Gin Gin trainer Ronald Brook has been involved in racing greyhounds for over forty years. Like most people involved in the industry, what started as a hobby quickly turned into an obsession, and now as he nears retirement, Brook looks forward to putting more time into what he loves doing most – winning greyhound races.
It started like most participants, with giveaways and cheap dogs – searching for a winner here and there. Brook’s passion was having his dogs racing to the best of their ability – “they would always look their best and I thought that was important” Brook said.
After mixed success for the first 30 years, Brook made what he described as his best decision in racing when he went searching for a bitch to breed with. Eventually he went to the best and purchased a bitch from Michael Ivers. The bitch was called Wildfire Lass (Kobble Creek – Lucy Lawless) and would be the start of Brook’s successful breeding line and the famous Queensland “Ledaro” prefix. “Ledaro is a mix of my name and my partner Darlene – we race all of our dogs with that prefix” Brook said.
Wildfire Lass stems from the Trojan Tears / Kobble Creek line and for Brook has been a revelation in the breeding barn. The past ten years have been the most successful for Brook and looks set to continue for some time to come. In all of the litters that she had, Wildfire Lass produced a special dog or two in each. “Wildfire Lass has produced track record holders, club champions, outstanding sprinters and most of them could really run” Brook said. The line continues now as Brook begins to breed with her daughters. Ledaro Elly (Bombastic Shiraz – Wildfire Lass) was in the first litter to Bombastic Shiraz and was more than a handy performer on the racetrack, finishing her career with 37 starts for 8 wins, 9 seconds and 7 thirds. With her race track success, and impeccable bloodlines, a career in the breeding barn was a given and has immediately paid dividends for Brook and continued the success of Wildfire Lass.
In deciding where to send Ledaro Elly, Brook liked the look of outstanding stud dog Big Daddy Cool and a service was arranged in 2010. The 6 pup litter was whelped at his 4 year old property and home outside Gin Gin. “It’s on 30 acres and I named it in honour of the bitch. It’s called Wildfire Farm” Brook said. The property has all the features of a commercial operation including a straight track, bull ring, galloping yards, and a self-sufficient dam. In relation to the dogs everything is done at Wildfire Farm, for Brook there is no need to go anywhere with the dogs, except to win races. Which is probably a good thing as the nearest track is Bundaberg – some 70 kilometres one-way.
“Rockhampton is 5 hours one-way because of the road works, it takes 6 to 6 and a half hours one way to get to Brisbane.” It’s a long journey to success but one Brook takes without hesitation and one that is well deserved. Brook’s recent success includes winning 5 of the last 6 Bundaberg Greyhound Club Training Premierships. “The year I didn’t win was the year that we were setting up our new property.” The property is also home to their new commercial boarding kennels that opened in November 2012 and run by Darlene.
After 40 continuous years in the industry, Brook is on a racing high, racing the best dog he has ever trained in superstar sprinter Beware The Boss (Big Daddy Cool – Ledaro Elly). Owned by the local Gin Gin butcher and his family, Beware The Boss has been outstanding since he first stepped onto the track winning his first three starts. Boz as he is affectionately known is a true Brook breed. “We bred the mother here, did everything from the whelping and rearing to racing. And now we have done the same with Boz” Brook said.
Beware The Boss is a greyhound with enormous potential. With fast wins at Brisbane (395m – 22.79B), Bundaberg (460m – 26.20B) and Rockhampton (510 – 29.63B and 407m – 23.25TR) he is the new track record holder over the tough 407m Rockhampton sprint after last Wednesday night demolishing a best 8 field. Amazingly, from 29 starts he has only finished worse than 4th on two occasions, both times where he had no luck.
He has an overall record of 29 starts for 17 wins, 5 seconds and 1 third. With brilliant first and second sectionals he is a greyhound capable of winning on any track in Australia but for now Brook is happy to keep him at home. “He is a terribly hyperactive dog. He is absolutely fine until you empty him out at 11am. Then he knows it race days and he is a nutter. The vet has told me that the dog has ADD,” laughed Brook. Some days on the trip to Rockhampton, Boz has lost up to a kilogram in weight. It’s a long trip but having a greyhound like Boz would sure make the travel easier. “He has a special quality in that he tries his heart out every time. At the end of his races he is absolutely knackered – his ribs are blowing” he said.
Brook obviously likes to travel as evident in the past 10 days where he has raced at Rockhampton twice, Bundaberg and Brisbane. It is this dedication and commitment that has resulted in his deserved success. With a commitment to his dogs and wanting the best from each of them the future looks bright for this popular greyhound trainer and the offspring of Wildfire Lass.
Two heats of the age restricted young guns feature on a full ten race card this Wednesday night at Callaghan Park Rockhampton. Restricted to greyhounds whelped on or after the 19th of December 2010, the event will be contested over the tricky 407m journey. With the first four from each heat progressing to the final Wednesday week, trainers have come from afar to contest this great series. After poor nominations last week forced the rescheduling of heats, the club will be proud with the quality of dogs engaged this week. With increased prizemoney in Queensland to finish this week, it is a chance for the winner to pick up a nice purse prior to the end of this financial year.
Heat One – Race 6 RQ YOUNG GUNS HEAT 1 407m at 8.35pm
Highfields trainer Mark Saal makes the long trip north with his impressive brindle bitch Simmerly (Collision – Bundy Babe). Racing in career best form she will be the justifiable favourite for the event after coming off strong runs at Tweed Heads, Capalaba and Albion Park. The recent Galaxy finalist and fastest heat winner clocked an impressive 23.14 BOD at Border Park in the heats of the Galaxy and a run anywhere near that will ensure victory and another feature final here. With the noted beginner drawn in box 4, she should have the class and ability to win this heat even without a look on the track. With over $25,000 in prizemoney and overall record of 26 starts for 11 wins and 10 placing’s, look for her brilliance to shine through in this.
Local speedster Tormented for Springsure trainer William Boon looks the likely challenger after coming up with box 8. Having raced through his grades at Callaghan Park, the 34 kilogram son of El Galo – Velocity Thunder is a flying machine having won 7 of his 11 overall starts. With form over the track and distance of 8 starts for 6 wins and 1 third, the striking black dog will be the one to challenge the favourite. A best time of 23.43 on the track set two weeks ago will ensure that his followers remain confident even against the flying visitor, as he looks to use his track knowledge to his advantage here.
Local trainer Allen Svensen and his wife Ros engage their talented chaser Tarawi Grace (Bit Chilli – Splendour) in box 7. With an overall record of just 1 win from 9 starts, the April 2011 whelp does not have the record that is indicative of her ability. She does have a free for all best time of 23.54 to her credit over this track and distance. An untidy greyhound early, she seems to find trouble in her races, especially over this 407 m journey, where the start is all so important. The 25 kilogram black bitch has a powerful motor and if she can begin like she does in her trials, she will be hard to stop should she see the bunny first at box rise. Unlucky last week when she was dragged down, a win here certainly wouldn’t surprise for Rockhampton’s unluckiest greyhound.
Heat Two – Race 7 RQ YOUNG GUNS HEAT 2 407m at 8.55pm
Locally trained chasers look to have the advantage in the second heat despite southern challengers making the long trip north. With track experience to their credit, heat two looks to be dominated by three chasers all with exceptionally sprinting ability. With the box draw playing its part, the likely winner appears to be Jar Of Hearts for Emerald mentor and leading Rocky trainer Christine Pollard. By Buckingham Chuck – Kissin’ Make Up, the 25 kilogram pocket rocket has excelled since moving north in April this year. Starting her career in Brisbane and Ipswich, the red fawn and white greyhound has found another leg in Rocky. With her track and distance form reading 7 starts for 4 wins and 3 placing’s, she can use her brilliant early pace to her advantage here. Drawn box 7, Jar Of Hearts will have plenty of admirers after a best of night performance last week, as well as being in the astute hands of Rocky’s leading trainer.
Rockhampton mentor Andrew Suli boxes the promising Galileo Beach in box 6 for heat number 2. With his most recent runs being 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th, her form looks good in this as each of her past runs were won in Best of Night times. With a best run over the track and distance of 23.54 (when second) the daughter of El Galo – Runya Beach has plenty of ability for the popular mentor. With 18 overall starts for 3 wins and 7 placing’s, her form and experience ensures that she will be hard to beat here, especially if she can lead and turn for home in front.
William Boon’s two pronged attack on the RQ Rocky Young guns continues in the second heat with the May 2011 whelp Equitas (Knocka Norris – Wahine). With 3 wins from 5 starts, the Springsure mentor will make the long round trip to town confident of having two finalists next week, despite the 30 kilogram sprinter returning after a 3 week layoff. With a win from box 5 already, he does has great box speed and will be well fancied to make it win number 4 overall.
Race 8 – DAVID BRASCH APPRECIATION BEST 8 407m at 9.14pm
Rockhampton’s best greyhounds drop back to 407 m for this week’s best 8 event. The race named in appreciation of one of Queensland Greyhound’s greatest contributors, it is sure to be a competitive event especially as it features North Queensland’s best greyhound. With the winner picking up a cool $1775.00 prizemoney, the result is likely to be determined at box rise as to who will collect the spoils here.
Gin Gin mentor Ronald Brook returns to Rockhampton with North Queensland’s best greyhound Beware The Boss. Perfectly named, the November 2010 son of Big Daddy Cool – Ledaro Elly has an imposing record of 28 starts for 16 wins and 6 placing’s. With exceptional first and second section ability, Beware The Boss is a greyhound capable of winning anywhere in Australia. The recent Bundaberg Cup placegetter is coming off career best form with 2 wins and 2 seconds from his past 4 appearances. Having only finished worse the 4th on two occasions, the striking black dog looks set again to be the one to beat after drawing box 3.
Rockhampton race caller Liam Mulry will hope his luck as an owner continues as his greyhound Star Pupil looks most likely to challenge the favourite after drawing box 1. The William Boon prepared speedster has imposing form over the Callaghan Park circuit with 3 wins from his last 4 starts including a best of night win in heats of the Rocky Cup over 510m. No luck in the final was followed by two further wins (510m) in Best of Night times. More noted over the 510m journey, the son of Where’s Pedro – Nicely Done can win this after drawing ideally and coming off a short two week break.
The offspring of El Galo regularly feature in the winners list at Rocky and it looks no different this week as So Chique looks another strong chance here. The Christine Pollard trainer brindle bitch is looking to make it three wins on the trot after coming up with box 4. Out of the bitch So Faithful, she has raced at the track and distance 26 times for 9 wins and 7 placing’s with close to $10,000 in prizemoney. Although awkwardly drawn, the 407m start definitely favours greyhound drawn inside box 6, with the first few metres crucial for all runners and their winning chances.
The first event on the card kicks off at 6.57pm local time for what is sure to be a fantastic night of greyhound racing.
It’s a big night of racing at Albion Park here in the Sunshine State tonight with the running of the Superstayers – a 4 Dog race over the testing 710m journey. It aims to put 4 of Australia’s best and fastest chasers together for a trouble free 4 dog showdown.
In years gone by its been quite a spectacle and one in which was highly anticipated, but over the last couple of years I believe the shine has been taken away from the race; with the BGRC failing to attract the cream of the crop. I’m sure all Greyhound fans enjoy the concept and no doubt most will tune in to see the unique once a year event. The lids fly open at 9.08pm
The Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club are also running a unique promotion to support the Soccerroos making the Brazilian World Cup. If any runner in the Australian colors Green or Gold win, then they will shout the entire bar – that’s boxes 5 or 6. So get along and enjoy a coldie on the house!!
The 4 Talented chasers are:
Box 1 Mrs. Thursday
Bombastic Shiraz- Nikita Grove.
13 Starts 5-0-7
Best Time 41.97
The baby of the field, and one of the most promising stayers QLD has. Last start she almost pinched the Group 1 Albion Park Gold Cup, just getting run down on the line by 4 Time Group 1 Winner Destini Fireball and tonight’s favourite runner Bell Haven. She should position herself 3.5 lengths behind early leader Bogie Dawn, and just in front of Starliner. I can see her finding the lead passing the 710m boxes and will have to fight off the late charge of Bell Haven. If she improves 4 lengths on last weeks run, she’s going to be mighty hard to beat.
Box 3 Starliner
Pure Octane- Borgata
41 starts 21-8-5
Best time 42.25
The Iron dog of the race with a sensational strike rate. He’s a brilliant honest chaser, who’s doesn’t know how to run a bad race. Hasn’t set the track alight as yet over the 710 but did run the quickset of the Gold cup heats, on a slow track. He seems to have settled in to the staying trip now, and certainly has the ability to win this. But he’s probably lacking that sheer brilliance. He deserves his spot and will probably have to settle behind Mrs. Thursday early on. But that don’t mean he can’t run over the top of her, he was finishing hard in the Gold Cup. With another 710m run under his collar, he may be able to find that extra few lengths here tonight.
Box 5 Bogie Dawn
High Earner- Bogie Skye
Starts 36 11-5-6
Best Time 42.32
This girl has certainly been the surprise packet. From winning two 520m races, to winning 2 710m races. One of them coming in the feature Winter Chase at huge odds of $19.60. She’s going to take up the early lead, and will likely skip away a few lengths; but she can’t break 42.00 and will need a mammoth effort to defeat these here. She will be winning the race at some stage but can’t possible cross the line in first.
Box 7 Bell Haven
Head Bound- It’s A She.
Starts 55 24-14-2
Best Time 41.97
The pride of the Apple Isle, Bell Haven will start the favourite and is the likely winner. She’s a powerhouse chaser who will be perfectly suited by the 4 dog field.She should position herself a length or two behind Starliner at the rear, and come with a booming finish down the outside. With a good track she’s quite capable of running 41.70 and expect her to go very close to that tonight. She’ll jump 4th and finish first.
1st – Bell Haven
2nd – Mrs. Thursday
3rd – Starliner
4th – Bogie Dawn
Albion Park Greyhounds Race 3 Box 3 Pharmacopia, 7.22pm
This bloke was unable to lead he last week and subsequently feeds out of contention. But tonight he shouldn’t have as much trouble leading, and he should find the front and lead all way. The home bred son of Premier Chief has been in great form and recently posted a flying 30.08 here. With his best jump he looks might hard to beat here tonight.
Angle Park Greyhounds, Race 9 Box 6 Kalden Mayhem 10.05pm
There’s no value in tipping the dog who tips himself; but we are going to have a go at picking the first 4 in order. Kalden Mayhem picks himself, but it’s quite astonishing that the Oct 08 dog is still winning and running only 2 lengths outside his best time. A winner of 53 races, the son of Big Daddy Cool is defying age and is still a near unbeatable commodity in South Australia. Cousin Callum also has a blistering PB and he should be the dog punters need for second, Azz Always and Miss Woods for 3rd, and Azz Allways Miss Woods and Mclaren Grace for 4th. First 4: 6-2-48-348
Dapto Greyhounds Race 8 Box 7 Supercell, 9.58pm
Speed machine Supercell looks the winner here with a safe start. He’s quite capable of running very quick times when on song. Amazon Lizard could be the main danger if, he pings and finds the lead from the get go. He won’t come from behind and does need to lead clearly. Box 7 will suit Supercell and he does seem to jump much better here then anywhere else. He has a best time of 29.85 but I think he’s able to go quicker. Maybe around the 29.70 mark, and none of these will get near him if he finds the front and runs this. Don’t take anything under $2.90.
Hobart Greyhounds Race 5 Box 1 Happy Tiger, 8.41pm
Perfectly boxed Happy Tiger will take a power of beating if he can get forward early on. He’s got a huge motor but slow beginnings do cost him alot of races. When he happens to draw a good box he always puts himself into the race. Punters beware the 599m start at Hobart doesn’t favor slow beginners. So I suggest only jumping on at fair odds, of $5.00. If he gets around the first turn up the front watch for him to unleash a big run up the inside early in the peace. Big chance but not at silly odds. The experienced Tadmore Dunoon looks the main danger, and he’s racing very well at present.
Sandown Greyhounds, Race 3 Box 3 Aeroplane Eddie, 7.44pm
Tonight’s best bet is the super talented Aeroplane Eddie. He’s really starting to put things together and looks a moral in this here tonight. He should jump and lead here and there’s no way he will get run down of he does. The son of Velocettee has an employing record and will simply be far too good for a average bunch here tonight. The more you put on the more you get back.
Best of luck
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Racing Queensland tries something different this Thursday night with the Albion Park club set to race events over all five distances on SuperStayers night. Whilst many participants will be unhappy about the premier night being subjected to such races, the initiative is one that the club should be proud of.
With recent Monday night and Thursday night city fields (over a long sustained period) reduced to short fields, multiple novice events and ordinary dogs, this Thursday nights card offers lots of intrigue for all. With the short-term increase in prizemoney, the program has opened the door for greyhounds of all distance ability the chance for a nice prizemoney boost on the premier night of racing.
Race 4 BEST 8 EVERTON PARK HOTEL 331m @ 7.41pm
Recent Galaxy finalist Simmerly headlines the first event for Highfields trainer Mark Saal. The March 2011 daughter of Collision – Bundy Babe has an ultra impressive short track resume with 25 starts resulting in 11 wins and 9 placings. With her recent form including a near track record heat win in the Galaxy, a strong 5th in the final, and a near best of day straight track win at Capalaba on Saturday, she will be primed for this event and the $4000 winners cheque. Starting in box 2 she will be one of the favourites here and hard to beat.
With an impressive win rate of near 50% from 84 career starts Charmed Speed has been a wonderfully consistent dog for prominent owner Dallas Beckett and trainer Col Byers. Starting in box 2, the Feb 2010 son of Paddy’s Flame – Perfect Model has perfect track form and distance with 2 wins from 2 starts. Aptly named, the black dog has lots of speed winning 40 with 29 further placings from 84 starts. With blistering speed and a liking for the creek circuit, he will have his share of followers this Thursday night.
After a horror run or injuries and bad luck, Seldom Said returns for just his third start in 2013 for Logan Reserve owner trainer Jamie McHugh. After a Victorian stint with premier trainer Kel Greenough that included fast wins at Shepperton and Warragul, followed by a NSW stint with Azzopardi, where a fall and injury sent him home, the striking son of Where’s Pedro – Cold Shivers is back home where his career started for the competent McHugh. With blistering first and second sectional times, the money dog will be hard to beat if he can find early room from the tough 5 box even with the lack of recent racing.
Race 5 BEST 8 SCRATCH CONSTRUCTIONS 395m @ 8.05pm
The second special event on the night is the 395m best 8 sprint where recent Galaxy competitors look to be the ones to beat over the sprint trip. The event had drawn a wonderful field of sprinters with all engaged runners capable of claiming the win and winners cheque.
Having a wonderful run over the past two weeks, Glenda Dart looks set to continue banking money with Taper Jean Girl. The former Victorian looks well suited here after drawing box 7. By El Galo – Blu Pie Girl, the 28 kilo blue bitch has fast wins over the sprint trips, including a super quick 22.63 at Warragul. If she can reproduce that performance here she will be hard to beat and should bring up win number 15.
Albion Park speedster Blackjack Gent (Made To Size – Lilly Grace) will hope to change his recent luck for trainer Deb Arnold. After fast wins here early last month, he had absolutely no luck in the Galaxy heats where he finished 6th behind Are They Now. He then had no luck on his return to Albion Park last week where he finished last. The talented grey has wonderful ability as evidenced by his sub 23 second wins here and although drawn in box 4 he will he hard to beat if he can reproduce his best here. With an overall record of 34 starts for 9 wins and 15 placings he has been a wonderful performer for prominent industry participant Anthony Jeffress.
Track specialist Franklin Fury gets a rare Thursday night run for leading Brisbane trainer Sandra Hunt. Dawn box 6, the September 2009 son of Where’s Pedro – Orara Dreams has been a wonderfully consistent performer over the sprint trips where he has raced 80 times for 18 wins and 29 placings. Interestingly 77 starts (17 wins) have been here at Albion Park and of that 64 starts (15 wins) over this track and distance. It’s a credit to Hunt that she has been able to continually produce winners and her winners to runners ratio is first class. Whilst he may be approaching the end of his career he is still as consistent as ever and can’t be discounted.
Race 6 2/3 GRADE GLEN GALLON @ STUD 520m @ 8.25pm
Former Derby winner Bellagio Lad headlines the Glen Gallon at Stud 2nd and 3rd grade over the premier 520m journey. Drawn ideally in box 1, the November 2009 son of Big Daddy Cool – Ultra Swift has been an honest performer for big name trainer Ron Ball. From the wonderful producer Ultra Swift, he has raced 57 times for 13 wins and 19 placings. With a bank balance nearing $100,000 a win in this will take him over that magical mark for the Mirage Greyhound Syndicate.
Sandra Hunts strong card continues with the remarkable Top Story another leading chance in this event. After injury prevented him racing for most of the first part of 2013, he has been in wonderful form winning 3 of his last 4 here at headquarters. While not reproducing anywhere near his 29.77 best time, he has been ultra impressive and looks hard to beat from box 8. The son of Knocka Norris – Bomber Babe has an overall record of 22 starts for 12 wins and 6 placings and if he can avoid early trouble he will look to motor home in this.
With the best syndicate name in Greyhound Racing, ‘The Flying Fleabags Syndicate’ will hope their greyhound Bakaara can continue on her impressive winning way. With brilliant box speed placing her in a winning position in most of her 35 starts, the daughter of Where’s Pedro – Grampian has been successful 14 times with a further 9 placings. With these results netting over $30,000 in prize money for connections. At Albion Park she has a best time of 30.27, and while not overly strong, her first and second section ability place her in a winning position as trouble happens behind. With a freshen up win last Saturday at the Capalaba straight track, she will look to do the same this Thursday as she jumps from box 5.
Race 7 4/5 GRADE GATEWAY ELECTRICAL 600m @ 8.44pm
With State of Origin game two just around the corner it’s seems fitting that Wolffdene trainer Jeff Cumming engages Seven Straight over the creek 600m in this event. After his brilliant debut win over the track and distance in March this year where he stopped the clock at an impressive 34.88, he returns from a short layoff. The dog named in honour of the mighty maroons has been an honest performer with 14 starts for 4 wins and 4 placings. Slow early, the December son of Cosmic Rumble – Nicely Done has a big motor and if he is close enough he should be too strong for these.
Ultra consistent Apache Kitten (Pure Octane – Solid Return) makes the trip north for Murwillumbah mentor John Clancy. The 26 kilogram white and black bitch loves the tricky 600m journey at headquarters as evidenced by her impressive 15 starts for 6 wins and 6 placings. Drawn in the difficult 6 box, the February 2010 whelp drops back to her preferred distance after competing in the recent Gold Cup heats. Not the best beginning she does has great race sense and a win in this event would take her record to 30 starts for 10 wins and 14 placings, which is a wonderful training performance.
Churchable trainer Sandra Giles brings old timer Surfin’ Steffi to headquarters as the consistent daughter of Surf Lorian – Corolla looks to bring up win number 20. The March 2009 whelping has been a model of consistency in her 57 start career where she has won 19 and placed a further 18 times. With close to $50,000 in prizemoney the 28 kilogram chaser puts in 110% effort in every race and her recent form is as good as it was when she began her career. Starting in box 7 a win would not surprise here and would be just reward for a wonderful grey.
Race 8 ON LINE LINEMARKING SUPERSTAYERS 710m @ 9.08pm
The feature event of the card is the invite only super stayers event over the 710m staying journey. With just four greyhounds engaged its sure to be an exciting race as they square off in pursuit of the $15,000 first prize.
Superstayers Box Draw
1. Mrs. Thursday – Glenda Dart
3. Starliner – Gary Pettersen
5. Bogie Dawn – Bob Giltinan
7. Bell Haven – Edward Medhurst
9. Ba Bling – Gary Keep (Reserve)
Racing kicks off at 6.43 PM for the 10 race program.
The place to be this weekend is trackside at Border Park for six heats of the $20,000 to the winner Tweed Heads Galaxy 420m.
With the best 48 greyhounds nominated the six heat winners and two fastest seconds will qualify and race again in Mondays afternoons rich final. It is a wonderful weekend of racing and once again the club has attracted some outstanding greyhounds from across Australia to do battle.
Each heat has a number of leading chances, with spectators and punters doing well to pick any winners. The racing kicks off Saturday at 1.15pm local time.
Tweed Heads Galaxy Heat One
Left Field (Placard – Ominous Spirit) for owner trainer Frank Anderson headlines heat one after coming up with the ideal cherry box. The super talented grey has had no luck in his recent starts with his last two races resulting in two falls at Gosford. The small blue dog has only raced twice since his BON win at Wentworth Park and that was in December. With 11 wins and 7 placings from just the 24 career starts he has enormous ability having won in good time at Richmond, Gosford and the Gardens. From an inside draw he is near unbeatable and so long as the two recent falls haven’t knocked his confidence, he will be hard to beat.
Being almost five years old one would be mistaken for thinking that a greys form would start to slip away. Not so for Bralyn County the August 2008 son of Hallucinate – Bralyn Maisie who draws box three. The Dave Irwin trained chaser is continuing the form that has made him a punters favourite for many years, with his 50 starts resulting in 25 wins and 8 placings. His recent form is outstanding with 3 wins and a second from his last four starts, including wins at Grafton and here at Border Park. With a best time of 23.56 at the track he will hope to utilise his brilliant box speed to position himself in a winning position.
Country feature events are often dominated by local chasers and leading trainer Glenda Dart will hope that is the case for Duel Em Up (Dual Enforcer – I’m Not Blue). After drawing the striped box, the 33 kilogram red fawn chaser will look to use his track sense and ability to his advantage at the tight Border Park circuit. The winner of 4 from 9 here and 13 overall, he has great sprinting ability and will be well fancied for the popular local Dart.
Tweed Heads Galaxy Heat Two
Australia’s most successful trainer and no stranger to fast dogs and big race monopoly, Graeme Bate headlines heat two with his wonderful sprinter Arizona Dozer (Bit Chilli – Indiana Lee). The March 2010 chaser previewed the track last week winning a best 8 in a near BOD 23.45. Box 5 won’t worry the noted beginner and with his overall record of 65 starts for 39 wins and 13 placings, he will be the favourite to progress to the final and more group success.
Logan Village trainer Jamie McHugh returns to the Border Park circuit with the speedy Berella Kathryn having drawn box 1. The August 2010 daughter of Meticulous – Tawny Shiraz was in career best form prior to her last start injury at Albion Park. The striking 29 kilo bitch has an outstanding record overall win 8 wins from only 18 starts and will be well liked for the popular McHugh who has great ability in big races to get the best out of his chasers. A previous finalist in 2004, McHugh will look to qualify another runner from his small team.
Underrated sprinter Gee Six (Kiowa Sweet Trey – Slick Candy) for trainer Jimmy Heddles looks sure to be well supported for the popular trainer. The omen draw could be a sign of ‘we should have backed that’ after he drew the green rug. The July 2010 chaser has outstanding short track ability as evidenced by his overall record of 52 starts for 19 wins and 15 placings, with super quick wins at Capalaba, Ipswich and Albion Park. With his ability to run quick times from any box a win here wouldn’t surprise, especially after his preview win here two weeks ago in a very fast 23.42.
Tweed Heads Galaxy Heat Three
The visitors look to dominate heat three with potential superstar Tomac Bale leading the way from box 3. The son of Dyna Lachlan out of super producing dam Princess Bale, the April 2011 red fawn chaser has been a revelation in his short career winning 6 of his 8 career starts for Victorian trainer Mark Delbridge. With 29.21 and 29.23 Sandown wins he has enamours ability with speed and strength and barring any bad luck he should be too good for these in this heat.
Fellow Victorian Fully Advanced will try to spoil the party of the favourite after drawing the ideal cherry box. The February 2010 son of Collision – Okay Supreme, has leading mentor Graeme Bate hoping that this start can be win 20 for the talented sprinter. The well travelled grey has recorded fast wins at a number of tracks including Warragul, Geelong, Sandown, Wentworth Park and Launceston. A noted big race performer and with big race experience he will be well supported to topple the favourite Tomac Bale.
Returning NSW grey Take The Weight (Elite State – Kingsbrae Di) looks to be the another danger to the favourite after returning home from the Victorian kennels of Kel Greenough to Charles Northfield. The black 32 kilo chaser has two seconds here from his last two runs and looks like he has been set for this type of event after drawing box seven. He has great ability having won at Ballarat, Warragul, Geelong and Casino in his limited career, with his overall record of 7 wins and 6 placings from 17 starts. A greyhound with great ability he will hope for clear room early.
Tweed Heads Galaxy Heat Four
Graeme Bate will try to qualify another finalist in heat four with Allen Benji looking the grey to beat. Drawing box one, the June 2010 son of Buttsie Bale – Swiss Bale was ultra impressive last week winning a best eight here in BOD 23.41 by three lengths. With a 50% winning strike rate and an overall record of 60 starts for 30 wins and 18 placings he has been another wonderful performer for the Bate / Wheeler combination. He has noted box speed and mid race pace and barring bad luck he should account for these and give Bate another Galaxy finalist.
Defending Galaxy champ Chasing Glory will look to do just that in heat four after coming up with the yellow rug. A wonderful greyhound, the February 2010 black grey is a son of El Galo – Tommie’s Placard. With over $48,000 in the prizemoney kitty he has been a wonderful dog winning 16 and placing in a further 14 of his 42 career starts. He hasn’t been at the Border Park circuit since last years heat and final victory but you can’t knock a champ and he will be hoping to add his name to back to back winners of the featured event for trainer Noelene Walsh. With wins all over NSW tracks he will be there should the favourite make any mistakes.
Looking to ruin the Bate show leading trainer Glenda Dart has the well schooled Pierino engaged in box three. With his most recent form at the track and distance consisting of 3 starts for 3 wins, the son of Where’s Pedro – Magic Capers has an obvious liking for the tight Border Park circuit. With a fast win at Albion Park to his credit, the sprinter has obvious ability as indicted by his overall record of 17 starts for 6 wins and 6 placings.
Tweed Heads Galaxy Heat Five
Heat five box five looks to be the way on paper with Ando’s Magic looking to be the grey to beat in this field. The son of Magic Sprite – Miss Blondie is in outstanding form for owner trainer Jane Carruthers with recent fast wins at Richmond, Nowra and Gosford to his credit. From only 18 career starts he has 10 wins and 6 placings and looks another successful offspring of Magic Sprite who is doing wonders at stud with fast winners everywhere.
Albion Park speedster Blackjack Gent (Made To Size – Lilly Grace) looks well placed to challenge the favourite after coming up with the striped box. The Deb Arnold trained and Anthony Jeffress owned chaser has been in outstanding form of late with 2 wins and 3 seconds from his last 5 starts. The 31 kilo black dog is a flying machine as evidenced by his sub 23 second Albion Park wins. With an overall record of 9 wins and 15 placings from 32 starts, a final berth would be just reward for the efforts of Jeffress and his contribution to the greyhound racing industry.
Box six runner and local attraction Naughty As looks another chance in heat five. The August 2009 daughter of Big Daddy Cool – Go Wild Lilly has been an honest performer in each of her 107 starts, resulting in 28 wins, 18 seconds and 17 thirds for Condong owner trainer Lee Wylie. With a bed at the track the 25 kilo blue bitch has won 21 races over the track and distance with a best time of 23.53 set at the carnival this time last year.
Tweed Heads Galaxy Heat Six
Gilberton mentor Claude Dacey looks a strong chance of progressing to next weeks final with his super short track performer Dayseas Jet after coming up with the white rug. The August 2010 son of Cosmic Rumble – Classy Kate has outstanding form at Casino, Ipswich, and Albion Park over sprints where he has won lots or races in best of meeting performances. With his overall record of 44 starts for 18 wins and 16 placings, connections will be hoping that he can show his customary box speed to race right away with this heat.
Red box runner Woods looks most likely to challenge after back to back wins at the Gardens over the 400m trip. The March 2011 son of Goodsey – Ominous Spirit has faced the starter on 14 occasions for 7 wins and 5 placings. With fast wins at Wentworth Park, Richmond and Gardens to his credit he looks an improving type with stacks of ability. He is boxed to win for trainer Frank Anderson.
A travelling Victorian is always a chance and box five runner Taper Jean Girl looks another strong contender for the final heat. By El Galo – Blu Pie Girl, the 28 kilo blue bitch has super short track form. A fast 22.63 winner over the tough Warragul 400m shows just how fast she is. With 14 wins and 4 placings from just 25 career starts, trainer Garry George will be hoping she can reproduce her Victorian form here. Box five doesn’t appear to worry her having had two starts from the yellow for two wins.
Each of the heats is filled with greyhounds of ability with all runners a realistic chance of qualifying for the Monday final and taking out the rich first prize. The ability to back up within two days is critical and for the greyhound that does so this weekend, they will join the honour board of past winners including; Chasing Glory (2012), Harvey Bale (2004) back to back winner Magic Mint (99/2000) and Sobbing Sal (1997). Monday also features the final of Harry Pledger Cup over 520m worth $10,000 to the winner on its 10 card program.
Smart chaser Jeff The Tipster made it three wins from as many starts at Monday night’s LGRC meeting conducted at the Tote Racing Centre, when he blitzed a smart field in the AMC Search Ltd Juvenile (515 metres).
The son of Mantra Lad recorded a time of 30.03 in scoring by three lengths as a heavily supported $1.60 favourite.
Raced by a syndicate headed by Victorian Greg Swann, the chaser has now won at all three Tasmanian venues since debuting at the Devonport Raceway on April 30, but according to trainer Russell Watts, is better suited around a horse shoe track.
“I know he recorded reasonable time in Launceston on Monday night, however he still does not look comfortable on that track, which may determine where we go with him next,” he explained this week.
“I was looking at the Tasmanian Derby Heats commencing on June 17 at the Tote Racing Centre, but will discuss the matter with connections before making a decision.”
Watts prepared a double at Monday night’s meeting when Seagull Boy, raced by the same connections, was successful in the Oamps Insurance Brokers Grade 3 (515 metres).
The son of Premier Fantasy recorded a best of the night time of 29.74 in scoring by three lengths while paying a win dividend of $2.70.
Seagull Boy has now won three races and been placed on six occasions in Tasmania, since debuting at the Devonport Raceway on March 19.
Both Jeff The Tipster and Seagull Boy are offspring of the successful matron Petal, a bitch by Big Daddy Cool from Rose Garden, a daughter of Pete’s Boss.
“I have enjoyed success with three of Petal’s progeny, which incidentally are members of three different litters,” he explained.
“The very good stayer Pudzianowski was by Pure Octane and won me several races to set the ball rolling, so I am quite a fan of her progeny.”
Meanwhile Burnie trainer Arnie Elphinstone was seen in the winners circle again at Tuesday’s NWGRC meeting conducted at the Devonport Raceway, when Who’s Talking was successful in the Hankook Tyres Juvenile (452 metres).
The son of Talk’s Cheap put eight lengths on his rivals while recording a time of 26.11 and paying a handsome win dividend of $10.80.
Elphinstone has now won two races with Who’s Talking, which is raced by Victorian owner Deborah Barron.
“I have been friends with Deborah for many years and from time to time we exchange greyhounds if we think they are better suited elsewhere,” he explained.
Smart chaser Hindsight was the fastest winner at Tuesday’s meeting, when he recorded a slick 25.79 in winning the Betta Milk Invitation Stake (452 metres) by seven lengths and paying a win dividend of $2.10.
One of the highly successful Aston Galilee – Patsy Anne litter, he has now won 10 of 20 lifetime outings from the Mick Stringer kennel, while accumulating a purse of in excess of $16,000.
Prominent North West Coast trainer Gary Johnson is predicting a bright future for Buckle Up Wes (Collision – Everlong Bale), which blitzed his rivals in the Dowling McCarthy Tyres Juvenile (452 metres) conducted at Tuesday’s NWGRC meeting at the Devonport Raceway.
Paying a win dividend of $2, the Ted Medhurst prepared chaser recorded a sizzling fastest time of the day 25.50 in defeating Hellyeah Missile and Ketut by a conservative five lengths and appears highly likely to race his way quickly through the grades.
Buckle Up Wes debuted at Tattersalls Park in Hobart on 2nd May when unplaced behind Action Bolt, but then atoned by winning a 461 metre qualifying trial by five lengths at the same venue on 23rd May in the time of 26.33.
Drawn in the pink box at the Devonport Raceway, he began safely and quickly asserted his superiority, before racing away from the opposition to score impressively.
Johnson applied the early polish to Buckle Up Wes and quickly became aware of the chaser’s ability.
“I reasoned that he had plenty of speed and also that he would probably be better suited by Ted’s training methods,” he explained.
“With that in mind I did not hesitate to send him down to Mangalore and let the master take control.”
The chaser is raced by Johnson’s wife Robyn and Devonport’s Sharon Sutton, the daughter of NWGRC chairman Gary Sutton and his wife Cheryl.
He is one of a litter of nine whelped in June 2011, which already includes the good winners Buckle Up Mason, Buckle Up Vurlie and Buckle Up Caza.
Meanwhile the Medhurst kennel enjoyed a highly successful day at the Devonport Raceway on Tuesday, scoring a treble of wins on an eleven event card.
Tadmore Dunoon (Collision – Baretta Betty) put five lengths on his rivals in the Simon’s Carpet One Grade 4 (452 metres), recording a time of 25.94 as a well supported $2.20 commodity.
Raced by Tom Astbury, he has now won 24 of 88 lifetime outings while amassing stakes of almost $50,000.
Medhurst was also seen in the winners circle with the highly promising bitch Dream Miss ( Big Daddy Cool – Fantasy Girl), which recorded 25.96 in winning the Tasfreight Grade 4 (452 metres) by a big space, while paying a win dividend of $2.30.
Raced by trainer Debbie Cannan and Ian Sowell, the bitch has now won seven of her nine lifetime outings and is surely headed for bigger and better things.
The Mangalore based Cannan also excelled at Tuesday’s meeting, her kennel being represented by three winners as well.
The Shaun Evans owned Rudisha ( Go Wild Teddy – Josette Bale) set the ball rolling with a 26.25 score in the Gerard Guthrie Juvenile (452 metres), paying a win dividend of $4.40.
Then outstanding bitch Emerald Lee (Paddy’s Flame – Inbetween Days) recorded her 19th victory in 32 lifetime outings by taking out the Betta Milk Grade 3 (452 metres) in the time of 25.73.
Also raced by Cannan in partnership with Ian Sowell, the bitch defeated a smart field which included speedsters Nooee’s Lad and Seagull Boy, while paying $2.10 for the win.
Cannan’s Treble came up when Foxy Fours , also owned by Shaun Evans and a litter-mate of Rudisha, was successful in the Seba Sheetmetal Grade 5 (452 metres).
The bitch led throughout to record her fourth victory, in the time of 26.15, while paying a win dividend of $2.20.
Wonder Whirl for owner-trainer Christopher Cotton has strung together back-to-back victories for the first time after another dynamite performance on the main Thursday night programme at Angle Park. The diminutive bitch, weighing in at 24 kilograms, is starting to rise as star of the future with slick times and big margins quickly becoming the norm.
Her win last week was the first time she has begun cleanly enough to lead, and her ability to then put down a 12.71 final section saw the margin explode to over fifteen lengths and an overall gallop of 29.67. Proving it was no fluke, she started from box two last Thursday night and forged a way from the second half of the field to score again, this time by four and a half lengths in 29.99. The final section of 12.74 again proves her strength defies her size and it while it would seem logical to step her up over more ground, her efforts over the sprint trips suggest the old saying ‘if it isn’t broken, why fix it’ may apply.
In seventeen starts to date, Wonder Whirl has been victorious seven times, but has been given a vets’ inspection on four occasions after constantly striking interference. She has always shown ability since opening her account with a maiden win in October last year as well as a win at Gawler in 30.89 and three around Angle Park on the Monday meetings (30.33, 30.43, 30.30). With a bit of new found maturity and improving track sense, the daughter of Vapour Whirl and Groovy Sarah is now starting to step up to the big time, and will be winning plenty more races, especially if her improving box manners remain.
However for every winner there are seven losers, and unfortunately the same event saw two consistent ‘bread-and-butter’ type dogs suffer injuries and fail to complete the course. Lucerne Lass begun from box one and was well positioned before shortening stride before the left front straight. The black bitch is renowned for her strength and would have been very tough to beat after positioning herself so well. Another 100 metres further on, and Knocka Agogo had found the lead before it too broke stride entering the back straight. Both greyhounds have had excellent careers to date and the best of wishes are sent to trainers, Petar Jovaovic and John Mundy.
Back on a lighter note, and Tony Lagana enjoyed a high-paying night when his talented chaser, Fire Tyson, landed the final Breeders’ prelude with a 29.84 run from box two. The field included a high quality collection of young local chasers, including Victa Brooke who took out the first Breeders’ Prelude in March. Emerley Lover from the astute Hurley kennels, showed the superior speed down the back and looked the winner with 200 metres to go. However, Fire Tyson gave himself plenty of room in the middle of the track and stormed over the top in a great finish to the nights’ feature event.
The tenacious performance is a perfect example of why Fire Tyson is regarding one of the state’s most consistent chasers over the past six months and he keeps finding the line first, despite always using plenty of the tight Angle Park circuit. From the highly successful Emerley Carlos-Avid Willow litter which also includes both Avid Tyson and Carlos Tyson, Fire Tyson appears the cream of the crop with a near 50% win record and $60,000 in the bank.
Towards the end of the night, the Free-For-All distance event was run and while it only attracted a reduced field of six, it was ripe with quality as Miss Woods, Kalden Mayhem and Cousin Callum all sought the prize. But this time, Kalden Mayhem retuned to the top of the podium and atoned for his two previous defeats by notching up his 53rd career win. The son of Big Daddy Cool turned four late last year, and at an age where most dogs are enjoying a life of laziness, he is still hard at work winning races – something he obviously loves most.
2013 Ladies Bracelet Heat One
Owner Harry Markou will be hoping to continue his fantastic run of success with his ‘Love’ dogs this Saturday night when the well performed My Sweet Love lines up in the first heat of the group three $25,000 to the winner Ladies Bracelet at Wentworth Park. The black bitch is trained by the astute Ruth Matic of Canyonleigh and has developed into a track specialist at headquarters saluting at eight of her eighteen starts over the 520 metre distance with a personal best time of a scintillating 29.73 seconds. The three year old chaser has drawn ideally in box two and should ping to the front, however she comes up against a highly talented bunch with almost half the field reassembling from last week’s QLD Futurity.
The winner of that event, Purcell Bale will line up from box four for the powerful Bate/Wheeler combination. The daughter of Dyna Lachlan and Princess Bale has won eight races from nineteen starts and looks a force to be reckoned with despite the poor draw.
On her outside wearing the yellow is the vivacious Winsome Charlee for Melinda and John Finn. The pocket rocket was desperately unlucky in last week’s Futurity finishing sixth, which was just one of many feature finals she has competed in. Winsome Charlee placed 3rd in the Dapto Country Winnebago Puppy Classic, 3rd in the Gosford Gold Cup Consolation, 3rd in the National Futurity Final and second in this year’s Golden Easter Egg to Grigorieva Bale whilst she was also a finalist in the 2013 Collerson at Wentworth Park. The beautifully bred bitch is by Where’s Pedro and out of Ramblin’ Ruby and has won from every box except from box five where she has drawn for this week’s heat. Despite this the peppy bitch has plenty of heart and although she has no early speed, she comes home like a train and should be figuring in the finish.
Queensland Futurity runner up Xylia Allen will give the Bate/Wheeler team two runners in heat one when she begins from box seven. As a winner of ten from twenty four she looks to have a massive shot, with the Launceston Cup winner rated by her trainer as ‘one of the fastest I have ever trained’. This massive statement paired with her awesome ability should see the big 31 kilogram bitch go close to favouritism.
Also worth mentioning in the first heat is Christopher Nutt’s Parissette. The daughter of prolific producer Paris St Germain carries with her great form which she has brought up from the apple aisle, with her rails draw sure to be in her favour.
2013 Ladies Bracelet Heat Two
Golden Easter Egg placegetter Cracker Jack Lil will be looking to bounce back to the winners list when she pings from the black in heat two. The 27 kilogram speedster is a winner of nineteen races from thirty one starts with a best of 29.72 seconds for the track and distance with her exceptional early pace a definite advantage in this field where she looks to be the early leader.
Drawn poorly on her inside is the flying South Australian My Little Star who will be making her Wentworth Park debut at her thirty eighth start. The black and white daughter of Carlisle Jack has been a terrific money spinner for trainer Bozidar Stamenkovic but will face her acid test tonight against a cracker field. Despite this she has plenty of class but will need to get away cleanly and avoid interference from her outside competitor who begins like a bullet and cuts straight to the rails.
Squeeze box runner Velvet Fog will be looking to maintain her impressive statistics and to keep her Wentworth Park form unblemished when she jumps wearing yellow for owner/trainer Benjamin Mccauley. The daughter of Bit Chilli has won five with four minors from a mere twelve starts and made her Sydney debut last Friday in great fashion running away to score by five and a half lengths in a fast 29.98 seconds. The black bitch possesses plenty of early speed and looks a definite threat if she can overcome the draw.
Rails runner Cawbourne Classy has hit a purple patch of form at precisely the right time for this event as a winner of her last two starts including a win at Wentworth Park where she travelled 29.99 seconds however she will have to do everything right with many of these runners capable of running much faster than the time that she posted in her win. Whilst it is definitely tougher than her recent assignments, the Anthony Lord prepared bitch is suited to run well from box one and should be able to sneak up into the placings
Graeme Bate and Paul Wheeler also have two engaged in this heat, with their best shot looking to be Dyna Jezabel who will start from box three.
2013 Ladies Bracelet Heat Three
The inform Sharron Webster kennel will start close to favourite in heat three with three and a half year old Lagoon Lowanna who has been racing in career best form over recent weeks. The Wentworth Park specialist won two on the trot at the Ultimo circuit including a barnstorming 29.68 seconds success where she also flew early, running a stunning first section of 5.30 seconds before finishing down the track last week to Jason Mackay’s sensational bitch Sometimes Speedy. The black bitch has won four over the track and distance and seventeen overall, and looks to be a huge chance.
Her biggest threat looks to be the lightly raced speedster Princess Black who lines up from box three for trainer John Heard. The pint sized performer tips the scales at just over 25 kilograms but certainly races with plenty of heart which she showed throughout February and March this year collecting four wins in succession over the track and distance with a best time of a breathtaking 29.59 seconds. The daughter of Give Me Five has only started once since finding trouble in a semi of the Golden Easter Egg, when finishing fifth behind the talented Fast Archer earlier this month. With a fast beginner on her outside, the risky starter will need to beat her rival out of the boxes, however she has the ability to do that and should go close from this draw where she has won two from three.
Yet another runner from the Bate kennel, Langi Bale, will jump from box five and looks to have a great chance at her track debut. The 27 kilogram lightweight has been a handy little racer winning fourteen races from thirty three starts including a fast 29.66 seconds at Sandown. The quick youngster has been running over the middle distance trips of late where she saluted at her last start over the consistent Yowyeh. Whilst she has a massive motor, she does lack early pace, and racing against a strong field, she can’t afford to give them too much of a start.
Green runner Midnight News will be looking to bring all of them undone at just her tenth start for trainer David Pringle. The least experienced of the eight runners, the bitch by champion sire Bombastic Shiraz out of Midnight Movie showed plenty of field sense and talent at her last start when overcoming a poor getaway to win by seven and a half lengths in an electrifying 29.45 seconds. This is clearly the best time posted by any of the runners in her heat and a repeat of that performance will see her obliterating her top class counterparts, however it will be difficult from the poor draw as she is another that lacks early zip.
2013 Ladies Bracelet Heat Four
The second half of John and Melinda Finns dynamic duo will step from box three in heat four. Sheikha is an extraordinary bitch who has made two group one finals at headquarters, the Golden Easter Egg and The Paws of Thunder, with the daughter of Collision and Im Exceptional taking out the latter in superb style earlier this year. A renowned railer, she is much better suited here than out wide and although she won’t be flying the lids, she is boxed perfectly to sit behind and pounce on the early leader.
One of her biggest threats is Kenneth Staines flying machine Montana Izmir who recently scored a hatrick of wins in town in fast time before running second to Lagoon Lowanna at her last start. Montana Izmir has won eight races from twenty nine starts and looks to have a promising future after posting a scorching 29.63 seconds at Wentworth Park just two starts back. The Elite State youngster is accustomed to the awkward draw where she has started from seven times and with her early pace she should be up with the leaders in the early stages, and if she can cross, she looks hard to run down.
Stamenkovic has another South Australian flyer engaged on Saturday night with Koombooyana Girl who is drawn nicely in box two in the final heat. The red fawn sprinter by Big Daddy Cool comes into the series with good form as a winner of sixteen from thirty two. The bitch has only just resumed from a two and a half month spell when she ran fifth behind Just Shine earlier this month. Despite this, she has plenty of speed with her record showing fast wins at the track including a 29.66 seconds triumph over the 515 metre journey whilst she has also defeated the likes of Sometimes Speedy, and based on this, she should also be respected.
Racing kicks off at Wentworth Park at 7:27pm this Saturday night whilst the girls are set to shine with the first heat of the Ladies Bracelet being race four with the lids to fly at 8:27 pm.
Albion Park Greyhounds Race 5 Box 5 Miss Karoo 4.59pm
This race looks the perfect race for Miss Karoo. The recent Group 2 QLD Futurity Finalists, should have trouble disposing of this field. Even though she run second last, she was only beaten 6 lengths. It was a great effort to reach the final. She definitely needs to find the rail to show her best and box 5 will make it tough, but she has plenty of speed and strength, and looks far to good here with a clear run.
Angle Park Greyhounds, Race 10 Box 7 Contrarian 3.38pm
A race with a mix of speed and experience, contrarian is our on top selection. Likely favourite and flying machine Cosmic Way is the main danger to our selection. He has a flying PB of 29.62, but has failed to fire a shot since winning in that time. Contrarian on the other hand is very experienced, and does have a solid PB of 30.04. He’s not suited all that well by box 7, but he does have the ability to win this from behind. With luck he should be winning this. However if Cosmic Way does come out and find the bunny, he may be hard to stop. Each Way Contrarian.
The Gardens Race 1 Box 1 Our Money Box,7.08pm
The all conquering Tifi, has one of her progeny engaged here in this. Our Money Box has a terrific record with 8 wins and 12 minors from 35 starts, with a fantastic box 1 record having so far had 5 starts with 3 wins and 2 seconds. Its not overly hard and she has broken the 35.00 second barrier. From box 1 she will no doubt fire out, and hopefully lead all the way. The main dangers are not boxed well and will have to rely on plenty of luck. Our Money box to win here.
Ballarat Greyhounds, Race 5 Box 3 Free Will,8.18pm
The Sydney sider and big money spinner Free Will has earned over $100,000 in prize money and theres no doubting his class. Last time Anthony Azzopardi campaigned him and Seldom Said in Victoria, He came back to Sydney and won the Gosford Cup. Anthony may be embarking on a new mission and has come a long way to race here tonight at Ballarat. He has high speed from box rise and may be a little over the odds here with his poor form of recent times. I think few people will select him, to win and he looks a great eachway bet.
Cannington Greyhounds, Race 8 Box 1 Chosen Jewel, 8.57pm WA time
The Linda Britton Trained chosen Jewel is our on top selection here. Two starts ago she put in a great performance to get up and just win. It was the sign if a dog bursting to win and in tip top shape. Something we come to expect from W.A’s leading trainer, Linda Britton when racing her dogs. Box 1 will suit the daughter of Big Daddy Cool and there isnt a great deal of in form speedy dogs in this race. She may or may not start short, its a little tricky. But one thing is for sure backers will get a great sight, for there money.
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Anyone with a slight interest in greyhound racing should do their very best to make it to Albion Park on Thursday night, with 5 Heats of the Group 2 Queensland Derby and the final of the Group 2 Futurity for bitches. The talent is immense, and it’s a great turn around from last weeks Futurity heats.
Fast Archer for young gun trainer Clay Mullens, has drawn the coverted rails in heat 1 and he comes here after a flying last start victory at Wentworth in 29.65. The son of Collision and Clay Model has quite a remarkable record for such a young dog, with only 15 career starts he has recorded a win from all 7 boxes he’s jumped from. Box 2 is the only box the February 11 chaser hasn’t jumped out of. He looks very well placed in the first heat, but he certainly won’t have it all his own way with Qld trained flying machine Top Story exiting the 7 box. The blue son of Knocka Norris has a blistering 29.77 PB to his name and he will certainly make his presence felt. Nico Bale for Graeme Bate will also threaten with plenty of early toe. They appear to be the 3 main hopefuls, in a tough heat of 7 runners.
Heat 2 doesn’t get any easier with the Peter Simpson trained flying machine Raging Obsession exiting box 2. The son of Go Wild Teddy has already posted a fast 30.12 here and he looks like he can easily go much quicker. Dead set speed machine, Hello Good Bye, will be master trainer Kel Greenough’s hope and he exits box 6 in this. The Son of Bombastic Shiraz is yet to taste big race success, but it won’t be too far off I reckon now Kel has got him beginning much better. Generally a slow beginner he’s going to have his work cut out here for him from box 6. Peter Hunt has his charge Pop’s Max engaged from box 5 and the son of Queensland sire Surf Lorian comes here as the most experienced runner and he too can’t be dismissed; although jumping from the squeeze box. They appear to be the 3 main chances but heat 2 certainly has its fair share of talent, and nearly all the runners can win this with the right run.
Heat 3 will also be a test for form students with many winning chances. Transcend Time for trainer Mark Azzopardi is badly out out of form but the industry blue blood sired by The Bomb cannot be overlooked. He has a big motor and no doubt will be 110 percent for this. Queensland’s local hope Hawko’s Mistake will be out to make amends for his last start defeat and box 8 will suit the son of Buckingham Chuck. He has a fast PB of 29.94 and he can certainly win this race with his best jump. Hopefully he’s 110 percent and ready to fire in heat 3. Sir Hara by Big Daddy Cool also appears a chance in this and although he hasn’t posted a fast time he will be well suited to box 7 and can get along if he finds the front. There my 3 mains selections in heat 3.
Heat 4 sees the local hopes take on two extremely fast and talented dogs in Rigs and National Derby winner Jagger Swagger. Rigs is a very smart young dog, and the son of Pure Octane will no doubt have his work cut out in this. Good on his trainer Ryan Tredway, for bringing the smart youngster up here for a crack at the Group 2 Derby. Jagger Swagger, the 2013 National Derby winner; will be mighty hard to beat and the son of Premier Fantasy will get a beautiful run with slow beginners all around. He looks to be the certainty of the heats, and I’m guessing his short starting price will reflect that. Veyron Bale could be the knockout chance and he should get a great unimpeded run from put wide in the pink. If they jam up he could sweep right around the outside as long as he misses Clan Eirann around the first turn; wWho often tries to get wide round the first turn. Jagger Swagger looks home and hosed in this heat.
The final heat appears as if its the best chance for the locals to snare a win in. Musquin Bale has come up with the red box and he looks mighty hard to beat if he can get forward early. The son of Dyna Lachlan and super producer Princess Bale, has so far remained relatively unnoticed as his littermates hog most of the limelight, but this may be his best chance to propel his name under lights. Local charge and home bred Pharmocopia will fly the flag high for home breeders all around the country. The son of Albion Park prolific winner Premier Chief and Kathy’s Recall also another Albion Park prolific winner will look to salute here for trainer Margaret Quarrel. The black dog whelped in October 10, has really come of age lately and produced his best effort to score last week racing away to score in a quick 30.17. Captain Clarrie is another classy runner who is also home bred. The black November 10 Whelped son of Elite And Classy and Where Are You will need to produce his best effort to score here. Interestingly enough I have heard reports that Captain Clarrie’s mother, Where Are You; has produced the fastest pups Reg Kay has ever put up his straight. They are by new kid on the block Outta Credit. Captain Clarrie can certainly gallop and if he gets the right run he’s certainly capable of winning the final heat.
It’s going to be a wonderful night with some seriously classed galloper’s engaged. It’s fantastic to see so many high class dogs by such an array of sires with 20 different sires represented in just 40 dogs. That’s 50% of the fields – amazing. With so many different dogs going to stud it just proves you can look outside the box and still produce a quality galloper.
The action gets underway at Albion Park with race one to kick off at 6.44pm.
South Australian trainer Troy Murray enjoyed a tremendous night at Angle Park last week however it may just be eclipsed as he stares down the barrel of two Group race victories in one night. With a duo of chances in the Group 3 Anniversary Cup, he also prepares grand stayer Kalden Mayhem who again lines up in a feature staying event.
The son of Big Daddy Cool and Abbadale Gold was whelped in October 2008, making him over four and a half years old, and despite 108 starts and 51 career victories he has lost none of the form that has made him the dominant stayer in S.A for multiple years. He will line up from box two in the Group 3 West End Draught Distance Championship worth $25,000 to the winner, and based on his stirring comeback in last weeks’ heat, he can only be described as a leading chance to add to his $171,000 in career earnings.
Lining up from box five he was far too strong for race favourite Proven Impala last week, running 43.36 and with only two heats, he meets much of the same quality opposition the second time around.
Proven Impala will benefit from the run, of course, but she conceded a significant lead to be run down last week, and would need to rectify that if she wishes to turn the tables and steal the top prize. She is currently listed as $2.50 favourite in the event, which does seem under-odds considering the awkward draw (four) and the dog’s mixed form in the past few weeks. Regardless of the betting aspect, Proven Impala is a quality chaser and trainer Joe Borg would be hoping for a successful showing from his prize bitch.
The other two greyhounds gaining a run from that first heat were Robert Andrew and Miss Woods. Robert Andrew was only beaten 1.75 lengths and could be a smokey for trifecta players, while Miss Woods has shown her ability over the 731m on many occasions and is expected to find this lot a little bit too good.
The second and final heat last Thursday was taken out by Mimicking for Robert Britton and Cherie Ivers. He is generally known as a get-back-run-on type of stayer and has been seen tailing fields on occasion. However that was certainly not the case last week where he found himself in second place upon settling and was always going to be too strong from there. Drawing box one for this appears an advantage at first, however the dog in winless from all starts when exiting the three inside boxes (none for six when beginning from the red) and that poses concerns for punters.
The start before last was an impressive victory ahead of Maddison Dee at The Meadows, and perhaps this is a sign that Mimicking is ready to put his best foot forward on a more consistent basis. With expected odds of around 5/1 you’d be taking him on trust.
The abovementioned Maddison Dee has also made the final and will start from box seven. Her odds of 20/1 appear tremendous value when considering she rolled Mimicking only four starts ago and then went down by less than a length the next time they met. She certainly wasn’t disgraced last week and will improve with the Angle Park run under her belt.
She appears a far better bet than Cousin Callum for example, who had every chance to beat Mimicking in the same race last week. His best around the track is 42.11, which would likely win this, however that was set over a year ago, and his last two efforts suggest those times are probably past him. Cousin Callum is trained by Petar Jovanovic and current sits at $6.50 on the estimated market. Drawn box three with Proven Impala directly outside, it seems safe to risk the son of Hallucinate on this occasion.
Azz Always rounds out the field for owner-trainer Damian Mills, however he was beaten comfortably last week and with only one win over the distance (7 from 70 overall) it may be best to wait until it’s engaged in something easier.
The West End Draught Distance Championship will be underway at 9.41pm local time and will round out the Quaddie, being race 8 on the program.
Yesterday’s Results: Outback Hero – Scratched, Botha Bale – Unplaced, Logan John – Unplaced, Chunuk Bair – Second, In The Book- Winner $7.30 place.
Mixed results last night with a couple of chances going down. Our rough tip for the night In The Book went super running third, holding off Kiss Me Elvis, a 29.70 winner, to snatch third. And in the process he paid a mammoth $7.30 the place!! He’s certainly going to develop into a good dog, and make sure you keep following him.
Onto today and there’s always many meetings to choose from with plenty all around the country. We are going to do our best to find a few more.
Ipswich Greyhounds, Race 10 Box 6 Gee Ef Cee, 6.42pm
The son of Collision has been badly out of form of late but he has drawn the right race to see him return to winning form. Despite his recent form, and poor record, he does posses a fair amount of ability. Early on he was shaping as a nice young dog, but has since gone right off the boil. Box 6 won’t be too muck of an issue here for him, and I expect him to race really in this. He does have good early toe and he should get forward in this. Blue Oval looks the danger from his favorable box draw. Poor quality race, and Gee Ef Cee gets his chance here. Eachway.
Angle Park Greyhounds, Race 10 Box 8, 3.29pm
This bloke has been knocking on the door, and all around of late. He has the speed and ability but is a very moody type and must be taken on trust. Box 8 will suit as he should stay out of trouble out wide on the track. When he does get things right he can really fly. He needs to ping and get out in front, to show his best. But don’t take the shorts, he is too moody to do that.
Devonport Greyhounds, Race 1 Box 5 Shanlyn Poh, 1.02pm
The son of Big Daddy Cool steps up to the longer journey here and looks suited by the trip. He’s no certainty and will be a good odds. He needs to ping to show his best form, but he may get a nice drag across with Brumby Bomber. He’s been a solid performer over his career and has posted a fast 29.80 over 515 at Launceston. If he happens to ping he may bin up at big odds here.
Warragul Greyhounds, Race 7 Box 8 Oenjay Dancer. 8.50pm
Tough race with a few winning chances. Take The Weight will start favourite for Kel Greenough. She has posted a few flying times, and has run a slick 29.96 at the Meadows. She has plenty of early toe and only needs to begin to race well in this. If she can jump and hold them out mid race, I’d be surprised to see them go past her. She should be the value runner amongst a speedy field. Each way.
Best of luck.
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Whilst the pièce de résistance of group racing for Australian sprinters tonight will undoubtedly be the $250,000 Golden Easter Egg, our top echelon of stayers also have their chance at group glory with the running of the group one Association Cup over the 720 metre distance. Since its inception the $75,000 to the winner event has attracted some of Australia’s best stayers, with the 2013 running no different.
Appearing from box one is new dog on the scene, Fancy Liza, who was very impressive last week on her city distance debut, running one and three quarters of a length behind heat winner Back Page Lead. The daughter of Brett Lee and Sweet Fancy has only had fifteen track appearances but has put together four extremely exciting wins including a track record of 30.14 seconds at Richmond over 535 metres, giving the indication that she is a star in the making. Whilst it is a massive ask to step up to Group level so suddenly, she appears up to the challenge, with box one definitely an advantage.
Victorian super stayer Destini Fireball looks to have the race at his mercy as he lines up from box two. The white and black son of Where’s Pedro is arguably Australia’s best stayer, aside from the all-conquering Miata and has a fantastic chance of scoring his nineteenth race success tonight night in the final. The chaser is certainly on ‘fire’ at the moment as a winner of his past seven starts whilst it is also important to note that Destini Fireball is unbeaten since his step up to the 700 metre trip and undefeated from box two. Despite being ‘underdone’ for his first NSW start, the powerful dog dominated his heat winning emphatically in a quick 42.45 seconds, with plenty of improvement sure to come after his run last week. With an obvious passion for the inside, he should be going close to winning the final.
Exiting from the white is Bit Chilli three year old Miss Nicole for Merrylands mentor Charles Galea. The white and black bitch has won ten races from 43 starts including three impressive wins over the track and distance with a personal best of 42.30 seconds. The handy chaser is your typical stayer who gets back and runs home like a rocket; however she will not be able to afford that tonight against the top dogs, who certainly won’t be giving away any second chances. Whilst she has the ability to run the times she will need to be at her absolute best on the night!
Regally bred Tasmanian Bell Haven will be hoping to bounce back to the winners list for trainer Ted Medhurst when she jumps from box four. The daughter of Head Bound loves racing at Wentworth Park where she has recorded five fantastic wins with a scintillating best of 41.88 seconds, however her form has dipped over her past few runs which along with the awkward alley, does pose a concern. Nonetheless, the top quality bitch is more than capable of reversing her luck, with her last victory being over fellow competitor Back Page Lead in January.
Nowra conditioner Steven White has qualified two runners into the final- which is an amazing training feat in itself. His best chance at taking out the Group One feature appears to be the rising stayer Back Page Lead who has developed an affiliation with the Ultimo Circuit, stringing together four wins over the distance with two minors from only six starts. A daughter of the champion Brett Lee, she does look to have a promising future as a stayer despite turning four later this year, and looks to be one of the main threats to Destini Fireball after clocking last week’s fastest heat win in a speedy 42.17 seconds
Spring Hill trainer Jacob Burke would be elated with the run of his 23 kilogram lightweight Gully Miss who qualified for this week’s Group One when running two and three quarter lengths third behind Back Page Lead in their heat last week. The daughter of former track specialist All Caution who will exit box six has only won four races from forty track appearances but has certainly chosen the right time to showcase her best, and is now in the running to take out the $75,000 winners cheque. Despite her progress of late, she might find the star stayers in the race a bit too much too compete with, however just making the final is quite an achievement.
Beginning from box seven is the second runner from the in-form Steven White kennel, Robert Andrew. The grand old campaigner is four and a half years old and is doing remarkably well to still be racing over the 700 metre distance at his age. A winner of seventeen races from ninety five starts, White has certainly done an amazing job to keep him going. The black dog is certainly bred to stay, being a son of Hallucinate and Deloris making him a full brother to Miagi who was a group winner over the 720 metre distance. It would be a fairytale ending to see him emulate his brother’s success tonight however he does strike a particularly hard field, and with his off the pace racing style, he might be giving them too much of a start.
Graeme Barnett rounds up the group one field with his roughie Hotwire stepping out from box eight. The Big Daddy Cool x Ima Stunner dog has been a fantastic campaigner for his Reedy Creek mentor, winning an impressive seven races over the Wentworth Park staying trip with a best time of 42.38 seconds. Although he has been a model of consistency throughout his career, Hotwire has not managed a victory since last October, and whilst there is no doubt he will chase his heart out, he does look a bit outclassed in the final.
All up, the Association Cup final is a cracking field that will mix both the new and exciting generation of Australian Stayers, with the consistent old stayers that could race around the circuit with their eyes shut. This combination will make it a very exciting race; however Destini Fireball does have everything working in his favour. His biggest threats do look to be Back Page Lead and Fancy Liza- who should improve after her first go at the track and distance last week and can run a cheeky little race from the cherry.
As the pursuit of group racing glory continues this week, punters and spectators alike will be treated to yet another tantalizing weekend at Wentworth Park. The action starts on Friday with the semi-finals of both the Group Three New Sensation and The Group Three Magic Maiden series.
Both semi-final series contain some sensational young sprinters and provide the perfect appetizer for Saturday night- when the track will again light up for the semi-finals of the Group One Golden Easter Egg as well as the heats of The Association Cup- which will see some of Australia’s best stayers converge on Sydney for their own slice of the group racing action.
The first of the semi’s to kick off on Friday will be the $25,000 to the winner Magic Maiden Series, with four fantastic fields assembling for what is sure to be a thrilling competition. Impressive heat winner Good Odds Demon looks a live chance in the first semi-final after his gutsy chasing effort in claiming his heat victory. Beginning only moderately from box two, he was crossed early and had to dig deep before finding the lead and eventually stretching out to win by two and a half lengths on the line. The well bred son of Collision and handy race bitch Punk Angel was having his first start on Sunday with his slick victory in 30.24 seconds indicating that he may have a bright future on the racetrack for his astute mentor Frank Hurst.
Fellow heat winner Ibrox Digger, out of star stayer Laura’s Legacy also showed some talent on Sunday and should be considered after his 30.22 heat success, whilst Big Daddy Cool youngster Cloud Ten will also be in contention after his 30.54 effort when taking out his heat. One that may slip under the radar and should definitely not be overlooked is flying Jilliby pup Mike Marlow who came in third to Ibrox Digger on Sunday. Whilst he was safely held by four and a half lengths on the line, the son of Lochinvar Marlow certainly has a massive motor recording a scorching 29.78 in a performance trial at Gosford earlier this month. Out of the fantastic racer Fascinate Marina, Mike Marlow was bred to be speedy and punters should not rule him out of this week’s semi-final.
Heat Two will see heat winners Palucka, Tollo and Zipping Simba vie for their spots in the final. Palucka is yet another one of Lochinvar Marlow’s handy offspring who has made it through to the semi’s, with the Kristy Sultana trained speedster a dominant all the way victor in his heat. Running a sizzling 30.19 seconds the black dog was triumphant at start four for his Londonderry trainer, and with a nippy first section of 5.49 seconds, he should be racing up with the leaders, if he repeats last week’s flawless beginning.
Looking to bring him undone will be Zipping Simba- a member of the astute Jason Mackay kennel who won his heat last week in 30.46 seconds. Whilst his victory may not have been as fast as Palucka’s performance, it was just as impressive as he overcame all sorts of trouble to finish over the top of his rivals. The son of champion Mantra Lad certainly has the bloodlines to be quick on the track, being out of prolific producer Or Catra, and with his heat success being his only race start, he will certainly improve for the semi-finals this week. Mark Bells Tollo also lines up in Semi two after a heat victory on Sunday and whilst his time was only 30.58 seconds, he has recorded a handy performance trial at Richmond clocking 30.95 seconds for the 535 metre trip.
Lochinvar Brando looks the standout in semi-final three with the Robert Smith trained dynamo scoring an emphatic victory at headquarters on Sunday when taking out his heat. Continuing the trend of being well bred, the son of Where’s Pedro and Smart Betsy could not have been more exciting when winning by two lengths in a nippy 30.19 seconds. Lochinvar Brando was having his fifth start on Sunday, and after running two placing’s in prior starts he was able to salute with his experience certainly being an advantage.
Also in contention from the cherry in semi-final three is the Doreen Drynan prepared Doo Wop Hooligan who was a winner in a moderate 30.59 seconds on Sunday. After a slow getaway, the black daughter of Premier Fantasy and Wentworth Park Specialist Eluthra had to work extremely hard, posted wide the entire trip and showed plenty of tenacity in running down early leaders Got the Life and Dither.
David Pringle’s heat winner Travelling Joe is also in with a chance and is well boxed in the two alley after a 30.46 triumph. Those looking for value in heat three should also be mindful of the Brian Mckivat trained Clonakilty Man who was a luckless second to Palucka in his heat. The blue dog was never out of trouble and did a fantastic job in running second for his Marulan mentor with a race victory not too far away based on his determined effort.
The fourth and final heat will be the most anticipated with another of Jason Mackay’s starters in the series, Tricky Jade, the fastest of the heat winners last week. Posting a sizzling first section split of 5.48 seconds the Bit Chilli Youngster was far too strong for her opposition, clearing away to win by an ultra-impressive ten and a half lengths in a scintillating 29.86 seconds. Out of a former National Futurity finalist in Navigator Miss, the black sprinter was having just her first race start after two impressive performance trials at Unibet Gardens and Wentworth Park.
Whilst Mackay’s charge looks the favourite she will have some tough opposition in heat winner Black Rip who took out his heat in 30.51 seconds and Jane Curruthers Clockwise who was shunted back in her heat after leading and did a brilliant job when coming back along the rails to qualify in second. By Magic Sprite out of the impressive chaser Elizabeth Royal, the powerhouse has clocked some fast times in performance trials, most notably a flying 29.88 seconds at Gosford in February. The well-bred bitch is certainly in with a big chance and should be given a second chance.
The semi- finals of this prestigious maiden series will definitely be exciting with many of these pups sure to improve. Racing kicks off at 7:18pm on Friday night, with all eyes focused on The Ultimo Circuit as the next generation of Australian sprinters is unveiled.
The attention of NSW Greyhound Racing this week has no doubt been on the heats of The Group One Golden Easter Egg, however on Thursday just two hours up the road, Maitland Showground was host to some interstate chasers and locals alike, all vying for a spot in the 2013 Gold Collar final.
Carrying a winning cheque of $4000, The Maitland Gold Collar series always attracts plenty of attention, with this year no different as four spectacular fields assembled for the series specifically aimed at short course specialists. The series provides the perfect appetizer for the 2013 Gold Cup held over the 450 metres with the heats to be conducted on the 4th April at the Showground Circuit.
The first heat went to the superbly bred Coastal Storm. Trained at Nabiac for astute mentor Craig Francis, the blue brindle sprinter had not had a start since last April when tailing the field in the 2012 Group 2 Maitland Gold Cup. By super sire Big Daddy Cool out of the prolific producer Bazwill, the rising four year old was bred to be fast with his first up performance from box six proving that neither his age nor his absence from the race track was an issue. With sixteen months difference between Coastal Storm and his next eldest competitor, the grand old campaigner showed the pups how it was done, defeating recent Maitland winner Armenra by a solid one and a half lengths in 22.52 seconds. The ultra-consistent performer now has the very impressive record of eight wins and three placing’s from just 18 starts, and whilst he has obviously has had his share of injury problems, based on Thursday’s performance, there should be plenty of wins left in him.
Heat two went the way of the airborne Swift Callah, who not only won in a blistering 22.48 seconds, but also broke the first section split held by handy bitch April’s Legacy when clocking an unbelievable 5.10 seconds to the turn out of the back straight. Trained at Albion Park by Jason Matthews, Swift Callah led from box rise and in turn gave sire Big Daddy Cool two qualifiers for next week’s final. The black bitch out of Star Callah has been a more than handy performer winning 23 of her 38 starts and has maintained her unblemished Maitland record of two starts for two wins. The Mark Azzopardi trained Transcend Time came in a close second and will definitely be better for the run, with the multiple city winner sure to improve after his first up performance since last November. The enormous 35 kilogram chaser certainly has an affinity with the showground circuit, previously clocking a scorching 25.13 seconds for the 450 metre trip, with the son of Elite Oriental well in contention for this week’s final.
Dave Irwin continued the interstate invasion in heat three with Scissor Queen continuing on her winning way when she obliterated her fellow canines by two and a quarter lengths in a smart 22.38 seconds. In a similar demonstration as last week, the pint sized powerhouse rocketed to the rails after a clean getaway and gave nothing else a look in at what was a breathtaking performance. The 25 kilogram daughter of Knocka Norris is all heart, rarely puts in a bad run and now has the dominant record of sixteen wins and three placing’s from 24 starts. Among these wins is the 2012 Grafton Cup and a scintinalling victory at Grafton where she went 27.15 seconds over the 480 metre journey- a mere two lengths off the track record. It is fair to say, whatever box she draws the red fawn dynamo will be a dominant favourite.
Irwin left with a double on Thursday night after Hot Tewin was also victorious in the third on the card. The White and Black speedster has had one previous start at the Maitland for a near record 24.95 seconds, and whilst Thursday’s time of 25.19 seconds was not quite as fast, it was just as impressive with the daughter of Give Me Five racing out wide from the yellow the entire trip until she was able to weave in between runners in the straight before drawing clear to win by three quarters of a length on the line.
The fourth and final heat went to a local with Diddy Strike defeating his opposition by six lengths and in turn striking up win number 23 for Bishops Bridge trainer Colin Kneeshaw. Kneeshaw has had a great deal of success with his ‘Diddy’ line which has produced some talented pups over the years. Some of his best were the talented bitches Diddy Rose and Diddy Shine, with the latter throwing her tenacity into Thursday’s winner, a son of both her and the great Elite State. Diddy Strike will soon turn four years of age, yet is still racing with a great deal of zest and has certainly been a fantastic frontrunner for his owner/trainer. Facing the starter on seventy three occasions, the black chaser who tips the scales at over 34 kilograms has now won a very impressive nine races at Maitland, with Thursday’s time a handy 22.56 seconds. Diddy Strike’s earnings now stand clear of the $34,000 mark- a fine feat for such an honest greyhound and his equally genuine mentor.
The box draw for the prestigious Gold Collar final will be released on today, and whilst Scissor Queen looks the early favourite, the draw will definitely determine who is her biggest threat with all runners capable of winning given the chance.
Thursday 20th December, Hobart GRC, Race 8 9.49pm AEDST
THE STORY SO FAR:
No Dailly, No Bate, No Thompson. The 2012 version of the time-honoured Hobart Thousand is one for the smaller-size kennels, despite the Wheeler team having had at least one runner in every heat. Local chaser Rewind went within a nose of victory last year and is the only return finalist looking for revenge. The final comprises of four chasers with twenty starts or less and the other four with over fifty starts each, with two locals and six Victorians.
THE FINAL CONTENDERS:
1) Under Threat (Darren McDonald)
10 strts 5-4-1. Heat Time 26.21.
Got a lovely path early in the race last week to cross from box seven, before surviving a late challenge by Veyron Bale in the straight. Comes into box one now, and will need to be gutsy and show experience beyond his ten starts to bury up along the rail if it wants to lead again. McDonald is a big time trainer, and will have the dog ready to go by show time.
2) Burnt Fuse (Brendan Pursell)
64 Strts 27-13-5 Heat Time 26.30.
Has been a prolific winner on the Victorian provincial circuit for a long time and amazingly never had a metropolitan start before this series. Makes the race very interesting as the runners either side will want to muster through and will also force Rewind to run around him to find the lead. Not sure he has the sheer ability to hold this field out, but may be a blowout chance if the wider runners crumple up.
3) Walk Hard (Nicole Mcrae)
17strts 6-6-1 Heat Time 25.81.
Began fairly at boxrise last week before bursting through from box one to win without threat. Ran .10 outside the track record and was the only chaser to break 26 seconds. Will need to improve his first step for the final, as there are plenty of good box dogs in this field, but clearly has the ability to win this event. Looks the likely favourite for the event, but the conditions of this race may be different to what he has seen previously.
4) Rewind (Morris Strickland)
77strts 48-14-6 Heat Time 26.22.
If ever a greyhound deserved to win the Hobart Thousand it would be this fellow. Has easily been the best Tassie chaser in the last year and comes into the event having won ten straight. Lost the final in a thriller to Dyna Tron last year and his stalwart trainer deserves another chance. Admittedly, he might be 3-4 lengths off what he once was based on recent times, but the draw won’t worry him and is beginning as well as ever.
5) Custodian (Steven O’Brien)
55strts 12-12-5 Heat Time 26.41.
Ran the race of his life last week to win at 40/1 when all the breaks went his way. Connections should be thrilled to have made it this far, but that’s where the positives will end. Was the slowest heat winner by 3 lengths, draw is horrible and not usually a great beginner. Will need all that luck and more for a top half finish.
6) Dark Warrior (Ted Medhurst)
7strts 7-0-0 Heat Time 26.29.
Undefeated local greyhound that made the most of box one to score over Proven Maddy by a length. Trainer knows what it takes to win this event, but would need to keep improving to ensure it ran a low enough time to win this Group One. Is a reliable beginner and will make a pest of himself early in the race.
7) Maverick Tiger (Kel Greenough)
20strts 11-4-0 Heat Time 26.16.
This son of Big Daddy Cool is starting to make a name for himself, coming off a win in the Group 2 Ballarat Cup and good form throughout the Melbourne Cup series at Sandown. Had a great battle with Nitro Cee in the heat, eventually being too classy in good time. Normally an excellent breaker, he is bound to improve again this week, and with a clear run early will be very hard to beat.
8) Blackalls Boss (Michelle Mallia-Magri)
56strts 26-10-4 Heat Time 26.25.
Got a soft run into the final when dispatching a field of five in similar time to those beforehand. Gets a good draw here, and will be given every chance to use his pace and run to the front. Loves one-turn tracks and has shown he is up to this company. Must be included amongst the top chances, and not many will begrudge the dog or Michelle a victory at the highest level.
WHAT IT ALL MEANS:
Similar to the National Sprint that was held over this distance, the charge to the first turn looks fascinating. Burnt Fuse, Rewind, Dark Warrior, Maverick Tiger and Blackalls Boss are all genuine speedsters while Walk Hard and Under Threat will be trying to muster up. Advantage must be given to the wider boxes, however trying to cross Rewind will be a hard task as he traditionally stays in the middle of the course.
Maverick Tiger looks the in-form chaser and capable of running a time fast enough to claim the prize, while Walk Hard holds the X-factor from the McRae camp. The long Elwick straight usually provides the stage for entertaining feature racing and this is expected to be no different.
THE PREDICTION: 1) Maverick Tiger 2) Rewind 3) Blackalls Boss 4) Walk Hard.
A select field of chasers will contest the $7,500 Simons Carpet One Gold Collar Final (515 metres) to be conducted at Monday night’s LGRC meeting at the Tote Racing Centre.
Two heats were contested on Monday night of this week, with the first four home graduating to the final, which appears to be an open affair.
The surprise of the night occurred when the classy bitch She’s All Class (Dyna Lachlan – It’s A She) failed to make the final after missing the start and then running into bother in transit, a repeat of her performance in the Betfair Breeders Classic Final the previous week.
Continue reading Launceston Gold Collar Final Looks Open
Smart chaser Gatty Com (Vapour Whirl – Kirabilli Jessie) made it three in a row at the Devonport Raceway on Tuesday afternoon by winning the Tasfreight Grade 5 (452 metres) and has now greeted the judge on five occasions in nine outings since being relocated from Victoria.
Trainer Brendan Pursell is amazed at the improvement shown by the chaser in recent months, but is unsure how he will measure up against the elite.
“He is a little slow from the boxes and then musters speed when he hits the ground, but he is running time so it may not prevent him from competing successfully in top grade,” he explained this week.
Continue reading Gatty Com A Big Improver
Mangalore trainer Gary Fahey stole the show at Tuesday’s NWGRC meeting conducted at the Devonport Raceway, by winning four races on an eleven event programme.
It is the first time in Fahey’s long and illustrious career as a trainer that he has achieved the feat.
“I’ve prepared several trebles and trebles as well as placegetters, but never four winners on the one programme,” he explained on Thursday.
Continue reading Gary Fahey Steals The Show At Devonport Greyhounds
A cracker-jack field of chasers will contest the $21,540 Shaw Contracting Illingworth Classic Final (515 metres) to be conducted at the Tote Racing Centre in Launceston on Monday night.
The available stake is a credit to the greyhound racing industry in Tasmania, which had the foresight several years ago to cut overheads, with the result that the sport is in a very healthy position despite the fact that we are supposedly experiencing a recession.
Four members the all conquering Head Bound – It’s A She litter, bred by Devonport’s Leigh Alexander, have qualified for the rich annual feature named in honour of former leading administrator Des Illingworth.
Continue reading Illingworth Classic Attracts A Super Field
The fourth and final heat of the W.A Bred, Sandi’s Me Mum Memorial, proved to be the ideal comeback platform for the 2011 Greyhound of the Year, Vocal Enforcer. Having been struck down by injury, the talented son of Black Enforcer and She’s Vocal was unable to contest the Sky Channel Perth Cup. Luckily however, Andrew McLaren’s kennel star seems to have lost none of its chasing ability, when it scored in 30.41 on Saturday night.
Amazingly the race was the first time that Vocal Enforcer had worn the red vest in its 44-start career, and it made full use of the premier draw, burrowing underneath Lightning Dancer and Black Wolf, who had headed him in the early stages.
Veteran chaser, Surf a Coin ran an admirable race from box six, pushing Vocal Enforcer all the way, eventually going down by less than a length, and qualifying for the final.
Continue reading Memorial Heats Provide The Ideal Comeback For Vocal Enforcer
Old stager Fisherman (Where’s Pedro – Stylish Dotty) proved that he is not yet ready for retirement with a slashing victory in the Rapidvite. Com Invitation (452 metres) conducted at the Devonport Raceway on Tuesday afternoon.
Whelped in January 2007, the Mark Sutcliffe prepared chaser has now won 34 of 113 lifetime outings with earnings approaching the magical $100,000 mark.
Fisherman began nicely from the pink box and clashed with race favourite Quarter Hitch (Hallucinate – Go Girls) early in proceedings, but then took up the running and hung on to score in the time of 26.21 and paying a dividend of $7.10.
Veteran trainer Sutcliffe is pleased to report that the chaser has recovered nicely from the run and will be seen going around again in the very near future.
“We decided to retire Fisherman several months ago, but he is his own worst enemy when turned out in a yard and is inclined to injure himself by careering around,” he explained on Wednesday.
“I have built him a nice retirement penthouse, but at this stage he is still enjoying racing and as keen as ever, so we have put retirement on hold for the time being.”
Fisherman’s big payday came in last year when he surprised everyone by winning the prestigious Launceston Cup as the outsider of the field.
“He doubled his earnings that night despite the fact that almost everyone said that at four years of age he was too old and just to prove them wrong he has won six or seven since,” Sutcliffe explained.
The trainer is assisted in his endeavours by his wife Shirley and over the years the pair have proven to be a formidable combination.
Meanwhile another veteran of the sport in Bracknell trainer Maurie Strickland, was also seen in the winners circle at Tuesday’s NWGRC meeting.
The ace trainer prepared former Queensland chaser Bubble Gump ( Big Daddy Cool – Jasper’s Oceania) to take out the Simon’s Design Centtre Maiden (452 metres) at his 12th Tasmanian outing.
The chaser ran on strongly to score by seven lengths in the time of 26.07, paying the handsome dividend of $8.20.
Strickland will be glued to the TV on Saturday night when his kennel standout Rewind ( Collide – Ricky’s Angel) contests the $25,000 Ambrosoli to be conducted at Wentworth Park.
Rewind, the winner of 31 of 51 lifetime outings and stakes of in excess of $144,000, has drawn the red box and according to Strickland will give a good account of himself.
“Terry Penny took Rewind to Sydney for me and reported that he was off colour for a few days, but I believe that he is now spot on and will give a great sight,” he revealed.
Unfortunately for Penny, Rewind’s litter sister Miss Roman Nose, which also travelled north to contest the Golden Easter Egg Series, is believed to have broken a hock and will most likely be retired to stud.
The Troy Murray trained Kalden Mayhem has been named South Australia’s Greyhound Of The Year for 2011 at the greyhound of the year awards held at Angle Park’s Chasers restaurant on Satrday night.
The award caps off a stellar year for the son of Big Daddy Cool and outstanding producer Abbadale Gold, who is raced by CS & JT Murray & breeder Dan Biddle and trained by Troy Murray at Lewiston in South Australia. He has raced 68 times for 30 wins and 18 placings with his overall stake earnings standing at $115,840.
Kalden Mayhem’s 2011 year was capped with a stirring Gawler Gold Cup win in November, that saw the blue dog rail through the field from last early before swamping the leaders late out wide to win the Group 3 race.
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It promised to be a keenly contested affair, but no-one expected the 2012 Queensland Derby to be such a frantic race, with three different dogs holding the lead at some stage.
With the major players all making it through to the Group 2 final, there was plenty of talent on display. Punters had a hard time deciding on a popular pick, but eventually it would be Wild Ace who would start $2.60 favourite on Tattsbet from the two alley, ahead of Seldom Said ($4.60) who had the benefit of the rails draw and McElle ($5.20) was also given excellent chance in the race.
Once the lids opened, it was McElle in fact, who blistered across the face of the field from box six. Leading by over a length with a lap to go, McElle’s fortunes were soon about to change, along with the complexion of the race. Once Wild Ace had buried up on the inside, it shifted ground sharply to the outside, severely checking McElle who dropped back sharply.
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The AGRA’s Run of the Month for February 2012 has been awarded to Radley Bale after his extraordinary performance to win the Group 1 Temlee at the Meadows on February18th. Radley Bale almost fell in the early part of the race but he picked himself up and in his usual hard chasing style kept coming, getting up to win in the shadows of the post.
Radley Bale’s win in the Group 1 Temlee [525m] was an emotional one for his trainer Graeme Bate, as he came from sixth and made up five lengths to run down super-strong pair Mystic Apple and Glen Gallon in a performance that had to be seen to be believed. Bate has won virtually every major greyhound race imaginable on Australian soil, however the pure courage shown by his four-year-old sprinter, who stumbled in the early stages of the race, drew enormous emotion from the Lara trainer, which was refreshing to see.
“That was one of the best races I’ve ever seen,” said Bate after Radley Bale snared a $75,000 first prize for he and owner Paul Wheeler. “He almost fell early on and I thought his chances were gone. Then I saw him make up some ground and in the home straight I was screaming to the point where I nearly lost my voice. He’s so courageous.”
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Smart chasers Decembrist (Big Daddy Cool – World’s Finest) and Sour Pop (Where’s Pedro – Sum Chance) staged a battle royal over the concluding stages of the Betfair Distance Championship (580 metres) conducted at the Devonport Raceway on Tuesday afternoon.
The Peter Phillips owned and prepared Decembrist prevailed in a spine tingling finish in the time of 33.27, however the Russell Watts prepared Sour Pop was gallant in defeat and lost few admirers.
Third placing was filled by the Robin Grubb prepared Pippi’s Gold (Big Daddy Cool – Capable Assassin).
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Four year-old star Radley Bale become the third highest prizemoney earner in Australian history after a sensational last stride victory in the Group 1 Macro Meats Temlee over 525 metres at The Meadows on Saturday night.
The son of Big Daddy Cool and Minkara Bale showed his amazing will to win, running down noted powerhouse chasers Mystic Apple and Glen Gallon to win his second Group race in five days, pushing his prizemoney to $570,528 – less than $40,000 behind Australia’s leading prizemoney champion High Earner.
In an amazing sign of longevity, Radley Bale lined up for his 98th race start on Saturday, in a career spanning well over two years. His latest 30.16 win was one of the best of his career, according to master traine Graeme Bate.
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The two “R’s”, Radley Bale and Rewind, dominated proceedings at the Tote Racing Centre on Monday night and are now being set for bigger and better things.
The Victorian champ Radley Bale ran his rivals ragged in the $57,000 Tasracing Group 2 Launceston Cup and will now contest the Group 1 Temlee to be conducted at The Meadows on Saturday night and then the Australian Cup heats.
The Tassie champ Rewind, who won the Launceston Cup Consolation, may be given a chance to take on the best in the land in the Golden Easter Egg to be conducted at Wentworth Park.
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Duo Dyna Tron and Radley Bale – owned by the Wheeler family – will push their prizemoney to over $500,000 if either is victorious in the Group 1 Macro Meats Temlee over 525 metres at The Meadows this Saturday night.
Currently, only four greyhounds have managed to crack the half million dollar mark (High Earner, El Grand Senor, Rapid Journey and El Galo) in Australia, a number likely to change over the three-week Australian Cup Carnival at The Meadows.
Radley Bale – trained by Graeme Bate – is less than $6000 away from the magical mark after taking out the Group 2 Launceston Cup on Monday night. The son of Big Daddy Cool and Minkara Bale has drawn favourably in box two in Saturday’s Group 1 invitation-only event, lining up for his 98th race start.
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