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Ernie Bung Arrow Keeps The SA Derby At Home

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 Delbridge’s 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 Slipper’s 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 breeders’ 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 years’ Derby winner Spud Regis would go on to win the State’s 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.

Big Guns Progress To Set Up Bumper Shepparton Cup Final

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 ‘seeding’ 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 syndicate, 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 night’s 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 Droopy’s 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 won’t 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 wouldn’t 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 – Friday 13th September

1) Dark Warrior – Darren McDonald
2) Clone Your Own – Robert Britton
3) Allen Dion – Andrea Dailly
4) Paw Licking – Kel Greenough
5) Watta Good Size – Jason Thompson
6) Farmor Las Vegas – Robert Britton
7) Desalle Bale – Graeme Bate
8) Ronan Izmir – Jason Thompson
Reserves
9) Spud Regis – Andrea Dailly
10) Ferly Reign – Anthony Azzopardi

Traralgon Sets The Stage For Frantic Cup Final

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 Traralgon’s 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 ‘black type’ 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 isn’t 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 didn’t affect the black son of Where’s 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 ‘win or run nowhere’ 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 wouldn’t 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
Reserves
9) Garrick Bale
10) Hawk Alone

Chasers To Fire In Peter Mosman Final

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 NSW’s best hope after his emphatic triumph in last week’s 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 semi’s, 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 Opal’s 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 week’s 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 semi’s at his only two starts at Wentworth Park. The son of Where’s 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 Bate’s 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.

Tips: 1ST JOHNNY FIRE 2ND XYLIA ALLEN 3RD SCHRODER BALE

Peter Mosman Classic Semi Finals Betting Preview

Round two of the Group One Peter Mosman series kicks off at 8:50pm tonight with four action packed semi’s 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 week’s 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 Hurst’s enthralling youngster Zulu Zeus lines up from box six in the second semi. The airborne son of Where’s 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 week’s 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 Where’s 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 Bate’s 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.

Black Magic Opal Shines In Peter Mosman Heats

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 Webster’s consistent Where’s 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.

Triggy’s 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 Town’s 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 semi’s 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 Hill’s 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 night’s 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)

Nations Top Sprinters Showcase Their Sensational Best

Australia’s 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 Mackay’s 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 Bate’s 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 week’s 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 Thursday’s 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 Mackay’s tally to three finalists from three heat starters into the Sapphire Crown.

The fourth and final heat went to the in-form Evie’s Entity for trainer Lyn Smith. The daughter of Mogambo has won her last four starts with Thursday’s 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 Evie’s Entity. Her heat time of 29.73 seconds was also the Dyna Lachlan sprinter’s 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 Izmir’s 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 won’t 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 son’s 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 Thursday’s 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 Paddy’s 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 EVIE’S 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 NIKITA’S ELITE LISA COCKERELL (1ST RESERVE)
10 BORIS FIELDS JASON THOMPSON (2ND RESERVE)

Practice Makes Perfect For Hello Good Bye

Last Thursday night saw the final of the Group 2 Brandon’s 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.

Dailly’s Dynasty Continues To Dominate

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 ‘Egg’ final as a heavy favourite after a devastating 29.27 track record performance one week prior. Punch One Out’s loss became the son of Turanza Bale and Kingston Bale‘s 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.

‘I 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.

‘I’m 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 years’.

The Dailly-Wheeler relationship has produced some of the best greyhounds of our time including one of Dailly’s 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 Prince’s 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:
‘We have had so many great wins. Winning the big Group One’s gives us all a real thrill. Melbourne Cup, Australian Cup and now the Easter Egg have all been our biggest moments’

It’s hard to believe that team Dailly’s 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 Cup’s 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 Dailly’s look set to be a force to be reckoned with in 2013.

Nowra Summer Puppy Classic Fit For Paris Princess Progeny

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 Australia’s 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 Crawford’s 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 Hill’s 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 duo’s last runner in this Sunday’s 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 ‘Paris’ 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 Cup’s.

The success didn’t end there, in her next litter to Go Wild Teddy, ‘Paris’ 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, “Always hold a special place in our heart as our first group one winner’, 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 Where’s 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 ‘family tradition’. Despite the glory of group one racing and the hefty winner’s 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.

“Paris was a one in a million broodbitch, if it wasn’t for her I probably wouldn’t still be in the game”.

“It’s a big achievement to have three in the race and we are just really wrapped for Paris”, Nutt said.

“We are just hoping that the stars can align for us but as long as they come back in one piece we will be happy.”

Paris St Germain will always be a special part of Chris Nutt’s and Shaun Evan’s family – she has helped to put them on the industry scene with the pair now established as two of Australia’s 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 Club’s 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 “Princess”

Spud Regis Retires To Stud At The Top Of His Game

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 one’s and two group three’s 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 Australia’s 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 Regis’ highly talented litter brother Big Black Mac. The heartbreaking night drew attention Australia wide, and put Spud Regis’ 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 Regis’ 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 nation’s 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 ‘just missed out’ on a chance at the Golden Easter final and carried a winner’s 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 ‘Spud’ and hope to one day see his pups emulate the success of their dad on the racetrack.

The Ambrosoli: A Tribute To Our Greatest Ever

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. ‘The Ambrosoli’ is a Group Three listed event worth $25,000 to the winner for greyhounds who contested the ‘Egg’ 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 week’s 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 ‘Ambrosoli’ 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 Bate’s 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 week’s 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 week’s 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 couldn’t 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 Australia’s greatest chasers including; Cindeen Shelby, Ritza Ryder and True Kihael. Tonight will be no exception as any one of the eight contenders’ being a deserving winner of this time honoured classic, named after one of the greatest ambassadors our sport has ever seen.

Group Three ‘The Ambrosoli’ 8.50pm

1. Renegade Chief ($2.60) – Kel Greenough: Ran home extremely well last week. Has drawn perfectly and will be storming home at the finish
2. Garrick Bale ($13.00) – 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) – 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) – 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) – 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) – 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) – 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.

Nowra Summer Puppy Classic Showcase Outstanding Young Talent

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 NSW’s 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 placing’s 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 She’s 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 Where’s 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 semi’s 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 Northfield’s beautifully bred chaser Bralyn Bop Bop rounded up the placing’s 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.

Crawford’s 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 dynamo’s tenth from 28 starts and with a further eleven placing’s 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 semi’s 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 Where’s 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 eye’s 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.

Miata Scratched From The Meadows Group 1 Superstayers Final

For the second year in a row the glamour girl of Australian greyhound racing, Miata; has been scratched from the Group 1 Superstayers Final at The Meadows.

In 2012, Miata was a race eve scratching from the Superstayers race with trainer Paul Stuart saying she was “jaded”.

This year Stuart has had to pull Miata out of the same race saying that she “tore a shoulder while galloping in preparation for Saturday night’s final” and that he couldn’t start her unless she was absolutely 100% right.

The scratching of Miata opens the door for Destini Fireball ($2.80 to $2) to claim his third Group 1 victory in the Superstayers final at The Meadows on Saturday night.

Destini Fireball – the fastest heat winner and unbeaten over the distance in five attempts – will now start a short-priced favourite to win the race.

He has won 10 of his last 11 starts, including the Group 1 Zoom Top at The Meadows (two starts ago) where he beat Miata. He has won 16 of his 30 career starts.

“It is hard to see what will beat Destini Fireball now, he is perfectly boxed and is improving with each run,” said TAB’s Matt Jenkins.

“Xylia Allen is value according to our punters and is the best backed runner in the race.

“She was mowed down in the final stages by Miata last week, but will be the one doing the chasing on Saturday night.”

Spud Regis ($2.90) looks set to start favourite in a very open Australian Cup.

First reserve Lektra Scarlett gains the run now for owner Phil Lenehan and and trainer Andrea Dailly from box 8.

Spud Regis Draws Box 1 In 2013 Australian Cup Final

The Andrea Dailly-trained Spud Regis has come up with the coveted red draw in Saturday night’s Group 1 Maurice Blackburn Lawyers Australian Cup at The Meadows, worth a whopping $250,000 to the winner.

Owned by the Treloar syndicate, Spud Regis looked back to his best with a dazzling 29.76 victory in last night’s heats, recording super splits of 4.99 and 17.69, defeating Fiery by five and a half lengths.

Spud Regis will be looking to give Andrea Dailly her second Australian Cup success after victory with Dyna Lachlan in 2010. The black chaser is one of four greyhounds in the final sired by the great Bombastic Shiraz, a recent Hall of Fame entrant for what has been a stellar racing and stud career.

Great campaigner Glen Gallon has drawn box four in his quest for history after a last stride win over Ima Geisha Girl in 29.81. The son of U.S. sire Flying Stanley and Incoherent would push his winnings beyond $730,000 if victorious on Saturday, creating a new Australian prizemoney record.

Littermates Hello Good Bye and Cintiarna also look winning chances after brilliant heat victories. Hello Good Bye was the fastest of the eight heat winners, leading from the outset to score in a sizzling 29.74.

Sister Cintiarna continued on from her fabulous Temlee victory with a gutsy 29.99 win after a rough run to the first corner. The Bombastic Shiraz – Hello Sienna pair have drawn boxes two and six, respectively.

Trainer Jason Thompson will be looking to continue his amazing run after qualifying El Brooklyn (box three) in Saturday’s Group 1 classic. The daughter of El Galo pinged the lids in heat one, racing away to a 29.84 win, fresh off her Group 2 Healesville Cup success this month.

Next Saturday night will also see the running of the Group 1 Macro Meats Superstayers – worth $100,000 to the winner – and the Cosmic Chief Vic Breeders, worth $25,000 to winning connections. Entry is free and former Australian Idol star Jessica Mauboy will be part of a huge night of entertainment on the evening.

2013 Australian Cup Final Box Draw

$250,000 to the winner. Group 1. (525m)
Box 1 – Spud Regis – Andrea Dailly – 29.76
Box 2 – Hello Good Bye – Kel Greenough – 29.74
Box 3 – El Brooklyn – Jason Thompson – 29.84
Box 4 – Glen Gallon – Tony Brett – 29.69
Box 5 – Hot Irish – Ben Abercrombie – 30.02
Box 6 – Cintiarna – Sandra Collins – 29.99
Box 7 – Linden Magpie – John Norden – 29.89
Box 8 – Oomoo – Neville King – 29.77
1st res – Ima Geisha Girl – Jason Thompson – 29.85
2nd res – Dyna Filbert – Graeme Bate – 30.20

Destini Fireball Drawn To Beat Miata In Superstayers Final

Destini Fireball will be aiming for back-to-back Group 1 victories at The Meadows after drawing box one in the Macro Meats Superstayers over 725 metres next Saturday night.

The son of Where’s Pedro and Greys Destiny was easily the fastest heat winner, rocketing to a brilliant seven and three quarters win in 42.39, his personal best time over the half-mile journey.

Trained by Norm Rinaldi, Destini Fireball is unbeaten at five attempts over 725 metres (including victory in last week’s Group 1 Zoom Top), and will again take on the likes of champion Miata, who brought the house down with a huge win in the last heat of the night.

The West Australian star made it 41 wins from 49 starts with an amazing come from behind victory, spotting early tearaway leader Xylia Allen (near record splits of 15.80 and 29.38) more than 10 lengths before storming to victory in 42.81. If Miata takes out next week’s final, she would push her prizemoney to over $790,000.

The other heat was taken out by the brilliant Proven Impala, scoring at her 725-metre debut at The Meadows with an all the way win in 42.59. The daughter of Velocette and Thanks Blue took out last week’s Group 1 Rookie Rebel and would push her prizemoney to over $285,000 if victorious.

Next Saturday night will also see the running of the Group 1 Maurice Blackburn Lawyers Australian Cup, worth $250,000 to the winner. Entry is free and former Australian Idol star Jessica Mauboy will be part of a huge night of entertainment next Saturday night.

2013 Superstayers Final Box Draw

$100,000 to the winner. Group 1. (525m)
Box 1 – Destini Fireball – Emilio Rinaldi – 42.39
Box 2 – Double Jeopardy – Jeff Britton – 42.73
Box 3 – Mission Complete – Michelle Mallia-Magri – 42.87
Box 4 – Xylia Allen – Graeme Bate – NBT
Box 5 – Erica Allen – Andrea Dailly – 42.92
Box 6 – Irma Bale – Graeme Bate – 42.82
Box 7 – Proven Impala – Joe Borg – 42.59
Box 8 – Miata – Paul Stuart – 42.37
1st res – Lektra Scarlett – Andrea Dailly – NBT
2nd res – Mimicking – Rob Britton – NBT

Racing Minister Congratulates Victorian Greyhound Racing’s Finest

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.

“Greyhound racing in 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,” Dr Napthine said.

“In 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.”
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David Dawson Disqualified For 6 Months For Assaulting Female Steward

Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) Stewards 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 of Greyhound Racing Victoria 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 the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules these constitute Serious Offences which were heard by the GRV Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board (RADB) in the first instance under Greyhound Racing 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 Victorian greyhound racing RADB need to seriously double check there sentences against community 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 community 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 month ban for making a comment on an online greyhound forum which was deemed to be detrimental to greyhound racing’s image.

3 months for making an unpopular online Forum comment 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.

Suspended Sentence For Disqualified Greyhound Trainers Heptaminol Positive

Greyhound Racing Victoria haven’t improved their reporting standards despite wholesale changes in their ruling executives.

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.
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Tassie Star Jethro The One To Beat In Hume Cup Final

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’s 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’s $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.
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Centrebet Vic Peters Classic Fires Up

One of the best Centrebet Vic 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’s best youngster set to fight out the final next week.

Tonight’s semi-finals saw victories go to Renegade Chief, Unexplained, Allen Dion and Odie For Now.
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Fine Only For Andrea Dailly Carpfrofen Positive From The Meadows Greyhounds

Following advice from the Racing Analytical Services Laboratory, the Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria conducted an investigation into the results of a post-race blood sample taken from the greyhound Fyna Bale at the Melbourne Greyhound Racing 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 Greyhound Racing Association (The Meadows) meeting on 28th July 2012, given the post-race blood sample taken from the greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substance Carprofen.
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Wentworth Park Fires Up For Centrebet Vic Peters Classic Semis

Following nine sensational heats of the Centrebet Vic 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’s 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’s semi-finals, coming up with box one in the opening semi.
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Group 1 Hume Cup Heats This Saturday Night

It’s 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’s Hume Cup series is worth $75,000 to the winner for the first time in the race’s 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.
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Bye Bye Bucks Scratched From 2012 Topgun

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.

“We are absolutely devastated. His achilles has been diagnosed as a grade one tear, so he certainly won’t 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.”
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Glen Gallon Draws Box 1 Favouritism For Group 1 Sky Racing Topgun

Queensland star Glen Gallon has been installed a $3.50 favourite after drawing box one in the Group 1 Sky Racing Topgun – this year worth $150,000 to the winner for the first time in the race’s 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’s 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’s 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.
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2012 Topgun Field Finalised For Group 1 Glory

The scene is set for one of the biggest greyhound races of the year as fields for the 2012 Group 1 Sky Racing Topgun – to be held at The Meadows on October 27 – 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’s Group 1 extravaganza – now worth $150,000 to the winner for the first time in the race’s 19-year history.

Queensland fans will have two greyhounds to cheer home on the night with Don’t 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 – 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 – 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’t 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

Spud Regis’ Adelaide Cup Glory After Brush With Death

It’s 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.
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The 2012 Adelaide Cup – The Definitive Cup Preview

WHERE/WHEN:
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’s 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’t been much publicity on the race itself, with the Fixed Odds market being suspended throughout the week.
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Adelaide Cup Greyhounds Involved In Tragic Accident

After a successful night of greyhound racing at 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 TAB Sportsbet betting 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.

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