2014 Group One Gold Cup Heats Preview

Group One racing moves to the Sunshine State this Thursday night when three heats of the 2014 Gold Cup are conducted at Albion Park.

The $75,000 to-the-winner event is run over the 710 metre journey and has attracted plenty of interstate raiders from Victoria and New South Wales, including the perennial track-record breaker Xylia Allen.

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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Flash Reality Claims 2014 Group Two Queensland Derby

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.

2014 Group Two Queensland Derby Final Preview

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.

Here’s a look at the final field;

Box 1
Race Odds
$7.50
Heat Replay
 
Zipping Brock
Trainer
Peter Dapiran
Owner
Hallinan syndicate
Prizemoney
$96,380.00
Last 10 Starts
1122112832
26 Months   Red Fawn   Dog   by   Mantra Lad - Cho Chang
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $7,414.00 Rating 99
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
13 6 4 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
46% 85%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
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. 

 

Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 30.20 5.70 5.70
Box 2
Race Odds 
$1.85
Heat Replay
 
Keybow
Trainer
Darren McDonald
Owner
Kelvin Lean
Prizemoney
$284,025.00
Last 10 Starts
2811122171
28 Months   Black   Dog   by   Take The Kitty - Key Exit
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $11,834.00 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
24 12 5 2
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
50% 79%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 7 1
Comments: Darren McDonald (Trainer) – “He should be pretty competitive. He handled the track very good.”
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.67 29.67 5.60 5.60
Box 3
Race Odds
$8.00
Heat Replay
 
Peter’s Pick
Trainer
Thomas Noble
Owner
Peter Henry
Prizemoney
$15,025.00
Last 10 Starts
1116111111
29 Months   White & Brindle   Dog   by   Made To Size - Tina’s Show
Start Slow Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,156.00 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
13 10 2 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
77% 92%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 2 0 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 1 0
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.”
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.98 30.18 5.71 5.71
Box 4
 Race Odds
$18.00
Heat Replay
 
Grand Roman
Trainer
John Conlon
Owner
John Conlon
Prizemoney
$12,960.00
Last 10 Starts
1111134142

28 Months

  Black   Dog   by   El Grand Senor - Beltah Magic
Start Good Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,178.00 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
11 6 1 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
55% 72%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
11 6 1 1
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – Led his heat last week, eventually beaten half a length by Flash Reality. Will be looking to lead again. A rough each-way chance. 

 

Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.92 30.17 5.59 5.62
Box 5
Race Odds
$23.00
Heat Replay
 
Flash Reality
Trainer
Tony Brett
Owner
Marlene Ellis
Prizemoney
$4,960.00
Last 10 Starts
XXX3317221
28 Months   Black   Dog   by   Premier Fantasy - Orara Flash
Start Good Running Middle Finish

Strong

Prizemoney Rating $709.00 Rating 94
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 2 2 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
29% 86%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 0 2
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0  0
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.”

 

Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.14 30.14 5.62 5.62
Box 6
Race Odds
$21.00
Heat Replay
 
Tejay’s Grand
Trainer
Travis Elson
Owner
Hope Elson
Prizemoney
$28,090.00
Last 10 Starts
4123411432
28 Months   Brindle   Dog   by   El Grand Senor - Summer’s Sizzler
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $685.00 Rating 91
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
41 17 6 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
41% 71%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
11 3 3 1
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 1 0
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.”
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.24 30.19 5.65 5.71
Box 7
Race Odds
$13.00
Heat Replay
 
Angvella
Trainer
Christine Harman
Owner
A Team Partnership
Prizemoney
$13,340.00
Last 10 Starts
1311845211
27 Months   Brindle   Dog   by   Just The Best - Joy Esme
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,213.00 Rating 92
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
11 5 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
45% 64%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 3 1 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – Recorded the slowest heat time last week, finishing strongly. Is expected to head straight across to the fence and is likely to suffer interference in the process.
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.97 30.56 5.65 5.68
Box 8
Race Odds
$3.50
Heat Replay
 
Size Does Matter
Trainer
Reg Kay
Owner
Julie Edmondson
Prizemoney
$11.525.00
Last 10 Starts
1243412111
24 Months   Black   Dog   by   Bekim Bale - Size It Up
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,153.00 Rating 98
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
10 5 2 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
50% 80%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 2 1  1
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
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.”
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.69 29.69 5.56 5.56
1st Res
Race Odds
$16.00
Heart Replay
 
Farmer’s Gold
Trainer
Darren Russell
Owner
Margaret Dwyer
Prizemoney
$12,620.00
Last 10 Starts
1266125612
27 Months   Fawn   Dog   by   Where’s Pedro - Surin’ Sal
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $904.00 Rating 87
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
14 5 5 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
36% 71%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
11 5 4 0
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Ran on behind Keybow last week. Prior to that his form had been patchy. Will need luck if he gains a start. 
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.98 30.25 5.84 5.92
2nd Res
Race Odds
$31.00
Heat Replay
 
Wazz’s Fantasy
Trainer
William Elson
Owner
Cynthia Elson
Prizemoney
$14,040.00
Last 10 Starts
31686446F2
29 Months   Black   Dog   by   Permier Fantasy - Regal Silver
Start Moderate Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $265.00 Rating 85
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
53 8 14 8
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
15% 56%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 0 2 0
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Yet to win at the track and wins are well spaced. Will find this too hard if he gets a start. 
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 30.59 5.61 5.61

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.

2014 Group Two Queensland Derby Heats Reviewed

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

Red Hot Ruetschi Deserving Of Some Credit

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.

2014 Group Two Bogie Leigh Futurity Final Preview

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.

Here is how they line up;

Box 1
Race Odds
$6.50
Heat Replay
 
Abby’s Fantasy
Trainer
William Elson
Owner
Cynthia Elson
Prizemoney
$17,755.00
Last 10 Starts
2551241361
29 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Premier Fantasy - Regal Silver
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $612.00 Rating 93
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
29 10 3 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
35% 57%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 3 1 1
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 0 1
Comments: William Elson (Trainer) – “Box one is good, she is fast out, she might not be the best dog in the race but she ran the fastest first section last week. The one alley gives her an advantage.”

 

Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.12 30.12 N/A 5.50
Box 2
Race Odds 
$7.50
Heat Replay
 
Visualize It
Trainer
Peter Young
Owner
Conlon Miller Young Partnership
Prizemoney
$2,135.00
Last 10 Starts
XXXXX35142
25 Months   Blue   Bitch   by   Ivan Brown - Visualization
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $427.00 Rating 92
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 1 1 1
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
20% 60%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 1 1 1
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – Was overhauled in the fastest heat last week. Could find herself on the speed but will need luck to hold out the challengers on the last fifty metres.
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.16 30.07 N/A 5.60
Box 3
Race Odds
$3.40
Heat Replay
 
You Can Talk
Trainer
Peter Ruetschi
Owner
Kenneth Crawford
Prizemoney
$19,455.00
Last 10 Starts
1123111121
25 Months   Red Brindle   Bitch   by   Outa Credit - Where Are You
Start Excellent Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $926.00 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
21 11 5 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
53% 86%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
12 6 2 2
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 2 0
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.”

 

Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.12 30.13 N/A 5.59
Box 4
 Race Odds
$16.00
Heat Replay
 
Cyndie’s Special
Trainer
William Elson
Owner
Cynthia Elson
Prizemoney
$23,420.00
Last 10 Starts
8333151211

29 Months

  Black   Bitch   by   Premier Fantasy - Regal Silver
Start Moderate Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $836.00 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
28 10 5 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
36% 68%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
20 6 4 3
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 3 0 1
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.”

 

Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.06 30.31 N/A 5.63
Box 5
Race Odds
$12.00
Heat Replay
 
Tarks Nemesis
Trainer
Angela Langton
Owner
Champagne Partnership
Prizemoney
$20,395.00
Last 10 Starts
1273777221
30 Months   Blue   Bitch   by   Velocette - Skrat
Start Slow Running Middle Finish

Strong

Prizemoney Rating $X Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
22 5 4 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
23% 50%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 2  0
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.”

 

Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.25 30.25 5.63 5.63
Box 6
Race Odds
$2.80
Heat Replay
 
Oakvale Destiny
Trainer
Jeffrey Britton
Owner
Nathan Wilson
Prizemoney
$5,765.00
Last 10 Starts
XXX7134161
21 Months   Blue   Bitch   by   Vapour Whirl - Foot Luce
Start Slow Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $824.00 Rating 98
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 3 0 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
43% 57%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Comments: Angel Langton (Co-Trainer) – “She is probably the better bitch of our lot, she is very, very strong but she tends to be a bit tardy out of the boxes, so she will need a bit of luck early.”
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.01 30.01 5.73 5.73
Box 7
Race Odds
$5.00
Heat Replay
 
Oakvale Flyer
Trainer
Jeffrey Britton
Owner
Nathan Wilson
Prizemoney
$15.015.00
Last 10 Starts
1213714112
21 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Vapour Whirl - Foot Luce
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,501.50 Rating 99
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
10 5 2 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
50% 80%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 0 0
Comments: Angela Langton (Co-Trainer) – She is the better beginner than the other two, if she can jump well and cut across, she is a chance of winning it I think.”
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 30.41 5.79 5.79
Box 8
Race Odds
$41.00
Heat Replay
 
Super Vision
Trainer
Peter Young
Owner
Conlon Miller Young Partnership
Prizemoney
$10,015.00
Last 10 Starts
3262543122
25 Months   Blue   Bitch   by   Ivan Brown - Visualization
Start Good Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $715.00 Rating 85
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
14 2 5 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
14% 71%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
14 2 5  3
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 0  0
Comments: ARG opinion is – Will need to overcome the wide draw to be any chance of being competitive in this race. Looks tested.
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.51 30.29 N/A 5.57
1st Res
Race Odds
$12.00
Heart Replay
 
Rickshaw Rosie
Trainer
Reg Kay
Owner
Reg Kay
Prizemoney
$20,975.00
Last 10 Starts
6412218112
29 Months   Brindle   Bitch   by   Collision - Elite Oriental
Start Excellent Running Rail Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $677.00 Rating 91
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
31 15 6 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
48% 74%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
13 4 3 2
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: ARG Opinion is – Fast beginner with a good strike rate who struggles over the concluding stages. Place hope if gaining a start.
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.06 30.42 N/A 5.57
2nd Res
Race Odds
$6.00
Heat Replay
 
Bridgeson
Trainer
Troy Iwanyk
Owner
Bruce Hooper
Prizemoney
$6,760.00
Last 10 Starts
XX14831132
29 Months   Fawn   Bitch   by   Knocka Norris - Pepe’s Colour
Start Good Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $845.00 Rating 93
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 3 1 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
38% 75%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
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.
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 30.31 5.60 5.60

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.

Group Two Queensland Derby Preview

Queensland greyhound racing steps into the limelight on Thursday night with five heats of the Group Two Queensland Derby taking place at Albion Park over the 520 metre distance.

The ultimate winner of the final pockets a cheque of $40,000, which takes place on Thursday, May 1.

The Derby heats are comprised of the best male greyhounds nominated that are whelped on or after 1 October 2011. Last year’s Derby was taken out by Victorian Hello Good Bye.

Here’s a look at the heats;

Heat One – Group Two Queensland Derby (Race 2 at 6:57pm)

Late Angel Lee (3) equalled the 29.57 track-record at Albion Park back in February. The Late Late Show – Rocklynn’s Angel (Elite State – Oriental Angel) dog has won 13 from 42 and was a finalist in this year’s Group Three Big Dog Cup at Albion Park. He is a dog that likes to get back and storm home so he will need some luck in running. His last win was on 10 March and since then he has had six starts for five seconds.

Group One National Derby winner Zipping Brock (7) makes his first trip to the Albion Park circuit. He has won six from 12 and goes well from the outside. If he handles the track, he is in with a chance.

Peter’s Pick (2) is developing into a very handy chaser. The Thomas Noble trained dog by Made To Size – Tina’s Show (Late Late Show – Berella Batina) has won nine of his 12 career starts and has been unplaced just once. He has done most of his racing around Ipswich and Rockhampton but came to town last week for a nine length win in 29.98. He isn’t without a chance.

White Hornet (6) has 10 wins at the track over the 520 metre distance for a best of 30.07. His last win was a month ago and he started over 600 metres two runs back. He may find trouble from box six.

King Elliot (4) has eight wins from 13 starts and two wins at Albion Park. His best time is 30.34 and he will need to improve on that to be a chance.

Of the others, NSW chaser Murtaugh (1) and Mr Elegant (8) are having their first start over a distance of 520 metres. Mr Elegant has two wins at the track over the 395 metres. Both look tested against some of the more experienced chasers in the field. Royal Albert (5) made the final of the recent Ipswich Auction series, running fifth. He has one win at Albion Park in 30.60 and looks tested.

Heat Two – Group Two Queensland Derby (Race 3 at 7:17pm)

Darren McDonald has Where’s The Surf (7) drawn in this heat. Where’s The Surf contested the semi-finals of the Golden Easter Egg and ran third to Ritza Hattie in the Group Three Ambrosoli on Easter Egg final night at Wentworth Park. It will be his first look at the Albion Park circuit. He has the speed to lead and if he does, he will be hard to reign in.

Grand Roman (1) has six wins from 10 starts with all six wins coming at Albion Park over the Derby distance. His best is 29.92 and he has a perfect record from box one.

Bill’s Fantasy (4) has also broken the 30 second mark over the course of his five wins at Albion Park. He recorded his best of 29.93 in December. His recent form is patchy, finishing outside the placings in his last three starts. Give You Credit (3) also has a sub-30 personal best which he ran three starts back. He won at Ipswich last week and has won five from 18 overall.

A few eyes will be on the regally bred Clash Of Kings (6). He is by Fear Zafonic out of champion race bitch Queen Lauryn (Token Prince -Cheeky Sprite). He’s had just four careers starts for two wins and one placing. Both wins have come at Ipswich over the 520 metres and this is his first start at Albion Park.

The smokey in the race is Flash Reality (2). He hasn’t started since February and has been placed in the astute hands of Tony Brett. Marlene Ellis told ARG in December 2013 that he was a handy little chaser and we may now start to see the best of him.

Winged Elite (5) is out of form in its last four starts but has won five from 13 at the track. Washington Trick (8) has managed just one win at the track from five attempts.

Heat Three – Group Two Queensland Derby (Race 4 at 7:41pm)

Recent Wentworth Park winner Fusaichi Kahn (4) jumps from box four in the third heat. The Where’s Pedro – Daydream (Bit Chili – Stresa) dog is trained by Glenda Dart and is yet to miss a place over the 520 metres at Albion Park. He has had six starts there for three wins and three seconds and a cracking best of 29.88. He looks the one to beat.

Chant (6) recently contested the final of the Launching Pad at Sandown for trainer Tony Brett. He won a heat of the series in 30.01 and finished fifth in the final. He’s won four at Albion Park. He mixes his box manners but is capable of performing well.

Angvella (7) got to the front last week from box two to record a personal best 29.97 at the track and bringing up his fourth career win in the process. He moves to what looks like an unsuitable wide draw for this event.

You Say So (1) has been performing very consistently lately with two wins and four placings in his last six starts. He won last week in a best time of 30.09 and is drawn to do well.

Killer Lyon (5) is a NSW chaser that has had just four starts. He has fast wins at Richmond and The Gardens in a maiden and fifth grade event. This presents as his toughest test to date and he hasn’t been given any favours by the box draw.

The other runners; Wazz’s Fantasy (2), Thunder Of Speed (3) and Blue Den (8) will all need luck based on disclosed recent form and form at the track.

Heat Four – Group Two Queensland Derby (Race 5 at 8:05pm)

Battistuzzi (6) will be looking to return to the winner’s circle in the fourth heat after two unplaced runs in recent weeks. The Collision – Dulcinea (Primo Uno – Hannalore) dog is no stranger to group racing, having placed in the Group One Brisbane Cup and Group Two Lismore Cup and making the final of the Group Three Gold Coast Cup. He has a best of 29.77 and he looks the winner on paper.

Size Does Matter (3) for Reg Kay has a huge motor and is capable of running the hands off the clock. He has only been unplaced once in his nine start career. He isn’t the best beginner but is very strong and seems to find his way through a field. He has recorded 29.83 at the track coming from behind and a repeat of that will see him go well in this.

Group Two Ipswich Auction winner Are Ate (5) didn’t bring his winning form to Brisbane last week, fading to finish down the track. He couldn’t quite lead from box three and ended up 10 lengths seventh behind Angvella. He’s a talented dog but will need to do better then the 30.40 he has recorded at the track previously.

Trident (7) has won four from seven at the track and ran 30.21 winning last week from box three. That was his best time to date.

Tejay’s Grand (8) has had 40 starts for 17 wins and has won three at Albion Park with a best of 30.24. He has a good record from the outside.

Costa Kahn (1) is a brother to Fusaichi Kahn. He’s has just the two wins from nine starts but has run 30.15 at the track. The inside draw may provide some assistance.

Macgallen (2) and Late Show Angel (4) will struggle. Between them they have just four wins from 68 starts.

Heat Five – Group Two Queensland Derby (Race 6 at 8:25pm)

The class runner of the heats makes his appearance in the final heat. Group One Perth Cup winner Keybow (2) has drawn well in box two for trainer Darren McDonald. It’s his first go at the track, but he should be able to seal a win here as he is a huge talent.

I’m I Said (6) is one of the next best performed dogs in the race. He has had eight wins from 12 starts and three wins at Albion Park for a best of 30.18. He struck trouble last week behind You Say So from box one.

Trav’s Fantasy (1) has 11 wins from 41 starts and is in great current form, winning five of his last eight. He also has three wins from box one, which means the draw brings him into contention.

Outa Tempo (3), Farmer’s Gold (4) and Wally Who Calls (7) have all recorded wins at the track. Farmer’s Gold has the best time of the three, running 29.98 in December. He has recently returned from a three month spell and won last week in 30.52.

Shot To Bits (5) and Elvee Express (8) have no wins at the track. Shot To Bits is a Victorian chaser having his first look at the track. He’s had just the seven career starts for three wins. Elvee Express has had three goes at Albion Park for three placings.

The heat winners plus the three fastest seconds will proceed through to next week’s final.

Finalists Decided For Group Two Futurity At Albion Park

Three trainers will each rug up a pair of runners in next week’s Group Two Futurity at Albion Park.

Jeff Britton, William Elson and Peter Young all qualified two runners for the $40,000 to-the-winner final after five heats were run and won on Thursday night.

Here is how the five heats panned out;

Heat One

Anakie trainer Jeff Britton’s trip to the Sunshine State was validated early on when Oakvale Destiny (7) sprouted wings to take out the first heat with a barnstorming finish.

After walking out of the boxes a distant last, the striking blue daughter of Vapour Whirl and Foot Luce (Hallucinate – Scarlett), negotiated a path to the rails to sit in fourth as the field headed to the back led by the speedy Masai Princess (8).

As the field swung for home Dulcie Dee (1) had overhauled Masai Princess. Visualize It (6) was running on well in third with Oakvale Destiny still in fourth, with plenty to do.

But the 28kg bitch showed a plethora of strength and determination to continue her sustained run and score by a length on the line from Visualize It and Dulcie Dee, stopping the clock at 30.03, the fastest time of the five heats.

Heat Two

Cyndie’s Special (7) put on a great exhibition of tenacity to take out the second heat in 30.31 for local trainer William Elson.

After beginning fifth, the daughter of Premier Fantasy and Regal Silver (Surf Lorian – Wongawillisue) found herself forced very wide on the first turn as she avoided interference.

In a great turn of foot, the 28kg black bitch whipped around the field and quickly began to reel in early leader Bridgeson (2) as they went into the back straight.

Her resolute pursuit saw her hit the front soon after and open up a margin as the field began the swing for the post.

From that point it was a matter of how far as Cyndie’s Special burst away to take the heat by 3 1/4 lengths. Bridgeson hung on for second while Senor’s Mistress ran on well for third.

Heat Three

Tarks Nemesis (6) was the second Victorian greyhound to take out a race with a superior show of strength when she flew home to land the third heat in 30.25.

Prepared by astute Anakie mentor Angela Langton, Tarks Nemesis was slowly away and squeezed back to last as the field passed the post the first time around.

After railing well, the daughter of Velocette and Skrat (Big Daddy Cool – Dash Of Burgundy) sat third mid race and set out about hauling in tear-away leader Rickshaw Rosie (3).

Leaving the back, Tarks Nemesis put on the after burners and quickly abbreviated the leaders margin, racing past Zali Rose (1) and Rickshaw Rosie to land the event by 2 3/4 lengths in a powerhouse display.

Rickshaw Rosie held second while Fast Net (8) flew late to grab third right on the line.

Heat Four

William Elson made it a winning double (and a litter double) for the evening when Abby’s Fantasy (4) led throughout to take out the fourth heat in a smart 30.12.

After spearing out from box four, the daughter of Premier Fantasy and Regal Silver (Surf Lorian – Wongawillisue) quickly opened up a space with Super Vision (7) the only runner staying in touch.

Those two sped away from the field with Abby’s Fantasy maintaining a three length lead and Super Vision unable to make up any the leeway.

That was how they stayed all the way to the posts with Abby’s Fantasy scoring by three lengths. Chica Desticada (5) ran on well to great third.

Heat Five

You Can Talk (1) was the first favourite to salute when she put on a polished display to land the final heat in 30.13 for Peter Ruetschi.

Beginning flawlessly from the rails alley, the cleverly named daughter of Outa Credit and Where Are You used the fence well to hold out all challengers at the first turn.

By the time the field headed into the back straight, the 27kg red brindle chaser had already put four lengths on the field and set up her victory.

With very little else making any impression on her lead, You Can Talk held all at bay to win by a solid 4 1/2 lengths. Oakvale Flyer (5) finished in second place with Hope’s Fantasy (3) third.

The box draw for next week’s $40,000 to-the-winner Group Two final is as follows;

1- Abby’s Fantasy – William Elson
2- Visualize It – Peter Young
3- You Can Talk – Peter Ruetschi
4- Cyndie’s Special – William Elson
5- Tarks Nemesis – Angela Langton
6- Oakvale Destiny – Jeff Britton
7- Oakvale Flyer – Jeff Britton
8- Super Vision – Peter Young

Reserves
9- Rickshaw Rosie – Reg Kay
10- Bridgeson – Troy Iwanyk

Are Ate Derby Bound After Ipswich Auction Victory

At just thirty-months-old, Are Ate became a dual Group Two winner on Saturday night when he took out the $40,000 to-the-winner Magical Puppy Auction Final at Ipswich.

Are Ate also won the Devonport Cup in Tasmania back in January when he was in the hands of expert Apple Isle trainer Anthony Bullock.

Prepared by Rachel Scott, the son of Lochinvar Marlow and Long Long Mama (Vesuvio – Eyre Intent) has now won 14 of his 44 starts and amassed over $85,000 in prize-money.

After leading all-the-way in his blistering 30.43 semi-final win, the 31 kg black dog faced a different prospect in the final when he was made to chase the Jan Warner trained Masai Princess for most of the race, only gaining the upper hand in the home straight.

ARG caught up with co-trainer of Are Ate, Mike Chapman, who said there was definitely some anxious moments throughout the race.

“Masai Princess definitely made him work. I was a little bit shaky and a little bit worried when she pulled a couple of lengths in front of him down the back, but turning for home I was pretty confident,” Chapman said.

Are Ate went through the three-week series undefeated and had a clear edge in both class and experience heading into the final, with many of his main rivals only lightly raced and still learning what 500 metre racing is all about.

Chapman says it is something that served Are Ate well in the final.

“I think it has helped him that he was one of the older pups in the series, definitely. I actually said that to Bill Warner afterwards that we were lucky his bitch didn’t have a few more five-hundred’s under her belt. It might have been a different result.”

Scott and Chapman have both long and short term plans mapped out for their young flyer, with his first stop being Albion Park, before heading interstate to a race that they have gone close to winning in the past, but would like to go one better.

“We will have a crack at the Derby at Albion Park, which is on the 24th of this month and long range, if everything is going well, we might look at going to the Darwin Cup with him.”

“We have been up there a couple of times before and we ran second with Voodoo Prince when Queen Lauryn won it. It would be nice to win it and the owner of the dog is quite keen to go up there and win it too.”

If Are Ate can continue to reproduce the sort of form that he has shown over the past three weeks at Ipswich, there is no reason why he can not can not achieve more Group glory in the coming months.

Are Ate Simply Too Good In Ipswich Puppy Auction Final

Are Ate (6) landed his second Group Two Final for 2014 by taking out the Magical Puppy Auction Final at Ipswich on Saturday night.

Trained by astute Park Ridge South mentor Rachel Scott, the son of Lochinvar Marlow and Long Long Mama (Vesuvio – Eyre Intent) was sent out a short priced favourite for the $40,000 to-the-winner event, and duly delivered. However unlike his all-the-way semi-final victory, the 31kg black chaser didn’t have it all his own way in the big final.

After beginning well from box six, Are Ate found a challenge on his hands when the zippy Masai Princess (3) pushed up underneath him to take the lead at the post the first time.

Masai Princess maintained the ascendency down the back, opening up a two length lead and looking as though she would take some catching. Royal Albert (5) was right on Are Ate’s hammer in third place.

Swinging for home, Masai Princess looked as though she may well hang on with Are Ate hooking to the outside and yet to make any real impression.

But the last hundred metres saw the sheer class of Are Ate come to the fore. The 29-month-old clicked into overdrive and ran home like a hungry school kid to win by 1 3/4 lengths from Masai Princess with Coach Little weaving a passage through the field to finish third a further three lengths away.

Of the beaten brigade, Ipswich Melody (1) was inconvenienced as Masai Princess crossed to the rails and dropped back sharply as a result, which ended his chances. Femme Jolie (4) was tardily away and unable to make any impression on the field from there.

Royal Albert (5) sat third for the bulk of the race but was overhauled in the straight, finishing fifth. Oh That’s Nice (7) was away well and raced mid-field before finishing the race off strongly to finish fourth. Melody Serenade (8) left the traps fairly but found the task of negotiating box eight too much and was never on the track, or in the hunt.

The win was Are Ate’s 14th from 44 starts and his second Group 2 victory after he also won the Devonport Cup back in January. His career earnings are now in excess of $85,000.

Group Two Ipswich Puppy Auction Final Preview

Eight pups will reach the conclusion of a two year journey when they take their place in Saturday night’s Group Two Puppy Auction Final at Ipswich.

The race is worth no less than $40,000 to-the-winner, which is certainly nothing to be sneezed at for these young greyhounds.

Are Ate is likely to start an odds-on favourite for Park Ridge South mentor Rachel Scott. He won the Group Two Devonport Cup earlier in the year and has been sizzling around the Ipswich circuit over the first two weeks of the series.

Jan Warner will rug up two starters for the race in a field that includes five greyhounds trained by female trainers.

Let’s take a look in detail at how they measure up;

Box 1
Race Odds

$31.00

Heat Replay
 
Ipswich Melody
Trainer
Lancelot Waldon
Owner
Lancelot Waldon
Prizemoney
$3,595.00
Last 10 Starts
7887885782
24 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Cosmic Chief - Yessam Melody
Start Good Running Middle Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $106.00 Rating 87
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
34 2 2 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
6% 15%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
11 0 1 0
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 1 0 0
Comments: ARG opinion is: Has a very poor strike-rate and is yet to win in 11 attempts at this journey. Looks to be tested in this field.

Best Ipswich Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 30.98 N/A 5.46
Box 2
Race Odds 
$15.00
Heat Replay
 
Coach Little
Trainer
Patricia Carrington
Owner
Robert Olsen
Prizemoney
$9,455.00
Last 10 Starts
633334222
30 Months   White & Black   Dog   by   Fear Zafonic - She’s The Word
Start Good Running Middle Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $249.00 Rating 91
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
38 7 11 8
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
18% 68%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 0 3 4
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 2 0
Comments: Patricia Carrington (Trainer): “Box two is good but I don’t think he can run the five-hundred out real strong. He jumps alright, it is just that last little bit he seems to struggle. Anything happens in those big races I just hope he can lead and hang on in that last little bit. We’d love him to win for the fellow who owns him, Robert Olsen, he lives up in Townsville.”

Best Ipswich Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 30.92 N/A 5.48
Box 3
Race Odds
$5.50
Heat Replay
 
Masai Princess
Trainer
Jan Warner
Owner
Jan Warner
Prizemoney
$7,710.00
Last 10 Starts
1222133531
28 Months   Brindle   Bitch   by   Collision - Miss Manyara
Start Good Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $321.00 Rating 97
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
24 5 7 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
21% 71%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 0 1
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 0 1 1
Comments: Jan Warner (Trainer): “We are not too unhappy with her coming from box three, she is a good jumper. If she can jump and land in front, it will take a lot for someone to run us down. She is a length quicker than Femme Jolie at the moment. They are both still very young.” 
Best Ipswich Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.69 30.69 N/A 5.39
Box 4
 Race Odds
$14.00
Heat Replay
 
Femme Jolie
Trainer
Jan Warner
Owner
Jan Warner
Prizemoney
$1,680.00
Last 10 Starts
XXXXXX2241

24 Months

  Black   Bitch   by   Fear Zafonic - Dream Thyme
Start Good Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $420.00 Rating 92
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 1 2 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
25% 75%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Comments: Jan Warner (Trainer): “We would have preferred her to get box eight. She was actually a bit sick before the series and it was touch-and-go whether she would race or not. She is a promising pup, we have had an offer for her but we knocked it back, we feel we are going to have a lot of fun with her. I’m expecting to see a big improvement from her.”

Best Ipswich Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.71 30.71 N/A 5.41
Box 5
Race Odds
$7.00
Heat Replay
 
Royal Albert
Trainer
Desmond Gilroy
Owner
Donna Darcy
Prizemoney
$8,460.00
Last 10 Starts
3277611412
30 Months   Black   Dog   by   Bit Chili - Yes Mistress
Start Good Running Rail Finish

Good

Prizemoney Rating $445.00 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
19 4 3 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
21% 47%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 2 2 1
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 0 2 0
Comments: ARG opinion is: Consistent type who landed a 30.68 win here a fortnight ago. Can be a little tardy early in his races and, as a result, may need some luck from this awkward draw.


Best Ipswich Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.68 30.96 N/A 5.51
Box 6
Race Odds
$1.65
Heat Replay
 
Are Ate
Trainer
Rachel Scott
Owner
Quad Dog Partnership
Prizemoney
$45,770.00
Last 10 Starts
2132415411
30 Months   Black   Dog   by   Lochinvar Marlow - Long Long Mama
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,064.00 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
43 13 8 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
30% 53%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
17 6 2 0
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 0 1 0
Comments: Mike Chapman (Co-Trainer): The draw looks good, the five tends to crash left and the seven and eight stay off the track. We are confident that if he can lead, he should really win the race. It would be a big thrill for the owners, they bought the pup at six weeks of age. They have a few other pups with us and have had some luck, it would be good if they could win this race.”
Best Ipswich Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.43 30.43 N/A 5.40
Box 7
Race Odds
$7.00
Heat Replay
 
Oh That’s Nice
Trainer
Dennis Hawkins
Owner
Dee Cee’s Partnership
Prizemoney
$3,585.00
Last 10 Starts
XXXXXX1112
25 Months   Brindle   Bitch   by   Collision - Chasin’ Chloe
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $896.00 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 3 1 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
75% 100%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 3 1 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Comments: ARG opinion is: Promising young pup who only tasted defeat for the first time last week. Would probably need to find a length or so to be a winning hope but has plenty of scope for improvement with this being just her fifth race start.

Best Ipswich Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.61 30.88 N/A 5.48
Box 8
Race Odds
$16.00
Heat Replay
 
Melody Serenade
Trainer
Lyndall Massey
Owner
Lyndall Massey
Prizemoney
$4,775.00
Last 10 Starts
211F252531
24 Months   Black   Dog   by   Cosmic Chief -

Yessam Melody

Start Good Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $434.00 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
11 3 4 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
27% 72%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 1 2 1
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 0 1
Comments: Don Massey (Co-Trainer): We don’t hold much hope from box eight, we really wanted to be drawn closer to the inside. I think from out there it is just going to be too hard to get across. He is really more of a 431 metre dog. We just have to hope there’s a bit of a mix-up and we get the fly.”

 

Best Ipswich Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.87 30.87 N/A 5.47
1st Res
Race Odds
$21.00
Heart Replay
 
Part The Sea
Trainer
Rachel Scott
Owner
Butibam Partnership
Prizemoney
$7,755.00
Last 10 Starts
6152515233
30 Months   Black    Dog   by   Bit Chili - Yes Mistress
Start Fair Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $194.00 Rating 89
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
40 4 6 8
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
10% 45%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
26 3 5 7
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: ARG opinion is: Is consistent without winning too often. Would have to be considered a place chance if gaining a start.
Best Ipswich Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.79 30.97 N/A 5.59
2nd Res
Race Odds
$41.00
Heat Replay
 
Elite Alanna
Trainer
Cynthia Shuttle
Owner
Cynthia Shuttle
Prizemoney
$3,975.00
Last 10 Starts
3547411653
29 Months   Blue   Bitch   by   Elite State - Alanna Lorian
Start Fair Running Middle Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $221.00 Rating 85
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
18 3 2 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
17% 56%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2  0  0 1
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: ARG opinion is: Has performed well over shorter distances at Ipswich but is yet to flatter over the longer trips. Is a definite improver but would need luck to feature in this race.
Best Ipswich Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 31.01 N/A 5.51

All things being equal, it is hard to see anything beating the Devonport Cup winner Are Ate. The only slight concern is how easily he can find the front, with some speed coming from the likes of Coach Little and Masai Princess on the inside.

The only other unknown quantity is how much improvement some of these very young dogs have in them. Oh That’s Nice and Femme Jolie only need to find a length or two to be genuine contenders and that is not beyond the realms of possibility.

It augurs well for a super final come Saturday night.

Double Delight For Jan Warner In Ipswich Auction Final

For a relatively small kennel to get a greyhound through to a Group Two final can take a lot of good luck, and good management. To get two through all the way from an auction purchase is something special.

That is exactly what Bill and Jan Warner have done and, this week, they will rug up Masai Princess and Femme Jolie in the $40,000 to-the-winner Puppy Auction Final at Ipswich.

When ARG spoke to Jan Warner, there was a clear edge of excitement in her voice as she described her joy.

“We are stoked,” Warner said.

“We just could not believe it. We only had the two dogs entered in the series. You know, to get one through was amazing, because we are only a very small kennel, but to get two through, we just couldn’t believe it. It is absolutely wonderful.”

A win would mean a lot to the Warner’s and would be considered their biggest success to date should they be able to pull it off.

“This would be our biggest win, we have been in the final before and came third many years ago and I think we may have made one other final but this would definitely be our biggest win.”

Masai Princess (3) and Femme Jolie (4) have drawn right next to each other and both are blessed with terrific early speed. While not perfect, Warner says they are content with the draws.

“We are not too unhappy about the box draw, we might have preferred the eight for Femme Jolie, but they are both good jumpers. I guess if they are going to win, they are going to win.”

Masai Princess is the more experienced of the two winning five of her 24 career outings while Femme Jolie, who has had just four starts, looks to be a very promising youngster who has already attracted the interest of buyers. Warner explains that both dogs were lucky to even start in the series.

“They had both been a little bit sick, it was touch and go, especially for Femme Jolie on whether or not she was even going to start or not. She is a promising pup, we have had an offer for her but we knocked it back, we feel we are going to have a lot of fun with her.”

At the moment Masai Princess is still a length faster than Femme Jolie, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a lot more improvement from her.”

Masai Princess registered her first win over the 520 metres Ipswich last week when she defeated boom pup Oh That’s Nice in a handy 30.69. Warner says she was pleasantly surprised with the effort but did expect the improvement given the way that they have nursed the up-and-comers along to the longer trip of the series.

“Masai Princess did surprise us last week, before the series we had never put them out of the 520 metre boxes, the most they had gone was a post-to-post, because they have got a long series to go through. They are both very young still.”

With a little bit more of that improvement, combined with some luck, it could be a big night for Bill and Jan Warner on Saturday evening.

2014 Ipswich Auction Series Reaches Semi-Final Stage

Ipswich will again take centre-stage late on Saturday evening with four semi-finals of the Group Two Ipswich Auction Series taking place.

With only five heats last week, almost all dogs get another crack this week at making the $40,000 final.

Here’s a look at the top chances in each of the semi-finals.

Group Two Ipswich Auction Series Semi-Final One (Race 5 at 9:11pm)

Oh That’s Nice (8) is undefeated in three starts and the only dog in this heat who won her race last week. She has a best time of 30.61 and has won her last two from this box. She should go close to winning again.

Cosmic Melody (2) is a little hit-and-miss but has won two here with a best of 30.74. She may benefit from the inside draw.

Commando Charles (4) has won four from 12 at Ipswich and ran a good second last week. Has a best of 30.72 at the track and looks one of the main dangers.

Part The Sea (3) has an ordinary strike-rate but is a consistent place-getter at the track and could feature in the placings.

Group Two Ipswich Auction Series Semi-Final Two (Race 6 at 9:34pm)

Royal Albert (7) was the only dog in this semi-final who won last week. The son of Bit Chilli – Yes Mistress (Go Wild Teddy – Raven Poldar) carved out a time of 30.68 for Dulguigan trainer Des Gilroy and looks the one to beat here.

Margiris (6) has won three at Ipswich and sizzled in 30.48 here in the past, albeit last December. If he can find anywhere near his best he will be right in this but his recent form is a worry.

Serious Tate (3) looks the only other hope but was beaten four lengths by Royal Albert last week.

Group Two Ipswich Auction Series Semi-Final Three (Race 7 at 9:56pm)

Not The One (8) for Greenbank trainer Robert Essex is not only the only heat-winner in this semi-final from last week but is also the only dog in this race that has won at this track and trip. He ran 30.69 from a wide draw last week and looks capable of replicating that.

Golden Lotus (6) has a terrific career strike-rate and ran third behind Not The One in her first look at Ipswich. She could be the improver.

Elite Alanna (7) has good form over the shorter 431 metre trip here and, if she can covert that to 520 metres, could be in the finish.

Coach Little (4) is a perennial place-getter over this journey with six placings from eight attempts. Expect him to be in the placings again.

Group Two Ipswich Auction Series Semi-Final Four (Race 8 at 10:17pm)

Are Eight (4) set the time standard last week with a scorching 30.59. The son of Lochinvar Marlow – Long Long Mama (Vesuvio – Eyre Intent) has five wins from 16 attempts at this trip and is the obvious top pick here.

Dooley’s Lock (6) was the other winner from last week. She registered the time of 30.78. It was her first win in six race appearances. She may need to improve slightly to win this.

Brodie’s Memory (5) is a young bitch who ran a good second in her heat last week. She looks the only possible danger to the other two.

Rockhampton Lands A Trifecta Of Black Wednesdays

Forget the blackout in Superbowl XLVII. The biggest power failure in sporting history is now the back to back power failures at Callaghan Park, the home of the Rocky Greyhounds.

In 2013 America’s greatest spectacle, the Superbowl, suffered a 35 minute power outage shortly after the half time show. The event was watched by millions around the world and featured the Baltimore Ravens against the San Francisco 49ers. The Superbowl is famous for its glitz and glamour, it’s million dollar advertisements, and American’s love of food and holidays. On this occasion the game was delayed – unprecedented in all it’s history. The Louisiana Superdome was left pitch black, with players and officials milling around the field, while technicians worked frantically to have the event back up and running, which took 35 minutes.

Imagine then the problems for Racing Queensland with the Rockhampton greyhounds being forced to abandon their past two meetings well after the scheduled start time due to problems with power. It gets better, the meeting this Wednesday has already been transferred to Townsville and there is no solution to the problem in sight.

Power Failure 1 – 12th of March 2014

The fields were drawn for the 10 race program (although nominations were extended due to short numbers) including the feature maiden final.

Unfortunately the races were delayed, with on course stewards and staff working to fix the problem as some of the lights on track weren’t working. RQ were keeping trainers in the dark as well, until finally bad news filtered through. The meeting was abandoned. There was no explanation, just news that the maiden final would be rescheduled – all other dogs would be forced to nominate again if wanting to race next week.

Power Failure 2 – 19th of March 2014

Another 10 race program and the one highlight for Racing Queensland would have been that this week had greater number of nominations than the previous. For trainers and owners the excitement had regrouped and The Rockhampton Greyhound Racing Club were forgiven for lasts weeks debacle.

Unfortunately in a case of déjà vu with the races were delayed and the meeting abandoned again. The industry was again being kept in the dark, as was the Rockhampton circuit. Trainers would again be making the long trip home asking why.

Two weeks in row and Racing Queensland had provided no races, no communication and no idea.

On Thursday the 20th of March 2014 Racing Queensland released the following statement:

“The race meeting on 12th March was abandoned due to a partial loss of power into the racecourse. Ergon Energy advised that a branch had come down on two wires resulting in a fuse tripping on the power pole near the Rockhampton – Emu Park Road (across the road from the Victoria Tavern). This resulted in the racecourse losing one phase of power giving variable power to the facility.

The race meeting on the 19th March was abandoned due to an electrical fault in the on-course switchboard. Unfortunately due to the nature of this issue it couldn’t be rectified last night.

RQ is working closely with the RGRC and local contractors to resolve this issue as soon as possible.”

In some good news for trainers and owners, Racing Queensland have distributed to all acceptors an even percentage of the total scheduled events prizemoney. At least this helps with some of the costs involved.

The Trainers Reactions

ARG spoke with some Rocky trainers who expressed their dismay that the same could occur two weeks in row. With news that next weeks meeting has already been transferred trainers were naturally expressing their frustration.

“We are out of pocket, there are some trainers that drive in excess of 4 hours each way, surely more can be done to compensate those involved.”

“Abandoning a meeting can effect a dogs future. Those dogs that are out of form and were drawn to race may now struggle again to get a run. It could be weeks or months before they race again.”

“Abandoning the meeting means that all dogs have to renominate and it doesn’t seem fair to those that had been drawn to race then the following week they miss out or are reserve. Who knows what will happen when racing at Rocky resumes.”

“Why has next Wednesday been moved to Townsville, surely we could race Wednesday afternoon.”

Trainer and owners aren’t happy and they shouldn’t be.

The latest events at Rocky are just further holes in the hull of the sinking Racing Queensland ship. The Queensland board lacks direction and leadership and more needs to be done to show transparency, participants needs to be involved in the decision making process and help guide the decisions affecting the future. The participants are the ones that need to know.

Racing Queensland will argue that these events were bad luck. Week one yes, but two weeks in a row, no. That’s where planning is needed. There should be contingency plans in place that were readily available. Forget sky and fix the problem. The problem isn’t the need for live video into pubs, clubs and people’s home. It’s about looking after the product and those that provide it, the owners and trainers. That’s where Racing Queensland continue to get it wrong.

2014 Ipswich Auction Series Kicks Off

The wait for buyers of pups at the 2012 Ipswich Auction is over as their purchases begin their quest for a $40,000 winners check in the Group Two series this Saturday night.

The spacious circuit situated on the banks of the Bremer River will play host to five heats, with semi-finals next week and the big final taking place on the 5th of April.

Let’s take a look at the major players in each of the heats;

Heat 1

The first heat looks a tough affair with little in the way of form, particularly at Ipswich over the 520 metres.

Royal Albert (7) is the only dog to have won over this trip at Ipswich when he registered a 31.21 win three starts back on the 1st of March.

Masai Princess (3) is a winner of four from 22, including three over the shorter trips at Ipswich. The query with her is whether or not she will see out the 520 metres.

Serious Tate (8) is the most successful conveyance in the race, with seven career victories to his name. The son of Premier Fantasy and Surfing Madam is yet to win over the 520 metres at Ipswich, but ran second here last week and has also been placed over the distance at Albion Park recently.

The unknown quantity in the race is first starter Rush Lee (1), who will make her debut from the inside alley.

Heat 2

The second heat features the exciting prospect Golden Lotus (1) from the rails trap. The daughter of Collision and Chloe Siyan has saluted in five of her eight career starts and has her first crack beyond 500 metres in this heat. If she can convert her shorter form to this trip she may well take some tossing. With that in mind, she meets a couple of well performed dogs.

Commando Charles (6) is a winner of six from 24 and had been racing in much tougher company at Albion Park in recent times. This race looks right up his alley and don’t be surprised to see a sharp improvement on his recent form. He has won four from 11 at this trip and registered a best of 30.72.

Margiris (3) is another promising type who has won at Maitland and been placed at Wentworth Park as well as winning three over this journey, including a best of 30.48.

Tom Dooley (8) is a youngster having just his second start. He is in the astute hands of master mentor Tony Brett and is worth keeping safe on the credence of that alone.

Heat 3

Exciting youngster Oh That’s Nice (8) looks to maintain her unbeaten record in the third heat. She has won both of her races over this trip and has a personal best of 30.61 which was from the outside box. She looks good chance in a field that lacks depth.

Pert The Sea (2) has only won four from 38, but three of those wins have been over this trip. He has a best of 30.79 which he ran a fortnight ago and has to be considered some sort of chance.

Elite Alanna has won three races at Ipswich over shorter trips, including two of her last three over the 431 metre trip here. If she can transpose her shorter track form to this race she is worthy of consideration.

First starter Almost Allblack is a Bekim Bale youngster out of Hot Tamali Train and may be worth keeping an eye on.

Heat 4

The inside two boxes hold all the experience in the fourth heat, with both Coach Little (1) and Oskar Da Pooch (2) being winners of seven races each.

Coach Little has his fourth straight start from the inside alley and is yet to win over this trip from seven attempts, although he has been placed five times.

Oskar Da Pooch has won seven from 18 career starts, but his four attempts over the 520 metres to date are yet to yield a victory. Those four attempts have all been at Albion Park whereas all of his other racing has been done here which may play a part in how he fares in this event.

Melody Serenade (8) looks to be the other main chance in this heat. The daughter of Cosmic Chief and Yessam Melody has had just nine career starts for two wins and four placings.

Heat 5

Are Ate (7) returns to the Sunshine State for the final heat after spending the last three months racing in Tasmania. He is a winner of 11 races, including four over this trip with a best of 30.65.

Cosmic Melody (6) has won three of her 10 career starts, two of which have been over this trip. She has stopped the clock at 30.74 in the past and has the local experience to be a factor.

First starter Top Bekim is by Bekim Bale out of former Victorian race bitch Miss Martini and will be one to watch.

Queensland Racing – Who Let The Dogs Out

Attention owners and trainers – Racing Queensland Wants You! Much like the famous posters of James Montgomery’s ‘Uncle Sam’, and Alfred Leete’s ‘Britons Want You’ – Monday nights Albion Park race card further highlighted the despair facing greyhound racing in Queensland.

The past twelve months have been challenging (a lot longer I know). Queensland racing has struggled to attract quality fields to its Albion Park Monday and Thursday night programs over a long sustained period of time. This was highlighted again on Monday night where the club could only produce 8 races – most of which had short fields. Two maidens, one novice, one 600m 5th grade event and four 520m 5th grade heats. 73 total nominations. 6 dogs not required (how?).

Racing Queensland has two premier nights of racing – Monday and Thursday, where prizemoney sets the standard. Saturday at Ipswich has been very successful in the short term and could be partly to blame for the decline at Albion Park, however the problems facing RQ in regards to race fields has been going on for a lot longer than the past few months that Ipswich have provided Saturday night racing.

The quickest solution is to change race programming. The archaic program scheduling to have only 520m (and further) races on Monday and Thursday needs to change immediately. We simply don’t have the number of dogs to provide the product required. Breeding has changed and we only have ourselves (the industry) to blame – we wanted fast dogs. We bred with speed dogs – the problem with the fast dog approach is that not all of these fast dogs can run a strong 500 meters.

We cater for these speed dogs over shorter distances at other times for less money. These dogs race away from the spotlight. Albion Park meetings on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays have at times events made up over 331m, 395m, 520m, 600m and 710m. Surely it’s time to introduce these events to the premier nights of racing? We should reward the quality in these events with their chances at decent prizemoney on a Monday and Thursday.

It’s been done in the past. Look at the successful Thursday night back on the 20th of June 2013. Albion Park hosted one of the best nights of the year – with increased prizemoney and events scheduled over all track distances. I’m not a turnover expert, but the betting pools that night seemed very good. The reason was simple, the product on display. RQ needs to provide the product to attract the consumer.

The Victorian greyhound industry appears to be thriving and participation is fantastic. Race days are highlighted by full 12 race programs with eight dog fields and large crowds. The clubs attract the consumer with themed nights, competitions including shares in pups, a great media commitment and access to the product. It’s thriving. Its amazing to think that Queensland and Victoria have the same product – so why can’t we have the same success. Queensland has the product so how do we capitalise on it?

Australian Racing Greyhound has outlined many of the problems facing RQ in the past, including its lack of transparency, poor prizemoney, poor fields for feature race nights, and the Logan track debacle. The We Run As One campaign has failed to gain the momentum it hoped for. Again – the greyhound industry takes the back seat while the horses drive and harness rides shotgun. It’s time we help sell the product. It’s time we make our voices heard…

How do we encourage new participants?

How do we fix poor race fields, nomination counts and race scheduling?

How can we promote growth?

How should Racing Queensland prioritise the Greyhound racing industry?

Paw Note – The Track –

The uncertainty surrounding the proposed new greyhound track needs to be addressed. The most recent correspondence received from Racing Queensland was on the 14th of February 2014 – an email sent to participants outlining a competition to encourage participants to name the new Logan track. The competition entries close on the 12th of April prior to the April board meeting.

The email states – “Racing Queensland have been working hard behind the scenes following the announcement in September that greyhounds would have a new $12 million home in Logan (currently known as Cronulla Park).”

This email, like news before it, continues to dangle the carrot in front of participants – it’s a very long stick. Racing Queensland have been promising the new track at Logan for years and it’s been on again and off again like a bad Hollywood romance. What RQ need to do is provide transparency – what is happening? What is the delay? When will building commence? What will the track feature? And when can we expect to race? Only once we have transparency will participants be able to plan their future involvement and assist in future growth.

Amy Broadrick Disqualified For Four Years For Animal Welfare Reasons

Panel: N. Torpey, J. Hackett & P. Lane

Stewards today continued the inquiry into the welfare of the greyhounds Irish Gain and Elite Drop whilst in the care of Amy Broadrick, a registered greyhound owner, for a period prior to 4 September 2013.

When the greyhounds were returned by Ms Broadrick to their original owner in September they were found to be undernourished with Elite Drop having a body score of 1.5 out of 5 and Irish Gain having a score of 1 out of 5. Irish Gain was also found to have a large 20cm in diameter wound on the dorsal thoracic-lumber region.

Stewards originally directed Ms Broadrick to attend inquiries on the 30 September and 4 November. However she failed to attend on either occasion.

As a result Stewards acting under the provisions of LR20 proceed to hear the matter in hear absence and on 15 January 2014 issued the following charges:

CHARGE 1 –
Under the Greyhound Australasia Rule 106(1)(a) which reads:

(1) A registered person must ensure that greyhounds, which are in the person’s care or custody, are provided at all times with-

(a) Proper and sufficient food, drink and protective apparel.

The specifics of the charge being that Amy Broadrick, being the registered person at the time, failed to provide the greyhounds Irish Gain and Elite Drop with proper and sufficient food whilst in her care prior to 4 September 2013.

CHARGE 2 –
Under the Greyhound Australasia Rule 106(1)(d) which reads:

(1) A registered person must ensure that greyhounds, which are in the person’s care or custody, are provided at all times with-

(d) Veterinary attention when necessary

The specifics of the charge being that Amy Broadrick being the registered person at the time, failed to provide veterinary attention when necessary to the greyhound Irish Gain which sustained a large open wound to the mid-section of its back between the dates of 14 August 2013 and 4 September 2013.

Contact was subsequently made with Ms Broadrick and she was directed to appear today to answer these charges. However Ms Broadrick again failed to appear.

Therefore acting again under the provision of LR20 Stewards heard the matter in Ms Broadrick’s absence and after considering the available evidence found her guilty on both charges.

Stewards in determining penalty in this matter were mindful of Animal Welfare Policy of RQ which states that all persons are placed on notice that breaches of established animals welfare standards may result in their licensed being cancelled. Stewards also considered the seriousness of this situation and the lack of care provided by Ms Broadrick to both greyhounds to alleviate any suffering. It was the Stewards decision that Amy Broadrick be disqualified for a period of two (2) years on each charge effective immediately. The penalties are to be served concurrently.

It was further ordered that should she re-apply for a license or ownership registration Ms Broadrick is to appear before the relevant licensing panel of RQ to show cause why she should be granted approval to participate in the greyhound industry.

The RSPCA who are investigating the matter will be made aware of the Stewards decision.

Jungle Junction’s Future Looks Bright After Winning Vince Curry Memorial

Reg Kay won his first Vince Curry Memorial Maiden on Saturday night when Jungle Junction speared the lids and led throughout to beat a promising field of up-and-comers.

The regally bred daughter of Cosmic Rumble and Cindeen Shelby (Bombastic Shiraz – Proper Shelby) registered a race record 30.46 en route to her five-length win, a record formerly held by High Earner.

Kay says he is elated with the win, especially given that it is the first time he has won the race.

“It’s always a thrill to win a race like that, it’s the first time I’ve won it, I think we run second in it one year, I just can’t remember, but to win it is great,” he told ARG.

Jungle Junction was sent to Kay by leading Victorian Trainer Jason Thompson for a tilt at the $40,000 to-the-winner event and despite having obvious ability, she still surprised Kay with her continual improvement and her eventual win.

“Jason Thompson sent her up about six weeks ago and she arrived pretty well educated, but at the time I didn’t think she had the ability to win the Vince Curry, but she has just kept on improving.”

“We’ve got our own straight track here and she has been getting better every time I put her up.”

“She went 30.66 the week she won her heat and she probably went 30.40-odd the second week when she got beat and she’s been improving all the time.”

The plans for Jungle Junction are to eventually head south again to the Thompson kennels, but for now she will remain with Kay and will make her city debut at Albion Park this Thursday evening.

“There’s a race up here this week at Albion Park called the Young Guns. It is for dogs under two-and-a-half years old and there’s a lot of young good dogs in it. I’ve thrown her to the wolves a little bit and put her in that.”

“She’s never been there and the draw has just come through, she has drawn the one-alley which couldn’t be any better really. I’m not saying she can win it because the other dogs have had a lot of experience on the track, but she can get out in front and she is a good chaser, so you never know what might happen.”

With a little bit of luck, Kay could have landed the quinella in the Vince Curry Memorial, with his promising dog Size Does Matter running fourth. The son of Bekim Bale and Size It Up (Elite State – Size ‘Em Up) has shown a lot of promise as a pup with rumours of massive offers to buy him circulating the tracks.

Kay admits that Size does Matter has a lot to learn but also paid him a massive accolade when it comes to his potential.

“If he puts it all together, he could possibly be one of the best dogs I’ve ever had, but he’s a bit of a slow learner. He can trial anything by himself but he needs a little bit of room early, I think he was a bit stiff in the Vince Curry not to run a place, possibly even second. He got into trouble early, but that’s what happens when you haven’t got early speed.”

“He beats Jungle Junction by six lengths every time they trial, I always trial her with him. The last time I trialled them up here, we have got an electronic timer, and he only beat her by four. Normally she’d beat him out two lengths and he’d beat her by six. The last trial we had they jumped together, I thought oh geez he’s going to beat her by eight or ten here and he only beat her by four. I rang Jason straight away and said she has to be a chance on that run, she’s just improved every time.”

Size Does Matter will also take part in the Young Guns heats at Albion Park on Thursday night but has not been afforded the same luck in the box draw as Jungle Junction.

“He’s drawn the five-alley on Thursday night which won’t suit him at all, but he has had a look there before where she hasn’t. Like I said, I’ve thrown them to the wolves a bit, but rather than trial them I thought bugger it, they’re only racing their own age group. She (Jungle Junction) is going to end up a top-class race bitch and Jason said to give her a few runs up here before we send her back so I thought why not give her a go?”

Kay knows that this week’s series will be a real litmus test for both of his precocious stars, with a few others already having the runs on the board at the venue.

“There’s a couple of dogs in the series that have already broken thirty, so it will be tough. Mind you, they’re all breaking thirty there now since they put the new boxes in, the track is two-tenths quicker. “

“We hold the track record with Made To Size, he went 23.85 post-to-post that night, that’s what I tell everyone I gauge the record on now.”

Jungle Junction and Size Does Matter will definitely be two names to put in the black-book if you are looking to ear-mark potential future stars and both could well become very prominent chasers in both Queensland and Victoria down the track.

2014 Vince Curry Memorial Preview

Eight chasers will walk across the podium tonight at Ipswich chasing the title of 2014 Vince Curry Memorial winner at 9.59pm. $40,000 awaits the victor in Australia’s richest maiden race and six local trainers are represented and all have high hopes for their chargers.

Box One, Garrangay Duk, Pure Octane- Secret Sally

A bitch who has been lucky to make the final. Draws the red but will find it super hard to beat these. Rough chance at best here from the red.

Box Two, Werrina Lace, Mantra Lad- Petite Tory

This girl flew out in the heats and will be one of the hardest runners to beat. Her early toe and strength will no doubt be her greatest asset here and punters will need too keep her very safe.

Box Three, Clash of Kings, Fear Zafonic -Queen Lauryn

Massive chance here given to Clash Of Kings for trainer Steven Whyte. He’s unbeaten in the series so far, and will look to take up the early lead, and race away. With a quick getaway and an ounce of early luck the $40,000 first prize could well be his.

Box Four, Jungle Junction, Cosmic Rumble-Cindeen Shelby

Another runner who looks a super chance to salute here. She’s quick early and has plenty of raw talent. I’m not entirely sure she’s peaked yet, so don’t leave her out.

Box Five, Skuzi, Fear Zafonic- Una’s Pride

The A Team’s chances rest on this fellow here tonight. He’s drawn the five and will need a fair bit of early luck.
He does however look very green, so improvement would not surprise.

Box Six, Grin And Win, Cosmic Rumble- Real Macoy

The famous Zammit name is represented by Grin and Win here tonight and he is in with some sort of chance.Again the box will make his task very difficult, but he’s shown his class with two starts for two wins leading into the final. If he pings out and gets over, he could be standing on the podium come 10.05pm.

Box Seven, Size Does Matter Bekim Bale- Size It Up

Big things are expected from this young pup, and it will be a mammoth effort if he can deliver. Hes a slow beginner and will find himself out the back early. He’s capable of running 30.20 here, but I doubt he can do that from the rear against some very quick front running dogs.

Box Eight, Don’t Josh Me, Enry Walt-Shiloh Princess

This fellow will require a huge amount of luck and probably can’t win based on his past performances. But he’s in the field and will get his chance to take home the $40,000 winners cheque.

2014 Vince Curry Semi-Final Review

Last Saturdays nights action at Ipswich was red hot with the majority of the favourites making it through to the final.

Boom pup Size Does Matter, was lucky to get through after an early mishap. He chased gamely though and made it into the final after finishing second. Angvella the quickest heat winner missed out on a spot on the final after finishing third in her heat.

Semi Final One was won by Clash Of Kings, who beat Jungle Juntion by 2.75 lengths. The time was a great 30.43 and both dogs will be very hard to beat in next weeks final.

Semi Final Two saw Grin and Win salute in 30.83, after he was able to get across and make his own luck. Size Does Matter, put in a huge effort and flew home to grab second.

Semi Final Three was won by box eight runner Werrina Lace in a scorching 30.37 at odds of $42.70. It was a major shock for punters as her efforts in the heats were far from impressive. If she reproduces that run again in the final she’ll be mighty hard to hold out. Skuzi used box one to perfection and finished second to secure his spot in the final.

Semi Final Four was a blow out for punters with two roughies running one and two after trouble marred the race early. Garrangay Duk got the job done in a slow 31.27 for trainer Joanne Price and Don’t Josh Me finished second, beaten just under a length, to secure his spot in the final.

As is often the case in greyhound racing, the dog who leads and steers clear of trouble wins plenty of races.

Slow beginners will have there work cut out for them in the final, and it will pay to seek out the early speed if having a punt on the race.

The box draw for the final is.

Box 1 Garrangary Duk
Box 2 Werina Lace
Box 3 Clash of Kings
Box 4 Jungle Junction
Box 5 Skuzi
Box 6 Grin and Win
Box 7 Size Does Matter
Box 8 Don’t Josh Me.

Reserves,
Hara’s Annie
Ollie Benz.

2014 Vince Curry Maiden Semi Final Previews

Four semi-finals tonight will decide the eight finalists for the $25,000 to the winner Vince Curry Memorial next Saturday night. The first two runners from each heat will make the final, with the two quickest thirds securing a reserve position.

Semi Final One, Race Five at 5.22pm

In box five for trainer Reg Kay is Jungle Junction (Cosmic Rumble-Cindeen Shelby). She looks one of two main hopes in this first heat after flying the lids last week and leading all the way in a solid 30.66. All three of her sectionals were solid and she only needs to step to make next weeks final.

Box six, Clash of Kings (Fear Zafonic-Queen Lauryn), is the other main hope. He won his heat exactly like Jungle Junction, leading all the way to score in 30.57, two lengths quicker then his main rival.

Both dogs are having their second start and will need to jump away cleanly. Box three runner Rain Stream looks the other chance based on her solid placing here last week. If she too can get forward, she’ll prove challenging to defeat.

These three runners look the main hopefuls.

Semi Final Two, Race Six at 5.37pm

Semi Final two has the series hot shot Size Does Matter engaged to exit box three. The son of Bekim Bale and Size It Up was simply breathtaking to watch when he defeated a handy line up here last week. Box three should suit him and he only needs to get around the first corner safely and in third or fourth to prove far to strong for these.

Giggling Panther (Surf Lorian-Giggling) put in a impressive performance to place last week, after working extremely hard to find her way near the front after racing at the tail early. If she too gets around the first corner, she should put herself in a position to make the final.

Grin and Win (Made To Size-Real McCoy) from box seven, seemed a little underdone last week and will be one of the first runners burning to the top from out wide. He’s a great chance if he gets over before the first turn scrimmage.

Semi Final Three, Race Seven at 5.56pm

We see the ultra impressive Hara’s Annie, here from box two. She flew out last week and led all the way in super impressive fashion at odds of $14.00. I doubt she can go much quicker, but she only needs to repeat last weeks effort to secure her spot in the final.

Box one runner Skuzi, looks the other main hopeful, and he’ll be greatly aided by the inside draw and he looks to have a load of potential improvement on him.

Semi Final Four, Race Eight at 6.16pm

The book ends look to be the main pairing in this. Bundy Benz has more race experience then most and will also be greatly aided by the red. She probably can’t go much quicker then she did in her heat, but she should be the first out and on the bunny here tonight.

Angvella was the quickest heat winner and he is another with great early toe. From the pink box he will get every chance to burn them off before the first turn. If he gets over the race looks beyond reach of the other runners.

2014 Vince Curry Maiden Heats Review

It was a great night of racing at Ipswich with nine heats of the $25,000 Vince Curry Maiden. A big crowd was present and it appeared a huge success for the club.

Heat one was won by Special Girl, who raced up on the outside and was far too good running 30.66, with Golden Fleece and Don’t Josh Me, filling the places.

Heat two was won by Grin And Win, who flew the lids from box six and led all the way in 30.74 after trouble at the first turn. Claire Rose finished second. The Christina Harman trained Trident was probably the run of the race after being run off the track time and time again. He chased gamely to finish third.

Heat three was won by the blue blood Clash Of Kings, by Fear Zafonic from Queen Lauryn. He led from start to finish in a fast 30.57. Rain Stream ran second and Black Loafer finished third.

Heat four was won by Hara’s Annie at odds of $14.00, who flew the lids and held off the favourite Trio bar in a solid 30.65. She also run 11.98 in the run home, so the 520 proved no problem for the daughter of Cosmic Chief. Miss Pitty Pat wound up third.

Heat five was once again won by the favourite in Jungle Junction, a daughter of Cindeen Shelby. She too speared out and put the race beyond date early on. She triggered the timer at 30.66. Iva Vision, the son of Ivan Brown, finished second and Garrangay Duk wound up in third.

Heat six saw Bundy Benz, the daughter of Dashing Corsair for Geoff Uhrane, salute in 30.91 showing that sometimes race experienced can be a huge advantage. Sovereign Magic ran second and Werins Lace rounded out the placings.

Heat seven was won by Not the One, who loomed up only in the straight to zoom past the early leaders in a slow 31.22 for club president Rob Essex. Giggling Panther and Premier Leo finished second and third respectively.

Heat eight was the one everyone had come to see with boom pup Size Does Matter engaged. He found trouble early and received check after check. Mid way through he looked no chance, but to his credit he chased hard and railed up around the home turn and raced away for a fantastic victory in 30.95. His run home time was no doubt the best of the night. Skuzi ran second and Wild Boy held on well for third.

Heat nine, and time honours for the night, went to Angvella, a son of Just the Best and Joy Esme, who was quickest early and stopped the clock in a fast 30.43. He looks like one that will be mighty hard to beat in the final if he gets through next weeks semis. What it Shrinks wound up second and Spring Caprice third.

Round two gets underway this Saturday night.

Benarkin And Tony Brett Win The Big Dog

The Tony Brett trained Benarkin has led all the way from box one to win the 2014 Big Dog Cup at Albion Park tonight.

The 34kg black dog was back to his best in terms of box manners tonight and used the rails alley to aplomb, holding off the early challenges from Spirited Flame (2) and Cakes And Pies (6) who unfortunately went amiss.

Spirited Flame put plenty of pressure on Benarkin the first time down the straight, but Benarkin stayed nailed to the rails and forced Spirited Flame to toil hard out of the straight and into the back.

The two dogs drew away from the field up the back straight with Wag Tail (5) looking the only chance of running on, albeit from ten lengths further back.

As they headed for home, Benarkin had broken the heart of Spirited Flame and had the race in his keeping. Wag Tail rattled home to finish second, doing his best work at the end of the race, while Spirited Flame hung on for third.

Benarkin’s win was his seventh at the track and distance from just 11 attempts and he posted a slick 34.72 in winning the 600 metre event, which is a personal best for the son of Path To Power and Velocity Cloud.

The win caps a great month for Benarkin who also finished third in the final of the Group Two Summer Distance Plate at Wentworth Park in January.

He has now won 16 races from 40 outings and has career earnings in excess of $80,000.

Grandchester mentor Tony Brett will now focus on the upcoming Group One Zoom Top on Saturday week at The Meadows for his star chaser.

2014 Vince Curry Memorial Preview

As the 30th running of the annual Vince Curry Memorial draws closer we take a look back at who Vince Curry was, along with previous memorial winners and try to decipher our way through the hoards of dogs hoping to win Australia’s richest maiden race.

Not many people will be aware of who Vince Curry actually was. He was a talented radio broadcaster and often referred to as “Racings Mister Nice Guy”, who had a love for racings other four legged types, the equine speed machines. Vince sadly passed away in 1983 but his legacy lives on, with the Ipswich greyhound racing club honouring him annually.

Previous winners who have gone on to become superstars of our game are such dogs as, Token Prince, Just the Best and High Earner, the Queensland born and bred superstar who went on to become Australia’s highest prizemoney earner, and who now sits second in the career earnings list just behind the mighty Miata.

The Ipswich club have made changes this year to the format, dropping the usual four dog qualifying heats in favour of a three round series this year. 72 Maiden dogs line up on Saturday night in 9 heats, and there plenty of talk around about some seriously speedy pups.

Rumour has it, Size Does Matter, engaged in heat 8 from box one, by Bekim Bale out of Size it up, has been the subject of some enormous offers from interstate interests. With the dogs owner knocking back offers of $80,00 and $100,000 for the black April 2012 chaser. He’s reportedly trialled the house down in preparation for the series, and hails from a litter that look to be well above average. Litter sister Sticker Size ran 29.91 at Albion Park in only her fifth race start and first go over the trip. He’s certainly one to watch come Saturday night.

Tony Brett has also got a quality youngster engaged and these two look to be the stand-outs this far out from the series.

Heat one at 8.08pm has three first starters engaged with Ferrera, a daughter of previous memorial winner Just the Best jumping from box six. Jacqueline Greenough, wife of Kel, has a first starter out of new sire Humdrum from box seven, and Don’t Josh Me is the other first starter, who is also by a new sire in Enry Walt. Five performed dogs will make up the rest of the field.

Heat two at 8.34pm will see superstar High Earner represented by Independent Man, engaged to exit from box one for trainer Mick Boody. Keep a close eye on Trident, a son of the A Teams Fear Zafonic and Una’s Pride, who has thrown some handy types in previous litters.

Heat three at 8.51pm sees five first staters engaged, with an industry blue blood in Clash Of Kings exiting from box two. The son of Fear Zafonic and Champion bitch Queen Lauryn, will be one to watch. Bekim Bale, Just The Best and Collision are represented in the rest of the first starter progeny.

Hear four kicks off at 9.11pm With progeny by Bekim Bale, Fear Zafonic, Cosmic Chief, Collision and the two new kids on the block, Radley Bale and Take the Kitty, both sons of the great Big Daddy Cool. Bat Outa Hell, a daughter of Take the Kitty, will exit box five for Thagoona trainer Noël Evans and Radley Return jumps from box eight for Jake O’Rourke from Churchable.

Interestingly enough, box six runner Smashing Niro, will be contesting his second series, after competing in last years Vince Curry. Smashing Niro remains eligible, as he is yet to win that elusive maiden. Could this be a first?

Heat five will jump at 9.26pm with another six first starters. Cosmic Rumble, Mantra Lad, Collision, Pure Octane and Ivan Brown, will all be represented. Ivan Brown, the sire of box five runner Iva Vision, was a previous Maitland track record holder, who suffered shocking injuries after hitting the lure in a trial one day at Ipswich, all before his first race start. He was apparently quicker then his more successful litter brother in Gnarley Boy who won countless races for breeder and trainer Mal Dawson.

Other runners of note are Jungle Junction, for trainer Reg Kay, who is by Cosmic Rumble from superstar Cindeen Shelby.

Heat six at 9.41pm stays in line with other heats having six first starters engaged. Where’s Pedro, Recently retired Surf Lorian, Mogambo, Lochinvar Marlow and Queensland champion Dashing Corsair all have progeny engaged. Atlantic Hawk from box four for trainer Ron Ball might be one to watch here, as he hails from the super producer in Ultra Swift.

Heat seven 10.02pm is another heat littered with multiple first starters from sires such as Premier Fantasy, Collision,
Surf Lorian and Made To Size. Aston Galilee and the relatively unknown Elite and Classy both have first starters also engaged in this. Elite and Classy is making a bit of a name for himself here in the Sunshine State, with multiple city and feature winners, from minimal offspring.

Heat eight 10.22pm looks all over before it starts with the potential superstar in the making Size Does Matter exiting from box one. He’s reportedly run the hands off the clock in trials, and could be the quickest qualifier in the series. Seven first starters are engaged to run in this. Bekim Bale, High Earner, Knocka Norris, Pure Octane, Bit Chilli, Fear Zafonic and Westmead Offsprey are represented. Young trainer Geoff Uhrhane has Ollie Benz exiting from box eight, and the son of Westmead Offsprey will be Geoff’s only stater for the night.

The Final heat of the night is heat nine, at 10.37pm. Only three first starters line up in this. Collision and Cosmic Rumble are represented here and a big watch is the Tony Brett trained and Lenoard Antonio (Aka The Tooth Fairy) owned
Tom Dooley. He’s another who has talent and is likely to start favourite for the final heat.

In total 28 different sires are represented in the heats, and with such superstars as High Earner winning the race, their’s no doubt the series is likely too produce another star of our industry by the time the final is run and won in a few weeks time.

Best of luck to all competitors in Saturday’s heats.

Big Dog Cup Final Preview

The picturesque environs of Breakfast Creek or more specifically Albion Park, will play host to the 2014 Group 3 Big Dog Cup final this Thursday evening.

The Big Dog Cup had its genesis as the Queensland Cup and was originally run over the 555 metre trip at the now defunct Beenleigh circuit until it closed in 2003.

Since that time it has been run at Albion Park, originally as the Brisbane-Beenleigh Queensland Cup, before Big Dog came on board as sponsors.

This year’s event is worth a cool $25,000 to the winner and a cracker field of middle-distance greyhounds from the Sunshine State have assembled.

Let’s have a look at how they line up;

1 – Benarkin (Path To Power – Velocity Cloud) – Tony Brett

Benarkin returned to Queensland last week after a crack at group racing glory over 720 metres in New South Wales. The front running dog managed a third in the Group 2 Summer Distance Plate final, which was a massive achievement for the fifth grade chaser.

Beginning from box eight in his heat, Benarkin couldn’t find the front and battled in third and fourth throughout before finishing hard to land second placing. This weeks draw should suit the Tony Brett trained dog much better and, if he can find the front, he will take some catching.

2 – Spirited Flame (Vapour Whirl – Fire Goddess) – Christopher Riordon

Spirited Flame has a tremendous record over the 600 metres at Albion Park and suffered a rare blemish in her heat. The white and black bitch has won five of her seven outings over this track and distance, with a best of 34.98.

She began a little tardily from the outside alley last week in her heat and could never get to the fence. The inside draw may help her in that endeavour in the final and, if she can return to her best, she will be right in this.

3 – Never Tell (El Galo – Georgia Anne) – Anne Southee

Never Tell has been a consistent chaser over the middle distance and staying trips, but does not win out of turn. The 33kg black dog has only won two of 18 attempts over this journey and yet to break the 45 second barrier. Based on that, he is likely to find this field a little too hot and is probably a place chance at best.

4 – Starliner – (Pure Octane – Borgata) – Gary Pettersen

Starliner won this race last year when he ran down the classy Victorian stayer Irma Bale. He has had just three runs back from a short spell after a fall late last year. He has only had the two 600 metre runs since that time and is yet to finish in the top three. He may be better for those hit-outs, but will ned to improve sharply to make it back-to-back titles.

5 – Wag Tail – (Velocette – Bacardi Cruiser) – Christina Harman

Wag Tail is the most lightly raced greyhound in the field and has had just 29 career starts. The black bitch has won four from 12 over this trip with six further placings.

Last week she chased home the strong Cakes And Pies and was doing her best work at the end of the event. She will need some luck in the running to get a clean shot at them here and if she gets it, she will be a solid place chance.

6 – Cakes And Pies (Big Daddy Cool – Ultra Swift) – Ron Ball

Cakes And Pies is the Albion Park specialist who has seemingly been around the 600 metre trip as many times as the lure. In actual fact the striking blue bitch has had 25 goes at this trip for eight victories and a further 10 placings, including a best of 34.77.

Last week she showed more early pace than we are accustomed to seeing and showed them a clean pair of pads in her slick 34.98 win. If she can land close to the bunny again this week, she would have to be considered one of the top chances.

7 – Bellagio Lad (Big Daddy Cool – Ultra Swift) – Ron Ball

Bellagio Lad, the littermate to Cakes And Pies, is the second of Prenzlau mentor Ron Ball’s runners. The veteran of some 88 career starts will only have his seventh start over the 600 metres this week and is yet to win.

He has a fair amount of early zip and could well be the race leader. It would be a surprise if he can hold that position throughout the event though.

8 – Late Angel Lee (Late Show Lee – Rocklynn’s Angel) – Darren Titmarsh

Late Angel Lee looks to be the runner who holds all the aces in this final. He has won four of his six 600 metre races at Albion Park and registered a slick 34.79.

He began as well as ever last week and parked right behind the early leaders before blowing them away to win in the best of 34.94. The big query is where he will land this week from the extreme outside and, more to the point, if he can gain a clear run to unleash his trademark finishing burst.

The first reserve is White Hornet (9) who could only manage a fifth at his first 600 metre attempt last week and would struggle if gaining a start.

Culoz (10) is the second reserve and has only won one from seven over the trip in a slow 35.90.

The run to the first turn will be all important in this race. If Benarkin can find the front then it may be all over bar the proverbial shouting. He will need to be on his game to hold out the likes of Spirited Flame and Bellagio Lad, while Cakes And Pies is another who showed he can land on the speed and loves this track and distance. Late Angel Lee the one to beat if he can gain a clear shot at them.

 


2014 Big Dog Cup Heat One

 


2014 Big Dog Cup Heat Two

2013 Queensland Greyhound Of The Year Nominations

The 3 finalist for the Queensland Greyhound of the Year have been announced with Xylia Allen, Glen Gallon and Starliner set to do battle off the track to claim this prestigious title.

With wonderful track performances throughout 2013, the judging panel will have a tough decision in crowning the greyhound of the year winner. The awards night, to be held on March 14th 2014 at Kedron Wavell Services Club will also recognise the following performances from a great 2013 year of Queensland Greyhound Racing:

2013 Brisbane GRC Greyhound of the Year

2013 Bundaberg GRC Greyhound of the Year

2013 Cairns GRC Greyhound of the Year

2013 Capalaba GRC Greyhound of the Year

2013 Ipswich GRC Greyhound of the Year

2013 Rockhampton GRC Greyhound of the Year

2013 Townsville GRC Greyhound of the Year

Brisbane Leading Owner

Brisbane Leading Trainer

Brisbane Trainers Strike Rate

Brisbane Sire of the Year

Brisbane Broodbitch of the Year

Women in Racing Award

Personality Award

Young Achiever of the Year

Top Simbi Award

Hall of Fame

2013 Greyhound of the Year

The 2013 Greyhound of Year Finalists:

GLEN GALLON (Flying Stanley – Incoherent)

Tony Brett trained chaser will be looking to secure his first Queensland Greyhound Of The Year title after being a finalist in 2012. He was a winner of the Group 1 Winter Cup, going back to back after his success in 2012. He’s a retired superstar who raced against the best throughout his illustrious career.
Albion Park 2013 record of 12 starts for 8 wins and 2 placings including multiple sub 30 second performances.
Top grade performances in every one of his race track performances.

2013 overall record – 21 starts – 11 wins and 4 placings.

STARLINER (Pure Octane – Borgata)

Gary Pettersen trained chaser who excelled over the Albion Park 600m trip, highlighted by his Group 3 Big Dog Cup success. Starliner will be named the 2013 Albion Park Greyhound of the Year after starting at the track 32 times for 13 wins and 15 placings – winning the award based on a point system.

The white flash was a revelation in 2013 and much was written about the Northern NSW chaser, who was simply brilliant at headquarters, winning races over the 520m, 600m and 720m journeys.

2013 overall record – 40 starts – 18 wins and 16 placings.

XYLIA ALLEN (Turanza Bale – Tayah Bale)

Jenny Hunt trained superstar who dominated racing Australia wide. In Queensland she started 6 times for 2 wins and 3 placing’s including being a three time Group finalists at Albion Park, with her results including – 2nd in the Group 2 Futurity, 3rd in the Group 1 Winter Cup and 4th in the Group 1 Brisbane Cup.

Victorian trained chaser who is eligible for the Queensland Award after starting the minimum six races in Queensland. She was a multiple group finalists who certainly clocked up the travel miles in 2013 and will be favourite to win this award after her efforts in Queensland and other states.
Controversy will surround any award won by this super bitch after the suspension of her previous trainer Graeme Bate for multiple positive swabs in 2013.

2013 overall record – 40 starts – 16 wins and 15 placings, including winning 5 Group races and qualifying for many other group finals. Three time Group 1 Winner, including the Sapphire Crown, National Sprint and Peter Mosman Classic. Group 2 Launceston Cup winner and Group 3 Sandown Shootout winner.

ARG wishes all finalists the best of luck and congratulations go to award winners on their contributions to greyhound racing in Queensland for 2013.

Queensland Trainer Fined For “Blowing Up” Over Grading Issue

Racing Queenland stewards have this week fined Garry Bevan over his reaction to the grading of his greyhounds at a Rockhampton greyhound meeting.

On Wednesday, Racing Queensland (RQ) Stewards conducted an inquiry conducted an inquiry into the alleged conduct of licensee Garry Bevan in relation to a phone call he made to the RQ Greyhound Grading Staff on Friday 6th December 2013. Mr. Bevan contacted the office regarding the grading of his greyhounds for the Rockhampton meeting on the Wednesday 11 December 2013.

After considering the explanation given by Mr. Bevan, Stewards issued a charge against him pursuant to Greyhounds Australasia Rule 86 (f) (IV).

GAR 86 (f) (IV) reads:
A person shall be guilty of an offence if the person engages in, publishes or causes to be published, broadcasts or causes to be broadcast, the use of any contemptuous, unseemly, improper, insulting, or offensive language, conduct or behaviour in any manner or form towards, or in relation to any other person having official duties in relation to greyhound racing.

The specifics of the charge being that on the 6th December 2013, Mr. Bevan engaged in a phone call to the Racing Queensland Greyhound Grading Office in Brisbane and did use offensive language towards the grading staff over the grading of his two (2) greyhounds for the Rockhampton Greyhound meeting for the 11 December 2013.

Mr. Bevan pleaded guilty to the charge and made submissions relevant to penalty.

When assessing an appropriate penalty, Stewards took into consideration and Mr. Bevan’s excellent record over 30 years of training. Stewards were also mindful that behaviour such as this is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

Mr. Bevan was subsequently fined $400. Stewards ordered that $200 be suspended for a period of 12 months, on the condition that Mr Bevan does not commit any further breaches for a similar offence.

Mr Bevan was advised of his appeal rights.

Brisbane’s Hottest Day Cant Stop Kiss Me Ketut In The Cup

Thursday may have been Brisbane’s hottest day of the year, but that didn’t stop a terrific crowd from attending Queensland’s premier club for the 2013 Group 1 Sky Racing Brisbane Cup Final.  While the temperature was cooled with a light afternoon shower, trackside temperatures quickly heated up as the club hosted a wonderful night of racing, including attendance from AAMI celebrity Ketut. The stage was set as the 8 finalists made their way to the starting boxes for the $75,000 to the winner feature.

Pre post fixed betting was dominated by the Victorian raiders who occupied the first four lines of betting.  Tomac Bale would start a narrow favourite at $2.50 from box 2 and victory would be the first group 1 win for him and trainer Mark Delbridge. Battling Tomac Bale for favouritism at 2.70 was Australia’s best greyhound Xylia Allen, despite being awkwardly drawn in box 7. Farmor Las Vegas wasn’t well drawn in box 5, but the Robert Britton trained chaser was fancied at around 8.00. Omen bet Kiss Me Ketut shared the 8.00 line of betting with Farmor Las Vegas. The celebrity greyhound was hoping to impress his namesake, who was drumming support trackside knowing victory would see his cult following grow.

Of the locally trained chasers it was a toss of the coin between Frank Hancock’s Battistuzzi at $13.00 from box 3 and Sandra Hunt’s Top Story at $15.00 in box 1.  In the eyes of the punters Captain Clarrie at $24.00 in box 8 and Hawko’s Mistake at $48.00 from box 4 would need luck.  The race was set to be one for the ages.

Jumping well and exploding from the boxes was celebrity greyhound Kiss Me Ketut, who was off and on the bunny speeding through an unheard of 5.49 first section. Tomac Bale brought up old habits by missing it badly and was hampered by the outside dogs moving across. At the first corner Kiss Me Ketut was clearly in front from Battistuzzi, with Farmor Las Vegas moving to third. Behind them the field was bumping and in all sorts of trouble. Xylia Allen was back last after being repeatedly flattened and it would have taken a herculean effort to win from where she was.

Rounding the back straight and the crowd was up and standing, cheering on the Ready2Race success story who was holding the other runners at bay.  Entering the home straight and it was a race in two with Kiss Me Ketut holding on narrowly to score over a gallant Farmor Las Vegas by a half-length, with Battistuzzi two lengths away third.  Flashing home from the tail of the field for another wonderful performance was the unlucky Xylia Allen, who finished a narrow fourth. With the help of the new boxes the winner stopped the clock in a quick 29.82.

Prepared by South Geelong mentor David Burnett, the son of Bombastic Shiraz ex. Spiral Siyan was purchased at the 2012 Victorian Ready2Race series for $21,000.  The Melbourne Cup finalists is now a group 1 success story taking his career record to 37 starts for 17 wins, 6 seconds and 5 thirds with prizemoney in excess of $175,000. The celebrity status continues to grow.


2013 Group 1 Brisbane Cup Final Replay


Group 1 Brisbane Cup Final Preview and Comments

Thursday night will see all industry eyes firmly fixed on Albion Park, with the running of the 2013 Group 1 Sky Racing Brisbane Cup Final. The winning connections will pocket a cool $75,000, and the box draw has made the race a really open affair.

Can Australia’s best greyhound in Xylia Allen win from box 7? Can Tomac Bale give trainer Mark Delbridge his first Group 1?  Or will a local hope join 2012 Queensland champion Got A Moment on the list of winners?  With the start all important, and the new boxes giving tenths to a chasers race time, will we see the lowering of Made To Size’s long standing track record?  These questions will all be answered as the boxes open and Albion Park crowns another Group 1 winner.

2013 GROUP 1 – SKY RACING BRISBANE CUP FINAL – 520m – 8:52pm Qld Time

 

Box 1 – TOP STORY – Sandra Hunt


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Career Record – 32 Starts – 14 – 6 – 6 – Best Time at Track 29.77

Top Story finished one and a half lengths behind Battistuzzi in his heat, where he chased hard throughout and never shirked the task. The son of Knocka Norris and Bomber Babe is a track specialist, having made a number of group finals here through his injury plagued career.  With limited starts due to ongoing injuries, it has been a wonderful training performance to have him qualify for yet another group final.  Prefers an outside draw but in feature finals box one suits. A quality chaser who gives 110% every start, strong chance.

Sandra Hunt (Trainer) – “It’s a really hard race and we are up against it despite being drawn in box one. He’s a greyhound that races better out wide, but with the draw we are just hoping that he can be inside any first corner trouble. He’s the fastest dog we have ever had but has had to race with a career plagued by injury.  He has to lead to win.”

Box 2 – TOMAC BALE – Mark Delbridge


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Career Record – 28 starts – 15 – 3 -1 – Best Time at Track 29.63

He was the fastest heat winner in a super quick 29.63 BON, after leading from the boxes to the catching pen. Tomac Bale is a Group winning son of Dyna Lachlan and Princess Bale, and is from a wonderful litter of chasers.  He was super quick early and gave nothing else a chance after exploding from the boxes at what was his first look at the track and trip. He will benefit from that experience and again draws favourably in box two where he has had two starts for two wins. He is a big chance to give trainer Mark Delbridge his first group 1 success.

Mark Delbridge (Trainer) - “I think that he has every chance and I’m just hoping that he can begin.  He has been missing it lately, but last week was good and he jumped well.  I’ve run second a couple of times in group one’s,  so it would be nice to win one.”

 

Box 3 – BATTISTUZZI – Frank Hancock


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Career Record – 17 starts – 9 – 2 – 3 – Best Time at Track – 29.77

Battistuzzi won his heat in a personal best 29.77 after leading throughout in a dominant performance and is a three time group finalist, who has just turned 2 years old.  The son of Collision and Dulcinea is from an outstanding litter and does excel at the track and trip, with his box speed and racing sense a big advantage. He does prefer an outside box draw and box three hasn’t been favourable in his short career. He is a young greyhound who continues to improve and deserves a group win for his ability. He is the first group one finalist for the Hancock team and could win on Queensland’s biggest stage.

Edith Hancock (Owner) - “We are absolutely wrapt for the dog. He has just turned two years of age and this is his third group final. I don’t think he is well drawn, as we prefer him to jump from a wide draw. The Melbourne dogs look hardest to beat and it’s just a pleasure to be in the final.”

 

Box 4 – HAWKO’S MISTAKE – John Edwards


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Career Record – 56 starts – 16 – 10 – 9 – Best Time at Track – 29.94

Hawko’s Mistake ran second in his heat behind interstate visitor Farmor Las Vegas, chasing hard throughout to lose by a length and a half on the line after beginning well from box eight.  He is a favourite of his trainer, who admits he is the best chaser he has trained. By Buckingham Chuck and Ellie’s Diamond, he has been plagued by poor box draws. That continues for the final where he draws box four, a box he is yet to win from. Considering the quality of the field and his poor draw, he only looks a place chance.

John Edwards (Trainer) - “Honestly I don’t think he can win after coming up with box four.  He’s lucky to still be racing with the amount of injuries that he has had to cope with.  Box four makes it tough and to win he has to lead and find about eight lengths. I don’t think he can cross Tomac Bale.”

 

Box 5 – FARMOR LAS VEGAS – Robert Britton


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Career Record – 45 starts – 18 – 14 – 1 – Best Time at Track – 29.85

He won his heat from box four in a quick 29.85 at his Albion Park debut. The son of Knocka Norris and Farmor Cee You has travelled extensively in his career, winning on eight different tracks for the powerful Britton kennel. Possessing good early speed, his career has exploded in recent months, making a number of feature finals and racing against Australia’s best. He draws awkwardly in the final after coming up with box five, which isn’t favourable for the February 2011 whelp. He has started from box five on six occasions for one win and one placing. Last week was very impressive and if he leads he can win.

Robert Britton (Trainer) - “I’m more hopeful than confident. It’s definitely a good field with quality dogs. To win he will need to do everything right and probably lead. He is not a great box dog, but he can muster speed very quickly. I’m taking him up a day earlier this time as last week he didn’t travel the best and I think that told in his last sectional.”

 

Box 6 – KISS ME KETUT – David Burnett


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Career Record – 36 starts – 16 – 6 – 5 – Best Time at Track – 29.95

Kiss Me Ketut won his heat in a solid 29.95 after leading throughout from box eight.  He is a Ready2Race sales success story from 2012, where a $21,000 outlay has produced prizemoney well in excess of $100,000 and the title of Melbourne Cup Finalist. The son of Bombastic Shiraz and Spiral Siyan has won from every box and draws box six for the final, where he has a record of four starts for three wins. Whilst he isn’t as strong as some of the other finalists, he can lead and take advantage of any trouble behind him to feature here. Kiss Me Ketut is a celebrity greyhound that will be well fancied in betting and will improve on his heat time.

David Burnett (Owner/Trainer) - “He is suited by an outside draw and he won’t cut down to the fence until he has to. I definitely prefer drawing here rather than inside. It’s his fifth group final at 28 months of age, and it would be great to see him win this one. I’ve left the dog up in Queensland with Geoff Jones this week to acclimatise to the weather and he has been spoiling him, the dog is jumping around.  I’m just hoping he can avoid the first turn trouble.”

 

Box 7 – XYLIA ALLEN – Jenny Hunt


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Career Record – 49 starts – 20 – 10 – 8 – Best Time at Track – 29.81

Australia’s best greyhound whose heat win had to be seen to be believed, coming from behind to win after copping significant interference in a time of 29.81.  She is a tenacious chaser who would run through brick walls, and has a remarkable ability to lift herself up from the canvas when others couldn’t. This beautiful daughter of Turanza Bale and Tayah Bale qualifies for the fourteenth final of her brilliant career. She draws box seven in the final, which is the only box she is yet to taste success from. Xylia Allen is an outstanding sprinter who is a strong winning chance.

Jenny Hunt (Trainer) - “She could win or she could run last.  I just hope that she has every chance and doesn’t get knocked around or bumped too much.  She is in form and I know that she will give her best.”

 

Box 8 – CAPTAIN CLARRIE – Peter Ruetschi


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Career Record – 39 starts – 15 – 4 – 6 – Best Time at Track – 30.11

Captain Clarrie was the slowest heat winner in 30.11, chasing hard throughout to just nab the leader on the line. The son of Elite And Classy and Where Are You has been a wonderful chaser throughout his 39 start career. He is a group performer who was third in the recent Ipswich Gold Cup, and box eight won’t worry him. He set an Ipswich PB from this box when winning his Ipswich Cup heat. In five starts from box eight he has won three times and been placed on the other two occasions. He is prepared by form trainer Peter Ruetschi, who has had a wonderful 2013 with a number of feature finalists.  The Captain may not have the accolades of the other finalists, but deserves his chance and not without some hope.

Peter Ruetschi (Trainer) – “He is drawn ideally in box 8 and it’s where we wanted him to draw.  With any interference inside and a clear run I think that he is a real live chance in the race. It was his first look from the new boxes last week and good judges have said that it will improve his time by a tenth or two. He’s on the comeback from injury and going as good as ever. I think if Xylia Allen jumps nothing will beat her. It’s my first group 1 finalist and anything can happen.”


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9 – ROSE OF GALO – Albert Kennewell

Career Record – 31 starts – 11 – 7 – 3 – Best Time at Track – 29.99 (2nd)

Lead for 519 meters in his second place finish behind Captain Clarrie. She is very quick early, which is her biggest asset. She is by ill-fated sire El Galo out of Noir Rose. She isn’t as strong as the others and looks only a place chance if lucky enough to gain a start through scratching’s.

 

10 – TEE BRADY – Tom Tzouvelis

Career Record – 26 starts – 6 – 6 – 4 – Best Time at Track – 30.09 (2nd)


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He ran second in his heat after leading and being run down by an unstoppable Xylia Allen. This highly thought of chaser has been well travelled throughout his career, racing in four states including the Northern Territory, Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. By Cosmic Rumble and New Coin, he looks only a rough place hope if lucky to start.

 

The final looks an outstanding race on a wonderful card of racing. ARG wishes all finalists and connections the best of luck and a safe trip around.

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