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Albion Park Greyhound Tips & Betting Preview December 18 2014

Should be a great night of racing at Albion Park with some highly talented youngsters going around including boom sprinter Iva Vision.

Best Bet:
Race 2: Tear Away Size

Best Value:
Race 3: Fred Sealey

Quaddie:
Leg 1: 1,2,4,7,8 – Leg 2: 1,5 – Leg 3: 8 – Leg 4: 1,2,3,4,5
$50 for 100%

Race No. 1Big Dog Racing Supplements6:40 PM
NOV event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,250 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DARK SPUR1NBTJohn Thompson
2CONNIE BEAR5521NBTGregory Berry
3GIGGLING TOMMY123230.37Glenda Dart
4PICTURES PEARCE1730.15Peter Ruetschi
5ANGELIC MISS51131.00Peter Rayner
6GOSHI322130.49John Adams
7GEORGINA122430.36Christina Harman
8GET INVOLVED253330.41Pamela Field
9STUART’S CHOICE2142NBTPaul Cauchi
10SPRING OUT215630.71Kenneth Wray

Pictures Pearce scored a brilliant 30.15 debut win here two weeks back and if he can show similar early speed tonight he should put himself in the box seat to score again, he obviously meets some talented youngsters here but he put the time on the board in his win and he should figure prominently.

Georgina has a heap of talent but she just can’t get any luck in running at present. With a keen railer drawn underneath she should get room to muster in the early stages and she should run a big race.

Dark Spur smashed his rivals when winning on debut at Ipswich and he is drawn to make an impact again, I’m sure connections would have trialled him here so he shouldn’t have too much trouble handling the first turn.

Angelic Miss must be included in your exotic bets, she struggles in the run home but she can lead them a merry dance.

Top Four: 4 – 7 – 1 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Pictures Pearce with Sportingbet

Boxed Quinella: 1,4,5,7 ($6 for 100%)

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

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

Race No. 2Highforce Trophy7:04 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,250 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1TEAR AWAY SIZE421529.86Reg Kay
2MISTER TO US372329.99Terrence Auckram
3STEEL ROSE613130.53John Thompson
4BUCK CITY636430.32Selena Zammit
5BULL TITAN361530.07Raymond Burman
6FEMME JOLIE623330.20Barry Dull
7CUTE TO BOOT665230.25Colin Graham
8DAYSEAS RIGG485330.28Claude Dacey
9EL CAPO418830.07Patricia Comley
10TAYTO266730.72Peter Cauchi

Tear Away Size is an extremely fast chaser when on her game and from the red she is drawn to get all the breaks. With a very slow beginner drawn on her outside, she should get plenty of room to drive through early and assume control, if she gets to the first marker in front, there isn’t a single runner who can reel her in.

Mister To Us will be powering home at the business end and if the gaps open mid race he can test the red in the run home. He is going to be better suited to a longer journey but he is still good enough to feature over this journey.

Buck City showed tremendous improvement in her sizzling 30.42 Ipswich win and if she brings that form to town she can cause an upset.

Bull Titan rounds out the chances, she is armed with early toe and she can lead them a merry dance.

Top Four: 1 – 2 – 4 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Tear Away Size with Sportingbet

Exacta: 1/2,4,5 ($3 for 100%)

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

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

Race No. 3Golf Gurus Aspley Trophy7:22 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,250 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1I’M ALL STRIPES623X30.27Sandra Giles
2FRED SEALEY443529.97Amy O’reilly
3LINE UP BUOYS511330.02Bradley Woods
4PRINCE MINTO1451NBTGlen Northfield
5ELUSIVE STRIKE371X30.16Colin Graham
6BIG DAC433630.22Colin Hamilton
7ASTOUND YA228630.09Gloria Falla
8BLUE DEN543730.19John Reimer
9COMMANDO CHARLES216730.41Kylie Jorgensen
10SANDAVE GEM2385NBTAndrew Rich

Fred Sealey is resuming from a short spell and he should run a cheeky race at odds. He has broken 30 seconds here previously and he should be able to poke through at the first turn and hold a prominent position. This is one of the weakest races he has contested for a while and he should be good value.

Line Up Buoys has scored two impressive wins here of late and he has the speed to make every post a winner, with two slow beginners on his outside he should get all the breaks initially.

Astound Ya tends to race best at Ipswich but he still has a good 30.09 PB here, if he can get away on terms he should be able to put himself in a winning position in the early stages.

Top Four: 2 – 3 – 7 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Fred Sealey with Sportingbet

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

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

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

Race No. 4Imcd Xmas Dinner Trophy7:44 PM
5 event over 600 metres at Albion park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,250 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1KANISHA’S FLYER738635.53Patricia Comley
2KILLARA1226NBTRobin Palmer
3GOOD CALL PAUL322534.83Reg Kay
4DZEKO114534.91Glenda Dart
5FLICK PASS256834.99Ron Ball
6PILGRIM’S PRINCE784335.72Rachel Scott
7OKAY YETTA658735.54Reg Hazelgrove
8GOLFING AMY156634.94John Pollock

Good lineup set to do battle and I think we can find some value with Killara, she has been luckless in her two recent runs here over 520m and from the rails draw tonight I think she can poke through early and hold them out, she has been crying out for this journey and she should give a bold showing.

Dzeko is a real up and comer and she caught the eye when winning here in 34.91 recently, if she can step away on terms she should settle in a prominent position and she can then go into overdrive mid race.

Good Call Paul has the class edge and he must be respected but the concern with him is that he was a tad disappointing here last week, this is a bit easier but he will still need to do everything right early.

Flick Pass has a good record here and he could run a cheeky race at odds.

Top Four: 2 – 4 – 3 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Killara with Sportingbet

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

Exacta: 2,3,4/2,3,4,5 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2,3,4/2,3,4,5/2,3,4,5,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

Race No. 5First Grade Recruitment Trophy8:08 PM
3/4 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,250 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1PIKELET131429.88Ron Ball
2HOPE’S FANTASY142330.08William Elson
3FABIO767230.23Tom Tzouvelis
4ABBY’S FANTASY522230.10William Elson
5HAWKO’S MISTAKE625729.94John Edwards
6OUTA TEMPO545630.06Peter Ruetschi
7DREAM RIVER612229.86Troy Okamura
8FROSTY JAY JAY124829.73Renald Attard
9MELODY SERENADE675630.00Lyndall Massey

Frosty Jay Jay is resuming from a lengthy spell and he looks well placed to make his return to the race track. Obviously I dont know his progress on the trial track but for him to be making a return he must be doing something right. With a speedy beginner and keen railer underneath, he should get a nice cart into the race and if he is fit he should run a big race.

Dream River should make the race for the pink and if the pink can’t keep up he may be off and gone with the prize. He is armed with dazzling early speed and he has won here previously in a zippy 29.86.

Pikelet is in great form and her last win came from the red box in a slick 29.95 here, if she can reproduce that effort she will prove very hard to hold out.

Abby’s Fantasy is the only other winning chance, she has the speed to lead and she is racing in very consistent fashion at present.

Top Four: 8 – 7 – 1 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on Frosty Jay Jay and Dream River with Sportingbet

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

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

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

Race No. 6Big Dog Challenge Bne 600 F8:28 PM
OPEN event over 600 metres at Albion park Of $10,800 Prizemoney.
1st: $7,560 2nd: $2,160 3rd: $1,080.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1HOUGENIE363334.88Peter Ruetschi
2TUAVASA SHEK142335.21Darryl Chapman
3REGAL LAURYN531134.86Tony Brett
4SHERIDON746135.12Robin Palmer
5MULLAWAY187234.62Joanne Price
6CHARIOT’S OFFIAH464435.74Ross Ogden
7SET HER AGAIN117234.68Bruce Linnan
8KIDATEE CROC427435.09Darren Russell
9GOOD CALL PAUL322534.83Reg Kay
10DZEKO114534.91Glenda Dart

Great final and I think the classy Mullaway holds the key to the race, last week he had to work hard to find the early lead and he was found wanting in the home straight. Tonight I am expecting him to get a much cheaper lead and I can’t see them reeling him in when he is running sub 34.80 on the bunny.

Hougenie has the good draw and she has a top record here, from the red she should hold a top three spot early and she should be there at the end.

Regal Lauryn is in devastating form but she is poorly drawn tonight, if she happens to get through early she can win but it is likely that she will get strung up in traffic early.

Tuavasa Shek will be storming home late and he continues to improve over the staying journeys.

Top Four: 5 – 1 – 2 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Mullaway with Sportingbet

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

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

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

Race No. 7Haines Electrical Trophy8:52 PM
BT8 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $9,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,650 2nd: $1,900 3rd: $950.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1LE SIRENUSE116730.06Tom Tzouvelis
2CYNDIE’S SPECIAL624329.86William Elson
3GUNSPEED134130.01Shane Ellis
4TEE BRADY4X3130.06Tom Tzouvelis
5FUSAICHI KAHN112529.88Glenda Dart
6YOU CAN TALK217229.94Peter Ruetschi
7BILL’S FANTASY131829.93William Elson
8IVA VISION121529.62Peter Young

Iva Vision has won nine of 13 over this journey and he has a breathtaking 29.62 PB. From the pink draw he should get a nice cart across early and he should put them to the sword as they head into the turn.

Cyndie’s Special has been racing well without winning of late and she should give a great sight again, if the favourite happens to find bother early she may be off and gone with the prize.

Fusaichi Kahn was recently placed in the Cup final here and he should be thereabouts again, he can be hit or miss early but if he gets away cleanly he will run a monster race.

Bill’s Fantasy has won two of his past four and he should be in the firing line for a long way, he must lead to win but even if he doesn’t he can still hold on for a place.

Top Four: 8 – 2 – 5 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Iva Vision with Sportingbet

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

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

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

Race No. 8Brisgreys Xmas Stocking 5th Grad…9:11 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $9,800 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,860 2nd: $1,960 3rd: $980.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1KINGSBRAE LAVINA221130.11Glenda Dart
2MARLISA112130.28Christina Harman
3STELLA NIGHTS331129.89Glenda Dart
4CYNDIE’S MAGIC171230.44William Elson
5RENATUS751130.12Ron Ball
6KOORINGA PETE511230.26Glen Northfield
7HARA’S DERECK613130.27Kerry Myers
8MR. BRAND362230.39Darren Titmarsh
9DON’T GO QUIETLY152230.37Pamela Field
10SPANISH QUEEN271230.65Frank Hancock

Stella Nights has scored two ridiculous wins of late and she appears to have panels on this lot. She has pinged the lids in her past two starts so it’s not beyond her to ping away again and if she does there is no way they can beat her.

Renatus is a reliable beginner and he is also aiming for a hat trick of wins, if the favourite happens to miss the kick he may be able to capitalise early and build up a nice break mid race.

Cyndie’s Magic is a real up and comer and she should run a monster race, she didn’t have much luck in her heat and if given a clear run she is capable of going well under the 30 second barrier.

Kingsbrae Lavina rounds out the genuine chances, she has scored two top wins here of late and she will continue to get better with more racing over this trip.

Top Four: 3 – 5 – 4 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Stella Nights with Sportingbet

Trifecta: 3,5/1,3,4,5/1,2,3,4,5,8 ($24 for 100%)

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

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

Race No. 9Tattsbet.com9:34 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,250 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BON YEO173330.15John Adams
2MISS KAMIKAZE521630.10Adam Hines
3LA MADRINA212630.46Patricia Comley
4WHATA NICE SIZE133129.89Tony Brett
5GUNNADOO APACHE314530.22Glenda Dart
6MISS JACKPOT111830.97Robert Cooke
7SPANISH QUEEN271230.65Frank Hancock
8BLACK PARADOX148730.95Jeanette Cauchi
9BOUNDING AFFAIR741330.09Fred Crowther
10GANGNAM STRIDE456430.30Sheryl Clark

Whata Nice Size has a blistering turn of foot and he looked ultra impressive when scoring here last time in 29.89, once again he hasn’t drawn to well but he has a slow beginner on his outside so he shouldn’t get crowded in the first 50m.

Bon Yeo is the obvious danger but the draw is a bit of a concern for him, he isn’t the best of beginners and the last two times he has exited this draw he has got shuffled back in the early stages.

Miss Kamikaze had little luck when resuming from a spell and she should look to show improvement, she is also better suited to a wider draw but she is very talented and must be respected.

Spanish Queen should settle on the speed with the favourite and she should run a cheeky race, she will struggle in the last 40m but she might be able to hold on for a place.

Top Four: 3 – 1 – 2 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Whata Nice Size with Sportingbet

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

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

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

Race No. 10Garrard’s Horse And Hound9:52 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Albion park Of $7,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,250 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MOONLIGHT TYCOON834630.65Jeanette Cauchi
2PRINCESS CANUTE1122NBTTom Tzouvelis
3BILLY ROSE HI343130.16Trevor Thompson
4DON’T GO QUIETLY152230.37Pamela Field
5BIRTHDAY BASH123731.47Christine Bourke
6ART OF CONFUSION227230.14Patricia Comley
7MASTER JACKPOT172130.31Robert Cooke
8ABBY’S MAGIC613430.91William Elson
9GEARS OF WAR714730.59Steve Lennon
10MR. ELEGANT142430.34Jeffrey Garrick

Abby’s Magic is a highly promising speedster and if she can step cleanly tonight she should make a big impact. Early in her career she posted a ridiculous 24.98 Ipswich win and if given the chance to produce that effort here she will definitely test this lot.

Princess Canute is making her metro debut and she has been turning in some eye catching performances at Ipswich of late, she is normally a very reliable beginner and if she can push through early she will take some catching.

Art Of Confusion hasn’t had much luck of late but she does have a lot of ability, from the six she will need the breaks again but if she gets them she can run a big race at odds.

Top Four: 8 – 2 – 6 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Abby’s Magic with Sportingbet

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

Quinella: 8 to rove with 2,6,7 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 8/2,6,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

This Week In Racing History

December

17

Mick The Miller took out the last running of the Bookmaker’s Trophy (now called the Bold Trease Carnival Cup), over 513 metres at Sandown Park, in 1987. In a close finish Mick The Miller defeated Fletcher Miss by a head with Free Range only a neck away third. The following year the race was run over 716 metres.

Buddy Rich won the 2005 Christmas Gift, run over 520 metres at Wentworth Park, defeating Just Winsome and Oxley Hero. Among the unplaced division were top-class sprinters Paua To Burn and Edie Beauchamp. Buddy Rich ran a race record 29.86, clipping a significant 37/100ths off the previous standard, held by 2003 winner Dancing Habit, to pick up the $15,000 first prize money.

18

Quick Trek defeated Inch Ahead by half a length with The Earbrander a head away third in the 1990 final of the Top Cat Video Trophy, run over 424 metres at Warragul.

Shantung Tiger scored a brilliant win in the 1997 Hobart Thousand, coming out of box one to notch his 22nd victory from 32 starts in Tasmania (eight placings). The $20,000 first prize money took Shantung Tiger’s earnings to $50,000. The runners-up Conrod and Market Force were both trained by Ted Medhurst.

19

How’s The Fort downed Lucky Ferrari by just over a length in 30.92 in the 1992 Christmas Gift final, the first time the event had been run since the Wentworth Park track surface had been converted from grass to loam.

Victorian stayer Keon Star scored by just over six lengths from Desefiar in the 1996 West End Draught Distance Championship. Carmelina was 11 lengths away third.

20

A second running of the Maturity Classic for 1982 took place, at Olympic Park. The Maturity had traditionally been held earlier each year, and the first one for 1982 took place in January and was won by Wynlee Spirit. This second running saw Rocky Pyramid defeat South Australian finalist Superstar.

21

Brilliant Tasmanian sprinter Top Shiraz caused a boilover in the 2000 final of the Hobart Thousand when defeating the short-priced favourite Brett Lee by one length in a fast 25.91. Top Shiraz had been an unplaced finalist in the Hobart Thousand the previous year.

The first Hobart Thousand to be run over 461 metres at Tattersall’s Park, Elwick was run in 2006, with Victorian sprinter Superman exiting box one to down Major Bear by almost two lengths with the classy Train A Journey third. It was also the first time the long-established classic had been worth $50,000 to the winner.

22

The first hurdle race was conducted on the new Newcastle track at Beaumont Park, in 1954.

The 2001 final of the Potential Stakes (run over 520 metres at Wentworth Park) was marred by the late scratching of Scottish Express. Montana Sky prevailed from Queenslander Waterview Star with Frosty’s Token third.

23

The Paul Cauchi-trained Brettianly won the 1978 Christmas Gift for Stayers final at Harold Park, defeating Vermillion by six lengths in a race record 42.85. Third home was Nimble Twinkle, who had won the event the previous year.

The last Silver Chief Classic to be run over the 511 metres trip at Olympic Park took place in 1996. The race was taken out in stunning fashion by Awesome Assassin, who scored by nine lengths from box six for trainer Jason Thompson.

What You May Have Missed

Greyhounds Australasia Details National Welfare Strategy

Greyhounds Australasia has released initial details on the National Welfare Strategy to be implemented from 1 July 2015. The strategy focuses heavily on the breeding side of the sport, with several restrictions to be introduced including:

  • All broodbitches are to be registered with the controlling bodies as a “breeding female” before they whelp their first litter
  • Broodbitches over eights years of age won’t be allowed to continue to whelp litters, unless a veterinary certificate detailing their health and fitness is provided to authorities
  • Creation of a National Breeding Review Panel who will be responsible for deciding is a brood bitch who has whelped three litters is allowed to continue for a fourth or any subsequent litters that may follow
  • Individual brood bitches will only be able to whelp two litters at a time, during an 18-month period.

These changes will aim to combat unnecessary breeding with bitches that haven’t produced any successful chasers within their first three mating’s, improving welfare of brood bitches and ultimately reduce the number of greyhounds that never make the race track.

Greyhounds Australasia is currently calling for feedback on their proposed changes and this should spark great debate amongst participants in the coming months.

Compression Suits Approved In Victoria

The popularity of the compression suit for greyhounds has grown in leaps and bounds of late, with Greyhound Racing Victoria approving the use of the suits made famous by champion horse Black Caviar.

Introduced as an approved mechanism from 1 December this year, trainers can use the suits whilst their greyhounds are in the race kennels and can reapply them after the event, provided the greyhound has left the kennel block area.

Social media has been flooded with pictures of custom made suits for an array of trainers, illustrating another positive initiate of greyhound racing welfare.

New Cannington Bunny Cam

Cannington greyhound track introduced a fun concept at their weekly trial session last week, with a GoPro attached to the lure and the launch of bunny cam.

The short-term aim of this concept is to give participants a new and unique insight into the racing patterns of greyhounds, with plans to upload race footage after the completion of each meeting and the possibly of bunny cam footage being broadcast live in the future.

Worth A Second Look:

23-year-old Victorian trainer Bethany Dapiran claimed her first career group victory at Wentworth Park, after Zipping Rory sizzled over the 720m journey in a time of 42.08. Dapiran’s father Peter finished second in the Group Three Summer Cup Final with Zipping Maggie, giving the training duo and renowned owner’s Martin and Fiona Hallinan a sensational quinella.

Where Have Our Customers Gone?

The fact is that greyhound racing has hardly any customers left. It has not happened overnight but it has been building up ever since SKY pictures started appearing in lounge rooms and social clubs from the late 1980s.

The need to visit the racecourse gradually and remorselessly unwound. The attraction was no longer there. With that came a decline in the knowledge of racing, of how dogs race and how they react to certain tracks and distances, of what bookmakers do and, indeed, what price is a good price.

(Coincidentally, a personal view is that the parallel move away from traditional bookmaker’s pricing to the decimalised tote system helped to destroy the concept of odds. People more often expected a $2.00 pop to win all the time rather than win once out of every two attempts as a 1/1 favourite. It may also be no coincidence that the last two decades have also seen a substantial decline in the proportion of high school students taking mathematics in any form).

In its place, we got casual, lottery-like betting on the numbers, sometimes with help from tipsters in your favourite publication. All of which are dubious propositions. And all of which are now being stimulated by one-shot access to betting opportunities via your hand-held device, complete with apps about form and competing offers from a variety of betting operators.

So we forgot about being racing’s customers and morphed into a world where we became customers of the betting systems, much of it online. Whatever they offered, we accepted without query, without analysis, without advice from people we once rubbed shoulders with at the track. Hence the over-bet favourites and all the rest of it.

One outcome of this process would be a decline in knowledge and appreciation of the greyhound breed, and with that a decline in support from the general public. Those images were never strong anyway but the further away from the action the average punter got the weaker that image became.

Contrast that with pictures of fit young men striding on to the football field, attractively attired and stirred up by hordes of fanatical supporters filling the grounds. Yes, they have had their periodic problems too but note how sporting authorities relentlessly seek to maintain and build their squeaky clean images and to present their products more sensitively to women and children. They have customers, no doubt about that, which is why general sports have now overtaken harness racing in the betting stakes and are threatening greyhounds in second place.

In racing, only Tabcorp and Tattsbet now have customers in any numbers, although the latter is losing out steadily. But, by default, they now dominate the sport. They run things. They even outrank governments which are happy just to count the tax income at the end of the week.

The solution? There is no other option but to go out and meet that public, to address them in person, to educate them properly in the mysteries of the greyhound and the intricacies of betting. Don’t let them guess or take the word of people with ulterior motives or even of mates they rub shoulders with in the pub.

The industry cannot just throw out information and hope it hits the mark. It has to be directed and reinforced on screen, in brochures, across the ether and in person. Explain how everything works and how they can take part.

The default position – do nothing – can only increase the level of misinformation, leaving the money-grabbers in charge and reducing it all to poker machine standards.

How Others Are Thinking

A sobering view of the industry came from writer Matt Nicholls on the justracing.com.au website. Let’s quote him directly.

“It is a worrying trend in racing that 90% (by my estimation) of racing reporters are either employed directly by the industry, or employed by people who are given large subsidies by the industry. To clarify that statement, I am including Tabcorp as part of the industry, as its bread and butter is wagering on the three codes of racing.

So basically every reporter seen on TVN or Sky Racing is being fed by the industry. That’s not to say that some won’t make an informed opinion about issues, but you’ll find the majority are either fence sitters or too scared to say anything negative.

The same goes for the reporters that work for the various daily newspapers around the country. While there are still a couple of good ones left, most of them have become puppets for the industry”.

Fortunately, this website is able to present objective views on a variety of subjects, and to prompt debates which you will never see on racing authority pages.

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Nick Cater, in The Australian, 9 December, writing about the tendency for universities to strive more for political correctness than to encourage differing viewpoints, said …

“Higher education is stuck, for now, with an exhausted funding model that gives preference to quantity over quality. It is burdened, too, with a culture that despises pluralism and shouts down debate”.

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Finally, the other day, the left-leaning Sydney Morning Herald printed a long list of letters to the editor ripping into Treasurer Joe Hockey for failing to continue handouts to a variety of deserving causes. The fact that the country is spending more than it earns was lost to these people and to the editor who was unable to present any contrary views.

The whole deal finished with one correspondent advising that “Prayer can produce miracles”. Really? For the Federal budget. Like how?

2014 Group One Hobart Thousand Final Preview

The Hobart Thousand is the oldest race in Australia and has been won by some of the sport’s finest since it was first run in 1935.

The 2014 Group One Hobart Thousand will see a terrific lineup of some of the most promising young chasers in the country.

Lets have a look at each runner individually.

Box 1
Race Odds
$3.60
Heat Replay
 
Big Ticket
Trainer
Steven Clarke
Owner
Pat Sofra
Prizemoney
$22,785
Last 10 Starts
1122151511
December
2012
  Black   Dog   by   Fabregas - Bella
Portrait
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,753 Rating 98
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
13 8 2 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
62 85
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 3 0 1
Steven Clarke (Trainer) - He has got his box so hopefully he takes advantage of it. He can be a little bit tardy from the boxes but if he can begin with them he certainly has the speed to match it with them.
Best Hobart Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.90 25.90 5.12 5.12
Box 2
Race Odds
$2.40
Heat Replay
 
Dyna Villa
Trainer
Jenny Hunt
Owner
Paul Wheeler
Prizemoney
$469,060
Last 10 Starts
3181311131
October
2012
  Black   Dog   by   Collision - Roxio
Bale
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $19,544 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
24 15 2 5
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
62 92
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 0 0
ARG Comment – Melbourne Cup winner that was very impressive in his 25.94 heat win. Has been jumping consistently well lately and would prove very hard to catch if he bounces on the bunny.
Best Hobart Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.94 25.94 5.07 5.07
Box 3
Race Odds
$51
Heat Replay
 
Breaker’s Tip
Trainer
Gary Fahey
Owner
G & G Fahey
Prizemoney
$14,450
Last 10 Starts
3231112211
October
2012
  Black   Dog   by   Mogambo - Dennes
Point
Start Fair Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $850 Rating 87
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
17 7 5 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
41 88
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
10 4 4 1
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 1
ARG Opinion – Has won five of his last seven and began well last week but he comes up against a terrific field and looks like he will have to improve a few lengths or hope for a lot of interference to win.
Best Hobart Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
26.22 26.37 5.05 5.05
Box 4
Race Odds
$12
Heat Replay
 
Blurred Lines
Trainer
Kelly Bravo
Owner
Brett Bravo
Prizemoney
$75,860
Last 10 Starts
1712122871

March
2012

  Black   Dog   by   Batrim
Bale
- Witch
Fantasy
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,107 Rating 88
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
36 11 9 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
31 67
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 3 2 0
Kelly Bravo (Trainer) – It is probably not the greatest box for him because he needs a clear few strides early to get moving, if he gets that he goes ok.
Best Hobart Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
26.23 26.23 5.11 5.11
Box 5
Race Odds
$5.00
Heat Replay
 
Above All
Trainer
Robert Britton
Owner
Allison Lee
Prizemoney
$31,165
Last 10 Starts
1421211141
July
2012
  Black   Dog   by   Magic
Sprite
- Kara
Janx
Start Moderate Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,833 Rating 96
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
11 7 2 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
64 82
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
ARG Opinion – His heat run was his first start since finishing fourth in the Group One Melbourne Cup behind Dyna Villa. He put in a terrific run last week and is right in the race if he can begin cleanly.
Best Hobart Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
26.16 26.16 5.10 5.10
Box 6
Race Odds
$18
Heat Replay
 
Hellyeah Bolt
Trainer
Anthony Bullock
Owner
Hellyeah Syndicate
Prizemoney
$88,090
Last 10 Starts
4656212341
September
2011
  Black   Dog   by   Dyna
Lachlan
- Flash
Diamond
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,545 Rating 93
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
57 27 9 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
47 72
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
19 10 3 1
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 1 1 2
Anthony Bullock (Trainer) – I give him a big chance. I think it depends on what the one (Big Ticket) and the two (Dyna Villa) do at the start…if he begins like he did last week I will be very happy.
Best Hobart Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.75 25.96 5.04 5.04
Box 7
Race Odds
$6.50
Heat Replay
 
Ride The Rails
Trainer
Kelly Bravo
Owner
Nadine Brown
Prizemoney
$52,165
Last 10 Starts
2132726311
October
2011
  Black   Dog   by   Cosmic
Chief
- Pearl
Napoleon
Start Moderate Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,086 Rating 94
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
48 17 13 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
35 75
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 2 3 0
Kelly Bravo (Trainer) – His heat run was impressive. Hopefully being drawn off the track will allow him to get clear room to get into the race and he won’t find too much trouble. The Tassie dog in the pink (Señor Slamma) seems to go pretty straight, it doesn’t crash down to the fence, so as long as he (Ride The Rails) can begin with them I think he will improve a lot from his heat.
Best Hobart Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
26.05 26.05 5.12 5.12
Box 8
Race Odds
$18
Heat Replay
 
Senor Slamma
Trainer
Gary Johnson
Owner
Robyn Johnson
Prizemoney
$35,665
Last 10 Starts
1111211111
April
2012
  Fawn   Dog   by   El
Grand
Senor
- Tequila
Mall
Start Good Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $793 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
45 20 2 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
44 56
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
14 8 0 0
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 2 1 2
Gary Johnson (Trainer) – He likes the outside but the key to the dog is that he has got to jump to win. He usually runs pretty good sections and his second section is where he usually clears out away from them.
Best Hobart Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.88 26.23 5.01 5.12
1st Res
Race Odds
$7.00
Heart Replay
 
Kicking Rocks
Trainer
Darren McDonald
Owner
Ryan Tredway
Prizemoney
$28,560
Last 10 Starts
2247311112
October
2011
  Red
Fawn
  Dog   by  

Cosmic
Rumble

- Really
Satisfies
Start Slow Running   Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,298 Rating 89
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
22 9 6 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
41 82
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
Box – Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
- - - -
ARG Comment – A very fast greyhound that is capable of clocking some scintillating times. He is tardy at box rise but has great acceleration when he is given time and room to balance up. Will need luck if he gains a start but is more than capable on his night.
Best Hobart Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
- 25.95 (2nd)

-

-
2nd Res
Race Odds
$7.00
Heat Replay
 
Buckle Up Wes
Trainer
Ted Medhurst
Owner
R Johnson & S Sutton
Prizemoney
$551965
Last 10 Starts
3213728124
June
2011
  Black   Dog   by   Collision - Everlong
Bale
Start Good Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $ 10,614 Rating 99
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
52 30 8 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
58 83
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
15 8 3 1
Box – Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
- - - -
ARG Comment – Class runner of the field that has been a little disappointing at his last two starts. Despite this, he is one of the best dogs in the race and would prove hard to beat if he gains a start
Best Hobart Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.77 26.01 (2nd) 5.09 -

Dyna Villa (2) is the class runner of the race. He is the winner of this year’s Melbourne Cup and is a genuine Group One star. He is drawn well in box two on Thursday night and if he can get room to move in the early stages he should get to the front and prove very hard to run down.

A few of the dogs in this race are hit and miss early but, if they time the start right, they can really fly. 

Big Ticket (1) looks to be a quality dog in the making and he has the ability to match it with any of these if he begins with them. Box one will help him but he can’t afford to let them get away from him in the early stages. He is the fastest qualifier coming into the race so must be respected.

Above All (5) ran a phenomenal race in his heat after striking trouble in the early stages. He didn’t manage to break 26 but the style of the win was amazing. You would think if he steps well he is good enough to challenge for the lead and take out the title.

Senor Slamma (8) is in terrific form as a winner of 11 of his past 12 starts, but he comes up against a whole new class of greyhound tonight and will have to make a big step up in grade.

Ride The Rails (7) has had two starts back since fracturing a hock for two outstanding wins. He is fast enough to win but he can mix his box manners and that won’t be any help in a Group One field. 

Hellyeah Bolt (6) is a quality dog but his form is hit and miss. He was back to his best last week but it is a big ask to do it again the following week and he only has an average strike rate from the green. Not saying he can’t win, but he would need to do everything right.

Greyhound Tips & Betting Preview December 17 2014

Back to South Australia and Angle Park to try and find some winners today.

Race No. 5Only At The Dogs Mixed Stake Pr2…1:12 PM
3/4 event over 388 metres at Angle park Of $1,590 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,110 2nd: $320 3rd: $160.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SHIELS131722.48Kelvin Stott
2THUNDER OF PARIS147822.68Charles Adcock
3KALDEN LEGENDA127322.36Ben Rawlings
4KALDEN KAPONE846122.12Troy Murray
5VICTA MERRILL565722.39Ronald Schadow
6KIMMY KASH127722.57Lester Harris
7UNCLE VICK641322.26Dean Decrea
8COSMIC ILLUSION422222.20Richard Pearce

Cosmic Illusion is well placed in the pink draw and she was a tad unlucky here last week. She is normally a very reliable beginner and three placings on the trot she is overdue to break through. There is a bit of speed drawn in the middle and they should carve up the inside division and that should allow her to get the fly early.

Kalden Legenda can ping the lids and he has a heap of talent, if he gets away cleanly tonight he should sit just behind Cosmic Illusion and fill the quinella spot.

Kalden Kapone scored a devastating 22.12 win here last week and a repeat of that will see him go close again, the concern tonight is that there is a fair bit of speed around him and he will need a few things to go his way early.

Top Four: 8 – 3 – 4 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Cosmic Illusion with Sportingbet

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

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

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

Race No. 6Gap Racing To Retirement Stake P…1:30 PM
6 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $1,315 Prizemoney.
1st: $925 2nd: $260 3rd: $130.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1YARRAMUNDI HANNA147730.28Vadim Roz
2COSMIC CHOO437830.51Nadine Payne
3DELTA MCLAREN341831.83Kathleen Shepherd
4ROCKIN’ LOOT651330.65John Rees
5CRYSTAL HERO268230.28Stuart Ellis
6TANGEMATIC328830.61Benjamin Hughes
7DAKOTA LA FLASH232129.87Kerry Stagg
8EMERLEY OCCA453730.82Ross Panagiotou
9VICTA HARPER174830.72Sam Basham
10SALARY PACKAGE384530.86Gary Pidgeon

Dakota La Flash is likely to start short odds but it’s worthwhile anchoring her up front in your exotics and taking the all up with Cosmic Illusion. Last time out she gapped a handy field when scoring here in 22.25 and she is better suited to this distance range. Rockin’ Loot is the only one who will challenge her early but she should put pay to her as they head for the back straight.

Emerley Occa is suitably drawn in the pink and he was solidly placed here two runs back, he can’t win the race but he can sneak into a placing.

Rockin’ Loot as stated earlier, should settle near the speed and he is a great place prospect, he was solidly placed here over this trip last time and he should have derived a lot of benefit from that run.

Top Four: 7 – 4 – 8 – 1

Suggested Bets:

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

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

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

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

Best Value:
Race 9: Costa Kahn

Beaten Brigade Make For A Quality Hobart Undercard

While all the focus will be on the Group 1 Hobart Thousand, the R.W (Bob) Brown Memorial Consolation event will again take its regular spot on Tassie’s biggest night, and as such stands as much a part of the Thousand series as the heats and final itself.

Since 1999, the consolation event has been named in memory of the late Robert William “Bobbie” Brown, the local legendary trainer whose name is etched all over the in the history of the race, and sport in the state of Tasmania.

Apart from being a stellar boxer (a winner of 69 of 72 bouts fought), Bob Brown became an inductee of the Tasmanian Greyhound Hall of Fame in 2008. He was witness to every Hobart Thousand that took place during his lifetime, from the first running in 1939 right up until his death which actually occurred on December 17, 1998; the same day 59th running of the race.

Despite winning just about everything a trainer could win on the Apple Isle, the Hobart Thousand eluded him as a trainer. However it remains a great gesture for the Hobart club to honour him with what has proven to be a high-class listed event in its own right.

One doesn’t have to look back any further than to last years’ race when a virtually unknown-at-the-time black dog named Buckle Up Wes took it out, with the eventual Launceston Cup winner, Varcoe, third in the same event.

Emerald Lee won the 2011 version for Debbie Cannan, while Penny’s Angel led all the way previous to that. Even a Victorian in Banger Harvey can be seen on the recent honour roll for the Bob Brown Memorial.

But the 2014 running of the race is arguably the best version to date, with five of the seven runners coming second in their respective heats last week.

Though Buckle Up Wes isn’t there to go back to back, there are three interstate chasers that have remained to challenge an excellent crop of local stars.

Kelly Bravo will take a duo of chasers into the main event two races later, and her chaser Hekate Belle was less than a half-head away of making it a Group 1 trio. It couldn’t quite catch Senor Slamma from box one on that occasion, but gets the chance to atone from the same draw this week. It will likely be one the favourites, with a consistent form line in the past month.

Fellow Victorian, Kicking Rocks had no problems coming out the 461-metre start last week, but found Big Ticket a touch too fast. It broke 26 seconds on that occasion being beaten narrowly and a repeat would go close to getting it back into the winners’ circle for master trainer, Darren McDonald.

While Nicole Mcrae’s veteran Walk Hard could only manage fourth in its heat, it was the manner in which the son of Bit Chili finished the event that suggests it will be hard to beat. While he may be giving away youth to his rivals, the dog is no stranger to the Elwick track and with any luck in running will be storming over the top.

The race won’t be an all-Victorian show, as Night Tremors and Bruny Venture couldn’t be racing in better fashion to defend their home turf.

Trainer Eileen Thomas would be well aware of the brilliant mid-race burst the Night Tremors possesses, and it will be right in the picture again from the outside draw. Given the amount of interstate talent, this Tassie youngster could well be the knockout dog for punters looking for a bit of value.

Likewise for Bruny Venture, who despite the six-rug should be well in the race at the half way point and well placed to capitalise on any mid-race bother that may come the way of those behind him.

The R.W Bob Brown Memorial Consolation is scheduled to run at 9.05pm as race six on Hobart’s Thursday night fixture – a race that carries a lot more weight than the $4465 on offer for the winner.

R.W Bob Brown Memorial Consolation Box Draw

Box 1 – Hekate Belle – Kelly Bravo
Box 2 – Kicking Rocks – Darren McDonald
Box 3 – Wynburn Rush – Ben Englund
Box 4 – Warehouse Mouse – Mick Stringer
Box 5 – Bit Hot Rusty – Shane Whitney
Box 6 – Bruny Venture – Gary Fahey
Box 7 – Walk Hard – Nicole Mcrae
Box 8 – Night Tremors – Eileen Thomas
Reserve
Izon Destruction – Shane Whitney

How They Play With Your Money

A reader has queried the source of my comment about Tabcorp altering Fixed Odds bets while the race is under way. I must confess I can’t find the reference at the moment but the issue came up during a blog discussion about punters’ FO bets being accepted or rejected. Several contributors were complaining about getting the amount of their bet halved and about slow processing of their “application”. Of course, this is why your FO bet at a TAB outlet often takes quite a while to accept, usually holding up customers waiting their turn behind. That occurs even for small bets because they have been placed in a clearing queue for the operator to process.

You see these complaints regularly and my policy is generally to make a mental note and leave it at that until more confirmation is available. However, in this case a “value” customer of Tabcorp’s also offered a copy of an email he got back from the operator which specifically advised him they knew the race had already started by the time they reduced his bet (the dog actually lost anyway).

When you place this is an environment where Tabcorp’s manual instructs staff to consider each bet for acceptance, reduction or rejection (we have a verbatim copy of those instructions) it gives you the obvious impression that the company is dedicated to making a profit on every race, no matter what. That climate or culture, call it what you will, is consistent with the above email advice to the customer. There is no question of making a “book” and taking their chances against the betting public. Add to that Tabcorp’s practice of offering FO prices or books of around 130% and you can then see the age-old principle of each party having a chance of a win is looking very thin. Those odds, please note, are not covered by the tote’s legal obligation to average a 16% deduction over the course of a year. It can get away with pretty much anything it likes to do.

There is another example of this sort of behaviour available in Tabcorp’s everyday practice of encouraging Mystery bets which include a boxed Trifecta. Not only do these attract high takeouts of 21% in NSW (25% when hosting international pools) but they are also guaranteed losers before the race starts. This occurs because the Tabcorp computer which assigns the three starters to each bet takes runners from each price bracket – short, medium and long – and each of those is, by definition, at a much different price. Yet the boxed bet assumes that each have the same chance. You are therefore investing as much on the favourite winning as you are on a 10/1 shot, which is mathematical madness.

When one of the favoured runners runs a place (it does not have to win) the dividend will be much smaller than the odds demand. In the much less likely event that the favourite misses a place, that dividend will be higher than justified by the true odds. Good luck as to which side of the coin you fall on.

I should add that tipsters are also prone to suggest boxed bets to unwary customers. That includes the Watchdog which recommended five such bets in the 12-race meeting at Sandown last Thursday night. Only one of those succeeded, paying a very modest $42, even though a $5.20 dog won the race.

Tabcorp, of course, has a tote monopoly in its markets, so excess profits from FO and Mystery bets serve to put some icing on the cake. It is also why the vast majority of gamblers will lose money over a period

It is little wonder that many folk are calling for better regulation of Australia’s betting market, starting with a national betting pool.

A Distance Too Far

Sometimes I wonder about my fellow punters. The betting shock of the week had to be at Horsham last Tuesday. It wasn’t so much the result as the price.

The evidence was already there. My earlier comments about 425m dogs (ie Bendigo) being a different batch to 450m dogs (ie Ballarat) were no better illustrated than when a short course flier, El Grand Seal, got caught near the post in its Ballarat Cup heat and then again in the Consolation on Cup final night. Sure, he has won at 450m and even 460m but not when heavy hitters are in the offing. Still, he has put up some good fights but by far his best career run has been a 23.50 at Bendigo. That’s his peak. After that, it all gets harder.

But nothing could prepare me for the trainer putting him in a 480m event at Horsham. This is not just a tough trip in one-turn racing terms, it also finds out many good city winners. They cannot handle the long home straight. There is no tougher sprint in the country. Yet here I found El Grand Seal sitting up in box 1 in a short field of solid if not spectacular dogs. Several were well capable of running 27.20 to 27.30.

Never mind all that. The Watchdog priced him at $1.30 while the market settled for $1.60 in both NSW and Victoria. Amazing, absolutely amazing. Not that it would be impossible for it to win but it had to be a huge task. And so it turned out. In the race, Hekatia Bale led the favourite out of the boxes but both got run down by the strong finishing Quick Kisses in an average sort of time of 27.37. El Grand Seal did his thing but even his top class mentor, Jeff Britton, must have been hoping against hope over this distance.

El Grand Seal had won only three of its last eleven starts and all those wins were over 425m or less. So, was the short price due to the Watchdog’s leadership (as often happens) or general pressure from punters on the day? Probably a bit of both but the whole process was very sheep-like.

Looking back over the weekend beforehand I found seven dogs started at odds-on at the three major tracks. Four won, including Zipping Willow and Winsome Mission which were no-brainers. However, an even dollar on each of the seven would have given you back $6.10 for your $7.00 investment. Taking odds-on is a mug’s game. The TAB takes out enough already without going down that road.

Happily, I took three Quinellas at Horsham and the winning combination paid $36.90 in NSW, mainly because El Grand Seal ran only 3rd. If only I could do this every week.

Meantime, distance is undoubtedly the greatest single leveller in greyhound racing. Add a false favourite and you are in business.

The Night Two Giants Clashed In A Memorable Hobart Thousand

She was the darling of the media and greyhound fans across the country. He was the one chaser who had already tested her and would later go down as the one who seemed to have her measure. When the mighty all-distance champion Zoom Top came to Hobart to try and annex the prestigious Hobart Thousand in 1969, her nemesis Benjamin John, one of the finest sprinters Australia has ever seen was there to throw down his challenge.

Owned and trained by Hec and Leah Watt, Zoom Top had carried all before her through much of 1968, winning 31 of her 61 starts, including her last eight in a row. It was no surprise when she was named NSW Greyhound of the Year.

Benjamin John, trained by the master mentor Stan Cleverley, had begun racing in late July 1968 and had won 10 of his 18 starts that year.

He had already clashed with Zoom Top on two occasions, with the score at one win apiece. On the first occasion, in a race over 555 yards at Dapto, Zoom Top found trouble at the first corner and had to be content with fourth place, beaten just over a length by Benjamin John. On the second occasion, the final of the 1968 NSW St Leger, run over 580 yards at Wentworth Park, Zoom Top exploded out of box six and gave nothing else a chance, racing away to score by three lengths in 31.0, a new race record. Benjamin John finished third, beaten six lengths.

In the lead-up to the Hobart Thousand heats, run in late January 1969, Zoom Top and Benjamin John were in contrasting form.

Zoom Top had commenced the new year with defeats at Richmond and Harold Park (twice). Despite her apparent loss of form, Hec Watt took Zoom Top south to Tasmania, to contest the prestigious Hobart Thousand series, run over 540 yards.

In order to give Zoom Top a look at the Hobart track she was given a solo trial at the circuit. A record crowd of almost 1,000 turned out to watch the trial. After the hit-out Hec Watt found Zoom Top was bleeding from a front paw, the result of a torn stopper.

Benjamin John had begun the year with victories at Wentworth Park and Olympic Park in Melbourne, split by a second placing over the middle-distance 675 yards trip at Bulli.

In his heat on 27 January, Benjamin John blitzed his field, overcoming box six to score by 14 lengths and set a new track record of 28.9. This eclipsed the previous mark of 29.3, set in November 1968 by Future Tanist and equalled by Mounthall King in taking out the 1969 Hobart Maiden Thousand early in the same month.

For Zoom Top, Hec Watt had managed to patch up he injured paw and she started a prohibitive 1/5 ($1.20) favourite against moderate opposition in her heat. Zoom Top began well and quickly led but although nicely clear in the back straight she suddenly faltered and allowed the trailing Twinkling Lin to close to within a length of her. The champion got going again and went on to score by four lengths in a fast 29.3, equalling the previous track record.

After the race the reason for Zoom Top’s mid-race baulking became clear. She had torn the same stopper and was bleeding from the front paw yet again. Fortunately, there was a nine-day gap to the semi-finals and Zoom Top was able to take her place in her run-off on 5 February. Starting at 1/3 ($1.30) from box three, Zoom Top jumped clear at the start and led all the way to win by six lengths from Gold Brig in a best of the night 29.1.

Benjamin John also won his semi-final, but only recorded 29.4 after being slowly away and coming from well back early. He was almost certainly tired after Cleverley had returned to Sydney with him after his heat victory and raced Benjamin John at Wentworth Park on 1 February. Despite the advantage of box one, Benjamin John was beaten half a length by the brilliant Sammie Sparrow.

The Hobart Thousand final took place just three days after the semi-finals, on 8 February. Benjamin John drew perfectly in box one for the $3,000-to-the-winner final, with Zoom Top alongside him in box two. It looked a virtual match race and that’s how it panned out.

Benjamin John began best but Zoom Top showed great early speed to lead two lengths into the first turn. Zoom Top held the lead into the back straight from Benjamin John but coming to the back bend she was tackled by her fellow NSW rival. Benjamin John went around Zoom Top and, to the cheers of the record crowd, raced away to score by three lengths from Zoom Top. Queensland sprinter Michael Craig was a well-beaten four and a half lengths away third. Benjamin John recorded a sensational 29.0, the second-fastest ever run at the course.

The Hobart Thousand was the first time Zoom Top had ever been run down in a sprint. Her only real excuse was that her torn stopper had not had sufficient time to heal and she might well have been feeling some discomfort in her front paw while racing.

Benjamin John and Zoom Top clashed on three more occasions. Benjamin John won one of these, relegating Zoom Top into second place, but in the other two races they were both beaten, although Benjamin John had the better of the placings, running second both times while Zoom Top was third and fourth.

Greyhound Tips & Betting Preview December 16 2014

Another day, another dollar. Heading to Warragul to try and find some winners.

Race No. 5Boss Hogg’s Pizza Vic Bred Ht18:08 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 460 metres at Warragul Of $1,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $375 3rd: $190.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1RICKY FIELDS [5]1788126.10(5)G O’keefe (Neerim Junction)
2NOAKI LYNX [5]31343NBTJ Reynolds (Pearcedale)
3DON’T CRUMBLE [5]5154726.03(6)M Brown (Loch)
4DROMORE’S PEARL [5]3621725.95(2)F Alister (Cranbourne South)
5JOHNNY MOBSTER [5]34125FSHG Neocleous (Yinnar South)
6STEALTHY BLONDE [5]15312NBTE Dowsey (Cowwarr)
7WE’RE OFF HERE [5]14144NBTB Keel (Devon Meadows)
8SUMMER WAGES [5]2724225.99(7)W Bickerton (Cranbourne South)
9BILLY BEERGARDEN [5]Res.57366FSHM Mallia-magri (Avalon)
10HIGH STYLE [5]Res.57714NBTG Dalton (Hazelwood North)

We’re Off Here is a very fast chaser when on the bunny and he should make up for his luckless effort here last week. Last week he missed the kick and was never really a factor, tonight’s race doesn’t feature a lot of early speed so with a clean getaway he should have the speed to carve across and he should prove too zippy for these.

Summer Wages is a class act and he should be able to follow the seven across as they head into the first bend, he is quite strong in the run to the line but I’m a little concerned that We’re Off Here might burn him off mid race.

Stealthy Blonde should settle just behind them and she has been racing consistently, with a trouble free run she should finish in the placings.

Dromore’s Pearl was a brilliant 25.95 winner here three runs back, a repeat of that will see her feature but she will need luck from the poor draw.

Top Four: 7 – 8 – 6 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on We’re Off Here with Sportingbet

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

Exacta: 6,7,8/4,6,7,8 ($9 for 100%)

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

Race No. 7Boss Hogg’s Pizza Vic Bred Ht28:48 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 460 metres at Warragul Of $1,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $375 3rd: $190.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MISS SOCIETY [5]23828FSTDJ Imlach (Pearcedale)
2BLONDE NELLIE [5]31734NBTJ Paterson (Tenby Point)
3AMAROO MY GIRL [5]7752225.98(8)C Schembri (Moe South)
4HOGG THE LOT [5]61112FSHD Pattinson (Pearcedale)
5TIME TO EMBRACE [5]12332FSTDT Fasoli (Heyfield)
6ROWDY RONDA [5]177FSHK Hellmuth (Pearcedale)
7VEE FOR VEGAS [5]37855NBTS Neocleous (Yinnar South)
8COSMIC BREAK [5]231125.86(7)D Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
9CANINO [5]Res.75167NBTC Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
10RED TRUMP [5]Res.44826NBTL Russell (Sale)

Rowdy Rhonda is an explosive talent and if she reproduces the effort which saw her win at Ballarat on debut in 25.08 she will take a power of beating. She possess a ridiculous turn of foot and after slow starts at her previous two efforts she hasn’t had a chance to show it. With the speedy Time To Embrace drawn underneath she should get a clear run into the race and the time should be interesting.

Cosmic Break has scored two powerful wins here of late with the latest being in a blistering 25.86, he is well placed in the wide draw and he should be there at the end.

Miss Society has the perfect draw and she has the speed to hold them out, she has been racing in strong class of late and she could be the value in the event.

Top Four: 6 – 8 – 1 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Rowdy Rhonda with Sportingbet

Exacta: 1,6,8/1,4,6,8 ($9 for 100%)

Quinella: 6 to rove with 1,4,8 ($3 for 100%)

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

Best Value:
Race 9: Symmetry Lad

Barry Wells Fined And Disqualified For Heptaminol Positive

Offence:

GAR 83 (1) and 83 (2) (3)

(1) Mr. Barry Wells the trainer of the greyhound HECAN BOLT, which was nominated to compete in an Event, namely, Race 10, the AWESOME LODGE – Mixed 4/5, conducted by the Healesville Greyhound Racing Club at Healesville on Sunday, 3 August 2014, did administer or cause to be administered the prohibited substance Heptaminol for the purpose of affecting the greyhound’s condition, behaviour or performance in the Event.

(2) Mr. Barry Wells the trainer of the greyhound HECAN BOLT, which was nominated to compete in an Event, namely, Race 10, the AWESOME LODGE – Mixed 4/5, conducted by the Healesville Greyhound Racing Club at Healesville on Sunday, 3 August 2014, did fail on that date to present the greyhound free of any prohibited substance, given that a pre race urine sample taken from the greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substance Heptaminol.

Report:

Following advice from the Racing Analytical Services Laboratory, the Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria conducted an investigation into the results of a pre-race urine sample taken from the greyhound ‘Hecan Bolt’ at the Healesville Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Sunday, 3 August 2014.

During the investigation, Stewards received evidence from registered trainer Mr. Barry Wells, Mr. Paul Zahra (Racing Analytical Services Laboratory) and Dr. Steven Karamatic (Greyhound Racing Industry Veterinary Officer).

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Wells with a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rules as indicated in charges (1) to (2) above.

Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules a breach of GAR83 (1) and GAR83 (2)(3) constitute Serious Offences.

As a result, on Monday, 15 December 2014 this matter was heard before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board in the first instance under Greyhound Local Racing Rule 47.3 and Sections 83C(b) and 83M(1) of the Racing Act.

Mr. Barry Wells did not attend the Hearing.

Mr. Ron Matthews (GRV Steward) represented the Stewards Panel.
After hearing all the evidence tendered and having regard to GAR83 (1) and GAR83 (2) (3), the RADB determined that: (the Stewards having withdrawn charge 1)

In relation to charge (2), Mr. Wells was guilty as charged and disqualified him for 2 years effective from completion of this present period of disqualification, he was also fined $2,000.

Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB also disqualified ‘Hecan Bolt’ from Event 10 – The AWESOME LODGE – Mixed 4/5 – at the Healesville Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Sunday, 3 August 2014 and amended the placing’s as follows:

1st Transcend Time
2nd Lost Profits
3rd Centralian
4th Dirty Mary
5th Under Threat
6th Gino Keeping
Disqualified Hecan Bolt

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

(a) Mr. Wells’ failure to attend the hearing;

(b) The nature of the prohibited substance Heptaminol;

(c) The need to maintain the integrity of greyhound racing and ensure a level playing field for all participants; and

(d) Prior penalties for similar offences and Mr. Wells record of prior offences.

ARG Opinion:

GRV has been very consistent in their handling of positive swabs and this hearing has resulted in yet another firm decision. It reinforces their adamant stance that that prohibited substances will not be tolerated within the Victorian greyhound racing industry.

Barry Wells Fined For Failing To Keep Treatment Records

Offence:

84(A)(1): Failure to keep and retain treatment records

Report:

Stewards on the 15 December 2014 conducted an Inquiry into the failure by Mr Barry Wells to keep and retain medical treatments administered to the greyhound ‘Hecan Bolt’.

After hearing the evidence, Stewards charged Mr Barry Wells pursuant to GAR84 (A)(1) in that as the person in charge of ‘Hecan Bolt’ he did fail to keep and retain records detailing medical treatments administered to the greyhound under his care and was unable to produce such records when requested by stewards during an inspection conducted on 28 August 2014.

Mr Barry Wells failed to attend the Inquiry.

Stewards found Mr Barry Wells guilty and fined him the sum of $500.00.

ARG Opinion:

While $500 is a considerable amount of money, it is growing increasingly important for trainers to ensure that treatment records are kept as a way of monitoring the health, wellbeing and welfare of racing greyhounds. It is also relevant to note that in addition to the above charge, Barry Wells was also found guilty of a Heptaminol Positive on the same day and was disqualified for two years and fined $2,000.

Darren Brown Hoping The Ride Continues In Hobart Thousand Final

There won’t be a dry eye in the house this Thursday night if Ride The Rails can salute in the Group One Hobart Thousand final.

Trained by Kelly Bravo, Ride The Rails is owned by Nadine Brown, the wife of popular trainer Darren Brown, who lost his father Peter in October. Darren Brown trained Ride The Rails until only recently, transferring him to Bravo after his father’s sad passing.

At his Hobart debut last week, Ride The Rails was ultra impressive, weaving his way through the field and drawing clear to salute in a handy 26.05. The victory booked his start in this week’s $75,000-to-the-winner final and was his 17th career win at start 48.

Brown said he was happy with Ride The Rails’ performance and was thankful for what Kelly and Brett Bravo had done with him.

“It was his first look at the track so he went well,” he said.

“I am very happy with how he is going and I appreciate everything Kelly and Brett have done, they took over training the dogs after my father passed away.

“Dad and I did everything together, every day. I learned a lot from him and I will never stop learning, that is something he always told me. He used to say, ‘eyes and ears open, mouth shut’, and, ‘you will never get into trouble for asking questions’.”

Impressively, Ride The Rails’ Hobart Thousand heat win was just his second start since fracturing a hock. At his first race back from injury under the care of Bravo he clocked a sizzling 29.23 at Sandown Park.

Brown is elated just to have made the final.

“It is a big thrill, especially with him coming back from a broken hock,” he said.

“It is a credit to Brett and Kelly for what they have done to get him back, he has come back as good as gold, and to Alistair Smith who did the operation at Sandown.”

The 34-kilogram sprinter is an October 2011 son of Cosmic Chief and Pearl Napoleon. Darren and Peter Brown raced his sire, a winner of the Sandown Shootout and Warrnambool Classic, before purchasing Ride The Rails as a pup.

“We bought him out of the TABform off Peter Stanford,” Brown said. ”They were in the paper for three or four weeks and no one wanted to buy them, there was three left in the litter for sale so we bought the three of them.

“We knew as soon as he broke in that he was going to be good. They have got to be able to run our times and he did that.”

A win in the Hobart Thousand would capture the elusive Group One victory that the Browns were not able to land with Cosmic Chief and simultaneously give that dog his first Group win as a sire.

Although Ride The Rails faces a tough task against quality sprinters such as Melbourne Cup winner Dyna Villa, Brown said he was drawn where he needed to be in the seven.

“Dyna Villa goes well but he [Ride The Rails] is where he wants to be, I would rather be out there than be in the squeeze box and he has enough pace to match it with them if he jumps,” he said.

“Once we put him in the boxes there is nothing else we can do for him, it is up in the lap of the gods when the lids open. Any of the eight dogs could win the race.”

And Brown summed up what it would mean to win Tassie’s most prestigious event in just one word:

“Everything!”

He added: “It would give a happy end to what has been a sad year for the family. It could never bring back the old man, but it would just be good to win the race.”

Chinatown Lad Inducted Into The Tasmanian Greyhound Hall Of Fame

Former champion stayer Chinatown Lad was one of four inductees to the Tasmanian Greyhound Hall of Fame at the Hobart Thousand function on Saturday night.

The dark brindle son of Lilli Pilli Lad and Chinatown Babe was owned by Katrina Gregory and trained for most of his career by Brighton mentor Shane Whitney.

Starting 47 times, Chinatown Lad recorded 21 victories and 17 minor placings with $222,730 in prizemoney.

The 2005 whelp was a dominant force in the staying ranks during much of 2008, taking on the best from around Australia and recording triumphs in the Group One Sandown Cup and Group One Albion Park Gold Cup.

Chinatown Lad also claimed two Group Three wins in the Swan Challenge and Chairman’s Cup.

Induction into the Hall of Fame is a fitting result for Chinatown Lad, which sadly died earlier this year from cancer. Gregory said it was an enormous honour that her star greyhound, affectionately known as Max, was chosen to be recognised in the Hall of Fame.

“I am very humbled by it,” she said. ”To see the other dogs that have previously been inducted and to think that my Max is up there with them now, and has been written into the history books as well.”

Gregory explained it was especially exciting for Chinatown Lad’s biggest supporter, Braydon, who was unaware the big announcement was coming on Saturday night.

“We were able to keep it a secret from Braydon, he was quite shocked and surprised,” she said. ”Braydon just loved the dog and the dog loved him, they shared a great relationship and bond.

“I am Braydon’s great-aunt and he has lived with us since he was five. He has disabilities, he is a special needs child, and Max brought him out of his shell and made him the young man he is today.

“He was a child that couldn’t read and struggled to have a conversation and through this dog he was able to meet people, he learned to read form guides, and he really advanced his knowledge.”

It is a perfect ending to the Chinatown Lad tale and it has made Katrina Gregory reflect on the incredible journey that she experienced with him, not just on the track.

“It is really hard to explain the things that Max did for me and my family,” she said.

“A big thing has been the relationships we have formed with other people, not just in Tasmania but around Australia, we have made lifelong friends.

“People have opened up their homes and their hearts to us in every state and I find that really special. Without Max we would never have experienced that.”

Other inductees into the Tasmanian Greyhound Hall of Fame were Big Moose, Gary Sutton and Butch Deverell.

Robert Neocleous Disqualified For Androstane Positive

Offences:

GAR 83 (2) (3) and (6): Mr. Robert Neocleous failed to present the greyhound ‘Mumma Hook’ free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club on Wednesday, 20 August 2014.

Report:

Following advice from Racing Analytical Services Laboratory, the Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria conducted an investigation into the results of a pre-race urine sample taken from greyhound ‘Mumma Hook’ at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Wednesday, 20 August 2014.

During the investigation, Stewards received evidence from registered trainer Mr. Robert Neocleous, Mr. Paul Zahra (Racing Analytical Services Laboratory) and Dr. Steven Karamatic (Greyhound Racing Industry Veterinary Officer).

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Neocleous with a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rules 83(2)(3) and (6) in that he did fail to present the greyhound ‘Mumma Hook’ free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 given that the pre-race urine sample taken from the greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substance 5β- Androstane-3α, 17β-diol at a mass concentration greater than 10ng/ml.

Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules a breach of GAR83 (2) (3) and (6) constitutes a Serious Offence. As a result, on Monday, 15 December 2014 this matter was heard before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board in the first instance under Greyhound Local Racing Rule 47.3 and Sections 83C(b) and 83M(1) of the Racing Act.

Mr. Robert Neocleous represented himself.

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

Mr. Robert Neocleous pleaded guilty to the charge.

After hearing all the evidence tendered and having regard to GAR83 (2)(3) and (6), the RADB determined that Mr. Neocleous was guilty as charged and disqualified him for 9 months (with 5 months of this penalty suspended for 12 months pending no further breaches of GAR83 during the next 12 month period), effective from Friday 19 December 2014.

Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB also disqualified Mumma Hook’ from Event 5 – The TAB GREAT CHASE (1-5 Wins) Heat 2 – at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 and amended the placing’s as follows:

1st Custom Classic
2nd First Dan
3rd Tekki Minx
4th Take Them On
5th Elly Nora
6th Smith And Wesson
7th Elegant Elle
Disqualified Mumma Hook

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

(a) Mr. Neocleous’ guilty plea;

(b) The nature of the prohibited substance 5Beta-Androstane-3alpha,17beta-diol when present at a mass concentration greater than 10ng/ml;

(c) The need to maintain the integrity of greyhound racing and ensure a level playing field for all participants;

(d) Prior penalties for similar offences;

(e) Mr. Neocleous’ character and his clean history for more than 40 years’ in the greyhound industry;

(f) The need for general deterrence as a factor in sentencing and having regard to the number of similar offences coming before the Board; and

(g) Mr. Neocleous’ presentation before the Board.

ARG Opinion

The penalty in this case is standard to what has been dealt out in Victoria in recent times and is another clear indication that the state is determined to rid the sport of banned substances.

Greyhound Tips & Betting Preview December 15 2014

Heading to Angle Park for today’s selections where we should be able to find a couple of winners to fill your betting accounts.

Race No. 4Spud Regis @ Stud Stake Ctb Divi…7:35 PM
6 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $1,315 Prizemoney.
1st: $925 2nd: $260 3rd: $130.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ARISIA BALE556530.41Tony Rasmussen
2DYNA PHOEBE123431.03Wendy Matcott
3LEKTRA TITAN126830.43Wendy Matcott
4KASH KIST776530.27Kiah Edwards
5EMERLEY AVENGER665430.89Peter Hurley
6KANKAKEE MCLAREN451230.11Tania Foster
7BOBBY BOTHING747430.20John Johnstone
8PERRO GARAJE314430.41Karen Bearpark

Kankakee Mclaren has been racing in good form of late and he looks well placed in this event, he is normally a very reliable beginner and he finds himself in a race which lacks early speed. Last time out he was placed behind a gun speedster and if he finds the early lead tonight he should put a space in them off the back straight.

Dyna Phoebe had little luck in her SA debut and she should turn in an improved effort. There is no speed drawn around her so she should be able to drive through into a prominent spot early.

Kash Kist is better than his form reads and he could sneak into a place, whilst Arisia Bale has the good draw and she posted her only career win here from this draw.

Top Four: 6 – 2 – 1 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Kankakee Mclaren with Sportingbet

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

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

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

Race No. 6Gap Racing To Retirement Stake C…8:14 PM
5 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $1,400 Prizemoney.
1st: $980 2nd: $280 3rd: $140.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1KIKEM PLUGGER2276NBTLeanne Fagan
2TASER MCBAIN481230.25Vadim Roz
3BETTER CALL SAUL117829.94Micheal Delorenzo
4BRITISH BOMBER175529.92Steven Brook
5TEN ACES616730.40Petar Jovanovic
6DYNA GARTH554730.18Wendy Matcott
7ALLEN CYDAN648730.54Wendy Matcott
8COOL DUKE732530.21Kevin Murnane
9JACK BALE465530.63Wendy Matcott

Taser Mcbain turned in a monster performance when placed here last Thursday night and she should be able to go one better. She normally pings the lids and records very fast sectionals, however last time out she appeared to show a lot more strength in the run home, tonight I think she can lead all the way at nice odds.

Better Call Saul was a devastating 30.64 Gawler winner last month and a repeat of that effort will see him figure prominently again.

Cool Duke is well drawn out wide and he should be in contention for a long way, this is the weakest race he has contested for a while and he must be included in your exotics and quaddies.

Top Four: 2 – 3 – 8 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Taser Mcbain with Sportingbet

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

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

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

Best Value:
Race 11: Road Train

Greyhound Tips & Betting Preview December 14 2014

It should be a terrific day at Sandown Park with the semi finals of the Group Two Laurels classic and that is where we are headed with today’s tips.

Race No. 4Ideal Fasteners3:13 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 715 metres at Sandown Of $2,175 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,525 2nd: $430 3rd: $220.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SURVIVOR SAL [5]77456NBTT Cortese (Hampton Park)
2MEPUNGA SAMMY [5]87676FSTDJ Britton (Anakie)
3HEAVENLY STAR [5]66556FSTDG Graham (Woodleigh)
4MIMICKING (NSW)[5]3477542.15(8)R Britton (Lara)
6ABBEY’S HAND [5]87126FSTDR Britton (Lara)
7SUNDAY SESS [5]17875NBTD Murray (Napoleons)
8TEARS SIAM (NSW)[5]65874FSHR Britton (Lara)

Mepunga Sammy has had no luck at all since resuming from a spell and he should be suited by the rise in distance. Back in April he posted a blistering 29.32 victory here over 515m and if he can produce those sort of sectionals early he should be able to build up a monster lead mid race. Being by Bekim Bale and the manner in which he hits the line over 515m, I believe he should have no trouble covering the ground.

Tears Siam is ideally drawn out wide and she comes here with solid NSW staying form, she has recently joined the powerful Robert Britton kennel and she should be primed for a bold first up showing in Victoria.

Abbey’s Hand should settle near the speed and she should give a nice sight, the last 50m may be a concern but she should be able to hold on for a place.

Mimicking is a long way from his best but this is the weakest race he has contested for a while so he must be included in your exotic bets..

Top Four: 2 – 8 – 6 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Mepunga Sammy with Sportingbet

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

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

Trifecta: 2/4,6,8/Field ($15 for 100%)

Race No. 9Laurels Final Next Sunday4:36 PM (VIC time)
Mixed 4/5 event over 595 metres at Sandown Of $2,305 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,615 2nd: $460 3rd: $230.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1YAZZ [5]64536NBTL Harris (Somerville)
2OPEC BALE (NSW)[5]62121FSTDM Delbridge (Balliang)
3SONIC FURY [5]65746NBTP Reinders (Gruyere)
4DR. DES [4]3137334.43(4)W Mcmahon (Darriman)
5ALOUETTE MAGIC [5]54558FSHJ Worsfold (Girgarre)
6MACCA’S SWAY [5]84586FSTDJ Borg (Maryborough)
7SERASH BALE (NSW)[5]72311NBTJ Hunt (Lara)
8PENNSYLVANIA IS [5]17851FSTDA Paraskevas (Cranbourne South)
9IN BLACK GEAR (NSW)[5]Res.51888FSTDA Langton (Anakie)

Opec Bale has been racing in explosive fashion and he really powered to the line when scoring at Horsham last time in 32.79. With a clean getaway tonight he should be able to settle in the top three and he should prove far too strong in the run home.

Macca’s Sway is making his debut over this journey and he should be suited by the rise in distance, he has had no luck in recent times but if you go back through his form he does have a brilliant 27.37 Horsham victory to his credit.

Pennsylvania Is has the good draw and she should lead them up for a long way, I’m not convinced that she will run the journey but she should have enough in the tank to hold on for a place.

Dr. Des rounds out the chances, he has a lot of talent and he has won here previously in a smart 34.43.

Top Four: 2 – 6 – 8 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Opec Bale with Sportingbet

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

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

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

Best Value:
Race 3: Chrichton Bale

Wentworth Park Greyhound Tips & Betting Preview December 13 2014

Should be a cracking night of racing in Sydney, with the main event being the Group Three Christmas Gift final.

Best Bet:
Race 8: Chica Destacada
Race 9: Frost Yourself

Best Value:
Race 1: Soaring Eagle

Quaddie:
Leg 1: 1,2,4 – Leg 2: 1,4 – Leg 3: 1,2,3,4,7,8 – Leg 4: 1
$30 for 100%

Race No. 1Macro Meats Gourmet Game Stks7:28 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1TAKE IT ALL272629.75Doreen Drynan
2EVOKED251329.90Craig Chappelow
3KNOT TELLING YA216X29.75Marie Burton
4SOARING EAGLE237429.89Marie Burton
5MY AWESOME OPAL4X5829.91Marie Burton
6WATTO LOTTO217229.73John Callaughan
7PABLO CRUZ884730.04Benjamin Mccauley
8JOSHUA BALE656330.11Margaret Bannerman

Soaring Eagle was far from disgraced when placed here last week and he appears well placed in this company. Last time out he was slow to begin but he finished on strongly when placed behind the classy Chica Destacada. With the wide running My Awesome Opal on his outside he should get plenty of room to muster in the early stages and he should get every chance to lead throughout.

Knot Telling Ya was a strong 30.08 winner here three runs back and he appears to be a major player again, he has had no luck soon after box rise in his two subsequent runs and tonight I would expect an improved performance.

Evoked has a great record here and she should be hitting the line solidly, she can be slow to begin at times but with a very slow beginner underneath she shouldn’t get shuffled too far back.

Watto Lotto is all class and he is still racing very well, he will be looking for the rail soon after box rise, so he is going to need a lot of luck but if he gets it he should be there at the end.

Top Four: 4 – 3 – 2 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Soaring Eagle with Sportingbet

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

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

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

Race No. 2Sleeping Giant Xmas Stakes7:52 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MIKE LOWRIE316330.18Frances Harris
2ZIPPING BRUNO316529.81Anthony Azzopardi
3ZIPPING TARN422629.81Anthony Azzopardi
4ENCOSTA DEPLENTE122230.34Lorraine Perrin
5MAGIC DREAM641229.84Jodie Lord
6FANCY CHANCE324229.99Andrew Bayliss
7BLACK EMPRESS124829.81Harry Sarkis
8ELEAZAR416630.55Dean Swain

Zipping Tarn has been racing in consistent form of late and her effort two runs back behind Lady Ronray was highly impressive. She is normally a very safe beginner and with a clean getaway she should be able to show sufficient speed to hold them out. She has a slick 29.85 PB here and if she can reproduce that effort she will prove extremely hard to run down.

Magic Dream was placed behind the in form Bad Boy Sniper last time out and he should be in the mix again. He has a few slow beginners drawn on his outer so he should get room to muster pace and he should be able to settle in the top three early. Fancy Chance showed great improvement when placed here last week and he should be too far away again. The box draw doesn’t help but he does have good track sense and he can work his way into contention. Zipping Bruno is the run on dog in the event, he can run some serious time when given a clear run and he only needs an ounce of luck early to feature.

Top Four: 3 – 5 – 6 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Zipping Tarn with Sportingbet

Exacta: 3,5,6/2,3,5,6 ($9 for 100%)

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

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

Race No. 3Park & Fly Flexitarian Steaks8:08 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1CAWBOURNE POWER244429.78Jodie Lord
2JACK KADE652330.10Jodie Lord
3WAYFARER5216NBTSteven White
4COLLISION POST633730.36Rita Nicolaou
5SHILLING FLEX642230.07Sean Bannerman
6MAZZY STAR888630.12Ronald Bell
7THREE MUGS IN115630.40Justin King
8KARMA CONNIE141629.91Peter Honnery

Karma Connie is a highly promising speedster and she really looked impressive when scoring a commanding 29.91 win here two runs back. On that occasion she had to work hard and push through in the early stages from the red box. From the pink tonight she should get more space in the early stages and therefore she should show a little more natural zip. She appears to have a fair bit on these so with any sort of luck she should be winning.

Jack Kade struggles to run out the journey but he should be able to lead them for a long way. He has been solidly placed in his past two tries here and if he finds the bunny early I would expect him to hold on for a place again.

Cawbourne Power has the good draw and he has been placed in 23 of his 37 tries here, he should get a nice sit on Jack Kade early and he is very strong in the run home.

Wayfarer rounds out the chances, she comes here with strong Victorian form and she has recently joined the strong White kennel.

Top Four: 8 – 2 – 1 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Karma Connie with Sportingbet

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

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

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

Race No. 4Total Steel Xmas Stakes8:28 PM
4 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,670 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,650 2nd: $1,350 3rd: $670.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1CAWBOURNE COBRA333329.69Jodie Lord
2ZIPPING OSCAR151129.91Jason Mackay
3KURMOND GODDESS431629.94Christine Proctor
4TO A TEE113330.01Harry Sarkis
5DRAGON EMGRAND544229.97Luke Azzopardi
6CHILLI SIERRA142429.93Kenneth Burnett
7COOLABAH JET335129.79Jodie Lord
8PIERRO KADE521230.14Jodie Lord

Chilli Sierra was a tad disappointing from the red draw here last week but she does appear to be better suited to a wider draw. With the speedy Dragon Emgrand drawn underneath she should be able to get a nice cart across in the early stages and when she finds the lure early in her races she can reel off some slick sectionals.

Coolabah Jet races well from wide draws and she destroyed her rivals when winning in 29.91 here last time out. Tonight she is going to need a bit of luck early because there is a fair bit of speed drawn around her but she is flying and it’s hard to look past her.

To A Tee is super consistent and if he can find the rail early he shouldn’t be too far away at the end. Three starts ago he posted a strong 30.01 win here and he has showed terrific track sense in his two subsequent runs.

Kurmond Goddess rounds out the winning hopes, she has the ability to ping the lids and there is no speed drawn underneath her, so with a clean getaway she should have no trouble finding the rail.

Top Four: 6 – 7 – 4 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Chilli Sierra with Sportingbet

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

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

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

Race No. 5Maplepools Xmas Cup8:48 PM
FFA event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1EXHIBITIONIST311829.70Darryl Chapman
2ANYTHING LESS212329.56John Finn
3QUEEN ESTHER421329.64Noelene Holloway
4RITZA HATTIE322629.47Mark Gatt
6USAINE518729.98Margaret Bannerman
7NAGINI726130.11Ronald Bell
8BESSY BOO544429.71Christine Proctor

Great race and I’m a hug fan of Anything Less, this star chaser has won nine of 14 here and he has reeled off some ridiculous sectionals in those wins. With the one and three expected to lead, he should be able to sit just off the speed and as they head into the back straight he should go into another gear. He is going to go on to win much better races than this and with an ounce of luck tonight he should win easily.

Exhibitionist has the good draw and she should lead them a merry dance, three starts back she won here in 29.70 and that type of effort would see her figure in the finish again tonight.

Ritza Hattie turned in a monster effort when placed behind Zipping Willow two runs back and she should be suited by the empty draw on her outside tonight.

Bessy Boo is poorly drawn but he loves racing here and he will be running on at the end, he probably can’t win but he could be a great dog to anchor for third and fourth in your exotics.

Top Four: 2 – 1 – 4 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Anything Less with Sportingbet

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

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

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

Race No. 6Ladbrokes.com.au 2-5 Wins Only. …9:13 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $8,020 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,000 2nd: $1,350 3rd: $670.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MARTIN CLEGG113230.31Julie Fletcher
2CHEROKEE FIDDLE616130.18Benjamin Mccauley
3CHASING THE LINE176129.98Loren Harborne
4WINSOME MISSION111129.68Melinda Finn
5SANDY FRECKLE244230.06Cheryl Murray
6BOSS ELECTRO416230.41Majella Ferguson
7MR EMGRAND255129.88Luke Azzopardi
8GRIN TO WIN222630.16Rita Nicolaou
9PEEJAY JACK643330.41Amy Bennett
10DANNY DARKO225330.42Ashley Craven

Martin Clegg bombed the start last week and he had to work overtime mid race and it really told when he weakened in the run home. From the red I am expecting him to begin a lot better and he should have sufficient speed to hold them out early. He has proven in his brief career that he can run fast times when on the bunny so if he holds them out tonight he will give a great sight.

Winsome Mission is a freakish talent and he was never headed in his explosive 29.68 heat win. He pinged the lids last time from the red, from the middle pin tonight I’m expecting him to miss away and he won’t get things his way in the early stages. He is still a winning chance but I think he will be under the odds.

Mr Emgrand sizzled early in his top 29.88 heat win and if he steps away like that again he should figure prominently, Grin To Win is a wide runner so he should get enough room to muster speed after box rise.

Cherokee Fiddle is probably the only other winning hope, he should be able to drive up behind Martin Clegg at the first bend and if he settles in the first half he should be there at the end.

Top Four: 1 – 2 – 7 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Martin Clegg with Sportingbet

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

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

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

Race No. 7Ladbrokes.com.au Bitches Only F9:30 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $8,020 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,000 2nd: $1,350 3rd: $670.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ZIPPING JACKIE141230.51Caroline Hughes
2ELLA HAS CLASS714129.68Dean Swain
3CALLA BLACKIE532130.04John Callaughan
4OBAN432230.12Jodie Lord
5SEXY OPINION651330.16Owen Langley
6GOLD DAWN352230.14Marie Burton
7BARCELONA STAR145130.02Dean Swain
8GILGAMESH764129.90Justin King
9MISS JACKSON242330.77Donna Campbell
10WHITE ZOMBIE773430.27Clifford Bell

Ella Has Class blew her rivals away last week when scoring in a blistering 29.68 and a repeat of that effort will see her win again with ease. She is normally a safe beginner and with the slow beginning Zipping Jackie drawn underneath she should get every chance to find the rail and lead soon after box rise.

Barcelona Star pinged the lids and never looked in doubt in her top 30.02 heat win, if she can begin like that again she should settle in the top two early and she can probably go a little quicker on the clock.

Oban has been placed in four of five here and she shouldn’t be too far away again, there is a bit of speed drawn around her but if she can get some room in the first 50m she should make an impact.

Gilgamesh returned from a long spell to win here in 29.90 and she must be respected again, she is drawn poorly tonight but she does have a fair bit of early zip so she should still be able to put herself into contention.

Top Four: 2 – 7 – 4 – 8

Suggested Bets:

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

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

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

Race No. 8John Stollery Christmas Gift F9:48 PM
NG event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $34,375 Prizemoney.
1st: $25,000 2nd: $6,250 3rd: $3,125.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1CHICA DESTACADA212129.49Doreen Drynan
2PETER’S PICK223230.22John Callaughan
3ZIPPING ANGEL352129.73Jason Mackay
4JUMBLE462229.91Craig Chappelow
5RUE DE KAHN581229.64Dean Swain
6ZIPPING WILLOW411129.35Jason Mackay
7ZIPPING TANK524229.86Anthony Azzopardi
8CAWBOURNE KAYONO123130.09Jodie Lord
9CAWBOURNE COBRA333329.69Jodie Lord
10TO A TEE113330.01Harry Sarkis

Chica Destacada is a superstar and she is drawn to make every post a winner. Last week she pinged the lids and destroyed her opposition when scoring in a blistering 29.77. If she can step cleanly again she should have no trouble holding them out and winning with ease again.

Zipping Willow is the obvious danger and she is actually not too badly drawn in the six box. She races better from wide draws and two starts back she set the track alight with a scorching 29.52 win here. I dont think she can cross the red early so therefore she can’t win, however she has panels on the rest so she should fill the quinella spot.

Rue De Kahn has a great record here and she normally steps cleanly, there isn’t a heap of speed drawn underneath her so she should be able match motors with Chica Destacada for most of the journey.

Peter’s Pick could be a value bet for the place, he should get a nice sit early behind the red and he is much better than his recent form suggests.

Top Four: 1 – 6 – 5 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Chica Destacada with Sportingbet

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

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

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

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

Race No. 9Petsnacks.com.au Stakes10:08 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SANTORINI BLUE125330.45Justin King
2FROST YOURSELF5413NBTJason Mackay
3STUNNING ASHBERG636730.49Harry Sarkis
4KASINDA583630.35Owen Langley
6RUM PUNCH133430.15John Callaughan
7GOLD FEVER SANDY255630.22Warren Scott
8GOTTA PLAN245530.41Jodie Lord

Frost Yourself is an exciting prospect and she looked impressive when scoring at The Gardens two runs back in 29.73. She should be able to follow Santorini Blue through at the first turn and she should then assume control as they round for home. She appears to have plenty on these and she really looks to be the best of the night.

Rum Punch has the speed to cross and lead and he is a much better chaser when on the bunny, four runs back he caught the eye with a speedy 22.57 Richmond win and that type of effort would see him be competitive here.

Santorini Blue has explosive early speed and he should be in the mix for a long way, my only concern with him is that he has hit a wall in the closing stages in his two tries here of late.

Stunning Ashberg is the run on type in the event and she must be included in your exotics, she is likely to get too far back early to win but she could be a great anchor for third and fourth in your exotics.

Top Four: 2 – 6 – 1 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Frost Yourself with Sportingbet

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

First Four: 1,2,6/1,2,6/3/Field ($24 for 100%)

First Four: 1,2,6/1,2,6/Field/3 ($24 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2/1,3,6/Field ($15 for 100%)

Race No. 10Aaa Radiator Specialists Stakes10:30 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SUBWAY TO VENUS183130.54Harry Sarkis
2WINSOME JACKO131630.72Melinda Finn
3BLACK BRONCO654230.23Christine Proctor
4SMOOTH REBEL176230.21Kenneth Staines
6MISS DOVER435530.28Justin King
7PRODIGY2214NBTDean Swain
8PEEJAY JACK643330.41Amy Bennett

Winsome Jacko is a class act and he should make up for his luckless effort here last week. Last time out he bombed the start and he was never out of trouble, tonight he has a slow beginner on his outside so if he can step on terms he should be able to muster pace quickly and blow them away soon after the start. I hope he gets a trouble free run because it will be interesting to see what he puts on the clock.

Subway To Venus has the good draw and she should be in a prominent position throughout, she isn’t overly strong but she appeared to hit the line well when winning at Richmond last time in 30.88.

Smooth Rebel should be suited by the empty draw on his outside and he should run a cheeky race.

Miss Dover is the interesting runner, she is blessed with a lot of talent but she has been injury plagued of late.

Top Four: 2 – 1 – 4 – 6

Suggested Bets:

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

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

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

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

The Meadows Greyhound Tips & Betting Preview December 13 2014

It should be a great night of racing at The Meadows tonight, lets see how many winners we can get for you all.

Best Bet:
Race 11: Droopy’s Bentley

Best Roughie:
Race 3: Reiko Bale

Quaddie:
Leg 1: 1 – Leg 2: 1,4,6 – Leg 3: 1,7 – Leg 4: 1,2,3,4,7
$30 for 100%

Race No. 1Intralox Australia Final7:13 PM (VIC time)
Maiden Final event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1TOBIAS KELTON [5]23130.15(5)S Toner (Pakenham)
2DYNA DOUBLE ONE (NSW)[5]130.00(5)A Dailly (Anakie)
3CIGAR SAM [M]35422NBTM Briganti (Tuerong)
4FEIKUAI POLLY [M]43372NBTA Steele (Doncaster)
5KENJU BALE (NSW)[5]1130.28(2)A Dailly (Anakie)
6DYNA VIKKERS (NSW)[5]130.44(6)A Dailly (Anakie)
7BOXHEAD [M]72NBTJ Britton (Anakie)
8ADAM HANDLER [5]3247130.12(8)D Dean (Nyora)
9BROADWAY MISS (QLD)[M]Res.2NBTM Carter (Violet Town)
10DYSO MATT [M]Res.2NBTJ Sharp (Lara)

Adam Handler finally broke through here last week with a brilliant 30.12 heat win. After beginning fairly he showed an abundance of speed and went past the second marker in a best of the day 17.73. If he can repeat that effort he will be very hard to reel in. There appears to be a fair bit of speed in the seven so he should be able to get a nice cart across in the early stages.

Dyna Double One scored an explosive 30 flat debut win here and he is the obvious danger. In his heat effort he had to overcome early difficulties so he is capable of going even quicker. My only concern with him is that his first section of 5.25 is pretty average so he may get strung up in traffic soon after the start.

Cigar Same has recorded two handy placings here to date and he shouldn’t be too far away again, he is a bit hit or miss early but he can feature if he steps cleanly.

Tobias Kelton and Dyna Vickers are the only other winning hopes, both were impressive heat winners and with luck in running both can feature.

Top Four: 8 – 2 – 3 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Adam Handler with Sportingbet

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

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

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

Race No. 2Turbo Classic7:38 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

1OUR SPINNER [5]17871FSHD Jones (Devon Meadows)
2ALPHA ZEUS [5]1452NBTJ Britton (Anakie)
3DARCON DASH [5]51F530.40(4)R Conway (Bunyip)
4BOUNTY (QLD)[5]136230.84(1)T Womann (Lara)
5WANT THAT RABBIT [5]43T83NBTK Kubik (Epping)
6TZAR NORMA [5]11228NBTJ Mccallum (Craigieburn)
7DINGO BALE (NSW)[5]33132NBTJ Hunt (Lara)
8CHARLESTON [5]11FFSHJ Borg (Maryborough)
9RASHAD REASON (NSW)[5]Res.2377330.39(8)A Dailly (Anakie)

Charleston is an exciting prospect and if he reproduces the form which saw him record two commanding Ballarat wins he will prove extremely hard to hold out. On both occasions he was fair to begin but he showed a dazzling turn of foot. From the pink draw he should get every chance to muster speed and put himself into the race at the first bend and the manner in which he hit the line at Ballarat suggests he won’t have too much trouble running out the journey.

Our Spinner is drawn to find the early lead and he caught the eye when winning at Cranbourne in 30.58 recently. There is a little bit of speed drawn on his outside but if he can step cleanly he should have sufficient speed to hold them out.

Tzar Norma showed great mid race pace in her top placing here two runs back and that type of effort would see her feature again, she is likely to be nice odds so she may be worth an each way ticket.

Alpha Zeus was solidly placed here last week and he should have enough speed to settle just behind Our Spinner in the early stages, he will want to get a little wide early but he should have sufficient room too.

Top Four: 8 – 1 – 6 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Charleston with Sportingbet

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

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

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

Race No. 3Get Him Home Stakes7:58 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 SPIDER [5]2515130.57(8)A Dailly (Anakie)
2FLYING PADDY (TAS)[5]25436NBTJ Mccallum (Craigieburn)
3IRISH ASTERIA (NSW)[5]24384NBTR Dunne (St Albans)
4LITTLE POOKIE [5]T5481NBTT Galea (Brookfield)
5FLASH ZOE [5]4215730.48(8)R Britton (Lara)
6HERCULES BALE (NSW)[5]3121430.56(3)S Collins (Lara)
7HUMMING BIRDHILL (NSW)[5]4116630.28(3)R Britton (Lara)
8REIKO BALE (NSW)[5]8251630.26(2)T Womann (Lara)
9RASHAD REASON (NSW)[5]Res.2377330.39(8)A Dailly (Anakie)

Humming Birdhill was a classy 30.28 winner here three runs back and on that occasion she showed impressive early speed. From the wide draw she is going to need a little bit of luck early and I think she should get it as the six is a keen railer and the pink is fairly slow early, so she should get every chance to muster speed into the first bend.

Lektra Spider has the good draw and she showed improvement with a 30.57 win here last time, the time wasn’t flashy but she will continue to get stronger with more racing.

Flash Zoe is another who will settle on the speed and she has won two of her five starts here, she will need to lead clearly to win but she does have the speed to cross and if they bunch up behind her she may just steal the prize.

Reiko Bale rounds out the chances, she can be very unreliable at times but she should get a nice cart across early and she did beat a smart type here two runs back.

Top Four: 7 – 1 – 8 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Humming Birdhill with Sportingbet

Quinella: 7 to rove with 1,5,8 ($3 for 100%)

Exacta: 1,7/1,5,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 7/1,5,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 4Le Pine Funerals8:18 PM (VIC time)
Special Event event over 600 metres at The meadows Of $10,285 Prizemoney.
1st: $7,200 2nd: $2,060 3rd: $1,025.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1STAR RECALL (WA)[3]8171134.01(1)J Britton (Anakie)
2ELIZA BLANCHE (QLD)[3]1351434.19(6)D Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
4TWEAK [4]4385334.48(6)T O’donovan (Devon Meadows)
5PERFECT TESS [4]1811134.43(1)D Dooley (Maffra)
7IMA FAIRYTALE [4]2615834.65(4)H Collins (Lara)
8COSMIC WISE (WA)[3]3115734.47(7)J Britton (Anakie)

Small field but fantastic lineup all the same. Star Recall is drawn to hold them out early and last week she set the track alight when scoring in an explosive 34.01. On that occasion she posted ridiculous early sectionals and if she can repeat that performance she should be able to set up a massive lead mid race and that should be enough to hold out Eliza Blanche.

Eliza Blanche has won three of four over this trip and she too can reel off explosive sectionals. The only worry with her is that she lacks mid race pace and that’s where Star Recall may get away from her mid race.

Cosmic Wise is another with a great record here and she should settle in the top three early, I dont think she is as fast as the inside two but if she crosses them early she can give a great sight.

Perfect Tess is in rare form and this is her toughest test to date, I dont think she can win tonight but a top three finish isn’t beyond her. There are some very talented types in this event but to me the one to beat two looks a good thing.

Top Four: 1 – 2 – 8 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Star Recall with Sportingbet

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

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

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

Exacta: 1/2 ($2 for 100%)

Race No. 5Ajs Corporation8:38 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

1DYNA NIHILIST (NSW)[5]11312NBTJ Hunt (Lara)
2DYNAMIC PUNCH [5]7436730.32(1)R Tartaglia (Newcomb)
3MISSILE FLASH (NSW)[5]5375730.16(2)A Dailly (Anakie)
4PRAISE CHORUS [5]41143NBTD Condon (Devon Meadows)
5STOMPIN’ [5]41111FSHJ Borg (Maryborough)
6DYNA FANCY (NSW)[5]7442130.16(5)A Dailly (Anakie)
7TRAIL BLAZING [5]7137330.41(8)T Womann (Lara)
8HOT WHIRL [5]232F529.99(6)J Sharp (Lara)
9RASHAD REASON (NSW)[5]Res.2377330.39(8)A Dailly (Anakie)

Dyna Nihilist is an absolute beast and he is drawn to make a big impact. Over the past two or three months he has probably been the most improved chaser in the country and in recent weeks he has scored some devastating wins, however his most impressive effort probably came last time out when placed at Sandown Park. On that occasion he was slow to begin and he gave them a fair head start but he charged home to be beaten by less than three lengths in blistering time. If he gets a clear passage early tonight he should blow them away and he will be running some serious time.

Dyna Fancy is ultra consistent and she beat a class lineup at Ballarat last time in a zippy 25.39, she has the speed to cross and she has been racing with a lot more strength in recent times.

Hot Whirl races well at this venue and she has broken 30 seconds here previously, she should get plenty of room in the early stages and if she can settle mid field she should be able to run home into a place.

Stompin’ has won six of eight to date and his past two wins at Ballarat have been sensational, if he can handle the track at his first look he will take a power of beating.

Top Four: 1 – 6 – 8 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Dyna Nihilist with Sportingbet

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

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

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

Race No. 6Hudson Pacific8:58 PM (VIC time)
Free For All event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BLUE GIANT [4]4231230.18(4)P Akathiotis (Reservoir)
2ESPECIALLY [3]4831430.06(3)R Clark (Toolleen)
3DYNA GELDOF (NSW)[3]5157730.14(5)S Collins (Lara)
4KEYBOW (NSW)[2]1131129.58(8)D Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
6MEPUNGA FEARON [3]4324430.08(8)J Britton (Anakie)
7BUCKLE UP MASON (TAS)[1]5553529.74(3)J Hunt (Lara)
8BAZZA’S GIFT [4]5148330.10(6)N Bell (Point Lonsdale)

Keybow just keeps on winning and he appears to have a fair bit on this lot. Last time out he captured the Brisbane Cup final and he has shown great box manners in recent weeks. With the empty draw on his outside he should get room to show his customary early speed and he should settle outside Especially as they head into the first turn and as they head to the back straight he should go into overdrive. He is going to be extremely short but with an ounce of luck he should get the job done.

Mepunga Fearon is another who should be suited by the empty draw underneath and he can show smart early speed in his races. His recent form doesn’t look that flashy but he has been missing the kick, tonight he is coming off a two month break so he should be ready to fire fresh.

Blue Giant has enormous talent and he turned in a big performance when placed in the Ballarat Cup last time, he is going to need some room early but if he gets it he is more than capable of matching it with Keybow.

Especially is likely to set the pace and she is capable of holding on for a place, she is likely to get burnt off mid race.

Top Four: 4 – 6 – 1 – 2

Suggested Bets:

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

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

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

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

Race No. 7Rsn – Racing & Sport9:20 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

1WIND WHISTLER [5]35115NBTA Langton (Anakie)
2BONJOUR BONSOIR (NSW)[5]14675FSTDJ Delaroche (Cranbourne North)
3TYRA GISELLE (NSW)[5]51662NBTT Chatwin (Johnsonville)
4DYNA FULCRUM (NSW)[5]43634FSTDJ Hunt (Lara)
5SILK CLUB [5]1325534.89(4)G Hall (Yarragon)
6CLASSY BOY [5]52421NBTJ Thorpe (Arthurs Creek)
7HIGH CLASS (WA)[5]13412FSTDB Ennis (Lara)
8SOHO RHYTHM [5]14151FSTDA Hyde (Lara)
9TICK BALE (NSW)[5]Res.54345NBTJ Hunt (Lara)
10ALLEN GUNDAM (NSW)[5]Res.32156NBTT Womann (Lara)

High Class really caught the eye when winning here two runs back in 30.03 and she should be suited by the rise in distance. She is a better chaser when she can lead and dictate the terms, over this trip she shouldn’t have too much competition in the early stages and I would expect her to set up a nice lead mid race. She is likely to get a little tired in the run home but she should have enough in the tank to hold on.

Wind Whistler is armed with a monster finish and he too should be suited to this journey, I would much prefer him from a wider draw but he has the class edge and with an ounce of luck in the first 50m he will prove extremely hard to hold out.

Classy Boy doesn’t win all that often but he is rarely far away, the box draw hasn’t done him many favours but he is very strong and he can run home into a place spot.

Soho Rhythm beat a classy lineup at Ballarat over 545m and if you look back through her form, her past three victories have come from wide draws.

Top Four: 7 – 1 – 8 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on High Class with Sportingbet

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

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

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

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

Race No. 8Macro Meats9:37 PM (VIC time)
Grade 4 event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $7,600 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,320 2nd: $1,520 3rd: $760.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1KING SURFA (NSW)[4]1215630.10(4)D Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
2UDON BALE (NSW)[4]5211330.06(1)T Womann (Lara)
3GORHAM BALE (NSW)[4]3626130.07(4)S Collins (Lara)
4WHERE’S THE SURF [4]2741230.05(2)D Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
5VANGER BALE (NSW)[4]3571330.62(2)T Womann (Lara)
6POCKET KINGS [4]1764230.40(2)R Galea (Brookfield)
7EARL BALE (NSW)[4]33F8230.43(5)A Dailly (Anakie)
8LEKTRA OUTLAW [4]4361530.50(3)A Dailly (Anakie)

Udon Bale has scored two top wins here of late and he appears drawn to get the gun run tonight. He isn’t the best of beginners but he does muster speed well and with King Surfa expected to lead he should be able to drive through at the first bend and settle on his back. He is very strong in the run home so if he can be within four lengths of King Surfa off the back he should prove too strong in the run home.

King Surfa will set a cracking pace and he recently scored an impressive 30.10 win here. He is clearly a genuine winning chance because he will lead them up, however in this class I’m a little concerned that he may get pressured a bit earlier in the race than normal.

Where’s The Surf is all class and he returned to form at Warragul recently with a brilliant 25.92 Warragul win, on that occasion he powered to the line and if he can settle in the top four tonight he may just prove too strong for his rivals.

Earl Bale is an improving type and he is the only other winning hope, this is a big rise in class but in time he will be able to match it with these type of rivals.

Top Four: 2 – 4 – 1 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Udon Bale with Sportingbet

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

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

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

Race No. 9Topcat Video9:58 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 BRAVE [5]6725230.23(6)A Dailly (Anakie)
2JORDAN ALLEN (NSW)[5]4251430.09(6)A Dailly (Anakie)
3SKINNY VINNIE [5]2324630.02(2)R Britton (Lara)
4ARE JIP (NSW)[5]11143FSHK Sultana (Londonderry)
5BOGNER BALE (NSW)[5]2452630.01(5)J Hunt (Lara)
6KISS ME KETUT [5]1522329.77(3)D Burnett (Marcus Hill)
7KID MAXIMUS [5]5824430.23(5)P Akathiotis (Reservoir)
8DYNA TONY (NSW)[5]6356130.62(7)S Collins (Lara)
9RASHAD REASON (NSW)[5]Res.2377330.39(8)A Dailly (Anakie)

Kiss Me Ketut is slowly returning to his best form and he looks well placed in this event. If he can step cleanly he should get a nice cart across from Bogner Bale in the early stages and he should burn them off as they head into the first turn. He meets a good one in Are Jip tonight but I think he will be a long way in front of him early and he should get the job done.

Are Jip is a gun NSW speedster and he is getting ready for the Silver Chief, he has scored some explosive Wentworth Park wins to date but he is the type of chaser who needs to get out into some open space, if he can get some luck at the first bend he can make a big impact.

Jordan Allen should settle on the speed and he was a zippy 29.53 Sandown winner two runs back, his last 50m isn’t great but if he holds them out early he should be there at the end.

Lektra Brave is the only other chance, he showed improvement when placed here last week and he has great place prospects again.

Top Four: 6 – 2 – 1 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Kiss Me Ketut with Sportingbet

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

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

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

Race No. 10Sky Racing10:22 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

1OPUS BALE (NSW)[5]71633NBTS Collins (Lara)
2RAPID INCLINE [5]74115NBTR Tartaglia (Newcomb)
3SERIOUS TATE (QLD)[5]21434NBTK Minne (Moe South)
4BLACK ILLUSION [5]36471NBTA Langton (Anakie)
5KING ROCKSTAR [5]31181NBTM Briganti (Tuerong)
6STYLISH BAROQUE (NSW)[5]6532530.37(2)R Britton (Lara)
7DELI ALLEN (NSW)[5]4267330.31(6)S Collins (Lara)
8RUMERO REASON (NSW)[5]5277430.10(1)A Dailly (Anakie)
9RASHAD REASON (NSW)[5]Res.2377330.39(8)A Dailly (Anakie)

Opus Bale continues to improve with more racing and he appears drawn to play a major role. Last time out he experienced a lot of bother in the run but he was still good enough to finish on strongly and snag third spot. From the red he should be able to settle in the top two early and he will be very strong in the run to the line.

Stylish Baroque could be the value in the event, she has the ability to ping away and cross them early and she is a different chaser when she lands on the bunny. Two starts back she was narrowly beaten at Sandown in good time and a similar effort here would see her feature at nice odds.

Black Illusion has a poor record over this trip but he does have a lot of talent, if he has a little luck in the early stages he should be able to run a good race.

Top Four: 1 – 6 – 4 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Opus Bale with Sportingbet

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

First Four: 1,4,6/1,4,6/8/Field ($30 for 100%)

First Four: 1,4,6/1,4,6/Field/8 ($30 for 100%)

Race No. 11Tabrewards.com.au10:45 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

1ULLA ALLEN (NSW)[5]8621330.52(1)S Collins (Lara)
2IZZEY BALE (NSW)[5]1141430.11(2)A Dailly (Anakie)
3FLEETWOOD JAY [5]4111130.36(2)A Langton (Anakie)
4SISCO FIASCO [5]27367NBTT Galea (Brookfield)
5MEMPHIS JOOKIN’ [5]15855FSHJ Borg (Maryborough)
6HALLELUJAH LUCY [5]3112130.12(7)G Kantzidis (Bundoora)
7VELOSO (NZ)[5]2261730.37(5)S Liuzzi (Lara)
8DROOPYS BENTLEY (GA)[5]1138130.06(7)T O’donovan (Devon Meadows)
9RASHAD REASON (NSW)[5]Res.2377330.39(8)A Dailly (Anakie)

Some highly promising chasers look set to do battle in this one and the exciting Droopy’s Bentley looks drawn to get all the breaks. Last time out he resumed from a short spell and he scored in devastating fashion at Shepparton in 25.13. He has won here in a slick 30.06 previously and he appears to have made a lot of improvement since that run, so if he gets across early the time he records could be very interesting.

Izzey Bale is well drawn nearer the inside and he was an impressive 30.11 winner here recently, he is going to need some luck in the first 50m but he is very strong so he will be charging home right at the end. Fleetwood Jay has won four on end with the latest being here in a solid 30.36. He would have derived a lot of benefit from that run and if he finds the early lead he is capable of getting down to around the 30.10 mark. Memphis Jookin’ is much better than his recent form reads and he could be the big improver.

Top Four: 8 – 2 – 3 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Droopy’s Bentley with Sportingbet

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

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

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

Race No. 12Downtown Cleaning11:05 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

1LOVES IT [5]21657NBTG Orr (Newborough)
2WALT BALE (NSW)[5]2113230.06(4)J Hunt (Lara)
3DECANUS (QLD)[5]14421FSHK Chalker (Pearcedale)
4BRAMWELL BROWN [5]12311FSHM Gilders (Invermay)
5SIX GREEN THUMBS [5]33181FSHN Vincent (Lal Lal)
6SE’S HIGH ABOVE (GA)[5]3733530.35(7)R Britton (Lara)
7MAXIMUM CHEZ [5]41131FSHA Dailly (Anakie)
8THUNDER FLAME [5]27182NBTH Collins (Lara)
9RASHAD REASON (NSW)[5]Res.2377330.39(8)A Dailly (Anakie)

Thunder Flame appears to be improving with every run and he appears drawn to get all the breaks. His box manners aren’t great but he does muster speed at a great rate and if he can avoid trouble in the first 50m he should make a big impact.

Bramwell Brown showed tremendous improvement when winning at Bendigo last time out in 28.04 and he hit the line in a commanding manner in that victory. He is having his first look here but if he can handle the first turn he should be there at the end.

Walt Bale turned in a big performance when placed here last week and he has won here previously in a slick 30.06, if he can step on terms with them he should have sufficient speed to settle in the top two.

Se’s High Above rounds out the chances, she is likely to settle back in the field but she will be steaming home at the end.

Top Four: 8 – 2 – 4 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Thunder Flame with Sportingbet

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

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

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

Bertacious Bee Wins 2014 Group 2 Dapto Puppy Classic

The Bertinato and Micallef combination proved a winner yet again in the Group 2 Dapto Puppy Classic after Bertacious Bee (7) took out the rich $75,000 race.

Chris Bertinato is one of Bertacious Bee’s owners. George Micallef trains the 34kg chaser. The duo tasted victory previously in this race, when No Rules League took out the event in 2011.

The running of the 2014 was delayed by a week due to bad storms in the Illawarra the previous Thursday. The conditions were not much better for this week’s race with a howling southerly and wet conditions greeting runners at the famous Dapto circuit.

Steve White’s La Pearl (8) went to the boxes as favourite but walked out of the boxes and gave the front-runners a good head start. Spring Bonanza (3) was away well from box three and led the charge into the first turn but Bertacious Bee was hot on her heels. He hit the lead down the back and held off the fast finishing Magic Earner (6) by 1 1/2 lengths. Rare Pearl made up plenty of ground for third.

Bertacious Bee, a black dog by Bekim Bale and It’s Happy Hour (Bonbastic Shiraz – Strapper) stopped the clock at 29.97, which is his best winning time at the track. Bertacious Bee was bred by Bertinato and bought back for $1000 at the 2013 Dapto Puppy Auction. George Micallef is the first trainer to secure two winners of the Puppy Auction series.

Full Results

1st: Bertacious Bee (7) – George Micallef

2nd: Magic Earner (6) – Jodie Lord

3rd: Rare Pearl (8) – Steven White

4th: Spring Bonanza (3) – Tom Tzouvelis

5th: Tonight Tonight (4) – Garry Edwards

6th: Stilton Lucky (1) – Phillip Goodsell

7th: Magic Rama (9) – Lorraine Perrin

8th: Lunar Sky (5) – Amy Bennett

Time: 29.97

1st Split: 5.43

2nd Split: 17.28

Run Home: 12.69

Margins: 1 ½ x 1 3/4

Scratchings: Alderley Reform (2), Magic Knight (10)

Stewards To Commence Flying Fabulous Inquiry

Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) stewards will conduct an inquiry into analysts’ reports that the urine sample taken from Flying Fabulous was found to contain the prohibited substance 6alpha-hydroxystanozolol after that greyhound won at the Goulburn meeting on 15 April 2014,.

The inquiry will be conducted at the offices of GRNSW on Wednesday 17 December 2014, commencing at 1pm.

Stewards To Commence Tamworth Inquiries

Greyhound Racing NSW stewards will conduct inquiries into two separate matters emanating from the Tamworth meeting held on 15 November 2014.

The first inquiry will investigate an alleged incident said to have occurred in the catching pen following the running of Race 8, involving licensed persons Mark Craig and Nathan McDonald. The second inquiry will investigate an alleged procedural irregularity in relation to the kennels of the Tamworth GRC.

Both inquiries will be conducted at the Tamworth GRC on Thursday 18 December 2014.

Steven Clarke Books His Ticket To The Big Time

Victorian chaser Big Ticket will go into next Thursday’s Group One Hobart Thousand as the fastest qualifier following his dominant 25.90 success last night.

Beginning flawlessly from box three in the sixth of eight heats, the Steven Clarke trained chaser slipped straight to the lead and was too good for a fast finishing Kicking Rocks which was gallant in defeat, three quarters of a length from the winner. 



Big Ticket, a son of Fabregas and Bella Portrait, was having his 13th start last night with the win being his eighth since commencing his career in July. He went into his heat with plenty of support, starting the $2.60 second elect following a nippy 25.96 trial the week prior. It is important for punters to note that the track was top dressed a couple of weeks ago, with the times posted during trials and heats tending to suggest that it was running a tenth or two slower than normal.

While Big Ticket was the fastest, none were as impressive as Above All’s phenomenal last to first effort in heat seven. The Rob Britton- trained former Kiwi appeared to stumble as the lids flew open, dropping back to the tail of the field early on.

Once he regained his balance, the son of Magic Sprite and Kara Janx railed underneath his fellow contenders around the turn before hooking to the outside of Wynburn Rush, which was running second, entering the home straight.

With plenty of clear galloping room, Above All effortlessly claimed the lead in the run to the line, exploding away to score by three and a half lengths in 26.16.



Melbourne Cup hero Dyna Villa will be chasing his second Group One title in just over a month after booking his spot in the final with a 25.94 heat success. It was a one act affair for the Jenny Hunt trained youngster, crossing the line a strong six and a half lengths ahead of local charge Pipstar.



Kelly Bravo will be represented by two greyhounds in the final with Blurred Lines (Heat Three) and Ride The Rails (Heat Four) clocking 26.23 and 26.05 to take out their qualifiers respectively. The latter was particularly impressive, weaving his way through the field after a moderate beginning and assuming the lead on the home turn to take out the event by just under five lengths. 



While Victoria may have claimed five of the heats, Tassie was able to score in the remaining three.

Señor Slamma cemented his position as one of the state’s most consistent campaigners with a top notch effort in heat one. Starting from box eight, the Gary Johnson- trained chaser managed to find the rails and dart away in 26.23. He has now won 11 of his past 12 starts and 20 from 45 overall. 



Hellyeah Bolt bounced back to his best form in heat five, upstaging local champion Buckle Up Wes to progress through to the $75,000 to the winner final. Despite leading clearly, Buckle Up Wes could not go with Anthony Bullock’s charge when challenged, with Hellyeah Bolt defeating the dual Group One winner by three quarters of a length in 25.96. 



Breaker’s Tip secured the final spot in the decider when taking out the last heat. White Spyro served as the lamplighter in the race and was joined throughout by Janda. While those two went stride for stride, Breaker’s Tip got a clear run down the outside and dashed straight by them ton win in a moderate 26.37.

Deborah Coleman Fined For Failing To Present Greyhound

Offences:

GAR 86(o): Negligently failed to present the greyhound ‘Ever To Be’ for its engagement.

Report:

Stewards on the 12 December 2014, conducted an Inquiry into the circumstances pertaining to trainer Ms. Debrorah Coleman failing to present the greyhound ‘Ever To Be’ for its event at Ballarat Racing Club meeting conducted on 12 November 2014.

After hearing the evidence, Stewards charged Ms Coleman with a breach of GAR86 (o) in that she failed to present the greyhound for an engagement at the Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club meeting on 12 November 2014, which in the opinion of stewards was negligent.

Ms Coleman pleaded guilty to the charge.

Stewards found Ms Coleman guilty as charged and fined her $250.00.

ARG Opinion:

Without knowing the specifics behind why the greyhound was not presented, it is hard to make a judgement on the severity of the fine. GRV are very strict on enforcing the rules of racing and a $250 fine for a minor offence should be sufficient warning to prevent a similar incident happening again.

Greyhound Tips & Betting Preview December 12 2014

After a big night of racing last night we head to Geelong for today’s selections.

Race No. 5Grv Vbis Distance Series Final (gobis)8:28 PM (VIC time)
S/E Final event over 680 metres at Geelong Of $8,250 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750 GOBIS: $1,000.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SALLY GARDENS [4]1262139.10(8)W Donlon (Burnbank)
2SISCO WAKE [5]64113NBTD Galea (Lara)
3VOLKSJAGER BLUE [5]36332NBTP Ryder (Corio)
4STINGA REBEL [5]27424NBTD Sheridan (Talbot)
5MADAME BLACK [5]46174NBTM Trapani (Greenvale)
6KIRABILLI GEORGE [5]66522NBTD Drew (Dennington)
7PRINCESS PASS [5]54453NBTJ Sharp (Lara)
8CAMBRIDGE PRINCE [4]2332139.71(1)A Langton (Anakie)
9BERRY BLITZ [4]Res.5215539.48(1)A Langton (Anakie)
10CLASSIFIED MISS [5]Res.52766NBTA Warton (Colac)

Volksjager Blue has been a little hard to follow recently but he did turn in a massive performance when placed here last week and I think he can go one better tonight. From box three he should be able to lob onto the rail soon after the start and then drive through at the first turn and therefore will be a lot closer to the speed as they hit the back straight. He proved last week that he has no trouble with the journey so with luck in running he can get the job done.

Sally Gardens scored a brilliant 39.10 heat win and she is likely to start a short priced favourite. From the red she should have the speed to lead and she will definitely give them something to catch.

Sisco Wake has won two of his past three starts and he should be in the mix for a long way, I dont think he can win but he must be included in your exotics.

Top Four: 3 – 1 – 2 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Volksjager Blue with Sportingbet

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

Trifecta: 1,3/1,3/Field ($12 for 100%)

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

Race No. 9Geelong Australia9:48 PM (VIC time)
Mixed 4/5 event over 400 metres at Geelong Of $2,005 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,405 2nd: $400 3rd: $200.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1FINE DINER [4]2416322.26(4)L Hellmuth (Pearcedale)
2DODGY DEALER [5]2183722.44(7)J Sharp (Lara)
3EVER TO BE [4]2261422.62(3)D Coleman (Lara)
4JARACO [5]1F42622.44(3)J Britton (Anakie)
5HURRICANE ASH (NSW)[5]25724FSTDG Campbell (Peechelba)
6SUSPICIOUS TESSA [4]7F75722.88(5)M Lloyd (Anakie)
7PRINCE BALING (NSW)[4]2133422.64(1)D Drew (Dennington)
8MAYSOON KAHN [5]35457NBTW Donlon (Burnbank)
9SOUL EATER [5]Res.26264NBTJ Maple (Little River)
10BEAUTY BALE (NSW)[5]Res.68861FSTDS Collins (Lara)

Fine Diner has come up with the favourable draw and with a clean getaway he should be able to lead from go to whoa, three starts back he pinged the lids and won at Cranbourne in a dazzling 17.64 and a similar performance tonight would see him win with ease.

Jaraco is a hit or miss beginner but when she pings she is capable of running the hands off the clock. She has won three of seven here and she should be suited with the wide running Hurricane Ash drawn directly on her outside.

Dodgy Dealer has been a great sprinter for a long time now and he is still capable of matching it with this class, he should follow Dine Diner through early and a top three finish looks on the cards.

Ever To Be rounds out the chances, she was a handy winner here two runs back in similar class.

Top Four: 1 – 4 – 2 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Fine Diner with Sportingbet

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

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

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

Best Roughie:
Race 7: Punch It

Group Two Laurels Moves To Semi Final Stage

The semi-finals of the Group Two Laurels Classic take place on Sunday afternoon at Sandown. There was plenty of action in last week’s heats with Mepunga Mia emerging as the fastest heat winner after a smart 29.35 run. She will feature in the first semi. The second semi-final will see Oakvale Destiny and Lamia Bale go head-to-head in what is sure to be a hotly contested race.

Here’s a look at the chances in each semi-final.

Semi-Final One – Group Two Laurels – Race 5 at 3:29pm

There’s a bit of speed drawn in this race. Lady Ronray (3), Mepunga Mia (4) and Jewel Action (5) all led their heats last week, running fast early sections. Diva’s Shadow (8) also clocked a quick section before getting shuffled back to finsih third.

Mepunga Mia comes into this semi as the fastest heat winner. She stopped the clock at 29.35 in her 1 1/4 length win over Benta Bale. She has three wins at Sandown and just needs a repeat of last week’s effort to make the final.

Lady Ronray led for a long way last week and ended up getting run down by Mepunga Treasure and Weblec Rose to finish third, just one length from the winner. She is drawn well in box three and can improve.

Jewel Action (5) is an each way chance. She just keeps on improving at Sandown and is knocking on the door.

Ousai Bale (7) led all the way at odds of 30/1 in the second heat last week. She is not normally noted for her early speed and prior to that she had a run of outs recently, finishing no better than fourth in her last six starts. She went 5.09 early and was never headed to stop the clock at 29.66 in her first win at Sandown.

Come On Fantasy (2) has the same draw as last week. She ran on well behind Oakvale Destiny. She may struggle to keep up with the speed early.

If there’s some interference up front then West On Delly (6) and Julie Bale (7) will be looking to pounce.

Semi-Final Two – Group Two Laurels – Race 6 at 3:49pm

There is a great match-up here between Lamia Bale (5) and Oakvale Destiny (3). Lamia Bale has been in red-hot form. She has now won her last three in a row and is fresh off a win in the Group Three Sir John Dillon Memorial at Sandown on Thursday night. She won her heat of the Laurels in a personal best of 29.37 and led all the way from box one. It will be a commendable effort to make a consecutive Group final in the space of a week.

Oakvale Destiny strode away for a 4 1/4 length victory in her heat. She overcame her usual slow start and a few bumps to score in 29.52. She is yet to win from box three and will always need luck early but she has class and knows how to make a Group final as she has been there plenty of times.

Satsuki Bale (8) went 5.01 last week but was lucky to sneak into the semi’s, finishing fourth behind Pud. She has failed to rack up a win at Sandown after four attempts.

Weblec Rose (4) chased hard to run-down Lady Ronray last week but narrowly missed out on defeating kennel-mate Mepunga Treasure. She only has the one win to her credit but she looked good last week and could surprise.

Semi-Final Three – Group Two Laurels – Race 7 at 4:04pm

Weblec Belle (1) continued her good run of form to back up from a win in the Group 3 Brian Johhstone at Angle Park to secure a heat win last week. She sat behind early leader Jewel Action and pounced turning for home to win comfortably by two lengths in 29.40. She is undefeated from box one.

Cosmic Owl (2) was also a heat-winner in 29.64. She defetaed Dyna Nico by half a length. She doesn’t have a load of speed early but is strong. She won at odds of 21/1 last week so she is likely to be in the double figures again.

Kerrigan Bale (8) was mid-field early but managed to run into the placings, finishing third to Cosmic Owl. She has had just one start from box eight for a win. She really needs to get to the front to show her best.

Hashtag Selfie (3) chased gallantly for second behind Ousai Bale last week, finishing just over 1 1/4 lengths behind the winner. She had box eight on that occasion. She has drawn closer to the fence this week and has won from box three.

Semi-Final Four – Group Two Laurels – Race 8 at 4:19pm

The two Foot Luce sisters were drawn next to each other last week and they are drawn next to each other again in the semi-final. Footluce Diva (1) moves to box one this week. She found trouble from box three last week, finishing third to Ousai Bale. She has an outstanding record from box one, racking up four wins in the red stretch vest. Her best is 29.35 and she is drawn to replicate that.

Oakvale Flyer (2) finished fourth in her heat behind Ousai Bale. She has only missed a place at Sandown three times from 13 starts. She is capable of leading.

Sizey 31.5kg bitch Pud (8) showed she could handle a rise in class, clocking 29.61 in a very gutsy effort. Pud copped some interference rounding the first turn but was able to keep pushing through and find a position on the rails. She then proceeded to push up underneath the leaders and emerge a 1 3/4 length heat winner. This will be her first go from box eight and it will be interesting to see how she handles it.

Mepunga Treasure (4) emerged victorious last week in a strong display from box one in 29.52. She is only lightly raced and is yet to show early pace in her races. She may find trouble from the draw.

The first two place-getters from each heat will contest the final on 21 December (Sunday).

2014 Group Three Christmas Gift Final Preview

The final group race of the year at Wentworth Park will be run and won on Saturday night, with Zipping Willow the early favourite to notch up yet another victory at the track. Trainer Jason Mackay will be looking to keep his talented chaser’s superb run of form going, as she looks to notch up her fourth straight win and twentieth career win at the track.

Doreen Drynan’s Chica Destacada was the fastest heat winner last week and is suitably drawn in box one, provided she begins cleanly and matches Zipping Willow early on. After finishing second in the Group One Melbourne Cup, the daughter of Cosmic Rumble and Eluthra oozed confidence last week and should challenge this field.

Last year’s winner Double Twist went onto win the coveted NSW Greyhound of the Year title, with both of these greyhounds certain to be mentioned when the nominees for this year’s award are announced.

Successful connections will take home $25,000 in prize money, with the final to jump at 9.48pm EDST.

Box 1
Race Odds
$2.80
 
 
Chica Destacada
Trainer
Doreen Drynan
Owner
Dee and Pee Syndicate
Prizemoney
$271,355
Last 10 Starts
1115682121
May-12   Black   Bitch   by   Cosmic Rumble - Eluthra
Start Fast Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $8,222.88 Rating 99
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
33 13 6 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
39% 67%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
16 8 2 2
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 2 1 0
Kerry Drynan (Kennel Representative): “She missed the start a bit last week and will have to improve on that from box one. Zipping Willow is the danger, but i’m just hoping she can begin well and be up there early on.”
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.49 29.77 5.33 5.42
Box 2
Race Odds
$15
 
 
Peter’s Pick
Trainer
John Callaughan
Owner
Peter Henry
Prizemoney
$40,655
Last 10 Starts
3312652232
Nov-11   White & Black   Dog   by   Made To Size - Tina’s Shadow
Start Average Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,231.97 Rating 80
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
33 15 7 6
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
45% 85%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 1 1
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 4 2 1
ARG Comment: Ran the race of his life last week to finish second behind Chica Destacada at big odds. Is drawn perfectly to get a nice run again and if he gets some luck is a good place chance.
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.22 30.22 5.57 5.57
Box 3
Race Odds
$13
 
 
Zipping Angel
Trainer
Jason Mackay
Owner
M & F Hallinan
Prizemoney
$26,620
Last 10 Starts
5325133521
Jan-12   Black   Bitch   by   Dyna Lachlan - Agent Gibbs
Start Fast Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,331 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
20 7 4 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
35% 70%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
11 4 1 2
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 2 1 0
Cam Hallinan (Owner Representative): “We are hoping that she can hold out Chica Destacada at the first turn and give Zipping Willow a clear run.”
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.73 29.95 5.41 5.41
Box 4
Race Odds
$21
 
 
Jumble
Trainer
Craig Chappelow
Owner
Redliner Syn
Prizemoney
$11,385
Last 10 Starts
1424132122

Oct-12

  Black   Dog   by   Where’s Pedro - Surpassing
Start Fast Running Wide Finish Moderate
Prizemoney Rating $569.25 Rating 75
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
20 4 7 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
20% 65%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 1 2 2
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 1 1 1
ARG Comment: Flew out from box five last week to lead until being tackled in the home straight by Cawbourne Kayono. Should be in the middle early on, but will need to find something at the finish to match some of these strong greyhounds.
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.91 30.21 5.44 5.52
Box 5
Race Odds
$6.00
 
 
Rue De Kahn
Trainer
Dean Swain
Owner
Michael Laffey
Prizemoney
$136,300
Last 10 Starts
 
Feb-12   White & Blue Fwn   Bitch   by   Where’s Pedro - Shelbourne Dawn
Start Good Running Rail Finish

Good

Prizemoney Rating $3,586.84 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
38 12 10 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
32% 68%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
19 4 7 1
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
       

Dean Swain – Trainer: “I think she has a good chance, she is a class act and I think the box isn’t all bad. She needed the run last week, so will be improved for Saturday. It’s a fantastic field and i’m proud to be a part of it.”

Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last

29.64

30.17 5.40 5.52
Box 6
Race Odds
$1.90
 
 
Zipping Willow
Trainer
Jason Mackay
Owner
M & F Hallinan
Prizemoney
$185,570
Last 10 Starts
1724114111
Jun-11   Black   Bitch   by   Goodesy - Sirocco Lass
Start Fast Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $3,787.14 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
49 33 7 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
67% 86%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
26 20 2 1
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 4 2 0
Cam Hallinan (Owner Representative): “She isn’t drawn badly, but will need to begin very well to get to the front at the first turn. We are all confident she can go well.”
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.35 29.78 5.29 5.37
Box 7
Race Odds
$21
 
 
Zipping Tank
Trainer
Anthony Azzopardi
Owner
Terry Kingcott
Prizemoney
$22,840
Last 10 Starts
2171445242
April-12   Black   Dog   by   Smooth Fancy - Navigator Miss
Start Good Running Middle Finish Moderate
Prizemoney Rating $1,087.62 Rating 85
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
21 6 5 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
29% 62%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
10 3 3 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 0 0

Anthony Azzopardi (Trainer): “Will need a lot of luck from the box.”


Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.86 30.33 5.52 5.52
Box 8
Race Odds
$31
 
 
Cawbourne Kayono
Trainer
Jodie Lord
Owner
S Byrnes & A Baker
Prizemoney
$19,305
Last 10 Starts
3733411231
Apr-12   Black Dog     by   High Earner - Elle Mcstate
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $551.57 Rating 85
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
35 10 6 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
29% 57%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
12 2 2 2
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 0 1 1
ARG Comment: Showed great strength last week in taking out final heat of the night. Will need to improve on the clock to be a threat in this affair, however has good early pace and can get a nice cross from the wide draw.
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.09 30.09 5.36 5.50

Lamia Bale Leads All The Way In Sir John Dillon Memorial

Lamia Bale (2) notched up her third victory within the space of a week when taking out tonight’s Group Three Sir John Dillon Memorial at Sandown Park.

Stepping brilliantly from box two in the 595 metre feature, the Steve Collins trained bitch strode straight to the front and was never in doubt, stretching out beautifully to record a three and a half length triumph in a scintillating 34.09.

Starting at $4.50, Lamia Bale defeated the Darren McDonald trained Awesome Project (1) which was sent out as the punter’s elect at $3.00. The son of Collision and Honour Phase railed through into second spot early and held his position well, although he was no match for the winner which was in a class of her own out in front.

The fastest qualifier from the heats, Ralphy Cinel (7), ran on well to grab third after railing underneath Joey Valdez (3) to sneak into the placings.

Lamia Bale has now won 10 races from 33 racetrack appearances. After winning her heat of the Sir John Dillon last Thursday, the daughter of High Earner and Maple Bale returned to the races last Sunday to score in a heat of the Group Two Laurels Classic in a hot 29.37.

She will venture back to Sandown Park on the weekend for her semi-final of the bitches only series where she will need to finish in the top two to secure a berth in the decider on December 21.

2014 Group Three Sire John Dillon Memorial Full Results

1. Lamia Bale (Box 2) – Steve Collins
2. Awesome Project (Box 1) – Darren McDonald
3. Ralphy Cinel (Box 7) – Joe Borg
4. Joey Valdez (Box 3) Ben Divirgilio
5. Blinker’s On (Box 4) – Brooke Ennis
6. Skyfire (Box 8) – Shane Drummond
7. Nockabout Aussie (Box 6) – Peter Akathiotis
8. Flying Twist (Box 5) – Andrea Dailly

Scratchings – Starc (1st Res), Big Kat (2nd Res)

Time: 34.09
Margins: 3 1/2 x 1 1/2

Chica Destacada Seeing Red In John Stollery Christmas Gift Final

Group One National Sprint Champion Chica Destacada has a great opportunity to notch up her second group victory for the year on Saturday night, after coming up with box one in the Group Three $25,000 John Stollery Christmas Gift Final.

On the back of a 29.77 best of the night performance last week in her heat, the Melbourne Cup runner up is flying at present, having recorded a sizzling 29.22 in her semi-final win at Sandown Park three weeks ago.

Trainer Doreen Dryan’s daughter Kerry is optimistic of her chances this week, provided she can begin cleanly from the inside draw.

“Mum was actually a little disappointed with box one. She was hoping for something out a bit wider.

“Zipping Willow is the greyhound to beat and she is so quick early, Chica will have to begin very well to match it with her.”

Chica Destacada became a household name amongst greyhound racing enthusiasts, after an all way the way display in the Group One National Sprint Championship in Perth, where she clocked a brilliant time of 30.27 over the 530m journey. The daughter of Cosmic Rumble and Eluthra returned home after being invited to participate in the Group One Sportingbet Megastar Final finishing fifth, then made the trip down south to Victoria and produced an outstanding effort to place second behind Dyna Villa in the Group One Melbourne Cup Final.

“We’re lucky she loves Wentworth Park and although she missed the start a bit last week, running second in the Melbourne Cup was really good for her.

“I gave her a post to post at Wentworth Park before this series, just to remind her that she’s back home.”

The 26kg pocket rocket’s Wentworth Park record speaks for itself, having won eight of her sixteen starts with four minor placings, and an electrifying personal best time of 29.49. Last Saturday’s victory took her overall career statistics to thirteen wins from thirty three starts and nine minor placings, with a prize money total of $271,355.

Chica Destacada is no stranger to success from box one, having four starts from the inside alley for two wins and a minor placing, and will only have to step cleanly to give the rest of the field a very talented greyhound to chase.

Angle Park Greyhound Tips & Betting Preview December 11 2014

SA’s main night of racing and hopefully we can find you a few winners.

Best Bet:
Race 2: Black Bottle
Race 11: Dashing Dee Dee

Best Value:
Race 6: Victa Scott

Quaddie:
Leg 1: 1,3,6,7,8 – Leg 2: 1,2,5 – Leg 3: 3,4,5,6,8 – Leg 4: 1,4
$150 for 100%

Race No. 1Gap Racing To Retirement Stake C…7:12 PM
5 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $3,065 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,150 2nd: $610 3rd: $305.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1YAMBLA MICK231829.91Troy Murray
2ALLEN NAMOR444629.90Wendy Matcott
3DYNA GARTH755430.18Wendy Matcott
4ZAC BALE277730.06Tony Rasmussen
5ANIMATE113229.93Lester Harris
6FLYING BALE425529.97Lisa Rasmussen
7WREX BALE233730.08Wendy Matcott
8EVERLASTING GAZE512630.30Petar Jovanovic
9ALLEN CYDAN564830.54Wendy Matcott
10DYNA GRAY558729.89Lisa Rasmussen

Yambla Mick was disappointing but also very unlucky on Monday night, he missed away and from there on he was never out of trouble. From the red and with the wide running Allen Namor on his outside he should get all the breaks as they head into the first turn. He has recorded a slick 29.91 here previously and if he can reproduce that type of form he will take a power of beating.

Wrex Bale is well drawn out wide and he should be suited by the drop in class. He normally takes a little while to wind up but he will power to the line and all he needs is some luck in running.

Animate turned in a massive performance when placed behind Cool Guinness last time and she should run a big race again.

Flying Bale rounds out the chances, he has the ability to settle in the top three and if he can he should be able to regain some confidence.

Top Four: 1 – 7 – 5 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Yambla Mick with Sportingbet

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

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

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

Race No. 2Macro Meats Juvenile Stake Cta D…7:34 PM
JUV event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $2,350 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,645 2nd: $470 3rd: $235.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BLACK BOTTLE528129.84Kathleen Johnstone
2SPRING PEARL437230.33Wendy Matcott
3VICTA HARPER617430.72Sam Basham
4PAWESOME GOLD311530.23Paul Fagan
5CHILL NOW141530.68Allan Francis
6LIZARD SPOCK3613NBTKaren Bearpark
7CHECK YO SELF424130.36Wayne Ryan
8ORAN BALE512330.33Tony Rasmussen
9QUITE CONTRARY3318NBTKaren Bearpark

Black Bottle has been racing in much stronger company of late and from the red draw he should be able to make every post a winner tonight. With Spring Pearl likely to run cover for him early he should get a clear passage and he is likely to be running time on the lure.

Oran Bale is the run on type in the event and he appears to be getting better with every run, he is going to need some luck in the middle stages but there are quite a few week runners in the event so he should be able to pick them off late.

Spring Pearl was a strong 30.32 winner here last time out and she should run a cheeky race again, this is a big rise in class but she will keep getting better with more racing.

Check Yo Self is well drawn out wide and he has the speed to settle in the top three, so he must be included in your exotics.

Top Four: 1 – 8 – 2 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Black Bottle with Sportingbet

Boxed Quinella: 1,2,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

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

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

Race No. 3Adelaide Independent Glass Stake…7:53 PM
6 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $2,350 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,645 2nd: $470 3rd: $235.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BLACK GECKO732630.22Kym Burnett
2LEKTRA TITAN612630.43Wendy Matcott
3SPRING TYSON534230.24Tony Lagana
4BOONOONA BOY522329.97Troy Murray
5MONTGOMERY ROAD443530.30Matthew Payne
6INDIVIDUALIZE863730.57Lisa Rasmussen
7PYKE BALE154730.53Wendy Matcott
8BOBBY BOTHING774730.20John Johnstone
9CUDDLETIME TEARS677430.67Steve Meimetis
10DYNA WEDI384830.54Wendy Matcott

Spring Tyson has been racing in consistent form of late and tonight I can see her getting a very cheap lead. She has been getting tired in the run home of late but last time out she appeared to be a little stronger and I think if she can find the lead tonight she will prove very hard to reel in.

Boonoona Boy has the class edge and all he needs is an ounce of luck early to feature. He is likely to settle well back in the field but he is extremely strong and this is the weakest race he has contested for quite a while.

Black Gecko has a favourable draw and he should run a cheeky race, if you go back through his form he did post his handy 30.22 PB here from this pin.

Montgomery Road rounds out the chances, he doesn’t win very often but he is never far away.

Top Four: 3 – 4 – 1 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Spring Tyson with Sportingbet

Trifecta: 3,4/3,4/Field ($12 for 100%)

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

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

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

Race No. 4Sa Waste (queens) Free For All C…8:13 PM
FFA event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $4,415 Prizemoney.
1st: $3,095 2nd: $880 3rd: $440.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1YICHE136229.99Angela Modra
2SPRING CHARLOTTE142330.10Wendy Matcott
4BOGIE CLASSIC858129.80Ben Rawlings
5CAIRNLEA LAYLA414229.44Robyn Mackellar
7EMERLEY SENORITA133129.82Peter Hurley
8TASER MCBAIN348130.25Vadim Roz

Good race and I think the in form Emerley Senorita can get the job done, last week she showed great early speed and strength when winning here in 29.82. In that race the classy Wild Soul got level as they turned for home but she managed to kick on and hold him out, if she can find the early lead again she will take a power of beating.

Spring Charlotte has been racing in consistent style and she is suited by the smaller field, she normally settles in the top three early and she is very strong in the run to the line.

Cairnlea Layla has the class edge but she was a tad disappointing here on Monday, I’m sure she can show improvement but I’d prefer to wait and see.

Top Four: 7 – 2 – 5 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Emerley Señorita with Sportingbet

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

Quinella: 7 to rove with 2 & 5 ($2 for 100%)

Race No. 5Roller Co Mixed Stake Cta Divisi…8:38 PM
4/5 event over 731 metres at Angle park Of $4,200 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,835 2nd: $910 3rd: $455.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DAKOTA JOE313143.86Colin Simes
2WESTERN CHILL3742NBTRoss Burns
3LONG GULLY SURF534643.26Paula Hearnden
4HANDSOME BLUE253543.71Lauren Harris
5MCLAREN PRINCE733543.39Tania Foster
6MCLAREN GRACE422443.41Tania Foster
7LUNA JINX422X42.77Gavin Harris
8ZARA MCLAREN211243.25Tania Foster

Luna Jinx is an enormous staying talent and she is resuming from a five month injury enforced spell. She has won four of seven over this trip with a breathtaking 42.77 PB, if she is anywhere near her best she should prove too good for these and she will score with ease. It is worth noting that she can be a little shy in a field at times so she wouldn’t want to get too crowded early.

Dakota Joe has the good draw and he should roll to the early lead, he is getting stronger with every run over this trip but I’m still not convinced that he runs a true 731m. If he holds them out he should build up a nice lead mid race and that might be all he needs.

Zara Mclaren has won two of her past three here and she loves racing over this journey, she is better suited to a rails draw but she is too good to dismiss.

Mclaren Grace rounds out the chances, she scored a strong 43.72 win here last time and she should be in the finish again.

Top Four: 7 – 1 – 8 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Luna Jinx with Sportingbet

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

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

Trifecta: 1,7,8/1,6,7,8/1,3,4,6,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

Race No. 6Marks Electrical Stake Cta Divis…8:57 PM
5 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $3,065 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,150 2nd: $610 3rd: $305.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1VICTA SCOTT545729.89Ronald Schadow
2ALLEN ILLEM244429.81Tony Rasmussen
3DISCO DAVE338330.17Kim Johnstone
4DANYO’S LUKE547329.92Colin Swain
5DYNA ERWIN536229.84Wendy Matcott
6OSBOURNE BALE667329.96Wendy Matcott
7LOLLY BALE383529.67Lisa Rasmussen
8GOOD ODDS PUNK563629.89Walter Harkins
9TAIT BALE654630.12Wendy Matcott
10ALLEN CYDAN564830.54Wendy Matcott

Dyna Erwin showed tremendous improvement last time out when placed behind Set The Scene and tonight he should be able to go one better. With two keen railers drawn underneath he should get plenty of room to muster speed and if he can then settle in the top three he should prove too strong in the run home.

Victa Scott is the interesting runner, he is much better than his form reads and from the red he might be able to poke through and hold the early lead, he races best when on the bunny so he could give a nice sight.

Good Odds Punk returns from Victoria and if he is near his best he will play a major role, depending on his odds, he might be the value bet.

Allen Illem is suited by the rails draw and he will be strong in the run home, he must be included in your exotic bets.

Top Four: 5 – 1 – 2 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Dyna Erwin with Sportingbet

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

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

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

Race No. 7M & C Fruit & Veg Free For All C…9:22 PM
FFA event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $4,415 Prizemoney.
1st: $3,095 2nd: $880 3rd: $440.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SQUALL BALE622130.14Tony Rasmussen
2BREAKER KAHN414530.16Kathleen Johnstone
3SET THE SCENE754129.66Laurence Cahalan
4FARMEROO153629.78Kenneth Gill
5KALDEN GAMBINO527429.70Troy Murray
6WILD SOUL211229.77Kim Johnstone
7BIG MICK DEE141729.98Lisa Rasmussen
8GALILEE SPIRIT823329.62Robert Isaacson

Galilee Spirit is well drawn out wide and he should have sufficient speed to get across in the early stages. There is no speed at all drawn underneath him and he did record his blistering 29.62 PB here from this draw. He is a different dog when on the bunny and this really looks his race.

Wild Soul is ultra consistent and he should be in the mix again, he has won two of his past three here and he always manages to put himself in the right spot early.

Farmeroo is as honest as they come and he could run a cheeky race at odds, he should settle in the top three early and he can hold on for a place.

Set The Scene has the most talent of any chaser in the vent but his racing pattern can let him down, if he avoids early bother he should be there at the end.

Top Four: 8 – 6 – 4 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Galilee Spirit with Sportingbet

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

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

Trifecta: 8/3,4,6/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 8Enviro Sweep Mixed Series F Cta …9:42 PM
4/5 event over 600 metres at Angle park Of $4,415 Prizemoney.
1st: $3,095 2nd: $880 3rd: $440.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BEACH WARY761235.03Lisa Rasmussen
2DYNA DAINA818435.00Wendy Matcott
3GRIFTER BALE481134.85Ben Rawlings
4BLUE VIPER223235.21Lauren Harris
5CHERIA BALE516435.49Wendy Matcott
6AEROPLANE BOWSER551335.29Walter Harkins
7BLACK DADDY131135.00Allan Francis
8APOCAL BALE111335.19Tony Rasmussen
9CRASH DOOLEY324535.28Lisa Rasmussen
10HANDSOME BLUE253535.40Lauren Harris

Beach Wary has the gun draw and he was far from disgraced when placed in his heat last week. From the red he should be able to poke through and hold the early lead and I think he should hit the line a little bit better than last week.

Blue Viper should settle on the speed again tonight and she is rarely far away at the finish, she got held up at a crucial time in her heat so I’m expecting an improved effort from last week.

Grifter Bale is airborne at present and he set the track alight when winning in 34.85 last week, obviously if he reproduces that run he will win with ease, however I expect he will settle a little further back tonight so he will need a few things to go his way.

Apocal Bale is another in great form and he should have derived a lot of benefit from his 600m debut last week.

Top Four: 1 – 4 – 3 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Beach Wary with Sportingbet

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

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

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

Race No. 9Moore Maintenance & Electrical S…10:05 PM
5 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $3,065 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,150 2nd: $610 3rd: $305.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1AS IT GOES331329.72Oswald Chegia
2JUST CRAZY117229.98Matthew Payne
3VICTA MERRILL156530.33Ronald Schadow
4VICTA VICTORIA566729.93Ronald Schadow
5NEVADA SMITH255330.00Gavin Harris
6VUCHKO873330.11Bozidar Stamenkovic
7VICTA SAM852329.86Ronald Schadow
8VICTA NICOLE655330.07Ronald Schadow

As It Goes looks well placed in the red draw and this is clearly the easiest race she has contested for quite some time. With the wide running Just Crazy on her outside she should get every chance to muster through to the early lead.

Nevada Smith has the ability to ping the lids and he has been racing in consistent style of late, there really isn’t a lot of early speed in this race so he should get every chance to settle in the top two.

Vuchko has recorded two strong placings here of late and he shouldn’t be too far away again.

Victa Sam is resuming after six weeks off and he could run a cheeky race at nice odds.

Top Four: 1 – 5 – 6 – 7

Suggested Bets:

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Quinella: 1 to rove with 5,6,7 ($3 for 100%)

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

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

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

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SUGAR RAY LEE5534NBTPetar Jovanovic
2CERRONE366130.47Kim Johnstone
3BOBBY HERITAGE687430.39Wendy Matcott
4DUKE BALE664230.58Wendy Matcott
5BRONEEE587630.07Wendy Matcott
6KAYLARIKKI533430.00Raymond Burgess
7RED LINE LAD515530.14Lisa Rasmussen
8SPORTING TEARS678729.85Steve Meimetis
9TAIT BALE654630.12Wendy Matcott
10DYNA GRAY558729.89Lisa Rasmussen

Sporting Tears is much better than his recent form reads and if he happens to get a clear run in the first 50m he should have sufficient speed to burn them off. Apart from the inside two runners there isn’t much speed so he should get all the breaks as they head into the first bend.

Kaylarikki is well drawn out wide and he is getting back to his best form, he will settle back in the field but he has a monster finish and a top three finish is on the cards.

Sugar Ray Lee comes here with solid NSW form and he should get every chance to feature from the good draw.

Top Four: 8 – 6 – 1 – 7

Suggested Bets:

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

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

Race No. 11Mcqueens Tavern Stake Cta Divisi…10:43 PM
6 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $2,350 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,645 2nd: $470 3rd: $235.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1VELOCITY TARA431430.30Kim Johnstone
2LEKTRA NINJA767430.40Wendy Matcott
3MISS ICY ROSIE366630.43Steve Meimetis
4NOREN BALE238330.46Lisa Rasmussen
5MAX TYSON372530.38Tony Lagana
6AND AWAY663X30.44Lisa Rasmussen
7COSMIC CHOO674330.51Nadine Payne
8DASHING DEE DEE423729.90Gavin Harris
9DYNA WEDI384830.54Wendy Matcott
10CUDDLETIME TEARS677430.67Steve Meimetis

Easy race to finish off the night, Dashing Dee Dee is a highly promising sprinter and she appears to have panels on her rivals. She is normally a fair beginner but she does muster speed very quickly and she should put herself into the race after about 30m. Max Tyson has the speed to lead early and he has the benefit of having slow beginners drawn on either side, his last 50m may be a struggle but he should be good enough to hold on to a top three finish. Noren Bale has been placed in five of 13 here and he has great place prospects again, I dont think he can win but he is a great dog to anchor for third and fourth in your exotics.

Top Four: 8 – 5 – 4 – 1

Suggested Bets:

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

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

First Four: 1,5,8/1,5,8/4/Field ($30 for 100%)

First Four: 1,5,8/1,5,8/Field/4 ($30 for 100%)

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