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‚Äô 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôd 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‚Äôt 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‚Äôs 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 pi√®ce de r√©sistance 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs Pedro is arguably Australia‚Äôs 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 ‚Äėfire‚Äô 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 ‚Äėunderdone‚Äô 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‚Äôt 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs best stayers converge on Sydney for their own slice of the group racing action.
The first of the semi‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs handy offspring who has made it through to the semi‚Äôs, 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs from just 18 starts, and whilst he has obviously has had his share of injury problems, based on Thursday‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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 ‚ÄėDiddy‚Äô 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‚Äôs 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 whothe scales at over 34 kilograms has now won a very impressive nine races at Maitland, with Thursday‚Äôs time a handy 22.56 seconds. Diddy Strike‚Äôs 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‚Äôt worry him and is beginning as well as ever.
5) Custodian (Steven O‚ÄôBrien)
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‚Äôs 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 ‚Äď 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.
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Smart chaser Gatty Com (Vapour Whirl ‚Äď 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.
‚ÄúHe 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,‚ÄĚ he explained this week.
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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.
‚ÄúI’ve prepared several trebles and trebles as well as placegetters, but never four winners on the one programme,‚ÄĚ he explained on Thursday.
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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 ‚Äď 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.
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The fourth and final heat of the W.A Bred, Sandi‚Äôs 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‚Äôs Vocal was unable to contest the Sky Channel Perth Cup. Luckily however, Andrew McLaren‚Äôs 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 ‚Äď 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 ‚Äď 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.
‚ÄúWe 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,‚ÄĚ he explained on Wednesday.
‚ÄúI 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.‚ÄĚ
Fisherman’s big payday came in last year when he surprised everyone by winning the prestigious Launceston Cup as the outsider of the field.
‚ÄúHe 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,‚ÄĚ 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 ‚Äď 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 ‚Äď 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.
‚ÄúTerry 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,‚ÄĚ 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‚Äôs 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.
Continue reading Box Eight‚Äôs A Charm For Bellagio Lad In Rough House Queensland Derby final
The AGRA‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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.
‚ÄúThat was one of the best races I‚Äôve ever seen,‚ÄĚ said Bate after Radley Bale snared a $75,000 first prize for he and owner Paul Wheeler. ‚ÄúHe 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‚Äôs so courageous.‚ÄĚ
Continue reading Radley Bale Awarded Australia’s Best Race For February 2012
Smart chasers Decembrist (Big Daddy Cool ‚Äď World’s Finest) and Sour Pop (Where’s Pedro ‚Äď 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 ‚Äď Capable Assassin).
Continue reading Battle Royal At Devonport Greyhounds
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 ‚Äď less than $40,000 behind Australia‚Äôs 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.
Continue reading Radley Bale Wins Temlee & Takes Career Prizemoney To Over $570,000
The two ‚ÄúR’s‚ÄĚ, 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.
Continue reading The Two ‚ÄúR’s‚ÄĚ Steal The Tote Racing Centre Show
Duo Dyna Tron and Radley Bale ‚Äď 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 ‚Äď trained by Graeme Bate ‚Äď 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‚Äôs Group 1 invitation-only event, lining up for his 98th race start.
Continue reading Dyna Tron & Radley Bale Duo Aiming For Half A Million In Prizemoney In Group 1 Temlee
Classy Victorian chaser Radley Bale has been installed favourite in early markets on the $57,000 Tasracing Launceston Cup (515 metres) to be conducted at the Tote Racing Centre on Monday night.
The only Graeme Bate prepared chaser to make it through to the rich final, Radley Bale will run from the white box and is being quoted at $2.
On Monday night the son of Big Daddy Cool recorded the time of 29.91 in winning his heat from the blue box and no doubt will be improved by the experience.
Continue reading Radley Bale Early Favourite For 2012 Launceston Cup Final
Record-breaking superstar, Miata, will be the one to beat in Saturday nights‚Äô $120,000 to the winner Sky Racing Galaxy final, after another crushing win on Saturday night.
Posting the fastest qualifying time of 41.58 around Cannington‚Äôs 715 metres, the daughter of Bombastic Shiraz and Winsome Bluebird romped home by 12 lengths from box five and will once again have to be content with a middle box, having come up with the blue vest for the final.
While she took a little while to get going in her heat, mostly due to a collision with Kalden Petroni, the strength of this bitch cannot be underestimated. The winner of 18 from 22 will no doubt provide Paul Stuart with many more thrilling displays now that she has experience over the longer journeys.
Continue reading Abbadale Gold Gets Three Into Galaxy But Can They Beat Miata?
A star-studded field of chasers will contest next Tuesday’s rich Devonport Cup ( 452 metres) to be conducted at the Devonport Raceway, the race to once again be sponsored by local tyre retailers Dowling and McCarthy.
Eight heats of the $25,000 to the winner affair were conducted this week, with fastest time honours going to the outstanding Rewind, which sizzled to an all the way 25.54 seven length score.
Prepared at Bracknell by veteran mentor Maurie Strickland, the son of Collide has drawn nicely in the pink box for next weeks finale and will most likely be sent out a hot favourite for the rich event.
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AGRA‚Äôs Run of the Month for November 2011 has been awarded to Gawler Cup winner the much travelled South Australian Kalden Mayhem.
The blue dog staged a last to first victory in the final of the Group 3 Gawler Cup on November 12.
A noted poor beginner throughout his career he once again begun poorly from box four and was back last at the post the first time. He hardly improved his position in running and had got past one runner Rawson Reason half down the back straight.
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Victorian chaser Compacto (Regal Brett ‚Äď My Pearly Shells) ended the winning streak of the classy Damek (Big Daddy Cool ‚Äď World’s Finest) at the Devonport Raceway on Tuesday by taking out the rich Devonport Show Cup (452 metres) in brilliant fashion.
The Peter Phillips owned and prepared Damek was shooting for 13 victories in succession at the venue, but after missing the kick slightly could not match it with Compacto, which recorded a sizzling 25.31 in winning by six lengths.
Had Compacto not followed his customary trait of running wide on the corner, he may have given the great Lilli Pilli Lad’s track standard of 25.13 a nudge.
Continue reading Victorians Get The Devonport Spoils
Trainers Butch Deverell and Allison Walker have both qualified litter mates for the rich Betfair Breeders Classic Final (452 metres) to be conducted at the NWGRC meeting at the Devonport Raceway on Tuesday.
Carrying a stake of almost $10,000 to the winner, the event has attracted a star-studded field of young chasers, with the Deverell prepared Jethro ( Head Bound ‚Äď It’s A She) the likely favourite from the red box.
The fastest semi-final winner with a time of 25.92, Jethro is raced by prominent Devonport owner Leigh Alexander and is the winner of four of seven lifetime outings.
Continue reading Littermates To Dominate Rich Breeders Classic Final
Western Australian greyhound fans were fortunate enough to witness a tremendous finish to race 5 at Cannington last night, in what was an excellent Group 2 All-Star Sprint final.
Worth $40,000 to the winner, the All-Stars is the state‚Äôs second richest race behind the Perth Cup and is quickly forming a notable history. On-track announcer, Peter O‚ÄôNeil, set the scene at the start of the event, highlighting that grand chasers Sandi‚Äôs Me Mum, Reggemite and Miss Slick all hold their place on the honour roll, while the flying Queenslander Queen Lauryn held the race record set back in 2009.
There was to be no race record this year, however that didn‚Äôt stop the Andrew McLaren trained Vocal Enforcer making the 2011 version a race to remember.
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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.
‚ÄúThe Minister’s Gift has been a great race for me ‚Äď I won it with Ella Lucy last year and two years ago with Big Moose,‚ÄĚ he explained after the race.
‚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
Continue reading Third Minister’s Gift For Deverell At Devonport Greyhounds
The Appin Greyhound Racing Club was this week pleased to have drawn three quality heats of both the Centrebet Appin Nugget (366m) and Evans Jewellers Appin Opal (274m) for this Saturday‚Äôs October 22 meeting.
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 Centrebet Appin Nugget series 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.
Continue reading Allison And Allison Big Winners At Devonport