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2014 Group One Bold Trease Final Preview

While the Melbourne Cup takes centres stage at Sandown Park tonight, greyhound fans will be treated to a double dose of Group One racing.

Just two races earlier, $100,000 is up for grabs for stayers in the 2014 Bold Trease.

Darren McDonald will rug up the favourite Sweet It Is from box three. Despite having won almost every important race on the calendar, the Bold Trease has been one that has so far eluded the astute Devon Meadows mentor.

Rob Britton will look to make it back-to-back wins in the race after he won the 2013 final with Cheetah Zorro. Britton is the only trainer in the race who has won the event in the past.

The Bold Trease is Race Six on the card and is scheduled to jump at 8:38pm.

Here is a look at each dog in detail with comments from connections;

Box 1
Race Odds
$12.00
Heat Replay
 

Beks

Trainer
Patrick Bouchier
Owner
Patricia Bouchier
Prizemoney
$39,360
Last 10 Starts
3152325241
32 Months   Black   Dog   by   Bekim Bale - Flaming Doll
Start Slow Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,270 Rating 91
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
31 6 6 7
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
19% 61%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 1 2 2
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 1 1 2
ARG Comments: Made the most of his opportunities to flash home and score in 42.04 last week. That was his first win at the track in six attempts. He will need to begin well to be an chance of competing here.
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.04 42.04 6.34 6.37
Box 2
Race Odds
$10.00
Heat Replay
 
Zipping Maggie
Trainer
Peter Dapiran
Owner
M & F Hallinan
Prizemoney
$90,025
Last 10 Starts
1111432642
30 Months   Dark Brindle   Bitch   by   Turanza Bale - Natalie Rass
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $3,215 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
28 12 5 3
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
43% 71%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 2 1 0
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 1 1 0
Peter Dapiran (Trainer): “The draw looks to have helped her, it is what you want to be drawn close to the fence with both Sweet It Is and Beks usually reasonably slow away. She should get a good look at the lure. She got a little bit tangled up last week and, by the time she balanced up the run on dogs had a little bit too much momentum and just got her on the line.”


Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last

41.85

42.08 6.13 6.19
Box 3
Race Odds
$2.10
Heat Replay
 
Sweet It Is
Trainer
Andrea Dailly
Owner
Paul Wheeler
Prizemoney
$484,065
Last 10 Starts
1232221112
36 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Mogambo - Off Springer
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $10,523 Rating 99
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
64 18 10 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
30% 63%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
11 5 4 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 2 2 0
Braden Finn (Owner): “I spoke to Darren yesterday and he said the bitch is as good as ever and jumping out of her skin he’s just hoping for a clear run! It looks a very good race with the 2 dogs on the rise Space Star and Blinker’s On improving all the time should be a good final all dogs worthy of their spot in the race. I think the six should come out and lead and give the pink a nice cart over which will make him hard to beat.”

Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41.46 41.94 6.23 6.23
Box 4
Race Odds
$4.40
Heat Replay
 
Space Star
Trainer
Robert Britton
Owner
Camilla Limon
Prizemoney
$36,800
Last 10 Starts
1111315321

29 Months

  Black   Dog   by  

Bekim Bale

- Tonto Tears
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,840 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
20 12 2 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
60% 85%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 02 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 4 0 0
Robert Britton (Trainer): “It was exciting to have a dog with so much ability come into the kennel, you often get pups who are a little more average so it was great to have him come in. We knew he had a big motor and it was good to see him get off the track last week where he wants to be, that allowed him to show what he can do. It was a good field in his heat but when you are running 41.6 then you wouldn’t be too disappointed if you got beat. To be honest I am not too happy with this week’s draw with the pace on his outside. I am hoping he can get a clear run early but you just wonder how it will happen. It could be a big night for us, but I have learnt over many years to not get too excited, they don’t give these sort of races away, that’s for sure.”
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41.65 41.65 6.20 6.20
Box 5
Race Odds
$101.00
Heat Replay
 
Reap The Benefit
Trainer
MIchael Chilcott
Owner
Geoffrey Collins
Prizemoney
$19,450
Last 10 Starts
4231212252
32 Months   Black   Dog   by   Bekim Bale - Zarbo
Start Moderate Running Rail Finish

Good

Prizemoney Rating $648 Rating 88
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
30 5 7 7
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
17% 63%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 1 0
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 1 0 1
Michael Chilcott (Trainer): “He has drawn the worst box and is between the two fastest dogs in the race but you can not do much about that. He has enough pace to be up there but got shuffled back from second to second last in the heat, if he is sitting midfield heading for home, you never know.”
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 42.81 6.35 6.35
Box 6
Race Odds
$34.00
Heat Replay
 
Mystic Twist
Trainer
Mark Cauchi
Owner
Kim Hollway
Prizemoney
$61,615
Last 10 Starts
1511737371
37 Months   Brindle   Bitch   by   Velocette - Valley Twist
Start Good Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,760 Rating 81
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
35 12 5 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
34% 57%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 0 0
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 0 0
ARG Comment: Front running bitch who looks the likely leader in the race. Led all the way in her heat, winning in 42.07. That was her first win over the trip in three attempts. She will have to improve on that time to take this race out.
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.07 42.07 6.06 6.06
Box 7
Race Odds
$23.00
Heat Replay
 
Coulta Rock
Trainer
David Curtain
Owner
David Curtain
Prizemoney
$40,235
Last 10 Starts
431F341251
27 Months   Black   Dog   by   Velocette - Coulta Sally
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,150 Rating 86
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
35 10 5 8
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
29% 66%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 1 0

David Curtain (Trainer): “He has a lot of ability and is maturing all the time. I think nearly every dog copped some interference in his heat and he did well coming back but that is why the time isn’t real flash. There is no stress and no expectation, whatever he does is a bonus.”

Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.75 42.75 6.30 6.30
Box 8
Race Odds
$3.40
Heat Replay
 
Blinkers On
Trainer
Brooke Ennis
Owner
Troy Little
Prizemoney
$50,590
Last 10 Starts
7123211112
30 Months   Blue   Dog   by   Cosmic Rumble - Good Oil
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,300 Rating 93
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
22 9 5 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
41% 68%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 2 2 0
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 1 0
Jamie Ennis (Kennel Representative): “If you could draw the field the way you wanted to, this would have to be close to it. He should get a great cart over and be right in the race. He trialled over 600 before last week and was simply outstanding, he was very unlucky last week and probably should have won easily. But you have those nights and it was one where nothing went our way. He should get a lot more luck this week given the way the field is drawn. You can never be too confident with Sweet It Is in the race, she can do freakish things and run down anyone when things go her way.”


Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41.71 42.18 6.28 6.28
1st Res
Race Odds
$11.00
Heart Replay
 
Dyna Kayla
Trainer
Andrea Dailly
Owner
Brendan Wheeler
Prizemoney
$136,285
Last 10 Starts
6411142173
28 Months   Blue   Bitch   by   Surf Lorian - Amity Bale
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $4,867 Rating 94
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
28 14 4 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
50% 71%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 0 1
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
- - - -
ARG Comments: Quality race bitch who found trouble when crossing to lead last week. She has plenty of Group racing experience and would be far from the worst if she gained a start.
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.11

42.16

6.13 6.19
2nd Res
Race Odds
$101.00
Heat Replay
 
Manila Express
Trainer
Captain Abbott
Owner
Captain Abbott
Prizemoney
$23,645
Last 10 Starts
1234121413
32 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Bekim Bale - Flossy
Start Slow Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $430 Rating 80
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
55 15 6 8
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
27% 53%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 0 1
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
- - - -
ARG Comments: A run on type who does most of her racing in easier classes. She will be a fair way back in this type of field and looks tested.
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 42.32 6.27 6.27

The early pace in the race looks likely to come from Mystic Twist (6) and Zipping Maggie (2).

This should give Blinker’s On (8) a beautiful cart across into the action. Should he be afforded a clear run, he will take some running down.

Champion bitch Sweet It Is (3) will be worse than midfield early and is sure to be running home like a hungry school kid. If she gets a clear run in transit, she will add a fourth Group One title to her impressive curriculum vitae.

Space Star (4) set the time standard in the heats and had tons of ability. He will need to avoid dogs cutting across him early if he expects to use the track as usual.

2014 Group One Melbourne Cup Final Preview

The eagerly anticipated Group One Melbourne Cup is scheduled to jump at 9:24pm (VIC time) tonight at Sandown Park.

A whopping prize-money pool of $600,000 is available for place-getters. The winner receives $420,000, the runner up will receive $120,000 and third grabs hold of $60,000 – not too shabby for a 29 second run.

The Melbourne Cup was first conducted at Sandown Park in 1956. The race has come a long way since. In this year’s edition a number of story lines thread their way into the race.

If Keybow wins, he will break the Australian prize-money record and will make his trainer, Darren McDonald the first trainer to win four Melbourne Cups. If Above All wins he will become just the second greyhound from New Zealand to take out the great event. That feat was last achieved 40 years ago.

Recent winners of the Melbourne Cup include Black Magic Opal, Got A Moment, Dyna Tron, El Grand Senor, Lord Ducal, Surgeon, Betty’s Angel and Closing Argument.

We will soon know who the 2014 winner is. Here is a look at the form of each of the finalists;

Box 1
Race Odds
$3.10
Heat Replay
 
Keybow
Trainer
Darren McDonald
Owner
Kelvin Lean
Prizemoney
$343,635
Last 10 Starts
2414153611
35 Months   Black   Dog   by   Take The Kitty - Key Exit
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $9,818 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
35 16 7 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
46% 74%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 3 1 2
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 1 0
Kelvin Lean (Owner): “It is a good draw, it’s unbelievable. I think in these big races you have got to be on the inside and there is so much speed in this race that the inside is definitely the place to be.”

Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.36 29.36 5.05 5.11
Box 2
Race Odds
$4.80
Heat Replay
 
Chica Destacada
Trainer
Doreen Drynan
Owner
Dee and Pee syndicate
Prizemoney
$145,655
Last 10 Starts
6311156821
29 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Cosmic Rumble - Eluthra
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $4,699 Rating 91
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
31 12 5 3
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
39% 65%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 1 0
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 1 0
Doreen Drynan (Trainer): “It is the same box that she won the National Sprint from but she seems to go better when she is drawn out on the track a little bit. She seems to be able to pace up a lot quicker because she is inclined to step a bit to the right when she comes out of the boxes.”
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.22 29.22 5.02 5.02
Box 3
Race Odds
$5.50
Heat Replay
 
Above All
Trainer
Robert Britton
Owner
Alison Lee
Prizemoney
$29,510
Last 10 Starts
1F14212111
27 Months   Black   Dog   by   Magic Sprite - Kara Janx
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,951 Rating 94
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
10 6 2 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
60% 80%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 3 2 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Robert Britton (Trainer): “He doesn’t have the early pace that others have in this field. What he has shown me is that he is fearless in taking gaps, so hopefully he can get a soft early run into the first turn and take any gap that may be presented to him.”
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.33 29.38 5.11 5.11
Box 4
Race Odds
$8.50
Heat Replay
 
Awesome Project
Trainer
Darren McDonald
Owner
Bradley Canty
Prizemoney
$297,690
Last 10 Starts
1711163131

43 Months

  Black   Dog   by   Collision - Honour Phase
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $5,412 Rating 94
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
55 28 7 8
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
51% 78%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
13 8 3 2
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 5 0 0
Bradley Canty (Owner): The draw is not good for him with the six, seven and eight all going to be crashing across from out wide with pace. He has speared the lids and come out running a couple of times like when he won the Harrison- Dawson and in a heat of the Brisbane Cup he came up two in front, but I think whatever dog leads that race will probably win.
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.35 29.39 5.00 5.12
Box 5
Race Odds
$34.00
Heat Replay
 
Cosmic Wise
Trainer
Jeff Britton
Owner
Brona Lane Racing syndicate
Prizemoney
$110,645
Last 10 Starts
4131115311
38 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Cosmic Chief - Wise Penny
Start Good Running Rail Finish

Strong

Prizemoney Rating $1,875 Rating 91
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
34% 64%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
19 6 2 1
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 2 0 0

Justin Wright (Owner): “Box one helped her last week and I would imagine the track was a bit quicker than it normally is but we were still chuffed with how she went. It will be very different this week and I don’t think she has the pace to beat the other seven to the first corner. There is going to be a lot of early speed and she is a mad railer, she will look for the rails straight out of the boxes. I reckon her only hope is if she misses it a little bit and then goes straight to rail and if there is a little bit of trouble on the corner that she can rail up underneath. It is going to be tough but you have got to be in it to win it. She will give 100% and whatever happens, happens.”

Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.40 29.40 5.07 5.07
Box 6
Race Odds
$9.00
Heat Replay
 
Star Recall
Trainer
Jeffrey Britton
Owner
Kevin Dover
Prizemoney
$158,305
Last 10 Starts
1221111881
30 Months   Black   Bitch   by   High Earner - No Recall
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $4,166 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
38 21 7 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
55% 84%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 0
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 4 2 1
Kevin Dover (Owner): “Hopefully she can ping the lids and get up with them near the lead going into the first turn. She is not a mad railer, she holds her line to the first turn, so that should help her too.”
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.34 29.34 5.05 5.05
Box 7
Race Odds
$16.00
Heat Replay
 
Luca Neveelk
Trainer
Gerald Kleeven
Owner
Paul Kleeven
Prizemoney
$128,865
Last 10 Starts
1113111131
29 Months   Blue   Dog   by   Talk’s Cheap - It’s A Neveelk
Start Excellent Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $4,772 Rating 97
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
27 22 0 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
81% 93%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 3 0 0

Gerald Kleeven (Trainer): “I reckon he can get across and I like him out there. It depends on what the pink (Dyna Villa) does but he (Luca Neveelk) is a pretty big dog so the pink shouldn’t push him out of the way. He just needs clear room in the first one or two strides and then he has got that massive early pace. Whatever gets out in front will win, there is no two ways about it, because you have got seven other dogs with equal ability behind you and they usually all look to go to the rails and they will be in a bunch. If you are lucky enough to get to the front I’d imagine you would be laughing.”

Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.42 29.42 5.00 5.00
Box 8
Race Odds
$6.50
Heat Replay
 
Dyna Villa
Trainer
Jenny Hunt
Owner
Brendan Wheeler
Prizemoney
$46,635
Last 10 Starts
4333181311
25 Months   Black   Dog   by   Collision - Roxio Bale
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,220 Rating 92
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
21 13 2 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
62% 86%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 7 0 0
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 3 0 0
ARG Comment: Dyna Villa is unbeaten at the track and unbeaten from the box. He showed tremendous pace last week from box six to defeat My Bro Fabio by 1 1/4 lengths. He recorded his best time in the process. A repeat of the pace from last week will see him contesting the lead in the early stages. He has to be considered a big chance based on his form.
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.21 29.21 5.00 5.00
1st Res
Race Odds
$26.00
Heart Replay
 
Cawbourne Whip
Trainer
Anthony Azzopardi
Owner
Jodie Lord
Prizemoney
$83,305
Last 10 Starts
1124634432
34 Months   Black & White   Bitch   by   Dyna Lachlan - American Spot
Start Moderate Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,136 Rating 88
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
39 16 5 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
41% 64%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 0 1 2
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 0 1 1
ARG Comment: Does not have the pace to match some of the speedsters in the final and will be well and truly at double figure odds if she gains a start.
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 29.29

5.10

5.10
2nd Res
Race Odds
$4.60
Heat Replay
 
My Bro Fabio
Trainer
Brooke Ennis
Owner
Michelle Jones
Prizemoney
$202,075
Last 10 Starts
2111151112
31 Months   Black   Dog   by   Turanza Bale - Flamenco
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $4,811 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
42 21 9 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
50% 79%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
13 5 2 3
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 2 3 0
ARG Comment: Will rocket right into contention if he gets a start. Although he is tardy at box-rise at times, he is a freakishly fast dog that is capable of anything.
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.09 29.29 5.15 5.24

Keybow (1) is currently the favourite from the prized rails alley. He just needs an ounce of luck early to stamp his authority on the race but there will be plenty of others in the field looking to challenge him.

Dyna Villa (8) is boxed out wide and possesses the best record of any dog in the race as he is unbeaten at the track and unbeaten from the draw. He is the fastest qualifier going into the final after stopping the clock at 29.21 in last week’s heats. His sections across the board were great and he will prove hard to beat if he repeats last week’s efforts.

Luca Neveelk (7) will be challenging for the lead early. He needs to be in front at the first turn to be any chance.

Awesome Project (4) has a mile of ability and seems to be flying under the radar a little due to the focus on his kennel mate. He came out last week to lead all the way and he is more than capable of doing that from box four.

Chica Destacada (2) was impressive last week and she is drawn to go well again. Her trainer has indicated that she may step right out of the boxes but she has the form from the box, winning the National Sprint earlier this year from the same draw.

The Kiwi’s will all be cheering for Above All (3). While he will need some luck in the early stages, he has made the final and certainly has a big future ahead of him as he has come into the race with just 10 starts under his belt.

Cosmic Wise (5) and Star Recall (6) both have Western Australian connections and will be aiming to give the West something to cheer for. The draws are not great for either chaser but, as with all the other chasers in this final, they are in with a chance.

It should be a great race so be sure to tune in or get trackside.

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Above All, It’s All A Dream

Rangiora couple Alison Lee and Merv O’Brien have arrived in Melbourne to watch their 28 month old pride and joy, Above All, take his place in the final of the Group One Melbourne Cup at Sandown on Friday night.

Their excitement is palpable as they describe how they feel about getting a dog they have bred into the final of one of Australia’s biggest races.

“Amazing isn’t it.

“It’s hard to believe that it’s a dog we bred ourselves and it is just amazing really, it is kind of like a dream, actually it is a dream. When we first got into greyhounds it was a dream when we first came over to Australia to race a dog. To believe that this (Melbourne Cup) is actually happening, is amazing,” Lee said.

Above All’s mother Kara Janx was bred by Lee and O’Brien and was whelped in 2007. She faced the starter 34 times for seven wins and eight placings. She won all her races at Addington over the 520m distance.

Others in Above All’s litter include About Town, Eckles, Minnie Bannister and Neddy Seagoon. Not including Above All, the rest of the litter have won 14 races between them across the ditch in New Zealand.

Above All came to Australia with just two starts under his belt. His first start resulted in a win over 295m at Addington in June of this year. That win was then followed by a fall at his next start at the same track. He then popped up in Robert Britton’s kennels in and had his first start in Australia in September at Sandown, winning first-up in 29.33. He has gone on to record another three wins at Sandown (including the heat win last week) and one at The Meadows. That brings his career tally to six wins from 10 starts.

Robert Britton trained Clone Your Own for Lee and O’Brien so they had no hesitation sending Above All over.

Clone Your Own was a success winning a number of races in Victora and taking out the Group Two Harrison-Dawson in 2013. His mother, Elie Saab, is a litter sister to Kara Janx.

“It was a real easy decision to send the dog over, they are such nice people, really great and he is a lovely guy. So there were no second thoughts about sending him to Robbie,” Lee said.

Lee and O’Brien take their breeding choices seriously and plenty of thought was given to choosing Magic Sprite as a sire.

“I’m a great believer in the Waroo Lass line through National Lass and I just try and cram as much of that as I can if I’m in a position to. At the time I bought the straw, Magic Sprite was $880 and it’s a gamble you take on an unproven sire but you have to do what you think is best for the bitch and not what’s best for Merv and Ali. The selection comes first. We are in it for breeding we aren’t in it for our own personal “I like that dog”. You have to do what is best for her (Kara Janx) and I believed Magic Sprite was for her.

“Clone Your Own’s mum, we mated her to Magic Sprite as well because Kara Janx and Elie Saab are litter sisters and unfortunately she missed and she’s had big big litters previously. This was going to be her last litter. So the next one I was looking at was Oaks Road. It’s what suits our girls and that’s all that counts, that’s the most important thing,” O’Brien told ARG.

It has been 40 years since Kwik Metal, a chaser from New Zealand, won the Melbourne Cup. Above All will be looking to create history again on Friday night and it would be great to see it happen for his dedicated owners.

Dover’s Star Makes His Dream Comes True

Most people pays thousands of dollars for a perfect pedigree in their greyhounds that will hopefully enable them to achieve Group One glory on the racetrack. Star Recall is different.

The daughter of High Earner and No Recall was given to her owner, Kevin Dover, by WA’s leading lady, Linda Britton, when she was just a young pup. Linda has trained Star Recall throughout her 38 start career which has resulted in 21 wins and 11 minor placings.

Tomorrow night the black bitch will line up in the world richest greyhound race, the Group One Melbourne Cup at Sandown Park, where she will jump from box six as she chases a slice of the $600,000 on offer.

Dover is hoping his star performer, currently being trained in Melbourne by Linda’s brother Jeff, can do everything right to overcome the average draw.

“She is a strong finisher, she is capable of running 600. She has plenty left in the tank at the finish so being a 515 she doesn’t want to give them too much of a break”, Dover explained.

“Hopefully she can ping the lids and get up with them near the lead going into the first turn. She is not a mad railer, she holds her line to the first turn, so that should help her too.

“Before going to Melbourne the best box that she had drawn was the three. The rest of her boxes have been out wide in the six, seven and eight so she has got used to what she has to do.”

Star Recall showed everyone what she was capable of with a stunning 29.34 victory from box two in her Cup heat last week. It was a relief for Dover to see her back to her brilliant best, having finished at the tail of the field at her Sandown debut the week prior.

“She had her preparation disturbed after the Mandurah Cup final where she hurt her shoulder and then she started so badly in the Prelude that I didn’t know what to expect of her in the heats. But she got out, got to the front and never looked back.”

Dover said that he knew she was capable of a quick performance, having run some slick times back home in WA.

“She just about broke the track record at Cannington (running 29.85) and followed it up the following week by just about breaking the track record at Mandurah (running 27.12) in a heat of the Cup.

“Prior to nearly breaking the record at Cannington she also broke the 30 seconds there the week before. It proved that it wasn’t a one off because she was putting those performances together three or four weeks in a row.”

Star Recall is just the second greyhound that Dover has owned, getting a start in the sport through Linda’s brother Ian.

“The Britton family are very good. I have known them for a long time and I used to play cricket with Ian Britton.

“I mentioned to him one day that I was interested in getting involved in the greyhounds and that’s how it all started.”

Dover cannot speak highly enough of Linda for guiding Star Recall so successfully during her career thus far and is also thankful to Jeff Britton and Angela Langton for training her throughout the Melbourne Cup series.

As for tomorrow night, Dover said that he plans to simply enjoy the experience and not go into it with too many expectations. He is also relieved that they are going into the race as underdogs.

“Keybow and Dyna Villa are all the talk, obviously because they have had plenty of starts at Sandown. That’s good for us because there is no extra pressure.

“I am heading over with my wife and daughters and we are returning on Sunday. Hopefully we come back to WA with the Melbourne Cup but we will just go over there and enjoy it and take it all in.

“Whatever happens, happens. Hopefully she makes it around the track without getting injured, that’s our main priority. If she is not good enough to win it would be nice for her to come second or third but as long as she comes out of it safely and lives to fight another day we will be happy.”

Dover said making the Melbourne Cup final is beyond his wildest dreams.

“When we had our first dog Tempted we were down at Mandurah in a grade 5 race the night that Te Amo won the Mandurah Cup.

“I remember sitting there thinking that it would be nice to have one in the Mandurah Cup, not even worrying about getting a runner to Cannington.

“When Star Recall first started racing it was only a dream to have a dog in a race like this, the best race around, and that dream has now come true.”

Sebastian Gibilisco Fined For Threatening Official

Offence:

GAR 86 (g): Mr. Sebastian Gibilisco did threaten physical harm to Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club official Mr. Daniel Pell in the vicinity of the kennel area at the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club on Wednesday, 27 August 2014.

Report:

Following an incident at the Bendigo Greyhound Club on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 the Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria conducted an investigation.

During the investigation, Stewards received evidence from registered trainer Mr. Sebastian Gibilisco and Mr. Daniel Pell (Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club employee).

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Gibilisco with a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rules 86 (g) in that he did threaten physical harm to Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club official Mr. Daniel Pell in the vicinity of the kennel area at the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 and that he did ask Mr. Pell to ‘come into the car park, and I break your legs like you did my dog’.

Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules a breach of GAR86 (g) constitutes a Serious Offence. As a result, on Thursday, 20 November 2014 this matter was heard before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board in the first instance under Greyhound Local Racing Rule 47.3 and Sections 83C(b) and 83M(1) of the Racing Act.

Mr. Sebastian Gibilisco represented himself.

Mr. Glenn Fish (GRV Chief Steward) represented the Stewards Panel.

Mr. Sebastian Gibilisco pleaded guilty to the charge.

After hearing all the evidence tendered the RADB determined that Mr. Gibilisco was guilty as charged fined him $1,000 (with $500 suspended for 12 months pending no further breaches of rule GAR86).

In assessing penalty, the Board took into account all the evidence and submissions, including the following matters:

(a) Mr. Gibiliscos’ guilty plea;

(b) The need to maintain the integrity of greyhound racing;

(c) Prior penalties for similar offences; and

(d) Mr. Gibiliscos’ character and his clean history of over 40 years in the greyhound
industry.

ARG Opinion:

While emotions can fly high at times within the sport of greyhound racing, there is no excuse for abusive language or actions. It is important for the integrity of the industry that it is not tolerated and punishing such behaviour is essential to preventing it.

What Omens Will The 2014 Melbourne Cup Winner Follow?

Approximately 29 seconds will stand between eight of the country’s best greyhounds and immortality when the lids fly open in the Group One Melbourne Cup tomorrow night at Sandown.

Only the best have won the Melbourne Cup, the races’ honour roll contains more stars than you will see littered through the night sky, and in 2014 another set of powerful paws will carve their name alongside the greats.

Keybow is currently the $3.30 favourite with Sportingbet to take out the race that paw-ses a nation. The son of Take The Kitty and Key Exit will jump from box one, a box he has only started from twice throughout his 35 start career, resulting in one win and one second.

Keybow’s sire finished fifth in the Melbourne Cup in 2009 and, incidentally, both father and son will start from the same draw. Box one has not won the Melbourne Cup since Closing Argument stormed to victory in 2005 however, prior to that year, it had saluted in the previous three runnings.

One of those was in 2004 when the race was taken out by Hallucinate for Darren McDonald, who will put the polish on Keybow in Friday’s $420,000 to the winner feature. McDonald, who also trains Awesome Project in the final, will become the first conditioner to have trained four winners of the Melbourne Cup should either of his charges salute.

Awesome Project is currently rated a $9 shot with Sportingbet and has a tough task ahead of him from box four. The striking black chaser has been ultra consistent throughout his career and relishes the track at Sandown where he is yet to be unplaced from 13 appearances. He also boasts five wins from his draw and if, he can salute, he will join former greats such as Betty’s Angel and Go Wild Teddy to have won the Cup wearing blue in recent years.

Interestingly, the last two Melbourne Cups have been won in a time of 29.37 by greyhounds starting from box two. If this trend continues, your winner will be the Doreen Drynan- trained Chica Destacada which is $4.80 with Sportingbet to taste success. Boasting blistering early sectionals and a 29.22 PB at the track, this bitch means business.

Kiwi chaser Above All is right in contention, rated a $5.50 pick with Sportingbet. Trained by Rob Britton, the classy black greyhound is by Magic Sprite, the same sire as last year’s winner Black Magic Opal. A winner of his last three in a row, he is one from one wearing the white where he will jump from in the final, but box three has not won a Melbourne Cup in 19 years since City Blitz triumphed in 1995.



Rob’s brother Jeff will have two starters in the Cup but they are both drawn awfully in the five and six. Cosmic Wise (5) and Star Recall (6), which are both owned in WA, will both need luck and are rated $20 and $9 with Sportingbet to win the race respectively.

It takes a brilliant dog to win from either box. The last winner of the Melbourne Cup from box five was Classic Capri in 2001, while the most recent to triumph from the six was Shanlyn Prince in 2007.

Luca Neveelk, currently a $16 chance with Sportingbet, should be the early leader and will be hoping for scrimmage on the first turn so he can dart clear down the back. His sire, Talk’s Cheap, is a half brother to Betty’s Angel which took out the Cup in 2006. He also comes into the race as the winner of the 2014 Geelong Cup with last year’s winner, Black Magic Opal, seizing the same double that Luca Neveelk will be aiming to complete tomorrow night.

Last, but certainly not least, is Dyna Villa which is rated a $6 chance with Sportingbet. He is by Collision, who has sired two of the last three winners of the Melbourne Cup, and he will be aiming to score success from box eight where he is unbeaten. If he is to win, he will be the first to triumph from the pink since Surgeon in 2008. If he does, lets hope he has better manners in the home straight.

Australian Racing Greyhound will have a full preview of the Melbourne Cup tomorrow morning. 


Rapid Journey’s Great Melbourne Cup Feat

It was the race that broke the ‘hoodoo’ for one of the greatest greyhounds to have ever raced over the sprint courses in Australia. The 1998 Melbourne Cup series and the Topgun, which in those days took place after the cup final, were the targets set by owner-trainer Jane Carruthers for her all-conquering champion Rapid Journey.

The sensational sprinter had recorded a stellar year with victories at Group One level in the Adelaide Cup, Golden Easter Egg, Perth Cup, and National Sprint Championship. Campaigning all over the country, Rapid Journey also won the Queensland Cup (Group Two), WA Interstate Challenge (Group Three), Penrith Cup, Jockey’s And Trainer’s Cup, Lismore Cup, and Orange Cup as well as running second in the Coca Cola Cup (Group Two), third in the Winter Stake (Group Two) and Bert Bryant Memorial, and fourth in the Premier’s Cup. The champion had set track records over 520 metres at Wentworth Park and 555 metres at Beenleigh and equalled the 530 metres time standard at Cannington.

If Rapid Journey (Amerigo Man x Miss Courtney) had a nemesis then its name was Victoria. He had not won in three starts in the southern state, failures that were a marked counterpoint to his incredible successes elsewhere.

So it was that on 19 November, Rapid Journey drew perfectly in box one for his heat of the Melbourne Cup and finally laid the hoodoo to rest with an easy victory, blitzing his field in 29.92, the fastest of the run-offs.

When the box draw was announced, the NSW champ came up with the six marble. With the Graeme Bate-trained pair of Shelton Bale (box 1) and Cerin Bale (box 4) as well as Star Of Mine (box 2) all boasting faster first sectionals than Rapid Journey, the general view was the NSW star was going to have his work cut out to be anywhere near the lead in the run to the first bend.

Rapid Journey had staged a remarkable last-to-first victory in the National Sprint Championship final in Perth, while coming from box six, but the Melbourne Cup field looked just that much stronger.

As it happened, come final night 26 November, Rapid Journey simply blew his rivals away, rocketing out of the boxes as if he was well aware of what was required and leading all the way to down Billy Cruise and Cerin Bale by three lengths and recording a fast 29.91 to collect the $100,000 first prize money.

The Melbourne Cup victory meant Rapid Journey had contested five Group One races in 1998 for five victories, a feat that has never been repeated. He had also raced five times in his career out of box six for five wins.

Box six was not successful again in a Melbourne Cup final until 2007, when Shanlyn Prince took the event and it had not won the race since Legendary Kid in 1986.

Two weeks later, Rapid Journey contested his last race, the Topgun. From box one he defeated champion West Australian sprinter Reggemite in what was then a Group Two event. The $70,000 from the win took his overall prize money to an amazing $530,995, making him the first Australian greyhound to pass half a million dollars. It meant he finished 1998 having raced 30 times for 23 wins, three seconds, two thirds and two fourths.

Angle Park Greyhound Tips & Betting Preview November 20 2014

Just one more sleep until the Group One Melbourne Cup and there is some great racing on tonight to get everyone in the spirit for the race that paw-ses a nation. Open an account with Sportingbet for up to $700 in bonus bets.

Best Bet:
Race 9: He’s A Villian

Best Roughie:
Race 8: Black Bottle

Quaddie:
Leg 1: 3,5,7,8 – Leg 2: 1,2,4 – Leg 3: 4,6,7 – Leg 4: 1,2,3,7
($144 for 100%)

Race No. 1Ingle Farm Sporting Club Mixed S…7:15 PM
4/5 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $3,355 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,350 2nd: $670 3rd: $335.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ALDERLEY RIOT727130.17Terrance Cahalan
2ALLEN ILLEM333229.81Tony Rasmussen
3BLUE VIPER112229.94Lauren Harris
4BEACH WARY231730.33Lisa Rasmussen
5WITCH BALE531229.98Wendy Matcott
6DYNA DAINA142630.17Wendy Matcott
7BREAKER KAHN112430.16Kathleen Johnstone
8BOGIE CLASSIC861829.86Ben Rawlings
9LEKTRA HAPPY365630.43Wendy Matcott
10TAIT BALE746530.12Wendy Matcott

Blue Viper has won five of eight over this journey and she looks well placed in this event. Tonight she has slow beginners drawn on either side and with a clean getaway she should have enough speed to hold them out.

Bogie Classic is well placed in the pink and she was a recent winner here in a more than handy 30.14, she normally begins well in her races and she is very fast when on the bunny, if she can reproduce her 29.86 PB run she will be a major player.

Allen Illem is never far away in these types of events and he will be steaming home again.

Beach Wary is the interesting runner, he recently scored a brilliant 29.83 Mount Gambier win and he didn’t have much luck in his Angle Park debut, with a clear run early tonight I would expect him to show a lot of improvement.

Top Four: 3 – 8 – 2 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Blue Viper

Exacta: 3,8/2,3,4,8 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 3/2,4,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Quinella: 3 to rove with 2,4,8 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2,3,8/2,3,4,8/2,3,4,5,6,8 ($36 for 100%)

Race No. 2Glenunga Gourmet Meats Stake Cta…7:35 PM
6 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $2,350 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,645 2nd: $470 3rd: $235.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1VELOCITY SAPHIRE332330.28Kim Johnstone
2INDIVIDUALIZE541830.57Lisa Rasmussen
3LONG GULLY MAGS184830.09Paula Hearnden
4DYNA DRAMA331230.22Wendy Matcott
5RUBY SWIFT237630.60Tony Hinrichsen
6ALL SILVER251230.28Angela Modra
7SPRING TYSON253530.24Tony Lagana
8MONTGOMERY ROAD234430.30Matthew Payne
9MISATO BALE646530.46Wendy Matcott
10KANKAKEE MCLAREN364530.11Tania Foster

Velocity Saphire is an improving type and she is due to break through again. She has been placed in her past two tries here behind two classy performers and if she can hold them out again tonight I think she should have enough in the tank to hold on.

All Silver was a strong 30.87 Gawler winner two runs back and she has the ability to ping the lids in her races. If she happens to settle in the top two early she may prove too strong in the run home.

Montgomery Road doesn’t win very often but he is never far away, he is likely to be posted wide for most of the journey but he will charge home and he may snag some minor money.

Dyna Drama has improved immensely of late and she must be respected, the draw doesn’t help her tonight but she has early speed and she should put herself into contention.

Top Four: 1 – 6 – 8 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Velocity Saphire

Exacta: 1,6/1,4,6,8 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1/4,6,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Quinella: 1 to rove with 4,6,8 ($6 for 100%)

Race No. 3Adel Wood Heaters & Gas Log Fire…7:55 PM
FFA event over 731 metres at Angle park Of $4,200 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,835 2nd: $910 3rd: $455.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ZARA MCLAREN212143.25Tania Foster
2MISS PARTY GIRL361243.72Colin Swain
4LONG GULLY SURF653443.26Paula Hearnden
5HANDSOME BLUE861243.71Lauren Harris
7MCLAREN GRACE664243.41Tania Foster
8MCLAREN PRINCE887343.39Tania Foster

Zara Mclaren is currently in career best form and it’s hard to see her being beaten off the red. From the draw she should be able to push through early and settle in a much more prominent position. With Miss Party Girl and Handsome Blue expected to set the pace, she should sit just behind them and then pick them off late in the race.

Mclaren Grace is another run on prospect and she showed a return to form when placed here last time out. I dont think she can win but she is a great prospect for your exotic bets.

Miss Party Girl is racing consistently and she should lead for a long way, her last 50m isn’t great but she should have a nice lead mid race.

Long Gully Surf is better than his recent form reads and he may be able to show some improvement in the small field.

Top Four: 1 – 7 – 2 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 1/2,4,7/2,4,7 ($6 for 100%)

Exacta: 1/2,4,7 ($3 for 100%)

Quinella: 1 to rove with 2 & 7 ($2 for 100%)

Race No. 4Havelberg Diesel Service Stake C…8:15 PM
5 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $3,065 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,150 2nd: $610 3rd: $305.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ILLUSIVE ALLEN472229.92Wendy Matcott
2COSMO KRAMER266229.96Paul Barry
3ALDERLEY RETREAT365430.46Kathleen Johnstone
4ALLEN PARAGON844630.64Wendy Matcott
5SQUALL BALE543630.43Tony Rasmussen
6CERRONE232330.47Kim Johnstone
7GRANDE TO EXCEL331630.01George Rehmann
8DYNA ERWIN648529.84Wendy Matcott
9KASH KIST588730.27Kiah Edwards
10TAIT BALE746530.12Wendy Matcott

Dyna Erwin is well down on form and confidence but tonight he exits his favourite draw and he should get a nice cart across from Grande To Excel in the early stages. He is a very fast chaser when given room early and if he sights the bunny he will give a great sight at odds.

Grande To Excel had no luck at all last time but prior to that he did post a convincing 30.25 win here. There isn’t much speed underneath tonight so he should get a fairly cheap lead.

Cosmo Kramer has an enormous engine and if he happens to avoid early bother he will prove very hard to hold out.

Illusive Allen has the good draw and she has been placed in her past two runs here, she hasn’t won for a while but she does have a speedy 29.92 PB and this is one of the weakest races she has contested for a while.

Top Four: 8 – 7 – 2 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Dyna Erwin

Quinella: 8 to rove with 1,2,7 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1,7,8/2/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1,7,8/Field/2 ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1,7,8/1,2,7,8/1,2,3,5,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

Race No. 5Pooraka Can And Bottles Stake Ct…8:38 PM
5 event over 600 metres at Angle park Of $3,355 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,350 2nd: $670 3rd: $335.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1NUBIAN PRINCESS4643NBTJeffrey Guy
2GRIFTER BALE2648NBTBen Rawlings
3DYNA ARCEUS755335.52Tony Rasmussen
4NORRIE’S ANTICS255435.69Kim Johnstone
5AEROPLANE BOWSER322135.39Walter Harkins
6CHARTER211535.42Lauren Harris
7EL TREN BALA776135.12Kenneth Trowbridge
8HIGH MARKET6118NBTPetar Jovanovic

High Market is an enormous talent and if he gets across at the first bend he should put a space in them. Since coming from Victoria he has won two of three here over 515m and on both occasions we went sub 30 seconds. He has won over 650m previously at Sale so he should have no trouble running out the trip.

El Tren Bala is very hard to follow but he returned to form here last Wednesday when winning in a zippy 35.12. He doesn’t always show his best but if he is switched on tonight he will be right in the mix.

Aeroplane Bowser broke through for a well deserved win here on Monday over 515m in 30.11 and he is better suited to this trip. He will need some luck early but he will prove hard to hold out if he gets it.

Dyna Arceus rounds out the chances, he is much better than his form reads and he should give a sight at odds.

Top Four: 8 – 5 – 3 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on High Market

Exacta: 3,5,8/3,5,7,8 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 8/3,5,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

Quinella: 8 to rove with 3,5,7 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 3,5,8/3,5,7,8/1,2,3,5,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

Race No. 6Cross Keys Hotel Stake Cta Divis…8:58 PM
5 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $3,065 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,150 2nd: $610 3rd: $305.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1FLYING BALE754429.97Lisa Rasmussen
2EYE SMITH745630.04Jeffrey Guy
3ANIMATE531129.93Lester Harris
4SPRING CHARLOTTE261730.26Wendy Matcott
5ALLEN NAMOR624129.90Wendy Matcott
6TEN ACES215330.40Petar Jovanovic
7ALLEN CYDAN752630.57Wendy Matcott
8MR. BEJAY53X430.44Kim Johnstone
9KASH KIST588730.27Kiah Edwards
10LEKTRA HAPPY365630.43Wendy Matcott

Eye Smith hasn’t had much luck since scoring at Bendigo in 28.14 last month and I’m expecting a much better performance tonight. With slow beginners all around him he should be able to bounce on the bunny and he should prove far too speedy for this lot. He has a slick 30.04 PB here and if he reproduces that he will prove extremely hard to reel in.

Spring Charlotte is dropping a little in class and she was a strong 30.26 winner here two runs back, if she can avoid early bother from the squeeze box she should be there at the business end.

Flying Bale is better suited to a wider draw but he should still get a fairly clear passage in the early stages, he has a top record here and he will be very strong in the run to the line.

Animate is aiming for three in a row and she will be steaming home late, she races better over the longer journey but she is still a must for your exotic bets.

Top Four: 2 – 4 – 1 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Eye Smith

Trifecta: 2/1,3,4/Field ($18 for 100%)

Quinella: 2 to rove with 1,3,4 ($3 for 100%)

Exacta: 1,2,4/1,2,3,4 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2/1,3,4/1,3,4 ($6 for 100%)

Race No. 7Clovercrest Hotel Motel Free For…9:22 PM
SE event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $3,065 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,150 2nd: $610 3rd: $305.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DISCO DAVE124330.17Kim Johnstone
2BIG MICK DEE545129.98Lisa Rasmussen
3FIERY MCBAIN722130.06Todd Kelly
4PREMIER EVENT327829.98Laurence Cahalan
5MEL ALLEN745529.98Lisa Rasmussen
6FLYING TEE181429.79Oswald Chegia
7ZAC BALE137230.06Tony Rasmussen
8LUKEY DEEZ322529.87Troy Murray
9MY SELYNYA455630.54Robert Drurey

Premier Event has been a bit of a money muncher since coming to SA but I think he is well placed in this event. He is hit or miss early but he does possess a dazzling turn of foot and if he happens to find the bunny early he will be running time. He has slow beginners drawn all around him so I think he should get all the breaks tonight.

Flying Tee has the class edge and he was a sizzling 22.19 winner here over 388m when resuming from a spell, he has a brilliant record over this journey and he should take a power of beating.

Zac Bale is well placed out wide and he was far from disgraced when placed here last week, if they happen to shuffle up underneath him he may just get the fly.

Top Four: 4 – 6 – 7 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Premier Event

Exacta: 4,6/1,4,6,7 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 4/1,6,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

Quinella: 4 to rove with 1,6,7 ($3 for 100%)

Race No. 8Sussex Hotel Free For All Cta Di…9:42 PM
FFA event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $4,415 Prizemoney.
1st: $3,095 2nd: $880 3rd: $440.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SET THE SCENE411129.66Laurence Cahalan
2STEW’S MISTAKE551129.67Donald Turner
3BLACK BOTTLE262529.84Kathleen Johnstone
4LOLLY BALE145329.67Lisa Rasmussen
5FARMEROO564129.78Kenneth Gill
6FANCY RICK161129.67John Shanahan
7WILD SOUL324229.77Kim Johnstone
8YICHE251329.99Angela Modra

Great race and I think we can find some value with the speedy Black Bottle. He is a very reliable beginner and he has turned in some fantastic efforts here in recent months. I’m expecting him to find the early lead and when Set The Scene spears wide at the first turn and takes out the field, that should leave him with at least a five length lead.

Stew’s Mistake is back to his brilliant best and although he is poorly drawn he must still be respected, he is armed with a blistering turn of foot and he might just be able to rail up through the first turn and sit on the back of Black Bottle.

Set The Scene has won three on the trot and if he avoids early bother he simply wins, however he does a lot of things wrong in his races and he will need a few things to go his way.

Wild Soul is all class and he must not be forgotten about, he will be steaming home late and he seems to always find a way to put himself into contention.

Top Four: 3 – 2 – 1 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Each Way bet on Black Bottle

Trifecta: 1,2,3/1,2,3,7/1,2,3,5,6,7 ($36 for 100%)

Trifecta: 3/1,2,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

Quinella: 3 to rove with 1,2,7 ($3 for 100%)

Exacta: 1,2,3/1,2,3,7 ($9 for 100%)

Race No. 9Northern Hydraulic Service Mixed…10:05 PM
3/4/5 event over 600 metres at Angle park Of $3,995 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,795 2nd: $800 3rd: $400.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1POETIC MOVER427435.68Donald Turner
2FUNKY CHICKEN525135.73Jeffrey Guy
4AS IT GOES443334.92Oswald Chegia
6CHERIA BALE354835.78Wendy Matcott
8HE’S A VILLIAN535635.02Lisa Rasmussen

He’s A Villian bas a great record over this trip and he is suited by the smaller field. With a clean getaway he should be able to settle in the top two early and I would then expect him to put a space in them mid race.

Funky Chicken was placed at his only try here over this journey and he has enough speed to lead, I dont think he can hold out He’s A Villian but he should have enough in the tank to secure the quinella spot. As It Goes is the only other chance, she is racing a little below her best but she has broken 35 seconds here and she can ping the lids in her races.

Top Four: 8 – 2 – 4 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on He’s A Villian

Trifecta: 8/2/4,6 ($2 for 100%)

Trifecta: 8/2,4/2,4 ($2 for 100%)

Quinella: 2,8

Exacta: 8/2,4 ($2 for 100%)

Race No. 10Aussie Farmers Direct Stake Cta …10:25 PM
5 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $3,065 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,150 2nd: $610 3rd: $305.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1CAVIAR NOIR267530.11Lauren Harris
2SPRING FALL518330.65Vadim Roz
3NEVADA SMITH521330.00Gavin Harris
4WOODSIDE JAGGER272430.03Graham Smith
5RED LINE LAD434530.14Lisa Rasmussen
6RILEY CRACKS IT653130.16Paul Barry
7RED TIN545430.06Robin Harnas
8LEKTRA JACKLYN458630.08Wendy Matcott
9KASH KIST588730.27Kiah Edwards

Very open race but the talented Woodside Jagger is due for a change of luck. Two starts ago he led for a long way when placed behind the classy Set The Scene and if he happens to find the bunny tonight I can’t see him being run down.

Nevada Smith looks the likely leader in the first 50m and he was a strong 30.40 winner here two runs back, he has won seven of 31 tries here and he should finish in the top two.

Red Line Lad is better than his form reads and if he gets some luck mid race he should make a big impact, he is likely to be nice value so he may be worth a saver bet.

Red Tin can be hard to follow but he is very fast when on the lure, he can give a big sight if he happens to step away and cross.

Top Four: 4 – 3 – 5 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on Woodside Jagger and Red Line Lad

Quinella: 4 to rove with 3,5,7 ($3 for 100%)

Exacta: 3,4,5/3,4,5,7 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 3,4,5/3,4,5,7/2,3,4,5,6,7 ($36 for 100%)

Race No. 11Ingle Farm Dcc B & D Grade Premi…10:47 PM
6 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $2,350 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,645 2nd: $470 3rd: $235.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1VERA ALLEN456130.31Wendy Matcott
2NOREN BALE734230.46Lisa Rasmussen
3ONE WINTA618230.62Micheal Delorenzo
4AND AWAY653630.68Lisa Rasmussen
5MAX TYSON577330.38Tony Lagana
6BRAZEN BULL4211NBTJeffrey Guy
7MIDWAY MAGIC241230.25Desmond Hockley
8DYNA WEDI153830.54Wendy Matcott
9HURRICANE IVY846429.97Samantha Decrea
10ONSLOW378830.48Paula Hearnden

Brazen Bull is fairly inexperienced but he appears to be getting better with every run and if he can show the form which saw him win at The Meadows in 30.59, he will prove very hard to hold out.

Midway Magic is super consistent and she will be charging home at the end, she tends to find one better than her on most occasions but she is just about a lock to finish top three.

Max Tyson was a tad disappointing here last week but he has the speed to lead and he may prove hard to reel in.

Noren Bale is the only other winning hope, he will hit the line strongly and if the leaders bunch up he may just swoop over the top in the home straight.

Top Four: 6 – 7 – 5 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Brazen Bull

Boxed Quinella: 2,5,6,7 ($6 for 100%)

Exacta: 2,5,7/2,5,6,7 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2,5,7/6/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2,5,7/Field/6 ($18 for 100%)

The Breeding Behind A Melbourne Cup Finalist

Let’s face it, we would all love to have a greyhound running in the Group One Melbourne Cup final on Friday night at Sandown. So what does it take to get a finalist into the coveted race?

A look behind the scenes at the breeding of each of the finalists reveals some interesting facts which may go some way to telling us what the right recipe is for getting a Group One finalist.

Keybow

Keybow is a 30.5kg male chaser by Take The Kitty and Key Exit. Key Exit was trained by Ken Cheetham and recorded seven wins from 22 starts. The wins were at places like Wentworth Park, Gosford, The Gardens and Maitland.

Key Exit is by Over Flo and Atlanta Belle. Atlanta Belle hails from the highly successful Matic-bred line. Her dam is Georgia Belle, who is found in the breeding of stud dog Hurricane Luke and other chasers such as Brother Knows (2006 Group 1 Derby winner), Persian Belle and Ironstein (2006 WA National Sprint Champion).

So, although Keybow is out of a moderately performed bitch, his dam-line has a good history of success.

Chica Destacada

It is really no surprise that Chica Destacada is a very hand chaser. The 26.5kg Cosmic Rumble bitch has the Group-performed Eluthra as her mother. Eluthra (Most Awesome – Buena Sarah) made the final of the Group One National Futurity in 2008. She was also the winner of the 2007 Group Two Wentworth Park Potential Stakes.

Eluthra’s previous litter to El Galo produced El Caballo, a finalist in the 2012 Group One Easter Egg and Ella Bonita, a finalist in the Group Three Ladies Bracelet.

Above All

The 32kg Kiwi-bred chaser has an Australian dad (Magic Sprite) and a mother that raced in New Zealand. Kara Janx had seven wins from 34 starts and is by Fashion Thief and More Than This. Fashion Thief is an Australian bred dog who qualified fastest for the Group One National Derby in 2004 and now stands in New Zealand. More Than This was a well-performed New Zealander, finishing third in the Auckland Oaks.

More Than This also features in the breeding of Clone Your Own. Clone Your Own, who is also owned by Above All’s connections, came to Australia to race under the tutelage of Robert Britton. He was highly successful, with the crowning glory a victory in the Group 2 Harrison-Dawson.

Awesome Project

Awesome Project’s dam, Honour Phase, was unraced but this mere fact has not stopped the 30kg Collision dog from being a success on the racetrack.

However, you don’t have to scratch the surface too much to see why his dam has been a success. Honour Phase is by Big Daddy a Cool and Hunter Tylo. Hunter Tylo is the mother of Group winner Oh Behave. Oh Behave has produced Group finalists such as Will You Behave and Maddison Dee.

So although it is a risk breeding from an unraced performer, Awesome Project proves that it can be done with success.

Cosmic Wise

Cosmic Wise is a strongly built 29kg bitch by Cosmic Chief and Wise Penny.

Wise Penny did much of her racing in Western Australia, winning nine from 48. Her worth as a brood lies in the fact that she is by Bombastic Shiraz and Awesome Berger. Awesome Berger is from a prolific line that has produced Group chasers the ilk of Bit Chili, Tifi, Did I Entertain, Double Twist, Smart Betsy, Smart Valentino and even Paua To Burn.

Star Recall

The 27kg Western Australian chaser Star Recall is by High Earner and No Recall. No Recall had 13 wins from 43 starts with the majority of those wins at Cannington. No Recall’s mother, Bradshaw Girl, was a very versatile chaser, winning from 410m through to 725m.

The mother of Bradshaw Girl, Glamourette, also features in the breeding of Cool Effort who won the Group 2 Shoot Out in 2007 and the Group 2 Geelong Cup.

Luca Neveelk

Luca Neveelk has had a flying start to his career. The blue 36kg chaser is by Talks’s Cheap and It’s A Neveelk. It’s A Neveelk won nine from 59 before being retired to the breeding barn. She is by Nitro Neveelk and Bigbad Leesa.

Bigbad Leesa did not do much on the track, having just the one start for no return. Bigbad Leesa is by Brett Lee and Lara Flynn and that is where we start to understand the success behind this line. Lara Flynn out of Mystery Bird, the 2002 Australian brood-bitch of the year and dam of Group 1 Easter Egg winner Cyrus The Virus. Mystery Bird is out of Dollar Bird, the matron of another Easter Egg winner, Stately Bird.

Dyna Villa

On the face if it, Dyna Villa is by Collision and Roxio Bale but when you dig down you find out that Dyna Villa is related to none other than the recently retired superstar Xylia Allen.

Roxio Bale is the sister of Xylia Allen’s mum, Tayah Bale (Droopy’s Vieri and Francesca Bale). Roxio Bale raced largely in South Australia, racking up 17 wins.

Roxio Bale has produced a Group performer in her previous litter to Meticulous. Allen Makoto finished second in the Group Two Silver Chief in 2013 and was a finalist in the 2013 Group Three SA Derby.

In conclusion, there’s a nice spread of sires in this year’s final with just Collison featuring twice. Clearly, a large amount of success for these chasers stems from the success of those in their dam-line. What the analysis of the breeding does show is that while having a well performed bitch feature in the first few generations is very handy, it isn’t always necessary as moderately performed chasers can also throw a Melbourne Cup finalist. In saying that though, the analysis demonstrates that it helps if these moderately performed chasers hail from successful dam-lines.

Terry Mort Fined $2000 After Using Offensive Language

Report

Racing Queensland (RQ) Stewards today inquired into the conduct of licensed trainer Mr Terry Mort, after being directed to present his greyhound Stealthy Dancer by Steward Mr Jimmy Bauer, to the Club’s Veterinarian for inspection at the Ipswich Greyhound Racing Club on 24 October 2014 following the running of Race 6.

After reviewing the race day recording, in addition to evidence submitted by kennel attendant Renn Mears, handler Sean Soar and Stipendiary Stewards Cameron Ferguson and Jimmy Bauer and hearing further submissions from Mr Mort, Stewards issued a charge under Greyhounds Australasia Rule of Racing 86 (f)(i) which reads:

A person (including an official) shall be guilty of an offence if the person engages in, publishes or causes to be published, broadcasts or causes to be broadcast, the use of any contemptuous, unseemly, improper, insulting, or offensive language, conduct or behavior in any manner or form towards, or in relation to a Steward.

The specifics of the charge being that Mr Mort, as the licensed trainer of Stealthy Dancer on Friday, 24 October 2014 following the running of Race 6 at the Ipswich Greyhound Club in the vicinity of the presentation area did, improperly conduct himself by using offensive language directed at Steward Mr Bauer, after being directed to present that greyhound to the Club’s Veterinarian for inspection.

Mr Mort pleaded guilty to the charge as issued.

In considering penalty, Stewards considered Mr Mort’s remorsefulness throughout the inquiry, his guilty plea and personal circumstances. Stewards were also mindful of penalty precedents for similar breaches of GAR 86(f)(i) and the detrimental effect serious breaches of the Rules, such as this, have on the racing industry which requires a significant penalty to act as an appropriate deterrent.

In all the circumstances Mr Mort was fined the sum of $1000.

A further fine of $1000 was imposed after Mr Mort breached a condition of a previous suspended penalty issued on 9 May 2014 relating to a conduct matter.

Mr Mort was advised of his appeal rights.

ARG Opinion

Although Terry Mort has prior offences relating to an altercation with Michael Campbell, this seems like an enormous fine for swearing at a steward. When you compare this fine to the fines awarded in high profile positive swab situations, it’s absurd. Swearing is apparently a worse offence than racing a dog with “help”.

Albion Park Greyhound Tips & Betting Preview November 20 2014

Just one more sleep until the Group One Melbourne Cup and there is some great racing on tonight to get everyone in the spirit for the race that paw-ses a nation. Open an account with Sportingbet for up to $700 in bonus bets.

Best Bet:
Race 2: Victory Prince

Best Value:
Race 4: Grim Creeper

Quaddie:
Leg 1: 1,2,8 – Leg 2: 5,7 – Leg 3: 1,2,3,5,6,8 – Leg 4: 2,3,5,8
($144 for 100%)

Race No. 1Tattsbet.com6:41 PM
NOV event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,250 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ELUSIVE DESIRE43130.73Colin Graham
2GET INVOLVED1NBTPamela Field
3DON’T GO QUIETLY212NBTPamela Field
4RADLEY RETURN345330.47Sandra Hunt
5BOGIE DREAM422230.85Glenn Carlyle
6HARD LUCK123430.31 Selena Zammit
7ABBY’S MAGIC11NBTWilliam Elson
8ELUSIVE SPARKLE541331.07Colin Graham
9SHIVERANCE663330.91Trish Southee
10BELOW PAR241430.25Michael Mcalister

Elusive Desire resumed from a month off and showed his true ability with an explosive 24.14 Lismore win. On that occasion he pinged the lids and reeled off brilliant sectionals, from the red draw he should be able to hold the lead and he will give them something to catch.

Hard Luck was a strong 30.31 winner here back in October and he likes to scout wide in his races. He can be a little slow to begin but he does muster speed quickly and he should put himself into contention as they head for the back straight.

Abby’s Magic broke the 25 second barrier at Ipswich last time out and if she can handle the rise in distance she should make a big impact.

Don’t Go Quietly rounds out the chances, he is well placed near the rails and he should be charging home at the end.

Top Four: 1 – 6 – 7 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Elusive Desire

Exacta: 1,6,7/1,3,6,7 ($9 for 100%)

Quinella: 1 to rove with 3,6,7 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1/3,6,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 2Garrard’s Horse And Hound7:05 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,250 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1NEVER EVER322830.39Gary Pettersen
2VICTORY PRINCE1713NBTGary Friend
3TITAN ASH136730.32 Raymond Burman
4SKIPAWAY6511NBTGregory Stella
5GUNNADOO APACHE321530.22Glenda Dart
6TRANSKEI HERO381530.29Robert Giltinan
7CYNDIE’S MAGIC11NBTWilliam Elson
8WAIKARIE MAGIC322130.04Brian Baker
9MR. HOPPINS726830.41Amy O’reilly
10MACIE’S DINGO376430.28Darryl Armfield

Victory Prince is the real deal and if he can step cleanly he should be running some time on the bunny. Two starts ago he put a space in a handy lineup at Ipswich when posting a brilliant 30.53 and prior to that he did set the track alight here over 395m when winning in 22.55. He has proven that he can handle the 500m journey and he looks a moral in this event.

Skipaway is aiming for a hat trick of wins and she should be in the mix for a long way, she is making her debut here but she is in good hands and I’m expecting her to have trialled here previously.

Waikarie Magic has a speedy 30.04 PB here and she looks well placed in the pink draw, she would need to lead and cross to win but that isn’t beyond her.

Cyndie’s Magic is unbeaten but she is facing her toughest test tonight, I think she may be a little under the odds so I would just include her in the exotics.

Top Four: 2 – 4 – 8 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Victory Prince

Exacta: 2,4,8/2,4,7,8 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2/4,7,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Quinella: 2 to rove with 4,7,8 ($3 for 100%)

Race No. 3Big Dog Australia7:25 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,250 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SWIFT PHANTOM373330.82 Marilyn Swift
2GRIN AND WIN232330.30Tony Zammit
3WHAT A THURSDAY551630.36Glenda Dart
4CLASSY BLONDE313130.17Jamie Ogden
5ARCTIC STAR144230.54Mathew Reid
6FEARLESS RULER3115NBT Peter Simpson
7ROPELEY JET531830.45Kevin Forrester
8JOHNATHAN’S HOPE246330.08John Pollock
9MR. HOPPINS726830.41Amy O’reilly
10MORE ARIES727630.39John Reimer

Jonathon’s Hope showed a return to form at Ipswich last time out and tonight he returns to his favourite track. He is normally a reliable beginner and he should get a nice cart across from Ropeley Jet in the early stages. If he can reproduce his slick 30.08 PB here he should prove very hard to hold out.

Arctic Star can show smart early speed in her races and if she happens to cross she should give a bold showing, her last 50m isn’t great but if they shuffle up behind her she may just steal the prize.

Fearless Ruler is making his debut here but he looked ultra impressive three runs back when winning at Ipswich in 30.59, if he handles the track he should be right in the mix.

Want A Thursday must be included in your exotics, she will likely get back early but she will come home quite solidly and can snag some minor money.

Top Four: 8 – 5 – 6 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Jonathon’s Hope

Exacta: 5,8/3,5,6,8 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 8/3,5,6/Field ($18 for 100%)

Quinella: 8 to rove with 3,5,6 ($3 for 100%)

Race No. 4Xxxx Gold7:44 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,250 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1TWEED CHIC437229.87Mark Johnston
2SKUZI327230.31Tony Apap
3SUPER VISION482530.27Peter Young
4BUCK CITY146330.32Selena Zammit
5ALL YOU CAN836330.18Peter Ruetschi
6HECTOR KAHN4617NBTGlenda Dart
7GRIM CREEPER657429.86Thomas Noble
8NO PRISONERS271430.36 Tom Tzouvelis
9MAL ROSE HI127730.71Patrick Lavis
10MACIE’S DINGO376430.28Darryl Armfield

Grim Creeper is ideally placed out wide and he is much better than his recent form reads. He has been bombing the start of late at Ipswich but tonight he returns to his favourite track and I’m expecting him to begin a lot better. His sizzling 29.86 PB here is far superior to his rivals and a similar effort tonight would see him win with ease.

Hector Kahn comes here with solid NSW form and he has recently joined the powerful Glenda Dart kennel, he is normally a very good beginner and if he can cross early he should give a great sight.

All You Can has been placed in 15 of 28 here with three of those being victories. She too is a reliable beginner and she should be in the mix for a long way.

Tweed Chic is a super talent but she can be hard to follow, from the red she is likely to be under the odds but she is obviously a winning prospect.

Top Four: 7 – 6 – 5 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on Grim Creeper and Hector Kahn

Boxed Quinella: 1,5,6,7 ($6 for 100%)

Exacta: 5,6,7/1,5,6,7 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 5,6,7/1,5,6,7/1,2,5,6,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

Race No. 5Book Your Xmas Function Here8:09 PM
4/5 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,250 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1YOU SAY SO111230.09Peter Ruetschi
2LE SIRENUSE841230.06Tom Tzouvelis
3PILGRIM’S PRINCE514130.65Rachel Scott
4DAYSEAS RIGG321730.28Claude Dacey
5FRED SEALEY443529.97Amy O’reilly
6THUNDER ROCKS562630.14Stephen Arnold
7RAINBOW REX351630.24 Darren Russell
8SUPER VELO714129.75Sandra Hunt
9MAL ROSE HI127730.71Patrick Lavis
10AZA BUZZ545430.17Alex Green

You Say So has been racing in devastating fashion at Ipswich of late over the 431m journey and he should be reeling off blistering sectionals. He has won six races over this trip previously so he can run out the trip and he appears to be a much faster chaser this time around.

Super Velo is an exciting prospect whose three wins here have all been in sub 30 seconds, he likes to scout wide in his races but my concern tonight is that there is a little bit of speed drawn underneath him.

Le Sirenuse was recently placed in the Ipswich Cup final and she should get a nice sit on You Say So in the early stages, if the red struggles in the final 50m she should be there to pounce.

Top Four: 1 – 8 – 2 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on You Say So

Exacta: 1,2,8/1,2,5,8 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1/2,5,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1,2,8/1,2,5,8/1,2,3,5,6,8 ($36 for 100%)

Quinella: 1 to rove with 2,5,8 ($3 for 100%)

Race No. 6Brisgreys.com8:28 PM
3/4 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,250 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1TINY TURNER488130.21Ron Ball
2GUNSPEED741130.06Shane Ellis
3ABBY’S FANTASY412130.10William Elson
4BIG DAC342330.22Colin Hamilton
5MINER’S MOSS513729.89Mathew Reid
6SHERIDON118530.42Robin Palmer
7HOUGENIE217129.95Peter Ruetschi
8KIDATEE CROC415429.94Darren Russell

Hougenie is perfectly placed in the wide draw and her effort to score at Ipswich last time in 30.56 was massive. She is likely to settle midfield tonight but she should stay wide and be out of trouble, she will be motoring in the last 150m and she should be able to pick them off late.

Miner’s Moss hasn’t had much luck of late and if he can step a little better tonight he should be able to regain some confidence. He has a slick 29.89 PB here and if he finds the bunny he should probably go a little quicker on the clock.

Kidatee Croc has won four of ten here and he should be able to settle in the top three early, three starts back he smashed a handy field when winning at Ipswich in a sizzling 30.42.

Gunspeed rounds out the winning hopes, he is probably better suited to a wider draw but he is racing well and with some luck early he could feature.

Top Four: 7 – 5 – 8 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Hougenie

Exacta: 5,7/2,5,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

Quinella: 7 to rove with 2,5,8 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 7/2,5,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 5,7,8/2,5,7,8/1,2,3,5,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

Race No. 7A Team Stud8:52 PM
3 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,250 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1TEE BRADY552830.06Tom Tzouvelis
2CHANT656229.84Tony Brett
3DREAM RIVER211529.86Troy Okamura
4ROYAL ROWDY312730.11Gregory Hancock
5FUSAICHI KAHN247229.88Glenda Dart
6FARMER’S GOLD121X29.98Darren Russell
7GUMLOW STAR232130.07Sandra Hunt
8MELODY SERENADE223130.00Lyndall Massey

Chant is a class act when he is on song and he showed a return to form when narrowly beaten in blistering time at Ipswich last time. He has won here previously in a brilliant 29.84 and if he is given a little room in the early stages he should be able to hold them out and score.

Fusaichi Kahn is capable of reeling off very zippy sectionals when given clear galloping room and he is actually not that badly drawn in the middle, with a slow beginner on his outside and a keen railer on his inner, he should be afforded a very clear run early.

Farmer’s Gold is racing in great fashion at present and although he is poorly drawn he must still be respected, he normally missed the kick and dives for the rail, if he misses away again he should get a fairly clear passage.

Melody Serenade is ideally placed in the pink and she must be included in your exotic bets.

Top Four: 2 – 5 – 6 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Chant

Boxed Quinella: 2,5,6,8 ($6 for 100%)

Exacta: 2,5,6/2,5,6,8 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2,5,6/2,5,6,8/1,2,3,5,6,8 ($36 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2/5,6,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 8Tattsbet.com9:12 PM
1/2 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $9,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,650 2nd: $1,900 3rd: $950.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MAGIC DISPLAY531430.12 Evelyn Harris
2BILL’S FANTASY213129.93William Elson
3TOP STORY434529.65Sandra Hunt
4YOGI BLUE162329.89Peter O’reilly
5HAPPY HASWELL811129.64Reg Kay
6OUTA TEMPO234530.06Peter Ruetschi
7YOU CAN TALK325229.94Peter Ruetschi
8CYNDIE’S SPECIAL742629.86William Elson

Happy Haswell is an enormous talent and he recently won the Ipswich Cup final in a devastating 30.23. He has won seven of his ten tries here and if he reproduces his blistering 29.64 PB here he should blow them away.

Cyndie’s Special is well placed in the pink and she has enough speed to cross them early, she has a tremendous record here and if she does happen to cross she will give a great sight at odds.

Bill’s Fantasy is another fast beginner and he should be in the mix for a long way again.

Top Story is the interesting runner, he is resuming after five months off and, if he is at peak fitness, he is more than capable of matching motors with Happy Haswell.

Top Four: 5 – 8 – 2 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 5/2,3,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 5/2,3,8/2,3,8 ($6 for 100%)

Exacta: 5,8/2,3,5,8 ($6 for 100%)

Quinella: 5 to rove with 2,3,8 ($3 for 100%)

Race No. 9Brandons Electrical Services9:34 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,250 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BLUE DEN487530.19John Reimer
2ARABIAN ORACLE717230.09Brian Baker
3BELLISIMO BELLE546730.23Darren Titmarsh
4SONNET’S SPECIAL111730.08Mathew Reid
5HOPE’S FANTASY224330.14William Elson
6ROYAL ALBERT432530.44Desmond Gilroy
7HARA’S DERECK421230.27Kerry Myers
8FLICK PASS334229.96Ron Ball
9MAL ROSE HI127730.71Patrick Lavis
10AZA BUZZ545430.17Alex Green

Sonnet’s Special is flying at present and if he gets away cleanly he should lead from go to whoa. In October/November he scored three Ipswich wins on the trot in fast times and he appears to have a few lengths on his rivals.

Flick Pass is the run on type in the event and he likes to scout wide in his races. His effort when placed at Ipswich last time was massive and a similar effort tonight would see him figure prominently.

Arabian Oracle has the speed to lead and she was a strong 30.09 winner here in October, if she happens to hold them out she should give a great sight.

Hope’s Fantasy is the only other winning hope, she has a top record here and she is capable of pinging the lids.

Top Four: 4 – 8 – 2 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Sonnet’s Special

Exacta: 2,4,8/2,4,5,8 ($9 for 100%)

Quinella: 4 to rove with 2,5,8 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 4/2,5,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2,4,8/2,4,5,8/1,2,4,5,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

Race No. 10Macro Meats Gourmet Game9:54 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,250 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1NEVER ENDS553730.43Anne Southee
2THIS TIME REBA152230.27Peter Ruetschi
3ELISHA’S TAN361130.54Glenn Smith
4FEMME JOLIE743530.20Jan Warner
5MADE THAT WAY625830.85Darren Titmarsh
6RENATUS871130.12Ron Ball
7LOLLI DOLLI113830.23Gary Pettersen
8STELLA NIGHTS411130.72Glenda Dart
9MR. HOPPINS726830.41Amy O’reilly
10MORE ARIES727630.39John Reimer

Tough race to finish off the night but I think the in form Renatus can get the job done. Two starts ago he posted an impressive 30.52 Ipswich victory and after four luckless efforts here he is due for a change of luck. With very little speed drawn on his inside he should be able to cross and lead throughout.

This Time Reba is racing consistently and she has the speed to lead, if she happens to lead she will prove very hard to reel in.

Made That Way could be the value, he is much better than his recent form reads and he could give a nice sight at odds.

Top Four: 6 – 2 – 5 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Renatus

Quinella: 6 to rove with 2,3,5 ($3 for 100%)

Exacta: 2,6/2,3,5,6 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 6/2,3,5/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2,5,6/2,3,5,6/1,2,3,5,6,7 ($36 for 100%)

The Big One

Friday’s Melbourne Cup favourite Keybow is priced at $2.00 to $2.40 depending on where you look, mostly due to its box draw on the rails. On the night, the shorter of those is more likely due to the weight of visitors’ money.

Well, I suppose it can win the race but it would need to jump at least with them, and probably hold its position going around the corner. That is quite possible but there is no guarantee that will happen.

Luca Neveelk, Chica Destacada and Star Recall are more likely to be in front of Keybow in the run to the first turn, not certain, but likely. Had Keybow drawn the 8, as in its heat, it would be a better bet as it would then be free to motor up and try to run around them, as it did in its heat.

The most likely outcome is that Chica Destacada will work up inside Luca Neveelk and lead around the turn. The latter will be no help to Star Recall, boxed just inside it. Chica then offers terrific each way value at $7.00/$2.00 on Fixed Odds.

Remember only Chica and Dyna Villa have been able to get down to the 29.20 area, the others are all 29.30-plus dogs, including Keybow, and Chica tends to hang on to any lead it gets. Anyway, Dyna Villa faces a big task in trying to get around the several dogs in front of it.

It’s true that Chica has run a bit quicker from middle boxes but it still won the National Sprint Championship after leading from box 2.

But how will the Bold Trease final be run? That’s harder to know as they are backing up only seven days after their heat runs. Zipping Maggie and Space Star have proved risky in those circumstances, while Sweet It Is and Blinkers On (carrying an incorrect apostrophe) will be coming through the field. The other four are in a class below. The only sure thing I can find is that Sweet It Is will run 1st, 2nd or 3rd so at even money it is hardly a great bet.

Some Meadows History 

A reader’s comments on times for The Meadows 725m trip prompted us to have a closer look at what has been happening there. We mentioned that the average time run in the last 200 races was 42.94, as compared with Nellie Noodles’ record of 42.03. Of course, that average would have been influenced by some low-grade races won in slow times.

However, the time in question was a 42.58 run by Dyna Willow, which I somewhat harshly described as “ordinary”, partly because it occurred in the middle of a pretty poor part of its career and partly because it had been capable of a bit better. The point was that it was generally off its game during that period, perhaps due to injuries, perhaps due to extensive long distance racing.

Anyway, there is more.

Since 2005, we have uncovered 92 wins which bettered that 42.58 mark. These comprised 24% of the 511 races run. They involved 66 different dogs, so many were multi-winners, the most recent Amity Flame.  Here is a summary.

Year Number Better Best Run Greyhound

2005

5

42.34

Malfoy

2006

22

42.28

Sergeant Major

2007

10

42.09

Sky Hazzard

2008

8

42.28

Mantra Lad

2009

11

42.23

Oodles Rocks

2010

7

42.03

Nellie Noodles

2011

10

42.29

Bobby Boucheau

2012

6

42.34

Thrilling Brat

2013

10

42.31

Major League

2014

2

42.46

Zipping Rory (10 months only)

Miata’s best at the track was 42.37 in February 2012. Xylia Allen’s best occurred in July 2014 when it ran 42.47.

In passing, note that, on average, dogs will get around Sandown 715m 0.74 sec quicker than The Meadows 725m. Wentworth Park 720m is 0.45 sec quicker. Sandown is therefore the fastest tack at 17.1 m/sec, followed by Wentworth Park at 16.9 m/sec and The Meadows 16.8 m/sec. That’s all fairly logical as The Meadows has more sweeping turns, which tend to reduce speeds.

Note

Much care is needed in checking times at this track due to the significant number of handicap races being run. GRV formguides routinely show incorrected times, not just on formlines but also in the “Best” box. These are designated “H” but no actual handicaps are included.  A check of GRV individual dogs’ records will show these details but, once again, the times printed are not corrected for those handicaps, nor are the actual handicaps transferred to the formguide file.  Similarly, sectional times are misleading. The same problem occurs for many Horsham 570m races.

This deserves an editorial comment. That sort of failure to advise customers correctly about fundamental information is an illustration of a far too common attitude of racing authorities in punching out material which they personally think is fine, rather than first finding out what customers need. Fortunately, that practice is uncommon in Victoria but it is par for the course in NSW where the new Ozchase system covering three quarters of the nation is, in practical terms, unusable. For example, meeting results cannot be downloaded or even printed out. All you can do is look at them on screen, one race at a time.

We were better off 30 years ago when you could photocopy pages in a daily newspaper on the following morning.

Sadly, economic limitations have beaten us there, too, as deadlines and delivery barriers have stopped that happening as well. (There was a time when I subscribed to four daily newspapers for this purpose. I also had to spend two full mornings each week travelling to town and back just to obtain NSW and Victorian hard copy formguides. Today all that could be done in two or three minutes each day, providing someone made the stuff available. Such is progress!).

Ipswich Takes A Breather After Five Weeks Of Daily Racing

The Ipswich Greyhound Racing Club can enjoy a bit of rest and recuperation, at least until Friday, after the track was recently host to one of the busiest periods in it’s entire history.

Incredibly, Ipswich has held a meeting on 36 of the past 37 days due to Albion Park being closed for reconstruction of the track surface. Albion Park resumed racing this afternoon.

Track Manager Merv Page was understandably relieved to see the end of what has been a hectic five week period.

“We are hoping it might be enough to get us into the Guinness Book of Records”, Page joked.

“Getting over the first week was the toughest part. The first week everybody got very tired but after that I guess adrenaline kicked in. Once we got to half way it was just a countdown from then.”

“We all got a little bit tired towards the end and so did the fields. The last three days it was pretty hard to get full field, but that was to be expected. People would have been looking forward to going back to Albion Park and they wouldn’t have nominated in anticipation.”

Page said the Club was committed to running the extra meetings at Ipswich to ensure racing and prize money was not lost interstate.

“We have only got Albion Park and Ipswich in the south east of Queensland and if we didn’t hold the meetings the other clubs in Queensland would have struggled so Sky Channel would have given the meetings to other tracks.

“That way our owners and trainers got every meeting that they were supposed to as well.”

Page, who has been manager of the track for the past three years, said that everything went as smoothly as can be expected over the past month.

“The only problem we had in all those meetings was one false start where the boxes opened before the lure got there. Other than that nothing went wrong and the track stood up amazingly well.

To add to the chaos, the Club’s flagship event, the Group Three Ipswich Cup, was conducted last Saturday night.

“We had to have the two big meetings in amongst it all whereas it would have been a lot easier if they were on at a different time. The Ipswich Cup was held on the last Saturday of the five weeks so that was a bit daunting.”

The Cup was taken out by Reg Kay’s excitement machine Happy Haswell. The son of Surf Lorian and Teenage Dream was leading by around 12 lengths turning from home but lost at least few lengths when baulking at Farmer’s Gold, who had fallen on the first turn and proceeded to run back towards the field, in the home straight.

Happy Haswell still managed to clock a race record time of 30.23. Page believes he would have gone close to Queen Lauryn’s 30.01 track record if the incident hadn’t occurred.

“I think it cost him the record. Doesn’t that say something that after five weeks of straight racing at the track that you could go close to breaking the track record? It really shows how well the track stood up.”

Page would also like to thank his staff who all played a big part in ensuring everything went to plan.

“The staff have been very good, on the overall I can’t really single out anyone because everybody deserves credit for it.

“We are very happy with how it all went, we had a big party last night!”

Sportsbet Launches New Cash Card For Punters

Online bookmaker sportsbet.com.au today launched the Sportsbet Cash card – a card that allows its customers to instantly access their winnings as cash thanks to new technology from the Australian firm Emerchants. Emerchants already have this technology in use with fellow online bookmakers Ladbrokes and Bet Easy with the demand for the technology increasing as its popularity begins to grow.

The Card allows punters to move money from their betting accounts into their Sportsbet Cash card which can then be used by Sportsbet customers to withdraw their winnings as cash at any ATM or use the card via eftpos anywhere in Australia.

Sportsbet punters can transfer their winnings to their Sportsbet Cash card on all of the bookmakers wagering platforms, including the mobile app, through integrated technology.

“Our 1.8 million customers love the superior value for money and better range of betting markets they get from Sportsbet – but many of them still love the feel of real cash in their hand – now they can have the best of both worlds,” said sportsbet.com.au CEO Cormac Barry said.

“Sportsbet customers can transfer winnings onto their Sportsbet Cash card via our mobile and tablet betting apps and not just via desktop.”

From today, Sportsbet customers are able to request a Sportsbet Cash card. If you are not already a customer of Sportsbet, why not sign up and take advantage of this easy to use cash innovation

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Jason Magri Fined $1000 After “Misbehaving”

Report

Greyhound Racing NSW stewards have heard submissions from trainer Jason Magri on a charge of him having misbehaved before stewards during an inquiry following the final race at Richmond on 18 October 2014.

Mr Magri pleaded guilty to the charge under GAR 91 (c) and was subsequently fined $1,000, with $500 of that penalty suspended conditional on no repeat offence under the conduct rules for a period of 12 months.

Mr Magri was advised of his right of appeal.

ARG Opinion

It’s extremely hard to have an opinion when given no option to do so. What did Magri actually do? Who would know from this report? The fact the he pleaded guilty means that he did something wrong, but there needs to be far more transparency in the stewards reports.

This Week In Racing History

November

19

A crowd estimated at 16,000 attended Harold Park in 1949, creating a new record for attendance at a greyhound meeting in Australia. They saw a dead-heat in one event and Pretty Secret equal the 800 yards (732 metres) track record of 43.7 in scoring her seventh win in 12 starts at the Glebe circuit.

Mixed Blessings won the 1979 final of the Olympic Park Distance Championship (732 metres) from Irish Haste and Midnight Hour. It was the first time the race, inaugurated in 1967, had been held in November. It was also the last time the event was run until 1984. The race is now known as the AWM Distance Title.

Toban Leah took out the 1994 City of Ipswich Gold Cup, run over 512 metres, defeating Diamond Rell and Lookout Max for trainer Dave Brett.

20

Nulla’s Idol caused a boilover when she downed champion stayer He’s Some Boy by two lengths in the final of the 1972 Spring Cup, run over 732 metres at Olympic Park.

High Climax won the 1975 Queensland Derby, run over 558 metres at the Gabba, scoring by five lengths from Cruisaway.

21

A greyhound track at Alfred Oval in Young opened in 1953 with sprint distances over 550 yards (503 metres).

Former Victorian stayer Sonic Wave established a track record 42.09 for the 720 metres trip on the new grass circuit at Wentworth Park when she won the 1987 Summer Cup. This was the first time the historic race had been run at Wentworth Park since the closure of Harold Park.

South Australian staying star Gem Supreme took out the 1992 Summer Cup (720 metres, Wentworth Park), defeating National Digger by half a head. This was the first Summer Cup contested on the new loam surface.

22

Reena’s Raider downed Alarmist Belle by six lengths to win the 1972 Farrell’s Dog Food Trophy, run over 617 metres at Bulli. Reena’s Raider, a greyhound which would often race two or three times a week, earned $750 for connections.

The 2003 running of the 520-metre Bull N Barley Cup at Wentworth Park saw All Display overcome box six to score by almost nine lengths and earn $8,000 for connections.

23

The inaugural Queensland Derby was run over 558 metres at the Gabba in 1972 and saw the Reg Smith trained Dixie’s First score by seven lengths from Native Glen and Soval.

National Lass made it four starts for four wins over 732 metres at Harold Park when she led all the way from box four to take out the 1985 Summer Cup at Harold Park, downing Statistician by four lengths in a fast 42.83.

Donovan Bailey set a new race record time of 42.96 in downing the Victorian pair Happy Reuben and Ebony Park Lass in the 1996 Summer Cup final at Wentworth Park.

A fire destroyed much of the steward’s accommodation and ground staff facilities at the Cannington track in 2001.

24

Champion stayer Pharaoh’s Mask set a new track record time of 43.09 for 732 metres at Olympic Park in 1986.

Exiting box seven, Hua took out the 1988 Melbourne Cup by two lengths from Disco Dishlicka and Indiana, running a new track record time of 30.01 for the 511 metres trip.

25

The Sandown greyhound track had its official opening in 1952. The Lightwood Road circuit had the largest turn of any course in the country.

Some Secret won the 2005 Paws of Thunder (520 metres, Wentworth Park) by just over five lengths, running 30.05 to equal the race record set the previous year by Stately Bird.

Shot To Bits Expected To Make A Full Recovery

Victorian trainer Paul Ryder must have believed the career of his exciting young stayer Shot To Bits was precisely that after the budding star took a heavy tumble in a heat of the Group One Bold Trease last Thursday at Sandown Park.

The black powerhouse was carried off the track and hearts sunk soon after when it was discovered that he sustained an injury to his right hock.

Scans taken last Friday revealed no fractures and a vet appointment yesterday revealed the extent of the injury.

“He has got some ligament tears and some overstretched ligaments in the hock area”, Ryder explained.

“He has his hock strapped up and he has a splint on it. It is strapped basically from his toe up to the top of his hock and he has got to have that on for 2-3 weeks just to give the ligaments time to settle  and calm down from the stretching and tearing .

“After that it will probably just be light bandaging as we just try to get him back walking and mobile again.”

Ryder endured nearly a week of consultation with veterinarians and specialists to identify the injury and he is now relieved that it is not as severe as first anticipated. It appears that Shot To Bits will be able to return to the track once he has fully recovered.

“It is not great but it is good all the same. He will be off the scene for the best part of three months, unfortunately, but there is a good side to it and that is as long as it all heals up ok, he shouldn’t have any problems that carry on.

“It is good news to me, any news was going to be good so long as he is going to be ok.”

Ryder said despite his injury, Shot To Bits remains happy in himself.

“He is awesome. It doesn’t take too much to please him, if he can get on the couch he is quite happy.

“Being such a fit dog he can get a little bit over the top at times but now that the splint is back on he doesn’t like it being there and he is much calmer. That’s a good thing because otherwise he would be inclined to hurt himself.”

Shot To Bits, affectionately known as Morpha, is one of the most promising young stayers in the country.

The son of Bekim Bale and Eye The Tiger has started on 23 occasions resulting in 11 wins and four minor placings.

Among his victories was a success in the Group Three Top Cat Video Cup where he defeated a high calibre field including Sweet It Is, Xylia Allen, Zipping Maggie and Dyna Willow, while he also holds the track record at Bendigo over 660 metres.

While Shot To Bits recovers on the sidelines, Ryder will have his littermate Volksjager Blue, named after a German warplane, to keep the kennel going. The black dog has been a handy money spinner in his own right and will line up in race eight at Geelong this Friday.

“Volksjager Blue was a good second behind Shot To Bits ability wise when they came back from breaking in but I got him here and persisted with him. I kept doing little things just to try and keep him interested and very slowly he started to bridge the gap.”

Amazingly, they are the only greyhounds Ryder has in work and the first two that he has ever trained. While he has had an interest in the sport for about 10 years, it was only through former top Queensland trainer Ryan Ayre that he picked up the collar and lead.

“When Ryan used to race Bogie King in Melbourne he used to come down and stay here. I set up kennels and we got to know each other and formed a bit of a relationship.

“During one of his stays I mentioned that I would love to have a go at doing it myself one day. A few months later he rang up and told me one of his bitches was due to come on season and he asked me if he sent her down would I want to go halves in a litter.”

The duo selected Bekim Bale as the sire and the rest, as they say, is history. Ryder reared the litter of 10 pups at his house until they were around four months at which time they were sent back to Queensland. They remained in the Sunshine State until they were broken in, after which the pair returned to Ryder at his Corio residence.

Ryder said that there was always something special about Shot To Bits as a pup, with the trainer and greyhound forming a close friendship which remains to this day.

“Shot To Bits was switched on from day one. Funnily enough he was different to the others even as a pup, he was more forward and he was almost annoying in the fact that he was just in your face all the time.

“Me and him formed that bond in the first few months when he was a pup because he just wouldn’t leave me alone and, to be honest, now I am glad he wouldn’t.

“I couldn’t be any more grateful for what he has been able to achieve so far and hopefully there is more to come”.

Cosmic Wise Wright In Contention For Cup Glory

The Jeff Britton- trained Cosmic Wise may be the rank outsider in this Friday’s Group One Melbourne Cup, but that won’t stop her part owner, Justin Wright, from making the trip across Australia to watch her compete in the $420,000 to the winner event.

Wright lives in Western Australia and made the trip to Melbourne last week to experience the excitement of Melbourne Cup heat night, but he never imagined he would making the same journey two weeks in a row.

“I have a couple of days of work and then I am back in Melbourne again. I had organised the trip a while ago because it is always a good night of racing with the heats of the Melbourne Cup and Bold Trease but to have one in a heat, let alone win one, was just unbelievable”, Wright enthused.

“I knew she would be nominated for the heats, it was a case of whether or not she was going to be lucky enough to gain a start. Thankfully she won a prelude the week before so she was guaranteed a start.

“When I saw the box draw and knew that she had drawn box one I actually gave her a chance of winning it.”

Beginning well from the inside, Cosmic Wise railed beautifully through the first turn and was too strong in the run to the line, scoring by one and three quarter lengths in a hot 29.40. Wright concedes that she will face a tough task this week with everything against her from box five.

“Box one helped her last week and I would imagine the track was a bit quicker than it normally is but we were still chuffed with how she went.

“It will be very different this week and I don’t think she has the pace to beat the other seven to the first corner.

“There is going to be a lot of early speed and she is a mad railer, she will look for the rails straight out of the boxes. I reckon her only hope is if she misses it a little bit and then goes straight to rail and if there is a little bit of trouble on the corner that she can rail up underneath.

“It is going to be tough but you have got to be in it to win it. She will give 100% and whatever happens, happens.”

Cosmic Wise has been a terrific money spinner for connections as a winner of 20 races from 59 starts with 18 minor placings.

“She has been pretty versatile, she runs a good 600 but she still managed to make the final of the Healesville Cup over 350 metres.

“She is probably not the fastest greyhound going around but she is very competitive and she tries her heart out every single week.”

Wright owns Cosmic Wise as a part of the Brona Lane Racing syndicate. Made up of seven former workmates, the syndicate purchased Cosmic Wise’s mother with a career in the breeding barn always planned.

“Wise Penny came up for sale and I really liked her breeding so we decided to have a crack. She went alright on the track, she won over 640 metres, and when she retired we decided to breed from her as a syndicate.

“We bred the litter over here in WA and my wife Debbie reared them until they were five or six months old. At that time we didn’t have enough connections over here so we decided to have the rearing finished off in Victoria.”

After the Cosmic Chief- Wise Penny litter were broken in, their breaker Kevin McNamara contacted successful duo Jeff Britton and Angela Langton as potential trainers for the syndicate.

“Initially Jeff and Angela were only going to take four from the litter, they weren’t going to take Cosmic Wise or Wise Ella because they actually broke in the worst.

“Jeff saw them trial and decided to have a crack with them as well and now she (Cosmic Wise) has won over $100,000 and Wise Ella has won about $50,000.”

And Wright cannot speak highly enough of Britton and Langton who have enjoyed a terrific year on the track with their talented team of chasers. .

“Jeff and Angela work hard. I just spent five or six days with them and the hours they put in is unbelievable and on top of that they are great people. They deserve to have a year like they have had this year.”

For a bunch of average guys from three hours west of Perth, having a competitor in the world’s richest greyhound race is nothing short of amazing. ‘Unbelievable’ was the word used by Wright to describe the whole exhilarating experience.

“It hasn’t really sunk in. I have always dreamed of having one in the Perth cup being from WA but to have one in the Melbourne Cup is just unbelievable. The rest of the guys in the syndicate are pretty excited about it too, some of them are coming over on Friday to watch her as well.

“For me personally to win it would just be incredible, I have always loved greyhound racing. The other guys from the syndicate are loving it now too and it would just be amazing to win it, I don’t think we would be sober for a few days afterwards!”

Greyhound Tips & Betting Preview November 19 2014

With some classy interstate chasers making the move to SA, there looks to be some standout bets racing at Angle Park today. Open an account with Sportingbet for up to $700 in bonus bets.

Race No. 1Grsa.com.au (n/p) Mixed Stake Pr…12:22 PM
5/6 event over 600 metres at Angle park Of $900 Prizemoney.
1st: $630 2nd: $180 3rd: $90.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1JOHNNY GUITAR565636.11Kenneth Trowbridge
2WESTERN CHILL8737NBTRoss Burns
3KIKEM ZARBO4335NBTOswald Chegia
4MADIBA MAGIC5724NBTKelvin Stott
6FROM THE TOP645735.75Janice Jones
7LONG GULLY MARK6X36NBTPaula Hearnden
8DIGNIFIED LAD266535.57Martin Doyle

Kikem Zarbo hasn’t had much luck in her two SA starts to date and she should be suited by the step up to 600m. There is very little depth in this event and if she is given an ounce of luck early she should prove too strong in the run home.

Long Gully Mark should roll to the early lead and he will set a cracking pace, this is his first try over the trip so the last 50m or so may be a struggle. He couldn’t have asked for an easier race to make his middle distance debut and if Kikem Zarbo happens to find trouble he may just steal the prize.

From The Top rounds out the chances, he has had five runs from a spell and he should now be at peak fitness, he is likely to settle a long way back early but he should hit the line hard.

Top Four: 3 – 7 – 6 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Kikem Zarbo

Exacta: 3,7/3,4,6,7 ($6 for 100%)

Quinella: 3 to rove with 4,6,7 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 3/4,6,7/4,6,7 ($6 for 100%)

Race No. 6Macro Meats Grade 5 Series H Pr2…1:52 PM
5 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $860 Prizemoney.
1st: $605 2nd: $170 3rd: $85.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BISCA ALLEN3646NBTWendy Matcott
2KOOL ALEXIA4371NBTRaymond Fewings
3GOLD BUCCANEER4216NBTPetar Jovanovic
4PROVEN URBAN845630.38Oswald Chegia
5JACK BALE467530.63Wendy Matcott
6BODY POWER376230.30Robert Harris
7JETSON KIST157630.00Kiah Edwards
8DYNA GARTH366730.18Wendy Matcott
9LEKTRA DREAMER3858NBTWendy Matcott
10UNAVOIDABLE466731.00Ross Burns

Gold Buccaneer comes here with very strong NSW form and he recently won a trial here in a smart 30.14. He has slow beginners drawn on either side of him and with a clean getaway he should have more than enough speed to drive to the lead. If you can land $2.50 or better that is great value.

Kool Alexia returned to form with a strong 31.12 Gawler win last time out and she should be in the mix for the entire journey.

Bisca Allen could be the value in the event, she is much better than her recent form suggests and she should be suited by the rise in distance from her most recent racing.

Jetson Kist is a class act when on song and he should be ready to fire after a solid effort at Gawler last time when resuming from a spell.

Top Four: 3 – 2 – 1 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Gold Buccaneer

Exacta: 3/1,2,7 ($3 for 100%)

Quinella: 3 to rove with 1,2,7 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 3/1,2,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

Best Value:

Race 9: Weblec Belle ($4 fixed)

Melbourne Cup Promo’s Disturbing Origins Exposed

In 2014 the Group One Melbourne Cup will be worth a record $600,000. That is a pretty impressive feat for an industry which has long been regarded as a ‘minor’ racing code.

However, just as the sport reaches new heights on the prizemoney front, it would appear that it is sinking to an all new low in regards to self promotion ahead of greyhound racing’s most illustrious event this Friday night.

Marketing and advertising industry insider website Mumbrella has just blown the lid on the Sandown Greyhound Racing Club’s latest advertising campaign We Love The Dogs, which they believe is a direct takeoff of the highly controversial and vulgar Duck Sauce music video, Big Bad Wolf.

“It’s not uncommon for ads to take, shall we say, inspiration from other realms of the arts, be they films, music or cult fiction”, the website reported.

“But rarely has Dr Mumbo seen an ad borrow an idea from anything as ‘out there’ as this one.”

Mumbrella went on to state that the film clip for the ‘song’ was, “One of the oddest music videos ever made”, and that the film clip had been named the “most disturbing music video of 2011 by Billboard Magazine in the US”.

It’s difficult to understand the thought process that linked Sandown Greyhound Racing Club’s ‘brand new’ ad campaign for the richest greyhound race in the world, with the disturbing reality of its inspiration.

The questions have to be asked:

  • Who thought this campaign was appropriate for showcasing the sport’s biggest race and promoting greyhound racing as a family friendly activity?
  • Who thought associating the greyhound racing brand with Duck Sauce’s brand of depravity made sense?

Sandown greyhound Racing Club’s Melbourne Cup Promotion

Visit the story at Mumbrella to see the original genesis of the promotion and work out what all the fuss is about.

Greyhound folk have forever yearned to be taken seriously in comparison to the thoroughbred industry but, lets face it, the gallops would never tarnish their brand by being linked to something so crude and offensive.

This year the Australian Turf Club released a series of advertisements for the inaugural ‘The Championships’ and, love or it or hate it, the end product was a clean and fresh promotion for their carnival which generated enormous success in Sydney and is set to take place again in 2015.

Clean and fresh are certainly not the words to describe this recent campaign from the Sandown Club and it appears to have been a big backwards step in regards to promotion of the industry and what it has to offer.

If greyhound racing is ever to be taken seriously, surely it can come up with its own ideas to display the fun and excitement of the sport rather than borrowing thought from a song which has no link to the industry, or the dogs themselves, other than an incessant howling noise throughout.

The sport should be building its appeal to the community rather than degrading their status by sharing links with such a disturbing source.

Hopefully the Sandown Club can improve their approach in 2015 because, as Mumbrella alluded to, their promotion of the world’s greatest race this year has seen it go to the dogs, and not in the way they were hoping it would.

Greyhound Tips & Betting Preview November 18 2014

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Race No. 5Grv Vbis Distance Series Ht18:08 PM (VIC time)
S/E Heat event over 680 metres at Warragul Of $2,710 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,895 2nd: $545 3rd: $270.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1EXPLOSIVE ANGEL [5]63467FSTDM Brown (Loch)
2DASHING DAVE [5]65348NBTC Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
3GALLOPING BETSY [5]28637NBTR Conway (Bunyip)
4BEKIM GODDESS [4]7266540.30(1)T Chatwin (Johnsonville)
5DESTINI SHADOW [5]46861FSHE Rinaldi (Lethbridge)
6UNCLE ANT [5]66171FSTDP Rowley (Denison)
7LUNA ASH [5]44643NBTG Laidlay (Devon Meadows)
8REAP THE BENEFIT [4]2122539.80(3)M Chilcott (Heathcote)
9HI LADDIE [5]Res.56676NBTM Jones (Chelsea Heights)

Explosive Angel has come up with the good draw and she is much better than her recent form reads. She tends to save her best racing for Cranbourne but this is a big drop in class for her and with a wide runner drawn on her outside she should get all the breaks early. Three starts ago she was narrowly beaten by the classy Impact Bale at Cranbourne over 520m and she is better suited to this journey.

Reap The Benefit is in career best form and he appears to be getting better and better with more racing. Five runs back he beat the exciting Seeking Justice and if he can get across from the wide draw he should be a major player again.

Luna Ash is the run on type in the event and he hasn’t been too far away of late, whilst Galloping Betsy could be the value, she is likely to start big odds but she has the talent to cause an upset.

Top Four: 1 – 8 – 7 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Explosive Angel

Exacta: 1,8/1,3,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

Quinella: 1 to rove with 3,7,8 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1/3,7,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 6Grv Vbis (1-4 Wins / 1-14 Starts) Final (gobis)8:28 PM (VIC time)
Restricted Win Final event over 460 metres at Warragul Of $6,710 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,000 2nd: $1,140 3rd: $570 GOBIS: $1,000.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1IMA RIVER BOY [4]2226126.20(2)D Saunders (Somerville)
2BRONCO DE JURER [4]1713126.21(2)P Bartlett (Bamawm)
3BUDDIE BARGAIN [5]77212NBTC Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
4DR. WAUGH [5]83443NBTJ Mcmahon (Darriman)
5ALEX’S ENTITY [4]4326126.36(4)K Greenough (Pearcedale)
6IMAGE PUZZLE [5]162NBTG O’keefe (Neerim Junction)
7HESTON LODGE [5]4332326.23(8)C Haigh (Crossover)
8SEE HIM NEXT [5]4112NBTM Mallia-magri (Avalon)
9DR. CINNAMON [5]Res.11673NBTW Mcmahon (Darriman)
10DASHING DIESEL [5]Res.164NBTD Mckenzie (Tynong North)

See Him Next was narrowly beaten in his heat and he should have derived a lot of benefit from that run. He looks well placed in the wide draw and two starts ago he looked ultra impressive when scoring at Ballarat in 25.35. Last week he appeared to get a little lost on the turn so I would expect him to at least find three lengths on his heat effort.

Bronco De Jurer scored a powerful 26.21 heat win and he only needs an ounce of luck early to feature.

Alex’s Entity must also be respected, he doesn’t have great box manners but last week he really caught the eye when he charged home to score in 26.36.

Ima River Boy is drawn to lead and if he can hold them out early he should run a bold race.

Top Four: 8 – 2 – 5 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on See Him Next

Exacta: 2,5,8/1,2,5,8 ($9 for 100%)

Quinella: 8 to rove with 1,2,5 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 8/1,2,5/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2,5,8/1,2,5,8,/1,2,3,5,6,8 ($36 for 100%)

Best Roughie:

Race 8: Conquer Fear

Staying Bits And Pieces

In summation, comments about the habit of backing up dogs too quickly in staying races generally favour a ban on the practice. Some disagree, saying trainers know best or that past years contained dogs which could do it without a problem.

In reality, the evidence is not on the side of trainers “knowing best”. It reminds me of two stories. Once, after writing in another paper, a trainer was furious when I was critical of him racing a bitch on both Saturday and Monday, each over 720m at Wentworth Park (the racing dates were different then). He was cranky because he said he had stayed up all Saturday night massaging and caring for his dog to make sure it was in good nick. It failed the second time but the real point was that he would have no way of properly assessing the dog’s actual condition. Looks are one thing, the insides another.

And he missed the big point. Even if he knew, the dog’s fitness would still be a query in the minds of punters (and stewards), who should be the main priorities in these cases. After all, industry success rests on the public having confidence in trainers’ abilities and integrity.

The other example involved the practices of a veteran trainer in another state with a kennel of a dozen or so dogs, including one very smart and successful bitch. The good one never raced more than once a week. The others normally started at least twice a week, occasionally three times, nearly always running 6th, 7th and 8th. What was he seeking? Petrol money perhaps, but who knows?

As for old time dogs, I always remember a comment made by the late Bill Pearson. “They are not as robust as they used to be,” he said. Of course, that’s just the tip of the iceberg as there have been major shifts in breeding patterns since then, obvious even to an amateur like me. The follow-up question to that is “what are we doing about it?” Is it a good thing? If not, what might happen to the breed if nothing is done? Runners fading at the end of staying races is just one illustration.

Are Dogs the same as Humans?

The Wanderers soccer club, recently Asian Champions, has yet to win a match in the A-League, following what The Australian called “their recent murderous travelling and playing schedule”.

AFL and NRL teams are notoriously unable to show their best after a short 5-day break.

Also from The Australian.

“Acupuncturist Ross Barr … describes the body as running off two batteries: a general, day-to-day one and a reserve battery powered by the kidneys. You can charge the first one with good food, rest, sleep and a healthy lifestyle. But if you’re feeling run-down and don’t manage to refuel, then you can slip into the reserve battery. This is your adrenal system, which takes more than a bowl of pasta and a good night’s sleep to recharge”.

Vets might be able to convert that language to dog talk.

And a Note about old time Sporting Clubs

Roy Masters in The Australian, talking about a former top player and administrator.

“When John Quayle was a footballer, Sydney rugby league clubs were ruled by committees, consisting of ex-players, shoe sellers and railwaymen whose knowledge of geography was confined to the location of the boardroom fridge. Each committee was headed by a secretary who did all the work, while the others talked about him, absolving themselves from decisions made, telling all those standing around the bar, “It’s got nothing to do with me.” There was always someone plotting to depose the coach, while another leaked stories to the press”.

That movie about the Collingwood football club comes to mind.

Youngsters of Note

In yesterday’s second grade (provincial) Sandown meeting all ten of the 515m races, including the maidens, were won in times below 30 sec. The best was 29.33 (Vapour Lee) which would have won five of the eight Melbourne Cup heats on the previous Thursday.

The future promises much.

Stewards Report, The Meadows, 15 November

Race 7
“Dyna Synch (7) crossed to the rail approaching the first turn checking Polly Bale (6)”.

No – never touched. Dyna Sync actually moved a little to the right at the jump, leaving plenty of room for Polly Bale to do as it wished.

Race 8
“Dyna Geldof (8) crossed to the rail approaching the first turn checking Jordan Allen (7), Quantum Bale (6) and Maximum Lil (5)”.

Gross exaggeration. Jordan Allen was actually bearing left at the start, hampering Quantum Bale, but still led Dyna Geldof in the run to the post so the latter could not have “crossed” it. Dyna Geldof overtook it only going around the turn. (Strange price, though. Dyna Geldof was always likely to lead so 33/1 was big overs. On the other hand, $1.30 for Size Does Matter was ridiculously short given that it was never likely to lead. Who did all that?).

This looks like more guesswork from the stewards as they watch from behind the boxes – not a good viewing spot.

Doreen Hoping For An Outstanding Night

Chica Destacada, whose name means ‘Outstanding Girl’ in Spanish, gave veteran trainer Doreen Drynan her first taste of glory at Group One level when she brilliantly claimed the National Sprint Championship at Cannington in August.

This Friday Chica Destacada will be aiming to add to that triumph when she exits box two, the same box which she used to score success in the National Sprint Championship, in the Group One Melbourne Cup at Sandown Park.

The NSW trained speedster was a phenomenal winner of her heat last Thursday. Exploding from box six, the bonny black bitch was too strong for the Anthony Azzopardi trained Cawbourne Whip, winning by just over one length in an airborne 29.22.

Drynan said she was expecting her kennel star to go well in the race, having run a great second in a Melbourne Cup Prelude the week prior, but was shocked to see her perform so dominantly.

“She didn’t trial too bad and then it was a good run when she raced there the week before, but it was a bit of a surprise that she got up for us on Thursday night. It was a very pleasant surprise though, I can tell you that!”, Doreen laughed.

Chica Destacada has been a wonderful performer for Drynan winning 12 of her 31 career starts, including seven triumphs at Wentworth Park, while she also made the final of the Group One Topgun at The Meadows last month.

Since finishing at the tail of the field in that event, Doreen has entrusted leading Victorian trainer Darren McDonald with looking after her pride and joy.

“I left her down there with Darren after the Topgun so she could have a trial at Sandown and a look at the track”, Doreen explained.

“He has done a top job with her. The advantage of sending her to Darren as well is that we more or less do the same thing in regards to the working of the greyhounds and feeding them, so there wasn’t a great deal of change for her as far as that is concerned.”

Doreen also expressed concerns that travelling around the country was starting to take its toll on Chica Destacada, providing another reason to leave her in the care of McDonald for the past few weeks.

“She has done a bit of traveling lately and I think that effects them.

“The Melbourne Cup is the biggest race in the entire greyhound industry so you have got to give her every chance you can to perform well.”

However, Doreen, who bred the daughter of Cosmic Rumble and Eluthra with her daughter Kerry, feels that she is not as well boxed in the two as some may think.

“It is the same box that she won the National Sprint from but she seems to go better when she is drawn out on the track a little bit.

“She seems to be able to pace up a lot quicker because she is inclined to step a bit to the right when she comes out of the boxes.”

As for who she rates as the biggest danger, Doreen concedes that it may be one of two that Darren McDonald has in the race himself.

“I think Keybow (Box 1) is going to be the hardest to beat because all the speed is drawn on the outside. With that being said it is hard to say and a lot of it is having luck into the run to the first turn.”

Doreen waited 48 years for her first Group One win but she may very well get her second within the space of three months if Chica Destacada puts her best paws forward on Friday.

At this stage, the thought of winning the sport’s highest honour still feels like a surreal concept for Drynan, who is already thankful for the excitement ‘Chica’ has given her.

“She has given us a lot of thrills and the biggest thrill is the fact that we bred her too, it makes it even more special.

“If I happened to win the Melbourne Cup I just hope I don’t have a heart attack! It would be the greatest thrill ever, I have been in greyhounds for that long.

“It was an absolutely great thrill when she won the National Sprint final at Cannington but to win the Melbourne Cup as well would just be awesome, I can’t even imagine what it would be like.”

Greyhound Tips & Betting Preview November 17 2014

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Race No. 1Thanks Peter Goers Stake Ctb Div…6:37 PM
5 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $1,400 Prizemoney.
1st: $980 2nd: $280 3rd: $140.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BOGAN CENTRAL345429.97Karen Bearpark
2ALLEN CYDAN675230.57Wendy Matcott
3MR. BEJAY653X30.44Kim Johnstone
4STUZZICHINO225330.02Petar Jovanovic
5SHE’S ILLUSIVE178230.45Kim Johnstone
6MERLOT MONELLI616230.39Lisa Rasmussen
7IDLE WAYS388829.96Artemio Ieraci
8ONUS ON ME116430.29Robert Isaacson
9PROVEN URBAN845630.38Oswald Chegia

Stuzzichino has been racing in consistent fashion and he should appreciate the drop in class tonight. There isn’t much speed drawn underneath him in this event so with a clean getaway he should be able to cross and find the rail in the early stages.

She’s Illusive has won two of four over this trip and she is a reliable beginner. With an even getaway she should be able to settle in the top two or three early and she should be there in the finish.

Idle Ways is the interesting runner, he comes here with steady Victorian form but he has won here previously in a slick 29.96. If he reproduces that form he can run a big race.

Bogan Central rounds out the chances, he has been struggling of late but he has his favourite draw and if they shuffle up early he may be able to zip away mid race.

Top Four: 4 – 5 – 7 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Stuzzichino

Exacta: 4,5/1,4,5,7 ($6 for 100%)

Quinella: 4 to rove with 1,5,7 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 4/1,5,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 6Gap Racing To Retirement Stake C…8:18 PM
5 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $1,400 Prizemoney.
1st: $980 2nd: $280 3rd: $140.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DENALI HERO725330.50Dean Decrea
2CERRONE423230.47Kim Johnstone
3DYNA PAUL556330.11Wendy Matcott
4SPOT GOES RACING775729.94Petar Jovanovic
5ALLEN NAMOR862429.90Wendy Matcott
6PRINCE WASABI3638NBTCharles Adcock
7BLACK GECKO447330.22Kym Burnett
8SILVER SLATER433X30.52Kevin Murnane
9PROVEN URBAN845630.38Oswald Chegia

Spot Goes Racing hasn’t had much luck in recent weeks and he should find this race more to his liking. He recently dropped back to the 388m journey and that will have sharpened him up for tonight’s assignment. There is a bit of speed drawn in the one and two and that should allow him to get a nice sit in the early stages.

Allen Namor is another who drops in class tonight and his effort two runs back behind Bogie Yates was impressive, he should be able to settle in the top three early and run a cheeky race.

Cerrone has been handily placed in his past three and he is nearing a win, his last 50m isn’t great but he should give a great sight for most of the trip.

Black Gecko is the value, he is well drawn out wide and if he steps cleanly he may have enough speed to cross.

Top Four: 4 – 5 – 2 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Spot Goes Racing

Exacta: 2,4,5/2,4,5,7 ($9 for 100%)

Quinella: 4 to rove with 2,5,7 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 4/2,5,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

Best Roughie:

Race 8: Premier Event

Kleeven Hoping For A Birthday Bonanza

After training greyhounds for more than four decades, Gerry Kleevan has a one in eight chance of taking out the nation’s most coveted trophy, the Group One Melbourne Cup, at Sandown Park this Friday night.

Kleeven puts the polish on lid pinger Luca Neveelk, a winner of 22 races from just 27 starts, including this year’s Group Two Geelong Cup. The blue chaser was impressive in his heat performance last Thursday, in a race which saw him debut at Sandown, holding off a late challenge from Dream It to score in a fast 29.42.

Although tiring in the home straight, Kleeven feels that Luca Neveelk can only get stronger, with his heat win just his second start over 500 metres. At his first attempt over the 500, Luca Neveelk tired to finish third in the Group Three Silver Bullet at The Meadows behind Keybow, a fellow contender for the Melbourne Cup.

“I’ve kept him over the 400-460 metres because there has been good short course races on for him, like the Geelong Cup, so there was never a reason to go over the 500”, Kleeven explained.

“His brothers can run 500 quite easily so I can’t see why he shouldn’t. The Melbourne Cup and the Silver Bullet probably came on a bit too quick for me, but he has acquitted himself well so it doesn’t really matter. I think he will be a lot better for the heat run.

“I would be very surprised if he doesn’t get stronger. If you look at his early sections he is up there with the best of them and on Thursday it was only in the last ten yards that he got a bit tired.”

Luca Neveelk’s best trait is undoubtedly his blistering early speed. Despite being drawn out in box seven in Friday’s $420,000 to the winner feature, Kleeven thinks that he has enough early toe to put himself right into calculations.

“I reckon he can get across and I like him out there. It depends on what the pink (Dyna Villa) does but he (Luca Neveelk) is a pretty big dog so the pink shouldn’t push him out of the way. He just needs clear room in the first one or two strides and then he has got that massive early pace.

“Whatever gets out in front will win, there is no two ways about it, because you have got seven other dogs with equal ability behind you and they usually all look to go to the rails and they will be in a bunch. If you are lucky enough to get to the front I’d imagine you would be laughing.”

Kleeven says that Luca Neveelk, which ran a slick 5.00 to the first mark, still missed the kick a fraction in his heat. He knows that his charge will definitely have to be in front at the first turn this week to be in with a winning shot.

“On Thursday he didn’t begin as well as he normally does, probably because it was his first time there, but once he hit the ground away he went. It will be a different story on Friday night because he is running against seven others that are as good, if not better, than him.

“It’ll all come down to the start, if he can get in a good position up in the lead he will have the show.”

Gerry and his wife Rose bred Luca Neveelk, a son of Talk’s Cheap, from their handy racer It’s A Neveelk. Gerry said it is a huge thrill to have bred the dog himself and rates him as the best that he has trained.

“I’ve been in dogs for 40 odd years and I have always bred my own dogs. We have had a fair bit of success, we had Nitro Neveelk who made the final of the National Sprint in Victoria, and we have been very blessed with some of our dogs.

“It is a great feeling to breed them yourself because you have got to wait 18 months to find out if they are any good, we have been very lucky in that sense.

“I always thought Nitro Neveelk was the best. Classic Neveelk was another real good dog, but I think this bloke is a bit better.

“He is an ultimate professional and a joy to handle. His brothers are completely different, they jump around and carry on, but he doesn’t, he knows what he has to do and when the race is over he knows he has done the job.”

Knowing that Luca Neveelk always goes out and does his best, Gerry says that he never feels nervous handling his star sprinter.

“He is the first dog that I have never been nervous with. Other dogs you wonder what they are going to do but with him I am as calm as a cucumber, it’s a great feeling.”

It would be a terrific birthday present for Gerry and Rose if their blue powerhouse were to land the cash in the final.

It was Rose’s birthday last Thursday, the night Luca Neveelk won his heat and earned himself a ticket into the Melbourne Cup final, and it will be Gerry’s birthday this Friday, the night that their dynamic greyhound chases nearly half a million dollars in prize money.

Win, lose or draw, being a part of the prestigious event is present enough for the Kleevens who are feeling thankful for the amazing journey that Luca Neveelk has already taken them on.

“It would be absolutely colossal to win it but it is just a really nice feeling, for the dog and the breed, to be in it.

“Hopefully he can get a bit of luck and be good enough to do it. If not, so be it.

“It wont be the end of the world. He has given us a terrific ride along the way, it has just been unbelievable.”

Te Amo Calls It A Day

The curtain has fallen on a career that has brought a new meaning to love in WA greyhound racing and that dog is none other then Te Amo.

The daughter of Cosmic Rumble – Osti’s Bride, who gained the name Shots after she was born, captured the hearts of not only those who where directly connected to her, but the Australian racing community.

“It wasn’t just about us owning Shots and her being trained by Linda Britton, a lot of people around the country liked her as a dog and the way she raced”, breeder Michelle Romer explained.

“It was the biggest buzz having people love her. There are lots of good dogs out there and Shots had something special that people loved about her.”

Handler Luke Townsend was always at the forefront of her cheer squad in an important role at the other end of Te Amo’s lead. In May of 2013 Shots won her qualifying trial in a slick 30.50, the following week she went onto lower her time in her maiden to 30.48.

“One race really stuck in my mind. Before her maiden I had no idea how good she was and Linda being Linda didn’t say much beforehand. When she came out and won her maiden I actually freaked out, I remember looking at Linda  (and) saying ‘oh my god!’ She replied saying ‘she’s a good dog Michelle.”’

Te Amo has retired a winner of 20 races from 51 starts with placing’s on 17 occasions. She recorded her personal best time of 30.28 at Cannington in April this year when she finished third behind On Coin.

It was her early speed out of the boxes that saw her land in front of the field time after time but it was her strength hitting the line that occasionally saw her come unstuck.

Te Amo also featured in four Group races, her biggest appearance being the Group One Sapphire Crown at Sandown Park where she finished fifth.

“I will miss not being able to see her on a racetrack again but I will be able to look at her replays all the time!”, Romer laughed.

“Why push her if she can’t race to her full potential? She has done enough; she doesn’t need to win any more races.”

Shots has spent the last few days settling into Romer’s kennel after a recent stint in Victoria, in the care of Robert Britton, where she had her last start in a Melbourne Cup Prelude finishing fifth from box four.

While owners Romer, Grant and Rebecca Adamson and Simon Allen are experiencing the happy-sad feeling that retirement brings to connections, they are waiting in anticipation for Shots’ career in motherhood to begin.

“Where she was born is where she will start her next stage of life. I’m just excited for her puppies and for her to live in the house and be my baby girl. She will have a really good life.”

After reconnecting with Shots, Romer is already experiencing the puppy with the angel kiss (crest) on her forehead that grew up in front of her eyes just over three years ago.

“Shots’ personality has not changed since she left, she is very bubbly! She has the same puppy eyes and is always wagging her tail. She remembers me.”

In the background Shots expressed her need for attention with a series of howls.

“She wants me to go down with her and play with her! Shots is going to have to know that I share time with her and the other girls I have here. It will be a rude awaking from racing to retirement but time will settle her down.”

Romer has a Collision straw that she is thinking might be suitable for Shots, but it is still very up in the air.

“I might let her have a season first and settle her in before I put her in pup. Her mother was a fantastic mum so I can only hope Shots is the same.”

Although racing enthusiasts around Australia will miss the little black bitch with the Spanish name for ‘I love you’ on WA soil, they will have her puppies to look forward to in years to come.

What The Melbourne Cup Taught Us About Greyhound Racing

After collecting a nice return on the Melbourne Cup my jubilation was immediately shattered after hearing the news that one horse had passed away, with another critically injured. Within a matter of minutes my Facebook news feed was swamped with emotional tributes, strong opinions and genuine hatred towards the sport of horse racing. Unfortunately this rare occurrence of a horse suffering heart failure was showcased in the biggest race on the Australian calendar and now horse racing is about to face its toughest battle, with thousands calling for the sport to be banned entirely.

I for one am not unaccustomed to the slander enforced by anti-racing protestors, with phrases such as “I hope you get cancer” appearing regularly in my inbox. No matter how much money I donate to charity or the number of campaigns I enforce with regards to greyhound welfare, I’m still considered the devil that walks the earth. I hope greyhound racing never ceases to exist, nor horse racing, however what must be emphasised is the positive and necessary steps that are now being taken within our industry to ensure that greyhound lives aren’t going to waste.

Greyhound Racing New South Wales is currently advertising for compliance officers who will be responsible for conducting approximately 2,000 kennel inspections per year. Several greyhound adoption and rescue programs Australia wide are now in operation and are dedicated to rehabilitating and rehoming greyhounds that several years ago wouldn’t have got a much-deserved second chance.

I urge any anti-greyhound protester to come and spend a day with me, to see what they consider all owners and trainers to be like. I have a greyhound that raced once, ran sixth, broke down and is now retired. She didn’t just become another statistic, but rather an important member of our household. She has her own western red cedar floor boarded kennel, window air conditioner and a clam pool. She is fed whatever food is eaten by my family and goes for long walks twice a day, 365 days a year. Not every greyhound suffers the fate that unfortunately many were subjected to in the past, with the sport moving forward to combat the wastage numbers that at one point in time were appalling.

Welfare isn’t just about calculating how many greyhounds are euthanised every year from the number of greyhounds born, but rather using the world’s most powerful mediums such as social media to emphasise the positive changes that are being adopted by governing states across Australia.

One of the growing concerns amongst participants is the issue of track safety. For those unfamiliar to the sport, injuries can vary from bruised toes and lacerations to muscle tears and fractures. It’s commonly said that the first turn is no place for the faint hearted in major races, as they commonly possess greyhounds with blistering early pace. An analysis of three tracks across Australia that conduct races over short course distances and two turn distances produced some interesting results.

Month Distance Number Avg. Days Worst Injury
Track One Oct-14 400+ 15 18.4 Dropped nearside pin muscle, fractured offside hind leg
Oct-14 500+ 0 0 Nil
Oct-13 400+ 6 11.3 Lacerated toe, injured offside groin
Oct-13 500+ 9 12.5 Fractured offside leg
Track Two Oct-14 400+ 5 17.4 Dislocated nearside toe
Oct-14 500+ 6 19 Fractured offside wrist
Oct-13 400+ 5 17.2 Injured offside hind leg
Oct-13 500+ 2 14 Groin and bicep
Track Three Oct-14 400+ 4 16.5 Lacerated nearside forefoot
Oct-14 500+ 7 31.3 Fractured offside hock
Oct-13 400+ 4 14.5 Torn offside hip support
Oct-13 500+ 4 16.5 Injured offside hip support

From these results, 39 greyhounds that raced over the 400m obtained incapacitation certificates for injuries, with the average number of days being 15.8. In comparison, 28 greyhounds that raced over distances greater than 500m obtained certificates, with the average number of days being 18.6.

Whilst track design has been a popular topic of discussion for some time, the increasing number of new technologies now available to clubs right across Australia will only enhance the public perception of greyhound racing. There are increasing opportunities regarding the issue of corner starts over the 400m to be readdressed. Several owners and trainers I have spoken too over the past few years seem reluctant to admit that those types of races are a lottery, with whoever gets through the tight early squeeze being the likely winner.

Maitland GBOTA amended the top of their turn a few years ago, which had a positive impact on the club. Maitland now benefits from less interference over the 400m, ultimately resulting in many trainers from outside the Hunter Valley area now favouring the one turn circuit for their short course sprinters.

If last week’s Melbourne Cup tragedy taught us anything, it was the fact that freak accidents and incidents do happen. I could walk outside and be hit by a car; does that mean all cars will be banned from the roads? What about all the tragic losses of life from jockey’s suffering falls this year, I don’t recall a ban on horse racing being called for then? Yes both sports still have negative aspects and plenty of hard work to do, but the dedication and persistence by many in regards to welfare and retirement programs must be acknowledged and applauded by the general public.

Miata Inducted Into WA Racing Hall Of Fame

Champion stayer Miata was one of 15 inductees into the Western Australian Racing Hall of Fame on Saturday night at a function held at Perth’s Convention Centre.

The daughter of Bombastic Shiraz and Winsome Bluebird was trained by Paul Stuart and faced the starter of 51 occasions from which she amassed the incredible record of  42 wins and six minor placings. The stunning red fawn bitch claimed five Group One races throughout her time on the track as well as one Group Two and one Group Three feature.

Miata also set or equalled nine track records throughout her career with all three which she set at her home track of Cannington still existing over 530m (29.81), 642m (36.55) and 715m (41.30). She was crowned Australian Greyhound of the Year for two years running in 2012 and 2012-2013.

Miata tasted success in six different states and retired in 2013 as Australia’s highest prize money earner with $715,508 to her name. Since her retirement she has made the transition to motherhood. Her first litter to Barcia Bale was whelped in November 2013 while late last month she whelped another litter, this time to Turanza Bale.

She was a deserving inductee into the Hall of Fame which recognises the great past and present champions of WA racing. Also among those inducted on Saturday night were star galloper Scenic Blast, popular trainers Gary Hall Snr and Neville Parnham and jockey Paul Harvey.

 

Keybow: Keep Enjoying Yourself

Keybow, trained by champion mentor Darren McDonald, will become Australia’s greatest ever prize money earner if he is to win this Friday’s Melbourne Cup. The $420,000 winner’s cheque would take his earnings to $751,635, almost $8,000 beyond Xylia Allen’s current record.

Keybow’s NSW based owner Kel Lean hasn’t even thought about the prize money record yet, with seven superbly talented chasers standing between his brilliant black speedster and greyhound racing immortality. However, Keybow has been assisted by a favourable draw in box one in the final.

“It is a good draw, it’s unbelievable. I think in these big races you have got to be on the inside and there is so much speed in this race that the inside is definitely the place to be”, Lean said.

“It is everyone’s dream to win the Melbourne Cup but there is eight good dogs in the race and it could go any way.”

The son of Take The Kitty and Key Exit was a dominant winner of his heat last Thursday, scoring by over five lengths in a quick 29.36. Lean said he was thrilled with the performance but was not surprised to see him dispose of the high quality field.

“He has been doing that all of his career since about his fourth start, putting away dogs of a real high quality such as Paw Licking and Phenomenal.

“He has just blown me away. Everything that has been put in front of him he has just kept stepping up to the mark.”

Even more impressive was the fact that his heat performance was just his third run back from over 10 weeks on the sidelines. At his first start since his spell he ran a credible sixth in the Group One Topgun followed by a bold win in the Group Three Silver Bullet just a week later. Lean believes Keybow may have come back bigger and better than ever.

“I think the freshen up that he has just had has made him a different dog. He is not quite three years old so he is just getting to his peak now and I think he may still be on the way up.”

Keybow has already tasted success at the elite level, claiming this year’s Group One Perth Cup at Cannington. In addition to that he has finished runner-up in three other Group finals including the Group One Australian Cup at The Meadows.

Having such an incredible greyhound has been a dream come true for Kel who bred Keybow himself from his handy race bitch Key Exit, which was raced by Hunter Valley legend Ken Cheetham.

“I always liked watching greyhounds race and then a friend of mine Brian Gorton, who was helping me build my house at the time, had a couple of greyhounds.

“He said he knew a bloke that had a litter coming through so I bought a couple and they were my first two greyhounds, Key Exit and Key Guns.

“Those two dogs gave us an incredible ride, she won seven races and he won 12 races. He was a great dog, but injury cut his career short.

“Key Exit also had an injury very young. She could run really good times but she ended up as a pet in my backyard at two years old and that’s where she still is now.”

Lean, who has since taken out his trainers licence, said that he knew very early on that Keybow possessed an immense amount of talent.

“He broke in fairly well and he just did everything right and kept improving and improving. I think when he came out and ran 29.74 first look at Wentworth Park was when we knew that he was going to be something special.”

After just five starts in NSW, Kel made the decision to send Keybow to Darren McDonald where he has well and truly made the step up to the next level.

Lean, who works full time for Sydney trains, said that his whole family will be making the trip to Sandown this week for the final, with the thrill is especially big for his son Eric who picked Keybow out as a puppy.

“Eric picked Keybow out the day he was born. Once that happened there was no way in the world we were ever going to get rid of him, he was going to be a family pet regardless of whatever happened.

“Even when he went to Darren if anything were to happen to him, he is always to come home, that’s the main thing for us.”

Lean, who races all his dogs with the ‘Key’ moniker which represents ‘Keep Enjoying Yourself’, said that no matter what happens this week, the ride that Keybow has taken his family on has already been nothing short of incredible and that, rather than let the pressure get to him, he is just happy to enjoy the experience of racing a star greyhound.

“It is life changing, there is no doubt about it and there is no other word for it. The ride, the excitement and the thrill that goes along with it is once in a lifetime, it will probably never happen again, so I am trying to enjoy it now while it is happening.”

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