Flash Reality (1) did not need to rely on a wild card to make the final of the National Sprint Championships after he took out the Queensland leg of the series in fine style.
The Premier Fantasy and Orara Flash (Bond – Sweet Elite) dog will be seeking to conquer all at Cannington and bring the trophy back to Queensland. Queensland’s last Nationals winner was Metz Magic in 2011. Other Queenslander’s to have taken out the title include Dashing Corsair (2009), Knocka Norris (2008), Elite State (2003), Flying Amy (1995), Dancing Gamble (1988) and Madonna Lee (1982).
The Tony Brett trained Flash Reality went to the boxes as the short-priced $1.20 favourite and he didn’t disappoint. Beginning well from box one, he swept to the lead before the first turn and strode away to a six and three quarter length win in 29.86. Cyndie’s Special (6) did all the chasing but no one was going to get Flash Reality once he hit the front. Gumlow Star (3) rounded out the placings. Fastest heat winner Give You Credit (7) didn’t step well from the boxes and his chances ended there.
Flash Reality has now won 11 from 17 and is a deserved representative for Queensland as he has won both the Group One Winter Carnival Cup and the Group Two Queensland Derby at Albion Park this year.
Wag Tail (5) will represent Queensland in the 2014 AGRA National Distance Final after she took out the Queensland final at Albion Park on Thursday night.
The Christina Harman trained daughter of Velocette and Bacardi Cruiser (Just The Best – Lou’s Cruise) timed her run to perfection to claim Rain Stream (8) right on the line and score by a half-head in 41.99.
After being sent out a $2.10 favourite, the 27kg black bitch found herself in fifth place early as the fastest heat winner Hougenie (7) tore around the outside to find the early lead. Mullaway (6) sat in second place with Rain Stream (8) working to a nice position in third place.
As the field headed into the back straight, Hougenie was giving them something to catch and looked as though the race was hers to lose, Rain Steam was beginning to make ground in third and looked the main danger while Wag Tail remained in fourth.
Off the back, Rain Stream had worked to second and set out after Hougenie who still had a four length break while Wag Tail was still in third and yet to appear as though she was posing any threat.
Into the home straight, Hougenie started to show signs of fatigue and was claimed by Rain Stream on the outside. Just as it looked as though Rain Stream would win the race, Wag Tail sprouted wings along the fence and claimed her in the shadows of the post.
Rain Stream finished a close second and reaffirmed that she looks to have a future as a stayer in the Sunshine State. Hougenie clung on for a tiring third two lengths away with Mullaway in fourth.
The win was Wag Tail’s 19th from 48 starts and her ninth from 15 over the staying trip at Albion Park. It takes her earnings to just shy of $70,000, an amount that could grow substantially if she takes out the big one at Cannington on August 23rd.
The Queensland representative for the National Distance final will be decided this Thursday night when they hold their own state final at Albion Park.
The winner will earn the right to represent the Sunshine State at Cannington on August 23rd in the National final.
Queensland’s last winner of the national final was Dashing Corsair in 2011 but you have to go back a few years to find the one before him.
It was in 1999 when Kobble Creek took out the event and capped off a terrific decade for the banana benders. In fact, Queenslanders took out no less than five National Distance finals in the 1990’s with Just A Charm (1991), Billy’s Blonde (1993), Boronia Blossom (1995 & 96) and Kobble Creek (1999) all saluting.
They will be hoping to revisit those halcyon days in 2014.
This year’s final contains some of Queensland’s most consistent “half milers”, with several appearing to be genuine winning chances.
The distance final is race five on the card and is scheduled to jump at 8:05pm.
1 – Set Her Again ($9.00) – Bruce Linnan - A reasonably consistent bitch who has won three from nine over this trip and has a good record from box one. The main concern is that she has not won since May in seven starts and has only filled a placing on two of those occasions. She will need to reproduce something like her personal best of 41.83 here to be a winning chance.
2 – Seven Straight ($31) – Jeff Cumming - Is yet to win over the 710 metre trip and has also not won for over two months. He does appreciate the inside draw but looks outclassed in this one.
3 – Suspect Claims ($31) – Deborah Arnold - Has only recently graduated to the longer trips and is showing some sort of promise to reach this final. She is yet to win over the 710 metre trip and despite being a likely improver, may need a little more time to be competitive against some of these dogs.
4 – Slippin’ Nova – ($51) – Amy O’Reilly - A winner of just two from 33 who is yet to fill a placing in three attempts over this journey. He was beaten a long way by Hougenie in the heats and looks out of his depth in this.
5 – Wag Tail ($2.20) – Christina Harman - Arguably Queensland’s best stayer at the moment. She has won eight from 14 over this trip, including a best of 41.69. If there are concerns they are the facts that she has not won from box five in two attempts and that she was beaten 4 1/2 lengths by Hougenie last week. She is very short in the betting, take her on trust.
6 – Mullaway ($4.80) – Joanne Price - A consistent type who has finished in the top two at his last four outings. He has won one and been placed in four of eight attempts over 710 metres. He has finished a close second to Rain Stream at his last two starts and is not far away from another win but his place chances appear better here.
7 – Hougenie ($3.50) – Peter Ruetschi - Returned from an unsuccessful campaign at The Meadows to land her first 710 metre win here last week. She set the time standard of 41.95 in last week’s heats and has a superb record from wide draws. She looks value at $4.00 and is the obvious danger to the favourite.
8 – Rain Stream ($8.00) – Robert Handyside – Backed up her surprise Presidents Cup win two weeks ago with another win in last week’s heats. She now has an imposing 710 metre record of three starts for two wins and a third and has not missed a place in her last six races. Her best is only 42.09 but she is an improver and a definite each-way proposition here.
Grandchester-based trainer Tony Brett looks a good chance to book himself a ticket to Cannington for the Nationals. He will rug up three runners in the Queensland National Sprint final on Thursday night at Albion Park and his fastest charge, Flash Reality, has drawn the coveted rails alley.
The quickest qualifier through to the finals was Give You Credit.
Box 1 – Flash Reality (Tony Brett)
Since joining Tony Brett’s kennels, this dog by Premier Fantasy and Orara Flash (Bond – Sweet Elite) has been almost unstoppable in Queensland. This year he has taken out the Group One Winter Carnival Cup and the Group Two Queensland Derby at Albion Park. He has gone close to the track record in a couple of wins and Brett rates him highly. If he runs up to his form, he will be off to prove himself at Cannington.
Box 2 – Fancy Stiches (Noela Hazelgrove)
Prior to last week’s third placing in the heats to Exhibitionist, Fancy Stiches had run last at her previous two starts. The Velocette and Whirly Storm (Black Enforcer – Cyclone Chrissy) bitch has won five from 20 at the track with a best time of 30.00. She will be at long odds in this race.
Box 3 – Gumlow Star (Sandra Hunt)
Gumlow Star finished one length second behind Exhibitionist last week. The El Galo and Jackpot Return (Bombastic Shiraz – Call Me Cash) bitch was a finalist in the Group One Winter Carnival Cup earlier this year but didn’t run a place. Her recent form has been mixed with just the one win from her last five starts. Her best is 30.07 and she will need to improve to take this out.
Box 4 – King Elliot (Reg Hazelgrove)
The red brindle Dyna Lachlan and Slick Candy (Black Enforcer – Cyclone Chrissy) dog was a finalist in the 2014 Flying Amy Classic. In his 27 start career, he has won 10 races. Four of those wins have been at Albion Park with a best time of 30.21. He ran second to Flash Reality last week from box two. He now moves to the less than desirable box four draw for the final.
Box 5 – Placid Planet (Tony Brett)
Brett’s second runner in the final ran third to Give You Credit last week. The Cosmic Rumble and Bogie Angel (Bond – Bogie Leigh) dog lacks nothing on the breeding side and in his 16 start career he has won six and placed on seven other occasions. He has run 29.86 at the track but will need to show pace to overcome the squeeze draw.
Box 6 – Cyndie’s Special (William Elson)
Cyndie’s Special performed really well behind Give You Credit last week, going down by just three quarters of a length in 29.90. The Premier Fantasy and Regal Silver (Surf Lorian – Wongawillisue) bitch is no stranger to feature race finals, finishing second in the 2014 Group Two Queensland Futurity. She had box two last week and this week moves to box six. She has won twice from this draw.
Box 7 – Give You Credit (Peter Ruetschi)
Give You Credit returned to the winners circle last week, which was testament to his chasing ability as he fell at his start prior at The Meadows. The Outa Credit and Where Are You (Hallucinate – Duel’s Me Mum) dog recorded his best time at the track last week (29.90), leading all the way from the box three draw. He has won just once from box seven but if he repeats last week’s efforts he could challenge Flash Reality.
Box 8 – Exhibitionist (Tony Brett)
Similar to Give You Credit, Exhibitionist recovered from a last start fall to secure a win in her heat last week. The bitch by Superman and Naughty Nicki (Bombastic Shiraz – Outrageous Claim) has won three of her last five and is the third of Brett’s runners in this final. She has won twice from the wide draw and has the pace to cross. Her best at the track is 29.99. She will need the luck in the early stages.
Rose Of Galo (9) can show some pace and she is highly experienced at Albion Park, winning 12 from 34 starts at the track. She ran third in the Group Three Ladies Bracelet at Wentworth Park earlier this year. She isn’t without a chance if she gets a start. Yogi Blue (10) has struck an inconsistent patch of form, winning just one race in his last five starts. He finished fourth behind Give You Credit last week, beaten six and a half lengths. He will need a return to form to feature if he gets a run.
Group One Winter Carnival Cup and Group Two Queensland Derby winner Flash Reality (6) features in the opening heat. The Tony Brett trained son of Premier Fantasy and Orara Flash (Bond – Sweet Elite) has imposing record at Albion Park with eight wins from 11 starts at the track. He has already amassed over $140,000 in stakes earnings and has a near-record best of 29.58. He is clearly the one to beat.
Top Story (4) has won 16 races at Albion Park and boasts a personal best of 29.65. He is never too far away from the front when it matters the most.
Rose Of Galo (8) returns to Albion Park after a three-week stint of straight racing at Capalaba where she won her last two. She could benefit from the change of scenery and can carve out zippy early sections.
Bill’s Fantasy (7) won three races in a row before finishing fifth to Flash Reality here last week. He has a best of 29.93 and could be competitive on his best form.
Chant (1) is another Tony Brett runner who loves the inside draw. He has won three of his last four and is, at the very worst, one for the exotics.
Cyndie’s Special (2) looks well drawn for trainer Bill Elson in a reasonably open second heat. She has won nine from 32 at the track and never missed a place in four starts from box two. If she is anywhere near her best of 29.88 she will be hard to beat.
Give You Credit (4) returns to Albion Park racing after falling in a semi-final of the Maturity at The Meadows two weeks ago. If he gains some room in transit, he will be finishing the race off strongly.
Yogi Blue (8) is never too far away in any of his races. He performs better from the inside but has won two from seven when exiting box eight. He will be thereabouts.
Placid Planet (1) is an interesting runner. He has had just two starts in 2014, the last of which was a swift 29.89 effort here in an easier class. He has a good record from the inside and could be the knockout dog, if there is one.
Another very open final heat with Winged Elite (4) looking to have hit form at the right time. The John Hutchinson trained son of Elite Blue Size and Mellifluous (Placard – Winged Runner) was a finalist in the Group One Winter Carnival Cup where he finished seventh behind Flash Reality. Since that race he has strung two wins on end from box one. If he handles the move to the blue rug he will go very close.
Exhibitionist (3) won here two starts back in 29.99 before falling last time out. She has won four from 12 at the track and could be near the lead early.
Gumlow Star (7) surprised at big odds four starts back in a heat of the Winter Carnival Cup, beating a good field in 30.11. She will be some sort of hope chance if she can find the front.
Spirited Flame (2) is never far away and has won 10 of 37 starts at the track. She has finished in the top three at eight of her past ten starts albeit predominantly over 600 metres. She looks a place hope.
Chariots Offiah (5) has a good record at Albion Park, winning 7 from 24. This looks to be a bit of a class rise on his recent wins and he may be out of his depth.
Fred Sealey (8) has a good record from box eight with three wins from seven attempts. His record of one win from 14 starts at the track is a big concern though.
Queensland greyhound racing will take the first step in deciding who will represent their state at the national sprint and distance titles in August when they kick off their own state series this Thursday night at Albion Park.
Two heats will be run in the Distance Championship over the 710 metre journey, with the final to be held the following Thursday.
The Sunshine State has a great record in recent times in both the National Sprint and Distance titles in large part courtesy of the great Dashing Corsair. He achieved the ground-breaking feat of becoming the only greyhound to win both titles and he sadly passed away this week.
A few of the faces that appear regularly in staying events at Albion Park are notable absentees from this series with Benarkin, Eleazar and Late Angel Lee all missing from the heats.
1 – Hougenie (Peter Ruetschi) – A young dog who had been racing well over the middle distances before an unsuccessful trip to The Meadows where he finished well back in two starts there over 600 metres. He is yet to win over this trip in five attempts and will need to improve to win.
2 – Wag Tail (Christina Harman) – A very consistent staying bitch who is likely to be the favourite for the entire series. The daughter of Velocette and Bacardi Cruiser (Just The Best – Lou’s Cruise) has won eight from 13 at this trip and made multiple Group finals. Her personal best of 41.69 is streets ahead of anything here.
3 – Made To Charm (Colin Fry) – A winner of just three from 51 who is yet to be tried over this journey. He has run some 22 placings in his career but looks outclassed here.
4 – Suspect Claims (Deborah Arnold) – Had been racing in easier class over middle distances before stepping up to 700 metre racing just two starts back. She did manage a second placing behind Wag Tail but was beaten by 14 1/4 lengths. Finished fourth in last week’s President’s Cup final. She will need to improve again to be a winning chance here.
5 – VACANT
6 – And It’s Gone (Bruce Linnan) – Has only had one go over this distance where she finished a long last to Late Angel Lee in June. She has not won since October last year and it is hard to envisage that changing here.
7 – Golfing Amy (John Pollock) – A front running bitch who is never too far away. She has only won one from 11 over the 710 metre trip but has finished second on four occasions. She looks the only danger to the favourite.
8 – Slippin’ Nova (Amy O’Reilly) – A winner of just two races from 32 starts who has not ran a place in his two attempts at this trip. He looks tested in this one.
1 – Seven Straight (Jeffrey Cumming) – A consistent greyhound who is yet to really crack it over the longer trips. He has not won since early June and that was over the 520 metre journey. Has a great record from box one but is yet to run in the top three over 710 metres in three attempts.
2 – Bulk Rivets (Ron Goodwin) – A winner of just four from 43 who is untried over this distance. Has won all his races over the middle distances at Ipswich and faces a sharp rise in class here.
3 – Rain Stream (Robert Handyside) – Upset a solid field to win last week’s President’s Cup at huge odds. That was just her second go over the 710 metre trip after a third to Wag Tail a week earlier. She has to be considered a chance in this race.
4 – Mullaway (Joanne Price) – A front-running youngster who made the final of the Gold Cup earlier in the year. He boasts a very impressive personal best of 41.77 which he registered in early July. He looks the one to beat here.
5 – Honey Blonde (Noela Hazelgrove) – A winner of just two from 26 who is yet to fill a placing over 710 metres in two attempts. This looks too hard.
6 – Far From Fear (Amy O’Reilly) – Has been very consistent over the middle distances at Ipswich and finished fifth to Mullaway at his only start over this journey. He faces a couple of classy ones here and his place claims appear best.
7 – Set Her Again (Bruce Linnan) – Group One Gold Cup finalist who has only recently returned from a month break. She has her first 710 metre race since that let-up in this one. She has won three from eight over this trip with a best of 41.83. She is one of the big guns in this heat.
8 – Prince Harry (Ricky Whisson) – A winner of just three from 41 who is yet to race over the 710 metres. He has not won since early May and looks like he may be out of his depth here.
The stage is set for an action-packed day of family fun at Capalaba Greyhound Racing Club this Saturday for the first ever final of the Straight of Origin Series.
Top greyhounds from Queensland and New South Wales have faced off in trials and semi-finals over the past two weeks, but it all culminates with the $10,000 final featuring the top four qualifiers from each state.
Club caretaker Rob Essex and the team at Capalaba Greyhound Racing Club have developed the new race concept to coincide with this year’s State of Origin Series and there has been strong crowds for the heats and semis.
“This really is a race featuring mate against mate and there has been such a great atmosphere leading up to this Saturday’s final,” Mr. Essex said.
“We’re expecting record crowds this weekend and pre-sale ticket numbers are very strong.”
“There’s also entertainment, giveaways and fun for all ages, including a Fashions on the Field competition, kids entertainment and appearances from ex-Origin players.”
Queensland’s Coco Benz has qualified fastest for the final, but she will be facing some stiff competition from the southern raiders led by Tweed Ace.
Gates open at 10am at the Capalaba Greyhound Racing Club, Old Cleveland Rd, Capalaba.
State Of Origin Series Final Field:
1 – Cash Will Do (NSW) 2 – Jebrynah Storm (NSW) 3 – Tweed Ace (NSW) 4 – Not The One (QLD) 5 – Burj Khalifa (QLD) 6 – Byonic Avenger (NSW) 7 – Rylee’s Rookie (QLD) 8 – Coco Benz (QLD)
Tony Brett continued his stranglehold on the Group One Winter Carnival Cup when Flash Reality (8) put in a dashing display to land the $75,000 to-the-winner event at Albion Park on Thursday night.
The win makes it four straight Winter Carnival Cups for Brett, who also won the race with Glen Gallon (2013 and 2012) and Iso Octane (2011).
The Marlene Ellis owned son of Premier Fantasy and Orara Flash (Bond – Sweet Elite) ran a new race record of 29.71 en route to his 1 1/4 length win.
After leaving outside box in third place, Flash Reality quickly mustered up to second and was challenging the speedy Australian Cup winner Buckle Wes (4). By the time the pair had raced through the catching pen the first time it was Flash Reality who wrested the ascendancy away from the early leader.
The 34kg black dog quickly opened up a two length break down the back and looked as though the race was his for the keeping, but Buckle Up Wes chased tenaciously and railed up to be within a length of Flash Reality as they rounded the turn into the home straight.
Flash Reality dug deep in the run home and the Queensland Derby winner staved of his much more accomplished competitor to land his second Group race at just his 14th start.
Buckle Up Wes ran a gallant second while Love Kills (3) finished third.
Of the beaten brigade, short-priced favourite Awesome Project (1) was away slowly and sixth past the post the first time where he hooked out wide. He continued to race wide and could only manage to get to fourth which is where he stayed.
Yogi Blue (7) was third away and caught deep for most of the event, he found the trip telling in the home straight and finished fifth. Benarkin (5) was slowly away as expected and still last into the home straight before running on for sixth.
Winged Elite (6) was last to leave the boxes and only made it as close as sixth mid-race before finishing seventh. Gumlow Star (2) left the boxes well but could not match motors with the big guns early and found herself crowded on the fence, she was never in the hunt and finished in last place.
The win was the 31-month-old Flash Reality’s eighth from just 14 starts and takes his career earnings past $140,000.
1st – Flash Reality (8) – Tony Brett 2nd – Buckle Up Wes (4) – Ted Medhurst 3rd – Love Kills (3) – Brian Partridge 4th – Awesome Project (1) – Darren McDonald 5th – Yogi Blue (7) – Peter O’Reilly 6th – Benarkin (5) – Tony Brett 7th – Winged Elite (6) – John Hutchinson 8th – Gumlow Star (2) – Sandra Hunt
In 2014, Brett will rug up second-favourite Flash Reality from box eight as well as Benarkin from box five.
Flash Reality has hardly put a foot wrong since his owner Marlene Ellis asked Brett if he would be interested in training the 34kg back dog.
“He has been the ultimate professional ever since he arrived here, I can’t fault him.”
Flash Reality has not missed a place at Albion Park in his short career which includes six wins from nine attempts at the venue. He went within a whisker of lowering the track record there when he stopped the clock at 29.58.
Brett explained how he came to train Flash Reality.
“The owner Marlene Ellis had asked me if I would be interested in training a little bitch called Shot Glass if she kept improving. I’m always interested if someone asks you to train a fast dog.”
“I had spoken to a few people about the bitch and they all asked if Marlene had asked me to train the black pup she had, it was showing a lot of promise. He turned out to be Flash Reality. A few months later she did ask me and I jumped at the chance.”
At just 31 months of age, Flash Reality looks to have a big future and Brett hopes that he can head south later in the year for some of the riches on offer.
“He is good enough to compete with the top dogs and the increased prizemoney for the Melbourne Cup could not have come at a better time.”
“As you know, the hard part with fast dogs is keeping them in one piece, so for now we will head towards the National’s and then go with the flow from there.”
Brett’s other runner is Benarkin, a multiple group placed stayer who resumed in last week’s heats after a month break.
“It was a forced rest. He split his webbing in the Winter Chase and had to miss out on running in the Group One Gold Cup. He has done well to make the final. He ran on well last week considering the small amount of work he has had. He is not as fast as the top dogs but should be finishing well.”
Come 8:44pm on Thursday night it is quite possible that we could see the dominance of Tony Brett in the Winter Carnival Cup extend yet another year.
Comments: Darren McDonald (Trainer) – “He has been jumping a lot better lately and is racing with a lot of confidence, hopefully he can do that again on Thursday night. Flash Reality will be hard to beat racing on his home track.”
Comments: Sandra Hunt (Trainer) – “We are boxed ok again, that is one good thing, but she is probably a 30/1 shot. In saying that I guess we were a 30/1 shot last week and we won. It would be nice to lead again but there is some fast dogs in there, it is just great to be in the race. I think she is the only bitch in the race so hopefully all the boys do the gentlemanly thing and let her go first.”
Comments:ARG opinion is – Lightly raced dog who has won four from eight at Albion Park. He is yet to break the 30 second barrier at the track and will probably need to improve to worry to big guns in this final. Place hope.
Comments: Ted Medhurst (Trainer) – “He is going as well as ever and his form has held up well right through. He had only had one trial at the track before last week but he still looked to be a bit lost going around the first turn and through the catching pen. He has to lead if he wants to win it.”
Comments:Tony Brett (Trainer) – “He had a split webbing just before the Gold Cup so he had an enforced break. The way he ran on last week given the small amount of work he’s had was terrific. He will be back early but it is incredible the way he weaves through a field. He is not as fast as the top dogs but will be running on if he gets a clean crack at them.”
Comments: ARG opinion is – A winner of five from 18 over this trip who snuck in to this final with a second placing last week. His form has not been too flattering of late and he will more than likely find this field a little bit too slippery.
Comments: Peter O’Reilly (Trainer) – “He seems to handle box seven pretty well, I think he is used to it since he has drawn there so often. He is racing close to his best and if he runs that sort of time he has to be a chance, I would love to see him win a race like this.”
Comments: Tony Brett (Trainer) – “He has always shown a lot of promise and if he gets that clean getaway then he will be hard to beat. You always want box one in a big final but if you can’t get it then eight is the next best thing. He is good enough to compete with the really good dogs so hopefully it all goes well on Thursday night.”
Comments: Handy New South Wales bitch who ran into a hot Awesome Project last week. Can be a little hit or miss at the start but when she is at her best she is very quick. Would be a place chance if gaining a start.
Best Albion Park Times
Awesome Project (1) looks to hold all the aces in this race. Should he leave the boxes rapidly then he will take a power of beating.
Flash Reality (8) is an improving youngster who has gone close to lowering the track record over this trip. If he gets a clean run to the first turn then he could blow them away.
Buckle Up Wes (4) is a proven big race performer who could easily win this race on his best form. He is yet to show it at Albion Park, but given his relative inexperience at the track he has plenty of scope for improvement.
Yogi Blue (7) is in stellar form and regularly produces sub-thirty second runs here. He looks to be the knockout chance outside of the “big three”.
Grandchester trainer Tony Brett gave every impression that he could maintain his stranglehold on the Group One Winter Carnival Cup when Flash Reality set the time standard for him at Albion Park on Thursday night.
The promising son of Premier Fantasy and Orara Flash (Bond – Sweet Elite) stopped the clock at 29.71 in a dominant display.
After leaving box eight well, the 34kg black dog parked second early behind the speedy Magic Display (1) and was already cutting an imposing figure.
Half way down the back straight, he put the paw to the floor and quickly raced away putting a margin on all and sundry to win with consummate ease.
Winged Elite (2) railed hard to grab second on the line in front of Magic Display.
Earlier in the evening, the Sandra Hunt trained Gumlow Star ($24.50) caused a major upset when she led all-the-way to land heat one in the biggest boil over since Polly put the kettle on.
The race was thrown wide open when odds-on favourite Keybow left box eight a clear last.
Gumlow Star exited box two in a hurry to lead the charge to the first turn with Rose Of Galo (3) and Exhibitionist (5) racing up to make a line of three. Gumlow Star held the ascendency by virtue of the inside draw and went into the back with a length on Rose Of Galo, Exhibitionist was three lengths away in third. Favourite Keybow had made his way to fifth after overcoming trouble on the first turn.
Leaving the back straight, Gumlow Star quickly beat off Rose Of Galo and put three lengths on the field. Cyndie’s Special (1) railed up to second and ran home fairly but the result was never in doubt with the daughter of El Galo and Jackpot Return (Bombastic Shiraz – Call Me Cash) winning by three lengths in the time of 30.10. Cyndie’s Special finished second with Exhibitionist third.
Australian Cup winner Buckle Up Wes landed heat two in a go to whoa performance from box two in 30.09.
After exiting the boxes rapidly, the son of Collision and Everlong Bale (Primo Uno – Shique Bale) was always going to take some catching. Love Kills (6) got to second early with Miner’s Moss (7) in third.
The Ted Medhurst trained black dog held a one length break into the back straight with Love Kills running a solid race and applying plenty of pressure as they wound into the home turn.
Class prevailed however and Buckle Up Wes staved off the hearty challenge of Love Kills to rack up his 26th career win by three-quarters of a length. Maid For Ron (3) was doing his best work late to finish third.
Awesome Project continued his recent rich vein of form when he took out the third heat in an imperious display, registering the time of 29.82, which was the second fastest time of the five heats.
After spearing the lids from box three, the son of Collision and Honour Phase (Big Daddy Cool – Hunter Tylo) quickly made the race a one act affair en route to his third straight victory.
Chant (4) and Give You Credit (7) were the early chasers and went into the back straight some three lengths behind the leader. But Awesome Project extended his lead and quickly broke the hearts of those in pursuit of him.The 29kg dog won by a big space from Rue De Khan, with Top Story in third place.
The final heat went the way of local Yogi Blue in 30.16 for Yamanto trainer Peter O’Reilly.
After showing superior speed from the rails alley, the son of Cool Effort and Opal Assassin (Whiskey Assassin – Zane’s Girl) held out the early challenges of Abbey’s Fantasy (3) and Gimme Fuel (2).
The 31kg blue dog had a three length break down the back and maintained that margin into the straight and hung on to score. Benarkin (5) made a late challenge, sprouting wings to eat up the ground and finish second just a length behind the winner. Flick Pass finished third a further two lengths away.
The box draw for next Thursday’s $75,000 Group One Winter Carnival Cup is as follows;
1 – Awesome Project – Darren McDonald 2 – Gumlow Star – Sandra Hunt 3 – Love Kills – Brian Partridge 4 – Buckle Up Wes – Ted Medhurst 5 – Benarkin – Tony Brett 6 – Winged Elite – John Hutchinson 7 – Yogi Blue – Peter O’Reilly 8 – Flash Reality – Tony Brett
9 – Cyndie’s Special – William Elson 10 – Rue De Khan – Dean Swain
Some of the best sprinters from Queensland and interstate will converge on Albion Park this Thursday night for the running of five heats of the Group One Winter Carnival Cup.
The race is conducted over 520 metres and competitiors will vie for a $75,000 winners cheque in next week’s final.
Queensland mentor Tony Brett has dominated the race in recent times, winning the last three with Glen Gallon (2013 and 2012) and Iso Octane (2011).
Other recent winners include Trew Millions (2009), Made To Size (2008) and Fenceline (2006).
With plenty of interstate raiders from New South Wales and Victoria all keen to take out the Cup, the Queenslander contingent will have their work cut out to maintain their superb recent record in the race.
Here is a look at the main chances in each of the five heats;
Race 4 – Winter Cup Carnival Heat One – 7:41pm
Darren McDonald returns to Albion Park with his Queensland Derby runner-up Keybow in the first heat. The son of Take The Kitty and Key Exit (Over Flo – Atlanta Belle) is a winner of 13 races, including the Group One Perth Cup and looks to have plenty of class on this field. He will exit box eight which should suit his penchant for using the track, provided he gets a clean run to the first turn.
Cyndie’s Special (1) is a speedy bitch who is drawn well and could go close to leading this field. The Bill Ison trained conveyance registered a personal best of 29.88 here last week from this box and could give them something to catch.
Auriga Legend (4) has been consistent without winning in recent times, but has a great record at Albion Park. The winner of six from 28 at the track has a personal best of 29.94 and should be thereabouts.
Rose Of Galo (3) is a winner of 12 from 31 at Albion Park and is another with plenty of early toe. She is yet to break the 30 second barrier and has been a little below her best in recent efforts.
Race 5 – Winter Cup Carnival Heat Two – 8:05pm
It is not often that you are blessed with two Australian Cup winners in the one race but that is exactly the case in heat two.
Late Angel Lee (1) comes back from racing over staying trips for this event. She has recorded a sizzling 29.57 here in the past but may find the sharp drop in distance within seven days a little too much.
Maid For Ron (3) has a handy record over this trip winning five of her 12 attempts. She has a best of 29.92 but looks a little below her best on recent runs.
Race 6 – Winter Cup Carnival Heat Three – 8:25pm
Master Victorian trainer Darren McDonald produces another flying machine in Awesome Project (3) for the third heat. The son of Collision and Honour Phase (Big Daddy Cool – Hunter Tylo) is a multiple Group winner and boasts an imposing career record of 20 wins from 41 starts. He has won his last three at Sandown, all in very slick times. Barring bad luck, it’s hard to see him getting beat.
Duchess Bale (5) is another Victorian who makes the trek to the Sunshine State with a good record. She has won 10 from 21 and is a powerful type. She has been done no favours by the box draw and will be hoping for some room early.
Rue De Khan (2) is a regular top-line performer in New South Wales for trainer Dean Swain. She meets a quality field here but there is no doubting her talent.
Top Story (1) has won 16 races over this trip including a flying 29.65 effort back in February. He is drawn to give the big guns plenty of cheek here.
Race 7 – Winter Cup Carnival Heat Four – 8:44pm
The fourth heat features plenty of depth with Queensland Derby winner Flash Reality (8) taking the star billing. The Tony Brett trained son of Premier Fantasy and Orara Flash (Bond – Sweet Elite) has won five of his eight starts at Albion Park including a near-record 29.58. He has performed well from wide boxes in the past, but will be afforded no room for error early in this field.
Magic Display (1) was a finalist in the Group One Golden Easter Egg and is blessed with plenty of early pace. She has the advantage of having raced at the track in the past and is drawn to get the fly here.
Mepunga Armagh (6) is a winner of 14 races in Victoria and has gone very fast at Sandown in recent weeks. If he can cross the field early he is capable of landing an upset.
Peter’s Pick (7) is a consistent local performer who is sure to be doing his best work in the concluding stages of the race.
Race 8 – Winter Cup Carnival Heat Five – 9:08pm
The 2013 Brisbane Cup winner Kiss Me Ketut (7) makes his return to Albion Park in the final heat looking to keep his undefeated record at the track intact. The son of Bombastic Shiraz and Spiral Siyan (Spiral Nikita – Flight And Life) has won two from two at the track with a personal best of 29.82. His recent form has not been anything special and this run will be just his second back from a five-week let up. He’s one to take on trust.
The Kelly Bravo trained Gimme Fuel (2) may be better know for his exploits over slightly longer trips but he has been in sparkling form over the sprint distances recently. If he gets a clear run around the first turn, he may be very hard to hold out.
Local sprinter Yogi Blue (1) is very consistent and looks drawn well here. He has won nine from 34 at the track with a best of 29.89. He is one for the exotics.
Benarkin (5) is another stayer dropping back to the sprints for this feature event. He has been given a month freshen up by trainer Tony Brett and could be the smokey in this field.
When Xylia Allen added another feature race to her list of accomplishments on Thursday night by taking out the Superstayers at Albion Park it was not in her usual front running dominating style, nor was it anything special on the clock. If nothing else, the win was gritty, determined and classy.
A lure malfunction had put the big race in some doubt, with the event eventually jumping over an hour after the advertised start time. When they did, it was the local Wag Tail (1) who flew the lids and went straight to the front.
Infinite Wish (7) jumped away in second place with Know Class (3) third. Xylia Allen was between that pair and soon after squeezed out, losing at least five lengths and finding herself a long last, 10 lengths off the leader entering the home straight the first time.
As they passed the post with a lap to go, Wag Tail had a three length break on Know Class who had worked to second, Infinite Wish was third and Xylia Allen had tacked on and was fourth as they raced in indian file.
Coming off the back and into the home straight the big mover was Infinite Wish, she railed under Know Class and set out after Wag Tail with gusto, looking the likely winner. Xylia Allen followed her through but could not go with her.
As soon as it became obvious that Infinite Wish was going to claim Wag Tail in the straight, Xylia Allen sprouted wings along the fence and gave the pair of them a cold as she whizzed past to score by a length. Infinite Wish grabbed second with Wag Tail finishing in third place.
The time of 42.07 was well below Xylia Allen’s best of 41.55 and a long way off Dashing Corsair’s 41.44 track record. It is unlikely to be remembered for that but was spectacular all the same.
In 2014, two Victorians, one Queenslander and a New Zealander (now based in Victoria) will contest the race.
There is also a distinctly female favour to the event with three of the four runners being bitches. Coincidentally all three are trained by female trainers in Christina Harman (Wag Tail), Jenny Hunt (Xylia Allen) and Angela Langton (Infinite Wish). James Shaw bucks the trend in every way, being the New Zealand raider with the only dog in the race.
Here is a look at the four runners for this year’s race;
1 – Wag Tail ($11.00) – Christina Harman - The local hope who is an Albion Park specialist. She has won 15 career races and took out the recent Winter Chase at this track. The daughter of Velocette and Bacardi Cruiser (Just The Best – Lou’s Cruise) has won seven from 10 at this journey but is yet to really crack it against the top line interstate dogs. She may have to improve upon her best of 41.77 to win this.
3 – Know Class ($4.80) – James Shaw - The New Zealander who has made two Group One finals in his short time in Australia. The son of Willy What and Blue Fern (Shining Kev – Casual Wave) is a 99 start veteran (seven of which have been in Australia) who racks up triple figures in this race. He ran a game second to Xylia Allen in last week’s Albion Park Gold Cup and could appreciate the smaller field.
5 – Xylia Allen ($1.35) – Jenny Hunt - A four-time Group One winner who has broken eight track records. The daughter of Turanza Bale and Tayah Bale (Droopys Vieri – Francesca Bale) won her heat and the final of the Group One Gold Cup at this track over the past fortnight. She should lead this field and will take a power of catching. If she is at her best, Dashing Corsair’s track record may be under threat.
7 – Infinite Wish ($6.00) – Angela Langton - A very adaptable staying bitch who has made Group finals in four different states in the last year. She was doing her best work late when third to Xylia Allen in last week’s Gold Cup. The daughter of Premier Fantasy and Jean Jeannie (Surf Lorian – Flickering Lady) is very consistent and could seize any opportunity she is afforded.
The four invitees for Thursday night’s listed Superstayers at Albion Park were announced on Sunday evening.
The invite-only event is held over the 710 metre trip and is worth $15,000 to the winner.
Two Victorian greyhounds as well as a Victorian-based New Zealander will join one local in the four-dog field.
The invitees announced are as follows;
Xylia Allen – Jenny Hunt - The Queen of Australian staying racing and the winner of the Group One Gold Cup at Albion Park last week. She has broken eight track records and won four Group One events. A win in this event would see her skip from fifth to third on the all-time stakes earners for Australian greyhounds.
Infinite Wish – Angela Langton - A regular top-line performer who has made finals in Group races in four different states over the last year. Was a runner-up in the Sydney Cup and ran third in last week’s Group One Gold Cup.
Know Class – James Shaw - A New Zealander who recently arrived on Australian shores and has already made two Group One finals. He will have his 100th career start in this race. Ran a cracking second behind Xylia Allen in the Gold Cup last week. Before that he had made the final of the Sandown Cup and will not be out of place in this race.
You Can Talk made the most of her opportunities to land the listed Flying Amy Classic for ultra-consistent Queensland trainer Peter Ruetschi at Albion Park On Thursday night.
After leaving box three in third place, the daughter of Outa Credit and Where Are You (Hallucinate – Duel’s Me Mum) was quickly out-paced and left the straight in fifth position, receiving some slight interference in the process.
King Elliot (7) led the field out of the straight but was quickly under siege from the $2.80 favourite Angvella (1) who railed underneath him to take the lead down the back. Give You Credit (6) chimed in three-wide and looked destined to pass the leaders as they left the back straight.
With the three leaders racing tightly Angvella appeared to run wide, taking Give You Credit with him. But if the Ruetschi camp were disappointed that they’d been taken out of play after the looking the winner, they would have soon realised that all their Christmas’ had come at once.
The field had parted like the Red Sea for You Can Talk, presenting her with a gifted run and the 27-month-old duly obliged by spearing through to race away and score by 1 3/4 lengths in the time of 30.39. Happy Haswell (4) charged home for second while Angvella managed to pick himself up off the canvas to grab third just in front of You Say So (2).
It was the icing on the cake for Patrick Estate trainer Peter Ruetschi who had qualified three litter-mates for the final.
There were plenty of hard luck stories in the race but the worst effected seemed to be Give You Credit (6) who was taken wide when making a dash for home and Nala’s Heart (5) who also copped the backwash of that mix-up when making a run.
The win was You Can Talk’s 14th from 28 starts and takes her prize-money earnings beyond the $50,000 mark.
1st – You Can Talk (3) – Peter Ruetschi 2nd – Happy Haswell (4) – Reg Kay 3rd – Angvella (1) – Christina Harman 4th – You Say So (2) – Peter Ruetschi 5th – Give You Credit (6) – Peter Ruetschi 6th – Super Vision (8) – Peter Young 7th – Nala’s Heart (5) – Robert Handyside 8th – King Elliot (7) – Reg Hazelgrove
Australia’s Queen of the loam Xylia Allen added another Group One win to her list of achievements when she took out the Albion Park Gold Cup on Thursday night.
Beginning quickly from box one, the daughter of Turanza Bale and Tayah Bale (Droopys Vieri – Francesca Bale) gave nothing else a chance as she sped away to lead from pillar to post.
All eyes were on the clock as the 31kg black bitch made the $75,000 to-the-winner event a one act affair. When she crossed the line she had stopped the clock at 41.71, some 0.27 outside Dashing Corsair’s track record.
New Zealander Know Class (8) ran a solid race to finish in second. After leaving the boxes third, he ground his way home to run Xylia Allen to just three lengths on the line.
Infinite Wish was also doing her best work in the concluding stages and finished third a further 3/4 length away.
The win was Xylia Allen’s 32nd from 68 career outings and pushed her career stakes earnings beyond $600,000.
1st – Xylia Allen (Jenny Hunt) 2nd – Know Class (James Shaw) 3rd – Infinite Wish (Angela Langton) 4th – Eleazar (Kieron Butler) 5th – Mepunga Tiara (Jeff Britton) 6th – Mullaway (Joanne Price) 7th – Set Her Again (Bruce Linnan) 8th – Golfing Amy (Des Pollock)
Time: 41.71 1st Split: 15:73 (1) 2nd Split: 12.23 (1) 3rd Split: 13.75 (1) Margins: 3 x 3/4 Scratchings: Late Angel Lee (9), Auriga Doll (10)
Kieron Butler is one of the lifebloods of greyhound racing, a spoke that is necessary for the big wheel to keep on turning.
On Thursday night he will rug up Eleazar from box five in the final of the Group One Albion Park Gold Cup, which is a just reward for someone who has been in the game for so long and always produced his own greyhounds.
“This is my first Group One in my 40 years,” Butler told ARG.
“I’ve been in the game that long and I’ve never been in a Group One. I was in a Group Two which I won but that was 30 years ago at the Gabba and I was in a Group Two in the Galaxy where I think I ran third too. Other than that I have been in a lot of finals and that sort of thing but no Group One’s.”
It is a fruit of the Goodna-based trainer’s labour that he is quite proud of given that he has done everything to get his greyhound to where she is.
“I bred her, I breed all my own dogs, I do the lot. I have never had anyone hand me a good dog and say have a go with that, they are always my own dogs who I have bred.”
While Eleazar is often a victim of her lack of early speed, there is no doubt that she can carve out some time when she gets the opportunity, something she has shown from a young age.
“One of the guys up here along with some blokes in Victoria offered me big money for her when she was around 13-months-old, she is bloody quick, she just hasn’t had a clear run in her career. When she was in Sydney with Dean and Sid (Swain) I think she trialled something like 29.61 at Wentworth Park, that is why we put her in the Oaks and Futurity.”
Eleazar is no stranger to meeting greyhounds the calibre of the ones she will face-off against in the final and while Butler says what a privilege it is to be in the race, he also points out how she has met the best at the top of their game in 2014.
“It is just nice to be in such elite company with Xylia Allen, she is the best sprinter/stayer in Australia, if not the world, what she can do is freakish, she is just a freak.”
“She beat us at Wentworth Park the night she ran the record. Coming into the race I thought we had a chance of running somewhere but Holy Christ Almighty, she came out and ran something like 15.80 to the first mark which is unheard of and that broke my bitches heart.”
“The week before Dyna Willow beat my bitch in track record time too, so when she was down in Sydney she ran into a few good ones.”
Butler had sent Eleazar down to Sid and Dean Swain Sydney for a change of scenery from the Brisbane environment with a few factors forcing his hand.
“I sent her down because I couldn’t get a run with her for a month up here and she needed a break from that first turn at Albion Park. She kept finding trouble and getting belted, it got to a stage where every race she was in the stewards report three or four times. A lot of it is caused by herself of course with her box manners but sometimes there is other dogs that just seem to want to run into you.”
He believes the break may have done her well and that she is racing as well as ever now. Butler also says it could be due to the variety in training methods.
“She may have went into last week just a little bit under-done. She injured a hip-support a couple of starts back and I feel like she was only about 90% for that race. I was very happy with the way she won though because she finished off the race so strong.”
“That is how I train them, a little bit different to how she would have been trained down in Sydney. I swim them a lot and do aerobic sort of stuff where Sid and Dean get into them with the work. We are completely different trainers but we both do the same job and get the same results. They did a great job down in Sydney and they are top-class trainers, they know what they are doing.”
Eleazar is by Bit Chili out of Cool Poss (Big Daddy Cool – Cool Kissy) and Butler says while Eleazar will definitely be a brood bitch down the track, there may still be more to come of her ilk.
“Her mother is still here with me, she has currently got four pups to Fear Zafonic and then I will be taking her to Lochinvar Marlow to get the cross back through Bombastic Shiraz and Brett Lee through Sensational Lee and line breed them back to Big Daddy Cool. Eleazar’s dam-line goes back to Kissy Bear and Bearability and has worked well for us with Big Daddy Cool.”
Eleazar has already won nine races for Butler and accumulated over $40,000 in prize-money in the process. When it comes to the big final on Thursday night, Butler summarised his hopes and prediction in one simple sentence.
“Like I said it is just good to be there but I’m really hoping for that clear run, if she can get that, she will show them something, I’m telling you.”
The race has witnessed some quality stayers win in recent times, including Chinatown Lad (2008), Queen Lauryn (2009) and He Knows Uno (2012).
Victorian chasers have been dominant in the race in the last few years, winning three of the last four finals. Nellie Noodles won in 2010, Bobby Boucheau saluted in 2011 and Destini Fireball took out last year’s Gold Cup. They boast the two favourites this year and it will be no surprise to see the trophy heading south again.
Here is a look at the finalists with comments from the trainers;
Comments: ARG opinion is – The undisputed queen of staying racing in Australia who seems to set track records for fun. With a clean getaway she will take a power of catching and if she is anywhere near her best is all but unbeatable. Clearly the big gun in this final.
Comments: Angela Langton (Co-Trainer) – “I think if anyone can beat Xylia Allen she might be the one, but in saying that we have to really hope that she comes out well and then see what happens. We would probably still need Xylia Allen to miss the start a little bit and hope for some luck.”
Comments: Angela Langton (Co-Trainer) – “She will have to begin very well, she isn’t draw too bad because she lies to use a bit of the track so she won’t cut down on Infinite Wish. She is going to need a lot of luck though.”
Comments:Keiron Butler (Trainer) – “She just needs a bit of room getting to that first time. Everytime she races there she seems to feature in the stewards report three or four times. If she is within a few lengths of them down the back, they would want to be watching over their shoulders because she will be running home very well. I just hope we can get a clean crack at them.”
Comments: Bruce Linnan (Trainer) - “Yeah well, she came out good last week, I think she ran the fastest first section and I don’t think the dog drawn on her outside is terribly fast away so hopefully we can get around them, that is our only chance. I was a little bit disappointed in her run last week, I think she was entitled to win once she led because she can run the time that they went, but maybe I saw box one and got a little bit too eager and over-worked her, she was a little bit flat. But each week is a different proposition.”
Comments: James Shaw (Trainer) – “I think he is not drawn too badly out in the eight, I think the seven ran the fastest first sectional last week so hopefully we can gate a cart across. If we can have half a dozen dogs behind us as we pass the 700 metre boxes the second time then I think we are in with a hope.”
Comments: Is yet to win a 700 metre race to date. Is highly unlikely to be able to match it with the big guns in this one.
Best Albion Park Times
If Xylia Allen (1) jumps and runs anywhere near her best then we are more likely to see her break Dashing Corsair’s track record than for her to get beat. She is all class and only has to put it together on the night to give this field a donkey-licking.
Infinite Wish (2) could be the main danger if she steps well but her main worry is the dog drawn outside her. Golfing Amy (3) has the propensity to jump well and carve left and Infinite Wish will need to avoid her early.
Mepunga Tiara (4) could be afforded space early and can lead a field like this if Xylia Allen doesn’t. She is classy enough to hang on for a long way and could pinch it at big odds.
Know Class (8) needs to stay out of trouble early and find room to grind home in his dour style. He looks a place chance.
Set Her Again (7) is fast early and has registered a handy 41.83 here in the past, she could be another vying for the lead in the early speed battle.
Eleazar (5) will need a lot of luck in the run to be able to unleash his best and only looks a rough place chance, while Mullaway (6) looks hopelessly outclassed.
The race will be race five on the card and is scheduled to jump at 8:05pm
Here is a look at each runner in detail;
1 – Angvella – Christina Harman – A winner of six races from just 15 starts who ran on well for a placing last week. The son of Just The Best and Joy Esme (Fortified Rush – Marine Queen) has won four of 11 at the track with a personal best of 29.97. The 31kg brindle dog moves to a much more suitable box this week and could represent each-way value at a nice price. He has won his only start from box one in slick time at Ipswich. He looks to be the value runner here.
2 – You Say So – Peter Ruetschi – One of three runners for the high-flying Ruetschi kennel who ran on well for a second to Nala’s Heart in last week’s heat. He is from the successful Outa Credit – Where Are You (Hallucinate – Duel’s Me Mum) litter and has won five from 22 at the track with a further 11 placings. He is consistent but does not win out of turn and a place chance appears more likely than winning this one.
3 – You Can Talk – Peter Ruetschi – A littermate to You Say So who was beaten 5 3/4 lengths by Happy Haswell in last week’s heat. She is a very consistent bitch who has won 13 of her 27 career outings and eight of 16 at Albion Park. Her best is only 30.12 which she may need to improve upon to be winning a race like this.
4 – Happy Haswell – Reg Kay – Set the standard in the heats with a sharp 30.15 win despite not having the clearest run to the first turn. The regally bred son of Surf Lorian and Teenage Dream (Knocka Norris – Size ‘Em Up) has an imposing record with five wins from six starts and has already registered a handy 29.95 at this track. If there is a question mark over him it will be whether or not he can get to the first turn relatively unimpeded or not. If he can manage that, he will be the one to beat.
5 – Nala’s Heart – Robert Handyside – Finished powerfully to land her heat win last week in 30.23. This striking blue fawn daughter of Surf Lorian and Perfect Thrill (Hallucinate – Gorgas) has now won three at Albion Park, including her last two and has a best of 29.99. She can show enough early speed to put herself in the picture and is definitely worthy of consideration.
6 – Give You Credit – Peter Ruetschi – The third runner from not only the Peter Ruetschi kennel, but also from the Outa Credit – Where Are You (Hallucinate – Duel’s Me Mum) litter. He was forced to go three wide on the home turn last week when running on well to finish 2 1/4 lengths second to Happy Haswell. He is another who does not really win out of turn with six victories from his 25 starts, but he will definitely be doing his best work in the concluding stages. His place chances look better than his winning ones.
7 – King Elliot – Reg Hazelgrove – Caused a boilover last week in his heat, leading all the way to defeat some very handy conveyances in the time of 30.26, which is a personal best. He has won three of his five starts from box seven which would suggest that the outside draw should not be too much of an issue and has a handy career record of nine wins from 20 starts. His early speed is the key to his chances and he will need to get a clean break and possibly hope for trouble behind to be any winning chance.
8 – Super Vision – Peter Young – Looks the rank outsider of the field with just two wins to her name from 20 starts. She appeared to have every hope last week when third to Nala’s Heart, finishing 3 3/4 lengths away from the winner. Her two wins have come from inside boxes and this simply looks too hard.
9 – Flash Reality – Tony Brett – This dog is likely to start a short-priced favourite if he gains a start and would be the one to beat regardless of the box he may draw. He had won five in a row here before his third last week, including a near-record 29.58 run. Should he manage to get a call-up, he is the dog to beat.
10 – Renatus – Robin Palmer – A 24-month-old veteran of just five starts with one win to his name. He finished fourth to Nala’s Heart last week in his heat beaten some four lengths. This race looks too tough for him at this stage of his career.
Up and comer Happy Haswell sent out a warning to rivals that he is the one to beat in the final of the listed Flyng Amy Classic, winning the third and final heat in the fastest time of 30.15.
The heats were also highlighted by the fact that Patrick Estate mentor Peter Ruetschi not only qualified three runners for next Thursday’s final, but they are also all from the same litter. You Say So, Give You Credit and You Can Talk are all from the Outa Credit – Where Are You (Hallucinate – Duel’s Me Mum) litter and will see Ruetschi with a strong hand in the $15,000 to-the-winner event next week.
Happy Haswell is a Reg Kay trained son of Surf Lorian and Teenage Dream (Knocka Norris – Size ‘Em Up) and he did not have things all his own way, but showed class beyond his experience to win his fifth race from just six starts against much more experienced dogs.
Beginning third from box one, the 31kg dog mustered to second along the fence by the post the first time before copping some slight interference leaving the straight. He managed to hold down second and was in pursuit of early leader My Fantaziya (6) who opened up a four length break.
Happy Haswell claimed My Fantaziya on the home turn and roared away in the straight to score by 2 1/4 lengths on the line from the fast finishing Give You Credit, with You Can Talk (5) in third place.
Earlier, Nala’s Heart ran on well to take out the first heat in 30.23 for Loganlea trainer Robert Handyside.
After jumping well from box three, the daughter of Surf Lorian and Perfect Thrill (Hallucinate – Gorgas) worked her way to second early, chasing You Say So (2), who had opened up a handy break heading to the back.
Nala’s Heart found plenty in the run home and finished strongly to overhaul You Say So and win by 1 1/4 lengths, with Super Vision a further two lengths away in third place.
The biggest upset of the three heats came in heat two when King Elliot (2) led all the way to claim some big scalps in the time of 30.26. The son of Dyna Lachlan and Slick Candy (Black Enforcer – Cyclone Chrissy) speared the lids and as fate would have it, that was the end of the proverbial penny section.
Red-hot favourite Flash Reality (3) missed the jump and despite making his way to second place, managed to find enough trouble to end his winning chances.
The Reg Hazelgrove trained King Elliot showed the virtue of early speed and raced away via an unhampered run to score by 2 3/4 lengths. Angvella (5) was doing his best work at the end of the race to land second and Flash Reality picked himself up to grab third place.
The box draw for the listed Flying Amy Classic is ;
1 – Angvella – Christina Harman 2 – You Say So – Peter Ruetschi 3 – You Can Talk – Peter Ruetschi 4 – Happy Haswell – Reg Kay 5 – Nala’s Heart – Robert Handyside 6 – Give You Credit – Peter Ruetschi 7 – King Elliot – Reg Hazelgrove 8 – Super Vision – Peter Young
9 – Flash Reality – Tony Brett 10 – Renatus – Robin Palmer
It was probably expected, but Xylia Allen (7) set the time standard in the heats of the Group One Albion Park Gold Cup on Thursday evening with yet another near-record run.
The daughter of Turanza Bale and Tayah Bale (Droopys Vieri – Francesca Bale) stopped the clock at 41.55, just 0.11 outside Dashing Corsair’s track record which he set way back in May of 2010.
It was not exactly a trademark run from the 31kg black bitch who actually left the boxes in last place and had to work hard early to muster up and challenge early leader Mepunga Tiara (4), which she had done by the time they passed the winning post the first time.
From that point, Xylia Allen gradually extended her lead and her victory never looked in doubt. The eventual winning margin was 6 1/4 lengths. Mepunga Tiara battled on to maintain second placing with Mullaway (5) in third.
Another Victorian, Infinite Wish (2) took out the second heat in 41.83 for Anakie trainer Angela Langton. Showing some of the early pace that she had lacked in recent times, the daughter of Premier Fantasy and Jean Jeannie (Surf Lorian – Flickering Lady) left the boxes in second place behind local hope Set Her Again (1).
The pair raced in that order all the way until they reached the 710 metre boxes for the second time, which is where Infinite Wish took over and raced away. By the time they reached the post, the Sydney Cup runner-up had put a 5 1/4 length gap on her rivals to score with ease.
New Zealander Know Class (6) made good ground, weaving a passage through the field to finish second and qualify for next week’s $75,000 to-the-winner final and Set Her Again hung on for third.
The third and final heat saw an upset when local Eleazar (7) finished strongly to take out a mixing affair at a price upwards of $17.00 for Keiron Butler in the time of 42.15. The daughter of Bit Chili and Cool Poss (Big Daddy Cool – Cool Kissy) had recently returned to Queensland after a stint in New South Wales and now finds herself in a Group One final.
Things looked to be going to plan early for punters when favourite Tarks Nemesis (2) went straight to the front with her main rival Wag Tail (6) in second. However the pair appeared to tangle and both lost ground sharply, dashing each others winning chances in the process.
Pumped Up Zarr (1) was left in front and opened up a big space from Golfing Amy (4) and Gangnam Stride (3).
By the home turn, Pumped Up Zarr was under siege and Golfing Amy took over. Just as she looked to have the race in her keeping , Eleazar found plenty in the concluding stages to jump out of the ground and salute from Golfing Amy, with Late Angel Lee (8) grabbing third.
The box draw for next week’s Group One Albion Park Gold Cup is as follows;
1 – Xylia Allen – Jenny Hunt 2 – Infinite Wish – Angela Langton 3 – Golfing Amy – Des Pollock 4 – Mepunga Tiara – Jeff Britton 5 – Eleazar – Keiron Butler 6 – Mullaway – Joanne Price 7 – Set Her Again – Bruce Linnan 8 – Know Class – James Shaw
9 – Late Angel Lee – Darren Titmarsh 10 – Auriga Doll – Geoff Draheim
Flying Amy is one of the greatest bitches to come out of Queensland in the modern era. This Thursday night, the heats of the race named in her honour, the listed Flying Amy Classic, will be held at Albion Park, a track where she was at her imposing best.
It’s a race which regularly showcases the best sprinters in the Sunshine State, with some of the winners in the last decade being He Knows Uno, Velocity Regina and Bogie Ace.
The 2014 installment has attracted three heats which should be highly entertaining affairs. Competitors will be vying for a place in next Thursday’s $15,000 to-the-winner final.
Here is a look at the main chances in each heat;
Race 5 – Flying Amy Classic Heat 1 – 8:05pm
The Reg Kay trained Tear Away Size exits box eight in the first heat and boasts a good record at Albion Park. The 24-month-old has won three of her eight starts over the 520 metre journey at the track with a best of 29.98. The regally bred daughter of Knocka Norris and Surf Queen (Surf Lorian – Queen Size) has won seven of her 14 career starts and only has to negotiate the outside draw to be right in this.
Grand Roman (4) is another with an imposing record at Albion Park. The John Conlon trained black dog has won six of his 12 appearances at the track and stopped the clock at 29.92 in November last year. He is a last start winner in 30.13 here on the 30th of May and should be competitive on that run.
Darren Russell will rug up Farmers’s Gold from box seven who is coming of a second to Flash Reality here last week. He has won five and finished second six times from 15 appearances at Albion Park including a slick 29.98 run last December.
Nala’s Heart (3) is a youngster who has taken to Albion Park like a duck to water. In five starts at the track the Robert Handyside trained bitch has won two and been placed in a further two. She has a best of 29.99 and has to be considered a solid chance.
You Say So (2) has an experience edge at the track on a lot of these. The Peter Reutschi trained dog has finished in the top three at 15 of his 21 starts here including five wins, with a best of 30.09.
Race 6 – Flying Amy Classic Heat 2 – 8:25pm
The second heat features recent Queensland Derby winner Flash Reality for the astute Grandchester mentor Tony Brett. Already a winner of $60,000 in prize-money, this son of Premier Fantasy and Orara Flash (Bond – Sweet Elite) has won six of his 11 career starts and five from seven at Albion Park. His best is a near record 29.58 and he is chasing his fifth straight win here. He would have to be considered one of the series favourites.
Zali Rose (7) looks the obvious danger to Flash Reality here. The Peter Reutschi trained daughter of Elite And Classy and Ida’s Angel (Black Enforcer – Beilpajah Rose) has a best of 29.88 from her four wins at the track. She has won nine career races from 21 starts, including two of her past four.
Angvella (5) has won four of his ten starts at Albion Park including a last start 30.56 effort. The Christina Harman trained dog does have a best of 29.99 but was some 11 lengths behind Flash Reality when the pair met two starts back.
Senor’s Mistress (6) is rarely outside the placings when she graces the Albion Park circuit. She has won six from 23 at the track and set a personal best of 30.12 back in February. She may need luck to win this but is a definite place chance.
Race 7 – Flying Amy Classic Heat 3 – 8:44pm
The final heat looks an absolute gem on paper with a number of winning chances. It will be a pity to see a couple of these miss out on next Thursday’s final.
Iva Vision (7) is an up-and-comer from the Peter Young kennel from the Ivan Brown – Visualization (Surf Lorian – Leataro) litter, with which he has had so much success. The 26-month-old is undefeated at Albion Park in three appearances and has a 29.94 run to his credit. He chases his fourth straight win here and is more than up to the task.
Reg Kay produces the extremely precocious Happy Haswell from the rails alley in this heat. At just 18-months-old, Happy Haswell has won four of his five career starts including two 29.95 efforts at Albion Park. The son of Surf Lorian and Teenage Dream (Knocka Norris – Size ‘Em Up) looks to have a massive future and could start to make his name in this very series.
You Can Talk (5) has an imposing record at Albion Park, with eight victories from 16 starts. He may not have the time on the clock of some of the others in this race but he keeps finding a way to win. He has only missed a place on three of the 16 occasions he has raced here and has a best of 30.12.
Give You Credit (3) is a brother to You Can Talk and has a record that is equally as imposing. The Peter Reutschi trained red brindle dog has won five of 18 at Albion Park with a swift best time of 29.93, which he registered back in March.
Fancy Stiches jumps from box eight for Park Ridge trainer Reg Hazelgrove. He is a winner of three of his last four outings and has also won four from 12 at Albion Park. His best effort was a rapid 30.00 run a month ago from this very box.
Exhibitionist (4) has her share of ability and is in the highly successful Tony Brett kennel. She can be a bit hit-and-miss but has won three from seven at the track.
The race has had some classy conveyances etched on the honour board in recent times, including Chinatown Lad (2008) , Queen Lauryn (2009) and He Knows Uno (2012).
Victorian chasers have had a mortgage on the race in the last few years, winning three of the last four finals. Nellie Noodles won in 2010, Bobby Boucheau was victorious in 2011 and Destini Fireball took out last year’s big one for Norm Rinaldi. With a strong contingent heading north again this year, that trend could well continue in 2014.
Here is a look at the main chances in each heat;
Race 2 – Macro Meats Gold Cup Heat One – 6:58pm
The greyhound that will attract more interest than any other dog racing on the night takes her place in heat one. Triple Group One winner Xylia Allen has broken five track records in her last six wins and could well add another one in the series. The daughter of Turanza Bale and Tayah Bale (Droopys Vieri – Francesca Bale) will exit box seven in a six dog field and only has to be somewhere near her best to put a space on this field.
Mepunga Tiara (4) recently made the final of the Group One Sandown Cup where she finished third to Sweet It Is. She has a ton of early speed and should Xylia Allen miss the jump, she will probably find the front and take some catching. She is possibly the knockout dog in this race.
Tweed Bah Day (8) has recently returned to the Glenda Dart kennel after spending time in Victoria with Kel Greenough. He has been racing against top company down there over the middle distances and could be prominent at his second go over the “half-mile” trip. His only other start over the distance yielded a second at Wentworth Park to the ill-fated National Distance champion Smart Valentino way back in September of last year. He led on that occasion before being run down.
Race 3 – Macro Meats Gold Cup Heat Two – 7:19pm
The second heat features two Victorian invaders as well as a recent Sandown Cup finalist from across the Tasman in New Zealand.
Born Ali (7) is a Group One Perth Galaxy winner who races consistently at the elite level. After a fifth in a Sandown Cup heat, the Rob Britton trained bitch finished third to Xylia Allen in the Listed Cup Night Stayers event, before another third at Sandown last Thursday behind Tarks Nemesis. At her best, she will be one of the big guns here.
Know Class (6) has had five starts in Australia since coming across from New Zealand for Anakie trainer James Shaw. In that short time he has managed to make the Group One Sandown Cup final where he finished seventh. He has a real grinding, dour style of racing and if he is on the pace he has the ability to out-stay his adversaries.
Infinite Wish (2) is another consistent Victorian performer who has finished in the top three at 30 of her 45 career outings. She can race on the pace or come from behind, the latter of which has been her style in recent efforts. She has to be considered a good chance in this heat.
Set Her Again (1) appears to be the best of the locals in this race. She has won three of her six outings over this trip with a best of 41.83. She returns from a drop back to 600 metres last week and will look to make her mark against some of the better stayers in the country here.
Race 4 – Macro Meats Gold Cup Heat Three – 7:41pm
Recent runner-up in the Group One Sandown Cup Tarks Nemesis looks the one to beat in the third-and-final heat. The Angela Langton prepared chaser has raced at the Albion Park venue on three occasions and was a finalist in the recent Queensland Futurity, despite the race being over an unsuitable distance. She is coming off a gutsy win at Sandown Park last Thursday and is a genuine stayer who could well be left alone in front here.
Wag Tail (6) is arguably the best stayer in Queensland at the moment. The Christina Harman trained daughter of Velocette and Bacardi Cruiser (Just The Best – Lou’s Cruise) boasts the imposing record of seven wins from nine starts over the 710 metre trip at Albion Park, including a smart 41.77 gallop. She will carry the hopes of a state into this series and has more than enough ability to be competitive.
Pumped Up Zarr makes the trek up from New South Wales for Yass based trainer Neil Staines. The son of Big Daddy Cool and Midnight Drama (Go Wild Teddy – Ready To Rise) has won nine of his 34 career starts which include wins at Wentworth Park, Sandown Park and Bathurst over the staying trip.
Eleazar (7) recently returned to Queensland from a racing sabbatical in New South Wales where she was highly competitive. She won over the distance at Richmond and Wentworth Park and was racing in top level company on many occasions. She has finished second on five occasions from eight goes at this track and trip and looks to be a chance to advance to the final if things go her way.
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Solid race to kick the night off and Iva Vision looks the winner from box three. Expect him to come away with them, before bursting out of the pack to lead all
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Tony Brett has woven his magic with Flash Reality (5), taking out the Group Two Queensland Derby in race record time at Albion Park on Thursday night. He led from go to whoa holding out race favourite and Perth Cup winner Keybow (2) in the dying stages to win his first career group race.
Initial race assessments were thrown out the window with the late scratching of Zipping Brock (1), who was expected to be in the firing line at the business end of the race. Keybow (2) was in doubt during the week after sustaining an injury in the catching pen but he gave his all in a race that was controlled beautifully by Flash Reality.
At box rise, the yellow rug was clearly prominent as Flash Reality scorched to the first mark in 5.46. He had two lengths on the field going around the first turn with Keybow slotted in just behind him. Strong finisher Peter’s Pick moved up into third at this stage and also loomed as a danger. These positions didn’t change down the back.
As Flash Reality turned for home, Keybow was slowly whittling down the lead and it was a matter of looking for the finish line to see if Flash Reality could stave off the challenge. He ended up holding Keybow out by three quarters of a length on the line. Peter’s Pick was two and a half lengths away in third.
Flash Reality clocked a flying 29.69 for the 520 metre journey. The black dog by Premier Fantasy – Orara Flash (Bond – Sweet Elite) is owned by Marlene Ellis and trained by Tony Brett.
The win was the third career victory from just eight starts for the imposing 34kg dog and takes his career stakes earning beyond $44,000.
Keybow will start as the short-priced favourite in the Group Two Queensland Derby to be run at Albion Park on Thursday night. He is the fastest qualifier through to the final in 29.67, just ahead of Reg Kay’s up-and-coming youngster Size Does Matter, who recorded a career best 29.69.
Winning connections will pocket $40,000 for their dogs efforts. The final is race eight on the card at Albion Park and jumps at 9:08pm.
Comments: ARG opinion is - National Derby Champion that performed well at his first look at the track last week, beaten just a neck by Peter’s Pick in 30.18. Is expected to perform well from the inside draw.
Comments: Tom Noble (Trainer) - “He’s not that fast early and has no hope of leading it. He will be mid-field and likes to use the track. I don’t think he’s a good chance. He is not up to the class and has only had 10 starts. You need early speed to win these races. The owner is happy to see him in the final.”
Comments: Tony Brett (Trainer) – “We are up against it from box five. He wasn’t ready last week, I sort of threw him in the deep end. There was a slight hiccup as he was meant to be in the Warrnambool Classic but there was an issue with some paperwork and he had to be scratched, so I took him to Sandown for a post-to-post and he went fantastic. I decided after that to throw him in the Derby and he has made the final. I’ve only had him over a fortnight. He’s a lovely dog and has been looked after, which makes my job easier.”
Comments: Travis Elson (Trainer) – “He hasn’t drawn well. I would prefer him drawn closer to the rails. The seven cuts left. It is up to the start. He is a very honest dog but he is not up to the class of the two 29.60 dogs. His best is 30.20 odd. He will need a lot of things to go his way and for things to go wrong for others.”
Comments: Reg Kay (Trainer) – “He is a bit hit and miss at the start. The Victorian dogs in box one and two will be hard to beat. I don’t know if he will get across. I’m hoping, I’ve got my fingers crossed. He is very inexperienced. If he had the inside and came out like he did last week, he would be a rough chance. In six months time he will show what he can do. I would rather have box eight then four, five or six. He has done well during the week.”
Comments: Yet to win at the track and wins are well spaced. Will find this too hard if he gets a start.
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Keybow (2) is the stand-out as he has drawn well and we all know he is a class dog, with the Group One Perth Cup his biggest win currently. He just has to repeat last week’s performance to win this and he will be aided by a slow beginner on his outside.
Zipping Brock (1) is the other Victorian trained chaser in the race and he handled his first start at the track in race conditions with aplomb. He was only beaten a neck and looks the natural improver in the race.
Size Does Matter (8) came out running in his heat from box three. It is the second time in a row that he has come out well and the Reg Kay trained dog, who has just turned two, looks like he is starting to put it all together. He looks to be a very smart dog in the making but may have some trouble trying to cross from box eight. He may get the drag across if Angvella (7) begins and cuts left as most expect him to.
Flash Reality (5) wasn’t set for this race but after being scratched from the Warrnambool Classic, Tony Brett decided to put the dog, who is only new to his kennels, in the Derby. He put in a very gutsy effort last week and in the astute hands of Brett, is capable of anything. He is an each-way chance.
Peter’s Pick (3) has won 10 from 13 but may find this a little tough as he is a slow beginner. He is strong, but will need some luck in the early stages to put himself in the race. Grand Roman (4) on the other hand has plenty of early toe but will need to be well clear to finish ahead of some of the strong finishers in this race.
Lastly, Tejay’s Grand (6) is a very honest and experienced chaser, but the box draw has not done him any favours with his trainer admitting a lot of things will need to go his way if he is to be a chance.
A handy field has been assembled for the final of the Group Two Queensland Derby next Thursday night. Keybow and Size Does Matter set the track alight in the heats with fast runs under 29.70.
Heat One – Group Two Queensland Derby
Late Angel Lee (3) dominated the betting with support for Peter’s Pick (2) coming late, and it was the latter of the two that wound up victorious in 30.18. At box-rise the best away was Murtaugh (1) while short-courser Mr Elegant (8) also showed early speed to move into second early.
Peter’s Pick was only average away and had to drive up along the rail through the turn to stay in touch with Murtaugh. He pushed underneath Murtaugh down the back to take the lead. However, the race wasn’t over at this stage as noted strong finisher Zipping Brock (7) was right on Peter Pick’s hammer. Peter’s Pick elected to move to the middle of the track turning for home and Zipping Brock was able to take the lead momentarily. Peter’s Pick kicked again and emerged the winner by a neck. Late Angel Lee (3) finished strongly to be a length away in third.
Peter’s Pick is trained by Tom Noble and is by Made To Size – Tina’s Show (Late Late Show – Berella Batina). He has now won 10 races.
Heat Two – Group Two Queensland Derby
Flash Reality (2) secured his second career win in the second heat, finishing too strongly for race leader Grand Roman (1). The early stages of the race were no place for the faint-hearted with Give You Credit (3) falling as the field charged into the first turn.
Flash Reality (2) shifted off on the first turn but once he got where he wanted to be he was happy and took off after Grand Roman. Clash Of Kings (6) showed early speed but couldn’t get a clear run and finished fourth. Darren McDonald’s Where’s The Surf (7) could only manage fifth after a poor getaway. Winged Elite (5), who was near last approaching the first turn, showed some good field sense to finish third.
Flash Reality, trained by Tony Brett recorded 30.14 for his first Albion Park win. He is by Premier Fantasy – Orara Flash (Bond – Sweet Elite).
Heat Three – Group Two Queensland Derby
The slowest of the three heats was taken out by the fast finishing Angvella (7) in 30.56. Favourite Fusaichi Kahn (4) blew his chances at the start when he was last away. From there he could not make an impact. Chant (6) looked handy going around the turn but a check put paid to his chances. Wazz’s Fantasy (2) was full of running early and pinched a five length break down the back. However, he was running out of gas up the home straight allowing Angvella to pinch the win. Thunder Of Speed (3) also challenged late to fill the last of the minor placings.
Angvella has now won five races and is trained by Christina Harman. He is by Just The Best – Joy Esme (Fortified Rush – Marine Queen).
Heat Four – Group Two Queensland Derby
Size Does Matter (3) for Reg Kay gave nothing else a chance when he flew the lids and led easily to romp away for a quick 29.69 win. The real race was going on behind him for the placings with Tejay’s Hand (8) just staving off the challenge by Are Ate (5). Battistuzzi (6) was expected to perform well but unfortunately ran unplaced for the third week in a row after bombing the start.
Size Does Matter has now won five races. He is by Bekim Bale – Size It Up (Elite State – Size ‘Em Up).
Heat Five – Group Two Queensland Derby
Keybow (2) saved the best for last to record the fastest of the five heats, scorching away by nine and a quarter lengths in 29.67. The Darren McDonald trained chaser took the early lead and was never troubled and will be the likely favourite for the final next week. Farmer’s Gold (4) found some space in the home straight to run on for second, while Trav’s Fantasy (1), who was second for the better part of the race, held on for third.
Keybow is by Take The Kitty – Key Exit (Over Flo – Atlanta Belle) and has now won 12 from 24.
The box draw for the final is:
1. Zipping Brock – Peter Dapiran 2. Keybow – Darren McDonald 3. Peter’s Pick – Thomas Noble 4. Grand Roman – John Conlon 5. Flash Reality – Tony Brett 6. Tejay’s Grand – Travis Elson 7. Angvella – Christina Harman 8. Size Does Matter – Reg Kay
First Reserve – Farmer’s Gold – Darren Russell Second Reserve – Wazz’s Fantasy – William Elson
Patrick Estate trainer Peter Ruetschi is on the crest of a winning wave.
That rich vein of form may well be set to continue at Albion Park this Thursday where he has five runners engaged. The most important being his bitch You Can Talk, who will line up in box three in the final of the Group Two $40,000 Bogie Leigh Futurity.
The speedy red brindle daughter of Outa Credit and Where Are You (Hallucinate – Duel’s Me Mum) has won 11 of her 21 career starts and led all the way in her heat in the time of 30.13, just 0.01 seconds outside her best.
Ruetschi is bullish about her chances and told ARG that everything has fallen into place nicely.
“She went good last week but I think she will improve on Thursday night,” he said.
“Hopefully she can lead, the one is the only other one that can lead I think. The box is good for her, I like her close to the rails, but three is fine because she races one or two off the fence. She is well and I expect her to go good.”
It will be a family affair on the evening with three of You Can Talk’s litter-mates (Give You Credit, You Say So and Outa Tempo) lining up in heats of the Queensland Derby. Add to that a half relation in Captain Clarrie, who will exit box two in the Anzac Day trophy, and there is plenty for Ruetschi to be excited about.
“They are all going well, the three in the derby are huge hopes, her brothers.”
Ruetschi is very proud of the achievements of the breed which he races in partnership with owener/breeder Ken Crawford.
From just three litters Where Are You has thrown no less than 196 winners, with plenty more likely to come. Her first two litters to Elite And Classy, the second of which Captain Clarrie is a result, have produced 88 and 76 winners respectively.
Her most recent litter by Outa Credit has already produced 32 winners, not bad considering the litter is only 25 months old.
“Her mother has been unbelievable, I think she has thrown around 200 winners,” Ruetschi said.
“We have bred the litters, I raced her, Ken Crawford owned her and I raced her for her whole career, she had 99 starts. She was only a sprinter, she got run down by Black Enforcer a couple of times at Albion Park, she just couldn’t quite get the 500, but she has thrown 600 metre dogs. She has thrown a couple of group dogs.”
It is not the end of the road for the prolific producer just yet with Where Are You set to have her final litter soon.
“She is in pup with her last litter now to Lochinvar Marlow.”
But the Ruetschi and Crawford combination have no plans of stopping just yet.
“I’ll have to start using her daughters soon, they will be pretty valuable broodbitches.”
Where Are you could well add another Group winner (or two) to her already impressive CV as a matron in the next fortnight at Albion Park.
An octet of young bitches of the highest quality will grace the Albion Park circuit this Thursday night as they vie for the $40,000 winners cheque in the 2014 Group Two Bogie Leigh Futurity Final.
It is hard to remember a more even Futurity field with a unique blend of early speed and strength, meaning there is six or seven genuine chances.
Last year the event was dominated by Victorians with Purcell Bale defeating Xylia Allen. There is every chance the cash could be headed south again in 2014 with the Jeff Britton and Angela Langton team boasting three finalist.
Comments: Peter Ruetschi (Trainer) – “She went good last week but I think she will improve tomorrow night. Hopefully she can lead, the one is the only other one that can lead I think. The box is good for her, I like her close to the rails but three is fine because she races one or two off the fence. She is well and I expect her to go good.”
Comments: William Elson (Trainer) – “She is a great chaser, she’s a real good bitch, I think she could be the better of my two but the dogs from down south are always hard to beat. If she jumps and gets away she will be real hard to beat.”
Comments: Angela Langton (Trainer) – “We will need some luck in the run, she hasn’t got a lot of pace, she is a 700 metre bitch. If she can sit just behind them then she will be close enough and she is strong enough to win the race. We only took her up because she had seen the track before and we knew she would be one of the oldest bitches in the race. We are not really expecting her to win. She had a little bit of a spell and we were bringing her back and she led a couple of 500’s at Cranbourne, we just thought we have nothing to lose so why not.”
Comments: ARG Opinion is – Victorian who will be better served for last week’s look at the track, could surprise if she gets the late call up.
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There looks to be a multitude of scenarios that could unfold in this event. The likely early speed will come from Abby’s Fantasy (1), You Can Talk (3) and possibly Oakvale Flyer (7). Should they get a clean break on the field they could make their own luck in front.
Expect the fastest qualifier Oakvale Destiny (6) to be motoring home along with stayer Tarks Nemesis (5). Their fate will rely on gaining some room in transit and getting a clean crack at them as they head for home.
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