Red Road Simply Brilliant In Group Two Richmond Derby Final

Once the lids flew in last night’s $40,000 Richmond Derby Final, it was game, set and match for Thirlmere trainer Mark Gatt, after Red Road stepped beautifully from the inside alley to lead all the way in a fast 30.34.

Gatt went into the race with four finalists, with Red Road his best hope from box one. Punters were very keen on the youngster by Collision x Mystic Pace, who started at just $2.00. Second favourite Evil Punk ($4.80) was very gallant in defeat for trainer James Coyle, reducing the winning margin to three quarters of length at the finish. The $21 outsider Manyana Groper battled on gamely to finish third.

The $2.00 starting price for Red Road was significantly less than the $2.50 Fixed Odds offered at Sportsbet during the day. Punters that took advantage of the $250 Free Bet are giggling.

Red Road’s sensational race record now sits at eleven wins from fifteen starts, with last night’s victory taking his prizemoney total to an astounding $74,340. The dominant owner-trainer combination between Mark Gatt and Edwin Kingswell looks set for another successful year, with next month’s $250,000 Easter Egg firmly in the team’s sights.

Three More Easter Egg Preludes Finalised At Wentworth Park

A stormy Sydney back-drop set the scene for three Preludes of the Group One Golden Easter Egg at Wentworth Park on Saturday night.

Chica Destacada (3), trained by Doreen Drynan, started as the $1.70 favourite in the first Prelude and more than justified the short starting price, winning by seven lengths. She stepped with the field and had plenty of room on her inside to muster pace and get to the corner, just in front of Triumphant One (7). The black bitch by Cosmic Rumble – Eluthra (Most Awesome – Buena Sarah), ran right up to her best, recording 29.74 for the 520 metre journey. Triumphant One, who pressured Chica Destacada in the early stages was pipped on the post by the fast finishing Zipping Delta (4). It was a run and a half from Zipping Delta, who was last past the post the first time.

Victorian chaser Dream It (3) had no luck at his first start at Wentworth Park, striking interference at the notorious first turn. Crash Model (1) flew the lids and was able to lead clearly. She does her best work in front and ran away with the second Prelude in a personal best 29.87 for Keith Waddington. The win was the Collision – Clay Model (Bombastic Shiraz – Tarhooley Dooley) bitches fourth at the Sydney circuit. He’s Rising Fast (2) was again the bridesmaid. After a good second last week, he was unable to go one better and finished eight-and-a-half lengths behind Crash Model. Collision Post (5) filled the other minor placing. Mr Fordham (6) had no joy on his return from a spell and it will be back to the drawing board for him.

A long-shot picked up the win in the third Prelude when the Simon Ma chaser Make A Fifty (6) scored a two-and-a-half length victory over favourite Warrior King (4) and third place-getter Magic Display (2). Warrior King performed very well at his first look at the track. He was slow away, but pushed his way through the field into the first turn. Just like the other heats, Make A Fifty led and wasn’t headed, stopping the clock at 29.92. Warrior King was third down the back and wanted to rail underneath Magic Display but was constantly disappointed for a run. He would have gone close to winning if he was able to get clear a bit earlier. Queenslander Yogi Blue (8) was unable to cross from the outside but ran a respectable fourth. Grand Journey (7), who was in the market on his return to racing, had no luck at the first turn and ended up near the outside fence. Make A Fifty, by Trewly Special – Miss Corinne (Token Prince – April Showers) notched up her second victory at Wentworth Park, breaking thirty for the first time at the circuit.

Just like last week, the three winners (Chica Destacada, Crash Model and Make A Fifty) will receive priority entry into the heats of the Golden Easter Egg on April 5.

2014 Group Two Richmond Derby Final Preview

Thirlmere trainer Mark Gatt’s runners will make up half the field in tomorrow night’s Group Two Richmond Derby final, putting the polish on four of the eight finalists, with his fastest qualifier Red Road, coming up with the coveted box one.

Gatt’s quartet were all class in each of their respective heats with victories from Ritza Raider in 30.51 and Boyce Road in d a flying 30.38. These added to Red Roads impressive 30.33. Four and a half year old Ritza Ryder secured his place in another group final and will jump from box two.

Fastest qualifier Evil Punk began brilliantly from box five last week to sizzle around the 535m distance in 30.29. Trainer James Coyle will head into the race full of confidence, after his charge came up with box three for the final.

Box 1
Race Odds
$2.60
Heat Replay
 
Red Road
Trainer
Mark Gatt
Owner
Edwin Kingswell
Prizemoney
$34,340
Last 10 Starts
1118181141
25 Months   Black   Dog   by   Collision - Mystic Pace
Start Fast Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,452.86 Rating 99
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
14 10 1 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
71% 79%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 3 1 0
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Comments: Mark Gatt: “Perfectly boxed this week, all he has to do is jump. I was pleased with his performance last week, in particular his run home and he’s drawn the best of my four chances so I just really want him to begin well.”

Best Richmond Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.22 30.33 5.13 5.23
Box 2
Race Odds 
$7.00
Heat Replay
 
Ritza Ryder
Trainer
Mark Gatt
Owner
Mark Gatt
Prizemoney
$146,838
Last 10 Starts
5353313132
52 Months   Red Fawn   Dog   by   Where’s Pedro - Midnight Flare
Start Good Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,932.08 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
76 22 13 18
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
29% 70%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 1 0
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
11 7 1 2
Comments: Mark Gatt: “This dog is just getting better with age. He went awesome last week running second to Evil Punk in fast time and is perfectly boxed this week. I’m expecting him to go well and he will only need a bit of luck to run a cheeky race.”

Best Richmond Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.47 30.47 5.40 5.40
Box 3
Race Odds
 $4.20
Heat Replay
 
Evil Punk
Trainer
James Coyle
Owner
James Coyle
Prizemoney
$55,810
Last 10 Starts
1822212321
30 Months   Black   Dog   by   Collision - Punk Angel
Start Fast Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,468.68 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
38 10 9 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
26% 63%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 6 0 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 1 0
Comments: James Coyle: “I’m stoked with how good he’s going at the moment. He has an unbeaten record at Richmond and I’m expecting him to go well again in this race. His early speed is very important in a race like this and I just hope he can get a clear run and get through the race safely.”

Best Richmond Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.29 30.29 5.24 5.24
Box 4
 Race Odds
 $26.00
Heat Replay
 
Manyana Groper
Trainer
Syd Swain
Owner
William Mulligan
Prizemoney
$15,945
Last 10 Starts
6144164462

34 Months

  White & Blue Brindle   Dog   by   Knocka Norris - Speedy Cadillac
Start Fair Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $549.83 Rating 75
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
29 8 3 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
28% 41%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 2 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 1 1 0
Comments: (Trainer Unavailable): Made up a lot of ground last week from box eight to finish second behind fastest qualifier Red Road in 30.33. Clocked a solid time of 30.65 and despite he’s lack of early speed, this dog really finds the line well and will be doing so again.
Best Richmond Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.65 30.65 5.39 5.39
Box 5
Race Odds
$6.00
Heat Replay
 
Boyce Road
Trainer
Mark Gatt
Owner
Edwin Kingswell
Prizemoney
$22,590
Last 10 Starts
1311414551
25 Months   Black   Dog   by   Collision - Mystic Pace
Start Fair Running Rail Finish

Strong

Prizemoney Rating $1,411.88 Rating 98
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
16 10 0 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
63% 75%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 5 0 1
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Comments:  Mark Gatt: “He was great last week, showed really good speed to get through a squeeze at the first turn and I was happy with his finish as well. The box I think will suit him and I hope he can get a clear run because he can definitely win this. I would like to see him jump a bit better.”


Best Richmond Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.38 30.38 5.32 5.33
Box 6
Race Odds
 $13.00
Heat Replay
 
Romantic Affair
Trainer
Mario Abela
Owner
M Abela & Ptns
Prizemoney
$29,010
Last 10 Starts
5211233532
43 Months   Black   Dog   by   Bombastic Shiraz - Romantic Diva
Start Good Running Middle Good N/A
Prizemoney Rating $1,160.40 Rating 80
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
25 10 6 6
Strike Rates
Win 40% Place 88%
   
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 3 3 1
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 1 1
Comments: (Trainer Unavailable): Ran a solid race last week to finish second behind Ritza Raider in 30.51. Still posted a fast time of 30.61, however has drawn awkwardly this week and is surrounded by early speedsters. Can go well with the right run. 

Best Richmond Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.61 30.61 5.34  
Box 7
Race Odds
$35.00
Heat Replay
 
Calamity Trigger
Trainer
Michael Eberand
Owner
Tony Driver
Prizemoney
$8,200
Last 10 Starts
1347342142
30 Months   Black   Dog   by   Collision - Thousand Kisses
Start Fair Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $328 Rating 85
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
25 4 6 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
16% 56%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 2 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 0 0
Comments: Michael Eberand: “He’s improving every week which is pleasing. i was really happy with his performance last week and now he’s just starting to come good. I think he has the pace to run a good race and I’m just really happy to be in a final like this.”

Best Richmond Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.59 30.59 5.33 5.33
Box 8
Race Odds
$4.50
Heat Replay
 
Ritza Raider
Trainer
Mark Gatt
Owner
Mark Gatt
Prizemoney
$18,665
Last 10 Starts
1223361231
28 Months   Red Fawn   Dog   by   Bombastic Shiraz - Midnight Flare
Start Moderate Running Wide Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,097.94 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
17 7 4 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
41% 94%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 4 0 1
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 3 0 0
Comments: Mark Gatt: “I was very happy with his run last week. He began terrific from box eight and I’m glad he’s drawn there again, because he seems to like it. Obviously there’s a lot of speed on the inside of him, but with the right run, he can go well.”

Best Richmond Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.47 30.51 5.27 5.27

The winner will take home $40,000 for connections, with many of these greyhounds set for the $250,000 Group One Golden Easter Egg series next month at Wentworth Park.

The final will jump at 9.26pm EDST.

Round Two Of The Golden Easter Egg Preludes

Wentworth Park plays host to three more Golden Easter Egg Preludes on Saturday night.

A few inter-staters have arrived in the Harbour City to see if their dogs will be capable of taking a spot in the heats of the rich series. The most notable is Warrior King, who recently ran third to the track record-breaking Crump in the Horsham Cup final.

Here’s a look at the main chances in each of the Preludes.

2014 Golden Easter Egg Prelude 1 – Race 4 at 8:28pm

The well-performed Chica Destacada (3) features in the first prelude. The Cosmic Rumble – Eluthra bitch has had just nine starts for five wins and two placings. She has won two from three at Wentworth Park with a personal best of 29.73. She is a reliable beginner and strong, so looks one of the main chances.

Boxed next to her is the Jason Mackay trained Zipping Delta (4). The black bitch by Bekim Bale – Scarlett Spy is an average beginner but very strong. She is yet to record a win from box four but has ran a best of 29.80 at Wentworth Park.

King Sapphire (2) probably possesses the most early speed in the race, with a best first section of 5.35. The Lochinvar Marlow – Fascinate Marina dog has some fast wins around the 400 metres at Maitland and has two wins at Wentworth Park with 30.22 his best.

Gibbonator (6) was very unlucky from box one last week but will need to show pace to overcome the poor draw.

Triumphant One (7) has five wins at Wentworth Park and recorded his best of 30.11 in late February. The dog boxed next to him, Fancy Rhythm (8), has three wins at the track. Both are not well boxed but Fancy Rhythm does have good pace and has been beginning well his last couple of starts.

2014 Golden Easter Egg Prelude 2 – Race 5 at 8:50pm

Brooke Ennis has made the journey from Victoria and has Dream It (3) engaged in this prelude. The brindle dog by Bartrim Bale – Ondina Bale has won 11 from 22 and is a City winner down in Victoria. He will be having his first look at Wentworth Park. The draw is suitable but we will have to wait and see how he handles the track.

He’s Rising Fast (2) ran a top race behind Woods last week. The time was only moderate, but he moves closer to the rail this week and could surprise.

Crash Model (1) is a good beginner but only has one win from box one after six attempts. She has won three at the track though for a best of 30.25.

Warren Harper has the very well-bred Mr Fordham (6) lining up in the green rug. The Premier Fantasy – Mrs Trickett dog has won at Wentworth Park in 29.96. This will be his first race back since December 2013, so he will be fresh for this.

Massive Merv (8) has four wins at the track, but none have come from box eight. He’s only an average beginner and will need a bit of room to get going.

2014 Golden Easter Egg Prelude 3 – Race 7 at 9:27pm

Horsham Cup place-getter Warrior King (4) arrives in Sydney for Ennis to begin his assault in the Easter Egg series. The Turanza Bale – Flamenco dog has been racing extremely well, but he will need to get off to a good start here to get a decent look at the track as there’s lots of early speed in the race, particularly on his inside.

The speedy Fashion Princess (1) has the red rug for the first time in her career. She has handled both starts at Wentworth Park very well, running a smart 5.38 to the first mark and 30.06 overall.

Magic Display (2) has three wins from four starts at Wentworth Park with 30.04 his best. He’s another good beginner that is well-boxed near the rails.

Veteran Soaring Eagle (3) has returned to form, leading all the way in his last two starts. He had this box last week when he won at Wentworth Park in 30.01.

Grand Journey (7) returns to the racing scene for Jane Carruthers after a long six month spell. Prior to his spell the black dog by Magic Sprite – Elizabeth Royal had 12 starts for six wins and five places. The only unplaced was a result of a fall at Dapto. This will be his first start at Wentworth Park, but knowing the Carruther’s, he will be well prepared for it.

Yogi Blue (8) makes the trip down from Queensland for Peter O’Reilly. He is a free-for-all dog around Albion Park and has 14 career wins. Box eight at Wentworth Park will be a tough introduction to the track.

Wayne Vanderburg’s Penalty Slashed On Appeal

On the 27th of February 2014, the Racing Appeals Tribunal NSW (Tribunal) upheld greyhound trainer Wayne Vanderburg’s appeal against the concurrent seven year penalty handed down in relation to the positive drug tests for greyhounds Pink Sock and Where’s Dobie.

Vanderburg’s penalty has been slashed from seven years for each offence to just two years and three months, to be served concurrently.  This represents less than half the original penalty. The penalty starts from the date Vanderburg was first suspended (19 December 2012).

Effectively, Vanderburg can apply to Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) for his training licence in March 2015.
 

Background

At a stewards inquiry concluded in December 2013 (Inquiry), Vanderburg was found to have breached Rule 83(2)(a) (Rule) on three occasions and disqualified for a period of seven years for each charge, to be served concurrently. Vanderburg entered a plea of guilty to all three charges.

The Rule requires participants to present greyhounds free of any prohibited substance.

At the Unibet Gardens meeting on 25 February 2012, post race samples were taken from two greyhounds trained by Vandenburg:

  • Pink Sock;
  • Where’s Dobie.

A pre and post race sample was also taken from Pink Sock at the Unibet Gardens meeting on 31 March 2012.

All samples returned a positive to ethanol metabolites. Ethanol (alcohol) when administered to a greyhound breaks down into two components:

  • Ethyl Glucuronide (EG); and
  • Ethyl Sulphate (ES).

At the time the samples were taken, GRNSW did not have an established threshold level for EG and ES in greyhounds nor did they have integrity tests for this type of substance. Those tests became available and confirmatory analytical tests were available sometime later.

As part of the evidence gathering process, GRNSW subjected Pink Sock and Where’s Dobie to kennel tests and then seized them to undertake laboratory tests in order to determine the resting levels of EG and ES in each greyhound.

The resting levels for each of the greyhounds were established as follows:

  • Pink Sock (EG: 0-5.6 and ES 0-2.38)
  • Where’s Dobie (EG: 0-22.2 and ES: 0-0.02)

After the fact, GRNSW established threshold guidelines for ES and EG. The upper threshold for each was fixed at 20 micrograms. These levels were not fixed at the time Pink Sock and Where’s Dobie were swabbed.

Levels greater than 50 were detected in the samples taken by the greyhounds at Unibet Gardens.

Tribunal Proceedings

The Tribunal considered a number of matters before making its determination. These are summarised below. The Tribunal made it clear that its function is not to punish but to act in a protective way with the function of industry integrity paramount.

1. Alcohol – Stopper or Enhancer
The Tribunal agreed that the levels of greater than 50 detected in the race samples were high readings. It didn’t matter if they were compared against the resting levels or the now established threshold of 20, the level of 50 exceeded both.

The Tribunal noted that no research has been undertaken into how alcohol affects a greyhound’s demeanour or behaviour. The level it becomes a stopper is not established by research. Dr Rowland (Greyhound Racing Vet) said that it would have to be at a low level to be an enhancer.

The Tribunal turned its mind to whether the presence of alcohol in Pink Sock and Where’s Dobie acted as a stopper or enhancer on the basis of their race performance.

The Tribunal noted that there was “no summary of observations made by the Stewards of the day in respect of the run of the dogs in the races”. However, the opinion of the Stewards is subsequently reflected in the decision made in the Inquiry and came from viewing a replay of the races.

The races were replayed before the Tribunal and before Dr Rowland. Dr Rowland was asked questions and asked to provide observations so that the Tribunal could form its own opinion.

In relation to Where’s Dobie’s performance at Unibet Gardens on 25 February 2012, Dr Rowland observed that the greyhound displayed a lack of co-ordination and was distinctly compromised. The greyhound was only visible as it left the boxes and was so far behind that it did not appear in the footage of the race until it went past the winning post and either slipped or fell into dogs coming into the catching pen.

In relation to Pink Sock’s performance at Unibet Gardens on 25 February 2012, Dr Rowland observed that the greyhound appeared to be highly affected.

In relation to Pink Sock’s performance at Unibet Gardens on 31 March 2012, the greyhound slipped sideways out of the boxes and checked the greyhound in box seven. Pink Sock nearly fell but regained its feet and ran on. The Tribunal noted that the greyhound had performed in a trial on 24 March 2012.  As a result of the trial and the time recorded on 31 March 2012, it had improved by 16 lengths in the time ran in those two events against its time on 25 February 2012.

The Tribunal concluded that Pink Sock and Where’s Dobie were adversely affected in the races conducted on 25 February 2012, but Pink Sock was not adversely affected in the race conducted on 31 March 2012.

2. Applicability of GRNSW Guidelines
The Tribunal noted that GRNSW has now established guidelines that set the threshold levels for EG and ES. At the time the samples were taken from Pink Sock and Where’s Dobie, these guidelines were not published, were not operable and were not being used.

The Tribunal stated that as the guidelines were not in operation at the time the samples were taken, they were not applicable to the proceedings.

3. Integrity / Protection of the Industry / Animal Welfare 
The Tribunal noted that there was great public concern around animal welfare and prohibited substances. The Tribunal evidenced this by referring to the current Parliamentary Inquiry into Greyhound Racing in NSW and commentary on Facebook.

In relation to integrity and protection of the industry, the Tribunal noted that there were no betting plunges and no evidence of any untoward betting.

The Tribunal stated the following in relation to animal welfare:

It would be fair to say that any right-minded person having been informed that a dog was being dosed with what appears to be high levels of alcohol would view that to be a shocking matter, raising deep concerns, and those concerns could be so grave to have catastrophic consequences for the industry at times when welfare of animals is so often the subject of concern.

It must be recognised that the substance in question does not appear to have come from the application of an illegal substance such as cocaine, amphetamines and others. Alcohol is a legal substance in the community. In certain circumstances, it may be proper to administer alcohol to a dog. There is no evidence before this Tribunal as to what those proper circumstances should be.

4. Submissions by Vanderburg on Penalty
Vanderburg submitted that the sentence of seven years for each offence was “grossly disproportionate.” The Tribunal was told that:

  • Vanderburg has been a professional greyhound trainer for 24 years and up until his suspension in December 2012, had 30-40 greyhounds in training. He also had a considerable number of pups and engaged in the training of younger dogs and breaking-in of pups. He gave evidence of the money he was paid for his services (the Tribunal did not disclose the amount for privacy reasons).
  • Vanderburg purchased his property with the intention of turning it into a first-class training facility. He gave evidence on money spent on improving the property for this purpose and the mortgage repayments. As a result of the suspension, “the phone stopped ringing” and income has now ceased and he cannot pay his mortgage and has to rely on friends assistance to make the payments.
  • Vanderburg is trained as an apprentice plumber but cannot return to that industry due to his skills being out of date and a back disability. He has no other qualifications and does not know where his income will come from.
  • Vanderburg has been emotionally impacted as a result of the ordeal.
  • Vanderburg’s relationship broke-up (although he has subsequently entered into a new relationship). He has difficulties explaining to his children why he no longer trains dogs.
  • Vanderburg provided character references from licensed trainer Ryan Treadway and Paul Freeman, who asked the Tribunal to extend leniency and stated that Vanderburg is someone who is honest, fair, transparent generous and a person of professionalism, integrity and who had genuine concern for the welfare of animals.

It must be pointed out that this case was not Vanderburg’s first breach of the Rule, it was his third.

5. Tribunal’s Observations on Penalty
The Tribunal noted that the current GRNSW guidelines, if they were to be imposed, could well lead to a period of seven years being considered appropriate. However, as mentioned previously, the Tribunal decided not to apply the guidelines. In determining the penalty, the Tribunal stated:

  • In the absence of the guidelines, it is necessary to look at what the stewards and Tribunals have been doing with breaches of rule 83(2)(a). The evidence by GRNSW showed that there had been 170 breaches since 2009, of which only 11 resulted in disqualification of more than 12 months The highest disqualification imposed is one of three years.
  • A penalty of three years has been considered to be the worst type of penalty appropriate for a breach of the Rule.
  • As a result of the loss of income and no ability to gain an income, Vanderburg will be the subject of substantial financial hardship.
  • Vanderburg’s personal concerns can be viewed at a more favourable level than someone who, for example, engaged in more substantial wrong conduct.
  • Vanderburg’s character references are strong and cannot be disregarded.
  • The other breaches occurred 13 years ago, so are not an aggravating factor.
  • The delay the proceedings have taken should be considered in favour of Vanderburg. The delay arose in part to Vanderburg not being able to participate because of an injury. However, the larger portion of the delay is attributed to the GRNSW and its need to bed down the procedures now in place and to enable the tests and expert evidence to be conducted and finalised. The effect of the delay was to preclude Vanderburg from enjoying the benefit of the industry since he was suspended and as such he has suffered emotional harm and loss of income and reputation.
  • Vanderburg entered a guilty plea. An admission of wrongdoing carries a discount.

6. Tribunal’s Conclusion
The Tribunal held that a discount of 25% is appropriate and will be applied. The Tribunal then stated it would not go beyond a consideration of three years as the highest penalty. This is what the Tribunal said:

This, in brief, is a new substance, or prohibited substance. It was a very high reading. There are integrity and animal welfare concerns. But the case cannot be viewed as a worst-case scenario which would warrant in the Tribunal’s opinion a consideration of the heaviest penalty imposed by the Stewards or Tribunal prior to the commission of the conduct the subject of each of these three matters. The Tribunal therefore will not go beyond a consideration of this matter of greater disqualification in each case of three years.

The Tribunal did not find that the matter was so disproportionately bad to all other matters up until that time that a period of seven years would be appropriate

The final penalty involved a balancing of the aggravating factors (high reading, integrity issues, animal welfare issues) and subjective factors (discount for plea, personal hardship, financial hardship, delay, strength of referees and contribution to the industry).

Where to from here?

If you have viewed the footage of the races in question, it is very distressing to see the impact of the administration of ethanol on Pink Sock and Where’s Dobie.

It is difficult to accept that someone who has presented a greyhound in such a state is then awarded leniency on the basis of their contribution to the industry. It can hardly be said that returning a positive drug test on a number of occasions is a positive contribution to the industry.

It can also be said that the financial and personal hardship suffered is something that resulted from Vanderburg’s own actions. It doesn’t seem fair that it is to be considered as something in his favour when assessing leniency as we should be held accountable for, and suffer the consequences of, our own actions.

Lastly, the decision demonstrates that GRNSW has to be more proactive in relation to measures surrounding prohibited substances. The Tribunal made it clear it would not apply retrospective measures. The delay it took to conclude the Inquiry was also a telling factor and another area of improvement for GRNSW to work on.

My Kinda Music Calls The Tune In Temora Cup

My Kinda Music (2) has equalled the Temora track-record after taking out the 2014 Sportingbet/GBOTA Temora Cup. The 30kg black bitch by El Grand Senor – Ice Dancer started favourite ahead of equal track-record holder Knocka’s Return (7).

My Kinda Music lowered the track record last week, only for Knocka’s Return to lower it a few races later, setting the standard for the 457 metre trip at 25.94.

White Spyro (6) and My Kinda Music (2) were both well away at box-rise. With a clear passage to the rails, My Kinda Music was able to edge ahead. Ay Grade (3), despite being a little tardy early, soon zoomed into second spot and stuck to the outside of My Kinda Music. Ay Grade poured the pressure on My Kinda Music but the lightly raced bitch stuck to the task well to emerge the one and three quarter length victor in 25.94. Ay Grade finished second in a photo from Knocka’s Return, who unleashed his customary withering finish to take third spot.

Knocka’s Return began fairly and was only able to put himself into the race rounding the turn. Accelerant (4) and Pleiades (5) were never in it after failing to overcome the poor draw while Perfect Chance (8) didn’t show any pace from the outside and was no hope of crossing the field, finishing well back in the run. Release The Heat (1) was another that struggled to show pace and could not take advantage of the rails draw. After pressing for the lead early, White Spyro (6) wound up in fourth.

The win caps off a successful week for the El Grand Senor-Ice Dancer litter, with Indian Light saluting for Toby Weekes in an impressive display at Dubbo during the week. Sheezy Smarty (Paddy’s Flame-Ice Dancer) also whelped eight pups overnight after her mating to Barcia Bale. This mating continues the successful Pringle line for owner Ben Sweetman.

The $10,000 Temora Cup is My Kinda Music’s eighth win from just eleven starts. She is trained by Alan Pringle and owned by Joshua Jones.

Gatt’s Awesome Foursome To Dominate Richmond Derby Final

Thirlmere trainer Mark Gatt went into tonight’s Group Two Richmond Derby heats with five runners and wasn’t disappointed, securing three winners and a second placing to qualify four greyhounds for next Saturday’s $40,000 final.

Ritza Raider kicked off proceedings with an impressive display in heat one, clocking a fast 30.51 from box eight. The son of Bombastic Shiraz and Midnight Flare began brilliantly from outside and quickly crossed the field to sit second at the first turn. After a fierce battle with Belfast Kaiser, Ritza Raider streaked away on the home turn to score by one and three quarter lengths. Romantic Affair made up a stack of ground to finish second, securing a place in next weeks final.

One of the states most in-form greyhounds at present, Evil Punk, was well supported by punters in heat two and blew his rivals away from box five in a best of the night time of 30.29. Exploding away from the middle box, the James Coyle trained star gapped the field at the first turn to salute by three lengths and cement his spot as a genuine contender in the final. Gatt qualified his second runner with Ritza Ryder, who managed to reduce the margin at the finish, clocking a time of 30.47.

After a disappointing few starts, Boyce Road returned to the winners circle in grand style with a dazzling performance from box seven in a smart time of 30.38. Jumping brilliantly from out wide, he squeezed his way through a line of three at the first turn to skip away by three and a half lengths. He is a member of the talented Collision x Mystic Pace litter and was back to his best tonight and looms as a huge threat next week. Outsider Calamity Trigger ran a very gallant second, sticking with the winner the entire way, clocking 30.59 for trainer Michael Eberand.

Gatt’s final qualifier was the freakish Red Road, who exited from box six and clocked the second fastest time of the night, a flying 30.33. Overcoming a difficult start, the son of Collision and Mystic Pace got the fly at the first turn and shot away winning comfortably by five and a quarter lengths over second placegetter Manyana Groper for Syd Swain.

The box draw for the $40,000 final next Saturday night is:

1. Red Road Mark Gatt
2. Ritza Ryder Mark Gatt
3. Evil Punk James Coyle
4. Manyana Groper Syd Swain
5. Boyce Road Mark Gatt
6. Romantic Affair Mario Abela
7. Calamity Trigger Michael Eberand
8. Ritza Raider Mark Gatt

Zipping Tess The Highlight Of The First Round Of Easter Egg Preludes

The first round of Golden Easter Egg Preludes took place at Wentworth Park on Saturday night.

The first Prelude was taken out by $21.00 chance Pride Of Mykonos. The black dog by Magic Sprite – Evangelia had terrible form coming into the race, running worse then fifth in nine of its last 10 starts. Race favourite Glama Pak (1) didn’t use box one well and was out of the race at the first turn. Pride Of Mykonos led easily, crossing the field before the post and sailing away down the back. Zipping Logan (4) emerged as the only chance to run the leader down but couldn’t do enough, falling short by one length. My Boy Snoop (5) finished strongly for third. Pride Of Mykonos, trained by Fay Wotton, recorded 30.17 for his sixth career victory from 54 starts.

Martin Hallinan’s Zipping Tess (4) led from go to whoa to take out the second Prelude by six and a half lengths in a fast 29.82 Unorthodox (2) battled away behind her but was well and truly beaten. The run of the race was third place-getter Linski (6). Suffering interference and back in the pack approaching the first turn, Linski managed to negotiate a safe passage and took off down the back, running within one and a quarter lengths of Unorthodox.

The final Prelude was a closely contested affair. The Marie Burton trained Woods (3) led but soon had Gibbonator (1) on his hammer. Gibbonator was pressing hard for a rails run and in doing so, checked off the back of Woods and lost valuable momentum in the process. He’s Rising Fast (6) ran a race and-a-half, moving into second after Gibbonator lost ground and pressed Woods in the run home, losing by one and a half lengths. Gibbonator was a neck away in third. The winning time was a moderate 30.49, far below Woods’ best of 30.05.

As winners of the three Preludes; Pride Of Mykonos, Zipping Tess and Woods will be given priority into the heats of the Group One Golden Easter Egg on the 5th of April. Further Preludes will take place at Wentworth Park next Saturday night.

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.”

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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

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