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2014 Group Two Victorian Distance Final Preview

When the lids fly for the Group Two AWM Victorian Distance Final at The Meadows on Saturday night, eight greyhounds will not only vie for the $40,000 first prize and the tag of Victoria’s champion stayer.

For one greyhound, Saturday evening’s final is also the opportunity to etch her name into Australian greyhound racing immortality. Should Xylia Allen win the race, she will become the greatest prizemoney earner in the history of the sport in Australia and she will start a very short priced favourite to do so.

Here is a look at the field in detail;

Box 1
Race Odds
$1.30
Heat Replay
 
Xylia Allen
Trainer
Jenny Hunt
Owner
Janice Wheeler
Prizemoney
$682,175.00
Last 10 Starts
1411111111
39 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Turanza Bale - Tayah Bale
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $9,475.00 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
72 36 10 11
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
50% 79%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 1 0
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 7 1 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – The champion sprinter/stayer who looks to surpass Miata as Australia’s greatest stakes earner of all time in this race. She was dominant in her heat win and is drawn to take this race out. She will take a power of beating here.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.47 42.47 4.88 5.06
Box 2
Race Odds
$16.00
Heat Replay
 
Zipping Maggie
Trainer
Peter Dapiran
Owner
Hallinan syndicate
Prizemoney
$23,865.00
Last 10 Starts
5513121182
26 Months   Dark Brindle   Bitch   by   Turanza Bale - Natalie Rass
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,705.00 Rating 94
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
14 6 3 2
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
43% 79%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – A youngster who pushed Mepunga Tiara all the way in her heat placing. She is an up-and-comer who could well be a top-line stayer of the future but looks graded up to her ears here. Her place claims look best.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 42.83 5.12 5.12
Box 3
Race Odds
$26.00
Heat Replay
 
Lethal Three
Trainer
Kelly Bravo
Owner
Trident syndicate
Prizemoney
$51,725.00
Last 10 Starts
8516382532
33 Months   Blue   Bitch   by   Velocette - Flushed
Start Fair Running Wide Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,398.00 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
37 8 6 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
22% 54%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 0 2 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 2 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – She is a seasoned top-class campaigner who ran home well in her heat placing behind Xylia Allen and looms as a rough chance in the final. She will need to be even better to salute here and is likely to need a little bit of luck at the first turn.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 42.73 5.06 5.13
Box 4
Race Odds
$7.50
Heat Replay
 
Dyna Willow
Trainer
Steve Collins
Owner
Brendan Wheeler
Prizemoney
$239,610.00
Last 10 Starts
1271311142

37 Months

  Red Brindle   Bitch   by  

Collision

- Horizon Bale
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $5.098.00 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
47 19 7 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
40% 68%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 2 2 2
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 1 0 0
Comments: Tammy Collins (Kennel Representative) – She will definitely be better for the run after last week. She has pulled up well. It is a bad box again for her. Xylia Allen will be the one to beat.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.16 43.20 4.52 N/A
Box 5
Race Odds
$13.00
Heat Replay
 
Zipping Joe
Trainer
Darren McDonald
Owner
Brad Canty
Prizemoney
$62,260.00
Last 10 Starts
2531111331
34 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Bombastic Shiraz - Or Catra
Start Fair Running Middle Finish

Strong

Prizemoney Rating $1,448.00 Rating 86
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
43 17 8 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
40% 72%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 0 0 3
Comments: ARG opinion is – He is very strong conveyance that is likely to need to find a little bit of room early to allow him to unleash his withering run home. He overcame a slight inconvenience early to still score last week in his heat but will need to be quicker to win this one.

 

Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
43.00 43.00 N/A N/A
Box 6
Race Odds
$6.50
Heat Replay
 
Mepunga Tiara
Trainer
Jeff Britton
Owner
B Smth
Prizemoney
$74,390.00
Last 10 Starts
2132532241
31 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Premier Fantasy - Mepunga Opal
Start Good Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $2,254.00 Rating 89
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
33 8 9 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
24% 70%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 1 0
Comments: Jeff Britton (Trainer) – “She is going to have her work cut out. You used to think Xylia Allen could be beaten if she had to come from behind but now Xylia Allen is coming from behind and winning. The dog outside mine loves the fence and crashes to the fence. She will have to get out well to beat him out. We would be really happy if she could run a place.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.72 42.72 4.92 4.92
Box 7
Race Odds
$41.00
Heat Replay
 
Arejay Smokey
Trainer
Bob Iredale
Owner
Boblex syndicate
Prizemoney
$34,057.00
Last 10 Starts
2114371533
29 Months   Blue   Dog   by   Collision - Galactic Diamond
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $851.00 Rating 81
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
40 8 6 9
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
20% 58%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 0 1
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 0 1
Comments: ARG opinion is – He is a reliable beginner who has a good record from outside draws. The key to his race will be where he finds himself after the first turn. He looks to be a genuine outsider here.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 43.07 4.98 4.98
Box 8
Race Odds
$16.00
Heat Replay
 
Zipping Rory
Trainer
Bethany Dapiran
Owner
Hallinan syndicate
Prizemoney
$23,995.00
Last 10 Starts
7411331133
29 Months   Red Fawn   Dog   by   Mantra Lad - Cho Chang
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,200.00 Rating 89
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
20 8 2 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
40% 75%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 1
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 0 1
Comments: ARG opinion is – He can fly the lids at his best and carve out some very rapid times. If he is in front early he may take a power of catching. He is still learning what the game is all about and faces a tough test here but could be the knockout at big odds.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.17 42.93 4.53 5.00
1st Res
Race Odds
$41.00
Heart Replay
 
Galloping Rocky
Trainer
Robert Conway
Owner
R Conway
Prizemoney
$39,600.00
Last 10 Starts
1885672513
34 Months   White and Black   Bitch   by   Vapour Whirl - Disruption
Start Good Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $638.00 Rating 84
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
62 10 9 8
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
16% 44%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 0 1
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: She led easily before struggling over the concluding stages in her heat placing. She will need luck to feature if she jags a start in this final.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 43.21 5.05 N/A
2nd Res
Race Odds
$41.00
Heat Replay
 
Liara Allen
Trainer
Steve Collins
Owner
Janice Wheeler
Prizemoney
$54,955.00
Last 10 Starts
1548761174
31 Months   Fawn   Bitch   by   Surf Lorian - Spiral Bale
Start Slow Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,446.00 Rating 79
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
38 10 4 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
26% 53%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 0 0
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: She looks to be a little out of her depth in this final if she gains a start. I would prefer to see her in something easier at this stage of her career.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 43.16 5.11 5.11

Champion bitch Xylia Allen (1) looks to have the race at her mercy if she can produce her best. If she is parked anywhere near the speed or afforded a good run in transit she should be winning.

Mepunga Tiara (6) looks to be back to her devastating best and will be a force to be reckoned with if she pinches a break in front.

Dyna Willow (4) found trouble in her heat and is second up since April. If she is in the top couple early she could blow this field away at her best.

Zipping Rory (8) has ran time at The Meadows before and could be a rough chance if he can find the front.

Lethal Three (3) is always thereabouts in races like this. She may not be the genuine Group Two winning type but will keep them honest and is one for the exotics.

2014 Group One Maturity Final Preview

The time has come for the 2014 Group One Maturity Champion to be decided. The eventual winner of this age-restricted feature event will join an illustrious list of names on the honour roll. Greyhounds such as Temlee, New Tears, Brett Lee and Hallucinate have won the race. In recent times, it has been taken out by El Grand Senor, Shereen Bale, Barcia Bale and Marcus Joe.

This year’s final is not an easy one by any stretch. Hooksy will start the favourite but there are a number of other chances in the race. Trainer Anthony Azzopardi (who will rug up Shoulders) best summed the race up when he told ARG “it’s not your average Joe race where it’s easy to pick the leader and who will win”.

Here is a look at each of the finalists, including form and trainer’s comments;

Box 1
Race Odds
$8.00
Heat Replay
 
Sisco Rage
Trainer
Darren McDonald
Owner
R Galea
Prizemoney
$45,370.00
Last 10 Starts
5387234622
29 Months   Black   Dog   by   High Earner - Sisco Power
Start Slow Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,008.00 Rating 97
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
45 10 7 8
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
22% 56%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 1 3 0
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 2 1 3
Comments: ARG opinion is - He is drawn where he needs to be but lacks the early speed to go with some of these finalists. He will be flying home at the finish.

 

Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.24 30.00 5.20 5.20
Box 2
Race Odds
$4.40
Heat Replay
 
Shoulders
Trainer
Anthony Azzopardi
Owner
D May
Prizemoney
$19,835.00
Last 10 Starts
1475321122
25 Months   Black   Dog   by   Cosmic Rumble - Bit Stressed
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,653.00 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
12 5 3 1
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
42% 75%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 2 3 1
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 1 0
Comments: Anthony Azzopardi (Trainer) – “It’s a hard race. It’s not your average Joe race where it’s easy to pick the leader and who will win. He’s got a good chance as the dog in box one is slow early so he should find the fence and get a good run into the first turn. He isn’t without a chance. The dog is feeling well. Hooksy will be hard to beat if he begins.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.94 30.20 5.13 5.19
Box 3
Race Odds
$18.00
Heat Replay
 
Take Charge
Trainer
Stephen McKenna
Owner
A Forte
Prizemoney
$48,420.00
Last 10 Starts
2123113432
28 Months   Fawn   Dog   by   Bartrim Bale - Witch Fantasy
Start Good Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,793.00 Rating 94
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
27 10 9 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
37% 85%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 1 4 1
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 2 2 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – Consistent place-getter at The Meadows that has only won one from seven at the track but has been placed on five other occasions. He has early speed so could be amongst the leading pack.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.20 30.34 5.02 5.10
Box 4
Race Odds
$21.00
Heat Replay
 
Lamia Bale
Trainer
Steve Collins
Owner
Paul Wheeler
Prizemoney
$14,905.00
Last 10 Starts
42711546221

25 Months

  Brindle   Dog   by   High Earner - Maple Bale
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,355.00 Rating 92
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
11 3 3 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
27% 64%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 1 3 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 0 2 0
Comments: Tammy Collins (Kennel Representative) – “She has always had the potential and always trialled well, it has just taken her a while to show that in a race. She is drawn okay as she likes to use the middle of the track. Hopefully she will jump again.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.00 30.00 5.06 5.06
Box 5
Race Odds
$15.00
Heat Replay
 
Humphrey Bale
Trainer
Andrea Dailly
Owner
Paul Wheeler
Prizemoney
$60,240.00
Last 10 Starts
1421451731
29 Months   Fawn   Dog   by   Bartrim Bale - Pindari Bale
Start Risky Running Rail Finish

Good

Prizemoney Rating $1,673.00 Rating 94
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
36 11 6 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
31% 58%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
23 7 5 2
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 1 0 0
Comments: ARG opinion is - Been around The Meadows plenty of times and it wouldn’t surprise if he filled one of the placings. He will need to overcome the squeeze draw.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.96 30.19 5.07 5.15
Box 6
Race Odds
$31.00
Heat Replay
 
Grand Legacy
Trainer
Peter Dapiran
Owner
M Dapiran
Prizemoney
$33,755.00
Last 10 Starts
6314121F31
29 Months   Fawn   Dog   by   El Grand Senor - Premier Babe
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,407.00 Rating 97
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
24 7 3 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
29% 58%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 1
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 1 1 0
Comments: ARG opinion is - Performed at his best last week and obviously needs to repeat that to be chance. He has been done no favours by the draw.

 

Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.17 30.17 5.07 5.07
Box 7
Race Odds
$2.70
Heat Replay
 
Hooksy
Trainer
Tanya Auld
Owner
T Auld
Prizemoney
$95,920.00
Last 10 Starts
1111616132
28 Months   Black   Dog   by   Hondo Black - Uno Witch
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $3,837.00 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
25 15 5 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
60% 88%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 1 1 1
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Comments: J Auld (Co-Trainer) -“He needs luck from the wide draw at The Meadows.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.95 30.17 5.08 5.17
Box 8
Race Odds
$3.20
Heat Replay
 
Mepunga Hayley
Trainer
Jeff Britton
Owner
B Smith
Prizemoney
$61,690.00
Last 10 Starts
1111142411
25 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Bekim Bale - Mepunga Harmony
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $3,247.00 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
19 9 1 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
47% 58%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 4 0 1
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 1
Comments: Jeff Britton (Trainer) -“She has done everything right her last two races. She is the sort of dog that once she gets on a roll, she goes well and she is on a bit of a roll at the moment. She is drawn a little further out this week and will need some interference on the inside to cross. She did well last week and she has got to be a chance. If she does happen to win, she deserves it as the field she beat in the semi-final was a quality field. Hooksy will be hard to hold out if he gets a crack at them. If he was sitting in box two, he would be hard to beat.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.01 30..01 5.08 5.08
1st Res
Race Odds
$26.00
Heart Replay
 
Trail Blazing
Trainer
Tina Womann
Owner
Tina Womann
Prizemoney
$24,015.00
Last 10 Starts
5622412323
28 Months   Red Fawn   Dog   by   Trewly Special - Nikita Beriman
Start Good Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $961.00 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
25 7 4 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
28% 56%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 1 3 2
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Will need to improve on his best winning time at the track to be a chance.

 

Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.41 30.12 5.12 5.12
2nd Res
Race Odds
$41.00
Heat Replay
 
Wind Whistler
Trainer
Angela Langton
Owner
Champagne Partnership
Prizemoney
$11,050.00
Last 10 Starts
1366111523
25 Months   White and Black   Bitch   by   Premier Fantasy - Seminole
Start Slow Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $789.00 Rating 92
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
14 4 3 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
29% 71%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 0 3 2
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Slow early but has a strong finish. Not likely to be considered a winning chance if she gets a start.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 30.29 5.28 5.32

The in-form greyhound is Mepunga Hayley (8). Her trainer Jeff Britton has been enjoying a great run of late with his greyhounds (although he did comment to ARG that he has a few handy ones sitting injured in the kennels) and he rates Mepunga Hayley a good chance in the race. If she shows what she has the last two weeks then she is right up there.

Anthony Azzopardi has based some of his kennel down in Victoria and as Azzopardi told ARG, the move has paid off as he now has a finalist in the Maturity. Azzopardi has experienced some cold and wet weather while down in Victoria, with snow falling at times and as he told ARG he can now relate to the TV show “Life Below Zero”. Azzopardi’s finalist is Shoulders (2) and he has taken to The Meadows like the proverbial duck to water. If he gets the room his trainer predicts he will get, he will take some holding out.

Race favourite Hooksy (7) has drawn wide and his trainer has made no secret of the fact that he doesn’t particularly like the draw. Other trainers in the race have also noted that if Hooksy had been boxed on the inside he would have been hard to beat. However, trainers remain wary of Hooksy and know that if he gets a crack at them he will be difficult to contain.

Humphrey Bale (5) is well versed around the track but he will have to overcome the squeeze draw. A fellow ‘Bale’ dog, Lamia Bale (4), is drawn on Humphrey’s immediate inside. Those involved with Lamia Bale have indicated that she trials well and may just be starting to transfer that to her race performances. She is the fastest semi-final winner and can’t be discounted. Bale dogs have recent good history in this race, winning two of the last four Maturity finals.

Sisco Rage (1) has relished the drop back to the 525 metre trip at The Meadows. He is drawn where he needs to be but will need some luck. He will be flying at the finish.

Take Charge (3) and Grand Legacy (6) will both need some luck to feature. Grand Legacy performed at his best last week but hasn’t been done any favours by the draw.

The race jumps at 9:40pm and is race eight on the card. Be sure to tune in and see who takes home the $100,000 prize.

Background To The Maturity Classic

Background to the Maturity Classic

This is arguably the premier restricted age event held in Australia. Yes, superior to the National Derby and the Silver Chief Classic. Just a look through the honour roll of the winners is a walk through a parade of champions. Then you come to those who have failed to win the race, and once again the ‘gems’ just hurtle off the page.

Inaugural Running

The first Maturity Classic was run at Olympic Park on 23 March 1970 and fell to Phantom’s Heir who used box one to full advantage to run 30 5/16 and pick up $1,250. Phantom’s Heir had run second in the Australian Cup a month earlier and went on to win the Geelong Cup.

Distances

It has been contested over 560 yards (511 metres) at Olympic Park (1970-1996), at Sandown Park over 515 metres (1997-1998), 518 metres at The Meadows (1999-2001) and 525 metres since 2002.

When Is The Race Run

In 1970 it was March, then between 1971 and 1975 it was January. Between 1976 and 1981 it was either February or March. In 1982 there were two Maturity Classics finalized, the first in March (won by Wynlee Spirit) and the second in December (taken out by Rocky Pyramid). No race was held in 1983. From 1984 to 1986 the final was in April. Between 1987 and 1999 the final was concluded in either May or June. It was back to April in 2000, then March in 2001 and 2002, before May again became the preferred date from 2003 until 2009. Since 2010 the final has been run in July.

The mixing of the dates has not dented the popularity of the race; just made it harder for owners and trainers to remember when it takes place.

Only Reserves to Win

None.

Biggest Winning Margins

I don’t have full information for all the finals, but of those I am aware of the widest winning margin belongs to Temlee, who won by nine lengths in 1974 (from box one). Satan’s Legend won by six and three-quarter lengths in 1978, Best Of Blue by six lengths in 1989, and Hall’s Northern scored in 2003 by five and three-quarter lengths.

Closest Winning Margins

Executive Class won by just a head in 1992 and Overflow Love won by half a length in 1977.

Most Successful Trainers

Graeme Bate has won five times, with Storm Glade (1985), Hay Dinney (1988), Northern Legend (1995), Shereen Bale (2011), and Barcia Bale (2012). Peter Giles has won twice, with Acacia Dee (2000) and Paddy’s Flame (2008), as has Darren McDonald, with Brett Lee (2001) and Hallucinate (2004) and Jason Thompson, with Run’s House (2007) and Aston Trivett (2009).

Some Beaten Stars

Sylvan Prince (second 1974), Bristol Sue (eighth 1974), Shelley O’Reilly (second 1977), Mile Post (seventh 1977), Belabour Prince (third 1978), Dusty Pogress (unplaced 1978), Rod’s Advice (unplaced 1980), Takbe’s Talent (unplaced 1981), Superstar (second 1982), Eaglehawk Star (unplaced 1984), Freewheeler (second 1988), Hua (second 1989), Sandi’s Me Mum (unplaced 1989), Farmer George (unplaced 1989), Worth Backing (fourth 1992), Dallas Duo (fifth 1992), Big Ginger Boy (third 1995), Cattle Drive (second 1996), Paradise Street (seventh 1996), Chicago Blue (second 1997), Now Running (third 1997), Ringside Fire (fourth 1997), Solve The Puzzle (sixth 1998), Arvo’s Express (sixth 1999), Jack Junior (eighth 1999), Trewking (fourth 2001), Bombastic Shiraz (fourth 2003), Blackjack Tom (fifth 2003), Sun Hero (fourth 2004), Pure Octane (fourth 2005), Nova Surf (dead-heat second 2009), Dyna Forte (eighth 2009), Rewind (third 2011), Kilty Lad (fourth 2011), Dyna Nalin (second 2013) and Hawk alone (third 2013).

Additional Notes

For its first three editions (1970-1972 inclusive) the race was restricted to male greyhounds. Since 1973 it has been open to both males and females.

Graeme Bate trained first and second in 2011 (Shereen Bale and Stefan Bale) and first, second, and sixth in 2012 (Barcia Bale, Desalle Bale, and Dyna Filbert).

Temlee, the winner in 1974, went on to sire Satan’s Legend (1978) and Murchison Champ (1981) while New Tears, the winner in 1987, sired Northern Legend (1995) and Brett Lee, the 2001 victor, sired Hallucinate (2004).

The race has unearthed some tremendous future stayers: Rod’s Advice (unplaced 1980), Pharaoh’s Mask (Won 1986), Northern Legend (Won 1995), Paradise Street (seventh 1996), and Ringside Fire (fourth 1997) being the prime examples.

Past Winners

1970 Phantom’s Heir
1971 Linden Lad
1972 Nulla’s Call
1973 Shan’s Tempest
1974 Temlee
1975 Warranwood Girl
1976 Aaron King
1977 Overflow Love
1978 Satan’s Legend
1979 Marajax
1980 Worthy Weston
1981 Murchison Champ
1982 (1) Wynlee Spirit
1982 (2) Rocky Pyramid
1983 not held
1984 Broken Cup
1985 Storm Glade
1986 Pharaoh’s Mask
1987 New Tears
1988 Hay Dinney
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1998 Adrenalin Storm
1999 Coriole
2000 Acacia Dee
2001 Brett Lee
2002 Rocka Cockatoo
2003 Hall’s Northern
2004 Hallucinate
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2007 Run’s House
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2009 Aston Trivett
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2011 Shereen Bale
2012 Barcia Bale
2013 Marcus Joe

Wentworth Park Greyhounds Tips & Betting Preview July 25th 2014

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Race 1 – 520M Grade 5 Final – 7:17PM

Very open affair to kickstart the night, but I think the strong Big Gee Eye has the favourable draw and he has winning experience at the track in a handy 30.12. He meets a field which has a number of runners who are suspect at running out the trip and if he can get some luck as they head through the first bend, he will surely make his presence felt.

Remember Ross is another with handy 500m form and he really hit the line strongly when winning at Maitland in 25.44. He can be a little slow to begin, but he should be able to find the rails early on and will make his move mid-race. Pure Arrogance is an explosive beginner and will lead for a long way. He had first try at this trip last week and he folded up very quickly, but he will be much better for that effort and should hit the line a little stronger.

Top Four: 8 – 4 – 3 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Big Gee Eye

Boxed Quinella: 3,4,6,8 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 4,6,8/3,4,6,8/3,4,5,6,8 ($27 for 100%)

 

Race 2 – 520M Grade 5 Final – 7:40PM

Billy Bowlegs put it all together at Dapto last week when scoring in a slick 29.78 and if he can get away cleanly he should make light work of this lot. He can make a lot of mistakes in his races but has raced here previously and appears to be getting better and better with every run. He can make a lot of mistakes in his races, so he’s only worth backing if you can get $2.50 or better.

How’s It Rude has scored two impressive Dapto wins in her brief career and should make a big impact in her metro debut. Since going back to back at Dapto she has encountered two luckless runs and she gets her chance to improve from the red draw tonight. Midnight Ripple has broken 30 seconds here on two occasions and if she can gain an ounce of luck early she should be in the finish. She has been missing the kick of late but is much better than that and can improve tonight.

Top Four: 8 – 1 – 6 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 1,6,8/1,6,8/1,2,3,6,8 ($18 for 100%)

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

 

Race 3 – 520M Grade 5 Final – 7:58PM

Gut Wrenching can be very hit or miss at boxrise, but when she steps cleanly she can be brilliant. In late June she pinged the lids and scored a slick 29.91 win here and a reproduction of that performance would most likely put a space in this field, however last week she also showed that she can win her races by coming from off the speed.

Miss Pocano is aiming for a hat-trick of wins and she looks the obvious danger, last week when having her first look at the track she handled herself well and scored an impressive 30.08 win and prior to that she posted a top Dapto win from a wide draw. She has slow beginners drawn either side and that should allow her to get a clear run in the early stages.

Top Four: 2 – 7 – 3 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Gut Wrenching

Trifecta: 2,7/2,7/Field ($12 for 100%)

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

 

Race 4 – 520M Mixed 3/4 – 8:17PM

Very tough race but I think the high promising Lochinvar Impact can get the job done. In recent times he has scored two sizzling wins here, but his last start placing has probably been his most impressive effort. On that occasion he showed good early speed and he went down by less than two lengths to up and coming star Tommy Brislane. He has a keen railer drawn directly underneath tonight and that should allow him to get a clear passage as they head into the first bend.

Push It has been a little disappointing of late but she returns to her favourite track and if she pings the lids like she normally does she will prove hard to reel in. She has just been lacking confidence and with little speed drawn underneath she should get a clear run early and that will allow her to regain some confidence. Raincheck has the good draw and prior to his last start defeat he had been racing in great style at this venue. From the red he should get a nice sit mid race and is quite strong to the line.

Top Four: 6 – 5 – 1 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Lochinvar Impact

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

Trifecta: 5,6/5,6/Field ($12 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1,6/1,6/Field ($12 for 100%)

 

Race 5 – 520M Grade 5 – 8:40PM

Very even race but I think the early pace of Maria’s Impact will be the key to the race. In her two recent wins here she went sub 5.40 on both occasions and a repeat of that would see her find the lead quite easily. She isn’t known for being overly strong but she has recorded 29.85 in one of her victories and that time would see her win this event.

Queen Charlie is the interesting runner, she experienced no luck at all when making her debut here last week but prior to that she had scored some blistering Bathurst and Bulli wins. She will be much better for the experience last week and if she steps cleanly she will make Maria’s Impact work hard for victory. Shanlyn Patch is the only other winning hope. He is ideally drawn out wide and his two wins here have been sub 30 seconds. He doesn’t have the early brilliance of the other two, but will be quite strong in the run to the line.

Top Four: 3 – 4 – 7 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 3,4,7/3,4,7/1,3,4,6,7,8 ($24 for 100%)

Exacta: 3,4/1,3,4,7 ($6 for 100%)

Boxed Quinella: 3,4,7 ($3 for 100%)

 

Race 6 – 520M Non Graded – 8:58PM

Lucy Lobster made her metro debut here last week and really caught the eye with a smart 30.15 victory. That victory gave her a hat trick of wins and she looks like she should have no trouble progressing through the grades. This is a pretty weak event and if she can step on terms she should have sufficient speed to lead and continue on her winning way.

Katie Oi Oi could be the one to cause a boilover. She is normally a reliable beginner and from the red draw she should be able to punch through at the first bend and make the favourite work hard for victory. Elite Arena is the run on dog in the event. She has been racing in great form at Bathurst recently and has a strong record from wide draws. Midnight Rush has loads of talent and he needs to be included in all your exotic bets.

Top Four: 5 – 1 – 8 -2

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 1,5/1,2,5,8/1,2,5,6,7,8 ($24 for 100%)

Exacta: 1,5/1,2,5,8 ($6 for 100%)

 

Race 7 – 520M Non Graded – 9:17PM

There looks to be only three genuine winning chances and they are all drawn inside. Recruitment is an exciting prospect and he looked super impressive when scoring here last week by more than 10 lengths in a smart 30.07. In his brief career he has won four races and amazingly his smallest winning margin has been eight lengths, so he either wins big or loses big. Tonight I’m going with win big. Tautology, who is drawn on his outside, likes to get wide in his races so that should allow him to get a clear passage into the first turn.

Stylish Jenmar has the gun draw and she scored a sizzling 29.82 win here in June. She is a little hit or miss early, but if she can get away on terms she should be right in the mix throughout. Tautology scored a strong 29.95 win here last week and in the process he beat the in form Billy Bowlegs. He is still learning and tends to make a few mistakes but if he is given room in the initial stages he will make an impact.

Top Four: 2 – 1 – 3 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 1,2,3/1,2,3/1,2,3,6,7,8 ($24 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2/1,3,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Exacta: 1,2/1,2,3,8 ($6 for 100%)

Boxed quinella: 1,2,3 ($3 for 100%)

 

Race 8 – 520M Non Graded – 9:40PM

Glad Bag scored a convincing 30.93 Richmond win last week and appears to be getting better with every run. The wide draw should suit him and he takes on a pretty weak line-up. The only concern is that he is having his first look at the track and will need a lot of luck as they head into the first bend. There isn’t a whole heap of early speed drawn underneath him, so he should get every chance to balance up and attack the first turn.

Mohawk Kool looks to be the clear danger, she turned in a big performance when narrowly beaten here a fortnight ago and as I stated earlier, this is a very weak race so she gets her chance. The middle pin is definitely a disadvantage, but she is good enough to overcome it. Low Call has the coveted rails draw and she appears to be the only other winning hope. She has a poor record here but is more than capable when switched on.

Top Four: 8 – 5 – 1 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Glad Bag

Trifecta: 1,5,8/1,5,8/1,2,3,5,7,8 ($24 for 100%)

Exacta: 1,5,8/1,3,5,8 ($9 for 100%)

 

Race 9 – 520M Mixed 4/5 – 9:58PM

Decastella has come up with her favourite draw and I think she can roll the favourite Kool Larocca. Three starts ago she scored a strong 30.09 win here from this draw and a repeat of that effort should see her in the finish again. Her last run is a bit of a concern as she finished well down the track, however if she is 100% fit I’m confident she can get the job done.

Kool Larocca will start a short-priced favourite and although he is a winning chance, I’m not totally convinced. He was a solid winner here last week, but did miss the kick and was stopping quickly in the home straight. He has a bit of speed drawn directly outside tonight, so he will need to do everything right at boxrise. Permanent Guest is the smokey in the event. He has recorded two strong placings here in recent weeks and they have been in strong company. If he can get some luck in the early stages he won’t be far away at the business end.

Top Four: 1 – 7 – 2 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on Decastella and Permanent Guest

Boxed Quinella: 1,2,4,7 ($6 for 100%)

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

 

Race 10 – 520M Grade 5 – 10:17PM

Although she was reeled in late last start, Paula Dawn really caught my eye and I think she can register another victory tonight. After pinging the lids she recorded some very slick sectionals and it took the strong Watto Lotto a long time to get to her and he didn’t exactly rip away from her in the straight. I would expect her to lead again tonight and there doesn’t appear to be anything overly strong in this event.

Supercell is a very hard dog to follow but he is quite brilliant when switched on. If he can ping the lids tonight and settle in the top two he will probably get the cash, however his box manners aren’t great and it’s hard to tip him with any confidence. If he goes round at silly odds its worth taking the risk and backing him. Dancer is a reliable beginner and is never far away in this type of class. I don’t think she can win but she can hold on for a place.

Top Four: 2 – 5 – 3 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 2,5/2,3,4,5/1,2,3,4,5,7 ($24 for 100%)

Exacta: 2,5/2,3,4,5 ($6 for 100%)

Boxed Quinella: 2,3,5 ($3 for 100%)

 

Quaddie

Leg 1: 3,4,7
Leg 2: 1,2,5,8
Leg 3: 1,2,3
Leg 4: 1,5,8

$108 for 100%

 

Best Bet:
Race 4: Lochinvar Impact

Best Roughie:
Race 6: Katie Oi Oi

Laurie Healion Memorial Maiden Semi-Final Preview

Two competitive heats of the Group Three Laurie Healion Memorial Maiden will provide some enticing racing at The Gardens today in Newcastle.

Surfection was the fastest heat winner last week and will step out in semi-final one for local trainer Clifford Clark from a suitable wide draw. Stepping beautifully last Saturday from box four, the son of Surf Lorian and Teenage Dream lead all the way in a flying 29.69 and should get room to move with a slow beginner on his inside. Zipping Amelia is trained by astute mentor Jason Mackay and showed good strength last week to come from behind in a fast 29.84 performance. Lightest Touch was also impressive on debut, winning his heat comfortably by five and a half lengths in a solid time of 29.98.

Effective Miss finished a gallant second behind Zipping Amelia in smart time. The Nathan Auld trained daughter of Cosmic Rumble and Best Percentage jumped brilliantly from box three and is well boxed for a repeat performance in the second semi. Best Honour is the only heat winner in this semi final and should handle the wide alley after showing good early pace last week. He only posted an average time of 30.43, however the Ron Lambert trained youngster can certainly lower his personal best in this affair. Devine Lad began brilliantly last week for local trainer Pat Parelli and has another good box draw that should see him up near the lead early on. Despite getting tired in his heat last week, look for some improvement in the latter stages.

The first four placegetters in each semi-final will move through to next week’s $25,000 to the winner final.

Out Of The Frying Pan, Into …. Where?

Australian wagering has moved on to yet another stage following Racing NSW’ negotiations with online bookmakers and others to ensure they take all reasonable bets. Or so we are assured.

CEO Peter V’Landys has announced the terms of a new deal requiring the online bookies to accept a minimum bet to lose $2,000 on city gallops, or $1,000 on country races, from September 1, 2014. An operator turning over less than $5 million can halve those figures. It applies to Fixed Odds bets and apparently will bind Tabcorp as well.

Under the new agreement bookies will not be able to cancel accounts for successful punters unless there is an integrity issue involved (which introduces a disputable area right away).

Punters who feel hard done by can appeal to Racing NSW, much as occurs with traditional oncourse bookies.

We will await announcements by other jurisdictions and other codes. Racing Victoria has already said it will be watching with interest to see what happens.

The big question is what will happen when the crunch comes if the Darwin bookies are found to be in breach of the agreement.

In the matter of racefield fees Racing NSW theoretically had some leverage in that it could deny access to the primary information – ie a list of runners – using copyright legislation. That was never really tested. From the beginning, the bookies had always agreed to pay a fee and, in fact had appealed to the NSW Racing Minister to allow that to happen. At the time, Racing NSW (and others) did not want a bar of them at any cost. It tried all sorts of avenues to prevent them from starting up, including an appeal to the Commonwealth to declare it illegal. That was denied.

The subsequent High Court argument was never about paying fees, only about how it was calculated. Racing NSW won there, too, as it should. After all, it is the principal and bookies are simply agents or service providers.

The irony of all these goings-on is that racing authorities are now rubbing their hands with glee as the money flows in. Enemies are now best of friends and a once moribund wagering sector was revitalised.

But only for a time. As online bookies gained ground, tote volumes fell away, suggesting amongst other things that the market had been fully exploited under the existing conditions, which included substantial increases in the number of races on offer and the confusion caused by clashing races. In turn, that meant that cracks were appearing in the foundations, particularly for smaller meetings (like greyhound meetings), and the reliability of the tote prices came under pressure. Yet they have been, and still will be, the guiding force for all wagering. The recent boost to Fixed Odds Betting is still based on likely tote prices, erratic or not.

So the online bookies have actually had a mixed influence, varying from good to now questionable.

The pity of it all is that it might be argued that online bookies are now looking at the possibility that they will move from being highly profitable to just normally profitable. Their bet acceptance policies, coupled with high Fixed Odds prices (up to 130% books), form a base for them to achieve very large surpluses, especially when much of their clientele is in the “mug gambler” category. This is clearly why overseas organisations have been paying hundreds of millions of dollar to buy out the local firms.

That last trend has been clearly indicated by GRNSW when it demonstrated that its agreement with online bookies is proving more lucrative under the “share of profits” model than under a commission on turnover. That is the exact opposite of the experience of the big players such as Racing NSW and Racing Victoria, both of which are now tens of millions better off using a turnover base. Obviously, NSW dog punters are not much good at what they do, so bookies are now able to buy a second Roller for the wife.

Perhaps you can take that a bit further. The rapidly increasing use of hand-held devices for wagering can only encourage quickie bets by people without serious racing knowledge. On the run, they would obviously not be able or inclined to study form and odds to any depth, no matter how many apps are made available. The only possible result is a loss over time, and a nice win for the bookies.

And the outcome of gambling on Swedish trots or whatever is a no-brainer. Bookies 1, gamblers 0.

As indicated in earlier columns here, the entire wagering caper has got completely out of hand. The concept of providing useful services to the racing industry is long forgotten, to be replaced by a bank of gambling options similar in shape to the long line of poker machines in your local club and pub. At the same time all power has switched from racing authorities to the wagering sector

An even greater problem is the loss of appreciation of the worth of the greyhound breed. The artificial images on Trackside machines are now little different to the real thing on SKY. Education is light on and so genuine knowledge is scant.

Both trends are manageable but only if governments and racing authorities can see where the failures are and take action to fix them.

As for V’Landys and Racing NSW – good luck to them, but can they make it stick legally? I doubt it. What will happen then? Rafferty’s rules?

(A note. The NT firms have become known as “corporate bookmakers”. In a sense that is correct but it is also confusing as some conventional oncourse bookmakers in the south are also incorporated, but they can do that only between family members because of restrictions imposed by racing authorities. Together with such things as high stand fees and taxes, earlier bans on mobile phones (or any phones) and the inability to set up shop outside a racecourse, these arbitrary policies were the prime causes of the establishment of operations in the NT in the first place. Had the industry been more attuned to the modern world and also less inclined to discriminate in favour of TABs, none of this mess would have come about and the NT would have been left to the crocodiles. Racing has been the loser).

Gun McBain Emerges As SA’s Champion Puppy

On a Thursday night which lacked some of the usual ‘star power’ around the nation, a quality card of racing took place at Angle Park on another cold winter’s night in Adelaide.

Amongst the several high-grade events was the listed Champion Puppy final, which has been a part of the South Australian calendar for many years. Having always been a good guide for future topliners, the 2013 Champion Puppy winner Ernie Bung Arrow went on to reach much greater heights.

Two heats took place last Thursday and three litters would end up producing six of the eight finalists, with the favourite Gun McBain coming from the local Spring Gun x Flame McBain crop. He would line up in the cherry draw for the main event after winning his heat in 30.01 from box five.

Meanwhile, Footluce Diva and Sunday Shoes represented the well-publicised Vapour Whirl x Foot Luce litter, but both needed to improve on previous efforts to steal the $5000 first prize.

Once the bunny was in motion the form from the heats immediately stacked up with Gun McBain flying out of box one. He then gave his rivals a galloping lesson, leading all of the way in 30.02. Trained by Todd Kelly, he brought up win number 11 from only 20 starts and should have a bright future as he works his way through the grades in weeks to come.

Dyna Motley worked home well in the concluding stages to grab second place at lucrative odds, while Coulta Rock snatched third from the winner’s littermate, Gunsmoke McBain. At no stage did any of the chasing brigade come close to knocking off Gun McBain though, who was clearly the classiest runner of the final.

Meanwhile earlier in the night there were plenty of big names around with two Free-For-All races over different distances and also an entertaining mixed grade race over the 600m.

The stayers were the first on show in race three, with Long Gully Surf looking to bounce back to the winner’s list after settling for the minor money in his past four starts. Former Victorian, Defib Daryl, was the obvious danger on paper along with Victa Victoria from box eight, with those three dominating the market.

After a short-lived charge to the first corner, Defib Daryl was able to rail up to find the lead, with the other fancied runners putting in slow beginnings. Despite having an unchecked passage throughout, Defib Daryl started to get weary entering the home straight, but held on gamely to stave off a late charge from Zara Mclaren who got within a length.

Stopping the clock at 43.77, Defib Daryl now stands as a winner of 13 races, with three of those coming from five starts around Angle Park’s 731m trip. Moving to South Australia has been a lifeline for the former Group level stayer, now under the care of Petar Jovanovic.

After a small break, it was middle distance time, with a 3/4/5 grade race pitting the talents of Kim Johnstone’s Wild Soul, who had won four of its past five, against her own mum’s chaser Genghis Kahn, who was undefeated from four runs over the 600m.

Despite the tricky box five, Wild Soul was able to maintain its streak beating Spring Amanda for the second time in a row, in a time of 35.06, with Victa Scott running third.

Genghis Kahn wasn’t able to get a crack at them from box seven and had to settle for fourth on this occasion.

Rounding out the eye-catching races was the Free-For-All sprint over the regular 515m journey. Sidney’s Shadow would start favourite from the widest draw with the talented Wingard the only other runner given any hope with punters.

Despite a lot of shuffling and bumping at various stages during the race, the market reflected reality as Wingard and Sidney’s Shadow drew away in the run to the post. Coming from behind and having to go around runners for the entire trip, Sidney’s Shadow was still able to find enough in reserve to overpower Wingard and record an impressive victory.

The son of Mogambo and Alana Blues now boasts an overall record of 16 wins from 32 starts, and earnings of $36,000 for owner-trainer Cameron Butcher.

Albion Park Greyhounds Tips & Betting Preview July 24th 2014

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Race 1 – 520M Novice – 6.44pm

After last weeks performance at Albion Park, Mister To Us should give these a belting. He was slow to begin but after getting into stride the son of champion stayer Miss Brook and Radley Bale took off and won by a widening 14.5 lengths in 30.06. He’s not the quickest runner in the race though, that honour goes to Velocity Spice, but he is the strongest. As long as he gets clear room to the first turn I expect him to win.

Velocity Spice should ping the lids again and will take catching. Jackson’s Day worked his way across nicely from out wide last start and should get home nicely. Skuzi can gallop and with the right run he can win. But I doubt he’ll get that run, so a place chance looks best for him. Burwana has claims.

Top Four Selections: 1 – 4 – 6 – 2

Suggested Bet:

Trifecta: 1/2,4,6/2,3,4,6

 

Race 2 – Novice 520M – 7.05pm

Big Yellow Taxi gets her best chance yet to win a novice. She’s speedy early and should lead these up. Once in front she looks super hard to beat. Cosmic Boss has obvious talent, but he’s a slow beginner and will need plenty of luck in running. Yessam Tulloch is well bred and his dam has produced some fast 520m types, so expect him to handle the step up in trip. Blue Scorpion and Elisha’s Tan both look hopes so keep them safe.

Top Four Selections: 4 – 1 – 7 – 2

Suggested Bet: Win on Big Yellow Taxi

First Four: 4/1,7/1,2,7,8,9/1,2,7,8,9

 

Race 3 – 5th Grade 520M – 7.22pm

Surely the famous hobby punter of the Northern Rivers Shawn Speeding is due for a change of luck here tonight with his talented dog Kidatee Croc. For two weeks now the money’s been left in the bag with this fellow. But tonight’s assignment is much easier and he’s well boxed. Last chance but it’s his best yet so empty out the piggy banks and keep backing him.

Arctic Star is the form greyhound of the race and will likely fly out and head for home. High And Mighty loves to storm home and is racing really well, if they jam up he can win. Tiny Turner can clear the red runner early and lob along on the rail for fourth.

Top Four Selections: 7 – 4 – 5 – 2

Suggested Bet: Load up on Kidatee Croc.

Trifecta: 7/4/2,5

 

Race 4 – 5th Grade 520M – 7.41pm

This is not a easy race and it will probably pay to leave it alone. But if you must have a go I suggest looking for value. Grin And Win is boxed ok and should represent that value. Outa Tempo has been knocking on the door and with the right run he could get up. Californian Dude is racing is superb fashion, but he takes on some stiff opposition tonight so it makes his job tough. Zipping Mani speared the lids here Monday night, but got very tired. He should strip fitter tonight. Sudoku Rebel has plenty of pace, but needs to ping and run from the get go.

Top Four Selections: 7 – 3 – 6 – 2

Suggested Bet:

Boxed Trifecta: 2,3,5,6,7

 

Race 5 – 5th Grade 520M – 8.05pm

Another one that goes in the too hard basket. There is a genuine case for each runner. When races look this hard I settle on the best boxed runner. Trav’s Fantasy looks that one for me. He has good early pace he’s strong and can run the time it will take to win this race. Melody Serenade has the pink box and if she begins expect her to threaten. Okay Yetta pinged and went like a bomb last start, so if she repeats that she can win. Fred Sealy is racing really well and was unlucky last start after finding early trouble.

Top Four Selections: 1 – 8 – 4 – 5

Suggested Bet:

Boxed Trifecta: 1,3,4,5,8

 

Race 6 – 4th/ 5th Grade 520M – 8.25pm

Love Kills was extremely average last start and looked very flat when running third in his first disappointing run for a long time. I’m prepared to forgive him and stick with this talented dog a second time round. If he is at 110% he’ll run 29.80 odd with ease. Exhibitionist was brilliant last start and finally broke 30.00 in doing so. She’ll hum out and take catching. Chant is another who will spear the lids and looks capable of pushing the fancied picks. Chariots Offiah flew here two starts back in 29.77, but box eight makes life tough. Farmer’s Gold can run but I’ve sacked him! Back at your own risk.

Top Four Selections: 1 – 6 – 7 – 8

Suggested Bet: Win bet on Love Kills

 

Race 7 – Presidents Cup 710M – 8.44pm

The big one for the night and it looks all over if Wag Tail continues to race as she is doing. She’s clearly Queenslands best stayer and only needs to jump and stay out of trouble to win again. Mullaway from box eight is starting to develop into a fine stayer and if he pings and goes he’ll push Wag Tail all the way. Golfing Amy has drawn perfectly and should ping and run. Shoe Laces Lady is a talented dog who had no luck here early last week, so keep her safe.

Top Four Selections: 6 – 8 – 1 – 4

Suggested Bet:

First Four: 6/8/1,4/1,3,4

 

Race 8 – 600m open – 9.08pm

Tricky affair but Abbey Corsair is racing in fine fashion and has the right box to stalk the leaders before running over the top of them. And It’s Gone is drawn really well and should get a great run. Set Her again looks to be getting back to somewhere near her best, whilst Swift opulence and Premier’s Reign look capable of filling fourth.

Top Four Selections: 3 – 1 – 6 – 8

Suggested Bet:

Trifecta: 1,3/1,3/2,6,8

 

Race 9 – Best 8 520M – 9.28pm

Top grade race that will see Flash Reality win again. Cyndie’s Special is racing in super fashion and she can ping and run second. Spirited Flame returns after a spell, so expect this mighty bitch to put a run in. Not Held is racing well and should threaten.

Top Four Selections: 1 – 7 – 4 – 6

Suggested Bet:

Trifecta: 1/6,7/4,6,7

 

Race 10 – 5th Grade 520M – 9.52pm

Tricky affair to finish the night. Walk With Faith has the box and ability to lead all the way, so let’s hope the real deal turns up tonight. Gunspeed is well boxed and should trail the red runner early. Expect him to push her all the way. Intensive Storm will get back and run on and if she’s close enough she should certainly fill third. Blue Den and Shot Of Fear can pop up.

Top Four Selections: 1 – 2 – 3 – 8

Suggested Bet:

Boxed Trifecta: 1,2,3

 

Quadrella

Leg 1: 1,4,5,8
Leg 2: 1
Leg 3: 6
Leg 4: 1,3,6

$12.00 for 100%

 

Best Bet:
Race 3 Kidatee Croc

Best Roughie:
Race 4 Grin and Win

Starlight Delly Does Her Famous Sister Proud In The Breeding Barn

The next generation of “Miata’s” have hit the Cannington racetrack in style, with the champion’s litter-sister Starlight Delly mothering the trifecta in the Winter Maiden Classic last night.

Tureaud was victorious after jumping out of the 530 boxes in the pink rug. He wasn’t the fastest out of the boxes, with sibling Downlight leading the field early from box one. Starlight Delly’s third offspring Romeo’s Comet jumped from box four and went straight to the rails to sit in second position.

The Paul Stuart trained brothers pulled away from Dollstan Star (box two), with Romeo’s Comet taking the lead from Downlight as they pasted the bright yellow Solo sign. It wasn’t long before Tureaud showed his strength, running over the top of Romeo’s Comet with ease winning in a race record time of 30.51. Romeo’s Comet and Downlight finished second and third respectively, with Christine Robartson’s Expect A Guess storming home in the yellow rug to fill fourth place.

“I had the most confidence in Mr T (Tureaud) coming into the race, at this stage he is the best one!” Trainer Paul Stuart explained.

“They all went good. It’s a great sign of their improvement and they ran accordingly, about as good as what they are.”

The son’s of Kinloch Brae – Starlight Delly had just three starts to their names, all being wins. Tureaud continued his unbeaten streak by taking out the Winter Maiden Classic as well as pocketing $7,520 in prize money, plus $750 in WESTCHA$E bonus’ for owner trainer Paul Stuart.

Tureaud first turned heads at Cannington in his qualifying trial three weeks ago when he stoped the clock at 30.56, a best of the night performance. The following week in his maiden the 30-kilo dog produced another best of the night performance clocking 30.37.

“He is doing everything right at the moment but he still has a long way to go. His times aren’t sensational and he can only keep improving, he is definitely going in the right direction though.”

“I have the feeling he will be able to run over 600 and 700.”

When choosing a sire for his beautifully bred bitch Starlight Delly (Bombastic Shiraz – Winsome Bluebird), Stuart was aiming for a number of characteristic including a need for the rails as well as strength when he chose Kinloch Brae.

“He is an outcross and I wanted to do an outcross with her first. He was performing well in Ireland with some pretty strong dogs.”

“He was also a real mad railer and she was a bit of a wide runner so I wanted to compensate for that and so far it has seem to have worked, most of them seem to rail pretty well.”

The sister to champion Miata now has three litters of pups on the ground, her eldest litter sired by Kinloch Brae, the second litter to Barcia Bale and most recently she went to Brett Lee.

“I went to Barcia Bale to get a bit of speed. He was freaky dog and he had a great temperament. I used Brett Lee simply because he is the best sire in the world.”

“I am happy with how she is producing, you couldn’t be disappointed and I would call her successful now as a breeder. She had a litter of 10 and they all look to be able to win races. She has thrown some strong dogs for over here.”

Sandown Park Greyhounds Tips & Betting Preview July 24th 2014

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Race 1 – 515M Grade 5 – 7:08PM

Hold On Wincup has been racing in consistent style of late and he led for a long way when placed here last week. In last week’s event he was unlucky due to the fact that See Him First was able to settle so close to the speed. There isn’t a whole lot of depth in this event tonight and if he can begin like he did last week he should be able to lead from go to whoa at nice odds.

Santa’s Special could be the value in the race. She is perfectly drawn out wide and when on song is blessed with loads of ability. She has a tendency to be unreliable but if she goes around at double figure odds then she is worth having a saver bet on. Miss Penguin hit the line hard when scoring here on Sunday in 29.76 and if she can get a clear run in the early stages she should make her presence felt. She is better suited to a rails draw but does appear to be well graded in this event. Allen Kessel rounds out the winning hopes. He has the good draw but I’m not convinced that he has enough early dash to hold them out early.

Top Four: 3 – 7 – 8 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on Hold On Wincup and Santa’s Special

Boxed Quinella: 1,3,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

Exacta: 3,7,8/1,3,7,8 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 3,7,8/1,3,7,8/1,3,4,5,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

 

Race 2 – 595M Grade 5 – 7:25PM

Dyna Glinda is a promising chaser who hasn’t been experiencing a lot of luck over the 500m journeys of late. In her recent racing she has been slow to begin but powering to the line and that gives me every indication that she should have no trouble with covering the extra distance. Although being slow to begin, her early sectionals haven’t been that bad and that should allow her to settle much closer to the speed in tonight’s event. If you can get around the $6.50 or better that is great value.

Rinash has been in good form over the 515m journey here recently and should have enough early speed to lead tonight’s event. He isn’t overly strong in the final 50m but he should have built up a big enough lead to feature in the finish. Rumero Reason is much better than his recent form reads and he is drawn to get the gun run. He has been racing in much stronger company and is sure to appreciate the drop in class. Aeroplane Cindy is likely to start short odds but I think she is very risky tonight. From the middle pin she is likely to get squeezed out early and will need all the breaks. Hession Boots is the run on dog and he is back to a more suitable journey tonight. He could be a great dog to plonk for third and fourth in your exotics.

Top Four: 4 – 2 – 1 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on Dyna Glinda and Rumero Reason

Boxed Quinella: 1,2,4,7 ($6 for 100%)

First Four: 1,2,4/1,2,4/7/Field ($30 for 100%)

First Four: 1,2,4/1,2,4/Field/7 ($30 for 100%)

 

Race 3 – 515M Grade 5 – 7:44PM

Yakamov Bale is armed with sizzling early speed and he gave a great sight when placed here last week. Tonight’s event doesn’t feature a lot of early pace and he should have no trouble crossing in the early stages. His last 50m is always suspect but if he can reproduce last week’s effort that should be enough to see him snag the prize.

Dello Bale has the good draw and he should start a short priced favourite. He has a tremendous record from this draw and over this track and trip, however his box manners can sometimes let him down. Provided he doesn’t get shuffled too far back he should make his presence felt. Dyna Geldof is pretty classy on his day and he is one of the few in this race which possess early speed. I don’t think he can hold out Yakamov Bale but he should settle just off him early and he will make him work overtime for victory. Stylish Shazz has some nuisance value, she is poorly drawn but her lack of speed should be able to help here. If she can miss the kick she should be able to cross to the rail easily and she should be able to save a lot of ground off the back straight.

Top Four: 7 – 1 – 3 – 2

Suggested Bets:

First Four: 1,3,7/1,2,3,7/5/Field ($45 for 100%)

First Four: 1,3,7/1,2,3,7/Field/5 ($45 for 100%)

Win bets on Yakamov Bale and Dyna Geldof

Boxed Quinella: 1,2,3,7 ($6 for 100%)

 

Race 4 – 515M Mixed 4/5 – 8:08PM

The champ Keybow makes his return to the track after three weeks off and from the red he should make light work of this lot. Two starts ago he set the track alight with a scorching 29.57 Wentworth Park win and if the track is in good condition he should give the 29 second barrier a little nudge. You will be asked to take very short odds so it’s best to anchor him up front in your exotic bets.

Lektra Hawk was pretty unlucky here last week and if he can step on terms he should be in the mix for most of the trip. Obviously he can’t match Keybow but he is good enough to fill the quinella spot and he should be good value for the place. Al Moran can show early speed at times and if Keybow steps cleanly he should be able to get a nice trail behind the favourite. His last 30m isn’t overly strong but he should have enough in the tank to run a drum.

Top Four: 1 – 7 – 2 – 4

Suggested Bets:

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

Trifecta: 1/2,4,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

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

Boxed Quinella: 1 to rove with 2,4,7 ($3 for 100%)

 

Race 5 – 715M Grade 5 – 8:28PM

Shall She Rock has been crying out for the staying trip and she should be able to atone for her luckless effort at Cranbourne over 699m last week. In her debut staying effort, she bombed the start and found herself a long way back early but what caught my eye was her ability to still hit the line after having her momentum stopped on a number of occasions. If she can get away a little better tonight she should be in the mix a lot earlier and will be able to put on a dominant display.

He Isn’t Really looks the obvious danger. He is making his staying debut and his last start win at The Meadows over 600m gave me every indication that he should have no problem getting the journey. He finds himself in a race with a heap of starters that can’t run out the trip so he should get every chance to feature. Sir Gazza has been placed in his only try over this trip and although his form isn’t flashy he should be able to regain some confidence. Unix Bale is the interesting runner. She had indicated that she was looking for this journey but at The Meadows last Saturday she burnt along in the lead and fell in a hole quickly, if she can rate herself a little better in front she may show some improvement.

Top Four: 8 – 7 – 4 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Shall She Rock

Trifecta: 7,8/7,8/Field ($12 for 100%)

Trifecta: 4,7,8/4,7,8/Field ($36 for 100%)

Exacta: 7,8/2,4,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

 

Race 6 – 515M Grade 5 Final – 8:52PM

Very even final and I think the early speed of Quick Succession should help her grab victory. Last week she began cleanly and showed a great turn of foot before hitting the first marker in 5.07, a repeat of that effort would see her lead easily again. The most impressive part of last week’s win was that after burning early she still had enough in the tank to post a fast 29.63. From the middle pin you might be able to get a little more value at Centrebet.

Grubby is racing in devastating form and he has three of five starts from this draw. His first section was a length off the fastest and that should allow him to settle close to the speed again tonight. See Him First showed his best form for a while in his heat and he really powered to the line. From the wide draw he will need everything to go his way but he is too good to dismiss. Hostile is probably the most gifted chaser in the event, however he has done his best racing when drawn closer to the rails.

Top Four: 3 – 1 – 7 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Quick Succession

Boxed Quinella: 1,3,7 ($3 for 100%)

Exacta: 1,3/1,3,5,7 ($6 for 100%)

 

Race 7 – 595M Grade 5 Final – 9:11PM

Quality middle distance final and I think the box draw will play a major role in the result. Agent Jack proved that the step up in distance was no problem when scoring a dazzling 34.18 heat win here last week and from the red he should get every chance to repeat the dose. His first section of 9.14 was easily the fastest of all the finalists and his run home time was quite strong also, with this being the case he should be able to lead from go to whoa.

Echelonic Action showed tremendous improvement when scoring here last week in 34.55, after a slow start he worked his way through the field before powering to the line to post a convincing victory. His box manners are always a concern but he should be able to follow Lunar Tom across in the early stages. Lunar Tom is the interesting runner, in his heat he wasn’t able to lead and therefore he was never going to go past the leader. He is a big time non-chaser but if he happens to ping to the front he should be able to show his best form. The last 40m is still a worry, but if he is on the bunny and chasing he will prove hard to reel in.

Top Four: 1 – 7 – 6 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 1/2,6,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

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

Quinella: 1 to rove with 2,6,7 ($3 for 100%)

 

Race 8 – 515M Free For All – 9:35PM

Marcus Joe is aiming for a hat-trick of wins and if he can get away on terms he should be able to get the job done. Since returning from a spell he has won two of his three starts with the latest being here in a sizzling 29.34. On that occasion he sat just off the speed and hit the line strongly, tonight’s event doesn’t feature a whole lot of early speed and he should be able to cross and settle in the first two again.

Dream It was a tad disappointing at The Meadows on the weekend when finishing third but his form prior had been strong and he seems to race better at this venue. He has a slow beginner drawn on either side which should allow him to get a clear run to the first bend and if he gets through the first turn unscathed he will surely make his presence felt. Awesome Project is obviously a chance. Surprisingly he was run down here last week but he should be a lot better for that run. Clone Your Own, who reeled in Awesome Project last week, isn’t really suited in tonight’s event. He is desperate for the outside and he is likely to find too much trouble as they head for the first turn.

Top Four: 7 – 2 – 5 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Marcus Joe

Trifecta: 2,7/2,3,5,7/2,3,5,7,8 ($18 for 100%)

 

Race 9 – 715M Grade 5 – 9:55PM

Blinker’s On is making his much anticipated staying debut and he finds himself in quite a weak race. Being a slow beginner, the first 50m is obviously very crucial to his chances but if he can get a fairly clear run in the early stages he should put them to the sword as they head off the back straight. He is no certainty to run out the trip, but his efforts here over the 595m journey suggest that he should have no trouble covering the extra ground.

Looby Lu has struggled in her previous two staying attempts, however tonight she faces a significant drop in class. She is normally a very reliable beginner and I would expect her to establish a massive lead mid race. Obviously the last 60m is still a concern but the lack of depth in tonight’s race will allow her to get a much cheaper lead and therefore run out the journey a little stronger. Zipping Makka looks the obvious one to fill the minor end of the money. He is well drawn out wide and should also appreciate the drop in class.

Top Four: 2 – 7 – 8 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 2/3,7,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2/3,7,8/3,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

Boxed Trifecta: 2,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

 

Race 10 – 595M Mixed 4/5 – 10:12PM

This race looks to be a race in two between likely leader Especially and the powerhouse chaser My Bro Fabio. I’m going with the early speed of Especially. In her two recent runs here she has shown explosive early speed and in her latest effort she was only nabbed right on the line. Obviously she will have to lead clearly again, but other than Frank Furter there isn’t any other chaser that can match her early brilliance.

My Bro Fabio is an enormous talent and his recent 29.79 Meadows win was breathtaking. He will need a lot of luck as they head into the first turn from the wide draw, but if he can settle mid pack he will be in the finish. Mystic Twist could be the smokey in the event. She has scored some strong wins here over 515m and gives every indication that the step up in distance should suit. She has a wide runner drawn directly outside and that should allow her to get a clear passage in the early stages.

Top Four: 2 – 7 – 3 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 2,7/2,7/Field ($12 for 100%)

Exacta: 2,7/2,3,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

 

Race 11 – 515M Grade 5 – 10:32PM

Dyna Nico is a very reliable beginner and appears to be getting better and stronger with every run. She had been leading good fields and folding up late in her races, but at her last start she showed that she had found quite a fair bit. After stepping cleanly she posted quick sectionals before scoring in a very zippy 30.15 at The Meadows. If she can repeat that effort tonight she should get the cash again.

Baron Bling has been racing in great style and he is aiming for four in a row. The only concern with him is that his past three victories have been from wide draws. His box manners aren’t great but he does have a great turn of foot and if he gets some room early he should be able to make an impact. Dyna Fancy is a reliable beginner and has been racing in very consistent style. I would expect her to be matching motors with Dyna Nico early on. To win she would have to cross her in the first 80m and I don’t think she can, however she will be in the mix early and therefore she must be included in your exotic bets.

Top Four: 5 – 3 – 7 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 3,5,7/3,5,7/1,2,3,4,5,7 ($24 for 100%)

Exacta: 3,5,7/1,3,5,7 ($9 for 100%)

Boxed Quinella: 1,3,5,7 ($6 for 100%)

 

Race 12 – 515M Grade 5 – 10:52PM

Billy Rocket has won three of his eight tries here and showed his true ability with a slick 30.01 Meadows win recently. He has a bit of speed drawn outside, but if he gets away on terms he should be able to settle on the heels of White Spyro and be able to burn her off as they head off the back straight.

Allen Malik is a big talent and he hasn’t been racing with a lot of luck in recent times. He has been bombing the start recently and therefore finding bother soon after box rise. Tonight he has a keen railer drawn directly underneath and that should allow him to get a little more room in the early stages. White Spyro is a great place hope. She is expected to lead for a long way, but it is likely she will get a stitch in the closing stages. It may be worth anchoring her for third and fourth in your exotic bets.

Top Four: 2 – 5 – 4 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 2,5/2,3,4,5/2,3,4,5,7,8 ($24 for 100%)

Exacta: 2,5/2,3,4,5 ($6 for 100%)

Boxed Quinella: 2,4,5 ($3 for 100%)

 

Quaddie

Leg 1: 4,7,8
Leg 2: 1,2,3,5,7
Leg 3: 1
Leg 4: 2,5,7

$45 for 100%

 

Best Bet:
Race 3: Yakamov Bale

Best Roughie:
Race 10: Mystic Twist

This Week In Greyhound Racing History

JULY

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Jewel Stand, the first long distance ‘star’ of racing behind a mechanical lure, set a new track record time of 53.6 for the 920 yards (841 metres) at the Epping (Harold Park) course in 1927.

Playgirl Bonnie won the 1987 Laurels Classic (511 metres, Sandown Park) by five and a half lengths from Summer Jade and running a race record 30.57.

Just Winsome defeated Winsome Min by three lengths in the 2005 Young Star Classic (520 metres, Wentworth Park) with Queen Cleopatra two lengths away third.

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Chariot Charm defeated by Billy Vee (Victoria) by half a head with Best Sun four lengths away third in the 1965 National Derby, run over 580 yards at Wentworth Park.

Elite State set a new race record time of 29.97 for the 520 metres trip at Albion Park in taking out the 2003 Winter Carnival Cup by almost four lengths from Happy Chappy and Robust Character.

The 2004 Young Star Classic (520 metres, Wentworth Park) fell to Eiffella who defeated Paua To Burn by one length with Miss Bekkie Lee eight lengths away third. Eiffella ran 30.22 to snare the $15,000 first prize.

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South Australian champion stayer Yodel High took out the 1974 Gabba Thousand, run over 895 metres at the Gabba, running 54.52 and defeating the likes of NSW stayers Captain Winter (third) and Valodia (fourth).

Brilliant sprinter New Tears ran 23.38 to set a new track record for 420 metres at Tweed Heads in 1987.

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General Jeff defeated Big Pinch by three lengths in a match race contested over 530 metres at Wentworth Park in 1980. General Jeff ran 30.89 on a wet track and picked up $7,000 for the success. This was his first run back from a 12-week spell.

Bye Bye Bucks downed Ritza Ryder by five and a half lengths to win the 2012 Dapto Megastar (520 metres). Bye Bye Bucks ran 29.75 against a top-class field which included El Brooklyn (fourth), Billy The Sid (fifth) and Glen Gallon (sixth).

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The 1959 Interstate Invitation took place over 675 yards at North Melbourne and was taken out by NSW contestant Town Ghost who scored by two and a half lengths from Dashing Ros (Victoria) with Oak Queen (Tasmania) eight lengths away third and Idle Mate (Victoria) fourth and last.

Buka Sunset won the 1987 Victoria Bitter Trophy (Olympic Park, 511 metres), defeating Hot Spell by three and a half lengths in 29.94 for trainer Alec Reid.

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Sky Hazzard won the 2007 AWM Distance Title (725 metres, Meadows) by a neck from Cash In Transit with Miss Grub three-quarters of a length away third. Sky Hazzard returned in 2008 and won the event again to become the only greyhound to take the race twice.

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Blackliner overcame box six to take out the 1972 Laurels Classic at Sandown. This was the last run over 507 metres (555 yards). Blackliner earned $3,300 first prize money, and defeated Shirley Opal by a length and a half.

The Ron Ball-trained Mr Metz took out the 2010 Dapto Megastars (520 metres) by half a length from Certain Magic with Fedex third.

Lessons From The Farm

“If we don’t tell people how carrots are grown they will make up their own stories”. So says the owner of KALFRESH, a southeast Queensland grower, after looking for ways of improving profitability and deciding to launch the farm’s first open day. Expecting just a handful, the first event attracted 100 people, then grew to a thousand or more in later episodes, all related on the ABC’s Landline program.

The farm now charges $5 for a help-yourself barbeque, a tour of the automated processing factory and free access to the fields to pick carrots. The kids love it and families are thronging in from Brisbane and the Gold Coast, tourists and locals alike.

It brings to mind an open day conducted for charity a few years ago at Rocky Ridge stud farm near Gosford in NSW, where some 2,000 visitors turned up to marvel at all the fancy gear as well as the greyhound breeding stock. People love to learn about something new or unusual. The greyhound industry was the winner.

More generally, this sort of marketing theme usually has win-win overtones as it not only advances knowledge of the greyhound but also does wonders for the farm or the attraction itself.

Anyway, carrots are well within its grasp as the Mugavin-Brown combine near Warrnambool has long been famous for both dogs and carrots. There will be other examples if we look for them.

More of this and biased programs like the ABC’s anti-racing segment on its 7:30 Report and the one-sided reporting by the Sydney Morning Herald would not get off the ground. They would be put in proper perspective.

ROOM TO MOVE

So many of our tipsters’ comments about dogs are headed “given early room to move” that it is a wonder that the industry has not done more to allow that to happen. In fact, it often does the reverse.

In the last decade, NSW spent over $500k supposedly to rebuild the Dapto track. In practice, they did little more than change the loam. What they did retain was a set of 520m boxes jammed up against the line of the running rail, thereby forcing inside dogs to veer to the right after the jump, creating more confusion. That and a poor first turn contribute its position as one of the two most disruptive tracks in Australia. The recent rebuild of the Goulbourn track did much the same thing. Inside runners have to follow a snake-shaped course after the jump, while many dogs cannot hold the home turn. Another half a million or so poorly spent.

Queensland trainers have consistently called for improvements to the bend starts at both Albion Park and Ipswich, noting that the dangers were forcing them to take youngsters to northern NSW tracks to avoid bad experiences (a bit of frying pan and fire there?). Over 15 years or so, partly as an employee of the old QGRA at the time, I wrote formally on several occasions to the authority pointing out the problems and possible solutions at those tracks. To date I have yet to receive an acknowledgement of that correspondence, let alone an answer. (Disclaimer: QGRA later sacked me because I wrote that the state should get used to Betfair being around because that was what customers wanted. Apparently, the board did not like Betfair. Remember those days?).

Victoria not long ago finished a statewide program of replacing most middle distance trips at provincial tracks with 650m events (Sandown had also installed one). In every case these produced diabolical bend starts, mostly worse than the ones they replaced. All these increased the bias against outside dogs and promoted more interference. In essence, they became 4-dog races.

Then, to cap it all, WA has just announced it has firmed up the layout for the Cannington replacement (due in mid-2015) but it includes a bend start for the 600m trip – “across the apex” as RWWA termed it. In other words, they are doing specifically what works badly at almost every other track in the country. Some sort of mysterious mind blockage must exist in the industry for this to continue to happen. It runs against the interests of all involved – dogs, trainers, punters, the club and the industry’s image – and enhances the case being put by small but noisy numbers of anti-racing campaigners. It’s madness, sheer madness, especially as alternatives exist.

Anyway, let’s start another ball rolling. One possible aid to any start, not just those on bends, would be to re-engineer all the boxes so that more room is available to all in that vital first few metres. Why not put more space between each box, or perhaps at least between 3 and 4, as well as between 6 and 7, and make the overall box structure a good 1m to 2m wider. By doing that at least some of the interference would be reduced, allowing more dogs to do what they like to do.

Yes, it would cost a lot of money but it would be worth every cent if it succeeded in doing a better job. At the very least an experiment would be worthwhile running at one selected track.

It would also constitute a valuable start to a nationwide study of the art of track design. Why not write in with your suggestions?

Oh, I said Dapto was the second worst track in the country. The worst? By some margin, Ipswich. It has a horrible bend start for the 431m trip and a flat first turn for 520m dogs – the former contributing to the latter. Both faults are easily fixed, and for a modest amount of money. Just shift the 431m boxes and re-shape the turn. Fixing Dapto is different. You would first need to bulldoze the entire site, on and off the track. But if it helps the industry, why not?

PS: A side note. I would be happy to turn the first sod in rebuilding Dapto. Many years ago, as a kid, Dapto was the first provincial track I ever attended. First, you would ring the club to see if the meeting was still on or rained out. Then, after buying a deFax guide near Central station, you would catch the 5pm steam train out of Sydney, arriving comfortably prior to the first race. After the last, the club organised a charter bus to take us back to Sutherland station in Sydney’s south, where we could connect with the city’s electric train service to our desired destination. You would be lucky to get home by 1am. There was no TAB then, of course, but if you squint a bit those AWA tote windows look exactly the same now as they did then. Ditto for the track, save that loam has replaced the grass.

PS2: Val Anglim’s dog shop in Devonshire St where you bought that deFax guide (a roneoed set of pages stapled in the top left hand corner) later turned into a newspaper shop selling Melbourne’s Gold Guides as well. It has changed hands a couple of times since and is now run by a Korean family. Sadly, hard copy formguides are no longer there, outranked by SKY and the internet. The steam train has gone, as has the charter bus, but from the track you can catch sight of the freeway which now delivers fans and dogs from the Sydney region. The racetrack is still much the same, a memorial to the past, and the “Dapto Dogs” is still part of the lexicon.

John Frewin Fined $150 For Non-Arrival

Offence:

Failure to present the greyhound Elite Watch for its engagement at the Warrnambool Greyhound Racing Club meeting on the 19th of June, 2014.

Report:

Stewards on the 18th of July 2014 conducted an inquiry into an incident that occurred at the Warrnambool Greyhound Racing club meeting on the 19th of June, 2014 where the greyhound Elite Watch failed to be presented for its engagement in race six.

Stewards heard evidence from the trainer of Elite Watch, Mr. John Frewin, and registered trainer Mr. Keith Lloyd.

After hearing the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Frewin with a breach of GAR 86(o) in that he failed to present the greyhound Elite Watch for its engagement at the Warrnambool Greyhound Racing Club Meeting on the 19th of June, 2014, which in the opinion of stewards was negligent.

Mr. Frewin pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Stewards found Mr. Frewin guilty and fined him the sum of $150.

In determining penalty stewards took into account Mr. Frewin’s outstanding record over 41 years in the industry.

RIP Elektra – One Of The All Time Greats

One of Australian Greyhound Racing’s true great stayers passed away today. Elektra was one of the true champions of the modern era and will be greatly missed.

ARG was lucky enough to catch up with her proud owner and long term friend Philip Lenehan to discuss the life and career of an all-time favourite.

“There was two stages to her career. Firstly was her time with Bate and then post-Bate with Keith Harding in WA. It’s funny, Batesy (Graeme Bate) actually announced her retirement to GRV and NGF and looked silly when we sent her to WA. He wasn’t real happy when I pulled her out of retirement, but we thought she would be suited going around the one track consistently at Cannington. She won the Galaxy and was the 2008 WA greyhound of the year, so I think the decision was justified.”

Philip, or Red Eye to his mates, laughed whilst telling a story involving ARG’s own Kevin Pitstock.

“Kevin trialled her one night at Warrnambool before she had raced. He had a black bitch that was similar and we had everyone convinced she was Kevin’s bitch Pitch n Putt. One of Warrnambool’s large punters backed Pitch n Putt off the map at Horsham and of course she ran nowhere.”

“The funny thing is that the plan worked beautifully until we backed her at her first start for a fair whack. Batesy was training for us at the time and had one in the race of Wheeler’s. It was also having its first start and we were told it was just a dog. It had box one and was Dyna Redbull and bolted in. We later found out that Batesy had put a lazy $800 on his and was too smart for us. Dyna Redbull went on to win over 90k in prizemoney. The shame was that 450m was too short for her, or else we might have had the last laugh.”

Whilst speaking to “Red Eye” the passion was obvious when discussing Elektra.

“Jill basically ran the show. She would always bark at strangers and was always a bit different. But we loved her regardless and loved having her around the place. She would just roam and enjoy the property daily. She started everything with the Lektra name and really put our name back on the map.”

When I asked Red Eye what his favourite memory was of this superstar bitch, the answer surprised but made perfect sense.

“It was before the 2006 Sandown Cup final and we were first reserve. Texas Gold was scratched and I was training her myself and was in my first and only group one race as a trainer. Darren McDonald offered 25k and then Dennis Trewin chimed in with a 30k offer before the final and we really ummed and arred about it. My dad wanted to sell, but we decided that we would keep her and the rest is history.”

Elektra wasn’t the only talented bitch to come out of the Primo Uno-Natural Class litter, with the highly talented Speedy Lino also flying the flag for the litter.

“Speedy Lino was meant to be Speedy Uno and the GRV couldn’t read my shithouse handwriting. Everyone wondered where the Lino came from and when she won 80k in prizemoney I didn’t care what she was called. We actually ended up calling one of the others in the litter Speedy Uno and I got my wife Sue to write the papers.”

When we look at a bitch of the ilk of the great Elektra we are instantly drawn to the breeding barn and what she has thrown and what the remainder of the line can produce.

“Lektra Jay was the best of the racedogs. Lektra Radiant also had a lot of ability and Lektra Johnson was a favorite of ours. Elektra and her pups cracked a million in prizemoney and we hope the line can continue. Lektra Scarlett has had a litter to Cosmic Chief and we are hoping that she might carry on the flag for her mum.”

When asked what the favourite Elektra run was, Red Eye was definite and instant.

“The Galaxy win and the racecall when she crossed the line sent tingles up my spine. She could do it and she did.”

Watch the replay below and remember one of the all-time greats who is still locked in the top echelon of prizemoney earners in Australian Greyhound Racing history. RIP champion.


Elektra In One Of Her Scintillating Wins – 2008 Galaxy (3)

Greyhound Betting Tips Monday 21st July

Albion Park

Race 4 – 520M 5th grade – 7.41pm

Wilby Special is a talented type who I have been following for a few months now. He was dropped back to short course racing for a period there, but had limited success. He is being stepped back up to 520M racing once again tonight and from box one he looks a huge chance in this race. Summer’s Bug has enormous early toe and is likely to fire out. Rainbow Rex is racing poorly at present but he’s too good to leave out, so keep him very safe. Willy Be Topps does race well here but needs a clear run throughout. It might pay to work out a few different bets in this race. It’s a tricky affair with stayers and short course dogs engaged.

Top Four Selections: 1 – 5 – 3 – 6

Suggested Bet:

Win on Wilby Special

Trifecta: 1/3,5,6/3,4,5,6 $8.00 for 100%

Best Bet:

Race 4 Box 1 Wilby Special

Best Roughie:

Race 6 Box 4 Lucy’s Law.

Angle Park

Race 6 – 515M – 8.12pm

Screamin and Kalden Blanco look the only two hopes in this race. Both dogs were solid here last start and both appear to be well boxed. Screamin did show great early toe and mid race pace, but struggled in the run to the line. Kalden Blanco on the other hand finished her race off quiet well and will only need to lob handy to push Screamin all the way. Third and fourth place look quite hard to sort out. Crash Dooley, Penn Bale and Maysoon Kahn look likely to fight out the remaining placings.

Top Four Selections: 8 – 6 – 7 – 4

Suggested Bet:

Boxed Exacta: 6,8

Trifecta: 6,8/6,8/1,4,7

Best Bet:

Boxed Exacta Race 6 – 6,8

Best Roughie:

Race 9 Box 1 Phil De Magic

Victoria Coursing Club Comes To Lang Lang

This Sunday we headed down the South Gippsland Highway to Lang Lang, home of this year’s Waterloo Cup. Today it was all about the Victoria Coursing Club conducting their meeting at the Lang Lang track and a huge thanks must go out to the Lang Lang Coursing Club committee and volunteers for once again providing an excellent day of racing with only a couple of minor hiccups along the way. The V.C.C. are our oldest coursing club who previously conducted their meetings at the Geelong Racecourse, but after changes a few years back they found themselves looking for a new home which they are still trying to find. We are hopeful that some Crown Land will turn up somewhere so a new track can be developed.

The day started out a tad foggy but all was well and we kicked off the first event just after 10am. The first event was the 2014 VCC Cup and the final this afternoon was finally taken out by the David Dawson trained Shifty Mifty, who has made it thru to the final on her last three attempts and has got the winners prize in the last two, so a great effort by a bitch who not too long ago had a litter of pups. Well done Shifty! Runner-up today in this event was the Wayne Gray trained Why Not Oscar, a great effort by both greyhounds and I’m sure I can see the sparkle and glory of the Waterloo Cup in your eyes.

We then had the Little River Hotel All Aged Stake. This event was won by Texan for Karen Leek and the runner up was Liz Alister’s Holy’s Pride. In the final Texan showed his strength and came home a tad better to get the prize.

The first of the Dog Maidens had the Irish eyes smiling when Choco Rocco was first past the post for Thomas O’Donovan, proving too good today for Geraldine Debono’s Bolt Me Down. Dog Maiden No. 2 brought the first of four winners for the Westerlo camp when Captain Bling was too good for the John Barlow trained See The Power.

Next up was the first of our Maiden Bitch events and we saw a great display of the older dog showing the young one a thing or too when Del Vigor’s Lily Quist, who at the grand age of 5 and ¾ showed she was a force to be reckoned with, getting her nose past the post first over Maddi Gari trained by Owen Fraser at Devon Meadows. Congratulations Lily Quist on breaking your Coursing Maiden status! Better late than never don’t you agree?

The second Maiden Bitch event was won by a young bitch, Chloe’s Hand, trained locally at Nyora by Donna Dean. She defeated Dee Diamond, another of Dave Dawson’s team.

We then moved onto our Derby Trials having received a grand total of 36 nominations for this event I for one am looking forward to the Derby in a couple of weeks time !

Derby Trial No. 1 was taken out by Jim Redenbach’s Direct Hit and what a beautiful looking dog he is! He defeated Gee Callan, trained at Bass by Robert Colpoys.

Derby Trial No. 2 was won by another new comer to coursing Lumumba, trained at Viewbank by Murray Hehir. I’m guessing there is a Collingwood supporter in that camp somewhere but we won’t hold that against him. He got the chockies today over Agar who is trained by well know coursing trainer Russ McRae.

Derby Trial No. 3 saw the second winner for the Westerlo camp with Eyeful of Bling proving too good today for the Steve Colpoys trained Kallara Tipene.

The final Derby trial was taken out my the Marlene Schmidt trained Big Fancy who got past the post first over Gray’s Hand, trained by Dennis Dean.

Our last two events on the card were our Oaks Trials and these girls showed of their talent in brilliant form once again, with John Westerlo taking out both of these events with his two Oaks chances Enchanted Bling and Blingle winning respectively.

Enchanted Bling beat Laquita Lass who is trained by Graeme Campbell and this bitch has Waterloo blood running thru her veins so I am sure she is saving her best for later! Some of you may remember her mother Cruise Away Lass winning the Waterloo Cup at Lang Lang a few years back.

In the Oaks Trial No. 2 the runner-up was another of Jimmy Redenbach’s team Lady Abby and again well done Jim on your pup’s first outing in a coursing meeting, you should be proud.

That concluded the coursing today and I must also mention a big thank you to the Sponsors of all of the events at today’s meeting and also how wonderful it was to see a couple of the VCC’s Life members Joe and Wendy Pearl in attendance.

Our next meeting is the Derby and Oaks, which is being conducted at Longwood this year commencing on Saturday 2nd August, 2014. There is some great prizemoney up for grabs so get your puppies ready and we hope to see you there!

Supporting events for this meeting on the Sunday 3rd August will be our Twin Code Challenge; this event is calling for 32 All Aged greyhounds that will break up into four Heats being held at Longwood. The winners and runners-ups of these four events will then head to Shepparton on Monday 11th August, 2014 for a Grand Final over the 390 metres. Special event prizemoney is up for grabs at Shepparton of $1650 to the winner plus a GOBIS Bonus, trophy and Rug. There will also be a couple of Maiden events on Sunday 3rd August to fill up the card.

Youngsters Impress In Laurie Healion Memorial Heats

Five heats of the Group Two Laurie Healion Memorial Maiden were conducted in freezing conditions at The Gardens last night, with many youngsters making a good first impression on the race track.

Heat one went to local trainer Clifford Clark and Surfection, who exploded from box four and led throughout in a flying time of 29.68. The beautifully bred son of Surf Lorian and Teenage Dream was very impressive on debut, recording best of the night figures over the 515m. A sizzling first section of 4.93 will give connections plenty of confidence heading into next week’s semi-finals. Race favourite Cherokee Fiddle put in a brace effort to finish second and Invisible finished third, both moving through to next week.

Favourite backers were rewarded in heat two, with $2.80 favourite Best Honour getting the cash after a fierce battle with Zulu Onyx. Jumping smartly from box one, the Ronald Lambert trained chaser drew away at the finish to score by three and a half lengths in 30.43. Zulu Onyx finished second and Zipping Jacob wound up in third position.

In the third heat all eyes were on Jason Mackay’s only runner in the series Zipping Amelia, who started at $2.90 from box seven. After missing the start, the superbly bred daughter of Spring Gun and Agent Gibbs quickly crossed the field at the first turn to take the lead in the back straight. The 29kg chaser streaked away by four and three quarter lengths over second placegetter Effective Miss, clocking a fast run home of 12.25. Favourite runner Kiddie Cutts missed the start from the inside alley, however made up good ground to finish in third position.

Lochinvar Cobra was all the rage in heat four at $2.30 after a sensational performance trial, however after a slow start he found early trouble and was forced to the back of the field, finishing seventh overall. Devine Lad began best and led into the back straight, with Lightest Touch sitting right on his heels. The Robert Glover trained chaser shot past his rivals at the home turn to salute by five and a half lengths in a solid time of 29.98. Devine Lad held on to finish second for Pat Parrelli and Don’t Point finished third.

Luke Azzopardi’s runner Dragon Emgrand was made favourite in the final heat at $3.30, however failed to fire after a poor start and being squeezed out at the first turn. Outside runner Zulu Zenith began beautifully from box seven and lead all the way in time of 30.13. The impeccably bred son of Brett Lee and Fancy Mandy will give trainer Frank Sanotti plenty of confidence heading into next week. Bedlam Bridge for Christopher Carl finished second and Lika Jay Jay ran home for third.

Next week two semi-finals will be conducted, with the first four runners moving through to the Group Two $25,000 final.

Good Information Can Promote Success

Stewardship matters never seem to go away. At Sandown last Thursday, here is what stewards said about Race 9. “Al Moran (7) crossed to the inside soon after the start checking Peloton Bale (6), All One Size (5) and Ready To Riot (4)”. (Box numbers added).

In fact, Al Moran never got close to Peloton Bale or All One Size and, if it brushed Ready To Riot, the impact was minute and not relevant. In particular, Peloton Bale walked out of the box, as it is prone to do at times, and there was no chance at all for it to get checked by Al Moran, which jumped smartly and went almost straight ahead until reaching the turn.

Sometimes it’s hard to know if we are all on the same planet. Why would stewards write such stuff?

Fortunately, the GRV race results pages and videos are otherwise very informative and easy to view, print or download. But the stewards’ reports can be grossly misleading. We are better off without them, except where they concern injuries and matters which warrant penalties. Even then, sometimes you are better off seeing for yourself.

In contrast to Victoria, race results offered by GRNSW, which now cover four states, are a pain in the butt. Downloading is impossible in practice and printouts are not available as the site serves up only one race at a time. (Experiences may vary slightly, depending on your equipment). Formguides are equally impracticable as they require excessive amounts of paper to print out, contain lots of secondary pieces of information which should be made available elsewhere, and are missing numerous sectional times. Oddly, both SA and WA joined the NSW camp (in Ozchase) when they had far superior formguides in their own systems, particularly in WA.

In Queensland, slated to join the NSW brigade later on, basic results are fairly handy. However, while their videos are probably the best in the business, you have to cover more ground than the early explorers to find them, and then only one race at a time, which is time-consuming. Queensland formguides are rudimentary at best. Apart from missing all interstate sectionals (why?) they have adopted a habit long used by the old deFax guide and the current Recorder to insert an ancient run on the track if no current one is relevant. I have yet to find a six months old formline of any use in predicting a dog’s chances.

Clearly, none of the people responsible for these services have bothered to audit the effectiveness of their work or check how they are viewed by the public. Often we hear claims about the number of hits on their website but nothing about how those inspections are put to use. You could go further – the last time a state authority published any information about public or customer views and attitudes was 20 years ago in Queensland when the then-QGRA had a consultant do such a job for them. Are they all working in the dark?

It does seem so. That is exactly the point I made the other day when discussing the attitude of authorities to their customers, and how they define that group of people. The entire industry has always concentrated the vast majority of its resources on trainers and very little on the needs of the people who pay their wages – the customers. More administration than management.

Totes are no better, which is why they still run a ridiculous product – the Duet – which hardly anyone ever buys, other than a few foolish gamblers. Or why they tell lies about First Four dividends. Or why they have destroyed the integrity of betting pools by jamming too many races into an already overcrowded calendar, hoping to drag more cash out of the same old customers (it’s not working).

In total, it’s like a manufacturer supplying its customers with a fancy piece of equipment and no instructions to go with it. Or a cookbook with a recipe containing no information on amounts or how long to cook it. Or running an election with the names of candidates but nothing on which party they belong to or what their policies are. And so it goes on.

Surely somebody must soon realise that these are some of the reasons that racing is losing its edge and why it has experienced negative growth in breeding and betting over the last 20 years. Greyhounds have been an exception for betting as it has been able to stick more four-legged poker machines into the mix, but that fix has now run out of steam. There is no more room left. Where to now?

THE GREAT UNKNOWN

Never mind that the world’s leaders are coming to Australia to discuss what the future holds. Isn’t it about time that greyhound bosses took a serious look at why greyhound racing is struggling to get its act together?

Yesterday’s premium Wentworth Park meeting had not a single reserve to start with, and so ended up with six short fields for what has historically been the code’s biggest betting venue. That’s money down the drain. The Meadows had a few more starters but still had three short fields (with two 725m runners carrying with them false times ex handicap races but no note about what advantage they had or about misleading sectional times). Sandown on Thursday started off with a race full of Novice dogs, masquerading as a Grade 5 event. Albion Park’s main meeting of the week led off with the usual two Novice races and four of ten races short of a full field.

There can be no argument that the industry has over-reached. Too many races, too few dogs. Too many short course dogs, too few stayers. Too many mug gamblers, too few punters. Too many unusable betting pools. Too much secrecy. Too many rip-off products. The list goes on. Rumours are around that someone wants to put some research into better track designs, but I want to see the hard cash first. Meantime, $30 million is being invested into new tracks in Perth and Brisbane, both with obvious design faults before they get started. That’s hardly a good way to attract future customers.

Is anyone minding the shop? A stocktake would be a good way to start a program of reform.

Upsets Continue In Semi’s Of 2014 Group One Maturity Classic

Upsets have been the flavour of the 2014 Group One Maturity Classic so far and that didn’t stop on Saturday night; with two of the four semi winners at double-figure odds while the other two winners were not sent out as favourites.

Lamia Bale set the time standard into the finals, stopping the clock at 29.99 and paying a very juicy $22.90. The Steve Collins trained bitch by High Earner and Maple Bale (Spiral Nikita – Vista Bale) narrowly defeated Sisco Rage (1) who unleashed her customary finish to miss victory by a nose. Lamia Bale was fast away and this worked to her benefit as race favourite Spring Leaf (4) was slow away and never fired a shot. The Darren McDonald trained Sisco Rage, a bitch by High Earner and Sisco Power (Sisco Buzz – Sisco Yep) joins Lamia Bale in the final next week.

The other long-odds winner was Grand Legacy (5) for Peter Dapiran. The El Grand Señor and Premier Babe (Premier Fantasy – Ikari Babe) dog saluted at odds of $17.30 as he pulled off a win from a bad draw. It was also his first win at the track. Favourite Eliza Blanche (8) was beaten by the box and the other dog in the market, Luca Neveelk (7), demonstrated that he really needs to lead to show his best work. When the lids opened, Crackerjack Rose (2) showed the best speed, leading into the first turn. Take Charge (3) also got away well and took the lead turning into the back straight. Grand Legacy was third at this stage and down the home straight he put in the long strides to secure a two and a half length win in 30.17 over Take Charge. The Stephen McKenna trained Take Charge, a dog by Bartrim Bale and Witch Fantasy (Premier Fantasy – Witch Magic), will take a spot in next week’s final with Grand Legacy.

The other two winners, Mepunga Hayley (5) and Humphrey Bale (1), both saluted at odds of $6.00. Mepunga Hayley, a bitch by Bekim Bale and Mepunga Harmony (Pure Octane – Mepunga Shiraz) lowered the colours of $1.80 favourite Hooksy. The Jeff Britton trained Mepunga Hayley led easily, crossing other noted beginners Rue De Kahn (4) and Push It (2) quickly and shooting away to win in 30.00. Hooksy was pushed wide at the first turn but he managed to put himself into second and finished two and a half lengths behind Mepunga Hayley. The Tanya Auld trained Hooksy has scraped through all series but the black dog by Hondo Black and Uno Witch (Primo Uno – Proven Tops) may well just peak in time for the final.

In Humphrey Bale’s race, Shoulders (3) and Where’s The Surf (2) vied for favouritism. Humphrey Bale trumped them all, leading all the way in 30.18 for trainer Andrea Dailly. The Bartrim Bale and Pindari Bale (Collision – Maple Bale) dog won his seventh race at the track and is considered something of a track specialist at The Meadows. Where’s The Surf and Shoulders squeezed each other for room early with Where’s The Surf worst affected. Shoulders finished impressively to finish second, grabbing Samus Allen down the home straight and in turn, snaring himself a spot in the final. Shoulders, a black dog by Cosmic Rumble and Bit Stressed (Bit Chili – Stresa) will be the only NSW trained dog in the final for trainer Anthony Azzopardi’s

The box draw for next week’s final is:

Box 1 – Sisco Rage – Darren McDonald (30.00)
Box 2 – Shoulders – Anthony Azzopardi (30.20)
Box 3 – Take Charge – Stephen McKenna (30.33)
Box 4 – Lamia Bale – Steven Collins (29.99)
Box 5 – Humphrey Bale – Andrea Dailly (30.18)
Box 6 – Grand Legacy – Peter Dapiran (30.17)
Box 7 – Hooksy – Tanya Auld (30.16)
Box 8 – Mepunga Hayley – Jeff Britton (30.00)

First Reserve: Trail Blazing – Tina Womann 30.12)
Second Reserve: Wind Whistler – Angela Langton (30.29)

Xylia Allen Dominates Victorian Distance Championship Heats

Champion race bitch Xylia Allen has set up a date with destiny after qualifying fastest for the final of the 2014 Group Two Victorian Distance Championship at The Meadows on Saturday night.

The daughter of Turanza Bale and Tayah Bale (Droopys Vieri – Francesca Bale) stopped the clock at 42.47 in the third and final heat en route to a four length win. She now has the opportunity to become the sport’s greatest prize-money earner of all time if she can take out next week’s final.

After exiting box two in sixth place, Xylia Allen found the rails and bided her time on the fence. She then exploded down the back straight to make her way to second before zooming past early leader Unix Bale (3) in the home straight and racing away to win.

Lethal Three (4) chased home Xylia Allen well for second place while Zipping Rory (7) filled third.

Just as she did in the recent Group 2 McKenna Memorial Final, Xylia Allen will exit box one in the $40,000 to-the-winner event next Saturday night.

Earlier in the night, Anakie mentor Jeff Britton took out heat one when Mepunga Tiara (8) returned to her front running best to score by 1 1/2 lengths in 42.72.

After being sent out and odds-on favourite, the dual Group One finalist opened up a big break early before she had to dig deep to stave off the strong challenges of youngster Zipping Maggie (6). Arejay Smokey filled third position.

The second heat went the way of the Darren McDonald trained Zipping Joe (4). The regally bred son of Bombastic Shiraz and Or Catra (Brett Lee – Gold Serenade) displayed his customary strong finish to register the time of 43.00, winning by 3 1/4 lengths.

After jumping mid-field, the 29kg dog made his way to third as they passed the post the first time as Galloping Rocky (8) made the pace up front as a tear-away lamp lighter.

It was not until the field swung around the home turn that Zipping Joe’s superior strength became evident as he overhauled the early leaders to win.

Dyna Willow (7) ran a quality race to finish second and qualify for the final. In her first race start since April, the Steve Collins trained bitch began well and found trouble when attempting to cross to the fence. She still managed to find the tenacity to run on again and grab second. Early leader Galloping Rocky clung on to third place.

The box draw for next Saturday night’s $40,000 Group Two Victorian Distance Championship is as follows;

1 – Xylia Allen (Jenny Hunt)
2 – Zipping Maggie (Peter Daprain)
3 – Lethal Three (Kelly Bravo)
4 – Dyna Willow (Steve Collins)
5 – Zipping Joe (Darren McDonald)
6 – Mepunga Tiara (Jeff Britton)
7 – Arejay Smokey (Bob Iredale)
8 – Zipping Rory (Bethany Daprain)

Reserves
9 – Galloping Rocky (Robert Conway)
10 – Liara Allen (Steve Collins)

The Meadows Greyhounds Tips & Betting Preview July 19th 2014

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Race 1 – 525M Grade 5 – 7:18PM

Very even affair to kick off the meeting but i think the promising Capullo Bale can make amends for his luckless run here last week. After beginning fairly he showed a good turn of foot before then losing his way through the first bend. I think with the benefit of seeing the track last week he should be able to find plenty. His three provincial wins in June where brilliant and i have a fairly big opinion of this one.

Roy Galo is a very hard dog to follow but he is ideally drawn out wide and he should appreciate the enormous drop in class. He has contested FFA events for quite some time and although it was a while back, he did record his sizzling 29.82 PB here from this draw. Frank Furter must also be considered in this event, he is armed with smart early speed and he should go with Capullo Bale for most of the trip, his last 50m is always a worry but he has got a little stronger in recent times.

Top Four: 6 – 8 – 5 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Capullo Bale

Trifecta: 5,6,8/5,6,8/1,3,5,6,7,8 ($24 for 100%)

Boxed Quinella: 5,6,8 ($3 for 100%)

 

Race 2 – 600M Grade 5 Final – 7:40PM

Another open race but i think the box draw is going to play a major role in the result. Reen’s Fabian has come up with the gun draw and he looked very impressive in his strong 34.90 heat win. He was quite slow to begin last week but from the better draw he should be able to find a couple of lengths to the first marker and on the bunny he should be able to get down to the 34.40 mark.

Ima Fairytale is highly talented and she too overcame some difficulties in her strong 35.16 heat win, however the box draw hasn’t been too kind to her. She is likely to settle back in the field early but with some luck in running she won’t be far away at the finish. Morningside is the smokey in the event, she can make a lot of mistakes in her races and she tends to lose concentration at times but if she remains switched on she will run a big race at odds.

Top Four: 1 – 4 – 5 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Reen’s Fabian (very keen on this one)

Trifecta: 1,4/1,4/Field ($12 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1/2,4,5/Field ($12 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1/2,4,5/2,4,5 ($6 for 100%)

 

Race 3 – 725M Distance Championship Heat One – 7:57PM

The perfectly drawn Mepunga Tiara has been racing in good company of late and she has been far from disgraced. She is probably better suited to a middle distance but she is still more than capable over this journey. Being a very reliable beginner, i would expect her to be able to carve across to the early lead and she should prove too hard to reel in.

Know Class has been racing against the likes of Xylia Allen in recent times and he should appreciate the drop in class. He can be a little slow to begin at times but if he can get through the first bend untouched he won’t be far away at the business end. Zipping Maggie is showing promise over the staying journey and this is clearly her toughest test, im still not convinced that she is a genuine stayer but this event isn’t overly strong and she can play a major role.

Top Four: 8 – 4 – 6 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Mepunga Tiara

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

Trifecta: 8/3,4,6/Field ($15 for 100%)

 

Race 4 – 725M Distance Championship Heat Two – 8:20PM

Star stayer Dyna Willow is making her long awaited return to racing and if she is anywhere near peak fitness she should make light work of her opposition. Prior to going for a spell she had recorded two breathtaking 720m Wentworth Park wins and on both occasions she came from off the speed and powered to the line. Being first up from a spell she should show a little more early dash and therefore she will find herself in a much more prominent position early.

Luna Jinx is a huge talent but she can make a lot of mistakes in her races. Back in may she scored a scorching 41.68 Sandown Park win and she looked as though she was going to take the staying world by storm, however she has shown that she doesn’t like to be crowded in her races and she tends to ease when she feels pressure on her outside. If she can get into some open space she will put some pressure on the favourite. Zipping Joe rounds out the winning hopes, he has been racing in rare form of late and he should be suited by the empty box on his outside.

Top Four: 7 – 3 – 4 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Dyna Willow if you can find even money or better

Trifecta: 7/3,4,6/2,3,4,6 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 3,7/3,7/Field ($10 for 100%)

 

Race 5 – 525M Maturity Classic Semi Final One – 8:40PM

He was a little disappointing here last week but i think super star sprinter Hooksy can make amends tonight. Drawn perfectly in the pink he should get plenty of room early to show his explosive turn of foot and he should be off and gone as they head through the first turn. This bloke is an absolute star and i can’t wait to see what the clock shows if he goes around untouched.

My Bro Fabio was enormous here last week when scoring in 29.79 and he is clearly a danger again, however in his heat he was able to settle very close to the speed and i don’t think he will be afforded those favours tonight. There is a fair bit of speed in this race and im guessing he will settle in the last three, he is still good enough to score but i think the quinella spot looks best. Mepunga Hayley is another tremendous talent and if she can find her best box manners she may give Hooksy a run for his money.

Top Four: 8 – 7 – 5 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Hooksy (if you get evens or better)

Trifecta: 8/3,5,7/3,5,7 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 8/3,5,7/Field ($18 for 100%0

Trifecta: 8/7/Field ($6 for 100%)

 

Race 6 – 525M Maturity Classic Semi Final Two – 8:58PM

This is easily the most open of the four semis but i think i have found the winner with the Darren McDonald trained Where’s The Surf. He has scored a hat trick of wins and he looked ultra impressive when scoring here last week in 30.05. He was fair to begin in his heat but he showed a great turn of foot and he assumed control soon after the start. His first section of 5.13 would see him settle in the first three early and he will prove very hard to hold out.

Shoulders looms as the obvious danger based on his two sub 30 second wins here in June, last week he missed the kick a little and wasn’t really a factor, tonight im anticipating that he will step a little better and he should make his presence felt. Humphrey Bale is the other genuine winning hope, whilst Dyna Alchemist can cause an upset with some luck early. I’m a big fan of Dyna Alchemist but i would have preferred him to have drawn much closer to the rail.

Top Four: 2 – 3 – 1 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Where’s The Surf

Trifecta: 1,2,3/1,2,3/1,2,3,6,7,8 ($24 for 100%)

Boxed Quinella: 1,2,3 ($3 for 100%)

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

 

Race 7 – 525M Maturity Classic Semi Final Three – 9:20PM

I think we have found the best value of the night in this event with the perfectly drawn Summer Wages. Last week he showed tremendous early speed before tiring in the concluding stages. If he can step cleanly he should be able to hold the early lead again and i think he will be much better for the run. At present you can find $14 fixed with some betting agencies and that is a great each way investment.

Eliza Blanche is going to start quite short but i think she is the lay of the night, her box manners aren’t great and she is desperate for the fence. There is quite a bit of early speed drawn underneath her and I’m anticipating that she will be posted wide for most of the trip. Dyna Ostrander is a promising up and coming chaser and if he can reproduce his 30.05 effort from last week he should be in the mix, he can miss the kick at times but he does have an explosive turn of foot. Grand Legacy could be another value bet, he will be big odds but he was far from disgraced when placed here last week.

Top Four: 1 – 6 – 5 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on Summer Wages and Grand Legacy

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

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

 

Race 8 – 525M Maturity Classic Semi Final Four – 9:42PM

The final semi appears to be another wide open affair but the well drawn Sisco Rage looks poised to make a big impact. In recent times he has been bombing the start and he has then had to work overtime during the race to get into a competitive position. From the red he should be able to anticipate the start a lot better and he will find himself in a more prominent position early. Some of his performances have been massive of late and he is great value at the $5.50 mark.

All Strung Out is a star stayer in the making but at present he is flying over the sprint trip. He didn’t have a lot in his heat last week but he still hit the line hard for a strong placing and prior to that he did post a powerful 30.11 win here. His chances hinge on whether or not he gets a clear crack through the first turn but with an ounce of luck he will be in the mix. Lamia Bale could be the smokey in the event, she led for a long way last week and she appears to be improving with every run.

Top Four: 1 – 3 – 7 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Sisco Rage

Boxed Quinella: 1,3,5,7 ($6 for 100%)

Exacta: 1,3/1,3,5,7 ($6 for 100%)

 

Race 9 – 725M Distance Championship Heat Three – 10:02PM

The great Xylia Allen gets to strut her stuff again tonight and she should make it eight wins in a row. She is yet to win over this trip but her 700m form of late has been spectacular and realistically bad luck is her only danger. It’s worth noting that if she can win next week’s final she will be the greatest ever prize money earner in the history of greyhound racing.

Zipping Rory looms as the main danger, in recent weeks he has scored two brilliant metro wins and he continues to get better with every run. I don’t think he can go with the champ but he should have no trouble filling the quinella spot. Hala Belle rounds out the place chances, she has been placed in two of three here and she has been racing in this type of class for quite a while now. She is drawn to settle near the speed and she should plug on for third.

Top Four: 2 – 7 – 8 – 6

Suggested Bets:

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

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

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

 

Race 10 – 525M Free For All – 10:22PM

Dream It has been racing over the middle distances of late but he should be suited by the drop back to 525m. Prior to rising in distance he had posted two brilliant wins here with the latest being in a slick 29.91. From the red draw he should be able to punch through and lead at the first bend and he should prove too strong in the run to the line.

Hailstorm Billy is a super consistent chaser and he tends to race very well here. Three starts ago he hit the line strongly when placed behind the then in form Gimme Fuel and this race looks to have similar depth. Prue Bale is the interesting runner, she has had three weeks off and the freshen up could be just what she needed, when she is on song she is brilliant and she can show explosive early speed in her races.

Top Four: 1 – 4 – 7 – 6

Suggested Bets:

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

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

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

Boxed Quinella: 1,4,7 ($3 for 100%)

 

Race 11 – 600M Mixed 4/5 – 10:42PM

Go Mobo is an ultra consistent chaser and he should be able to lead from go to whoa tonight. He has been placed in seven of his past eight which includes three impressive victories. Tonights event is a lot weaker than what he has been facing and if he can step on terms he should get the cash.

Ever Alert is a promising stayer in the making and he scored two impressive middle distance wins in June. He is a wide runner so the pink draw suits but his lack of early speed means that he may get posted wide in the early stages. If he gets through the first bend without a lot of interference, he should make his presence felt. Hougenie is a smart QLD chaser and he didn’t have a lot of luck in his Meadows debut, he should be much better for the run and he has the ability to cause a boil over.

Top Four: 5 – 8 – 4 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Go Mobo

Trifecta: 5,8/5,8/Field ($12 for 100%)

Boxed Quinella: 4,5,8 ($3 for 100%)

 

Race 12 – 525M Mixed 4/5 – 11:00PM

Good race to finish the night and i think the in form Dyna Kayla should send us home on a winning note. She has won her past two starts in impressive fashion and she has won three of five over this track and trip. She should get a nice sit on probable leader Fort Allen and she will prove too strong in the run home.

Fort Allen has the good draw and he should be able to hold the lead at the first bend. He has been racing in consistent fashion and he has been placed in 16 of his 24 tries here, i dont think he is strong enough to hold on but he should be able to hold on to a minor spot. Warrior King recently won the Group Two Bendigo Cup and he is always a chance, the draw is a big concern tonight but if he gets away on terms he will surely make his presence felt. Heidi Go Seek could be the blowout chance and she must be included in your exotic bets.

Top Four: 2 – 1 – 7 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Dyna Kayla

Boxed quinella: 1,2,7 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1,2/1,2/Field ($12 for 100%)

 

Quaddie:

Leg 1: 8
Leg 2: 1,2,3,6
Leg 3: 1,5,6,7
Leg 4: 1,3

$32 for 100%

 

Best Bet:

Race 2: Reen’s Fabian

Race 5: Hooksy

Best Roughie:

Race 2: Morningside

Wentworth Park Greyhounds Tips & Betting Preview July 19th 2014

It’s time to unleash with Sportingbet’s $700 free bet. Brad was on fire Thursday night and it’s time to continue the carnage against Sportingbet.

Race 1 – 520M Grade 5 – 7:30PM

Even race to open the card and I think the speedy Our Lady Di can get the job done. Prior to her poor effort last time, she had been racing in very consistent fashion and on most occasions she had been showing tremendous early speed. Tonight she has slow beginners drawn on either side and that should allow her to drive to the early lead. At the $4 mark she appears to be great value.

Le Burglar is a highly promising chaser and his past two efforts here have been very impressive. In both runs he has missed the kick but soon after he has showed a good turn of foot and worked his way through the field to record two nice placings. The box draw is a big disadvantage again but with an ounce of luck he will make his presence felt. Midnight Rush could be the blow out chance in the event, she is suitably drawn out wide and she was far from disgraced when placed at Grafton last time. She is very fast on her night and she can feature if she can get through the first bend unscathed.

Top Four: 6 – 4 – 8 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Our Lady Di

Quinella: 6 to rove with 4,7,8 ($3 for 100%)

Exacta: 4,6/4,6,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 4,6,8/4,6,7,8/2,3,4,6,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

 

Race 2 – 520M Grade 5 – 7:50PM

Magic Dream is blessed with explosive early speed and last week he showed that he now has a lot more strength. After stepping cleanly he showed a blistering turn of foot and reeled off very quick sectionals before stopping the clock in a very impressive 29.84. There is a little bit of speed around him but provided he comes out cleanly he should hold them out.

Hector Kahn has the perfect draw and if the main chances in the middle make any mistakes early he should be able to capitalise. He has had a couple of weeks off but at his last start here he led until the shadows of the post and he was far from disgraced in that effort. I’m A Pedro is drawn to get a nice cart across from Magic Dream early and if he reproduces the effort which saw him win here in 30 flat earlier this month he should be in the mix.

Top Four: 5 – 1 – 6 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Magic Dream

Trifecta: 1,5,6/1,5,6/1,2,3,4,5,6 ($24 for 100%)

Exacta: 1,5/1,2,5,6 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 5/1,2,6/Field ($18 for 100%)

 

Race 3 – 520M Grade 5 – 8:10PM

In form trainer Jodie Lord has a stranglehold on this event and she really should land the Trifecta. Cawbourne Cobra has been racing in solid style of late and she should be suited by the empty box underneath her. Before her two recent Canberra defeats she had performed well here in strong company and if she can get away on terms tonight she will play a major role at nice odds.

Paddles Anderson is easily the most talented chaser in the event but unfortunately he can make a lot of mistakes. There is a little bit of speed drawn underneath him and that may allow him to find the rail early and he may be afforded a clear run for most of the trip. Coolabah Jet rounds out the Lord trio and she is likely to set the pace. Two starts ago she was narrowly beaten here in good time and she then followed that up with a convincing 30.58 Canberra win. If she finds the early lead she will prove hard to gun down.

Top Four: 6 – 3 – 2 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Each way on Cawbourne Cobra

Boxed Trifecta: 2,3,6 ($6 for 100%)

Boxed Quinella: 2,3,6 ($3 for 100%)

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

 

Race 4 – 520M Grade 5 – 8:27PM

Miss Dover was very unlucky here last week, after pinging the lids and setting a cracking pace, she had her heels clipped at a crucial stage and therefore lost all of her momentum. She still wasn’t going to win the race but she would have finished a lot closer to the winner. Outside of Zipping Angel it is a very weak affair and if she lands on the bunny she will prove very hard to run down.

Zipping Angel is an exciting prospect and she should make her presence felt in her metro debut. She can be a little slow to begin at times and she will need to do everything right as she will be having her first look at the track under race conditions. Obviously if she gets through the first bend unscathed she will definitely make an impact on the scoreboard. Loose Affair is showing promise and he appears suitably drawn out wide, if he can get away on terms he should be in the mix.

Top Four: 7 – 6 – 8 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Each way on Miss Dover

Trifecta: 6,7/6,7/Field ($10 for 100%)

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

 

Race 5 – 520M Grade 5 – 8:47PM

The speed My Awesome Opal has been a little disappointing in recent weeks, however he should be able to get a cheap lead tonight and he will return to the winners list. Three starts ago he posted a 29.91 win here and a similar run would be good enough to score again, obviously his chances hinge on his ability to lead but I am quite confident he will be in front at the first bend.

Snow Shiraz is the run on dog in the event and with a number of front runners in this event he could be the smokey in the event. He has a handy 29.93 PB here and provided he gets some open space off the back straight he should be able to pick them off one by one as they near the finish line. Pace Ventura is unbeaten in two tries here and his record from wide draws is tremendous. If he can cross in the early stages he will be a major player.

Top Four: 2 – 4 – 8 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Place bet on Snow Shiraz

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

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

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

Quinella: 2 to rove with 4,6,8 ($3 for 100%)

 

Race 6 – 520M Mixed 4/5 – 9:12PM

Very open affair and I’m going to go with some value in Knot Tellin Ya. I know it seems like I have a love affair with this one but he has been going quite well in recent weeks and at massive odds he is worth following. He has been jumping a lot better of late and tonight he has the luxury of slow beginners being drawn on either side.

Kobi Jay hit the line hard here last week and he has a tremendous record here. The box draw is a disadvantage again but he is always going to get back early and it shouldn’t pose too many problems. Francois Dryva has the favourable draw and if he can reproduce his 29.80 PB run he should be thereabouts. His box manners have let him down in the past and he can’t afford to make any mistakes in this event.

Top Four: 4 – 6 – 1 – 2

Suggested bets:

Win bets on Knot Tellin Ya and Kobi Jay

Boxed Quinella: 1,2,4,6 ($6 for 100%)

Exacta: 1,4,6/1,2,4,6 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1,4,6/1,2,4,6/1,2,3,4,5,6 ($36 for 100%)

 

Race 7 – 520M Special Event Heat One – 9:35PM

Tough race with a number of chances but I think the best chance appears to be the speedy Magic Display. She has won six of her 12 tries over this trip and she showed that she is back to her best with a sizzling 22.96 Grafton win. There is a little bit of speed drawn underneath but she should have enough natural speed to cross.

Zipping Summah is an explosive talent and she has won here previously in a blistering 29.64. She has been doing most of her recent racing over shorter journeys so there is a little query about her running out a strong 520m. Gradence is the smokey in the event, he always seems to find one better but this race features a number of runners who are suspect over this trip. If he can gain some luck in running he may just run over the top of them in the concluding stages.

Top Four: 8 – 2 – 7 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Place bet on Gradence (must finish top two but I think he might be good value)

Boxed Quinella: 2,7,8 ($3 for 100%)

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

Trifecta: 2,7,8/2,7,8/1,2,4,6,7,8 ($24 for 100%)

 

Race 8 – 520M Special Event Heat Two – 9:55PM

Miss Sueko has scored some devastating wins here of late and with an empty box directly outside her she should get every chance to continue on her winning way. Two of her recent wins were in 29.68 and 29.67 respectively and it’s hard to see her being rolled if she can repeat those efforts. This race is a little stronger depth wise than she has been racing against but she should have no trouble adapting to this class.

Bessy Boo is the run on dog in the race and he has been racing in consistent style of late. Obviously he can be slow to begin at times but he has an uncanny knack of being able to work his way through a field. Queen Esther is another winning chance, she can be very hit or miss at box rise but when she hits she can reel off blistering sectionals. Ritza Raider is in good form and he rounds out the winning hopes.

Top Four: 4 – 7 – 6 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 4/2,6,7/Field ($15 for 100%)

Trifecta: 4,6,7/2,4,6,7/1,2,4,6,7 ($27 for 100%)

Exacta: 4,7/1,2,4,6,7 ($8 for 100%)

 

Race 9 – 520M Grade 5 – 10:15PM

Cawbourne Power has enormous talent when on song and it appears he has found the perfect race. From the pink draw he should be given plenty of room in the early stages to muster speed and that should allow him to get through the first bend relatively unscathed. When given a clear run he is capable of reeling off breathtaking sectionals and he looks far superior to his opposition.

Swan’s Mavis is a lid pinger and in a race which lacks genuine early speed she should find herself in the top two as they head through the first bend. Her form isn’t too crash hot and she may go around over the odds. Inner City is another who could be value, he is suited by the wide draw and his effort here two runs back behind Soaring Eagle was very impressive.

Top Four: 8 – 3 – 7 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Cawbourne Power

Trifecta: 8/2,3,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 3,7,8/3,7,8/2,3,4,5,7,8 ($24 for 100%)

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

 

Race 10 – 520M Grade 5 – 10:35PM

Tough race which sees three promising speedsters from the same kennel set to do battle. Isabel Enlim, Pure Arrogance and Most Arrogant have all been flying on the provincial circuit in recent months and I think the less fancied of the three in Isabel Enlim can get the cash. She scored back to back 450m Maitland wins recently and she was placed in her only try here. She has the benefit of having seen the track tonight and that should allow her to handle the first bend better than her kennelmates.

Pure Arrogance and Most Arrogant are obviously the two main dangers and they all have similar early speed, however there racing patterns suggest that they are have to lead chasers. With this being the case I think the value bet in the event could be Number Krunch for the place. He is a little one paced but he is very strong and he should get a clear run from the red draw. I would expect him to be hitting the line hard and he should be running past some very tired chasers.

Top Four: 2 – 1 – 3 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Place bet on Number Krunch

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

Boxed Quinella: 1,2,3 ($3 for 100%)

 

Quaddie:

Leg 1: 2,4,8
Leg 2: 1,2,3,4,6
Leg 3: 2,7,8
Leg 4: 4

$45 for 100%

 

Best Bet:

Race 1: Our Lady Di

Best Roughie:

Race 9: Inner City

Plans For The New Cannington Greyhound Track Revealed

On the 27th of June 2015 the orange bunny is set to make it’s last trip around the Greyhounds WA Cannington that the industry has called home for over 40 years.

“The design application will be submitted next Friday which goes to be signed off by council and once that’s approved we call for tenders and basically by November earthworks will commence,” CEO David Hobbs explains.

“As of today (Thursday) we are as confident as we can be that the track itself and the kennel facilities are now non negotiable.” Operations Manager Craig Renton explained.

“The starting boxes are all now confirmed; the industry were the ones that allowed us to confirm the distances.”

In a survey that was passed around Cannington at the start of June participants were asked to choose between a number of distances marked out on the proposed track. After numerous discussions around the track between participants and industry officials, three starting points were agreed on; 520, 600 and 715 metre distances. The 715 will have a dual purpose of a possible 275 metre race and use for trials. The fourth set of boxes, the 380 metre starting point, was put forward and funded by Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA), who have been wanting a city distance around 400 for a number of years.

“In the past RWWA have always been keen to have something along the lines of a 400 metre distance. The way it was being drafted it turned out to be a 380 metre start point.”

“Our original plan was the current 530, current 715 and something like the 600. We understood that is what the industry required; it was only RWWA that said they would like the fourth distance.”

“RWWA will be helping towards the funding of the extra box because we indicated to them that our budget didn’t extend to putting in four starting boxes. They have said to us that it shouldn’t be a concern and that they would contribute to the fourth box.”

The placements of each of the starting boxes are as pictured below.

New-Cannington-Track

$13 million was secured to fund the new Cannington development and this money will go towards building the track as well as the state of the art kennel facilities.

“There is no further funding at the this stage for us to put towards the public side to this business, we have been unsuccessful at this particular time for more funding.”

“We have a kennel and a track which will be in place for industry participants. The public will be lacking, we don’t have a grandstand complex and we don’t have an appropriate food, beverage and betting complex, so we need further funding for that.”

The kennel facilities are marked out as below.

Kennels

CEO David Hobbs suggests the solution to the public problem is a temporary grandstand that will be constructed overseas.

“The temporary facility I’m looking at is constructed in Dubai and is probably better than what most racetracks would have around Australia now.” David Hobbs explained.

“We will purchase this temporary facility and it will hold about 500 people upstairs seated in dining, and an additional 700 people down stairs.”

“It’s a hard wall construction and will have glass panelling. If you looked at it you would think it is a fully fledged grandstand.”

The facility will be a scaled down version of what is shown in the picture below.

Temporary-Facility

The temporary grandstand will then allow more time to find the necessary funding for a permanent fixture. Hobbs estimates it could take anywhere from a year onwards to build enough funds.

“It’s a matter of funding, our world can change in an instant because we are a statutory government body, but the Minister of Sport Terry Waldron is very much supporting us no matter what happens.”

“I think what really held us up is a few projects like the new AFL stadium in WA which is almost a billion dollar project and has left funds dry for sport.”

A worrying sidenote for Hobbs is the government’s possible decision to privatise the TAB. With the future looking so bright in regards to the new Cannington the privatisation of the TAB can only bring out more questions until a decision is made.

“We don’t know if the TAB was sold who would be the new owners? Would greyhound racing be better off or worse off? We just don’t know.”

“We are a big supporter of maintaining the status as it is now and we are unsure of what a private model would look like. If you look at the TAB’s that have been privatised over in the east coast, it hasn’t been successful.”

With the plans signed off for the new track the talk of how long the down time between switching tracks will be. During this down time, which Renton suggests will be around six weeks, the calendar will see extra meetings at Mandurah and Northam.

“There has got to be a down time because there is equipment to come from this track to service the new track. The aim is to try and keep it as short as possible.” Craig Renton explained.

“The reality is that racing will commence at the new track in late August.”

“We let the lease expire because we were well aware that we would have to sign up for our second term, another 30 years of being here, and we didn’t believe that we would be able to pay what this piece of land would be worth.”

“We are currently paying in excess of half a million dollars per annum.”

The end of June will bring an end of an era, an era that involved many modifications including the switch from grass to sand, from an underground lure to above ground, as well as distance changes. Like old Cannington, new memories can be made on new soil across the road.

Group Two 2014 Victorian Distance Championship Heats Preview

It is an exciting time of the year in greyhound racing Australia wide, as each state holds their heats and finals of the National Sprint and Distance events.

What better way to initiate proceedings than with three heats of the Group Two Victorian distance series? With Victorian dogs dominating the staying scene in recent years it promises to be a quality event.

Two of the draw-cards of the series will be Australia’s most exciting staying bitch Xylia Allen and Dyna Willow, who returns to racing for the first time since mid April.

Runners vie for the opportunity to compete in next weeks final and not only earn the tag of Victorian National Distance champion, but also for the opportunity to represent their state at the national finals.

The heats and final of the Victorian series will be held over the 725 metre trip at The Meadows with the national finals to be held at Cannington in Western Australia on August 23rd.

Here is a look at the three heats;

Race 3 – Distance Championship Heat One – 7:57pm

1 – Oscar De Largo (Ray Henness) – A consistent stayer who is yet to really prove himself against the top line dogs. Has only won one of his nine attempts at this trip which was in 43.01. He is a slow beginner who will need luck to feature.

2 – Arejay Smokey (Bob Iredale) – Has shown plenty of ability over middle distances and up to 699 metres at Cranbourne but is yet to win beyond 700 metres. Made the trip to South Australia last time out where he finished third over the 731 metre trip at Angle Park after leading early. Has his first look at The Meadows here and will need to be at his best. He looks more of a place hope.

3 – Liara Allen (Andrea Dailly) – a consistent bitch who has raced almost exclusively over the sprint trip and rises sharply in distance here. Has made the finals of the Group Two Laurels and WA Oaks over the shorter trips so she has her share of ability. She has won over 600 metres in the past but is untested at this journey. Could find herself handy early with all the question marks set to be over her strength.

4 – Know Class (James Shaw) – A former New Zealander who has excelled since traversing the Tasman. The son of Willy What and Blue Fern (Shining Kev – Casual Wave) has made two Group One finals and is the dour type who grinds his opponents in to the ground. Ran second to Xylia Allen in the final of the Albion Park Gold Cup recently and looks one of the class runners in the first heat.

5 – VACANT BOX

6 – Zipping Maggie (Peter Daprain) – A promising young bitch who steps up for just her second 700 metre race in this heat. She has been impressive over the 660 metre journey at Bendigo but finished eighth at her first “half-mile” race last week at Sandown. She can begin well on her day and could be the smokey here.

7 – Loud One (Michael Wallworth) – A bold front runner having her first crack over the 700 metre trip. Has been racing well over middle distances and defeated Zipping Maggie two starts back. Could give some cheek at odds.

8 – Mepunga Tiara (Jeff Britton) – Another dual Group One finalist who finished third in the Sandown Cup. Races her best when she is on the pace and has lost a little of her early toe in recent outings. Her record from box eight is a concern with no wins to date from five attempts. She has the class but will start short and may need luck.

Race 4 – Distance Championship Heat Two – 8:20pm

1 – Sir Gazza (Robert Britton) – A consistent middle distance chaser who has been thereabouts in his limited 700 metre races. Has not won since May and can get back in his races. He is likely to need things to go his way to be any hope.

2 – Hession Boots (Rodney Clarke) – Another who had raced well over middle distances before a fading fourth in his 700 metre debut last time out. He will need to be better than that to be competitive here.

3 – Luna Jinx (Len Ketelaar) – A handy staying type who has been consistent since making the move from South Australia. She has a win and a second from two attempts over this track and trip and the experience should serve her well. She meets some quality opposition here and this will be a big test of how good she is.

4 – Zipping Joe (Darren McDonald) – A very promising staying type who has won four of his last five. The son of Bombastic Shiraz and Or Catra (Brett Lee – Gold Serenade) has his share of early speed and could even lead a race like this. He is one of the major players in this race.

5 – VACANT BOX

6 – Beks (Patrick Bouchier) – A youngster who has been thrown in at the deep end here. He only has three career wins to his name from 16 starts but has won here in 43.23 and also defeated smart stayer Infinite Wish last time out at Ballarat. He has a powerful finish but will find this race tough.

7 – Dyna Willow (Steve Collins) – A very classy staying bitch who resumes here after a three month layoff. She is a former Wentworth Park track record holder and a multiple Group winning bitch. She has won two from four out of box seven and two from seven over this trip with a flying best of 42.16. If she is anywhere near her best she should be winning this one.

8 – Galloping Rocky (Robert Conway) – had been mixing her form before an upset win at Sandown last week in 42.54. That was only her second win since March and she looks well tested in this high quality affair.

Race 9 – Distance Championship Heat Three – 10:02pm

1 – Tyra Giselle (Todd Chatwin) – Has been racing ultra consistently on the provincial circuit but faces one of the best in the business here. She has only missed a place once in her past eight outings but is yet to salute beyond 700 metres. She likes to lead and may not find that easy in this heat. A rough hope at best.

2 – Xylia Allen (Jenny Hunt) – One of the best sprinter/stayers the sport has seen in recent times. She recently won the Group Two McKenna Memorial at Sandown and is creeping towards the top of the all-time prize-money earners list. She is yet to win in two attempts at this trip but should be good enough to turn that around here. She looks the winner.

3- Unix Bale (Steve Collins) – Has not won since late May and has been a little one-paced in her races. She is yet to win from box three nor at this journey. She looks outclassed.

4 – Lethal Three (Kelly Bravo) – A Group One finalist who can give a lot of cheek when she manages to find the front. She steps back up from middle distance racing here and will be up vying for the front early on. She is sure to run out the trip and is an each-way proposition at juicy odds.

5 – VACANT BOX

6 – Looby Lu (Joe Borg) – Youngster who graduated to staying from middle distances last time out. She led on that occasion before fading to finish fifth. She should vie for the lead but will need to find a bit more in the run home. She looks to be outclassed.

7 – Zipping Rory (Peter Daprain) – A precocious 28-month-old who has been racing in terrific heart of late. He stopped the clock at a swift 42.17 here two weeks ago which augurs well for a race like this. He could be the knockout chance or at the very least, one for the exotics.

8 – Hala Belle (Peter Akathiotis) – A three-time Group One finalist who handles the outside draws. She likes to race on the speed but may have trouble crossing a couple of the others here. Her fate will be decided on what sort of position she manages to land in early. She will keep coming and is as consistent as they come.

Semi-Final Time For 2014 Group One Maturity Classic

It’s semi-final time for the Group One Maturity Classic. The top two from each heat will progress through to next week’s $100,000 final.

The fastest heat qualifier was My Bro Fabio and he will line up in first semi-final on the card.

Here’s a look at some of the main chances in each semi;

Semi-Final One – Race 5 at 8:40pm

There’s a mix of early speed and strength in this race. Push It (2), Rue De Kahn (4) and Mepunga Hayley (5) all possess good early toe. Push It is the best drawn of the three but bombed the start last week and weakened in the latter stages, going down by three and a quarter lengths to Crackerjack Rose in 30.48. Rue De Kahn flew out last week from box seven and recorded 30.15 while Mepunga Hayley also recorded 30.15; running down White Spyro.

The strength comes through Give You Credit (6), My Bro Fabio (7) and Hooksy (8). Hooksy struck trouble last week and scraped home for third. The draw hasn’t been kind to him as he hasn’t recorded a win out of box eight. My Bro Fabio got the room he needed last week to scorch away to a 29.79 win but with the speed drawn on the inside, he may not be so lucky getting that room this week. Queenslander Give You Credit put in an eye-catching run behind Samus Allen. He will be long odds but is the improver in the race.

The other two runners are Hot Whirl (1) who ran second from this draw last week and Kerrigan Bale (3), who has only been unplaced in two career starts.

Semi-Final Two – Race 6 at 8:58pm

The talented Samus Allen (5) can’t seem to draw a box for this series as she has drawn box five again. She handled the box impressively last week and a repeat of that should see her go well. She ran 30.11 in the heats, winning by one and a quarter lengths and recording 5.08 to the first mark.

Where’s The Surf (2) had this box last week when he stopped the clock at 30.05 in his heat win. He led all the way and clocked 5.12 as his first section.

Anthony Azzopardi will be hoping his venture south pays off and Shoulders (3) qualifies for next week’s final. The dog has been well prepared for the series, with a handy record of two wins and three placings from five starts at The Meadows. He ran second to Spring Leaf last week but is capable of going better as he has recorded a best of 29.94 at the track.

White Spyro (8) jumped out in a hurry last week and went a flying 5.01 early. However, she was chopped down by Mepunga Hayley and based on that, she will need to get a clean and handy lead to be a chance of winning this race.

Semi-Final Three – Race 7 at 9:20pm

The two top chances are boxed next to each other on the outside. Luca Neveelk (7) and Eliza Blanche (8) have both been impressive in their short careers. Luca Neveelk debuted well at The Meadows last week, leading all the way in 30.15. Eliza Blanche had to do a mile of work to get second but she never gave up and if she gets a cleaner run this week, she is well and truly in the race as she has a best of 29.82 at the track.

Dyna Ostranda (6) had the good rails draw last week to win in 30.05. The move to box six isn’t ideal but last week’s run showed he has the ability to mix it with the runners in this field.

Top Secret (4) has shown a penchant for racing near the lead so he does present an each-way chance here. He finished second behind My Bro Fabio last week and prior to that had some handy placings around. Bendigo. His brother, Take Charge (3), is much better drawn this week and could also be up there challenging early.

Semi-Final Four – Race 8 at 9:42pm

Spring Leaf (4) was outstanding last week in her 30.10 win. She has developed a good winning strike rate, winning seven from 10. She has slow beginners boxed on both sides of her which should suit.

All Strung Out (3) had all sorts of trouble negotiating box eight last week but moves back to a suitable inside draw here. He had this box when he won in 30.11 earlier this month. He has never been unplaced in his short 11 start career and has factored in the placings in both starts at The Meadows.

Sisco Rage (1) races well over this distance at The Meadows. She had box eight last week and wound her way around the field to finish second. The inside draw has been kind to her in the past, she just needs an ounce of luck and a bit of room to put herself in the race.

Zipping Snoppy (8) ran his personal best of 30.11 last week from box two. He is a little inconsistent when racing week-to-week but he likes The Meadows so can’t be discounted.

Wenty Park And Geelong Tips & Betting Preview July 18th 2014

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Race 5 – 520M Grade 5 Final – 8:28PM

Pretty even affair but I think Allen Malik may have too much natural dash for this lot. In the middle of June he recorded two breathtaking Warragul wins in 25.71 and 25.87 and a repeat of any of those two efforts will see him get the cash in convincing fashion. He can bomb the start at times but he has the benefit of slow beginners drawn on each side and that should allow him to still lead even if he is a tad slow to begin.

Superstar Magic looks to be the main danger after he scored a smart 30.42 heat win last week. He can be very hit or miss at box rise, but from the pink he should be afforded sufficient room in the early stages and he should be able to carve across and settle in the first two. Dyna York is the run on dog in the race, he is very slow early but once he hits his stride he can take ground off the best of them.

Top Four: 5 – 8 – 6 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Allen Malik

Trifecta: 5,6,8/5,6,8/1,2,3,5,6,8 ($24 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1,5,8/6/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1,5,8/Field/6 ($18 for 100%)

Quinella: 5 to rove with 1,6,8 ($3 for 100%)

 

Race 6 – 460M VBIS Maiden Final – 8:47PM

The second leg of the quaddie sees a group of promising youngsters set to do battle. After two rounds of heats, the Brooke Ennis trained Scheme looks to be the standout. In his two starts to date he has stepped cleanly and showed tremendous early speed before scoring two sizzling wins in 25.60 and 25.62 respectively. He appears to be about five lengths superior to any other competitor in the series and with his explosive early speed it is hard to see them getting near him.

Bush Caviar has won his two heats aswell and in his second start he looked extremely comfortable once he got out wide and into some open space. From the seven box he should get plenty of room early and he should fill the quinella spot. Almani Bruiser and Bush Rebel appear to be the other main place hopes, both have performed well to date and if something happens to the favoured two, they should be there to capitalise.

Top Four: 2 – 7 – 1 – 3

Suggested Bets:

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

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

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

 

Race 7 – 460M Grade 5 – 9:10PM

Another quality line-up but there appears to be only three genuine winning hopes with the best of them being Crackerjack Dak who has drawn in the coveted red box. Before his last start failure he had been placed in three of his previous five starts with three of those being Metropolitan wins. From the red he should be able to punch through soon after box rise and they will have a hell of a time trying to reel him while he is running sub 25.60 on the bunny.

Jewel Bale hasn’t experienced a lot of luck in her two runs from a spell but she is a class act when on song. She should be much better for those two runs and from box two, she should be able to trail Crackerjack Dak through in the early stages and although I didn’t think she will pick him up, she will definitely make him earn his victory. Oscura is the other chance in the event, he is an enormous talent but he can do a lot of things wrong in his races. If he gets away cleanly, he then becomes a genuine winning threat.

Top Four: 1 – 2 – 4 – 3

Suggested Bets:

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

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

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

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

Trifecta: 1/2/Field ($6 for 100%)

 

Race 8 – 460M Mixed 3/4 – 9:28PM

Since joining the powerful Thompson kennel, the talented Whodat Knockin’ appears to have finally put it altogether. He followed his blistering 25.78 Warragul win with a dazzling 25.24 Shepparton win on Monday and it appears he is drawn to notch up a hat trick of wins. Mepunga Fearon should punch through and lead early and that should allow Whodat Knockin’ to get the nice sit early and he should prove far too powerful in the run home.

Likely leader Mepunga Fearon has been racing in good style of late and his 25.66 PB here is evidence that he is no slouch. He will be setting a cracking pace and although he is normally quite strong I don’t think he will be able to withstand the pressure being applied by the favourite in the run to the line. They should run the quinella quite easily and the minor end of the money looks to be a battle between in three. Premier Event, Dyna Ishaan and Franklin Senior are the only other place hopes and they are really hard to split.

Top Four: 2 – 1 – 7 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 1,2/1,2/3,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

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

Trifecta: 2/1,3,7,8/1,3,7,8 ($12 for 100%)

 

Quaddies

Leg 1: 5 Leg 1: 1,5,6,8
Leg 2: 2 Leg 2: 2
Leg 3: 1,2 Leg 3: 1,2,4
Leg 4: 1,2 Leg 4: 1,2

$4 For 100% $24 For 100%

Best Bet:

Race 9: Bayman Bale

Best Roughie:

Race 4: Pepper Fozz

 

 

WENTWORTH PARK

 

Race 5 – 720M Mixed 4/5 – 8:40PM

Good race to open up the quaddie and I think the well drawn Suit’s Us will prove hard to beat. After a fairly successful staying campaign, connections had dropped him back to the 500m trip and he was far from disgraced in those runs and that means he should be a lot sharper early when stepping back up to tonight’s journey. He is a keen railer and his record here is tremendous, if he can get away cleanly he really should get the cash.

Pumped Up Zarr is the obvious danger, he can be hard to follow at times but he is brilliant when on song. He returned to form with an impressive 610m Grafton win last week and he has won over this trip previously in a more than handy 42.23. Miss Fiction is the only other winning hope but she is more of a great place chance. She will get a long way out of her ground early but she will be steaming home late in the piece.

Top Four: 1 – 4 – 2 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 1,4/1,2,4/1,2,3,4,7 ($12 for 100%)

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

Trifecta: 1/2,3,4/Field ($15 for 100%)

 

Race 6 – 520M Mixed 4/5 – 8:58PM

It is always hard to put Watto Lotto on top but this really does look to be his race. He has been placed in five of his past six and on each occasion he has ripped home from a long way back. From the red he should be able to settle in the first half and he should prove way too strong for his rivals in the run home.

Paula Dawn is expected to lead the event, after a long run of outs she returned to a more suitable trip and scored a confidence boosting 20.97 Nowra win. That form isn’t really great but she showed better box manners and with her natural early speed she should be able to build up a big lead mid race. She will stop in the home straight but she should be able to hold on for a place. Stylish Jenmar is a highly talented chaser but he can crash to the fence soon after box rise and he will be relying on a lot of luck to feature.

Top Four: 1 – 4 – 6 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 1,4,6/1,4,6/Field ($36 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1/4,5,6/Field ($18 for 100%)

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

Quinella: 1 to rove with 4,5,6 ($3 for 100%)

 

Race 7 – 520M Grade 4 – 9:17PM

Probably the toughest leg of the quaddie and I think we can find some value with the speedy and in form Maria’s Impact. She has won her past two here in impressive fashion and on both occasions she has gone 5.37 or faster to the first marker. A repeat of those sectionals will see her lead and she will give them something to catch.

Shanlyn Patch is another in form chaser and he has the ideal draw. He is a notable wide runner and provided he can step on terms he should find himself in contention very early on as he has broken 30 seconds in both of his wins here. Cloud Ten is the interesting runner, he is one of the more talented chasers in the field but he has pace drawn either side and he can bomb the start on occasions. Droopy’s Bay and Highly Respected must both go into your quaddie selections.

Top Four: 5 – 8 – 6 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on Maria’s Impact and Shanlyn Patch

Boxed Quinella: 3,5,6,8 ($6 for 100%)

Boxed Exacta: 3,5,6,8 ($12 for 100%)

 

Race 8 – 520M Mixed 3/4 -9:40PM

My Kinda Music is an electric beginner and she looks to be the banker in the quaddie. She has faultless box manners and she has gone sub 5.40 to the first marker here on three occasions. There is a fair bit of speed in boxes one, three and five but I think she has sufficient speed to burn them off and should be a matter of times and margins as they head for the back straight.

I’m Pedro came to town with big wraps and it took him a few runs to put it altogether, however his two wins here in recent weeks showed spectators that he is the real deal. He is armed with early speed and like the favourite he is reliable early but I think he will have a little trouble crossing tonight so the quinella spot looks best for him. Tainted Luke has won four of eight here and once he carves up the dogs on his inside he should settle in third spot and grab the minor money.

Top Four: 4 – 5 – 3 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on My Kinda Music (if you can get $2.20 or better)

Trifecta: 4,5/4,5/1,3,7,8 ($8 for 100%)

Trifecta: 4/5/1,3,7,8 ($4 for 100%)

 

Quaddie:

Leg 1: 1,4
Leg 2: 1,4,6
Leg 3: 2,3,5,6,7,8
Leg 4: 4

$36 for 100%

Take for more units with Watto Lotto in the second leg.

 

Best Bet:

Race 2: Kool Larocca

Best Roughie:

Race 9: Spanky’s Legacy

Massive Box One Promotion At Centrebet For Geelong Meeting

Centrebet produces the goods at Geelong tonight when they whack a bonus on all box one runners that is bigger than Ben Hur.

Centrebet are offering no less than 25% extra on the win dividend of any box one runner at the Geelong meeting. Anyone who knows punting percentages realises that it is a huge increase to your profits.

With 12 races on the card there should be plenty of opportunities to take the chill off the cold winter air by lining your pockets with some souped up dividends. It’s time to pay for the weekend’s beer money.

Let’s take a look at all 12 box one runner’s and line up their chances in each race.

Race 1 – Heza Apple (Val Awramenko) - It looks like the perfect start to the evening with a great opportunity to cash in on the 25% bonus straight off the bat. Heza Apple is undefeated in two career starts, both at Warrnambool over the 390 metre trip and comes to Geelong boxed to make it three from three. He faces a moderate field here and the son of Mogambo and Elite Scotch will have no excuses to not be right in it.

Race 2 – Storm Allen (Steve Collins) - The second event again looks a moderate affair but Storm Allen looks to be tested from box one. She is a slow beginner which has not served her well in her 10 race career with only one win coming so far. That win was at Geelong, which is a small solace for punters looking desperately for a reason to back her. There does look to be better hopes on the card though.

Race 3 – Rylee’s Marshall (Graham Whitford) - A former Queenslander who only made the move to the Garden State in May. He has had just six starts in Victoria for one win which was an all the way effort at Warragul two starts back. He meets a few promising types here and only really looks an each way chance.

Race 4 – Serash Bale (Jenny Hunt) - The fourth event looks like another good chance for us to unload on a box one winner. Serash Bale is chasing her third straight win after saluting at Shepparton and Sale at her last two outings. She had been racing in some fairly handy company prior to that and looks very well graded in this one. She looks the goods.

Race 5 – Proven Looper (Wayne Vassallo) - This grand old campaigner has won 17 of his 64 starts including five from box one. He is yet to win at Geelong in two attempts and meets some solid opponents here including multiple Group finalist Allen Malik. He loves the inside and is not out of this entirely.

Race 6 – Bush Rebel (Damian Fleming) - A dog with his share of talent who lines up in a very tough maiden final here. The son of Fabregas and Puzzle ‘Em Girl has won one of his two starts with the win coming from an inside draw (box two). He faces a couple of undefeated runners including his littermate in box seven and an absolute flying machine in Scheme from box two. He may find this race just a little too hard.

Race 7 – Crackerjack Dak (Andrea Dailly) - Race seven provides another top hope for punters keen on injecting 25% extra into their dividends. A winner of 15 from 36, Crackerjack Dak is a very classy conveyance. Runs like the 29.43 which he recently produced at Sandown Park sit him in great stead to take out this fifth grade race. His only start over this journey yielded a second placing. He has never missed a placing from the rails alley in four starts and is the class runner by a mile in this race. He is well worth backing.

Race 8 – Mepunga Fearon (Jeff Britton) - We look to have another hope in race eight when front-running flying machine Mepunga Fearon dons the red stretch vest. He looks the likely leader and has a real penchant for the Geelong circuit. The 30kg white and black dog has carved out a lightning 25.66 here in the past and a repeat of that would see him go mighty close in this one. He does face some stiff opposition from the Jason Thompson trained Whodat Knockin’ in box two, but he will give them something to catch.

Race 9 – Inventor (Gary Peach) - When it comes to winning strike rates, Inventor has a bit of an advantage over his rivals in the ninth event. He has won nine of his 35 starts and unbelievably lines up for his first start from box one in this race. He raced without luck last time out when he finished seventh at this track from box eight. It is fair to expect a sharp improvement from him on Friday night and he is worthy of strong consideration.

Race 10 – Radinka Bale (Steve Collins) - Our runner in the tenth race is a box one bandit and a winner of 11 from 33. She had been a little below her best before she struck back with an impressive best of the night effort at Geelong last time out. She has won four of her seven box one starts and two from five at this track and trip. She meets the very talented Wild Douglas in box four, but can be thereabouts. A rough hope.

Race 11 – Impact Bale (Jenny Hunt) - Coming to Geelong for the first time should be a pleasant experience for Impact Bale, who has won both of his starts from box one on other tracks. If anyone can make it unpleasant it looks to be the dog drawn to his immediate right in Darcy’s Entity, who has won three from four and has early toe. However Impact Bale is a strong type who should gain a nice run in transit and will be motoring home.

Race 12 – Coopnarcha (Zoran Aleksov) - If we have not already got our winners before the last, it may be too late with Coopnarcha looking to have his work cut out for him. He is yet to win from box one in his 24 start career and has been lacking his usual early speed in his last few outings. For him to be any chance he will need to come out in front.

Best Bets: Race 1, Race 4, Race 7 and Race 8

Centrebet Steps Up With Huge Greyhound Promotion At Wenty Park

If you enjoy a flutter on the Wentworth Park meetings of a Friday night, Centrebet this week gives you a reason to be even more interested.

In addition to their $200 free bet off, Centrebet is offering a gigantic 25% win bonus on any runner who exits box one at the Glebe circuit. This means massive extra profits if you fancy something who has drawn the rails alley.

Considering that box one wins more races than any other box at nearly every track, it’s a fantastic promotion and one that we should be able to secure some tidy profits from.

Here is a look at each box one runner on the Wentworth Park card.

Race 1 – Madam Goodesy (Ricky McKinnon) - Our first red rug runner comes to town after winning two of her last three races in the country. They are her only two career wins from 24 starts and the step from maiden and mixed class at Temora to a city fifth grade is as big as the step Neil Armstrong took for mankind in 1969. I’d be leaving this one alone.

Race 2 – Hunter Hummer (Corey Spliet) - An interesting runner fills the rails box in the second event. A winner of 22 from 47 career starts, Hunter Hummer has never won over 500 metres or further. He has carved out some blistering times at The Gardens, Richmond and Maitland over the 400 metre trip and should lead this on his ear, but the big query is whether or not he can keep it up for the 520 metres.

Race 3 – Argo Alley (Ruth Matic) - While the rails alley has not been too bad for Argo Alley, her strike rate of three wins from 28 starts is less than flattering and she has only managed one placing at Wentworth Park from three outings. She faces a field that includes a few dogs that look to have an edge on her. I’d be passing on this one.

Race 4 – Glowing Opal (Wendy Brown) - A Gardens to Wenty final sees Glowing Opal making her city debut in the cherry vest. She has broken the 30-second mark at The Gardens in the past and won two of her three starts from box one. This is not an easy race but she has her share of claims.

Race 5 – Suits Us (Ken Burnett) - A seven dog staying event makes up the fifth race and it is also probably our best opportunity at grabbing an extra 25%. Suits us has a superb box one record, winning seven of his 12 attempts from there. His 720 metre record is only fair, with 4 victories from 25 starts but he has stopped the clock at a decent 42.37 in the past. Has to be considered.

Race 6 – Watto Lotto (John Callaughan) - Celebrating his 100th start in this race, Watto Lotto is showing no signs of slowing down just yet. He has circumnavigated Wenty more times than the lure and lines up for start number 61 at the harbour-side track this week. He has been placed in five of his last seven and has won four of 11 from the red. He takes on a couple of decent dogs here and is an each way chance only.

Race 7 – Jorelle (Andrew Bayliss) - This handy bitch is yet to produce her best at Wentworth Park but can obviously gallop. She has won seven from 19 but lacks genuine early speed on a consistent basis. Her box one record is good with two wins from four outings, she will need to come out on terms here.

Race 8 – Satchmo’s Hanky (Ben McCauley) - A handy conveyance draws the rails in the eighth event, but he will need to be at his very best with the speedy My Kinda Music out in box four. Satchmo’s Hanky has won two from six in box one and has a best of 29.85. He is likely to need things to go his way.

Race 9 – Castanea (Craig Moffitt) - The planets may have aligned to give us a winner in the ninth. On paper, the stats stack up nicely with two from three from box one and three from four over the trip. She should jump in the top few and rail her way to a win. Definitely one of the better box one chances at the meeting.

Race 10 – Tiggerlong Chick (Kevin Keys) - The last race looks like it may be another one to leave alone, with Tiggerlong Chick having her work well and truly cut out for her. She is a slow beginner who steps back in distance from 600 metres for this. She has not filled a top three spot at her two box one efforts and looks to be outgunned.

Best Bets: Race 5 and Race 9

Youngsters On Show In Laurie Healion Memorial Heats

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

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

Heat One:

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

Heat Two:

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

Heat Three:

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

Heat Four:

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

Heat Five:

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

Albion Park Greyhounds Tips & Betting Preview July 17th 2014

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Race 1 – 520M Novice – 6.42pm

Yes Does gets his best chance yet to break through for win number two. He has enough early speed to lead and once on the bunny he should carve out about 30.15, which is fast enough to win this. Big Yellow Taxi should jump away fast enough to land in second. Burwana has ability and can run on, but he will need clear room early on. Shot Of Fear is going good enough to suggests she can fill a hole.

Top Four Selections: 2 – 6 – 3 – 1

Suggested Bet: Win bet on Yes Does

Trifecta: 2/3,5,6/1,3,5,6

 

Race 2 – 5th Grade 520M – 6.58pm

Kidatee Croc gets the nod again here after putting in a sound effort last week. He missed the start but run on well to grab second. If he pings on the bunny he should go awfully close. Love Kills is a super talented dog. I think we may see some big things of this fellow in time. He’s super strong and really let’s rip mid race. If he gets just one crack at these watch out. Captain Cess is another who has plenty of talent. He won easily here last week from a wide draw. Box three tonight makes it tough. No Prisoners is talented but only looks a minor chance in this field.

Top Four Selections: 2 – 7 – 3 – 1

Suggested Bet: Win bet on Kidatee Croc

Trifecta: 2,7/2,7/1,3

 

Race 3 – 5th Grade 520M – 7.22pm

Very tough race with many chances. Farmer’s Gold, Super Velo and Grand Roman look the best winning chances in the race. Grand Roman looked flat last week when being beat and can bounce back here if he pings. Outa Tempo is bursting to win one soon, so keep him safe. Very tough race and look for value.

Top Four Selections: 7 – 6 – 4 – 8

Suggested Bet: look for value or keep your money in your pocket.

 

Race 4 – 5th Grade 520M – 7.44pm

I liked the win of Flick Pass last week and he should again pose a huge threat. He is much better drawn tonight and looks likely to get a dream run along the rails. Chant is fresh from a winning Grafton campaign and is likely to pose a threat if he jumps and runs. Trav’s Fantasy has been consistent and High And Mighty always puts in a solid run.

Top Four Selections: 1 – 8 – 5 – 7

Suggested Bet:

Trifecta: 1/5,7,8/3,5,6,7,8

 

Race 5 – 5th Grade 520M – 8.05pm

Le Sirenuse looks very hard to heat in this if she pings and goes. She’s a winner here in 30.06 and is well drawn in the two box. Kikem Shilling could pose danger to Le Sirenuse. She’s very speedy early and will match motors for most of the race. Exhibitionist is always a chance and she steps back up in trip here. It’s likely we will see some box speed from her, so keep her safe. Ellie’s Choice should get the softest run of the race, and can run fourth along with Fred Sealy, but he is badly boxed.

Top Four Selections: 2 – 3 – 6 – 4

Suggested Bet:

First Four: 2,3,6/2,3,6/1,2,3,4,6/1,2,3,4,6,7

 

Race 6 – 4th Grade 520M – 8.25pm

You Can Talk is likely to bounce back to winning form here. Box six is ok and she can jump and run here. You Say So has the red and while he has made plenty of mistakes previously from this box, he has enough speed to fire out. Spring Colorado is likely to drop out early but can sneak up along the rail hard nearing the finish. King Elliot can bounce back in this if he jumps.

Top Four Selections: 6 – 1 – 4 – 5

Suggested Bet:

Exacta: Boxed 1,6

 

Race 7 – 4th/5th Grade 600M – 8.44pm

Tricky race but I’m relying on Set Her Again to bounce back to her best. She can really fly over this trip and should she jump it’s all over. Her form is poor of late, so I’m hoping the freshen up will bring the best out in her. Abbey Corsair is going to get a easy run in this and should she find room she’ll rocket home. Rose To Size is well boxed and Fine Cotton is likely to steam home.

Top Four Selections: 2 – 3 – 1 – 7

Suggested Bet:

Trifecta: 2/1,3,7/1,3,4,6,7

 

Race 8 – 710M open – 9.08pm

This race is shaping up as a mighty clash with some of Queenslands best stayers engaged. Wag Tail gets the nod, quick early and proven stayer. Seven Straight is likely to fire out and he looks a threat. Mullaway, Knave and Shoe Laces Lady all have genuine winning claims, so don’t dismiss.

Top Four Selections: 3 – 5 – 7 – 8

Suggested Bet:

Box First Four: 2,3,5,7,8,

 

Race 9 – Best 8 520M – 9.28pm

These race are always hard. Top Story is the best boxed runner in the race and he goes on top. Winged Elite has drawn the red box again and is likely to really threaten. Yogi Blue is always a genuine chance if he pings. Benarkin is likely to steam home at the end.

Top Four Selections: 8 – 1 – 2 – 4

Suggested Bet:

Exacta: 8/1,2,4

 

Race 10 – 5th Grade 520M – 9.52pm

Tricky affair and one that has many chances. Lacey Lou will lead, but is likely to paddle at the end. Californian Dude is racing well but his times are only fair. Doc Graham can run but is very moody and Intensive Storm can rattle home.

Top Four Selections: 1 – 8 – 6 – 5

Suggested Bet:

Boxed Trifecta: 1,5,6,7,8

 

Quadrella

Leg 1: 2,3,6
Leg 2: 1,6
Leg 3: 2,3
Leg 4: 2,5,7

$36.00 for 100%

 

Best Bet:
Race 4 Box 1 Flick Pass

Best Roughie:
Race 8 Box 5 Seven Straight

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