With nine spectacular heats of the Group One Rapidvite Peter Mosman held last night at Wentworth Park much of the early hype surrounded heat one with the freakish Black Magic Opal engaged for his first NSW start since joining the powerful Jason Thompson kennel last month.
Lining up from box five the son of Magic Sprite and Awesome Opal did not disappoint displaying a sensational front running performance to land the heat in a brilliant 29.77 seconds- easily the best time of the night. The stunning black greyhound has had three starts for Thompson for three emphatic victories including near track record times at Ballarat (25.03 seconds) and Shepparton (24.93 seconds) whilst the triumph in his heat brought up win number sixteen from a mere twenty starts.
Five lengths behind the supersonic sprinter in second position was Sharron Websterâs consistent Whereâs Wob who ran a terrific race from box three with another Magic Sprite youngster Jonardo slipping into third position a further one and a half lengths away.
Also highly impressive last night was the Jane Carruthers prepared Triggsy who took out heat four with a phenomenal last to first performance. After an average beginning from box four he found plenty of congestion in the early stages and had to navigate his way through the field but his class prevailed in the end finishing over the top of leader Black Rip to claim the event by one and three quarter lengths in a slick 30.12 seconds.
Triggyâs triumph made it two heat winners out of the first four for boom sire Magic Sprite, who is in fact owned and stood at stud by the Carruthers at Journey Park. Triggsy was also bred by the Carruthers being out of their ill-fated broodbitch Elizabeth Royal who was a fantastic racer herself and seems to have thrown plenty of her speed into her talented pups.
Gold Townâs affiliation with the Ultimo Circuit remained strong with the 32 kilogram chaser claiming heat five in a nippy 29.92 seconds. Beginning brilliantly in a fast 5.39 seconds the son of Surf Lorian quickly found the front and from there the race was over with the black dog stretching out to win by three lengths on the line.
Fellow Victorian Schroder Bale stuck on well in second position for Graeme Bate whilst raging favourite Jagger Swagger could only manage third nine and a quarter lengths behind second after a slow beginning. Gold Town has now won twelve races from forty four starts and certainly loves Wentworth Park where he has recorded a blistering personal best of 29.49 seconds.
Xylia Allen continued to shine taking out the seventh heat for champion trainer Graeme Bate. Fresh from her triumph in the Group One Sapphire Crown last month the daughter of Turanza Bale and Tayah Bale ran her typical resilient race to take out the event by four and a half lengths in a great 29.93 seconds. The black bitch was the last greyhound to leave the boxes and looked in doubt going through the pen for the first time however once finding her feet Xylia Allen slipped into another gear with her performance nothing short of amazing.
Running an honest race in second position was Clockwise giving Jane Carruthers her second runner through to the semiâs with the pint sized bitch a litter sister to Triggsy who scored in heat four as mentioned above. Five lengths behind Clockwise was Flaming Frenzy for Justin King who ran an honest race back in third position.
Double Twist was a strong winner in the ninth and final heat for Nowra Hillâs Garry Edwards. Showing good zip from box two the 25 kilogram lightweight was outpaced in the run to the first turn but was able to sit on the pace in second position behind Osteria Mozza down the back before dashing past the leader to win by three lengths in a quick 29.92 seconds.
The group three Nowra Summer Puppy Classic winner is as consistent as they come with fifteen starts for ten wins and four seconds with three of those wins being at Wentworth Park including a scintillating 29.65 seconds triumph in April defeating fellow heat winner Black Magic Opal.
The complete list of winners in time order from last nightâs heats is as follows:
2013 Peter Mosman Heat Winners
- BLACK MAGIC OPAL – JASON THOMPSON – 29.77 SECONDS (HEAT ONE)
- GOLD TOWN – PETER HUNT – 29.92 SECONDS (HEAT FIVE)
- DOUBLE TWIST – GARRY EDWARDS – 29.92 SECONDS (HEAT NINE)
- XYLIA ALLEN – GRAEME BATE – 29.93 SECONDS (HEAT SEVEN)
- FERLY REIGN – ANTHONY AZZOPARDI – 29.99 SECONDS (HEAT THREE)
- TRIGGSY – JANE CARRUTHERS – 30.12 SECONDS (HEAT FOUR)
- VEYRON BALE – ANDREA DAILLY – 30.12 SECONDS (HEAT SIX)
- NOBLE BALE – GRAEME BATE – 30.22 SECONDS (HEAT TWO)
- EASTON BALE – ANDREA DAILLY – 30.40 SECONDS (HEAT EIGHT)
On Thursday night theworld farewelled Miata; a true icon who gave our great sport more than just another champion but a legend, whose legacy will live on forever.
As a large crowd assembled at Sandown Park to witness âGoldiesâ final race start, one trainer and his dog had a fairytale story of their own in mind; to secure back to back Group One RSN Sandown Cups.
In another era, Irma Bale would be regarded as the number one stayer in the Country, yet on every occasion had to settle for the âBridesmaidâ tag, behind Australiaâs all-time number one stakes earner.
Leading up to the race, Irma Baleâs champion trainer Graeme Bate had exuded confidence to the media, that his charge could spoil the party and snare the highly sought after $125,000 winnerâs purse.
âI knew if she jumped she would have a real good chance. There was less pressure on her (Irma Bale) since it was Miataâs last race start and once she jumped in front I just prayed she could hold on. What an unreal finish it was, the little girl just keep fighting and finding something and that was most pleasingâ said a proud Bate.
Despite the master trainerâs plethora of Group One victories, Bate still experiences pre-race nerves, as the endless hours of preparation are defined by 42 seconds of racing.
âI still get quite nervous which people find unusual because I have won a lot of big races but itâs because I care and really want to win. I like to be on my own before a race and just put my head down and wait for the boxes to openâ.
Beginning beautifully from box five, the daughter of Batrim Bale and Amelia Bale was heavily challenged in the concluding stages of the grueling 715m distance, lasting by a nose over her competitive rivals; Bell Haven and Miata.
Bate was overwhelmed with joy at the events that unfolded on Thursday night and will never forget the moment for several reasons.
âSheâs been a great little girl over a long period of time. Even though that was her 83rd start she is getting better with every race. She struggled to get past 600m for a while but now she just loves running that distance and we will keep perusing with her when sheâs in this sort of form.â
Despite approaching four years of age, the forever-young chaser has plenty of life left in her according to Bate and is already set for her next targeted race at Albion Park next month.
âWe will definitely keep her going when she is performing like she is. Iâll give her a trial next Friday and that will set her up beautifully for the Group One Macro Meats Gold Cup. Iâll be very confident in her preparation going into the heatsâ.
The heats of the Gold Cup will be conducted on June 6 over the 710m distance, with a healthy $75,000 first prize that could take Irma Baleâs prizemoney total beyond the $600,000 mark. The 25kg lightweight who Bate describes as having âa heart as big as any dog Iâve trainedâ is proving that age is merely just a number.
In a sentimental touch for Bate, the Lara trainer also put the polish on Irma Baleâs dam; Amelia Bale, for the latter part of her career back in 2009. The insurmountable rewards of the Paul Wheeler breeding dynasty have provided the resilient combination with several group victories already in 2013 including; Group Two WP Summer Distance Plate, Group Two Launceston Cup and Group Two Bogie Leigh Futurity.
âAmelia Bale was a beautiful dog but just didnât quite have the mentality like her sister Amity Bale did. Paul and I discussed that she would make a real handy broodbitch and she has.â
As expected, Wheeler and Bate were spot-on with their prediction as Amelia Bale has produced out of her first litter to Batrim Bale; Bekim Bale ( 2011 Group Three Sandown Shootout winner, Sandown 515m track record holder and active sire), Heston Bale (The Meadows 525m track record holder and active sire) and Adelle Bale (2012 Group One Super Stayers Runner Up).
A daughter of Sonic Flight and Evonne Bale, Amelia Baleâs biggest achievement on the race track was runner up in the 2008 Group One Sapphire Crown Classic. Amelia Bale now has three more litters in the process of progressing to the racetrack to; Cromlah Bale and Hallucinate, who are certainly worth keeping a close eye on in the future.
Being no stranger to success, it hasnât always been smooth sailing for the Bate kennel with a tough initiation into the sport. Bate is very appreciative of the triumphs he is experiencing today and Iâm certain, in the near future.
âThe prizemoney wasnât very good back when I first started so I would travel all over the countryside and it was very hard work. What the administrators have done fortoday is remarkable. The prizemoney is fantastic and there are so many incentives for all types of trainersâ.
Graeme Bateâs simple philosophy of treating greyhounds as âcreatures of habitâ has proven effective time and time again, as the two-time Australian Trainer of the Year is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with again in 2013.
Images courtesy of SandownClub and Paul Munt Photography
Australiaâs premier bitches only feature will jump tonight at Sandown Park with eight of the nationâs most consistent and talented females vying for a taste of $100,000 in the group one Sapphire Crown. The race will commence at 9:55PM and offers a fantastic insight as who can lay claims to the being best bitch in the land with two of the industryâs biggest trainers going head to head with three runners each.
Jason Mackay came to Victoria on a mission; to snare the Sapphire crown. To achieve this feat he brought with him three of his best girls and they did not disappoint – with all three qualifying for a crack at the prize.
BOX ONE: Arguably the best of Mackayâs chances has drawn in the desirable rails alley, with NSW sensation Punch One Out looking to add to her very impressive resume. The brilliant black speedster qualified last week from box eight when defeating Victorian Desalle Bale by four and three quarter lengths in a scintillating 29.32 seconds (BON) and in doing so notched up her 17th career victory. Punch One Out comes into the event with excellent credentials including two track records at Wentworth Park (29.27 seconds) and Richmond (29.90 seconds) whilst she also holds an imposing record from the cherry with four wins and three placings from seven starts. She will be the favourite and is the one to beat but must begin a bit better than last week or she runs the risk of getting crowded.
BOX TWO: Beginning from the checks is the highly talented three year old Desalle Bale who as mentioned chased home Punch One Out in last weekâs heats. The 28 kilogram chaser is trained by master mentor Graeme Bate who as mentioned also has three runners in the final. As an excellent beginner Desalle Bale is boxed to be the early leader however there will be plenty of speed mustering from behind looking to run her down. With this being said she is as tough as they come winning 23 from 53 starts including a personal best of 29.46 seconds over the track and distance.
BOX THREE: The second runner from Jason Mackayâs kennels will jump from box three with Tricky Jade wearing white. The January 2011 whelp by Bit Chilli out of Navigator Miss is a speedy customer and ran a handy race last week at what was her only her second run at Sandown when finishing second six and a half lengths off the airborne Xylia Allen. Whilst her talent is undeniable this is a dramatic rise in class against the nationâs best and she will be giving away plenty of experience to her competitors with just seven starts under her belt. Despite this she has all the makings of a genuine group class bitch with some scorching times on the board at Wentworth Park (29.56 seconds BON), Richmond (30.41 seconds BON) and Sandown (29.56 seconds) so she is capable of running into calculations but will have to be at her best.
BOX FOUR: Jason Thompsonâs group winning bitch El Brooklyn lines up from the four in the final tonight- the same box where she started in her heats when claiming the race in emphatic fashion. Beginning like a rocket the white and blue bitch gave nothing else a chance leading from box rise clocking a fast 29.53 seconds over Sometimes Speedy. The daughter of El Galo has been an absolute marvel on the racetrack claiming 24 of her 42 race starts with stakes earnings in excess of a staggering $274,000. The only concern is that she has been a bit hit and miss of late; albeit against the top class of dogs. If she is at her best tonight with a clean getaway she is right in this event despite the awkward draw.
BOX FIVE: Up and coming bitch Evieâs Entity has drawn horribly in box five for Devon Meadows mentor Lyn Smith with the daughter of Mogambo and Girl Aloud definitely preferring to be boxed closer to the rails. The black chaser is from a highly promising litter and has the great record of 20 starts for ten wins and five placings including a triumph in her heat last week. Beginning moderately from box four, the 29 kilogram chaser managed to work her way into third position around the first turn before dashing past her competitors to score in a swift 29.48 seconds. Evieâs Entity has blossomed since joining Smithâs kennels just five starts ago winning her last four race appearances. Her biggest obstacle is that she can be a bit tardy at box rise however the runner on her direct outside is not overly fast early and she could get a nice run into the race on the outside of El Brooklyn. Certainly a value runner.
BOX SIX: Graeme Bate has had huge wraps on Xylia Allen for a long time and she proved why she is so special once again last week when taking out her heat in a slick 29.51 seconds. After an ordinary beginning, the daughter of Turanza Bale was knocked left right and centre in the run to the first turn and had every right to finish down the track. In a demonstration of chasing tenacity, Xylia Allen regained her momentum and was able to mow down her opposition to score by six and a half lengths on the line. Box six is a worry especially when you are not the best beginner however she only needs to be thereabouts in the early stages and she should be going close.
BOX SEVEN: Graeme Bates last finalist in the group one event is Orthia Bale who will jump wearing black. The black bitch is yet another pup out of Amity Bale, with three of her brothers lining up in the group two Harrison- Dawson earlier in the night. The daughter of Dyna Lachlan ran a great race when finishing second to Evieâs Entity in her heat last week however as a winner of 6 from 43 she may find this a bit too much particularly out wide from box seven.
BOX EIGHT: Rounding up the field is the sizzling speedster Sometimes Speedy who will be aiming for her 25th career win in the feature. With two starts at Sandown over the past fortnight she will be better for both runs and should avoid the early scrimmage boxed out wide in the pink. The Collision bitch is an all over flying machine with hot winning times at Wentworth Park (29.61 seconds) and Unibet Gardens (29.40 seconds) since joining Mackayâs kennel at the beginning of the year, however whilst she should avoid trouble out wide she will have to begin at her best in order to place herself ahead of the action and into the lead
FIRST RESERVE: Grand old marvel Hot Irish ran a great race to finish third behind Punch One Out last week. She is all heart and is always close to the money so despite the fact that age may be just starting to take its toll, she must be respected if she gains a start.
SECOND RESERVE: Jason Thompsons fantastic Got A Moment is second reserve after running third behind Evieâs Entity last week. The top liner should be kept in contention if she gains a start, especially if she happens to sneak into an inside box.
1 PUNCH ONE OUT
6 XYLIA ALLEN
5 EVIEâS ENTITY
2 DESALLE BALE
does not get any better than this Thursday night at Sandown Park. The action-packed eleven race card offers a tantalizing treat for enthusiasts with the Group one Sandown Cup heats highlighted by the return of champion bitch Miata whilst the best Australian sprinters will also congregate for the running of the group one Sapphire Crown and the group two Harrison-Dawson.
The latter will be the first feature final to fly being race six with eight sensational males vying for the $100,000 first prize at 8:58PM.
BOX ONE: Coming up with the coveted cherry box is the former New Zealander CLONE YOUR OWN who has managed to sneak under the radar and into the final after a dominant heat win last week. The son of Irish sire Droopyâs Marco began moderately from box six and with plenty of room to move in the early stages, charged his way into the top spot around the first turn clocking a blistering 29.41 seconds ahead of Irmy Bale. Since joining the astute kennels of Robert Britton in April, the black speedster has barely put a paw wrong winning three of his five starts with a third placing also to his name. Another point worth noting about this bloke is that he has never drawn the one after eighteen starts and whilst he holds an impeccable record from out wide, box one is the enviable box to have in big races. The under rated dog in the series who has a great chance of holding a vital position on the rails and could be a serious contender for the prize.
BOX TWO: Ever consistent three year old Irmy Bale has drawn well in box two for legendary trainer Graeme Bate. The son of Go Wild Teddy and Amity Bale ran a fantastic race last week flashing home to finish one and a quarter lengths off Clone Your Own after the leader set up a big margin down the back. As a winner of 23 races and with a brilliant record from the checks Irmy Bale is right in contention for this event. The biggest thing working against him is that it often takes him a few strides to hit top gear; however there is not an enormous amount of speed drawn around him so he should get every chance.
BOX THREE: Champion Queensland veteran Glen Gallon proved that his age was not affecting him last week when qualifying for the final in the fastest time of the four heats (29.39 seconds). The red brindle son of Flying Stanley is a multiple group one winner ( 2011 Winter Cup and 2011 Brisbane Cup) whilst he has been placed in five other group one final (2nd in the 2012 Melbourne Cup, 2012 Silver Chief, 2012 National Sprint Championship, 2012 Brisbane Cup, and ran third in the 2012 Group 1 Temlee). The Tony Brett prepared greyhound has won 34 races from 61 starts including his last four in succession and with six victories from box three he is the one to beat. A win in the Harrison-Dawson would also propel his stakes earnings to over $603,000 and would firmly reinforce him in third position on the list of Australiaâs top prize money earning greyhounds.
BOX FOUR: The second of three runners for Graeme Bate is the well performed Schroder Bale who will be aiming to go one better than last week when defeated by Andrea Daillyâs Garrick Bale. Beginning fast from box four last week, he found trouble early and was knocked back into fourth position before firing again on the home turn to finish three and a quarter lengths off the winner in second. The Dyna Lachlan pup has been racing competitively in good company of late but once again will have to raise the bar in this race with so much experience and talent spread across the field. The black and white dog is another youngster out of top producer Amity Bale who has qualified three runners into this weekâs final- a sensational achievement for any sire or dam to attain. As a good beginner he should be up there in the early stages.
BOX FIVE: Angela Langton will be hoping her Warrnambool Classic winner Premier Event can make it his second group two event in as many weeks when he lines up from the awkward box five. The white and black chaser began quickly in his heat last week and gave nothing else a look in clocking a slick 29.54 seconds for the 515 metre trip. The son of Premier Fantasy has won seven from nineteen and should be matching motors with Schroder Bale in the early stages. He definitely has the speed to lead and if he finds the front he will take some running down.
BOX SIX: Hurricane Isaac ran the best race of his life last week when finishing second behind Glen Gallon however this is a steep rise in class especially from box six. As a winner of eight overall from 26 starts including a nippy 29.66 seconds he is certainly an above average sprinter for Anthony Flores yet has only won one of his last eight starts and looks to have it stacked against it him in the final. Regardless of this, the black chaser is all heart and is capable of running a cheeky race. As a $900 purchase it would be one of the greatest rags to riches story if he could bag the $100,000 feature for his 65 year old mentor.
BOX SEVEN: Garrick Bale, another Paul Wheeler bred chaser will line up from box seven for Anakieâs Andrea Dailly. The winner of the 2012 group one Peter Mossman must be respected as a winner of fifteen races including a triumph in last weekâs heats recording a hot 29.61 seconds over Schroder Bale. He also possesses a strong second section, however he will need to be up with the leaders in order to utilize it and with so much speed drawn ideally on the inside he will have to be at his best to challenge from the black. Despite this it would not be unlike the Wheelerâs to produce a group winner at big odds.
BOX EIGHT: The last of Amity Baleâs trio is Kevin Bale for you guessed it- Graeme Bate. The Lara trainer certainly knows how to put the polish on his team for the big races and there is no doubt Kevin Bale as well as Bates other two runners in the event will start being 110% ready for action. Kevin Bale has won 16 from 54 and ran home well behind Premier Event last week whilst he has won four races over the track and distance including a handy 29.59 seconds recorded last June. The 32 kilogram chaser has been racing consistently and is always thereabouts however he does prefer to be drawn closer the rails especially against such tough opposition.
1ST RESERVE: After finishing third to Glen Gallon in the heats, Nikitaâs Elite makes it through as the first reserve. A winner of nine from 33 who has plenty of talent but faces a tough test should he get a run.
2ND RESERVE: Boris Fields for Pearcedale trainer Jason Thompson has a good shot if he gets a run particularly if drawn towards the inside. A winner at Sandown in 29.36 seconds he must be considered if he gains a start.
3. Glen Gallon
1. Clone Your Own
5. Premier Event
Australiaâs best sprinters lined up on Thursday night at Sandown Park and they did not disappoint with four spectacular heats of both the group one Sapphire Crown and the group two Harrison-Dawson staged on an action packed twelve race card.
The girls where the first to hit the track with the brilliant El Brooklyn taking out the first heat of the Sapphire Crown for Jason Thompson. The three year old sprinter is still racing in fantastic style as shown when taking out the event in a slick 29.53 seconds over Jason Mackayâs flyer Sometimes Speedy who will also go into the final on Thursday. The daughter of E Galo and Dark Marne now holds the imposing record of 42 starts for 24 wins and eight placings with almost $275,000 in stakes money.
The second heat gave Jason Mackay his second runner in the group one event with the freakish Punch One Out dominating the race from box eight. Starting at an ominous $1.70 the NSW sensation gave her opponents a rattling, clearing away from Graeme Bateâs Desalle Bale to score by four and a half lengths in a blistering 29.32 seconds. The Knocka Norris bitch looks the one to beat in next weekâs final after drawing the coveted rails alley. Gallant in defeat was Desalle Bale who just found the winner too strong. The classy Victorian has come up with box two on the outside of her heat rival for Thursdayâs decider.
Heat three went to rails competitor Xylia Allen who put in a tenacious chasing effort to take out the race. In what was the run of the night, the daughter of Turanza Bale overcame moderate getaway and found all sorts of trouble before regaining momentum to rocket away with a five and a quarter length triumph in a sizzling 29.51 seconds. Tricky Jade ran a race full of merit behind Xylia Allen and in doing so brought Jason Mackayâs tally to three finalists from three heat starters into the Sapphire Crown.
The fourth and final heat went to the in-form Evieâs Entity for trainer Lyn Smith. The daughter of Mogambo has won her last four starts with Thursdayâs win her fastest triumph recording a red-hot 29.48 seconds for the 515 metre distance. With ten wins from twenty starts, the 29 kilogram youngster is improving each week and should run a competitive race in the final. Also with three runners in the final is Graeme Bate with Orthia Bale making the cut when finishing second to Evieâs Entity. Her heat time of 29.73 seconds was also the Dyna Lachlan sprinterâs best at Sandown although she has drawn awkwardly in seven on Thursday underneath lid pinger Sometimes Speedy.
Moving onto the Harrison-Dawson where the boys were equally impressive. In the first heat Warrnambool Classic winner Premier Event proved he is a force to be reckoned with when scoring decisively from box two in a quick 29.54 seconds. The Premier Fantasy two year old has come along in leaps and bounds and looms as a big threat for the final. Chasing him home in second was Kevin Bale for Graeme Bate who ran his usual honest race for his Lara mentor.
Heat two went to the big odds performer Garrick Bale who put an end to Ronan Izmirâs winning streak when claiming the race in a zippy 29.61 seconds. Paying a massive $19.90 for the win the 15 race winner was all class for Andrea Dailly and ensured he wonât start at such lucrative odds for a while. Warrnambool Cup runner up Schroder Bale put his name in the field when finishing second just over three lengths off the winner.
Heat three went to the exciting proposition Clone Your Own who made it two in a row at Sandown when running an electrifying 29.41 seconds over the track and distance. The former New Zealander by Droopys Marco is right in contention for the $100,000 to the winner event particularly after drawing the cherry for Thursday night. Irmy Bale finished close behind the winner for Graeme Bate and in doing so will join his litter brother Kevin Bale in the decider, with the sonâs of Amity Bale certainly doing their mum proud at present.
The last of the qualifiers to be run and won for next week was Harrison-Dawson heat four which was taken out by grand old campaigner Glen Gallon who made it his 34th race success when claiming the event. The son of Flying Stanley has been a terrific dog for Tony Brett with over $500,000 in his race account after Thursdayâs win. His time of 29.39 seconds proved that the rising four year old still has the same zest and talent for racing as when he was just a pup, with a win in the final well within reach for this once in a lifetime racer. Outsider Hurricane Isaac injected value into the quinella when finishing in second position with the son of Paddyâs Flame facing his acid test when he lines up next week.
The group one Sapphire Crown and group two Harrison-Dawson will be the highlight of a brilliant night of racing at Sandown on Thursday. Both races have attracted the best of the best and are truly the premier male and female races in Australia.
The complete box draws for the finals is as follows
GROUP ONE SAPPHIRE CROWN FINAL
1 PUNCH ONE OUT JASON MACKAY
2 DESALLE BALE GRAEME BATE
3 TRICKY JADE JASON MACKAY
4 EL BROOKLYN JASON THOMPSON
5 EVIEâS ENTITY LYN SMITH
6 XYLIA ALLEN GRAEME BATE
7 ORTHIA BALE GRAEME BATE
8 SOMETIMES SPEEDY JASON MACKAY
9 HOT IRISH STEVEN CLARKE (1ST RESERVE)
10 GOT A MOMENT JASON THOMPSON (2ND RESERVE)
GROUP TWO HARRISON-DAWSON FINAL
1 CLONE YOUR OWN ROBERT BRITTON
2 IMRY BALE GRAEME BATE
3 GLEN GALLON TONY BRETT
4 SCHRODER BALE GRAEME BATE
5 PREMIER EVENT ANGELA LANGTON
6 HURRICANE ISAAC ANTHONY FLORES
7 GARRICK BALE ANDREA DAILLY
8 KEVIN BALE GRAEME BATE
9 NIKITAâS ELITE LISA COCKERELL (1ST RESERVE)
10 BORIS FIELDS JASON THOMPSON (2ND RESERVE)
This Thursday night Australiaâs best sprinters will converge at Sandown Park for a crack at group race glory in the heats of both the Group One Macro Meats Sapphire Crown and the Group Two Harrison-Dawson over the 515 metre distance. Both series are known for attracting some outstanding performers, with the Sapphire Crown being one of Australiaâs premier female only greyhound events. This year seeâs four spectacular heats assemble for a shot at the $100,000 prize, with each qualifier bursting with quality with group race winners and track record holders from around the nation.
MACRO MEATS SAPPHIRE CROWN HEAT ONE- 7:44PM
The first heat of this lucrative series is not for the faint-hearted with nearly every greyhound engaged a realistic chance of taking it out. After a below par performance where she found trouble at her track debut last week, Jason Mackayâs boom powerhouse Sometimes Speedy is boxed to perfection to win from the two. As a winner of 24 races from 48 starts the daughter of Collision is an absolute flying machine and if she can begin cleanly, there will be no stopping her.
Fresh from her success in the Group Three Ladies Bracelet at Wentworth Park is another NSW representative in Lagoon Lowanna who has drawn box three. The Sharron Webster trained greyhound has come along in leaps and bounds over recent weeks as a winner of four from her past five starts at Wentworth Park with a scintillating personal best of 29.68 seconds. A known lid pinger she should get a nice run into the event on the outside of Sometimes Speedy and can run a cheeky race. The black bitch by Whereâs Pedro has seen the track last year with no success however is racing like a completely different chaser at present so must be respected.
Grand campaigner El Brooklyn is still racing well at the top level for Pearcedale trainer Jason Thompson despite being over three years of age and will jump this week from box four. After recently competing in NSW in both the Golden Easter Egg series and the Maitland Gold Cup when running fourth behind new kennelmate Black Magic Opal, El Brooklyn returned to Victoria and competed in the Warrnambool Cup series when finishing down the track to yet another kennelmate Ronan Izmir. Whilst she may not have taken out these finals her record speaks for itself- 41 starts for 23 wins and 8 placings and over $260,000 in prize money.
Graeme Bate will also be hoping to secure a start in the final with his highly talented bitch Purcell Bale who looks an ominous threat despite drawing awkwardly in box six. The recent Queensland Futurity winner tasted defeat last week when finishing seventh behind Lagoon Lowanna in the Ladies Bracelet at Wentworth Park however that should not deter punters with the daughter of Dyna Lachlan and Princess Bale capable of bouncing back in this event.
MACRO MEATS SAPPHIRE CROWN HEAT TWO- 8:08PM
The second part of Jason Mackayâs terrific trio will line up in the second heat with the freakishly talented Punch One Out jumping from box eight. The daughter of Knocka Norris is an absolute track blazer with records at both Wentworth Park (29.27 seconds) and Richmond (29.90 seconds) and despite finishing unplaced at her track debut last week, she will most likely start the deserved favourite. As a group race placegetter and winner of sixteen races, Punch One Out will go close to claiming the race and should be suited out wide where she will get room to move early.
Desalle Bale will be looking to bring Punch One Out undone when she begins from box three in the second heat. The black bitch is a fantastic railer and is drawn well in the white where she has won four races with a further two placings. The Go Wild Teddy speedster is a half-sister to the flying Purcell Bale who lines up in heat one and was a recent winner at Ballarat clocking a slick 25.56 seconds.
Angela Langton will be looking to extend her recent success of late with the brilliant Heidi Go Seek drawing ideally in the cherry box. After a recent stint in the western state where she recorded a nippy 30.77 seconds triumph at Cannington the 28 kilogram bitch will return home this week for her first Victorian start since March. The daughter of Talks Cheap relishes an inside draw and has a dazzling personal best of 29.41 seconds over the track and distance.
Bubbaâs Dream has not won a race since March and has drawn poorly in box five however she has a best time of 29.28 seconds for the trip so canât be ruled out.
Western Australian greyhound Hot Irish is first up after a spell which hasnât seen her race since finishing fifth in the group one Golden Easter Egg. She is a top class bitch that is capable of pinging the lids fresh up.
MACRO MEATS SAPPHIRE CROWN HEAT THREE- 9:11PM
Group winning star Cintiarna will return to the track after her emphatic victory in the group three West End Draught Anniversary Cup Final at Angle Park last month. The 31 kilogram speedster is absolutely flying at present and will more than likely start favourite in this tricky race. Whilst she has drawn box five, she knows how to handle a bad box winning nine of her nineteen race triumphs from either the five or six alley.
Rails runner Xylia Allen ran a phenomenal race last week in the Ladies Bracelet at Wentworth Park. The bitch by Turanza Bale was pushed wide and turned sideways throughout the run, yet powered home to run a fantastic third behind Lagoon Lowanna. The black sprinter has won ten races from 26 starts with a best of 29.32 seconds at Sandown and whilst she has never won from box one that isnât a concern as she has only drawn it once and seems to have a curse with box draws.
Promising pup Tricky Jade steps up to the big time from box seven in heat three after just six racetrack appearances for Jason Mackay. The two year old sensation competed in the Magic Maiden series at Wentworth Park in March when finishing third in her semi-final behind Black Rip and since then has won three races at Richmond (30.41 seconds), Wentworth Park(29.56 seconds) and last week at Sandown(29.56 seconds). Despite her inexperience she is one of the main threats in the race.
Langi Bale must be respected for Graeme Bate from box two whilst the exciting Cracker Jack Lil should also be in contention despite running a touch below her best over recent weeks.
MACRO MEATS SAPPHIRE CROWN HEAT FOUR- 9:55PM
Melbourne Cup hero Got A Moment steps out from box three in the fourth heat after an unlucky fifth at Warrnambool last start behind Schroder Bale. The 25 kilogram lightweight is one of the best female sprinters racing at present and has everything working in her favour with a perfect four from four at Sandown featuring a scorching 29.37 seconds victory in November last year. As a winner of fifteen races and over $470,000 in prize money she will well and truly move up the ladder on the overall stakes money list for Australian greyhounds, should she take out the Sapphire Crown series with only Miata ($690,008) and High Earner ($610,070) in front of her if she is triumphant.
Classy three year old Cailyn Bale should run well for mentor Mark Delbridge in the last heat especially after coming up with box one. The daughter of Bartrim Bale is a good beginner and has been competing against some fantastic sprinters over recent weeks. The 26 race winner has run a flying 29.34 seconds at Sandown earlier this year and is one of the main dangers.
Two more representatives from the legendary Graeme Bate kennels will line up in the fourth heat with Quiz Bale looking to be the Lara trainers best chance of his pair. The talented youngster will be lining up from box eight and brings with her the impressive record of sixteen starts for nine wins and four seconds as well as a flawless two from two over the track and distance. Whilst she is no doubt classy she will have to run faster than her 29.86 seconds best from last year as many of these can run at least half a second quicker than that.
The well-bred Evieâs Entity will jump from box four and despite a raise in class she looks up to the challenge. A winner of nine from nineteen the Mogambo sprinter is racing in great form as a winner of her past three starts in succession with a slick best of 29.54 seconds over the 515 metre trip. The biggest thing against the plucky little bitch is her tendency to dwell at box rise so she will need to begin to threaten the big guns- but as said she is capable.
Box six runner Blue Lavros looks a serious type in the making as a front running winner of five races from seven starts however her best time whilst being a handy 29.98 seconds is not up to the group standards of these classy bitches. She is one to watch for the future.
The 2013 group one Sapphire Crown series is shaping up to be one of the best that greyhound enthusiasts have witnessed in recent years with the girls stamping themselves as a dominant force over the group race scene in the past twelve months. With such quality and depth across all four heats Thursday is sure to be a tantalizing night of racing as we see Australiaâs top bitches vie for the extravagant winnerâs purse. Keep your eyes peeled for a sneak peek of the Group Two Harrison-Dawson heats which will also be run on the action packed card!
Sharron Webster has described Lagoon Lowannaâs victory in the Group Three Ladies Bracelet final as âUnbelievable and so so excitingâ, after the pint sized speedster was too strong for the classy field on Saturday night when claiming the $25,000 winnerâs cheque.
Named âLagoonâ for Ray and Sharron Websterâs street address and âLowannaâ meaning Black Beauty in some Aboriginal languages, Webster was quietly confident going into the event thinking that her chaser had a good chance however knowing that she would have to begin well to threaten her competitors. And she did. Spearing the lids in a quick 5.43 seconds, the daughter of Whereâs Pedro and Lagoon Smylee matched strides with the Ruth Matic trained My Sweet Love in the early stages before crossing to the rails to take up the lead on the first turn.
âShe didnât begin as well as she has been, she can do 5.29(seconds) but she pushed throughâ Webster said. âI was in the catching pen so I couldnât see properly but I thought she was up there. When she was in front at the first turn I couldnât believe itâ.
From there the race was over as Lagoon Lowanna set up a big margin down the back, courtesy of a sensational second section. Turning for home clear she stretched out to claim the event by four and a half lengths on the line in a slick 29.98 seconds.
Running into second place was Kenneth Staines consistent Montana Izmir whilst Xylia Allen ran a fantastic race for Graeme Bate filling the trifecta after being forced wide and turned sideways on the first turn. Race favourite Purcell Bale found nothing but trouble after her average beginning and chased most of the field home to finish in seventh placing.
The triumph was Lagoon Lowannaâs nineteenth success from 45 starts and her sixth win at the Ultimo Circuit whilst for both Webster and Lagoon Lowanna it was their first taste of victory at group race level.
The win was also sentimental for Webster, with the race sponsor, Alan Evans a family friend of the Websterâs, âAlan Evans has been a mate of my family for as long as I can remember so to win a race sponsored by him was really special to me and I couldnât be happierâ.
As for what comes next for the 28 kilogram speed machine, Webster will be making an interstate journey in search of further group glory aimed first of all at the Sapphire Crown heats to be held at Sandown Park this Thursday. Drawn in box three in heat one, the dynamo comes across a tricky field consisting of Jason Mackayâs superstar Sometimes Speedy, Jason Thompsonâs El Brooklyn and Purcell Bale for Graeme Bate who will be looking to bounce back after her defeat in the Bracelet final.
Although Lagoon Lowanna has seen the track before which is an advantage, she hasnât had much success at the venue, âShe hasnât done much at Sandown but she was a different bitch then and as she gets older she is getting better. She is up against Victorian dogs that are brilliant but she is a brilliant bitch tooâ.
Although preferring to draw out wide, Lagoon Lowanna is certainly capable of shaking things up down south, âI think she can do it but anything can happen in a race and I just want her to get around safeâ.
With their next goal just a few days away, the Websterâs are in for a busy week. With the kennel star primed to fire, it would be fantastic if she is able to take out another feature event. Whatever happens- Win lose or draw, Lagoon Lowanna has earned herself a special place in the heart of her owner/trainer, âShe is very special to me, she is my little girlâ and despite being three and a half years old she is racing in career best form and looks set to have plenty more success ahead of her before motherhood beckons.
Goings on at the Singleton-Waterhouse inquiry today will be instructive but itâs just one of two current episodes of importance.
In case you missed it, Chris Waller, the top Sydney gallops trainer (no, itâs not Gai) dodged a multiple drugs charge because he demonstrated that the offending item came from a feed source over which he had no control. If memory serves me correctly, Graeme Bate was once thumped for exactly the same thing. Others, too.
The greyhound policy, at least in Victoria, is that a drug is a drug is a drug. Bad luck if you pick the wrong supplier. This is an understandable policy but only up to a point. Events are showing, more and more often, that it is very hard to control everything in an increasingly complex world. And the harder you try, the more science finds new ways of ferretting out what has happened.
Then there is the footballersâ defence; yes, we took it but it had no effect on performance. I daresay there will never be a complete answer to that one. In the More Joyous case, we know antibiotics would not have helped the horseâs performance, but would it have hindered her?
Certainly the onus is on the trainer to avoid specified drugs at least. However, the question of minute traces being found in a swab deserves more attention. Quantity should count. Even something as controversial as caffeine can be found all over the food and drink chain. The supermarket is full of it and it is not likely to go away. It seems a more modern management approach is needed, which is what Chris Waller found in Sydney.
However, if you would like a human comparison to the More Joyous medical story, consider this advice from Sydney gastroenterologist Professor Tom Borody, when he talked about antibiotic use when no infection is actually present: âGut microbes perform so many essential roles in the body that they work like an organ in their own right. We are damaging this important organ by knocking out valuable bacteria with recurrent use of antibiotics.â (SMH 27 Oct 2012)
Looking more behind the scenes, what is emerging now is the question of the flow of information about racing animals. I wrote about one aspect of this last week and, coincidentally, marketing academic and consultant Dr Rohan Miller pointed out the same problem (SMH/The Age 2 May).
Millerâs main point was that 95% of racing fans would not have a clue about what was going on, whether on More Joyous or any other subject, thereby leaving the 5% with inside knowledge to take advantage of their misfortune. He called for improvements to the information process, which is largely what I covered in my own May 2 article on sectional times.
Failure to look after that majority will harm racingâs ability to âcompete with myriad other sports for the puntersâ dollarâ, according to Miller.
That process has already started. All the evidence tells us that serious recreational punters are disappearing, to be replaced by mug gamblers who rarely are able to read formguides, let alone understand the finer points of a greyhound race. And those formguides come in a variety of shapes and sizes. For NSW fans, that mostly means wall sheets posted in over 2,000 TAB outlets. They are prepared by Daily Form Service, a TAB contractor and a long time expert in thoroughbred racing. DFS copied their horse system over to the dogs even though the two codes are subject to radically different factors. They then changed all the track codes, making it hard for punters to compare one with another, and displayed races with the most recent one on top, the reverse of standard practice.
The official GRNSW formguide is available only to people who register â another chore â and then have to remember their password. After that, it is hard to read because of the tiny print size chosen while, for the medium level guide, each race takes up two and a half A4 pages to print out. Newcomers are unlikely to go through that process but they do not have a lot of choice. SA and Tasmanian authorities have opted in to the same system, disregarding the difficulty factor. Other states, barring Victoria, likely to join them before long. The outcome is that well over half the countryâs racing offers information which is hard find and use.
Race results for NSW, SA and Tasmania are equally painful to access, requiring 10 separate inquiries to see what happened in all 10 races. Attempts to print or copy the information to another program will find that every dogâs box number will be deleted en route. Fans who like to insert results into their own computer programs â and there are hundreds, if not thousands, of them beavering away â have a laborious manual job ahead of them because no simple text file is made available. It will be there somewhere but the public cannot see it. However, they can do so for Victorian races, which is another incentive to patronise racing in that state.
Yet probably the biggest challenge to progress foranywhere is the fact that the breed does not have a positive image amongst the general public. Even so, authorities have failed to mount serious national campaigns to educate that public about its long and unique history. Efforts such as retired greyhound programs and displays at agricultural shows are worthwhile but they are nowhere near enough to make a sufficient impact. Consequently, what the public does not know or like will discourage them from seeking more information in the first place. Itâs a Catch 22 situation.
At the core, the SKY-induced disappearance of fans from racetracks meant that new measures had to be devised to approach the marketplace and convert newcomers to the sport. It has never happened. This is a major reason why patrons are now made up of the 5% insiders Dr Miller mentioned, on the one hand, and refugees from the poker machines on the other. And, sadly, the poker machines pay better than the TAB.
Sports betting pays better too, and is growing faster, no doubt for three reasons: betting operators are much more competitive, media coverage is voluminous and detailed, and the public better understands what it is all about.
Group racing continued at Queensland Headquarters last night with heats of the Group 3 Big Dog Cup over the 600m creek circuit. With finalists racing for a share of $25,000 in next weeks final, Racing Queensland would have been disappointed with the lack of nominations for this years event. Unfortunately for Greyhounds Queensland it continued the recent trend of short fields, and limited nominations for their feature racing events. Without taking anything away from the quality of greyhounds engaged, three heats was a poor result for this type of feature event.
Heat one had only the seven starters with the vacant five box splitting the runners down the middle. As always Graeme Bate supported another national event sending recent Wentworth Park group finalist and front running superstar Irma Bale north for the series. The brilliant Irma Bale (box 6) would start a short priced favourite ahead of ultra consistent locals Apache Kitten (box 3) and Master Brutus (box 1).
The punters were right on the money with Irma Bale (Bartrim Bale – Amelia Bale) proving too good in the run to the post, finishing too strongly for a gallant Honey Bouquet a length and a quarter away second with a further eight and three-quarter lengths to Withcott Wizard in third. It was another impressive win for Irma Bale who was having her first look over the 600m journey at Albion Park, stopping the clock in a classy 35.05. The multiple group winner and group finalist qualifies for another group final taking her prizemoney to in excess of $410,000 for the Bate/Wheeler combination. It was win number 33 from 80 starts with a further 28 placings for the brilliant October 2009 litter.
Heat One Splits — 10.06, 11.94, 13.04 – 35.05
Heat two was also made up of just the seven starters and all the rage was for the champion campaigner Metz Magic for legendary Queensland trainer Ron Ball. The second elect was the quality Sydney greyhound Amadeus Strikes back in the kennel of Tony Brett after being sent north by owner / trainer Steven White of NSW. Originally in the Brett kennel early in her career Amadeus Strike has been campaigning in NSW for most of her career where she has performed with distinction for Steven White.
Dwelling slightly at the Metz Magic was shuffled back to last before getting a beautiful run through to be in second place passing the winning post for the first time. The lamp lighter was Amadeus Strikes who had jumped beautifully from box 8 hitting the first mark in a solid 10.09. Down the back and into the straight Amadeus Strikes had skipped away before being too good in the run to the post for the Queensland Champ Metz Magic.
Amadeus Strikes (Bombastic Shiraz – Forgetful Lucy) was impressive for her debut race at the track and gives trainer Tony Brett another feature finalist at Albion Park. Amadeus Strike stopped the clock in a good 35.18 when winning by a length and a half over Metz Magic with a further eight and a half lengths to Euroa Katerina sneaking through for third.
Heat Two Splits — 10.09, 11.86, 13.23 – 35.18
The third and final heat consisted of a full field and the favourite was the track and distance specialist Starliner for owner / trainer Gary Petterson. Having had 15 starts over the journey for 10 wins and 5 placings, the striking white son of Pure Octane would start favourite narrowly over second elect Cakes And Pies. The Ron Ball trained Cakes And Pies was stepping up to the 600m journey for the first time and all eyes were on her to see if she could lead and see out the journey.
True to form, Cakes And Pies showed her brilliant box speed to lead clearly from Raging Isa with Starliner getting into third. Down the back and Starliner moved into second but was still giving Cakes And Pies a few lengths who was giving a great sight out in front. Coming into the straight for the final time and the quality showed as Starliner went whoosh, exploding away for a great win in 35.16. Bogie Dawn came home strongly for second three and a half lengths away with a further length to an impressive Cakes And Pies third. The 600m journey told in the end as she tired to the line but will improve with the run. Starliner (Pure Octane-Borgata) has been a wonderful performer over the 600m Albion Park circuit and greyhound fans will hope that he can register a deserved first group win in next weeks final.
Heat Three Splits – 10.05, 11.98, 13.13 — 35.16
The box draw for next weeks Group 3 final is: 1. Honey Bouquet, 2. Starliner, 3. Bogie Dawn, 4. Cakes And Pies, 5. Withcott Wizard, 6. Metz Magic, 7. Irma Bale, 8. Amadeus Strikes. Reserves 9. Raging Isa, 10. Euroa Katerina
Congratulations to trainers Ron Ball and Bob Giltinan who have both qualified two finalists for the group 3 feature.
Cawdor mentor Sharron Webster will be hoping for one of the biggest highlights of her thirteen year involvement within the greyhound industry when she lines up Lagoon Lowanna in this weekâs final of the Group Three Evans & Son Jewellers Ladies Bracelet at Wentworth Park. The $25,000 to the winner event has attracted an exceptional field looking to take home the prize, with Lagoon Lowanna looking a huge chance despite drawing awkwardly in box six.
Beginning brilliantly from the blue in her heat last Saturday, the chaser quickly landed in front and dominated the event, stretching out to win by six lengths in a blistering 29.82 seconds. The daughter of Whereâs Pedro and Lagoon Smylee has certainly hit a purple patch of form over recent weeks winning three of her last four starts at the Ultimo circuit including an all the way demonstration where she clocked a scintillating 29.68 seconds for the 520 metre distance.
Described as the kennel star, Webster is quietly confident of the speedsterâs chance in this weekâs final, âShe is an amazing little bitch and although box six is a worry, if she begins as well as she has been lately she will be a major chanceâ.
The 28 kilogram powerhouse certainly knows how to begin well, clocking some breathtaking first section splits over the past month including a near record 5.30 seconds just three starts ago whilst she pinged out in a hot 5.32 seconds last week. These sectionals should see her up near the lead on the first turn, and with a strong middle section and solid run home, she will be hard to run down should she land in front.
With a field of terrific runners, Webster rates fastest qualifier Purcell Bale as the biggest threat particularly after coming up with the coveted cherry box for the lucrative final. The recent Queensland Futurity winner is trained by the legendary Graeme Bate and oozes class as demonstrated last week at her track debut clocking a scorching 29.71 seconds from box four.
What makes qualifying for the final with Lagoon Lowanna much more special is the fact that Sharron and her husband Ray bred the talented bitch from a line they have established which started with their first greyhound Magic Grove in 2000. Magic Grove was brought from the astute Bruce Fletcher and was a multiple Wentworth Park winner for the Websterâs before being retired to the breeding barn. Magic Grove went on to throw some handy performers headlined by top class greyhounds Jedd Lion and Spiral Magic, whilst many of her daughters have themselves turned into valuable broodbitches. One such brood bitch is Gondola Serenade who has produced multiple city winners herself as well as the dam of Lagoon Lowanna, Lagoon Smylee.
Whilst race eight will be the most anticipated race for Webster this Saturday, she will also line up talented pups Lagoon Eastwood and Whereâs Wob who both recorded city victories last Friday night.
Lagoon Eastwood will be appearing from box six in race two where he comes up against a classy field including Indiana Izmir, Slick âEm Son and Velvet Fog. Despite the sharp rise in class from last week, the son of Whereâs Pedro and Angel Doll went fantastic on Friday when saluting in 30.30 seconds, with Webster elated with his win â I was happy with how he went but I wasnât surprised as he has just had a lot of bad luck lately and his runs have been enormous so I have been waiting for the night and I knew he would pay wellâ. The 34 kilogram heavyweight is capable of running time but will definitely have to begin from the poor draw on Saturday night to be a chance in the event. Lagoon Eastwood was also bred by the Websterâs with his dam Angel Doll, trained by Ray when representing NSW in the 2006 National Distance Championship finishing down the track to the great Bothing.
Also lining up on Saturday is Whereâs Wob who faces a difficult mission in race five against four other last start winners including Mark Longâs flying chaser Tourmalet although he has drawn favourably in box two. The blue sprinter is from the outstanding Whereâs Pedro x Ramblinâ Ruby litter which includes John Finnâs super bitch Winsome Charlee, with Webster rating him just as good as his well-known sister, âHe injured his wrist in a race late last year and has been off before finding trouble at his first start back at Bulli last month, but we have kept working on him and he is absolutely flyingâ.
âHe is a very good dog- He broke in very well and has a big future. We couldnât be happier with himâ. With such a huge opinion of the dog, it should come as no surprise if Whereâs Wob manages to figure in the finish this weekend.
With the kennel experiencing a great run at present, Webster still remains down to earth and truly passionate about her love for the sport, âWe have had a lot of high points but we pride ourselves on our dogs and we really love them and find that a win at Goulburn is still as exciting as a win at Wentyâ.
With such a genuine and positive outlook, Webster also shares what it would feel like if Lagoon Lowanna, or Fran as she is affectionately known can cross the line first in the final this week, â It would be absolutely fantastic. The money is a bonus, but for my little girl who we bred to win- expect tears! I will be a mess because it will mean to world to us. She has been so close in group races and is right at her peak now and doing everything rightâ.
âItâs a great field but we know she can do it, we are just hoping she can put it all together on the night. She is very special to me and is so loved and adored- she has the best character and she deserves to win a group raceâ.
All will be revealed this Saturday night when the lids fly open for the $25,000 feature which is race eight on a stellar race card.
Group Racing returned to Albion Park on Thursday night for the final of the Group 2 Bogie Leigh Futurity. After 4 heats the previous week the first and second place getters took their positions behind the boxes for the $40,000 dollar to the winner final and the title of Futurity winner. Trainer Graeme Bate had two finalists in the race for owner Paul Wheeler and they dominated betting with the favourite Xylia Allen from box 5 starting all the rage after her impressive heat win.
As is often the case in big races and feature finals, the race doesn’t run according to script and from start to finish it was a rough house affair with many runners suffering interference and bad luck. Getting through the congestion at the right time, Purcell Bale (box 3) was too lucky for Xylia Allen (box 6) with Celtic Diva (box 1) third. The winning time was a moderate 30.39 for the 520 meter journey with the winner scoring by 1 and three quarter lengths with a head to third.
The beautifully bred Purcell Bale (Dyna Lachlan – Princess Bale) is owned by Australia’s leading owner Paul Wheeler, and continued on from the success that he has experienced over many years in the industry – and continues his dominant run in group and feature racing. Trained by leading trainer Graeme Bate (Victoria) Purcell Bale extended her prizemoney to in excess of $67,000 with the win, and her overall record now stands at 18 starts for 8 wins and 5 placings. She is a well travelled young bitch having competed in events in Victoria, Tasmania and Queensland. The beautifully bred greyhound will surely go on to bigger things from here as she looks to be a star of the future.
It was a Bate / Wheeler quinella as Xylia Allen (Turanza Bale – Tayah Bale) finally got clear when it was all too late to finish strongly for second. The daughter of Turanza Bale was the short priced favourite pre race after her heat win last week. It wasn’t to be for this future superstar as she was hampered from start to finish. She was the obvious hard luck story of the race. Xylia Allen is definitely a greyhound worth following.
Celtic Diva (Collision – Tad Smarter) for owner / trainer Joe Menary held on well for third. The ultra consistent bitch again performed with distinction in another strong performance at her home track. The third place prizemoney taking her past $20,000 dollars in total earnings.
Glen Gallon – Queensland’s Best Sprinter (Paw note)
Glen Gallon (Flying Stanley – Incoherent) for trainer Tony Brett continued on his winning return from injury as he dominated the best 8 event winning by 4 and three quarter lengths from Metz Magic with a further 3 lengths to Cakes And Pies in third. The August 2009 dog was ultra impressive leading from start to finish in 29.89 in bringing up win number 32 from 59 starts. For connections it was a further top up of prizemoney as it surpassed $490,000. Glen Gallon has been a super dog for Queensland and Australian Racing over many years with group success all around Australia.
This Saturday night, two classy fields will assemble at Wentworth Park for the heats of The Group Threecup over the 720 metre journey however much of the spotlight will shine earlier within the ten race card with recent Maitland Gold Cup winner Black Magic Opal making his highly anticipated city debut. Trained at Budgewoi by Leslie Hudson, the extremely promising son of Magic Sprite and prolific producer Awesome Opal will be looking for his sixth straight win after already recording a brilliant twelve victories with three seconds from a mere fifteen starts. The 31 kilogram speed machine was an emphatic victor in last weekâs Gold Cup, defeating top class greyhounds such as Bralyn County, Transcend Time, El Brooklyn and Johnny Fire to claim the $40,000 feature by two and three quarter lengths in a scintillating 24.92 seconds- just .04 off the track record held by Exclusive One.
This week Black Magic Opal lines up from the rails box in race one against a speedy fifth grade field which includes the likes of the Graeme Bate trained Luxurious who placed third in the Group Three Nowra Summer Puppy classic at her last start. The daughter of Collision and Paris St Germain will jump from box three and has a good motor, however will have to do everything right with the black bitch developing the mischievous tendency to dart right at box rise- a trait which often brings her undone and will probably hinder Bit Cold who is drawn on her direct outside. This habit may also play into the favour of the emerging superstar drawn in the red, giving him the chance to sneak through along the rails and pinch a break. Mad railer Tourmalet is having his first start at Wenty after a recent hatrick of wins however he will need things to go right from box six. The biggest doubt with Black Magic Opal taking out the event is the fact that he has never had a race start at the track, with the first turn at the Ultimo circuit notoriously tricky for even the most seasoned campaigners, however Hudson has revealed that his pride and joy has previously trialled in a slick 30.04 seconds at the track first look, leaving punters to conclude the biggest bet for the race will be on his times and margins.
Track specialist Sometimes Speedy will return in the FFA event which is race eight on Saturday night. The breathtaking daughter of Collision and Gemstone Supreme will be looking to turn the tables on competitor Charmed Assassin who narrowly defeated her last week in a blistering 29.66 seconds. Drawn ideally in box one the 23 race winner looks hard to beat, however Charmed Assassin is undefeated from his draw (box three) which should provide a mouth-watering battle for greyhound enthusiasts. Looking to defeat both of them will be the Sharron Webster prepared Lagoon Lowanna who began like a rocket clocking an impeccable 5.30 seconds to the first turn and a scorching 29.68 seconds last week from box seven where she will be starting from again on Saturday.
Another feature of the night will be race three- The Betfair blue paws final over 520 metres. Runners qualified for the decider last Friday night with heat winner Master Jeteye looking to have a good chance despite drawing in box five. The son of Collision and the beautifully bred Jet Eye has won two on the trot at headquarters with last weekâs success his most impressive, however this will definitely be his acid test with the speedy Collisioner drawn perfectly in box one and track record holder Punch One Outâs litter brother Slick âEm Son boxed on his inside in the blue. Trained by Valentineâs Steve Vas, Master Jeteye began well from box five and clocked a sensational second section split of 13.74, claiming his heat by one and a half lengths on the line in a fast 30.08 seconds last week.
The 27 kilogram lightweight has won twelve races with twenty minors from fifty one starts, with Vas optimistic of his charges chance on Saturday night, âI think he is well boxed and that he can lead but he has to jump. He wonât lead until the first turn but should get plenty of room to move as the four goes left and the six usually goes straightâ
Vas who only has the one race dog in work at present is delighted with the recent improvement in Master Jeteye which has seen him win three of his past five starts. After correcting a niggling back injury, Vas believes that he has improved greatly and as such has a great chance of running a handy race on Saturday night.
Master Jeteye is also very special to Vas after breeding him from a bitch that he owned named Jet Eye who won three races in town. As a result, Master Jeteye the first dog he has bred and trained himself, with the pocket rocket also his first city winner as a trainer.
âI always had a big plan to breed with Jeteye, itâs been a long process and I have done it the hard way but I have been lucky,â Vas said
âHe (Master Jeteye) has earned $27,000, I wouldnât even dream of a dog to win that sort of prize moneyâ.
Vas also has two bitches that have just been broken in at home from Jet Eyeâs next litter to Velocette with her third litter to Dyna Tron currently being reared. Whilst Vas realises that there is plenty of hard work ahead, he is happy to enjoy the good times while they last and hope that his little chasers dream run can continue for a bit longer.
I have also been told that the guys at Cardiff Greyhounds Social Club Trial track will be cheering him home in the final. Vas uses the track to work his speedster and also volunteers on Saturday and Sunday mornings at the trials and adds that he likes to treat his friends at Redhead with a cake whenever Master Jeteye salutes. With the $2000 blue paws bonus on top of the $4650 winnerâs cheque, I am tipping that the boys can expect one heck of a cake this Sunday morning should team Vas cross the line in first position on Saturday night.
Keep your eyes peeled for a preview of the heats of the Group Three Betfair Cup which will see Association Cup hero Fancy Liza return to Wentworth Park for the first time since her popular victory on Golden Easter Egg night.
Group Racing returns to Albion Park this Thursday night with the final of the Group 2 Bogie Leigh Futurity. The $40,000 to the winner final is sure to be a wonderful spectacle as trainers and owners look to have their chasers claim the prestigious final named in honour of one of Queensland’s and Australia’s best greyhounds. Last weeks heats attracted some of the country’s best young bitches and the final looks set to be a race to remember with many chances in the race vying for victory.
Box 1 – Celtic Diva (Collision – Tad Smarter) January 2011
The Joe Menary owned and trained chaser has been a model of consistency winning over $16,000 dollars with the outstanding overall record of 21 starts for 8 wins and 6 placings. At the track and distance she excels with 3 wins and 5 placings from 13 starts. Drawn favourably in the red she has a best time of 30.20 from box 1 set back in October 2012. After a great heat last week where she finished a solid second behind Purcell Bale from box 7 she demonstrated her consistency at the track. If she can repeat her blistering 5.63 first section she will be in front early and will definitely give the other runners something to catch. A live each way chance especially if there is a mix up behind her. From the good producer in Tad Smarter it would be a real home town win if she can greet the judge first.
Box 2 – Miss Karoo (Where’s Pedro – Miss Tickles) March 2011
Jumping from box 2 in the final is the classy Miss Karoo for owner trainer Stephen Casey of Doubtful Creek. After a wonderful heat last week behind Winsome Charlee where she started at the big odds of 35-1 she looked impressive in the run home. The March 2011 daughter of Where’s Pedro will need to improve on her Albion Park record where she has just the one win from 7 starts, if she is to win the Group 2 final. Not as consistent at headquarters, she has run some very fast times at Ipswich including a 30.45 earlier this year. If she can run close to that in thursday nights final she will be ultra competitive. Rough outside chance.
Box 3 – Purcell Bale (Dyna Lachlan – Princess Bale) April 2011
Starting in box 3 is the first of two finalists for Australia’s premier trainer Graeme Bate. After an enormous heat win last week – where she was having her first look at the track she excelled from the 3 box winning in a great 30.19 from Celtic Diva by almost 5 lengths. No doubt she will be well tuned up for the final. With a great record of 17 starts for 7 wins and 5 placings including over $27,000 in prizemoney the young fawn bitch is well travelled having already raced in Victoria, Tasmania and Queensland.
The heat run again showed how strong the depth is in the Bate kennel as she took the heavy knocks and took the runs when they presented pushing past dogs in an impressive victory. With the ability to take a knock and to keep trying, whatever happens in the final Purcell Bale will definitely be a greyhound to follow and will win more than her fair share as she progresses throughout her career. From the super producer Princess Bale (Hullucinate – Gold Rush Bale) she will be one of the favourites and is a very strong chance in the final.
Box 4 – Pearl Za Zinger (Surf Lorian – Kaycee Diva) Nov 2010
Starting from box 4 in the rich final is Pearl Za Zinger for owner / trainer John McCarthy. The blue daughter of Surf Lorian has raced almost her entire career on the Albion Park circuit where she has the great record of 5 wins and 16 placings from the 30 starts on the track. She has also registered a win at Ipswich and has surpassed $23,000 in prizemoney. Last weeks heat win showed that in there is no such thing as a sure thing as she started the outsider in the small 6 dog field to win – albeit in the slowest time of the 4 heats stopping the clock in 30.49. While she will be one of the outsiders in the race she does have a best time at the track of 30.29 from March this year. Rough chance.
Box 5 – Xylia Allen (Turanza Bale – Tayah Bale) April 2011
Fastest heat winner Xylia Allen for trainer Graeme Bate starts from box 5 – the same box she won her heat last week in a fast BON time of 29.98. Just two years of age the daughter of Turanza Bale has had an enormous start to her career and her heat win showed that she has a ton of class and ability. The superstar bitch ran home in an incredible 12.34 seconds just 0.02 off the final section record.
With a career record of 20 starts she has registered 8 wins and 6 placings and over $60,000 in prizemoney. The superstar bitch hasn’t been protected and has raced in feature races and series in 4 different states including:-
- Victoria – Sandown Laurels – heat (2nd), semi (2nd) and final (5th)
- Victoria – Cranbourne Cup – heat (2nd) and final (8th)
- Victoria – Warragul Cup – heat (6th)
- Tasmania – Launceston Cup heat (1st) and final (1st plus TR)
- Victoria – Meadows Superstayers heat (2nd (2 lengths to Miata)) final (4th)
- NSW – Golden Easter Egg – heat (6th)
- Queensland – Bogie Leigh – heat (1st) final
She is an exceptionally strong chaser and if bad luck doesn’t stop her nothing will. The greyhound to beat and one to keep an eye on throughout her career. Winning chance.
Box 6 – Winsome Charlee (Where’s Pedro – Ramblin’ Ruby) Dec 2010
The John Finn trained Winsome Charlee representing NSW starts the final from box 6 after a great heat win last week in 30.39 seconds. The Golden Easter Egg runner up looked impressive last week and is developing into a quality greyhound. With a great career record of 30 starts for 11 wins and 14 placings connections will hope she can go one better in the final. She will definitely be primed for the final and with last weeks look at the track she will be better for the run and is a great each way chance. The NSW representative who will be well supported locally and interstate for the popular Finn’s.
Box 7 – Cee Eh Oh (High Earner – Suite Tahlia) Dec 2010
Lake Clarendon owner / trainer Bruce Linnan has Cee Eh Oh engaged in box 7 for the final after a good second last week behind Pearl Za Zinger in the heats. Qualifying second in the slowest heat, the black daughter of High Earner has been consistent throughout her young career. With just 13 starts registering 4 wins and 5 placings, the final will easily be her toughest test to date. She will need to begin better against this quality field and with 5 starts at the track and distance without a win she will start one of the outsiders in the final. She has won at the track over the short sprint trip but looks like the 520m is as far as she wants to go at this stage. A rough place chance and will need plenty of luck.
Box 8 – Tarks Jewel (Primo Uno – Skrat) Nov 2010
Anakie trainer Angel Langton will start former Queenslander (if you can call her that) Tarks Jewel in box 8 for the final. After a distant second to Xylia Allen in the heats, Tarks Jewel will need plenty of luck and a clear passage late to challenge these. Of interest, Tarks Jewel had her first ever race start over the 520 m at Albion Park before heading south to Victoria where she has raced with ability over her short career. On form she appears to prefer the slightly longer journey with wins and consistent racing over the 595m at Sandown and 600m at The Meadows. After her short career she has won over $16,000 in prizemoney. She will be a rough outside chance in the final.
Box 9 – Bellismo Belle (Fear Zafonic – Matisse’s Angel) April 2011
Will need plenty of luck if gains a start – rough place chance only
Box 10 – Sarah’s Spirit (Premier Chief – Kathy’s Recall) Oct 2010
From a great litter and a start would see another one from the mating qualify for another feature final. Very consistent greyhound who is improving. Rough chance.
Selections – 1. Xylia Allen, 2. Purcell Bale, 3. Celtic Diva
The Bogie Leigh Futurity Group 2 final is race 8 on the card at 9.08pm.
Anyone with a slight interest inshould do their very best to make it to Albion Park on Thursday night, with 5 Heats of the Group 2 Queensland Derby and the final of the Group 2 Futurity for bitches. The talent is immense, and it’s a great turn around from last weeks Futurity heats.
Fast Archer for young gun trainer Clay Mullens, has drawn the coverted rails in heat 1 and he comes here after a flying last start victory at Wentworth in 29.65. The son of Collision and Clay Model has quite a remarkable record for such a young dog, with only 15 career starts he has recorded a win from all 7 boxes he’s jumped from. Box 2 is the only box the February 11 chaser hasn’t jumped out of. He looks very well placed in the first heat, but he certainly won’t have it all his own way with Qld trained flying machine Top Story exiting the 7 box. The blue son of Knocka Norris has a blistering 29.77 PB to his name and he will certainly make his presence felt. Nico Bale for Graeme Bate will also threaten with plenty of early toe. They appear to be the 3 main hopefuls, in a tough heat of 7 runners.
Heat 2 doesn’t get any easier with the Peter Simpson trained flying machine Raging Obsession exiting box 2. The son of Go Wild Teddy has already posted a fast 30.12 here and he looks like he can easily go much quicker. Dead set speed machine, Hello Good Bye, will be master trainer Kel Greenough’s hope and he exits box 6 in this. The Son of Bombastic Shiraz is yet to taste big race success, but it won’t be too far off I reckon now Kel has got him beginning much better. Generally a slow beginner he’s going to have his work cut out here for him from box 6. Peter Hunt has his charge Pop’s Max engaged from box 5 and the son of Queensland sire Surf Lorian comes here as the most experienced runner and he too can’t be dismissed; although jumping from the squeeze box. They appear to be the 3 main chances but heat 2 certainly has its fair share of talent, and nearly all the runners can win this with the right run.
Heat 3 will also be a test for form students with many winning chances. Transcend Time for trainer Mark Azzopardi is badly out out of form but the industry blue blood sired by The Bomb cannot be overlooked. He has a big motor and no doubt will be 110 percent for this. Queensland’s local hope Hawko’s Mistake will be out to make amends for his last start defeat and box 8 will suit the son of Buckingham Chuck. He has a fast PB of 29.94 and he can certainly win this race with his best jump. Hopefully he’s 110 percent and ready to fire in heat 3. Sir Hara by Big Daddy Cool also appears a chance in this and although he hasn’t posted a fast time he will be well suited to box 7 and can get along if he finds the front. There my 3 mains selections in heat 3.
Heat 4 sees the local hopes take on two extremely fast and talented dogs in Rigs and National Derby winner Jagger Swagger. Rigs is a very smart young dog, and the son of Pure Octane will no doubt have his work cut out in this. Good on his trainer Ryan Tredway, for bringing the smart youngster up here for a crack at the Group 2 Derby. Jagger Swagger, the 2013 National Derby winner; will be mighty hard to beat and the son of Premier Fantasy will get a beautiful run with slow beginners all around. He looks to be the certainty of the heats, and I’m guessing his short starting price will reflect that. Veyron Bale could be the knockout chance and he should get a great unimpeded run from put wide in the pink. If they jam up he could sweep right around the outside as long as he misses Clan Eirann around the first turn; wWho often tries to get wide round the first turn. Jagger Swagger looks home and hosed in this heat.
The final heat appears as if its the best chance for the locals to snare a win in. Musquin Bale has come up with the red box and he looks mighty hard to beat if he can get forward early. The son of Dyna Lachlan and super producer Princess Bale, has so far remained relatively unnoticed as his littermates hog most of the limelight, but this may be his best chance to propel his name under lights. Local charge and home bred Pharmocopia will fly the flag high for home breeders all around the country. The son of Albion Park prolific winner Premier Chief and Kathy’s Recall also another Albion Park prolific winner will look to salute here for trainer Margaret Quarrel. The black dog whelped in October 10, has really come of age lately and produced his best effort to score last week racing away to score in a quick 30.17. Captain Clarrie is another classy runner who is also home bred. The black November 10 Whelped son of Elite And Classy and Where Are You will need to produce his best effort to score here. Interestingly enough I have heard reports that Captain Clarrie’s mother, Where Are You; has produced the fastest pups Reg Kay has ever put up his straight. They are by new kid on the block Outta Credit. Captain Clarrie can certainly gallop and if he gets the right run he’s certainly capable of winning the final heat.
It’s going to be a wonderful night with some seriously classed galloper’s engaged. It’s fantastic to see so many high class dogs by such an array of sires with 20 different sires represented in just 40 dogs. That’s 50% of the fields – amazing. With so many different dogs going to stud it just proves you can look outside the box and still produce a quality galloper.
The action gets underway at Albion Park with race one to kick off at 6.44pm.
To have a greyhound that is good enough to be able to compete in a group race final is a worthy accomplishment for any owner or trainer, but to have three runners engaged in the same group final is nothing short of brilliant. This week legendary owners Chris Nutt and Shaun Evans will have three of their charges starting in the Group Three Nowra Summer Puppy Classic Final under the names of three of Australiaâs most illustrious trainers, with the race carrying sentimental value for the men who bred the highly talented siblings from their prolific producer Paris St Germain.
The first of Nutt & Evans terrific trio to make the final was the Graeme Bate prepared Luxurious, with the daughter of Collision spearing the lids from box five in her semi-final and proving too strong for Jeff Crawfordâs fast finishing Kentucky Grove, taking out the event by a neck on the line in a nippy 30.19 seconds. The black bitch is shaping up to be a promising sprinter winning eleven of her 29 starts with a further eleven minors to her name however she has been awarded no favours in the final drawing awkwardly in box four.
The second runner into the decider for the Nutt & Evans team is the exceedingly consistent Disco Dave who comes from the powerful Andrea Dailly camp. Disco Dave qualified when running second behind the well-bred performer Double Twist for Nowra Hillâs Garry Edwards. Disco Dave began well from box three in his semi-final and showed tremendous field sense, darting underneath rails runner Ronray Miss on the first turn, to take up the lead, however he was not able to hold out Double Twist who landed himself in a prime position down the back and was able to swoop on the leaders in the home straight to claim victory by three quarters of a length in a fast 30.04 seconds.
The dynamic duoâs last runner in this Sundayâs feature, Miss Kiss took out the third and final semi for Tasmanian conditioner Debbie Cannan. The pint sized performer who started her career in Victoria but has been racing in Tassie of late, scored a dominant triumph, leading from box rise in a handy 30.34 seconds over Vindictive who was one and a quarter lengths away in second for Frances Harris. Miss Kiss who has won three races from fourteen starts has also drawn awkwardly, coming up with box five on the outside of her litter sister Luxurious.
Nutt admits that the draw may be problematic for the speedy sisters with Luxurious developing the tendency to dart right at box rise, with Miss Kiss generally seeking the rails when the lids fly open. With this in mind Nutt favours Disco Dave from out wide in box seven out of his three runners with the blue brindle chaser also capable of pinging the lids and running a cheeky race however it will be a hard final for the trio with early favourite Double Twist allocated the prized cherry alley.
Win, lose or draw, the three speedsters are very special to Nutt & Evans, as they are part of the last cohort of pups to hit the track from their dam Paris St Germain who tragically passed away just last month. Paris St Germain was purchased by the two friends as a way of keeping in contact when Evans was moving away, however they never imagined how far the unraced daughter of Bright Ebony and Gold Serenade would take them within theindustry.
Paris St Germain came on season just shy of her second birthday and was mated to sensational sire Lochinvar Jet. This was a decision which would change their lives with âParisâ throwing her first group winning pup in Nitro Nori amongst a litter full of exceptional racers. Nitro Nori had 56 starts on the racetrack for twenty wins and eighteen placings including consecutive wins in the Group 3 Bulli Cyril Rowe memorial, whilst he also took out the Perth Cup Consolation and was a finalist in The Group One National Sprint Championship, and the Traralgon and Shepparton Cupâs.
The success didnât end there, in her next litter to Go Wild Teddy, âParisâ threw multiple city winner and group finalist Uncle Bully as well as the sensational performers Jai Alation, Slick Rick and Wild St. Teddy. After this second successful round in the breeding barn, she was put to the great Surf Lorian with this mating producing potentially her best pup yet in St. Pierre.
Nutt laments that St. Pierre will, âAlways hold a special place in our heart as our first group one winnerâ, after the brilliant blue brindle chaser took out the Group One Australian Cup defeating the likes of High Earner whilst he also notched up a Group Three win in the St Ledger at Unibet Gardens and the 2011 Devonport Cup.
From her next two litters to Whereâs Pedro and Velocette respectively, Paris produced some more top quality pups, most notably in Katsidis, Mojito, Double Whammy, Nine Darter, Larocco, Emilia Jade, Parisette and Streetbike Tommy, who was sadly lost on the race track during the Golden Easter Egg series after fracturing a hock. After these two litters, Paris whelped a healthy litter to Collision in 2011 and just a few weeks before passing away a single pup to Barcia Bale who unfortunately did not survive.
With her last litter to Collision now on the ground and racing in fine style, it would be fitting for one of these youngsters to emulate the success of their older siblings and take out a big race as a means of continuing the âfamily traditionâ. Despite the glory of group one racing and the hefty winnerâs cheques that accompany the rugs and trophies, it is fair to say that a win this week would be one of most sentimental victories Nutt and Evans could hope for given the recent loss of not only Paris St Germain but also her promising son Streetbike Tommy.
âParis was a one in a million broodbitch, if it wasnât for her I probably wouldnât still be in the gameâ.
âItâs a big achievement to have three in the race and we are just really wrapped for Parisâ, Nutt said.
âWe are just hoping that the stars can align for us but as long as they come back in one piece we will be happy.â
Paris St Germain will always be a special part of Chris Nuttâs and Shaun Evanâs family – she has helped to put them on the industry scene with the pair now established as two of Australiaâs premier greyhound breeders and owners, whilst her progeny are still going strong and will inevitably throw a few fast pup themselves in the future.
The Nowra Summer Puppy Classic is the highlight of the ShoalhavenClubâs calendar with the $25,000 event to be run this Sunday. In an open race with nearly all runners engaged in the event capable of taking it out it is very hard to find a winner.
One thing that is for sure, if Chris Nutt and Shaun Evans can claim the event with one of their trio, there will be a few tears shed on course for the hardworking owners and the amazing little bitch that made it all possible, and who was described to me as their âPrincessâ
Listening around the tab over the past 15 years the same comments have been bantered about by punters looking turn a profit. “Always back a Bate dog! The Bale’s always win! My mates mates uncle who follows the dogs reckons they can’t lose and they always win”.
Whilst not entirely true what can’t be argued is the level of success that Bate and owner Paul Wheeler have had over a long period – and the current domination of group racing success they are enjoying.
The domination and success continued at Albion Park last night in the heats of the Group 2 Bogie Leigh Futurity. Whilst the event failed to attract a strong nomination count with short fields again making up the 4 heats, the quality of the runners engaged ensured that the final will be a Group 2 event to remember. The top two from each heat qualified for the final with the two fastest thirds being reserves.
Heat one produced a great performance from the John Finn trained visitor Winsome Charlee (Wheres Pedro – Ramblin’ Ruby), exploding away down the home straight to beat Miss Karoo with Ellie’s Flash in third. Having her first start at the Albion Park circuit, the recent Easter Egg runner up looked very impressive once she straightened for home stopping the clock in a respectable 30.39 seconds for the 520m journey. The ultra consistent grey is in tremendous form and last night was win number 11 with 14 placings from just 30 starts in qualifying for another group final. The dec 2010 brindle bitch will be vastly improved for the look at the track and with her exceptional record will be one of the fancies for next weeks final.
Xylia Allen for Graeme Bate could not have been more impressive in winning heat number two over Tarks Jewel with Jetta’s Girl third. The April 2011 daughter of Turanza Bale – Tayah Bale was on song, pushing through runs, and bouncing off dogs before hitting the front and exploding right away to win by 10 lengths in 29.98. Xylia Allen looks another superstar for owner Paul Wheeler and the well travelled youngster will be hard to beat after running home in 12.34 just .02 outside the track record. The run was all the more impressive as she was having her first look at the track. Xylia Allen is certainly a dog going places.
In the small field that contested heat three the favourite and all the rage was the visitor Cracker Jack Lil from the Peter Hunt kennel starting from box 4. Favourite backers would have been disappointed at box rise as she was lost at the start and never in the race. With just six starters it was the locally trained Pearl Za Zinger (Surf Lorian – Kaycee Diva) for John McCarthy that was too strong for Cee Eh Oh with Sarah’s Spirit in third. The winner stopped the clock in 30.49 in bringing up win number 6 and took her prizemoney to over $20,000. Whilst the time was only moderate she does have a great record over the track and trip and will be an outside chance in next weeks final.
The final heat produced a similar result to earlier in the night with the Graeme Bate trained Purcell Bale too strong for Celtic Diva with Bellismo Belle in third. The April 2011 daughter of Dyna Lachlan – Princess Bale missed the start early before pushing through other dogs and clearing right away stopping the clock in a very impressive 30.19. Having her first look at the track, she couldn’t have been more dominant in bringing up win number 7 with 5 placings from 17 starts. Both Purcell Bale and earlier winner Xylia Allen showed their ability and class, taking the knocks and the runs in exciting wins. The Bate kennel have an outstanding ability to produce strong running chasers who will obviously be the ones to beat in next weeks final.
The box draw for next weeks Group 2 final is:
Albion Park Futurity Final
1. Celtic Diva, 2. Miss Karoo, 3. Purcell Bale, 4. Pearl Za Zinger, 5. Xylia Allen, 6. Winsome Charlee, 7. Cee Eh Oh, 8. Tarks Jewel. Reserves: 9. Bellismo Belle, 10. Sarah’s Spirit.
The Group 2 Queensland Futurity is upon us, with 4 heats to be run at Albion Park Thursday Night.
Unfortunately as is often the case of late, the big one for bitches in Queensland has failed to attract much interstate interest, with only 7 interstate chasers lining up in the 4 heats.
The first heat has only 7 runners engaged, with no reserves in any of the 4 heats. It’s a doom and gloom situation for Queensland racing, as more and more interstate trainers fail to cross the border to tackle our Feature races.
John and Minnie Finn have 2 runners engaged in the heats with recent Group 1 Golden Easter Egg runner-up Winsome Charlee by Wheres Pedro out of Ramblin Ruby, drawing box 1 in a 7 dog field. She will lock horns with one of Qlds, best hopes Regal Lauryn. The daughter of Super star bitch Queen Lauryn, trained by Tony Brett and owned by Len Antonio A.K.A the “The Tooth Fairy”; will pose as the main threat to Charlee. John and Minnie will also rug up Closing Time, who has returned from a short spell to tackle the heats.
The Victorian Charge is led by Peter Hunt and Graeme Bate who will don the leash on superstar multiple track record breaker Xylia Allen. The daughter of Turanza Bale and Tayah Bale possesses a freakish motor, who is capable of shattering track records when on song – evident in her unbelievable track record at Launceston. Peters charge, the freakish Cracker Jack Lil, by Go Wild Teddy out of Lil’s Memory, will look to continue her dream run of late after running third in the Egg, where she won her heat of the Egg first up on the track. They look to be the main hopefuls for the state of Victoria, although Angela Langton returns to Qld headquarters and she too rugs up 2 runners; Tark’s Jewel and Sam’s Sionara both from box 3.
The home states charge will once again be led by leading Qld trainer Tony Brett. Tony has 4 runners engaged with 3 of them appearing to be great chances. Jetta’s Girl, a daughter of Surf Lorian and Kaycee Diva, who Tony has likened to the great Champ Bogie Leigh, will take on the flying Victorian Xylia Allen in heat 2. They look clear-cut in this, and Xylia Allen will need to begin better than she ever has before to match it with little Jetta’s Girl early. Jetta’s Girl has an imposing record here with 9 starts for 8 wins and a best time of 30.00. There’s no doubt Xylia Allen can go quicker than that, but she will have her work cut out for her first up in full field conditions coming from behind.
Cracker Jack Lil will tackle a much easier field, but she too will have to demonstrate all of her brilliant early pace to hold out a flying Blue Bird for Glenda Dart. Both dogs begin like bombs and Blue Bird only 3 starts ago, nearly broke the first sectional record here at Albion Park running a mind-boggling 5.61 to the first mark. They appear to be the main hopefuls, and I’d be surprised to see any of them miss the final. Local trainers make up the rest of the 4 heats.
Group 1 Superstar Glen Gallon also makes his return after being scratched from the Golden Easter Egg heats. He has drawn box 2 in the best 8 and looms as the likely winner. Sheikha, recent Group 1 Paws of Thunder winner and Egg finalist, has drawn box 1 in a 5th grade, and she looks well placed to salute from the perfect box. She’s going to have to bring her A-game with her as the inform Berella Kathryn looks to bring up win number 4 in a row. The daughter of Meticulous and Tawny Shiraz is a model of consistency and will once again chase her heart out. It’s going to be a mighty ask to knock off the Group 1 winner from her favorable draw, but she appears the main danger.
The action kicks off at Albion Park at 6.43pm Thursday night, with the first heat of the Futurity at 7.42pm.
Champion Victorian sprinter Spud Regis has been retired after his emphatic victory in the Group Three Ambrosoli at Wentworth Park on Saturday night. The stunning black powerhouse was a winner of fifteen races from 27 starts including two group oneâs and two group threeâs with prize money earnings over the $440,000 mark. With the curtain closing on such a tremendous racing career, it is only fitting to pay tribute to a greyhound who has proven to be one of Australiaâs best.
Spud Regis is by legendary sire Bombastic Shiraz out of the smart race bitch Phiona: a winner of twelve races and was whelped on the 7th December 2010. The chaser was trained by industry mogul Andrea Dailly and owned by Brian Treloar who named him after former AFL great and St Kilda skipper Danny Frawley.
Spud Regis showed plenty of potential from the start of his career winning ten of his first thirteen track appearances including the 2012 Group 3 SA Derby at Angle Park; however it was his emotional win in The Group One Adelaide Cup that really captured the attention of racing participants and the public as a whole. On the way back to their training property in Anakie (Victoria) after the heats of the feature where Spud Regis was victorious, Co-trainer George Daily was involved in a tragic car accident that claimed the life of fellow heat winner, and Spud Regisâ highly talented litter brother Big Black Mac. The heartbreaking night drew attention Australia wide, and put Spud Regisâ Adelaide Cup start in danger; however after being carefully monitored just one week after the horror crash, the extraordinary racer recorded one of the most sentimental victories in modern racing history, taking out the $75,000 final in a sensational 29.75 seconds for the 515 metre trip.
After his popular victory, Spud Regisâ form tapered off- albeit against the top echelon of Australian sprinters- as he hit a losing streak that lasted an agonising eight runs, however a change of scenery brought back the old Spud Regis, with the enigmatic dog bouncing back to the winners list in the 2013 Perth Cup Consolation at Cannington in February.
Upon his return home to Victoria, Spud Regis continued on his winning way, saluting in the 2013 Group One Australian Cup at The Meadows. Beginning brilliantly from the cherry, the talented campaigner made every post a winner clocking a scintillating 29.63 seconds for the 525 metre trip where he defeated fellow Victorian El Brooklyn by four and a quarter lengths on the line.
This win certainly dispelled any doubts surrounding the chaser and firmly established him as one of the nationâs best. The dual Group one winner made his final interstate venture just a few weeks ago for a stint at the Group One Golden Easter Egg at Wentworth Park. The speedster made quite an impression in his heat, scoring a dominant victory in a red hot 29.69 seconds, and was very unfortunate not to gain a start in the $250,000 final, running a solid third in his semi-final behind flying Hunter Valley bitch Punch One Out who ran a blinding race and in turn set a new track record of 29.27 seconds for the 520 metre distance.
Spud Regis returned to Wentworth Park last Saturday night and took out the Group Three Ambrosoli in fine style. The race was for those greyhounds that âjust missed outâ on a chance at the Golden Easter final and carried a winnerâs cheque of a lucrative $25,000. Showing his class, the 34 kilogram two year old carved across the field and eventually chased down the Graeme Bate prepared Fully Advanced to take out the race by three and three quarter lengths over roughie Amadeus Strikes in a breathtaking 29.73 seconds. While it would have been a very hard decision for Treloar to retire the powerful and talented chaser whilst he was racing so consistently and injury free, it was fantastic to see him end his career on a high note- with the vast majority of owners and trainers only able to dream of such a departure from the racetrack.
As they say, when one door closes another door opens and this will definitely be the case for Spud Regis; after such a successful racing career he will stand at stud with Tony Lockett, where he should receive a great reception from Australian breeders who will have the chance to tap into a fantastic bloodline.
Being a devoted Spud Regis fan I was honoured to see the champ race with my own eyes last week, and whilst I am personally sad that he will never grace the track again I wish connections all the best in the breeding barn with the âSpudâ and hope to one day see his pups emulate the success of their dad on the racetrack.
The local greyhound fraternity of Bendigo will have three runners to cheer on in this Sunday’s $10,000 to the winner Polaris Gold Rush Maiden Final with Axedale trainer Brian Brown qualifying two runners, Knocka Express and Special Lies and Pauline Patterson from Bet Bet (located close enough to be claimed as a local) qualifying Little Miss Rush.
While the Gold Rush Maiden looks an even contest after the four semi finals, the local hopes will need to be at their best to keep the trophy in the region after Lady Deedee, Rockafonic and Nelly Allen recorded impressive heat victories.
Rockafonic was impressive in scoring a strong come from behind win in the opening semi final in 24.12 after gaining a run as a reserve. By freshman sire Fear Zafonic, Rockafonic was unlucky in his heat last week and is still learning about racing but hit the line hard and is a youngster with plenty of ability. Rockafonic defeated early leader and $20 outsider Little Miss Rush by a length and they have drawn boxes three and two respectively in the final.
Knocka Express caused a boilover in the second semi final when he crossed the line two lengths clear of odds on favourite Machete Cortez in 24.07. Starting at $24.90 on the TAB, Knock Express did everything right and earned his spot in the final and will make his presence felt from box one while Machete Cortez appeared to have every chance and has come up with box seven in the decider.
The likely favourite for the Gold Rush Maiden final, Lady Deedee, stepped out in the third semi final and showed brilliant box manners to lead throughout and clock the fastest semi final time of 23.99. As she did in her heat, Lady Deedee registered slick sections of 6.52 and 11.30 and after drawing box eight in the final she looks the runner to beat.
Diamond Chisel chased home Lady Deedee to give trainer Mario Briganti a two pronged attack in the final but after finishing five and a half lengths adrift of Lady Deedee in the heat it is hard to see him turning the tables from box six on Sunday.
The last semi final was taken out in fine style by the Graeme Bate trained Nelly Allen who led throughout to score in 24.06 over Special Lies. Nelly Allen struck trouble when defeated as a favourite in her heat last week but she gained clear galloping room tonight and was never in doubt.
The $10,000 to the winner Polaris Gold Rush Maiden final is race five on Sunday evening at 7.09pm.
The box draw for the Gold Rush Maiden Final is: 1. KNOCKA EXPRESS 2. LITTLE MISS RUSH 3. ROCKAFONIC 4. SPECIAL LIES 5. NELLY ALLEN 6. DIAMOND CHISEL 7. MACHETE CORTEZ 8. LADY DEEDEE 9. HONDO SUPABOY 10. RIPPLEBROOK JAN
Graeme Bate prepared, Fully Advanced was amongst a handful of runners which set the track alight on Saturday night (March 16) at Wentworth Park, in the heats of the Macro Meats Golden Easter Egg.
Having twice won the series before, Bate knows just what it takes to win the three week event, with Fully Advanced in prime position to now go all the way.
Saturdayâs ten, Group 1 heats attracted a wonderful array of sprinters and a strong crowd to witness the exceptional racing.
Reigning champion trainer, Jason Thompson opened the night in stunning style, with Boris Fields beating favoured Renegade Chief in a sizzling 29.54. Only his second look at the Glebe circuit, Boris Fields will be among many that will improve with further runs on the track.
In form NSW runner, Princess Black claimed the second qualifier, again in good time (29.59), over the ever consistent Imry Bale and Nitro Cee. Trainer John Heard, was thrilled with the victory and the continued good form of the up and coming runner, which now has eight wins from 14 starts to her name.
The NSW runners continued on their winning way in the third heat, with Mythical Eagle winning for Anthony Meredith. In an exciting battle with speedster, Joshua, Mythical Eagle was able to charge on the line and win by just half a length. The victory bound to have elated Meredith, who was stuck at home unwell.
It wasnât long however before the Victorian runners returned to the fore, with Group 2 Horsham Cup winner, Peter Rocket claiming race four. Recording 29.52 in his first look at the track, the son of Whereâs Pedro is bound to improve and continue the good run for Lisa and Keith Hellmuth.
Short price favourite and dual Group 1 winner, Spud Regis didnât disappoint his followers, winning the first leg of the quaddie for the Dailly team. Strong performances were also posted from runners up Bubbaâs Dream and Gradence, with all three progressing to next Saturday nightâs Semi-Finals.
Mark Azzopardiâs Jagger Swagger, showed he really does have the moves claiming race six of the night, over Hot Irish and Magnum Blast. Leading all the way, Jagger Swagger was impressive in his 29.56 victory, taking him to five wins on the trot.
With four sub 29.60 runs having already been produced by mid way through the program, those trackside couldnât have asked for much more in the standard of racing. They were however certainly not left disappointed when Fully Advanced went just three thousandths outside of the Track Record, posting an amazing 29.45.
In a field worthy of being a semi-final, Fully Advanced reminded bookmakers and punters alike of his sensational early speed which had already seen him make one Group 1 Final at Wentworth Park.
Cracker Jack Lil showed why early speed is so critical in early races leading all the way in heat eight of the night. The blue bitch holding out 2012 Macro Meats Golden Easter Egg finalists, El Caballo by just half a length, with Winsome Charlee finishing in third.
A winner of an Egg heat last year, Stetson Donna returned to Wentworth Park in fine fashion, winning the ninth heat over favoured Billy The Sid. The longest odds winner of the night looked to be gone down the back, before rallying again in the straight to score the win. The result pleasing to Owner-Trainer Peter Dundon, who has had a difficult 9 months with injuries.
Shortest price favourite of the night, Sometime Speedy claimed the final event, putting the cherry on top for a number of punters who stuck with the inform Jason Mackay runner at $1.50. Winning by four and half lengths, Mackay again looks to have a strong chance in another Wentworth Park feature.
The four Semi-Finals of the Macro Meats Golden Easter Egg will be conducted next Saturday night, along with the Group 1 Hotham Body Repairs Association Cup.
The action kicks off this Saturday night with the heats of the Group 1 Golden Easter Egg, with ten heats that are sure to throw up some surprises. We have a full review of each dog for you to hopefully help you back a winner and overall pick the victor of the $250,000 to the winner Group 1.
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2013 Golden Easter Egg Heat 1 7.28 pm
Box 1 – Corridor A young Victorian dog who posses big motor. He has come up with the rails draw here, but will need as much luck as possible. A last start Meadows winner, he worked really hard and came from a long way back to beat the talented Whispering Wind. Young inexperienced type, with a big motor, and it will take a massive performance to win the Egg. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $41
Box 2 – Veyron Bale Another Victorian with the ability to be very competitive throughout the series. He has posted a very fast 29.65 here and has the advantage of having started here 4 times, a huge plus. One of the bigger chances in this series. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $51
Box 3 – Borris Fields Yes yet another Victorian, one of the fastest dogs to contest the series with a blistering 29.59 run at the Meadows. He lacks early speed and this may be his undoing. Very talented pup and a big chance with luck in running. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $18
Box 4 – Amadeus Strikes Our first local hope with plenty of track experience. A fast dog but lacks the class of some of these. Ordinary beginner that will need luck to win this. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $401
Box 5 – Dinkum Local dog who posses the speed to be competitive here, but looses all chance at box rise. Needs to jump to get through this tough heat. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $401
Box 6 – Heidi Go Seek Super smart young Victorian who looks a to have some serious speed. Has recently posted a 29.73 at the Meadows but has been set a huge task here. May find the going tough from out wide here. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $51
Box 7 – Serisier Street Has a super PB but faces a massive class rise and it looks like the step up may be far too much. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $501
Box 8 – Renegade Chief Super Star dog who rarely runs a bad race. He has drawn nicely here in box 8. He should win his heat and looks a huge chance to take home the egg. Will start one of the favourites in this series. Big Watch. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $21
Our Tip Heat 1 looks to be one of the easier heats to find a winner in. Renegade Chief the top selection here.
2013 Golden Easter Egg Heat 2 7.50 pm
Box 1 – Cadence Fast local bitch, with plenty of experience. However it will take a huge performance and plenty of luck to add $250,000 to her prize money tally. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $251
Box 2 – Nitro Cee Very talented Victorian, who has drawn really well here. Has loads of early toe and looks set to be a huge threat. The tight Wentworth Park circuit will suit her perfectly and she looms as a serious contender. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $51
Box 3 – Imry Bale The son of Go Wild Teddy is well traveled and a very experienced campaigner. Has run some fast times and is a 4 time veteran here at the track. Has the ability to surprise and must be kept safe. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $31
Box 4 – Fiery Very fast Victorian, that may struggle here, having to come from behind. Generally begins very steady and takes a little while to hit his straps. Needs plenty of luck to win this one. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $61
Box 5 – Hoover Boy Quick dog that has threatened many times before. Requires luck and needs to get it in each race to win the Egg. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $151
Box 6 – Princess Black Young local who could not of done anything more to impress. Won a FFA last start and only needs to handle the class rise to assert herself in this. 29.79 winner here and may be the value runner for the series. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $41
Box 7 – Pop’s Max Very fast dog who certainly has the motor. But box 7 makes it tough and he may need plenty of luck. A nice chance to win the GEE if he can make it through this and draw and get lucky with inside boxes. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $61
Box 8 – True Blue Ethics A very handy dog who loves to win. But may find it tough against this opposition. He should go well from the 8 but he looks tested against these. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $201
Our Tip Heat 2 looks a little harder than the first. Nitro Cee has plenty of early toe and may give them something to chase in this.
2013 Golden Easter Egg Heat 3 8.08 pm
Box 1 – Oomoo Victorian who has experience here at Wenty. Box 1 is a huge advantage and he could easily win this with the right run. Outside chance here for the series. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $51
Box 2 – Gotta Be Fancy Quality bitch, and goes well here. Has good early toe with a fast 29.85 and she may go close in this heat. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $101
Box 3 – Old Fella Nice dog who has the ability to feature in this. May need a slice of luck but don’t cross him out. Has run some nice races and times, and if you like him back him. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $51
Box 4 – Grigorieva Bale Super dog who always races well. Has had plenty of goes here and he has the speed to win this. He has a fast 29.86 here and looms as one of the better chances in the series. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $51
Box 5 – Sheikha Group 1 Paws of Thunder Winner. You can never write off a Group 1 winner, but she has gone right off the boil since winning the big one. Must be kept safe but I’m prepared to risk her from box 5. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $101
Box 6- Mythical Eagle Old dog who has never gone better than his recent runs. He has never won from box 6 and may again be winless from this box. Going to well to leave completely out. Needs to repeat his best 29.75 run to win this series. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $71
Box – 7 Joshua Quality dog with a big motor and if he can begin like he did last start he will most certainly be a danger in this. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $81
Box 8- My Sweet Love Flying machine early who loves to race around here. But she may need to find a few lengths to challenge the big guns if she can make the final. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $201
Our Tip Heat 3 and Oomoo, has drawn nicely. Boxes win races and he may push hard up inside early and prove to be too good here. Hard Race.
2013 Golden Easter Egg Heat 4 8.28 pm
Box 1 – Magic Billions He certainly deserves his chance in this and is lucky enough too have come up with box 1.But he may need more than good boxes to win the big one. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $201
Box 2 – Peter Rocket Recent Horsham cup winner who throughly deserved the the big one. Im a fan of this dog and he looks a good solid chance to win the GEE. Fast determined dog, with great track sense. Great chance. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $31
Box 3 – Dozen Points Has posted the time it takes to win the big one. But looks tested against this class. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $201
Box 4 – Cintiarna Recent Temlee winner with a huge motor. Is as tough as they come and when they tighten up early, she wont be one who eases. Will push through a brick wall and has the quality and determination to win this. If she gets through the heat watch out!! Golden Easter Egg Betting: $18
Box 5 – Allen Dion Fast FFA dog who goes well against fair opposition. May find these a bit challenging. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $36
Box 6 – Noble Bale Victorian who goes ok. Has his work cut out here and best to watch this bloke. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $301
Box 7 – Spitfire Stu Handy dog in the same category as Noble Bale. Will do it tough against these. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $301
Box 8 – Glen Gallon SuperStar Queenslander who just keeps on giving. Box 8 makes it tough for this bloke but don’t underestimate him. Champions find a way too win and he is no exception. If he makes it through the heat he will give a huge sight. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $14
Our Tip Heat 4 tough race with plenty of chances Glen Gallon, Peter Rocket, Cintiarna, i reckon the winner will come from one of these 3.
2013 Golden Easter Egg Heat 5 8.28 pm
Box 1 – Bubba’s Dream Very, very fast bitch that is defying her age. Has a tendency to be moody, but if she switches on – watch out – the lure may not be able to go fast enough. Knockout chance and may be worth having something on as the overall winner. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $18
Box 2 – Jetta’s Girl The Queenslander little Jetta’s Girl looks to have her work cut out in this. However Tony Brett, compared her to Hall of Famer Bogie Leigh in racing prowess. Gets her chance, but looks a rough show. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $101
Box 3 – Spud Regis Group 1 Australian Cup winner who is flying at present. Superstar chaser who will shake the life out of this, but don’t assume he’s just across the line here. He has to do everything right. But looms as one of the favourites in this. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $9
Box 4 – Magic Fancy Super fast local but needs everything go his way. That wont happen here so back at own risk. Really rough chance to win the final. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $51
Box 5 – Kobi Jay Fast dog who excels here at Wenty, but has to do it tough here tonight. Maybe not. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $301
Box 6 – Paua Of Darkness This looks well above him. $1000-1 for the final. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $301
Box 7 – Rob Pines Grand old dog who just keeps going. Never stops trying and not without a chance in this heat but winning the final looks beyond him. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $201
Box 8 – Gradence Slow early and virtually no hope of winning the final. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $501
Our Tip Heat 5 looks a two dog race. Bubba’s Dream and Spud Regis should fight this one out.
2013 Golden Easter Egg Heat 6 9.10 pm
Box 1 – Magnum Blast Tough fast dog who looks a rough chance to win the final. Handles the inside but will rely on a little luck in this. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $41
Box 2 – Streetbike Tommy Nice dog who is generally competitive in his races but needs to find his very best to challenge here. Really rough hope of winning $250,000. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $151
Box 3 – Minza Red One Looks tested in this, but has the home town advantage. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $401
Box 4 – Mr. Clydesdale The fastest winner around here at Wenty in a blistering 29.56. Can run the time, but his best days look to have passed. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $31
Box 5 – Marvicki Nice dog but not tonight. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $501
Box 6 – Hot Irish Superstar W.A chaser who is low flying at the moment. Gutsy strong effort in the Australian Cup, its going to be hard from box 6, but watch out. She wont give up and may be a nice selection to win the big one. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $21
Box 7 – Sign Of Snow Has drawn well but thats it. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $301
Box 8 – Jagger Swagger Dual Derby winner flying at present. Boxed well and will go super in this. Big chance and likely favourite for this heat. Leading contender in the final. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $8
Our Tip Heat 6 see’s the clash of the heavy weights Jagger Swagger and Hot Irish. The winner should come from one of these two.
2013 Golden Easter Egg Heat 7 9.27 pm
Box 1 – Free Will He gets his chance to advance through here. But only a each way chance of wining this. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $201
Box 2 – Two Tree Hill This bloke is going fantastic. Tardy early but has the ability, he may need a little luck but watch out of he gets it. Should get through his heat and poses as a danger. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $71
Box 3 – Omar Gee Nice dog who has been going really well. Will have to be at his best. But not without a genuine hope. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $41
Box 4 – Bye Bye Bucks Top liner who should be getting back to somewhere near his best. Needs a littel luck like most, but he will loom large in this series. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $61
Box 5 – Fully Advanced Very fast dog with a PB of 29.72, but he has only managed it once in 3 tries. Could be a smokey. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $61
Box 6 – Punch One Out I have had a huge opinion of this bitch from day 1. She has drawn really well here and is going to be one of the big chances in this years egg. She has enormous pace and will shake the life out of this. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $21
Box 7 – Garrick Bale Fast dog with a good record here but just a tad off his best. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $101
Box 8 – Gold Town Both he and his brother face drawn wide and are not suited by the wide boxes. Very fast animals but will need plenty of luck. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $101
Our Tip Heat 7 and I’m going with Punch One Out. Super bitch who should win her heat with a bang. I really like her and she’s worth backing pre post.
2013 Golden Easter Egg Heat 8 9.50 pm
Box 1 – El Grover Drawn well but this looks a bit beyond him. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $501
Box 2 – Cracker Jack Lil Super quick little bitch with blistering early toe. Should fire out and will take a power of beating. The track will suit perfectly, massive chance if she continues to fire out of the boxes. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $36
Box 3 – Pippa Shiraz Another fast bitch who can certainly win this. Needs a little luck like most but is a determined little thing. Has posted a fast 29.53 at Sandown. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $151
Box 4 – Xylia Allen One on my favourites, she has been from day 1. May have the biggest motor in this series but Bate’s decision to try to win the Super Stayers came as a huge shock to me. She may have taken ill from those runs, and I’m unsure about her, so soon after the Super stayers. But Graeme Bate will have her right so watch out. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $16
Box 5 – Winsome Charlee Very strong fast bitch. But will rely heavy on luck and not something you want to be doing in big races. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $61
Box 6 – El Brooklyn Superstar little bitch, who fires out nearly every time. Will match motors early with Cracker Jack Lil early. Finds the line better then Cracker and may be too good here. If she continues to jump, she will give this series’s a huge fright. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $12
Box 7 – Barelen Norris Only making up numbers. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $501
Box 8 – Bonita Banana Speedy early but that’s about it. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $301
Our Tip Interesting clash this one. Many winning hopes with loads of early speed. El Brooklyn off and gone.
2013 Golden Easter Egg Heat 9 10.12 pm
Box 1 – Stetson Donna Badly out of form and her days are numbered in my opinion. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $201
Box 2 – Closing Time Good record and not without a wining chance in this heat, but that’s as far as she may go. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $51
Box 3 – Wooden Ball Grand old fella, but not tonight mate. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $501
Box 4 – Dyna Drago Fast dog but not here at Wentworth Park for mine. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $81
Box 5 – Billy the Sid Flying machine who will improve out of sight on last weeks run. Should pick these up and carry them across the line in this. If he keeps improving he will most certainly loom as a huge threat in the final. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $51
Box 6 – Blitz to Excel Nice dog with a fair amount of ability but too hard here tonight. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $501
Box 7 – Duetronium Nice bitch with a good outside box record but this is though. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $51
Box 8 – Mepunga Geordie Very talented animal but box 8 makes it very hard. Will need plenty of luck. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $101
Our Tip Heat 9 and Billy the Sid is rearing to go in this. He looks mighty hard to beat.
2013 Golden Easter Egg Heat 10 10.35pm
Box 1 – Dyna Filbert Box draw helps but will need all the luck he can get. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $41
Box 2 – Mr. Beau Very fast dog that refuses to jump. If he happens to spring out watch out! Golden Easter Egg Betting: $151
Box 3 –
Carlos Pedro – SCRATCHED Very fine young dog but is being asked too much of here. Maybe if they jam?
Box 4 – Sometimes Speedy Always Speedy Lately and she probably starts as the series favourite. Jason Mackay has her airbourne at the moment and she should easily race away with this. 29.61 last start expect her to go quicker tonight. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $7
Box 5 – Sucker Punch Slow early and need plenty of luck. Will be chasing in vain on this. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $401
Box 6 – Easton Bale Find this a bit hard here. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $151
Box 7 – General Destini Such a good honest dog, who tries his heart out each start and deserves a big one and could pinch the Egg with luck. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $31
Box 8 – Whispering Wind Fast early and will go well here. Should make the next round and could be a rough chance. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $151
1st Reserve – Franklin Hero (Box 3) Gets the run after the scratching of Carlos Pedro, probably starting from box 3. Doesn’t have the pace of those boxed outside, nor the finish of The General. No. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $71
Our Tip Winner should come from Sometimes Speedy, Genera Destini or Whispering Wind. Open race unless Sometimes Speedy steals a break from box 5 then only The General could run her down.
Well there you have it, a round up of all the dogs competing. I hope we have narrowed it down a little bit for you, but no doubt there will be a surprise here of two pop up. They are all very fast dogs and all deserved there spots.
At the end of the 3 week series, we will be left with just one lucky winner. Who will collect the mammoth cheque of $250,000 – not bad for the “Poor Mans Horse”!
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As we all know, and appreciate, Miata turned in a sterling effort to gather up the exciting Xylia Allen and annex her heat of Australian Super Stayers at the Meadows. While her win was not in especially fast time, itâs manner told us what we already know about her: she never gives up. I guess itâs a pretty obvious statement in some waysâŠyou canât win 41 races and not possess a genuine âheartâ.
The question now becomes one of just how good is she really?
Sheâs drawn poorly in box eight for the final, although âpoorlyâ might be a little harsh. Boxes five or six would be worse, but the pink alley, with all the speed drawn underneath her is going to test her championship mettle.
Destini Fireball has drawn perfectly in box one, and with five starts for five wins over the 725 metres trip, including a strong victory over Miata in The Zoom Top, this brilliant dog has taken to the half-mile journey like the proverbial duck to H2O.
Proven Impala is sitting out in box seven, underneath Miata, and her early speed may well help the West Australian star get a cart across the pack and into a good position into the first turn.
Proven Impala has had just the one go at the long trip so should be even fitter and ready for the final. Nonetheless, this is looming as the kind of race where genuine stamina and long experience are going to be vital in that last gasping 100 metres. Proven Impala also prefers being drawn inside, so thereâs no guarantee sheâll jump all that well from out wide.
Irma Bale, another conqueror of Miata, is not going anywhere near as well as she was and, as has been pointed out by others, the Graeme Bate-trained black bitch is not a genuine half-miler.
Xylia Allen, who set a cracking pace (as expected) in the heat won by Miata, is the logical big improver. Graeme Bate is reported as having a huge opinion of this bitch. To take a brilliant sprinter and then decide it can make a great stayer and set a race like the Super Stayers as its first assignment is either the march of folly or the reasoned judgement of a man who truly knows the kind of âmotorâ he has in his kennels.
Remember this, the greyhound who put Graeme Bate on the greyhound training map back in the late 1970s was a sensational stayer by the name of Ibrox. A front runner with a sprinterâs turn of foot, Ibrox won 19 of 25 races at distances beyond 710 metres, almost all of them by crashing to the fence at the start and setting up big leads. If Bate has seen something of Ibrox in Xylia Allen then itâs going to be an interesting few months in the long journey ranks.
Theoretically, it is Xylia Allen which could hold the key to the race. If she can take the lead early and hold out Proven Impala and Destini Fireball, then it will come down to where Miata happens to be as the field sweeps towards that final turn. If Xylia Allen finds the couple of lengths or more in improvement that she will undoubtedly require, then Miata will know sheâs been in a race.
No matter the outcome, this is one race which should draw a capacity crowd to the Meadows on Saturday night and it should well and truly overshadow the Australian Cup final, which is itself worthy of a good attendance.
The Andrea Dailly-trained Spud Regis has come up with the coveted red draw in Saturday nightâs Group 1 Maurice Blackburn Lawyers Australian Cup at The Meadows, worth a whopping $250,000 to the winner.
Owned by the Treloar, Spud Regis looked back to his best with a dazzling 29.76 victory in last nightâs heats, recording super splits of 4.99 and 17.69, defeating Fiery by five and a half lengths.
Spud Regis will be looking to give Andrea Dailly her second Australian Cup success after victory with Dyna Lachlan in 2010. The black chaser is one of four greyhounds in the final sired by the great Bombastic Shiraz, a recent Hall of Fame entrant for what has been a stellar racing and stud career.
Great campaigner Glen Gallon has drawn box four in his quest for history after a last stride win over Ima Geisha Girl in 29.81. The son of U.S. sire Flying Stanley and Incoherent would push his winnings beyond $730,000 if victorious on Saturday, creating a new Australian prizemoney record.
Littermates Hello Good Bye and Cintiarna also look winning chances after brilliant heat victories. Hello Good Bye was the fastest of the eight heat winners, leading from the outset to score in a sizzling 29.74.
Sister Cintiarna continued on from her fabulous Temlee victory with a gutsy 29.99 win after a rough run to the first corner. The Bombastic Shiraz â Hello Sienna pair have drawn boxes two and six, respectively.
Trainer Jason Thompson will be looking to continue his amazing run after qualifying El Brooklyn (box three) in Saturdayâs Group 1 classic. The daughter of El Galo pinged the lids in heat one, racing away to a 29.84 win, fresh off her Group 2 Healesville Cup success this month.
Next Saturday night will also see the running of the Group 1 Macro Meats Superstayers – worth $100,000 to the winner â and the Cosmic Chief Vic Breeders, worth $25,000 to winning connections. Entry is free and former Australian Idol star Jessica Mauboy will be part of a huge night of entertainment on the evening.
2013 Australian Cup Final Box Draw
$250,000 to the winner. Group 1. (525m)
Box 1 – Spud Regis – Andrea Dailly – 29.76
Box 2 – Hello Good Bye – Kel Greenough – 29.74
Box 3 – El Brooklyn – Jason Thompson – 29.84
Box 4 – Glen Gallon – Tony Brett – 29.69
Box 5 – Hot Irish – Ben Abercrombie – 30.02
Box 6 – Cintiarna – Sandra Collins – 29.99
Box 7 – Linden Magpie – John Norden – 29.89
Box 8 – Oomoo – Neville King – 29.77
1st res – Ima Geisha Girl – Jason Thompson – 29.85
2nd res – Dyna Filbert – Graeme Bate – 30.20
Destini Fireball will be aiming for back-to-back Group 1 victories at The Meadows after drawing box one in the Macro Meats Superstayers over 725 metres next Saturday night.
The son of Whereâs Pedro and Greys Destiny was easily the fastest heat winner, rocketing to a brilliant seven and three quarters win in 42.39, his personal best time over the half-mile journey.
Trained by Norm Rinaldi, Destini Fireball is unbeaten at five attempts over 725 metres (including victory in last weekâs Group 1 Zoom Top), and will again take on the likes of champion Miata, who brought the house down with a huge win in the last heat of the night.
The West Australian star made it 41 wins from 49 starts with an amazing come from behind victory, spotting early tearaway leader Xylia Allen (near record splits of 15.80 and 29.38) more than 10 lengths before storming to victory in 42.81. If Miata takes out next weekâs final, she would push her prizemoney to over $790,000.
The other heat was taken out by the brilliant Proven Impala, scoring at her 725-metre debut at The Meadows with an all the way win in 42.59. The daughter of Velocette and Thanks Blue took out last weekâs Group 1 Rookie Rebel and would push her prizemoney to over $285,000 if victorious.
Next Saturday night will also see the running of the Group 1 Maurice Blackburn Lawyers Australian Cup, worth $250,000 to the winner. Entry is free and former Australian Idol star Jessica Mauboy will be part of a huge night of entertainment next Saturday night.
2013 Superstayers Final Box Draw
$100,000 to the winner. Group 1. (525m)
Box 1 – Destini Fireball – Emilio Rinaldi – 42.39
Box 2 – Double Jeopardy – Jeff Britton – 42.73
Box 3 – Mission Complete – Michelle Mallia-Magri – 42.87
Box 4 – Xylia Allen – Graeme Bate – NBT
Box 5 – Erica Allen – Andrea Dailly – 42.92
Box 6 – Irma Bale – Graeme Bate – 42.82
Box 7 – Proven Impala – Joe Borg – 42.59
Box 8 – Miata – Paul Stuart – 42.37
1st res – Lektra Scarlett – Andrea Dailly – NBT
2nd res – Mimicking – Rob Britton – NBT
Tonight’s Feature comes to us from the Apple Isle, for the running of the 2013 Launceston Cup and Graeme Bate rugs up five of the 8 runners.
Bate’s runners are likely to start at the head of betting and he and the Wheeler’s look to have yet again, another Feature race firm within their grasp.
Xylia Allen looks the hardest to beat after scorching around the track last week lowering the track record to 29.35 and leaving local champ Rewind in her wake, wondering what he was chasing.
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Albion Park Greyhounds. Race 10 Box 1 Webster 9.46pm Qld time
Tony Brett returns to the creek tonight, after Champion Glen Gallon ran an unlucky 4th in the Perth cup. However it looks like Tony will have a Cheer me up here in the last with Webster, looks very hard to beat in this event tonight. Meets a ordinary bunch and only needs to navigate his way around the first turn to win this. Was working his way into the race last week before getting chopped out. Has the ability to jump lead and win. Or come from behind to win. Either way he should win. Great bet..
Angle Park Greyhounds. Race 5 Box 4 Betsy Allen. 7.55pm NSW time
Tonight’s Angle Park tip is STRICTLY A Place Bet only. Abdon Bale looks set to score here but Betsy looks a huge place chance.
She has great early speed and looks as if she can set the early tempo here. Really really moody bitch that needs to get clear early room and her own way. If she can get out and get into clear room she certainly has the ability to win.However she’s been struggling to do so but with slow beginners all around she should get a great chance tonight. If she jumps and leads theirs no doubt she runs a place. Great Place Bet Only.
Bulli Greyhounds Race 6 Box 1 Nosey Rozy. 8.53pm NSW time
Nosey Rozy looks as if she’ll start unbackable odds and should easily account for these. Ran a very fast 26.38 here last week placing. And rumour has it she has trialled much quicker. My tip here is not to Back her but simply get set to watch an incredibly fast bitch go around and maybe enen lower the track record. It will beat its best showcasing a super young bitch who looks to have a huge future ahead of her. Can’t wait!!
Launceston Greyhounds. Race 5. Box 3. Scrawny 9.04pm Vic time
A division 1 race is run here tonight. And I’m not sure what that means. But I’m guessing its similar to Victoria’s Tier 3 racing. And unfortunately it’s gotta be one of the worst fields I’ve seen on a Monday night here ever. Shocking field and without Scrawny it would be a close your eyes and hope job. However, Scrawny looks set to bring up win number 4 here. Has great strength in the second half of her races and only needs to possie up mid field here to run right away with this. But the fields that ordinary I would not be surprised to see her lead all the way. Shocking race but she’s been going ok and looks the outright winner here. Her or nothing!!!
Shepparton Greyhounds Race 8 Box 2 Casey Jones. 9.32pm Vic time
Casey ran a fantastic race last start leading all the way over 650 at Warnambool. And I see no reason why he cannot do the same again here tonight. Has his work cut out here having to deal with Lollipop Bling, but if he’s able to head her off early he looks mighty hard to beat. Has no issue With the distance but does need to lead this field here tonight to win. Great chance and you’ll know your fate when they jump. Rapid Tide looks a great rough show in this, got home unbelievable well a few starts back to win. And if the top two find trouble this bloke may be the knockout chance.
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Champion trainer Graeme Bate has qualified five of his kennel for the $57,000 A Total Car Rentals Launceston Cup (515 metres) to be conducted at the Tote Racing Centre on Monday night.
Members of his team contested seven of last night’s heats, with only Joshua and Irma Bale failing to progress to the rich final.
The trainer will be represented by Xylia Allen, Schroder Bale, Fully Advanced, Xenos Bale and Imry Bale and fellow interstate trainer Peter Hunt has qualified Pop’s Max.
Continue reading Bate’s Launceston Cup Bonanza
Local champ Rewind ($2.30) failed in his bid to create Devonport Cup history on Tuesday, however he was gallant in defeat and took many lengths off the eventual winner Allen Benji ($3.70) in the run home.
While the Graeme Bate prepared Allen Benji found the premier position mid-race after a brilliant beginning from the green box, Rewind encountered a traffic jam, but then powered home to run second, beaten seven lengths in the time of 25.60.
Outsider Shanlyn Peanut ($55), an occupant of Graeme Moate’s Moonah kennel, also ran home strongly to finish in third placing.
Continue reading Rewind Fails But Gallant In Defeat
Dual Group 3 Wentworth Park winner, Bell Haven, again wowed her followers recording a near track record heat win the AAA Radiator Specialists Summer Plate (720m) at Wentworth Park Saturday night.
Bell Haven was not challenged in the first qualifier by fellow heat runners, posting the 41.88 win, just seven hundredths outside Miataâs track record.
The eight length victory will see the Ted Medhurst trained greyhound line up in her third straight Group Race Final at the Glebe Circuit.
Continue reading Tasmanian Bell Haven Stars In Summer Plate
Local champ Rewind qualified for another tilt at the $37,000 Dowling and McCarthy Devonport Cup (452 metres) with a sensational heat victory at Tuesday’s NWGRC meeting.
The Maurie Strickland prepared chaser flew the lids and then proceeded to give his rivals a galloping lesson, eventually scoring by 14 lengths in the time of 25.52.
The son of Collide has drawn the black box in next Tuesday’s rich final and is poised to become the first chaser in the 60-year history of the race to win in consecutive years.
Continue reading Rewind Poised To Create Devonport Cup History
Gunda Bale caused one of the biggest upsets in the history of the Macro Meats Laurels when the rank outsider proved too good at Sandown Park tonight.
With first split record holder Purcell Bale missing the start from box 2, the field jostled for position in the run to the first turn. Many greyhounds found trouble however Gunda Bale stuck fast to the rails and found herself three lengths clear on entering the back straight.
The chasing pack set off in pursuit of the unexpected front runner, however they could do little to reign in the lamp lighter, Gunda Bale going on to defeat the gallant Oenjay Dancer by 1.5 lengths with favourite and kennel mate Langi Bale a further 1.5 length away third in 30.01 seconds.
Continue reading Graeme Bate & Gunda Bale Upset The Laurels Classic Final