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Let’s see the last of the non-penalty races

VICTORIA’S recent decision to dump the use of Non-Penalty racing at Melbourne’s secondary meetings each week may be returning dividends. At the very least it shows up the oddball nature of the decade old NP habit.

A better class of runners showed up at Sandown on Sunday. The slowest of seven graded 515m races was won in 29.81. Easily the best was a sparkling 29.41 from the in-form Noosa Rocket, coming to town after winning six in a row at provincial tracks. It led all the way from box 7, recording an equally sparkling 5.02 to the first marker.

Only one dog (My Bro Fabio) bettered that overall time at the main meeting last Thursday..

Some Non-Penalty races are still hanging around at the provincials for reasons that are impossible to fathom. What is wrong with the (recently expanded) grading system that justifies this policy? Get rid of them all.

Sectionals – Not a luxury but an essential

An unannounced change, but a good one, has occurred at many NSW provincial tracks. They have finally started publishing sectional times for all runners, not just for the leader. Previously, you also had to guess which dog was actually the leader because the time was not assigned to any particular one.

Newish TAB-clubs like Wagga and Dubbo are still lagging and none of the non-TAB clubs have taken up the new practice. But the important ones are there and providing valuable form data for punters.

Sadly, Tasmanians still live in another world. Despite constant reminders they persist in assigning the sectional time (one only) to whatever dog won the race – irrespective of whether it led or not. Career histories are therefore distorted for evermore.

To compound the felony, out two major form producers, GRNSW (Ozchase) and GRV, continue to copy the erroneous information into their own guides, thereby misleading punters across the nation. It would be a straightforward matter for their experts to tell their computers to ignore anything arriving from the three Tasmanian tracks, but they have not done that.

A recent classic was the smart time of 5.11 allocated to Above All in a heat of the Hobart Thousand and later copied in GRV’s subsequent guide for the Silver Chief series. The same mob had already called for its nomination as a run of the year (with poor judgement, in my view) because the dog walked out of the boxes, fought its way through the field and eventually caught the leaders in a modest 26.16. Unfortunately, whatever ran the 5.11 will never get the credit but it certainly was not Above All.

The same dog’s record-breaking win in the final was a different matter altogether.

But there is more. If you wade through the Tasracing website you will eventually find a jumbled mixture of videos, form, tips and sectional histories and predictions for local races. The latter includes “Best this Box” and “Average” sectionals, but where does this information come from? Are there other sectionals nobody has heard about?

Well, there have to be, otherwise how could they calculate an average?

Apparently, there is one set of data for locals and another for the rest of Australia. The latter are mostly lies, so it’s best to ignore the lot.

On the same subject but more generally, steward’s trials sometimes include sectional times, sometimes they don’t. Surely it should be mandatory to put them all in. It cannot be that hard. Even without Finishlynx, all you have to do is to look up at the semaphore board.

What money can’t buy

The Lismore club, which now races at somebody’s park, put on a special distance race – the “Distance Challenge” over 635m – yesterday and, following the incentive policy now in place and with some help from the park’s proprietor, offered a $3,000 first prize which is not to be sneezed at. So far, so good.

However, it got only seven nominations but three of those scratched, leaving just the four starters to battle it out. All were well known local dogs of average quality. A similar event on the previous Friday got only five starters.

Short fields are standard fare for longer races at the provincials in both NSW and Victoria, despite all the incentives. That’s a pity because the fans generally like longer races and it often gives the slower beginners a better chance in life.

Clearly, the formula is not proving out in practice. Do we need a Royal Commission to work out why this is happening? There must be a better way to spend all the spare cash.

Distance logic

Back in town, Double Rinse put some perspective into recent results when picking up a standard Grade 5 720m at Wentworth Park in a solid 42.25. This is only fractionally different to the times Space Star ran in heat and final of the Distance Plate worth $40,000-to-the-winner.

Certainly, Space Star has done better than that previously, but by far its better and faster runs have been over the middle distances at Gosford, Richmond and The Meadows. That’s where its real talent lies, although prize money may not be as good in that area. Like many others, such dogs can pull out all the stops over the longer trip on occasions, but not if they are asked to do it every week. Irma Bale would be a similar example.

That’s why heats and finals in successive weeks over the 700s are a hassle for many dogs.

Of course, luck in running plays a part, too.

Pursell’s trio primed to fire in Hobart’s Maiden Thousand final

THURSDAY night’s Maiden Thousand Final at Hobart will see the cream of the Apple Isle’s younger brigade fight it out for $10,000 in spoils.

One kennel that is set to play a huge hand in the race is the Brendan Pursell camp at Brighton. Pursell is helped out with his kennel of 10 at home by his wife Lynne and son Blake. To have such a small team and qualify Despicable Todd, I’ve Got Class and One Man Army for the final is an amazing effort and testament to the hard work of this family team.

Pursell is no stranger to quality dogs, having had smart chasers such as Cheetah Zorro and Lika Whisper pass through his kennels, but there is no doubting his excitement at this young group coming through.

“All three of mine have drawn badly in the final, but I think I’ve Got Class is the best drawn of them”, Pursell said.

“It’s a quality field and Outskirts in the two and Mick Stringer’s runner (Reddington) in the four would be the main dangers. Reddington can go right at the start, which wouldn’t help Despicable Todd.”

Despicable Todd is by Collision out of Lyndor Lee and is the fastest qualifier for the final after clocking a very quick 26.07 in his semi-final. That victory followed a 26.22 heat win and on both occasions this supremely bred chaser led all the way in impressive fashion.

“We’ve had Despicable Todd for about two months. I’ve trained quite a few for Mitchell Pryce and Todd is one of the most talented along with Despicable Ben, who went from my place to Jason Thompson’s.

“Despicable Todd will probably go through his classes and might end up going to Victoria or NSW if he measures up. He is the better racedog currently out of the three of mine.”

The second of Pursell’s unbeaten brigade is the extremely raw I’ve Got Class, who is by Spring Gun out of Magic Castle.

“I’ve Got Class has a huge amount of natural ability, but is still as green as grass and learning what racing is all about. He is a very fast dog, but his racing pattern means he still has to learn what it’s about.

“We have had him since six months of age. I own and trained a smart bitch called Champagne Girl and we have always liked the Ice Dancer line, which Magic Castle comes from. So we took a punt on the untried bitch and sire and it’s worked out well so far.”

The last of the Pursell chances is One Man Army, which is owned by his son Blake.

“Blake is praying he will win and is genuinely excited about tomorrow night, which is fantastic”, Pursell said. “He is going to find it a bit tough, but with a bit of luck he might surprise and find his way into the money. I would love for him to run a big race, Blake has worked really hard around the place and it would be a well-deserved result.”

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Greyhound tips & betting preview January 28 2015

HEADING to Angle Park for today’s tips to hopefully find you a couple of winners.

It is the perfect day to have a couple of bets in preparation for yet another massive weekend of racing, with semi-finals of the National Derby and Futurity and heats of the Perth Cup and Galaxy.

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Best Roughie:
Race 10: Cool Duffy

Race No. 5Macro Meats Free For All Pr2 Div…1:18 PM
FFA event over 388 metres at Angle park Of $1,810 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,270 2nd: $360 3rd: $180.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1COSMIC ILLUSION115122.20Richard Pearce
2HIGH STATUS227122.50Karen Wittholz
3BOGIE EMERALD373522.57Ben Rawlings
4CASH OR CREDIT422222.10Aart Verhoef
5EMERLEY LOVER263322.41Troy Murray
6YES CHEF146522.20Desmond Hockley
7ASTON CATE821122.37June Sharpe
8FEAR MITCH271622.26Lester Harris

Cosmic Illusion is probably better suited to a wider draw but she is airborne at present and if she can step cleanly she should have sufficient speed to hold them out and then boot away mid-race. She has won seven of 14 over this journey and her two most recent wins have been in sizzling times. If she can step on terms she should lead all the way.

Fear Mitch can be hard to follow but he has the favourable draw and he is capable of reeling off brilliant sectionals when given a clear run, there is a fair bit of speed underneath but if they crash to the fence early he should get a nice cart across.

Yes Chef is better than his most recent form suggests and he must be respected, prior to his past three defeats he did post four brilliant wins on the trot.

Emerley Lover is the interesting runner, he is resuming from around three and half months off and he should be ready to fire fresh.

Top Four: 1 – 8 – 5 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Cosmic Illusion

Boxed Quinella: 1,5,6,8 ($6 for 100%)

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

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

Race No. 7Tattsbet.com Grade 5 Series H Pr…1:53 PM
5 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $1,400 Prizemoney.
1st: $980 2nd: $280 3rd: $140.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BILLY HOOPER383630.48Patricia Moule
2DYNA PRANKSTER6116NBTTony Rasmussen
3DUKE BALE437730.58Wendy Matcott
4BLUE BOTTLE4726NBTKevin Murnane
5NEVADA SMITH422530.00Gavin Harris
6RITZA TIGER414730.53Oswald Chegia
7FUNKY CHICKEN146630.06Oswald Chegia
8HESTON’S GUESS2411NBTKaren Wittholz
9THOR BALE454730.89Tony Rasmussen
10IFRIT BALE6475NBTWendy Matcott

Funky Chicken is much better than his recent form reads and he should be suited by the drop in class. He is likely to settle back in the field but with the abundance of early speed drawn underneath he should be able to lob onto the rail and he should then find himself in a prominent position mid race.

Heston’s Guess is stepping up in distance and he is ideally placed in the pink draw, he is normally slow to begin but he musters speed well and he should get plenty of room in the early stages. He is a little doubt to run the trip but he should give them something to catch.

Dyna Prankster comes here with strong Victorian form and she should run a forward race, she is coming off a three month spell so there might be some injury concerns with her.

Nevada Smith rounds out the chances, he has a top record here and he should settle in a prominent position early.

Top Four: 7 – 8 – 5 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Funky Chicken

Boxed Quinella: 2,5,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

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

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

What you may have missed: Best in west, new grades in Victoria

Racing and Wagering Western Australia this week announced three finalists for its prestigious greyhound-of-the-year title to be presented at a gala awards night on February 1. They are On Coin, Star Recall and Zelemar Fever.

On Coin, which was also a finalist in the 2013 award, notched up 11 wins from 20 starts in 2014. Despite suffering several injuries last year, the John Crossley-trained chaser won the Lew Dorsa Memorial Final, Sandi’s Me Mum Memorial Final and the Winter Cup. The son of Primo Uno and West On Lee also contested the WA Sprint Championship and Group 2 Solo All Stars Sprint.

Star Recall, now trained in Victoria by Jeff Britton, had 32 starts in 2014 for 20 wins and eight placings. The daughter of High Earner and No Recall made 12 feature finals, with her biggest success a third in the Group 1 Perth Cup at Cannington. Her wins included “The Sandgroper”, Mandurah Oaks, Spring Gift and WA Sprint Championship.

Zelemar Fever is now retired and was trained by Linda Britton. The daughter of Bombastic Shiraz and Noaki Pace won eight of her 25 races in 2014, with her biggest achievement being selected for the Group 1 Temlee. She finished fifth in the Group 1 Perth Cup and unfortunately fell in the Group 1 Sapphire Crown at Sandown Park.

GRV making the grades

Greyhound Racing Victoria will introduce two new grades this month, with grade 6 and grade 7 giving greyhounds the chance to build up more experience before joining fifth-grade contests.

Maiden winners will automatically become grade 7 greyhounds and after another win will move up to a grade 6.

The rollout of the new grades starts on Monday, January 26.

Stars check out Cannington

Six greyhounds contesting the $140,000 Group 1 Perth Cup heats next weekend had exhibition trials at Cannington on Saturday night over the 530m.

Space Star trialled over the 642m distance, as he prepares to line up in this week’s Group 1 $80,000 Galaxy heats.

The trial results were:

Allen Deed – 30.29

Dyna Double One – 30.35

Avondale Porche – 30.86

Droopys Bentley – 30.43

Above All – 30.31

Space Star – 37.09

Keep an eye on

After almost falling at box rise, Nightwatchman produced a sensational effort to come from last and finish second in a heat of the Group 1 National Derby on Saturday night at Wentworth Park. If he gets a trouble-free start in this week’s semi-finals, watch for another strong finish.

Lock in your diary

January 29:

Heats of the Group 3 Big Dog Cup over 600m at Albion Park.

January 31:

Semi-finals of the Group 1 National Derby and Futurity over 520m at Wentworth Park.

Heats of the Group 1 Perth Cup over 530m at Cannington.

Heats of the Group 1 Galaxy over 715m at Cannington.

Lismore or less? Clubs should hold on to tradition

What’s in a name? Quite a lot for a commercial organisation. It’s your basic image. It’s what people know you by. It’s what you advertise to attract more business. It’s what goes down in history.

So why give it away? Why dilute your message? That’s what the Lismore club, or perhaps the big brother looking after it, the NSW GBOTA (we don’t know), has done in selling that privilege to an online bookmaker. It’s not the first time as the NCA did it when they ran The Gardens club in Newcastle.

GRNSW has gone along with the change and printed the new name in all its publications, including form guides and results services. In theory, that means hundreds, or perhaps thousands, of records around the country also need to change, just as they would if you changed the racing distances.

I can recall decades ago shouts of disapproval when a club first sold race sponsorship to an outside organisation (was it Bulli?) and all the traditionalists complained bitterly. At the time, I could not see great harm in that and it has become the norm since then. But to give away your basic title is a risky step. It lessens the importance of your operation. And what happens if the advertiser gets sick of it all and quits?

There is no upside to this practice, apart from a few pieces of silver. What we should be advertising is the greyhound, not the wagering operator.

Run of the week

Never mind all the big shots. The most extraordinary exhibition came in a modest fifth grade at Sandown on Thursday from Usain I’m Nutty (Dyna Tron-Dyna Gillian).

After just an average start from box six, the dog was still only level with the leaders halfway down the back straight. Then it poured on the power and won by 13 lengths in 29.45. They weren’t mugs behind it either, as a couple had previously run 29.6 and 29.7.

Tardy starts and an odd name will be its only barrier to fame.

Trivia (1)

It was almost encouraging to see only 11 races at The Meadows mid-week meeting on the 21st, and again at Horsham on Saturday. I find 10 races are plenty to occupy my time, although you can always dismiss the maidens (two in each case) as betting propositions. Ditto for Novice events, which are just a gamble anyway.

Nominations had been held open for The Meadows meeting so that’s a further indication of a shortage of starters. Only one race had a short field but that was a longer one (600m) which is par for the course.

Ballarat had three 660m heats on the same night, two of which were also short of starters. Ricky Fields lowered the sectional time standard (to 12.42) but faded in the run home, He still won but in slow overall time.

Trivia (2)

According to big bookie Rob Waterhouse at Randwick last weekend “Race times were very slick. The best horse won most races. The punters bet right up on a track they could trust”. (SMH, January 18).

He was talking about the state of the track there (good). Weather effects on greyhound tracks are perhaps not so vital, although wind and leaders kicking up clumps of loam on wet tracks can be issues. However, are greyhound punters sufficiently trustful of the actual layouts, or does high interference turn them off?

There is a case that cutting the interference in half could encourage punters to bet more and more often on the dogs.

Not so trivial (3)

Should we learn from Nike and top tennis players how to make use of Dayglo green, yellow and pink?

All would make it easier to locate rug colours in the back straight or in bad light. Distinguishing blue from green and red from pink is never easy. It’s fine if they are right in front of you but it’s a different story in the heat of battle.

I once saw a race (for whippets) where the five dog wore a bright yellow vest. It worked brilliantly.

Come to think of it, why don’t we see whippet races any more? They used to be an interesting feature of greyhound meetings, just like the Jack Russells. The public enjoyed them. Space in the kennels might be a problem but surely we could find a way around that.

Stewards’ reports

Race 6, 680m, Warragul, January 23

“Opec Bale, Time Dimension and Coulta Rock were slow to begin”

In fact, Coulta Rock began with them, dashed to the lead and was eight lengths in front in the back straight.

“Opec Bale checked off Paris Sparks on the first turn checking Time Dimension”.

Actually, Opec Bale gave Time Dimension a highly questionable shove as they went round the first turn. This dog is talented but is proving a problem for punters as it moves up in class. It starting price of $1.60-$1.80 was far too skinny given its risky starts.

In the same race Zipping Spike, which was well fancied in early betting and started second favourite around $4.00, got way fairly well, raced where it prefers in the centre of the track in third place for a while, and then meandered to the finish in 39.67, 11.5 lengths behind the winner. The dog was coming back after a month off following top performances in the 650m Sale Cup. It was either unfit, injured or just not interested. Stewards made no comment.

Race 4, 600m, The Meadows, January 24

“Olive’s Gift crossed to the rail approaching the first turn, checking Sonic Pirate”.

Never touched it. Olive’s Gift jumped clear at the start and stayed there for half the race.

Winsome Mission sets the pace in National Derby heats

Melinda Finn’s talented chaser Winsome Mission qualified fastest from six heats of the Group 1 National Derby at Wentworth Park on Saturday night.

Exiting from box two in the final heat, Winsome Mission stepped well and headed into the back straight in second position, behind early leader Prescribe. The son of El Grand Senor and Ramblin’ Ruby dashed away in the home straight, scoring by four-and-a-quarter lengths in a sizzling time of 29.62. Outside runner Dyna Yemen ran a great race to snatch second, with Prescribe winding up in third position. Jumble finished fourth and also moves through to next week’s semi-finals.

In the first heat of the night Jason Mackay’s Zipping Saxon started a short-priced favourite at $2.70, with solid support also shown for Finn’s Winsome Prince and Bad Boy Sniper, trained by Jason Magri. Outsider Seven Jacks was best away from box two and led around the first turn, with Dyna Tiber and Winsome Prince the chasers.
Despite a brave effort from Dyna Tiber on the line, Seven Jacks held on by a head, recording a solid time of 30.03. Winsome Prince finished a length away in third and Bad Boy Sniper also gets a second chance next week after finishing fourth.

Talented Victorian chaser Fernando Bale was all the rage in heat two, starting at $2.60 from box six for in-form trainer Andrea Dailly. The race was all over in a matter of seconds, after Fernando Bale speared the lids, recording a sizzling first split of 5.30, before saluting by nine lengths in a flying time of 29.65. The son of Kelsos Fusileer and Chloe Allen recorded his fourth career win from start No.8 and is a genuine threat in next week’s semi-finals. Country Fox for Neil Staines battled on gamely to finish second, ahead of second favourite Sokyo. Dailly’s other runner Lektra Concord finished fourth, giving her two qualifiers from this heat.

Anthony Azzopardi’s Topper Road was returning from a three-week spell, after finishing seventh in the Gosford Gold Cup consolation earlier this month. Jason Mackay’s Zipping Eastwood started as the $2.30 favourite off the inside alley and after missing the start, Azzopardi’s speedy chaser crossed his rivals from box six, leading throughout in 30.04. John Callaughan’s hopes looked to have been dashed in the early stages, when his runner Nightwatchman was severely checked at box rise. After being forced to the back of the field, this notable finisher produced a sensational effort to finish second, four-and-a-half lengths behind the winner. Spring Missile for Christine Oldfield finished third and Dailly secured another qualifier with Lektra Outlaw crossing the line in fourth place.

Heat four was a wide-open affair, with several greyhounds well supported. Tasmanian sprinter Dark Vito ($3.90) started favourite from strong finisher Anything Less ($4.70). Dark Vito began cleanly from the inside alley, with Mackay’s Zipping Carter taking advantage of a glorious rails run to position himself behind the early leader. Zipping Carter, a son of Mandagery Man and Pink Bandanna, took the lead halfway around the home turn, streaking away up the straight to score by two-and-a-half lengths, stopping the clock in a flying time of 29.78. Whittaker showed great strength to finish second for trainer Julie Fletcher and early leader Dark Vito finished third. Steve White’s Rare Pearl overcame some early interference to run fourth, booking himself a spot in next week’s semi-finals.

Gosford Gold Cup finalist Are Jip started at skinny odds of $2.10 in heat five, ideally in drawn in box eight for trainer Kristy Sultana. After a poor getaway, Are Jip left the door open for notable beginner Crackerjack Burn, which led around the first turn. Zipping Oscar was hot in pursuit, taking the lead halfway down the back straight, accelerating away by four-and-a-quarter lengths in a fast time of 29.90. The win gave trainer Mackay a running double and another qualifier in next week’s Derby semi-finals. Optus Forte ran a gallant race to finish second, and advances to the semis along with early leader Crackerjack Burn and Maitland 400m track record holder Winsome Jacko.

The box draw for next week’s three semi-finals will be released on Tuesday afternoon. Semi-final winners, second place getters and the two fastest third qualifiers, will move through to the $75,000 Group 1 National Derby final on February 7.

Stewards round-up: Linda Britton likely to appeal

Champion trainer Linda Britton is expected to appeal against the severity of the 18-month disqualification handed to her by West Australian stewards this week.

Britton was disqualified for nine months on each of two charges regarding presenting Zelemar Fever for two races at Cannington in August last year when not free of the prohibited substance testosterone.

The Hall of Fame trainer had pleaded guilty to the charges and another two relating to the administration of ethyloestrenol tablets and possessing 1500 ethyloestrenol tablets, a scheduled 4 medicine, in two unlabelled containers. For the latter two charges she was fined $500.

When contacted this week, Britton said she was grateful for the support that her family and friends had given her since the penalty was revealed on Monday and that she planned to take a few days away.

In the meantime, the large team of dogs she formerly trained has been taken over by her long-term partner Chris Halse.

VICTORIA:

Anakie trainer Alan Marum has been disqualified for four months, with two months of it suspended, for presenting Mary’s Guess to race at Shepparton with morphine in its system on August 14 last year.

GRV stewards investigated after being alerted to an irregularity in a pre-race urine sample by the Racing Analytical Services Laboratory, with Marum charged under Greyhounds Australasia Rules 83(2) and (3) in that he failed to present the greyhound Mary’s Guess free of any prohibited substance for a race. The matter was heard before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board on Tuesday, with Marum pleading guilty and the board taking into account his clean history over more than 40 years in the industry. He was disqualified for four months, with two months of that suspended for 12 months pending no further breaches of GAR83. His disqualification starts on Tuesday.

Trainers John Norden and William McMahon (Jnr) were handed suspended $300 fines by GRV stewards this week for a mix-up at the boxes at Sale on December 7.
The reserves for the opening race, Avon Nellie (Norden) and Dr Peekaboo (McMahon), were loaded into the wrong boxes and subsequently disqualified from the race. Borden and McMahon were charged with breaching GAR86 (o) and both pleaded guilty. Their previous good records and guilty please were taken into account as the fines were suspended for two years.

Kerrigan Bale, Megan Keeping sizzle in National Futurity heats

TALENTED Victorian Kerrigan Bale was the fastest qualifier from Friday night’s Group 1 National Futurity heats at Wentworth Park, clocking a hot 29.81 over 520 metres.

Her trainer, Andrea Dailly, also had the second-fastest qualifier in Spring Leaf (29.91), while the Jason Mackay-trained Megan Keeping exploded from the pink box in heat two, clocking a lightning first sectional of 5.30 before stopping the clock in 30.04.

Kerrigan Bale pushed up along the rails from box one, assuming the lead in the run to the first turn in the fourth heat. Once she had clear galloping room, the daughter of High Earner and Maple Bale shot clear, defeating Mackay’s Zipping Midge (4) by four-and-three-quarter lengths on the line.

The brindle bitch has been in excellent form, winning her heat of the Paws of Thunder two weeks ago followed by a great third in the final behind Dyna Villa.

Another of Dailly’s Paws of Thunder finalists, Spring Leaf, proved too classy in the sixth and final qualifier. Stepping cleanly from box two, Spring Leaf found the rails going around the first turn with Miss Dover and Oakvale Flyer (box five) challenging for the lead.

Down the back and Spring Leaf slipped away as her two main rivals came together, both losing all chance. Ella Has Class (box eight) ran a handy race to grab second, but was no match for the winner, which finished four lengths in front.

Race A Chaser syndications

, which is owned by Australian Racing Greyhound’s parent company Race Media, had plenty to cheer about when Megan Keeping scored an all-the-way victory to book her spot in the semi-finals.

Recording a blistering 5.30 early section, the black daughter of Cosmic Rumble and Indigo Gem was never in danger, romping in by eight-and-a-half lengths.

Now a winner of eight from 16, Megan Keeping looks to have plenty of improvement with her heat win being her first “500” since April last year. Shares are still available in Megan Keeping.

Powerful Victorian training duo Jeff Britton and Angela Langton also won heats on Friday night with Eyes Adorable first to salute in the third heat for Langton.

The well-bred daughter of Collision and Sassy Sprite was having only her 11th career start but showed great determination to push up underneath the field in the early stages, quickly taking the lead and never being headed from that point. Mackay’s Frost Yourself (box three) never left the winner alone and was gallant in defeat, going down by just a neck in a respectable 30.32.

Oakvale Destiny (box five) gave Britton his heat winner in the fifth qualifier, showing loads of class to weave her way through the field and find the front. The blue bitch is already a Group 1 winner, having taken out last year’s Sapphire Crown at Sandown Park, and she looks right in contention for this title, too. Despite posting only 30.34, the style of the win was outstanding and she will be a key player in next Saturday’s semi-finals.

Britton had another two runners progress to the next stage with Mepunga Treasure and Weblec Belle finishing in the placings in their respective heats. 

Mepunga Treasure (box two) ran second to Zipping Abby (box eight) in the opening heat, with the winner putting in a strong performance to triumph.

The fawn bitch got plenty of room to move in the early stages when Miss Pocano (box seven) cut across the field to find the rail and take the early lead. This allowed Zipping Abby to sweep casually around the outside and set off in pursuit of the pacemaker, finding the lead down the back and drawing clear to record a 30.06 win.

Semi-finals of the National Futurity will be held next Saturday before the $75,000-to-the-winner final the following week.

The Meadows greyhound tips & betting preview January 24 2015

WHILE the focus of tonight’s greyhound racing will be on the National Derby heats at Wentworth Park, there is still 12 great races at The Meadows featuring some of the best chasers in Victoria.

If you feel like having a bet tonight, open an account with Sportingbet for up to $700 in bonus bets.

Best Bet:
Race 6: Alex’s Entity
Race 9: Waymore Blues

Best Roughie:
Race 4: Macca’s Sway

Quaddie:
Leg 1: 2,3,6,7 – Leg 2: 1 – Leg 3: 4,5,6,7 – Leg 4: 1,2,4,5,6,8
$96 for 100%

Race No. 1Www.tab.com.au7:15 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1HULA [5]7F61FSHJ Borg (Maryborough)
2SCHUMACHER [5]31341NBTJ Shaw (Anakie)
3APIDRA’S DOUBLE (NSW)[5]74575NBTG Smith (Tumblong)
4MAY IT BE [5]31582NBTA Langton (Anakie)
5PRETTY BALE (NSW)[5]8224230.47(6)S Collins (Lara)
6TIGER’S HERO [5]2271130.22(7)R Britton (Lara)
7ZABIMARU BALE (NSW)[5]2118230.29(4)A Dailly (Anakie)
8GO GO TREETMENT [5]13FSHJ Karamatic (Lara)

Hula is a member of a highly promising litter and she finally delivered at Warrnambool last time after three steady efforts. Last time out she showed great early speed when posting a speedy 25.59 and if she can show similar early speed tonight she should be able to lead throughout again. The last 50m is a concern but if she holds them out she should be able to build a nice lead mid race.

Zabimaru Bale has been placed in all five tries here and two of those efforts have been strong wins. He isn’t favourably drawn out wide but the six has a bit of speed early and that should give him a nice cart across in the early stages.

Tiger’s Hero has won two on the trot here and his winning time of 30.22 last time was a big improvement on his previous win and he appears to be going from strength to strength.

Go Go Treatment scored a brilliant 25.83 Geelong win on debut and if she can handle the track at her first look she can play a major role.

Top Four: 1 – 7 – 6 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Hula

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

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

Trifecta: 1/6,7,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 2Ajs Corporation7:35 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1VERMONT [5]1181FSHS Hamilton (Ballarat)
2AXIS BALE (NSW)[5]46355NBTJ Hunt (Lara)
3GOT THE PICTURE [5]85513NBTA Chapple (Exford)
4REIKO BALE (NSW)[5]1236330.26(2)T Womann (Lara)
5TANTRUM TOMMY [5]7852230.42(8)A Dailly (Anakie)
6SUTTON CLUB [5]23116FSHS Fisher (Lara)
7WINFIELD SAMMY [5]73351NBTC Grenfell (Lara)
8SPRING MILLIE (NSW)[5]1264430.68(8)A Dailly (Anakie)

Got The Picture didn’t have a lot of luck when placed here last time but at his start prior he did post an impressive and powerful 30.24 Cranbourne win. Tonight he has slow beginners drawn on either side so he should get every chance to drive through and find the early lead and he is a very fast chaser when on the lure.

Axis Bale has the class edge and he is much better than his recent form reads. In recent weeks he has been racing in open class and he hasn’t had a lot of luck in running. He is suitably drawn nearer the inside and if he can settle in a prominent position he will take a power of beating.

Vermont has won three of four in his brief career and his latest win at Warrnambool in 25.30 was eye catching, this is his toughest test to date but he looks up to the challenge.

Top Four: 3 – 2 – 1 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Got The Picture

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

Exacta: 1,2,3/1,2,3,8 ($9 for 100%)

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

Race No. 3The Chris & Leigh Are 40 Classic7:55 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MY ZEPHYR [5]17716FSHN Armstrong (Cranbourne)
2WHY NOT LUKE [5]14532NBTW Gray (Wendouree)
3HOLD ON BEAU [5]58522NBTB Gatt (Melton West)
4SATSUKI BALE (NSW)[5]4518630.11(3)A Dailly (Anakie)
5ROO DEE [5]43556NBTS Stefanos (Longwood)
6WATCH MY PATH (NSW)[5]4226230.51(5)C Treherne (Lara)
7NALA’S HEART (QLD)[5]27287FSHR Handyside (Loganlea)
8EARL BALE (NSW)[5]4734330.43(5)A Dailly (Anakie)

Satsuki Bale is dropping considerably in class tonight and with a clean getaway she should get the cash. In recent weeks she has taken on some classy speedsters and she hasn’t had much luck soon after box rise, tonight there doesn’t appear to be much speed drawn around her and she should get all the breaks in the run to the first turn.

Earl Bale should match motors with Satsuki Bale for most of the journey and he is getting a little stronger with every run, if he doesn’t cross to the lead then he can’t win, but if he sits behind the leader he should be able to hang on for the quinella spot.

Watch My Path turned in a great effort when placed at Sandown last time and a similar effort tonight will see her figure prominently.

Nala’s Heart is the interesting runner, she has done little in her three Victorian runs but she did show great talent early in her career in QLD.

Top Four: 4 – 8 – 6 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Satsuki Bale

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

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

Trifecta: 4/6,7,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 4Hudson Pacific Final8:15 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Final event over 600 metres at The meadows Of $10,285 Prizemoney.
1st: $7,200 2nd: $2,060 3rd: $1,025.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SETSUNA BALE (NSW)[5]12242NBTD Coleman (Lara)
2MACCA’S SWAY [5]44353NBTJ Borg (Maryborough)
3MECHATRONIC [5]14542NBTD Coleman (Lara)
4WAR ROOM [5]25412NBTM Carter (Kialla)
5SONIC PIRATE [5]3515135.01(6)P Reinders (Gruyere)
6DYNA FULCRUM (NSW)[5]3532134.58(6)J Hunt (Lara)
7SLIPAWAY KESSA [5]1312135.14(4)G Hughes (Warrenheip)
8WIND WHISTLER [5]32423NBTA Langton (Anakie)
9OLIVE’S GIFT [5]Res.52363NBTT Fiddian (Wyndham Vale)
10WILL HE BOLT (NSW)[5]Res.3764835.09(6)F Tasca (Greenvale)

Wind Whistler has been a little disappointing of late but from the favourable wide draw he should be able to get into some open space early and return to form. This race features quite a few chasers who must lead to win and they are all suspect at the journey, so if he can settle mid pack he should be able to reel them in as they turn for home.

Dyna Fulcrum is poorly drawn but he did post an impressive 34.58 win here from this draw recently and with some luck early he should be in the mix, his box manners aren’t great but he does possess a good turn of foot.

Sonic Pirate is armed with smart early speed and he scored a handy 35.01 win here last time, if he can ping to the early lead he should prove very hard to reel in.

Macca’s Sway could be the value, he has been placed in two of three tries over this trip and he has been racing in strong company of late.

Top Four: 8 – 6 – 2 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Wind Whistler

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

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

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

Race No. 5Topcat Video Ht18:35 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 725 metres at The meadows Of $8,225 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,750 2nd: $1,645 3rd: $830.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1RAIN STREAM (QLD)[5]38264NBTR Britton (Lara)
2KILTAH MAGIC (QLD)[5]71517FSTDK Bravo (Lovely Banks)
3DEADLY BOY [5]13221FSTDS Mckenna (Napoleons)
4GO JETTA GO [5]25242NBTJ Thompson (Pearcedale)
5SERASH BALE (NSW)[5]31512FSTDJ Hunt (Lara)
6EVIE JANE [5]8614242.72(2)A Dailly (Anakie)
7BEKIM HATRICK [5]4576642.90(4)C Schlensog (Anakie)
8CAMBRIDGE PRINCE [5]15423NBTA Langton (Anakie)
9SABLE SWAG (NSW)[5]Res.21331FSHG Derrick (Tumblong)
10ALLEN GUNDAM (NSW)[5]Res.56358NBTT Womann (Lara)

Bekim Hatrick is well drawn out wide and after two runs from a spell he should be ready to fire. He has done his most recent racing over the 515m journey, so back up to the 725m trip he should settle a lot closer to the speed than normal and I would expect him to put a gap in them mid race.

Kiltah Magic is expected to lead for a long way and she recently scored at Wentworth Park in a smart 42.40, if she can turn in a similar effort tonight she should give them something to catch.

Deadly Boy is expected to match motors with Kiltah Magic for most of the journey and he should give a great sight, the last 50m is a concern but I think he has a great chance of running out the journey.

Evie Jane rounds out the chances, she has turned in three great efforts here of late and with some luck early she will be in the mix again.

Top Four: 7 – 2 – 3 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Bekim Hatrick

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

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

Trifecta: 2,3,7/2,3,6,7/1,2,3,4,6,7 ($36 for 100%)

Race No. 6Macro Meats8:55 PM (VIC time)
Free For All event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ALEX’S ENTITY [4]1141229.96(8)K Greenough (Pearcedale)
2SAAHD [4]4618330.48(7)G Ennis (Sandhurst)
3FLAME BALE (NSW)[3]2763630.14(1)A Dailly (Anakie)
4BLURRED LINES [4]7183530.13(3)K Bravo (Lovely Banks)
5DYNA GLINDA (NSW)[4]6247430.12(4)A Dailly (Anakie)
6QUANTUM BALE (NSW)[4]5712530.09(2)T Womann (Lara)
7BUCKLE UP MASON (TAS)[1]2423329.74(3)J Hunt (Lara)
8ALLEN ERYK (NSW)[4]5282730.01(2)A Dailly (Anakie)
9DELI ALLEN (NSW)[4]Res.6254630.24(7)S Collins (Lara)

Alex’s Entity is airborne at present and with an even getaway he should be able to make every post a winner. Two runs back he posted a slick 29.96 victory here and the most impressive part of the victory was that he managed to come from off the speed.

Buckle Up Mason has a great record here and he is still racing quite well. This race lacks early speed and he should go with the red for most of the journey, I dont think he can beat the red but he should grab the quinella spot. Quantum Bale turned in a big effort when placed behind Marcus Joe two runs back and a repeat performance will see him feature in the finish. Allen Eryk rounds out the chances, he should be suited by the wide draw and he loves racing over this track and trip.

Top Four: 1 – 7 – 6 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 1/6,7,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Quinella: 1 to rove with 6,7,8 ($3 for 100%)

Exacta: 1,6,7/1,6,7,8 ($9 for 100%)

Race No. 7Le Pine Funerals Ht29:15 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 725 metres at The meadows Of $8,225 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,750 2nd: $1,645 3rd: $830.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ACOLA ROSEBUD (NSW)[5]67136NBTT Noy (New Gisborne)
2PRINCESS PASS [5]42227FSTDJ Sharp (Lara)
3ZELL BALE (NSW)[5]46343NBTS Collins (Lara)
4LITES AND SIRENS [5]4322143.56(8)R Divirgilio (Devon Meadows)
5BIG KAT [5]3452642.67(6)C Schlensog (Anakie)
6DECANUS (QLD)[5]21545FSTDK Chalker (Pearcedale)
7LOVE AFFAIR (NSW)[5]5537542.71(5)A Dailly (Anakie)
8PENNSYLVANIA IS [5]11114FSTDA Paraskevas (Cranbourne South)
9SLIPAWAY MAVIS [5]Res.1552243.08(6)A King (Sulky)
10MISS MIYAKE (NSW)[5]Res.72854NBTS Knight (Wyndham Vale)

Love Affair is well placed in the wide draw and she tends to do her best racing here. She likes to scout wide in her races and with a clean getaway she should be able to settle in the first half of the field. This is the easiest race she has contested for a while and she should get every chance to make an impact.

Decanus is making his staying debut and he is in astute hands. His recent efforts over 525m have been impressive and he gives every indication that the longer journey will suit and he should also be able to settle a lot closer to the speed than normal tonight.

Lites And Sirens charged home to score at Sandown in 42.04 last time and she should be in the mix again, this track probably doesn’t suit her but she is racing too well to dismiss.

Big Kat has a solid record here and she shouldn’t be too far away again, she is a must for your exotics.

Top Four: 7 – 6 – 4 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Love Affair

Boxed Quinella: 4,6,7 ($3 for 100%)

Exacta: 4,6,7/4,5,6,7 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 4,6,7/4,5,6,7/2,4,5,6,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

Race No. 8Tab Rewards Final9:35 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Final event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $17,250 Prizemoney.
1st: $12,000 2nd: $3,500 3rd: $1,750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1CRUSADE MARJEN [4]2327130.22(4)D Jensen (Bangholme)
2SECRET SPELL [4]1818130.01(1)K Bravo (Lovely Banks)
3BOGNER BALE (NSW)[4]1452130.01(5)J Hunt (Lara)
4ONE DEE [4]1252129.96(4)S Taylor (Keilor East)
5IMA FAIRYTALE [4]6112130.11(4)H Collins (Lara)
6HERCULES BALE (NSW)[4]8621130.09(4)S Collins (Lara)
7FLEETWOOD JAY [4]3763130.32(1)A Langton (Anakie)
8DYNA KEITARO (NSW)[4]1523130.10(5)T Womann (Lara)
9ROCKA HULA BABY [5]Res.134F2NBTK Bravo (Lovely Banks)
10CRACKERJACK ROSE [5]Res.4173230.14(2)A Dailly (Anakie)

Good race to round out the quaddie as there are a number of chasers racing in great form. Secret Spell has won nine of 12 overall and she is unbeaten in her four runs here. Her winning time of 30.27 here last week was far from impressive but I think she will find the early lead again tonight and I would expect her to get down to around the 30 flat mark or a tad quicker.

Hercules Bale turned in a mammoth effort when scoring here last week in 30.09 and he appears to be getting better with every run. He is going to need some luck early but if he gets it he will be running over the top of them late.

One Dee broke the 30 second barrier here last week and she should put some pressure on Secret Spell early, she would normally be my top pick but I dont think she has the speed to cross Secret Spell in the first 50m.

Crusade Marjen is probably the only other winning hope, he can be hard to follow but he has enormous talent and he only needs luck in the first 50m to feature.

Top Four: 2 – 6 – 1 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 2/1,4,6/Field ($18 for 100%)

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

Quinella: 2 to rove with 1,4,6 ($3 for 100%)

Race No. 9Sky Racing9:52 PM (VIC time)
Mixed 4/5 event over 600 metres at The meadows Of $8,745 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,120 2nd: $1,750 3rd: $875.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1HAILSTORM BILLY (NSW)[4]5657334.47(4)A Langton (Anakie)
2TICK BALE (NSW)[5]53321NBTJ Hunt (Lara)
3DYNA ORION (NSW)[5]5565634.81(4)A Dailly (Anakie)
4WAYMORE’S BLUES [4]1112534.65(5)K Bravo (Lovely Banks)
5PUNCH IT [5]43678NBTJ Collins (Lara)
6WHY NOT WAYNE [5]2876734.77(3)W Gray (Wendouree)
7TEKKI MINX [5]23323NBTD Crawford (Pearcedale)
8RUMERO REASON (NSW)[5]8156434.48(3)A Dailly (Anakie)

Waymore Blues has been racing in great form of late having scored three consecutive wins at this track. The most recent victory came over this journey and on that occasion he showed great early speed. If he can pounce on the early lead again he should prove too hard to reel in.

Tekki Minx will also settle on the speed and she has been racing very consistently with seven straight placings. If she can settle in the top two three early she should finish in the money.

Dyna Orion could be the value, he is going to settle back in the field but he does have a big finish and if he can find the rail early he should be able to make a move a little earlier than normal.

Top Four: 4 – 7 – 3 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Waymore Blues

Boxed Quinella: 1,3,4,7 ($6 for 100%)

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

Trifecta: 4/1,3,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 10Downtown Cleaning10:15 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1KID MAXIMUS [5]4644330.23(5)P Akathiotis (Reservoir)
2WHODAT KNOCKIN’ [5]2613330.20(7)J Thompson (Pearcedale)
3LIARA ALLEN (NSW)[5]3238630.09(2)S Collins (Lara)
4RADINKA BALE (NSW)[5]1134230.29(3)S Collins (Lara)
5CRACKERJACK ROSE [5]4173230.14(2)A Dailly (Anakie)
6MAXIMUS GLIDER [5]2543530.24(4)D Crawford (Pearcedale)
7BECKENBAUER (SA)[5]1756530.26(6)D Pattinson (Pearcedale)
8ATHOS [5]7453230.28(4)R Gray (Pyalong)

Whodat Knockin’ is dropping considerably in class and with an ounce of luck early he should make light work of this lineup. He is showing a lot more early speed than normal at present and he should be able to settle in the top two or three early. He appears to have a fair bit on this lot so he looks a really good bet tonight.

Crackerjack Rose should get a nice cart across from Radinka Bale early and she should assume control mid race. She has a top record here and if the favourite happens to find bother she may just steal the prize.

Athos is well drawn out wide and he could be the value, he has been racing well without winning of late and if they shuffle up underneath him, he may swoop into the lead at the first bend.

Top Four: 2 – 5 – 8 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Whodat Knockin’

Exacta: 2,5/2,4,5,8 ($6 for 100%)

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

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

Race No. 11Rsn – Racing & Sport10:35 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1HARD MERCHANDISE [5]65574NBTP Cusack (Mount Cottrell)
2DYNA FANCY (NSW)[5]7731530.16(5)A Dailly (Anakie)
3JOSHUA TREE (NSW)[5]11446NBTB Gatt (Melton West)
4JULIE BALE (NSW)[5]4363430.31(3)S Collins (Lara)
5BLACK ILLUSION [5]62128NBTA Langton (Anakie)
6BELENA PRINCE [5]4222130.34(3)R Brewer (Camperdown)
7WEALTHY SCHOONER [5]4138330.40(4)C Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
8PUNK PIRATE [5]3212430.34(3)M Mallia-magri (Avalon)

Dyna Fancy is normally a very reliable beginner and she looked impressive when scoring at Sandown recently in 29.61. There is no speed in the red so if she can step on terms she should be able to drive to the early lead and there doesn’t appear to be anything in this field that will reel her in.

Julie Bale is the run on type in the event, she normally races over the longer journeys but her effort here last week when finishing just outside the placings was eye catching.

Punk Pirate is a gun provincial sprinter and he should be suited to the wide draw, the only concern with him is that he can be a little hit or miss at box rise.

Black Illusion tends to struggle here but he has talent and he can run an improved race.

Top Four: 2 – 4 – 8 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Dyna Fancy

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

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

Race No. 12Www.tab.com.au10:57 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SE’S HIGH ABOVE (GA)[5]1455130.35(7)R Britton (Lara)
2ZEPPELIN BALE (NSW)[5]6814230.29(4)J Hunt (Lara)
3BE TWO BOMBER (NSW)[5]11223NBTS Fisher (Lara)
4DYNA NORFOLK (NSW)[5]63318NBTJ Hunt (Lara)
5BOMBER JACK (NSW)[5]44545NBTG Green (Lethbridge)
6SAM TOOCAN [5]8172630.37(5)A Dailly (Anakie)
7HASHTAG SELFIE [5]3122830.21(3)R Britton (Lara)
8IMA SCREW LOOSE [5]3862730.30(3)C Capuano (Anakie)

Zeppelin Bale scored a brilliant and strong 23.99 Bendigo win three runs back and if he can hold them out at the first bend he should prove hard to reel in. He has won here previously in 30.29 but I know he is capable of going much faster with a clear run.

Dyna Norfolk is hit or miss early but when he hits he is capable of running some great sectionals. Two starts back he pinged the lids and posted a classy 29.54 Sandown Park win, if he goes around at silly odds he is worth an each way ticket.

Se’s High Above is the run on type in the event, I dont think she is a winning chance but she should be able to run home into a place.

Top Four: 2 – 4 – 1 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Zeppelin Bale

Boxed Quinella: 1,2,4 ($3 for 100%)

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

Ronray Spirit goes all the way in 2015 Warragul Cup

THE 2015 Warragul Cup was taken out in superb fashion in 25.78 by the Terrence Reid-trained Ronray Spirit (8) from a gallant Luca Neveelk (1). The first surprise in the race was Luca Neveelk being clearly crossed early by Jubilea Bale (2). Ronray Spirit started the race off extremely well from the outside and soon found himself challenging Jubilea Bale for early supremacy.

Big Ticket (5) and Sisco Rage (6) both loomed as dangers during the middle stages of the race, but both met interference, leaving the race at the mercy of the son of Cosmic Rumble and Ronray Disco.

The hard luck story of the race was the Kelly Bravo-trained Ride The Rails, which is owned by Nadine Brown and was undoubtedly the sentimental favourite of the race.

The win was the first group victory of Ronray Spirit’s career and takes his career record to 12 wins and two placings from just 18 starts. His prizemoney earnings are just short of $60,000 after pocketing connections $45,000 in tonight’s final.

Special mention to the sensational win in race seven by the Darren McDonald trained Armed And Ready in 25.57. This chaser has a big future ahead of him.

Group Two Warragul Cup Full Results

1st: Ronray Spirit (8) – Terrence Reid
2nd: Luca Neveelk (1) – Gerald Kleeven
3rd: Ride The Rails (4) – Kelly Bravo
4th: Big Ticket (5) – Steven Clarke
5th: Jubilea Bale (2) – Jenny Hunt
6th: Caustic Bale (3) – Steve Collins
7th: Narralee (7) – Stephen Creighton
8th: Sisco Rage (6) – John Galea

Time: 25.78
1st Split: 6.53
2nd Split: 11.23
Run Home: 14.55
Margins: 1 1/4 x 1/2

Scratchings: Alex’s Entity (9), Droopys Bentley (10)

Perth the next stop for Ennis and red-hot team

BROOKE Ennis had a massive night at Sandown Park on Thursday, winning four races including both listed events, the Maidment Memorial (595 metres) and the Australian Sprint (515 metres). 



In the Maidment Memorial, Lady Toy (1) showed plenty of class, holding her position on the rails before sneaking up on the inside of the leader on the home turn, assuming the lead and drawing clear in 34.13.

Lady Toy joined Ennis’ kennel only last weekend, but seems to have adjusted to her new surroundings well. The unfashionably bred daughter of Our Toyman and Railway Shiraz has now won 12 of her 49 starts with 23 minor placings and $106,677 in prizemoney earnings. 



Ennis’ other runner in that race, Blinker’s On (3), ran fifth. 



In the Australian Sprint, My Bro Fabio (8) bounced back from his last-start defeat, unleashing a powerful mid-race burst after a slow start.

The son of Cosmic Rumble and Flamenco hooked to the outside down the back and continued to circle the field from out wide as he turned for home. Once he balanced up in the straight, the black dog stormed past kennel-mate Dream It (5) to score in a slick 29.27.



It was My Bro Fabio’s second start back since November last year when he finished third in a Listed race on Melbourne Cup night. He was nominated for the heats of the Group One Brisbane Cup soon after, but had to be scratched due to a hock injury. 



The victory took the powerful chaser’s record to 22 wins from 45 starts with more than $219,325 banked throughout his career. 



Ennis’ other winners were Cash Rules and Margins, which won in 29.92 and 29.49 respectively. 



Team Ennis is now expected to head west, with the heats of the Group One Perth Cup and the Galaxy being held next Saturday night. 



The testing 530-metre Cannington circuit looks an ideal trip for the big-striding My Bro Fabio, so he should be a leading contender going into that series. He will be joined by his talented kennel-mate Deadly Vane, a winner of 17 races. 



Lady Toy and Blinker’s On are likely to be entered for the Galaxy, run over the staying trip. 

The finals of the Perth Cup and Galaxy will be run on February 7 and offer $140,000 and $80,000 to the-winner respectively.







Greyhound tips & betting preview January 23 2015

IT is going to be a massive weekend of racing, with tonight featuring the Group Two Warragul Cup and the heats of the Group One National Futurity, while tomorrow the heats of the National Derby will take centre stage at Wentworth Park.

Before all of that action kicks off, we are going to head to Geelong with today’s tips, hopefully we can find you a couple of winners.

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Race No. 4Krock8:05 PM (VIC time)
Mixed 4/5 event over 520 metres at Geelong Of $2,005 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,405 2nd: $400 3rd: $200.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1CRACKERJACK BABE [5]44168NBTM Gibbons (Lara)
2MEPUNGA LEDGER [5]61136FSHJ Mcdowall (Nullawarre)
3UNO WHIRL [4]6268430.28(1)J Maple (Little River)
4DYNA TREASON (NSW)[5]46375FSTDJ Hunt (Lara)
5SOHO RHYTHM [4]3355830.11(4)A Hyde (Lara)
6BERNMAR NITRO [5]27557FSHP Borradale (Rosedale)
7BERNMAR PAULINE [5]41886FSHP Borradale (Rosedale)
8RAINBOW MISS [5]15577FSHO Mcgovern (Rosedale)

Mepunga Ledger hasn’t had much luck in his past two starts but prior to that he did post two brilliant Warrnambool wins over 450m. He doesn’t have great box manners but he does possess a wonderful turn of foot and from the rails draw he should be able to drive up into a prominent position early. He is very strong in the run to the line so the 520m journey should suit.

Crackerjack Babe was a strong 33.03 Horsham winner three runs back and she should figure prominently from the red draw, she is a fair way from her best at present but she is drawn to make an impact.

Soho Rhythm is much better than her recent form suggests and she should appreciate the drop in class, she normally shows early speed and if she can settle in the top two or three early she will prove hard to hold out.

Top Four: 2 – 1 – 5 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Mepunga Ledger

Boxed Quinella: 1,2,3,5 ($6 for 100%)

Exacta: 1.2/1,2,3,5 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2/1,3,5/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 8Sita Australia9:28 PM (VIC time)
Grade 4 event over 460 metres at Geelong Of $2,005 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,405 2nd: $400 3rd: $200.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1CAPULLO BALE (NSW)[4]1614525.60(2)J Hunt (Lara)
2WE ARE GEELONG [4]58362NBTM Karamatic (Lara)
3RYLEE’S MARSHALL (QLD)[4]3524725.96(1)G Whitford (Yarram)
4SUPERSONIC HAWK (NSW)[4]68154NBTV Borg (Hoppers Crossing)
6FEARSOME MINT (NSW)[4]8337626.03(5)M Lloyd (Anakie)
7SOFA SO GOOD [4]2722325.72(2)I Vigor (Anakie)
8SANTA’S SPECIAL (NSW)[4]4412125.74(1)E Lloyd (Anakie)

Capullo Bale looks perfectly placed in the red draw and he enjoys racing at this track. He normally steps fairly but he musters pace at a rate of knots and with just average beginners drawn on his outside he should get every chance to punch through and hold them out. He has a blistering 25.60 PB here and if he can repeat that effort he will take a power of beating.

Santa’s Special is another who loves this track and trip and she is well drawn in the pink, last time out she overcame numerous difficulties to score here in 26.21 and with a clear run early she is capable of going a lot quicker.

We Are Geelong can be hard to follow but he has plenty of talent and he should get a nice trail behind Capullo Bale in the early stages, I dont think he can win but he is a must for the exotics.

Top Four: 1 – 8 – 2 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Capullo Bale

Quinella: 1 to rove with 2,6,8 ($3 for 100%)

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

Trifecta: 1/2,6,8/Field ($15 for 100%)

Best Roughie:
Race 7: Chevy Spark

2015 Group One National Derby heat tips & betting preview

AFTER the girls get their chance to shine in Friday’s Futurity heats, the boys will hold all of the attention on Saturday night with six sensational heats of the Group One National Derby at Wentworth Park.

The three week series offers $75,000 to-the-winner and has attracted plenty of fast greyhounds.

Race No. 3National Derby H8:08 PM
NG event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ZIPPING SAXON112330.03Jason Mackay
2SEVEN JACKS582130.02David Taylor
3IKAKU BALE128130.94Andrea Dailly
4BAD BOY SNIPER515129.54Jason Magri
5DRAGON EMGRAND212829.92Luke Azzopardi
6NO JOCKEY NEEDED251630.41Anthony Azzopardi
7WINSOME PRINCE411X29.72Melinda Finn
8DYNA TIBER1213NBTAndrea Dailly
9AROLDIS515131.31Neil Staines
10BLUE REVOLVER3543NBTPreston Rowles

The first heat is probably one of the strongest heats of the night and I think the Melinda Finn trained Winsome Prince can get the job done. This explosive chaser has won 14 of 16 overall and he looks well placed to find the early lead and dominate out in front.

Bad Boy Sniper is in rare form and he scored a devastating 29.54 win here last week and if he repeats that effort he will take a power of beating, my only concern with him is that there is a fair bit of speed drawn around him and he will need everything to go his way in the early stages.

Victorian chaser Ikaku Bale has a big engine and if he gets some room early he should be able to make an impact, his effort to score at Sandown last time was enormous.

Zipping Saxon rounds out the chances, he appears to be improving with every run and he is armed with a blistering turn of foot soon after box rise, all he needs is a clear passage in the first 50m.

Top Four: 7 – 3 – 1 – 4

Suggested Bets

Win bet on Winsome Prince

Exacta: 1,3,7/1,3,4,7 ($9 for 100%)

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

Trifecta: 7/1,3,4/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 4National Derby H8:28 PM
NG event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1COUNTRY FOX381430.03Neil Staines
2KISS THE HAWK531329.91Christine Proctor
3SOKYO124230.15Christine Oldfield
4MYALLA MONARO1317NBTStephen Cleary
5OLD SPICE1121NBTTerry Priest
6FERNANDO BALE113530.02Andrea Dailly
7LEKTRA CONCORD3217NBTAndrea Dailly
8OH SO STRIKING157329.70Darren Sultana
9KAZMIC’S REVENGE331NBTStephen Lambley
10VERNA’S PRIDE247230.35Christopher Carl

Fernando Bale is a star in the making and he looks well placed in this event. There is very little speed on his outside and if he can step on terms he should be able to out muster the field and find the lead at the first bend. Three starts back he set the track alight at the Meadows when winning in 29.71 and a repeat of that will see him score easily tonight.

Country Fox had little luck here last week and he should run an improved race from the red. He possesses smart early speed and he really caught the eye when winning at Nowra two runs back in 30.02.

Sokyo was solidly placed here last week after having a month off and he would have derived a lot of benefit from that run, he has scored some sizzling wins in his brief career and if he finds the bunny early he should give a great sight.

Oh So Striking is the run on type in the event, however he is resuming from a spell so he should show a bit more early dash. He is well drawn in the pink and he has won here previously in a brilliant 29.70.

Top Four: 6 – 1 – 3 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Fernando Bale

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

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

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

Race No. 5National Derby H8:48 PM
NG event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ZIPPING EASTWOOD216229.97Jason Mackay
2NIGHTWATCHMAN413130.62John Callaughan
3EMPEROR JETEYE781230.24Stevan Vas
4GUNDAL A GOGO121131.04Barry Colless
5SPRING MISSILE573230.13Christine Oldfield
6TOPPER ROAD124729.97Anthony Azzopardi
7COUNTRY GUN1131NBTNeil Staines
8LEKTRA OUTLAW8132NBTAndrea Dailly
9MR EMGRAND456629.88Luke Azzopardi
10KAZMIC’S REVENGE331NBTStephen Lambley

Zipping Eastwood is an exciting prospect and he turned in a monster effort when narrowly beaten here last week. With a slow beginner drawn in box two, he should get plenty of room to drive through at the bend and if he can get into some open space he should round them up and dash away. It’s worth noting he did win a trial here a couple of weeks ago in a sizzling 29.75.

Spring Missile is your likely leader and he should be able to build up a nice lead mid race. His last 50m isn’t great but he has won here previously so he should be able to hold on for a top three finish.

Topper Road should follow Spring Missile across in the early stages and prior to his two luckless Gosford efforts he was in fantastic form.

Country Gun is the interesting runner, he could cause the five and six some bother early because he is a brilliant beginner. I dont think he will run out the trip but he could cause some problems early in the race.

Top Four: 1 – 5 – 6 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Zipping Eastwood

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

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

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

Race No. 6National Derby H9:28 PM
NG event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DARK VITO1111NBTEdward Medhurst
2LEKTRA UTOPIA1152NBTAndrea Dailly
3ZIPPING CARTER114129.94Jason Mackay
4WHITTAKER321429.80Julie Fletcher
5RARE PEARL312129.77Steven White
6FANTASTIC SID513329.71Jason Fletcher
7ANYTHING LESS132X29.56Melinda Finn
8BLACK BRONCO326830.23Christine Proctor
9RIVERGUM DRIVE186629.72Wayne Attwill
10MR EMGRAND456629.88Luke Azzopardi

Anything Less is a beast and he has won 10 of his 16 tries over this trip. He doesn’t have the best box manners but he does have great track sense and he should be able to work his way through the field mid race and be in a threatening position as they turn for home. He has numerous wins here in around the 29.60 mark and with a clear run he should get the job done.

Dark Vito is a brilliant Tasmanian chaser and he is drawn to lead for a long way, he captured the Devonport Cup final at his last start and on that occasion he hit the line powerfully.

Rare Pearl is an enormous talent but he tends to find a lot of trouble in his races, from the yellow box he is still a chance but I wouldn’t be taking short odds about him.

Whittaker was a recent finalist in the Paws Of Thunder and his effort in the final was respectable, he isn’t well drawn but he can muster speed quickly and he might fluke a run through at the first bend.

Zipping Carter is the interesting runner, I think this bloke is going to be a star in the future and he is just lacking a little bit of experience at present. He can obviously win tonight, but I would be watching him in future Group races.

Top Four: 7 – 1 – 4 -3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Anything Less

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

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

Trifecta: 1,4,7/1,3,4,7/1,3,4,5,6,7 ($36 for 100%)

Race No. 7National Derby H9:45 PM
NG event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1CRACKERJACK BURN5511NBTAndrea Dailly
2WINSOME JACKO153529.61Melinda Finn
3ZIPPING OSCAR114129.88Jason Mackay
4SCHOONER DOLL111430.10Beverley Sweeney
5OPUS FORTE232129.72Luke Azzopardi
6PAUA TO ROAR128129.95Steven White
7RAMPION212NBTNeil Staines
8ARE JIP1X3429.48Kristy Sultana
9BLUE REVOLVER3543NBTPreston Rowles
10RIVERGUM DRIVE186629.72Wayne Attwill

Are Jip has turned in three steady efforts of late but tonight he exits his favourite draw and he should get every chance. There is a fair bit of speed drawn underneath so that should allow him to get a nice cart across early and with a clear run he will be running some serious time. He did record his blistering 29.48 PB here from this pin.

Opus Forte announced himself as a force to be reckoned with when scoring here in a brilliant 29.72, he had always showed great talent but he was making a lot of mistakes in his races. Last week he reeled off impressive sectionals and he then powered to the line.

Winsome Jacko is one of the most talented chasers in training and if he gets some room early he will make an impact.

Paua To Roar looks the likely leader and he should give a nice sight, he will get a stitch in the last 50m but if he breaks them up mid race he might have enough in the tank to hold on.

Top Four: 8 – 5 – 2 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Are Jip

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

Quinella: 8 to rove with 2,5,6 ($3 for 100%)

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

Race No. 8National Derby H10:08 PM
NG event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1JET HUA164230.07Luke Azzopardi
2WINSOME MISSIONX13229.68Melinda Finn
3PRESCRIBE3713NBTEdward Medhurst
4DYNA YEMEN435530.95Andrea Dailly
5ZIPPING SONNY112129.81Jason Mackay
6SMOKEM JIMMY245129.62Alan Pringle
7JUMBLE161329.88Craig Chappelow
8CRACKERJACK MAX451129.79Andrea Dailly
9VERNA’S PRIDE247230.35Christopher Carl
10AROLDIS515131.31Neil Staines

Crackerjack Max appears to be improving with every run and last week he flew into the first turn before posting an impressive 29.79 victory here. If he can produce a similar first sectional this week he should be able to cross early and if he finds the bunny I dont think they will reel him in.

Winsome Mission has plenty of gears and if he can step cleanly he will prove hard to hold out, last week he was far from disgraced when placed behind Bad Boy Sniper and with slow beginners drawn around him tonight he should get every chance to push through early.

Dyna Yemen has been disappointing of late but I know he is better than that and he should show improvement tonight.

Zipping Sonny must also be respected, he has scored three sizzling wins of late and he appears to be going from strength to strength.

Top Four: 8 – 2 – 4 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Crackerjack Max

Boxed Quinella: 2,4,5,8 ($6 for 100%)

Exacta: 2,8/2,4,5,8 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2,4,8/2,4,5,8/2,4,5,6,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

Sandown Park greyhound tips & betting preview January 22 2015

WHAT a fantastic night of racing at Sandown tonight with both listed events, the Maidment Memorial and Australian Sprint, the centre of attention.

With so many great greyhounds going around, there will be plenty of value throughout the 12-race meeting. If you feel like having a bet at Sandown tonight, or anywhere else for that matter, open an account with Sportingbet for up to $700 in bonus bets.

Best Bet:
Race 1: Usain I’m Nutty

Best Roughie:
Race 9: Hala Belle

Quaddie:
Leg 1: 1,2 – Leg 2: 4,5,6 – Leg 3: 6,7 – Leg 4: 1,3,4,5,8
$60 for 100%

Race 1

Usain I’m Nutty is a highly promising type and he is getting better with every start, he lacks early speed but he does have good track sense and he is armed with a powerful finish. In recent weeks he has been racing against some quality opposition and this is clearly the easiest race he has contested for a while. I’m expecting him to settle mid field and he should then make a strong move as they head for the back straight.

Fixate is drawn to hold the early lead and he should give a nice sight. Three starts back he posted an impressive 29.64 victory here and if he holds them out early he is probably capable of going a lot quicker.

Johnny Mobster can be hit or miss early but he is drawn to get a nice sit behind Fixate in the early stages, if he can avoid bother at the first bend he should run a cheeky race.

Black and Pretty has a great turn of foot and if she happens to cross she could get the cash at each way odds.

Top Four: 6 – 1 – 2 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Usain I’m Nutty

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

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

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

Quinella: 6 to rove with 1,2,5 ($3 for 100%)

Race 2

Miss Mayflower is making her Sandown Park debut but she has won five of ten in brilliant fashion and she is drawn to get all the breaks in this event. With the red expected to lead, she should be able to drive up at the first turn and settle in second of third spot as they head for the back straight. She is quite strong in the run to the line and she should be able to reel in the red as they turn and head for home.

Cash Rules has recently joined the powerful Ennis kennel and she has won three on the trot in explosive fashion. She is expected to lead for a long way tonight but this is a rise in class so she will need to find plenty in the home straight.

Quarterback is a big talent but he relies heavily on luck in his races and from box six he is going to need everything to go his way early. Back in December he did post a highly impressive 25.25 Ballarat win and on that occasion he beat the classy Jamiela Twist.

Blistering Bob can be hard to follow at times but he really caught the eye when winning at Warrnambool last time in 25.40.

Top Four: 2 – 1 – 6 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Miss Mayflower

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

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

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

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

Race 3

Tough race but Miss Cersei was probably the most impressive heat winner and she looks well placed to win again. Last time out she settled mid field but when she got into some open space off the back straight she went into overdrive and powered to the line before scoring in 29.83. The time wasn’t flashy but she found a bit of bother in the run and I’m expecting her to find plenty on the clock.

Alpha Leva Keato was never headed in his handy 29.71 heat win and if he holds them out again from the red he should give a great sight. There isn’t much speed drawn directly outside him tonight so he should get all the breaks in the run to the first bend.

White Walker could be the value in the event, he was far from disgraced when narrowly beaten last week and he has more than enough talent to match it with this lot, the draw is against him but he has great place prospects at nice odds.

Image Puzzle rounds out the chances, she is capable of crossing to the early lead and if she finds the bunny early she may prove hard to catch, however to have any chance she must lead.

Top Four: 3 – 1 – 6 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Miss Cersei

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

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

Trifecta: 3/1,5,6/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race 4

Eyeful Of Bling is a big talent and he should be suited to the 595m journey. He can be unreliable at box rise but he does have the ability to ping away and when he does he can run some serious time. Back in early December he timed the start well and posted a blistering 24.72 Sale win, if he can turn in a similar performance tonight he will take a power of beating.

Cosmea is dropping in class and she has been placed in her three tries over this journey, she normally begins well so with a clean getaway tonight she should settle in the top three early and she will be quite strong in the run to the line.

Crafty Maisy has the good draw and she has been racing in consistent style at present, if she can ping away and hold them out she should be able to play a major role.

Baron Bling rounds out the chances, he was solidly placed over this trip two runs back and although this is a rise in class he should be up to the challenge.

Top Four: 4 – 5 – 1 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Eyeful Of Bling

Boxed Quinella: 1,3,4,5 ($6 for 100%)

Exacta: 4,5/1,3,4,5 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 4/1,3,5/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race 5

Samus Allen hasn’t had much luck in recent weeks and from the rails draw she should get every chance to return to the winners list. Two starts back she turned in a strong performance when placed in a heat of the Paws and she should be suited by the drop in class. She normally begins well and if she can step cleanly she will have more than enough speed to drive to the early lead and she is a different chaser when on the bunny.

Xtreme Knocka won at Ballarat from this draw two runs back and he was far from disgraced when placed in a heat of the Warragul Cup, he can be a little unreliable at times but from the red he should get every chance to hold a forward position early.

Morningside turned in a strong performance when placed here last week and she shouldn’t be too far away again, she doesn’t win very often so she could be a great anchor for third and fourth in your exotic bets.

Ibrox Digger has a good record here and he can run a cheeky race at odds, the box draw doesn’t help but he does have good track sense.

Top Four: 2 – 1 – 7 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Samus Allen

Boxed Quinella: 1,2,5,7 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2/1,5,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

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

Race 6

Great race and if Quasi Bale can get away cleanly he should take a power of beating. He is one of the most promising staying prospects in training and two starts back he set the track alight here with a blistering 33.89 win. On that occasion he pounced on the lead and reeled off crazy sectionals, tonight there is very little speed in boxes one to three, so he should get every chance to fire to the early lead.

Come On Fantasy turned a few heads at Albion Park last time when scoring in a near record 34.64, that run sort of came out of the blue and I’d prefer to see her do it again before I declare her a star in the making, obviously if she repeats that effort she will give Quasi Bale a run for his money.

Ralphy Cinel is much better than his form reads and he returns to his favourite track and trip, he normally begins well and he should match motors with the four and five for most of the journey.

Texas Titan is suited to the wide draw and he has been racing well, I dont think he can win tonight but he is a must for the exotics.

Top Four: 5 – 4 – 6 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Quasi Bale

Boxed Quinella: 4,5,6,7 ($6 for 100%)

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

Trifecta: 5/4,6,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race 7

Kicking Rocks was a recent finalist in the Group One Hobart Thousand Final and he should be suited by tonight’s wide draw. He has won here previously in a slick 29.49 and he should get a nice cart across from Astromatic in the first 50m. He is a better chaser on the bunny but he does have the ability to come from off the speed.

Astromatic should roll to the early lead and he is unbeaten in his two tries here. He isn’t overly strong but he is improving with each run. He is the only genuine leader in this race so I’m expecting there to be a lot of shuffling behind him early so he may be able to build up a nice lead mid race.

Weston East has a great record here and he will be very strong in the run to the line, he should be suited by the rails draw and he just needs an ounce of luck at the first bend.

Gorham Bale rounds out the chances, he is likely to get a long way back early but he can sneak home into the money.

Top Four: 7 – 6 – 2 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Kicking Rocks

Trifecta: 7/2,4,6/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 6,7/6,7/Field ($12 for 100%)

Quinella: 7 to rove with 2,4,6 ($3 for 100%)

Race 8

My Bro Fabio returned to racing here last week and he should have derived a lot of benefit from that run. He looked as though he needed the hit out and I would expect he to front up a little sharper tonight. Tonight’s event features a fair bit of early speed and that should work in his favour, he will settle back in the field but with the leaders expected to bunch up he shouldn’t be too far off the lead as they reach the back straight. He is extremely powerful and with a clear run he will prove extremely hard to hold out.

Marcus Joe is racing in great form at present and from the red draw he should hold a forward spot in the early stages, if he happens to hold them out and lead, he will prove very hard to reel in.

Deadly Vane made an impressive debut here last week when winning in 29.29 and he should probably be able to go a bit quicker tonight if he finds the lure again.

Blue Giant could be the value, he is likely to settle mid pack and if he gets into some open space he should be able to make a strong move mid race.

Top Four: 8 – 1 – 4 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on My Bro Fabio

Quinella: 8 to rove with 1,3,4 ($3 for 100%)

Exacta: 1,4,8/1,3,4,8 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 8/1,3,4/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race 9

Footluce Diva flew around here last week when scoring in 34.13 and a repeat of that effort will see her win with ease again. She possesses handy early speed and with two wide runners drawn on her outside she should be afforded all the breaks as they head into the first bend.

Lektra Hawk made his middle distance debut here last week and he was far from disgraced, if he can push through at the first bend and settle in the first half of the field, he should be right there at the end.

Cornelius Fudge has a great overall record at this venue and he should be steaming home at the end, he may get too far back early to win but he could be a great anchor for second and third in your exotic bets.

Hala Belle could be the value, she resumed from a six month spell last time at Bendigo and she should have derived a lot of benefit from that run.

Top Four: 1 – 2 – 5 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 1/2,4,5/Field ($18 for 100%)

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

Quinella: 1 to rove with 2,4,5 ($3 for 100%)

Race 10

Scintillating appeared to be struggling for a while, but at Geelong last time he showed that he is back to his best with a blistering 25.56 win. The box draw doesn’t suit tonight but he does possess dazzling early speed soon after box rise and with a clean getaway he should be able to drive to the early lead. If he can reproduce his 29.26 PB run here he should be able to get the cash.

Mepunga Ranger has the good draw and he was far from disgraced when placed here last week, from the red he should hold a forward spot early and he will be very strong in the run to the line.

Margins really caught the eye with a brilliant 29.30 win here last time and he only needs an ounce of luck early to feature.

Yanick Allen has shown tremendous improvement in recent weeks and she must be respected again, this is a big rise in class but she did look impressive in her 29.33 win here last time.

Top Four: 5 – 1 – 4 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Scintillating

Boxed Quinella: 1,4,5,6 ($6 for 100%)

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

Exacta: 1,4,5/1,4,5,6 ($9 for 100%)

Race 11

Grand Intention is an exciting prospect and he should make up for his luckless effort here last week. Two runs back he destroyed a handy lineup when posting an impressive 27.98 Bendigo win and if he can show similar speed tonight he should get the cash with ease. He is likely to be short odds but he does look the goods.

Dyna Nihilist can be hard to follow but he is capable of good things when he is switched on, he will get back early on but if he can find the rail mid race he should be able to make a powerful move and put himself into contention.

Frank Furter has the speed to lead and he could run a cheeky race at odds, whilst Dyna Fatbob has been racing in solid style and if the favourite happens to make some mistakes early he will get a chance to score.

Top Four: 3 – 7 – 5 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Grand Intention

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

Exacta: 3,7/3,4,5,7 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 3/4,5,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race 12

Duomo Bale is a massive talent and his effort at the Meadows three runs back was extremely impressive. He isn’t the best beginner but he does have a nice turn of foot and with slow beginners drawn around him he should get every chance to push through into a prominent position at the first turn.

Andiamo Neo has the good draw and he keeps going from strength to strength, he is armed with solid early speed and if he holds them out early he will be running time on the bunny.

Velloway is dropping in class and he should be hitting the line solidly, he tends to find bother in the run but he should appreciate this class and he has the talent to win.

Dyna Chaser rounds out the chances, he has been placed in four of five here and he does have solid mid-race pace.

Top Four: 6 – 1 – 3 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Duomo Bale

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

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

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

2015 Group Two Warragul Cup final preview

FIRST run in 1956, the Warragul Cup has been won by some true champions.

Names such as Tempix, Chariot Supreme, Hotshot, Carlisle Jack and El Grand Señor are on the honour roll and on Friday night another star will carve its name alongside the greats.

This year’s edition is shaping up to be an incredibly exciting affair with a talented field chasing the $45,000 winner’s cheque. 



The clear favourite is Luca Neveelk (box one), which scored a gutsy win in his heat last week when defeating the classy Big Ticket (five), a finalist in December’s Hobart Thousand. Both chasers are right in the race, however, Luca Neveelk has been greatly assisted by drawing box one. 



The race looks to have plenty of speed with Jubilea Bale (box two), Narralee and Ronray Spirit (eight) all capable of challenging Luca Neveelk and Big Ticket for the early lead. 



Despite not being a lid-pinger, Ride The Rails also looks a massive chance after his scintillating 25.49 heat win for trainer Kelly Bravo. The black dog has a massive motor and will just need a bit of clear room early to be able to put himself in the race.



Let’s have a look at each runner individually and hear what Australian Racing Greyhound’s expert tipster, Brad Bugeja, had to say.

Box 1
Race Odds
$2.30
 
 
Luca Neveelk
Trainer
Gerald Kleeven
Owner
Paul Kleeven
Prizemoney
$210,365
Last 10 Starts
1131811121
May
2012
 Blue Dog by Talk’s
Cheap
-It’s
A
Neveelk
StartExcellentRunningRailFinishGood
Prizemoney Rating$6,574Rating100
Career Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
322513
Strike Rates
Win %Place %
7891
Track & Dist.
Starts1st2nd3rd
3300
    
Box 1 Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
5302
ARG’s Brad Bugeja: “Class act and already a multiple Country Cup winner. Last week he was fair to begin but he showed a great turn of foot to assume control. He appeared to get a little tired in the run home but he should have derived a lot of benefit from that run and I would expect him to hit the line better here. He is drawn to lead and if he does hold them out I can’t see anything reeling him in.”
Best Warragul Times
BestLastSect. BestSect. Last
25.7125.716.476.47
Box 2
Race Odds
$26
 
 
Jubilea Bale
Trainer
Jenny Hunt
Owner
Paul Wheeler
Prizemoney
$33,101
Last 10 Starts
1421342221
May
2012
 Black Bitch by Collision-Nelly
Bale
StartGoodRunningMiddleFinishGood
Prizemoney Rating$788Rating40
Career Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
421474
    
Strike Rates
Win %Place %
3360
Track & Dist.
Starts1st2nd3rd
3200
    
Box 2 Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
3101
ARG’s Brad Bugeja:Surprised a few with her heat win last week and she is likely to find this beyond her. She does her best racing when she can lead and I don’t think she has enough pace to cross the red. This is a big rise in class and I can’t see her hitting the scoreboard.”
Best Warragul Times
BestLastSect. BestSect. Last
25.7925.796.466.46
Box 3
Race Odds
$2.90
Heat Replay
 
Caustic Bale
Trainer
Steve Collins
Owner
Paul Wheeler
Prizemoney
$16,440
Last 10 Starts
3511173411
December
2012
 Brindle Dog by Batrim
Bale
-Tonneli
Bale
StartModerateRunningRailFinishGood
Prizemoney Rating$913Rating85
Career Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
18822
Strike Rates
Win %Place %
4467
Track & Dist.
Starts1st2nd3rd
2200
Box 3 Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
2200
ARG’s Brad Bugeja:Freakish talent who has tremendous pace when he is given room. He used the red draw to advantage when winning his heat in a dazzling 25.58 and if given a clean run early he becomes a major player. The big concern with him is he doesn’t have great box manners and he doesn’t like to be crowded in his races. I’d prefer to risk him here as he doesn’t look well placed.”

Best Warragul Times
BestLastSect. BestSect. Last
25.5825.586.536.53
Box 4
Race Odds
$3.80
 
 
Ride The Rails
Trainer
Kelly Bravo
Owner
Nadine Brown
Prizemoney
$125,830
Last 10 Starts
2631123111

October
2011

 Black Dog by Cosmic
Chief
-Pearl
Napoleon
StartRiskyRunningRailFinishStrong
Prizemoney Rating$2,374Rating90
Career Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
5320147
Strike Rates
Win %Place %
3877
Track & Dist.
Starts1st2nd3rd
1100
Box 4 Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
9620
ARG’s Brad Bugeja:Fastest heat winner here last week in 25.49 and if he pings the lids again he will really test Luca Neveelk. There is no doubting his talent and high speed but he normally doesn’t begin like that and with just a fair getaway he may get squeezed out early. He is obviously a great winning chance but he is going to need some luck in the first 50m.”
Best Warragul Times
BestLastSect. BestSect. Last
25.4925.496.536.53
Box 5
Race Odds
$18
 
 
Big Ticket
Trainer
Steven Clarke
Owner
Pat Sofra
Prizemoney
$31,090
Last 10 Starts
2151511412
December
2012
 

Black

 Dog by Fabregas-Bella
Portrait
StartGoodRunningRailFinishStrong
Prizemoney Rating$1,943Rating80
Career Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
16931
Strike Rates
Win %Place %
5681
Track & Dist.
Starts1st2nd3rd
4220
Box 5 Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
1100
ARG’s Brad Bugeja: “Appeared to have Luca Neveelk beaten in his heat but just seemed to die on his run in the last 30m. The box draw hasn’t done him any favours because like Caustic Bale and Ride The Rails, he isn’t a great box dog and he takes a few strides to get going, however, unlike the other two he has been put up at $15+ fixed and that is massive overs. He started equal favourite in the Hobart Thousand final and one out he is just as talented as any chaser in this event. He isn’t my top pick but at that price I’m willing to take a chance.”
Best Warragul Times
BestLastSect. BestSect. Last
25.6925.726.456.51
Box 6
Race Odds
$10
Heat Replay
 
Sisco Rage
Trainer
John Galea
Owner
John Galea
Prizemoney
$116,155
Last 10 Starts
2333131112
February
2012
 Black Dog by High
Earner
-Sisco
Power
StartModerateRunningRailFinishStrong
Prizemoney Rating$1,613Rating80
Career Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
72201113
Strike Rates
Win %Place %
2861
Track & Dist.
Starts1st2nd3rd
1010
Box 6 Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
6201
ARG’s Brad Bugeja: Is one of the hottest chasers in training and his heat effort was enormous. After beginning slowly he worked his way through the field and he was taking a heap of ground off Caustic Bale in the run home. I don’t think he can win but he is a must for your exotics as he will be hitting the line very hard.”
Best Warragul Times
BestLastSect. BestSect. Last
25.6525.656.646.64
Box 7
Race Odds
$26
 
 
Narralee
Trainer
Stephen Creighton
Owner
Mother & Sons Syndicate
Prizemoney
$13,225
Last 10 Starts
1135211151
January
2013
 Black Bitch byAston
Galilee
 -Prince’s
Faye
StartGoodRunningRailFinishGood
Prizemoney Rating$1,102Rating60
Career Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
12711
Strike Rates
Win %Place %
5875
Track & Dist.
Starts1st2nd3rd
2200
Box 7 Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
1001

ARG’s Brad Bugeja:Absolutely faultless beginner and her early sectionals are good enough to match any chaser in this event. I don’t think she has the class to hold them off in the run home but if she crosses the red early she may be able to sneak away mid race. I dont think she will win but she is over the odds and her early speed could cause some mayhem in this race.”

Best Warragul Times
BestLastSect. BestSect. Last
25.7425.746.436.43
Box 8
Race Odds
$12
 
 
Ronray Spirit
Trainer
Terrence Reid
Owner
Irena Steele
Prizemoney
$14,645
Last 10 Starts
7311151111
December
2012
 Black Dog by Cosmic
Rumble
-Ronray
Disco
StartGoodRunningRailFinishFair
Prizemoney Rating$976Rating85
Career Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
151002
Strike Rates
Win %Place %
6780
Track & Dist.
Starts1st2nd3rd
1100
Box 8 Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
4202
ARG’s Brad Bugeja:He is an exciting talent and he is my smokey for the final. He is drawn to get a nice cart across in the early stages from Narralee and he looked impressive when scoring in 25.67 here last week. Two starts back he flew around Ballarat in 24.94 and after having his first look at the track here last week he should have derived a lot of benefit from that run. He could be around the $16 mark for the final and that is over the odds.”
Best Warragul Times
BestLastSect. BestSect. Last
25.6725.676.466.46
1st Res
Race Odds
$26
 
 
Alex’s Entity
Trainer
Kel Greenough
Owner
Maureen Barry
Prizemoney
$33,965
Last 10 Starts
1131111412
May
2012
 Black
and
White
 Dog byVee
Man
Vane
 -

Girl
Aloud

StartRiskyRunningMiddleGoodStrong
Prizemoney Rating$2,123Rating65
Career Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
16922
Strike Rates
Win %Place %
5681
Track & Dist.
Starts1st2nd3rd
3210
Box – Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
----
ARG’s Brad Bugeja:Class type who has won two of three here and his placing in the heat was impressive. If he could draw the red or pink he would have a great chance because that would allow him to drive through into a prominent position. He is unlikely to gain a run but he would have claims if he did start.”
Best Warragul Times
BestLastSect. BestSect. Last
25.7225.726.546.64
2nd Res
Race Odds
$26
 
 
Droopys Bentley
Trainer
Thomas O’Donovan
Owner
Michael Dunphy
Prizemoney
$18,460
Last 10 Starts
1381262142
June
2012
 Black
and White
 Dog by 

Westmead
Hawk

-Droopys
Orleans
StartModerateRunningRailFinishGood
Prizemoney Rating$1,420Rating80
Career Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
13631
Strike Rates
Win %Place %
4677
Track & Dist.
Starts1st2nd3rd
1010
Box – Record
Starts1st2nd3rd
----
ARG’s Brad Bugeja:Super talent who hit the line well in his heat, he is still learning the caper but in the future he is going to be a major player in Group race events. Unlikely to start but like Alex’s Entity he would have some claims if he gained a start.”
Best Warragul Times
BestLastSect. BestSect. Last
25.7225.726.666.66

Top Four: 1 – 8 – 5 – 4

Suggested bets:

Win bets on Luca Neveelk and Ronray Spirit (obviously more on Luca Neveelk)

Quinella: 1 to rove with 4,5,8 ($3 for 100%)

Exacta: 1,5,8/1,4,5,8 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1/4,5,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1,5,8/1,4,5,8/1,4,5,6,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

2015 Group One National Futurity Heat Tips & Betting Preview

Six terrific heats of the Group One National Futurity will be run at Wentworth Park on Friday night.

The three week series, offering $75,000-to-the-winner, has attracted some fine female performers from around the country with the 2015 series shaping up to be a terrific edition.

Race No. 1National Futurity H7:18 PM
NG event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BROADWAY MISS1313NBTMichael Carter
2MEPUNGA TREASURE4145NBTJeffrey Britton
3SO FAR251530.17Charlie Micallef
4CALLA BLACKIE131630.04John Callaughan
5HUMMING BIRDHILL4X15NBTRobert Britton
6DYNA NICO172129.86Andrea Dailly
7MISS POCANO272830.08Justin King
8ZIPPING ABBY134129.66Ronald Seymour
9BARCELONA STAR645630.02Dean Swain
10SCANDY LASS351630.95Kristen Harris

Zipping Abby is absolutely flying at present and she looked ultra impressive when scoring here last week in 29.74 from this draw. There is a bit of speed drawn underneath her but that should help her out as Dyna Nico should cut off the inside division. She is really improving with every run and she looks to be a star in the making.

Dyna Nico scored a handy 29.86 win here last week and she should lead them a merry dance for a long way again. Her last 40m isn’t great but she has been getting stronger with every run.

Broadway Miss is a classy Victorian and she is drawn to hold a forward spot early, with a clean getaway she should sit just behind Dyna Nico early and if she handles the track at her first look she should be in the mix at the end.

Mepunga Treasure rounds out the chances, she can be very hit or miss early but when she times the start she is capable of reeling off very smart sectionals.

Top Four: 8 – 6 – 1 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Zipping Abby

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

Trifecta: 6,8/6,8/Field ($12 for 100%)

Quinella: 8 to rove with 1,2,6 ($3 for 100%)

Race No. 2National Futurity H7:38 PM
NG event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1LORELLA FIREX71130.28Troy Halligan
2MAXIMUM CHEZ1612NBTAndrea Dailly
3WEBLEC BELLE4262NBTJeffrey Britton
4RUBELLY MAGIC113430.12Rodney O’brien
5UNO SUZIE311330.21Jodie Lord
6MISS SUEKO724629.67Justin King
7WUXI272630.21Luke Azzopardi
8MEGAN KEEPING312130.57Jason Mackay
9SCANDY LASS351630.95Kristen Harris
10BARCELONA STAR645630.02Dean Swain

Very even affair but I think the early speed of Megan Keeping will play a key part in the outcome. Since returning to the track she has been racing in dazzling style and she set the track alight at Maitland last time when scoring in 25.09. She is a doubt to run out the trip but her effort over 450m last time showed that she is getting stronger with every run and when in work last time she did post two placings over this journey. If she finds the bunny early she will give them something to catch.

Miss Sueko can ping the lids and she has won here previously in a brilliant 29.67, she is resuming after a few months off and she should be ready to fire first up.

Weblec Belle has the class edge and if she has been racing against strong company of late, I would prefer her from a wider draw but she is too good to dismiss.

Uno Suzie rounds out the chances, like the top two picks she races best when on the bunny and with a clean getaway she has the speed to match the six and the eight, she isn’t as strong in the run home but she should give a great sight.

Top Four: 8 – 6 – 3 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Megan Keeping

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

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

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

Race No. 3National Futurity H7:58 PM
NG event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1LUNAR SKY183730.72Amy Bennett
2EYES ADORABLE1226NBTAngela Langton
3FROST YOURSELF243230.01Jason Mackay
4ELECTRIC STAR1841NBTAlan Pringle
5JAYNEY BALE316730.70Andrea Dailly
6PAUA EXPLOSION224230.00Steven White
7SHEBA’S DIVA318230.25Michelle Shambler
8COSMIC OWL1181NBTJeffrey Britton
9UNO TOPPER14NBTFrances Harris
10MANN SHE’S FAST873530.82Justin King

Paua Explosion is armed with a devastating turn of foot and if she is given some room in the first 50m she should be able to roll to the early lead. She hasn’t had much luck in her two recent efforts here but I’m expecting her to get a clearer run soon after box rise and she can then show her best form.

Jayney Bale is a classy Victorian speedster and she was desperately unlucky in a heat of the Paws here recently, she would have derived a lot of benefit from that run and she should handle the track a lot better tonight.

Frost Yourself is a consistent type and she consistently goes around 5.50 or a bit better to the first marker, if she shows that type of speed she might hold them out and she could run a cheeky race.

Electric Star rounds out the chances, she scored a devastating 30.62 Richmond win last time and she appears to be getting better with every run.

Top Four: 6 – 5 – 3 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Paua Explosion

Trifecta: 6/3,4,5/Field ($18 for 100%)

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

Race No. 4National Futurity H8:18 PM
NG event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1KERRIGAN BALE381329.80Andrea Dailly
2JEWEL ACTION714429.66Kristy Sultana
3LIKA JAY JAY631129.85Bradley Field
4ZIPPING MIDGE111229.80Jason Mackay
5DIVA’S SHADOW2516NBTJeffrey Britton
6DEMI CALI1133NBTEdward Medhurst
7MISSISSIPPI GIRL112230.43Troy Provost
8HIGH PRAISE1251NBTKaren Thompson
9MANN SHE’S FAST873530.82Justin King
10CALLA BOOM2214NBTJohn Callaughan

Another good heat and it looks to be a speed battle between the one, two and four. I’m giving the edge to the classy Kerrigan Bale, she was placed in the Paws Final last week and she looked impressive when winning her heat in 29.80. If she can turn in a similar display of speed tonight she should hold them out and score.

Jewel Action should match motors with Kerrigan Bale for most of the trip and she has a great record here, she isn’t overly strong but there are a lot of speed chasers in this event so if she holds them out she will be right in the finish.

Zipping Midge is a real up and comer and she has scored some slick wins in her brief career. She is still learning but she has the speed and talent to match it with this lot.

Top Four: 1 – 2 – 4 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Kerrigan Bale

Boxed Quinella: 1,2,4 ($3 for 100%)

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

Trifecta: 1/2,4,5/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 5National Futurity H8:35 PM
NG event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1FOXY NAKITA311429.72Steven White
2RIO ROCKET317330.58Rita Nicolaou
3JINGJING111330.16Christopher Nutt
4TEMALORX12129.91Beau Hedley
5OAKVALE DESTINY112329.81Jeffrey Britton
6POLLY BALE8613NBTAndrea Dailly
7ASSERTIVE BELLA811229.82Jason Mackay
8LEMON TREE GIRL161430.24Caroline Hughes
9CALLA BOOM2214NBTJohn Callaughan
10MANN SHE’S FAST873530.82Justin King

Foxy Nakita is the real deal and she defeated the in form and exciting Opus Forte here two runs back when posting a sizzling 29.72. Tonight she exits the same draw and she should have no trouble holding them out early and repeating the dose.

Oakvale Destiny was far from disgraced when placed in a heat of the Paws recently and she is an established star, the box draw hasn’t done her any favours but she tends to make very few mistakes and she should have no trouble weaving her way through the field.

Assertive Bella was runner up in the Paws last week and she keeps going from strength to strength, I dont like her drawn out wide tonight but she is too good to dismiss.

Jingjing has won five of six and she has high speed but this is a big rise in class for her and she may need a bit more experience to be a factor.

Top Four: 1 – 5 – 7 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Foxy Nakita

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

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

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

Race No. 6National Futurity H8:58 PM
NG event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1KURMOND GODDESS725329.94Christine Proctor
2SPRING LEAF131629.92Andrea Dailly
3MISS DOVER231530.09Justin King
4RARAMURI3515NBTIan Morgan
5OAKVALE FLYER5457NBTJeffrey Britton
6FUNNY BONE121730.07Simon Ma
7COSMIC SWIPER113229.94Kristy Sultana
8ELLA HAS CLASS214229.68Dean Swain
9CALLA BOOM2214NBTJohn Callaughan
10UNO TOPPER14NBTFrances Harris

Spring Leaf was a recent finalist in the Group One Paws of Thunder and she has been racing in scintillating form. This is probably one of the weaker heats so if she can get away cleanly she should be able to roll to the early lead and she should prove too strong for her rivals. She has the ability to lead or come from off the speed in her races and she looks really well placed here.

Ella Has Class has scored some blistering wins over this trip and if she can cross from the wide draw she will prove hard to hold out, if she happens to get across early she should be able to put some pressure on Spring Leaf throughout.

Oakvale Flyer is much better than her recent form reads and she can run time when she sites the bunny. She has no speed drawn around her so if she steps well she could find herself vying for the early lead.

Kurmond Goddess has the good draw and she rounds out the chances, she hasn’t had much luck of late and I would expect an improved effort here.

Top Four: 2 – 8 – 5 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Spring Leaf

Boxed Quinella: 1,2,5,8 ($6 for 100%)

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

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

This week in racing history

January

22

Shan’s Tempest won the 1973 Maturity Classic by five-and-a-half lengths from Dougie’s Rose and Tasmanian sprinter Holding Premier, running the 511 metres at Olympic Park in 30.33. This was the first year the Maturity Classic was open to female greyhounds.

Pippa McLaren won the 2004 South Australian Country Cup, run over 515 metres at Angle Park. From box one Pippa McLaren defeated French Kiss and Dakota Pixie.

23

Freewheeler, trained by Gary Ennis, won the 1989 Black Douglas at Olympic Park, scoring by three-and-a-half lengths from Bee Sting with Grey Coin five-and-a-half lengths away third.

Moe’s Tavern gave Victoria yet another win in a major NSW staying event by winning the 1999 Association Cup at Wentworth Park. Moe’s Tavern defeated classy local stayer Smart Attitude by a length and a half for trainer Peter Giles, whose other finalist, Bravest Tears, came home seventh.

Waterview Star defeated Excite Ability and Arvo’s Junior to take out the 2003 Adelaide Cup, earning $50,000 for trainer Peter Dapiran.

24

Arctic Fire, having only his third race start, equalled the five-year-old track and world record for 457 metres in 1973 when he ran 26.0 at Harold Park. The Alan Pringle-owned and trained speedster was almost immediately retired to stud.

Arvo’s Express defeated Hotshow Vintage and Labyrinth to take out the 2000 Australian Cup in a race record 29.92 for the 518 metres trip at The Meadows. The race became mired in controversy when Hotshow Vintage was later disqualified. It was also the last time the Australian Cup final took place in January.

25

El Grand Senor won the first Warragul Cup to be held over the new distance of 460 metres, in 2011. Owned and trained by Carolyn Jones, El Grand Senor collected $28,000 for the win, setting a race record 25.57.

26

A greyhound track with an inside hare opened at Hobart Park, New Lambton (Broadmeadow) in Newcastle in 1928. Laurel Sharp, Trycourt, Fearless George, Lord Bramble, King Brown, Thora Limes, Supreme Lady, Fearless Footsteps were the eight winners at the first meeting.

NSW sprinter Acacia Park won the 1984 XXXX Trophy (now the Winter Carnival Cup) over 558 metres at the Gabba, downing Tempix Charm and fellow NSW finalist Turbo Top.

27

The first running of the Sir Arthur Rylah Sapphire Classic at Olympic Park took place in 1983. Previously the event had been held at Sandown Park. Rocky Pyramid beat Tretanni Belle by six-and-a-half lengths in a hollow victory.

The 1984 Hobart Thousand was won by Double Time from the classy Highland Port and future champion stayer Sheila’s Teresa. The disappointment of the 497 metres race was Victorian sprinter Chariot Supreme, which led before fading into fourth place. His trainer Kevin Richards later said Chariot Supreme had injured himself in running.

28

Possibly a unique occurrence took place at the Gabba greyhound track in 1928 when goat races took place alongside greyhound races. The track had greyhound races over 550 and 825 yards, but the goat races were conducted over a shorter distance and were apparently popular with the crowd.

The Canberra greyhound track was officially opened, in 1979.

Albion Park greyhound tips & betting preview January 22 2015

IT looks to be another great night of chasing in the Sunshine State with 10 races packed with some seriously talented canines.

The Australia Day trophy, race eight, looks to be the standout event of the night with each runner possessing an immense amount of class.

The feature will see proven performers You Can Talk, Flash Reality, Farmer’s Gold, Yogi Blue and Cyndie’s Special in a race which is genuinely good enough to be a Group race final.

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Best Bet:
Race 10: Messidonna Cloud

Best Roughie:
Race 3: Mr. Brand

Quaddie:
Leg 1: 2,3,5,7 – Leg 2: 3,6,7,8 – Leg 3: 1,2 – Leg 4: 1,2,4
$96 for 100%

Race No. 1Macro Meats Gourmet Game6:40 PM
NOV event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,250 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ORARA ELL652830.59Fiona Geary
2FULL OF ATTITUDE18NBTVicki Wisener
3SKETCHY AIMY211831.20Amy O’reilly
4QUEENIES BEST122330.30Cynthia Elson
5CLASSIC TYCOON524230.49Jeanette Cauchi
6REDDY RANGER646230.65Maxwell Wells
7GEORGINA425330.36Christina Harman
8MOSS WIN QUEEN61NBTPatricia Carrington
9FOUR EXCEPTIONAL352730.51Colin Wills
10IT’S FOR SURE235530.97Tony Zammit

Wide open affair to kick off the night and although Georgina has been costly in her brief career to date, she looks really well placed in this event. She has been soundly beaten in her recent placings here but if you go back through her form she does have a sizzling 30.46 Ipswich win to her credit, with a clear run early she should be able to make a big impact.

Queenies Best is the likely leader and she should give a great sight, she isn’t overly strong but she is hitting the line a lot better with every run over this journey.

Orara Ell has the good draw and she should share the lead for most of the journey, like Queenies Best, she isn’t overly strong but if she holds them out she should get her chance.

Moss Win Queen rounds out the chances, she is well drawn out wide and she caught the eye when scoring at Ipswich from this draw at her second start.

Top Four: 7 – 4 – 1 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Georgina

Boxed Quinella: 1,4,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 7/1,4,8/field ($18 for 100%)

Exacta: 1,4,7/1,4,7,8 ($9 for 100%)

Race No. 2Golf Gurus Aspley7:04 PM
NOV event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,250 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1LADY ABIGAIL133630.57Frank Hancock
2HARD TO MATCH2214NBTGregory Brennan
3SIVAMET255130.37Michael Brauer
4VELVET RUMBLE41430.50Stephen Kavanagh
5GOOD BYE JOAN5512NBTPatricia Carrington
6KOUKLA MOO533230.85Jannine Miggins
7BELOW PAR438430.25Paul Cauchi
8RENOUF’S MAGIC12230.26Elaine Klaassen
9FAST BEAN125430.16John Edwards
10LACEY’S THUNDER346230.70Ron Ball

Renouf’s Magic has turned in three great performances to date and with a clean getaway he should be able to carve across and lead comfortably. Two starts back he really caught the eye when placed narrowly beaten by Indiana Rumble and this race doesn’t appear to be much stronger.

Velvet Rumble is an exciting prospect and she had little luck in her debut here last week. Two starts back she set the Lismore track alight with a blistering 24.03 win and if she brought that form to town she would win with ease tonight. The only concern with her is the box draw and she is going to need a few things to go her way early.

Lady Abigail has the good draw and she will be hitting the line strongly, she is still learning to race but from the red she should be able to settle a bit closer to the early speed than she normally would.

Top Four: 8 – 4 – 1 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Renouf’s Magic

Boxed Quinella: 1,4,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

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

Trifecta: 8/1,4,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 3Tattsbet.com7:25 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,250 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ELUSIVE DESIRE356130.07Colin Graham
2MR. BRAND274430.32Darren Titmarsh
3BRADLEY BENZ151329.99Geoffrey Uhrhane
4UP THE ATTITUDE143130.99Vicki Wisener
5DEREK ZOOLANDER628330.26Tom Tzouvelis
6JAYDEN LASS766430.24Raymond Burman
7SPOOKIE’S GIFT562130.01John Dart
8LOTUS BLOSSOM233730.44Peter Ruetschi
9BIRTHDAY BASH374530.69Christine Bourke
10HER’S NOT HIS187530.55Dianna Buxton

Spookie’s Gift finally put it together here last week and he appears to be the real deal. After beginning well he showed a devastating turn of foot, scoring in a slick 30.01. He has slow beginners drawn on either side tonight so if he can step cleanly he should be able to drive through in the early stages and if he settles in the top two early he will take a power of beating.

Mr. Brand is armed with a big finish and he has been placed in six of his ten tries here, he should be suited to the rails draw and he could be a great dog to anchor for second and third in your exotic bets.

Elusive Desire powered to the line when scoring here last week in 30.07 and if he is given some room in the early stages he will take a power of beating again, the only concern with him is that he is better suited to a wide draw because he does take a few strides to muster speed.

Top Four: 7 – 2 – 1 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Spookie’s Gift

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

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

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

Race No. 4Garrard’s Horse And Hound7:44 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,250 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BLUE DEN374730.19John Reimer
2GRIN AND WIN386630.30Tony Zammit
3OUTBACK HERO175330.15John Geoghegan
4STAR SPEED714530.28Colin Byers
5DAYSEAS RIGG412530.28Claude Dacey
6SNIPPY’S DAME763730.22Sandra Hunt
7CAPTAIN BARKER127330.77Peter May
8FEMME JOLIE3X5330.20Jan Warner
9KULU KAMBALDA155530.48John Clarson
10BIRTHDAY BASH374530.69Christine Bourke

Extremely open race and although he is poorly drawn, Grin And Win probably gets his chance to score tonight. He has been racing in much stronger company of late and if the red can hold them out early he should get a nice run through at the first turn and he should then assume control mid race. He can be unreliable but this is a big drop in class and with an ounce of luck he should score.

Blue Den has the good draw and he has enough speed to hold them out early, he is going to be big odds but if he finds the bunny early he could give a great sight at odds.

Snippy’s Dame has a great record here and he should settle near the speed, she has slow beginners drawn on either side so there should be no excuses for her.

Outback Hero has a solid record here and he is rarely far away in this class, I dont think he will win but he is a must for your exotics.

Top Four: 2 – 1 – 6 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Grin And Win

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

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

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

Race No. 5Brisgreys.com8:09 PM
4/5 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,250 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DASHING MAN7525NBTTammy Stuhmcke
2GUMLOW STAR755530.07Sandra Hunt
3CHARIOT’S OFFIAH484629.77Ross Ogden
4HAWKO’S MISTAKE528229.94John Edwards
5BREMER632129.83Gregory Brennan
6SPRING COLARADO564330.12Colin Byers
7SHERIDON611730.35Robin Palmer
8BIG DAC314230.22Colin Hamilton
9KULU KAMBALDA155530.48John Clarson
10ELLIE MAC LEE377630.57Diane Hannon

Sheridon has been racing in stellar form over the 600m journey of late and he has been showing enough zip to be competitive over the shorter journey. He does his best racing from wide draws and he has the advantage of having slow beginners drawn on either side, with an even getaway he should settle in the top three early and he should then prove too strong in the run home.

Bremer made his QLD debut here last week and he posted a blistering 29.83 win, if he can reproduce similar sectionals tonight he should really test Sheridon throughout.

Chariot’s Offiah is much better than his form reads and if he can step cleanly he could run a big race at nice odds, he does have a brilliant PB here and he just needs to regain some confidence.

Dashing Man is the interesting runner, he is resuming after 10 months off but he was a classy chaser when last in work.

Top Four: 7 – 5 – 3 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Sheridon

Boxed Quinella: 2,3,5,7 ($6 for 100%)

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

Exacta: 3,5,7/2,3,5,7 ($9 for 100%)

Race No. 6Sky Racing8:28 PM
3/4 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,250 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SUMMER’S BUG251230.24Travis Elson
2SPANISH QUEEN311730.08Frank Hancock
3ABBY’S FANTASY473430.10William Elson
4RENATUS113130.06Ron Ball
5MINER’S MOSS612129.89Mathew Reid
6DREAM RIVER123829.86Troy Okamura
7MISTER TO US354129.99Terrence Auckram
8COIN OF PHRASE261329.80Colin Byers

Dream River loves racing over this journey and he can show a devastating turn of foot soon after box rise. He has a slow beginner on his outside and Miner’s Moss should give him a nice cart across in the early stages. So with a clean getaway he should get all the breaks and every chance to score.

Mister To Us is the run on type in the event and he turned in a big performance to score here last week in 30.22, if he can gain some luck mid race he should be there at the finish.

Coin Of Phrase is a super talent when on song and he is suited to the wide draw, he is also very strong at the end of his races and he likes to scout wide through the turns, so he should be able to avoid bother throughout.

Abby’s Fantasy has the speed to lead and she has raced well here of late, her last 40m is a worry but if she gets away mid race she might steal the prize.

Top Four: 6 – 7 – 8 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Dream River

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

Exacta: 6,7,8/3,6,7,8 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 6,7,8/3,6,7,8/2,3,5,6,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

Race No. 7Brandons Electrical Services8:52 PM
4/5 event over 600 metres at Albion park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,250 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1KIDATEE CROC111334.82Darren Russell
2HOUGENIE322434.88Peter Ruetschi
3JOHNATHAN’S HOPE113235.15John Pollock
4FLICK PASS387334.99Ron Ball
5GOOD CALL PAUL416434.83Reg Kay
6BON YEO133735.44John Adams
7GOLFING AMY723534.94John Pollock
8FREDDY’S SMILE525235.07John Dart
9DZEKO426134.91Glenda Dart

Kidatee Croc has scored three brilliant wins here over this trip of late and from the red he should hold them out at the first bend and prove too speedy mid-race. His 34.82 win two runs back was highly impressive and a repeat of that effort will see him take home the prize.

Hougenie is probably better suited to a wider draw but she can show early speed in her races and she has a great record over this journey. With a good getaway she should be able to follow the red through early and she will have a nice crack at the lead mid race.

Bon Yeo had no luck in his middle distance debut and I would expect him to show a lot of improvement, he is a promising stayer in the making and he could be the value in the race.

Good Call Paul has the class edge but he is going to need a heap of luck from the middle pin, however if he does get a clear run he will be right there at the end.

Top Four: 1 – 2 – 6 – 5

Suggested Bets:

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

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

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

Race No. 8Brisgreys.com Australia Day Trop…9:15 PM
BT8 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $9,800 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,860 2nd: $1,960 3rd: $980.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1YOU CAN TALK211129.94Peter Ruetschi
2FARMER’S GOLD136229.98Darren Russell
3TEE BRADY117230.06Tom Tzouvelis
4FLASH REALITY318329.58Tony Brett
5WINGED ELITE553430.02John Hutchinson
6BILL’S FANTASY651529.93William Elson
7YOGI BLUE364729.89Peter O’reilly
8CYNDIE’S SPECIAL143629.86William Elson

Farmer’s Gold turned in a monster effort here last week he is drawn to get a nice sit behind the early lead You Can Talk. Four starts back he scored a powerful 29.53 Gosford win and with a similar effort tonight he should take a power of beating, with the speed in the red, this really looks his race.

Flash Reality returned to racing here last week and he didn’t have much luck, he was posted wide for most of the trip and he never really had a chance. He would have derived a lot of benefit from that run and he is a big chance to return to form tonight.

You Can Talk has been flying over the shorter journey at Ipswich of late and from the red she should be able to set a cracking pace tonight, her last 50m is a worry but if she gets away mid race she might just steal the cash.

Top Four: 2 – 4 – 1 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Farmer’s Gold

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

Quinella: 2 to rove with 1,4,8 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2/1,4,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 9Big Dog Australia9:34 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,250 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1CUTE TO BOOT321530.25Colin Graham
2MARLISA461330.25Christina Harman
3LILLY BELLEBIRD612130.31Sandra Hunt
4BUENOS CLOUD162130.14Gavin Lowe
5BULL TITAN573630.07Raymond Burman
6GRIM CREEPER213729.86Thomas Noble
7VELOCITY SPICE624229.82Peter Wilson
8HIGH RADAR221530.61John Pay
9KULU KAMBALDA155530.48John Clarson
10ELLIE MAC LEE377630.57Diane Hannon

Marlisa is armed with sizzling early speed and she was far from disgraced when placed here last week. From the rails draw she should be able to push through into a prominent position in the early stages and if she holds them out she should be off and gone mid race.

Buenos Cloud has been racing in consistent style and she beat a handy lineup here last week in 30.45, the time wasn’t flashy but he had to overcome difficulties mid race and he really powered to the line.

Grim Creeper can be very hard to follow but he is well drawn out wide and he can unleash a monster finish.

Velocity Spice has a sizzling 29.82 PB here and if she can fire to the early lead she will prove hard to stop, if she was drawn closer to the inside she would have been my top pick.

Top Four: 2 – 4 – 6 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Marlisa

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

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

Trifecta: 2/4,6,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 10A Team Stud9:54 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,250 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MESSIDONNA CLOUD722530.16Gavin Lowe
2GUNNADOO APACHE421230.22Glenda Dart
3DON’T GO QUIETLY235230.05Pamela Field
4MACIE’S DINGO254530.28Tom Tzouvelis
5KILLARA253530.33Robin Palmer
6MADE THAT WAY742530.28Darren Titmarsh
7TEXAS TEE521330.26Keiron Butler
8TRUE MAGIC6265NBTJannine Miggins
9BIRTHDAY BASH374530.69Christine Bourke
10HER’S NOT HIS187530.55Dianna Buxton

Messidonna Cloud has recorded two top placings here of late and he is drawn to get all the breaks. There is very little speed drawn on his outside so he should get every chance to push through and hold them out at the first turn.

Don’t Go Quietly is armed with a big finish and he has been placed in seven of his past eight here, he is going to need some luck mid race but if the gaps open he will prove extremely hard to hold out in the home straight.

Killara has been placed in two of four here and she will hit the line strongly, this is a drop in class for her and if she can step cleanly she should figure prominently throughout.

Texas Tee has the speed to lead and he could be the value, if he can cross and they shuffle up behind he may just pinch a break.

Top Four: 1 – 3 – 5 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Messidonna Cloud

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

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

Trifecta: 1/3,5,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

Angle Park Greyhound Tips & Betting Preview January 22 2015

THERE is an 11-race card at Angle Park tonight featuring some of the state’s most consistent performers such as Gun McBain, Black Bottle and Dakota Premier.

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Best Bet:
Race 10: Destiny Bale

Best Value:
Race 9: Freesia Bale

Quaddie:
Leg 1: 2,5,7 – Leg 2: 1,7 – Leg 3: 1,3,4,5,6 – Leg 4: 5,6,8
$90 for 100%

Race No. 1Acc Life Members Stake Cta Divis…7:10 PM
5 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $3,065 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,150 2nd: $610 3rd: $305.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1GOOD ODDS PUNK446429.89Walter Harkins
2VICTA SCOTT525529.89Ronald Schadow
3BARNES BAY511330.10Robyn Mackellar
4WITCH BALE434429.98Wendy Matcott
5FLYING BALE647629.97Lisa Rasmussen
6ALLEN ZENTAX652830.21Tony Rasmussen
7SPRING CHARLOTTE666430.10Wendy Matcott
8ANIMATE243729.93Lester Harris

Tough race to kick off the night but if Barnes Bay can get away cleanly he should be able to make every post a winner. Last time out he resumed after a month off and he showed a tremendous turn of foot mid race before getting a little tired in the home straight, he will be much better for the run and he should hit the line a lot better tonight.

Spring Charlotte is well placed in the wide draw and she is much better than her recent form suggests, with a slow beginner on her outside she should get all the breaks as they head into the first bend.

Allen Zentax recorded a strong placing here two runs back and he has been showing smart early speed since coming from Victoria, this is the easiest race he has contested for a while and he may cause a boil over.

Witch Bale is going to be well fancied and she must be included in your exotic bets, she is likely to get shuffled back early but she will hit the line solidly.

Top Four: 3 – 7 – 6 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Barnes Bay

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

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

Trifecta: 3/4,6,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

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

Race No. 2Ray White Glynde Stake Cta Divis…7:33 PM
6 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $2,350 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,645 2nd: $470 3rd: $235.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1LONG GULLY MARK221130.00Paula Hearnden
2ROXETTE BALE233130.81Lisa Rasmussen
3PARK GLORY443530.46Vadim Roz
4MARGARET KEEPING252330.22Petar Jovanovic
5KELLER BALE351130.38Tony Rasmussen
6FOREST BALE271630.42Wendy Matcott
7ORAN BALE125730.16Tony Rasmussen
8PARSEC BALE131530.49Wendy Matcott
9MASTER BEKIM742X30.66Charles Irwin
10IRISH KEEPSAKE351830.34Kirin Corby

Long Gully Mark has been airborne of late and from the red he should be afforded all the breaks in the early stages. Last time out he overcame a lot of bother to score in 30.23 and with the lack of early speed in tonight’s event he should be able to settle a lot closer to the speed.

Margaret Keeping should roll to the early lead and she will give a great sight, she is getting stronger with every run and she should get a fairly cheap lead in this event.

Parsec Bale was desperately unlucky here last week and she will be suited by the wide draw, she lacks early speed but she will be powering to the line.

Oran Bale is another run on type and she was racing in great form here in December, she will need some luck in running but if she gets it she will be there at the end.

Top Four: 1 – 4 – 8 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Long Gully Mark

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

Quinella: 1 to rove with 4,7,8 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1/4,7,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

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

Race No. 3Adelaide Air Systems Stake Cta D…7:55 PM
5 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $3,065 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,150 2nd: $610 3rd: $305.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ASUKA BALE223630.25Tony Rasmussen
2FUNKY CHICKEN714630.06Oswald Chegia
3ALLEN NAMOR43X629.90Wendy Matcott
4WOODSIDE JAGGER535730.03Graham Smith
5ABSOLUTE BOSS734430.11Kevin Murnane
6SPRING TYSON574630.03Tony Lagana
7DUKE BALE443730.58Wendy Matcott
8LOCHINVAR AKIRA623430.67George Rehmann

Funky Chicken has had no luck in his two recent efforts here and he should be suited by the rails draw. He isn’t the best beginner but he does muster speed quickly and with a clear run he should be able to settle in the top three as they head for the back straight.

Spring Tyson is another who has been racing without luck and she has the capable of pinging the lids, there is no speed drawn around her tonight so if she can step away she should be able to drive to the early lead and give them something to catch.

Woodside Jagger is more than capable on his night and he just needs a good getaway to put himself into contention, he is very hard to follow but he could be the value bet if he goes around at silly odds.

Asuka Bale has the good draw and she has been racing in consistent fashion, include her in your exotic bets.

Top Four: 2 – 6 – 4 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Funky Chicken

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

Quinella: 2 to rove with 1,4,6 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2/1,4,6/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 4Electrasol Pty Ltd Free For All …8:13 PM
FFA event over 731 metres at Angle park Of $4,200 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,835 2nd: $910 3rd: $455.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ZARA MCLAREN131143.12Helen Foster
2MANILA EXPRESS747443.34Captain Abbott
3HUSKY DREAMER327643.19Sharyn Gray
4PSYCHOTIC GOLD322143.13Petar Jovanovic
5MCLAREN PRINCE588643.39Tania Foster
6NEVAEH KIST465544.12Kiah Edwards
7MCLAREN GRACE445543.41Tania Foster
8LUNA JINX413442.77Gavin Harris

Good race and the classy Luna Jinx looks well placed in the pink draw, she didn’t have much luck at The Meadows last time but three runs back she did post a sizzling 43.27 win here when beating a similar lineup to what she meets tonight. She will need a few things to go her way early but she should have enough pace to settle in the first half of the field and she will be very strong in the run home.

Psychotic Gold charged home to score here on Monday night in a solid 43.55 and a repeat of that effort would see her figure prominently. She tends to miss the kick but she does have great track sense and she has won 12 of 23 over this trip.

Zara Mclaren is absolutely flying at present and she should get every chance from the red draw, two runs back she destroyed the same type of field when posting a blistering 43.12.

Mclaren Grace rounds out the place prospects, she will drop out early but she is quite strong and she can sneak into third spot.

Top Four: 8 – 4 – 1 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 8/1,4,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

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

Exacta: 1,4,8/1,4,7,8 ($9 for 100%)

Quinella: 8 to rove with 1,4,7 ($3 for 100%)

Race No. 5Inclusive Sports Sa Mixed Stake …8:38 PM
3/4/5 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $3,650 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,555 2nd: $730 3rd: $365.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ALLEN ODIN786330.39Wendy Matcott
2BLACK BOTTLE363129.84Kathleen Johnstone
3BREAKER KAHN445130.07Kathleen Johnstone
4SUGAR RAY LEE636430.44Petar Jovanovic
5HE’S A VILLIAN312430.08Lisa Rasmussen
6GENGHIS KAHN776429.68Kathleen Johnstone
7GUN MCBAIN111229.73Vadim Roz
8BRENT BALE567230.24Wendy Matcott

Gun Mcbain is racing in dazzling form at present and he has continued to get stronger and stronger with every run. Three starts back he posted a scorching 29.73 win over this journey and a repeat of that would see him win with ease again. There is very little speed drawn around him so he should get every chance to cross in the early stages.

Black Bottle should match motors with Gun Mcbain for most of the trip and he looks likely to fill the quinella spot, he isn’t overly strong but I’m expecting the two of them to build up a nice lead mid race.

He’s A Villian is extremely consistent and he will be charging home at the end, three starts back he steamed home to score in 30.18 and that type of effort would see him threaten again.

Allen Odin has the good draw and he was far from disgraced when placed on Monday, he appears to be slowly regaining his confidence so he must be respected.

Top Four: 7 – 2 – 5 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Gun Mcbain

Boxed Quinella: 1,2,5,7 ($6 for 100%)

Exacta: 2,7/1,2,5,7 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 7/1,2,5/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 6Grundys & Barlows Shoes (sa Owne…8:58 PM
5 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $3,065 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,150 2nd: $610 3rd: $305.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1FARMEROO113429.78Kenneth Gill
2MERLOT MONELLI237330.23Lisa Rasmussen
3POP’S CASTLE453330.25Jason Caley
4NEVADA SMITH542230.00Gavin Harris
5AEROPLANE BOWSER311730.11Walter Harkins
6GUNSMOKE MCBAIN525330.21Vadim Roz
7EXCUSEZ MOI515230.21Kathleen Johnstone
8RED LINE LAD333630.14Lisa Rasmussen

Excusez Moi has excelled since coming across from QLD and her last start placing here was super impressive. The wide draw should suit tonight as she likes to track wide through the turns and with the zippy Gunsmoke Mcbain drawn in box six she should get a nice cart into the first turn. Farmeroo is going to start short and he has the good draw, but Excusez Moi has the good draw and she could be the value.

Farmeroo bombed the start last time out and he should turn in an improved performance, three starts back he pinged to the early lead and posted a slick 29.91 victory here, that type of effort would see him take a power of beating.

Aeroplane Bowser is armed with a monster finish and he has been racing extremely well, he might get too far back early to win but he is a must for the exotics.

Top Four: 7 – 1 – 5 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Excusez Moi

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

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

Trifecta: 7/1,5,6/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1,7/1,7/Field ($12 for 100%)

Race No. 7Steve Rogers Electrical (veteran…9:22 PM
FFA event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $3,065 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,150 2nd: $610 3rd: $305.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1KALDEN KOSTELLO326630.00Troy Murray
2VICTA NICOLE557730.07Ronald Schadow
3BEACH WARY521530.06Lisa Rasmussen
4KALDEN KAPONE612229.67Troy Murray
5BLACK DADDY526230.37Allan Francis
6CHEMICAL MAKER147129.54Troy Murray
7ZAC BALE153630.06Tony Rasmussen
8ALLEN ILLEM316729.81Tony Rasmussen

Tough race but Kalden Kostello has the rails draw and he should have enough speed to hold them out at the first turn. He is much better than his recent form reads and he does have a solid 30 flat PB here, if he can find the bunny early he is probably capable of going sub 30.

Beach Wary set the track alight here recently when winning over 600m in a slick 35.08, he is probably better suited to a longer trip but he is still capable of being competitive over this journey.

Chemical Maker returned to form with a smart 30.10 win here and a similar effort tonight would see him figure prominently throughout.

Black Daddy is another in form runner and he was placed behind a gun chaser here last week, he is going to need some luck in the early stages but he is very strong and he does possess great mid race pace.

Top Four: 1 – 3 – 6 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Kalden Kostello

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

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

Trifecta: 1/3,5,6/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 82015 John Gray F Cta Division19:42 PM
5 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $6,875 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,250 3rd: $625.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DR. KIARALEE261230.00Ben Rawlings
2DYNA VANK264130.02Lisa Rasmussen
3MY PARTY112129.98Raymond Murray
4YOUNG GUN MCBAIN322130.00Vadim Roz
5DAKOTA PREMIER112129.57Colin Simes
6CASH IN LOOPER121229.88Troy Murray
7SOUND EFFORT818130.07Steven Brook
8ALDERLEY REFORM111129.64Terrance Cahalan
9QUICK KISSES262230.16Melissa Fullerton
10EXCUSEZ MOI515230.21Kathleen Johnstone

Great race and if the exciting Dakota Premier can step cleanly he should take a power of beating. He has won two of his past three starts here in explosive fashion and on both occasions he has pinged the lids and reeled off brilliant sectionals. He will need some room in the early stages but if he gets it he should make light work of this lineup.

Cash In Looper is a super talent and he should be suited by the wide draw, the only concern with him is that there is a fair bit of speed drawn on his outside, he should run cover for the yellow and he could be the value bet if he goes around at silly odds.

Alderley Reform has won four on the trot and 12 of 15 overall here, he is obviously a chance again but I’m a little concerned he may be posted wide for most of the trip.

Dr. Kiaralee has the good draw and she has the speed to hold them out, I dont think she can win but she is a must for your exotic bets.

Top Four: 5 – 6 – 8 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Dakota Premier

Boxed Quinella: 1,5,6,8 ($6 for 100%)

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

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

Race No. 9Regency Park Childcare Centre & …10:05 PM
5 event over 600 metres at Angle park Of $3,355 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,350 2nd: $670 3rd: $335.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ALLEN NEMO5176NBTLisa Rasmussen
2MISS PARTY GIRL143235.38Colin Swain
3YELLOW FEVER453635.74Kathleen Johnstone
4FREESIA BALE224335.45Wendy Matcott
6VICTA VICTORIA243535.03Ronald Schadow
7WREX BALE763736.56Wendy Matcott
8DYNA DAINA184735.00Wendy Matcott

Freesia Bale has been racing in consistent style of late and she is due for a change of luck, she showed great mid race pace in her last start placing over this trip and she should be much better for the run. The empty draw on her outside is a big advantage and this race appears to lack a fair bit of depth.

Miss Party Girl looks the likely leader and she is never far away over this trip, she tends to lose a lot of ground through the turns but she is very strong in the run home.

Allen Nemo should appreciate the rise in distance and from the red he might be able to settle a little closer to the early lead.

Victa Victoria loves racing over this trip and she must be included in your exotic bets, she doesn’t win very often these days but she is never far away.

Top Four: 4 – 2 – 1 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Freesia Bale

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

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

Trifecta: 4/1,2,6/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 10Athelstone Under 9s Parents & Ki…10:28 PM
5 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $3,065 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,150 2nd: $610 3rd: $305.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1HAZERATI362530.11Shaun Laffin
2BIG MICK DEE644729.98Lisa Rasmussen
3DESTINY BALE721130.20Wendy Matcott
4HERSI224430.15Robyn Mackellar
5THOR BALE7454NBTTony Rasmussen
6DYNA ERWIN556329.84Wendy Matcott
7ANTONIO TYSON523130.38Tony Lagana
8VICTA MERRILL755830.33Ronald Schadow

Destiny Bale has excelled since coming from Victoria and her effort to score here on Monday after missing the kick was eye catching. I’m expecting her to begin a lot better tonight and she should roll to the early lead and she is capable of going sub 30 seconds on the bunny.

Hersi is much better than his form reads and he should follow Destiny Bale across in the early stages, he can be hit or miss early but with a couple of slow beginners on his outside he should get every chance to drive through at the first bend.

Hazerati has the good draw and he turned in a strong effort when placed here two runs back, I dont think he can win but he is a must for your exotic bets.

Thor Bale is a strong Victorian chaser and he must be respected in his SA debut, he is dropping back in distance so place claims may be preferred.

Top Four: 3 – 4 – 1 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Destiny Bale

Exacta: 3,4/1,3,4,5 ($6 for 100%)

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

Trifecta: 3/1,4,5/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 11Lead In Load-home & Commercial F…10:51 PM
6 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $2,350 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,645 2nd: $470 3rd: $235.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1FRAYA BALE221130.13Wendy Matcott
2ARISIA BALE314330.41Tony Rasmussen
3MISS FOOTLUCE322230.09Kenneth Trowbridge
4NECRO BALE514230.17Tony Rasmussen
5RED CAN426430.11Robin Harnas
6LONG GULLY MAGIC221129.96Paula Hearnden
7LEKTRA RANCHER413330.60Wendy Matcott
8BIANCA BALE642230.39Wendy Matcott
9MASTER BEKIM742X30.66Charles Irwin
10IRISH MIDGE373630.26Kirin Corby

Good race to finish and I think the favourable rails draw for Fraya Bale should see her get the cash. On Monday night she showed her customary early speed before scoring in a zippy 30.13 and she should be able to find at least a length on that effort as it was her first 500m run for six weeks.

Long Gully Magic is an exciting prospect and he went sub 30 when winning here last week. He will be suited by the wide draw and he has a slow beginner drawn underneath and a wide runner on his outer, so he should get a clear passage in the early stages.

Miss Footluce has been placed in her past seven starts here and she must be included in your exotic bets again.

Top Four: 1 – 6 – 3 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Fraya Bale

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

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

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

Clarke confident he has the ticket to Warragul Cup success

BIG Ticket may not be one of the favourites in Friday night’s Group Two Warragul Cup final, but trainer Steve Clarke rates his chaser as a genuine threat in the $45,000-to-the-winner event.



The son of Fabregas and Bella Portrait was far from disgraced in his heat last week when narrowly defeated by one-turn professional Luca Neveelk in 25.71. 


“I was really happy with his run, he had to work hard because he was the wide runner for a lot of the way,” Clarke said. “For a young dog to match it with probably the best 450-metre dog in Australia, it was just a fantastic effort.”

Big Ticket has had just 16 starts from which he has recorded nine wins and four minor placings.

The highlight of his career thus far was in December last year when he ran fourth in the Group One Hobart Thousand final behind the likes of Above All and Dyna Villa. 

After that run, Clarke gave Big Ticket a short break from the racetrack to revitalise the two-year-old pup.

“It was a lot for such a young dog with the travel and spending three weeks away from home, we thought it may have taken the edge off him a little bit so we freshened him up for 10 days,” he said.



“We gave him a hit-out up the straight at Healesville and then put him in at Shepparton and he went terrific. I think the rest has done him good.”



Big Ticket has drawn awkwardly in box five for the Warragul Cup final, but Clarke believes he has enough pace to overcome the draw and be right in contention for the title.



“He has probably got the best acceleration of any dog in the field,” he said.



“If he gets clear running it wouldn’t surprise me if he could find the front at some stage. If that happens we have got a chance but it is a very hard field and we are just hoping for a bit of luck.”



Clarke rates Luca Neveelk the dog to beat after drawing ideally in box one. The Gerry Kleeven-trained sprinter, which has won 25 from 32, was first up in his heat after being scratched from this month’s Cranbourne Cup final due to illness.



“I think he [Luca Neveelk] got scratched with kennel cough so he probably needed that run as well,” he said.



“He is a brilliant dog and I have lots of respect for him, his trainer obviously knows what he is doing and full credit to them if they win.

“They will be very hard to beat off the red box but we have a fast dog, too, and we will be in there trying.”



The other key players in the final appear to be Ride The Rails (box four), Caustic Bale (box three) and Ronray Spirit (box eight).



Owned by Pat Sofra, Big Ticket looks to have an incredibly bright future and Clarke is rapt he was given the opportunity to come along for the ride.



“I trained his mother, a bitch called Bella Portrait. His owner is a friend of mine and I have trained a few dogs for him over the years. He asked me to break in a few pups for him and told me that if there were any worth training then I could have them and this fella happened to be in amongst them. I’m glad he was.

“He is quicker than all the dogs that I have trained. I had Hot Irish for a period of time during the Golden Easter Egg and Australian Cup finals, but he is much quicker than her.”


 Clarke is confident Big Ticket will make the transition to two-turn racing in time.



“We trialled him at Sandown and he ran five-dead to the first mark and 18.61 to the back. He has had one 500 in a race and he tore a triangle muscle so we don’t really have an indication of how he will go, but I anticipate that he will run a nice 500.”



The Group Two Warragul Cup is race eight on the card on Friday night and will jump at 9.35pm AEDT.

Jingjing goes for glory in Group One National Futurity series

CHRIS Nutt is hopeful his highly promising Jingjing can handle the leap in class when she contests Friday’s heats of the Group One National Futurity at Wentworth Park.



The pint-sized rocket has had just six starts for five wins and a third, including a handy 30.16 winning debut at headquarters earlier this month, with Nutt enthusing that her early speed was a deciding factor in entering the lucrative series. 



“She is only young, she has got the world before her,” he said. “She is a really good chaser and she has plenty of speed – that is probably the only reason why we have thrown her in the deep end to have a crack at the Futurity.



“I’m sure if she begins well on Friday night then she will put her best paws forward.”



Jingjing faces a tough assignment when she jumps from box three in heat five with Foxy Nakita (box one), Oakvale Destiny (box five) and Assertive Bella (box seven) looming as the main threats.



“I think it is the hardest heat of the night,” Nutt said.

“The one deserves to be the favourite and Jason Mackay’s bitch, Assertive Bella, ran second in the Paws of Thunder. On top of that you have Jeff Britton’s bitch in the five, she is just a gun.

“At the end of the day she [Jingjing] doesn’t know who she is up against and she will be trying her best. I have confidence in her and at the end of the day she only has to finish in the first four to qualify for the semis, a win would just be a bonus.”



Despite the classy opposition, Nutt remains optimistic his brilliant bitch will perform well.



“She is a dog that has to lead, if she begins well then she is going to be there,” he said. “I think if she can nail the start then she will lead easily, if they are good enough to run her down then so be it.



“She hasn’t actually nailed the start in a race yet. She is always up there at the first turn but she is capable of running first and second sectional records. I know she has got it in her, it is all just a matter of time.”



Nutt, who trains from the famous The Oaks establishment in partnership with Shaun Evans and Kayla Coleman, has been associated with many fast greyhounds during his career, one of those being Barcia Bale, the sire of Jingjing.

“I have been fortunate enough to work for Paul Wheeler for 10, 15 years and I have broken in some very fast dogs for them, but Barcia Bale is the fastest dog that I have ever seen and I am his No.1 fan,” Nutt said.



“He is from a blueblood line and I have no doubt that he will make it all the way as a sire. His oldest dog is Winsome Prince, but I think the best of his pups are yet to come.”



Friday night is shaping up as a massive night of racing at Wentworth Park with six sensational heats of the $75,000-to-the-winner Group One Futurity series. Other greyhounds to keep an eye on are Weblec Belle and Megan Keeping (heat two), Jewel Action and Zipping Midge (heat four) as well as Spring Leaf and Ella Has Class (heat six). 



Saturday night should also be a cracker with heats of the National Derby featuring Zipping Saxon and Winsome Prince (heat one), Dark Vito and Anything Less (heat four), Paua To Roar and Are Jip (heat five) and Prescribe and Crackerjack Max (heat six).

He’s Some Boy proved to be that when annexing Maidment Memorial

INAUGURATED in 1972 as the successor to the New Year’s Handicap, the Roy Maidment Memorial was contested over the staying trip at Sandown Park until 2010. Since 2011 the event has been run over the 595 metres middle distance trip and downgraded from its Group 2 status to a special event (2011 and 2012) and now is a Listed Race.

The race has been contested by some of the greatest stayers to have raced in Australia, and the 1973 series saw the clash of two of the best the nation has seen in Lizrene and He’s Some Boy.

Lizrene was a mere slip of a greyhound, the brindle daughter of Prince Kua and Joanne Lu tipping the scales at 24.5 kilos. Whelped in April 1970, Lizrene had raced 41 times for 22 wins, eight seconds, and four thirds with victories in the 1972 Sandown Cup, Olympic Park Distance Championship, Anniversary Trophy (Olympic Park), NCA Charity Cup, and NCA Cup as well as being a runner-up in the Wentworth Park Gold Cup, beaten just half a head by the mighty Ragsie.

He’s Some Boy was a strapping fawn dog by Worthing out of Dixie Skip whose career had begun seven months prior to the Maidment heats. In his 15 starts since then he had scored eight wins with two seconds and two thirds. However, he had only been introduced to the staying ranks the previous October, winning by 12 lengths over 718 metres at Sandown.

He’s Some Boy had then won first-up over 732 metres at Harold Park before doing the same over 732 metres at Olympic Park, in the process running 43.81 to break Miram Miss’ four-year-old track record.

Owned and trained by Bob Smith, He’s Some Boy later ventured back to Sydney and won the 722 metres Sun Toy Fund Cup (best 8) at Wentworth Park, once again at his first look at the course. He is, to the best of this writer’s knowledge, the only stayer to have won first-up over the Sandown Park, Olympic Park, Harold Park and Wentworth Park distance trips.

So, when three heats of the Maidment Memorial were drawn for decision on 4 January, all eyes were focused on the first heat which would see the first clash of the two giants of Victorian distance racing.

Lizrene was well boxed in two while He’s Some Boy, a natural wide runner, was not badly served by being in box five. When the lids lifted for that heat, He’s Some Boy began perfectly and led easily while Lizrene settled into second position. The pair raced like this for the entire journey with He’s Some Boy holding off a determined Lizrene to score by just over a length in a fast 43.85. The classy Royarco (who had run third in the inaugural Maidment final) was five and a half lengths away third.

The second heat was won by the talented Vista Haydale (who had finished sixth in the inaugural Maidment final) defeating Lizrene’s litter brother and kennelmate Baron Power with Pale Sherry (fourth in the inaugural Maidment final) third.

The third and final heat saw Mesabi down Gumbirra with Bubble’s Luck, the winner of the inaugural Roy Maidment Memorial, only third. Bubble’s Luck was first reserve for the final but would not be required to try and defend her title.

The final on 11 January saw He’s Some Boy drawn in box two, with Lizrene alongside him in box three.

As with the heat, He’s Some Boy began brilliantly and led clearly from Lizrene into the first turn. At this point Vista Haydale raced into second position, relegating Lizrene to third. He’s Some Boy simply kept going and crossed the line four lengths ahead of Lizrene, which had come again to pass Vista Haydale and take second place by a neck.

He’s Some Boy went on to race with great success in New South Wales and would be crowned 1973 NSW Greyhound of the Year. Lizrene may have begun the year with two second placings, but she would win a host of races and take out the inaugural Victorian Greyhound of the Year award.

Mighty Tempix stands alone as greatest Warragul Cup winner

On March 28, 1980, the greyhound still rated by many as the best to have ever set paw on the Warragul course annihilated his opponents in taking out the flagship race at the track.

The latest edition of the Warragul Cup is on Friday night over 460 metres. But 35 years ago, the race was conducted over the 424-metre trip and Tempix had confirmed his status as the greyhound to beat when he won his heat by 11 lengths from Polish Wonder, running 24.40, which was easily the best of the meeting and a mere 1/100th outside the track record he had set in February 1979. Despite drawing box six in his heat, Tempix had gone around at the incredibly short of odds of 1-16 ($1.06).

Tempix drew well in box two for the Warragul Cup final and punters had no hesitation in piling on the cash; the brindle dog, by Temlee out of Pixie Dianne, was sent out a 1-2 ($1.50) elect.

Having what would be his 10th, and as it happened his last, start at Warragul, the champion sprinter gave his supporters no cause for concern as he leapt beautifully from the boxes and simply cruised away to score by nine lengths from Peco Again, running a fast 24.49, easily the best of the meeting once more.

Tempix finished his Warragul career with a perfect score of 10 starts over 424 metres for 10 wins. The closest any greyhound had come to him in those 10 wins was one-and-three-quarter lengths. In four of his wins he had scored by 10 lengths or more.

Yet this Warragul Cup win was just one remarkable victory in what was an incredible sequence that is unlikely to be witnessed again.

Three major country cups, Geelong, Warragul and Horsham, were all due for decision in the space of just 20 days and Tempix was set for all three.

He contested a heat of the Geelong Cup over 457 metres on March 18 and won by three lengths in 26.51 (best), then, three days later he won his heat of the Warragul Cup.

On March 24, three days after his Warragul Cup heat, Tempix blitzed his rivals with a four-length victory in the Geelong Cup final, again in the best time of the meeting (26.40), and took his record at that course to three wins from three starts.

So, his Warragul Cup victory came just four days after his Geelong Cup success and was his fourth race in just 10 days.

Eight days later, Tempix won his heat of the Horsham Cup by 15 lengths, starting at a prohibitive 1-10 ($1.10) and running the 480 metres in a new track record time of 27.60. It was his first start at the course.

Then, just two days later, Tempix backed up to take out the final by five-and-a-half lengths, starting at the same price. It was also his seventh consecutive win.

Tempix would go on and take out the Warrnambool Cup a few races later before being injured in finishing third in the Ballarat Cup and being retired soon after.

Greyhound Racing at sixes and sevens

It’s a simple matter but it has far reaching consequences.

The background is that it seems racing authorities are divided into two halves. One lot tries to be nice to trainers, the other tries to thump them for breaking the rules.

The last lot is well illustrated by the high number of people who view reports on this website on fines and suspensions.

The other half concentrate on handing out cash and modifying grading rules to make life easier for trainers – which is their lifeblood. The subject is front and centre again as GRV has just introduced Grades 6 and 7. The obvious intention is to make it possible for moderate dogs to pick up some wins. That’s always a frustrating task for Maiden winners.

The only stated reason for the change is that it will help avoid learners being placed in races with more experienced dogs, which is fair enough. You could say that it the same reason used for creating T3 races but without the accompanying restriction on times. It also overlaps with, or even duplicates, Non Penalty and Restricted Win races.

There are some parallels with other states. SA has a Grade 6 and Tasmania has a Juvenile class, both with some age restrictions. NSW has a “country” class for non-TAB clubs. Queensland has three classes of tracks/meetings so all the rules are tripled there.

Some time ago I believe I estimated Australia offered a total about 123 different grades. Now make that 125. The new Victorian grades are as well as, not instead of.

The first thing this brings to mind is how the old time graders – meaning club secretaries – got the job done before the computers at headquarters took over. Nominations were faxed in and separated into piles for each of maiden winners, winners of two races, and so on. Each pile was then split up according to experience and often age so that like would generally be competing with like. It seemed to work well enough, although the odd questionable practice might have snuck in here and there and interstate runs might not be properly listed. Even so, the prospects were generally clear for punters.

Of course, in those days we had only five grades plus maidens so it was all easy to understand. One memory involves going to Harold Park on Saturday nights and gazing respectfully at runners in what I think was called the Presidents Stake – Grade 1. These were the stars, the peak of the industry. Every week. Often they had Grades 2 and 3 races as well.

Can anyone remember the last time we had a Grade 1 event, or Grade 2 or 3 at your favourite track?

Since the mighty computer took over it became straightforward (but not cheap) to absorb additional requirements and sort out the wheat from the chaff. Mind you, errors still occurred and occasionally races had to be re-drawn. Still, it gave employment to more people and it meant trainers could not argue the toss with anyone. Now, that computer program will get bigger again as they find room for 6s and 7s. That will cost money, of course.

However, the whole subject begs the question of why Australia cannot have one simple set of grades for everyone. That’s the sort of subject which does fit into the purview of Greyhounds Australasia, just as it defines rug colours, box allocations and the like.

Equally, you have to ask why each state finds it necessary to have different grading policies in the first place. They will claim circumstances are never the same but that is an excuse, not a reason. After all, tracks are much the same, dogs are much the same and so are trainers, so why not grading? Cricket, tennis and all forms of football manage to get by with identical rules across the nation. What is so special about racing – remembering that the gallops are just as messy as the dogs?

And what will now happen as Victorian 6s and 7s cross the border to race, or vice versa? How will they convert to local conditions? There is more work for each state to re-write their rules – ie more costs – and more puzzles for trainers to work out or for owners to fathom how best to locate their dogs. In reality, there is no good answer, and so punters who provide the code’s income are therefore forced to fund the extra costs to sustain the more complex systems.

Maybe the good old days were not perfect, but they were a lot cheaper to manage.

Yet there is much more to this than just sorting out good and bad dogs. The complex pattern of rules and regulations developed over the last 20 or 30 years have been accompanied by other major trends. More and more short course events are being placed on the calendar following demand from trainers whose charges can’t manage longer trips. Novice and 300m races are infiltrating major tracks, where previously they never existed. Fewer competent starters are available for distance races. More races in total are being run, staffed by dogs which formerly could not reach the standards for TAB racing, and particularly city racing. While I do not have accurate statistics, anecdotal evidence suggests that dogs are racing more often, but with less consistency.

To cap it all, remotely located customers (the vast majority) now include greater numbers of mug gamblers who have not the faintest idea of what they are doing. Is this a coincidence? Like the average race, they too have been dumbed down.

In short, an industry which once put excellence at the top of the list is reduced to pounding out product of any old quality in the hope of dragging in a few more dollars. It is not really succeeding but it likes to give the impression that it is.

If you are at sixes and sevens it means you don’t really know where you are going.

Still Not Enough Dogs

On the question of the shortage of dogs, mentioned here recently, it was disturbing to note that seven of twelve races at Horsham yesterday were short of starters. One maiden had only two runners, other races had four, five and six (twice) runners. These would have had a terrible effect on betting turnover.

The meeting was drawn with full fields so the shortfalls occurred due to scratchings. But were they fair dinkum nominations in the first place?

Also yesterday, Lismore had four short fields, including only five runners in a (subsidised) 635m race.

And so it goes on.

End of an era for Sportingbet, Centrebet and TomWaterhouse.com

Online bookmaking brands Sportingbet, Centrebet and TomWaterhouse will soon disappear in Australia as they are replaced by William Hill, the British parent company of all three.



The decision was announced on Tuesday with the re-branding of Sportingbet set to commence before the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival and the 2015 NRL and AFL seasons.

It is not known exactly how quickly the re-branding of Centrebet and TomWaterhouse will take place, however, they are both expected to be rebranded William Hill in the not-too-distant future.

Tom Waterhouse, who was appointed chief executive of William Hill Australia in July last year, said in a press release the changes would be beneficial to punters and would offer them greater betting opportunities as a part of a globally-recognised brand. 



“The change to William Hill will give us a recognised and respected international brand with which to compete at the highest level in Australia’s competitive market,” Waterhouse said.

“It will also allow us to work much more closely with global racing and sporting bodies and provide our Australian customers with more diverse betting opportunities.”



With the re-branding of the three betting companies, William Hill Australia will increase its marketing budget by around $10 million.

It is not the first time Sportingbet and Centrebet have been flagged to be re-branded. In 2013 the then chief executive of William Hill, Ralph Topping, announced the two online bookmakers would be redeveloped to create a sense of unison within the brand.



The plan was ditched when Michael Sullivan, the former chief executive of William Hill Australia who set up Sportingbet originally, walked away.



William Hill Australia was established when Sportingbet Australia (including Centrebet) was acquired by William Hill on March 19, 2013. Tomwaterhouse.com was obtained on August 12, 2013. 




Greyhound tips & betting preview January 21 2015

THERE is a handy 12 race card on show at Angle Park today with plenty of value on offer for punters who are looking to fill their pockets ahead of yet another massive weekend of racing.

Our two main selections are in races four and 12 this afternoon, but if you are looking for a bit of value why not place a bet on our best value bet, Cuddletime Tears, in race seven with Sportingbet.

Best Roughie:
Race 7: Cuddletime Tears

Race No. 4Grsa.com.au Juvenile Stake Pr2 D…12:54 PM
JUV event over 388 metres at Angle park Of $1,315 Prizemoney.
1st: $925 2nd: $260 3rd: $130.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1CHELSEA BIRD161622.42Karen Bearpark
2OZ DAZZLER252122.38Dean Decrea
3RELUCTANT KING333222.56Karen Bearpark
4LADY XANTHE1122.24Zbigniew Wudarczyk
5PRINCELY BOGAN321722.53Karen Bearpark
6NEW AGE BOGAN174822.69Karen Bearpark
7TANK TANK875622.92Vadim Roz
8LIQUID CLUB478522.94John Hancock
9CRACKERS347722.86Vadim Roz

Chelsea Bird has the good box and her past two wins here have been from this draw. Two starts back she speared to the early lead and posted an impressive 22.42 victory here and if she can reproduce that type of form she will take a power of beating. With the highly promising Lady Xanthe in the race she you are likely to get around the $3 mark.

Oz Dazzler showed great improvement when scoring here last week in 22.38 and he should match motors with Chelsea Bird for most of the journey, I dont think he will be able to cross so maybe the quinella spot looks best.

Lady Xanthe has a heap of talent and she has looked impressive in her two wins to date, the concern with her is that she can be slow to begin at times and she will need a heap of luck from this draw.

Princely Bogan rounds out the chances, he has the ability to ping the lids and he could run a cheeky race.

Top Four: 1 – 2 – 4 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Chelsea Bird

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

Quinella: 1 to rove with 2,4,5 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1/2,4,5/2,3,4,5 ($9 for 100%)

Race No. 12Cash Up Your Club @ Grsa Stake P…3:20 PM
6 event over 388 metres at Angle park Of $1,315 Prizemoney.
1st: $925 2nd: $260 3rd: $130.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1HOT CHRISTINA7517NBTSteve Meimetis
2TRULY DELICATE254622.45Donald Turner
3BANGOR BLAZE172722.48Raymond Burgess
4ASTON CALEB2585NBTLeanne Fagan
5BAD MOON MAGIC556523.17Paul Fagan
6DELLAVEDOVA533622.76John Hancock
7KING CHAOS584122.71Ben Rawlings
8SCOOTAH7415NBTDiane Roberts
9ORTIZ BALE457623.33Wendy Matcott
10DYNA NOVA478822.69Matthew Payne

Bangor Blaze is much better than his recent form reads and with a clean getaway he should be able to make a big impact. He doesn’t have a great record here but this is the weakest race he has contested for some time. If he can step on terms he should be able to burn them off early and lead throughout.

King Chaos is poorly drawn but he has a lot of talent, he is resuming from a spell and I would expect him to turn in a big performance fresh. He has won at Gawler over 400m in quick in the past and he just needs luck early.

Truly Delicate must be respected, she races well here and she has enough speed to settle in the top three early.

Scootah rounds out the chances, he should get a nice cart across early and he can cause an upset.

Top Four: 3 – 7 – 8 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Bangor Blaze

Boxed Quinella: 2,3,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

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

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

WA’s leading lady Linda Britton disqualified for 18 months

The sport has been rocked by an 18-month disqualification handed to champion trainer Linda Britton on Monday.

The WA Hall of Fame trainer was disqualified for 18 months and fined $500 on four charges in relation to one of her greyhounds testing positive to a prohibited substance, and for failing to keep treatment records.

The first two charges came after Zelemar Fever, trained by Britton, was found to have the substance testosterone – evidenced by the presence of 5β – androstane- 3α, 17β – diol at a concentration greater than 10 nanograms per millilitre in urine samples taken after winning the WA Sprint Championship final and placing third in the National Sprint final in August last year. 



Britton, who trains her team near Mandurah, was also charged on two counts for failing to keep treatment records.

The first of those charges related to the administration of ethyloestrenol tablets to the greyhound bitches which she was training at the time.

The second was in regards to possessing 1500 ethyloestrenol tablets, a scheduled 4 medicine, in two unlabelled containers which were “not prescribed in compliance with the relevant provisions”.



The champion conditioner pleaded guilty to all four charges when the stewards’ inquiry resumed last Thursday.



Britton was disqualified for nine months, effective immediately, on each of charges one and two, totalling 18 months on the sidelines.



In regards to charges three and four, Britton was fined $200 and $300 respectively. 



The penalty imposed has come as a massive shock to most greyhound participants, not just from the West but nationwide, as well as Britton herself.



Britton, who was inducted into the WA Racing Industry Hall of Fame in 2012, has won the leading state trainer award each year since its inception in 2003.



She is the daughter of legendary trainer Allan Britton and is also the sister to Jeff and Rob Britton, two of Victoria’s leading trainers.



Linda Britton has trained many stars of the track over the years such as Paradise Street, Reggemite, Vulture Street, Western Land, Topline Doovee and Dance Portrait. More recently she has put the polish on outstanding types Zelemar Fever, Star Recall, Uno Reltub and Te Amo, just to name a few.





Finalists announced for 2014 Victorian Greyhound of the Year

Six superb finalists have been announced for the 2014 Victorian Greyhound of the Year with the winner to be announced on Friday, February 20.

Three sprinters and three stayers make up the numbers for the prestigious title and, between the six of them, they have won eight Group One races, four Group Two races and three Group Three races.

The finalists won a combined total of more than 100 races throughout 2014 and have earned more than $2.68 million between them.

The finalists in alphabetical order are:

Awesome Project

Awesome Project won 19 races in 2014 including the Group Two Gosford Gold Cup and the Group Two Harrison-Dawson in what was a remarkable year for his trainer, Darren McDonald.

The son of Collision and Honour Phase made a further six Group race finals, most notably the Group One Topgun (3rd), the Group One Brisbane Cup (4th) and the Group One Melbourne Cup (6th).

Dyna Willow

The bonny Dyna Willow had an affinity with Wentworth Park, winning both the Group Three Betfair Cup and the Group Two Summer Distance Plate in the Harbour City in 2014.

The brindle bitch won in three different states (Victoria, NSW and Western Australia) during the year, claiming seven races overall.

Dyna Willow has since been retired and is expected to whelp her first litter to Magic Sprite within the next few days.

Keybow

The unfashionably-bred sprinter was one of the most consistent greyhounds during 2014, making eight Group finals, finishing out of the placings in only one of those, the Group One Topgun (6th), at what was his first start back from injury.

The black son of Take The Kitty and Key Exit won two Group One races, the Perth Cup and the Brisbane Cup, as well as the Group Three Silver Bullet.

He ran second in the Group One Australian Cup, the Group Two Cranbourne Cup and the Group Two Queensland Derby while he also finished third in the Group One Melbourne Cup.

Oakvale Destiny

Trained by Jeff Britton, the gutsy blue bitch won the Group One Sapphire Crown in brilliant fashion before landing further success in the Group Three SA Oaks later in the year.

Owned in SA by Nathan Wilson, she made a further six Group race finals during 2014 with her best performance arguably being a strong second in the Group One Topgun behind Buckle Up Wes.

Sweet It Is

The black powerhouse was a dominant force in the staying ranks throughout 2014, winning four Group One races (Sandown Cup, National Distance Championship, Bold Trease and Association Cup) and one Group Three race (Sydney Cup) over the 700s.

On top of this, the kennel-mate to fellow finalists Keybow and Awesome Project, made a further seven Group finals, finishing either second or third in four of them.

Xylia Allen

The versatile champion Xylia Allen rounds out the six finalists for Victorian GOTY with her biggest 2014 victory being in the Group One Gold Cup at Albion Park. The daughter of Turanza Bale and Tayah Bale also took out the Group Two McKenna Memorial.

Australia’s highest stakes earner qualified for seven other Group finals during the year, retiring in late 2014 with $743,730 to her name.

There is no doubt the six finalists for the 2014 Victorian Greyhound of the Year are all exceptional athletes, ensuring a tough battle to determine which chaser will take home top honours.

NSW, Western Australia and South Australia have also announced their finalists for greyhound of the year.

NSW has three outstanding finalists in National Sprint Championship heroine Chica Destacada, Group One Megastar winner Tommy Brislane and the Queen of Wentworth Park, Zipping Willow.

WA has three contenders in grand campaigner On Coin and the Linda Britton-trained duo Star Recall (now trained in Victoria by Jeff Britton) and Zelemar Fever.

SA’s title should be a tight finish with Cairnlea Layla, Galilee Spirit, Genghis Kahn, Sidney’s Shadow and Wild Soul all in contention to be crowned the state’s top dog.

What you may have missed: GRV trial, Girls on Track

Greyhound Racing Victoria will employ a new kenneling procedure from next month that will allow trainers with runners in races 9-12 to briefly access their greyhounds.

After many requests from participants, Geelong and Sandown Park will trial the new procedure for three months, with a permanent solution expected in May.

Trainers with dogs in race nine can remove them from the kennels after race six for a toilet break and a drink of water. Greyhounds engaged in race 10 will be allowed out after race seven; race 11 runners after race eight; race 12 runners after race nine.

A steward and kennel attendant will supervise all trainers during this process.

This trial is another step in the right direction for GRV’s strong stance on animal welfare, helping greyhounds which could become distressed while in the kennels for a long time, to perform to the best of their ability, and also assisting with recovery.

Road show making inroads

The highly successful road show by GRV’s Compliance and Education team will make four stops in coming weeks at Shepparton, Ballarat, The Meadows and Warrnambool.

The seminars assist participants with council requirements for housing greyhounds, along with providing education and information on minimum standards in caring for greyhounds.

RQ promotes women in racing

Racing Queensland will recognise and promote the achievements of women in greyhound racing, with the launch of the Girls on Track racing series in March.

Heats for the OMW Women In Racing Classic will be at Ipswich, Bundaberg, Townsville and Rockhampton, with the final at Albion Park over 520m on March 26.

Incorporated into a tri-code series, which is expected to become a regular feature on the racing calendar, it is for bitches which haven’t won a metropolitan race.

Another incentive is a $500 bonus for any female trainer who wins the series final, along with a first prize of $7000.

Heats of the Winged Runner Trophy will be conducted at Albion Park over 600m on March 19, with the final a week later. This event is open to bitches of all classes, with the winner taking home $5250. If the winning trainer is female, they’re eligible also for the $500 bonus.

Where do the dogs fit into the bigger picture at SKY?

The biggest worry about the SKY v TVN saga is not that we don’t quite know when TVN will fold. The critical issue is how SKY (owned by Tabcorp) will react to demands from racing’s big shots to create a product similar to the one TVN had been offering. You can bet the pressure will be large.

What that involves is lengthy before and after commentaries and reviews of each race. Horses and jockeys would look impressive when parading. Many in-house tipsters would be involved, no doubt with different tips. Others will tell you how the horses look or have been running recently – something you could read about for yourself in the formguides.

They will probably drop fashions on the field, which would be no loss to punters but champagne sales may suffer. Even so, consider the big picture. SKY 1 and 2 are already jam-packed with races and will become more so as Tabcorp continues its relentless march into the international sphere. How can it fit more in? The only answer would be to relegate more trots and dogs to SKY2, or perhaps not cover some at all. In fact, in the past I have noted NSW Racing Radio omit coverage of a Victorian TAB meeting entirely.

The prospect of using SKY’s third channel, as some have suggested, is hardly practical. Many TAB outlets do not show it anyway. Some do not even have SKY2.

Either way, sound will be absent. People might have two ears but they cannot listen to two broadcasts at the same time.

Ideally, greyhound leaders should be shouting from the rooftops for improved service for the code. After all, greyhound racing is a huge benefit to Tabcorp because it offers far more meetings than the other two codes and therefore maintains continuity. It is racing’s version of Selleys “No More Gaps”. TABs like gamblers to keep turning over the cash.

Our national body, Greyhounds Australasia, would be no use as it does not address “commercial” matters. That leaves chiefs in the two largest states, NSW and Victoria, to lead the way. So far, we have heard only a deafening silence. If we can’t get into the debate, we will lose.

Can there be too much racing?

Last Thursday’s Sandown meeting may have created a modern-day record. All 12 races started with a full field. On the same night Albion Park had one short field, Dapto one and Angle Park four. On Friday night, Wentworth Park had vacancies in six races, while two were short on Saturday. The Meadows on Saturday ran with three short fields, but was a bit fortunate as 10 races had no reserves. It was helped by the inclusion of seven novice-class dogs (i.e., one win only) and many others with just two wins. Cannington had three short fields and finished with two 297m races.

Are we scheduling too many races? All across the nation, at least one in five races is short of starters. Squibs’ races are being squeezed into major city programs at Albion Park, Wentworth Park and Dapto as well as Cannington. Shorter events (400m or less) are dominating programs at provincial meetings but are unfortunately less predictable than longer trips. As there is no increase in the dog population, it indicates slower and weaker dogs are infiltrating what used to be better contests.

Favourites dominate

On the big night at Wentworth Park, Dyna Villa continued its excellent run in winning the Paws of Thunder. It was virtually unchallenged and ran nearly identical time to its heat.

The First Four on the big race pulled in $158k (presumably including some jackpots) which may also be some sort of record. That means more than 300 lucky punters took home $405.40 each on average.

Similarly, Space Star won well in the end despite a hold-up at the first turn in the Summer Distance Plate. It also recorded similar time to its heat run – 42.18 v 42.20. However, let’s hold back on the superlatives. The dog is capable of several lengths faster than that but had to beat only a modest collection of average or out-of-form stayers to get the cash. There have been many smarter runs over the past 12 months.

Besides, sometimes a hold-up during the race is not necessarily a bad thing. It might mean the dog does not use up all its power too early, thereby leaving a little left for the finish. The evidence suggests that may have been true here.

Typically, top staying races are won in 42 seconds or less, something Zipping Rory (eighth) and Pumped Up Zarr (fourth) have done previously. In fact, can I suggest to Peter Dapiran that Zipping Rory could well benefit from a month or so chasing butterflies in the paddock? If it doesn’t lead it doesn’t win, which was again the case this time.

Stewards’ reports – more of the usual

Race 6. The Meadows, January 17.

“Pyromania (8) crossed to the rail on the first turn checking Humming Birdhill (2).”

Never happened. There was no check, no contact. Humming Birdhill put in a poor effort after being a clear second early. It eased from the back straight onwards. Stewards did note the run but took no action other than to order a vet inspection (negative). That offered little consolation to punters who sent it out an even-money favourite.

In passing, Pyromania adds another element to our recent story about sectional times. Over its past nine runs (its whole career) the dog had a moderate average. However, its past three starts have been good, with the above race making four. Clearly, a change of form took place. It happens.

Race 8, The Meadows, January 17.

“White Spyro (7) and Bunga Bunga (8) collided soon after the start. Quantum Bale (5), Avondale Porche (6), White Spyro and Bunga Bunga collided soon after the start checking Avondale Porche, White Spyro and Bunga Bunga. Avondale Porche, White Spyro and Bunga Bunga collided several times approaching the first turn checking White Spyro and Bunga Bunga. Missile Flash (3) and Duomo Bale (4) collided on the first turn. White Spyro and Bunga Bunga collided on the first turn checking Bunga Bunga. Avondale Porche checked off Liara (1).”

All this verbiage may well be right but stewards should have nominated the prime cause of it all – Bunga Bunga smashed its way towards the rail after the jump, eliminating all chances for half the field, including the short-priced favourite. That was the real story – the only story, in fact – and it is important racing information. The rest is just wallpaper.

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