Minister for Racing Denis Napthine last night congratulated an outstanding line-up of greyhounds and connections that were recognised at the 2012 Victorian Greyhound Industry Awards held at Crown Palladium.
‚Äúin Victoria is on the up and up. In 2012, prize money increased by 20 per cent to a record $36 million, betting turnover levels are unprecedented and some of the biggest crowds seen for more than thirty years are turning up at tracks,‚ÄĚ Dr Napthine said.
‚ÄúIn addition, last year saw new standards set by greyhounds, their trainers, owners and breeders as well as by race clubs, club officials and of course the many dedicated volunteers.‚ÄĚ
Continue reading Racing Minister Congratulates Victorian Greyhound Racing‚Äôs Finest
Victoria (GRV) StewardsÔŅľ have just released details of an assault on a female GRV Steward from a Melton Coursing meeting in August 2012 which has seen the offender given the relatively light penalty of just 6 months disqualification.
David Dawson of Crossover, near Warragul; was charged by GRV Stewards of interfering with the taking of a urine swab sample, wilfully assaulting GRV Steward Di Pyers, and disobeying a stewards directive by administering a drink to the greyhound prior to swabbing despite being directed not too.
That hearing was held at GRV offices on Wednesday by the Racing and Appeals Disciplinary Board (RADB).
The Stewards ofVictoria conducted an investigation into incidents which allegedly took place at the Melton Coursing Club on Sunday, 5 August 2012.
After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Dawson with breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rules 86(g), (h) and (p) in that at the Melton Coursing Club on Sunday, 5 August 2012, he did;
- wilfully assault GRV Steward Dianne Pyers during a sampling process which was subsequently taken from the greyhound My Girl Scarlett;
- interfere with the carrying out of a swab sample test which was subsequently taken from the greyhound My Girl Scarlett;
- and disobey the lawful order of GRV Steward Dianne Pyers in that he administered a drink of unknown ingredients, when directed not to do so, prior to the taking of swab sample from the greyhound My Girl Scarlett.
Under Rule 47.1 of theVictoria Local Rules these constitute Serious Offences which were heard by the GRV Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board (RADB) in the first instance ÔŅľunder Victoria Local Rule 47.3 and Sections 83C(b) and 83M(1) of the Racing Act.
Mr. Tony Vass represented Mr. Dawson at the RADB hearing.
Mr. Glenn Fish (GRV Chief Steward) and Mr. Ron Matthews (Steward) represented the Stewards Panel.
Mr. Dawson pleaded not guilty to all charges.
After hearing all the evidence tendered, and considering submissions in relation to the interpretation of certain rules, the RADB determined;
- in relation to the charge under GAR86 (g), that Mr. Dawson was guilty as charged and disqualified him for 6 months with 2 months of this penalty suspended for 12 months provided no similar breaches under this rule occur during this period,
- in relation to the charge under GAR86 (h) that Mr Dawson did not interfere with the carrying out of a test pursuant to this rule and dismissed this charge; and
- in relation to the charge under GAR86 (p) that Mr Dawson was guilty as charged and fined him $500 with all of this penalty suspended for 12 months provided no breaches under this rule occur during this period.
Both penalties are effective from midnight on 18th December 2012.
Unfortunately this decision continues the woeful run of weak decisions handed out by the RADB in relation to penalties.
Compare this case to that of Dan Nikolic where the thoroughbred racing RADB handed down a 2 year ban for his actions.
Fair enough Nikolic’s actions were determined to be contemptible and threatened a steward and his family, but here we have a greyhound trainer charged with physically assaulting a female GRV steward and only receives a 6 month ban.
The VictorianRADB need to seriously double check there sentences against standards and expectations, particularly with regard to violence toward women; as they seem to very much be out of step with the real world.
To further emphasise the disparity between RADB sentences and 3 month ban for making a comment on an online greyhound forum which was deemed to be detrimental to ‘s image.values, just last week GRV Stewards heard a case that did not get referred to the RADB as it was determined not to be serious enough, and the outcome was a
3 months for making an unpopular onlinecomment vs 6 months for assaulting a female steward? You be the judge.
This baffling RADB sentence comes after they handed a greyhound trainer a suspended sentence for a positive swab while he was already serving a 9 month disqualification for a positive swab; and after they handed down a fine only for a positive swab from an Andrea Dailly trained greyhound.
It might be time for the proactive Victorian Racing Minister Denis Napthine to intervene.
Again it has taken them more than a week to publicly report a positive swab stewards inquiry. But better yet, the actual; positive swab occurred more than 12 months ago, and the person involved is already serving a 9 month disqualification for a Nandrolone positive swab.
No explanation at all was forthcoming from GRV Stewards as to why it took nearly 12 months from the date of the offence for the inquiry and RADB hearing to be held, except that a reference can be found to a directions hearing in October 2012, where concerns seem to have centred around the testing of the reserve “B” sample.
Continue reading Suspended Sentence For Disqualified Greyhound Trainers Heptaminol Positive
The Kel Greenough-trained Jethro looks the greyhound to beat in the Group 1 Hume Cup at The Meadows on Melbourne Cup eve after a stunning eight and three quarter length heat win in 34.59.
The son of Head Bound and It‚Äôs A She again began slowly before unleashing the most powerful finishing burst of the night, running home in a sensational 12.05 to stamp himself as the greyhound to beat in Monday week‚Äôs $75,000-to-the-winner final, despite drawing box five.
Andrea Dailly goes into the final with two chances after impressive efforts from Franklin Hero (34.55 best of night heat win) and Lektra Jay, who was outgunned by young star Langi Bale.
Continue reading Tassie Star Jethro The One To Beat In Hume Cup Final
One of the bestVic Peters Classics (520m) has been assembled for the Final next Saturday night (November 3) at Wentworth Park.
The Group 1 $75,000 to the winner event saw a high calibre of nominations received, with some of Australia‚Äôs best youngster set to fight out the final next week.
Tonight‚Äôs semi-finals saw victories go to Renegade Chief, Unexplained, Allen Dion and Odie For Now.
Continue reading Centrebet Vic Peters Classic Fires Up
Following advice from the Racing Analytical Services Laboratory, the Stewards ofVictoria conducted an investigation into the results of a post-race blood sample taken from the greyhound Fyna Bale at the Melbourne Association (The Meadows) meeting on 28th July 2012.
During the investigation, Stewards heard evidence from registered Trainer Mrs. Andrea Dailly and received written statements from Dr. David Batty (Racing Analytical Services Laboratory) and Dr. Alastair Smith (Sandown Veterinary Clinic).
After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mrs. Dailly with breach of GAR83 (2) and (3) in that she did fail to present the greyhound Fyna Bale free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Melbourne
Continue reading Fine Only For Andrea Dailly Carpfrofen Positive From The Meadows Greyhounds
Following nine sensational heats of theVic Peters Classic last Saturday night (October 20), Wentworth Park is ready to see four sizzling semi-finals over the 520m journey.
The longest standing feature event for the NSW GBOTA has this year already seen some resounding performances by the likes of Proven Nitro, Transcend Time, Mr Beau, Odie For Now, Garrick Bale and Renegade Chief.
The most talked about performance following last week‚Äôs heats was the efforts of Kel Greenough prepared Renegade Chief, who managed to run within half a length of early leader Transcend Time in heat three. Owned by AFL great Tony Lockett, Renegade Chief has drawn more favourably in this weekend‚Äôs semi-finals, coming up with box one in the opening semi.
Continue reading Wentworth Park Fires Up For Centrebet Vic Peters Classic Semis
It‚Äôs a Group racing bonanza at The Meadows this Saturday night with the running of the Group 1 Topgun and six heats of the Group 1 Hume Cup over 600 metres.
This year‚Äôs Hume Cup series is worth $75,000 to the winner for the first time in the race‚Äôs history, and has been well supported with an outstanding group of middle-distance chasers assembled.
The first heat looks one of the hardest on the program with the likes of Cronos Bale, Don Chendo, Adelaide Cup finalist Wattle Bee and One Last Dance ready to do battle in a great start to the night.
Continue reading Group 1 Hume Cup Heats This Saturday Night
The sole representative from New South Wales Bye Bye Bucks has been scratched from the $215,000 Group 1 Sky Racing TOPGUN after sustaining an achilles tendon injury.
Trainer Ken Lewis confirmed the news this morning.
‚ÄúWe are absolutely devastated. His achilles has been diagnosed as a grade one tear, so he certainly won‚Äôt be back racing in the short term. A few people have suggested in could be a two to three month injury, but we will see how the dog goes.”
Continue reading Bye Bye Bucks Scratched From 2012 Topgun
Queensland star Glen Gallon has been installed a $3.50 favourite after drawing box one in the Group 1 Sky Racing Topgun ‚Äď this year worth $150,000 to the winner for the first time in the race‚Äôs 19-year history.
Trained by Tony Brett (who took out the 2005 version of this race with Black Enforcer), Glen Gallon will push his prizemoney to over $450,000 if successful in Saturday‚Äôs Group 1 extravaganza. The son of U.S. sire Flying Stanley and Incoherent sent an ominous warning to his rivals with a sizzling 29.66 trial at The Meadows last week. His record of three wins from five starts off the red box underlines his favouritism in Australia‚Äôs richest invitation-only event.
Reigning Australian Cup winner Zara Zulu has also fared well after the box draw, with the Ros Hume-trained star to exit box two on Saturday night. The daughter of Mogambo and Zulu Zepha is blessed with enough early speed to take up a prominent position in the all-important run to the first turn.
Continue reading Glen Gallon Draws Box 1 Favouritism For Group 1 Sky Racing Topgun
The scene is set for one of the biggest greyhound races of the year as fields for the 2012 Group 1 Sky Racing Topgun ‚Äď to be held at The Meadows on October 27 ‚Äď have now been released.
The field is headlined by Andrea Dailly pair Heston Bale and recent Adelaide Cup winner Spud Regis – two greyhounds involved in a serious car accident less than two weeks ago. The speedy duo again have the chance to turn tragedy into triumph with victory in Saturday week‚Äôs Group 1 extravaganza ‚Äď now worth $150,000 to the winner for the first time in the race‚Äôs 19-year history.
Queensland fans will have two greyhounds to cheer home on the night with Don‚Äôt Knocka Him and Glen Gallon making the dynamic field of eight, with the duo both legitimate chances to give their state victory for the first time since 2005 when the Tony Brett-trained Black Enforcer was victorious.
Despite the heart-breaking injury to star Barcia Bale, maestro trainer Graeme Bate will be represented by litter sister Desalle Bale, a winner of four from five over the 525-metre journey at The Meadows and a chaser blessed with lots of early speed.
Trainer Jason Thompson will be aiming for his third Topgun success (No Intent, Whisky Assassin) with the brilliant Peggy May ‚Äď already a two-time Group winner and a top-three finisher in 41 of her 51 race starts.
Her Australian Cup conqueror Zara Zulu has also made the final cut, while New South Wales will have a sole representative in Bye Bye Bucks ‚Äď a dog already victorious in two quality Group 2 races in his home state.
The all-important box draw for the Group 1 Sky Racing Topgun will take place on track at The Meadows this Saturday (October 20).
As always, patrons on course for the October 27 extravaganza will have the chance to win some amazing prizes, including AFL memberships, bikes for the children, TAB giveaways and entertainment for all ages in what has become one of the biggest nights at The Meadows.
2012 Topgun Field
- Bye Bye Bucks (NSW) Ken Lewis FSH
- Desalle Bale Graeme Bate 29.88
- Don‚Äôt Knocka Him (Qld) Reg Kay NBT
- Glen Gallon (Qld) Tony Brett 29.69
- Heston Bale Andrea Dailly 29.45 record
- Peggy May Jason Thompson 29.89
- Spud Regis Andrea Dailly 30.04
- Zara Zulu Ros Hume 29.75
- David Bale (Reserve) Graeme Bate 29.83
- Transcend Time (Reserve) Mark Azzopardi FSH
It‚Äôs going to take more than a car accident to hold Spud Regis down. The resilient greyhound shook off his brush with death to score an emotional victory in the Group 1 Adelaide Cup at Angle Park on Thursday night.
Less than a week after being involved in a serious crash that claimed the life of his litter-mate Big Black Mac, Spud Regis collected the biggest pay cheque of his career and stamped himself as a genuine star of the sport.
Shooting for his eighth straight win, the son of Bombastic Shiraz showed his class flying out of box five to be second to the first turn.
Continue reading Spud Regis’ Adelaide Cup Glory After Brush With Death
Angle Park 515m, October 11, Race 8 at 9.23pm ACDST. $107,500 prize pool ($75,000 to the winner).
THE STORY SO FAR:
The Adelaide Cup stands as one of those races steeped in history. Formerly held in a summer timeslot, recent winners include the likes of Brett Lee, Hotline Hero, El Galo, Dyna Lachlan and Kilty Lad before Mepunga Nicky won the first ever October edition last year.
Tragedy struck during the week with three finalists involved in the Dailly‚Äôs car accident last Friday morning. Sadly, the field is already one down with the passing of Big Black Mac, however recent reports suggest the other two will still take their place. Unfortunately, it has marred what was a terrific night of racing last week, and there hasn‚Äôt been much publicity on the race itself, with the market being suspended throughout the week.
Continue reading The 2012 Adelaide Cup – The Definitive Cup Preview
After a successful night ofat South Australia’s Angle Park track for the heats of the 2012 Adelaide Cup, several of the Group 1 finalist greyhounds and their co-trainer George Dailly along with handler Carl, have been in involved in an tragic car accident in the early hours of the morning.
The accident is believed to have claimed several greyhound lives and both George and Carl have been hospitalised with injuries. Those injuries are considered “minor” but George is believed to be suffering from broken ribs.
One greyhound is confirmed to have been killed in the accident. Big Black Mac, who had qualified for the $175,000 Adelaide Cup final by winning the first heat of the Cup in 29.66 has been confirmed by Police as having died at the accident scene.
Big Black Mac was a very promising young greyhound winning 6 of his career 11 starts, with earnings of over $25,000 and had already registered a best time of 29.59 at Sandown. He wasn’t due to turn 2 years of age until December this year.
Lektra Ottens is also confirmed as missing, having fled the scene in panic. Police have confirmed that local CFA volunteers are still searching the area for the missing fawn greyhound.
Fourteen greyhounds are known to have been onboard when the accident occurred, having all competed for trainer Andrea Dailly at last night’s meeting. Several greyhounds are said to be “pretty banged up” and while it was believed there may have been multiple greyhound fatalities, only one greyhound is confirmed dead at this time.
A Police spokesperson has confirmed that a vet attended the accident scene to assist and assess all greyhounds.
Among those on board were Heston Bale, nominal favourite for the Adelaide Cup final after drawing box 1 in the final, and the winner of nearly $100,000 in prizemoney. High profile greyhound and SA Derby winner Spud Regis, another Adelaide Cup heat winner, was also onboard at the time of the accident.
The combined prizemoney earnings of the greyhounds known to have been involved in the accident is in excess of $450,000, where the real value of the greyhounds involved would be multiples of that with potential stud prospects Heston Bale and Spud Regis involved.
Dyna Lowell and Dyna Morris, who quinellaed the 2012 Traralgon Cup were both involved in the accident, with career prizemoney earnings of $131,000 and $130,000 respectively.
The accident is believed to have occurred in the early hours of the morning while George Dailly was sleeping and Carl was at the wheel. The accident occurred approximately 10kms east of Nhill, near the small rural town of Kiata about half way between the South Australian border and Horsham.
The Victorian Police spokesperson also confirmed that the Dailly’s “ute and trailer carrying 14 greyhounds traveling in an easterly direction, left the road at approximately 3:45am, crashing through a fence and a vacant paddock before impacting upon the western verandah and wall of a house where a male and female occupant were asleep. Both home occupants were unhurt in the incident” although they were said to have been thrown from their beds by the impact of the crash.
Amazingly there were no human fatalities from the accident, and the only confirmed greyhound fatality is that of Big Black Mac, although grave concerns are held for Lektra Ottens, and the racing careers of many of the injured greyhounds may be in doubt. Sources close to the Dailly kennel are suggesting already that neither Spud Regis, nor Heston Bale will return to Adelaide to take their places in the $175,000 final.
The accident is said to have “written off” the Dailly’s F250 truck and their expensive US imported dog trailer which was capable of transporting at least 16 greyhounds.
The Dailly’s greyhounds were returning to their Victorian Anakie training base having just won three heats of the $175,000 Adelaide Cup with Big Black Mac, Heston Bale and Spud Regis, all qualifying for the final. The Dailly’s also provided a further five placegetters during the eight heats.
Bookmakers such as TABbetting pre-post on the Adelaide Cup final have currently suspended all betting in the wake of the accident.
GRSA have already confirmed that the Angela Langton trained first reserve Quo Vadis, will take fatally injured Big Black Mac’s place in the final, and further announcements will be made as the other greyhounds injuries become known.
George Dailly’s brother Tom is currently in transit to the Horsham Hospital to attend upon George and Carl and to collect the remaining greyhounds.
This tragic accident comes just one night after Victorian greyhound trainers Steve and Heather Collins suffered a similar loss when kennel hand Jay ran off the road near Geelong on the way back from Warrnambool greyhounds and rolled the trailer, subsequently killing several greyhounds including Sisco Diamond and losing Lektra Ice who fled the scene.
Both the Dailly’s and Collins’ are prolific Victorian greyhound trainers who train greyhounds for leviathan greyhound breeders and owners, the Wheelers and the Lenehans.
UPDATE – 6/10/2012
Reports from the Dailly kennel today are that both Spud Regis and Heston Bale have faired well since the accident, and both are highly likely to return to Adelaide next week to contest the 2012 Group 1 Adelaide Cup Final. Lektra Ottens remains missing in the Wimmera area but no other greyhound fatalities have been confirmed.
Last night at Angle Park we witnessed Group 1 racing at the highest level with eight heats of the Triple M Adelaide Cup where some of the best sprinters in the land battled it out for a chance to qualify for the Group 1 Final on October 11.
The fastest qualifier for the final was the Jason Thompson trained Victorian Proven Nitro in heat 3 who raced his way into favouritism for the final after a blistering display of high speed chasing. He made it three wins in a row when he began well from box 3 to pounce on the early lead and peeled of a sizzling 29.36 for the 515m journey in winning by 3¬Ĺ lengths with his second split time to the back of 16.71 one of the quickest seen in recent years.
The last greyhound to go quicker at the Angle Park circuit was exactly one year ago when Cape Hawke rated 29.33 in winning his heat of the Cup and ultimately finishing third behind the flying Mepunga Nicky in the final. Proven Nitro has blistering speed and will have to show that in next weeks final after drawing box 7 with plenty of speed on his inside.
Jason Thompson produced his second qualifier for the final earlier in the night in heat 2 when strong chaser Coal King staked his claims with a powerful display of chasing. He began fairly from box 5 to initially race midfield before stretching out down the back straight and racing past leader Mepunga Geordie over the concluding stages to win by a lengthening 5¬Ĺ lengths in a flying 29.71. It was his fifth win in his last 6 starts and his run home time of 12.61 was one of the quickest on the night.
Continue reading 2012 Adelaide Cup Final Box Draw
It is hard to believe it has been one year since Mepunga Nicky burst onto the scene by winning the S.A Oaks ‚Äď Adelaide Cup double. Yet Angle Park will be alive again for their Group 1 showcase event Thursday night, and Victorians dominate the pre-post market as expected. With a bit of clever scheduling, some of the Sister Cities Cup finalists have stayed in town, giving the heats a different look. Andrea Dailly has a massive assault on the series, and will be expected to fill several of the final places. Local entrants always cause the occasional upset each year, so underestimate them at your own peril.
ADELAIDE CUP HEAT 1 (Race 2)
Hannie Bale for the Dailly kennel will be the likely favourite drawn box one, but has been knocked all over the track at her last two outings. She laid down some excellent times in Melbourne before those runs and will take catching if she leads. She may need a little luck in the early stages, as Magic Castle (box 3) and Aston Thomas (box 4) can show early speed and love the track, while Godsend wants the rails and could begin better than most expect. Big Black Mac (box 6) is racing well in Melbourne but may have trouble crossing this field, while Another Dollar (box 8) is a capable NZ runner, however it didn‚Äôt appreciate the wide draw last week, and is unlikely to benefit from it here. Tough race to be confident and best to go wide if taking exotics.
ADELAIDE CUP HEAT 2 (Race 3)
Looks a race in two with Mepunga Geordie (box 1) and Coal King (box 5) likely to battle it out. The latter will be in the back half early on, but trialled in 29.72 at the track this week. Mepunga Geordie is coming back from NSW and is better than her recent form suggests. Krisa Bale (box 2) is a hit-and-miss type and could prove the blowout dog if she begins like she was a month ago. High Crimes is drawn ideally in seven, and should find the lead, but is unlikely to run the time required to win. Lektra Ottens (box 8) is the only other one to keep safe.
ADELAIDE CUP HEAT 3 (Race 4)
Hard race this one, with the classier interstate dogs drawn awkwardly. This may be a race to look for value, and Head Tuner adores box one. Has only had one run since July, and broke 30 seconds on that occasion in a good win. Point Two Over (box 2) is a veteran of 110 starts, but should never be discounted box good draws. From the interstate brigade, Proven Nitro (box 3) comes off some very strong Cranbourne wins and trialled brilliantly in 29.63, while Schnickey Bale (box 5) has ability and has seen the track already but will need luck from a poor draw. Quo Vadis (box 6) is an in-form runner but up in class, while Streetbike Tommy (box 7) is harder to predict than the weather.
ADELAIDE CUP HEAT 4 (Race 5)
Probably the best heat of the night. Heston Bale (box 8) is the obvious favourite and was an impressive winner at the track last week. Looks the one to beat with any sort of clear run, which he should get from the wide draw. Hope‚Äôs Up (box7) is the reigning S.A Oaks winner, and can carve up the clock if given her own way. Will get space with Heston Bale on her outer, but the class factor here is a notch higher than what she is used to. Yowyeh (box 2) is more of a stayer these days, but loves this track after winning the Derby here last year. Dyna Cari (box 1) and Premier Boloney (box 3) are the only other dangers in a hot event.
ADELAIDE CUP HEAT 5 (Race 6)
Look for the book-ends to fly to front and battle it out. Zara Zulu (box 1) is racing well at Angle Park and has obviously been set for this. Inside draw will help no end, especially with no early pace anywhere near her. Koombooyana Girl (box 8) is a super young sprinter, and is the only runner capable of leading Zara Zulu, and running a time fast enough to hold her out. Dyna Morris (box 6) and Bagget Bale (box 7) will charge home from the back straight onwards and look the best place chances. Kalden Komoto (box 3) is consistent and may throw value into the trifecta.
ADELAIDE CUP HEAT 6 (Race 7)
El Brooklyn (box 7) is the fastest dog in the race, but the effect of her last start tumble is yet to be seen and also faces her first look at the track. Try to avoid taking her one-out, and look for the likes of Dyna Lowell (box 1) and Take Me Home (box 3) who are both in form and drawn well. Prank Call (box 5) could speed to the early lead and run a cheeky race, but was run down convincingly last week by Take Me Home.
ADELAIDE CUP HEAT 7 (Race 8)
Another tricky race to assess. Queenslander Bogie King (box 4) was outstanding in winning the Sister Cities Cup last week, but got plenty of room early that night and he may not get that again. He must be included nonetheless, as too should Gregorieva Bale (box 3) who never seems to run a bad race. He‚Äôs spent a few weeks in Adelaide now and should be ready to show his absolute best. Picaboon (box 1) has really taken to the Angle Park track and will be in the market also. There will be interest in Wattle Bee (box 2) and Dyna Iceman (box 4) too, although they are probably worth risking.
ADELAIDE CUP HEAT 8 (Race 9)
This looks a one-act affair after Spud Regis (box 2) trotted in to win the S.A Derby. His first sectionals were ridiculously fast in that series and there is nothing here capable enough to run those times. For quinella and trifecta players, Jordy Pordy (box 5) is a proven traveller after winning in Perth earlier in the year, and won well two starts back at Sandown. Dyna Steal (box 3) is a consistent Free-For-All performer who will be given room by the favourite‚Äôs speedy exit, and Hannah McLaren (box 8) has run 29.72 from the same box, although that was some time ago. Hard to see anything else featuring in the final heat of the night.
Eight heats of the Triple M Adelaide Cup have been drawn for this Thursday night‚Äôs (4th October) meeting at Angle Park. GRSA received 65 final nominations for the Group 1 series with 34 from South Australia, 29 from Victoria, 1 from Queensland and 1 from New Zealand.
The Interstate contingent is led by exciting Group performer Heston Bale who is one of sixteen Andrea Dailly representatives in the heats.
She also has last start SA Derby winner Spud Regis engaged that will be looking to continue his winning run at Angle Park after sweeping the Derby series.
Continue reading 2012 Adelaide Cup Heats This Thursday Night
Twenty-three of the country‚Äôs best greyhounds have been handed first round nominations for the Group 1 Sky Racing Topgun ‚Äď this year worth $150,000 to the winner – to be run at The Meadows on October 27.
The Topgun panel will meet again on Friday, October 12, to cut the field down to eight from the list of trainers who have accepted the first round invitation sent out today.
The field for the ‚ÄėCox Plate of
Continue reading 2012 Topgun Invitees Announced
West Australian chaser Miata will start a short-priced favourite in this Saturday‚Äôs night‚Äôs Group 3 Topcat Video Cup after drawing the coveted red alley.
Despite running second behind Fyna Bale in last week‚Äôs heat, the daughter of Bombastic Shiraz and Winsome Bluebird looms as the greyhound to beat after the box draw and a personal best time more than six lengths clear of her nearest rival.
Victory on Saturday would push Miata‚Äôs prizemoney to a tick over $438,000, with 30 wins from 37 starts.
Continue reading Miata Draws Box 1 In Top Cat Video Final At The Meadows
Victorian chaser Spud Regis stamped himself as a real star of the future with a dominant display in the Group 3 Coca Cola SA Derby last night at Angle Park.
The Andrea Dailly trained flyer blitzed his rivals in a best of night 29.63 for the 515m journey leading throughout and winning by over 3 lengths from kennel mate Grigorieva Bale with fellow Victorian Peter Rocket for trainer Keith Hellmuth finishing third.
Spud Regis flew the lids early running a sizzling 4.32 to the winning post on the first occasion and from there was never headed recording his 7th win from just 10 starts and claiming the $25,000 first prize.
Continue reading Spud Regis Storms In To Group 3 SA Derby Final Favouritism
The Interstate raiders were in force last night at Angle Park where they dominated the four heats of the Coca Cola SA Derby led by leading Victorian trainer Andrea Dailly who qualified an amazing 6 runners for next week‚Äôs final. She won three out of the four heats conducted last night, with up and coming sprinting star Spud Regis qualifying the fastest after a brilliant front running display in the first heat.
He made it 6 wins from his last 7 starts leading throughout in a blistering 29.64 for the 515m journey defeating kennel mate Schnikey Bale by 3¬ĺ lengths and will start the clear favourite next week after drawing perfectly in box 1.
The second heat was a carbon copy of the first with the Dailly combination greeting the judge when strong chaser Bagget Bale ran home powerfully to score in a sizzling 29.66 in winning by 7¬ľ lengths defeating kennel mate Allen Dion who showed pace and hung on well for second.
Continue reading Dailly’s Dominate Coca Cola SA Derby Heats & Final Box Draw
Last Thursday night at Angle Park saw five exciting heats of the Coffex Coffee Oaks where the winner‚Äôs from each heat and the three fastest second placegetters qualified for this week‚Äôs Group 3 final.
The fastest qualifier for the final was the Leanne Fagan trained Sammy‚Äôs Sister who was only having her sixth lifetime start in heat 3 where she led throughout from box 2 to record a solid 30.03 for the 515m journey in damp conditions defeating the Ossie Chegia trained Arcadia Shiraz by 4 lengths. Making it three wins on end she was .02 of a second quicker than quality Victorian sprinter Stetson Donna for trainer Peter Dundon who recaptured her very best form that saw her win the Group 2 Laurels at Sandown back in December last year. She raced up near the lead in heat 2 before careering away for a comfortable 5 length victory over the Andrea Dailly trained Dyna Cari who flew home for second. She looks to be the one to beat after last night‚Äôs box draw where she drew the converted red marble for the Group 3 feature.
One of SA‚Äôs main hopes for the crown was Hope‚Äôs Up for trainer Cameron Butcher who dominated heat 4 with a fine front running display leading throughout in a handy 30.13 defeating Five Paws for trainer Emilio Rinaldi by over 8 lengths. Confidence of an SA victory was increased when she drew perfectly in box 2 and should be able to hold a forward position early next week.
Continue reading Local SA Greyhound Sammy’s Sister Qualifies Fastest For Group 3 SA Oaks Final
The Graeme Bate-trained Irma Bale looks the greyhound to beat in next Saturday night‚Äôs State Distance Final at The Meadows after drawing perfectly in box one.
The daughter of Bartrim Bale and Amelia Bale showed her customary early speed in last night‚Äôs heat, recording splits of 4.88, 15.94 and 29.69 before a three quarter-length victory over litter sister and main series rival Fyna Bale in a Best of Night 42.82, which was also a new PB for the two-time Group winner.
Irma Bale will start a hot favourite to represent Victoria in the Group 1 Wrest Point National Distance Championship, to be held at Hobart on August 25 over 709 metres.
Continue reading Irma Bale & Lektra Jay Dominate Victorian National Distance Championship Final
Greyhound phenom Fabregas maintained his perfect record at Sandown Park tonight in qualifying for the Victorian final of the National Sprint Championship.
Owned by leading breeder Paul Westerveld and trained in Cranbourne by David Hirst, the son of Bombastic Shiraz and Wicked Witch sprung straight to the front from box 8 and was never threatened, winning by 4.75 lengths in a slick 29.45 seconds.
‚ÄúHe just loves Sandown Park,‚ÄĚ said Westerveld following his charge‚Äôs seventh win from as many starts at the Lightwood Road circuit.
Continue reading Fabregas Leads All The Way Straight In to Victorian National Sprint Championship Final
After watching Barcia Bale give the Wheeler‚Äôs yet another Group 1 victory in the weekend‚Äôs Maturity Classic final, it got me thinking about how the Saturday night metropolitan venue seems to be, on face value, dominated by those usual suspects more than any other metropolitan meet.
With metro prizemoney having just increased in Victoria, it raises the question on just how much the Wheeler family, and the associated dominating kennels of Bate and Dailly stand to gain from this increase.
The sheer weight of numbers that Graeme Bate and Andrea Dailly provide for most Victorian meetings will obviously allow them to provide the lions‚Äô share of winners across the board; however it did seem to be that The Meadows is the preference over Sandown for their chase of more sizeable stakes.
Continue reading One In Three – The Number That Strangles The Meadows.
Dyna Lowell ($7.50) again showed his liking for the Traralgon circuit with a strong finish to take out the 2012 Traralgon Cup Final on Friday night. Dyna Lowell was the fastest heat winner last week (29.54 sec) having his first start at the track, and franked the form with a come from behind run from box seven in the final, ironically from the same box. Dyna Lowell has now had two starts on the track for two wins.
Dyna Lowell recorded the smart time of 29.68 sec in winning the Cup Final by one and a quarter lengths from kennel mate, and litter brother Dyna Morris ($5.00), with early leader Whelan ($3.50) three quarters of a length away in third placing.
Dyna Lowell and Dyna Morris are trained by Andrea Dailly from Anakie and the quinella by the pair further enhances the remarkable efforts of this Collision x Gold Rush Bale litter.
The eight members of the elite mating have at this point won 118 races and $1,314,000.
Continue reading Dyna Lowell Storms Home To Win 2012 Traralgon Cup Final
Victoria Stewards have just advised the conclusion of stewards inquiry surrounding leading trainer Andrea Dailly and a greyhound in her care.
GRV Stewards on 8 June, 2012 conducted an inquiry into the circumstances pertaining to the failure of GRV licensed Trainer, Mrs. Andrea Dailly, to retrieve greyhound ‚ÄėChris Bale‚Äô from its kennel following the last race at the MelbourneAssociation (The Meadows) meeting on 7 April, 2012.
Stewards heard evidence from Trainer ‚Äď Mrs. Andrea Dailly.
Continue reading Andrea Dailly Receives $200 Fine For Negligence
The Peter Mosman Memorial Classic final, to be run on Saturday night 16 June, is completely dominated for the first time in its 61 editions by Victorian contenders.
Five southern raiders make up the eight finalists with Andrea Dailly supplying two runners, namely Gregorieva Bale (box 5) and Garrick Bale (box 6).
The pre-post favourite is Victorian Odie For Now who has drawn the cherry for trainer Kel Greenough and was the fastest semi-final winner (29.61).
Continue reading Peter Mosman Memorial Looks At Victoria‚Äôs Mercy
Following four thrilling semi finals of the 2012 Group 1 Rapidvite Peter Mosman (520m) the final eight runners and reserves have been determined trackside at Wentworth Park.
The age restricted classic has again drawn together a sensational final which includes tonight‚Äôs winners; Bye Bye Bucks (race 5 ‚Äď 29.88), Garrick Bale (race 6 ‚Äď 29.93) , Odie For Now (race 7 ‚Äď 29.61) and Grigorieva Bale (race 8 ‚Äď 29.86).
Fastest qualifier Odie For Now showed marked improvement on his heat performance, leading all the way in the sensational 29.61 victory over Watto Lotto and Billy The Sid.
Drawing box one in the final, trainer Kel Greenough warns that the 28kg black and white dog is no certainty.
Continue reading Odie For Now Storms In To Favouritism After Peter Mosman Final Box Draw
Emilio ‚ÄėNorm‚Äô Rinaldi‚Äôs love affair with Sandown Park continued tonight when his brilliant sprinter General Destini won the Group 2 Berwick Mazda Harrison-Dawson.
General Destini ($4.60) began only fairly before taking full advantage of his favourable box 1 draw to rail strongly and camp behind early leader and race favourite Cape Hawke ($2.80) through the first turn.
Entering the back straight, Cape Hawke faltered, allowing General Destini to take the lead. Despite being the least experienced greyhound in the field, ‚ÄėThe General‚Äô showed great tenacity to hold off multiple Group race finalist David Bale ($9.40) by 1.75 lengths in a race record 23.32.
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