Eight chasers line up at Maitland on Thursday night to contest the final of the Group Two Maitland Cup over a distance of 450 metres. Paw Licking set the standard last week, breaking the track-record and becoming the fastest qualifier through to the final.
He will start as the obvious short priced favourite and is currently showing Sportsbet, with Natural Player and Rose Sannette sharing the second line of betting at 6.00.of 1.45 at
Here is a close look at the form of each of the finalists.
|Comments:Â ARG opinion is -Â Very consistent race bitch who has her favourite draw. She will be competitive from the draw and is an each-way chance.||
|Comments:Â Jason Mackay (Trainer) – “It’s common sense when a dog breaks a record and runs near-record or record sections that it will be real hard to beat. I sort of don’t worry too much about the opposition, I am more focused on him. I think he’ll be a good chance. He will go in with probably a little bit of improvement in him which he probably has to do to try and win the race.”||
|Comments:Â Mark Wilcox(Trainer)Â - “IÂ think he will go all right if he is left alone early and he can get into a good position. He was caught wide a bit last week. After the run last week we had a few little issues with him.Â We’ve just kept him fresh this week. It’s all got to do with the start there Thursday. There’s a bit of speed around him. The eight looks the one to beat.”||
|Comments: Dennis Reid (Owner) – “I think the eight is an absolute certainty and the six dog will run second. We are just hoping to get a place. We don’t think we can win it.”||
|Comments: ARG opinion is -Â Heat winner at long odds and will need luck from this box draw.||
|Comments:Â Darren Russell (Trainer)Â - “I think he will go all right. I’m actually happy with the box draw. His last couple of runs at Maitland he has had the red box and cut right down on the fence and probably cost himself two to three lengths in the run to the first corner. Hopefully out there he will go straight. When he had the four there he went 25.12 and went straight as a die. He has pulled up enormous from last week.”Â||
|Comments:Â Mark Gatt (Trainer) – Â “Paw Licking will be really hard to beat. I’m just hoping he gets a clean run and flashes home and maybe we can run into the money somewhere. He has been hitting the line really good. He is just a consistent dog. We are just hoping he gets a clean run and maybe run a a place. You never know, there could be a bit of trouble and he could get up for the win. We would be wrapped if he could run a place.”||
|Comments: Kelvyn Greenough (Trainer)Â -Â “I never get over confident in any race. I know it’s a dog race and anything can go wrong but he’s certainly in there with a chance. The dog is fine, there’s no dramas at all.”||
|Comments:Â Very unlucky not to have scored a spot in theÂ final. If he gets a run, he is a natural improver and looks and each-way chance.||
|Comments:Â Went well last week. Has been beginning consistently of late. He will need to draw well if he is to factor in the business end.||
If Paw Licking (8) repeats the effort from last week, he will be winning. The main dangers appear to be the inside division consisting of Rose Sannette (1), Fire Elusive (2) and Natural Player (3). Rose Sannette rarely runs out of a place and she has a love affair with box one. Fire Elusive went very well last week and is open to improvement, while Natural Player has been kept fresh for this. He is a very fast dog and is a track-record holder in his own right (over 350 metres at Goulburn).
New Gleam (6) looks to be positioned well. The greyhounds on his immediate inside, Miner’s Moss (4) and Magic Diore (5), will both be looking for the fence and he has a slow beginner, Gradence (7), drawn on his outside. His trainer is hoping he runs straight into the turn and if he does, he is rated a good chance. Gradence (7) is a slow beginner but manages to work his way well through a field. He is another that is an each-way chance, especially if there is a bit of interference in front of him. Miner’s Moss and Magic Diore will need luck to feature from their respective draws.
The race jumps at 9:58pm. All eyes will be on Paw Licking to see if he can claim the Maitland Cup and shave a little more off the track-record in the process.
Troy Murray is no stranger to the winners circle with his vast selection of chasers, and Emerley Lover is continuing to fly the flag for the popular Lewiston trainer.
After a dominant win in the rich St. Patricks Day sprint last Thursday night, the son of Nitro Burst and Emerley Shine had that winning feeling again, but this time it was up the highway at Gawler.
Backing up four days after the brilliant 29.40 Angle Park performance, Emerley Lover lined up on Tuesday in the first heat of the Gawler South Bakery Free-For-All series, and from box four, ran the arms off the clock again.
With a small field of five facing the starter, the 32kg chaser was expected to get the job done, with punters sending it out as a $1.60 elect. After an early speed battle with Cacia Bale, the favourite powered away proving far too good for those in pursuit.
The flying chaser ran 30.56 for the 531 metres and has always had an affinity for the Gawler circuit, having previously run a slashing 30.36 for the same journey in June last year. His record at the showground venue now sits at five wins from nine tries, and he will prove most difficult to overcome for those other chasers qualifying for the final.
Those from the first heat joining Emerley Lover in next week’s feature were Long Gully Court, Sheza Diva and Lochinvar Impala.
The second and final heat was a more competitive affair, but on this occasion the favoured runner had to settle for second place.
Punters came hard for Chemical Maker, who shared a similar form line as Emerley Lover after being runner-up in the St. Patrick Day Sprint. As a result, he was “in the red” by the time they jumped, but was unable to give Troy Murray back-to-back winners from box two.
Instead, the underrated Fire Tyson from the Tony Lagana camp would steal the show and lead all the way to beat Chemical Maker, who came from last to challenge in the straight.
Fire Tyson came into the event with his last few runs over the shorter 400-metre trip after being off his best for the majority of the year so far. However with a sharpened focus, the highly successful sprinter was brilliant from the moment the boxes opened, running 30.75 in victory.
While it was a fair way from his 30.44 personal best, the winner of 31 races can never be taken lightly, especially on a course where his style of using the track comes as no disadvantage.
Former Queenslander Kenso Karoo was not far behind that leading duo and subsequently progressed, along with Long Gully Bill who took the last spot on offer.
The $2250 to-the-winner final is sure to be the highlight of the meeting next Tuesday afternoon.
Meanwhile, there is one chaser who keeps turning regular Grade 5 events into a highlight package at Angle Park, running times that would give the very best a fright.
Cairnlea Layla for Peter Hubbard and new trainer Robyn Mackeller has won its past two races by a combined margin of nearly 24 lengths, but itâ€™s the fact she runs times comparable to Ernie Bung Arrow that puts her ability into perspective.
From box seven, the daughter of Mogambo and Della Bale lined up in the eighth event on Monday night and speared out to set a first split of 4.45, before going to run 29.55, backing up the twelve-length 29.56 effort she produced Wednesday last week.
The December 2011 pup is only a recent acquisition to South Australia, having been a Victorian competitor for the first nine starts of its career under the care of Robert Britton. Sheâ€™d had three wins at Sandown under her belt (29.73 best) as well as some early placings at Geelong before the trip west was undertaken.
With such improved box manners and an obviously strong motor, expect this chaser to be winning much better races in the very near future.
Lismore Greyhounds Race 8 Box 4 Iâ€™m I Said, 9.05pm
This fellow is very talented and is a pretty good type in the making. His mother Black Candy, who is now sadly deceased, was a prolific Albion Park performer and this fellow looks just as talented this early on in his career. He is a winner of five from eight so far, with two minor placings. He was beaten here last week for the first time after beginning poorly, but I expect him to make amends here tonight. Heâ€™s not a brilliant box dog but he does have enough early toe to get across them from the pink box tonight.
Once across the race will be all over, but itâ€™s just a case of if he can get across. At a price of 3.00 or better he is worth a ticket, but I cant see him starting at that price so bet cautiously.
Box five runner Queen Emma Cloud is the main danger. She has only won the one from nine here, but sheâ€™s run a few placings. She has enough early toe to fire out and if she gets across early she will be one who can knock off the favourite at a good price, so keep her safe.
It may be worth taking a boxed exacta with these two runners, because if Queen Emma Cloud does beat Iâ€™m I Said it will pay well for a $2.00 outlay for 100%.
Mandurah Greyhounds Race 9 Box 1 Novaâ€™s Guess 12.27pm
Novaâ€™s Guess is owned and trained by former leading Queensland trainers Dave and Christian Robartson, who bred and races champions such as El Galo, High Earner and Miss Hot Gossip. They have recently moved back across to WA and have had good success since doing so.
This girl is by the good producer Expect More out of Turanza Bale, who is the mother of super chaser Xylia Allen. Novaâ€™s Guess has had a few chances to break through recently, but Iâ€™m prepared to give her another chance here tonight against a suitable field. She can jump quick enough to put herself in a winning position and will be greatly aided by the inside box.
There is not much in the way of standouts in this race and I highly doubt they can break the 23.00 mark. Novaâ€™s Guess has only posted a slow time of 23.42, but looks capable of running 23.15 if she steps away. The main danger looks to be box three runner Ocean Prince who, based on his stewards trial, can run a solid 23.12. If he repeats that he can win.
Take the quinella and boxed exacta with these two runners.
Warragul Greyhounds Race 8 Box 3 Bit Chili Billie, 9.09pm
Tough race, but there could be a few dogs over the odds that can win. This girl flew over the 400 meter trip here a while back and can begin well enough to lead from box three. She is capable of just breaking the 26.00 mark and while she will need to do that to win, she does have the ability to do so. Boxes one, two and seven look very hard to beat and they are stronger then my selection in this.
But they may find themselves tangled up as they all look capable of jumping together. If $7.00 or more is about for Bit Chili Billie, sheâ€™s worth an each way ticket. Box two runner Mermaid Princess is probably the main danger as sheâ€™s racing in superb form and ran a fast 29.58 when being beaten last start at Sandown. She is one from one at Warragul and has recorded a fast 25.83 for the 460 meter trip. A repeat of that performance will see her go close.
Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) stewards have finalised deliberations on penalty following analysts’ reports of the finding of ibuprofen in the urine sample taken from Iâ€™m Doreen Trick after that greyhound won Race 1, the Red Dog Landscaping Maiden Stake, 420 metres, run at the Tweed Heads meeting on 26 October 2013.
Consistent with the protocols under the GRNSW Prohibited Substance Penalty System, trainer Dwayne Townsend was advised of the reports received from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory and Racing Science Centre, QLD, via written notification of the laboratory findings.
Mr Townsend advised GRNSW of the possibility of the reports having occurred due to the inadvertent administration of a brufen tablet, a prescribed human preparation containing ibuprofen, kept within the vicinity of the food preparation area in his kennels.
Following initial correspondence, Mr Townsend pleaded guilty to a charge under GAR 83 (2) (a) of having presented Iâ€™m Doreen Trick for the event other than free of any prohibited substance in that the urine sample taken from the greyhound after the event was found to contain ibuprofen.
After GRNSW had considered submissions from Mr Townsend on penalty, he was suspended for 14 weeks, commencing on 10 March 2014 and expiring at midnight on 9 June 2014.
In considering penalty, stewards took into account such factors as Mr Townsendâ€™s record of having no rule breach in a relatively short period of registration as a trainer, a lack of evidence of any support for the greyhound on the day, the nature of the substance involved, the reported comparative high level of the substance, previous penalties for such substance presentation, his guilty plea and cooperation with GRNSW in determining the possible source of the reports.
Notwithstanding those factors, the requirement for a penalty to be imposed in circumstances where a measure of negligence had been identified as a possible factor in the reports had also to be considered.
Under GAR 83 (4), Iâ€™m Doreen Trick was disqualified from the event in question and the placings amended accordingly.
Brad Yatesâ€™ youngster Stangafied more then impressed onlookers in the heats of the 2014 Puppy Classic over Canningtonâ€™s 530 metre distance on Saturday night. The black chaser defeated an inform Bekim Maxim in the third heat after falling out of the boxes. The son of El Grand Senor â€“ Stanga Jill, stopped the clock at 30.66, not far off his personal best time of 30.60.
â€śI wasnâ€™t worried when Stangafied had Bekim Maxim behind him in the heat; he is a very good dog and I have high hopes for him. We may even look at taking him over east later on after the Derby.â€ť Trainer Brad Yates explained.
Litter brother Stanga Tom finished second in the first heat after leading everywhere but on the line, falling pray to a late lunge from Petra.
â€śHe hasnâ€™t been a real 500 metre dog, but I have been trying to get him up there; I expected him to go well, I thought there was only one dog to beat us and that was the one that did. So I was happy with the run.â€ť
â€śAt Cannington Stangafied is defiantly a better dog, but at Mandurah it is the other way around. Stangafied isnâ€™t as quick early but his run home time is pretty good.â€ť
Patrons at Greyhounds WA Cannington were impressed with Linda Brittonâ€™s Recall bitches yet again. Star Recall claimed victory, turning the tables after being unable to catch High Recall after her blistering first sectional last week. Gone To Heaven showed that she was coming back into form after going five starts without a win. Although she didnâ€™t win the race, she looked strong sitting second behind Star Recall, who stopped the clock at 30.38 with a massive head wind.
Linda Britton dominated the Puppy Classic Heats, qualifying five of the eight chasers in the final. With just the three heats, first and second, as well as the two fastest thirds will make up next weeks final field.
In the first heat of the night Stanga Tom jumped to lead the field early from box two. Petra sat in fourth position on the rails behind Jaguar Monelli and Kardy Girl, pushing up into second using the rails from her perfect box one draw. She then decided that the outside route was the way to victory, defeating Stanga Tom by two lengths in 30.96.
Linda Britton produced a trifecta in the second heat of the puppy classic. Canning Trophy winner High Recall started $1.95 favourite in front of litter sister Star Recall paying $2.50 and kennel mate Gone To Heaven ($7.00). Star Recall was first to come out at box rise with Gone To Heaven and High Recall only a matter of lengths behind. The order didnâ€™t change as they made their way around the 530 metre track, with Star Recall taking out the race in the fastest qualifying time of 30.38 by four lengths.
In the third and final heat of the night, Crossbank, Miss Moto and West On Miffy lead the field out of the boxes, with Bekim Maxim and Stangafied waiting to make ground on the inside. Bekim Maxim decided to go around the outside of the track with Stangafied using the rails to snatch the lead. Bekim Maxim and Stangafied went head to head for multiple strides until Stangafied pulled away in the home straight to win by six lengths in 30.66.
2014 Puppy Classic box draw:
1 Stanga Tom Brad Yates
2 Gone To Heaven Linda Britton
3 Miss Moto Corey White
4 Bekim Maxim Linda Britton
5 High Recall Linda Britton
6 Petra Linda Britton
7 Stangafied Brad Yates
8 Star Recall Linda Britton
9 Kardy Girl John Carmody
10 Sailing Solo David Hobby
With the box drawn done on Saturday night, Yates wasnâ€™t disappointed with Stangafied receiving box seven in the final.
â€śFor him it probably doesnâ€™t matter so much as to what box he gets, he will need luck and I just have to hope that one of Lindaâ€™s dogs doesnâ€™t get too far in front. If he is close enough, he is quite capable of running them down.â€ť
â€śIf he is within six lengths of the leaders at the 600 metre boxes he will give them a big shake.â€ť
Stanga Tom on the other hand has the handy box one.
â€śI donâ€™t think he will win, even from box one; my other dog will pick him up down the back and make him look like he is going backwards.â€ť
â€śHe is the only one that could challenge Lindaâ€™s three dogs out of the boxes. He will go well for a long way but the last 50 meters will take its toll on him.â€ť
â€śThe two Recall bitches look to be hard to beat if they get out in front early. Gone To Heaven is a good chance too, but Stangafied will be giving them a run for their money if he doesnâ€™t find too much trouble.â€ť
The 2014 Puppy Classic is set to run on Saturday night with the time yet to be announced.
The field is now known for the Group Three Nowra Summer Puppy Classic final to be held on Saturday, 29 March.
Local trainers Philip Goodsell and Chris O’Brien have both qualified two for the final. Goodsell’s two runners are litter-mates, as are O’Brien’s two.
Semi-Final One – Group Three Nowra Summer Puppy Classic
The margin of a neck-by-three-quarters was all that separated the first four in the first semi-final. Leica Destiny (1) was well served by the inside draw, leading the field down the back. However, she had Highbury (3) on her hammer. He went one better then last week and finished too strongly for Leica Destiny. Solar Pak (2) was also up there and secured third spot. Race favourite Stilton Blue (8) was forced wide at the first turn but managed to get through unscathed and fill fourth, gaining a spot in the final.
Highbury, trained by Paul Roach, recorded 30.26 in his third career victory from 13 starts.
Semi-Final Two – Group Three Nowra Summer Puppy Classic
Charles Dalton’s Quick To Go (6) was just that from box six, leading all the way to crack her maiden and record the best time of the two semi-finals; 30.04. On a wet track, it’s always an advantage to lead and she won comfortably by three lengths. Hollie Anne (1) did all the chasing behind Quick To Go and she has earned a spot in the final alongside her brother Stilton Blue. Quick To Go and Hollie Anne were 11 lengths in front of the rest of the field, which suffered varying degrees of interference. Gold Buccaneer (7) and Someone Tifi (8) were able to finish in third and fourth respectively and fill the last two spots in the final.
The field for the $25,000 race is:
Quick To Go – 30.04 (Charles Dalton)
Hollie Anne – 30.22 (Philip Goodsell)
Highbury – 30.26 (Paul Roach)
Leica Destiny – 30.28 (Susan Sundstrom)
Solar Pak – 30.30 (Chris O’Brien)
Stilton Blue – 30.31 (Philip Goodsell)
Gold Buccaneer – 30.75 (James McFarlane)
Someone Tifi – 30.86 (Chris O’Brien)
First Reserve: Power Of Will – 30.43 (Garry Edwards)
Second Reserve: Gone Ratty – 30.96 (David Mott)
Iâ€™m sure all greyhound followers will feel both a tinge of sadness and nostalgia when they hear the once mighty Vapour Whirl passed away this week.
Many greyhound fans will recall the deeds of the black flash with a great deal of affection, as he captured the hearts and minds of greyhound devotees with his dazzling feats of speed and determination in a star studded career that took him and his connections to the pinnacle of our sport.
Raced by the affable Tim Winter and trained by Cameron Taylor and Darren Murray, the black chaser was whelped in May 2003 and came from a litter which consisted of two dogs and three bitches. Bred by Stephen McKenna, the litter was sired by Ashigga, who won the 1998 Shepparton Cup, out of a bitch called Broad Band, who had not been able to win a maiden, despite having nineteen race starts. While Broad Band had not excelled as a race track performer, she lacked nothing in the breeding department, being a full litter sister to 2002 Silver Chief winner Jimmy Neutron.
In fact her Dam, Reeba Honcho, had been a terrific producer, leaving not only Jimmy Neutron, but other topline dogs, including prolific metropolitan winners Cash Up and Katie Current.
Vapour Whirl made his race track debut at the Meadows on June 29, 2005, and ran second at a short quote in the heats of the Victorian Breeders Stakes.Â He registered his first win at Geelong over the 457 metre course in a quick 25.71 seconds and proceeded to win his next four starts in some quick times around the provincial tracks, including a brilliant 27.13 seconds run at Horsham over the 480 metres, at just his sixth outing, exhibiting his remarkable talent.
Although he had been placed in a Cranbourne Cup final behind Pororoca early in January 2006, it wasnâ€™t until a few weeks later when Vapour Whirl really hit the big time, taking out the Group 2 Warragul Cup over 424 metres in a superb 23.79 seconds.Â His form was so exceptional that he was invited to compete in the 2006 Temlee at The Meadows the following month, where he finished a respectable fifth behind such great chasers as Closing Argument and Pure Octane.
The career highlights continued to flow for Vapour Whirl at an incredible rate, taking out the 2006 Gold Coast Cup and finishing a credible fifth in the 2006 Top Gun behind the flying Jaimandy Coops. He also won the 2007 Cranbourne Cup, the race he had finished third the year prior and finished runner up in his defence of the Warragul Cup.
Vapour Whirl retired after breaking a metatarsal in his second crack at the Temlee at The Meadows in February 2007.Â His overall record at the time of his retirement stood at 63 Starts for 33 wins, 16 seconds and 5 thirds, with stake money earnings over $140,000.
In those 33 victories, Vapour Whirl recorded some incredible times, including a 30.02 for the 520 metres at Cranbourne and a super 29.70 second run at The Meadows.Â He broke the magical 25.00 second barrier twice at Ballarat over the 450 metres and had a PB of 25.38 at Geelong over the 457 metre journey.
While Vapour Whirl was known for being primarily a sprinter, his only litter brother, Rocky, excelled over the long distances. Rockyâ€™s exploits over the long trips saw him labelled an iron dog for his chase and consistency, facing the starter on 105 occasions for 25 wins and 41 placings with stakes over the $200,000 mark. He was adored by many punters and greyhound followers.
At stud, Vapour Whirl was considered a bread and butter sire, who, without setting the world alight, continued to produce some very fast greyhounds.
Some of his better known progeny include Proven Jett, a finalist in the 2010 Golden Easter Egg, Gazmick Storm, Silver Spider and Vapour Ash to name a few.
The sport of greyhound racing is all the poorer for the loss of this wonderful chaser. Vale Vapour Whirl, a true champion.
Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) stewards have completed an inquiry into analysts’ reports that the urine sample taken from Amalia Allen – after that greyhound had been placed second in Race 6 at the Wagga Wagga Greyhound Club’s meeting on 12 May 2013 – had been analysed and confirmed to contain the testosterone metabolite 5beta-androstane-3alpha,17beta-diol at a level in excess of 10 ng/ml in urine as specified in GAR 83 (6) as an exempted level in urine taken from a bitch.
Evidence was taken from trainer Douglas Warren and registered owner Brian Keefe. Written evidence was submitted from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL), ARFL Senior Veterinarian Dr Craig Suann, Racing Science Centre Qld and GRNSW.
The inquiry heard that Amalia Allen had been exhibiting signs of coming on season three days prior to the race day in question. Mr Keefe, who shares the residence with Mr Warren and his partner, had then administered half a millilitre of what he believed to be Testaprop, but what was actually Ropel, which is twice the level of testosterone concentration recommended for use in keeping bitches off season. This evidence was consistent with the laboratory reports of a level of the metabolite at a comparatively moderate level.
Notwithstanding these submissions, as the trainer responsible for the presentation of Amalia Allen, Mr Warren is held responsible for the care of the bitch at all times, particularly in the circumstances described.
Mr Warren pleaded guilty to a charge under GAR 83 (2) (a) in that he presented Amalia Allen for the race in question other than free of any prohibited substance.
Following submissions on penalty, Mr Warren was suspended for a period of six months, concluding at midnight on 9 September 2014. Mr Keefe was reprimanded.
In assessing penalty consideration was given to Mr Warren’s previously unblemished record, his guilty plea, his personal circumstances, and a low number of samples submitted previously. Consideration was also given to his co-operation with the inquiry and at notification of the irregularity, and the absence of any significant kennel support for Amalia Allen, cognisant of its second placing in the event.
Notwithstanding these factors a measure of negligence had been shown in the administration of Ropel, leading to the moderate level of the metabolite reported, the lack of proper record keeping in relation to use of a Category 3 substance and that a measure of both specific and general deterrence should be implied in these circumstances.
Amalia Allen was disqualified from the event and the placings amended accordingly.
Albion Park Greyhounds Race 3 Box 8 Spring Caprice, 7.22pm
Plenty of tough races on the card tonight at Albion Park. Hara’s Sammy looks hard to beat, as does Fawn Corsair. The young, but super talented son of Dashing Corsair looks the likely winner of his 600 metre event.
Spring Caprice looks the best value and this looks the right sort of race for her. She wasn’t beaten all that far last time out and can show top early speed to clear them from the pink box. Once in front she should carve out solid sectionals and be very hard to run down. She was only just beaten here last start by Grin And Win in a much tougher race. Although the time wasn’t flash, it was a rough and tumble affair and the slow winning time reflects that.
Her trainer Col Byers doesn’t do much racing here at Albion Park, but when he does he generally only aims his 520 meter dogs here. He prefers to race his short course dogs at Ipswich, so rest assured he’s confident she can run the longer trip out. Spring Caprice hails from a pretty handy litter so keep your eyes on them as they progress.
The main danger looks to be No Hugs Here from box one. He should get the run of the race and will be tough to beat if he slides through early and takes up a forward position. Third pick is Miss Kamikaze, who looks above average and can certainly win with luck. These three selections look the main winning hopes.
Angle Park Greyhounds Race 4 Box 2 Princess Tee 7.34pm
The ex-Queenslander won well last start at her fourth attempt since coming back to South Australia. She went exceptionally well, running 29.97 in the process. Box two looks great for her again here and she should find it much easier to take the early lead from box two that from box six last week. Although she broke 30.00 here last week, I doubt she’s capable of going much quicker, but a sub 30.00 run will see her win this.
Cosmic Illusion could be the main danger if she pings and finds the bunny early. She’s not overly strong, but can run around 30.15 if things go her way. Princess Tee is armed with early speed however, and she’s shown she can run the time required.
Launceston Greyhounds Race 9 Box 1 Chicka Scott, 10.18pm
This fellow has a PB of 29.86 and loves exiting the red box. He’s got a big motor and can run when things go his way. This is only his second run tonight from a short lay off and he should be fresh and ready to ping. He loves to rail and at times can come out running. There is little or no speed on the inside so he should get enough room to push up under a few from the start.
Kawasaki Rose will be the market leader and she should let rip from the moment the boxes fly open. She’s broken 30.00 here and looks set to be a pretty handy chaser.
Chicka Scott should represent value and he’s worth an eachway ticket.
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We have been lucky enough to secure some time with leading NSW trainer Jason Mackay. This interview follows on from our Question Time Podcasts with Paul Wheeler, Jason Thompson, Rob Britton and Tom Dailly.
The interview will take place at the Maitland Cup Final on Thursday night, where Mackay will put the finishing touches on Fire Elusive from box two.
Last year Mackay won the National Futurity with Sometimes Speedy and the Canberra Cup with Zipping Willow. He will be looking to open his group account for 2014 on Thursday night.
Jason has trained superstars such as Big Sam Banner, Texas Gold, Snozz and more recently the retired Punch One Out.
You can send your questions in via many options -
These podcasts are designed to allow our readers to get involved in the interview process and we encourage your participation.
In a podcast for Australian Racing Greyhound, leading breeder and owner Paul Wheeler recounted the origin of the ‘Dyna’ prefixes which, along with ‘Bale’, ‘Allen’ and ‘Flex’ are the four the family uses to distinguish their racing animals.
“Dyna”, recounted Paul, “was from one of our foundation bitches, Dynabolt…and she was a champion stayer in the early seventies and a lot of our lines go back to that…”
Dynabolt, a strong-looking white bitch by the imported sire Proper Streak out of the Wheeler’s leading brood bitch Gail’s Beauty, was whelped in August 1970.
She was sent to Colin White to be trained, and at 20 months old she was produced in a non-betting heat of the Ladies Bracelet, run over 457 metres at Harold Park and downed one of the pre-post favourites for the final in Toni Broke, which also happened to be a Wheeler greyhound.
Her first official race start took place on 5 May 1972 in a semi-final of the Ladies Bracelet. Exiting box seven against some seasoned campaigners, Dynabolt scored a brilliant victory, defeating Vivian’s Charm by just over a length in a fair 26.7. Fourth in the race was Spanish Dancer, the former Victorian sprinter who had won the National Futurity at Wentworth Park, and equalled the track record as well.
In the Ladies Bracelet final, Dynabolt was outclassed, finishing seventh behind the flying Shane’s Monaro.
It was around this time Dynabolt suffered split webbing, a problem which was to recur throughout her limited career.
In June, the white bitch quickly raced through the grades, winning three on end at Harold Park and, first-up at Wentworth Park, over 530 metres, running a fast 31.3.
In July, Dynabolt started four times from poor boxes and each time she found trouble, running fourth, second, third, and fifth in sprint races at both city courses.
Then, at the beginning of August she was injured when running fifth at Wentworth Park and was out of action for almost six weeks. She resumed at Harold Park, being beaten less than a length into third place, but was then out of action again for a further three weeks.
Returning in October, Dynabolt finished a well beaten third at Harold Park, and then was sent out a 7/4 ($2.75) favourite at Wentworth Park four night later. From box two she met with early interference and was one of two greyhounds to fall at the first turn.
Fortunately, Dynabolt was not injured, but Colin White decided it was time to test her as a stayer, for two reasons. First, Dynabolt was a noted strong finisher and looked suited to a distance career, and second, she had clearly lost some confidence in recent races and White wanted to give her the opportunity of being near the lead in the early part of any start.
The move proved an enormous success. Sent out over 689 metres at Gosford, Dynabolt blitzed the field, scoring by 13 lengths, running 41.9, just outside the track record.
It looked as though a new distance star had been unearthed. At her next race, over 732 metres at Harold Park, Dynabolt won by two lengths in 43.7, the equal best of the night on a slow surface.
Her next test came on 28 October when she competed against the boom Victorian stayer He’s Some Boy at Harold Park. The Victorian had won his first distance test at Sandown by 12 lengths and was having his first look at Harold Park.
Dynabolt raced out to a big lead and as the field swept into the home straight she looked good, but He’s Some Boy stormed home out wide and, as Dynabolt weakened, he strode away for an impressive two length victory in 43.6, the best of the night.
He’s Some Boy returned to Melbourne and smashed the four-year-old 732 metes track record at Olympic Park at his next start.
Dynabolt’s next start was on 11 November, over 722 metres at Wentworth Park. Here she found the smart Hunter Sam too strong, going under by two and half lengths in a fast 43.2.
Colin White set Dynabolt for the prestigious Summer Cup at Harold Park, and afte winning her non-betting heat with ease, she faced a hot field in her semi-final, including champion Victorian stayer Lizrene and the smart Victorian Delbairn.
Neither of these proved a match for Dynabolt. Now fitter and stronger than ever she raced away to defeat Lizrene by seven lengths in an incredible 43.0, the equal third-fastest time recorded at the course to that point. Only record holder Bunyip Bint (42.7, twice), Travel Rev (42.9), and Golden Twinkle (43.0) had gone as fast or faster.
Dynabolt drew box two for the Summer Cup final and was installed a shot-priced favourite. Fortunately, she missed the start, which allowed the badly boxed wide runner Lizrene to scoot out of the cherry and push across the face of the field in the long run to the first turn, causing all sorts of havoc. Dynabolt scooted along the fence and nipped to the lead, racing away to score by four and half lengths from Bandwagon John and Osti Too and run a brilliant 43.1.
Unfortunately, she was injured again and was out of action for four and a half months. She resumed on 21 April 1973, in an Invitation Stake over 457 metres at Harold Park, running a solid third.
Four days later she ran second to the smart Market Row at Harold Park and then contested the semi-finals of the Ladies Bracelet, making her second consecutive final when a three-quarters of a length second to Bonnie Cashell.
In the Ladies Bracelet final on 12 May, Dynabolt came home strongly from sixth early but was still beaten three and half lengths into second place by the classy Thunder Sue.
Sadly, just two days later she was injured when finishing last behind Market Row over 617 metres at Cessnock and was out of action for a month.
Dynabolt resumed on 14 June in a 732-metre Invitation Stake at Harold Park and once more faced the now-veteran stayer He’s Some Boy. Dynabolt, from box one, began and well and led into the first turn with He’s Some Boy a close second. At this point the Victorian suddenly eased sharply, dropping back to fourth place. He had been badly hammered at this point just two weeks earlier in the Association Cup final and it seemed as though he was reluctant to push hard into the bend.
This allowed Dynabolt to race away into the back straight and she pushed on to score by eight lengths in a fast 43.23, with He’s Some Boy coming again to run second.
On 14 June Dynabolt raced for what proved to be the last time. Running over 732 metres at Harold Park, she led by four lengths going into the first bend but suddenly eased back to fourth place before coming again to take second place, beaten four lengths.
After the race Dynabolt was found to have suffered serious wrist injury and the Wheeler’s decided to retire her to the breeding barn.
Dynabolt raced just 27 times for nine wins, seven seconds, and five thirds and earned around $17,000 in prize money. In eight distance races she registered five wins and three seconds.
The white bitch proved a huge success as a broodmatron, being the dam of Emiline Bale (by The Smoother) and Mercia Bale (by Benjamin John). Emiline Bale was the dam of dual NSW Greyhound of the Year Winifred Bale, and her litter sister Gwendalyn Bale. Winifred Bale was the dam of Kylie Bale who was the dam of 1998 Golden Easter Egg finalist Cerin Bale.
How do you know if spending money is a good idea? Well, GWA has just conducted a participants survey which included a question about keeping or changing its current breeding subsidies for locally-bred dogs.
Amazingly, 93% said Yes, they would like more money, please. A few years ago GRNSW surveyed breeders about the same thing. They also voted Yes, we would like more money.
Letâ€™s repeat that. In both cases, the people who were about to get the money were asked if they still wanted it. Was it a surprise that they said Yes? Hardly. However, many were not so sure about any extra cash as 71% wanted to see that go to stakemoney rather than to breeding incentives.
None of the WA questions, or any of the introductory remarks, offered comment about the pros and cons of spending money in this way. So the respondents would have been influenced mainly by their personal situation. Thatâ€™s understandable. It is like a bookie giving you 10/1 about a 3/1 chance. You have to take it.
But is it good business to decide things in this way? And how does it help the overall industry? Bear in mind that the job of racing authorities is to â€śprogress and developâ€ť the industry, or words to that effect. Should they succeed in doing that, then it would be obvious that participants would also benefit over time, regardless of action in the breeding area. More customers equals higher prizemoney.
Breeding is a vital sector of the industry, but does it need extra handouts? The short answer would have to be â€śDonâ€™t Knowâ€ť because, so far as we can determine, no authority has ever run a decent study of the effects of their breeding policies. There are lots of waffly announcements about how marvelous it would be, but never do we see the proof of the pudding.
For example, last year the Victorian Premier/Racing Minister issued a media release claiming that the increased breeding subsidies he was supporting would lead to higher employment in the industry. Now, is that a reasonable claim? It would not be hard to whip around all the Victorian breeders to see whose numbers were up and who had put more staff on because of the subsidy.
Somehow I doubt they would find much, especially about staff numbers.
There are two underlying issues here. First, the very small or casual breeder is faced with fairly solid fees and fixed overheads he has to overcome before making a profit. If we consider more breeding by these people is a good thing (some indicate it is not), then it is quite simple to address that by offering various concessions based on volume.
The second matter is that the general view would be that substantial breeders are involved in the most lucrative sector of the industry. If you are getting a good flow of $1,000 to $2,000 fees then you are probably doing nicely. Stories about sires being booked out are common. Big ads for sires underwrite formguide finances and track billboards. Some even make expensive overseas trips to obtain breeding stock. In other words, the need or justification for subsidy is very watery indeed.
The alternative is to put the cash towards higher prizemoney, thereby encouraging more owners to take part, and leading then to higher rewards for trainers. What goes around comes around. Besides, I would guess that there are many more battling trainers than battling breeders.
I have no idea of the actual profitability of breeders. Nor, I suspect, does anyone else. That being the case, why are they getting a subsidy in the first place? The principle of a subsidy is to help the disadvantaged overcome a tough period, but then only for a specific reason and for a specific time period. No subsidy should ever be introduced without a sunset clause.
Another point is that breeding is the only sector of the industry which is otherwise subject to the normal forces of the market place â€“ supply and demand. Thatâ€™s a good thing because it makes the sector more efficient, more attuned to customersâ€™ needs. It also rewards the better operators. But if you interfere with that process then you run the risk of getting something you did not anticipate – like breeding with second or third choice of sires and dams.
And, since everybody has subsidies, there is no competitive advantage to be had.
This is yet another reason why independent auditors are needed to check on the effectiveness of expenditure undertaken by authorities. They are spending our money â€“ puntersâ€™ money, that is â€“ and should be held accountable for getting a return on â€śourâ€ť investments.
Of course, the underlying intention of state breeding subsidies is to build up the local breeding sector. Whether that happens, or just how that would help the overall industry is never stated, nor are any objectives ever nominated. In any case, this sort of activity pales into insignificance by comparison with other major economic trends in the industry. We have frequently mentioned the disparate size of betting pools as a big challenge, and a risk, to the smaller states (no doubt one reason why WA combines its pools with Victoria).
But probably the biggest economic impact comes from the movement of dogs themselves. For many years now, Victoria has enjoyed an inflow of better dogs from the huge Wheeler camp and from NSW and Queensland generally. SA is sustained by the inflow of second level Wheeler dogs, helped a little by transfers of average dogs from Victoria. WA is massively influenced by the continuing transfer of dogs from the three eastern states, usually when they have become less competitive at home (transfers which are financed by accumulated prizemoney).
Without commenting further here on those actual flows (it is a big subject on its own) the point is that, relatively, breeding as such can have only a minute effect on the fortunes of any one state. Consequently, artificially created subsidies are highly unlikely to help in any meaningful way. The market will look after things very efficiently. Good managers would get rid of subsidies and find better uses for the money.
I also note that the last WA sire of any significance â€“ Prince of Thiefs â€“ was sent to Victoria to work at his trade. Of course, Miataâ€™s litter will create great interest in WA, but then she was bred in NSW, wasnâ€™t she? Nuff said.
All of which leaves us with only one piece of hard evidence. Greyhounds Australasia data show that between 2002 and 2011 breeding activity actually dropped. Spending all those millions of dollars over the years produced no growth at all. The money was wasted. But it also leaves some questions open. Why has there been no increase? And has all the discriminatory prizemoney for locally bred race winners done more harm than good? Or made no difference?
As for surveys themselves â€“ they are always better drafted by research professionals, lest you get crook answers
DO WE REALLY NEED THEM?
I have to correct my recent claim that there are 120 different grades for Australian trainers to worry about. That should now read 123. GRV has just added (a) the â€ś300â€ť club for dogs which fit between T3 and 5th Grade, and runs on a complex points basis, (b) Bendigo has just run heats of an event for dogs with 1 to 4 wins but no more than 14 total runs and (c) not to be outdone, The Meadows is offering a four heat series for dogs with 1 to 4 wins but they must have had more than 14 career runs.
The mind boggles at the labour and IT costs of implementing and administering all these strange new races. The punters will have to pay for that, too.
Forget the blackout in Superbowl XLVII. The biggest power failure in sporting history is now the back to back power failures at Callaghan Park, the home of the Rocky Greyhounds.
In 2013 America’s greatest spectacle, the Superbowl, suffered a 35 minute power outage shortly after the half time show. The event was watched by millions around the world and featured the Baltimore Ravens against the San Francisco 49ers. The Superbowl is famous for its glitz and glamour, it’s million dollar advertisements, and American’s love of food and holidays. On this occasion the game was delayed – unprecedented in all it’s history. The Louisiana Superdome was left pitch black, with players and officials milling around the field, while technicians worked frantically to have the event back up and running, which took 35 minutes.
Imagine then the problems for Racing Queensland with the Rockhampton greyhounds being forced to abandon their past two meetings well after the scheduled start time due to problems with power. It gets better, the meeting this Wednesday has already been transferred to Townsville and there is no solution to the problem in sight.
Power Failure 1 – 12th of March 2014
The fields were drawn for the 10 race program (although nominations were extended due to short numbers) including the feature maiden final.
Unfortunately the races were delayed, with on course stewards and staff working to fix the problem as some of the lights on track weren’t working. RQ were keeping trainers in the dark as well, until finally bad news filtered through. The meeting was abandoned. There was no explanation, just news that the maiden final would be rescheduled – all other dogs would be forced to nominate again if wanting to race next week.
Power Failure 2 – 19th of March 2014
Another 10 race program and the one highlight for Racing Queensland would have been that this week had greater number of nominations than the previous. For trainers and owners the excitement had regrouped and The Rockhampton Greyhound Racing Club were forgiven for lasts weeks debacle.
Unfortunately in a case of dĂ©jĂ vu with the races were delayed and the meeting abandoned again. The industry was again being kept in the dark, as was the Rockhampton circuit. Trainers would again be making the long trip home asking why.
Two weeks in row and Racing Queensland had provided no races, no communication and no idea.
On Thursday the 20th of March 2014 Racing Queensland released the following statement:
“The race meeting on 12th March was abandoned due to a partial loss of power into the racecourse. Ergon Energy advised that a branch had come down on two wires resulting in a fuse tripping on the power pole near the Rockhampton â€“ Emu Park Road (across the road from the Victoria Tavern). This resulted in the racecourse losing one phase of power giving variable power to the facility.
The race meeting on the 19th March was abandoned due to an electrical fault in the on-course switchboard. Unfortunately due to the nature of this issue it couldn’t be rectified last night.
RQ is working closely with the RGRC and local contractors to resolve this issue as soon as possible.”
In some good news for trainers and owners, Racing Queensland have distributed to all acceptors an even percentage of the total scheduled events prizemoney. At least this helps with some of the costs involved.
The Trainers Reactions
ARG spoke with some Rocky trainers who expressed their dismay that the same could occur two weeks in row. With news that next weeks meeting has already been transferred trainers were naturally expressing their frustration.
“We are out of pocket, there are some trainers that drive in excess of 4 hours each way, surely more can be done to compensate those involved.”
“Abandoning a meeting can effect a dogs future. Those dogs that are out of form and were drawn to race may now struggle again to get a run. It could be weeks or months before they race again.”
“Abandoning the meeting means that all dogs have to renominate and it doesn’t seem fair to those that had been drawn to race then the following week they miss out or are reserve. Who knows what will happen when racing at Rocky resumes.”
“Why has next Wednesday been moved to Townsville, surely we could race Wednesday afternoon.”
Trainer and owners aren’t happy and they shouldn’t be.
The latest events at Rocky are just further holes in the hull of the sinking Racing Queensland ship. The Queensland board lacks direction and leadership and more needs to be done to show transparency, participants needs to be involved in the decision making process and help guide the decisions affecting the future. The participants are the ones that need to know.
Racing Queensland will argue that these events were bad luck. Week one yes, but two weeks in a row, no. That’s where planning is needed. There should be contingency plans in place that were readily available. Forget sky and fix the problem. The problem isn’t the need for live video into pubs, clubs and people’s home. It’s about looking after the product and those that provide it, the owners and trainers. That’s where Racing Queensland continue to get it wrong.
Victorian greyhounds continued their dominance of top-level staying events by running the quinella in both heats of the Group Three Betfair Cup at Wentworth Park on Saturday night.
The “Mexicans” will represent half the field in next week’s $25,000 to-the-winner final and look to hold all the aces for the big race.
Here’s how the two heat’s panned out;
The Rob Britton trained bitch Born Ali (4) led from pillar-to-post in the first heat in a stylish exhibition of front-running. Beginning flawlessly from box four, the daughter of Velocette and Born Princess (Whiskey Assassin – Born Lucky) quickly put a space on the field, carving out a first section of 16.16.
If there was any worry for Born Ali, it was the fact that event Group One winner Destini Fireball (5) was parked on her hammer and poised to strike. Everywhere that Born Ali went, Destini Fireball followed just a length behind. As they swung for home, it looked as though the old-stager may overhaul the leader, but the Group One Galaxy winner found too much, railing well and finishing the race right off to win by 1 3/4 lengths in 42.41.
Suits Us (2) made terrific ground mid-race to land third place, with Cawbourne Looney (6) finishing strongly in fourth to secure a spot in next week’s final.
Favourite, Dyna Kayla (8) was last away and took a long time to find the fence, covering plenty of extra territory. She could only manage a tiring fifth and is second reserve for the final.
Classy stayer Dyna Willow (7) was simply too good in the second heat, winning by 2 3/4 lengths and setting the time standard of 42.04 in the process for trainer Steve Collins.
Eleazar (1) found the early lead from Avondale Maurick (2) with Dyna Willow working her way to third. Down the back it looked a race in two with Eleazar giving Dyna Willow plenty to catch. But the class of Dyna Willow became more evident as the race wore on and she looked to have it won as they headed for home.
If there was any danger, it was her fellow Victorian Lucy Wires, who is known for her withering finishing burst, who started to emerge from the pack. But Dyna Willow staved off the challenges, holding them all at bay in a polished performance.
Lucy Wires rattled home for second giving Rob Britton two finalists, while Eleazar clung on to third place. Avondale Maurick managed to keep fourth position and gain a start in next Saturday’s final.
The box draw for the final is as follows;
1 – Lucy Wires – Rob Britton
2 – Cawbourne Looney – Jodie Lord
3 – Born Ali – Rob Britton
4 – Eleazar – Dean Swain
5 – Avondale Maurick – Ron Bell
6 – Dyna Willow – Steve Collins
7 – Destini Fireball – Norm Rinaldi
8 – Suits Us – Ken Burnett
9 – Shoe Laces Lady – Lesley Green
10 – Dyna Kayla – Andrea Dailly
Greyhound racing at Wentworth Park on Saturday night witnessed three more Preludes of the Golden Easter Egg series. With just a couple of weeks remaining until the start of the series, trainers are aiming their charges at the Preludes in order to gain a spot in the heats. Here is a look at what happened in each of the Preludes on Saturday night.
Golden Easter Egg Prelude One
Hellyeah Bolt (8) made the trip to Sydney worthwhile for trainer Anthony Bullock, taking out the first Prelude in 29.92.
Where’s The Surf (5) began beautifully from the middle draw and looked to have the lead going into the first turn but Hellyeah Bolt used box eight to perfection. The black dog by Dyna Lachlan – Flash Diamond (Elite State – Chinatown Babe) began well and was able to muster pace on the outside and sweep to the lead around the catching pen. From that point on, he was in control and won by two and three quarter lengths from Where’s The Surf. Apollo Reign (2) worked himself into third.
Golden Easter Egg Prelude Two
After a solid run last week from a not-so-perfect draw, Yogi Blue (2) was able to put himself in the winner’s circle this time around in a time of 30.03.
Long odds chance Lacey Lois was the early leader, with two lengths on the field down the back. Race favourite There’s A Earn (4) was the victim of a poor draw, struggling to get a clear run until he had rounded the first turn. Meanwhile, the Peter O’Reilly trained Yogi Blue (2) had the perfect sit on Lacey Lois and swept past her approaching the final bend. There’s A Earn was also in hot pursuit, but it was Yogi Blue, a dog by Cool Effort – Opal Assassin (Whisky Assassin – Zane’s Girl), that emerged victorious by three-and-one-quarter lengths over There’s A Earn. Lacey Lois (1), the early leader, hung on for third.
Golden Easter Egg Prelude Three
Despite it being his first look at the track under race conditions, Darren McDonald’s Dark Warrior (7) was able to secure his 31st career win in the third Prelude.
The black dog by Where’s Pedro – Shanlyn Supreme (Token Prince – Shanlyn Maddy) chased his heart out to sneak away from Dyna Geldof in the closing stages. He and Dyna Geldof (1) were stride-for-stride turning for home, with Dark Warrior doing all the extra work on the outside. The final margin was two-and-a-half lengths and the final time was 30.06. Where On Earth (2) filled the other minor placing. Frosty Jay Jay (3) didn’t factor after shifting wide at the first turn and copping interference.
As with the Preludes in the earlier weeks, Hellyeah Bolt, Yogi Blue and Dark Warrior will all receive priority entry into the heats of the Golden Easter Egg series.
The Group Three Nowra Summer Puppy Classic now moves into the semi-final stage with two semi-finals to be conducted on Monday afternoon at the Pinebowl circuit. The first four from each heat will progress to the final to be held on Saturday, 29 March.
Semi-Final One – Group Three Nowra Puppy Classic (Race 5 at 4:06pm)
Flying heat-winner Stilton Blue (8) has drawn the outside in the first semi-final. If he runs the first section he did last week he should have no trouble crossing the field. However, he has had three starts from the box without notching up a win. Based on overall times at the track, he is the one to beat.
Trainer Sue Sundstrom will be happy with the rails draw for Leica Destiny (1). She overcame box six last week to win in 30.37 and ran 4.34 to the first mark. She will need to lead to be a chance.
Highbury (3) competed very well last week, running second behind Stilton Blue and recording 30.03 in the process. He is a place chance based on that performance.
Solar Pak (2) is a Wentworth Park winner in 30.03 and is capable of running time on the bunny. With two wins from box two she can put herself right in the race.
Of the others, Power Of Will (4) looks a chance of claiming a spot in the final. He finished fourth on debut last week and is the likely improver.
Semi-Final Two – Group Three Nowra Puppy Classic (Race 7 at 4:46pm)
The runners engaged in the second semi-final would count themselves lucky, as every single heat winner from last week has been drawn in semi-final one. Only three dogs in this field ran a place last week.
Someone Tifi (8) showed good heart to finish second to Dark Seeker after suffering interference at the first turn last week. The half-brother to NSW Greyhound of the Year Double Twist is yet to record a win at Nowra, but has shown he can win from box eight as he has won from his only start from the box (which was at Dapto).
White Pointer (5) ran a good second behind Leica Destiny last week and will be improved after having a look at the track. Based on his run last week, he looks a chance to fill a top four spot.
Gold Buccaneer (7) has shown he can run time, with a fast 22.50 steward’s trial at Bulli in November last year. He has since gone on to win two of his 10 career starts and placed on five other occasions. He couldn’t get across from box eight last week and isn’t drawn much closer to the fence this week.
Stilton Blue’s sister, Hollie Anne (1), is very strong and her two most recent wins at Nowra have been over the 630 metre distance. In an open race, she is worth some consideration.
Quick To Go (6) is the big query in the race. The Collision – My Hot Fantasy bitch is still a maiden after three starts and was unlucky to run into Stilton Blue last week, running fourth. In the process she was credited with a finishing time of 30.24. If she can repeat that effort and run the same 4.35 first section, she just might crack her maiden.
The other runner in the race with sound early speed is Thunder Clay (4). He is yet to win over the 520 metre distance after six attempts, with his only two career wins coming over the 365 metre trip. He will need to lead and hope for some interference behind him in order to get away with this race.
Most of the focus will be on Wentworth park here tonight. With runners from states all around Australia hoping to win there way through to the heats of the $250,000 Golden Easter Egg.
Wentworth Park Greyhounds Race 4 box 6 Manyana Pearl, 8.28pm
The main two dogs in this that punters will come for are Where’s The Surf and the Apple isle chaser Hellyeah Bolt, but both dogs will need to be on their A game in this. Hellyeah Bolt has the early speed and if he happens to ping and get over it’s likely he will lead all the way. Where’s The Surf has to contend with box five and unless he pings or gets a dream run, he’s going to have to work really hard to win.
Manyana Pearl on the other hand won really well last start here and winning form is good form. She speared the lids and was too good for a fairly good line up, stopping the clock at 29.95. Manyana Pearl will have have no trouble out wide and if she begins well, she can get over and race a couple off the rail around the first turn. She seems to be getting better with racing and a win wouldn’t surprise here.
Boxes 2,3,4 don’t show a great deal of speed early and this should allow the outside division to get across them early. Once the outside division get across, it looks really unlikely they can be run down. Box one runner Quite Ready looks a chance based on his solid 30.00 run here last start, but he is stepping up a long long way in class tonight and probably won’t handle the pressure. Manyana Pearl should be the value for punters looking outside the two favourites and she looks the best chance of upsetting the two main hopes.
The Meadows Greyhounds Race 8 Box 2 Fort Allen, 9.38pm
Fort Allen did all that was required of him last start when he demolished some good dogs at Ballarat, including the talented favourite Nic Nac Nui. He speared out from box four and took up the lead straight away and was never in danger. I see no reason why he can’t continue that winning form here tonight from the perfect box draw. Fort Allen should have no trouble outpacing box one runner Velocemente, and he should shoot to a soft and easy lead early. Once on the bunny he can improve on his PB of 30.18 and he looks capable of running near 30.00 dead.
The main two dangers are Velocemente who is slow early, but very strong. He looks a huge threat if he can stay in touch with then early. The flying Cornelius Fudge only needs to find galloping room and he’ll unleash a huge finishing burst. He’s won here in a solid 29.91 but looks capable of going better should things go his way.
With early speed and in great winning form, Fort Allen can be backed here with confidence.
Cannington Greyhounds Race 10 Box 1 Powerhouse, 12.57am
Big money was paid for this fellow with the intention of trying to win the Perth Cup. That assignment was unsuccessful, but he still remains a high quality chaser and no doubt connections will be looking to recoup some of their outlay here tonight. He’s proven he can gallop and was flying while under the care of Jason Thompson in Victoria, but has been super disappointing since coming across.
Box one is the golden draw here for him tonight and the son of Path to Power should make full use of it. He’s managed a PB of 30.32 and it’s likely at his ultimate best he’s capable of bettering that. If he comes here ready to race he can lead these and make his way around the first turn in front. If he’s able to get around the turn without finding trouble he looks mighty hard to beat.
His record from box one is fantastic and all things point to him winning. My only concern is he’s not in great form and may not be at the top of his game. Box seven runner Rapido Kid is highly talented and can win this with ease. But he’s going to have it contend with box seven and find his way across pretty quickly. Powerhouse ticks all bar one box and punters should stick with him.
$$ Another Day Another Dollar $$
Wentworth Park Race 1 – 520m Grade 5 – 7:27PM
Rangi Ruby has been impressive without winning in her two runs from a short spell. Normally a reliable beginner, she should follow Another Sprite across early and assume control off the back straight. You should be able to get around $3.50 or better.
Another Sprite looks the likely leader and he has been fairly strong to the line in his two recent Nowra 520m wins. If he steps cleanly he should figure prominently.
Doo Wop Hooligan is the run on dog in the field and may be worth anchoring for third and fourth in exotics.
Top Four : Â Â 6 – 5 – 3 – 8
Suggested Bet: Rangi Ruby to win with Sportingbet
Trifecta: 5,6/5,6,8/3 ($4 for $1)
Trifecta: 5,6/3/5,6,8 ($4 for $1)
Quinella: 6 Roving with 3,5,8
Wentworth Park Race 2 – 520M Mixed 4/5 – 7:52PM
Electro Storm has a top record here and from the wide draw he should get plenty of room to muster speed. His form doesn’t read well, but he has continued to improve with each run from a spell.
Hero’s Return was going to be prominent early in a strong race here last week before he was knocked over. If he steps like he did last week he will be a major player.
Minza Red One looks to be the only other winning hope, he can lead or come from off the speed and is a must for the exotics.
Top Four : Â Â 8 – 3 – 4 – 6
Suggested Bet: Trifecta 3,4,8/3,4,8/1,3,4,6,8 ($18 for $1)
Wentworth Park Race 3 – 520M Mixed 3/4 – 8:08PM
Evil Punk has put in some enormous runs of late and with some handy early speed drawn underneath him, he should get a nice sit early and prove too strong.
Rue De Kahn has won eight of her twelve starts to date and she is also a reliable beginner. With the empty draw outside she should be in the mix throughout.
Top Four : Â Â 3 – 4 – 1 – 8
Suggest Bet: Evil Punk to win, should be $2.80 or better
Wentworth Park Race 4 – 520M Mixed 4/5 – 8:28PM
Where’s The Surf is making his NSW debut, but he comes here after scoring in near Track Record time at Traralgon. He is normally very adaptable and should have no problems with his first look at the track.
Hellyeah Bolt is a gun Tassie chaser who looks the quinella chance from his good draw. Place claims must be given to Apollo Reign and Retiring.
Top Four : Â Â 5 – 8 – 2 – 4
Suggested Bet: Where’s The Surf to win
Wentworth Park Race 5 – Mixed 4/5 Heat – 8:47PM
The Ron Ball trained speedster Rascal Flash has scored two sub 30 second wins at Albion Park of late which gives him a major chance here. His biggest asset is his early speed and he should have no trouble leading these.
There’s A Earn and Raging Obsession look to be the two obvious dangers. Cawbourne Bugsy will be in the market but from his wide draw he looks to be a risk.
Top Four : Â Â 3 – 4Â – 7 – 2
Suggested Bet: Load up on Rascal Flash, should lead and win. Great opportunity to use one of the many bonus bets available.
Wentworth Park Race 6 – 520M Mixed 4/5 Heat – 9:10PM
Swift Opulence powered to the line when winning here last start and she should get every chance to lead throughout in this affair. Frosty Jay Jay is clearly the class factor but he is poorly drawn and he will be looking to get wide through the first turn. Lay of the night!
Dark Warrior is super consistent and in good hands. He should have no trouble with his first look at the track.
Top Four : Â Â 4 – 7 – 1 – 3
Suggested Bet: Trifecta 4/1,3,7/Field ($18 for $1)
Wentworth Park Race 7 – 720M Heat – 9:27PM
Dyna Kayla should get plenty of room early from her good draw and she may prove too strong in the run home against these.
Born Ali has been in tremendous form of late and she looks to be the main danger with some luck early. Destini Fireball continues to impress at his old age and he must always be respected!
Top Four : Â Â 8 – 4 – 5 – 6
Suggested Bet: Load up on Dyna Kayla, best bet at Wentworth Park tonight. Sportsbet $250 free bet would be well used here.
Wentworth Park Race 8 – 720M Heat – 9:50PM
Dyna Willow has won three of four starts here and she can atone for her luckless effort at The Meadows last time in a Group One Final. Lucy Wires appears to be her main opposition, but she has a tendency to find loads of trouble in her races.
Wag Tail has enough speed to lead against these and she must be included in the exotics. Eleazar may find this class beyond her.
Top Four : Â Â 7 – 6 – 4 – 2
Â Trifecta 6,7/6,7/ Field ($12 for $1)
Trifecta 7/2,4,6/Field ($18 for $1)
Wentworth Park Race 9 – 525M Grade 5 – 10:12PM
Clonakilty Man should get plenty of cover from Unorthodox early and if he can settle in the first two or three he should prove far too strong.
Lani Banarni will be the short priced favourite, but she may be worth risking tonight. She races best from an inside draw and she may be posted wide throughout in this event.
My Asuncion may be worth a place bet at big odds.
Top Four : Â Â 3 – 8 – 7 – 2
Suggested Bet: Clonakilty Man to win, My Asuncion place (must run first two but will be around $7 for the place)
Wentworth Park Race 10 – 520M Grade 5 – 10:35PM
We should be able to finish Sydney off on a winning note. Smashing Sally is a very reliable beginner and she should make every post a winner. If you can get better than even money, have some of the nights profits on it.
What A Player is the clear danger but he can bomb the start at times. Load up in trifectas and exactas with Smashing Sally. The dividend will be short but sweet.
Top Four : Â Â 3 – 5 – 6 – 1
Suggested Bet: Smashing Sally to win
Trifecta 3/5/1,2,4,6 ($4 for $1)
Trifecta 3,5/3,5/1,2,4,6 ($8 for $1)
3/4,7/4,8/4,6,7 ($12 for $1)
3,4,7/4,7/4,8/4,6,7 ($36 for $1)
Meadows Race 1 – 525M Maiden Final – 7:14PM
Premier Woofie overcame difficulties to win his heat in impressive style and I think he can continue to improve. Three starts ago he ran a smart 5.10 sectional here and a repeat of that will see him lead throughout.
Dyna Orion was the fastest heat winner but his draw made things easy for him. From a middle pin I think his lack of early speed may bring him undone.
Wind Whistler and Lady Toy will both hit the line solidly and must be included in the exotics.
Top Four : Â 5 – 1 – 4 – 3
Suggested Bet: Premier Woofie to win with Sportsbet and rove in quinellas with 1,3,4.
Meadows Race 2 – 525M Restricted Win Heat – 7:38PM
Lou Todd has been luckless of late and he faces a big drop in class. He can be hit or miss early, but will muster speed at a great rate and he should get sufficient room initially. Any price over $3.00 is value.
Cosmic Rush is more than capable when on song but he can be very unreliable. His last two runs at Healesville have been solid and he should be in the mix throughout here.
Ousti is ideally drawn and must be included in exotics, but I do think he will be under the odds.
Top Four : Â Â 6 – 7 – 3 – 8
Suggested Bet: Quinella 6 Roving with 3,7,8
Trifecta: 6/3,7,8/Field ($18 for $1)
Meadows Race 3 – 525M Restricted Win Heat – 7:58PM
Kirky Courtz does her best racing from the rails draw and in a race that lacks genuine early speed, she should be able to hustle up and settle in the first two through the bend. Should be $4.00 or better which is value.
Lonesome Pirate has the class edge but he has become very unreliable of late. Armed with a great turn of foot, if he can step on terms he will be in the firing line early and that should he enough for him to finish in the top two.
Top Four : Â Â 1 – 5 – 3 – 8
Suggested Bet: Kirky Courtz to win at Sportingbet
Meadows Race 4 – 525M Restricted Win Heat – 8:22PM
Stealthy Dancer is normally a reliable beginner and he looks well placed in this company. He has been placed in one of his two starts here and at $3.50 or better here is great value.
Why Not Heather is perfectly drawn out wide and at big odds she is capable of causing an upset. Kakihara will be the favourite and hard to beat, but he has been slow to begin of late and may be worth risking tonight.
Top Four :Â Â Â 2 – 8 – 1 – 6
Suggested Bet: Trifecta 1,2,8/1,2,8/Field ($36 for $1), also win bets on Stealthy Dancer and Why Not Heather, with more on Stealthy Dancer.
Meadows Race 5 – 525M Special Event Final – 8:40PM
Shot to Bits is a ridiculous talent who should get the cash if he can step on terms and avoid early bother. Two starts ago he broke the Bendigo 500m Track Record and he should continue to improve.
Schlitterbahn has done her best racing to date from this draw and she should feature once again. Unix Bale will be hitting the line hard and he just needs an ounce of luck.
Top Four : Â Â 7 – 8 – 3 – 6
Suggested Bet: Trifecta 7,8/3,6,7,8/1,3,5,6,7,8 ($24 for $1)
Meadows Race 6 – 600M Special Event – 8:58PM
I think this is a race with some value to be found. Ozzie Bullet will go around at double figure odds, but he has enough early speed to lead and he is worth and each way ticket. Musquin Bale will also settle on the speed and at $5.00 or better it would be better to back both runners straight out.
Hailstorm Billy has been in super form of late but he is likely to end up in the grandstand going around the first bend. Hala Belle is a must for the exotics.
Top Four : Â Â 4 – 3 – 2 – 8
Suggested Bet: Ozzie Bullet, Musquin Bale and Hala Belle all for the win, should be able to double your money at worst. All will be $5.00 or better. Shop around the Corporate Bookies and get the best value .
Meadows Race 7 – 525M Mixed 4/5 – 9:20PM
With a slow beginner drawn directly outside, Dyna Beth looks the bet of the night. This classy bitch has been luckless in her past six runs and back to one of her favourite tracks she should ping and win.
Silver Brodie can run the hands off the clock when he lands on the lure, but from box six he looks a place hope at best. Squall Bale has blowout potential.
Top Four :Â Â 4 – 6 – 7 – 2
Suggested Bet: Dyna Beth for the win if you can land $2.70 or better at Sportsbet
Meadows Race 8 – 525M Free For All – 9:38PM
In one of the toughest races on the night it may be worthwhile having something each-way on Mepunga Melachi at big odds. He will get a long way back early but there will be a couple of frontrunners in this race who will stop quickly and he may just run over the top of them.
Cornelius Fudge is super consistent and he should be a major player from his favourite draw. Buckle Up Mason looks to be the other winning hope but he will need a lot of luck initially.
Top Four : Â Â 5 – 8 – 7 – 2
Suggested Bet: Mepunga Melachi Each Way
Quinella 5,7,8 boxed ($3 for $1)
Meadows Race 9 – 525M Restricted Win Heat – 9:57PM
The only two winning hopes are drawn alongside each other. Stealthy Mark and Yambla Mick should both settle on the speed and fight out the finish. It is very hard to split them so maybe have something on them both to win and you can double your money.
Kraken Flooro is very talented but she is likely to get back early and she can make a lot of mistakes in her races.
Top Four : Â Â 3 – 4 – 5 – 1
Suggested Bet: Stealthy Mark and Yambla Mick both for the win.
Meadows Race 10 – 600M Grade 5 – 10:20PM
Wise Ella will pounce on the early lead and she will take a power of beating. Last start she managed to cross from a wide draw and score at Sandown in a sizzling 34.13. She looks suited again.
Duchess Bale makes her debut over the longer journey and she gives every indication that it will suit.
Bekim Hatrick must be included in exotics as he will be powering home late.
Top Four : Â Â 1 – 2 – 4 – 8
Trifecta 1/2/3,4,6,7,8 ($5 for $1)
Trifecta 1,2/1,2/3,4,6,7,8 ($10 for $1)
Trifecta 1,2,4/,1,2,4/1,2,4,6,7,8 ($24 for $1)
Meadows Race 11 – 525M Grade 5 – 10:40PM
Lektra Brave scored two brilliant Sandown wins in February and he should get every chance from the favourable rails draw.
Upset Boy has been placed in his three tries here and with his early speed he should be in the mix again. Yakamov Bale has shown plenty of improvement in recent runs.
Top Four: Â Â 1 – 5 – 6 – 4
Suggested Bet: Lektra Brave to win
Quinella 1 Roving with 4,5,6
Meadows Race 12 – 525M Grade 5 – 10:57PM
Tonk set the track alight when scoring at Wentworth Park last time and with a lack of genuine early speed drawn inside he should be able to lead all the way.
Maximus Glider has shown a great return to form at Sandown of late and he should continue to race well. He is the main danger with an ounce of luck early. Bazza’s Gift and Proven Looper must be included in the exotics.
Amadeus Strikes may have trouble crossing from her wide draw.
Top Four : Â Â 4 – 5 – 3 – 7
Suggested Bet: Trifecta 4,5/3,4,5,7/1,3,4,5,7,8 ($24 for $1)
7/2,3,4,6,8/4,6/5,7,8 ($30 for $1)
3,6,7,8/2,3,4,6,8/4/5,7,8 ($60 for $1)
The wait for buyers of pups at the 2012 Ipswich Auction is over as their purchases begin their quest for a $40,000 winners check in the Group Two series this Saturday night.
The spacious circuit situated on the banks of the Bremer River will play host to five heats, with semi-finals next week and the big final taking place on the 5th of April.
Let’s take a look at the major players in each of the heats;
The first heat looks a tough affair with little in the way of form, particularly at Ipswich over the 520 metres.
Royal Albert (7) is the only dog to have won over this trip at Ipswich when he registered a 31.21 win three starts back on the 1st of March.
Masai Princess (3) is a winner of four from 22, including three over the shorter trips at Ipswich. The query with her is whether or not she will see out the 520 metres.
Serious Tate (8) is the most successful conveyance in the race, with seven career victories to his name. The son of Premier Fantasy and Surfing Madam is yet to win over the 520 metres at Ipswich, but ran second here last week and has also been placed over the distance at Albion Park recently.
The unknown quantity in the race is first starter Rush Lee (1), who will make her debut from the inside alley.
The second heat features the exciting prospect Golden Lotus (1) from the rails trap. The daughter of Collision and Chloe Siyan has saluted in five of her eight career starts and has her first crack beyond 500 metres in this heat. If she can convert her shorter form to this trip she may well take some tossing. With that in mind, she meets a couple of well performed dogs.
Commando Charles (6) is a winner of six from 24 and had been racing in much tougher company at Albion Park in recent times. This race looks right up his alley and don’t be surprised to see a sharp improvement on his recent form. He has won four from 11 at this trip and registered a best of 30.72.
Margiris (3) is another promising type who has won at Maitland and been placed at Wentworth Park as well as winning three over this journey, including a best of 30.48.
Tom Dooley (8) is a youngster having just his second start. He is in the astute hands of master mentor Tony Brett and is worth keeping safe on the credence of that alone.
Exciting youngster Oh That’s Nice (8) looks to maintain her unbeaten record in the third heat. She has won both of her races over this trip and has a personal best of 30.61 which was from the outside box. She looks good chance in a field that lacks depth.
Pert The Sea (2) has only won four from 38, but three of those wins have been over this trip. He has a best of 30.79 which he ran a fortnight ago and has to be considered some sort of chance.
Elite Alanna has won three races at Ipswich over shorter trips, including two of her last three over the 431 metre trip here. If she can transpose her shorter track form to this race she is worthy of consideration.
First starter Almost Allblack is a Bekim Bale youngster out of Hot Tamali Train and may be worth keeping an eye on.
The inside two boxes hold all the experience in the fourth heat, with both Coach Little (1) and Oskar Da Pooch (2) being winners of seven races each.
Coach Little has his fourth straight start from the inside alley and is yet to win over this trip from seven attempts, although he has been placed five times.
Oskar Da Pooch has won seven from 18 career starts, but his four attempts over the 520 metres to date are yet to yield a victory. Those four attempts have all been at Albion Park whereas all of his other racing has been done here which may play a part in how he fares in this event.
Melody Serenade (8) looks to be the other main chance in this heat. The daughter of Cosmic Chief and Yessam Melody has had just nine career starts for two wins and four placings.
Are Ate (7) returns to the Sunshine State for the final heat after spending the last three months racing in Tasmania. He is a winner of 11 races, including four over this trip with a best of 30.65.
Cosmic Melody (6) has won three of her 10 career starts, two of which have been over this trip. She has stopped the clock at 30.74 in the past and has the local experience to be a factor.
First starter Top Bekim is by Bekim Bale out of former Victorian race bitch Miss Martini and will be one to watch.
One of the most rewarding aspects of greyhound racing is when you bring pups through your kennel from a young age and they make it to the racetrack. Although ability makes the racing side all the more fun, it is more than rewarding for trainers to see the closest thing to their own flesh and blood make it to the track.
Southern River trainer Keith Harding purchased Freeway Sparkle when she was 12 weeks old, he put the time and effort into getting his young chaser to the track and he isnâ€™t disappointed with her efforts. The daughter of Cosmic Rumble â€“ Velocity Sky has had 25 starts for five wins and eight minor placingâ€™s. This week she faces one of her toughest tests in the heats of the Puppy Classic over Canningtonâ€™s 530 metre distance. Jumping from box five the 29 kilo bitch will have to run close to her best to defeat this up and coming field.
â€śI think she will go okay; she is just an average type of greyhound with a bit of ability.â€ť Trainer Keith Harding explained.
In Freeway Sparkleâ€™s heat Harding rates Linda Brittonâ€™s chaser Petra from the red box.
â€śBox one always helps in those types of races; when you draw the red itâ€™s a big advantage especially at Cannington.â€ť
Hardingâ€™s interest lie with Star Recall and High Recall in the following heat, describing them as being close to the best chasers their age racing in Australia.
â€śThose two are just outstanding pups. Over the years you see real good ones come along and they are real good ones; theyâ€™re high quality!â€ť
With just the three heats of this years Puppy Classic, the heat winners, second placegetters and the two fastest thirds will make up the $20,000 final field. Linda Britton looks to have the stand out chances up against each other in the second heat, with Star Recall, High Recall and Gone To Heaven.
Heat One (8.07pm Perth Time)
In the first heat of the Puppy Classic Linda Brittonâ€™s Petra finds herself in box one paying $3.50 for the win. Young Petra has only had five starts for one win, but she has been placed in all of her other races. Her first win was from box one when she jumped well and stuck to the rails, winning the race with a late lunge on the line. She hasnâ€™t been jumping great in her past three starts from wider boxes, but if she comes out of the boxes like she did last time from box one she will be hard to beat because she sticks to the rails.
David Hobbyâ€™s chaser Jaguar Monelli is set to jump paying $5.00 from box three. She has had her last 10 starts at Mandurah in a mixture of 405 and 490 metre races, with two wins and some handy times to her name. Jaguar Monelliâ€™s biggest issue is whether she will be able to run the 530 metre distance out well enough to win the race.
Linda Brittonâ€™s second chaser Bad Memory is drawn to jump from box six paying $4.50 in her third career start. The litter sister to High Recall and Star Recall has won on both occasions; in her maiden win she jumped from box three, and found trouble out of the boxes, but had enough early speed to pull herself in front of the rest of the field. This little bitch can only improve on her last two starts and therefore she is a very real chance despite her box.
Heat Two (8.22pm Perth Time)
The second heat is by far the strongest, with three of Linda Brittonâ€™s greyhounds set to jump paying very similar short prices. Litter sisters Star Recall (3) and High Recall (5) have been more than successful in recent starts. Last week High Recall took out the Canning Trophy in a personal best time of 30.21, with a first sectional of 5.55 from box eight. If she can fly out of the boxes this week from box three there is little hope for anything catching her.
Star Recall also ran a personal best time of 30.28 behind High Recall in the Canning Trophy from box one. She was unable to match the early speed of her sister and will find it hard to do so again if High Recall is to repeat her performance from last week.
Gone To Heaven jumps from box four in her first start back at Cannington since returning from a stint at Sandown. Last Friday night she ran a good second over the 490 to the talented Hillbilly Flash in 27.47, she will have to improve on her last four starts if she is going to get on top of her kennel mates.
Heat Three (8.42pm Perth Time)
Do The Roar, for trainer Roy Clarke, is set to jump $4.00 favourite heading into the last heat from box two. In his last three starts he has found trouble, preventing him from taking too much of a part in the races. Four starts back was his last win, jumping from box two he sat on the rails after jumping well to win the race despite a late surge from Bekim Maxim and Free Candy. He will need a clear run and a bit of trouble behind if he is able to take this heat out.
Bekim Maxim has gone head to head with Do The Roar on many occasions; the victories have been shared between the pair. Bekim Maxim is coming off an impressive Kanyana Cup victory on Friday night, so form is not the issue and even after stepping down to 490 for two starts, the distance shouldn’t pose a problem either. If this chaser can jump out of the boxes he is a good chance of lowering his personal best time.
Miss Moto for trainer Corey White is currently paying $4.50 to win the last heat from box five. Her last start at Mandurah she missed the start and used the outside of the track to run home strongly and finish second. She won last start at Cannington from box one in a near personal best time of 30.76, after again using a large amount of the track. If this bitch can jump from the squeeze box and there is a hold up behind with the rest of the field, she is a decent chance of winning the race.
Although Harding believes his chaser Freeway Sparkle will find it hard up against what he describes as Australiaâ€™s best young dogs, he still loves watching his fawn bitch go around after all the hard work he put into her.
â€śOver the years I have bought dogs and had success with them, but the most enjoyment I get out of them is when you do them yourself.â€ť
Due to some greyhounds not being catered for under the current grading system, Greyhound Racing Victoria are trialling a new race type, 300 plus.
300 Plus refers to greyhounds that have a ranking of 300 points or more that may not be eligible for Tier 3 racing, but cannot gain a start at the full stake provincial level. To be eligible a greyhound will need to have a ranking, per the grading guidelines, of 300 points.
After the recent consultation sessions held across the State, GRV have decided to introduce these meetings in an effort to assist trainers whose greyhounds fall into this bracket to maximise their racing opportunities.
To ascertain your greyhounds ranking you are required to access the GRV FASTTRACK system, via the GRV website.
The first of these 300 Plus Meetings is to be held at Bendigo next Wednesday March 26, 2014 and will carry normal Tier 3 Stake money.
While any amendments to the grading system to increase racing opportunities is always welcomed, I canâ€™t help but feel that perhaps we are over complicating our system of grading.Â As you may know, I have not been a fan of the entire Tier 3 concept, thatâ€™s despite its overall acceptance by most in the industry.
Are we simply segregating the racing population even further and making it even more difficult for our current participants to not only manage their greyhounds, but understand the grading system, which is seemingly becoming more and more complex.
The purpose for Tier 3 Racing is surely to give lower grade greyhounds the opportunity to race against other like greyhounds.Â Is this in reality what is occurring, or are we promoting mediocre racing under the guise of making racing â€śfairerâ€ť.
The other belief by many of the supporters of the Tier 3 system is that it is primarily for the small hobby trainer, who cannot compete with the professional full time trainers.
This argument is obviously flawed, as itâ€™s not unusual to see several of the so called professionals racing at the Tier 3 fixtures when the circumstances suit.Â So is the Tier 3 and now 300 Plus racing realising, in the most efficient manner, what it was originally set out to accomplish.
As an alternative, I donâ€™t know why we canâ€™t operate under a non-penalty system, with perhaps some covenants to protect the lower grade dogs.
At least this would be an inclusive rather than an exclusive policy, not discriminating against any trainer who wishes to race his greyhound for the lower stake money.Â The non-penalty system seems to be appropriate for the Midweek city programs; I cannot see any reason why this canâ€™t be adapted to the country fixtures as well.
I get the feeling we are confusing matters more than perhaps we should, and maybe the GRV agenda in regards to these lower grade meetings has more to do with animal welfare and less to do with the standard of racing and participant longevity.
As the old adage says, KISS, Keep It Simple Stupid.Â I think perhaps the GRV Grading system could learn something from that old saying.
Over 40 years of staying history at Wentworth Park will begin its next chapter on Saturday evening, when two heats of the Group Three Betfair Gold Cup will be held over the lung-busting 720 metres at the Harbour City venue.
First held in 1966 on the grass track at Wenty, the event has had some notable winners in the past, none more so than Zoom Top, who went back-to-back in 1968 & 69.
Other winners include Miss High Lo (1974), Mercia Bale (1980), National Lass (1986), Ringside Fire (1998), Pearl Larricki (2001) and Miagi (2008).
Slick Lee became only the second greyhound to win the event twice when she took out the event in 2011 & 2012. Bell Haven, who has recently had her first litter of pups to Kinloch Brae, won last year’s race.
The top four from each heat will advance to next Saturday’s final worth $25,000 to the winner.
Here’s how the two heats look;
Race 7 – Betfair Cup Heat 1 – 9:27pm
The first heat features a triple-threat of proven Victorian Group performers, who will well and truly test the locals.
Destini Fireball (5) comes off a recent Group One win in the Super Stayers at The Meadows. Trainer Norm Rinaldi had toyed with the idea of retirement to stud duties for his four-year-old chaser but has decided to press on given his recent form. His last trip to this track saw him finish second in the final of the Summer Distance Plate and he has registered a slick 42.28 in the past. The veteran will need to be on his best behaviour from this draw.
Born Ali (4) won the Perth Galaxy in early February before a couple of below par runs at The Meadows. A three week break saw her return in style with a zippy 34.21 win over 595 metres at Sandown Park. She has a best of 42.35 here and will probably benefit from the run.
Precocious bitch Dyna Kayla (8) has finished second in two recent Group One finals in Victoria. It’s a big achievement given the fact that she will only face the starter for the 18th time on Saturday night. She has to deal with the extreme outside draw and her recent box manners have only been fair. If she can begin on terms, she is right in this.
Cawbourne Looney (6) has a great record at Wentworth Park, winning eight from 17 at this track and distance and breaking the magical 42-second mark in the process. Her best runs seem to be when she leaves the boxes in the first half of the field, so her initial position when the lids fly will be all important.
Quell Bale (3) is another Victorian who makes her staying debut in these heats. She has some okay middle distance form but her recent runs give the impression that she is out of her depth here. If anything, the fact that she might find herself closer to the front that she is used to may be a bonus.
Blossom Dior (1) looks the best of the rest. She has won three from 13 at this trip and has a best of 42.24. Her record from the inside is sensational with eight wins from 14 outings. The main concern is that she has only managed one placing since her last win here in early February. This race will test her.
Suits Us (2) is a last start winner at the track in 42.46, but his wins are well spaced. He is also a run-on type dog who will need some luck to feature.
Billy Hooper (7) is yet to win over this trip in eight attempts and it would be a shock if he was to open his account in this race.
Race 8 – Betfair Cup Heat 2 – 9:50pm
More raiders from the south highlight the second heat, with dual Wentworth Park Group winner Dyna Willow engaged along with Sydney Cup winner Lucy Wires.
Dyna Willow (7) has won two group events at this track in just four appearances. She has a real affinity with the venue and has stopped the clock at 41.92 in the past. She is versatile and can lead or come from behind and has class written all over her. She is one of the big-guns in this series.
Lucy Wires (6) won the Sydney Cup at this track and has also flown around here in a near record time of 41.82. She has a tendency to get way back in her races, but if she is parked anywhere in the first half of the field, expect her to be right in the finish.
Set To Shine (3) is an ultra-consistent local chaser who should be in the top few throughout the run. She is as dour as they come and also begins reliably, so expect her to be racing in the first quartet of the field throughout.
Queenslander Wag Tail (4) returns to interstate group racing after an ill-fated trip to Victoria that saw her fall in a heat if the Super Stayers. She then returned to the Sunshine State where she reeled off two impressive victories. She has earned another crack at the big time and it will be interesting to see how she measures up.
Eleazar (1) has landed two nice wins at Wentworth Park since moving from Queensland back in January. She has been a model of consistency in her 28 start career and has registered a personal best of 42.35 at the track. She is another who does her best work when she lands on the speed, so the first hundred metres will be crucial for her.
Shoe Laces Lady (8) is another Queensland visitor who has won here in the past in an average 43.05. She has finished second behind Wag Tail at her last two outings and may be a couple of lengths off the better dogs in this race.
Avondale Maurick (2) is a lightly raced three-year-old with a good strike-rate. The 33kg chaser has only won two races over the longer trips, with a best here of 42.65. He looks to be worth risking in this one.
Little Red (5) appears to be thriving over the staying journeys, but looks tested against the top-liners in this race. Her run two starts back has some merit with a 42.46 win here, but she has won just five of 42 career starts and will need to go a lot quicker to win this.
There is plenty of class spread very evenly over the two heats, which sets the stage for a quality final next week.
Will the Victorians continue their stranglehold over the staying trips? Or will it be a local or Queenslander who rises to the top?
Maitland hosted seven heats of the Group Two Maitland Gold Cup on Thursday afternoon. The highlight was Paw Licking’s track record-breaking run in the fourth heat. The record was previously held by Exclusive One and was set in May 2012. Other dogs to hold the record include Pororoca, Knocka Norris and Barcia Bale, so Paw Licking places himself in some illustrious company.
The seven heat winners and the fastest second qualified for the final, which takes place at Maitland next Thursday night.
Heat One – Group Two Maitland Gold Cup
Magic Diore (1) upset the favourite Chica Destacada (5), who could only manage fourth. Magic Diore wasn’t given much chance pre-race, starting at odds of $21 on the tote. The Magic Sprite – Avon Lee bitch had to work hard for the win and she finished too strongly for El Silverado (7) and Vanessa’s Flame (8), winning by one length in 25.46.
Heat Two – Group Two Maitland Gold Cup
Fire Elusive (2), for Jason Mackay, was too good in heat two. He led a few strides out of the box and secured a three-and-a-half length victory in a fast 25.12. Mr Babicci (3) didn’t begin well enough and finished third, while Nosey Rozy (8) was last early, suffered some interference and flew home to finish second. Zipping Tess (7) was unable to put herself into the race from the wide draw.
Heat Three – Group Two Maitland Gold Cup
Rose Sannette (1) lived up to her reputation as a box one specialist when she won heat three in 25.25 from the rails draw. She led from start to finish and won by an increasing seven lengths for trainer Kevin Johnson. Lil Miss Sparkle (8) went well on her return from a spell to finish second and Bella Senora (3) filled the other minor placing.
Heat Four – Group Two Maitland Gold Cup
Paw Licking (4) looked the stand-out and he proved it with a track record-breaking run. Beginning sweetly from box four, he hit the lead and let loose. The track record of 24.88 was lowered down to 24.87 and he will be the favourite for the final next week. New Gleam (1) was five lengths away in second and Yo Cool Maxie (6) was another four-and-a-quarter lengths behind in third.
Heat Five – Group Two Maitland Gold Cup
Gradence (5) worked his way from last to first over the course of the 450 metre trip. He has an uncanny knack of working his way through a field and that was on display again in this heat. He was last from box five early, worked himself into fourth around the turn and then unleashed his flying finish down the outside of the track to nab early leader King Sapphire (2) mid-way up the home straight and emerge the one-and-a-half length winner in 25.32. King Sapphire held on for second from Bojack Kahn (3).
Heat Six – Group Two Maitland Gold Cup
A head separated the first two place-getters in the sixth heat, with Miner’s Moss (6) just lasting from a fast finishing Waymore’s Blues (8) in 25.29. It was an unlucky result for Waymore’s Blues, who just misses out on making the final. He will be the first reserve. The Mark Gatt trained Mexico City (2) finished third after pushing strongly for the lead in the early stages. Tasmanian raider Varcoe (4) began terribly and was never in it.
Heat Seven – Group Two Maitland Gold Cup
Magic Marlow (2) was best served at box-rise and held the early lead, but wasn’t good enough to outlast Natural Player (8) who showed great field sense from box eight. Natural Player stayed away from trouble on the outside and when turning for home, switched to the rail to run down Magic Marlow and win by half-a-length in 25.27. Ridiculousness (1) recovered from a heavy bump with Splash About (3) to finish third.
The qualifiers for the final, in order of time, are:
Paw Licking – 24.87 (Kel Greenough)
Fire Elusive – 25.12 (Jason Mackay)
New Gleam – 25.22 (Darren Russell)
Rose Sannette – 25.25 (Kevin Johnson)
Natural Player – 25.27 (Mark Wilcox)
Miner’s Moss – 25.29 (Mathew Reid)
Gradence – 25.32 (Mark Gatt)
Magic Diore – 25.46 (Garry Streatfield)
First Reserve – Waymore’s Blues – 25.30 (Glenn Rounds)
Second Reserve – Magic Marlow – 25.31 (Alan Woodward)
Yesterday turned out to be a profitable day again for ARG selection followers. It’s been quite a while since we had a clean sweep, but we managed three from three yesterday. They were only short prices, but hopefully we can continue that winning form into tonight. Cairnlea Layla got home at $1.60, Abundia Flyer saluted at $3.10 and Regal Patch won by a head at $2.60. A $10.00 all up would of netted a solid $129.00 return.
Tonight’s meetings looks quite promising, so hopefully we can find a few winners at Albion Park, Dapto, Sandown, Hobart and Angle Park.
Albion Park Greyhounds Race 6 Box 1 Tweed Chic, 8.28pm
Tweed Chic could be the value runner here and looks a super chance of winning this. The daughter of Velocette and Halzani has already proven she has a motor after stopping the clock in a superb 29.87 here a few starts back. In her last four starts she’s been dealt a rough hand having drawn boxes seven and eight in her last four starts. Tonight she has the cherry and this should see her bounce back to her best.
There’s quite a lot of speed early in the race so she can’t afford to many mistakes from the get go. But she’s got enough early toe to boot up around the first turn and should she get up inside them, she will prove super hard to catch once on the bunny.
Outside her there is many chances. Boxes 2,6,7,8 look to all be huge hopes, but will do it tough from outside. Box six runner Angvella has plenty of talent, but at his only start here he jumped and cut hard towards the rail and I can see him finding trouble should he repeat that. Box seven runner Size Does Matter was ultra impressive last start, flying out and leading all the way. But I’m not so sure he can do it against a much better field here tonight. You Say So jumps from box eight and could be the smokey. He should get a clear trouble free run from the get go, so keep him safe. These four runners look the main winning hopes.
Tweed Chic has the box and the ability to win this so stick with her.
Angle Park Greyhounds Race 7 Box 4 Encosta Kahn, 9.22pm
This fellow looks a solid bet here tonight, even from box four. He’s dropping a long way down in grade and looks set to give these a beating. He’s got enough early toe to ping the lids and get across onto the bunny early here. He has a best time of 29.80 and while he hasn’t run around that for a while, if he finds the bunny early he’ll go close. He’s been pretty solid in running places lately and should still be capable of breaking 30.00 should he get straight to the front.
Box one runner Mel Allen looks the main threat with the suitable draw. She put her best effort in last week when running second from box five when chasing home Dustnado. If she can navigate box one and push through hard early she’s a huge threat.
While all things point to Encosta Kahn Don’t go rushing in and taking the short odds. $2.40 looks around the right price for him from a middle box.
Dapto Greyhounds Race 4 Box 1 Lemon Aid 8.37pm
This race doesn’t look all that hard to sort out, but it’s never easy when faced with field full of non winning maidens. Lemon Aid has been quite solid in his past two starts, despite finishing in slow time on both occasions. I doubt this lot can go much quicker then 30.50 and Lemon Aid looks able to run that if he gets on the bunny and gains a clear trouble free run.
The main danger is box four runner Complete Girl. The daughter of Westmead Osprey and Midnight Lee looks set to fire out from the middle and take up the early lead based on her Bulli performance. The question mark is whether or not she can run out the 520m trip.
Punters looking to take exotics should anchor boxes one and four.
Hobart Greyhounds Race 2 Box 4 Frimpong 8.43pm
Frimpong looks a big chance here tonight based on his terrific win two starts back. The son of Knocka Norris has greatly improved since coming across from Victoria. He has a solid PB here and while this is a quality field, he should still start as one of the main chances. The four box won’t be an issue if he shows the same amount of speed as he showed in his last win here in Hobart.
Punters looking to back Frimpong should aim to get around $5.00 Sportsbet. Mental As Ben looks a huge threat from the suitable box eight draw. He’s a classy chaser and has the ability to run a fast time when on song so keep him very safe.at
Frimpong Each way.
Sandown Greyhounds Race 2 Box 1 Coconut Grove, 7.25pm
This fellow trained by the Ennis team should be far too good for these here from box one. He flew around Sandown a few starts back and stopped the clock in a fast 29.57 he should have no trouble firing out and leading from the start of this race here. The box will be the big advantage and there’s no reason why he can’t win this.
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Please have a read of part one of this preview for races one through to six of tonight’s Sandown meeting.
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Race 7 – 715M Grade 5 Heat – 9:11PM
Whodat Knockin’ has a top record at this track and in February scored an enormous 33.99 win over the 595m journey. In a race which lacks genuine early speed, he should roll to the early lead and prove too strong for this company. He is likely to be short, but if you can findover even money, load up!
The only real threats to the favourite are drawn out wide. Infinite Wish has experienced bad luck in her past five starts and from box six tonight she is likely to experience it again. Lethal Three can ping the lids at times and if she can step cleanly tonight she should be in the mix throughout. If taking a quaddie, these are the only three runners you need, but have a few more units with Whodat Knockin’.
Top Four : 2-6-7-5
Suggested Bet: Load up on Whodat Knockin’ if better than even money at Sportingbet.
Race 8 – 515M Free For All – 9:35PM
The in form Walk Hard is likely to go around as favourite. Like Hooksy earlier in the night I think he may be worth laying! Innocent Til is normally a faultless beginner and it looks as though he will assume control soon after box rise. With Walk Hard in the event, you should be able to get $3.20 or better and that looks to be value.
Marcus Joe scored an all the way win here last week in 29.34 and a repeat of that puts him in contention, but I think Innocent Til may burn him off mid race. He looks to be a strong quinella chance.
There is no doubting Walk Hard is the most talented runner in the field but from box five it looks as though he has a tough night ahead. Jewel Bale looks to be the only other winning chance. She has a top record at Sandown and the draw should work in her favour.
Top Four : 3-2-5-1
Trifecta 3/1,2,5/1,2,4,5,6 ($12 for $1)
Trifecta 1,2,3/5/1,2,3,4,6 ($12 for $1)
Trifecta 1,2,3/1,2,3,4,6/5 ($12 for $1)
Race 9 – 715M Grade 5 Heat – 9:55PM
Allen Eryk is stepping up to the 715m journey for the first time. In his two middle distance runs of late he has given every indication that the longer journey won’t be a concern. Allen Eryk should be in a speed battle with Sisco Rage for most of the trip and I expect him to draw away in the closing stages. With Arising expected to start favourite, you might be able to get $2.80 or a little better.
Sisco Rage has been in tremendous form of late and he is ideally drawn. The only negative against his name is that in his last try over this trip he got very tired in the last sixty metres.
Arising has won his past three starts in good style, but he has been beaten in his only two tries over this journey. From the middle pin I think he is a definite lay prospect tonight.
Top Four : 2-1-4-5
Race 10 – 595M Mixed 4/5 – 10:14PM
This race looks to be a raffle. With so many chances I think it will be worthwhile to split your bet and invest on both Easton Bale and Dream It. Dream It normally goes around at short odds, but from tonight’s draw you are likely to see him at $5.00 or better. The draw doesn’t appear to be an advantage but I think over the longer journey he can settle closer to the speed and the extra distance will work in his favour.
Easton Bale is expected to be double figures, however this consistent chaser has the speed to find the early lead and I expect there to be some shuffling as they all head through the first bend. With all the trouble behind him he may be able to pinch this race at odds.
See Him First is clearly the class act of the race, but he can bomb the start at times and he races best when drawn out wide. From box three he will need some early luck.
Top Four : 7-4-3-6
Suggested Bet: Dream It and Easton Bale both for the win
Race 11 – 515M Mixed 4/5 – 10:38PM
Awesome Project was enormous here last week when running second and he has a slow beginner drawn outside, which should allow him to muster to the early lead. If he can find the early lead I expect him to be running sub 29.30, which would prove far too good for his rivals.
Crawf’s Bread has been ultra consistent of late and the middle pin shouldn’t pose too many concerns. He should be on the speed throughout and looks to be a solid quinella hope.
Clone Your Own can bomb the start in his races and he can’t afford to make those mistakes in tonight’s event. Include him in your exotics, but I don’t think he is a winning chance.
Top Four : 3-5-4-6
Suggested Bets: Awesome Project Win (should be $2.20 or better)
Trifecta: 3/5/1,2,4,6 ($4 for $1)
Trifecta: 3,5/3,5/1,2,4,6 ($8 for $1)
Trifecta: Box 3,4,5 ($6 for $1)
Race 12 – 595M Grade 5 – 10:58PM
In the get out stakes I think we can find some value. Dyna York has drawn perfectly out wide and he is much better than his recent form suggests. I expect him to be double figures and with two keen railers drawn underneath him, he should be able to hit the front as they pass the post the first time and he can run time when on the lure.
Zipping Joe is likely to settle well back in the field but he will be steaming home late. From the middle pin he will need a tremendous amount of luck, but he is more than capable of featuring.
Knockabout Aussie is a hard dog to follow. Blessed with ridiculous talent, he has an uncanny knack for finding bother. Once again he is drawn poorly but he must be kept safe as with some luck he will be in the finish.
Top Four : 8-5-6-2Â
Suggested Bet: Dyna York Each Way
8/Field/2,6,7/1,2,3,5 ($48 for 50c)
8/Field/2/1,2,3,5 ($32 for $1)
2,3,4,7,8/1/2,6,7/1,2,3,5 ($30 for 50)
As the Group One Golden Easter Egg approaches, the quality of the preludes increases. This week we see some handy Victorian’s trained by Darren McDonald, and the Healesville Cup winner and track record holder Frosty Jay Jay making an appearance.
Three Preludes will be conducted at Wentworth Park on Saturday night, on a card that features two heats of the a Group Three Betfair Cup, which ARG is also previewing.
Golden Easter Egg Prelude 1 – Race 4 at 8:28pm
Darren McDonald’s first runner of the night is Where’s The Surf. The blue Where’s Pedro – Nova Surf (Surf Lorian – Nova Keroma) dog has won his last two at Traralgon and has won nine from 24 overall. He is a good beginner who likes the rail and he will need to lead from the awkward draw. He comes up against well-performed Tasmanian Hellyeah Bolt. The Anthony Bullock trained chaser steward’s trialled at Wentworth Park last week in 29.89. He has won five of his last nine and 18 from 29. He is also handy out of box eight, winning three from four.
Manyana Pearl (6) has won her last three on the trot, including a last start 29.95 at Wentworth Park in a fourth and fifth grade. She has been beginning well of late and with a first split of 5.39, could very well lead the race.
Apollo Reign (2) is a strong dog who won at Richmond in a fast 30.43 last start. He can find some trouble early and can’t afford to give some of these a head-start.
Of the others, the superbly bred dog by Brett Lee – Cindeen Shelby (Bombastic Shiraz – Proper Shelby), Quite Ready (1), has box one and has won two from three at Wentworth Park, including a last start win in 30.00 from box six. He can be risky at box-rise. Knot Tellin Ya (3) and Retiring (4) have been around the track plenty of times, which may assist them, but their recent form has been patchy. Gibbonator (7) has contested the last two rounds of the Preludes and isn’t having much luck and looks to have a tough ask from the box.
Golden Easter Egg Prelude 2 – Race 5 at 8:47pm
Queenslander Yogi Blue (2) gets another chance this week from box two. He had box eight last week at his first look at the track and finished a respectable fourth behind Make A Fifty. He’s got four wins from box two and after a look at the track, will be improved.
Classy There’s A Earn (4) is McDonald’s second runner engaged in the preludes. A litter-mate to Where’s The Surf, he has had seven wins from 12 starts and has won his last three (two at The Meadows and a fast 29.40 at Sandown). He’s got early speed and is a good beginner and is definitely one of the chances.
Two more Queenslanders, Rascal Flash (3) for Ron Ball and Raging Obsession (7) for Selena Zammit are also engaged. Rascal Flash finished last at Wentworth Park from box one earlier this month and will need to improve on that. Her Albion Park form is good and she has won 11 from 24. Raging Obsession has won 12 from 24 and is having his first look at Wentworth Park. He is good from an outside draw and can run, having broken 30 at Albion Park.
Cawbourne Bugsy (8) appears the best of the local chances. She has had two wins at Wentworth Park and ran 29.77 last week from box two. Her form from box eight isn’t inspiring, with two starts from the pink reaping no reward.
Golden Easter Egg Prelude 3 – Race 6 at 9:10pm
This is a very tough race with a number of talented Victorian’s and the white and fawn flash Frosty Jay Jay (3). Frosty Jay Jay has returned to Renald Attard’s kennels after a highly successful campaign with Kel Greenough in Victoria. He is well-performed on the bigger tracks, so it will be interesting to see how he handles the difficult Wentworth Park.
Fellow Queenslander, Swift Opulence (4) is drawn on Frosty Jay Jay’s immediate outside. She is a good beginner and handled her first look at Wentworth Park well, winning in 29.86. If she repeats that, she will be hard to beat.
Dyna Geldof (1) has drawn box one for the first time in his 21 start career. He has good wins around Geelong and The Meadows and should go well at his first look at the track.
McDonald’s final runner of the Preludes is Dark Warrior (7). The black dog by Where’s Pedro – Shanlyn Supreme (Token Prince – Shanlyn Maddy) has 30 career wins but is having his first start at Wentworth Park. He is a very consistent beginner and has won five times from box seven.
Apparently, Greyhounds Australasia Ltd has one of its quarterly board meetings this month. The date and the agenda are not available because they are kept secret, as are the decisions, if any. However, it is timely for our leaders to get together because there are big political and economic moves on at the moment and they could have wide ranging effects on the industry.
Tasmania has just voted in a new Liberal government which is intent on cutting costs and encouraging new business, including more forestry activity. What it will do about the loss-making government instrumentality that runs greyhound racing is unknown. In South Australia, whatever way the final votes go, it will have a hung parliament, or nearly so, meaning decisions will be few, hard fought and possibly illogical.
Both states have been suffering from a drop in employment and business activity and are being kept alive by handouts from Canberra, including attracting a bigger share of GST takings than is justified by their population orvolumes. Either way, it does not augur well for betting growth from recreational punters.
Queensland, another smaller greyhound state under the Tattsbet wing, continues to blunder along under the worst governance structure ever seen in racing history (run by insiders voted for by other insiders) and suffers from a chronic shortage of dogs of all standards. Even horses are moving south of the border looking for higher prize money. The LNP state government is still at sixes and sevens as it tries to combat financial problems left by the previous occupants and is stuck with a racing minister who keeps demonstrating he has not a clue about what makes the industry tick. He has just issued a media release looking forward to a fantastic year ahead, which is like whistling as you walk through the cemetery at midnight.
Tattsbet has also been doing some hopeful whistling despite the poor performance of its tote business and its declining share of the market â€“ a process which must inevitably continue as the big get bigger and the small get smaller.
So the GAL meeting will be looking at the most worrying trends seen in decades as the lopsided growth continues across the country, with only one possible means of avoiding disaster â€“ it has to scream from the rooftops for state racing ministers to bring in a national betting pool, and quickly. Nothing less will help small state finances.
It will be a good test of the seriousness and the vision of the people around the GAL table.
And, by the way, WA has moved past its mining boom era so cash will not be as plentiful as it has been in the past. Racing authorities have yet to obtain funding for a good part of the new Cannington complex â€“ due next year. Then NSW is shortly to hear from the parliamentary inquiry into greyhound racing. That minority report is unlikely to be complimentary, but it is also unlikely to provoke much action from the current government. Whether that is good or bad remains to be seen. The low probability of a dismantling of the horrible 99-year commission sharing agreement is the main worry.
SMALL POINTS, BUT TELLING
Formguides, which are the industryâ€™s prime means of communication with the public, need to be informative, accurate and easy to read. Yet the current lot fall short in several ways. Here is a small example.
Some time back, our leaders (no idea who) decided to change the system for posting running numbers, which are very important in assessing the sort of dog you are dealing with. They cut off the last number â€“ the one denoting its finishing position â€“ and included only those relevant to a â€ścornerâ€ť of the track. Translated, that actually means the entry to and exit from each turn. This process adopted the practice used in WA, but not anywhere else (although Queensland has never published running numbers in its entire life).
Taking another example from that March 11 meeting at Warragul mentioned previously in this column, we find that the winner Arizona Showman was shown as â€ś11â€ť rather than â€ś111â€ť as was once the case. That is both annoying and unnecessary. But, for different reasons, it also happens to be factually misleading.
At best, when reading a future formguide, it means your eye has to dodge back and forth between the finishing position column and the column showing running numbers. It does not sound like a big deal but it makes life harder for anyone reading that page (or between two and four pages if reading the cumbersome GRNSW guide).
At worst, it does not reveal the true facts. In this case, if you read the stewards report you would see that â€śArizona Showman was slow to beginâ€ť. So which is right â€“ â€ś11â€ť or â€śslow to beginâ€ť? They are contradictory.
The answer is that both are right under current practice. The dog was stone motherless after the jump, but then roared to the lead from its outside box to record a slashing sectional of 8.34, which meant it was in front at both the official markers. Yet anyone noting that sectional time might think stewards were talking nonsense.
And there is another even more important factor. Anyone reading a future formguide would assume the dog is brilliant early, yet it is far from it. The dogâ€™s sectional history shows it had averaged (in Warragul equivalent) a time of 8.72 and the best it had ever done was 8.50. For the subject race, more informative running numbers would have been something like 8311. That would have told readers exactly how the race was run.
In a future race where it has to battle its way out of a middle box it would be highly unlikely to run such a sectional time again. More likely it would strike trouble getting through the traffic.
Whatever reason our masters had for changing the system, it does not pass the road test. Like the convoluted GRNSW formguide, which is now becoming the dominant version across the country, it fails the KISS principle. And it can be misleading.
Letâ€™s go a bit further than that. These concepts and formats are developed inside state authorities where, generally speaking, the staff are not allowed to bet. Consequently, they do not use the product of their efforts in the real world. It all ends up as a â€śit would be a good idea if …â€ť process, which is fraught with danger. (I should add that the TABs do much the same thing).
Far better to start with what the customers need and work your way back. The reverse direction is never a success.
A sizzling upset win by Rebel Kist was the highlight when Angle Park was privy to some superb mid-week racing on Wednesday. The picturesque circuit played host to five heats of the 2014 Breeders Prelude One, which showcased some of the states best young dogs. The race is restricted to South Australian bred greyhounds whelped between January 2012 and June 2012.
The final will take place next Thursday evening, with the five winners and three fastest thirds making up the field.
Let’s take a look at how the heats panned out;
2014 SA Breeders Prelude One – Heat One
The Cameron Butcher trained Winbrook (1) took out the first event with a great display of strength. After beginning only fairly, the son of Where’s Pedro and Little Looper was seventh past the post the first time. Long Gully Mark (4) was the lamp-lighter, with Nowak (5) and Individualize (6) also handy as they headed to the back. Nowak found the rails from an awkward draw and took over down the back. Winbrook had worked his way to fourth and hooked out deep for a run, making up good ground to get to second as they came off the back.
Entering the home straight, Nowak looked to have the race bottled up, but Winbrook’s long sustained run saw him find enough to grab Nowak in the concluding stages to salute by 3/4 of a length in 29.99. Nowak held second, with Long Gully Mark three lengths away in third.
2014 SA Breeders Prelude One – Heat Two
Lewsiton mentor Des Hockley landed the second heat when his 27kg chaser Wingard (4) sizzled around the Angle Park circuit in 29.71. The son of Premier Fantasy and Cool In Blue shanghaied out of the boxes to lead from the middle alley in the fastest first section of the five heats (4.37). From then on it was a one-act affair, with Wingard showing them a clean set of pads to lead all the way.
Macca’s Spirit (6) chased hard in second for the bulk of the race, but the further they went, the further Wingard got away, eventually winning by 5 and 3/4 lengths from Macca’s Spirit, with Woodside Jagger a further 3/4 of a length away in third.
2014 SA Breeders Prelude One – Heat Three
A solid chasing effort by Nevada Smith (8) saw him land the third heat for McLaren Vale trainer Gavin Harris in a time of 30.00. Beginning fairly from the outside box, the 30kg son of Premier Fantasy and Cool Keepsake used plenty of the track as he settled in second and set about chasing the early leader Cosmic Illusion (5). By the time they came off the back straight, the long-striding white and black dog had the race parcelled up. He railed through to scoot away and score by four lengths from the fast finishing Raja’s Onyx (2), with the race favourite Lindy Sue (3) finishing third.
2014 SA Breeders Prelude One – Heat Four
Mombassa Boy (7) took out the fourth heat in a race that was decimated by scratchings, with only five dogs facing the starter. After leaving the traps in second place, Mombasa Boy had the task of chasing the early leader Kankakee McLaren (5). The big black chaser wasted no time in taking over and had the lead before they left the straight the first time.
After opening up a break, the Richard Pearce trained son of Cosmic Rumble and Who Wot Where did enough to hold on and win by 1 and 3/4 lengths in 30.00, despite getting a little tired in the concluding stages. Kankakee McLaren held second and was making ground on the winner late in the race, while Boonoona Boy (1) finished third a further two lengths away.
2014 SA Breeders Prelude One – Heat Five
Rebel Kist (1) caused the upset of the day in the final heat when he not only set the fastest time of the five heats, but also rolled $1.30 favourite Sidney’s Shadow (7) in the process. The son of Satanic Cash and Ivory Kist stopped the clock at a personal best of 29.68 en route to a two length victory. The South Australian St Leger winner, Sidney’s Shadow began well to lead, leaving most punters to think that the result was now a fait accompli.
Cool Guiness (2) landed in second with Rebel Kist sitting patiently in third. As they left the back, Rebel Kist began to unleash a long, sustained run and moved quickly to second before really knuckling down to his task in the straight to overhaul his much more fancied opponent and salute. Sidney’s Shadow did enough to qualify for the final in second, with Little Dakota (5) finishing third, a further length-and-a-half away.
The order of qualification for next Thursday’s final is as follows;
Rebel Kist – Peter Hurley – 29.68
Wingard – Des Hockley – 29.71
Winbrook – Cameron Butcher – 29.99
Nevada Smith – Gavin Harris – 30.00
Mombasa Boy – Richard Pearce – 30.00
Sidney’s Shadow – Cameron Butcher – 29.80
Nowak – Richard Stasiak – 30.03
Macca’s Spirit – Richard Pearce – 30.07
Kankakee McLaren – Donald Foster – 30.11
Raja’s Onyx – Raymond Fewings – 30.25
Race 1 – 515M Grade 5 – 7:06PM
In a race which possesses numerous front runners, Empire Allen should be able to muster enough early speed and hold the lead from his favourable draw. Two starts ago the Angela Dailly trained chaser ran a bottler behind class performer Innocent Til in a heat of the Horsham Cup. In the past he has run his best races when on the lure and tonight he should get every chance to lead throughout. If you can find $3 fixed or better, try your luck with one of our Free-Bet Offers!.
Godric Gryfindor hasn’t had much luck in recent runs and is drawn in box two, he should be able to follow Empire Allen through on the first turn. He is sure to test Empire Allen for the majority of the trip, however the last thirty metres will be a struggle.
Likely favourite Bogner Bale has been in terrific form of late, but he is likely to be posted wide throughout, therefore making him a trifecta player at best. It’s worth noting that if Peloton Bale gets a start from a rails draw he must be kept very safe.
Top Four : 1-2-3-8
Suggested Bet: Empire Allen to win at Sportingbet, also rove him in quinellas with 2 & 3
Race 2 – 595M Grade 5 Final – 7:25PM
Coconut Grove had no luck in the early stages of his heat last week from box five and tomorrow night from the rails draw he should be able to show a little more early dash. I’m expecting him to jump on terms and this should allow him to establish a big break mid race. It’s also worth noting that this will be his second try over the 595m trip, so he should strip much fitter tonight.
Zipping Rory is blessed with enormous talent but the box draw will make things tough for him tonight. He has most of these covered on pure ability, however he still needs to fix his racing manners. At $8.00 or better he is worth a saver bet.
Mepunga Ledger and Ruff Cut Diamond look to be the only other winning chances. Both aren’t blessed with early speed and will rely heavily on luck, so include them in your multiples.
Top Four : 1-6-8-5
Suggested Bet: Anchor Coconut Grove in Trifecta’s and Exactas. 3,5,6,8 to fill the minors.
Race 3 -Â 515M Grade 5 – 7:43PM
This race has a number of promising speedsters engaged, none more so than the Jason Thompson trained Scintillating. He is a last start winner here in a very fast 29.26 after recording a first split of 5.02. With a slow beginner drawn directly outside he should get every chance to repeat his last performance and that should see him record an easy victory.
High Speed Chase has shown an enormous amount of ability, but he is still a little inexperienced and will require a lot of luck early to be competitive. He is likely to be posted three or four wide going through the first turn and I’m happy to risk him tonight.
Crowdza Captive is a reliable beginner who has a consistent record at Sandown. He should settle just behind the favourite early and fill the quinella spot. Reserve Rumble Comet can run a big race if he gets a start.
Top Four : 4-6-8-7
Suggested Bet: Trifecta 4/6,7,8/1,2,5,6,7,8 ($15 for $1) also include Scintillating in all ups.
Race 4 – 515M Grade 5 – 8:08PM
Intriguing race in which I think we can find some value. Dundee Toro has been luckless of late and he showed a return to form when placed in his heat. With a wide runner drawn directly outside and a lack of speed from runners drawn out wide, he should find himself in a very prominent position early. He should be $8.00 or better, which is worth an each-way ticket.
Who’s Doing What looked highly impressive in his Victorian debut. The most impressive part of his recent 30.14 Geelong win was his run home. He powered to the line and made a mockery of his rivals.
Zipping Makka is likely to get back early, however he will get to the line solidly and if you’re a first four player, it’s worth anchoring this bloke for third and fourth.
Top Four : 3-7-6-1
Suggested Bet: Dundee Toro Each way, also rove him in quinellas with 1,6,7.
Race 5 – 715M Grade 5 Heat – 8:28PM
The first leg of the quaddie looks straight forward tonight, with Alpe D’Huez facing an enormous drop in class. His record over this trip is pretty ordinary, but in this company he should settle in the first three and take control mid race. Take him one out in the quaddie.
Speed Lane should fire to the lead and run her normal consistent race, but the last seventy metres is always a worry for her over this trip.
Hot Chili Lankan is the intriguing runner. He is making his staying debut and his previous sprint form suggests that this trip will really suit. If you see $12.00 or better he is worth a saver bet. Unfortunately you can never back this bloke with any confidence, as he does make a lot of mistakes in his races.
Top Four : 8-2-7-4
Suggested Bets: Quinella Alpe D’Huez to rove with 2,4,7
Trifecta 8/2,4,7/2,3,4,6,7 ($12 for $1)
Trifecta 7,8/2,3,4,7,8/2,3,4,6,7,8 ($32 for $1)
Race 6 – 515M Grade 4 – 8:52PM
Probably the most open race of the night. Hooksy set the track alight here last week in 29.15, however from his draw tomorrow I think he might be the lay of the night! There is a heap of pace from boxes one through five, which will see him posted wide throughout. Jordan Allen has enough speed to hold them out early and he can run time on the lure. I think you should be able to get $5.50 or better at Sportsbet.
Great Spartacus is hit or miss early, but last start at The Meadows he pinged and broke the 30 second barrier. If he can step again tonight he should be in the mix.
Tick Bale is the run on dog in the race and he could be a great dog to anchor in first four and trifecta bets for third and fourth.
Top Four : 1-5-6-7
First four 1,5,7/1,2,3,5,7/6/1,2,3,5,7 ($36 for $1)
First four 1,5,7/1,2,3,5,7/1,2,3,5,7/6 ($36 for $1)