Let’s see the last of the non-penalty races

VICTORIA’S recent decision to dump the use of Non-Penalty racing at Melbourne’s secondary meetings each week may be returning dividends. At the very least it shows up the oddball nature of the decade old NP habit.

A better class of runners showed up at Sandown on Sunday. The slowest of seven graded 515m races was won in 29.81. Easily the best was a sparkling 29.41 from the in-form Noosa Rocket, coming to town after winning six in a row at provincial tracks. It led all the way from box 7, recording an equally sparkling 5.02 to the first marker.

Only one dog (My Bro Fabio) bettered that overall time at the main meeting last Thursday..

Some Non-Penalty races are still hanging around at the provincials for reasons that are impossible to fathom. What is wrong with the (recently expanded) grading system that justifies this policy? Get rid of them all.

Sectionals – Not a luxury but an essential

An unannounced change, but a good one, has occurred at many NSW provincial tracks. They have finally started publishing sectional times for all runners, not just for the leader. Previously, you also had to guess which dog was actually the leader because the time was not assigned to any particular one.

Newish TAB-clubs like Wagga and Dubbo are still lagging and none of the non-TAB clubs have taken up the new practice. But the important ones are there and providing valuable form data for punters.

Sadly, Tasmanians still live in another world. Despite constant reminders they persist in assigning the sectional time (one only) to whatever dog won the race – irrespective of whether it led or not. Career histories are therefore distorted for evermore.

To compound the felony, out two major form producers, GRNSW (Ozchase) and GRV, continue to copy the erroneous information into their own guides, thereby misleading punters across the nation. It would be a straightforward matter for their experts to tell their computers to ignore anything arriving from the three Tasmanian tracks, but they have not done that.

A recent classic was the smart time of 5.11 allocated to Above All in a heat of the Hobart Thousand and later copied in GRV’s subsequent guide for the Silver Chief series. The same mob had already called for its nomination as a run of the year (with poor judgement, in my view) because the dog walked out of the boxes, fought its way through the field and eventually caught the leaders in a modest 26.16. Unfortunately, whatever ran the 5.11 will never get the credit but it certainly was not Above All.

The same dog’s record-breaking win in the final was a different matter altogether.

But there is more. If you wade through the Tasracing website you will eventually find a jumbled mixture of videos, form, tips and sectional histories and predictions for local races. The latter includes “Best this Box” and “Average” sectionals, but where does this information come from? Are there other sectionals nobody has heard about?

Well, there have to be, otherwise how could they calculate an average?

Apparently, there is one set of data for locals and another for the rest of Australia. The latter are mostly lies, so it’s best to ignore the lot.

On the same subject but more generally, steward’s trials sometimes include sectional times, sometimes they don’t. Surely it should be mandatory to put them all in. It cannot be that hard. Even without Finishlynx, all you have to do is to look up at the semaphore board.

What money can’t buy

The Lismore club, which now races at somebody’s park, put on a special distance race – the “Distance Challenge” over 635m – yesterday and, following the incentive policy now in place and with some help from the park’s proprietor, offered a $3,000 first prize which is not to be sneezed at. So far, so good.

However, it got only seven nominations but three of those scratched, leaving just the four starters to battle it out. All were well known local dogs of average quality. A similar event on the previous Friday got only five starters.

Short fields are standard fare for longer races at the provincials in both NSW and Victoria, despite all the incentives. That’s a pity because the fans generally like longer races and it often gives the slower beginners a better chance in life.

Clearly, the formula is not proving out in practice. Do we need a Royal Commission to work out why this is happening? There must be a better way to spend all the spare cash.

Distance logic

Back in town, Double Rinse put some perspective into recent results when picking up a standard Grade 5 720m at Wentworth Park in a solid 42.25. This is only fractionally different to the times Space Star ran in heat and final of the Distance Plate worth $40,000-to-the-winner.

Certainly, Space Star has done better than that previously, but by far its better and faster runs have been over the middle distances at Gosford, Richmond and The Meadows. That’s where its real talent lies, although prize money may not be as good in that area. Like many others, such dogs can pull out all the stops over the longer trip on occasions, but not if they are asked to do it every week. Irma Bale would be a similar example.

That’s why heats and finals in successive weeks over the 700s are a hassle for many dogs.

Of course, luck in running plays a part, too.

What you may have missed: Best in west, new grades in Victoria

Racing and Wagering Western Australia this week announced three finalists for its prestigious greyhound-of-the-year title to be presented at a gala awards night on February 1. They are On Coin, Star Recall and Zelemar Fever.

On Coin, which was also a finalist in the 2013 award, notched up 11 wins from 20 starts in 2014. Despite suffering several injuries last year, the John Crossley-trained chaser won the Lew Dorsa Memorial Final, Sandi’s Me Mum Memorial Final and the Winter Cup. The son of Primo Uno and West On Lee also contested the WA Sprint Championship and Group 2 Solo All Stars Sprint.

Star Recall, now trained in Victoria by Jeff Britton, had 32 starts in 2014 for 20 wins and eight placings. The daughter of High Earner and No Recall made 12 feature finals, with her biggest success a third in the Group 1 Perth Cup at Cannington. Her wins included “The Sandgroper”, Mandurah Oaks, Spring Gift and WA Sprint Championship.

Zelemar Fever is now retired and was trained by Linda Britton. The daughter of Bombastic Shiraz and Noaki Pace won eight of her 25 races in 2014, with her biggest achievement being selected for the Group 1 Temlee. She finished fifth in the Group 1 Perth Cup and unfortunately fell in the Group 1 Sapphire Crown at Sandown Park.

GRV making the grades

Greyhound Racing Victoria will introduce two new grades this month, with grade 6 and grade 7 giving greyhounds the chance to build up more experience before joining fifth-grade contests.

Maiden winners will automatically become grade 7 greyhounds and after another win will move up to a grade 6.

The rollout of the new grades starts on Monday, January 26.

Stars check out Cannington

Six greyhounds contesting the $140,000 Group 1 Perth Cup heats next weekend had exhibition trials at Cannington on Saturday night over the 530m.

Space Star trialled over the 642m distance, as he prepares to line up in this week’s Group 1 $80,000 Galaxy heats.

The trial results were:

Allen Deed – 30.29

Dyna Double One – 30.35

Avondale Porche – 30.86

Droopys Bentley – 30.43

Above All – 30.31

Space Star – 37.09

Keep an eye on

After almost falling at box rise, Nightwatchman produced a sensational effort to come from last and finish second in a heat of the Group 1 National Derby on Saturday night at Wentworth Park. If he gets a trouble-free start in this week’s semi-finals, watch for another strong finish.

Lock in your diary

January 29:

Heats of the Group 3 Big Dog Cup over 600m at Albion Park.

January 31:

Semi-finals of the Group 1 National Derby and Futurity over 520m at Wentworth Park.

Heats of the Group 1 Perth Cup over 530m at Cannington.

Heats of the Group 1 Galaxy over 715m at Cannington.

Stewards round-up: Linda Britton likely to appeal

Champion trainer Linda Britton is expected to appeal against the severity of the 18-month disqualification handed to her by West Australian stewards this week.

Britton was disqualified for nine months on each of two charges regarding presenting Zelemar Fever for two races at Cannington in August last year when not free of the prohibited substance testosterone.

The Hall of Fame trainer had pleaded guilty to the charges and another two relating to the administration of ethyloestrenol tablets and possessing 1500 ethyloestrenol tablets, a scheduled 4 medicine, in two unlabelled containers. For the latter two charges she was fined $500.

When contacted this week, Britton said she was grateful for the support that her family and friends had given her since the penalty was revealed on Monday and that she planned to take a few days away.

In the meantime, the large team of dogs she formerly trained has been taken over by her long-term partner Chris Halse.

VICTORIA:

Anakie trainer Alan Marum has been disqualified for four months, with two months of it suspended, for presenting Mary’s Guess to race at Shepparton with morphine in its system on August 14 last year.

GRV stewards investigated after being alerted to an irregularity in a pre-race urine sample by the Racing Analytical Services Laboratory, with Marum charged under Greyhounds Australasia Rules 83(2) and (3) in that he failed to present the greyhound Mary’s Guess free of any prohibited substance for a race. The matter was heard before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board on Tuesday, with Marum pleading guilty and the board taking into account his clean history over more than 40 years in the industry. He was disqualified for four months, with two months of that suspended for 12 months pending no further breaches of GAR83. His disqualification starts on Tuesday.

Trainers John Norden and William McMahon (Jnr) were handed suspended $300 fines by GRV stewards this week for a mix-up at the boxes at Sale on December 7.
The reserves for the opening race, Avon Nellie (Norden) and Dr Peekaboo (McMahon), were loaded into the wrong boxes and subsequently disqualified from the race. Borden and McMahon were charged with breaching GAR86 (o) and both pleaded guilty. Their previous good records and guilty please were taken into account as the fines were suspended for two years.

Greyhound Racing at sixes and sevens

It’s a simple matter but it has far reaching consequences.

The background is that it seems racing authorities are divided into two halves. One lot tries to be nice to trainers, the other tries to thump them for breaking the rules.

The last lot is well illustrated by the high number of people who view reports on this website on fines and suspensions.

The other half concentrate on handing out cash and modifying grading rules to make life easier for trainers – which is their lifeblood. The subject is front and centre again as GRV has just introduced Grades 6 and 7. The obvious intention is to make it possible for moderate dogs to pick up some wins. That’s always a frustrating task for Maiden winners.

The only stated reason for the change is that it will help avoid learners being placed in races with more experienced dogs, which is fair enough. You could say that it the same reason used for creating T3 races but without the accompanying restriction on times. It also overlaps with, or even duplicates, Non Penalty and Restricted Win races.

There are some parallels with other states. SA has a Grade 6 and Tasmania has a Juvenile class, both with some age restrictions. NSW has a “country” class for non-TAB clubs. Queensland has three classes of tracks/meetings so all the rules are tripled there.

Some time ago I believe I estimated Australia offered a total about 123 different grades. Now make that 125. The new Victorian grades are as well as, not instead of.

The first thing this brings to mind is how the old time graders – meaning club secretaries – got the job done before the computers at headquarters took over. Nominations were faxed in and separated into piles for each of maiden winners, winners of two races, and so on. Each pile was then split up according to experience and often age so that like would generally be competing with like. It seemed to work well enough, although the odd questionable practice might have snuck in here and there and interstate runs might not be properly listed. Even so, the prospects were generally clear for punters.

Of course, in those days we had only five grades plus maidens so it was all easy to understand. One memory involves going to Harold Park on Saturday nights and gazing respectfully at runners in what I think was called the Presidents Stake – Grade 1. These were the stars, the peak of the industry. Every week. Often they had Grades 2 and 3 races as well.

Can anyone remember the last time we had a Grade 1 event, or Grade 2 or 3 at your favourite track?

Since the mighty computer took over it became straightforward (but not cheap) to absorb additional requirements and sort out the wheat from the chaff. Mind you, errors still occurred and occasionally races had to be re-drawn. Still, it gave employment to more people and it meant trainers could not argue the toss with anyone. Now, that computer program will get bigger again as they find room for 6s and 7s. That will cost money, of course.

However, the whole subject begs the question of why Australia cannot have one simple set of grades for everyone. That’s the sort of subject which does fit into the purview of Greyhounds Australasia, just as it defines rug colours, box allocations and the like.

Equally, you have to ask why each state finds it necessary to have different grading policies in the first place. They will claim circumstances are never the same but that is an excuse, not a reason. After all, tracks are much the same, dogs are much the same and so are trainers, so why not grading? Cricket, tennis and all forms of football manage to get by with identical rules across the nation. What is so special about racing – remembering that the gallops are just as messy as the dogs?

And what will now happen as Victorian 6s and 7s cross the border to race, or vice versa? How will they convert to local conditions? There is more work for each state to re-write their rules – ie more costs – and more puzzles for trainers to work out or for owners to fathom how best to locate their dogs. In reality, there is no good answer, and so punters who provide the code’s income are therefore forced to fund the extra costs to sustain the more complex systems.

Maybe the good old days were not perfect, but they were a lot cheaper to manage.

Yet there is much more to this than just sorting out good and bad dogs. The complex pattern of rules and regulations developed over the last 20 or 30 years have been accompanied by other major trends. More and more short course events are being placed on the calendar following demand from trainers whose charges can’t manage longer trips. Novice and 300m races are infiltrating major tracks, where previously they never existed. Fewer competent starters are available for distance races. More races in total are being run, staffed by dogs which formerly could not reach the standards for TAB racing, and particularly city racing. While I do not have accurate statistics, anecdotal evidence suggests that dogs are racing more often, but with less consistency.

To cap it all, remotely located customers (the vast majority) now include greater numbers of mug gamblers who have not the faintest idea of what they are doing. Is this a coincidence? Like the average race, they too have been dumbed down.

In short, an industry which once put excellence at the top of the list is reduced to pounding out product of any old quality in the hope of dragging in a few more dollars. It is not really succeeding but it likes to give the impression that it is.

If you are at sixes and sevens it means you don’t really know where you are going.

Still Not Enough Dogs

On the question of the shortage of dogs, mentioned here recently, it was disturbing to note that seven of twelve races at Horsham yesterday were short of starters. One maiden had only two runners, other races had four, five and six (twice) runners. These would have had a terrible effect on betting turnover.

The meeting was drawn with full fields so the shortfalls occurred due to scratchings. But were they fair dinkum nominations in the first place?

Also yesterday, Lismore had four short fields, including only five runners in a (subsidised) 635m race.

And so it goes on.

What you may have missed: GRV trial, Girls on Track

Greyhound Racing Victoria will employ a new kenneling procedure from next month that will allow trainers with runners in races 9-12 to briefly access their greyhounds.

After many requests from participants, Geelong and Sandown Park will trial the new procedure for three months, with a permanent solution expected in May.

Trainers with dogs in race nine can remove them from the kennels after race six for a toilet break and a drink of water. Greyhounds engaged in race 10 will be allowed out after race seven; race 11 runners after race eight; race 12 runners after race nine.

A steward and kennel attendant will supervise all trainers during this process.

This trial is another step in the right direction for GRV’s strong stance on animal welfare, helping greyhounds which could become distressed while in the kennels for a long time, to perform to the best of their ability, and also assisting with recovery.

Road show making inroads

The highly successful road show by GRV’s Compliance and Education team will make four stops in coming weeks at Shepparton, Ballarat, The Meadows and Warrnambool.

The seminars assist participants with council requirements for housing greyhounds, along with providing education and information on minimum standards in caring for greyhounds.

RQ promotes women in racing

Racing Queensland will recognise and promote the achievements of women in greyhound racing, with the launch of the Girls on Track racing series in March.

Heats for the OMW Women In Racing Classic will be at Ipswich, Bundaberg, Townsville and Rockhampton, with the final at Albion Park over 520m on March 26.

Incorporated into a tri-code series, which is expected to become a regular feature on the racing calendar, it is for bitches which haven’t won a metropolitan race.

Another incentive is a $500 bonus for any female trainer who wins the series final, along with a first prize of $7000.

Heats of the Winged Runner Trophy will be conducted at Albion Park over 600m on March 19, with the final a week later. This event is open to bitches of all classes, with the winner taking home $5250. If the winning trainer is female, they’re eligible also for the $500 bonus.

Stewards round-up: Anxious wait for champion trainer Linda Britton

CHAMPION trainer Linda Britton must wait until next week to discover the outcome of an inquiry into one of her dogs testing positive to a controlled substance.

Racing and Wagering Western Australia’s general manager of racing integrity, Denis Borovica, said on Friday the result of the inquiry would be announced on Monday at the earliest.

WA stewards resumed the inquiry this week into the Britton-trained Zelemar Fever being found to have androstane and a metabolite of testosterone at a concentration greater than 10ng/ml after races in August.

The WA Racing Hall of Famer pleaded guilty to four charges and, after hearing submissions on penalty, the inquiry was again adjourned.

Britton, who trains near Mandurah, has dominated in her home state and been the leading trainer for more than a decade. She is greyhound racing royalty as the daughter of Victorian Hall of Famer Allan Britton and sister of top Victorian trainers Robert and Jeff.

Britton faced two charges charges under GAR 83(2)(a) in that she, as the trainer, nominated and presented Zelemar Fever to compete on August 16 and 23 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, after it won and ran third in its races.

A third charge came under Rule 84A(1) – R84A for failing to keep treatment records detailing the administration of ethyloestrenol tablets to greyhound bitches, while the fourth related to the trainer having approximately 1500 ethyloestrenol tablets, a scheduled 4 medicine, in two unlabelled containers found by stewards in October in the fridge at her training premises which were not prescribed in compliance with the relevant provisions.
Post-race urine samples taken from Zelemar Fever on August 16 and 23 after races at Cannington were tested by the ChemCentre in Perth and have been verified by the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory in NSW.

NSW

Long-time trainer Leon Bozovitch has been fined $700, with $500 of it suspended, over a row at Wentworth Park on December 19. GRNSW stewards charged Bozovitch under GAR 86 (p) in that he failed a direction to re-kennel his greyhound and under GAR 86 (o) for misconduct, in that he threw his licence on the ground, speaking in a raised voice and hand gestures towards steward Norm Becroft. Bozovitch pleaded not guilty to both charges but was found guilty and fined $200 under GAR 86 (o) and $500 under GAR 86 (p). The $500 fine was suspended for 12 months. The stewards took into consideration the fact the trainer had been licensed for more than 40 years with no previous offences.

GRNSW has reported this week the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory has notified it of several sample irregularities. Guaiphenesin was detected in the sample taken from Ron’s Double (Robert McGregor) after it won at Casino on October 31; ranitidine was detected in the sample taken from Klienzan (Peter Lagogiane) after it won at Bulli on October 22; and ketoprofen in the sample taken from Miss Diddle (Robert Groizard Jnr) after it won at The Gardens on October 17. The trainers have been advised, with a reserve portion of each sample to be sent for confirmatory analysis at an accredited laboratory.

Meanwhile, trainer Joseph Sciberras has been disqualified for five weeks after pleading guilty to a charge under GAR 83 (2) (a) of having presented Havago Megsie for an event other than free of any prohibited substance. The urine sample taken from the greyhound after a win over 520m at Wentworth Park on June 6 last year was found on confirmatory analysis to contain O-Desmethylvenlafaxine. Stiles took into account Sciberras’ unblemished record in 31 years of training, his plea, and the Category 5 rating of the substance in the penalty guidelines. Havago Megsie was disqualified from the race as well as the final of the series eight days later in which it was seventh.

Queensland

Trainer Reg Hazelgrove was this week fined $1500.00 for presenting Fabulous Storm to race at Ipswich on October 23, 2014, with Procaine in its system. A urine sample taken after its win in race one revealed the prohibited substance. Racing Queensland had issued a charge against Hazelgrove pursuant to Greyhounds Australasia Rule 83 (2)(a), which reads: “The owner, trainer or person in charge of a greyhound nominated to compete  in an event shall present the greyhound free of a prohibited substance.” Stewards took into account Hazelgrove’s honest and forthright evidence and his involvement in the industry over a long period when considering the penalty.  Fabulous Storm was disqualified from its first placing in the 520m Novice Grade, with Tarks Black Rose promoted to first and Hazelgrove, who had pleaded guilty, was directed to return all prizemoney received to RQ.

Victoria

On Monday, reports GRV, the Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board fined Geoffrey Johnston $1000 and disqualified him after he failed to attend the inquiry. The disqualification will continue until the inquiry can be completed. Johnston had also failed to attend an inquiry on November 21 into certain conduct by Johnston when directed to do so by stewards. Johnston was charged with a breach of GAR86 (e), relating to failing to attend or give evidence at in inquiry when directed by the controlling body, stewards or the committee of a club. GRV chief steward advised that no communication had been received from Johnston.

AT the RADB on Wednesday, Invermay trainer Mim Gilders was suspended for four months, with two months of the disqualification suspended for 12 months, effective from midnight on Saturday. Gilders pleaded guilty to a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rules 83(2) and (3) in that she did fail to present Bramwell Brown free of any prohibited substance for a race at Bendigo on October 1, 2014. A post-race urine sample indicated the presence of the prohibited substance 4-Hydroxy Xylazine. Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB also disqualified Bramwell Brown from the T3 Maiden and amended the placings.

Lady Toy Claims Two Time Records In Successive Starts

THE unfashionably-bred stayer Lady Toy (Our Toyman x Railway Shiraz) has started this year as she finished 2014, with another record, this time at Cranbourne.

Lady Toy was the last greyhound to set a track record last year, narrowly eclipsing the 660-metre mark at Ballarat on December 31.

Then, for good measure, she started 2015 with a tremendous victory in the Victoria Cup, run over 699 metres at Cranbourne on Cranbourne Cup final night, scoring in a sizzling 41.34 to take 15/100ths off the previous best set in this race, by Tassie Star in 2002. It’s rare a race record stays on the books for 13 years these days.

Both victories were sensational efforts for the two-and-a-half-year-old black bitch, which has won 11 of her 47 starts (22 placings), and broke a run of 16 successive defeats to notch her back-to-back victories.

Last year a record may have been set for the number of track records eclipsed across Australia. By my count at least 66 track records were set and Lady Toy’s Ballarat 660-metre run of 37.59, clipping just 1/100th off the mark set by Sisco Rage in February 2014, was the last of those.

The win was especially impressive as Lady Toy was a clear last away, but hugged the fence for most of the trip and scooted away to score by almost 10 lengths.

That victory was eclipsed by her Victoria Cup success. Again she was only fairly away and was in fifth place with a lap to go. In the back straight she unleashed a blinding turn of speed on the rails and took control at the top corner before racing away to score by almost eight lengths for trainer Norma Gost. Her time of 41.34 was 34/100ths outside the track record, set by Whodat Knockin’ in February last year.

The Victoria Cup used to be a heats-and-final series, but has been a best-eight event since 2007, apart from a brief return to a knockout series in 2012. It has been run over the 699 metres trip since 1987.

The Victoria Cup, inaugurated in 1975, has been won by some good-quality greyhounds over the years, from Club Stroller (1984) and the great Pharaoh’s Mask (1986) to La Dancer (1990), Village Stomper (1991), Tears Of Jupiter (2003), Flashing Floods (2007), Shimaguni (2011) and Sweet It Is (2014).

Lady Toy’s winning margin, officially 7.95 lengths, has been bettered by only Flashing Floods (which scored by 10.25 lengths) and former race record holder Tassie Star (9.75 lengths).

GRV Fixes Formguide Problem

My article complaining about errors which had crept into the GRV Watchdog formguides has a happy ending in that the computer/coding glitch that caused it has been found, and fixed.

Andrew Gibson contacted me to explain they had found the cause, which was apparently something as simple as having a greyhound swabbed twice at the same meeting.

Additionally, the Dogs website has now been updated and corrected, removing those clearly incorrect track records at places such as Broken Hill, Coonamble, Lismore and others.

Greyhound Betting Tips & Preview January 9 2015

After a massive night of racing around the country last night, it is back to Geelong this afternoon for today’s tips.

Race No. 1Sita Australia Final (gobis)7:08 PM (VIC time)
Maiden Final event over 460 metres at Geelong Of $2,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $375 3rd: $190 GOBIS: $1,000.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1COUNTRY BALLAD (TAS)[M]2NBTA Langton (Anakie)
2TRON EXPRESS (NSW)[5]3262126.07(1)J Collins (Lara)
3GOVERNOR BALE (NSW)[5]22125.85(3)S Collins (Lara)
4HARLEM SHAKE [5]3524125.86(7)J Fowler (Curlewis)
5NORK [5]66125.96(1)J Shaw (Anakie)
6CHANCE BALE (NSW)[M]1622NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
7MASERATI REV [M]23NBTH Collins (Lara)
8GO GO TREETMENT [5]125.83(5)J Karamatic (Lara)
9KEEPS NO SECRETS [M]Res.22NBTE Palma (Lara)
10NINO BALE (NSW)[M]Res.1732NBTA Dailly (Anakie)

Quality maiden final and I think we can find some value with the speed Tron Express. After being placed in four of his first five starts he broke through for a well deserved win last week. He was fair to begin but he showed a great turn of foot and was never headed in his 26.07 victory, he wasn’t the fastest heat winner but I think he is capable of going much quicker than 26.07 and if he holds them out he will prove very hard to reel in.

Governor Bale showed tremendous early speed in his heat win and he should match motors with Tron Express for most of the trip, he will need to cross to win but if he does he may be off and gone with the prize. Go Go Treatment has the good draw and she scored a brilliant 25.83 debut win here, she should get plenty of room to muster speed and if she can avoid bother at the first bend she will be right in the mix.

Top Four: 2 – 3 – 8 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Tron Express with Sportingbet

Boxed Quinella: 1,2,3,8 ($6 for 100%)

Exacta: 2,3/1,2,3,8 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2/1,3,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 4Krock Grv Vic Bred Ht28:07 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 460 metres at Geelong Of $1,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $375 3rd: $190.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1NOAKI BUCKLEY [5]17447FSHJ Reynolds (Pearcedale)
2PEREGON FLYER [5]22521NBTD Crawford (Pearcedale)
3TAYLER’S SPECIAL [5]24256NBTJ Collins (Lara)
4CETTE AWAY [5]44148NBTJ Hunt (Lara)
5DROMORE’S PEARL [5]75127FSHF Alister (Cranbourne South)
6ASTON DIMA [5]45216NBTE Lieshout (Drouin West)
7EYE SMITH [5]56747FSTDJ Guy (Horsham)
8ZELEMAR ZEST [5]17314FSHJ Galea (Brookfield)
9SPYWARE [5]Res.78632NBTA Courts (Lara)
10FLAMING BOB [5]Res.63465NBTD Field (Point Cook)

Peregon Flyer scored a fantastic 26.14 Warragul win recently and if he can reproduce that type of form he will take a power of beating. After settling midfield he mustered speed very quickly and assumed control as they headed into the first bend and from there on he powered away. Tonight he should get a nice sit behind Noaki Buckley and he should then take over as they straighten for home.

Noaki Buckley is much better than his recent form suggests and he is drawn to show improvement, the rails draw should help and if he can hold them out he may give them something to catch.

Zelemar Zest is armed with sizzling early speed and if he crosses he should give a great sight, he has got very tired in his two 525m runs to date so this trip is preferred.

Cette Away rounds out the chances, she had no luck when resuming from a spell and she should be ready to fire second up from a spell.

Top Four: 2 – 1 – 8 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Peregon Flyer with Sportingbet

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

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

Quinella: 2 to rove with 1,4,8 ($3 for 100%)

Best Value:
Race 3: Cudgee Destroyer

GRV Formguides Allowing Errors To Creep In

I happen to be a great fan, in general, of the GRV website setup and certainly of the entire Watchdog formguide system. Being able to go on-line to the GRV website and download a comprehensive formguide for any meeting in Victoria is fantastic. The ease and convenience of the entire setup is one of the key reasons I pretty much only bet on Victorian greyhound racing.

So, it is with some disappointment I feel the need to be critical on a public forum such as this, especially since sending an email via the ‘Contact Us’ section on the GRV website has not resulted in any action whatsoever. Additionally, I feel the need to make public the mistakes that are appearing in the formguides, because as sure as night follows day the two I have noticed are almost certainly not the only two that have happened.

So, let me be specific. There were two greyhounds which competed at Sandown Park on 8 January whose form was incorrect, at least in the sense that for some reason the same start has been replicated. It is so obvious that I’m surprised someone within the GRV itself has not noticed and made efforts to take remedial action.

The first of these was Miss Latoya, which was drawn box five in race 4. She dead-heated for third at Sandown Park on 14 December behind Weblec Rose, and that run is repeated twice in the current formguide.

The second mistake concerned Blue Giant, which was drawn box two in race 5. He ran second behind Luca Neveelk in the Ballarat Cup on 3 December, and that race has also been repeated twice in the current formguide.

What’s interesting is that in both cases the actual race performance data of both Miss Latoya and Blue Giant have not been affected. That is, their race stats and data are all correct within the GRV main database, so the dual reproduction inside the formguide is, I imagine, some kind of coding aberration.

These are problems which need to be addressed, otherwise the integrity of the entire formguide can be called into question, which is not what anyone would want over the longer term.

Sensibly, GRV should issue a press release to inform the wagering public that it has addressed the problem, assuming of course that it does indeed take the time and effort to correct the mistakes appearing in its formguides.

Sandown Park Greyhound Tips & Betting Preview January 8 2015

While most of the nation’s top class chasers have headed to Wentworth Park for Saturday’s Paws of Thunder heats, there is still some nice dogs engaged at Sandown Park tonight.

Best Bet:
Race 9: Quasi Bale

Best Roughie:
Race 11: White Walker

Quaddie:
Leg 1: 2,3,5,7 – Leg 2: 1,2,4,5,6 – Leg 3: 1,5 – Leg 4: 1,6,8
$120 for 100%

Race No. 1Find Us On Facebook7:05 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1FIXATE (NSW)[5]4542129.64(1)W Vassallo (Devon Meadows)
2BOUNTY (QLD)[5]36263FSHT Womann (Lara)
3BROADWAY MISS (QLD)[5]21329.55(1)M Carter (Violet Town)
4FEEL THE WRATH (NSW)[5]73417FSHR Divirgilio (Devon Meadows)
5JOHNNY MOBSTER [5]7415229.74(2)G Neocleous (Yinnar South)
6DYNA QUIRK (NSW)[5]31128FSHA Dailly (Anakie)
7SELECT JESS [5]48112NBTK Bailey (Maffra)
8ZABIMARU BALE (NSW)[5]23211FSHA Dailly (Anakie)
9WICKED WENDY [5]Res.52237NBTM Braithwaite (Moe)
10CHECHEZZ [5]Res.57253NBTA O’keefe (Giffard West)

Dyna Quirk is an exciting youngster and he comes here after recently contesting the final of the Group One Silver Chief. He was never out of trouble in the final and it will pay to forgive that effort, prior to that he had posted a brilliant 30.04 heat win and he followed that effort up with a strong Semi Final placing. He isn’t ideally drawn but with an ounce of luck in the early stages he should be able to get the job done easily.

Feel The Wrath is another promising sprinter and he caught the eye when scoring a strong and commanding 30.42 Meadows win last month. He is going to settle mid pack tonight but if the gaps open at the right time he should be in the finish.

Broadway Miss has the speed to lead and she went sub 5 seconds to the first marker when scoring here recently in 29.55, if she puts on a similar display of early speed she will prove very hard to reel in.

Fixate and Select Jess round out the chances, I’m not convinced on the red because I believe he will get crossed early but I do give Select Jess a big chance. She should get a nice cart across early and she will be strong in the run home.

Top Four: 6 – 4 – 3 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Dyna Quirk with Sportingbet

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

Quinella: 6 to rove with 3,4,7 ($3 for 100%)

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

Race No. 2Follow Us @sandowndogs7:25 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1WEBLEC ROSE (SA)[5]7216729.39(4)J Britton (Anakie)
2EARL BALE (NSW)[5]21473NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
3XTREME GRETEL (GA)[5]27425NBTR Britton (Lara)
4EYEFUL OF BLING [5]12315NBTP Presutto (Devon Meadows)
5HASHTAG SELFIE [5]2331229.47(7)R Britton (Lara)
6LEKTRA SPIDER [5]7461430.00(2)A Dailly (Anakie)
7DYNA NORFOLK (NSW)[5]6363329.78(8)J Hunt (Lara)
8MY BABY PORSCHA [5]21172NBTC Cortese (Hampton Park)
9TANGIBLE [5]Res.68183NBTV Borg (Hoppers Crossing)
10CANINO [5]Res.74443NBTC Johannsen (Devon Meadows)

Weblec Rose is a highly talented speedster and with a clean getaway from the red she should lead from go to whoa. Three starts back she showed a dazzling turn of speed before scoring in a slick 29.39 and on that occasion she made the classy Lamia Bale look second rate. There is a bit of speed on her outside tonight but as long as she comes out cleanly she should have sufficient speed to hold them out.

Eyeful Of Bling is an enormous talent and if he is given some clear running it will be interesting to see what he can do on the clock. Two starts back he set the Sale track alight with a blistering 24.72 win after finding the early lead, if he can produce something similar tonight he will be right in the mix.

Hashtag Selfie is racing in consistent style and she has the speed to settle in the top two or three early, two starts back she posted an impressive 29.47 win here and that would be good enough to feature tonight.

Dyna Norfolk could be the value, he is armed with early speed and he is very quick when on the bunny, if he can cross early he could salute at nice odds.

Top Four: 1 – 4 – 5 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Weblec Rose with Sportingbet

Exacta: 1,4/1,4,5,7 ($6 for 100%)

Quinella: 1 to rove with 4,5,7 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1/4,5,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 3Follow Us On Instagram7:43 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 595 metres at Sandown park Of $8,225 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,750 2nd: $1,645 3rd: $830.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1EL CHANA [5]26373NBTL Sturgess (Talbot)
2MY NAME’S JESSIE [5]3521234.67(8)W Vassallo (Devon Meadows)
3SUNDAY SHOES (SA)[5]7818134.59(7)J Britton (Anakie)
4RUFF EDGES [5]35322FSTDD Ferguson (Longwarry)
5RAZLDAZL PACINO (GA)[5]11121FSHK Greenough (Pearcedale)
6MISS SQUIBBLE [5]47353FSHS Creighton (Giffard West)
7BELLA OIL [5]78572FSHS Creighton (Giffard West)
8WAR ROOM [5]27254FSTDM Carter (Violet Town)

Tough race but I think the out of luck War Room can return to the winners list. In recent weeks he has been missing the kick and finding bother at the first bend, tonight he steps up in distance and that should allow him to settle closer to the early lead and therefore regain some confidence. There is very little speed drawn underneath him and this race lacks a lot of depth, so if he can come out cleanly he should be able to cross and dictate the terms out in front.

Razldazl Pacino is a talented import and he is a member of the powerful Greenough kennel. His form back home has been over the longer journeys so he made need a run or two to find his best, however this isn’t a strong event so he should still run a forward race.

Sunday Shoes turned in quick sectionals in her smart 34.59 win here last time and a repeat of that effort will see her be in the mix, with the wide running Ruff Edges drawn on her outside she should be afforded all the breaks as they head into the first bend.

Top Four: 8 – 5 – 3 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on War Room with Sportingbet

Exacta: 5,8/2,3,5,8 ($6 for 100%)

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

Trifecta: 8/2,3,5/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 4Sky Racing Grv Vic Bred Final (gobis)8:07 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Final event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $13,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $9,060 2nd: $2,590 3rd: $1,290 GOBIS: $1,000.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MEPUNGA TREASURE [5]1864129.52(1)J Britton (Anakie)
2NARRALEE [5]5211129.64(8)S Creighton (Giffard West)
3BUNGA BUNGA [5]7375229.74(2)J Greenough (Pearcedale)
4ASTROMATIC [5]1116129.58(6)S Cameron (Maffra)
5MISS LATOYA [5]3243129.96(3)R Cook (Munro)
6WE’RE OFF HERE [5]4432129.63(5)B Keel (Devon Meadows)
7SMITH AND WESSON [5]21272NBTD Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
8GUNLOCH [5]65432NBTD Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
9SELECT JESS [5]Res.48112NBTK Bailey (Maffra)
10LAZZA MIKADO [5]Res.77462NBTM Barber (Hoddles Creek)

Very solid lineup and I think whoever wins the battle to the first turn will win the race. Narralee, Astromatic and We’re Off Here should all match motors to the first bend and I think Astromatic will have enough dash to push through and lead. Last week he was the fastest heat winner and he appears to be getting stronger with every run.

We’re Off Here should be able to settle just behind Astromatic and he should fill the quinella spot, he isn’t overly strong but they should be able to break away from the rest of the field as they head for the back straight.

Smith And Wesson has now had three runs since a spell and he should be ready to fire, on each occasion he has been slow to begin but he has showed great mid race pace and that has allowed him to get into contention. If he can step cleanly tonight he should be able to follow We’re Off Here across as they head into the bend and if he has them in his sights off the back straight he will prove very hard to hold out.

Gunloch has been disappointing of late but he is in good hands and he should show some improvement.

Top Four: 4 – 6 – 7 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Astromatic with Sportingbet

Exacta: 4,6/4,6,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

Quinella: 4 to rove with 6,7,8 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 4,6,7/4,6,7,8/1,2,4,6,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

Race No. 5Www.tab.com.au8:28 PM (VIC time)
Mixed 4/5 event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $7,600 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,320 2nd: $1,520 3rd: $760.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DYNA GELDOF (NSW)[5]7432229.88(8)S Collins (Lara)
2BLUE GIANT [5]23465NBTP Akathiotis (Reservoir)
3DYNA NIHILIST (NSW)[4]5343429.51(3)J Hunt (Lara)
4FOOTLUCE DIVA (SA)[5]3172429.35(1)J Britton (Anakie)
5FRANK FURTER [5]6111629.65(1)C Schlensog (Anakie)
6SAM TOOCAN [5]16817NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
7CREATIVE KARISMA [4]5363729.34(3)K Podmore (Wagga Wagga)
8LEKTRA OUTLAW [5]55381NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
9BOGNER BALE (NSW)[5]Res.4111429.58(4)J Hunt (Lara)
10BENZO BALE (NSW)[5]Res.1462529.50(7)J Hunt (Lara)

Frank Furter experienced no luck at all here last week and he should be able to make amends. Prior to his luckless effort last week he had posted three brilliant wins on the trot at Cranbourne and Sale. He is armed with blistering early speed and this race appears to lack early pace so I can see him getting a very cheap lead and he has proven in the past that he is hard to get past when he can set the pace.

Dyna Nihilist has been a little disappointing of late but if he can avoid early bother he should be able to regain some confidence. He has been placed in 10 of 12 here and he will be powering home at the end.

Blue Giant is a beast and if he is given some room to move he should be in the mix, he tends to race best on the country circuit but when given clear running he is capable of reeling off blistering sectionals on any circuit.

Creative Karisma is the interesting runner, his form has tapered off quite a bit but he has a great record here and his 29.34 PB is highly impressive, if he goes around at silly odds he may be worth a saver bet.

Top Four: 5 – 3 – 2 – 7

Suggested Bets::

Win bet on Frank Furter with Sportingbet

Exacta: 2,3,5/2,3,5,7 ($9 for 100%)

Quinella: 5 to rove with 2,3,7 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 5/2,3,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 6General Destini @ Stud Final (gobis)8:52 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Final event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $19,650 Prizemoney.
1st: $12,000 2nd: $3,500 3rd: $1,750 GOBIS: $2,400.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SISCO RAGE [4]3131129.61(8)J Galea (Lara)
2JAYNEY BALE (NSW)[4]1443129.36(4)A Dailly (Anakie)
3IMA FAIRYTALE [4]8461129.56(2)H Collins (Lara)
4SPRING LEAF (NSW)[4]2115129.35(6)A Dailly (Anakie)
5BAD BOY SNIPER (NSW)[4]1115129.59(7)J Magri (Austral)
6CLASH OF KINGS (QLD)[4]2151129.73(8)S Whyte (Bunyip)
7LEKTRA CONCORD [4]8732129.58(5)A Dailly (Anakie)
8ALLEN MALIK (NSW)[4]3487129.50(7)S Collins (Lara)
9USAIN I’M NUTTY [5]Res.13252NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
10JUBILEA BALE (NSW)[5]Res.1342229.57(4)J Hunt (Lara)

Good final with a fair bit of depth for a Grade 5 event. Spring Leaf has been absolutely airborne of late and she is capable of getting down to the 5.05 mark early, if she can step cleanly she should be able to drive through and hold them out at the first bend. In recent weeks she has gone sub 29.40 on two occasions so if she does find the bunny early it’s hard to see them reeling her in.

Bad Boy Sniper is a classy NSW speedster and he overcame a few difficulties to score here last week in 29.59. He isn’t a brilliant beginner but he does pick up well once he hits the ground, if he can settle in the first half he will prove hard to hold out.

Jayney Bale is likely to start favourite and she must be respected, last week she went 5.05 to the first marker but I think that was a once off, so I dont see her settling near the speed tonight. She will need a lot of things to go right in the run for her to feature.

Clash Of Kings is the interesting runner, he is blessed with loads of ability but his poor starts have been costing him of late, if he can avoid early bother he can make a big impact.

Top Four: 4 – 5 – 6 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Spring Leaf with Sportingbet

Boxed Quinella: 1,4,5,6 ($6 for 100%)

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

Trifecta: 4,5,6/1,4,5,6/1,2,4,5,6,7 ($36 for 100%)

Race No. 7Berwick Mazda9:12 PM (VIC time)
Mixed 4/5 event over 595 metres at Sandown park Of $8,745 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,120 2nd: $1,750 3rd: $875.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1TEXAS TITAN (SA)[5]1131734.33(8)J Britton (Anakie)
2TWEAK [5]23447NBTT O’donovan (Devon Meadows)
3DYNA ORION (NSW)[4]5555634.52(7)A Dailly (Anakie)
4SCENIC SHOT (NSW)[5]41563FSTDM Mallia-magri (Avalon)
5FULL ON BLING [4]1261133.92(1)J Westerlo (Clyde)
6TICK BALE (NSW)[4]5353334.32(3)J Hunt (Lara)
7REEN’S FABIAN [4]3751534.39(2)J Holden (Nambrok)
8MEPUNGA TIARA [5]6465434.15(1)J Britton (Anakie)

Texas Titan returns to his favourite track and from the red I can see him settling in the top two early and he should prove too strong in the run home. He has a handy 34.33 PB here but that was posted a fair while ago and I believe he is a much better chaser now, if he can get a trouble free run he should be able to get down to the 34.10 mark and that will be enough to win.

Full On Bling is an exciting prospect and he has scored two breathtaking wins here of late and one of them was in a blinding 33.92. Obviously if he reproduces that type of effort he will win, however he is drawn poorly tonight and I can see him getting strung up in traffic early. He is capable of overcoming bother but I think the quinella spot looks best tonight.

Scenic Shot should lead for a long way and he has great place claims, he is likely to stitch up over the last 30 or 40 metres but he must be included in your exotic bets.

Dyna Orion is another for your exotics, he is drawn to find the rail early and he races well at this venue.

Top Four: 1 – 5 – 3 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Texas Titan with Sportingbet

Exacta: 1,5/1,3,4,5 ($6 For 100%)

Trifecta: 1/3,4,5/Field ($18 for 100%)

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

Race No. 8Macro Meats9:35 PM (VIC time)
Free For All event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1GORHAM BALE (NSW)[4]1121729.42(5)S Collins (Lara)
2FLEETWOOD ZAC [4]7152529.64(2)A Langton (Anakie)
3MAXIMUS GLIDER [4]3525429.48(1)D Crawford (Pearcedale)
4WEALTHY SCHOONER [4]2141329.96(3)C Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
5JACK SILVER (NSW)[4]2F21629.67(3)M Carter (Violet Town)
6BANJO BOY [1]3114329.34(8)K Virtue (Tooradin)
7DYNA FANCY (NSW)[4]1377329.47(4)A Dailly (Anakie)
8WEBLEC BELLE (SA)[4]1124229.40(3)J Britton (Anakie)

Great race and I think Weblec Belle is drawn to get the cash, she was a little disappointing at Cranbourne last week but tonight she returns to her favourite track and trip and she is drawn to get a perfect cart across into the first bend. She tends to move wide through the first bend so from the pink she should get some clear running and if she can reproduce her 29.40 PB run she will take a power of beating.

Gorham Bale is another who has his draw and that should allow him to settle a lot closer to the speed than normal. He has been racing in great style at the Meadows of late and tonight he returns to a track which better suits his style of racing.

Banjo Boy is a gun but he can be hard to follow at times because he is so injury prone, if the real Banjo Boy turns up he will blow this field away but I’m a little concerned tonight about the pacy Dyna Fancy drawn on his outside.

Top Four: 8 – 1 – 6 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Weblec Belle with Sportingbet

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

Trifecta: 8/1,3,6/Field ($18 for 100%)

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

Race No. 9Harvey Norman – Springvale9:55 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 595 metres at Sandown park Of $8,225 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,750 2nd: $1,645 3rd: $830.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1WHY NOT WAYNE [5]1287634.23(6)W Gray (Wendouree)
2SUPERSONIC HAWK (NSW)[5]3681534.41(2)V Borg (Hoppers Crossing)
3EXPLOSIVE ANGEL [5]3246734.84(8)M Brown (Loch)
4QUASI BALE (NSW)[5]51514NBTM Delbridge (Balliang)
5EMRYS [5]25125FSTDM Briganti (Tuerong)
6SHANLYN PATCH [5]3535134.31(7)S Ralph (Tooradin)
7RUMERO REASON (NSW)[5]3328134.33(1)A Dailly (Anakie)
8TEKKI MINX [5]32233NBTD Crawford (Pearcedale)

Quasi Bale appears to be a high class stayer in the making and with a clean getaway tonight he should make light work of this field. He didn’t have much luck last time out behind the in form Star Recall but prior to that he did post brilliant sectionals in his devastating 34.39 Meadows win. There isn’t much speed drawn around him so he should get all the breaks as they head into the first turn.

Emrys recently contested the final of the Group One Silver Chief and he has been looking for this distance range, if he can get through the first bend unscathed he should be right there at the end.

Rumero Reason returned to form with a strong 34.61 Meadows win and if he can find the rail in the early stages he should run a nice race at odds, whilst Tekki Minx has been placed in seven of her past eight starts and she must be included in your exotic bets again.

Top Four: 4 – 5 – 7 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Quasi Bale with Sportingbet

Exacta: 4,5,7/4,5,7,8 ($9 for 100%)

Quinella: 4 to rove with 5,7,8 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 4/5,7,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

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

Race No. 10Sky Racing10:15 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1PUNCH IT [5]3743630.05(8)J Collins (Lara)
2DROOPYS BENTLEY (GA)[5]1262130.04(7)T O’donovan (Devon Meadows)
3JUBILEA BALE (NSW)[5]1342229.57(4)J Hunt (Lara)
4CRACKERJACK MAX [5]11145NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
5SOHO RHYTHM [5]1633529.64(7)A Hyde (Lara)
6BIT BERGER [5]1143529.72(3)T Chatwin (Johnsonville)
7SPRING MILLIE (NSW)[5]51612NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
8BAYMAN BALE (NSW)[5]2864330.06(2)J Hunt (Lara)
9HARDEN BALE (NSW)[5]Res.42334NBTT Womann (Lara)
10CAUSTIC BALE (NSW)[5]Res.11734NBTS Collins (Lara)

Droopy’s Bentley showed his true ability at the Meadows last week when winning in a blinding 29.75 and with an even getaway tonight it will be interesting to see what he can do on the clock. He has always showed tremendous talent but in his brief career to date his box manners have sometimes let him down.

Crackerjack Max has been placed in three of four here and he is normally a very reliable beginner. He appears to be improving with every run and if he can settle in the top two early he should figure in the finish.

Jubilea Bale is the only other winning hope, she has recorded two top placings here of late and she shouldn’t be too far away again. She does her best racing when on the bunny so she will need to cross Droopy’s Bentley in the first 50m to have a winning hope.

Bayman Bale is well drawn out wide and he has place claims, he can show early speed at times and he should get room to muster speed.

Top Four: 2 – 4 – 3 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Droopy’s Bentley with Sportingbet

Quinella: 2 to rove with 3,4,8 ($3 for 100%)

Exacta: 2,4/2,3,4,8 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2/3,4,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 11Razldazl Greyhounds10:34 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BLACK ILLUSION [5]7716229.71(1)A Langton (Anakie)
2IMPACT BALE (NSW)[5]7434129.82(2)J Hunt (Lara)
3WHITE WALKER [5]6443429.82(2)T Reid (Yuroke)
4CHOCLOTTO [5]8815230.06(8)I Brown (Loch)
5LEKTRA UTOPIA [5]13411NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
6DYNA ZOD (NSW)[5]1587229.76(3)A Dailly (Anakie)
7HILDA’S BEST (NSW)[5]4711129.92(1)R Britton (Lara)
8FEARSOME MINT (NSW)[5]7483330.21(5)M Lloyd (Anakie)
9DYNA KEITARO (NSW)[5]Res.3415229.73(1)T Womann (Lara)
10RASHAD REASON (NSW)[5]Res.53228FSHA Dailly (Anakie)

Lektra Utopia appears to be improving with every run and if he gets away well he should be able to burn to the early lead and he will take some catching. He has won his past two starts in strong style at Sale and the latest of those victories was in a sizzling 24.83, there isn’t much speed drawn around him so he should get every chance.

Fearsome Mint is ideally drawn out wide and he has early speed to burn. Last week he missed the kick a little but he recovered to settle in the third spot and he kicked on well to hold on for some minor money, he has the speed to cross and if he does he will run a big race at odds.

White Walker appears to be value also, his form doesn’t look flashy but he has turned in some big runs of late and if he can settle in the first half of the field he will run a bottler.

Black Illusion has the good draw and his latest win came here from this pin in a solid 29.71

Top Four: 5 – 8 – 3 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Lektra Utopia and Fearsome Mint with Sportingbet

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

Exacta: 3,5,8/1,3,5,8 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 3,5,8/1,3,5,8/1,3,5,6,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

Race No. 12Www.sandowngreyhounds.com.au10:56 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DYNA CHASER (NSW)[5]12523NBTS Collins (Lara)
2FLAME BALE (NSW)[5]22763NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
3WADELOCK BILL [5]42187NBTM Clohesy (Stratford)
4THUNDER EYES (NSW)[5]6153329.97(2)R Britton (Lara)
5MAXIMUM CHEZ [5]13616NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
6COSMIC OWL [5]7151129.64(1)J Britton (Anakie)
7HURRICANE YELLA [5]26121NBTV Awramenko (Waurn Ponds)
8STEALTHY BLONDE [5]2233329.84(5)E Dowsey (Cowwarr)
9SPRING GRACE (NSW)[5]Res.21625NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
10TANTRUM TOMMY [5]Res.57852NBTA Dailly (Anakie)

Dyna Chaser is very consistent and he is drawn to get all the breaks. He has been placed in four of his past five starts and at the beginning of this stretch he beat the classy Scintillating at Geelong in a slick 25.86. If he can settle in the top three as they head through the bend he should prove too strong for his rivals.

Cosmic Owl is going from strength to strength and she is aiming for a hat trick of wins after posting two commanding Sale wins over 520m. She appears to be showing a lot more early pace of late so she should put herself into the race early and she will be strong in the run home.

Flame Bale has been placed in three of five here and she shouldn’t be too far away again.

Thunder Eyes has the speed to lead and he has a consistent record here, he must lead to win but that isn’t beyond him.

Top Four: 1 – 6 – 2 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Dyna Chaser with Sportingbet

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

Quinella: 1 to rove with 2,4,6 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1/2,4,6/Field ($18 for 100%)

Dog tired: How Gut-busters Provide A Handy Pointer For Punters

Here is another slant on the way Above All conquered the two favourites in the final of the Silver Chief at The Meadows on Saturday.

First, consider this comment by Justracing.com.au boss Phil Purser on Gai Waterhouse’s decision not to take young star Giulietta to the Magic Millions later this week.

“It is understandably a big ask for a young horse to back up into a race, second-up in just seven days. I always think big two-year-old races are a bit like rugby league grand finals – in that most are won by the team that didn’t play in a gut-buster semi-final seven days earlier. So if you put a line through every two-year-old that raced seven days before a Magic Millions or a Golden Slipper I suspect that you’d finish a mile ahead. It’s just common sense really, but in thoroughbred racing when punting is involved ‘common sense’ often comes in a distinct last.”

Now look at the way the top three greyhounds progressed from semis to final of the Silver Chief (which is, like the above horse races, an age-limited classic where competitors have not reached full maturity). As far as we can determine, the track speed was similar on both occasions.

Dyna Villa 29.74 (5.10) > 29.86 (5.04) Two lengths slower

Dyna Double One 29.52 (5.07) > 29.89 (5.20) Five lengths slower

Above All 29.76 (5.20) > 29.78 (5.15) Similar

The first two dogs both jumped well and led all the way in their semis – i.e. gut-busting all the way. Both had also done the same thing in their heats a week earlier again. Dyna Villa started the same way in the final but faded in the last bit of the race. Dyna Double One led all the way in heat and semi but showed little early dash in the final and could not make up the ground. By comparison, Above All took his time to get near the lead in heat, semi and final and therefore had something left to press on in the home straight, recording almost identical time in its last two runs.

This is just a theory, but it is something to watch. It’s not just a matter of what they won but also about how they ran the race. The “gut-buster” syndrome has to be a factor. It is even more prevalent in distance races, of course. There is no jockey to hold a dog back and tuck him away for a final effort. He’d be yanking on the reins anyway.

Consider some more perspective.

Before long – a bit like football finals – tennis players will be talking about how many, or how few, five-set matches they had to endure on the way to the final of the Australian Open. Back the player with an easier passage. In a heavy program, the Wanderers football team from western Sydney beat half the world but now can’t crack it for a win in the local comp. Fast bowlers are being rested from quick turnarounds to avoid breaking down, with young ones in particular having their progress closely managed.

Certainly, all this tends to run counter to the high success rate of dogs which can get out in front and lead all the way, thereby avoiding any possible interference. But it’s not that race which is open to question – it’s the next one.

On the other hand, some trainers have been critical of three-week series for major events. But that has been based more on the inconvenience suffered by connections or dogs which have to travel long distances rather than on endurance factors. Seven-day breaks are not regarded as extreme but there must also be queries about long series of constant racing, with a bit of trialling thrown in (often essential for interstate visitors).

Animals, including humans, all have different-size petrol tanks but those tanks are nevertheless fixed in size in each case. Once emptied, they have to be refilled. Even then, some pumps work harder than others. The questions for researchers, and hopefully racing administrators, are how to measure tank and pump capacities, and what policies and rules they should adopt to suit.

Meantime, punters can only watch and work out the gut-busters for themselves.

Since the penalty for getting it wrong could be death, or at least a forgone career, it justifies putting this research at the top of the list. After all, it’s a welfare thing, isn’t it?

There is some indirect guidance. Many years ago I can recall Australian marathon champion, Robert de Castella stating he was good for just two such races each year. Yet today’s competitors start in many more than that, presumably because they are better trained and better managed because of a great deal of scientific investigation and analysis. There must be some clues there.

Stop it, I want to get off

Allen Deed’s marvellous run at The Meadows has gone down in the record book – at GRV at least – as 29.376.

There will be a few readers who can recall when times were recorded only to the nearest second – by someone’s stopwatch. Then we moved to tenths of a second. With more modern gear that went further and all times were reduced to one-hundredth of a second, or two decimal places. Now, for heaven’s sake, we have one-thousandth of a second, purely because someone got hold of a machine which tells you time to three decimal places.

Since officialdom now says one length equals 0.63 seconds, that means that each third decimal point is equivalent to 0.0016 lengths – that’s a bit more than one-thousandth of the length of a dog. Not a head, not a nose, not even a whisker. This is nonsense, absolute nonsense. Who needs it?

In any case, is the implied atomic accuracy that good? That extra decimal could be affected by someone slamming the door in the camera room, or by some extra oil in the box mechanism, or by a minor eruption in an Indonesian volcano. It makes no sense, mathematically or in practical terms.

Friday, 9 January 2015


Greyhound Box Draw For Geelong – Friday, 9 January 2015

Race No. 1Sita Australia Final (gobis)7:08 PM (VIC time)
Maiden Final event over 460 metres at Geelong Of $2,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $375 3rd: $190 GOBIS: $1,000.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1COUNTRY BALLAD (TAS)[M]2NBTA Langton (Anakie)
2TRON EXPRESS (NSW)[5]3262126.07(1)J Collins (Lara)
3GOVERNOR BALE (NSW)[5]22125.85(3)S Collins (Lara)
4HARLEM SHAKE [5]3524125.86(7)J Fowler (Curlewis)
5NORK [5]66125.96(1)J Shaw (Anakie)
6CHANCE BALE (NSW)[M]1622NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
7MASERATI REV [M]23NBTH Collins (Lara)
8GO GO TREETMENT [5]125.83(5)J Karamatic (Lara)
9KEEPS NO SECRETS [M]Res.22NBTE Palma (Lara)
10NINO BALE (NSW)[M]Res.1732NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
Race No. 2Merv Jennings Signs7:28 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 400 metres at Geelong Of $1,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $375 3rd: $190.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1NOITA [5]21844NBTW Read (Devon Meadows)
2LUCKY TWO LIPS [5]1646722.73(6)J Higgins (Linton)
3UNCONTROLLABLE [5]23211FSHR Dunne (St Albans)
4BLACK GYPSY [5]2457622.93(3)B Chapman (St Albans)
5CALL ME BOZ (NSW)[5]343122.97(6)R Britton (Lara)
6SPRING TOPAZ (NSW)[5]75341FSTDM Lloyd (Anakie)
7LATE ONE NIGHT [5]123.11(4)W Vassallo (Devon Meadows)
8MUMBLES MURRAY (NSW)[5]24141FSHM Nash (Little River)
9RIVER ROMANCE [5]Res.64741NBTT Womann (Lara)
10WATTO SURPRISE [5]Res.7787722.81(3)K Kubik (Epping)
Race No. 3Karazmatic Carpentry Vic Bred Ht17:48 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 460 metres at Geelong Of $1,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $375 3rd: $190.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DESTINI DUCATI [5]73868NBTJ Rinaldi (Lethbridge)
2RUN RIGHT BACK [5]4731325.98(5)J Higgins (Linton)
3GALAHAD [5]7T574NBTT Womann (Lara)
4LITTLE POOKIE [5]5F465NBTT Galea (Brookfield)
5BRAZEN BULL [5]24542FSHJ Guy (Horsham)
6HOGG THE LOT [5]12242NBTD Pattinson (Pearcedale)
7HYPERNYM [5]16144NBTC Hughes (Lara)
8CUDGEE DESTROYER [5]4514625.92(6)G Hunt (Cudgee)
9FEAR THE BEST [5]Res.67535FSHJ Hunt (Lara)
10SPYWARE [5]Res.78632NBTA Courts (Lara)
Race No. 4Krock Grv Vic Bred Ht28:07 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 460 metres at Geelong Of $1,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $375 3rd: $190.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1NOAKI BUCKLEY [5]17447FSHJ Reynolds (Pearcedale)
2PEREGON FLYER [5]22521NBTD Crawford (Pearcedale)
3TAYLER’S SPECIAL [5]24256NBTJ Collins (Lara)
4CETTE AWAY [5]44148NBTJ Hunt (Lara)
5DROMORE’S PEARL [5]75127FSHF Alister (Cranbourne South)
6ASTON DIMA [5]45216NBTE Lieshout (Drouin West)
7EYE SMITH [5]56747FSTDJ Guy (Horsham)
8ZELEMAR ZEST [5]17314FSHJ Galea (Brookfield)
9SPYWARE [5]Res.78632NBTA Courts (Lara)
10FLAMING BOB [5]Res.63465NBTD Field (Point Cook)
Race No. 5Austins Wines Grv Vic Bred Ht38:28 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 460 metres at Geelong Of $1,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $375 3rd: $190.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ICE TORONADO [5]57254NBTE Rinaldi (Lethbridge)
2CANTONA [5]54223NBTD Condon (Devon Meadows)
3BOMBER ATTACK [5]11231FSHT Alister (Cranbourne South)
4SCUNITZA SPEED [5]51517FSTDB Panetta (Melton West)
5NOOSA ROCKET [5]51111NBTD Fisher (Lara)
6PERAGON FALCON [5]22811FSHJ Arthur (Lancaster)
7SOUL AFFAIR [5]41FSHM Hanke (Miepoll)
8SUMMER WAGES [5]42124NBTW Bickerton (Cranbourne South)
9FEAR THE BEST [5]Res.67535FSHJ Hunt (Lara)
10FLAMING BOB [5]Res.63465NBTD Field (Point Cook)
Race No. 6Geelong Australia (gobis)8:47 PM (VIC time)
S/E Veteran event over 460 metres at Geelong Of $2,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $375 3rd: $190 GOBIS: $1,000.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1LOYAL SON [5]3245626.13(8)W Wilson (Grantville)
2SIGN OF SNOW [4]63712FSTDA Langton (Anakie)
3ESPECIALLY [5]3146226.16(1)P Knott (Carnegie)
4DODGY DEALER [5]7144525.95(7)J Sharp (Lara)
5AEROPLANE REX (NSW)[4]1218225.88(1)L Shingles (Eden Park)
6PEDRO’S RUNAWAY (NSW)[5]3353126.16(4)B Burns (Werribee)
7KNOW CLASS (NZ)[5]83811FSHJ Shaw (Anakie)
8SOFA SO GOOD [4]2627225.72(2)I Vigor (Anakie)
Race No. 7Buxton Real Estate – Geelong9:09 PM (VIC time)
Mixed 4/5 event over 520 metres at Geelong Of $2,005 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,405 2nd: $400 3rd: $200.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1WINFIELD SAMMY [5]75377FSTDC Grenfell (Lara)
2HARCOURTS JOE [5]47856FSTDC Dew (Anakie)
3DIVA’S SHADOW [5]83525NBTJ Britton (Anakie)
4HOGGANAUGHT [5]18635NBTD Pattinson (Pearcedale)
5PACIFIC MISS [5]42434FSTDE Borg (Keysborough)
6PEPPER FOZZ [4]2623130.73(5)B Fothergill (Numurkah)
7HERCULES BALE (NSW)[5]65286FSTDS Collins (Lara)
8DYNA REVY (NSW)[5]82831NBTJ Hunt (Lara)
Race No. 8Sita Australia9:28 PM (VIC time)
Mixed 4/5 event over 460 metres at Geelong Of $2,005 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,405 2nd: $400 3rd: $200.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BLACK MACOY (QLD)[5]56341NBTM Gibbons (Lara)
2JOSHUA TREE (NSW)[4]2211425.89(8)B Gatt (Melton West)
3KASAI WARRIOR (SA)[5]11654FSHR Britton (Lara)
4VELLOWAY [5]25524NBTJ Hunt (Lara)
5PRAISE CHORUS [4]3515125.98(1)D Condon (Devon Meadows)
6SO CONFUSED [5]5672325.78(7)C Grenfell (Lara)
7QUICK SUCCESSION [4]1177125.82(5)D Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
8SANTA’S SPECIAL (NSW)[5]5344125.74(1)E Lloyd (Anakie)
Race No. 9P & R Food Services Vic Bred Ht49:48 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 460 metres at Geelong Of $1,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $375 3rd: $190.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MINUTE RIVER [5]12751FSTDD Pattinson (Pearcedale)
2OUR SHIRAZ [5]12115FSTDJ Higgins (Linton)
3PARANOIA [5]76322NBTJ Guy (Horsham)
4ASTON ISAAC [5]24611FSTDE Lieshout (Drouin West)
5I’LL ROB YA [5]35162FSTDM Lloyd (Anakie)
6ROZEHILL LISA [5]3264F25.82(1)J Simmonds (Boolarra)
7CRUISER’S SOL [5]22256NBTD Crawford (Pearcedale)
8HELLO STRANGER [5]7155325.75(6)R Britton (Lara)
9SPYWARE [5]Res.78632NBTA Courts (Lara)
10LEEANNDA MATE [5]Res.6743726.02(3)B Reid (Lovely Banks)
Race No. 10Topcat Video Grv Vic Bred Ht510:08 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 460 metres at Geelong Of $1,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $375 3rd: $190.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1COOLER COLOUR [5]51557FSHJ Reynolds (Pearcedale)
2BALLY SLEEK [5]1156226.02(4)M Delbridge (Balliang)
3SLICK JOHN [5]41413FSTDL Sgroi (Cranbourne East)
4SMOKING ROSIE [5]76873NBTJ Reid (Notting Hill)
5CHAPPY [5]6125725.98(7)T Deglaitis (Moolap)
6WHO TOLD BLACKIE [5]21315FSTDM Fothergill (Numurkah)
7LEMON PATCHWORK [5]34486NBTJ Rinaldi (Lethbridge)
8HOW TIME FLY’S [5]4723526.00(5)B Cunningham (Wyndham Vale)
9FLAMING BOB [5]Res.63465NBTD Field (Point Cook)
10LEEANNDA MATE [5]Res.6743726.02(3)B Reid (Lovely Banks)
Race No. 11Advertising Associates10:28 PM (VIC time)
Mixed 4/5 event over 400 metres at Geelong Of $2,005 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,405 2nd: $400 3rd: $200.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MAX MOON [5]11223NBTA Galea (Sunshine North)
2MR. SNACKMAN (NSW)[4]4481322.44(3)K Lloyd (Anakie)
3DYNAMO’S GIFT [4]6532822.48(5)R Darby (Drysdale)
4COUP D’ETAT [5]5124222.60(2)B Buchanan (Sunday Creek)
5SUAVE ODESSA (NSW)[5]3414322.72(6)J Fothergill (Numurkah)
6TEKKI CHINA [5]22321NBTD Crawford (Pearcedale)
7RANGATANG (QLD)[4]8253422.65(5)B Hare (Greendale)
8CHEVY SPARK (NSW)[4]1532622.57(5)E Lloyd (Anakie)
9DYNAMO’S DOVE [5]Res.51186NBTR Darby (Drysdale)
10RIVER ROMANCE [5]Res.64741NBTT Womann (Lara)
Race No. 12Nardi Produce10:52 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 400 metres at Geelong Of $1,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $375 3rd: $190.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1NOAKI LYNX [5]43831FSHJ Reynolds (Pearcedale)
2KRIPKE [5]52485NBTM Nash (Little River)
3ASTON DAREH [5]48785NBTE Lieshout (Drouin West)
4IMMORTAL POWER (NSW)[5]56335NBTG Dainton (Cosgrove)
5SEEKING TREASURE [5]2781522.69(3)T Deglaitis (Moolap)
6TEKKI TREMOR [5]51222NBTD Crawford (Pearcedale)
7EYES ADORABLE (NSW)[5]27112FSHA Langton (Anakie)
8CIVIL PURSUIT [5]54446FSHJ Collins (Lara)
9DYNAMO’S DOVE [5]Res.51186NBTR Darby (Drysdale)
10WATTO SURPRISE [5]Res.7787722.81(3)K Kubik (Epping)

Thursday, 8 January 2015


Greyhound Box Draw For Sandown Park – Thursday, 8 January 2015

Race No. 1Find Us On Facebook7:05 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1FIXATE (NSW)[5]4542129.64(1)W Vassallo (Devon Meadows)
2BOUNTY (QLD)[5]36263FSHT Womann (Lara)
3BROADWAY MISS (QLD)[5]21329.55(1)M Carter (Violet Town)
4FEEL THE WRATH (NSW)[5]73417FSHR Divirgilio (Devon Meadows)
5JOHNNY MOBSTER [5]7415229.74(2)G Neocleous (Yinnar South)
6DYNA QUIRK (NSW)[5]31128FSHA Dailly (Anakie)
7SELECT JESS [5]48112NBTK Bailey (Maffra)
8ZABIMARU BALE (NSW)[5]23211FSHA Dailly (Anakie)
9WICKED WENDY [5]Res.52237NBTM Braithwaite (Moe)
10CHECHEZZ [5]Res.57253NBTA O’keefe (Giffard West)
Race No. 2Follow Us @sandowndogs7:25 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1WEBLEC ROSE (SA)[5]7216729.39(4)J Britton (Anakie)
2EARL BALE (NSW)[5]21473NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
3XTREME GRETEL (GA)[5]27425NBTR Britton (Lara)
4EYEFUL OF BLING [5]12315NBTP Presutto (Devon Meadows)
5HASHTAG SELFIE [5]2331229.47(7)R Britton (Lara)
6LEKTRA SPIDER [5]7461430.00(2)A Dailly (Anakie)
7DYNA NORFOLK (NSW)[5]6363329.78(8)J Hunt (Lara)
8MY BABY PORSCHA [5]21172NBTC Cortese (Hampton Park)
9TANGIBLE [5]Res.68183NBTV Borg (Hoppers Crossing)
10CANINO [5]Res.74443NBTC Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
Race No. 3Follow Us On Instagram7:43 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 595 metres at Sandown park Of $8,225 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,750 2nd: $1,645 3rd: $830.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1EL CHANA [5]26373NBTL Sturgess (Talbot)
2MY NAME’S JESSIE [5]3521234.67(8)W Vassallo (Devon Meadows)
3SUNDAY SHOES (SA)[5]7818134.59(7)J Britton (Anakie)
4RUFF EDGES [5]35322FSTDD Ferguson (Longwarry)
5RAZLDAZL PACINO (GA)[5]11121FSHK Greenough (Pearcedale)
6MISS SQUIBBLE [5]47353FSHS Creighton (Giffard West)
7BELLA OIL [5]78572FSHS Creighton (Giffard West)
8WAR ROOM [5]27254FSTDM Carter (Violet Town)
Race No. 4Sky Racing Grv Vic Bred Final (gobis)8:07 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Final event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $13,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $9,060 2nd: $2,590 3rd: $1,290 GOBIS: $1,000.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MEPUNGA TREASURE [5]1864129.52(1)J Britton (Anakie)
2NARRALEE [5]5211129.64(8)S Creighton (Giffard West)
3BUNGA BUNGA [5]7375229.74(2)J Greenough (Pearcedale)
4ASTROMATIC [5]1116129.58(6)S Cameron (Maffra)
5MISS LATOYA [5]3243129.96(3)R Cook (Munro)
6WE’RE OFF HERE [5]4432129.63(5)B Keel (Devon Meadows)
7SMITH AND WESSON [5]21272NBTD Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
8GUNLOCH [5]65432NBTD Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
9SELECT JESS [5]Res.48112NBTK Bailey (Maffra)
10LAZZA MIKADO [5]Res.77462NBTM Barber (Hoddles Creek)
Race No. 5Www.tab.com.au8:28 PM (VIC time)
Mixed 4/5 event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $7,600 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,320 2nd: $1,520 3rd: $760.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DYNA GELDOF (NSW)[5]7432229.88(8)S Collins (Lara)
2BLUE GIANT [5]23465NBTP Akathiotis (Reservoir)
3DYNA NIHILIST (NSW)[4]5343429.51(3)J Hunt (Lara)
4FOOTLUCE DIVA (SA)[5]3172429.35(1)J Britton (Anakie)
5FRANK FURTER [5]6111629.65(1)C Schlensog (Anakie)
6SAM TOOCAN [5]16817NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
7CREATIVE KARISMA [4]5363729.34(3)K Podmore (Wagga Wagga)
8LEKTRA OUTLAW [5]55381NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
9BOGNER BALE (NSW)[5]Res.4111429.58(4)J Hunt (Lara)
10BENZO BALE (NSW)[5]Res.1462529.50(7)J Hunt (Lara)
Race No. 6General Destini @ Stud Final (gobis)8:52 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Final event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $19,650 Prizemoney.
1st: $12,000 2nd: $3,500 3rd: $1,750 GOBIS: $2,400.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SISCO RAGE [4]3131129.61(8)J Galea (Lara)
2JAYNEY BALE (NSW)[4]1443129.36(4)A Dailly (Anakie)
3IMA FAIRYTALE [4]8461129.56(2)H Collins (Lara)
4SPRING LEAF (NSW)[4]2115129.35(6)A Dailly (Anakie)
5BAD BOY SNIPER (NSW)[4]1115129.59(7)J Magri (Austral)
6CLASH OF KINGS (QLD)[4]2151129.73(8)S Whyte (Bunyip)
7LEKTRA CONCORD [4]8732129.58(5)A Dailly (Anakie)
8ALLEN MALIK (NSW)[4]3487129.50(7)S Collins (Lara)
9USAIN I’M NUTTY [5]Res.13252NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
10JUBILEA BALE (NSW)[5]Res.1342229.57(4)J Hunt (Lara)
Race No. 7Berwick Mazda9:12 PM (VIC time)
Mixed 4/5 event over 595 metres at Sandown park Of $8,745 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,120 2nd: $1,750 3rd: $875.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1TEXAS TITAN (SA)[5]1131734.33(8)J Britton (Anakie)
2TWEAK [5]23447NBTT O’donovan (Devon Meadows)
3DYNA ORION (NSW)[4]5555634.52(7)A Dailly (Anakie)
4SCENIC SHOT (NSW)[5]41563FSTDM Mallia-magri (Avalon)
5FULL ON BLING [4]1261133.92(1)J Westerlo (Clyde)
6TICK BALE (NSW)[4]5353334.32(3)J Hunt (Lara)
7REEN’S FABIAN [4]3751534.39(2)J Holden (Nambrok)
8MEPUNGA TIARA [5]6465434.15(1)J Britton (Anakie)
Race No. 8Macro Meats9:35 PM (VIC time)
Free For All event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1GORHAM BALE (NSW)[4]1121729.42(5)S Collins (Lara)
2FLEETWOOD ZAC [4]7152529.64(2)A Langton (Anakie)
3MAXIMUS GLIDER [4]3525429.48(1)D Crawford (Pearcedale)
4WEALTHY SCHOONER [4]2141329.96(3)C Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
5JACK SILVER (NSW)[4]2F21629.67(3)M Carter (Violet Town)
6BANJO BOY [1]3114329.34(8)K Virtue (Tooradin)
7DYNA FANCY (NSW)[4]1377329.47(4)A Dailly (Anakie)
8WEBLEC BELLE (SA)[4]1124229.40(3)J Britton (Anakie)
Race No. 9Harvey Norman – Springvale9:55 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 595 metres at Sandown park Of $8,225 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,750 2nd: $1,645 3rd: $830.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1WHY NOT WAYNE [5]1287634.23(6)W Gray (Wendouree)
2SUPERSONIC HAWK (NSW)[5]3681534.41(2)V Borg (Hoppers Crossing)
3EXPLOSIVE ANGEL [5]3246734.84(8)M Brown (Loch)
4QUASI BALE (NSW)[5]51514NBTM Delbridge (Balliang)
5EMRYS [5]25125FSTDM Briganti (Tuerong)
6SHANLYN PATCH [5]3535134.31(7)S Ralph (Tooradin)
7RUMERO REASON (NSW)[5]3328134.33(1)A Dailly (Anakie)
8TEKKI MINX [5]32233NBTD Crawford (Pearcedale)
Race No. 10Sky Racing10:15 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1PUNCH IT [5]3743630.05(8)J Collins (Lara)
2DROOPYS BENTLEY (GA)[5]1262130.04(7)T O’donovan (Devon Meadows)
3JUBILEA BALE (NSW)[5]1342229.57(4)J Hunt (Lara)
4CRACKERJACK MAX [5]11145NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
5SOHO RHYTHM [5]1633529.64(7)A Hyde (Lara)
6BIT BERGER [5]1143529.72(3)T Chatwin (Johnsonville)
7SPRING MILLIE (NSW)[5]51612NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
8BAYMAN BALE (NSW)[5]2864330.06(2)J Hunt (Lara)
9HARDEN BALE (NSW)[5]Res.42334NBTT Womann (Lara)
10CAUSTIC BALE (NSW)[5]Res.11734NBTS Collins (Lara)
Race No. 11Razldazl Greyhounds10:34 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BLACK ILLUSION [5]7716229.71(1)A Langton (Anakie)
2IMPACT BALE (NSW)[5]7434129.82(2)J Hunt (Lara)
3WHITE WALKER [5]6443429.82(2)T Reid (Yuroke)
4CHOCLOTTO [5]8815230.06(8)I Brown (Loch)
5LEKTRA UTOPIA [5]13411NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
6DYNA ZOD (NSW)[5]1587229.76(3)A Dailly (Anakie)
7HILDA’S BEST (NSW)[5]4711129.92(1)R Britton (Lara)
8FEARSOME MINT (NSW)[5]7483330.21(5)M Lloyd (Anakie)
9DYNA KEITARO (NSW)[5]Res.3415229.73(1)T Womann (Lara)
10RASHAD REASON (NSW)[5]Res.53228FSHA Dailly (Anakie)
Race No. 12Www.sandowngreyhounds.com.au10:56 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DYNA CHASER (NSW)[5]12523NBTS Collins (Lara)
2FLAME BALE (NSW)[5]22763NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
3WADELOCK BILL [5]42187NBTM Clohesy (Stratford)
4THUNDER EYES (NSW)[5]6153329.97(2)R Britton (Lara)
5MAXIMUM CHEZ [5]13616NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
6COSMIC OWL [5]7151129.64(1)J Britton (Anakie)
7HURRICANE YELLA [5]26121NBTV Awramenko (Waurn Ponds)
8STEALTHY BLONDE [5]2233329.84(5)E Dowsey (Cowwarr)
9SPRING GRACE (NSW)[5]Res.21625NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
10TANTRUM TOMMY [5]Res.57852NBTA Dailly (Anakie)

Is Allen Deed Now The Best?

THERE is no stopping Allen Deed when he gets the right race. Saturday night’s record 29.38 run at The Meadows was power-personified and well inside Heston Bale’s three year old time of 29.45. The dog now owns a package of brilliant runs in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney.

This time Allen Deed was blessed with an empty box and a slow beginner inside him so had no trouble working into second place in the back straight. After that he simply powered past Musquin Bale to win by an extraordinary six lengths.

The run contrasted with four shockers in succession at Sandown in November, good and bad runs at Ballarat, followed later by smart performances at Sale over the longer trip – where he was badly blocked on the home turn in the Cup final (but was not going to win anyway). He is not easy to pick but is all quality when he gets it right.

Those Sandown runs remain a mystery as stewards failed to query the runs or take a swab.

The same mid-race power was also evident in Above All’s big win over favourites Dyna Double One and Dyna Villa in the Silver Chief final. Although the other two are capable of faster time than Saturday’s 29.78, both were psyched out of the race by the winner. Above All did no more than equal its time in the semi. All three are just under or over two years old so you can’t expect miracles every time they come out. Times are not everything, are they? In fact, Above All’s times in the heat and final of the Hobart Thousand last month were chalk and cheese – the latter breaking the track record.

Both these wins remind us of the obvious: winning runs depend on four things – natural ability, fitness, the circumstances of the race, and good luck. Dogs which get those right half the time are doing very well.

Why Is It So?

Apparently, a few readers find it unimportant to hear that stewards might not be getting things right. That’s their right, but I beg to differ. Not because some of the cases mentioned here are life and death matters, but because they are illustrations of a serious lack of attention to accuracy and consistency.

Indeed, if I had my way stewards would have even greater responsibilities and more pay than they do now, providing only that they do better. For example, as regular supervisors of races at all locations, they should be able to advise on track features which affect the clean running of a race – box positions, turn design, etc, etc. To do that they may well require better education, more training in form analysis, dog habits, betting practices and statistics, etc. So be it.

People seem to be under the impression that stewards are there just to thump errant dogs and trainers yet their prime responsibility is to the public – to ensure racing is fair and above board, that the rules are followed, and to do so in a way that the public understands. Establishing the facts, the truth, is a vital part of that job. If they cannot do that, their purpose is lost.

But doing their job well also serves to better promote the sport and enhance its profitability. This is an under-rated bonus.

One suggestion I would make is that administrations should introduce supplementary guidelines on what actually constitutes failing to chase or fighting (use of the politically correct but oblique term of “marring” has never impressed me), and which sort of offence would attract what penalty. The basic racing rule is clear but it does not go far enough and needs what government law makers describe as an “explanatory memorandum”. That might avoid the confusion which we have commented on here previously. It could also contribute to national consistency.

Anyway, here are two more examples of basic errors.

Stewards Reports

Race 5, Geelong, January 2.

“Bally Sleek (8) crossed to the rail soon after the start checking Benzo Bale (5), Aston Dima (4), Francesco (9) and Chappy (3). Spring Collete (10) checked off Bally Sleek approaching the first turn.”

Bally Sleek was well clear of the four dogs mentioned and had no effect whatever on their progress. The second part of the comment is correct but it might also have been true just after the jump as Spring Collete was coming out of the 7 box, adjacent to the leader.

It is noticeable that the steward at Geelong stands to the left of the boxes and on the track proper. He would therefore have an oblique view of what the 8 dog is actually doing. Why are elevated positions not available to greyhound stewards, as occurs at the gallops?

Track Comment: On average, coming over from outside boxes is not particularly easy for Geelong’s 460m trip unless the dog is a really smart beginner. However, the trip’s major peculiarity is that a significant proportion of runners lose the turn into the straight, thereby changing the running order. Clearly, the track camber is at fault. Occasionally, you may see dogs get alarmingly close to the outside fence or even to the 596m boxes.

PS: Geelong’s track map on the GRV website badly needs updating.

Race 3, The Meadows, 3 January.

“Little Pookie (5) crossed to the rail soon after the start, checking Cincinnati Lee (4), Dyna Vikkers (3), Run Sophie Run (2) and Stetson Quamby (1)”.

This never happened. Little Pookie was always well clear of the other four dogs and did not reach the rail until well around the turn. The other dogs did their own mixing.

Sunday, 4 January 2015


Greyhound Box Draw For Sandown (SAP) – Sunday, 4 January 2015

Race No. 1Find Us On Facebook2:06 PM (VIC time)
Maiden event over 515 metres at Sandown Of $1,415 Prizemoney.
1st: $990 2nd: $285 3rd: $140.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1JOLLY BEGGARMAN [M]366FSHJ Carr (Devon Meadows)
2NITRO DRILL (SA)[M]25633FSHT Allen (Darnum)
3FLEETWOOD FLINT [M]F7546NBTC Dew (Anakie)
4BANDS OF GOLD [M]864FSHD Cortese (Hampton Park)
5MYZIEL [M]4FSHK King (Langwarrin)
6BLU LIGHT BANJO [M]3NBTK Virtue (Tooradin)
7TEKKI TINKER [M]54448NBTE Borg (Keysborough)
8SKETCHY (NSW)[M]FSHJ Greenough (Pearcedale)
9AMAROO CRACK IT [M]Res.775NBTC Schembri (Moe South)
10AMAROO SAND MAN [M]Res.555NBTC Schembri (Moe South)
Race No. 2Follow Us @sandowndogs2:26 PM (VIC time)
Maiden event over 515 metres at Sandown Of $1,415 Prizemoney.
1st: $990 2nd: $285 3rd: $140.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ESCAPIST [M]6FSHK King (Langwarrin)
2CRO COP [M]437NBTJ Britton (Anakie)
3DRIFT LINER [M]52FSHR Britton (Lara)
4ZIMMERMAN [M]25634NBTG Neocleous (Yinnar South)
5SPEEDY CARERRO (NSW)[M]2FSHM Bell (Pearcedale)
6BANJO BLAZE [M]83NBTK Virtue (Tooradin)
7JUST LIKE JIM [M]26648NBTS Ralph (Tooradin)
8MAGIC COUPS [M]7675NBTA Lauterboom (Tooradin)
9AMAROO CRACK IT [M]Res.775NBTC Schembri (Moe South)
10AMAROO SAND MAN [M]Res.555NBTC Schembri (Moe South)
Race No. 3Follow Us On Instagram2:44 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 595 metres at Sandown Of $2,175 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,525 2nd: $430 3rd: $220.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1QUEEN HERA [5]86655FSTDN Karakasidis (Clayton)
2IN BLACK GEAR (NSW)[5]88827FSTDA Langton (Anakie)
3JUST WINS (NSW)[5]42222NBTM Busuttil (Kilmany)
4NATURALLY CURLY (SA)[5]43587FSHR Britton (Lara)
6KOKODA MOSS (NSW)[5]32812NBTR Britton (Lara)
7SUNDAY SHOES (SA)[5]87818FSTDJ Britton (Anakie)
8ROGUE RAIDER [5]55676FSTDD Selleck (Tooradin)
Race No. 4Rsn – Racing & Sport Vic Bred Ht13:02 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 515 metres at Sandown Of $1,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $375 3rd: $190.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1COOL FOR SCHOOL [5]61557FSHS Taylor (Keilor East)
2SMITH AND WESSON [5]32127NBTD Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
3CHASIN MIKADO [5]74563NBTP Jones (Hoddles Creek)
4NOAKI HAWK [5]43132FSHJ Reynolds (Pearcedale)
5BLONDE JETTIE [5]55648NBTJ Paterson (Tenby Point)
6JOEY VALDEZ [5]1124529.46(5)B Divirgilio (Langwarrin)
7THURSDAY SIP [5]11776NBTS Collins (Hazelwood)
8NARRALEE [5]35211FSHS Creighton (Giffard West)
9SHAWSHANK [5]Res.76416FSHJ Carr (Devon Meadows)
10CHECHEZZ [5]Res.55725NBTA O’keefe (Giffard West)
Race No. 5Tab.com.au Vic Bred Ht23:20 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 515 metres at Sandown Of $1,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $375 3rd: $190.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ABBEY’S HAND [5]1266429.63(5)R Britton (Lara)
2ALMANI BRUISER [5]6336529.74(5)N Kosky (Hallam)
3MISS LATOYA [5]83243NBTR Cook (Munro)
4BLACK JAYMAR [5]47788NBTJ Carr (Devon Meadows)
5FLEETWOOD ZAC [5]7152529.64(2)A Langton (Anakie)
6ME AND MASE [5]72875FSHS Taylor (Keilor East)
7LAZZA MIKADO [5]51774FSTDM Barber (Hoddles Creek)
8FIRST DAN [5]53678NBTG Nicoll (Botanic Ridge)
9CHECHEZZ [5]Res.55725NBTA O’keefe (Giffard West)
10CHAZWICK [5]Res.76455FSHS Taylor (Keilor East)
Race No. 6Tab Rewards Vic Bred Ht33:38 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 515 metres at Sandown Of $1,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $375 3rd: $190.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1RIMPAC [5]518FSHT Turnbull (Romsey)
2CHEEKY HAND [5]6367329.59(3)D Dean (Nyora)
3GUNLOCH [5]13654NBTD Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
4MY MATE MASON [5]77847FSHS Taylor (Keilor East)
5BIT BERGER [5]8114329.72(3)T Chatwin (Johnsonville)
6PACIFIC MISS [5]1424329.92(5)E Borg (Keysborough)
7DUBSY RUSSELL [5]27545NBTR Britton (Lara)
8MEPUNGA TREASURE [5]8518629.52(1)J Britton (Anakie)
9SHAWSHANK [5]Res.76416FSHJ Carr (Devon Meadows)
10CHECHEZZ [5]Res.55725NBTA O’keefe (Giffard West)
Race No. 7Berwick Mazda (bitches)3:58 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 515 metres at Sandown Of $1,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $375 3rd: $190.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MISS JOHANNSEN [5]12322FSTDB Elston (Sale)
2BELA SAFIRA [5]14678NBTJ Warton (Colac)
3KATHY’S QUEEN (NSW)[5]32563NBTJ Naughton (Berwick)
4YOKO [5]42654NBTJ Carr (Devon Meadows)
5DEWANA SIENNA [5]27584NBTM Dewan (Carrum Downs)
6JANE ELIZA [5]5715730.18(7)G Cinnamond (Junction Village)
7ONE KAY [5]37577NBTG Nicoll (Botanic Ridge)
8DREAMING ANNIE [5]87646NBTK Tirchett (Pascoe Vale)
Race No. 8Macro Meats4:19 PM (VIC time)
Mixed 4/5 event over 515 metres at Sandown Of $2,005 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,405 2nd: $400 3rd: $200.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1HILDA’S BEST (NSW)[5]34711NBTR Britton (Lara)
2JOHNNY MOBSTER [4]5741529.74(2)G Neocleous (Yinnar South)
3FURY BALE (NSW)[5]3751229.57(3)J Hunt (Lara)
4HIGHBURY (NSW)[5]7588329.46(1)R Britton (Lara)
5GANGNAM STYLE [4]4433629.70(8)J Shaw (Anakie)
6DROMORE’S PEARL [4]1751229.92(8)F Alister (Cranbourne South)
7STRANGE WISH (NSW)[5]3614429.67(2)D Saunders (Somerville)
8SNAPPER’S MATE [5]6434429.71(1)R Fisher (Lara)
9CHAZWICK [5]Res.76455FSHS Taylor (Keilor East)
10BANGA SPEED [5]Res.66588FSHM Cortese (Hampton Park)
Race No. 9Harvey Norman – Springvale Ht44:37 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 515 metres at Sandown Of $1,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $375 3rd: $190.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SELECT JESS [5]54811NBTK Bailey (Maffra)
2TURBO NORRIS [5]8313629.87(8)J Reynolds (Pearcedale)
3WHATTA JOKE [5]3855629.77(3)D Dean (Nyora)
4BILLY BUBBA [5]53255NBTJ Naughton (Berwick)
5BLACK VELCRO [5]6156730.15(6)C Dew (Anakie)
6ASTROMATIC [5]11116FSHS Cameron (Maffra)
7VEE FOR VEGAS [5]55645NBTS Neocleous (Yinnar South)
8COOL MIKADO [5]63453NBTM Barber (Hoddles Creek)
9SHAWSHANK [5]Res.76416FSHJ Carr (Devon Meadows)
10CHAZWICK [5]Res.76455FSHS Taylor (Keilor East)
Race No. 10Razldazl Greyhounds4:55 PM (VIC time)
Mixed 4/5 event over 595 metres at Sandown Of $2,305 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,615 2nd: $460 3rd: $230.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DYNA FULCRUM (NSW)[5]24435NBTJ Hunt (Lara)
2BONJOUR BONSOIR (NSW)[4]5286834.76(3)J Delaroche (Cranbourne North)
3SERASH BALE (NSW)[5]11531NBTJ Hunt (Lara)
4FOOTLUCE DIVA (SA)[5]63172NBTJ Britton (Anakie)
6FENDER [5]12218NBTB Divirgilio (Langwarrin)
7SHANLYN PATCH [5]23535NBTS Ralph (Tooradin)
8BERRY BLITZ [5]1552534.98(8)A Langton (Anakie)
Race No. 11Sky Racing Grv Vic Bred Ht55:14 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 515 metres at Sandown Of $1,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $375 3rd: $190.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1HELLO STRANGER [5]5715529.72(6)R Britton (Lara)
2BUNGA BUNGA [5]1737529.74(2)J Greenough (Pearcedale)
3MAXIMUS GLIDER [5]3525429.48(1)D Crawford (Pearcedale)
4PLAYING TOUGH [5]5515430.26(8)I Clarke (Frankston South)
5WE’RE OFF HERE [5]41443FSHB Keel (Devon Meadows)
6DUNGARVAN [5]52756FSHJ Carr (Devon Meadows)
7ICE TORONADO [5]2572530.11(4)E Rinaldi (Lethbridge)
8MARCIARNO MISS [5]3375530.41(2)S Neocleous (Yinnar South)
9CHECHEZZ [5]Res.55725NBTA O’keefe (Giffard West)
10CHAZWICK [5]Res.76455FSHS Taylor (Keilor East)
Race No. 12Www.sandowngreyhounds.com.au5:35 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 515 metres at Sandown Of $1,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $375 3rd: $190.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SECRET MARJEN [5]67737NBTJ Abela (Tennyson)
2SURVIVOR SAL [5]63426NBTT Cortese (Hampton Park)
3THUNDER EYES (NSW)[5]6615329.97(2)R Britton (Lara)
4SPIRITED REVENGE (NSW)[5]152NBTL Smith (Langwarrin)
5CHIEF TYSON [5]4367729.96(1)R Fisher (Lara)
6KISAI BLADE (SA)[5]14678NBTR Britton (Lara)
7KASAI WARRIOR (SA)[5]21165FSHR Britton (Lara)
8BARN A SHAKIN [5]71675NBTK Tirchett (Pascoe Vale)
9CHAZWICK [5]Res.76455FSHS Taylor (Keilor East)
10BANGA SPEED [5]Res.66588FSHM Cortese (Hampton Park)

Reefton Trainer Anthony Kent Cops 15 Year Ban

REEFTON based greyhound trainer Anthony Kent is in more hot water over his implosion at Bendigo on August 27 and his actions have been slammed by the Greyhound Owners Trainers and Breeders Association of Victoria.

At a Greyhound Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board hearing on Tuesday, December 9, Kent was banned for 10 years and fined $2000 for punching Bendigo Racing Club manager Troy Harley in the face, threatening steward Christine Gent, refusing to have his dog vetted and using repetitive indecent language on three occasions.

And now he can add another five years on top of that after a separate Greyhound Racing Victoria stewards inquiry, on Friday, December 19, found him guilty of removing a greyhound from the kennel area of the Bendigo track by throwing it over a fence – at the same meeting.

GOTBA Victoria president Phil Micallef told Australian Racing Greyhound: “We don’t condone any behaviour that’s going to be detrimental to any greyhound and certainly don’t condone any violence either, no matter what the reason.”

He said 99.9 per cent of people in the greyhound racing industry did the right thing, “we just get one or two that do things like this and wreck it for the people who do the right thing”.

He said he wasn’t concerned Kent’s actions could tarnish the industry’s name and, quite the contrary, those involved in the industry would band together to decry his actions.

“Look, I think it’s so few and far between that it doesn’t have an impact because it doesn’t happen often at all,” Micallef said.

“This is so unique that everybody would agree this is not a good thing and if anything, it might unite everyone in that this type of behaviour isn’t acceptable.

“I wouldn’t have thought it’s holding the industry back, because it’s an isolated incident, I’m not aware of it happening often at all, I wouldn’t know when the last time something like this happened.

“But it’s not unique to our sport, whether it’s football or racing, these things happen because people get emotional.”

Kent did not attend either hearing, but a plea of ‘not guilty’ was entered on his behalf and both went ahead.

During the second investigation, stewards received evidence from Harley, Gent, stewards Kim Meredith and Ian Taylor, trainers Graham Carr and Barry Hiscock and racing club employees Daniel Pell and Michael Cole.

A GRV press release stated: “After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr Kent with a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rule 86(q) in that he did engage in conduct that was detrimental and or prejudicial to the interest, welfare and image of greyhound racing.”

Upon hearing the evidence from the witnesses, GRV chief steward Glenn Fish and fellow steward Ron Matthews found Kent guilty as charged and disqualified his licence for a period of five years, “to begin at the expiration of the disqualification periods as determined by the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board on December 9, 2014.”

That means the five years is tacked on top of the 10 he is already serving.

At the December 9 inquiry, the appeals board heard Kent punched Harley in the face “with a clenched fist”.

He then threatened Gent by saying “I’m coming back to see you”.

An appeals board press release stated “This statement was delivered in an intimidating manner and transpired shortly after Mr Anthony Kent had assaulted Mr Troy Harley.”

Kent then disobeyed the lawful direction of GRV Steward Ian Taylor, by refusing to have his dog, Pirate Arcade, vetted, before leaving the track.

He was also charged with misconduct over three foul mouthed tirades, behind the starting boxes, around the kennel block and in the stewards room, following race two.

GRV stewards laid the charges against Kent and the inquiry was heard in front of Fish and Matthews.

Evidence was tabled from witnesses Carr, Hiscock, Pell and Cole and found him guilty of all six charges.

He was banned for five years for each of the assault and threat to the steward, to be served cumulatively, and slapped with $500 fines for each of the other four charges.

The appeals board press release stated: “In assessing penalty, the Board took into account all the evidence and submissions, including the following matters:

(a) Mr Kent’s failure to attend the hearing;

(b) Mr Kent’s appalling behaviour involving physical and verbal assaults;

(c) The need to maintain the integrity of greyhound racing;

(d) Prior penalties for similar offences and particularly Mr Kent’s previous offences
which involved improper language and disregard of the rules as to compliance with
direction from the Stewards;

(e) Mr Kent’s complete disregard for the rules of the industry and inappropriate
behaviour including putting his greyhound at risk of significant injury; and

(f) The lack of any evidence of remorse and as to the prospects of rehabilitation.”

“The board noted that the police may take action against Mr Kent but, nonetheless, determined to proceed to hear the charges as the issues raised went to industry participation and not criminal liability.”

Micallef said the GOBTA Victoria “provides a lot of support to any owner, trainer or breeder in any shape or form and sometimes that includes financial support.”

“If people are having problems, we help them, but we need to know about them.

“We’ve had people who have had issues with nothing to do with greyhound racing that impact on them – for example, a partner might be terminally ill, so we help people find temporary homes for their dogs.

“Or we represent people if they’re up on any charge which they feel us unjust. A dog might have fought and been charged with marring and the trainer disputes that. We can help represent them at the appeal at the GRV.

“So we provide quite extensive support in really any facet of ownership or training or breeding.”

Need help? Visit gotbav.org.au phone secretary Patti Ladd on 0411 148 008 or email gotbav@gmail.com

Let Them Have A Bet

Let’s give Ballarat stewards a small credit for trying to look into what they regarded as a below-par performance. There should be more of it.

But again they got it wrong. It reminds you of the time some months ago in town when they hauled in the (previous) trainer of Sweet It Is and asked for an explanation of its improved performance to win at 50/1. In fact, it had not improved at all, but just run pretty much as it had been doing at its previous several starts. The others just ran poorly. So much for their ability to assess form.

Anyway, here is what they wrote after Scintillating failed at $1.70 in a Mixed 4/5 Grade race on Wednesday night. The case is not life threatening but interesting nevertheless.

Race 5, Ballarat, 24 December.
“Scintillating which performed below marked (sic) expectations was vetted following the event. It was reported that there was no apparent injury”. (Do they mean “market”?)

The major issue here is that the market was wrong. Certainly the dog had fair form but its best recent run was over the shorter 425m trip at Bendigo in 23.95 coming out of box 4. At Ballarat the dog had box 8 and could have been expected to begin no better than several other runners. In practice it recorded 6.70 when its recent form suggested an average of 6.71 – pretty right, eh? Given the similar form of the others, there would always be a big doubt about it being able to cross before the corner. That aside, it is very doubtful Scintillate could have got down to the 25.41 recorded by the winner, Don’t Be Short, even with a clear run

So it turned out. Scintillate was stuck wide, outside three or four dogs all the way to and around the turn. Effectively, it covered nearer 500m than the actual 450m of the race. But all of that was predictable – not certain, but a major possibility in view of the nature of the track and the form of its competitors. The Watchdog said it was a $2.20 chance, I made it $5.00. In fact you could name five runners that warranted prices between $4.00 and $6.00. But, as often happens, the market just blindly followed the tips and the favourite, and forced the price down to a ridiculous level.

The winner, incidentally, Don’t Be Short from box 2, was big overs at $20 considering it has just run a smart 25.43 at Shepparton and was helped by having only average beginners either side of it. Still, none of these were champions so a range of results was possible.

Anyway, stewards should have been querying the market, not the dog, which performed more or less as expected but was unable to get the breaks it needed.

The big question we are left with is whether stewards are sufficiently competent to analyse form? Supporting evidence is weak. For example, apart from the Sweet It Is incident above, I have recently queried why they ignored poor runs over the last few months from Allen Deed and Xylia Allen, both of which have put in shockers when well supported. Xylia Allen is now off to be a mum while Allen Deed recovered top form to run a very quick heat in the Sale Cup series (final tonight). This is basically a top quality dog so its earlier poor efforts in town remain a mystery.

I do have one helpful hint for the stewards and their bosses. Rather than banning them from punting I would make it compulsory – on racing in other states, that is. They might then learn more about form and betting. The only way to do that is the hard way.

I might include GRV publicity people in that classroom, too. They called for Above All to be nominated for run of the year when it came from last (its own fault) to win a heat of the Hobart Thousand in a modest 26.16 against equally modest opposition. Having done that, how would they classify its record-breaking run in the final – 25.52? Run of the century? The millennium?

Who Is Responsible for Wagering?

Many punters will be pleased that the NSW Racing Minister has now formally endorsed the Fixed Odds betting rules put in place by Racing NSW last July (which begs the question of who actually runs racing and wagering). Conditions apply, but basically online bookies are now compelled to accept any reasonable bet.

However, so far as we know, Tabcorp is still able to play fast and loose. Its state-approved rules still include these limitations (for this purpose “TAB” means Tabcorp):

“3.1.3 Subject to Rule 3.1.4, TAB may refuse to accept any fixed price racing bet at its sole discretion and without stating reasons”.

“3.1.4 Subject to 3.1.1, TAB may set any minimum or maximum stake or payout for fixed price racing bets”.

These give the impression that they were all written by Tabcorp rather than the government. (So we ask again; who actually controls racing and wagering?) And how is “payout” defined? At face value, these rules imply that Tabcorp can pay anything it likes, regardless of the size and nature of the original wager. (A loophole that was used by Bet365 in the Brunker case about an alleged “fixed” race at Ipswich dogs).

The Minister’s announcement on December 23 made no specific mention of this although it addresses “any fixed odds wager on NSW thoroughbred races”. In that event there is a legal clash. And what about bets made in NSW on an interstate race? Online bookies are based outside NSW, but have agreed to Racing NSW conditions, not the state’s laws, while Tabcorp is legally responsible to NSW laws for what it does in that state, including taking bets on any race, anywhere.

Additionally, it seems that dogs and trots got lost in transition. Why didn’t the Minister include them?

Bravely, the NSW Minister assures us that because “some bookmakers have refused to express unqualified support” (ie to Racing NSW) he has now made regulations to enforce the new rules. How exactly would he do that for a company based in the Northern Territory where he has no jurisdiction? What a pity all states do not assign wagering powers to a single national supremo? There is plenty of legal precedent for doing that and the Productivity Commission thought it was a good idea, too.

Maybe the NSW racing department is overworked because its current website still shows the GRNSW chairman as Professor Percy Allen. Eve McGregor would not be pleased.

Robert Conway Disqualified For Androstane Positive

Offence:

83 (2) (3) and (6): Mr. Robert Conway failed to present the greyhound ‘Norrie’s Antics’ free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club on Wednesday, 27 August 2014.

Report:

Following advice from Racing Analytical Services Laboratory, the Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria conducted an investigation into the results of a post-race urine sample taken from the greyhound ‘Norrie’s Antics’ at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Wednesday, 27 August 2014.

During the investigation, Stewards received evidence from registered trainer Mr. Robert Conway, the Racing Analytical Services Laboratory and Dr. Steven Karamatic (Greyhound Racing Industry Veterinary Officer).

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Conway with a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rules 83(2)(3) and (6) in that he did fail to present the greyhound ‘Norrie’s Antics’ free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 given that the post-race urine sample taken from the greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substance 5β- Androstane-3α, 17β-diol at a mass concentration greater than 10ng/ml.

Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules a breach of GAR83 (2) (3) and (6) constitutes a Serious Offence. As a result, on Thursday, 18 December 2014 this matter was heard before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board in the first instance under Greyhound Local Racing Rule 47.3 and Sections 83C(b) and 83M(1) of the Racing Act.

Mr. Robert Conway represented himself.

Mr. Glenn Fish (GRV Chief Steward) and Ms. Demi Barber (GRV Steward) represented the Stewards Panel.

Mr. Robert Conway pleaded guilty to the charge.

After hearing all the evidence tendered and having regard to GAR83 (2)(3) and (6), the RADB determined that Mr. Conway was guilty as charged and disqualified him for 9 months (with 5 months of this penalty suspended for 12 months pending no further breaches of GAR83 during the next 12 month period), effective from Tuesday, 23 December 2014.

Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB also disqualified ‘Norrie’s Antics’ from Event 4 – The KINGSTON TROPHIES – Grade 5 – at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 and amended the placing’s as follows:

1st Midnight Reign
2nd Buckle Up Axel
3rd Henry Garth
4th Bekim Goddess
5th Ulla Allen
6th Sonic Fantasy
7th Smash It
Disqualified Norrie’s Antics

In assessing penalty, the Board took into account all the evidence and submissions, including the following matters:

(a) Mr. Conway’s guilty plea;

(b) The nature of the prohibited substance 5Beta-Androstane-3alpha, 17beta-diol when present at a mass concentration greater than 10ng/mL;

(c) The need to maintain the integrity of greyhound racing and ensure a level playing
field for all participants;

(d) Prior penalties for similar offences;

(e) Mr. Conway’s character and his clean history for more than 45 years in the
greyhound industry;

(f) The need for general deterrence as a factor in sentencing and having regard to the
number of similar offences coming before the Board; and

(g) Mr. Conway’s positive presentation before the Board.

The Board took the opportunity to repeat its concern as to the number of matters involving this substance coming before it. The penalty given in this matter must stand at the low end of any scale and influenced by all the matters in Mr. Conway’s favour.

ARG Opinion:

There seems to be a lot of positive swabs for Androstane in recent months, probably due to the threshold being reduced to a lower concentration. GRV have shown that they are committed to eliminating the issue with most trainers caught facing disqualification and fines with this case’s penalty being consistent with those handed out recently.

Terry Moore Disqualified And Fined For Salbutamol Positive

Offence:

GAR 83 (2)(3): Mr. Terry Moore failed to present the greyhound ‘Irene Florence’ free of any prohibited substance for an event at Bendigo Greyhound Racing Association on Wednesday, 10 September 2014.

Report:

Following advice from Racing Analytical Services Laboratory, the Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria conducted an investigation into the results of post-race urine sample taken from the greyhound ‘Irene Florence’ at the Bendigo meeting held on Wednesday, 10 September 2014.

During the investigation, Stewards received evidence from registered trainer Mr. Terry Moore, Mr. Paul Zahra (Racing Analytical Services Laboratory) and Dr. Steven Karamatic (Greyhound Racing Industry Veterinary Officer).

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Moore with a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rules 83(2) and (3) in that he did fail to present the greyhound ‘Irene Florence’ free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Bendigo meeting held on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 given that the post-race urine sample taken from the greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substance Salbutamol.

Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules a breach of GAR83 (2) and (3) constitutes a Serious Offence. As a result, on Thursday, 18 December 2014 this matter was heard before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board in the first instance under Greyhound Local Racing Rule 47.3 and Sections 83C(b) and 83M(1) of the Racing Act.

Mr. Terry Moore represented himself.

Mr. Glenn Fish (GRV Chief Steward) and Ms. Demi Barber (GRV Steward) represented the Stewards Panel.

Mr. Terry Moore pleaded guilty to the charge.

After hearing all the evidence tendered and having regard to GAR83 (2) and (3), the RADB determined that Mr. Terry Moore was guilty as charged and disqualified him for 3 years and fined him $3,000, effective from Thursday, 18 December 2014.

In assessing penalty, the Board took into account all the evidence and submissions, including the following matters:

(a) Mr. Terry Moore’s guilty plea;

(b) The nature of the prohibited substance Salbutamol and how and when the offences
occurred;

(c) The need to maintain the integrity of greyhound racing and ensure a level playing
field for all participants; and

(d) Prior penalties for similar prohibited substance offences.

Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB also disqualified ‘Irene Florence’ from Event 3 – The BARBEQUES GALORE BENDIGO – Grade 5 T3 – at the Bendigo meeting held on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 and amended the placing’s as follows:

1st Flynn O’Malley
2nd Lioness Lulu
3rd Victoria Jay
4th Astana Spur
5th Moonlight Cruise
6th Thyme For Bed
7th Talkin’ Lass
Disqualified Irene Florence

ARG Opinion

Another forceful penalty imposed in Victoria, highlighting GRV’s intolerance of banned substances within the sport. Salbutamol, being a drug commonly used for treatment of bronchospasm, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cystic fibrosis, has been shown to increase performance in athletes.

Chris Darmanin Suspended And Fined For Procaine Positive

Offences:

GAR 83 (2) (3): Mr. Chris Darmanin failed to present the greyhound ‘Penny Maid’ free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club on Saturday, 2 August 2014.

Report:

Following advice from Racing Analytical Services Laboratory, the Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria conducted an investigation into the results of a pre-race urine sample taken from the greyhound ‘Penny Maid’ at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Saturday, 2 August 2014.

During the investigation, Stewards received evidence from registered trainer Mr. Chris Darmanin, Mr. Paul Zahra (Racing Analytical Services Laboratory) and Dr. Steven Karamatic (Greyhound Racing Industry Veterinary Officer).

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Darmanin with a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rules 83(2) and (3) in that he did fail to present the greyhound ‘Penny Maid’ free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Saturday, 2 August 2014 given that the pre-race urine sample taken from the greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substance Procaine.

Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules a breach of GAR83 (2) and (3) constitutes a Serious Offence.

As a result, on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 this matter was heard before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board in the first instance under Greyhound Local Racing Rule 47.3 and Sections 83C(b) and 83M(1) of the Racing Act.

Mr. Chris Darmanin represented himself.

Mr. Ron Matthews (GRV Steward) represented the Stewards Panel.

Mr. Chris Darmanin pleaded guilty to the charge.

After hearing all the evidence tendered, the RADB determined that Mr. Darmanin was guilty as charged and suspended his registration for 2 months and fined him $250.

In assessing penalty, the Board took into account all the evidence and submissions, including the following matters:

(a) Mr. Darmanins’ guilty plea;

(b) The nature of the prohibited substance Procaine and the probability that it had been present in meat ingested by the greyhound;

(c) The need to maintain the integrity of greyhound racing and ensure a level playing field for all participants;

(d) Prior penalties for similar category 2 prohibited substance offences;

(e) Mr. Darmanins’ character and his clean history in the greyhound industry, save for a prior conviction for a similar offence in 2009, which the RADB took into account.

Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB also disqualified ‘Penny Maid’ from Event 9 – The VIRBAC ANIMAL HEALTH – Grade 5 – at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Saturday, 2 August 2014 and amended the placing’s as follows:

1st Sasha Diva
2nd Claretown Tex
3rd Abit Late
4th Lexi Star
5th Loyal Miss
6th Sister Trix
7th Greysynd Rava
Disqualified Penny Maid

The RADB also expressed concern that another charge involving Procaine was before it. If this is to continue the range of penalties may need to be addressed.

ARG Opinion:

It has become pretty standard for positive Procaine swabs to result in a fine with $250 a fair amount given the other cases that have been heard recently. Mr Darmanin was also suspended for two months, a penalty less common, which is perhaps attributed to the fact that he had a conviction for a similar offence in 2009.

Barry Wells Fined And Disqualified For Heptaminol Positive

Offence:

GAR 83 (1) and 83 (2) (3)

(1) Mr. Barry Wells the trainer of the greyhound HECAN BOLT, which was nominated to compete in an Event, namely, Race 10, the AWESOME LODGE – Mixed 4/5, conducted by the Healesville Greyhound Racing Club at Healesville on Sunday, 3 August 2014, did administer or cause to be administered the prohibited substance Heptaminol for the purpose of affecting the greyhound’s condition, behaviour or performance in the Event.

(2) Mr. Barry Wells the trainer of the greyhound HECAN BOLT, which was nominated to compete in an Event, namely, Race 10, the AWESOME LODGE – Mixed 4/5, conducted by the Healesville Greyhound Racing Club at Healesville on Sunday, 3 August 2014, did fail on that date to present the greyhound free of any prohibited substance, given that a pre race urine sample taken from the greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substance Heptaminol.

Report:

Following advice from the Racing Analytical Services Laboratory, the Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria conducted an investigation into the results of a pre-race urine sample taken from the greyhound ‘Hecan Bolt’ at the Healesville Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Sunday, 3 August 2014.

During the investigation, Stewards received evidence from registered trainer Mr. Barry Wells, Mr. Paul Zahra (Racing Analytical Services Laboratory) and Dr. Steven Karamatic (Greyhound Racing Industry Veterinary Officer).

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Wells with a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rules as indicated in charges (1) to (2) above.

Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules a breach of GAR83 (1) and GAR83 (2)(3) constitute Serious Offences.

As a result, on Monday, 15 December 2014 this matter was heard before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board in the first instance under Greyhound Local Racing Rule 47.3 and Sections 83C(b) and 83M(1) of the Racing Act.

Mr. Barry Wells did not attend the Hearing.

Mr. Ron Matthews (GRV Steward) represented the Stewards Panel.
After hearing all the evidence tendered and having regard to GAR83 (1) and GAR83 (2) (3), the RADB determined that: (the Stewards having withdrawn charge 1)

In relation to charge (2), Mr. Wells was guilty as charged and disqualified him for 2 years effective from completion of this present period of disqualification, he was also fined $2,000.

Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB also disqualified ‘Hecan Bolt’ from Event 10 – The AWESOME LODGE – Mixed 4/5 – at the Healesville Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Sunday, 3 August 2014 and amended the placing’s as follows:

1st Transcend Time
2nd Lost Profits
3rd Centralian
4th Dirty Mary
5th Under Threat
6th Gino Keeping
Disqualified Hecan Bolt

In assessing penalty, the Board took into account all the evidence and submissions, including the following matters:

(a) Mr. Wells’ failure to attend the hearing;

(b) The nature of the prohibited substance Heptaminol;

(c) The need to maintain the integrity of greyhound racing and ensure a level playing field for all participants; and

(d) Prior penalties for similar offences and Mr. Wells record of prior offences.

ARG Opinion:

GRV has been very consistent in their handling of positive swabs and this hearing has resulted in yet another firm decision. It reinforces their adamant stance that that prohibited substances will not be tolerated within the Victorian greyhound racing industry.

Robert Neocleous Disqualified For Androstane Positive

Offences:

GAR 83 (2) (3) and (6): Mr. Robert Neocleous failed to present the greyhound ‘Mumma Hook’ free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club on Wednesday, 20 August 2014.

Report:

Following advice from Racing Analytical Services Laboratory, the Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria conducted an investigation into the results of a pre-race urine sample taken from greyhound ‘Mumma Hook’ at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Wednesday, 20 August 2014.

During the investigation, Stewards received evidence from registered trainer Mr. Robert Neocleous, Mr. Paul Zahra (Racing Analytical Services Laboratory) and Dr. Steven Karamatic (Greyhound Racing Industry Veterinary Officer).

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Neocleous with a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rules 83(2)(3) and (6) in that he did fail to present the greyhound ‘Mumma Hook’ free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 given that the pre-race urine sample taken from the greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substance 5β- Androstane-3α, 17β-diol at a mass concentration greater than 10ng/ml.

Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules a breach of GAR83 (2) (3) and (6) constitutes a Serious Offence. As a result, on Monday, 15 December 2014 this matter was heard before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board in the first instance under Greyhound Local Racing Rule 47.3 and Sections 83C(b) and 83M(1) of the Racing Act.

Mr. Robert Neocleous represented himself.

Mr. Glenn Fish (GRV Chief Steward) and Mr. Ron Matthews (GRV Steward) represented the Stewards Panel.

Mr. Robert Neocleous pleaded guilty to the charge.

After hearing all the evidence tendered and having regard to GAR83 (2)(3) and (6), the RADB determined that Mr. Neocleous was guilty as charged and disqualified him for 9 months (with 5 months of this penalty suspended for 12 months pending no further breaches of GAR83 during the next 12 month period), effective from Friday 19 December 2014.

Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB also disqualified Mumma Hook’ from Event 5 – The TAB GREAT CHASE (1-5 Wins) Heat 2 – at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 and amended the placing’s as follows:

1st Custom Classic
2nd First Dan
3rd Tekki Minx
4th Take Them On
5th Elly Nora
6th Smith And Wesson
7th Elegant Elle
Disqualified Mumma Hook

In assessing penalty, the Board took into account all the evidence and submissions, including the following matters:

(a) Mr. Neocleous’ guilty plea;

(b) The nature of the prohibited substance 5Beta-Androstane-3alpha,17beta-diol when present at a mass concentration greater than 10ng/ml;

(c) The need to maintain the integrity of greyhound racing and ensure a level playing field for all participants;

(d) Prior penalties for similar offences;

(e) Mr. Neocleous’ character and his clean history for more than 40 years’ in the greyhound industry;

(f) The need for general deterrence as a factor in sentencing and having regard to the number of similar offences coming before the Board; and

(g) Mr. Neocleous’ presentation before the Board.

ARG Opinion

The penalty in this case is standard to what has been dealt out in Victoria in recent times and is another clear indication that the state is determined to rid the sport of banned substances.

Deborah Coleman Fined For Failing To Present Greyhound

Offences:

GAR 86(o): Negligently failed to present the greyhound ‘Ever To Be’ for its engagement.

Report:

Stewards on the 12 December 2014, conducted an Inquiry into the circumstances pertaining to trainer Ms. Debrorah Coleman failing to present the greyhound ‘Ever To Be’ for its event at Ballarat Racing Club meeting conducted on 12 November 2014.

After hearing the evidence, Stewards charged Ms Coleman with a breach of GAR86 (o) in that she failed to present the greyhound for an engagement at the Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club meeting on 12 November 2014, which in the opinion of stewards was negligent.

Ms Coleman pleaded guilty to the charge.

Stewards found Ms Coleman guilty as charged and fined her $250.00.

ARG Opinion:

Without knowing the specifics behind why the greyhound was not presented, it is hard to make a judgement on the severity of the fine. GRV are very strict on enforcing the rules of racing and a $250 fine for a minor offence should be sufficient warning to prevent a similar incident happening again.

Sunday, 14 December 2014


Greyhound Box Draw For Sale – Sunday, 14 December 2014

Race No. 1Sam Tudor Carpentry5:52 PM (VIC time)
Maiden event over 440 metres at Sale Of $1,415 Prizemoney.
1st: $990 2nd: $285 3rd: $140.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1CARIBBEAN MAGIC [M]4452NBTC Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
2AGENT ALYSSA [M]5NBTD Hay (Maffra)
3PURE GASSED [M]34NBTR Cunneen (Moe South)
4APPLE CYDER [M]35FSHV Awramenko (Waurn Ponds)
5MAGALUF BOB [M]56NBTC Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
6TAHLIA’S ECLIPSE [M]7NBTT Chatwin (Johnsonville)
7MARLY GIRL [M]25NBTR Boyce (Korumburra)
8ENDURO MISS [M]26NBTP Presutto (Devon Meadows)
9MR. LEIGH [M]Res.FSHG Jose (Catani)
10SIR REUBEN (NSW)[M]Res.225NBTG Jose (Catani)
Race No. 2Padulas Europa Deli6:12 PM (VIC time)
Maiden event over 520 metres at Sale Of $1,415 Prizemoney.
1st: $990 2nd: $285 3rd: $140.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1KYLE’S EXPRESS [M]74452NBTT Chatwin (Johnsonville)
2INSANE BLAZE [M]6FSTDT Chatwin (Johnsonville)
3ZELEMAR ROSE [M]66FSTDD Johnston (Boisdale)
4VULCAN ROSE [M]1248FSTDB Chignell (Rosedale)
5ISA HILLBILLY [M]34342NBTA Inger (Nambrok)
6GALLOPING GEM [M]73327NBTR Conway (Bunyip)
7AVON POWER [M]5225FSTDJ Norden (Stratford)
8IN CANADA [M]43274FSTDG Ennis (Sandhurst)
9AVON STONE [M]Res.257NBTJ Norden (Stratford)
10LAKEVIEW MISS [M]Res.4365FSTDM Whelan (Metung)
Race No. 3Marcus Engineering Ht16:32 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 440 metres at Sale Of $1,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $375 3rd: $190.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MAGNUM OASIS [5]42164FSHB Dapiran (Northwood)
2SAAHD [5]21111FSHG Ennis (Sandhurst)
3FEAR THE BEST [5]26756NBTJ Hunt (Lara)
4LUNCHLESS [5]7285224.76(4)C Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
5HEZA APPLE [5]33746FSHV Awramenko (Waurn Ponds)
6LEKTRA UTOPIA [5]451FSHA Dailly (Anakie)
7JULES’ FANCY [5]17624NBTJ Reynolds (Pearcedale)
8LEN WAYNE [5]6323624.91(4)N Snowden (Stratford)
9DR. ZSA ZSA [5]Res.4487525.30(5)J Mcmahon (Darriman)
10BRAVO BOY [5]Res.5514625.49(5)G Elston (Sale)
Race No. 4Sporting Legends Ht26:47 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 440 metres at Sale Of $1,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $375 3rd: $190.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1EYEFUL OF BLING [5]61123FSHP Presutto (Devon Meadows)
2FLASH GALO [5]3537725.29(2)C Lindrea (Stratford)
3CRACKERJACK ROSE [5]8231TNBTA Dailly (Anakie)
4MILITARY MAN [5]7463825.10(1)D Johnston (Boisdale)
5PLEA FOR BEER [5]46255NBTG Debono (Lang Lang)
6BUDDIE BARGAIN [5]5537225.43(6)C Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
7DR. HAMISH [5]77363NBTJ Mcmahon (Darriman)
8THAT’S ABOUT ME [5]2243525.02(8)W Fasoli (Heyfield)
9HIGH STYLE [5]Res.5771425.30(1)G Dalton (Hazelwood North)
10BERZERK [5]Res.6615FSHJ Thompson (Pearcedale)
Race No. 5Aygee Gippsland Grv Vbis Final (gobis)7:05 PM (VIC time)
Maiden Final event over 440 metres at Sale Of $11,710 Prizemoney.
1st: $7,500 2nd: $2,140 3rd: $1,070 GOBIS: $1,000.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1EXUBERANT [M]22NBTJ Thompson (Pearcedale)
2COSMIC YAP [5]1324.98(1)J Chignell (Rosedale)
3FEVER PITCH [5]1124.79(2)R Divirgilio (Devon Meadows)
4APRIL FOOLS ROSE [5]T1224.86(8)S Chignell (Rosedale)
5ASTON GATUM [5]1125.05(8)J Thompson (Pearcedale)
6NOAKI HAWK [5]243125.19(2)J Reynolds (Pearcedale)
7GOOD JUDGE BUDDY [M]67422NBTC Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
8TIMMY TRUMPET [M]23NBTJ Thompson (Pearcedale)
9WHERE ARE WE [M]Res.34633NBTT Whitford (Sale)
10DANYO’S TOM [5]Res.3421424.89(6)N Ryan (Devon Meadows)
Race No. 6Sale Shopfitters Tab Bonus7:27 PM (VIC time)
Special Event event over 650 metres at Sale Of $4,710 Prizemoney.
1st: $3,295 2nd: $945 3rd: $470.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ZIPPING MAGGIE (NSW)[4]42432FSHP Dapiran (Northwood)
2DARBAIN DASHER [5]25574NBTR Conway (Bunyip)
3DYNA KAYLA (NSW)[4]17317FSHA Dailly (Anakie)
4ZIPPING SPIKE (NSW)[5]13271NBTD Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
5EVIE JANE [5]74546FSHA Dailly (Anakie)
6STARC (NSW)[5]5F213FSHA Dailly (Anakie)
7TIME DIMENSION [3]4511137.35(1)C Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
8BIG KAT [5]28124FSHC Schlensog (Anakie)
9AKINA AKEIRA [5]Res.71145NBTJ Rowley (Denison)
10REEN’S PRINCE [5]Res.86426NBTJ Holden (Nambrok)
Race No. 7Rob Smart & Assoc.7:44 PM (VIC time)
Mixed 4/5 event over 520 metres at Sale Of $2,005 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,405 2nd: $400 3rd: $200.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1RILEY’S CHARM [5]53122NBTR Boyce (Korumburra)
2WILLOWVALE HAWK (NSW)[5]5441430.13(1)A Flores (Yinnar South)
3WADELOCK BILL [5]3487430.18(6)M Clohesy (Stratford)
4FEIKUAI ZACK [5]41384FSTDA Inger (Nambrok)
5NIFTY NEVEELK [4]1272629.62(1)R Kleeven (Denison)
6FAIRY LACE [4]5351529.65(5)B Proctor (Alberton West)
7CHARLIE SPITZ [5]27653NBTP Spiteri (Morwell)
8DEBORAH ROSE [5]4171730.16(5)J Chignell (Rosedale)
9WINSTON ROSE [5]Res.5125829.85(8)J Chignell (Rosedale)
10YAHOO GOLD [5]Res.41654NBTB Whelan (Swan Reach)
Race No. 8Valda Clavarino Memorial Gdr8:07 PM (VIC time)
Special Event event over 650 metres at Sale Of $4,710 Prizemoney.
1st: $3,295 2nd: $945 3rd: $470.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ZIPPING RORY (NSW)[4]21F21FSHB Dapiran (Northwood)
2REEN’S FABIAN [3]4113737.40(1)J Holden (Nambrok)
3PARIS SPARKS [4]8415237.71(1)D Pulis (Moe South)
4SISCO RAGE [4]46233NBTJ Galea (Lara)
5LOVE AFFAIR (NSW)[5]75381FSHA Dailly (Anakie)
6NICKI FIELDS [5]82381FSHM Puleio (Mulgrave)
7ALLEN DEED (NSW)[4]47615FSHA Dailly (Anakie)
8DOUBLE RINSE (NSW)[5]27143FSHA Dailly (Anakie)
9ROETHLISBERGER (NSW)[5]Res.15162FSHA Dailly (Anakie)
10ZELEMAR KNIGHT [5]Res.85438NBTA Gieschen (Maffra)
Race No. 9Ral Construction8:22 PM (VIC time)
Free For All event over 440 metres at Sale Of $2,360 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,650 2nd: $475 3rd: $235.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1WOOFENDEN [2]1117424.67(3)D Johnston (Boisdale)
2ZAMBORA POWER (NSW)[3]1115425.03(2)G Whitford (Yarram)
3COOL TREND (NSW)[3]2452124.89(6)B Alford (Yarram)
4SANDY MONELLI [4]7712425.05(7)D Prout (Stratford)
5MACALISTER SAM [4]3115825.32(6)L Hughes (Longford)
6PRINCE TO EXCEL (NSW)[2]2815225.03(2)G Jose (Catani)
7WHODAT KNOCKIN’ [4]13821FSHJ Thompson (Pearcedale)
8HURRICANE HARLEY [1]3513224.80(6)J Holden (Nambrok)
9YAHOO GOLD [4]Res.4165425.37(3)B Whelan (Swan Reach)
Race No. 10Gippsland Custom Pools Ht38:47 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 440 metres at Sale Of $1,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $375 3rd: $190.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DISCO [5]3638725.23(1)C Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
2TURBO NORRIS [5]82288NBTJ Reynolds (Pearcedale)
3SONNY’S SALUTE [5]2675225.08(Q)(8)B Reed (Yarram)
4ZOLTAR [5]7423325.66(Q)(1)J Gill (Darriman)
5VEETEE BOOMER [5]6173NBTP Anderton (Devon Meadows)
6CAPTAIN PETER [5]8617825.48(2)D Johnston (Boisdale)
7GRAND LEGACY [5]26434FSHP Dapiran (Northwood)
8BOLT ME DOWN [5]33774NBTG Debono (Lang Lang)
9BRAVO BOY [5]Res.5514625.49(5)G Elston (Sale)
10PREMIER SONG [5]Res.4651FSHG Ennis (Sandhurst)
Race No. 11Howard & Schuback Mega Sports Ht49:07 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 440 metres at Sale Of $1,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $375 3rd: $190.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1LUCKY LIAM [5]4415825.25(6)S Mckay (Denison)
2SALEGREYS POWER [5]5336624.92(3)C Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
3CRACKERJACK BURN [5]2175FSHA Dailly (Anakie)
4HURRICANE YELLA [5]36426FSHV Awramenko (Waurn Ponds)
5RISK OF DAMAGE [5]8341625.32(3)G Debono (Lang Lang)
6MISS SU CHI [5]2153625.18(3)T Proctor (Alberton West)
7SPADES AND ROSES [5]4438525.14(8)R Winter (Denison)
8IMA APPLE [5]22218FSHJ Riley (Wallington)
9DR. ZSA ZSA [5]Res.4487525.30(5)J Mcmahon (Darriman)
10PREMIER SONG [5]Res.4651FSHG Ennis (Sandhurst)
Race No. 12H&s Firearms Ht59:32 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 440 metres at Sale Of $1,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $375 3rd: $190.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1RED MAXWELL [5]17888NBTL Russell (Sale)
2LAKEVIEW HARLEY [5]2125NBTM Whelan (Metung)
3TWO STROKE PAT [5]14284NBTR Cunneen (Moe South)
4ROZEHILL MAISIE [5]8542325.22(4)J Van gelderen (Traralgon)
5LOVING ANGELS [5]4653125.20(3)C Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
6CHAMPAGNE DREAMS [5]1837525.21(6)G Debono (Lang Lang)
7FRANK FURTER [5]12786FSHC Schlensog (Anakie)
8ALDERAAN [5]58F2525.15(3)C Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
9HIGH STYLE [5]Res.5771425.30(1)G Dalton (Hazelwood North)
10BERZERK [5]Res.6615FSHJ Thompson (Pearcedale)

Anthony Kent Fined And Disqualified For Ten Years

Offences:

GAR 86 (g), 86 (p) and 86 (o)

(1) Mr. Anthony Kent on the 27 August 2014, at the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club Track did wilfully assault Mr. Troy Harley the Manager of the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Association, by punching him in the face with a clenched fist.

(2) Mr. Anthony Kent on the 27 August 2014, at the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club Track did threaten Ms. Christine Gent, a Steward with Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) by stating “I’m coming back to see you”. This statement was delivered in an intimidating manner and transpired shortly after Mr. Anthony Kent had assaulted Mr. Troy Harley the Manager of the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Association.

(3) Mr. Anthony Kent on the 27 August 2014, at the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club Track disobeyed the lawful direction of Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) Steward Mr. Ian Taylor in that Mr. Anthony Kent was ordered by Mr. Ian Taylor to have the greyhound “Pirate Arcade” vetted and did leave the track without doing so.

(4) Mr. Anthony Kent on the 27 August 2014, at the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club Track used indecent language in an aggravated and repetitive fashion behind the starting boxes during the running of race 1, which in the opinion of the Stewards is improper and constitutes misconduct.

(5) Mr. Anthony Kent on the 27 August 2014, at the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club Track used indecent language in an aggravated and repetitive fashion in and around the kennel block prior to the running of race 2, which in the opinion of the Stewards is improper and constitutes misconduct.

(6) Mr. Anthony Kent on the 27 August 2014, at the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club Track used indecent language in an aggravated and repetitive fashion in the Stewards room following race 2, which in the opinion of the Stewards is improper and constitutes misconduct.

Report:

The Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria conducted an investigation into the behaviour of Mr. Anthony Kent at the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Wednesday, 27 August 2014.

During the investigation, Stewards received evidence from registered trainer Mr. Anthony Kent, Mr. Troy Harley (Club Manager), Ms. Christine Gent (Steward) and Mr. Ian Taylor (Steward).

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Kent with breaches of Greyhounds Australasia Rules as indicated in charges (1) to (6) above.

Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules a breach of 86 (g), 86 (p) and 86 (o) constitute Serious Offences.

As a result, on Tuesday, 9 December 2014 this matter was heard before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board in the first instance under Greyhound Local Racing Rule 47.3 and Sections 83C(b) and 83M(1) of the Racing Act.

Mr. Anthony Kent failed to appear at the Hearing. The Board entered a plea of ‘not guilty’ to each of the charges.

Mr. Glenn Fish (GRV Chief Steward) and Mr. Ron Matthews (GRV Steward) represented the Stewards Panel. During the Hearing Stewards received evidence from witnesses Mr. Graham Carr, Trainer, Mr. Barry Hiscock, Trainer, Mr. Daniel Pell and Mr. Michael Cole, Bendigo GRA employees.

After hearing all the evidence tendered and having regard to GAR 86 (g), 86 (p) and 86 (o), the RADB determined that:

(a) in relation to charge (1), Mr. Kent was found guilty as charged and he was disqualified for 5 years;

(b) in relation to charge (2), Mr. Kent was found guilty as charged and he was disqualified for 5 years;

(c) in relation to charge (3), Mr. Kent was found guilty as charged and he was fined $500;

(d) in relation to charge (4), Mr. Kent was found guilty as charged and he was fined $500;

(e) in relation to charge (5), Mr. Kent was found guilty as charged and he was fined $500;

(f) in relation to charge (6), Mr. Kent was found guilty as charged and he was fined $500;

The periods of disqualification to be served cumulatively.

In assessing penalty, the Board took into account all the evidence and submissions, including the following matters:

(a) Mr. Kent’s failure to attend the hearing;

(b) Mr. Kent’s appalling behaviour involving physical and verbal assaults;

(c) The need to maintain the integrity of greyhound racing;

(d) Prior penalties for similar offences and particularly Mr. Kent’s previous offences
which involved improper language and disregard of the rules as to compliance with
direction from the Stewards;

(e) Mr. Kent’s complete disregard for the rules of the industry and inappropriate
behaviour including putting his greyhound at risk of significant injury; and

(f) The lack of any evidence of remorse and as to the prospects of rehabilitation.

The Board noted that the Police may take action against Mr. Kent but nonetheless determined to proceed to hear the charges as the issues raised went to industry participation and not criminal liability.

ARG Opinion:

A strong and decisive move here that makes it quite clear that harmful and/or offensive behaviour will not be tolerated in the greyhound racing industry. While there are many passionate people within the sport and there are undoubtably many stressful times, there is no need to resort to physical violence or threats. Regardless of knowing or not knowing the story behind the incident, that behaviour is unnecessary and it was a good move by the board to act with such force.

Oscura Is Just Part Of The Story

Oscura’s sad demise last Thursday at Sandown is just one in a long line of broken hocks incurred as dogs come out of the first turn. The enforced retirement of Knocka Norris in the same way at the same track comes to mind, too, and that was in a solo trial. Both represent major investment losses for connections in particular and the industry as a whole. This precise cause and effect has been present for donkey’s years – go back to Gun Law Osti at Wentworth Park in the early 1990s as another example.

Happily, the latter two survived the injury and went on to make major contributions to breeding.

Not that the problem is confined to Sandown by any means. It can occur anywhere and some time back prompted authorities in Perth and Adelaide to start surveying its incidence. Apparently, that effort has since been combined with studies being done out of the GRV office in Melbourne. Reports are expected in due course.

Of course, a completed study is a worthwhile objective. Meantime, surely there are interim indications of what causes these things. Is it a genetic weakness? Is it the shape of turns? Does it happen more often to high quality (ie faster) dogs? To leaders or followers? To big dogs or small ones? To railers or wide runners? Some evidence should be available now.

Genetics are a long term matter but improving turns is something that can be done fairly easily – in part or in whole. Let’s remember that the physical forces at play as a finely tuned athlete negotiates a (supposedly) banked turn at high speed are huge. But so is our knowledge of veterinary studies and engineering theory and practice. From freeways to cyclist’s velodromes we have all the numbers at our fingertips, so it is a straightforward matter to apply the principles to a greyhound track.

As an interim measure we need to know what minimum parameters should be set for turn radii and banking angles and then find out which tracks conform and which do not. Absolute precision is not the main objective; rather, to start with, we need a fair indication of what’s good and what’s bad. The details can always be refined as studies are completed.

Meanwhile, even casual observations reveal that first turns for two trips – Richmond 535m and Ipswich 520m – are as flat as a pancake. That not only increases the physical risks but also creates otherwise avoidable disruptions in races. These are just two examples of tracks where solutions can be found immediately yet they are also subjects which have been ignored or swept under the carpet. Indeed, a few years ago GRNSW spent over half a million dollars “rebuilding” the Richmond track, only to repeat the same fault. In Queensland, they have also persisted with poorly contoured turns at Albion Park while the much-lauded Gold Coast track had a flat home turn, often causing dogs to run wide and out of the SKY picture.

We need better guidance and better information. Above all, action please.

That action will have to be a lot better than what is supposedly happening to The Gardens. Apparently, local reports claim it is the subject of GRNSW’ first effort to improve track layouts following criticism from the recent parliamentary Inquiry. All that we hear (there are no official announcements) is that they are whizzing around the circuit doing something with the surfacing. But what exactly? (Googling “Newcastle Greyhounds” will not help as that takes you to Newcastle in the UK).

Whatever they are doing with the surface is the tip of the iceberg. The Gardens layout has been faulty – ie poorly designed – from the start. The move of the 413m boxes to the present 400m position, costing $50,000, came long after they had started racing there, despite advance advice to the club (then the NCA) that it would be a problem. The NCA advised everything was fine as the track had been built by “experts”, all of which demonstrates a distinct lack of knowledge amongst both club and authority staff. Indeed, the absence of any scientific studies of the art of track design in this country stops anyone from being classed as expert.

Yet, having supposedly attacked the subject, The Gardens remains with a disruptive first turn (515m), a bend start to 400m and 600m races and a flattish home turn. The topography is entire wrong.

GRNSW also “rebuilt” the Dapto track (another half a million or so) only to end up with a repeat of the old faults – a disruptive start and first turn. Inside dogs keep veering to the right at every 520m start because the boxes, indeed the whole track, should have been moved some metres to the north to avoid the inevitable squeezing. A big job, certainly, but better than throwing all that money down the drain.

GRNSW other recent effort was to hack into the wall near Bathurst’s first turn to create a new 450m start which demands runners perform a right angle turn to the left after the jump. In that same area, the 520m first turn is no bed of roses either.

Meanwhile, all the Northern Rivers tracks are crying out for layout changes and modernisation, while Bulli persists with a flat turn into the straight which routinely throws dogs off to the outside. In today’s climate, funding for these projects will be difficult yet the problems have been present for many years, only to be ignored.

It might seem a stretch to attach all these issues to the unfortunate experience of poor old Oscura (RIP) yet the fact is that was no more than a further piece of evidence in a very lengthy saga of poor management by state racing authorities. The current waffling about animal welfare is all very well yet the prime influence on in-race disruptions and injuries is badly laid out tracks, all of which are man-made and longstanding.

And it goes on. Both Queensland and WA have announced that plans for their new tracks at Cannington and Logan respectively include bend starts for middle distance races. How can that be possible?

Zelemar Fever Inquiry Adjourned

Report:

RWWA Stewards yesterday 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 following samples obtained from ZELEMAR FEVER:

A post race urine sample after winning Race 5, the Tabtouch W.A. Sprint Championship Final at Cannington on 16 August 2014.

A post race urine sample after placing third in Race 8 the Tabtouch National Sprint Championship Final at Cannington on 23 August 2014.

These findings of both ChemCentre reports have been verified by the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) in NSW.

Evidence was taken from Trainer of ZELEMAR FEVER, Ms Linda Britton, RWWA Investigator Mr Geoff Johnson, RWWA Racing Industry Veterinarian Dr Judith Medd and ChemCentre Analyst Mr James White.

In view of the voluminous evidence presented to the inquiry through the course of the day’s hearing, the matter was adjourned at 5.20pm to afford Ms Britton and her counsel the opportunity to consider and make any submissions with regard to evidence presented, prior to the Stewards determining whether charges under the RWWA Rules of Racing apply.

ARG Opinion:

With the threshold for testosterone being lowered in recent years, the greyhound industry has seen an abundance of positive swabs as trainers continue to try and keep their bitches from coming on season. It is a very delicate balance between managing to keep them off and returning a positive swab, but the racing bodies around Australia have proven to be brutal in enforcing the new rules.

In November, GRV disqualified John Barbara for an Androstane positive for 9 months (with 6 months of this penalty suspended for 12 months pending no further breaches of GAR83 occurred during the 12 month period) with other trainers disqualified recently also including Graham James, Kevin Wright, Gregory Couldridge and Tony Vass.

While mostly they were all only disqualified for a few months, it would have a serious effect on racing in WA if the state’s leading lady was sent out.

It is interesting to note that in September, Racing Queensland issued a $2,500 fine to trainer Jan Warner for an Androstane positive rather than a disqualification.

Only time will tell if Britton will escape with just a fine like Warner or whether she will face time on the sidelines.

Graeme Bate Fires Back At GRV

Leading former trainer Graeme Bate has been left nonplussed by the decision to remove him from the Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) Hall of Fame.

But Bate had a parting shot for GRV, saying it had wasted its money with its decision to appeal against the leniency of the two-year disqualification he was given by the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board in June for five serious rule breaches.

It was the first time GRV had appealed a decision of the independent RADB for being too lenient and at the appeal in October, VCAT increased the penalty by one year, to a total of three years.

Bate said on Thursday he had no intention of returning to training even after a two-year disqualification and even if he did, he would have had to re-apply to GRV for his trainer’s licence.

“The cost of that court case to get me an extra 12 months was $100,000,” he said.

“And I had already told them I wasn’t going to go back training dogs anyway.

“How they can justify using $100,000 of greyhound racing money to do something that was already done … they didn’t have to give me back my licence. I told them, I said i’m not interested in [coming back], I’m nearly 70 year old. I’m not going back.”

After the VCAT decision to extend the ban, GRV chairman Peter Caillard said on its website:

“The original decision to disqualify Mr Bate for just two years was too lenient and we believe the decision of VCAT to increase Mr Bate’s penalty vindicates the stewards’ decision to appeal.

“We have increased our swab numbers by 25 per cent in the past year, taking close to 4300 individual swabs. We now test out-of-competition, pre-race and post-race in addition to freezing and storing samples for retrospective testing.”

As for his removal from the Hall of Fame, Bate said:

“They sent me an email yesterday. I haven’t really got any thoughts about it. I’m just sort of all over it.”

Bate pleaded guilty to five serious offences under the Greyhounds Australasia Rules (GAR) before the RADB on June 10 this year.

The charges included: administering a prohibited substance to a greyhound under his care; administering a prohibited substance to greyhounds trained by another person; procuring tablets for the purpose of administering to greyhounds; and making a false and misleading statement.

Caillard said in a statement on Thursday:

“This board has repeatedly stressed that it will not tolerate anyone using prohibited substances to gain an unfair advantage. More than ever before, the board of GRV has committed resources to detect and prevent their use. This includes the introduction of out-of-competition testing and the freezing of samples, with testing of those samples to commence shortly.”

Bate has found some positives in his enforced absence from the industry.

“It’s the first time I’ve actually ever got to go and buy my own clothes and things … I have worked my butt off for this industry and in this industry all my life,” he said.

“It’s changed my life actually and it’s for the better.

“Because greyhound racing does completely entail you … you can’t go on holidays, you can’t do anything.”

T3 Betting No Gold Mine

Some time back, a reader told us that he found Victorian T3 races good to bet on – presumably meaning better than normal graded races. So we thought we should run a few quick checks on the results of those races by comparison with normal Grade 5 races.

To do that we used examples over the last three months for the main distances at Ballarat and Bendigo (450m and 425m).

Both clubs run quite a lot of both types of events. (Statistically, the sample is still fairly small so treat the figures as broad indications only).

Here are the average winning times and average winning dividends (in Vic) for each.

Track Tier 3 Grade 5 T3 Standard
Time Dividend Time Dividend
Bendigo 24.26 $6.80 23.99 $6.16 24.30
Ballarat 25.66 $6.18 25.48 $6.66 ($5.59) 25.80


We show two dividend figures for Ballarat – the first includes two extraordinarily high dividends (unlikely to be repeated) while the second figure excludes them.

This tells us a number of things. First, Grade 5 races are faster by three to four lengths, which is only to be expected as the T3 starters are restricted to dogs which have not previously beaten the standard. Second, however, more than half of all T3 winners do beat the standard in the actual race, suggesting that in their earlier career they may not have had the opportunity to show their best.

Third, there is a large drop in dividends when moving to the better class of race, in turn indicating that punters found it easier to make the right choices there. That’s pretty logical as the dogs will be more experienced and more consistent than the up and comers.

Fourth, there is a large difference in Ballarat’s favour in the dividend area – ie lower. Put another way, results at Bendigo are much less predictable. If there is a difference in class of dogs which contributes to this, it is not really obvious.

However, the longer Ballarat trip is a more demanding one, leading to the probability that more Bendigo races are won by flashy beginners which lack a little strength. Again, this is to be expected as the difference between the two trips is a critical one amongst the general dog population. The average greyhound’s speed peaks at about the end of the Bendigo 425m distance, after which endurance plays a bigger part.

Apart from that, the conclusion has to be that the bloke concentrating on T3 betting will be worse off at the end of the year than someone favouring graded races. Class does count.

Looking at the bigger picture, is T3 racing (or “C” Class in NSW) a good thing? Well, possibly, as the industry is then catering for a bigger proportion of the dog population. However, the scene is blurry because their introduction came at time (mid-2010) when the supply of racing opportunities began exceeding the demand from the total number of starters available, hence the increase in the number of empty boxes. In turn, this meant that a lot of moderate dogs popped up in normal Grade 5 races, not just T3 races, and so lowered standards overall.

Those mathematics worked out nicely for owners and trainers, who could split up a bigger prize money pool over the course of a year. However, punters were not so fortunate because lowering race standards makes picking winners much harder. Racing being what it is, more bolters appeared in the placings. This has to be a significant factor in the loss of serious punters and the rise of mug gamblers as a proportion of the total. The more crowded calendar has also meant a decline in the size of the average TAB pool, which simultaneously has had to withstand the diversion of cash to online bookies, who now attract perhaps a quarter of all bets .

So it has not been 2 and 2 equals 4 – it’s much more complicated than that. The trend needs to be closely watched.

Mystery Remains

We have seen no announcements from GRV about two issues we raised in connection with the form reversal by Allen Deed in its Ballarat Cup heat and, quite separately, the oddball flood of cash in the NSW TAB which distorted all the prices for its heat.

We can only hope that they are still studying the evidence. Both are significant matters which the public are entitled to hear about.

As Predicted

The Ballarat Cup final turned out to be a one-act affair as favourite Luca Neveelk made full use of its rails box. After jumping on level terms it streaked away from the field to record a smart 25.06. It now has the amazing record of 24 wins from 30 starts over 10 different distances at 9 tracks. By comparison, that 80% hit rate easily outpoints the 58% earned by Paw Licking in its 53 start career.

The only surprise was that Blue Giant (a brother to Nockabout Aussie) began better than usual and took a lot of ground off the winner in the run to the post. This dog is in fine form but is probably better suited to a longer trip, much like Allen Deed which was always in the ruck.

Not Just In The City

Peculiar stewards reports appear all over the country, not just in Melbourne as we have been highlighting recently. Are they getting paid by the word? Here are some examples from Ballarat last night – 3 December.

Race 3

“Soho Rhythm (7) crossed to the rail soon after the start checking Xtreme Knocka (5), Connor’s Rocket (4), Pason Sander (2) Nubian (Princess) (1)”.

Any interference caused by Soho Rhythm was negligible, if that. It jumped well clear.

Race 9

“Elite Diva (5) crossed to the rail soon after the start checking One Dee (4) and Matt’s Entity (3)”.

As far as I could see Elite Diva jumped well in front of these two, who were simply slow out of the boxes.

Race 12

“Tammy Baxter crossed to the rail soon after the start checking Mr. Fox (5), Aston Dima (4)\ and Le Luca (3)”.

Rubbish. Tammy Baxter jumped smartly and was well clear of these three or any other dogs. The others were slow out or checked themselves.

Graeme Bate Removed From The GRV Hall Of Fame

The Board of Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) has resolved to remove Graeme Bate from the Hall of Fame following his disqualification for deliberately administering a prohibited substance.

This decision was made after taking into account a range of factors including:

* The gravity of the charges;
* The significant number of Hysone tablets procured by Mr Bate, being up to:
– 6,000 Hysone 20mg tablets between about 11 August 2010 and 6 July 2013; and
– 7,200 Hysone 20mg tablets between about 7 May 2012 and 3 April 2013.
* Mr Bate’s history of breaching significant rules of greyhound racing;
* False or misleading statements made to stewards;
* The criteria for membership of the Hall of Fame;
* The principles of specific and general deterrence;
* The findings of the Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board heard on 10 June 2014 and VCAT on 21 October 2014; and
* The need to maintain trust and public confidence in greyhound racing.

The Board was also mindful of the contribution made by Mr Bate to support the industry over many years.

GRV’s Chairman, Peter Caillard said:

“This Board has repeatedly stressed that it will not tolerate anyone using prohibited substances to gain an unfair advantage. More than ever before, the Board of GRV has committed resources to detect and prevent their use. This includes the introduction of out-of-competition testing and the freezing of samples, with testing of those samples to commence shortly.

Allowing Mr Bate to remain in the Hall of Fame would be inconsistent with this commitment and the message should be loud and clear.”

Mr Bate’s Hall of Fame status will be revoked immediately.

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