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2014 Group Three Townsville Cup Preview

The Group Three Townsville Cup jumps at 9:12pm on Tuesday night. A great field has been assembled to chase the $25,000 prize.

The Townsville Cup was originally conducted over 643m and started back in 1981. The inaugral winner was Sharp Admiral. The Cup was first raced over the 498m distance in 1992, which was won by Michaelangelo.

In recent years, the Cup has been taken out by Mr Metz (2010), Velocity Regina (2011), Hanson Senor (2012) and Spirited Flame (2013).

The Townsville track record of 28.57 is held by Velocity Regina and was set back in August 2011. She was trained by Tony Brett, who has a finalist in this year’s Cup. Brett has been a busy man flying over the country. ARG spoke to him as he was returning from Perth with Flash Reality. After cancelled and delayed flights to and from Perth, Brett was happy to be returning to the Sunshine State to rug up Exhibitionist for the Cup.

Are Ate is this year’s fastest qualifier for the final and he has drawn wide in box seven.

All prices are the current Centrebet fixed odds market. Centrebet is offering a $200 free bet for ARG readers.

Here’s a look at the field and how each trainer thinks their dog will go:

Box 1
Race Odds
$2.00
Heat Replay
Farmor Las Vegas
Trainer
Robert Britton
Owner
Wayne Scott
Prizemoney
$156,790
Last 10 Starts
3431411321
42 Months Black Dog by Knocka Norris - Farnor Cee You
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,657.00 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
58 23 16 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
40% 74%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 2 1 0
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 5 1 0
Comments: Robert Britton (Trainer) – “Hopefully he will go well. I am certain he is better off in 1 than any other box. He has been struggling with injuries the last six to eight months and he is not the dog he was. I hope the box brings him back into the race. If it was eight months ago before the injury, I would be much more confident. He’s there now and we can only hope it works out well.”
Best Townsville Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
28.73 28.92 N/A N/A
Box 2
Race Odds
$13.00
Heat Replay
Post Box
Trainer
Michael Hickmott
Owner
Philip Thompson
Prizemoney
$14,125.00
Last 10 Starts
5713231811
37 Months Black Dog by Fear Zafonic - You Can Too
Start Good Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $415.00 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
34 14 2 8
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
41% 71%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 7 1 0
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 5 0 0
Comments: Michael Hickmott (Trainer) – “I am really happy with the draw. He is better from the inside as he gets around the corner better. I am happy with the dog inside him as he is not real quick out and tends to go straight. He has been trialling track records and if he gets going he will be a big chance.”
Best Townsville Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
28.84 28.91 N/A N/A
Box 3
Race Odds
$4.20
Heat Replay
Yogi Blue
Trainer
Peter O’Reilly
Owner
P & A O’Reilly
Prizemoney
$80,995.00
Last 10 Starts
1211153541
40 Months Blue Dog by Cool Effort - Opal Assassin
Start Moderate Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,124.00 Rating 97
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
72 22 12 10
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
31% 61%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
12 2 4 3
Comments: Peter O’Reilly (Trainer) – “I think he will go all right. It was a good run last week but he will need to come out good this week as he missed the start last week. He is fine and ready to go.”
Best Townsville Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
28.79 28.79 N/A N/A
Box 4
Race Odds
$8.00
Heat Replay
Pace Ventura
Trainer
Peter Simpson
Owner
Stephen Hill
Prizemoney
$15,695.00
Last 10 Starts
3117172342
32 Months Fawn Dog by Run’s House - Sniveller
Start Good Running Rail Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $784.00 Rating 93
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
20 9 3 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
45% 75%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 1 1
Comments: Peter Simpson (Trainer) – “The draw probably won’t worry him. To be a chance he’s got to come out like he did last week and open up a big break as there’s a couple of stronger dogs in the finish. He’s a good chance of leading as he typically shows early pace. If he comes out and gets in front, he will need to rely on a fair bit of luck in the run home. I am happy with him coming into the race. He’s had a walk on the beach to freshen up.”
Best Townsville Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
N/A 28.83 13.68 13.68
Box 5
Race Odds
$31.00
Heat Replay
Glamour Row
Trainer
Peter Simpson
Owner
P Simpson & H Simpson
Prizemoney
$25,185.00
Last 10 Starts
3114454351
40 Months Blue Bitch by Go Wild Teddy - Rose Chalice
Start Fast Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $484.00 Rating 89
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
51 18 6 7
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
35% 61%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 1 0 2
Comments: Peter Simpson (Trainer) - “She might find it hard with these dogs. I don’t think the fields have been as strong as this in past years. She will need a lot of luck. Any one of the eight dogs can win it.”
Best Townsville Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
-29.18 29.18 N/A N/A
Box 6
Race Odds
$12.00
Heat Replay
Exhibitionist
Trainer
Tony Brett
Owner
D Chapman & D Scells
Prizemoney
$26,680.00
Last 10 Starts
23341F162
32 Months Red Fawn Bitch by Superman - Naughty Nicki
Start Fast Running Rail Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $784.00 Rating 96
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
34 13 7 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
38% 65%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 2 1 0
Comments: Tony Brett (Trainer) – “She will need to jump really good. I was happy with her run last week but a bit surprised she got run down. She will strip fitter this week. The wide box is good at Townsville if you begin as the inside boxes tend to bottleneck into that first turn. You can get into strife out of box one if you miss it. She is definitely in with a chance.”
Best Townsville Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 28.92 13.88 13.88
Box 7
Race Odds
$6.50
Heat Replay
Are Ate
Trainer
Rachel Scott
Owner
Quad Dog syndicate
Prizemoney
$98,455.00
Last 10 Starts
7111774341
34 Months Black Dog by Lochinvar Marlow - Long Long Mama
Start Fair Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,538.00 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
66 22 9 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
33% 55%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 4 2 0
Comments: Mike Chapman (Kennel Representative) – “We are happy he is in the final. I would prefer a better box as there is a bit of speed in the four and the six. He likes the inside but he has gone well from outside boxes. The dog is feeling good and we were very happy with his run last week. He has settled in at Townsville better than he did at Darwin.”
Best Townsville Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
28.67 28.67 13.82 13.82
Box 8
Race Odds
$13.00
Heat Replay
Fred Sealey
Trainer
Amy O’Reilly
Owner
P & A O’Reilly
Prizemoney
$24,335.00
Last 10 Starts
3513262311
40 Months Red Fawn Dog by Made To Size - Charming Molly
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $506.00 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
49 13 10 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
27% 57%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 3 1 0
Comments: Peter O’Reilly (Kennel Representative) – “He is fine and doing well. It was a strong performance last week at his first look at the track. He is drawn in the box where he wants to be.”
Best Townsville Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
28.97 28.97 N/A N/A
1st Res
Race Odds
$21.00
Heart Replay
Webster
Trainer
Christine Pollard
Owner
Velocity Lodge Partnership
Prizemoney
$26,770.00
Last 10 Starts
3333112352
45 Months Black & White Dog by Path To Power - Velocity Cloud
Start Fair Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $478.00 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
56 11 10 12
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
20% 59%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 9
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
- - - -
Comments: Finished on well behind Farmor Las Vegas last week. Has a moderate winning strike-rate so will need some luck if he gets a start.
Best Townsville Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 29.00 N/A N/A
2nd Res
Race Odds
$12.00
Heat Replay
Cyndie’s Special
Trainer
William Elson
Owner
Cynthia Elson
Prizemoney
$53,815.00
Last 10 Starts
2124124222
22 Months Black Bitch by Premier Fantasy - Regal Silver
Start Good Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,195.00 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
45 13 14 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
29% 71%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
- - - -
Comments: A consistent performer who isn’t without a chance if she gets a start. Led last week but was run down at her first look at the track.
Best Townsville Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 29.08 13.89 13.89

This is a tough race and the Townsville club will be pleased with the quality of the final field. Are Ate (7) was outstanding last week and if he gets an ounce of luck early he will be hard to beat. The Victorian chaser Farmor Las Vegas (1) has a good record from box one but he will need to do everything right from that draw at Townsville. He overcame adversity in the heats to score and after a horrid run with injuries it would be nice reward for him if he can win.

The likely leader looks to be Pace Ventura (4). He sizzled early last week but faded at the end. With his early speed he has to be considered an each-way chance. Another with early speed is Exhibitionist (6). The Tony Brett trained chaser led her heat and was run down but Brett has stated she will strip fitter for the run so she is right in this.

The local hope, Post Box (2), could deliver the Cup back to Townsville if the race pans out for him. He loves the inside and loves Townsville which is a good combination. It won’t be a surprise if he performs well.

Fred Sealey (8) is well boxed outside and, like most in the race, he was having his first look last week and can also improve.Yogi Blue (3) won well last week but did miss the start. He can’t afford to do that this week. Glamour Row (5) won at big odds last week and is unlikely to repeat that effort again.

Peter Simpson Gives NSW A Chance In The Townsville Cup Final

Greyhound trainers are certainly dedicated to the cause and this is certainly the case for Stratheden based trainer Peter Simpson.

Stratheden is in northern NSW and last week, Simpson drove the 19 hours to Townsville to take part in the Group Three Townsville Cup heats. The results certainly paid off as he qualified two runners for the final in Pace Ventura and Glamour Row.

The performances of these two greyhounds surprised Simpson as they didn’t handle the long trip all that well.

“It was a 19 hour drive from northern NSW, it was a fairly big trip. I am really happy with how both dogs performed as they weren’t travelling that crash hot so the way they performed, they went well. I thought we would be travelling back home after the heats as I didn’t think they would go any good”, Simpson told ARG.

Simpson has the good fortune of staying in Townsville during the week to prepare for the final and he couldn’t be more pleased with how his stay has been.

“We stopped here at Townsville this week and the dogs have really blossomed. It’s our first time here and the people and the club have been fantastic.”

As for his two finalists chances, Pace Ventura can show a lot of pace but isn’t overly strong. He is a greyhound by Run’s House and Sniveller (Bombastic Shiraz – Georgia Brown) who has had 20 starts for nine wins and six placings around Casino, Lismore and Wentworth Park. Glamour Row was a surprise heat winner last week and the bitch by Go Wild Teddy and Rose Chalice (Surf Lorian – Glass Placard) is expected to find it tough from the squeeze draw. She has had 18 wins and 13 minors from 52 starts and has performed well at Townsville, Casino, Lismore and Grafton.

Simpson see’s the race as another opportunity for NSW to steal the spoils from Queensland after securing the State of Origin this year and jokingly admits the people may chase him out of town if one of his greyhounds was lucky enough to win:

“It would be great for NSW, after winning the State of Origin, to take the Townsville Cup off them! Maybe the Mayor will hand me the keys to Townsville if I win or maybe they will run me out of town!”

After the Townsville Cup final, Simpson will make the long trek back to northern NSW and will set his charges for the upcoming Casino Cup.

Post Box The Local Hope In Group Three Townsville Cup

In a picturesque town, approximately 28km north of Townsville, resides a greyhound trainer and his Group Three Townsville Cup finalist. Bluewater resident Michael Hickmott has Post Box engaged in box two in the Townsville Cup final on Tuesday night and he is looking to win his second Townsville Cup as a trainer.

Post Box arrived in Hickmott’s kennels back in October 2013 and he hasn’t looked back, winning 12 races for Hickmott around Townsville and Cairns at a range of distances between 380m and 544m. Overall, the dog has won 14 races and had 10 placings from 34 starts. His two wins prior to arriving at Bluewater were at Albion Park.

Hickmott told ARG that he and a friend purchased Post Box from Tony Apap:

“I’ve had the dog about 12 months. A mate and I bought him off Tony Apap; we get all our dogs off him. He is the only one we trust to buy dogs off. You never get a bad kennel dog off Tony. He is a beautiful dog from a great breed. If he wins this race, I will have to keep him as a pet.”

Post Box is by Irish import Fear Zafonic and his dam is You Can Too (Brett Lee – Jeanie’s Queen). Jeanie’s Queen held the track record at Launceston and won at Sandown, Wentworth Park, The Meadows and Albion Park. She also finished third in the Paws of Thunder and second in the Sandown shoot-out, so it’s not hard to see where Post Box has got his talent from.

As for his chances in this year’s Cup final, Hickmott is hoping he can replicate Happy Valentine’s win in 2005, which was the last Townsville Cup that Hickmott won:

“I am really happy with the draw. He is better from the inside as he gets around the corner better. I am happy with the dog inside him because he’s not real quick out and tends to go straight. He has been trialling track records at Townsville and if he gets going he will be a big chance. I haven’t been able to get a race there for him in a long time. I can only hope. I have won the race once before with Happy Valentine. She came through for the win after the good dog I had for the race at the time broke down before the race.”

Post Box is the only local in the final so he’s sure to get plenty of support from the home crowd. After the Townsville Cup, Hickmott plans to take Post Box down to Brisbane for some racing.

Greyhound Tips And Betting Preview August 25th 2014

Brad has picked out a couple at Angle Park today. Check out our free bets page to take advantage of the $200 free bet at Centrebet and the $700 free bet at Sportingbet. These offers will give you a few more betting bucks for today’s all-ups and best bets.

Angle Park

Race No. 3Tattsbet.com Open Maiden Stake C…7:15 PM
M event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $1,125 Prizemoney.
1st: $780 2nd: $230 3rd: $115.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1JUDGEMENT TIME642230.47Shaun Laffin
2SMOOTH DESTINY8NBTRobert Isaacson
3DYNA WEDI363531.30Wendy Matcott
4ATTENTION622431.14Robert Harris
5COSMIC CHOO731.51Nadine Payne
6TANGEMATIC33NBTCon Haagmans
7DANIKA ALLEN665430.78Wendy Matcott
8MORGAN MCLAREN225630.57Helen Foster

Morgan Mclaren has been placed in three of six tries over this trip and she’s absolutely bursting to break through. She is normally quite reliable early and being a wide runner is perfectly placed in the pink box. Another key to the race is that Danika Allen will be keen to get to the fence early so there really should be no excuses for Morgan Mclaren. Judgement Time is another who is getting close to a win and he’ll be hitting the line solidly. He will need some luck early on but if he gets it he should fill the quinella spot. Danika Allen can settle near the speed and is good enough to hold on for a place, whilst Tangematic has shown some talent in his two handy Gawler runs to date.

Top Four: 8 – 1 – 7 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Morgan Mclaren

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

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

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

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

 

Race No. 9Only At The Dogs (n/p) Mixed Sta…9:14 PM
5/6 event over 600 metres at Angle park Of $1,275 Prizemoney.
1st: $885 2nd: $260 3rd: $130.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1POWER MERC3421NBTAngela Modra
2KALDEN PLAYBOY3332NBTTroy Murray
3POETIC MOVER636135.68Donald Turner
4LEKTRA RIPPER143435.66Wendy Matcott
6CRASH DOOLEY446336.01Lisa Rasmussen
7SHEZA TEN455535.36Petar Jovanovic
8DYNA ARCEUS661435.54Tony Rasmussen

Kalden Playboy makes the step up to the 600m journey and has given every indication that it will suit. He’s charged home in three efforts here over 515m and they have all been in good company. With the red likely to lead, he should get a nice sit early and prove far too strong. Power Merc should set a cracking pace and she recently scored a brilliant 37.55 Gawler win. This field is obviously a bit stronger but she should be in the mix for a long way. Lektra Ripper has won over this trip previously and will be charging to the line, whilst Crash Dooley always appears unlucky, but with the right breaks in running she can cause an upset.

Top Four: 2 – 1 – 4 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Kalden Playboy

Trifecta: 2/1,4,6/Field ($15 for 100%)

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

Trifecta: 1,2/1,2/Field ($10 for 100%)

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

 

Best Roughie:
Race 6: Vinsato

All Up:
Race 1: Yiche Each Way
Race 3: Morgan Mclaren Each Way
Race 9: Kalden Playboy Each Way

18 Month Disqualification Handed Down To Owner Linda Hulsinga

RWWA Stewards today completed their inquiry with respect to Owner Ms Linda Hulsinga arising from the inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the presence of 61 greyhounds at a Nambeelup Park kennel property, the persons associated with these greyhounds and the actions and associations of registered persons with disqualified person Mr Graham Berry.

At a hearing on 13 August 2014, Ms Hulsinga was found guilty to three charges, all under GAR 86(ah). The particulars of each charge related to association with disqualified person Mr G Berry for the purposes of Greyhound racing.

In relation to the first charge involving the placement of DEEJAY FLYER, a greyhound owned by her at Mr Berry’s premises, a disqualification of six (6) months was imposed.

In relation to the second charge involving the organising for Mr Berry to relocate CEEJAY SHAMBI, a greyhound owned by her and her nine MAGIC SPRITE pups to his premises, a disqualification of eighteen (18) months was imposed.

In relation to the third charge involving the placement of nine pups out of BLACK WOLF/SHAMBI GEM to be relocated to the premises, a disqualification of eighteen (18) months was imposed.

In considering the appropriate penalty, Stewards took into account, amongst other things:

– Ms Hulsinga’s clean record since becoming registered as an owner in 2006.
– The seriousness and circumstances of the offences Her level of involvement and the status of the greyhounds concerned
– The need for deterrence both general and specific

The penalties are to be served concurrently effective immediately and to expire midnight 21 February 2016.

In view of the circumstances of this case and that charge three was in relation to a number of puppies having been relocated to the care and control of a disqualified person prior to ear branding and micro chipping taking place, the Stewards acting under Rule 138 (5) have directed that all puppies from the BLACK WOLF x SHAMBI GEM litter whelped on 10 March 2014 will be subject to DNA fingerprint analysis for the purpose of ascertaining the correct parentage of each greyhound which must be completed within 3 months from today’s decision.

Tim Mullany Receives Six Month Disqualification In Berry Saga

RWWA Stewards today completed their inquiry with respect to Greyhound Trainer Mr Tim Mullany arising from the inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the presence of 61 greyhounds at a Nambeelup Park kennel property, the persons associated with these greyhounds and the actions and associations of registered persons with disqualified person Mr Graham Berry.

The inquiry had 2 previous sittings on 26 June 2014 and 10 July 2014, where evidence was taken from RWWA Principal Investigator Mr Phil O’Reilly, Deputy Chief Steward Mr Paul Searle, Ms Rebecca Watson, Mr Kody Charles, Mr Larry Valenti, Mr Tim Mullany, Mr Glen Price and Mr Dan Biddle. Ms Linda Hulsinga and Mr Graham Berry were also called to the inquiry.

At a hearing on 14 August 2014, Mr Mullany was found guilty to two charges under GAR 86 (ah). The particulars of the first charge were that Mr Mullany associated with disqualified person Mr Graham Berry for the purposes of greyhound racing by placing GOTTA BE LEGAL and an unnamed greyhound at Mr Berry’s premises, as discovered by RWWA Officials on 9 April 2014.

The particulars of the second charge were that Mr Mullany associated with disqualified person Mr Graham Berry for the purposes of greyhound racing by moving STANGA JILL to Mr Berry’s premises, as discovered by RWWA Officials on 9 April 2014.

In relation to the first charge, a disqualification of six (6) months was imposed.

In relation to the second charge, a disqualification of three (3) months was imposed.

In considering an appropriate penalty, Stewards took into account, amongst other things;

– Mr Mullany’s previous good record, personal circumstances and youth.
– The seriousness and circumstances of the offences
– His level of involvement and the status of the greyhounds concerned
– The need for deterrence both general and specific

The penalties are to be served concurrently. The term of disqualification therefore ends at midnight on 19 February 2015.

The Mystery Of the Long Distance Runner

I hope someone can explain why Sweet It Is won the National Distance Championship so convincingly and in near-record time. It started at even money and ran 41.39, just outside Miata’s 41.30 record. For the life of me I can’t work it out.

Admittedly, it was only a 4-dog race in practice, as is common in this event, yet the betting says Sweet It Is is a better dog than Xylia Allen, despite the latter having a much better record, many faster times and some hundreds of thousands of dollars more prize money. And both had crook boxes on a track which heavily favours inside dogs.

At Cannington, the slow-starting Sweet It Is was better placed early than is usual, which would have been a help. But it was never in front of Xylia Allen until the last several metres. Yes, it is a good finisher but it has almost never been in such exalted time ranks in its life before, barring a single exception. (It ran fast times at Wentworth Park during April, along with several other dogs, including Xylia Allen, yet every experience since then has suggested that those times were suspect. Not that they were incorrect, but that the conditions on the night were somehow conducive to ultra-hot times).

Going back to comparisons at Sandown, where it has raced many times, Sweet It Is has consistently been in the 42.00 to 42.10 category, never any better, which would not get it within a bull’s roar of the Cannington time. And most of its wins have been against very ordinary opposition. Yet in Perth all the early markets said it should be a hot favourite. So did punters on the night – and they were right! I am flabbergasted.

Elsewhere over the weekend, we were treated to five other staying races at Wentworth Park and The Meadows; four were pretty average and one a sparkling one. Four more 5th Grade distance heats were run on Thursday at Sandown, two in fair times and two very slowly. All nine of these were won by dogs that led or nearly so, even including long term plodder Fantasizzing (a slow 42.48 at Sandown). Dyna Kayla and Dewana Babe put in quite nice runs at Sandown – both in the 42.00/42.10 bracket I mentioned above in respect to Sweet It Is. The rest were forgettable, bar one.

Space Age (Bekim Bale x Tonto Tears) came to Wentworth Park with a CV that included record-breaking runs at Richmond (618m) and Gosford (600m) and did not disappoint. After jumping in the first few it took the lead at the judge and went further and further away as the race progressed. Its time of 41.84 was exceptional for a first effort and would win nine out of ten good races there.

Obviously it was favourite but a win dividend of $1.04 is extraordinary for any race, let alone a first attempt at the distance.

Its breeding is interesting as while Bekim Bale was no slouch and a strong dog, it had no staying experience before being retired. However, on mum’s side, its grandsire was an All-American performer, Kiowa Sweet Trey, with 31 wins from 41 starts.

It’s worth remembering that the great Paul Wheeler went down the American road a few years back, following a period when very few of his dogs were running out a good 500m. That action helped no end. A few others have done likewise since then.

Space Age, along with Dusty Moonshine, which may well have suffered a minor injury in its defeat in the NSW Championship run-off (according to the trainer), offer real promise for the staying caper, which badly needs rejuvenation. Worth watching.

WHISTLING ON THE WAY THROUGH THE CEMETERY

Queensland again made the news with a report from Tattsbet indicating that it suffered a 2% fall in tote takings over the financial year. Boss Robbie Cooke came up with brave words about a return to growth with a new website, new brand, more advertising and more marketing expenditure (whatever all that means).

Racing Queensland chief Kevin Dixon has been making very similar remarks after boosting all-code prize money, using cash generated by its newly signed agreement with Tattsbet. Technically, that is cash no-one has yet so we will have to live in hope.

However, in both cases the assumption is that a fresh coat of paint will encourage more people to come into the shop. The bigger question is whether they will put products on the shelf that more people want to buy. To bring that about, the state first needs more good dogs and better tracks – prospects of which are uncertain, to say the least.

The new one-turn track at Logan is one to two years away, the Ipswich club has diverted attention to a replacement track at Bundamba in company with the gallops, and there is no indication that anyone recognises the frailities of the Albion Park circuit. Whether they admit it or not, both have (a) disruptive turns everywhere which produce unreliable betting propositions, and (b) declining average dog standards.

Those shortcomings are matched by the uncompetitive nature of Tattsbet’s small pools. Taken together, they demand radical action to reform the state’s racing package to have any hope of success. Bunging up prize money is good but it is no more than the start of a long journey.

Miner’s Moss Sets The Standard In Group Two Black Top Heats

Six outstanding heats of the $40,000 Group Two Black Top were conducted at The Gardens in wet and miserable conditions last night, however that didn’t stop some cracking times being recorded, with four of the six winners breaking the 29.50 second barrier.

Heat one went to local trainer Jason Mackay and $2.60 favourite Zipping Summah who began brilliantly from box five and showed electrifying speed to the first turn, clocking a first sectional of 4.92. The daughter of Goodesy and Sirocco Lass, owned by renowned breeders Martin and Fiona Hallinan, scored by two and three quarter lengths in a flying time of 29.49. Kilkenny Babe battled on gamely to finish second and Kicking Rocks made up good ground to finish third.

Queensland chaser Rose of Galo was well supported in heat two, stepping out on track as the $2.40 favourite and didn’t disappoint punters with a flawless display from box seven. After suffering a check early on in the race, the daughter of El Galo and Noir Rose saluted by a length and three quarters in another flying time of 29.47. The Albert Kennewell trained chaser notched up her twentieth career win last night and could well and truly head back to the Sunshine State next week with the trophy. Hersi was very gallant in defeat for trainer Peter Lagogiane and Tricky Jade for Martin Hallinan finished in third position.

Pre-series favourite Zipping Willow was all the rage in heat three for Jason Mackay at $1.40 and was looking for her ninth consecutive win. The litter sister of Zipping Summah didn’t have everything go her way, after an average start and a running battle with reverse starter He’s A Knight, the Canberra Cup winner zoomed past early leader Zulu Mystique at the 600m boxes to streak away by four and three quarter lengths in a sizzling 29.44. Zipping Willow recorded a sizzling run home of 12.17 and has now recorded an astonishing twenty eight wins from just forty starts and has plenty of room for improvement in next week’s final. Dee Getta for local trainer Shane Hill ran a brilliant race to finish second and Rue De Kahn for Dean Swain wound up in third.

Martin Hallinan and Jason Mackay were hoping to qualify another runner in next week’s final with Zipping Tarn the $3.00 favourite and Tricky Rose also well supported, starting at $3.70. Tricky Rose was best away from box five and led Zipping Tarn into the back straight, with Cloud Ten sitting in third position. Heading into the home straight, Cloud Ten found the rails and loomed up on the inside of Tricky Rose to score by a head at big odds in a fast time of 29.59 for owner-trainer Anthony Duggan. Tricky Rose finished second and Remember Ross stormed home to grab third.

Queen Esther and Miner’s Moss shared favouritism in heat five, with Queen Esther badly missing the start, giving Miner’s Moss a beautiful rails run heading into the first turn. The Matthew Reid trained chaser led throughout in a best of the night time of 29.43. The son of Magic Sprite and Bellbird Park also recorded the fastest run home for the night of 12.16 and scored by two and half lengths over Dean Swain’s Push It and My Awesome Opal for Marie Burton finished third.

The sixth and final heat saw Lani Banarni the $2.10 favourite ahead of Evil Punk, however Robert Barnden and Alan’s Kidz had other ideas, with the son of El Galo and Screaming Kidz leading all the way from box in a fast time of 29.66. Lani Banarni missed the start and checked off another runner at the first turn, forcing her to the back of the field, whilst Evil Punk found a head of trouble at the start and flashed home to finish second, beaten three and a half lengths. Edge for Graeme Barnett also ran home well to finish in third position.

Group Two $40,000 Black Top Final – 29th August, 2014

1. Push it – Dean Swain
2. Hersi – Peter Lagogiane
3. Alan’s Kidz – Robert Barnden
4. Zipping Summah – Jason Mackay
5. Zipping Willow – Jason Mackay
6. Cloud Ten – Anthony Duggan
7. Miner’s Moss – Matthew Reid
8. Rose Of Galo – Albert Kennewell

Reserves

9. Tricky Rose – Martin Hallinan
10. Kilkenny Babe – Gwendoline Sparke

Greyhound Tips And Betting Preview August 24th 2014

Brad likes a couple of races at Gawler today. Check out our free bets page to take advantage of the $200 free bet at Centrebet and the $700 free bet at Sportingbet. These offers will give you a few more betting bucks.

 

Race No. 4Gawler South Bakery Free For All…6:48 PM
FFA event over 400 metres at Gawler Of $1,025 Prizemoney.
1st: $710 2nd: $210 3rd: $105.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1TIA BELLE234722.83Edward Wood
2WERBURGH142222.74Christine Smith
4HIGH STATUS181522.73Karen Wittholz
5BOGIE EMERALD411422.74Ben Rawlings
7MACCA’S SPIRIT735522.90Peter Mcavaney
8TEX WALKER222222.47Karen Wittholz

Tex Walker has been runner up in his past four starts here and on three of those occasions he has been pretty stiff. From the pink tonight he should be able to carve across to the early lead and he should prove far too zippy for these. Bogie Emerald should lead for the first 150m and I would expect her to carve up the runners on her inside as she will crash to the rails, she won’t go with Tex for the final 100m but she may hold on for the quinella spot. Macca’s Spirit is the interesting runner, he resumes from a short spell and he has a top record here, he may run a bottler fresh. Werburgh is another track specialist and he has the ability to fill a trifecta spot if he can avoid early bother.

Top Four: 8 – 5 – 2 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Tex Walker

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

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

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

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

 

Race No. 6Arclight Photography Stake Pr2 D…7:31 PM
5 event over 400 metres at Gawler Of $860 Prizemoney.
1st: $605 2nd: $170 3rd: $85.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1WHIPSTICK LACHIE147623.22Kevin Bewley
2SUMMIT536322.90Karen Wittholz
3ANTONIO TYSON386322.95Tony Lagana
4ZERO FAITH422522.97Rebecca Mcauley-fry
5TICKA887322.99Kelvin Stott
9EMERLEY TRICKS567422.94Ross Panagiotou
10DARK SIMON8676NBTColin Swain
8SCREAMIN’372222.66Ben Rawlings

Screamin’ is starting to get a reputation as a bit of a non winner but I’m willing to give her one more chance. Tonight she has drawn favourably in the pink and there should be no excuses as the seven will carve left and that should make the race for her. Summit does his best racing here and he can show early speed at times, he isn’t good enough to beat the pink but he should give her a scare for most of the trip. Antonio Tyson is the interesting runner, he has a heap of ability but he can be slow to begin at times. If he can get a few breaks in running he should be able to make an impact.

Top Four: 8 – 2 – 3 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Screamin’

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

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

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

 

Best Value:
Race 9: Mamma Mia, perfectly drawn, small field suits and likely to be over the odds.

Sweet It Is Victorious In 2014 National Distance Final

Sweet It Is has taken out the 2014 National Distance Championship for trainer Darren McDonald. The win tops off a fantastic couple of days for the Cranbourne trainer, who was named trainer of the year.

The daughter of Mogambo – Off Springer was third out of the boxes wearing the seven rug behind a leading Painted Dotty (box one) and Bingle Monelli (box four), with Xylia Allen a little slow to begin in fifth place. It was only a matter of time before Xylia Allen outclassed Painted Dotty and Bingle Monelli, taking the lead and the chance of breaking Miata’s prizemoney record with her at the Solo sign in the back straight. Sweet It Is was at worst in fifth position, not making her run into the race until the dying stages from the outside of the track. In the end it was a battle between the two Victorians who fought it out to the line, with Sweet It Is proving the better stayer on the night by one length in a time of 41.39.

Xylia Allen held onto second place and Miata’s prizemoney record in front Miata’s home crowd, with Queenslander Wag Tail (box two) running on to finish in third place and the WA trained Ash Flash (box three) in fourth.

“I am very very happy with the win, I am just glad to get dogs capable of winning these races.” Trainer Darren McDonald explained.

“I never expect anything, although I was reasonably confident coming into the race. She likes being dictated to and she likes to know where the dogs are in the race.”

The black bitch added her Nationals victory to her list of three group titles including the Group One Association Cup at Wentworth Park and the Group One Sandown Cup.

“All group races are good to win, I can’t compare them one to another.”

Sweet It Is added another $75,000 to her prizemoney, which now stands at over $400,000. She also continued the impressive Perth strike rate for Darren McDonald, with three WA group races for three wins, being the Group One Perth Cup with Keybow, the Group Two Cannington Derby with Tigerlong Amigo and now the Group One National Distance Final.

Chica Destacada Is One Outstanding Girl

New South Wales sprinter Chica Destacada lived up to her Spanish name, outstanding girl, on Saturday night taking out the Group One National Sprint Final for trainer Doreen Drynan.

Chica Destacada flew to the lead from box two and didn’t look back, recording an impressive first sectional of 5.59 and an overall time of 30.27. The daughter of Cosmic Rumble – Eluthra’s only challenger was WA chaser Star Recall who lunged late on the line, missing out on the win by neck. Linda Britton finished up with the minor placegetters, with Zelemar Fever running home strongly to finish third after finding trouble out of the boxes.

After a failed attempt at the Group Two Cannington Oaks earlier in the year, Doreen Drynan and Chica Destacada were able to go one step better, the Group One National Sprint Championship.

“I can’t believe it! Fourth time lucky!” Trainer Doreen Drynan laughed.

“Coming over for the Oaks put her in good stead for the Nationals. She is just the perfect dog, doesn’t mess her bed or dirty her kennel.”

“The big thing is that I bred her, and I am so thankful that her owner let me have her back to train.”

Since breaking onto the NSW racing scene in October last year she has had 26 starts for 11 wins and seven minor placing’s.

The 2014 National’s series was Doreen Drynan’s fourth attempt at the title and it couldn’t be more fitting to record a win with Chica Destacada, who was titled early on at the break in stage as one of the fastest dogs the breaker had broken in.

As for celebrations for the big event, the $75,000 prize is more then enough to keep the smile on Doreen’s face until she makes her way back home on Monday.

Cannington Greyhounds Tips And Betting Preview August 23rd 2014

It’s National final’s night and Sportingbet has a $700 free bet offer. Huge value.

Best Bet: Get on the good thing of the day with free $200 at Centrebet.
Race 5: On Coin

Best Roughie:
Race 2: Special Jim

Quaddie:
Leg 1: 2 – Leg 2: 2,6,7 – Leg 3: 3,8 – Leg 4: 2,3,6 – $18 for 100%

 

Race No. 5Celebrating 50 Years Of National…10:30 PM
FFAC event over 530 metres at Cannington Of $6,960 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,875 2nd: $1,390 3rd: $695.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1STRIKING BLAZE316330.77John Iwanyk
2ON COIN111529.85John Crossley
3THUNDER RAMA728130.44John Iwanyk
4PROVEN WILL276630.29Linda Britton
5PROVEN KATIE146530.52Linda Britton
6GOMES612730.38Linda Britton
7YOU CAN DREAM134830.45Dennis Calleja

Really hard to go past Superstar On Coin, he has been the state’s premier sprinter for some time now and he looks set to lead all the way. Proven Will should hit the line solidly and he can cause an upset if he gets a few gaps mid race, whilst Gomes is rarely far away in these types of race.

Top Four: 2 – 4 – 6 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 2/3,4,6/Field ($18 for 100%)

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

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

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

 

Race No. 6Tabtouch National Distance Champ…10:52 PM
OPENC event over 715 metres at Cannington Of $106,875 Prizemoney.
1st: $75,000 2nd: $21,250 3rd: $10,625.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1PAINTED DOTTY1111NBTMichael Stringer
2WAG TAIL1521NBTChristina Harman
3ASH FLASH211241.75Paul Stuart
4BINGLE MONELLI322142.04David Hobby
5TOKEN MCLAREN1211NBTDonald Foster
6XYLIA ALLEN1141NBTJenny Hunt
7SWEET IT IS221141.99Darren Mcdonald
8QUEEN MARINA3621NBTNoelene Holloway

This really does appear to be a match race between the champion Xylia Allen and the freakish Sweet It Is. I’m giving the edge to Xylia Allen, I’m anticipating that she will begin a lot better tonight and she will assume control as they head through the first turn. On the bunny she is an absolute speed machine and she may just give the track record a shake. Sweet It Is will be running on hard as usual and she should fill the quinella spot, I dont think she will be able to reel in Xylia Allen if she is rolling along out in front. Wag Tail is the only other winning chance, she trialled the house down here last week and she might put some pressure on Xylia Allen in the early stages.

Top Four: 6 – 7 – 2 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Xylia Allen ($3 fixed is ridiculous odds, should be $1.90 or shorter)

Trifecta: 2,6,7/2,6,7/1,2,3,6,7 ($18 for 100%)

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

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

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

 

Race No. 7Greyhoundsaspets.com.au11:17 PM
5C event over 530 metres at Cannington Of $5,535 Prizemoney.
1st: $3,875 2nd: $1,105 3rd: $555.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ELEPHANT GUNN421330.96Jayson Gunning
2DARK DEE627830.82Linda Britton
3SADIE’S GUESS136230.56Linda Britton
4BEKIM KEEPING723530.77Terry Erenshaw
5BLUEY’S FATE563530.54Andrew Mclaren
6NIGHT WITH SALLY227130.75John Iwanyk
7KARDY GIRL124130.62John Carmody
8LAST DAY411130.48Christine Robartson

Last Day is absolutely flying and if he brings his Mandurah form here he should get the cash in easy fashion. Sadie’s Guess is another who is racing well and she has won here previously in a slick 30.56. Dark Dee has the speed to lead and he may give a good sight at odds.

Top Four: 8 – 3 – 2 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Last Day

Trifecta: 3,8/2,3,4,8/1,2,3,4,7,8 ($24 for 100%)

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

 

Race No. 8Tabtouch National Sprint Champio…11:37 PM
OPENC event over 530 metres at Cannington Of $106,875 Prizemoney.
1st: $75,000 2nd: $21,250 3rd: $10,625.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DOMINATOR GIRL2232NBTPaul Hili
2CHICA DESTACADA631130.68Doreen Drynan
3FLASH REALITY1111NBTTony Brett
4ZELEMAR FEVER343129.90Linda Britton
5CRACKERJACK DAK8182NBTAndrea Dailly
6STAR RECALL131230.18Linda Britton
7BESSY BOO1343NBTChristine Proctor
8WILD SOUL1131NBTKim Johnstone

Chica Destacada recently had a look at the track here when contesting the oaks series and since then she has returned to her best with back to back 29.60 wins at Wentworth Park. If she reproduces the Wentworth Park form they won’t know which way she went. Flash Reality is an absolute freak and in around 12 months we could be talking about this bloke as being one of the greatest chasers ever. He is still learning the caper but he has made some gun sprinters look second rate in recent weeks. Star Recall could be the smokey in the event. She can explode from the boxes at times and she has a fantastic record here.

Top Four: 2 – 3 – 6 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Chica Destacada

Trifecta: 2,3/2,3/Field ($12 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2,3/2,3,6,7/2,3,4,5,6,7 ($24 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2/3,6,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

Wentworth Park Greyhounds Tips And Betting Preview August 23rd 2014

Great night tonight to take advantage of ARG’s exclusive $700 free bet at Sportingbet.

Best Bet: Zipping Bruno looks like the best bet on the program to lash out with a $200 free bet from Centrebet.
Race 9: Zipping Bruno

Best Roughie:
Race 2: Knot Telling Ya

Quaddie:
Leg 1: 1,2,4,5,6 – Leg 2: 4 – Leg 3: 5,6,7 – Leg 4: 3,4,5 – $45 for 100%

 

Race No. 1Lavender Family Sprint Series H7:30 PM
4/5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,670 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,650 2nd: $1,350 3rd: $670.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1TAKE IT ALL227429.75Doreen Drynan
2BAD EXAMPLE614830.62John Polidano
3NOTSO SWEET216629.78Jodie Lord
4FANCY CHANCE113129.99Andrew Bayliss
5TIGER THE WEAPON214230.06Frank Hurst
6SHOULDERS122229.73Anthony Azzopardi
7GLORIFIED GEE153430.31Marie Burton
10WINGIN’ PRAYER867530.47Ronald Bell

Shoulders is an exciting talent and he returns after finishing second in the Group One Maturity Classic Final. He is a reliable beginner and he has won here previously in a sizzling 29.73, if he can get a clear passage in the first 50m he should roll to the early lead and prove far too strong for his rivals.

Take It All is poorly drawn but he has shown signs in recent weeks that he isn’t far off his best form. From the red he will need a little bit of luck in the early stages but if he can get some clear galloping room off the back straight he should be able to make an impact. Notso Sweet could be the value runner, she is likely to be double figure odds but she is very fast on the bunny and she can ping the lids on occasions. She may be worth a saver bet if she goes around at silly odds.

Top Four: 6 – 1 – 3 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Shoulders

Trifecta: 6/1,3,4/Field ($18 for 100%)

Exacta: 1,3,6/1,3,4,6 ($9 for 100%)

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

 

Race No. 2Wentworthpark.com.au Sprint Seri…7:50 PM
4/5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,670 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,650 2nd: $1,350 3rd: $670.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

2RITZA RAIDER734129.79Mark Gatt
3KNOT TELLING YA648630.01Marie Burton
4INNER CITY121630.01Christine Proctor
5ZOLA ICON861729.90Robert Sullivan
6BIG RED CHEV515430.23Jason Mackay
7BELLA SENORA131630.15Adam Wade
8VELVET FLAME812629.94Andrew Bayliss

Knot Telling Ya has been racing without any luck at all of late and he could be the value bet in this event. He has a solid record over this trip and he can show smart early speed in his races, he has two slow beginners drawn underneath and a slow beginner on his outside. If he can step cleanly he should settle in the top two and he will give a great sight at odds.

Zola Icon should match motors with Knot Telling Ya early and she was a recent winner here in 30.30, she came from off the speed to win that night and she is capable of going much faster when settling on the speed. Ritza Raider obviously has the class edge but he can be slow to begin at times and he will need a lot to go right mid race for him to feature. Velvet Flame rounds out the chances, she is poorly drawn in the pink but if she happens to ping she can make her presence felt.

Top Four: 3 – 5 – 2 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on Knot Telling Ya and Zola Icon

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

Boxed Quinella: 2,3,5,8 ($6 for 100%)

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

 

Race No. 3Wentworthpark.com.au Sprint Seri…8:07 PM
4/5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,670 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,650 2nd: $1,350 3rd: $670.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DANISH SUCCESS283830.11Harry Sarkis
2PREMIER MOZZ652229.93Kristy Sultana
10SHADY RHINO775830.73David Duncan
4ZIPPING ANGEL146230.57Jason Mackay
6SPANKY’S LEGACY541729.95Andrew Bayliss
7HURRICANE MAYBE753330.10Brian Barton
8PERMANENT GUEST431330.01Stuart Hazlett

Wide open affair but I think the early speed of Premier Mozz is a big advantage and that she should her get the cash. She led for a long way here last week before being nabbed on the line by Ritza Raider, this event doesn’t have as much depth this week and if she finds the early lead she should have enough in the tank to hold on.

Spanky’s Legacy should settle up on the speed also and he was a recent 29.95 winner here, tonight’s box draw won’t help but if he can get away on terms with them he should be in the mix throughout. Zipping Angel has been disappointing in her two runs here but she is obviously much better than that and she only needs an ounce of luck early to feature.

Top Four: 2 – 6 – 4 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Premier Mozz

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

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

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

 

Race No. 4Wentworthpark.com.au Sprint Seri…8:27 PM
4/5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,670 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,650 2nd: $1,350 3rd: $670.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BELLA ROC345230.37Lewis Galea
2GRADENCE235329.76Mark Gatt
3COOLABAH JET763729.97Jodie Lord
4DANCER245630.39Christine Proctor
5BILLY BOWLEGS122729.97Harry Sarkis
10HAYDE AND JASE655630.28John Harris
7PADDY’S DEVIL156129.76Patrick Byrne
8ARE JIP414129.83Kristy Sultana

Paddy’s Devil was super impressive when winning here last week in a blistering 29.76 and he finds himself in another race in which he should lead easily. He does his best racing when on the bunny and I can easily see him repeating last week’s effort.

Are Jip turned in a monster performance when scoring here last week in 29.83, he is perfectly placed in the pink and if he can avoid trouble at the first turn he should make a big impact. Billy Bowlegs was desperately unlucky here last week, he was about to make his move mid race and was absolutely polaxed, he is poorly drawn again tonight but with some luck early he will be in the mix. Gradence will be steaming home as usual and he is a great dog to anchor for second and third in your exotic bets.

Top Four: 7 – 8 – 2 -5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Paddy’s Devil

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

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

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

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

 

Race No. 5Jean Lavender 90th B’day Cup Spr…8:50 PM
4/5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,670 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,650 2nd: $1,350 3rd: $670.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1FLIP THE WEAPON623129.98Frank Hurst
2LONGNECK112130.11Christine Proctor
3KATE’S REACTION315730.19Tony Desira
4FLYING MORSON253530.04Justin King
5TRAPPER JET522729.85Ronald Bell
6HIGHLY RESPECTED112529.84Mark Wilcox
7CAPRIATI655330.25Harry Sarkis
8LUCY LIPS411729.99Susan Smith

Highly respected scored two brilliant wins here in July and he appears poised to return to the winners list. Tonight he has average beginners drawn either side and that should allow him to get plenty of room to drive through early. His Pb of 29.84 is very handy but I think he is capable of going even quicker with a clear run throughout.

Flying Morson is a reliable beginner and he will give you a great sight again. His last 50m is always a struggle but he leads more often than not, so he is always a great place prospect. Flip The Weapon scored a commanding 30.07 win here last week and he is drawn to figure prominently again. He has a slow beginner drawn directly outside so he should get a clear run in the early stages.

Top Four: 6 – 4 – 1 – 8

Suggested Bets:

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

Trifecta: 4,6/1,4,6,8/1,2,4,5,6,8 ($24 for 100%)

Exacta: 6/1,4,8 ($3 for 100%)

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

 

Race No. 6Geoff And Jean Lavender Sprint S…9:15 PM
4/5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,670 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,650 2nd: $1,350 3rd: $670.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DELTA BOLT136630.68Anthony Azzopardi
2SPIRAL JILL246529.92Ralph Smith
3INVICTIVE713330.05Jason Magri
4JEWEL ACTION111229.89Kristy Sultana
5WOODS175730.05Marie Burton
6JORELLE258730.41Andrew Bayliss
7RHINO COLLISION144629.89David Duncan
8CAWBOURNE POWER242529.78Jodie Lord

Jewel Action has won eight of her 11 starts to date and she keeps going from strength to strength. Five starts ago she hit the line strongly when scoring here in a smart 29.89 and she is probably capable of going a bit faster this time around. With the speedy Woods drawn on her outside she will need a bit of luck early but if she gets away cleanly she should be able to burn them off.

Cawbourne Power rarely wins here but he is never far away, from this pink he should get plenty of room in the early stages and he should be able to settle in third or fourth. If Jewel Action leads then he won’t be able to reel her in but he is a great quinella prospect. Delta Bolt had no luck in her NSW debut and she should improve, whilst Invictive could run a cheeky race if she can reproduce the form which saw her win at Bulli in a sizzling 22.56.

Top Four: 4 – 8 – 1 – 3

Suggested Bets:

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

Trifecta: 4/1,3,8/1,3,7,8 ($9 for 100%)

Exacta: 4,8/1,3,4,8 ($6 for 100%)

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

 

Race No. 7Wentworthpark.com.au Sprint Seri…9:35 PM
4/5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,670 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,650 2nd: $1,350 3rd: $670.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ANOTHER CALL611329.98Jodie Lord
2SORRENTO MOON833430.12Ronald Bell
10QUOTA OF CASH545830.42Noel Wright
4TINI FLUSS467330.31Mark Humphries
5ZAMBORA MAGIC867329.55Frank Hurst
6ASIA’S BABE636729.89Marie Burton
7LE BURGLAR226129.83Pauline Moran
8HURRICANE JACK832630.38John Harris

Zambora Magic is much better than his recent form suggests and he should be suited by the class drop tonight. He hasn’t been getting away too well of late but he has slow beginners drawn on either side tonight so he should get all the breaks initially. With his form being so poor, you might be able to get over the odds.

Asia’s Babe is another who is better than her form reads and she has been contesting some hot fields of late. She is likely to settle back in the field so the box draw isn’t too much of a problem, she will be looking for the fence early and if she finds it she should make a big impact. Le Burglar used the red draw to advantage when scoring here last week in 29.83, he is a chance again tonight but he will need a few things to go his way from the wider draw.

Top Four: 5 – 6 – 7 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on Zambora Magic and Asia’s Babe

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

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

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

 

Race No. 8Greyhound Recorder Stayers Dista…9:57 PM
5 event over 720 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,285 2nd: $1,485 3rd: $730.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1COSMIC VEE BEE4141NBTIan Morgan
2ASTEROID MISS211342.69John Lawson
3LUZAKA ICON258442.71Marien Sullivan
4YELLOW FEVER3X5242.45Ronald Bell
5CLAN ANNIE454242.44Alex Anderson
6BILLABONG GROVE257143.05Terrence Stewart
7LYLA MEL322442.93Anthony Meredith
8EARTH BREAK2273NBTSam Simonetta

Luzaka Icon has been racing without any sort of luck recently and with the big drop in class tonight, she should get her chance to regain some confidence. She has been getting shuffled back in the early stages of her recent races, with slow beginners all around her she should be able to settle in the top four early.

Clan Annie is the interesting runner, she was surprisingly run down at Richmond last week over a similar journey but she has won here previously in a slick 42.44. If she can reproduce her PB run then she would take a power of beating. Yellow Fever is always thereabouts over this journey and he has the ability to either lead or come from off the speed in his races.

Top Four: 3 – 5 – 4 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Luzaka Icon and Clan Annie

Boxed Quinella: 2,3,4,5 ($6 for 100%)

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

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

 

Race No. 9Aaa Radiator Specialists Stakes10:16 PM
4/5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,670 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,650 2nd: $1,350 3rd: $670.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BEARLY FAIR562530.10Fay Trowbridge
2SERISIER STREET473329.85Anthony Meredith
3LACH’S WISH232730.01Adam Campton
4MAKE A FIFTY213529.92Simon Ma
9STONEBROOK424430.03Kenneth Burnett
6HERE’S SKEETA622430.16Ronald Alcock
7SKYELA TOKAAM668230.11Helen Pullman
8ZIPPING BRUNO134129.81Anthony Azzopardi

Zipping Bruno is an explosive youngster and from his good draw her should make his opponents look second rate. He can be slow to begin at times but he is armed with a ridiculous turn of foot. This is a pretty weak race and you will be asked to take short odds, however he really does have a fair bit on those and he appears to be a moral.

Here’s Skeeta is armed with smart early speed and I would expect her to assume control in the early stages, she has been run down in her past few but that has been in pretty strong company. Serisier Street is the run on dog in the event and she appears perfectly drawn close to the rails. She isn’t at her best at present but she has a slick 29.85 PB run here and if she can get within a couple of lengths of that, then she can make an impact.

Top Four: 8 – 6 – 2 – 4

Suggested Bets:

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

Trifecta: 8/2,4,6/Field ($18 for 100%)

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

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

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

 

Race No. 10Bohemia Crystal Stakes10:35 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1JEDD TOKAAM622430.24Helen Pullman
2BREAKER KAHN523429.77Jason Magri
4BRASKO KAHN717129.86Jason Magri
5HILDA’S BOY715330.18Mario Abela
9SHERLOCK788530.11Ronald Alcock
7COSMIC ANGEL161330.22Anthony Azzopardi
8CHANCES ARE252530.11Sergio Forner

Brasko Kahn is a reliable beginner and he has scored some slick wins in his brief career. In early April he contested the Magic Maiden series here and he won a heat in a zippy 29.86. Since then he has been working his way through the grades at Bulli and he appears to have learnt how to handle himself in a field. With the empty draw underneath tonight he should be able to drive to the early lead and will give you a great sight on the bunny.

Breaker Kahn is his kennelmate and he too has a very slick PB here, however he appears to be racing a tad below his best and he will need some luck in the early stages. He too will be suited by the empty draw alongside and he can maybe regain some confidence. Cosmic Angel has loads of ability and if she can cross from the wide draw she should put plenty of pressure on the leaders mid race.

Top Four: 4 – 2 – 7 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Boxed Quinella: 2,4,7 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2,4/2,4,5,7/2,4,5,7,8 ($18 for 100%)

Exacta: 2,4/2,4,5,7 ($6 for 100%)

A Way To Bigger Profits

Many years ago, so old-timers would relate, a five pound note pressed into the hand of a local club official would assure you of a good box for that afternoon’s race. Since the common practice then was to gradually build up a dog’s capability in the hope of making a killing in the ring on a given day, that was pretty important. TABs did not exist and your wages had to come out of the bookmaker’s bag.

At the time, the box draw did not take place until kennelling time, sometimes with a steward around, sometimes not.

With better supervision, things improved a lot as the years rolled on. The draw would be made much earlier, usually after the club secretary (as they were called then) sorted through the nominations and made up the fields.

In fact, there was, and is, a good argument that those secretaries could put together more attractive programs, with full fields, and so keep the hundreds or even thousands of patrons happy, nearly all of them from the local area. The dogs were more localised, too, which meant the secretary could always round up a few extras when needed because he was always in touch with trainers. And he knew the dogs.

For 95% of the time that worked pretty well. Unfortunately, the occasional shenanigan gave the system a bad name and eventually “central grading” became the norm. State authorities took over, which meant that producing a quality program took second place to doing the job “fairly” – ie by the numbers. Local initiatives were lost at the same time as the nearby customers were replaced by unknown gamblers from far and wide, doubly so after SKY pictures arrived.

Yet, like laws in every walk of life, those grading systems just grew and grew. Nothing was deleted but new concepts kept being added. “It would be a good idea if … (we did such and such)”. And, since they were all just “ideas” each state had its own preferences and so the current complex and convoluted systems evolved. A tiny handful of national guidelines are overwhelmed by hundreds of pages of grading rules in various state bibles. Now, reading them makes your head hurt.

Often the reasons for the additions are lost in antiquity – a classic example being the use of “Non Penalty” races in Victoria. Why are they there? What purpose do they serve? Is the grading system no good? What are the costs and benefits? No-one knows, it seems, but there are lots of them and they are increasing in number.

Elsewhere, NSW has belatedly introduced a new range of “Masters” events to cater for aging greyhounds. Yet to do that it did not seek common ground with the longstanding Veterans system in Victoria but selected different age brackets and added three Masters Grades, rather than one. More complexity. Not even the same title.

All this came to mind while reading the latest (8 Aug 2014) summary of Grading Guidelines on the Victorian website. Point scores, race times, interstate conversions and lots more get a run when trying to work out where your dog can compete. Words like “algorithms” pop up, suggesting that a lone grader would have no hope of putting a race together. Indeed, only a carefully programmed computer could do the job, and then it needs constant checking and revision as well as periodic audits by an outside consultant to check that all is above board.

This is not to say that there are not some good points about all these changes. But the question that must be asked is “do we need it all?” Nationwide, capital outlays and ongoing costs of labour, equipment and computer programs must be in the millions of dollars now, simply to get eight dogs and two reserves onto the program. That is cash that cannot be allocated to more deserving causes, whether prize money or better tracks or whatever.

There is no evidence that the “product” is better as a result of the long line of changes. Arguably, the average field is less attractive to the customer, probably because the system is less attuned to their needs than to the owner/trainer’s. There are more empty boxes, more slow dogs, more short course squibs, declining numbers of stayers and more mug gamblers to supply the prize money.

Those outcomes are not due just to grading issues but it is a major contributor. The industry has lost sight of its objectives, or maybe it had the wrong ones in the first place. Excellence is present in a few aspects of greyhound racing but not in the way it puts races together. We can do better. How about going back to scratch and rebuilding the system to cater for today’s customers? Nationally, of course. And simpler.

All this is one of those areas where participants keep finding reason to question what their authorities do and why they spend scarce funds on efforts that may or may not produce dividends. The management efficiency of those authorities is never audited. The figures may add up but not the success rate of what they do.

Let me repeat myself. The squillions of dollars that have gone into Ozchase – the be-all and end-all data handling system devised by NSW and WA – may (or may not) have produced lower unit costs for some parts of the work done by state authorities. But it has also resulted in the worst and most unfriendly set of race form and results services seen in the last 50 years. A 1950s formguide from deFax gave you much more readable information more easily. What is the nett benefit, if any?

The Meadows Greyhound Tips And Betting Preview August 23rd 2014

Great night tonight to take advantage of ARG’s exclusive $700 free bet at Sportingbet.

Quaddie:
Leg 1: 1 – Leg 2: 1,5,7 – Leg 3: 1,4,5,7 – Leg 4: 1,2,6,8 – $48 for 100%

Best Bet:
Race 3: Spring Leaf
Race 4: Wind Whistler
Race 5: Mepunga Hayley

Might be worth taking them in an all up with your $200 free bet at Centrebet.

Best Roughie:
Race 10: Thoughtful Wish

 

Race No. 1Hudson Pacific7:14 PM (VIC time)
Handicap event over 725 metres at The meadows Of $10,285 Prizemoney.
1st: $7,200 2nd: $2,060 3rd: $1,025.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DYNA WILLOW -8m (NSW)[3]4222842.163(4)S Collins (Lara)
2BEKS -9m [4]1431243.154(3)P Bouchier (Dennington)
3ZIPPING RORY -9m (NSW)[4]3317342.165(6)B Dapiran (Northwood)
4INFINITE WISH -9m [4]2326542.599(3)A Langton (Anakie)
5GOLD AFFAIR TWO -9m [4]7664242.703(7)R Britton (Lara)
6BREAK O’DAY -9m [4]5124842.910(1)M Wintle (Reservoir)
7SHALL SHE ROCK -10m [5]31422FSTDD Crawford (Pearcedale)
8BIG KAT -10m [5]62FT1NBTC Schlensog (Anakie)

Shall She Rock has put in two fantastic efforts at Sandown Park recently over the 715m journey and from the front mark she will get her chance to lead from go to whoa. With a slow beginner drawn on her outside she should be afforded all the breaks in the early stages, this is her toughest assignment since stepping up in journey but she appears to be getting stronger with every run.

Dyna Willow is a star stayer and she has a fantastic record over this trip, she has now had four runs since a spell and she appears to be at peak fitness now. She comes off the back mark but she should be able to drive through into a fairly prominent spot early. Zipping Rory scored a breathtaking 41.67 Sandown Park win in July and a similar effort tonight would see him take a power of beating.

Top Four: 7 – 1 – 3 – 6

Suggested Bets:

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

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

Trifecta: 1,3,7/1,3,7/1,3,4,6,7 ($18 for 100%)

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

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

 

Race No. 2Ajs Corporation7:37 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

1LEKTRA LETHAL [5]72534NBTD Fisher (Lara)
2ATHOS [5]3372830.284(4)R Gray (Pyalong)
3HETALIA BALE (NSW)[5]11261FSHT Womann (Lara)
4CALL ME SCARY [5]66486NBTD Cortese (Hampton Park)
5KETUT’S KAPUT [5]61812NBTE Vigor (Anakie)
6NOAH ROSE [5]22516FSHR Winter (Denison)
9NAT’S JOY [5]Res.17845FSHG Wood (Warragul)
8MOONHAZE (WA)[5]62834NBTD Fisher (Lara)

Lektra Lethal has been very unlucky in recent weeks and from the red draw he should get every chance to return to the winners list. He is better known over shorter trips but he has recorded two placings over this journey previously. There isn’t a whole heap of speed drawn on his outer and he has the luxury of a wide runner being drawn directly outside. If you can find $4.50 or better that appears to be great value.

Julie Bale is aiming for a hat trick of wins and her effort to win two runs back was enormous. She is normally a slow beginner but she has uncanny knack of being able to weave her way through a field and into a prominent position. Hetalia Bale improved to score a solid 29.93 Sandown Park win recently and she should be in the mix again, whilst Athos is poorly drawn but he has more than enough talent to score here.

Top Four: 1 – 7 – 3 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Lektra Lethal

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

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

Trifecta: 1,3,7/1,2,3,7/1,2,3,6,7,8 ($36 For 100%)

 

Race No. 3Macro Meats8:00 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 600 metres at The meadows Of $8,225 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,750 2nd: $1,645 3rd: $830.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1COSMEA [5]2137334.967(8)S Daniliuk (Sunbury)
2WINSTON GROOM [5]32158NBTR Britton (Lara)
3MORNINGSIDE [5]5232334.536(3)K Bravo (Lovely Banks)
4SPRING LEAF (NSW)[5]64223NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
5ACOLA ROSEBUD (NSW)[5]5145534.770(1)T Noy (New Gisborne)
6FUZZY BUZZY [5]71365NBTA Meyer (Hoppers Crossing)
7GREYWINDS BUTCH (NSW)[5]6737534.424(3)T Womann (Lara)
8SALEGREY’S LATE [5]27174FSTDC Johannsen (Devon Meadows)

Spring Leaf loves racing at this track and she should atone for her luckless effort here last week. Normally she is very reliable early but last week she bombed the start and was in trouble soon after. If she can step on terms tonight she should have enough speed to drive to the early lead and she is capable of reeling off very slick sectionals when on the bunny.

Salegrey’s Late is favourably drawn out wide and she should be suited to this journey. She would need to settle in the top three to have a winning hope but there isn’t a whole lot of early pace so she should have no trouble crossing. Morningside has a heap of ability but she can make a lot of mistakes, if she can get a few breaks in the early stages she should figure prominently. Greywinds Butch rounds out the winning chances, he is very hit or miss early but he does have a slick 34.42 PB here and with a clear run early he can make an impact.

Top Four: 4 – 8 – 3 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Spring Leaf

Trifecta: 4/3,7,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 4,8/3,4,7,8/1,2,3,4,7,8 ($24 for 100%)

Exacta: 4,8/3,4,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

 

Race No. 4Maurice Blackburn Lawyers8:20 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

1FRANK FURTER [5]7184830.184(8)C Schlensog (Anakie)
2VICTA BALE (NSW)[5]5456830.102(4)S Collins (Lara)
3MEPUNGA RANGER [5]33781NBTS Elsum (Camperdown)
4PITA MILO [5]37323FSHR Winter (Denison)
5WIND WHISTLER [5]23172NBTA Langton (Anakie)
6CETTE AWAY [5]5487530.245(2)J Hunt (Avalon)
7SWANS TWELVE [5]15738NBTC Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
8SISCO GOOD [5]2348430.111(5)R Galea (Brookfield)

Wind Whistler has produced some enormous efforts of late and tonight he finds himself in a race which features a number of runners who can’t run out the trip. Three starts ago he unleashed a powerful finishing burst to score at Sandown in a sizzling 29.49 and a similar effort tonight would see him win with ease. This really looks to be his race, if you can land $2.60 or better, that would be good value.

Cette Away is the interesting runner, he form of late has been terrible but she is obviously much better than that and with an ounce of luck early she has the ability to cause an upset. With a slow beginner underneath she should get enough room to muster speed and she will be able to settle a lot closer to the speed than normal. Mepunga Ranger scored a strong Warrnambool win last time and he shouldn’t be too far away, whilst Sisco Good is suitably drawn in the pink and he is more than capable on his night.

Top Four: 5 – 6 – 3 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Wind Whistler

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

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

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

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

 

Race No. 5Le Pine Funerals8:38 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

1MEPUNGA HAYLEY [5]11231FSTDJ Britton (Anakie)
2SEE HIM FIRST [5]7184334.527(6)M Mallia-magri (Avalon)
3TICK BALE (NSW)[5]25655NBTJ Hunt (Avalon)
4ROCK DOMINATION (WA)[5]1663234.723(1)J Briffa (Lara)
6SIGN OF SNOW [5]6113634.578(2)A Langton (Anakie)
7STYLISH SHAZZ [4]5721434.878(4)J Formosa (Heathcote)
9ACOLA JADE (NSW)[5]Res.42178FSTDT Noy (New Gisborne)

Mepunga Hayley surprisingly missed the kick at Sandown over 595m last time but she was still good enough to recover and score in a smart 34.35. From the same draw tonight I would expect her to begin a lot better and she will be running some sort of time on the bunny. She is going to be short but it would be silly to take her on, definitely an anchor in the quaddie.

See Him First is drawn to get a nice sit early on Mepunga Hayley and he should put some pressure on her for most of the trip, I dont think he is good enough to reel her in but he should be able to hold on for the quinella spot. Tick Bale has been racing without any luck at all of late and if he can get a clear run early he is a live place chance.

Top Four: 1 – 2 – 3 – 8

Suggested Bets:

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

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

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

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

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

 

Race No. 6Rsn – Racing & Sport Final (gobis)8:57 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Final event over 600 metres at The meadows Of $19,650 Prizemoney.
1st: $12,000 2nd: $3,500 3rd: $1,750 GOBIS: $2,400.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1NOCKABOUT AUSSIE [4]6115134.611(2)P Akathiotis (Reservoir)
2FULLY CHARGED [5]14622NBTS Barker (Elphinstone)
3DYNA ORION (NSW)[4]8145134.805(4)A Dailly (Anakie)
4DYNA GLINDA (NSW)[5]36242NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
9REBELATION [5]Res.8524234.643(7)M Mallia-magri (Avalon)
6EMA’S PRINCESS (NSW)[4]1882134.632(5)R Britton (Lara)
7GREAT SPARTACUS [4]1162134.712(2)K Bravo (Lovely Banks)
8STARC (NSW)[5]72142NBTA Dailly (Anakie)

Great Spartacus is in career best form and I can see him leading all the way again tonight. Last week he pinged the lids and recorded a 34.71 heat win, the time wasn’t too crash hot but he can clearly go a lot quicker than that based on his slick 595m Sandown Park wins in July. The key to the race is the lack of early speed, he has around 2 lengths on most of his rivals to the first marker so he should avoid all the scrimmaging at the first turn.

Noackabout Aussie has the good draw but his lack of early speed and likelihood to ease out early is a big concern. I still think he can win from off the speed but if he is under the odds it is worth risking him. Dream It loves this track and he powered to the line in his 34.73 heat win, once again he has drawn poorly and he will need a heap of luck in running.

Top Four: 7 – 1 – 5 – 2

Suggested Bets:

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

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

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

Quinella: 7 to rove with 1,2,5 ($3 for 100%)

 

Race No. 7Gizzy Shootout9:19 PM (VIC time)
Mixed 4/5 event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $7,600 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,320 2nd: $1,520 3rd: $760.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1TIGGERLONG AMIGO (NSW)[5]16614NBTD Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
2RAVEN PEARL (QLD)[4]4181330.032(1)M Briganti (Tuerong)
3MISTER MINT (NSW)[4]6313830.414(5)J Sheahan (Warrnambool)
4PAPPA GALLO [5]1148130.309(3)M Cortese (Hampton Park)
5OAKVALE FLYER (SA)[4]3231430.320(5)J Britton (Anakie)
6ALLEN ZENTAX (NSW)[4]7864230.026(4)A Dailly (Anakie)
7DYNA OSTRANDER (NSW)[4]6511130.052(1)J Hunt (Avalon)
8MEPUNGA TIARA [5]11164FSTDJ Britton (Anakie)

Tiggerlong Amigo isn’t ideally drawn in the red but he should be able to hunt through at the first bend and hold the early lead. This would be one of the weaker races he has contested for a while and with an ounce of luck early he should get the cash.

Oakvale Flyer should settle on the speed and she is always a chance in these type of races. Two starts ago she showed smart early speed before scoring here in a handy 30.32, the track was off that night and she is capable of going much faster than that. Dyna Ostrander would be my top pick had he drawn closer to the rails. He is a star in the making and he really caught the eye in his powerful 29.56 Sandown Park win last time.

Top Four: 1 – 5 – 7 – 4

Suggested Bets:

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

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

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

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

 

Race No. 8Triple D9:44 PM (VIC time)
Mixed 3/4 event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1RUMBLING RICK (TAS)[4]2312230.473(8)D Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
2MY BRO FABIO (NSW)[4]1511129.686(1)B Ennis (Lara)
3GO MOBO [4]2214830.243(2)R Camilleri (Lara)
4WHERE’S THE SURF [3]1152730.047(2)D Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
5PELOTON BALE (NSW)[3]3232729.827(4)J Hunt (Avalon)
6MEPUNGA MOSS [4]2441630.134(7)J Britton (Anakie)
7ALLEN GIZMO (NSW)[4]5134730.204(6)A Dailly (Anakie)
8CAMPASPE WILL [4]5635329.964(8)N Walls (Melton)

Campaspe Will has finally come up with his favourite draw and he gets his chance to return to the winners list. One out he is probably one of the fastest chasers in the country and he is likely to go around at over the odds due to his poor form. With a slow beginner drawn directly underneath and a keen railer in the six hole, he should get all the breaks as they head into the first turn.

My Bro Fabio is racing in devastating style at present and all he needs is an ounce of luck at the first turn to feature. His 33.94 Sandown win three runs back was absolutely enormous, however he is very slow to begin and he will need a lot of things to go right. Rumbling Rick has the coveted red draw and he is always a chance in these type of races, he would need to lead to win this but he has enough speed to lead and victory wouldn’t surprise.

Top Four: 8 – 2 – 1 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Campaspe Will

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

Quinella: 8 to rove with 1,2,6

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

 

Race No. 9Tabrewards.com.au10:05 PM (VIC time)
Mixed 4/5 event over 725 metres at The meadows Of $8,745 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,120 2nd: $1,750 3rd: $875.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SUNDAY SESS [5]63735NBTD Murray (Napoleons)
2SMART MAXWELL [5]32424FSTDR Camilleri (Lara)
3RUN ON ROSEY [5]57214FSTDS Bonaccurso (Mount Mercer)
5ZIPPING MAGGIE (NSW)[5]28511NBTP Dapiran (Northwood)
6PARIS SPARKS [4]6681743.151(7)D Pulis (Moe South)
7DARBAIN DASHER [5]66662NBTR Conway (Bunyip)
8CORAL [4]1111742.891(7)A Scott (Knowsley)

Zipping Maggie has been airborne of late and she looks to have a fair bit on this lot. In her past two starts at Sandown she has pinged the lids and led throughout whilst scoring in a very smart 41.85 on both occasions, if she can repeat those efforts she is likely to put a space in this lot.

Coral had won five on the trot prior to her big defeat at Sandown Park, on that occasion she was knocked over early and never a factor after that, from the pink she should be able to settle much closer to the speed and she should make Zipping Maggie work overtime mid race. I dont think she is good enough to reel in Zipping Maggie but she should hold on to the quinella spot. Paris Sparks and Darbain Dasher appear to be the likely prospects to fill the minor end of the money, both are likely to get back early but they will finish on solidly and won’t be too far away at the end.

Top Four: 5 – 8 – 6 – 7

Suggested Bets:

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

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

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

Trifecta: 5/6,7,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

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

 

Race No. 10Downtown Cleaning10:25 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

9SUZIE SANDERSON [5]Res.33884NBTS Taylor (Keilor East)
2KOOPER’S CROWN [5]1537130.373(5)W Connell (Harston)
3YOUNG HAWKE [5]75261NBTC Bahen (Yuroke)
4DYNA LEMMY (NSW)[5]14222NBTT Womann (Lara)
5YABBA DABBA DEE [5]4344330.241(1)D Irby (Rosebud)
6UNDER ILLUSION [5]2571230.457(7)G Shingles (Eden Park)
7THOUGHTFUL WISH [5]13865FSTDA Langton (Anakie)
8BOURBON CLUB [5]27162NBTD Fisher (Lara)

Dyna Lemmy made his debut here last week and he was far from disgraced when runner up behind the smart NSW speedster War Room. On that occasion he was a little tardy to begin and from there on he had to work overtime to stay in contention. I would expect him to begin a lot better tonight and on the bunny you are likely to see a much faster and dominant chaser.

Young Hawke returned to form at Warragul with a slick 26.05 win and if he can get away with them on terms he should be able to make an impact. His box manners aren’t great but he did show good signs last start. Thoughtful Wish appears to be dropping in class and she will be steaming home late, with a clear run early she should be right in the mix, whilst Bourbon Club has been racing well on the country circuit and he appears suitably drawn in the pink.

Top Four: 4 – 3 – 8 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Dyna Lemmy

Exacta: 3,4,8/3,4,7,8 ($9 for 100%)

Boxed Quinella: 3,4,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

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

 

Race No. 11Like Grvictoria On Facebook10:42 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

1SISCO FIASCO [5]23257NBTT Galea (Brookfield)
2MY BABY PORSCHA [5]12285NBTC Cortese (Hampton Park)
10JORAINE [5]Res.34236NBTS Abela (Lockwood)
4JAUNTY BALE (NSW)[5]8142330.821(1)S Collins (Lara)
5BALLERINO [5]21232FSHJ Borg (Maryborough)
6TROPICAL OASIS [5]1268230.611(1)B Dapiran (Northwood)
7CHIEF’S CHOICE [5]34235NBTD Fisher (Lara)
8OUR ARANDT [5]62622NBTM Zammit (Exford)

Very open race but I think the speedy Tropical Oasis can get the job done at nice odds. Last month she scored a steady 30.61 win here but since then she has showed a heap of improvement and she is capable of going much quicker than that. She should be able to settle in the top three early and she should make her race winning move off the back straight.

Ballerino is improving with every run and he powered to the line when narrowly beaten at Ballarat last time. He is going to need a lot of luck early but with a clear run he is likely to make a big impact. Jaunty Bale will settle on the speed and if there is shuffling behind she may be able to steal the prize

Top Four: 6 – 5 – 4 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on Tropical Oasis and Ballerino

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

Exacta: 4,5,6/3,4,5,6 ($9 for 100%)

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

 

Race 12 – 525M Grade 5 – 11:00PM

Macca’s Sway has been powering to the line in his recent efforts and it appears he is drawn to get all the breaks. Last time at Bendigo he was narrowly beaten in smart time and he is getting better and stronger with every run, I expect the red to lead and he should be able to drive through right behind it at the first turn.

Hello Stranger scored a handy 30.31 Geelong win at the start of this month and he hasn’t experienced a lot of luck since, if he can step cleanly he should settle in the top two and he is likely to make an impact. Vanger Bale has a heap of ability but his poor box manners have been very costly, if he can get through the first turn unscathed he should be right in the mix as they turn for home. My Turanza has the good draw and he must be respected, the last 40m will be a challenge but he has great mid race pace and the red alley is a big plus.

Top Four: 2 – 3 – 8 – 1

Suggested Bets:

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

Trifecta: 1,2,3,8/1,2,3,8/1,2,3,4,8 ($36 for 100%)

Boxed Quinella: 1,2,3,8 ($6 for 100%)

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

Background To The National Distance Championship

This year’s National Distance Championship final, of course, holds especial interest in seeing whether champion all-distance bitch Xylia Allen can break Miata’s prize money winning record. No easy task, especially given that the race is a bit of a hoodoo for those who have previously been at the top of the prize money tree.

For example, Zoom Top, who held the prize money mantle between 1968 and 1974, ran third in her only Championship final, in 1969. Whip Tip, who held the record briefly in October 1988, ran second in that years’ final. Bold Trease, who held the record for just 24 hours in 1988, had run fifth in the 1986 final. The ‘hoodoo’, if that what it was, was broken when Miata took out the 2012 final.

Inaugural Running

The first event took place on 22 March 1969, over 790 yards (722 metres) at Wentworth Park. All eight finalists were from either NSW or Victoria and, in a roughly run race which saw local hope Diamond Au Go Go fall, Victorian stayer Amerigo Lady scored by two lengths from fellow Victorian Holding with Zoom Top third.

Tracks & Distances

Eleven tracks across six states have held the final with Angle Park and Wentworth Park hosting the ace seven times apiece.

Wentworth Park 1969 (722 metres), 1988, 1992, 1994, 1999, 2005, 2008 (720 metres)

Sandown Park 1970, 1980 (718 metres), 2001 (715 metres)

Hobart 1971 (674 metres), 1978 (730 metres), 1983 (725 metres), 2012 (709 metres)

Harold Park 1972, 1977 (732 metres)

Gabba 1973, 1975, 1986, 1991 (704 metres)

Angle Park 1974, 1976, 1982, 1989, 1997, 2003, 2010 (731 metres)

Olympic Park 1979, 1987, 1990, 1995 (732 metres)

Launceston 1981, 1985 (722 metres), 2000 (743 metres), 2006 (720 metres)

Cannington 1984, 1993 (740 metres), 1998 (700 metres), 2004, 2009 (715 metres)

Albion Park 1996, 2002, 2011 (710 metres)

The Meadows 2007, 2013 (725 metres)

When Is The Race Run

It was been held in February, March, April, or May until 1993. Then it was September or October until 2000. Since 2001 it has been in either August or September.

Biggest Winning Margins

Kobble Creek blitzed a field by 11 lengths in 1999, Just A Charm (1991) and Texas Gold (2005) both won by 10 lengths, Mary Marella won by eight and three quarter lengths in 1979, and Bolta’s Gift (1976) and Boomeroo (2002) won by seven lengths.

Closest Winning Margins

Pace Galore scored by just half a head in 1992, He’s Some Boy a head 1973, Clean Machine 1990, Sargood (1970), Bayroad Queen (1982), Mantra Lad (2008), and Dashing Corsair (2011) all won by a neck.

Most Successful Trainers

Jason Mackay with Classy Customer (2004) and Texas Gold (2005) and Ron Ball with Boronia Blossom (1995 & 1996) are the only two mentors with a double to their names.

Dual Winners

Boronia Blossom in 1995 and 1996.

Reserve Winners

None. Kippy Kya ran third to Flashing Floods in 2007 after replacing Cash Express.

Dual Finalists

Miram Miss (fourth 1969, unplaced 1970), Gaytilla (sixth 1974, third 1975), Kabisa Gem (fifth 1975, third 1976), Katie’s Disco (second 1979, unplaced 1980), Miss Coroneagh (third 1981, fourth 1982), Supreme Carmen (second 1984 & 1985), Tashla (third 1984, unplaced 1985), Julep (scratched 1988, Won 1989), Boronia Blossom (Won 1995 & 1996), Paradise Street (Won 1998, second 1999), Miss Brook (fourth 2006, second 2007), Fallen Zorro (third 2008, seventh 2009), Dashing Corsair (fourth 2010, Won 2011)

Beaten Stars

Zoom Top (third 1969), Ragsie (third 1972), Yodel High (third 1973), Ascapella Miss (second 1974), Kawati Boy (sixth 1978), Mercia Bale (unplaced 1980), National Lass (second 1986), Bold Trease (fifth 1986), Toni’s Comic (fifth 1987), Whip Tip (second 1988), Kirsty’s Charity (second 1990), Keon Star (third 1995), Northern Legend (third 1996), Shape Shifter (second 1997), Ringside Fire (seventh 1997), Dalalla (third 1999), Fine Horizon (sixth 2000), Irinka Barbie (second 2003), Royal Riddle (sixth 2006), Miss Grub (fourth 2007), Miagi (fifth 2008), Bobby Boucheau (fourth 2011), Irma Bale (second 2012), Bell Haven (fourth 2012), He Knows Uno (fifth 2012), Destiny Fireball (fourth 2013)

Notes

From its inception in 1969 and until 1976, a series of heats and quarter finals were usually held in NSW and Victoria, and later in Tasmania (1971) with the top point scorers coming to the host state for, usually, a pair of semi-finals. The eight top point scorers through these semi-finals would then go to make up the final field. In 1973, Queensland and South Australia were added to the contenders, with Western Australia included in 1976.

Since 1977, each state has conducted its own series and sent the winner to contest the final in the host state.

Tasmania is the only state yet to win a distance championship. So far, its best performers have been Old Hobbs and Summer Idol, second and third respectively in 1971, Coven Vista second 1977, Miss Coroneagh third 1981, Lygon Leader second 1983, Level Charm third 1985, Eskimo Chaveaux third 1987, Classic Xena second 2000, Go Johnny Go third 2001, Fallen Zorro third 2008, Sitka third 2010, Jethro third 2012, and Lashing Jill third 2013.

Corcoran (Angle Park 1974, 731 metres), Dusty Ginny (Hobart 1978, 730 metres), Boomeroo (Albion Park 2002, 710 metres), Texas Gold (Wentworth Park 2005, 720 metres), and Bothing (Launceston 2006, 720 metres) all set new track records in winning their respective finals.

2014 Group One National Distance Final Preview

The 2014 National’s have brought Australia’s best stayers to Cannington to compete against each other for the $75,000 prize.

Being the home state, WA has two chances of recording a win, with David Hobby’s Bingle Monelli and Paul Stuart’s Ash Flash in the final.

Ash Flash has dominated the staying ranks since she made the trip over from Victoria. The daughter of Velocette – Ashleigh Ella has had nine wins from 15 starts over the distance, and placed on four other occasions.

Her come from behind style leaves onlookers hearts in their mouths. She is almost always last out of the boxes, but manages to find her way through the field convincingly week in, week out.

For owner breeder Trevor Rhodes her racing style is all part of the excitement she brings to the track.

“It’s all in the decisions she makes.” Trevor Rhodes explained.

“She has lead a couple of races from box one early on but her racing style is set now. It’s really exciting!”

Ash Flash’s come from behind style was something Rhodes was hoping would be corrected or improved with a move from Victoria to the West.

“It was to give her some confidence, she was up against some really good dogs over here (Victoria) and I spoke to Darren McDonald and he thought she was the kind of dog that needed confidence because she was just hanging back. We thought she would get over hanging back when she was confident.”

“She is more confident now, but she still hangs back. I thought she might learn to lead.”

As a pup, Ash Flash would run with anything and everything she could. After she exhausted her brother Hillbilly Flash, she would be looking for something else to run with.

“I thought she would have to be a stayer.”

Strength and plenty of luck in running is what she will need to have if she is to rein victory in the 2014 National Distance Final. The field is full of talent, especially from Victorian’s Xylia Allen and Sweet It Is.

“She will have her hands full on Saturday night and I don’t think the box matters to be honest. Obviously Xylia Allen is the best dog we have seen and Sweet It Is is a fantastic dog that comes from behind, which is just as exciting.”

“She has a full field, and she is likely to be behind them. It’s a difficult task but I don’t think it’s beyond her. If everything is to go right for her, things would have to go wrong for other dogs in the race.”

Rhodes has made the trip over to see his special little bitch run in the biggest race of her career.

“The venue is terrific, the people are terrific and the crowds are terrific. It’s a good family track.” Rhodes says of Cannington.

The National Distance Championship is set to jump at 8.52pm Perth time from Cannington’s 715 metre boxes. A WA win would make the event all the more special for the home crowd.

The prices listed are the current Centrebet fixed odds. Centrebet are offering readers a $200 free bet that can be used on the big race.

Box 1
Race Odds
$20.00
Heat Replay
Painted Dotty (TAS)
Trainer
Michael Stringer
Owner
Michael Stringer
Prizemoney
$34,405.00
Last 10 Starts
1111133213
37 Months Black Bitch by Mogambo - Painted
Shaza
Start Well Running Rails Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $929.00 Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
37 13 8 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
35% 73%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 1 4 0
Comments: Michael Stringer (Trainer) – “She is well drawn in the red. She loves to rail hard and has a good record from the red box. She has done well to get in the race and I just hope she measures up against the two Victorian stayers. Xyla Allen is an out and out champ and Sweet It Is is a very strong stayer. Pained Dotty in new to staying ranks but she has acquitted herself winning three out of four in NSW.”
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
- - - -
Box 2
Race Odds
$6.00
Heat Replay
Wag Tail (QLD)
Trainer
Christina Harman
Owner
A Team
Prizemoney
$93,540.00
Last 10 Starts
1251134111
42 Months Black Bitch by Velocette - Bacardi
Cruiser
Start Well Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,948.00 Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
48 18 11 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
38% 71%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 0 2 1
Comments: Christine Harman (Trainer) – “With her inside box I like her chances. Xylia Allen looks to be able to win at all tracks so she will be hard to beat. Wag Tail trialled really well at Cannington on Saturday night, so hopefully she stands up to her trial. Normally she doesn’t travel very well, but this time she seems to have.”
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
- - - -
Box 3
Race Odds
$13.00
Heat Replay
Ash Flash (WA)
Trainer
Paul Stuart
Owner
Trevor Rhodes
Prizemoney
$87,615.00
Last 10 Starts
2112112573
34 Months White Bitch by Velocette - Ashleigh
Ella
Start Fair Running Wide Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $2,190.00 Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
40 17 6 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
42% 70%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
15 9 3 1
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 1 1 0
Comments: Trevor Rhodes (Owner/Breeder) – “She is a chance, I wouldn’t say she is a big chance but if everything goes right we are in the race.”
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41.75 42.14 15.49 16.18
Box 4
Race Odds
$14.00
Heat Replay
Bingle Monelli (WA)
Trainer
David Hobby
Owner
M Quinsee & M Quinsee
Prizemoney
$68,185.00
Last 10 Starts
1223212111
35 Months Black Bitch by Collision - Joanne
Monelli
Start Fast Running Rail Finish Well
Prizemoney Rating $1,894.00 Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
36 16 11 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
44% 92%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 4 4 1
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 3 3 1
Comments: ARG comment – Last week she was more then impressive taking out the WA National Distance, holding off Ash Flash. This week her competitors are of a higher standard and may find it hard to keep up with the likes of Xylia Allen. Saying that if she jumps like she has been and finds herself in the lead there could be enough trouble behind her to sneak a victory.
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.04 42.11 15.42 15.58
Box 5
Race Odds
$31.00
Heat Replay
Token McLaren (SA)
Trainer
Donald Foster
Owner
H Foster &
D Foster
Prizemoney
$68,185.00
Last 10 Starts
1121412111
42 Months Blue Dog by Token
Prince
- Stevie
McLaren
Start Well Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,071.00 Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
51 23 9 9
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
45% 80%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 3 1 1
Comments: ARG opinion is - Token McLaren has been in great form in South Australia, but this is a much tougher ask with the likes of Sweet It Is and Xylia Allen.
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
- - - -
Box 6
Race Odds
$2.60
Heat Replay
Xylia Allen (VIC)
Trainer
Jenny Hunt
Owner
Janice Wheeler
Prizemoney
$701,375.00
Last 10 Starts
1141111111
44 Months Black Bitch by Turanza
Bale
- Tayah
Bale
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $9,478.00 Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
74 37 10 11
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
50% 78%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
10 7 2 1
Comments: Max Julien (Caretaker) – “Her record proves that she is going to be very competitive, even flying over at such a late date. She is Australia’s best.”
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
- - - -
Box 7
Race Odds
$2.75
Heat Replay
Sweet It Is (VIC)
Trainer
Darren McDonald
Owner
Boblex syndicate
Prizemoney
$327,910.00
Last 10 Starts
2112212126
33 Months Black Bitch by Mogambo - Off
Springer
Start Average Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $9,644.00 Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
34 10 5 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
29% 53%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 1 0
Comments: Darren McDonald (Trainer) – “She is a very good bitch and has a reasonable box. It’s a hard race with some very competitive greyhounds including Xylia Allen.”
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41.99 42.30 15.95 -
Box 8
Race Odds
$41.00
Heat Replay
Queen Marina (NSW)
Trainer
Noelene Holloway
Owner
Noelene Holloway
Prizemoney
$29,800.00
Last 10 Starts
1263624336
36 Months Black Bitch by Lochinvar
Marlow
- Fascinate
Marina
Start Good Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $634.00 Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
47 7 8 9
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
15% 51%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 2 0 2
Comments: Noelene Holloway (Trainer) – Hopefully she gets away early, she will need to be up there early to win the race. There is no reason why she wont love Cannington but she will have to improve on her trial which I have no doubt she will.”
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
- - - -
1st Res
Race Odds
$20.00
Heart Replay
Reverberate (WA)
Trainer
Linda Britton
Owner
T Whittington &
G Sprod
Prizemoney
$145,450.00
Last 10 Starts
3131311216
44Months Black Bitch by Premier
Fantasy
- Surpassing
Start Fast Running Middle Finish Well
Prizemoney Rating $1,795.00 Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
81 24 22 16
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
30% 77%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
31 11 9 9
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
- - - -
Comments: She was unlucky to miss out on second place last week to get her a start in the final. She is in with a chance if she gets a run.
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41.71 42.18 15.62 15.78
2nd Res
Race Odds
$51.00
Heat Replay
Wing It Appeal (WA)
Trainer
James Jeffereies
Owner
J Jefferies & T Ierace
Prizemoney
$28,955.00
Last 10 Starts
4331248313
36 Months White&
black
Bitch by Head
Bound
- Twinkle
Appeal
Start Well Running Wide Finish Well
Prizemoney Rating $877.00 Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
33 7 4 8
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
21% 58%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
12 2 2 4
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
- - - -
Comments: She looks to be out of her depth if she gets a start in the final.
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.19 42.31 15.71 15.72

2014 Group One National Sprint Final Preview

Cannington gets to celebrate 50 years of the National’s on Saturday night with eight of Australia’s best sprinters showcasing their speed from the 530 metre boxes in hope of becoming the 2014 Group One National Sprint Champion.

WA trainer Linda Britton is the only trainer in the National’s series to qualify two greyhounds into the final field. Zelemar Fever and Star Recall made it through after running first and second in the deciding final last week.

Star Recall holds the least experience of the two jumping from box six. With only 30 career starts and 16 wins to her name she has more then made her mark on WA greyhound racing.

The Daughter of High Earner – No Recall is one of seven talented bitches that come from the litter of 10.

This isn’t her first group campaign, at the start of the year she made the trip to Victoria in the hope of an Australian Cup victory with litter sister High Recall. Although unsuccessful, the 26 kilo bitch returned to her home track Cannington in fine form producing a 30.37 victory and has been hard to beat since. Two months ago she recorded a flying personal best of 30.18 and has been an integral to the success of the Britton kennel.

Star Recall’s racing style sees her jump to the front of the field on most occasions with an average first sectional of 5.73, her best being 5.59. Its hard to fault her performance in recent weeks, she hasn’t been unplaced in 13 starts, eight of those being wins. Star Recall always has a cheer squad on track courtesy of her owner Kevin Dover and his family.

Saturday night is a tough ask for the WA star, but racing on her home track will give her the confidence she needs for a Group One win.

“Star Recall is a more experienced race dog compared to Australian Cup time so that should work in her favour. She is also much better suited on her home turf.” Trainer Linda Britton explained.

“It’s hard to separate Star Recall and Zelemar Fever in the race. They both know the track very well but Zelemar Fever is three to four lengths quicker then Star Recall.”

On paper Zelemar Fever had been in a minor slump in form of late with her first win in a over a month coming last week. The daughter of Bombastic Shiraz – Noaki Pace found her early speed again, charging home to win by two lengths over Star Recall in a time of 30.40.

“I’m pleased she is coming along, she has hit form again.” Britton explained.

Zelemar Fever isn’t a newcomer in group races, with her Group One Temlee victory at The Meadows the highlight of her and trainer Linda Britton’s careers.

Zelemar Fever will jump from box four on Saturday night, a let down compared to the red box she won from last week.

“It’s no secret that she loves box one and she hasn’t drawn as well this week, but if she begins I give her every chance.”

Owners Gary and Craig Weston will be hoping Zelemar Fever struts her stuff all the way to the boxes and back to the winners dais on Saturday night to add another group title to her name.

At 9.37pm Perth time, the boxes will open and in a matter of seconds the Group One National Sprint Champion will be named, taking home not only the title but $75,000.00 in prizemoney.

The prices listed are the current Centrebet fixed odds. Centrebet are offering readers a $200 free bet and frequent greyhound promotions.

Box 1
Race Odds
$23.00
Heat Replay
Dominator Girl (TAS)
Trainer
Paul Hili
Owner
Launnie Boy’s
Prizemoney
$17,280.00
Last 10 Starts
2322373382
39 Months Black Bitch by High
Earner
- Bit
Sweet
Start Good Running Middle Finish Well
Prizemoney Rating $595.00 Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
29 9 5 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
31% 66%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 3 0 0
Comments: ARG comment: She has done well to get here in the absence of Buckle Up Wes. May find this a hard task even though she has a great record from box one.
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
- - - -
Box 2
Race Odds
$4.40
Heat Replay
Chica Destacada (NSW)
Trainer
Doreen Drynan
Owner
Dee and Pee
syndicate
Prizemoney
$56,615.00
Last 10 Starts
1136526115
27 Months Black Bitch by Cosmic
Rumble
- Eluthra
Start Well Running Middle Finish Well
Prizemoney Rating $2,264.00 Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
25 10 4 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
40% 68%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 2 0
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
Comments: Doreen Drynan (Trainer):Box two is a good box to have but it all depends on the start and if there is any trouble. I think Tony Brett’s dog Flash Reality and Linda Britton’s Zelemar Fever will be hard to beat. She (Chica Destacada) has had three starts around Cannington, two race starts and a trial so I didn’t feel the need to trial her again.”
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.68 30.87 5.74 5.85
Box 3
Race Odds
$2.75
Heat Replay
Flash Reality (QLD)
Trainer
Tony Brett
Owner
Marlene Ellis
Prizemoney
$158,460.00
Last 10 Starts
1111131111
32 Months Black Dog by Premier
Fantasy
- Orara
Flash
Start Well Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $9,321.00 Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
17 11 2 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
65% 94%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Comments: Tony Brett (Trainer): Box three is all right; he just needs to do what he has been doing the last couple of weeks and the big track suits him to the ground. It’s a hard call to pick a winner, I think the winner will come from the inside; the two (Chica Destacada) has been here before. Also the WA chasers having a hometown advantage is a big thing.”
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
- - - -
Box 4
Race Odds
$7.00
Heat Replay
Zelemar Fever (WA)
Trainer
Linda Britton
Owner
G Weston &
C Weston
Prizemoney
$233,750.00
Last 10 Starts
1343311122
42 Months Black Bitch by Bombastic
Shiraz
- Noaki
Pace
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $3,292.00 Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
71 29 10 9
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
41% 68%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
32 17 4 5
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
17 6 1 5

Comments Linda Britton (Trainer): “
She isn’t drawn as well as last week but if she begins i put her in with a good chance.”
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.90 30.40 5.60 5.71
Box 5
Race Odds
$6.00
Heat Replay
CrackerJack Dak (VIC)
Trainer
Andrea Daily
Owner
Jordean
Prizemoney
$52,975
Last 10 Starts
1281822111
32 Months Black Dog by Mogambo - Lil’s
Memory
Start Fast Running Rail Finish Well
Prizemoney Rating $1,394.00 Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
38 16 10 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
42% 76%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 1 1
Comments: Jordan Cooper (Owner) : “If he doesn’t lead he can’t win. It’s a tough field and we will need everything to go right.”
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
- - - -
Box 6
Race Odds
$5.50
Heat Replay
Star Recall (WA)
Trainer
Linda Britton
Owner
Kevin Dover
Prizemoney
$97,430.00
Last 10 Starts
2131411111
28 Months Black Bitch by High
Earner
- No
Recall
Start Fast Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $3,214.00 Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
30 16 6 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
53% 87%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
21 8 6 4
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 3 1 1
Comments: Linda Britton (Trainer) - “If she begins, I think she is in with a good show. She is much better suited on her own turf.”
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.18 30.54 5.59 5.72
Box 7
Race Odds
$18.00
Heat Replay
Bessy Boo (NSW)
Trainer
Christine Proctor
Owner
Ashley Wilson
Prizemoney
$127,715
Last 10 Starts
3431341125
43 Months Black Dog by Bekim
Bale
- My
Black
Bess
Start Slow Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $3,115.00 Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
41 13 8 8
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
32% 71%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 1 1 1
Comments: Christine Proctor (Trainer): “The box isn’t that great, either one two or three would have been best but that’s the run of it. Chica Destacada is fast when she gets on the bunny and Tony Brett’s Flash Reality is a good chance but every dog is a chance in the race. He is well suited to the track, the longer distance will suit him because his last sectional is strong and he will motor home. He can also come from behind so he doesn’t need to be in front.”
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
- - - -
Box 8
Race Odds
 $41.00
Heat Replay
Wild Soul (SA)
Trainer
Kim Johnstone
Owner
Velocity Lodge
Prizemoney
$47,545.00
Last 10 Starts
1311112113
33 Months Black Dog by Mogambo - Velocity
Thunder
Start Average Running Middle Finish Okay
Prizemoney Rating $990.00 Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
48 20 10 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
42% 75%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 0 2 0
Comments: Kim Johnstone (Trainer):He is going to need a lot of luck; he isn’t the best beginner so he isn’t going to be able cross any of the dogs early on. I think Zelemar Fever will be hard to beat because its her home track as well as Tony Brett’s Flash Reality because it’s been racing enormously.”
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
- - - -

Kim Johnstone And Wild Soul Flying The Flag For SA

South Australia is set to cheer on Kim Johnstone and Wild Soul (kennel name Raymond) in the National Sprint Final at Cannington tomorrow night, with Kim and Raymond touching down in Perth today on their quest for glory.

“I was really wanting to draw inside with him. It will be really tough from the draw and we will need a heap of luck. If we got an inside draw he was a genuine sneaky place chance, but it’s going to be tough from the pink”, Kim explained.

“You have to be in it to win it though and I’m super excited to be here and be a part of the event.”

Nobody could begrudge Raymond his spot in the field after winning 11 and placing in four of his past 15 starts at Angle Park, but one is left to wonder what might have been if Johnstone’s current kennel star Ernie Bung Arrow was fit and firing.

“Ernie was nominated for the National’s, but I was supposed to trial him leading into the heats and he was a little sore so we scratched him. He had torn a monkey four weeks before that which put us behind.”

“We then had him entered at Gawler and he drew the red, but had a bit of a cough so we pulled him out there. His wrist is going good and he is over the cough. I’m hoping to trial him Tuesday and race the following week.”

“He will head back to Ken’s after that when Ken’s disqualification is finished.”

Wild Soul isn’t the only Croweater on the path to potential riches tomorrow night, with Token McLaren the SA representative in the Distance Final. Although a 40/1 outsider and coming up against Victorian stars Xylia Allen and Sweet It Is, Johnstone isn’t writing off the chances of Token McLaren.

“Token McLaren is a very fast dog that will keep on coming. He’s done a fantastic job to be here after the injuries that he has suffered.”

When asked what the future held for Raymond, the response was very simple.

“We’ll just head back to Adelaide and race around in the 600 metre events back home.”

With the likes of Ernie and Raymond in Kim’s kennel of 20, it’s little wonder she is keen to get home after the National’s.

“Velocity daff is going well without winning and I’ve got a lot of young ones and new ones at the moment, so it’s a really busy time the next few weeks. I’ve also got a favourite at home that I haven’t raced yet called Classify. He’s a lovely dog to have around the place.”

Background To The National Sprint Championship

Cannington plays host to National Sprint Championship final in 2014 for only the fifth time in the history of the event. It first staged the race in 1979, when NSW champion Acclaim Star scored a brilliant win. Acclaim Star became Australia’s highest prize money winner during his career. Then, in 1989, local superstar Sandi’s Me Mum annexed the first of two consecutive Sprint Championships. She too went on to become Australia’s highest prize money winner. In 1998, the great Rapid Journey came from box six and almost last place at the first turn to score. He finished his career as Australia’s highest prize money earner, and the first to pass half a million dollars.

That Cannington/prize money nexus was broken in 2004 when NSW sprinter In For Life was victorious. The last time the race was run in Cannington, the late all-distance champion Dashing Corsair from Queensland was successful.

If the past is anything to go by, then a genuine topliner is needed to take out the race when it is run at Cannington.

Inaugural Running

The first National Sprint Championship was run on 11 September 1965 over 500 yards (457 metres) at Harold Park. The race was taken out by NSW sprinter Best Sun (box seven), trained by Eddie Batiste. Indeed the first four across the line were all from NSW, with second place going to Satyr Rocket, two lengths behind Best Sun, with Chariot Charm a length away third and Black Tass fourth. Queenslander He’s Lightning was fifth ahead of the Victorian Billy Vee.

Eddie Batiste, who earned £2,000 for the win, had earlier made headlines as being the man who discovered the lifeless bodies of Dr Gilbert Bogle and Mrs Margaret Chandler in 1963, in a case that baffled the nation.

Tracks & Distances

Eleven tracks across six states have held the final. Between 1965 and 1976 the race alternated between New South Wales and Victoria. Since 1977 it has moved around the country.

Harold Park 1965, 1969, 1973, 1980, 1983, 1984 (457 metres)

Olympic Park 1966, 1970, 1974, 1981, 1992 (511 metres)

Wentworth Park 1967, 1971, 1975 (530 metres), 1991, 1994, 1999, 2005, 2008 (520 metres),

Sandown Park 1968, 1972 (507 metres), 1976, 1985 (513 metres), 1990, 1995 (511 metres), 2007 (515 metres),

Gabba 1977, 1982, 1988 (558 metres)

Angle Park 1978, 1986, 1993 (512 metres), 1997, 2003, 2010 (515 metres)

Cannington 1979, 1989, 1998, 2004, 2009 (530 metres),

Albion Park 1996, 2002, 2011 (520 metres),

Launceston 2000 (522 metres), 2006 (515 metres)

Hobart 1987 (457 metres), 2012 (461 metres)

The Meadows 2001 (518 metres), 2013 (525 metres)

When Is The Race Run

Until 2006 and again in 2009 it was run in either September or October. In 2007, 2008, and since 2010 it has been held in August.

Biggest Winning Margins

Gallant Ruler (NSW) won by 12 lengths in 1994, Red Zero (NSW) by eight lengths in 1969, Knocka Norris (Q) by seven and a half lengths in 2008, and Temlee (V) by six lengths in 1974.

Closest Winning Margins

Coorparoo Flyer (Q) 1975, Bit Chili (NSW) 2007, and Smooth Fancy (NSW) 2010 all prevailed by a head, while King Miller (NSW) 1971, Prince Of Tigers (WA) 1997, Rapid Journey (NSW) 1998, In For Life (NSW) 2004 and Dashing Corsair (Q) 2009 all scored by just a neck.

Most Successful Trainers

Petar Jovanovic leads with three winners (Scenic Spa 1985, Stetson 1986 and Shayne’s Champ 1996, although Maryanne Jovanovic is also credited in Scenic Spa’s success) ahead of Gerry O’Keefe with Sandi’s Me Mum (1989 and 1990), Graeme Bate with Henerik Bale (2001) and Xylia Allen (2013) and Reg Kay with Elite State (2003) and Knocka Norris (2008). Paul Cauchi trained Coorparoo Flyer to win in 1975 and although his charge Clover Duke won in 1976, it was technically trained by Charlie Gatt, as Cauchi was under suspension at the time.

Dual Winners

Only the West Australian great, Sandi’s Me Mum, in 1989 and 1990.

Reserve Winners

Metz Magic in 2011. The Queenslander replaced Tonneli Bale in a race which also saw the scratchings of Pedrosa (replaced by Maybe Elite) and Damek, who was unable to compete for Tasmania, and was replaced by Hellyeah Jacko.

Dual Finalists

Benjamin John (fourth in 1968 and 1969), Pied Rebel (second in 1969 and 1970), Coorparoo Flyer (Won 1975, third 1976), Odious (fourth 1975, second 1976), White Panther (third 1979, fourth 1980), Winifred Bale (seventh 1982, Won 1983), Defiant Lea (fourth 1983, eighth 1984), Apache Eye (unplaced 1987 & 1988), Sandi’s Me Mum (Won 1989 & 1990), Mister Britain (unplaced 1989 & 1990), Faithful Hawk (third 1998, seventh 1999), Mallee Rebel (eighth 2000, sixth 2001), Buckingham Chuck (second 2006, seventh 2007), Pedrosa (fourth 2010, scratched 2011), Glen Gallon (sixth 2011, second 2012)

Beaten Stars

Chariot Charm (third 1965), Munich Boy (third 1967), Busy’s Charm (second 1969), Tara Flash (sixth 1971), Shapely Escort (seventh 1971, injured), Woolley Wilson (eighth 1972), Half Your Luck (second 1973), Bristol Sue (second 1974), Ungwilla Lad (eighth 1975), Sole Force (second 1978), Tempix (seventh 1979), Glider’s Son (sixth 1981), Eaglehawk Star (second 1984), Shining Chariot (second 1986), Camden’s Ghost (third 1986), True Vintage (second 1987), See Yah (third 1988), Highly Blessed (third 1990), Hotshot (fourth 1998), Reggemite (fifth 1998), Top Shiraz (fourth 1999), Carlisle Jack (second 2001), Modern Assassin (third 2002), Sun Hero (third 2004), Scull Murphy (fourth 2007), Paw Licking (fourth 2013)

Notes

From its inception in 1965 and until 1973, a series of heats and quarter finals were usually held NSW, Victoria, Tasmania, and Queensland, with the top point scorers coming to the host state for, usually, a pair of semi-finals. The eight top point scorers through these semi-finals would then go to make up the final field. In 1973, South Australia was added to the contenders, with Western Australia included in 1976.

Since 1977, each state has conducted its own series and sent the winner to contest the final in the host state. The Northern Territory was also included from 1982

In 1980, trainer Ken Howe had the favourite Fast Sapphire engaged in the final, and gave Ernie Rowe, the greyhounds’ former mentor, the honour of walking the greyhound to the 457 metre boxes at Harold Park. Fast Sapphire (box one) scored a brilliant win, and was immediately retired to stud.

In 1981, South Australian bitch Kate’s A Scandal set a new Australian record of 15 successive victories, eclipsing the 14 straight set by Harryed in 1950. In the same race were the NSW pair of Glider’s Son and Peter Glider. It was the first time a major national race had featured litter brothers bred, owned, and trained by the same person, namely John MacDonald.

In 1988, NSW star See Yah ran third to Queensland champion Dancing Gamble while wearing his dog collar. His trainer had forgotten to remove the collar when loading See Yah into the boxes.

Greyhound Tips And Betting Preview August 22nd 2014

With best bets, multiples and best roughies today, a $200 free bet at Centrebet and a $700 free bet at Sportingbet will give you extra dollars for your punting session. Let’s hope Brad can continue his run after a huge day yesterday!

 

Wentworth Park

Race No. 6Rapidvite 2-5 Wins Only. H5:17 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $4,330 Prizemoney.
1st: $3,300 2nd: $700 3rd: $330.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ODD SOX756130.59Ronald Bell
2LETHAL PRINCESS357530.44Craig Pettitt
3TRIBAL BEAT3633NBTShannon Kirby
4IRINKA WAP1X2230.71Raymond Smith
5JACK FINN712330.64David Taylor
6KURMOND GODDESS111631.46Christine Proctor
7XTREME KNOCKA262830.94Jason Fletcher
8EMPIRE RUBY1130.84James Simpson

I know he was costly last week off the red but Xtreme Knocka was desperately unlucky and I’m willing to give him another chance. Last week he showed a great turn of foot soon after box-rise and just as he was about to take the lead he copped a severe check which sent him back to last. He will need a few things to go his way early but he has a fair bit on these and he should get the job done. The clear danger is Odd Sox from the favourable red draw. He was a smart 29.80 winner at The Gardens from this draw last time and he should produce a similar performance tonight. Irinka Wap and Kurmond Goddess are both racing well and they must be included in your exotics.

Top Four: 7 – 1 – 4 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Xtreme Knocka

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

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

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

Best Roughie:

Race 5: Bit Bazzaar

Must Watch:

Race 2: Space Star, freak talent making 720m debut, keep your eye on the clock!!!!!

 

Geelong

Race No. 7P & R Food Services9:10 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 460 metres at Geelong Of $1,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $375 3rd: $190.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1POWER VOLT [5]1F72426.07(7)J Reid (Notting Hill)
2IMPACT BALE (NSW)[5]24161NBTJ Hunt (Avalon)
4TEVEZ [5]8145325.84(4)J Condon (Tooradin)
5SANTA STORM (NSW)[5]1444326.07(8)K Lloyd (Anakie)
6SPRING SPANIARD (NSW)[5]4127526.27(5)M Mallia-magri (Avalon)
7WHY NOT DONNA [5]85755FSHG Carter (Devon Meadows)
8DYNA ZOD (NSW)[5]55451NBTA Dailly (Anakie)

Impact Bale has won two of his past three starts in impressive fashion and he looks poised to get the cash again. Tonight he has a slow beginner drawn underneath and a couple of wide runners drawn on his outside, so if he can get away on terms tonight he should get more than enough room to drive through to the early lead. When given clear galloping room he is capable of reeling off sizzling sectionals and he will prove very hard to reel in. Cosmic Rush has been placed in three of his past four and in those placings he has shown tremendous early pace. He will go with the favourite for most of the trip but I don’t think he will be strong enough to hold on. Santa Storm could provide the value in the event, he is capable of pinging the lids and for some reason he seems to perform well at big odds.

PLEASE NOTE COSMIC RUSH IS SCRATCHED

Top Four: 2 – 3 – 5 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Impact Bale

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

Trifecta: 2,3,5/2,3,5,8/2,3,5,6,8 ($27 for 100%)

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

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

Best Roughie:
Race 8: Ulla Allen

2014 Group Two Black Top Heats Preview

The Gardens will stage six outstanding heats of the Group Two Blacktop, with a juicy $40,000 awaiting next week’s final winner.

This race has an outstanding honour roll, with stars such as Snozz, Bye Bye Bucks and Cindeen Shelby amongst the former winners.

Pre-series favourite is Jason Mackay’s Zipping Willow, who will be looking for her ninth straight win on Friday and is out for redemption after finishing runner-up in this series last year.

Heat one will feature Kicking Rocks (4), who loves this track and posted a near-record 29.30 in his maiden victory back in April. The Ryan Tredway trained chaser is unbeaten at The Gardens and clocked a sizzling time of 29.46 earlier this month. Zipping Summah (5) had no luck in a heat of the NSW National Sprint Championship at Wentworth Park, but has posted flying times at this track including a personal best of 29.49. Trained by astute mentor Jason Mackay, the daughter of Goodesy and Sirocco Lass will only need some luck early on to feature heavily in this affair. Kool Mac (3) has won his past two starts, recording impressive times at the Gardens (29.73) and Wentworth Park (30.35) and has the ability to run a cheeky race.

Queensland chaser Rose Of Galo (7) trialled impressively at The Gardens on Saturday, clocking a flying time of 29.66 and should improve on that this week in heat two. The daughter of El Galo and Noir Rose will be looking for her 20th career win for trainer Albert Kennewell, who will be looking to return home to the Sunshine State with a Group Two title. Fire Elusive (3) has regained form for trainer Mark Moroney after a short stint in the Jason Mackay kennel. The son of El Grand Senor and Cathella Ice recorded impressive wins at Maitland (22.66) and Wentworth Park (30.04) at his past two outings and has the genuine early pace to be competitive. Hersi (1) has solid form at this track, with a speedy personal best of 29.68 recorded back in March and should use the box one advantage.

Zipping Willow (7) steps out in heat three and has the early pace to cross from out wide and post another sizzling time. The daughter of Goodesy and Sirocco Lass clocked a near record 29.33 in May last year and can emulate this with her current run of form. Rue De Kahn (2) returns to The Gardens for the first time since her Group One triumph back in February and is primed for a big performance from box two. Trainer Dean Swain will head into this race with plenty of confidence after a second placing in a FFA at Wentworth Park last Saturday. Dee Getta (4) has been a consistent performer of late and will be running home at the end. The Shane Hill trained greyhound has a flying 29.56 personal best at the track and must be respected.

Zipping Tarn (1) returns to the racetrack for the first time since June in heat four and clocked a blistering 29.37 back in May. The Jason Mackay trained daughter of Mantra Lad and Scarlett Girl has drawn perfectly in box one and is a huge threat in this affair. Golden Easter Egg finalist Magic Display (3) will make her debut at The Gardens for trainer Evelyn Harris. The daughter of Magic Sprite and Display Bonus has sizzling early pace and can lead from start to finish if she times the jump to perfection. Hector Kahn (2) gives Dean Swain another good chance of qualifying for the final, with the consistent chaser runner up at his past three outings. The son of Premier Fantasy and Another Request was successful in her only start at The Gardens, recording a speedy time of 29.53.

Queen Esther (2) is in red-hot form at present, with a flying 29.77 win at Wentworth Park two weeks ago. The daughter of Lochinvar Marlow and Fascinate Marina has recorded a brilliant early sectional of 4.93 and a sizzling overall time of 29.48 at this track, giving trainer Noelene Holloway a huge chance of securing a finals spot via the fifth heat. Push It (8) also has genuine early pace also clocked 29.77 at Wentworth Park at the start of the month for trainer Dean Swain, she is well draw out wide to get a clear run. Miner’s Moss (1) has come up with the red rug in this event and is making his debut at the Gardens for trainer Mathew Reid. The son of Magic Sprite and Bellbird Park recorded an impressive time at Albion Park last month, clocking 29.89 over the 520m journey.

In the final heat, exciting sprinter Lani Banarni (2) returns to the track for trainer Charlie Gatt, after recording three straight wins at her past few attempts, including a flying 29.72 at Wentworth Park. The daughter of Disintegrate and Hey Princess clocked a blistering time of 29.40 at this track back in January and is perfectly drawn near the rails. Evil Punk (4) also returns to The Gardens after some consistent form of late, including a 28.85 performance at Bulli over the 515m. The son of Collision and Punk Angel has a good record at this track and is one of the main dangers to take out this heat and the final. Edge (6) loves this track and has posted a personal best time of 29.51, however will need some luck from box six. Trained locally by Graeme Barnett, the son of Cosmic Rumble and Belle Tara has an outstanding Gardens record of six wins and two minor placings from just eleven starts.

Heat one will jump at 8.17pm, with the six winners and two fastest runner-ups, moving through to next week’s Group Two final.

Ipswich Puppy Auction Set For Sunday

In April this year talented sprinter Are Ate captured the 2014 Ipswich Puppy Auction final and pocketed a huge $40,000 for his connections. On Sunday another crop of hopefuls will go under the hammer at the Ipswich auctions.

There is 149 lots in the catalogue and the sale starts from 10am at the Ipswich Track (showgrounds). With the 2016 puppy final worth $40,000 again and a massive $10,000 breeders bonus attached to the winning finalist, interest is sure to be high. Bidding will begin at $800 per pup and there is sure to be plenty of value for astute breeders and buyers.

Some of the key litters represented at the auction are as follows:

Where’s Pedro x Tarlie’s Angel (Group One National Distance finalist)

Head Bound x Tina’s Show (dam of Maid For Ron, Peter’s Pick etc)

Magic Sprite x Maybe Elite (Group One National Sprint finalist & fast city-winning bitch)

Surf Lorian x Kaycee Diva (repeat mating to a litter that includes Ipswich GOTY Black Book Bob and track record holder Jetta’s Girl)

Fear Zafonic x Ultra Cool (2-state City winner, out of Albion Park Broodbitch of the Year, Ultra Swift)

Swift Fancy x Eye the Tiger (dam of Bendigo Track record breaker Shot to Bits)

Turanza Bale x Simmerly (Ipswich Auction finalist who won 15 from 38)

Radley Bale x Suite Tahlia (Tweed Galaxy finalist)

Magic Sprite x Befitting (dam won over $62,000 including Young Guns & Vince Curry Consolation winner)

Fabregas x Wheely Happy (dam a litter sister to the brilliant Leelicious, 29.35 Sandown; Oh So Smooth, Dapto Track Record 29.51; Fluidity 29.51 Sandown)

Pure Octane x Bare Essentials (City bitch who is out of Group placed Tears Of Jupiter)

Vee Man Vane x Amus (multiple city winner from 520-710m)

Magic Sprite is the most listed sire, with the star represented in seven different litters.

Plenty of other star sires will also be represented, with El Grand Senor, Bekim Bale and Lochinvar Marlow just some of the names listed. Also amongst the list are local champions Glen Gallon and the recently deceased and hugely popular Dashing Corsair.

With the enormous increases in prizemoney announced this week, there is no better time to get involved in Queensland greyhound racing. Get along to the Ipswich club on Sunday and see if you can find a bargain amongst the huge list of lots. With so many different sires in the catalogue, there is sure to be a pup that appeals.

Good luck to breeders, buyers and the Ipswich club on Sunday.

Albion Park Greyhounds Tips And Betting Preview August 21st 2014

No better time than now to launch with a $200 free bet offer from Centrebet.

Best Bet: Time to plunge the Noodle with a $700 free bet at Sportingbet.
Race 3: Fast Noodle

Best Roughie:
Race 5: King Elliot

Quaddie:
Leg 1: 1,2,3,4 – Leg 2: 2,3 – Leg 3: 1,3,4 – Leg 4: 1,7 – $48 for 100%

 

Race No. 1Macro Meats Gourmet Game6:42 PM
NOV event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $4,660 Prizemoney.
1st: $3,260 2nd: $930 3rd: $470.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1PACIFIC HARBOUR3311NBTBrian Francis
2TEXAS TEE61830.33Keiron Butler
3STARTIN’ MONDAY116530.48Margaret Quarrell
4MACIE’S DINGO6441NBTDarryl Armfield
5BERRY IN LOVE844230.57Amy O’reilly
6DUTCH STRYKER1230.15Raymond Burman
7BRING BACK JOE14830.50Paul Robson
8BIG YELLOW TAXI248230.41Peter Roy

Tough race to kick off the night but it’s hard to look past the promising Dutch Stryker, he recently score a brilliant debut win here in 30.15 and on that occasion he posted a sizzling 5.58 first section. Pacific Harbour has recently posted two sizzling 331m wins here of late and if he can handle the rise in distance he should be a major factor. Texas Tee and Big Yellow Taxi are both winning chances and are worth ticket if they are over the odds.

Top Four: 6 – 1 – 8 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Dutch Stryker

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

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

 

Race No. 2Tattsbet.com7:04 PM
NOV event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $4,660 Prizemoney.
1st: $3,260 2nd: $930 3rd: $470.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1KNIGHTS TEMPLAR4381NBTAmy O’reilly
2LATE SHOW ANGEL233530.46Darren Titmarsh
3LEO’S WISH415430.08Peter Young
4BRODIE’S MEMORY3X6230.46Margaret Quarrell
5TITAN ASH372130.33Raymond Burman
6TRANSKEI HERO21330.73Robert Giltinan
7EL CAPO130.49Patricia Comley
8NEVER ENDS6130.60Anne Southee

Leo’s Wish hasn’t had a lot of luck in her two runs from a spell and she should be primed to show her best now. Prior to going for a spell she posted a brilliant 30.08 win here and a similar effort here would see her win. Titan Ash continues to improve and she is armed with brilliant early speed, if she can cross to the lead she will prove hard to reel in.

Top Four: 3 – 5 – 6 – 1

Suggested Bets:

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

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

 

Race No. 3Good Luck Wag Tail7:22 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $4,660 Prizemoney.
1st: $3,260 2nd: $930 3rd: $470.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1RUPERT812530.35Bruce Linnan
2DREAM RIVER431230.39Troy Okamura
3BULL TITAN151330.26Raymond Burman
4SUPER VISION433430.27Peter Young
5BLUE DEN244630.39John Reimer
6CARDIAC KING727230.44Robert Eddie
7FAST NOODLE144130.42Barry Morris
8COSMIC BOSS185230.24Ron Ball

Fast Noodle is an exciting speedster and he looked super impressive when he overcame early difficulties to score here recently in 30.42. I would expect him to show a lot more early pace tonight and I think he can get down to the 30 flat mark. Cardiac King looks the likely leader and he was far from disgraced when placed here last time, whilst Cosmic Boss should get a nice cart across early from the pink

Top Four: 7 – 6 – 8 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 7/3,6,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

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

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

 

Race No. 4Brandons Electrical Services7:41 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $4,660 Prizemoney.
1st: $3,260 2nd: $930 3rd: $470.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1HIGH AND MIGHTY425530.16Tom Tzouvelis
2WILLY BE TOPPS218230.40Ned Snow
3RAILROAD ROCKET172630.11Barry Morris
4DARE TO TELL756430.02Anne Southee
5HAWKO’S MISTAKE817329.94John Edwards
6BIG DAC344330.24Colin Hamilton
7REGAL LAURYN653430.06Tony Brett
8HARA’S DERECK466530.27Kerry Myers

Regal Lauryn is a class act and after three runs from a lengthy spell she will be ready to show her best. The wide draw will suit and she should be able to settle much closer to the speed tonight. Dare To Tell should pounce on the early lead and if the favourite happens to find trouble she may just steal the prize.

Top Four: 7 – 4 – 5 – 3

Suggested Bets:

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

Trifecta: 4,7/4,7/Field ($12 for 100%)

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

 

Race No. 5Good Luck Flash Reality8:05 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $4,660 Prizemoney.
1st: $3,260 2nd: $930 3rd: $470.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1TEE BRADY342530.09Tom Tzouvelis
2MELODY SERENADE381330.05Lyndall Massey
3KING ELLIOT628230.21Reg Hazelgrove
4KIDATEE CROC514230.00Darren Russell
5SEVEN STRAIGHT773730.01Jeff Cumming
6DROP JAW265630.65Amy O’reilly
7SHILLELAGH LANE431430.25Raymond Knudsen
8ROSEALEA375830.57Trevor Salmoni

Kidatee Croc appears to be improving with every run and his effort here last time behind Grand Roman was massive. He has a wide running slow beginner drawn on his outer and he should get every chance to lead throughout. Tee Brady is a class act when on song and he is drawn to hold a prominent position early, whilst King Elliot has been racing in open class of late and he should appreciate racing at this level.

Top Four: 4 – 1 – 3 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Kidatee Croc

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

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

 

Race No. 6Garrard’s Horse And Hound8:25 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $4,660 Prizemoney.
1st: $3,260 2nd: $930 3rd: $470.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1HANNAH MARRIE444530.21Roan Enright
2LE SIRENUSE252130.06Tom Tzouvelis
3WASHINGTON TRICK668230.06Janette Finneran
4ALL YOU CAN244330.18Peter Ruetschi
5INTENSIVE STORM161130.22Dean Turley
6FANCY STICHES835X30.00Reg Hazelgrove
7GET AROUND HIM6514NBTGrant Fennelly
8HARA’S SAMMY345323.16Kerry Myers

Le Sirenuse is armed with a sizzling turn of foot and with a clean getaway she should be able to roll to the early lead. She has a slick 30.06 PB here and she is probably capable of going a little quicker than that these days. Washington Trick has a heap of talent and he only needs an ounce of luck early to feature. All You Can could be the value, she has great early speed and she may steal the prize if the fancied runners make mistakes early.

Top Four: 2 – 3 – 4 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Le Sirenuse

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

Trifecta: 2,3/2,3/Field ($12 for 100%)

 

Race No. 7Big Dog Racing Supplements8:44 PM
4/5 event over 600 metres at Albion park Of $4,660 Prizemoney.
1st: $3,260 2nd: $930 3rd: $470.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1KNAVE815235.07Marilyn Johnson
2GIGGLING PANTHER363635.51Robert Giltinan
3ABBEY CORSAIR111435.08Desmond Youngberg
4NOT HELD215335.07Shane Ellis
5BULK RIVETS656735.44Ron Goodwin
6SET HER AGAIN445634.68Bruce Linnan
7SPACE WAVE346135.24Tony Zammit
8OBAMMA LASS575535.72John Reimer

Not Held was a little disappointing here last week when he was run down but tonight he is dropping in class and he should be a little too brilliant for his rivals. Abby Corsair and Knave are both well drawn nearer the inside and they appear to be the only other winning chances.

Top Four: 4 – 1 – 3 – 6

Suggested Bets

Win bet on Not Held

Trifecta: 1,3,4/1,3,4/1,2,3,4,6,7 ($24 for 100%)

 

Race No. 8Golf Gurus Aspley9:08 PM
2/3 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $6,900 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,830 2nd: $1,380 3rd: $690.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1FUSAICHI KAHN742529.88Glenda Dart
2WINGED ELITE711830.02John Hutchinson
3THUNDER ROCKS724430.14Stephen Arnold
4COIN OF PHRASE784129.80Colin Byers
5AURIGA LEGEND312229.94Geoff Draheim
6WHITE HORNET862130.03Raymond Burman
7PHANTOM JEWELS313329.95John Free
8YOU CAN TALK311429.94Peter Ruetschi

Fusaichi Kahn has finally come up with a good draw and he should be able to make every post a winner. He is normally blessed with slick early speed and he is a hard chaser to gun down on the bunny. Phantom Jewels has the biggest engine in the race and with a clear run she will make the red work hard for victory.

Top Four: 1 – 7 – 2 – 3

Suggested Bets

Win bet on Fusaichi Kahn (very keen on this one)

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

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

 

Race No. 9Gem Hotel9:28 PM
4 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $4,660 Prizemoney.
1st: $3,260 2nd: $930 3rd: $470.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ATTA BOY TED411430.18Renald Attard
2WALK WITH FAITH341130.15Tom Tzouvelis
3RUMBLE STREET713129.91Jeff Cumming
4YOU SAY SO4X2230.09Peter Ruetschi
6SENOR’S MISTRESS121230.12John Conlon
7LULU’S LAD114629.97Ron Ball
8GRAND ROMAN212129.92John Conlon

Grand Roman has returned to form with two brilliant wins here of late and in both wins he has showed explosive early speed. From the pink he should get a clear run early and he will prove very hard to reel in if he crosses. Senor’s Mistress has a top record here and she will appreciate the empty draw underneath. Lulu’s Lad is the query runner, he has a heap of talent but he can make a lot of mistakes early.

Top Four: 8 – 6 – 7 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Grand Roman

Quinella: 8 to rove with 6,7 ($2 for 100%)

Trifecta: 6,8/6,8/Field ($10 for 100%)

 

Race No. 10Qld Greyhound Adoption Program9:52 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $4,660 Prizemoney.
1st: $3,260 2nd: $930 3rd: $470.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1STARBURST LES7323NBTMark Tapper
2PLACID PLANET813729.86Tony Brett
3CELTIC COLLEEN233130.32Robert Alchin
4THUNDER OF SPEED183830.34Marion Goodwin
5OUTA TEMPO125230.19Peter Ruetschi
6OKAY YETTA167529.92Reg Hazelgrove
7AZA BUZZ525330.17Alex Green
8PERCY PIERCE775730.96Raymond Knudsen

Outa Tempo is a brilliant beginner and I think he can salute at good odds tonight. Last week he was airborne early and he led until the shadows of the post, tonight’s event doesn’t have a lot of depth, so if he leads he should hold on. Placid Planet is a gun but he is poorly drawn, Okay Yetta has a sizzling 29.92 PB here and she should get a nice cart across early.

Top Four: 5 – 6 – 7 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Outa Tempo

Quinella: 5 to rove with 2,6,7 ($3 for 100%)

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

Angle Park Greyhounds Tips And Betting Preview August 21st 2014

Centrebet has a $200 free bet for our readers. They also run frequent greyhound based promotions that offer huge additional value for punters.

Best Bet: Sportingbet is offering a $700 free bet. Load up on Yiche.
Race 1: Yiche

Best Roughie:
Race 7: Gilbert Allen

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

 

Race No. 1Windmill Hotel Mixed Stake Cta D…7:14 PM
4/5 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $3,355 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,350 2nd: $670 3rd: $335.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1FLYING BALE123429.97Lisa Rasmussen
2YICHE111230.06Angela Modra
3VALLADARES111129.75Lauren Harris
4PRINCESS TEE425729.87Oswald Chegia
5VELOCITY LYREM271430.14Kim Johnstone
6ALLEN ILLEM516629.81Tony Rasmussen
7LUKEY DEEZ5444NBTTroy Murray
8DYNA ERWIN261829.84Wendy Matcott

Yiche has been racing in dazzling form of late and she should be over the odds in this affair. She is a faultless beginner and therefore the likely leader but she is also getting a lot stronger with every run. Valadares is aiming for seven in a row and with a clear run early he should succeed, however he does bomb the start and he will need everything to go his way. Princess Tee races well here and if she can ping the lids she will be in the mix.

Top Four: 2 – 3 – 4 – 6

Suggested Bets

Win bet on Yiche

Trifecta: 2,3,4/2,3,4,6/1,2,3,4,6,8 ($36 for 100%)

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

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

 

Race No. 2Macro Meats Juvenile Series F Ct…7:35 PM
JUV event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $4,415 Prizemoney.
1st: $3,095 2nd: $880 3rd: $440.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SPICY PEPPA111630.03Cameron Butcher
2DYNA MOTLEY342230.32Wendy Matcott
3TASER MCBAIN353830.32Todd Kelly
4ALDERLEY REFORMX11130.00Terrance Cahalan
6HASHTAG HARRY432530.37Todd Kelly
7YOUNG GUN MCBAIN551730.41Todd Kelly
8DEADLY CAPER614130.28Robert Isaacson

Alderley Reform has scored three brilliant wins here recently and with an empty draw on his outside he looks poised to make it four in a row. Dyna Motley is the run on dog and this race features a number of runners who will fall in a hole after 400m. Spicey Peppa is highly promising and she only needs luck early.

Top Four: 4 – 2 – 1 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 4/1,2,6/Field ($15 for 100%)

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

Trifecta: 1,2,4/1,2,4/1,2,4,6,8 ($18 for 100%)

 

Race No. 3Morgans Cranes Stake Cta Divisio…7:55 PM
6 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $2,350 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,645 2nd: $470 3rd: $235.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1PYKE BALE471430.53Wendy Matcott
2DODGER I AM211129.80Cameron Butcher
3CHILLI IN WHITE343530.22Desmond Hockley
4DYNA VANITY414530.32Nadine Payne
5FOOTLUCE DIVA711429.81Kenneth Trowbridge
6TOP GUN MCBAIN131330.80Todd Kelly
7LONG GULLY MARK711130.13Paula Hearnden
8HOT WIFEY113330.17Alisha Sutherland

Footluce Diva scored a slick 29.81 win here three runs back and if she can step cleanly I believe she can go much quicker. She will need some luck early but she is still good enough to win from off the speed. Dodger I Am is an exciting talent but he is desperate for the outside, so he will need a heap of luck in running. Long Gully Mark rounds out the winning hopes.

Top Four: 5 – 7 – 1 – 2

Suggested Bets:

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

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

Trifecta: 5,7/5,7/Field ($12 for 100%)

 

Race No. 4Woodville Basketball Club Stake …8:14 PM
6 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $2,350 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,645 2nd: $470 3rd: $235.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BEAUTIFUL GRACE211NBTBozidar Stamenkovic
2KARA ROTO411330.67Todd Kelly
10ROOFER RONNIE624630.40Kelvin Stott
4DYNA INCITE236731.00Wendy Matcott
5MISATO BALE266330.52Wendy Matcott
6ZELEMAR STEEL367230.99Paul Fagan
7IRISH KEEPSAKE712530.34Kirin Corby
8GRANDE TO EXCEL225730.01George Rehmann

Grande To Excel hasn’t experienced a lot of luck in his most recent races and from the pink he should get a clear run early and he will appreciate the massive drop in class. Irish Keepsake was a solid 30.34 winner here recently and if she can step cleanly she should be in the mix for a long way. Lake Burley is racing consistently and he has the ability to cause an upset.

Top Four: 8 – 7 – 3 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Grande To Excel

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

Trifecta: 7,8/3,7,8/1,3,4,5,7,8 ($16 for 100%)

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

 

Race No. 5Mcqueens Tavern Mixed Stake Cta …8:38 PM
3/4/5 event over 600 metres at Angle park Of $3,995 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,795 2nd: $800 3rd: $400.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1VICTA SCOTT138535.10Ronald Schadow
2STOP SCRAMMIN’4514NBTPetar Jovanovic
4DOONA BALE844635.10Tony Rasmussen
7GENGHIS KAHN447134.85Kathleen Johnstone
8AS IT GOES632134.92Oswald Chegia

Genghis Kahn is racing like an absolute beast and from his favourable wide draw he should get the job done. He has won five of six over this journey and he has broken 35 seconds in all of those wins. Max Rocks could be the smokey, four starts ago he scored a smart 30.14 win here and his racing pattern suggests that this trip may suit.

Top Four: 7 – 3 – 8 – 2

Suggested Bets:

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

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

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

Max Rocks to Place

 

Race No. 6Windmill Hotel Stake Cta Divisio…8:58 PM
5 event over 600 metres at Angle park Of $3,355 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,350 2nd: $670 3rd: $335.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DYNA GRAY537535.23Lisa Rasmussen
2ANIMATE365135.25Lester Harris
3CORRINE CORRINA113335.32Kenneth Trowbridge
4STUZZICHINO541435.52Petar Jovanovic
5WHO DE PUNK365235.05Walter Harkins
6WIREGRASS743435.19Ben Rawlings
7HE’S A VILLIAN237735.70Lisa Rasmussen

Who De Punk appears to be returning to her best form and she doesn’t appear too badly drawn in the middle. She does her best racing over this trip and with a clear run initially she will make an impact. Stuzzichino was a strong 35.54 winner here two runs back and he does have the ability to lead in his races. He’s A Villain has the ability to cause an upset and he has been desperately unlucky in recent times.

Top Four: 5 – 4 – 7 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Who De Punk

Trifecta: 4,5,7/3,4,5,7/3,4,5,6,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

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

Boxed Quinella: 3,4,5,7 ($6 for 100%)

 

Race No. 7Morgans Cranes Stake Cta Divisio…9:22 PM
5 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $3,065 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,150 2nd: $610 3rd: $305.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1YODA BALE415730.21Tony Rasmussen
2DUNSTALL837330.52Jeffrey Guy
3FANCY FICELLE688630.16Kathleen Johnstone
4KALDEN KOSTELLO214430.04Troy Murray
5VELOCITY DAFF253330.09Kim Johnstone
6VELOCITY BREEZE136730.03Kim Johnstone
7MADIBA MAGIC7637NBTPaul Fagan
8GILBERT ALLEN434530.00Lisa Rasmussen

Gilbert Allen has a favourable draw and he should be great value in this event. His form doesn’t read too well but he has been racing in much stronger company of late. Velocity Breeze can be hard to follow but she is capable of pinging the lids and if she does lead she will prove very hard to gun down. Yoda Bale is classy type when on song and he just needs a clean getaway to be a major factor.

Top Four: 8 – 6 – 1 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Each Way bet on Gilbert Allen

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

Trifecta: 6,8/1,4,6,8/1,2,4,5,6,8 ($36 for 100%)

 

Race No. 8Woodville Basketball Club Free F…9:41 PM
FFA event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $4,415 Prizemoney.
1st: $3,095 2nd: $880 3rd: $440.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ENCOSTA KAHN563729.79Kathleen Johnstone
2CHARMED ASSASSIN141529.60Petar Jovanovic
3SET THE SCENE127229.66Laurence Cahalan
4BOGIE PRINCE813129.83Ben Rawlings
5NEBULA521229.78Lauren Harris
6FARMEROO125329.78Robyn Mackellar
7PREMIER EVENT235129.98Laurence Cahalan
8KALDEN GAMBINO114129.70Troy Murray

Set The Scene is a powerful chaser and I think this race will feature a lot of trouble up front. He is likely to get back and once he gets into open space he will unleash a barnstorming finish. He’ll need luck in running but he is gun. Premier Event was a smart 29.98 winner here last week and he should be able to hold out Kalden Gambino early.

Top Four: 3 – 7 – 5 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Set The Scene

Trifecta: 3,5,7/3,5,7,8/1,3,5,6,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

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

 

Race No. 9Orange Box Records Free For All …10:05 PM
FFA event over 731 metres at Angle park Of $4,200 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,835 2nd: $910 3rd: $455.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DEFIB DARYL123243.26Petar Jovanovic
2FUNKY CHICKEN2734NBTJeffrey Guy
4VICTA VICTORIA354443.84Ronald Schadow
5SHEZA TEN745543.56Petar Jovanovic
7ZARA MCLAREN234643.25Helen Foster
8PSYCHOTIC GOLD112143.13Petar Jovanovic

Psychotic Gold has won eight of her 13 tries over this journey and she has been destroying her rivals of late. With the smaller field, her wide draw shouldn’t pose too many problems. Defib Daryl is drawn to find the early lead and he will set a cracking pace, he isn’t strong enough to hold off the favourite but he should hang on to the quinella spot.

Top Four: 8 – 1 – 2 – 7

Suggested Bets:

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

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

 

Race No. 10Wine Wise (sa Owned) Stake Cta D…10:24 PM
5 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $3,065 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,150 2nd: $610 3rd: $305.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DANYO’S LUKE414829.92Colin Swain
2VICTA BROOKE232329.77Ronald Schadow
3WAVE JOCKEY487230.01Leanne Fagan
4LONZA’S CHARM622230.22Lester Harris
5BLACK BOTTLE318130.23Kathleen Johnstone
6SPOT GOES RACING646129.94Petar Jovanovic
7WESTMEATH276230.11Kirin Corby
8POP’S CASTLE421430.25Damien Smith

Victa Brooke has been placed in seven of her past eight starts and she should get her chance to return to the winners list. She has won a heap of races over this trip and this is the weakest race she has contested for a while. Danyo’s Luke has the gun draw and he should get plenty of cover in the early stages, whilst Wave Jockey and Lonza’s Charm won’t be far away.

Top Four: 2 – 1 – 4 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Victa Brooke

Trifecta: 2/1,3,4/1,3,4,6,8 ($12 for 100%)

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

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

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

 

Race No. 11Gap Racing To Retirement Stake C…10:44 PM
6 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $2,350 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,645 2nd: $470 3rd: $235.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ALLINGA DOT321430.13Yvonne King
2MONTGOMERY ROAD143530.46Nadine Payne
3STORM ALLEN653630.70Wendy Matcott
4SHAMUS’S ENTITY543330.40Ben Rawlings
5BUFFY THE SLAYER1130.62Petar Jovanovic
6DYNA WISTA474430.16Tony Rasmussen
9PUNISHER BALE465830.27Wendy Matcott
8QUERY BALE522630.72Wendy Matcott

Allinga Dot posted a top placing here late last month and from the red draw she should get every chance to lead throughout. Shamus’s Entity hasn’t had a lot of luck since coming from Victoria and he only needs a clear run early to feature. Timeless Diamond could be value for the place, he rarely wins but he will hit the line solidly.

Top Four: 1 – 4 – 7 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Allinga Dot

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

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

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

Sandown Park Greyhounds Tips & Betting Preview August 21st 2014

Centrebet is offering a $200 free bet for our readers. It’s a quality night of racing at Sandown tonight and free bets make for good ammunition!

Quaddie:
Leg 1: 1,4,8 – Leg 2: 1,2,3,4 – Leg 3: 2,4,5,6,7 – Leg 4: 4,5 – $120 for 100%

Best Bet: Bet up at Sportingbet on Dyna Kayla with your $700 free bet.
Race 3: Dyna Kayla

Best Roughie:
Race 4: Hession Boots

 

Race No. 1Bring Your Club To Sandown7:07 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DYNA ALCHEMIST (NSW)[5]62511FSHS Collins (Lara)
2SKY FIGHTER (NSW)[5]6163229.74(1)I Dann (Whitelaw)
3PEDRO’S RUNAWAY (NSW)[5]61154NBTB Burns (Werribee)
4DYNAMIC PUNCH [5]4124729.74(4)R Tartaglia (Newcomb)
5UPSET BOY [5]6372829.64(2)J Hunt (Avalon)
6DYNAMO’S GIFT [5]8613629.46(5)R Darby (Drysdale)
7LAMIA BALE (NSW)[5]16832NBTS Collins (Lara)
8GRAND FAITH [5]4182329.49(4)P Dapiran (Northwood)

Dyna Alchemist appears to have put it altogether now and he should notch up a hat trick of wins. After a string of luckless efforts, he showed a lot more track sense when scoring back to back Meadows wins and on both times he beat quality line ups. From the red tonight he should be able to punch through at the first bend and if he does hold the lead he should be running good time on the bunny.

Grand Faith has been racing in consistent style of late and four of his seven career victories have come from the pink draw. He has won here previously in a sizzling 29.49 and on that occasion he did go an impressive 5.07 to the first marker. Lamia Bale is another reliable beginner and she was far from disgraced when placed here last week. She is probably better suited to The Meadows but she is still good enough to feature in this type of event. Dynamo’s Gift is a super talent when on song and he could be the smokey in a race like this. From the six box he should start at double figure odds but he is right up to these talent wise.

Top Four: 1 – 8 – 7 – 6

Suggested Bets:

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

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

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

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

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

 

Race No. 2Sky Racing7:25 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1WHATTA JOKE [5]7415229.77(3)D Dean (Nyora)
2ENNIS BALE (NSW)[5]5121629.68(7)J Hunt (Avalon)
3LEKTRA BIANCA [5]3664429.91(8)A Dailly (Anakie)
4VELOCEMENTE [5]7114329.74(1)A Dailly (Anakie)
5RECKLESS BROWN [5]43131NBTR Clark (Toolleen)
6SOFA SO GOOD [5]45213NBTI Vigor (Anakie)
7TRAIL BLAZING [5]33542NBTT Womann (Lara)
8SAMUS ALLEN (NSW)[5]41121FSHJ Hunt (Avalon)

Samus Allen has won 11 of her 15 career starts and she is a star in the making. She is probably better suited to a rails draw but she is armed with a tremendous turn of foot and with a clean getaway she should have no trouble in crossing early. Last week at The Meadows she led from go to whoa and in the process of stopping the clock in a slick 29.99 she reeled off very smart sectionals.

Reckless Brown is always thereabouts in these types of races and he broke through for a well deserved metro win when scoring at The Meadows on Saturday night in 30.23. His racing pattern suggests that he will need to lead to win but as long as he settles in the top three he should make his presence felt. Trail Blazing has struggled here in the past but he has been racing in much stronger company of late. He is likely to settle mid pack but if the favourites happen to find a little bother up front he may just run over the top of them late. Velocemente is another run on type and he has raced well here in the past, he is going to need a lot of breaks in running but he may be worth an each way ticket if he starts at silly odds.

Top Four: 8 – 5 – 7 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 8/4,5,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

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

Exacta: 5,8/4,5,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

 

Race No. 3Go The Big V! #nationals14 Ht17:44 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 715 metres at Sandown park Of $8,225 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,750 2nd: $1,645 3rd: $830.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DEWANA SIENNA [5]2527542.37(2)M Dewan (Carrum Downs)
2GRIFTER BALE (NSW)[5]52111NBTR Camilleri (Lara)
3MYSTIC TWIST [5]43212FSTDM Cauchi (St Leonards)
4GALLOPING ROCKY [5]3577442.54(4)R Conway (Bunyip)
5ZIPPING MAKKA (NSW)[5]36454NBTJ Delaroche (Cranbourne North)
6DYNA KAYLA (NSW)[5]11142FSTDA Dailly (Anakie)
7LOVE AFFAIR (NSW)[5]51414FSTDA Dailly (Anakie)
8BANJO BLITZ (NSW)[5]31551NBTK Virtue (Tooradin)

Dyna Kayla is stepping back up to the staying journey tonight and she looks well graded in this event. She had been racing well over the sprint trip and she then stepped up to the middle distance at The Meadows last week, on that occasion she settled just behind the leader and she appeared to find the line quite well when placed behind My Bro Fabio. She is a much better chaser on the bunny and she should be able to get a cheap lead tonight. She is likely to start short odds tonight but she does appear to be a moral.

Mystic Twist has been racing well over the 600m journey of late and she gives the indication that the extra distance won’t pose too many problems. Two starts ago she led from the outset and scored by a whopping 12 lengths at The Meadows in 34.63, I don’t think she can go with Dyna Kayla but she won’t be far away in the run home. Zipping Makka rarely wins these days but he is rarely far away, he is likely to settle mid pack and he should be hitting the line strongly.

Top Four: 6 – 3 – 5 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Dyna Kayla

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

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

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

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

 

Race No. 4Man’s Night – September 4 Ht28:08 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 715 metres at Sandown park Of $8,225 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,750 2nd: $1,645 3rd: $830.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1FANTASIZZING [5]54346NBTN King (Pearcedale)
2RADAR BANDIT [5]23253FSTDP Scott-smith (Warragul)
3HESSION BOOTS [5]41113NBTR Clark (Toolleen)
4MIMICKING (NSW)[5]6225542.15(8)R Britton (Lara)
10MONKIRA [5]Res.36346FSHC Newman (Chiltern)
6EVER ALERT [5]64516FSTDA Dailly (Anakie)
7JUST DUCAL [5]44128FSTDJ Roberts (Devon Meadows)
8PENANCE ALLEN (NSW)[5]13312FSTDJ Hunt (Avalon)

Leprechaun Macey is returning from a lengthy spell but prior to heading to the paddock she posted a blistering 42.49 Meadows win. It is always a tough ask to win first up over this journey but she is in very good hands and she should be primed for a bold first up showing.

Penance Allen has been racing in super fashion over the middle distance of late and her racing pattern suggests that she shouldn’t have too much trouble with the step up in distance. Her effort when placed here last week behind Mepunga Hayley was great because she got snagged back early but she really powered to the line as they turned for home. Ever Alert is another making his staying debut and he also indicates that he should be able to handle the extra distance. Two starts ago he hit the line hard when scoring at The Meadows in 34.72 and on that occasion he downed quite a strong field. Hession Boots has won three of his past four starts and he might be good value in this type of event.

Top Four: 5 – 8 – 6 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 5,6,8/3,5,6,8/1,3,4,5,6,8 ($36 for 100%)

Exacta: 5,6,8/3,5,6,8 ($9 for 100%)

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

 

Race No. 5Www.tab.com.au8:28 PM (VIC time)
Mixed 4/5 event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $7,600 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,320 2nd: $1,520 3rd: $760.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SKINNY VINNIE [5]1277729.57(2)R Britton (Lara)
2FEIKUAI MOLLY [4]4175829.64(4)P Tabone (Nambrok)
3ROY GALO [5]3645229.29(7)S Ralph (Tooradin)
4COSMIC WISE (WA)[5]4712829.60(4)J Britton (Anakie)
5BRENT BALE (NSW)[5]7262829.66(6)M Delbridge (Balliang)
6GRUBBY [4]4162329.77(6)K Leek (Devon Meadows)
7GALAHAD [5]234F630.09(1)T Womann (Lara)
8PRUE BALE (NSW)[5]8851729.42(4)A Dailly (Anakie)

Prue Bale showed a return to form at Geelong when scoring in 25.88 recently and from the pink draw tonight she should get every chance. This is probably one of the weakest races she has contested for quite a while and when given some space in the early stages she is capable of showing a tremendous turn of speed. Her record here isn’t flashy but in her only win here she did reel off a blistering 29.42.

Cosmic Wise can be very hard to follow at times but her effort behind Buckle Up Mason two starts back was super impressive. She does her best racing when she is on the bunny and with a lack of speed drawn around her she should get plenty of room in the first 50m. Galahad struggles to win at this venue but he is never far away. He hasn’t been racing with a lot of luck in recent times and if he can get across in the early stages he should be a major player at the line. Skinny Vinnie could be the blowout chance, his recent efforts have been far from desirable but from the red draw he should be able to regain some confidence. He should get plenty of room early and he does have a more than handy 29.57 PB over this trip.

Top Four: 8 – 4 – 7 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Prue Bale

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

Trifecta: 4,7,8/1,4,7,8/1,2,3,4,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

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

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

 

Race No. 6Berwick Mazda8:52 PM (VIC time)
Grade 4 event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $7,600 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,320 2nd: $1,520 3rd: $760.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ESPECIALLY [4]2215629.53(6)R Clark (Toolleen)
2HEIDI GO SEEK [4]7773329.41(3)A Langton (Anakie)
3ALLEN MALIK (NSW)[4]3443129.80(6)S Collins (Lara)
4SOHO RHYTHM [4]6515229.64(7)A Hyde (Lara)
5CROWDZA CAPTIVE [4]1126329.66(8)K King (Langwarrin)
6WHAT FOR (NSW)[4]1444329.76(2)D Fisher (Lara)
7MUSQUIN BALE (NSW)[4]8136429.30(2)A Dailly (Anakie)
8ASTRONOMIC (WA)[4]2111329.61(4)D Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)

Especially does her best racing from this draw and prior to her two recent luckless runs she was in career best form. Her two previous starts from this draw have resulted in wins with the latest being at Bendigo in a smart 28.17, the most impressive part of that performance was that she was able to hold off the exciting Shot To Bits, he has recently franked that form with a blistering 29.31 Sandown Park win. There isn’t a whole lot of speed drawn directly on her outside and she should get every chance to hold the early lead.

Astronomic is expected to start favourite but I think he is a big risk from the pink draw. From boxes six to eight he has had six starts and he is yet to taste victory. Heidi Go Seek appears to be the main danger, she loves racing over this trip and she is drawn to get a nice sit on Especially in the early stages. She clearly isn’t in peak form at present but she is still good enough to be a factor here. Allen Malik and Soho Rhythm are two chasers who have been racing well in recent times and they must be included in your quaddies. Both are drawn to get fairly clear passages early and if the inside two make any mistakes they should be thereabouts to capitalise.

Top Four: 1 – 2 – 3 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Especially

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

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

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

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

 

Race No. 7Rsn – Racing And Sport9:11 PM (VIC time)
Mixed 4/5 event over 595 metres at Sandown park Of $8,745 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,120 2nd: $1,750 3rd: $875.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1PUNCH IT [5]38843FSTDJ Collins (Lara)
2DYNA GELDOF (NSW)[5]46721FSTDS Collins (Lara)
3ROCKIN’ JOSIE [4]2245134.26(8)J Britton (Anakie)
4WHODAT KNOCKIN’ [5]8117533.99(4)J Thompson (Pearcedale)
5MAXIMUM LIL [5]15214NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
6HE ISN’T REALLY [4]1711334.44(6)C Schlensog (Anakie)
7BAZZA’S GIFT [5]43185NBTN Bell (Point Lonsdale)
8MISS SOCIETY [4]5217234.47(7)J Imlach (Pearcedale)

Whodat Knockin’ has grown a leg since joining the powerful Thompson camp and with an ounce of luck in the first 50m he should make light work of this lot. Three starts ago he showed an amazing turn of speed when scoring at Shepparton in 25.24 and earlier this year he showed his versatility by setting the track alight with a 33.99 win here. So if he can show the same speed he showed at Shepparton then he should lead from go to whoa here.

He Isn’t Really has been racing in great style of late and he really powered to the line when scoring here in 34.44 two runs back. He can be a little hit or miss at box rise but he does like to use a bit of the track, so the wide draw shouldn’t pose too many problems. Dyna Geldof is stepping up in journey and he should settle in the first two early. There is some doubt about him running out the trip but his efforts here over 515m suggest that he should be able to handle the extra distance. Bazza’s Gift is well drawn out wide and he could be the one to cause a blowout.

Top Four: 4 – 6 – 2 – 7

Suggested Bets:

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

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

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

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

 

Race No. 8Macro Meats9:35 PM (VIC time)
Free For All event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BUCKLE UP MASON (TAS)[2]1514229.26(5)J Hunt (Avalon)
2HUMPHREY BALE (NSW)[3]3133229.48(1)A Dailly (Anakie)
3JEWEL BALE (NSW)[3]2432129.32(2)J Hunt (Avalon)
4MARCUS JOE [1]1172229.24(4)B Moloney (Marcus Hill)
5ALLEN DEED (NSW)[2]8112129.31(8)A Dailly (Anakie)
6OLLIE BALE (NSW)[4]3261229.32(4)A Dailly (Anakie)
7GIMME FUEL [3]5677129.46(3)K Bravo (Lovely Banks)
8TYRONIMO [2]5461529.51(8)W Vassallo (Devon Meadows)

Fantastic Line-up and I think it is going to be a great battle between Marcus Joe and the freakish Allen Deed. I’m going with the early speed of Marcus Joe, he was a tad disappointing in the state final at The Meadows recently but four runs back he did look ultra impressive when scoring here in 29.34. Apart from the red, there isn’t a whole lot of speed underneath him so he shouldn’t have too many problems finding the rail in the early stages.

Allen Deed is a freak talent and his 25.24 Geelong win four runs back was one of the best and biggest wins I have seen for quite a while. The only negative with him is that he can be a little slow to begin at times and he is going to need all the breaks as they head into the first turn. Jewel Bale rounds out the genuine winning chances for mine, she had been racing without any luck until she regained some confidence with a dazzling 30.16 Cranbourne win last week. She is likely to get back early on but she has won three of five over this journey and she has great track sense and has the ability to weave her way through the field.

Top Four: 4 – 5 – 3 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Marcus Joe

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

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

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

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

 

Race No. 9Harvey Norman – Springvale Ht39:55 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 715 metres at Sandown park Of $8,225 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,750 2nd: $1,645 3rd: $830.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BEKIM HATRICK [5]51522NBTC Schlensog (Anakie)
2DOUBLE RINSE (NSW)[5]61317FSHA Dailly (Anakie)
3SONIC PETITE [5]6568842.74(8)P Reinders (Gruyere)
4BAILEY ROSE (NSW)[5]35161NBTE Lieshout (Drouin West)
5ALCALA [5]11231NBTC Newman (Chiltern)
6LIARA ALLEN (NSW)[5]42233NBTS Collins (Lara)
7DEWANA BABE [5]51117FSHM Dewan (Carrum Downs)
8SIR GAZZA [5]54166NBTR Britton (Lara)

Bekim Hatrick is a very consistent chaser and he gets his chance to break through over this journey. In recent times her has been racing in strong company and he hasn’t experienced a lot of luck in running. Tonight he has the luxury of a wide runner drawn on his outside and that should allow him to get a relatively trouble free run into the first bend. He is normally very strong in the run to the line and it’s hard to see him getting rolled if he can settle in the top three.

Dewana Babe is a real up and comer and she recently scored a sizzling 37.27 Sale win. She appears well drawn out wide tonight and her racing pattern suggests that she shouldn’t have too trouble in covering the extra ground. Liara Allen has been handily placed in her past four runs and she is likely to settle in the first three early. She has struggled in the run home in her two previous tries here, however those efforts where in much stronger company and she should have derived a lot of benefit from those runs.

Top Four: 1 – 7 – 6 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Bekim Hatrick

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

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

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

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

 

Race No. 10Tab Rewards Ht410:12 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 715 metres at Sandown park Of $8,225 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,750 2nd: $1,645 3rd: $830.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1AREJAY SMOKEY [5]37351NBTB Iredale (Pearcedale)
2ECHELONIC ACTION [5]15346NBTR Camilleri (Lara)
3ALLEN WAKE (NSW)[5]63165NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
4BUCKLE UP AXEL (TAS)[5]64284FSTDS Mills (Tooradin)
5NUREYEV (NSW)[5]3511442.66(8)R Britton (Lara)
6LADY TOY [5]12343NBTN Gost (Little River)
7DYNA PERSEUS (NSW)[5]14214NBTM Delbridge (Balliang)
8DARBAIN DASHER [5]66662NBTR Conway (Bunyip)

Dyna Perseus is a super talent and I know he can be costly at times but he really does have panels on this lot. Two starts ago he scorched the sand when scoring at Horsham in 32.41 and if he can ping the lids here he will really test the clock. It is a fairly steady line-up so you will be asked to take short odds but he really does look to be a moral.

Lady Toy has been placed in two of her three tries over this journey and she should be running home into a place again. Her box manners and lack of early pace always make it hard for her but if the favourite makes a mistake and there is some shuffling up front she may just run over the top of them late. Echelonic Action turned in a monster effort when placed behind Xylia Allen here three runs back and if he can get away cleanly he should be in the mix for a long way. I still have my doubts that he can run a strong 700m but if he gets the fly early he may pinch the prize.

Top Four: 7 – 6 – 2 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Dyna Perseus

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

Trifecta: 7/2,5,6/2,5,6,8 ($9 for 100%)

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

Exacta: 7/6

Quinella: 6,7

 

Race No. 11Www.sandowngreyhounds.com.au10:32 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1LONESOME JETT (QLD)[5]11634NBTW Vassallo (Devon Meadows)
2DYNA KEITARO (NSW)[5]1181329.73(1)T Womann (Lara)
3FABIO (QLD)[5]5515129.74(3)K Greenough (Pearcedale)
4FAITH IN BEAR [5]25266FSHA Chapple (Exford)
5ZIPPING FELIX (NSW)[5]38721NBTP Dapiran (Northwood)
6GORHAM BALE (NSW)[5]2213329.42(5)S Collins (Lara)
7PROVINCIAL BEAR [5]61431FSHJ Barbara (Exford)
8VOIGHT [5]24311FSHG Walker (Clayton)

Gorham bale is a highly promising speedster and he was very stiff when placed here last week from the red. Surprisingly he is probably better drawn out in the seven and if he can get away on terms he should have enough natural speed to cross to the lead. His win here three runs back was ultra impressive when recording a blistering 29.42 and a repeat of that effort would see him put a space in this lot.

Lonesome Jett has been a little disappointing in her two metro efforts after scoring four explosive provincial wins to kick start her career. She has been a tad slow to begin in her two tries here but from the red she should be able to poke through and hold the early lead, she has proven in her brief career that she is very fast on the bunny and that might be all she needs to regain some confidence. Fabio was an impressive all the way winner here two weeks ago in 29.74 and he showed smart early speed in that effort. I thought he had the ability to go a bit quicker than that and being in the strong Greenough kennel I would expect that he would have derived a lot of benefit from that run.

Top Four: 6 – 1 – 3 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Gorham Bale

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

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

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

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

 

Race 12 – 515M Grade 5 – 10:52PM

Sonic Pirate was very impressive when placed here behind Eliza Blanche here two runs back and he is drawn to go one better tonight. On that occasion he showed blistering early speed and it took the exciting Eliza Blanche an eternity to reel him in. If he can show similar early speed tonight he should be able to hold the early lead and he is likely to prove too strong for his rivals.

Jubilea Bale regained some confidence and returned to form with a commanding 30.45 Cranbourne win last week. She normally shows good early speed in her races and she has won here previously in a classy 29.57. Dyna Fancy is never far away in these types of races and he early speed means that she is always a chance. I don’t think she is good enough to win this event but she must be included in all your exotic bets.

Top Four: 1 – 7 – 2 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Sonic Pirate

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

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

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

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

Trifecta: 1,2,7/1,2,7/1,2,3,4,7,8 ($24 for 100%)

Kody Charles Fined $10,000 For Involvement In Graham Berry Inquiry

RWWA Stewards yesterday completed their inquiry with respect to Greyhound Trainer Mr Kody Charles arising from the inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the presence of 61 greyhounds at a Nambeelup Park kennel property, the persons associated with these greyhounds and the actions and associations of registered persons with disqualified person Mr Graham Berry.

Following previous inquiries where evidence was taken from numerous persons, at a hearing on 30 July 2014, Mr Charles pleaded not guilty to a charge issued under GAR 86 (h) with the particulars being that Mr Charles had attempted to interfere with the conduct of an investigation taking place on 9 April 2014 by telephoning disqualified person Mr Graham Berry shortly after the Stewards had left Mr Charles’ property when he was requested not to do so.

Following deliberation Mr Charles was found guilty and appeared before Stewards yesterday to make submissions on the question of penalty.

In considering an appropriate penalty, Stewards took into account, amongst other things;

– Mr Charles previous unblemished record across all codes (except for routine driving offences in harness)
– Mr Charles youth and personal circumstances
– Mr Charles significant level of involvement and investment in Thoroughbred, Harness and Greyhound Racing and the consequent extended implications disqualification would have in all the codes
– The seriousness and circumstances of the offence

Stewards issued a fine of $10,000 for the above offence.

Inquiries in relation to charges issued to Mr T Mullany, Ms L Hulsinga and Mr G Berry continue to be progressed, with penalties already issued to Mr D Biddle, Miss R Watson, and Mr G Price arising from this investigation as previously advised.

Colt Rocket Flying For The Bears Of Hope Foundation

Wilberforce trainer Amy Bennett’s outpour of emotion after her charge Colt Rocket won a heat of the Group Three Dapto Maiden last Thursday night brought tears to many eyes, including the mother of his namesake, Angela Lovering.

Bennett developed a friendship with Lovering whilst visiting her mother, who works as a nurse. Unfortunately last year Lovering lost her beautiful baby boy Colton, with Bennett declaring that she would name a dog in honour of his memory.

“Amy made the sweetest gesture by saying she would name a dog after Colton. We got the second part of his race name from the little rockets that were on his socks the day he passed away”, said Lovering.

Colt Rocket was bred, reared and is now trained by Bennett, an offspring of her successful producer Sky Fly High and by proven sire Cosmic Rumble. Colt Rocket made his racing debut at The Gardens in a heat of the Group Three Laurie Healion Memorial Maiden, finishing in fifth position.

“Once he missed the start I knew he would have a hard time. He ran on well, but I knew he would definitely be better for the experience and would improve at his next start”, said Bennett.

After an impressive trial at Dapto, Bennett was somewhat confident heading into his heat of the Group Three Maiden Series last week. Colt Rocket didn’t disappoint, exiting well from box two and rounding up the early leader in impressive fashion.

“Once he got to second I got really excited because I know he’s strong. It was beautiful to watch and straight after the race I spoke to Angela and everyone was screaming with excitement.”

Due to work commitments, the Lovering family were forced to watch the race on television, but that didn’t stop the celebrations that followed immediately after.

“We were all screaming and jumping up and down in front of the television, it was amazing. We are so happy for Amy and just really excited to see what he can do next. I was over the moon when he came fifth, but to win at his next start was amazing”, said Lovering.

Despite coming up with box six in his semi-final this week, Bennett is hopeful her chaser can improve his start and overall time.

“He’s a strong dog and I think he will run a bit of distance in the future. He’s still very young and once he matures, I think his going to be a handy dog.”

“It was devastating what Angela and her family went through, but they absolutely love this dog and I cried after winning on Thursday, it means so much to them”, Bennett added.

Bennett vowed before Colt Rocket’s first start to donate a percentage of the prizemoney to the Bears Of Hope foundation, who assist families with the loss of a child through an enormous support network.

“The Bears Of Hope foundation gives out packs to everyone who has lost a child, to help them find strength to overcome the pain. I’m glad to see Colton’s memory has been honoured in such a special way”, said Lovering.

In another beautiful touch to this story, Lovering is pregnant and due in November, giving hope to all families that fairytales really do come true.

Another fantastic part of this story is that the Lovering’s will be adopting Bruno (Colt Rocket) after his racing career has finished.

Anyone who can assist with donations to the incredible work performed by the Bears Of Hope Foundation can visit their website at www.bearsofhope.org.au.

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Consider 2,100 Years Of Experience

It’s noteworthy, and very topical, that today’s headlines are dominated by the world’s two biggest religions, Christianity and Islam, which both got their start from words that came down from on high – with the help of Moses and the angel Gabriel respectively. Hence the preparation and wide publication of the Bible and the Koran.

The trouble is that no-one is sure exactly what they mean to say. Different interpretations are argued, different branches have developed, and battles are ruinous and ongoing. Over time, the Crusades, the Inquisition, the Reformation and the Jihads have confused the public mightily, and done considerable damage to millions of people. More recently, even Sir Humphrey Appleby, talking about the appointment of a bishop, advised Jim Hacker that a solid belief in God was an optional extra. Such is the world we live in.

But is greyhound racing any different?

The word arrived from state governments about 60 years ago that this was the way to run things. Privateers were cast out of the temple and honest amateurs picked to control operations. And it has been so ever since, virtually according to the same book.

Over the past couple of years, the word came down from administrators in NSW, with some help from WA, that Ozchase would provide all things good and wonderful. In reality, that meant that it would be cheaper for everyone to keep their books, and so you should join in.

Of course, the principles are marvellous – greater efficiency, easy references, more consistency, fewer errors in transmission and less need to go to the money lenders. Consequently, bean counters in Tasmania, SA, the ACT and Queensland have joined with NSW and WA in applauding the idea.

Ozchase is now working everywhere except in Victoria, where the local heathens decided they liked what they already had and said no thanks.

The problem now is that while bottom lines may be improved, Ozchase threw the baby out with the bathwater. With the cheaper costs came a disregard for the people who supply the means to fix those bottom lines – the customers. For real racing information – mainly form and race results – Ozchase stinks. Information is restricted and/or laborious to access and is never supplied in data-friendly formats. It deliberately makes life harder for punters, apparently because Ozchase (which means GRNSW) wants to keep secret as much as possible.

This is a major, although not the only, factor which has caused those same customers to either disappear or be downgraded to mug believers. Accept the word or be excommunicated is today’s mantra. Do not query the good book lest you be censored out of existence. All of which makes progress and innovation hard to bring about.

It is also a reason why the infidels in Victoria will continue to thrive (relatively) as they have been doing for the last decade or more. It is extraordinary that the old-timer thinkers in NSW and elsewhere cannot see what they have done and where they are heading – the downturns are everywhere to be seen.

For a few pieces of silver (temporary only) they are risking the industry’s future by throwing the customers to the lions.

In any case, according to census figures, the biggest growth in the West today is not in believer numbers but in the number of atheists.

QUEENSLAND – HELP FROM ABOVE

Christmas will arrive early this year for Queensland greyhounds. Following the new agreement with Tattsbet standard prize money at Albion Park’s main meeting on Thursdays will rise by 54% to $7,500. This now compares favourably with Wentworth Park in Sydney ($6,750) and Melbourne ($7,180). Prize money at other venues will also be increasing nicely.

So far, so good.

What we don’t know yet is how Queensland has set up its budget and what other improvements it has in mind. There are pressing needs.

1. The government has provided capital to create the new Logan complex to the south of Brisbane but
not up-to-date detail about the design of the track. For example, previous drafts showed it included a bend start for middle distance races. (Despite no official announcement, rumours abound that work has already started. Why the secret?)
2. The fate of Albion Park and Ipswich operations is unknown. Both those tracks are sub-standard for purely technical reasons which need attention. Bend starts and poor turns badly need fixing.
3. Never mind the new agreement; will TattsBet – which is currently unable to maintain its tote turnover – continue to provide the cash from year to year?
4. How will Racing Queensland encourage more local patronage in future years when better alternatives are available in other states with bigger betting pools, all easily accessed via a phone or the internet? So far the new administration has done nothing to promote fresh business.
5. The increased prize money will certainly help but will it be enough to attract more and better quality dogs? Possibly, but it might need serious promotion.

In short, it’s not just the cash but the package to be offered to customers that will be the key to prosperity. That package has to include better fields, better tracks and better betting options. Leave out any one of those and progress will be limited.

By the way, all this information is being put out by the chairman of Racing Queensland, Kevin Dixon. Not a word has been heard from the greyhound board – on this or any other subject. Such is the pecking order.

GREYHOUNDS AUSTRALASIA, PLEASE NOTE

Never short of a word, former Victorian Premier, Jeff Kennett, at a function in Melbourne, called for a revamp of the Australian Racing Board, which he described as “useless”. He says it is “imperative that the national racing board comprises people who are independent of racing”.

“I would like to see people who are genuinely independent and not have a background in racing,” he said.
“You need a small, independent board that can bring best practices together to understand that this industry is just not about racing, but it is about setting standard. It’s about ensuring people are fairly treated.”

Nor was he complimentary about online bookmakers, titling them as “a cancer” on the industry.

“And, Kennett admitted that if he could have foreseen what he says is the damage corporate bookmakers are causing then he would not have privatised the Victorian TAB more than 20 years ago. Kennett said if corporate bookmakers were allowed to exercise their will as they currently do, the racing industry would not exist in five years.”

A bit extreme, perhaps, but understandable. However, Kennett might have pondered more about the way in which online bookmakers are allowed to operate, rather than their very existence. After all, the betting sector was nearly moribund before their injection into the system. And their formation was prompted only by the negative way in which the ARB and the major clubs treated traditional bookmakers, and for no other reason.

Rebecca Watson Disqualified For 18 Months

RWWA Stewards today completed their inquiry with respect to Greyhound Trainer Miss Rebecca Watson arising from the inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the presence of 61 greyhounds at a Nambeelup Park kennel property, the persons associated with these greyhounds and the actions and associations of registered persons with disqualified person Mr Graham Berry.

The inquiry had 3 previous sittings on 26 June, 10 and 31 July 2014, where evidence was taken from RWWA Principal Investigator Mr Phil O’Reilly, Deputy Chief Steward Mr Paul Searle, Ms Rebecca Watson, Mr Kody Charles, Mr Larry Valenti, Mr Tim Mullany, Mr Glen Price and Mr Dan Biddle. Ms Linda Hulsinga and Mr Graham Berry were also called to the inquiry.

At a hearing on 31 July 2014, Miss Watson was found guilty to two under GAR 86 (ah) in that she associated with disqualified person Mr Graham Berry for the purposes of greyhound racing by relocating greyhounds discovered at the property at Nambeelup by Stewards on 9 April 2014.

Miss Watson pleaded guilty to a third charge under Rule 136 relating to relocating 16 of COSMIC RUMBLE/KIP DYNAMITE PUPS to the property in question prior to the litter being ear-branded and micro-chipped without the consent of the Controlling Body.

In considering an appropriate penalty, Stewards took into account, amongst other things;

– Miss Watson’s previous record and personal circumstances
– The seriousness and circumstances of the offences
– Her level of involvement with respect to the relocation of the greyhounds concerned in relation to Charges 1 and 2
– The need for deterrence both general and specific

In relation to the two charges under GAR86 (ah) Stewards imposed a disqualification of eighteen (18) months. In relation to the charge under Rule 136, Stewards imposed a disqualification of nine (9) months.

All penalties are to be served concurrently.

Inquiries in relation to charges issued to Mr Tim Mullany, Mr Kody Charles, Ms Linda Hulsinga, Mr Glen Price, and Mr Graham Berry arising from this matter are currently in progress.

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