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2014 Group Three Darwin Cup Preview

The rich red loam of Winnellie Park will play host to the 2014 Group Three Darwin Cup final on Friday evening.

A field littered with interstate raiders will vie for the $25,000 winners cheque over the testing 537 metre trip.

Three trainers will each rug up two dogs in the final with Victorians Robert Britton (Highbury and Engine Alley) and Darren McDonald (Rumbling Rick and Where’s The Surf), along with Queenslander Tom Tzouvelis (Le Sirenuse and Tee Brady) all qualifying a pair of runners.

Stephen Whyte (Clash Of Kings) and Jeffrey Cumming (Rumble Street) make up the field of eight.

Here is a look at each runner in detail;

1 – Clash Of Kings ($2.25) – Stephen Whyte - Set the time standards in the heats when flew around Winnellie Park in 31.33. His pedigree suggests that he can take the race out. He is a son of Fear Zafonic and the 2009 Darwin Cup winner Queen Lauryn (Token Prince – Cheeky Sprite) who will be hoping to replicate his mothers triumph here. Last week was his first start from box one and it looks to suit him perfectly. He is the one they have to beat.

2 – Rumbling Rick ($10) – Darren McDonald - A winner of 17 from 48 who was beaten 8 1/2 lengths by Clash Of Kings in his heat run. He should have some improvement in him this week but he will need to.

3 – Le Sirenuse ($5.00) – Tom Tzouvelis - A well performed Queensland youngster who finished second to Rumble Street in her heat. She may need to find a few lengths on that performance to trouble these.

4 – Where’s The Surf ($4.00) – Darren McDonald - One of the big guns in this race who could not quite mow down Highbury in his heat. He is likely to improve and if he comes out in the first couple, he will be right in contention when it matters the most.

5 – Tee Brady ($18) – Tom Tzouvelis - A seasoned interstate campaigner who lines up in his second Darwin Cup final here. Finished third to Highbury last week but was only beaten 1 3/4 lengths. He has finished in the top three at eight of his last ten starts including three wins. He could be the knockout at big odds.

6 – Highbury ($6.50) – Robert Britton - Speedy customer who staved off some strong challengers to win his heat in 31.63. He will be hoping to find the front early and do the same again in this race. He has handled wider draws in the past including last week’s effort from box seven.

7 – Rumble Street ($6.50) – Jeffrey Cumming - Returned to winning form last week with a 31.67 heat win from this box. Almost all of her wins have come from outside boxes which has to bring her into calculations here.

8 – Engine Alley ($18) – Robert Britton - An injury plagued greyhound who had his first run for 374 days last week when he finished third to Clash Of Kings from this box. If he recaptures anywhere near his best career form he could surprise a few of these but it is very hard to draw a form line from that one run. Take him on trust.

Reserves

9 – Saleen ($51) – Graeme Ferns - A consistent local who has been placed in 30 of her 51 starts but only managed to win seven of them. She will be tested if she gains a start.

10 – I’m Ziva ($51) – Kerry Perrett - A winner of four from 21 who would need luck to feature in this class.

Selections: 1-4-7-5

The above odds can be found at Sportingbet who are offering a $700 free bet. When asked about the Darwin Cup, Sportingbet’s Andrew Brown provided the following opinion -

“Clash Of Kings looked outstanding running the fastest heat and the red box is perfect for him. Where’s The Surf must be respected and Le Sirenuse hit the line well in her heat after copping plenty of trouble so she certainly wouldn’t surprise.”

The Darwin Cup fixed odds market can be found here.

Elite Fields To Contest Victorian National Distance Championship Heats

This Thursday evening sees the beginning of a frenzy of qualifying races Australia-wide for the National Distance and Sprint titles in each state.

Greyhounds will attempt to win through to their own state finals before then earning a crack at qualifying for the big national finals in Western Australia on August 23.

There is likely to be few series anywhere in the country that rival the Victorian stayers event, which takes place at Sandown Park this Thursday night.

Four heats overflowing with Group One performers will form a terrific night of racing which is sure to please the most fastidious of half-mile aficionados.

Despite Victoria being well regarded as the premier state when it comes to depth in the staying ranks, the last winner of the National Distance Championship to come through the series in the Garden State was Jarvis Bale back in 2009.

Here is a look at the main chances in each of the four heats;

AGRA National Distance Championships Victoria Heat 1 – 7:44pm

Last weekend’s Victorian Distance Championship winner Mepunga Tiara (8) headlines the first heat. The Jeff Britton trained daughter of Premier Fantasy and Mepunga Opal (Hallucinate – Mepunga Spark) now boasts a Group Two win as well as multiple Group One final appearances in her 34-start career. She has a personal best of 42.46 at Sandown and is yet to miss a place in three outings there. She is the one to beat.

Coral (1) has earned a crack at top-line racing with some sensational efforts of late. The Amanda Scott trained daughter of Bombastic Shiraz and Daintree Lady (Light Of Fire – Honchytonk Girl) has won her last five races including an all-the-way 42.12 effort at Sandown. She has won two of three at the track and also won two races out of box one from five attempts. She will give them something to catch.

Born Ali (3) is a Group One winner who has been a little below her best in recent times. She has not won since late March and comes into this on the back of a three-week spell. If she can recapture her best she will be right in it, but it’s a big “if”.

Arejay Smokey (4) made the Victorian Distance Championship final last week where he finished seventh to Mepunga Tiara. He is yet to win here in four attempts and will need to improve to win this heat.

AGRA National Distance Championships Victoria Heat 2 – 8:08pm

A cracker second heat features triple Group winning bitch Dyna Willow (8). The Steve Collins trained daughter of Collision and Horizon Bale (Stately Bird – Vodeena Bale) stormed home to run second in the Victorian Distance Championships last Saturday night at The Meadows. That was just her second run back from a three-month layoff and she should be ready to fire here. If she goes anywhere near her best of 41.99, she is going to take some beating.

Zipping Joe (3) is a consistent type who also made the final of the Victorian Distance Championships last Saturday night. He has a best of 42.14 and is in the hands of the astute trainer Darren McDonald. If he is prominent early he could pose a huge threat.

Zipping Rory (4) may only be 30-months old but he is already stamping his name in the elite staying ranks. He ran a credible third to Mepunga Tiara in the final of the Victorian Distance Championships last Saturday night at The Meadows where he loomed large on the home turn. He has produced a very quick run of 41.89 here in his only win over this trip and if he finds the front, he could make things interesting.

Tarks Nemesis (1) could be the knockout dog in the race. The Angela Langton trained blue bitch finished second in the Sandown Cup here in May and has won three from seven over this journey. It would be no surprise to see her right in the race throughout.

AGRA National Distance Championships Victoria Heat 3 – 8:28pm

The third heat features the much-awaited return of the exciting dual Group One winning bitch Sweet It Is. The daughter of Mogambo and Off Springer (Flying Penske – Skullring) captured the imagination of greyhound fans with her eye-catching last-to-first wins in both the Association Cup at Wentworth Park and the Sandown Cup. The Darren McDonald trained black bitch only needs to find a passage through this field to be winning this heat.

Lethal Three (3) led the Victorian Distance Championship final for a long way last Saturday at The Meadows. She has a best of 42.25 and if she can find the front again this Thursday, she may be there for a long way.

Infinite Wish (7) is a Group placed bitch that has also made multiple feature finals. If there is a query over her, it is the fact that she has only won one race over this trip in 12 attempts. She has not missed a place in her last six outings and should be thereabouts.

AGRA National Distance Championships Victoria Heat 4 – 8:52pm

Champion sprinter/stayer Xylia Allen (1) headlines the fourth-and-final heat. Her run of nine straight wins came to an end last Saturday night in the Group Two Victorian Distance Championship final. The Jenny Hunt trained daughter of Turanza Bale and Tayah Bale (Droopys Vieri – Francesca Bale) has made a career out of winning Group races and won the National Sprint Final in 2013. She is the one to beat in this race.

Luby Lu (2) may not have the experience of some of her rivals in this race but she has proven she can carve out time at the track with a best of 41.90. She is yet to prove herself at the top level but gets her chance to lead from box two here.

Zipping Maggie (5) is a youngster who looks to have a big future. She reached the final of the Victorian Distance Championships after a quality second placing behind Mepunga Tiara in the heats. She is an improver.

Gold Affair Two (3) is a four-year-old veteran who has won 20 races in her 95-start career. She has a best of 41.91 at the track but has only won one race in 2014.

Clash Of Kings Dominates 2014 Darwin Cup Heats

Bunyip trainer Stephen Whyte holds all the aces heading into Friday night’s Group Three 2014 Darwin Cup final after the regally bred Clash Of Kings (1) qualified fastest in the three heats held at Winnellie Park on Monday night.

Whyte will have plenty of challengers with three trainers managing to qualify two dogs each for the final. Robert Britton, Darren McDonald and Tom Tsouvelis all qualified a pair for Friday’s $25,000 to-the-winner event.

Class Of Kings is a son of Fear Zafonic and 2009 Darwin Cup winner Queen Lauryn (Token Prince – Cheeky Sprite) and he took out the second heat in emphatic fashion, scoring by 7 1/2 lengths from Rumbling Rick (2) and Engine Alley (8) in the time of 31.33.

It was Clash Of Kings’ fifth win from just nine starts and he will be a force to be reckoned with after drawing the coveted rails alley for Friday’s final.

Earlier in the night, Robert Britton justified his trip north when Highbury (7) took out the opening heat. The son of Collision and Apology (Bond – Temperance) stopped the clock at 31.63, defeating Where’s The Surf (4) by a head with Tee Brady (8) filling third place.

The final heat of the night was taken out by Rumble Street (7) for Queensland mentor Jeffrey Cumming. The daughter of Hallucinate and Rumble Charm (Spiral Nikita – Rumble Spirit) registered the time of 31.67 en route to defeating Le Sirenuse (2) by four lengths with Saleen (1) in third.

The box draw for the Group Three 2014 Darwin Cup is as follows;

1 – Clash Of Kings – Stephen Whyte
2 – Rumbling Rick – Darren McDonald
3 – Le Sirenuse – Tom Tsouvelis
4 – Where’s The Surf – Darren McDonald
5 – Tee Brady – Tom Tsouvelis
6 – Highbury – Robert Britton
7 – Rumble Street – Jeff Cumming
8 – Engine Alley – Robert Britton

Reserves
9 – Saleen – Graeme Ferns
10 – I’m Ziva – Kerry Perrett

RIP Elektra – One Of The All Time Greats

One of Australian Greyhound Racing’s true great stayers passed away today. Elektra was one of the true champions of the modern era and will be greatly missed.

ARG was lucky enough to catch up with her proud owner and long term friend Philip Lenehan to discuss the life and career of an all-time favourite.

“There was two stages to her career. Firstly was her time with Bate and then post-Bate with Keith Harding in WA. It’s funny, Batesy (Graeme Bate) actually announced her retirement to GRV and NGF and looked silly when we sent her to WA. He wasn’t real happy when I pulled her out of retirement, but we thought she would be suited going around the one track consistently at Cannington. She won the Galaxy and was the 2008 WA greyhound of the year, so I think the decision was justified.”

Philip, or Red Eye to his mates, laughed whilst telling a story involving ARG’s own Kevin Pitstock.

“Kevin trialled her one night at Warrnambool before she had raced. He had a black bitch that was similar and we had everyone convinced she was Kevin’s bitch Pitch n Putt. One of Warrnambool’s large punters backed Pitch n Putt off the map at Horsham and of course she ran nowhere.”

“The funny thing is that the plan worked beautifully until we backed her at her first start for a fair whack. Batesy was training for us at the time and had one in the race of Wheeler’s. It was also having its first start and we were told it was just a dog. It had box one and was Dyna Redbull and bolted in. We later found out that Batesy had put a lazy $800 on his and was too smart for us. Dyna Redbull went on to win over 90k in prizemoney. The shame was that 450m was too short for her, or else we might have had the last laugh.”

Whilst speaking to “Red Eye” the passion was obvious when discussing Elektra.

“Jill basically ran the show. She would always bark at strangers and was always a bit different. But we loved her regardless and loved having her around the place. She would just roam and enjoy the property daily. She started everything with the Lektra name and really put our name back on the map.”

When I asked Red Eye what his favourite memory was of this superstar bitch, the answer surprised but made perfect sense.

“It was before the 2006 Sandown Cup final and we were first reserve. Texas Gold was scratched and I was training her myself and was in my first and only group one race as a trainer. Darren McDonald offered 25k and then Dennis Trewin chimed in with a 30k offer before the final and we really ummed and arred about it. My dad wanted to sell, but we decided that we would keep her and the rest is history.”

Elektra wasn’t the only talented bitch to come out of the Primo Uno-Natural Class litter, with the highly talented Speedy Lino also flying the flag for the litter.

“Speedy Lino was meant to be Speedy Uno and the GRV couldn’t read my shithouse handwriting. Everyone wondered where the Lino came from and when she won 80k in prizemoney I didn’t care what she was called. We actually ended up calling one of the others in the litter Speedy Uno and I got my wife Sue to write the papers.”

When we look at a bitch of the ilk of the great Elektra we are instantly drawn to the breeding barn and what she has thrown and what the remainder of the line can produce.

“Lektra Jay was the best of the racedogs. Lektra Radiant also had a lot of ability and Lektra Johnson was a favorite of ours. Elektra and her pups cracked a million in prizemoney and we hope the line can continue. Lektra Scarlett has had a litter to Cosmic Chief and we are hoping that she might carry on the flag for her mum.”

When asked what the favourite Elektra run was, Red Eye was definite and instant.

“The Galaxy win and the racecall when she crossed the line sent tingles up my spine. She could do it and she did.”

Watch the replay below and remember one of the all-time greats who is still locked in the top echelon of prizemoney earners in Australian Greyhound Racing history. RIP champion.


Elektra In One Of Her Scintillating Wins – 2008 Galaxy (3)

Upsets Continue In Semi’s Of 2014 Group One Maturity Classic

Upsets have been the flavour of the 2014 Group One Maturity Classic so far and that didn’t stop on Saturday night; with two of the four semi winners at double-figure odds while the other two winners were not sent out as favourites.

Lamia Bale set the time standard into the finals, stopping the clock at 29.99 and paying a very juicy $22.90. The Steve Collins trained bitch by High Earner and Maple Bale (Spiral Nikita – Vista Bale) narrowly defeated Sisco Rage (1) who unleashed her customary finish to miss victory by a nose. Lamia Bale was fast away and this worked to her benefit as race favourite Spring Leaf (4) was slow away and never fired a shot. The Darren McDonald trained Sisco Rage, a bitch by High Earner and Sisco Power (Sisco Buzz – Sisco Yep) joins Lamia Bale in the final next week.

The other long-odds winner was Grand Legacy (5) for Peter Dapiran. The El Grand Señor and Premier Babe (Premier Fantasy – Ikari Babe) dog saluted at odds of $17.30 as he pulled off a win from a bad draw. It was also his first win at the track. Favourite Eliza Blanche (8) was beaten by the box and the other dog in the market, Luca Neveelk (7), demonstrated that he really needs to lead to show his best work. When the lids opened, Crackerjack Rose (2) showed the best speed, leading into the first turn. Take Charge (3) also got away well and took the lead turning into the back straight. Grand Legacy was third at this stage and down the home straight he put in the long strides to secure a two and a half length win in 30.17 over Take Charge. The Stephen McKenna trained Take Charge, a dog by Bartrim Bale and Witch Fantasy (Premier Fantasy – Witch Magic), will take a spot in next week’s final with Grand Legacy.

The other two winners, Mepunga Hayley (5) and Humphrey Bale (1), both saluted at odds of $6.00. Mepunga Hayley, a bitch by Bekim Bale and Mepunga Harmony (Pure Octane – Mepunga Shiraz) lowered the colours of $1.80 favourite Hooksy. The Jeff Britton trained Mepunga Hayley led easily, crossing other noted beginners Rue De Kahn (4) and Push It (2) quickly and shooting away to win in 30.00. Hooksy was pushed wide at the first turn but he managed to put himself into second and finished two and a half lengths behind Mepunga Hayley. The Tanya Auld trained Hooksy has scraped through all series but the black dog by Hondo Black and Uno Witch (Primo Uno – Proven Tops) may well just peak in time for the final.

In Humphrey Bale’s race, Shoulders (3) and Where’s The Surf (2) vied for favouritism. Humphrey Bale trumped them all, leading all the way in 30.18 for trainer Andrea Dailly. The Bartrim Bale and Pindari Bale (Collision – Maple Bale) dog won his seventh race at the track and is considered something of a track specialist at The Meadows. Where’s The Surf and Shoulders squeezed each other for room early with Where’s The Surf worst affected. Shoulders finished impressively to finish second, grabbing Samus Allen down the home straight and in turn, snaring himself a spot in the final. Shoulders, a black dog by Cosmic Rumble and Bit Stressed (Bit Chili – Stresa) will be the only NSW trained dog in the final for trainer Anthony Azzopardi’s

The box draw for next week’s final is:

Box 1 – Sisco Rage – Darren McDonald (30.00)
Box 2 – Shoulders – Anthony Azzopardi (30.20)
Box 3 – Take Charge – Stephen McKenna (30.33)
Box 4 – Lamia Bale – Steven Collins (29.99)
Box 5 – Humphrey Bale – Andrea Dailly (30.18)
Box 6 – Grand Legacy – Peter Dapiran (30.17)
Box 7 – Hooksy – Tanya Auld (30.16)
Box 8 – Mepunga Hayley – Jeff Britton (30.00)

First Reserve: Trail Blazing – Tina Womann 30.12)
Second Reserve: Wind Whistler – Angela Langton (30.29)

Xylia Allen Dominates Victorian Distance Championship Heats

Champion race bitch Xylia Allen has set up a date with destiny after qualifying fastest for the final of the 2014 Group Two Victorian Distance Championship at The Meadows on Saturday night.

The daughter of Turanza Bale and Tayah Bale (Droopys Vieri – Francesca Bale) stopped the clock at 42.47 in the third and final heat en route to a four length win. She now has the opportunity to become the sport’s greatest prize-money earner of all time if she can take out next week’s final.

After exiting box two in sixth place, Xylia Allen found the rails and bided her time on the fence. She then exploded down the back straight to make her way to second before zooming past early leader Unix Bale (3) in the home straight and racing away to win.

Lethal Three (4) chased home Xylia Allen well for second place while Zipping Rory (7) filled third.

Just as she did in the recent Group 2 McKenna Memorial Final, Xylia Allen will exit box one in the $40,000 to-the-winner event next Saturday night.

Earlier in the night, Anakie mentor Jeff Britton took out heat one when Mepunga Tiara (8) returned to her front running best to score by 1 1/2 lengths in 42.72.

After being sent out and odds-on favourite, the dual Group One finalist opened up a big break early before she had to dig deep to stave off the strong challenges of youngster Zipping Maggie (6). Arejay Smokey filled third position.

The second heat went the way of the Darren McDonald trained Zipping Joe (4). The regally bred son of Bombastic Shiraz and Or Catra (Brett Lee – Gold Serenade) displayed his customary strong finish to register the time of 43.00, winning by 3 1/4 lengths.

After jumping mid-field, the 29kg dog made his way to third as they passed the post the first time as Galloping Rocky (8) made the pace up front as a tear-away lamp lighter.

It was not until the field swung around the home turn that Zipping Joe’s superior strength became evident as he overhauled the early leaders to win.

Dyna Willow (7) ran a quality race to finish second and qualify for the final. In her first race start since April, the Steve Collins trained bitch began well and found trouble when attempting to cross to the fence. She still managed to find the tenacity to run on again and grab second. Early leader Galloping Rocky clung on to third place.

The box draw for next Saturday night’s $40,000 Group Two Victorian Distance Championship is as follows;

1 – Xylia Allen (Jenny Hunt)
2 – Zipping Maggie (Peter Daprain)
3 – Lethal Three (Kelly Bravo)
4 – Dyna Willow (Steve Collins)
5 – Zipping Joe (Darren McDonald)
6 – Mepunga Tiara (Jeff Britton)
7 – Arejay Smokey (Bob Iredale)
8 – Zipping Rory (Bethany Daprain)

Reserves
9 – Galloping Rocky (Robert Conway)
10 – Liara Allen (Steve Collins)

The Meadows Greyhounds Tips & Betting Preview July 19th 2014

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Race 1 – 525M Grade 5 – 7:18PM

Very even affair to kick off the meeting but i think the promising Capullo Bale can make amends for his luckless run here last week. After beginning fairly he showed a good turn of foot before then losing his way through the first bend. I think with the benefit of seeing the track last week he should be able to find plenty. His three provincial wins in June where brilliant and i have a fairly big opinion of this one.

Roy Galo is a very hard dog to follow but he is ideally drawn out wide and he should appreciate the enormous drop in class. He has contested FFA events for quite some time and although it was a while back, he did record his sizzling 29.82 PB here from this draw. Frank Furter must also be considered in this event, he is armed with smart early speed and he should go with Capullo Bale for most of the trip, his last 50m is always a worry but he has got a little stronger in recent times.

Top Four: 6 – 8 – 5 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Capullo Bale

Trifecta: 5,6,8/5,6,8/1,3,5,6,7,8 ($24 for 100%)

Boxed Quinella: 5,6,8 ($3 for 100%)

 

Race 2 – 600M Grade 5 Final – 7:40PM

Another open race but i think the box draw is going to play a major role in the result. Reen’s Fabian has come up with the gun draw and he looked very impressive in his strong 34.90 heat win. He was quite slow to begin last week but from the better draw he should be able to find a couple of lengths to the first marker and on the bunny he should be able to get down to the 34.40 mark.

Ima Fairytale is highly talented and she too overcame some difficulties in her strong 35.16 heat win, however the box draw hasn’t been too kind to her. She is likely to settle back in the field early but with some luck in running she won’t be far away at the finish. Morningside is the smokey in the event, she can make a lot of mistakes in her races and she tends to lose concentration at times but if she remains switched on she will run a big race at odds.

Top Four: 1 – 4 – 5 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Reen’s Fabian (very keen on this one)

Trifecta: 1,4/1,4/Field ($12 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1/2,4,5/Field ($12 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1/2,4,5/2,4,5 ($6 for 100%)

 

Race 3 – 725M Distance Championship Heat One – 7:57PM

The perfectly drawn Mepunga Tiara has been racing in good company of late and she has been far from disgraced. She is probably better suited to a middle distance but she is still more than capable over this journey. Being a very reliable beginner, i would expect her to be able to carve across to the early lead and she should prove too hard to reel in.

Know Class has been racing against the likes of Xylia Allen in recent times and he should appreciate the drop in class. He can be a little slow to begin at times but if he can get through the first bend untouched he won’t be far away at the business end. Zipping Maggie is showing promise over the staying journey and this is clearly her toughest test, im still not convinced that she is a genuine stayer but this event isn’t overly strong and she can play a major role.

Top Four: 8 – 4 – 6 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Mepunga Tiara

Trifecta: 8/4/Field ($5 for 100%)

Trifecta: 8/3,4,6/Field ($15 for 100%)

 

Race 4 – 725M Distance Championship Heat Two – 8:20PM

Star stayer Dyna Willow is making her long awaited return to racing and if she is anywhere near peak fitness she should make light work of her opposition. Prior to going for a spell she had recorded two breathtaking 720m Wentworth Park wins and on both occasions she came from off the speed and powered to the line. Being first up from a spell she should show a little more early dash and therefore she will find herself in a much more prominent position early.

Luna Jinx is a huge talent but she can make a lot of mistakes in her races. Back in may she scored a scorching 41.68 Sandown Park win and she looked as though she was going to take the staying world by storm, however she has shown that she doesn’t like to be crowded in her races and she tends to ease when she feels pressure on her outside. If she can get into some open space she will put some pressure on the favourite. Zipping Joe rounds out the winning hopes, he has been racing in rare form of late and he should be suited by the empty box on his outside.

Top Four: 7 – 3 – 4 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Dyna Willow if you can find even money or better

Trifecta: 7/3,4,6/2,3,4,6 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 3,7/3,7/Field ($10 for 100%)

 

Race 5 – 525M Maturity Classic Semi Final One – 8:40PM

He was a little disappointing here last week but i think super star sprinter Hooksy can make amends tonight. Drawn perfectly in the pink he should get plenty of room early to show his explosive turn of foot and he should be off and gone as they head through the first turn. This bloke is an absolute star and i can’t wait to see what the clock shows if he goes around untouched.

My Bro Fabio was enormous here last week when scoring in 29.79 and he is clearly a danger again, however in his heat he was able to settle very close to the speed and i don’t think he will be afforded those favours tonight. There is a fair bit of speed in this race and im guessing he will settle in the last three, he is still good enough to score but i think the quinella spot looks best. Mepunga Hayley is another tremendous talent and if she can find her best box manners she may give Hooksy a run for his money.

Top Four: 8 – 7 – 5 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Hooksy (if you get evens or better)

Trifecta: 8/3,5,7/3,5,7 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 8/3,5,7/Field ($18 for 100%0

Trifecta: 8/7/Field ($6 for 100%)

 

Race 6 – 525M Maturity Classic Semi Final Two – 8:58PM

This is easily the most open of the four semis but i think i have found the winner with the Darren McDonald trained Where’s The Surf. He has scored a hat trick of wins and he looked ultra impressive when scoring here last week in 30.05. He was fair to begin in his heat but he showed a great turn of foot and he assumed control soon after the start. His first section of 5.13 would see him settle in the first three early and he will prove very hard to hold out.

Shoulders looms as the obvious danger based on his two sub 30 second wins here in June, last week he missed the kick a little and wasn’t really a factor, tonight im anticipating that he will step a little better and he should make his presence felt. Humphrey Bale is the other genuine winning hope, whilst Dyna Alchemist can cause an upset with some luck early. I’m a big fan of Dyna Alchemist but i would have preferred him to have drawn much closer to the rail.

Top Four: 2 – 3 – 1 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Where’s The Surf

Trifecta: 1,2,3/1,2,3/1,2,3,6,7,8 ($24 for 100%)

Boxed Quinella: 1,2,3 ($3 for 100%)

Exacta: 2,3/1,2,3,6 ($6 for 100%)

 

Race 7 – 525M Maturity Classic Semi Final Three – 9:20PM

I think we have found the best value of the night in this event with the perfectly drawn Summer Wages. Last week he showed tremendous early speed before tiring in the concluding stages. If he can step cleanly he should be able to hold the early lead again and i think he will be much better for the run. At present you can find $14 fixed with some betting agencies and that is a great each way investment.

Eliza Blanche is going to start quite short but i think she is the lay of the night, her box manners aren’t great and she is desperate for the fence. There is quite a bit of early speed drawn underneath her and I’m anticipating that she will be posted wide for most of the trip. Dyna Ostrander is a promising up and coming chaser and if he can reproduce his 30.05 effort from last week he should be in the mix, he can miss the kick at times but he does have an explosive turn of foot. Grand Legacy could be another value bet, he will be big odds but he was far from disgraced when placed here last week.

Top Four: 1 – 6 – 5 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on Summer Wages and Grand Legacy

Boxed Quinella: 1,5,6,7 ($6 for 100%)

Exacta: 1,5,6/1,5,6,7 ($9 for 100%)

 

Race 8 – 525M Maturity Classic Semi Final Four – 9:42PM

The final semi appears to be another wide open affair but the well drawn Sisco Rage looks poised to make a big impact. In recent times he has been bombing the start and he has then had to work overtime during the race to get into a competitive position. From the red he should be able to anticipate the start a lot better and he will find himself in a more prominent position early. Some of his performances have been massive of late and he is great value at the $5.50 mark.

All Strung Out is a star stayer in the making but at present he is flying over the sprint trip. He didn’t have a lot in his heat last week but he still hit the line hard for a strong placing and prior to that he did post a powerful 30.11 win here. His chances hinge on whether or not he gets a clear crack through the first turn but with an ounce of luck he will be in the mix. Lamia Bale could be the smokey in the event, she led for a long way last week and she appears to be improving with every run.

Top Four: 1 – 3 – 7 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Sisco Rage

Boxed Quinella: 1,3,5,7 ($6 for 100%)

Exacta: 1,3/1,3,5,7 ($6 for 100%)

 

Race 9 – 725M Distance Championship Heat Three – 10:02PM

The great Xylia Allen gets to strut her stuff again tonight and she should make it eight wins in a row. She is yet to win over this trip but her 700m form of late has been spectacular and realistically bad luck is her only danger. It’s worth noting that if she can win next week’s final she will be the greatest ever prize money earner in the history of greyhound racing.

Zipping Rory looms as the main danger, in recent weeks he has scored two brilliant metro wins and he continues to get better with every run. I don’t think he can go with the champ but he should have no trouble filling the quinella spot. Hala Belle rounds out the place chances, she has been placed in two of three here and she has been racing in this type of class for quite a while now. She is drawn to settle near the speed and she should plug on for third.

Top Four: 2 – 7 – 8 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 2/6,7,8/6,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2/7/6,8 ($2 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2/7,8/7,8 ($2 for 100%)

 

Race 10 – 525M Free For All – 10:22PM

Dream It has been racing over the middle distances of late but he should be suited by the drop back to 525m. Prior to rising in distance he had posted two brilliant wins here with the latest being in a slick 29.91. From the red draw he should be able to punch through and lead at the first bend and he should prove too strong in the run to the line.

Hailstorm Billy is a super consistent chaser and he tends to race very well here. Three starts ago he hit the line strongly when placed behind the then in form Gimme Fuel and this race looks to have similar depth. Prue Bale is the interesting runner, she has had three weeks off and the freshen up could be just what she needed, when she is on song she is brilliant and she can show explosive early speed in her races.

Top Four: 1 – 4 – 7 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 1,6,7/4/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1,6,7/Field/4 ($18 for 100%)

Exacta: 1,7/1,4,6,7 ($6 for 100%)

Boxed Quinella: 1,4,7 ($3 for 100%)

 

Race 11 – 600M Mixed 4/5 – 10:42PM

Go Mobo is an ultra consistent chaser and he should be able to lead from go to whoa tonight. He has been placed in seven of his past eight which includes three impressive victories. Tonights event is a lot weaker than what he has been facing and if he can step on terms he should get the cash.

Ever Alert is a promising stayer in the making and he scored two impressive middle distance wins in June. He is a wide runner so the pink draw suits but his lack of early speed means that he may get posted wide in the early stages. If he gets through the first bend without a lot of interference, he should make his presence felt. Hougenie is a smart QLD chaser and he didn’t have a lot of luck in his Meadows debut, he should be much better for the run and he has the ability to cause a boil over.

Top Four: 5 – 8 – 4 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Go Mobo

Trifecta: 5,8/5,8/Field ($12 for 100%)

Boxed Quinella: 4,5,8 ($3 for 100%)

 

Race 12 – 525M Mixed 4/5 – 11:00PM

Good race to finish the night and i think the in form Dyna Kayla should send us home on a winning note. She has won her past two starts in impressive fashion and she has won three of five over this track and trip. She should get a nice sit on probable leader Fort Allen and she will prove too strong in the run home.

Fort Allen has the good draw and he should be able to hold the lead at the first bend. He has been racing in consistent fashion and he has been placed in 16 of his 24 tries here, i dont think he is strong enough to hold on but he should be able to hold on to a minor spot. Warrior King recently won the Group Two Bendigo Cup and he is always a chance, the draw is a big concern tonight but if he gets away on terms he will surely make his presence felt. Heidi Go Seek could be the blowout chance and she must be included in your exotic bets.

Top Four: 2 – 1 – 7 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Dyna Kayla

Boxed quinella: 1,2,7 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1,2/1,2/Field ($12 for 100%)

 

Quaddie:

Leg 1: 8
Leg 2: 1,2,3,6
Leg 3: 1,5,6,7
Leg 4: 1,3

$32 for 100%

 

Best Bet:

Race 2: Reen’s Fabian

Race 5: Hooksy

Best Roughie:

Race 2: Morningside

Sandown Park Greyhounds Tips & Betting Preview July 17th 2014

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Race 1 – 595M Novice Grade 5 – 7:08PM

Dewana Angel is showing plenty of potential and she finds herself in a very weak race. Earlier in her career she scored a brilliant 30.15 Cranbourne win and it looked as though she was going to onto much better things. Unfortunately she was rushed into a staying campaign and it didn’t seem to work for her, from the pink box tonight she should get a clear run in the early stages and with her great mid race pace she should put them to the sword as they past the post the first time. It really is a weak race and if you can grab even money or better that is great value.

Buckle Up Axel has shown significant improvement of late and although he doesn’t win very often, he appears well placed in this event. Three starts ago he hit the line solidly when scoring here in 29.95 and he should be suited by the step up in distance. Starlight Ruby is another who steps up in journey and based on her recent Cranbourne performances she should have no trouble with the extra journey. Dyna Treason rounds out the winning chances, had he drawn closer to the fence he would be more fancied, however he can miss the kick at times and he will need the breaks early.

Top Four: 8 – 7 – 6 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Dewana Angel

Trifecta: 8/5,6,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 5,6,8/7/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 5,6,8/Field/7 ($18 for 100%)

Quinella: 8 to rove with 5,6,7 ($3 for 100%)

 

Race 2 – 515M Grade 5 Heat – 7:25PM

Very tough race as there are a number of quality front runners, with this being said I have no option but to go with Elite Devil in the red. From the red draw he should be able to punch through and hold them out at the first bend. Two starts ago he finished just outside the placings in the Bendigo Cup Final and he followed that up with a handy placing here last week. Last week he appeared to miss the kick a little and he has to work hard in the run. If he gets away on terms tonight he will hold them out and I can’t see them reeling him in when he is running sub 29.60 on the bunny.

Sooty Lee didn’t have a lot of luck here last week but prior to that she had scored three brilliant provincial wins and they were all in quick times. From the two box she should be able to follow Elite Devil through at the first bend and she will make her presence felt off the back straight. Alotta Luck is the run on dog in the event and she isn’t that poorly drawn in the middle. I’m anticipating that she will miss the kick and that should allow her to find the rails in the early stages. She is very fast when given galloping room and she can really run time with a trouble free run.

Top Four: 1 – 2 – 5 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Elite Devil

Exacta: 1,2/1,2,5,8 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1,2,5/1,2,5/Field ($30 for 100%)

Quinella: 1 to rove with 2,5,8 ($3 for 100%)

 

Race 3 – 515M Grade 5 Heat – 7:44PM

Another open race but I think we can find a bit of value in this event. See Him First has been doing most of his recent racing over the staying journey of late but I think he is better suited back to this trip. He is capable of pinging the lids in his races and after a couple of weeks off he should be ready to fire. Prior to stepping up to the staying trip, he had posted some explosive wins at The Meadows over 525m which proves he has the speed to match it with this lot.

Dynamo’s Gift is another who will go around at over’s and he appears suited in this line-up. In recent times he hasn’t experienced a lot of luck but if you look back through his form he has won here in a sizzling 29.46. To make an impact he just needs an ounce of luck early and he will go around at nice odds. Hold On Wincup has been racing in consistent style and he drawn to probably hold the lead, he has scored some fast wins over this distance range and he may give a sight out in front. Dello Bale is the most talented chaser in the race but he will get a long way back early from the middle draw.

Top Four: 3 – 2 – 1 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on See Him First and Dynamo’s Gift

Boxed Quinella: 1,2,3,6 ($6 for 100%)

Exacta: 1,2,3/1,2,3,6 ($9 for 100%)

 

Race 4 – 595M Grade 5 – 8:08PM

Rumbling Rick is stepping up in distance and he has given every indication that it won’t pose any problems. Luckily he finds himself in a race which lacks depth and provided he steps away cleanly he should lead throughout. In his recent placings here over 515m he has appeared to hit the line solidly and he looks to be getting stronger each time. The red has a bit of pace early and might worry him for the first 100m but he should have no trouble burning her off as they past the post the first time.

Rumero Reason has been finding a lot of trouble in his recent racing and he is facing a considerable drop in class. Once again the draw hasn’t done him any favours but he should be able to find the fence soon after the start and he will run home into the quinella spot. Stylish Baroque has been pinging the lids of late and she should give the favourite some trouble early on, however she lacks the class to keep up with him and she should wilter into third spot. Ema’s Princess is quite well drawn in the three box and she has enough talent to cause a boil over.

Top Four: 2 – 4 – 1 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 2/1,3,4/1,3,4 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2/1,3,4/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2/4/Field ($6 for 100%)

Quinella: 2 to rove with 1,3,4 ($3 for 100%)

 

Race 5 – 515M Grade 5 Heat – 8:28PM

Good race to open up the quaddie and I think the Darren McDonald trained Quick Succession can get the job done. She has been racing in good style of late and she is normally a very reliable beginner. There is a little pace drawn on her outside but the inside division all lack speed and she shouldn’t have too many issues in the finding the fence. She has a handy 29.64 PB here but I think she is a little better now and she should be able to go sub 29.50 on the bunny.

Ollie Bale looks as the obvious danger after scoring at Geelong in 25.82 last week. The draw helped in his last start win but he did record his sizzling 29.36 PB here from an awkward draw and he should get a nice cart across from Quick Succession in the early stages. Deadly Boy appears to be the only other winning prospect, after a string of luckless efforts he returned to his best with a smart 31.31 Ballarat win last time and he appears well drawn again tonight.

Top Four: 5 – 6 – 2 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 5/2,6,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Exacta: 2,5,6/2,5,6,8 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2,5,6/2,5,6,8/1,2,4,5,6,8 ($36 for 100%)

Boxed Quinella: 2,5,6 ($3 for 100%0

 

Race 6 – 515M Grade 4 – 8:52PM

Wide open affair and I think the down on confidence Lektra Hawk may put his best paw forward. He is likely to start double figures tonight but he is one of the more talented chasers in this event. When on song he is able to show tremendous early speed and with a clean getaway he would have no trouble crossing at the first turn. He is clearly no standout but at the double figure odds he is worth an each way ticket.

I was never a fan of Beckenbauer but his effort last week behind Crawf’s Bread impressed me. He is normally known for being an on the bunny dog but he continued to hit the line well last week after settling second last week. From the red he should be in contention throughout, the only knock on him is that he will be under the odds. Pappa Gallo scored a brilliant 29.45 win here last month and he is likely to be over the odds tonight. He can be a tad hard to follow at times but there is no doubt that he has the talent to match it with these. Crawf’s Bread loves this track and he must be included in all exotic bets.

Top Four: 7 – 1 – 5 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on Lektra Hawk and Pappa Galo

Boxed Quinella: 1,5,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1,5,7/1,5,7/Field ($30 for 100%)

 

Race 7 – 595M Mixed 4/5 – 9:11PM

Untraceable has an enormous engine and he looks perfectly placed in the three hole tonight. Last week he was narrowly beaten by My Boy Snoop and I think he can turn the tables on him. Especially is expected to lead from the two and he should be able to drive through at the first bend and sit on her heels for most of the journey. I am expecting My Boy Snoop to be a little further back in the run than last week and therefore Untraceable should get his chance to salute.

Although I think he is going to get further back in the early stages tonight, I still believe he is the main danger. After a slow start he worked his way through the field nicely last week and he really only needs an ounce of luck early to feature. Especially made her middle distance debut last week and she led for a long way, she is likely to lead again and she should have derived a lot of benefit from last week’s performance. Great Spartacus will be well fancied and is in good form, however I don’t think is well suited in the pink tonight, there is a lot of speed underneath and he is likely to be posted wide for most of the trip.

Top Four: 3 – 4 – 2 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Untraceable

Boxed Quinella: 2,3,4 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2,3,4/2,3,4/Field ($30 for 100%)

 

Race 8 – 515M Free For All – 9:35PM

Very even affair and the super consistent Hawk Alone is bursting to break through again. After winning at The Meadows in a smart 30.04, he recorded three consecutive placings with the latest being here last week when going down narrowly to gun sprinter Marcus Joe. Once again he isn’t drawn very favourably but there is plenty of speed underneath and that should allow him to glide across to the rail in the early stages with limited interference. He is very good in a field and he should be able to weave his way through the field off the back straight.

Mepunga Armagh was probably a little disappointing after leading here last week, however he is lid pinging at present and if he finds the bunny again he will definitely prove hard to reel in. Awesome Project is going to be well supported but h e has a fair bit of speed drawn either side and I don’t think he will be afforded a lot of favours in the early stages. Clone Your Own could be the blowout chance, his form looks ordinary at present but he has the perfect draw for him and if he happens to come out cleanly he has the talent to cause an upset.

Top Four: 6 – 5 – 4 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Hawk Alone

Trifecta: 5,6/5,6/Field ($12 for 100%)

Boxed Quinella: 4,5,6,7 ($6 for 100%)

 

Race 9 – 515M Grade 5 Heat – 9:55PM

Even affair but if the classy Peloton Bale is afforded an ounce of luck he should make light work of these. He has drawn poorly in the six box but his racing pattern suggests he is going to settle back in the field anyway. Two starts ago he stormed to the line when scoring at The Meadows in 29.92 and if he repeats that effort he will take a power of beating. His record here isn’t great but most of those efforts where in much stronger company.

Lektra Bianca is the smokey in the event, she is a reliable beginner and I would expect her to punch through and lead at the first turn. She isn’t a star but she always puts in and she will give a great site at big odds. Al Moran has been racing in great form of late and he has a tremendous turn of foot. The wide draw is a little disadvantage but his box manners are generally pretty good and he should find himself in a prominent position early. Ready To Riot is a gun NSW speedster but she has proven to be costly and very unreliable in recent times. If she can find the form which saw her win at The Meadows in 30.10 she could be a major player tonight.

Top Four: 6 – 2 – 7 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 6/2,4,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

Place bet on Lektra Bianca

Boxed Quinella: 2,6,7 ($3 for 100%)

 

Race 10 – 515M Grade 5 Heat – 10:12PM

Very intriguing affair with the two likely favourites drawn on either side of the track. Hostile is a genuine up and coming star, whilst Cosmic Wise has been racing in brilliant style of the middle distances of late. I think Hostile gets his best chance to open up his Sandown Park account. Three starts ago he pinged from the red box and led throughout when scoring at The Meadows in 29.94, his second section and run home times where ultra impressive. If he gets through the first bend unscathed tonight he will be running some serious time on the bunny.

Form says Cosmic Wise it the danger, however I think the talented Searle Bale can cause the biggest problems. She has a tendency to ping the lids from wide draws and her effort behind Xyllia Allen two runs back here over 595m was massive. If she can ping away again she will definitely make the two favoured runners work hard for victory. Cosmic Wise should feature if Searle Bale doesn’t get in her way mid race but I don’t really think this is her race. Astronomic must also be respected, this former WA star had little luck in his Victorian debut here last week and I’m sure his trainer will have him cherry ripe for tonight’s race.

Top Four: 1 – 7 – 4 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Hostile if $2.20 or better

Trifecta: 1,4,7/1,4,7/Field ($36 for 100%)

Boxed Quinella: 1,4,7 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1/4,7,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

 

Race 11 – 515M Grade 5 Heat – 10:32PM

Duchess Bale hasn’t been afforded a lot of luck in her recent efforts but when on song she is brilliant. Tonight she has a heap of early speed drawn directly underneath and that should allow her to get a nice cart across as they head into the first turn. I reckon she will be able to burn off Hallelujah Henry as they head for the back straight and she will prove too strong in the run to the line.

Hallelujah Henry as mentioned earlier, is armed with explosive early speed and he will be looking for the fence soon after box rise. I am expecting him to carve up the inside division and he should match motors with Duchess Bale for most of the trip. Kiltah Magic has the good draw and she is showing loads of promise, however this is an enormous rise in class for her and I think she may need another run or two before being competitive in this company. Grand Faith could be the surprise packet in the event, he is capable of pinging the lids on occasions and he has won here previously in a very zippy 29.49.

Top Four: 7 – 6 – 4 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Exacta: 6,7/1,4,6,7 ($6 for 100%)

Win bet on Duchess Bale

Trifecta: 6,7/1,4,6,7/1,3,4,5,6,7 ($24 For 100%)

 

Race 12 – 515M Grade 5 Heat – 10:52PM

Very tough race to finish but I think Dyna Glinda will get her chance to show her true ability. Three starts ago she scored a strong 30.56 Cranbourne win but since then she has continued to miss the start and find bother. Tonight she has a very slow beginner drawn underneath and she should be able to find the rail soon after the start. With a trouble free run she is probably a 29.50 chaser and if she gets anywhere near that she will take a power of beating.

Reckless Brown is a faultless beginner and he should lead for a long way. His last 50m is always a worry but if there is any shuffling at the first turn he may just pinch a big enough lead to hold on in the straight. Zipping Felix is an improving type and I think in time he will make a nice stayer, at present he still has enough zip to be a major player in these type of events. Bogner Bale is the real interesting runner, prior to his recent poor form he had showed tremendous promise and he has some sizzling metro wins to his credit. With some luck early he may be a major player in this.

Top Four: 3 – 1 – 8 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on Dyna Glinda and Bogner Bale(if he is over the odds).

Boxed quinella: 1,3,5,8 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 3,5,8/1/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 3,5,8/Field/1 ($18 for 100%)

 

Quaddie

Leg 1: 5,6
Leg 2: 1,5,7,8
Leg 3: 2,3,4
Leg 4: 5,6

$48 for 100%

 

Best Bets:

Race 1: Dewana Angel

Race 4: Rumbling Rick

Best Roughie:

Race 3: See Him First

Group One Maturity Series Kicks Off At The Meadows Tonight

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The Maturity Classic begins on Saturday night at The Meadows with twelve heats of the age-restricted 525 metre Group One event on the program.

The best 96 greyhounds whelped on or after 1 January 2012 were eligible for the event which has a grand-prize of $100,000 to the winner. The series is conducted over three weeks so these 96 will be whittled down to 32 with those 32 competing in the semi-finals next week.

Here is a look at the best chances in each heat:

Heat One – Race 1 at 7:14pm

Mepunga Hayley (2) is fresh off a fourth placing in the Group Two WA Oaks and returns to The Meadows where she has two wins and a placing from four attempts at the distance. She has a best of 30.01 and seven career wins overall. She will need to make amends for her last appearance back at The Meadows in June when she finished fourth after beginning slowly from box two. Prior to that, she had been on fire at Sandown.

White Spyro (7) is coming off a third-placing in the Group Two Bendigo Cup. The speedy white and black bitch is a quick beginner so she gets her chance in this race. She has won at the track in 30.21, but she is yet to win from box seven.

Fully Charged (6) has a great record at the track, running unplaced just once in six starts. His best time to date is 30.33, so he has to do everything right from box six.

Grand Faith (6) looks to have his share of ability but his recent form has been inconsistent. The son of El Grand Senor and Test Of Faith (Bombastic Shiraz-Charlsyn) is unbeaten at The Meadows from two starts and has a best time of 30.14. In both wins at The Meadows he has led all the way from box eight both times.

Heat Two – Race 2 at 7:38pm

A number of dogs in this race have experience at the track. Yodeller (5) has a great record with six wins and six placings from 14 starts. The Lonesome Cry – On Shore (Waterview Star – Bally Kay) dog has recorded a best of 30.13. Prior to last start eighth at Sandown, he had not been out of a place in six starts.

Living Proof (4) has one of the fastest times in the field of 30.04. He ran second to Hooksy at Shepparton at his most recent start. He is strong but will need some luck in the early stages.

Capullo Bale (2) has won five from 12 career starts and has been impressive around tracks like Sale, Geelong, Bendigo and Ballarat. This is the dogs first start at The Meadows and he has drawn well.

Hot Whirl (1) has broken 30 seconds at The Meadows and has the coveted rails draw. She is a risky beginner but if she can lead she will be in this a long way.

The interesting runner in the race is Queenslander Angvella (7). He was a finalist in the Group Two Queensland Derby and has found his way to Peter Dapiran’s kennels. He goes well from the outside and is capable of putting on a good show if things go his way.

Heat Three – Race 3 at 7:57pm

Samus Allen (5) has had an outstanding start to her short career, notching up seven wins from nine starts. The black bitch by Bekim Bale and Blachura Bale (Most Awesome – Hanicka Bale) has won four from five at The Meadows and has stopped the clock at 30.11. She has found trouble her last two starts so she needs to bounce back from that to return to the winner’s circle.

Dyna Glinda (4) hasn’t raced at The Meadows since she won there in May. Since that win her form has been very patchy but she came out and scored a good win at Cranbourne last start. She has two wins and two placings at The Meadows and as such, can’t be ignored.

Take Charge (6) recently competed in the Group Two Bendigo Cup series and finished fourth in his heat behind eventual Bendigo Cup winner Warrior King. He is a consistent beginner and has won at The Meadows in 30.20.

The favourable box draw brings Moot Point (1) into the race. The El Grand Senor and Jacinta Bale (Fortified Rush – Sunray Bale) dog has a top record from box one. He is strong and looks a great each-way chance.

Heat Four – Race 4 at 8:20pm

This is a tough race on paper, with plenty of talented young chasers engaged.

Push It (1) ran third in the Group One Peter Mosman Classic final. She is a smart beginner that has four wins from five starts out of box one. She ran sixth at her first look at the track last week but she had the unfavourable box six draw. She should improve on that.

Frank Furter (5) enjoys racing at The Meadows and has three wins at the track and a best time of 30.18. He is yet to record a win from box five but if he can begin like he has shown in the past, he may be able to overcome the draw.

Ennis Bale (7) also has a good record at The Meadows, winning twice and placing four times from six attempts. His best is 30.11 and he has a good record from wide draws.

Joey Valdez (4) has been unplaced just once in his 14 start career. He has started once at The Meadows for a second placing and that was last week behind All Strung Out. He is one of the chances based on his career form.

Heat Five – Race 5 at 8:40pm

NSW chaser Cosmic Angel (5) found his legs at The Meadows last week, streaking away to score a seven length win in 30.18. That win came from box one and he moves to the squeeze box for this event. He has four wins overall from eight starts and looks to have his fair share of ability.

Wind Whistler (1) is a slow beginner but likes box one. He hasn’t won at The Meadows but has been knocking on the door with two seconds and a third from three starts at the track. The Premier Fantasy and Seminole (Big Daddy Cool – Call Collect) bitch has scored strongly at Sandown Park in recent times.

Connections will be hoping Rue De Kahn (7) gained some benefit from her 30.44 trial at The Meadows last week. She has a steady beginner on her outside so should get some room to move in the early stages of the race. If she can get near the lead, she will be hard to beat.

Bekim Hatrick (8) has been racing over the longer trips with great success. He drops back in distance for this event and he will be powering home at the finish.

Heat Six – Race 6 at 8:57pm

Group Two Bendigo Cup victor and Group One Easter Egg winner Warrior King (1) is the drawcard in this heat. The step back up to 500 metre racing will suit him and he should go well as he has a best of 29.89 at the track.

Boxed next to Warrior King is Shoulders (2) who has had a very successful introduction to racing at The Meadows with two wins and two placings. Both wins have been sub-30 and he just keeps improving for trainer Anthony Azzopardi. He has led all the way in both wins and should be able to give Warrior King a run for his money.

Spring Leaf (6) has won five of her eight career starts and has won five from six at The Meadows. The Spring Gun and Scarlett Cath (Premier Fantasy – Scarlett Spy) bitch has two wins from box six at The Meadows so she is well in contention.

Heat Seven – Race 7 at 9:20pm

Hooksy (2) headlines this heat and after a slick win at Shepparton, he will be the short-priced favourite for this event. He has won at The Meadows in 29.95 and looks hard to beat. He would be considered as one of the favourites for the series.

Deadly Clear (8) has speed to burn as indicated by his 29.12 win at Sandown three starts ago. This is his first start at The Meadows. Overall, he has won six from 17.

Question Bale (5) has not been unplaced in his last eight starts and is a safe beginner. He has three wins from five goes at The Meadows and a best of 30.25. He could very well lead this race.

Heat Eight – Race 8 at 9:40pm

Group One Sapphire Crown winner Oakvale Destiny (6) arrives at The Meadows for her first start at the track. The strong bitch recently finished third in the Group Two WA Oaks and looks like she should handle racing at The Meadows. She just needs a little luck early to put herself in a good position to win the race.

The lightly raced Kerrigan Bale (4) is a last start winner at The Meadows in 30.17. The High Earner and Maple Bale (Spiral Nikita – Vista Bale) bitch has good speed early and if she leads she will prove hard to catch.

Eliza Blanche (8) for the Darren McDonald kennel has been outstanding in her only two career starts. The Radley Bale and Jackpot Return (Bombastic Shiraz – Call Me Cash) bitch has won both her attempts at The Meadows in a heat and final of a maiden event. This will obviously present a big test for her but she has broken 30 seconds both times and has won from box eight.

Lady Goldenpaw (1) has been out of the placings in three of her last four starts but she will relish the return to The Meadows, where she does some of her best work. She has placed in eight of nine at the track. She is yet to win from box one though.

Heat Nine – Race 9 at 10:05pm

Duchess Bale (7) has an unbeaten record at The Meadows, winning six from six and clocking a best of 29.95. With a record like that, she’s hard to go past.

Luca Neveelk (3) will face a new test in his short but exciting career. He has 12 wins from 14 starts and recently made his first Group race final, finishing fifth in the Group Two Bendigo Cup. This is his first start at The Meadows.

Waymore’s Blues (6) has been freshened for this event. His last start was in NSW back in June. The Collide and Casey’s Angel (Spiral Nikita – Leprechaun Yap) dog had been racing well in NSW and now returns back to Victoria, where he first started his career. He has got two wins at The Meadows to his credit and a best of 30.32. The poor box draw may work against him.

Heat 10 – Race 10 at 10:25pm

My Bro Fabio (6) is a litter-mate to Warrior King and has had his fair share of success. He has three wins at The Meadows for a best of 29.69 and if he can go anywhere near that, he looks the winner. He is very strong and will need some luck in the early stages, but he is fast.

Bayman Bale (4) is a consistent type that has two wins at The Meadows. He is capable of showing early speed and should get some room early with a slow beginner on his inside.

Stilton Blue (2) is a NSW chaser that has turned up in Rob Britton’s kennels. In Britton’s astute hands we may see this dog go to the next level. The draw in this heat however, may not suit him. The Where’s Pedro – She’s A Player (Go Wild Teddy – Nimuay) dog likes to use the track and doesn’t have a good record from an inside draw. He is also having his first look at the track under race conditions.

If Stilton Blue elects to use the track it may bring the steady beginner He Isn’t Really (1) into the race. He has been racing over the 600 metre distance at The Meadows with success so clearly likes the track. He is strong and the room early may be just what he needs.

Heat 11 – Race 11 at 10:42pm

Dyna Orion (1) had been out of form until his 30.02 win at The Meadows last week from box one. He has won five from nine at the track and is unbeaten from box one.

Campaspe Will (4) is another with a good record at the track. He is returning from a spell, which was needed as his form had dropped off. He has won 11 from 22 overall and has clocked 29.96 at The Meadows.

Jubilea Bale (6) could surprise from box six. She has recorded a solid 29.98 at the track. Her only issue is that she can be hit and miss at box-rise but if she leads she will get her chance.

Highbury (8) has a perfect record from box eight; two starts for two wins. He has won just one from five at The Meadows but he is racing in good form having won his last two (Healesville and Bendigo).

Heat 12 – Race 12 at 11:00pm

Lonesome Jett has had a flawless start to her career and gets the chance to take the next step here. The Lonesome Cry – Seize The Moment (Awesome McLaren – Flashy Fool) bitch has faced the starter three times for three wins and has led all the way in each. She has recorded the wins at Shepparton, Geelong and Bendigo. This is her first City start but she looks up to the challenge.

All Strung Out (8) possesses a flying finish but will need some luck from the wide draw. He won at The Meadows last start in 30.11 and has never been unplaced in his nine start career.

Humphrey Bale (3) has been around The Meadows 21 times for six wins. So, if experience counts for anything, he should be in contention. The inside draw suits him and he has been able to find the lead in other races.

Seabrook Sam (5) has won four of his last six starts and had his first start at The Meadows last week. He found trouble to finish 19 lengths last. He obviously has ability but has to overcome the squeeze draw.

Dyna Ostranda (1) has only managed three wins from 15 starts but has placed on 10 other occasions. He has been a consistent place-getter around Sandown and Cranbourne in recent starts so should be considered an each-way chance.

2014 Group Two McKenna Memorial Heats Preview

Sandown Park plays host to six heats of the time honoured Group Two McKenna Memorial tonight with some of the countries best middle distance greyhounds assembling for a crack at the cool $40,000 first prize.

The race is run over the 595 metre journey that requires dogs to overcome a tricky bend start and also possess the ability to run out a trying middle distance trip.

The race had been held over the longer 715 metre trip up until 2009 with Flash Of Light’s 2010 win being the first time the race was run over the shorter distance.

Some of the more recent winners of the McKenna Memorial include Kobble Creek (1999), Osti’s Joker (2000), Pearl Larricki (2001), Boomeroo (2002), Arvo’s Junior (2003), Malfoy (2005), Fallen Zorro (2008), Mantra Lad (2009) and Irma Bale (2012).

The 2013 final was taken out by Proven Impala.

Here is a look at the main chances in each of the six heats;

Race 4 – Macro Meats McKenna Memorial Heat 1 – 8:08pm

The first heat features the return of the classy Bookkeeper (2). The son of Bombastic Shiraz and Smashing Amy (Collide – Amy Grace) has not raced since mid February and is capable of carving out lightning times if he is right. He has won four of his 10 attempts at this trip and has a best of 34.04. Should he be anywhere near his best then he is the one to beat.

Tarks Nemesis (7) has been racing over the longer trips and has had a slight freshen up after finding plenty of trouble in a heat of the Group One Albion Park Gold Cup on the 5th of June. The Angela Langton trained bitch has her share of early and mid-race pace and if she can put herself in the firing line early, she looms as a major player in this heat.

Cosmic Wise (8) has been racing consistently over the middle distance trips for trainer Jeff Britton. She registered a slick 34.17 here two starts back and has performed well from outside draws in the past.

Ever Alert (4) has recently stepped up to middle distance racing and has impressed by winning his first two outings. He won at the Meadows over 600 metres in 34.64 two starts back before running a swift 34.24 over this journey last time out.

Race 5 – Macro Meats McKenna Memorial Heat 2 – 8:28pm

Supersonic Hawk (2) looks well boxed to improve on recent efforts in the second heat. The Jeff Britton trained son of Westmead Hawk and Shelby Shiraz (Bombastic Shiraz – Proper Shelby) had no luck just after the start last time out and it may pay to overlook that effort. He is always thereabouts over this journey and has a best of 34.41. He is capable of a big run here.

Sisco Rage (3) returns to the more suitable 595 metre journey after a couple of flashing finishes over sprint trips in recent times. He stopped the clock at 34.40 in his only run over this trip which was back in late February. If he can manage a clean getaway he will be in this up to his ears.

Prue Bale (4) is an enigmatic type with more than her share of ability. She has not won since April when she flew around this trip to register a fast 34.14. It would take a form reversal for her to win but she definitely has the talent.

Great Spartacus (1) has come up with a nice box for trainer Kelly Bravo. The fawn dog should be the early leader and loves the rails alley, he could be in the race for a long way.

Born Ali (7) is a Group One winning bitch over the longer trips who steps back in distance for this heat. She has class on her side and has gone 34.21 here in the past. She is likely to need a bit of luck in the run to feature.

Race 6 – Macro Meats McKenna Memorial Heat 3 – 8:52pm

The third heat boasts some top quality chasers, none more so then Surf Mail (6) who loves the 595 metre trip at Sandown Park. The Darren McDonald trained son of Surf Lorian and Hybrid Theory (Bond – Renee’s Special) has won four of his six starts at this journey including a rapid 34.10. He has been flying over the sprint distances recently and won here last week in 29.55. He is the one to beat in this race.

Group One Rookie Rebel winner Hawk Alone (3) chases his second middle distance crown when he steps back up for this race. The Andrea Dailly trained dog has been racing well over sprint trips and has won two of his four over the 595 metres with a best of 34.41. If he can begin on terms he looms as the main danger.

Recent Bulli Gold Cup winner My Boy Snoop (1) is an interesting runner from the rails alley. The Anthony Azzopardi trained long strider has had three recent starts in Victoria over the sprints and looks like he will relish the step up in distance. He looks a genuine each way chance.

Kelly Bravo rugs up Lethal Three (7) and she could very possibly lead the race from the wide box. She has won two from five here and posted a best of 34.25. She meets a hot field in this heat but is not without her chances.

Race 7 – Macro Meats McKenna Memorial Heat 4 – 9:11pm

The speedy Go Mobo (1) looks perfectly boxed in the fourth heat for Lara trainer Rob Camilleri. The regally bred son of Mogambo and Off Springer (Flying Penske – Skullring) is the probable leader and has the imposing record of three wins from four starts out of box one. He has also finished in the top two at his last seven outings and boasts a best of 34.32. He will take some catching.

Musquin Bale (6) is the winner of the Group Three Bert Bryant Memorial and tuned up for this nicely with a 34.61 win at the Meadows last week. He should be able to find a position somewhere near the lead early and with a clean run, he will be right in the firing line at the business end of proceedings.

My Bro Fabio (5) is a relative newcomer to the middle distance journey but gives the impression that it is right up his alley. He overcame early trouble to flash home for an eye catching second to Go Mobo last week. He will be hoping for early luck to be a chance here.

Race 9 – Macro Meats McKenna Memorial Heat 5 – 9:35pm

Superstar bitch Xylia Allen (8) headlines the fifth heat. She returns to the 595 metre journey after a successful trip north where she took out the Superstayers over 710 metres at Albion Park. The daughter of Turanza Bale and Tayah Bale (Droopys Vieri – Francesca Bale) has plenty of early toe which should mean that the drop back in distance is not a concern. She is undefeated in two starts here including an airborne 33.79 effort in February. She is a freak and easily the big gun in this one.

Gimme Fuel (1) has his first go at the Sandown 595 metre journey in this heat. He is a consistent performer who should be close to the speed early and poised to strike in the run home.

Searle Bale (5) can be a little risky at box rise but has a big motor and can figure in the finish with a clean run. She registered a zippy 34.08 here a fortnight ago and a repeat of that would have to see her given serious each-way consideration.

Cornelius Fudge (4) is a strong finisher who should be doing his best work late in the event. The worry for him is whether or not he gets room to move in transit during the race. If he does he is a definite contender for exotics.

Race 10 – Macro Meats McKenna Memorial Heat 6 – 9:55pm

The final heat features the continuation of talented bitch Dyna Kayla’s (6) return to racing. In three runs back from a two month let up, she has won two over shorter trips and shown some of the form that led to her starting in multiple Group staying events at her very first preparation. She has a personal best of 33.99 here and is undefeated in two starts over the journey. She looks a huge hope in this heat.

Luby Loo (1) is an exciting youngster who has taken to middle distance racing like a duck to water. She has won her last three at three different tracks and stopped the clock at 34.05 here last week. If she can handle the class rise she can go very close in this one.

Tick Bale (5) is well performed over this trip but has been done no favours by the draw. He has won two of his three starts here and has a best of 34.32 but he is likely to only be away fairly and as a result is going to need luck.

Dream It (4) is a very talented conveyance but he is yet to fill a place in two appearances over this journey. Should he manage to come out running he could spring an upset at each way odds.

Mepunga Tiara (8) has not won for over a month and has struggled from the outside draw in the past but has a fast 34.15 to her credit over this journey which she recorded in May. She has won two from six at the trip and should be prominent early.

2014 Group One Winter Carnival Cup Preview

Eight speedy greyhounds from four different states will line up for a shot at the $75,000 first prize in this Thursday night’s Group One Winter Carnival Cup at Albion Park.

Master Queensland trainer Tony Brett, who has won the race for the last three years running has two dogs engaged in Flash Reality and Benarkin.

The interstate charge is led by Tasmanian Buckle Up Wes who won the Australian Cup earlier in the year. Darren McDonald will rug up Victorian Awesome Project from box one as a likely short priced favourite, while Brian Partridge and Love Kills will be the lone representative from New South Wales.

It’s a terrific blend of class, form and local knowledge which should make for an engrossing final. The race is scheduled to jump at 8:44pm.

Here is a look at the field in depth with comments from connections;

Box 1
Race Odds
$1.95
Heat Replay
Awesome Project
Trainer
Darren McDonald
Owner
Bradley Canty
Prizemoney
$236,715.00
Last 10 Starts
1112113111
40 Months Black Dog by Collision - Honour Phase
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $5,505.00 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
43 22 6 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
51% 79%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 5 0 1
Comments: Darren McDonald (Trainer) – “He has been jumping a lot better lately and is racing with a lot of confidence, hopefully he can do that again on Thursday night. Flash Reality will be hard to beat racing on his home track.”
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.82 29.82 5.52 5.52
Box 2
Race Odds
$35.00
Heat Replay
Gumlow Star
Trainer
Sandra Hunt
Owner
Bradley Belford
Prizemoney
$22,680.00
Last 10 Starts
5226315411
33 Months Black Bitch by El Galo - Jackpot Return
Start Good Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $515.00 Rating 85
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
44 10 7 7
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
23% 55%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
24 6 4 3
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 3 2 0
Comments: Sandra Hunt (Trainer) – “We are boxed ok again, that is one good thing, but she is probably a 30/1 shot. In saying that I guess we were a 30/1 shot last week and we won. It would be nice to lead again but there is some fast dogs in there, it is just great to be in the race. I think she is the only bitch in the race so hopefully all the boys do the gentlemanly thing and let her go first.”
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.07 30.11 5.58 5.58
Box 3
Race Odds
$31.00
Heat Replay
Love Kills
Trainer
Brian Partridge
Owner
Rate Race syndicate
Prizemoney
$16,830.00
Last 10 Starts
412F111222
40 Months Black Dog by Surgeon - London Lizzie
Start Good Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $935.00 Rating 88
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
18 6 4 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
33% 72%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 4 3 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 1 2 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – Lightly raced dog who has won four from eight at Albion Park. He is yet to break the 30 second barrier at the track and will probably need to improve to worry to big guns in this final. Place hope.
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.11 30.15 5.60 5.60
Box 4
Race Odds
$3.70
Heat Replay
Buckle Up Wes
Trainer
Edward Medhurst
Owner
Johnson Sutton syndicate
Prizemoney
$344,535.00
Last 10 Starts
1112471111
37 Months Black Dog by Collision - Everlong Bale
Start Excellent Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $8,012.00 Rating 99
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
43 26 6 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
60% 84%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 1 1 1
Comments: Ted Medhurst (Trainer) – “He is going as well as ever and his form has held up well right through. He had only had one trial at the track before last week but he still looked to be a bit lost going around the first turn and through the catching pen. He has to lead if he wants to win it.”
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.09 30.09 5.53 5.53
Box 5
Race Odds
$23.00
Heat Replay
Benarkin
Trainer
Tony Brett
Owner
Velocity Lodge Partnership
Prizemoney
$109,395.00
Last 10 Starts
2112122332
44 Months Black Dog by Path To Power - Velocity Cloud
Start Slow Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,104.00 Rating 89
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
52 19 15 9
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
37% 83%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
20 7 8 2
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 0 3 0
Comments: Tony Brett (Trainer) – “He had a split webbing just before the Gold Cup so he had an enforced break. The way he ran on last week given the small amount of work he’s had was terrific. He will be back early but it is incredible the way he weaves through a field. He is not as fast as the top dogs but will be running on if he gets a clean crack at them.”
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.01 30.22 5.71 5.73
Box 6
Race Odds
$51.00
Heat Replay
Winged Elite
Trainer
John Hutchinson
Owner
John Hutchinson
Prizemoney
$18,590.00
Last 10 Starts
54483627F2
32 Months Blue Dog by Elite Size - Mellifluous
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $885.00 Rating 81
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
21 7 4 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
33% 57%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
18 5 4 1
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 2 0 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – A winner of five from 18 over this trip who snuck in to this final with a second placing last week. His form has not been too flattering of late and he will more than likely find this field a little bit too slippery.
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.09 30.12 5.64 5.64
Box 7
Race Odds
$31.00
Heat Replay
Yogi Blue
Trainer
Peter O’Reilly
Owner
P and A O’Reilly syndicate
Prizemoney
$78,745.00
Last 10 Starts
8312312111
39 Months Blue Dog by Cool Effort - Opal Assassin
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,175.00 Rating 93
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
67 21 12 9
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
31% 63%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
35 10 5 5
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 2 2 2
Comments: Peter O’Reilly (Trainer) – “He seems to handle box seven pretty well, I think he is used to it since he has drawn there so often. He is racing close to his best and if he runs that sort of time he has to be a chance, I would love to see him win a race like this.”
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.89 30.16 5.49 5.49
Box 8
Race Odds
$2.70
Heat Replay
Flash Reality
Trainer
Tony Brett
Owner
Marlene Ellis
Prizemoney
$65,290.00
Last 10 Starts
7221111131
31 Months Black Dog by Premier Fantasy - Orara Flash
Start Excellent Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $5,022.00 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
13 7 2 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
54% 92%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 6 0 3
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
15 1 5 2
Comments: Tony Brett (Trainer) – “He has always shown a lot of promise and if he gets that clean getaway then he will be hard to beat. You always want box one in a big final but if you can’t get it then eight is the next best thing. He is good enough to compete with the really good dogs so hopefully it all goes well on Thursday night.”
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.58 29.71 5.53 5.46
1st Res
Race Odds
$21.00
Heart Replay
Cyndie’s Special
Trainer
William Elson
Owner
Cynthia Elson
Prizemoney
$43,185.00
Last 10 Starts
2616223212
32 Months Black Bitch by Premier Fantasy - Regal Silver
Start Excellent Running Middle Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $1,136.00 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
38 12 10 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
32% 71%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
28 8 8 4
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Consistent bitch who always manages to put herself in the picture and is capable of running slick time. Would not be the worst if she gained a start.
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.88 30.28 5.60 5.64
2nd Res
Race Odds
$16.00
Heat Replay
Rue De Kahn
Trainer
Dean Swain
Owner
Michael Laffey
Prizemoney
$101,770.00
Last 10 Starts
4114227522
29 Months White and Blue Fawn Bitch by Where’s Pedro - Shelbourne Dawn
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $4,626.00 Rating 89
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
22 8 5 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
36% 68%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 1 0
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Handy New South Wales bitch who ran into a hot Awesome Project last week. Can be a little hit or miss at the start but when she is at her best she is very quick. Would be a place chance if gaining a start.
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 30.43 5.65 5.68

Awesome Project (1) looks to hold all the aces in this race. Should he leave the boxes rapidly then he will take a power of beating.

Flash Reality (8) is an improving youngster who has gone close to lowering the track record over this trip. If he gets a clean run to the first turn then he could blow them away.

Buckle Up Wes (4) is a proven big race performer who could easily win this race on his best form. He is yet to show it at Albion Park, but given his relative inexperience at the track he has plenty of scope for improvement.

Yogi Blue (7) is in stellar form and regularly produces sub-thirty second runs here. He looks to be the knockout chance outside of the “big three”.

Group One 2014 Winter Carnival Cup Heats Preview

Some of the best sprinters from Queensland and interstate will converge on Albion Park this Thursday night for the running of five heats of the Group One Winter Carnival Cup.

The race is conducted over 520 metres and competitiors will vie for a $75,000 winners cheque in next week’s final.

Queensland mentor Tony Brett has dominated the race in recent times, winning the last three with Glen Gallon (2013 and 2012) and Iso Octane (2011).

Other recent winners include Trew Millions (2009), Made To Size (2008) and Fenceline (2006).

With plenty of interstate raiders from New South Wales and Victoria all keen to take out the Cup, the Queenslander contingent will have their work cut out to maintain their superb recent record in the race.

Here is a look at the main chances in each of the five heats;

Race 4 – Winter Cup Carnival Heat One – 7:41pm

Darren McDonald returns to Albion Park with his Queensland Derby runner-up Keybow in the first heat. The son of Take The Kitty and Key Exit (Over Flo – Atlanta Belle) is a winner of 13 races, including the Group One Perth Cup and looks to have plenty of class on this field. He will exit box eight which should suit his penchant for using the track, provided he gets a clean run to the first turn.

Cyndie’s Special (1) is a speedy bitch who is drawn well and could go close to leading this field. The Bill Ison trained conveyance registered a personal best of 29.88 here last week from this box and could give them something to catch.

Auriga Legend (4) has been consistent without winning in recent times, but has a great record at Albion Park. The winner of six from 28 at the track has a personal best of 29.94 and should be thereabouts.

Rose Of Galo (3) is a winner of 12 from 31 at Albion Park and is another with plenty of early toe. She is yet to break the 30 second barrier and has been a little below her best in recent efforts.

Race 5 – Winter Cup Carnival Heat Two – 8:05pm

It is not often that you are blessed with two Australian Cup winners in the one race but that is exactly the case in heat two.

2014 Australian Cup winner Buckle Up Wes (2) headlines the heat. The son of Collision and Everlong Bale (Primo Uno – Shique Bale) will be making his Albion Park debut but has proven ability to adapt to many tracks. He is sure to take a power of beating here.

The interesting runner in the race is the 2013 Australian Cup winner Spud Regis (5). The winner of 17 races has not raced since late February and in that time has found a new home in Tony Brett’s Grandchester kennels. He too makes his Albion Park debut and will be one to keep an eye on.

Late Angel Lee (1) comes back from racing over staying trips for this event. She has recorded a sizzling 29.57 here in the past but may find the sharp drop in distance within seven days a little too much.

Maid For Ron (3) has a handy record over this trip winning five of her 12 attempts. She has a best of 29.92 but looks a little below her best on recent runs.

Race 6 – Winter Cup Carnival Heat Three – 8:25pm

Master Victorian trainer Darren McDonald produces another flying machine in Awesome Project (3) for the third heat. The son of Collision and Honour Phase (Big Daddy Cool – Hunter Tylo) is a multiple Group winner and boasts an imposing career record of 20 wins from 41 starts. He has won his last three at Sandown, all in very slick times. Barring bad luck, it’s hard to see him getting beat.

Duchess Bale (5) is another Victorian who makes the trek to the Sunshine State with a good record. She has won 10 from 21 and is a powerful type. She has been done no favours by the box draw and will be hoping for some room early.

Rue De Khan (2) is a regular top-line performer in New South Wales for trainer Dean Swain. She meets a quality field here but there is no doubting her talent.

Top Story (1) has won 16 races over this trip including a flying 29.65 effort back in February. He is drawn to give the big guns plenty of cheek here.

Race 7 – Winter Cup Carnival Heat Four – 8:44pm

The fourth heat features plenty of depth with Queensland Derby winner Flash Reality (8) taking the star billing. The Tony Brett trained son of Premier Fantasy and Orara Flash (Bond – Sweet Elite) has won five of his eight starts at Albion Park including a near-record 29.58. He has performed well from wide boxes in the past, but will be afforded no room for error early in this field.

Magic Display (1) was a finalist in the Group One Golden Easter Egg and is blessed with plenty of early pace. She has the advantage of having raced at the track in the past and is drawn to get the fly here.

Mepunga Armagh (6) is a winner of 14 races in Victoria and has gone very fast at Sandown in recent weeks. If he can cross the field early he is capable of landing an upset.

Peter’s Pick (7) is a consistent local performer who is sure to be doing his best work in the concluding stages of the race.

Race 8 – Winter Cup Carnival Heat Five – 9:08pm

The 2013 Brisbane Cup winner Kiss Me Ketut (7) makes his return to Albion Park in the final heat looking to keep his undefeated record at the track intact. The son of Bombastic Shiraz and Spiral Siyan (Spiral Nikita – Flight And Life) has won two from two at the track with a personal best of 29.82. His recent form has not been anything special and this run will be just his second back from a five-week let up. He’s one to take on trust.

The Kelly Bravo trained Gimme Fuel (2) may be better know for his exploits over slightly longer trips but he has been in sparkling form over the sprint distances recently. If he gets a clear run around the first turn, he may be very hard to hold out.

Local sprinter Yogi Blue (1) is very consistent and looks drawn well here. He has won nine from 34 at the track with a best of 29.89. He is one for the exotics.

Benarkin (5) is another stayer dropping back to the sprints for this feature event. He has been given a month freshen up by trainer Tony Brett and could be the smokey in this field.

Signs Of The Times

In a remarkable move, Racing Victoria is set to increase Saturday thoroughbred races from eight to nine and reduce the gap between races to 35 minutes. The aim is simply to bring in more cash. It says it will provide “more opportunities” to owners but you can forget that – it is the dollars that count.

While this has no direct effect on greyhound racing, it is consistent with the pattern being pushed by Tabcorp/SKY to ram more races into every 24 hour period, regardless of any “unintended consequences”, of which there are plenty. That’s why we are seeing all sorts of strange French and Swedish trots and oddball gallops from South Africa (a country which bans greyhound racing), to be followed before long by American races, all of which will contain unknown runners at unknown tracks. These are the classic “four-legged poker machines” which Tabcorp favours to repair its ailing tote business.

Some of these do directly impact on greyhound turnover – the South African gallops in particular, so it’s not hard to see that the clear and distinct priorities of betting operators are, first, more turnover to please their shareholders and, a distant second, progressing the Australian racing industry. They are happening on top of an already overcrowded local program which is splitting the race by race betting chunks into smaller and less usable pieces.

Unfortunately, greyhound racing itself has assisted the trend, starting mainly in 2010, when extra meetings were added to an already busy Saturday night. The immediate result was a reduction in turnover on the two biggest betting attractions in the country – Wentworth Park and The Meadows greyhound meetings – which continues to this day. Their volumes are still usable for betting purposes, but only just, and only in the state of origin, especially with more turnover going across to corporate bookmakers. All of which reduces the integrity of the trend-setting TAB prices. Other than the big two, pools of $10,000 or so are the best you can hope for. So don’t put more than $10 on your Quinella choice as you will then be buying back your own money.

To rub salt into the wound, last Saturday night GRV put on an all-maiden meeting at Bendigo to do battle with prime greyhound and harness races. What sort of future does that promise? What were they thinking?

Maybe one fresh idea might come from other sports. Rugby Union is about to get a strong proposal from a group of businessmen (also supporters of the code) to buy up the NSW Waratahs and take them to greater heights. Clubs in Rugby League have already gone down that road – Brisbane, Newcastle and Melbourne. Many others in all codes are effectively controlled by related social clubs anyway.

Maybe a better plan would be to privatise the entire greyhound code, just as happened with the TABs, and gain the weapons to fight fire with fire. Alternatively, with the benefit of hindsight, it is plain that governments would have achieved better results by retaining ownership of the totes and selling off all the codes. If you have to have a monopoly, far better to have the government handle it, thereby offering the opportunity for the public to have a stronger voice. Or any voice, actually.

AROUND THE BETTING RINGS

Day of the Week

At Wenty, pools on Friday night are often shading those on Saturday, although the class of fields on the latter must be a good 30% better. Only the Peter Mossman final broke the pattern with $28,295 on the NSW Win tote. GRNSW is to shift half the Friday dates to provincial tracks in the coming year. Will they do as well? Doubtful.

Who Are Those Guys?

Sisco Rage (WPK R9) was sent out as an extraordinary $2.40 favourite from box 8. Who on earth could have done that, other than die-hard Darren McDonald supporters? It had no special form to speak of, its last good run being back in April when it won a 500m race at Bendigo. It has generally done better from the inside, too. I made it a 20/1 chance and it ran a mediocre 2.5 lengths to a slow 30.34 after coming out stone motherless last and then crossing to the rail. It finished in 2nd place only because of huge disruptions on the first turn.

Not the Real Reason

Notable at Wenty on Saturday were the runs of Keybow (R3) and Lochinvar Impact (R4). Both had box 8, both were favourites, both began poorly, both put their paw on the accelerator and whizzed around the field to lead in the back straight. Tops dogs? Well, yes, although Lochinvar Impact was pipped on the post, but the reason they were able to do that was not just due to their abilities but because the inside division bunched up, slowed down and therefore made space for outside dogs. It’s the nature of that awful run to and around the turn. Many others have done likewise. Anyone for a track re-build?

Clerical Error

Still at Wenty, how is it possible to publish race results with every sectional time wrong (R2, Saturday)? It happens every so often in Victoria, too. Does nobody actually look at these things before they send them off?

And Still No Change

Tasmania continues to tell lies by deliberately posting sectional times against the wrong dogs, while Tabcorp and Tattsbet continue to publish imaginary First Four dividends. When will the truth come out?

Stayers continue to take turns in winning and recording times ranging from ordinary to poor – the latest a miserable 42.48 by Zipping Joe at Sandown last Thursday (record 41.17 by Miata) beating dogs that have previously run much faster. I wonder if trainers have ever thought of giving their charges a month off to roam the paddock and freshen up. Horses and humans do it all the time but not greyhounds, it seems.

And we still have four states, soon to be five, where you are unable to print out a decent copy of the race results – all of which are in the care of GRNSW. Formguides are almost as inaccessible.

Error Firmed Up

The latest plans issued by RWWA and GWA confirm that its Cannington replacement will have a bend start for 600m races. This continues the muddled thinking present in virtually all other Australian clubs to produce designs which make life even more difficult for dogs and punters. Plans for the new track at Logan in Queensland do likewise. Together, that’s around $30 million of punters’ cash being spent badly.

But here’s a suggestion; put all track design in the hands of an experienced jockey. There is no way one of them would make a racing animal suffer a start like that.

Wentworth Park Greyhounds Tips & Betting Preview June 21st 2014

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Race 1 – 520M Grade 5 – 7:30PM

Although he let me down last week, I’m willing to give None Of Them one more chance. Tonight he exits the red box and if he can reproduce the run which saw him break 30 seconds at Bathurst in May, he should prove too hard to reel in. He has been missing the kick of late but from the inside alley he should be able to anticipate the start a little better.

Breaker Kahn has been racing in consistent style of late and he looms as the logical danger. He has been slow to begin in his past couple but he has won here previously in a sizzling 29.77, so if he can mend his box manners he will be right in the finish. Oh So Striking is an up and coming star but he can make a lot of mistakes in his races. He is obviously a winning hope with some luck in the early stages.

Top Four: 1 – 8 – 6 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Quinella: 1 & 8

Trifecta: 1,8/1,8/Field ($12 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1/6,7,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

 

Race 2 – 520M Grade 5 – 7:50PM

Lacey Lois has been racing in great style of late and with her early speed she looks to be the top pick. She has been placed in four of her past five here and five starts ago she turned in a big effort to be placed behind gun sprinter Zipping Willow. There isn’t a whole lot of depth in this event and if she can lead she should have enough in the tank to hold on.

Army Surplus looks perfectly placed out wide and he should be able to atone for his luckless runs of late. He has missed the kick in his past two, but from box eight he should get a clear run in the early stages and he can utilize his great turn of foot. Asia’s Babe is also a contender but my concern with her is the box draw, she normally takes a few strides to get going and she is likely to be crowded soon after box rise.

Top Four: 4 – 8 – 7 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Each Way bet on Lacey Lois

Boxed Quinella: 4,7,8 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 4,7,8/4,7,8/1,2,4,7,8 ($18 for 100%)

 

Race 3 – 520M Grade 4 – 8:07PM

Keybow is a champion sprinter and tonight he looks perfectly placed out in the pink box. In the past couple of weeks he has never been a chance soon after box rise. On both occasions he was slow to begin and was immediately crunched. With the speedy Avondale Zena drawn underneath, he should get a nice cart across in the early stages and he will assert his authority as they head for the back straight.

Avondale Zena has been pinging the lids of late and two starts ago she posted a scorching 5.36 first split before going on to score in a smart 29.86. Obviously the last 50m is a bit of a concern for her but she will be out in front early and avoiding trouble. Electro Storm could be the surprise packet in the event, he has a top record here and he just needs an ounce of luck to feature.

Top Four: 8 – 7 – 3 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 8/1,3,7/1,2,3,5,7 ($12 for 100%)

Exacta: 8/1,3,7 ($3 for 100%)

 

Race 4 – 520M Special Event – 8:30PM

Lochinvar Impact is an exciting speedster and he looked super impressive when scoring at The Gardens recently in a blistering 29.34. On that occasion he pinged to the lead and never looked back, he has been known to miss the kick on occasions but from the pink box he should have sufficient room to muster speed. You will be asked to take even money which is quite short but you will be taking even money about a classy animal.

Magic Diore can be a hard dog to follow at times but he has won here previously in 30 flat and that was from a wide draw. He has been beginning a lot better of late and he should find himself in contention early. Usaine returned to form with a smart 26.17 Temora win and he has experience at this track. He should get plenty of cover from the three in the early stages, so he should figure prominently.

Top Four: 8 – 7 – 2 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 2,7,8/2,7,8/1,2,4,6,7,8 ($24 for 100%)

Trifecta: 8/1,2,7/1,2,4,6,7 ($12 For 100%)

 

Race 5 – 520M Free For All – 8:50PM

Zipping Willow showed blistering early speed in her 29.82 win here last week and being her first 500m race in just under a month, she is sure to be improved by the run. She has won here in a blistering 29.44 in the past and if she can get down to the 29.65 mark tonight that should be enough to get the cash.

Rue De Kahn has had no luck in her past two runs here but prior to that she turned in a monster effort when placed behind Double Twist. She meets Double Twist again tonight, but Rue De Kahn is drawn to get the gun run behind Zipping Willow in the early stages. Obviously Double Twist is a chance in this event but from box seven she will need to do everything right in the early stages. Gradence will hit the line hard and he is a great dog to anchor for third and fourth in your exotic bets.

Top Four: 1 – 2 – 7 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 1/2,4,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1/2/4,7 ($2 for 100%)

 

Race 6 – 720M Non Graded – 9:12PM

Dusty Moonshine is an exciting staying prospect and she recently broke the 731m Gosford track record with a 43.07 win. On that occasion she won by a mammoth 17 lengths. She is making her Metropolitan debut but I’m sure that she would have seen the track in a trial previously.

Shoe Laces Lady is racing in strong form at present and with some luck in the early stages she should pose a threat to the favourite. She has a steady 43.06 PB here but she is capable of going much faster. Little Red returned to form here recently with a slick 42.24 win and on that occasion she exited a wide draw.

Top Four: 6 – 3 – 7 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 6/3,4,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

Exacta 6/3,4,7 ($3 for 100%)

 

Race 7 – 520M Mixed 4/5 – 9:35PM

In a very tough race I have settled on the talented Ritza Raider. Two starts ago he recorded a handy placing here behind Kobi Jay and on that occasion he didn’t experience a lot of luck as he was posted wide for most of the trip. He meets some classy types here but I think he will get a clear run in the early stages and that should allow him to run a big race.

Queen Esther looms as the logical danger based on her sizzling 29.67 win here earlier this month. In that event she recorded a ridiculous 5.32 to the first marker and my only concern tonight is that she has a fair bit of speed drawn directly outside her. Zipping Tarn is showing great potential and last week she caught the eye with a strong 29.85 win here. Although she has won from the red, I don’t think this draw will suit her. She is clearly a winning chance but she is likely to be under the odds. Worth noting that former star sprinter Take It All is resuming from a long spell and it may be a good idea to watch for any betting moves.

Top Four: 6 – 2 – 1 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Ritza Raider

Quinella: 6 to rove with 1,2,8 ($3 for 100%)

 

Race 8 – 520M Peter Mosman Classic Final – 9:57PM

In a race which is packed full of fast beginners, I’ve decided to go with the strong finishing All Strung Out. Presently he is around the $9.00 mark fixed and that is enormous overs considering he is probably the fastest chaser in the race. He has been slow to begin in both heat efforts but on both occasions he turned a big finishing effort to go down by slim margins. He will be relying heavily on luck at the first turn but at the big odds it is worth the risk.

Stilton Blue has continued to impress throughout this series. After a clean beginning he went through the first marker in 5.38 and he then showed great acceleration to break up the field as they headed for the back straight in his Semi Final. I believe he has enough speed to burn off likely co-leader Push It and he should give a great sight. Bessy Boo will be hitting the line hard and he probably should have won his heat, he is likely to get a long way back again and its probably worth anchoring him for third and fourth in your exotic bets.

Top Four: 8 – 3 – 1 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Each Way All Strung Out

Boxed quinella: 1,3,8 ($3 for 100%)

First Four: 3,5,8/3,5,8/1/Field ($30 for 100%)

First Four: 3,5,8/3,5,8/Field/1 ($30 for 100%)

 

Race 9 – 520M Grade 5 – 10:17PM

The speedy Droopy’s Bay was a little unlucky here last week. After a fair getaway he showed a great turn of foot and was a half length away from getting across to the rail, unfortunately he was pushed a little wide at the first turn and that cost him the race. Tonight’s event doesn’t seem to feature a whole lot of early speed and he should be able to get across quite easily. He has had four 500m runs of late and he appears to be getting stronger with every run.

Sisco Rage has recently joined the Darren McDonald kennel and he appears perfectly drawn on debut for his new kennel. He is having his first look at Wentworth Park but he should get a nice cart across in the early stages and he should get through the first turn unscathed. Pumped Up Zarr will be hitting the line very hard and he looked sharp when scoring at Bulli recently in 29.16, on that occasion he made up a heap of ground late. Joe Hanley has claims if he can lead, however, when he doesn’t lead he tends to weaken right out of the event.

Top Four: 7 – 8 – 4 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on Droopy’s Bay and Sisco Rage

Boxed Quinella: 4,7,8 ($3 for 100%)

 

Race 10 – 520M Grade 5 – 10:37PM

Bobby Blanco finally broke through for a win at headquarters last week and he did it in impressive style. After a slow start and then copping a knock at the first bend, he balanced up and went into overdrive off the back straight before scoring in a handy 30.18. Tonight’s event features a number of front runners who really struggle in the closing stages, so if he can settle just off the speed he should prove far too strong in the run home.

Sugar Ray Lee was solidly placed here last start and prior to that he had recorded a hat-trick of fast wins. If he can step on terms he should have sufficient pace to drive to the early lead, his last 50m is a concern but his mid race pace should allow him to set up a nice lead and he may have enough in the tank to hold on. Midnight Owl has been hard to follow of late but she may appreciate the drop in class, whilst Booming Bennett rounds out the winning chances.

Top Four: 4 – 2 – 6 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 4/2,6,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

Boxed quinella: 2,4,6,7 ($6 for 100%)

 

Quaddie

Leg 1: 1,2,4,7,8
Leg 2: 6
Leg 3: 1,2,6,8
Leg 4: 1,3,5,8

($80 for 100%)

Upsets Galore In Group One Peter Mosman Semi-Finals

Group One Peter Mosman series favourite Hooksy bowed out in last night’s semi-finals at Wentworth Park after stumbling at the start and finding a stack of trouble from box three. The Philip Goodsell trained Stilton Blue continued his outstanding run of form, stepping beautifully from box five to lead throughout in a time of 29.93 by a length. Christine Proctor’s $28 outsider and first reserve Bessy Boo finished a gallant second and consistent chaser My Awesome Opal for Marie Burton finished in third position.

In-form chaser Push It recorded her fifth straight win at Wentworth Park last night taking out semi-final two for trainer Dean Swain after leading all the way from box two in 29.93. Notching up her tenth career win last night, the daughter of Collision and Low Gee Eye scored by nine and a quarter lengths and is a genuine chance in next week’s final, coming up with a favourable box two draw. Victorian greyhound Access for trainer Ian Garland finished second, providing a massive thrill for connections, and Fire Elusive for Mark Moroney wound up in third position. Favourite runner Zipping Delta unfortunately took a heavy tumble at the first turn, along with Aurora Girl and Smashing Sally.

Group One winner Keybow was all the rage at $1.90 in the last semi-final, however he failed to fire again from box two, missing the start and running home to finish in fourth place. Highly consistent chaser Tommy Brislane continued his winning ways after beginning brilliantly from box four to streak away by two and a half lengths in a best of the night time of 29.76. Trainer Steve White has prepared this greyhound to perfection, winning seven of eight career starts. The son of Premier Fantasy and Mary Virginia also recorded his fifth straight win last night and is a star on the rise, his notable early pace will be a key factor in next Saturday night’s final. Glenn Rounds’ All Strung Out ran a sensational race to finish second and cement his spot in the final, whilst Darren McDonald qualified Where’s The Surf for the final after he finished in third place.

The box draw for Saturday night’s $75,000 to the winner final is:

1. Bessy Boo – Christine Proctor
2. Push It – Dean Swain
3. Stilton Blue – Philip Goodsell
4. Access – Ian Garland
5. Tommy Brislane – Steve White
6. Where’s The Surf – Darren McDonald
7. My Awesome Opal – Marie Burton
8. All Strung Out – Glenn Rounds

Reserves
Fire Elusive – Mark Moroney
Keybow – Darren McDonald

Hooksy To Headline Peter Mosman Classic Semi Final Night

Victorian star chaser Hooksy will be the centre of attention this Saturday night at Wentworth Park, with three star-studded heats of the Group One Peter Mosman Classic to be conducted.

The son of Hondo Black and Uno Witch was all the rage in his heat last week, starting at skinny odds of $1.60. He didn’t disappoint an array of punters, clocking best of the night figures of 29.47. The Victorian first caught the eye of enthusiasts back in March. Tanya Auld and husband Jim made the testing trip up to the Glebe circuit from their base in Victoria and claimed their first Group win with Hooksy, the $25,000 Group Three New Sensation.

Hooksy will be a short-priced favourite when he steps out in semi-final one from box three. He has brilliant acceleration once he balances up and should secure a spot in next week’s $75,000 to the winner final. My Awesome Opal from box six is the only other heat winner in this semi-final after upsetting a hot field last week at huge odds, recording a time of 30.08 for trainer Marie Burton. Stilton Blue has been very consistent of late and finished a gallant second last week behind Tommy Brislane in a fast 29.71 by three and a half-lengths.

Semi-final two contains Jason Mackay’s talented chaser Zipping Delta, who put in her best performance at the track last week, clocking a sizzling 29.49 over the 520m journey. The daughter of Bekim Bale and Scarlett Spy began beautifully from the inside alley to record her third consecutive win and will be hard to hold out again from a favourable box three.

Another in-form chaser Push It upset hot favourite Keybow in her heat last week, securing her fourth consecutive victory at Wentworth Park when clocking a smart 29.81 from box eight. The Dean Swain trained chaser pinged from the outside box and was never headed in an impressive three-length win. Aurora Girl put in a brave performance last week from box two, finishing three and a half lengths behind Cawbourne Whip in a fast 29.70. Marie Burton’s chaser will need to begin well from the middle draw this week, but has speed to burn and should challenge this field from box-rise.

The final semi contains two highly talented greyhounds looking to keep their winning streaks alive, with Tommy Brislane and Cawbourne Whip having won their past four straight. Steve White’s Tommy Brislane now has six wins from seven starts and is starting to emerge as one of the hottest young prospects in the state. He blew his rivals away last week in a hot run of 29.71 after stepping well from box three. The son of Premier Fantasy and Mary Virginia shot away to claim victory by three and a half lengths and is a model of consistency on the race track.

Cawbourne Whip has also stamped her authority as one of the brightest starts on the NSW racing circuit, recording another flying time of 29.50 in her heat win last week. The Jodie Lord trained greyhound will have to overcome a difficult box five draw, however she has brilliant early acceleration and can outstep her rivals to the first turn.

Group One winner Keybow failed to fire in last week’s heats, finishing second to Push It, recording a time of 29.99. After missing the start, the Darren McDonald speedster left his run too late, reducing the winning margin to just three lengths. Coming up with box two on Saturday night is a huge positive for this greyhound; however the son of Take The Kitty will need to improve at box-rise with some speedy greyhounds engaged on his outside that will cross hard in the early stages.

Semi final one kicks off at 9.12pm, with the winner and second placegetter guaranteed a spot in next week’s final. The two fastest third placings will make up the remainder of the field.

Tiggerlong Amigo Wins The Group Two WA Derby

Darren McDonald has made it two group races in a week after taking out Cannington’s Group Two WA Derby with Tiggerlong Amigo. The white and black dog missed the start, but quickly outclassed his WA rivals when he took the outside route to run down the leading Full Of Beans in a time of 30.51.

“I’m very pleased with my kennels this week!” Trainer Darren McDonald explained.

“It was a different race last night because he had pressure and a check to overcome, so the time was irrelevant to me. I was very happy with his run last night.”

The son of Cosmic Chief – Tiggerlong Petal made the Group Two Derby his ninth career win from 18 starts, stretching his prizemoney to over $58,000. The 32kg dog jumped as the $1.80 favourite, with Ben Abercrombie’s Full Of Beans starting second favourite at $3.90.

“He was suited by the box because the four dog wanted the rails. My only concern was the eight and it did come across me at the start. In the end he was still able to get around them and it turned out he was just too good on the night.”

Tiggerlong Amigo wasn’t the only one of McDonald’s chasers to come away with a victory at Cannington on Saturday night, with derby heat participant Where’s The Surf winning impressively in the second event on the card in a personal best time of 30.49.

“Both of the dogs runs were good last night.”

“Where’s The Surf improved on his run from last week. For him it got down to the boxes and luck in running. That’s why I always try to bring two or three dogs over. I always have a contingency plan because if one of them doesn’t get through, or something like what happened to Keybow last week occurs, there is still a chance I get into the race.”

In the past year McDonald has successfully conquered two of WA’s biggest races, the Group One Perth Cup with Keybow and now the Group Two Derby.

“As long as they can run 500 metres fairly strongly I love bringing them over here.”

Much to the relief of WA trainers, McDonald doesn’t have a bitch for the upcoming Group Two Oaks and his next venture back to the West looks to be the Nationals.

“I’m on the lookout for a bitch for the Oaks.”

“Hopefully there is three or four I can run in the Victorian part of the Nationals. Sweet It Is and Keybow will be my two best chances if they make it through to Perth, because they have both seen the track.”

McDonald is looking at taking Tiggerlong Amigo to Sydney for the Peter Mosman heats if he pulls up sound from his Derby win. He is also hoping that his star chaser Keybow will have recovered in time for the heats after splitting his webbing prior to the Derby heats.

“The Peter Mosman is in about two weeks time. If Tiggerlong Amigo pulls up well I will take him up and trial him. Hopefully Keybow is right for me to take him up there as well.”

For now, Darren McDonald will go back to Victoria a very happy man with two group races under his belt in the last week.

2014 Group Two WA Derby Preview

Eight chasers will pull on their respective rugs to take part in Cannington’s Group Two Derby on Saturday night. The $40,000 to the winner final is made up of just the one interstate chaser, Darren McDonald’s Tiggerlong Amigo; who is set to start favourite despite jumping from box six.

In the heats he found the front in a matter of seconds and didn’t look like being beaten, as he extended his winning margin to over nine lengths. The white and black dog stopped the clock in the fastest qualifying time of 30.31, which earned him favouritism heading into the race.

David Hobby’s Prang Monelli looks to be WA’s best chance from box two. His heat performance saw him come strong after missing the start. At 8.09pm Perth time the 530 metre boxes will open and the 2014 Derby winner will be named.

Box 1
Race Odds
$8.00
Heat Replay
Panther Monelli
Trainer
David Hobby
Owner
M & M Quinsee
Prizemoney
$11,570.00
Last 10 Starts
1821536351
24 Months Black Dog by Milldean
Panther
- Fantasy
Monelli
Start Average Running Rails Finish Well
Prizemoney Rating $723.00 Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
16 5 1 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
31% 50%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
11 3 0 2
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Comments: ARG opinion is - Got an easy run last week from box two finding the lead early on. This week will be harder with chasers like Ambitious Gem and Tiggerlong Amigo who have plenty of early pace.
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.66 30.77 5.77 5.89
Box 2
Race Odds
$4.50
Heat Replay
Prang Monelli
Trainer
David Hobby
Owner
M & M Quinsee
Prizemoney
$20,750.00
Last 10 Starts
1236541111
30 Months Brindle Dog by Collsion - Joanne
Monelli
Start Average Running Rails Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $648.00 Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
32 9 7 8
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
28% 75%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
14 2 2 5
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 2 0 0
Comments: ARG opinion is - Not the best of beginners which doesn’t help his cause. If he is going to be any chance of winning the Derby he will need to find the lead early to hold off the likes of Tiggerlong Amigo.
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.66 30.66 5.85 5.85
Box 3
Race Odds
$30.00
Heat Replay
Major Heartache
Trainer
Max Julien
Owner
M & P
Julien
Prizemoney
$6,505.00
Last 10 Starts
2536416483
28 Months Black
&
White
Dog by Where’s
Pedro
- Miss
Slick
Start Fast Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $325.00 Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
20 2 1 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
10% 25%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
14 2 1 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 0
Comments: ARG opinion - Last week in the heat he was unlucky not to come away with the win over Full Of Beans. This weeks test is a bit tougher, can’t see him being able to hold off some of the talented chasers in the final.
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.84 30.84 5.76 5.79
Box 4
Race Odds
$3.80
Heat Replay
Full Of Beans
Trainer
Ben Abercrombie
Owner
Helen
Sayer
Prizemoney
$13,795.00
Last 10 Starts
123114111
25 Months Black Dog by Collision - Miss
Marley
Start Fast Running Rails Finish Average
Prizemoney Rating $1,532.00 Rating 91
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 6 1 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
67% 89%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 6 1 1
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 0
Comments: Ben Abercrombie (Trainer) – “His strength is his ability to get to the front so he might lead this race. Just have to hope he is a long way in front for him not to be caught because he isn’t that strong. If it rains it won’t help him because he gets tired on a heavy track.”
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.68 30.84 5.64 5.72
Box 5
Race Odds
$15.00
Heat Replay
Deputy Chief
Trainer
Max Julien
Owner
M & P
Julien
Prizemoney
$16,040.00
Last 10 Starts
1547711522
28 Months Black
&
White
Dog by Where’s
Pedro
- Miss
Slick
Start Average Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $802.00 Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
20 4 5 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
20% 50%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
16 4 4 0
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 0 1 0
Comments: ARG comment - Last week Deputy Chief put in a super performance when he thundered home to beat Jabba Da Pup. This week is a bit harder with dogs like Tiggerlong Amigo and Prang Monelli who are going to be strong to the line.
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.73 30.86 5.75 5.92
Box 6
Race Odds
$2.30
Heat Replay
Tiggerlong Amigo
Trainer
Darren McDonald
Owner
Helen Flinn
Prizemoney
$18,665.00
Last 10 Starts
1311112371
29 Months White
&
Black
Dog by Cosmic
Chief
- Tiggerlong
Petal
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,097.00 Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
17 8 3 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
47% 82%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 1 1
Comments: Darren McDonald (trainer) -”He will be very hard to beat if he comes out like he did last week, he also looked pretty strong. Full Of Beans should take out the inside dogs when he crosses to the rails and Ambitious Gem should be up there early in the race.
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.31 30.31 5.73 5.73
Box 7
Race Odds
$25.00
Heat Replay
Burundi
Trainer
Linda Britton
Owner
Gregory
Smith
Prizemoney
$4,850.00
Last 10 Starts
2651311
26 Months Black Dog by Bekim
Bale
- My
Black
Bess
Start Well Running Middle Finish Average
Prizemoney Rating $808.00 Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 2 1 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
33% 67%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 2 1 1
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Comments: Linda Britton (Trainer) - “The best we can hope for is that he can run into a place. He is a little bit too inexperienced at the moment and it will be hard to beat Darren McDonald’s dog.”
Best Cinnington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.74 30.88 5.77 5.77
Box 8
Race Odds
$15.00
Heat Replay
Ambitious Gem
Trainer
Jamie Marsh
Owner
Anthony Barranca
Prizemoney
$14,720.00
Last 10 Starts
2572233122
28 Months Blue Dog by El
Grand
Senor
- Cosmic
Sapphire
Start Fast Running Rail Finish Average
Prizemoney Rating $817.00 Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
18 5 5 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
28% 78%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 0 3 1
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 0 0
Comments: Jamie Marsh (Trainer) - “I think he will struggle because he is outclassed. Box eight is also a massive disadvantage because he likes to head towards the rails. I am just happy to be in the final.”
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.70 30.75 5.69 5.69
1st Res
Race Odds
$15.00
Heart Replay
Jabba Da Pup
Trainer
Christine Robartson
Owner
Jodee Jennings
Prizemoney
$9,915.00
Last 10 Starts
2211611
27 Months Black Dog by Go
Wild
Teddy
- Pretty
Spiffy
Start Fast Running Middle Finish Average
Prizemoney Rating $1,416.00 Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 4 2 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
57% 86%
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: Very talented young dog, if he is to get a start in the final he will look to improve on his first start at Cannington.
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.94 30.94 5.77 5.77
2nd Res
Race Odds
$10.00
Heat Replay
Stangafied
Trainer
Brad Yates
Owner
A & J
Marley
Prizemoney
$25,965.00
Last 10 Starts
2314311141
25 Months Black Dog by El
Grand
Senor
- Stanga
Jill
Start Slow Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $ Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
26 10 4 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
38% 69%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
17 7 3 2
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Stangafied isn’t the best box dog and this will more then likely cost him the race if he gets a start, although he is strong it will take a massive effort to run down some of the talented chasers in the field.
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.21 31.10 5.77 5.93




Sandown Park Greyhounds Tips & Betting Preview May 22nd 2014

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Race 1 – 515M Grade 5 – 7:08PM

The first race looks to be a wide open affair and I have decided to settle on the class factor. Athletica has been racing in much tougher company of late and she looks ideally placed in box eight. If you go back through her form, she looked mighty impressive when she stormed home to score a 25.46 Warrnambool win in late March. She won’t find an easier race in town, if you sight $5.50 or better she is a great each way bet.

Enjoy Cruising has only raced twice but he is unbeaten and both times he took best of the night honours. In his brief career to date, he has shown smart early speed and with a clean beginning he should be able to roll to the early lead. The trip is a big concern but this race is not overly strong. Zipping Bart has shown some talent of late and he is armed with a powerful finish, may be a good one to anchor for third and fourth in exotics.

Top Four: 8 – 4 – 3 – 1

Suggested Bets: Win bet on Athletica, rove in quinella with 1,3,4.

 

Race 2 – 515M Grade 5 – 7:25PM

I know I stated that I was going to give up on Zipping Snoopy, but he looks suited once again. After scoring at Shepparton in a sizzling 25.25, he has experienced no luck in three subsequent runs at The Meadows. Tonight he has a slow beginner drawn directly underneath and if he can anticipate the start he should settle in the first three. He is likely to be double figures and I think we can get some of our cash back tonight.

Peter Pettigrew drops a little in class tonight and he tends to do his best racing here. He is likely to get a long way back early but there are a couple of front runners here who will fall in a hole late. If you are looking for a place bet, he will be enormous value. Rumero Reason and Mamma Hook look to be the other winning hopes. Grubby and Pure Mayhem are the two likely favourites but in my opinion, they are both drawn poorly and won’t get into the race.

Top Four: 3 – 5 – 2 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 2,3,5/2,3,4,5/1,2,3,4,5,7 ($36 for $1)

Trifecta: 3/2,4,5/Field ($18 for $1)

Boxed Quinella: 2,3,4,5 ($12 for $1)

 

Race 3 – 595M Mixed 4/5 – 7:44PM

Very open race with numerous winning chances. I’ve settled on the inside division and I think they will dominate the race. Dyna York looks perfectly placed in the red and in April he posted three brilliant 600m Meadows wins. With fast beginners drawn in two or three, I believe he should get a perfect sit just behind them and he will prove far too strong in the run home. You might be able to get $5.50 or better.

Tweed Bah Day has experienced no luck since joining the Greenough kennel and tonight he should get his chance to atone. With Go Mobo drawn directly underneath, it gives me a lot more confidence that he will experience a trouble free passage in the early stages. When given clear galloping space he is one very fast animal. Go Mobo will set the pace and he is a great place hope, whilst Zell Bale is much better than his recent form and he must be included in the exotics.

Top Four: 1 – 4 – 3 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 1/3,4,5/2,3,4,5,7,8 ($15 for $1)

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

 

Race 4 – 515M Grade 5 – 8:08PM

The explosive Mepunga Armagh is likely to start short odds but it is very hard to see him being beaten. After a three month spell, he returned to the track in dashing style with a sizzling 25.06 Warrnambool win. In that performance he downed the class act Zulu Zeus. Normally a reliable beginner, he should have sufficient speed to roll to the lead and from there on it should be a matter of times and margins.

Jordan Allen has not won for a while but he is much better than his form suggests and he should be given every chance from his good draw. Last week he was far from disgraced when placed here behind Hellyeah Bolt and he is likely to be over the odds tonight, so it is worth taking him in quinellas and trifectas with the favourite. Roy Galo is another who is out of form and down on confidence, however he has drawn his favourite box tonight, with luck initially he should be in the mix.

Top Four: 2 – 1 – 8 – 4

Suggested Bet:

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

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

Quinella: 2 to rove with 1 & 8.

 

Race 5 – 515M Free For All Listed Event – 8:28PM

In what is a quality affair, I have decided to give Banjo Boy the nod. Last week in the Harrison/Dawson final he missed the kick and didn’t experience a lot of luck in running. Tonight I think he will step on terms and that should allow him to drive to the early lead at the first bend. Two starts ago he showed that he was back to his best with a sizzling 29.34 win here and a repeat of that will see him salute again.

Awesome Project is expected to start favourite but I think he is poorly drawn tonight. He can be a little hit or miss at box rise and there is a fair bit of early speed drawn outside him tonight, definitely worth risking. Cornelius Fudge has a top record at this track and he is armed with a big finish. With Banjo Boy getting the fly early I’m expecting there to be a bit of trouble early which should allow him to settle much closer to the early speed. Hawk Alone is always chance in these sort of races, whilst Musquin Bale is in great form but doesn’t look suited from his wide draw.

Top Four: 3 – 6 – 7 – 1

Suggested Bet: Win bet on Banjo Boy, this really looks his race.

 

Race 6 – 715M Listed Event – 8:52PM

Xylia Allen is a class act and she was never out of trouble in a heat of the Sandown Cup here last week. Tonight there doesn’t appear to be a lot of early speed drawn directly underneath her and this should allow her to assume control soon after box rise. She has recorded her last two staying victories when leading clearly and both times she smashed the respective track record. You will be asked to take as short as $1.80 but I think she is a good thing.

Infinite Wish doesn’t win a lot these days but she does seem to run a lot of placings. In a field which lacks a lot of depth outside the favourite, she should be able to settle mid field and run over the top of some tiring chasers late in the race. If Xylia Allen is too short to back straight out then maybe Infinite Wish could be a great place bet for you, I expect her to be around the $2.50 mark for the place. Heaps Of Ability is well named and he has been super impressive since stepping up to the staying ranks. Three of his five wins have come from wide draws and he does have a scorching 41.69 PB here.

Top Four: 5 – 6 – 8 – 2

Suggested Bets:

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

Trifecta: 5/6,8/Field ($12 for $1)

 

Race 7 – 515M Mixed 3/4 – 9:11PM

Crawf’s Bread has been racing in consistent style of late and with slow beginners drawn either side tonight he should get every chance. If you go back through his form he was an impressive 29.37 winner here in March and that would be more than enough to win this event. The only knock on him is that to win over this trip, he must cross and lead clearly to win. At around the $8.00 mark he is worth the risk.

Zipping Brock has been racing without luck in recent times and tonight he returns to his favourite track. He has won two of his three tries here and he is unbeaten from this box draw. The last time he exited the pink alley, he set the track alight with a 29.46 Gardens win. Allen Eryk is very hit or miss early but he is very explosive when he hits. The only other winning chance appears to be Bogner Bale, he should be over the odds and has the ability to cause a boilover.

Top Four: 4 – 8 – 3 – 6

Suggested Bet: Win bets on Crawf’s Bread and Zipping Brock.

 

Race 8 – 715M Group One Sandown Cup Final – 9:41PM

In all honesty, this is probably the weakest Group One Final we have seen for a while and the Darren McDonald trained Sweet It Is looks to have a stranglehold on the event. After finding loads of bother early in last week’s heat, Sweet It Is wound up late to grab second and qualify for the final, which appears to have quite a few front runners who struggle in the run home which should work into her favour. You will have to take short odds about a chaser who will drop out early, but she looks to have panels on this lot.

Zipping Joe looks to be the main danger and he really caught my eye last week. He never really got a clear crack at them last week but he still managed to hit the line well and go down narrowly in the fastest heat of the night. Like his kennelmate Sweet It Is, the lack of strength in tonight’s final should give him every chance to feature. Break O’Day and likely leader Mepunga Tiara look to be the only other genuine winning hopes.

Top Four: 7 – 3 – 2 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 7/2,3,8/Field ($18 for $1)

Trifecta: 3,7/3,7/Field ($12 for $1)

Quinella: 7 to rove with 2 & 3.

 

Race 9 – 515M Grade 5 Final – 10:12PM

Dyna Ostrander is a highly promising speedster and his performances in his past two starts have been enormous. His box manners aren’t the best but he is blessed with a dazzling turn of foot and with a fast beginner drawn underneath, he should get a clear run in the early stages. If you can find $4.00 or better, I think that is good shopping as this bloke has the ability to run 29.30 or faster on the lure.

Mepunga Hayley is the class act and since I gave up on her she has recorded two sensational victories. Tonight’s draw doesn’t really suit but she has the ability to lead or come from off the speed, so provided she doesn’t find too much bother she should figure in the finish. Yakamov Bale is the other obvious winning hope in the race. I think he will make the race for Dyna Ostrander, but if he makes any mistakes, Yakamov Bale should be able to take advantage from the red alley.

Top Four: 2 – 7 – 1 – 5

Suggested Bet: Win bet on Dyna Ostrander, very keen on this one.

 

Race 10 – 515M Mixed 4/5 – 10:37PM

Prue Bale has been racing in much stronger company of late and she should relish the class drop. Normally a reliable beginner, she should have more than enough speed to cross to the early lead and from there on it will be hard to see her being reeled in. With the wide running Clone Your Own drawn directly outside her, this will enhance her chances even more.

Ollie Bale was a finalist in the Group One Golden Easter Egg recently, so he too should be suited in this class. In recent months he has been beginning much better in his races and if he can reproduce his slick 29.36 PB run, he should be in the mix. Mepunga Fearon will be well fancied but I don’t think he is suited tonight, whilst Smart Maxwell is likely to start long odds but he has the ability to cause a boilover.

Top Four: 5 – 8 – 2 – 6

Suggested Bet: Win bet on Prue Bale, should lead all the way.

 

Race 11 – 515M Grade 5 – 10:58PM

Exciting talent Avondale Porche has recently joined the powerful Kel Greenough kennel and she should be primed for a bold first up showing. Before sustaining an injury in December last year she had taken all before her winning her first nine starts and in the process recording four consecutive sub 30 second Wentworth Park wins. I am quite confident that connections will have her fully wound up for tonight’s race.

Allen Zentax recently recorded two impressive all the way wins at The Meadows and if he can step on terms, he should be a major player again. Tonight he has the speedy Crowdza Captive drawn directly underneath and if he can follow her across in the early stages he should get every chance. Obviously Avondale Porche has him covered for talent, but if the favourite doesn’t cross he should be in a position to capitalise. Dyna Yenite has been racing in very consistent fashion and he must be included in exotic bets.

Top Four: 8 – 4 – 7 – 2

Suggested Bet:

Trifecta: 8/2,4,7/Field ($18 for $1)

 

Race 12 – 515M Grade 5 – 11:15PM

Very tough race to end the night but I think the well boxed Trail Blazing can send us out on a high. Two of his six wins to date have come from this draw and if you go back through his form you will note he set the Warrnambool track alight in April with a heat and semi win of the Group Two Warrnambool Classic. He can take a few strides to muster speed, but that is why the pink draw should suit him. You should be able to get around $5.50 or better.

Shine can be a little hit or miss at box rise but she can record slick times on the lure. This event appears to lack genuine early speed and this should allow her to settle in the first two. She is likely to start $8.00 or better and it may be worthwhile backing both of them straight out. Spring Charlotte returned to form last start, whilst Missile Flash has been racing in very consistent style, they look to be the other winning hopes.

Top Four : 8 – 4 – 2 – 7

Suggested Bets: Win bets on Trail Blazing and Shine (more on Trail Blazing).

 

Quaddies

3/5/2,3,4,6,8/3,7 ($10 for $1)

1,3,6,7/5/2,3,4,6,8/3,7 ($40 for $1)

2014 Group Two WA Derby Heats Preview

Cannington is set to hold heats for the Group Two Derby on Saturday night, with some of WA’s best chasers lining up against a number of traveling sensations. Reigning Perth Cup champion Keybow is the star attraction for trainer Darren McDonald. Local trainer Steve Withers believes that Keybow is the likely Derby winner. Withers has two of his own chasers in the heats and he is less confident in their abilities to perform.

Withers first chaser Hard Merchandise is up against Keybow in the second heat, jumping from box eight. The son of Collision – Black Velveteen has had 20 starts for six wins and seven placings. The blue dog has tried his luck over a range of distances in his short career, from the 405 at Mandurah, to Cannington’s 530 and 642. His last start was over 642, which should see him running onto the line strongly in the heats.

“Box eight isn’t a help to him and he isn’t that great early which is why we went over 600 metres with him, he is a one pace dog.” Trainer Steve Withers explains.

“It’s just getting into the race when they are faster then you. We just hope he gets around safe with no injuries and then go back to 600 metres next week and look for an easier assignments.”

Nobu King is Withers’ second dog in the heats. The black dog by Collision – Secret Queen has had most of his success over the 405 and 490 metre distance at Mandurah, despite qualifying at Cannington in 30.90 then going on the following week to win in 30.79; both best of the night performances.

“He has got lots of speed, but so does Jabba Da Pup (box two) as they have shown when they got away from the field in the heats of the Mandurah derby. Jabba Da Pup looks to be a bit stronger though.”

“Originally when Nobu King came over here it was suggested that he was a speedster, a 400 metre type dog. He kept surprising us with each trial we put him around and we expected that we would win a city maiden then drop back and let him race 400 metres to mature for a while.”

“Him and his sister seem to handle the two bend type situation at Cannington better then they do the one bend at Mandurah, even though it’s a longer distance. I don’t get it! You’d think the longer trip would be more detrimental to them.”

Withers believes it’s a good problem to have if they are going to go up to Cannington regularly.

“We are hoping he might appreciate the two turn situation at Cannington like he did in his maiden.”

“It’s a tough heat, obviously with Darren’s dog (Where’s The Surf), who has proven to be classy as well as Jabba Da Pup.”

Heat One (8.09pm Perth time)

The first heat of the night sees David Hobby’s Prang Monelli start $2.80 favourite despite jumping from box six. Although this chaser hasn’t recorded a win in his last five starts he has been thundering home of late after finding trouble throughout. If he finds a clear run from box six it is hard to see anything else being able to match him.

Ambitious Gem has received the cherry for trainer Jamie Marsh and is currently paying $4.00. He is yet to finish first past the post at Cannington, with most of his success at Mandurah over 405 and 490. Strength may be an issue over the 530 despite having four starts in preparation.

Linda Britton’s My Mate Cobber is jumping from box eight and is set to start paying $3.20 for the win. The son of High Earner – No Recall has plenty of talent so expect him to power home from midfield.

Heats Two (8.32pm Perth)

Keybow headlines the second heat jumping out of box seven paying $1.60 for the win. The Darren McDonald trained chaser’s last start at Cannington was a blistering 30.15 Perth Cup win and a lot will have to go wrong for him to miss out on a spot in the Derby final.

Brad Yates’ talented chaser Stangafied has drawn box three and sits second favourite paying $3.00 heading into the heats. Stangafied looks the biggest danger to Keybow after clocking a personal best time of 30.21. He will need to improve on his early speed if he is to have much of a chance to take first place away from Keybow.

Elephant Gunn is wearing the blue rug for trainer Jayson Gunning, his Mandurah form of late has been impressive, only missing out on a placing on one occasion in eight starts. He has won at Cannington in 30.91 so he will have to more then improve to knock out the likes of Keybow and Stangafied.

Heat Three (8.50pm Perth time)

The third heat is an all WA trained dog affair with equal favouritism held between Battler’s Boy and Full Of Beans.
Battler’s Boy is jumping from box four and has the least experience but the quickest time of the field. In his three career starts he has won once and never finished unplaced. Inexperience is one of the only things that can bring him unstuck in this race.

Ben Abercrombie’s Full Of Beans (box eight) is a good beginner and has enough strength to hold off the field when he finds the lead. He won’t need to improve much on his personal best time of 30.68 to win this race.

Marnoo for trainer Peter Hepple was victorious in the Mandurah Derby heats, but failed to match the speed of leaders Stanga Tom and Jabba Da Pup in the final. A lack of strength may come into play in the Cannington heats after multiple starts over Mandurah’s 490.

Heat Four (9.12pm Perth time)

Linda Britton’s Burundi has drawn the red box and will need to make the most of the inside draw if he is to win this race. His Mandurah form hasn’t been great, finishing unplaced, so a switch back to Cannington might see him back in the winner’s circle.

Darren McDonald has also brought along Tiggerlong Amigo who is set to start $2.50 favourite. The furthest he has run is the 525 at The Meadows which could make things a bit harder for him over here.

Devine Awe has made the trip to WA from New South Wales with trainer Patrick Parrelli and has drawn box seven. He has clocked some pretty smart times at multiple tracks and it will be interesting to see how he handles the two turns at Cannington. He is currently paying $7.50 for the win.

Heat five (9.27pm Perth time)

Christine Robartson’s Jabba Da Pup is one of the smartest young dogs running around. He is yet to try his luck over the 530 at Cannington but went super his first time over 490 in the Mandurah Derby. Despite his inexperience over the distance he is currently second favourite paying $3.80 from box two.

Bekim Maxim (box three) is down in form his last four starts after putting in a solid few weeks of racing. His downfall is his box manners, which see him near last out of the boxes each time he goes around, but he does thunder home. The day that he jumps and lands on the bunny it would be no surprise to see him clock a slick time.

Where’s The Surf for Darren McDonald holds the most experience over all in the race, just not on this track. The blue dog is without a win in five starts and will look to break this streak with his class advantage.

“Five heats are a strong showing and the quality of the heats are pretty good, they are no weaker then previous years. I think that potentially the Derby heats will be weaker then the Oaks heats for the first time ever. There has been a plethora of classy bitches that have hit the ground locally.”

It was no shock to see Keybow return to Cannington after his Perth Cup performance, Withers believes that the Derby has to be considered an easier race then the Perth Cup.

“It’s surprising to see Dailly and Collins didn’t come over. I suppose it comes down to what races are on.”

Upsets Galore In 2014 Group One Sandown Cup Heats

Both Jeff Britton and Darren McDonald will rug up two runners each in next week’s Sandown Cup Final after a night of upsets in the four heats run at Sandown Park on Thursday.

Britton’s Anakie kennel will supply four runners in total with both Angela Langton and Jeff Shaw also qualifying dogs for the world’s richest staying event that boasts a massive $175,000 to the winner.

Here is how the four heats panned out;

Heat One

Tarks Nemesis (5) picked herself up off the canvas to win the first heat in a superior display of staying for trainer Angela Langton.

After spearing the lids from the centre, the daughter of Velocette and Skrat (Big Daddy Cool – Dash Of Burgundy) quickly opened up a lead. Racing wide, she managed to maintain her ascendency to until the catching pen where she was overtaken by the speedy Allen Deed (3).

He raced away to a three length lead and it seemed a case of whether he would stay the trip at his first attempt or if something would run on from further back in the field.

Swinging for a home, a tiring Allen Deed still held the lead, with the favourite Zipping Joe (4) and Heaps Of Ability (2) running on strongly while Tarks Nemesis kept battling away back on the fence.

The last hundred metres got the better of leader Allen Deed an Tarks Nemesis overhauled him on the fence to race away and salute in a dour effort from the fast finishing Zipping Joe and Heaps Of Ability.

The striking blue bitch stopped the clock at 42.41, winning by three-quarters of a length. It was her second win over the distance at Sandown and she could well improve on the run given that it was her first 700 metre race this preparation.

Heat Two

Kiwi stayer Know Class (6) arrived in the nick of time to take the second heat by a head for Anakie trainer James Shaw.

Beginning moderately, the son of Willy What and Blue Fern (Shining Kev – Casual Wave) worked to third by the post the first time. Meanwhile, Supersonic Hawk (1) had opened up a handy lead up front and declared himself as the one to catch.

Halfway down the back straight, it became evident that Know Class was going to be the only real challenger to Supersonic Hawk as he emerged from the pack with intent, just two lengths behind the lamp-lighter.

Down the straight it was a tooth and nail battle as Know Class looked to be struggling to pick up the leader. Yet inch-by-inch, he slowly got there and claimed Supersonic Hawk right on the line.

The 33kg blue dog registered a time of 42.62 winning his second race from four starts since coming to Australia. Supersonic Hawk advanced to the final finishing second while Arejay Smokey grabbed third place.

Heat Three

Butterfly Bling (3) caused a boil over of gargantuan proportions in the third heat when she upset some big names at $40.00, scoring in 42.71 for David Phillips.

The daughter of Bit Chili and Miss Bling (Spiral Nikita – Skullring) is a sister to Warragul Cup winner Walk Hard, but had only been moderately performed in recent times and had not won a race in 2014.

Paris Sparks (5) was the early leader with Rocky Bale (1) right on her hammer. Butterfly Bling was fifth away and settled midfield while the favourite Sweet It Is (8) was finding a world of trouble at the tail of the field.

Rocky Bale had opened up a big break by the post the first time and being a dog known for his strength, he looked to be a massive winning hope, particularly given that his main rival Sweet It is was still doing a pinball impersonation back in the field, some 20 lengths away.

Down the back Rocky Bale put five lengths on the field and Infinite Wish (4) moved strongly to second with Butterfly Bling working to third but still eight lengths off the leader.

As the field rounded the home turn, Rocky Bale got tired in a hurry and and was collared by Infinite Wish. But her lead was only fleeting as Butterfly Bling flew past them both to claim victory by three-quarters of a length.

Sweet It Is ran home like a hungry school kid to claim second in an amazing effort, with Infinite Wish in third.

Heat Four

The upsets continued in the fourth and final heat when Jeff Britton’s Mepunga Tiara (6) made her own luck in front to score in a time of 42.46.

When favourite Xylia Allen (5) began only fairly, Mepunga Tiara wasted no time in racing up to join the early lead with Destini Gold (2). Xylia Allen and Break O’ Day (1) were in third and fourth respectively but engaging in a bumping duel which did little for either runners chances.

Heading out of the straight and into the back straight, the daughter of Premier Fantasy and Mepunga Opal (Hallucinate – Mepunga Spark) took over and quickly opened up a margin on Destini Gold.

All eyes were on Xylia Allen who had still not managed to get clear of Break O’ Day and was struggling to make any ground, when she did get some leeway, she again found trouble.

Mepunga Tiara held on to score easily by 3 3/4 lengths and when Break O’ Day finally got clear he ran on well for second to qualify for the final, with veteran Mimicking finishing third.

The box draw for next week’s Group One RSN Sandown Cup will be announced next Monday at 8am.

Awesome Project Wins 2014 Harrison-Dawson Final

Astute Devon Meadows mentor Darren McDonald claimed yet another Group Two victory when Awesome Project (3) led all the way to take out the $100,000 to-the-winner Harrison-Dawson final at Sandown on Thursday night.

The son of Collision and Honour Phase (Big Daddy Cool – Hunter Tylo) exited box three flawlessly and quickly crossed to lead from Musquin Bale (2), with Banjo Boy (7) working around the field to get to third.

From that point, the 33kg black dog made it a case of “catch me if you can” and showed a voluminous amount of intestinal fortitude to stave off the strong Musquin Bale and prevail by a length in a quick 29.49.

Banjo Boy tried hard but was unable to catch the two leaders and finished third, a further three lengths away.

Of the beaten brigade, Hawk Alone (9) was only fairly away from box eight and had to circle the field before running on well to finish fourth. Owen Bale (6), Cornelius Fudge (5), Tyronimo (4) and Texas Titan (1) were all away slowly and failed to match it with the top four who showed their class.

The win was Awesome Project’s 18th from 38 starts and takes his career earnings beyond $200,000.

Full Results

1 – Awesome Project (3) – Darren McDonald
2 – Musquin Bale (2) – Andrea Dailly
3 – Banjo Boy (7) – Ken Virtue
4 – Hawk Alone (9) – Andrea Dailly
5 – Cornelius Fudge (5) – Lisa Cockerell
6 – Owen Bale (6) – Steve Collins
7 – Tyronimo (4) – Wayne Vassallo
8 – Texas Titan (1) – Jeff Britton

Time: 29.49
1st Split: 5.07 (3)
2nd Split: 18.80 (3)
Margins: 1 x 3
Scratchings: Mepunga Melachi (8), My Bro Fabio (10). Hawk Alone started from box eight.

Sandown Park Greyhounds Tips & Betting Preview May 15th 2014

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Race 1 – 515M Grade 5 – 7:07PM

In what is an open affair, I’ve settled on the favourably drawn Hold On Wincup. In his brief career to date, he has scored four impressive wins, all of them from inside draws. Tonight he has two genuinely slow beginners drawn directly outside him, so he should have no trouble driving to the early lead. If he can hold the lead, I think he can go a bit a faster than his 29.68 win here last week.

Ever Alert has been racing in consistent form of late. After scoring a slick 23.74 Bendigo win, he then posted two top placings over this trip from wide draws. I expect him to get a fairly clear passage in the initial stages. Peter Pettigrew has been racing without much luck of late and he could be the surprise packet. He has shown a distinct liking for this track having been placed in six of seven tries.

Top Four: 1 – 7 – 3 – 6

Suggested Bets: Win bet on Hold On Wincup, rove in quinella with 3,6,7.

 

Race 2 – 595M Grade 5 – 7:25PM

After falling in a hole late last week, surprisingly Go Mobo is backing up again over the same trip. I can’t see him finding a lot and I’m happy to risk him. Lady Toy has continued to improve with every run of late and she has given every indication that this trip will suit. There appear to be a few chasers with early speed and not a lot of stamina in this event, she should get every chance to run over the top of them.

Zell Bale has been racing in much tougher company of late and he looms as the danger. Two starts ago he really caught the eye when storming home to grab third spot over this trip behind the inform Mepunga Tiara. With an ounce of luck in the early stages, he should feature. I expect Go Mobo to cross and lead, he hit a wall pretty quick last week and tonight place claims appear best again. Miss Society has enough ability to cause a boil over also.

Top four: 4 – 2 – 8 – 5

Suggested Bets: Win bets on Lady Toy and Zell Bale.

 

Race 3 -715M Group One Sandown Cup Heat One – 7:44PM

This really is a tough race, there are a number of highly talented chasers making their staying debut and there is a lot of doubt as to whether they will get the journey. After having a look over a number of runs, I’ve decided to go with the proven staying form. Hala Belle has won three of her six tries over this journey and that form is accompanied by a sizzling 41.82 PB. She is blessed with enough speed to be prominent early and she may prove too strong for some of the staying newcomers.

Born Ali is another with proven staying form and she has recently been sharpened up with a 515m run here. In recent months she has qualified for numerous Group Race finals, so she definitely has class on her side. Her record from wide draws is solid and she should get a nice cart across from Hala Belle initially. Dyna York, Allen Deed and Zipping Joe are all making their 715m debut, Zipping Joe is most likely to run out the trip best on recent form.

Top Four: 7 – 8 – 4 – 2

Suggested Bet: Win bet on Hala Belle.

 

Race 4 – 715M Group One Sandown Cup Heat Two – 8:08PM

The ultra consistent Hailstorm Billy looks well placed out wide and he turned in a super performance when runner up at The Meadows over 525M last Saturday night. Four starts ago he won a heat of the Group One Association cup and in doing so he beat a high class field. The 715m journey clearly poses no issues and he appears to have landed in the weakest heat. One of the better bets of the night, if you sight $3.00 or better, load up.

Sisco Rage appears to be the logical leader and his two recent efforts here should see him strip a lot fitter tonight. In the past he has recorded a slick 41.96 here when winning and a repeat of that will see him be a major player again. Cheetah Zorro had little luck in her first run from a spell last week so watch for any big betting moves with her. Know Class hit the line solidly when placed here last time and he appears to be the only other winning hope.

Top Four: 7 – 4 – 5 – 6

Suggested Bets: Have a crack at Hailstorm Billy straight out

Trifecta: 7/4/Field ($6 for $1)

Trifecta: 7/4,5,6/Field ($18 for $1)

Trifecta: 4,5,6/7/Field ($18 for $1, little saver bet just in case he finds trouble).

 

Race 5 – 715M Group One Sandown Cup Heat Three – 8:28PM

This is one of the more straight forward heats with having only three possible winning chances. The best of those appears to be Sweet It Is. Her last four runs have been enormous since joining the Darren McDonald kennel and I think she can turn the tables on Rocky Bale tonight. Obviously she is going to trail them early, but in recent times she hasn’t dropped out as much in the early stages and tonight I believe she can stay in touch early and off the back straight she will unleash her powerful finish. At around the $2.40 mark she looks a solid investment.

Clearly Rocky Bale is the main danger, he has continued to improve with every staying effort and two starts ago he looked ultra impressive when scoring here in a sizzling 41.73. My only concern with him tonight is that he may get shuffled back in the early stages and for him to be a winning chance, he must have a solid lead over Sweet It Is mid race. South Australian visitor Luna Jinx is the only other winning chance in my opinion. She has won six of her ten tries to date with one of those being here in an impressive 41.94, the only knock on her is that she doesn’t like to be crowded in her races.

Top Four: 8 – 1 – 7 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Exacta: 8/1,7

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

 

Race 6 – 515M Group One Sapphire Crown Final – 8:52PM

In what is a quality line up, I found it hard to find the winner. I have settled on the WA star Te Amo. Last week in her heat she pinged the lids and scored a dominant win. The time of 29.71 doesn’t look too flash but I would expect her to improve dramatically as it was her first look at the track. The thing that really caught my eye was the five seconds flat she recorded to the first marker. If she can reproduce that, she will cross to the early lead and she definitely has the ability to get down to the 29.30 mark.

Oakvale Destiny although beaten in her heat, was probably the most impressive of the finalists last week. After getting tightened early, she unleashed a strong finish and only went down by a length in handy time. Tonight there are a few front runners and if they happen to crowd up early she may find herself a lot closer to the lead than expected. Prue Bale has come up with the gun draw and if she can step cleanly she should find herself fighting out the finish, my concern with her is that she has missed the kick in her past two runs.

Top Four: 6 – 5 – 1 – 8

Suggested Bet: Win bet on Te Amo.

 

Race 7 – 715M Group One Sandown Cup Heat Four – 9:22PM

Gun chaser Xylia Allen added another track record to her resume with a 38.04 Traralgon win last week. Tonight she should have no trouble firing to the early lead and she has drawn the weakest heat of the night, so it’s hard to see anything reeling her in late. I think if she can get a cheap lead and the track is spiced up she will post an eye popping time.

Outside of the favourite the race appears to be quite open. There are a few chasers who are doubtful to get the journey and that is why I have settled on Break O’day as my second pick. He doesn’t have the speed to go with them early but he is extremely strong and if you invest your hard earned on him, you won’t have to worry as he will definitely run the trip right out. If you are looking for another runner to include in your exotics, both Mimicking and Boris Sent Me appear to be great place chances.

Top Four: 5 – 1 – 7 – 8

Suggested Bets:

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

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

 

Race 8 -515M Group Two Harrison/Dawson Final – 9:49PM

Another quality line up is ready to do battle, however I think the winner looks quite straightforward. With slow beginners drawn either side, the explosive Banjo Boy should get every chance to capture his second Group Two win. After a fairly lacklustre win at Warragul, the Ken Virtue trained star smashed his rivals with a sizzling 29.34 heat win and he set it up with a quick 5.03 first section. Tonight I am expecting him to step cleanly again and he should drive to the lead as they head through the first bend and from there on it should be a matter of times and margins. If you find $2.60 or better, empty the wallet.

Texas Titan has taken all before him in recent months and his record of four wins from ten tries here is hard to ignore. From the red draw he should be able to settle a little closer to the lead tonight and with his strong finish he should be a major player. Musquin Bale and Cornelius Fudge look to have a chance but I’m really keen on Banjo Boy, so place claims best for those two.

Top Four: 7 – 1 – 2 – 5

Suggested Bets: Win bet on Banjo Boy, rove in quinella with 1,2,5.

 

Race 9 – 515M Free For All – 10:17PM

In a race which appears to lack early speed, the inform Warrior King looks to be well placed. In late April he was placed in the Group One Easter Egg final and in that series he produced three brilliant efforts. In the past he has recorded a smart 29.25 here and a repeat of that will see him get the cash tonight. The empty box draw underneath is also a big advantage, everything points to Warrior King.

Kennelmate Dream It has also been in great form of late and he too should be suited by the lack of early speed. Whilst competing in the Warrnambool Classic last month, he appeared to show much better box manners and he was able to show his true ability with back to back wins in 25.01 and 25.05. If he steps on terms he should find himself in the firing line throughout. Walk Hard is a ridiculous talent who has them all covered on shear ability, however his poor box manners tend to bring him unstuck quite a lot.

Top Four: 6 – 7 – 8 – 2

Suggested Bet: Win bet on Warrior King.

 

Race 10 – 515M Grade 4 – 10:37PM

Fast beginner Take Charge finally returned to form with a handy 30.20 Meadows win on Saturday night. Tonight he has a keen railer drawn directly underneath and this should allow him to gain a clear passage in the early stages. The last 50m is always a challenge with this bloke, but with a clean beginning I’m expecting him to build a big lead in the middle stages and that should be enough for him to find the line.

Wise Ella is much better than her recent form suggests and she tends to do her best racing at this venue. Prior to her past three starts, she was always noted as a reliable beginner and if she can recapture those box manners she will find herself in contention as they head through the first bend. She has the ability to lead or come from off the speed, so with a clean beginning she will be in the mix.

Top Four: 5 – 4 – 7 – 8

Suggested Bet: Win bet on Take Charge.

 

Race 11 – 515M Grade 5 – 10:56PM

The Speedy Godric Gryfindor has been posted wide in his past two starts and never been a chance. Tonight from his rails draw he should be able to punch through and hold a forward spot in the early stages. He has won here previously in handy time and he looked ultra impressive when scoring at Warrnambool recently in 25.15. I think if he can lead them up he should be running around the 29.40 mark and that should be enough to salute.

Hellyeah Bolt is a gun Tasmanian chaser and was luckless in his Sandown Park debut last week. He drops significantly in class and he should find this more to his liking. His record over 500m in his home state is impeccable but my only concern is that he may be under the odds tonight. Allen Zentax has found his best form of late and if he can avoid early bother he should be thereabouts.

Top Four: 2 – 3 – 4 – 1

Suggested Bets: Win bet on Godric Gryfindor, rove in quinella with 1,3,4.

 

Race 12 – 515M Grade 5 – 11:15PM

Little Regus appears to have finally found a suitable race in town, after three luckless efforts here, he finds himself in a race which he should have no trouble leading and on the bunny he is one fast animal. During March/April he scored four devastating provincial wins and I firmly believe tonight is the night in which he brings that form to town.

Giddy’s Star has won six races here and she finally has a favourable draw. I’m expecting her to settle on the speed with Little Regus but I expect her opponent to have a little more zip off the back straight. There won’t be a lot separating them at the finish, great quinella prospect. Strange Wish and Sky Fighter appear to be the two other winning chances. Stranger Wish appears well drawn and he may be worth a saver bet if he gets out to double figure odds.

Top Four: 3 – 1 – 2 – 8

Suggested Bets: Win bets on Little Regus and Strange Wish (more on Little Regus).

 

Quaddies

1,7,8/1,5,6,8/5/1,7 ($24 for $1)

8/1,5,6,8/5/1,7 ($8 for $1)

Quality Aplenty In Sandown Harrison Dawson Heats

Sandown Park is set to sizzle on Thursday night when four heats of the Group Two Berwick Mazda Harrison-Dawson set to take place over the 515 metre journey.

Quality will be omnipresent with no less than 13 individual Group winners set to grace the circuit in the four heats which is testament to the sheer class on display.

A relatively new event, the Harrison-Dawson was first held in 2009 when it was taken out by Dyna Forte. Other previous winners include Flash Of Light, Don Chendo and General Destini.

Last year’s event was taken out by the former Kiwi Clone Your Own for Rob Britton.

$100,000 dollars awaits the winner of next week’s final as well as the dignity of being etched into greyhound immortality among the annuls of Group Two winners.

Here is a look at the main chances in each heat;

Race 5 – Berwick Mazda Harrison-Dawson – Heat 1 – 8:28pm

Group One Australian Cup winner Buckle Up Wes (2) headlines a superb opening heat. He is first up since seemingly blowing a winning opportunity in the final of the Golden Easter Egg at Wentworth Park where he got wide on the first turn. The son of Collision and Everlong Bale (Primo Uno – Shique Bale) has only had one start at Sandown Park where he was unplaced but is the real deal and will take plenty of beating.

The bullet-proof Innocent Til (4) exits the squeeze box for Jason Thompson. He is a model of consistency, winning 29 of his 49 career outings. He has a real penchant for the Sandown Park circuit winning six of his 10 starts there, including a best of 29.24. He is not likely to be in the firing line early but will be poised to swoop as heads turn for home.

Crump (3) is the recent Group Two Horsham Cup winner who has also carved out a slick 29.29 at this track, winning three of his 11 starts here. He often needs a little bit of luck early in proceedings and that may well decide his fate in this race.

Buckle Up Mason (1), a littermate to Buckle Up Wes, exits the coveted rails alley. He had put four consecutive wins together before falling last start. In his most recent Sandown win he stopped the clock at 29.26. A repeat of that would see him in this up to his ears.

Race 6 – Berwick Mazda Harrison-Dawson – Heat 2 – 8:52pm

Hooksy (6) is chasing his eighth consecutive win in the second heat for Tatura trainer Tanya Auld. The son of Hondo Black and Uno Witch (Primo Uno – Proven Tops) took out the Bill Collins Memorial at Sandown last week in a rapid 29.26. He is undefeated in four attempts at the track and has a flying best of 29.15. Given a tiny bit of room early, he will be off and gone.

Group One Golden Easter Egg winner Tonk (4) will sport the blue rug for Lara mentor Brooke Ennis. He won his only race at Sandown Park way back in September last year in 29.44. It is fair to assume he is a much better dog now than he was then and it would be no surprise for him to register a hat-trick of wins in this race.

Kiss Me Ketut (1) is a multiple Group winning conveyance who has more than his share of class. Admittedly his recent performance may not have been his best, but he was a quick winner at Warrnambool two starts back and is drawn well. He has to be considered.

Musquin Bale (2) won the Group Three Bert Bryant Memorial over 595 metres here last start and is a regular in Group finals. He will be close to the speed and sure to take advantage of any opportunity he is afforded in the run. Definitely one for multiples.

Race 7 – Berwick Mazda Harrison-Dawson – Heat 3 – 9:11pm

Heat three features a plethora of wining chances with luck sure to play a part due to an apparent absence of genuine early speed.

Campaspe Will (6) steps back down from middle distance racing where he had been performing in great heart. He has won three from five over this trip and boasts a slippery best of 29.18. If he lands anywhere near the speed he is a massive hope.

Awesome Project (3) has won four in-a-row for astute Devon Meadows trainer Darren McDonald despite mixing distances. He is a last start winner over this trip in 29.53. He could find himself handy in this and take some running down.

Banjo Boy (8) is the Group Two Cranbourne Cup winner who, at his best, can be devastating. The outside draw may test him given his moderate box manners.

Red Road (4) is a New South Wales visitor who has won 11 of his 17 starts including the Group Two Richmond Derby. He has exhibited early speed in some of his races which he will need to do to feature in this.

Hawk Alone (7) won the Group One Rookie Rebel earlier in the year and is another who will rely on early luck. Should he get some of that, then he has a very strong finish and could be a knockout chance at double figures.

Race 8 – Berwick Mazda Harrison-Dawson – Heat 4 – 9:35pm

Black Magic Opal (3) looks to continue the rich vein of form that saw him salute in last week’s Group Two Warrnambool Cup. The son of Magic Sprite and Awesome Opal (Most Awesome – Opal Glow) has an imposing record of 35 wins from 47 starts and has won five of his last six race starts. He has been to Sandown four times for three wins and boasts a best of 29.37. He is the one they have to beat in the fourth and final heat.

Warrior King (7) was a recent place-getter in the Group One Golden Easter Egg and seems to improve every time he steps out on the track. The big obstacle for him is the wide draw and his tardy box manners which may see him needing a lot of luck in the run.

Hellyeah Bolt (2) comes up from Tasmania with an outstanding record. He has won 21 of his 34 career starts and never lost from box two in three attempts. He will need to show some early dash to put himself in the race but has the ability to do so.

Ollie Bale (4) had no luck in the recent Warrnambool Cup final and is the Group One Silver Chief winner. He is at his best when he can lead and that may be tough for him being drawn outside Black Magic Opal.

2014 Group Three Ladies Bracelet Final Preview

The 2014 installment of the Group Three Ladies Bracelet will be run on Saturday night at Wentworth Park. The race is for bitches only and has been a feature event since 1971. The race was first won by Shapely Escort and in previous years Winifred Bale, Camden’s Ghost, Jessica Casey, Lucy Lawless, Mint Mojo, Cindeen Shelby and Desalle Bale have all added their name to the honour roll. Lagoon Lawanna was crowned the 2013 winner.

The race jumps at 9:57pm and is worth $25,000 to the winner.

Box 1
Race Odds
$3.00
Heat Replay
 
Ritza Hattie
Trainer
Mark Gatt
Owner
Mark Gatt
Prizemoney
$144,760.00
Last 10 Starts
1121423311
29 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Bombastic Shiraz - Midnight Flare
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $5,567.00 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
26 14 7 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
54% 96%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 4 2 3
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 3 0 2
Comments: Mark Gatt (Trainer) - “I think she should go well. I don’t really like box one with her but with the draw the way it is she should get a good run on the fence. Realistically, she is a good chance of winning. She is really starting to race well.”

 

Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.47 29.87 5.33 5.40
Box 2
Race Odds 
$3.80
Heat Replay
 
Zipping Summah
Trainer
Jason Mackay
Owner
M Hallinan & F Hallinan
Prizemoney
$23,765.00
Last 10 Starts
1721411122
34 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Goodesy - Sirocco Lass
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,320.00 Rating 99
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
18 9 4 2
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
50% 83%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 3 2 0
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 2 1 1
Comments: Returned to racing with style last week, running a close second behind Ritza Hattie. If she shows her customary early speed she is a big hope.
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.64 29.92 5.35 5.36
Box 3
Race Odds
$5.00
Heat Replay
 
Zipping Willow
Trainer
Jason Mackay
Owner
M Hallinan & F Hallinan
Prizemoney
$95,010.00
Last 10 Starts
6241521411
34 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Goodesy  - Sirocco Lass
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $3,393.00 Rating 99
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
28 17 5 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
61% 86%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
14 9 2 1
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 0 2 1
Comments: Huge run last week. She was caught up in interference early but worked herself into the race late to score by one and three quarter lengths in 29.96. One of the main dangers to Ritza Hattie.
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.59 29.96 5.31 5.61
Box 4
 Race Odds
$15.00
Heat Replay
 
Smashing Sally
Trainer
Neil Falk
Owner
Lastlot syndicate
Prizemoney
$26,260.00
Last 10 Starts
1125186151

24 Months

  Black   Bitch   by   Hurricane Luke - Smashing Jen
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,010.00 Rating 94
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
26 9 4 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
35% 50%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
13 4 1 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 0 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – Finished too strongly for Rose Of Galo last week. Her form prior to the series has been inconsistent. She will need to do everything right to be in with a chance. 

 

Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.97 29.97 5.36 5.42
Box 5
Race Odds
$17.00
Heat Replay
 
Irondale Bravo
Trainer
Darren Sultana
Owner
Brian Moloney
Prizemoney
$17,395.00
Last 10 Starts
1164113122
24 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Collision - Luci Tee
Start Fair Running Middle Finish

Strong

Prizemoney Rating $1,242.00 Rating 96
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
14 5 4 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
36% 79%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 1 2 1
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 0  0
Comments: Strong bitch who can pinch this at odds if there is some interefence amongst the inside three bitches. Worthy of consideration.
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.66 29.82 5.44 5.51
Box 6
Race Odds
$34.00
Heat Replay
 
Lacey Lois
Trainer
Peter Acers
Owner
P Acers & A Powell
Prizemoney
$17,855.00
Last 10 Starts
7273131272
28 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Superman - Naughty Nicki
Start Good Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $850.00 Rating 92
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
21 6 7 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
29% 81%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
10 2 3 3
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 1
Comments: ARG opinion is - Led last week and ran a fast 5.35 but was run down by Zipping Willow. She will need to show that early speed again but it looks like she will struggle from box six. 
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.03 30.06 5.35 5.35
Box 7
Race Odds
$5.00
Heat Replay
 
Quick Succession
Trainer
Darren McDonald
Owner
Amanda Honan
Prizemoney
$32,460.00
Last 10 Starts
4411113511
32 Months   Fawn   Bitch   by   Bombastic Shiraz - Spiral Siyan
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,545.00 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
21 8 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
38% 67%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 0 0
Comments: Darren McDonald (Trainer) - “The draw makes it hard for her as she needs the rail. It’s a good race. If she had drawn inside I would have rated her more of a chance.”
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.80 29.80 5.39 5.39
Box 8
Race Odds
$13.00
Heat Replay
 
Rose Of Galo
Trainer
Albert Kennewell
Owner
Albert Kennewell
Prizemoney
$40,365.00
Last 10 Starts
3231381442
38 Months   Blue   Bitch   by   El Galo - Noir Rose
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $938.00 Rating 92
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
43 15 9 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
35% 70%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1  0
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 0 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – Recorded a fast 5.34 to the first mark last week and will need to repeat that to cross the field. She needs to lead to be amongst the placings. 
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 30.07 5.34 5.34
1st Res
Race Odds
$6.00
Heart Replay
 
Chica Destacada
Trainer
Doreen Drynan
Owner
Dee and Pee syndicate
Prizemoney
$24,570.00
Last 10 Starts
8121114533
24 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Cosmic Rumble - Eluthra
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,755.00 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
14 6 2 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
43% 71%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 3 1 1
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Tried hard last week behind Quick Succession. Talented bitch who wouldn’t be out of place if she finished in the top three. Each-way chance if she gets a start. 
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.98 30.25 5.84 5.92
2nd Res
Race Odds
$9.00
Heat Replay
 
Magic Display
Trainer
Evelyn Harris
Owner
L Bull & S Bull
Prizemoney
$52,780.00
Last 10 Starts
1717331173
30 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Magic Sprite - Display Bonus
Start Excellent Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,552.00 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
34 14 5 8
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
41% 79%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
10 5 0 3
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Showed the effects of the gruelling Golden Easter Egg series last week, failing to lead. She finished strongly for third behind Smashing Sally and isn’t without a chance if she gets a start. 
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.80 30.09 5.36 5.48

A real race will be on between the inside three bitches. Ritza Hattie (1) looks the favourite, drawing the prime rails position and coming off a flying 29.47 two weeks ago on Easter Egg night. Her trainer is hoping the box will give her the advantage along the rails. She will be challenged early by both Zipping Summah (2) and Zipping Willow (3). The dynamic sisters are both sub-30 performers at Wentworth Park and possess a strong finish. They are the main threats to Ritza Hattie saluting.

Irondale Bravo (5) is currently at double figure odds in betting markets but it’s worth remembering that she has a 29.66 personal best to her credit and she has been racing well. She will be poised to strike if the inside three have a mix-up. Quick Succession (7) was the fastest heat winner in 29.80. She jumped from box two in the heats and now moves to the unsuitable wide draw. She will need luck from the draw but if she can lead, she will perform well. The remainder of the outside divison, Lacey Lois (6) and Rose Of Galo (8) both possess early toe but are considered rough outside chances of winning. Lastly, Smashing Sally (4) will need to show some consistency if she is to win as her form prior to the series was all over the place.

Sandown Park Greyhounds Tips & Betting Preview May 1st 2014

Race 1 – 515M Grade 5 – 7:08PM

Xtreme Knocka is a promising chaser who caught the eye when scoring here recently in 29.85. After a slow start, he mustered speed quickly and worked his way through the field before hitting the line solidly. Tonight he has a slow beginner drawn directly underneath him, so he should get a clear run initially and be able to find the rails soon after box rise. I think he can get down to around the 29.50 mark and that should be enough to win this event.

Ever Alert backed up his sizzling 23.74 Bendigo win with a top placing here last week. In his brief career to date he has had three starts from wide draws and has been impressive in all three. Tonight he should once again settle near the speed and if Xtreme Knocka makes any mistakes I expect him to capitalise.

Lektra Hawk is the likely leader and he found his best form with an all the way 30.16 Meadows win last week. This is a big rise in class and the last 50 metres is the only concern. Include in your exotics.

Top Four: 2 – 8 – 4 – 1

Suggested Bet: Win bet on Xtreme Knocka, rove in quinella with 1,4,8

Race 2 – 515M Grade 5 – 7:25PM

My Jack Rabbit was desperately unlucky here last week and tonight he will get to exit a more favourable draw. Soon after box rise he was looking to move wide and was never given any space to muster speed. Tonight he has a slow beginner drawn either side and he should get some open running as they charge for the first turn. He has a slick 29.48 PB here and if runs anywhere near that again he will win easy.

Oakvale Destiny had no luck in last week’s QLD Futurity final after winning her heat in a brilliant 30.01. With the big drop in class she will be looking to make her presence felt. The only downside is that she can bomb the start at times, however when she does step cleanly she can record very fast times, her 29.76 Cranbourne win in April is evidence of that.

Outside of the top two it is very open, Cosmic Rush has plenty of ability but can be inconsistent, whilst Terrorizer is expected to lead but he does fall in a hole late. Include both of those in your exotic bets.

Top Four: 6 – 2 – 7 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 6/2,4,7,8/2,4,7,8 ($12 for $1)

Trifecta: 2,6/2,6/Field ($12 for $1)

 

Race 3 – 595M Grade 5 – 7:44PM

Mepunga Tiara was far from disgraced when placed here last week and tonight from the coveted red alley she should return to the winners list. After missing the start she managed to push her way through into a prominent position, although beaten seven lengths she still hit the line solidly and her personal time was very respectable. With two slow beginners and wide runners drawn directly outside, she should find herself settling in the first three as they head into the straight the first time and from there on she should prove too strong.

Zell Bale was a recent finalist in the Launching Pad here and tonight I would expect him to show a little more early dash. Although he normally scouts wide, his record from inside draws is very impressive and his box manners appear to be better. A repeat of his 34.50 Meadows win in February would see him as a major player in this.

Untraceable is making his middle distance debut and is expected to start favourite. I think he is a big risk, normally a slow beginner, he relies heavily on being able to muster speed soon after box rise. From the bend start he has no chance of getting any room early. Fachoong and Athos look to be the other winning chances.

Top Four: 1 – 2 – 6 – 7

Suggested Bets: Win bet on Mepunga Tiara, rove in quinella with 2,6,7.

 

Race 4 – 515M GRV VBIS Maiden Final – 8:08PM

After two rounds of heats, tonight’s final looks to be a very open affair. I have settled on the early speed drawn in the middle. In his two heat efforts, Summer Wages has recorded 5.11 to the first marker and that should be enough for him to settle in the first two. In the first round he went on to score in a slick 29.50 and that is faster than any other of tonight’s finalists.

Blinder has also shown tremendous early speed in her two runs to date. In the first round of heats she led clearly and recorded a smart 29.70, a repeat of that will see her in contention for the majority of the trip. She was a tad disappointing in the second round but I think she will be better for the experience.

Lady Toy and Nicki Fields look to be the only other winning hopes. Lady Toy is expected to hit the line solidly, she is a must for your exotic bets.

Top Four: 5 – 4 – 3 – 8

Suggested Bet: Win bet on Summer Wages.

 

Race 5 – 515M Bill Collins Memorial – 8:28PM

Hooksy returns to Victoria after three brilliant Wentworth Park wins and you would have to be a fool to tip against him. His latest win was in a breathtaking 29.36 and if he can step cleanly he will put a space in this lot. He will be quite short, at around the $1.80 mark, but I’m not game enough to take him on.

My Bro Fabio is expected to get a long way back early but last start he showed that her has matured a lot. After missing the kick he weaved his way through the field and hit the line strongly when scoring a top 29.38 win. Obviously he can’t give Hooksy a head start and win but the quinella spot looks very likely.

Iona Seven was a shade disappointing at The Meadows last weekend but she may show improvement from the red draw. Mepunga Melachi and Cornelius Fudge are both strong place chances.

Top Four: 6 – 2 – 3 – 7

Suggested Bet: Trifecta 6/2,3,7/1,2,3,5,7 ($12 for $1)

 

Race 6 – 595M Bert Bryant Memorial – 8:52Pm

In the past few weeks I have taken Prue Bale on because I had doubts she could run out the journey, however after three impressive performances I find it hard to steer away from her. Last week she pinged the lids and recorded a 34.13 win here. If she rolls to the lead again it will take a mighty performance from her competitors to reel her in. At the $3.50 I think she is a great bet.

Allen Deed has a great record at this track and over this journey. Tonight he has slow beginners drawn either side of him and this should allow him to get through the first bend relatively unscathed. When given clear galloping room he is capable of reeling off sizzling times.

Campaspe Will is the likely favourite and he was impressive in his win here last week, however he has been missing the kick of late and from the middle pin he is likely to get buried back in the early stages. Hailstorm Billy is as honest as they come and he will be hitting the line hard, whilst Shadow Lane is a great chance at double figure odds.

Top Four: 1 – 3 – 4 – 2

Suggested Bet: Win bet on Prue Bale, rove in quinella with 2,3,4.

 

Race 7 – 515M Grade 4 – 9:11PM

Great Spartacus has been racing in consistent form of late and tonight he is surprisingly well drawn in the middle. With a slow beginner drawn underneath he should get every chance to muster pace and drive to the early lead. If you go back through his form, it’s worth noting that he smashed a quality field at The Meadows in March when recording a smart 29.89, that would be more than enough to get the job done tonight.

Humphrey Bale could be the surprise packet of the race. I’m expecting him to start around the $9.00 mark, but he is a much better chance than that. In recent times he has been racing without luck and tonight he meets a field which doesn’t have a great deal of early speed. If Great Spartacus happens to make a mistake early I am expecting Humphrey Bale to capitalise, definitely worth a saver bet.

Kid Maximus has the good draw but he is very unreliable. Mepunga Ranger has a solid record here and he can show early speed at times, he must be included.

Top Four: 5 – 7 – 4 – 3

Suggested Bets: Win bets on Great Spartacus and Humphrey Bale (more on Great Spartacus).

 

Race 8 – 715M Lizrene Classic – 9:28PM

The main race of the night has assembled a star studded line up and there are two possible scenarios. The first is Xylia Allen runs the trip out and breaks the track record or she folds up late and Sweet It Is runs over the top late like she did in Sydney.

I’m tipping that Xylia Allen will get the job done. After smashing the 720m Wentworth Park track record in a heat of the Association Cup, she backed up the following week and ran a tiring third. I am willing to adopt the second up syndrome theory and give her the chance to redeem herself. She should have no trouble finding the lead tonight and her win two starts ago was absolutely phenomenal.

Sweet It Is looks to be the obvious danger, the finishing burst she produced to win the Association Cup had to be seen to be believed and Darren Mcdonald has helped her find a few lengths since acquiring her. Tonight I would expect her to be giving Xylia Allen a monster start and I think she may just leave her run a little too late.

Rocky Bale is the only other possible winning hope, he has relished the step up in distance of late and he produced a mighty performance when placed here last week. If he can avoid early bother he may be in a position to cause an upset.

Top Four: 7 – 6 – 8 – 3

Suggested Bets:

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

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

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

 

Race 9 – 595M Mixed 4/5 – 9:52PM

Know Class really caught my eye when placed here last week. The ex kiwi chaser stepped well from his middle draw and surprisingly showed quite a bit of early dash, after getting burnt off in the middle stages he managed to find the line strongly to only go down by two lengths in very fast time. From the red draw he should almost lead and prove very hard to run down. He should be around the $4.00 mark which is good value.

Nockabout Aussie has a ridiculous amount of talent but he doesn’t always show it. Last week he found bother early before steaming home to run second behind the in form Prue Bale. Tonight there appears to be a bit of pace drawn underneath and if he can miss the start like normal, he should be able to find the rails early on and that will allow him to show his best.

Tick Bale has been very costly of late but he is always thereabouts. Once again the box draw may bring him undone but you can never leave him out of your exotics. Ema’s Princess could be the smokey. She can ping the lids at times and she wasn’t disgraced here last week.

Top Four: 1 – 5 – 3 – 4

Suggested Bets: Win bets on Know Class and Nockabout Aussie.

 

Race 10 – 515M Mixed 4/5 – 10:14PM

Dyna Geldof was surprisingly slow to begin here last week but he still managed to find the line strongly and go down by less than two lengths. With a fast beginner drawn underneath, he should be able to get a nice cart across in the early stages and then find himself in a prominent position as they head for the back straight. With Awesome Project expected to start favourite, Dyna Geldof should go around at nice overs.

Ozzy Bale has been missing the kick of late, however box one might help him change his fortunes. He has been hitting the line hard of late and tonight he should be able to settle much closer to the speed. He too will be over the odds and it may be worth having a saver bet on him.

Obviously Awesome Project is a winning chance but I’m not willing to take the short odds on offer. The form of Giddy’s Star may look average on paper but her record here is impeccable, she has the ability to cause a boilover.

Top Four: 6 – 1 – 7 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 1,6,7/1,6,7/1,3,4,5,6,7 ($24 for $1)

Boxed Quinella: 1,6,7 ($3 for $1)

 

Race 11 – 515M Grade 5 – 10:38PM

In an open affair I’ve decided to look for early speed. Lavender Brown has been racing in much stronger company of late and she recently broke five seconds to the first marker here. If she can find the front tonight she should hit the line a little better as there doesn’t appear to be any overly strong runners in the line up.

Dundee Toro was in a prominent position when he found bother here last week and he still managed to battle on and hold on for the runner up spot. Tonight he has the luxury of slow beginners drawn either side so he should once again find himself in a prominent position early.

Missile Flash made a mistake from this draw at The Meadows on Saturday and that is a bit of a concern again, she will need to do everything right at box rise to feature. Searle Bale may be a little value tonight, I expect her to be around $20.00, but on her night she is more than capable. From box eight she may get a clear run early and that will allow her to return to some form.

Top Four: 4 – 7 – 8 – 1

Suggested Bets: Win bets on Lavender Brown and Searle Bale (saver bet on Searle Bale).

 

Race 12 – 515M Grade 5 – 10:58PM

We should be able to finish the night off on a high with Footluce Diva. After making a solid start to her career she has managed to find a leg or three over the past fortnight. In her past two starts she has fired to the early lead and put a space in her rivals and on both occasions she impressed on the clock. If she reproduces her 29.35 effort she will win quite easily.

Dynamo’s Gift made his metro debut her last week and he was far from disgraced when placed behind Footluce Diva. Tonight he has drawn poorly again but I expect he will continue to improve, with some luck in running he can give the favourite a scare.

Lou Todd and Mepunga Ledger look to be the other main hopes, however both will rely heavily on luck in the early stages, place claims look best.

Top Four: 4 – 5 – 3 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 4/2,3,5/1,2,3,5,6,7 ($15 for $1)

Trifecta: 4,5/4,5/Field ($12 for $1)

Quaddies

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

6/1/1,3,4,5,6,7/6,7,8 ($18 for $1)

Three Of The Best For Thompson At Warrnambool

Sometimes when we are spoilt with runs of success, certain achievements tend to go somewhat unnoticed. Often, it is not until later that the significance of these feats is fully appreciated.

This Wednesday night Jason Thompson will rug up three runners in the Group Two Warrnambool Cup Final and this could well be one of those achievements.

In a recent ARG podcast, astute New South Wales trainer Jason Mackay rated Thompson alongside Darren McDonald as the best trainer he had seen anywhere in the world. That has to be considered quite a glowing endorsement, coming from a successful industry peer.

ARG caught up with Thompson this week to discuss his chances in the big race as well as to reflect on the achievement of qualifying his trio of speedsters, Ronan Izmir, Innocent Til and Black Magic Opal.

“It is very pleasing to get them all into the final. What is even more pleasing is the fact that they are all dogs that have done very well for me,” he said.

Thompson’s three dogs have won a jaw-dropping 95 races between them, almost all of which have been whilst under the tutelage of the expert Pearcedale based mentor.

He says that while they are all the type of dogs you love to have, that does not always guarantee that they will make the finals of the big events given the competition in Victoria.

“You get dogs hoping that they will be good enough to make Group finals but it doesn’t always work out that way, so it is definitely great for them all to make it.”

Ronan Izmir will jump from the coveted rails alley in the race, a box which he has won no less than eight of nine races from. He won the race in 2013 and could well go back-to-back.

“The box has bought him right into the race. He is coming back from a torn back muscle and last week was his fourth run back and, in my opinion, that was his best run since he has been back. He is drawn to be right in this.”

Innocent Til is the type who will be ready to pounce should anyone up front make a mistake and, as Thompson explains, he may get a cart into the race.

“He is well drawn too, obviously he will not be up in the firing line early but he should be in a good position as they go to that first turn and that should give him an opportunity to do something in the race.”

Superstar chaser Black Magic Opal looks the obvious pick in the $43,750 to-the-winner event. While many would see box five as a hurdle that he has to overcome, Thompson explains why the draw should actually suit his flying machine.

“I’m actually happy with the draw. You can get what you think is a good box sometimes and the dogs drawn around you make it a rotten box, but for this race I think the dogs drawn around him make box five a good box. I like him drawn the middle to wide, obviously he has to get away cleanly but I think the draw will allow him to do that. He is clearly the one to beat, it is just a matter of him doing what we know he can do.”

While having three in the final is already a huge accomplishment in itself, there is a very high likelihood that, come 8:50pm or so on Wednesday night, the kennel of J.Thompson of Pearcedale will boast another Group success on their already bulging CV of such achievements.

2014 Warrnambool Cup And Classic Finals Betting Preview And Tips

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Race 5 – 650M Special Event – 8:18PM

In a quality staying affair, there look to be a number of winning chances. The Darren Mcdonald trained Jeff The Tipster is expected to start favourite and he is sure to be in the mix.

I’ve settled on something at a bit of value. Tarks Nemesis has produced three brilliant efforts over the 500m journey of late and she should be suited by the step up to 650m. He recent racing over 500m should have sharpened her up and she should be able to settle in the first two as they head through the first bend. She has previously won over the staying journey and I’m sure top trainer Angela Langton will have her primed to run the trip out strongly.

Jeff The Tipster has won his past seven starts in great style and he is a deserved favourite. The draw will also work in his favour and he has won seven races at 600m and beyond. Tonight my only concern is that he meets a field with quite a lot of depth and there appears to be a fair bit of early speed drawn underneath. Obviously if he gets through the first turn unscathed he will take some beating, however at the odds on quote I would be willing to risk him.

Break O’day and Supersonic Hawk are the two run on types in the event and both must be included in your exotics. Break O’day is a great dog to anchor for third and fourth. Zipping Joe is talented but he makes too many mistakes for my liking.

Top Four: 3 – 7 – 2 – 5

Suggested Bet: Each Way Tarks Nemesis, rove in quinella with 2,5,7.

 

Race 6 – 450M Group Two Warrnambool Cup Final – 8:48PM

In form trainer Jason Thompson looks to have a stranglehold on the final, however I think his second stringer may be the one to get the job done. Ronan Izmir has been an amazing chaser throughout his career and he has continued to improve in his four runs from a spell. He has won eight of his nine tries from the red draw and he should have sufficient speed to punch through and lead initially. He should be around the $4.50 mark and that is enormous value.

Black Magic Opal will be starting a short price favourite and if he pings the lids he is most likely going to score, however from the middle pin he can’t afford to make any mistakes. Last week he looked ultra impressive when leading all the way and giving his kennelmates track record an almighty shake. He needs to be included in your exotic bets but at the $1.80 quote he is no good thing.

Walk Hard was desperately unlucky in his heat and the abundance of early speed in this event should work in his favour. There aren’t many chasers that can hit the line like this bloke and all he needs is an ounce of luck to feature. He has broken 25 seconds in two of his wins here, he just needs luck in the early stages. Deadly Vane is the only other winning chance, he is well drawn out wide and should get a nice cart across early from Black Magic Opal.

Top Four: 1 – 7 – 5 – 6

Suggested Bet: Win bets on Ronan Izmir and Walk Hard (more on Ronan Izmir)

 

Race 7 – 450M Special Event – 9:18PM

The third leg of the quaddie sees an even bunch of speedsters do battle. Track specialist Ride The Rails looks a quality bet for mine. He was luckless last week in a semi of the Warrnambool Classic and tonight from his good draw he should get every chance to atone for that effort. He has won here in a scorching 25.07 and he also broke 25 seconds when narrowly beaten in March. There is a lot of early speed drawn in the middle, so if he can step on terms he should get plenty of room to muster speed and he should take control mid race. If you can get $3.50 or better, jump all over it.

Question Bale has led in seven of his past eight tries and I would expect him to be one of the pacesetters again. He has been racing in good company of late but when Ride The Rails applies some pressure mid race, he may have trouble keeping up. The quinella spot looks to be a safe bet with him as he will be in the race early.

Ozzie Bullet is the run on dog in the race. He hit the line strongly in a heat of the Warrnambool Cup last week and tonight he should appreciate the drop in class. I don’t think he can win because he will get a long way back early, but he should be able to run over the top of some tiring chasers in the home straight.

Top Four: 8 – 3 – 2 – 7

Suggested Bet: Win bet on Ride The Rails.

 

Race 8 – 450M Group Two Warrnambool Classic Final – 9:48PM

After two rounds of fierce competition, it is great to see that the majority of the major players have progressed to the final. Tonight’s final sees three of the state’s fastest beginners do battle and I think whoever gets through the first bend in front will steal the prize.

The Darren Brown trained Magic Diva has set the country circuit alight in recent months and she has maintained that hot form throughout this series. Easily the country’s most reliable beginner, I am expecting her to pounce on the early lead and get away with the rich final. Although she was run down in her heat, tonight’s race should have a little more trouble in behind the leaders and she should be able to establish a bigger break in the early stages.

Little Regus looked mighty impressive in his 25.20 heat win and he is expected to start favourite, the only negative against him tonight is that there appears to be a lot of speed drawn on both sides and he can’t afford to make any mistakes at box rise. If he pings then he will definitely be fighting out the finish.

Cosmic Station may be the surprise packet, he has had little luck in his two heat runs and from his good draw he may be in a prominent position as they head into the first bend. At double figure odds, he is worth a saver bet. Dream It will start equal favourite but he is going to be under the odds. He has scored two fantastic heat wins but both times he pinged the lids and avoided bother. Normally a slow beginner, he may find it tough negotiating his way through traffic in the early stages.

Top Four: 5 – 8 – 2 – 7

Suggested Bet: Win bets on Magic Diva and Cosmic Station.

 

Quaddies

3,7/1,5,6,7/3,5,7,8/2,5,7,8 ($64 for 50c)

2,3,4,5,7/1,5,6,7/8/2,5,7,8 ($80 for $1)

2,3,4,5,7/1/3,8/2,5,7,8 ($40 for $1)

2014 Group Three Ladies Bracelet Heats Reviewed

Four heats of the Group Three 2014 Ladies Bracelet were run and won at Wentworth Park on Saturday evening.

The first two from each heat progressed to next week’s $25,000 to-the-winner final, which should be a very competitive affair.

Quick Succession took the time honours for Victorian trainer Darren McDonald after she won the third heat in a flying 29.80.

Here is how the heats transpired;

Heat One

Smashing Sally (2) finished best to land the first heat for Tahmoor trainer Neil Falk in a personal best of 29.97.

After lobbing second from box two, the daughter of Hurricane Luke and Smashing Jen (Collision – World Secret) found the fence and set out in pursuit of the early leader Rose Of Galo (4). Last week’s Golden Easter Egg finalist Magic Display (5) had the sit on the pair in third as they headed to the back straight.

It developed into a case of whether or not the Queenslander, Rose Of Galo, was going to be able to stave of the efforts of the chasing duo behind her as they skipped away from the field.

But Smashing Sally railed with aplomb and finished hard and overhauled Rose of Galo in the concluding stages, scoring by 1 1/2 lengths from the early leader, with Magic Display further head away in third.

Heat Two

Series favourite Ritza Hattie (1) had to dig deep to win the second heat after engaging in a terrific battle with Zipping Summah (5).

The Mark Gatt trained daughter of Bombastic Shiraz and Midnight Flare (Spiral Nikita – Midnight Drama) found herself in second early after Zipping Summah (5) scorched out of the traps to lead at the post the first time in a slick first section of 5.40.

This ensured that the race was going to be an intriguing battle with Zipping Summah possessing plenty of strength, the only query being that she was first-up since November.

The pair quickly opened up a space on the rest of the field as they tore down the back straight with Zipping Summah maintaining a three length ascendency.

Ritza Hattie made good ground off the back and the pair entered the straight locked together.

Zipping Summah tried her heart out, but it was in vain as the classy Ritza Hattie managed to get the better of her, to win by three-quarters of a length in a rapid 29.87. The second reserve, Envy (10), finished in third place some 3 1/2 lengths away.

Heat Three

Quick Succession (2) led all the way to win a high quality third heat in 29.80 for astute Devon Meadows mentor Darren McDonald.

Beginning swiftly from box two, the daughter of Bombastic Shiraz and Spiral Siyan (Spiral Nikita – Flight And Life) did not have things all her own way and was forced to fight off challenges from some top quality greyhounds.

She went to the post the first time in 5.39 with Chica Destacada (7) parked right on her outside hind-quarters. The pair went hammer-and-tongs all the way to the home turn and, just when it appeared that Quick Succession had shaken off Chica Desticada, Irondale Bravo (3) emerged as a contender in a hurry.

Quick Succession had to show plenty of intestinal fortitude to stave off the efforts of Irondale Bravo and managed to hang on by a neck on the line to score with Chica Desticada just three-quarters of length away in third placing in an engrossing affair.

Heat Four

Richmond Vale Trainer Jason Mackay took out the last heat when Zipping Willow (4) showed a ton of strength and tenacity to get the chocolates in 29.96.

The daughter of Goodesy and Sirocco Lass (Bond – Many Tricks) was one of the last to leave the boxes and found her share of trouble in the initial stages as the early leader Lacey Lois (7) sped away, setting the fastest early split of the four heats (5.33).

But the 26kg black bitch was impressive, cutting a swathe through the field and blowing the whistle to whizz past Lacey Lois to hit the lead with a blistering mid-race turn of foot as the field came off the back.

Lucy Lips (2) and Where On Earth (6) were beginning to run on before colliding but Zipping Willow was simply too good, winning by 1 1/4 lengths from Lacey Lois with Crash Model a long way back in third place.

With an even spread of talent and just three lengths separating the four heat winners on times, next Saturday night’s final should be an engrossing affair with plenty of chances.

Wentworth Park Greyhounds Tips & Betting Preview April 26th 2014

Race 1 – 520M Grade 5 – 7:28PM

Tiger The Weapon is normally a reliable beginner and he looked very impressive in his 29.71 Gosford win recently. In late March he recorded a slick 5.36 first section when placed here, a repeat of that effort will see him lead clearly tonight.

Oxley Axeman is very hit or miss at box rise but when he hits he is capable of reeling off sizzling times, if he can step cleanly tonight he should be in the mix. Oblivious has loads of talent but the box draw tonight makes things very difficult.

Top Four: 2 – 4 – 6 – 8

Suggested Bet: Win bet on Tiger The Weapon

 

Race 2 – 520M Grade 5 – 7:49PM

Hope’s Fancy is a very strong chaser who scored three brilliant middle distance wins on March. All of those wins came from middle draws so the middle pin tonight shouldn’t be too much of a concern. She has won here in 29.78 previously and she should prove too good for these.

Triumphant One is expected to lead and if there is shuffling up at the first bend he may be able to pinch a winning break, his last 50 metres is always a big concern. Kobi Jay and Knot Telling Ya are the other winning hopes.

Top Four: 5 – 4 – 6 – 3

Suggested Bet: Trifecta 4,5/3,4,5,6/Field ($36 for $1)

 

Race 3 – 520M Mixed – 8:08PM

Tough race, there are two possible outcomes. Either Royal Sprite fires first up from a spell and gaps them or he is back to his unreliable ways and doesn’t go a yard. I’m tipping him to fire. From box one he should be able to punch through at the first bend and lead throughout. If he can get close to his 29.67PB he should win convincingly.

Francois Dryva has won four of his past five in great style and he has a slow beginner drawn directly underneath. He should be able to settle near the speed and be a major player. Veteran Ritza Ryder is still racing in good form and can run a cheeky race.

Top Four: 1 – 3 – 6 – 8

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

 

Race 4 – 720M Special Event – 8:27PM

After looking over last week’s heats, the final looks to be a race in two. Suits Us and Avondale Maurick hit the line with only a half length separating them and they gapped the rest. The other heat was dominated by front runners who looked very weak in the run home. Avondale Maurick looks well placed in the eight box and I would expect him to settle fairly close to the speed, he should prove too strong for these.

Suits Us set a cracking pace in his heat and I would expect him to do the same tonight, I don’t think he can hold out the favourite but he should give a good sight. Little Rum and Yellow Fever have place claims.

Top Four: 8 – 5 – 3 – 7

Suggested Bet: Win bet on Avondale Maurick.

 

Race 5 – 520M Special Event Heat – 8:50PM

Magic Display is coming off a luckless run in the Group One Golden Easter Egg Final last week and she should appreciate the class drop. In her past three starts here she has broken 5.40 to the first marker, a repeat of that sees her lead all the way tonight.

Rue De Kahn is blessed with loads of talent but sometimes her box manners let her down. If she can avoid bother as they head into the first turn, she can make her presence felt. Rose Of Galo will settle on the speed, so she is a must for the exotics. Premier Mozz can run a big race at odds.

Top Four: 5 – 7 – 6 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 5/4,6,7/Field ($18 for $1)

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

 

Race 6 – 520M Special Event Heat – 9:12PM

Ritza Hattie returned to her brilliant best here last week with a scorching 29.47 win. Tonight she exits the coveted red draw which should allow her to punch through and hold the early lead again. Will be $1.60 or shorter but it is very hard to see her getting rolled.

My Kinda Music is a faultless beginner and she will be putting pressure on Ritza Hattie for the first 450m, she will tire in the run home but she should be able to hold on for the quinella spot. Zipping Summah is resuming from a lengthy spell, if fully wound up she will run a big race. Anchor Folk Tails for third and fourth in your exotics.

Top Four: 1 – 6 – 5 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 1/5,6,7/Field ($18 for $1)

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

 

Race 7 – 520M Special Event Heat – 9:35PM

The Darren Mcdonald trained Quick Succession is making her Wentworth Park debut but with slow beginners drawn either side she should have every chance to show her best form. She has scored some slick provincial wins of late and she gives the indication that the extra journey won’t be a problem.

Irondale Bravo produced a big finish when runner up in last week New Sensation Final. Tonight she meets a considerably weaker field and with some luck initially she will prove very hard to hold out. Chica Destacada is the only other winning hope, she would have to lead to win but she is blessed with loads of early speed.

Top Four: 2 – 3 – 7 – 1

Suggested Bets: Quick Succession to win, quinella with Irondale Bravo.

 

Race 8 – 520M Special Event Heat – 9:57PM

I think we can find some value in this heat. Crash Model is normally a lid pinger and tonight if she can step cleanly she should have no trouble crossing to the early lead. On the lure she can run around the 29.85 mark and that should be enough to get the cash.

Zipping Willow is the clear class factor but the middle pin may pose a problem tonight. She can bomb the start at times and with early speed drawn outside she will need to do everything right. Stayer Eleazar should hit the line strongly and she must be included in your exotic bets. Lucy Lips appears to be the only other winning chance.

Top Four: 5 – 4 – 1 – 2

Suggested Bet: Each Way bet on Crash Model.

 

Race 9 – 520M Grade 5 – 10:17PM

This looks to be a match race between Waymore Blues and Zambora Magic. I am going to give the edge to Zambora Magic. After missing the kick here last week, he managed to recover and take ground off the brilliant Musquin Bale in the run home. If he can step cleanly tonight he should settle in the first two and be a major player.

Waymore Blues is highly talented but he has been very unreliable at box rise in recent times. There isn’t a whole lot of early speed underneath so he should get every chance to muster speed initially. If both can step on terms, they should hit the line with very little separating them. Apollo Reign and Envy can run home in the minor end of the money.

Top Four: 6 – 5 – 8 – 4

Suggested Bets:

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

Trifecta: 5,6/5,6/Field ($12 for $1)

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

 

Race 10 – 520M Grade 5 – 10:37PM

Freddy Diesel has the favourable draw and he hit the line quite solidly when narrowly beaten here last week. From the red draw he should be able to settle in the first three and if he is that close he will prove too strong.

Magic Marlow has enough speed to burn to the lead and he will be setting a cracking pace in front. The last 50 is always a concern but if there is any trouble back in the field, he may just sneak away with the prize. Zipping Bruno has a big engine but he is poorly drawn tonight, place claims look best in this event.

Top Four: 1 – 8 – 7 – 4

Suggested Bet: Win bet on Freddy Diesel.

 

Quaddies

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

4,5,6,7/1/2,3,7/4,5 ($24 for $1)

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