Group One Peter Mosman series favourite Hooksy bowed out in last night’s semi-finals at Wentworth Park after stumbling at the start and finding a stack of trouble from box three. The Philip Goodsell trained Stilton Blue continued his outstanding run of form, stepping beautifully from box five to lead throughout in a time of 29.93 by a length. Christine Proctor’s $28 outsider and first reserve Bessy Boo finished a gallant second and consistent chaser My Awesome Opal for Marie Burton finished in third position.
In-form chaser Push It recorded her fifth straight win at Wentworth Park last night taking out semi-final two for trainer Dean Swain after leading all the way from box two in 29.93. Notching up her tenth career win last night, the daughter of Collision and Low Gee Eye scored by nine and a quarter lengths and is a genuine chance in next week’s final, coming up with a favourable box two draw. Victorian greyhound Access for trainer Ian Garland finished second, providing a massive thrill for connections, and Fire Elusive for Mark Moroney wound up in third position. Favourite runner Zipping Delta unfortunately took a heavy tumble at the first turn, along with Aurora Girl and Smashing Sally.
Group One winner Keybow was all the rage at $1.90 in the last semi-final, however he failed to fire again from box two, missing the start and running home to finish in fourth place. Highly consistent chaser Tommy Brislane continued his winning ways after beginning brilliantly from box four to streak away by two and a half lengths in a best of the night time of 29.76. Trainer Steve White has prepared this greyhound to perfection, winning seven of eight career starts. The son of Premier Fantasy and Mary Virginia also recorded his fifth straight win last night and is a star on the rise, his notable early pace will be a key factor in next Saturday night’s final. Glenn Rounds’ All Strung Out ran a sensational race to finish second and cement his spot in the final, whilst Darren McDonald qualified Where’s The Surf for the final after he finished in third place.
The box draw for Saturday night’s $75,000 to the winner final is:
1. Bessy Boo – Christine Proctor 2. Push It – Dean Swain 3. Stilton Blue – Philip Goodsell 4. Access – Ian Garland 5. Tommy Brislane – Steve White 6. Where’s The Surf – Darren McDonald 7. My Awesome Opal – Marie Burton 8. All Strung Out – Glenn Rounds
Reserves Fire Elusive – Mark Moroney Keybow – Darren McDonald
Victorian star chaser Hooksy will be the centre of attention this Saturday night at Wentworth Park, with three star-studded heats of the Group One Peter Mosman Classic to be conducted.
The son of Hondo Black and Uno Witch was all the rage in his heat last week, starting at skinny odds of $1.60. He didn’t disappoint an array of punters, clocking best of the night figures of 29.47. The Victorian first caught the eye of enthusiasts back in March. Tanya Auld and husband Jim made the testing trip up to the Glebe circuit from their base in Victoria and claimed their first Group win with Hooksy, the $25,000 Group Three New Sensation.
Hooksy will be a short-priced favourite when he steps out in semi-final one from box three. He has brilliant acceleration once he balances up and should secure a spot in next week’s $75,000 to the winner final. My Awesome Opal from box six is the only other heat winner in this semi-final after upsetting a hot field last week at huge odds, recording a time of 30.08 for trainer Marie Burton. Stilton Blue has been very consistent of late and finished a gallant second last week behind Tommy Brislane in a fast 29.71 by three and a half-lengths.
Semi-final two contains Jason Mackay’s talented chaser Zipping Delta, who put in her best performance at the track last week, clocking a sizzling 29.49 over the 520m journey. The daughter of Bekim Bale and Scarlett Spy began beautifully from the inside alley to record her third consecutive win and will be hard to hold out again from a favourable box three.
Another in-form chaser Push It upset hot favourite Keybow in her heat last week, securing her fourth consecutive victory at Wentworth Park when clocking a smart 29.81 from box eight. The Dean Swain trained chaser pinged from the outside box and was never headed in an impressive three-length win. Aurora Girl put in a brave performance last week from box two, finishing three and a half lengths behind Cawbourne Whip in a fast 29.70. Marie Burton’s chaser will need to begin well from the middle draw this week, but has speed to burn and should challenge this field from box-rise.
The final semi contains two highly talented greyhounds looking to keep their winning streaks alive, with Tommy Brislane and Cawbourne Whip having won their past four straight. Steve White’s Tommy Brislane now has six wins from seven starts and is starting to emerge as one of the hottest young prospects in the state. He blew his rivals away last week in a hot run of 29.71 after stepping well from box three. The son of Premier Fantasy and Mary Virginia shot away to claim victory by three and a half lengths and is a model of consistency on the race track.
Cawbourne Whip has also stamped her authority as one of the brightest starts on the NSW racing circuit, recording another flying time of 29.50 in her heat win last week. The Jodie Lord trained greyhound will have to overcome a difficult box five draw, however she has brilliant early acceleration and can outstep her rivals to the first turn.
Group One winner Keybow failed to fire in last week’s heats, finishing second to Push It, recording a time of 29.99. After missing the start, the Darren McDonald speedster left his run too late, reducing the winning margin to just three lengths. Coming up with box two on Saturday night is a huge positive for this greyhound; however the son of Take The Kitty will need to improve at box-rise with some speedy greyhounds engaged on his outside that will cross hard in the early stages.
Semi final one kicks off at 9.12pm, with the winner and second placegetter guaranteed a spot in next week’s final. The two fastest third placings will make up the remainder of the field.
Brilliant Victorian chaser Hooksy justified his short odds at Wentworth Park last night in a heat of the Group One Peter Mosman Classic, recording best of the night figures of 29.47. Stepping beautifully from box five, the son of Hondo Black and Uno Witch clocked sizzling sectionals of 5.34 and 17.66, coming home in a solid 11.81. The Tanya Auld trained speedster notched up his fourteenth win from twenty starts and has a healthy prizemoney total of $80,880.
Heat one went to in-form chaser Push It for Dean Swain, who continued his winning ways, recording his fourth consecutive victory at Wentworth Park in a speedy 29.81. Beginning brilliantly from box eight, the daughter of Collision and Low Gee Eye quickly crossed her rivals to score comfortably by three lengths at the finish. $1.90 favourite Keybow missed the start and got squeezed out at the first turn, before making up solid ground to finish second and move through to next week’s semi finals.
Zipping Delta was also looking to continue her winning streak and was flawless from box one in heat two as the $2.20 favourite, racking up consecutive win number three. The daughter of Bekim Bale and Scarlett Spy was never headed in a dominant display, clocking 29.49. Jason Mackay’s chaser recorded an impressive run home of 11.70 and takes her win tally to nine from 26 starts. Glenn Rounds All Strung Out was gallant in defeat, reducing the winning margin to just one length and will be a forced to reckon with in the semi-finals next week, clocking an outstanding time of 29.55.
Punters heavily supported Darren McDonald’s Tiggerlong Amigo, starting as the $1.90 favourite in heat three, however he failed to fire from box three and finished in fifth position. Rank $17.00 outsider My Awesome Opal stunned enthusiasts by taking out the heat in 30.08 from box eight. The Marie Burton trained chaser began fast from box eight and crossed her rivals at the first turn to lead all the way and salute by five and three quarter lengths. Another $17.00 outside in Hilda’s Boy chased hard and finished in second position.
In-form chaser Cawbourne Whip continued her outstanding run, clocking a flying 29.50 in heat four from box three. The Jodie Lord owned and trained daughter of Dyna Lachlan sped to the front and charged home in a brilliant run home of 11.62. She has now won her last four straight races and has 13 career wins from just 23 starts. Aurora Girl was very impressive from box two and reduced the winning margin to three and a quarter lengths, clocking 29.70.
Tommy Brislane is one of the most promising pups New South Wales at present, notching up his sixth career win last night from just seven starts. Stepping beautifully from box three, the Steve White trained chaser impressed once again in a fast time of 29.71. This consistent son of Premier Fantasy saluted by three and a half lengths over second placegetter Stilton Blue. The $2.20 favourite Deadly Vane found severe early trouble and tailed off to the back of the field.
All eyes will be on the box draw for next week’s three semi-finals, with Hooksy now favourite to take out the Group One $75,000 final on June 21.
The coveted Group One Peter Mosman Classic heats will kick off tonight at Wentworth Park, with an enticing $75,000 on offer for winning connections in three weeks time.
Six competitive heats will be conducted over the 520m distance, with the first four placegetters moving through to next week’s three semi-finals.
To be eligible for the series all runners were required to be born on or after 1st December 2011.
Heat one will jump at 8.07pm.
Group One Perth Cup winner Keybow returns to Wentworth Park for the first time since contesting the Golden Easter Egg heats back in April and comes off a second placing in the Group Two Queensland Derby a month ago. Darren McDonald’s charge has a sizzling 29.45 personal best at the track and will be primed for this event from box three. My Kinda Music attracted plenty of attention during the New Sensation series at Wentworth Park in April, where she finished third behind the freakishly talented Hookesy in 29.36. Trained by Allan Pringle, the daughter of El Grand Senor and Ice Dancer recorded a flying 29.69 at headquarters last month.
Push It will be looking for her fourth straight win at the track after an impressive 29.70 performance last week from box three. Despite not having won from the outside alley, Dean Swain’s talented chaser has an excellent Wentworth Park record of three wins from six starts and the exceptional early pace to cross from out wide.
Chica Destacada has returned to her brilliant best and produced a sensational 29.49 performance at the track two weeks ago, with an equally impressive 29.51 win the week prior. Doreen Drynan’s chaser has an outstanding record at headquarters with five wins from nine starts and despite the awkward box six, has enough early pace to trouble this classy field.
Jason Mackay’s Zipping Delta has come up with the coveted red rug and produced an outstanding 29.59 performance last week and a 30.61 run at Richmond the week before. The daughter of Bekim Bale will be doing her best work at the finish, so look for her to flash home. All Strung Out will be looking for his fourth straight win after solid performances at Warragul and Sandown Park over the past three weeks. He comes into this heat with plenty of confidence and will exit from box three.
Darren McDonald has another strong hope in this heat with Tiggerlong Amigo, who has an excellent career record of nine wins from eighteen starts and has won four of his past five outings. An impressive 29.72 stewards trial at Wentworth Park on Monday and a handy box three draw makes this son of Cosmic Chief a huge threat to take out this heat. Oh So Striking comes off a win at the track on Monday night in 30.07 and recorded a flying 29.56 at Gosford last month, giving trainer Darren Sultana plenty of reasons to favour this son of Cosmic Rumble’s chances. Having won five of nine career starts, this greyhound can be risky at box rise, but has a huge motor that should see him figure at the finish. Hilda’s Boy shocked everyone with a near record 29.32 win at Gosford two weeks ago and a repeat of that performance should see this son of Just The Best challenging this field.
Cawbourne Whip is in red-hot form at present and comes off a blistering 29.38 win at Wentworth Park last week and will only need to step cleanly to claim this affair for trainer Jodie Lord. The daughter of Dyna Lachlan and American Spot has a superb record at the track of four wins from seven starts and will be looking for her fourth straight win. Aurora Girl has a fast 29.72 personal best at the track which was recorded two weeks ago and is ideally drawn near the rails, with all of her career wins coming from boxes one and three. Trained by Marie Burton, the daughter of Cosmic Rumble can be risky at box-rise; however can find her way to the finish.
Lady Goldenpaw makes her debut at Wentworth Park for Victorian trainer Robert Britton and has some impressive personal best times, including 29.66 at Sandown Park, recorded back in March. The daughter of High Earner has good early pace and will need to use it, exiting from the awkward box six.
Group Three New Sensation winner Hookesy returns to Wentworth Park for the first time since captivating the greyhound world with some sizzling performances around the two turn circuit, including a blistering personal best of 29.36. The son of Hondo Black trained by Tanya Auld, will have to overcome the testing box five, however should demonstrate another superb performance as one of the series favourites.
Unbelief has come up with the red rug and has an excellent Wentworth Park record of four wins from six starts and saluted impressively last week in 29.79. Rue De Kahn has produced solid form of late and last month recorded a flying personal best of 29.64. The Group One National Futurity winner has the ability to cross from the outside alley and push for a semi-finals berth next week.
Tommy Brislane is airbourne at present, having won four of his past five outings, including a 29.74 performance at Wentworth Park and an equally impressive 26.17 win at Bulli. The son of Premier Fantasy and Mary Virginia has an outstanding career record of five wins from six starts and will give trainer Steve White a huge chance of making the semi-finals. Stilton Blue comes off a second placing in the Group Three Bulli Gold Plate and has a solid personal best at the track of 29.82.
Golden Easter Egg winning trainer Brooke Ennis returns to Wentworth Park with the talented Deadly Vane, who will exit from box eight and comes off an brilliant win at Shepparton in 25.05. The winner of 13 races from 22 starts has the pace to cross from the wide draw and will have plenty of watchers as he makes his Wentworth Park debut.
The Gardens has been plagued by controversy for most of its relatively short life, but Greyhound Racing New South Wales (GRNSW) is hoping that the creation of The Gardens Greyhound Club will steady the ship.
After the NCA’s tenure was abruptly halted, GRNSW announced plans to invite Expressions of Interest for the management rights of the greyhound track. Three EOI’s were received (GBOTA, Richmond Greyhound Racing Club and PPB Advisory).
GRNSW has selected the submission by PPB Advisory and this has paved the way for the creation of The Gardens Greyhound Club. The new Club is comprised of four members:
Brett Lazzarini (Chairman) Ronald Bell (Vice Chairman) Alan Williamson (CEO/Club Secretary) Michael Brown (Treasurer)
Many would recognise some of these names; Lazzarini has been involved in the greyhound industry for some time and most recently served as the Deputy Chairman of the GBOTA. Bell is a well known and highly respected greyhound trainer in the Hunter Valley. Brown is a businessman who set up the JB Lodge Greyhound Training and Breeding Facility and Williamson has a plethora of experience in managing sporting clubs.
The board members have been established in line with assistance from PPB Advisory. PPB Advisory provides corporate advisory, restructuring and insolvency services, so it is clearly in a position to provide the right advice to put The Gardens back on track. PPB Advisory will continue to assist throughout the formation of the new club.
Given the history of The Gardens, the new board members certainly have a big task ahead to make The Gardens financially viable as greyhound racing on its own will not make The Gardens trade in the black.
Lazzarini told the local Newcastle Herald that the board was considering its options.
“We will be oriented towards making it more of a community sporting arena,” he said.
“We just need it to make money again. That’s the black and white of it, because greyhound racing doesn’t make enough money for the track to be self-sufficient.”
The Gardens Greyhound Club will commence operations of The Gardens venue from 1 July 2014. The next year or so will prove crucial to its future.
A powerhouse finish landed My Boy Snoop the 2014 Group Three Sportingbet Bulli Gold Cup on Wednesday night.
The Anthony Azzopardi trained son of Where’s Pedro and Daydream (Bit Chili – Stresa) registered the time of 26.11 en route to collecting the $25,000 winners cheque for his connections.
Azzopardi had told ARG prior to the race that if his 35kg white and black chaser was within three lengths of the lead in the run, it would take a very good dog to hold him out and that is exactly how things transpired.
As expected, Stilton Blue (4) and Unleash De Fear (7) speared the lids and vied for the early lead, with Stilton Blue gaining the upper hand. Things were already looking ominous when My Boy Snoop was parked third, around two lengths from the leading duo.
While Stilton Blue had beaten off Unleash De Fear at the top of the long Bulli straight, My Boy Snoop had worked to the centre of the track and was poised to unleash his customary finishing burst that was showcased in the heats a week earlier.
The further they went down the straight, the more apparent it became that Stilton Blue’s lead was only going be temporary. My Boy Snoop lengthened stride and went past the leader rapidly, scoring by 1 1/2 lengths on the line. Stilton Blue held on for second, while grand old stager Gradence sprouted wings to finish third.
In the tale of the beaten brigade, Unleash De Fear could not match motors early and finished fourth. Knocka’s Return (8) was slow away but ran on well along the fence late to finish fifth. Walk Hard (5) began midfield and found trouble when looking to move forward early and then again on the home turn before finishing sixth. My Awesome Opal (6) did not show his usual early speed, which saw him caught deep throughout and he was never a winning hope. Highly Respected (3) jumped fourth, but found interference and was eventually squeezed right out of play to tail out a long way.
The win is My Boy Snoop’s fourth from his last five starts and his seventh from 19 career outings. The Group Three victory takes the 27-month-old dogs career earnings beyond $42,000.
The South Coast of New South Wales plays host to elite racing this Wednesday night when the final of the Group Three Sportingbet Bulli Gold Cup takes place.
An octet of quality chasers will vie for the $25,000 winners cheque over the 472 metre trip at the spacious one-turn track nestled in the heart of black diamond country, where the mountains meet the sea.
Highly promising pup Silent Effective was a scratching from the final which may have meant a sigh of relief from a few of his rivals. His place will be taken by the veteran Gradence, who won the Cyril Rowe Plate at the track back in January.
The meeting begins at the early time of 6:02pm to accommodate those wishing to watch the State of Origin rugby league. The feature event is race five which will jump at 7:25pm.
Here is a look at at the field in detail with comments from connections on their runners chances;
Comments: Anthony Azzopardi (Trainer) – “The draw is a little bit of a worry if the faster dogs outside him cross down on top of him. But then again, maybe being on the inside might drag him out a bit. He does like to use a little bit of the track. It is all going to come down to the luck he has in the run. If he is within two or three lengths of them in the run, it is going to take a very good dog to hold him out, but it is all going to be about where he is in the run.”
Comments:Nicole McRae (Trainer) – “A lot is going to depend on what happens with the dogs around him. There is a lot of pace drawn either side of him. Hopefully he just gets that little bit of pace early and gets a good run to the first turn. He hasn’t had much luck with box draws his whole career, especially in Group finals but I pulled this one out so I can’t blame anyone else.”
Comments: Ross Burton (Co-Trainer) – “It is a pretty hard field, I think our hopes are pretty slim. That was only his second run on the track. We had put him around without a look at the track and he ran second then last week was his second look. It is good to be in the race but I am a realist, there is some champion dogs in that race. But he is in it to win it, he will be having a go and we will have our fingers crossed.”
Comments: Peter Baker (Owner) - “His dad Disintergrate was in the final of the Bulli Gold Cup like this and I hope his son Bill (Unleash De Fear) can go one better and win it with his early speed. Charlie Gatt is a bloody master-trainer to get this dog back on the track and he deserves to win this race more than anyone.”
Comments: Mark Wilcox (Trainer) – “He is drawn very well. He loves coming from the wide boxes. The main problem with him is that I had to rush him back a little bit from a long break through injury for this race. He may just need another week or two before we see his best. Last week sort of showed that but he should be a little bit better this week.”
Comments:Mark Gatt (Trainer) – “He should run ok, he will drop out the back and be running on at the finish so the box doesn’t really matter too much. It would be nice for him to win the two big races at Bulli but I’m not overly confident of his chances.”
Comments: A consistent on-pace type who was prominent for a long way in his heat run. Would probably only be a place chance at best if he gained a run.
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Victorian chaser Walk Hard (5) is the class runner of the field. He sizzled at his first look at the track but has the visitors box to contend with this week. If he lands anywhere near the speed, he will be the one to beat.
Knocka’s Return (8) is boxed to perfection and has a real penchant for the circuit. He is only recently back from a lengthy spell, but if he produces his best, he will be in it up to his ears.
The pace looks to lie with Stilton Blue (4), Unleash De Fear (7) and My Awesome Opal (6). Whoever wins that speed battle will give themselves the opportunity to make their own luck in front and the possibility of pinching the race.
Highly Respected (3) may well land on the fence early. He can be a risky beginner but, should he step, can be prominent. If he misses it he is likely to struggle.
Gradence (2) and My Boy Snoop (1) both have whirlwind finishes and both also like to use the track. Anything caught outside that duet early could find themselves in bother if they are looking for the fence. If either land in the top half of the field in the running, they could blouse the leaders late.
ARG caught up with Ross Burton, who admits that, while the run of his dog was no surprise, the result was.
“I knew he could run the time that he did but wasn’t so sure that he would be able to win,” Burton said.
“I thought he could lead in the heat but thought he may be wanting at the end of the run. He isn’t that strong and I thought that there was stronger dogs in the race than him. I was surprised that some of the other dogs didn’t run him down.”
“We have only had him a couple of months, we bought him out of Queensland. We have been pretty happy with him, he has won three races for us. He won at Gosford in fast time and Richmond in good time and he also went well there the other week.”
My Awesome Opal was not originally on the radar for the Burton’s when they made a phone call to enquire about a dog that was for sale.
“When we bought him we originally rang up because his brother Glorified Gee was advertised in the paper and then they told us that they had him for sale too. I had a look at his form and we decided to buy them both.”
“We bought them off Grant Fennelly, he owns Punch One Out. He had a new litter coming into his kennel by El Grand Senor and he didn’t have room for these guys anymore. He owned Glorified Gee and the breeder (Barry Kitchener) owned My Awesome Opal and they wanted to get rid of them, they put them on the market and we bought the pair of them.”
“They both won first up for us at Gosford, Glorified Gee won there again and ran second at Wentworth Park last week, they are going ok.”
While Burton originally purchased the dogs based on form, it is fair to say that they lack nothing in the breeding department, sharing a damline with one of the countries fastest current dogs.
The pair are by Irish sire Fear Zafonic out of Awesome Knocka (Knocka Norris – Awesome Opal). Awesome Knocka is a half-sister to the all-conquering Black Magic Opal (Magic Sprite – Awesome Opal), who needs no introduction.
Burton admits that is was not something that initially lured him into the purchases but he is happy with the fact.
“I initially just looked at their form but have since been told that his damline means he is somehow related to Black Magic Opal.”
When it comes to Wednesday night’s final, Burton is far from brimming with confidence.
“It is a pretty hard field, I think our hopes are pretty slim. That was only his second run on the track. We had put him around without a look at the track and he ran second, then last week was his second look. It is good to be in the race but I am a realist, there is some champion dogs in that race. But he is in it to win it, he will be having a go and we will have our fingers crossed.”
While he may not be too bullish about his hopes in the Bulli Gold Cup, Burton is much more optimistic when it comes to the future of My Awesome Opal.
“There is plenty of races he can win later on in his own grade. He is certainly good enough, but it is very, very good for him to get into a final like this.”
My Awesome Opal will exit box six in the final on Wednesday night, which is scheduled to jump at 7:25pm. His brother, Glorified Gee, is also engaged at the Bulli meeting in race four at 7:05pm.
Group Two Warragul Cup winner Walk Hard stamped his authority on the 2014 Sportingbet Bulli Gold Cup series, setting the time standard in the four heats conducted on Wednesday night.
The Nicole McRae trained son of Bit Chili and Miss Bling (Spiral Nikita – Skullring) set the spacious Slacky Flat circuit ablaze at his first start there, stopping the clock at 26.01, just two lengths outside the track record.
Beginning well from box one, Walk Hard had to contend with some early pace from Bearded Midget (2), but soon after he put the paw to the floor, railing like the lure to drive under the early leader and quickly transform the race into a one act affair.
The 34kg black dog scored by 7 1/2 lengths in an imperious display. The Mark Wilcox trained Highly Respected (3) ran a solid race to finish second and qualify for next week’s final, while Soaring Eagle (7) wound up in third place.
Walk Hard has a history of drawing poorly in big finals and that luck has continued here with the Victorian handed box five for the $25,000 to-the-winner event.
The second heat saw a much closer finish with just one length separating the top three dogs. In the end, it was a flashing finish from the Anthony Azzopardi trained My Boy Snoop (7) that would land him the chocolates.
Favourite Unleash De Fear (5) came out of the boxes as if shot from a cannon to open up a handy early lead. Reserve runner Ferly Reign (9) settled in second while My Boy Snoop was tardily away in second last place of the six dog field.
By the home turn, Ferly Reign and Unleash De Fear look destined to battle it out down the long Bulli straight. Just when it appeared as though it would be a terrific finish between that pair, My Boy Snoop sprouted wings and cut a swathe between the two leaders like a hot knife through butter to score by three-quarters of a length.
The striking 35kg white and black son of Where’s Pedro and Daydream (Bit Chili – Stresa) registered the time of 26.34 in his first start at the track. Unleash De Fear held on well for second, with Ferly Reign in third.
Heat three yielded the biggest upset of the night when the Marie Burton trained My Awesome Opal finished strongly to take the event at cricket-score odds.
After beginning well from box three and finding himself parked behind the early leader Princess Syrene (6), the son of Fear Zafonic and Awesome Knocka (Knocka Norris – Awesome Opal) worked his way to the front as the field entered the long, sweeping turn for home.
While most punters were looking back in the field for the more fancied chances to run on, My Awesome Opal put on a beautiful, long-striding display of galloping down the centre of the straight to hold on and score by three-quarters of a length in the time of 26.41.
Knocka’s Return (1) screamed home for second place in an eye-catching run while veteran Ritza Ryder finished third.
The fourth and final heat lived up to expectation when boom pup Silent Effective (8) showed great intestinal fortitude to land the event in 26.22 for Darren Sultana.
When Stilton Blue (4), a young dog known for his strength, went straight to the lead, it appeared as though the race was his to lose. Silent Effective left the traps in fifth place with more than his fair share of work to do.
Leaving the back straight, Stilton Blue was high-balling in front with Velvet Flame (1) in second, Silent Effective had worked to third out wide, but was still the better part of four lengths off the leader.
That was the order as they reached the top of the long Bulli straight with anticipation high as Silent Effective hooked out wide and balanced up for one last crack.
With a hundred metres to go, the 31kg son of Cosmic Rumble and Best Percentage began to unwind his trademark withering burst and claimed Stilton Blue in the twinkling of an eye to score by 1 1/4 lengths in a soul-stirring finish.
The win was Silent Effective’s eighth from just 11 career outings and the dog, who is just 21 months old, is certainly shaping up as a very exciting prospect.
The draw for next Wednesday’s Group Three Sportingbet Bulli Gold Cup is as follows;
1- My Boy Snoop – Anthony Azzopardi 2- Silent Effective – Darren Sultana 3- Highly Respected – Mark Wilcox 4- Stilton Blue – Philip Goodsell 5- Walk Hard – Nicole McRae 6- My Awesome Opal – Marie Burton 7- Unleash De Fear – Charlie Gatt 8- Knocka’s Return – Mark Wilcox
Reserves 9- Gradence – Mark Gatt 10- Ferly Reign – Anthony Azzopardi
A cavalcade of smart sprinters will converge on New South Wales’ premier one-turn track this Wednesday evening to compete in four heats of the Group Three Sportingbet Bulli Gold Cup.
The 2014 event will take place over the 472 metre journey and a $25,000 cheque awaits the connections of the winning dog in next week’s final.
Entering its fifteenth year of existence, the race has taken place under numerous guises including the Cyril Rowe Memorial (which is now a separate event) and was also conducted as a twin-tracks series in 2010 with the Maitland club when Hooky Booky won for Mark Bell.
Other winners include the great El Galo (2008) as well as Brilliant Style (2005) along with the Mark Gatt trained Ritza Ryder (2012) who will compete again in 2014.
One of the more unusual results in the history of the race was Winsome Lesson’s victory in 2006. Not so much because of the way the blue dog won the race in the track record time of 25.94, but more so due to the fact that he was a product of two previous winners, History Lesson (1999) and Winsome Dollars (2003).
Here is a look at the main chances in the four heats;
One of the draw-cards of the series appears in the first heat when Victorian raider Walk Hard exits box one. The Nicole McRae trained son of Bit Chili and Miss Bling (Spiral Nikita – Skullring) won the Group Two Warragul Cup earlier this year and has been consistently racing in elite company down south. The spacious Bulli circuit should suit him to a tee with a nice long straight to unleash his withering run home.
Bearded Midget looks to have the speed to lead from box two and has a superb record at the track. The Ronald Hoogenboom trained white and black dog has won two of his three starts here including an airborne 26.14 victory in early April. He is likely to give them plenty to catch.
Golden Easter Egg finalist Evil Punk will exit box eight and resumed with a fantastic win at Wentworth Park. He has only had one start at Bulli where he finished second.
Highly Respected jumps from box three and has a terrific record at the track winning three of his five appearances there with a best of 26.48. He has won his last two at Goulburn in blistering times but faces a rise in class here.
The outside division appear to dominate the second heat with boxes five through eight all looking to have winning chances.
Unleash De Fear will exit box five for the successful trainer/owner combination of Charlie Gatt and Peter Baker. The promising son of Disintergrate and Unleash De Elite (Elite State – Bigbad Darley) has won eight of his 12 career starts including a zippy 26.27 at Bulli in his only start there. He will be close to the lead and looks the one to beat.
The Mark Wilcox trained Natural Player has drawn the outside alley and boasts a sensational career strike rate, winning 16 of his 23 starts to date. He has also won three from four at Bulli and registered a personal best of 26.18 in late January this year.
My Boy Snoop jumps from box seven for astute trainer Anthony Azzopardi. He is a winner of five from 17 career starts including two very fast sub-thirty runs at Wentworth Park in April. This is his first start at Bulli but there is plenty of evidence to suggest that he can gallop.
Gaudi will sport the green rug for Nowra Hill trainer Steve White. He has only missed a place twice in nine appearances at Bulli and has a personal best of 26.35. He possesses more than his fair share of early zip and should be in the firing line early.
The exciting Waymore’s Blues makes his Bulli debut in heat three for Molong trainer Toby Weekes. A winner of 10 from 23, the regally bred son of Collide and Casey’s Angel (Spiral Nikita – Leprechaun Yap) has shown some brilliant one-turn form at other tracks like Maitland, Shepparton and Ballarat and looks like he will relish the layout at Slacky Flat. He can be a little bit tardy on box-rise and may just need a little bit of space early to put himself in the race.
Richmond Vale mentor Jason Mackay makes the journey down south with his promising galloper Fire Elusive who will jump from box five. A winner of 11 from 32, he is another who has performed well on a one-turn track at Maitland in the coalfields. He would also benefit from a little bit of early room if we are to see his best.
Veteran Ritza Ryder as drawn the outside alley for Mark Gatt. He won the race back in 2012 and has also won the Group Three Ambrosoli at Wentworth Park. The red fawn chaser is a rising five year old but can still match it with the best and has a penchant for the Bulli circuit where he has won six races, including a 26.02 effort.
Bringelly trainer Mark Wilcox continues to show his strong hand in the series when he rugs up Knocka’s Return. A winner of 19 from 43, including five from 10 at Bulli, this 33kg dog should benefit greatly from the inside draw. He has a best of 26.03 at the track and set the Temora track record in March. He is returning from a two-month spell which will be the only question mark over him heading into this race.
Boom pup Silent Effective headlines the final heat from box eight. The precocious son of Cosmic Rumble and Best Percentage (Big Daddy Cool – Apache Arrow) has already won seven races from ten starts despite only being just 21 months old. At his only start at Bulli, the 31kg Darren Sultana trained conveyance stopped the clock at a rapid 26.07. He has won his only start from box eight and should get plenty of room to move in the early stages. Clearly the one to beat.
Stilton Blue won the Nowra Puppy Classic earlier this year and has been tuned up for this to perfection by trainer Philip Goodsell with a hat-trick of wins at Bulli. While box four may present a query for the striking blue dog, he does have a slow beginner drawn outside him and a superb record from the box, with five wins from six starts in the blue rug. He looks the main danger.
Gradence exits box two for Mark Gatt. He comes into consideration on the credence of his win in the Cyril Rowe Memorial at Bulli back in January. Despite being a veteran of 89 starts, he has only raced at the track six times for two wins and three placings with a best of 26.47 which he registered in the aforementioned win. If he is afforded the right opportunities in transit, he will be whistling home late.
Invidious is a slippery beginner who looks to be drawn well in box three for trainer Jason Magri. He is undefeated in two starts at the track with a best of 26.35. He is capable of putting himself in the picture early and looks to be the value runner of the race.
When Steve White made the trek down south to Goulburn on Tuesday, he looked to have a few good things in the trailer, none more so than Paua To Roar who was facing a moderate 5th Grade field over 350 metres in the last race.
But not even the affable Nowra Hill mentor could have foreseen the bedazzling display of blinding speed his son of Head Bound and Paua To Erupt (Spiral Nikita – Paua To Burn) was about to unleash. Put simply, if you blinked, you would have missed it.
The black dog who tips the scales at close to 34kg, ran the proverbial hands off the clock, registering a new track record of 19.45, some 0.05 seconds quicker than the old mark set by Natural Player late last year. It was just Paua To Roar’s fourth start in a race.
Paua To Roar was a finalist in the recent Group Three Sportingbet Magic Maiden at Wentworth Park on Easter Saturday where he finished fifth. White told ARG at the time that he was managing a problem with the precocious dog and that he was going well considering.
“I had some hiccups with him in the six weeks before and during the series with tonsillitis, he had been choking up in the last bit getting to the line,” White said.
“They became a real nuisance, but we know he can run really good sections.”
He has since had his tonsils removed and it appears to have done the trick perfectly.
White is particularly excited about Paua To Roar’s litter and the day started well for him, courtesy one of his litter-mates.
“His sister, Foxy Nikita went within 0.15 seconds of the 457 metre record in race two, that was her first start.”
And there is plenty more to come if these two are any indication of the rest of the litter.
“We still have another five in the litter who are yet to have their performance trial, it is a very, very good litter.”
The future may also hold more down the track for the now proven producer Paua To Erupt who has recently been mated to Kinloch Brae.
If recent results are any indication, there is certainly exciting times ahead for Steve White and his Paua Kennels.
Group Two Ladies Bracelet winner Zipping Willow continued her winning ways last night at Richmond, qualifying fastest for next week’s $20,000 Richmond Oaks final in a speedy 30.42.
After a moderate beginning from box eight, the Jason Mackay trained chaser quickly gained momentum to take the lead at the first turn, and scored by four and a half lengths over second placegetter Black Empress. The daughter of Goodesy and Sirocco Lass has flourished on the racetrack of late, winning five of her last six races, with brilliant career statistics of nineteen victories from thirty starts.
Heat one went to Neil Falk’s Smashing Sally, leading all the way in a solid performance of 30.71. The $2.80 second favourite dwelt at the start, however mustered brilliant pace to make her way through the field and salute by two lengths. Second placegetter Eleazar put in an enormous run for trainer Dean Swain, after tailing off for a majority of the race and will be a definite danger next week. $2.30 favourite Ready To Riot finished in third position.
Dean Swain’s second qualifier came in heat two, with in-form chaser Rue De Kahn finding the front at the first turn to score comfortably by four lengths in a fast time of 30.57. $28 outsider Aurora Girl put in a terrific performance from box five to qualify for next week for trainer Marie Burton and took ground off the winner in the run to the line. $2.00 favourite Zipping Delta found considerable trouble early on and finished in third position.
Marie Burton got a second qualifier through to the final in heat four with $9.30 outsider Asia’s Babe, who mustered brilliant early pace to lead throughout in an impressive time of 30.67. Last year’s Oaks winner Calm Model finished in second position and will give trainer Clay Mullens a chance at back-to-back victories. Favourite runner Kulu Special unfortunately suffered an injury early on in the affair and tailed off.
The full results of qualifiers for next week are:
Zipping Willow – Jason Mackay (30.42) Rue De Kahn – Dean Swain (30.57) Asia’s Babe – Marie Burton (30.67) Black Empress – Harry Sarkis (30.70) Smashing Sally – Neil Falk (30.71) Aurora Girl – Marie Burton (30.82) Calm Model – Clay Mullens (30.84) Eleazar – Dean Swain (30.84)
Four sensational heats of the $20,000 Richmond Oaks will highlight Saturday night’s Richmond meeting, with last week’s Group Two Ladies Bracelet winner Zipping Willow the standout performer in heat three. Last year’s Oaks winner Calm Model will step out in the final heat and aim to go back-to-back for trainer Clay Mullens.
Heat one contains plenty of last start winners, however Smashing Sally has good early pace and has a brilliant record at Richmond with two wins from three starts, including a flying personal best of 30.45. The Neil Falk trained chaser can overcome box five to salute in this event. Dean Swain’s Eleazar drops back in distance after a solid campaign over the 720m, where she recorded a speedy 42.37, and is ideally drawn in drawn in box two. Ready To Riot comes off an outstanding performance at Wentworth Park last month, clocking 29.71 over the 520m for in-form trainer Anthony Azzopardi.
Group One National Futurity winner Rue De Kahn comes off a brilliant win at Wentworth Park in 29.64 and will exit from box six with good early pace in heat two. The Dean Swain trained greyhound has eight wins from fifteen starts and is looking to crack the $100,000 prizemoney barrier. Asha Tanga has a sizzling personal best at Richmond of 30.32 and produced a wonderful win at Maitland last Thursday in 25.15 over the 450m. This greyhound can be a risky beginner, however has great pace once she balances up and can steal this for trainer Maureen Sharman. Jason Mackay’s Zipping Delta has been down on form lately, with her last victory back in March over the 565m at Maitland. She has a huge advantage exiting from box one and is no stranger to success at the track with two wins from four starts.
Group Two Ladies Bracelet winner Zipping Willow is perfectly drawn in box eight for heat three and comes off a blistering win at Wentworth Park last week in 29.44. Debuting at the track for Jason Mackay, the winner of eighteen races is looking for her fourth straight win and is the early favourite to take out next week’s final. Black Empress is unbeaten around the Richmond circuit and was very impressive in a 30.67 win here last month. Despite drawing box four, this bitch has terrific early pace and can push for a finals berth. Chica Destacada is slowly regaining the form that saw her burst onto the scene at Wentworth Park at the beginning of the year and will need to be at her best from box five to test this field. The Doreen Drynan trained chaser has a good Richmond record of two wins from five starts and will be hard to beat if she reproduces her best.
The final heat sees promising Queensland pup Visualize It making the trip down from the Sunshine State with solid Albion Park form under her belt. The Peter Young trained bitch recorded 30.16 over the 520m last month, and does have genuine early pace to overcome the tricky box six. Anthony Azzopardi has another talented runner engaged with Kulu Special exiting from box three. Before falling in the Dubbo Cup final last month, this bitch won four three of her past four starts including a flying 29.72 performance at Wentworth Park. If the fall hasn’t affected her mindset, look for her to lead all the way and record a fast personal best on debut at the track. Last year’s Oaks winner Calm Model returns for another crack at the winner’s purse for trainer Clay Mullens, however she has been struggling of late with her last victory back in September of last year. She has a flying personal best of 30.48 at the track and will need to run this sort of time again to be any hope of making the final.
Heat one will be run and won at 7.44pm, with the winner and second placegetter moving through to next week’s $20,000 final.
The 2014 Dapto Puppy Auction took place on Sunday, 4 May. A total of 350 lots were catalogued to be auctioned. A number of pups were withdrawn on the day so approximately 280 greyhounds went under the hammer at an average of just over $2,800. There’s no word yet on how many were buy-backs.
Two litters in particular featured heavily in terms of high prices: Collision – Fancy Mandy (Kiowa Sweet Trey – Chantilly Doll) and Bombastic Shiraz – Dusty Retreat (Spiral Nikita – Undermatched).
Fancy Mandy was a handy race bitch, winning 16 races and over $86,000 in prize money. The eight month old Collision litter offered at the auction is her second litter. Her first litter were by Brett Lee and are 26 months old. Of seven pups whelped, four have been named to race with just two from the litter winning just one race each so far (Midnight Rhythm and Zulu Mystique).
Despite her first litter not setting the world on fire just yet, one of her black dogs went for the highest price of the auction; $20,000. The other dog in the litter collected $7,500 while the bitches went for $15,000, $11,000 and $10,000.
Dusty Retreat has a very handy litter of pups racing at the moment, trained by Christine Oldfield. They are by Collision and have just started their careers (Bacash and Frattini). Frattini has reportedly been the subject of some big figure offers and she has been impressive to date, winning both her starts at Bulli in slick time. At the auction, the highest price a dog pup by Dusty Retreat went for was $12,000. The other dogs in the litter attracted $10,000, $8,000 and $9,000, while the two bitches went for $10,000 and $8,000.
High priced pups generally do not go on to win the Auction series so it will be interesting to see how these pups develop over the coming years.
Aside from the high priced purchases, there was some value around for those that did their research and stuck around for the duration of the auction.
You could have started off your breeding empire with Lot 1, a bitch by Collision – Alexia Flex (Dyna Lachlan – Princess Bale). Her grand-dam is the invaluable Gold Rush Bale. Princess Bale herself has thrown the likes of Tomac Bale, Desalle Bale and Barcia Bale to name just a few. Lot 1 went for $4,200 which is great value considering the proven breeding line.
Another top purchase (which was a genuine purchase) was Lot 213, a fawn bitch by Barcia Bale – Luminous (Collision – Tocsin). She went for a steal at just $1,700. Two other pups from the litter went for $3,400 and $4,000 earlier in the day. Luminous is a litter sister to multiple track-record holder Phenomenal.
Lastly, two pups from the Velocette – Chinatown Lilli (Lilli Pilli Lad – Chinatown Babe) litter went very cheaply. If you were after a strong greyhound you couldn’t go past these. Chinatown Babe was the 2008 Australian Broodbitch of the Year. Chinatown Lilli is a litter sister to Group performers Chinatown Lad and Fallen Zorro. Three pups went through the auction for the bargain prices of $600, $800 and $1,200.
The next auction for greyhound pups takes place at Ipswich in August followed by the inaugural Richmond auction in November.
It comes as no surprise that another record tumbled last Friday, with 400 metre specialist Hunter Hummer setting a new time standard of 22.32 at The Gardens.
The Corey Spliet trained chaser has been reignited after somewhat of a form slump at the beginning of the year, recording his eighth win at the track, and his fourth win in his past six starts.
“It was great to see him break the record. The track was very quick on Friday which helped, but he’s putting it all together now at the start and finish. He was a little hit and miss before, but now he’s beginning a lot better and hopefully he can keep going from here.” Explained Spliet.
The son of Cosmic Rumble and Saint Dora stepped beautifully from box two, clocking 10.74 to the first mark and was never headed in a comfortable two length win, recording a sensational run home of 11.58.
The fawn chaser saluted on debut in 21.98 over the 384m at Wauchope; however it wasn’t until start number twelve at Maitland, where an outstanding 22.43 performance stamped his authority as a brilliant short course specialist. The 30kg dog continued to lower his personal best over the subsequent weeks to 22.38.
Hunter Hummer turned three years old last month and now has twenty wins from just forty-two starts, including ten minor placings.
Zipping Willow (3) has etched her name on the honour roll as the 2014 winner of the Group Three Ladies Bracelet at Wentworth Park on Saturday night.
Ritza Hattie (1) went to the boxes as favourite and when the lids lifted she was right there to stake her claim early. Zipping Summah (2) gave her sister Zipping Willow (3) the room she needed early and Zipping Willow joined Ritza Hattie as they exited the turn into the back straight. The two bitches then matched motors down the back straight with Zipping Willow gaining the ascendency approaching the home turn. Ritza Hattie was checked as Zipping Willow crossed her and this slightly halted her momentum. Zipping Willow went on to score by one and a half lengths over the gallant Ritza Hattie. Rose Of Galo (8), after a good getaway, wound up six and a quarter lengths away in third.
Of the others, Quick Succession (7) was terribly away from box seven and stayed near the rear of the field for the duration of the race. Smashing Sally (4) was in the firing line early but couldn’t negotiate a clear passage through the first turn. Lacey Lois (6) was only average away but ran on well for fourth. Irondale Bravo (5) wanted to use the track and wasn’t close enough to factor in the finish. Zipping Summah (2) didn’t begin and stayed mid-field.
Zipping Willow stopped the clock at a superb 29.44 for the 520 metre journey; a new personal best for the Goodesy – Sirocco Lass (Bond – Many Tricks) bitch.
Zipping Willow is trained by Jason Mackay and owned by the Hallinan family. The Group Three Ladies Bracelet win is her second Group race victory, after winning the Group Three Canberra Cup in 2013.
1st: Zipping Willow (3) – Jason Mackay 2nd: Ritza Hattie (1) – Mark Gatt 3rd: Rose Of Galo (8) – Albert Kennewell 4th: Lacey Lois (6) – Peter Acers 5th: Zipping Summah (2) – Jason Mackay 6th: Irondale Bravo (5) – Darren Sultana 7th: Smashing Sally (4) – Neil Falk 8th: Quick Succession (7) – Darren McDonald
The 2014 installment of the Group Three Ladies Bracelet will be run on Saturday night at Wentworth Park. The race is for bitches only and has been a feature event since 1971. The race was first won by Shapely Escort and in previous years Winifred Bale, Camden’s Ghost, Jessica Casey, Lucy Lawless, Mint Mojo, Cindeen Shelby and Desalle Bale have all added their name to the honour roll. Lagoon Lawanna was crowned the 2013 winner.
The race jumps at 9:57pm and is worth $25,000 to the winner.
Comments: Mark Gatt (Trainer)- “I think she should go well. I don’t really like box one with her but with the draw the way it is she should get a good run on the fence. Realistically, she is a good chance of winning. She is really starting to race well.”
Comments: Showed the effects of the gruelling Golden Easter Egg series last week, failing to lead. She finished strongly for third behind Smashing Sally and isn’t without a chance if she gets a start.
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A real race will be on between the inside three bitches. Ritza Hattie (1) looks the favourite, drawing the prime rails position and coming off a flying 29.47 two weeks ago on Easter Egg night. Her trainer is hoping the box will give her the advantage along the rails. She will be challenged early by both Zipping Summah (2) and Zipping Willow (3). The dynamic sisters are both sub-30 performers at Wentworth Park and possess a strong finish. They are the main threats to Ritza Hattie saluting.
Irondale Bravo (5) is currently at double figure odds in betting markets but it’s worth remembering that she has a 29.66 personal best to her credit and she has been racing well. She will be poised to strike if the inside three have a mix-up. Quick Succession (7) was the fastest heat winner in 29.80. She jumped from box two in the heats and now moves to the unsuitable wide draw. She will need luck from the draw but if she can lead, she will perform well. The remainder of the outside divison, Lacey Lois (6) and Rose Of Galo (8) both possess early toe but are considered rough outside chances of winning. Lastly, Smashing Sally (4) will need to show some consistency if she is to win as her form prior to the series was all over the place.
After just one career start at Tamworth this time last year, nobody expected maiden greyhound Kicking Rocks to step out on Friday at The Gardens and run just 0.07 off the 515 metre track record of 29.23.
Keinbah trainer Ryan Tredway has spent the past twelve months preparing this superbly bred chaser by Cosmic Rumble out of Really Satisfies, who has been showing enormous potential on the clock.
“On trial day on a Tuesday he has been running around the 29.60 mark, which is great. I have had non-stop problems with him since he began at Tamworth last year and I’m just hoping he can stay healthy now. I like to take pups out to the bush for some experience and I had a lot of dramas with Kicking Rocks after his debut at Tamworth, but he is putting it all together now.”
Kicking Rocks was never headed on Friday in a brilliant win by ten lengths, recording blistering sectionals of 4.94, 17.17 and a scintillating run home of 12.13, with an overall time of 29.30. Which was faster than both group one races that were held at the track in February.
“Honestly I was surprised he went that fast. What was most pleasing for me was he showed good early speed and ran home really well; he did it at all ends of the track. That was only his third ever 500 on Friday. I won’t plan too far ahead and will probably just work him through the grades to get some more experience. I do pinch myself at the thought of what he ran, but I just want him to keep going now.”
Kicking Rocks dam Really Satisfies has been an exceptional producer to date, with Tredway’s outstanding group one finalist Rigs her most successful offspring to date. Tredway picked up a litter double with Kicking Rocks litter brother Pad Burner, who recorded an impressive victory also over the 515, clocking 29.78.
“Really Satisfies has been a very good producer and I have a 7 month old litter to Collision and she is currently in pup to Surf Lorian, so there is a lot to look forward to.”
Clergate trainer Martin Hallinan took out another feature race on Thursday at Dubbo with Tricky Jade, who was flawless from start to finish in claiming the Rocky Ridge Gold Cup and collected $25,000 for her efforts.
Jumping brilliantly from box three, the impeccably bred daughter of Hallinan’s own breed of Bit Chili and Navigator Miss led throughout in a record-breaking time of 29.59, shattering the previous 516m record which stood at 29.71.
“I listened to the race on the way to Albury and when I heard she was in front, I thought she would be hard to beat if the favourite couldn’t get near her,” said Hallinan.
“Dubbo need to give themselves a huge pat on the back for getting a sponsor like Rocky Ridge and putting on a race worth $25,000. It was an honour to win the race.”
Tricky Jade began her career with Richmond Vale mentor Jason Mackay, who set her for the Group Three Mega Maiden series at Wentworth Park last year, where she made the semi-finals after an impressive heat win of 29.86. After finishing third in her semi-final, Tricky Jade went on to win three of her next four races and clocked some sizzling personal bests at Richmond (30.41, 535m), Wentworth Park (29.56, 520m) and Sandown Park (29.56, 515m).
Mackay then stepped up Tricky Jade to the testing 618m journey at Richmond, where she notched up a victory in a time of 35.92. After a five-month spell during the middle of last year, Tricky Jade made a triumphant return over the short courses at Richmond and Maitland, clocking smart times of 22.55 over the 400m and 25.13 over the 450m.
Hallinan received Tricky Jade from Mackay after somewhat of a form slump over the past three months, with her performances over the past two weeks showing that this smart chaser still has the ability to notch up a few more feature race wins.
“I’ve been taking all the old girls back off trainers and just fiddling around with them. I have been in greyhounds for 40 years, but haven’t trained for about eight years, so I’m still learning a lot at the moment by picking the brains of experts.”
“My sons Damien and Cameron are keen on training so that’s the reason why I got back into it. We have been having a great run of late and I told my sons you have good times and bad and we will just enjoy the moment and hopefully keep getting some good dogs.”
Martin and wife Fiona have become household names in greyhound racing for their astute breeding and rearing facilities at their Clergate property, just outside of Orange in New South Wales. Tricky Jade’s mother Navigator Miss, is a highly successful broodbitch, having produced the likes of Zipping Weston (29.50 at The Gardens) and Zipping Bruno (25.08 at Maitland), and is due to have a litter by Dyna Tron sometime next week.
The Hallinan’s also bred and raced multiple group one winner Mantra Lad, who is now a successful stud dog and continues the Hallinan dominance of breeding excellence Australia-wide.
Four heats of the Group Three 2014 Ladies Bracelet were run and won at Wentworth Park on Saturday evening.
The first two from each heat progressed to next week’s $25,000 to-the-winner final, which should be a very competitive affair.
Quick Succession took the time honours for Victorian trainer Darren McDonald after she won the third heat in a flying 29.80.
Here is how the heats transpired;
Smashing Sally (2) finished best to land the first heat for Tahmoor trainer Neil Falk in a personal best of 29.97.
After lobbing second from box two, the daughter of Hurricane Luke and Smashing Jen (Collision – World Secret) found the fence and set out in pursuit of the early leader Rose Of Galo (4). Last week’s Golden Easter Egg finalist Magic Display (5) had the sit on the pair in third as they headed to the back straight.
It developed into a case of whether or not the Queenslander, Rose Of Galo, was going to be able to stave of the efforts of the chasing duo behind her as they skipped away from the field.
But Smashing Sally railed with aplomb and finished hard and overhauled Rose of Galo in the concluding stages, scoring by 1 1/2 lengths from the early leader, with Magic Display further head away in third.
Series favourite Ritza Hattie (1) had to dig deep to win the second heat after engaging in a terrific battle with Zipping Summah (5).
The Mark Gatt trained daughter of Bombastic Shiraz and Midnight Flare (Spiral Nikita – Midnight Drama) found herself in second early after Zipping Summah (5) scorched out of the traps to lead at the post the first time in a slick first section of 5.40.
This ensured that the race was going to be an intriguing battle with Zipping Summah possessing plenty of strength, the only query being that she was first-up since November.
The pair quickly opened up a space on the rest of the field as they tore down the back straight with Zipping Summah maintaining a three length ascendency.
Ritza Hattie made good ground off the back and the pair entered the straight locked together.
Zipping Summah tried her heart out, but it was in vain as the classy Ritza Hattie managed to get the better of her, to win by three-quarters of a length in a rapid 29.87. The second reserve, Envy (10), finished in third place some 3 1/2 lengths away.
Quick Succession (2) led all the way to win a high quality third heat in 29.80 for astute Devon Meadows mentor Darren McDonald.
Beginning swiftly from box two, the daughter of Bombastic Shiraz and Spiral Siyan (Spiral Nikita – Flight And Life) did not have things all her own way and was forced to fight off challenges from some top quality greyhounds.
She went to the post the first time in 5.39 with Chica Destacada (7) parked right on her outside hind-quarters. The pair went hammer-and-tongs all the way to the home turn and, just when it appeared that Quick Succession had shaken off Chica Desticada, Irondale Bravo (3) emerged as a contender in a hurry.
Quick Succession had to show plenty of intestinal fortitude to stave off the efforts of Irondale Bravo and managed to hang on by a neck on the line to score with Chica Desticada just three-quarters of length away in third placing in an engrossing affair.
Richmond Vale Trainer Jason Mackay took out the last heat when Zipping Willow (4) showed a ton of strength and tenacity to get the chocolates in 29.96.
The daughter of Goodesy and Sirocco Lass (Bond – Many Tricks) was one of the last to leave the boxes and found her share of trouble in the initial stages as the early leader Lacey Lois (7) sped away, setting the fastest early split of the four heats (5.33).
But the 26kg black bitch was impressive, cutting a swathe through the field and blowing the whistle to whizz past Lacey Lois to hit the lead with a blistering mid-race turn of foot as the field came off the back.
Lucy Lips (2) and Where On Earth (6) were beginning to run on before colliding but Zipping Willow was simply too good, winning by 1 1/4 lengths from Lacey Lois with Crash Model a long way back in third place.
With an even spread of talent and just three lengths separating the four heat winners on times, next Saturday night’s final should be an engrossing affair with plenty of chances.
Group racing continues at Wentworth Park on Saturday night with four heats of the Group Three Ladies Bracelet taking place over 520 metres at Wentworth Park. The race is open to the best 32 female greyhounds nominated and is worth $25,000 to the winner.
Here’s a look at the main chances in each heat:
Heat One – Group Three Ladies Bracelet (Race 5 at 8:50pm)
Golden Easter Egg finalist Magic Display (5) headlines the first heat. She has the same box as she did in last week’s Egg final and was unlucky not to lead as she was hampered by Buckle Up Wes (1) on the first turn. She has been beginning very consistently and that trait should put her in the race.
National Futurity winner Rue De Kahn (7) has missed the boat in her last two runs at Wentworth Park after failing to lead both times. This is her first go wearing the black rug. She’s won from box eight previously so she should be able to handle the outside. Her best time at Wentworth Park is 29.79. A return to that will see her go close.
Queen Marina (3) has been showing good box manners in her last few starts. She has won her last two at Gosford over 600 metres however she hasn’t nabbed a win in nine attempts at Wentworth Park.
The Kristy Sultana-Tim Caines partnership has been producing winners of late and they have Premier Mozz (6) jumping from box six. She has five wins at Wentworth Park to her credit and a best of 29.93. Her recent form has been average but with some luck it would be no surprise to see her feature.
Heat Two – Group Three Ladies Bracelet (Race 6 at 9:12pm)
Ritza Hattie (1) won the Group Three Ambrosoli last week, flying out from box four to record sizzling sectionals en route to her 29.47 win. Based on that form she is hard to beat. She performed extremely well through the Egg series with some bad luck costing her a chance of making the final.
My Kinda Music (6) had this box last week when she finished third in the New Sensation behind Hooksy. She is the track record holder at Temora and a very speedy conveyance. Her best time is 29.75.
Zipping Summah (5) has won three of her last four at Wentworth Park with a flying best of 29.61. She is strong and with a bit of room early, can show some early dash.
Heat Three – Group Three Ladies Bracelet (Race 6 at 9:35pm)
Darren McDonald will make the journey up from Victoria with Kiss Me Ketut’s sister, Quick Succession (2). She had a smart stewards trial last week in 29.76 and has had some fast wins at Geelong and Shepparton.
Irondale Bravo ran second behind Hooksy last week in the New Sensation. She won her semi-final of the series in 29.66 from a suitable outside draw. She’s had five runs at Wentworth Park for one win and two placings. She mixes box manners and hasn’t got a load of early pace, but she is strong.
Chica Destacada (7) has been racing without luck lately, finishing unplaced in the Maitland Cup and Easter Egg heats. She travelled to Albion Park last week for the heats of the Bogie Leigh Futurity, but just missed the final, running third. She likes Wentworth Park having won three from five. Her best is 29.73.
Lil Miss Sparkle (4) is a good each-way chance. She is an excellent beginner and will likely lead the field with a best first section of 5.32. She isn’t strong in the closing stages but has run 29.99.
Heat Four – Group Three Ladies Bracelet (Race 8 at 9:57pm)
Zipping Willow (4) was in the winner’s circle last week in 29.72 and she looks the likely favourite for this heat. Her best time is a flying 29.59. As long as she doesn’t find trouble early, she should be too good.
Jawlaa (8) put together three wins at Wentworth Park in March before a seventh last start. Her best is 29.90 and she needs to be up amongst the early leaders in order to feature.
Where On Earth (6) is a chance at odds. She has won three of her last four and is a consistent beginner. The only thing going against her is that she has failed to run a place from three starts out of box six.
Eleazar (1) is dropping back to 520 metres after racing over the staying trip. She has been leading most of her staying events and it will be interesting to see how she fares in the early stages of this race.
The two placegetters from each heat will go through to next Saturday’s final.
Tricky Jade set the Dubbo 516 metre track alight with blinding speed to take out the 2014 Rocky Ridge Dubbo Gold Cup and register record a new track record in the process for Clergate trainer Martin Hallinan.
The zippy daughter of Bit Chili and Navigator Miss (Whiskey Assassin – Al Fresco) pinged the lids and found the fence by the post the first time and was always going to take a power of beating from that point.
Drama struck at the first turn when there was a mix-up of gargantuan proportions that not only ended the chances of more than half of the runners, but also saw Kulu Special (8) heading the wrong way back towards the field before she was expertly collared by a track attendant.
Meanwhile, Tricky Jade was carving out time in front with the imposing white figure of Manyana Groper (1) in pursuit, albeit in vain.
The further they went, the further Tricky Jade got away, eventually scoring by 4 3/4 lengths in a blistering 29.59 lowering old track-record of 29.63 set by Long Range a fortnight ago.
Manyana Groper finished a gallant second while Freddy’s Smile finished third.
The win was Tricky Jade’s tenth from 23 career starts and takes her career earning past $45,000.
When Beau Hedley’s sensational chaser Avondale Porche left his Cooranbong kennels earlier this month to join Kel Greenough’s team in Victoria, many were left wondering as to who would take her place as Hedley’s group race contender. That question was well and truly answered on Tuesday night at Gosford, with Hedley’s newest kennel addition Can Of, clocking a near record time of 29.35 over the 515m journey.
Jumping beautifully from box three, the son of Magic Sprite and Lizzi Jay Bee quickly sped to the lead at the first turn, gapping his rivals by thirteen and a quarter lengths and recording brilliant sectionals of 16.76, with a run home of 12.59.
Can Of caught the eye of spectators during his outstanding maiden victory at The Gardens, where he clocked a flying 29.61 over the 515m. It hasn’t all been smooth sailing for the 28kg lightweight, as his debut performance for Hedley at Maitland was far from impressive, finishing seventh over the 450m distance. Hedley admits it was time that was essential for Can Of to perfect the art of racing.
“For the first 6 to 8 weeks, he was doing everything wrong at home and on the track and all of a sudden it’s just seemed to click with him and now he’s a different dog.” said Hedley.
“I honestly was a little surprised he went so quick at Gosford, but I’m really excited by how well he’s going and hopefully he keeps it going heading into some big races. He was disappointing at Maitland and seems to relish the two turn tracks a lot more. I will be taking him to Wentworth Park in the coming weeks to get him ready for the Peter Mossman Classic and I think that track will suit him well.”
Can Of’s mother Lizzi Jay Bee is a half-sister to Hedley’s retired star Avondale Queen and Hedley was fortunate enough to get the dog to train from part-owner Sean Sweeney, who he had a successful partnership with in the past.
“I asked Sean if I could train his bitch Shine For Sharon and I was lucky enough that he agreed. The owners really love racing and it’s great to have a good support team behind me and hopefully Can Of will reward us in the near future.”
Can Of will now be targeted for the Group One Peter Mossman Classic series at Wentworth Park in June and will give Hedley a massive chance at claiming his first Group One victory, after coming tantalisingly close with Avondale Porche in the Group One Vic Peters final last year.
Jim Auld has been involved with greyhounds for fifty years and Saturday night was a fitting reward for all the hard work he and wife Tanya have spent breeding, rearing and training greyhounds at their Tatura property in Victoria.
“I have had some good dogs, but Hooksy is very special. He’s a beautiful dog and we bred him and reared him and are very proud of how far he’s come in such a short amount of time” said Jim.
The Auld family bred Hooksy back in March of 2012 out of Uno Witch, who was owned by Tanya and had forty-one career starts for nineteen wins and ten minor placings. The son of Hondo Black made he’s debut at Bendigo back in October of last year over the 500m, clocking 28.39 and sent tongues wagging at he’s first appearance at Sandown Park in 29.27. Four days later, the 36kg heavyweight stamped he’s authority as a star in the making, when he sizzled over the 515m journey in 29.15.
The Auld’s decided to bypass the $250,000 Golden Easter Egg and concentrated on the Group Three New Sensation series, a race open to young greyhounds with less than ten wins from twenty starts.
“I really didn’t want to hold him back, but dogs in these big series have had 30 or 40 starts and have a lot more experience than him.”
Hooksy stepped out in a heat of the New Sensation as the $1.40 favourite and exploded from box three, recording a low-flying time of 29.44. Greyhound enthusiasts were in awe of this superb youngster, who didn’t disappoint in his semi-final, scoring comfortably once again from box three in 29.57 by twelve and three quarter lengths. All eyes were on box three last Saturday night, as the support from punters and spectators was enormous for the $1.60 favourite, who led from start to finish once again in a best of the night time of 29.37, to claim the Group Three $25,000 New Sensation final.
“My wife (Tanya) and I were thrilled. I knew he would go well, but didn’t expect him to run that fast and he’s such a beautiful dog, who hasn’t stopped improving.”
Hooksy was originally targeted for the Group Two Queensland Derby, however due to a conflict of scheduling Auld decided to bypass the series and will set Hooksy for the Harrison-Dawson at Sandown Park next month.
“I probably don’t want to hold him back from the big races, but I’ll be setting him for a few of the age classic races and see how he goes.”
Hooksy’s dazzling victory on Saturday night took he’s career statistics to twelve wins from seventeen starts and a prizemoney total of $60,430 and deservedly took the title as greyhound racing’s newest sensation.
Sweet It Is (3) defeated a hot field to take out the 2014 Group One Association Cup at Wentworth Park on Saturday night with a soul stirring last-to-first effort that had to be seen to be believed.
The Darren McDonald trained daughter of Mogambo and Offspringer (Flying Penske – Skullring) had the large crowd on their feet as she sprouted wings over the concluding stages of the race to claim an upset victory along with the $75,000 first prize in the slick time of 41.78.
Sweet It Is left the boxes dead last and seemingly with an Everest to climb as the track record holder Xylia Allen (2) lobbed in front.
By the time they past the post the first time, Xylia Allen had began to open up a margin, while Sweet It Is sat back in seventh, the better part of 20 lengths from the leader.
Xylia Allen appeared as though she would make the race a one act affair as the field headed to the back, opening up a 10 length ascendency. Rocky Bale (5) found himself closer than ever and began to emerge from the pack, looming as the main danger to the leader as he sped to second.
As the field reached the 720 metre boxes where the race had began, it still looked as though it was a race-in-two with Rocky Bale slowly whittling away at Xylia Allen’s lead.
It was at this point that Sweet It Is initiated a run that would embed her in greyhound racing folklore. In the twinkling of any eye, she went from a possible place hope to something that resembled a black, furry torpedo sporting a white rug who had just been launched from the most powerful artillery.
They entered the home straight with a tiring Xylia Allen trying desperately to stave of the challenge of Rocky Bale. But that battle was purely academic as Sweet It Is gave the pair of them a cold, whizzing past with a wing on every paw to score by three lengths. Rocky Bale snared second place, with Xylia Allen a further quarter of a length away in third.
Of the others, Lethal Three (1) began well and tried to match motors with Xylia Allen early, finding herself in second. She found interference in the catching pen and struggled from that point. Dyna Willow (4) was away mid-field and was unable to make any ground on the leaders. She found herself well back before making some ground late to finish fourth.
Hailstorm Billy (6) raced handily early in third place before he too found trouble in the catching pen which ended his hopes. Hala Belle (7) found herself well back early and was never really in the hunt, finishing fifth, a long way from the winner. Infinite Wish (8) was seventh away and struck trouble as she looked to move forward early which did nothing for her chances, eventually finishing sixth.
The win was Sweet It Is’ eighth from 31 career outings and she looks to be racing as well as ever. The victory also sees her total prizemoney earnings surpass the $130,000 mark.
Anything Less (8) announced himself as a star of the future by winning the Group Three Sportingbet Magic Maiden at Wentworth Park on Saturday night.
The regally bred son of Bekim Bale and Casey’s Angel (Spiral Nikita – Leprechaun Yap) clocked a personal best of 29.62 for Victorian trainer Glenn Rounds en route to scooping the $25,000 winners cheque.
Beginning the best he had all series from the extreme outside, the hulking 35kg black dog asserted his authority on the event early, leading to the post in a first section of 5.41, but his job was far from done.
Strong chaser Zipping Weston (2) landed in second early, ensuring that Anything Less could ill afford to make any mistakes or he would pounce.
However, in an imperious display of strong front-running, Anything Less gave nothing else a remote sniff of victory, scoring by 2 1/2 lengths from the gallant Zipping Weston with Zipping Bruno (4) in third, some seven lengths away.
Of the beaten brigade, usual fast beginners Paua To Roar (1), Brasko Khan (3) and Tommy Brislane (6) were not away as well as expected and struggled from that point. Gilgamesh (7) left the boxes well but found early interference as the eventual winner crossed her while Organic Choice (5) also missed the kick and found herself a long way back early.
Anything Less Remains undefeated in three outings and has already earned connections a tidy $32,800 in prize-money.
The Group Three New Sensation final was all over in a matter of seconds last night, as $1.60 favourite Hooksy didn’t disappoint the large Wentworth Park crowd, recording a sizzling 29.36.
Exiting from box three for the third consecutive time, the son of Hondo Black and Uno Witch caught the eye of enthusiasts after his outstanding heat win, where he clocked a sensational 29.44. One week later the Tanya Auld trained chaser was too good once again in 29.57, saluting by twelve and three quarter lengths.
The 36kg heavyweight stepped beautifully from the boxes and resisted early pressure from second favourite My Kinda Music, to lead comfortably at the first turn and record blistering sectionals of 5.36 and 17.67. Hooksy then streaked away at the finish by seven and a half lengths over Darren Sultana’s Irondale Bravo, with My Kinda Music for Alan Pringle finishing in third position.
Hooksy’s best of the night performance was simply breath-taking and takes his career statistics to an impressive twelve wins from seventeen starts with four minor placings, and a healthy prizemoney total of $60,430.
Tonk is the 2014 Group One Golden Easter Egg winner. The fawn dog by Bartrim Bale – Coulta Gold (Bombastic Shiraz – Coulta Tess) was crowned the champion on Saturday night at Wentworth Park after drawing away to score by four and a quarter lengths in 29.62 for trainer Brooke Ennis. Ennis also put the polish on third placegetter, Warrior King.
After the dogs passed the post the first time, race favourite Buckle Up Wes (1) looked the goods as he held the rails advantage over lid pinger Magic Display (5). However, as the field approached the first turn, the race changed complexion. Buckle Up Wes elected to run-off and in the process hampered Magic Display, who never gave up trying to take the lead. Tonk made the most of this opportunity to dive into the gap that was created along the rail and zoom to the lead.
Buckle Up Wes checked off the back of Magic Display and fell back into fifth position. Down the back straight, the Andrea Dailly trained Hawk Alone (8) who showed pace from box eight, worked his way around the outside of the field to take up second position. Warrior King (4) showed great tenacity to hunt along the rails and work himself into third. After that, the placegetters positions didn’t change, with two and a quarter lengths separating Hawk Alone and Warrior King for second and third. Buckle Up Wes battled on gamely for fourth.
Of the others, Ollie Bale (3) got jammed early and was dragged down before the post the first time and then got checked to a clear last around the turn and that’s where he stayed. Evil Punk (6) checked off Warrior King in the early stages and wasn’t able to lead, finishing fifth. He was also forced wide around the turn. Jordan Allen (7) was slow away and was the widest of the runners rounding the first turn and finished sixth. Magic Display wound up in seventh.
The Easter Egg win is Tonk’s first Group One victory and he pockets connections $250,000 for his efforts.
The two fastest greyhounds to ever grace the 720 metre journey at Wentworth Park are set to go toe-to-toe in the final of the 2014 Group One Association Cup this Saturday night.
Xylia Allen, who caused a sensation last week by smashing the track record, takes on Dyna Willow, the former track record holder and a winner of six from seven at the circuit.
Six other worthy adversaries join the super-star duo in a quest for not only the $75,000 first prize, but the privilege of being etched into greyhound racing immortality on an honour roll that includes names like Zoom Top, Travel Rev and Miata.
Here is how the field shapes up and how the trainers assess their hopes;
Comments: Steven White (Trainer) -“He is well boxed and he has got plenty of pace. I have had some hiccups with him in the last six weeks with tonsillitis, he has been choking up in the last bit getting to the line. I’ve taken some action against it this week and his tonsils have actually come down, they are not as inflamed as what they have been in the last five weeks, so hopefully I’ve done enough to get him over the line. He can run really good sections.”
Comments: Steven White (Trainer) – “He is a good chance, we just hope he gets out of the boxes and we will see what happens after that. He has not been in any good boxes yet but he has good pace. I think the pace is between him, the one and the three. There is only a length between him and Paua To Roar no matter where I have trialled them.”
Comments: Glenn Rounds (Trainer) – “I don’t know about the box, you’ve got to get across at Wentworth Park from the eight, it is a bit of a dreaded box out there. If he can get away and show his speed he will be right, but you don’t want to be posted there. He is a nice dog, he just needs luck to the first turn.”
Comments: Bombed the start last week and unlucky not to make the final. A chance if he gets a start.
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If Xylia Allen (2) lands on the bunny, it could be a case of “eyes on the clock”. She broke the 280 metre record en route to her 720 metre record last week, so it would be hard for anyone to match motors with her.
Should she make the smallest error, Dyna Willow (4) will be set to pounce. She is the consummate professional and knows where the line is.
Sweet It Is (3) looks to be in career best form and registered 41.87 when running second to Dyna Willow last week. With a clear run, she is likely to be flying home late and is a knockout chance.
Comments: Steven White (Trainer) - “He is well boxed and he has got plenty of pace. I have had some hiccups with him in the last six weeks with tonsillitis, he has been choking up in the last bit getting to the line. I’ve taken some action against it this week and his tonsils have actually come down, they are not as inflamed as what they have been in the last five weeks, so hopefully I’ve done enough to get him over the line. He can run really good sections.”
Comments: Steven White (Trainer) – “He is a good chance, we just hope he gets out of the boxes and we will see what happens after that. He has not been in any good boxes yet but he has good pace. I think the pace is between him, the one and the three. There is only a length between him and Paua To Roar no matter where I have trialled them.”
Comments: Glenn Rounds (Trainer) – “I don’t know about the box, you’ve got to get across at Wentworth Park from the eight, it is a bit of a dreaded box out there. If he can get away and show his speed he will be right, but you don’t want to be posted there. He is a nice dog, he just needs luck to the first turn.”
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