Mandurah Track Record Tumbles

Western Australia has joined in with the rest of Australia in the record-breaking department with Back Jack Tewin lowing Mandurah’s 490 metre record on Thursday night.

The record of 27.18 was held by Wheely Smart for the last four years and was lowered by almost two lengths to 27.08 by trainer Dwayne Jovanovic’s chaser.

Despite jumping from box five, Back Jack Tewin started $3.00 favourite. As the lids flew open the black chaser shot straight to the lead over Premier Surf (box two) and West On Manu (box four), from then it was only a matter of how far Back Jack Tewin could extend his leading margin.

“This rates as the biggest high from my career, I was very happy when I saw the clock.” Trainer Dwayne Jovanovic explained.

“He is just a very good dog and I was very confident he was going to win. We knew he was a fast dog ever since he came over here, someone told me that the way he ran a few starts ago, coming from six lengths behind, that he would come close to breaking the track record.”

The son of Dyna Lachlan – Classy Cha Cha made the trip from Queensland in August last year after Jovanovic purchased him. He has had 18 starts on WA soil, for six wins and five placing’s. He has loved the 490 metre distance from his first start back in December last year, which he won from box three. From then he has gone onto win on another three occasions, all best of the night performances.

“We got him from the person we always get our pups from, we have brought six to eight dogs off this breeder. His friend was selling him, so be brought him for a cheap price. When we first brought him we thought we would just be able to have some fun with the dog. When he was trialling and trialling well, we knew he was going to be a pretty good dog.”

With successful starts over the 600 metre distance for his pervious trainer, Jovanovic aims to get his chaser running his best over both Cannington and Mandurah’s middle distance.

“We are going to try for the 600 metres, I’m pretty sure there is a middle distance challenge coming up at Mandurah and then I will take him back to Cannington and give him another go there.”

In between starts at Mandurah, Back Jack Tewin has tried his luck at Cannington over the 530 metre distance, his five starts at Cannington have seen him finish unplaced on each occasion, with Jovanovic putting it down to his chaser not being comfortable at the track yet. Jovanovic is more then blessed to have a chaser like Back Jack Tewin in his name after being a greyhound trainer for just over a year.

“I like the greyhounds, my uncle Peter was involved with them and that’s how I started out.”

With just seven chasers in his kennel, four race dogs and three young ones, Jovanovic is able to spend the time needed to get the best out of each of his greyhounds.

A likely start over Mandurah’s 490 metre distance awaits Back Jack Tewin next week and all eyes will be on the clock in hope of a repeat performance.

Record Run And Training Doubles Highlight Magic Maiden Heats

The David Pringle trained Shakey Jakey stole the show on Sunday afternoon, obliterating the Wentworth Park track record in a heat of the Sportingbet Magic Maiden series.

On a card where three trainers landed doubles, Shakey Jakey provided race goers with a moment they’ll never forget as he shaved a whopping three lengths of Punch One Out’s record, setting a new time-standard of 29.07.

Steve White, Jason Mackay and Justin King all had multiple winners during the ten heats.

Let’s take a look a how things transpired;

Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Heat 1

Paua To Roar (5) took out the first heat for Nowra Hill trainer Steve White in a race which was reduced to just five runners due to scratchings. After beginning on terms, the son of Head Bound and Paua To Erupt quickly opened up a margin, registering a first section of 5.35.

From that point, Paua To Roar was never headed and won the event by 4 1/4 lengths in the time of 30.03. Mean Mr. Mustard (1) ran a solid middle section and finished the race off well to finish second with American Sniper (7) also running on strongly to grab third placing right on the line.

Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Heat 2

Steve White made it an early double when Tommy Brislane (8) caused a boilover in the second heat. Beginning well from box eight, the son of Premier Fantasy and Mary Virginia (Brett Lee – Thai Again) used the outside box with aplomb, avoiding early trouble to register a first section of 5.45.

The big 35kg dog made his own luck in front from that point, leading throughout to land the heat by 1 1/4 lengths in 30.20. Big Gee Eye (6) ran a good race, overcoming early trouble to finish second while Cuddletime Tears (7) finished third. Short-priced favourite Black Jack Billy was slow away and ran into plenty of dead-ends before finishing fourth.

Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Heat 3

Filante (1) dominated the third heat, leading throughout to score by 6 3/4 lengths in 29.78 for Langwarrin mentor Janet Cottrell. After spearing the lids from box one, the 31kg son of Cosmic Rumble and Indigo Gem (Slater – Valeri’s Purse) ran a first section of 5.43 and quickly made the race a one-act affair.

Lochinvar Akira (7) grabbed second right on the line from Allmendinger (3).

Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Heat 4

After being well supported in betting, Zipping Weston (1) duly delivered in the fourth heat for trainer Jason Mackay.

After beginning moderately from the inside, the son of Smooth Fancy and Navigator Miss (Whiskey Assassin – Al Fresco) quickly got to third and railed like the lure out of the straight the first time to hit the front.

From that point, the further they went, the further Zipping Weston got away, scoring by a massive 10 1/4 lengths in 29.62. Lyla Mei (8) ran on to fill second place with Brasko Khan finishing third.

Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Heat 5

Anything Less (6) saluted in the fifth heat of the night in 29.92 for trainer Glenn Rounds. The regally bred son of Bekim bale and Casey’s Angel (Spiral Nikita – Leprechaun Yap) showed plenty of determination in a rough-and-tumble style affair.

An even start saw a line of three neck-and-neck to the post the first time, with Gan Gan Fire (1), Anything Less (6) and Fancy Top (7) all vying for the lead. Anything Less showed great tenacity to carve down to the rail and find the front. Gan Gan Fire was inconvenienced and fell at the first turn along with Nicki Fields (5).

Anything Less and Fancy Top went to the back almost together but it did not take lone for Anything Less to gain the upper-hand and career away to win by 10 3/4 lengths.

Molong Express (3) finished second in what was a terrific run. The Toby Weekes trained dog copped a myriad of interference but just kept coming for a solid placing. Fancy Top hung on for third place.

Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Heat 6

Heat six provided the highlight of the night, if not the year, when the David Pringle trained Shakey Jakey (2) smashed the track record in an imperious display of chasing.

The son of Collision and Kiacatoo Pearl (History Lesson – Naughty Thoughts) stopped the clock at 29.07, and yes that is not a typo, en route to obliterating Punch One Out’s former record of 29.27.

Beginning well from box two, the 35kg black chaser ran a moderate 5.47 for the first section before morphing into a canine missile and transforming the race into a virtual solo trial.His second section of 13.74 saw him open a massive margin which he only bettered with a mind-blowing run-home of 11.32.

He won by no less than 22 1/4 lengths from Passenger (2) with Emily’s Sweet in third.

Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Heat 7

Zipping Bruno (8) showed terrific track sense to negotiate the outside alley and take the seventh heat in 30.13 and landing Jason Mackay a training double in the process.

Beginning only moderately from the wide draw, the son of Smooth Fancy and Navigator Miss (Whiskey Assassin – Al Fresco) stayed wide and avoided trouble before showing a great turn of foot to hit the front down the back.

Recruitment (5), who led early, stuck on very well for second, only going down by three-quarters of a length. Big Red Chev (6) finished third.

Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Race 8

Heat eight always looked a close heat on paper and it eventuated that way, with the run to the first turn telling.

It would be the Toby Weekes trained Old Mexico (a littermate to the newly crowned track record holder Shakey Jakey) who would come out victorious in a moderate 30.37.

Heavily supported favourites Xtreme Knocka (4) and All Strung Out (5) won the start with Old Mexico on their inside. But things went awry at the first turn with Xtreme Knocka appearing to be galloped on from behind, leading to both he and All Strung Out’s chances being severely hampered and leaving Old Mexico in front with Fancy Chance (8) in pursuit.

That pair cleared right out with Old Mexico proving too good, prevailing by a length on the line. All Strung Out ran a massive race to grab third position.

Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Heat 9

As the rain started to tumble at Wentworth Park, Miss Talladega (3) led all the way to land the ninth heat in 30.51.

Beginning well from box three, the daughter of Dyna Lachlan and Miss Lolola (Late Late Show – Miss California) led from Fox Rip (6) and Megan Keeping (5).

That trio raced closely for the duration of the race with Megan Keeping looking poised to strike on the home turn. But, to her credit, Miss Talladega kept on keeping on and scored by a length on the line from Megan Keeping with Moonshine Lady getting home well for third.

Sportingbet Magic Maiden Series – Heat 10

Londonderry trainer Justin King finished off the night with a race-to-race double when Gilgamesh (6) scored in the final event.

The daughter of Collision and American Titch (Molotov – Elite Monelli) began on terms but did not have things all her own way early on in proceedings. She copped a bump halfway down the straight as well as a clip from behind as she crossed to lead but still managed to shoot clear as the field headed into the back straight.

In no time at all, she had put the result beyond doubt, racing away to win by 9 1/4 lengths in the time of 30.31.

Chevy Lass (8) finished second, with Organic Choice (3) in third.

Youngsters Aiming To Become Racing’s Newest Sensation

Heat One:

Classy Sahara (7) will step out in heat one for trainer Jason Magri from box seven, after a very impressive performance at headquarters last Saturday night, clocking a fast 29.81. This son of Where’s Pedro and Magri’s talented race bitch Helena Star has an excellent Wentworth Park record of two wins and four minor placings from seven starts, and will be hard to beat if he steps cleanly from the wide draw.

Bouchard (5) will make her debut at the track for trainer Shaun Evans, coming off good form at Dapto where the daughter of boom sire Bekim Bale recorded a speedy 29.85 last month. Despite exiting from the squeeze box, this bitch has decent box manners to compensate the poor draw. Dad’s Ambition (2) was impressive last Monday night at Wentworth Park against easier opposition, scoring in 30.09. The Peter Mccann trained chaser has drawn ideally and will run a cheeky race.

Heat Two:

Jason Magri is set to go back to back in heat two with promising youngster Invictive, who will exit from box eight. Another offspring of Helena Star, this greyhound has a terrific record at Wentworth Park, having recorded four victories and five minor placings from twelve starts, with a personal best of 30.05. Jorelle (2) has been on fire lately for trainer Andrew Bayliss, winning five from ten and won her only start at Wentworth Park back in February. This daughter of Collision and Perfect Model has genuine early pace and will definitely improve on her personal best of 30.41 if she begins well.

Zola Icon (1) has the coveted red rug and recorded a solid 29.98 personal best last month for trainer Robert Sullivan. Despite her inconsistent box manners, the daughter of Mogambo can produce a good performance if she begins well. Raincheck (7) for Peter Lagogiane has been racing very consistent of late, having been in the placings her past ten starts and was impressive at Gosford last month in a respectable 30.20.

Heat Three:

Irondale Bravo (6) sizzled around Gosford last week in 29.66 and will make her debut at Wentworth Park for trainer Darren Sultana. The daughter of Collision and Luci Tee has a good record from the outside boxes, having won two from five starts and will only need a clear run to test this field.

Cawbourne Whip (4) is resuming at headquarters for Jodie Lord after an unsuccessful campaign at The Gardens in February. The daughter of Dyna Lachlan has an excellent record at the track with two wins from three starts and a personal best of 29.98. Fashion Princess (1) has record mixed form of late, however the inside draw will be a huge advantage for this daughter of Where’s Pedro, who has a solid personal best of 30.06.

Heat Four:

Hooksy (3) is an outstanding prospect from Victoria, recording victories at his past three outings at Sandown Park, with a blistering personal best time of 29.15. The Tanya Auld trained son of Hondo Black and Uno Witch is a serious contender to take out the series after an impressive 29.68 stewards trial last week at Wentworth Park. Bottom Dollar (2) is undefeated after four career starts around the one turn circuits of Victoria and is nicely drawn in box two. The son of Bombastic Shiraz will be making his debut around the circle for trainer Glen Rounds and possesses good early pace to be competitive in this event.

Bekim Keeping (4) has been very consistent of late with a solid win at this track in 30.07 two weeks ago. Despite his lack of early pace and awkward box draw, he has a big motor and look for him at the finish.

Heat Five:

Silent Effective (1) is one of the hottest young pups in the state at present, recording scintillating times at Maitland (24.93) and Nowra (29.73), with a solid 30.28 win at Wentworth Park last month. The Darren Sultana trained son of Cosmic Rumble and Best Percentage is a risky beginner, however only needs some room to move to make an impact.

Sir Redmond (3) is impeccably bred, by Where’s Pedro out of Daydream and stunned racegoers last week at The Gardens, notching up his maiden victory over the 515m in a near record 29.37. Trainer Brett May will be hoping for a repeat performance on debut at Wentworth Park tonight from a handy draw. Litter brother My Boy Snoop (6) will exit from box six for in-form trainer Anthony Azzopardi and flew around this track in a steward’s trial last week, clocking 29.70.

Heat Six:

My Kinda Music (7) has won her past seven straight and nine from twelve starts overall. The son of El Grand Senor and Ice Dancer made her debut at Wentworth Park last week for trainer Allan Pringle, recording a speedy 29.89. Another member of the talented Where’s Pedro and Daydream litter; Fusaichi Kahn will make the trip down from Queensland after an impressive 29.88 performance at Albion Park.

Doonside Dani (2) has won her past three outings and will be looking to keep her perfect Wentworth Park record intact, after recording her second victory at headquarters in February, clocking 30.18. Waymore’s Blues has his first start for in form trainer Toby Weekes after being purchased after his last start at Maitland. He will be the main danger to the favourite and will only need a little bit of early luck to pose a serious threat.

Heat Seven:

King Odessa (3) was gallant in defeat last week in 29.91 and will be highly competitive in this affair from a good box draw. Trained by Kristy Sultana, this son of Where’s Pedro and Supreme Odessa has only been unplaced once at six attempts at Wentworth Park and has a respectable personal best of 30.05.

Lacey Lois (7) has a solid Wentworth Park record of one win and four minor placings from six starts, with a personal best of 30.34 and Wilson’s Dream (6) drops back in distance after an impressive win at Richmond over the 618m last week, and will make his debut at Wentworth Park. The Harry Sarkis trained chaser can test some of these runners who lack strength.

Review Of Round 3 Of The Golden Easter Egg Preludes

Greyhound racing at Wentworth Park on Saturday night witnessed three more Preludes of the Golden Easter Egg series. With just a couple of weeks remaining until the start of the series, trainers are aiming their charges at the Preludes in order to gain a spot in the heats. Here is a look at what happened in each of the Preludes on Saturday night.

Golden Easter Egg Prelude One

Hellyeah Bolt (8) made the trip to Sydney worthwhile for trainer Anthony Bullock, taking out the first Prelude in 29.92.

Where’s The Surf (5) began beautifully from the middle draw and looked to have the lead going into the first turn but Hellyeah Bolt used box eight to perfection. The black dog by Dyna Lachlan – Flash Diamond (Elite State – Chinatown Babe) began well and was able to muster pace on the outside and sweep to the lead around the catching pen. From that point on, he was in control and won by two and three quarter lengths from Where’s The Surf. Apollo Reign (2) worked himself into third.

Golden Easter Egg Prelude Two

After a solid run last week from a not-so-perfect draw, Yogi Blue (2) was able to put himself in the winner’s circle this time around in a time of 30.03.

Long odds chance Lacey Lois was the early leader, with two lengths on the field down the back. Race favourite There’s A Earn (4) was the victim of a poor draw, struggling to get a clear run until he had rounded the first turn. Meanwhile, the Peter O’Reilly trained Yogi Blue (2) had the perfect sit on Lacey Lois and swept past her approaching the final bend. There’s A Earn was also in hot pursuit, but it was Yogi Blue, a dog by Cool Effort – Opal Assassin (Whisky Assassin – Zane’s Girl), that emerged victorious by three-and-one-quarter lengths over There’s A Earn. Lacey Lois (1), the early leader, hung on for third.

Golden Easter Egg Prelude Three

Despite it being his first look at the track under race conditions, Darren McDonald’s Dark Warrior (7) was able to secure his 31st career win in the third Prelude.

The black dog by Where’s Pedro – Shanlyn Supreme (Token Prince – Shanlyn Maddy) chased his heart out to sneak away from Dyna Geldof in the closing stages. He and Dyna Geldof (1) were stride-for-stride turning for home, with Dark Warrior doing all the extra work on the outside. The final margin was two-and-a-half lengths and the final time was 30.06. Where On Earth (2) filled the other minor placing. Frosty Jay Jay (3) didn’t factor after shifting wide at the first turn and copping interference.

As with the Preludes in the earlier weeks, Hellyeah Bolt, Yogi Blue and Dark Warrior will all receive priority entry into the heats of the Golden Easter Egg series.

A Review Of The Nowra Summer Puppy Classic Heats

The Shoalhaven Greyhound Racing Club hosted three heats of the Group Three Nowra Summer Puppy Classic on Monday afternoon.

The race is for greyhounds whelped between 1 January 2012 and 30 June 2012 and puppies are nominated for the race at 12 months of age.

The winner receives a nice pay-check of $25,000 at the end of the series. The heats have been conducted with the semi-finals on next week.

Here’s how the three heats played out.

Heat One – Nowra Summer Puppy Classic

In a messy race, it was outsider Dark Seeker (1), trained by Dale Hall, who took out the first heat by two and a half lengths in 30.58. The black dog by Dyna Lachlan – Hayley Boo (Primo Uno – Emmalana) had been well beaten in his only race start at the track back in early February. The superbly bred Someone Tifi (4), who was hampered running into the first corner, managed to secure second spot and a place in the semi’s. Thunder Clay (2) filled the last of the minors and Jack Finn (3) completed the first four.

Heat Two – Nowra Summer Puppy Classic

A flying performance by Stilton Blue (4) caught the eye in heat two. The Where’s Pedro – She’s A Player (Go Wild Teddy – Nimuay) speedster stopped the clock at an absolutely scorching 29.57, winning by seven and a half lengths. The Philip Goodsell trained greyhound had smart sectionals throughout and displayed brilliant box manners and the final time would have to be in the top times recorded around the 520 metre Pinebowl circuit. He’s had a pretty good start to his career, winning seven from 14 and is already a Wentworth Park winner. Highbury (7) and Solar Pak (1) fought out the minors and Quick To Go (2) was fourth.

Heat Three – Nowra Summer Puppy Classic

Leica Destiny (6) led all the way to claim the last heat for Susan Sundstrom. The black bitch by Dyna Lachlan – Destiny (Collision – Leba Com) ran 30.37 and defeated White Pointer (2) by two lengths. Power of Will (4) was half a length behind White Pointer, with Stilton Blue’s sister Hollie Anne (5) finishing fourth. Both encountered trouble at the first turn to produce solid runs. It was Leica Destiny’s eighth win from 17 starts and her first at the track.

The semi-finals will be conducted on Monday, 24th of March and ARG will be providing a full preview of the semi-finals when the fields become available.

Greyhound Betting Tips Thursday 27th February

Great night of racing ahead with some quality greyhounds engaged.

Recent Vince Curry Memorial winner Jungle Junction is engaged to run in the heats of the Queensland young guns. All eyes will be on the daughter of Cindeen Shelby and Cosmic Rumble, as she tries to continue on her winning way.

Albion Park Greyhounds Race 3 Box 2 Dulcie Dee, 7.25pm

Most of the races look to have a standout winner in them tonight here at Albion Park. Dulcie Dee for trainer Frank Hancock looks the one to beat in this. The daughter of Collision has all ready stopped the clock in a impressive 29.95 here, and has won eight from seventeen starts. She’s well drawn in the two box, and is likely to trail early leader Chant into the first turn. Once she positions in behind Chant she should prove to strong in the run to the line.

Chant however gets his chance to win, and will make full use if the red box. He has a PB of 30.08, two lengths slower then Dulcie Dee, but he doesn’t find the line all that well, so he will need a little luck to hold her off.

These two however look the standout pair, so I suggest taking a few multiples around these two, running first and second.

Angle Park Greyhounds, Race 8 Box 2 Jimmy Lane, 9.44pm

Jimmy Lane is a high quality chaser and he won nicely when we tipped him here last week. It’s taking the son of Dyna Lachlan a while to get use to Angle Park, but now he’s found winning form, expect him to keep winning and improve his PB.
He run a solid 30.09 here last week from box eight, and a dog of his quality should get down around the 29.80 mark here tonight, if he jumps straight to the front. Suntory Gold looks the danger, but she will be giving Jimmy quite a substantial lead in the early part of the race, and is unlikely to be able to peg it back.

These two again look the two so stick to taking multiples with them.

Dapto Greyhounds Race 5 Box 6 Little Elsie, 8.55pm

I really liked the way in which this girl won last start here. She showed top early acceleration to burn off Exhibitionist and race away here last week and I see her being able to do the same tonight. Box six won’t cause any issues to her, and there’s very little speed around her. It’s never easy finding winners over the scamper trip, but she’s in form and looks the one.

Eachway.

Hobart Greyhounds Race 9 Box 2 Nooee’s Lad, 9.41pm

I often mention how fast a beginner this this dog is, and he should once again spear the lids and find himself a long way in front. He does however have a flat spot after about 200 meters, so as long as he remains in front, he should just win. He has a great PB here and this is the sorta race he can dominate on.

Likely favourite and should win.

Best of luck

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Turbine Takes Out Bendigo Vic Breeders

The Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club hosted their Victorian Breeders Stakes final for maiden greyhounds last Friday, with victory going to the locally trained Turbine.

An imposing son of Dyna Lachlan out of the lightly raced bitch Queen Of Bling, Turbine was the most expensive lot sold at the recent Bendigo Ready to Race Sale held in November 2013, being purchased for $28,000.

Turbine created a lot of interest at the R2R Sale, having run some quick times during the qualifying heats, and he is now beginning to vindicate the faith shown by his new owners, already recouping $10,000 in just his seven official career race starts.

Having been runner up in both his heat and semi-final, Turbine was at luxury odds for the Victorian Breeders Stakes Final, and his many supporters would have enjoyed the TAB price of around $15 for the decider. Beginning much cleaner than he has in his prior six race track appearances, Turbine, relishing his wide draw, quickly raced up to join the early leader Eternal Magic, and forged to the front at the first turn. It was at this point when the runners behind Turbine tightened and the resultant scrimmage giving him an unassailable lead.

Turbine increased his margin in the run to the line, greeting the judge 7 ¾ lengths clear of Mumma Hook for Rob Neocleous, while third money went to Banged Up Bill for Wayne Vassallo, in a quick 23.98 seconds for the 425 metre journey.

On a sad note, Rob Neocleous’s other competitor, race favourite Rose Lilly fell and unfortunately suffered a broken leg and was subsequently euthanized.

Turbine has a strong pedigree on his Dam side, being a son of Queen Of Bling, who is a sister to former track record holder at Sandown over the 595 metres and Sir John Dillon trophy winner Bling It On. Queen Of Bling is also a half sister to recent Warragul Cup Winner Walk Hard (x Bit Chilli).

Queen Of Bling only raced twice and did not register a win in those two starts, but she looks like having an influence as a brood bitch if her first progeny are anything to go by. Turbine is from her first litter; she has since whelped pups to Stagger and is currently in pup to Knocker Norris.

The Torr family have been stalwarts in the Greyhound industry for many years, and despite having breaks from the sport at stages, Jenny and David have always kept a strong interest in the code. Many greyhound followers would remember the Torr’s competing at the old Eaglehawk track in the 1960s and 70s where they enjoyed a great run of success, quite often training multiple winners.

The Ready to Race Auction series has proven a hit for Greyhound Racing Victoria in the two series held so far, with the inaugural winner Kiss Me Ketut, lining up in the Australian Cup this Saturday night.

I am not sure if Turbine will reach those dizzy heights; however, he certainly is a young dog to keep an eye on as the current R2R Series progresses.

What You Might Like To Know About The Australian Cup

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

Inaugural Running

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

Distances

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

When Is The Race Run

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

Dual Winners

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

Only Reserves to Win

None.

Biggest Winning Margins

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

Closest Winning Margins

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

Most Successful Trainers

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

Dual Finalists

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

Some Beaten Stars

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

Additional Notes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One For The Locals – Tassie’s Best To Create A Memorable Launceston Cup

This year’s Launceston Cup is a bit different to other years. Not because it has been conducted over three weeks, but because the 2014 version will see eight locals vying for the title.

To some this might mean the race doesn’t hold the ‘profile’ of other years, with no ‘big’ names to steal the limelight. The trainers’ column contains no Bate’s, Dailly’s, Britton’s or Thompson’s. You won’t  see dogs with Group One formlines, track record runs or six-figure bank accounts.

But for some, this will be the best race of the year. Despite the lack of the obvious, what you will see is eight dogs giving their all, trying to change the lives of their connections. A $40,000 reward for those that work hard week in and week out, usually hoping to snag a $1,400 race on a Monday night.

This will be Tasmania’s race. It will be a local chaser winning the spoils on the local track. The question remains though; which one?

Most pundits will instantly lean towards Hellyeah Bolt. The Anthony Bullock runner has given the Hellyeah syndicate a terrific ride in the past 12 months. His top speed and chasing ability are unparalleled and given an ounce of luck he’ll take some toppling.

But this race doesn’t look ideal on paper for the son of Dyna Lachlan and Flash Diamond. The semis were dominated by early speed, and from box seven, Hellyeah Bolt might find himself in the last few in the first 50 metres of the race.

It creates an interesting conundrum; perhaps the lead will be the best place to be, with few dogs likely to storm home.

If that’s the case then there are none faster out of the boxes than Nooee’s Lad. Butch Deverell’s chaser is without a doubt the fastest box dog in the state, and the middle draw won’t trouble him if he spears out like normal.

The issue for the Craig French owned chaser is whether he can run an overall time fast enough to hold out a Group Two field, with his best around the 515-metres being 29.87 over a year ago.

In a similar boat to Nooee’s Lad is Shane Whitney’s recent acquisition Black Rip. He has really hit his straps since coming across from NSW, and is unbeaten in five starts at the Mowbray circuit.

His early speed has helped the dog win race after race in the past three months, but as mentioned, his best time of 29.96 might need improving. Having box two will help his cause no end at a track where positioning on the first turn is so crucial.

The fortunes of the two runners will no doubt shape the race.

With that in mind, the chances of Mighty Lomar have been hurt by drawing the widest box. The former Victorian has been impressive since arriving with Mick Stringer, and is another that relies on her blistering early speed. Her semi-final time of 29.76 was a vast improvement from her previous efforts, and would suggest that she is ready to fire at this level of racing.

Mighty Lomar’s owner, Nathan McMenamin, has provided many runners to the Tasmanian greyhound scene over the years, and few people would begrudge him a landmark victory come Monday night.

Are Ate has come up with the prized cherry exit for the main event, and will be looking to make it two Group race wins in as many months. Like his Devonport Cup win that came as a surprise to many, Are Ate will be in double-figure territory from a betting perspective.

The second of the Anthony Bullock runners qualified for the final with an unlucky third in the heat, followed by a second behind Black Rip a week later. Are Ate adds more intrigue to this race, as the dog is a reliable starter and will be part of a furious charge into the first turn.

So too will be the baby of the field, Varcoe, who has just turned two in January. His run in the semi-final was brilliant, narrowly going down to Hellyeah Bolt in 29.81. That race also contained the likes of Buckle Up Wes, Sing The Song and Whodat Lass showing the class of chaser Varcoe had to overcome.

Owned by Christopher Nutt and trained by Debbie Cannan, Varcoe has been incredibly consistent for his entire career to date, and is certainly capable of causing an upset if the breaks go his way.

Brendan Purcell will be represented by Bain’s Lane who will exit box three. He comes into the final with two seconds by his name; the first was a long way behind Fighting Fang, while the other was a comfortable second behind Mighty Lomar.

While the dog is consistent and ran 29.87 in defeat last week, being drawn between Nooee’s Lad, Varcoe and Black Rip is going to make life very tough. Furthermore, he lost ground to the leader in both the heat and final, and without the likelihood of leading it seems like Bain’s Lane will have his work cut out.

Rounding out the field is the Peter Phillips owned and trained Faolan. A winner of 5 of 21 starts, the son of Surf Lorian and Portent will struggle to overcome box six in a field full of early bullets. Interestingly, Faolan has had a run since the semi-final and was impressive by dispatching a Grade 5 field at Hobart on Thursday.

While that completes the starting lineup, there is another element to the race; Buckle Up Wes starting as first reserve. Probably the name best known amongst the field, the black speedster will be inserted as favourite if he gets a start, especially if given an inside draw. It doesn’t seem the same without a Ted Medhurst runner in the Cup, but if anyone could steal it with a reserve runner, it would be the veteran trainer.

It’s bound to be a fantastic race that should be decided by the time the field enters the back straight. By then, we’ll know if Hellyeah Bolt can muster enough pace early to find the rail and if Nooee’s Lad or Black Rip get a big enough break to hold them off.

Whatever the result, we can’t wait to find out.

2014 Curtains and Blinds Group 2 Launceston Cup

Monday night 10.01pm ADST

1)      Are Ate – Anthony Bullock

2)      Black Rip – Shane Whitney

3)      Varcoe – Debbie Cannan

4)      Bain’s Lane – Brendan Purcell

5)      Nooee’s Lad – Butch Deverell

6)      Faolan – Peter Phillips

7)      Hellyeah Bolt – Anthony Bullock

8)      Mighty Lomar – Mick Stringer

Reserves

9)      Buckle Up Wes – Ted Medhurst

10)   Mental As Ben – Ricky Martin

Bullock Hoping For Initial Launceston Cup Success

Exeter trainer Anthony Bullock is yet to experience Launceston Cup success, but has qualified two runners for Monday night’s $57,000 feature and has an undeniable chance of being seen on the podium.

Following last night’s semi – finals, both Hellyeah Bolt ( Dyna Lachlan – Flash Diamond) and Devonport Cup winner Are Ate (Lochinvar Marlow – Long Long Mama) have made it through for the Bullock kennel, with the former a likely favourite, in what will be a keenly contested affair.

Hellyeah Bolt, which claimed the speedy Varcoe (El Galo – Magic Dust) within the shadows of the post last night, recorded a winning time of 29.81 and the remaining three semis were won by Mighty Lomar (Where’s Pedro – Worldclass Lomar) in the time of 29.76, Nooee’s Lad (Knocka Norris – Break Of Dawn) in 29.98 and Black Rip (Goodesy – Richmond Fox) in 30.00.

Second place getters also qualified for a tilt at Monday night’s rich finale, which is sponsored this year by the local business Curtains and Blinds.

“I would naturally love to win my first Launceston Cup, but it is a particularly tough assignment,” Bullock explained on Tuesday.

“The field includes several chasers with explosive early speed and I am not even certain that the normally brilliant Are Ate can lead, despite him having drawn favourably in the red box. I’m hoping that Hellyeah Bolt can avoid early interference and be positioned within striking distance of the leaders, because he normally finishes his races off nicely.”

Raced by the Hellyeah syndicate, headed by Rick Donaldson, Hellyeah Bolt has now won 16 of his 25 lifetime outings and is shaping up as one of Tasmania’s better greyhounds.

Meanwhile, in direct contrast to Anthony Bullock, Penguin trainer Butch Deverell, who will be represented by Nooee’s Lad on Monday night, boasts a wonderful Launceston Cup record, having won the race twice as a trainer and once as an owner.

“I was successful as an owner with the top bitch Two Codes and have since prepared both Big Moose and Akka Boy to win the race,” he explained.

“I have had problems with Nooee’s Lad, but believe that they have finally been sorted out and despite the fact that he has drawn box five, he has some chance of winning.”

Normally a brilliant beginner, the chaser is raced by Burnie businessman Craig French and is the winner of 15 of his 51 outings.

Mangalore trainer Mick Stringer’s luck changed for the better with the semi-final victory of the former Victorian chaser Mighty Lomar, which was impressive in winning the fastest of the four contested.

In recent weeks Stringer had the misfortune to lose the top chasers Yappin Jack (Aston Galilee – Patsy Anne) and Archie Gumballs (Where’s Pedro – Come On Roxy), which were both being prepared for a Launceston Cup campaign.

$57,000 GROUP 2 CURTAINS AND BLINDS LAUNCESTON CUP FINAL (515 METRES)

1. Are Ate Anthony Bullock
2. Black Rip Shane Whitney
3. Varcoe Debbie Cannan
4. Bain’s Lane Brendan Pursell
5. Nooee’s Lad Butch Deverell
6. Faolan Peter Phillips
7. Hellyeah Bolt Anthony Bullock
8. Mighty Lomar Mick Stringer
9. Buckle Up Wes Ted Medhurst

Greyhound Betting Tips Wednesday 8th January 2014

Bulli Greyhounds Race 6 Box 3 Fonama, 8.46pm

Fonama is a highly promising young pup and and he’s been well placed by his trainer. He’s giving him the opportunity to find his feet, learn to race and become battle hardened. He’s proven he has a motor, and should be primed after having his first go here last week. He’s run some fast times at other tracks and the son of Dyna Lachlan looks to be one to continue following. He’s got early toe and he’s certainly worth a go at here tonight. Boxes one and five look the dangers so keep a close eye on them.

Cannington Greyhounds Race 7 Box 6 Freeway Sparkle, 11.22pm

If this girl is going to win again it will be in a race of this calibre. She’s got the early toe to lead, but that’s half her problem, if she doesn’t get things going her way she throws the towel in. The outside box won’t worry her and she should get across the inside runners without too much hassle. If she does carve across then expect box seven runner, Why Do This, to go with her. If all goes to plan then this looks a great multiple betting race.
However bet with caution.

Cranbourne Greyhounds Race 7 Box 6 Easton Bale, 8.49pm

Tough race and bad box, but he’s the class runner and the best in the race. He’ll probably get back in the race, but he’s very strong and is well suited to the Cranbourne trip. He has a PB of 30.49 and he will need to run every bit of that tonight to win. But most of his competition are badly boxed and will struggle from their respective alleys. As long as he starts at a price of $5.00 or more, he’s well worth the punt here tonight.

Best of luck

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Goulburn Workers Club Cup Final – A Preview

The 2013 Goulburn Workers Club Cup final jumps at 6:34pm on Sunday. The heats were only run on Tuesday, so there is less than a week for all finalists to prepare for the final. The fastest heat winner, Greysynd Jet, has drawn well in box three. The speed machine Knocka’s Return has drawn better on the outside in box seven,  while prolific winner Irinka Luca has drawn the squeeze box. The winner of the final takes home $6,000.

Meditate has drawn the rails alley for the final and won his heat from the extreme outside box last week in 25.82. He started as a $13.60 outsider in his heat and it was his first win at Goulburn. The Kim Mulrine trained chaser has won two from box one and looks a place chance in this final if he begins as well as last week, as he should get room with Lachlan Bomber drawn on his outside.

Lachlan Bomber isn’t drawn favourably in box two because he likes to use a bit of the track. The son of Dyna Lachlan ex. Sonic Bomb chased hard to run into second position last week, but he was six lengths off the winner You Name Me. He needs to begin and lead to be in the mix amongst this field.

Last week’s fastest heat winner lines up in box three. Greysynd Jet was well away from box eight in her heat and worked herself nicely around the leader turning for home, winning in 25.74. The Paul Anderton trained bitch has good form from inside boxes and she looks one of the main chances to win the final.

For an inexperienced dog, Black Daddy handled himself nicely last week to qualify for the final behind Meditate. He finds himself in box four for this final and is coming up against a field full of experienced chasers. He has failed in his only start from the box, but has recorded a fast 25.74 at the track. He is a little inconsistent at box rise and being drawn near the middle of the field, he can’t afford to be poorly away. He looks a place chance at best.

Irinka Luca notched up his 23rd win last week and has drawn box five for the final. It’s not the best draw as he may find himself caught up with the field and will find it difficult to make the run he did last week that put himself into the race. His heat win of 26.19 was the slowest of the four heats. He has the ability to find the line and will need to draw on all of that to win the final.

Charlm Road has also drawn poorly in box six. He did not begin at his first look at the track last week but still put in an impressive finishing burst to finish second behind Greysynd Jet to qualify. He rarely begins on terms and the way he starts this race may impact on the chances of Knocka’s Return in box seven. If Charlm Road begins on terms, then this may hamper Knocka’s Return’s efforts at getting into the race. I don’t think Charlm Road can overcome the draw and win the final.

Knocka’s Return went down narrowly to Irinka Luca in last week’s heat at his first look at the track. He is much better drawn here in box seven this week. The inside draw at Goulburn didn’t suit him last week as he began poorly and when this happens at Goulburn over the 457 from box one, you tend to get stuck on the rail with little room to move. He should get some more room from the outside and be able to power into the race a lot earlier. He is a very fast dog when he gets motoring, so if he has just a little luck early then he will easily feature in the top three.

You Name Me was one of the more impressive heat winners from last week. She chased solidly down the back straight after a fair getaway and blew her rivals away whilst negotiating the bend. Her winning time of 25.89 wasn’t her best time at the track, which is 25.73. The only issue for this greyhound is that she has not won a race from an outside box (6, 7 or 8) after fifteen attempts. She has placed on five occasions.

The first reserve Magic Lair may struggle to feature in the final if he gets a start. His effort was solid last week, but he had the advantage of an inside box and was unimpeded for the entirety of the race. The second reserve Veetee Express could be in with a chance if she gets a run. She was only having her first look last week when she ran third and she will improve from that run. She is a Victorian city winner so certainly has the ability.

Greysynd Jet and Knocka’s Return will probably vie for favouritism heading to the boxes. If Greysynd Jet gets away well and Knocka’s Return is hampered early, then Greysynd Jet is strong enough to find the line. Greysynd Jet’s connections will be hoping that Lachlan Bomber doesn’t begin well from box two as he likes to move off the track. Irinka Luca has a tonne of class but box five is ordinary at the best of times, and he’ll need a little good fortune to overcome the draw. It should be a good final and with very little between the heat times, it looks to be a close one.


2013 Goulburn Cup Heats Replays


Another Week, Another Record – Black Magic Opal Conquers Hobart

He was always going to be the star attraction of the night.

Black Magic Opal exited the red box on a calm night at Hobart, and the result was an 11-length win in the fastest time ever seen at the Elwick track.

While the first dog to show its face was the old-timer, Rewind, it too like so many before him was left in the position of spectator, as Jason Thompson’s amazing sprinter blew the field away, progressing to another Group 1 feature final.

Lowering the previous time standard of 25.71 set by Bergermeister, the son of Magic Sprite and Awesome Opal now boasts a time of 25.65 for the 461 metres. It was a stirring performance, with those on course sharing the feeling of awe with Sky viewers, as the words ‘Track Record’ scrolled across the bottom of the semaphore board.

Elite Devil was second across the line ahead of Roxy Rythym, with Rewind likely to be retired again after fading to finish fourth in the run to the post.

It highlighted what is traditionally the best night of racing from the Apple Isle, with a card littered with high-profile winners.

While it may have seemed like an eternity, eventually Race five at Hobart came around to get the 2013 Hobart Thousand series underway.

Paw Licking was the first of what was to be many odds-on favourites during the night, and it duly saluted in the opening heat. Starting at even-money favourite from box eight, the white and black speedster was too slick for some strong competition, running a blistering 25.78 in the process.

Local chaser Yappin’ Jack provided the fiercest competition for most of the event, running a gallant second beaten less than a length from box five. He was the beneficiary of only six heats being conducted, and will line up in the Group 1 final regardless of being defeated.

Fancied runner Buckle Up Wes settled third after a moderate getaway, but was checked by Yappin’ Jack on the top turn, ending any hope, while See Him First followed suit losing a lot of ground from interference occurred just after boxrise.

Heat two was expected to be a three-way fight between Hellyeah Bolt, Dark Warrior and Clone Your Own. Those three would eventually run the trifecta, but the run of Hellyeah Bolt to run down Clone Your Own was more than memorable. After giving the strong New Zealander a five length start, Hellyeah Bolt never stopped pushing, and after a tremendous battle, it emerged the victor in 25.83. Paying $1.80 on Tattsbet, the son of Dyna Lachlan and Flash Diamond was a popular result for punters.

Clone Your Own was certainly not disgraced and will still progress as one of the fastest seconds.

Heat three was really only about one dog, with Ronan Izmir strangling the market from box five. Those that took the $1.10 shorts on the recent Ballarat Cup winner wouldn’t have liked the look of things after the first fifty metres, with the black speedster positioned behind runners. But like a good dog should, Ronan Izmir drove hard along the fence to starve off the challengers and book its place in the time-honoured classic.

Running the 461 metres in 25.87, Ronan Izmir showed good strength to overcome Teddy Tom Boy, who showed his customary dash but was outclassed by the Victorian runner. Pinto Pronto ran a solid race and despite copping a check off the top turn, managed to finish right behind the front duo.

It was a similar story in heat four, where the in-form Farmor Las Vegas would win dominantly as a $1.40 favourite. The huge 37kg dog trained by Robert Britton was third out of the boxes but soon muscled underneath the pack to take control.

He also set a sub-26 second time, with 25.71 showing on the clock, well ahead of what Hellyeah Missile and Oscar Ralph, who dead-heated for second, could manage. This time equalled the current track record of Bergermeister, but that record wasn’t going to last very long.

It will be the fourth straight group final for Farmor Las Vegas, after making the Adelaide, Geelong and Brisbane Cups.

But they were all preludes to the track record run of Black Magic Opal show in heat five.

An even field assembled at the boxes for the sixth and final heat.

Varcoe for Debbie Cannan was heavily backed and was ‘in-the-red’ by the time the lids opened. However, the speed of Black Rip and Sing The Song showed the way, with the latter taking control off the back straight.

Sing The Song has always shown an affinity for the Hobart circuit and tonight she won the hard way, sitting outside Black Rip and doing it tough to hold on from the fast finishing Varcoe. She earnt her chance for the biggest prize on the Apple Isle.

While the time of 25.97 was the slowest of the night, it was a gritty win and she did enough to still be considered a place chance ahead of next weeks $75,000 final.


2013 Hobart 1000 Heats Replays


Group 1 Brisbane Cup Final Preview and Comments

Thursday night will see all industry eyes firmly fixed on Albion Park, with the running of the 2013 Group 1 Sky Racing Brisbane Cup Final. The winning connections will pocket a cool $75,000, and the box draw has made the race a really open affair.

Can Australia’s best greyhound in Xylia Allen win from box 7? Can Tomac Bale give trainer Mark Delbridge his first Group 1?  Or will a local hope join 2012 Queensland champion Got A Moment on the list of winners?  With the start all important, and the new boxes giving tenths to a chasers race time, will we see the lowering of Made To Size’s long standing track record?  These questions will all be answered as the boxes open and Albion Park crowns another Group 1 winner.

2013 GROUP 1 – SKY RACING BRISBANE CUP FINAL – 520m – 8:52pm Qld Time

 

Box 1 – TOP STORY – Sandra Hunt


Heat Replay


Career Record – 32 Starts – 14 – 6 – 6 – Best Time at Track 29.77

Top Story finished one and a half lengths behind Battistuzzi in his heat, where he chased hard throughout and never shirked the task. The son of Knocka Norris and Bomber Babe is a track specialist, having made a number of group finals here through his injury plagued career.  With limited starts due to ongoing injuries, it has been a wonderful training performance to have him qualify for yet another group final.  Prefers an outside draw but in feature finals box one suits. A quality chaser who gives 110% every start, strong chance.

Sandra Hunt (Trainer) – “It’s a really hard race and we are up against it despite being drawn in box one. He’s a greyhound that races better out wide, but with the draw we are just hoping that he can be inside any first corner trouble. He’s the fastest dog we have ever had but has had to race with a career plagued by injury.  He has to lead to win.”

Box 2 – TOMAC BALE – Mark Delbridge


Heat Replay


Career Record – 28 starts – 15 – 3 -1 – Best Time at Track 29.63

He was the fastest heat winner in a super quick 29.63 BON, after leading from the boxes to the catching pen. Tomac Bale is a Group winning son of Dyna Lachlan and Princess Bale, and is from a wonderful litter of chasers.  He was super quick early and gave nothing else a chance after exploding from the boxes at what was his first look at the track and trip. He will benefit from that experience and again draws favourably in box two where he has had two starts for two wins. He is a big chance to give trainer Mark Delbridge his first group 1 success.

Mark Delbridge (Trainer) - “I think that he has every chance and I’m just hoping that he can begin.  He has been missing it lately, but last week was good and he jumped well.  I’ve run second a couple of times in group one’s,  so it would be nice to win one.”

 

Box 3 – BATTISTUZZI – Frank Hancock


Heat Replay


Career Record – 17 starts – 9 – 2 – 3 – Best Time at Track – 29.77

Battistuzzi won his heat in a personal best 29.77 after leading throughout in a dominant performance and is a three time group finalist, who has just turned 2 years old.  The son of Collision and Dulcinea is from an outstanding litter and does excel at the track and trip, with his box speed and racing sense a big advantage. He does prefer an outside box draw and box three hasn’t been favourable in his short career. He is a young greyhound who continues to improve and deserves a group win for his ability. He is the first group one finalist for the Hancock team and could win on Queensland’s biggest stage.

Edith Hancock (Owner) - “We are absolutely wrapt for the dog. He has just turned two years of age and this is his third group final. I don’t think he is well drawn, as we prefer him to jump from a wide draw. The Melbourne dogs look hardest to beat and it’s just a pleasure to be in the final.”

 

Box 4 – HAWKO’S MISTAKE – John Edwards


Heat Replay


Career Record – 56 starts – 16 – 10 – 9 – Best Time at Track – 29.94

Hawko’s Mistake ran second in his heat behind interstate visitor Farmor Las Vegas, chasing hard throughout to lose by a length and a half on the line after beginning well from box eight.  He is a favourite of his trainer, who admits he is the best chaser he has trained. By Buckingham Chuck and Ellie’s Diamond, he has been plagued by poor box draws. That continues for the final where he draws box four, a box he is yet to win from. Considering the quality of the field and his poor draw, he only looks a place chance.

John Edwards (Trainer) - “Honestly I don’t think he can win after coming up with box four.  He’s lucky to still be racing with the amount of injuries that he has had to cope with.  Box four makes it tough and to win he has to lead and find about eight lengths. I don’t think he can cross Tomac Bale.”

 

Box 5 – FARMOR LAS VEGAS – Robert Britton


Heat Replay


Career Record – 45 starts – 18 – 14 – 1 – Best Time at Track – 29.85

He won his heat from box four in a quick 29.85 at his Albion Park debut. The son of Knocka Norris and Farmor Cee You has travelled extensively in his career, winning on eight different tracks for the powerful Britton kennel. Possessing good early speed, his career has exploded in recent months, making a number of feature finals and racing against Australia’s best. He draws awkwardly in the final after coming up with box five, which isn’t favourable for the February 2011 whelp. He has started from box five on six occasions for one win and one placing. Last week was very impressive and if he leads he can win.

Robert Britton (Trainer) - “I’m more hopeful than confident. It’s definitely a good field with quality dogs. To win he will need to do everything right and probably lead. He is not a great box dog, but he can muster speed very quickly. I’m taking him up a day earlier this time as last week he didn’t travel the best and I think that told in his last sectional.”

 

Box 6 – KISS ME KETUT – David Burnett


Heat Replay


Career Record – 36 starts – 16 – 6 – 5 – Best Time at Track – 29.95

Kiss Me Ketut won his heat in a solid 29.95 after leading throughout from box eight.  He is a Ready2Race sales success story from 2012, where a $21,000 outlay has produced prizemoney well in excess of $100,000 and the title of Melbourne Cup Finalist. The son of Bombastic Shiraz and Spiral Siyan has won from every box and draws box six for the final, where he has a record of four starts for three wins. Whilst he isn’t as strong as some of the other finalists, he can lead and take advantage of any trouble behind him to feature here. Kiss Me Ketut is a celebrity greyhound that will be well fancied in betting and will improve on his heat time.

David Burnett (Owner/Trainer) - “He is suited by an outside draw and he won’t cut down to the fence until he has to. I definitely prefer drawing here rather than inside. It’s his fifth group final at 28 months of age, and it would be great to see him win this one. I’ve left the dog up in Queensland with Geoff Jones this week to acclimatise to the weather and he has been spoiling him, the dog is jumping around.  I’m just hoping he can avoid the first turn trouble.”

 

Box 7 – XYLIA ALLEN – Jenny Hunt


Heat Replay


Career Record – 49 starts – 20 – 10 – 8 – Best Time at Track – 29.81

Australia’s best greyhound whose heat win had to be seen to be believed, coming from behind to win after copping significant interference in a time of 29.81.  She is a tenacious chaser who would run through brick walls, and has a remarkable ability to lift herself up from the canvas when others couldn’t. This beautiful daughter of Turanza Bale and Tayah Bale qualifies for the fourteenth final of her brilliant career. She draws box seven in the final, which is the only box she is yet to taste success from. Xylia Allen is an outstanding sprinter who is a strong winning chance.

Jenny Hunt (Trainer) - “She could win or she could run last.  I just hope that she has every chance and doesn’t get knocked around or bumped too much.  She is in form and I know that she will give her best.”

 

Box 8 – CAPTAIN CLARRIE – Peter Ruetschi


Heat Replay


Career Record – 39 starts – 15 – 4 – 6 – Best Time at Track – 30.11

Captain Clarrie was the slowest heat winner in 30.11, chasing hard throughout to just nab the leader on the line. The son of Elite And Classy and Where Are You has been a wonderful chaser throughout his 39 start career. He is a group performer who was third in the recent Ipswich Gold Cup, and box eight won’t worry him. He set an Ipswich PB from this box when winning his Ipswich Cup heat. In five starts from box eight he has won three times and been placed on the other two occasions. He is prepared by form trainer Peter Ruetschi, who has had a wonderful 2013 with a number of feature finalists.  The Captain may not have the accolades of the other finalists, but deserves his chance and not without some hope.

Peter Ruetschi (Trainer) – “He is drawn ideally in box 8 and it’s where we wanted him to draw.  With any interference inside and a clear run I think that he is a real live chance in the race. It was his first look from the new boxes last week and good judges have said that it will improve his time by a tenth or two. He’s on the comeback from injury and going as good as ever. I think if Xylia Allen jumps nothing will beat her. It’s my first group 1 finalist and anything can happen.”


Reserves –


Heat Replay


9 – ROSE OF GALO – Albert Kennewell

Career Record – 31 starts – 11 – 7 – 3 – Best Time at Track – 29.99 (2nd)

Lead for 519 meters in his second place finish behind Captain Clarrie. She is very quick early, which is her biggest asset. She is by ill-fated sire El Galo out of Noir Rose. She isn’t as strong as the others and looks only a place chance if lucky enough to gain a start through scratching’s.

 

10 – TEE BRADY – Tom Tzouvelis

Career Record – 26 starts – 6 – 6 – 4 – Best Time at Track – 30.09 (2nd)


Heat Replay


He ran second in his heat after leading and being run down by an unstoppable Xylia Allen. This highly thought of chaser has been well travelled throughout his career, racing in four states including the Northern Territory, Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. By Cosmic Rumble and New Coin, he looks only a rough place hope if lucky to start.

 

The final looks an outstanding race on a wonderful card of racing. ARG wishes all finalists and connections the best of luck and a safe trip around.

Star Studded Lineup Qualifies For 2013 Brisbane Cup Final

The Brisbane Cup Final will be graced with some of the biggest names in Australian greyhound racing after the super stars fired on heats night.

Wheeler pair Tomac Bale and Xylia Allen will head the billing for the big race. Tomac Bale sizzled in heat six while Xylia Allen pulled herself off the canvas to win her heat in dramatic fashion. They will be joined by the likes of Farmor Las Vegas, Kiss Me Ketut and Battistuzzi in what promises to be a gem of a final.

Brisbane Cup Heat 1

The Frank Hancock trained Battistuzzi (Box 6) set the early standard with a blistering 29.77 win to open Cup proceedings. Top Story began well from box three carving out an early section of 5.60. The blue dog did all he could to hold out Battistuzzi but the son of Collision and Dulcinea showed tenacity to cross to the fence as they left the straight the first time. From that point it was a one act affair as Battistuzzi showed them a clean set of pads to land the heat by from Top Story who stuck on resolutely with Phantom Jewels rattling home for third. Battistuzzi has now won 9 from 17 and will be a major player in next weeks final after drawing box three.

Brisbane Cup Heat 2

Classy conveyance Farmor Las Vegas (Box 4) took out the second heat in style in 29.85. After beginning only moderately from the squeeze box, the son of Knocka Norris and Farmor Cee You drove up hard to lead at the post the first time in 5.59. Hawko’s Mistake (Box 8) chased hard in second place for the duration of the race but could not quite match motors with the winners solid run home of 12.77, going down by 1 1/2 lengths. Bellagio Lad finished in third place. The win gives Lara mentor Robbie Britton another crack at a group final just a fortnight after he landed the quinella in the Group 1 Bold Trease.

Brisbane Cup Heat 3

The third heat provided a sensational finish and the first major upset of the night. Local dog Captain Clarrie (Box 2) landed the event by the bearest of margins for trainer Peter Ruetschi after a long sustained run home. Rose Of Galo (Box 5) finished second after leading everywhere but the post. Rose Of Galo set the fast early pace with a 5.48 first section. Captain Clarrie and Clonakilty Man (Box 7) were the margin abbreviators for the entirety of the race and looked to have Rose Of Galo under siege on the home turn. But Rose Of Galo kept bobbing and looked as though she may just hold on, only to be nabbed by Captain Clarrie right on the post with Gold Town slipping up the fence to finish third. The son of El Galo and Rose Noir only managed a moderate 30.11 and one would think that he will need to find a couple of lengths to feature in the final, especially after drawing the extreme outside.

Brisbane Cup Heat 4

Victorian speedster Kiss Me Ketut (Box 8) led from go to whoa in an impressive front running display to land heat four in 29.95 for South Geelong trainer David Burnett. Spearing the lids from the outside, the son of Bombastic Shiraz and Spiral Siyan stopped the clock at 5.57 for the first section. From that point, Kiss Me Ketut made the race a virtual solo trial with nothing making an impression on the Melbourne Cup finalist. Spirited Flame (Box 3) rattled home to grab second place with Honey Bouquet in third.

Brisbane Cup Heat 5

Shoot Out winner Xylia Allen (Box 5) produced the biggest comeback since Lazarus to land heat five after looking gone for all money as they passed the post the first time. Beginning well below her best, the daughter of Turanza Bale and Tayah Bale found herself in fifth place and around ten lengths from the lamp lighter Tee Brady (Box 2) as they headed out of the straight the first time. While Tee Brady opened up a lead on the rest of the field, the Jenny Hunt trained black bitch began to cut a swathe through the field and wind up in pursuit of the him. By the home turn, Xylia Allen had hit the front and stormed away to win by a space in 29.81 which included a run home of 12.49. Late Angel Lee ran on well to finish third in the event. Should Xylia Allen be able to begin on terms next week, then she will be the in the final up to her ears.

Brisbane Cup Heat 6

The Mark Delbridge trained Tomac Bale (Box 1) sent an ominous warning to competitors by going within a length of the Albion Park track record in the final heat. After pinging from the coveted cherry alley, the son of Dyna Lachlan and Princess Bale ran 5.53 to the first mark and had already opened up a two length break on his rivals. From that point it was a matter of “eyes on the clock” as the red fawn chaser careered away to score by nine lengths in 29.63. Hopes Fantasy finished in second with Belfast Johnny a further 3 1/4 lengths away in third. Tomac Bale was ultra impressive in his 14th win from 25 starts and will be well in the betting next week after drawing box two.

Next weeks final promises to be worthy of star billing with a quality octet of chasers set to contest the event.

The box draw for the final is as follows;

2013 Brisbane Cup Final Boxdraw

  • 1 – Top Story
  • 2 – Tomac Bale
  • 3 – Battistuzzi
  • 4 – Hawko’s Mistake
  • 5 – Farmor Las Vegas
  • 6 – Kiss Me Ketut
  • 7 – Xylia Allen
  • 8 – Captain Clarrie
  • Reserves

  • 9 – Rose Of Galo
  • 10 – Tee Brady

2013 Brisbane Cup Heats Replays


Dyna Lachlan, El Grand Senor Pups Fetch Top Dollar At Ready2Race Auction

Bendigo was the place to be last weekend with the second version of the Ready2Race auction taking place at Lord’s Raceway.

GRV’s premier greyhound sale has been highly marketed since Kiss Me Ketut won the $20,000 Ready2Race final and followed it up by making the Melbourne Cup final two weeks later.

However those in the know will remember that many of the talented dogs to come out of the inaugural sale last November were indeed buybacks – meaning the vendor purchased their own dog, preventing the greyhound from changing hands. It was always going to be interesting to see if that trend would continue for the second version of the sale, particularly with many of the same vendors taking part.

Before any of that could eventuate though, the 117 chasers had to show the eager crowd exactly what they could do under race conditions.

For the 2013 series, there was a wide variety of litters to choose from, with progeny from all over the state available. Lonesome Cry led the way with four individual litters nominated, while Where’s Pedro, Talk’s Cheap and El Grand Senor had three different litters.

Spiral Siyan was the standout name amongst the dams, having produced the star litter of last years’ sale, which included Kiss Me Ketut. Her single entrant in the sale would be by Sandown track record holder, Bekim Bale, and amusingly named Ketut’s Kaput.

26 heats were conducted on the 18th November over the 425-metre trip, with greyhounds grouped by age, ranging between 16 and 26 months. Entered in fields of four, the same chasers would then back up the following Saturday (25th November) to give another display of racing before the hammer would go down at the conclusion of the last race.

While several greyhounds stood out amongst the dreary weather, it was Max Moon, by El Grand Senor out of Bub’s Angel, who would set the time standard on both days of racing. Clocking 24.08 in the heat, Max Moon would return to winning in 24.13 in driving rain.

His final included another eye-catching runner in Detcord (Dyna Lachlan x Queen of Bling), who won in 24.16 before tasting defeat in 24.48 behind Max Moon.

Sisco Good showed plenty of dash in its two runs, with the High Earner dog showing 24.19 on the clock before improving down to 24.15 in its nine-length final success.

Another El Grand Senor pup, Senor Finn, was put up by Diane Bartolo and looked impressive on both weekends, setting times of 24.11 and 24.19, defeating Detcord’s littermate, Turbine, who ran 24.24 on both occasions.

With the racing complete, it was time for business and for thousands of dollars to exchange hands. There was a huge variance amongst the lots, with many buy-backs occurring once again.

Somewhat disappointingly, 40 of the 117 lots would stay in the hands of the vendor, including Ketut’s Kaput, which Dave Burnett chose to retain. But new homes were found for many of those with impressive showings, with the bidding going deep into five figures.

The highest price overall was for Turbine, with the March 2012 Dyna Lachlan x Queen of Bling pup going to David Toar for the incredible price of $28,000.

Mr Toar also shelled out another $15,000 for ‘Doc’, a very young July 2012 Lonesome Cry x Sweet About Me pup which went 24.44, 24.70 in the two public runs.

Best-of-day runner, Max Moon was arguably the highest profile purchase, heading to the Anthony Azzopardi kennel for $16,000. Interestingly though, it made $1,300 less than the dog it beat in the final, Detcord, who stopped the bidding at $17,300.

Senor Finn was purchased by Des Dooley on behalf of the SEN radio show ‘Off The Bench’ for $14,600, while Sisco Good was retained by John Galea for $10,000.

Robert Britton was also active at the sale, snapping up Dr. Portia (Aston Jobson x Dr. Joy) for $5800. Dr. Portia ran 24.51 in winning her heat before coming fourth out of four in 24.79.

GRV has often aimed the Ready2Race sale at people looking to buy their first racing dog, and there were plenty of smaller-price sales for those hoping for a bargain.

Scanz Choice may turn out to be a value-pick after showing plenty of box speed on both occasions, yet only changing hands for $1,800. While $2000 would have bought you the Royal Assassin bitch, Keep It Safe, who despite not turning two until march, was able to win her final by three lengths in 24.70.

All dogs sold in the auction can now earn points in selected events, with the top eight qualifying for the rich Group 3 final, to be held in November 2014.

Taylor’s Hold The Gold Collar Key

Bridport couple Mick and Joanne Taylor hold the key to the $7,500 Simons Carpet One Gold Collar Final (515 metres) to be conducted at Monday night’s LGRC meeting at the Tote Racing Centre.

Their kennel will provide half the field to contest the rich event – litter mates Bit Hot Sally, Bit Hot Henry, Bit Hot Finchy and Bit Hot Rusty, having qualified when two heats were conducted at last Monday night’s meeting.

Bit Hot Finchy and Bit Hot Rusty won the heats, with Bit Hot Sally and Bit Hot Henry both finishing in third place, in what was a great result for the kennel.

The Taylor’s have now won 11 races with members of the Bit Chili – Blitzing Chloe litter, but if they are successful on Monday night it will be their biggest pay-day since becoming involved in the sport more than two decades ago.

Bit Hot Finchy and Bit Hot Henry filled the placings behind the Gary Fahey prepared Daniel’s Bay in the recent Breeders Classic Final conducted at the Devonport Raceway, but on Monday night the Taylor’s are hoping to go one better.

“We are quite happy with the draw and all four chasers have done well in recent days, so we are hoping for a bit of luck in running,” Joanne revealed this week.

“The Launceston track is different to the Devonport Raceway circuit in that it is probably better to draw closer to the rail and we have the red and check boxes with two of our runners, which may work in our favour.”

The Taylor’s have bred only one litter from Pure Octane bitch Blitzing Chloe, but now have the incentive to continue and are planning to mate her with Dyna Lachlan

Penguin based mentor Butch Deverell has qualified the relatively inexperienced Kalaway Ernie for the Gold Collar Final and is predicting that sometime in the future he will mature into a handy chaser.

“Kalaway Ernie is a mad railer and therefore not suited by the draw, but he is possessed of plenty of ability and will make the grade,” he divulged.

By Knocka Norris from the Clearwater Boy bitch Trina Sage, Kalaway Ernie was bred by Ulverstone’s Hilton Gossage and is raced by the Nagars syndicate headed by golfer Kerry Lehman.

“I have three of the litter in my kennel but Kalaway Ernie is the only one to win at this stage of proceedings,” Deverell explained.

“I think there are about sixteen members in the Nagars syndicate and obviously it is good for the game that so many first-time owners are involved.”

Meanwhile veteran Bracknell trainer Maurie Strickland was seen back in the winners circle at the Devonport Raceway on Tuesday afternoon when the smart performer Teddy Tom Boy was successful in the Devonport Show Cup (452 metres).

Owned by Westbury couple Bill and Anne Witherden, he exploded from the boxes and gave his rivals something to chase, eventually scoring by four lengths as a well supported $3.30 commodity.

Teddy Tom Boy is a member of the highly successful Aston Galilee – Patsy Anne litter which includes the additional good winners Yappin Jack, Sentry Duty, Battek Boss, Hindsight, Little Spin, Lizzie Beth, Orange Boy and Oscar Ralph.

$7,500 SIMONS CARPET ONE GOLD COLLAR FINAL (515 METRES)

1. Bit Hot Sally (G.Taylor)
2. Bit Hot Henry (G.Taylor)
3. Wild Fling (E. Medhurst)
4. Wild Cindy (E. Medhurst)
5. Capable Conflict (W.Williams)
6. Bit Hot Finchy (G.Taylor)
7. Kalaway Ernie (B.Deverell)
8. Bit Hot Henry (G.Taylor)
9. Miss Floss (W. Williams)
10. Global Lad (K.McConnon)

Bravo’s Triple Shot At Group Glory

Kelly Bravo may be in for a prosperous fortnight, with a strong hand in two different feature races around the nation. This Saturday the Lovely Banks conditioner will line up underrated stayer Alpe D’Huez in the Group 1 Hume Cup at The Meadows, while her husband Brett makes the trip north to Wentworth Park with talented littermates Gimme Fuel and Sienna’s Dream which will both be contesting the semi-finals of the Group 1 Vic Peters Classic.

Bravo had a night to remember on Saturday with both Alpe D’Huez and Gimme Fuel taking out their heats in each respective series, with Sienna’s Dream chasing gallantly when fourth behind Tasmanian chaser, Buckle Up Wes.

“You lose track of it really because Brett went to Sydney and I was here, but it was pretty exciting’, Bravo explained of the night.

It all kicked off in Sydney when Gimme Fuel took out heat one of the Vic Peters Classic with a breathtaking all the way display from box four. Beginning flawlessly, the sleek speedster slinked straight to the front and was never behind another runner, dashing away to score by four and one quarter lengths in a blistering 29.64s (BON)

After trialling at the track the week prior, Bravo was hopeful that he could reel off some sizzling sectionals in the heat. Needless to say she was elated with the son of Dyna Lachlan and Runway Model

“We were hoping he’d run around that time- we originally said that if he ran in the 29.70s we would be happy because he hadn’t had a lot of 500 metre racing- he really only had the one at Bendigo and the one at The Meadows”

“He had a trial up at Wentworth Park the week before just to give him a look so we were hoping that he would have a bit of improvement in him so 29.64 was really nice”

Litter sister Sienna’s Dream was not as lucky in her qualifier. After beginning well from box four the fawn bitch was checked when Buckle Up Wes crossed her in pursuit of the rails, before racing under pressure as she was shuffled back through the field.

Moving into the semi-finals this week, Sienna’s Dream has come up with a perfect draw in box one which will aid her quest to qualify for next Saturday’s decider

“That really suits her. She is nowhere near as strong as her brothers, but she is very quick early. She seemed to knuckle down a little bit after the start last week, she was probably a little bit keen, but box one will suit her. We are just hoping that she gets a nice, clear run really- I don’t think she can run up to the times of Gimme Fuel”

“She hasn’t really had any 500 metre preparation, when we bought her it was with the recommendation that she was more of a short course bitch and we were going to breed with her. We are just hoping that when we give her a few 500s that she might find a little bit more as she gets older”

Unfortunately Gimme Fuel has not fared as well with his box draw- coming up with box five in race five, however Bravo is optimistic about his chance from the squeeze box

“I don’t mind him in the five as long as he doesn’t get interfered with at the start, he likes to race in the middle of the track anyway, so as long as he begins and nothing cuts him off coming out of the boxes straight away it’s not a huge worry”

Despite vying for a spot in a $75,000 final at Wentworth Park on Saturday, much of the focus of Bravo’s evening will be on The Meadows where rails runner Alpe D’Huez will be aiming to take out the Group 1 Hume Cup over the 600 metre trip.

The son of Bombastic Shiraz ran a terrific race last start when taking out his heat in a tidy 34.61s from an identical box. The fawn dog settled third throughout the run before unleashing a powerful finishing burst along the rails, assuming the lead mere meters before the post.

Named after one of the mountains in the Tour De France, Bravo was happy with his performance. However, he will have to contend with multiple Group winner Proven Impala and new track record holder, Bookkeeper on Saturday. Nonetheless, she does think that the injury prone chaser can improve for this week’s final

“He is capable of running a lot quicker than that, but he got back a little bit. He probably doesn’t handle The Meadows as great as what he does at Sandown- he has dropped a couple of back muscles and he has got a bit of a suspect wrist as well, so at The Meadows he finds it a little bit hard to get around”

“It was nice to see him come from behind but obviously he will have to get up there a little bit earlier this week if he is going to give himself any chance”

“I think if he doesn’t give too much away at the start he has a chance. People sort of think that he comes from behind but he can actually run really good sections as well. As long as he keeps up with them early and doesn’t get into too much trouble”

“At least he has got there red- we said after the race if he came up with the red he would be in with a chance whereas if he had drawn in the middle of the field we would have been in a bit of trouble, but he has box one so hopefully that will get him into the placings”

With just nine race dogs in work- plus the grand old champ Kilty Lad, Bravo is enjoying a terrific run on the track at present. The winning streak is set to continue with a few pups starting come through and a litter by her former star, Kilty Lad, just arriving back from the breakers. The regally bred pups are out of Off Springer- the prolific producer responsible for the exhilarating youngster, Banjo Boy.

“We’ve got a nice bunch at the moment- we have ten in the race kennels but that includes Kilty Lad.  We have a Litter by Batrim Bale coming through and an Off Springer- Kilty Lad litter coming back from breakers”

“He (Kilty Lad) has got some pups breaking-in really well but I guess until some of them hit the track people are a little bit wary”

“The eldest are about 16 months but he has got pups in here, NSW, Queensland and Tassie and the reports on them having been really good. We have some litters here about to go to the breakers so it is getting exciting”

Victorian Sets The Standard In Vic Peters Heats

While the focus of the industry was on the Group 1 Topgun at The Meadows last night, the youngsters also brought their best for the heats of the Group 1 Vic Peters Classic at Wentworth Park.

The first heat went to one of many interstate competitors entered in the series, as Gimme Fuel ($3.00 favourite) led from go to whoa from box four. The Kelly Bravo-prepared pup never looked in danger after he landed in front, accelerating away from the rest of the field to score by four and one quarter lengths in a scintillating BON 29.64s. The son of Dyna Lachlan has been racing well in Victoria where he had won six from nine prior to last night, with his Sydney performance one of his most impressive displays to date. Local chaser Belfast Johnny ran a great race from box five  to finish second while Lorraine Roy’s Pleiades ran a fantastic race to finish third albeit over eight lengths off the winner.

While the first heat went to the favourite, the second went to an outsider when Waylin Joy triumphed at a massive $40.90. As expected, the majority of the money came for the exceptional bitch Ritza Hattie, but she had a tough run from box five when Lachlan Bomber collided with her just after the start. Waylin Joy was a clear last going passed the post on the first occasion and had to do plenty of work to navigate his way into a handy position down the back. As the race leader, Another Call, got weary entering the home straight, Waylin Joy pushed his way to the front along the rails and kicked clear to win by three lengths in a handy 30.01s. Ritza Hattie was resilient after finding trouble but could only manage second place. Nelirian filled the placings for Norman Rilen.

Avondale Porche remains undefeated after her efforts in taking out the third heat. The Knocka Norris bitch was taking on the Canberra Cup winner, Zipping Willow, but proved too tough throughout the run when notching up her ninth career win in 29.83s. Beginning flawlessly from box three, the blue bitch led all the way and fought off a mid-race challenge from Zipping Willow down the back for young gun trainer Beau Hedley. Soviet Missile ran second at big odds ($41.10) for Toby Weekes, while Ritza Liam rounded up the trifecta in third. Zipping Willow faded slightly to finish fourth, just fewer than four lengths off the winner.

Jane Curruthers scored a win with a member of her talented Magic Sprite x Elizabeth Royal litter in the fourth heat. Royal Sprite began brilliantly from box one and never gave anything else a chance, carving out a slick 29.77s over the 520 metres. The black dog has now won nine from 21 with five minor placings. Jason Thompson’s Whata Good Size never left the winner alone, stalking him for the entire trip. However when the leading pair entered the straight, Royal Sprite was just a shade to strong, extending his lead to score by two and a half lengths at the finish.

The fifth heat went to Tasmanian sprinter Buckle Up Wes who managed to overcome a wide box eight draw to score convincingly in 29.93s. The son of Collision was having his second start at the track after running a blistering 29.82s in September, but raced like a track specialist as he rounded up the field entering the back straight. The black dog then drew clear to win by four and three quarter lengths on the line. Trained by Ted Medhurst, Buckle Up Wes has developed a promising record now with 12 wins from 19 starts.

The sixth and final heat went to yet another outsider when Lach’s Wish saluted at $22.30. The race was led by lid-pinger Bella Senora as the field charged out of the straight, but she quickly tired and faded back to finish an eventual fourth. Taking up the lead was the regally bred Frosty Vintage from box eight, however he was no match for Lach’s Wish on the line who charged home along the inside to bring up her fifth career win.  The blue bitch, which Tips the scales at just 26 kilograms, stopped the clock in a speedy 30.01 and will move on to next week’s semi-finals looking a good chance at odds. Frosty Vintage was a little bit disappointing as the $3.90 second elect, but he will get a chance to redeem himself this Saturday.

The box draw for the Group 1 Vic Peters Classic semi-finals will be released this Tuesday along with the draw for the remainder of the meeting.

 

 

Group 1 Vic Peters Classic Heats Betting Preview

While tonight’s Group 1 Sky Racing Topgun is the definite highlight of an exciting night of racing nationwide, six sensational heats of the Group 1 Vic Peters Classic will also be staged at Wentworth Park.  Open to greyhound whelped after April 1st 2011, the final will offer a whopping $75,000 to connections in two weeks’ time.

Group 1 Vic Peters Classic Heat One- 8:10pm

There are multiple chances in this race with the money likely to be coming for numbers four, five, seven and eight.

Number four, Gimme Fuel (currently $2.30 fixed price with Sportsbet), is trained in Victoria by Kelly Bravo. The son of Dyna Lachlan has only had nine starts but has clocked some sizzling times down south including a slick 27.90s over the ‘500’ at Bendigo three starts ago. With some average beginners on his inside, he should get every chance to bounce straight on the bunny and bound away.

Number five, Belfast Johnny (currently $3.20 fixed price with Sportsbet), has been ultra-impressive in his eight race starts- clocking a near track record 24.97s at Maitland three starts ago.  After that performance he debuted at headquarters with a fast 30.05s performance followed by a luckless fourth here at his last attempt. He isn’t electrifying out of the boxes but has great speed when he hits the ground. If Gimme Fuel can begin on his inside, he might get a nice cart across into the race.

Number seven, Cut Me Off (currently $4.00 fixed price with Sportsbet), is from the consistent Lagogiane kennel but is the most inexperienced runner in the field- only having had four starts prior to tonight. While he is no doubt talented, as shown by his promising times at Maitland (25.25s) and Wentworth Park (30.10s), he is also a slow beginner and will have to jump a lot better to be able to find the fence from box seven.

Number eight, Bit Betta (currently $8.00 fixed price with Sportsbet) probably has the most early pace and he is more than capable of finding the front, despite being drawn in the pink. He is yet to race over the ‘500’ but if he can find the front and skip away, he is a chance.  Last start he won by 13.25 lengths at Richmond where he recorded a  flying 22.41s- he may be worth a sneaky bet at odds.

Group 1 Vic Peters Classic Heat Two- 8:28pm

The favourite in the second heat will undoubtedly be the exciting Ritza Hattie (currently $2.30 fixed price with Sportsbet). The Mark Gatt- trained bitch was a brilliant winner at Nowra last start where she clocked a new track record 29.53s, however she is awkwardly drawn in the five. While she is freakishly fast it is a much tougher assignment tonight.

Paired with the bad draw, Ritza Hattie also has the talented Lachlan Bomber (currently $4.80 fixed price with Sportsbet) drawn directly on her inside. The Sharron Webster-trained dog is a head case for the outside which may bring everything undone for the super bitch drawn to his right.

Mike Marlow (currently $5.50 fixed price with Sportsbet) is enjoying a great run of form at present, but he too may it difficult from box seven.  He is more than capable of jumping straight to the front, but he will need to do just that to avoid the imminent danger likely to affect the two runners on his inside.  Big chance if he can do so, although he does get a bit weary near the line.

Victorian Nelirian (currently $5.00 fixed price with Sportsbet) is ideally drawn in the one to avoid trouble and scoot away, as is lid pinger Another Call (currently $7.50 fixed price with Sportsbet) in box three, however he struggles near the line and will need them to jam up behind him.

Group 1 Vic Peters Classic Heat Three- 9:10pm

Zipping Willow (currently $3.00 fixed price with Sportsbet) received an invitation to tonight’s Group 1 Topgun but didn’t quite make the final eight. The Group 3 winner will be looking to show everyone why she should have been selected when she jumps from box eight. Although it is a tricky box, she is an excellent beginner with a best time of 29.59s at the track. If she steps cleanly they will have a tough time running her down.

Avondale Porche (currently $2.80 fixed price with Sportsbet) is undefeated from eight starts but will face her acid test here tonight. The Knocka Norris bitch is boxed terrifically in the three and is a sensational beginner. Punters will be hoping she can bounce to the front and that Zipping Willow is unable to cross from out wide. If she is leading out of the first turn, she will win.

Number four, Ding’s Chance (currently $6.00 fixed price with Sportsbet), is another promising type having won 14 of his 28 starts. The son of Mogambo won in 30.10s at his track debut last week and will represent a genuine winning chance at generous odds from the blue.

Group 1 Vic Peters Classic Heat Four- 9:27pm

Pantone Green (currently $7.50 fixed price with Sportsbet) ran a blistering 5.33s first section here last week and if he can repeat that tonight there is not much that will lead him despite being drawn poorly in the green. Whether the son of Magic Sprite can hold on to the top spot against a high class field is another question, but he is capable of putting on a cheeky display out in front.

The class runner of the field is Jason Thompson’s Whata Good Size (currently $2.20 fixed price with Sportsbet), however he will have to get out of box five quick to avoid being chopped off by Pantone Green. On the bunny he is capable of running some sizzling sectionals and as a proven performer in this type of grade, he is hard to go passed.

Rails runner Royal Sprite (currently $2.40 fixed price with Sportsbet) could be absolutely anything however he needs the breaks to go his way as he is usually a very poor beginner. From box one he should get the opportunity to push up along the inside and go out after the leader but, depending who is out in front, he might find it difficult to reel the frontrunner in if it is carving some slick time. Nevertheless, if he can begin with them, he is more than capable of landing the cash having rocketed around the Glebe circuit in a hot 29.67s.

Group 1 Vic Peters Classic Heat Five- 9:47pm

Kelly Bravo has another member of the Dyna Lachlan x Runway Model litter engaged in the fifth qualifier, with Sienna’s Dream (currently $4.60 fixed price with Sportsbet) exiting box four. The fawn bitch has only had six starts but has won four of those down in Victoria around Horsham (23.33s) and Geelong (25.86s). She has plenty of early pace so she should be up with the leaders in the early stages, but the two turns are completely different to the one turn tracks that she has been racing on. One would have to hope and trust that she has some two-turn experience before putting the money on at slim odds.

Tasmanian chaser Buckle Up Wes (currently $2.40 fixed price with Sportsbet) has to contend with box eight, however he does have the advantage of a run on the track. The black speedster showed great early toe at the track three starts back when zipping around in 29.82s. A repeat performance of that will make him the one to beat.

Another interstate raider, Living Proof (currently $3.00 fixed price with Sportsbet) looks a great chance in this race. The Collide dog will be aiming for four wins on the trot when he jumps from box three after recent wins at Sandown (29.76s), Warragul (26.07s), and the Meadows (30.04s). He isn’t overly quick out of the boxes but does have good pace when he hits the ground- he will only need to avoid interference in the first few strides to be able to balance up and be very competitive.

The best of the local hopes would appear to be box five starter King Cobber (currently $5.50 fixed price with Sportsbet) for Frank Hurst. The Swift Fancy youngster has won three from eight including 30.37s over the track and distance, but he lacks genuine zip and will need luck in this classy event from the poor draw.

Group 1 Vic Peters Classic Heat Six- 10:12pm

Queenslander Placid Planet (currently $2.60 fixed price with Sportsbet) looks to have plenty of talent with five wins and six minors to his name after 12 starts up north. Trained by in form mentor Troy Sharpe, Placid Planet will be aiming to make it a hatrick of wins after two good wins at Albion Park- his most recent in a sub 30 time. Box four is not ideal, but there does not appear to be any blistering speed underneath him.

Frosty Vintage (currently $4.00 fixed price with Sportsbet) has recorded a good 30.66s at Richmond recently which is fast enough to be right in this if he can transfer that form to headquarters. The regally bred pup is a little bit hit and miss- if he brings his A-game he is more than capable of winning but he will have to be on his best behaviour, especially from box eight

Being Good (currently $4.50 fixed price with Sportsbet) has put the times on the board at Gosford (29.89s) and Richmond (30.63) but she is a slow beginner and may find it hard from the seven.

Other than that it is a pretty even race. The surprise runner may be Bella Senora (currently $9.00 fixed price with Sportsbet). The Adam Wade-trained bitch has been racing well at Maitland against some seasoned and well-performed campaigners. She is not a very tough bitch but she has good speed and if she finds the front she may prove a challenge for some of these inexperienced youngsters to run down.

Ken Mayne Has Star Cam Flying

Gagebrook trainer Ken Mayne is enjoying a super run of success with the Queensland bred chaser Star Cam (Bombastic Shiraz – Rumble Duchess), which won it’s fourth race in succession at Tuesday’s NWGRC meeting, by taking out the Calci – D Grade 4 (452 metres) in great fashion.

Making full use of the red box, he flew the lids and occupied the premier position throughout, eventually holding out the fast finisher Stylish Abbey (High Earner – Stylish Moon), to score narrowly in the time of 26.00, as a well supported $1.80 favourite.

Star Cam has now won six of 11 lifetime outings since debuting at the HGRC meeting conducted at Tattersalls Park in Hobart on July 11.

The chaser is a litter mate of the winners Fanciful Moments, Johan Kahn, Major Kahn and Toy Kahn and is raced by interstate connections, the Good Girth syndicate.

“Star Cam was not even named when I was asked to prepare him, apparently he was proving to be a handful and did not look like making the grade,” the trainer explained this week.

“I straightened him out and when I suggested that the owners consider giving him a name they were pleasantly surprised to say the least,” he added.

Mayne learnt the ropes from veteran Magra mentor Leon Brazendale and has only had a public licence in his own right for two years.

“I restrict myself to just a couple of greyhounds, meaning that I can spend plenty of time with them, which is a huge advantage,” he explained.

He has never before won four races in succession with one of his team and as a result is considering setting the bar a tad higher for his kennel star.

“I am considering a trip to The Meadows in November, but if that does not eventuate it would be nice to have a runner in the Hobart Thousand,” he explained.

Mayne also has high hopes for a litter of pups by the former local champ Big Moose from the Pure Octane bitch Shanghai Cruise, which also won races from his establishment.

Meanwhile four heats of the rich Ministers Gift Series were conducted at Monday night’s LGRC meeting, with victory going the way of the smart chasers Black Bessie (Where’s Pedro – Smart And Sassy), Palooka ( Dyna Lachlan – It’s A She), Hellyeah Bolt ( Dyna Lachlan – Flash Diamond) and Pipstar ( High Earner – Stylish Moon).

The Paul Hili prepared Hellyeah Bolt was the fastest heat winner, recording a time of 29.55 for the 515 metres trip, meaning that, barring accidents, he will be very much in demand when the big money is on offer.

Further heats of the Ministers Gift will be conducted at Tuesdays NWGRC meeting at the Devonport Raceway, with the $10,000 to the winner final scheduled for the HGRC meeting at Tattersalls Park in Hobart on October 24.

Another trainer to experience success at Tuesday’s NWGRC meeting was Bridport based Graeme Taylor, who took out the Virbac Devonport Tasbred Maiden (452 metres) with the smart chaser Bit Hot Rusty ( Bit Chili – Blitzing Chloe).

In a keenly contested affair, the chaser, a last start winner, prevailed in the time of 26.01 while paying the handsome dividend of $12.

Taylor has enjoyed good recent success with the litter from Pure Octane bitch Blitzing Chloe, winning races also with Bit Hot Henry and Bit Hot Finchy.

The Bruny Island based Island syndicate, headed by bookmaker Barry Heawood, also found the Devonport Raceway to be a happy hunting ground by winning races with well related debut runners Murrayfield and Daniel’s Bay.

The Talks Cheap – Wooreddy litter mates looked very impressive in winning their respective events, carrying on the good work started by another of the litter in Alonnah, which surprised at big odds from the Brendan Pursell kennel the previous night in Launceston.

Mayne Has Star Cam Flying

Gagebrook trainer Ken Mayne is enjoying a super run of success with the Queensland bred chaser Star Cam (Bombastic Shiraz – Rumble Duchess), which won it’s fourth race in succession at Tuesday’s NWGRC meeting, by taking out the Calci – D Grade 4 (452 metres) in great fashion.

Making full use of the red box, he flew the lids and occupied the premier position throughout, eventually holding out the fast finisher Stylish Abbey (High Earner – Stylish Moon), to score narrowly in the time of 26.00, as a well supported $1.80 favourite.

Star Cam has now won six of 11 lifetime outings since debuting at the HGRC meeting conducted at Tattersalls Park in Hobart on July 11.

The chaser is a litter mate of the winners Fanciful Moments, Johan Kahn, Major Kahn and Toy Kahn and is raced by interstate connections, the Good Girth syndicate.

“Star Cam  was not even named when I was asked to prepare him, apparently he was proving to be a handful and did not look like making the grade,” the trainer explained this week.

“I straightened him out and when I suggested that the owners consider giving him a name they were pleasantly surprised to say the least,” he added.

Mayne learnt the ropes from veteran Magra mentor Leon Brazendale and has only had a public licence in his own right for two years.

“I restrict myself to just a couple of greyhounds, meaning that I can spend plenty of time with them, which is a huge advantage,” he explained.

He has never before won four races in succession with one of his team and as a result is considering setting the bar a tad higher for his kennel star.

“I am considering a trip to The Meadows in November, but if that does not eventuate it would be nice to have a runner in the Hobart Thousand,” he explained.

Mayne also has high hopes for a litter of pups by the former local champ Big Moose from the Pure Octane bitch Shanghai Cruise, which also won races from his establishment.

Meanwhile four heats of the rich Ministers Gift Series were conducted at Monday night’s LGRC meeting, with victory going the way of the smart chasers Black Bessie (Where’s Pedro – Smart And Sassy), Palooka ( Dyna Lachlan – It’s A She), Hellyeah Bolt ( Dyna Lachlan – Flash Diamond) and Pipstar ( High Earner – Stylish Moon).

The Paul Hili prepared Hellyeah Bolt was the fastest heat winner, recording a time of 29.55 for the 515 metres trip, meaning that, barring accidents,  he will be very much in demand when the big money is on offer.

Further heats of the Ministers Gift will be conducted at Tuesdays NWGRC meeting at the Devonport Raceway, with the $10,000 to the winner final scheduled for the HGRC meeting at Tattersalls Park in Hobart on October 24.

Another trainer to experience success at Tuesday’s NWGRC meeting was Bridport based Graeme Taylor, who took out the Virbac Devonport Tasbred Maiden (452 metres) with the smart chaser Bit Hot Rusty ( Bit Chili – Blitzing Chloe).

In a keenly contested affair, the chaser, a last start winner,  prevailed in the time of 26.01 while paying the handsome dividend of $12.

Taylor has enjoyed good recent success with the litter from Pure Octane bitch Blitzing Chloe, winning races also with Bit Hot Henry and Bit Hot Finchy.

The Bruny Island based Island syndicate, headed by bookmaker Barry Heawood, also found the Devonport Raceway to be a happy hunting ground by winning races with well related debut runners Murrayfield and Daniel’s Bay.

The  Talks Cheap – Wooreddy litter mates looked very impressive in winning their respective events, carrying on the good work started by another of the litter in Alonnah, which surprised at big odds from the Brendan Pursell kennel the previous night in Launceston.

Victorians Dominate Megastar and Chairman’s Cup

Group 1 glory travelled to Dapto for the first time on Friday night as a stellar field assembled for the running of the Group 1 Dapto Megastar. The $75,000 to the winner feature attracted plenty of interstate interest, with some of the nation’s best two turn sprinters making the trip for a crack at the prize.

In an interesting concept, five of the runners in the final were selected via an invitation process. Victorian Proven Nitro was extended an invitation and was allocated the coveted rails alley for the decider. Other invitees included the Sunshine State’s Glen Gallon, the Garry Edwards-trained Double Twist, three time group winner Jagger Swagger and NSW’s most exciting prospect, Zulu Zeus. The remaining three spots were up for grabs in the Megastar Prelude with the first three placegetters Peter Rocket, Mexico City and Amadeus Strikes making the cut.

Zulu Zeus headed to the boxes as the $2.20 favourite from box eight. The NSW Sprint Representative recorded a slick 29.46s trial in preparation for the race, with punters confident the son of Where’s Pedro could overcome the wide draw.

However, when the lids flew open Zulu Zeus was stuck out wide after an average beginning and was relegated to the tail of the field, never looking a genuine winning chance from that point in time. As the runners charged into the first turn it was the local hope, Double Twist, cruising out in front. As she led the field through the catching pen, Prelude winner Peter Rocket pushed his way underneath the 25 kilogram speedster and assumed the lead.  Once he hit the front Peter Rocket was never in danger. The striking black chaser swung for home and careened away to score a tenacious one and one quarter length win in a brilliant 29.81s.

Chasing him home gallantly was Glen Gallon, with the Jason Thompson-prepared Proven Nitro pinching third. It was an extremely close affair for many runners in the beaten brigade with less than six lengths covering the entire field as they thundered across the line.

It was the second feature win for the son of Where’s Pedro who took out the Group 2 Horsham Cup earlier this year. Peter Rocket now boasts the strong record of 47 starts for 20 wins and 18 minors and over $220,000 in prizemoney.. Trained in Victoria by Keith Hellmuth and owned by Lisa Hellmuth, Peter Rocket’s win in the Megastar ensured he is right in contention for the upcoming Group racing calendar in Victoria.

The other Dapto feature run and won last week was the Group 3 Dapto Maiden on Thursday night. Run over three weeks,, the $25,000 event saw some promising pups contest the series, all looking to break their way onto the racing scene in the finest fashion.

The favourite for the final was Mark Gatt’s thrilling youngster, Ritza Danny who had been ultra-impressive in claiming both his heat (29.98s) and semi-final (29.60s) but after a poor beginning he was no match for the winner, Cawbourne Whip.

Cawbourne Whip was second away and sat behind early leader Melaneus Shiraz in the run to the first turn. The black and white bitch took over down the back and sprinted away, triumphing by six lengths in a solid 30.05s. Trained at Gunning by Jodie Lord, Cawbourne Whip has now faced the starter on five occasions from which the daughter of Dyna Lachlan and American Spot has strung together two wins and two minor placings.

Ritza Danny lost no admirers in second place and looks to have a very bright future. Melaneus Shiraz tired to finish third but also looks a promising type and should go on to win plenty of races for trainer Kristoffer Della Casa.

Peter Rocket was not the only Victorian to steal top honours in a NSW Group final over the weekend.

On Saturday night Proven Impala took her place in the Group 3 Chairman’s Cup at Wentworth Park and was far too classy for her competitors.  The front running stayer put in a  similar performance to her heat win the week prior, bounding to the lead in the run to the line on the first occasion and clocking a sensational 42.01 seconds.  Down the back the daughter of Velocette and Thanks Blue looked in danger as the powerful Smart Valentino broke clear of the pack and started to pursue the Victorian star. However, as the runners approached the home turn it was obvious that the Joe Borg-trained greyhound was not going to be defeated and she hit the line five and one quarter lengths ahead of her 33 kilogram rival.

Proven Impala is still racing in fine style over the half-mile despite turning four years of age in October. The black bitch has the fantastic record of 31 wins and 20 minor placings from 78 starts. Included in those wins were triumphs in the Group 1 Rookie Rebel and the Group 2 Mckenna Memorial over the middle distance. Proven Impala is now set to stay in work, with her last racetrack target likely to be the Group 1 Sale Cup in December before heading to the breeding barn.

Group Two Shepparton Cup Heat Betting Preview & Tips

The Shepparton Cup series kicks off tonight with six sensational fields competing for a spot in the Group 2 final. This year’s series sees some serious speedsters contesting the $43,750 event including a mix of proven group performers and emerging young talent.

Shepparton Cup Heat One
Powerhouse sprinter Spud Regis will line up tonight for his second start back from retirement and looks a great chance from box two. The son of Bombastic Shiraz lost no admirers last week when running a strong second behind the electric Ronan Izmir and whilst this is still a very classy race, it is not as difficult as that assignment. The four time group winner is unbeaten from three attempts from box two and has enough early pace to be prominent in the run to the first turn. If he is up near the lead he will be very hard to hold out.

The biggest threat in the event is undoubtedly the sensational Hoover Jack who has drawn ideally in box one. The Peter Hunt trained sprinter has a great record from the cherry and has a perfect one from one over the track and distance where he has recorded a handy 25.41 seconds.

Dark Warrior is racing in fantastic form at present but has been afforded no favours in box six. However, he is generally a great beginner and is capable of finding the front and stealing the win.

Willy Wag Tail is an exciting Tasmanian prospect having his first at Shepparton tonight. The son of Cosmic Rumble faces a sharp rise in class and this race will certainly give an indication of what he is capable of.

Shepparton Cup Heat Two
The Group 1 Maturity winner, Marcus Joe, is the class runner in the second heat, despite being drawn out wide in box seven. The son of Velocette won impressively at Geelong two starts back before running a luckless fourth at his latest assignment. This will be his first race at Shepparton but he has run well first up at different tracks in the past.

Zoenah’s Entity is tardy early but is great at navigating her way into a good position and from box three she looks well suited. The Mogambo bitch is looking to make it three wins in a row after notching up two nice victories at Sandown and The Meadows at her most recent starts.

Cee Ronaldo is another looking to make it three wins in a row and although drawn poorly in box four, he does have a moderate beginner on his inside and a vacant box on his outside which should assist. The son of El Galo has good early toe and looks a genuine threat with a handy 25.65 seconds personal best at Shepparton.

The Wheeler-owned Allen Dion looks the other main chance from the two. Whilst he has not won since mid-June, he has had to contend with some difficult box draws and should appreciate the move in towards the rail.

Shepparton Cup Heat Three
The Robert Britton trained Clone Your Own looks to be the one to beat in the third qualifier. The black chaser, formerly from New Zealand, is in great form at the moment having won three of his last five starts including a slick 25.17 seconds over the track and distance last start. The Group 2 Harrison-Dawson winner is not blessed with much early speed but he should be suited by the big one turn track which will give him plenty of room to move and stretch out.

Blaster has been racing extremely well against some quality chasers recently and will relish the draw closer to the rails tonight. The Premier Fantasy dog is a reliable beginner with two wins from four starts over the trip and a personal best of 25.24 seconds.

State Sensation loves the Shepparton circuit as a winner of seven from 15 however he does appear to be more suited towards the rails. Nonetheless, if he can begin well and find a good position early, he is capable of running a handy race.

Michael Carter is well represented with Jimmy Lane in box four. The son of Dyna Lachlan is a safe beginner with 17 career victories to his name so must be respected.

Shepparton Cup Heat Four
The classy Ronan Izmir was sensational at his track and distance debut last week, leading all the way from box two in a scintillating 24.98 seconds. The son of Elite state moves out to box seven for his heat tonight, the only box he is yet to salute from in his 40 start career. However, with moderate beginners on his inside, he should be able to carve across the field and bring up win number 21 for trainer Jason Thompson.

Ronan Izmir will no doubt be a short priced favourite in the event and rightly so. The best of the rest look to be Blue Giant (Box 1), Fully Advanced (Box 2), and Shadow Lane (Box 3).

Shepparton Cup Heat Five
Desalle Bale has shown tremendous early speed in her recent starts and if she begins like she has been, she will be very hard to beat despite being drawn in the five. The Graeme Bate trained bitch has won 27 races throughout her 66 start career, including a slick 25.25 seconds at Shepparton in December last year.

Slater Hill is a newcomer to Robert Britton’s Lara kennels after making the transition from NSW recently. At his first start for his new trainer, the red brindle dog ran a handy second at Sandown behind Swans Twelve but will be looking to go one better tonight from box two. Slater Hill is a son of the great One Tree Hill and will just need a bit of luck to feature in the finish after inheriting plenty of his famous mum’s talent.

Walk Hard is drawn on the inside of Desalle Bale which is not ideal but he is unbeaten over the track and distance. The Bit Chili speedster has won three from three at Shepparton with a fast best time of 25.23 seconds whilst he has won 10 overall with a further 10 minor placings from 25 career starts.

Cracker Jack Lil is drawn in box six and is capable of taking out the heat on her night however, she does mix her form and is hard to catch.

Shepparton Cup Heat Six
Paw Licking should prove hard to beat in the final heat drawn out wide in the eight. The son of Elite State is a brilliant beginner and he drops back to a more favourable distance after leading and tiring throughout most of the Nationals series over 525 metres at The Meadows. The white and black dog has won 20 from 32 including the group two Traralgon Cup earlier this year and although this is his first start at the track he has the class to overcome that obstacle.

Jason Thompson has an exciting young prospect on his hands with Whata Good Size facing his acid test tonight against some speedy competitors. As a good beginner he should be able to find a spot on the rails early from box two and with a flawless one from one at the track he looks the testing material for his more experienced counterparts.

Andrea Dailly is not without a chance in the heat, lining up with Garrick Bale from the coveted rails alley. The son of Go Wild Teddy is out of form at present but is more than capable of being a threat in the race if he is on his best behaviour.

The first heat of the Group 2 Shepparton Cup is race three tonight and will jump at 7:50pm (Vic time)

Xylia Downed As Kokoda Spirit Rises For SA Oaks

When scanning the form guides for an upcoming Thursday night, it is always a nice surprise when good dogs suddenly appear at tracks outside their norm. This week it was Angle Park who grabbed the attention, with four heats of the Group 3 Coffex Coffee S.A Oaks hosting several Victorian greyhounds, with most travelling to Adelaide for the first time.

It is not an unusual occurrence at this time of year, with many of the big name trainers using both the Oaks and Derby series as a warm-up to the Adelaide Cup which kicks off on October 3.

The 2013 version of the Oaks was certainly highlighted by the nomination of the reigning National Sprint Champion Xylia Allen, who would be taking a look at the Cardigan Street layout for the first time.

Lining up in the fourth and final heat, the Graeme Bate trained superstar appeared to be facing a far easier challenge than those she wiped the floor with in her recent outings during the Nationals.

But as a $1.30 favourite from box four, Xylia Allen was slow to begin, finding herself caught wide and at the tail of the field. On the contrary, Kokoda Spirit for Mark Morrissey screamed out of the boxes setting a first split of 4.41 to lead clearly.

By the time the field had reached the back straight, Kokoda Spirit had opened up a seven length break over Dyna Beth and Collin Bale who both looked hard pressed to put any pressure on the tearaway leader. Xylia Allen was working her way between runners, riding the bumps and checks in her typical hard-chasing fashion.

As Kokoda Spirit swung towards the finish, Xylia Allen had got clear into second place, but the margin between the pair was no less than it had been all race, and Kokoda Spirit completed the task and simply ran the others off their legs.

Stopping the clock at 29.68, it would be the fastest of the four heats and easily the most impressive. By Knocka Norris out of Flaming Doll, Mark Morrissey has now prepared Kokoda Spirit to 10 wins from 19 starts, with a chance to take out a Group race next week.

The series opened up with an anticipated three-way battle between local chaser Wiregrass and interstate raiders Iona Seven and Guru Doll. Drawn the inside three boxes, there was very little between the trio from an odds perspective, and all eyes were watching which runner could gain the upper hand in the early stages.

Guru Doll was in fact the first to draw blood, beginning sharply from the one box and setting up a couple of lengths lead over Wiregrass as they made the turn out of the straight. Iona Seven had crossed over to the rails and used the inside run to sneak up behind Guru Doll shortly after.

From there it was an entertaining battle between the three fancied runners, with Iona Seven taking the lead around the top turn and drawing clear. Wiregrass stuck on nicely to pip Guru Doll for second, giving young trainer Ben Rawlings a crack at his first Group race win.

Iona Seven is trained by Robert Britton, from the successful Swift Fancy x Iona Habit litter, whelped in April 2011. Owned by Michelle Sidrak, this smart chaser brings up her ninth win and qualifies for her fourth feature final.

Graeme Bate was back in the spotlight again when Purcell Bale took out the second heat. Backing up from her impressive Geelong Oaks victory last week, the daughter of Dyna Lachlan and Princess Bale was also new to Angle Park until this series, but she appeared to have no trouble with the circuit, or the finish-on lure for the matter, leading for most of the way from box seven.

Starting in the red at $1.80, Purcell Bale was has fast to begin, but not as fast as the Tasmanian-bred Fair Change who pinged out of box eight. Unable to cross, Fair Change was caught outside Purcell Bale on the first turn, and surrendered the lead and effectively the race was over from there.

With Purcell Bale highballing out in front, the rest were left scrapping for qualification, with Lethal Three for Mark Grima doing his best work late to overcome trouble and get into second spot. With Purcell Bale getting a little leg-weary in the concluding stages, Lethal Three was able to cut the margin back to two lengths, with 30.08 being the winning time.

With Victorians dominating in the other heats, it is nice to have a couple more local chasers making it through and defending their home track in next week’s final courtesy of Wonder Whirl and Long Gully Court.

Wonder Whirl has been threatening to make a big race final for some time, and after finally coming up with the red box for heat three of the Oaks – the first time since her debut in October 2012 – she begun like a rocket and was able to lead comfortably.

Knowing the strength of the this Vapour Whirl x Groovy Sarah bitch is hard to match, Long Gully Court for Paula Hearnden did a fantastic job of pushing Wonder Whirl for the entire journey and deservedly qualified for the final as well. The race time was 30.10 for Wonder Whirl, who brings up win number 14 for long-time trainer Mick Giniotis.

The Group 2 Coffex Coffee S.A Oaks final will be run next Thursday night, with the box draw conducted on course last night.

2013 SA Oaks Final Boxdraw

1) Lethal Three – Mark Grima
2) Kokoda Spirit – Mark Morrissey
3) Wiregrass – Ben Rawlings
4) Wonder Whirl – Mick Giniotis
5) Xylia Allen – Graeme Bate
6) Iona Seve – Robert Britton
7) Purcell Bale – Graeme Bate
8) Long Gully Court – Paula Hearnden
RESERVES
9) Guru Doll – Mark Morrisey
10) Black Viel – Robert Britton

Three exhibition trials were also conducted between races in preparation for the Derby series, with Allen Makoto the fastest with a time of 29.82, then Tomac Bale going 29.87 and Premier Event for Angela Langton trialling in 30.30. The Group 3 Schweppes Derby heats are down to be run on September 12.

AGRA National Sprint & Distance Championships Betting Preview

The night that enthusiasts nationwide have been waiting for is finally here, with 16 of Australia’s best sprinters and stayers converging at The Meadows tonight for a crack at the group one AGRA National Sprint and Distance Championships. The $75,000 to the winner races have attracted some serious contenders and are shaping up to be exhilarating affairs.

AGRA NATIONAL DISTANCE CHAMPIONSHIP

Box One: Smart Valentino (NSW)
The NSW raider will be aiming to make it the first triumph for his state since the mighty Blue Lorian saluted at Angle Park in 2010 and looks a live chance after being allocated the prized rails alley. Beginning moderately in his qualifier two weeks ago, the son of Where’s Pedro and Smart Betsy raced prominently and finished off far too strong for his opposition in a slick 41.96 seconds at Wentworth Park. He should be able to find a nice position from box one and sneak his way into the race however, it must be considered that he is travelling from NSW and the last time he made the long trip to Melbourne, he raced well below his best.

Box Two: Destini Fireball (VIC)
The five time group winner is definitely the class runner of the series but he has not been racing like the champ we know, weakening to finish a distant seventh in last week’s qualifier. Regardless, if he is anywhere near his best form, he should be able to jump on the bunny from the favourable draw and make it win number 24 at start number 47. The white and black dog loves The Meadows as a winner of seven from ten over the track and distance with a personal best of 42.40 seconds.

Box Three: Wag Tail (QLD)
Wag Tail was a great winner of the Queensland state final, qualifying for the group one feature at just her second start over the ‘700’. The daughter of Velocette has won seven races from 23 starts and has built up a nice record over the middle distance in her home state. If she can race up near the front of the field, she may have enough strength to hold out the fast finishing backmarkers from the home state.

Box Four: Lashing Jill (TAS)
Lashing Jill is an exciting Tasmanian who defeated Bell Haven in her state final by one and three quarter lengths in 43.01 seconds. Box four is not ideal but with a clean start she may be able to follow the front runners into the race. With just six staying starts to her name, her ability is not yet known and this will certainly be her biggest test to date. In a race that is not overly strong if she does everything right she can run a cheeky race and could land the cash at big odds.

Box Five: Kalden Mayhem (SA)
The grand old campaigner, Kalden Mayhem, will be lining up for start number 118 tonight in a career that has spanned over three years. The son of Big Daddy Cool is as honest as they come, notching up 57 wins throughout his time on the track, with one of those wins being in the SA State Distance final on the 8th of this month. During his career he has scored multiple wins from every box on the track and although it is not ideal, he is capable of handling himself from box five. Trained by Troy Murray, Kalden Mayhem is a greyhound who usually likes to sit just off the speed and can deliver a huge finishing burst when required. With some speedy stayers on his inside, he will need to do everything right when the lids fly open to be placed prominently enough to be able to unleash his power on his opposition.

Box Six: Mimicking (VIC)
The black dog was a shock winner of the Victorian State final and is capable of a repeat result this week however, he will have to contend with a horrible box six draw. Trained by Robert Britton, expect to see the son of Flying Penske at the rear of the field in the early stages. He will need a clear run from the draw but if he gets one he will be storming home and aiming to engulf his competitors in the latter stages.

Box Seven: Set Sail South (VIC)
Ultra consistent stayer who ran a terrific race and was only narrowly beaten by Mimicking in last week’s state final. The son of Westmead Hawk has won eight races throughout his 25 start career and will be looking to sit midfield during the running. With most of the runners in the event sharing a similar running style he may have enough pace to lead and, from the front, he will take some catching. No matter where he is placed during the event, he will be running home strong and looks one of the likely runners to be figuring in the finish.

Box Eight: Magpie Bob (WA)
The most likely leader in the event is Magpie Bob even though he is boxed out wide in the pink. He has been racing very well in his home state albeit against slightly weaker company and has been bouncing straight to the front and leading all way. The son of Cosmic Rumble is a winner of 19 races and has enough class to be competitive.

First Reserve: Gold Affair Two (VIC)
Put in a solid performance when running third in the Victorian final last week behind Mimicking. Can run a cheeky race up near the lead if she is lucky enough to gain a start.

Second Reserve: Irma Bale (VIC)
Four time group winning bitch who couldn’t keep up with the youngsters last week, finishing fourth after leading. Super smart when she is at her best and commands attention should she gain a start.

Tips: Set Sail South, Smart Valentino, Destini Fireball, Lashing Jill

AGRA NATIONAL SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP

Box One: Xylia Allen (VIC)
Dual group one winner, Xylia Allen, snuck into the group one final courtesy of the wild card spot and has scored another blessing being drawn in the rails alley. After taking out her heat two weeks ago, Xylia Allen returned to The Meadows last week but was outpaced in the final finishing fourth behind Tomac Bale. The 16 race winner is not an overly quick beginner and runs the risk of being cut out of the race in the run to the first turn but, if she can hold her spot in the vital stages, she will be a genuine chance of running them down and recording her third group triumph.

Box Two: Zulu Zeus (NSW)
NSW is well represented with Frank Hurst’s sensational greyhound Zulu Zeus who is drawn well in box two. The son of Where’s Pedro was an emphatic winner of his state final, blitzing his rivals in a near record 29.32 seconds at Wentworth Park. The striking black dog trialled exceptionally last Saturday at his first look at the track recording a scintillating 29.79 seconds however, his first section was only pedestrian and with a fast beginner on his outside, he will have to improve so that he can hold his spot in the race and maintain a chance in the event.

Box Three: Rumbling Rick (WA)
Rumbling Rick was a surprise winner of his state final but will serve as an excellent representative of Western Australia. Clocking a fast 30.39 seconds around Cannington, the red fawn son of Cosmic Rumble then made the trip to Victoria and trialled in a fast 30.13 seconds last week. His first section of 5.05 seconds will see him as one of the leaders in this event if he can repeat that time again tonight and from there he will just need a bit of luck to sneak away with the event. After the long trip over to Victoria, it would be expected that he would improve after being in the state for over a week now and with a look at the track. If he can find the front, he may be hard to catch.

Box Four: Hope’s Up (SA)
Hope’s Up is a talented South Australian who has been afforded no favours from the box draw. The daughter of El Galo trialled last week and only ran 5.21 seconds early and 30.42 seconds overall, so would need to improve from that performance to be considered a huge threat in this talented field. With that being said, she is one of her states best sprinters at present as a winner of 38 from 70 so she must be respected even though she appears to have everything going against her in the final.

Box Five: She’s All Class (TAS)
The Tassie bitch, She’s All Class, is exactly what her name suggests as a winner of her past 11 starts back home on the Apple Isle. Trained by David Crosswell, the red fawn bitch by Dyna Lachlan out of It’s A She has a stunning overall record of 19 wins and 2 minors from 25 starts but, she did struggle on the clock in her trial last week where she only managed a moderate 30.53 seconds over the track and distance. Her first section of 5.17 seconds was competitive with some of her opposition however, she is drawn in box five and on the inside of Paw Licking who is an electrifying beginner. Paw Licking is likely to cut her out of the event unless she begins before him which is unlikely.

Box Six: Paw Licking (VIC)
Kel Greenough’s Paw Licking is likely to be challenging for the lead, as he does in the vast majority of his races. The son of Elite State did so last week but once again struggled to run out the distance, tiring to finish one and one quarter lengths behind Tomac Bale in the state final. Despite being drawn in box six, he has enough speed to cross the rest of the runners, with his main rival in the early stages looking to be Rumbling Rick. As a winner of 20 races he is a genuine dog but struggles when they reach the home run.

Box Seven: Tomac Bale (VIC)
Tomac Bale can never draw a box but, he does have Paw Licking on his inside which will improve his chances as he is likely to get a nice clear run across the field with the early pacesetter. From there, it may be a repeat of the state final as the son of Dyna Lachlan and Princess Bale attempts to run down his fellow Victorian to steal the cash. Trained by Mark Delbridge, the 34 kilogram chaser is capable of scorching times as he showed two runs back posting a blistering 29.67 seconds at The Meadows. A repeat performance of that run will see him going close.

Box Eight: Innisplain Jet (QLD)
Innisplain Jet caused an upset when defeating Glen Gallon in the Queensland qualifier in 30.15 seconds. The son of Where’s Pedro is a smart greyhound but will have to do everything to perfection to figure in the race from an outside draw. Darren Russell is sure to have him fit and ready to run a good race and as a winner of 12 from 36 he should still be considered despite facing a tough test tonight.

First Reserve: Imry Bale (VIC)
Winner of 24 races who ran down kennelmate Xylia Allen to sneak into the placings last week. If he gains a start, particularly from an inside draw, he is a live chance for Graeme Bate.

Second Reserve: Dyna Oats (VIC)
Took out a heat for the state decider in 30.14 seconds but that just about wraps him up. He has very little pace and would probably struggle against a few of these if he gained a start.

Tips: Tomac Bale, Zulu Zeus, Rumbling Rick, Xylia Allen.

The AGRA National Distance Championship will jump at 8:58pm (Vic time) whilst the AGRA National Sprint Championship will jump at 10:05pm (Vic time).

Mimicking Mocks His Rivals In Victorian Distance Championship

The Robert Britton trained Mimicking provided one of the biggest upsets of the 2013 Nationals series, powering his way home to score a triumphant victory in the Victorian Distance Final at a massive $32.60.

The race favourite for the event was Graeme Bate’s super stayer, Irma Bale ($2.00), who surprised many punters when tiring after leading. Beginning beautifully from box two, the daughter of Bartrim Bale and Amelia Bale was a dominant leader going past the judge on the first occasion. From there the race appeared at her mercy as she stretched out well in front of her competitors.

Running down the back on the final occasion, the legs of the rising four year old started to get weary and upon entering the home straight she was bombarded by the backmarkers, finishing in fourth position.

Dashing past the four time group winner was Set Sail South( box four), Mimicking (box one) and Gold Affair Two (box five) who all showed an exhilarating burst of staying power however, it was the cherry rugged runner who had the final say, scoring a narrow victory over Set Sail South in a handy 42.75 seconds.

It was the 12th win for the son of Flying Penske from 69 starts on the race track. Prior to Saturday night, Mimicking had not won a race since the 11th April and had been mixing his form against some tough Victorian company over the middle and staying trips.

Although he may have been overlooked throughout the Nationals series, the 33 kilogram powerhouse was a proven group winner after taking out the group three West End Draught Distance Championship at Angle Park, defeating quality group one winning bitch, Proven Impala. Before his group victory in South Australia, Mimicking had contested the group one Solo Bold Trease at Sandown Park, finishing fifth behind Miata, and the group one Macro Meats Zoom Top at The Meadows, finishing sixth behind Destini Fireball.

Set Sail South was gallant in defeat and made it a great duel between the two black chasers in the run to the finishing line. The son of Westmead Hawk will be given the chance to go one better when he lines up for the National final next Saturday night from box seven whilst Mimicking is drawn awkwardly in box six.

Destini Fireball was disappointing in his efforts, finishing seventh. However, the white and black dog already had his ticket in the national final booked regardless of his performance in the state final.

Whilst the Distance series delivered a shock result, punters anticipated Tomac Bale as the winner of the state sprint, sending him to the boxes as the $2.70 favourite. The son of Dyna Lachlan was beaten for speed in the run to the first turn by Kel Greenough’s Paw Licking and had to settle for second position racing into the back straight. With great determination, the red fawn flash knuckled down to the task and dashed passed the tiring leader to bring up his 11th career win in a sizzling 29.83 seconds.

The group two Launching Pad winner qualified for the state decider courtesy of a scintillating 29.67 seconds heat triumph last week. The best of the night effort from box two was enough to ensure that the Mark Delbridge trained speedster started as the favourite in the event last night and although moving into a horrible box five draw, his class ultimately prevailed.

Amazingly, Tomac Bale has been racing in elite group company for the majority of his short career and can never seem to draw a decent box when it counts. A true testament to this is his draw for the $75,000 to the winner decider next Saturday where he has drawn out wide in box seven however; he does have speed drawn directly on his inside which may actually assist his pursuit to find the rails when the lids fly open.

Clinging onto second position was Paw Licking, who once again weakened on the run home. Nevertheless, Kel will have him in tip top shape to contest the final next week in what is sure to be a thrilling event.

Xylia Allen was third all the way after being beaten for speed in the early stages before kennelmate Imry Bale pipped her for the top three placing just before the line. The daughter of Turanza Bale will still line up for the National feature being the wild card sprinter in the series.

The final box draws for the AGRA Nationals series are as follow:

AGRA National Distance Championship 725m

1. Smart Valentino
2. Destini Fireball
3. Wag Tail
4. Lashing Jill
5. Kalden Mayhem
6. Mimicking
7. Set Sail South
8. Magpie Bob
1st res Gold Affair Two
2nd res Irma Bale

AGRA National Sprint Championship

1. Xylia Allen
2. Zulu Zeus
3. Rumbling Rick
4. Hope’s Up
5. She’s All Class
6. Paw Licking
7. Tomac Bale
8. Innisplain Jet
1st res Imry Bale
2nd res Dyna Oats

Victorian National Sprint & Distance Championships State Final Preview

The final piece of the Nationals puzzle will fall into place tonight, when the home state competitors contest the finals of the AGRA Victorian Sprint and Distance Championships. Chasers are looking to qualify for next week’s group one AGRA National Championships, which have seen the best greyhounds Australia has to offer compete in search of a spot in the final and the $75,000 winner’s cheque.

AGRA VICTORIAN DISTANCE CHAMPIONSHIP

Box One: Mimicking
Mimicking was the surprise result of his heat last week, running a great race at big odds to finish second behind Irma Bale. The son of Flying Penske has been a great money spinner for connections winning 11 of his 68 starts however, he has only won once over the track and distance from 17 appearances which is problematic being in such a classy affair. The Robert Britton trained dog, won the group three West End Draught Distance Championship at Angle Park in April but has not won since then making it hard to see him salute tonight.

Box Two: Irma Bale
The daughter of Batrim Bale has been a fantastic little bitch throughout her 89 start career. The four time group winning distance diva has won 37 races and earned almost $580,000 in prize money. Jumping from box two she should bounce straight to the lead and prove hard to catch. Although she is approaching four years of age, she is still racing well and is certainly capable of pinching the qualifier at what is most likely to be her penultimate race start.

Box Three: Leprechaun Macey
Leprechaun Macey is greyhound racing royalty being out of the exceptional bitch Betty’s Angel and is developing into a promising stayer herself. With just eleven runs to her name, she has already amassed six wins and two placing’s with a personal best of 42.80 seconds over the trip. Tonight is a sharp rise in grade and it will give a definite indication of her class.

Box Four: Set Sail South
Trained by Angela Langton, Set Sail South has a stack or ability as a winner of eight from 24. The black dog is a true stayer in that he comes from behind to win his races however, being a moderate beginner drawn in a poor box, he runs the risk of finding trouble and eliminating himself from the race early on.

Box Five: Gold Affair Two
One of the most underrated dogs racing at present. The black bitch by Texas Gold out of Olgers Affair flew straight under the radar last week when claiming her heat in a handy 42.88 seconds. As a winner of fifteen races; four of which have been over the track and distance with a best time of 42.70 seconds, she represents the value in the event. Box five is not ideal but she does have enough pace to overcome the draw and race prominently.

Box Six: Dashing Red
The Michael Fox trained performer is always thereabouts and ran a solid race last start when finishing quarter of a length behind Gold Affair Two. The son of Surf Lorian clocked 42.68 seconds when winning over the track and distance in June however, he does his best work from the inside- of his ten race wins only one has come from outside of box three.

Box Seven: Destini Fireball
Destini Fireball is as tough as they come and has been the leading male stayer for quite some time now. The white and black powerhouse boasts an exceptional seven from nine over the track and distance with a hot best of 42.40 seconds. Although being defeated as the odds on favourite in his heat, Destini Fireball will still have a major say in the outcome of the event. As a versatile chaser, box seven will not be an issue and he should get plenty of room to move and wind up the massive motor that he possesses.

Box Eight: Maddison Dee
Last but not least is the consistent Maddison Dee from box eight. The pacey bitch recorded the fastest heat victory last week when defeating Set Sail South by two and one quarter lengths in 42.82 seconds. Although she is suited more towards the rails, she is not without her chance and could potentially qualify for her second group final in just four starts.

First Reserve: Major League
Has run a stack of placings in his recent starts in similar company so can definitely figure in the finish.

Second Reserve: New Tibur
Has really found his best form lately and although he only ran fourth in his heat, he can improve in the final with a clear run.

Tips: DESTINI FIREBALL, IRMA BALE, LEPRACHAUN MACEY, GOLD AFFAIR TWO

AGRA VICTORIAN SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP

Box One: Xylia Allen
The dual group one winner, Xylia Allen, bounced back to her best last week after an unlucky series of runs at her most recent starts. Beginning well from box one in her heat, the daughter of Turanza Bale mustered enough pace to find the lead and snared a determined victory in 29.91 seconds. Drawn well on the inside this week, she should be able to hold a spot on the rails and loom as a massive threat.

Box Two: Imry Bale
The son of Go Wild Teddy scored a great win in last week’s heats after beginning well from an identical draw, defeating raging favourite Paw Licking in 29.83 seconds. Imry Bale has won ten races over the track and distance at The Meadows, with last week’s performance his fastest time to date. From a favourable inside draw he has the ability to figure in the finish again this week.

Box Three: Clone Your Own
The former Kiwi greyhound recaptured his dazzling best last week, scoring impressively in 30.07 seconds. The group two Harrison-Dawson winner went through a brief form slump but now appears fresh and ready to race. The biggest concern for the Robert Britton trained chaser is the fact that he is only a moderate beginner and will need to position himself well early to be in with a real chance. Nonetheless, he does have a strong record with 15 wins from 30 starts, three of which have been at The Meadows. If he gets room to move in the early stages he has a live chance.

Box Four: Tick Bale
Tick Bale is a newcomer on the group race scene with only 11 race starts before tonight. The fawn dog is a son of the staying great Jarvis Bale out of Benden Flex so is certainly bred to run however, from a poor draw in the four he will have it all stacked against him at what is definitely his acid test.

Box Five: Tomac Bale
Tomac Bale always seems to draw terribly with tonight no exception. From a great draw in box two last week, Tomac Bale managed to ping the lids and raced away to notch up an eight and a half-length victory in a scintillating 29.67 seconds. The best of the night performance was a personal best for the son of Dyna Lachlan and Princess Bale over the track and distance and he now holds the strong record of ten wins from 16 starts overall. Within those starts was an exhilarating triumph in the group two Launching Pad and despite the shocking draw, his early speed puts him right in the race and makes him the dog to beat.

Box Six: Dyna Oats
Dyna Oats was a shock winner in his heat last week when clocking 30.14 seconds and paying a massive $23.60. Despite being last away, he navigated his way through the pack to notch up career win number nine from box three. Moving into an awkward box six this week he will face a tough challenge and will have to begin a lot better than in his heat to be considered a genuine threat.

Box Seven: General Destini
The 35 kilogram speedster is a litter brother to champion stayer Destini Fireball, who is also lining up from box seven in the Distance final. As honest as they come, General Destini has won 21 races throughout his career with last week’s heat victory one of his most impressive. After an average beginning, the son of Where’s Pedro had to do it the hard way but ran on superbly to finish over the top of Kevin Bale in 30.02 seconds. Box seven is not an issue however his lack of pace is, especially with a quick beginner on his outside.

Box Eight: Paw Licking
After a fantastic beginning in his heat, Paw Licking looked the winner but found Imry Bale too strong in the run to the line, going down by two lengths. The son of Elite State will probably lead the field, despite being boxed out wide in the pink and from there it will depend on his strength at the end of the race. If he can pinch a break in the run out of the first turn he will take some catching however, based on last week’s performance he will not want a chaser like Xylia Allen, who has a sensational finishing burst, directly behind him.

First Reserve: Kevin Bale
Handy sprinter who mixes his form and would need to improve on some of his recent efforts to take out the race.

Second Reserve: Schroder Bale
Classy animal that was unlucky last week. Big chance if he gains a start.

Tips: XYLIA ALLEN, TOMAC BALE, PAW LICKING, IMRY BALE

Crosswell Hoping For Fourth National Finalist

Super bitch She’s All Class may very well give ace Bishopsbourne owner-trainer David Crosswell his fourth runner in the National Sprint Championship Final to be conducted at The Meadows.

The daughter of Dyna Lachlan has drawn the check box in Monday night’s State Agra National Sprint Championship Final (515 metres) and is the logical favourite for the event.

“She is a brilliant beginner and her main rivals, also quick beginners, have drawn out wide which I believe gives her a one length advantage,” he explained this week.

“It would be great to have another runner in the Nationals and I think she will give me a great sight.”

Crosswell won the National Sprint Championship with Busy Vintage in 1986, ran second to Fremantle Echo with True Vintage in 1988 and also qualified Highland Summer for the prestigious event.

She’s All Class won her heat of the Sprint Championship on Monday night by leading throughout and scoring her tenth victory in succession.

Exciting chaser Buckle Up Wes also led throughout to win his heat for master mentor Ted Medhurst and the Butch Deverell prepared Nooee’s Lad also flew the lids and looked impressive in front, in the remaining qualifier.

The old champ Rewind, shooting for his 62 victory, failed to qualify for the final on a circuit not regarded as his favourite.

Unfortunately for all concerned, the State Agra National Distance Championship (720 metres) has attracted a field of only five, with the champion bitch Bell Haven almost certain to graduate to The Meadows.

Meanwhile Leith based trainer Gary Johnson was at his brilliant best at Tuesday’s NWGRC meeting conducted at the Devonport Raceway, winning four races on a nine event programme.

Johnson kennel occupants Jodie Valentino (Where’s Pedro – Caseys Angel), Part Time Pete (Velocette – Magical Potion), Starlena (Paddy’s Flame – Cash Box) and Queen Of Speed (Bit Chili – Shazlyn) were all seen in the winners circle, to give the trainer one of his most successful days.

The victory of the Murray Mace owned Queen Of Speed was particularly pleasing for those involved.

The bitch, the winner of five races, last raced in December 2012 and has since produced a litter of six pups, currently being reared on Mace’s Kindred property.

Another smart chaser to greet the judge at Devonport was Sing The Song (High Earner – Stylish Moon) who prevailed in very impressive fashion.

Raced and prepared by the Grubb family of Launceston, the bitch has now won seven of 16 outings and and is proving to be a wonderful money spinner.

Hellyeah Rachel (Collide – Gone For Tea) and Black Bessie (Where’s Pedro – Smart And Sassy, prepared by Susan Gittus and Ian Callinan, were other well performed bitches to enter the winners circle on the day.

It’s A She May Provide National Championships Contestants

Offspring of the outstanding matron It’s A She, may very well represent Tasmania in both divisions of the 2013 Agra National Championships to be conducted on 24th August at The Meadows.

Three heats of the Agra State National Sprint Championship will be conducted at Monday night’s LGRC meeting and the David Crosswell owned and prepared She’s All Class, will most likely graduate to the Final one week later.

The outstanding bitch will be shooting for ten victories in succession and will have to contend with a field of only seven runners, with the Debbie Cannan prepared Emerald Lee the obvious danger.

Unfortunately for all concerned, only seven greyhounds nominated for the Agra State National Distance Championship and these seven will race for the honour of representing Tasmania on August 12.

The great Ted Medhurst prepared bitch Bell Haven heads those nominations and will be at prohibitive odds about taking out the event.

If She’s All Class and Bell Haven do prevail in their respective events, it will be a feather in the cap of the Leigh Alexander owned It’s A She, who must rate as one of the best matrons in Australia.

Meanwhile old warrior Rewind continues to amaze, winning his 61st race at Tuesdays NWGRC meeting conducted at the Devonport Raceway.

Drawn the red box, the Maurie Strickland owned and prepared marvel flew the lids and was never in danger of defeat in the betfair.com Invitation (452 metres).

At the wire the champ had seven lengths to spare in the time of 25.63 and in winning, increased his lifetime earnings to a very healthy $232,530.

However Rewind’s performance on this occasion was overshadowed somewhat by the run of the highly promising young chaser Hellyeah Bolt, now an occupant of Paul Hili’s Loira kennel.

Raced by the Hellyeah syndicate managed by Rick Donaldson, the son of Dyna Lachlan recorded a blistering 25.28 in winning the Dowling McCarthy Tyres Juvenile (452 metres) by a staggering 15 lengths.

When one considers that the best time recorded by Rewind when winning 27 races at the venue is 25.31, it is quite an achievement.

Previously prepared by Anthony Bullock, who is serving a period of disqualification, Hellyeah Bolt has now won three of six outings and is obviously headed for invitation class.

A former Victorian and a close friend of Bullock, Hili has inherited several of that trainers chasers and is now enjoying a great winning streak.

Leith trainer Gary Johnson was also in the limelight at the NWGRC meeting when he provided the trifecta in the Betta Milk Grade 5 (452 metres).

Johnson kennel occupants Starlena, Bruno Boy and Zantey filled the first three placings in the event, the trifecta paying a dividend of $304.70.

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