The scene is set for one of the biggest greyhound races of the year as fields for the 2012 Group 1 Sky Racing Topgun ‚Äď to be held at The Meadows on October 27 ‚Äď have now been released.
The field is headlined by Andrea Dailly pair Heston Bale and recent Adelaide Cup winner Spud Regis – two greyhounds involved in a serious car accident less than two weeks ago. The speedy duo again have the chance to turn tragedy into triumph with victory in Saturday week‚Äôs Group 1 extravaganza ‚Äď now worth $150,000 to the winner for the first time in the race‚Äôs 19-year history.
Queensland fans will have two greyhounds to cheer home on the night with Don‚Äôt Knocka Him and Glen Gallon making the dynamic field of eight, with the duo both legitimate chances to give their state victory for the first time since 2005 when the Tony Brett-trained Black Enforcer was victorious.
Despite the heart-breaking injury to star Barcia Bale, maestro trainer Graeme Bate will be represented by litter sister Desalle Bale, a winner of four from five over the 525-metre journey at The Meadows and a chaser blessed with lots of early speed.
Trainer Jason Thompson will be aiming for his third Topgun success (No Intent, Whisky Assassin) with the brilliant Peggy May ‚Äď already a two-time Group winner and a top-three finisher in 41 of her 51 race starts.
Her Australian Cup conqueror Zara Zulu has also made the final cut, while New South Wales will have a sole representative in Bye Bye Bucks ‚Äď a dog already victorious in two quality Group 2 races in his home state.
The all-important box draw for the Group 1 Sky Racing Topgun will take place on track at The Meadows this Saturday (October 20).
As always, patrons on course for the October 27 extravaganza will have the chance to win some amazing prizes, including AFL memberships, bikes for the children, TAB giveaways and entertainment for all ages in what has become one of the biggest nights at The Meadows.
2012 Topgun Field
- Bye Bye Bucks (NSW) Ken Lewis FSH
- Desalle Bale Graeme Bate 29.88
- Don‚Äôt Knocka Him (Qld) Reg Kay NBT
- Glen Gallon (Qld) Tony Brett 29.69
- Heston Bale Andrea Dailly 29.45 record
- Peggy May Jason Thompson 29.89
- Spud Regis Andrea Dailly 30.04
- Zara Zulu Ros Hume 29.75
- David Bale (Reserve) Graeme Bate 29.83
- Transcend Time (Reserve) Mark Azzopardi FSH
It‚Äôs going to take more than a car accident to hold Spud Regis down. The resilient greyhound shook off his brush with death to score an emotional victory in the Group 1 Adelaide Cup at Angle Park on Thursday night.
Less than a week after being involved in a serious crash that claimed the life of his litter-mate Big Black Mac, Spud Regis collected the biggest pay cheque of his career and stamped himself as a genuine star of the sport.
Shooting for his eighth straight win, the son of Bombastic Shiraz showed his class flying out of box five to be second to the first turn.
Continue reading Spud Regis’ Adelaide Cup Glory After Brush With Death
Angle Park 515m, October 11, Race 8 at 9.23pm ACDST. $107,500 prize pool ($75,000 to the winner).
THE STORY SO FAR:
The Adelaide Cup stands as one of those races steeped in history. Formerly held in a summer timeslot, recent winners include the likes of Brett Lee, Hotline Hero, El Galo, Dyna Lachlan and Kilty Lad before Mepunga Nicky won the first ever October edition last year.
Tragedy struck during the week with three finalists involved in the Dailly‚Äôs car accident last Friday morning. Sadly, the field is already one down with the passing of Big Black Mac, however recent reports suggest the other two will still take their place. Unfortunately, it has marred what was a terrific night of racing last week, and there hasn‚Äôt been much publicity on the race itself, with the market being suspended throughout the week.
Continue reading The 2012 Adelaide Cup – The Definitive Cup Preview
After a successful night ofat South Australia’s Angle Park track for the heats of the 2012 Adelaide Cup, several of the Group 1 finalist greyhounds and their co-trainer George Dailly along with handler Carl, have been in involved in an tragic car accident in the early hours of the morning.
The accident is believed to have claimed several greyhound lives and both George and Carl have been hospitalised with injuries. Those injuries are considered “minor” but George is believed to be suffering from broken ribs.
One greyhound is confirmed to have been killed in the accident. Big Black Mac, who had qualified for the $175,000 Adelaide Cup final by winning the first heat of the Cup in 29.66 has been confirmed by Police as having died at the accident scene.
Big Black Mac was a very promising young greyhound winning 6 of his career 11 starts, with earnings of over $25,000 and had already registered a best time of 29.59 at Sandown. He wasn’t due to turn 2 years of age until December this year.
Lektra Ottens is also confirmed as missing, having fled the scene in panic. Police have confirmed that local CFA volunteers are still searching the area for the missing fawn greyhound.
Fourteen greyhounds are known to have been onboard when the accident occurred, having all competed for trainer Andrea Dailly at last night’s meeting. Several greyhounds are said to be “pretty banged up” and while it was believed there may have been multiple greyhound fatalities, only one greyhound is confirmed dead at this time.
A Police spokesperson has confirmed that a vet attended the accident scene to assist and assess all greyhounds.
Among those on board were Heston Bale, nominal favourite for the Adelaide Cup final after drawing box 1 in the final, and the winner of nearly $100,000 in prizemoney. High profile greyhound and SA Derby winner Spud Regis, another Adelaide Cup heat winner, was also onboard at the time of the accident.
The combined prizemoney earnings of the greyhounds known to have been involved in the accident is in excess of $450,000, where the real value of the greyhounds involved would be multiples of that with potential stud prospects Heston Bale and Spud Regis involved.
Dyna Lowell and Dyna Morris, who quinellaed the 2012 Traralgon Cup were both involved in the accident, with career prizemoney earnings of $131,000 and $130,000 respectively.
The accident is believed to have occurred in the early hours of the morning while George Dailly was sleeping and Carl was at the wheel. The accident occurred approximately 10kms east of Nhill, near the small rural town of Kiata about half way between the South Australian border and Horsham.
The Victorian Police spokesperson also confirmed that the Dailly’s “ute and trailer carrying 14 greyhounds traveling in an easterly direction, left the road at approximately 3:45am, crashing through a fence and a vacant paddock before impacting upon the western verandah and wall of a house where a male and female occupant were asleep. Both home occupants were unhurt in the incident” although they were said to have been thrown from their beds by the impact of the crash.
Amazingly there were no human fatalities from the accident, and the only confirmed greyhound fatality is that of Big Black Mac, although grave concerns are held for Lektra Ottens, and the racing careers of many of the injured greyhounds may be in doubt. Sources close to the Dailly kennel are suggesting already that neither Spud Regis, nor Heston Bale will return to Adelaide to take their places in the $175,000 final.
The accident is said to have “written off” the Dailly’s F250 truck and their expensive US imported dog trailer which was capable of transporting at least 16 greyhounds.
The Dailly’s greyhounds were returning to their Victorian Anakie training base having just won three heats of the $175,000 Adelaide Cup with Big Black Mac, Heston Bale and Spud Regis, all qualifying for the final. The Dailly’s also provided a further five placegetters during the eight heats.
Bookmakers such as TABbetting pre-post on the Adelaide Cup final have currently suspended all betting in the wake of the accident.
GRSA have already confirmed that the Angela Langton trained first reserve Quo Vadis, will take fatally injured Big Black Mac’s place in the final, and further announcements will be made as the other greyhounds injuries become known.
George Dailly’s brother Tom is currently in transit to the Horsham Hospital to attend upon George and Carl and to collect the remaining greyhounds.
This tragic accident comes just one night after Victorian greyhound trainers Steve and Heather Collins suffered a similar loss when kennel hand Jay ran off the road near Geelong on the way back from Warrnambool greyhounds and rolled the trailer, subsequently killing several greyhounds including Sisco Diamond and losing Lektra Ice who fled the scene.
Both the Dailly’s and Collins’ are prolific Victorian greyhound trainers who train greyhounds for leviathan greyhound breeders and owners, the Wheelers and the Lenehans.
UPDATE – 6/10/2012
Reports from the Dailly kennel today are that both Spud Regis and Heston Bale have faired well since the accident, and both are highly likely to return to Adelaide next week to contest the 2012 Group 1 Adelaide Cup Final. Lektra Ottens remains missing in the Wimmera area but no other greyhound fatalities have been confirmed.
Last night at Angle Park we witnessed Group 1 racing at the highest level with eight heats of the Triple M Adelaide Cup where some of the best sprinters in the land battled it out for a chance to qualify for the Group 1 Final on October 11.
The fastest qualifier for the final was the Jason Thompson trained Victorian Proven Nitro in heat 3 who raced his way into favouritism for the final after a blistering display of high speed chasing. He made it three wins in a row when he began well from box 3 to pounce on the early lead and peeled of a sizzling 29.36 for the 515m journey in winning by 3¬Ĺ lengths with his second split time to the back of 16.71 one of the quickest seen in recent years.
The last greyhound to go quicker at the Angle Park circuit was exactly one year ago when Cape Hawke rated 29.33 in winning his heat of the Cup and ultimately finishing third behind the flying Mepunga Nicky in the final. Proven Nitro has blistering speed and will have to show that in next weeks final after drawing box 7 with plenty of speed on his inside.
Jason Thompson produced his second qualifier for the final earlier in the night in heat 2 when strong chaser Coal King staked his claims with a powerful display of chasing. He began fairly from box 5 to initially race midfield before stretching out down the back straight and racing past leader Mepunga Geordie over the concluding stages to win by a lengthening 5¬Ĺ lengths in a flying 29.71. It was his fifth win in his last 6 starts and his run home time of 12.61 was one of the quickest on the night.
Continue reading 2012 Adelaide Cup Final Box Draw
It is hard to believe it has been one year since Mepunga Nicky burst onto the scene by winning the S.A Oaks ‚Äď Adelaide Cup double. Yet Angle Park will be alive again for their Group 1 showcase event Thursday night, and Victorians dominate the pre-post market as expected. With a bit of clever scheduling, some of the Sister Cities Cup finalists have stayed in town, giving the heats a different look. Andrea Dailly has a massive assault on the series, and will be expected to fill several of the final places. Local entrants always cause the occasional upset each year, so underestimate them at your own peril.
ADELAIDE CUP HEAT 1 (Race 2)
Hannie Bale for the Dailly kennel will be the likely favourite drawn box one, but has been knocked all over the track at her last two outings. She laid down some excellent times in Melbourne before those runs and will take catching if she leads. She may need a little luck in the early stages, as Magic Castle (box 3) and Aston Thomas (box 4) can show early speed and love the track, while Godsend wants the rails and could begin better than most expect. Big Black Mac (box 6) is racing well in Melbourne but may have trouble crossing this field, while Another Dollar (box 8) is a capable NZ runner, however it didn‚Äôt appreciate the wide draw last week, and is unlikely to benefit from it here. Tough race to be confident and best to go wide if taking exotics.
ADELAIDE CUP HEAT 2 (Race 3)
Looks a race in two with Mepunga Geordie (box 1) and Coal King (box 5) likely to battle it out. The latter will be in the back half early on, but trialled in 29.72 at the track this week. Mepunga Geordie is coming back from NSW and is better than her recent form suggests. Krisa Bale (box 2) is a hit-and-miss type and could prove the blowout dog if she begins like she was a month ago. High Crimes is drawn ideally in seven, and should find the lead, but is unlikely to run the time required to win. Lektra Ottens (box 8) is the only other one to keep safe.
ADELAIDE CUP HEAT 3 (Race 4)
Hard race this one, with the classier interstate dogs drawn awkwardly. This may be a race to look for value, and Head Tuner adores box one. Has only had one run since July, and broke 30 seconds on that occasion in a good win. Point Two Over (box 2) is a veteran of 110 starts, but should never be discounted box good draws. From the interstate brigade, Proven Nitro (box 3) comes off some very strong Cranbourne wins and trialled brilliantly in 29.63, while Schnickey Bale (box 5) has ability and has seen the track already but will need luck from a poor draw. Quo Vadis (box 6) is an in-form runner but up in class, while Streetbike Tommy (box 7) is harder to predict than the weather.
ADELAIDE CUP HEAT 4 (Race 5)
Probably the best heat of the night. Heston Bale (box 8) is the obvious favourite and was an impressive winner at the track last week. Looks the one to beat with any sort of clear run, which he should get from the wide draw. Hope‚Äôs Up (box7) is the reigning S.A Oaks winner, and can carve up the clock if given her own way. Will get space with Heston Bale on her outer, but the class factor here is a notch higher than what she is used to. Yowyeh (box 2) is more of a stayer these days, but loves this track after winning the Derby here last year. Dyna Cari (box 1) and Premier Boloney (box 3) are the only other dangers in a hot event.
ADELAIDE CUP HEAT 5 (Race 6)
Look for the book-ends to fly to front and battle it out. Zara Zulu (box 1) is racing well at Angle Park and has obviously been set for this. Inside draw will help no end, especially with no early pace anywhere near her. Koombooyana Girl (box 8) is a super young sprinter, and is the only runner capable of leading Zara Zulu, and running a time fast enough to hold her out. Dyna Morris (box 6) and Bagget Bale (box 7) will charge home from the back straight onwards and look the best place chances. Kalden Komoto (box 3) is consistent and may throw value into the trifecta.
ADELAIDE CUP HEAT 6 (Race 7)
El Brooklyn (box 7) is the fastest dog in the race, but the effect of her last start tumble is yet to be seen and also faces her first look at the track. Try to avoid taking her one-out, and look for the likes of Dyna Lowell (box 1) and Take Me Home (box 3) who are both in form and drawn well. Prank Call (box 5) could speed to the early lead and run a cheeky race, but was run down convincingly last week by Take Me Home.
ADELAIDE CUP HEAT 7 (Race 8)
Another tricky race to assess. Queenslander Bogie King (box 4) was outstanding in winning the Sister Cities Cup last week, but got plenty of room early that night and he may not get that again. He must be included nonetheless, as too should Gregorieva Bale (box 3) who never seems to run a bad race. He‚Äôs spent a few weeks in Adelaide now and should be ready to show his absolute best. Picaboon (box 1) has really taken to the Angle Park track and will be in the market also. There will be interest in Wattle Bee (box 2) and Dyna Iceman (box 4) too, although they are probably worth risking.
ADELAIDE CUP HEAT 8 (Race 9)
This looks a one-act affair after Spud Regis (box 2) trotted in to win the S.A Derby. His first sectionals were ridiculously fast in that series and there is nothing here capable enough to run those times. For quinella and trifecta players, Jordy Pordy (box 5) is a proven traveller after winning in Perth earlier in the year, and won well two starts back at Sandown. Dyna Steal (box 3) is a consistent Free-For-All performer who will be given room by the favourite‚Äôs speedy exit, and Hannah McLaren (box 8) has run 29.72 from the same box, although that was some time ago. Hard to see anything else featuring in the final heat of the night.
Eight heats of the Triple M Adelaide Cup have been drawn for this Thursday night‚Äôs (4th October) meeting at Angle Park. GRSA received 65 final nominations for the Group 1 series with 34 from South Australia, 29 from Victoria, 1 from Queensland and 1 from New Zealand.
The Interstate contingent is led by exciting Group performer Heston Bale who is one of sixteen Andrea Dailly representatives in the heats.
She also has last start SA Derby winner Spud Regis engaged that will be looking to continue his winning run at Angle Park after sweeping the Derby series.
Continue reading 2012 Adelaide Cup Heats This Thursday Night
Twenty-three of the country‚Äôs best greyhounds have been handed first round nominations for the Group 1 Sky Racing Topgun ‚Äď this year worth $150,000 to the winner – to be run at The Meadows on October 27.
The Topgun panel will meet again on Friday, October 12, to cut the field down to eight from the list of trainers who have accepted the first round invitation sent out today.
The field for the ‚ÄėCox Plate of
Continue reading 2012 Topgun Invitees Announced
West Australian chaser Miata will start a short-priced favourite in this Saturday‚Äôs night‚Äôs Group 3 Topcat Video Cup after drawing the coveted red alley.
Despite running second behind Fyna Bale in last week‚Äôs heat, the daughter of Bombastic Shiraz and Winsome Bluebird looms as the greyhound to beat after the box draw and a personal best time more than six lengths clear of her nearest rival.
Victory on Saturday would push Miata‚Äôs prizemoney to a tick over $438,000, with 30 wins from 37 starts.
Continue reading Miata Draws Box 1 In Top Cat Video Final At The Meadows
Victorian chaser Spud Regis stamped himself as a real star of the future with a dominant display in the Group 3 Coca Cola SA Derby last night at Angle Park.
The Andrea Dailly trained flyer blitzed his rivals in a best of night 29.63 for the 515m journey leading throughout and winning by over 3 lengths from kennel mate Grigorieva Bale with fellow Victorian Peter Rocket for trainer Keith Hellmuth finishing third.
Spud Regis flew the lids early running a sizzling 4.32 to the winning post on the first occasion and from there was never headed recording his 7th win from just 10 starts and claiming the $25,000 first prize.
Continue reading Spud Regis Storms In To Group 3 SA Derby Final Favouritism
The Interstate raiders were in force last night at Angle Park where they dominated the four heats of the Coca Cola SA Derby led by leading Victorian trainer Andrea Dailly who qualified an amazing 6 runners for next week‚Äôs final. She won three out of the four heats conducted last night, with up and coming sprinting star Spud Regis qualifying the fastest after a brilliant front running display in the first heat.
He made it 6 wins from his last 7 starts leading throughout in a blistering 29.64 for the 515m journey defeating kennel mate Schnikey Bale by 3¬ĺ lengths and will start the clear favourite next week after drawing perfectly in box 1.
The second heat was a carbon copy of the first with the Dailly combination greeting the judge when strong chaser Bagget Bale ran home powerfully to score in a sizzling 29.66 in winning by 7¬ľ lengths defeating kennel mate Allen Dion who showed pace and hung on well for second.
Continue reading Dailly’s Dominate Coca Cola SA Derby Heats & Final Box Draw
Last Thursday night at Angle Park saw five exciting heats of the Coffex Coffee Oaks where the winner‚Äôs from each heat and the three fastest second placegetters qualified for this week‚Äôs Group 3 final.
The fastest qualifier for the final was the Leanne Fagan trained Sammy‚Äôs Sister who was only having her sixth lifetime start in heat 3 where she led throughout from box 2 to record a solid 30.03 for the 515m journey in damp conditions defeating the Ossie Chegia trained Arcadia Shiraz by 4 lengths. Making it three wins on end she was .02 of a second quicker than quality Victorian sprinter Stetson Donna for trainer Peter Dundon who recaptured her very best form that saw her win the Group 2 Laurels at Sandown back in December last year. She raced up near the lead in heat 2 before careering away for a comfortable 5 length victory over the Andrea Dailly trained Dyna Cari who flew home for second. She looks to be the one to beat after last night‚Äôs box draw where she drew the converted red marble for the Group 3 feature.
One of SA‚Äôs main hopes for the crown was Hope‚Äôs Up for trainer Cameron Butcher who dominated heat 4 with a fine front running display leading throughout in a handy 30.13 defeating Five Paws for trainer Emilio Rinaldi by over 8 lengths. Confidence of an SA victory was increased when she drew perfectly in box 2 and should be able to hold a forward position early next week.
Continue reading Local SA Greyhound Sammy’s Sister Qualifies Fastest For Group 3 SA Oaks Final
The Graeme Bate-trained Irma Bale looks the greyhound to beat in next Saturday night‚Äôs State Distance Final at The Meadows after drawing perfectly in box one.
The daughter of Bartrim Bale and Amelia Bale showed her customary early speed in last night‚Äôs heat, recording splits of 4.88, 15.94 and 29.69 before a three quarter-length victory over litter sister and main series rival Fyna Bale in a Best of Night 42.82, which was also a new PB for the two-time Group winner.
Irma Bale will start a hot favourite to represent Victoria in the Group 1 Wrest Point National Distance Championship, to be held at Hobart on August 25 over 709 metres.
Continue reading Irma Bale & Lektra Jay Dominate Victorian National Distance Championship Final
Greyhound phenom Fabregas maintained his perfect record at Sandown Park tonight in qualifying for the Victorian final of the National Sprint Championship.
Owned by leading breeder Paul Westerveld and trained in Cranbourne by David Hirst, the son of Bombastic Shiraz and Wicked Witch sprung straight to the front from box 8 and was never threatened, winning by 4.75 lengths in a slick 29.45 seconds.
‚ÄúHe just loves Sandown Park,‚ÄĚ said Westerveld following his charge‚Äôs seventh win from as many starts at the Lightwood Road circuit.
Continue reading Fabregas Leads All The Way Straight In to Victorian National Sprint Championship Final
After watching Barcia Bale give the Wheeler‚Äôs yet another Group 1 victory in the weekend‚Äôs Maturity Classic final, it got me thinking about how the Saturday night metropolitan venue seems to be, on face value, dominated by those usual suspects more than any other metropolitan meet.
With metro prizemoney having just increased in Victoria, it raises the question on just how much the Wheeler family, and the associated dominating kennels of Bate and Dailly stand to gain from this increase.
The sheer weight of numbers that Graeme Bate and Andrea Dailly provide for most Victorian meetings will obviously allow them to provide the lions‚Äô share of winners across the board; however it did seem to be that The Meadows is the preference over Sandown for their chase of more sizeable stakes.
Continue reading One In Three – The Number That Strangles The Meadows.
Dyna Lowell ($7.50) again showed his liking for the Traralgon circuit with a strong finish to take out the 2012 Traralgon Cup Final on Friday night. Dyna Lowell was the fastest heat winner last week (29.54 sec) having his first start at the track, and franked the form with a come from behind run from box seven in the final, ironically from the same box. Dyna Lowell has now had two starts on the track for two wins.
Dyna Lowell recorded the smart time of 29.68 sec in winning the Cup Final by one and a quarter lengths from kennel mate, and litter brother Dyna Morris ($5.00), with early leader Whelan ($3.50) three quarters of a length away in third placing.
Dyna Lowell and Dyna Morris are trained by Andrea Dailly from Anakie and the quinella by the pair further enhances the remarkable efforts of this Collision x Gold Rush Bale litter.
The eight members of the elite mating have at this point won 118 races and $1,314,000.
Continue reading Dyna Lowell Storms Home To Win 2012 Traralgon Cup Final
Victoria Stewards have just advised the conclusion of stewards inquiry surrounding leading trainer Andrea Dailly and a greyhound in her care.
GRV Stewards on 8 June, 2012 conducted an inquiry into the circumstances pertaining to the failure of GRV licensed Trainer, Mrs. Andrea Dailly, to retrieve greyhound ‚ÄėChris Bale‚Äô from its kennel following the last race at the MelbourneAssociation (The Meadows) meeting on 7 April, 2012.
Stewards heard evidence from Trainer ‚Äď Mrs. Andrea Dailly.
Continue reading Andrea Dailly Receives $200 Fine For Negligence
The Peter Mosman Memorial Classic final, to be run on Saturday night 16 June, is completely dominated for the first time in its 61 editions by Victorian contenders.
Five southern raiders make up the eight finalists with Andrea Dailly supplying two runners, namely Gregorieva Bale (box 5) and Garrick Bale (box 6).
The pre-post favourite is Victorian Odie For Now who has drawn the cherry for trainer Kel Greenough and was the fastest semi-final winner (29.61).
Continue reading Peter Mosman Memorial Looks At Victoria‚Äôs Mercy
Following four thrilling semi finals of the 2012 Group 1 Rapidvite Peter Mosman (520m) the final eight runners and reserves have been determined trackside at Wentworth Park.
The age restricted classic has again drawn together a sensational final which includes tonight‚Äôs winners; Bye Bye Bucks (race 5 ‚Äď 29.88), Garrick Bale (race 6 ‚Äď 29.93) , Odie For Now (race 7 ‚Äď 29.61) and Grigorieva Bale (race 8 ‚Äď 29.86).
Fastest qualifier Odie For Now showed marked improvement on his heat performance, leading all the way in the sensational 29.61 victory over Watto Lotto and Billy The Sid.
Drawing box one in the final, trainer Kel Greenough warns that the 28kg black and white dog is no certainty.
Continue reading Odie For Now Storms In To Favouritism After Peter Mosman Final Box Draw
Emilio ‚ÄėNorm‚Äô Rinaldi‚Äôs love affair with Sandown Park continued tonight when his brilliant sprinter General Destini won the Group 2 Berwick Mazda Harrison-Dawson.
General Destini ($4.60) began only fairly before taking full advantage of his favourable box 1 draw to rail strongly and camp behind early leader and race favourite Cape Hawke ($2.80) through the first turn.
Entering the back straight, Cape Hawke faltered, allowing General Destini to take the lead. Despite being the least experienced greyhound in the field, ‚ÄėThe General‚Äô showed great tenacity to hold off multiple Group race finalist David Bale ($9.40) by 1.75 lengths in a race record 23.32.
Continue reading General Destini Claims A Calamatous Harrison Dawson
The box draws for Wentworth Park‚Äôs two Group 1‚Äôs; The Macro Meats Golden Easter Egg and Hotham Body Repairs Association Cup were conducted at a Media Launch this morning at The Mint.
The draw for the Group 1 Macro Meats Golden Easter Egg is:
Race 8 ‚Äď MACRO MEATS GOLDEN EASTER EGG Final
10.15PM NG 520 Metres
$250,000 ‚Äď 62,500 ‚Äď 31,250
Continue reading Don’t Knocka Him Draws Pefectly In Box 1 For $250,000 To The Winner 2012 Golden Easter Egg Final
Following four semi-finals of the 520m Group 1 Macro Meats Golden Easter Egg at Wentworth Park tonight, the final line up for next week‚Äôs Golden Easter Egg consolation final has been determined.
In a new move, greyhounds finishing third and fourth in the semi-finals qualified automatically for the $25,000 to the winner final.
After being squeezed early, Wentworth Park 520m record holder was unable to run down semi-final three leaders Fancy Dean, Hot Irish and Adam Meway.
Continue reading 2012 Golden Easter Egg Consolation “The Ambrosoli” Set For A Cracking Call
At a gala AGRA Awards night held at the Royal On The Park Hotel in Brisbane Queensland the AustralianAssociation last Friday night announced Dyna Tron the winner of the 2011 AGRA Australian Greyhound of the Year.
It was a night of nights on the National scene with Delegates and club members coming together from all over Australia to celebrate the AGRA Awards night.
Hosted by the Brisbane
Continue reading Dyna Tron Wins AGRA 2011 Australian Greyhound Of The Year Award
Keith Pedrana‚Äôs Slick Lee will look to make it back to backCup titles in next week‚Äôs Group 3 720 metre final after finishing third in tonight‚Äôs heats at Wentworth Park.
The staying event which leads into the Association Cup on March 31, attracted a high calibre of greyhound including Adelle Bale from the formidable Andrea Dailly kennels.
It was however NSW‚Äôs Gail Allen and He‚Äôs My Future which won their respective heats in tonight‚Äôs qualifiers.
Next week‚Äôs, March 17 final will see the winner pocket $25,000 and position themselves well heading into the Group 1 Association Cup.
Continue reading Slick Lee Looks To Go Back To Back In Wentworth Park Cup
Greyhound breeder and studmaster Geoff Collins will aim to win his second Group 1 Rover Mowers Australian Cup after the speedy Zara Zulu ‚Äď trained by partner Rosalyn Hume – drew perfectly in box one for next Saturday‚Äôs $175,000-to-the-winner final.
Collins won the race as an owner in 2002 when Isa Brown claimed the Group 1 classic for trainer Rob Britton, and looks to have a genuine chance with his talented chaser.
The daughter of Mogambo and Zulu Zepha took out the first of the Australian Cup heats in a sizzling 29.75 after near-record splits of 4.95 and 17.54, and has drawn perfectly for the Group 1 classic this Saturday. Her time was only matched by reigning Victorian Greyhound of the Year Dyna Tron, who returned to form after a run of outs in 2012. The son of Collision and Gold Rush Bale has drawn awkwardly in box six in Saturday‚Äôs final. Victory would push his prizemoney to over $600,000, making him only the second dog in Australian history to reach the lofty mark.
Continue reading Collins Aims For Second Australian Cup Win After Zara Zulu Draws Red Box
Two-time Group winner Shimaguni looks the greyhound to beat after drawing box one in the Group 1 Macro Meats Superstayers final over 725 metres on Saturday night.
The daughter of Primo Uno and Messines was headed by kennelmate Full Circle before gaining back the lead in the shadows of the post to win the first of the heats in a Best of Night 42.76. The black chaser has now won five of her six race starts over the staying journey at The Meadows.
Shimaguni is trained by Andrea Dailly, who also has Adelle Bale ‚Äď a sister to Bekim Bale and Heston Bale – qualified for the $75,000-to-the-winner final.
Continue reading Shimaguni Stakes Claim For Group 1 Superstayers Final
On a night that provided much cooler conditions to the week prior, New South Wales‚Äô greyhound, Oaks Road scorched around Cannington to take out the 2012 Sky Racing Perth Cup.
Trainer Mark Gatt had this greyhound prepared beautifully for the occasion, as he came into the race in peak form, with success in his previous four starts which included a 30.28 heat win. When it came time to step up and shine on the grand stage, the son of Spiral Nikita and Leprechaun Pace did not let him down, jumping to the lead and making his own luck on a way to a dominating win.
While much of the pre-race betting revolved around Heston Bale ($2.00 fav) and Glen Gallon ($3.30), Oaks Road was kept safe on the third line of betting, eventually starting the race at $5.80.
Continue reading It‚Äôs A Road To Glory For Gatt In The West
The AGRA‚Äôs Run of the Month for January 2012 has been awarded to Heston Bale after his extraordinary performance to win his heat of the Perth Cup on January 28th. Heston Bale was put on his nose on the first corner and almost put over the outside rail as the leader Forty Two Below led into the back straight in 13.62.
The Andrea Dailly trained star put his head down and after giving away many lengths to the leaders somehow found a way to win by half a length in 30.72. It was a huge run. Heston Bale the brother of Sandown Park 515 metre record holder Bekim Bale has always from his very first start shown way above average ability and in his short career so far has put up some brilliant performances. However he does seem to find trouble in a lot of his races.
This is his second Run of the month award for Heston Bale he also shared the December 2011 award with Noble Pedro after he smashed the Meadows record recording an extraordinary 29.45.
Heston Bale is a Black Dog whelped October 2009 by Bartrim Bale from Amelia Bale (Sonic Flight x Evonne Bale) he is raced by Paul Wheeler and trained by the Dailly team at Anakie in Victoria. He has raced 18 times for 11 wins and four placings his overall stake earnings stand at $65,660.
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No less than four states are represented in the 2012 Sky Racing Perth Cup final, after a thrilling nights‚Äô racing last Saturday. Victorians make up half the final field with four qualifiers, the standout of those being the Andrea Dailly trained Heston Bale.
Despite putting in a pedestrian heat time of 30.72, it was the way The Meadows track record holder recovered from several checks in order to steal victory. Beginning from box six, it was only a few strides after the start that Heston Bale collided with Kalden Aurora, costing both greyhounds a few lengths approaching the first bend. With Forty Two Below taking up the front for David Hobby, the rest of the field jammed up, causing Proficient to being shoved wide, taking Heston Bale with it.
The margin between Heston Bale and the leading division was at least seven lengths down the back, but you got the sense that the fight was never over. Coming around the home turn, Forty Two Below was in a battle with Prince Elite, with Heston Bale going three wide around them. In a position where many others may have thrown in the towel, Heston Bale used all of his tenacity to score by half a length over Forty Two Below in a remarkable race.
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The headquarters of greyhounds racing in Western Australia becomes the showcase as the Group 1 Perth Cup series begins this Saturday night over 530m. With history-making Queenslander, High Earner not around to try for the hat-trick, a new champion will be crowned amongst the 64 entrants racing across eight heats.
Headlining the nominations is reigning Melbourne Cup and Hobart Thousand winner, Dyna Tron, who is looking to make a fourth Group 1 final in as many months. Lining up in heat six, the Andrea Dailly trained star will be trying to atone for a couple of recent defeats and starts from box seven. Fellow Victorians Autoamerican and Knocka Knows All are engaged in the same race from boxes eight and four respectively, along with Big Noter who looks the most threatening of the locals from box three.
Somebody in New South Wales must have been owed a favour by lady luck, as three of the state‚Äôs greyhounds have drawn box one in their respective races. Oaks Road (heat five), Things Missing (heat seven) and Divine Law (heat eight) have all come up with a cherry draw, with Oaks Road looking the most likely, coming in with a brilliant hat-trick of wins under the belt.
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