The Dailly and McDonald kennels both head back to Victoria with doubles under their belts after the conclusion of the Group One Golden Easter Egg Heats at Wentworth Park on Saturday night.
As expected, the Victorian trainers dominated, taking out five of the heats. Western Australia, Tasmania, New South Wales and Queensland trained dogs will also feature in the semi-finals.
Keybow was the fastest heat winner, flying around the Glebe circuit in 29.45.
Heat One – Golden Easter Egg
Class prevailed in the first heat with Western Australian superstar Dyna Nalin (1) taking advantage of a rails draw to duck through into second spot around the first turn. He was last away but had room as Pride Of Mykonos (2) was off and gone. Once Dyna Nalin got into second it was only a matter of when, not if, he would run down the early leader Pride Of Mykonos. Dyna Nalin hit the front rounding the turn into the home straight and the champion dog trained by Paul Stuart drew away by seven and a half lengths in 29.69.
Fast Archer (7) and Chica Destacada (4) were both in the market but failed to run a place. Fast Archer didn’t show his customary early zip and went extremely wide around the first turn. Chica Destacada was in the hunt early but checked off Make A Fifty (3) rounding the turn and fell back in the field. Shadow Lane (5) got up to run third after suffering interference at the first turn, flying home to miss second spot by a head.
Heat Two – Golden Easter Egg
Frank Sidrak’s Iona Tokyo (3) displayed her blistering early pace to take out the second heat from Where’s The Surf (7) and Varcoe (8). She controlled the race from start to finish and was never troubled in 29.78. Where’s The Surf (7) and Varcoe (8) were able to cross the field safely at the turn as first reserve Hurricane Beccy crashed across from box six, interfering with Yogi Blue (5). Iona Tokyo’ winning margin was two and a half lengths lengths and just a neck separated Where’s The Surf and Varcoe.
Heat Three – Golden Easter Egg
Rue De Kahn (1) started as the favourite but wasn’t a factor after she was swamped by dogs crossing to the rail. The surprising leader was Easton Bale (5), who had been coming off a number of runs over the 595 metres at Sandown. That strength held the Andrea Dailly trained chaser in good stead as he was able to stave off a challenge by Edge (7) to win by four and a quarter lengths in 29.83, recording just his second win from seven starts at Wentworth Park.
Edge tried his heart out and was rewarded a place in next weeks semi-final by finishing second. As usual, Gradence (2) came from nowhere to finish third. He got the space he needed down the back to wind up his motor and power over the top of Crash Model (8) and Apollo Reign (4) down the home straight.
Heat Four – Golden Easter Egg
Warrior King (5) built on his good second in a Prelude a fortnight ago and went one better in the fourth heat. He obviously gained plenty from the look at the track in the Preludes as he jumped well to contest the lead with Mexico City (1). Mexico City gained a slight upper hand down the back but Warrior King was too strong at the end, winning the race in 29.91 by one and three quarter lengths for trainer Brooke Ennis.
Mexico City could only manage third as Bessy Boo (7) put in a massive run to rattle home for second. Jordan Allen (2) looked like he was going to run a slot rounding the home turn, but he checked off the back of Warrior King and in turn surrendered ground to Bessy Boo.
Heat Five – Golden Easter Egg
Keybow (2) set the track on fire to win by panels (well eight and a quarter lengths) in 29.45. Darren McDonald had given Keybow a short let-up and it didn’t hurt, as he was in front by the first turn and once in that position, nothing would or could catch him.
Dyna Beth (3) and Stilton Blue (5) found themselves in their own race against each other down the back, with Dyna Beth eventually prevailing to finish second while Stilton Blue fell back to fourth. The strong Romantic Affair (1), who turns four in August, kept her good record at Wentworth Park intact, filling third place. She has only been unplaced once now from 13 goes at the track.
Heat Six – Golden Easter Egg
The Dailly’s bought up a double for the night with Ollie Bale (3) showing great tenacity to win heat six. The 2014 Group One Silver Chief winner had a good run from box three to lead. Once he was in front it was always going to be a tough task to run him down. The hard luck story of the race was Ritza Hattie (2) who kept trying and kept finding trouble. Without the interference, it would be fair to say that she would have won the race. She wound up in third and will see her way to the semis next week where she may get more luck. Tee Brady (1), after beginning well, stuck on well for second.
Ollie Bale won by four lengths and recorded 29.96 for his first win at Wentworth Park.
Heat Seven – Golden Easter Egg
Unfortunate events unfolded in the seventh heat after the lure broke down in the back straight. The heat contained greyhounds the calibre of Walk Hard (5), Innocent Til (8) and Evil Punk (4). As a result of the incident, Evil Punk fell but was able to get back on his feet.
The lure looked to momentarily lose power down the back, allowing the leader Evil Punk to pounce on it. The lure kept up momentum, albeit slowly, and the dogs were pulled up near the 520 metre boxes.
The race was declared a no race. A ballot is normally undertaken in these circumstances but the stewards elected to exercise their discretion to excuse Evil Punk and Fort Allen (6) from the ballot on the basis that they were likely to finish in the top three and they will now go into next weeks semi-finals. Lach’s Wish (7) was picked from the ballot for the third placed spot
Heat Eight – Golden Easter Egg
Ted Medhhurst’s Australian Cup champion Buckle Up Wes (3) got his Easter Egg campaign off to a great start with a personal best win in 29.56, running a smart 5.35 to the first mark. Victorian chaser Musquin Bale (7) was also impressive running second as he was only beaten by two and three quarter lengths. Tonk (1) duelled with Buckle Up Wes for the early lead and wound up in third. Crump (6) wasn’t done any favours by the box draw and finished sixth.
Heat Nine – Golden Easter Egg
Magic Display (3), a $21.00 chance, convincingly won the ninth heat for trainer Evelyn Harris. Magic Display demonstrated that it’s always handy to lead at Wentworth Park, as all sorts of things can happen around the first bend. Favourite Red Road (6) blew his chances when he began badly and was then twisted sideways at the first turn.
Hurricane Rino (8) used box eight to perfection to find himself in second and avoid the strife at the first turn that affected many of the others in the race. Hawk Alone (1) was extremely unlucky, copping a check that meant he had too much ground to make up, but he still got into third. Magic Display won by four lengths in 29.94. The margin between the two minor placegetters was five and three quarter lengths.
Heat Ten – Golden Easter Egg
The final heat was extremely messy and it was Dark Warrior (4) that emerged as the eventual winner for Darren McDonald in 30.29. Prelude winner Woods (2) was just three quarters of a length away in second and veteran Ritza Ryder (1) ran on well for third. It was the slowest heat win of the night and indicative of the trouble in the race, with each dog suffering varying degrees of interference at different times over the course of the 520 metre journey.
The heats of the Group One Golden Easter Egg kick-off on Saturday night. The three-week series will see 10 heats conducted on Saturday night followed by four semi-finals next week.
Notable absentees from the heats include Black Magic Opal and Paw Licking, who are setting their sights on the Bendigo Cup.
Recent Australian Cup winner Buckle Up Wes has made the journey up, and it will be interesting to see if he can nab the rich Australian Cup and Golden Easter Egg double.
Alongside the Australian Cup, the Golden Easter Egg is the richest race on the Group racing calendar, with a grand sum of $250,000 awarded to the winner.
Last year’s winner was Grigorieva Bale and other previous winners include Mancunian Girl, Tenthill Doll, Rapid Journey, Brett Lee, Bogie Leigh, Paua To Burn and Cosmic Rumble.
Here’s a look the main chances in each of the 10 heats:
Heat One – Group One Golden Easter Egg (Race 1 at 7:28pm)
Grand chaser Dyna Nalin (1) headlines the first heat. The Paul Stuart trained dog loves box one and trialled 29.65 last week at Wentworth Park. He lacks the early speed of some of the other runners in the race but you can never under-estimate class and if he gets even just a tiny bit of luck, he’s well and truly in this.
Chica Destacada (4) is only young but has shown plenty of ability. She has three wins from four starts at the track and distance with a best of 29.73. She has shown good box manners at the track, which she will need to use to overcome box four.
Victorian chaser Allen Eryk (8) appears to be well drawn out in box eight, as he has had two wins and a placing from three goes wearing the pink rug. The Jarvis Bale-Greta Bale (Where’s Pedro-Gold Rush Bale) dog has won four of his last five around The Meadows and Sandown over the longer trip. This will be his first start at Wentworth Park.
Fast Archer (7) has a load of early pace and won a free-for-all last week at the track from box seven. He recorded 29.75 leading all the way. He’s been hit-and-miss at box rise in recent times and needs to repeat last week’s efforts to take this out.
Rough each-way chances are Pride Of Mykonos (2) and Make A Fifty (3). Both won Preludes (at double figure odds). If there’s any trouble in the race, they may be the ones that benefit.
Heat Two – Group One Golden Easter Egg (Race 2 at 7:50pm)
Iona Tokyo (3) has drawn well near to the fence. His box manners have been brilliant and he is a last start winner (back on 1 March) in 29.71. He has gone 5.34 to the first mark previously, the best of any dog drawn in this race. Iona Tokyo is trained by Francois Sidrak and is by Swift Fancy-Iona Habit (Fenceline-Dancing Habit). She is a litter sister to Paws Of Thunder winner Iona Seven.
Another chaser that has been showing good box manners since a return from a spell is Kulu Special (2). The Anthony Azzopardi trained bitch is just 24kg and has won two from two at the track. Last week she recorded her best time of 29.72.
Queenslander Yogi Blue (5) has had the advantage of a few looks at Wentworth Park and was a Prelude winner in 30.03. The box draw hasn’t been kind to him as he has only had the one career win from box five.
Where’s The Surf (7) won here last week for Darren McDonald, drawing away to win by over six lengths in 29.71. He had the suitable rails draw on that occasion and now needs to contend with the wider draw.
Varcoe (8) failed in the Maitland Cup heats after beginning terribly. He has trialled here in 29.92 in preparation. If he doesn’t begin he will find it hard to crack a top spot in this heat.
Prue Bale (4) is also worthy of some consideration. She is a last start winner at The Meadows and showed handy box manners to lead. She has had a start at Wentworth Park but failed to run a place.
Heat Three – Group One Golden Easter Egg (Race 3 at 8:07pm)
National Futurity winner Rue De Kahn (1) will get every chance to lead from the nice draw. She is drawn next to Gradence (2) who is a slow beginner. The Where’s Pedro-Shelbourne Dream (Boherduff Light-Queen Survivor) bitch has three wins at the track and a best of 29.79. She looks to be one of the main chances.
Apollo Reign (4) has not missed a place since returning from a five month spell. His win at Richmond in March was a flying 30.43. He ran third here to Hellyeah Bolt last week and is definitely a place chance.
Edge (7) has not long returned from a two month spell and should be nice and fresh. He won at The Gardens last week in 29.52 and loves Wentworth Park, where he has won seven races. His best is 29.68 and if he shows the early speed we know he has, he should go well.
Crash Model (8) won a Prelude in 29.87 from box one. She has five wins at the track but goes better from the inside.
Heat Four – Group One Golden Easter Egg (Race 4 at 8:28pm)
Local chaser Mexico City (1) is well drawn and Mark Gatt will be hoping his chaser can get close to his best of 29.58. The Where’s Pedro-Physical (Surf Lorian-By Request) dog has had two runs back since a four month spell. He ran third in a Maitland Cup heat last start.
Crawf’s Bread (6) is a handy Victorian chaser visiting Wentworth Park for the first time in his career. He is a consistently good beginner and will need to begin here at Wentworth Park from the poor draw. He has been racing dogs like Innocent Til and Dark Warrior, so he can handle the class of dogs in this heat.
Warrior King (5) is a talented Victorian youngster who ran second at Wentworth Park in a Prelude. He has been showing some early speed in recent racing and is very strong. He was a placegetter behind Crump in the Horsham Cup and will need luck from the squeeze draw.
Winsome Charlee (8) ran a place in last years Egg final and makes her first race-track appearance since June 2013. She clocked 30.35 here in a trial last week and will need to improve off that to get anywhere near her best of 29.66.
Tricky Jade (4) has not won since December last year but she clearly has a lot of talent. The Martin Hallinan bred and trained bitch has a best of 29.56 at Wentworth Park. Her problem is that she hasn’t been showing any early pace in her three most recent starts.
Heat Five – Group One Golden Easter Egg (Race 5 at 8:50pm)
Star chaser Keybow (2) is the class act in the fifth heat. The Group One Perth Cup winner and Australian Cup placegetter trialled 29.62 here in preparation and he should prove too good for this field.
Recent Group Three Nowra Summer Puppy Classic winner Stilton Blue (5) has drawn box five and has been flying around Nowra, with a near track record breaking run just over a fortnight ago. He has a best of 30.23 at Wentworth Park, which you think he would need to improve on to be a chance.
Healesville track record holder Frosty Jay Jay (6) is a fast animal but he lacks the early toe. He ran fifth here to Dark Warrior last week, finding trouble. The one thing in his favour is that he appears partial to wearing the green rug, winning two from three out of the box.
Veyron Bale’s (4) recent form has been ordinary but a change in scenery may prove good for him. Last time he came to Wentworth Park (January this year) he scorched around the Glebe circuit in 29.50.
Tomac Bale (8) loves box eight and is coming here with a short spell under his belt. Interestingly, he has recently changed hands and left Wheeler’s ownership and is now trained by Luke Azzopardi. He failed at Wentworth Park in January and will need to improve on his recent form to be any sort of chance.
Heat Six – Group One Golden Easter Egg (Race 6 at 9:07pm)
Ken Burnett’s Double Trigger (4) will be advantaged by his experience and form at the track. His most recent win was on the 15th of March and it came at the track in 29.68. He has six wins in total at Wentworth Park and has brilliant early speed.
Jason Thompson and Darren McDonald trained chasers can never be overlooked and both have chasers engaged in this heat. Thompson has Boris Fields (5), a dog that has won two races at Wentworth Park with 29.54 his best time. He needs some room to move, which may be tricky from box five. McDonald has the speedy There’s A Earn (6), who ran second last week at Wentworth Park to Yogi Blue and should be improved by the look at the track.
Strong finishers Ritza Hattie (2) and Ollie Bale (3) are also in with a chance but their fortunes will lay with the all important start, as both will need some luck in the early stages. Tee Brady (1) is also worth some consideration from the rails alley.
Heat Seven â Group One Golden Easter Egg (Race 7 at 9:30pm)
Innocent Til (8) has again drawn a wide box but he has a good record from box eight, with seven wins. He has won four of his last five starts and was recent runner-up in the Horsham Cup. He has had the one start at Wentworth Park and didn’t run a place. However, he cannot be ruled out based on that. He has loads of talent and a win wouldn’t surprise.
Warragul Cup winner Walk Hard (5) makes his first visit to Wentworth Park under race conditions. He trialled last week in a fast 29.68, but he needs some room early in order to muster pace and that might be difficult from the draw.
Evil Punk (4) fell at his last start here at Wentworth Park and it remains to be seen how he will react this week after that. He is a talented local chaser trained by James Coyle with a best of 29.70.
Boyce Road (2) is a very handy youngster with three wins at Wentworth Park to his credit. He is already a Group race finalist and has recorded 29.69 at the track. He’s tardy at box rise and that might cost him at this level.
Fort Allen (6) has been racing consistently in Victoria and makes his first appearance at Wentworth Park. The Andrea Dailly trained chaser is an excellent beginner and that should put him in this race.
Heat Eight â Group One Golden Easter Egg (Race 8 at 9:50pm)
We have to wait until the eighth heat to see Australian Cup champion Buckle Up Wes (3) go around. He has had a short spell since his big win and had a tune-up at Hobart last week, winning in the fastest time of the night. He has taken to Wentworth Park well in the past, with three wins and a place from five starts. He ran third in the Paws of Thunder final in January and has a best of 29.65. He will be hard to hold out.
Horsham Cup winner Crump (6) has drawn off the fence in box six. He trialled in 29.85 last week and this will be his first start at the track under race conditions. If he can negotiate the turn safely he could turn this into an interesting race, as he is very strong.
The Victorian trained Tonk (1) debuted at Wentworth Park on 15 March in a flying 29.57. This heat is a rise in class from the field he met two weeks ago but if he runs up to that performance he will be up there.
Awesome Project (8) is a former NSW chaser now in the hands of the astute Darren McDonald. He is risky at box rise and will need to do everything right from the wide draw.
Heat Nine â Group One Golden Easter Egg (Race 9 at 10:12pm)
Richmond Derby winner Red Road (6) gets a chance to strut his stuff in the ninth heat. He has 11 career wins from 15 starts, with three of those wins coming at Wentworth Park. He has a best of 29.54 and displays generally good box manners. He just has to steer clear of any interference from the bad draw to take this out.
Calm Model (5) is returning from a long six month spell so should be fresh for this. She has two wins at Wentworth Park, with a best of 29.70.
Rookie Rebel winner Hawk Alone (1) has drawn his box. He is a strong 500 metre chaser who will be looking to pounce if he has a clear run.
Maitland Cup finalist New Gleam (4) has had the one start at Wentworth Park for a 30.01 win. He recorded a first section of 5.38 and if he can do that again he is a big chance of being near the lead.
Cawbourne Havoc (2) has 10 wins at the track and his experience will put him in good stead. He is a leader and could very well take this out at good odds.
Heat Ten â Group One Golden Easter Egg (Race 10 at 10:35pm)
Hellyeah Bolt (8) has excelled at Wentworth Park and has a best of 29.92 from box eight. He has won four in total from the box and looks hard to beat.
Hellyeah Bolt’s immediate danger is drawn directly inside him. Billy Buzzard (7) has been very consistent of late and has recorded a flying 5.32 to the first mark this year. If anyone can upset the favourite, it is Billy Buzzard.
Bathurst Cup and Prelude winner Zipping Tess (3) has been pinging the lids in her last few starts but failed to do so at Maitland. Her Prelude win came here in 29.79 and she is certainly capable of performing well from the decent draw.
Dark Warrior (4) was impressive winning a Prelude two weeks ago in 30.06. He could only manage fifth from box three here last week and will need to improve to feature.
Victorian greyhounds continued their dominance of top-level staying events by running the quinella in both heats of the Group Three Betfair Cup at Wentworth Park on Saturday night.
The “Mexicans” will represent half the field in next week’s $25,000 to-the-winner final and look to hold all the aces for the big race.
Here’s how the two heat’s panned out;
The Rob Britton trained bitch Born Ali (4) led from pillar-to-post in the first heat in a stylish exhibition of front-running. Beginning flawlessly from box four, the daughter of Velocette and Born Princess (Whiskey Assassin – Born Lucky) quickly put a space on the field, carving out a first section of 16.16.
If there was any worry for Born Ali, it was the fact that event Group One winner Destini Fireball (5) was parked on her hammer and poised to strike. Everywhere that Born Ali went, Destini Fireball followed just a length behind. As they swung for home, it looked as though the old-stager may overhaul the leader, but the Group One Galaxy winner found too much, railing well and finishing the race right off to win by 1 3/4 lengths in 42.41.
Suits Us (2) made terrific ground mid-race to land third place, with Cawbourne Looney (6) finishing strongly in fourth to secure a spot in next week’s final.
Favourite, Dyna Kayla (8) was last away and took a long time to find the fence, covering plenty of extra territory. She could only manage a tiring fifth and is second reserve for the final.
Classy stayer Dyna Willow (7) was simply too good in the second heat, winning by 2 3/4 lengths and setting the time standard of 42.04 in the process for trainer Steve Collins.
Eleazar (1) found the early lead from Avondale Maurick (2) with Dyna Willow working her way to third. Down the back it looked a race in two with Eleazar giving Dyna Willow plenty to catch. But the class of Dyna Willow became more evident as the race wore on and she looked to have it won as they headed for home.
If there was any danger, it was her fellow Victorian Lucy Wires, who is known for her withering finishing burst, who started to emerge from the pack. But Dyna Willow staved off the challenges, holding them all at bay in a polished performance.
Lucy Wires rattled home for second giving Rob Britton two finalists, while Eleazar clung on to third place. Avondale Maurick managed to keep fourth position and gain a start in next Saturday’s final.
The box draw for the final is as follows;
1 – Lucy Wires – Rob Britton
2 – Cawbourne Looney – Jodie Lord
3 – Born Ali – Rob Britton
4 – Eleazar – Dean Swain
5 – Avondale Maurick – Ron Bell
6 – Dyna Willow – Steve Collins
7 – Destini Fireball – Norm Rinaldi
8 – Suits Us – Ken Burnett
9 – Shoe Laces Lady – Lesley Green
10 – Dyna Kayla – Andrea Dailly
This race, the richest, or equal richest, in the country at times, is awash with history. This year will mark its 13th running over 525 metres at the Meadows, and itâs 56th overall. Itâs also interesting to see what alleys have provided the most winners of the event since the move to the Meadows.
The first Australian Cup set the template for the prestige of the event. Run in 1958 as a handicap event over 675 yards (617 metres) at North Melbourne, the winner was the great Rookie Rebel, owned and trained by Wally Hooper. Rookie Rebel was the backmarker, off eight yards, and short-priced favourite. Despite a severe check at one point in the race, Rookie Rebel stormed home to defeat the smart NSW racer Magic Babe by three lengths in 36. 2/16ths, the fastest time registered in a handicap. He earned ÂŁ800 ($1,600) for the victory.
The Australian Cup was run over 675 yards (617 metres) at North Melbourne as a handicap from 1958 to 1962. No race was held in 1963 when the move was made to Olympic Park. The new distance was 560 yards (511 metres) and it remained a handicap in 1964 and 1965. From 1966 to 1995 it was run at Olympic Park. When that track closed, the Cup took place over 515 metres at Sandown Park from 1996 to 1998. In 1999 it moved to the Meadows and was contested over 518 metres until 2001. Since 2002 it has been run over 525 metres at the Meadows.
When Is The Race Run
The first Australian Cup was held on 31 March 1958, and has been held either in late February or March through most of its history. The exceptions have been when it was run in May from 1995 to 1997 and again in 2002, and January in 1998 and 2000.
Only the one: China Trip, in 1992 and 1993.
Only Reserves to Win
Biggest Winning Margins
Eaglehawk Star won by seven and a half lengths in 1985; Brett Lee blitzed the 2001 field by seven lengths in the last Cup contested over 518 metres; South Australian speedster Ginger won by six and a quarter lengths in 1989; NSW champion Benjamin John scored by six lengths in 1969 and Listowel Sue won by five and a half lengths in 1977.
Closest Winning Margins
The dead-heat in 2003 between Blackjack Tom and Most Awesome is obviously the closest of all time. Old Tops won in 1964 by half a head, becoming the first winner of the race at Olympic Park and also the first from NSW. Regal Post downed Dundalk Star by a head in 1987. China Trip won both her Australian Cups, in 1992 and 1993, by a head. Black Diro won by half a neck in 1971.
Most Successful Trainers
Queensland mentor Jim Coleman was the first to train dual winners, in successive years with Ungwilla Lad (1975) and Odious (1976). Then Garry Ball trained China Trip to win two in a row. Darren McDonald prepared Brett Lee in 2001 and Pure Octane in 2005; Robert Britton put the polish on Isa Brown (2002) and Tasman Queen (2008); Andrea Dailly has scored with Dyna Lachlan (2010) and Spud Regis (2013), and Graeme Bate has one and a half winners: he prepared Blackjack Tom in 2003 (who dead heated) and Velocette in 2009.
Idle Mate (third 1958, second 1959), Cheltenham Lass (second 1966 & 1967), Fawn Nulla (third 1966, Won 1967), Ungwilla Lad (Won 1975, third 1976), Count DâArgent (fourth 1977, Won 1978), Tangaloa (second 1979, Won 1980), Franklin Deano (eighth 1990, Won 1991), China Trip (Won 1992 & 1993), Bomber Gleeson (third 1992 & 1993), Super Impact (seventh 1994, sixth 1995), El Galo (second 2008 & 2009), and High Earner (fell 2010, second 2011).
Some Beaten Stars
Magic Babe (second 1958), Shanâs View (sixth 1960), Dennis Direct (second 1961), Tamaroo (seventh 1962), The Stripper (second 1964), Takiri (eighth 1965), Cheltenham Lass (second 1966 & 1967), Kintaâs Son (fifth 1966), Miram Miss (sixth 1968), Petite Panther (second 1971), Miloâs Charm (second 1972), Bristol Miss (fifth 1972), Miss Baines (second 1973), Tempix (second 1980), Acclaim Star (sixth 1980), White Panther (eighth 1980), Chariot Supreme (sixth 1984), Acacia Park (eighth 1984), Legendary Kid (third 1986), True To Do (second 1993), Hotshot (fourth 1998), Reggemite (seventh 1999), Go Wild Teddy (second 2001), Dutchyâs Angel (third 2001), Cyrus The Virus (fifth 2003), Monsterâs Inc (second 2004), Paua To Burn (seventh 2006), Train A Journey (second 2007), and Glen Gallon (seventh 2013).
Meadow Vale (1960) was the first Tasmanian to win the Cup, defeating Fairâs Orders and thereby giving trainer Peter Reid the quinella.
Dennis Direct, the runner-up to Copeland in 1961, later went to the United States to race.
Take A Bow, who won in 1962 to take his record to eight wins from just 11 starts, including the Sandown track record, was the sire of 1969 winner Benjamin John.
Busyâs Warrior, third to Peteâs Advice in 1981, was later disqualified for a positive swab, and Hotshow Vintage, second to Arvoâs Express in 2000, was another who was later disqualified.
Apart from the 2003 dead-heat for first, there was a dead-heat for third, in 1987, between Fernando Prince and Shining Chariot.
The Australian Cup was the richest race in the country between 1960 (when it was worth ÂŁ1,400 to the winner) and 1962 and from 1964 to 1979 (that year it shared equal billing with the Melbourne Cup, both races being worth $30,000 to the winner). In 1983 it was worth $50,000 and again became the richest race, until 1989. Since then, it has shared top billing in 1996, and 1998 to 2000.
Since the move to the Meadows and the 525-metre distance, winners have come out of six boxes, but the majority, perhaps not surprisingly, have exited box one (four winners). Box two has provided one success (St Pierre) and box three one and a half. No winner has worn the blue rug or the green. In fact, the last winner to come from box six was Brett Lee and I am fairly sure the last winner to come from box four was Franklin Deano in 1991.
The 2014 Super Stayers final will cover the full spectrum of youth and experience this year after three exciting heats were run and won at The Meadows on Saturday night.
Whodat Knockin’ turned out to be the surprise package of the night when he qualified fastest in the final heat. Incredibly it was the dogs first start over the 725 metre trip.
The heats featured plenty of upsets and surprises that will see a few new faces taking their place in next week’s Group One final.
Let’s take a look at how they panned out;
Heat One – 2014 Superstayers
Classy staying bitch Dyna Willow (5) showed plenty of tenacity to take out the first heat in an eventful affair.
Born Ali (1) went to the boxes as the favourite and when she jumped quickly and led early, it looked as though the race was hers for the keeping. However, a slight bump with Lethal Three (6) saw Born Ali drift back sharply through the field. Subsequent vetting of the dog showed an injury to a triangle muscle.
Born Ali’s mishap left Lethal Three alone in front, with Infinite Wish (2) and Wag Tail (4) in pursuit, but the drama of the race had not finished yet.
Infinite Wish raced up and all but claimed Lethal Three before the pair bumped, which saw Wag Tail cop the backwash and fall.
As all this happened, Dyna Willow was just beginning to hook out and unleash her run home. Lethal Three led by close to four lengths as they swung for home, but Dyna Willow exploded down the straight and put paid to Lethal Three in grand style to win by a length in 43.06 for trainer Steve Collins.
Lethal Three hung on for second with Infinite Wish in third.
Dyna Willow has been a permanent fixture in group staying finals of late and certainly has a knack of putting herself into a race. She will definitely be worthy of consideration in next week’s final given her Group One experience.
Heat Two – 2014 Superstayers
The second heat was one for the senior citizens when last years winner Destini Fireball (8), who turns four-years-of-age next month, reproduced some of his finest form to win in 42.86.
While the winner was certainly a surprise, two of the biggest surprises occurred at box rise. Favourite Dyna Kayla (2) and the normally zippy beginner Benarkin (3) came out of the boxes seventh and eighth respectively.
This left New Tibur (5) in front with Destini Fireball in second place. This pair led the field out of the straight and into the back with Benarkin mustering pace from last to work to third along the fence. The favourite Dyna Kayla tried desperately to secure a passage through the field but found herself wide for the bulk of the trip.
As the field left the back, Destini Fireball gained the ascendency and quickly put a margin on New Tibur. Dyna Kayla and Benarkin battled on but were struggling to make any ground on the leader.
Destini Fireball prevailed in a vintage effort to win by 1 3/4 lengths. Sweet It Is (7) came from the clouds to snare second place with Dyna Kayla in third.
Heat Three – 2014 Superstayers
The final heat saw a major upset when Whodat Knockin’ (5) celebrated his first start over 725 metres a win in a Group One heat.
The Sam Bonnacurso trained son of Knocka Norris and Shanlyn Supreme flew out of box five and put a big space on the field the first time down the straight, setting new first and second split records in the process.
Speed Lane (4) and last week’s Zoom Top winner Cheetah Zorro were the early chasers, while favourite Lucy Wires (3) began tardily and found early trouble which hampered her chances of running into the race.
Off the back Whodat Knockin’ was absolutely high-balling in front and led by the better part of ten lengths. The margin abbreviators were Speed Lane and Hala Belle (7), who looked to have their work cut out for them if they were to be any hope of winning.
Hala Belle rocketed home but could only manage to get within a length of Whodat Knockin’ on the line who prevailed to score in a best-on-night time of 42.85. Maddison Dee finished in third place some four lengths away.
Next Saturday night’s final looks to be a mouth-watering affair with a terrific combination of new and old chasing the $100,000 first prize.
Could it be the new kid on the block Whodat Knockin’ or the precocious Dyna Kayla landing their first Group One? Or will the grand old stager Destini Fireball rekindle the days of yore and add to his already impressive CV by going back-to-back?
1. Hala Bell – Peter Akathiotis (42.90)
2. Destini Fireball – Norm Rinaldi (42.86)
3. Whodat Knockinâ – Sam Bonnacurso (42.85)
4. Lethal Three – Kelly Bravo (43.12)
5. Maddison Dee – Michael Chilcott (43.17)
6. Dyna Kayla – Andrea Dailly (43.14)
7. Dyna Willow – Steve Collins (43.06)
8. Sweet It Is – Leonard Jones (42.97)
9. Infinite Wish – Angela Langton (43.25)
10. Benarkin – Tony Brett (43.18)
Eight heats of the 2014 Group One Australian Cup were conducted on Saturday night at The Meadows, with a quality field assembled for the big final next week.
Darren McDonald has qualified two runners for the final, with Keybow the fastest qualifier for next weekâs final after a devastating performance in the final heat. Dyna Nalin, who has qualified for yet another Group race final, will be chasing Miataâs prize money record next week.
Greyhounds from New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and Tasmania will all feature in the final.
Hereâs a look at how each of the heats panned out.
Heat One – 2014 Group One Australian Cup
Kiss Me Ketut (3) had it all his own way, leading from start to finish in a personal best time of 29.77 to secure a berth in another Group One final. He ran a smart 5.04 first section and had Punch One Out (5) with him for most of the race. The inside draw gave Kiss Me Ketut the advantage of a rails run as Punch One Out had to work hard on Kiss Me Ketutâs outside. They were matching strides down the back straight but Kiss Me Ketut didnât let the outside runner worry him and he emerged victorious by three quarters of a length over Punch One Out. Prue Bale (4) loomed as a danger turning for home, but she was unable to make up the ground on the home straight, finishing third.
Heat Two – 2014 Group One Australian Cup
Marcus Joe (2) has lived up to his Maturity win last year, qualifying for the Australian Cup after taking out heat two in 30.04. As expected, the speedy Magic Diva (3) pinged straight to the front and was rattling along in the early stages, but the 525 metre trip was always going to be the telling factor. The talented Marcus Joe got himself into a perfect position in the early stages of the race, settling in second position. Favourite, Peter Rocket (1) was back in fourth on the rails. Buckle Up Mason (4) was also prominent. Magic Diva was still six lengths in front down the back straight but by the home turn, Marcus Joe had abbreviated that margin to two lengths with Peter Rocket also hot on his heels. Marcus Joe barged his way under Magic Diva up the home straight with Peter Rocket electing to go on the outside. However, once Marcus Joe hit the front, the result was never in doubt as he finished strongly to win by two lengths from Peter Rocket, with Buckle Up Mason completing the trifecta. The early lamplighter, Magic Diva, finished fourth.
Heat Three – 2014 Group One Australian Cup
Darren McDonald is no stranger to Group One finalâs and he has qualified Hallelujah Henry (1) for the big final. Hallelujah Henry used the perfect rails draw to lead all the way in 29.91, finishing three quarters of a length ahead of the fast finishing Crawfâs Bread (2), with Empire Allen (7) another five and a half lengths away in third. Of the others, Hawk Alone (3) was checked out of the race at the first turn. NSW chaser Boyce Road (8) was eating up the metres down the back straight after being last at the first turn, but he got dragged down by General Destini (5) and that ended any hope he had of storming home.
Heat Four – 2014 Group One Australian Cup
Musquin Bale (2) returned from a long spell in the Warragul Cup heats and with a little bit of racing under his belt since then, he has steadily improved, with tonightâs win bringing up a hat trick for the Andrea Dailly trained dog. He finished too strongly for early leader Paw Licking (7), winning easily by four and a quarter lengths in 29.89. High Recall (8) was unable to cross from box eight and had to settle for fourth after Bazzaâs Gift nabbed her on the line for third.
Heat Five – 2014 Group One Australian Cup
Buckle Up Wes (6) has made up for the disappointment of not being in the final field for the Launceston Cup by qualifying in fine style for the Australian Cup. The win was good for the Tasmanian based dog as he had to come from behind. National Time (5) was the early leader and Buckle Up Wes was able to sit just off the pace. Hot favourite Farmor Las Vegas (1) didn’t begin well from the inside, while Banjo Boy (8) and Zelemar Fever (7) were unable to cross the field. Buckle Up Wes made a quick decision to head wide turning for home and he finished over the top of National Time by a length in 29.98. Jordan Allen (4) filled third.
Heat Six – 2014 Group One Australian Cup
Another day, another Group One final for Dyna Nalin (1) and Paul Stuart. Dyna Nalin used all his experience to patiently wait on the rails for the run at the home turn that would secure him a berth in the Australian Cup final. In taking the lead, he surpassed fellow West Australian chaser Te Amo (5) who began the best at box rise and maintained a fair lead for much of the race. Dyna Nalin first tried to get underneath the field just out of the first turn but checked off the back of Humphrey Bale (2). He had more luck turning for home and secured the win by half a length over the gallant Te Amo with Humphrey Bale finishing third. If Dyna Nalin can win the big one next week, he will break Miataâs prize money record.
Heat Seven – 2014 Group One Australian Cup
Innocent Til (8) reversed his fortunes in the Temlee by beginning brilliantly from box eight to lead all the way in 29.79. When the lids opened, Shadow Lane (7) did a sharp left hand turn out of the boxes, paving a clear alley for Innocent Til. Noted strong finisher Hailstorm Billy (1) quickly got to second down the back straight and looked the only chance to run down Innocent Til, but Innocent Til had about 10 lengths on the field at that stage and wound up winning by three and a quarter over Hailstorm Billy and Tick Bale (6), giving Jason Thompson a runner in next weekâs final.
Heat Eight – 2014 Group One Australian Cup
The final heat was punctuated by the scintillating performance of recent Perth Cup winner Keybow (8). He used box eight to perfection to romp away by nine and a quarter lengths in a flying 29.59, which is just over two lengths off Heston Baleâs track record of 29.45. Thereâs not much that can be said for the rest of the field as Keybow turned the race into a one-act affair. Speed Series (5) and Clone Your Own (7) filled the places.
The final field and box draw for next weekâs Group One Maurice Blackburn Lawyers Australian Cup is:
1. Kiss Me Ketut – David Burnett (29.77)
2. Keybow – Darren McDonald (29.59)
3. Dyna Nalin – Paul Stuart (30.03)
4. Innocent Til – Jason Thompson (29.79)
5. Hallelujah Henry – Darren McDonald (29.91)
6. Musquin Bale – Andrea Dailly (29.89)
7. Buckle Up Wes – Edward Medhurst (29.98)
8. Marcus Joe – Barry Moloney (30.04)
9. Punch One Out
10. Crawfâs Bread
According to punters, Hawk Alone (8) was a rough chance to take out the Group One Macro Meats Rookie Rebel over the middle distance at The Meadows. However, the black dog by Westmead Hawk-Glamorous Jade (Brett Lee-Glamorous) had other ideas.
Bookkeeper (6) and Xylia Allen (5) battled for favouritism before box rise, but when the lids opened it was veteran General Destini (2) that got the early break. Xylia Allen (5) began well but was caught up in traffic at the first turn. Bookkeeper was also checked and it was the two favourites now leading the field at the wrong end.
Hawk Alone (8) managed to cross clear of the trouble to get the sit on General Destini. Spirited Flame (1) was about eight lengths away in third and about to make the run of the race. Hawk Alone moved to the outside of General Destini rounding the turn for home and hit the front halfway up the straight. Spirited Flame dropped from the clouds to storm home up the home straight between General Destini and Hawk Alone and was found wanting by just a head.
It was a great finish to the race, which was won in 34.65. General Destini finished a length and a half away in third. Xylia Allen didn’t look a chance after she found interference and Bookkeeper also struggled to get back in the race.
Hawk Alone’s co-trainer Tom Dailly commented that he was worried about Spirited Flame in the closing stages but “the dog has a big heart and just kept kicking.”
Hawk Alone is trained by Andrea Dailly and owned by Mark Rodgers. The Rookie Rebel win is the dogs first Group One and brings his earnings over $200,000.
Itâs finally that time of year for WA racing; when a number of Australiaâs best greyhounds brave the heat for their working holiday in the West, with the end result a rug the Perth Cup final (530 metres) and a chance of winning $140,000.
General Destini has made the trip over to Perth for the second time. Last year he ran second in the Perth Cup heats from box four, running 30.56. Jumping from box one will increase his chance of winning the race dramatically, but he will have to improve on his best WA time of 30.43 if he is going to finish first across the line. Heâs currently paying $2.80 for the win.
Andrea Daillyâs Hawk Alone is set to jump second favourite ($3.00) from box three. He comes to Perth without a win at Cannington from his three starts, but strength should be on his side after having multiple starts over 600 metres at the Meadows.
Keybow for Darren McDonald is the fourth visiting greyhound in the first heat. The youngster with only 16 starts to his name is set to jump from box two, paying $3.20 for his first WA start. The black dog came second in the Cranbourne Cup two starts back over their 520 metre distance. He came home well, which should hold him in good stead for the extra 10 metres he has to run at Cannington.
All four WA representatives are in double figure odds, West On Santo for Linda Britton jumped well last week and is in career best form. Box six wonât do him any favours, even though his best time was run from box five, and the jump in class may be too much. Paul Stuartâs Dannie Bale (box eight) has the WA experience and time of 30.31, but his form of late has not been great.
WA holds favouritism in the second heat, with Paul Stuartâs chaser Hillbilly Flash jumping from box one and paying $2.00 in the pre-post markets. The white and black dog is searching for his fourth consecutive win and he ran a personal best time of 30.30 three starts back. He almost repeated his efforts last week running 30.35.
Victorian chaser Veyron Bale (box two) for trainer Andrea Dailly has had four starts at Cannington for one win in a time of 30.67. Two starts back at Wentworth Park he ran a best of the night performance over 520 metres in a heat of the Paws Of Thunder. The 520 metre trip at Wentworth Park is his longest distance recently, with multiple successful starts over 400 metres at Sale, Geelong and Ballarat; hopefully Canningtonâs 530 metres wonât knock him around too much.
Linda Brittonâs Enough Talking ($24.00) has run the second fastest recorded time coming into the heats. Although he is without a Cannington win for 14 starts, the black dog is slowly finding his form. He will have to do everything right from box six to win the race.
Victorian Iona Seven ($1.60) for trainer Robert Britton has been in hot form of late, winning the Group 1 Paws Of Thunder. She has drawn out wide for her two wins and drawing box seven in the Perth Cup heat cant come as too much of a disappointment.
Ben Abercrombieâs speedy beginner Burzynski is jumping from box one and paying $4.50 for the win. He has the capability to cause problems if he can find the lead early, but has not won at Cannington in six starts. However, if he finds himself in front of the field early on, it will be a hard task for chasers to run him down.
Steven Collinsâ Liara Allen ($6.00) is searching for her eighth win in her first start at Cannington. Her last three starts have been over distance, which should help her when it comes down to the final stages.
Zelemar Fever is the deserving $1.60 favourite in the fourth heat of the Perth Cup. She is in flying form of late, breaking the 30-second barrier on three occasions; running her personal best time of 29.90 last week. The little black bitch has had superb box draws recently; wearing the red rug in three of her past six starts. Jumping from box seven this week is her only hurdle.
Linda Brittonâs second chaser Te Amo (box four) is without doubt a speedy bitch. Her downfall a lack of strength over the 530 metre trip, especially when she has greyhounds like Mepunga Fearon and Zelemar Fever to contend with.
Mepunga Fearon ($15.00) has drawn box six for his second start at Cannington. Last week he found trouble on the first corner but ran home well to finish third. Although this is a tough heat, his run last week will give him a helping hand.
WAâs traveling sensation and reigning Perth Cup winner Dyna Nalin will jump as the $2.00 favourite from box seven. He is yet to win since returning from a working vacation, finishing third and fifth. Despite his dip in form he is too talented to let the opportunity to take a second Perth Cup pass him by.
The Linda Britton trained Gone To Heaven has the least experience in the fifth heat, with only eight starts to her name. She has won on seven occasions, bit at her last start she finished fourth after finding trouble throughout. The sentimental bitch jumping from box five definitely has the speed to contend in the race. She ran her personal best time of 30.23 from the same box.
Andrea Daillyâs Allen Deed is jumping from box four paying $5.00 for the win. Heâs also inexperienced, with just 11 starts and six wins. He is yet to race at Cannington but muse be respected after his Silver Chief heat victory.
Dyna Beth for trainer Andrea Dailly is currently the $2.50 favourite and jumps from box three. Even without a win in her last four starts, the second place getter in the Melbourne Cup has enough class to take out the sixth heat of the Perth Cup.
Paul Stuartâs Fancy Dreamer has a perfect record from his six starts at Cannington and his fastest winning time of 30.22 from box six is the fastest of the WA competitors in the heat. He is currently paying $3.00 to win from box seven.
High Recall is a talented up and comer from the Britton kennels. She has won seven of her 10 starts, the majority of them in impressive times. The little black bitch ran her fastest time of 30.32 over the 530 metre trip two weeks ago. Her inexperience against this class of dogs will be her main issue.
Silver Chief winner Ollie Bale is set to jump as the $2.40 favourite from box six for Andrea Dailly. His first start at Cannington will prove a hard one, with Star Recall and Crump both past runners at Cannington and in good form.
Star Recall for Linda Britton is jumping from box five and paying $5.00 for the win. The little black bitch has won on five occasions from just eight starts. Her inexperience may work against her in this class, although her past four starts have all been wins at Mandurah. The jump in distance may also make things a little hard for the youngster.
Crump has returned to WA for his first Perth Cup series, after last travelling to WA for the Group 2 Derby. He won his Derby heat in an impressive 30.38, but he was unable to overcome box eight in the final finishing fourth to Boris Fields. Jumping from box four in the Perth Cup heats Crump is paying $3.80 to defeat this talented field.
Both Sveta Monelli and Prue Bale hold $2.50 favouritism in the last heat of the Perth Cup. Sveta Monelli has recently defeated the likes of On Coin and Zelemar Fever and is in career best form. She looks hard to beat from a WA perspective, even from box six.
Victorian Prue Bale has the red for only the second time in her career and sheâs a last start winner at the Meadows from box four. Prue Bale will not be able to give Sveta Monelli much room if she wants to secure a rug in the Perth Cup the following week.
Awesome Project ($7.50) for Darren McDonald is searching for his sixth consecutive win from mostly outside box draws. Wearing the pink rug on Saturday night shouldnât come as too much of a disappointment after his recent box draws and strength should be on his side after successfully competing over 600 metres at the Gosford racetrack.
Out of the 64 greyhounds that are competing in the $10,000 to the winner heats of the Perth Cup, only eight will earn their rugs and privilege to race in WAâs biggest event, the Perth Cup. The box drawn for the Perth Cup will be drawn out on Sunday the 2nd of February at the Greyhounds WA industry night.
As trainers prepare their greyhounds for the Perth Cup series they spare a thought for Brenda and John Crossley, who are unable to race their superstar On Coin, who fell two weeks ago and sustained a shoulder injury. On Coin would have been a serious contender in the Perth Cup heats.
Six heats of the Group 2 Lion Quality Products Warragul Cup were conducted on Sunday afternoon and the excitement factor was at an all time high when the Nicole Mcrae trained chaser, Walk Hard, broke the track record in the third heat.
The final will be an interesting affair with Paw Licking and Black Magic Opal meeting for the first time since Paw Lickingâs track record breaking win in the Hobart 1000. That match up alone will have plenty of eyes drawn to Warragul for Friday nightâs final. Here is a summary of the six heats:
2014 Warragul Cup Heat One
There was a boil over in the first heat when Risk of Damage (4) finished too strongly for Whata Good Size (2). Whata Good Size and Transcend Time (1) were vying for favouritism before box rise. When the lids lifted, Risk of Damage, Ollie Bale (5), Transcend Time and Whata Good Size all got away well. By the first turn there was only Risk of Damage, Whata Good Size and Ollie Bale contending for the lead. Ollie Bale was stuck on the outside of the other two and up the straight, Whata Good Size hit the lead but Risk of Damage wasn’t finished yet as he reeled in Whata Good Size to win by half a length in 26.04. He was a $29.60 in Victorian betting markets. Ozzie Bullet (7) rattled home for third.
2014 Warragul Cup Heat Two
Black Magic Opal (4) returned to the winnerâs circle with an emphatic two and a quarter length win in the second heat. Black Magic Opal recorded 25.61 and defeated Crump (7) and Empire Allen (8). Black Magic Opal led and the race was over from that point on, with the contest for second and third the only race happening. Check My Swagger (6) got away well and was positioned nicely in second but collided with Mepunga Armagh (2) in the home straight. Crump finished strongly, getting into second and booking a place in the final.
2014 Warragul Cup Heat Three
The third heat resulted in an amazing track record breaking run by Walk Hard (3) who ran down Paw Licking (7) in an exciting duel up the home straight. Walk Hard recorded 25.46 in his one length victory. Paw Licking led easily into the turn, running the fastest first sections of all the heats and the race looked all but over. Walk Hard began midfield but was able to find a nice position on the rails to begin his record breaking run. Mepunga Fearon (1) battled away for third. Walk Hard is clearly the fastest qualifier through to next Fridayâs final.
2014 Warragul Cup Heat Four
Banjo Boy (7) started favourite but wasnât able to overcome the box and finished fifth. It was a tight run into the first turn with Nic Nat Nui (8), Izack Bale (2) and Cee Ronaldo (1) all challenging for the lead. Cee Rinaldo came off best but Evieâs Entity (4) was finishing fast along the rails and she drew away to win by two and a half lengths in 25.78.
2014 Warragul Cup Heat Five
This was the hardest heat to pick a clear winner. The recent Tasmanian edition to Darren McDonaldâs kennels impressed with a solid second in this heat. Cointreau Cap (6) led the field up with Premier Event (8) doing the chasing early. Behind them, Awesome Grunt (1) was working himself into the race nicely with a run along the rails. Cointreau Cap kept plugging away up front but Awesome Grunt was slowly working him down, eventually getting to him and winning by three quarters of a length in 25.79. Crawfâs Bread (3) snuck home for third.
2014 Warragul Cup Heat Six
Deadly Vane (8) was much too good in the final heat. He used the outside box to perfection to run away with a five length win in 25.57. Musquin Bale (7) performed well at his first start back from a long spell to finish second with Dark Warrior winding up in third.
The field and box draw for the final on Friday, 24 January 2014 (including heat times) is:
2014 Warragul Cup Final Box Draw
- 1. Paw Licking â Kelvyn Greenough (25.52)
- 2. Deadly Vane â Joe Borg (25.57)
- 3. Awesome Grunt â Ian Bindley (25.79)
- 4. Evieâs Entity â Lyn Smith (25.78)
- 5. Walk Hard â Nicole Mcrae (25.46)
- 6. Risk of Damage â Geraldine Debono (26.04)
- 7. Black Magic Opal â Jason Thompson (25.61)
- 8. Crump â Troy Iwanyk (25.75)
- 9. Cointreau Cap â Darren McDonald (25.84)
- 10. Musquin Bale â Andrea Dailly (25.88)
2014 Warragul Cup Heats Replays
Ollie Bale (8) took out the 2014 Group One AJS Corporation Silver Chief at The Meadows on Saturday night for trainer Andrea Dailly and owner Paul Wheeler. The 31kg chaser registered the time of 30.19 en route to landing the $100,000 first prize.
Co-Trainer Tom Dailly had told ARG in the lead up to the event that he hoped his dog would be in the top two as they passed the post the first time and that is exactly how things panned out.
Beginning as well as can be expected from the extreme outside, the son of Go Wild Teddy and Zambola Bale (Collision – Maple Bale) was fourth to exit the traps and had headed the early leader Kid Maximus (1) by the post the first time.
Despite holding the front all the way up the back straight, Ollie Bale was yet to get to the fence and Kid Maximus refused to relent on the inside as he inched up to within a head of the lead nearing the top of the home turn. But Ollie Bale’s strength proved too much and he finally got the better of Kid Maximus, who checked off the eventual winners heels as he finally moved down to the fence.
From that point, Ollie Bale put on the afterburners and careered away to score by two and a quarter lengths to a gallant Kid Maximus, with Top Innings (7) running a solid race to finish in third.
The win was Ollie Bale’s seventh from twenty four outings and takes his career earnings to $129,740.
2014 Silver Chief Final Replay
The final of the 2014 Group One AJS Corporation Silver Chief at The Meadows is one of the most even fields in recent memory. Based on first split times you can literally throw a Kleenex over the field at the end of the first section, and it’s not much different when it comes to the finish either.
The race could well be decided in the run down the straight the first time, with the charge into the first turn likely to be no place for the faint hearted. Whoever can manage to get through that part of the event unscathed should take a power of beating.
In a race that has a history of producing some of the finest greyhounds of their generations, this years instalment looks like an engrossing battle with any of the eight starters a chance at not only scooping the $100,000 first prize, but also etching their name into greyhound racing immortality.
|Comments:Â Paul AkathiotisÂ (Trainer)Â -Â âYouâve gotta be quick out of the boxes, you need to run around the five secondÂ mark to lead basically. Iâm keeping him fresh, Iâve given him a free gallop onÂ Tuesday and Iâm keeping him fresh until Saturday, you want him to jump out andÂ lead. He has gone 5.04 and 5.05 in trials so he can do it, he can lead. Iâm justÂ hoping to run a good race, thereâs some pretty good dogs in there.â||
|Â Ride the Rails||
|Comments:Â Darren BrownÂ (Trainer) - âI’m very happy with the box, I’d much prefer there than out wide. I’d like to see him lead but the dog he ran against last week, Top Innings, he does begin, but heâs gotta be able to get down so if we both begin, I’ve got the fence and thereâs going to be a lot of interference coming down to the winning post. You can’t be too confident going into this race because virtually every dog has an identical first split, give or take a length and they’re all evenly matched.”||
|Comments:Â Joe BorgÂ (Trainer) – âI’m happy with him being on the inside even though heâs had most of his starts on the outside. Box three is new to him so we really have no idea what he’s going to do, but hopefully he pings straight to the front. The four wins he has had there, he has began well but still found interference. In this type of race, a Group One final, youâd prefer no interference at all. That’s what we are hoping for, a clean start and a clean run to the first turn, that will set up the race for him.â||
|Comments:Â Michelle Mallia-MagriÂ (Trainer) –Â âHeâs probably the most unlucky dog I’ve got in the shed when it comes to box draws. You have to lead in these races. I think the two (Ride The Rails) goes to the fence, so if he jumps I’m just hoping I can beat Deadly Vane out of the boxes and at worst, I’ll have a sit on the two. That’s my aim anyway, it doesn’t always work out that way unfortunately.”||
|Comments: Andrea Dailly (Trainer) – âThe box isn’t great, but he chases hard, we’ve just gotta hope he gets a clear run early. He doesn’t ping the boxes but he does accelerate quite quickly. Heâd be a chance of leading if they left him alone early but realistically I don’t think he will lead.â||
|Comments: Darren McDonaldÂ (Trainer) –Â “He’s probably going to struggle. BoxÂ six has given him no favours. He’s only a young dog, he’s up against the odds with the dogs that are in there but he’s got a little chance I suppose. He’s a leader, if he gets to the front he could maybe run a place. He’s not overly strong at this stage so he’ll have to get to the front and get a bit of a break and hope they crash behind.”||
|Comments:Â Jeffrey BrittonÂ (Trainer) – âHe will have to lead, he won’t be coming from behind and thereâs probably a few in the race like that. If he misses it from out there, well you’re in big strife. I’m sure if thereâs a little bit of buffeting around the first turn it won’t bother him, he’s a pretty good chaser, but we have to be up the front. You just hope he does everything right.â||
|Comments:Â Andrea DaillyÂ (Trainer) – âI would like him out wide if it was anywhere but the Meadows, itâs very hard to get across from the pink at the Meadows. Heâll need to really come out flying. I’d like him to be in the first couple.â||
|Comments:Â Found trouble last week, with a clear run in this field he could give some cheek.||
|Comments:Â Promising young dog who would be in this up to his ears if he gained a start.||
Top Innings looks to hold all the aces in this race. If he can begin and lead from box seven then it could be all over. Should he miss the start, look for Ride The Rails in box two or Veetee Turbo in box four to capitalise on their opportunity. Deadly Vane and Ollie Bale can also loom as big dangers if they can land anywhere near the speed as they go down the back. This is shaping up as one heck of a race.
Upsets were the order of the evening in the four semi finals of the Group One AJS Corporation Silver Chief at the Meadows on Saturday night.
Just one favourite runner (Top Innings) finished in the top two and managed to qualify for next week’s $100,000 to-the-winner final.
The field looks very even for week’s main event with plenty of new names on the scene all bidding to become the next Group One champion. The box draw for the final is listed below.
Semi Final 1
Kid Maximus (5) kicked off proceedings by causing an upset in the first semi final, leading throughout to score in 30.22. Kid Maximus found some of his early dash that had been lacking a little in recent outings, leading quickly from box five in a first section of 5.11. Second favourite Veetee Turbo (4) suffered some interference as they went through the first turn but managed to get to second place into the back straight and set out in pursuit of the leader. Keybow (6) sat deep on the track and also loomed as a danger given his propensity to run on. But all honours were with the Peter Akathiotis trained son of Where’s Pedro and Aussie Belle who staved off both challengers to score by one and three quarter lengths. Veetee Turbo hung on for second place just in front of Keybow to book his place in next week’s big final. It was just Kid Maximus’ second win since May and his third at the Meadows from 24 outings.
Semi Final 2
In what always looked the toughest of the four races on paper, the upsets continued in the second semi final when Ollie Bale (2) stormed home to salute in 30.08, setting the time standard for the four semi finals in the process. Shifty Sticka (5) started a short priced favourite and, while it was never going to be easy for him from that draw, not many thought he would bomb the start completely and virtually have zero chance from box rise. Empire Allen (3) found the front early in 5.11. But his kennelmate Ollie Bale’s presence on the fence in second place was always going to be his main threat given the dogs strong run home. Tiggerlong Chief (8) landed in third early and scouted wide from the outside draw. Off the back, Empire Allen managed to maintain a three length ascendency but by the time they swung for home Ollie Bale began to wind up and went by Empire Allen with a withering finishing burst, scoring by one and three quarter lengths. Empire Allen finished in the all important second placing to make it an Andrea Dailly quinella, with Gimme Fuel (4) finishing third. Ollie Bale’s run home was the feature of the race, the run home time was 12.30 with Ollie Bale running over the top of the leader in that time. The son of Go Wild Teddy and Zambola Bale showed that he has inherited some of the strength that was a trademark of his mother during her career.
Semi Final 3
After three semi finals, punters were still yet to get it right with yet another favourite missing a place. Deadly Vane (5) finished solidly to win in 30.22 for trainer Joe Borg in a mixing affair. Favourite Allen deed (1) left the boxes quickly but was quickly challenged by both Deadly Vane and Beckenbauer (6) in a run to the first turn that was no place for the faint hearted. The line of three passed the first section in 5.15. Allen Deed and Deadly Vane bumped slightly and Beckenbauer made the most of an uninterrupted run to scorch away down the back. His only danger from that point was Deadly Vane, with the rest of the field a long way back. Beckenbauer fought on strongly but could not quite hold of the fast finish of Deadly Vane who grabbed him in the shadows of the post to score by half a length. Hailstorm Billy (7) ran on solidly to finish third. The win sees Deadly Vane maintain his perfect record at the Meadows with the son of Vee Man Vane and Surfing Idol winning four from four at the circuit.
Semi Final 4
Top Innings (1) led throughout to win the final semi final in 30.10 for trainer Jeff Britton. The son of High Earner and Ricky’s Angel, who is part owned by former Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting, set an early mark of 5.15 and railed like the lure to make the most of the inside draw and hold the lead from Ride The Rails (6). Top Innings skipped away down the back with a line of three dogs in pursuit. Jordan Allen (4) and Godric Gryfindor (8) were doing their utmost to abbreviate the leaders margin with Ride The Rails, who was posted outside that duo, really starting to wind up as they left the back straight. But Top Innings managed to pack too much punch and hang on for a one and a quarter length win from Ride The Rails, with Godric Gryfindor finishing in third placing. The win was Top Innings’ fifth from eleven career starts and he made it two from two at The Meadows in the process.
Box Draw for the 2014 Group One AJS Corporation Silver Chief Final;
1 – Kid Maximus – Peter Akathiotis
2 – Ride The Rails – Darren Brown
3 – Deadly Vane – Joe Borg
4 – Veetee Turbo – Michelle Mallia-Magri
5 – Empire Allen – Andrea Dailly
6 – Beckenbauer – Darren McDonald
7 – Top Innings – Jeff Britton
8 – Ollie Bale – Andrea Dailly
9 – Gimme Fuel – Kelly Bravo
10 – Keybow – Darren McDonald
2014 Silver Chief Classic Semi Final Replays
This Thursday night Sandown Park hosts Australiaâs premier age restricted race for bitches. The $50,000 to the winner Laurels Classic will garner plenty of attention over the next three weeks from greyhound racing enthusiasts, with some high quality bitches engaged. The one disappointing factor is the lack of support from over the border, with only the Mark Gatt trained Ritza Hattie and the Shannon Ellis trained Booming Bennett making the trip from interstate.
âThere are a lot of good bitches going around in NSW that I thought would be making the trip, but I was surprised that they didn’t. Hopefully we can fly the flag for NSW. It has probably diluted the depth of the series and gives us some sort of chance. Dyna Willow and Infinite Wish are really classy, but they drop back from staying races. Something always pops up in these series and something will shock on the night and run flying time and grab the attention.â explained Mark Gatt, trainer of Ritza Hattie.
Heat One â 7.06pm
The first race on the program provides plenty of interest, with high quality stayer Infinite Wish dropping back in distance to take on the sprinters for trainer Angela Langton. It does appear as though the Brittonâs will be extremely hard to beat, with the consistent Midnight Scandal drawing the coveted red box, and Cairnlea Ellie coming out of the pink.
Peta Bale (Tammy Collins) â âShe is going to need plenty of luck and is one of our lesser chances. She tries her best though, so we are hopeful.â
Cairnlea Ellie (Robbie Britton) â âSheâs got genuine early pace and it wouldnât be surprising if she ran well, she must lead to win. I think she is my best chance in the series after winning at Geelong in very quick time.â
Midnight Scandal (Jeff Britton) â âShe desperately wants the red and we think she is a genuine chance.â
Infinite Wish (Angela Langton) â âIf she has a little luck around the first corner and is up near the lead she will be very hard to hold out.â
Heat Two â 7.23pm
The second heat of the night is a wide open affair and cases could be made for almost the entire field. Two of the runners in the race have drawn perfectly, with Wise Peejay in the red and Lektra Bianca in the pink. It will be an interesting race and one that could surprise the clock watchers.
Lektra Bianca (Tom Dailly) â âShe will be perfectly suited out wide and her last few runs have been the best of her career, she is some chance.â
Wise Peejay (Jeff Britton) â âShe grows a leg off the red and is a huge chance. The draw is perfect.â
Tarks Nemesis (Angela Langton) â âShe is very strong and can run good times, she just needs luck early.â
Heat Three â 7.46pm
Anyone bring a dart board? This is one of those races where anything could happen and it wouldnât surprise. If Flying Twist can position herself close to the lead, then she will be extremely tough to beat. Cosmic Wise is the logical danger from box four. The box isnât as bad as it appears, with a vacant box in five and Flying Twist on her inside, she should get plenty of room the move. This heatâs prizemoney could be heading to Anakie.
Flying Twist (Tom Dailly) â âShe isnât a bad bitch and she won over 600 last week and is strong. Box three will suit her and she is racing well.â
Cosmic Wise (Jeff Britton) â âSheâs a handy performer and will go ok. Wise Ella from that litter would have been a chance in the series, but she hurt herself.â
Oxley Delight (Robbie Britton) â âBeen hanging out for an inside box and she nearly got over a few times and just got held out. She would have to run up to her best to figure in a tough race.â
Quell Bale (Tammy Collins) â âShe loves the track at Sandown and is doing her best work there. Hopefully she can step and find the front early.â
Heat Four â 8.07pm
The fourth heat is a heat that could very easily produce the winner of the series, with multiple high quality bitches engaged. The Andrea Dailly trained Prue Bale jumps from the four and will be extremely hard to beat. She is very slick early and has the pace to offset the middle box, especially with a vacant box to her outside. The logical danger will come from the Crawford kennel, in the shape of Shall She Rock
Dyna Suzie (Tammy Collins) â âShe needs to be left alone early to do her best; she will struggle with Prue Bale on her outside.â
Prue Bale (Tom Dailly) â âShe is a good chance and has early pace, so she can offset the draw, especially with the vacant box on her outside.â
Heat Five – 8.29pm
Dyna Beth was a sensational performer during the Melbourne Cup series and she loves the 515m at Sandown. She has been set for this series and will be extremely tough to beat in a winnable heat. If Dyna Beth makes any mistakes, the obvious danger looks to be Lethal Three, who led all the way last start going a slick 29.74. If Dyna Beth jumps she should lead all the way.
Dyna Beth (Tom Dailly) â âShe is a big chance of the back of her efforts in the Melbourne Cup series. She has been freshened up for this and we expect her to run well.â
Sienna’s Fantasy (Robbie Britton) â âShe’s in a tough heat and on present form she might find the going a bit hard.â
Heat Six â 9.55pm
This will be a sensational heat to watch. All eyes will be on the Steve Collins trained distance star Dyna Willow. If she settles on the speed it will be really interesting to see what time she can run in her current form. Watta Good Dee and Maximum Lil are two bitches that could throw a spanner in the works with their early pace. Iâm really looking forward to seeing this heat unfold.
Gemstar (Tom Dailly) â âShe has some ability, but has to lead to win. She finds a lot of trouble if she doesnât lead. If she can find the front then she is some sort of chance.â
Dyna Willow (Tammy Collins) â âShe will need a clear run early, but if she gets that will be hitting the line hard.â
Watta Good Dee (Jeff Britton) â âAnother that needs early luck. Dyna Willow is the class bitch, but our bitch has a bit of pace and goes all right.â
Maximum Lil (Jordan Cooper) â âShe was a really good run last start. We would have preferred her drawn on the inside, but she can run a good race.â
Heat Seven â 10.14pm
This heat has the two interstate raiders engaged in what is widely considered to be one of the toughest heats on opening night. Ritza Hattie trialled the house down first look at the track, and with any room this could be a case of times and margins. Liara Allen has a lot of ability and could be the one bitch that could ruin the trip of Mark Gatt, who will be arriving at Sandown chock full of confidence. Booming Bennett has also trialled well in preparation for the heat, and might be one to follow as the series unfolds. Dyna Kayla also has the ability to run the hands off the clock if she can get clear running from the squeeze box. There is genuine class and depth in this heat.
Ritza Hattie (Mark Gatt) â âShe trialled really well going 29.40 first look at the track, so we are really confident going into the series.â
Liara Allen (Tammy Collins) â âWe have high expectations of her and she would be our best hope to win the series. She has drawn a tough heat though, but is suited from the inside. She is still maturing and if she can step and find the rail, we think she can go very fast.â
Dyna Kayla (Tom Dailly) â âShe is quite a promising young bitch and is strong as a bull. We are hoping she gets thru to the next week as we think she will get stronger as the series progresses. She is learning more and more and will only improve.â
Mepunga Tiara (Jeff Britton) â âShe has drawn a hard heat and needs a heap of luck. She has no early pace and will find it tough from the box.â
Booming Bennett (Adrian Dowdle) â âWon her last 3 straight and on the up. She is definitely been thrown in the deep end, but we have a happy healthy dog that is improving with every run, and is trialling very well. Itâs all great experience for all the restricted races in the first half of next year. We just hope she gets through this week as she will improve every look at the track.â
Heat Eight â 10.38pm
Heat eight is an open heat and most connections would be thinking they are a genuine chance of getting through to next weekâs semi finals. The experienced runnerâs Tamâs Wish and You Say Goodbye will both be hard to beat. Both have been racing in far tougher races and will appreciate the drop back to restricted age bitches only company. Tamâs Wish has finished behind Kiss Me Ketut, Marcus Joe, New Tibur and Veetee Express at her last four starts, and You Say Goodbye has finished behind Allen Makoto and Dark Warrior of late. Neither meets that standard of company in the race.
Mepunga Moss (Jeff Britton) â âShe has had a spell and is a good box dog. She isnât overly strong and will have to go to the lead. She is coming into this a little underdone but will improve as the series progresses.â
Tonight we saw some fantastic racing at Ballarat, but it wasn’t confined to the heats of the $70,000 Mega Merch Ballarat Cup. The second heat of the GRV VBIS Maiden Series saw a phenomenal performance from the Brian Petty trained Campaspe Will, who won in an amazing 25.15 and will be extremely hard to beat in the final. This highly talented sprinter will be a dog to watch closely over the coming months.
Coming into the Ballarat Cup there were two dogs with a chance of taking home the GRV Bonus of $50k for winning three country cups in the calendar year, and they didnât let connections down.
Ronan Izmir absolutely sizzled in the fastest heat win of the night in 25.12. It was a win full of guts and determination after being crossed early by the speedy Magic Diva, who went the clear fastest first split of the night in an electric 6.46.
Paw Licking was also a tough win after being crowded early the race. The Kel Greenough speedster drove through and led all the way in 25.14, which was the second fastest run of the night. The task wasnât made easy for either runner for the final however, with Ronan Izmir drawing box four and Paw Licking box five.
The first heat of the night was won by the Joe Borg trained Deadly Vane, who gave the more seasoned Ferly Reign a start and a beating. The Vee Man Vane youngster was a very impressive winner in a time of 25.34 at only his seventh start, with the consistent Peter Rocket another good run for third.
There were some shocks on the night though; with the highly fancied Banjo Boy lowering his colours to the honest Andrea Dailly trained Empire Allen in the third fastest heat time of 25.16. It wasn’t all good news for the Dailly kennel however, with star sprinter Spud Regis leading and getting run down in the sixth heat by the Steven Collins trained Allen Malik. The son of Surf Lorian covered the 450m in a slick 25.20, and has an extremely bright future.
Dark Warrior confirmed his liking for one-bend tracks with a workmanlike win in the fifth heat for Darren McDonald, just holding off the consistent Gary Ennis trained Blaster in a time of 25.29. His chances for the final improved considerably when he drew the red box.
The sensational run of the Robbie Britton team continued in the last heat, with star New Zealand import Clone Your Own an impressive winner in a slick 25.20. He was average to begin, but showed amazing drive and mid-race speed that will hold him in good stead for the final.
With the seven winnerâs locked into the final, it was down to timeâs for the last place in the final, and the fastest second place getter was decided by the barest of margins, with the Andrea daily trained Veyron Bale sneaking into the final after his 25.29 run behind Allen Malik. The Darren Brown trained speedster Magic Diva is first reserve after posting a time of 25.30 in her heat run behind Ronan Izmir and Banjo Boy is the second reserve after his 25.31 heat run.
2013 Group 2 $70,000 Ballarat Cup Final Box Draw
- Box 1 – Dark Warrior – Darren Mcdonald – 25.29
- Box 2 – Veyron Bale – Andrea Dailly – 25.29
- Box 3 – Clone Your Own – Rob Britton – 25.20
- Box 4 – Ronan Izmir – Janon Thompson – 25.12
- Box 5 – Paw Licking – Kel Greenough – 25.14
- Box 6 – Deadly Vane – Joe Borg – 25.34
- Box 7 – Empire Allen – Andrea Dailly – 25.16
- Box 8 – Allen Malik – Steve Collins – 25.20
- 1st Reserve – Magic Diva – Gary Ennis – 25.30
- 2nd Reserve – Banjo Boy – Ken Virtue – 25.31
2013 Ballarat Cup Heats Replays
They came and they conquered, the dynamic duo of Jason Thompson and Black Magic Opal put on a dazzling display for spectators, leading all the way in a best of the night 29.41.
In a night full of upsets, next Thursdayâs $350,000 to the winner final will prove most interesting, with the crucial box draw conducted at noon tomorrow.
Plenty of early speedsters have made it into the final, however many winners came from behind in tonightâs heats, providing an array of mixed chasers.
Melbourne Cup Heat One
1st: (3) Iona Seven â Robert Britton ($6.30) 2nd: (2) Spud Regis 3rd: (8) Dashing Man
Spud Regis began fast to lead the field at the first turn. Iona Seven sat right on his heels and shot away in the straight to qualify. Special mention to Dashing Man who found a heap of trouble and only needed a few more strides to secure the win.
Melbourne Cup Heat Two
1st: (2) Peter Rocket â Keith Hellmuth ($3.30) 2nd: (6) Take It All 3rd: Tee Brady
Sveta Monelli exploded out of box four to lead the field to the first turn, before a very talented chaser in Peter Rocket was quickly sitting on his heels. After some interference to his chasers on the home corner, this talented greyhound shot away to win by 3.8 lengths in a sensational time, just 0.01 behind the best of the night.
Melbourne Cup Heat Three
1st: (1) Proven Maddy â Wayne Vassallo ($7.10) 2nd: (2) Buckle Up Mason 3rd: Easton Bale
Proven Maddy began fast to lead the field around the first turn before being rounded up in the back straight by the speedy Buckle Up Mason. Proven Maddy gallantly fought back in the home straight and made a desperate last surge to secure a finals spot.
Melbourne Cup Heat Four
1st: (6) Black Magic Opal â Jason Thompson ($1.70) 2nd: (1) Gold Town 3rd: (3) Empire Allen
It wouldnât be a Melbourne Cup final without the influence of Jason Thompson and Black Magic Opal didnât disappoint favourite backers as he rocketed from box six, leading all the way in best of the night figures. Gold Town ran a brilliant second in taking plenty of ground off the leader, bringing the winning margin to under a length and is unlucky not to be starting in the final next week.
Melbourne Cup Heat Five
1st: (6) Hawk Alone â Andrea Dailly ($8.50) 2nd: (7) Farmor Las Vegas 3rd: (4) Dyna Nalin
Yet another upset in heat five with Hawk Alone beginning fast from box six to cross his rivals and sit early behind the speedy Whata Good Size. Taking a risky rails run on the home turn, Hawk Alone got the break and shot away to score in brilliant time.
Melbourne Cup Heat Six
1st: Kiss Me Ketut â David Burnett ($6.80) 2nd: (6) Xylia Allen 3rd: (7) Peloton Bale
Kiss Me Ketut began fast from box three before checking off the heels of the early leader and running very wide at the first turn. Superbly made up a stack of ground and was too good in a solid time. Xylia Allen came from last to run second after finding a heap of trouble, sensational run.
Melbourne Cup Heat Seven
1st: (2) Shifty Sticka â Paul Anderton ($3.20) 2nd: (3) Ferly Reign 3rd: (4) Jordan Allen
The well-supported Shifty Sticka began well and sat behind early leader Ferly Reign. Checking off his heels after a failed attempt at a rails run, Shifty Sticka got plenty of room to move in the straight and bounded away by 3 lengths.
Melbourne Cup Heat Eight
1st: (3) Dyna Beth â Andrea Dailly ($22.10) 2nd: (5) Speed Series 3rd: (6) Marcus Joe
The last heat produced the greatest upset by far as Andrea Dailly secured her second runner into next weeks final with a stunning upset by Dyna Berth. In a roughly run affair, the winner managed to catch a few breaks, as there was plenty of interference behind him, however took advantage of some good fortune to produce a strong performance.
West Australian sprinter Freemantle Echo stormed home to win the 1987 National Sprint Championship, held in Hobart, defeating local star True Vintage by three-quarters of a length. The third placegetter, Are You Married, from Queensland, was a massive 11 lengths further adrift. True Vintage had been attempting to win her 13th successive race.
The Jim Coleman-trained NSW sprinter General Jeff won the 1980 Brisbane Cup by six lengths over 558 metres at the Gabba, coming from seventh at the first turn.
Local star Mister Oollee won the 1974 Gabba Sprint Championship (later the Coca Cola Cup and Brisbane Cup) over 558 metres at the Gabba, downing NSW speedster Miss Alliance and South Australian star Bristol Sue.
Power Zone broke the track record in winning the 1997 Geelong Cup by three lengths from Macorna Lad and Lansley Bale, scoring in 25.37 and earning $20,000 first prize.
The North Melbourne greyhound track opened its doors for racing in 1957. Superdog Rookie Rebel was among the winners, scoring by five lengths over 675 yards (617 metres).
Zoom Top smashed her own track record over 790 yards (722 metres) at Wentworth Park when winning her heat of the 1969 Sydney Cup by 12 lengths, running 42.9 to clip 3/10ths off the mark she had set the previous year.
Acclaim Star won the 1979 Brisbane Cup (first known as the Gabba Sprint Championship and later the Coca Cola Cup) at the Gabba for NSW and trainer Bill Fletcher. He went on to be named NSW Greyhound of the Year.
Spud Regis won the 2012 Adelaide Cup for trainer Andrea Dailly just a week after Big Black Mac, his litter brother and fellow qualifier, had been killed in a car accident. Heston Bale, also trained by the Daillyâs, finished fourth.
Sky Chimes set a track record of 27.8 for 480 yards (438 metres) at the Epping course in 1927, defeating the classy Happy Bachelor by two lengths.
Totara scored what was described as a âluckyâ win in the third heat of the 1940 Victorian Futurity Stakes up the straight at Napier Park. Starting a 1/4 ($1.25) favourite, Totara was well behind Dandy Jenny just a short distance from the line when âthe pacemaker stopped [and] Dandy Jenny eased up with him, allowing [Totara] to slip up on the inside and score a fortunate win.â (from a report in The Argus newspaper)
Victorian champion Tara Princess won the 1964 Interstate Challenge over 800 yards (732 metres) at Olympic Park by six lengths. The field of five saw NSW representative Goldent (a winner of 17 of her 43 career starts) and a noted fast finisher, run only third at what was her first run on sand.
Glyn Occa equalled the Dapto 500 yards (457 metres) track record in defeating the up-and-coming sprinter and future pre-potent sire Dreamâs Image by half a length in 27.8 in 1949.
Mepunga Nicky won the 2011 Adelaide Cup for trainer Jeff Britton, the first time the race had been held in October.
Queensland sprinter Pied Rebel was beaten half a length over 500 yards (457 metres) at Harold Park in 1969 to register his seventh successive win or placing since coming from the northern state to contest the National Sprint Championship series on behalf of his home state. He had run third in the final. Pied Rebel became one of the most consistent gallopers to make the transition from Queensland to NSW and gave trainer Paul Cauchi his big break.
Last Thursday night at Angle Park the Group 1 2013 Triple M Adelaide Cup series really started to take shape with three greyhoundâs trialling from the powerful Victorian kennel of Jason Thompson and the second and third Preludes for the local SA sprinters leading into next weeks heats.
Jason Thompson trialled three of his outstanding chasers with Group 2 Warrnambool Cup and Bendigo Cup winner Ronan Izmir trialling first in between races 1 and 2. A winner of 26 races with 9 placingâs from his 42 starts and over $160,000 in prizemoney he was impressive in his first look at the Angle Park circuit running quick early and carving out a slick overall time. He went 4.47, 16.85, 29.77 for the 515m journey.
Next to go was Powerhouse who has won 15 races with 8 placingâs from his 33 starts and prizemoney just over $56,000. He probably doesnât have the same reputation as his two kennel mates however he was probably the most impressive showing good speed and getting home strongly. He ran second in the Group 2 Launching Pad back in March and most recently impressed during the Canberra Cup series. He went 4.49, 16.86, 29.65 for the 515m journey.
Last to go was Phenomenal who has had a boom on him since his race track debut 15 starts ago at Sandown when he won by 15 lengths in a sizzling 29.78 subsequently he has won a further 7 races with 3 placings and just under $24,000 in prizemoney. He has run a brilliant 29.27 at Sandown so all eyes were on the clock for his trial. He wasnât brilliant out however he really motored the last section coming home in 12.71 with overall times of 4.53, 16.96, 29.67.
The SA preludes gave the locals sprinters an easier opportunity to directly qualify for next weeks Triple M Adelaide Cup heats by running in the first three placegetters. The first prelude last week was won by Victa Brooke for Ron Shadow who won in 30.12 defeating Young Snozz and Allen Illem. Last night the Kathy Johnstone trained sprinter Encosta Kahn booked his spot by defeating Victa Sam and Token McLaren in a flying 29.89 in the second prelude and then in prelude three Significant Bit for Bob Isaacson upset the favourites by winning in a handy 30.00. She defeated Dolmar and race favourite Hopeâs Up who all qualified for the series. Subsequently to the running of the final prelude it was discovered that reigning SA greyhound of the Year, Hopeâs Up had sustained an injury and would be of the track for atleast 3 months and would miss the Adelaide Cup series.
Also missing from the series will be defending champion Spud Regis for Andrea Dailly who was to compete last night at Angle Park however due to a shoulder injury had to be withdrawn at scratching time yesterday morning. He will need at least 7 â 10 days to get over his injury so the champion will not be able to defend his crown.
In terrific news for the series recent Group 1 Megastar winner at Dapto, Peter Rocket for Victorian trainer Keith Hellmuth has confirmed his nomination for next weeks heats along with local cult hero Ernie Bung Arrow for Lewiston trainer Ken Gill. Ernie Bung Arrow has captured the imagination of greyhound racing fans around the nation after being bought for $800 he has won over $40,000 in prizemoney with 11 wins from 12 starts and now looks the best chance for SA to claim the local Group 1 feature.
Nominations close for the Triple M Adelaide Cup heats at 9.00am on Monday morning 30th September with GRSA with the fields to be released on Monday afternoon. The heats will be run at Angle Park on Thursday 3rd October with the $75,000 to the winner Triple M Adelaide Cup final on Thursday 10th October.
In a race where local victories have been few and far between, Ernie Bung Arrow for Ken Gill has overcome recent history and a more seasoned group of rivals to win the Group 3 S.A Derby at Angle Park last Thursday night.
After a lead-all-the-way heat win over Yogi Blue, Ernie Bung Arrow would start the final as a $3.70 elect, with Tonk ($2.60) from the Charles Mercieca kennel getting the most support from punters with the rails draw expected to be a big advantage.
Kiss Me Ketut ($4.60) would be wearing blue for the Derby final, alongside his nemesis from last week, Hawk Alone ($6.00) who would need luck from five and also drawn poorly was Mark Delbridgeâs Allen Makoto ($6.00) in box six.
Troy Murray was represented by Kalden Gambino ($13.00) while Andrea Dailly would be hoping for a boilover with Osbourne Bale ($31.00) drawn off the track. Rounding out the field was surprise finalist Senni Tony who again would start big odds at around $21.00.
With much anticipation, the lure started to run on the main event for Thursday night, and while Ernie Bung Arrow was the first to show, it was his running line that put a quick end to half the challengers in the race. Moving swiftly towards the outside rail, Ernie Bung Arrow immediately checked Senni Tony, who in turn crunched Kiss Me Ketut, Hawk Alone and Allen Makoto. Tonk was the first to benefit from all this activity, obtaining a lovely run along the fence, but despite the collisions, Ernie Bung Arrow would show the way out of the straight with lightning first split of 4.37.
The other local chaser, Kalden Gambino was able to cross most of the field from box seven, and along with Osbourne Bale were poised and ready to strike down the back.
But the pace was too furious up front, with Ernie Bung Arrow being pursued ferociously by Tonk. Those two drew away to have the race amongst themselves with 150 metres to go and the typical Victoria versus South Australia battle was taking shape.
Entering the home straight, Ernie Bung Arrow again ran up the track, leaving the door wide open for Tonk to run over the top if possible. But the damage was being done on the clock, with Ernie Bung Arrow holding the lead and setting a new personal best of 29.55. Tonk was more than game in defeat with Kalden Gambino and Hawk Alone finishing several lengths behind the winner.
Owned by Helen Deacon, this son of Lochinvar Marlow and Slipperâs Tonic has been at the Lewiston property of Ken Gill throughout his short racing career. Bringing up a maiden Group victory, Ernie Bung Arrow has now improved his overall record to 11 wins and a second from 12 starts and adds $25,000 to his purse, plus a $3500 breedersâ bonus heading the way of Barry Jones.
With such an electric display, it looks likely that the S.A racing scene will have one of its own heading towards bigger and better things in the coming months.
Both the S.A Oaks and Derby have traditionally been excellent form races for the Adelaide Cup since it moved to the current October position. Indeed last yearsâ Derby winner Spud Regis would go on to win the Stateâs only Group 1 event after surviving the now infamous Dailly car and trailer accident.
With an eye on the 2013 Adelaide Cup, the performances of both Tonk and Hawk Alone over the course of this series have been very impressive, along with some of the chasers returning home after the Oaks final last week. None better than Iona Seven who carved up the Sandown track with a slashing 29.18 win last night for astute trainer Robert Britton, who is no stranger to winning races in the Festival State as well.
Tasmanian Hellyeah Bolt also proved that the wraps on him are warranted after he beat up the Free-For-All field, which included Encosta Kahn and Fire Tyson in 29.76 from box one. Previously with Anthony Bullock, the now Paul Hili-trained sprinter has set some amazing times in his home state in recent months, and with several weeks acclimatising to the Angle Park layout under his belt should be at the peak of his powers once the Group 1 heats get underway on October 3rd.
It certainly feels like a long time since a one-turn provincial cup has been run in Victoria, but after the six heats of the Shepparton Cup were held last Monday night, it highlights how entertaining these types of races can be.
While the topic of âseedingâ heats for Group events is something that can be discussed on another occasion, the Shepparton Cup looms as a final stacked with quality as all five heats were won by dogs on the first or second line of betting.
Kicking off proceedings was a small field of five, in which Spud Regis was making his highly-anticipated return. Wearing the black and white stripes, Spud Regis began well enough and led the field for the majority of the 450 metres, but Dark Warrior for Darren McDonald would eventually run over the top and spoil the party in 25.25.
Owned by the Fast-track Racing, Dark Warrior began his career in the quainter surroundings of Tasmania and started with a bang winning his first seven outings. Having since developed his craft in becoming a genuine metropolitan-class sprinter, he will be hard to beat if he can replicate the form that saw him place fourth behind Blackalls Boss in the Group 1 Hobart Thousand in December last year.
Dark Warrior will appreciate the rails draw he has been granted, while Spud Regis will be listed as first reserve for the final, clocking 25.27 in his narrow defeat.
Onto heat two, and again it was the second-favorite who took the prize when Allen Dion for Andrea Dailly won in a time of 25.30. Despite leading all of the way, Allen Dion would eventuate as the slowest of the six heat winners, but the race was one of the more competitive affairs, with the Anthony Azzopardi trained Ferly Reign making things interesting in the home straight.
Allen Dion has drawn box three for Friday nightâs main event, with Ferly Reign hoping for some scratchings to get a gig as second reserve.
Recent maturity winner Marcus Joe was to start $2.30 favourite from box seven in that race, but after copping three checks before the first turn, he would be last of the seven runners across the line.
From here on the results were pretty one-sided, and punters were on the mark more often than not.
Former New Zealand sprinter Clone Your Own turned in the most eye-catching run of the night, with a 25.18 win from box five. Stepping away from the boxes slowly, the Alison Lee-owned son of Droopyâs Marco came from mid-pack to find the lead along the home straight. Once on the bunny he stretched out very nicely, and put five lengths on his rivals soon after, beating Blaster, State Sensation and Sapporo convincingly.
He will start from box two on Friday night, and while he wonât be afforded the same luxuries at the beginning of the race, there will probably not be a stronger dog at the business end of proceedings.
Heat four was a one act affair from a betting perspective, but certainly not in reality as Ronan Izmir was pushed to an inch of his life by Farmor Las Vegas. Starting unbackable as a $1.20 favourite, Ronan Izmir was gunning for six straight wins, but almost blew the streak when the Robert Britton runner got within a neck on the line.
As it turned out, defeat would have still been enough to get a berth in the final with both chasers progressing. With the box draw released, it can be reported that Ronan Izmir will be looking to carve across from box eight while Farmor Las Vegas has drawn poorly in six.
Meanwhile, it wouldnât be a Group race in Victoria without a Bate runner, and Desalle Bale honoured that code by flogging her competitors that were engaged in heat five. Showing no hesitations from box five, the old girl showed she still has what it takes, running 25.14 in her six-length win.
Desalle Bale has been one of the more prolific money-spinners for the Wheeler/Bate combination, having amassed over a quarter-million dollars in her 67 starts to date, with another chance to add to that on Friday, when she will wear the black rug and must always be considered a danger from there.
While Slater Hill was game in defeat as runner up, his series ended there, while Walk Hard and Crackerjack Lil were the high-profile pair amongst the beaten brigade.
Leaving the best until last is the dog that will enter the final as fastest qualifier. Paw Licking for Kel Greenough was expected to be too classy from box eight, and she proved punters right by flying around in 24.92. Such was the pace being created up front, Watta Good Size for Jason Thompson still qualified for the final, despite being beaten over five lengths by the black and white speedster up ahead.
Paw Licking has always been a top class one-turner for owner Allen Lang, and only recently converted to Metropolitan layouts after an emphatic Traralgon Cup victory earlier in the year.
So for the final we have a big-name trainer showdown, with McDonald, Britton, Greenough, Thompson, Dailly, and Bate all competing for the $43,750 heading to the victor.
Group 2 Shepparton Cup Final â Friday 13th September
1) Dark Warrior â Darren McDonald
2) Clone Your Own â Robert Britton
3) Allen Dion â Andrea Dailly
4) Paw Licking â Kel Greenough
5) Watta Good Size â Jason Thompson
6) Farmor Las Vegas â Robert Britton
7) Desalle Bale â Graeme Bate
8) Ronan Izmir â Jason Thompson
9) Spud Regis â Andrea Dailly
10) Ferly Reign â Anthony Azzopardi
If you are scanning the form guides and wondering where many of the good Victorian dogs have gone, then I suggest you have a look at Race 8 on Traralgonâs Friday meeting, where the Lion Quality Products Group 2 Traralgon Cup final field has been assembled.
With a combined total of 128 wins between the eight finalists (average of 16 per runner), it is one of the best fields ever assembled at the McNairn Road venue, and one that would suit any âblack typeâ race in the country.
Pre-post betting suggests that Paw Licking from the Kel Greenough kennel will be toughest to beat, with an imposing record that is hard to ignore. Having won 17 of its 24 lifetime outings, the son of Elite State and Kingsbrae Di was scintillating in its heat win last Friday, where it easily accounted for Desalle Bale by over six lengths. Running 29.25, Paw Licking enters the final as the fastest heat winner and while box five may cause problems for most chasers, this fellow is usually a faultless beginner and will be very hard to be if it can retain its current form.
Desalle Bale may have had its colours lowered, but the accomplished black bitch is suited by wider draws and coming up with box seven now brings into calculations. Trained by the big-race specialist Graeme Bate, only the daring will be brave enough to think Desalle Bale isnât without a chance to surge her career earnings towards $300,000 with a win in this event.
Outside of Paw Licking, the most eye-catching performance of the heats was that of Gold Town, who qualified courtesy of a 29.40 heat win. Starting from box three at odds of around $5.00, the Peter Hunt trained speedster settled second in the run, and finished too powerfully to steal the win by half a length. However the most impressive thing about that run was that it was a highballing General Destini that he ran down and they will obviously meet again come final time.
Gold Town will exit box three while General Destini will position itself next door in box two, which will set up interesting scenario heading to the first turn.
New South Wales will have a representative after Transcend Time qualified for back-to-back Group finals with an easy 29.65 lead-all-the-way win. Backing up from a third placing in the Bulli Gold Cup behind Jagger Swagger, Devon Meadows trainer and breeder, Wayne Vassallo now has the duty of caring for the Reg Kay-bred dog during its time in Victoria, taking over from Mark Azzopardi.
Causing a large headache for form students is where Transcend Time will be positioned early in the race, as box four will likely cause many challenges being wedged between the three previously mentioned runners. Nonetheless, Transcend Time will represent value in a race where several runners are capable of putting their best foot forwards.
Meanwhile, Keith and Lisa Hellmuth must be wondering which ladder they walked under recently, after their super chaser Peter Rocket has again drawn off the track. Having started from box 8, 8, 7 and 6 in his last four races he will again don the pink vest for this event. The wide drawn didnât affect the black son of Whereâs Pedro last week however, as he came from behind the speed to land the prize in 29.50 over Garrick Bale. While Garrick Bale will take a seat on the reserves bench, Peter Rocket is another that stands a good chance of making an impact on the race. Being known as a tearaway leader early in his career, Peter Rocket has since shown that he can finish races off in style, and in a final where many dogs may be reliant on leading, strength should be a valuable asset to have.
Despite a decent 29.73 heat win, Hoover Jack is likely to start at double-figure odds from box six. It gives Peter Hunt two runners in the Cup, but is going to need luck from such an awkward draw and against some handy opposition. His form suggests that Hoover Jack is a âwin or run nowhereâ type of dog and as such will be left out of most punters trifectas.
The most unusual scenario of the 2013 Traralgon Cup final is that an Andrea Dailly runner drawn box one is going to be the roughest dog in the race via Yoda Bale. The Meticulous-Blachura Bale pup scored a narrow win over Hawk Alone at large odds in order to take a spot in the final, and faces the prospect of being run off its legs early in the race. In saying that, underestimating the Wheeler/Dailly combination is fraught with danger and it wouldnât be the first time a blowout result has been created in such a manner.
Be sure not to miss what is likely to be one of the highlight provincial races on the 2013 calender.
2013 Lion Quality Products Group 2 Traralgon Cup Final
$42,000 First Prize, 513 metres, Race 8 @ 9:42pm AEST
1) Yoda Bale
2) General Destini
3) Gold Town
4) Transcend Time
5) Paw Licking
6) Hoover Jack
7) Desalle Bale
8) Peter Rocket
9) Garrick Bale
10) Hawk Alone
Tonight the lids will fly for the group one Peter Mosman after an arduous three weeks of racing that has seen slashing times posted by some serious athletes- many of whom took spectators by surprise when upsetting the series hotpots.
BOX ONE JOHNNY FIRE
In a race dominated by Victorians the Trevor Hagney prepared greyhound is shaping up to be NSWâs best hope after his emphatic triumph in last weekâs semi-final. The son of Knocka Norris and Gunna Oz exploded from the boxes posting the fastest early split of 5.38 seconds before devastating his opposition when scoring by four and three quarter lengths in a blistering 29.63 seconds. Being a young sprinter who has always shown talent, Johnny Fire has proven in recent starts that he is a genuine group class greyhound by improving his box manners and early sections dramatically. If he can maintain this trait in the final he is a massive threat and should go close to landing the prize. The black speedster is certainly experienced around the track with seven starts for four wins and two minors whilst he has a perfect four from four from box one.
BOX TWO XYLIA ALLEN
Xylia Allen will start the deserved favourite in the $75,000 to the winner event. Although she has not posted the fastest time in either the heats or semiâs, the way she claimed both starts is what makes her hard to go past. The daughter of Turanza Bale does not have much early toe which is a concern but she is known for her ability to be knocked around in the early stages and still get the job done. Xylia Allen is a winner of fourteen races from thirty starts whilst she is also a recent group one winner. She has drawn well to follow Johnny Fire and Schroder Bale into the race and if she gets to sit behind them, they will find it very difficult to hold her out.
BOX THREE SCHRODER BALE
Fastest qualifier Schroder Bale has drawn well in box three for the decider. Trained by the master of champion greyhounds, Graeme Bate the black and white dog has been ultra-impressive with the Mosman the third group final that he has contested in his last seven starts alongside the group two Warrnambool Cup and the group two Harrison-Dawson. Beginning brilliantly in his heat last week, the son of Dyna Lachlan took advantage of raging favourite Black Magic Opalâs poor beginning to score a strong one and a half length victory over Clockwise in a scintillating 29.61 seconds. Schroder Bale should relish the draw closer to the rails and with kennelmate Xylia Allen a moderate beginner and drawn on his inside, he should get every opportunity in the race.
BOX FOUR TRIGGSY
The first of two runners for Castlereagh trainer Jane Carruthers is the powerful Triggsy who has come up with an awkward draw in the blue. The Magic Sprite youngster ran a phenomenal race in last weekâs semi-final to wear down tearaway leader Quiz Bale to just half a length on the line. Triggsy has developed a liking for the Ultimo Circuit with five wins and six placings over the Sydney 520 metres including a sensational 29.78 seconds win last month. The one thing going against the 32 kilogram greyhound is the fact that he is often tardy at box-rise, however he can time it right albeit rarely. If he jumps with the field there is no telling what he will do and regardless of how he begins he will be charging home.
BOX FIVE SHADOW LANE
Another Victorian lines up from box five with Shadow Lane trained in Violet Town by Michael Carter. Carter has already had a successful week with the promising pups Jimmy Lane and Jack Silver collecting the Graeme Hull Memorial Cup and the Simaroo Lodge Cup Consolation respectively at Wagga. Shadow Lane is a roughie of the field but still looks to have a chance with two strong seconds in the heats and semiâs at his only two starts at Wentworth Park. The son of Whereâs Pedro has clocked an exhilarating 29.29 seconds at Sandown Park so is definitely capable of running the times but will need to jump and avoid congestion from the poor draw.
BOX SIX CLOCKWISE
The second runner for Jane Carruthers has also drawn poorly in box six with Clockwise looking to have it all against her from the draw. The little black bitch has plenty of gusto demonstrated last week when finishing just one and a half lengths behind Schroder Bale in her semi. The litter sister to Triggsy has won two from eleven with seven minors with one of those victories occurring in the Group Three Magic Maiden in March. Much alike her brother, Clockwise does not have a lot of pace in the early stages but is as tenacious as they come and is capable of claiming a big race however she is not helped at all by lining up from box six.
BOX SEVEN QUIZ BALE
The last of Bateâs terrific trio lines up from box seven with Quiz Bale stamping herself as a genuine threat after a blowout victory in her semi-final last Saturday. The 27 kilogram bitch is also the second finalist for up and coming sire Dyna Lachlan with the daughter of Princess Bale certainly bred to run which she did last week clocking a slick 29.87 seconds. Quiz Bale has won eleven from twenty two and is transforming into quite a little performer for Bate and breeder Paul Wheeler and comes into the event with a good record around Victorian tracks including wins at seven of the tracks down South including The Meadows (30.18 seconds), Sandown (29.86 seconds), Horsham (27.10 seconds), Geelong (25.51 seconds), Warrnambool (25.40 seconds), Shepparton (25.29 seconds) and Sale (24.82 seconds). Whilst she will be the least fancied of the Bate/Wheeler combination, it is not unlike the dynamic duo to produce a group winner at big odds.
BOX EIGHT IONA SEVEN
Last but not least is Victorian Iona Seven trained by the astute Robert Britton. The daughter of Swift Fancy qualified for the final after running third and second in her heat and semi-final respectively with both performances showing obvious potential particularly last week when just one and a half lengths off Xylia Allen. The tiny speedster has only had fourteen starts but has won six and placed on a further six occasions and has shown her talent in Victoria clocking a fast 29.42 seconds at Sandown. The biggest obstacle will be the wide draw, although she has won from the eight before it is a different scenario when placed in the top class. She will have to put her best paws forward at the beginning to be in the race but she is capable if she can time the start correctly.
FIRST RESERVE FERLY REIGN
The Anthony Azzopardi trained chaser was unlucky not to make the final when a close third behind Xylia Allen. He has a chance if he gets a run
SECOND RESERVE VEYRON BALE
Comes from the Andrea Dailly kennels so must be respected on that alone. If he gets a run from an inside draw definitely consider.
: 1ST JOHNNY FIRE 2ND XYLIA ALLEN 3RD SCHRODER BALE
Round two of the Group One Peter Mosman series kicks off at 8:50pm tonight with four action packed semiâs offering a tantalizing quaddie for greyhound racing enthusiasts on what will be a terrific night of racing at Wentworth Park.
GROUP ONE PETER MOSMAN SEMI ONE
The first semi will be keenly watched with the freakish Black Magic Opal lining up from box six. The two year old sprinter was a resounding winner of his heat last week in a blistering 29.77 seconds on a rain affected track with the sizzling time easily the best of the night. The group two Maitland Gold Cup winner has good box speed and an enormous motor when he hits the ground. The son of Magic Sprite has won 16 races from 20 starts and is clearly the one to beat in the astute hands of Jason Thompson.
Boxed to get a perfect run into the race on his outside is the Graeme Bate prepared Schroder Bale who ran a fantastic second behind Gold Town last week beaten three lengths in 29.92 seconds. The youngster has been racing consistently in group company over recent months whilst he possesses 7 wins and 9 minors from 24 starts and an excellent record from box seven with four starts for three wins.
Bate has two other runners engaged in the first semi with Queensland Futurity winner Purcell Bale drawn in the one and Mosman heat winner Noble Bale drawn in box three. Purcell Bale is a resilient little bitch with a personal best of 29.71 seconds over the track and distance however she can dwell at the start which can cause problems from the cherry. Noble Bale on the other hand is boxed to perfection in the white with a very strong record of three wins from five starts wearing the rug number 3 . The black and white chaser has been a marvellous dog thus far with 17 wins and 7 placings from 41 starts. Noble Bale began well in his heat last week from box six and was a strong winner in 30.22 seconds over Shadow Lane.
Jane Carruthers is engaged in the first semi with yet another pup by boom sire Magic Sprite with Clockwise drawn in box two. The black bitch out of Elizabeth Royal has had ten starts and whilst she has only won two races, one of those was in the Group Three Magic Maiden final. The 28 kilogram chaser has also recorded a fast win at Gosford in 29.76 seconds and although she does not have much early pace, watch for her to be storming home.
GROUP ONE PETER MOSMAN SEMI TWO
Jagger Swagger was a little disappointing in last weekâs heats from box one however he is more than capable of bouncing back to his brilliant best from box two in the semis. Trained by Mark Azzopardi the son of Premier Fantasy has won nineteen races from 29 starts including triumphs in the Group One National Derby, The Group Two Richmond Derby and the Group Three Bulli Gold Cup. He also holds a great record from inside boxes with ten starts resulting in 7 wins and 2 placings. He is boxed to win but must do better than last week as he is drawn in a cracking field.
Frank Hurstâs enthralling youngster Zulu Zeus lines up from box six in the second semi. The airborne son of Whereâs Pedro and Fancy Jaffa has won five from twelve including a sensational 30.08 seconds domination at Richmond in May. The black dog ran the best race of his short career just two starts back when almost running down Jagger Swagger in The Bulli Gold Cup final which was followed last start by a good third behind Veyron Bale in last weekâs heats. Box six is a concern however he is a safe beginner and should run a good race.
Double Twist recorded the second fastest time last week(29.92 seconds) when landing her heat by three lengths however will have to overcome a horror draw in box five. The daughter of Whereâs Pedro and Tifi has a dazzling record of 10 wins and 4 seconds from just 15 starts with a best time of 29.65 seconds at Wentworth Park and will only need a clean beginning to be able to blow them away.
Triggsy, a litter brother to Clockwise also lines up in the second heat from box three. The Carruthers trained greyhound has won 10 from 23 however he is a backmarker that will need to find a few lengths at the beginning to be close enough to run down these top quality dogs.
GROUP ONE PETER MOSMAN SEMI THREE
There are eight genuine chances in this race with six of the runners coming up from Victoria.
Gold Town ran up to his best form last week when claiming his heat in a nippy 29.92 seconds from box five. The black dog moves one box towards the rails for the semis into the blue and although this is not ideal if he can begin like last week he should go close to leading and can pinch victory here. The Peter Hunt sprinter has won twelve races overall with two wins at Wentworth including a scintillating 29.49 seconds recorded in March.
Veyron bale also claimed his heat last week running a quick 30.12 seconds for Andrea Dailly and has drawn box two in his semi. The son of Meticulous is well travelled recently racing in both Western Australia and Victoria with success. He is very consistent and boxed well so should run a good race if he gets room to move in the early stages.
The best of the local hopes is the talented Johnny Fire who will line up from box six for Trevor Hagney. The Knocka Norris two year old is always there about with 14 wins and 11 minors from 27 starts. The 32 kilogram dog is as tenacious as they come and very reliable with the ability to win from out wide, or on the rails. Johnny Fire has a best of 29.79 seconds at Wentworth Park and it would come as no surprise to see him figure in the finish.
On his inside is Graeme Bateâs Tee Brady who has shown enormous potential after just seven starts winning five races in impressive fashion around Victoria. He ran a great race at his track debut last week running second behind fellow competitor Veyron Bale and despite the awkward draw in box five he could quite easily reverse the results from last week.
GROUP ONE PETER MOSMAN SEMI FOUR
Run of the night last week went to Xylia Allen who overcame a poor beginning and congestion to deliver her trademark spine tingling victory in a fast 29.93 seconds. The black bitch has won 13 from 29 including the Group One Sapphire Crown two starts ago. The daughter of Turanza Bale has no pace early but has a tremendous motor once her paws hit the ground. If she can navigate her way into a handy position from box six in the run out of the first turn she will run down the leader and score her fourteenth win.
Local hope Ferly Reign will be hoping to give Xylia Allen a shake when the black dog jumps from the cherry for Anthony Azzopardi. The son of Bombastic Shiraz took out his heat in fine style last week clocking a great win in 29.99 seconds over Johnny Fire and whilst he has never started from box one he has a liking for the inside with two wins from two starts from the checks.
Iona Seven is a promising type from the Robert Britton kennel with six wins from 13 starts including slick wins at Sandown (29.42 seconds) and The Meadows (30.40 seconds) who ran a top race at his track debut last week qualifying in third position behind Double Twist. Iona Seven is a good beginner who should get a clear run into the race with Xylia Allen, a poor beginner, boxed on his inside.
The semi-finals are a must see event tonight with the first two from each semi progressing through to next weeks $75,000 to the winner final- what is shaping up to be an incredible race.
With nine spectacular heats of the Group One Rapidvite Peter Mosman held last night at Wentworth Park much of the early hype surrounded heat one with the freakish Black Magic Opal engaged for his first NSW start since joining the powerful Jason Thompson kennel last month.
Lining up from box five the son of Magic Sprite and Awesome Opal did not disappoint displaying a sensational front running performance to land the heat in a brilliant 29.77 seconds- easily the best time of the night. The stunning black greyhound has had three starts for Thompson for three emphatic victories including near track record times at Ballarat (25.03 seconds) and Shepparton (24.93 seconds) whilst the triumph in his heat brought up win number sixteen from a mere twenty starts.
Five lengths behind the supersonic sprinter in second position was Sharron Websterâs consistent Whereâs Wob who ran a terrific race from box three with another Magic Sprite youngster Jonardo slipping into third position a further one and a half lengths away.
Also highly impressive last night was the Jane Carruthers prepared Triggsy who took out heat four with a phenomenal last to first performance. After an average beginning from box four he found plenty of congestion in the early stages and had to navigate his way through the field but his class prevailed in the end finishing over the top of leader Black Rip to claim the event by one and three quarter lengths in a slick 30.12 seconds.
Triggyâs triumph made it two heat winners out of the first four for boom sire Magic Sprite, who is in fact owned and stood at stud by the Carruthers at Journey Park. Triggsy was also bred by the Carruthers being out of their ill-fated broodbitch Elizabeth Royal who was a fantastic racer herself and seems to have thrown plenty of her speed into her talented pups.
Gold Townâs affiliation with the Ultimo Circuit remained strong with the 32 kilogram chaser claiming heat five in a nippy 29.92 seconds. Beginning brilliantly in a fast 5.39 seconds the son of Surf Lorian quickly found the front and from there the race was over with the black dog stretching out to win by three lengths on the line.
Fellow Victorian Schroder Bale stuck on well in second position for Graeme Bate whilst raging favourite Jagger Swagger could only manage third nine and a quarter lengths behind second after a slow beginning. Gold Town has now won twelve races from forty four starts and certainly loves Wentworth Park where he has recorded a blistering personal best of 29.49 seconds.
Xylia Allen continued to shine taking out the seventh heat for champion trainer Graeme Bate. Fresh from her triumph in the Group One Sapphire Crown last month the daughter of Turanza Bale and Tayah Bale ran her typical resilient race to take out the event by four and a half lengths in a great 29.93 seconds. The black bitch was the last greyhound to leave the boxes and looked in doubt going through the pen for the first time however once finding her feet Xylia Allen slipped into another gear with her performance nothing short of amazing.
Running an honest race in second position was Clockwise giving Jane Carruthers her second runner through to the semiâs with the pint sized bitch a litter sister to Triggsy who scored in heat four as mentioned above. Five lengths behind Clockwise was Flaming Frenzy for Justin King who ran an honest race back in third position.
Double Twist was a strong winner in the ninth and final heat for Nowra Hillâs Garry Edwards. Showing good zip from box two the 25 kilogram lightweight was outpaced in the run to the first turn but was able to sit on the pace in second position behind Osteria Mozza down the back before dashing past the leader to win by three lengths in a quick 29.92 seconds.
The group three Nowra Summer Puppy Classic winner is as consistent as they come with fifteen starts for ten wins and four seconds with three of those wins being at Wentworth Park including a scintillating 29.65 seconds triumph in April defeating fellow heat winner Black Magic Opal.
The complete list of winners in time order from last nightâs heats is as follows:
2013 Peter Mosman Heat Winners
- BLACK MAGIC OPAL – JASON THOMPSON – 29.77 SECONDS (HEAT ONE)
- GOLD TOWN – PETER HUNT – 29.92 SECONDS (HEAT FIVE)
- DOUBLE TWIST – GARRY EDWARDS – 29.92 SECONDS (HEAT NINE)
- XYLIA ALLEN – GRAEME BATE – 29.93 SECONDS (HEAT SEVEN)
- FERLY REIGN – ANTHONY AZZOPARDI – 29.99 SECONDS (HEAT THREE)
- TRIGGSY – JANE CARRUTHERS – 30.12 SECONDS (HEAT FOUR)
- VEYRON BALE – ANDREA DAILLY – 30.12 SECONDS (HEAT SIX)
- NOBLE BALE – GRAEME BATE – 30.22 SECONDS (HEAT TWO)
- EASTON BALE – ANDREA DAILLY – 30.40 SECONDS (HEAT EIGHT)
Australiaâs best sprinters lined up on Thursday night at Sandown Park and they did not disappoint with four spectacular heats of both the group one Sapphire Crown and the group two Harrison-Dawson staged on an action packed twelve race card.
The girls where the first to hit the track with the brilliant El Brooklyn taking out the first heat of the Sapphire Crown for Jason Thompson. The three year old sprinter is still racing in fantastic style as shown when taking out the event in a slick 29.53 seconds over Jason Mackayâs flyer Sometimes Speedy who will also go into the final on Thursday. The daughter of E Galo and Dark Marne now holds the imposing record of 42 starts for 24 wins and eight placings with almost $275,000 in stakes money.
The second heat gave Jason Mackay his second runner in the group one event with the freakish Punch One Out dominating the race from box eight. Starting at an ominous $1.70 the NSW sensation gave her opponents a rattling, clearing away from Graeme Bateâs Desalle Bale to score by four and a half lengths in a blistering 29.32 seconds. The Knocka Norris bitch looks the one to beat in next weekâs final after drawing the coveted rails alley. Gallant in defeat was Desalle Bale who just found the winner too strong. The classy Victorian has come up with box two on the outside of her heat rival for Thursdayâs decider.
Heat three went to rails competitor Xylia Allen who put in a tenacious chasing effort to take out the race. In what was the run of the night, the daughter of Turanza Bale overcame moderate getaway and found all sorts of trouble before regaining momentum to rocket away with a five and a quarter length triumph in a sizzling 29.51 seconds. Tricky Jade ran a race full of merit behind Xylia Allen and in doing so brought Jason Mackayâs tally to three finalists from three heat starters into the Sapphire Crown.
The fourth and final heat went to the in-form Evieâs Entity for trainer Lyn Smith. The daughter of Mogambo has won her last four starts with Thursdayâs win her fastest triumph recording a red-hot 29.48 seconds for the 515 metre distance. With ten wins from twenty starts, the 29 kilogram youngster is improving each week and should run a competitive race in the final. Also with three runners in the final is Graeme Bate with Orthia Bale making the cut when finishing second to Evieâs Entity. Her heat time of 29.73 seconds was also the Dyna Lachlan sprinterâs best at Sandown although she has drawn awkwardly in seven on Thursday underneath lid pinger Sometimes Speedy.
Moving onto the Harrison-Dawson where the boys were equally impressive. In the first heat Warrnambool Classic winner Premier Event proved he is a force to be reckoned with when scoring decisively from box two in a quick 29.54 seconds. The Premier Fantasy two year old has come along in leaps and bounds and looms as a big threat for the final. Chasing him home in second was Kevin Bale for Graeme Bate who ran his usual honest race for his Lara mentor.
Heat two went to the big odds performer Garrick Bale who put an end to Ronan Izmirâs winning streak when claiming the race in a zippy 29.61 seconds. Paying a massive $19.90 for the win the 15 race winner was all class for Andrea Dailly and ensured he wonât start at such lucrative odds for a while. Warrnambool Cup runner up Schroder Bale put his name in the field when finishing second just over three lengths off the winner.
Heat three went to the exciting proposition Clone Your Own who made it two in a row at Sandown when running an electrifying 29.41 seconds over the track and distance. The former New Zealander by Droopys Marco is right in contention for the $100,000 to the winner event particularly after drawing the cherry for Thursday night. Irmy Bale finished close behind the winner for Graeme Bate and in doing so will join his litter brother Kevin Bale in the decider, with the sonâs of Amity Bale certainly doing their mum proud at present.
The last of the qualifiers to be run and won for next week was Harrison-Dawson heat four which was taken out by grand old campaigner Glen Gallon who made it his 34th race success when claiming the event. The son of Flying Stanley has been a terrific dog for Tony Brett with over $500,000 in his race account after Thursdayâs win. His time of 29.39 seconds proved that the rising four year old still has the same zest and talent for racing as when he was just a pup, with a win in the final well within reach for this once in a lifetime racer. Outsider Hurricane Isaac injected value into the quinella when finishing in second position with the son of Paddyâs Flame facing his acid test when he lines up next week.
The group one Sapphire Crown and group two Harrison-Dawson will be the highlight of a brilliant night of racing at Sandown on Thursday. Both races have attracted the best of the best and are truly the premier male and female races in Australia.
The complete box draws for the finals is as follows
GROUP ONE SAPPHIRE CROWN FINAL
1 PUNCH ONE OUT JASON MACKAY
2 DESALLE BALE GRAEME BATE
3 TRICKY JADE JASON MACKAY
4 EL BROOKLYN JASON THOMPSON
5 EVIEâS ENTITY LYN SMITH
6 XYLIA ALLEN GRAEME BATE
7 ORTHIA BALE GRAEME BATE
8 SOMETIMES SPEEDY JASON MACKAY
9 HOT IRISH STEVEN CLARKE (1ST RESERVE)
10 GOT A MOMENT JASON THOMPSON (2ND RESERVE)
GROUP TWO HARRISON-DAWSON FINAL
1 CLONE YOUR OWN ROBERT BRITTON
2 IMRY BALE GRAEME BATE
3 GLEN GALLON TONY BRETT
4 SCHRODER BALE GRAEME BATE
5 PREMIER EVENT ANGELA LANGTON
6 HURRICANE ISAAC ANTHONY FLORES
7 GARRICK BALE ANDREA DAILLY
8 KEVIN BALE GRAEME BATE
9 NIKITAâS ELITE LISA COCKERELL (1ST RESERVE)
10 BORIS FIELDS JASON THOMPSON (2ND RESERVE)
Last Thursday night saw the final of the Group 2 Brandonâs Electrical Queensland Derby at Albion Park where eight runners faced the starter in the hope of collecting the trophy and the $40,000 dollar to the winner first prize. The five heat winners and 3 fastest seconds qualified for the rich final and with a mixture of local and interstate challengers, all eyes were fixed to the track at box rise.
Starting all the rage was the interstate raider Hello Good Bye for Victorian master Kel Greenough from box 1. After an impressive heat win last week in 29.84, punters had him the favourite narrowly over fellow visitor and derby dog Jagger Swagger for Mark Azzopardi. Jagger Swagger wasn’t as well drawn and would have to start the final from box 7 after last weeks BON 29.82. Others in the market were the second Azzopardi runner Transcend Time (Box 2), Top Story for local trainer Sandra Hunt (box 5) and Veyron Bale for Victorian maestro Andrea Dailly (box 6).
As the bunny passed the boxes and the lids opened industry blue blood and the second of Azzopardi’s finalists Transcend Time (Bombastic Shiraz – Elite Oriental) exploded from the boxes to lead clearly over Hello Good Bye (Bombastic Shiraz – Hello Siena) and Flying Tee (Collision – Emma Tee). Spearing through a flying 5.56 first section Transcend Time supporters would hope that he would be strong enough to hold out the favourite who was well positioned to strike.
Down the back straight and the lamp lighter was still Transcend Time but Hello Good Bye was stalking, well positioned and looking for a run. Rounding the final turn Transcend Time drifted off the rails slightly, with Hello Good Bye using all of his big experience to push through inside him and run away for an impressive victory, stopping the clock at an impressive 30.01. Transcend Time stuck on well for second three-quarters of a length away, with young local chaser Flying Tee a further length back in a very impressive third at just his tenth race start.
The Kel Greenough trained chaser has already made multiple feature race finals in 2013, being a Group 1 finalist in the Australian Cup (Spud Regis) and Perth Cup (Dyna Nalin) where he ran unplaced in both. The win was just reward for Hello Good Bye as he registered win number 10 from 19 starts and took his prizemoney to in excess of $80,000 with the Group 2 win. The Greenough kennel is known for training only strong fast greyhounds and this Group 2 win was another feature for a kennel no stranger to big race success. It certainly won’t be the last.
Transcend Time for Appin trainer Mark Azzopardi held on well second and in doing so picked up another $10,000 cheque to take his prizemoney to in excess of $85,000 for connections. The beautifully bred dog performed with distinction and accolades should be given to Azzopardi and his team for bringing this dog back from serious injury. With limited starts in the past 6 months, he will be improved from the racing and with his early speed will give followers a good sight wherever he goes from here.
The locally trained Flying Tee for Sandra Hunt ran a terrific race for third and looks to have a bright future. The black January 2011 son of Collision was having just his tenth race start and he will surely go onto bigger and better things with further race experience. The third place prizemoney taking the black dogs earnings to over $10,000.
As is always the case in finals hard luck bestows many runners and those starting outside the five runner Top Story could be forgiven for blaming bad luck for ruining any chance. Approaching the first turn Top Story ran wide checking many runners and putting them out of winning contention. Jagger Swagger (5th) and Veyron Bale (4th) both stuck on well after striking early bother to give their supporters something to look forward to when they have their next starts.
The Group 2 Queensland Derby has been a stepping stone for past winners and an indication that bigger things are in stall. In 2013, that trend looks to continue with winner Hello Good Bye. Previous winners of the group 2 feature include High Earner, Bogie King, and Superman. Being in the Greenough kennel he will pop up in feature races throughout the year, and judging by his form so far in 2013 another group win is just around the corner.
PAW NOTE – Glen Gallon – almost half a million reasons to smile
Glen Gallon (Flying Stanley – Incoherent) for Queensland’s leading trainer Tony Brett continued on his winning return from minor injury as he again won a best 8 on Thursday night in the process taking his prizemoney closer to the magical $500,000 mark. The August 2009 son of Flying Stanley – Incoherent didn’t have it all his own way but eventually got there on the line to win by head from Hanson Senor with a further 4 lengths to Miss Milkshake in third. It was the Glen Gallons 25th win at Albion Park and his 33rd overall from 60 starts to go with a further 11 placings. Owned by the Velocity Lodge partnership he has been a marvellous dog throughout his career and is as honest as they come.
It was a great performance from the second place getter Hanson Senor who was having his first start since September 2012 for owner trainer Geoffrey Allen after a long road to recovery from injury. The February 2010 son of Give Me Five – Hanson Charm ran right up to his previous best and it took a superstar grey to beat him. Allen almost pulled off the impossible and congratulations should be given to a great training performance.
A name that is synonoumous with Group racing success is that of Andrea Dailly, whose kennel of stars once again displayed their ability to dominate the big races in taking out the Group One Golden Easter Egg final with rank outsider, Grigorieva Bale.
Starting from box four at 24/1, all eyes were on the competitor to his left, Punch One Out who went into the âEggâ final as a heavy favourite after a devastating 29.27 track record performance one week prior. Punch One Outâs loss became the son of Turanza Bale and Kingston Baleâs gain, as he began beautifully and used all of his 38kg frame, saluting in a smart time of 29.65. Co-trainer Tom Dailly, as expected was delighted with the result.
âI was confident going into the race; I just knew if he jumped he would be very hard to run down. Once he got to the front I was just hoping he would hold on’.
The win sealed the second Easter Egg victory in two years for astute breeder Paul Wheeler, whose relationship with the Dailly family is one that exudes respect and trust, as Tom explains.
âIâm just very lucky to reap the benefits and success of the Wheeler families breeding. We have a great relationship and have won some great races over the yearsâ.
The Dailly-Wheeler relationship has produced some of the best greyhounds of our time including one of Daillyâs personal favourites, Dyna Lachlan. Bursting on the scene back in 2009, the son of Go Wild Teddy and Benden Flex quickly shot to fame when he took out both the 2010 Group One Australian and 2010 Adelaide Cup in epic fashion. By the end of his career, the 31.4kg lightweight notched up an astonishing $438,215 in prize money and has now firmly cemented his place as a proven sire with his most promising prodigy Tomac Bale, saluting in the recent Group Two Launching Pad at Sandown in a near record time of 29.23.
Despite the many classy customers Dailly has had pass through his kennels, superstar Pororoca is one that will always have a special place in his heart. Pororoca was one of the most successful and popular greyhounds during the 2005/2006 season when he claimed the 2005 Group One Brisbane Cup in a brilliant exhibition of racing, setting a new track record of 29.66 over the 520m journey. A winner of 38 races across a multitude of tracks, strength and stamina was the son of Token Princeâs notable trademark that was on full display when he took out the 2006 Group Two Cranbourne Cup with a powerful come-from-behind victory in 29.68.
The Dailly family which includes Andrea along with husband Tom and brother-in-law George operate out of Anakie (approximately one hour from Melbourne) in Victoria. They primarily rear their own offspring and are one half of the dominate Wheeler combination that continues to produce Group winning greyhounds. With all their success it would be hard to single out one moment according to Tom:
âWe have had so many great wins. Winning the big Group Oneâs gives us all a real thrill. Melbourne Cup, Australian Cup and now the Easter Egg have all been our biggest momentsâ
Itâs hard to believe that team Daillyâs first Melbourne Cup victory did not occur until 2011, when their Greyhound of the Year recipient Dyna Tron clocked a sizzling 29.22 in the final at Sandown. The son of Collision and Gold Rush Bale also went on to win the Group One Hobart 1000 and the Group Two Geelong and Horsham Cupâs during a stunning 2011 campaign, in the process racking up over half a million dollars in prize money and earning him a spot on the highest money winners of all time.
At present Andrea Dailly is the leading trainer at The Meadows with 120 winners so far in 2013 and leads overall on the Victorian Metropolitan trainers list with 235 winners and a strike rate of 18.20%.
The year is just warming up for the Dailly kennels, although last night’s racing from Sandown has seen their team suffer a major setback.
Dailly’s had their sights set firmly on the Group Two Warrnambool Cup with Easter Egg hero Grigorieva Bale who would’ve been looking to push his prize money total over the half a million dollar mark. Unfortunately Grigorieva Bale suffered a career ending fractured hock contesting an Sandown Free For All event worth just $6,000 to the winner.
On a side note – the pattern of fractured hocks suffered by “Bale” greyhounds with enormous ability in recent times, such as Bekim Bale, David Bale and now Grigorieva Bale; must be a cause for concern for the Wheeler breeding dynasty who own the Bale greyhounds.
However, as has happened in the past the Dailly’s will push past this immediate impediment and forge on to greater heights with undoubtedly many more illustrious wins to be added to their already impressive total. If you want any more proof of this, look no further than the tragedy of this years Adelaide Cup semi finals. It took them just seven days to bounce back and win the Group 1 final.Don’t be surprised to see a Dailly runner take out the Group 2 Warrnambool Cup in Grigorieva Bale’s absence.
The Daillyâs look set to be a force to be reckoned with in 2013.
To have a greyhound that is good enough to be able to compete in a group race final is a worthy accomplishment for any owner or trainer, but to have three runners engaged in the same group final is nothing short of brilliant. This week legendary owners Chris Nutt and Shaun Evans will have three of their charges starting in the Group Three Nowra Summer Puppy Classic Final under the names of three of Australiaâs most illustrious trainers, with the race carrying sentimental value for the men who bred the highly talented siblings from their prolific producer Paris St Germain.
The first of Nutt & Evans terrific trio to make the final was the Graeme Bate prepared Luxurious, with the daughter of Collision spearing the lids from box five in her semi-final and proving too strong for Jeff Crawfordâs fast finishing Kentucky Grove, taking out the event by a neck on the line in a nippy 30.19 seconds. The black bitch is shaping up to be a promising sprinter winning eleven of her 29 starts with a further eleven minors to her name however she has been awarded no favours in the final drawing awkwardly in box four.
The second runner into the decider for the Nutt & Evans team is the exceedingly consistent Disco Dave who comes from the powerful Andrea Dailly camp. Disco Dave qualified when running second behind the well-bred performer Double Twist for Nowra Hillâs Garry Edwards. Disco Dave began well from box three in his semi-final and showed tremendous field sense, darting underneath rails runner Ronray Miss on the first turn, to take up the lead, however he was not able to hold out Double Twist who landed himself in a prime position down the back and was able to swoop on the leaders in the home straight to claim victory by three quarters of a length in a fast 30.04 seconds.
The dynamic duoâs last runner in this Sundayâs feature, Miss Kiss took out the third and final semi for Tasmanian conditioner Debbie Cannan. The pint sized performer who started her career in Victoria but has been racing in Tassie of late, scored a dominant triumph, leading from box rise in a handy 30.34 seconds over Vindictive who was one and a quarter lengths away in second for Frances Harris. Miss Kiss who has won three races from fourteen starts has also drawn awkwardly, coming up with box five on the outside of her litter sister Luxurious.
Nutt admits that the draw may be problematic for the speedy sisters with Luxurious developing the tendency to dart right at box rise, with Miss Kiss generally seeking the rails when the lids fly open. With this in mind Nutt favours Disco Dave from out wide in box seven out of his three runners with the blue brindle chaser also capable of pinging the lids and running a cheeky race however it will be a hard final for the trio with early favourite Double Twist allocated the prized cherry alley.
Win, lose or draw, the three speedsters are very special to Nutt & Evans, as they are part of the last cohort of pups to hit the track from their dam Paris St Germain who tragically passed away just last month. Paris St Germain was purchased by the two friends as a way of keeping in contact when Evans was moving away, however they never imagined how far the unraced daughter of Bright Ebony and Gold Serenade would take them within the greyhound racing industry.
Paris St Germain came on season just shy of her second birthday and was mated to sensational sire Lochinvar Jet. This was a decision which would change their lives with âParisâ throwing her first group winning pup in Nitro Nori amongst a litter full of exceptional racers. Nitro Nori had 56 starts on the racetrack for twenty wins and eighteen placings including consecutive wins in the Group 3 Bulli Cyril Rowe memorial, whilst he also took out the Perth Cup Consolation and was a finalist in The Group One National Sprint Championship, and the Traralgon and Shepparton Cupâs.
The success didnât end there, in her next litter to Go Wild Teddy, âParisâ threw multiple city winner and group finalist Uncle Bully as well as the sensational performers Jai Alation, Slick Rick and Wild St. Teddy. After this second successful round in the breeding barn, she was put to the great Surf Lorian with this mating producing potentially her best pup yet in St. Pierre.
Nutt laments that St. Pierre will, âAlways hold a special place in our heart as our first group one winnerâ, after the brilliant blue brindle chaser took out the Group One Australian Cup defeating the likes of High Earner whilst he also notched up a Group Three win in the St Ledger at Unibet Gardens and the 2011 Devonport Cup.
From her next two litters to Whereâs Pedro and Velocette respectively, Paris produced some more top quality pups, most notably in Katsidis, Mojito, Double Whammy, Nine Darter, Larocco, Emilia Jade, Parisette and Streetbike Tommy, who was sadly lost on the race track during the Golden Easter Egg series after fracturing a hock. After these two litters, Paris whelped a healthy litter to Collision in 2011 and just a few weeks before passing away a single pup to Barcia Bale who unfortunately did not survive.
With her last litter to Collision now on the ground and racing in fine style, it would be fitting for one of these youngsters to emulate the success of their older siblings and take out a big race as a means of continuing the âfamily traditionâ. Despite the glory of group one racing and the hefty winnerâs cheques that accompany the rugs and trophies, it is fair to say that a win this week would be one of most sentimental victories Nutt and Evans could hope for given the recent loss of not only Paris St Germain but also her promising son Streetbike Tommy.
âParis was a one in a million broodbitch, if it wasnât for her I probably wouldnât still be in the gameâ.
âItâs a big achievement to have three in the race and we are just really wrapped for Parisâ, Nutt said.
âWe are just hoping that the stars can align for us but as long as they come back in one piece we will be happy.â
Paris St Germain will always be a special part of Chris Nuttâs and Shaun Evanâs family – she has helped to put them on the industry scene with the pair now established as two of Australiaâs premier greyhound breeders and owners, whilst her progeny are still going strong and will inevitably throw a few fast pup themselves in the future.
The Nowra Summer Puppy Classic is the highlight of the Shoalhaven Greyhound Racing Clubâs calendar with the $25,000 event to be run this Sunday. In an open race with nearly all runners engaged in the event capable of taking it out it is very hard to find a winner.
One thing that is for sure, if Chris Nutt and Shaun Evans can claim the event with one of their trio, there will be a few tears shed on course for the hardworking owners and the amazing little bitch that made it all possible, and who was described to me as their âPrincessâ
Champion Victorian sprinter Spud Regis has been retired after his emphatic victory in the Group Three Ambrosoli at Wentworth Park on Saturday night. The stunning black powerhouse was a winner of fifteen races from 27 starts including two group oneâs and two group threeâs with prize money earnings over the $440,000 mark. With the curtain closing on such a tremendous racing career, it is only fitting to pay tribute to a greyhound who has proven to be one of Australiaâs best.
Spud Regis is by legendary sire Bombastic Shiraz out of the smart race bitch Phiona: a winner of twelve races and was whelped on the 7th December 2010. The chaser was trained by industry mogul Andrea Dailly and owned by Brian Treloar who named him after former AFL great and St Kilda skipper Danny Frawley.
Spud Regis showed plenty of potential from the start of his career winning ten of his first thirteen track appearances including the 2012 Group 3 SA Derby at Angle Park; however it was his emotional win in The Group One Adelaide Cup that really captured the attention of racing participants and the public as a whole. On the way back to their training property in Anakie (Victoria) after the heats of the feature where Spud Regis was victorious, Co-trainer George Daily was involved in a tragic car accident that claimed the life of fellow heat winner, and Spud Regisâ highly talented litter brother Big Black Mac. The heartbreaking night drew attention Australia wide, and put Spud Regisâ Adelaide Cup start in danger; however after being carefully monitored just one week after the horror crash, the extraordinary racer recorded one of the most sentimental victories in modern racing history, taking out the $75,000 final in a sensational 29.75 seconds for the 515 metre trip.
After his popular victory, Spud Regisâ form tapered off- albeit against the top echelon of Australian sprinters- as he hit a losing streak that lasted an agonising eight runs, however a change of scenery brought back the old Spud Regis, with the enigmatic dog bouncing back to the winners list in the 2013 Perth Cup Consolation at Cannington in February.
Upon his return home to Victoria, Spud Regis continued on his winning way, saluting in the 2013 Group One Australian Cup at The Meadows. Beginning brilliantly from the cherry, the talented campaigner made every post a winner clocking a scintillating 29.63 seconds for the 525 metre trip where he defeated fellow Victorian El Brooklyn by four and a quarter lengths on the line.
This win certainly dispelled any doubts surrounding the chaser and firmly established him as one of the nationâs best. The dual Group one winner made his final interstate venture just a few weeks ago for a stint at the Group One Golden Easter Egg at Wentworth Park. The speedster made quite an impression in his heat, scoring a dominant victory in a red hot 29.69 seconds, and was very unfortunate not to gain a start in the $250,000 final, running a solid third in his semi-final behind flying Hunter Valley bitch Punch One Out who ran a blinding race and in turn set a new track record of 29.27 seconds for the 520 metre distance.
Spud Regis returned to Wentworth Park last Saturday night and took out the Group Three Ambrosoli in fine style. The race was for those greyhounds that âjust missed outâ on a chance at the Golden Easter final and carried a winnerâs cheque of a lucrative $25,000. Showing his class, the 34 kilogram two year old carved across the field and eventually chased down the Graeme Bate prepared Fully Advanced to take out the race by three and three quarter lengths over roughie Amadeus Strikes in a breathtaking 29.73 seconds. While it would have been a very hard decision for Treloar to retire the powerful and talented chaser whilst he was racing so consistently and injury free, it was fantastic to see him end his career on a high note- with the vast majority of owners and trainers only able to dream of such a departure from the racetrack.
As they say, when one door closes another door opens and this will definitely be the case for Spud Regis; after such a successful racing career he will stand at stud with Tony Lockett, where he should receive a great reception from Australian breeders who will have the chance to tap into a fantastic bloodline.
Being a devoted Spud Regis fan I was honoured to see the champ race with my own eyes last week, and whilst I am personally sad that he will never grace the track again I wish connections all the best in the breeding barn with the âSpudâ and hope to one day see his pups emulate the success of their dad on the racetrack.
There is no one more deserving to have a prestigious Group race named after them than the iconic Paul Amrosoli who has given our sport 46 years of loyal service. As we speak, Ambrosoli will be finalising his preparations for tonight, where he will once again commentate an exceptional race card at Wentworth Park including six Group races in what is a mouth-watering grand finale to end a sensational Golden Easter Egg series. âThe Ambrosoliâ is a Group Three listed event worth $25,000 to the winner for greyhounds who contested the âEggâ series but just missed out on a final berth.
Boom youngster Renegade Chief owned by AFL legend Tony Lockett, ran a gallant third behind Sometimes Speedy in last weekâs semi-finals and comes up with the coveted red rug this week. After beginning slowly last week, the stamina displayed by this son of Bombastic Shiraz and Teeze was truly remarkable as he took lengths of his rivals who ran an impressive 15.87 run home. Any luck this week should see him power home and give trainer Kel Greenough another âAmbrosoliâ victory after he saluted with the great Cindeen Shelby back in 2010.
The hero in week one of the Easter Egg series after clocking at the time, a near record 29.45 was Graeme Bateâs Fully Advanced. After beginning well from box three in his semi-final last week, the Victorian was subjected to several incidents of interference, eventually finishing in third position behind winner Winsome Charlee. Coming up with a tricky box six in this weekâs final, the son of Collision and Okay Supreme will need to utilise his genuine early pace to lead his rivals at the first bend.
Desperately unlucky not make the Group One final was Spud Regis, who just missed out on a final spot by half a length in last weekâs semi-final defeat won by Punch One Out. Ultra impressive in his heat victory clocking a sizzling 29.69, the Andrea Dailly trained son of Bombastic Shiraz and Phiona, just couldnât match the early pace of his two superior rivals, however is a genuine threat at claiming this final from box seven.
The Ambrosoli has been claimed by some of Australiaâs greatest chasers including; Cindeen Shelby, Ritza Ryder and True Kihael. Tonight will be no exception as any one of the eight contendersâ being a deserving winner of this time honoured classic, named after one of the greatest ambassadors our sport has ever seen.
Group Three âThe Ambrosoliâ 8.50pm
1. Renegade Chief ($2.60) â Kel Greenough: Ran home extremely well last week. Has drawn perfectly and will be storming home at the finish
2. Garrick Bale ($13.00) â Andrea Dailly: Got well back running 5th in his semi-final behind Punch One Out last week. Will need to ping from this box to be in the hunt at the first turn.
3. El Cabello ($16.00) â Darren McDonald: The valued runner of the field after running an outstanding second behind Cracker Jack Lil in the heats. A repeat performance should see him in the firing line
4. Allen Dion ($9.00) â Andrea Dailly: Has consistent form throughout the series and definitely has the ability to steal this, will need to ping from this tricky box.
5. Amadeus Strikes ($19.00) â Steven White: Will only need a clear run to take this out at juicy odds. Is a risky beginner but has a powerful run home that will suit
6. Fully Advanced ($3.30) â Graeme Bate: Has excellent early speed to overcome this unfavourable box. After clocking 29.45 in his heat, a repeat performance will seal a victory
7. Spud Regis ($3.30) â Andrea Dailly: Has had a sensational series after a 29.69 heat win followed by an unlucky third behind Punch One Out last week. Is the one to beat with a vacant box on his outside.
Yesterday afternoon, six spectacular heats were conducted for the 2013 Nowra Summer Puppy Classic. Now in its tenth year, the Group Three event is a restricted race for greyhounds whelped between the 1st January 2011 and the 30th June 2011 and carries with it the lucrative winners cheque of $25,000.
Over the past few years the Summer Puppy Classic has unearthed some of NSWâs most promising sprinters, with many of those who have not only won but made the final going on to become city winners and group finalists throughout their careers. Former winners of the prestigious series include Classy Love who took it out in 2012 running an airborne 29.75 seconds for the 520 metre trip, whilst in 2011 it was taken out by the Luke Azzopardi trained Chenzhou Boy, who went on to become a terrific money spinner, being multiple city winner and group finalist, winning a total of 19 races with 34 minor placingâs from 82 starts.
With such a star studded reputation, it was expected that 2013 would again introduce spectators to some outstanding young pups- and those who witnessed the heats yesterday were not disappointed.
The first heat went to the John Antonelli trained Rhonda Spirit, who was too strong for her field in 30.58 seconds. The pint sized black bitch began well from box two and managed to work her way to the front of the pack to win by one length on the line. The daughter of the on fire sire, Magic Sprite and She’s A Dainty, made it her fourth win from fifteen starts after previous victories at both Dapto and Gosford. Behind her in second place was the long odds shot Miss Thunder who was paying an enormous $34.10 for the win, whilst the raging favourite Disco Dave for champion mentor Andrea Dailly also made it through to the semi-final round, running third, two and a quarter lengths behind the winner.
Heat Two saw Antonelli qualify two runners into the semi-finals with a second member of the Magic Sprite x Sheâs A Dainty litter named Jonardo leading all the way in a red hot 29.91 seconds. The black chaser carried fantastic form into the race being a multiple city winner, and a semi-finalist in the Group 3 New Sensation Series. Beginning well from box three, the ultra-impressive young pup held off the Garry Edwards trained Double Twist who was very gallant in defeat by half a head on the line. Double Twist has a fantastic chance of bouncing back to the winners list in her semi-final, with the regally bred daughter of Whereâs Pedro and super stayer Tifi, a winner of five of her eight race starts, including a best of the night 29.77 seconds at Dapto in January.
Also qualifying into the semiâs from heat two was the Sharron Webster trained Lagoon Eastwood who ran an honest race from the squeeze box in third position as well as Tiggerlong Gunna who was three and three quarters behind third for trainer Margaret Keys.
Heat Three was the beginning of yet another training double, as Llandilo mentor Jeff Crawford put the polish on rails runner Chandon Grove. The Bombastic Shiraz youngster began with the field and used the rails box to perfection scoring by half a length on the line in 30.30 seconds. The 26 kilogram lightweight is a winner of five of her ten starts with a further four minors to her name and looks to be a handy little sprinter in the making. Behind the winner in second place was Trewly Special pup Mellie Jayne, who ran an eye catching race after a slow getaway. Bradley Northfieldâs beautifully bred chaser Bralyn Bop Bop rounded up the placingâs in third with the brindle son of Cosmic Rumble and Bralyn Maisie sure to improve for the semi-finals after his first run at the track yesterday.
Crawfordâs second winner was from the same litter as his previous victor, with Kentucky Grove saluting in heat four. The black dog, owned by Crawford was having his eighth start in the heats and made it his second race success in what was yet another close win with only a neck between him and second. Interestingly enough, the chaser ran exactly the same time as his litter sister clocking a handy 30.30 seconds, with even their first sectionals of 4.46 seconds identical. Qualifying in second was yet another Bradley Northfield runner, with Bralyn Ryan running a nice race. The black dog has won four races from just twelve starts with a scorching 30.01 second victory at Gosford to his name and should not be forgotten in the semi-finals. The cleverly named Cough Drop also made it through to the second round after navigating his way through the field into third, whilst astute mentor John Carruthers got his charge Nimble Swip through as well, running fourth.
It would not be a group race without the presence of legendary trainer Graeme Bate, who took out the fifth heat with blueblood sprinter Luxurious. By Collision out of the prolific producer Paris St Germain, the promising young bitch triumphed over the Janel Erwin trained Ten Kashkows in a smart 30.36 seconds. Beginning well from box two, the two year old showed plenty of heart racing away to win by one length on the line. The win was the black dynamoâs tenth from 28 starts and with a further eleven placingâs to her name she is definitely one to watch for the future. Jeff Crawford qualified his third runner through to the semi- finals in heat five with Corona Grove a nose behind the second runner, whilst Yallah local Clifford Bell made it two starters in the semiâs for his kennel with Club Fifty Five slipping through in fourth position.
The final heat went the way of the Sharron Webster trained Crosby Stills who managed to overcome an awkward box four draw to triumph by half a head over Miss Kiss in 30.44 seconds. The son of Whereâs Pedro was sent to the boxes as favourite and did not let his supporters down, coming back from only a moderate getaway to claim victory. Now with six wins from sixteen starts to his name including two Wentworth Park successes where he clocked 30.36 and 30.22 seconds respectively the black chaser looks a live chance in continuing his handy form in the semi-final.
With such quality and depth the 2013 Nowra Summer Puppy Classic looks an exciting race, with not just the heat winners, but many of the other qualifiers looking to have bright futures ahead of them. The semi-finals will be held on Sunday the 7th April, with all eyeâs focused on the track to see who will qualify for the mouth-watering $25,000 to the winner final to be held on Sunday 14th April 2013.