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.
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 dĂ©jĂ 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 â 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.
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;
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 â
Under the Greyhound Australasia Rule 106(1)(a) which reads:
(1) A registered person must ensure that greyhounds, which are in the personâs 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 â
Under the Greyhound Australasia Rule 106(1)(d) which reads:
(1) A registered person must ensure that greyhounds, which are in the personâs 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 Broadrickâs 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.
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.
âItâs always a thrill to win a race like that, it’s the first time Iâve won it, I think we run second in it one year, I just canât remember, but to win it is great,â 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.
âJason Thompson sent her up about six weeks ago and she arrived pretty well educated, but at the time I didnât think she had the ability to win the Vince Curry, but she has just kept on improving.â
âWeâve got our own straight track here and she has been getting better every time I put her up.â
âShe went 30.66 the week she won her heat and she probably went 30.40-odd the second week when she got beat and sheâs been improving all the time.â
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.
âThereâs 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 thereâs a lot of young good dogs in it. Iâve thrown her to the wolves a little bit and put her in that.â
âSheâs never been there and the draw has just come through, she has drawn the one-alley which couldnât be any better really. Iâm 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.â
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 âEm 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.
âIf he puts it all together, he could possibly be one of the best dogs Iâve ever had, but heâs 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 thatâs what happens when you havenât got early speed.â
âHe 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 sheâd beat him out two lengths and heâd beat her by six. The last trial we had they jumped together, I thought oh geez heâs 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, sheâs just improved every time.â
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.
âHeâs drawn the five-alley on Thursday night which wonât suit him at all, but he has had a look there before where she hasnât. Like I said, Iâve thrown them to the wolves a bit, but rather than trial them I thought bugger it, theyâre 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?â
Kay knows that this weekâs 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.
âThereâs a couple of dogs in the series that have already broken thirty, so it will be tough. Mind you, theyâre all breaking thirty there now since they put the new boxes in, the track is two-tenths quicker. â
âWe hold the track record with Made To Size, he went 23.85 post-to-post that night, thatâs what I tell everyone I gauge the record on now.â
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 NoĂ«l 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.
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 isÂ White Hornet (9)Â who could only manage a fifth at his first 600 metre attempt last week and would struggle if gaining a start.
Culoz (10)Â 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
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
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.
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. Bevanâs 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.
Thursday may have been Brisbaneâs hottest day of the year, but that didnât stop a terrific crowd from attending Queenslandâs premier club for the 2013 Group 1 Sky Racing Brisbane Cup Final.Â 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.Â 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 Australiaâs best greyhound Xylia Allen, despite being awkwardly drawn in box 7. Farmor Las Vegas wasnât 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.Â 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 Hancockâs Battistuzzi at $13.00 from box 3 and Sandra Huntâs Top Story at $15.00 in box 1.Â In the eyes of the punters Captain Clarrie at $24.00 in box 8 and Hawkoâs Mistake at $48.00 from box 4 would need luck.Â 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.Â Behind them the field was bumping and in all sorts of trouble.Â 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.Â 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.Â 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.Â 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.Â The celebrity status continues to grow.
2013 Group 1 Brisbane Cup Final Replay
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 Australiaâs best greyhound in Xylia Allen win from box 7? Can Tomac Bale give trainer Mark Delbridge his first Group 1?Â Or will a local hope join 2012 Queensland champion Got A Moment on the list of winners?Â With the start all important, and the new boxes giving tenths to a chasers race time, will we see the lowering of Made To Sizeâs long standing track record?Â 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 â 520m – 8:52pm Qld Time
Box 1 â TOP STORY â Sandra Hunt
Career Record – 32 Starts â 14 â 6 â 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.Â With limited starts due to ongoing injuries, it has been a wonderful training performance to have him qualify for yet another group final.Â Prefers an outside draw but in feature finals box one suits. A quality chaser who gives 110% every start, strong chance.
Sandra Hunt (Trainer) – âItâs a really hard race and we are up against it despite being drawn in box one. Heâs a greyhound that races better out wide, but with the draw we are just hoping that he can be inside any first corner trouble. Heâs the fastest dog we have ever had but has had to race with a career plagued by injury.Â He has to lead to win.â
Box 2 â TOMAC BALE â Mark Delbridge
Career Record â 28 starts â 15 â 3 -1 â 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.Â 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.Â 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) - âI think that he has every chance and Iâm just hoping that he can begin.Â He has been missing it lately, but last week was good and he jumped well.Â Iâve run second a couple of times in group oneâs, Â so it would be nice to win one.â
Box 3 – BATTISTUZZI â Frank Hancock
Career Record â 17 starts â 9 â 2 â 3 â Best Time at Track â 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.Â 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 hasnât 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 Queenslandâs biggest stage.
Edith Hancock (Owner) - âWe are absolutely wrapt for the dog. He has just turned two years of age and this is his third group final. I donât think he is well drawn, as we prefer him to jump from a wide draw.Â The Melbourne dogs look hardest to beat and itâs just a pleasure to be in the final.â
Box 4 â HAWKOâS MISTAKE â John Edwards
Career Record â 56 starts â 16 â 10 â 9 â Best Time at Track â 29.94
Hawkoâs 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.Â He is a favourite of his trainer, who admits he is the best chaser he has trained. By Buckingham Chuck and Ellieâs 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) - âHonestly I donât think he can win after coming up with box four.Â Heâs lucky to still be racing with the amount of injuries that he has had to cope with.Â Box four makes it tough and to win he has to lead and find about eight lengths. I donât think he can cross Tomac Bale.â
Box 5 â FARMOR LAS VEGAS â Robert Britton
Career Record â 45 starts â 18 â 14 â 1 â Best Time at Track â 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 Australiaâs best.Â He draws awkwardly in the final after coming up with box five, which isnât favourable for the February 2011 whelp. He has started from box five on six occasions for one win and one placing.Â Last week was very impressive and if he leads he can win.
Robert Britton (Trainer) - âIâm more hopeful than confident. Itâs 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. Iâm taking him up a day earlier this time as last week he didnât travel the best and I think that told in his last sectional.â
Box 6 â KISS ME KETUT â David Burnett
Career Record â 36 starts â 16 â 6 â 5 â Best Time at Track â 29.95
Kiss Me Ketut won his heat in a solid 29.95 after leading throughout from box eight.Â He is a Ready2Racesuccess story from 2012, where a $21,000 outlay has produced prizemoney well in excess of $100,000 and the title of Melbourne Cup Finalist.Â 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.Â Whilst he isnât as strong as some of the other finalists, he can lead and take advantage of any trouble behind him to feature here.Â 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) - âHe is suited by an outside draw and he wonât cut down to the fence until he has to. I definitely prefer drawing here rather than inside. Itâs his fifthÂ group final at 28 months of age, and it would be great to see him win this one. Iâve 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.Â Iâm just hoping he can avoid the first turn trouble.â
Box 7 â XYLIA ALLEN â Jenny Hunt
Career Record â 49 starts â 20 â 10 â 8 â Best Time at Track â 29.81
Australiaâs 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.Â 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 couldnât. This beautiful daughter of Turanza Bale and Tayah Bale qualifies for the fourteenth final of her brilliant career.Â 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) - âShe could win or she could run last.Â I just hope that she has every chance and doesnât get knocked around or bumped too much.Â She is in form and I know that she will give her best.â
Box 8 â CAPTAIN CLARRIE â Peter Ruetschi
Career Record â 39 starts â 15 â 4 â 6 â Best Time at Track â 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 wonât 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.Â The Captain may not have the accolades of the other finalists, but deserves his chance and not without some hope.
Peter Ruetschi (Trainer) – âHe is drawn ideally in box 8 and itâs where we wanted him to draw.Â 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. Heâs on the comeback from injury and going as good as ever. I think if Xylia Allen jumps nothing will beat her. Itâs my first group 1 finalist and anything can happen.â
9 â ROSE OF GALO â Albert Kennewell
Career Record â 31 starts â 11 â 7 â 3 â Best Time at Track â 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.Â She isnât as strong as the others and looks only a place chance if lucky enough to gain a start through scratchingâs.
10 â TEE BRADY â Tom Tzouvelis
Career Record â 26 starts â 6 â 6 â 4 â Best Time at Track â 30.09 (2nd)
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.Â 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.Â ARG wishes all finalists and connections the best of luck and a safe trip around.
The first race took place over 558 metres at the newly-opened Gabba track in 1972 and was taken out by the Victorian sprinter Garron Court. The race was run on 26 October and Garron Court, a brindle bitch, exited box 2 and took her record at The Gabba to six wins from six starts.
The event was initially called the Gabba Sprint Championship until 1975. Then, from 1976 to 1981 it became known as the Brisbane Cup. From 1982 to 1999 the event was sponsored by Coca Cola and renamed the Coca Cola Cup, but since 2000 it has once again become known as the Brisbane Cup.
The race has only been contested over two distances on two tracks. From 1972 to 1992 it was run over 558 metres at The Gabba and since 1993 it has been contested over 520 metres at Albion Park.
First Queensland Winner
The first Queensland winner of the race was Top Simbi in 1973, who was one of the greatest greyhounds to have ever raced in Queensland, Top Simbi won by five lengths to take his record at The Gabba to 17 wins from just 20 outings.
When Is The Race Run
Although now contested in December, the race was previously held in October, until 1994, and then September from 1995 to 2000.
Biggest Winning Margins
NSW speedster Pororoca won the 2005 event by nine and a quarter lengths from box 1, setting a new track record of 29.66 for the 520 metres in the process. Champion bitch Flying Amy won by eight lengths in 1995 in a then race record of 29.89.
Closest Winning Margin
This belongs to Victorian raider Uno Joel, who downed NSW star Mandagery Man by just a nose in 2007.
Most Successful Trainer/s
Jason Thompson has won with Uno Joel (2007), El Galo (2008), and Got A Moment (2012). In a strange coincidence, Thompson had two runners in the 2007 final, the winner and the last placegetter (El Galo), and two runners in the 2012 final, the winner and, once again, the last placegetter (Proven Nitro). Other successful trainers have been Dennis Reid (1987 Whip Tip; 1998 Questions), Ron Ball (1995 Flying Amy; 2009 Mr Metz; and three unplaced finalists in 2012), Tony Brett (2003 Bogie Leigh; 2011 Glen Gallon), Helen Ivers (2001 & 2002 Tricky Creek), and Tony Zammit (1994 Toss The Teddy; 1997 Barrio Babe)
Only Dual Winner
The only greyhound to have won the race twice is Tricky Creek, who exited box two in 2001 to score by just over seven lengths and, a year later, came out of box one to make it two in a row for Helen and Mick Ivers.
Only Reserve To Win
In 2012 Got A Moment made the field when Hereâs To You was scratched. Although drawn in box 6, Got A Moment went on to score by two and a half lengths.
There have been seven of these. Flying Amy (second 1994, won 1995), Questions (won 1998, third 1999), Faithful Hawk (third 1998, second 1999), Bogie Leigh (won 2003, second 2004), El Galo (eighth 2007, won 2008), He Knows Uno (won 2010, fourth 2011), and Glen Gallon (won 2011, second 2012).
Some Beaten Stars
There have also been some pretty good greyhounds who have made the final, but not won the race: Bristol Sue (third 1974), Ungwilla Lad (third 1975), Roanokee (second 1997), Rapid Journey (second 1998), and Dashing Corsair (second 2009).
Dog Or Bitch
Perhaps the most interesting fact is that the vast majority of winners of the 41 runningâs have been male greyhounds. Indeed, since the change to December finals in 2001 and the victories of Tricky Creek (twice) and Bogie Leigh (2003), the last nine winners have all been male.
The Brisbane Cup Final will be graced with some of the biggest names in Australian greyhound racing after the super stars fired on heats night.
Wheeler pair Tomac Bale and Xylia Allen will head the billing for the big race. Tomac Bale sizzled in heat six while Xylia Allen pulled herself off the canvas to win her heat in dramatic fashion. They will be joined by the likes of Farmor Las Vegas, Kiss Me Ketut and Battistuzzi in what promises to be a gem of a final.
Brisbane Cup Heat 1
The Frank Hancock trained Battistuzzi (Box 6) set the early standard with a blistering 29.77 win to open Cup proceedings. Top Story began well from box three carving out an early section of 5.60. The blue dog did all he could to hold out Battistuzzi but the son of Collision and Dulcinea showed tenacity to cross to the fence as they left the straight the first time. From that point it was a one act affair as Battistuzzi showed them a clean set of pads to land the heat by from Top Story who stuck on resolutely with Phantom Jewels rattling home for third. Battistuzzi has now won 9 from 17 and will be a major player in next weeks final after drawing box three.
Brisbane Cup Heat 2
Classy conveyance Farmor Las Vegas (Box 4) took out the second heat in style in 29.85. After beginning only moderately from the squeeze box, the son of Knocka Norris and Farmor Cee You drove up hard to lead at the post the first time in 5.59. Hawkoâs Mistake (Box 8) chased hard in second place for the duration of the race but could not quite match motors with the winners solid run home of 12.77, going down by 1 1/2 lengths. Bellagio Lad finished in third place. The win gives Lara mentor Robbie Britton another crack at a group final just a fortnight after he landed the quinella in the Group 1 Bold Trease.
Brisbane Cup Heat 3
The third heat provided a sensational finish and the first major upset of the night. Local dog Captain Clarrie (Box 2) landed the event by the bearest of margins for trainer Peter Ruetschi after a long sustained run home. Rose Of Galo (Box 5) finished second after leading everywhere but the post. Rose Of Galo set the fast early pace with a 5.48 first section. Captain Clarrie and Clonakilty Man (Box 7) were the margin abbreviators for the entirety of the race and looked to have Rose Of Galo under siege on the home turn. But Rose Of Galo kept bobbing and looked as though she may just hold on, only to be nabbed by Captain Clarrie right on the post with Gold Town slipping up the fence to finish third. The son of El Galo and Rose Noir only managed a moderate 30.11 and one would think that he will need to find a couple of lengths to feature in the final, especially after drawing the extreme outside.
Brisbane Cup Heat 4
Victorian speedster Kiss Me Ketut (Box 8) led from go to whoa in an impressive front running display to land heat four in 29.95 for South Geelong trainer David Burnett. Spearing the lids from the outside, the son of Bombastic Shiraz and Spiral Siyan stopped the clock at 5.57 for the first section. From that point, Kiss Me Ketut made the race a virtual solo trial with nothing making an impression on the Melbourne Cup finalist. Spirited Flame (Box 3) rattled home to grab second place with Honey Bouquet in third.
Brisbane Cup Heat 5
Shoot Out winner Xylia Allen (Box 5) produced the biggest comeback since Lazarus to land heat five after looking gone for all money as they passed the post the first time. Beginning well below her best, the daughter of Turanza Bale and Tayah Bale found herself in fifth place and around ten lengths from the lamp lighter Tee Brady (Box 2) as they headed out of the straight the first time. While Tee Brady opened up a lead on the rest of the field, the Jenny Hunt trained black bitch began to cut a swathe through the field and wind up in pursuit of the him. By the home turn, Xylia Allen had hit the front and stormed away to win by a space in 29.81 which included a run home of 12.49. Late Angel Lee ran on well to finish third in the event. Should Xylia Allen be able to begin on terms next week, then she will be the in the final up to her ears.
Brisbane Cup Heat 6
The Mark Delbridge trained Tomac Bale (Box 1) sent an ominous warning to competitors by going within a length of the Albion Park track record in the final heat. After pinging from the coveted cherry alley, the son of Dyna Lachlan and Princess Bale ran 5.53 to the first mark and had already opened up a two length break on his rivals. From that point it was a matter of âeyes on the clockâ as the red fawn chaser careered away to score by nine lengths in 29.63. Hopes Fantasy finished in second with Belfast Johnny a further 3 1/4 lengths away in third. Tomac Bale was ultra impressive in his 14th win from 25 starts and will be well in the betting next week after drawing box two.
Next weeks final promises to be worthy of star billing with a quality octet of chasers set to contest the event.
The box draw for the final is as follows;
2013 Brisbane Cup Final Boxdraw
- 1 – Top Story
- 2 – Tomac Bale
- 3 – Battistuzzi
- 4 – Hawkoâs Mistake
- 5 – Farmor Las Vegas
- 6 – Kiss Me Ketut
- 7 – Xylia Allen
- 8 – Captain Clarrie
- 9 – Rose Of Galo
- 10 – Tee Brady
2013 Brisbane Cup Heats Replays
Queensland trainer Troy Sharpe is having a sensational 2013, racking up winners all over the Sunshine State including an impressive running double in the opening two events at Ipswich last night.
Sharpe has been training full-time for 8 years and has a 40-acre property that includes 70 dog kennels at Churchable, approximately an hour from Ipswich.Â Sharpe made the decision to quit his job as a construction manager to pursue his passion for greyhound training, with plenty of success to show for his efforts.
âI came home from work and said to my wife; Iâm giving work away and training full timeâ.
âSometimes when I have a bad week, I think to myself Iâm mad for giving up a full time job, but I love what i’m doing and wouldnât be doing anything elseâ.
Sharpe doesnât operate his greyhound establishment alone, with the help of wife Sonya, daughters Abbi and Demi, his mum and a full-time employee Shaun.
âMy family helps me out enormously and I definitely couldnât do it without them.â
âMy wife whelps all the litters and looks after them while they are young and my daughters always help me out at home and the track. Mum gets their dinners ready and helps with their maintenance and we have Shaun, who is a full-time employee.â
The Sharpe family have whelped around 150 dogs over the past year and are no strangers to producing regal bloodlines. Sharpeâs striking list of brood bitches notably includes; Kay Cee Chambers, mother of Kaycee Diva (winner of 17 races) and Kay Cee Power (finalist in 2010 Group Two Maidment Memorial final over 715 and a winner of 24 races). Kaycee Diva is currently 6th on the Queensland progressive point score list for 2013, with Sharpe now training one of her most talented offspring; Black Book Bob.Â A winner of 24 races from just 60 starts, the son of legendary Queensland sire Surf Lorian, ran a solid second placing last night at Ipswich over the Â 431m journey.
âIâve had a virus that has gone right through my kennel so he just wasnât himself tonight.â
âI was really happy with his run tonight and he will be back to his best soonâ
Despite Black Book Bobâs stunning success on the track, Sharpe rates his best chaser to date as Kay Size State, a breeding prodigy of legendary racing figure Reg Kay.Â Kay Size State came to the Sharpe kennels with 4 wins under his belt and would go on to produce another 31 victories across a multitude of tracks and distances, providing endless thrills to his family.
ââI got a call to see if I was interesting in buying him and if I could come and watch him trial. He went really well so thatâs how I got him and he was great for usâ
âHe was just a beautiful dog. He had his own personality and he knew he was goodâ
âHe was the sort of dog would make a mess on his bed as soon as you got home from the races because he wasnât happy he got left behindâ
âHeâs now in Argentina at stud and has produced a group winner which is great to seeâ
Sharpe recently contested the Group One Vic Peters series at Wentworth Park with another star of his kennel; Placid Planet. A son of Cosmic Rumble and Bogie Angel, this talented youngster who is just 22 months of age, recorded a scorching 29.86 at Albion Park last month and already has 5 wins to his name from 15 starts.
âHe’s got plenty of ability but still does a lot wrong in his races which is just from experienceâ
âHe will be a better stayer than a sprinter, so Iâll just keep working on him and hopefully he can keep improving because he’s still very youngâ
Put the name Troy Sharpe in your black book, as this talented trainer is set to end the year with a bang and continue his run as one of Queenslandâs most dominant trainers.
This Thursday night Racing Queenslandâs premier greyhound track Albion Park hosts 6 heats of the 2013 Group 1 Sky Racing Brisbane Cup.
The event, a highlight in the greyhound calendar every year, has again attracted a number of quality chasers including Australiaâs best greyhound Xylia Allen. The heats are littered with quality chasers, including recent performers from the Melbourne Cup, Ipswich Cup and Lismore Cup series.
Race 3 â Sky Racing Brisbane Cup – Heat 1 â 7:28pm Qld time
Brilliant field to kick off heat one highlighted by interstate raider Iona Seven for leading Victorian mentor Robert Britton. The black 27 kilogram chaser has been wonderful throughout her race career, the highlight being her recent Group 1 Melbourne Cup final. She was well fancied in betting for the final before suffering at the first turn scrimmage finishing an unlucky last. A fast bitch who has raced the cream of Australiaâs best chasers â will be well supported to progress to the final after drawing outside the field in box 8.
Leading the local charge is the Frank Hancock trained Battistuzzi. A member of the outstanding Collision â Dulcinea litter, he has been the standout of a great litter winning 8 of his 16 career starts. Brilliant at Albion Park he is a front running greyhound who is capable of breaking the magical 30 seconds week in and week out. The Gold Coast Cup finalist and Lismore Cup finalists is a group class capable of winning here â especially drawn in box 6 and having the vacant box inside him.
Owner Len Antonio has had a remarkable run with his two super bitches Regal Lauryn and Miss Lauryn (Surf Lorian â Queen Lorian). In the first heat, Miss Lauryn lines up in box 1 for leading conditioner Tony Brett. The beautifully bred chaser is a recent Lismore Cup finalist. A fast 29.96PB indicates her ability and she can go faster if the breaks come her way, especially with the draw.
Top Story (Knocka Norris â Bomber Babe) is also a chance after coming up with box 3. Trained by Sandra Hunt the track specialist may be out of sorts of late but cannot be discounted despite the quality here.
Race 4 â Sky Racing Brisbane Cup – Heat 2 â 7:46pm Qld time
Robert Britton continues the Group 1 Brisbane Cup assault with his second interstate raider Farmor Las Vegas. Drawn in box 4 the black son of Knocka Norris â Farmor Cee You continues on the group path, heading north after the Melbourne Cup series. Unlucky in his heat he failed to make the final. He is a multiple group finalist and the winner of 16 races, a speed greyhound who looks well placed to progress to the final, despite having never raced here. Will benefit from the vacant box to his outside.
Returned Queenslander Frosty Jay Jay heads back to the track where he made his name after a recent Victorian Campaign. The campaign probably didnât get the recognition that was hoped but he did make the Group 2 Geelong Cup Final. Now back in the kennel with Renald Attard, the son of Knocka Norris â Slick Hannah is in great condition as evidenced by his flying 29.65 trial here last week. A wonderful greyhound who only needs to reproduce that to win here. Winning chance from box 3.
4 year old chaser Bellagio Lad is racing as well as he did when he started his career and looks another strong each way chance after drawing box 1. Trained by Queensland icon Ron Ball the veteran chaser has been outstanding throughout his career and continues to impress as evident by his sub 30 sec PB run here in September 2013. 79 starts for 15 wins and 28 placingâs â a wonderful competitor who looks well an each way chance again.
Race 5 â Sky Racing Brisbane Cup – Heat 3 â 8:08pm Qld time
Surfinâ Kawati (Surf Lorian â Tarzaneâs Girl) draws box 4 in heat 3 for Coominya owner trainer Lois Neal. The 30 kilogram chaser is coming off a successful Ipswich Cup campaign where he started 2nd favourite in the final. No luck in the race saw him finish down the field. Prior to that Neal had him setting the track alight with 3 BON performances, including 2 here in sub 30 sec performances. Fast greyhound who only needs a little luck early to progress. Deserves a group final and win.
Interstate raider Gold Town returns to Queensland for another shot at group glory for Lara trainer Jenny Hunt. Recent form is outstanding including a second in the Melbourne Cup heats behind eventual winner Black Magic Opal and a second in the listed final on cup night behind Tomac Bale. Has had the benefit of having a race start here previously and is well drawn in box 1. The winner of 19 races from 62 career starts â looks a strong chance.
Brian McKivat continues the northern campaign with Clonakilty Man after no luck in the recent Ipswich Cup heats. Prior to heading north the son of Vee Man Vane â Gibbo Gold tasted back to back success in fast times at Wentworth Park. A sub 30 second trial here last week indicates his ability. Drawn in box 7 will need some early luck but is a quality up and coming chaser, a win would not surprise.
Race 6 â Sky Racing Brisbane Cup â Heat 4 â 8:28pm Qld time
=Honey Bouquet draws ideally in the cherry box for Beachmere trainer John Conlon. The 3 year old daughter of Bit Chili â Honey Mist was unlucky in the Ipswich Cup series disqualified for the final after a marring offence. Did win her heat in a race that needed to be seen to be believed. The 28 kilo chaser has been in outstanding form of late, including fast Best 8 successes here and sub 30 sec wins. The winner of a string on end, will just need to be switched on to win progress here
Lismore Cup and Ipswich Cup winner Regal Lauryn continues on her group mission lining up in box 6. Owned by Len Antonio and trained by Tony Brett the daughter of Surf Lorian â Queen Lauryn has been in outstanding form of late winning group heats and finals at her previous four starts. A brilliant greyhound with wonderful ability she does like to use plenty of the track in her races but can win from anywhere. The winner of 17 from 34 starts expect a bold showing from the pin up girl of Queensland racing.
Melbourne Cup finalist and Ready 2 Race success story Kiss Me Ketut journeys north for the first time drawing box 8 for South Geelong owner trainer David Burnett. Much has been written about the $20,000 race purchase who has been successful 13 of his 28 starts including contesting the Group 1 Melbourne Cup final. Having his first start at the track he will be afforded some room early after drawing box 8.
Heat 4 is an outstanding heat with many wonderful chaser engaged capable of winning and progressing to the final. Dulcie Dee for Edith Hancock is another of Collision â Dulcinea litter who can light up a race track with blistering times and performances. Spirited Flame was a recent second in the Ipswich Cup final and canât be discounted. Not to forget Thunder Rocks engaged in box 5, a great chaser in great form of late being a reserve for the Ipswich Cup final for Stephen and Deborah Arnold.
Race 7 â Sky Racing Brisbane Cup â Heat 5 â 8:52pm Qld time
Australiaâs best greyhound Xylia Allen headlines heat 5 for Lara trainer Jenny Hunt. The multiple group winner and finalist comes off an unlucky Melbourne Cup campaign when second in her heat behind fellow Brisbane Cup contender Kiss Me Ketut. The Shootout winner is a regular traveller who has raced the best throughout her illustrious career. The 13 time group finalist is owned by the Wheeler family and looks a strong chance to progress to another group final despite drawing awkwardly in box 5.
Bracken Ridge mentor Darren Titmarsh will look to upset the favourite with his up and coming chaser Late Angle Lee. The son of Late Show Lee â Rocklynnâs Angel is coming off a last start flying 29.67 BON win here when winning by 8 and a half lengths. The powerful finisher is a sub 35 second greyhound over the 600m and with his strength the race between him and Xylia Allen could be mouth-watering. 22 starts for 7 wins and 8 placings, will have to contend with box 4 but a win is not out of the question.
Gold Coast Cup reservist Spirits Away (Runâs House â Spirit Released) lines up in heat 5 for Southbrook trainer Paul Haig. The Phillip Muller owned chaser has had a remarkably consistent career and comes here off a last start 30.01PB here. A greyhound who can be tardy early, she does have good race sense and with her consistency cannot be discounted should interference strike the favourite.
Race 8 â Sky Racing Brisbane Cup â Heat 6 â 9:11pm Qld time
Winter Cup finalist and Victorian speedster Tomac Bale returns north for another shot at Queensland group racing glory. The Mark Delbridge trained and Wheeler owned greyhound has been a revelation throughout his short career winning 13 of his 24 career starts. A group winner drawn ideally in box 1. Has had the benefit of track, travel and race experience â looks well placed in this final heat.
The wonderful career of White Hornet looks set to continue in the 6th and final heat for Park Ridge mentor Ray Burman. His last start disappointment when unlucky in the Ipswich Cup Final is the only blight on an otherwise remarkable young career. Just 2 years of age White Hornet has recorded 11 wins and 7 placingâs from only 23 career starts. Group performer who is ultra-consistent and looks another strong chance despite drawing box 6.
Morayfield trainer Shane Ellis continues the Albion Park campaign with his wonderful sprinter Zipping Hurf. After no luck in the heats of the Ipswich cup, the son of Mantra Lad â Or Catra has won his last two in outstanding fashion here including a last start 29.84PB. Another group campaign and another poor box draw, in box 4 he loves the track and trip winning 10 and placing 5 from 20 starts here.
Box 5 starter Semi Earner (High Earner â Seminole) will look to continue on her improved form after her recent Ipswich Cup final where she finished 6th behind Regal Lauryn. The former Victorian is back at home in the Willow Vale base of Selena Zammit. A consistent greyhound better known over the middle distance but not without a chance here.
The six heats look set to highlight a wonderful night of racing at Queenslandâs premier track with the first heat to kick off at 7:28pm Qld time. The six heat winners and 2 fastest seconds will progress to the Group 1 and $75,000 to the winner final Thursday week where Racing Queensland will be hoping a large crowd can gather for one of their showpiece events.
On a Saturday afternoon when wild storms lashed most parts of South East Queensland, fans of Queensland Racing held their collective breaths in the hope that any wild weather would not stop the running of the 2013 Group 3 Ipswich Gold Cup Final. Earlier in the day hail the size of tennis balls lashed parts of the state â but at 10.04 pm Qld time it was Regal Lauryn who was lashing up the spoils of Group 3 victory.
Punters had trouble pre-race deciding on a favourite, with most money split between fastest heat winner Surfinâ Kawati (box 5) and Regal Lauryn (box 8) â the money coming late and hard for the Tony Brett trained speedster who would start at $1.90 on the local tote. The only other runner under double figures was box 1 hope â Semi Earner. With competition for the early running vital in deciding the outcome of the $25,000 to the winner final, all eyes were on the start as the eight finalists exploded from the boxes and chased the bunny past the post for the first time.
Jumping well from box 2 Swap took a front running position with Regal Lauryn jumping well from the outside and having plenty of room. The race scrimmaged around the first corner affecting many chances including Surfinâ Kawati who didnât jump well. Along the back straight and it appeared a race in two as Swap narrowly lead the favourite. Punters would have had high hopes with the favourite, with the late money suggesting that she could compete back to back group victories after her recent Lismore Cup success. Box 4 chance Captain Clarrie was making ground but was giving the others a big start and for the others they appeared to be racing for third after having no luck.
Into the home straight and it was Regal Lauryn who put the pedal down racing right away for a very impressive 6 length victory. Swap ran a terrific race for second with Captain Clarrie a close third. The winner ran a brilliant 30.26 for the Gold Cup win, eclipsing the previous race record of 30.34.
Prepared by leading Queensland mentor Tony Brett, the beautifully bred daughter of Surf Lorian â Queen Lauryn added to her already impressive resume. The black chaser has now won 9 of 11 at the Ipswich showgrounds and 17 from 34 overall. With the $25,000 in first prizemoney it takes her career tally to $110,000.
Last Saturday night the Ipswich Greyhound Club hosted six sensational Gold Cup heats for this weekendâs feature Group 3 final. With the 6 first placegetters and 2 fastest seconds progressing to the final, controversy surrounds the event following the suspension of heat winner Honey Bouquet for a first marring offence.
The Stewards report taken from the Greyhound Racing Qld website is reproduced below:
Race 7 â Ipswich Gold Cup Heat 4 520m
Shortly after the start HONEY BOUQUET shifted ground inwards. Approaching the winning post on the 1st occasion ZIPPING HURF was tightened for racing room between CEE EH OH and HONEY BOUQUET. Entering the bottom turn as a result of CLONAKILTY MAN shifting ground outwards CEE EH OH, RUSH OF POWER, HONEY BOUQUET and ZIPPING HURF were hampered in running with ZIPPING HURF losing ground. Approaching the 630m boxes CEE EH OH and ZIPPING HURF were racing tight and bumping losing ground. Racing over the concluding stages HONEY BOUQUET improved on the inside of YOGI BLUE and commenced shifting ground outwards, turned its heads outwards and made muzzle contact with YOGI BLUE on 1 occasion marring the running of YOGI BLUE.
Stewards spoke to the trainer of HONEY BOUQUET Mr. J Conlon and advised Mr. Conlon that the greyhound HONEY BOUQUET would be charged under Rule 69 (1) (a) Marring, 1st offence, and stood down for a period of 28 days plus a satisfactory stewardsâ trial 520m all tracks.
The outdated rule that dogs found guilty of marring not being disqualified needs to change â the cost is too great for those other greyhound in the race being affected. Take last Saturdayâs heat. Though it was visible to everyone watching the event live and on the slow motion replays, Honey Bouquet marred. At the conclusion of the race her trainer was informed that she had been stood down and suspended. She would not take her place in the final. Despite this â and because of this outdated rule â she still wins the race. Then because it is a heat race she is drawn for the Group 3 final. She is immediately scratched from box 3 and the first reserve takes her place in the final. This racing rule lacks common sense.
Where is the compensation for those greyhounds directly affected by Honey Bouquetâs performance? Those who were competing in the same race? Admittedly Honey Bouquet should have won her race easily. It was an enormous run and great performance, she made wonderful ground to peg back the leaders to win by the narrowest of margins.
Should Yogi Blue who finished second to Honey Bouquet been afforded the win and the place in the final? Why do stewards conduct a box draw on track with a greyhound that they have just suspended? When will the rules change to disqualify greyhounds from their race performances where they have been found guilty of marring and other like offences?
The victim in this instance is clearly Yogi Blue. While he didnât perform to his best in last weekendâs heat race he does have an exceptional record at Ipswich including a super-fast 30.28PB here. That time is the second fastest of all the finalists. Only Surfinâ Kawati has run quicker â 30.19 PB set in his heat win which is the 4th fastest of all time at the track and trip. Changes need to be made. At his best Yogi Blue would be considered a strong chance â his race and chance will never be run.
Coincidentally, Yogi Blue was suspended in September 2013 for the SA Derby Final when second in his heat behind up and coming SA superdog Ernie Bung Arrow. The reason – Failing to Pursue due to injury. He was never drawn for the final after stewards made the decision to hold the draw over until the following morning. Perhaps a similar decision could have been made here with Honey Bouquet.
Nevertheless the race will go on and Saturday night will see the 2013 Group 3 Ipswich Gold Cup Champion crowned. The winner will join the list of past winners including: 1987 winner and great New Tears, 1989 winner Acacia Ablaze for trainer Brian McEvoy, 2003 winner Freedom Bale for an up and coming trainer Tom Tzouvelis and 2011 winner Cold Fusion who saluted in a race record 30.34 for trainer Neil Falls.
The finalists in box draw order:
Box 1 â Semi Earner (High Earner â Seminole)
Ex Victorian Semi Earner draws the cherry box for the group final after finishing a close second behind Swap in last weekendâs heat. Trained by Selena Zammit out of her Willow Vale base, the daughter of ill-fated sire High Earner has had a wonderful career registering 10 wins. Better known for racing over the middle distance events, the Ipswich 520m is a tough 520m and with her strength she will be running on strongly. Yet to win here she looks a place chance.
Box 2 â Swap (Collision â Velocity Miss)
Heat winner in a solid 30.54 PB winning by a length despite starting at big odds of $24.00 and being awkwardly drawn in box 4. Trained by Glen Smith he has an outstanding track and distance record with 13 starts resulting in 5 wins and 4 placingâs. Raced by the Velocity Lodge Partnership he is a live each way chance after coming up with a favourable box draw in box 2. Three wins in succession indicates his ability and he is racing in peak form. Quick early and runs a nice race here where his running and racing style perfectly suits the showgrounds circuit.
Box 3 â Honey Bouquet (Bit Chili â Honey Mist)
Box 4 â Captain Clarrie (Elite And Classy â Where Are You)
The Peter Reutschi trained chaser produced a 30.63PB in his heat win last week when jumping well from box 8 in his all the way win. The 520m looks as far as he wants to go and he was paddling to the line when just hanging on. Draws box 4 in the final. The winner of 14 races with 9 placings from 37 career starts, the small 30 kilogram black dog has been another honest chaser throughout his race career winning $32,000 in prizemoney. Consistent and not without a chance.
Box 5 â Surfinâ Kawati (Surf Lorian – Tarzane’s Girl)
The Lois Neal owned and trained Surfinâ Kawati made it win 3 wins in succession when destroying his heat in a best of night 30.19 PB by 7 lengths after leading throughout. Fast early it was a dominant display from the boxes to the catching pen for the son of Surf Lorian. Racing in career best form it followed from his two previous sub 30 sec BON performances at Albion Park. Peaking at the right time and in career best form he looks to be the dog to beat, despite drawing box 5. The jump will decide his chances in the final and followers will hope he has luck early and from there all eyes will be on the clock for times and margins. Deserves a win like this.
Box 6 â Not Held (Mogambo – Velocity Held)
The Shane Ellis trained chaser finished a close 2nd in his heat when losing by the narrowest of margins to Captain Clarrie who he just failed to run down in the straight. In a race full of interference it was a good performance for the consistent chaser who lines up in Box 6 for the final. It is the second finalist for the Velocity Lodge Partnership. 26 career starts for 10 wins and 7 placingâs and close to $20,000 in prizemoney. A bread and butter chaser who may need luck from this draw â each way.
Box 7 â Spirited Flame (Vapour Whirl â Fire Goddess)
Despite winning his heat in the slowest time, it was a great performance by Box 7 finalist Spirited Flame who copped a number of bumps and checks throughout â overpowering them to the line in a blanket finish. The white and black bitch looked a little lost throughout the race and it was no surprise as she hadnât been to Ipswich for a long time. The winner of $80,000 in prizemoney, she has a wonderful career record of 21 wins from 51 starts. Owner and trained by Christopher Riordon â she can win this despite her poor box speed.
Box 8 â Regal Lauryn (Surf Lorian â Queen Lauryn)
Brilliant heat winner in a fast 30.28PB after leading throughout from box 6. The recent Lismore Cup winner is looking to go back to back cups after drawing ideally in Box 8 for the final. She is beautifully bred being by Surf Lorian â Queen Lauryn â the dam being the Queensland great and holding the Ipswich Track Record at a supersonic 30.01. The winner of 8 from 10 here, and 16 from 33 overall she has already accumulated $85,000 in prizemoney throughout her short race career. In the hands of leading mentor Tony Brett she looks a strong winning chance despite her tendency to use all of the track.
Box 9 (Box 3) â White Hornet (Cosmic Rumble â Skinny Magic)
Park Ridge trainer Ray Burmanâs luck continues in 2013 with his young chaser White Hornet being afforded the advantage of Honey Bouquetâs suspension. Drawn as the reserve White Hornet will start in box 3 for the final â the same box he competed from in his heat when second behind fastest heat winner Surfinâ Kawati. Just 2 years of age White Hornet has recorded 11 wins from just 22 career starts, including 6 starts here for 3 wins and 3 seconds. Second successive group 3 final after recently finishing second at Albion Park in the Group 3 Gold Coast Cup final behind brilliant speed bitch Punch One Out. Each Way chance.
Box 10 â Thunder Rocks (Surf Lorian â Kaycee Diva)
The Stephen Arnold owner and trained chaser had a wonderful heat when a gallant second behind Regal Lauryn. It was a wonderful training performance to have the November 2010 son of Surf Lorian reverse his recent form where he has raced without luck at headquarters, including in his heat of the Group 3 Gold Coast Cup. A career record of 57 starts for 7 wins and 20 placings. Slow early but chasers hard and is an each way chance if he can gain a start in the final.
Selections â 5 â 8 â 9 – 2
The Ipswich Gold Cup Final is race 8 on a full 10 card program this Saturday night at Ipswich. Racing in the later timeslot â the race will be run and won at 10.04pm Qld time. ARG wishes all connections the best of luck for the final.
In times of disaster individuals can still find hope. And so it was on 11th of January 2011 â on a day when friends and family lost four of their houses, Tammy Stuhmcke had just whelped her first litter of pups. A litter of 8 by champion race dog Dashing Corsair out of lightly raced bitch Razolin Bond.
âIt was January 2011 and the peak of the Ipswich floods. I was parked up the end of the street watching Mumâs house go under water. I had the pups in the car with me and I knew then that even with tragedy all around that these pups were going to be special.â Tammy told Australian Racing Greyhound after her biggest thrill in greyhound racing.
It was 9 years ago that Tammy and her childhood sweetheart and husband Jason, starting running the Ipswich Pet Food Shop â West Moreland Pet Supplies. Being located in a greyhound region, dog people would come by and the racing bug would eventually take hold and sink in. Through the pet food store they made their first greyhound contacts and naturally they acquired their first couple of greyhounds. The Stuhmckeâs bought some cheap race dogs and tasted limited success. Like most, it’s this limited success that starts the passion and life changes forever.
âWe battled along for a number of years until finally we thought we had the knowledge and experience to breed a litter of our ownâ Tammy said. Through their involvement in the industry they had met Ray Nelson. “Unfortunately Ray passed away around the same time we bought his ex-racing bitch, Razolin Bond. We purchased her with a decision made that we would give her a litter and breed with her.â
Razolin Bond (Bond â Razolin) was a very lightly raced bitch who retired undefeated. Two starts for two wins over the 431m at Ipswich, albeit in moderate times. Looking through the family line, there were lots of named pups who never raced; lots of non-starters. Hayley as she is affectionately known around home showed Tammy something â the breeding gamble that they had to take.
Breeding decision time; how do you choose a sire? For the Stuhmckeâs it was easy. âWe wanted a dog that could both sprint and stay. He had to have been an iron dog. He had to have raced consistently, and had to have had more than only a handful a starts. Who else but Harry!â
Harry, who Tammy now calls a friend; is the champion greyhound Dashing Corsair. The Queensland champ raced by Desley Williams and Paddy Fitch. The 2010 Queensland Greyhound of the Year, the only greyhound to have won both the National Sprint (2009) and National Distance (2011) finals. A remarkable fawn chaser who started 124 times for 57 wins, 16 seconds and 14 thirds. 18 group finals and a bank balance in excess of $455,000 dollars.
Harry was still racing when he served Razolin Bond, and in January 2011, 8 healthy pups were whelped. Tammy and Jason did it all on their own. Immediately, the pups became part of the family and they were reared that way too. “They were always given the best of everything!â
On the night of his final race start â the 2011 National Distance Final, Tammy bought the pups into the lounge room to watch and cheer on their dad. Harry, like his entire career before then had never let anyone down and for his final race start it would be the same. He would retire on top winning the Group 1 National Distance Final at Albion Park – a track where he would salute 33 times eclipsing the long standing record of champion Winged Runner. At the time of Dashing Corsais’s final victory Tammy took a moment and looked at her litter of pups, walking around the lounge room making themselves at home – again she had a thought much like she did the day they were born â Tammy believed that she had something special.
The pups would continue to be reared at the Stuhmcke property, and when the time came Jason and Tammy broke them in themselves. âIt didnât matter what they showed, I wasnât nervous during the break-in. They would be loved no matter what they did on the race track and would have homes for life.â Tammy said. For the Stuhmckeâs – race wins are the icing on the cake â their thrill is the love of their dogs that has them involved.
The slowest of the break-inâs was a brindle dog affectionately known as Manu â Tammy had a soft spot for him and taught him some tricks. âI had taught him to high 5 me after he had trialed. He would come into the catching pen and I would stick out my hand and he would high 5 me” laughed Tammy. He was named like the remainder of the litter and would grace the track as Dashing Man.
Dashing Man set the race track alight with his best of day debut win at Ipswich in 30.68. A wonderful time for any class of greyhound let alone a maiden. The Stuhmckeâs knew then they had a dog with potential. The excitement of his first win was soured at his second start when he finished a distant second. It wasnât the result that worried Tammy more the time. âHe went a lot slower than he was capable of. I knew then that I didnât have the ability to train a greyhound of his potential. He needed a trainer who could give him the time and attention that he deserved.â It was this realisation that would set Dashing Man on to bigger and better things.
Tammy was given the names of up and coming Victorian trainers Jamie and Brooke Ennis. They operated a small team from their Lara base and it sounded ideal â Manu wouldnât suit a big kennel. Contact was made and Jamie told Tammy to put Dashing Man straight onto the plane. After a handful of Queensland starts Manu was leaving the only home he had ever known. Little did anyone know what would happen next.
Dashing Man started his Victorian career with aplomb, running a solid second for his Victorian debut at Geelong before having luck in the final the following week when he would finish 6th. He was then taken to town where the big stages make or break a dog – it made him. He would soon salute at The Meadows, Sandown and Cranbourne. He was finishing off his races like his dad, strong and full of running. In August 2013 he was stepped up to middle distance and he hasnât looked back since, becoming one of Victoriaâs and Australiaâs most consistent chasers.
Fast BOD wins at The Meadows, Sandown and Ballarat – he was flying and he was consistent. He had no luck in the Hume Cup heats at the Meadows but was invited to contest the recent invitation only Group 3 Sir John Dillon Memorial at Sandown. A race worth $25,000 to the winner. The Stuhmckeâs first group finalists, their biggest thrill to date. Dashing Manâs biggest test, and the first Dashing Corsair offspring to contest a group final.
By now Harry’s trainer Desley Williams and Tammy were great friends, speaking regularly and keeping in touch via social media. Tammy knew the closeness and relationship that Desley had with her champion chaser. This race would be a big night for everyone involved with Dashing Man and Dashing Corsair â everyone who believed that good things should happen to good people.
In the final, the race favourite was the inform recent Meadows track record breaker Bookkeeper who was drawn in box 8 but Manu would have his supporters despite drawing awkwardly in box 4. As the boxes opened, Manu surprised all and came out full of running, quickly settling in second behind the front running Gambo Girl – it was a good position because he loves to rail. Bookkeeper had moved to third and was close enough if good enough. It was a thrilling race and as Tammy had always believed about this litter, something special was about to happen. Dashing Man ran down a gallant Gambo Girl to win by half a head. Rob Testa called it and Tammy knew despite the judge calling for the photo. âI was so excited, I told Jason that he had won. I was yelling at Jason… Rob Testa never gets it wrong, Rob Testa never gets it wrong!â And so he didnât â Dashing Man would claim the group 3 title, his first group win and Harryâs first pup to win a group race. It was also the first group win for exciting young trainer Brooke Ennis.
Manu registered his 9th win from just the 28 career starts, a group 3 victory and took his career prizemoney to $71,000. It was the Stuhmckeâs biggest thrill. âItâs exciting â I love the racing game whether it winning a race like this or winning a maiden at Ipswich. Every win is a thrill and I just love seeing the dogs perform to their full potential. Win or lose I love them just the same â they are family.â
When Razolin Bond came on season again, the decision on a sire was an easy one. “How could we not go back to Harry?” And so they did, with 12 pups whelped in July 2013. Like the litter racing now, every one of these pups will be loved and given every opportunity to reach its full potential. The Stuhmckeâs wouldnât have it any other way.
The 2013 Ipswich Cup has attracted the cream of Queensland chasers together with a number of up and coming potential superstars. This Saturday night 6 full heats highlight a great Saturday night of racing at the Ipswich Showgrounds Circuit. While the attention and focus of Queensland racing of late has been a lack of direction and leadership, the quality heats are a welcome distraction for the disarray facing the Queensland greyhound industry.
This year 24 different sires have produced the 48 offspring who will contest the 6 heats. As always, Queensland racing is dominated by the champion sires of years gone by â Surf Lorian (9 starters), Collision (6), Cosmic Rumble (4) and Whereâs Pedro (3). More exciting, this year 14 sires will have just the 1 starter including greats like Bombastic Shiraz and Big Daddy Cool, and lessor known stud dogs like Vee Man Vane â sire of Banjo Boy, Cool Effort and Special Phantom.
With perfect conditions expected, and each of the heats have a number of winning chances, the racing is sure to be exciting as the dogs explode from the boxes.
Race 3 – ROBâELLE HAIR DESIGNERS CUP HEAT 1 520m â 8.52pm Qld time
The Lois Neal owned and trained Surfinâ Kawati has been in brilliant form of late winning his past two Albion Park starts in blistering fashion with 29.71 BON and 29.81 BON times. The February 2011 son of Surf Lorian has always been a dog with outstanding ability but at times has lacked consistency. Neal looks to have found what works and he is in career best form. He looks almost impossible to beat after drawing box 1. A personal best 30.54 here is an indication of his ability but he can go much faster and he looks a good chance to win his heat and the group 3 title.
Park Ridge trainer Ray Burman has had a wonderful 2013 with his name in the winners list most race days. Leading the way has been his wonderful litter of Cosmic Rumble â Skinny Magic pups, the best performed being White Hornet. The White and Black November 2011 dog may have just turned 2 but he has already recorded 11 wins from 21 starts and close to $40,000 in prizemoney including a recent 2nd place finish in the Group 3 Gold Coast Cup final beyond speed bitch Punch One Out. Drawing box 3, he has a wonderful career record, especially here where has recorded 5 starts resulting in 3 wins and 2 seconds including a fast 30.60 PB.
Hanson Houdini for Tamborine trainer Geoff Allen looks another greyhound capable of winner and he looks like he will be well supported to topple the logical favourite. Drawn ideally in box 2, he does have a 30.69 PB here that was set in September. Only a small dog at 30 kilograms he hasnât shown the best box speed, but he does possess wonderful ability to move through a race field as evidences by his short track success. A smart chaser and in strong hands â he looks a solid each way chance.
Race 4 – MCPHERSON MECHANICAL CUP HEAT 2 520m – 9.11pm Qld time
A wonderful heat race full of outstanding quality and on paper it appears that there are a number of winning chances. It looks like the winner will be the greyhound who gets the luck at the right stages, including those who can avoid any first corner interference. Regal Lauryn for master trainer Tony Brett will start a deserved favourite after her recent Lismore Cup success. Drawn poorly in box 6 she has an abundance of talent on the racetrack and is beautifully bred being by Surf Lorian from the outstanding bitch Queen Lauryn. A brilliant career record, highlighted at the track and trip which reads 9 starts for 7 wins and 1 second including a remarkable 30.32 PB. A repeat of that performance will ensure that whatever beats her wins.
Stay The Night for Greenbank trainer Robert Essex will look to challenge the Brett express after drawing the striped rug. The rising 4 year old has been a wonderful dog for the Cool Eskyâs Partnership and loves the track and trip where he recorded 9 wins and 20 placingâs from 36 starts. $30,000 in prizemoney tops off his impressive record and it would be no surprise to see him perform well as he reaches the twilight of his career.
Rob Ball is no stranger to having fast dogs and the next litter from super producer Ultra Swift will look to replace the last headlined by the talented Flick Pass who lines up in box 4. The last start Albion Park winner (30.04 BON) will be having his first start at Ipswich but he will be well schooled and educated. He is possible of recording a fast debut win here. The winner of 6 from 13 he looks a dog to follow.
Leading trainer and owner partnership of Col Byers and Dallas Beckett head to the boxes with well performed Rockhampton sprinter Spring Money. The black dog will jump in the pink rug and while his two Brisbane starts have looked disappointing his Rockhampton 510m wins were anything but. He will have the benefit of having been settled into his new surroundings for the past month and Byers definitely knows how to get his chasers to win around the showgrounds circuit. An interesting runner who will be at value odds â a wonderfully talented greyhound who looks set to enjoy rich success around the south east corner based on his ability.
Race 5 – JACKWITZ FARMS CUP HEAT 3 520m – 9.26pm Qld time
Another outstanding heat race with a number of quality chasers engaged, the winner possible to come from any box and runner. Owner Leslie Bein has been a wonderful supporter of Queensland Racing and tasted success at the top level with his past champions. Young greyhound Placid Planet looks to be continuing on his good success as he develops into a quality chaser in the Troy Sharpe kennel. It will pay to forget his last run at Wentworth Park where he had no luck â he will benefit from that experience and he has a wonderful 30.47 PB here. By Cosmic Rumble â Bogie Angel he is only a baby but could be one of the best Cosmic Rumble prodigy if he can keep it going.
Wonderful producer Elite Oriental has thrown another promising pup in the Reg Kay owned and trained Rickshaw Rosie (box 6). The brilliant speedster has started at the track 5 times for 5 wins, albeit over the 431m trip. The 520m looks to be as far as she wants to go but she is in the hands of the master trainer and if anyone can produce a greyhound on the day its Reg Kay. A beautiful 25 kilogram lightweight bitch who looks to have a big future both on the race track and in future breeding.
Byers and Beckett team up again with box 3 chance â Coin Of Phrase. Like his litter brother in the previous heat Coin Of Phrase has been educated at Rockhampton where he performed with aplomb. This is the better of the two brothers, with Beckett knocking back Melbourne offers for the son of Surf Lorian â Spring Penny who has faced the starter on 15 occasionâs for 6 wins and 5 placingâs. A fall in Rockhampton prior to heading south, he has had the benefit of 3 runs at the track where he has recorded a best time of 30.83. A greyhound to follow and can go a lot quicker than we have seen so far â one to follow.
Itâs been a long time since Spirited Flame journeyed around Ipswich but he does have a good record here. The winner of close to $80,000 in prizemoney he has been an outstanding chaser throughout his 50 start career. Out of form of late, if he can reproduce his form from earlier this year he will be a strong winning chance as he exits box 2 in the striped rug.
Beenleigh mentor Anne Southee engages Never Tell back over the 520m trip after campaigning over the distances of late. The exciting sprinter / stayer and son of El Galo and Georgia Anne has a fast 30.53 PB here, recorded in April 2012. Drawn widely in box 8 if he can avoid any trouble and interference he has the ability to power to the line late. With 8 wins from 14 starts at the track and trip a win cannot be discounted.
Race 7 – ANDREW SHEEAN’S PLASTERING CUP HEAT 4 520m – 9.59pm Qld time
Another quality heat race with lots of winning chances â the big query runner being box 5 chaser Clonakilty Man from Marulan trainer Brian McKivat. The March 2011 son of Vee Man Vane comes to Queensland after winning his last 2 starts at Wentworth Park, both in sub 30 second times, including 29.78 and 29.91. They are exciting runs at NSW premier track and it appears obvious that this has been a series targeted for the talented 35 kilogram chaser. Unknown if he has trialled on the track but does have a winning chance despite being allocated the visitor draw.
Yogi Blue draws box 1 for Yamanto trainer Peter OâReilly. The son on Cool Effort â Opal Assassin has had a great 2013 making a number of feature finals including the recent Group 3 Gold Coast Cup final at Albion Park. Two starts ago won here in best of day 30.72 which is a good freshener for this feature. A super quick 30.28 PB here shows his ability and if he can reproduce that he will be unbeatable after drawing ideally in the cherry box.
The track and distance record of Honey Bouquet looks only ordinary on paper but she is a different greyhound to the one that last campaigned here. Time and experience has made her a top performer and Beachmere mentor John Conlon has her firing with back to back best 8 wins at headquarters. She has a best time over this trip of 30.40 and if she can bring her Albion Park form to Ipswich she will be hard to beat â especially if she jumps from the boxes like she can.
Zipping Hurf looks another winning chance from the 4th heat and he has great track record with a 30.81 PB set May 2013. The Shane Ellis trained chaser has been comfortably beaten behind the flying Surfinâ Kawati of late and if that dog can salute in heat 1 that form may look good for this. Drawn box 6 will need some early luck but can win.
Race 8 – IPSWICH RUGBY LEAGUE CUP HEAT 5 520m – 10.17pm Qld time
Shane Ellis continues his Ipswich Cup campaign with another chance in the 5th heat â Not Held. Drawing box 1 and with a fast 30.40 PB at the track and trip he looks a great chance of qualifying for the rich final. With 25 career starts returning 10 wins and 6 placingâs he will be well supported and fancied to progress. Can definately win despite the tough heat.
Craigie Whistler offspring Russian Red is the query runner here after being allocated box 7 for Placid Hills mentor Deborah Simon. The well-travelled greyhound is back where he started in the kennels of Simon. Southern state success with Kel Greenough in Victoria and John Mundy in South Australia indicates the high opinion placed on the February 2010 whelp. 35 starts for 11 wins and 8 placingâs including a super-fast 30.34 PB set here in April 2012. First Queensland run back the only query and concern â watch the market.
Park Ridge trainer Reg Hazelgrove has had a wonderful time with the offspring of Whirly Storm and one of the best has been box 2 runner Wise Forecast. $65,000 in prizemoney, 24 wins and 14 placingâs from 58 career starts and fast wins at Albion Park and Ipswich just some of the highlights. Recent form looks poor but he likes racing here with 10 top 3 finishes from 12 starts including a super quick 30.29 PB set May 2012. Itâs an open heat with a number of chances and any of the other chasers could salute to no-oneâs surprise.
Race 9 – DIRTY DOG SUNGLASS SHAK CUP HEAT 6 520m – 10.37pm Qld time
Grandchester mentor and leading trainer Tony Brett will start super bitch Miss Lauryn in the 6th and final heat after she came up with box 3. A daughter of Queensland great Queen Lauryn she too is coming off a Lismore Cup campaign where she was unlucky in the final behind her litter sister Regal Lauryn. Drawn well beside the fast beginner in Cecil Henry she will be afforded room to move early and looks a strong winning chance to progress to yet another feature final. She will only need to repeat her brilliant 30.33 PB here to win.
Ipswich track specialist and greyhound of the year contender Black Book Bob steps up the 520 m trip for the first time in this the final heat. The 3 year old son of Surf Lorian â Kaycee Diva has been in wonderful short track form stringing together another picket fence of wins. Overall his career record stands at 58 starts for 24 wins and 17 placingâs with 17 of those wins at the showgrounds circuit. The 520m looks as far as he wants to go but Troy Sharpe is known for getting his dogs to perform when it counts.
Darren Russell has another strong chaser in his kennel with box 8 sprinter Mysterious Thing. The 2 year old bitch is in outstanding form, as evidences by a recent 29.85 win at Albion Park when successful from box 2. Drawn out wide here, she has a fast 30.50 PB set in August 2013. Not yet a consistent week in week out performer, she does have lots of ability and if she brings her best form to this she will prove hard to beat.
South Maclean mentor Gregory Brennan brings Albion Park specialist Cecil Henry to Ipswich for the first time and he comes up with a favourable draw in box 2. The December 2010 son of Collision â Millennium has brilliant box speed and will be looking to lead the field early. The recent Group 3 Gold Coast Cup finalist has had no luck of late and the change of scenery may assist in sparking more race track success.
Box 4 runner Swap looks another chance in the final heat for trainer Glenn Smith. The well performed son of Collision – Velocity Miss has a best time of 30.58 here where he has also recorded 4 wins and 4 placingâs from 12 starts. Winning 2 of his last 4 race track appearances he is in good form and looks an each way chance for the Velocity Lodge Partnership.
It looks a great night of racing at Ipswich this Saturday night with a big crowd expected on track for both the Ipswich Cup heats and the Corporate Dollars Final. With fast times expected expect the conditions to be hot on and off the track. ARG wishes all trainers and connections the best of luck.
Last Thursday Queenslandâs Premier Club hosted four heats of the Group 3 Gold Coast Cup series with the first and second place getters progressing to this weeks $25,000 to the winner final. On a perfect night for racing, the time standard was set by the brilliant Jettaâs Girl for leading trainer Tony Brett who stopped the clock in a very fast 29.79.Â It was an awesome display of box speed by the recent Ipswich Track Recorder holder (431m) as she exploded from the boxes in a lightning 5.57 first section.
With the track in wonderful condition the four heats showed their class and ability with only lengths separating each of the 4 heat winners.Â Prior to the heats Racing Queensland would have been disappointed in another feature series failing to attract full fields and big name greyhounds.Â The greyhounds that competed are chasers with above average ability, but despite these local chasers, the event wasnât supported by interstate trainers and runners as in years gone by.Â It is yet another problem facing the administrators in a struggling Queensland Racing environment.
The highlight of the night was the early speed on display with some lightning quick first sectionals.Â Prior to the bunny rolling past the boxes for this weekâs final, it looks on paper that whichever grey can jump cleanest and quickest may be the one to claim victory and Group 3 success.
Group 3 Gold Coast Cup Final â 520m â Albion Park
Box 1Â â Battistuzzi (Collision â Dulcinea)
Heat winner is a fast 30.12, he was able to wear down early leader Rose Of Galo and Queensland champ Glen Gallon. The veteran of only 10 starts is an up and coming greyhound with plenty of ability as evidenced by his track best 29.86.Â The October 2011 whelp looks a greyhound to follow and with his racing ability and style he looks well placed after coming up with the rails draw.Â Fast early and in the capable hands of Spring Grove trainer Frank Hancock. Winning chance.
Box 2Â â Yogi Blue (Cool Effort â Opal Assassin)
Yamanto trainer Peter OâReilly continues to shine in 2013 with another group finalist in box 2 runner Yogi Blue.Â The April 2011 whelp has been a bread and butter performer throughout his career, returning 6 wins an 11 placingâs from his 31 career starts.Â A recent trip to South Australia seems to have worked wonders for the blue dog as he ran his best race at Albion Park last week when a close second behind Punch One Out.Â From the same box draw this week, he looks an each-way chance to taste victory in his toughest test to date.
Box 3Â â Punch One Out (Knocka Norris â Little Egyptian)
A brilliant final section saw Punch One Out catch early leader Yogi Blue in a fast 29.85 when she took out heat three last week. The beautifully conformed 27 kilo black bitch has been a revelation since first gracing the track when second on debut at Lismore.Â A well-travelled greyhound she is a multiple group finalist, having made feature finals throughout Australia during her 42 start career.Â Having raced against and beaten some of the best greyhounds during her career she looks the one to beat in the final. With 21 wins and 14 placingâs and a bank balance in excess of $100,000 she faces the bunny from the same box as her heat win.Â Great bitch in great hands â the one to beat.
Box 4Â â Cecil Henry (Collision â Millennium)
Astute mentor Greg Brennan puts the polish on another group finalist with exciting sprinter Cecil Henry.Â A heat winner in a strong 30.15 after exciting the cherry draw, he was able to lead throughout in a nice performance amongst the local Queensland brigade in a tight finish. The December 2010 whelp has only had limited starts but does have track experience at HQ where he has faced the starter on 22 occasions for 11 wins and 6 placingâs.Â A poor draw with box 4 in the final, but a young greyhound with ability and in competent and astute hands.Â Each Way chance.
Box 5Â â Maid For Ron (Made To Size â Tinaâs Show)
Baby bitch Made For Ron continues to show class beyond her experience as she charged home strongly when second behind fastest heat winner Jettaâs Girl. The veteran of just 6 career starts (4 wins and 1 second) is prepared by Queensland great Ron Ball. With a sub 30 PB at Albion Park – she does have exceptionally ability and is one of the most exciting up and coming greyhounds in Queensland. Despite her poor draw, and lack of experience she is a strong winning chance.
Box 6Â â Rose Of Galo (El Galo â Noir Rose)
Mount Tarampa trainer Albert Kennewell puts the polish on exciting bitch Rose Of Galo who qualifies for another feature final.Â The February 2011 whelp has an outstanding ability to ping the lids and with box speed winning races she looks one the early challengers in the final. Second in her heat behind Battistuzzi, she has a fast 30.02 PB here. With an overall record of 25 starts for 11 wins and 6 placingâs, she is a consistent performer and deserving of Group 3 success.
Box 7Â â White Hornet (Cosmic Rumble â Skinny Magic)
Park Ridge mentor Ray Burman continues to shine in 2013 and leading the kennel charge is super consistent White Hornet. The November 2011 whelp is the youngest chaser in the final. Despite the young age he has an outstanding overall record and at HQ his record is outstanding with 13 starts resulting in 8 wins and 3 placingâs.Â Already a feature finalist he has been a wonderful money spinner in his short career with prizemoney already in excess of $30,000. The Skinny Magic litter are winning races throughout South East Queensland with White Hornet the flag bearer and an each-way chance in the final.
Box 8Â â Jettaâs Girl (Surf Lorian â Kaycee Diva)
Brilliant heat winner in BON figures stopping the clock at super quick 29.79 (5.57, 11.50 and 12.72).Â The recent Ipswich 431m track record holder is racing in career best form and is perfectly drawn out wide in the pink rug. An overall record of 34 starts for 17 wins and 9 placingâs she is wonderfully honest in each of her race track performances. Raced by the Gargoyleâs Racing, it is yet another feature final for this beautiful daughter of leading Queensland sire Surf Lorian.Â Prepared by Queenslandâs leading mentor Tony Brett she will be will fancied in the final and is boxed to win.
Box 9Â â Spirits Away (Runâs House â Spirit Released)
First reserve Spirits Away ran a terrific heat race when a close third behind series favourite Punch One Out. It was a great performance from the cherry draw by the Paul Haig trained and Philip Muller owned daughter of Runs House.Â With a strong career winning percentage of 22 starts for 9 wins and 3 placingâs she does have an honest each way chance should she gain a start.
Box 10Â â Dulcie Dee (Collision â Dulcinea)
Second reserve for the final is the litter sister of heat winner and box 1 finalist Battistuzzi.Â Another chaser from the Hancock kennel, she is greyhound with untapped ability. Still a baby with just the 10 career starts she has a brilliant record of 6 wins and 3 placingâs.Â A young greyhound going places and one to follow no matter what happens here. Fast early, she will be another with an open each way chance should she gain a start in the rich final.
The Group 3 Gold Coast Cup continues to be a highlight on the Queensland Racing Calendar despite having been moved to Albion Park since the Gold Coast Parklands Track closure in 2008. Recent winners include Velocette (2009) and Donât Knocka Him (2012) amongst a host of well performed chasers of years gone by. This yearâs final is an open affair, with early speed the key to who will take home the title and first place prizemoney.
SelectionsÂ â 8 â 7 â 6 – 3
Racing Queensland has announced the initial stages of phase two of the Industry Infrastructure Strategy, with a $22 million commitment to Gold Coast racing.
RQ Chairman Kevin Dixon said the board would today recommend two proposals for the approval of the Queensland Government, including a replacement venue for the Gold Coast Greyhound Racing Club and a $10 million commitment to establish a new home for the Gold Coast Harness Racing Club.
âThis announcement will provide clarity and certainty for the harness and greyhound industries,â Mr Dixon said.
âThe Gold Coast Greyhound Racing Club will have a $12 million new home at Cronulla Park in Logan which is set to include the construction of a one-turn track with additional kennels, patron facilities and car parking.
âWe are delighted to announce this commitment to greyhound racing at Logan, as the project has been on and off the table for many years and finally the time is right to progress.
âMeanwhile, a $10 million commitment to the Gold Coast Harness Racing Club will allow all site options being canvassed to be fully scrutinized, with the funds preserved for Infrastructure spending until a viable way forward is agreed upon.â
Mr Dixon said there had been many options put forward for relocating the Gold Coast Harness Racing Club, and intensive investigations were underway to ensure the best possible outcome for the Gold Coast racing community and the wider Queensland industry.
âAt this point no decision has been made on a preferred option, however we felt it was important to commit a project budget to allow each opportunity to be evaluated with consideration of budget capabilities,â he said.
âBoth of these projects are highly important to RQ and the new harness and greyhound boards, with major planning scheduled to begin next month.â
Mr Dixon said business case submissions for the two Industry Infrastructure Strategy proposals would be submitted to the Queensland State government within coming weeks.
Industry uproar and concern from participants over the recent RQ prizemoney restructure has forced Racing Queensland to revise its recent changes. Owners and trainers stood tall and took their concerns to RQ who listened and responded in haste. The changes were immediate.
On Thursday 12 of September 2013 â the following changes were made to take effect from 1 October 2013.
âThe board has retained the strategy to increase from six to seven TAB race meetings across South-East Queensland each week which are vital to maintaining revenue and market share.
The budget has now been reallocated to provide for:
- one class 1 meeting at Albion Park (Thursday),
- three class 2 meetings at Albion Park (Monday & Wednesday) and Ipswich (Saturday)
- three class 3 meetings at Albion Park (Sunday) and Ipswich (Tuesday & Friday)
There has been a slight reduction in the prizemoney for the top graded race which is run at Albion Park on Thursday nights.â
The board further announced a new grading policy that will become effective on the 1 November 2013.Â The major changes will see distance categories being extended from two to four groupings. Heats and finals will now count as one win and not two as per past policy.
Firstly, as critical as I have been in the past towards RQ, credit must be given where credit is due and it is pleasing to see that they listened to the calls and cries of the industry in relation to thisÂ ONEÂ issue.Â Unfortunately it continues to highlight incompetence at the top level.Â The industry wasnât consulted in the first place and this backflip just further embarrasses the RQ brand.
Social media has been abuzz since the last release and its gives further evidence that the industry needs change.Â Racing Queensland listened. Â Â The Bundaberg Greyhound Club were furious as were the UQGA.Â The quick change from RQÂ was well received.
âUQGA congratulated the board for revising the prize money restructure â stating that the extra race meeting on Saturday night at Ipswich will position the industry well for the new product co distribution next year by increasing turnover even further.â â Source.
As previously mentioned by ARG and countless other new sites, the issues that face Queensland Racing stem from within RQ and previous boards.Â The underlying concerns impacting growth and the future of the industry are failing to be acknowledged and acted upon.Â Queensland Racing needs a complete overhaul and it needs to start from within.
As mentioned last week the prizemoney boost is just smoke and mirrors.Â It doesn’t address the concerns that the greyhound industry is still missing its entitled TAB distribution. We keep propping up the harness code.Â If RQ fight for what they are entitled to â the flow on affect will take care of prizemoney itself. A small boost here will not stop the industry decline â nor should anyone be fooled into thinking that it will.
RQ would like participants to believe that the proposed grading changes will present an exciting opportunity in Queensland. Greyhounds will now be entitled to win over 4 grades, instead of the previous 2.Â This presents implications for race quality and the betting consumer.
Our breeding has been off for some time â we have catered for the speed dogs. We race small fields and the spectacle is ruined by poor layout and track design. We rarely see greyhounds missing out on a run â no matter what the dogâs ability.
The problem facing RQ is the lack of dogs available to make up quality fields.Â I agree that RQ needs to cater for all classes and ability of greyhound but to sell the product and move forward we need to improve the product to the consumer.Â The industry needs an overhaul.
The change to the grading proposal isn’t correct.Â It needed to change but not the way that it has.Â The changes will force poor dogs to perform over unsuitable distances. RQ will support this so that fields can be filled. Â Corner starts already impact results â dogs are hampered and disadvantaged by box draws and track layout.Â With dogs racing over unsuitable distances this will only be heightened further as the new grading proposal takes effect. The result – the standard of racing will decrease, the product that is on show will decrease and so too will the few remaining consumers who support it.
Changes are needed â but these changes should be industry driven â not from a board who have lost touch with the product they are supposed to control.
On the 6th of September 2013 Racing Queensland (RQ) issued two press releases in relation to new initiatives due to take affect from October 1st. The first press release was in relation to the new breeding incentive scheme, affectionately titled QGreys.
Taken directly from the release, âQGreys will work in line with RQs two other breeding schemes for thoroughbred and harness, QTIS and QBred. The aim of the scheme is to reward Queensland Greyhound participants for the long term future of the industry. Registering greyhounds for the QGreys breeding scheme will provide stakeholders with the opportunity of winning $750,000 in programmed events throughout the calendar year.â Initially the incentive will apply for greyhound whelped on or after October 1st 2012. The report promises âAn early return on investment will be available for registered greyhounds under the breeding scheme bonuses, including:
- Up to $500 bonuses for greyhounds winning a Maiden event
- Up to $600 bonuses for greyhounds winning a Novice event
- $1000 bonus for greyhounds winning programmed City Class events for the full duration of their racing career
- $1200 for programmed Class 1 graded final events
- $600 for programmed graded events and non-group finals on class 2, 3, 4 and 6 tracks.
Like all good things it comes with a cost and breeders, owners and trainers will have to register their pups at a cost of $40.00 plus GST for greyhounds under 9 months and $140.00 plus GTS for greyhounds 9-12 months of age. Hardly seems like a good thing.
The second press release was in relation to the new operational and prizemoney restructure also due to take affect October 1st. The newly appointed Queensland Greyhound Racing Board have confirmed a number of changes to prizemoney distribution and class of race meetings on a weekly basis.
Allegedly âthe overwhelming response for the return of Ipswich Saturday night TAB racingâ has resulted in the meeting class changing to a Class 2 status.â
âThe new operational strategy will outline prizemoney allocation changes in South-East Queensland which will be tiered in relation to track class and distance for a particular race meeting and maiden prizemoney will be increased to equal graded prizemoney.
Additionally non-TAB prizemoney will be standardised with all non-TAB race clubs to receive equal prizemoney distribution. The change in Class for Ipswich Saturday Night has resulted in Albion Park Sunday being re-classified as Class 4.â
Furthermore the release talks about an upcoming release about a revamped grading policy developed by the newly established Grading Committee. The full details of the release can be found on the Greyhound Racing Queensland webpage.
At first glance both of these releases and incentives should appear to be welcome changes to a struggling Queensland Industry. For the most part itâs another desperate gulp of air from a drowning industry clearly lacking leadership and direction.
QGreys appears to be like most breeding bonuses before it. Whilst successful in some states â (Western Australia for example) it is just a method of propping up a struggling industry. It doesnât address the fundamental issues affecting the current status of racing.
The Prizemoney increase is a welcome bonus, as are some of the changes in relation to the new operational structure. Here, the big winner is the Saturday night Ipswich Class 2 meetings which will be TAB covered and on trial for 3 months from October 1st.
Unfortunately these new initiatives still fail to address the serious concerns of the industry, the same that are spoken about time and time again. Here are just 4.
Promised New Track
Racing Queensland and the defunct group before it have failed to deliver on any promises on new track development. The question has to be is why is this not occurring? What arenât we being told?
As noted in countless media releases Cronulla Park Logan has been the preferred and approved option for a number of years. The stand alone complex has the support of local government and the industry. The site is in a perfect growth corridor for future developments and money has been spent designing plans for the site. Most importantly it has the potential to be a two track facility and generate income through other means (catering, functions, and joint office space).
The industry was also promised compensation from the closure of the Parklands, Gold Coast. Has this happened and if so where has the money been used.
Queensland Track closures have crippled the industry â closures have occurred at Lawnton, Toowoomba, Beenleigh and Gold Coast. This smoke and mirrors approach to management is the latest ploy of leadership lacking direction and not listening to the voice of participants. The industry continues to suffer on broken promises made by governments and administrations of past. When a decision is made into development the industry can finally look forward to successful growth and prizemoney taking care of itself.
Racing Queensland should push for TAB distribution based on its market share. Too long the industry has been propping up the other codes, noticeably harness racing. If the industry is handed what it is worth the prizemoney increases will take care of itself.
Letâs fight for our rightful share and disperse these funds into our industry. Letâs take stock of whatâs ours. Letâs use these funds to develop quality racing and races. Doing so will ensure that prizemoney takes care of itself.
These new initiatives contradict what was said only a short while ago. TAB coverage had left Saturday night Ipswich and trainers and owners were racing maiden dogs who were unable to gain a start anywhere else. Ipswich had stated that maidens were ineligible to race on Tuesday and Fridayâs. They raced on Saturday and only for a pittance. Races were $500 split – $300.00 win, $100.00 second, $50.00 third with $10.00 for fourth.
Now within weeks and the reinstatement of temporary TAB coverage, the racing class changes to Class 2 and prizemoney increases 7 fold with maiden winners and graded 520m races now receiving $1400.00 in first prizemoney alone. What makes no sense is that graded events over 431m only carry a first prize of $960.00 â traditionally the preferred Ipswich distance. Graded distance races 630m and further are far better off but notably fewer races between â they carry first prize of $1525.00.
RQ have stated that the prizemoney increase is to bring the best dogs available to race at Ipswich on a Saturday night and give the new 3 month TAB coverage lease the best chance of success. The question to RQ is where are these dogs going to come from? One only has to look over the past 6 – 12 months of race fields at Thursday night Albion Park where maidens, multiple novice events, and short fields are the norm.
The issue regarding prizemoney still stems around turnover and the TAB using greyhound funds to prop up the struggling harness code. This is the first concern that should have been addressed, do this and prizemoney takes care of itself. We donât need to rob Peter (Thursday Night) to pay Paul (Saturday TAB).
The latest release will financially reward dogs who are successful running over the distance events (that appears to be races in excess of 520m). The problem here is that breeding over a number of years has failed to build a solid base for this to occur. Stayers were the unwanted and we pushed for fast dogs who could sprint. As such â we donât have the calibre of staying dogs that we should. There have been many wonderful performers over the distance events â Miata included, but these appear to be by accident. A good stayer is a licence to print money. This short term approach wonât fix decades of poor breeding.
The foot note of the prizemoney and rescheduling talks about a change in Queensland Grading â this has been called for by participants for as long as one cares to remember.
It canât come soon enough â the Victorian Model appears to be the best in the country. A greyhound that has won in excess of 20 races and $100,000 and yet travels to Warragul for the first time on a Tuesday night is still a 5th grade. They must be doing something right. Change grading, not prizemoney â that will stop poor performing dogs filling staying events.
Racing Queensland is failing to attract quality competitors for its feature races. 2013 has been marred by small fields. The Group events have been littered by local grade 5 greyhounds. While we struggle to fill the feature events, we struggle to fill the grandstands too. A night at the track is an unwanted burden for most. The public canât interact with the dogs and whatâs worse is some trainers donât engage either. It should be a selling point. The night at the dogs should inspire people to get involved. RQ cant be solely at fault here. Clubs and industry participants stand at fault here â we can make a change to make Greyhound racing the spectacle of years past.
The latest release from RQ is another example of an industry suffering zero leadership and direction. The talk of changes is just that talk. We need RQ to address the issues that affect the whole of industry â only then will we see change and the industry moving forward.
A record number of 70,000 people engaged with retired greyhounds at the Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP) lounge at the Brisbane EKKA this year.
The green-collared greyhounds stole the show, attracting visitors from all walks of life. School children, families, news crews and even Members of Parliament lined up to meet the hounds and speak to the GAP team.
GAP Manager, Gail Lane, said the greyhound lounge proved far more popular than ever in 2013.
âIt was our most successful EKKA to date,â said Mrs Lane. âThe number of people who stopped by the GAP lounge was dramatically up from last year.
âThe dogs really did the greyhound industry proud and showed everyone why they make such beautiful pets.â
Over 43 greyhounds were rehomed after the 2012 EKKA and the program enlisted the help of an extra 13 foster carers. Applications and enquiries are yet to be processed from the 2013 EKKA however Mrs Lane is hopeful of another spike in adoptions.
âOverall, the team distributed in excess of 3500 show bags to people genuinely interested in adopting, and we already have a number of adoption applications pending.â
Like many of the EKKA visitors, strawberry ice-creams are a favourite with the retired hounds.
âThe dogs love a strawberry ice-cream, we treated them to one every chance we had.â
GAP is a welfare initiative of Racing Queensland, dedicated to finding loving homes for greyhounds that have retired from racing.
To find out more about the program visit www.greyhoundpets.org.au, where you can also read about life from a greyhounds point of view in Murphyâs blog.