Paul Stuart had a night to remember on Saturday night after securing six runners for next week’s Group Three Young Star Classic Final.
In the first heat of the night Astronomize started as the $2.40 favourite from box six. As expected Starlight Jack (box two) paying $3.70 and Cork Popper (box three) paying $9.00 led the field out of the boxes, with Astronomize not far behind. It was only a matter of time before Astronomize worked his way into second place while Alotta Luck was doing the hard yards working his way through the rear end of the field. Starlight Jack was able to hold onto victory by a neck over Astronomize, Cork Popper and Alotta Luck (box eight) in a time of 30.42.
The second heat of the Group Three event saw another one of Stuart’s chasers Quartz Bale (box seven) start as $1.60 favourite. From box rise Downlight (box one) paying $5.50 and Quartz Bale were in a world of their own, with Quartz Bale quickly outclassing his kennel-mate, continually extending his lead to 6 ¾ lengths in a sizzling time of 30.17. Downlight held on to second with Western Bound (box six) paying $34.00 and Romeo’s Comet (box four) paying $17.00 finished third and fourth respectively.
Tureaud held $1.70 favouritism in the last heat of night from box three, with punters right on the money. Tureaud flew out of the boxes, with litter-mate Wired For Speed (box six) paying $3.10 meeting him on the rails. My Party (box one) paying $10.80 sat behind the duo on the rails. Wired For Speed was lucky not to get caught up in the trouble behind her that took Velocity Sheba (box two), King Size Trotter (box four) and Arctic Wolf (box eight) out of the race. The field was spread across the home straight with Tureaud claiming victory by 9 ¼ lengths in a time of 30.38 over Wired For Speed, My Party and a hard working Kalden Kamanchee (box seven).
Time honours of the night went to the Linda Britton trained Proven Will who clocked a personal best time of 30.13. The son of Where’s Pedro – Proven Lilly has been with the Britton camp for just under a year with consistent performances in Free To All Company. Britton produced a trifecta in the race with Living Proof and Burundi rounding out the minor placing’s.
The box draw for the Group Three Young Star Classic Final
1 – Starlight Jack – Paul Stuart
2 – Western Bound – Michelle Beamish
3 – Astronomize – Paul Stuart
4 – Tureaud – Paul Stuart
5 – Wired For Speed – Paul Stuart
6 – Downlight – Paul Stuart
7 – Quartz Bale – Paul Stuart
8 – Cork Popper – Ben Abercrombie
9 – My Party – Glen Price
10 – Alotta Luck – Graeme Jose
Quartz Bale will be the likely favourite from box seven after his personal best performance of 30.17 from the same box in the heats. Next week’s final over the 530 metre distance at Greyhounds WA Cannington will see the winner go home with $25,000 plus a $3,000 Westchase bonus for WA bred greyhounds.
Paul Stuart will bring seven chasers into Saturday nights Group Three Young Star Classic at Greyhounds WA Cannington. Six of those chasers are litter siblings out of Kinloch Brae – Starlight Delly who have hit WA soil with a bang, all recording wins around the 30.50 mark in their limited starts. Tureaud is the standout so far stopping the clock at a sizzling 30.14 at just his fifth career start.
Heat One – 8.07pm
Astronomize will be jumping from box six in the first heat of the night. The red brindle chaser crossed well from box seven in his qualifying trial after jumping quickly out of the boxes therefore box six shouldn’t hold as many issues for him as other chasers. It will be hard to catch him if he finds the lead early since he comes into the heat with the fastest recorded time to his name (30.51).
Starlight Jack is a quick jumping chaser who will exit out of box two. He has early speed on the outside of him in Cork Popper, which should see the pair vie for the lead on the rails. He is a very strong contender in the race with his biggest threat coming from litter-brother and kennel-mate Astronomize.
Cork Popper for Ben Abercrombie is jumping from a much waited for inside draw of box three. She will have plenty of pressure around her out of the boxes with Starlight Jack and Astronomize and she probably won’t be able to win this event even with improvement, but she is very big place chance.
Alotta Luck is the only chaser who has made the trip over to run in the group three heats. She can be hit and miss out of the boxes which will make jumping from box eight that little bit more daunting. Strength shouldn’t be an issue for the daughter of Collision – Alotta Mojo after competing in a number of 595 races at Sandown Park. She is going to need a lot to go right for her to win this race and her first Cannington start, she is a better place chance.
Heat Two – 8.27pm
Quartz Bale is the one chaser Stuart has in the heats outside of his Kinloch Brae – Starlight Delly litter. The light fawn chaser has seven starts to his name for seven wins, three of those from outside boxes. This heat looks to be no exception; his personal best time of 30.28 is quickest recorded time in heat. Box seven should be no issue, another win on the cards.
Sitar Monelli (box two) isn’t the fastest out of the boxes and will more then likely stay in the back end of the field for the first half of the race. His speed and strength in the second half of running is exciting viewing, but has cost him a few races because he has been unable to get his nose in front. The David Hobby trained chaser is in with a very good chance but this week he will be chasing down the likes of Downlight and Quartz Bale which won’t be an easy task.
Downlight hasn’t taken the red rug off in two starts and the trend continues in this heat. The cherry box and a fast start out of the boxes should see him as the likely leader, he will need to gather as much ground as he can on the field with the likes of Quartz Bale and Sitar Monelli chasing him down.
Romeo’s Comet is a capable chaser on his night but will struggle in this company. He is yet to win from box four from two starts. His personal best time of 30.59 shows he is capable of good times, but if he is to come away with the victory he must do something special. He is a better outside place chance.
Heat Three – 8.42pm
Wired For Speed is vying for her sixth win in a row in the last heat of the night. The light brindle chaser has a personal best time of 30.48 which she recorded from box eight. She is likely to be at the front end of the field out of the boxes from box six with Kalden Kamanchee right there with her. If she finds enough of the lead and there is trouble behind she will be hard to beat.
Tureaud is coming back to the track after two months on the sidelines and will jump from box three. The talented chaser has had seven starts for six wins and a second; he also holds a personal best time of 30.14. He wont see the lead early with the likes of Wired For Speed and Kalden Kamanchee in the race so he will be relying on a clear run to take out this race.
Kalden Kamanchee has come back from two months on the sidelines in fine form winning three out of four starts. The wide box won’t bother the white and blue chaser after he won two starts back from the same box (seven). There are a number talented chasers in this race which will make things hard for him and therefore he is a much better place chance.
My Party has the favourable box one and he will need all the help he can get if he is to run over the top of this field. He should improve on the personal best time he set last week of 30.81 with the help of box one, but he is likely to be running for a place with the standard of dog in this race.
First, second and the two fastest thirds will make up next weeks Group Three Young Star Classic over the 530 metre distance. The young talent on the WA racing scene will have to put their best paw forward for the chance to win a share of the $37,000 cheque next week.
Last night Greyhounds WA Cannington saw Paul Stuart’s Coconut Grove named 2014 Group Two All Star Champion.
Favouritism was with hometown superstar On Coin who was paying $2.00 from box one. Coconut Grove sat as third favourite paying $6.00 behind Linda Britton’s My Mate Cobber who wore the green rug paying $4.00.
At box rise On Coin held the lead on the rails and was soon met by Tiggerlong Amigo who crossed from box seven with Coconut Grove camped on the rails. The positioning stayed the same throughout until the field hit the home turn, where Coconut Grove took advantage of a tiring On Coin to win by one and a half lengths over Tiggerlong Amigo and Four Paw Glory in a time of 30.48.
The son of Bit Chili – Smell The Roses has now recorded eight wins and nine placing’s from 32 career starts with last nights Group Two win being his biggest.
A month ago the 36kg chaser made the move West from Brooke Ennis’ Lara kennels and there has been no looking back. On debut at Cannington Coconut Grove clocked a best of the night performance of 30.47 after jumping well out of the boxes. Last week after missing the start he stormed home in the heats to run 30.92 on a slow track. In similar fashion this week he was able to run over the top of On Coin to score the Group win.
With the $40,000 cheque tipping his stake money to over $100,000 it is guaranteed to make new trainer Paul Stuart and the Greyhounds Brokers Australia syndicate very happy.
Ben Abercrombie’s Takahashi stole the limelight temporarily from the Group race in the third event on the cards lowering her personal best time to a sizzling 30.24 from box three.
2014 Solo Group Two All Star Sprint – Full Results
1st – Coconut Grove (2) – Paul Stuart
2nd – Tiggerlong Amigo (7) – Darren McDonald
3rd – Four Paw Glory (4) – Linda Britton
4th – On Coin (1) – John Crossley
5th – My Mate Cobber (6) – Linda Britton
6th – You Can Dream (5) – Dennis Calleja
7th – Cee Sheen (8) – Jase Stuart
8th – Deputy Chief (3) – Max Julien
1st Split: 5.70
2nd Split: 13.36
Margins: 1 ½ x 1 ½
Scratching’s: Luba Monelli (9), Astronomic (10)
Jump The Queue faces the biggest race of her career in the WA National Sprint Championship Final on Saturday night at Cannington. Win, loose or draw she will be doing it for a good cause, a charity of the Puppy Club’s choice.
Trainer Peter Hepple has had a long lasting affiliation with the Greyhounds WA Puppy Club programme, which is aimed at involving youth in the greyhound industry. The added bonus with the Puppy Club is that the money won by their greyhounds is donated to a charity of their choice.
Last week Jump The Queue made it into the WA National Sprint Championship Final over the 530 metre distance by running fourth in the first of two qualifying heats. She exited out of box seven and as anticipated went straight to the early lead. The little brindle chaser was unable to hold onto the lead with Star Recall, Luba Monelli and Zelemar Fever showcasing enough strength to run over the top of her.
“She is only a tiny little thing and is real quick early, she is probably the quickest dog consistently out of the boxes. Every time we pray and hope that she hangs on for either first second third or fourth.” Trainer Peter Hepple explained.
Little she is, at just 25kg Jump The Queue is lucky that she has explosive speed out of the boxes that prevents her from finding trouble throughout the race.
“You would rather be in front then behind, you’re basically on your own doing a solo trial. I always pray for interference with the dogs sitting behind her, but I don’t like good dogs getting hurt, especially in this state where we only have a few.”
“My little bitch does everything right for the first three sections but it’s just the last she gets tired. She hasn’t got the ability to keep going to run the 30.20, 30.30 times.”
Jump The Queue and her litter have won over $100,000 in name of the Puppy Club which has been distributed to charities including the Make-A-Wish foundation and the Centre for Cerebral Palsy.
The rest of the litter include Charity Earner, who is looking to increase her prizemoney to over $20,000 with a win on Saturday night at Cannington in the Best 8 WA bred Canning Final. Lindback is looking to do the same on Wednesday night at Cannington and Nice Lil’ Earner, who is due to make a comeback in a month after suffering a tendon injury in February.
At 8.30pm on Saturday night the Puppy Club’s support and attention will be on Jump The Queue, who will be wearing the pink rug in the WA National Sprint Final. Her opposition is extremely talented and it’s more than a tough ask for Hepple’s little star to make it through to represent WA in the National Sprint Final next week.
“I still think she can lead to the first peg, if there is carnage on the first bend then we can win it but she isn’t as quick overall as the other dogs.”
Hepple believes that On Coin is the dog to beat in the final despite having to exit from box five.
“He (On Coin) is the only WA bred dog to break the 30 second barrier. I hope he wins for John Crossley, but I won’t tell him that!” Hepple laughed.
“I think who ever gets in will be a great chance of winning the final. To be in this race you have to be a classy type dog, and you have to do everything right.”
The field for the WA National Sprint Final is bursting with talent, with the box draw looking to play a large role in how the race is going to pan out. The prices are Centrebet’s latest fixed odds.
Zelemar Fever has received box one for trainer Linda Britton and is paying $3.30 for the win. Her form of late hasn’t been up to the standard she was producing at the start of the year, but she is back in her favourite box so anything could happen. She is capable of breaking the 30 second barrier, making her the second fastest dog in the race.
Luba Monelli is jumping from box two and is currently paying $16.00 for trainer David Hobby. Last week saw her return after four months on the sidelines in fine form, finishing second behind Star Recall. The run last week will do her good so she is in with a good chance, especially jumping from the inside box.
Star Recall for trainer Linda Britton is jumping from box three paying around the $2.70 mark. Last week she won more than convincingly in 30.35 from box eight. It will be a great test seeing her come up against On Coin and she will need to jump a little better then last week to lead the field early, especially with Jump The Queue in the race. A front position for Star Recall on the home turn will be essential for her, with On Coin more than likely storming home.
Gomes is jumping out of box four for Linda Britton and is paying $23.00 for the win. He’s been in surprisingly good form lately against some top chasers. The class of dog is very high in this field but you can’t rule the veteran out, because when you do he usually pulls out an exceptional performance.
On Coin for trainer John Crossley has the squeeze box and will more then likely start around $2.30 favourite. His form of late is almost faultless, his box manners have improved and he is strong to the finishing line. On Coin is the fastest WA bred dog going around at the moment and will be a serious contender if he makes it through to next weeks National Sprint.
Freeway Force for Keith Harding will jump from box six and looks to be the long shot of the field and is currently paying $34.00 to take out the race. It’s going to take a lot to go wrong with the amount of talent in the race for Freeway Force to come away with the win.
You Can Dream is jumping from box seven for trainer Dennis Calleja and is paying $23.00. She is another long shot in this classy field and will need to get to the lead early to have any hope of taking the race out.
Jump The Queue is set to pay $9.00 for the win. She will be the likely leader of the field even from box eight. She will need trouble behind if she is to hold on to the lead for the victory.
Deyna is the first reserve for trainer Linda Britton. He isn’t in the league of these chasers and if he gets a start I can’t see him taking out the race.
Black Dymas is the second reserve for Jason Stuart. He has been racing in top company of late and hasn’t been able to come away with a win. If he is to get a start in the final it unlikely the outcome will change.
On the 27th of June 2015 the orange bunny is set to make it’s last trip around the Greyhounds WA Cannington that the industry has called home for over 40 years.
“The design application will be submitted next Friday which goes to be signed off by council and once that’s approved we call for tenders and basically by November earthworks will commence,” CEO David Hobbs explains.
“As of today (Thursday) we are as confident as we can be that the track itself and the kennel facilities are now non negotiable.” Operations Manager Craig Renton explained.
“The starting boxes are all now confirmed; the industry were the ones that allowed us to confirm the distances.”
In a survey that was passed around Cannington at the start of June participants were asked to choose between a number of distances marked out on the proposed track. After numerous discussions around the track between participants and industry officials, three starting points were agreed on; 520, 600 and 715 metre distances. The 715 will have a dual purpose of a possible 275 metre race and use for trials. The fourth set of boxes, the 380 metre starting point, was put forward and funded by Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA), who have been wanting a city distance around 400 for a number of years.
“In the past RWWA have always been keen to have something along the lines of a 400 metre distance. The way it was being drafted it turned out to be a 380 metre start point.”
“Our original plan was the current 530, current 715 and something like the 600. We understood that is what the industry required; it was only RWWA that said they would like the fourth distance.”
“RWWA will be helping towards the funding of the extra box because we indicated to them that our budget didn’t extend to putting in four starting boxes. They have said to us that it shouldn’t be a concern and that they would contribute to the fourth box.”
The placements of each of the starting boxes are as pictured below.
$13 million was secured to fund the new Cannington development and this money will go towards building the track as well as the state of the art kennel facilities.
“There is no further funding at the this stage for us to put towards the public side to this business, we have been unsuccessful at this particular time for more funding.”
“We have a kennel and a track which will be in place for industry participants. The public will be lacking, we don’t have a grandstand complex and we don’t have an appropriate food, beverage and betting complex, so we need further funding for that.”
The kennel facilities are marked out as below.
CEO David Hobbs suggests the solution to the public problem is a temporary grandstand that will be constructed overseas.
“The temporary facility I’m looking at is constructed in Dubai and is probably better than what most racetracks would have around Australia now.” David Hobbs explained.
“We will purchase this temporary facility and it will hold about 500 people upstairs seated in dining, and an additional 700 people down stairs.”
“It’s a hard wall construction and will have glass panelling. If you looked at it you would think it is a fully fledged grandstand.”
The facility will be a scaled down version of what is shown in the picture below.
The temporary grandstand will then allow more time to find the necessary funding for a permanent fixture. Hobbs estimates it could take anywhere from a year onwards to build enough funds.
“It’s a matter of funding, our world can change in an instant because we are a statutory government body, but the Minister of Sport Terry Waldron is very much supporting us no matter what happens.”
“I think what really held us up is a few projects like the new AFL stadium in WA which is almost a billion dollar project and has left funds dry for sport.”
A worrying sidenote for Hobbs is the government’s possible decision to privatise the TAB. With the future looking so bright in regards to the new Cannington the privatisation of the TAB can only bring out more questions until a decision is made.
“We don’t know if the TAB was sold who would be the new owners? Would greyhound racing be better off or worse off? We just don’t know.”
“We are a big supporter of maintaining the status as it is now and we are unsure of what a private model would look like. If you look at the TAB’s that have been privatised over in the east coast, it hasn’t been successful.”
With the plans signed off for the new track the talk of how long the down time between switching tracks will be. During this down time, which Renton suggests will be around six weeks, the calendar will see extra meetings at Mandurah and Northam.
“There has got to be a down time because there is equipment to come from this track to service the new track. The aim is to try and keep it as short as possible.” Craig Renton explained.
“The reality is that racing will commence at the new track in late August.”
“We let the lease expire because we were well aware that we would have to sign up for our second term, another 30 years of being here, and we didn’t believe that we would be able to pay what this piece of land would be worth.”
“We are currently paying in excess of half a million dollars per annum.”
The end of June will bring an end of an era, an era that involved many modifications including the switch from grass to sand, from an underground lure to above ground, as well as distance changes. Like old Cannington, new memories can be made on new soil across the road.
Foster carers are some of the most important people in the greyhound industry. They are responsible for introducing greyhounds to their new lives as pets and WA trainer Linda Britton knows the great importance the Greyhounds As Pets (GAP) programme has in the industry.
On Sunday Britton opened her kennels up to 30 lucky foster carers so they could experience the life of a racing greyhound, as well as getting to see some of the young pups.
“It was basically to give the foster carers the chance to see how greyhounds are in training, in the hope that it will help with the transition to a pet home. It was also a great chance to see that it’s a myth that greyhounds are mistreated here.” Linda Britton explained.
“It was also for us to see where our dogs are going because we do get attached to them too. They are in our lives for up to four years and we really like to know where they go after they finish with us.”
The GAP open day involved a tour around Britton’s property to see the dog kennels and empty out yards, as well as the massage mats for the dogs that had many foster carers look on in amazement. Retired chaser Tonka Truck put on a show on the straight track, showcasing his short burst of energy for the crowd. The day ended with lunch and conversation between everyone about their greyhounds.
“It was great to hear stories about where our past dogs had gone. We also had a few owners there mingling so they could share stories about their experiences.”
Sofiana Alford was one of the lucky foster carers that came along to see Britton’s kennels. She has had three of Britton’s past chasers go through her home as foster dogs. Art, who raced as Rousay, Wabbit as Cool Wabbit and more recently Pongo, who raced as Moss Vale. All three chasers had successful careers earning upwards of $50,000 each.
“Linda likes to know about her dogs as well. It’s awesome how she wants to know how her old dogs are going in foster care, it shows that trainers do care.” Sofiana Alford explains.
“Going through the kennels it showed how much work goes into just one greyhound let alone 80 greyhounds. I was amazed that the kennels were really clean, even the puppy yards were dog poo free!”
Alford has been foster caring for about four years now and she believes that the most rewarding part of teaching the greyhounds about life at home is seeing them find their forever homes.
After constant speculation that the greyhound industry doesn’t look after their racing greyhounds, Alford was able to make her own judgement on the kennels and the environment some of her foster dogs have come from.
“My thoughts about racing have changed; I got to see that the dogs were really well looked after. It’s not as bad as what people are making it out to be. It was awesome going out there, they love their dogs more then people!”
With such a positive response from the foster carers Britton would love to make her GAP open day a regular event.
“Especially for new foster carers so they can have a better understanding of greyhound, because they do get challenged when they are walking around, being asked why they would have anything to do with Greyhounds WA because it’s such a cruel sport. They get to experience themselves that it isn’t cruel and that the dogs are well looked after.” Britton explained.
“The day was above what I expected. I didn’t have any negative questions and I was wrapt with the response. The people were lovely and genuinely cared for the dogs and that’s what we love to see.”
The open day was filled with an overwhelming love for greyhounds as a breed. One couple that deals with trouble foster dogs spoke about how hard it was to let the dogs go and how close they had come to a number of dogs, to the point of wanting to keep them themselves. It came down to one statement that summed up foster caring perfectly, acting as a constant reminder that there are other greyhounds out there that need to learn the ropes of retirement too.
The day we find a dog we don’t want to let go, that will be the last greyhound we can teach to be a pet.
There has been a lot of rumours and innuendo regarding the new track at Cannington. Is the track going ahead? Is it just going to be a trial track? Will racing be restricted to just Mandurah and Northam?
ARG spent some time with Greyhounds WA CEO David Hobbs who wanted to set the record straight.
“The first thing I want to do is squash the rumours of a trial track here and now. Our focus is that we have signed a lease for 30 years and in that lease we wouldn’t be able to have a trial track. The lease is specific that the land is to be used for a greyhound racing and entertainment complex.”
“We had a 21.3 million dollar project that we thought was there. It was presented to the economic reform commission and it was looking good. We then ended up with a new treasurer here in WA. Troy Buswell is gone and we have a new treasurer Mike Nahan in the position. The funding from the WA government then fell through and we have had to look at different options to complete the project.”
“RWWA were originally funding us with nine million, but have increased the commitment to 11.5 million. Greyhounds WA will then contribute 1-1.5million and we have scoped the project out at 13 million. The proposal is ready to be finalised and will go in front of the RWWA board in the coming days.”
“We have gone ahead with project definition and planning is now underway, architecture drawings have commenced and tenders are being called for. Our goal is to have a racetrack and Richard burton has announced that Cannington is where we are aiming to be and therefore Cannington is where we are going.”
The obvious question that stems from these statements is, how can the track be completed without 8.3 million from the original planning?
“We will get the track to what I call racing stage, so all off course patronage and wagering will be protected. We do not have enough funding to have the project fully complete with the big restaurant and entertainment for on-site patronage.”
“It will get done bit by bit. We want to avoid any delays in getting the track race ready, that is the focus. The builders have told us that they can have the track ready for racing by July, so there won’t be an overlap.”
“There is going to be two stages. Racetrack, roads, lighting, kenneling and the broadcasting tower etc will be completed in stage one. Everything other than the restaurants and patronage areas. We are short millions, but we are going to make it work. We are looking at contingency plans as we speak to appease our existing patronage with transportable options such as mobile bars and industrial dongers etc.”
“We have temporary measures to use as a stop gap for our trainers and existing patronage. We had 380 people in for dinner on Saturday night and we need to keep that. We are invested in Cannington and will cater for the patrons that support us at the existing track.”
David was extremely committed and positive when I pressed him with another one of the circulating rumours of a second track being built in Mandurah.
“A Sandown style track in Mandurah isn’t a contingency and won’t be happening. That achieves nothing and it’s not what we want. There are no contingency plans outside of a racetrack at Cannington. It’s done, it’s happening. The track will be ready for Sky broadcasting and equipped with lighting, kenneling, limited landscaping and most importantly, it will be ready to race.”
Saturday night at Greyhounds WA Cannington was all about the the Lew Dorsa Memorial heats over the 530 metre distance. Although there was a number of outstanding performances on the night, Linda Britton’s veteran chaser Gomes added a bit of shock value to the night defeating his very talented kennel mate Star Recall.
Gomes has captured the heart of Nicola Hind, who worked for Linda Britton prior to falling pregnant. Nicola still helps the Britton team whenever she can and was handling Gomes on Saturday night.
“There was something about him that drew me in, usually I am drawn to greyhounds that are a lot like me; loud and hyper-active, but Gomes had a calmness about him. It’s like he didn’t have a care in the world and these big puppy dog eyes.” Nicola explained.
“After a couple of weeks of being in Linda’s kennels I saw that he had a more mischievous side from going in and sitting in his kennel with him. He started picked my sunnies off my head and while I tried to take photos he would steal my phone.”
The son of Bombastic Shiraz – Shazlyn has had 76 races in his career, 31 of which have been on WA soil. It has taken him a while to hit his stride but after a number of months in the Britton kennels Gomes is mixing it with some of WA’s brightest talent.
Gomes has just the seven Cannington wins to his name, but most have come in the last two months; with victories over Zelemar Fever, Star Recall and Te Amo. In his Lew Dorsa heat win Gomes recorded a personal best time of 30.38.
“He has just turned four and is running his best times!”
“Leading up to the heats I didn’t think he would be able to win the race with Star Recall and Hillbilly Flash in the field, but I was confident he would place. He has been running really well and looking stronger and stronger each week.”
“Hearing that Magpie Bob had been scratched from the red box it quietly gave me a bit of confidence that the odds were in his favour. It gave him the chance to get straight out onto the rail and behind the bunny, which is exactly where he wants to be. The only challenge then was Star Recall, because of her early pace.”
With the four Lew Dorsa Memorial heats full of talent, it was always going to be a night that saw some consistently quick times run.
The first Lew Dorsa heat was all about Gomes. The scratching of Magpie Bob from box one gave Gomes the advantage because he was coming out of box two paying $6.00. Hillbilly Flash jumped from box four as the equal $2.30 favourite and was dragged down, preventing him from making a run at the lead. Star Recall shot up next to her kennel mate Gomes and the pair eyeballed each other, sharing the lead between them until Gomes and his white and black rug pulled away to win by a convincing length in 30.38. Star Recall held onto second with Hillbilly Flash running on to finish third.
“As I stood behind the boxes I saw him he explode out straight to rails and for me it was game on. Coming into the first turn it was neck a neck with him and Star Recall and that was pretty much how the rest of the race panned out.”
“I was aware that Gomes was stronger on the run home, so I thought the race was his for the taking.”
In the second heat of the night On Coin made his debut from his likely career ending injury as second favourite paying $3.50 behind Zelemar Fever. The returning champ jumped surprisingly well out of the boxes and Zelemar Fever hung back after being checked by Significant Bit and Thunder Rama. On Coin took the rails run to victory winning by two and a half lengths in 30.31, with Zelemar Fever running on strongly to finish second.
“Zelemar Fever was a great run; she stumbled out of the boxes and then put in an amazing effort to run second to On Coin. She copped about four or five checks and she kept going, to run second was a great effort. To have On Coin back racing and seeing how happy John and Brenda Crossley were when he won is what racing is all about.”
Astronomic looked to fly out of the boxes from box one paying $1.90 for the win in the third heat. Roughie Kasumi Rose managed to shoot to the lead wearing the white and black rug paying $21.00. Celtic Coin (box eight) for new trainer John Carmody hung within the top three positions for the majority of the way around, until Astronomic decided to make his run on the rails, defeating a leading Kasumi Rose in 30.58.
In the last heat of the night punters struggled to chose favouritism between the Linda Britton duo Te Amo (box three) and Gone To Heaven (box four). It was Te Amo’s night after she jumped out of the boxes with a near personal best first sectional of 5.65. Merlot Monelli (box one) sat behind Te Amo who looked strong as she pulled away to win by four lengths in an equal personal best performance of 30.33. Gone To Heaven ran on to finish third after failing to keep up with Te Amo onto the first corner.
“It’s going to be hard for Gomes next week with On Coin and Zelemar Fever. It all comes down to the box draw now, where each dog is positioned, fingers crossed he gets the red to give him a slight chance.”
“This could be the last time I get to walk out Gomes in a final and be involved in his racing because I am pregnant. When he finishes racing he is coming home with me. The couch is big enough for him, there is no other place I would have him!”
With the box draw set to come out on Tuesday afternoon it is very hard to pick a greyhound to take the race out. There are several dogs that are heavily dependent on box one; if Zelemar Fever or On Coin manages to receive the red box it will be a matter of watching the clock rather then the race.
Australia’s most patronised track is to be redeveloped to the most modern standards and moved across the road under a new plan approved by Greyhounds WA and RWWA.
Greyhounds WA CEO David Hobbs tonight confirmed to ARG that, “we have locked in a CBD site for WA greyhound racing for 60 years. We believe you need a CBD presence to attract sponsorship and we have signed five new sponsors who are committed to the new Cannington for the long haul.”
“The new track will also provide conference facilities for trade shows and the like. With 8,000 businesses within our shire, it’s another revenue stream for us to utilise.”
Greyhounds WA were faced with the prospect of not having a home for greyhound racing, as their current lease was due to expire in July 2015, but the new agreement should see greyhound racing at the new Cannington track by January 2016.
The migration plan will involve a six month period where Northam and Mandurah will absorb the WA greyhound racing schedule. Hobbs confirmed that will involve a significant upgrade of Mandurah greyhound track to cope with the increased racing demands.
“RWWA has committed two million dollars for that contingency to upgrade Mandurah to cater for trialling and racing in that area. We own Mandurah, which is valued at eight million dollars, so these upgrades will increase the value of that asset, which is another positive for the local industry.”
But the plan is not without its own hurdles.
“We are now waiting and should know within next few weeks about the grant of $6.3 million we have requested. This grant will give us a restaurant and grandstand for 700-800 people. As well as a conference centre etc.”
Hobbs explained the long process involved to reach the point where they now are, “this project been ongoing for nine years. My tenure as the new CEO has been four months, and the priority has been to get the new Cannington up and running. When we first went to state government is was a $31.2 million project and it didn’t get off the ground.”
That initial setback did not deter Hobbs and his board. They set about redesigning the proposal and reducing costs.
“We did a reshape of how the project would look and cut the costs to $21.3 million. We received a commitment for nine million dollars from RWWA, in addition to the two million dollar contingency for the short fall between old and new Cannington.”
“We have already got $15 million of the $21.3 million required. This $15 million will build us a track that is racing and television ready, which was stage two of the project. Stage three is the building of a grandstand to cater for 700-800 racegoers, which will take place once the grant is finalised.”
“History shows that Cannington is the most patronised racetrack in Australia. We generate $78 million off course and $8.5 million on course and we are renowned for being fast, fun, affordable. I see greyhound racing as the next big thing for the XY generation because it’s fast and easy.”
The agreement for the new track will ensure Cannington is again well positioned to be Australia’s most successful metropolitan greyhound racing track.
“We have invested in Cannington for over 40 years and the name Cannington is synonymous with greyhounds. This new deal is sensational for the industry. We will be paying a third of the rent for a dedicated site consisting of all the mod cons.”
“The important thing is that this injects confidence back into the greyhound racing industry. Now owners, breeders and trainers are put at ease. With the ownership of Mandurah and the new deat at Cannington, we are in a great position to see significant expansion of greyhound racing in WA over the next 10 years.”
“This has been a lot of work from people that have sat in the seat over the last nine years. I want to acknowledge David Simonetti, who was the previous CEO and I also want to thank the efforts of the current and past board members and the efforts of the collective group. Without the efforts of a dedicated team, this project wouldn’t have got where it has.”
In a year that has seen plenty of negative press for the greyhound industry in Australia, this is a significant boost for all participants. Nine years of dedicated efforts has resulted in a future that is far brighter for those in WA.
Brad Yates’ youngster Stangafied more then impressed onlookers in the heats of the 2014 Puppy Classic over Cannington’s 530 metre distance on Saturday night. The black chaser defeated an inform Bekim Maxim in the third heat after falling out of the boxes. The son of El Grand Senor – Stanga Jill, stopped the clock at 30.66, not far off his personal best time of 30.60.
“I wasn’t worried when Stangafied had Bekim Maxim behind him in the heat; he is a very good dog and I have high hopes for him. We may even look at taking him over east later on after the Derby.” Trainer Brad Yates explained.
Litter brother Stanga Tom finished second in the first heat after leading everywhere but on the line, falling pray to a late lunge from Petra.
“He hasn’t been a real 500 metre dog, but I have been trying to get him up there; I expected him to go well, I thought there was only one dog to beat us and that was the one that did. So I was happy with the run.”
“At Cannington Stangafied is defiantly a better dog, but at Mandurah it is the other way around. Stangafied isn’t as quick early but his run home time is pretty good.”
Patrons at Greyhounds WA Cannington were impressed with Linda Britton’s Recall bitches yet again. Star Recall claimed victory, turning the tables after being unable to catch High Recall after her blistering first sectional last week. Gone To Heaven showed that she was coming back into form after going five starts without a win. Although she didn’t win the race, she looked strong sitting second behind Star Recall, who stopped the clock at 30.38 with a massive head wind.
Linda Britton dominated the Puppy Classic Heats, qualifying five of the eight chasers in the final. With just the three heats, first and second, as well as the two fastest thirds will make up next weeks final field.
In the first heat of the night Stanga Tom jumped to lead the field early from box two. Petra sat in fourth position on the rails behind Jaguar Monelli and Kardy Girl, pushing up into second using the rails from her perfect box one draw. She then decided that the outside route was the way to victory, defeating Stanga Tom by two lengths in 30.96.
Linda Britton produced a trifecta in the second heat of the puppy classic. Canning Trophy winner High Recall started $1.95 favourite in front of litter sister Star Recall paying $2.50 and kennel mate Gone To Heaven ($7.00). Star Recall was first to come out at box rise with Gone To Heaven and High Recall only a matter of lengths behind. The order didn’t change as they made their way around the 530 metre track, with Star Recall taking out the race in the fastest qualifying time of 30.38 by four lengths.
In the third and final heat of the night, Crossbank, Miss Moto and West On Miffy lead the field out of the boxes, with Bekim Maxim and Stangafied waiting to make ground on the inside. Bekim Maxim decided to go around the outside of the track with Stangafied using the rails to snatch the lead. Bekim Maxim and Stangafied went head to head for multiple strides until Stangafied pulled away in the home straight to win by six lengths in 30.66.
2014 Puppy Classic box draw:
1 Stanga Tom Brad Yates
2 Gone To Heaven Linda Britton
3 Miss Moto Corey White
4 Bekim Maxim Linda Britton
5 High Recall Linda Britton
6 Petra Linda Britton
7 Stangafied Brad Yates
8 Star Recall Linda Britton
9 Kardy Girl John Carmody
10 Sailing Solo David Hobby
With the box drawn done on Saturday night, Yates wasn’t disappointed with Stangafied receiving box seven in the final.
“For him it probably doesn’t matter so much as to what box he gets, he will need luck and I just have to hope that one of Linda’s dogs doesn’t get too far in front. If he is close enough, he is quite capable of running them down.”
“If he is within six lengths of the leaders at the 600 metre boxes he will give them a big shake.”
Stanga Tom on the other hand has the handy box one.
“I don’t think he will win, even from box one; my other dog will pick him up down the back and make him look like he is going backwards.”
“He is the only one that could challenge Linda’s three dogs out of the boxes. He will go well for a long way but the last 50 meters will take its toll on him.”
“The two Recall bitches look to be hard to beat if they get out in front early. Gone To Heaven is a good chance too, but Stangafied will be giving them a run for their money if he doesn’t find too much trouble.”
The 2014 Puppy Classic is set to run on Saturday night with the time yet to be announced.
One of the hottest fields for the Group One Galaxy is set to go around on Saturday night at Greyhounds WA Cannington at 8.27pm Perth time and it’s hard to not to sense the excitement and nerves for trainers and owners involved in the $80,000 race. WA has three chasers in the final; Linda Britton’s Reverberate (box 4), Paul Stuart’s Ash Flash (box 8) and Lionel Rees’ Hellmuth (box 6). The best chance is with Stuart’s young stayer Ash Flash, who is set to jump paying $4.50. Victorian Born Ali for Robert Britton holds favouritism overall, currently paying $2.80 for the Galaxy win.
Born Ali is not the only talented stayer that Victoria has to offer; Lenny Jones’ Sweet It Is won her heat in the third fastest time of 41.99. Infinite Wish has somewhat of an advantage after having an extra start at Cannington the week before heats. It helped her find the in the heat, taking the corners better then the following week, but she was unable to reel in a high flying Born Ali. Dyna Willow, Gold Affair Two, Born Ali and Sweet It Is will all benefit from their run last week so expect them to come out running quicker times.
|Comments: Kristie Collyer. (Handler): “Box One is definitely an advantage, especially with her early speed. Dyna Willow would be the dog to beat, if Born Ali is in front with Dyna Willow behind, there is a good chance she will run over the top of Born Ali.”|
|Sweet It Is|
|Comments: Trainer unavailable for comment. ARG comments – The inside box will improve her chances after jumping from box eight last week. She has the third fastest qualifying time coming into the race after running down fellow Victorian Gold Affair Two.|
Comments: Tammy Collins (Handler) - “Dyna Willow prefers box three to any of the other boxes. It will come down to the first corner and what jumps and makes it to the front. Born Ali is the dog to beat from box one.”
|Comments: Linda Britton. (Trainer): – ” Reverberate is a place chance at best. There is a lot of pace around her, so her only chance is if she leads the race. Over all she is an honest dog.”|
|Comments: Trainer unavailable for comment- (ARG comment): She is up one run on her other travelling companions which gives her a bit of an edge. She has a lot of early speed to contend with in the race so she will need to be a length in front of them on the first corner to have a good chance at winning the race.|
Comments: Trainer unavailable to comment (ARG comment) – With just the one win over the 715 metre trip this race looks very much out of the WA chaser’s reach. Hellmuth is also a slow beginner but has strength behind him.
|Gold Affair Two|
|Comments: Kristie Collyer (Handler)- “Gold Affair Two is going to have to come out of the boxes well to be in the race. Hopefully she gets carted across nicely to put her in a good position.”|
|Comments: Paul Stuart (Trainer) – “Ash Flash is probably a level below the Victorian dogs in the race but in saying that you can’t knock her form here; she ran good times at Cannington a couple of weeks ago which puts her up there with them. It is the first time she has raced against a really good field and the way she races she should appreciate having the good dogs in the race. She should get every opportunity to perform but there are some good dogs in the race.”|
|Comments: ARG opinion is - Dyna Werribee failed to jump last week which proved costly because Born Ali and Infinite Wish got enough of a lead to prevent Dyna Werribee from running the pair down. Her time although isn’t bad,it wouldn’t be enough to get her across the line if she gets a start in the final. |
|Comments: ARG opinion is – Sassy Bullet has the ability to fly out of the boxes and break away from a pack but this Galaxy field has too much early pace and strength to let Sassy Bullet get away with too much if she gets a run. |
2014 Galaxy Heats
Pedro’s Finest is set to pull on his racing rug for the 150th time in his career, taking away from the excitement of the big races for a split second. Although unable to make it through to the Group One Galaxy after running fifth in the heat last week, he will jump from box one for trainer John Iwanyk and the Pride Of Five Syndicate in the 715m FFA.
It’s finally that time of year for WA racing; when a number of Australia’s best greyhounds brave the heat for their working holiday in the West, with the end result a rug the Perth Cup final (530 metres) and a chance of winning $140,000.
General Destini has made the trip over to Perth for the second time. Last year he ran second in the Perth Cup heats from box four, running 30.56. Jumping from box one will increase his chance of winning the race dramatically, but he will have to improve on his best WA time of 30.43 if he is going to finish first across the line. He’s currently paying $2.80 for the win.
Andrea Dailly’s Hawk Alone is set to jump second favourite ($3.00) from box three. He comes to Perth without a win at Cannington from his three starts, but strength should be on his side after having multiple starts over 600 metres at the Meadows.
Keybow for Darren McDonald is the fourth visiting greyhound in the first heat. The youngster with only 16 starts to his name is set to jump from box two, paying $3.20 for his first WA start. The black dog came second in the Cranbourne Cup two starts back over their 520 metre distance. He came home well, which should hold him in good stead for the extra 10 metres he has to run at Cannington.
All four WA representatives are in double figure odds, West On Santo for Linda Britton jumped well last week and is in career best form. Box six won’t do him any favours, even though his best time was run from box five, and the jump in class may be too much. Paul Stuart’s Dannie Bale (box eight) has the WA experience and time of 30.31, but his form of late has not been great.
WA holds favouritism in the second heat, with Paul Stuart’s chaser Hillbilly Flash jumping from box one and paying $2.00 in the pre-post markets. The white and black dog is searching for his fourth consecutive win and he ran a personal best time of 30.30 three starts back. He almost repeated his efforts last week running 30.35.
Victorian chaser Veyron Bale (box two) for trainer Andrea Dailly has had four starts at Cannington for one win in a time of 30.67. Two starts back at Wentworth Park he ran a best of the night performance over 520 metres in a heat of the Paws Of Thunder. The 520 metre trip at Wentworth Park is his longest distance recently, with multiple successful starts over 400 metres at Sale, Geelong and Ballarat; hopefully Cannington’s 530 metres won’t knock him around too much.
Linda Britton’s Enough Talking ($24.00) has run the second fastest recorded time coming into the heats. Although he is without a Cannington win for 14 starts, the black dog is slowly finding his form. He will have to do everything right from box six to win the race.
Victorian Iona Seven ($1.60) for trainer Robert Britton has been in hot form of late, winning the Group 1 Paws Of Thunder. She has drawn out wide for her two wins and drawing box seven in the Perth Cup heat cant come as too much of a disappointment.
Ben Abercrombie’s speedy beginner Burzynski is jumping from box one and paying $4.50 for the win. He has the capability to cause problems if he can find the lead early, but has not won at Cannington in six starts. However, if he finds himself in front of the field early on, it will be a hard task for chasers to run him down.
Steven Collins’ Liara Allen ($6.00) is searching for her eighth win in her first start at Cannington. Her last three starts have been over distance, which should help her when it comes down to the final stages.
Zelemar Fever is the deserving $1.60 favourite in the fourth heat of the Perth Cup. She is in flying form of late, breaking the 30-second barrier on three occasions; running her personal best time of 29.90 last week. The little black bitch has had superb box draws recently; wearing the red rug in three of her past six starts. Jumping from box seven this week is her only hurdle.
Linda Britton’s second chaser Te Amo (box four) is without doubt a speedy bitch. Her downfall a lack of strength over the 530 metre trip, especially when she has greyhounds like Mepunga Fearon and Zelemar Fever to contend with.
Mepunga Fearon ($15.00) has drawn box six for his second start at Cannington. Last week he found trouble on the first corner but ran home well to finish third. Although this is a tough heat, his run last week will give him a helping hand.
WA’s traveling sensation and reigning Perth Cup winner Dyna Nalin will jump as the $2.00 favourite from box seven. He is yet to win since returning from a working vacation, finishing third and fifth. Despite his dip in form he is too talented to let the opportunity to take a second Perth Cup pass him by.
The Linda Britton trained Gone To Heaven has the least experience in the fifth heat, with only eight starts to her name. She has won on seven occasions, bit at her last start she finished fourth after finding trouble throughout. The sentimental bitch jumping from box five definitely has the speed to contend in the race. She ran her personal best time of 30.23 from the same box.
Andrea Dailly’s Allen Deed is jumping from box four paying $5.00 for the win. He’s also inexperienced, with just 11 starts and six wins. He is yet to race at Cannington but muse be respected after his Silver Chief heat victory.
Dyna Beth for trainer Andrea Dailly is currently the $2.50 favourite and jumps from box three. Even without a win in her last four starts, the second place getter in the Melbourne Cup has enough class to take out the sixth heat of the Perth Cup.
Paul Stuart’s Fancy Dreamer has a perfect record from his six starts at Cannington and his fastest winning time of 30.22 from box six is the fastest of the WA competitors in the heat. He is currently paying $3.00 to win from box seven.
High Recall is a talented up and comer from the Britton kennels. She has won seven of her 10 starts, the majority of them in impressive times. The little black bitch ran her fastest time of 30.32 over the 530 metre trip two weeks ago. Her inexperience against this class of dogs will be her main issue.
Silver Chief winner Ollie Bale is set to jump as the $2.40 favourite from box six for Andrea Dailly. His first start at Cannington will prove a hard one, with Star Recall and Crump both past runners at Cannington and in good form.
Star Recall for Linda Britton is jumping from box five and paying $5.00 for the win. The little black bitch has won on five occasions from just eight starts. Her inexperience may work against her in this class, although her past four starts have all been wins at Mandurah. The jump in distance may also make things a little hard for the youngster.
Crump has returned to WA for his first Perth Cup series, after last travelling to WA for the Group 2 Derby. He won his Derby heat in an impressive 30.38, but he was unable to overcome box eight in the final finishing fourth to Boris Fields. Jumping from box four in the Perth Cup heats Crump is paying $3.80 to defeat this talented field.
Both Sveta Monelli and Prue Bale hold $2.50 favouritism in the last heat of the Perth Cup. Sveta Monelli has recently defeated the likes of On Coin and Zelemar Fever and is in career best form. She looks hard to beat from a WA perspective, even from box six.
Victorian Prue Bale has the red for only the second time in her career and she’s a last start winner at the Meadows from box four. Prue Bale will not be able to give Sveta Monelli much room if she wants to secure a rug in the Perth Cup the following week.
Awesome Project ($7.50) for Darren McDonald is searching for his sixth consecutive win from mostly outside box draws. Wearing the pink rug on Saturday night shouldn’t come as too much of a disappointment after his recent box draws and strength should be on his side after successfully competing over 600 metres at the Gosford racetrack.
Out of the 64 greyhounds that are competing in the $10,000 to the winner heats of the Perth Cup, only eight will earn their rugs and privilege to race in WA’s biggest event, the Perth Cup. The box drawn for the Perth Cup will be drawn out on Sunday the 2nd of February at the Greyhounds WA industry night.
As trainers prepare their greyhounds for the Perth Cup series they spare a thought for Brenda and John Crossley, who are unable to race their superstar On Coin, who fell two weeks ago and sustained a shoulder injury. On Coin would have been a serious contender in the Perth Cup heats.
Greyhounds WA Mandurah will showcase a field of young WA bred talent in the Sandgroper Final on Friday night. Running over the 490 metre trip, each greyhound is coming into the race running their personal best times in heats, making for exceptional viewing.
Linda Britton has the pre race favourite in Star Recall coming into the final. Her other three contenders are in with a good chance themselves, but with Star Recall jumping from the red box, it puts the win almost out of reach.
Jamie Marsh’s Sissoko is searching for his second final in so many weeks after taking out the Peel Plate over 405 metres last Tuesday night. The black and white dog is jumping from box five, which will make his night that little bit harder in the $5,000 to the winner final.
|Comments: Linda Britton (Trainer) - “Star Recall is a very good chance. If she jumps like she jumped last week she is in with a great chance.”|
|Comments: Lexia Isaac (Trainer) - “Box two will suit her but she is going to have to find a few lengths if she is going to win the race. Star Recall is probably the dog to beat in the race, hopefully Fun Princess will get in behind her and run a place. It’s a tough field.”|
|West On Hudson|
|Comments: Linda Britton (Trainer) – “West On Hudson is a good place chance. I’m not confident he will beat Star Recall even if he jumps like he did last week.”|
|Comments: Linda Britton (Trainer) – “I can’t fault his form, but his inexperience will work against him. He is possibly drawn better from a wider box.”|
|Comments: Jamie Marsh (Trainer) – “It would have been nice to draw closer in but I’m happy to be in the race. It’s going to be hard to beat Star Recall off the red, especially because Sissoko hasn’t been beginning like he has in the past.”|
|Comments: David Hobby (Trainer) – “He isn’t boxed well so he has very little hope in the race.”|
|West On Raven|
|Comments: Linda Britton (Trainer) – “West On Raven is a slow beginner but she runs on very well. I am very pleased with her run last week but her box manners will bring her undone this week.”|
|Comments: Michelle Beamish (Trainer) – “It’s a bit tough from box eight. He has been running well as of late but the one dog (Star Recall) is drawn to win. Moon Liner is not the best beginner so he will be doing his best work late.”|
|Where’s The Fun|
|Comments: Although her form is great; winning four from six starts, this is a talented field and will take more then her best efforts to come out on top if she gets a run.|
|Comments: Found trouble last week after looking like he was in with a good chance. If he gets a run this field will be no easier.|
Zelemar Fever has snatched a come-from-behind victory over On Coin and Sveta Monelli in the Greyhounds WA Anniversary Cup.
The daughter of Bombastic Shiraz and Noaki Pace equalled the 530 metre race record of 30.23 seconds, which was set by the Ben Abercrombie trainer Hot Irish last year.
The little black bitch failed to ping the lids like she is known to do from the familiar box one, giving David Hobby’s Sveta Monelli the lead as the field went to the first corner. On Coin made his presence known on the inside of the track as Zelemar Fever worked her little legs around the outside.
It was a three-dog race between the talented trio heading into the home straight. They only matched motors for a few strides before Zelemar Fever pulled away from On Coin and Sveta Monelli for the Anniversary Cup win.
The former Victorian chaser turned Cannington expert held favouritism from the punters paying $2.10 for the win.
Linda Britton’s bitches dominated the Saturday night meeting, Sadies Guess started off proceedings winning the first race on the cards in 30.73. Te Amo pulled together her second consecutive win jumping from box seven after crossing the field early. Zelemar Fever pitched in with her final win, followed by talented youngster Tears About Tears, who was victorious over the 642 metre trip. Reverberate finished off the night by winning over 715 metres for the fifth time in row.
Cannington’s very own veteran, Pedro’s Finest, won his 40th start for John Iwanyk after going without a win for two months. The white and black dog led from start to finish wearing the red rug in his 143rd career start.
2013 Anniversary Cup Final
The Greyhounds WA Anniversary Cup is set to run at 8.35pm Perth time, next to the white roses of the Cannington racetrack.
The $13500 to the winner race involves two of WA’s most exciting chasers in Zelemar Fever and On Coin. Although both were defeated last week in the heats by the flying Sveta Monelli, the pair are sure to put on a show in the final.
Jumping from boxes one (Zelemar Fever) and two (On Coin), all eyes will be on the inside of the track. Although these two chasers are in a class of their own, they will have to be close to their best to defeat the rest of the field.
Ben Abercrombie’s Burzynski has shown time and time again that his explosive speed out of the boxes can win him races.
Sveta Monelli for trainer David Hobby put in a personal best performance in the heats last week, defeating both On Coin and Zelemar Fever. Hobby’s three other entrants in Luba Monelli, Houdini Monelli and Merlot Monelli cannot be forgotten. Luba Monelli looks to be the best drawn out of the kennel, with wide box draws for Houdini Monelli and Merlot Monelli potentially causing them a bit of trouble.
|Comments: Linda Britton (trainer) - “She is very lucky again to draw the red box. She should get a clear run with On Coin. If she gets through the first corner without any trouble she should do well.”|
|Comments: John Crossley (trainer) – “I am very pleased with an inside draw. Zelemar Fever will take some beating from box one but it will be an interesting race. David Hobby’s Sveta Monelli is going well and Ben Abercrombie’s Burzynski is great out of the boxes.”|
|Comments: David Hobby (trainer) – “She is a chance for a place. She is drawn on the inside, making her a better chance then the other dogs. If she gets a run along the rails she may be in with a bot of a chance.”|
|Comments Linda Britton (trainer) – “She is a great beginner and a good little chaser but she has very little chance to winning the race.”|
|Comments: David Hobby (trainer) – “She will need a bit of a break, she will need to find herself in the lead if she is any chance. It all depends what happens with Zelemar Fever and On Coin.”|
|Comments: Ben Abercrombie (trainer) – “Naturally he is a bit of a chance. He ran his personal best time last week, over excelling himself and did not pull up the best after the run. So he hasn’t had the best preparation coming into the race. He is also drawn awkwardly from box six, against a very hard field.”|
|Comments: David Hobby (trainer) – “He has very little chance. He is drawn too wide to be in with a chance. He will want the rails but will find it hard to get their.|
|Comments: Drawn too wide to do much damage. Had the red box last week, helping him into the final.|
|Comments: Paul Stuart (trainer) – ………Would not provide comment……….|
|Comments: Linda Britton (trainer) – “He is an honest dog. He is out graded in this race with the likes of Zelemar Fever and On Coin.|
RWWA Stewards today concluded an inquiry into the conduct of Public Trainer Mr Graham Berry whilst he attended Public Trials at Greyhounds WA Northam on Saturday 28th September 2013.
The inquiry was opened on the 15th October 2013 where evidence was taken from RWWA Investigator Ms Teresa Levy, RWWA Principle Investigator Mr Phil O’Reilly, Ms Leslie Roberts, Public Trainer Mr Brian Jacobson, Owner Trainer Mr Dan Biddle and Public Trainer Mr Graham Berry, resulting in two charges being preferred against Mr Berry.
Mr Berry subsequently pleaded not guilty to two charges under GAR 86 (o) in that during the public trials at Greyhounds WA Northam on the 28th September 2013, he made deliberate forceful contact to the body of a greyhound on two separate occasions, which in the opinion of the Stewards, was improper.
The matter was adjourned in order for the Stewards to consider the question of guilt.
Mr Berry was subsequently found guilty to both charges and the inquiry resumed today to consider the question of penalty to both charges. Mr Berry failed to attend today’s hearing and when contacted, he advised Stewards to proceed in his absence.
In relation to the first charge under GAR 86 (o), Mr Berry was disqualified for three months. In relation to the second charge under the same rule, Mr Berry was disqualified for twelve months, effective immediately.
In considering an appropriate penalty, stewards were mindful of the following;
o Mr Berry’s previous record
o The seriousness of both offences, in particular the second charge
o Mr Berry’s current status and personal circumstances
o The circumstances surrounding both offences
These penalties are to be served concurrently. The term of disqualification therefore expires at midnight on 30th October 2014.
David Hobby’s Sveta Monelli reigned victorious in the Group 2 All Stars at Greyhounds WA Cannington last Saturday night.
The 33kilo bitch drew box one for the second week in a row, using it to her advantage, railing throughout to take home the $40,000 in prize money.
Sveta Monelli stole favouritism from WA’s freak dog On Coin in the lead up, paying $2.40 for the win.
Running a powerful second from box six, On Coin left his run home a length too late.
“I was quietly confident, she had box one and a lot of early toe.” Trainer David Hobby said.
“Obviously box one is a big advantage in any race, especially a feature race final.”
Coming into the race Hobby rated the Linda Britton duo Te Amo and Sam’s Sionara over John Crossley’s On Coin.
“I wasn’t all that worried about On Coin in the sense that I thought the box didn’t suit him.”
“The biggest danger was the early pace out of box seven (Sam’s Sionara) and eight (Te Amo).”
Even with the Mandurah Cup win under her belt, on paper Te Amo lacked the strength that was needed to run down Sveta Monelli and hold off On Coin.
“Te Amo has obviously has got a lot of early pace but we have beaten her a few times before.”
“We held Te Amo last week, from a similar draw.”
With the scratching of Linda Britton’s third contender, Gomes from box two and the entrance of Paul Stuarts De Wade, Hobby believed that De Wade had the capability to make the race harder for his bitch.
“De Wade has a little bit more early pace then Gomes, and if he got out and came across and did any checking it would have effected her.”
“She isn’t the type of dog that will come from behind, you wouldn’t want any interference at all.”
“As it turned out, he didn’t get in her road, if anything it helped because De Wade stayed off the track.”
Hobby had confidence in his bitch’s ability to hold off On Coin, even though On Coin has been in worse positions and still snatched the victory.
“When On Coin got to third spot down the back and he was coming and Te Amo had room along the fence, I still thought we had a big enough break.”
“When they run past me, back at the 530 boxes, On Coin was gaining on her, on straitening up she seemed to get that extra length as he ran a little bit wider around the outside.”
Sveta Monelli’s fast break from the boxes set up her 15th career victory.
“She ran through the first turn super, if you run her first sectional (5.72), its just motoring.”
“That’s what wins races, good dogs will get through to the turn quick.”
“That is why I was confident, if she could hold the front, she is quick through the turns and she can straighten up the front with no pressure, generally she can balance up and win.”
The daughter of Mogambo – Foolish Monelli is owned and bred by Mike and Michelle Quinsee and has now won over $80,000 in prize money.
Whelped by Hobby himself, and sent to be reared in New South Whales by Martin Hallinan, her litter of seven has won 60 races and received over $180,000 worth of prize money between them.
“Marty has 200 acres and I have sent quite a few litters there before, he does a good job and they get plenty of galloping.”
“They stay and get broken in over there.”
“When they where breaking in, they where all reasonably quick; they all had reasonable ability.”
“When they go away to be broken in don’t really chase times, I generally get them broken in and then bring them home and try them all out.”
When the litter was being broken in there was no standouts, just an even array of talent throughout. As they started to make it to the tack the two bitches Luba Monelli and Sveta Monelli showcased their superiority, with brother Slava Monelli not far behind them.
China has recently showed interest in some of the litter, buying Igor Monelli, Kova Monelli and Slava Monelli for what Hobby describes as a good figure.
“We didn’t chase them, they made inquiries to the point that we accepted.”
“Every dog in this kennel is for sale, except for the ones we ear mark to bred with, mainly because of the amount of litters we have.”
“I can only hold 30 greyhounds and when you got 30-40 pups coming through they will need to be sold at some stage.”
When choosing the breeding Quinsee and Hobby where looking for a bit of size in their pups, and that is what they got. The dogs are racing around the 38kg mark, Oleg weighing in the heaviest at 40kgs and the bitches around 32kgs.
“What we were looking for; we got.”
“I don’t get involved, he does ask me but by and large, I leave it up to Mike to choose. If he comes back with something I don’t like I will say so and he will look at a different option.”
“Mike chooses the sires, and I do all the work.”
In regards to selecting Mogambo to sire the Foolish Monelli litter, Hobby believes that at the time, and even now, there isn’t a lot of super stud dogs out that are prolific producers.
Mother, Foolish Monelli is due to be mated up to Magic Sprite within the next day or so for her next litter.
Although coming from behind is not something Hobby is confident Sveta Monelli has the ability to do, her early speed makes up for it.
“If she got lead she wouldn’t run anything down.”
“The way the boxes where drawn (in the final), it was set up for us to lead, and we got to the front and run time like I thought she could, we would be very hard to run down.”
“I thought the Coin (On Coin and Celtic Coin) dogs where drawn perfectly for me.”
Named Sveta, after a Russian water polo coach that coached Quinsee’s children, the rest of litter’s names followed suit.
“We generally try to name them something similar, from something.”
“They always have some sort of meaning.”
The decently sized bitch is not short on personality, without causing trouble around the kennels.
“She is just a normal dog, she can be a little bit noisy when it is time for exercise or tea time.”
“You know she is there, without being over the top.”
After Sveta Monelli’s All Stars win she received a direct entry into the semi’s of the Melbourne Cup.
“I am looking to have a go at that.”
As for what’s next after her racing career, Sveta along with her sister Luba will be Hobby and Quinsee’s next brood bitches.
Spot On Pedro received his first piece of silverware after taking out the Greyhounds WA Northam Anniversary Cup over the 509 metre trip for trainer Ricky Valenti.
David Hobby’s Sharon Monelli led the field early, narrowly missing trouble behind her, and paving a rails run for Spot On Pedro who found himself four dogs deep heading onto the first bend. The pair pulled away from the field with veteran Big Jo King not far behind. Sharon Monelli broke down four lengths in-front allowing Spot On Pedro the chance to charge home for the win in a new race record time of 29.42s.
Old timer Big Jo King ran on to run second with David Hobby’s second entrant coming in to run third.
“I knew he would win it when he turned into the back straight and he got into second place because he is as strong as. Even though Sharon Monelli was in front I was pretty sure he was going to run her down even if she didn’t do her hock” Winning trainer Ricky Valenti said.
“He just found his way through and everything fell into place for him”.
“It took a bit of shine off the race with David Hobby’s dog Sharon Monelli breaking her hock because she is such a good bitch”.
Valenti sympathises with Hobby’s situation, comparing it to the time his chaser Scuttlebut fell victim to the Cannington racetrack.
“I was devastated when Scuttlebut did her hock, but you get a lot highs and a lot of lows and its just part of the parcel”.
Scuttlebut only had 46 starts for 18 wins before injuring herself. She managed to claim victory over four different distances in her career, with the 715 metre trip her most successful; only running unplaced once.
The messy encounter not only saw Sharon Monelli pull up injured, but John Carmody’s chaser Dodge Challenger fall on the first corner.
Son of Where’s Pedro – Unique Daisy qualified the fastest of the heats the previous week to secure his spot but not favouritism in the final.
Jumping from box seven the white and black dog surprised Valenti with his win, making it four wins from four starts over the 509 distance.
“Overcoming the box draw would have to have been the biggest challenge even though they where all good dogs”.
The talented field was made up of dogs including this years Mandurah Oaks winner Sharon Monelli, as well as Egotistical who has won 12 from 19 starts.
“I also had Kenny Powers to my outsides who loves to crash left”.
Valenti’s son Jason, who has just received his catchers licence, had the most confidence in Spot On Pedro before the race, even having a sneaky $5 bet on him for the win.
“It means a lot to the family especially my son Jason, he has always wanted to win a trophy and rug and we won it today so he is wrapped”.
“He was very confident along with my wife but I just thought it was too hard from box seven”.
Winner of six from 26 starts Spot On Pedro has raced around Victoria as well as all three tracks in WA, with his track of choice being Northam.
“He is a different dog at Northam that’s for sure, he finds his way through the field, I don’t know what it is, he could just like racing during the day”.
“I take him to Cannington and I can’t even win a Kanyana with him, but I still think he is a champion”.
Valenti took in Spot On Pedro as a favour since Kody Charles didn’t have enough room in his kennels to originally take him.
Spot On Pedro may be just two and a half years old but he is certainly not small, tipping the scales around 37 kilos, so clumsiness is almost a given.
“He is a bit clumsy but he does show a lot of track sense at Northam”.
“He can be a bit tarty out of the boxes, it can take him about 20 metres to build up”.
A step up in distance is what’s next for the big white and black dog; he has had two starts over 588 metres without a win under his belt but showed promise when he was run down by Kody Charles’ chaser Lukey Fields.
“It’s just a little bit awkward for him because the boxes are on the corner”.
The two-hour drive from Barragup to Northam seems worth it considering Spot On Pedro now holds the fastest winning time in a Northam Cup.
On Tuesday 10 September, RWWA Stewards inquired into the report from the ChemCentre in Perth, that the presence of 5β – androstane- 3α, 17β – diol (metabolite of testosterone), at a concentration of greater than 10ng/ml, had been detected in the post race urine sample taken from Rock Me Please, after competing in and winning Race 1 at Greyhounds WA Northam on 8 July 2013
This finding having been verified by the Racing Science Centre laboratory in Queensland.
Evidence was taken from Mr Wayne Jacobson (Trainer of Rock Me Please), Mr Geoff Johnson (RWWA Investigator), Mr James White (ChemCentre Analyst), and Dr Judith Medd (RWWA Industry Veterinarian).
Mr Jacobson pleaded guilty to a charge under Greyhound Racing Rule 83 (2)(a) for nominating and presenting ROCK ME PLEASE to compete in Race 1 at Greyhounds WA Northam on 8 July 2013 not free of the prohibited substance testosterone, evidenced by the presence of 5β – androstane- 3α, 17β – diol at a concentration greater than 10 nanograms per millilitre in a urine sample taken from the greyhound following it competing and winning that event.
In considering penalty the Stewards took into account the following:
- The seriousness of the offence and the nature of the prohibited substance. Mr Jacobson’s personal circumstances and unblemished record over many years.
- Mr Jacobson’s guilty plea, cooperation and forthright manner during all stages of the inquiry.
- The high level reported by the laboratories and the circumstances relating to this detection.
- The need for the penalty to carry a level of deterrence both general and specific.
- The notices to the industry issued by RWWA and the Stewards making it abundantly clear that only the approved alternative Ethyloestrenol should be used for oestrus control in bitches.
Mr Jacobson was disqualified for a period of nine (9) months effective immediately.
Acting under the provisions of Greyhound Racing Rule 83(4), Rock Me Please was disqualified as the winner of Race 1 at Greyhounds WA Northam on 8 July 2013 with the placings amended accordingly.
Western Australian conditioner, Peter Hepple, looks set for a successful few months at the races with two members of his handy High Earner x Delaque litter making a good impression from limited starts on the track.
Sisters Nice Lil’ Earner and Charity Earner, have both started on the racetrack and early indications are showing that they might turn into good money spinners for connections. What makes the light brindle bitches even more special is that they are part of a wonderful arrangement put in place by Greyhounds WA, which will see their prize money on the track donated back to charity.
Delaque, the mother of the litter, was owned by ‘The Puppy Club Syndicate’. The Puppy Club is a special group set up by Greyhounds WA for children under the age of 16 who want to enjoy the thrills and excitement that greyhound racing offers. The Puppy Club have enjoyed great success as owners over the years, with greyhounds such as Won On Points, Barney Stinson, Methane, Miss Juliet, Jazzy Judy, Glen Abbey Ben and Puppy Club Magic. The earnings of their beloved chasers go to various children’s charities such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation and The Centre For Cerebral Palsy.
Racing and marketing manager, Dennis O’Brien, is responsible for purchasing and organising the charity chasers and reflects on their importance .
“As an organisation we need to do things like this. It has been great over time, we have had lots of dogs win money for charity and it’s a great excuse for us to donate money”.
Delaque was also trained by Hepple and was quite a handy bitch on the racetrack. The daughter of Trewly Special faced the starter on 47 occasions from which she recorded 12 wins and 10 placings with almost $40,000 in prize money.
“She was a good race bitch”, Hepple said, “She broke down 4 or 5 times with the same problem but she still went 30 and 30 something (30.35 seconds to be precise) at Cannington”.
“We never saw the best of her on the track”.
When Delaque was retired, the decision was made to breed a litter from her. Dave Robartson generously donated a free straw to his ill-fated sensation, High Earner, for the charity mum-to-be. The result was seven pups; two dogs and five bitches.
Unfortunately, two pups passed away before reaching racing age however the remaining five speedsters are in Hepple’s astute hands. Four of the pups are owned by the Puppy Club Syndicate and are a part of the charity incentive, with the last member of the litter, Rubix Que, given to Hepple and his wife Margaret for all their hard work breeding, rearing and training the pups.
So far, the best performed pup from the litter has been Nice Lil’ Earner. The gutsy little bitch has only started on four occasions but has already saluted three times, with her only other run a close third at her first race start. Her most recent win was last Wednesday night at Cannington where she began brilliantly from box seven and gave nothing else a chance, landing the cash by two lengths in 30.92 seconds.
Interestingly, Nice Lil’ Earner’s dazzling form surprised her trainer as she had not shown as much potential as her sister, Charity Earner, in trials. However, each time she steps out onto the track, Nice Lil’ Earner seems to mature and improve her racing style and at just 21 months of age, she is developing into a promising young sprinter.
Nice Lil’ Earner will line up for her fifth race start tonight at Cannington where she will contest race five, a 5th grade race over 530 metres. Drawn well in box three, the speedy bitch is poised to pounce straight to the front of the field and notch up her fourth consecutive win.
“Box three will suit her if she goes straight; she seems to jump left a little bit at the start. She is quick but she needs to get a bit stronger at the end of her races”, Hepple said.
Also lining up in an event tonight will be Charity Earner. While Charity Earner defeated her sister in their qualifying trial at Northam in July, the peppy powerhouse is yet to crack through for her maiden victory. However, she ran a handy second last week at Cannington, giving an indication that a win is not too far away.
“She came second last week. She was actually back in third at one stage but she fought on hard to get back into second”, Hepple explained.
Tonight will be Charity Earner’s third track appearance and although drawn awkwardly in box six, she is sure to have a cheer squad watching and supporting her.
Making their debut in upcoming weeks will be the rest of the litter; Jump The Queue, Lindback and Rubix Que.
In particular Jump The Queue will be one to follow, with good initial reports coming from the kennel after her slick Qualifying trial at Northam.
“Jump The Queue was the slowest but she has improved in leaps and bounds. She trialled at Northam and broke the 30 second barrier and that is going pretty good”, Hepple enthused.
Although the fledgling sprinters are showing signs of being good little racers, Hepple is prepared to take his time with them to allow them to develop as athletes, rather testing them too much in the early stages. By doing so, he maximises their ability to have a successful future on the track and achieve what they are destined to do for some amazing charities.
“They are still learning. They haven’t built up their racing muscles or form so what they are doing now is off their raw ability and what they have inside them”.
“I don’t want to push them too hard. They can all run but they are still only young”.
“As long as they don’t get injured. They can only do what they do and stay out of trouble and hopefully they will be in the front at the end”.
With such a great reason for these greyhounds to score on the track, there are sure to be plenty of supporters cheering them on so that they can play their part in helping to improve the lives of those children and families who are facing some tough times. In the care of Peter Hepple, they are sure to thrive at what they were born to do and hopefully in the process, raise some money for those who need it the most.
The Paul Stuart and Nichole Wheeler-Whye owned Miata was crowned the WA Greyhound of the Year for 2012 at a function in Perth yesterday.
Miata which is trained by Paul Stuart raced 25 times during 2012 for 21 wins and 2 placings for a total of $515,393 in stakes.
Miata started off the year having her first run over the 715m trip at Cannington where she produced a dominant all the way effort to break the track record. This was the start of a run of 10 consecutive wins over the half-mile trip, during which she took out the Group 1 Galaxy, Group 2 Zoom Top and the Group 1 Association Cup. The run came to an end in the final of the Group 1 Sandown Cup, when she found all sorts of trouble but still got up off the canvas to place third, only 1.75 lengths from the winner.
Miata was successful in a further 2 Group 1 races during the year, the National Distance Championship and the Bold Trease Carnival Cup. Miata’s feats during 2012 were truly of once in a lifetime nature.
Miata was also crowned the 2012 Australian Greyhound of the Year at a gala function in Victoria last month. This is the first time that a Western Australian greyhound has been awarded this top honour.
Other award winners during the evening included long serving Greyhounds WA stalwart Graeme Collins who served the greyhound racing industry for more than 4 decades commencing at the time of the sport’s inception in WA in 1974. Graeme was originally an employee of Automatic Totalisators Limited (ATL), the company which won the initial totalisator contract for greyhound racing at Cannington and Mandurah. He oversaw the totalisator operations including the installation of the giant semaphore board at Cannington, which whilst ‘old’ technology, still provides an odds, results and dividends service to on-course patrons after so many years. He joined Greyhounds WA as a permanent employee of the then Authority in 1987, resigning from his permanent position as Technical Services Manager overseeing the totes and racebook printing in July 1997. He has however, to this day, still continued to offer his services in a casual role to assist the club and greyhound racing industry.
The Gerry O’Keefe Award for Achievement recognises one of the great WA pioneers and trainers associated with greyhound racing in Western Australia, primarily from the feats of 2007 WA Racing Hall of Fame inductee and only dual National Sprint title holder, Sandi’s Me Mum.
Linda Britton again collected the Leading Trainer Award after winning the Cannington Trainers’ Title for a record 14th time. She also topped the Trainers’ Title at Mandurah in 2012 after finishing second in 2011. Britton trained 385 winners for the calendar year, her highest ever total.
Talented young trainer Eric Campana was successful in the Youth Achievement Award. Campana trained 74 winners and 106 placegetters from only 363 starters during 2012, at only his second full year as a trainer.
Over 170 people attended last night’s gala function held at the Pan Pacific Hotel, hosted by Tod Johnston.
New laws covering the establishment of Queensland’s four-board racing structure have now been inked in by Racing Minister Steve Dickson. A chairman and two members will control each of the three codes, in turn reporting to an over-riding board of five to run the state. The big board will include the chairman of each code. It will also make all the serious decisions.
This is a whole new world for Australian racing, not just because of the odd structure but the way the members will be appointed.
At a time when sporting organisations are universally trying to modernise their practices, and especially to relate to their public, Queensland has gone in the other direction. It’s summed up by one of the qualifications required of applicants for the new jobs: “all applicants for a board position must hold the endorsement of an industry licensee, a race club, racing association or association related to promoting the relevant code of racing prior to being considered for appointment”, demands the Minister.
Continue reading Queensland Rejects Progress
West Australian RWWA Stewards today opened an inquiry into the conduct of Owner Mr Jason Pittaway in the public area at Greyhounds WA Northam during the race meeting on Monday 1st October 2012, (Northam Cup Day).
Mr Pittaway failed to attend the Stewards office on the day when requested to do so by the Stewards.
Mr Pittaway also failed to attend the inquiry today after having been requested to do so in accordance with the Rules of Racing.
Continue reading Jason Pittaway Disqualified Indefinitely
RWWA Stewards today concluded an inquiry into an incident involving Owner/Trainer Mr Michael Hine, which occurred in the public area during the race meeting conducted at Greyhounds WA Northam on Monday 1st October 2012 (Northam Cup Day).
Evidence was heard from Mr M Hine and RWWA Stewards Graham O’Dea and Chris Courtland.
Mr Hine pleaded guilty to a charge under R86(o) for misconduct with the particulars of the charge being that Mr Hine swore several times in a loud manner and punched a glass window pane causing it to break whilst in the public area during the race meeting.
Continue reading RWWA Hand Down Four Month Disqualification For Northam Cup Day Misconduct
RWWA Stewards today concluded an inquiry into an incident involving Owner/Attendant Ms Karen Knuckey that occurred in the public enclosure area during the race meeting conducted at Greyhounds WA Mandurah on Thursday 13th September 2012.
Evidence was heard from Ms K Knuckey, Mr G Berry, Owner Ms A Scott, Security Guard Mr D Phelps and Kiosk Employee Ms E Harrison.
Ms Knuckey pleaded guilty to a charge under R86(o) for misconduct with the particulars of the charge being that Ms Knuckey swore several times in a loud manner whilst in the public enclosure area during the race meeting.
Continue reading RWWA Take Hardline On Misconduct – Two Month Disqualification For Swearing
WA Greyhound Racing Stewards yesterday concluded an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the outstanding stakes payment to Owner Mr Robert Maher (COCCOLICIOUS) and the interview that was conducted in relation to this matter between Owner/Trainer Mr B Cook and Deputy Chief Steward, Mr M Kemp, at Greyhounds WA Cannington on the 28th March 2012.
This inquiry was conducted over several sittings where evidence was heard from Owner/Trainer Mr B Cook, Deputy Chief Steward – Greyhounds Mr M Kemp and Owner Mr R Maher.
Mr Cook was found guilty under Rule 86 (e) in that he failed to provide documentary evidence to the inquiry as directed by the Stewards in relation to payments said to have been made to Mr Maher. He was subsequently disqualified for a period of twelve (12) months.
Continue reading WA Greyhound Trainer Bradley Cook Disqualified For 12 Months For Non Payment Of Owners Prizemoney
Stewards today concluded an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the late scratching of Gemma Girl in race 10 at Greyhounds WA Mandurah on 1st March 2012, and the subsequent telephone conversation between Mr G Berry and Steward Mr C Courtland.
Evidence was heard from Public Trainer Mr G Berry, Steward Mr C Courtland, on track Veterinarian Dr S Gradwell, Owner Mr M Stone and Owner/Attendant Ms K Knuckey.
Mr Berry was found guilty under R86(o) for negligence in that he omitted to ensure that the greyhound Gemma Girl was free of parasites when presented to race at Greyhounds WA Mandurah on 1st March 2012 and was subsequently fined $250.00. In considering penalty, Stewards were mindful that this was the second occasion that Mr Berry had presented a greyhound not free of parasites.
Continue reading Three Months Disqualification For Parasite Infestation In WA Greyhounds
Greyhound RWWA Greyhound Stewards today concluded an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the late scratching of KAY SIZE from Race five (5) at Greyhounds WA Cannington on the 4 January 2012.
Stewards heard evidence from Senior Stipendiary Steward Mr P Searle and Public Trainer Mr M Julien.
Mr Julien pleaded guilty to a charge under GAR 86(o) for committing an improper act in that he had placed his hand in his pocket containing a dry rabbits tail and immediately touched the nostrils of Kay Size, prior to the commencement of Race 5 at Greyhounds WA Cannington on the 4 January 2012.
Continue reading WA Greyhounds Fine Max Julien $500 For Improper Conduct Prior To Kay Size’s Race
It will pay to remember the name Miata, as this virtually unknown greyhound made a few jaws drop after recording a dazzling 29.86 around Cannington’s 530m journey.
The fantastic run erases Velocette’s name from the record books, and the 29.92 run set back in the 2009 Perth Cup series.
If you can’t remember seeing such a maniac performance during the usual high money Saturday night fixture, it is because it took place during a Grade 5 final on a Wednesday meeting last week.
Continue reading Boom Youngster Does It For Charity After Breaking Cannington Record
There will be plenty of tired punters on the eastern seaboard this weekend. This is mainly due to the late night racing of Western Australia hosting the rich Perth Cup and Galaxy series this Saturday night.
A fantastic program of no less than twelve Group 1 heats always provides an excellent opportunity for Greyhounds WA to showcase the excellent condition of racing across the Nullarbor.
A calendar change for 2011 has both finals moved from mid-March to an early February timeslot, making for an interesting ‘road-trip’ feel about the summer racing schedule. After the Brisbane Cup back in November, Hobart Thousand in December and January’s Adelaide Cup series, it sets up a nice platform for Cannington before the show rolls on to the Golden Easter Egg in Sydney.
The night begins with a bang as Sale Cup winner Symmetry battles local All-Stars Sprint hero Uno Kendra. The brilliant Kalden Athena returns back to Cannington in the same race and Tasmanian veteran Accounts is a rough chance as well.
Continue reading Perth Cup and Galaxy Heats Add to Summer Group 1 Road Show