Penguin trainer Butch Deverell prepared his third Minister’s Gift Final (452 metres) winner at the Devonport Raceway on Tuesday afternoon when Awesome Naz (Collision ‚Äď Brami’s First), railed inside Penny’s Angel ( Collide ‚Äď Ricky’s Angel) within the shadows of the post to score a resounding victory in the time of 25.86.
‚ÄúIt is a big thrill for me, particularly as I have had the race in mind for a couple of months now – that makes it all the better.‚ÄĚ
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The Club‚Äôs feature events are expected to attract a good local crowd with a number of high quality runners engaged.
In the dog only Wentworth Park winner and 2011 Paws of Thunder finalist Noble Pedro will line up in heat three, jumping from box five.
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Bagdad trainer Allison Walker took five pups from the one litter to the NWGRC’s Devonport Raceway meeting on Tuesday afternoon and returned home very satisfied at having won two races.
By Big Daddy Cool from the Hallucinate bitch Marananga Moss, the five are members of a litter of six whelped in November 2009 and are likely to keep the young trainer in the spotlight in coming months.
The pick of her five runners Magic Moss, showed his rivals a clean pair of paws in winning the Sky Racing Juvenile (452 metres) after jumping to the premier position from the blue box.
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Veteran Glenorchy trainer Ted Devine took training honours at Thursday night’s HGRC meeting conducted at Tattersalls Park in Hobart when his smart chaser Place Your Bet ( Big Daddy Cool ‚Äď Billibev’s Best) was successful in the Young Star Classic Final ( 461 metres).
Sent out at odds of $4.30 from the yellow box, the chaser took up the running mid-race and then proved too strong for his rivals, eventually winning by two lengths in the time of 26.34.
Bred by Arthur Hurst and purchased at three-months, Place Your Bet has now won four of nine lifetime outings and stakes of in excess of $10,000.
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Tasmania will be well represented at the upcoming Macro Meats National Championships at Albion Park, with the top chasers Damek ( Big Daddy Cool – World’s Finest) and Ming Dynasty (Chinatown Lad ‚Äď Brandon Sky), earning the right to represent the State on Monday night at the Tote Racing Centre.
Sent out at the luxury odds of $1.80, he began quickly and took up a position behind the bitch Ella Lucy (Collide ‚Äď Copper Delight) on the first turn, but eventually railed through to establish a winning break turning for home.
The champ then raced to the line full of running, eventually winning by almost five lengths in the time of 29.94, on a track not conducive to exceptional times.
Damek has now won 38 of 48 starts and stakes of $89,345, but is yet to greet the judge interstate, due to the fact that he has failed to settle in when away from familiar surroundings.
Peter Phillips will be handling the chaser on the most important campaign of his career and it is hoped that he will reveal his true potential away from home for the first time.
Grand staying bitch Ming Dynasty continued on her winning way by taking out the State Final of the National Distance Championship (720 metres) at odds of $1.90.
The Susan Gittus prepared, Paul Felgate owned bitch settled worse than midfield, but improved to second placing approaching the turn, conceding the tearaway leader Thirteen Black (Bond ‚Äď Smart And Sassy) four lengths.
The bitch then unleashed her customary barnstorming finish to overwhelm that chaser and win running away by two lengths, in the time of 43.52.
The Leigh Woods prepared Thirteen Black was gallant in defeat, with Leica Taipan (Eiffella ‚Äď Miss Ricky Lee), filling third placing a further three lengths in arrears.
Ming Dynasty has proven to be something of a revelation since being introduced to the 720 metre trip by her trainer back in June.
The fact that she is so lightly raced and has such meagre earnings should not deter her supporters because she is without doubt a bitch with outstanding staying potential.
Star chaser, Pedrosa, will start favourite in next Saturday night‚Äôs W.A Sprint Championship final after crushing his rivals again last night. The white-fawn superstar showed his usual dashing speed to record 5.58 to the first mark on his way to a booming 8.75 length win in 30.04 over Big Jo King who will join him in the final.
A February 2008 whelping by Big Daddy Cool out of Brooklyn Rain, Pedrosa has tasted success on 25 occasions around the 530 metres of Cannington and his most recent time was as quick as he‚Äôs gone since October last year, proving that his best may still be in front of him.
Given any luck from box four, and Pedrosa will again represent W.A in the National Sprint Final to be held at Albion Park in just over three weeks time. In 2010, trainer Paul Stuart made the trip to Adelaide for the national final where Pedrosa was given his favourite pink rug. But with such a hot field against him, Pedrosa could only manage fourth behind New South Wales‚Äô Smooth Fancy in what was a great race in quick time.
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The most impressive winner from the six heats was Golden Easter Egg champ Radley Bale, who returned to form with a stirring Best of Night 29.84 gallop. The son of Big Daddy Cool and Minkara Bale will start from box three in next week‚Äôs final.
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The champ Damek ( Big Daddy Cool ‚Äď World’s Finest) kept his Devonport Raceway record intact on Tuesday afternoon by blitzing his opposition with another display of power galloping in the Hankook Tyres Invitation (452 metres).
Drawn in the pink box, it didn’t take the Peter Phillips owned and prepared chaser long to assume his customary role in the premier position and at the wire he had 8.75 lengths to spare in the time of 25.24, as opposed to his venue pb of 25.23.
The Gary Johnson prepared Mushy Peas (Shiokaze ‚Äď Bouncy Bertha) was once again gallant in defeat by holding on for second placing and in doing so he recorded his 29th placing in a racing career spanning 66 starts that has seen him greet the judge on 19 occasions while taking stakes of in excess of $39,000.
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After a three month drought, Group-winning bitch Kalden Athena has returned to the winner‚Äôs circle at Cannington this week. Since leaving Western Australia in February, the blue fawn chaser has been earning many frequent flyer miles with starts in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane in pursuit of some lucrative prize money.
But with a ticket home to the kennels of Dan Biddle, and a good box draw to boot, Kalden Athena quickly made a mess of her rivals, and cruised home by seven lengths in the lead-all-the-way performance.
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Nirimba Sapphire staked its claim as one of South Australia‚Äôs most promising young chasers after a dominant win in the 2011 Gawler Breeders‚Äô final held earlier this week.
Starting from box seven, Nirimba Sapphire was able to hold out the well credentialed Goosebumps ($2.40 fav) to the first turn and had established a five length break entering the back straight. From there it was a case of ‚Äėcatch me if you can‚Äô, and with most of the opposition getting in each others‚Äô way, there was no way the race was slipping from her grasp.
Crossing the line over three lengths in front of Goosebumps, in a time of 30.66, it was a handy win considering the quality of the opposition and perfect timing for trainer, Z. Wudarczyk, who only took over training duties at the beginning of this series.
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Track records have been under siege in Tasmania this week, further evidence that the current crop of greyhounds racing in the State are well above average.
On Monday night at the LGRC’s meeting conducted at the Tote Racing Centre, speedy Hallucinate bitch Puddle Fish recorded a sizzling 15.97 in winning the Duke Of Wellington Invitation (278 metres) to equal Icy Popsicle’s track standard established in April 2008.
Raced by Victorian owner David Curtain, Puddle Fish has now won six of her nine outings at the venue and is regarded as one of Tasmania’s fastest beginners.
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Despite only one group winner for the month of April (Numero Uno Bale – Group Three ‚ÄėAmbrosoli‚Äô at Wentworth Park), Where‚Äôs Pedro (535 points) continues to fly high at the top of the AGRA rankings table for a fourth consecutive month, 81 points clear of second placed Collision (454 points) and last year‚Äôs stellar performer sire Surf Lorian (389 points).
The dominant sire for the month of April was the underrated Malfoy. His offspring have recently propelled him up the rankings table out of talented broodbitch Or Catra who was bred and reared by astute breeders Martin and Fiona Hallinan. One of these starts includes the Jason Mackay trained Zipping Man, who took out the Group Three Magic Maiden at Wentworth Park and staying star Dashing Corsair (x Rose Flamenco) who racked up yet another Group success, claiming the Big Dog Cup over 600m at Albion Park.
In the only Group One race for April it was a victory for Big Daddy Cool whose champion star Radley Bale (x Minkara Bale) conquered the 2011 Macro Meats Golden Easter Egg series, as well as almost claiming the Wentworth Park track record over 520m where he recorded 29.45, just 0.01 outside the legendary Queen Lauryn‚Äôs 29.44 track record she set back in 2008.
Continue reading Australian April Greyhound Breeding Rankings – Where‚Äôs Pedro‚Äôs Dominance Continues
Predictably, the outstanding Collide ‚Äď Ricky’s Angel litter dominated proceedings at Tattersalls Park on Tuesday when the HGRC played host to both the $4,400 Rapidvite Tasmanian Country Derby(461 metres) and the $4,400 Tasmanian Country Oaks (461 metres).
Under normal circumstances these prestigious events are conducted by the NWGRC at the Devonport Raceway, however that venue is closed while conductor rail maintenance is being carried out and the meeting was transferred to Hobart.
Boom chaser Rewind made a one act affair of the Country Derby by finding the early lead and running his rivals ragged as a well supported $2.70 favourite.
Continue reading Collide – Ricky’s Angel Litter Dominate In Hobart
AGRA‚Äôs Greyhound of the Month for April is New South Wales owned and Victorian trained sprinter Radley Bale. In April Radley Bale made a clean sweep of the Group 1 Easter Egg series recorded fastest time of the night on no more than three occasions scored a career best performance in the final when he accounted for an outstanding field at Wentworth Park.
His month started on the new track at Geelong where he recorded a best of the night win over the 460 running 25.61. After trialling well at Wentworth Park he won his heat in 29.45 1/100th outside the 520 record. The following week he lead all the way to win his semi in 29.68 another best of the night and he completed the sweep with a hallow win in the final recording 29.67 a best of the night winning by over eight lengths.
There were jubilant scenes at the presentation as Paul Wheeler lifted his first ever Golden Easter Egg trophy, one of the few major races to elude their breeding dynasty.
Continue reading Golden Easter Egg Winner Radley Bale Named April 2011 Greyhound Of The Month
Devon Meadows trainer Troy Iwanyk‚Äôs exciting littermates Bramley and Pillow Torque are the greyhounds to beat in next Thursday night‚Äôs $36,000 Group 2 Henry Harrison Memorial (715m) after impressive runs in their respective heats at Sandown Park tonight.
Bramley was the fastest heat winner, leading all the way in his heat to stop the clock in 42.06 seconds. The son of Big Daddy Cool held off the late challenge of Sandown 595m track record holder Bobby Boucheau, who was having his first run since claiming the Group 2 Gold Cup at Wentworth Park on 19 March.
New South Wales raider Slick Lee continued his good Sandown Park form, winning the other heat in 42.15 seconds. It was Slick Lee‚Äôs third win from seven starts at the Lightwood Road circuit and has been placed in each of his seven runs, and will now line up in his 12th Group race final (and third at Sandown Park).
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The Damek roadshow has continued in Tasmania in recent weeks, with the star chaser continuing to demolish his rivals in spectacular fashion.
At Tattersalls Park last Thursday night the Peter Phillips prepared son of Big Daddy Cool took out the $2,555 Easter Cup Final (461 metres) by defeating the the gallant bitch Sultans Swing and Aries in the time of 25.91.
Five days later at the NWGRC’s Devonport Raceway meeting the champ blitzed one of the best fields assembled this season, winning the $2,555 City Of Devonport Cup by eight lengths in a sizzling 25.42.
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With four fantastic Macro Meats Golden Easter Egg semi-finals (520m) conducted at Wentworth Park on Saturday (April 16), the strength of the 32 qualifiers was always going to produce a strong field for next week‚Äôs $250,000 final.
Saturday‚Äôs semi-finals saw Radley Bale assert his dominance following his sizzling 29.45 heat win last week.
Starting short price favourite ($1.60) in semi-final four, the Graeme Bate, Victorian trained greyhound is likely to head the market for the final despite drawing box seven.
Continue reading Stars Shine In Macro Meats Golden Easter Egg Semi Finals
Damek and I’m A Fencer fought tooth and nail for Reg and Aileen Ivory Memorial honours.enthusiasts were treated to a wonderful spectacle at the Devonport Raceway on Tuesday afternoon when outstanding chasers
After a titanic battle in the straight, Damek kept his astounding track record at the circuit intact, however I’m A Fencer lost no admirers and was extremely gallant in defeat.
The pair were locked together in battle for the majority of the feature, with only a length separating them at the wire, the 452 metre trip having been covered in the scintillating time of 25.36, only 0.23 seconds outside the track standard established in 2000 by the great Lilli Pilli Lad.
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Race favourite and new track record holder Loathsome ($1.90) assumed the lead not long after box rise, but in a major surprise, outsider Decembrist positioned much closer than usual, looking a major threat heading through the first turn.
Trained by leading Victorian mentor Bob Douglas, Decembrist ($40.30) came with his trademark finish down the centre of the track turning for home, claiming Derby glory by three and three quarters of a length in a slick 30.50.
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The Troy Iwanyk-trained Pillow Torque is the greyhound to beat in the Group 1 Macro Meats Superstayers final after blowing away her rivals in a sensational heat win over the 725-metre journey last Saturday night.
Owned by West-Australian greyhound enthusiast Dan Biddle, Pillow Torque will have to contend with box five in Saturday night‚Äôs final ‚Äď the fourth start in a row where she‚Äôll wear the yellow rug ‚Äď if she is to win the first Group final of her career.
The daughter of Big Daddy Cool and Abbadale Gold could not have been more impressive in her heat victory. Despite Group star Dashing Corsair applying the pressure down the back straight, the blue fawn chaser went into another gear to score in 42.38 ‚Äď more than eight lengths quicker than other heat winners So Seductive and Bobby Boucheau.
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Magra trainer Leon Brazendale was seen in the winners circle on two occasions at the HGRC meeting on Thursday night, when the consistent bitch Regal Onyz and her kennel mate Jaylei Henry greeted the judge in their respective events.
Where’s Pedro bitch Regal Onyx recorded her sixth win and her second from the Brazendale complex when she defeated Pure Tiger and Kialdu Grace in the Winning Edge Kibble Stake for Grade 4/5 greyhounds, at odds of $10.80.
The bitch is raced by Robbie Bennett and was transferred to the Brazendale kennel by North West Coast mentor Gary Johnson several months ago.
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Today see a packed day ofwith the postponed Wentworth Park greyhound meeting from Saturday night being run back in the old Monday night timeslot. The meeting was postponed due to the extreme heat and weather condition seen in Sydney over the past few days.
The highlight of today’s Launceston Cup. The race has attracted enough greyhounds for eight heats and the usual cross border raiders have appeared to steal the cup away from Tassie.is without a doubt the heats of the 2011 Group 2
Other races of note are the 4 5th grade heats of the Summer Cup at Cranbourne, and a very good field of young greyhounds has been assembled in Bulli’s Windsor Leagues Club maiden final.
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Champion trainer Ted Medhurst has completed a three-year term of disqualification and was back at the sports on Tuesday afternoon at the North West Greyhound Club’s Devonport Raceway meeting.
Unfortunately the fairy-tale return did not eventuate when Ted’s only runner Left Seattle, failed to run down tearaway leader Classic Crime in the Simon’s Carpet One Juvenile.
The son of Big Daddy Cool went around as a heavily supported $2.60 favourite, but was shuffled back into the field early, before taking ground off Classic Crime in the run home.
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Formerly with Invermay trainer Eileen Thomas, the son of Big Daddy Cool left Launceston on Tuesday morning and will be joined by his well performed litter-brother Decembrist, already a multiple Victorian winner.
Damek blotted his Tattersalls Park copybook when unplaced in the rich Group 1 Wrest Point Casino Hobart Thousand, which was won in brilliant fashion by the Darren McDonald prepared Octane Show.
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Despite not being impressed with the blue box, Damek’s trainer Eileen Thomas still expects her champ to give his backers a great sight in Thursday night’s $75,000 Group 1 Wrest Point Casino Hobart Thousand.
‚ÄúHe could have drawn better, but that’s all in the game and we have to accept it,‚ÄĚ she declared on Monday.
‚ÄúAll I know is he is very well in himself and I am sure, that given a trouble free run in transit, he will be very competitive in what is his biggest test to date.‚ÄĚ
Last Thursday night the son of Big Daddy Cool worked to the lead and then proceeded to give his rivals a galloping lesson, before scoring by six lengths in the time of 25.94 and making it 12 wins in succession at the venue.
Damek’s litter brother Decembrist, an occupant of the Copping kennel of Peter Phillips, also made it through to the final of Tasmania’s premier event by taking out his heat in the time of 26.08.
These two locally owned chasers, along with the Gary Greig prepared Octane Assassin, will take on the cream of Australia’s greyhounds in what promises to be a wonderful contest.
Octane Assassin, a son of Pure Octane, made it four wins in succession in winning his heat in a relatively slow 26.29.
The chaser commenced racing in Tasmania from the kennel of veteran Launceston trainer Doug Cassidy, winning at the Devonport Raceway on debut and then again at Tattersalls Park, before being purchased by a client of Greig’s Tea Tree kennel.
Eileen Thomas nominates the interstate chasers Octane Show and Dee Winter as Damek’s main rivals on Thursday night.
The Victorian chaser Dee Winter, an occupant of the Ray Henness kennel, blitzed his heat rivals to establish new track record figures of 25.78 and has drawn the black box in the rich finale.
The Queensland chaser Octane Show, now with Darren McDonald, then bettered Dee Winter’s time by careering away from his heat rivals to score by seven lengths in a sensational 25.75.
Also by Pure Octane, the chaser has drawn alongside Dee Winter in the green box and is expected to give plenty of cheek when the lids fly.
Early markets on the Hobart Thousand suggest that Damek and Dee Winter will probably be vying for favouritism in the event, with Octane Show marginally away on the third line of betting.
Obviously luck in running will play a big part in the eventual result, but the majority of Tasmanians will be cheering on the local champ, hoping that he can achieve almost the impossible and make it 13 wins in a row.
Super Western Australian sprinter, Pedrosa, took out the $12,000 Greyhounds W.A Anniversary Cup at Cannington Saturday night. The win was the dogs first in over two months, but a short let-up combined with a return to the Cannington track has seen him bounce back for owner-trainer Paul Stuart.
The two week series kicked off with four heats being held the Saturday prior. Heat one saw Off The chart defeat Blue Goose in 30.54 before Oxley Ruler nosed out Brencole Bale in 30.66. The third heat was won by Spring Legend who ran 30.64 with Surf A Coin runner-up. Pedrosa was in action in the fourth and final heat, drawn the rails, but was out sped by Uno Kendra out wide who held on to win in 30.35, the quickest of the heats.
That left a high quality field to battle out the final. Pedrosa ($1.80) came up with box one, and would start a clear favourite, despite going down in his heat. Uno Kendra ($4.10) was given a good chance of repeating the dose from another wide draw, while veteran Blue Goose ($7.10) was the only other runner under double figures.
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Vancouver Kiss ($1.80) has brilliantly taken out the 2010 Group 2 Country Winnebago Dapto Auction Classic last Thursday night. Beginning well from box number one Vancouver Kiss took a prominent position vying for the lead to the first turn.
At that point he surged to the front and showing a great turn of foot down the back straight opened up a winning break.
At the home turn he was in a race of his own and powering to the line winning as he liked by 10 and a quarter lengths in the fast time of 29.81 after sections of 5.44, 17.17 and a run home time of 12.64.
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The son of Big Daddy Cool will be shooting for twelve wins in succession at the venue and has drawn handily in the check box, meaning that he may very well occupy the premier position in running throughout.
‚ÄúWe are very happy with Damek’s box draw and are hoping that he can begin well and obtain a trouble free run,‚ÄĚ trainer Eileen Thomas explained on Monday.
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He has beaten the best and now he must face the best once again in his biggest staying test to date. Billy Bobaggings has somewhat progressed his staying career under the radar until last week he produced a mighty come from behind effort to blow away multiple distance group winner Blue Lorian by almost six lengths in a time of 42.69 over the 720 metre distance.
After not much attention from punters, the black and white dog was forced wide twice in his bid to secure the lead. He had to work but eventually got his way when he took the lead from Beware at the top of the home turn. Once in full stride he extended his lead in running a strong 16.96 run home time securing box four in the Group Two Wentworth Park Summer Cup to be held tomorrow night.
With highly credible statistics of eleven wins and eleven minor placings from twenty seven starts, punters can be forgiven for overlooking the $11.40 opening price as the calibre of greyhounds included in the field such as; Blue Lorian, Nana Cook and Sand Burner was worthy enough of a group race final.
Continue reading He‚Äôs No Silly Billy And The Summer Cup Is Within His Grasp
AGRA‚Äôs Run of the Month for November 2010 has been awarded to star Tasmanian sprinter Damek, after he for the second time in a month he lower the 461 metre record at Tattersall‚Äôs Park Hobart on November 18.
Starting red hot favourite in a heat of the Tasmanian Gold Cup Damek made a one act affair of the event clocking a blistering 25.79. He took .06 off his own record when he led all the way to win by just under seven lengths.
Damek certainly loves the Hobart circuit the record win was his 10th from as many starts at the track and he returned a week later to win the final just as impressively in 25.97 to keep his unbeaten record in place.
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