Early Speed to Decide Group 3 Gold Coast Cup

Last Thursday Queensland’s Premier Club hosted four heats of the Group 3 Gold Coast Cup series with the first and second place getters progressing to this weeks $25,000 to the winner final. On a perfect night for racing, the time standard was set by the brilliant Jetta’s Girl for leading trainer Tony Brett who stopped the clock in a very fast 29.79.  It was an awesome display of box speed by the recent Ipswich Track Recorder holder (431m) as she exploded from the boxes in a lightning 5.57 first section.

With the track in wonderful condition the four heats showed their class and ability with only lengths separating each of the 4 heat winners.  Prior to the heats Racing Queensland would have been disappointed in another feature series failing to attract full fields and big name greyhounds.  The greyhounds that competed are chasers with above average ability, but despite these local chasers, the event wasn’t supported by interstate trainers and runners as in years gone by.  It is yet another problem facing the administrators in a struggling Queensland Racing environment.

The highlight of the night was the early speed on display with some lightning quick first sectionals.  Prior to the bunny rolling past the boxes for this week’s final, it looks on paper that whichever grey can jump cleanest and quickest may be the one to claim victory and Group 3 success.

Group 3 Gold Coast Cup Final – 520m – Albion Park

Box 1 – Battistuzzi (Collision – Dulcinea)

Heat winner is a fast 30.12, he was able to wear down early leader Rose Of Galo and Queensland champ Glen Gallon. The veteran of only 10 starts is an up and coming greyhound with plenty of ability as evidenced by his track best 29.86.  The October 2011 whelp looks a greyhound to follow and with his racing ability and style he looks well placed after coming up with the rails draw.  Fast early and in the capable hands of Spring Grove trainer Frank Hancock. Winning chance.

Box 2 – Yogi Blue (Cool Effort – Opal Assassin)

Yamanto trainer Peter O’Reilly continues to shine in 2013 with another group finalist in box 2 runner Yogi Blue.  The April 2011 whelp has been a bread and butter performer throughout his career, returning 6 wins an 11 placing’s from his 31 career starts.  A recent trip to South Australia seems to have worked wonders for the blue dog as he ran his best race at Albion Park last week when a close second behind Punch One Out.  From the same box draw this week, he looks an each-way chance to taste victory in his toughest test to date.

Box 3 – Punch One Out (Knocka Norris – Little Egyptian)

A brilliant final section saw Punch One Out catch early leader Yogi Blue in a fast 29.85 when she took out heat three last week. The beautifully conformed 27 kilo black bitch has been a revelation since first gracing the track when second on debut at Lismore.  A well-travelled greyhound she is a multiple group finalist, having made feature finals throughout Australia during her 42 start career.  Having raced against and beaten some of the best greyhounds during her career she looks the one to beat in the final. With 21 wins and 14 placing’s and a bank balance in excess of $100,000 she faces the bunny from the same box as her heat win.  Great bitch in great hands – the one to beat.

Box 4 – Cecil Henry (Collision – Millennium)

Astute mentor Greg Brennan puts the polish on another group finalist with exciting sprinter Cecil Henry.  A heat winner in a strong 30.15 after exciting the cherry draw, he was able to lead throughout in a nice performance amongst the local Queensland brigade in a tight finish. The December 2010 whelp has only had limited starts but does have track experience at HQ where he has faced the starter on 22 occasions for 11 wins and 6 placing’s.  A poor draw with box 4 in the final, but a young greyhound with ability and in competent and astute hands.  Each Way chance.

Box 5 – Maid For Ron (Made To Size – Tina’s Show)

Baby bitch Made For Ron continues to show class beyond her experience as she charged home strongly when second behind fastest heat winner Jetta’s Girl. The veteran of just 6 career starts (4 wins and 1 second) is prepared by Queensland great Ron Ball. With a sub 30 PB at Albion Park – she does have exceptionally ability and is one of the most exciting up and coming greyhounds in Queensland. Despite her poor draw, and lack of experience she is a strong winning chance.

Box 6 – Rose Of Galo (El Galo – Noir Rose)

Mount Tarampa trainer Albert Kennewell puts the polish on exciting bitch Rose Of Galo who qualifies for another feature final.  The February 2011 whelp has an outstanding ability to ping the lids and with box speed winning races she looks one the early challengers in the final. Second in her heat behind Battistuzzi, she has a fast 30.02 PB here. With an overall record of 25 starts for 11 wins and 6 placing’s, she is a consistent performer and deserving of Group 3 success.

Box 7 – White Hornet (Cosmic Rumble – Skinny Magic)

Park Ridge mentor Ray Burman continues to shine in 2013 and leading the kennel charge is super consistent White Hornet. The November 2011 whelp is the youngest chaser in the final. Despite the young age he has an outstanding overall record and at HQ his record is outstanding with 13 starts resulting in 8 wins and 3 placing’s.  Already a feature finalist he has been a wonderful money spinner in his short career with prizemoney already in excess of $30,000. The Skinny Magic litter are winning races throughout South East Queensland with White Hornet the flag bearer and an each-way chance in the final.

Box 8 – Jetta’s Girl (Surf Lorian – Kaycee Diva)

Brilliant heat winner in BON figures stopping the clock at super quick 29.79 (5.57, 11.50 and 12.72).  The recent Ipswich 431m track record holder is racing in career best form and is perfectly drawn out wide in the pink rug. An overall record of 34 starts for 17 wins and 9 placing’s she is wonderfully honest in each of her race track performances. Raced by the Gargoyle’s Racing syndicate, it is yet another feature final for this beautiful daughter of leading Queensland sire Surf Lorian.  Prepared by Queensland’s leading mentor Tony Brett she will be will fancied in the final and is boxed to win.

 

Reserves

Box 9 – Spirits Away (Run’s House – Spirit Released)

First reserve Spirits Away ran a terrific heat race when a close third behind series favourite Punch One Out. It was a great performance from the cherry draw by the Paul Haig trained and Philip Muller owned daughter of Runs House.  With a strong career winning percentage of 22 starts for 9 wins and 3 placing’s she does have an honest each way chance should she gain a start.

Box 10 – Dulcie Dee (Collision – Dulcinea)

Second reserve for the final is the litter sister of heat winner and box 1 finalist Battistuzzi.  Another chaser from the Hancock kennel, she is greyhound with untapped ability. Still a baby with just the 10 career starts she has a brilliant record of 6 wins and 3 placing’s.  A young greyhound going places and one to follow no matter what happens here. Fast early, she will be another with an open each way chance should she gain a start in the rich final.

The Group 3 Gold Coast Cup continues to be a highlight on the Queensland Racing Calendar despite having been moved to Albion Park since the Gold Coast Parklands Track closure in 2008. Recent winners include Velocette (2009) and Don’t Knocka Him (2012) amongst a host of well performed chasers of years gone by. This year’s final is an open affair, with early speed the key to who will take home the title and first place prizemoney.

Selections – 8 – 7 – 6 – 3

Racing Queensland Recommit To Logan Greyhound Racing Track

Racing Queensland has announced the initial stages of phase two of the Industry Infrastructure Strategy, with a $22 million commitment to Gold Coast racing.

RQ Chairman Kevin Dixon said the board would today recommend two proposals for the approval of the Queensland Government, including a replacement venue for the Gold Coast Greyhound Racing Club and a $10 million commitment to establish a new home for the Gold Coast Harness Racing Club.

“This announcement will provide clarity and certainty for the harness and greyhound industries,” Mr Dixon said.

“The Gold Coast Greyhound Racing Club will have a $12 million new home at Cronulla Park in Logan which is set to include the construction of a one-turn track with additional kennels, patron facilities and car parking.

“We are delighted to announce this commitment to greyhound racing at Logan, as the project has been on and off the table for many years and finally the time is right to progress.

“Meanwhile, a $10 million commitment to the Gold Coast Harness Racing Club will allow all site options being canvassed to be fully scrutinized, with the funds preserved for Infrastructure spending until a viable way forward is agreed upon.”

Mr Dixon said there had been many options put forward for relocating the Gold Coast Harness Racing Club, and intensive investigations were underway to ensure the best possible outcome for the Gold Coast racing community and the wider Queensland industry.

“At this point no decision has been made on a preferred option, however we felt it was important to commit a project budget to allow each opportunity to be evaluated with consideration of budget capabilities,” he said.

“Both of these projects are highly important to RQ and the new harness and greyhound boards, with major planning scheduled to begin next month.”

Mr Dixon said business case submissions for the two Industry Infrastructure Strategy proposals would be submitted to the Queensland State government within coming weeks.

Racing Queensland Backflips

Industry uproar and concern from participants over the recent RQ prizemoney restructure has forced Racing Queensland to revise its recent changes. Owners and trainers stood tall and took their concerns to RQ who listened and responded in haste. The changes were immediate.

On Thursday 12 of September 2013 – the following changes were made to take effect from 1 October 2013.

“The board has retained the strategy to increase from six to seven TAB race meetings across South-East Queensland each week which are vital to maintaining revenue and market share.

The budget has now been reallocated to provide for:

  • one class 1 meeting at Albion Park (Thursday),
  • three class 2 meetings at Albion Park (Monday & Wednesday) and Ipswich (Saturday)
  • three class 3 meetings at Albion Park (Sunday) and Ipswich (Tuesday & Friday)

There has been a slight reduction in the prizemoney for the top graded race which is run at Albion Park on Thursday nights.”

The board further announced a new grading policy that will become effective on the 1 November 2013.  The major changes will see distance categories being extended from two to four groupings. Heats and finals will now count as one win and not two as per past policy.

Firstly, as critical as I have been in the past towards RQ, credit must be given where credit is due and it is pleasing to see that they listened to the calls and cries of the industry in relation to this ONE issue.  Unfortunately it continues to highlight incompetence at the top level.  The industry wasn’t consulted in the first place and this backflip just further embarrasses the RQ brand.

Social media has been abuzz since the last release and its gives further evidence that the industry needs change.  Racing Queensland listened.   The Bundaberg Greyhound Club were furious as were the UQGA.  The quick change from RQ was well received.

“UQGA congratulated the board for revising the prize money restructure – stating that the extra race meeting on Saturday night at Ipswich will position the industry well for the new product co distribution next year by increasing turnover even further.” – Source Facebook.

As previously mentioned by ARG and countless other new sites, the issues that face Queensland Racing stem from within RQ and previous boards.  The underlying concerns impacting growth and the future of the industry are failing to be acknowledged and acted upon.  Queensland Racing needs a complete overhaul and it needs to start from within.

Prizemoney Boost

As mentioned last week the prizemoney boost is just smoke and mirrors.  It doesn’t address the concerns that the greyhound industry is still missing its entitled TAB distribution. We keep propping up the harness code.  If RQ fight for what they are entitled to – the flow on affect will take care of prizemoney itself. A small boost here will not stop the industry decline – nor should anyone be fooled into thinking that it will.

Grading Changes

RQ would like participants to believe that the proposed grading changes will present an exciting opportunity in Queensland. Greyhounds will now be entitled to win over 4 grades, instead of the previous 2.  This presents implications for race quality and the betting consumer.

Our breeding has been off for some time – we have catered for the speed dogs. We race small fields and the spectacle is ruined by poor layout and track design. We rarely see greyhounds missing out on a run – no matter what the dog’s ability.

The problem facing RQ is the lack of dogs available to make up quality fields.  I agree that RQ needs to cater for all classes and ability of greyhound but to sell the product and move forward we need to improve the product to the consumer.  The industry needs an overhaul.

The change to the grading proposal isn’t correct.  It needed to change but not the way that it has.  The changes will force poor dogs to perform over unsuitable distances. RQ will support this so that fields can be filled.  Corner starts already impact results – dogs are hampered and disadvantaged by box draws and track layout.  With dogs racing over unsuitable distances this will only be heightened further as the new grading proposal takes effect. The result – the standard of racing will decrease, the product that is on show will decrease and so too will the few remaining consumers who support it.

Changes are needed – but these changes should be industry driven – not from a board who have lost touch with the product they are supposed to control.

 

Racing Queensland Initiatives Just Smoke & Mirrors

On the 6th of September 2013 Racing Queensland (RQ) issued two press releases in relation to new initiatives due to take affect from October 1st. The first press release was in relation to the new breeding incentive scheme, affectionately titled QGreys.

Taken directly from the release, “QGreys will work in line with RQs two other breeding schemes for thoroughbred and harness, QTIS and QBred. The aim of the scheme is to reward Queensland Greyhound participants for the long term future of the industry. Registering greyhounds for the QGreys breeding scheme will provide stakeholders with the opportunity of winning $750,000 in programmed events throughout the calendar year.” Initially the incentive will apply for greyhound whelped on or after October 1st 2012. The report promises “An early return on investment will be available for registered greyhounds under the breeding scheme bonuses, including:

  • Up to $500 bonuses for greyhounds winning a Maiden event
  • Up to $600 bonuses for greyhounds winning a Novice event
  • $1000 bonus for greyhounds winning programmed City Class events for the full duration of their racing career
  • $1200 for programmed Class 1 graded final events
  • $600 for programmed graded events and non-group finals on class 2, 3, 4 and 6 tracks.

Like all good things it comes with a cost and breeders, owners and trainers will have to register their pups at a cost of $40.00 plus GST for greyhounds under 9 months and $140.00 plus GTS for greyhounds 9-12 months of age. Hardly seems like a good thing.

The second press release was in relation to the new operational and prizemoney restructure also due to take affect October 1st. The newly appointed Queensland Greyhound Racing Board have confirmed a number of changes to prizemoney distribution and class of race meetings on a weekly basis.

Allegedly “the overwhelming response for the return of Ipswich Saturday night TAB racing” has resulted in the meeting class changing to a Class 2 status.”

“The new operational strategy will outline prizemoney allocation changes in South-East Queensland which will be tiered in relation to track class and distance for a particular race meeting and maiden prizemoney will be increased to equal graded prizemoney.

Additionally non-TAB prizemoney will be standardised with all non-TAB race clubs to receive equal prizemoney distribution. The change in Class for Ipswich Saturday Night has resulted in Albion Park Sunday being re-classified as Class 4.”

Furthermore the release talks about an upcoming release about a revamped grading policy developed by the newly established Grading Committee. The full details of the release can be found on the Greyhound Racing Queensland webpage.

At first glance both of these releases and incentives should appear to be welcome changes to a struggling Queensland Industry. For the most part it’s another desperate gulp of air from a drowning industry clearly lacking leadership and direction.

QGreys appears to be like most breeding bonuses before it. Whilst successful in some states – (Western Australia for example) it is just a method of propping up a struggling industry. It doesn’t address the fundamental issues affecting the current status of racing.

The Prizemoney increase is a welcome bonus, as are some of the changes in relation to the new operational structure. Here, the big winner is the Saturday night Ipswich Class 2 meetings which will be TAB covered and on trial for 3 months from October 1st.

Unfortunately these new initiatives still fail to address the serious concerns of the industry, the same that are spoken about time and time again. Here are just 4.

Promised New Track

Racing Queensland and the defunct group before it have failed to deliver on any promises on new track development. The question has to be is why is this not occurring? What aren’t we being told?

As noted in countless media releases Cronulla Park Logan has been the preferred and approved option for a number of years. The stand alone complex has the support of local government and the industry. The site is in a perfect growth corridor for future developments and money has been spent designing plans for the site. Most importantly it has the potential to be a two track facility and generate income through other means (catering, functions, and joint office space).

The industry was also promised compensation from the closure of the Parklands, Gold Coast. Has this happened and if so where has the money been used.

Queensland Track closures have crippled the industry – closures have occurred at Lawnton, Toowoomba, Beenleigh and Gold Coast. This smoke and mirrors approach to management is the latest ploy of leadership lacking direction and not listening to the voice of participants. The industry continues to suffer on broken promises made by governments and administrations of past. When a decision is made into development the industry can finally look forward to successful growth and prizemoney taking care of itself.

TAB Distributions

Racing Queensland should push for TAB distribution based on its market share. Too long the industry has been propping up the other codes, noticeably harness racing. If the industry is handed what it is worth the prizemoney increases will take care of itself.

Let’s fight for our rightful share and disperse these funds into our industry. Let’s take stock of what’s ours. Let’s use these funds to develop quality racing and races. Doing so will ensure that prizemoney takes care of itself.

These new initiatives contradict what was said only a short while ago. TAB coverage had left Saturday night Ipswich and trainers and owners were racing maiden dogs who were unable to gain a start anywhere else. Ipswich had stated that maidens were ineligible to race on Tuesday and Friday’s. They raced on Saturday and only for a pittance. Races were $500 split – $300.00 win, $100.00 second, $50.00 third with $10.00 for fourth.

Now within weeks and the reinstatement of temporary TAB coverage, the racing class changes to Class 2 and prizemoney increases 7 fold with maiden winners and graded 520m races now receiving $1400.00 in first prizemoney alone. What makes no sense is that graded events over 431m only carry a first prize of $960.00 – traditionally the preferred Ipswich distance. Graded distance races 630m and further are far better off but notably fewer races between – they carry first prize of $1525.00.

RQ have stated that the prizemoney increase is to bring the best dogs available to race at Ipswich on a Saturday night and give the new 3 month TAB coverage lease the best chance of success. The question to RQ is where are these dogs going to come from? One only has to look over the past 6 – 12 months of race fields at Thursday night Albion Park where maidens, multiple novice events, and short fields are the norm.

The issue regarding prizemoney still stems around turnover and the TAB using greyhound funds to prop up the struggling harness code. This is the first concern that should have been addressed, do this and prizemoney takes care of itself. We don’t need to rob Peter (Thursday Night) to pay Paul (Saturday TAB).

Grading Scheduling

The latest release will financially reward dogs who are successful running over the distance events (that appears to be races in excess of 520m). The problem here is that breeding over a number of years has failed to build a solid base for this to occur. Stayers were the unwanted and we pushed for fast dogs who could sprint. As such – we don’t have the calibre of staying dogs that we should. There have been many wonderful performers over the distance events – Miata included, but these appear to be by accident. A good stayer is a licence to print money. This short term approach won’t fix decades of poor breeding.

The foot note of the prizemoney and rescheduling talks about a change in Queensland Grading – this has been called for by participants for as long as one cares to remember.

It can’t come soon enough – the Victorian Model appears to be the best in the country. A greyhound that has won in excess of 20 races and $100,000 and yet travels to Warragul for the first time on a Tuesday night is still a 5th grade. They must be doing something right. Change grading, not prizemoney – that will stop poor performing dogs filling staying events.

No Attraction

Racing Queensland is failing to attract quality competitors for its feature races. 2013 has been marred by small fields. The Group events have been littered by local grade 5 greyhounds. While we struggle to fill the feature events, we struggle to fill the grandstands too. A night at the track is an unwanted burden for most. The public can’t interact with the dogs and what’s worse is some trainers don’t engage either. It should be a selling point. The night at the dogs should inspire people to get involved. RQ cant be solely at fault here. Clubs and industry participants stand at fault here – we can make a change to make Greyhound racing the spectacle of years past.

The latest release from RQ is another example of an industry suffering zero leadership and direction. The talk of changes is just that talk. We need RQ to address the issues that affect the whole of industry – only then will we see change and the industry moving forward.

Greyhound Adoption Program Proves A Hit At Brisbane’s EKKA Show

A record number of 70,000 people engaged with retired greyhounds at the Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP) lounge at the Brisbane EKKA this year.

The green-collared greyhounds stole the show, attracting visitors from all walks of life. School children, families, news crews and even Members of Parliament lined up to meet the hounds and speak to the GAP team.

GAP Manager, Gail Lane, said the greyhound lounge proved far more popular than ever in 2013.

“It was our most successful EKKA to date,” said Mrs Lane. “The number of people who stopped by the GAP lounge was dramatically up from last year.

“The dogs really did the greyhound industry proud and showed everyone why they make such beautiful pets.”

Over 43 greyhounds were rehomed after the 2012 EKKA and the program enlisted the help of an extra 13 foster carers. Applications and enquiries are yet to be processed from the 2013 EKKA however Mrs Lane is hopeful of another spike in adoptions.

“Overall, the team distributed in excess of 3500 show bags to people genuinely interested in adopting, and we already have a number of adoption applications pending.”

Like many of the EKKA visitors, strawberry ice-creams are a favourite with the retired hounds.

“The dogs love a strawberry ice-cream, we treated them to one every chance we had.”

GAP is a welfare initiative of Racing Queensland, dedicated to finding loving homes for greyhounds that have retired from racing.

To find out more about the program visit www.greyhoundpets.org.au, where you can also read about life from a greyhounds point of view in Murphy’s blog.

Young Gunners Impress In Ipswich Heats

A beautiful winter’s day was just the first of many highlights on Tuesday afternoon as four heats of the RQ Young Guns were run and won at Ipswich over the 520m. Restricted to greyhounds whelped on or after the 13th of February 2011, the top two placegetters from each heat would automatically qualify for next week’s final.

Heat One
The first heat on a perfect afternoon saw just the five chasers face the bunny with the short priced favourite White Hornet all the rage from box 6. The Ray Burman trained son of Cosmic Rumble – Skinny Magic has been very impressive in his short career with 10 starts resulting in 7 wins and 2 seconds. Sent out at $1.40 on the local tote, he didn’t shirk the task winning impressively in 30.91 over Atta Boy Ted with Maywyn’s Force in third. With the first two placegetters progressing to the final, he looks the type of dog capable of black type success. Burman has been having a wonderful run with his team of chasers, winning races regularly throughout South-East Queensland and this was the fourth win in a row for the November 2011 whelp.

Heat Two
The Vicki Wisener owned and trained Allez Brigette would start favourite in the second heat after her impressive return to racing since her March lay-off. A first-up 30.00s even at Albion Park indicated that she was back as good as ever. The daughter of Collision – River Seine has already featured in Group 2 success at Ipswich in her short career when winning the Vince Curry Memorial Maiden in February 2013 (originally second in final results were later amended after winner Far West Leader was disqualified). Allez Brigette would start even money but would have to settle for second after Darren Russell’s wonderful winning run continued when Mysterious Thing was too good stopping the clock in a fast 30.50. Sundance Tycoon ran well for third.

Russell’s kennel star Innisplain Jet is the recent AGRA Queensland Sprint qualifier and will head to The Meadows to represent Queensland in the Group 1 National Sprint Final on August 24. Mysterious Thing (Where’s Pedro – Saturn Assassin) has previously won in fast time at Ipswich and Albion Park and her career record now stands at 23 starts for 6 wins and 6 placing’s. She is the most experienced chaser to qualify in the final, and with the current run Russell is having looks a strong chance to continue his wonderful winning run.

Heat Three
The third heat was an open betting affair with just the 7 starters drawn to chase the bunny in the hope of qualifying for the final. Box rise would see the pink dog, Frosty Jay Jay start a narrow favourite for the popular Attard’s. The 37 kilogram white chaser would jump with the field but that was the end of his luck as he was run off the track by a wayward Pay Bill (Fear Zafonic – Joy Esme) who appeared uninterested in chasing the lure. At the first turn, Pay Bill was pushing so wide that he and the favourite almost hit the outside fence.

While this was happening, Maywyn’s Popper was sneaking away after jumping cleaning from box 1. The July 2011 son of Premier Fantasy – Holly Hotpants was too good in the run home leading all the way to narrowly hang on over Not Held with a neck to Sudoku Magic in third. The white and black chaser has now won 5 of 9 career starts with a further one placing. Not Held was an impressive second after avoiding the early carnage and both look each way chances in the final.

Heat Four
The fourth and final heat appeared a two dog affair with punters split between the unbeaten Hannah Marrie (box 7) and the recent super quick winner Yogi Blue (box 3). Yogi Blue’s last run was a remarkable near record 30.28 which is one of the quickest times ever run over the Ipswich 520m. As the bunny passed the boxes, the favourite Hannah Marrie exploded leading clearly at the first mark in a super quick 5.35s, with Yogi Blue moving to a clear second and the field behind. With the front runner on the bunny, the only challenger looked Yogi Blue and he was ready to pounce at the home turn. Finding plenty in the home straight, Hannah Marrie gained a leg and she exploded away for another impressive victory for Loganlea trainer Roan Enright. The daughter of Premier Fantasy – Tayza has now raced five times for five impressive wins and with her brilliant box speed she looks a greyhound with bright prospects.

The run of Yogi Blue for second was impressive and he didn’t shirk the task as he chased the winner throughout. Running home very strongly for third was Howard Rhino and he looks a greyhound to follow with a possible distance campaign looking likely.

The finalists in box order:

2013 Ipswich Young Guns Final

Box 1 – Atta Boy Ted
Box 2 – White Hornet
Box 3 – Mysterious Thing
Box 4 – Allez Brigette
Box 5 – Maywyn’s Popper
Box 6 – Hannah Marrie
Box 7 – Yogi Blue
Box 8 – Not Held
Reserves:
Box 9 – Howard Rhino
Box 10 – Sundance Tycoon

With the final set for next Tuesday afternoon it looks a quality field of young chasers with many capable of going on to bigger and better things. The Young Guns Series is well supported event, with the good performers often going on to bigger and better things. With the upcoming Ipswich Derby and Futurity later this month, it’s a good learning curve for these young chasers prior to these upcoming rich events.

Visitors Look To Take Townsville Young Guns Final

The RQ Young Guns Series heads to Townsville tonight for the final of the $2500.00 to the winner event. Restricted to greyhounds whelped 6th of February 2011 or later, it is a wonderful series and event for young dogs to compete in the hope of collecting some good prizemoney. The Townsville Club have again attracted a quality field for the final and it will be a hotly contested race over the tough 498m. With local greyhounds competing against some travelling raiders the race would be top quality on a program anywhere in Australia.

Race 8 – RQ Young Guns Final – 498m – 9.35 PM

Box 1 – Tormented (El Galo – Velocity Thunder)
Springsure mentor William Boon made the trip north last week worthwhile with his brilliant Rockhampton sprinter Tormented an impressive heat winner in a fast 29.39. Having his first look at the trip last week he will be well fancied in the final after drawing the ideal cherry box. A winner of 11 from 17 starts with 2 placing’s, he is a speedster capable of winning anywhere in Australia. With 3 wins from his past 4 stars, the Rockhampton top grade sprinter will look to use his experience against top dogs to his advantage in the final. Drawn perfectly and in capable hands he is the one to beat.

Box 2 – Coach Little (Fear Zafonic – She’s The Word)
Leading local trainer Robert Olsen’s, Coach Little ran his best race over the journey last week when second behind Lachlan Spark in a fast 29.11. Losing by a length, he looked impressive after jumping from box 6. A North Queensland local he has raced at Cairns and Townsville throughout his 9 career starts and will be well schooled on the track. With only the 1 career win he does have 5 placing’s and looks an improving type capable of surprising in the final. Drawn better this week in box two, it would be no surprise to see the stripes cross the line first for the competent Olsen.

Box 3 – Knocknagoshel (Knocka Norris – Top Talker)
Race calling nightmare, Knocknagoshel continued his unbeaten track form with another impressive heat win last week making it 2 in a row at the Townsville track. The Michael Broody trained speedster has impressive Brisbane credentials and looks capable of another win in the final to make it 4 wins in succession. Slow early, the blue brindle dog has a ton of ability as evidenced by his career record of 15 starts for 9 wins and 1 second. With wins at Lismore, Albion Park and Townsville, if he can time his exit from the boxes he will be hard to beat.

Box 4 – Lachlan Spark (Dyna Lachlan – Four Way Spark)
Fastest heat winner Lachlan Spark for local trainer Rhonda Goodwin could not have been more impressive in his heat win stopping the clock at an impressive 29.11. The 29 kilogram chaser has excelled since making the move north after a less than impressive start to his career in Brisbane. With his hit and miss style of racing the April 2011 whelp does have a ton of ability but can be choosy and does need some luck in his races. Drawn box 4 in the final, it does appear to be a case of boxes win races and unfortunately he may find it tough from the squeeze draw. Each way chance.

Box 5 – Thunder Of Speed (Velocette – Digital Strike)
Travelling greyhound man Tom Noble has been a wonderful supporter of Qld Racing for many years, making long trips countless times to support Queensland clubs feature races and carnivals. Always hard to beat, Noble has an uncanny ability of placing’s his dogs to their strengths when travelling on the road. With 2 of the 8 finalists, Noble looks to hold two strong chances to his state-wide trophy cabinet.

Box 5 runner Thunder Of Speed was an unlucky second last week when just missing behind another visitor in Knocknagoshel. The fast Ipswich 431m winner (25.08 Best) has untapped ability having had only the 7 career starts for 3 wins and 2 placing’s. The education that this trip north provides means that whatever happens in the final, Thunder Of Speed looks a greyhound to follow as he continues on in what looks to be an exciting race career. A winning chance in the hands of a trainer who knows how to win.

Box 6 – Chili Waltz (Bit Chili – Autumn Waltz)
Local chaser Chili Waltz will look to use her track experience to her advantage as she looks to salute in her biggest test to date. With her 11 career starts all at the Townsville circuit, she has an impressive record of 5 wins and 4 placing’s including a 1 for 1 over this trip. Sent out in her heats at good each way odds of 8-1, many thought that that visitors would be too strong but it was a gutsy performance from Chili Waltz who stopped the clock in an impressive 29.24 – just two lengths off best of day figures. Trained locally by Gavin McDougall at Karrabin, she looks a strong each way chance despite the awkward green box.

Box 7 – Playtime Gal (Elite State – Time To Play)
Gumlow mentor Bradley Belford’s former NSW chaser Playtime Gal qualifies for the final thanks to an impressive second in her heats behind Tormented. Yet to win since moving north, the 25 kilogram blue brindle bitch has had 5 northern starts for 3 seconds. It was clearly her best run last week since her maiden win earlier this year at the ACT when she led all the way. Normally a good beginner this will be her biggest test and unfortunately at this stage in her career she doesn’t have the exposed form to challenge these. Minor place chance only.

Box 8 – Cel’s Fear (Fear Zafonic – Cels Honey)
Tom Noble’s second finalists is the well-travelled youngster Cel’s Fear who draws box 8. The veteran of only 11 career starts he does have an outstanding winning record of 5 wins and 1 second. Remarkably those 11 starts have been on five different tracks including; Rockhampton, Brisbane, Ipswich, Cairns and Townsville. The 27 kilogram black bitch has run some scorching times over the sprint trips including best of day wins at Rocky (23.52 B and 23.38 B) and Albion Park (22.77). By imported sire Fear Zafonic, so impressed it seems by this litter that breeders have elected to return to Fear Zafonic for a repeat mating. Disappointing in her two starts prior to last week, those runs were out of character and she looks a winning chance despite the wide draw.

Reserves
Box 9 – Eye Za Fred (Surf Lorian – Nice Portrait)
Locally trained Eye Za Fred ran another honest race when 3rd in his heat behind fasted heat winner Lachlan Spark. The winner of only 3 races from 26 starts he does have 12 placing’s but often seems to find others a little better in his races. Place chance only

Box 10 – Mission Galore (Dyna Lachlan – Cacheci)
Bluewater trainer Michael Hickmott’s fawn chaser Mission Galore was unlucky not to qualify for the final after a close third behind visitor Knocknagoshel losing on the line by only one and a half lengths. A northern greyhound he does have above average ability and looks an each way chance if lucky enough to gain a start through scratching’s.

Selections – 1 / 6 / 5 / 8

The Young Guns Final highlights another strong 10 card Townsville program with the bunny passing the boxes for the first time at 7.13pm.

Saturday Night Greyhound Racing Returns To Queensland

Racing Queensland (RQ) in conjunction with the Ipswich Greyhound Racing Club (IGRC) and Sky Racing have agreed to rejuvenate Saturday night TAB racing on a three (3) month trial basis commencing in October, 2013.

In a major coup for industry participants, the commencement of Ipswich Saturday night TAB racing will provide an additional race meeting in South-East Queensland, which will be funded from existing prizemoney allocations.

Queensland Greyhound Racing Board chairman Michael Byrne said the board is currently reviewing all operational models to maximise wagering and participation.

“Saturday night TAB racing at Ipswich has been one of the board’s priorities since taking office in May, 2013,” Mr Byrne said.

“Racing Queensland has been involved in extensive negotiations with Sky Racing and the Ipswich Greyhound Racing Club and we are looking forward to this becoming a permanent fixture on the Queensland Greyhound racing calendar.”

IGRC president Rob Essex said the Club has fought hard for the opportunity to host Saturday night racing.

“The Ipswich Greyhound Racing Club wishes to thank Racing Queensland and Sky Channel for their support in providing this opportunity, not to mention the efforts of the committee and our members,” Mr Essex said.

“Besides the obvious benefit of an additional meeting, we are excited to offer the growing Ipswich shire an exciting venue for a Saturday night out during end-of-year celebrations.

“In our previous six week TAB-trial period, our on-course turnover alone was between 30 to 40 per cent, which demonstrates the punters support the concept of Saturday night racing.”

Queensland National Finals Preview – Stayers and Sprinters Look To Join Nations Best

This Thursday night sees the finals of the AGRA Queensland Nationals both for the stayers and sprinters at Albion Park. After two quality heats last week over both distances, the 8 finalists will take their place in the hope of qualifying as the Queensland representative for the National Final on August 24. The Group 1 finals are set for The Meadows, and whoever wins these finals will represent Queensland, with the state to get behind them in their quest for Group 1 glory and title of National Champion.

AGRA NATIONAL QLD DISTANCE FINAL – 710m @ 8.25pm

Box 1 – Rylee’s Reign (Bit Chili – Reneen Lass)
The Gregory Stella trained chaser could not have been more impressive in his heat win last Thursday night after jumping well from box 8. Drawn in box 1 this week he has the right draw to lead and win. Consistent racing over the 710m journey has the 3 year old 30 kilogram black dog firing – and his form justifies that. With 5 starts over the Albion Park trip and journey he has recorded two wins and one placing, never finishing worse than fourth. With his consistent box speed and ability to position himself nicely in his racings, he is the dog to beat this week as he looks to bring up his 17th overall and $50,000 in prizemoney.

Box 2 – Lucky Cha Cha (Made To Size – Cha Cha Shari)
The veteran performer was as honest as always last week as the petite bitch finished a close fourth behind Rylee’s Reign to qualify. The Noel Murdoch trainer chaser turned 4last Friday and although she has only won 4 races from her 75 career starts she has recorded 32 placing’s. She has a PB over the track and trip of 42.47 but will need to find about 6 lengths to really challenge here. With her career coming to a close, and against some of the quality engaged she looks only a small place chance to win here and claim the Queensland representative spot.

Box 3 – Ba Bling (Where’s Pedro – Sirocco Pearl)
The Gary Keep trained bitch qualifies for another Albion Park distance feature after an honest performance when 3rd behind Rylee’s Reign. Slow early, she can show enormous mid and end-of-race pace and throughout her 69 career starts has demonstrated her racing ability time and time again when coming through a field. With 17 career wins and 17 career placing’s this looks the right race for her and a win in this would be just reward for an outstanding career. With a fast PB of 42.07 set earlier this year, she is a strong winning chance with the right luck in running. A popular race performer in the hands of a competent mentor she will have strong support on Thursday.

Box 4 – Wag Tail (Velocette – Bicardi Cruiser)
The A-Team know their greyhounds better than most and with the popular Christina taking over the trainer ranks the kennel has continued its run with success. The well-bred chasers are starting to deliver on the track with some exceptional results already in 2013. Another of those results was the run of Wag Tail last week when second behind Duchess Dora. With the February 2011 bitch having her first try over the trip she looks a natural improver for the final despite the awkward draw. With 21 career starts resulting in 6 wins and 9 placing’s she does have above average ability and looks a greyhound to follow no matter what happens this week. The distance events look to suit here racing style and she looks another from the A-Team to keep an eye on.

Box 5 – Duchess Dora (Knocka Norris – Bomber Babe)
The 25-1 surprise packet certainly did that last week when leading throughout in heat 2 to win in a respectable 42.33. The Ray Burman trained chaser continued on the kennel good form and she looks to have found her right distance with a near best of night display. The January 2011 whelp is at home on the Creek circuit where she has started 37 times (41 overall) for 6 wins and 12 placing’s. The recent 710m racing will have her fit for the final and any dog that Burman puts a lead on is worth following. Strong chance if she can repeat last week’s performance.

Box 6 Lay Down Teddy (Go Wild Teddy – Restless Desire)
A fourth place heat finish was enough to qualify the Jason Kent trained bitch as she qualifies for the biggest race of her career. With 86 starts resulting in 13 wins and 24 placing’s she has chased the bunny enough to earn her place in a race of this calibre. A best time over the track and distance of 42.62 won’t be good enough to challenge these but she is consistent and a place chance. Will be long odds in the final.

Box 7 – Never Tell (El Galo – Georgia Anne)
The Anne Southee trained chaser draws box 7 for another feature final after a strong 3rd behind Duchess Dora. As mentioned last week in the heat preview he has been a wonderful competitor in his career winning from 300 – 700 m and running quick times over all distances. He has recorded fast wins at Ipswich and Albion Park and since stepping up in distance does have a 42.11 PB here. No luck last week saw him still finish close with less than 3 lengths between him and Duchess Dora at the finish. A popular greyhound with 52 starts for 16 wins and 15 placing’s he looks one of the favourites and will be well supported for the popular Beenleigh mentor.

Box 8 – Nothing Goes (Dashing Corsair – Razolin Bond)
Morayfield trainer Lester Kleinhans’ black bitch did what she continues to do with another strong placing over the 710 m journey last week when 2nd behind Rylee’s Reign. Remarkably it was her third straight attempt over the trip she has finished 2nd on each occasion, with the January 2011 black whelp handling the distance well. A daughter of Dashing Corsair – the only greyhound to have won both the final of the National Sprint and Distance, she has the right breeding and attributes to break through for 710m success. A one paced chaser she will look to position herself close to the front where she should remain come the finish. Strong each way chance.

Reserves
Box 9 – Cakes And Pies (Big Daddy Cool – Ultra Swift)
The Ron Ball trained chaser has had a marvellous career and was unlucky last week when having her first try over the distance – fading late to finish 5th. She will be improved by the run and in the hands of the master trainer she will be a strong chance if lucky enough to gain a run in the final.

Box 10 – Madam’s Folly (Made To Size – Madam Sash)
The Bruce McNamara owned and trainer chaser is drawn the second reserve after a 5th last week behind Rylee’s Reign. The April 2010 bitch is an honest performer having started 57 times for 5 wins and 17 placing’s. With 3 starts over the journey she is yet to register a win and if she is lucky to gain a start looks only a minor place chance.

Selections – 7 – 4 – 1 – 8

AGRA NATIONALS QLD SPRINT FINAL – 520m @ 9.08pm

Box 1 – Aza Time – (Elite And Classy – Where Are You)
The Peter Ruetschi trained chaser was exceptional last week when qualifying in best of night 29.93 after leading from go to whoa. The Elite And Classy – Where Are You mating (s) have produced some outstanding chasers from both litters and he looks to be finding his best at the right time. Brilliant early and strong at the finish it was remarkable that he started at 15-1 after winning the week before in fast time. A young dog reaching the right stage of his career to win an event like this. A career that has 26 starts resulting in 7 wins and 7 placing’s. With the ideal draw and in strong hands he looks a big chance of upsetting super dog Glen Gallon and will be well fancied.

Box 2 – Innisplain Jet (Where’s Pedro – Something Wild)
The Darren Russell trained chaser Innisplain Jet continued with his recent good form after qualifying for the final with a strong fourth behind Aza Time, losing on the line by an even five lengths. He has been in good form of late although he appears to have lost about 6-8 lengths from his best especially at box rise where he finds himself back in the field. He does have a wonderful career record and great race sense and with luck in the final he can’t be discounted. With 36 career starts resulting in 12 wins and 9 placing’s he has shown that he deserves his place amongst the Queensland top brigade. Drawn favourable again connections will hope he can improve his box manners and in doing so will be a strong each way chance.

Box 3 – Top Story (Knocka Norris – Bomber Babe)
The Sandra Hunt trained track specialist and popular greyhound Top Story qualifies for another well-deserved Albion Park feature after finish second behind Aza Time in his heat last week. After beginning slower than normal he showed his true ability by working hard through the field and was still chasing hard come the finish to just miss out. The year 2013 started with injury but since his return he has been wonderful, qualifying for multiple group finals including the Group 1 Winter Cup and Group 2 Queensland Derby. Consistent as always he has outstanding form overall that has resulted in 28 starts for 14 wins and 10 placing’s. Another greyhound that puts in every week, he will be a deserving winner and will represent Queensland with aplomb if he can cross the line first. Winning chance.

Box 4 – Bellagio Lad (Big Daddy Cool – Ultra Swift)
It’s another remarkably training performance from leading Queensland mentor Ron Ball as grand campaigner and Group 2 derby winner Bellagio Lad draws box 4 for the final. With his litter sister a reserve for the Distance Race, it is another display of Ball’s training ability. A slow beginning who gets back in his races, he showed that although rising 4 he still has exceptional ability as he navigated the field in his heat to finish a strong 2nd behind the mighty Glen Gallon. Overall his records stands at 65 starts for 14 wins and 23 placing’s for over $100,000 in prizemoney. In outstanding form and in the hands of the master – a strong each way chance.

Box 5 – Honey Bouquet (Bit Chili – Honey Mist)
Another successful indication of how a repeat mating can work, Honey Bouquet draws the yellow rug for Beachmere trainer John Conlon. The daughter of super producer Honey Mist has been in wonderful form in 2013, qualifying for a number of feature races with the assistance of her brilliant box speed. Bred to go further she is a sub 30 second winner over this track and trip in September 2012. A tough draw she will need to begin at her best to win here, but if she can lead she may prove hard to catch. Each way chance.

Box 6 – Shabeky (Fear Zafonic – Surf Queen)
Although only finishing 4th in his heat last week, it was a brilliant performance from the up and coming sprinter Shabeky. After finding trouble at every turn he stuck on well against the older and more seasoned campaigners and highlighted his potential as a future star. By imported sire Fear Zafonic, he hails from a strong litter who are starting to make their marks throughout Australia. With just 6 starts to his name he has run sub 30 seconds here in some of his 4 career wins. Tom Tzouvelis has put the polish on some wonderful dogs over the years and Shabeky looks another of those chasers to be going places. Terribly drawn he does have great box speed and is in good hands. Winning chance.

Box 7 – Rose Of Galo (El Galo – Noir Rose)
Mount Tarampa trainer Albert Kennewell continues the great run with the February 2012 whelp Rose Of Galo. A brilliant beginner she lead last week before finding the others too good when third behind Glen Gallon. Overall her career stands at 19 starts for 8 wins and 5 placing’s for $12,000 in prizemoney, including winning 4 of her last 5 starts. With a less favourable draw this week the 26 kilogram brindle chaser will start from box 7. Quick early she looks the likely leader but with the champ on her outside appears a strong place chance only.

Box 8 Glen Gallon (Flying Stanley – Incoherent)
Queensland’s favourite greyhound Glen Gallon headlines another feature Albion Park event as he looks to qualify for Group final number 15. The Tony Brett trained champion has been a group racing specialist and industry favourite since he first left the boxes. With 60 starts resulting in 35 wins and 12 placing’s – the three time Group 1 winner looks the dog to beat. Boxes don’t bother champions and he was brilliant when winning the Winter Cup 2 starts ago from a similar draw. This race doesn’t appear to be as strong and without bad luck the grand campaigner will be the headline act in Melbourne on August 24. Superstar greyhound who deserves to win.

Reserves
Box 9 – Metz Magic – (Bombastic Shiraz – Witheren’s Girl)
Another strong runner from the Ron Ball kennel for leading owner Billy Crooks. A wonderful performer over many years the 4 and a half year old showed that he can still mix it with the best as evidenced by his recent best 8 win in June. Slow early he will need luck if he can gain a start in the final.

Box 10 – Rozelle Flash (Elite State – Joy Esme)
Darren Russell’s second finalist (reserve) has been in outstanding form of late and was unlucky not to qualify after finishing 5th behind Glen Gallon in heat 2 last week. A fast PB at the track of 30.06, shows the dog’s ability but he will need to better that if he is to win here.

Selections – 8 – 6 – 1 – 3

Thursday night will be a great night of racing at Albion Park as the hopes of trainers and connections go on the line in the battle to see who will qualify and represent Queensland in the National Finals. A great night of racing the bunny passes the boxes for the first race at 6.43pm.

Queensland National Sprint & Distance Championship Heats Preview

The National Sprint and Distance Championship is the Group 1 event that sees the 8 finalists representing their State in having qualified through their respective state heats and finals. The prestigious events has a moving National Final, with this year’s finals set for the Meadows on August 24. With $75,000 to the winner for both sprint and distance events, as well as the title of Group 1 winner the state heats begin to take shape starting Thursday – seeing Queensland’s best nominations competing.

In another disappointing result for Queensland Racing poor nominations resulted in only 2 heats in each of the sprint and distance events. The Sprint series has some quality greyhounds nominated – including Queensland’s best in Glen Gallon. It’s unfortunate that it can’t be said for the heats of the distance event.

Without being critical of any greyhounds individually (in case they may actually win) Queensland Racing have done themselves no favours by drawing these two fields. The class of greyhounds nominated is poor and perhaps just a straight out final would have been the better option. With poor nominations overall for Thursday night in total – perhaps they didn’t have a choice. Unfortunately it’s another sign to the poor health of greyhound racing in Queensland and shows an industry lacking direction and support waning.

Heat 1 – AGRA NATIONAL QLD DISTANCE – 710m @ 8.05pm

Morayfield trainer Lester Kleinhans seems to have taken the traditional approach with his consistent chaser Nothing Goes (Dashing Corsair – Razolin Bond). After two tries at the trip for two impressive seconds at her most recent outings, the January 2011 black whelp appears to be handling the step up in distance with aplomb. Being a daughter of Dashing Corsair – the only greyhound to have won both the National sprint (2009) and distance (2011) finals – the omen is there for Nothing Goes to be the first state finalist through in heat one. With increasing track awareness she should be able to improve on her first up distance attempts and add to her winning record (26 – 6-4-2) here as she jumps from box 7.

Gregory Stella’s money spinner Rylee’s Reign looks well placed to be the leading challenger after drawing the pink rug (box 8) in heat 1. Consistent 710m racing has the 3 year old son of Bit Chili – Reneen Lass in strong form with his most recent four starts resulting in performances no worse than 4th, including a strong win when first up over the trip. A greyhound that is well supported in each of his races – he is in the hands of a well-respected mentor and with a little luck in running will be thereabouts at the finish. With an overall record of 48 starts for 16 wins and 13 placing’s he has the form on the board to be a strong winning chance.

Popular mentor Bob Giltinan engages the Leslie Bein owned Bogie Dawn (High Earner – Bogie Skye) in box 1 and she looks capable of improving her recent form having drawn the ideal cherry box. A hit and miss greyhound at her best she is ultra-impressive but she can go missing if things don’t go her own way. With form around the best dogs in Queensland and Northern NSW she does have an impressive overall record of 40 starts for 11 wins and 11 placing’s. With a best time of 42.32 at the track and trip a repeat of that performance should see her do enough to qualify in the top four for the state final next week.

Auriga Doll (High Earner – Auriga Gipsy) for Fernvale trainer Geoff Draheim looks another strong chance despite the poor box draw – box 6. A consistent chaser, she does have excellent track form and an imposing overall record of 45 starts for 14 wins and 13 placing’s. A new comer to distance racing she was impressive last week behind Mist Opportunity at her first try over the longer journey. Recent strong form over the 600m indicates that she should appreciate the longer trip and with a little luck early she could run a very cheeky race. Each way chance.

Selections – 7 – 8 – 1 – 6

Heat 2 – AGRA NATIONAL QLD DISTANCE – 710m @ 8.25pm

Versatile chaser Never Tell (El Galo – Georgia Anne) draws ideally in heat two after coming up with the cherry box and looks the greyhound to beat for Beenleigh mentor Anne Southee. A wonderful competitor Never Tell has been outstanding in his career winning from 300 – 700 m and running time at both ends. Fast Ipswich wins early in his career showed his potential and it has been a wonderful training performance that has resulted in his overall record of 51 starts for 16 wins and 14 placing’s. With a fast 42.11 PB at the track and trip he looks the winning chance. After no luck last week behind Mist Opportunity in the best 8 event – he should atone here from the suitable draw.

Benarkin (Path To Power – Velocity Cloud) steps up the staying journey for the first time for leading Queensland mentor Tony Brett. The Grandchester trainer has to be respected with any dog he collars and Benarkin looks the type to excel under his tutelage as indicated by his already impressive career. With 20 starts resulting in 7 wins and 9 placing’s he is a punter’s favourite and looks certain to qualify for next week’s final after drawing box 7. The 35 kilogram black chaser has won in fast times over the 600m and from his overall form gives the indication that the further the trip the better. An impressive dog in the gun kennel – winning chance.

Having his first crack at the distance – the Jeff Cumming trained Seven Straight (Cosmic Rumble – Nicely Done) looks well placed to challenge after drawing box 2. A strong greyhound he has wonderful 600m Albion Park form and should he handle the first up rise in trip he looks another to qualify for the state final. With just 19 starts resulting in 6 wins and 6 placing’s – Queensland racing supporters would undoubtedly be excited that Seven Straight is now stepping up to longer distance racing. Named after the all-conquering Queensland state of origin side supporters will hope that he can conquer this field and reach next week’s state final.

2012 National Distance Finalist and Queensland state winner Mist Opportunity (Bit Chili – Honey Mist) returns for another shot at the National title having drawn box 4. The Patricia Carrington trained chaser returned to winning form last week when winning the best 8 President’s cup over the same journey. A proven 710m greyhound she has a fast PB of 42.01 and last week was not far off that time with a 42.25 BON performance. She is a hit and miss greyhound that is brilliant at her best but ordinary at worst. If she can handle the poor draw and repeat last week’s winning performance she is a strong each way chance to qualify for the state distance final and the hope of being back to back state representative.

Selections – 1 – 7 – 2 – 4

Heat 1 – AGRA NATIONAL QLD SPRINT – 520m @ 8.44pm

Track specialist and favourite greyhound Top Story returns for another feature Albion Park series having drawn box 2 in heat 1. The Sandra Hunt trained son of Knocka Norris – Bomber Babe is a wonderful dog having already qualified for multiple group finals here at headquarters in 2013 including the Group 1 Winter Cup and Group 2 Queensland Derby. Consistent as always he has outstanding form overall that has resulted in 27 starts for 14 wins and 9 placing’s. With a fast 29.77 PB here he races the best each week and always gives 110%. With age and experience on his side as well as the ideal draw in box 2 he looks a strong winning chance not only in this heat but also in next week’s Qld final. One of the favourites for the Qld title.

Hot young dog Surfin’ Kawati (Surf Lorian – Tarzane’s Girl) put it all together last start at Albion Park with a brilliant win from box 1 in 29.74 BON. The Lois Neal trained chaser could not have been more impressive winning by an ever widening seven and a half lengths. With 19 starts resulting in 7 wins and 4 placing’s, the 30 kilogram speedster is heading in the right direction at the right time. With a fast early split last week of 5.69 he gave nothing else a chance in his commanding win. A repeat of that performance here will see the others racing for second and without bad luck he should win despite drawing box 7.

After chasing Surfin’ Kawati home in both of her last two starts Honey Bouquet (33 starts – 10-7-6) faces him again this week after coming up with the pink rug for Beachmere trainer John Conlon. The daughter of repeat mating Bit Chili – Honey Mist – she has been in outstanding form of late attacking the Brisbane winter carnival with aplomb. Another group series is just reward for the June 2010 whelp and she will hope to emulate her full sister Mist Opportunity by qualifying for a state final (Mist Opportunity – distance finalist 2012) albeit over the sprint journey. With a fast PB under the magical 30 sec mark she is a strong front running greyhound and with any early luck beside the favourite a win wouldn’t shock here.

The Darren Russell prepared Innisplain Jet (Where’s Pedro – Something Wild) has found form of late having saluted in two of his past four starts. Although the times weren’t super quick they were impressive as he worked his way through the fields after displaying poor box speed. With 25 starts over the track and distance resulting in 10 wins and 7 placing’s he knows how to get the job done at headquarters. Having drawn the cherry in heat 1 he looks capable of improving his early tardiness and should he be able to position closer to the front of the field looks a strong place chance to progress in the top 4 here.

Selections – 2 – 7 – 8 – 1

Heat 2 – AGRA NATIONAL QLD SPRINT HEAT – 520m @ 9.08pm

Queensland’s favourite greyhound Glen Gallon (Flying Stanley – Incoherent) returns for start 60 in heat 2 of the National Qld Sprint heat for leading mentor Tony Brett. The group racing specialist is a marvellous dog and one of the best to have graced race tracks around the country. With 59 starts resulting in 34 wins and 12 placing’s – the three time Group 1 winner and 14 time Group finalist looks again the one to beat despite drawing terribly in box 4. The last start Group 1 Winter Cup winner could not have been more impressive and as he nears retirement and a life at stud the industry will be hoping that there is one more Glen Gallon moment to come – as he looks to qualify for the National Final on August 24. Super dog and the one to beat.

Imported sire Fear Zafonic is starting to impress with his prodigy on the racing scene and one of the most promising pups is Shabeky (by Surf Queen) for Ormeau trainer Tom Tzouvelis. The veteran of just 5 starts (4 wins and 1 second) 3 of her wins have been in best of night times. A sub 30 winner here at her previous start, the June 2011 whelp is a greyhound with a big future no matter what the result on Thursday night. Drawn in box 5 beside the grand champ Glen Gallon Queensland Racing will get an indication of the old vs the new as she looks to continue on her winning way. Impressive young bitch beautifully bred and capable of big upset – strong winning chance.

Winning form is great form and Mount Tarampa trainer Albert Kennewell is enjoying a great run with Rose Of Galo. With a fence post of 4 wins from her past 4 starts the daughter of El Galo – Noir Rose has an impressive overall record of 18 starts for 8 wins and 4 placing’s. Brilliant early – she has the ability to lead and gap her rivals as evidenced by her last start 5.59 first section. With bad luck behind her she may sneak a victory but she will need to improve on her track best of 30.19 to hold on and win here. Drawn perfectly in box 1 she looks the likely leader and a strong place chance.

Darren Russell’s two pronged attack on the Sprint series see Rozelle Flash drawn box 8 in the second heat. The October 2010 son of Elite State – Joy Esme – is an honest performer and a dog capable of upsetting the favourites here. With 21 starts resulting in 6 wins and 9 placing’s he does have a fast 30.06 win here set in April 2013. Slow early he does have the right draw to avoid any first turn trouble and should be able to take a nice sit in the race and qualify for the state final next Thursday night.

Selections – 4 – 5 -1 – 8

Racing on Thursday night at Albion Park sees the bunny pass the boxes for the first time at 6.44 pm for another ten card program. The first of the feature heats is Race 5 at 8.05 pm. Good luck to all owners and trainers in the heats of the Sprint and Distance Series and let’s hope that Queensland can win the National Finals on August 24.

State Of Origin – Qld Greyhound Racing’s Top 17

With the deciding game of this year’s State Of Origin series this Wednesday night, Australian Racing Greyhound has compiled our own state teams featuring the best of all time from Queensland and New South Wales. As always, a list of this nature draws with it controversy and we the authors acknowledge that an argument can be made for the countless other (greats) who are not listed below. This list represents the Queensland Team and their contribution to Australian Greyhound Racing; past, present and future.

1.Tony Zammit – (Trainer – Coach)

Champion Queensland Trainer and Hall of Fame inductee. Winner of 17 Metropolitan Queensland Training Premierships including 11 in a row. Trained Qld Greyhound of the Year winners and finalists as well as countless group winners. Zammit has produced top chasers including – Surf Lorian, Credibility and Trojan Tears amongst a host of other superstars. Involvement in the industry spanning over 40 years and a testament to the racing game. Possesses the ability to always have his chasers give 110%.

2. Tony Brett (Trainer)

Tony Brett has put the polish on some of the best greyhounds to have graced the track in recent years including Bogie Leigh, Black Enforcer, Glen Gallon and Queen Lauryn to name only a few. A trainer that tests his ability on a national scale, he isn’t afraid to travel interstate targeting feature group races and the rewards that they bring. A trainer with a great belief in his ability he has put the polish on Greyhound of year winners and finalists, track record holders and countless group winners.

3. Top Simbi (Milimsimbi – Susie Voile) Whelped March 1971

In the 1970’s, Thursday night racing at the Gabba would come alive under lights and the greyhound the crowd came to see was the Queensland Greyhound Hall of Famer Top Simbi. He excelled at the Gabba winning 20 and running second 3 times from 24 starts. Overall he won 30 races from 49 starts. He was the Gabba Greyhound of the year in 1973 and 1974. A white and brindle chaser his best wins included Lord Mayer’s Cup, Gabba Sprint Championship and the Exhibition Trophy. Trained by Bert Kennedy he was famous for living on the family lounge and was the Gabba 558m track record holder.

4. Pretty Fearless (Pretty Short – Fearless Payout) Whelped January 1985

The 1987 Queensland Greyhound of the Year and another inducted into the Queensland Hall of Fame, Pretty Fearless travelled the country racing and beating the best at the time. Trained by Reg and Mary Crawford, the brindle chaser won the Coca-Cola Cup at the Gabba and the Mining Cup (Perth) and All State Challenge (Perth). He started 47 times for 20 wins and 20 placing’s and finished his career on top of the prizemoney list at the time with $103,000 in stakes.

5. New Tears (Pretty Short – Starfire Lady) Whelped June 1985

A brilliant race track performer who would become an even greater success at stud. A race career that compiled 32 starts resulting in 24 wins, he was a track record holder at Ipswich, Tweed Heads and Olympic Park. At stud he dominated the Australian scene and his name can be found in the pedigree of some of the all-time greats including – Trojan Tears, Sobbing Sal and Light Of Fire. His daughters have thrown champions including Brett Lee, Big Daddy Cool and No Intent to name but a few. A Queensland star both on and off the track, a Queensland Hall of Famer and one of the most potent pedigrees in Australian racing.

6. Tenthill Flyer (Chariot Supreme – National Queen) Whelped May 1988

The broodbitch responsible for generations of greyhounds, Tenthill Flyer produced the first two inductee’s into the Australian Greyhound Hall of Fame in brilliant bitches, Tenthill Doll (by Malawi’s Prince) and Flying Amy (by Credibility). The Jim Gallaway trained chaser had ability on the track setting a track record at Moree and winning a Lord Mayer’s Cup at the Gabba. Found in the pedigree of many champions, she changed the industry off the track producing offspring who can be found in the champions of the past and today.

7. Credibility (Worth Doing – No Liability) Whelped December 1989

Super-fast greyhound on the track who would make his mark as a sire, producing champions whose pedigrees dominate Australian racing. The winner of 21 races with a further 9 placing’s from 39 starts, he was a Track record holder at Toowoomba. He tasted success in winning the Lawnton Cup, Gold Coast Derby, and was a finalist in the National Derby, Tweed Galaxy and Richmond Derby. At stud he produced Just The Best, Nobody’s Fool, Yo Yo’s Boy, Faithful Hawk and Bearability to name a few. A Queensland Hall of Fame inductee.

8. Flying Amy (Amerigo Man – Tenthill Flyer) Whelped May 1992

The Ron Ball trained immortal Flying Amy was a superstar both on and off the track, where her influence continues in racing pedigrees throughout Australia. With 59 career starts resulting in 42 wins, 5 seconds and 5 thirds, the 1994 and 1995 Queensland Greyhound of the Year winner is the best of all time. An inductee into the Hall of Fame, the brindle bitch broke the magical 30 seconds at Albion Park on 9 occasions and was the long standing track record holder at an unheard of 29.73. A multiple group winner and finalist, she is the dam of Just The Best and the most influential greyhound in Queensland history.

9. Tenthill Doll (Malawi’s Prince – Tenthill Flyer) Whelped March 1993

Greyhound Hall of Fame inductee Tenthill Doll was Queensland born and commenced racing on the old Toowoomba track prior to her sale to NSW for $20,000 after 13 starts. A wonderful racetrack performer, she finished her career with 56 starts for 31 wins, 10 seconds and 7 thirds. A multiple group winning bitch and finalist she would be remembered for her success in 3 consecutive Group 1’s, the Egg, Perth Cup and Australian Cup. Finishing her career with $382,000 in prizemoney (Australian Record at Time) she was known for her ability to lead or come from behind in what was a remarkable career. From the same dam as fellow legend Flying Amy, a brilliant greyhound that changed the lives of those around her.

10. Just The Best (Credibility – Flying Amy) Whelped January 1997

Champion sire Just The Best has influenced the pedigrees of greyhounds the world over. The winner of 9 races from 15 starts, with a further 3 placing’s his average winning margin was in excess of 11 lengths. Sub 30 sec runs at Albion Park indicated his ability and he came close to the Albion Park track record with a Best 29.78 – the second quickest ever at the time. Injury stopped a race track career but his success continued off it. At stud JTB produced champions including Hall of Famer Bogie Leigh, Surf Lorian, Elite State and Big Daddy Cool plus many more. JTB female offspring continue to produce with his dams throwing champions including stud dogs and group winners. With royal bloodlines he was destined to be a success and continues to be so.

11. Bogie Leigh (Just The Best – Hypo Havoc) Whelped April 2001

With a career record of 68 starts for 48 wins, 12 seconds and 5 thirds Bogie Leigh set race tracks alight throughout Australia winning over $488,000 in prizemoney. Trained by leading mentor Tony Brett the black chaser was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005. Bogie Leigh started in 13 Group race finals, winning the 2003 Group 1 Brisbane Cup, 2003 Group 1 Sapphire Crown Classic, 2003 Group 2 Queensland Futurity, 2003 Group 3 Lismore Cup, 2004 Group 1 Golden Easter Egg, 2004 Group 1 Australian Cup. She was the 2004 QLD Greyhound of the Year and the best of her time.

12. Surf Lorian (Just The Best – Barrio Fiesta) Whelped April 2002

Multiple track record holder Surf Lorian produced on the track and continues to produce off it as a leading sire of Group winners and track record breakers throughout Australia. From 19 careers starts, Surf Lorian won 15 with 1 second and 1 third. Track record performances at Albion Park 520 (29.73 Equal (Twice)), Ipswich 520m (30.18), Gold Coast 429 (24.06), and Gold Coast 457 (25.61). The winner of the Group 2 Peter Mosman at Wentworth Park, Surf Lorian was also a Group finalists in the Group 1 Winter Cup at Albion Park and the Group 2 Qld Derby. At stud he has produced Slater, Made To Size, Miss Hot Gossip, Blue Lorian plus many more.

13. Black Enforcer (Token Prince – Miss Corleone) Whelped June 2003

Black Enforcer was a track superstar who dominated racing in 2005. From 35 career starts he finished with 26 wins and 2 placing’s tasting group success when winning the Group 1 Topgun and Group 2 Queensland Derby. He represented Queensland in the National Sprint Final finishing 4th in the final behind Pure Octane. He ran BON times at every track he raced; Albion Park, Gold Coast, Wentworth Park and the Meadows. Retiring to stud with $207,000 in prizemoney, the black chaser was a member of a fantastic litter that included Qld sprint start Token Jet. Black Enforcer has continued to make a name for himself at stud with his offspring winning Group events and being track record holders.

14. Made To Size (Surf Lorian – Queen Size) Whelped April 2005

The Reg Kay trained superstar joins the team as the fastest ever at Albion Park, an unheard of 29.57 TR. The red fawn chaser broke the magical 30 seconds at Albion Park on 7 occasions in his decorated career that finished with 48 starts for 21 wins, and 19 placing’s. On the track he won the Group 1 Winter Cup, Group 3 Pert Cup Consolation, and was a finalist in the Group 1 Melbourne Cup and Group 1 Brisbane Cup where he suffered a career ending injury. Sold at stud to overseas interest he now stands in Macau.

15. Dashing Corsair (Malfoy – Rose Flamenco) Whelped April 2007

The champion greyhound was the first ever to win both the National Sprint (2009) and National Distance (2011) finals – an event that first started in 1965. The 2010 Queensland Greyhound of the Year was trained by Dwyer Lennon and has won the most races at Albion Park, 33 in total eclipsing the long standing record of Winged Runner. Overall he was an iron dog, facing the starter on 124 occasion’s for 57 wins, 16 seconds and 14 thirds. He was a brilliant sprinter and stayer as well as multiple group winner and finalist. He won the 2009 Group 1 National Sprint final in Perth, the 2011 Group 1 National Distance in Brisbane, Group 3 Big Dog Cup, the Super stayers invitational. Overall he sits number 14 on the all-time prizemoney list with $455,000.

16. High Earner (Collision – Double Guess) Whelped May 2007

Second overall in the prizemoney list behind the mighty Miata, the ill-fated High Earner set Australian racetracks alight with his tenacious chasing ability and brilliant box speed. The winner of 33 starts, with a further 13 seconds and 8 thirds from 69 overall starts he was a 6 time Group winner and 12 time Group finalist. With Group 1 wins in the Perth Cup (twice) and Temlee he was a favourite all over Australia. From an outstanding damline that has also produced El Galo and Never Enough he lived up to his name on the track before his ill demise off it when his stud career was just beginning.
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17. Glen Gallon (Flying Stanley – Incoherent) Whelped August 2009

Third on the all-time prizemoney list with $597,000, Queensland’s favourite greyhound continues to inspire the industry with his performances around Australia. The 14 time Group finalist and 3 time Group 1 winner has raced the best since his 8th start. With 64 starts resulting in 36 wins and 12 minor placing’s, he has traversed Australia captivating the industry with guts and determination. Trained by leading mentor Tony Brett, Glen Gallon last start won the Group 1 Winter Cup at Albion Park. Although reaching the twilight of his career, he will long be remembered as one of the greats for Queensland and Australia.

Glen Gallon And Tony Brett – Good Guys Don’t Always Finish Last

With the extent of superstars that lined up in Thursday night’s Group One Garrards Winter Cup final at Albion Park, master Queensland trainer Tony Brett could have been forgiven for thinking his star charge Glen Gallon was an outsider of the field, especially after drawing out wide in box seven.

The son of imported sire Flying Stanley and Incoherent is proving age is merely just a number as he approaches the four year old mark in August, with Thursday night’s victory in taking out his second consecutive Winter Cup final, even more special as trainer Brett explained:

‘I was happy with the seven but Hello Good Bye and Xylia Allen were drawn to perfection so I knew he would have to work hard. I wouldn’t be racing him if he was being disgraced by younger dogs and looked silly so it’s amazing that he is still nearly clocking the same times he was 40 odd starts ago’.

Leading from start to finish, Glen Gallon clocked a sizzling 29.80, just 0.03 seconds outside his personal best over the 520m distance that was recorded over 12 months ago. With that stunning victory, his career statistics now sit at a very impressive 36 wins and 12 minor placings from just 64 starts. As expected, Brett was overwhelmed with joy post-race and scenes of jubilation quickly erupted for the home town hero’s well-deserved triumph.

‘Winning a Group One race is like winning a gold medal at the Olympics, it’s the highest honour in our sport. The support we had from the media and everyone at the track on Thursday night was unreal and I couldn’t have scripted it any better’.

‘We have travelled everywhere with him and his always popular no matter where we go and Thursday was his most satisfying victory for me’ added Brett.

For Glen Gallons many adoring fans, including yours truly, Thursday was not the final time we will see the 14-time Group race finalist on the racetrack, as Brett now plans to tackle the Group One National Sprint Championships next month. This year’s final will be conducted at The Meadows on August 24, with Queensland having a potentially almighty representative on their hands in their bid to take out the title.

‘He is still thriving on racing and it would actually be cruel to tell him he couldn’t race anymore because his going as good as he ever has. He will hopefully represent Queensland and we will head to Victoria to hopefully win another Group One’ said a proud Brett.

‘If only he could have won a few more of the Group races he competed in he would be the greatest of all time but his all heart in every one of starts’ added Brett.

Thursday night’s fairy tale win pushed Glen Gallons stake earnings to an astonishing $597,427, making him third on the Australian highest prizemoney winners list with the potential to surpass High Earner who is just $13,000 ahead in second place.

Launching his career around the Queensland tracks, it only took 23 starts for Glen Gallon to make his first Group One final, finishing runner up to the exceptionally talented Godsend trained by Jason Thompson in the AJS Silver Chief. From here, the 35kg heavyweight became a regular starter in Group Race finals including; the Group One Perth Cup and just two weeks later placing third in the Group One Macro Meats Temlee.

It was this time last year that his first Group One triumph would occur at Albion Park when he took out the 2012 Group One Garrards Winter Cup, clocking a flying 29.86 and stamping his authority as a serious competitor on the Group racing circuit. Three weeks later Brett made the trip down south to Dapto for the Group Two Megastar Invitational and unfortunately was unplaced before bouncing back on home soil, claiming the Queensland Sprint Championship and finishing a gallant second behind Fabregas in the Hobart National Sprint Championship at the end of August.

After two unplacings in the Group Three Gold Coast Cup and Group One Topgun, Brett’s charge put in an enormous effort behind Jason Thompson’s Got A Moment in the Group One Melbourne Cup and would carry on this rivalry into the Group One Brisbane Cup final, where once again he placed second behind Got A Moment. After making the Group One Perth Cup, Temlee and Australia Cup, a solid Third in the Group Two Harrison-Dawson final at Sandown reignited his Group racing campaign leading into Thursday night’s victory.

With Glen Gallons interest at stud duties now in full swing, Brett was happy to report that upon retirement, his stud duties will resume at his Grandchester property with a few litters already on the ground for prospective breeders to keep a close eye on.

Despite the fact that Glen Gallon may not be talked about as one of the greatest of all time, this fine ambassador for Queensland greyhound racing proves that when a dog comes along that is all heart and determination; it captures the essence of the entire greyhound fraternity and that is the best publicity we can possibly ask for.

Sprinters Look To Down Australia’s Best In Winter Cup Final

Group racing is the pinnacle of our sport and this Thursday night the attention of the industry will be on Albion Park for the final of the Group 1 Garrard’s Winter Carnival Cup. After heats last Thursday, the 5 heat winners and three fastest seconds have qualified for the final and the chance to pick up the $75,000 first prize. The feature event is race 8 on a full 10 card program with the bunny set to pass the boxes at 9.08pm.

Box 1 – Hello Good Bye (Bombastic Shiraz – Hello Sienna)

The Kel Greenough trained chaser could not have been more impressive in his heat win last week where he qualified in a best of night 29.73 performance. Drawing box 1 last week in his heat win, he jumped straight to the front and gave nothing else a chance. The talented greyhound has a real affinity to the Albion Park circuit, where his record stands at 3 starts for 3 impressive wins including the Group 2 Brandon’s Electrical Derby. With an overall career record of 23 starts for 11 wins and 5 placing’s, he looks a strong chance to add to his prizemoney tally of $83,000. This is the third Group 1 final of 2013 after he reached the finals of both the Perth Cup and Australian Cup. Ideally drawn in the cherry box he has the ultimate chance to register his first group 1 success. Winning chance.

Box 2 – Xylia Allen (Turanza Bale – Tayah Bale)

Australia’s best greyhound Xylia Allen (32s-15s-7s-3t) ran the best second ever seen last week when coming from a clear last to qualify as one of the fastest seconds. After a terrible start she was almost knocked over when Clan Eirann fell. Working her way through the strong field her run had to be seen to be believed. Much has been written about the Graeme Bate trained and Paul Wheeler owned greyhound and she looks set to add another group success to her imposing resume. With track records and lighting quick times throughout Australia she is ideally drawn in box 2 and should get a lovely trail behind Hello Good Bye. A greyhound that would run through a brick wall she gives 110% in every race. The 30 kilogram bitch is Australia’s best and with victory here will see her prizemoney swell to over $340,000. The one to beat.

Box 3 – Poetic Mover (Knocka Norris – Bomber Babe)

A solid heat win sees locally trained greyhound Poetic Mover draw box 3 for his first shot at Group 1 glory. The Ray Burman trained chaser is in career best form having recently contested heats of the Group 3 Big Dog Cup heats and the listed Mick Byrne memorial. Both of those events were held here at Albion Park and he certainly wasn’t disgraced. With 45 career starts for 9 wins and 9 placing’s, the January 2011 chaser is very honest. A greyhound that loves racing, the son of Knocka Norris may not be a household name but he does have track experience and a strong finishing ability. Place chance.

Box 4 – Bellagio Lad (Big Daddy Cool – Ultra Swift)

An Albion Park Group Final wouldn’t be the same without Ron Ball. The legendary Brisbane trainer boxes grand chaser Bellagio Lad in box 4 as he looks to add to his group success. The 2012 Queensland Derby winner cannot be discounted and this week will be start 50 (60 career starts) at the track and distance. Second in his heat last week behind Poetic Mover, he is a walker early but cannot be discounted. Ball has a known ability for having his greyhounds perform on the big stage and Bellagio Lad could be the knockout runner this week. A regular top grade performer he won’t be overawed by the big name finalists. Place chance

Box 5 – Coal King (Surf Lorian – Domaaf)

The Queenslander returned home in devastating fashion last week with an all the way win in 30.13. Jumping straight to the front it was home sweet home as he led throughout beating a quality field of greyhounds. The win was all the more impressive given that it was his first race since February 2013, and no doubt he will strip fitter this week for the final. Back in the kennel of owner trainer Cliff Durrant, he returns after a successful southern campaign with top trainer Jason Thompson. Under Thompson’s tuition he featured in two group race finals including the Group 1 Adelaide Cup and Group 2 Warragul Cup. With an overall race record of 37 starts for 15 wins and 11 placing’s he is a greyhound that has performed on the big stage. Although coming to the twilight of his career, and drawn awkwardly in box 5, he does have a fast sub 30 PB at Albion Park and is a strong each way chance.

Box 6 – Top Story (Knocka Norris – Bomber Babe)

Leading local trainer Sandra Hunt’s boxes Albion Park favourite Top Story in box 6. It has been a wonderful training performance from Hunt nursing Top Story back from injury. The 32 kilogram brindle chaser is back at his best, evident by the 4 wins from his past 6 starts. A game second last week behind Hello Good Bye, he faces the same draw as last week. A PB of 29.77 at the track, Top Story is a recent Group 2 Derby Finalist who be looking to turn the tables in this final. A greyhound capable of running well under the magical 30 second mark he is a strong each way chance with just a little luck.

Box 7 – Glen Gallon (Flying Stanley – Incoherent)

Queensland’s favourite greyhound and group racing specialist Glen Gallon draws the black rug for yet another group final. A brilliant heat winner he stopped the clock in 30.14 after leading all the way. The rising 4 year old has been one of Australia’s most popular chasers for Queensland mentor Tony Brett. With 58 starts resulting in 33 wins and 12 placing’s he has raced the best throughout his career that remarkably started over 2 years ago. With 4 wins from his last 5 starts his form is as good as ever, as birthday number 4 approaches. A big time greyhound who always performs on the big stage he is a winning chance for Brett and owners The Velocity Lodge Partnership.

Box 8 – Tomac Bale (Dyna Lachlan – Princess Bale)

Tomac Bale showed a glimpse of his ability in his 3 length heat win over local greyhound White Hornet. Having his first start here last week, he is a southern visitor escaping the Victorian cold. Racing in the strong Delbridge kennel the noted speedster has run super quick times in Melbourne as evident of his Group 2 Launching Pad success. A 29.20 PB at Sandown indicates that on his day he is as fast as any. With 9 career starts resulting in 6 wins he is another offspring of super dam Princess Bale. If he can salute here it will be the second group success for the litter in 6 days, after Quiz Bale’s success last Saturday night in the WA Oaks.

Reserves

Box 9 – 1st Reserve – White Hornet (Cosmic Rumble – Skinny Magic)
A great heat run for second behind Tomac Bale for the up and coming sprinter from the Burman kennel. Burman has all his chasers flying and this result is another highlight of a great training performance. The young son of Cosmic Rumble – Skinny Magic has only had the 6 starts for 3 wins and 2 placing’s. A young dog with a bright future, he will be giving away lots of experience if he is lucky enough to gain a start here. Place only.

Box 10 – 2nd Reserve – Allen Makoto (Meticulous – Roxio Bale)
The son of Meticulous was having his first start on the track last week when a gallant second behind Queensland’s best sprinter Glen Gallon. Another Wheeler dog, Allen Makoto like Tomac Bale, races in the Delbridge kennel which is flying. A speedy beginner and noted front running greyhound, he will be a strong each way chance if he can sneak into the starting field. With fast wins at Cranbourne (30.09) and Sandown (29.58B) he is not to be discounted and is a winning chance.

Selections – 2 / 1 / 7 / 6

The group 1 final is sure to be a great race and the highlight of another great Queensland Winter Carnival. With the club expecting a good crowd, the place to be will be trackside as the greys hit the track in search of group 1 victory, the first prizemoney, and the honour that victory entails.

Wildfire – Ronald Brook Greyhound Trainer Profile

Gin Gin trainer Ronald Brook has been involved in racing greyhounds for over forty years. Like most people involved in the industry, what started as a hobby quickly turned into an obsession, and now as he nears retirement, Brook looks forward to putting more time into what he loves doing most – winning greyhound races.

It started like most participants, with giveaways and cheap dogs – searching for a winner here and there. Brook’s passion was having his dogs racing to the best of their ability – “they would always look their best and I thought that was important” Brook said.

After mixed success for the first 30 years, Brook made what he described as his best decision in racing when he went searching for a bitch to breed with. Eventually he went to the best and purchased a bitch from Michael Ivers. The bitch was called Wildfire Lass (Kobble Creek – Lucy Lawless) and would be the start of Brook’s successful breeding line and the famous Queensland “Ledaro” prefix. “Ledaro is a mix of my name and my partner Darlene – we race all of our dogs with that prefix” Brook said.

Wildfire Lass stems from the Trojan Tears / Kobble Creek line and for Brook has been a revelation in the breeding barn. The past ten years have been the most successful for Brook and looks set to continue for some time to come. In all of the litters that she had, Wildfire Lass produced a special dog or two in each. “Wildfire Lass has produced track record holders, club champions, outstanding sprinters and most of them could really run” Brook said. The line continues now as Brook begins to breed with her daughters. Ledaro Elly (Bombastic Shiraz – Wildfire Lass) was in the first litter to Bombastic Shiraz and was more than a handy performer on the racetrack, finishing her career with 37 starts for 8 wins, 9 seconds and 7 thirds. With her race track success, and impeccable bloodlines, a career in the breeding barn was a given and has immediately paid dividends for Brook and continued the success of Wildfire Lass.

In deciding where to send Ledaro Elly, Brook liked the look of outstanding stud dog Big Daddy Cool and a service was arranged in 2010. The 6 pup litter was whelped at his 4 year old property and home outside Gin Gin. “It’s on 30 acres and I named it in honour of the bitch. It’s called Wildfire Farm” Brook said. The property has all the features of a commercial operation including a straight track, bull ring, galloping yards, and a self-sufficient dam. In relation to the dogs everything is done at Wildfire Farm, for Brook there is no need to go anywhere with the dogs, except to win races. Which is probably a good thing as the nearest track is Bundaberg – some 70 kilometres one-way.

“Rockhampton is 5 hours one-way because of the road works, it takes 6 to 6 and a half hours one way to get to Brisbane.” It’s a long journey to success but one Brook takes without hesitation and one that is well deserved. Brook’s recent success includes winning 5 of the last 6 Bundaberg Greyhound Club Training Premierships. “The year I didn’t win was the year that we were setting up our new property.” The property is also home to their new commercial boarding kennels that opened in November 2012 and run by Darlene.

After 40 continuous years in the industry, Brook is on a racing high, racing the best dog he has ever trained in superstar sprinter Beware The Boss (Big Daddy Cool – Ledaro Elly). Owned by the local Gin Gin butcher and his family, Beware The Boss has been outstanding since he first stepped onto the track winning his first three starts. Boz as he is affectionately known is a true Brook breed. “We bred the mother here, did everything from the whelping and rearing to racing. And now we have done the same with Boz” Brook said.

Beware The Boss is a greyhound with enormous potential. With fast wins at Brisbane (395m – 22.79B), Bundaberg (460m – 26.20B) and Rockhampton (510 – 29.63B and 407m – 23.25TR) he is the new track record holder over the tough 407m Rockhampton sprint after last Wednesday night demolishing a best 8 field. Amazingly, from 29 starts he has only finished worse than 4th on two occasions, both times where he had no luck.

He has an overall record of 29 starts for 17 wins, 5 seconds and 1 third. With brilliant first and second sectionals he is a greyhound capable of winning on any track in Australia but for now Brook is happy to keep him at home. “He is a terribly hyperactive dog. He is absolutely fine until you empty him out at 11am. Then he knows it race days and he is a nutter. The vet has told me that the dog has ADD,” laughed Brook. Some days on the trip to Rockhampton, Boz has lost up to a kilogram in weight. It’s a long trip but having a greyhound like Boz would sure make the travel easier. “He has a special quality in that he tries his heart out every time. At the end of his races he is absolutely knackered – his ribs are blowing” he said.

Brook obviously likes to travel as evident in the past 10 days where he has raced at Rockhampton twice, Bundaberg and Brisbane. It is this dedication and commitment that has resulted in his deserved success. With a commitment to his dogs and wanting the best from each of them the future looks bright for this popular greyhound trainer and the offspring of Wildfire Lass.

Group 1 Winter Cup Heats Up

The winter carnival continues at Albion Park this Thursday night with five heats of the Group 1 Garrard’s Horse And Hound Winter Carnival Cup over the breakfast creek 520m circuit.

With the best greyhounds nominated all gaining a start in this feature event, local chasers will battle their interstate rivals in the hope of reaching the final and claiming the $75,000 first prize. While the quantity of greyhounds nominated appears down on years gone by, the event has attracted Australia best greyhound in the Graeme Bate trained Xylia Allen.

With the State of Origin having being played and won the night before, the focus will be on racing only as these 39 greyhounds do battle at Queensland’s premier track.

Heat 1 – Race 4 – GARRARD’S WINTER CARNIVAL CUP 520 M @ 7.41pm

Group racing specialist and Queensland icon Glen Gallon (Flying Stanley – Incoherent) lines up for another feature series for popular trainer Tony Brett. The rising 4 year old is racing as well as ever having raced in free for all or group events since start number 8. With 3 wins from his past 4 starts including an unlucky 3rd last start behind Clone Your Own in the recent Group 2 Harrison Dawson final at Sandown Park, he looks beautifully placed. With well over $500,000 in prizemoney (57 – 32 – 9 – 3) it would be a fitting result if Queensland’s favourite son can progress from box 3.

The interstate raiders appearing the most likely to challenge the favourite and progress to the final are led by recent Traralgon Cup placegetter Gold Town (Surf Lorian – Golden Gwen). The brilliant chaser is coming off career best form at Traralgon where it took the superstar Paw Licking to relegate him to a respectable third place finish in the Group 2 final. Already a multiple group finalist, Gold Town has won on a number of tracks throughout Australia, including fast wins at Meadows (29.62B), Cranbourne (30.25), Wentworth Park (29.49) Sandown (29.58) and Traralgon (29.40). The slow beginner has an excellent motor and great track awareness and with the ideal cherry draw will be fighting out the finish with any luck in running.

Wheeler dog Allen Makoto heads interstate for the first time for Balliang trainer Mark Delbridge. The son of Meticulous – Roxio Bale is coming off back to back wins in fast time at Sandown (29.58B) and Cranbourne (30.09). The Delbridge kennel is flying of late and with the Wheeler influence the 30 kilogram speedster will be well supported even though he appears awkwardly drawn in box 4. With the vacant box 5 beside, expect the noted front runner to come out on the bunny and be one of the leading chances.

Selections – 3 / 1 / 4 / 2

Heat 2 – Race 5 – GARRARD’S WINTER CARNIVAL CUP 520 M @ 8.05pm

Much has been written about the success of the Where’s Pedro – Grey’s Destiny litter for Lethbridge trainer Emilio Rinaldi. With the litter producing a number of outstanding chasers, the well-travelled General Distini journeys to Albion Park for the first time after drawing box 8 in heat two. Coming off outstanding form, including running second in the final of the Group 2 Traralgon Cup, the black chaser is a multiple group 1 finalist, including the Group 1 Golden Easter Egg (7th) and the Group 1 Melbourne Cup (4th). With success across Australia, the 35 kilogram chaser will look to add Queensland success to his imposing resume.

Although disappointing in the recent Group 2 Border Park Galaxy, Sandown Park speedster Tomac Bale (Dyna Lachlan – Princess Bale) stays north for the Wheeler / Delbridge combination. The red fawn chaser has only raced on 8 occasions resulting in 5 wins including two incredibly quick wins at Sandown in the heat and final of the Group 2 Launching Pad (29.20 heat B and 29.23 final B) earlier this year. The noted quick beginner has struggled in recent weeks with slow starts, but from the outstanding producer Princess Bale he cannot be discarded here, even after drawing poorly in box 4. Look for him to show his true ability if he can jump cleanly here.

Old stager Metz Magic (Bombastic Shiraz – Witheren’s Girl) may be over 4 years old but the local hope is still making feature finals and racing in top form for leader trainer Ron Ball. The winner of close to $200,000 in prizemoney he is noted more of a 600m dog these days but cannot be discounted. Already in 2013 he has made two groups finals, being the 600m Group 3 Big Dog Cup final here (6th) as well as a second place finish in the 600m Group 1 Rookie Rebel at the Meadows. Slow early look for him to be powering home late from box 3.

Selections 8 / 4 / 3 / 1

Heat 3 – Race 6 – GARRARD’S WINTER CARNIVAL CUP 520 M @ 8.25pm

Australia’s best greyhound Xylia Allen (Turanza Bale – Tayah Bale) continues on her remarkable journey around Australia targeting group events for Graeme Bate and owner Paul Wheeler. Much has been written about the 30 kilogram powerhouse but with close to $270,000 won in prizemoney (mostly this year alone) she looks well placed again to progress to another rich Group final. Normally slow early, she came out firing in her recent start, The Peter Mosman (Wentworth Park Group 1) giving nothing else a chance running best of night 29.47. Having been to Albion Park previously (Group 2 Futurity Heat and Final) for a heat win and an unlucky second in the final behind kennel mate Purcell Bale, she will be winning this and is the greyhound to beat. Put simply, if she has clean running she is unstoppable. Box 7.

Returned Queenslander Coal King (Surf Lorian – Domaaf) heads back to where his racing began for owner trainer Cliff Durrant of Tamborine. After campaigning south in Victoria with Jason Thompson, the nearly four year old is the greyhound most likely to challenge the favourite here. The Group 1 Adelaide Cup finalist (3rd) and recent Group 2 Warragul Cup finalist (3rd) has a PB here of 29.83 set in May 2012, and while tardy early has great track sense and ability to work through a field. A 29.88 maiden winner on debut, the recent lack of racing shouldn’t discard his chances here having not raced since Feb 2013. Drawn nicely in box 2 look for the striped rug late.

Leading Queensland mentor Tony Brett engages Jetta’s Girl (Surf Lorian – Kaycee Diva) in heat 3 for the Gargoyle’s Racing syndicate. The winner of 12 from 25, she is a regular Albion Park performer with a personal best of 30.00 (BON) set in September 2012. A solid best 8 dog, she has early pace and is capable of leading this field. Although not as good as the top echelon of sprinters, she is in capable hands and with any trouble behind her she can sneak a win in this heat from box 3. Each way chance here.

Selections – 7 / 2 / 3 / 8

Heat 4 – Race 7 – GARRARD’S WINTER CARNIVAL CUP 520 M @ 8.44pm

The second of the Bate / Wheeler chasers lines up in heat 4 and appears the greyhound to beat after drawing box 8. Desalle Bale (Go Wild Teddy – Princess Bale) makes her first Queensland appearance after impressive career form that has resulted in 52 starts for 23 wins and 13 placing’s. Another offspring of outstanding producer Princess Bale, Desalle Bale is a known front runner and should have no trouble crossing these from the wide draw. Like others in the series she is coming off a Traralgon Cup campaign where she finished 7th in the Group 2 final after finding trouble. She had no luck in the group 1 Sapphire Crown where she fell and failed to finish. While never winning a group event she is an 8 time group finalist and a quality greyhound. With over $225,000 in prizemoney she has been a wonderful campaigner and will be suited here.

Queensland’s biggest improver Frosty Jay Jay (Knocka Norris – Slick Hannah) appears the most likely challenger after drawing inside the favourite in box 7. The striking white dog is racing in career best form, winning 9 from 21 overall with a PB of 29.94 set in May 2013. A greyhound that makes his own luck he seems to be enjoying the regular racing and trainer Renald Attard has certainly got him flying. Although not the best beginner he will be given plenty of room behind the speedy favourite, and with his track sense and ability should be challenging should the favourite make any mistakes.

Fernvale trainer Lynne Ivanovic engages the black 35 kilogram chaser Leonard (Collision – River Seine) from box 5. The young greyhound is facing his biggest challenge here after good overall form. From limited career starts (15 – 5 – 3 – 1) he has performed well making the finals of the recent Ipswich Young Guns (4th) and the Group 3 Ipswich Auction (5th). Slow early, he makes his own luck in racing. With form at this track and distance, he has registered 3 wins and 2 seconds from just the 6 starts including a PB of 30.10. He can be hit and miss but is a greyhound with potential and if he is on song will be challenging come the finish.

Selections – 8 / 7 / 5 / 1

Heat 5 – Race 8 – GARRARD’S WINTER CARNIVAL CUP 520 M @ 9.08pm

Group 2 Queensland Brandon’s Electrical Derby winner Hello Good Bye (Bombastic Shiraz – Hello Sienna) returns to the scene of his biggest win in the 5th and final heat. Drawn ideally in box 1 (the same he won the derby from), the Kel Greenough trained chaser looks the dog to beat. Although not tasting success since his derby win in April 2013, the black 33 kilogram chaser brings strong Melbourne form north. Already a finalists in two group 1 events in 2013 (Perth Cup and Australian Cup) the reputation of the Greenough kennel will ensure that he is primed for this. With 2 stars for 2 wins at the track expect Hello Good Bye to say bye bye to these.

Leading local trainer Sandra Hunt’s chance in the group 1 event rests with Albion Park favourite Top Story (Knocka Norris – Bomber Babe). The brindle dog has been in wonderful form since returning from injury earlier this year as evidenced by his first up heat win in the Group 2 Queensland Derby where he finish 7th in the final behind Hello Good Bye. Top Story will look for revenge this Thursday in the rematch, and with recent form being 4 wins here from his last 5 starts, the brindle dog looks capable of upsetting the favourite. If he can replicate his 29.77 PB here he will be hard to beat from box 6.

The Bate / Wheeler greyhound domination continues in the final heat with strong chance Schroder Bale (Dyna Lachlan – Amity Bale). The Feb 2011 whelp races follows the trail of his more famous kennel mate Xylia Allen. While yet to taste group success the 33 kilogram dog has made 5 group finals of his own. With 27 starts resulting in 9 wins and 10 placing’s, the black and white dog has raced only against Australia’s best greyhounds and must be respected here. The noted front runner has had the benefit of a look at the track when 3rd behind Transcend Time here in a heat of the Group 2 Derby. A dog with enormous ability he will be well liked from Australia’s best kennel as he jumps from box 8. Strong each way chance.

Selections – 1 / 6 / 8 / 7

The Brisbane Greyhound Club put on a wonderful night of racing for their feature events. With the 5 winners and 3 fastest seconds progressing to next weeks $75,000 to the winner final the place to be Thursday night is track side. The bunny passes the boxes the first time at 6.43pm.

Gun Slingers Hit Rocky In Search Of Young Gun Glory

Two heats of the age restricted young guns feature on a full ten race card this Wednesday night at Callaghan Park Rockhampton. Restricted to greyhounds whelped on or after the 19th of December 2010, the event will be contested over the tricky 407m journey. With the first four from each heat progressing to the final Wednesday week, trainers have come from afar to contest this great series. After poor nominations last week forced the rescheduling of heats, the club will be proud with the quality of dogs engaged this week. With increased prizemoney in Queensland to finish this week, it is a chance for the winner to pick up a nice purse prior to the end of this financial year.

Heat One – Race 6 RQ YOUNG GUNS HEAT 1 407m at 8.35pm

Highfields trainer Mark Saal makes the long trip north with his impressive brindle bitch Simmerly (Collision – Bundy Babe). Racing in career best form she will be the justifiable favourite for the event after coming off strong runs at Tweed Heads, Capalaba and Albion Park. The recent Galaxy finalist and fastest heat winner clocked an impressive 23.14 BOD at Border Park in the heats of the Galaxy and a run anywhere near that will ensure victory and another feature final here. With the noted beginner drawn in box 4, she should have the class and ability to win this heat even without a look on the track. With over $25,000 in prizemoney and overall record of 26 starts for 11 wins and 10 placing’s, look for her brilliance to shine through in this.

Local speedster Tormented for Springsure trainer William Boon looks the likely challenger after coming up with box 8. Having raced through his grades at Callaghan Park, the 34 kilogram son of El Galo – Velocity Thunder is a flying machine having won 7 of his 11 overall starts. With form over the track and distance of 8 starts for 6 wins and 1 third, the striking black dog will be the one to challenge the favourite. A best time of 23.43 on the track set two weeks ago will ensure that his followers remain confident even against the flying visitor, as he looks to use his track knowledge to his advantage here.

Local trainer Allen Svensen and his wife Ros engage their talented chaser Tarawi Grace (Bit Chilli – Splendour) in box 7. With an overall record of just 1 win from 9 starts, the April 2011 whelp does not have the record that is indicative of her ability. She does have a free for all best time of 23.54 to her credit over this track and distance. An untidy greyhound early, she seems to find trouble in her races, especially over this 407 m journey, where the start is all so important. The 25 kilogram black bitch has a powerful motor and if she can begin like she does in her trials, she will be hard to stop should she see the bunny first at box rise. Unlucky last week when she was dragged down, a win here certainly wouldn’t surprise for Rockhampton’s unluckiest greyhound.

Heat Two – Race 7 RQ YOUNG GUNS HEAT 2 407m at 8.55pm

Locally trained chasers look to have the advantage in the second heat despite southern challengers making the long trip north. With track experience to their credit, heat two looks to be dominated by three chasers all with exceptionally sprinting ability. With the box draw playing its part, the likely winner appears to be Jar Of Hearts for Emerald mentor and leading Rocky trainer Christine Pollard. By Buckingham Chuck – Kissin’ Make Up, the 25 kilogram pocket rocket has excelled since moving north in April this year. Starting her career in Brisbane and Ipswich, the red fawn and white greyhound has found another leg in Rocky. With her track and distance form reading 7 starts for 4 wins and 3 placing’s, she can use her brilliant early pace to her advantage here. Drawn box 7, Jar Of Hearts will have plenty of admirers after a best of night performance last week, as well as being in the astute hands of Rocky’s leading trainer.

Rockhampton mentor Andrew Suli boxes the promising Galileo Beach in box 6 for heat number 2. With his most recent runs being 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th, her form looks good in this as each of her past runs were won in Best of Night times. With a best run over the track and distance of 23.54 (when second) the daughter of El Galo – Runya Beach has plenty of ability for the popular mentor. With 18 overall starts for 3 wins and 7 placing’s, her form and experience ensures that she will be hard to beat here, especially if she can lead and turn for home in front.

William Boon’s two pronged attack on the RQ Rocky Young guns continues in the second heat with the May 2011 whelp Equitas (Knocka Norris – Wahine). With 3 wins from 5 starts, the Springsure mentor will make the long round trip to town confident of having two finalists next week, despite the 30 kilogram sprinter returning after a 3 week layoff. With a win from box 5 already, he does has great box speed and will be well fancied to make it win number 4 overall.

Race 8 – DAVID BRASCH APPRECIATION BEST 8 407m at 9.14pm

Rockhampton’s best greyhounds drop back to 407 m for this week’s best 8 event. The race named in appreciation of one of Queensland Greyhound’s greatest contributors, it is sure to be a competitive event especially as it features North Queensland’s best greyhound. With the winner picking up a cool $1775.00 prizemoney, the result is likely to be determined at box rise as to who will collect the spoils here.

Gin Gin mentor Ronald Brook returns to Rockhampton with North Queensland’s best greyhound Beware The Boss. Perfectly named, the November 2010 son of Big Daddy Cool – Ledaro Elly has an imposing record of 28 starts for 16 wins and 6 placing’s. With exceptional first and second section ability, Beware The Boss is a greyhound capable of winning anywhere in Australia. The recent Bundaberg Cup placegetter is coming off career best form with 2 wins and 2 seconds from his past 4 appearances. Having only finished worse the 4th on two occasions, the striking black dog looks set again to be the one to beat after drawing box 3.

Rockhampton race caller Liam Mulry will hope his luck as an owner continues as his greyhound Star Pupil looks most likely to challenge the favourite after drawing box 1. The William Boon prepared speedster has imposing form over the Callaghan Park circuit with 3 wins from his last 4 starts including a best of night win in heats of the Rocky Cup over 510m. No luck in the final was followed by two further wins (510m) in Best of Night times. More noted over the 510m journey, the son of Where’s Pedro – Nicely Done can win this after drawing ideally and coming off a short two week break.

The offspring of El Galo regularly feature in the winners list at Rocky and it looks no different this week as So Chique looks another strong chance here. The Christine Pollard trainer brindle bitch is looking to make it three wins on the trot after coming up with box 4. Out of the bitch So Faithful, she has raced at the track and distance 26 times for 9 wins and 7 placing’s with close to $10,000 in prizemoney. Although awkwardly drawn, the 407m start definitely favours greyhound drawn inside box 6, with the first few metres crucial for all runners and their winning chances.

The first event on the card kicks off at 6.57pm local time for what is sure to be a fantastic night of greyhound racing.

Albion Park Greyhounds Betting Preview & Tips

Racing Queensland tries something different this Thursday night with the Albion Park club set to race events over all five distances on SuperStayers night. Whilst many participants will be unhappy about the premier night being subjected to such races, the initiative is one that the club should be proud of.

With recent Monday night and Thursday night city fields (over a long sustained period) reduced to short fields, multiple novice events and ordinary dogs, this Thursday nights card offers lots of intrigue for all. With the short-term increase in prizemoney, the program has opened the door for greyhounds of all distance ability the chance for a nice prizemoney boost on the premier night of racing.

Race 4 BEST 8 EVERTON PARK HOTEL 331m @ 7.41pm

Recent Galaxy finalist Simmerly headlines the first event for Highfields trainer Mark Saal. The March 2011 daughter of Collision – Bundy Babe has an ultra impressive short track resume with 25 starts resulting in 11 wins and 9 placings. With her recent form including a near track record heat win in the Galaxy, a strong 5th in the final, and a near best of day straight track win at Capalaba on Saturday, she will be primed for this event and the $4000 winners cheque. Starting in box 2 she will be one of the favourites here and hard to beat.

With an impressive win rate of near 50% from 84 career starts Charmed Speed has been a wonderfully consistent dog for prominent owner Dallas Beckett and trainer Col Byers. Starting in box 2, the Feb 2010 son of Paddy’s Flame – Perfect Model has perfect track form and distance with 2 wins from 2 starts. Aptly named, the black dog has lots of speed winning 40 with 29 further placings from 84 starts. With blistering speed and a liking for the creek circuit, he will have his share of followers this Thursday night.

After a horror run or injuries and bad luck, Seldom Said returns for just his third start in 2013 for Logan Reserve owner trainer Jamie McHugh. After a Victorian stint with premier trainer Kel Greenough that included fast wins at Shepperton and Warragul, followed by a NSW stint with Azzopardi, where a fall and injury sent him home, the striking son of Where’s Pedro – Cold Shivers is back home where his career started for the competent McHugh. With blistering first and second sectional times, the money dog will be hard to beat if he can find early room from the tough 5 box even with the lack of recent racing.

Race 5 BEST 8 SCRATCH CONSTRUCTIONS 395m @ 8.05pm

The second special event on the night is the 395m best 8 sprint where recent Galaxy competitors look to be the ones to beat over the sprint trip. The event had drawn a wonderful field of sprinters with all engaged runners capable of claiming the win and winners cheque.

Having a wonderful run over the past two weeks, Glenda Dart looks set to continue banking money with Taper Jean Girl. The former Victorian looks well suited here after drawing box 7. By El Galo – Blu Pie Girl, the 28 kilo blue bitch has fast wins over the sprint trips, including a super quick 22.63 at Warragul. If she can reproduce that performance here she will be hard to beat and should bring up win number 15.

Albion Park speedster Blackjack Gent (Made To Size – Lilly Grace) will hope to change his recent luck for trainer Deb Arnold. After fast wins here early last month, he had absolutely no luck in the Galaxy heats where he finished 6th behind Are They Now. He then had no luck on his return to Albion Park last week where he finished last. The talented grey has wonderful ability as evidenced by his sub 23 second wins here and although drawn in box 4 he will he hard to beat if he can reproduce his best here. With an overall record of 34 starts for 9 wins and 15 placings he has been a wonderful performer for prominent industry participant Anthony Jeffress.

Track specialist Franklin Fury gets a rare Thursday night run for leading Brisbane trainer Sandra Hunt. Dawn box 6, the September 2009 son of Where’s Pedro – Orara Dreams has been a wonderfully consistent performer over the sprint trips where he has raced 80 times for 18 wins and 29 placings. Interestingly 77 starts (17 wins) have been here at Albion Park and of that 64 starts (15 wins) over this track and distance. It’s a credit to Hunt that she has been able to continually produce winners and her winners to runners ratio is first class. Whilst he may be approaching the end of his career he is still as consistent as ever and can’t be discounted.

Race 6 2/3 GRADE GLEN GALLON @ STUD 520m @ 8.25pm

Former Derby winner Bellagio Lad headlines the Glen Gallon at Stud 2nd and 3rd grade over the premier 520m journey. Drawn ideally in box 1, the November 2009 son of Big Daddy Cool – Ultra Swift has been an honest performer for big name trainer Ron Ball. From the wonderful producer Ultra Swift, he has raced 57 times for 13 wins and 19 placings. With a bank balance nearing $100,000 a win in this will take him over that magical mark for the Mirage Greyhound syndicate.

Sandra Hunts strong card continues with the remarkable Top Story another leading chance in this event. After injury prevented him racing for most of the first part of 2013, he has been in wonderful form winning 3 of his last 4 here at headquarters. While not reproducing anywhere near his 29.77 best time, he has been ultra impressive and looks hard to beat from box 8. The son of Knocka Norris – Bomber Babe has an overall record of 22 starts for 12 wins and 6 placings and if he can avoid early trouble he will look to motor home in this.

With the best syndicate name in Greyhound Racing, ‘The Flying Fleabags syndicate‘ will hope their greyhound Bakaara can continue on her impressive winning way. With brilliant box speed placing her in a winning position in most of her 35 starts, the daughter of Where’s Pedro – Grampian has been successful 14 times with a further 9 placings. With these results netting over $30,000 in prize money for connections. At Albion Park she has a best time of 30.27, and while not overly strong, her first and second section ability place her in a winning position as trouble happens behind. With a freshen up win last Saturday at the Capalaba straight track, she will look to do the same this Thursday as she jumps from box 5.

Race 7 4/5 GRADE GATEWAY ELECTRICAL 600m @ 8.44pm

With State of Origin game two just around the corner it’s seems fitting that Wolffdene trainer Jeff Cumming engages Seven Straight over the creek 600m in this event. After his brilliant debut win over the track and distance in March this year where he stopped the clock at an impressive 34.88, he returns from a short layoff. The dog named in honour of the mighty maroons has been an honest performer with 14 starts for 4 wins and 4 placings. Slow early, the December son of Cosmic Rumble – Nicely Done has a big motor and if he is close enough he should be too strong for these.

Ultra consistent Apache Kitten (Pure Octane – Solid Return) makes the trip north for Murwillumbah mentor John Clancy. The 26 kilogram white and black bitch loves the tricky 600m journey at headquarters as evidenced by her impressive 15 starts for 6 wins and 6 placings. Drawn in the difficult 6 box, the February 2010 whelp drops back to her preferred distance after competing in the recent Gold Cup heats. Not the best beginning she does has great race sense and a win in this event would take her record to 30 starts for 10 wins and 14 placings, which is a wonderful training performance.

Churchable trainer Sandra Giles brings old timer Surfin’ Steffi to headquarters as the consistent daughter of Surf Lorian – Corolla looks to bring up win number 20. The March 2009 whelping has been a model of consistency in her 57 start career where she has won 19 and placed a further 18 times. With close to $50,000 in prizemoney the 28 kilogram chaser puts in 110% effort in every race and her recent form is as good as it was when she began her career. Starting in box 7 a win would not surprise here and would be just reward for a wonderful grey.

Race 8 ON LINE LINEMARKING SUPERSTAYERS 710m @ 9.08pm

The feature event of the card is the invite only super stayers event over the 710m staying journey. With just four greyhounds engaged its sure to be an exciting race as they square off in pursuit of the $15,000 first prize.

Superstayers Box Draw
1. Mrs. Thursday – Glenda Dart
3. Starliner – Gary Pettersen
5. Bogie Dawn – Bob Giltinan
7. Bell Haven – Edward Medhurst
9. Ba Bling – Gary Keep (Reserve)

Racing kicks off at 6.43 PM for the 10 race program.

2013 Brisbane Superstayers Invitations Announced

The Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club today announced the four invitees for the Listed Superstayers Invitation race to be at Albion Park on Thursday 20 June 2013.

The greyhounds are:

  • BELL HAVEN (TAS)
  • BOGIE DAWN (QLD)
  • MRS THURSDAY (NSW)
  • STARLINER (NSW)



Queensland greyhound BA BLING will be the reserve.

Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club CEO Luke Gatehouse expects an exciting spectacle, as the field comprises a tearaway leader in Bogie Dawn, the Group 3 Big Dog Cup winner in Starliner who should do the early chasing, and noted backmarkers Bell Haven and Mrs. Thursday.

The connections of Macro Meats Gold Cup winner Destini Fireball were unable to accept the invitation for the greyhound due to conflicting commitments in Victoria, however the second, third and fourth placegetters in Queensland’s premier staying event will all take their place in the field along with the winner of the Club’s main lead-up race – the Garrard’s Winter Chase.

Daley’s Remarkable Run – One Game of Football and Four Finals

New South Wales’ win in the opening game of this year’s State Of Origin series was the start of a memorable run for prominent Northern River’s owner and Murwillumbah Primary School Principle Les Daley. A prominent junior rugby league contributor in NSW, Daley was wrapped in how the boys in blue performed when winning last Wednesday night. In the days that followed his greyhounds have been on an amazing run, with four of his greyhounds qualifying for finals in three different states. Not bad for an owner with just a few greyhounds.

Group 1 Macro Meats Albion Park Gold Cup

The successful run with his sizzling speedsters started last Thursday night at Albion Park in the heats of the Group 1 Macro Meats Gold Cup where his future staying star Mrs. Thursday saluted at just her 12th race start. The young stayer showed enormous potential in her heat win as she beat staying greats like Irma Bale, Destini Fireball, Czar and Mist Opportunity to qualify for her first Group 1 final. The black April 2011 daughter of Bombastic Shiraz – Nikita Grove has been a revelation and from her limited starts has the envious record of 5 wins and 6 placing’s.

For Daley, it’s the third successful pup he has purchased out of Nikita Grove from breeder Jeffrey Crawford. Amazingly each of these offspring have been from different sires and litters.

The first success was the well performed stayer Piping Hot (Bit Chilli – Nikita Grove) who won close to $50,000 in prizemoney for Daley. Trained by his close friends John and Glenda Dart with whom he forms a lethal combination, Piping Hot won 6 races and was placed in 12 of her 28 career starts and was a wonderful performer over the staying journey. Now retired, Piping Hot has moved to the breeding barn where Daley hopes she can continue her success. With a litter to Mogambo at the breakers now and pups to Bekim Bale on the ground, she looks the right type of bitch to produce race track quality performers.

Geelong Heat and Final Friday 14/06/2013 – 5th Grade Buxton Real Estate 400m – Race 6

The second successful chaser purchased was Miss Mercantile (El Galo – Nikita Grove). Miss Mercantile started her racing with the Darts and is now in Victoria with Wayne Vassallo.

‘She started racing around Albion Park and Lismore but we felt she needed a change so we sent her south to race where she has been going really well’ Les said.

So well that this Friday night she lines up in a 5th grade final at Geelong. After a strong second place in her heat last week she looks the one to beat this Friday night over the 400m Geelong trip. From 34 starts she has won 9 and been placed in another 9 with close to $15,000 in prize money.

Mrs. Thursday continues the run of success that Daley has had from the Nikita Grove line.

‘I’ve purchased all of them as pups and I really believe that success on the race track is due to how they are reared. I have 3 acres here and try to do all my own rearing’ Les said.

‘What I can’t rear here I send to Darryl Schafer – who I believe is the best greyhound rearer in the country and who does a great job with rearing pups.’

Mrs. Thursday lines up in this Thursday’s Macro Meats Gold Cup Group 1 final from box 1. Despite being faced with seasoned campaigner such as Irma Bale, Starliner, Bell Haven, and Proven Impala, a win would not shock those that have followed this young chasers career and know the ability that she possesses. With an amazing finishing ability Daley hopes that she will lob behind the early leaders and be too strong at the finish.

‘As a pup she would run all day and I knew that she had ability early on. I told John Dart that if we were patient we would have something special. She is just the baby in the final and from box 1 we hope that she can take a sit on the fence and not get knocked around.’ Les said.

Whatever happens in the final she is surely a greyhound to follow and a greyhound going places!

Albion Park Group 1 Macro Meats Gold Cup Final (Thursday 13/06/2013) – Race 8

1. Mrs. Thursday ……………………… Glenda Dart
2. Destini Fireball ……………………… Emilio Rinaldi
3. Bell Haven ………………………… Edward Medhurst
4. Honey Bouquet …………………… John Conlon
5. Irma Bale …………………………… Graeme Bate
6. Starliner …………………………….. Gary Pettersen
7. Ba Bling …………………………….. Gary Keep
8. Proven Impala ……………………… Joe Burg
9. Mimicking ……………………………. Robert Britton
10. Czar ………………………………… Robert Britton

The Tweed Heads Galaxy (Final Past Monday 10/06/2013)

The dynamic Daley and Dart duo continued their success over the past weekend as their improving greyhound Pierino was successful in the $20,000 to the winner Tweed Heads Galaxy. After being second in his heat on Saturday, the son of Where’s Pedro – Magic Caper’s was able to qualify for the Monday afternoon final being one of the fastest second placegetters.

Drawn box 2 in the rich final, the 34 kilogram black December 2010 whelping was too strong in the final after taking a beautiful rails run behind early leader and defending champing Chasing Glory scoring by a length on the line in a respectable 23.78.

Chasing Glory held on well for second narrowly beating Victorian Arizona Dozer third. It was a wonderful training performance by the Dart’s as Pierino was on the comeback from an injury enforced layoff. With 19 starts for 7 wins and 7 placing’s the first place cheque takes the black dogs earnings to over $26,000.

Tweed Heads Racing – Novice Heats (Final Saturday 15/06/2013)

Saturday racing at Tweed Heads also featured 1-4 wins heats for greyhounds over the Galaxy trip of 420 m. With 4 heats the first two from each heat would progress to the final this Saturday. The Daley / Dart combination again merged as Tour Leader (Premier Fantasy – Rumble Amour) finished second in his heat behind What A World to qualify for the final this Saturday. Remarkably this made it the fourth finalist to qualify for a feature event for Daley in ten days of greyhound racing.

With a dream run currently in progress it is a fitting reward for a devoted enthusiast who has committed a great deal of time and effort into greyhound racing over the past 20 years. What sets Daley apart is that unlike many owners he still attends the majority of race meetings to watch his dogs perform live. With the triumphant streak he is currently enjoying, why wouldn’t he want to be a part of the atmosphere and action trackside to see his pride and joy emulated into four powerful paws of chasing tenacity. With his passion for greyhounds shining through Daley is set to enjoy a fantastic ride in the future.

Young Greys Hope To Emulate The Great Flying Amy

This Thursday night the feature racing continues at Albion Park with heats of the listed Flying Amy Classic 520m. The age restricted event has attracted five outstanding fields with all chasers a realistic chance of qualifying for the rich final and joining the list of past champions, including; He Knows Uno (2011), Cosmic Rumble (09), Woops A Daisy (03) and Greasy Grizzly (02).

The event has been a great form guide for future stars and this year looks to be no different with the winner and finalists sure to go onto bigger and better things.

Heat One – TATTSBET FLYING AMY CLASSIC 520m 6.42pm

A great race to start the program and a heat full of potential with all runners capable of winning and running quick time. Kulu Special for Bentley owner trainer John Clarson exits box four in the opening heat and the baby chaser is certainly that. The veteran of only 3 starts, the November 2011 daughter of Trewly Special – Kulu Mystique is a flying machine. Having raced solely at headquarters the black 23 kilogram lightweight has been nothing short of brilliant. A maiden win in 29.99 (BON) by 12 lengths and a last start 30.25 (BON) shows that she is a greyhound going places and she will be hard to beat in the series. With her age and ability she is a greyhound going places and will be one to follow throughout her career.

Jimboomba trainer Neil Catchpole looks to have another smart pup in his kennel with the red brindle bitch Sparkles drawn ideally in box one, her fifth consecutive start from the cherry. The daughter of Bit Chilli – Betty Davis Size only just qualified for the heats having been whelped on the cut off date of 1st December 2010. Whilst being the oldest pup in the series she seems to relish the cherry red having won three of her last four starts – all in best of day times including a lightning 24.90 at Ipswich at a first look 30.09 at headquarters. If she can reproduce that run she will prove hard to beat.

The Reid family will look to put recent bad luck behind them with the beautifully bred Far West Leader. Having produced in feature events already in her short career, the 27 kilogram black daughter of Magic Sprite – Bellbird Park will look to add another feature final to her resume as she jumps from box 7. The veteran of 10 starts, the June 2011 whelping has the outstanding record of 5 wins and 4 placings, including best of night wins at Albion Park and Lismore winning her last three on end.

It wouldn’t be a feature series without the Apap’s and in the first heat they have another offspring of the brilliant producer Tad Smarter engaged in Grundon who will exit the five box. The son of Collision has been ultra consistent in his racing and has the enviable record of 7 starts for 4 wins and 2 placings. Although he hasn’t run quick time, he is a greyhound on the improve and from the smart kennel will be primed for this event and a quick run wouldn’t surprise.

Selections – 4/1/7/5

Heat Two – TATTSBET FLYING AMY CLASSIC 7.04pm

Fernvale trainer Lynne Ivanovic boxes impressive young chaser Leonard in heat two. Drawn the pink rug, the May 2011 son of Collision – River Seine has been ever consistent in his short career and already has a slick 30.10 Albion Park win to his credit from April this year. The 35 kilogram chaser has won in quick time at Ipswich and if he is on song he will prove hard to beat after drawing favourably.

After having no luck in the recent Mick Byrne Memorial heats, Burpengary trainer Gary Keep will be hoping for better luck this week with his charge, Gotcha Back. Having drawn the white rug, the February 2011 black son of Mogambo – Gotcha Covered has shown ability in his career with his overall record standing at 35 starts for 8 wins and 6 placings. He can be ordinary out of the boxes and connections and followers will hope that this week he can improve and be off and gone at box rise.

The A Team sire Fear Zafonic has been doing great things at stud of late and the son named in his honour lines up in heat two for Gatton trainer Christina Apap. Drawn the horror box five, Zafonic (Fear Zafonic – Joy Esme) will look to continue his good form at headquarters where he has already registered 3 wins and 2 placings from just 6 starts over the 520m distance. An unreliable beginner, the draw may be of advantage if he can avoid early trouble at turn one and position himself in a winning position coming for home.

Park Ridge trainer Ray Burman brings Poetic Mover back to town for another feature series having recently contested heats of the Mick Byrne Memorial and the Group 3 Big Dog Cup. The January 2011 son of Knocka Norris – Bomber Babe has a best time of 30.05 at headquarters and a repeat of that performance will see him one of the fancies in heat two. A strong finisher, he will be storming home late if given clear running and will be another of the winning chances in heat two.

Selections – 8/3/5/7

Heat Three – TATTSBET FLYING AMY CLASSIC 8.25pm

The Dart’s return to town and another feature series with their Dec 2010 whelping, Ben’s House (Run’s House – Spirit Released). A dog of huge potential he has recently featured in the Mick Byrne Memorial series running a good third in the final behind Pharmacopia. It’s another tough field this week, but if consistency counts, the 33 kilogram chaser will be one of the fancies in heat three after drawing well in box 2. A noted ordinary beginner a good start this week will definitely help his chances against this quality field.

Ipswich Auction finalist and another son of Tad Smarter, Clan Eirann fronts up for another feature series after drawing box four in heat three for Caboolture trainer Steve Lennon. The January 2011 son of Collision – Tad Smarter has enormous ability and has won in fast time at both Ipswich and Albion Park in his short career so far. Whilst his recent form isn’t his best he does a have an outstanding 29.98 PB at headquarters and if he leads they will be racing for second.

Race caller nightmare Knocknagoshel headlines heat three after drawing the horror box for owner trainer Michael Broody of Churchable. The July 2011 son of Knocka Norris – Top Talker has enormous potential as evidenced by his overall record of 8 starts for 5 wins including fast wins over the Albion Park 520m and the shorter sprint circuit. A last start BON winner where he greatly improved his box manners, followers and connections will be hoping he can repeat his first section in this weeks heats and avoid any early interference.

Futurity finalist Cee Eh Oh (High Earner – Suite Tahlia) for Lake Clarendon owner / trainer Bruce Linnan looks another strong chance in heat three after coming up with the green rug. The December 2010 chaser has continued on with her consistent form after the futurity final where she finished unplaced behind Purcell Bale earlier this year. Recent form includes winning a heat of the Mick Byrne Memorial where she placed 5th in the final. She can show box speed and her 520m strength is improving with her 520m record at Albion Park standing at 13 starts for 2 wins and 7 placings. She will need to improve on her PB to win this but her form indicates that she will be there come the finish.

Selections – 2/4/5/6

Heat Four – TATTSBET FLYING AMY CLASSIC 8.44pm

Leading trainer Sandra Hunt boxes top local hope Top Story in heat four of the series. Top Story (Knocka Norris – Bomber Babe) has an outstanding PB of 29.77 over the track and distance set prior to his injury late last year. His overall record is 21 starts for 12 wins and 6 placings and the bridle dog has been a finalist in the group 2 Qld derby since his injury return. While not running sub 30 seconds since his return, the brindle dog has a huge motor and if he can avoid trouble early he will be well positioned come the right time in the race.

Londonderry trainer Anthony Azzopardi heads north with his young charger Maya Keroma coming up with the perfect cherry draw in heat four. The January 2011 daughter of Where’s Pedro – Cinnabar has been impressive in her short career with fast wins at Gosford and wins at Wenworth Park. From just ten starts the brindle bitch has won 4 with 2 placings. It looks an educational visit for the youngster but take notice she will be competitive from the astute Azzopardi kennel who is no stranger to big race success throughout Australia.

Lowood trainer Reg Kay, no stranger himself to big race success, engages local young gun Seize The Bomb in heat four. Drawing box three, the black daughter of Bombastic Shiraz – Seize The Moment is lightly raced having had just the five starts for three wins and one placing. The 30 kilogram bitch has tremendous box speed and is a fast winner at Ipswich and Albion Park in her short career. With her early speed and in the hands of the experienced Kay, Seize The Bomb will be well fancied to progress to next weeks final.

Llittle sister to box one runner Maya Keroma, Jacks Zac joins her in the trip north from NSW for owner trainer Susan Pitstock of Mangrove Mountain. Draw the visitor box and wearing the blue rug, the 29 kilogram chaser joins a field of big weighted bitches in heat four. With wins at Gosford, Maitland and Wenworth Park, the young white and black bitch has the imposing overall record of 15 starts for 4 wins and 7 placings for close to $9,000 in prize money. She is a definite chance with her early speed and ability.

Selections – 8/1/3/4

Heat Five – TATTSBET FLYING AMY CLASSIC 9.08pm

Knocka Norris has been a revelation at stud producing fast offspring throughout Australia. Another of his sons, Frosty Jay Jay (Knocka Norris – Slick Hannah) lines up in box eight for Fairney View trainer Renald Attard. Recent form includes a 29.94 BON win at headquarters, followed by a heat win (30.72) and a final placed 3rd at Ipswich has the big 36 kilo grey in outstanding form. A freshener up the Capalaba straight where he won last start in 20.05 looks to have him primed for this listed series where he will be one of the fancies to progress and improve his overall record of 17 starts for 7 wins and 4 placings.

The Joe Menary owned and trained Celtic Diva has been a model of consistency winning over $26,000 dollars in prizemoney with the outstanding overall record of 28 starts for 10 wins and 8 placings. Another offspring of the great Collision – Tad Smarter litter, she has already made the final of the Group 2 Bogie Leigh Futurity and looks a strong chance to progress to another final named in honour of another great Queensland bitch. She possesses blistering early pace with a first section PB of 5.63 and overall best of 30.20 seconds. If she can jump in front she will be hard to beat in the run to the post.

Baby chaser, White Hornet (Cosmic Rumble – Skinny Magic) starts from box three in the fifth and final heat for Park Ridge mentor Ray Burman. The veteran of just 3 starts all of which are at headquarters has seen the impressive return of 2 wins and 1 second with a best of 30.23 set last Thursday night. With improving box manners and his race experience improving he will be a strong contender to progress to the rich final.

The second Reid runner and litter brother to earlier chance Far West Leader will start from box 7. Miner’s Moss (Magic Sprite – Bellbird Park) has been ultra consistent in northern NSW winning 6 of 12 race starts. Wins have come over the shorter journeys at Grafton and Maitland, as well as a recent 520m win at Lismore. The 32 kilogram black chaser has only just stepped up in distance and with his strength and ability improving will be a strong chance to progress through past the heats for the popular Reid family.

Selections – 8/4/3/7

With all engaged greyhounds a realistic chance of qualifying for next weeks final, the racing is sure to be exciting as only the five heat winners and three fastest seconds to progress. It’s a great night of racing at Albion Park with three heats of the Group 1 Macro Meats Gold Cup also on the card, attracting the best stayers both local and interstate. The first race commences at 6.42pm local time.

$270,000 Boost For Queensland Greyhound Racing Winter Carnival

Racing Queensland (RQ) has today announced a prizemoney increase for the greyhound racing code over the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival.

Racing Minister Steve Dickson said the extra $269,690 boost from 1 June through to 30 June would attract quality fields and increase turnover.

“The Newman Government has delivered upon our election promise to rebuild a solid, accountable governance structure for racing from the ground up, and this announcement is one of the first outcomes of the new arrangement,” Mr Dickson said.

“The 30,000 strong sector is now being led by its best and brightest, with the return to a code-specific control board model ensuring grassroots industry participants are directly involved in decisions which will build their livelihoods.”

RQ Greyhound Manager Jim Torpey said the prizemoney increase had been an immediate priority for the Queensland Greyhound Racing Board at its first official meeting with industry associations on 21 May.

“It was essential that greyhound racing received a prizemoney increase, and this extra $269,690 is the unused prizemoney from the 2012-2013 financial year,” Mr Torpey said.

“Therefore, it only made sense to utilise that available money and inject it into the prizemoney on offer over the Winter Carnival.

“We hope the injection will attract better fields, which will hopefully then attract higher wagering turnover.”

Mr Torpey said the QGRB decided the Rockhampton Greyhound Racing Club was the main priority to receive additional prizemoney in June.

“Local industry participants were on their knees after the floods which devastated the Rockhampton track earlier this year,” he said.

“They lost seven weeks of racing and countless dollars in prizemoney, so it was only fair to double their prizemoney in June to help the club and its participants get back on their feet.”

Albion Park Winter Chase Betting Preview & Tips

As the cold starts to set in here in QLD, the action is just getting warmed up at Albion Park. Tonight sees the running of the annual Winter Chase which is generally a great lead up to the Albion Park Gold Cup.

All the focus will be on the two up and comers. Starliner who has just come of his first Group win in the Big Dog Cup and the Young Gun Mrs Thursday.

Starliner failed last start at his debut over the 710 but was only just beaten and it took a very good seasoned stayer to bring him undone. His overall time was still fantastic. There’s no doubt at all he’s going to be greatly improved by last weeks run and a bold showing should again be on the cards tonight. He should spear straight to the front again, and I reckon he’s got enough in him this week, to hold on.

Heat 2 is certainly a very interesting affair with the highly talented but young gun Mrs Thursday. The seasoned Bizarre Barbie, Keperra Bandit and iron dog Master Brutus.

Mrs Thursday has been shaping as a potential staying superstar who has really put it together in her last two starts. Running fantastic times and running home in blinding fashion, but I suggest we all take notice and beware. Her half sister Piping Hot from the previous litter also started her career off similarly, but after a few starts over the 710m she slowly got further and further back in her races until she was just to far back to win. Her career was promising but short lived. There’s no doubt she can win this, but it’s going to take a super effort to knock off some seasoned campaigners.

Bizarre Barbie has a motor but really only produced it when in training with Victorian mentor Kel Greenough. At her best she can win this but she’s far from that.

Master Brutus has plenty of class and ability. He has posted fast time over this distance and at one stage was near unbeatable.
He’s not in that form now but he can’t be overlooked in this.

These runners are clearly the standouts in the heats and I doubt weather any other runners can upset the apple kart.

Heat 1 kicks of at Albion Park at 7.41pm and heat 2 the first leg of the Quaddie at 8.05pm.

Queensland Remembers – The Mick Byrne Memorial Preview

The Mick Byrne Memorial headlines the feature racing this Thursday night at Queensland’s Albion Park. Named in his honour, the event is an annual feature on the Queensland Greyhound calendar with participants remembering the contribution of the greyhound tragic. A life member of the Brisbane Racing Club Mick sadly passed away in 2006. Restricted to 5th graders this years five heats have attracted a number of quality greyhounds both local and interstate.

MICK BYRNE MEMORIAL – HEAT ONE – 7.22pm
The ever consistent Mr Garcia for Sandra Hunt draws the cherry in the first heat and he looks to be ideally boxed to continue his good form. Mr Garcia (Bit Chilli – Mrs Trickett) has faced the starter on 24 occasions so far with the outstanding record of 7 wins and a further 11 placings including being a finalist in the recent Albion Park Young Guns. The white and black chaser is easily recognisable in his races and always puts himself in contention with his strong running style and chasing ability. He has great box speed and a good jump here will certainly makes things tough for his opposition.

Looking to spoil the Sandra Hunt show will be Pharmacopia for Margaret Quarrell. The October 2010 son of Premier Chief – Kathy’s Recall is from an outstanding litter who between them have made numerous feature finals already this year in Queensland. Pharmacopia himself is a recent Ipswich Auction finalist and Group 2 Derby finalist and after 15 starts has the enviable record of 5 wins and 4 placings. At Albion Park he has raced on 9 occasions for 4 wins including a fast 30.08 registered in March this year. If he can exit the 7 box and clear them early he will be a massive chance of winning this heat and qualifying for yet another feature final.

The other leading chance in heat one looks to be Gotcha Back for Burpengary trainer Gary Keep. The February 2011 black son of Mogambo – Gotcha Covered has been in great form since stepping up in distance to 520m racing. With recent wins at the track and distance in near BOD times, he will be a strong winning chance if he can improve his box manners and avoid early trouble as he exits box 2.

MICK BYRNE MEMORIAL – HEAT TWO – 8.25pm
Recent Queensland Futurity Finalist Pearl Za Zinger for John McCarthy looks to be the dog to beat in heat two after drawing the pink rug. Pearl Za Zinger (Surf Lorian – Kaycee Diva) has recently contested the Capalaba feature events, and while not disgracing herself the freshen up over the straight 366m track may work in her favour here as she steps back up to 520m racing. The November 2010 whelping has faced the starter on 40 occasions resulting in 6 wins and 18 placings and close to $25,000 in prizemoney.

The Brian Francis trained Arabian McAbdi (Soprano Drive – Elite Juno) will wear the white rug and looks to be the biggest danger to Pearl Za Zinger. With limited starts on the Albion Park circuit where she has registered just the one win from 3 attempts she has won in fast times at Ipswich. In her last 4 Ipswich starts she has recorded 3 wins, including 2 BOD’s in 30.92 and 30.55. If she can replicate her 30.55 Ipswich run here she will be very hard to beat.

Box two runner Poetic Mover for Ray Burman will be another strong winning chance after coming up with the striped box. The January 2011 son of Knocka Norris – Bomber Babe has outstanding recent form including contesting the heats of the Group 3 Big Dog Cup where he finished 4th behind Irma Bale. He has also recently won a Monday night heat and final. The regular racing seems to have switched him on nicely as he is in a real purple patch of form. With the great overall record of 39 starts for 7 wins and 9 placings he is a definite winning chance with clear running.

MICK BYRNE MEMORIAL – HEAT THREE – 8.44pm
Front running Honey Bouquet looks to be the greyhound to beat in heat three after coming up with the ideal cherry box. The beautifully bred June 2010 daughter of Bit Chilli – Honey Mist has really come of age recently and her front running style is well suited to the Albion Park circuit. A recent Big Dog Cup finalist where she produced the best runs of her career in the heat and final she looks well placed here for trainer John Conlon. With the consistent record over the track and distance of 12 starts for 6 wins and 4 placings, she will start a short favourite for the heat as she looks to qualify for another Albion Park feature final. The Dam won the inaugural Mick Byrne Memorial and it would be a great result if she could qualify and win the final, replicating Honey Mist’s 2007 win.

Looking to spoil the party of Honey Bouquet will be the interstate raider Winsome Blackie for Thirlmere trainer and popular mentor John Finn. The November 2010 black son of Bit Chill – Ruby Red Lips has a recent fast Bulli win to his credit and will look to improve on his overall record of 37 starts for 4 wins and 14 placings. The 33 kilogram chaser will look to have more luck then his first and only appearance at Albion Park where he fell in April this year over the 600m journey behind Starliner. He looks to be a strong chaser like most Finn charges and with clear running from box 3 will be one of the fancies to knock off the favourite.

Dayseas Jet for Gilberton mentor Claude Dacey looks a strong place chance in heat three also after drawing box 6. A noted short track performer, the August 2010 son of Cosmic Rumble – Classy Kate has outstanding form at Casino, the Ipswich 431m and Albion Park sprints where he has won a total of 17 races with numerous BOD performances. He struggles to get the 520 m as evidenced by his track and distance record of 5 starts for 1 second. With the overall record of 41 starts for 17 wins and 14 placings, if he can lead clearly and there be any mix up behind him he may hold onto a deserved 520m win. His recent form is excellent with 4 wins and 2 seconds from his last 6 starts. He will need luck behind him however, with the strong finishers of Honey Bouquet and Winsome Blackie engaged. Place chance.

MICK BYRNE MEMORIAL – HEAT FOUR – 9.28pm
Ben’s House for leading trainer Glenda Dart looks the greyhound to heat in heat four. The son of Runs House – Spirit Released has faced the starter on 24 occasions for the imposing record of 8 wins and 5 placings. He can be sloppy at times from the boxes but he does have a good first section on his day. At Albion Park he has a best time of 30.18 set earlier this month in a BON performance and if he can run up to that time he will take beating.

The consistent Ellie’s Choice for John Edwards looks to be another chance in heat four. The daughter of Buckingham Chuck – Ellie’s Diamond is no stranger to racing at Albion Park having had every one of her 46 starts on the track. Over the distance she has faced the starter on 31 occasions for 6 wins and 13 placings. Her recent from is below her best but if she can find some of her early zip she will give a lot of cheek from the tough box 5.

Peter Simpson returns to Albion Park with Glamour Row, a daughter of Go Wild Teddy – Rose Chalice. From an outstanding litter that includes Rush Of Power and Raging Obsession, Glamour Row will hope to add to the list of litter winners at Albion Park for the inform Simpson kennel. Drawn favourably in box 1, she has had just the two starts here for no luck on both occasions. She is relatively inexperienced with just 9 starts resulting in 3 wins and 3 placings including a last start BOD win at Casino on last Friday. She is better than her times and form shows and with luck will be a strong each way chance.

The offspring of Bit Chilli seem to have a strong chance in the heats and another Bit Chilli offspring in Rylee’s Reign looks a good chance to add to his impressive winners rate as a sire. The June 2010 son of Reneen Lass has a best time over the track and distance of 30.22 set in February this year and overall he has won 13 races from 36 starts with a further 10 placings. Prizemoney already tops $22,000 and with early luck the strong finisher will be charging home late. Dropping back from 600 plus racing, look out for the green rug if he is close at the home turn.

MICK BYRNE MEMORIAL – HEAT FIVE – 9.53pm
Woodview trainer Robert Cooke returns to town with his ultra consistent bitch Watta Jackpot in the 5th and final heat. Drawn the cherry red, the daughter of Vapour Whirl – Teddy’s Jackpot has the great record of 20 starts for 7 wins and 9 placings. At Albion Park the white and black chaser has had two placings from two starts, but with the better draw this time she looks set to atone those placings. Slow early, if she can find a length or two at box rise she will be on the bunny and hard to beat.

Diane Hannon always has a strong chance in feature racing at headquarters and in the Mick Byrne heats that looks to be continued with young black chaser Fashion Guru. A new coming to racing he has faced the bunny on 8 occasions, all over the creek 520m, where he has recorded two wins and 3 placings including a solid 30.23 maiden win in March this year. The July 2011 son of Made To Size – Elegant Enforcer will have to contend with box 7 but he looks a smart young dog and is in good hands with the astute Hannon.

The final contender in the final heat looks to be the aptly named Mr Contender for Derek Milham for Forest Hill. Wearing the striped rug, the 3 year old 35 kilogram black dog has amazed a good record over the track and distance where he has recorded 6 wins and 11 placings from 35 starts. He has a best time of 30.22 set way back in November 2011 but on his day he is a real fighter and at his best will challenge the younger brigade in this. A half brother to the earlier mentioned Runs House, Mr Contender is by Collide – Spirit Released and it will be a great effort if Spirit Released can get two finalists through to next Thursdays final.

The five winners and three second fastest seconds will qualify for the final next Thursday week. All greyhounds will hope to join the list of winners of this great event, that includes fellow winners Honey Mist (2007), Bogie Ace (2008) and Auriga Fox (2010).

Big Guns Go For Starliner Group 3 Big Dog Cup Final

Twenty years ago as a hobby owner working and living in Sydney, Gary Pettersen made the decision to head out of town and to start training greyhounds himself. He had owned a couple of greyhounds over the previous five years with mixed success and thought that he should give training ago too. Like very few, the first dog he trained was an instant success, winning lots of races around northern NSW. Single Lord was a quality greyhound showing Gary that the thrill of owning a winner was greatly increased when you trained it as well. “He was a wonderful dog for my first fore-ray into training. I kept thinking, how easy is this!” Gary said. Like most, it would be sometime before Gary’s next champion came along.

Fast forward twenty continuos years in the industry and Gary has the potential staying superstar Starliner (Pure Octane – Borgata) engaged in this Thursday nights final of the Group 3 Big Dog Cup at Albion Park. With close to $50,000 in prizemoney so far, a Starliner victory in the Group 3 final would be Pettersen’s biggest success in greyhound racing so far.

Making the success of Starliner even more rewarding is that he is a real home bred dog that Pettersen bred himself. Starliner was whelped in October 2010, the first litter of the Pettersen owned and raced Borgata. He wasn’t the stand out in the litter and of the three dogs born Pettersen kept only him with the two others sold as pups. ‘I kept two of the bitches and him. He was pure white as a pup. One of the bitches broke in faster than him but unfortunately she didn’t chase. She won first up at Albion Park sight unseen and could have been anything.’ Gary said of a bitch called Starline Stella. ‘I bred and raced the mum Borgata (Whisky Assassin – Starliner Sal) and she showed enough promise and deserved a litter. Starliner is the result of that litter.’

Borgata raced with ability in Northern NSW winning 10 races from 67 starts. She was also placed in another 25 winning about $12,000 in prizemoney. Not bad for a northern rivers dog. Pettersen had bred and raced Borgata’s mum too – Starline Sal (Exceptional – Tears Of Sal). Like Borgata, Starline Sal raced only around the northern rivers. From 30 starts she won only 2 but Pettersen took the risk and decided to breed a litter. There was something that he saw in her that he liked. She had only the one litter and Borgata was the best.

From 35 starts so far Starliner has won 18 and been placed in 11 more. He has only ever raced at Lismore and Albion Park and since stepping up to the 600m journey he has been outstanding. At Lismore his record is 3 from 3 all in best of night. At Albion Park his 600m record is 13 starts for 8 wins and 5 placings. ‘He really is a dream dog. I’m so lucky to have him and I can’t speak highly enough of people who have helped me out over the years with advice” Gary said. ‘Trainers like Ron Ball and Tony Brett have been sensational and they are always congratulating me whenever he wins a race. They are genuinely happy for me and the dog doing well.’

It hasn’t been smooth sailing and the past twenty years have been tough for a number of reasons. ‘With the rain we have had at home at Woodburn, there have been times that the kennels under the house have flooded. I haven’t been able to gallop the dogs for weeks at a time. The dog beds are 8 inches off the floor and the rain water has come up 6. I can’t thank the help and support of my friend Neville Robinson enough. He helped keep the dogs dry, helped with their training, and provided the use of his straight track whenever I needed. He has been wonderful’ said Gary.

“When I started training myself I was after a city dog. One you could take to Albion Park to compete against the big guns” he said. With Starliner he is the big gun and the others are competing with him. Future plans for Starliner include stepping him up over the longer staying journey and heading to the upcoming 710m group races at Albion Park. Melbourne will probably call after that. ‘I have no doubt he will run the distance, he is such a clean winded dog. At Lismore he breaks 30 seconds every time which is usually the sign that they will stay’ said Gary.

Thursday nights Group 3 final looks set to be an open race with all finalists deserving of winning the event. For Gary and Starliner perhaps they are deserving just a little more.

Gr. 3 BIG DOG CUP FINAL

Albion Park 600m – Race 8 at 9.08pm local time.
Prize Money: 1st $25,000 2nd $6,500 3rd $3,500 4th $500
Box 1 – HONEY BOUQUET……….. JOHN CONLON
Box 2 – STARLINER………………….GARY PETTERSEN
Box 3 – BOGIE DAWN…………………ROBERT GILTINAN
Box 4 – CAKES AND PIES…………RON BALL
Box 5 – WITHCOTT WIZARD…….ROBERT GILTINAN
Box 6 – METZ MAGIC………………..RON BALL
Box 7 – IRMA BALE……………………GRAEME BATE
Box 8 – AMADEUS STRIKES…….TONY BRETT
Reserves
Box 9 – EUROA KATERINA……….RICK KUHL
Box 10 – RAGING ISA………………….TONY ZAMMIT

Stars Align At Big Dog Cup

Group racing continued at Queensland Headquarters last night with heats of the Group 3 Big Dog Cup over the 600m creek circuit. With finalists racing for a share of $25,000 in next weeks final, Racing Queensland would have been disappointed with the lack of nominations for this years event. Unfortunately for Greyhounds Queensland it continued the recent trend of short fields, and limited nominations for their feature racing events. Without taking anything away from the quality of greyhounds engaged, three heats was a poor result for this type of feature event.

Heat one had only the seven starters with the vacant five box splitting the runners down the middle. As always Graeme Bate supported another national event sending recent Wentworth Park group finalist and front running superstar Irma Bale north for the series. The brilliant Irma Bale (box 6) would start a short priced favourite ahead of ultra consistent locals Apache Kitten (box 3) and Master Brutus (box 1).

The punters were right on the money with Irma Bale (Bartrim Bale – Amelia Bale) proving too good in the run to the post, finishing too strongly for a gallant Honey Bouquet a length and a quarter away second with a further eight and three-quarter lengths to Withcott Wizard in third. It was another impressive win for Irma Bale who was having her first look over the 600m journey at Albion Park, stopping the clock in a classy 35.05. The multiple group winner and group finalist qualifies for another group final taking her prizemoney to in excess of $410,000 for the Bate/Wheeler combination. It was win number 33 from 80 starts with a further 28 placings for the brilliant October 2009 litter.
Heat One Splits — 10.06, 11.94, 13.04 – 35.05

Heat two was also made up of just the seven starters and all the rage was for the champion campaigner Metz Magic for legendary Queensland trainer Ron Ball. The second elect was the quality Sydney greyhound Amadeus Strikes back in the kennel of Tony Brett after being sent north by owner / trainer Steven White of NSW. Originally in the Brett kennel early in her career Amadeus Strike has been campaigning in NSW for most of her career where she has performed with distinction for Steven White.

Dwelling slightly at the Metz Magic was shuffled back to last before getting a beautiful run through to be in second place passing the winning post for the first time. The lamp lighter was Amadeus Strikes who had jumped beautifully from box 8 hitting the first mark in a solid 10.09. Down the back and into the straight Amadeus Strikes had skipped away before being too good in the run to the post for the Queensland Champ Metz Magic.

Amadeus Strikes (Bombastic Shiraz – Forgetful Lucy) was impressive for her debut race at the track and gives trainer Tony Brett another feature finalist at Albion Park. Amadeus Strike stopped the clock in a good 35.18 when winning by a length and a half over Metz Magic with a further eight and a half lengths to Euroa Katerina sneaking through for third.
Heat Two Splits — 10.09, 11.86, 13.23 – 35.18

The third and final heat consisted of a full field and the favourite was the track and distance specialist Starliner for owner / trainer Gary Petterson. Having had 15 starts over the journey for 10 wins and 5 placings, the striking white son of Pure Octane would start favourite narrowly over second elect Cakes And Pies. The Ron Ball trained Cakes And Pies was stepping up to the 600m journey for the first time and all eyes were on her to see if she could lead and see out the journey.

True to form, Cakes And Pies showed her brilliant box speed to lead clearly from Raging Isa with Starliner getting into third. Down the back and Starliner moved into second but was still giving Cakes And Pies a few lengths who was giving a great sight out in front. Coming into the straight for the final time and the quality showed as Starliner went whoosh, exploding away for a great win in 35.16. Bogie Dawn came home strongly for second three and a half lengths away with a further length to an impressive Cakes And Pies third. The 600m journey told in the end as she tired to the line but will improve with the run. Starliner (Pure Octane-Borgata) has been a wonderful performer over the 600m Albion Park circuit and greyhound fans will hope that he can register a deserved first group win in next weeks final.
Heat Three Splits – 10.05, 11.98, 13.13 — 35.16

The box draw for next weeks Group 3 final is: 1. Honey Bouquet, 2. Starliner, 3. Bogie Dawn, 4. Cakes And Pies, 5. Withcott Wizard, 6. Metz Magic, 7. Irma Bale, 8. Amadeus Strikes. Reserves 9. Raging Isa, 10. Euroa Katerina

Congratulations to trainers Ron Ball and Bob Giltinan who have both qualified two finalists for the group 3 feature.

Practice Makes Perfect For Hello Good Bye

Last Thursday night saw the final of the Group 2 Brandon’s Electrical Queensland Derby at Albion Park where eight runners faced the starter in the hope of collecting the trophy and the $40,000 dollar to the winner first prize. The five heat winners and 3 fastest seconds qualified for the rich final and with a mixture of local and interstate challengers, all eyes were fixed to the track at box rise.

Starting all the rage was the interstate raider Hello Good Bye for Victorian master Kel Greenough from box 1. After an impressive heat win last week in 29.84, punters had him the favourite narrowly over fellow visitor and derby dog Jagger Swagger for Mark Azzopardi. Jagger Swagger wasn’t as well drawn and would have to start the final from box 7 after last weeks BON 29.82. Others in the market were the second Azzopardi runner Transcend Time (Box 2), Top Story for local trainer Sandra Hunt (box 5) and Veyron Bale for Victorian maestro Andrea Dailly (box 6).

As the bunny passed the boxes and the lids opened industry blue blood and the second of Azzopardi’s finalists Transcend Time (Bombastic Shiraz – Elite Oriental) exploded from the boxes to lead clearly over Hello Good Bye (Bombastic Shiraz – Hello Siena) and Flying Tee (Collision – Emma Tee). Spearing through a flying 5.56 first section Transcend Time supporters would hope that he would be strong enough to hold out the favourite who was well positioned to strike.

Down the back straight and the lamp lighter was still Transcend Time but Hello Good Bye was stalking, well positioned and looking for a run. Rounding the final turn Transcend Time drifted off the rails slightly, with Hello Good Bye using all of his big experience to push through inside him and run away for an impressive victory, stopping the clock at an impressive 30.01. Transcend Time stuck on well for second three-quarters of a length away, with young local chaser Flying Tee a further length back in a very impressive third at just his tenth race start.

The Kel Greenough trained chaser has already made multiple feature race finals in 2013, being a Group 1 finalist in the Australian Cup (Spud Regis) and Perth Cup (Dyna Nalin) where he ran unplaced in both. The win was just reward for Hello Good Bye as he registered win number 10 from 19 starts and took his prizemoney to in excess of $80,000 with the Group 2 win. The Greenough kennel is known for training only strong fast greyhounds and this Group 2 win was another feature for a kennel no stranger to big race success. It certainly won’t be the last.

Transcend Time for Appin trainer Mark Azzopardi held on well second and in doing so picked up another $10,000 cheque to take his prizemoney to in excess of $85,000 for connections. The beautifully bred dog performed with distinction and accolades should be given to Azzopardi and his team for bringing this dog back from serious injury. With limited starts in the past 6 months, he will be improved from the racing and with his early speed will give followers a good sight wherever he goes from here.

The locally trained Flying Tee for Sandra Hunt ran a terrific race for third and looks to have a bright future. The black January 2011 son of Collision was having just his tenth race start and he will surely go onto bigger and better things with further race experience. The third place prizemoney taking the black dogs earnings to over $10,000.

As is always the case in finals hard luck bestows many runners and those starting outside the five runner Top Story could be forgiven for blaming bad luck for ruining any chance. Approaching the first turn Top Story ran wide checking many runners and putting them out of winning contention. Jagger Swagger (5th) and Veyron Bale (4th) both stuck on well after striking early bother to give their supporters something to look forward to when they have their next starts.

The Group 2 Queensland Derby has been a stepping stone for past winners and an indication that bigger things are in stall. In 2013, that trend looks to continue with winner Hello Good Bye. Previous winners of the group 2 feature include High Earner, Bogie King, and Superman. Being in the Greenough kennel he will pop up in feature races throughout the year, and judging by his form so far in 2013 another group win is just around the corner.

PAW NOTE – Glen Gallon – almost half a million reasons to smile

Glen Gallon (Flying Stanley – Incoherent) for Queensland’s leading trainer Tony Brett continued on his winning return from minor injury as he again won a best 8 on Thursday night in the process taking his prizemoney closer to the magical $500,000 mark. The August 2009 son of Flying Stanley – Incoherent didn’t have it all his own way but eventually got there on the line to win by head from Hanson Senor with a further 4 lengths to Miss Milkshake in third. It was the Glen Gallons 25th win at Albion Park and his 33rd overall from 60 starts to go with a further 11 placings. Owned by the Velocity Lodge partnership he has been a marvellous dog throughout his career and is as honest as they come.

It was a great performance from the second place getter Hanson Senor who was having his first start since September 2012 for owner trainer Geoffrey Allen after a long road to recovery from injury. The February 2010 son of Give Me Five – Hanson Charm ran right up to his previous best and it took a superstar grey to beat him. Allen almost pulled off the impossible and congratulations should be given to a great training performance.

Beautiful One Day, Peculiar The Next

Queensland racing, about which much has been written here and elsewhere, is about to be hamstrung by the most peculiar set of management structures seen anywhere in racing. It flies in the face of all modern business practice, to say nothing of advice from the Australian Sports Commission and the Australian Institute of Sport and the progress made by major sporting bodies in recent times.

Critically, the state risks oblivion unless its new boards do the unexpected and bring in major reforms. In the case of greyhound racing, it risks becoming an also-ran. Watch this space.

The LNP Racing Minister, Steve Dickson, still wearing L plates, ran true to his forecast to create four separate boards – one for each code and one in charge of all of them – and to appoint insiders to all the boards. He had specified that only those supported by racing groups were eligible for consideration. Here’s what he demanded: “all applicants for a board position must hold the endorsement of an industry licensee, a race club, racing association or association related to promoting the relevant code of racing prior to being considered for appointment”.

Amongst other things, this might be paraphrased as: “It’s never worked here or anywhere else but we will give it another go”.

The timing is not great either. The move coincides with the release of a forensic audit report by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu that the previous board may have breached the rules by failing to put contracts worth $158 million out to tender, and also queried big payouts to displaced former employees (two of whom subsequently went to work for the above contractor). Legal steps are recommended.

Meantime, the new mix will immediately introduce conflicts of interest, starting with the chairman of the All Codes Racing Industry Board, Kevin Dixon, who doubles as the chairman of the thoroughbred board.

The three greyhound board members, lawyer and Albion Park President Michael Byrne, racecaller and owner Steve Hawkins and Ipswich businessman Chris Williams, all have racing histories – Hawkins with both turf clubs and greyhounds. Whether that will matter is possibly not so important because their board has little power outside running races. Major decisions will all go to the over-arching All Codes board, where greyhounds will have only one representative, Michael Byrne, out of five members. Can you imagine Racing NSW deciding on Wentworth Park’s future? Or Racing Victoria working on finances for Sandown or The Meadows? The mind boggles.

By definition, the four boards have no truly independent members, and no women either. They may all be fine people but that is hardly the point.

The big question now remains open: how will these boards, nominated with the support of their mates, make the tough decisions needed to drag Queensland out of the mess it is in? How will justice be seen to be done? Both harness and greyhounds have been losing money, while field quality continues to decline and short fields appear regularly. This is not a new problem as it was identified by Bob Bentley, chairman of the previous Racing Queensland board, as well as by hard statistics over the last decade.

Probably the most important financial burden they carry is having to deal with Tatts, whose contract is up for renewal soon. As the smallest of the three major totes, Tatts customers have little incentive to patronise their home tote if they want to make a decent bet. The absence of a national betting pool and the rapid increase in the use of phone and internet devices will continue to relegate Queensland, SA and Tasmania to relative poverty as punters look for better deals with Tabcorp, NT bookmakers and Betfair. In particular, Tasmania suffered a dramatic downturn when it recently lost its association with SuperTab following Tatts’ purchase of the local tote.

In passing, note that bookmakers and Betfair (hated by previous greyhound administrations) are banned from sponsoring races in Queensland because of an exclusive agreement with Tatts. Perhaps upcoming contract negotiations will do something about that.

Still, the greyhound code will have little to do with that as the powerful All Codes board will be advising the government.

When you sit back and think about it, the new greyhound board is not really much different to those which have gone before. Only the names have changed. Yet those past boards failed to remedy the code’s shortcomings, or even to recognise them, judging by their inaction. But now it has even less power than before.

The most urgent question is what to do about Albion Park, where everyone from the government down is dithering about its future, and that of the periodic proposals to move to another site. The state’s poor overall finances do not help.

Ideally, both Queensland’s major tracks, Albion Park and Ipswich, should be discarded and a new track built promptly. Albion Park has never been satisfactory, with two main trips using bend starts and the 520m first turn a continual disruption, while Ipswich has a shocking start to its 431m races and a flat first turn for 520m events. Owners are regularly shifting dogs to the southern states, while trainers take dogs to the Northern Rivers area to avoid those bend starts (although there is a frying pan and fire aspect to that).

The least of the new board’s tasks will be how to handle the oddball request from GRNSW to takeover the Border Park operation. All Codes chairman, Kevin Dixon, has said he thought it was a good idea. However, it’s easy to get the impression that Dixon is inclined to say anything is a good idea. Going back, it reminds me of that great all-rounder, Keith Miller, doing radio broadcasts at the time, when every time a promising name came up he picked him for the upcoming Ashes tour of England. They must have had a team of 48 by the time he finished.

Anyway, somebody needs to turn the battleship around. If Mal Meninga can’t get on the board, at least they could make him a consultant. After all, he is a winner, and his Ipswich mates, Langer and Walters, are into dogs, too. There’s a threesome (or foursome) for you! Independent, too.

LEST WE FORGET

Here’s to the diggers, especially my old man who got off a telegram delivery boy’s bicycle to go to France in WW1.

Kel Greenough Set To Say Hello and Good Bye To Queensland Derby

The Group 2 QLD Derby looks at the mercy of the Victorian owned and trained Hello Good Bye, after drawing box 1 in the $40,000 to the winner final.

The son of Bombastic Shiraz and Hello Sienna clocked the second quickest time after flying out from box 6 in his heat. The October 10 chaser looks a dead set moral to win the rich final.

If you happen to have read our preview of the heats last week I was quietly confident a big race was right around the corner for Hello Good Bye, and it appears as if Thursday night will be the night. He has really developed into a serious race dog since joining Kel Greenough’s kennel.

Mark Azzopardi will rug up two chances, fastest heat winner and dual Derby winner Jagger Swagger from box 7, and new first section record holder Transcend Time. The later clocked a blistering 5.57 first sectional last week and in the process lowered the record and he appears to hold the key to the race.

Mark Azzopardi has all but given up any hope of winning declaring Hello Good Bye near unbeatable from the rails.

Transcend Time will no doubt lead the race and he does go straight and is sure to give Hello Good Bye a drag right into the race.

Jagger swagger will certainly have his work cut out and he has no chance of running Hello Good Bye Down from behind.

It would appear nothing more has to be said about the final, but there is 5 other runners who will be doing there best to upset the apple cart.

Andrea Daily provides the other interstate hopeful and Veyron Bale will carry the hopes of the Daily crew, although he began brilliantly last week he will be afforded no luxury like last week and will need to begin even better to find clear running in a race full of high speed.

Four local hopefuls have made their way through to the Group 2 Derby and there doesn’t appear to be a standout between the locals.

The fastest qualifier of the local brigade is the Sandra Hunt trained Flying Tee, although he was beaten in his heat he posted the fastest time running 30.11 when being placed behind the likely final favourite Hello Good Bye. At no stage did the young gun shrug the task when chasing home the flying Hello Good Bye. Having only started 9 times the son of Collision and Flying Tee will no doubt prove a force to be reckoned with win loose or draw in Thursday’s final.

Sandra’s second finalist is in fact the quickest runner in the field with a PB of 29.77. Top Story a son of Knocka Norris and Bomber Babe returned in last weeks heats after a injury enforced spell, and he will be greatly improved by last weeks first up performance. Although he is a super chaser and a speed machine, I doubt whether he is able to salute here barring a whole deal of trouble.

Peter Ruetschi’s final hopeful and last weeks heat winner Captain Clarrie, will once again fly the flag for all home breeders across the nation. He began brillianlty last week and was never in doubt running a slick 30.16 when wining his heat at juicy odds of $11.70. The son of Elite and Classy is part of a successful repeat mating and he looks an outside chance in final.

Our last but not least finalist is another home bred runner Pharmocopia. Trained by Margaret Quarrel, the son of Premier Chief and Kathy’s Recall cannot be overlooked in this seriously competitive final. His best time has come from box 8, when he flew out in a fast 5.73 and raced away to score in a PB of 30.17. I doubt wether he can get across from box 8 here and he appears to be a very rough chance.

The Box draw for the final is:

2013 Queensland Derby Final

Box 1 – Hello Good Bye
Box 2 – Transcend Time
Box 3 – Flying Tee
Box 4 – Captain Clarrie
Box 5 – Top Story
Box 6 – Veyron Bale
Box 7 – Jagger Swagger
Box 8 – Pharmocopia
Reserves: Fast Archer, Rozelle Fla

One Two Combo For Bate And Wheeler In Futurity Final

Group Racing returned to Albion Park on Thursday night for the final of the Group 2 Bogie Leigh Futurity. After 4 heats the previous week the first and second place getters took their positions behind the boxes for the $40,000 dollar to the winner final and the title of Futurity winner. Trainer Graeme Bate had two finalists in the race for owner Paul Wheeler and they dominated betting with the favourite Xylia Allen from box 5 starting all the rage after her impressive heat win.

As is often the case in big races and feature finals, the race doesn’t run according to script and from start to finish it was a rough house affair with many runners suffering interference and bad luck. Getting through the congestion at the right time, Purcell Bale (box 3) was too lucky for Xylia Allen (box 6) with Celtic Diva (box 1) third. The winning time was a moderate 30.39 for the 520 meter journey with the winner scoring by 1 and three quarter lengths with a head to third.

The beautifully bred Purcell Bale (Dyna Lachlan – Princess Bale) is owned by Australia’s leading owner Paul Wheeler, and continued on from the success that he has experienced over many years in the industry – and continues his dominant run in group and feature racing. Trained by leading trainer Graeme Bate (Victoria) Purcell Bale extended her prizemoney to in excess of $67,000 with the win, and her overall record now stands at 18 starts for 8 wins and 5 placings. She is a well travelled young bitch having competed in events in Victoria, Tasmania and Queensland. The beautifully bred greyhound will surely go on to bigger things from here as she looks to be a star of the future.

It was a Bate / Wheeler quinella as Xylia Allen (Turanza Bale – Tayah Bale) finally got clear when it was all too late to finish strongly for second. The daughter of Turanza Bale was the short priced favourite pre race after her heat win last week. It wasn’t to be for this future superstar as she was hampered from start to finish. She was the obvious hard luck story of the race. Xylia Allen is definitely a greyhound worth following.

Celtic Diva (Collision – Tad Smarter) for owner / trainer Joe Menary held on well for third. The ultra consistent bitch again performed with distinction in another strong performance at her home track. The third place prizemoney taking her past $20,000 dollars in total earnings.

Glen Gallon – Queensland’s Best Sprinter (Paw note)

Glen Gallon (Flying Stanley – Incoherent) for trainer Tony Brett continued on his winning return from injury as he dominated the best 8 event winning by 4 and three quarter lengths from Metz Magic with a further 3 lengths to Cakes And Pies in third. The August 2009 dog was ultra impressive leading from start to finish in 29.89 in bringing up win number 32 from 59 starts. For connections it was a further top up of prizemoney as it surpassed $490,000. Glen Gallon has been a super dog for Queensland and Australian Racing over many years with group success all around Australia.

Interstate Raiders Impress In Queensland Derby Heats

The Group 2 Brandon’s Electrical Queensland Derby heats attracted a number of quality fields of local and interstate chasers, all vying to run there way into the $40,000 to the winner final. With a hot track and many chances in each heat, racing was at its best as the 5 heats winners and 3 fastest seconds would qualify for Thursdays rich final.

Heat one produced a great training performance from Sandra Hunt as she brought local hope Top Story back from injury and a 3 month layoff to win impressively first up. Top Story (Knocka Norris – Bomber Babe) was too strong in the end running over the top of Fast Archer with Rush Of Power third. The winner ran a moderate 30.41 to win by 3/4 of a length with another 3/4 to third to bring up win number 9 from 16 starts. Top Story is surely to be improved by the hit out and will be a strong chance next week as he already has a personal best 29.77 at the track and distance.

It’s not very often the Kel Greenough comes to town but when he does punters listen and it was the case in heat 2 when Hello Good Bye started favourite from box 6. Favourite backers wouldn’t have worried as he exploded from the boxes leading from start to finish in a very impressive victory. Hello Good Bye (Bombastic Shiraz – Hello Siena) stopped the clock in a quick time of 29.84 to win by 4 and a half lengths over Flying Tee with another 4 and three quarter lengths to Kenso Karoo in third. The winner has clocked some impressive times already in his young career including fast times at Cranbourne and The Meadows. He was very strong running home in 12.63 as he bought up win number 7 from 14 starts and after the look at the track will be one of the favourites for next weeks final.

Appin trainer Mark Azzopardi headed north with Racing blue blood Transcend Time who started favourite from box 4 in heat number 3. Exploding from the boxes and through a flying first split of 5.57, which was just outside the record, the son of Bombastic Shiraz was never headed stopping the clock in a quick 30.16. Transcend Time (Bombastic Shiraz – Elite Oriental) scored impressively by 5 lengths over Rozelle Flash with another 1/2 length to Schroder Bale in third. It was the first look at the track for the October 2010 prodigy and overall he has the impressive record of 19 starts for 10 wins and 3 placings.

Derby Dog Jagger Swagger bought up a back to back race double for Azzopardi as he too exploded from the boxes to lead from start to finish in heat 4. Already with the National Derby at the Gardens and the Richmond Derby trophies in the cabinet, Jagger Swagger will look to make it a third derby win in next weeks final. Starting from box 2 the black son of Premier Fantasy ran 5.58 to the first mark before going right in with it stoping the clock in BON 29.82. Jagger Swagger (Premier Fantasy – Surpassing) was too good winning from Veyron Bale by 2 and a half lengths with a further 7 and three quarter lengths to Jepelli in third. Veyron Bale’s performance was very good as he raced with the leader for most of the 520m journey and with both having now had their first look at the track they will improve for next weeks final.

The final heat of the night was a local affair as Captain Clarrie produced a strong front running performance to win by 3 lengths over Pharmacopia with another 1 length and three quarters to Stolen Lollies in third. Captain Clarrie (Elite And Classy – Where Are You) stopped the clock in an impressive 30.16 for trainer Peter Ruetschi and owner Kenneth Crawford. The November 2010 whelping brought up with number 10 from just the 22 starts and took his career prizemoney to around the $20,000 figure.

With many winners having their first look at the Albion Park circuit, the final is set to be a hotly contested race with the all runners expected to go into big things.

The box draw for next weeks Group 2 Queensland Derby final is: 1. Hello Good Bye, 2. Transcend Time, 3. Flying Tee, 4. Captain Clarrie, 5. Top Story, 6. Veyron Bale, 7. Jagger Swagger, 8. Pharmacopia. Reserves: 9. Fast Archer, 10. Rozelle Flash.

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