Temora Cup Preview – Another Track Record?

The Temora meeting on Sunday has been given TAB coverage and will showcase the $10,000 to-the-winner Sportingbet/GBOTA Temora Cup final. The Cup is run over a distance of 457 metres on the one turn track. Last year the Temora Cup was taken out by Dana Hayley.

The heats for the Cup race were action-packed with the track record falling not once, but twice. Prior to the Cup heats, the track record of 26.09 was held by the Mark Wilcox trained dog, Buster Shiraz.

The first greyhound to lower the mark was the Alan Pringle trained My Kinda Music. The black bitch by El Grand Senor – Ice Dancer (Spiral Nikita – Herron Quay) clocked 25.95 in heat one.

However, the record wasn’t out of Wilcox’s hands long, as his brindle chaser Knocka’s Return went just a shade better, stopping the clock at 25.94 in heat two. The dog by Knocka Norris – Winning Shiraz (Bombastic Shiraz – Winning Smile) is the brother of former track record holder Buster Shiraz.

The Temora Cup is race eight on the card and jumps at 8:07pm. Here’s a look at the chances of the finalists.

Box 1: Release The Heat – Jason Platts

Jason Platts’ four-year-old by Slater – Rosey Rita has seen plenty of racing in NSW and Victoria and has notched up 22 wins. He won his heat last week in 26.12 at his first race start at Temora. It was the first race he had won since October last year. He is drawn perfectly in box one, with seven wins coming from the rails draw. He also had this alley last week. The query is whether he can overcome the hot youngster drawn next to him.

Box 2: My Kinda Music – Alan Pringle

If you are looking for a greyhound to follow, this is the one. My Kinda Music has just turned two years of age and has started her career with a bang. She’s won seven of her ten starts. She has only been unplaced once and that was only because she fell in a race at Bathurst. She is a speedy bitch with fast wins at Bulli (22.30), Richmond (22.32) and Bathurst (17.65) to her name. As mentioned, she also broke the track record last week, winning her heat by four and a half lengths at her first go at the track. She looks the one to beat.

Box 3: Ay Grade – Denice Warren

Ay Grade is an experienced chaser trained by Denice Warren. The black dog by Vapour Whirl – Tasha’s Girl has 11 wins from 43 starts and has been showing some good, consistent form lately. He ran second in his heat behind Perfect Chance and clocked a fast 26.03 for the run. He hasn’t taken a liking to box three in his career, winning just once from nine starts out of the box. He has placed five times from the draw and can be considered a place chance.

Box 4: Accelerant – Peter Presutto

Victorian chaser Accelerant made the long trip to Temora worthwhile for trainer Peter Presutto, qualifying for the final after running second to Release The Heat. The Collision – Drama Queen dog has some fast wins on the Victorian circuit. He is a good beginner and should improve on last week’s run.

Box 5: Pleiades – Lorraine Roy

Pleiades is a talented chaser that needs some room in the early stages in order to explode. The Cosmic Rumble – Special Osti dog hasn’t drawn well in the squeeze box. He recently resumed racing after a short month spell. Prior to the spell, he and been running over 600 metres at Dapto. The Lorraine Roy trained chaser won his heat in 26.98 last week but will face a tougher task this week.

Box 6: White Spyro – Craig Davis

Victorian White Spyro is a very young greyhound that has done well to qualify for the Temora Cup final. The white and black bitch by Disintegrate – Hanify’s Elite is just 22 months of age and has had 11 starts for three wins. She is a reliable beginner but will face a test from box six. Trained by Craig Davis, White Spyro was the slowest of all the heat winners, recording a time of 26.23.

Box 7: Knocka’s Return – Mark Wilcox

Goulburn Cup winner Knocka’s Return loves a wide draw and wore the black rug last week en route to his record breaking victory. He hasn’t been unplaced in his last ten starts and is a big hope for the final. The one turn tracks suit him right down to the ground.

Box 8: Perfect Chance – Lorraine Roy

Lorraine Roy’s second finalist, Perfect Chance, won his 30th race last week in the heats and clocked a flying 26.01. The Bombastic Shiraz – It’s A Chance dog has faced the starter 58 times and raced at Temora three times for a win and two placings. He had the rails last week and now makes the move out to the wide draw, from which he has won two races. He’s a fast dog and is the other chaser outside of My Kinda Music and Knocka’s Return that has a big shot at the major prize.

Reserves

First Reserve: Cosmic Apache – Rodney McDonald

Rodney McDonald trained last year’s Temora Cup winner Dana Hayley. He trains first reserve, Cosmic Apache, who ran second in the heats behind Knocka’s Return. The Cosmic Rumble – Dana Betty dog was beaten by just over three lengths. If he gains a start, he may struggle as he isn’t always the best away.

Second Reserve: Pantone Green – Margaret Keys

Pantone Green is a fast beginner but has been out of form in its most recent runs at Bulli, Gosford and Wentworth Park. The Magic Sprite – Wind It Up dog struggles to run out a strong 472 metres at Bulli so the distance will again test if he gets a start. Trained by Margaret Keys, he ran second to My Kinda Music in the heats, beaten four and a half lengths.

The three major players in the race are My Kinda Music (2), Knocka’s Return (7) and Perfect Chance (8). If any of these dogs lead, then the race looks all but over. Release The Heat (1) is drawn well in box one, but only won for the first time in a number of months last week. Ay Grade (4) and Pleiades (5) will need some luck in the early stages to factor, but are place chances. White Spyro (6) looks a little out of her depth, but it’s a credit to her ability that she has made the final after limited career starts and she looks to have a bright future. Accelerant (4) is the unknown factor. If he improves on last week’s run he has a shot.

It’s Time For GRNSW To Lock Them In

The Dapto Greyhound Racing Club has been innovative with its puppy auctions and the racing series that stems from that auction and it’s a shame that an incident occurred prior to the $10000 Puppy Classic Final last Thursday night. The Amy Bennett trained Little Elsie escaped from its kennel prior to the race and was free within the kennel bay. Innovation isn’t required to stop this happening again in the future.

This might seem like a relatively minor incident, but it isn’t. There are many problems that can arise from this. I was speaking to a trainer that frequents the Dapto track and has had this occur to one of his dogs in the past. He asked to be left out of this article and not be identified. His response to me in regards to his dog escaping on a prior occasion, and Amy’s dog escaping on the night in question was, “You’ve got your story all wrong the kennel bays are padlocked and sealed. Amy’s dog and mine only got out of the holding kennels. No damage done. They can’t lock every kennel as it would take forever to unlock and get all the kennels.”

Flabbergasted.

No other word can describe it.

How can a trainer think that a dog escaping its holding kennel isn’t a serious situation? I would love to see trainer reactions if two dogs escaped in the one race. Can I buy tickets to be a fly on that wall?

What I’m suggesting isn’t a kennel rebuild, nothing of the sort. How hard can it possibly be to padlock each individual kennel? It’s surely a situation that is in need of fixing, and now. Victoria manages to run a smooth ship on raceday with each kennel being secured with a padlock, why can’t something so simple be adopted in NSW. The dogs are what makes the industry, it’s imperative that all measures are taken to keep them safe and secure.

If the purchase of padlocks is a prohibitive cost due to the fact that there is so many tracks in NSW, then they could always be secured using the method in SA. We approached GRSA CEO Matt Corby, who advised that in SA individual kennels are secured, “Yes, we use what we call a padlock security seal on each individual holding kennel. It has to be removed with wire cutters to release the greyhound at the appropriate time.”

We approached the GRNSW for comment and they replied to us with the following in a professional and speedy manner,

“GRNSW is aware of the incident where a greyhound managed to get out of its kennel. The incident can clearly be observed from one of the four security cameras strategically located throughout the kennel block. In the incident, the greyhound remained confined to the kennel bay. It has not been conclusively proven that the kennel condition is the reason for the greyhound exiting its allotted kennel. GRNSW has not been advised previously of such an issue at Dapto and refutes your claim that the kennels are substandard. Notwithstanding this, we have advised the Dapto club to review the security of each kennel found at the club.”

I have a question in relation to this statement. The GRNSW comments that the incident could be observed on a strategically located security camera. However when the trainer of Little Elsie, Amy Bennett, approached the stewards in the stewards room after race five and was informed that there was no actual footage of a direct kennel bay. So which one is it?

One of the terms used frequently for the betting public by Bruce Teague is “the customers”. I think this is a situation where the customers have been neglected in an astonishing way. If a horse is vetted at the barrier, everyone is alerted. If a horse is vetted in the mounting yard, everyone is alerted. How this was kept from the customers I will never understand. Surely there must have been some announcement so that the punters weren’t kept in the dark.

Another thing of note is that the incident didn’t even manage to make its way into the stewards report. Interesting. The dog was jumping at the door and was obviously disadvantaged by the incident. The trainer wasn’t happy with what had taken place, and I can’t blame her. But it didn’t seem worthy of a mention. Not even the other trainers on the night knew it had occurred.

The Warm Up To The Golden Easter Egg

The 2014 Golden Easter Egg is just around the corner and ARG will bring you all the coverage for the biggest greyhound race in NSW.

The heats for the Egg take place on the 5th of April, with the best 80 greyhounds plus reserves earning a spot to feature in the big series.

The order of entry will see priority given to those greyhounds that have won Group races in the year leading up the race (eg. Maturity, Perth Cup, Australian Cup etc), greyhounds graded one to three at Wentworth Park Saturday meetings and winners of Preludes.

Here’s a look at the first round of Preludes. The winner of each will be given priority in the order of entry for the Golden Easter Egg heats.

2014 Group One Golden Easter Egg Prelude 1 – Race 4 at 8:30pm

My Boy Snoop (5) is a young up-and-comer for Anthony Azzopardi. The white and black dog by Where’s Pedro – Daydream has had just 10 career starts and already has a win at Wentworth Park from this box in 29.92, which is the fastest personal best time of all the dogs in this race. However, he has been unplaced in his last three runs.

Glama Pak (1) performs well from an inside box and has won three of her last five starts. She is fresh for this race, returning from a three month spell. Zipping Logan (4) has plenty of experience at Wentworth Park and has four wins at the circuit. His best time of 29.99 came back in early February. If he has some luck in the early stages, he’s in with a chance. Kristy Sultana’s Ruffonic (6) has only been unplaced once in six starts at Wentworth Park. The Fear Zafonic-Rumjungle dog has been performing well at Bulli in recent runs. He is yet to win from box six.

2014 Group One Golden Easter Egg Prelude 2 – Race 5 at 8:52pm

Zipping Tess (4) is fresh off a win in the recent Bathurst Gold Cup and will be looking to repeat the 29.79 effort she put in from this box at Wentworth Park back in March last year. A lot of her recent racing has been in much harder class in Victoria, so she is sure to relish the return to a slightly easier class.

Harry Sarkis brings Stunning Ashberg (1) to town for the first time after a strong win at Bathurst two starts back. The Collision – Hot September bitch is strong and should handle the track. She has had nine starts for three wins and two placings.

The superbly bred half brother to Double Twist, Someone Tifi (5), has had just five career starts for two wins and a place. Both wins have come at Dapto, leading all the way. This will present as a test for him early in his career. Lady in Black (3) could lead the race from the suited draw. She is yet to win at Wentworth Park from four starts but has placed on two occasions.

2014 Group One Golden Easter Egg Prelude 3 – Race 7 at 9:28pm

Woods (3) has won six races at Wentworth Park and is a handy dog on his night. His best time is 30.05 and he is generally well away at box rise. Gibbonator (1) has found trouble at his last two starts at Wentworth Park but prior to that, had won in 30.15, leading for the better part of the race. Although he has a good record from box two, he has not won from box one.

Mirror Reflecton (2) has found some form at Wentworth Park recently, placing in his last three starts at the track and winning last week in 30.27. Solar Pak (4), a half sister to Double Twist, is also a last start winner at the track in 30.03 and if the fawn chaser gets away well, which she has shown she is capable of, she will be hard to catch.

Rexroth (5) is a very consistent dog that has won at the track in 30.10. His consistency is such that he is up there as an each way chance.

Stars Align For Group Two Richmond Derby

A star-studded line up of greyhounds will battle it out in four competitive heats of the $40,000 Group Two Richmond Derby this Saturday night.

Conducted over the testing 535m distance, this prestigious event will celebrate its 41st running this year with past winners including; Cyrus The Virus, Stately Bird and last year’s victor Jagger Swagger, who is nominated for 2013 Greyhound of the Year.

 

Key Players:

 

Heat One – Race Three (7.26pm)

 
Ritza Raider (8) comes into this race with superb form on the board, having only been unplaced once out of sixteen career starts. The son of Bombastic Shiraz and Midnight Flare was very impressive at Wentworth Park two starts ago, saluting comfortably from box eight in a respectable 29.93. The Mark Gatt trained chaser made his debut at Richmond back in October last year and clocked a slick 30.47.

Gatt’s other star chaser Gradence (4) returns to the racetrack after a month-long hiatus and comes fresh off his sensational Group Three Bulli Gold Plate Victory over the 472m distance. The winner of twenty-two races had an outstanding month of January, notching up two other feature races wins in the Gosford Gold Cup Consolation and ‘The Collerson’ Paws of Thunder Consolation at Wentworth Park. The son of Vapour Whirl and Ding’s Rocket has a speedy personal best of 30.61 at the track and can trouble this field with a clear run.

Litter brother to Group One winner Belfast Johnny, Belfast Kaiser, is drawn ideally near the rails and recorded three straight victories during February, including a quick 30.67 at this track. Trained by Troy Vella of Blacktown, this greyhound possesses the genuine early pace to feature heavily at the first turn. The son of Cosmic Rumble and Wongawilliesue has won two from four at Richmond thus far.

Heat Two – Race Five (8.14pm)

 
Evil Punk (5) is unbeaten at the Richmond circuit, with five starts for five victories and a blistering personal best of 30.35. This greyhound has been airborne at present, finishing runner up in the Group One National Derby last month, clocking a fast personal best of 29.59 over the 515m. The son of Collision and Punk Angel has the early pace to overcome the middle box and give trainer James Coyle another group final berth.

Ritza Ryder (4) is in fantastic form at the ripe old age of four, and has only had two starts at Richmond for a speedy win in 30.57 back in February of 2012. Exiting from box seven will suit the winner of twenty-two races, with his best work produced at the finish. Another prodigal son out of sensational broodbitch Midnight Flare, Ritza Ryder could easily take out this heat in smart time for trainer Mark Gatt.

Hunter Valley trained sprinter Cawbourne Havoc (3) will be looking to secure his fourth consecutive win after some quality performances at Wentworth Park in 29.84 and 29.85 in FFA class. The son of Brett Lee and American Spot has only had the one start at Richmond, however is perfectly drawn to get the fly in this race and secure the win.

Heat Three – Race Six (8.34pm)

 
Two-time Group One finalist Boyce Road (7) returns to his stomping ground after unsuccessful trips to The Gardens and The Meadows during February. This gifted chaser by Collision out of Mystic Pace has drawn ideally out wide and is set to return to his best for trainer Mark Gatt. Boyce Road has a superb Richmond record, having won four of his five starts over the 535m distance, with a fast personal best of 30.48.

King Cobber (4) is yet to be unplaced at Richmond and recorded a flying time of 30.48 last November. The Frank Hurst trained greyhound by boom sire Swift Fancy, has been successfully racing around the Bathurst circuit of late, placing third in the Bathurst Gold Cup last month.

Like A Boss (2) stepped up to the 600m distance at Dapto last week and saluted in fine style, clocking 35.00. Despite just the one victory at Richmond, a slick personal best of 30.64 and an ideal box two will see this greyhound run a cheeky race for trainer Frances Harris.

Heat Four – Race Seven (8.52pm)

 
Red Road (6) is another greyhound from the highly-talented Collision x Mystic Pace litter and relishes the Richmond track, having stepped out on debut during October last year and clocked a sizzling 30.22. He has drawn awkwardly in box six, however only needs some room early to clock a blistering time once again.

Clay Mullen’s star chaser Fast Archer (7) returned to his brilliant best at Wentworth Park two weeks ago, clocking a flying 29.61. The son of Collision and Clay Model will be searching for his first victory at Richmond, after finishing second twice from three attempts.

Father Skeeta (5) has an excellent record at the track, having won three races from seven starts and two minor placings. The Leslie Dennis trained son of Ashton Galilee and Madam Jessie recently recorded three straight wins and despite box five proving a difficult task to overcome, this greyhound shows good early pace and his three recent victories came from boxes 5, 8 and 6 respectively.

Sprinters Ready To Make A Splash In Maitland Gold Collar

The Maitland Supporters Club Gold Collar has been a prestigious event held for many years over the 400 distance, with an impressive line up to step out in tomorrows $5,000 final.

Some talented short-course sprinters participated in the four heats conducted last Thursday. Locally trained chaser Splash About took time honours for Weston trainer Paul Roderick, clocking a speedy 22.61. Racking up his 20th career win from 55 starts, the son of Elite State and Lee Kate recorded his second consecutive win and his fifth victory at Maitland from nine starts. Rose Sannette went in as the $1.70 favourite, however had to settle for second place as Splash About began beautifully from box one and led throughout, scoring by one and three quarter lengths.

Heat one went to second favourite Vanessa’s Flame for trainer Peter Lagogiane, who made the two and a half hour trip from Llandilo and wasn’t disappointed as his charge weaved his way through the field to salute by a length in a solid time of 22.71. This promising greyhound by Paddy’s Flame out of Big Girl Vanessa has only tasted defeated once out of five career starts, and has already recorded some slick personal bests at Richmond (22.63) and Bulli (22.57). Vanessa’s Flame was very impressive at his first Maitland start and expect plenty of improvement on the clock in the final.

Carol Hudson unleashed another talented greyhound from the highly-successful Magic Sprite x Awesome Opal litter in heat three. A litter sister to superstar Black Magic Opal, Glamorous Opal grabbed early leader Secret Touch in the home straight to streak away by three and a half lengths in a fast 22.68.

The final heat was won by four year old Yo Cool Maxie for trainer Barry Evans. Coming off an outstanding victory in the Armidale Cup, the son of Big Daddy Cool and Be My Girl notched up his 27th career win from 90 starts and won plenty of admirers with his performance on Thursday. The grand old campaigner ran down Richmond Cannonball winner Set and Match, to salute by one and half lengths in 22.84.

This week’s final winner will etch their name in the history books of a race that is highly respected and yearned by many in the greyhound racing fraternity.

Maitland Supporters Club Gold Collar Final 6.17pm (EDST)

1. Secret Touch – Neville Stokes

2. Vanessa’s Flame – Peter Lagogiane

3. Yo Cool Maxie – Barry Evans

4. Splash About – Paul Roderick

5. Barb’s Kiwi – Warren Kelly

6. Rose Sannette – Kevin Johnson

7. Glamorous Opal – Carol Hudson

8. Set And Match – John Grief

A Master Shot For David Pringle

The continually successful Pringle line looks to have produced another star in the making.

Master Shot (Brett Lee – Midnight Movie) obliterated the existing 450 metre time standard at Bathurst on Monday afternoon in a performance trial.

It was the first time Master Shot was produced before the public on a race track and he certainly opened eyes when he recorded a blistering 25.31, winning the trial by over 15 lengths. His time was breathtaking considering that the track record is 25.60.

The 22 month old dog was fast away and recorded a flying 15.10 to the first mark.

“We have been getting him ready for a while. We have got him up and going to show him off and show what he can do. He is a good pup”, David Pringle told ARG.

“He’s very exciting. It’s a once in a 20 year dog for us, we breed a bit and bred his mother.”

Pringle confirmed that the dog has already been the subject of a big six-figure offer after the trial, but Pringle has no plans to sell the dog at this stage.

“We knocked that back. You don’t breed and then get a dog like this and just sell it. He might never make half that money, but it’s the excitement of having a dog like him.”

The big Wentworth Park Maiden series is fast approaching, but Pringle is unlikely to set the dog towards that series.

“We will stay away from Wentworth Park because it’s the best track to stuff young pups. You can draw box five in that maiden race and make a good dog look bad. We are just going to keep working him and we might put him in a few more performance trials and go to Maitland and Bulli and just let people see what times he can run.”

It is more than likely that Master Shot will end up in Victoria with master trainer Jason Thompson. Pringle has sent another talented chaser, Warehouse Mouse (Where’s Pedro – Fancy Jaffa), down to Thompson in recent times and couldn’t be happier with how he is going.

“Jason is doing a brilliant job with him. In my opinion, Jason is probably the best trainer in Australia at the moment. When he got the dog I told him this dog is a good dog but he could probably go better. He’s done a terrific job with him. He’s had about nine starts with him and only been unplaced once. He’s been racing top grade dogs as a pup and the times he’s been trailing have been phenomenal. He’s only a couple of hundredths behind Phenomenal in trials. It’s just that he’s a terrible beginner. Jason’s a good trainer and will work him out. This dog (Master Shot) will end up down there. Jason will end up getting him. There’s no money up here. The money’s down there and he can turn dogs like this into stud dogs.”

Even though its unlikely that NSW racegoers will see Master Shot at Wentworth Park in the maiden series, a couple of Pringle dogs will still be there.

“There’s a couple more coming along as well. We are taking a couple to Wentworth Park. They are different sorts of dogs. These other couple of dogs, they are just real tough gritty sort of dogs that will take a bashing and still keep coming. They are Collision dogs and in their performance trials they will open a few eyes as well. They are a bit slow early and Wentworth Park may not suit them but we aren’t too worried about them. They’re going to get a bit of ground, probably go six or seven hundred.”

The Pringle’s tried and true method of breeding top notch greyhounds continues to shine. It will be interesting to see how Master Shot comes along. He may well be the next potential star to hit the greyhound racing scene.

Grand Hombre Shines In Dapto Puppy Classic Final

The bridesmaid event to the Group Two Dapto Puppy Auction was run and won on Thursday night, with eight talented greyhounds purchased through the successful auction series, vying for the $8,000 winners purse.

The Dapto Puppy Classic 297m was first conduced in 2009 and is an excellent supporting race to the feature event worth $75,000 each year.

2014 Dapto Puppy Auction 520m final winner My Bella Rose, gained a start from box seven as first reserve, whilst favourite runner Exhibitionist for Tony Brett, exited from box five.

The final was over in a matter of strides as last weeks fastest qualifier Grand Hombre, began beautifully from box eight and led from start to finish, saluting in a sizzling time of 16.83, by an astounding six and a half lengths.

Trainer Vicki Prest was ecstatic with the performance of her chaser.

“He went very good last week, but I wasn’t really happy with box eight, despite everyone saying he was well draw.”

“I actually thought the one dog was leading and when I saw it back in the field and realised it was my dog, I couldn’t believe it.”

Grand Hombre was bred by owners Anthony Gannon and Steven Duchnicz, and was given to Prest to train at Young after a few attempts over the 500m distance.

“He’s 34kg and a very strong and impressive dog. He’s a great dog at home, but nearly pulls me over at the track. He knows his job, which is great and is improving every time he races. He has only had eleven starts and the more I watch the replay of the race, the more I think how good he went.”

By El Grand Senor out of Royal Pearl, Grand Hombre has saluted four times in his career and recorded his third consecutive victory on Thursday night, adding to solid performances at Young (19.96, 347m) and Appin (16.37, 274m).

Prest now aims to step up the two and half year old in distance, and will commence his campaign with a 472m run at Bulli in the coming weeks.

“I’m ready to step him up now and will give him a few trials at Young and Cowra, before trying him over the 472m at Bulli. I’m confident he will go well because he’s very strong and came home very well on Thursday night (11.59).”

Punch One Out Hangs Up The Gloves

Multiple track record holder Punch One Out has been retired following her second placing in a heat of the Group One Australia Cup last Saturday night.

Owner Grant Fennelly made a decision on Sunday morning after discovering his bitch had come on-season.

“When we woke up on Sunday morning she was spotting (bleeding), so I said that’s it, she’s retired.”

“Jason and I have had terrible injury problems with her lately and she was a week to week proposition, so I knew when she came on-season I would retire her straight away.”

Punch One Out recently returned to Jason Mackay’s Richmond Vale kennels in January after a two-month stint with Fennelly in Queensland. The daughter of Knocka Norris and Little Egyptian won five of nine starts for her owner, including the Group Two Gold Coast Cup at Albion Park.

“I had a great run with her in Queensland and if we wanted too, she could have broken a lot more track records.”

“Even though she only won one group race, she doesn’t have to prove anything to me.”

Punch One Out began her career back in July of 2012 at Lismore and finished second over the 420m. At start number four, she cracked her maiden status with an impressive 20.58 performance over the 366m straight journey at Capalaba and went on to win her next four races including a fast 30.21 at her first attempt over the 520m distance at Lismore.

Fennelly made the decision to transfer his bitch to Jason Mackay in New South Wales, where he unleashed the sports newest superstar during March of last year, with her breakout performances in the Group One Golden Easter Egg series.

Punch One Out began the series by running a gallant second behind Fully Advanced, who recorded a flying 29.45 over the 520m. After getting into second place, she took plenty of ground off the winner and managed to reduce the margin to three quarters of a length.

No one expected the freakish performance they were about to witness on March 23, as Punch One Out exited from box five in a highly competitive Easter Egg semi-final, containing the likes of Spud Regis and Peter Rocket. Jumping brilliantly from the middle draw, she exploded to the lead and gapped her rivals by six and a half lengths, smashing the Wentworth Park track record by 0.16, clocking 29.27.

Unfortunately she failed to run a place in the Group One final the following week, however lost no credibility after producing the fastest run of all time around the prestigious Wentworth Park circuit.

Stamping her authority as a force to be reckoned with, Punch One Out’s record breaking run was about to continue on debut at Richmond over the grueling 535m distance. The $1.30 favourite blitzed her opposition by ten and a half lengths and claimed her second track record, breaking the 30-second mark for the first time in history, clocking 29.90.

Punch One Out was a regular finalist in some of Australia’s most coveted Group races including; 2013 Group One Top Gun, 2013 Group Three Sandown Shootout, 2013 Group One Golden Easter Egg and 2014 Group One Paws Of Thunder.

Racking up $141,749 in prizemoney throughout her career, which ended with twenty-two wins and sixteen minor placings from forty-nine starts, Punch One Out will now make her mark as a broodbitch with her first mating to Fabregas, creating an enormous amount of buzz amongst potential buyers.

“In the last two days my phone hasn’t stopped with people who are interested in her pups. Obviously I will wait and see how many she has first and if I have to keep them all, that won’t worry me at all.”

“I chose Fabregas because of the Bombastic Shiraz bloodline that I’m confident will produce some good pups. I have two out of her mum’s (Little Egyptian) next litter and they have broken in outstanding.”

We salute the career of a true superstar of the sport, a bitch that produced performances that the greyhound racing world had never seen before and may never see again.

Charlie Gatt’s Dapto Classic Triple Threat

Catherine Field trainer Charlie Gatt, will head into this week’s $8,000 Dapto Puppy Classic final with three strong runners, drawing side by side in boxes one, two and three.

Four heats were conducted last Thursday evening, with two greyhounds breaking the seventeen-second mark over the short-course 297m distance.

Heat one went to Young trainer Vicki Prest, making the three and a half hour trek to the Dapto circuit worth every second, as her charge Grand Hombre, exploded from box five to score comfortably by four and a half lengths in a smart time of 16.95. Charlie Gatt qualified his first runner for the final with Unleash Hell, who ran a respectable second. The $3.00 favourite My Bella Rose, who took out the Group Two Dapto Puppy Classic in December, failed to qualify for this weeks final after missing the start and winding up in third position.

Charlie Gatt’s second qualifier came in heat two, when Neva’s Tree put in a faultless performance from box two, saluting by six and a half lengths in 17.00. Bred by Gatt’s superstar chaser Disintegrate out of Hey Princess, Neva’s Tree made it his fourth career win from his start sixteen and will again exit from box two in Thursday nights final. Kevin Key’s Tiggerlong Chick produced a solid effort to grab second place and finals spot. The $2.00 race favourite El Senor Toro found early trouble and finished fifth.

One of the series favourites Exhibitionist, stepped out in heat three at skinny odds of $1.60 from box one, however had to settle for second place behind the speedy Little Elsie who flew out of box three and led throughout in a fast time of 16.97. Trained by Amy Bennett of Wilberforce, the daughter of El Grand Senor and Oxley Amy finished third in the 520m Group Two Dapto Puppy Auction final and held out her main rival by one and three quarter lengths, but will need to overcome a tricky box six draw on Thursday night.

The final heat of Classic went to another outsider in King Cowboy ($7.90) for Luke Azzopardi, clocking 17.24 from box three. Charlie Gatt’s third qualifier Paselina, led to the turn, before King Cowboy railed underneath, to streak away by two and a half lengths. The 36.7kg heavyweight recorded his first victory since September of last year and will start from box four in the final.

The box draw for the $8,000 to the winner final to be run at 8.55pm is:

1. Unleash Hell – Charlie Gatt
2. Neva’s Tree – Charlie Gatt
3. Paselina – Charlie Gatt
4. King Cowboy – Luke Azzopardi
5. Exhibitionist – Tony Brett
6. Little Elsie – Amy Bennett
7. Tiggerlong Chick – Kevin Keys
8. Grand Hombre – Vicki Prest

Hallinan Zips Ahead In 2014 Sportingbet Bathurst Gold Cup Final

Clergate trainer Martin Hallinan has put the polish on the two top placed runners in the 2014 Sportingbet Bathurst Gold Cup final on Monday afternoon. Zipping Tess (4) and Zipping Gilbert (1) finished first and second respectively.

The win would have been a nice moment for the Hallinan family as they sadly lost champion brood-bitch Al Fresco earlier in the week and Zipping Tess is one of her daughters.

Zipping Gilbert (1), a son of Bit Chili-Natalie Rass, went to the boxes as favourite. Clair Vision (3) was expected to lead the race but missed the kick and her chances were laid to rest after that. Zipping Tess (4) was the best away from the awkward draw and led all the way to record a 29.86 victory. Zipping Gilbert tried his very best but could not grab his kennel-mate on the line, losing any kennel bragging rights by just a head. Smart youngster King Cobber (6) was posted wide the whole race and covered a lot of ground, but still managed to finish very strongly for third. He is definitely one to keep a close eye on.

The Bathurst Gold Cup win was Zipping Tess’ 13th career victory from 44 career starts and her prize-money earnings have now increased to $37,000.

Dubbo Track Record Destroyed By A Soviet Missile

On Thursday Soviet Missile produced a devastating display of sustained speed to demolish the Dubbo 608 metre track record. I rang Toby Weekes for his thoughts on his superbly bred chaser and I was lucky enough to catch him in the middle of Indian food and celebratory beers with owner and friend Frank Elniz.

The flying machine by Where’s Pedro out of Jacinta Bale destroyed the former track record of 35.08, running a staggering 34.70. Ironically, the record was formally held by talented stayer Freddy’s Smile, also a Toby Weekes trained and Frank Elniz owned dog.

Frank and Toby have had a good run of success, with Freddy’s Smile and Soviet Missile combining to make three group one finals.

“He’s got the greyhound bug badly. He is really passionate and has bought a farm just for breeding. He has bitches from Hallinan and Pringle lines and will focus on those. I’ve been mates with him for more than 10 years and it started when I asked him to go halves in Freddy’s Smile, it all snowballed from there. He seems to be lucky”, Toby explained in relation to owner and mate Frank.

There is definitely a lot of quality in the Weekes kennel at the moment, but this has been a well laid and dedicated plan, with Weekes finding lines and investing heavily in them.

“We identified lines we liked with Jacinta Bale and Ice Dancer, and have backed them in with a lot of purchases. We were really happy with Soviet, and have bought into the next litter of Jacinta Bale’s and hope to carry the line on from there.”

“Indian Light is a young dog we have a big opinion of, and we also have Jolly Jill, Mission Belle and Back in Town from the litter. So we are well stocked with potential broodies there. I really like Jolly Jill as a young bitch, I think we won’t see the best of her till she gets to 500. Mission Belle is another that goes pretty good, she won well at Dubbo. I also have a dog from the litter being trained by Amy Bennett called Redford, who goes well.”

Weekes has also dotted the I’s and crossed the T’s when it comes to finding future breeding success on the Ice Dancer line.

“We haven’t actually got a direct daughter of Ice Dancer, but we got a bitch from Skates called Crackin’ Sort who is a smart bitch, we liked her a lot. Skates was a freak, but injury cut her career short sadly. She also died while in pup to Swift Fancy, so we were lucky to get one of her daughters early. I’ve also purchased some pups from her sister Magic Castle, who was a really nice bitch in her own right. They never saw the best of her due to injury, but I’ve got a lot of confidence in the line and she is the only broodbitch left from the Where’s Pedro litter.”

Weekes hasn’t had all this success come overnight, and has had a lot of help to get where he is currently.

“I couldn’t have got the dogs to where they are without the help of my wife Jess and my dad Gus. I’ve also got a full time kennel hand helping out called Andrew McMahon, I couldn’t ask for a better helper around the place. It really is a team effort. Dad helps with a lot of the driving, we take the dogs to Quakers Hill to get checked and that’s a three hour drive. It puts pressure on the team though, the dogs need to win to pay for all dads speeding fines,” Weekes laughed.

“Dad also helps out a lot at the farm. We have a Where’s Pedro – Motown Girl litter on the ground that are a few months old and Pretty Fancy just had one pup to Barcia Bale. We were shattered she only had the one pup, we love that line as well. They just keep producing. Pretty Fancy was a talented bitch, but a broken leg trialling at Coonamble stopped her from reaching the racetrack. She was only two lengths behind Fancy Liza, who held the Richmond track record. We also have a Barcia Bale straw waiting for She’s Purring, who we think is about to come on season.”

The future looks very bright for the Weekes team on the breeding side of things, but the short term looks fantastic as well, with Soviet Missile hitting his straps over the middle distance.

“Long term we are planning to target feature 600m races. We think he can get 700m in time and that’s where we might see him at his best. We will know more when we travel to Victoria and take on the big boys.”

“The dog has made two group one finals over 500 and we decided to take our time with him to look after the dog long term. He’s never had a lot of box speed and we always felt the distance would suit him. He only turned two in October and has only had the 25 starts. We think the best is ahead of the dog.”

soviet missile

2014 Bathurst Gold Cup Final Preview

The $12,000 to the winner Bathurst Gold Cup final takes place on Monday afternoon at 6:12pm (Race 8). Frank Hurst and Martin Hallinan train half the field between them and it was Hallinan’s Zipping Gilbert that was the fastest qualifier. He has drawn the rails alley for the final.

Previous winners of the Bathurst Gold Cup include Mythical Eagle, Irinka Luca, Retro Zarr and Dana Beatrice.

Here’s a look at each of the finalist’s chances.

 

1. Zipping Gilbert – Martin Hallinan

As mentioned, Zipping Gilbert was the fastest qualifier out of last week’s heats. The brindle dog by Bit Chili – Natalie Rass had box seven last week and missed the start slightly from the outside. He stayed wide and managed to slot into second place behind Clair Vision at the first turn and run her down on the post to win by a length in 29.79. He used a bit of the track, so it will be interesting to see what he does from the inside as he is yet to record a win from box one.

2. Zambora Magic – Frank Hurst

Zambora Magic had the squeeze box last week and had to work hard for his win after pushing his way through trouble at the first turn to chase after the pace setter Crash Model. The Frank Hurst trained dog by Magic Sprite – Secret Powers flew straight past Crash Model turning for home to win by three and a half lengths in 29.96. Zambora Magic isn’t the best beginner and will have to do everything right as he has a very quick beginner on his outside. However, he has never been unplaced from box two and he is an each way chance.

3. Clair Vision – Laurence Duncan

Laurie Duncan puts the polish on Clair Vision and she has drawn the very suitable box three. She was the early leader last week and was just pipped on the post by Zipping Gilbert. She still ran 29.85 running second and she possesses the fastest first split in the race – a flying 4.19. She is a perfect beginner and should lead. She lacks nothing on the breeding side either, being the daughter of Claire Maude, a former The Meadows track record holder over 600 metres.

4. Zipping Tess – Martin Hallinan

Zipping Tess, a brindle bitch by Bit Chili – Al Fresco led from box eight last week and was pipped by a head on the line by the fast finishing King Cobber. She recorded 30.03 running second. She has two wins from box four and looks like she needs to lead to win.

5. Knot Telling Ya – Marie Burton

Knot Telling Ya stormed home last week to finish second behind Zambora Magic. The blue dog loves Bathurst, having never been unplaced at the track from six starts. His best time at the track is 30.17. He isn’t a quick beginner, so may struggle from the poor draw.

6. King Cobber – Frank Hurst

Frank Hurst’s second runner in the final is by Swift Fancy – Dana Lou Lou. Dana Lou Lou was a good stayer for Neville Brown who won numerous races at Wentworth Park and was a finalist in the Association Cup. King Cobber has raced 19 times for eight wins. He had his first start at Bathurst last week and finished strongly to win by a head in 30.02. He has recorded a fast 29.77 at Wentworth Park but doesn’t possess blistering early speed. He’s never been unplaced from box six and appears to like the outside.

7. Asia’s Babe – Raymond Gold

Asia’s Babe has won just two races from twelve starts, with one of those wins coming at Bathurst over 520 metres in 29.97. However, the black bitch by Cosmic Rumble – Kenso Rain has shown good from since stepping up to 500 metre racing. She started her career as a sprinter and has had just three starts over the 520 at Bathurst for a win, a second and a third. She finished a strong third behind Zipping Gilbert last week, beaten seven and a half lengths. She is yet to win from an outside box and this race will be a test against other runners that have already proven themselves in city class racing, but if experience at the track counts for anything, she ticks that box as she has raced entirely at Bathurst so far in her career.

8. Crash Model – Keith Waddington

Crash Model led from box one last week, but now makes the switch to box eight. She hasn’t won from the pink and may struggle to cross the speedy Clair Vision at the first turn. The black bitch by Collision – Clay Model scrapes in at a tiny 24kg, so she needs to lead to be any sort of chance. She was run down last week after leading to finish third in her heat.

 

The reserves are Aurora Girl for Raymond Gold and Premier Mozz for Kristy Sultana. They will both need some luck in the early stages of the race if they gain a start.

As far as the race goes, Clair Vision (3) is a consistent beginner with blistering early speed and looks the leader from the suitable draw. She has plenty of race experience and has recorded sub 30 at the track. King Cobber (6) has impressed in his short career and is likely to improve after his first start at the track last week so look for him to run a place. Other chances appear to be Zambora Magic, who has drawn well in box two, fastest heat winner Zipping Gilbert (1) and Bathurst specialist Knot Telling Ya (5). The smokey in the race is Asia’s Babe (7). She hasn’t done a thing wrong since stepping up to the 520 metre trip at Bathurst. She also knows the track well as she has done all her racing at the Bathurst circuit.

Gatt and Mackay To Fly The Flag For New South Wales

The New South Wales assault on the Group One Australia Cup heats on Saturday night will rely on the performances of just three runners from the kennels of Jason Mackay and Mark Gatt.

Wentworth Park and Richmond track record holder Punch One Out returned to Mackay’s Richmond Vale kennels last month, after a brief stint with her owner Grant Fennelly in Queensland. The daughter of Knocka Norris and Little Egyptian took out the final of the Group Three Gold Coast Cup at Albion Park, clocking a sizzling time of 29.75 and won four races at Albion Park and Capalaba.

Upon her return to Mackay in January, Punch One Out ran a gallant second behind Iona Seven in the Group One Paws of Thunder final at Wentworth Park, in a fast time of 29.70.

Punch One Out became a genuine superstar when she smashed the 29.43 Wentworth Park record, previously held by Noble Pedro, by clocking an airbourne 29.27 over the 520m, in taking out a heat of the Group One Golden Easter Egg during March of last year.

Making her debut at Lismore during July of 2012, Punch One Out finished second at her first three starts, before breaking her maiden status over the 366m straight journey at Capalaba. She then went on to win her next four races around the Queensland circuits.

During January of 2013, Punch One Out made her way to the Mackay kennel, recording a flying personal best at The Gardens (29.30) and became a multiple track record holder when she clocked a blistering 29.90 over the 535m at Richmond.

Recently nominated for 2013 Greyhound of the Year, Punch One Out now has an impressive 22 wins next to her name from 48 starts, including 16 minor placings and a healthy prize money total of $153,749.

Exiting from box five in heat one of the Australian Cup will prove a difficult task; however her run home strength and stamina will be a definite factor, provided she avoids trouble at the first turn.

Mackay’s other runner Zipping Willow also returned from a two-month spell last Thursday at Maitland, clocking a sensational time of 22.42 over the 400m. The beautifully bred daughter of Goodesy and Sirocco Lass scored by a head, and despite having just the one start over the short course distance since her return, this gifted chaser will test her rivals in heat two of the Australia Cup and will also exit from box five.

Owned by renowned breeders Martin and Fiona Hallinan, who took out the Group One National Derby, two weeks ago, Zipping Willow will be chasing her 15th career win from start 23. She began her career in fine style around the Hunter Valley circuits, winning three of her first four starts and stamped her authority after a near-record 29.33 win at The Gardens over the 515 metres. After making a successful debut at Wentworth Park at start number five, Zipping Willow now has a sensational metropolitan record of seven wins and two minor placings from eleven starts.

Last month Mackay made the four hour trip with Zipping Willow to Canberra and wasn’t disappointed as she blitzed her rivals in the Group Three Canberra Cup final, saluting in a blistering time of 30.12 by two and a quarter lengths.

Master Thirlmere trainer Mark Gatt will send up and coming youngster Boyce Road to The Meadows circuit, looking to make his third Group One final after just 14 career starts.

Despite finishing fifth in the Group One National Derby final as the $1.70 favourite, Boyce Road sizzled around the two-turn Newcastle circuit in 29.33; at his first ever look at the track.

Coming up with box eight in heat three on Saturday night will prove testing; however Gatt is confident his charge can go well at his first interstate start.

“He should go alright, he’s fit and ready to go. The box will suit him, but it’s a very hard box at The Meadows. If he can get a cart across then I’m confident in his chances, it all depends on whether he gets a clear run or not.”

Coming from the highly-talented Collision x Mystic Pace litter, Boyce Road made an impact from day one when he stepped out in a heat of the $15,000 maiden series at Richmond, recording an impressive 30.69 victory over the 535m.

At just start number ten, Boyce Road produced a sensational effort, saluting comfortably in a heat of the Group One Paws of Thunder, clocking a flying 29.69, and didn’t lose any followers after finishing a respectable fourth in the final.

Boyce Road now has nine wins and two minor placings from just fourteen career starts, with a third Group One finals berth a definite possibility for this rising star.

Sadly, Gatt will be without his second representative for the series, with Ritza Hattie a scratching from the heats due to injury.

Sprinters Ready To Fire In Richmond Cannonball Final

Four competitive heats of the time-honoured Richmond Cannonball were conducted over the 400m distance last Saturday, with impressive performances from all four winners who broke the 23-second barrier.

$13.80 outsider Agree With Me caused an upset in heat one for trainer Peter Rodgers in a solid time of 22.86. The 26kg lightweight began beautifully from box two and held her position on the rails to gain an early advantage and salute by two lengths over $22 chance Fantastic Four.

Kanahooka trainer Robyn Goodwin was hopeful with Pebbles Knew chances in heat two, after dropping back from the 520m distance.

“She’s had a few problems lately and I’m just trying to build her back up to the 500m distance and thought if she could jump she would go ok in this race.”

The daughter of High Earner and Buckle Bunny began brilliantly from box four and was never headed in a flying time of 22.64. As expected, her best work was on display in the latter stages of the race, as she streaked away in the home straight, scoring by seven and a half lengths.

“She did surprise me a bit by how well she went, but I knew she would be strong at the finish since she has won at Dapto over the 520m in 29.83. I’m happy with box two in the final, I would have preferred out wide, but if she can jump again and avoid trouble, I think she will go well.”

Pebbles Knew recorded her eighth career victory on Saturday from eighteen starts and has a 22.72 personal best time over the 400m journey at Bulli, making her a very versatile short-course competitor.

The fastest qualifier was heat three winner Set and Match, who was outstanding from box three in a sizzling time of 22.51, leading all the way for trainer John Grief. The son of El Galo and Tudor Lass notched up his thirteenth win on Saturday and has drawn ideally on the rails in this week’s final.

The fourth and final heat went to pre-race favourite Wot Ya Wot for Jason Magri in a speedy time of 22.61. After an early battle with Dana Gwen, this speed machine who recorded 22.33 over the 400m at Bulli and 22.46 at Maitland, held off a fast-finishing Zac Marlow to claim victory by a length.

Saturday night’s $5,000 to the winner final provides short -course greyhounds with a fantastic opportunity to race for healthy prizemoney and etch their name on the coveted trophy, won by many talented greyhounds since the races’ inception over 34 years ago.

The boxes draw for the final to be run at 9.41PM EDST is:

1. Set And Match – John Grief

2. Pebbles Knew – Robyn Goodwin

3. Agree With Me – Peter Rodgers

4. Pearl Irene – Lorraine Roy

5. Zac Marlow – Anne Foley

6. Fantastic Four – Clay Mullens

7. Wot Ya Wot – Jason Magri

8. Joe Hanley – Ron Bell

 

Chinchilla-Angel Carter-King Suspended Six Months For Positive Swab

Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) stewards inquired into analysts’ reports that the urine sample taken from Yellow Stone – after that greyhound had won Race 1 at the Casino Greyhound Club’s meeting on 22 March 2013 – had been analysed and confirmed to contain the testosterone metabolite 5beta-androstane-3alpha, 17beta-diol at a level in excess of 10 ng/ml in urine as specified in GAR 83 (6) as an exempted level in urine taken from a bitch.

Evidence was taken from trainer Chinchilla-Angel Carter-King and Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) Science Manager Dr Adam Cawley. Written evidence was submitted from ARFL Senior Veterinarian Dr Craig Suann, the ARFL, Racing Science Centre Qld and GRNSW.

The inquiry heard Ms Carter-King had adopted a practice of administration of .25 mls of the testosterone containing preparation Tepro on either the Sunday or Monday each week, irrespective of the racing date of any bitch in her care. Tepro is known to contain twice the level of testosterone propionate than that contained in the recommended product for oestrus suppression, testoprop, given at that level fortnightly. This occurred despite warnings on Tepro and other preparations given to participants in written material and seminars during September, October and November 2012.

Ms Carter-King subsequently pleaded guilty to a charge under GAR 83 (2) (a) in that she presented Yellow Stone for the race in question other than free of any prohibited substance due to the urine sample taken from the bitch after the race was found on confirmatory analysis to have contained 5beta-androstane-3alpha, 17beta-diol in excess of the threshold level of 10 ng/ml.

Following submissions on penalty and having regard to her financial circumstances, Ms Carter-King was suspended for a period of six months.

In assessing penalty consideration was given to Ms Carter-King’s previously unblemished record over nearly 13 years of registration, her guilty plea, her personal circumstances, the low activity rate of starters in her care and a low number of samples submitted previously, her co-operation during the inquiry and at notification of the irregularity, and the absence of any significant kennel support for Yellow Stone.

Notwithstanding these factors a measure of negligence had been shown in the administration of Tepro, leading to an extremely high level of the metabolite reported, and that a measure of both specific and general deterrence should be implied in these circumstances.

Yellow Stone was disqualified from the event and the placings amended accordingly.

Dean Swain’s Sensational Futurity Upset

Vineyard trainer Dean Swain recorded his maiden Group One victory at Unibet Gardens last Friday night, when $21 outsider Rue De Kahn was victorious in the National Futurity Final worth $75,000.

Rank outsider Queen Esther led the field at the first turn, jumping brilliantly from box three, with Rue De Kahn in a handy third position. Turning into the back straight, the daughter of Where’s Pedro and Shelbourne Dawn, quickly moved in second spot, before charging away in the home straight to score by four and three quarter lengths in a blistering time of 29.49. As a nervous Swain watched on intently from behind the boxes, the son of astute trainer Syd Swain was quietly confident of his chances, once his chaser got into the clear.

“Once she got through the first turn in a good position, I just went really quiet and thought please do the right thing. She has incredible track sense and once they jumped and she knew she couldn’t go a certain way she changed her run. As she got closer to the leader I thought hang on, she is going to win the futurity. It was a surreal feeling and I couldn’t contain myself behind the boxes.”

“It honestly didn’t surprise me she ran that time, I certainly knew she could run that fast if she got a chance.”

There is plenty of hard work that occurs behind the scenes at the Swain kennels, with Dean’s father and mentor Syd Swain, who won the National Derby two years ago with Sure As, providing plenty of support and advice for the young trainer, along with wife Danielle.

“I definitely couldn’t do it without her. When I’m working, she feeds the dogs and looks after them and she was crying on Friday night, it was a real team effort.”

Swain is a builder by day and stated it was a good distraction leading up to the final.

“I was nervous the whole week so it was good that work could make me focus on something else. I definitely didn’t feel like going back on Monday after I won, but it does make it easier to get out of bed.”

Amazingly, Friday night’s victory was just Rue De Kahn’s fourth of her career from seven starts. She now has an astonishing $78,650 in prize money next to her name for owner Michael Laffey.

“It was Michael’s first Group One win as well and I’m so happy for him. He puts so much money into the sport and I’m very lucky to be training this bitch for him.”

Rue De Kahn’s next assignment is a 5th grade race at Wentworth Park on Saturday night from box eight, with this Group One winner no longer an outsider.

Upsets Galore In National Derby And Futurity Finals

A healthy crowd was in attendance at Unibet Gardens last night, for the running of the Group One National Derby and Futurity finals, worth a juicy $75,000 each to the winner.

Eight talented bitches stepped out in the National Futurity Final, with Mark Gatt’s Ritza Hattie starting the $1.70 favourite. There was solid support for Smashing Sally (2) at $5.00 and Jason Mackay’s handy youngster Zipping Delta ($6.90).

The race began with Queen Esther jumping brilliantly from box three and leading at the first turn over Rue De Kahn and Cawbourne Rev. Approaching the top turn, Rue De Kahn surged past Queen Esther to take the lead and race away up the straight in a sizzling time of 29.49, returning a huge dividend of $21.80 for lucky punters. Queen Esther ($40.70) battled on bravely to finish second, with Cawbourne Rev ($9.00) winding up in third position. Pre-race favourite Ritza Hattie failed to get across from the wide draw and finished in fourth position.

Rue De Kahn’s trainer Dean Swain couldn’t keep his feet off the ground after the race, embracing family and friends along with his astute father Syd Swain.

Mark Gatt also put the polish on National Derby pre-race favourite Boyce Road ($1.70), who stepped out in his second Group One final after just 14 career starts from box one. When the lids flew, Evil Punk ($6.20) was the best to begin with Zipping Brock crossing fast from the outside. They matched strides for the entire race, with Zipping Brock ($4.90) prevailing at the finish by a neck in a sensational time of 29.46. The winner is trained by Peter Dapiran in Victoria and owned by renowned breeders Martin and Fiona Hallinan. The Hallinan’s also secured third place with Waymore’s Blues ($8.90), giving the entire family a night to remember. Boyce Road missed the start and suffered unfortunate interference at the first turn, forcing him back in the field and out of contention.

2014 Group One National Derby Preview

The second feature event at The Gardens is the $75,000 Group One National Derby. The names Gatt and Hallinan feature heavily in the final and look to have the main chances. The race favourite is Boyce Road, drawn favourably in the red rug. The Derby final is race eight at 9:38pm.

Box 1
Race Odds
$1.80
Heat Replay
 
Boyce Road
Trainer
Mark Gatt
Owner
Edwin Kingswell
Prizemoney
$20,990.00
Last 10 Starts
1111311414
24 Months   Black   Dog   by   Collision - Mystic Pace
Start Fair Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,615.00 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
13 9 0 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
69% 85%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 0
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1

Comments: Mark Gatt (Trainer) - “Boxed perfectly on the inside as it’s a huge advantage in these types of races. He’s got to jump and hold the fence position and I think he will go really well in this.”

Best Unibet Gardens Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.33 30.62 4.99 4.99
Box 2
Race Odds 
$3.20
Heat Replay
 
Evil Punk
Trainer
James Coyle
Owner
James Coyle
Prizemoney
$34,115.00
Last 10 Starts
5123182221
29 Months   Black   Dog   by   Collision - Punk Angel
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,003.00 Rating 97
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
34 9 7 4
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
26% 59%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 1
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 2 3 0
Comments:  James Coyle (Trainer) - “I’m really happy he’s drawn near the rails but Boyce Road is still the one to beat. My dog has performed really well in this series and has been jumping so well, I’m just hoping he can do it again. He will be hard to beat if he gets to the lead.”
Best Unibet Gardens Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.59 29.59 4.97 4.97
Box 3
Race Odds
$41.00
Heat Replay
 
Lochinvar Rossi
Trainer
Robert Smith
Owner
Heather Gordon
Prizemoney
$1,505.00
Last 10 Starts
1328344
23 Months   Black   Dog   by   Bekim Bale - Pure Elle
Start Good Running Middle Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $215.00 Rating 85
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 1 1 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
14% 57%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 1 0 2
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 1 1
Comments: Trainer unavailable for comment. ARG opinion is - Has recorded just one win in his career, which was a 29.74 victory in a maiden race in November 2013. Ran fourth in both his heat and semi-final. This looks too tough for him at this stage of his career.
Best Unibet Gardens Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.74 30.02 5.05 5.05
Box 4
 Race Odds
$7.50
Heat Replay
 
Waymore’s Blues
Trainer
Martin Hallinan
Owner
Glenn Rounds
Prizemoney
$9,980.00
Last 10 Starts
1411241512

25Months

  Black   Dog   by   Collide - Casey’s Angel
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $907.00 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
11 6 2 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
55% 73%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 1 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Comments: Cameron Hallinan (Kennel Representative) -  “We didn’t get the box we wanted for him but he is fit and ready to go. He will need some luck around the first corner and hope he jumps well.”
Best Unibet Gardens Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.65 29.68 5.03 5.06
Box 5
Race Odds
$34.00
Heat Replay
 
Zipping Snoopy
Trainer
Peter Dapiran
Owner
M Hallinan & F Hallinan
Prizemoney
$4,010.00
Last 10 Starts
F2121223
24 Months   Red Fawn   Dog   by   Mantra Lad - Cho Chang
Start Fair Running Middle Finish

Strong

Prizemoney Rating $501.00 Rating 87
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 2 4 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
25% 88%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 1 1
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Comments: Trainer unavailable for comment. ARG opinion is – Consistent place-getter and has performed well during the series. Not the best beginner so may struggle with the squeeze box in this field.
Best Unibet Gardens Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.80 29.80 5.10 5.15
Box 6
Race Odds
$41.00
Heat Replay
 
Soviet Missile
Trainer
Toby Weekes
Owner
Fahed Elniz
Prizemoney
$17,230.00
Last 10 Starts
2621352152
28 Months   Black   Dog   by   Where’s Pedro - Jacinta Bale
Start Slow Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $783.00 Rating 85
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
22 6 5 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
27% 55%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 1 0
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 0  0
Comments: Trainer unavailable for comment. ARG opinion is – Fast dog who may not be able to show his best with the bad box draw. He needs room early.
Best Unibet Gardens Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.71 29.71 5.14 5.14
Box 7
Race Odds
$13.00
Heat Replay
 
Ritza Raider
Trainer
Mark Gatt
Owner
Mark Gatt
Prizemoney
$11,415.00
Last 10 Starts
3123112233
27 Months   Red Fawn   Dog   by   Bombastic Shiraz - Midnight Flare
Start Fair Running Wide Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating

$951.00

Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
12 5 3 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
42% 100%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 0 2
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Comments: Mark Gatt (Trainer) - “Both of his runs have been really good. He’s not jumping really good but if he can get a bit closer to the leaders and get a good position, he will run a good race.”
Best Unibet Gardens Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.69 29.69 5.10 5.16
Box 8
Race Odds
$7.50
Heat Replay
 
Zipping Brock
Trainer
Peter Dapiran
Owner
M Hallinan & F Hallinan
Prizemoney
$19,225.00
Last 10 Starts
11611221
24 Months   Red Fawn   Dog   by   Mantra Lad - Cho Chang
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,403.00 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 5 2 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
62% 88%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2  1 1 0
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0  0
Comments: Cameron Hallinan (Owner’s Representative) - “I’m glad he got box eight and he has a good chance of getting to the first corner in front and if there’s a hold up on the inside of the field he will have a real chance.”
Best Unibet Gardens Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.54 29.54 5.01 5.01
1st Res
Race Odds
$34.00
Heart Replay
 
Tricky Pluto
Trainer
Martin Hallinan
Owner
M Hallinan & F Hallinan
Prizemoney
$2,320.00
Last 10 Starts

311245

30 Months   Red Fawn   Dog   by   Malfoy - Navigator Miss
Start Slow Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $387.00 Rating 87
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 2 1 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
33% 67%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 0 1  0
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Will need some luck early to feature if he gains a start.
Best Unibet Gardens Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.83 30.05 5.08 5.16
2nd Res
Race Odds
$26.00
Heat Replay
 
Topper Harley
Trainer
Anthony Azzopardi
Owner
Frances Harris
Prizemoney
$11,075.00
Last 10 Starts
3613181435
26 Months   Black   Dog   by   Give Me Five - Cinnabar
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $738.00 Rating 88
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
15 5 1 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
33% 67%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 0 1
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Has great early speed but hasn’t won at the track. Others look a better chance.
Best Unibet Gardens Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.88 30.75 4.98 4.98

Boyce Road (1) finds himself in his second Group One final in a matter of months and amazingly, he has only just turned two years old. The youngster has taken it all in his stride and possesses ability and race sense beyond his tender age. His only flaw is that he is a moderate beginner. However, if he gets room in the early stages of the race, he will be poised to steal this down the home straight.

Gatt’s other runner is Ritza Hattie’s brother, Ritza Raider (7). Just like his sister, he has not missed a place in his career, so based on that alone he is an each way chance. Zipping Brock (8) has drawn well on the outside and possesses a fast 29.54 PB. His littermate, Zipping Snoopy (5) hasn’t drawn well but has shown ability in his eight starts, with good form down in Victoria prior to this series.

Waymore Blue’s is another of Hallinan’s with a chance. He has consistent box manners and six career wins from just 11 starts. Evil Punk (2) looks to be the best chance to upset Gatt and Hallinan’s hold on this race. He has performed beautifully during the series, putting in consistent performances and improving at each look at the track. He hasn’t missed a place from box two and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he takes this race out.

2014 Group One National Futurity Preview

The Group One National Futurity final features eight female finalists racing for $75,000. The race kicks off the first of two big feature races at The Gardens on Friday night, with the Futurity listed as race six on the card and jumping at 8:58pm. Ritza Hattie is the fastest through to the final and possesses the best time at the track. She will need to overcome box eight to feature in the finish. Here is a look at the form and what some of the trainers have had to say about their dog’s chances.

Box 1
Race Odds
$7.50
Heat Replay
 
Cawbourne Rev
Trainer
Jodie Lord
Owner
Jodie Lord
Prizemoney
$8,645.00
Last 10 Starts
3416123234
24 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Dyna Lachlan - American Spot
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $618.00 Rating 94
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
14 4 3 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
29% 71%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 1 0 1
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0

Comments: Trainer unavailable for comment. ARG opinion is - Has the early speed to contest the lead and a good PB at the track. In with a chance.

Best Unibet Gardens Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.66 30.20 5.02 5.02
Box 2
Race Odds 
$4.40
Heat Replay
 
Smashing Sally
Trainer
Neil Falk
Owner
Lastlot syndicate
Prizemoney
$11,410.00
Last 10 Starts
1664251112
22 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Hurricane Luke - Smashing Jen
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $601.00 Rating 97
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
19 6 4 0
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
32% 53%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 1
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 1 0
Comments:  Trainer unavailable for comment. ARG opinion is - Strong bitch who has run fast times at Richmond. Had box eight last week running second and is better boxed closer to the rail. One of the chances.
Best Unibet Gardens Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.87 30.04 4.99 4.99
Box 3
Race Odds
$34.00
Heat Replay
 
Queen Esther
Trainer
Noelene Holloway
Owner
Noelene Holloway
Prizemoney
$18,225.00
Last 10 Starts
5613171744
30 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Lochinvar Marlow - Fascinate Marina
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $675.00 Rating 87
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
27 7 2 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
26% 56%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 0 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 3
Comments: Noelene Holloway (Trainer) - “She not long resumed from having a month off and is feeling really good. I am really happy with box three and confident that she will be very competitive in this race.”
Best Unibet Gardens Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.00 30.27 5.02 5.02
Box 4
 Race Odds
$11.00
Heat Replay
 
Rue De Khan
Trainer
Dean Swain
Owner
Michael Laffey
Prizemoney
$3,650.00
Last 10 Starts
1151123

24 Months

  White and Blue Fawn   Bitch   by   Where’s Pedro - Shelbourne Dawn
Start Fair Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $608.00 Rating 92
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 3 1 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
50% 83%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 2 1 1
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
Comments: Dean Swain (Trainer) –  “I think she is a real chance and is very underrated in this race. She’s only had the six starts and has no speed on her outside so I’m hoping she can jump well again. Last week she was unlucky, but she’s a young bitch on the up and I wouldn’t have put her in this series if I didn’t think she was up to it.”
Best Unibet Gardens Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.80 29.89 5.00 5.00
Box 5
Race Odds
$26.00
Heat Replay
 
Little Satisfies
Trainer
Ryan Tredway
Owner
Ryan Tredway
Prizemoney
$4,240.00
Last 10 Starts
7414521
28 Months   Fawn   Bitch   by   Cosmic Rumble - Really Satisfies
Start Slow Running Rail Finish

Strong

Prizemoney Rating $606.00 Rating 89
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 2 1 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
29% 43%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 0 0
Comments: Trainer unavailable for comment. ARG opinion is – Upset winner last week and will need a lot of luck to feature in the final.
Best Unibet Gardens Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.03 30.03 5.07 5.14
Box 6
Race Odds
$6.50
Heat Replay
 
Zipping Delta
Trainer
Jason Mackay
Owner
Damian Hallinan
Prizemoney
$5,560.00
Last 10 Starts
1223114132
23 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Bekim Bale - Scarlett Spy
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $556.00 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
10 4 3 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
40% 90%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 1 1
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0  0
Comments: Trainer unavailable for comment. ARG opinion is – Talented youngster who is right in this if she has some luck in the early stages of the race.
Best Unibet Gardens Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.58 29.67 5.07 5.07
Box 7
Race Odds
$21.00
Heat Replay
 
Cawbourne Cobra
Trainer
Jodie Lord
Owner
Jodie Lord
Prizemoney
$3,700.00
Last 10 Starts
1122623543
24 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Dyna Lachlan - American Spot
Start Fair Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating

$247.00

Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
15 3 5 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
20% 67%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 0 1  1
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 1 0
Comments: Trainer unavailable for comment. ARG opinion is - Hasn’t won at Unibet Gardens from four attempts. The roughest of Jodie Lord’s chances in this race.
Best Unibet Gardens Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.00 30.09 5.03 5.18
Box 8
Race Odds
$1.80
Heat Replay
 
Ritza Hattie
Trainer
Mark Gatt
Owner
Mark Gatt
Prizemoney
$110,535.00
Last 10 Starts
1231121121
27 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Bombastic Shiraz - Midnight Flare
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $5,526.00 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
20 12 6 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
60% 100%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2  1  0  1
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0  0
Comments: Mark Gatt (Trainer) - “Has been good her past couple of starts but is jumping badly and I have done some box work with her this week to try and turn that around. She pulled up good after the run and is a chance if she jumps.”
Best Unibet Gardens Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.41 29.55 4.95 5.11
1st Res
Race Odds
$7.50
Heart Replay
 
Cawbourne Whip
Trainer
Jodie Lord
Owner
Jodie Lord
Prizemoney
$38,280.00
Last 10 Starts
1118111245
24 Months   Black and White   Bitch   by   Dyna Lachlan - American Spot
Start Excellent Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,552.00 Rating 94
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
15 8 2 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
53% 73%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6  1 0  1
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Reels of fast early sections and a live chance if she gains a start. Has a fast 29.46 PB at Unibet Gardens to her name.
Best Unibet Gardens Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.46 30.50 4.94 5.20
2nd Res
Race Odds
$N/A
Heat Replay
 
N/A
Trainer
N/A
Owner
N/A
Prizemoney
N/A
Last 10 Starts
N/A
N/A   N/A   N/A   by   N/A - N/A
Start N/A Running N/A Finish N/A
Prizemoney Rating N/A Rating N/A
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
N/A N/A
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: N/A
Best N/A Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
N/A N/A N/A N/A

Ritza Hattie (8) has not been beginning well in recent weeks, but has been overcoming poor starts to still feature in the business end of her races. She should get some room from box eight as there is not much speed inside her. Zipping Delta (6) has shown a lot of talent in her short career, missing a place only once in her 10 starts and she is very strong at the end, but has not been done any favours by the box draw.

Cawbourne Rev (1) has drawn well on the rails and if she runs up to her best and there is a little bit of interference to Ritza Hattie, she could emerge as one of the place-getters. Smashing Sally (2) is also drawn well close to the rails and has flown around Richmond in her two starts prior to the Futurity series. She is yet to be unplaced at The Gardens.

The smokey in the field appears to be Rue De Kahn (4). She has only had the six career starts, possesses early speed and has no speed drawn to her immediate outside.

Smart Valentino Dead From Suspected Spider Bite

The Mark Swift trained Smart Valentino has passed away today from a suspected spider-bite.

The black dog by Where’s Pedro – Smart Betsy amassed $155,275 in a career spanning 37 starts for 15 victories.

He was the king of the Wentworth Park 720 metre distance and will be missed by Sydney racegoers and the rest of the industry alike.

RIP Smart Valentino.

Louise McGee Fined $1750 For Positive Swab

Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) stewards have finalised an inquiry into analysts’ reports that the urine sample taken from Shaylee after that greyhound won Race 1 at The Gardens meeting on 4 May 2013, had been analysed and confirmed to contain the testosterone metabolite 5 – beta androstane-3 alpha-17beta Diol at a level in excess of 10 ng/ml in urine as specified in GAR 83 (6) as an exempted level in urine taken from a bitch.

Evidence was taken from trainer Louise McGee, veterinary surgeon Dr Fergus Hay and Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) Science Manager Dr Adam Cawley. Written evidence was submitted from Ms McGee, ARFL Senior Veterinarian Dr Craig Suann, the ARFL, GRNSW and Racing Science Centre QLD.

The inquiry heard that Ms McGee, who keeps veterinary records for all greyhounds in her care and did so at all relevant times, had arranged for Dr Hay to administer 0.25 ml of testoprop as an oestrus suppressant approximately four-and-a-half days prior to Shaylee competing in The Gardens race. This was slightly inside the recommended guidelines of at least five days administration prior to racing and the six days recommended by GRNSW in November 2012.

Ms McGee subsequently pleaded guilty to a charge under GAR 83 (2) (a) in that she presented Shaylee for the race in question other than free of any prohibited substance in that the urine sample taken from the bitch after the race was found on confirmatory analysis to have contained 5beta-androstane, 3alpha-17 beta Diol in excess of the threshold level of 10 ng/ml.

Although Ms McGee’s reports were received well into the year and outside of the period of leniency extended by GRNSW and other greyhound jurisdictions in respect of matters involving this Category 3 prohibited substance, she was fined $1,750.

In assessing penalty, consideration was given to Ms McGee’s previously unblemished record of nearly 20 years of registration, a high number of cleared samples taken during this period, her guilty plea, the relatively low level of the substance reported which was consistent with the records kept by Ms McGee, personal references supplied and the absence of any significant kennel support for Shaylee.

Also considered were her personal circumstances in caring for her partner and many retired greyhounds, as well as racing and breeding stock.

Notwithstanding these factors a measure of negligence had been shown in the administration of testoprop slightly inside the recommended time and that a measure of general deterrence should be implied in these circumstances.

Shaylee was disqualified from the event and the final of the series run on 10 May 2013 under GAR 83 (5) and the placings amended accordingly.

Gatt & Dapiran Take Time Honours In National Derby & Futurity Semis

Mark Gatt’s well performed chaser Ritza Hattie successfully avenged her second placing from last week’s heat of the Group One National Futurity, with a strong display from box two in semi final two. After beginning moderately, the daughter of Bombastic Shiraz and Midnight Flare, loomed up between runners around the first turn to sit in third place behind Jason Mackay’s smart youngster Zipping Delta. The two-time Group winner took full advantage of a rails run on the home turn, to streak away by two lengths in a speedy 29.55.

Semi final one of the Futurity was taken out by Keinbah owner-trainer Ryan Tredway and Little Satisfies. Having just one career win to her name, the daughter of Cosmic Rumble and Really Satisfies, dwelt at the start and suffered a heavy check at the first turn, before showing genuine speed down the back to sit in second place behind early leader Smashing Sally. In a last ditch effort, the $35.10 rank outsider lunged at the line to score by a head in 30.03. Jodie Lord qualified two runners for Friday’s final with Cawbourne Cobra and Cawbourne Rev finishing third and fourth respectively.

Leading breeder Martin Hallinan has made an impact on this years Derby series and yesterday proved his charges will be very competitive in next Friday nights final by qualifying three runners. Hallinan’s best result was Zipping Brock trained by Peter Dapiran, who stepped out in semi-final two of the Derby with solid support from punters at $8.50. The son of Mantra Lad and Cho Chang jumped beautifully from box four and was never headed in a fast 29.56 display. Hallinan’s own runner Waymore’s Blues, put in another solid performance from box one to finish second and $2.10 favourite Red Road was squeezed out at the start and failed to qualify, however Gatt’s other chaser Ritza Raider ran a respectable third.

Semi final one went to the in-form Evil Punk for James Coyle, who exploded from box one and got a beautiful rails run to lead throughout in a speedy 29.59. Reserve runner Soviet Missile for Toby Weeks ran a gallant second at big odds of $18.60 to qualify and $1.60 favourite Boyce Road after finding early trouble, managed to run fourth and book his place in next weeks Group One final.

The box draws for next weeks $75,000 to the winner finals:

Group One National Futurity Final

1. Cawbourne Rev – Jodie Lord
2. Smashing Sally – Neil Falk
3. Queen Esther – Noelene Holloway
4. Rue De Kahn – Dean Swain
5. Little Satisfies – Ryan Tredway
6. Zipping Delta – Jason Mackay
7. Cawbourne Cobra – Jodie Lord
8. Ritza Hattie – Mark Gatt

Group One National Derby Final

1. Boyce Road – Mark Gatt
2. Evil Punk – James Coyle
3. Lochinvar Rossi – Robert Smith
4. Waymore’s Blues – Martin Hallinan
5. Zipping Snoopy – Peter Dapiran
6. Soviet Missile – Toby Weekes
7. Ritza Raider – Mark Gatt
8. Zipping Brock – Peter Dapiran


2014 National Derby Semi Final Replays


2014 National Futurity Semi Final Replays

Gatt Has The Numbers In National Derby And Futurity Semi Finals

Mark Gatt will head into tomorrow’s National Derby and Futurity semi finals at Unibet Gardens with an astonishing five runners across the four races and is set to dominate the two Group One finals next week.

Semi-final one of the National Futurity will see last week’s bolter Lani Banarni (4), who upset Gatt’s red-hot favourite Ritza Hattie in a blistering 29.40, exit from box four in a strong semi-final. Jodie Lord has three runners engaged in this race, with her best chance Cawbourne Whip (5). Despite finishing a disappointing fourth last week, she does have a 29.46 personal best at the track and can steal this from the squeeze box. Smashing Sally (8) trained by Neil Falk, has been very consistent of late and is looking for her fourth consecutive win and will get a nice run from the wide alley.

Series favourite Ritza Hattie (2) will step out in semi-final two of the Futurity final. She will be out to avenge her second placing last week and has a perfect opportunity from box two. The two-time Group winner began poorly last week, before making up a stack of ground to finish second in 29.40 and will be primed for this affair by master trainer Mark Gatt. Unbelief (4) for Troy Donaldson is going great guns at present, having won four races from her last five starts and she flew around The Gardens circuit last week in 29.65 from box five. If she begins well, expect her to give the favourite a run for her money in an attempt to keep her unbeaten record at the track in tact. Zipping Delta ran a super race last week to storm home for third in the fastest heat of the day, clocking 29.58. Despite being drawn inside a speedy runner, the Jason Mackay sprinter will only need a clear path to feature in the finish.

Semi-final one of the National Derby will see last week’s fastest qualifier Boyce Road (7) step out from box seven at only his second ever look at the track. After jumping brilliantly from box six and clocking a blistering 29.33 last Friday, the Mark Gatt trained youngster could potentially lower his personal best. Evil Punk (1) has stepped up enormously at his past few starts against quality opposition and is drawn beautifully on the inside to really test these runners. The James Coyle trained chaser finished the race off nicely last week behind Waymore’s Blues in a fast 29.65. Gatt’s other runner Black Road (2) was airbourne in the early stages last week before fading at the finish, however a repeat performance of last week could see him really test the field early.

Red Road is another sensational Mark Gatt chaser and will step out in semi-final two of the National Derby. He was edged out by litter mate Boyce Road for time honours last week by 0.01, flying around The Gardens in 29.34. Despite drawing the tricky middle box, the winner of seven races from just nine starts, showed electrifying early speed last week from box eight and only needs to jump to be victorious once again. Astute breeder Martin Hallinan has drawn favourably once again with Waymore’s Blues (1), who was ultra-impressive in his heat win last week, clocking a speedy 29.65. Gatt’s other runner Ritza Raider (2) ran home very well in the latter stages last week behind Waymore’s Blues and can run a cheeky race if he gets room to move early.


2014 National Derby Heats Replays





2014 National Futurity Heats Replays


Gradence Wins Cyril Rowe Plate At Bulli

First reserve Gradence (9) has emerged victorious in the Group 3 Sportingbet Cyril Rowe Plate at Bulli. Gradence, trained by Mark Gatt, gained a start from box one after Gatt’s other chaser, Ritza Ryder, was scratched. Spring Eddie (2), Zipping Logan (3) and My Signature (4) were the best away at box rise, with Spring Eddie holding the slight ascendancy. Gradence began terribly, coming up with the lids. Around the turn, Spring Eddie and Zipping Logan shot clear by the better part of five lengths and the race looked to be between them, but Gradence (9) emerged clear from the pack and began to reel them in quickly. Down the home straight, long odds hope Zipping Logan took over the tiring Spring Eddie, with Gradence unleashed a withering burst to claim Zipping Logan in the shadows of the post by half a length. Knocka’s Return finished strongly for third. The winning time was 26.47.

The favourite, My Signature, was probably the hard-luck story of the race after finding interference when crossing to the fence to lead.

Gradence is a black and white dog by Vapour Whirl-Ding’s Rocket (Saintly Crew-Ding’s Beauty) and this win brings up his his 22nd victory from 79 starts. The $25,000 purse brings his career earnings in excess of $125,000.


2014 Cyril Rowe Plate Final

Keinbah’s Triumphant Return

New Keinbah trial track owners Robert and Natina Howard have been working tirelessly over the past six weeks to finalise their preparations for the re-opening of this much-loved facility this Saturday morning.

Located near Cessnock in the Hunter Valley, the iconic straight track has two distances over the 269m and a grueling 360m. New turf having been laid as well as the installation of a new motor and rollers.

The takeover has created an enormous amount of interest from trainers, as participants welcomed the stunning transformation with positive feedback at the tracks open day last Sunday.

The track will trial Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, with private trials available on Thursdays and on Tuesday in the twilight timeslot.

The track will provide a fantastic opportunity for trainers to condition their chasers and educate their youngsters. New holding kennels, drinks facilities and rest area are just some of the exciting new features available at the track.

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Cyril Rowe Plate Final Preview

The final of the Group 3 Sportingbet Cyril Rowe Plate takes place at Bulli on Wednesday at 9:25pm, which is Race 8 on the card. My Signature (4) is the favourite to take out the race after an impressive debut at the track in the heats. Belfast Johnny (5) is on the second line of betting, with Knocka’s Return the third favourite after being the fastest heat winner. This is a tough final, with plenty of chances.

Box 1
Race Odds
$10.00
Heat Replay
 
Ritza Ryder
Trainer
Mark Gatt
Owner
Mark Gatt
Prizemoney
$142,153.00
Last 10 Starts
3615353313
50 Months   Red Fawn   Dog   by    Where’s Pedro - Midnight Flare
Start Fair Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,947.00 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
73 21 12 17
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
29% 68%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
15 6 4 2
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 1 0 2
Comments: Mark Gatt (Trainer) - “I think he’s well boxed. He’s an older dog now but he’ll be trying. He is in good shape for the race.”
Best Bulli Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
26.02 26.41 10.09 N/A
Box 2
Race Odds 
$10.00
Heat Replay
 
Spring Eddie
Trainer
Bruce Lloyd
Owner
 Bruce Lloyd & David Purnell
Prizemoney
$23,810.00
Last 10 Starts
2116132211
46 Months   Black   Dog   by   El Galo - Spring Smile
Start Good Running Rail Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $554.00 Rating 93
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
43 14 11 6
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
33% 72%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
10 3 2 2
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
10 5 3 0
Trainer unavailable for comment. ARG opinion is – Has speed early but will need to be a clear leader to be in with a chance as there are faster and stronger dogs in the field.
Best Bulli Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
26.33  26.39 9.97 9.97
Box 3
Race Odds
$21.00
Heat Replay
 
Zipping Logan
Trainer
John Chapman
Owner
Blue Rock syndicate
Prizemoney
$46,156.00
Last 10 Starts
4411382127
46 Months   Blue Brindle   Dog   by   Made To Size - Valeri’s Purse
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,198.00 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
69 21 12 11
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
30% 64%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 2 2 1
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 2 0 0
Trainer unavailable for comment. ARG opinion is – Has good form at the track but will need to improve on his personal best to be in the finish.
Best Bulli Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
26.31  26.31  N/A N/A
Box 4
 Race Odds
$3.00
Heat Replay
 
My Signature
Trainer
Lena Sweetman
Owner
Lena Sweetman
Prizemoney
$23,805.00
Last 10 Starts
1251161111

37 Months

  Black   Dog   by   Talk’s Cheap - Signature Rowe
Start Fair Running Wide Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $721.00 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
33 15 7 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
45% 76%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 1 1 0
Trainer unavailable for comment. ARG opinion is -Could not have been more impressive last week running 26.08. Right in this.
Best Bulli Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
26.08 26.08 10.00 10.00
Box 5
Race Odds
$3.50
Heat Replay
 
Belfast Johnny
Trainer
Troy Vella
Owner
Deanna Hart
Prizemoney
$101,780.00
Last 10 Starts
2113311143
32 Months   Black   Dog   by   Cosmic Rumble - Wongawilli Sue
Start Risky Running Middle Finish

Strong

Prizemoney Rating $5,654.00 Rating 98
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
18 11 1 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
61% 83%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 1
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 2  1 0
Comments: Troy Vella (Trainer) – “If he jumps with them I know he can go close but he didn’t jump too good last week. We’ve been doing a bit of work with him since last week’s run, so we are expecting him to go pretty good. He will be very competitive. He missed the kick badly from the eight last week because of the silent lure at Bulli. He seems to fight a bit harder when he’s in the middle of the pack to push through.”
Best Bulli Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
26.24 26.24 N/A N/A
Box 6
Race Odds
$4.00
Heat Replay
 
Knocka’s Return
Trainer
Mark Wilcox
Owner
Mark Wilcox
Prizemoney
$33,070.00
Last 10 Starts
1621321211
34 Months   Red Brindle & White   Dog   by   Knocka Norris - Winning Shiraz
Start  Risky Running Rail Finish  Strong
Prizemoney Rating $894.00 Rating 99
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
 37  18 9 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
49% 81%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9  5 2 1
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 0 1  1
Trainer unavailable for comment. ARG opinion is -Strong dog who just needs some room to move in the early stages of the race. If he gets the room, watch him unwind at the finish. Big hope.
Best Bulli Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
26.03  26.03 N/A  N/A
Box 7
Race Odds
$12.00
Heat Replay
 
Fast Archer 
Trainer
Clay Mullens
Owner
Brett Hogden
Prizemoney
$43,545.00
Last 10 Starts
1763174482
 35 Months   Black   Dog   by   Collision -  Clay Model
Start Excellent Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,361.00 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
32 12 6 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
38% 62%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1  0   1  0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 0 0
Comments: Clay Mullens (Trainer) – “He’s not the fastest dog in the race, but anything can happen. He will be better for the run this week. I was really impressed with his run last week. I would rather the rail, but being such a long straight the outside won’t bother him too much. He’s definitely the improver.” 
Best Bulli Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
 26.51 26.51 N/A N/A
Box 8
Race Odds
$12.00
Heat Replay
 
Osteria Mozza
Trainer
Christine Oldfield
Owner
Amanda Stollery
Prizemoney
$25,250.00
Last 10 Starts
3341311422
37 Months   Black)   Dog   by   Where’s Pedro - Dusty Retreat
Start Good Running Rail Finish   Strong
Prizemoney Rating $647.00 Rating  97
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
 36  8 8 9
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
22%  69%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4  2 2 0
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3  0 0   0
Ron Oldfield (Kennel Representative) -“He jumped well last week and handled the outside box and got himself across to the fence and led. I’m hoping that he will come out just as well this week. He’s drawn the eight but he’s got a fair bit of speed underneath him. He went well last week and he’s pulled up okay himself so we’re hoping that he’ll go okay. I think there’s a few chances in the race. When you’ve got box eight, you’ve got to get across seven good dogs. It’s not easy, you’ve got to put everything together and you’ve got to jump well and show pace and you’ve got to go left to get across them. If you stay out on the track they’ll hunt up underneath you. We hope he’s a chance.”
Best Bulli Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
26.13  26.13  9.97 9.97
1st Res
Race Odds
$10.00
Heart Replay
 
 Gradence
Trainer
Mark Gatt
Owner
 Joseph Scerri
Prizemoney
$101,168.00
Last 10 Starts
1322241213
44 Months   Black & White   Dog   by   Vapour Whirl - Ding’s Rocket
Start  Slow Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,297.00 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
78 21 17 19
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
27%  73%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
 5   1  1 2
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments - Slow beginner who will need luck early to be a chance at the finish.
Best Bulli Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
26.52  26.69 N/A N/A
2nd Res
Race Odds
$4.00
Heat Replay
 
Natural Player
Trainer
Mark Wilcox
Owner
Mark Wilcox
Prizemoney
$9,015.00
Last 10 Starts
1137111114
34 Months   Blue Brindle   Dog   by   Knocka’s Return - Winning Shiraz
Start Excellent Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $530.00 Rating 98
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
 17 13  1 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
76% 88%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 2 0 0
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A  N/A N/A
Comments: Was very unlucky last week when trying to make a run in the first half of the race. A chance if he gets a suitable draw.
Best Bulli Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
26.29 26.45  N/A  N/A

As stated, this is a tough race on paper. There’s plenty of early speed amongst Spring Eddie (2), My Signature (4), Belfast Johnny (5) and Osteria Mozza (8). Belfast Johnny is still adjusting to the silent lure and if he times the start well in the final, he will be hard to beat. If My Signature leads, he will be hard to run down. Knocka’s Return (6) is a very fast animal and if he can get a clear run, is capable of anything. Zipping Logan (3) doesn’t have a bad record at Bulli, while Fast Archer (7) is the natural improver with this race being his second run back from a spell. If any dog makes a mistake in the race, the experienced Ritza Ryder (1) will be there to capitalise. He loves Bulli and has won a feature event at the track previously.


2014 Cyril Rowe Plate Heats

Gatt Steals The Show At The Gardens

Thirlmere trainer Mark Gatt dominated proceedings at The Gardens yesterday afternoon, securing three of the four National Derby heats and qualifying two further runners for the National Derby and Futurity semi-finals to be conducted next Friday.

Black Road stepped out in heat one of the National Derby and began beautifully from box seven, leading all the way is a solid time of 29.79, recording sizzling early sections of 5.00 and 17.03.

Superstar prodigy Red Road has been firmly supported as the Derby series favourite and didn’t disappoint in heat three, jumping brilliantly from box eight and flying around the two-turn circuit in a near record 29.34. Even more pleasing for Gatt, was his performance after an under-done preparation.

“He went exceptionally well yesterday and was really short of a run. He’s only had a couple of small trials after being injured when he hit the running rail at Wentworth Park, so he can go better.”

After Red Road set the benchmark extremely high, no one expected it to be lowered. But then Gatt’s Paws of Thunder finalist Boyce Road dominated the final heat of the National Derby, edging out Red Road’s time by 0.01, clocking a sensational 29.33.

Exiting from box six, Boyce Road stunned race goers when he took out a heat of the Group One Paws of Thunder two weeks ago, clocking a speedy 29.69 over the 520m distance. Due to time constraints, Gatt didn’t have time to trial Boyce Road at Unibet Gardens and surprised his trainer with a magnificent performance.

“I was surprised how good he went yesterday. He jumped so well from box six and really showed good pace after that. I said to his owner Eddie (Kingswell), that the Paws of Thunder series would bring out the best in him and it has.”

With all three winners coming from the highly successful Collision and Mystic Pace litter, Gatt’s partnership with Oaks Road’s owner Edwin Kingswell have once again produced some exceptional prospects, set to dominate the states biggest races.

Waymore’s Blues took out National Derby heat number two for astute breeder Martin Hallinan, using box one to perfection and clocked a speedy 29.65.

Gatt’s Group winning bitch Ritza Hattie was installed as the $1.50 favourite for heat four of the National Futurity. However she had to settle for second best behind Charlie Gatt’s talented chaser Lani Banarni, who jumped superb from box one and led all the way in flying 29.40, making her the fastest qualifier for next week’s semi-finals. Despite finishing second, Gatt was very pleased with his charges performance and expects plenty of improvement next week.

“She didn’t jump that well yesterday and I was really happy she only finished a length and a bit behind the winner in that time. It seems to take her a couple of runs to really fire, so I’m expecting a lot of improvement next week and hopefully she can qualify for the final.”

Other heat winners of the National Futurity included; Unbelief for Troy Donaldson, clocking 29.65, Push It trained by Dean Swain ran 29.82 and Smashing Sally for Neil Falk recorded 29.87.

“I just hope I can get as many through to the final as I can. It would be a great thrill to have so many there and win. Some great dogs that have qualified for next week so mine really have to be on their game.”

If all goes according to Gatt’s plans, he could have four National Derby finalists and a National Futurity finalist, giving him a great chance of taking out both $75,000 to-the-winner finals on February 7th.


2014 National Futurity Heats


2014 National Derby Heats

Group One National Derby and Futurity Set To Light Up The Gardens

Group One action will hit The Gardens this Friday afternoon, with four heats of the Group One National Derby and Group One National Futurity to be conducted.

Greyhounds will arrive at the Birmingham Gardens circuit from all over Australia, in a bid to secure the sensational $75,000 first prize money on offer for each final winner.

Heat one of the National Futurity will kick off proceedings, with a few newcomers to the track, including last start winners; Bella Senora (2), who won the Australian Racing Greyhound Summer Cup last Thursday at Maitland over the 450m in a very quick 25.26, and Zipping Electra (7), for champion breeder Martin Hallinan, a winner over the 280m at Wentworth Park in 16.21. Cawbourne Cobra (3) has the fastest personal best at the track; recording 30.00 back in July of last year and can win this after some consistent performances at Wentworth Park.

Heat one of the National Derby sees another Hallinan runner in Zipping Snoopy (1) ideally drawn on the rails, having recorded two victories at Horsham (23.35, 410m) and Shepparton (25.85, 450m) in his preparation. Topper Harley (3) for Anthony Azzopardi comes into this race with solid Wentworth Park form and has genuine pace to lead this field. Black Road (7) put in an impressive performance during a stewards trial last week at Richmond for in-form trainer Mark Gatt, clocking a fast 30.64 and will be highly competitive in this affair.

Smashing Sally (2) will step out in heat two of the Futurity for trainer Neil Falk after two slick performances at Richmond over the past two weeks, clocking a personal best of 30.45. Dean Swain has another strong chance in this heat with Rue De Khan (4) having excellent form at the track with a personal best of 29.80. Recording three wins from four starts; this bitch is very strong in the latter stages and look for her at the finish. Cawbourne Rev (7) has been consistent of late, with a 29.66 personal best at Unibet Gardens and has enough early pace to get across from the wide draw.

Group One Brisbane Cup hero Kiss Me Ketut (7) will be looking to take out heat two of the National Derby for owner-trainer David Burnett, after some mixed form of late at Wentworth Park during the Paws of Thunder series. The winner of seventeen races can bounce back and has recorded blistering times all over the country. Evil Punk (2) ran a super race finishing second behind Gradence in the Paws of Thunder consolation last week at Wentworth Park and has good early pace to lead this field. Ritza Raider (6) is yet to be unplaced after ten starts and should run a cheeky race from an awkward draw, whilst Waymore’s Blues (1) has an excellent career record of five wins from nine starts and can’t be ignored from the favourable inside alley.

A newcomer to the Mark Gatt kennel, She’s Scandalous (1) gets a great chance to display her talent in heat three of the Futurity from the red rug at her first attempt around the two turn circuit. Unbelief (5) has flown around The Gardens at her past two attempts, recording 29.79 and 29.77, making her a genuine contender to take out this heat. In-form trainer Adam Wade has another talented chaser engaged in Peta Pitstop (6), impressive at Maitland last week over the 450m, clocking 25.30.

Superstar in the making Red Road (8) will exit from the wide alley in heat three of the National Derby for trainer Mark Gatt, and will only have to step cleanly to clock a blistering time. A winner six races from just eight starts, including a sizzling 30.22 at Richmond. Punters are already labelling him a series favourite. Zipping Brock (4) comes into this heat with some solid performances around the Victorian tracks for trainer Peter Dapiran, including a 29.73 personal best at Sandown. My Boy Snoop, for well-respected Hunter Valley trainer Brett May, has an ideal draw on the rails, with a sensational 29.56 time at the track. Recording a brilliant win two weeks ago at Wentworth Park in 29.92, expect a bold showing from this son of Where’s Pedro and National Futurity winner Daydream.

An amazing line up of bitches will compete in the final heat of the Futurity, with two-time Group winner Ritza Hattie (2) returning to the track she made her debut. She clocked a blistering 29.41 over the 515m journey back in July of last year. The unanimous series favourite; bred, owned and trained by Mark Gatt, has good early pace and will take some running down from a superb draw. Cawbourne Whip (3) enthralled enthusiasts during the St Ledger series at this track, recording a flying 29.46, and will provide a great battle with Ritza Hattie if she begins well. Larni Banarni (1) and Premier Mozz (5) have both won their past two starts in respectable times and can figure for the minors.

The final heat of the Derby will be an exciting race. Boyce Road (6) returns from a fourth placing in the Group One Paws of Thunder final in an easier field and will be highly competitive if he gets room early. He sizzled around Wentworth Park in his heat of the Paws, clocking 29.69, expect him to be storming home at the finish. Kelly Bravo and Take Charge (3) will make the trip up from Victoria. He has three consecutive wins under his belt and is a threat to take this out and book a semi-final spot. Tricky Pluto (7) has got plenty of ability and can figure in the finish. He ran second here last week and saluted at Wentworth Park the week prior in 29.99.

Heat one will kick off at 3.48pm EDST time on Friday afternoon, with the first four place getters moving through to next week’s semi-finals.

Smart Times In Bulli Cyril Rowe Plate Heats

Three heats of the Group 3 Sportingbet Cyril Rowe Plate were run and won at Bulli on Wednesday night. The fastest heat winner was big track specialist Knocka’s Return, who clocked 26.03 for the 472 metre journey. Here’s how the heats played out and the box draw for next week’s final.

Heat One

Natural Player (2) went to the boxes as favourite, but it was track debutant My Signature (1) that stole the show. Beginning well from the inside, My Signature gave nothing else a chance to lead all the way in a fast 26.06. Pantone Green (7) began well but wasn’t able to finish off. Natural Player (2) tried hard coming into the turn to push through Pantone Green and My Signature, but couldn’t find any room. Meanwhile, Zipping Logan (8) worked across nicely from box eight and secured a clear spot on the rails to be second going around the turn. Ritza Ryder (6) was back near last but drew on all his experience at the track to position well and run home for third behind Zipping Logan. My Signature won by a convincing four lengths and recorded 10.00 to the first mark and a 6.61 run home.

Heat Two

Knocka’s Return (7) made up for his brother’s luckless performance in the first heat and finished too strongly for Osteria Mozza to win in 26.03 by one and a quarter lengths. Belfast Johnny (8) was the short priced favourite but bombed the start from the outside box. He did well to navigate the field, finish third to qualify for next week’s final. Osteria Mozza (6) led with a 9.97 first section, but was grabbed three quarters of the way up the home straight by Knocka’s Return, who handled the outside box well. The run home was a strong 6.53.

Heat Three

Slow beginner Gradence (3) was the favourite, but his box traits went against him as he gave too much ground to the leaders and has qualified as the first reserve after finishing third. When the boxes opened it was Spring Eddie (2) that was best away, recording the same 9.97 first section that Osteria Mozza did in the heat prior. Ay Grade (4) was trying hard early, but wanted the rails and couldn’t get through. Fast Archer (8) was returning from a long spell and had to do a bit of work from the outside but he kept chasing hard and was making ground on Spring Eddie in the run home, abbreviating the margin to two lengths. Spring Eddie recorded 26.39 for the trip, the slowest of the three heats.

The field and box draw for the final on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 (including heat times) is:

1. Ritza Ryder – Mark Gatt (26.41)
2. Spring Eddie – Bruce Lloyd (26.39)
3. Zipping Logan – John Chapman (26.31)
4. My Signature – Lena Sweetman (26.06)
5. Belfast Johnny – Troy Vella (26.24)
6. Knocka’s Return – Mark Wilcox (26.03)
7. Fast Archer – Clay Mullens (26.51)
8. Osteria Mozza – Christine Oldfield (26.13)

Reserves
9. Gradence – Mark Gatt (26.39)
10. Natural Player – Mark Wilcox (26.45)


2014 Cyril Rowe Plate Heats

Bulli Cyril Rowe Plate Heats Preview

Three heats of the Group 3 Sportingbet Cyril Rowe Plate will be conducted at Bulli on Wednesday night over the 472 metre distance. Mark Wilcox has a number of talented chasers engaged with recent Goulburn track record holder Natural Player engaged in Heat One and his littermate and Goulburn Cup winner Knocka’s Return in Heat Two.

Cyril Rowe Plate Heat One (Race 5 at 8:28pm)

Natural Player (2) recently broke the 350 metre record at Goulburn. He comes into this off a win at Bulli in 26.29. He had two starts at the track and distance for a perfect record of two from two. His recent form also reads eight wins from his last 10 starts. He is one of the main dangers in this heat.

My Signature (1) also has good recent form. He has won seven of his last 10, including three wins at Maitland in best of night. Maitland is similar to Bulli so he shouldn’t have too much trouble adapting at his first look at the track. Pantone Green (7) possesses plenty of early speed and will need to lead to be a chance. Woods (4) and Lifestyle Lad (5) are both risky at box rise and may struggle from the middle draws.

Lachlan Bomber (3) is a dog with plenty of talent but he is in poor form of late. Ritza Ryder (6) loves Bulli, only missing a place on three occasions from 14 starts. He is getting on in age but can’t be written off. Lastly, Zipping Logan (8) is returning to a sprint distance after a small campaign over 600 at Gosford. He has two wins at Bulli to his credit with a best of 26.41.

Cyril Rowe Plate Heat Two (Race 6 at 8:48pm)

The standouts in this race are Goulburn Cup winner Knocka’s Return (7) and Belfast Johnny (8). Belfast Johnny has won 11 of his 17 career starts and loves box eight, winning three from the pink alley. He’s got great speed once he musters. Another in a similar vein is Knocka’s Return. He isn’t always best away, but when he winds up he really motors. He has won four times at Bulli and only unplaced once in his eight starts over the distance at the track. His best time is 26.16.

Ferly Reign (3) looks like the early leader in the race. He has been beginning very well of late but will need to pinch a break on the strong run home dogs in the race. Evoked (1) might appreciate the move back to an inside box after struggling with outside draws at Wentworth Park in recent weeks. She has only won once at Bulli in a moderate 26.94 so she will need to improve on that to factor into calculations in this heat.

Fancy Rhythm (2) is usually a good beginner but he has missed the start and found trouble his last three runs. He’s won at Bulli in 26.48. If Osteria Mozza (6) runs up to his best he can certainly lay some claim to this race. He has started three times over this distance at Bulli for two wins and one place and a best of 26.48. He hasn’t managed a win from the box though. Retiring (4) has won once at Bulli in 26.43 while Gold Buccaneer (5) is giving away a lot in experience. He is only six starts into his career and has recorded 26.45 at the track and distance.

Cyril Rowe Plate Heat Three (Race 7 at 9:08pm)

Recent ‘The Collerson’ winner Gradence (3) lines up in this heat from a suitable draw. He isn’t the fastest away at box rise but if he gets any room, he will be finishing off strongly. He has won at Bulli in 26.52. Ay Grade (4) has also performed well at Wentworth Park recently and comes to Bulli with three wins from his last four starts. He has been to Bulli once before and left with a 26.33 victory.

Spring Eddie (2) likes box two and has two wins over the distance with a best of 26.33. He looks the early leader. Three Rivers (1) is a well bred dog who is having only his 10th start. He has early speed and has won at Wentworth Park and Dapto. He is having his first start at Bulli and gives away a lot in experience. Another one in similar circumstances to Three Rivers is Major Kahn (7), who has only had 10 starts and is having his first look at Bulli. He has performed well at Richmond and Gosford and is good early.

Scout’s Gold (5) led Knocka’s Return last week at Bulli and was defeated two lengths in 26.44. She had box four last week and will need to repeat her efforts from last week to be a chance. Belfast Kaiser (6) hasn’t drawn well as he doesn’t have any form from outside boxes. His only win at the track came from box one in 26.44. Fast Archer (8) hasn’t won since August 2013 and hasn’t raced since late September. He’s flown around Wentworth Park in 29.65 and the market will be the best guide to his chances but he certainly possesses a lot of talent.

The first two from each heat plus the two fastest thirds will progress to the $25,000 to the winner final on Wednesday, 29 January 2014.

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