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Sweet It Is Storms Home To Win 2014 Association Cup

Sweet It Is (3) defeated a hot field to take out the 2014 Group One Association Cup at Wentworth Park on Saturday night with a soul stirring last-to-first effort that had to be seen to be believed.

The Darren McDonald trained daughter of Mogambo and Offspringer (Flying Penske – Skullring) had the large crowd on their feet as she sprouted wings over the concluding stages of the race to claim an upset victory along with the $75,000 first prize in the slick time of 41.78.

Sweet It Is left the boxes dead last and seemingly with an Everest to climb as the track record holder Xylia Allen (2) lobbed in front.

By the time they past the post the first time, Xylia Allen had began to open up a margin, while Sweet It Is sat back in seventh, the better part of 20 lengths from the leader.

Xylia Allen appeared as though she would make the race a one act affair as the field headed to the back, opening up a 10 length ascendency. Rocky Bale (5) found himself closer than ever and began to emerge from the pack, looming as the main danger to the leader as he sped to second.

As the field reached the 720 metre boxes where the race had began, it still looked as though it was a race-in-two with Rocky Bale slowly whittling away at Xylia Allen’s lead.

It was at this point that Sweet It Is initiated a run that would embed her in greyhound racing folklore. In the twinkling of any eye, she went from a possible place hope to something that resembled a black, furry torpedo sporting a white rug who had just been launched from the most powerful artillery.

They entered the home straight with a tiring Xylia Allen trying desperately to stave of the challenge of Rocky Bale. But that battle was purely academic as Sweet It Is gave the pair of them a cold, whizzing past with a wing on every paw to score by three lengths. Rocky Bale snared second place, with Xylia Allen a further quarter of a length away in third.

Of the others, Lethal Three (1) began well and tried to match motors with Xylia Allen early, finding herself in second. She found interference in the catching pen and struggled from that point. Dyna Willow (4) was away mid-field and was unable to make any ground on the leaders. She found herself well back before making some ground late to finish fourth.

Hailstorm Billy (6) raced handily early in third place before he too found trouble in the catching pen which ended his hopes. Hala Belle (7) found herself well back early and was never really in the hunt, finishing fifth, a long way from the winner. Infinite Wish (8) was seventh away and struck trouble as she looked to move forward early which did nothing for her chances, eventually finishing sixth.

The win was Sweet It Is’ eighth from 31 career outings and she looks to be racing as well as ever. The victory also sees her total prizemoney earnings surpass the $130,000 mark.

Wentworth Park Greyhounds And Golden Easter Egg Tips & Betting Preview April 12th 2014

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Race 1 – 520M Heat – 7:28PM

In form trainer Darren McDonald looks to be in for a big night again and he should get the ball rolling in race one. Awesome Project looks perfectly placed out in box eight and with a keen railer drawn directly underneath he should get a clear passage early. He has won here in 29.86 previously and a repeat of that will see him win again.

Stilton Blue looks the likely leader and he can run very quick times on the lure. My only concern is that if he gets a little bit of pressure applied early, he may come unstuck in the final stages. Being Good will hit the line hard and she must be included in the exotics.

Top Four:             8 – 5 – 1 – 4

Suggested Bet:

Trifecta: 8/1,4,5/Field ($18 for $1)

Trifecta: 8/5/Field ($6 for $1)

Trifecta: 5,8/5,8/Field ($12 for $1)

 

Race 2 – 720M Association Cup Heat One – 7:47PM

The brilliant Xylia Allen has been in rare form of late having broken two track records in her past two starts, however I still don’t believe she is a true and genuine stayer. I expect Xylia Allen to establish a big lead but the strong Infinite Wish should be within striking distance as they head for home. Infinite Wish has recorded some top placing’s at Sandown in recent times and she looks perfectly placed in a race which is sure to have a fast pace set.

Set Her Again has struggled in her two runs here but she is a whole lot better than that. She recently recorded a sub 35 win at Albion over 600 metres and has indicated in her past couple of runs that she is now crying out for the 700 metre journey. Alpe D’Huez is another runner who is in hot form and he looks to be a genuine chance also.

I believe this is a great value race. Xylia Allen is a big take on, she should hold on for second or third, but I think that a stronger type will haul her in late, so her winning chances are diminished.

Top Four:             2 – 5 – 1 – 6

Suggested Bet: Win bets on Infinite Wish and Set Her Again

Trifecta: 2,5,6/1/Field ($18 for $1)

Trifecta: 2,5,6/Field/1 ($18 for $1)

 

Race 3 – 720M Association Cup Heat Two – 8:10PM

The powerful Sweet It Is produced a monster effort to score at Sandown last week at her second start for the Darren McDonald kennel. She seemed to show a little more early dash than normal last start before getting knocked over and if she can reproduce that better speed initially tonight she will be able to settle much closer to the pace. The fact that there are at least four front runners in this line up just enhances her chances even more. With the presence of Dyna Willow, Ash Flash and Born Ali, it is very likely that you may see $4.00 or better for Sweet It Is, enormous value.

Dyna Willow is expected to start a short priced favourite and rightly so. She is coming off a track record performance over this track and trip and in that performance she powered to the line. The box draw is her toughest opponent tonight, Ash Flash likes to use a bit of the track and there is every chance Dyna Willow will be posted wide for most of the trip.

Born Ali was soundly beaten when runner up here last time but she is much better than that performance.

Top Four:             3 – 1 – 5 – 2

Suggested Bet: Win bet on Sweet It Is, rove in quinellas with 1,2,5

 

Race 4 – 720M Association Cup Heat Three – 8:27PM

This is probably the toughest heat of the three. Established staying star Dyna Kayla looks the top pick and with any sort of luck early she should win, however we see up and comer Rocky Bale and the consistent Hailstorm Billy who makes his long awaited staying debut.

For me, it is too hard to look past Dyna Kayla. The Andrea Dailly trained chaser has the runs on the board and she is likely to be out in front and avoiding any trouble. She has had little luck in her past four runs but prior to that she had won 10 of her 14 career starts. If you can find $2.50 or better then I suggest you unleash.

Rocky Bale is the most intriguing runner of the series, he is taking on the big guns for the first time over the staying trip and he races as though this journey is right down his alley. My biggest concern is that he likes to run wide and being his first look at Wentworth Park he may get a little lost through the turns.

The enigmatic Cawbourne Looney must be kept safe also, she doesn’t always show her best but her best is quite amazing.

Top Four:             3 – 1 – 5 – 6

Suggested Bet: Win bet on Dyna Kayla, anchor in exactas with 1,5,6

 

Race 5 – 520M Golden Easter Egg Semi Final One – 8:50PM

Now we arrive to the major players of the night. We kick start the first semi with the reigning Perth Cup champion Keybow who smashed a quality line up here last week in 29.45. I’m going to start sounding like a broken record, but like last week I think Keybow is a risk tonight (he made me look silly last week). In tonight’s event he has loads of early speed drawn either side which should mean that he will be strung up in traffic early, which should allow his kennelmate Where’s The Surf to head through the first bend with a commanding lead.

Where’s The Surf has produced three solid performances here in recent times with the most impressive being from this draw when scoring in 29.71, a repeat of that will see him get the cash tonight.

I have anticipated that the outside draws will be finding bother, this should give classy veteran Ritza Ryder a chance to show his best and qualify for another Group Race final. He loves to rail and his form hasn’t been too bad of late.

Obviously Keybow has the talent edge but like I hinted earlier, tonight’s box draw may pose a major problem.

Top Four:             1 – 2 – 3 – 7

Suggested Bet: Win bets on both Where’s The Surf and Ritza Ryder, more on Where’s The Surf.

 

Race 6 – 520M Golden Easter Egg Semi Final Two – 9:15PM

Heat number two looks pretty straight forward for mine. Talented Tasmanian Varcoe looks perfectly drawn out wide and he is sure to have derived plenty of benefit from last week’s look at the track. He recently broke 25 seconds in a trial at Maitland he is the reigning Launceston Cup champion over a similar distance. Dyna Nalin is expected to start a short priced favourite but I think he will be giving Varcoe an almighty head start. Varcoe should be around the $6.50 mark or better, definitely worth an each way ticket.

Dyna Nalin is coming off a sizzling 29.69 heat win last week, however the red draw played a major role in that victory. There is no doubting this superstars ability but there are plenty of negatives for him tonight. Being a slow beginner is never an advantage and box six is a disastrous draw for a notorious railer. I think we can let other punters snap up the short odds about this one.

Shadow Lane may be the surprise packet in the race, I think he will start double figures but with some luck initially he may find himself in strong contention off the back straight. Warrior King has been in great form of late but like Dyna Nalin the box draw may be his undoing tonight.

Top Four:              7 – 6 – 4 – 3

Suggested Bet: Have a little crack at Varcoe, very keen on this one.

 

Race 7 – 520M Golden Easter Egg Semi Final Three – 9:35PM

This looks to be the most open of the heats. Buckle Up Wes has taken all before him of late. He recently captured the Group One Australian Cup and he set the track alight here last week with a 29.56 heat win. Like a few of the top fancies in earlier heats, tonight’s box draw looks to pose a problem for the favourite.

Musquin Bale has drawn ideally in box eight and he was far from disgraced when runner up behind Buckle Up Wes last week. Tonight he should once again gain a clear run whilst Wes is likely to be weaving his way through some traffic. In these sort of races there is very little separating each runner talent wise, so sometimes it is often better to look for value this is why I have put Musquin Bale ahead of the favourite.

Ritza Flare is another who has the suitable draw, last week she was handily placed here and being her first run from a spell, she is sure to have derived a lot of benefit from that run. As stated earlier, Buckle Up Wes clearly has the class and talent edge but box draws can bring the best undone sometimes.

Top Four:             8 – 1 – 4 – 6

Suggested Bet: Win bet on Musquin Bale, rove in quinellas with 1,4,6

 

Race 8 – 520M Golden Easter Egg Semi Final Four – 9:58PM

The inside draws appear to hold the key to this race. I am expecting Iona Tokyo to fire to the early lead. In her past three wins she has gone 5.40 or better to the first marker and still managed to finish off around the solid 29.70 mark. With Iona Tokyo likely to set the speed, Tonk looks set to get the nice drop on her early and if he is within two lengths of her off the back he should have her measure. Three runs ago he reeled off a sizzling 29.57 win here and when given clear galloping space this bloke can really let down.

The quinella looks pretty straight forward on paper, with the inside two dominating the event, however if everything doesn’t go to plan, the swooper Gradence may come into play. He is likely to get a mile out of his ground but he will be unleashing a barnstorming finish late. I think it would be best to anchor him for third and fourth in your exotics as I believe he may be giving the two leaders a massive head start.

Hawk Alone has some small claims but he will need to do everything right in the early stages, whilst Dark Warrior may find some of these too slick for his liking.

Top Four:             2 – 1 – 4 – 7

Suggested Bet:

Trifecta: 1,2/1,2/4,7 ($4 for $1)

First Four: 1,2/1,2,7/4/Field ($20 for $1)

First Four: 1,2/1,2,7/Field/4 ($20 for $1)

 

Race 9 – 520M Special Event Heat – 10:18PM

Rumble Comet should cap off a top night for the kennel. In recent times he has scored two sub 30 wins at The Meadows and both times he had to overcome plenty of difficulties. All he has to do is get through the first turn still standing and he should feature.

Bearded Midget has blistering early speed but I think he is a doubt to run the trip and he may also need a look at the track. Triumphant One could be the smokey, he was far from disgraced in his last start placing here.

Top Four:             7 – 5 – 4 – 8

Suggested Bet:

Trifecta: 7/4,5,8/Field ($18 for $1)

Trifecta: 4,5,7/4,5,7/Field ($36 For $1)

 

Race 10 – 520M Special Event Heat – 10:37PM

Jawlaa is in good form, has the perfect draw and is likely to be short, however tonight she comes up against a number of chasers who have blinding early speed with Army Surplus being the fastest of them all. Army Surplus has an amazing turn of foot soon after box rise and he finally put the time on the board with a brilliant 29.78 win here late last month.

Dyna Geldof should be able to follow Army Surplus across early and this will allow him to be a major player throughout. Billy Buzzard looks to be the other winning hope. Jawlaa is the type that will either win or finish well down the track, tonight I’m tipping well down the track.

Top Four:             3 – 4 – 8 – 5

Suggested Bet: Win bet on Army Surplus, rove in quinella with 4,5,8

 

Race 11 – 520M Special Event Heat – 10:53PM

The get out stakes looks to be the toughest race of the night with at least six winning chances. Kid Maximus reeled off sizzling sectionals when beating a smart field at Sandown last time. He should be good value in this event.

Ritza Raider faces a big drop in class and with an ounce of luck early he should be right in the finish. He has a top record here and his best performances to date have been from wide draws. Apollo Reign could be the surprise in the event, will be double figures but has the talent to feature. Box draw is his only concern.

Top Four:             2 – 7 – 8 – 3

Suggested Bet: Win bets on Kid Maximus and Ritza Raider, box quinella 2,7,8 ($3 for $1)

 

Quaddies

1/7/1,4,8/1,2 ($6 for $1)

1/3,4,5,6,7/1,4,8/1,2 ($30 for $1)

1,2,3,7/7/1,4,8/1,2 ($24 for $1)

1,2,3,7/3,4,5,6,7/1,4,8/1,2 ($60 for 50c)

 

2014 Association Cup Heats Attract The Best

While Australia’s best sprinters continue their quest for the Golden Easter Egg at Wentworth Park this Saturday night, the premier staying event on the New South Wales greyhound racing calendar also gets underway.

Three heats of the time honoured Association Cup will be conducted and it has attracted the bulk of the lands best half-milers, including an army of Victorians.

The race was first conducted on the hallowed grass of Harold Park way back in 1965 before moving to Wentworth Park in 1988.

Some of the sports true immortals have won the event, the most notable being Zoom Top, Travel Rev, Bold Trease and Miata.

Fancy Liza defeated Bell Haven to take out the 2013 running of the race.

The 2014 installment promises to be another cracker with three heats that are flushed with talent.

Let’s take a look at the three heats;

Race 2 – Association Cup Heat 1 – 7:47pm

Victorian raiders dominate the main chances in the first heat with some exciting conveyances set to kick off proceedings. There is a surprising amount of pace in the race and the run to the straight the first time could be telling for a few of these.

Multiple track record holder Xylia Allen (1) stakes the star billing in the first heat as she looks to add a Group One staying event to her already bulging list of accomplishments. The daughter of Turanza Bale and Tayah Bale (Droopys Vieri – Francesca Bale) tuned up for this by setting a new 680 metre track record at Geelong and has already won the Group One Peter Mosman at Wentworth Park over the 520 metres. She should be able to lead here and it could be a case of “eyes on the clock” as this exciting staying prospect burns up the loam.

Infinite Wish (2) is racing in the best form of her career in Victoria and seems to grow a leg at Wentworth Park. She can race on the pace and was narrowly beaten here in last year’s Sydney Cup final. If she can be on the speed early she should feature in the finish.

Victorian trainer Kelly Bravo brings her classy stayer Alpe D’Huez (6) to Wentworth Park for the first time and the regally bred son of Bombastic Shiraz and Joop Muse (Where’s Pedro – Zarbo) could not be in better form. He stormed home for consecutive 715 metre wins at Sandown before showing his versatility, leading all-the-way to score over 600 metres at The Meadows last start. If he adapts to Wentworth Park, he could figure prominently.

Hala Belle (7) is a bold on-pace type who also makes her Sydney debut for Peter Akathiotis. She has ran some eye catching races at Sandown over this trip and made the final of the Group One Super Stayers and Bold Trease events in recent times.

Eleazar (8) recently made the final of the Gold Cup at Wentworth Park and finished sixth to Dyna Willow in track record time. She is another on-pace type who will need to lead to feature.

Wag Tail (4) comes back to Wentworth Park for another crack at Group glory after performing well at Albion Park, but is yet to prove herself against this sort of quality.

Set Her Again (5) has been performing well over middle distances in Queensland but has failed in two trips to Wentworth Park and looks tested.

Race 3 – Association Cup Heat 2 – 8:10pm

The second heat is another race over-flowing with top quality stayers with impressive resume’s, including a multiple Wentworth Park Group winner, as well as two greyhounds who have broken track-records at their last start.

Dyna Willow (5) is the current undisputed staying Queen Of Wentworth Park and comes into this after recently smashing the track record of the great Miata at this very venue. The daughter of Collision and Horizon Bale (Stately Bird – Vodeena Bale) has won five of her six Wentworth Park appearances and can win from the front or running on. She is the obvious one to beat here.

Born Ali (1) recently finished second behind Dyna Willow here in the Gold Cup final and has won two from four at the Glebe circuit. She took out the Perth Galaxy early in the year and is always thereabouts in these big races. She has won five from 11 from the coveted rails alley and looms as one of the major players in this second heat.

Whodat Knockin’ (2) comes into this race after breaking the 699 metre track-record at Cranbourne at his most recent outing. His recent form before that had been mixed, but he was a finalist in the Group One Super Stayers event. He will need to be on his best behaviour to win here.

Sweet It Is (3) has recently moved to the astute kennel of Darren McDonald and is a promising stayer. She was a finalist in both the Group One Bold Trease and Super Stayers recently in Victoria and looks ready to take the next step. She has not drawn an easy heat here but is capable of putting herself in the finish.

Ash Flash (4) makes the trip over from Western Australia where her form is good. She was a Group One Galaxy finalist where she finished seventh to Born Ali. This is a steep class rise on recent racing for her.

Heidi Go Seek (8) has good middle-distance form in Victoria but is yet to be proven over the longer trip.

Shoe Laces Lady (6) looks tested on recent form and only boasts a best of 42.77 here in three attempts.

Miss Fiction (7) has an average strike-rate but has won three over this trip. She has never flattered on the clock and tends to need luck in the run. This race looks to be too hard for her.

Race 4 – Association Cup Heat 3 – 8:27pm

The final heat looks a very open affair with a few of the runners taking the step to the longer trip at the top level and hoping for a bit of luck in transit.

Dyna Kayla is a young stayer who has already been placed twice at Group One level. The daughter of Surf Lorian and Amity Bale (Sonic Flight – Evonne Bale) has only missed a place in four of her fourteen starts. One of those occasions was in her only start at Wentworth Park where she had little luck behind Born Ali in a heat of the Gold Cup. She finished second in both the Bold Trease and the Super Stayers and has to be heavily considered in this field.

Cawbourne Looney (1) is a Wentworth Park specialist who has won eight from 20 at this trip. She has a best time of 41.94 and loves the inside draw where she has won four from six. She finished fourth behind Dyna Willow in the recent Gold Cup final and gets her chance in this race. She could find herself in front and giving them plenty to catch here.

Lethal Three (7) is another Victorian making her Wenty debut. She was a finalist in the Super Stayers at The Meadows and has won at Sandown since that time. She tends to do her best racing on the pace so the first hundred metres will be vital.

Hailstorm Billy (6) graduates to the staying trip here and has an eye catching run home style of racing. He recently finished second to Xylia Allen in track-record time. He may find himself a little closer to the front in a race like this.

Rocky Bale (5) is a littermate to Dyna Kayla with a terrific strike-rate. He finished second to Whodat Knockin’s track-record run and was placed behind Hala Belle at his only recent 700 run. He should relish this journey and is a smokey in this race.

Pumped Up Zarr (8) produced a personal best of 42.33 winning here last start but faces a sharp rise in class for this race.

Little Red (4) finished last behind Dyna Willow in a heat of the Gold Cup and her strike-rate is only fair. She would have to improve to feature.

Folk Tails (2) as only won one from five at this trip and it was in a moderate 42.56. She looks to be tested in this grade.

Keybow Sizzles In Golden Easter Egg Heats

The Dailly and McDonald kennels both head back to Victoria with doubles under their belts after the conclusion of the Group One Golden Easter Egg Heats at Wentworth Park on Saturday night.

As expected, the Victorian trainers dominated, taking out five of the heats. Western Australia, Tasmania, New South Wales and Queensland trained dogs will also feature in the semi-finals.

Keybow was the fastest heat winner, flying around the Glebe circuit in 29.45.

Heat One – Golden Easter Egg

Class prevailed in the first heat with Western Australian superstar Dyna Nalin (1) taking advantage of a rails draw to duck through into second spot around the first turn. He was last away but had room as Pride Of Mykonos (2) was off and gone. Once Dyna Nalin got into second it was only a matter of when, not if, he would run down the early leader Pride Of Mykonos. Dyna Nalin hit the front rounding the turn into the home straight and the champion dog trained by Paul Stuart drew away by seven and a half lengths in 29.69.

Fast Archer (7) and Chica Destacada (4) were both in the market but failed to run a place. Fast Archer didn’t show his customary early zip and went extremely wide around the first turn. Chica Destacada was in the hunt early but checked off Make A Fifty (3) rounding the turn and fell back in the field. Shadow Lane (5) got up to run third after suffering interference at the first turn, flying home to miss second spot by a head.

Heat Two – Golden Easter Egg

Frank Sidrak’s Iona Tokyo (3) displayed her blistering early pace to take out the second heat from Where’s The Surf (7) and Varcoe (8). She controlled the race from start to finish and was never troubled in 29.78. Where’s The Surf (7) and Varcoe (8) were able to cross the field safely at the turn as first reserve Hurricane Beccy crashed across from box six, interfering with Yogi Blue (5). Iona Tokyo’ winning margin was two and a half lengths lengths and just a neck separated Where’s The Surf and Varcoe.

Heat Three – Golden Easter Egg

Rue De Kahn (1) started as the favourite but wasn’t a factor after she was swamped by dogs crossing to the rail. The surprising leader was Easton Bale (5), who had been coming off a number of runs over the 595 metres at Sandown. That strength held the Andrea Dailly trained chaser in good stead as he was able to stave off a challenge by Edge (7) to win by four and a quarter lengths in 29.83, recording just his second win from seven starts at Wentworth Park.

Edge tried his heart out and was rewarded a place in next weeks semi-final by finishing second. As usual, Gradence (2) came from nowhere to finish third. He got the space he needed down the back to wind up his motor and power over the top of Crash Model (8) and Apollo Reign (4) down the home straight.

Heat Four – Golden Easter Egg

Warrior King (5) built on his good second in a Prelude a fortnight ago and went one better in the fourth heat. He obviously gained plenty from the look at the track in the Preludes as he jumped well to contest the lead with Mexico City (1). Mexico City gained a slight upper hand down the back but Warrior King was too strong at the end, winning the race in 29.91 by one and three quarter lengths for trainer Brooke Ennis.

Mexico City could only manage third as Bessy Boo (7) put in a massive run to rattle home for second. Jordan Allen (2) looked like he was going to run a slot rounding the home turn, but he checked off the back of Warrior King and in turn surrendered ground to Bessy Boo.

Heat Five – Golden Easter Egg

Keybow (2) set the track on fire to win by panels (well eight and a quarter lengths) in 29.45. Darren McDonald had given Keybow a short let-up and it didn’t hurt, as he was in front by the first turn and once in that position, nothing would or could catch him.

Dyna Beth (3) and Stilton Blue (5) found themselves in their own race against each other down the back, with Dyna Beth eventually prevailing to finish second while Stilton Blue fell back to fourth. The strong Romantic Affair (1), who turns four in August, kept her good record at Wentworth Park intact, filling third place. She has only been unplaced once now from 13 goes at the track.

Heat Six – Golden Easter Egg

The Dailly’s bought up a double for the night with Ollie Bale (3) showing great tenacity to win heat six. The 2014 Group One Silver Chief winner had a good run from box three to lead. Once he was in front it was always going to be a tough task to run him down. The hard luck story of the race was Ritza Hattie (2) who kept trying and kept finding trouble. Without the interference, it would be fair to say that she would have won the race. She wound up in third and will see her way to the semis next week where she may get more luck. Tee Brady (1), after beginning well, stuck on well for second.

Ollie Bale won by four lengths and recorded 29.96 for his first win at Wentworth Park.

Heat Seven – Golden Easter Egg

Unfortunate events unfolded in the seventh heat after the lure broke down in the back straight. The heat contained greyhounds the calibre of Walk Hard (5), Innocent Til (8) and Evil Punk (4). As a result of the incident, Evil Punk fell but was able to get back on his feet.

The lure looked to momentarily lose power down the back, allowing the leader Evil Punk to pounce on it. The lure kept up momentum, albeit slowly, and the dogs were pulled up near the 520 metre boxes.

The race was declared a no race. A ballot is normally undertaken in these circumstances but the stewards elected to exercise their discretion to excuse Evil Punk and Fort Allen (6) from the ballot on the basis that they were likely to finish in the top three and they will now go into next weeks semi-finals. Lach’s Wish (7) was picked from the ballot for the third placed spot

Heat Eight – Golden Easter Egg

Ted Medhhurst’s Australian Cup champion Buckle Up Wes (3) got his Easter Egg campaign off to a great start with a personal best win in 29.56, running a smart 5.35 to the first mark. Victorian chaser Musquin Bale (7) was also impressive running second as he was only beaten by two and three quarter lengths. Tonk (1) duelled with Buckle Up Wes for the early lead and wound up in third. Crump (6) wasn’t done any favours by the box draw and finished sixth.

Heat Nine – Golden Easter Egg

Magic Display (3), a $21.00 chance, convincingly won the ninth heat for trainer Evelyn Harris. Magic Display demonstrated that it’s always handy to lead at Wentworth Park, as all sorts of things can happen around the first bend. Favourite Red Road (6) blew his chances when he began badly and was then twisted sideways at the first turn.

Hurricane Rino (8) used box eight to perfection to find himself in second and avoid the strife at the first turn that affected many of the others in the race. Hawk Alone (1) was extremely unlucky, copping a check that meant he had too much ground to make up, but he still got into third. Magic Display won by four lengths in 29.94. The margin between the two minor placegetters was five and three quarter lengths.

Heat Ten – Golden Easter Egg

The final heat was extremely messy and it was Dark Warrior (4) that emerged as the eventual winner for Darren McDonald in 30.29. Prelude winner Woods (2) was just three quarters of a length away in second and veteran Ritza Ryder (1) ran on well for third. It was the slowest heat win of the night and indicative of the trouble in the race, with each dog suffering varying degrees of interference at different times over the course of the 520 metre journey.

The Meadows Greyhounds Tips & Betting Preview April 5th 2014

Race 1 – 525M Grade 5 – 7:12PM

The promising Allen Gravion is unbeaten in three starts to date and all of those wins have been in slick time. Tonight he should once again get a clear run initially and prove too strong for his rivals.

Rumero Reason caught the eye when winning over this trip from this draw last month. He should be able to get a nice sit in the early stages and figure in the finish. Pure Mayhem is also when drawn and must be respected.

Top Four:             2 – 1 – 8 – 5

Suggested Bet:

Trifecta: 2/1,5,8/Field ($18 for $1)

Trifecta: 1,2,8/1,2,8/1,2,3,5,6,8 ($24 for $1)

 

Race 2 – 525M Grade 5 – 7:35PM

She Can Whirl has shown an abundance of early speed in her career to date and if she can find the early lead again she looks well placed in this event. The last 40 metres is the only concern.

Trail Blazing has scored two top wins of late on the provincial circuit but he does have terrible box manners. He misses the start too often so he is worth risking. Dynamic Luke continues to improve.

Top Four:             7 – 3 – 2 – 8

Suggested Bet: Each Way She Can Whirl, Rove in quinellas with 2,3,8

 

Race 3 – 525M Grade 5 – 8:00PM

Yambla Mick has a tremendous record from this trap having been placed in all six tries which includes three wins. He recently beat a handy field at Sandown and with a lack of early speed outside he should hold the early lead and win.

Take Charge clearly has the most ability of any chaser but his box draw may bring him undone tonight. Allen Orville looks to be the main danger to Yambla Mick.

Top Four:             1 – 3 – 6 – 7

Suggested Bet: Both Yambla Mick and Allen Orville to win, have more on Mick.

 

Race 4 – 525M Grade 5 Final – 8:22PM

He is going to be extremely short in the market but it is hard to look past Rumble Comet. After finding early bother in his heat, this black powerhouse put a space in his rivals off the back straight before winning in 29.85. Wins again.

Woodnear is  very reliable early and  with a clean beginning he should find himself setting the tempo once again. It is hard to see him holding off the favourite but he will give a sight.

Top Four:             1 – 4 – 7 – 2

Suggested Bet:

Trifecta: 1/4/Field ($6 for $1)

Trifecta: 1/2,4,7/Field ($18 for $1)

 

Race 5 – 520M Grade 4 – 8:38PM

In a race with loads of early speed, I think Cairnlea Ellie may have the sufficient speed to cross. She is first up from a brief spell tonight so the last 30 metres may pose a problem, however I think she will have built up a big enough lead.

Punch It could be the value in the race and should be double figures, but like Cairnlea Ellie she is armed with early speed. If she can find herself in front or near the lead she can salute at big odds.

Top Four:             5 – 3 – 7 – 8

Suggested Bet: Win bets on Cairnlea Ellie and Punch It, have more on Cairnlea Ellie.

 

Race 6 – 525M Grade 5 Final – 9:00PM

Osbourne Bale surprised a few when he came from off the speed to score at Sandown last start. Normally he is a very reliable beginner and tonight there doesn’t appear to be much speed drawn underneath him. You should be able to get $7.50 or better and he is worth an each way ticket.

Unix Bale tends to race well here and I would expect him to be hitting the line hard. Anchor him in your exotics for second and third. Bogner Bale is likely to start favourite and he would need to ping and lead to win this.

Top Four:             3 – 4 – 5 – 6

Suggested Bet:

Trifecta: 3,4,5/1,4,5,6/1,4,5,6 ($18 for $1)

Trifecta: 3/4/Field ($6 for $1)

Trifecta: 3/Field/4 ($6 for $1)

 

Race 7 – 600M Mixed 4/5 – 9:20PM

The ideally draw Good Odds Punk has found a leg of late and he is racing in career best form. Tonight he races over a very suitable trip and he exits a draw in which he has won eight races from and placed in a further six. He should be around the $3.00 mark and I think that is great value.

Alpe D’Huez is a class act but he has been missing the start more often in recent times. He may get shuffled too far back tonight. Abbey’s Hand looks the leader and if she can repeat her 34.21 Sandown win she will prove hard to catch at odds.

Top Four:             1 – 5 – 3 – 4

Suggested Bet: Load up on Good Odds Punk and have a small saver on Abbey’s Hand

 

Race 8 – 525M Mixed 3/4 – 9:37PM

Group One winner Kiss Me Ketut is surprisingly well drawn out in box six. He is unbeaten in four tries from this pin and he has a blistering 29.77 PB here. With slow beginners drawn either side, he should get every chance to lead throughout.

Gold Town is ever reliable and he is more than capable in this class. My only concern is that he will be giving them a big head start tonight, anchor him in exotics for third and fourth. Tams Wish has the speed to hold a forward spot early but she may be vulnerable in the last 40 metres.

Top Four:             6 – 1 – 8 – 3

Suggested Bet:

Trifecta: 6/1,3,8/Field ($18 for $1)

First Four: 6/1,2,3,5/8/Field ($24 for $1)

First Four: 6/1,2,3,5/Field/8 ($24 for $1)

 

Race 9 – 525M Mixed 4/5 – 9:57PM

The Darren Mcdonald trained Fancy Amigo is facing a big drop in class tonight and with an ounce of luck in the initial stages he should get the cash. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of early speed drawn underneath him so it would be no surprise to see him lead all the way.

Gimme Fuel is normally a reliable beginner and he should be able to follow the Amigo across in the early stages. I don’t think he can reel the leader in but he should hold on for the quinella. Usagi Bale is the run on dog, must include in the exotics.

Top Four:             5 – 6 – 3 – 4

Suggested Bet: Fancy Amigo to win with Sportsbet. Use your $250 free bet here.

 

Race 10 – 525M Grade 5 – 10:20PM

In the toughest race of the night, I think there are two runners which stand out. Johnny Heritage has been placed in his past three starts and is bursting to breakthrough. He musters pace very quickly and with a clear run initially he will make his presence felt.

Spring Charlotte has had her struggles of late but she is dropping significantly in class. She has been finding loads of bother soon after box rise, tonight she may be able to get some room early and settle much closer to the speed.

Top Four:             4 – 6 – 5 – 1

Suggested Bet: Win bets on both Johnny Heritage and Spring Charlotte.

 

Race 11 – 525M Grade 5 – 10:42PM

Fearsome Mint had his first look at the track last week when solidly placed. He is sure to have derived a lot of benefit from that run and I expect him to improve dramatically. I Expect him to be vying for the early lead and to take control mid race.

El Roscoe has been racing in consistent fashion and he should get his chance to figure prominently again. With slow beginners drawn either side he should be able to settle close to the speed. He will be double figures and is worth a saver bet.

Top Four:             8 – 2 – 7 – 1

Suggested Bet:

Trifecta: 2,8/1,2,7,8/Field ($36 for $1)

Trifecta: 2,8/2,8/Field ($12 for $1)

 

Race 12 – 525M Grade 5 – 11:00PM

In the get out stakes, I think we can find some value. Soul Eater has a great turn of foot and with slow beginners drawn either side he should get every chance to muster speed. I expect him to settle in the first three and he will prove too strong in the run home.

Bit Berger has good box manners and she should be in the mix throughout. The last 50m may be a concern but she may have built up a solid lead in the early stages. Truly Royal and Buxton Miss must be included in the exotics.

Top Four:             7 – 4 – 1 – 3

Suggested Bet: Win bets on both Soul Eater and Bit Berger at Sportingbet.

 

 

Quaddies

3,5,7,8/3,4,5,6/1/1,3,6,8 ($32 for 50c)

3,5/3,4,5,6/1,3,4,5/1,3,6,8 ($64 for 50c)

 

2014 Group One Golden Easter Egg Heats Preview

The heats of the Group One Golden Easter Egg kick-off on Saturday night. The three-week series will see 10 heats conducted on Saturday night followed by four semi-finals next week.

Notable absentees from the heats include Black Magic Opal and Paw Licking, who are setting their sights on the Bendigo Cup.

Recent Australian Cup winner Buckle Up Wes has made the journey up, and it will be interesting to see if he can nab the rich Australian Cup and Golden Easter Egg double.

Alongside the Australian Cup, the Golden Easter Egg is the richest race on the Group racing calendar, with a grand sum of $250,000 awarded to the winner.

Last year’s winner was Grigorieva Bale and other previous winners include Mancunian Girl, Tenthill Doll, Rapid Journey, Brett Lee, Bogie Leigh, Paua To Burn and Cosmic Rumble.

Here’s a look the main chances in each of the 10 heats:

Heat One – Group One Golden Easter Egg (Race 1 at 7:28pm)

Grand chaser Dyna Nalin (1) headlines the first heat. The Paul Stuart trained dog loves box one and trialled 29.65 last week at Wentworth Park. He lacks the early speed of some of the other runners in the race but you can never under-estimate class and if he gets even just a tiny bit of luck, he’s well and truly in this.

Chica Destacada (4) is only young but has shown plenty of ability. She has three wins from four starts at the track and distance with a best of 29.73. She has shown good box manners at the track, which she will need to use to overcome box four.

Victorian chaser Allen Eryk (8) appears to be well drawn out in box eight, as he has had two wins and a placing from three goes wearing the pink rug. The Jarvis Bale-Greta Bale (Where’s Pedro-Gold Rush Bale) dog has won four of his last five around The Meadows and Sandown over the longer trip. This will be his first start at Wentworth Park.

Fast Archer (7) has a load of early pace and won a free-for-all last week at the track from box seven. He recorded 29.75 leading all the way. He’s been hit-and-miss at box rise in recent times and needs to repeat last week’s efforts to take this out.

Rough each-way chances are Pride Of Mykonos (2) and Make A Fifty (3). Both won Preludes (at double figure odds). If there’s any trouble in the race, they may be the ones that benefit.

Heat Two – Group One Golden Easter Egg (Race 2 at 7:50pm)

Iona Tokyo (3) has drawn well near to the fence. His box manners have been brilliant and he is a last start winner (back on 1 March) in 29.71. He has gone 5.34 to the first mark previously, the best of any dog drawn in this race. Iona Tokyo is trained by Francois Sidrak and is by Swift Fancy-Iona Habit (Fenceline-Dancing Habit). She is a litter sister to Paws Of Thunder winner Iona Seven.

Another chaser that has been showing good box manners since a return from a spell is Kulu Special (2). The Anthony Azzopardi trained bitch is just 24kg and has won two from two at the track. Last week she recorded her best time of 29.72.

Queenslander Yogi Blue (5) has had the advantage of a few looks at Wentworth Park and was a Prelude winner in 30.03. The box draw hasn’t been kind to him as he has only had the one career win from box five.

Where’s The Surf (7) won here last week for Darren McDonald, drawing away to win by over six lengths in 29.71. He had the suitable rails draw on that occasion and now needs to contend with the wider draw.

Varcoe (8) failed in the Maitland Cup heats after beginning terribly. He has trialled here in 29.92 in preparation. If he doesn’t begin he will find it hard to crack a top spot in this heat.

Prue Bale (4) is also worthy of some consideration. She is a last start winner at The Meadows and showed handy box manners to lead. She has had a start at Wentworth Park but failed to run a place.

Heat Three – Group One Golden Easter Egg (Race 3 at 8:07pm)

National Futurity winner Rue De Kahn (1) will get every chance to lead from the nice draw. She is drawn next to Gradence (2) who is a slow beginner. The Where’s Pedro-Shelbourne Dream (Boherduff Light-Queen Survivor) bitch has three wins at the track and a best of 29.79. She looks to be one of the main chances.

Apollo Reign (4) has not missed a place since returning from a five month spell. His win at Richmond in March was a flying 30.43. He ran third here to Hellyeah Bolt last week and is definitely a place chance.

Edge (7) has not long returned from a two month spell and should be nice and fresh. He won at The Gardens last week in 29.52 and loves Wentworth Park, where he has won seven races. His best is 29.68 and if he shows the early speed we know he has, he should go well.

Crash Model (8) won a Prelude in 29.87 from box one. She has five wins at the track but goes better from the inside.

Heat Four – Group One Golden Easter Egg (Race 4 at 8:28pm)

Local chaser Mexico City (1) is well drawn and Mark Gatt will be hoping his chaser can get close to his best of 29.58. The Where’s Pedro-Physical (Surf Lorian-By Request) dog has had two runs back since a four month spell. He ran third in a Maitland Cup heat last start.

Crawf’s Bread (6) is a handy Victorian chaser visiting Wentworth Park for the first time in his career. He is a consistently good beginner and will need to begin here at Wentworth Park from the poor draw. He has been racing dogs like Innocent Til and Dark Warrior, so he can handle the class of dogs in this heat.

Warrior King (5) is a talented Victorian youngster who ran second at Wentworth Park in a Prelude. He has been showing some early speed in recent racing and is very strong. He was a placegetter behind Crump in the Horsham Cup and will need luck from the squeeze draw.

Winsome Charlee (8) ran a place in last years Egg final and makes her first race-track appearance since June 2013. She clocked 30.35 here in a trial last week and will need to improve off that to get anywhere near her best of 29.66.

Tricky Jade (4) has not won since December last year but she clearly has a lot of talent. The Martin Hallinan bred and trained bitch has a best of 29.56 at Wentworth Park. Her problem is that she hasn’t been showing any early pace in her three most recent starts.

Heat Five – Group One Golden Easter Egg (Race 5 at 8:50pm)

Star chaser Keybow (2) is the class act in the fifth heat. The Group One Perth Cup winner and Australian Cup placegetter trialled 29.62 here in preparation and he should prove too good for this field.

Recent Group Three Nowra Summer Puppy Classic winner Stilton Blue (5) has drawn box five and has been flying around Nowra, with a near track record breaking run just over a fortnight ago. He has a best of 30.23 at Wentworth Park, which you think he would need to improve on to be a chance.

Healesville track record holder Frosty Jay Jay (6) is a fast animal but he lacks the early toe. He ran fifth here to Dark Warrior last week, finding trouble. The one thing in his favour is that he appears partial to wearing the green rug, winning two from three out of the box.

Veyron Bale’s (4) recent form has been ordinary but a change in scenery may prove good for him. Last time he came to Wentworth Park (January this year) he scorched around the Glebe circuit in 29.50.

Tomac Bale (8) loves box eight and is coming here with a short spell under his belt. Interestingly, he has recently changed hands and left Wheeler’s ownership and is now trained by Luke Azzopardi. He failed at Wentworth Park in January and will need to improve on his recent form to be any sort of chance.

Heat Six – Group One Golden Easter Egg (Race 6 at 9:07pm)

Ken Burnett’s Double Trigger (4) will be advantaged by his experience and form at the track. His most recent win was on the 15th of March and it came at the track in 29.68. He has six wins in total at Wentworth Park and has brilliant early speed.

Jason Thompson and Darren McDonald trained chasers can never be overlooked and both have chasers engaged in this heat. Thompson has Boris Fields (5), a dog that has won two races at Wentworth Park with 29.54 his best time. He needs some room to move, which may be tricky from box five. McDonald has the speedy There’s A Earn (6), who ran second last week at Wentworth Park to Yogi Blue and should be improved by the look at the track.

Strong finishers Ritza Hattie (2) and Ollie Bale (3) are also in with a chance but their fortunes will lay with the all important start, as both will need some luck in the early stages. Tee Brady (1) is also worth some consideration from the rails alley.

Heat Seven – Group One Golden Easter Egg (Race 7 at 9:30pm)

Innocent Til (8) has again drawn a wide box but he has a good record from box eight, with seven wins. He has won four of his last five starts and was recent runner-up in the Horsham Cup. He has had the one start at Wentworth Park and didn’t run a place. However, he cannot be ruled out based on that. He has loads of talent and a win wouldn’t surprise.

Warragul Cup winner Walk Hard (5) makes his first visit to Wentworth Park under race conditions. He trialled last week in a fast 29.68, but he needs some room early in order to muster pace and that might be difficult from the draw.

Evil Punk (4) fell at his last start here at Wentworth Park and it remains to be seen how he will react this week after that. He is a talented local chaser trained by James Coyle with a best of 29.70.

Boyce Road (2) is a very handy youngster with three wins at Wentworth Park to his credit. He is already a Group race finalist and has recorded 29.69 at the track. He’s tardy at box rise and that might cost him at this level.

Fort Allen (6) has been racing consistently in Victoria and makes his first appearance at Wentworth Park. The Andrea Dailly trained chaser is an excellent beginner and that should put him in this race.

Heat Eight – Group One Golden Easter Egg (Race 8 at 9:50pm)

We have to wait until the eighth heat to see Australian Cup champion Buckle Up Wes (3) go around. He has had a short spell since his big win and had a tune-up at Hobart last week, winning in the fastest time of the night. He has taken to Wentworth Park well in the past, with three wins and a place from five starts. He ran third in the Paws of Thunder final in January and has a best of 29.65. He will be hard to hold out.

Horsham Cup winner Crump (6) has drawn off the fence in box six. He trialled in 29.85 last week and this will be his first start at the track under race conditions. If he can negotiate the turn safely he could turn this into an interesting race, as he is very strong.

The Victorian trained Tonk (1) debuted at Wentworth Park on 15 March in a flying 29.57. This heat is a rise in class from the field he met two weeks ago but if he runs up to that performance he will be up there.

Awesome Project (8) is a former NSW chaser now in the hands of the astute Darren McDonald. He is risky at box rise and will need to do everything right from the wide draw.

Heat Nine – Group One Golden Easter Egg (Race 9 at 10:12pm)

Richmond Derby winner Red Road (6) gets a chance to strut his stuff in the ninth heat. He has 11 career wins from 15 starts, with three of those wins coming at Wentworth Park. He has a best of 29.54 and displays generally good box manners. He just has to steer clear of any interference from the bad draw to take this out.

Calm Model (5) is returning from a long six month spell so should be fresh for this. She has two wins at Wentworth Park, with a best of 29.70.

Rookie Rebel winner Hawk Alone (1) has drawn his box. He is a strong 500 metre chaser who will be looking to pounce if he has a clear run.

Maitland Cup finalist New Gleam (4) has had the one start at Wentworth Park for a 30.01 win. He recorded a first section of 5.38 and if he can do that again he is a big chance of being near the lead.

Cawbourne Havoc (2) has 10 wins at the track and his experience will put him in good stead. He is a leader and could very well take this out at good odds.

Heat Ten – Group One Golden Easter Egg (Race 10 at 10:35pm)

Hellyeah Bolt (8) has excelled at Wentworth Park and has a best of 29.92 from box eight. He has won four in total from the box and looks hard to beat.

Hellyeah Bolt’s immediate danger is drawn directly inside him. Billy Buzzard (7) has been very consistent of late and has recorded a flying 5.32 to the first mark this year. If anyone can upset the favourite, it is Billy Buzzard.

Bathurst Cup and Prelude winner Zipping Tess (3) has been pinging the lids in her last few starts but failed to do so at Maitland. Her Prelude win came here in 29.79 and she is certainly capable of performing well from the decent draw.

Dark Warrior (4) was impressive winning a Prelude two weeks ago in 30.06. He could only manage fifth from box three here last week and will need to improve to feature.

Sandown Greyhounds Tips & Betting Preview April 3rd 2014 – Part One

Race 1 – 515M Grade 5 – 7:08PM

Shot To Bits is an exciting prospect who was luckless when placed at The Meadows late last month. Normally being slow to begin is a disadvantage, however tonight he should be suited. There is a lot of speed in the middle pins which should allow him to get a nice sit early and prove too strong in the run home.

Terrorizer struggles to run out the trip but he is expected to lead. He was narrowly beaten here last start and should give a bold sight again.

Billy Higgs is another who is blessed with loads of talent but he can bomb the start at times. From out wide he may get posted early. Moot Point is drawn ideally and must be respected.

Top Four :    7 – 5 – 1 – 8

Suggested Bet: Shot To Bits to win with Sportingbet. Great chance to deposit $30 and get $100 worth of free bets.

Race 2 – 595M Grade 5 Heat – 7:24PM

My Bro Fabio has the good draw, but tonight I think it may work against him because he lacks genuine early speed. His box manners are not great and on the bend start he cannot afford to make any mistakes in the first 50 metres. I think he may be the lay of the night. He should be around the $1.80 mark so definitely worth taking him on.

Tyronimo has been in consistent form and I expect him to settle near the early lead. If he can reproduce the effort that saw him power to the line in his last start win at The Meadows then he should feature in the finish.

Immy Rose is much better than her recent runs and if she pings out, she can cause an upset at big odds. Zipping Rory has been luckless of late and must be included in the exotics.

Top Four :    3 – 2 – 1 – 6

Suggested Bet: Tyronimo to win and rove in quinellas with 1,2,6,7

Race 3 – 515M Grade 5 – 7:49PM

Silver Brodie does his best racing from the red draw and if he can step cleanly tonight he should be able to hold a forward spot through the first bend. In recent months he has scored some ridiculously fast wins and if he manages to hold the lead through the first bend it should be times and margins

Striking Blaze is surprisingly well drawn in the middle. In his last few runs he has been needing room early and been looking to get wide through the first turn. From his middle pin tonight he should be vying for the early lead and he will remain prominent throughout the event.

Proven Trendy makes too many mistakes in his races and is worth risking tonight. Missile Flash wasn’t disgraced here last week, keep safe at odds.

Top Four :    1 – 5 – 7 – 2

Suggested Bet: Silver Brodie to win with Sportsbet bonus.

Race 4 – 515M Grade 5 Final – 8:07PM

The ideally drawn Mepunga Moss has been racing in dazzling form of late, having won her past three starts here all in slick times. She has run 5.04 to the first marker in her past two and a repeat of that will see her hold the early lead again. If she holds the lead it will be hard to see anything catching here.

Rumble Comet is probably the most gifted chaser in the field, however his poor box manners and awkward draw will see him needing a lot of luck to feature.

Wait Till Dark and Question Bale are both drawn to hold forward spots early which should see them finishing around the top four.

Top Four :    1 – 2 – 3 – 6

Suggested Bet:

Trifecta: 1/2,3,6/Field ($18 for $1)

Trifecta: 1,2,3/1,2,3,6/1,2,3,4,5,6 ($36 for $1)

Race 5 – 515M Grade 5 – 8:29PM

In what is a tough race, I think the middle pins hold the key. Galahad can ping the lids at times and with a wider runner drawn directly outside he should get every chance to drive through in the early stages. He should be around the $6.50 mark and that is great value.

Velocemente didn’t have a great deal of luck when placed here last week and if he can begin a shade better he should experience a clearer run.

Yoda Bale’s form reads very ordinary, but he is capable of pulling out a run at odds. Dyna Tony is expected to lead from the inside draw, however his last 50 metres isn’t very strong, so place hopes look best.

Top Four :    3 – 4 – 1 – 5

Suggested Bet: Have something to win on Galahad and Velocemente to win, both should be $4.50 for or better.

Race 6 – 715M Mixed 4/5 – 8:52PM

Sweet It Is has recently joined the powerful Darren McDonald kennel and she appears placed in a perfect race. There are at least four runners in this event that are suspect at running out the 715 metre trip and if she can avoid trouble in the initial stages, she should prove far too strong for this lot.

Fantasizzing is another backmarker who should get her chance to run past some tiring chasers. Two runs ago she wasn’t disgraced when placed behind Alpe D’Huez over this track and journey. Rarely a winner, she is a must for the exotics.

Heidi Go Seek and Lethal Three look to be the two main pacesetters, but both are a doubt over the journey. Heidi is likely to be second pick in the betting, include her for third and fourth in your exotics. If looking for value, Keep Grifter Bale very safe, should be double figure odds and can run a big race.
Top Four :    8 – 5 – 3 – 6

Suggested Bet:

Trifecta: 8/3,5,6/1,3,4,5,6,7 ($15 for $1)

Trifecta: 5,6,8/3,5,6,8/1,3,4,5,6,7,8 ($45 for $1)

The Meadows Greyhounds Tips & Betting Preview March 29th 2014

Race 1 – 525M Maiden Final – 7:13PM

Little Turn finally gained some luck in running and that allowed the Darren McDonald trained speedster to score a smart all the way heat win last week. If he can repeat his 5.11 sectional, he should have no trouble crossing early and getting the cash.

Footluce Diva was far from disgraced in her heat and from the good draw she should be pressuring the favourite throughout.

Estrela Escura and Dr. Rahoual are both improving types who look to be the likely hopes to fill the minors.

Top Four :    5 – 1 – 2 – 7

Suggested Bet:

Trifecta: 5/1,2,7/Field ($18 for $1)

Trifecta: 5/1/Field ($6 for $1)

Trifecta: 1,5/1,2,5,7/1,2,5,7 ($12 for $1)

Race 2 – 525M Grade 5 Heat – 7:35PM

Striking Blaze should continue the hot start to the night for Darren McDonald. Drawn in the prized red box, he should be burning to the early lead and from there on it should be a matter of times and margins.

Unix Bale has plenty of gears but her lack of early speed is always a concern. Obviously with luck early she will feature, however with her racing pattern she would be a solid anchor for second and third in your exotics.

Top Four :    1 – 4 – 6 – 8

Suggested Bet:

Trifecta: 1/4/2,3,6,7,8 ($5 for $1)

Trifecta: 1,4/1,4/2,3,6,7,8 ($10 for $1)

Trifecta: 1/4,6,8/2,3,4,6,7,8 ($15 for $1)

Race 3 – 525M Grade 5 Heat – 7:57PM

In a race where Cheap Currency is expected to start odds on, I think it is best to look for some value. I can’t split Sky Fighter and Proven Looper. Sky Fighter is expected to ping and challenge for the lead whilst Proven Looper musters pace quickly and he should get a nice cart across early. Both should be at least $4.00 or better. So if you have something on both you should double your cash.

Cheap Currency has plenty on these when it comes to ability, however his box manners are terrible and I expect that he will be giving them a big head start.

Top Four :    7 – 8 – 3 – 4

Suggested Bet: Sky Fighter and Proven Looper both to win, take some exotics with Cheap Currency to run second or third also.

Race 4 – 525M Grade 5 Heat – 8:20PM

Dyna Orion has scored two brilliant wins here recently and he is expected to be odds on. Tonight I think he is the lay of the night. His first sectionals have been average to date and he is likely to get strung up in traffic early.

I am expecting Closing Time to pounce on the early lead and win comfortably. She has been placed in seven of her past eight starts and she is very consistent with her box manners.

Squall Bale could be the blowout chance, he is much better than his recent form suggests.

Top Four :    2 – 5 – 4 – 6

Suggested Bet: Closing Time and Squall Bale both for the win, have a little extra on Closing Time. Shop around the corporate bookmakers for the best value Fixed Odds.

Race 5 – 525M Grade 4 – 8:38PM

Probably the most open race of the night, My Bro Fabio has them all covered for ability but he is likely to be spotting them an enormous head start. Ollie Bale has experienced a limited amount of luck recently and with so much pace drawn underneath he should get a nice sit early and have his chance to return to the winners list.

Godric Grydindor scored a powerful 29.62 Sandown win last time and from the good draw he will be a major player again. Radinka Bale has a smart record here but she may struggle to cross from out in box six.

Top Four :    3 – 1 – 5 – 6

Suggested Bet:

Trifecta: 1,3/1,3,5,6/1,3,4,5,6,7,8 ($30 for $1)

Trifecta: 1,3,6/5/Field ($18 for $1)

Trifecta: 1,3,6/Field/5 ($18 for $1)

Race 6 – 525M Mixed 3/4 – 8:57PM

Fort Allen has sizzling early speed and he should lead clearly, however his last 50m is always suspect. With this being said, Tyronimo drawn in box two should be able to camp on the leader early and make a strong move off the back straight. He recently broke 27 seconds at Horsham and a repeat of that would see him proving too strong here.

The quinella spot should be filled by early leader Fort Allen, he has been in consistent form of late and he is likely to be fairly short.

Hawk Alone rarely runs a bad race and he just needs an ounce of luck early.

Top Four :    1 – 2 – 7 – 4

Suggested Bet:

Trifecta: 2/1/3,4,6,7,8 ($5 for $1)

Trifecta: 1,2/1,2/3,4,6,7,8 ($10 For $1)

Trifecta: 2/1,4,7/Field ($18 for $1)

Race 7 – 525M Mixed 4/5 – 9:20PM

Woodnear has the gun draw and he has won his past five starts in brilliant style. The brother of Ernie Bung Arrow is normally a very reliable beginner and if he can step on terms again, he should have no trouble holding the early lead and winning.

Bazza’s Gift beat a top field at Sandown in early February and when given space in the early stages he can muster pace very quickly. With Woodnear leading he should get a nice sit early and he may give the leader a big fright.

Top Four :    1 – 2 – 4 – 3

Suggested Bet: Quinella 1,2

Trifecta: 1,2/1,2/Field ($12 for $1)

Trifecta: 1,2/1,2,3,4/Field ($36 for $1)

Race 8 – 525M Mixed 2/3 – 9:40PM

In a race with a number of chances, I think we can find some value. Yoda Bale is armed with blistering early speed and if he can begin cleanly he has more than enough speed to cross. He should be around the $12 mark and is worth an each way bet.

Empire Allen should follow Yoda across early and although disappointing at Sandown last week, he can atone here as he loves this track.

Clone Your Own will bomb the start but he has great mid race pace, must for the exotics

Top Four :    7 – 8 – 6 – 1

Suggested Bet: Win bets on Yoda Bale and Empire Allen

Race 9 – 525M Grade 5 Final – 9:57PM

Lonesome Pirate is blessed with ridiculous talent but he doesn’t always show it. Drawn in the red box, tonight he gets his chance to drive to the early lead and he should be running sub 30 on the lure.

Lou Todd got to the line strongly in his 30.23 heat win and with some luck early he should be a major player again.

Cosmic Rush must be respected at odds and do not leave out of your exotic bets.

Top Four :    1 – 3 – 7 – 8

Suggested Bet: Load up on Lonesome Pirate at sportingbet and have something small on Cosmic Rush at odds.

Race 10 – 600M Mixed 4/5 – 10:20PM

After an unsuccessful staying attempt, Allen Eryk drops back to his favourable 600m journey. With slow beginners drawn either side he should get all the breaks early and if remains untouched he should get the cash.

Knockabout Aussie is a frustrating chaser, he has lots of gears but has a tendency to find trouble in running. He is likely to get back early but look for him to be screaming home.

Jewel Bale makes her middle distance debut and she gives every indication that it will suit.

Top Four :    4 – 7 – 3 – 2

Suggested Bet: Allen Eryk to win with Sportsbet

Race 11 – 525M Grade 5 – 10:40PM

Lunar Tom is a brilliant beginner who has finally drawn his box. Drawn in eight, he should be given plenty of room to muster to the early lead and in a mediocre affair he should prove far too strong. If you can get $3.50 or better, load up as he is the best of the night.

Wise chief led for a long way in his top Horsham placing recently and if he can settle near the speed again he should be a major player.

Top Four :    8 – 2 – 3 – 4

Suggested Bet: Win bet on Lunar Tom

Race 12 – 525M Grade 5 – 10:57PM

To finish the card we have the toughest race of the night. I think this is a race where you can have something on a few runners at value. I am expecting Pepper Fozz to lead and she was far from disgraced when placed here last week. She will be double figures and worth an each way ticket.

Why Not Wayne is the most talented in the race but he will be relying on luck early. He will also be double figures. Fearsome Mint is the likely favourite and I think he might struggle in his first look at the track.

Top Four :    3 – 7 – 5 – 4

Suggested Bet: Win bets on Pepper Fozz, Why Not Wayne and Firecette.  All will be double figures.

 

Quaddies:

1,3,5,6/1,2/1,2/1,3,6,7,8 ($80 for $1)

1,3/1,2,4,7/1,2/1,3,6,7,8 ($80 for $1)

 

Surf Mail Delivers On Early Potential And Breaks The Cranbourne Track Record

Since the Cranbourne track was laid with new sand, spectators have been treated to some blistering performances. Both the 311m and 520m time standards have been pushed to the limits on a number of occasions and last week was no exception. After a couple of promising maiden chasers set the track alight earlier in the evening, patrons on track were watching closely when the classy veteran Surf Mail was scheduled to perform from his favourable rails draw in the main event of the night.

He may have been winless in his four runs since resuming from a spell, however interested onlookers quickly had their eyes fixated on the clock when Surf Mail emerged in front soon after box rise. After stepping on terms with his opponents, the fawn powerhouse quickly dropped the hammer and passed the first marker in a smart 5.47. As he roared through the first turn the Darren McDonald trained chaser scraped the paint allowing him to establish a six length lead with victory clearly in his sights.

The track had been on fire of late with a number of sub 30 victors, however with the talented Salegreys Power chasing hard, but failing to make any impact on the leader, it became apparent that Surf Mail clearly had his eyes on setting a new time standard for the 520m journey. Finally the Veteran stopped the clock in a staggering 29.67, eclipsing the great Pororoca’s previous time by one hundredth of a second.

After speaking with ARG, premier trainer Darren McDonald said he was quite surprised with the time.

“In a way I was surprised that he broke that track record as I believe that he is a little past his best. The track has been super quick of late and I think it would be a tad scary to imagine what Pororoca would run on this type of surface.”

When questioned about his chasers short term plans, “D-Mac” said he will continue to aim at claiming a few more metro wins.

“He is engaged again at Cranbourne on Wednesday night and after that I will heading back into town with him. At this stage of his career he is just a little short of the top flight sprinters, so hopefully I can step him back up to the middle distances at The Meadows and Sandown. He seems to excel over these journeys.”

In a career that has seen this ultra consistent veteran snare 22 wins from only 59 starts. The question most would ask is, does this multiple open grade metropolitan winner have a future at stud?

Firstly the son of Surf Lorian – Hybrid Theory lacks nothing when it comes to bloodline. His sire needs no introduction, having produced numerous group one calibre chasers. His dam hails from a strong family and she shot to glory herself when scoring an all the way win in the 2008 Group One Laurels final at Sandown Park, so it’s fair to say that this class act ticks all the boxes on the breeding side of things. His racetrack feats also present a strong argument. In addition to his recent Cranbourne Track Record, he has a sub 30 second win at The Meadows when beating recent Group One winner Kiss Me Ketut, along with numerous scintillating 595m wins at Sandown Park in Free For All class.

In a career that has been limited by injury, it’s fair to say that connections would be proud of their charges record and achievements. Wednesday nights stellar performance would have helped restore some confidence in Surf Mail’s immediate racing future and if he can continue to begin like he did the other night, there should be many more victories in the near future.

2014 Group One Australian Cup Preview

A great group of finalists has been assembled for the Group One Australian Cup on Saturday night at The Meadows. At 9:43pm, Australia will know the winner of one of the biggest races on the greyhound racing calendar and connections will be $250,000 richer.

Keybow is the fastest qualifier, with all but two dogs breaking the 30 second barrier in the heats.

The winner will also have their name added to the illustrious honour roll of recent Australian Cup victors which includes Spud Regis, Zara Zulu, St. Pierre, Dyna Lachlan, Velocette, Tasman Queen, Pete’s Conquest, Miss Spicy, Pure Octane, Bogie Leigh, Most Awesome, Blackjack Tom, Isa Brown, Brett Lee and Arvo’s Express. Historical winners include Rookie Rebel, Benjamin John, Tangaloa, Eaglehawk Star, Ginger, China Trip, Mancunian Girl and Tenthill Doll.

Looking at that list, it’s definitely a bit of a “stud maker” race for the lads that win.

Here’s a look at the form of each of the finalists.

Box 1
Race Odds
$5.50
Heat Replay
Kiss Me Ketut
Trainer
David Burnett
Owner
David Burnett
Prizemoney
$199,775.00
Last 10 Starts
7115635351
30 Months Black Dog by Bombastic Shiraz - Spiral Siyan
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $4,540.00 Rating 92
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
44 18 6 7
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
40% 70%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
10 3 3 1
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 1 1
Comments: David Burnett (Trainer) - “I’m hoping to run the same as I did last week and if I do that he will be competitive. I got him back out of the boxes again. We’ve just had this issue since the Brisbane Cup that we just haven’t been able to pinpoint a problem. When you’re racing in top grade all the time you don’t know whether it’s actually a problem, whether it’s the field or whether it’s the box, but you’re always making these excuses up. We did find a problem, an injury, that once fixed made him come out of the boxes better and made him go around the corner better. There’s been some concern in the market about the box draw not being good for everybody because they believe Kiss Me Ketut will probably run off on the first corner which he did in the Melbourne Cup and elsewhere but hopefully this injury problem we’ve found has fixed that and he certainly went well Saturday night. When the pressure was on, he went around the corner beautiful. He’ll rail beautifully this week hopefully.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.77 29.77 5.04 5.04
Box 2
Race Odds
$2.40
Heat Replay
Keybow
Trainer
Darren McDonald
Owner
Kelvin Lean
Prizemoney
$203,595.00
Last 10 Starts
4313128111
28 Months Black Dog by Take The Kitty - Key Exit
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $10,716.00 Rating 96
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
19 10 3 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
53% 79%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 3 1 1
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 5 0 0
Comments: Darren McDonald (Trainer) – “If he comes out like he did Saturday night, he will be hard to beat. He’s had five starts for five wins from box two. I’m pretty happy with the box.” 
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.58 29.58 5.03 5.03
Box 3
Race Odds
$4.50
Heat Replay
Dyna Nalin
Trainer
Paul Stuart
Owner
Brendan Wheeler
Prizemoney
$541,945.00
Last 10 Starts
2221353161
35 Months Black Dog by Ashom Bale - Tally Bale
Start Risky Running Rail Strong Strong
Prizemoney Rating $10,422.00 Rating 94
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
52 29 11 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
56% 85%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 4 1 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 2 5 0
Comments: Paul Stuart (Trainer) - “It’s a good draw. There’s a fair bit of speed inside and out. If he does his normal habit, he should get a clear look at the rails. He has every opportunity and there are really no excuses. It is whether something comes out and gets a look at the bunny and runs 29.7. If there’s trouble, hopefully he will be in striking distance.”

 

Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.89 30.04 5.13 5.26
Box 4
 Race Odds
$7.00
Heat Replay
Innocent Til
Trainer
Jason Thompson
Owner
Family Frenzy syndicate
Prizemoney
$119,445.00
Last 10 Starts
1411761181
30 Months Black Dog by Premier Fantasy -

Proven Polly

Start Good Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $2,913.00 Rating 92
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
41 24 6 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
59% 80%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 4 0 1
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 3 1 1
Comments: Jason Thompson (Trainer) – He’s got a chance although he’s drawn badly. He will need to do everything right. His heat win was good but that was from a good box. He will need to begin and go as this is a lot worse draw. He will need a little bit of luck. There’s a big difference between being in box four in a Group One final and an impressive win from a good box in a heat.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.79 29.79 5.06 5.06
Box 5
Race Odds
$21.00
Heat Replay
Hallelujah Henry
Trainer
Darren McDonald
Owner
Jason McDonald syndicate
Prizemoney
$51,125.00
Last 10 Starts
1513123741
27 Months Fawn Dog by Lonesome Cry - Lily Eve
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,223.00 Rating 92
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
23 11 3 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
48% 78%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 4 0 1
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
Comments: Darren McDonald (Trainer) - He has to lead to be a chance of winning. I do think he’s capable on his night of breaking 5 seconds to the first post.  So if he leads, he could win.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.91 29.91 5.04 5.05
Box 6
Race Odds
$21.00
Heat Replay
Musquin Bale
Trainer
Andrea Dailly
Owner
Paul Wheeler
Prizemoney
$57,600.00
Last 10 Starts
5182775111
34 Months Red Fawn Dog by Dyna Lachlan - Princess Bale
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,920.00 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
30 10 5 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
33% 57%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 4 0 0
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0  0
Comments: Tom Dailly (Co-Trainer) - “His lack of early pace is going to be a bit of a problem and being drawn out in the six has done him no favours, so he’s going to need a fair amount of luck to get into the race.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.90 29.90 5.04 5.10
Box 7
Race Odds
$7.00
Heat Replay
Buckle Up Wes
Trainer
Edward Medhurst
Owner
R Johnson & S Sutton
Prizemoney
$74,145.00
Last 10 Starts
1213131311
32 Months Black Dog by Collision - Everlong Bale
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,181.00 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
34 20 5 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
59% 85%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 2 1 0
Comments: Ted Medhurst (Trainer) –  “He’s got it ahead of him from the box draw. He is more than capable. He began ordinary last week and I know he can begin a lot better. I can’t fault the dog, he is in good form. It is his second Group One final on the mainland. He ran third in the Paws of Thunder recently. I am thrilled to make the final and if he wins, that would be a big bonus.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.98 29.98 5.11 5.11
Box 8
Race Odds
$14.00
Heat Replay
Marcus Joe
Trainer
Barry Moloney
Owner
Barry Moloney
Prizemoney
$177,470.00
Last 10 Starts
1281618461
34 Months Brindle Dog by Velocette - Mojo Glory
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $4,930.00 Rating 89
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
36 11 8 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
31% 64%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
11 5 3 0
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 1 1 1
Comments: Barry Moloney (Trainer) - “It will be quite difficult really. They’re all pretty much good beginners. It’s going to be a bit of a charge to the corner. I can’t see how he can get across but you don’t know what’s going to happen inside either. It’s going to be hard. He loves The Meadows, it’s his favourite at this stage. He’s had 11 starts for five wins there.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.66 30.05 4.96 5.09
1st Res
Race Odds
$N/A
Heart Replay
Punch One Out - SCRATCHED
Trainer
N/A
Owner
N/A
Prizemoney
N/A
Last 10 Starts

N/A

N/A N/A N/A by N/A - N/A
Start N/A Running N/A Finish N/A
Prizemoney Rating N/A Rating N/A
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
N/A N/A
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments:  Scratched
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
N/A N/A N/A N/A
2nd Res
Race Odds
$26.00
Heat Replay
Crawf’s Bread
Trainer
David Crawford
Owner
David Crawford
Prizemoney
$61,990.00
Last 10 Starts

1223312572

33 Months Black Dog by Where’s Pedro - Tekki
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,033.00 Rating 89
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
60 17 11 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
28% 68%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
14 4 3 2
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Handy dog but faces a tough test if he gets a start. Will need a suitable draw and some luck in the early stages.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.96 29.96 5.04 5.08

 

 

Keybow (2) is the obvious favourite. He is racing in a rich vein of form that seen him capture the Group One Perth Cup from the same box he has here in the final. He ran the perfect race last week and if he puts it all together he will loom as the winner.

Kiss Me Ketut (1) returned to Group race winning form last week. He was pressured throughout last week but stood tall to record a personal best. His trainer is hoping he has found the issues with his recent tendency to run off at the turn and after railing beautifully last week, we could see a winning performance from Kiss Me Ketut if he does the same again on Saturday.

Dyna Nalin (3) is chasing the prize money record. He lacks the early speed but makes up for it in race nous. He loves The Meadows and is very consistent. With an ounce of luck early, he may just break Miata’s prize money record.

Innocent Til (4) is a little hit and miss at box rise. He has great mid race speed but we’ll have to wait and see what happens in that first 50 metres.

Hallelujah Henry (5) has to lead to win. His trainer advised that he is capable of breaking 5 seconds to the first mark and if he does that, he may well find himself in front.

Musquin Bale (6) has returned to form with style in recent weeks and is a dog that puts in 110% every time. He will be trying very hard but it’s the average box draw that’s the concern and he has a speedy dog drawn to his outside in Buckle Up Wes (7). Buckle Up Wes handled his first race track appearance at The Meadows with ease last week and will no doubt be improved by the look at the track. He hasn’t missed a place in his last 10 starts and is an each way chance.

Lastly, Maturity winner Marcus Joe (8) has the extreme outside. His trainer did acknowledge that the draw will make it hard for his dog and hopes for a bit of luck to go his way in getting across the field. He’s a fast dog, with a 29.66 PB at his favourite track.

This is a very tough race to pick a winner. There’s plenty of dogs in the market and as such, plenty of chances. This is usually the recipe for a great race so don’t forget to tune in on Saturday night.

What You Might Like To Know About The Australian Cup

This race, the richest, or equal richest, in the country at times, is awash with history. This year will mark its 13th running over 525 metres at the Meadows, and it’s 56th overall. It’s also interesting to see what alleys have provided the most winners of the event since the move to the Meadows.

Inaugural Running

The first Australian Cup set the template for the prestige of the event. Run in 1958 as a handicap event over 675 yards (617 metres) at North Melbourne, the winner was the great Rookie Rebel, owned and trained by Wally Hooper. Rookie Rebel was the backmarker, off eight yards, and short-priced favourite. Despite a severe check at one point in the race, Rookie Rebel stormed home to defeat the smart NSW racer Magic Babe by three lengths in 36. 2/16ths, the fastest time registered in a handicap. He earned £800 ($1,600) for the victory.

Distances

The Australian Cup was run over 675 yards (617 metres) at North Melbourne as a handicap from 1958 to 1962. No race was held in 1963 when the move was made to Olympic Park. The new distance was 560 yards (511 metres) and it remained a handicap in 1964 and 1965. From 1966 to 1995 it was run at Olympic Park. When that track closed, the Cup took place over 515 metres at Sandown Park from 1996 to 1998. In 1999 it moved to the Meadows and was contested over 518 metres until 2001. Since 2002 it has been run over 525 metres at the Meadows.

When Is The Race Run

The first Australian Cup was held on 31 March 1958, and has been held either in late February or March through most of its history. The exceptions have been when it was run in May from 1995 to 1997 and again in 2002, and January in 1998 and 2000.

Dual Winners

Only the one: China Trip, in 1992 and 1993.

Only Reserves to Win

None.

Biggest Winning Margins

Eaglehawk Star won by seven and a half lengths in 1985; Brett Lee blitzed the 2001 field by seven lengths in the last Cup contested over 518 metres; South Australian speedster Ginger won by six and a quarter lengths in 1989; NSW champion Benjamin John scored by six lengths in 1969 and Listowel Sue won by five and a half lengths in 1977.

Closest Winning Margins

The dead-heat in 2003 between Blackjack Tom and Most Awesome is obviously the closest of all time. Old Tops won in 1964 by half a head, becoming the first winner of the race at Olympic Park and also the first from NSW. Regal Post downed Dundalk Star by a head in 1987. China Trip won both her Australian Cups, in 1992 and 1993, by a head. Black Diro won by half a neck in 1971.

Most Successful Trainers

Queensland mentor Jim Coleman was the first to train dual winners, in successive years with Ungwilla Lad (1975) and Odious (1976). Then Garry Ball trained China Trip to win two in a row. Darren McDonald prepared Brett Lee in 2001 and Pure Octane in 2005; Robert Britton put the polish on Isa Brown (2002) and Tasman Queen (2008); Andrea Dailly has scored with Dyna Lachlan (2010) and Spud Regis (2013), and Graeme Bate has one and a half winners: he prepared Blackjack Tom in 2003 (who dead heated) and Velocette in 2009.

Dual Finalists

Idle Mate (third 1958, second 1959), Cheltenham Lass (second 1966 & 1967), Fawn Nulla (third 1966, Won 1967), Ungwilla Lad (Won 1975, third 1976), Count D’Argent (fourth 1977, Won 1978), Tangaloa (second 1979, Won 1980), Franklin Deano (eighth 1990, Won 1991), China Trip (Won 1992 & 1993), Bomber Gleeson (third 1992 & 1993), Super Impact (seventh 1994, sixth 1995), El Galo (second 2008 & 2009), and High Earner (fell 2010, second 2011).

Some Beaten Stars

Magic Babe (second 1958), Shan’s View (sixth 1960), Dennis Direct (second 1961), Tamaroo (seventh 1962), The Stripper (second 1964), Takiri (eighth 1965), Cheltenham Lass (second 1966 & 1967), Kinta’s Son (fifth 1966), Miram Miss (sixth 1968), Petite Panther (second 1971), Milo’s Charm (second 1972), Bristol Miss (fifth 1972), Miss Baines (second 1973), Tempix (second 1980), Acclaim Star (sixth 1980), White Panther (eighth 1980), Chariot Supreme (sixth 1984), Acacia Park (eighth 1984), Legendary Kid (third 1986), True To Do (second 1993), Hotshot (fourth 1998), Reggemite (seventh 1999), Go Wild Teddy (second 2001), Dutchy’s Angel (third 2001), Cyrus The Virus (fifth 2003), Monster’s Inc (second 2004), Paua To Burn (seventh 2006), Train A Journey (second 2007), and Glen Gallon (seventh 2013).

Additional Notes

Meadow Vale (1960) was the first Tasmanian to win the Cup, defeating Fair’s Orders and thereby giving trainer Peter Reid the quinella.

Dennis Direct, the runner-up to Copeland in 1961, later went to the United States to race.

Take A Bow, who won in 1962 to take his record to eight wins from just 11 starts, including the Sandown track record, was the sire of 1969 winner Benjamin John.

Busy’s Warrior, third to Pete’s Advice in 1981, was later disqualified for a positive swab, and Hotshow Vintage, second to Arvo’s Express in 2000, was another who was later disqualified.

Apart from the 2003 dead-heat for first, there was a dead-heat for third, in 1987, between Fernando Prince and Shining Chariot.

The Australian Cup was the richest race in the country between 1960 (when it was worth £1,400 to the winner) and 1962 and from 1964 to 1979 (that year it shared equal billing with the Melbourne Cup, both races being worth $30,000 to the winner). In 1983 it was worth $50,000 and again became the richest race, until 1989. Since then, it has shared top billing in 1996, and 1998 to 2000.

Since the move to the Meadows and the 525-metre distance, winners have come out of six boxes, but the majority, perhaps not surprisingly, have exited box one (four winners). Box two has provided one success (St Pierre) and box three one and a half. No winner has worn the blue rug or the green. In fact, the last winner to come from box six was Brett Lee and I am fairly sure the last winner to come from box four was Franklin Deano in 1991.

Keybow Stamps His Authority In Australian Cup Heats

Eight heats of the 2014 Group One Australian Cup were conducted on Saturday night at The Meadows, with a quality field assembled for the big final next week.

Darren McDonald has qualified two runners for the final, with Keybow the fastest qualifier for next week’s final after a devastating performance in the final heat. Dyna Nalin, who has qualified for yet another Group race final, will be chasing Miata’s prize money record next week.

Greyhounds from New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and Tasmania will all feature in the final.

Here’s a look at how each of the heats panned out.

Heat One – 2014 Group One Australian Cup

Kiss Me Ketut (3) had it all his own way, leading from start to finish in a personal best time of 29.77 to secure a berth in another Group One final. He ran a smart 5.04 first section and had Punch One Out (5) with him for most of the race. The inside draw gave Kiss Me Ketut the advantage of a rails run as Punch One Out had to work hard on Kiss Me Ketut’s outside. They were matching strides down the back straight but Kiss Me Ketut didn’t let the outside runner worry him and he emerged victorious by three quarters of a length over Punch One Out. Prue Bale (4) loomed as a danger turning for home, but she was unable to make up the ground on the home straight, finishing third.

Heat Two – 2014 Group One Australian Cup

Marcus Joe (2) has lived up to his Maturity win last year, qualifying for the Australian Cup after taking out heat two in 30.04. As expected, the speedy Magic Diva (3) pinged straight to the front and was rattling along in the early stages, but the 525 metre trip was always going to be the telling factor. The talented Marcus Joe got himself into a perfect position in the early stages of the race, settling in second position. Favourite, Peter Rocket (1) was back in fourth on the rails. Buckle Up Mason (4) was also prominent. Magic Diva was still six lengths in front down the back straight but by the home turn, Marcus Joe had abbreviated that margin to two lengths with Peter Rocket also hot on his heels. Marcus Joe barged his way under Magic Diva up the home straight with Peter Rocket electing to go on the outside. However, once Marcus Joe hit the front, the result was never in doubt as he finished strongly to win by two lengths from Peter Rocket, with Buckle Up Mason completing the trifecta. The early lamplighter, Magic Diva, finished fourth.

Heat Three – 2014 Group One Australian Cup

Darren McDonald is no stranger to Group One final’s and he has qualified Hallelujah Henry (1) for the big final. Hallelujah Henry used the perfect rails draw to lead all the way in 29.91, finishing three quarters of a length ahead of the fast finishing Crawf’s Bread (2), with Empire Allen (7) another five and a half lengths away in third. Of the others, Hawk Alone (3) was checked out of the race at the first turn. NSW chaser Boyce Road (8) was eating up the metres down the back straight after being last at the first turn, but he got dragged down by General Destini (5) and that ended any hope he had of storming home.

Heat Four – 2014 Group One Australian Cup

Musquin Bale (2) returned from a long spell in the Warragul Cup heats and with a little bit of racing under his belt since then, he has steadily improved, with tonight’s win bringing up a hat trick for the Andrea Dailly trained dog. He finished too strongly for early leader Paw Licking (7), winning easily by four and a quarter lengths in 29.89. High Recall (8) was unable to cross from box eight and had to settle for fourth after Bazza’s Gift nabbed her on the line for third.

Heat Five – 2014 Group One Australian Cup

Buckle Up Wes (6) has made up for the disappointment of not being in the final field for the Launceston Cup by qualifying in fine style for the Australian Cup. The win was good for the Tasmanian based dog as he had to come from behind. National Time (5) was the early leader and Buckle Up Wes was able to sit just off the pace. Hot favourite Farmor Las Vegas (1) didn’t begin well from the inside, while Banjo Boy (8) and Zelemar Fever (7) were unable to cross the field. Buckle Up Wes made a quick decision to head wide turning for home and he finished over the top of National Time by a length in 29.98. Jordan Allen (4) filled third.

Heat Six – 2014 Group One Australian Cup

Another day, another Group One final for Dyna Nalin (1) and Paul Stuart. Dyna Nalin used all his experience to patiently wait on the rails for the run at the home turn that would secure him a berth in the Australian Cup final. In taking the lead, he surpassed fellow West Australian chaser Te Amo (5) who began the best at box rise and maintained a fair lead for much of the race. Dyna Nalin first tried to get underneath the field just out of the first turn but checked off the back of Humphrey Bale (2). He had more luck turning for home and secured the win by half a length over the gallant Te Amo with Humphrey Bale finishing third. If Dyna Nalin can win the big one next week, he will break Miata’s prize money record.

Heat Seven – 2014 Group One Australian Cup

Innocent Til (8) reversed his fortunes in the Temlee by beginning brilliantly from box eight to lead all the way in 29.79. When the lids opened, Shadow Lane (7) did a sharp left hand turn out of the boxes, paving a clear alley for Innocent Til. Noted strong finisher Hailstorm Billy (1) quickly got to second down the back straight and looked the only chance to run down Innocent Til, but Innocent Til had about 10 lengths on the field at that stage and wound up winning by three and a quarter over Hailstorm Billy and Tick Bale (6), giving Jason Thompson a runner in next week’s final.

Heat Eight – 2014 Group One Australian Cup

The final heat was punctuated by the scintillating performance of recent Perth Cup winner Keybow (8). He used box eight to perfection to romp away by nine and a quarter lengths in a flying 29.59, which is just over two lengths off Heston Bale’s track record of 29.45. There’s not much that can be said for the rest of the field as Keybow turned the race into a one-act affair. Speed Series (5) and Clone Your Own (7) filled the places.

The final field and box draw for next week’s Group One Maurice Blackburn Lawyers Australian Cup is:

1. Kiss Me Ketut – David Burnett (29.77)

2. Keybow – Darren McDonald (29.59)

3. Dyna Nalin – Paul Stuart (30.03)

4. Innocent Til – Jason Thompson (29.79)

5. Hallelujah Henry – Darren McDonald (29.91)

6. Musquin Bale – Andrea Dailly (29.89)

7. Buckle Up Wes – Edward Medhurst (29.98)

8. Marcus Joe – Barry Moloney (30.04)

Reserves

9. Punch One Out

10. Crawf’s Bread

2014 Group One Australian Cup – Heat Previews

The Australian Cup carnival at The Meadows moves into full swing on Saturday, with eight heats of the 2014 Group One Australian Cup being conducted on a big night of racing that also includes the heats of the Super Stayer’s series.

The Australian Cup is one of the biggest Group One races on the racing calendar, with a whopping quarter of a million dollars going to the ultimate winner of the series.  As it is, each heat winner this week will earn a cool $10,000.

Just the winner of each heat will go through to the final and the two fastest seconds will be reserves. There is no Black Magic Opal in the heats, but there are plenty of other Group race performers lining up for a tilt at the big prize such as Zelemar Fever, Dyna Nalin, Hawk Alone, Peter Rocket, Ollie Bale, Banjo Boy, Keybow, Kiss Me Ketut and the list goes on.

Here is a look at each heat.

Heat One – 2014 Group One Australian Cup – Race 2 at 7:38pm

Kiss Me Ketut (3) returns from a luckless fifth in the Temlee and has a suitable draw here. The box manners of the dog by Bombastic Shiraz – Spiral Siyan have not been at there best in recent weeks and they need to improve in order for Kiss Me Ketut to lead. If he doesn’t lead then he will have trouble winning.

Punch One Out (5) has drawn the squeeze box, but if she shows the pace she did in the Paws of Thunder series at Wentworth Park recently, then she is chance of overcoming the draw. The worrying factor is that she hasn’t won at The Meadows from two attempts.

Rocky Bale (7) won an Australian Cup preliminary race last week in 29.92 from box one. He has a good record from the draw with three wins from three starts. He will need a little room early to muster and with some luck is an each way chance.

Wise Ella (8) ran second behind Vapourash in an Australian Cup preliminary race last weekend and has two wins at The Meadows. She is a consistent beginner but she has not won from box eight. Angela Langton advised ARG during the Laurels series that Wise Ella is an inside box specialist.

Of the remaining Wheeler brigade, Liara Allen (2) has a perfect record from box two, and three wins at the track for a best of 30.09. Melbourne Cup place-getter Dyna Beth (1) doesn’t look suited by the draw, with none of her 11 career wins coming from the rails draw. Prue Bale (4) loves The Meadows and at her last appearance, which was from box four, she led all the way in 29.99 and ran a smart 5.03 first section.

The other runner in the race is NSW chaser Amadeus Strikes (6), who is a recent addition to Rob Britton’s Lara kennel. The black bitch by Bombastic Shiraz – Forgetful Lucy has had two starts in Victoria for a third at Geelong. Her NSW form includes 9 wins at Wentworth Park with a best of 29.70. The green rug hasn’t been a problem for her in the past as she possess a perfect record from the box.

Heat Two – 2014 Group One Australian Cup – Race 3 at 8:00pm

Temlee place-getter Peter Rocket (1) finally has a decent inside draw and he will be looking for his first win out of box one. His record from box two is outstanding with seven wins, but for some reason he has only ever placed out of box one. His run was eye catching in the Temlee last week and if he runs up to that, he is a big chance of making yet another group race final.

The 2013 Group One Maturity winner Marcus Joe (2) is drawn alongside Peter Rocket. He has not been performing at his best in the lead up to this race but if he puts his best paw forward he is capable of running some time, with 29.66 his personal best at the track.

Ollie Bale (8) won the Group One Silver Chief from this box at The Meadows earlier this year. However, since that race he has failed to rack up another win, although he did perform well over at Cannington during the Perth Cup series. He won’t be afforded any mistakes on Saturday night.

Deadly Vane (7) and Kid Maximus (6) were also finalists in the Silver Chief series. Deadly Vane had a short break after the Silver Chief series after changing hands for a large figure. Formerly trained by Joe Borg, he will be racing for Braden Finn for the first time. He has a great record at The Meadows, with four wins and is hit and miss at box rise, but if he gets it right he is in with a chance. Kid Maximus won his semi of the Silver Chief and finished second in the final. He hasn’t run a place since and is better suited drawn near the rails.

Magic Diva (3) is an excellent beginner who has won six of her last seven starts, with her last two wins coming over the 450 metre distance at Ballarat. She is yet to be tried over this trip at The Meadows so her strength over the closing stages of a 525 metre race is unknown. She has no wins over a distance greater than 500 metres recorded against her name.

Zipping Willow (5) is a NSW chaser trained by Jason Mackay. She flew around Canberra in 30.12 to win the Group Three Canberra Cup in 2013 and she has also recorded a fast 29.52 out of several wins at Wentworth Park. It’s her first start at The Meadows.

Buckle Up Mason (4) contends with the tricky box four draw. His recent form isn’t great and his last win came back in October 2013.

Heat Three – 2014 Group One Australian Cup – Race 5 at 8:38pm

Three Rookie Rebel finalists line up in the third heat. Rookie Rebel winner Hawk Alone (3), Daintree Emperor (4) and General Destini (5) are all boxed next to each other.

General Destini (5) showed good pace to lead the Rookie Rebel field last week and the drop back in distance suits. He is one of the more consistent dogs going around so he can’t be written off.

Hawk Alone (3) was able to begin well enough last week to slot in behind General Destini for much of the race. He collared him down the home straight to secure a strong win. Connections believe he is better suited over the 525 metre distance. He will be one dog that will be storming home.

Daintree Emperor (4) had no luck in the final and has just three wins at The Meadows from 12 looks at the track.

Empire Allen (7) won an Australian Cup preliminary race in 30.11 last week and has three wins at The Meadows. He will need to improve on that time if he is to win this heat.

Hallelujah Henry (1), from the Darren Mcdonald kennel, will appreciate the rails draw and he has won three from five at the track. He ran fourth behind the track record breaking Hooksy at Ballarat last week. His best time at The Meadows is 29.95.

Jewel Bale (6) looks to be one of the leaders. She is a fairly consistent beginner with two wins at the track and a best of 29.89. She has also won five of her last eight career starts.

Crawf’s Bread (2) hasn’t won from box two and is a bit risky at box rise. He has won four at The Meadows with his last win at the track coming in November 2013.

The talented NSW youngster Boyce Road (8) has his first start at The Meadows on Saturday. He has nine wins from 14 starts but he may find trouble early trying to get across the field. If he is anywhere near the lead, he will show what he is capable of, as he is very strong.

Heat Four – 2014 Group One Australian Cup – Race 6 at 8:57pm

Paw Licking (7) features in this heat. He finished second in the Temlee after breaking the second sectional record during the race. He has brilliant early speed (evidence by a 4.94 first section split last week) and with that 525 metre run under his belt he should be better for the run. If he pinches a break, there’s no doubt he is capable of winning through to the final.

Dark Warrior (6) is also capable of beginning well. He has been freshened since his win at The Meadows on 8 February. In that win, he led all the way from box seven, running 5.06 to the first mark and recording a best of 29.98. He is drawn inside Paw Licking so will need to get out well and avoid being crossed.

Perth Cup finalist High Recall (8) will be looking to give his owners, the Weston’s, another Group race finalist. He has eight wins from 12 starts and this will be the black bitch’s first run at The Meadows. She is an excellent beginner and will need to do everything right to be able to cross Paw Licking in the early stages.

Musquin Bale (2) has returned to form with two wins from his last two starts. He won here last week in an Australian Cup preliminary race in 30.05, bringing up his third win at The Meadows. He is yet to win from box two but has showed good box manners at his last two outings.

Of the others, Rozehill Sanya (5) is in a super kennel (Jason Thompson) and has won five of her last six. She is capable of leading and has recorded 29.89 from two wins at the track. Gold Town (4) is a strong finisher but is likely to be squeezed out in the early stages. Bazza’s Gift (3) is a consistent good beginner but is yet to win at The Meadows after four attempts. Blue Giant (1) has the coveted rails alley but he is a slow beginner and will have trouble in this field.

Heat Five – 2014 Group One Australian Cup – Race 7 at 9:20pm

This heat is littered with Group race performers. It features Farmor Las Vegas (1), Buckle Up Wes (6), Zelemar Fever (7) and Banjo Boy (8). Out of all those, it is Farmor Las Vegas that is boxed to perfection. The black dog by Knocka Norris – Farmor Cee You has won six times wearing the red rug and he is coming off a fast win at Horsham on the 11th of February. He has also recorded a fast 29.71 at the track.

Zelemar Fever (7) won the Temlee in impressive strong running fashion last week from a more suitable box two draw. Her record from outside boxes isn’t as good as the inside but if she is anywhere near the lead, she is strong enough to win. She ran a personal best of 29.87 last week.

Banjo Boy (8) also prefers the inside draw, but he has won three from box eight. If he stays out of trouble, he is certainly fast enough once he musters to be up among the leaders around the turn. If he has that little bit of early luck he is certainly a chance.

Buckle Up Wes (6) performs best when he leads and it will be interesting to see how he handles his first look at The Meadows. He missed out on making the final of the recent Launceston Cup but still ran the best time over the Cup distance on Cup night. He was also a place-getter in the Paws of Thunder final at Wentworth Park, where he ran very fast early sections. He has been a model of consistency and is a definite each way chance.

Veyron Bale (2) and Peloton Bale (3) have not been beginning well of late and with a lot of early pace in the race, may struggle to tack on in those all important early stages. Veyron Bale can show early speed when he wants but isn’t consistent.

Jordan Allen (4) won an Australian Cup preliminary race last week in 30.09. He is a good beginner with a 5.09 sectional recorded last week. He has three wins at the track for a best of 30.09. National Time (5) has just one win at the track and has mixed form in the lead up. The awkward box draw doesn’t help although he did record his only win from box five at The Meadows back in January and went 5.05 to the first mark.

Heat Six – 2014 Group One Australian Cup – Race 8 at 9:40pm

Dyna Nalin (1) is the big name in this race. The inside draw suits him and he has won from box one at The Meadows in 29.89. He didn’t begin well last week from box six in the Temlee final, but the return to the better box may assist in that respect. He is also very consistent at The Meadows.

Humphrey Bale (2) has taken a liking to The Meadows, winning four from nine, including an Australian Cup preliminary race last week. He led all the way last week from box three in 29.98 and has won his last two at The Meadows.

Vapourash (6) was a recent finalist in the Healesville Cup and picked up his third win at The Meadows last week in an Australian Cup preliminary race. He had this box last week, leading all the way in 29.98. He is approaching the tail end of his career but has been racing in good stead.

Cornelius Fudge (3) is a risky beginner who has managed a win at The Meadows and Sandown in last two performances. He hasn’t got the best early speed, only going 5.27 to the post the first time at his last start at the track. From three wins at the track, he has recorded a best time of 29.91.

Rose of Galo (4) is a recent addition to Victorian racing after being sent down from Queensland to Jason Thompson’s kennel. She has had just the one run at The Meadows for a third placing. She led the race, running 5.04 for the first section, but was run down by Speed Series.

Te Amo (5) is having her first run at the track for Western Australian trainer Linda Britton. She is a slick beginner and will need to lead to be a chance.

Purcell Bale (7) has a good record from box seven, winning five times. He has two wins at The Meadows including one on 1 February where he led all the way in 30.03 and recording a 5.02 first section. She stays under notice.

Nockabout Aussie (8) looks likely to struggle in this field but has won at The Meadows in 29.83.

Heat Seven – 2014 Group One Australian Cup – Race 9 at 9:58pm

2013 Laurels winner Ritza Hattie (2) struts her stuff for the first time at The Meadows. The draw is good for her and will hopefully improve her recent run of bad box manners. She only ran unplaced for the first time in her career two starts back and given her ability, she looks a chance on paper.

Spud Regis (5) hasn’t raced since the 25th of January, when he ran last at The Meadows. At his best, he recorded 29.63 at the track back in March 2013. He does his best work when leading and hopefully for connections, the freshen up helps him get out in front from the middle alley.

Zipping Brock (3) is the recent winner of the National Derby at The Gardens. He is the most inexperienced chaser in the field, facing the starter on just 10 occasions. He has been to The Meadows before and won in a moderate 30.52.

Recent Gosford Cup winner Awesome Project (4) is a relatively new addition to Darren McDonald’s kennels. He is a last start winner at Cannington during the recent Perth Cup series where he recorded a strong 30.46. He has won six of his last eight and is sure to be well schooled at The Meadows.

Hailstorm Billy (1) has been doing much of his recent racing over the longer 600 metre trip and has just the one win at The Meadows over the 525 metre distance, and is yet to record a win from box one.

Tick Bale (6) and Shadow Lane (7) may struggle from their respective unsuitable draws. Tick Bale won an Australian Cup prelimiary race last week in 30.00 from box one. He is generally only fairly away and will need some luck early. Shadow Lane is yet to win from box seven and is unlikely to do so in an Australian Cup heat.

Innocent Til (8) stays under notice. There’s no doubting his ability as he was an invitee to the Temlee. He finished last in that race from box seven after striking trouble. He doesn’t mind box eight as he has recorded five wins in the pink rug. He should get a clearer run with two moderate beginners on his inside.

Heat Eight – 2014 Group One Australian Cup – Race 10 at 10:20pm

Perth Cup winner Keybow (8) headlines the final heat of the evening. He will be wearing the pink for the first time in his career and looks better suited to an inside draw (he has won all five starts from box two). He needs some room in the first couple of strides to muster pace and will be assisted by the moderate beginner on his immediate inside (Clone Your Own). He is very strong and will be prominent in the closing stages if he doesn’t suffer interference early on.

Warragul Cup runner-up Evie’s Entity (1) is another one that will be finishing strongly. She hasn’t raced much at The Meadows (three times in her 49 start career), but ran second behind Dark Warrior back on the 8th of February. She is also suited by the rails alley, so keep her safe.

Tomac Bale (6) finished seventh in the Temlee last week and is searching for his first win since November 2013. He is a fast dog when everything goes his way, as evidenced by his personal best of 29.67. He just needs a little bit of fortune and some confidence to return to his winning ways.

Deadly Boy (2) won three in a row at The Meadows back in December 2013 and is well mannered at box rise. He is yet to win from box two and was held up numerous times in his third placing behind Dark Warrior at the track last start. He has the advantage of a slower beginner on his inside and that could mean he gets the advantage of a favoured rails run.

Dyna Ishaan (3) won an Australian Cup preliminary race last week in 30.17. His form has been a little bit patchy and he will need to run up to his best to steal this heat.

Allen Deed (4) had an unfortunate fall in the Perth Cup final at his most recent start and it will be interesting to see how he bounces back from that. He is a talented chaser with four wins at The Meadows and a best of 29.85.

Speed Series (5) is a good beginner and he will need to lead to factor, while Clone Your Own (7) will have to contend with box seven, a box that is not ideal for a moderate beginner in this class.

Don’t forget to tune in and watch the best dogs in Australia contest the heats of one of the biggest races on the Australian greyhound racing calendar.

2014 Perth Cup Night Review

Keybow has taken out the 2014 Group One Sky Racing Perth Cup (530 metres) title for trainer Darren McDonald. It was a night for Victorian’s, with Born Ali winning the Group One Galaxy (715 metres) for Robert Britton.

As the orange bunny started up and the boxes flew open Keybow shot to the lead, cutting Saving Bundles off for the prime position on the rails. Zelemar Fever (favourite at $4.40) jumped quickly, but was disadvantaged from box six and she found herself in anticipated trouble heading into the first bend, with Andrea Dailly’s Allen Deed falling. The damage had already been done as Keybow continued to extend he lead from outsider Saving Bundles, with Star Recall pushing on to finish third. The Darren McDonald chaser stopped the clock at 30.15, with Saving Bundles just five lengths behind. Litter sisters Star Recall and High Recall finished third and fourth.

At just his 18th career start inexperience wasn’t an issue for Keybow, although it worried Darren McDonald coming into the race. The black dog has now extended his winnings to nearly $200,000.00. The son of Take The Kitty – Key Exit has become Group One Perth Cup champion in just his second group affair after running second in the Carnbourne Cup four starts ago.

Kristie Collyer handled her first Group One winner in the Galaxy for Robert Britton. In a nailing biting encounter, Gold Affair Two went straight to the early lead from box seven with kennel mate Born Ali camped on her heals in second place. Dyna Willow looked to fall out of the boxes because of the early speed the other chases had. She worked hard around the outside of the field to sit in third position. Gold Affair Two began to tire as Dyna Willow and Born Ali made a line of three. It was Born Ali who pushed on to win by a head over Dyna Willow and Gold Affair Two a further two lengths back in third. Infinite Wish finished in fourth position.

After two weeks of catering for Robert Britton’s chasers every need, Kristie Collyer finally got what she deserved, a Group One winner. The daughter of Velocette – Born Princess increased her stake money to over $225,000.00. She jumped as the $2.30 favourite and didn’t disappoint punters taking out the race in 42.05.

Linda Britton looked to win everything but the big races, finishing up with five winners. Te Amo took out the Perth Cup Consolation after missing the start from box seven. It was a massive ask for the WA trained greyhound to defeat the talented field. The daughter of Cosmic Rumble – Osti’s Bride crossed to the lead, overtaking Andrew McLaren’s Bluey’s Fate as they passed the catching pen. Looking strong, Te Amo won the Consolation in 30.43, followed by Buley’s Fate, Ollie Bale and General Destini.

Dyna Nalin was welcomed back to Perth’s winning circle in the second race. Last week running third he missed out on both the Perth Cup and Consolation. From box three Dyna Nalin didn’t disgrace himself out of the boxes, at worst he sat in fourth position on the rails. It was only a matter of time before Paul Stuart’s chaser stole the lead from Ritchie Rich, winning in a best of the night time of 30.10.

ARG Editor’s Note

ARG would like to take this opportunity to thank RWWA and GreyhoundsWA for their fantastic hospitality over this sensational weekend of racing. We were made to feel like locals on Friday night at Mandurah and were then treated to a sensational night at the Perth Cup.

A fantastic night of racing was enjoyed by thousands. The atmosphere was something that the local industry should be very proud of. Superb racing, plenty of beers flowing, quality food and a massive fireworks display as the music played well after the last. What more could a visitor want?

To Paul Stuart, Linda Britton, Kristie Collyer and Tammy Collins, thanks for being our inaugural podcast interviews.

Perth Cup And Galaxy Podcast – Paul Stuart

ARG was lucky enough to catch up with Paul Stuart last night for a chat about his career in general and his hopes in the Galaxy and Perth Cup.

Paul Stuart Podcast

 

ARG:   Okay. We’re here for our first ever podcast for ARG and we’ve got Paul Stuart as the inaugural victim.  How are you Paul?

PAUL STUART:                    I’m good, thanks.  Yourself?

ARG:   Good mate.  I’m good. I’m joined here with Molly Haines as well.  Paul, first question, when did you start training?

PAUL STUART:                    As soon as I got – as soon as I turned 18.  So it would’ve been 11 years ago now.  So since I turned 18, I applied for my licence.  I was learning dogs probably a few years before that.  But yeah, as soon as I could, I got my licence.  And away it went.

ARG:   So what was the first dog you had?

PAUL STUART:                    The first race dog I had was Stars And Fire.  I think she had her first start at Cannington and she ran –   she led all the way and got beaten a nose, so it wasn’t a good start, but she was my first runner.

ARG:   How long have you been training for the Wheeler Camp?

PAUL STUART:                    Since I was 18, I’ve always had a couple of dogs for them through a mutual friend, Johnny Tompkins.  So that’s how I sort of got to known the Wheelers through him and they gave me a couple of dogs to start off with. And then so I’ve sort of been with them from the start.

ARG:   That’s a nice welcome to the industry for you.

PAUL STUART:                    It is, yes.  It’s handy to have the support of the biggest trainers in the world.  So it’s very good.

ARG:   Yeah, that’s good.  So how many are in the work – in work at the moment?

PAUL STUART:                    I’ve got sixteen in the work at the moment.  We’ve got a delivery of pups to come home.  So it should be a full house very shortly.

ARG:   So who’s – obviously, you’ve got Dyna Nalin, who else is the kind of star of the team?

PAUL STUART:                    Hillbilly Flash, he’s a nice one coming through and Fancy Dreamer has been performing very well as well.  So there’s quite a few there that are probably a little bit just below being really good, but some nice ones have come through for our fleet.  They can take the next step.

ARG:   So do you have a really young one coming through, the blue one?

PAUL STUART:                    I have the little blue one. She’s only – she’ll be nearly two years old.  She’s a Winsome Bluebird.  She’s trialling okay at the moment.  So hopefully she can progress and follow in her bigger sister’s footsteps.

ARG:   Molly was saying you’ve got a nice nickname for Winsome Bluebird yourself?

PAUL STUART:                    Her kennel name is Min, but we just call her “Gut Butt” at home.

ARG:   “Gut Butt”? <Laughs>

PAUL STUART:                    No, she just goes by whatever name we call her.  But there’s – Min, she’s the foundation of everything that we’ve got at home at the moment.  So she’s got a nice spot at home on the lounge or in the house and wherever she wants to go.  So she’s got a free rein of the joint. It’s nice to have her around as a reminder of where it all started.

ARG:   That’s good.  So you got it back to when it all started, back to 18 years of age.  If you’ve got something to say, some advice for another 18-year old who’s just kicking off, what would you give them?

PAUL STUART:                    Don’t give up.  A lot of bad things happen; I didn’t have much luck very early at all. I remember even working for the Wheelers.  The amount of things that went wrong, they reckon, I could write a book about hard luck stories and things like that.  But just a reminder of – you’ve got to get through the bad times to get to the good times.  So it’s all that.  Yeah, pretty much, don’t give up and in a way keep trying to learn.  And don’t think you know everything because the day – there’s a good saying always being told by a very wise old man that the day you think you know everything about races is the day you should give up, because there’s no such thing.

ARG:   So, the best dog you’ve trained is an obvious one, that’s a question I was gonna ask most people I interviewed.  So who’s the second best?

PAUL STUART:                    Pedrosa.  He’s my favourite dog.  He kick-started my career off in Perth, and he was just a super dog.  If I could have any dog back again now, he would be the dog I wish I could have now and start off again.  Because, yeah, I learned a lot off him and he was – unfortunately, he had never won a big race but of all the dogs that I’ve ever had, he was the one that deserved a good race and he never got one.  So I would like to try and get one with him just to have it on my CV but he’s my favourite.

ARG:   Again, we’ll sort of go back to something that you could lead into advice for those hobby trainers or people who are sort of kick starting off.  What would a daily routine for Paul Stuart involve?

PAUL STUART:                    Well these days, I don’t know.  Some way you get up at 5:30 or 6 o’clock in the morning and get up and get straight in to the dogs and knock them over as quickly as you can, before the heat sets in over here.  Basically, everything’s just a routine.  You always let them out early, well first thing, and you give them breakfast.  And then I suppose, whatever they’re up to, you can put them in a straight track or free gallop around the paddock.  Or if they trial, they go trialling.  So it’s pretty basic and it’s just a matter of a routine, more than anything.  Once you start changing things up with the dogs all the time, they don’t know what’s going on because obviously, they can’t – you can’t be talking to them and they understand what’s happening.  The better you can be at your routine, the calmer and more relaxed the dogs are and probably the better they’ll perform when they’re like that.

ARG:   So you have an individual routine for different dogs or do they always get the same?

PAUL STUART:                    Initially, they’ll come through and do exactly the same as whatever everyone else does, and then, if they have little injuries or problems that they can’t handle the normal routine obviously, you re-adjust from there or if you’ve got a dog that’s too lazy, you re-adjust that as well with how much work it gets.  Try and get it fitter so it’s all dependant on the dog.  There’s definitely a set standard of what should be going on but if a dog doesn’t fit, you just got to alter it a little bit and hopefully you can adjust and you go from there.

ARG:   So what’s been the highlight of your career so far?

PAUL STUART:                    Obviously having three good dogs in a row has been a pretty lucky little thing going on but – probably no real highlights they’re all good in their own way.  There’s no different – I get no more – not much more difference when they’re Group one than when they’re a maiden dog with the dog that I’ve bred.  So it’s all the same.  Every dog has their own little special meaning to you, so there’s no individual performance or anything that stands out in my mind.  They’re all – as long as all dogs are always happy and performing well, I will always be happy with them and from there hopefully, the good time can keep going.

ARG:   Molly had an interesting question for us before relating to Ash Flash and Hillbilly Flash?  Do you wanna tell us how you come to get those two dogs?

PAUL STUART:                    Yeah, they’re both owned by a fellow named Trevor Rhodes who lives in Victoria.  He actually rang me up quite a few years ago, asking me to train a stayer for him but at that time, I just had Miata come along.  And I had full – at that time, I had 10 or 12 kennels and I was full.  That was the end of the – I never heard back from him and then probably, at the end last year, I had a phone call from Darren McDonald saying he had a – he was training for Trevor.  He trained Ash Flash for him and Trevor actually had Hillbilly Flash just coming back from injury, he had his tonsils taken out and he was looking at sending him to Perth ‘cause his racing style in Melbourne is probably a little bit slower for the city class straight away and he’s only a young dog but he had heaps of ability so we wanted to place him some where he could get away with being a little bit tardy earlier and then show his speed so he sent him over first and he was fast from word go.  He’s fit in really nice and then, obviously following on that – Obviously, staying at Darren’s place he had Ash Flash there and she was going pretty well but she was probably a little bit lacking in confidence over there with their racing style.  She was getting too far back and getting knocked around in races.  Darren thought it would be a good idea to send her over to Perth for a little while and with the smaller fields we got these days. There’re a lot of – there are 700 metre racing with five or six dog fields so which suits me down to the ground and trying to get a bit of confidence.  And so she’s only been here probably six or seven weeks.  She’s improving and her confidence is growing every week.  She goes around Cannington and so it’s reflecting the times that she’s running and the way she’s going about her business.  It’s been a good move on that behalf.  And hopefully, she can now – well she’d be racing the Victorian dogs that she used to be racing over there without too much luck so hopefully, she can change it this Saturday.

ARG:   So who’s the– obviously, Ash Flash is in the Galaxy tomorrow night and Hillbilly Flash in the Perth Cup, which would be, of those two, the better chance would you think?

PAUL STUART:                    Well, they’re both, well, he’s up against a very fast field and he’s very inexperienced and in saying that so are half the field.  They’re all nice dogs coming along.  But he’s got the four box which is probably not a good thing for a dog with his, I suppose, starting habits.  He tends to dwell probably half a length early and then musters up, so a lot of speed on his outside on Saturday night.  If he gets a clear run, he’s fast enough to win it if a dog like Zelemar Fever doesn’t jump to the front.  He’s interesting whereas she is drawn off the track where she doesn’t really like, she wants to get down to the rails pretty early but she’s learned to deal with a wide box since she’s been here. She hasn’t draw inside of five since she’s been here. She has learned how to go around dogs which is very pleasing.  But again, she’s up against dogs that have got a lot more experience and in the group/company. They’re probably an even a chance as each other and they’re just gonna rely on a lot of luck early and if they get a clear run, they’re both fast enough to win it.  But it’s just a matter of getting the breaks early.

ARG:   You’ve got a pretty busy schedule in the consolation with Fancy Dreamer, Dyna Nalin and Dannie Bale.  Best of those chances, any Tips for the listeners?

PAUL STUART:                    Well, Dyna Nalin and Fancy Dreamer are well drawn.  The red dog, he loves the red and he’s a quick beginner but you can’t go past class, so I’d have tip Dyna Nalin on top of all my ones.

ARG:   You got any questions for Paul yourself, Molly?

ARG:   No, I think everything’s covered.

ARG:   Everything’s covered.  Paul thanks for joining us for podcast number one.  First victim’s out of the way so good luck tomorrow night and catch up with you next time we’re in WA.

PAUL STUART:                    No worries.  Take it easy.

Review Of The Healesville Cup Heats

Healesville played host to some of the fastest straight track racing anywhere on the planet on Sunday, when eight heats of the 2014 Healesville Cup were run and won.

The results have set up a tremendous final for next Sunday with many of the fancied conveyances progressing to the big final worth $43,750 to the winner.

Heat 1

Former banana-bender Frosty Jay Jay (4) took out the first heat in sensational fashion. While the time may have not looked like much (19.27), it was more the style in which Kel Greenough trained son of Knocka Norris and Slick Hannah won the race.

After beginning slowly and copping more than his share of interference, he found himself last halfway through the race. It was at this stage that the 37.5kg white chaser sprouted wings and raced up to join the early leaders Dirty Mary (8) and Lady Deedee (1). Zambora Storm (2) also chimed in and the quartet fought out a grinding final 100 metres, with Frosty Jay Jay proving too strong from Lady Deedee and Zambora Storm.

Frosty Jay Jay has come up with box eight in the final, which may provide him with a little more room early which could be exactly what he needs.

Heat 2

Nic Nat Nui (8) used the outside alley to his advantage in winning the second heat. Beginning fairly, the 34kg black dog used plenty of the track as he wound up and took the lead, slowly moving to the rails as he got away from the field.

From that point it was a one-act affair, with nothing able to match it with the Kelly Bravo trained conveyance. Nic Nat Nui (Premier Fantasy – Monasito) scored by 3 lengths from Acclaimed Love (5) and There’s A Earn (2). He has come up with the coveted one-box in the final which he should relish.

Heat 3

Heat three went the way of the star of the moment, Walk Hard (8). The recent Warragul Cup winner began well from the outside and found himself in second place early from Meditate (4), who wanted to get off the track. The pair came together slightly while Cointreau Cap (1) started to make his presence felt on the inside.

But the mid-race acceleration of Walk Hard provided a real highlight as he exploded away from his rivals to score by 3 1/4 lengths in a slick 19.01. Cointreau Cap was gallant in second placing, while Accelerant (3) ran home well for third. Walk Hard continued his record of drawing poor boxes in finals, coming up with box four for next week’s big one, after winning the Warragul Cup from box five.

Heat 4

The fourth heat showcased a dazzling front running display in the fastest time of the day by Paw Licking (8). The Hobart Thousand winner used box eight with aplomb, give himself plenty of room to clear the field and race away to score in 19.00 from Denersur (5) and First Blood (6).

The win meant Kel Greenough, who won the race in 2011 with Marbro Man, had both of his runners from the heats into the final. Paw Licking has drawn box two for the final, a box which he has won three from four races from and he is sure to be well found in the market.

Heat 5

Transcend Time (8) made it four winners in-a-row from the pink alley with a gritty win. As predicted, the ultra-consistent Matt’s Entity (3) landed on the speed and gave Transcend Time plenty to catch as he tore up the centre of the track.

Transcend Time found himself in second place and in pursuit of the big white and blue dog. Just when it looked as though Matt’s Entity may have the race in his keeping, Transcend Time knuckled down and ground out a tough win with a very strong last hundred metres. The regally bred son of Bombastic Shiraz and Elite Oriental registered 19.21 for Devon Meadows mentor Wayne Vassallo. Matt’s Entity finished in second place and Elusive Daicos finished third.

Transcend Time has drawn box three for next Sunday’s final. He has had two starts from box three in his career and won them both.

Heat 6

The scene was set for five winner in-a-row from box eight when Dark Warrior (8) started a short priced favourite in the sixth heat. Dark Warrior landed quickly on the speed and looked to have the race at his mercy with only one danger, Zulu Zircon (4).

Zulu Zircon began up towards the pace from the middle box and started to loom as the only possible danger to the favourite at the half way mark.

Over the final hundred metres, Zulu Zircon proved too strong as, stride by stride, he started to abbreviate Dark Warrior’s leading margin, grabbing the lead just before the line to score by half a length, with Vapour Storm in third.

The Jason Thompson trained Zulu Zircon posted a time of 19.15 and has come up with box five for the final.

Heat 7

Devon Meadows trainer Wayne Vassallo became the second trainer to have two dogs through to the final after Vapourash (5) proved too hard to catch in the seventh heat.

Vapourash only began on terms with the field but hit the ground running to find the front early and avoid the carnage that unfolded behind him. Special Pup (4), who finished second, used plenty of the track and chased the winner all the way up the straight, while youngster Civil Pursuit (1) also gave plenty of cheek down on the rails to finish third.

Vapourash scored by 2 1/2 lengths and posted the time of 19.21 which is a personal best. He will find himself in box six for the final, a box from which he has won two of his five starts.

Heat 8

Coco Benz (1) will be the only bitch in the final after she made the most of box one to win the last heat. Coco Benz is another who has raced most of her career in Queensland, but had no trouble adapting to the Victorian conditions.

She began as well as anyone and railed like the lure, remaining nailed to the fence for the entire event, en route to registering a swift 19.04. She scored by 1 3/4 lengths from Flying Bolt (3) who was the fastest second placing of the day and will gain a reserves rug in the final, with Burj Khalifa (8) finishing third. The David Geall trained Coco Benz will face a whole different scenario in the final, drawing box seven for the big one.

Box Draw for the 2014 Healesville Cup Final

1 – Nic Nat Nui – Kelly Bravo
2 – Paw Licking – Kel Greenough
3 – Transcend Time – Wayne Vassallo
4 – Walk Hard – Nicole McRae
5 – Zulu Zircon – Jason Thompson
6 – Vapourash – Wayne Vassallo
7 – Coco Benz – David Geall
8 – Frosty Jay Jay – Kel Greenough

Reserves
9 – Flying Bolt – Andrew Mooney
10 – Dark Warrior – Darren McDonald


2014 Healesville Cup Heats

2014 Group One Perth Cup Heats Reviewed

WA trainer Linda Britton dominated the Perth Cup heats on Saturday night, qualifying four of the eight finalists for the $140,000 race. It a was excellent night for Linda Britton’s bitches, with all running impressive times to ensure their rugs in next weeks Group 1 event.

 

Heat One:

1st Keybow
2nd General Destini
3rd Dannie Bale
4th Hawk Alone

Darren McDonald kicked off the Perth Cup heats winning with odds on favourite Keybow ($2.35) from box two. Fellow Victorian Hawk Alone was backed into second favourite, paying $3.60 for the win before the boxes opened. As the green light went on and the bunny flew past, General Destini, Keybow, Thunda Rama and Sunday Morning battled for the leading position heading into the first turn. Dannie Bale, from box eight, crossed to the fence clearly while the others worked hard for the front. It became a two dog race as the leading duo Keybow and General Destini hit the 700 metre boxes; as punters predicted, Keybow pulled away to win easily over General Destini and Dannie Bale in a time of 30.53.

 

Heat Two:

1st Hillbilly Flash
2nd Bluey’s Fate
3rd Veyron Bale
4th Run Nitro Run

Paul Stuart gave WA their first chaser in the Perth Cup with Hillbilly Flash victorious. Jumping as $1.75 favourite from box one; punters had a lot of confident in the white and black dog. Meroslava, Bluey’s Fate and Hillbilly Flash lead the field out of the boxes. Hillbilly Flash took the outside route to sit in third position behind Bluey’s Fate and Meroslava. It was only a matter of time before Hillbilly Flash outclassed the two chasers in front; quickly snatching the lead and ensuring the win was all his, stoping the clock at a slick 30.36.

 

Heat Three:

1st Saving Bundles
2nd Liara Allen
3rd Ritza Liam
4th Burzynski

Victorian Iona Seven held favouritism ($1.70) as handlers walked their dogs to the boxes. In the first upset of the night Saving Bundles for Linda Britton took out the third heat after making the most of a bad situation. Kenny Powers crossed straight to the rails out of the boxes, giving Iona Seven a clear pathway to the front of the field and as she was crossing to the rail, she clipped with fellow Victorian Liara Allen and fell. Unable to complete the course because of a suspected broken shoulder, she stayed in the arms of the kennel staff while the race continued. Saving Bundles found herself with a clear run around the outside, winning in a time of 30.56.

 

Heat Four:

1st Zelemar Fever
2nd Te Amo
3rd Ritchie Rich
4th Mepunga Fearon

WA held the lead and favouritism with Zelemar Fever ($1.75) jumping from box seven and Te Amo ($5.00) rocketing out of box four. Te Amo caught Zelemar Fever by surprise as she put lengths on her kennel mate heading into the back straight; in a nail biting performance that looked to give Te Amo a rug in the Perth Cup, Zelemar Fever pushed through on the inside snatching the lead by only length in the fastest qualifying time of 30.30.

 

Heat Five:

1st Allen Deed
2nd Ozzie Bullet
3rd Dyna Nalin
4th Gone To Heaven

Last years Perth Cup winner Dyna Nalin excited from box seven as the $3.10 favourite. Youngster’s Gone To Heaven and Allen Deed second and third favourites, paying $3.40 and $3.70 respectively. It was Gone To Heaven with the yellow rug flashing to the front as the bunny went past. Dyna Nalin was left to make his usual come from behind effort from 5th position. Ozzie Bullet worked himself into second spot before using the outside of the track with Allen Deed to take the lead. Dyna Nalin was unable to get a clear run on the rails because Gone To Heaven refused to give up her position on the inside of the track; the 35 kilo Dyna Nalin checked off a 26 kilo Gone To Heaven, causing the pair to lose stride. The race was already won as the field turned into the home straight, with Allen Deed finding the front and extending to win in a time of 30.63.

 

Heat Six:

1st High Recall
2nd Love Of Lauren
3rd Fancy Dreamer

4th Zipping Joe

Linda Britton’s High Recall ($3.40) didn’t give the other chasers a look as she landed on the bunny out of the boxes despite wearing the yellow rug. Love Of Lauren ($21.00) and Fancy Dreamer ($2.50) stayed in second and third place throughout, with very little chance to run down the daughter of High Earner, High Recall, who stopped the clock at 30.42.

 

Heat Seven:

1st Star Recall
2nd Ollie Bale
3rd By Magic

Linda Britton got her fourth chaser, Star Recall ($3.90), through to the Group 1 Perth Cup final. Littermate to the previous heat winner, High Recall, put in an almost identical performance to her sister from box five. Star Recall took her toughest competition out in Crump ($2.40) as she crossed to the lead to ensure the race was in her keeping in the early stages. Ollie Bale ($4.00) sat in second position despite receiving a check from Crump heading into the home straight. Star Recall produced a personal best and second fastest qualifying time of 30.38.

 

Heat Eight:

1st Sveta Monelli
2nd Jump The Queue
3rd Prue Bale
4th Awesome Project

David Hobby made it a WA dominated Perth Cup, qualifying his talented bitch Sveta Monelli in the last heat of the night. From box six Sveta Monelli ($2.80) worked hard and used her early speed to get her to the front of the field, with Prue Bale ($2.35) and Jump The Queue ($18.00). Sveta Monelli easily held on to win the race in 30.71, with Jump The Queue and Prue Bale a few lengths behind. Hello Knocka broke down on the first bend and tailed to the back of the field; the brave chaser finished the race with a broken hock.

 

WA came out of the heats with six chasers in the Perth Cup Final. Just the two interstate chasers in Keybow for Darren McDonald and Allen Deed for Andrea Daily made it through. Over the past few months of WA racing the standard of greyhound has lifted dramatically; nothing was a tougher test than the Perth Cup heats for our WA stars, who pulled through and showed that they are something in Australian greyhound racing.

2014 Healesville Cup Heats Preview

The Victorian feature racing spotlight will shine brightly on the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges this Sunday when eight heats of the greyhound racings richest straight track race in the world, the Healesville Cup will take place.

The race was first held in 1990 on the grass track over 340 metres, it was first won by the Victorian Greyhound of the Year, Eureka Man. 2011 saw the surface switch to loam and an additional 10 metres added to the race distance. Marbro Man took the event out that year for Kel Greenough who has two runners engaged in this year’s heats.

It is an early start this Sunday at Healesville with plenty of quality racing on the card, including four semi-finals of the big maiden. Let’s take a look at the Cup Heats;

Race 5 – Lion Quality Products Healesville Cup – Heat 1 – 11:05am

A tough heat kicks off proceedings with a handful of chances. Lady Deedee (1) has raced well at the track with two wins from three starts and a fast 19.19 to her name. The concern is her past two starts which include a last placing at Healesville and a fourth over 400 metres at Warragul. The box is certainly in her favour and she does look to be a major player. Evie’s Entity (6) is the class runner of the field with 19 wins from 41 starts including a second in the Warragul Cup final last time out. She may need a little bit of room early given her moderate box manners but expect her to be flying home late.

Walkaway Blaze (7) won at the track last week in his second look at the venue. He registered 19.35 in the process and comes into calculations on the credence of that effort. Of the others, Sultan Of Swing (5) has won three from six at the track, Dirty Mary (8) has been consistent and has also gone a slick 19.17 in the past, while Frosty Jay Jay (4) also has his share of ability and has his first run at the track here.

Race 6 – LQP Trailer Accessories Healesville Cup – Heat 2 – 11:20am

Heat Two is headlined by the recent Cranbourne Cup winner Banjo Boy (2). The Ken Virtue trained star has won both starts at the Healesville track and has broken the magical 19-second barrier. He is clearly the one to beat in this race. The Darren McDonald trained youngster There’s A Earn (2) will have his first race start at the track in this heat. He has ability but may need a little luck with two quicker beginners drawn either side of him.

Nic Nat Nui (8) has won nine from 33 and also has his first go at the track for trainer Kelly Bravo. If he can use the wide alley to his advantage then he may get a clear run throughout the race. Hard Days Night (6) has a real penchant for the straight track with three wins and two seconds from just six goes at the venue. He has posted a fast 19.08 in the past and could be some hope. Of the others, Acclaimed Love has won three from five here, producing a best of 19.25 and is from a long line of quality New South Wales straight trackers.

Race 7 – LQP Air Compressors Healesville Cup – Heat 3 – 11:35am

Heat three showcases the recent Warragul Cup winner and Healesville flyer Walk Hard (8). The Nicole McRae trained conveyance will be storming home like a freight train at the business end of this race and has registered 18.82 at the track, faster than any other dog in these heats. He has won four from five at the track but, astonishingly, has his first start from the outside alley in his 34 race career. If he handles it, he will be winning here.

Cointreau Cap (1) has recently landed in the astute Darren McDonald kennels. He has a plethora of early speed and could give them something to catch. Demonstrous (6) has had 27 starts at Healesville, winning 7. He has registered a slick 19.04 in the past and could pose some threat on that basis.

Race 8 – LQP Battery Chargers Healesville Cup – Heat 4 – 11:50am

The speedy Paw Licking (8) will start a short priced favourite in Heat Four. The son of Elite State and Kingsbrae Di has won no less than 27 races from just 46 outings and has won at Healesville in 19.06. He has proven himself from wide alleys, winning four of eight from the pink, so the draw should not be a concern; he is the one to beat. Juddy Burst (1) has never missed a place at Healesville in five attempts and has posted a quick 19.05 here before. He has not won since November which makes him a bit of a risk but he is not without hope.

Fancy Amigo (4) has his first start at the track this Sunday but has shown his share of ability elsewhere and is in the Darren McDonald kennel, he may be worth a thought. Of the others, Denersur has won four from 10 at the track but is yet to flatter on the clock while First Blood (6) has been in good form on the circle at Shepparton and Horsham of late.

Race 9 – LQP Jump Start Systems Healesville Cup – Heat 5 – 12:06pm

Heat Five looks to be one of the more open heats. Transcend Time (8) is a quality conveyance and will exit the outside alley for trainer Wayne Vassallo. He won his only start at Healesville in 19.18 and has been racing in good company; he looks the obvious one to beat. Mat’s Entity (3) has won 24 of his 43 career starts and never finished outside the top two at this track in four tries. He has a best of 19.23 and should land on the speed.

Billy Rocket (2) is a lightly raced dog who has gone very quick here in the past, registering 19.04 from a similar box. He will be another one who should be on the pace early and could make his own luck. Symmetry Lad (7) is a very consistent beginner who has his first look at the straight here. He has won six of his 16 races and could be a value hope at around double-figure odds.

Race 10 – LQP LED Spotlights Healesville Cup – Heat 6 – 12:22pm

Dark Warrior (8) will more than likely start favourite in Heat Six. He has won both of his career starts at the track and has posted a 19.10 from a wide alley. He should be able to use the box to his advantage here and go very close to winning. Release The Heat (6) has been placed in nine of his 10 races here and has won four of those, including a 19.15 effort. He may be a rough chance at odds.

Vapour Storm (1) is well boxed and has a 19.29 to his credit from and inside alley. He has only had one start back from a spell and failed to flatter, so he will need to be taken on trust. Zulu Zircon (4) is a young flying machine in the Jason Thompson kennel. He has his first look at the track but there is no reason why he cannot convert his circle form to the straight.

Race 11 – LQP Car Fridges Healesville Cup – Heat 7 – 12:43pm

Top Innings (2) will headline Heat Seven of the Cup for Anakie trainer Jeff Britton. The Silver Chief place-getter loves to fly the lids and is drawn to win the race. Premier Magpie (3) loves straight-tracking and has registered a couple of times in the low-nineteen’s during his four wins over this trip. He may be starting to get on a bit but he has won two of his last three and has to be considered.

Special Pup (4) is an interesting runner having his first start for Michelle Mallia-Magri after coming from Western Australia. He has won 17 from 33 including his last two and may be worth keeping an eye on. Texan (7) looks the best of the rest with three wins from seven starts over this trip including a 19.18 and a 19.19 which he produced two starts back.

Race 12 – LQP Load Restraints Healesville Cup – Heat 8 – 12:58pm

Hallelujah Henry (4) is an ultra-consistent chaser who has a real affinity with Healesville. He has won two of his three attempts at this trip and posted a flying 18.93. He is definitely the one they will have to catch here. Dyna Carnage (2) has won 10 from 21 career starts and is a promising chaser. He is not the fastest beginner but could be a hope with a clear crack at them.

Burj Khalifa (8) is an interesting runner. He won two-in-a-row at Appin, a straight track in New South Wales, before coming to Victoria and winning on debut over 300 metres at this track in the best on day; he could be a smoky. Premier Event (6) has a good record here winning two of his three starts and running 19.16. Coco Benz (1) has a terrific career record with 14 wins from 22 starts. She makes her Healesville debut but has to be a solid chance from the red alley.

2014 Perth Cup Heats Previewed

It’s finally that time of year for WA racing; when a number of Australia’s best greyhounds brave the heat for their working holiday in the West, with the end result a rug the Perth Cup final (530 metres) and a chance of winning $140,000.

Heat One:

General Destini has made the trip over to Perth for the second time. Last year he ran second in the Perth Cup heats from box four, running 30.56. Jumping from box one will increase his chance of winning the race dramatically, but he will have to improve on his best WA time of 30.43 if he is going to finish first across the line. He’s currently paying $2.80 for the win.

Andrea Dailly’s Hawk Alone is set to jump second favourite ($3.00) from box three. He comes to Perth without a win at Cannington from his three starts, but strength should be on his side after having multiple starts over 600 metres at the Meadows.

Keybow for Darren McDonald is the fourth visiting greyhound in the first heat. The youngster with only 16 starts to his name is set to jump from box two, paying $3.20 for his first WA start. The black dog came second in the Cranbourne Cup two starts back over their 520 metre distance. He came home well, which should hold him in good stead for the extra 10 metres he has to run at Cannington.

All four WA representatives are in double figure odds, West On Santo for Linda Britton jumped well last week and is in career best form. Box six won’t do him any favours, even though his best time was run from box five, and the jump in class may be too much. Paul Stuart’s Dannie Bale (box eight) has the WA experience and time of 30.31, but his form of late has not been great.

Heat Two:

WA holds favouritism in the second heat, with Paul Stuart’s chaser Hillbilly Flash jumping from box one and paying $2.00 in the pre-post markets. The white and black dog is searching for his fourth consecutive win and he ran a personal best time of 30.30 three starts back. He almost repeated his efforts last week running 30.35.

Victorian chaser Veyron Bale (box two) for trainer Andrea Dailly has had four starts at Cannington for one win in a time of 30.67. Two starts back at Wentworth Park he ran a best of the night performance over 520 metres in a heat of the Paws Of Thunder. The 520 metre trip at Wentworth Park is his longest distance recently, with multiple successful starts over 400 metres at Sale, Geelong and Ballarat; hopefully Cannington’s 530 metres won’t knock him around too much.

Linda Britton’s Enough Talking ($24.00) has run the second fastest recorded time coming into the heats. Although he is without a Cannington win for 14 starts, the black dog is slowly finding his form. He will have to do everything right from box six to win the race.

Heat Three:

Victorian Iona Seven ($1.60) for trainer Robert Britton has been in hot form of late, winning the Group 1 Paws Of Thunder. She has drawn out wide for her two wins and drawing box seven in the Perth Cup heat cant come as too much of a disappointment.

Ben Abercrombie’s speedy beginner Burzynski is jumping from box one and paying $4.50 for the win. He has the capability to cause problems if he can find the lead early, but has not won at Cannington in six starts. However, if he finds himself in front of the field early on, it will be a hard task for chasers to run him down.

Steven Collins’ Liara Allen ($6.00) is searching for her eighth win in her first start at Cannington. Her last three starts have been over distance, which should help her when it comes down to the final stages.

Heat Four:

Zelemar Fever is the deserving $1.60 favourite in the fourth heat of the Perth Cup. She is in flying form of late, breaking the 30-second barrier on three occasions; running her personal best time of 29.90 last week. The little black bitch has had superb box draws recently; wearing the red rug in three of her past six starts. Jumping from box seven this week is her only hurdle.

Linda Britton’s second chaser Te Amo (box four) is without doubt a speedy bitch. Her downfall a lack of strength over the 530 metre trip, especially when she has greyhounds like Mepunga Fearon and Zelemar Fever to contend with.

Mepunga Fearon ($15.00) has drawn box six for his second start at Cannington. Last week he found trouble on the first corner but ran home well to finish third. Although this is a tough heat, his run last week will give him a helping hand.

Heat Five:

WA’s traveling sensation and reigning Perth Cup winner Dyna Nalin will jump as the $2.00 favourite from box seven. He is yet to win since returning from a working vacation, finishing third and fifth. Despite his dip in form he is too talented to let the opportunity to take a second Perth Cup pass him by.

The Linda Britton trained Gone To Heaven has the least experience in the fifth heat, with only eight starts to her name. She has won on seven occasions, bit at her last start she finished fourth after finding trouble throughout. The sentimental bitch jumping from box five definitely has the speed to contend in the race. She ran her personal best time of 30.23 from the same box.

Andrea Dailly’s Allen Deed is jumping from box four paying $5.00 for the win. He’s also inexperienced, with just 11 starts and six wins. He is yet to race at Cannington but muse be respected after his Silver Chief heat victory.

Heat Six:

Dyna Beth for trainer Andrea Dailly is currently the $2.50 favourite and jumps from box three. Even without a win in her last four starts, the second place getter in the Melbourne Cup has enough class to take out the sixth heat of the Perth Cup.

Paul Stuart’s Fancy Dreamer has a perfect record from his six starts at Cannington and his fastest winning time of 30.22 from box six is the fastest of the WA competitors in the heat. He is currently paying $3.00 to win from box seven.

High Recall is a talented up and comer from the Britton kennels. She has won seven of her 10 starts, the majority of them in impressive times. The little black bitch ran her fastest time of 30.32 over the 530 metre trip two weeks ago. Her inexperience against this class of dogs will be her main issue.

Heat Seven:

Silver Chief winner Ollie Bale is set to jump as the $2.40 favourite from box six for Andrea Dailly. His first start at Cannington will prove a hard one, with Star Recall and Crump both past runners at Cannington and in good form.

Star Recall for Linda Britton is jumping from box five and paying $5.00 for the win. The little black bitch has won on five occasions from just eight starts. Her inexperience may work against her in this class, although her past four starts have all been wins at Mandurah. The jump in distance may also make things a little hard for the youngster.

Crump has returned to WA for his first Perth Cup series, after last travelling to WA for the Group 2 Derby. He won his Derby heat in an impressive 30.38, but he was unable to overcome box eight in the final finishing fourth to Boris Fields. Jumping from box four in the Perth Cup heats Crump is paying $3.80 to defeat this talented field.

Heat Eight:

Both Sveta Monelli and Prue Bale hold $2.50 favouritism in the last heat of the Perth Cup. Sveta Monelli has recently defeated the likes of On Coin and Zelemar Fever and is in career best form. She looks hard to beat from a WA perspective, even from box six.

Victorian Prue Bale has the red for only the second time in her career and she’s a last start winner at the Meadows from box four. Prue Bale will not be able to give Sveta Monelli much room if she wants to secure a rug in the Perth Cup the following week.

Awesome Project ($7.50) for Darren McDonald is searching for his sixth consecutive win from mostly outside box draws. Wearing the pink rug on Saturday night shouldn’t come as too much of a disappointment after his recent box draws and strength should be on his side after successfully competing over 600 metres at the Gosford racetrack.

Out of the 64 greyhounds that are competing in the $10,000 to the winner heats of the Perth Cup, only eight will earn their rugs and privilege to race in WA’s biggest event, the Perth Cup. The box drawn for the Perth Cup will be drawn out on Sunday the 2nd of February at the Greyhounds WA industry night.

As trainers prepare their greyhounds for the Perth Cup series they spare a thought for Brenda and John Crossley, who are unable to race their superstar On Coin, who fell two weeks ago and sustained a shoulder injury. On Coin would have been a serious contender in the Perth Cup heats.

Walk Hard Breaks Track Record In Warragul Cup Heats

Six heats of the Group 2 Lion Quality Products Warragul Cup were conducted on Sunday afternoon and the excitement factor was at an all time high when the Nicole Mcrae trained chaser, Walk Hard, broke the track record in the third heat.

The final will be an interesting affair with Paw Licking and Black Magic Opal meeting for the first time since Paw Licking’s track record breaking win in the Hobart 1000. That match up alone will have plenty of eyes drawn to Warragul for Friday night’s final. Here is a summary of the six heats:

2014 Warragul Cup Heat One

There was a boil over in the first heat when Risk of Damage (4) finished too strongly for Whata Good Size (2). Whata Good Size and Transcend Time (1) were vying for favouritism before box rise. When the lids lifted, Risk of Damage, Ollie Bale (5), Transcend Time and Whata Good Size all got away well. By the first turn there was only Risk of Damage, Whata Good Size and Ollie Bale contending for the lead. Ollie Bale was stuck on the outside of the other two and up the straight, Whata Good Size hit the lead but Risk of Damage wasn’t finished yet as he reeled in Whata Good Size to win by half a length in 26.04. He was a $29.60 in Victorian betting markets. Ozzie Bullet (7) rattled home for third.

2014 Warragul Cup Heat Two

Black Magic Opal (4) returned to the winner’s circle with an emphatic two and a quarter length win in the second heat. Black Magic Opal recorded 25.61 and defeated Crump (7) and Empire Allen (8). Black Magic Opal led and the race was over from that point on, with the contest for second and third the only race happening. Check My Swagger (6) got away well and was positioned nicely in second but collided with Mepunga Armagh (2) in the home straight. Crump finished strongly, getting into second and booking a place in the final.

2014 Warragul Cup Heat Three

The third heat resulted in an amazing track record breaking run by Walk Hard (3) who ran down Paw Licking (7) in an exciting duel up the home straight. Walk Hard recorded 25.46 in his one length victory. Paw Licking led easily into the turn, running the fastest first sections of all the heats and the race looked all but over. Walk Hard began midfield but was able to find a nice position on the rails to begin his record breaking run. Mepunga Fearon (1) battled away for third. Walk Hard is clearly the fastest qualifier through to next Friday’s final.

2014 Warragul Cup Heat Four

Banjo Boy (7) started favourite but wasn’t able to overcome the box and finished fifth. It was a tight run into the first turn with Nic Nat Nui (8), Izack Bale (2) and Cee Ronaldo (1) all challenging for the lead. Cee Rinaldo came off best but Evie’s Entity (4) was finishing fast along the rails and she drew away to win by two and a half lengths in 25.78.

2014 Warragul Cup Heat Five

This was the hardest heat to pick a clear winner. The recent Tasmanian edition to Darren McDonald’s kennels impressed with a solid second in this heat. Cointreau Cap (6) led the field up with Premier Event (8) doing the chasing early. Behind them, Awesome Grunt (1) was working himself into the race nicely with a run along the rails. Cointreau Cap kept plugging away up front but Awesome Grunt was slowly working him down, eventually getting to him and winning by three quarters of a length in 25.79. Crawf’s Bread (3) snuck home for third.

2014 Warragul Cup Heat Six

Deadly Vane (8) was much too good in the final heat. He used the outside box to perfection to run away with a five length win in 25.57. Musquin Bale (7) performed well at his first start back from a long spell to finish second with Dark Warrior winding up in third.

The field and box draw for the final on Friday, 24 January 2014 (including heat times) is:

2014 Warragul Cup Final Box Draw

  • 1. Paw Licking – Kelvyn Greenough (25.52)
  • 2. Deadly Vane – Joe Borg (25.57)
  • 3. Awesome Grunt – Ian Bindley (25.79)
  • 4. Evie’s Entity – Lyn Smith (25.78)
  • 5. Walk Hard – Nicole Mcrae (25.46)
  • 6. Risk of Damage – Geraldine Debono (26.04)
  • 7. Black Magic Opal – Jason Thompson (25.61)
  • 8. Crump – Troy Iwanyk (25.75)
  • Reserves

  • 9. Cointreau Cap – Darren McDonald (25.84)
  • 10. Musquin Bale – Andrea Dailly (25.88)


2014 Warragul Cup Heats Replays


Only Form Chasers Win The Devonport Cup

The Devonport Cup only gained Group status in 2010, but it ranks as one of the longest-established major races on the Australian calendar. It also rates as one of the toughest races to win, with no chaser ever being able to go back-to-back since the race was inaugurated in 1953. Ordinary greyhounds don’t tend to win the Devonport Cup, and this year, which marks the 61st time the race has been conducted, looks to be no different. In fact, the race is almost always taken out by a well-boxed greyhound, racing in good form.

Although the junior of the three Tasmanian tracks, the Devonport club has attracted its share of some of the best greyhounds ever to race in the Apple Isle, as well as drawing top trainers like Graeme Bate and Darren McDonald in an attempt to annex their cup.

The first Devonport Cup took place on 2 April 1953 and resulted in King’s Idea scoring by a length and a half from White Oct and Main Birch in 24 9/16, a new track record.

The following year, the smart Opotoki defeated the favoured Sunny Nebo by a length with Allie’s Boy third. Allie’s Boy had finished fourth the previous year and thus became the first dual finalist of the race.

Prominent local trainer Vivian Berresford took out the 1956 running with Moomba Queen and repeated the dose with Ripple Bay, in 1964.

Since its inauguration, the Devonport Cup has only missed being run twice, first in 1963, and then in 2002. Although contested in January since 2003, the race has been held in March, April and, for a lengthy time, in October.

In 1996 it was run twice, first in January, when won by Ginger’s Charm, and then in October, when it was taken out by Hi Tech Boris. The move to October was partially aimed at turning the Cup into a lead-up for the Hobart Thousand.

Only two chasers have won the Devonport Cup and then gone on to win the Hobart Thousand in the same year. The first was the great Shantung Tiger, in 1997, who defeated the 1996 Devonport Cup winner Ginger’s Charm and then went on to success in Hobart. The second was Black Caleb, in 2001, who narrowly defeated Stylish Doctor to notch his seventh successive win before making in nine on end in winning in Hobart.

Top Shiraz, who won the Cup in 1999 went on to run fifth in the Hobart Thousand, but came back in 2000 to take out Tasmania’s premier event.

Nowadays, the Hobart Thousand is run in December, so the Devonport Cup is the follow-up rather than the lead-up event. Since that date change, no greyhound has taken the double. Regent Thunder won the 2004 Hobart Thousand but found the smart Supa Instinct too strong in the 2005 Devonport Cup final. Taipan Bale, however, finished fourth in the 2008 Hobart race but then snared the 2009 Devonport Cup for Graeme Bate, giving the trainer his first success after years of trying.

Champion sprinter Rewind ran second in the 2011 Hobart Thousand before coming to Devonport and beating one of the best fields ever assembled for the Cup.

Rewind found the Victorian Allen Benji (trained by Graeme Bate) too strong in the 2013 final, once again keeping the race as an event that has never been won twice by the same chaser.

Other top-class racers to have won the event include Black Tuesday (1967), Unique Venture (1979; a winner of 41 of 84 race starts), Wynlee Wonder (1982; she set a track record and had won the Sandown Cup two years earlier), Stylish Doctor (2003; who went on to register 50 wins from 114 starts, with 38 placings and was a dual finalist in the Cup, running second in 2001), Big Moose (2008; but failed in 2009), Gardam Prince (2010; for trainer Darren McDonald), and St Pierre (2011; an Australian Cup winner).


2014 Devonport Cup Heats Replays


2014 Cranbourne Cup Final Preview

The final of the Group Two Cranbourne Cup jumps at 9:22pm on Wednesday 8 January 2014 (Race 8). Many will be waiting to see if Phenomenal gets a start as first reserve, as he as opened up favourite in Fixed Odds Betting.

The heats were run on a rain affected track last week, having an obvious impact on times. Last week’s fastest heat winner was Bookkeeper, who has drawn box five for the final. Banjo Boy has been passed fit to run by two separate vets after spiking himself in his heat last week. Ken Virtue told ARG that Banjo Boy was fit and ready to take his place in the final. “The stoppers fine, the dogs condition is excellent and there is not a query over his fitness.”

Box 1
Race Odds
$3.00
Heat Replay
 
Banjo Boy
Trainer
Kenneth Virtue
Owner
Andrew Varasdi
Prizemoney
$69,590.00
Last 10 Starts
1111322331
31 Months   White & Black Dog   Dog   by   Vee Man Vane - Off Springer
Start Moderate Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,577.00 Rating 96
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
27 14 6 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
52% 85%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 2 1 0
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 2 0
Comments: Kenneth Virtue (Trainer) - “I think Banjo Boy at his best will be very competitive. The draw suits I would think, unless he makes a mistake himself, I mean by lunging forward and hitting his head on the boxes or something silly, which he’s done in the past. All things equal, he should be well suited by the draw.” 
Best Cranbourne Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.98 30.61 5.40 5.49
Box 2
Race Odds 
$16.00
Heat Replay
 
Jordan Allen
Trainer
Andrea Dailly
Owner
Janice Wheeler
Prizemoney
$25,140.00
Last 10 Starts
4235274241
28 Months   Black   Dog   by   Fear Zafonic - Dyna Celeste
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Moderate
Prizemoney Rating $931.00 Rating 87
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
27 5 9 2
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
19% 59%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 0 1 1
Comments: Tom Dailly (Co-trainer) - “He looks a place chance. He’s going to need a lot of luck early in that field but I’d say he’s a rough place chance.”
Best Cranbourne Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.51 30.51 5.48 5.48
Box 3
Race Odds
$16.00
Heat Replay
 
Fancy Amigo
Trainer
Darren McDonald
Owner
Tracsan Racing syndicate
Prizemoney
$43,490.00
Last 10 Starts
2234266331
39 Months   Black   Dog   by   Brett Lee - Sweet Fancy
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Moderate
Prizemoney Rating $1,175.00 Rating 87
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
37 11 8 7
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
30% 70%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 3 0 1
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 4 1 2
Comments: Darren McDonald (Trainer) – “He’s a very fast dog. The conditions were terrible the other night, it rained all night. If he can get back on top of the track and get a good track, which you think we would do this week, as hopefully it won’t rain like that two weeks in a row. He’s got a little chance there. He’s a leader and he needs to be in front to do his best.”
Best Cranbourne Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.10 30.85 5.45 5.48
Box 4
 Race Odds
$3.70
Heat Replay
 
Innocent Til
Trainer
Jason Thompson
Owner
Family Frenzy syndicate
Prizemoney
$95,425.00
Last 10 Starts
1226311411

29 Months

  Black   Dog   by   Premier Fantasy - Proven Polly
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,726.00 Rating 93
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
35 21 6 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
60% 86%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 2 0 1
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 3 1 1
Comments: Trainer unavailable for comment. ARG opinion is:  A very reliable dog who looks a chance in this. If he clears Fancy Amigo and nothing crosses him from the outside, he is a big hope.
Best Cranbourne Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.38 30.53 5.39 5.46
Box 5
Race Odds
$2.90
Heat Replay
 
Bookkeeper
Trainer
Glenn Dainton
Owner
Frances Goodwin
Prizemoney
$124,815.00
Last 10 Starts
2211231171
35 Months   Black   Dog   by   Bombastic Shiraz - Smashing Amy
Start Good Running Rail Finish

Strong

Prizemoney Rating $3,200.00 Rating 93
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
39 17 8 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
44% 69%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 3 0 0
Comments: Trainer unavailable for comment. ARG opinion is: Impressive last week in his heat and had one of the fastest first sections, plus the fastest overall time. If he is up there early, he has a strong finish and will likely start the favourite.
Best Cranbourne Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.22 30.22 5.36 5.36
Box 6
Race Odds
$23.00
Heat Replay
 
Noaki Spitfire
Trainer
Garry Selkrig
Owner
William Baldock
Prizemoney
$35,735.00
Last 10 Starts
5112142162
35 Months   Black   Dog   by   Bombastic Shiraz - Noaki Pace
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $940.00 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
38 14 7 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
37% 63%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 3 2 1
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 2 0  0
Comments: Garry Selkrig (Trainer) – “He should go quite well actually. He’s got box six, if he gets out quick and has a bit of luck he will go pretty good. He likes Cranbourne and goes well there, he ran the second fastest time of the evening there last week.”
Best Cranbourne Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.22 30.49 5.45 5.45
Box 7
Race Odds
$6.50
Heat Replay
 
 Keybow
Trainer
Darren McDonald
Owner
Kelvin Lean
Prizemoney
$31,045.00
Last 10 Starts
6211443131
25 Months   Black   Dog   by   Take The Kitty - Key Exit
Start Moderate Running Wide Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,218.00 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
14 7 2 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
50% 79%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1  1  0 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Comments: Darren McDonald (Trainer) - “I’m not sure how he will handle the wide box, I havn’t had him all that long. He seems to begin better when he’s drawn closer to the fence. If he can come out and repeat his run the other night, he’s right in the race. He had never been 500 there before and he’s very strong, the distance suits.”
Best Cranbourne Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.50 30.50 5.48 5.48
Box 8
Race Odds
$26.00
Heat Replay
 
Nobby Bale
Trainer
Jenny Hunt
Owner
Paul Wheeler
Prizemoney
$11,620.00
Last 10 Starts
1116162352
27 Months   Blue   Dog   by   Surf Lorian - Amity Bale
Start Slow Running Wide Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $684.00 Rating 84
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
17 6 4 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
35% 76%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1  0 1 0
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 0 1
Comments: Trainer unavailable for comment. ARG opinion is:  Slow beginner who may find trouble early in this field. He is a strong finisher so if he gets a clear run through the field he could run a place.
Best Ballarat Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 30.59 5.66 5.66
1st Res
Race Odds
$2.50
Heart Replay
 
Phenomenal
Trainer
Jason Thompson
Owner
See The Dream syndicate
Prizemoney
$77,770.00
Last 10 Starts
1228111122
30 Months   Dark Brindle   Dog   by   Collision - Tocsin
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $3,111.00 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
25 13 6 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
52% 80%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2  1 1 0
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: If he gains a start he is a huge chance. He hasn’t began well his last two starts but has shown brilliant mid race pace. He has recorded the second fastest time ever at Cranbourne over this distance.
Best Cranbourne Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.78 30.61 5.53 5.53
2nd Res
Race Odds
$23.00
Heat Replay
 
Check My Swagger
Trainer
Tricia Curtain
Owner
Matthew Strickland
Prizemoney
$16,255.00
Last 10 Starts
2127124172
30 Months   Black   Dog   by   Magic Sprite - Zadar Belle
Start Good Running Rail Finish Moderate
Prizemoney Rating $774.00 Rating 85
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
21 7 8 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
33% 76%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Will likely lead the field if he gains a start but probably not strong enough to hold off the challengers aiming up from behind.
Best Cranbourne Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 30.66 5.36 5.36

If Phenomenal gains a start he is one of the big chances, with a flying 29.78 win to his credit at the track. Bookkeeper performed well last week to still run a good 30.22 in trying conditions. His first split was the fastest of all heats and he has a perfect record from box five. Fancy Amigo is expected to go well from box three. He has a good record from the box and if he leads, he will put himself right in the race. Banjo Boy has broken 30 seconds at the track, but will need to improve on his heat run last week. Noaki Spitfire has a good Cranbourne record, but will have to get across from box six and be in front to be a chance. Keybow is a youngster on the rise. He will need to handle the outside and gives away a bit of experience as he has only had 14 starts, but he is showing plenty of promise. Innocent Til was also impressive last week and has a great overall career record. This is a hard final to predict but it should be a keenly contested race.

AJS Corporation Group One Silver Chief Semi-Finals Preview

This Saturday night at The Meadows, we edge a step closer to discovering the winner of the AJS Corporation $100,000 Group 1 Silver Chief for 2014. Four magnificent semi finals of the time honoured event will be staged, with the events sure to be keenly contested.

Last week’s twelve heats threw up more surprises than a game of pass the parcel which makes this week’s semi finals all the more intriguing. The top two in each semi final will advance to next week’s big final and gain a chance to land the big $100,000 prize. The two fastest thirds will gain a reserves rug.

Race 3 – AJS Corporation Silver chief Semi-Final 1 – 7:58pm

Veetee Turbo exits box four in the first semi final and will be looking to replicate his slick heat win last week. The Michelle Mallia-Magri trained dog pinged the lids last week and zipped around the track in 29.93. The son of Bombastic Shiraz and Katie’s Tears (Over Flo – Inca Dancer) has won six from ten at the Meadows and looks to be the one to beat. Starting from box six is the Darren McDonald trained Keybow. He showed plenty of track sense to win his heat in 29.94. He has won two from three at the Meadows and used plenty of the track last week, so the wide draw shouldn’t hinder his hopes. The only other winner from last week’s heats in the first semi final is Dundee Toro who will jump from box three. He only registered 30.55 in his win last week which is unlikely to be good enough to be competitive here. Of the others, Nobby Bale should be running on from box eight, while the inside duo of Allen Gizmo and Dyna Fulcrum are drawn to get their chances.

Race 5 – AJS Corporation Silver chief Semi-Final 2 – 8:37pm

The second semi final features the fastest heat winner Shifty Sticka in box five. The Melbourne Cup finalist flew out of box six last week and led them a merry dance in 29.85. If there is any worry for Shifty Sticka it is the fact that Gimme Fuel, who sits in box four, ran a very fast first section last week, that pair will need to stay clear of each other early or risk hampering their chances. Ollie Bale will jump from box two and didn’t have a lot of luck last week. Should he be near the lead early then he could feature heavily in the finish. Frosty Jay Jay from box one is another who looks to have a claim in this event. The key to him is beginning a bit better, whether or not he can do that is another thing. Tiggerlong Chief in box eight has a penchant for the wide draw and won in 30.19 last week after beginning moderately. He’s in this up to his ears. Deadly Boy in box seven has won three from five at the Meadows and saluted in 30.07 last week. He is yet to taste success from this box, but is not without hope in an open affair.

Race 6 – AJS Corporation Silver chief Semi-Final 3 – 8:58pm

Allen Deed in box one holds all the aces in the third semi final. He continued his love affair with the Meadows track last week by coming from well back to win in impressive style. It was his fourth win from six starts at the track and he carved out 29.92 in the process for trainer Andrea Dailly. He is also undefeated in two starts from box one and looks the goods here. Hailstorm Billy sits in box seven and made the most of his opportunities last week to win in 30.07. His form from wide boxes isn’t anything to write home about and he will need luck early. Peloton Bale, in box three, has to be heavily considered here too. He has had six starts for five wins and a second at the track, with that second coming last week. He did find a little bit of trouble in that race so he could go one better with some space early in this one.

Race 7 – AJS Corporation Silver chief Semi-Final 4 – 9:18pm

Rocky Bale jumps from box three in the final semi. He picked himself up from the canvas to win last week in a thrilling last-to-first effort. He registered 29.92 and showed a ton of tenacity to boot. Top Innings has drawn the rails and should be right in this based on his run last week. Top Innings led from box seven in a quick 5.04 and went on to run 29.98. If he can begin as well here, he will give them plenty to catch. Where’s The Surf jumps from box five and is the likely improver in the race. Godric Gryfindor will leave the outside alley after winning a mixing affair in 30.44 last week. He may need to find a couple of lengths to trouble them in this one.

Shifty Sticka Sets The Standard In Silver Chief Heats

The Paul Anderton trained Shifty Sticka was the fastest winner of twelve superb heats of the $100,000 Group One AJS Corporation Silver Chief at The Meadows on Saturday night.

The night provided plenty of upsets, with some of the big names missing out on advancing to next weekend’s semi finals. Shifty Sticka’s classy front running display was a real highlight, along with a tenacious last-to-first effort from Allen Deed in heat six.

With the series being a producer of so many champions in the past, we may see a new name emerge this time around. It certainly augurs well for four classic semi finals next Saturday evening.

Heat 1

Despite beginning in the last couple, Hailstorm Billy (3) took out the first heat in style for trainer Angela Langton, winning by 5 lengths in 30.06. After leaving the boxes in sixth position, Hailstorm Billy dropped straight down onto the rails and made the most of every opportunity presented to him. Thunder Won set the early pace with a 5.12 first section. Volksjager Blue (1) was also handy early but didn’t negotiate the first turn too well and Zipping Brock (4) put himself in the picture. Hailstorm Billy had used the fence well and was up into third place as they headed into the back straight. It wasn’t long before the son of Westmead Hawk and Shelby Shiraz had taken the ascendency and from that point there was little chance of him being run down, given his recent middle distance form. Volksjager Blue chased Hailstorm Billy hard all the way home to finish second, but was no match and didn’t really make up any ground. Supersonic Hawk finished third a further 5 lengths away.

Heat 2

Top Innings (7), part owned by former Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting, led all the way to take out the second heat. Top Innings left the boxes swiftly and had found a margin as they passed the post the first time in a first section of 5.04. Favourite Peleton Bale (1) and Frosty Jay Jay (2) were the margin abbreviators and both had their chance to run down the leader. Top Innings showed too much fight and held them at bay to score by 1.25 lengths in 29.97. Peleton Bale finished second with Frosty Jay Jay a further 1.75 lengths away in third.

Heat 3

The early upsets continued when Deadly Boy (5) took out heat three for Maryborough mentor Joe Borg. After beginning well from the middle, Deadly Boy was headed out wide by Mepunga Fearon (8) in a first split of 5.07. Deadly Boy was able to hold the fence and punch up underneath Mepunga Fearon as they went into the back. The favourite Ride The Rails (1) had the sit on the pair and looked poised to strike, but Deadly Boy just kept on keeping on and staved off Mepunga Fearon to score by 1.25 lengths in 30.06. Ride The Rails was unable to make an impression on the pair, finishing a further 1.75 lengths away in third.

Heat 4

Veetee Turbo (3) carved out a personal best of 29.93 to take out the fourth heat, leading all the way for Avalon trainer Michelle Mallia-Magri. After being challenged for the lead early by Tonk (6), Veetee Turbo held the rails and a slight lead, which he extended out of the straight. Empire Allen (4) and Whodat Knockin’ (8) were in pursuit as that trio drew right away from the rest of the field. Veetee Turbo finished strongly to win by 3.75 lengths with Empire Allen a further 2.25 lengths away in third.

Heat 5

Joe Borg made it a double for the night when Deadly Vane (1) landed heat five in 30.08. Deadly Vane was only fairly away and drifted wide on the first turn. Whata Good Size (2) set the early tempo of 5.03 and led to the back, with Deadly Vane recovering to settle in second three lengths away and beginning to wind up. As they swung for home Deadly Vane had got on terms with the leader and began to overhaul him. Ollie Bale (5) began to sprout wings late and finished an eye catching second, 0.75 lengths from the winner. Where’s The Surf (4) finished third a further 0.75 lengths away.

Heat 6

Allen Deed (2) showed a ton of heart, coming from well back to win the sixth heat in 29.91 in a very classy display. Cosmic Station (3) was the first away and set a quick 5.03 first split. Allen Deed was stone motherless last as they headed out of the straight the first time. Cosmic Station was challenged by Dyna Fulcrum (1)for the lead, while Allen Deed had taken all the rails runs to sit in third from well back in the field. Swinging for home Dyna Fulcrum burnt off Cosmic Station, but had no sooner hit the front before Allen Deed gave him a cold, whizzing away to score by 1.5 lengths. Ireland’s Oyster (5) ran on well for third a further 3.25 lengths away.

Heat 7

Keybow (2) worked around the field and ran away to score heat seven in a solid 29.94 for trainer Darren McDonald. After beginning moderately, Keybow was third into the first turn as Awesome Grunt (1) and Keep Calm (4) matched motors in a first section of 5.03. As the field headed into the back, Keybow had hooked out three wide on the track and quickly claimed the early leaders to speed away and make it a one act affair. Awesome Grunt fought on resolutely but could only get within 3 lengths of the winner. Nobby Bale ran third a further length away.

Heat 8

Devon Meadows trainer Darren McDonald made it a race to race double when Tiggerlong Chief (4) took out the eighth heat if the night. Symmetry Lad (3) led early, registering a zippy 5.01 to the first mark. Tiggerlong Chief was parked right behind the early leader and claimed the lead as they left the back straight, opening up a winning break to score in 30.18. Jordan Allen (7) ran home well to finish second some 1.75 lengths from the winner, with See Him First another 0.5 lengths back in third.

Heat 9

The ninth heat proved a wipeout for punters, with Godric Gyfindor (6) prevailing in 30.44 for Marlene Dopper. Buckle Up Mason (5) found the lead early with Godric Gyfindor on his outside. That’s the way they went to the back straight, with Waymore’s Blues (8) in third. Coming off the back the three dogs raced tightly, with both Buckle Up Mason and Waymore’s Blues being heavily inconvenienced. This left Godric Gyfindor all alone in front and he hung on to win by 1.25 lengths from a fast finishing Beckenbauer (4) and Allen Malik (7) a further 3 lengths away in third.

Heat 10

Melbourne Cup finalist Shifty Sticka (6) gave his rivals a galloping exhibition in the tenth heat, leading all the way to score by 7 lengths. The son of Premier Fantasy and Irish Malt set a new time standard of 29.85 in the process. After spearing the lids and leading easily in a first split of 5.08, nothing came close to Shifty Sticka in what was a virtual solo trial. Greywinds Butch (5) rattled home to finish second with Kid Maximus (7) a further 0.75 lengths away in third place.

Heat 11

Rocky Bale (7) showed a terrific mid-race turn of foot to take out the eleventh heat in 29.92 for trainer Jenny Hunt. It was a trifecta for owner Paul Wheeler, with Allen Gizmo (4) in second and Dyna Deeksey (1) in third. Rocky Bale began tardily, with the son of Surf Lorian and Amity Bale the last to leave the boxes. National Time (5) set the early split of 5.10 in a keenly contested run to the first turn. It was halfway down the back straight that Rocky Bale hit top gear, exploding away from the field. He won the race by 5.75 lengths with another 5 lengths between second and third placing.

Heat 12

Dundee Toro (7) closed out the evening with a major upset in the last heat for trainer Geoffrey Scott-Smith. Gimme Fuel (4) began quickly, running a quick 5.01 early, with the two favourites Hallelujah Henry (1) and Dream It (2) in pursuit, while Dundee Toro sat fourth nailed to the fence. As the field entered the back, the three early leaders became victims of their own success and became involved in a mix up, which presented Dundee Toro with a dream rails run. Dundee Toro obliged, and sped up the fence to set up his victory. The son of Where’s Pedro and Cora Bale won by 2.75 lengths with a further 1.25 lengths between second and third place. Dundee Toro registered a moderate 30.55 for the 525 metre journey.


Silver Chief Heats Replays


$100,000 Group One Silver Chief Heats Preview

Saturday evening at the Meadows sees a bumper card of chasing. which features twelve heats of the $100,000 Group 1 AJS Corporation Silver Chief. The race is a time honoured event first held in 1964. The event, held over 525 metres, is for male greyhounds helped on or after 1 June 2011. The series will be run over three weeks, with semi-finals on the 28th of December and the final on the 4th of January 2014.

The race has produced some fantastic winners in the past, including Chariot Supreme, Tempix, Awesome Assassin and Light Of Fire, who have also all gone on to sire winners of the event as well.

The top two from each of the twelve heats, as well as the eight fastest thirds, will gain a berth in next week’s semi finals.

Race 1 – AJS Corporation Silver Chief Heat 1 – 7:13pm

The first heat features the precocious Zipping Brock in box four. Zipping Brock debuted earlier this month with a slashing 29.65 win at Sandown and followed it up with a 24.03 win at Bendigo. The son of Mantra Lad and Cho Chang has plenty of early toe and will give them something to catch. Allen Eryk in box five is another dog who looks set to give this heat a shake. The son of Jarvis Bale and Greta Bale has won four of his six outings, with two of them at this track, including a solid 30.02 win. He is not always the fastest beginner so he will be looking for a little bit of space early. Oscar Keeping, who is drawn out in box seven, has sprouted wings since coming to the garden state and is thriving under the tutelage of mentor Jason Thompson. He has won two from two since entering Thompson’s Pearcedale kennels including a rapid 29.96 win here two starts back. Hailstorm Billy in box three is the most experienced dog in the race with 33 starts to his credit. He has won six of those, but is yet to win at this track and distance in two attempts and drops back from a couple of 600 metre runs, look for him to be running on late.

Race 2 – AJS Corporation Silver Chief Heat 2 – 7:35pm

Peloton Bale will exit box one in the second heat and this exciting 33kg dog has a flawless record at the Meadows in five attempts. He flew home two starts back to record a sizzling 29.88 win. If there’s any concerns with him it is his propensity to get back in his runs and the fact that he has not won from box one from four goes. Elite Devil could hold the keys to the race if he can begin well from box four. He is fresh off a second behind Black Magic Opal in a heat of the Hobart Thousand which isn’t bad form. If he can hold out the outside division early he may be able to pinch a break on the field. He has won one from two at the track in 30.35. Velocemente in box five has a solid record at the Meadows and hasn’t been far away of late. He has won four of nine at the track including a best of 30.06. Top Innings, part owned by former Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting, will exit box seven. His three career wins include a 29.78 at Sandown and he possesses some good early speed. Cut Me Off, in box six, is a promising dog from New South Wales who has won three from five in his short career. He backed up two best of the day wins at Maitland with a 30.10 victory at Wentworth Park.

Race 3 – AJS Corporation Silver Chief Heat 3 – 7:57pm

The third heat will see Hooksy start from box six in a heat where there are plenty of chances. Hooksy is a winner of five from nine and won his only start at the Meadows in 29.95 last Saturday. I’m A Pedro in box three is an interesting runner in this heat. He has not started since winning three on end in New South Wales back in September. Since that time he has moved to the astute Kel Greenough kennels so he may be one to watch. Ride The Rails in box one has a quality record at the track with four wins from nine attempts, including a 29.92 effort. The fact that he is a moderate beginner and has not won from box one in three tries are two hurdles he will need to overcome. Mepunga Fearon will exit box eight and has won seven of nineteen career outings. He has been placed at both attempts here and loves the wide draw, where he has a perfect record. Deadly Boy is another who comes into calculations after winning his last two at this track. He managed a 30.04 win here last week when he began very well and he will start from box five.

Race 4 – AJS Corporation Silver Chief Heat 4 – 8:22pm

Veetee Turbo has won four of his last five starts and comes under notice on the credence of his last start win here in 30.00 on the 11th of December. He will start from box three where he has won two from two, and could have the pace to find the rails early. Empire Allen in box four has eight career wins to his credit and is the most experienced runner in the field. He has won two races at the Meadows with a personal best of 30.21. Tonk, who starts from box six, has found a rich vein of form of late winning four of his last five. He has plenty of early speed and has never missed a place at the Meadows in four starts which include one win in 30.13.

Race 5 – AJS Corporation Silver Chief Heat 5 – 8:40pm

Astute Devon Meadows trainer Darren McDonald has the regally bred Where’s The Surf in another open heat here. Where’s The Surf has seven career wins from seventeen starts and has strung two together coming into this at Warragul and Cranbourne. He has won here in 30.38 and gives the impression that he can improve on that. Whata Good Size is a zippy beginner who will exit box two for trainer Jason Thompson. He comes into this fresh after a three week break from racing; expect him to be prominent early. My Bro Fabio in box six has an imposing career record and is undefeated in three starts at the Meadows. He has scorched around this track in 29.69 and looks the class runner if he can stay out of trouble early. Deadly Vane is another who is worthy of consideration from box one. He is a recent Ballarat Cup finalist who is undefeated in two outings at the Meadows, which includes a best of 30.25.

Race 6 – AJS Corporation Silver Chief Heat 6 – 8:58pm

Heat six features the recent winner of the Group One Brisbane Cup, Kiss Me Ketut who will start from box seven. Already earning over $187,000 in prize money, he is a winner of 17 of his 37 career starts, many of which have been in top company. He has a personal best of 29.96 at the Meadows and is definitely the one to beat here. Allen Deed is a promising chaser who will start from box two. He is a winner of four from six career starts, including three at the Meadows, where he boasts a 29.85 run to his credit. Zambora Power has only missed a place once in seventeen career starts and will jump from box six. He is undeniably up in class but does have the pace to be prominent early. West Lad is another speedy customer in box four who has registered 30.20 at the track, whilst Cosmic Station is another who could give some cheek from box three.

Race 7 – AJS Corporation Silver Chief Heat 7 – 9:20pm

Talented chaser Innocent Til heads the billing for heat seven. A winner of 19 from 32 career starts, the son of Premier Fantasy and Proven Polly has two wins at the Meadows, with a best of 30.03 and looks the one to beat. Billy Rocket in box seven is on the crest of a winning wave after stringing three wins together, which have included 29.55 at Sandown and 29.95 at the Meadows. Keybow starts from box two and boasts a win over Paw Licking at the Meadows back in November in 30.33.

Race 8 – AJS Corporation Silver Chief Heat 8 – 9:38pm

The headline act in heat eight is undoubtedly Hawk Alone who will start from box eight. Hawk Alone has won 14 of his 36 career starts and amassed over $150,000 in prize money in the process. He has not missed a placing in nine starts at the Meadows, with a personal best of 30.06. He looks a standout in this field. The main danger, if there is one, sits in box one, by way of See Him First. See Him First has saluted the judge on 10 occasions from just 23 starts. He has won three at this track with a best of 30.10. Tiggerlong Chief is an improving type in box four who faces a class rise here but has produced some zippy wins on provincial circuits.

Race 9 – AJS Corporation Silver Chief Heat 9 – 9:57pm

The ninth heat looks to be another open affair with many taking their first step into top tier racing. Billy Higgs in box one produced a quality 29.94 win here last start, leading all the way. Waymore’s Blues in box eight has won four of his six career starts, including three at the Meadows. He has won two from three out of box eight and has registered 30.32 at the track. Allen Malik will exit box seven and already has six wins in his short career. He was a finalist in the Group Three RIP John Stollery Christmas Gift at Wentworth Park last week where he finished fourth. Before that he made the Ballarat Cup Final, where he also finished fourth. He has a best of 30.33 at the track and looks right in this one. Of the others, Zambora Boy has won three at the Meadows including a best of 30.20 and will appreciate box three, a box which he has never missed a place in four attempts. Beckenbauer in box four is consistent and can begin well, he is up in class but in the care of top trainer Darren McDonald.

Race 10 – AJS Corporation Silver Chief Heat 10 – 10:20pm

Heat ten features Group One Melbourne Cup finalist Shifty Sticka in box six. At just 24 months of age, the Paul Anderton trained conveyance looks like he has a big future. He is a winner of 11 from 21 career starts and has a best at the Meadows of 29.99. He certainly looks good enough to be winning this heat. Owen Bale has won his last two at the Meadows in 30.08 and 30.09 respectively and will be storming home at the finish, however he is not the fastest of beginners and box four does him no favours. Kid Maximus in box seven has seen the Meadows no less than 22 times in race conditions. He has only produced two wins at the circuit with ten further placings. The experience around the track should help him in this field.

Race 11 – AJS Corporation Silver Chief Heat 11 – 10:40pm

In a race seemingly void of super stars, Mepunga Armagh looks to have good form leading into the eleventh heat. He has won four of his last six, including a 30.42 here and a sizzling 30.10 at Cranbourne. The Jeff Britton trained dog will exit box two and is a consistently fast beginner who looks in this up to his ears. Right next to him in box three is the consistent Sonic Pirate. He has finished in the top two placings at nine of his sixteen starts and has registered a 30.47 win here. Great Spartacus is drawn out in box eight and has the fastest time at the Meadows of this field (30.14), albeit from box one. He has some form from wide boxes and looms as a major player. Rocky Bale makes his Meadows debut from box seven and has exhibited plenty of promise, winning five of his eight career starts. He isn’t a great beginner but with a clear run will be doing his best work at the finish.

Race 12 – AJS Corporation Silver Chief Heat 12 – 10:57pm

The final heat of the evening looks like it could be a battle of the inside boxes. The Darren McDonald trained Hallelujah Henry starts from box one. He is a last start winner at the track in 29.95, and has won at his only go from this box. If he can hold them out at the first turn, he could be off and gone. Dream It will exit box two for Lara mentor Brooke Ennis. Dream It has an imposing career record, boasting 10 wins from 15 starts. He has registered a fast 29.92 at the Meadows and has won three of his four starts at the track. Of the others, Accelerant in box six has won at the Meadows in 30.13 back in October and in 30.31 a fortnight ago. He may put himself in the picture if there is any trouble on the inside. Dundee Toro in box seven has won seven of his fifteen starts around provincial tracks but failed at his first try at the Meadows last week. He may improve on that effort.

$20,000 Northern Rivers Vet K9 Reproductions Maiden Final Preview

This Tuesday evening the Lismore track will host the final of the Northern Rivers Vet K9 Reproductions Maiden Series. The $20,000 to the winner event will be staged over the flying 420 metres. Finalists qualified by winning heats at the track last week, with eight promising chasers earning a crack at the big prize. The race will jump at 9:05pm.

Jessie Small (Collision – Oxley Falcon) occupies box one after qualifying in a moderate 24.45, but she didn’t have it all her own way in the heat. She was dragged down from behind as she crossed to the lead and lost a lot of momentum. The 28kg black bitch showed plenty of tenacity to prevail and gives the indication that she can go faster. The query will be if she has a fast enough first section to prevent others from crossing her, that may be her downfall but she does look a knockout hope.

Astute Queensland mentor Tony Brett has Velocity Zoe (Mogambo – Velocity Thunder) in box two. She led quickly from box three in her heat and carved out a very respectable 24.09. The 28kg bitch had failed to flatter in six race starts prior to last week and the win was a sharp improvement on her previous efforts. If she can reproduce last week’s run she could be the smokey in this field.

Agent Romanoff (Cosmic Rumble – Rumble Parade) will exit box three for sunshine state trainer Jeffrey Cumming. The 24kg bitch began well from box one last week and took full advantage of a mixing pack behind her to score by 2.5 lengths in a moderate 24.39. She will have to improve to feature in the finish here.

Tweed Chic (Velocette – Halzani) caused the biggest upset of all eight heats last week and will exit box four in the final. The Mark Johnston trained bitch quickly led and replicated her performance trial run from a week earlier to win in 24.30. The box is a worry given the fact that she appears to be a couple of lengths off the major players in this final.

Cosmic Melody (Cosmic Rumble – Yessam Melody) is another finalist who may have had its chances greatly inconvenienced by the box draw. The diminutive 24kg bitch began fairly last week before finding trouble when looking to cross to the rail. She did well to pick herself up off the canvas and hook around the field to land a tenacious win right on the line in a slow 24.69. There will be no place for the faint hearted in the charge to the first turn this week and, should the Lyndall Massey trained bitch find herself slightly off the pace, she is going to need plenty of luck.

Flash Reality (Premier Fanstasy – Orara Flash) starts from box six for Grafton trainer Marlene Ellis. The 34kg dog was flawless last week when he qualified second fastest, leading all the way, to register 24.02 from box seven. His run also featured a blistering 14.26 run home, faster than any other heat. If he can be anywhere near the lead, he’s in this up to his ears.

Bon Zephyr (Surf Lorian – Abundia Boo) will start from box seven after landing his heat in 24.30, despite only beginning on terms. The 30kg black dog also ran an identical time in his performance trial at Lismore a week earlier so he may find himself a little of the pace, particularly with the two fastest qualifiers either side of him.

The favourite for the event and logical choice to win, is the Darren McDonald trained There’s A Earn (Where’s Pedro – Nova Surf) who will jump from box eight. This 31kg black dog has set Lismore alight in the past fortnight, running 24.14 in his performance trial followed by a sizzling 23.99 in his heat win last week. The regally bred twenty three month old dog set the fastest first section last week from box four, and only needs to negotiate a clear passage early to seemingly have his paw on the $20,000 prize.

The first reserve Tweed Ace (Collision – Rose Chalice) is not without at least a place chance if he gains a run. He found himself way back in his heat and took many lengths off Flash Reality in the fastest run home of the night. He did a similar thing in his performance trial a week earlier so he is likely to need luck in the run but he can motor, possibly one to look for over a bit more ground.

The second reserve is My Awesome Opal (Fear Zafonic – Awesome Knocka). He chased home Agent Romanoff last week and his times suggests he would probably struggle to feature in this hot final.

It is hard to go past the McDonald trained conveyance There’s A Earn in this race. The main danger looks to be Flash Reality. If he can find enough early toe to hold out There’s A Earn, then we could have a race on our hands. As is so often the case, the run to the first turn will be vital, with the tight Lismore track offering very few concessions to dogs that find trouble. Jessie Small could well be the knockout chance from box one at massive odds with the Tony Brett trained Velocity Zoe sure to be well and truly in the mix as well. This race should provide a great spectacle, as well as a few dogs for us to follow throughout their careers.

Lismore Maidens Scorch The Loam

Eight exciting heats of the Northern Rivers Vet K9 Reproductions Maiden Series were run and won on Tuesday night with some stunning performances on display from precocious pups.

As expected, the time standard was set by the Darren McDonald trained That’s A Earn, who will more than likely start a short priced favourite in next week’s $20,000 to the winner final. The box draw will be all important for the final, with many of the conveyances likely to benefit greatly for the experience of this week’s racing.

HEAT 1

Cosmic Melody (Box 3) showed plenty of tenacity to take out the first heat in 24.69. After leaving the boxes only fairly, Cosmic Melody found herself midfield. Favourite Kidatee Josh (Box 2) took the early ascendency, mainly by virtue of the inside draw with Big Hindu (Box 6) looming large. Just as Kidatee Josh looked to have fought off most challengers, Cosmic Melody emerged from the pack. The Lyndall Massey trained daughter of Cosmic Chief and Yessam Melody bounded to the line strongly in the middle of the track to grab Kidatee Josh in the shadows of the post and become the first to book herself a place in next week’s final, winning by half a length.

HEAT 2

Jessie Small (Box 4) improved sharply on her three previous career starts to land the second heat in style. Despite being dragged down as she crossed to the lead, the Peter Moss trained daughter of Collision and Oxley Falcon picked herself up and staved off all challengers to progress to next week’s final. Slash Is King (Box 6) tried hard in second place but could only get within two lengths of the winner at the post. Jessie Small recorded a smart 24.45 for the journey and could well go quicker with a clear run.

HEAT 3

The Tony Brett trained Velocity Zoe (Box 3) finally showed what she is capable of when she scorched the loam  to win the third heat in a blistering 24.09. Spearing from the white alley, the daughter of Mogambo and Velocity Thunder left her rivals in her wake as she stormed away to win by eight and three quarter lengths from Beau Allegro (Box 7) and Elite Alibi (Box 1).

HEAT 4

The fourth heat was decimated by scratchings with only six dogs facing the starter. Bon Zephyr lived up to his fast performance trial here last week, saluting in a classy display. Bippity Boppity (Box 6) found the front early but it wasn’t long before Bon Zephyr took over and raced away. The Anthony Hess trained son of Surf Lorian and Abundia Boo registered 24.30 en route to his three and three quarter length victory. Truly Unique (Box 7) ran home well into second with Bippity Boppity (Box 6) hanging on for third.

HEAT 5

Heat five emphasised how important good box manners can be. Flash Reality (Box 7) began speedily from out wide, quickly taking the front and putting a space on his rivals and backed it up with the fastest run home of the night. Glorified Gee (Box 2) was also away well but couldn’t match motors with the son of Premier Fantasy and Orara Flash. The hard luck story of the race may have been the first starter Tweed Ace (Box 6). He began tardily, just like he did in his performance trial. After finding a myriad of trouble he still managed to fly home for second. Considering that the winner ran home in a blistering 14.26, Tweed Ace is definitely one to black book for the future. Flash Reality sizzled on the clock, the Marlene Ellis trained dog completed the 420 metre trip in 24.02 and, if he can begin like that in the final, he could be a major player, especially given his superb run home time.

HEAT 6

The Jeffrey Cumming trained Agent Romanoff (Box 1) made the most of the rails alley to land heat six in 24.39. When the race favourite Silver Sticka (Box 2) wanted to use a bit of the track at box rise, Agent Romanoff was afforded plenty of space and used it with aplomb. The son of Cosmic Rumble and Rumble Parade appeared a little green at some stages during the run and may have scope for improvement with more racing. Agent Romanoff scored by two lengths, with My Awesome Opal (Box 6) and Jimary Vixen (Box 7) filling the placings.

HEAT 7

The most anticipated heat of the night did not disappoint when the Darren McDonald trained There’s A Earn (Box 4) set the Northern Rivers track alight. The regally bred son of Where’s Pedro and Nova Surf quickly took the lead and zipped away to score in 23.99. Beginning rapidly from the visitor’s box, There’s A Earn carved out the fastest first section of the night (9.63), which set the race up as a virtual solo trial. He careered away to win by eight and three quarter lengths from Kyarran Kid (Box 1) with Jimary Cougar (Box 8) in third.

HEAT 8

The final heat of the night produced the biggest upset of the eight heats. Tweed Chic (Box 2) began swiftly and showed her rivals a clean set of pads. The daughter of Velocette and Halzani improved greatly on her performance trial effort, winning by six lengths in 24.30 for Banora Point trainer Mark Johnston at the juicy odds of 25/1.

The box draw for next week’s final was conducted traskside after the heats, and is as follows:

2013 K9 Reproductions Lismore Maiden Series Final Box Draw

  • Box 1 – Jessie Small – Peter Moss - 24.45
  • Box 2 – Velocity Zoe - Tony Brett - 24.09
  • Box 3 – Agent Romanoff - Jeffrey Cumming - 24.39
  • Box 4 – Tweed Chic - Mark Johnston - 24.30
  • Box 5 – Cosmic Melody - Lyndall Massey - 24.69
  • Box 6 – Flash Reality - Marlene Ellis - 24.02
  • Box 7 – Bon Zephyr - Anthony Hess – 24.30
  • Box 8 – There’s A Earn - Darren McDonald - 23.99
  • Reserves

  • 1st Res – Tweed Ace - Mark Johnston - 24.29
  • 2nd Res – My Awesome Opal - Grant Fennelly - 24.53

2013 Lismore Maiden Series Heats Replays




$20k Northern Rivers Vet K9 Reproductions Maiden Series Preview

The Lismore track will play host to some of the most precocious maiden greyhounds in the land this Tuesday night. Eight heats of the $20,000 Northern Rivers Vet K9 Reproductions Maiden Series will take place over the 420 metre trip, with each heat winner progressing to the final a week later.
All greyhounds engaged had a performance trial at the venue last week and there are plenty of interesting runners in the event.

Race 1 (6:40pm) – Northern Rivers Vet K9 Reproductions Maiden Series – Heat 1

The opening heat looks a very open affair with three or four dogs running times within a length of each other in their performance trials.
Two greyhounds have had experience in races with Zambesi Luck (Box 4) having managed only one placing from seven outings, while Lyndan Diamond (Box 7) has finished in the first three on eight occasions from just eleven starts.
Of the first starters, Cosmic Melody (Box 3) for trainer Lyndall Massey has the fastest performance trial, running 24.45 last week. The Bradley Northfield trained Kidatee Josh (Box 2) has had two performance trials and ran a solid 24.46 last week.

Race 2 (7:05pm) – Northern Rivers Vet K9 Reproductions Maiden Series – Heat 2

In Heat Two, Tricky Dee (Box 8) has raced on four occasions for four placings at The Gardens and Coonamble. The well bred daughter of Malfoy and Navigator Miss trialled at Lismore last week but only produced a slow 25.17 in her look at the track. She will definitely be one to watch. Jessie Small (Box 4) is the only other starter with race experience and is yet to run a place in three outings. However she did trial a slick 24.38 here last week which is the fastest of this field.
The quickest qualifier of the first starters in the field is Slash Is King (Box 6). The Adam Hines trained son of Gardam Prince and Janado Queen ran 24.46 in last week’s performance trials and should be competitive based on that.

Race 3 (7:23pm) – Northern Rivers Vet K9 Reproductions Maiden Series – Heat 3

The third heat features a mix of four dogs that have race experience and four first starters. It also showcases chances for three of Queenslands most prolific trainers, who all have dogs that trialled quick at the venue.
Velocity Zoe (Box 3) has raced on six occasions for trainer Tony Brett and is yet to really flatter with just two placings to date. The daughter of Mogambo and Velocity Thunder did trial 24.47 last week which indicates she could be competitive in this. Beau Allegro (Box 7) also has race experience finishing well back at two starts. The son of Collision and Allegro Lee trialled in a competitive 24.44 last week after a month off racing and he may warrant consideration given that effort.
Glenda Dart looks to have a promising conveyance in this heat too with Fusaichi Khan (Box 4) qualifying in a zippy 24.43 despite running second. Fusaichi Khan is a regally bred son of Where’s Pedro and Daydream. Drawn next door is Grin And Win (Box 5), who also produced 24.43 in his performance trial for Tony Zammit. Grin And Win is a son of Collision and Real Macoy. The box draw has done this pair of first starters no favours but it will be interesting to see what they can do given a clear run.

Race 4 (7:41pm) – Northern Rivers Vet K9 Reproductions Maiden Series – Heat 4

The fourth heat features one of the quicker qualifiers from last week’s performance trials. Bon Zephyr (Box 2) blistered around the circuit last week to win by thirteen and three quarter lengths in 24.23. The big positive about that trial was the way that the son of Surf Lorian and Abundia Boo flew the lids. He’s definitely the dog to watch here.
Truly Unique (Box 7) is the second fastest qualifier of the heat, defeating Fusaichi Khan in one of the more competitive performance trials last week in a time of 24.42. Costa Khan (Box 3) only finished third last week, but is in the Glenda Dart kennel and might be worth keeping an eye on.

Race 7 (8:42pm) – Northern Rivers Vet K9 Reproductions Maiden Series – Heat 5

Only two dogs with any race experience will line up in the fifth heat. Glorified Gee (Box 2) has managed three placings from five outings for trainer Grant Fennelly and flew here in last weeks trials, producing a 24.28 effort. Flash Reality (Box 7) has finished third in both of her race appearances to date and also scorched the track here last week, running 24.23.
The pick of the first starters based on performance trials is Tweed Ace (Box 6). The Mark Johnston trained son of Collision and Rose Chalice showed plenty of toe to win her trial in 24.30. Box six may test the first starter but he obviously has his share of ability.

Race 8 (9:05pm) – Northern Rivers Vet K9 Reproductions Maiden Series – Heat 6

Heat six looks a very even affair on paper. Three starters have had race starts, with the pick of them being the Mal Cuneo trained Silver Sticka (Box 2). The son of Surf Lorian and North Coast has been placed in four of his seven race starts and trialled well in 24.43 last week.
The fastest of the first starters from the performance trials was My Awesome Opal (Box 6). Despite being beaten by three and a half lengths in his heat, My Awesome Opal (Fear Zafonic x Awesome Knocka) stuck on well in the fastest trial of the day (24.13). That should make him competitive in this race.

Race 9 (9:23pm) – Northern Rivers Vet K9 Reproductions Maiden Series – Heat 7

Heat Seven is the heat that will generate most interest. Typically, Murphy ’s Law prevailed in the random box draw, and as a result, this heat features the fastest three dogs from last week’s performance trials, with only one set to take their place in the final.
All eyes will be on the Darren McDonald trained There’s A Earn (Box 4). The superbly bred son of Where’s Pedro and Nova Surf sizzled around the Lismore loam last week in 24.14. If he can reproduce that time he will take a power of beating.
Washington Trick (Box 6) also flew around the northern rivers track last week in a flying 24.16. The Janette Finneran trained conveyance is also interestingly bred. Washington Trick is a son of Dragon Fire, a Dog who raced and stands at stud in the U.S.A by Brett Lee and Hoops Slamdunk. His damline also has a heavy influence from the U.S.A with his mother (Itza Girl Trick) being by EA’s Itzaboy.
The third fastest trial from last week was 24.20 produced by the Noel Vohland trained Zed Force (Box 2). Zed Force is a daughter of 2008 Eric Thompson Maiden winner Dual Enforcer out of Howie’s Gemma. She is drawn to be in this up to her ears.

Race 10 (9:42pm) – Northern Rivers Vet K9 Reproductions Maiden Series – Heat 8

The final heat will showcase another speedy first starter who is drawn out wide. The Lee Wylie trained Birkdale Beauty (Box 7) was solid here last week clocking 24.58. But the daughter of El Grand Senor and Tricky Uno also PT’d here in 24.23 a fortnight earlier so must come under notice based on that.
Earned Talking (Box 1) finished a close second in a speedy trial last week clocking 24.37. The daughter of High Earner and Top Talker is drawn to be in this for a long way. She led last week before tiring a little towards the end and may well benefit from that hit out. The Tom Tzouvelis trained Zambesi Rock (Box 4) looks the best of the rest. He is yet to really flatter on the clock but has had a couple of looks at this track and is in good hands.
While heat seven definitely looks the race worthy of top billing, there is no doubt there will be some terrific racing in this series. Given the amount of inexperienced conveyances in these races there is sure to be a few surprises. Next week’s $20,000 to the winner final should be an absolute gem.

2013 Group 2 Mega Merch Ballarat Cup Final Preview

Tomorrow night’s Group 2 Mega Merch Ballarat Cup promises to be one of the most exciting country cups in recent memory, with a sensational mix of proven stars and some very exciting up and coming sprinters. There is also the added intrigue of Paw Licking and Ronan Izmir chasing the $50,000 GRV incentive on offer for winning three country cups in a calendar year.

 

Australian Racing Greyhound got the thoughts from the eight kennels in the lead-up to the big race.

Box 1
Race Odds
$4.80
Heat Replay
Dark Warrior
Trainer
Darren McDonald
Owner
Fast Track Racing
Prizemoney
$93,540
Last 10 Starts
1421141251
35 Month Black Dog by Where’s Pedro - Shanlyn Supreme
Start Moderate Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,078 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
45 25 6 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
55% 75%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 2 0 0
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 5 0 1
Comments: Darren McDonald (Trainer) - “He is some sort of chance from the box. He is two or three lengths off the really good dogs, but his habits are good. If he didn’t have the box he would struggle, but if he does everything right from there he is some sort of chance. I would say a good each way chance, but he will need that element of luck, and with that luck he will be competitive.”
Best Ballarat Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.30 25.30 6.56 6.56
Box 2
Race Odds
$26
Heat Replay
Veyron Bale
Trainer
Andrea Dailly
Owner
P WHEELER
Prizemoney
$73,400
Last 10 Starts
8223148612
33 Month Black Dog by Meticulous - Blachura Bale
Start Slow/Moderate Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,497 Rating 86
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
49 12 10 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
24% 55%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 1 0 2
Comments: Tom Dailly (Co-trainer) - “He has drawn nicely inside, but will need to get out of the box to beat Ronan Izmir or Paw Licking. I won’t be holding my breath, he doesn’t come out running very often.”  
Best Ballarat Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.29 25.29 6.78 6.78
Box 3
Race Odds
$8.50
Heat Replay
Clone Your Own
Trainer
Rob Britton
Owner
A Lee
Prizemoney
$162.090
Last 10 Starts
3631334621
36 Month Black Dog by Droopys Marco - Elie Saab
Start Moderate Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $3,602 Rating 87
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
45 20 5 9
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
44% 75%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 3 0 1
Comments: Robbie Britton (Trainer) – “It will be tough. I think I’ve got a dog good enough to win the race, but because he isn’t overly quick early it will be tough against these other dogs. However, if he has a little bit of luck, he is definitely good enough to win the race.”
Best Ballarat Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.21 25.21 6.68 6.68
Box 4
Race Odds
$2.50
Heat Replay
Ronan Izmir
Trainer
Jason Thompson
Owner
S BURNS
Prizemoney
$185,160
Last 10 Starts
1111213311
35 Month Black Dog by Elite State - Adhara Izmir
Start Fast Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $3,939 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
47 29 5 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
61% 85%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 4 0 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 2 0 2
Comments: Jason Thompson (Trainer) – “I think the dog has a terrific chance. Even though the four doesn’t seem like a good draw, with the dogs drawn around him I think it’s ok. I’m actually as happy as I can be considering he drew the middle, we think he will be near the lead or leading the race. He is going very well and has had a freshen up before the series started and hopefully he is ready to peak tomorrow night. He is a very good chance, it’s now up to him.”
Best Ballarat Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
24.97 25.13 6.45 6.52
Box 5
Race Odds
$2.80
Heat Replay
Paw Licking
Trainer
Kel Greenough
Owner
A Lang
Prizemoney
$191,255
Last 10 Starts
4115131271
33 Month White/Black Dog by Elite State - Kingsbrae Di
Start Fast Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $4,664 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
41 25 6 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
60% 80%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 0
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 2  1  1
Comments: Kel Greenough (Trainer) – “Paw Licking and Ronan Izmir are unbelievably evenly matched, almost identical on ability and I don’t think there is a breath between them. The dog that gets the breaks is the dog that will win the race. but if they do happen to go hammer and tongs at each other they can set it up for something else to run them down.”
Best Ballarat Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.15 25.15 6.52 6.52
Box 6
$9.00
Heat Reply
Deadly Vane
Trainer
Joe Borg
Owner
Deadly Capers (SYN), P MATTHEWS, M MATTHEWS
Prizemoney
$16,060
Last 10 Starts
14511161
23 Month Blue Dog by Vee Man Vane - Surfing Idol
Start Moderate Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,007 Rating 84
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 5 0 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
62% 62%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 2 0 0
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0  0
Comments: Joe Borg (Trainer) – “It all depends on Ronan Izmir and Paw Licking, who are the likely leaders. I’m hoping I get a clean run and Empire Allen doesn’t cut down on top. My dog has genuine early pace, but not as much as the two genuine speedsters. If he get’s a clean run, then he can finish it off nicely. He is very strong at the end, which is his biggest asset. Proven Impala is the best dog I’ve trained, but this dog is the fastest.”
Best Ballarat Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.35 25.35 6.57 6.98
Box 7
Race Odds
$12
Heat Replay
Empire Allen
Trainer
Andrea Dailly
Owner
J Wheeler
Prizemoney
$34,355
Last 10 Starts
2631113331
26 Month Black Dog by Fear Zafonic - Dyna Celeste
Start Moderate/Fast Running Railer Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,493 Rating 89
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
23 8 4 7
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
34% 82%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2  1  0  1
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 2 0 1
Comments: Tom Dailly (Co-trainer) - “He has drawn the opposite end and it will be hard to get around the other two, but you never know. He is a good honest dog and was a great run last week. I would have preferred him drawn inside.”
Best Ballarat Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.17 25.17 6.56 6.56
Box 8
Race Odds
$26
Heat Replay
Allen Malik
Trainer
Steve Collins
Owner
J Wheeler
Prizemoney
$15,236
Last 10 Starts
6151335311
24 Month Brindle Dog by Surf Lorian - Spiral Bale
Start Moderate/Slow Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,385 Rating 85
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
11 5 0 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
45% 72%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2  1  0  1
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0  0
Comments: Tammy Collins (Kennel Representative) - “We are going to need a lot of luck from the pink and we would have preferred him drawn on the rails. Being so young and inexperienced, he might find it tough against the more seasoned campaigners. He is a young dog on the rise and will improve with this experience, but will find it tough.”
Best Ballarat Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.21 25.21 6.65 6.65

 

The general consensus among the camps is that the likely leader will be Ronan Izmir or Paw Licking, which will make it very hard for any runner to chase them down. If those two speedsters happen to tangle, then it will set the race up for a run on type such as the highly talented Joe Borg trained youngster Deadly Vane, or Clone Your Own for Robbie Britton. It promises to be an exciting race, with the field assembled worthy of the races Group Two status.

Matthew Jenkins, from TAB Sportsbet who are betting pre-post on the final; reports they have taken bets of $1,600 @ $2.80 on Paw Licking to win the final and that Deadly Vane “has found steady support, backed $16.00 in to $9.00 with plenty of $100 bets.”

Ronan Izmir Qualifies Fastest For 2013 Ballarat Cup Final

Tonight we saw some fantastic racing at Ballarat, but it wasn’t confined to the heats of the $70,000 Mega Merch Ballarat Cup. The second heat of the GRV VBIS Maiden Series saw a phenomenal performance from the Brian Petty trained Campaspe Will, who won in an amazing 25.15 and will be extremely hard to beat in the final. This highly talented sprinter will be a dog to watch closely over the coming months.

Coming into the Ballarat Cup there were two dogs with a chance of taking home the GRV Bonus of $50k for winning three country cups in the calendar year, and they didn’t let connections down.

Ronan Izmir absolutely sizzled in the fastest heat win of the night in 25.12. It was a win full of guts and determination after being crossed early by the speedy Magic Diva, who went the clear fastest first split of the night in an electric 6.46.

Paw Licking was also a tough win after being crowded early the race. The Kel Greenough speedster drove through and led all the way in 25.14, which was the second fastest run of the night. The task wasn’t made easy for either runner for the final however, with Ronan Izmir drawing box four and Paw Licking box five.

The first heat of the night was won by the Joe Borg trained Deadly Vane, who gave the more seasoned Ferly Reign a start and a beating. The Vee Man Vane youngster was a very impressive winner in a time of 25.34 at only his seventh start, with the consistent Peter Rocket another good run for third.

There were some shocks on the night though; with the highly fancied Banjo Boy lowering his colours to the honest Andrea Dailly trained Empire Allen in the third fastest heat time of 25.16. It wasn’t all good news for the Dailly kennel however, with star sprinter Spud Regis leading and getting run down in the sixth heat by the Steven Collins trained Allen Malik. The son of Surf Lorian covered the 450m in a slick 25.20, and has an extremely bright future.

Dark Warrior confirmed his liking for one-bend tracks with a workmanlike win in the fifth heat for Darren McDonald, just holding off the consistent Gary Ennis trained Blaster in a time of 25.29. His chances for the final improved considerably when he drew the red box.

The sensational run of the Robbie Britton team continued in the last heat, with star New Zealand import Clone Your Own an impressive winner in a slick 25.20. He was average to begin, but showed amazing drive and mid-race speed that will hold him in good stead for the final.

With the seven winner’s locked into the final, it was down to time’s for the last place in the final, and the fastest second place getter was decided by the barest of margins, with the Andrea daily trained Veyron Bale sneaking into the final after his 25.29 run behind Allen Malik. The Darren Brown trained speedster Magic Diva is first reserve after posting a time of 25.30 in her heat run behind Ronan Izmir and Banjo Boy is the second reserve after his 25.31 heat run.

2013 Group 2 $70,000 Ballarat Cup Final Box Draw

  • Box 1 – Dark Warrior – Darren Mcdonald – 25.29
  • Box 2 – Veyron Bale – Andrea Dailly – 25.29
  • Box 3 – Clone Your Own – Rob Britton – 25.20
  • Box 4 – Ronan Izmir – Janon Thompson – 25.12
  • Box 5 – Paw Licking – Kel Greenough – 25.14
  • Box 6 – Deadly Vane – Joe Borg – 25.34
  • Box 7 – Empire Allen – Andrea Dailly – 25.16
  • Box 8 – Allen Malik – Steve Collins – 25.20
  • 1st Reserve – Magic Diva – Gary Ennis – 25.30
  • 2nd Reserve – Banjo Boy – Ken Virtue – 25.31

2013 Ballarat Cup Heats Replays


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