2014 Group One Gold Cup Preview

Group one racing graces the environs of Albion Park this Thursday evening with the final of the 2014 Group One Gold Cup taking place.

The $75,000 to-the-winner event is run over the 710 metre journey and three Victorians, as well as a New Zealander will be taking on four locals in this year’s edition after last week’s heats.

The race has witnessed some quality stayers win in recent times, including Chinatown Lad (2008), Queen Lauryn (2009) and He Knows Uno (2012).

Victorian chasers have been dominant in the race in the last few years, winning three of the last four finals. Nellie Noodles won in 2010, Bobby Boucheau saluted in 2011 and Destini Fireball took out last year’s Gold Cup. They boast the two favourites this year and it will be no surprise to see the trophy heading south again.

Here is a look at the finalists with comments from the trainers;

Box 1
Race Odds
$1.15
Heat Replay
 
Xylia Allen
Trainer
Jenny Hunt
Owner
Janice Wheeler
Prizemoney
$530,275.00
Last 10 Starts
1113314111
38 Months   Black   Bitch   by  

Turanza Bale

- Tayah Bale
Start Excellent Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $7,915.00 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
67 31 10 11
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
46% 78%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 5 1 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – The undisputed queen of staying racing in Australia who seems to set track records for fun. With a clean getaway she will take a power of catching and if she is anywhere near her best is all but unbeatable. Clearly the big gun in this final.
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41.55 41.55 15.97 15.97
Box 2
Race Odds
$6.50
Heat Replay
 
Infinite Wish
Trainer
Angela Langton
Owner
Champagne Partnership
Prizemoney
$87,740.00
Last 10 Starts
3221363621
34 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Premier Fantasy - Jean Jeannie
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,828.00
Rating 97
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
48 12 12 9
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
24% 69%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 3 2 4
Comments: Angela Langton (Co-Trainer) – “I think if anyone can beat Xylia Allen she might be the one, but in saying that we have to really hope that she comes out well and then see what happens. We would probably still need Xylia Allen to miss the start a little bit and hope for some luck.”
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41.83 41.83 15.96 15.96
Box 3
Race Odds
$41.00
Heat Replay
 
Golfing Amy
Trainer
Desmond Pollock
Owner
John Pollock
Prizemoney
$14,630.00
Last 10 Starts
3872622162
29 Months   Blue   Bitch   by   Goodey - Miss Amy Jade
Start Excellent Running Rail Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $542.00 Rating 79
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
27 5 9 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
19% 67%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 1 3 1
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 2 1 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – A swift beginner who likes to get to the rails early. She has some quality dogs drawn on her inside so she will need to be right on her game to be competitive in this race.
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.10 42.28 16.13 16.17
Box 4
Race Odds
$18.00
Heat Replay
 
Mepunga Tiara
Trainer
Jeff Britton
Owner
Barry Smith
Prizemoney
$61,360.00
Last 10 Starts
4272312132

30 Months

  Black   Bitch   by   Premier Fantasy - Mepunga Opal
Start Excellent Running Middle Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $2,273.00 Rating 96
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
27 7 7 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
26% 70%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 1 1 1
Comments: Angela Langton (Co-Trainer) – “She will have to begin very well, she isn’t draw too bad because she lies to use a bit of the track so she won’t cut down on Infinite Wish. She is going to need a lot of luck though.”
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41.94 41.94 15.98 15.98
Box 5
Race Odds
$35.00
Heat Replay
 
Eleazar
Trainer
Keiron Butler
Owner
Brian Allan
Prizemoney
$41,930.00
Last 10 Starts
3615426281
31 Months   Brindle   Bitch   by   Bit Chili - Cool Poss
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,103.00 Rating 85
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
38 9 13 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
24% 68%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 1 5 0
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 2 0
Comments: Keiron Butler (Trainer) – “She just needs a bit of room getting to that first time. Everytime she races there she seems to feature in the stewards report three or four times. If she is within a few lengths of them down the back, they would want to be watching over their shoulders because she will be running home very well. I just hope we can get a clean crack at them.”
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.15 42.15 16.45 16.50
Box 6
Race Odds
$35.00
Heat Replay
 
Mullaway
Trainer
Joanne Price
Owner
Joanne Price
Prizemoney
$5,600.00
Last 10 Starts
1777521243
25 Months   Black   Dog   by   Velocette - Halzani
Start Fair Running Middle Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $311.00 Rating 70
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
18 3 2 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
16% 38%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 0 1 1
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 0 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – A winner of just three from 18 career starts who is yet to taste victory over the half-mile. Is very likely to find most of these a little too good.
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 42.18 16.15 16.33
Box 7
Race Odds
$31.00
Heat Replay
 
Set Her Again
Trainer
Bruce Linnan
Owner
Younger Than Youngy syndicate
Prizemoney
$30,230.00
Last 10 Starts
5127121543
37 Months   Black   Dog   by   Collison - River Seine
Start Excellent Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $975.00 Rating 87
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
31 10 5 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
32% 58%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 3 0 2
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 2 0 1
Comments: Bruce Linnan (Trainer) - “Yeah well, she came out good last week, I think she ran the fastest first section and I don’t think the dog drawn on her outside is terribly fast away so hopefully we can get around them, that is our only chance. I was a little bit disappointed in her run last week, I think she was entitled to win once she led because she can run the time that they went, but maybe I saw box one and got a little bit too eager and over-worked her, she was a little bit flat. But each week is a different proposition.”

 

Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41.83 42.27 15.94 15.94
Box 8
Race Odds
$8.50
Heat Replay
 
Know Class
Trainer
James Shaw
Owner
Garry Cleeve
Prizemoney
$95,869.00
Last 10 Starts
2612251172
38 Months   Blue Fawn   Dog   by   Willy What - Blue Fern
Start Moderate Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $978.00 Rating 88
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
98 22 34 20
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
22% 77%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
15 1 5 2
Comments: James Shaw (Trainer) – “I think he is not drawn too badly out in the eight, I think the seven ran the fastest first sectional last week so hopefully we can gate a cart across. If we can have half a dozen dogs behind us as we pass the 700 metre boxes the second time then I think we are in with a hope.”

Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 42.16 16.35 16.35
1st Res
Race Odds
$23.00
Heart Replay
 
Late Angel Lee
Trainer
Darren Titmarsh
Owner
John Hanley
Prizemoney
$53,545.00
Last 10 Starts
5223144453
31 Months   Black   Dog   by   Late Show Lee - Rocklynn’s Angel
Start Excellent Running Rail Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $1,092.00 Rating 79
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
49 14 13 7
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
29% 69%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 1 0 1
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Front runner who has been struggling to run out a strong 700 in recent times. Is likely to be tested if he gets a go in this final.

Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.41 42.40 15.90 16.55
2nd Res
Race Odds
$26.00
Heat Replay
 
Auriga Doll
Trainer
Geoff Draheim
Owner
Draheim Partnership
Prizemoney
$42,014.00
Last 10 Starts
8424422524
43 Months   Brindle   Bitch   by   High Earner - Auriga Gypsy
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $636.00 Rating 77
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
66 16 12 7
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
24% 53%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 0 1 0
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Is yet to win a 700 metre race to date. Is highly unlikely to be able to match it with the big guns in this one.
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 42.24 16.19 16.32

If Xylia Allen (1) jumps and runs anywhere near her best then we are more likely to see her break Dashing Corsair’s track record than for her to get beat. She is all class and only has to put it together on the night to give this field a donkey-licking.

Infinite Wish (2) could be the main danger if she steps well but her main worry is the dog drawn outside her. Golfing Amy (3) has the propensity to jump well and carve left and Infinite Wish will need to avoid her early.

Mepunga Tiara (4) could be afforded space early and can lead a field like this if Xylia Allen doesn’t. She is classy enough to hang on for a long way and could pinch it at big odds.

Know Class (8) needs to stay out of trouble early and find room to grind home in his dour style. He looks a place chance.

Set Her Again (7) is fast early and has registered a handy 41.83 here in the past, she could be another vying for the lead in the early speed battle.

Eleazar (5) will need a lot of luck in the run to be able to unleash his best and only looks a rough place chance, while Mullaway (6) looks hopelessly outclassed.

2014 Listed Flying Amy Classic Preview

Some of Queensland’s most promising sprinters will line up for a crack at the $22,500 first prize in the listed Flying Amy Classic at Albion Park this Thursday evening.

If times are any guide, there is not a lot between the octet of runners, with just 1 1/2 lengths separating the three heat winners.

The quality does not end with the eight finalists either, with Queensland Derby winner Flash Reality waiting in the wings as first reserve should anyone withdraw. He went very close to the track record mark a few weeks back and could win this as he pleases if he gains a start and finds his best form.

Reg Kay’s Happy Haswell set the time standard of 30.15 in the heats and has drawn the squeeze box (4) for the final.

The race will be race five on the card and is scheduled to jump at 8:05pm

Here is a look at each runner in detail;

1 – Angvella – Christina Harman – A winner of six races from just 15 starts who ran on well for a placing last week. The son of Just The Best and Joy Esme (Fortified Rush – Marine Queen) has won four of 11 at the track with a personal best of 29.97. The 31kg brindle dog moves to a much more suitable box this week and could represent each-way value at a nice price. He has won his only start from box one in slick time at Ipswich. He looks to be the value runner here.

2 – You Say So – Peter Ruetschi – One of three runners for the high-flying Ruetschi kennel who ran on well for a second to Nala’s Heart in last week’s heat. He is from the successful Outa Credit – Where Are You (Hallucinate – Duel’s Me Mum) litter and has won five from 22 at the track with a further 11 placings. He is consistent but does not win out of turn and a place chance appears more likely than winning this one.

3 – You Can Talk – Peter Ruetschi – A littermate to You Say So who was beaten 5 3/4 lengths by Happy Haswell in last week’s heat. She is a very consistent bitch who has won 13 of her 27 career outings and eight of 16 at Albion Park. Her best is only 30.12 which she may need to improve upon to be winning a race like this.

4 – Happy Haswell – Reg Kay – Set the standard in the heats with a sharp 30.15 win despite not having the clearest run to the first turn. The regally bred son of Surf Lorian and Teenage Dream (Knocka Norris – Size ‘Em Up) has an imposing record with five wins from six starts and has already registered a handy 29.95 at this track. If there is a question mark over him it will be whether or not he can get to the first turn relatively unimpeded or not. If he can manage that, he will be the one to beat.

5 – Nala’s Heart – Robert Handyside – Finished powerfully to land her heat win last week in 30.23. This striking blue fawn daughter of Surf Lorian and Perfect Thrill (Hallucinate – Gorgas) has now won three at Albion Park, including her last two and has a best of 29.99. She can show enough early speed to put herself in the picture and is definitely worthy of consideration.

6 – Give You Credit – Peter Ruetschi – The third runner from not only the Peter Ruetschi kennel, but also from the Outa Credit – Where Are You (Hallucinate – Duel’s Me Mum) litter. He was forced to go three wide on the home turn last week when running on well to finish 2 1/4 lengths second to Happy Haswell. He is another who does not really win out of turn with six victories from his 25 starts, but he will definitely be doing his best work in the concluding stages. His place chances look better than his winning ones.

7 – King Elliot – Reg Hazelgrove – Caused a boilover last week in his heat, leading all the way to defeat some very handy conveyances in the time of 30.26, which is a personal best. He has won three of his five starts from box seven which would suggest that the outside draw should not be too much of an issue and has a handy career record of nine wins from 20 starts. His early speed is the key to his chances and he will need to get a clean break and possibly hope for trouble behind to be any winning chance.

8 – Super Vision – Peter Young – Looks the rank outsider of the field with just two wins to her name from 20 starts. She appeared to have every hope last week when third to Nala’s Heart, finishing 3 3/4 lengths away from the winner. Her two wins have come from inside boxes and this simply looks too hard.

Reserves

9 – Flash Reality – Tony Brett – This dog is likely to start a short-priced favourite if he gains a start and would be the one to beat regardless of the box he may draw. He had won five in a row here before his third last week, including a near-record 29.58 run. Should he manage to get a call-up, he is the dog to beat.

10 – Renatus – Robin Palmer – A 24-month-old veteran of just five starts with one win to his name. He finished fourth to Nala’s Heart last week in his heat beaten some four lengths. This race looks too tough for him at this stage of his career.

Selections – 4-1-5-3

Happy Haswell The Pace Setter In Flying Amy Classic Heats

Up and comer Happy Haswell sent out a warning to rivals that he is the one to beat in the final of the listed Flyng Amy Classic, winning the third and final heat in the fastest time of 30.15.

The heats were also highlighted by the fact that Patrick Estate mentor Peter Ruetschi not only qualified three runners for next Thursday’s final, but they are also all from the same litter. You Say So, Give You Credit and You Can Talk are all from the Outa Credit – Where Are You (Hallucinate – Duel’s Me Mum) litter and will see Ruetschi with a strong hand in the $15,000 to-the-winner event next week.

Happy Haswell is a Reg Kay trained son of Surf Lorian and Teenage Dream (Knocka Norris – Size ‘Em Up) and he did not have things all his own way, but showed class beyond his experience to win his fifth race from just six starts against much more experienced dogs.

Beginning third from box one, the 31kg dog mustered to second along the fence by the post the first time before copping some slight interference leaving the straight. He managed to hold down second and was in pursuit of early leader My Fantaziya (6) who opened up a four length break.

Happy Haswell claimed My Fantaziya on the home turn and roared away in the straight to score by 2 1/4 lengths on the line from the fast finishing Give You Credit, with You Can Talk (5) in third place.

Earlier, Nala’s Heart ran on well to take out the first heat in 30.23 for Loganlea trainer Robert Handyside.

After jumping well from box three, the daughter of Surf Lorian and Perfect Thrill (Hallucinate – Gorgas) worked her way to second early, chasing You Say So (2), who had opened up a handy break heading to the back.

Nala’s Heart found plenty in the run home and finished strongly to overhaul You Say So and win by 1 1/4 lengths, with Super Vision a further two lengths away in third place.

The biggest upset of the three heats came in heat two when King Elliot (2) led all the way to claim some big scalps in the time of 30.26. The son of Dyna Lachlan and Slick Candy (Black Enforcer – Cyclone Chrissy) speared the lids and as fate would have it, that was the end of the proverbial penny section.

Red-hot favourite Flash Reality (3) missed the jump and despite making his way to second place, managed to find enough trouble to end his winning chances.

The Reg Hazelgrove trained King Elliot showed the virtue of early speed and raced away via an unhampered run to score by 2 3/4 lengths. Angvella (5) was doing his best work at the end of the race to land second and Flash Reality picked himself up to grab third place.

The box draw for the listed Flying Amy Classic is ;

1 – Angvella – Christina Harman
2 – You Say So – Peter Ruetschi
3 – You Can Talk – Peter Ruetschi
4 – Happy Haswell – Reg Kay
5 – Nala’s Heart – Robert Handyside
6 – Give You Credit – Peter Ruetschi
7 – King Elliot – Reg Hazelgrove
8 – Super Vision – Peter Young

Reserves

9 – Flash Reality – Tony Brett
10 – Renatus – Robin Palmer

Xylia Allen Sets The Standard In Gold Cup Heats

It was probably expected, but Xylia Allen (7) set the time standard in the heats of the Group One Albion Park Gold Cup on Thursday evening with yet another near-record run.

The daughter of Turanza Bale and Tayah Bale (Droopys Vieri – Francesca Bale) stopped the clock at 41.55, just 0.11 outside Dashing Corsair’s track record which he set way back in May of 2010.

It was not exactly a trademark run from the 31kg black bitch who actually left the boxes in last place and had to work hard early to muster up and challenge early leader Mepunga Tiara (4), which she had done by the time they passed the winning post the first time.

From that point, Xylia Allen gradually extended her lead and her victory never looked in doubt. The eventual winning margin was 6 1/4 lengths. Mepunga Tiara battled on to maintain second placing with Mullaway (5) in third.

Another Victorian, Infinite Wish (2) took out the second heat in 41.83 for Anakie trainer Angela Langton. Showing some of the early pace that she had lacked in recent times, the daughter of Premier Fantasy and Jean Jeannie (Surf Lorian – Flickering Lady) left the boxes in second place behind local hope Set Her Again (1).

The pair raced in that order all the way until they reached the 710 metre boxes for the second time, which is where Infinite Wish took over and raced away. By the time they reached the post, the Sydney Cup runner-up had put a 5 1/4 length gap on her rivals to score with ease.

New Zealander Know Class (6) made good ground, weaving a passage through the field to finish second and qualify for next week’s $75,000 to-the-winner final and Set Her Again hung on for third.

The third and final heat saw an upset when local Eleazar (7) finished strongly to take out a mixing affair at a price upwards of $17.00 for Keiron Butler in the time of 42.15. The daughter of Bit Chili and Cool Poss (Big Daddy Cool – Cool Kissy) had recently returned to Queensland after a stint in New South Wales and now finds herself in a Group One final.

Things looked to be going to plan early for punters when favourite Tarks Nemesis (2) went straight to the front with her main rival Wag Tail (6) in second. However the pair appeared to tangle and both lost ground sharply, dashing each others winning chances in the process.

Pumped Up Zarr (1) was left in front and opened up a big space from Golfing Amy (4) and Gangnam Stride (3).

By the home turn, Pumped Up Zarr was under siege and Golfing Amy took over. Just as she looked to have the race in her keeping , Eleazar found plenty in the concluding stages to jump out of the ground and salute from Golfing Amy, with Late Angel Lee (8) grabbing third.

The box draw for next week’s Group One Albion Park Gold Cup is as follows;

1 – Xylia Allen – Jenny Hunt
2 – Infinite Wish – Angela Langton
3 – Golfing Amy – Des Pollock
4 – Mepunga Tiara – Jeff Britton
5 – Eleazar – Keiron Butler
6 – Mullaway – Joanne Price
7 – Set Her Again – Bruce Linnan
8 – Know Class – James Shaw

Reserves

9 – Late Angel Lee – Darren Titmarsh
10 – Auriga Doll – Geoff Draheim

2014 Listed Flying Amy Classic Heats Preview

Flying Amy is one of the greatest bitches to come out of Queensland in the modern era. This Thursday night, the heats of the race named in her honour, the listed Flying Amy Classic, will be held at Albion Park, a track where she was at her imposing best.

It’s a race which regularly showcases the best sprinters in the Sunshine State, with some of the winners in the last decade being He Knows Uno, Velocity Regina and Bogie Ace.

The 2014 installment has attracted three heats which should be highly entertaining affairs. Competitors will be vying for a place in next Thursday’s $15,000 to-the-winner final.

Here is a look at the main chances in each heat;

Race 5 – Flying Amy Classic Heat 1 – 8:05pm

The Reg Kay trained Tear Away Size exits box eight in the first heat and boasts a good record at Albion Park. The 24-month-old has won three of her eight starts over the 520 metre journey at the track with a best of 29.98. The regally bred daughter of Knocka Norris and Surf Queen (Surf Lorian – Queen Size) has won seven of her 14 career starts and only has to negotiate the outside draw to be right in this.

Grand Roman (4) is another with an imposing record at Albion Park. The John Conlon trained black dog has won six of his 12 appearances at the track and stopped the clock at 29.92 in November last year. He is a last start winner in 30.13 here on the 30th of May and should be competitive on that run.

Darren Russell will rug up Farmers’s Gold from box seven who is coming of a second to Flash Reality here last week. He has won five and finished second six times from 15 appearances at Albion Park including a slick 29.98 run last December.

Nala’s Heart (3) is a youngster who has taken to Albion Park like a duck to water. In five starts at the track the Robert Handyside trained bitch has won two and been placed in a further two. She has a best of 29.99 and has to be considered a solid chance.

You Say So (2) has an experience edge at the track on a lot of these. The Peter Reutschi trained dog has finished in the top three at 15 of his 21 starts here including five wins, with a best of 30.09.

Race 6 – Flying Amy Classic Heat 2 – 8:25pm

The second heat features recent Queensland Derby winner Flash Reality for the astute Grandchester mentor Tony Brett. Already a winner of $60,000 in prize-money, this son of Premier Fantasy and Orara Flash (Bond – Sweet Elite) has won six of his 11 career starts and five from seven at Albion Park. His best is a near record 29.58 and he is chasing his fifth straight win here. He would have to be considered one of the series favourites.

Zali Rose (7) looks the obvious danger to Flash Reality here. The Peter Reutschi trained daughter of Elite And Classy and Ida’s Angel (Black Enforcer – Beilpajah Rose) has a best of 29.88 from her four wins at the track. She has won nine career races from 21 starts, including two of her past four.

Angvella (5) has won four of his ten starts at Albion Park including a last start 30.56 effort. The Christina Harman trained dog does have a best of 29.99 but was some 11 lengths behind Flash Reality when the pair met two starts back.

Senor’s Mistress (6) is rarely outside the placings when she graces the Albion Park circuit. She has won six from 23 at the track and set a personal best of 30.12 back in February. She may need luck to win this but is a definite place chance.

Race 7 – Flying Amy Classic Heat 3 – 8:44pm

The final heat looks an absolute gem on paper with a number of winning chances. It will be a pity to see a couple of these miss out on next Thursday’s final.

Iva Vision (7) is an up-and-comer from the Peter Young kennel from the Ivan Brown – Visualization (Surf Lorian – Leataro) litter, with which he has had so much success. The 26-month-old is undefeated at Albion Park in three appearances and has a 29.94 run to his credit. He chases his fourth straight win here and is more than up to the task.

Reg Kay produces the extremely precocious Happy Haswell from the rails alley in this heat. At just 18-months-old, Happy Haswell has won four of his five career starts including two 29.95 efforts at Albion Park. The son of Surf Lorian and Teenage Dream (Knocka Norris – Size ‘Em Up) looks to have a massive future and could start to make his name in this very series.

You Can Talk (5) has an imposing record at Albion Park, with eight victories from 16 starts. He may not have the time on the clock of some of the others in this race but he keeps finding a way to win. He has only missed a place on three of the 16 occasions he has raced here and has a best of 30.12.

Give You Credit (3) is a brother to You Can Talk and has a record that is equally as imposing. The Peter Reutschi trained red brindle dog has won five of 18 at Albion Park with a swift best time of 29.93, which he registered back in March.

Fancy Stiches jumps from box eight for Park Ridge trainer Reg Hazelgrove. He is a winner of three of his last four outings and has also won four from 12 at Albion Park. His best effort was a rapid 30.00 run a month ago from this very box.

Exhibitionist (4) has her share of ability and is in the highly successful Tony Brett kennel. She can be a bit hit-and-miss but has won three from seven at the track.

2014 Group One Gold Cup Heats Preview

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

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

The race has had some classy conveyances etched on the honour board in recent times, including Chinatown Lad (2008)
, Queen Lauryn (2009) and He Knows Uno (2012).

Victorian chasers have had a mortgage on the race in the last few years, winning three of the last four finals. Nellie Noodles won in 2010, Bobby Boucheau was victorious in 2011 and Destini Fireball took out last year’s big one for Norm Rinaldi. With a strong contingent heading north again this year, that trend could well continue in 2014.

Here is a look at the main chances in each heat;

Race 2 – Macro Meats Gold Cup Heat One – 6:58pm

The greyhound that will attract more interest than any other dog racing on the night takes her place in heat one. Triple Group One winner Xylia Allen has broken five track records in her last six wins and could well add another one in the series. The daughter of Turanza Bale and Tayah Bale (Droopys Vieri – Francesca Bale) will exit box seven in a six dog field and only has to be somewhere near her best to put a space on this field.

Mepunga Tiara (4) recently made the final of the Group One Sandown Cup where she finished third to Sweet It Is. She has a ton of early speed and should Xylia Allen miss the jump, she will probably find the front and take some catching. She is possibly the knockout dog in this race.

Tweed Bah Day (8) has recently returned to the Glenda Dart kennel after spending time in Victoria with Kel Greenough. He has been racing against top company down there over the middle distances and could be prominent at his second go over the “half-mile” trip. His only other start over the distance yielded a second at Wentworth Park to the ill-fated National Distance champion Smart Valentino way back in September of last year. He led on that occasion before being run down.

Race 3 – Macro Meats Gold Cup Heat Two – 7:19pm

The second heat features two Victorian invaders as well as a recent Sandown Cup finalist from across the Tasman in New Zealand.

Born Ali (7) is a Group One Perth Galaxy winner who races consistently at the elite level. After a fifth in a Sandown Cup heat, the Rob Britton trained bitch finished third to Xylia Allen in the Listed Cup Night Stayers event, before another third at Sandown last Thursday behind Tarks Nemesis. At her best, she will be one of the big guns here.

Know Class (6) has had five starts in Australia since coming across from New Zealand for Anakie trainer James Shaw. In that short time he has managed to make the Group One Sandown Cup final where he finished seventh. He has a real grinding, dour style of racing and if he is on the pace he has the ability to out-stay his adversaries.

Infinite Wish (2) is another consistent Victorian performer who has finished in the top three at 30 of her 45 career outings. She can race on the pace or come from behind, the latter of which has been her style in recent efforts. She has to be considered a good chance in this heat.

Set Her Again (1) appears to be the best of the locals in this race. She has won three of her six outings over this trip with a best of 41.83. She returns from a drop back to 600 metres last week and will look to make her mark against some of the better stayers in the country here.

Race 4 – Macro Meats Gold Cup Heat Three – 7:41pm

Recent runner-up in the Group One Sandown Cup Tarks Nemesis looks the one to beat in the third-and-final heat. The Angela Langton prepared chaser has raced at the Albion Park venue on three occasions and was a finalist in the recent Queensland Futurity, despite the race being over an unsuitable distance. She is coming off a gutsy win at Sandown Park last Thursday and is a genuine stayer who could well be left alone in front here.

Wag Tail (6) is arguably the best stayer in Queensland at the moment. The Christina Harman trained daughter of Velocette and Bacardi Cruiser (Just The Best – Lou’s Cruise) boasts the imposing record of seven wins from nine starts over the 710 metre trip at Albion Park, including a smart 41.77 gallop. She will carry the hopes of a state into this series and has more than enough ability to be competitive.

Pumped Up Zarr makes the trek up from New South Wales for Yass based trainer Neil Staines. The son of Big Daddy Cool and Midnight Drama (Go Wild Teddy – Ready To Rise) has won nine of his 34 career starts which include wins at Wentworth Park, Sandown Park and Bathurst over the staying trip.

Eleazar (7) recently returned to Queensland from a racing sabbatical in New South Wales where she was highly competitive. She won over the distance at Richmond and Wentworth Park and was racing in top level company on many occasions. She has finished second on five occasions from eight goes at this track and trip and looks to be a chance to advance to the final if things go her way.

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Flash Reality Claims 2014 Group Two Queensland Derby

Tony Brett has woven his magic with Flash Reality (5), taking out the Group Two Queensland Derby in race record time at Albion Park on Thursday night. He led from go to whoa holding out race favourite and Perth Cup winner Keybow (2) in the dying stages to win his first career group race.

Initial race assessments were thrown out the window with the late scratching of Zipping Brock (1), who was expected to be in the firing line at the business end of the race. Keybow (2) was in doubt during the week after sustaining an injury in the catching pen but he gave his all in a race that was controlled beautifully by Flash Reality.

At box rise, the yellow rug was clearly prominent as Flash Reality scorched to the first mark in 5.46. He had two lengths on the field going around the first turn with Keybow slotted in just behind him. Strong finisher Peter’s Pick moved up into third at this stage and also loomed as a danger. These positions didn’t change down the back.

As Flash Reality turned for home, Keybow was slowly whittling down the lead and it was a matter of looking for the finish line to see if Flash Reality could stave off the challenge. He ended up holding Keybow out by three quarters of a length on the line. Peter’s Pick was two and a half lengths away in third.

Flash Reality clocked a flying 29.69 for the 520 metre journey. The black dog by Premier Fantasy – Orara Flash (Bond – Sweet Elite) is owned by Marlene Ellis and trained by Tony Brett.

The win was the third career victory from just eight starts for the imposing 34kg dog and takes his career stakes earning beyond $44,000.

2014 Group Two Queensland Derby Final Preview

Keybow will start as the short-priced favourite in the Group Two Queensland Derby to be run at Albion Park on Thursday night. He is the fastest qualifier through to the final in 29.67, just ahead of Reg Kay’s up-and-coming youngster Size Does Matter, who recorded a career best 29.69.

Winning connections will pocket $40,000 for their dogs efforts. The final is race eight on the card at Albion Park and jumps at 9:08pm.

Here’s a look at the final field;

Box 1
Race Odds
$7.50
Heat Replay
 
Zipping Brock
Trainer
Peter Dapiran
Owner
Hallinan syndicate
Prizemoney
$96,380.00
Last 10 Starts
1122112832
26 Months   Red Fawn   Dog   by   Mantra Lad - Cho Chang
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $7,414.00 Rating 99
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
13 6 4 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
46% 85%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Comments: ARG opinion is - National Derby Champion that performed well at his first look at the track last week, beaten just a neck by Peter’s Pick in 30.18. Is expected to perform well from the inside draw. 

 

Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 30.20 5.70 5.70
Box 2
Race Odds 
$1.85
Heat Replay
 
Keybow
Trainer
Darren McDonald
Owner
Kelvin Lean
Prizemoney
$284,025.00
Last 10 Starts
2811122171
28 Months   Black   Dog   by   Take The Kitty - Key Exit
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $11,834.00 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
24 12 5 2
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
50% 79%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 7 1
Comments: Darren McDonald (Trainer) – “He should be pretty competitive. He handled the track very good.”
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.67 29.67 5.60 5.60
Box 3
Race Odds
$8.00
Heat Replay
 
Peter’s Pick
Trainer
Thomas Noble
Owner
Peter Henry
Prizemoney
$15,025.00
Last 10 Starts
1116111111
29 Months   White & Brindle   Dog   by   Made To Size - Tina’s Show
Start Slow Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,156.00 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
13 10 2 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
77% 92%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 2 0 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 1 0
Comments: Tom Noble (Trainer) - “He’s not that fast early and has no hope of leading it. He will be mid-field and likes to use the track. I don’t think he’s a good chance. He is not up to the class and has only had 10 starts. You need early speed to win these races. The owner is happy to see him in the final.”
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.98 30.18 5.71 5.71
Box 4
 Race Odds
$18.00
Heat Replay
 
Grand Roman
Trainer
John Conlon
Owner
John Conlon
Prizemoney
$12,960.00
Last 10 Starts
1111134142

28 Months

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

 

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

Strong

Prizemoney Rating $709.00 Rating 94
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 2 2 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
29% 86%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 0 2
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0  0
Comments: Tony Brett (Trainer) – “We are up against it from box five. He wasn’t ready last week, I sort of threw him in the deep end. There was a slight hiccup as he was meant to be in the Warrnambool Classic but there was an issue with some paperwork and he had to be scratched, so I took him to Sandown for a post-to-post and he went fantastic. I decided after that to throw him in the Derby and he has made the final. I’ve only had him over a fortnight. He’s a lovely dog and has been looked after, which makes my job easier.”

 

Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.14 30.14 5.62 5.62
Box 6
Race Odds
$21.00
Heat Replay
 
Tejay’s Grand
Trainer
Travis Elson
Owner
Hope Elson
Prizemoney
$28,090.00
Last 10 Starts
4123411432
28 Months   Brindle   Dog   by   El Grand Senor - Summer’s Sizzler
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $685.00 Rating 91
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
41 17 6 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
41% 71%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
11 3 3 1
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 1 0
Comments: Travis Elson (Trainer) – “He hasn’t drawn well. I would prefer him drawn closer to the rails. The seven cuts left. It is up to the start. He is a very honest dog but he is not up to the class of the two 29.60 dogs. His best is 30.20 odd. He will need a lot of things to go his way and for things to go wrong for others.”
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.24 30.19 5.65 5.71
Box 7
Race Odds
$13.00
Heat Replay
 
Angvella
Trainer
Christine Harman
Owner
A Team Partnership
Prizemoney
$13,340.00
Last 10 Starts
1311845211
27 Months   Brindle   Dog   by   Just The Best - Joy Esme
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,213.00 Rating 92
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
11 5 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
45% 64%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 3 1 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – Recorded the slowest heat time last week, finishing strongly. Is expected to head straight across to the fence and is likely to suffer interference in the process.
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.97 30.56 5.65 5.68
Box 8
Race Odds
$3.50
Heat Replay
 
Size Does Matter
Trainer
Reg Kay
Owner
Julie Edmondson
Prizemoney
$11.525.00
Last 10 Starts
1243412111
24 Months   Black   Dog   by   Bekim Bale - Size It Up
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,153.00 Rating 98
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
10 5 2 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
50% 80%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 2 1  1
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Comments: Reg Kay (Trainer) – “He is a bit hit and miss at the start. The Victorian dogs in box one and two will be hard to beat. I don’t know if he will get across. I’m hoping, I’ve got my fingers crossed. He is very inexperienced. If he had the inside and came out like he did last week, he would be a rough chance. In six months time he will show what he can do. I would rather have box eight then four, five or six. He has done well during the week.”
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.69 29.69 5.56 5.56
1st Res
Race Odds
$16.00
Heart Replay
 
Farmer’s Gold
Trainer
Darren Russell
Owner
Margaret Dwyer
Prizemoney
$12,620.00
Last 10 Starts
1266125612
27 Months   Fawn   Dog   by   Where’s Pedro - Surin’ Sal
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $904.00 Rating 87
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
14 5 5 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
36% 71%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
11 5 4 0
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Ran on behind Keybow last week. Prior to that his form had been patchy. Will need luck if he gains a start. 
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.98 30.25 5.84 5.92
2nd Res
Race Odds
$31.00
Heat Replay
 
Wazz’s Fantasy
Trainer
William Elson
Owner
Cynthia Elson
Prizemoney
$14,040.00
Last 10 Starts
31686446F2
29 Months   Black   Dog   by   Permier Fantasy - Regal Silver
Start Moderate Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $265.00 Rating 85
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
53 8 14 8
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
15% 56%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 0 2 0
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Yet to win at the track and wins are well spaced. Will find this too hard if he gets a start. 
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 30.59 5.61 5.61

Keybow (2) is the stand-out as he has drawn well and we all know he is a class dog, with the Group One Perth Cup his biggest win currently. He just has to repeat last week’s performance to win this and he will be aided by a slow beginner on his outside.

Zipping Brock (1) is the other Victorian trained chaser in the race and he handled his first start at the track in race conditions with aplomb. He was only beaten a neck and looks the natural improver in the race.

Size Does Matter (8) came out running in his heat from box three. It is the second time in a row that he has come out well and the Reg Kay trained dog, who has just turned two, looks like he is starting to put it all together. He looks to be a very smart dog in the making but may have some trouble trying to cross from box eight. He may get the drag across if Angvella (7) begins and cuts left as most expect him to.

Flash Reality (5) wasn’t set for this race but after being scratched from the Warrnambool Classic, Tony Brett decided to put the dog, who is only new to his kennels, in the Derby. He put in a very gutsy effort last week and in the astute hands of Brett, is capable of anything. He is an each-way chance.

Peter’s Pick (3) has won 10 from 13 but may find this a little tough as he is a slow beginner. He is strong, but will need some luck in the early stages to put himself in the race. Grand Roman (4) on the other hand has plenty of early toe but will need to be well clear to finish ahead of some of the strong finishers in this race.

Lastly, Tejay’s Grand (6) is a very honest and experienced chaser, but the box draw has not done him any favours with his trainer admitting a lot of things will need to go his way if he is to be a chance.

2014 Group Two Queensland Derby Heats Reviewed

A handy field has been assembled for the final of the Group Two Queensland Derby next Thursday night. Keybow and Size Does Matter set the track alight in the heats with fast runs under 29.70.

Heat One – Group Two Queensland Derby

Late Angel Lee (3) dominated the betting with support for Peter’s Pick (2) coming late, and it was the latter of the two that wound up victorious in 30.18. At box-rise the best away was Murtaugh (1) while short-courser Mr Elegant (8) also showed early speed to move into second early.

Peter’s Pick was only average away and had to drive up along the rail through the turn to stay in touch with Murtaugh. He pushed underneath Murtaugh down the back to take the lead. However, the race wasn’t over at this stage as noted strong finisher Zipping Brock (7) was right on Peter Pick’s hammer. Peter’s Pick elected to move to the middle of the track turning for home and Zipping Brock was able to take the lead momentarily. Peter’s Pick kicked again and emerged the winner by a neck. Late Angel Lee (3) finished strongly to be a length away in third.

Peter’s Pick is trained by Tom Noble and is by Made To Size – Tina’s Show (Late Late Show – Berella Batina). He has now won 10 races.

Heat Two – Group Two Queensland Derby

Flash Reality (2) secured his second career win in the second heat, finishing too strongly for race leader Grand Roman (1). The early stages of the race were no place for the faint-hearted with Give You Credit (3) falling as the field charged into the first turn.

Flash Reality (2) shifted off on the first turn but once he got where he wanted to be he was happy and took off after Grand Roman. Clash Of Kings (6) showed early speed but couldn’t get a clear run and finished fourth. Darren McDonald’s Where’s The Surf (7) could only manage fifth after a poor getaway. Winged Elite (5), who was near last approaching the first turn, showed some good field sense to finish third.

Flash Reality, trained by Tony Brett recorded 30.14 for his first Albion Park win. He is by Premier Fantasy – Orara Flash (Bond – Sweet Elite).

Heat Three – Group Two Queensland Derby

The slowest of the three heats was taken out by the fast finishing Angvella (7) in 30.56. Favourite Fusaichi Kahn (4) blew his chances at the start when he was last away. From there he could not make an impact. Chant (6) looked handy going around the turn but a check put paid to his chances. Wazz’s Fantasy (2) was full of running early and pinched a five length break down the back. However, he was running out of gas up the home straight allowing Angvella to pinch the win. Thunder Of Speed (3) also challenged late to fill the last of the minor placings.

Angvella has now won five races and is trained by Christina Harman. He is by Just The Best – Joy Esme (Fortified Rush – Marine Queen).

Heat Four – Group Two Queensland Derby

Size Does Matter (3) for Reg Kay gave nothing else a chance when he flew the lids and led easily to romp away for a quick 29.69 win. The real race was going on behind him for the placings with Tejay’s Hand (8) just staving off the challenge by Are Ate (5). Battistuzzi (6) was expected to perform well but unfortunately ran unplaced for the third week in a row after bombing the start.

Size Does Matter has now won five races. He is by Bekim Bale – Size It Up (Elite State – Size ‘Em Up).

Heat Five – Group Two Queensland Derby

Keybow (2) saved the best for last to record the fastest of the five heats, scorching away by nine and a quarter lengths in 29.67. The Darren McDonald trained chaser took the early lead and was never troubled and will be the likely favourite for the final next week. Farmer’s Gold (4) found some space in the home straight to run on for second, while Trav’s Fantasy (1), who was second for the better part of the race, held on for third.

Keybow is by Take The Kitty – Key Exit (Over Flo – Atlanta Belle) and has now won 12 from 24.

The box draw for the final is:

1. Zipping Brock – Peter Dapiran
2. Keybow – Darren McDonald
3. Peter’s Pick – Thomas Noble
4. Grand Roman – John Conlon
5. Flash Reality – Tony Brett
6. Tejay’s Grand – Travis Elson
7. Angvella – Christina Harman
8. Size Does Matter – Reg Kay

First Reserve – Farmer’s Gold – Darren Russell
Second Reserve – Wazz’s Fantasy – William Elson

Red Hot Ruetschi Deserving Of Some Credit

Patrick Estate trainer Peter Ruetschi is on the crest of a winning wave.

That rich vein of form may well be set to continue at Albion Park this Thursday where he has five runners engaged. The most important being his bitch You Can Talk, who will line up in box three in the final of the Group Two $40,000 Bogie Leigh Futurity.

The speedy red brindle daughter of Outa Credit and Where Are You (Hallucinate – Duel’s Me Mum) has won 11 of her 21 career starts and led all the way in her heat in the time of 30.13, just 0.01 seconds outside her best.

Ruetschi is bullish about her chances and told ARG that everything has fallen into place nicely.

“She went good last week but I think she will improve on Thursday night,” he said.

“Hopefully she can lead, the one is the only other one that can lead I think. The box is good for her, I like her close to the rails, but three is fine because she races one or two off the fence. She is well and I expect her to go good.”

It will be a family affair on the evening with three of You Can Talk’s litter-mates (Give You Credit, You Say So and Outa Tempo) lining up in heats of the Queensland Derby. Add to that a half relation in Captain Clarrie, who will exit box two in the Anzac Day trophy, and there is plenty for Ruetschi to be excited about.

“They are all going well, the three in the derby are huge hopes, her brothers.”

Ruetschi is very proud of the achievements of the breed which he races in partnership with owener/breeder Ken Crawford.

From just three litters Where Are You has thrown no less than 196 winners, with plenty more likely to come. Her first two litters to Elite And Classy, the second of which Captain Clarrie is a result, have produced 88 and 76 winners respectively.

Her most recent litter by Outa Credit has already produced 32 winners, not bad considering the litter is only 25 months old.

“Her mother has been unbelievable, I think she has thrown around 200 winners,” Ruetschi said.

“We have bred the litters, I raced her, Ken Crawford owned her and I raced her for her whole career, she had 99 starts. She was only a sprinter, she got run down by Black Enforcer a couple of times at Albion Park, she just couldn’t quite get the 500, but she has thrown 600 metre dogs. She has thrown a couple of group dogs.”

It is not the end of the road for the prolific producer just yet with Where Are You set to have her final litter soon.

“She is in pup with her last litter now to Lochinvar Marlow.”

But the Ruetschi and Crawford combination have no plans of stopping just yet.

“I’ll have to start using her daughters soon, they will be pretty valuable broodbitches.”

Where Are you could well add another Group winner (or two) to her already impressive CV as a matron in the next fortnight at Albion Park.

2014 Group Two Bogie Leigh Futurity Final Preview

An octet of young bitches of the highest quality will grace the Albion Park circuit this Thursday night as they vie for the $40,000 winners cheque in the 2014 Group Two Bogie Leigh Futurity Final.

It is hard to remember a more even Futurity field with a unique blend of early speed and strength, meaning there is six or seven genuine chances.

Last year the event was dominated by Victorians with Purcell Bale defeating Xylia Allen. There is every chance the cash could be headed south again in 2014 with the Jeff Britton and Angela Langton team boasting three finalist.

Here is how they line up;

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

 

Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.12 30.12 N/A 5.50
Box 2
Race Odds 
$7.50
Heat Replay
 
Visualize It
Trainer
Peter Young
Owner
Conlon Miller Young Partnership
Prizemoney
$2,135.00
Last 10 Starts
XXXXX35142
25 Months   Blue   Bitch   by   Ivan Brown - Visualization
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $427.00 Rating 92
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 1 1 1
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
20% 60%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 1 1 1
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – Was overhauled in the fastest heat last week. Could find herself on the speed but will need luck to hold out the challengers on the last fifty metres.
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.16 30.07 N/A 5.60
Box 3
Race Odds
$3.40
Heat Replay
 
You Can Talk
Trainer
Peter Ruetschi
Owner
Kenneth Crawford
Prizemoney
$19,455.00
Last 10 Starts
1123111121
25 Months   Red Brindle   Bitch   by   Outa Credit - Where Are You
Start Excellent Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $926.00 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
21 11 5 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
53% 86%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
12 6 2 2
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 2 0
Comments: Peter Ruetschi (Trainer) – “She went good last week but I think she will improve tomorrow night. Hopefully she can lead, the one is the only other one that can lead I think. The box is good for her, I like her close to the rails but three is fine because she races one or two off the fence. She is well and I expect her to go good.”

 

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

29 Months

  Black   Bitch   by   Premier Fantasy - Regal Silver
Start Moderate Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $836.00 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
28 10 5 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
36% 68%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
20 6 4 3
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 3 0 1
Comments: William Elson (Trainer) – “She is a great chaser, she’s a real good bitch, I think she could be the better of my two but the dogs from down south are always hard to beat. If she jumps and gets away she will be real hard to beat.”

 

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

Strong

Prizemoney Rating $X Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
22 5 4 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
23% 50%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 2  0
Comments: Angela Langton (Trainer) – “We will need some luck in the run, she hasn’t got a lot of pace, she is a 700 metre bitch. If she can sit just behind them then she will be close enough and she is strong enough to win the race. We only took her up because she had seen the track before and we knew she would be one of the oldest bitches in the race. We are not really expecting her to win. She had a little bit of a spell and we were bringing her back and she led a couple of 500’s at Cranbourne, we just thought we have nothing to lose so why not.”

 

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

There looks to be a multitude of scenarios that could unfold in this event. The likely early speed will come from Abby’s Fantasy (1), You Can Talk (3) and possibly Oakvale Flyer (7). Should they get a clean break on the field they could make their own luck in front.

Expect the fastest qualifier Oakvale Destiny (6) to be motoring home along with stayer Tarks Nemesis (5). Their fate will rely on gaining some room in transit and getting a clean crack at them as they head for home.

Group Two Queensland Derby Preview

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

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

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

Here’s a look at the heats;

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Finalists Decided For Group Two Futurity At Albion Park

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

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

Here is how the five heats panned out;

Heat One

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

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

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

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

Heat Two

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

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

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

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

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

Heat Three

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

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

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

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

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

Heat Four

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

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

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

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

Heat Five

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Are Ate Derby Bound After Ipswich Auction Victory

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Are Ate Simply Too Good In Ipswich Puppy Auction Final

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Group Two Ipswich Puppy Auction Final Preview

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

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

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

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

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

Box 1
Race Odds

$31.00

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

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

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

24 Months

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

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

Good

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


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

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

Yessam Melody

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

 

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

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

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

It augurs well for a super final come Saturday night.

Double Delight For Jan Warner In Ipswich Auction Final

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

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

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

“We are stoked,” Warner said.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2014 Ipswich Auction Series Reaches Semi-Final Stage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rockhampton Lands A Trifecta Of Black Wednesdays

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

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

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

Power Failure 1 – 12th of March 2014

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

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

Power Failure 2 – 19th of March 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Trainers Reactions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2014 Ipswich Auction Series Kicks Off

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

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

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

Heat 1

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

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

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

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

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

Heat 2

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

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

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

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

Heat 3

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

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

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

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

Heat 4

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

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

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

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

Heat 5

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

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

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

Queensland Racing – Who Let The Dogs Out

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How do we encourage new participants?

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

How can we promote growth?

How should Racing Queensland prioritise the Greyhound racing industry?

Paw Note – The Track –

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

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

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

Amy Broadrick Disqualified For Four Years For Animal Welfare Reasons

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(d) Veterinary attention when necessary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2014 Vince Curry Memorial Preview

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

Box One, Garrangay Duk, Pure Octane- Secret Sally

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

Box Two, Werrina Lace, Mantra Lad- Petite Tory

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

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

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

Box Four, Jungle Junction, Cosmic Rumble-Cindeen Shelby

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2014 Vince Curry Semi-Final Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The box draw for the final is.

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

Reserves,
Hara’s Annie
Ollie Benz.

2014 Vince Curry Maiden Semi Final Previews

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

Semi Final One, Race Five at 5.22pm

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

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

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

These three runners look the main hopefuls.

Semi Final Two, Race Six at 5.37pm

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

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

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

Semi Final Three, Race Seven at 5.56pm

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

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

Semi Final Four, Race Eight at 6.16pm

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

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

2014 Vince Curry Maiden Heats Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Round two gets underway this Saturday night.

Benarkin And Tony Brett Win The Big Dog

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2014 Vince Curry Memorial Preview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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