On the back of two recent Australian Stewards Inquiries in to Positive Swabs to procaine, one of New Zealand’s best-known owners and administrators, Thayne Green, has escaped being fined or suspended after one of his greyhounds returned a positive drug test.
New Zealand Racing Board member Green, who co-owned champion galloper Sunline, faced a charge of presenting a greyhound to race with a drug, procaine, in its system.
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The Waikato Times is reporting what we beleive to be the very first case of an Australian or New Zealand race in any of the three codes being postponed due to a Court Injunction taken out be a disgruntled participant.
Many greyhound owners, trainers and interested parties have often considered a court injunction when a finaliseed feature race draw has wrongly excluded, or wrongly included, a greyhound and the local greyhound authorities or club have not fixed their mistake or shown any inclination to “make good” on the problem. But none ’til now, to our knowledge; have followed though with it.
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Anyone who doubted that Andy Lord and Jodi Gilbert would make an instant impact on New Zealand had those doubts quickly erased last Sunday when the Foxton trainers, training under the training names of Daniel Brewer and Jodi Gilbert; won almost half the card at the Wellington Club’s highly successful TAB meeting at Solway Showgrounds on Sunday.
Lord and Gilbert have only just resumed training after the team dominated New South Wales for many years, until Gilbert was disqualified in 2005 for 18 months after a greyhound trained in her name returned a positive to a metabolite of cocaine, the same metabolite (Benzoylecgonine) as involved in Tony Sacco’s recent positive swab in Victoria.
Continue reading Lord/Gilbert/Brewer Training Combo Train Half The Solway Card
Missy the greyhound may no longer be fast around the racetrack, but her story of survival over 24 days has highlighted her endurance skills.
Missy, a 10-year-old former racing and breeding greyhound adopted by Christchurch couple Barbara and Gary Miln two years ago through Hounds 4 Homes, was found on December 29th after disappearing on December 5.
Continue reading Happy Ending For NZ’s Lost GAP Greyhound Missy
Four top greyhounds will battle it out in the $60,000 New Zealand Shootout race at Manukau Stadium on Thursday night.
GRNZ) Racing Manager Ross Gove says the race is unique as it features only four dogs and is ‘winner takes all’.
Continue reading Four Of NZ’s Best Greyhounds Go Head To Head
The biggest stake in the history of NZ Queensland. Race favourite Size Can Matter comfortably won the $250,000 Platinum Paws final at Addington Raceway Friday night, and the $NZ135,000 first-place cheque.
Continue reading Size Can Matter All The Way Platinum Paws Winner
The flight across the Tasman has not phased Queenslandâ€™s hopes at taking out New Zealandâ€™s richest greyhound race, says top trainer Dave Irwin.
Continue reading Size Can Matter All Set For Platinum Paws Glory
GRNZ) commemoration of 100 Years of Governance starts today. The Centenary will unite people from all over the country to look back on what we’ve achieved together over the last century.
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Excitement is building as New Zealandâ€™s richest ever greyhound race draws near. The Gold Band Finance Platinum Paws race will run this Friday 17 October at 8:33 pm.
Continue reading Australasia’s Best Set For Platinum Paws Final
After several years at the top of the greyhound training tree, Craig Roberts found the pressures of the job proving too much. In the second of a two-part series, he talks to David McCarthy about changes he made and his plea for a new greyhound track in Canterbury.
Continue reading NZ Greyhound Trainer Profile : Craig Roberts – Part 2
Size Can Matter confirmed his favouritism for Friday nights Platinum Paws Final with an impressive all the way 30.14 win at Addington on Friday night.
Continue reading Size Can Matter A Class Above In Platinum Paws
New Zealander Craig Roberts came to greyhound training from a family of harness-racing enthusiasts, and success in another career. He switched after spending time at NZ’s old QE II race track at New Brighton. In the first of a two-part series, he talks about the good and bad along the way.
Continue reading NZ Greyhound Trainer Profile : Craig Roberts – Part 1
The David Hobby-owned and trained WA greyhound Octanol has settled in and trialled well in his quest to win New Zealandâ€™s richest ever greyhound race â€“ the NZ$250,000 Platinum Paws.
Continue reading Octanol Primed For Platinum Paws Semi Finals Friday
Drama and sensation were the order of the opening day of the historic $250,000 Platinum Paws greyhound meeting at Addington yesterday, and easily the biggest sensation was the exit of hotly favoured local bitch Winsome Ashley, who went out of the series after falling at the first turn and spraining a wrist.
Continue reading Platinum Paws Favourite & NZ’s Best Chance Knocked Out
Following last Thursday nightâ€™s one-off SA Heat of the Platinum Paws, Jaykayell has earned the right to represent South Australia in New Zealand for the Platinum Paws.
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In less than four weeks GRNZ) will commemorate 100 Years of Governance with a three day celebration in Christchurch.
Continue reading Platinum Paws Just One Part Of NZ Centenary Celebrations
Following on from the poor nominations from Victorian trainers for New Zealands Platinum Paws Series, New South Wales has attracted just three nominations.
Continue reading NSW Trainers Side Step NZ Platinum Paws Series
In the wake of Victoria’s failed attempt to attract nominations for New Zealand’s Platinum Paws Series, nominations for the New South Wales heats and final close tomorrow.
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Victorian greyhound trainers have demonstrated their disatisfaction with the Platinum Pawes Series by voting with their feet and not nominating for the series.
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