It has been 30 years since Tasmania, courtesy of Busy Vintage, claimed a National Sprint title. Buckle Up Wes will be looking to change that statistic when he travels to Cannington to contest the National Sprint final after taking out the Tasmanian leg of the sprint series on Monday night at Launceston.
Buckle Up Wes (3) was the odds-on pick and favourite punters weren’t disappointed as he emerged the clear-cut winner in 29.73. He was away well but it was Dominator Girl (7) that led the field into the first turn. Buckle Up Wes had settled nicely into second position and with a clear run along the rails the Collision and Everlong Bale (Primo Umo – Shique Bale) dog soon joined Dominator Girl down the back straight, taking the lead and streaking away for a comfortable win. Dominator Girl held on for second with Hellyeah Bolt (6) finishing on for third.
Buckle Up Wes is the deserved representative for Tasmania as he has been competing in plenty of Group race finals this year. He has now won 29 races for trainer Ted Medhurst and is certainly a top chance of bringing the trophy back to the Apple Isle.
Odds on favourite Painted Dotty (8) prevailed in a thrilling finish to win the AGRA Tasmanian National Distance Championship Final at Launceston on Monday night.
The Michael Stringer trained daughter of Mogambo and Painted Shaza (Puzzle Prize – My Tiger Lily) scored by a mere head from Pedro’s Vineyard (2) with Wild Cindy (7) only a half-head away in third place in a classic blanket finish.
The 29kg black bitch stopped the clock at a moderate 43.26 in the mixing affair, which is a time that is over half-a-second outside her personal best.
After leaving the outside box towards the rear of the field, Painted Dotty settled in fifth position and was posted deep as she looked to move forward. Gemstone Jack (1) led early but was collared by Cosmic Fire (6) before they passed the post the first time. Pedro’s Vineyard (2) had found the fence and was glued to the rail in third.
Cosmic Fire held a length break down the back with Painted Dotty accelerating to move to second placing and looking like a probable winner a long way from home, Pedro’s Vineyard continued to work away on the fence.
Rounding the home turn, the race developed into a mixing affair. Cosmic Fire and Painted Dotty led with Gemstone Jack making his way back into the race on the inside, Pedro’s Vineyard copped some interference and fell back to fourth.
As Gemstone Jack reached the leaders, the three appeared to collide with Gemstone Jack suffering the most. Painted Dotty hit the front with Pedro’s Vineyard zooming along the fence in a hurry to join her while Wild Cindy began a long run home out wide.
As they hit the line, Painted Dotty had clung on to win from Pedro’s Vineyard who had kept finding on the fence along the straight only to fail narrowly. Wild Cindy had only just missed out on claiming the pair after making good ground late.
The win was Painted Dotty’s 13th from 37 career starts and takes her total prize-money earnings beyond $34,000. She will now represent the Apple Isle in the National final at Cannington in Western Australia on August 23rd.
The National spotlight will be firmly affixed on Tasmania this Monday night as Launceston hosts their state finals of both the 2014 AGRA National Sprint and Distance Championships.
When it comes to the distance final, the Apple Isle is yet to register a win in the national final, but that is not to say that they have not been producing some superb stayers of late.
Greyhounds the ilk of dual Group One winner Cheetah Zorro along with Bell Haven and Jethro immediately spring to mind, all of which have been more than competitive at every level.
This Monday’s field will all be hoping to earn the right to represent their state in the National final at Cannington on August 23rd and hopefully become the first to win the big event.
here is a look at the final field and Sportingbet’s current fixed odds market;
1 – Gemstone Jack ($14) – Anthony Bullock - A consistent type who has recently graduated to middle-distance racing and takes the step up to the “half mile” in this race. His last win over any ground was over 600 metres at this track in June. He did run a placing at The Meadows over 600 metres in July but is an unknown quantity at this journey. Take him on trust.
2 – Pedro’s Vineyard ($10) – Allan Anderson – A winner of just two races from 51 starts, the last of which was over this trip. She has only saluted the judge once in 2014 but has filled a placing in her last three starts, all over this trip. It would be a surprise to see her win but she is a place chance.
3 – An That – SCRATCHED
4 – Domenic’s Dove – ($4.20) – Clinton Tapp – Has been in stellar form of late winning three of her last four starts, all at this journey. Registered a best of 42.73 four starts back when she defeated Painted Dotty, the greyhound who is likely to be her main adversary in this race. She looks to be the main danger to the favourite.
5 – Alvin Benz ($21) – Brian Crawford – Is yet to win over this trip in six attempts. He has been beaten a fair space by Domenic’s Dove at his last two outings and appears to be more of a place chance than a winning one.
6 – Cosmic Fire ($14) - Could be the knockout dog in this race. Has a good strike-rate with 11 wins from 37 starts and stepped out for his first 720 metre race last time out where he finished third to Painted Dotty. He should be much better served for that run and is easily the best of the rest.
7 – Wild Cindy ($13) - Ted Medhurst – Had been racing well over the middle-distance trips before stepping up to staying events. She has only managed one placing from three attempts over this journey but it was a credible second to Domenic’s Dove two starts back. She needs to reproduce that run to be any hope of winning this but she is hard to have given her other two staying efforts.
8 – Painted Dotty ($1.55) - Michael Stringer – The big gun of this final. She has won her last four races, all over the longer trips at Richmond, Wentworth Park and at this track. She has a best of 42.73 and won here in 42.99 last week. She is yet to win from box eight in three attempts but does look to have a lot of class on most of these. She will take some beating.
9 – Hellyeah Oliver – SCRATCHED
10 – Mumford’s Son ($23) – Anthony Bullock - Has a decent career strike-rate with 14 wins from 43 starts. Had his first go over this trip last start where he finished fifth beaten eight lengths by Painted Dotty. He has not won since June and is hard to have in this race.
Tasmania will determine its National Sprint representative on Monday night at Launceston. The race, which runs at 9:58pm, features multiple Group One winner Buckle Up Wes, who was also the fastest qualifier into the state final. Anthony Bullock has qualified two finalists and his best chance looks to be Hellyeah Bolt.
Here’s a look at each of the finalists:
Box 1 – Her Highness (Keith Nichols)
The 30kg black bitch by Bartrim Bale and Witch Fantasy (Premier Fantasy – Witch Magic) has been rather impressive in Tasmania. She has had 17 career starts for 10 wins. At Launceston she has had eight starts for five wins and three placings. She won her heat last week in 30.00 but has a best of 29.88 at the track. Her record from box one is sound and it’s the box she won from last week. She meets a class greyhound in Buckle Up Wes in this so it will be interesting to see how she measures up.
Box 2 – Classic Spence (Anthony Bullock)
A winner of just three from 16 at the track, this dog by Mandagery Man and Camdale Alex (Bombastic Shiraz – Camdale Smudge) will probably struggle to feature. He has a best time of 30.04 at the track and is yet to win from box two.
Box 3 – Buckle Up Wes (Edward Medhurst)
He is the star of Tasmanian racing and has proven himself against the best sprinters in the land this year, taking out the Group One Australian Cup. The Collision and Everlong Bale (Primo Uno – Shique Bale) dog has had 17 starts at Launceston for 12 wins and he has recorded a best time of 29.33. He won his heat from box five last week in 29.59 by over ten lengths. He is the one to beat.
Box 4 – Black Rip (Shane Whitney)
Black Rip is a dog with an almost perfect record at Launceston; he has won six of his seven races there. He also finished second in the Group Two Launceston Cup last year. The Goodesy and Richmond Fox (Hallucinate – Great Fox) dog won his heat in 30.28 last week, slightly off his best time of 29.96. His record from box four is good but he isn’t always the best away. He will be afforded no mistakes in this field.
Box 5 – Despicable Ben (Brendan Pursell)
This Westmead Hawk and Electron (Hallucinate – Little Fausta) dog has been very consistent in his short career. He has had 11 career starts for six wins and five placings. He has won two from four at Launceston. His best time of 29.84 was recorded at the track in late July. Last week, he did all the chasing behind Buckle Up Wes, finishing ten and a half lengths second. The draw has done him no favours.
Box 6 – Hellyeah Bolt (Anthony Bullock)
Hellyeah Bolt looks to be one of the biggest dangers to Buckle Up Wes although he could only manage third last week in his heat behind Her Highness. He ran second to Buckle Up Wes a month ago here at the track. Overall, he has won six from 11 at the track and has ran a personal best of 29.55. Although his form has been a little patchy over the last month, the Dyna Lachlan and Flash Diamond (Elite State – Chinatown Babe) dog is more than capable on his day.
Box 7 – Dominator Girl (Paul Hill)
Dominator Girl hasn’t won a race since May and she qualified for this race by running third to Buckle Up Wes last week. The High Earner and Bit Sweet (Solve The Puzzle -Chili Berger) bitch has won four from 11 at the track with a best of 29.81. She has never won from box seven so she will be at long odds to take this out.
Box 8 – Heliski (Michael Louth)
Heliski finished three lengths behind Her Highness last week from box six and moves even wider for the final this week. The Nitro Burst and Parsipanny (Collide – Mohar) dog has won just one race from the draw and his best first section is the slowest in the field so it looks unlikely that he will be able to cross the field. He has also won just three from 19 at the track with a best of 30.12. He will need to improve to be in the placings.
Both Little Miss Take (9) and Hello Benny (10) look to be up against it if they gain a start. Neither of the two chasers has a flash record at the track and they both have been in average form. Little Miss Take’s last win was in November last year and Hello Benny notched up his last win in May this year.
Champion chaser Buckle Up Wes (Collision – Everlong Bale) will be at prohibitive odds about winning Division One of the J G Nelson Cup (515 metres) at Monday nights LGRC meeting. Exeter based mentor Anthony Bullock, who prepares another standout in Hellyeah Bolt (Dyna Lachlan – Flash Diamond), has not conceded defeat however.
“Buckle Up Wes is better drawn than me and may very well lead. That would mean that it will be almost impossible to run him down, but I have not given up hope of winning,” he explained this week.
“I believe that there is only about two lengths between them. If my dog is spotting him four lengths in the run, he obviously can’t win, but that may not be the case.”
The outstanding chasers have almost identical Tasmanian and venue records. Buckle Up Wes has won 20 of 31 on Tasmanian soil and 11 of 15 at Launceston, whilst Hellyeah Bolt has greeted the judge at 18 of 30 Tasmanian attempts and in six of nine venue runs.
“Buckle Up Wes prevailed in the J G Nelson Cup heat but we had excuses,” Bullock explained.
“The two of them and Nooee’s Lad went hard into the first corner running a first spit of 5.05 and there was a shuffle up with my bloke coming off second best, but in saying that we are all aware that Buckle Up Wes is a star.”
The Bullock complex will also be represented by heat winner Gemstone Jack (Bit Chili – Right Way Gloria) in Monday night’s event, which carries a lucrative LGRC bonus in addition to a winners purse of almost $2,000.
Meanwhile Brighton trainer Brendan Pursell has qualified both Alonnah (Talks Cheap – Wooreddy) and Despicable Matt (Cosmic Rumble – Sky Twinkle) for Division Two of the J G Nelson Cup, drawing in the red and yellow boxes respectively.
“I am particularly happy with Alonnah of late and she should be able to sit just off the pace in the run. If Red Nitro begins like he did in the heat he may very well lead and she may sit behind him,” Pursell explained.
“Despicable Matt may also get a nice run in transit from the five box because he has a slow beginner each side of him. However it is a very even field and a difficult event to win.”
Ace Mangalore trainer Ted Medhurst has a great chance of winning Division Three of the J G Nelson Cup, with occupants of his kennel making up almost half of the field.
His kennel will be represented by Lonesome Cry-Infatuation littermates Yeah Right, Superficial and Star Chamber, who all debuted recently in impressive fashion.
However Launceston trainer Eileen Thomas, best known as the trainer of former speedster Damek, will provide very stiff opposition to the Medhurst trio with the highly promising Night Tremors (Fear Zafonic – Night Storm). The Christopher Essex owned sprinter has strung together a series of impressive victories in recent weeks.
Astute Mangalore trainer Gary Fahey is yet to win a Breeders Classic Final in Hobart, but has a great chance of doing just that on Thursday night when he is represented by littermates Bruny Venture and Rip And Tear in the annual feature.
“I won the Breeders Classic Final last year at Devonport with Daniel’s Bay and the Launceston Breeders Classic Final several years ago with Miki Moto Mike, but have yet to succeed in the Hobart. So here’s hoping,” Fahey explained.
Fahey considers the Islandowned Bruny Venture, by Mogambo out of Dennes Point, to be the best chaser in the race, but as always he feels that luck will play a huge part in proceedings and that the blue box is not the ideal place to be.
“He leaves the boxes satisfactorily, but then gathers speed very quickly. I have no doubt that if he can take up the running he will prove to be very hard beat and it’s in his favour that he has been able to overcome bad boxes at virtually every start he has had.”
Fahey nominates the Gary Johnson prepared Buckle Up Fletch (Dyna Lachlan – Everlong Bale) as the main danger on Thursday night, but also rates the Robert Gourlay prepared Izon Destruction (Lochinvar Marlow – White Ruler) and his other runner Rip And Tear, as great winning chances.
“Buckle Up Fletch is a brilliant beginner which has drawn to suit and Izon Destruction is a very promising bitch showing heaps of potential.”
Fahey and his brother Greg purchased the very well related bitch Dennes Point from prolific breeder Barry Heawood, who has been involved with Breeders Classic glory on at least ten previous occasions.
“We bred the Mogambo litter on the proviso that Barry and the Islandretain one of the pups, which has turned out to be Bruny Venture. Greg and I race the remaining four, which are also displaying plenty of talent.”
The Leith based Johnson has great respect for Bruny Venture and believes that he is the Breeders Classic testing material, a view shared by pre-post bookmakers who have installed the chaser as $2.80 favourite for the $5,000 to the winner plus breeders bonus event.
“I am very impressed with Bruny Venture and consider him a worthy favourite for the Breeders Classic, but believe that my greyhound will run a great race provided he does everything right.”
Meanwhile trainers Gaylene Townsend and Brendan Pursell took training honours at Tuesday’s NWGRC meeting conducted at the Devonport Raceway when they both prepared doubles on a ten event card.
The Ranelagh based Townsend provided a major upset when the $19.50 commodity Bandit’s Revenge (Surf Lorian – Mescal Siyan) took out a Grade 5 event and then was successful with the smart chaser That Was Then (Cosmic Chief – Flippin Cool), which took out the Grade 3/4.
Former harness racing trainer-driver Pursell was seen in the winners circle with hot favourite Despicable Lea (Mogambo – Dashing Puzzle) in the Juvenile and the nicely bred Alonnah (Talks Cheap – Wooreddy) in the Grade 4.
Patrick Ryan and his family relocated to Dilston north of Launceston on the East Tamar Highway only a few short months ago, but already they have established a training complex and entered the Tasmanian winners circle on six occasions.
Originally from Townsville, they spent six years in Brisbane before returning north, but eventually decided to venture south and with the help of mutual friend and fellow trainer Neville Allison, found the property of their dreams and negotiated a deal.
Many years ago Patrick Ryan prepared a winner at his first attempt as an 18 year-old, when the bitch Rivella greeted the judge on the Townsville circuit.
“A friend of mine prepared her and set her for an almighty plunge, which unfortunately did not come off, so he gave her to me lock stock and barrel with her kennel thrown in for good measure,” he explained.
“All I did was walk her around the streets for a couple of weeks, entered her for a race and to my amazement she blitzed her opposition, meaning that I was hooked on the industry forever.”
The ensuing years saw the Ryan kennel produce many winners including the outstanding bitch Wine Glass, which made the final of both the Adelaide and Melbourne Cups and represented Queensland in the National Sprint Championship.
The Bellamy family also entrusted him with the smart bitch Barrio Fiesta, the winner of 18 of 49 lifetime outings and later the dam of outstanding chaser and sire Surf Lorian.
With the six victories under his belt and eight chasers in his kennel, Ryan is now intent on establishing himself in the Tasmanian industry and hoping to unearth an interstate connection capable of providing him with a steady stream of greyhounds.
“I am very impressed with the way that the industry is structured in Tasmania and the fact that locally bred chasers are so well catered for, but unfortunately I am a couple of years away from that situation and until I can purchase some well related bitches to breed from, I may have to rely on interstate greyhounds,” he explained.
Ably assisted by his 19 year-old son Brennan, who has spent time in Queensland with the likes of Tony Brett, Steve Williams and Ron Bell, Ryan travels to the beach at Beechford at least three days a week with members of his team.
“Our property is ideally located as far as the beach and the Launceston and Devonport tracks, meaning that travelling does not pose the problems that it did during the six years that we spent in Brisbane,” he explained.
On Tuesday at the NWGRC meeting conducted at the Devonport Raceway, Winsome Tommy (Bit Chili – Ramblin’ Ruby) provided the kennel with their sixth Tasmanian winner when he prevailed in a Grade 5 (452 metres), recording a time of 25.84 and paying a win dividend of $2.80.
“He was previously in Sydney with John Finn and probably hasn’t raced up to his ability here in Tasmania, but we now think we have worked him out and hopefully he will go on with it.”
Meanwhile Richmond trainer Margaret Rossendell’s long trip to the Devonport Raceway proved to be a profitable one when she prepared the last two winners on the ten event card in littermates Wee Fire and Janda, both by Lochinvar Marlow from Arrow On Fire.
Wee Fire recorded a time of 25.96 when she prevailed in a Grade 5 (452 metres) and then Janda upset a confident betting plunge on the Russell Watts prepared Superbowl (Kinloch Brae – Spiral Rose), by recording a time of 25.85 in winning another Grade 5 (452 metres) in brilliant fashion.
Connections boasting a long association with the LGRC were seen in the winners circle at the Devonport Raceway on Tuesday afternoon when the well related bitch Crystal Innings (High Earner – Ricky’s Angel) led throughout to score an impressive victory in the Grade 5 event (452 metres).
The bitch is raced by LGRC Chairman John Newson and prepared for him by veteran Newnham mentor Doug Cassidy, who is assisted in his endeavours by his wife Pam, who occupies the position of Vice Chairman. In addition, both Doug and Pam are life-members of the club, having devoted many hours of their time over the years to what is probably Tasmania’s most financial greyhound racing organisation.
“It is a great result for all of us, we are close friends, reside in the same location and are all involved with the Launceston Greyhound Racing Club,” Doug Cassidy explained on Wednesday.
John Newson purchased Crystal Innings from John Quill early this year when attempting to procure a well related bitch, to be used ultimately for breeding purposes.
“John asked me if I was prepared to train her for him and brought her to my kennels early in March,” Cassidy explained.
“It has taken time to get her to the races because she came in season, but I have been patient with her and am naturally hoping that she can win a race or two for us before she is eventually retired to the breeding barn.”
On Tuesday Crystal Innings flew the lids and was never in danger of defeat in the premier position, recording a time of 25.91 and paying the handsome win dividend of $10.70.
“I expect her to improve further still. I take her for long walks up as far as the Rocherlea football ground and then gallop her of a Friday and she is handling the work load well.”
Two races prior Crystal Innings’ litter sister Flash Innings recorded her tenth win when successful in the Grade 2/3 event (452 metres) for co-owners Quill and Ricky Ponting and Relbia mentor Tony Dawson.
Originally declared an emergency for the event, she also led throughout, recording a time of 25.78 and paying a win dividend of $5.40.
Meanwhile another veteran of the sport in Richmond’s Steve Hutt, enjoyed a successful day at the NWGRC meeting when his kennel was represented by the winners King Nitro and Red Nitro, members of a Nitro Burst – Wind Fire litter raced by John Carr.
King Nitro prevailed in the Grade 4 (452 metres) in the time of 25.82 and Red Nitro made good use of the red box to take out the Adam Brooks Grade 4 (452 metres) in the time of 25.66.
Since the littermates were transferred to the Hutt complex they have recorded nine wins in total, while accumulating a purse of in excess of $14,000.
Smart chaser Pioneer Mogul (Collision – Pepper Spice) continued on his winning way at the NWGRC meeting when he upstaged some very well credentialed rivals in the Grade 4 (452 metres).
Bridport trainer Richard Hall has unearthed the key to the chaser, which has won three of his last four starts and five of 17 lifetime outings while taking stakes of in excess of $8,000.
In defeating race favourite Glitzy Bling (Dyna Lachlan – Miss Bling) and Golden Sage (Knocka Norris – Trina Sage), Pioneer Mogul recorded a time of 25.77 and paid a win dividend of $3.80.
Brendan Pursell is a Tasmanian trainer on the rise and he has a big chance to add to his recent run of form on Thursday night with a strong hand at the Hobart meeting. Pursellâs âTeam Despicableâ loom as major chances to take out two of the GOTBAT divisionâs after impressive showings in the heatâs last week.
Getting these dogs was a case of being in the right place at the right time for Pursell and things have been rosy for the Brighton trainer since.
âMitchell Pryce owns the dogs and sent them down to Mick Stringer who has since gone through the process of winding down his numbers to a much smaller team. He hadnât done anything with Despicable Ben and Matt and I was offered the dogsâ, explained Brendan.
âOnce those two were going well Mitchell sent me Despicable Lea, who is in the final Thursday night. He also sent me Locky and Chris who havenât had a race yet, but one of those goes pretty good, so we are looking forward to that. Iâve got 10 dogs in work at the moment; the five Despicableâs, Champagne Girl, Allonah, Club Foot, Limbo Maid and Bain’s Lane.â
âChampagne Girl and Bainâs Lane arenât far away from resuming, whilst Allonah and Club Foot are in on Thursday night as well. Club Foot is another from Mick Stringer that goes well and I expect him to run a good race on Thursday.â
Despicable Lea is the first of Pursell’s GOTBAT finalist’s after winning her heat impressively in the Division 3 for Juveniles series. She will jump from box two in the final.
âIf she jumps like she did in her heat and found the front she will be hard to catch. Howzat Grace has drawn perfectly and is very strong and will be the hardest to beat.â
Pursell will also play a huge hand in the GOTBAT Division 2 for grade four and five dogs after Despicable Ben and Despicable Matt won their respective heats impressively. Despicable Ben ran a best of the night 26.06 and looks the hardest to beat in the final.
“Ben is the better of my chances. He probably would have been suited drawn out wide where he can wind up. Real Caution would be the main threat after his run the other day and Matt is a place chance if things go right, but he will find it hard to beat the other two.”
âDespicable Ben is the best of the three by a country mile on what he’s done. He is very strong, but lacks a little in the second split. His run home times are as good as the really good ones and if he can improve a bit early we might have something. I might bring him over to Victoria for one of the heat and finals at The Meadows on a Wednesday or Sandown on a Sunday.â
âIf he happens to win on Thursday night and everything is well we might trial next week at The Meadows and see how he goes. At least there is no excuses that way, if he has seen the track and been through the travel process we will be ready to go. He isn’t fool-proof early, so I think a trial is crucial. It would be different if he was a flying machine early and landed on the lure, but he is what he is.â
This attention to detail is sure to see Pursell with a big win in Victoria sooner rather than later.
Classy youngster Kalaway Ernie (Knocka Norris – Trina Sage) completed a unique double when he was successful in the $5,000 to the winner Tasmanian Derby (515 metres) conducted at the LGRC meeting on Monday night. Several weeks earlier the Butch Deverell prepared chaser had prevailed in the prestigious Illingworth Classic conducted at the same venue, giving his fledgling owners, the Ulverstone based Nagars, a night to remember.
On Monday night Kalaway Ernie raced midfield, but railed home strongly to run down the Ted Medhurst prepared Real Caution (Dyna Lachlan – Topline Relly) within the shadows of the post to score a convincing victory in the time of 30.08. Arome Peche (Dyna Lachlan – Last Serenade), an occupant of the Shane Whitney kennel, ran a nice race to secure third prize.
“My bloke gave Real Caution three lengths start when they turned for home, but ran on in impressive fashion. He certainly is a promising type,” Deverell explained this week.
Bred By Hilton Gossage, the son of country football legend Barry Gossage, Kalaway Ernie is one of a highly successful litter that includes five individual winners and 24 races in total. They have combined for stakes in excess of $50,000 for the Ulverstone based Nagarsheaded by Kerry Lehman.
“I believe there are sixteen members of thewhich originated at the Ulverstone Golf Club. It is great for the industry to have first-time owners such as these experience some success,” Deverell said.
Meanwhile the astute Penguin based trainer will start Kalaway Ernie at next Monday night’s LGRC meeting and then venture to Melbourne with the chaser to contest The Maturity in July.
“He has done all I have asked of him and deserves a chance to race against the best, but his lack of early pace may prove to be his undoing.”
Moorleah based mentor Russell Watts was responsible for a great training feat at the LGRC meeting when chasers from his kennel ran the quinella in the Tasmanian Oaks (515 metres).
Silly Lucy (Premier Fantasy – Lady Arko) prevailed in the feature event in the time of 29.81 and Ireland’s Force (Kinloch Brae – Shanlyn Supreme) took second stake a half length away. Third prize was secured by the fast finishing Wynburn Loco (Collide – Hayley’s Girl) from the Ben England complex.
Meanwhile smart bitch Her Highness (Bartrim Bale – Witch Fantasy) continued on her winning way at Tuesday’s NWGRC meeting when she completed a hat-trick of wins in the Grade 5 (452 metres) event.
Raced by Paul Westerveld and prepared at Broadmarsh by veteran trainer Keith Nichols, the bitch has now won five of her 10 outings and is displaying plenty of promise.
Nichols and Westerveld combined to also take out the next event on the card, the Grade 4 (452 metres) with Revelator (High Earner – Runway Model), which has now won six of 13 Tasmanian outings since debuting late last year.
Quick Advance (High Earner – Stylish Moon) returned to the winners list at the meeting when he proved too slick for his rivals in the Invitation (452 metres). He recorded a time of 25.74 in defeating the fast finishing Alvin Benz (Big Daddy Cool – Hot Octane) and Shanlyn Vapour (Vapour Whirl – Shanlyn Wilma), while paying the handsome win dividend of $5.40.
Raced by father and son combination Robert and Robin Grubb and prepared by the latter, he is a member of a highly successful litter which have taken all before them in Tasmania in recent times.
Smart chaser Kalaway Crusty was successful in the Grade 4 (452 metres) conducted at Tuesday’s NWGRC meeting at the Devonport Raceway and in doing so carried on the good work in recent months of the Knocka Norris – Trina Sage litter raced by the Ulverstone based The Nagars.
The particular litter has already produced five winners of a total of 22 races and stakes of slightly in excess of $45,000, with the standout at this stage of proceedings being the exceptional Kalaway Ernie, the winner of nine races including the prestigious Illingworth Classic.
Trina Sage (Clearwater Boy – Nick’s New One) was bred by prominent Tasmanian sportsman Barry Gossage and was the winner of nine races. To date she has produced three litters, the first by Knocka Norris having been bred by Gossage’s son Hilton, who was instrumental in forming The Nagarscomprising 16 golfers and headed by Ulverstone’s Kerry Lehman.
When queried about the unusualname, Lehman explained that it is made up of the words “Not A Golfers ……….”.
Prepared at Penguin by master trainer Butch Deverell, members of the litter are displaying great potential and their trainer is predicting that several of them will be better suited over longer distances.
Kalaway Ernie and Kalaway George will contest the rich Tasmanian Derby Final (515 metres) to be conducted at Monday night’s LGRC meeting and have drawn out in the green and black boxes. Deverell expects them to give a great sight in the event and is not unhappy with their draws, Kalaway Ernie having won the Illingworth Classic from the identical box.
“All we need is a bit of luck in running, they are in great shape and I consider the Shane Whitney prepared Arome Peche from the check box to be the logical danger,” he revealed.
Meanwhile top trainers Ted Medhurst, Russell Watts and Benjamin Englund appear likely to dominate Tasmanian Oaks (515 metres) proceedings, with each being represented by two runners in the feature event.
Watts will box Ireland’s Force (Kinloch Brae – Shanlyn Supreme) and Silly Lucy (Premier Fantasy – Lady Arko), Medhurst will be represented by Spring Fall (Bit Chili – Wongawillilesley) and Wild Cindy (Go Wild Teddy – Sultan’s Swing), whilst Englund will rug up littermates Wynburn Rush (Collide – Hayleys Girl) and Wynburn Loco.
The Moorleah based Watts is more than happy with his pair of chasers and would dearly love to win the event, which to date has eluded him.
“I don’t think I have had many runners in the Tasmanian Oaks and I certainly have never won the race, so it would be nice to win it for sure,” he explained.
“The obvious dangers are Spring Falls from the red box and Ben Englund’s chaser Wynburn Loco which can be a brilliant beginner at times.”
Trainer Gayelene Townsend did not let the long trip from Ranelagh deter her on Tuesday when she ventured north to the Devonport Raceway with the recently acquired litter sisters That Was Then and Hannah Boden (Cosmic Chief – Flippin Cool).
Both chasers ran creditable races and obviously took no harm from the four hour journey, with Hannah Boden greeting the judge in the Grade 4 (452 metres) event and That Was Then finishing second to the well related Quick Advance (High Earner – Stylish Moon) in the Invitation (452 metres).
That Was Then and Hannah Boden are now raced by the Collis-Townsendand have both greeted the judge from their new environment.
“Mick Stringer brought them to Tasmania and we purchased the pair from Mangalore trainer Wayne Smith, who was caring for them at the time,” Gayelene explained.
“I am involved in the, along with my son-in-law and several of his friends. Our aim is to hopefully win another race or two and gradually work through the grades.”
Gayelene, who is assisted in her training endeavours by her husband Allen and other members of her family, was introduced to the greyhound racing industry by her father back in 1943 and has been involved ever since.
She has prepared several top class chasers, but none have been better than the smart bitch Queen’s Doll, a TCA specialist who won numerous races on the now defunct Glebe circuit, and the very good Tea Tree Bandit, which won a major White City event.
Top Thunder, a Puppy Championship winner, was another smart chaser to have done the Townsend kennel proud and Gayelene is quick to point out that both her mother and her father enjoyed success in that race as the trainer’s of Mad Century and then Nippy Bug.
Gayelene only has four chasers in work at the moment, but is eagerly awaiting the chance to attend to a litter of pups by Head Bound from She’s A Boomer, a daughter of the outstanding matron It’s A She.
“It’s A She threw a marvelous litter to Head Bound, so I thought I would go to him and see if history could repeat itself.”
The re-introduction of hurdle racing in Tasmania would prove to be a very popular move as far as Gayelene is concerned.
“I enjoyed a great deal of success with hurdlers and it enabled the greyhounds to race for an extra year or two, besides they really loved what they were doing and isn’t that what animal welfare is all about?”
Meanwhile promising chaser Buckle Up Fletch (Dyna Lachlan – Everlong Bale) was also seen in the winners circle at Tuesday’s NWGRC meeting, when he accounted for a good field in the Juvenile (452 metres).
Raced by Robyn Johnson and Murray Mace, he is prepared at Ulverstone by Gary Johnson and has now won two of his five outings and is shaping up as a star of the future.
Everlong Bale, by Primo Uno, is best known as the dam to Collision of a highly successful litter, which includes the super chasers Buckle Up Wes and Buckle Up Mason, which have both excelled on interstate tracks in recent months.
Smart bitch Wynburn Rush (Collide – Hayleys Girl) maintained a family tradition by scoring a bold victory in the Devonport Country Oaks Final (452 metres) decided at yesterday’s NWGRC meeting.
Members of her particular litter, which were whelped in April 2012, have been to the fore in recent months in Tasmania and interstate. They have accumulated a total of 21 wins and appear to be improving with age and experience.
Wynyard’s Tom Englund bred the litter, which includes the likes of Wynburn Wizard (7 wins), Wynburn Rush (5), Wynburn Blaze (4), Wynburn Chaos (2), Wynburn Loco (2) and Wynburn Joker (1).
Englund’s son Ben and Scott Bryan share training responsibilities for the litter mates, which are shaping up as stars of the future.
Wynburn Rush rocketed home to take out the Country Oaks, defeating Beautiful Bella (Lochinvar Marlow – Splitting Hairs) and Hard As Nails (Bit Chili – Right Way Gloria), paying a win dividend of $7.40 and recording a time of 26.04.
The bitch qualified for the rich event by running fourth behind Hard As Nails in her heat the previous week, but improved sufficiently to provide fledgling trainer Englund with one of his biggest wins to date.
“She just seems to be able to win the important ones. We are really pleased with her, she is a great little bitch,” Tom Englund explained after the win.
Unfortunately for connections the Country Oaks favourite, the well performed Kawasaki Rose (El Galo – Magic Dust), was involved in a scrimmage mid-race and failed to complete the course.
Meanwhile boom chaser Groovy Lane (Velocette – Come Over Nova) returned to his best form to take out the Devonport Country Derby Final (452 metres) in a spine tingling finish involving three greyhounds.
Formerly prepared by Ted Medhurst, the chaser debuted in January and won his first six races in succession, before changing hands for a sizeable amount and entering the kennel of Paul Donaldson.
Prior to the Country Derby Final he had been a shade disappointing on three occasions, but returned to his very best with a strong finishing burst to defeat deadheaters Gemstone Jack (Bit Chili – Right Way Gloria) and Great Taylors (Talks Cheap – Wooreddy) in the time of 25.83, while paying a win dividend of $5.30.
Popular trainer Kevin McConnon of West Moonah was also seen in the winners circle at yesterday’s meeting when House Of Stark (Global Warming – Tui Jet) was successful in the final event on the programme (452 metre Grade 5).
The chaser had been displaying improved form in recent weeks and recorded a time of 25.82 in defeating Golden Sage (Knocka Norris – Trina Sage) and Bozzies Girl (Bombastic Shiraz – Miss Bel Air), while paying a win dividend of $5.90.
The big spending McConnon and his mate, former top North Hobart footballer Des Graham, are regulars at many Tasmanian greyhound racing meetings and are always willing to help out and good for a laugh.
It has been stated many times that Lilli Pilli Lad’s 452 metre track standard of 25.13 established in July 2000 would never be bettered, but the exceptional bitch Sing The Song (High Earner – Stylish Moon) changed all that on Tuesday afternoon when she recorded a blistering 25.01 in winning the Invitation.
Prepared by 86 year-old Robert Grubb of Launceston and raced by him and members of his immediate family, the bitch flew the lids and gave a faultless display of sustained speed to score by seven lengths as a raging $1.60 commodity.
The bitch has now won 16 of 43 outings and is probably the pick of the High Earner – Stylish Moon litter which has yielded seven individual winners and 63 wins combined.
“Establishing a new track record at Devonport came as a real surprise to us. We were aware that Sing The Song had plenty of ability, but to smash Lilli Pilli Lad’s record was great,” the trainer’s son Robin explained this week.
“She was only marginally outside the track record recently in Hobart and has also been within an ace of the Devonport distance record, but on this occasion she really turned it on for all to see.”
The Grubb family have refused several good offers for Sing The Song in the past, but opted to retain her as a prospective brood bitch for the future.
“She is a lovely leggy bitch and should make a good broodbitch and we will breed another litter from Stylish Moon by the ill – fated High Earner later in the year.”
Meanwhile two heats of the Country Oaks and the Country Derby were conducted at the NWGRC’s Tuesday meeting, with the rich finals to be decided next week.
Exeter based mentor Anthony Bullock took out the first Oaks heat with the diminutive bitch Hard As Nails (Bit Chili – Right Way Gloria) and the second was won by the very smart Kawasaki Rose (El Galo – Magic Dust), prepared at Mangalore by Debbie Cannan.
Illingworth Classic winning chaser Kalaway Ernie (Knocka Norris – Trina Sage), from the Butch Deverell kennel, was successful in the first of the Derby heats and then former interstate trainer Patrick Ryan provided somewhat of a surprise by taking out the second heat with Slash Is King (Gardam Prince – Janado Queen).
We got the opportunity to sit down for a chat with Ted Medhurst at the Golden Easter Egg. The man that puts the polish on Buckle Up Wes answered your questions on what could be a monster night for his kennel.
Saturday night is a huge night for Ted Medhurst, with his superstar sprinter Buckle Up Wes jumping from the red box in the Golden Easter Egg Final.
We have managed to secure some time with Ted on Saturday night for another Question Time Podcast. This interview follows on from our Question Time Podcasts with Jason Mackay, Paul Wheeler, Jason Thompson, Rob Britton and Tom Dailly.
Ted’s career began as a 17 year old back in 1976 and he has trained a lot of exceptional dogs over a long career. In recent times he has had group one winners Belle Haven and Buckle Up Wes.
I asked Ted who his “favourite” dog was over the years and Blazenka’s Flyer was the instant reply. Hearing Ted tell the stories from the late 80′s was a real warm up for what should be an interesting and informative interview.
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Relbia ownerâtrainer Tony Dawson’s pleasant memories of the outstanding matron Silverdome (Pat To Stop â Campus Flyer) and the Devonport Raceway were revived at Tuesday’s NWGRC meeting, when Flash Innings (High Earner â Ricky’s Angel) took out the City Of Devonport Cup (452 metres).
Raced by John Quill and Ricky Ponting, the bitch recorded her ninth victory in 19 outings for the Dawson kennel, recording a time of 25.58 in defeating Club Foot (Mogambo â Von’s Angel) and Buckle Up Brett (Where’s Pedro â Buckle Up Tina).
Flash Inning’s victory in the annual feature continued the great run of success that the Dawson family have experienced at the venue, which included a Devonport Cup score with the super chaser Stylish Doctor (Stylish Teddy â Kenny’s Best Pal).
âI know Flash Innings is not a member of the Silverdome dynasty, but I immediately thought of her and her progeny and the success that they experienced at the Devonport Raceway, which appeared to suit them ideally,â Dawson explained this week.
âKen Imlach bred Silverdome and I prepared her to win fourteen races before enjoying great success with her progeny, including both Stylish Teddy and Stylish Doctor, which I believe are the only father and son combination to win a total of one hundred races between them in Tasmania.â
Great stayer, the ill-fated Chinatown Lad (Lilli Pilli Lad â Chinatown Babe), is another standout which has emerged from the dynasty, which also includes members of the Stylish Dotty (Stylish Teddy â Kennys Best Pal) litter by Where’s Pedro, which accumulated in excess of 150 wins between them.
The astute Dawson, who is currently preparing a small team of three greyhounds, has no grandiose plans for Flash Innings other than to contest the Illingworth Classic Series, which commences at the LGRC meeting on April 21.
Meanwhile patrons at Tuesday’s NWGRC meeting were treated to a thrilling finish to the Betta Milk Grade 5 (452 metres), when several of the field crossed the line locked together.
The judge finally opted for the Ian Johnstone owned, Joanne Ivory prepared, bitch Jonk’s Ginger (Bit Chili â Painted Shaza), which prevailed in the time of 26.06 at odds of $7.80.
The bitch had previously raced on six occasions at the venue without running a place and the victory proved to be a welcome change of luck for both the owner and the Ulverstone based trainer.
The Nagars, also based at Ulverstone, were once again seen in the winners circle at the meeting when the smart chaser Kalaway Ernie (Knocka Norris â Trina Sage) saluted the judge in the Tasfreight Grade 4 (452 metres) event.
It was the Butch Deverell prepared chasers fifth win in 20 outings since debuting at the Devonport Raceway in October and increased his earnings to almost $10,000.
Mangalore mentor Mick Stringer, who has reduced the size of his team in recent months, also experienced success at the meeting with the promising Underclass Hero (Collision â Topline Doovee), who took out the final event on the card, the Seba Sheetmetal Grade 5 (452 metres).
The chaser recorded the fastest time of the day, a sizzling 25.28, in winning the event and in doing so brought up a hat trick of victories for the MillsâStringer.
The loss of former Tasmanian staying champion Chinatown Lad this week evokes great memories of the brilliant half miler who, along with his litter sister Fallen Zorro, took the Australian staying ranks by storm in 2008.
As greyhound fans, the thrill of watching a powerful athletic stayer at the peak of their powers is just about the most perfect sight we could ever hope to witness in greyhound racing, and for many, Chinatown Lad was the embodiment of this ideal.
The brindle chaser, bred by Shane Whitney, was from a mating of Lilli Pilli Lad out of Chinatown Babe and was whelped on December 3, 2005, from the Dams first litter. The litter of eight comprised five dogs and three bitches, and would go on to secure Chinatown Babe as the Australian Greyhound Racing Association (AGRA) broodbitch of the year in 2008.
While all in the litter were talented, two proved to be superior to the rest, namely Chinatown Lad, and Fallen Zorro.
Chinatown Lad began his race career on August 9, 2007 at Hobart in a Juvenile stake over the flying 340 metre course, winning on debut off the red box in a handy 19.90 seconds. He would win his next two starts at Hobart over the 457 metres in good times and shortly after went to Launceston winning over the 515 metres in a flying 29.75, saluting by over 15 lengths.
It wasnât until February 2008 however, when his staying ability was initially put on display, with a win at Devonport over the 580 metres in a sensational 33.00 seconds, equalling the track record and winning by over 14 lengths. His connections had no reservations about his ability to get the long distance and he was produced in Perth shortly after for a crack at the staying riches on offer during the Perth Cup Carnival.
The heat and final of the Swan Challenge, a Group Three event over 715 metres at Cannington, saw two victories chalked up for the rising staying star, with the final won in track record time of 41.42 seconds.
Chinatown Lad then ventured to Brisbane for the Group One Albion Park Gold Cup over 710 metres, which he won in brilliant style.Â His heat was stunning, winning by over 16 lengths, and then he claimed victory in the final over his litter sister, Fallen Zorro.
The super staying duo would again quinella a Group One Race, this time it would be the Sandown Cup in May, which he won leading throughout, in a super run of 42.14 seconds, with his sister Fallen Zorro again runner-up.
The big race occasions continued for Chinatown Lad, finishing third in a Group 2 AWM Distance title at The Meadows in July and then winning the Chairmans Cup at Wentworth Park over the 720 metres in September.Â He also broke the Wentworth Park track record over the 720 metres in his first run at the track, completing the journey in an incredible 41.93 seconds, the first greyhound to ever break the magical 42.00 seconds barrier at Sydneyâs premier track.
Chinatown Lad retired with 47 starts for 21 wins and 17 minors with stake earnings in excess of $220,000.
Australian Racing Greyhound spoke to owner Katrina Gregory for her recollections of her champion chaser.
âHe was given to me to train by Gavin Whitney, who had been a lifelong friend of our family. I knew very little about greyhound racing, having come from a harness racing background and I was a little unsure of how to go about it.â Katrina explained.
âI realised pretty quickly he (Chinatown Lad) was special, because people kept making offers for him in the car park when I would trial him.â
ARG asked Katrina about her biggest thrill with Chinatown Lad.
âFor me the one of the biggest thrills was his first start, when he won over the 340 metres. It was my first starter as a trainer and he won from the red box. Then we got swabbed.â She said jokingly.
âThe other great thrill was when he went to Perth and broke the track record in the final of the Swan Challenge.”
âAfter sixteen starts I gave him to Gavin and Shane (Whitney) to train as I realised he was a pretty special dog and they both had so much more experience as trainers than I did.â
Katrina explained to ARG about the loss of Chinatown Lad.
âUnfortunately he developed a lump on his neck, and after being examined it was found to be cancerous. It was terrible news for us, especially for my son Brayden who looked after âMaxâ on a daily basis, feeding him and the broods and attending to their everyday needs.â
Katrina also explained that while having a champion greyhound is a great thrill, the experiences and lifelong friendships she enjoyed via the deeds of Chinatown Lad is something money canât buy.
âGreyhound people are like a large a family and I have travelled around the country and met and become friends with many wonderful people including Jason and Seona Thompson, Paul Felgate, Tina Womann and Dennis Trewin to name a few.â
While the passing of the former champion is difficult to accept, Katina said his legacy would live on through his pups.
âHe has served a few bitches, but being a stayer and a Tasmanian greyhound he has not served the numbers some sires enjoy. We have a couple of litters here, and there are still straws available should anyone want to breed a litter by him.â
Vale Chinatown Lad, gone, but will live on in the memories of greyhound lovers forever.
Young Wynyard trainer Ben Englund may have only held a licence for a year, but it did not prevent him entering the winners circle following the rich Breeders Classic Final (515 metres) conducted on Monday night at Launceston, with the highly promising chaser Wynburn Rush (Collide â Hayleys Girl) saluting in style.
Drawn the red box in the annual feature, the black bitch sped to an all the way victory, defeating her litter mate Wynburn Wizard by a length, in the time of 29.89.
Filling third spot was the Debbie Cannan owned and Ted Medhurst prepared Spring Fall (Bit Chili â Wongawillilesley), a further five lengths back.
Wynburn Rush and Wynburn Wizard are raced by the Wynburn Racingheaded by Scott Bryan, who also prepares the latter.
Ben Englund’s father Tom, who in years gone by raced the outstanding chasers Wynlee Wonder, Wynlee Spirit and Wynlee Raider, bred this particular litter. At the time of writing they have won a total of 15 races between them.
A former Burnie Dockers footballer, Ben Englund has no grandiose plans for Wynburn Rush, but admits that the entire litter are improving with age and racing.
âWe have no forward plans for them, other than to contest the Illingworth Classic Series, which will be conducted in Launceston in the near future,â he explained.
âThe entire litter are improving and I am hoping that we will have a bit of fun with them yet.â
Meanwhile promising chaser Lou James (Nitro Burst â Mega Yellow) was responsible for a giant run in winning the Grade 5 (452 metres) conducted at Tuesday’s NWGRC meeting at the Devonport Raceway.
A noted slow beginner, he was a conspicuous last on settling down in the back straight, but unleashed an amazing sprint in the lane, running his rivals down in spectacular fashion.
It is not the first time that the Margaret Rossendell prepared chaser has performed in this way and repeat efforts will surely see him in the winners circle again.
A feature of Tuesday’s meeting was the fact that several long priced winners were seen to prevail on the day.
The Allan Anderson prepared and Chris Chilcott owned Chilly Vibration (Velocette â Cheeky Vibration) took out the first event on the card, a Grade 5 over 580 metres, paying a lucrative $30.10 for the win.
Three races later veteran Sheffield mentor Ged Mace was seen in the winners circle with Arnold Bibby (Bit Chili â Speedy Vixen), which paid $16.60 and then the Anthony Bullock prepared Said You Wood (Bit Chili â Painted Shaza) surprised at odds of $16.10.
The Exeter based Bullock then delivered the final knockout blow as far as punters were concerned when Big Tsonga (Big Moose â Tsonga Queen), put paid to his opposition from the red box as a friendless $29.20 commodity.
The Wynyard based Wynburn Racinghave qualified three greyhounds for the rich Launceston Breeders Classic Final (515 metres) to be conducted at the LGRC meeting on Monday night.
All three are members of the successful Collide – Hayleys Girl litter bred by Tom Englund and will be competing for stakemoney in excess of $9,000 and a breeders bonus in excess of $8,000. It promises to be a highly competitive event.
Wynburn Wizard, Wynburn Chaos and Wynburn Rush had won a total of six races between them until the heats of the Breeders Classic were conducted last Monday night, when all three greeted the judge in impressive fashion.
Wynyard plasterer Scott Bryan prepares Wynburn Wizard, whereas Wynburn Chaos and Wynburn Rush are prepared by his mate, former Burnie Dockers footballer Ben Englund.
âMembers of this litter qualified for the Devonport Breeders Classic Final but failed to finish in the placings. We are naturally hoping to improve on that performance and feature in the finish on Monday night,â Scott Bryan explained this week.
âIt is a great race and one that owners and breeders must target if they are to recoup some of their expenses.â
Of the three Wynburnchasers, Wynburn Wizard ran marginally faster on Monday night when he recorded a time of 30.04 in winning his heat by two lengths. Wynburn Chaos recorded an easy seven length victory in the time of 30.06 and Wynburn Rush also recorded a time of 30.06 in establishing a two length advantage.
Master trainer Ted Medhurst prepared the fastest qualifier, the promising Debbie Cannan owned Homeward (High Earner â In Top Gear), which put four lengths on his rivals in a sizzling 29.97.
âObviously Ted Medhurst’s greyhound will prove to be the testing material on Monday night, however we have drawn the red box with Wynburn Rush which is an advantage.â
âI consider Wynburn Wizard to probably be the pick of our three, but on this occasion he has not been favoured by the draw.â
Meanwhile former jockey Pat Hall was seen in the winners circle at Monday’s NWGRC meeting conducted at the Devonport Raceway, when Waratah Boy (Dyna Lachlan â Coulta Sky) was successful in the Grade 4/5 (580 metres) event.
Raced by Victorian owner Jarrod Sharp, the chaser has now won six of 27 lifetime outings and has proven to be a welcome addition to Hall’s Old Beach kennel.
Former New South Wales trainer Rod Bragg, who prepares his team in the Midlands town of Tunbridge, was also seen in the winners circle at the meeting when Boom Boom Kitty (Take The Kitty â Noisy Tiger) was successful in the Juvenile (452 metres).
Raced by prominent Oatlands sportsman Peter âBarneyâ Carnes, the chaser has now won two of eight lifetime outings and is likely to score again in the not too distant future.
LAUNCESTON BREEDERS CLASSIC FINAL (515 METRES)
|1.||Wynburn Rush||Ben Englund|
|2.||Homeward Ted||Ted Medhurst|
|3.||Wynburn Chaos||Ben Englund|
|4.||High Sierra||Michael Louth|
|5.||Wynburn Wizard||Scott Bryan|
|6.||Topline Star||Mick Stringer|
|7.||Spring Fall||Ted Medhurst|
|8.||Arome Peche||Shane Whitney|
|9.||Mystic Falls||Ted Medhurst|
|10.||Underclass Hero||Mick Stringer|
Classy chaser Hellyeah Bolt (Dyna Lachlan â Flash Diamond) continued on his winning way at Tuesday’s NWGRC meeting conducted at the Devonport Raceway, by winning the $5,760 Reg and Aileen Ivory Classic (452 metres) in brilliant fashion.
Challenged for the lead early in proceedings, the Anthony Bullock prepared speedster eventually found the premier position and then asserted his authority in the lane, winning by two lengths in a slippery 25.31.
Smart bitch Sing The Song (High Earner â Stylish Moon) ran on nicely to make up the quinella, with Captain Thomas (Collision â Lightning Moss) securing third stake a further length away.
Hellyeah Bolt has now won 18 races and stakes of in excess of $51,000 for the North West Coast based Hellyeahheaded by Rick Donaldson.
The Exeter based Bullock, one of Tasmania’s leading mentors, announced ambitious plans for Hellyeah Bolt following his Ivory Classic victory.
âHellyeah Bolt will fly out this week for Sydney with an Easter Egg campaign in mind,â he declared.
âBrian McKivat will look after him for me and he will trial at Wentworth Park before contesting an Easter Egg prelude the following week.â
The chaser has campaigned interstate previously, winning an Angle Park feature back in September.
Bullock also revealed that the 2014 Devonport Cup winning chaser Are Ate (Lochinvar Marlow â Long Long Mama), will also leave his complex this week, transferring back to Queensland to contest the Ipswich Classic.
âTwo of my best greyhounds will be vacating my place, so I guess I will have to replace them with a couple of slow ones,â he joked.
Meanwhile Brighton trainer Shane Whitney, best known as the trainer of the former top stayers Chinatown Lad and Fallen Zorro, prepared three winners at Tuesday’s meeting.
Whitney set the ball rolling, winning the first event on the card with the speedy Arome Peche (Dyna Lachlan â Last Serenade), which recorded 26.01 in winning the Diane Rockliff Juvenile Stake (452 metres) by five lengths.
The black dog gave nothing else a chance in the event, justifying his $1.40 quote and recording his third win since debuting in Hobart in January.
Whitney was seen next in the winners circle with Direct Current (El Grand Senor â So Seductive), which prevailed in the King Ricky Grade 5 (452 metres).
The former Victorian chaser also won by five lengths and in doing so recorded a fastest of the day time of 25.20 and his fourth win in seven Tasmanian outings.
Aston Fury (Bombastic Shiraz â Aston Beauty, also a former Victorian greyhound, completed the Whitney treble by winning the Mersey Mist Grade 4 (452 metres).
He recorded a time of 25.53 in winning by four lengths and has now won both of his two Tasmanian outings.
The magnificent 2014 Australian Cup trophy was on display for all to see at Tuesday’s NWGRC meeting conducted at the Devonport Raceway.
In recent days the trophy has been shared around by the proud owners of Buckle Up Wes and their families. Part-owner Sharon Sutton was in attendance at the meeting for the purpose of firstly âdoing a John Singletonâ and shouting the bar and letting the general public view the trophy.
The success of Buckle Up Wes will do wonders for the greyhound racing industry in Tasmania and in particular the North West Coast region, the home of the Johnson and Sutton families.
Meanwhile two heats of the annual feature, the Reg and Aileen Ivory Memorial Classic, were conducted at Tuesday’s meeting and the $5,700 final will be conducted next week.
No doubt the Ivory family would have been extremely proud of their grand-daughter Sharon, had they been around in this day and age to participate in the Australian Cup celebrations.
Launceston’s Grubb family qualified litter-mates Sing The Song and Quick Advance for the Ivory Memorial Classic, when they ran the quinella in the first of the heats.
Quick Advance led from box one, but was collared in the straight by the bitch Sing The Song, which recorded a time of 25.51 in winning the 452 metre affair.
Buckle Up Brett, from the Johnson kennel, filled third berth and along with the fourth placegetter Captain Thomas, has earned the right to contest the final.
The second heat was taken out by the smart chaser Hellyeah Bolt, which proved to be too strong in the concluding stages for Golden Sage and Woodleigh Doll in the time of 25.47.
Oscar Ralph, an occupant of Maurie Strickland’s Bracknell kennel, finished a close up fourth and will also join the fight for the big bucks on offer.
Robert Grubb, who along with his son Robin, tends to the superb High Earner â Stylish Moon litter, is of the opinion that Sing The Song will be suited in box 7 next Tuesday.
âShe likes it out wide and will give a great account of herself, with Anthony Bullock’s dog Hellyeah Bolt the obvious danger,â he explained.
âWe have probably won fifty or sixty races with members of this litter and Sing The Song is the quickest, although the ill fated Kiss Me Elvis, which broke a leg, also had an abundance of speed.â
Meanwhile the Brian Crawford prepared Alvin Benz appears to have turned the corner and was very impressive in winning The Advocate Grade 5 (580 metres) event at Tuesday’s meeting.
Raced by Crawford in partnership with his son Justin, the son of Big Daddy Cool has now won two races in succession and is finally revealing his true potential.
The chaser put six lengths on his rivals while running a personal best time for the journey of 33.04 and is one to follow in coming months.
$5,700 REG AND AILEEN IVORY MEMORIAL CLASSIC (452 METRES)
1. Hellyeah Bolt Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Anthony Bullock
2. Woodleigh Doll Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Dennis Wood
3. Captain Thomas Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Alison Walker
4. Buckle Up Brett Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Gary Johnson
5. Golden Sage Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Butch Deverell
6. Quick Advance Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Robin Grubb
7. Sing The Song Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Robert Grubb
8. Oscar Ralph Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Maurie Strickland
9. Stylish Abbey (Em 1) Â Â Â Robin Grubb
10. Gracie (Em 2) Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Donna Goodluck
Ted Medhurst answers the phone and after the introductions he simply says, “you little beauty Wes!”
That statement symbolises the excitement Medhurst has felt since Buckle Up Wes, a dog he trains in Tasmania, won the 2014 Group One Australian Cup at The Meadows on Saturday night.
“It was just a dream come true. You watch it happen to others, and to have some small involvement with St Pierre, it was just incredible, but to be there on Saturday evening and be part of it, it was just sensational” Medhurst told ARG.
“When he led it was, I must say, just mayhem. The part owner Robyn Johnson was standing with me and we just started barracking for him, which I never do. I never barrack and that’s why my voice is hoarse the way it is, I think I’ve barracked myself hoarse.”
Buckle Up Wes led the field for the Australian Cup but Medhurst was well aware that a race isn’t over until the dog has passed the finishing post.
“You just thought deep down he’d win, but being in racing for so long, until they get across the line you’re just never sure. When he went across the line the feeling was just of total elation.”
Immediately after the race, the celebrations started, with Medhurst recalling the jubilation felt by all involved.
“There was a lot of embarrassing jumping around and hugging after the race I can tell you. It is something that won’t ever leave you, that feeling. It’s just there forever, it’s great.”
Wes wasn’t forgotten in the celebrations either.
“He’s a very good boy and he got treated accordingly. He had a million pats and kisses. Having said that, when he got home yesterday all he wanted to do was get fed. His number one love is food and that was all he was waiting for.”
Medhurst commended the atmosphere at The Meadows on Saturday night and said it bought back some good memories of the ‘old days’.
“The atmosphere was huge. In Tassie we’ve sort of lost that. Our tracks are inside galloping tracks that are inside trotting tracks. Back in the old days we had that. At the old Launceston track you could lean over the fence and touch them. I grew up with that sort of atmosphere and back in them days the crowds were massive. But Saturday night bought back a lot of that. The crowd and Marg Long and her committee were just sensational and looked after us before and after the race.”
Medhurst indicated that the preparation and lead up for Buckle Up Wes was good in that the dog had built some confidence coming into the final, despite missing out on making the Launceston Cup final in February.
“It’s just meant to be. Everything happens for a reason and it just all fell into place. He probably had his confidence up after winning in the consolation of the Launceston Cup and he went sensational and then in two runs at The Meadows he just improved enough to be where he had to be. He travelled well and it couldn’t be more perfect.”
Medhurst noted that it’s has been a big month for him and Debbie Cannan, who handled Buckle Up Wes on Saturday night.
“It’s been a pretty big month. We won the Maiden Thousand, Launceston Cup (Varcoe) and Bell Haven’s had a heap of pups. She’s a mummy now and she has 11 little tykes running around. She’s as good a mum as she was a race dog too. She went to Kinloch Brae, an imported dog.”
Bell Haven was a star stayer for Medhurst and it was Medhurst’s regret at not watching her race more often that led him to attend The Meadows on Saturday night to watch Buckle Up Wes.
“What I probably regret is not going over to watch her (Bell Haven) race more often. A couple of weeks ago before the series started, I said if Wes makes the final, I’m going this time. I’m so glad I did.”
Buckle Up Wes has pulled up well after his big win and he will now have a short spell and then begin preparations for the Golden Easter Egg.
“He’s ready to go again. I’ll give him a little let up and prepare him ready for the Easter Egg at Wenty. He’s had pretty full on racing since December and I’ll just ease up for a week or ten days and then we’ll get him ready again.”
Winning an Australian Cup is a huge achievement and one that will see Buckle Up Wes’ name etched onto the illustrious honour roll for eternity and it’s only fitting to finish with one last quote from the trainer of the Group One champion.
“He just showed the other night to the rest of Australia what we knew he had. It’s good that that’s happened.”
Great night of racing ahead with some quality greyhounds engaged.
Recent Vince Curry Memorial winner Jungle Junction is engaged to run in the heats of the Queensland young guns. All eyes will be on the daughter of Cindeen Shelby and Cosmic Rumble, as she tries to continue on her winning way.
Albion Park Greyhounds Race 3 Box 2 Dulcie Dee, 7.25pm
Most of the races look to have a standout winner in them tonight here at Albion Park. Dulcie Dee for trainer Frank Hancock looks the one to beat in this. The daughter of Collision has all ready stopped the clock in a impressive 29.95 here, and has won eight from seventeen starts. She’s well drawn in the two box, and is likely to trail early leader Chant into the first turn. Once she positions in behind Chant she should prove to strong in the run to the line.
Chant however gets his chance to win, and will make full use if the red box. He has a PB of 30.08, two lengths slower then Dulcie Dee, but he doesn’t find the line all that well, so he will need a little luck to hold her off.
These two however look the standout pair, so I suggest taking a few multiples around these two, running first and second.
Angle Park Greyhounds, Race 8 Box 2 Jimmy Lane, 9.44pm
Jimmy Lane is a high quality chaser and he won nicely when we tipped him here last week. It’s taking the son of Dyna Lachlan a while to get use to Angle Park, but now he’s found winning form, expect him to keep winning and improve his PB.
He run a solid 30.09 here last week from box eight, and a dog of his quality should get down around the 29.80 mark here tonight, if he jumps straight to the front. Suntory Gold looks the danger, but she will be giving Jimmy quite a substantial lead in the early part of the race, and is unlikely to be able to peg it back.
These two again look the two so stick to taking multiples with them.
Dapto Greyhounds Race 5 Box 6 Little Elsie, 8.55pm
I really liked the way in which this girl won last start here. She showed top early acceleration to burn off Exhibitionist and race away here last week and I see her being able to do the same tonight. Box six won’t cause any issues to her, and there’s very little speed around her. It’s never easy finding winners over the scamper trip, but she’s in form and looks the one.
Hobart Greyhounds Race 9 Box 2 Nooee’s Lad, 9.41pm
I often mention how fast a beginner this this dog is, and he should once again spear the lids and find himself a long way in front. He does however have a flat spot after about 200 meters, so as long as he remains in front, he should just win. He has a great PB here and this is the sorta race he can dominate on.
Likely favourite and should win.
Best of luck
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Despite having been involved in greyhound racing for only a year, Triabunna ownerâtrainer Andrea McConnon has already experienced a great deal of success.
The fledgling trainer prepared her initial winner back on November 12, when Tan Tiki (Talk’s Cheap â Olga Doll) put seven lengths on her opposition at the Devonport Raceway and then on Monday night, her kennel recorded it’s second victory when Make A Cuppa (Cosmic Rumble â Rotkara Milly) prevailed at the combined greyhound â harness racing meeting conducted at Tattersalls Park in Hobart.
Andrea had previously had no involvement in the industry, however her partner Trent Anthony had a liking for the sport and suggested that they become involved in a small way.
The trainer now has a team of four in work at the East Coast township, which is known as a fishing and tourist destination and has probably never been the home of racing participants of any code.
âWe started by perusing greyhound racing publications and web sites, and selecting greyhounds from interstate that we thought would be suited to the environment here and the style of racingâ, she explained this week.
âI either walk my team around the streets here at Triabunna or take them to the beach and it appears that the majority of them love what they are doing.â
Cherry Picker (Regal Thyme â Hot Ride), is another former interstate greyhound which may respond to McConnon’s training methods.
âCherry Picker was regarded as a short course chaser, but he appears to be stronger now and is about to resume following a minor injury,â Andrea explained.
As well as tending a small team, Andrea and Trent are also embarking on a breeding programme and are rearing a litter of pups by Talk’s Cheap from Darley Whistler (Slater â Minnie Minor).
âThe pups were whelped in December and despite the fact that Darley Whisper is five, she is jumping out of her skin and may be put back into work,â Andrea explained.
A water treadmill is also on the agenda, in fact it has been ordered from the United Kingdom and Andrea intends to make it available to other trainers wishing to speed up the recovery of injured greyhounds.
âIt will be one of only two water treadmills in Tasmania and will prove to be a great acquisition â far too many greyhounds are missing from the track each year due to injury,â she explained.
Meanwhile Penguin trainer Butch Deverell was back in the winners circle at the Devonport Raceway on Tuesday afternoon when Kalaway George was first home in the Dowling and McCarthy Juvenile (452 metres).
Raced by the Ulverstone based Nagarsheaded by golfer Kerry Lehman, the chaser is one of a big litter by Knocka Norris from the well related bitch Trina Sage, which includes the other winners Kalaway Crusty, Kalaway Ernie and Kalaway Knocka.
Unlike the Melbourne Cup where runners need to travel over for a prelude before getting a start, the Australian Cup gives all interstate dogs a chance to be graded on their interstate efforts and line-up in one of the highest profile series on the calender.
For two states like South Australia and Tasmania, this is a big deal.
However, out of those two, it is the Apple Isle contenders that would be frothing at the mouth to have their dogs unleashed upon The Meadows next Saturday night, with both Buckle Up Wes and Buckle Up Mason being selected upon the 56 seeds granted a walk-up start into the heats.
OK, now before everyone emails in frantically, saying that Buckle Up Mason is a Victorian greyhound, it needs to be said that the dog is Tasmanian owned and Tasmanian bred by the well-known Robyn and Gary Johnson partnership. Despite the dam of the pair, Everlong Bale, doing most of its racing in South Australia, as long as they carry the âBuckle Upâ name, they will forever be part of the Tasmanian crusade.
Focussing on Buckle Up Mason firstly, his career has been carried out almost entirely in Victoria under the care of Graeme Bate. Like most of the Bate army, he is now being guarded by Peter and Jenny Hunt. His form has been a model of consistency through 2013 and into the new year, with several victories at Free For All level including a Melbourne Cup Prelude.
On the other hand, Buckle Up Wes has predominantly raced on home soil with Ted Medhurst putting on the finishing touches. His rĂ©sumĂ© looks a little more imposing, with wins in the Paws of Thunder and Launceston Cup heats, and took out the Launceston Cup Consolation last night just to prove heâs ready to go.
Apart from both runners racing best when on the bunny, and both chasers wanting the rail, both of them have also amassed $64,000 in prizemoney. Buckle Up Wes got to that total via 18 wins and 9 placings from 32 starts, at a strike rate of 52%, while Buckle Up Mason has done it more steadily scored on 13 occasions with 18 placings out of 50 tries, in other words a 26% winning rate.
They are no flashes in the pan for the Johnson team. The âBuckle Upâ moniker has been around for some time now, and itâs not unusual for them to find a bit of success on the highest stage. Buckle Up Tina had a great career for Robyn and Gary when it competed from 2006 to 2008, making three Group 1 finals in a 98 start career that yielded 32 wins along the way.
Then there is the host of runners that remain on home soil via the different litters, with the likes of Buckle Up Myke, Gaye, Kade, Brett and Grace all paying their way week in, week out.
But back onto the star duo, who are by far the standouts from the Collision x Everlong Bale litter. They will line up in heat two and five of the Australian Cup.Â Mason will have his work cut out from box three, with Peter Rocket and Marcus Joe drawn inside. Meanwhile, Wes has come up with box six, hoping to out-pace Farmor Las Vegas, Banjo Boy and Temlee winner, Zelemar Fever.
While on the topic, Dark Warrior who started his career in Tasmania is also nominated, and will be desperate to hold out Paw Licking around the first corner in the fourth heat.
As mentioned earlier, there was space in this article for the chances of the South Australian entrants in the Australian Cup. However with the injury to pin-up boy Ernie Bung Arrow, the croweaters will be sadly left with no representation.
While every state has their peaks and troughs, anytime an interstate chaser can conquer the Victorian stranglehold is always a popular result. For the sake of Tasmania, letâs hope the Johnson team can do just that.
Mangalore trainer Debbie Cannan’s run of major race successes continued at the Tote Racing Centre on Monday night when the lightly raced but highly promising chaser Varcoe, blitzed his opposition in the $57,000 Curtains and Blinds Group 2 Launceston Cup (515 metres).
Cannan won the 2011 Devonport Cup with the super chaser St. Pierre, which then graduated to national elite class by taking out the 2011 Australian Cup at The Meadows.
Both Varcoe and St.Pierre are raced by New South Welshman Chris Nutt, a great supporter of Cannan’s Ballyhooly Road establishment.
Varcoe, a son of El Galo, is now the winner of eight of only 17 lifetime outings and is expected to also embark on an interstate campaign in the future.
In what was one of the most open Launceston Cup’s for years, Hellyeah Bolt, Black Rip, Mighty Lomar, Are Ate and to a lesser extent Varcoe, all received plenty of support in wagering on the event.
Varcoe and the Shane Whitney prepared Black Rip went hammer and tongs for the premier position, with the former prevailing in a sizzling 4.99 initial split.
The feature then became a procession, with Varcoe high balling in the lead and the former New South Wales chaser Black Rip, boasting an unbeaten record at the venue, attempting to keep in touch.
At the wire six lengths separated the pair, with the well related Bain’s Lane finishing off nicely to secure third stake, the winner’s time was a personal best 29.69.
Meanwhile the Ted Medhurst prepared chaser Buckle Up Wes showed that he would not have been out of place had he qualified for the Launceston Cup, by taking out the Consolation in a sizzling 29.33.
The son of Collision was sent out a raging favourite for the event and did not let his supporters down by scoring by nine lengths, in what was a wonderful display of sustained speed.
Raced by North West Coast women Robyn Johnson and Sharon Sutton, Buckle Up Wes has now won 18 of 32 lifetime outings while accumulating a purse of well in excess of $60,000.
Medhurst was also seen in the winners circle with the smart bitch Chosen Jewel, which looked good in winning the Wayne and Maxine Groves Stake (515 metres).
The daughter of Big Daddy Cool has now won two of four starts and nine of 42 overall, since being transferred back to Tasmania from Western Australia and is expected to continue winning while in her present form.
At her previous outing Chosen Jewel had no luck in running when fourth behind the speedy Nooee’s Lad and as a result was well supported into a final quote of $2.30.
This yearâs Launceston Cup is a bit different to other years. Not because it has been conducted over three weeks, but because the 2014 version will see eight locals vying for the title.
To some this might mean the race doesnât hold the âprofileâ of other years, with no âbigâ names to steal the limelight. The trainersâ column contains no Bate’s, Dailly’s, Britton’s or Thompson’s. You wonâtÂ see dogs with Group One formlines, track record runs or six-figure bank accounts.
But for some, this will be the best race of the year. Despite the lack of the obvious, what you will see is eight dogs giving their all, trying to change the lives of their connections. A $40,000 reward for those that work hard week in and week out, usually hoping to snag a $1,400 race on a Monday night.
This will be Tasmaniaâs race. It will be a local chaser winning the spoils on the local track. The question remains though; which one?
Most pundits will instantly lean towards Hellyeah Bolt. The Anthony Bullock runner has given the Hellyeaha terrific ride in the past 12 months. His top speed and chasing ability are unparalleled and given an ounce of luck heâll take some toppling.
But this race doesnât look ideal on paper for the son of Dyna Lachlan and Flash Diamond. The semis were dominated by early speed, and from box seven, Hellyeah Bolt might find himself in the last few in the first 50 metres of the race.
It creates an interesting conundrum; perhaps the lead will be the best place to be, with few dogs likely to storm home.
If that’s the case then there are none faster out of the boxes than Nooeeâs Lad. Butch Deverellâs chaser is without a doubt the fastest box dog in the state, and the middle draw wonât trouble him if he spears out like normal.
The issue for the Craig French owned chaser is whether he can run an overall time fast enough to hold out a Group Two field, with his best around the 515-metres being 29.87 over a year ago.
In a similar boat to Nooeeâs Lad is Shane Whitneyâs recent acquisition Black Rip. He has really hit his straps since coming across from NSW, and is unbeaten in five starts at the Mowbray circuit.
His early speed has helped the dog win race after race in the past three months, but as mentioned, his best time of 29.96 might need improving. Having box two will help his cause no end at a track where positioning on the first turn is so crucial.
The fortunes of the two runners will no doubt shape the race.
With that in mind, the chances of Mighty Lomar have been hurt by drawing the widest box. The former Victorian has been impressive since arriving with Mick Stringer, and is another that relies on her blistering early speed. Her semi-final time of 29.76 was a vast improvement from her previous efforts, and would suggest that she is ready to fire at this level of racing.
Mighty Lomarâs owner, Nathan McMenamin, has provided many runners to the Tasmanian greyhound scene over the years, and few people would begrudge him a landmark victory come Monday night.
Are Ate has come up with the prized cherry exit for the main event, and will be looking to make it two Group race wins in as many months. Like his Devonport Cup win that came as a surprise to many, Are Ate will be in double-figure territory from a betting perspective.
The second of the Anthony Bullock runners qualified for the final with an unlucky third in the heat, followed by a second behind Black Rip a week later. Are Ate adds more intrigue to this race, as the dog is a reliable starter and will be part of a furious charge into the first turn.
So too will be the baby of the field, Varcoe, who has just turned two in January. His run in the semi-final was brilliant, narrowly going down to Hellyeah Bolt in 29.81. That race also contained the likes of Buckle Up Wes, Sing The Song and Whodat Lass showing the class of chaser Varcoe had to overcome.
Owned by Christopher Nutt and trained by Debbie Cannan, Varcoe has been incredibly consistent for his entire career to date, and is certainly capable of causing an upset if the breaks go his way.
Brendan Purcell will be represented by Bainâs Lane who will exit box three. He comes into the final with two seconds by his name; the first was a long way behind Fighting Fang, while the other was a comfortable second behind Mighty Lomar.
While the dog is consistent and ran 29.87 in defeat last week, being drawn between Nooeeâs Lad, Varcoe and Black Rip is going to make life very tough. Furthermore, he lost ground to the leader in both the heat and final, and without the likelihood of leading it seems like Bainâs Lane will have his work cut out.
Rounding out the field is the Peter Phillips owned and trained Faolan. A winner of 5 of 21 starts, the son of Surf Lorian and Portent will struggle to overcome box six in a field full of early bullets. Interestingly, Faolan has had a run since the semi-final and was impressive by dispatching a Grade 5 field at Hobart on Thursday.
While that completes the starting lineup, there is another element to the race; Buckle Up Wes starting as first reserve. Probably the name best known amongst the field, the black speedster will be inserted as favourite if he gets a start, especially if given an inside draw. It doesnât seem the same without a Ted Medhurst runner in the Cup, but if anyone could steal it with a reserve runner, it would be the veteran trainer.
Itâs bound to be a fantastic race that should be decided by the time the field enters the back straight. By then, weâll know if Hellyeah Bolt can muster enough pace early to find the rail and if Nooeeâs Lad or Black Rip get a big enough break to hold them off.
Whatever the result, we canât wait to find out.
2014 Curtains and Blinds Group 2 Launceston Cup
Monday night 10.01pm ADST
1)Â Â Â Â Â Are Ate â Anthony Bullock
2)Â Â Â Â Â Black Rip â Shane Whitney
3)Â Â Â Â Â Varcoe â Debbie Cannan
4)Â Â Â Â Â Bainâs Lane â Brendan Purcell
5)Â Â Â Â Â Nooeeâs Lad â Butch Deverell
6)Â Â Â Â Â Faolan â Peter Phillips
7)Â Â Â Â Â Hellyeah Bolt â Anthony Bullock
8)Â Â Â Â Â Mighty Lomar â Mick Stringer
9)Â Â Â Â Â Buckle Up Wes â Ted Medhurst
10)Â Â Mental As Ben â Ricky Martin
Exeter trainer Anthony Bullock is yet to experience Launceston Cup success, but has qualified two runners for Monday night’s $57,000 feature and has an undeniable chance of being seen on the podium.
Following last night’s semi â finals, both Hellyeah Bolt ( Dyna Lachlan â Flash Diamond) and Devonport Cup winner Are Ate (Lochinvar Marlow â Long Long Mama) have made it through for the Bullock kennel, with the former a likely favourite, in what will be a keenly contested affair.
Hellyeah Bolt, which claimed the speedy Varcoe (El Galo â Magic Dust) within the shadows of the post last night, recorded a winning time of 29.81 and the remaining three semis were won by Mighty Lomar (Where’s Pedro â Worldclass Lomar) in the time of 29.76, Nooee’s Lad (Knocka Norris â Break Of Dawn) in 29.98 and Black Rip (Goodesy â Richmond Fox) in 30.00.
Second place getters also qualified for a tilt at Monday night’s rich finale, which is sponsored this year by the local business Curtains and Blinds.
âI would naturally love to win my first Launceston Cup, but it is a particularly tough assignment,â Bullock explained on Tuesday.
âThe field includes several chasers with explosive early speed and I am not even certain that the normally brilliant Are Ate can lead, despite him having drawn favourably in the red box. I’m hoping that Hellyeah Bolt can avoid early interference and be positioned within striking distance of the leaders, because he normally finishes his races off nicely.â
Raced by the Hellyeah, headed by Rick Donaldson, Hellyeah Bolt has now won 16 of his 25 lifetime outings and is shaping up as one of Tasmania’s better greyhounds.
Meanwhile, in direct contrast to Anthony Bullock, Penguin trainer Butch Deverell, who will be represented by Nooee’s Lad on Monday night, boasts a wonderful Launceston Cup record, having won the race twice as a trainer and once as an owner.
âI was successful as an owner with the top bitch Two Codes and have since prepared both Big Moose and Akka Boy to win the race,â he explained.
âI have had problems with Nooee’s Lad, but believe that they have finally been sorted out and despite the fact that he has drawn box five, he has some chance of winning.â
Normally a brilliant beginner, the chaser is raced by Burnie businessman Craig French and is the winner of 15 of his 51 outings.
Mangalore trainer Mick Stringer’s luck changed for the better with the semi-final victory of the former Victorian chaser Mighty Lomar, which was impressive in winning the fastest of the four contested.
In recent weeks Stringer had the misfortune to lose the top chasers Yappin Jack (Aston Galilee â Patsy Anne) and Archie Gumballs (Where’s Pedro â Come On Roxy), which were both being prepared for a Launceston Cup campaign.
$57,000 GROUP 2 CURTAINS AND BLINDS LAUNCESTON CUP FINAL (515 METRES)
1. Are Ate Anthony Bullock
2. Black Rip Shane Whitney
3. Varcoe Debbie Cannan
4. Bain’s Lane Brendan Pursell
5. Nooee’s Lad Butch Deverell
6. Faolan Peter Phillips
7. Hellyeah Bolt Anthony Bullock
8. Mighty Lomar Mick Stringer
9. Buckle Up Wes Ted Medhurst
Two of Tasmania’s finest chasers have graduated in brilliant fashion to the semi-finals of the 2014 Launceston Cup Final to be conducted next week.
Both Buckle Up Wes (Collision â Everlong Bale) and Hellyeah Bolt (Dyna Lachlan â Flash Diamond) blitzed their rivals in their respective heats of the prestigious event, which were conducted at Monday night’s LGRC meeting.
Raced by North West Coast women Robyn Johnson and Sharon Sutton and prepared by Mangalore mentor Ted Medhurst, Buckle Up Wes recorded a sizzling 29.59 in scoring by 11 lengths and enhancing his lifetime record to 17 wins from 30 outings and stakes of in excess of $60,000.
Raced by the Hellyeahheaded by Rick Donaldson and prepared by Anthony Bullock, Hellyeah Bolt put 13 lengths on his rivals and recorded his 15th win from 24 outings and increased his earnings to almost $42,000 in the time of 29.97.
Other heat winners were Black Rip (30.22), Heidi Go Seek (30.25), Varcoe (30.16), Mental As Ben (30.39), Fighting Fang (30.28) and Mighty Lomar (30.10).
Black Rip (Goodesy â Richmond Fox) displayed his customary early brilliance and ran his rivals ragged for Shane Whitney and the Ripping.
The former New South Wales chaser has now won seven of 12 outings, including the Angus Evans Memorial, since debuting in Hobart during November and is proving to be an excellent investment for connections.
Heidi Go Seek (Talks Cheap â Ceejay’s Vixen) ran down the flying Nooee’s Lad (Knocka Norris â Break Of Dawn), to record her 16th victory from the kennel of Anakie trainer Angela Langton.
The lightly raced Debbie Cannan prepared Varcoe ( El Galo â Magic Dust), led throughout to score his seventh victory and appears to have struck form at the opportune time.
Young Rosevale trainer Ricky Martin was seen in the winnerâs circle with the improving Mental As Ben (Cosmic Rumble â Aspen Gold), which has now won six of 23 lifetime outings and stakes in excess of $12,000.
The Gary Johnson prepared Fighting Fang (Collision â Fang Meehan) ran on strongly to score an impressive victory in his particular heat. Virtually unwanted in wagering on the event as an $11 chance, the chaser ran down the speedy Bain’s Lane (Bit Chili â Wooreddy) in the straight and is now beginning to reveal his undoubted potential, despite having only won on four occasions.
The final heat on a great night’s racing was taken out by Mighty Lomar ( Where’s Pedro â Worldclasslomar), which has won two of four Tasmanian starts since arriving from interstate and contesting the Devonport Cup last month.
The first four greyhounds home in each of the eight heats will contest one of four semi-finals next week and then the first two home will graduate to the $40,000 to the winner Launceston Cup Final on February 17.