Tony Vass Disqualified And Fined

Offences:

GAR 83 (1):Mr. Tony Vass the trainer of the greyhound ‘Sick Money’, which was nominated to compete in an Event, namely, Race 10, the Action Packed Images – Grade 5 T3, conducted by the Warragul Greyhound Racing Club at Warragul on 20 June 2014, did administer or cause to be administered the prohibited substance 5Beta-Androstane-3alpha, 17beta-DIOL at a mass concentration greater than 10ng/ml for the purpose of affecting the greyhound’s condition, behaviour or performance in the Event.

GAR 83 (2)(3)(6): Mr. Tony Vass the trainer of the greyhound ‘Sick Money’ which was nominated to compete in an Event, namely, Race 10, the Action Packaged Images – Grade 5 T3, conducted by the Warragul Greyhound Racing Club at Warragul on 20 June 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 5Beta-Androstane-3alpha, 17beta-DIOL at a mass concentration greater than 10ng/ml.

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 ‘Sick Money’ at the Warragul Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Friday, 20 June 2014.

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

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Vass with a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rules as indicated above.

Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules a breach of GAR83 (1) and GAR83 (2)(3)(6) constitutes a Serious Offence. As a result, on Tuesday, 25 November 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. Tony Vass represented himself.

Mr. Glenn Fish (GRV Chief Steward) represented the Stewards Panel. Mr. Tony Vass pleaded not guilty to the charges.

At the hearing the Stewards called Mr. Paul Zahra and Dr. Steven Karamatic to give evidence each of whom were cross-examined by Mr. Vass. Mr. Zahra’s considered opinion was that the mass concentration level of the prohibited substance was not less than 380 ng/ml and that it was likely that the administration of the prohibited substance had occurred within a reasonably short time frame prior to the taking of the sample.

Mr. Vass gave evidence on his own behalf but called no witnesses.

After hearing all the evidence tendered and having regard to GAR83 (1) and GAR83 (2)(3)(6), the RADB determined that:

(a) In relation to charge (1), Mr. Vass was guilty as charged and disqualified him for 5 years (with 2 years of this penalty suspended) and fined him $2,000.

(b) In relation to charge (2), Mr. Vass was guilty as charged and disqualified him for 12 months and fined him $1,000.

Both disqualification penalties for charge (1) and (2) to be served consecutively, effective from Tuesday, 25 November 2014.

Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB also disqualified ‘Sick Money’ Race 10, the Action Packed Images – Grade 5 T3, conducted by the Warragul Greyhound Racing Club at Warragul on Friday, 20 June 2014 and amended the placings as follows:

1st Lachlan River
2nd Riley Boy
3rd Battle Flame
4th Tooradale
5th Power Dozer
6th Nimrod
7th Hay Ty
Disqualified Sick Money

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

(a) Mr. Vass’ not guilty pleas and consequent lack of remorse;

(b) The nature of the prohibited substance 5Beta-Androstane-3alpha,17beta-DIOL
when present at a mass concentration greater than 10ng/ml and the apparent
prevalence of its use having regard to matters coming before the Board;

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

(f) Specific deterrence in Mr. Vass’s case having regard to previous offences; and

(g) The attitude and demeanour of Mr. Vass in giving evidence to the Board.

ARG Opinion:

It is not the first time that Tony Vass has been at the centre of a positive swab scandal. In August he was disqualified for a period of two months following a Dexamethasone positive from the same greyhound, Sick Money, from Tuesday, 4 March 2014. In addition to this he was found guilty of a morphine positive in 2008 and in 2013 he was found guilty of improper conduct towards a female steward at Cranbourne. Six years doesn’t seem like a long enough time for a serious, repeat offender like Mr. Vass, yet another example of a participant which our sport can do without.

Is There A Steward’s Job Description?

There was something for everyone at Ballarat last night for the heats of the Ballarat Cup. Thrills and spills abounded as a lot of good dogs vied for the right to get into the final next week. So many good dogs, though, that they effectively downgraded the fields at tonight’s prime Sandown meeting.

Notably, Allen Deed and Agent Jack easily outpointed their oppositions with runs of 25.06 and 25.14 respectively. Both ran around the centre of the track and avoided any interference. Note those times because the other six heat winners could do no better than 25.33 to 25.47, which is just OK but not great.

Two dogs probably better suited over the 400m trip got run down – Magic Diva and El Grand Seal – although both have had success over the 450m trip previously. Luca Neveelk and Secret Spell won nicely after just ordinary jumps, particularly the former. Blue Giant in the last heat came from nowhere at all to catch El Grand Seal on the line. It was many lengths back on the turn.

Jason Thompson’s pair returning from injury had mixed fortunes. Innocent Lil was not doing a lot and then fell while the versatile Whodat Knockin ran well from the outside box but could manage only second in 25.40 to the nippy Secret Spell.

Luca Neveelk belied its poor start in the Melbourne Cup but still only got away on level terms at Ballarat. But it was impressive in getting to the lead on the home turn and winning nicely in 25.47.

However, the big story remains with Allen Deed. After being bumped out of the SHOOTOUT at Sandown it put in two awful runs on November 13 and 21 at the same track, recording sectionals of 5.24 and 5.31 to leave it at the rear of the field. Its running numbers were 68777 and 87776 which is a fair reflection of how it raced. It did not seem to be interested. Nor were stewards who made no comment at all.

Now, here we are six days later and Allen Deed bounces out from box 5, matches motors down the back and then runs away from them to win by over 6 lengths in very smart time. This is a dog we all know and love but how can you explain that? Punters would not be able to because they sent it out at a longish $9.70 in a race where it might once have been a hot favourite.

Such a massive reversal is something that stewards might normally look into. After all, that is their job. But not this time. Not a word, not a question, just as they failed to query the poor runs at Sandown. That amounts to an appalling disregard for the public interest, to say the least. Totally unacceptable.

There was another notable occurrence, curiously also in Allen Deed’s race. The NSW Win tote (assuming it is not a misprint) amounted to an unbelievable $33,893, some 70% higher than that in Victoria. The average pool in NSW in the other seven heats was a very modest $8,446, which is not unusual for Wednesday night meetings these days. Other bet types were all at normal levels so it was only the Win pool that was attacked.

There are only two possible sources for the extra cash; big professional punters trying to manipulate the market or bookies laying off. Allen Deed’s long-priced win may have dudded them both anyway. But what were they seeking? The two favourites, Scenic Shot and Beckenbauer, were both sent out at unders by my reckoning (also the Watchdog’s) and did not fire a shot. And, on form, they could not justify backing Allen Deed which was at about its right price.

More likely, one of the online bookies had taken one or more big bets and was trying to limit its liability. Either way, investing $20k or so is using a sledgehammer to crack a nut, particularly on what looked like an unpredictable greyhound race. I suspect a proper bookie would have just taken them on. GRV has just employed a betting expert so perhaps he will be able to sort something out?

On that note, let me confess that I have never taken well to the new Ballarat layout, at least for the 450m trip. Perhaps it is my imagination but far too many races are subject to excessive amounts of shuffling prior to and on the turn. Consequently, it is one of my least favourite betting options. Maybe others have more profitable ideas but they would have been flat out succeeding last night as only two of eight favourites won their heats. Three First Fours paid over $1,000 and another two over $500.

As for next week’s final, Luca Neveelk is going to be very hard to beat from the rails box, regardless of what Allen Deed does.

One In A Million

Given the Phil Hughes tragedy, it is interesting to note that the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has found that cricket ranks very low on the scale of injuries requiring hospital treatment. Easily the big leaders are AFL, both Rugby codes and Soccer which incur between 15 and 18 injuries per 100,000 people involved.

That comes from a 2011/12 survey conducted by Flinders University on behalf of the government.

Also of interest is that greyhound racing – based on figures from GRNSW – experiences injuries, mostly minor, to 2.8% of all starters. That’s not a big figure, considering the hell for leather nature of the sport.

But, back to the main game, half a lifetime of opening the batting and dodging thousands of bouncers – all in pre-helmet days – leads me to support Dean Jones view that helmeted batsmen have become far more adventurous in hooking short balls. And not as good at it – have there been any better than Ian Chappell or Keith Stackpole?

Presumably modern players no longer realise they are still at risk, never mind how good the helmet is. But, then, so is crossing the road.

Sunday, 30 November 2014


Greyhound Box Draw For Sale – Sunday, 30 November 2014

Race No. 1Rob Eustace Landscaping Ht15:58 PM (VIC time)
Maiden Heat event over 440 metres at Sale Of $1,415 Prizemoney.
1st: $990 2nd: $285 3rd: $140.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SLICK JOHN [M]2424NBTE Lieshout (Drouin West)
2SIMPLY MAYBE [M]16526FSHG Paez (Athlone)
3AVON POWER [M]52NBTJ Norden (Stratford)
4FLEET RETURN [M]FSHF Kirkham (Garfield)
5SEASIDE DAISY [M]FSHB Pulis (Moe South)
6COSMIC SPLIT [M]FSHD Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
7BOARD WALK [M]53262NBTJ Hunt (Lara)
8FLYWHEEL SPRITE [M]FSHR Winter (Denison)
9FRISKY COLOUR [M]Res.75236NBTJ Reynolds (Pearcedale)
10PARAMOUNT PINK [M]Res.T3465NBTG Mcmillan (Nambrok)
Race No. 2Leeson’s Logging And Cartage Ht26:20 PM (VIC time)
Maiden Heat event over 440 metres at Sale Of $1,415 Prizemoney.
1st: $990 2nd: $285 3rd: $140.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1HEADLINE [M]FSHL Hellmuth (Pearcedale)
2LORD DIAMOND [M]FSHD Coleman (Lara)
3AVON NELLIE [M]42NBTJ Norden (Stratford)
4ZELEMAR ROSE [M]6FSHD Johnston (Boisdale)
5MOVE THE TARGET [M]FSHS Kyriacopoulos (Narre Warren South)
6ATARI FLASH [M]7FSHB Sonneman (Warragul)
7GOOD JUDGE BUDDY [M]F1367NBTC Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
8BEAU LIGHTNING [M]863FSTDT Whitford (Sale)
9FRISKY COLOUR [M]Res.75236NBTJ Reynolds (Pearcedale)
10PARAMOUNT PINK [M]Res.T3465NBTG Mcmillan (Nambrok)
Race No. 3Brown Wigg – Grv Vbis Ht36:38 PM (VIC time)
Maiden Heat event over 440 metres at Sale Of $1,415 Prizemoney.
1st: $990 2nd: $285 3rd: $140.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1FLYWHEEL MAGIC [M]FSHS Bye (Gormandale)
2BAINES PARK [M]51415NBTD Dawson (Crossover)
3AVON STONE [M]2NBTJ Norden (Stratford)
4ABOUT TO PEAK [M]62435NBTD Fasoli (Heyfield)
5WADELOCK LATTE [M]1F125.17(Q)(2)M Clohesy (Stratford)
6MAGALUF BOB [M]FSHC Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
7VULCAN ROSE [M]1225.13(Q)(1)B Chignell (Rosedale)
8ASTON GATUM [M]FSHJ Thompson (Pearcedale)
9LITTLE FERRET [M]Res.35384NBTN Gieschen (Maffra)
10UNLOVED [M]Res.6756FNBTP Delahunty (Sale)
Race No. 4Rocky’s Electrical – Grv Vbis Ht46:58 PM (VIC time)
Maiden Heat event over 440 metres at Sale Of $1,415 Prizemoney.
1st: $990 2nd: $285 3rd: $140.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1NOISE ATTACK [M]FSHL Kraemer (Cranbourne South)
2SHANLYN JED [M]FSHJ Thompson (Pearcedale)
3NOAKI HAWK [M]24NBTJ Reynolds (Pearcedale)
4DR. BRM [M]8FSHJ Gill (Darriman)
5WADELOCK CAPPA [M]4TNBTM Clohesy (Stratford)
6DANYO’S TOM [M]342FSHN Ryan (Devon Meadows)
7RAZOR ROSE [M]36125.62(Q)(8)S Chignell (Rosedale)
8FANTASY MCQUEEN [M]FSHJ Musselwhite (Lindenow)
9LITTLE FERRET [M]Res.35384NBTN Gieschen (Maffra)
10SHARNICA [M]Res.575FSHB Sonneman (Warragul)
Race No. 5Pantac Protective Services7:16 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 650 metres at Sale Of $2,175 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,525 2nd: $430 3rd: $220.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1TIME DIMENSION [5]44451NBTC Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
2REEN’S PRINCE [5]74864FSTDJ Holden (Nambrok)
3TOWBAR TEDDY [5]45575NBTJ Lindrea (Stratford)
4KIRIA LASON [5]47858FSHL Karabitsakos (Oakleigh)
6ZELEMAR KNIGHT [5]65854NBTA Gieschen (Maffra)
7DASHING DAVE [5]34877NBTC Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
8QUEEN HERA [5]588F8FSHN Karakasidis (Clayton)
Race No. 6A&d Plumbing Services7:38 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

1BARK SIMPSON (NSW)[4]1184230.08(6)B Alford (Yarram)
2CONQUER FEAR [5]83722FSTDG Howell (Pearcedale)
3KAL BALE (NSW)[5]13183NBTD Coleman (Lara)
4WADELOCK BILL [5]1534830.18(6)M Clohesy (Stratford)
5FURY BALE (NSW)[5]45722NBTJ Hunt (Lara)
6BREMER [5]14466FSHD Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
7MISS JOHANNSEN [4]6664129.61(8)B Elston (Sale)
8FLYWHEEL EMILY [4]7731530.21(4)S Bye (Gormandale)
9CHARLIE SPITZ [5]Res.26276NBTP Spiteri (Morwell)
10NOAKI BUCKLEY [5]Res.53451FSTDJ Reynolds (Pearcedale)
Race No. 7Aussie Homes Loans – Traralgon7:59 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 440 metres at Sale Of $1,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $375 3rd: $190.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1AMERCIA BALE (NSW)[5]1415825.20(4)J Hunt (Lara)
2THAT’S ABOUT ME [5]4222425.02(8)W Fasoli (Heyfield)
3SPADES AND ROSES [5]1443825.14(8)R Winter (Denison)
4WHERE’S MILLY [5]2228225.35(Q)(5)J Gieschen (Valencia Creek)
5CADENCE BALE (NSW)[5]54672NBTJ Hunt (Lara)
6FLASH GALO [5]2353725.29(2)C Lindrea (Stratford)
7SELECT JESS [5]1232525.33(4)K Bailey (Maffra)
8ASTON ISAAC [5]1842425.39(Q)(4)E Lieshout (Drouin West)
9ASTON DAREH [5]Res.6174825.16(3)E Lieshout (Drouin West)
10TALENTED MISS [5]Res.7845425.30(Q)(1)J Gieschen (Valencia Creek)
Race No. 8Traralgon Auto Repairs8:18 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

1SELECT WHAT [4]8531625.38(2)K Bailey (Maffra)
2PITA MILO [2]7736524.87(3)R Winter (Denison)
3MACALISTER SAM [4]6311525.32(6)L Hughes (Longford)
4TIME TO EMBRACE [3]2712325.04(6)T Fasoli (Heyfield)
5BIT AFTER NINE [4]4314824.84(8)P Spiteri (Morwell)
6YAHOO GOLD [4]2341625.37(3)B Whelan (Swan Reach)
7BUDDIE BARGAIN [4]1255325.43(6)C Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
8HURRICANE HARLEY [1]6351324.80(6)J Holden (Nambrok)
Race No. 9Grv Vbis Maiden Ht58:38 PM (VIC time)
Maiden Heat event over 440 metres at Sale Of $1,415 Prizemoney.
1st: $990 2nd: $285 3rd: $140.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1TINDER KING [M]2333225.86(Q)(1)J Telling (Maffra)
2FLYWHEEL VILLAIN [M]FSHS Bye (Gormandale)
3AGENT ALYSSA [M]FSHD Hay (Maffra)
4ENDURO MISS [M]2FSHP Presutto (Devon Meadows)
5EXUBERANT [M]FSHJ Thompson (Pearcedale)
6DR. PEEKABOO [M]83384FSHJ Mcmahon (Darriman)
7DEE RUNK [M]57848FSHJ Hardy (Darley)
8APRIL FOOLS ROSE [M]TFSHS Chignell (Rosedale)
9UNLOVED [M]Res.6756FNBTP Delahunty (Sale)
10SHARNICA [M]Res.575FSHB Sonneman (Warragul)
Race No. 10Grv Vbis Maiden Ht69:03 PM (VIC time)
Maiden Heat event over 440 metres at Sale Of $1,415 Prizemoney.
1st: $990 2nd: $285 3rd: $140.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1COSMIC YAP [M]FSHJ Chignell (Rosedale)
2ETHICAL STANDARD [M]7FSHK Iles (Longwarry)
3MARLY GIRL [M]FSHR Boyce (Korumburra)
4BETTY BAKER [M]6FSHK Hellmuth (Pearcedale)
5WADELOCK JULIET [M]142225.41(Q)(6)M Clohesy (Stratford)
6THUNDEROUS NIGHT [M]FSHJ Delaroche (Cranbourne North)
7NAH WEE’S GIRL [M]FSHC Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
8WHERE ARE WE [M]3334NBTT Whitford (Sale)
9LITTLE FERRET [M]Res.35384NBTN Gieschen (Maffra)
10UNLOVED [M]Res.6756FNBTP Delahunty (Sale)
Race No. 11Grv Vbis Maiden Ht79:23 PM (VIC time)
Maiden Heat event over 440 metres at Sale Of $1,415 Prizemoney.
1st: $990 2nd: $285 3rd: $140.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BOOBERRY [M]1325.77(Q)(6)C Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
2FEVER PITCH [M]FSHR Divirgilio (Devon Meadows)
3DR. GOMEZ [M]37NBTW Mcmahon (Darriman)
4HANGING IN THERE [M]FSHD Coleman (Lara)
5OAKMONT MALAWI [M]173225.47(Q)(8)D Mcphie (Kilmany)
6BANDS OF GOLD [M]FSHJ Delaroche (Cranbourne North)
7TIMMY TRUMPET [M]FSHJ Thompson (Pearcedale)
8RILEY JACK [M]5743NBTR Boyce (Korumburra)
9SHARNICA [M]Res.575FSHB Sonneman (Warragul)
10PARAMOUNT PINK [M]Res.T3465NBTG Mcmillan (Nambrok)

Greyhound Tips & Betting Preview November 26 2014

It should be a terrific night of racing with eight heats of the Group Two Ballarat Cup and semi finals of the GRV VBIS Maiden series. Lets see if we can find a couple of winners…

Race No. 4Grv Vbis Maiden S/f4 (gobis)7:57 PM (VIC time)
Maiden Semi Final event over 450 metres at Ballarat Of $2,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $375 3rd: $190 GOBIS: $1,000.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BLOSS’S BLITZEN [5]12125.44(5)A Mills (Tooradin)
2LEKTRA KHAN [M]853NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
3CHARLESTON [5]125.52(1)J Borg (Maryborough)
4TOP END TORQUE [M]1152NBTG Rumble (Bunkers Hill)
5VAN NOSTRUM [M]83432NBTH Halas (Cranbourne)
6COOLAN BOY [M]43NBTR Redenbach (Cranbourne)
7MINE CRAFT [M]563NBTJ Britton (Anakie)
8KAITOKE DIAMOND [M]632NBTB Iredale (Pearcedale)
9NOOK AND CRANNY [M]Res.4NBTR Harrowfield (Colac)
10SCHUMACHER [M]Res.54NBTJ Shaw (Anakie)

Top End Torque (4) has scored two solid quali wins here over 390m and last week he looked impressive when stepping up to the 450m journey. He was a tad slow to begin but he then showed a terrific turn of speed and he was far from disgraced when beaten by less than four lengths in a blistering 25.08. If he can turn in a similar effort tonight he will take a power of beating.

Bloss’s Blitzen (1) has the good draw and he was never headed in his smart 25.44 heat win, from the red he should be in a prominent position for the entire trip.

Charleston (3) is in good hands and he too was a top heat winner, he will need some luck in the early stages but he should be suited by having a slow beginner drawn underneath.

Coolan Boy (6) rounds out the winning hopes, he appears to be improving with every run and he appears suited to a wide draw.

Top Four: 4 – 1 – 3 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Top End Torque with Sportingbet

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

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

Trifecta: 4/1,3,6/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 5Mega Merch Ballarat Cup Ht18:17 PM (VIC time)
S/E Heat event over 450 metres at Ballarat Of $7,250 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MAGIC DIVA (NSW)[1]2112224.96(5)D Fisher (Lara)
2KING SURFA (NSW)[3]1211225.37(3)D Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
3TOP SECRET [5]22178NBTK Bravo (Lovely Banks)
4GEMSTAR (NSW)[5]17714NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
5VEYRON BALE (NSW)[4]52354NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
6ULTIMA BALE (NSW)[3]1314125.22(6)S Collins (Lara)
7PUNK PANTHER [3]1142725.12(1)M Mallia-magri (Avalon)
8LONESOME PIRATE [4]4161225.49(5)A Mcdonald (Reservoir)
9MEPUNGA MOSS [4]Res.12745NBTJ Britton (Anakie)
10GRANVILLE’S CALL [5]Res.3512625.35(4)J Dunstan (Breakwater)

Ultima Bale (6) is the real deal and with the explosive speed in boxes one, two and three he should get every chance to get a nice sit early and then run over the top of them late. He has solid box manners but his best asset is his dazzling turn of foot once they clear the mat. Back in October he really caught the eye with a brilliant 25.22 victory and with the improvement he has showed since then I can easily see him going sub 25 seconds with a clear run.

Magic Diva (1) has the good draw and she has broken 25 seconds here previously, she is a little below that form at present but her early speed means she is still a chance.

King Surfa (2) is an obvious danger, he is reliable early and he should match motors with Magic Diva for most of the journey.

Veyron Bale (5) is the smokey, he has a heap of talent and he should be able to pick off some of them late in the race.

Top Four: 6 – 1 – 2 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Ultima Bale with Sportingbet

Exacta: 1,2,6/1,2,5,6 ($9 for 100%)

Quinella: 6 to rove with 1,2,5 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1,2,6/1,2,5,6/1,2,3,5,6,7 ($36 for 100%)

Trifecta: 6/1,2,5/Field ($18 for 100%)

Best Value:
Race 11: National Time

Buybacks Blast The Ready 2 Race Sales At Bendigo

The Ready 2 Race sales is a fantastic concept and the day was a credit to the GRV and Bendigo Club from a hospitality point of view. Full race day style catering, a fully stocked bar and an open TAB provided breeders, trainers and buyers with everything they could have wanted.

Except for the opportunity to buy the dogs that they had come to purchase.

Plenty of dogs “went under the hammer”, but plenty didn’t. They might be listed as sold, but when they are being bought back does it really count?

One young bitch with plenty of early pace attracted a stack of attention and was sure to be a good buy for someone. Nup, bought back for $17,250. This is utterly ridiculous on many fronts, but isn’t the fault of the owner in any capacity.

High profile trainer Darren McDonald arrived with quality performers Bremer and Sig Sauer. Both were bought back and remain at Darren’s place according to Fasttrack. These two sons of Kinloch Brae – Great Gunns will now contest the potentially weak $25,000 race next year.

What are the options to make this fairer for those wanting to buy and sell legitimately? There were a few thoughts being thrown around by various people in attendance Saturday.

1 – Buybacks aren’t eligible to race in the series.
2 – Buybacks are charged at 25% instead of 10%.
3 – Make the auction an optional reserve auction. But those that place a reserve can’t race in the series.
4 – Option of withdrawing from auction if unhappy with the performance. Again, can’t race in the series.
5 – Buybacks pay full price of the purchase on the day and receive a 90% rebate the following week from the GRV. Buyers can’t pay 10% on the day, so it should be fair for all.

One thing is for sure, the current system makes it tough for genuine buyers to purchase a dog. There were instances where genuine buyers sat back and didn’t even get to “raise a paddle”. Another instance resulted in a buyer genuinely bidding to $15,000 and copping frowns from a person that was obviously buying back regardless of price.

It’s blatantly obvious that people don’t want to lose a young pup with genuine ability that hasn’t fired a shot in the sales heats. However, there needs to be something in place to separate the genuine buyers from the buybacks.

Also of note is that Dave Burnett was at the sales to buy, but left empty handed. He has been heavily involved in past sales at Bendigo and races group performer Kiss Me Ketut who has won in excess of $200,000 in prizemoney. Linda Britton was at the sales and didn’t buy.

Rob Britton was at the sales and bought one of Robert Crawford’s lots, Zelemar Storm; who he is currently syndicating to potential new clients.

However plenty of industry leaders left without buying despite intending to do so and this indicates a significant problem. If it isn’t broken you don’t fix it, but these sales need some changing. The concept is fantastic, but it’s time to make some adjustments.

Robert Hayes Suspended And Fined Following Positive Swab

Offences:

(1) Mr. Robert Hayes failed to present the greyhound Well Advertised free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club on Friday, 27 June 2014.

(2) Mr. Robert Hayes on or about Friday, 20 June 2014 did in relation to greyhound racing, administer to the greyhound Well Advertised the substance Testaprop, resulting in a swab irregularity at the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club meeting on Friday, 27 June 2014, in circumstances which were negligent, improper or constituted misconduct.

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 Well Advertised at the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Friday, 27 June 2014.

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

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

Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules a breach of GAR83 (2)(3)(6)and GAR86 (o) constitutes a Serious Offence. As a result, on Thursday, 20 November 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 Hayes represented himself via telephone.

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

Mr. Robert Hayes pleaded guilty to the charges.

After hearing all the evidence tendered and having regard to GAR83 (2)(3)(6) and GAR86 (o), the RADB determined that:

(a) In relation to charge (1), Mr. Hayes 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 12 month period), effective from Tuesday, 25 November 2014.

(b) In relation to charge (2), Mr. Hayes was fined $500 (wholly suspended for 12 months pending no further breaches of GAR86).

Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB also disqualified Well Advertised from Event 5 – The Bendigo Advertiser Ht1 Grade 5, Heat – at the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Friday, 27 June 2014 and amended the placing’s accordingly.

In assessing the penalties, the Board took into account all the evidence and submissions, including the following matters:
(a) Mr. Hayes’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; and
(e) Mr. Hayes’s 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.

ARG Opinion:

The clampdown on Testaprop etc Australia wide has been well publicised, but in this instance the penalty seems harsh. Although the fine is wholly suspended, it appears as though one positive swab has been used to create two separate offences. You would have thought that 40 years of history would help create a substantially lighter sentence, which doesn’t seem to be the case here.

Sebastian Gibilisco Fined For Threatening Official

Offence:

GAR 86 (g): Mr. Sebastian Gibilisco did threaten physical harm to Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club official Mr. Daniel Pell in the vicinity of the kennel area at the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club on Wednesday, 27 August 2014.

Report:

Following an incident at the Bendigo Greyhound Club on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 the Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria conducted an investigation.

During the investigation, Stewards received evidence from registered trainer Mr. Sebastian Gibilisco and Mr. Daniel Pell (Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club employee).

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Gibilisco with a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rules 86 (g) in that he did threaten physical harm to Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club official Mr. Daniel Pell in the vicinity of the kennel area at the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 and that he did ask Mr. Pell to ‘come into the car park, and I break your legs like you did my dog’.

Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules a breach of GAR86 (g) constitutes a Serious Offence. As a result, on Thursday, 20 November 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. Sebastian Gibilisco represented himself.

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

Mr. Sebastian Gibilisco pleaded guilty to the charge.

After hearing all the evidence tendered the RADB determined that Mr. Gibilisco was guilty as charged fined him $1,000 (with $500 suspended for 12 months pending no further breaches of rule GAR86).

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

(a) Mr. Gibiliscos’ guilty plea;

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

(c) Prior penalties for similar offences; and

(d) Mr. Gibiliscos’ character and his clean history of over 40 years in the greyhound
industry.

ARG Opinion:

While emotions can fly high at times within the sport of greyhound racing, there is no excuse for abusive language or actions. It is important for the integrity of the industry that it is not tolerated and punishing such behaviour is essential to preventing it.

The Big One

Friday’s Melbourne Cup favourite Keybow is priced at $2.00 to $2.40 depending on where you look, mostly due to its box draw on the rails. On the night, the shorter of those is more likely due to the weight of visitors’ money.

Well, I suppose it can win the race but it would need to jump at least with them, and probably hold its position going around the corner. That is quite possible but there is no guarantee that will happen.

Luca Neveelk, Chica Destacada and Star Recall are more likely to be in front of Keybow in the run to the first turn, not certain, but likely. Had Keybow drawn the 8, as in its heat, it would be a better bet as it would then be free to motor up and try to run around them, as it did in its heat.

The most likely outcome is that Chica Destacada will work up inside Luca Neveelk and lead around the turn. The latter will be no help to Star Recall, boxed just inside it. Chica then offers terrific each way value at $7.00/$2.00 on Fixed Odds.

Remember only Chica and Dyna Villa have been able to get down to the 29.20 area, the others are all 29.30-plus dogs, including Keybow, and Chica tends to hang on to any lead it gets. Anyway, Dyna Villa faces a big task in trying to get around the several dogs in front of it.

It’s true that Chica has run a bit quicker from middle boxes but it still won the National Sprint Championship after leading from box 2.

But how will the Bold Trease final be run? That’s harder to know as they are backing up only seven days after their heat runs. Zipping Maggie and Space Star have proved risky in those circumstances, while Sweet It Is and Blinkers On (carrying an incorrect apostrophe) will be coming through the field. The other four are in a class below. The only sure thing I can find is that Sweet It Is will run 1st, 2nd or 3rd so at even money it is hardly a great bet.

Some Meadows History 

A reader’s comments on times for The Meadows 725m trip prompted us to have a closer look at what has been happening there. We mentioned that the average time run in the last 200 races was 42.94, as compared with Nellie Noodles’ record of 42.03. Of course, that average would have been influenced by some low-grade races won in slow times.

However, the time in question was a 42.58 run by Dyna Willow, which I somewhat harshly described as “ordinary”, partly because it occurred in the middle of a pretty poor part of its career and partly because it had been capable of a bit better. The point was that it was generally off its game during that period, perhaps due to injuries, perhaps due to extensive long distance racing.

Anyway, there is more.

Since 2005, we have uncovered 92 wins which bettered that 42.58 mark. These comprised 24% of the 511 races run. They involved 66 different dogs, so many were multi-winners, the most recent Amity Flame.  Here is a summary.

Year Number Better Best Run Greyhound

2005

5

42.34

Malfoy

2006

22

42.28

Sergeant Major

2007

10

42.09

Sky Hazzard

2008

8

42.28

Mantra Lad

2009

11

42.23

Oodles Rocks

2010

7

42.03

Nellie Noodles

2011

10

42.29

Bobby Boucheau

2012

6

42.34

Thrilling Brat

2013

10

42.31

Major League

2014

2

42.46

Zipping Rory (10 months only)

Miata’s best at the track was 42.37 in February 2012. Xylia Allen’s best occurred in July 2014 when it ran 42.47.

In passing, note that, on average, dogs will get around Sandown 715m 0.74 sec quicker than The Meadows 725m. Wentworth Park 720m is 0.45 sec quicker. Sandown is therefore the fastest tack at 17.1 m/sec, followed by Wentworth Park at 16.9 m/sec and The Meadows 16.8 m/sec. That’s all fairly logical as The Meadows has more sweeping turns, which tend to reduce speeds.

Note

Much care is needed in checking times at this track due to the significant number of handicap races being run. GRV formguides routinely show incorrected times, not just on formlines but also in the “Best” box. These are designated “H” but no actual handicaps are included.  A check of GRV individual dogs’ records will show these details but, once again, the times printed are not corrected for those handicaps, nor are the actual handicaps transferred to the formguide file.  Similarly, sectional times are misleading. The same problem occurs for many Horsham 570m races.

This deserves an editorial comment. That sort of failure to advise customers correctly about fundamental information is an illustration of a far too common attitude of racing authorities in punching out material which they personally think is fine, rather than first finding out what customers need. Fortunately, that practice is uncommon in Victoria but it is par for the course in NSW where the new Ozchase system covering three quarters of the nation is, in practical terms, unusable. For example, meeting results cannot be downloaded or even printed out. All you can do is look at them on screen, one race at a time.

We were better off 30 years ago when you could photocopy pages in a daily newspaper on the following morning.

Sadly, economic limitations have beaten us there, too, as deadlines and delivery barriers have stopped that happening as well. (There was a time when I subscribed to four daily newspapers for this purpose. I also had to spend two full mornings each week travelling to town and back just to obtain NSW and Victorian hard copy formguides. Today all that could be done in two or three minutes each day, providing someone made the stuff available. Such is progress!).

A Repeat Lesson – Don’t Do It

Dyna Willow started racing at 20 months of age and has just finished at 40 months. During that time she won quite a few good races but also lost many she might have won.

The bitch had two periods of highlights. The first was in November/December 2013 when she won three in succession at Sandown and Wentworth Park, the last two in very good time. Following that she put in two good runs over the 650m trip at Sale. The second batch of three in a row occurred in March/April 2014, all at Wentworth Park, also in good times.

Those aside, she won a few but lost a lot, never running quick times.

The saddest part of her career was the last bit – the 11 runs since (apparently) an enforced layoff between April and July this year. For the most part these were disappointing performances, save a single win at The Meadows in 42.58, itself an ordinary time. There was little spark in those runs, which no doubt indicated that retirement might be the best option. And so it has happened.

The major characteristic of her entire staying career (from August 2013 onwards) was that she was continually backing up at seven day intervals or close to it.

For a bitch of undoubted ability, it is strange that she did not win more often and was often beaten by big margins. What can we put this down to? Niggling injuries? Bad luck? Boredom? Physiologically spent?

Each may have played some part but the evidence strongly suggests the last is the dominant factor, not just because of her own experience but also because of similar careers of other stayers. Of all the stayers racing over the last 18 months only one can be said to have put in well in every race they competed in – Sweet It Is. Even then, Sweet It Is has improved somewhat since moving to a new kennel earlier this year. Every other stayer has been erratic, including Xylia Allen. Many previously good winners have followed up by just plodding around with the pack. That has to be due to the way they are built and the way they are placed in races.

Of course, the question that is impossible to answer is whether Dyna Willow would have been more successful had she raced less often? I would suggest most probably yes. That is sometimes hard to manage due the habit of authorities of scheduling heats and finals seven days apart yet it is something that impacts on both welfare issues as well as punters’ fortunes. Some also claim that over-racing affects breeding capability.

Now, for punters looking into the upcoming four heats of the Bold Trease over 715m at Sandown, consider these starting points. Of the 32 dogs drawn, 20 have raced in the last 8 days, 11 of those raced only 5 days ago. The other 12 last raced 10 or more days ago. The lucky finalists, if you can use that term, will have to do it again in another seven days. As for Tips? No chance – too many imponderables and too many ordinary performers.

Fortunately, Sandown fans have got eight heats of the Melbourne Cup to spend time studying. They are full of classy dogs and will not be easy but at least you know the dogs will be raring to go.

BETTER TRACKS – OR MORE OF THE SAME?

Pictures are now available of works under way to build a replacement track at Traralgon, together with a new multi-facility building. The old premises looked out on a tri-code circuit, including a harness track which has now been deleted.

While no detailed plans have been published (why not?) club manager Hec Caruana comments that “It will be a big beautiful two turn track with plenty of versatility with its use. There will be five race distances (i.e. five sets of boxes), ranging from approximately 315 metres to 660 metres”.

Already, that offers two traditional suspects. First, the continuation of short course racing (ie 315m, which replaces the old 298m trip) panders to the wishes of trainers with crook dogs rather than to customers who invariably prefer longer races. Second, the 660m number appears to copy the middle distance trips constructed in recent times at Ballarat, Bendigo, Shepparton and Warrnambool, all with biased and disruptive bend starts. Neither is a good move.

It would be a saving grace if the 660m start were to be located in a shute off the track proper so as to reduce early interference – just as the gallops do. Limited examples of that approach are available at Canberra 600m and Northam 588m, seemingly with better outcomes. Anyway, that remains to be confirmed.

As for racing over the “shorts”, I hardly know what to suggest. They are a test of jumping ability alone and therefore add little to the sustainability of the breed. Customers, even mug punters, feel cheated when one comes up (many barely look at the distance to be covered) and want more bang for their buck. Yes, I realise many trainers ask for them. But why? Surely those dogs can be reasonably competitive over a 400m trip.

The flood of such events at Traralgon and nearby Cranbourne, as well as at Dapto, Grafton, Albion Park and even Wentworth Park is not helping the industry. Ditto for the awful 311m at the old Olympic Park. Note that Horsham and Warrnambool both got rid of their ultra-short trips – extending them to 410m and 390m respectively and getting plenty of starters – and I have not heard any great complaints about the changes. It’s up to GRV to lower the boom here.

John Barbara Disqualified For Positive Androstane Swab

Offences:

GAR 83 (2)(3) and (6): Mr. John Barbara failed to present the greyhound ‘Bingo Theory’ free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club on Wednesday, 25 June 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 ‘Bingo Theory’ at the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Wednesday, 25 June 2014.

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

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Barbara with a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rules 83(2)(3) and (6) in that he did fail to present the greyhound ‘Bingo Theory’ free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Wednesday, 25 June 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 Monday, 10 November 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. John Barbara was represented by Mr. Brendan Smith.

Mr. Glenn Fish (GRV Chief Steward) represented the Stewards Panel. Mr. John Barbara pleaded guilty to the charge.

After hearing all the evidence tendered and having regard to GAR83(6), the RADB determined that Mr. Barbara was guilty as charged and disqualified him 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), effective from Friday, 14 November 2014.

Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB also disqualified ‘Bingo Theory’ from Event 1 – The Barbeques Galore Bendigo All Maiden – at the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Friday, 25 June 2014 and amended the placings as follows:

1st Tappo Osteria
2nd Demolition Guy
3rd Le Luca
4th Fawn Montoya
5th Ella Jordan
6th Ryan Brook
7th My Daniel Boy
Disqualified Bingo Theory

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

(a) Mr. Barbara’s guilty plea including his evidence and greyhound related commercial activities;

(b) The nature of the prohibited substance Androstane;

(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. Barbara’s character and his clean history in the greyhound industry.

A Sad But Timely Warning

There used to be a time long ago when horses failing, or even doing well, in the Melbourne Cup were never much good any more. The tough 3200m was too much, especially for the majority which had no experience over the trip. Those days are no more, with trainers and jockeys obviously better attuned to their horses’ capabilities and the sort of preparation they need. Yet still, many are struggling by the time they hit the home straight, and some break down.

Even so, the tragic aftermath of this year’s Cup will have shocked everybody. We don’t know the reason for Admire Rakti’s demise and it may have to be put down to one of those unpredictable events which could happen to any athlete – horse, greyhound or human. Nevertheless, it is a sober reminder that all have physical limits which can be approached or exceeded only at the runner’s peril.

The symptom is even more obvious in a greyhound where the chasing gene is sometimes too strong for its own constitution and it continues on past its apparent deadline, drawing on reserves which were not meant to be used up that way.

One spectacular incident occurred at Albion Park in the 2002 National Distance Championship when Boomeroo, well-conditioned and not over-raced, broke the track record (41.61) but then had to be put on a drip for days after the win, hovering between life and death. It was never the same again.

Not quite so dramatic are the repeated examples of stayers fading when backing up within seven days of a gutbuster. None has been clearer than in the career of our greatest ever stake winner, Xylia Allen, which continually faded the second time up over the long trips yet has been asked again and again to repeat the effort.

In April it broke the Wentworth Park record then faded a week later in the final.

In May it broke the Traralgon record then faded at Sandown a week later.

In June at Albion Park it ran 41.55, 41.71 and 42.07 in successive weeks.

In July at Sandown it ran 41.70 then 41.90 a week later.

In September at Wentworth Park it ran 41.76 then 42.11 the next week.

Following that heavy program, it failed miserably over 515m at Sandown on October 9, then ran a poor 6th in 34.94 over 600m on October 25 at The Meadows, where it hold the track record. Each time it was a hot favourite but looked like it wanted to be somewhere else, rather than chasing the elusive $1 million prize money target. Despite all the evidence, stewards asked no questions and demanded no veterinary checks.

A natural stayer like Sweet It Is might be able to get away with this, perhaps because it takes its time for the first half of the race and only after that does it put its paw on the pedal. Xylia Allen is a leader, probably best suited to middle distance racing, but still goes flat out for the entire trip. Sometimes, that’s too much.

All this can’t be doing the dogs much good but it is just as bad for punters who can have little idea of how some of these dogs will perform when backing up. That contravenes every principle of racing as we know it. It’s time to change the rules.

A DEAD SHOT

Since readers wanted to hear my thoughts before the race, not after (I offered both for the TOPGUN), here is how the SHOOTOUT might be run.

Thursday’s race at Sandown, in sharp contrast to the TOPGUN, boasts four inform racers but no really flash beginners. All three have recently run around 29.40 or the equivalent. At different times three of them have run a fraction faster, while Iva Vision has had just the one run at the track.

I love Allen Deed and he may be marginally the best dog in the race. But he will need luck to win this. He will be no better than 3rd early and will have to run around them. Not impossible but difficult. Its current odds-on price is ridiculous.

Iva Vision will not be far behind early and is suitably boxed. Again, it too has to run around the others to win. If Awesome Project jumps it is hard to see how it can run it down.

Awesome Project is a bit up and down at the jump but at its best should be able to sneak to the front.

Oakvale Destiny will have to rely on collisions to get through. It’s honest and finishes well but may be a notch below in class.

In top class races like this one, it’s rare to see leaders run down. The odds are with Awesome Project.

So there you go. The jump will tell.

TRUTH BEATS FICTION

Another terrific win in the Hume Cup on Monday by My Bro Fabio. As I have written before, this is a really classy dog.

But what was the scribe at GRV on about when he wrote “only greyhounds of the highest order” do this – that is, winning by 14 lengths? He likened the dog to “former greats Miata, El Grand Senor and Brett Lee (which) spring to mind as greyhounds capable of such dominance at this level, but they are few and far between”.

My Bro Fabio’s 34.29 was five lengths outside Xylia Allen’s record, mostly because it began last but fluked a rails run to lead at the judge the first time. It then scooted away while the second dog busted a hock and the remainder pushed, shoved and scrambled around, losing ground all the way. Every dog in the race is capable of 34.20 to 34.60 but the actual second placegetter ran 35.20, a time usually bettered by Maidens and Novices.

The record book will show My Bro Fabio’s running numbers as 1111. In reality, it was 8111. And the 14 length margin was rubbish and should be ignored, together with the form of the remaining six runners.

Anyway, when will someone grasp the nettle and construct a decent start for 600m races? This one is a disgrace.

Graeme Bate Penalty Increased On Appeal From GRV

Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) has, for the first time, appealed a decision of the independent Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board (RADB) for being too lenient.

The decision of the GRV Stewards to appeal the decision was made on Friday 13 June and was taken in light of the strict approach of the current administration in relation to the use of prohibited substances.

GRV will continue to test for these substances and penalise any person that breaks the rules.

Yesterday, VCAT increased the penalty in the case of Graeme Bate by one (1) year, with the total disqualification period now three (3) years.

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

GRV Chairman Peter Caillard said this sends a strong message to those who try to gain an unfair advantage adding that GRV’s clear view is that prohibited substance use will not be tolerated.

“We are committed to eradicating any type of prohibited substance use in Victorian greyhound racing,” Mr Caillard said.

“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.

“We will continue to address the use of prohibited substances in greyhound racing which will allow the
punter to continue to have confidence in the integrity of our product.”

ARG Opinion:
The key factor here is that the GRV cop the wrath of the greyhound community for fines/suspensions/disqualifications being too lenient or harsh, when in actual fact it’s the RADB that are deciding the penalties imposed within Victoria for serious offences. The RADB are not bound by the guidelines and are completely independent of GRV. The guidelines for penalties for different drug offences are in place as a suggested penalty but are not binding. It comes down to a RADB decision as to the penalty. Well done to the GRV for standing their ground in this case and appealing the decision. Is this just the first of many?

More Cash But On A Fragile Basis

Racing authorities are putting on a brave face but the underlying movements in profitability are mixed, to say the least. Fixed Odds business from online bookies and the two big totes is still on the increase but racing authorities lose on the deal as they generate smaller commissions than the conventional TAB wagering that they replaced.

Queensland greyhound turnover went up by 18.8% in 2013/14 but only because it ran 34 more TAB meetings. A decline of 2.23% in all Tattsbet tote betting was saved from a worse result only by Fixed Odds volume from all sources rising by 17.3% to now comprise 32.8% of all wagering. That last figure is itself higher than in other states which probably indicates dissatisfaction with what the tote offers.

Nevertheless, things may improve now that the new 30-year deal with Tattsbet has generated a big increase in prize money. The key there will be whether Tattsbet itself – in the long term – is capable of building up its traditional business and can afford to pay up. In recent years it has been going in the opposite direction, something that might be reversed only if governments create a national betting pool.

Results in Victoria were not a lot different. Betting turnover went up by 3.1% but that included a flat performance for the two big city clubs and a huge rise in Ballarat meetings due to a comparison with a previous year when track reconstruction was taking place. Fixed Odds business doubled from the previous year. Racefield fees now makes up just on 20% of GRV income.

Overall, there was a rise of 7.4% in the number of Victorian meetings (based on individual club figures) or a bit less if you count coursing meetings. That’s where the extra cash came from. The good news is that much of that has been applied to promotion and track improvements as well as to IT enhancements.

All this continues a trend dating from 2010 (or even before) of filling holes in the TAB calendar and simply creating an extra meeting here and there. On average, there is no natural growth in patronage on a like for like basis. Given there is also no increase in the dog population, this explains the consequent fall in average field quality, the high proportion of races starting with short fields, and the more recent staffing of boxes in city races by Novice or low quality dogs. This all-round squeeze is a nationwide trend.

IS A LEGAL DOOR OPENING?

Let’s hope GRNSW is watching closely to see how the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission gets on with its court case against Coles supermarkets. According to The Australian (17 Oct) the claims “contain a litany of potentially damning allegations against Coles and some of its most powerful executives, who help decide what products are placed on the shelf and what price is charged to both shoppers and suppliers”

“This is the second time this year the consumer watchdog has launched action against the nation’s second-biggest supermarket chain over its treatment of suppliers, claiming unconscionable conduct in the way suppliers were treated”.

In effect, the case revolves around Coles telling their suppliers to pay back large amounts of money because Coles could not make a profit selling their goods. Whatever the legalities, this must be the oddest practice known in commercial history.

Woolworths has also asked its suppliers to pay a share of their costs of promoting the Jamie Oliver campaign, which is nearly as odd. Some did and some didn’t but what the longer term outcome will be is a matter for the future.

GRNSW has had legal advice about its obligation to continue subsidising the other two codes from its share of TAB commissions, but decided not to go to court. So far, the NSW government has tried to avoid any responsibility. Would “unconscionable conduct” get a ride there? And will the final outcome of the parliamentary Inquiry recognise the injustice? The discussion is not finished yet.

The original commission sharing agreement was signed off by the then-GRA chairman, citing direct advice to do so from the two major clubs, GBOTA and NCA. The gallops and the trots have refused to consider renegotiation.

Perhaps, like in Victoria, this week’s promotion of the Racing Minister to the deputy Premier role will help?

FRANKING THE FORM

Another great run My Bro Fabio throws up real questions about the makeup of the TOPGUN field where it is only a reserve – second reserve at that, so it has little chance of getting a run. Despite a poor start at Sandown on Thursday, My Bro Fabio soon rounded up the field and won going away in a very quick 29.23. It has now won eight of its last 10 races, all in hot time. Two out, there are only a couple of the existing field that would live with it.

While on the Sandown subject, last Thursday’s meeting attracted some unusually strong betting action. Win pools on the NSW TAB were almost half as big again compared with the average. That business was not diverted from other tracks as both Ipswich (temporarily replacing Albion Park) and Dapto had quite good takings. Even so, the usual sharp decline occurred after 9:30 pm as workers went home to get ready for the following day.

WHY DO THEY WRITE THIS STUFF?

Stewards Report Race 10, Sandown, 16 October.
“Sonic Dash (5) crossed to the rail on the first turn checking Satsuki Bale (1) and Simply Elite (8) causing Simply Elite to race wide”.

Not really. If Sonic Dash touched the inside dog it was miniscule and half way round the turn. It had no effect on the race outcome and was not worth mentioning. Simply Elite was not on the same planet. It did get forced wide but by dogs further back. Nothing remotely to do with Sonic Dash.

Victorian Greyhound Industry Worth $315 Million To The State

More prizemoney, an increased wagering market share and a strong focus on animal welfare and integrity are the highlights of Greyhound Racing Victoria’s (GRV) 2013/14 Annual Report, tabled in State Parliament today.

Premier and Minister for Racing, Denis Napthine said the annual report highlighted a tremendous year both on and off the track for Victoria’s greyhound racing industry.

“GRV has done a tremendous job representing the interests of the code, whether it be racing clubs, owners, trainers, breeders or the dogs themselves, particularly through animal welfare initiatives,” Dr Napthine said.

“GRV also strengthened its focus on integrity, including the establishment of the GRV Integrity Council to provide independent advice and recommendations to the GRV Board.”

The GRV Annual Report highlighted some significant achievements during 2013/14, including:

– a 3.1 per cent increase in wagering turnover on Victorian greyhound racing to $826 million.
– greyhound racing’s market share of wagering in Victoria has increased from 17.2 per cent in 2010 to 20.1 per cent in 2014;
– a $4 million increase in stakemoney and bonuses for a total $41.8 million (in 2010 total stakemoney was less than $25 million);
– a 6 per cent increase in attendances at Victorian greyhound racetracks; and
– 1,147 inspections conducted by stewards of kennels and training facilities.

Dr Napthine said animal welfare continues to be a high priority for GRV, with a record 536 adoptions through the Greyhound Adoption Program, a 40.7 per cent rise on the previous year.

“This is a fantastic result for the industry and the hundreds of families who have enriched their lives with these beautiful animals. This is supported by the Victorian Coalition Government’s $1 million investment in the Greyhound Adoption Program,“ Dr Napthine said.

“GRV and all involved in the industry can be justifiably proud of their involvement in the broader community through ongoing support of breast cancer research and the McGrath Foundation and the Great Chase Series that supports organisations helping people with a disability. More recently GRV’s support has also been extended to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia which is highly commendable,” Dr Napthine said.

Dr Napthine congratulated the GRV Board chaired by Peter Caillard and its staff led by Chief Executive Officer Adam Wallish in realising a net profit of $7.8 million.

“This strong financial position allows GRV to make the sport and industry even better than it is today,” Dr Napthine said.

“In particular, GRV and its member clubs are investing in upgrading racetracks and patrons’ facilities.

“With the financial assistance of the Victorian Coalition Government, major projects are now underway at Traralgon, the Meadows and at the industry Greyhound Adoption Program facility at Seymour.

“The Coalition Government is a strong supporter of greyhound racing. Through our Victorian Racing Industry Fund, we are helping to grow the industry through the building of new and upgraded infrastructure, the enhancement of integrity measures, support for the Greyhound Adoption Program and the marketing of greyhound racing to new audiences.

“Greyhound racing is important to the Victorian economy, providing an economic benefit of $315 million to the State with around 20,000 participants and employees involved in the industry,” Dr Napthine said.

Sandown Park Greyhounds Tips & Betting Preview September 25th 2014

Quality fields at Sandown tonight with Melbourne Cup Preludes taking place. We have many free bets for ARG readers looking to boost their betting banks.

Best Bet:
Race 12: Cosmic Wise

Best Roughie:
Race 3: Flying Twist

Quaddie:
Leg 1: 1,2,5,6,8 – Leg 2: 1,2,5,6,8 – Leg 3: 1,2 – Leg 4: 4,5,8 – $150 for 100%

 

Race No. 1Tab Early Quaddie7:07 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

1TOMMY EL [5]56144NBTG Whitford (Yarram)
2JINGELLIC (NSW)[5]52353FSTDM Fox (Laverton)
3CREATIVE KARISMA [5]411129.98(4)K Podmore (Wagga Wagga)
4JUBILEA BALE (NSW)[5]6531529.57(4)J Hunt (Lara)
5SCANEZ CEE [5]5112230.07(4)B Divirgilio (Langwarrin)
6RAPID INCLINE [5]1372430.03(5)R Tartaglia (Newcomb)
7WAR ROOM [5]36652FSHM Carter (Violet Town)
8POLLY BALE (NSW)[5]7412130.02(1)A Dailly (Anakie)
9DYNA FANCY (NSW)[5]Res.7433130.03(8)A Dailly (Anakie)
10SURF JESTER (QLD)[5]Res.5887729.58(5)J Gill (Darriman)

Jubilea Bale is dropping considerably in class and with an even getaway she should prove very hard to hold out. Two starts back she showed her strength when she overcame early difficulties to score at Warragul in 26.33. With a slow beginner drawn underneath she should get a fairly clear passage early and she has won here previously in a zippy 29.57.

Scanez Cee has been racing in very consistent form of late and he was narrowly beaten here last week behind the exciting Dyna Yemen. He consistently runs around the 5.15 mark early and that should see him settle in the top three early. War Room is the interesting runner, he has been struggling of late in Victoria but prior to coming here he had scored some blistering wins on prominent NSW tracks. Polly Bale is going to be well supported and she really caught the eye when scoring at The Meadows in a slick 30.01, my only concern with her is that she may have trouble crossing in the first 50m.

Top Four: 4 – 5 – 7 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Jubilea Bale

Trifecta: 4,5/3,4,5,7/1,3,4,5,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

Boxed Quinella: 3,4,5,7 ($6 for 100%)

Exacta: 4,5/3,4,5,7 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 4/3,5,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

 

Race No. 2Nathan Sturgess Final7:25 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Final event over 595 metres at Sandown park Of $10,285 Prizemoney.
1st: $7,200 2nd: $2,060 3rd: $1,025.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DR. RAHOUAL [5]54281NBTJ Mcmahon (Darriman)
2LONESOME KNIGHT [5]68652FSTDJ Westerlo (Clyde)
3PENANCE ALLEN (NSW)[5]7656134.35(6)J Hunt (Lara)
4DR. DES [5]42171FSTDW Mcmahon (Darriman)
5DYNA TREASON (NSW)[5]46552NBTJ Hunt (Lara)
6EXPLOSIVE ANGEL [5]62132FSTDM Brown (Loch)
7MOOT POINT (NSW)[5]132F1FSTDM Carter (Violet Town)
8ROCKIN’ JOSIE [5]5875134.26(8)V Borg (Hoppers Crossing)
9BERRY BLITZ [5]Res.5253234.98(8)A Langton (Anakie)
10DAINTREE PUZZLE [5]Res.42232NBTG Joske (Jeeralang Junction)

Rockin’ Josie looks well placed in the pink draw and she returned to her brilliant best with a sizzling 34.24 heat win last week. From the draw she should get room to muster in the first 50m and that should allow her to carve across to the early lead. Her heat winning time was at least three lengths faster than any other heat and she has the ability to either lead or come from off the speed in her races.

Dr. Rahoul took over soon after the start in his commanding 34.56 heat win and from the red he should be in a prominent position early, he isn’t overly strong but if he holds them out at the first bend he may just pinch the race. Penance Allen has the class edge but she is going to need a heap of luck in the first 50m. If she can reproduce her 34.35 PB run here she will be right in the mix. Dr. Des has a great record here and if he can get away cleanly he should be a major factor, however I think he may be a little under the odds in this event.

Top Four: 8 – 3 – 1 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Rockin’ Josie

Exacta: 3,8/1,3,4,8 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 8/1,3,4/Field ($18 for 100%)

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

 

Race No. 3The “superdogs” Are Coming!7:44 PM (VIC time)
Mixed 4/5 event over 715 metres at Sandown park Of $8,745 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,120 2nd: $1,750 3rd: $875.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ALLEN WAKE (NSW)[5]1443642.44(3)A Dailly (Anakie)
2FLYING TWIST [5]15423NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
3DEWANA BABE [4]1335142.00(7)M Dewan (Carrum Downs)
4BIG KAT [4]3588442.13(3)C Schlensog (Anakie)
5LOVE AFFAIR (NSW)[5]14314NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
6STARC (NSW)[4]2161242.10(4)A Dailly (Anakie)
7BLINKER’S ON [5]17123NBTB Ennis (Lara)
8KIM KEEPING (NSW)[5]5124742.31(2)J Cottrell (Langwarrin)

Starc is an exciting prospect and his effort when placed here last week was impressive. He was beaten six lengths behind Ruff Cut Diamond here last week but they did run an eye popping 41.52 in that event. I would expect him to settle in the top two again early and he appears to be getting stronger and stronger with every run over this journey.

Blinker’s On is going to start a false favourite again and although he is a winning chance he is going to be way under the odds. He is likely to get back in the early stages and he was quite disappointing when coming from off the speed at Bendigo last time over 660m. Flying Twist has been far from disgraced in her two recent placings over this trip and she can run a monster race at odds again. She is likely to set the tempo and if there is some shuffling behind she may just steal the prize. Love Affair rounds out the chances, she recently scored an all the way Meadows win in 42.95 recently and that type of effort would see her be competitive in this.

Top Four: 6 – 2 – 5 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on Starc and Flying Twist (more on Starc)

Exacta: 2,5,6/2,5,6,7 ($9 for 100%)

Quinella: 6 to rove with 2,5,7 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2,5,6/2,5,6,7/1,2,5,6,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

 

Race No. 4Tab Melb. Cup 21/11 – Grv Vic Bred Final (gobis)8:08 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Final event over 595 metres at Sandown park Of $12,685 Prizemoney.
1st: $7,200 2nd: $2,060 3rd: $1,025 GOBIS: $2,400.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1REBELATION [5]4266334.51(1)M Mallia-magri (Avalon)
2MEPUNGA FEARON [5]25432NBTJ Britton (Anakie)
3ROY GALO [5]26563NBTS Ralph (Tooradin)
4RINASH [5]1143234.68(3)G Laidlay (Devon Meadows)
5SIGN OF SNOW [5]2833234.51(3)A Langton (Anakie)
6COULTA ROCK [4]1343134.22(8)D Curtain (Longwarry)
7SONIC PIRATE [4]1726134.49(8)P Reinders (Gruyere)
8DEADLY BOY [4]1641134.33(8)S Mckenna (Napoleons)
9MORNINGSIDE [5]Res.12273NBTK Bravo (Lovely Banks)
10HESSION BOOTS [5]Res.28634NBTR Clark (Toolleen)

Mepunga Fearon normally pings the lids and he led for a long way when narrowly beaten in his heat last week. From the rails draw he should punch through and lead again and with a wide runner drawn on his outside I am expecting him to get away with a bigger mid race lead. Obviously the last 30m is going to be a concern again but at around the $3.50 mark I’m willing to take the chance.

Deadly Boy reeled in Mepunga Fearon last week and he exits the same pin tonight, the concern with him is that there is more pace drawn underneath him tonight and he may be posted wide for the first 200m or so. If he gets a similar run early as last week he is an obvious contender but I wouldn’t be willing to take short odds. Rebelation has the good draw and he wasn’t disgraced in his heat, he has some early speed and he should be able to settle in the top three. Prior to last week he was well down on confidence and after last week’s improved effort he may continue to improve.

Top Four: 2 – 8 – 1 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Mepunga Fearon

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

Trifecta: 2/1,5,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

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

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

 

Race No. 5Tab Melbourne Cup Prelude 18:28 PM (VIC time)
Special Event event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1TEXAS TITAN (SA)[4]3431329.57(7)J Britton (Anakie)
2DYNA OSTRANDER (NSW)[3]1152529.56(2)J Hunt (Lara)
3WE ARE GEELONG [4]7112129.62(2)M Karamatic (Lara)
4MUSQUIN BALE (NSW)[4]8414829.30(2)A Dailly (Anakie)
5BANJO BOY [2]1134229.34(8)K Virtue (Tooradin)
6FARMOR LAS VEGAS (QLD)[4]2115429.61(4)R Britton (Lara)
7BLURRED LINES [3]7117129.68(8)K Bravo (Lovely Banks)
8TIGGERLONG AMIGO (NSW)[4]4345129.52(4)D Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
9PAPPA GALLO [5]Res.8656429.45(5)M Cortese (Hampton Park)

Dyna Ostrander was desperately unlucky in last week’s SA Derby Final at Angle Park and he should make amends tonight at nice odds. After a smart getaway, he was about to cross and lead but just as he was about to clear them he was dragged down and he lost all momentum. With slow beginners all around him tonight he should get a very clear passage early and he will give a great sight on the bunny.

Texas Titan loves racing over this track and trip and he recently powered to the line when scoring at Angle Park in 29.77. He likes to use a bit of the track, however from the red he should get a fairly clear passage early and that will allow him to get into some open space without too much trouble. Banjo Boy resumes from a spell and if he is wound up he should make an impact. There is a fair bit of speed drawn around him in this event so he can’t afford to make too many mistakes early. Farmor Las Vegas is ridiculously consistent and he should be in the mix for a long way, surprisingly he has a great record from this draw and he is worth a ticket if he goes around at silly odds.

Top Four: 2 – 1 – 6 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 2/1,5,6/Field ($18 for 100%)

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

Exacta: 1,2,6/1,2,5,6 ($9 for 100%)

Quinella: 2 to rove with 1,5,6 ($3 for 100%)

 

Race No. 6Tab Melbourne Cup Prelude 28:52 PM (VIC time)
Special Event event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1WIND WHISTLER [4]2121229.49(8)A Langton (Anakie)
2OLLIE BALE (NSW)[4]2515329.32(4)A Dailly (Anakie)
3DREAM IT [4]3217129.53(5)B Ennis (Lara)
4DYNA NICO (NSW)[3]4313129.62(1)A Dailly (Anakie)
5NATIONAL TIME (NSW)[4]4111129.43(3)D Brown (Lara)
6TAKE CHARGE [3]2221129.52(2)S Mckenna (Napoleons)
7BUCKLE UP MASON (TAS)[2]2331229.26(5)J Hunt (Lara)
8CAMPASPE WILL [5]3116429.44(8)N Walls (Melton)
9PAPPA GALLO [5]Res.8656429.45(5)M Cortese (Hampton Park)

Campaspe Will has won five of seven from this draw with a keen railer in box seven he is likely to better that winning record. Three starts ago he set the track alight at The Meadows when posting a blistering 29.72 win and a similar effort tonight would see him get the cash with relative ease.

Wind Whistler is racing like an absolute Beast at present and he will be charging home again. He is likely to get a long way back in the early stages but he has won five of nine here so he has no trouble working his way through a field. Ollie Bale is a little hit or miss early but he showed he can run time when he scored an all the way Meadows win recently in 29.89. He needs to lead to win his races but with slow beginners either side he may be able to find the bunny early. Dream It is going to be well fancied and with some luck early he is a major player, however with the pace around him I think he is a risk tonight. National Time and Take Charge are two smokey’s who must be included in your quaddies, both are lid pingers and if there is some shuffling behind, either one could steal the prize.

Top Four: 8 – 1 – 2 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 8/1,2,5/Field ($18 for 100%)

Boxed Quinella: 1,2,5,8 ($6 for 100%)

Exacta: 1,2,8/1,2,5,8 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1,2,8/1,2,5,8/1,2,3,5,6,8 ($36 for 100%)

 

Race No. 7Tab Melbourne Cup Prelude 39:11 PM (VIC time)
Special Event event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MEPUNGA ARMAGH [3]3437229.37(6)J Britton (Anakie)
2GIMME FUEL [2]2186129.44(1)K Bravo (Lovely Banks)
3HIGHBURY (NSW)[4]2353429.46(1)R Britton (Lara)
4WARRIOR KING (NSW)[4]4431229.25(1)B Ennis (Lara)
5MYSTIC TWIST [4]6615129.63(3)M Cauchi (St Leonards)
6DYNA BETH (NSW)[4]6267729.55(3)A Dailly (Anakie)
7DELLO BALE (NSW)[4]2343129.41(1)J Hunt (Lara)
8LAMIA BALE (NSW)[3]5161129.54(2)S Collins (Lara)
9PAPPA GALLO [5]Res.8656429.45(5)M Cortese (Hampton Park)

Mepunga Armagh had been struggling in recent weeks but last time at Angle Park he showed a glimpse of his best and I would expect that his confidence will continue to climb. After a slow getaway he showed that blistering turn of foot which had been missing in his recent efforts. If he can reproduce that turn of foot he should have no trouble holding the lead from the red and he will be running time on the bunny.

Warrior King smashed his rivals when scoring here in 29.30 two runs back and with a clear run in the first 50m he should be a major player again. Once again the box draw is against him and he will need a lot to go right for him to win. Gimme Fuel reeled off smart sectionals in his 29.44 win here last week and if he crosses the red early he will give a great sight again. Dello Bale could be the value in the event, he will trail them early but he hits the line strongly in his races and he does have a very impressive 29.41 PB.

Top Four: 1 – 2 – 4 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Mepunga Armagh

Quinella: 1 to rove with 2,4,7 ($3 for 100%)

Exacta: 1,2/1,2,4,7 ($6 for 100%)

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

 

Race No. 8Tab Melbourne Cup Prelude 49:35 PM (VIC time)
Special Event event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1HEKATE BELLE [5]15614NBTK Bravo (Lovely Banks)
2BAZZA’S GIFT [2]1854729.54(1)N Bell (Point Lonsdale)
3HUMPHREY BALE (NSW)[5]4886429.48(1)A Dailly (Anakie)
4OAKVALE DESTINY (SA)[3]5341129.67(7)J Britton (Anakie)
5MARCUS JOE [1]2215329.24(4)B Moloney (Marcus Hill)
6LADY GOLDENPAW [4]6311829.66(8)R Britton (Lara)
7SAMUS ALLEN (NSW)[5]52452NBTJ Hunt (Lara)
8MY BRO FABIO (NSW)[3]1211129.38(2)B Ennis (Lara)
9PAPPA GALLO [5]Res.8656429.45(5)M Cortese (Hampton Park)

My Bro Fabio is racing in electric fashion and it’s hard to see him being beaten after he recently broke the Canberra Track Record with a breathtaking 29.89 win. He followed that effort up by winning the Canberra Cup final by a whopping 12 lengths. If he can get through the first bend with only a few knocks he should balance up as they head for the back straight and he will round them up very quickly.

Oakvale Destiny recently captured the Group Two SA Oaks Final and she loves racing here, like the favourite she can be a little slow to begin but she does have a tremendous turn of foot and she always finds a way to put herself into contention. Marcus Joe should settle in the top two early and he will give a great sight, he has won here previously in 29.24 and a similar effort would see him go very close to winning. Samus Allen rounds out the genuine chances, she has the speed to cross and lead and she appears to be getting stronger with every run.

Top Four: 8 – 5 – 4 – 7

Suggested Bets:

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

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

Boxed Quinella: 4,5,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

 

Race No. 9Macro Meats9:55 PM (VIC time)
Free For All event over 595 metres at Sandown park Of $10,285 Prizemoney.
1st: $7,200 2nd: $2,060 3rd: $1,025.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1RUMERO REASON (NSW)[4]3427434.33(1)A Dailly (Anakie)
2DYNA ORION (NSW)[4]3144334.65(5)A Dailly (Anakie)
3HEIDI GO SEEK [2]3552334.25(2)A Langton (Anakie)
4RALPHY CINEL (NSW)[4]2521234.38(6)J Borg (Maryborough)
6SUPERSONIC HAWK (NSW)[4]2512534.41(2)J Britton (Anakie)
7TICK BALE (NSW)[3]5775334.32(3)J Hunt (Lara)
8ARISING [3]3174134.01(3)D Knocker (Langwarrin)

Heidi Go Seek has shown some improvement in her two most recent efforts and she should appreciate the step up in distance. She has won three of five over this journey and she has a tendency to ping the lids over this distance range. With no speed in the inside two boxes, I can see her easily crossing to the early lead and she will give a great sight at nice odds.

Rumero Reason has his favourite draw and he posted his impressive 34.33 PB here from this pin. From the red he should settle a lot closer to the speed than normal and I would expect him to be putting pressure on the leaders as they head off the back straight. Ralphy Cinel has early speed and he should appreciate the empty draw on his outside. This is a bit or a rise in class for him but he should be able to adapt. Tick Bale is the interesting runner, he is much better than his recent form reads and he has a great record from wide draws.

Top Four: 3 – 1 – 4 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Quinella: 3 to rove with 1,2,4,7 ($4 for 100%)

Exacta: 1,3/1,2,3,4,7 ($8 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1,3,4/1,3,4,7/1,2,3,4,7 ($27 for 100%)

Each Way Heidi Go Seek

 

Race No. 10Berwick Mazda10:12 PM (VIC time)
Mixed 3/4 event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SPEED SERIES (NSW)[3]2652629.50(8)G Campbell (Peechelba)
2PRINCE TO EXCEL (NSW)[4]7121129.91(2)G Jose (Catani)
3GORHAM BALE (NSW)[4]2123229.42(5)S Collins (Lara)
4BAHAMA BAY [4]3154829.70(1)A Britton (Lara)
6DR. KLAAS [4]111429.62(5)W Mcmahon (Darriman)
7FABIO (QLD)[4]1111229.63(3)K Greenough (Pearcedale)
8BAYMAN BALE (NSW)[4]1611630.06(2)J Hunt (Lara)

Gorham Bale hasn’t had a lot of luck in recent weeks and he is bursting to break through. There is a bit of speed drawn around him and that should help him, as it will allow him to get a nice sit in the early stages. When he gets out into some open space he is capable of reeling off very impressive sectionals which is evident by his brilliant 29.42 PB here.

Speed Series has a great record from the red and he can show smart early speed in his races. He has clearly lost a couple of lengths with age but his placing at Warragul two runs back showed he is still more than competitive. Prince To Excel has scored two strong 440m Sale wins of late and he should be ready to step back up to 500m. Fabio is likely to start favourite but I think he is a risk tonight as this is clearly the toughest race he has contested in his brief career.

Top Four: 3 – 1 – 2 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Gorham Bale

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

Exacta: 1,2,3/1,2,3,8 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 3/1,2,8/Field ($15 for 100%)

 

Race No. 11Tab Rewards10:32 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

1UNIX BALE (NSW)[5]81276NBTS Collins (Lara)
2MORNINGSIDE [5]12273NBTK Bravo (Lovely Banks)
3BUNGA BUNGA [5]42116NBTJ Greenough (Pearcedale)
4TWEAK [5]12126NBTT O’donovan (Devon Meadows)
5KAYO MARCIARNO [5]2535634.59(3)G Neocleous (Yinnar South)
6VELOCEMENTE [5]86334NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
7DYNA GELDOF (NSW)[5]24238NBTS Collins (Lara)
8HE ISN’T REALLY [5]3736434.44(6)C Schlensog (Anakie)
9MISS SOCIETY [5]Res.7286734.47(7)J Imlach (Pearcedale)
10ATLAS GENIUS (SA)[5]Res.1231634.55(5)B Divirgilio (Langwarrin)

Unix Bale is a keen railer and the way she has been hitting the line of late suggests that she is looking for this distance range. She recently made the SA Oaks Final and the manner in which she finished off the race in her heat was very impressive. From the inside draw she should be able to settle mid pack and she should make a strong move mid race, this is one of the weakest races she has contested for a while and she should be value.

Tweak scored a more than handy 34.67 Meadows win three runs back and he should set a cracking pace. He is yet to win here in seven tries over this journey but this is a big drop in class for him. Dyna Geldof has been racing well of late and he will settle in the top two early. He isn’t strong in the run home but if there is some trouble behind he may get away with the prize. He Isn’t Really has a heap of talent and if he can get some luck in the first 50m he won’t be far away.

Top Four: 1 – 4 – 7 – 8

Suggested Bets

Win Bet on Unix Bale

Quinella: 1 to rove with 4,7,8 ($3 for 100%)

Exacta: 1,4,7/1,4,7,8 ($9 for 100%)

 

Race 12 – 515M Grade 5 – 10:52PM

Cosmic Wise overcame a bad start to score at Angle Park last week in 30.29 and tonight I would expect her to step a lot better and dictate the terms. She has a smart 29.60 PB over this journey and she is armed with a great turn of foot when she hits the sand, with slow beginners on either side she should get all the breaks.

Dyna Glinda is much better than her recent form suggested and if she can step a little better tonight she will run a big race at odds. Four starts ago she posted a strong 34.43 Meadows win but she hasn’t experienced a lot of luck since then. Hailstorm Billy loves racing here and he will be steaming home in the closing stages, he is a great dog to anchor for second and third in your exotic bets. Soho Rhythm has the good draw and she was far from disgraced in her recent 545m Ballarat placing.

Top Four: 3 – 7 – 4 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Cosmic Wise

Exacta: 3,7/1,3,4,7 ($6 for 100%)

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

Friday, 26 September 2014


Greyhound Box Draw For Geelong – Friday, 26 September 2014

Race No. 1Geelong Cup Heats 10th Oct. Final (gobis)7:06 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

1MAG SPRING [M]32NBTJ Hunt (Lara)
2CUDGEE GEORGE [5]246125.99(4)G Hunt (Cudgee)
3PLEA FOR BEER [5]3483126.53(8)G Debono (Lang Lang)
4LIVING WATERS [5]26125.97(6)J Hunt (Lara)
5ANGEL OF MUSIC [M]822NBTA Langton (Anakie)
6PROVEN TRAX [5]53126.08(3)J Thompson (Pearcedale)
7SAINT FAB [M]82NBTR Britton (Lara)
8SAINT GRACIE [M]54242NBTA Cook (Koroit)
9BUSH COURAGE [M]Res.56223NBTD Fleming (Alvie)
10STOP MOOCHIN’ [M]Res.3NBTJ Hunt (Lara)
Race No. 2Aussie Big Bbq (1-4 Wins) Ht17:28 PM (VIC time)
Restricted Win Heat event over 460 metres at Geelong Of $1,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $375 3rd: $190.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BUSH REBEL [5]2424226.40(2)D Fleming (Alvie)
2WATCH MY PATH (NSW)[5]62332NBTC Treherne (Lara)
3BALLERINO [5]23211FSHJ Borg (Maryborough)
4ASTON ARCHER [5]461FSHT Iwanyk (Seymour)
5BLUEY BENZ (QLD)[5]74275FSTDG Hansen (Daisy Hill)
6CLASSIC NITRO [5]54644NBTJ Carr (Devon Meadows)
7LONESOME JETT (QLD)[4]6345525.57(7)W Vassallo (Devon Meadows)
8CODE BREAKER [5]45644FSTDS Thomas (Sandon)
9MEDIA TYCOON [5]Res.14587FSHJ Wright (Bald Hills)
10MAGIC OF BEAM (NSW)[5]Res.85566NBTD Sturgess (Talbot)
Race No. 3Sita Australia (1-4 Wins) Ht27:48 PM (VIC time)
Restricted Win Heat event over 460 metres at Geelong Of $1,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $375 3rd: $190.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BECCI LEONE [5]27346FSHM Chilcott (Heathcote)
2SIR BEKIM [5]42416NBTJ Sharp (Lara)
3KURANDA LASS [5]13313FSHJ Borg (Maryborough)
4CLARETOWN SNOWY [5]21138FSHD Weightman (Dean)
5DYNA ARCLIGHT (NSW)[5]36556NBTM Delbridge (Balliang)
6GREYSYND CHIEF [5]1FSHP Anderton (Devon Meadows)
7MISS LATOYA [5]46117FSHR Cook (Munro)
8COBALT KAOS [5]25588NBTT Mitchell (Lara)
9DUNGARVAN [5]Res.87555NBTJ Carr (Devon Meadows)
10MEDIA TYCOON [5]Res.14587FSHJ Wright (Bald Hills)
Race No. 4Connor’s 18th Birthday (1-4 Wins) Ht38:08 PM (VIC time)
Restricted Win Heat event over 460 metres at Geelong Of $1,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $375 3rd: $190.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ICE COSSACK [5]65272NBTE Rinaldi (Lethbridge)
2APOCAL BALE (NSW)[5]2515426.04(7)S Collins (Lara)
3RUBY DUTCHESS (NZ)[5]3414125.97(4)B Jones (Lara)
4THEORY’S LEGACY [5]15231NBTJ Barbara (Exford)
5BUSH CAVIAR [5]115725.95(3)D Fleming (Alvie)
6CUDGEE DESTROYER [4]111125.92(6)G Hunt (Cudgee)
7HOT GOLD (NSW)[5]66723NBTL Delbridge (Balliang)
8MISS FIRE [5]74278FSTDJ Carr (Devon Meadows)
9DUNGARVAN [5]Res.87555NBTJ Carr (Devon Meadows)
10MAGIC OF BEAM (NSW)[5]Res.85566NBTD Sturgess (Talbot)
Race No. 5Creative Flooring Solutions Gdr8:28 PM (VIC time)
Novice Grade 5 event over 596 metres at Geelong Of $4,175 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,925 2nd: $830 3rd: $420.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ARCHI BALE (NSW)[5]32431FSTDM Delbridge (Balliang)
2AROLOK JANE [5]24652FSHP Riches (The Sisters)
3TRIP TO CAIRNS [5]41835FSHG Borg (Maryborough)
4SOUL DANCER [5]215FSHB Briffa (Coolaroo)
5MISS BO WICKED (NSW)[5]31533FSHD Geall (Lara)
6OUR SHIRAZ [5]32251FSHJ Higgins (Linton)
7AROLOK MOLLY [5]21567FSHP Riches (The Sisters)
8WINSTON GROOM [5]85423FSHM Chilcott (Heathcote)
9BIG BOY MCEVOY [5]Res.73574FSTDD Aleksov (Brookfield)
10TOMMY TOYMAN [5]Res.57374FSTDN Gost (Little River)
Race No. 6Pcfa – Grv Vic Bred Final (gobis)8:48 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Final event over 520 metres at Geelong Of $5,360 Prizemoney.
1st: $3,050 2nd: $875 3rd: $435 GOBIS: $1,000.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1FLYNN O’MALLEY [4]6221130.27(2)G Hansen (Daisy Hill)
2CANDLE WISH [5]7833230.61(2)J Maple (Little River)
3OUR ARANDT [5]25533NBTM Zammit (Exford)
4UNDER TAKER [5]44434NBTA Sgroi (Hallam)
5LEMON PATCHWORK [5]51342NBTJ Rinaldi (Lethbridge)
6VOLKSJAGER BLUE [4]8525130.15(1)P Ryder (Corio)
7KEEP CALM [4]4111130.04(3)P Anderton (Devon Meadows)
8SALLY GARDENS [5]24552NBTW Donlon (Burnbank)
9CHAPPY [5]Res.44133NBTT Deglaitis (Moolap)
10LAURIE’S CHANCE [5]Res.33414NBTR Britton (Lara)
Race No. 7Dodge Industrial Supplies9:08 PM (VIC time)
Grade 4 event over 460 metres at Geelong Of $2,005 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,405 2nd: $400 3rd: $200.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SANTA’S SPECIAL (NSW)[4]1245625.74(1)E Lloyd (Anakie)
2NOCKABOUT AUSSIE [4]5113625.69(1)P Akathiotis (Reservoir)
3MITCH SPARRABUSH [4]4342125.95(8)L Mitchell (Teesdale)
4EMPIRE ALLEN (NSW)[4]2324225.95(5)A Dailly (Anakie)
6IMMORTAL BEAR [4]1412125.97(2)J Barbara (Exford)
7IMA APPLE [4]4813525.93(4)J Riley (Wallington)
8DYNA FILBERT (NSW)[4]2551125.86(1)J Hunt (Lara)
Race No. 8Sanctuary Lakes Hotel9:28 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 460 metres at Geelong Of $1,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $375 3rd: $190.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1LEKTRA CRUISER [5]64875NBTP Simone (Pirron Yallock)
2JENKINS BALE (NSW)[5]33114NBTJ Hunt (Lara)
3ZIPPING SNOOPY (NSW)[5]11515FSHP Dapiran (Northwood)
4LEKTRA BRAVE [5]51177FSHA Dailly (Anakie)
5COMPA ALLEN (NSW)[5]27167FSTDM Delbridge (Balliang)
6GRAND FAITH [5]18233FSHP Dapiran (Northwood)
7SIZE DOES MATTER (QLD)[5]13111FSHB Ennis (Lara)
8WAIT TIL DARK [5]34251NBTJ Hunt (Lara)
9LEKTRA CONCRETE [5]Res.13266NBTP Simone (Pirron Yallock)
10LITES AND SIRENS [5]Res.74555FSTDD Todd (Dereel)
Race No. 9Saltwater Coast (1-4 Wins) Ht49:48 PM (VIC time)
Restricted Win Heat event over 460 metres at Geelong Of $1,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $375 3rd: $190.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MASTER PHELPS [5]11221FSHR Cook (Munro)
2HESTIA BALE (NSW)[5]61754NBTM Delbridge (Balliang)
3EL CHANA [5]73521NBTL Sturgess (Talbot)
4RICK FERN [5]43266FSHM Mason (Finley)
5AROLOK JIMMY [5]13246FSTDJ Riches (The Sisters)
6SON OF SASSI [5]54257NBTW Hansen (Daisy Hill)
7LITTLE REC CON [5]37767FSHT Iwanyk (Seymour)
8YOKO [5]38341NBTJ Carr (Devon Meadows)
9DUNGARVAN [5]Res.87555NBTJ Carr (Devon Meadows)
10MEDIA TYCOON [5]Res.14587FSHJ Wright (Bald Hills)
Race No. 10Apparel By Xtreme (1-4 Wins) Ht510:08 PM (VIC time)
Restricted Win Heat event over 460 metres at Geelong Of $1,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $375 3rd: $190.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DIRTY PAWS [5]34421NBTJ Higgins (Linton)
2IRISH ASTERIA (NSW)[5]63216NBTR Dunne (St Albans)
3SMILEY SAM [5]4622326.57(8)G Hansen (Daisy Hill)
4GO HERBIE GO [5]16546NBTK Pitt (Devon Meadows)
5MOLLY’S SILVER (NSW)[5]16343NBTL Delbridge (Balliang)
6COLLEGE QUEEN [5]71457NBTM Chilcott (Heathcote)
7ICE FLICKA [5]85445FSTDJ Rinaldi (Lethbridge)
8SHE’S GOT TALENT [5]3F578NBTJ Carr (Devon Meadows)
9DUNGARVAN [5]Res.87555NBTJ Carr (Devon Meadows)
10MAGIC OF BEAM (NSW)[5]Res.85566NBTD Sturgess (Talbot)
Race No. 11The Glengarry Lucky Farmers10:30 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

1SLAMBAM [5]4253122.63(1)I Cockerell (Buckley)
2DODGY DEALER [5]4166122.44(7)J Sharp (Lara)
3DESTINY BALE (NSW)[5]3471322.62(5)S Collins (Lara)
4PHIL MIESKI [5]3333122.62(6)V Gay (Hastings)
5GRAVE DIGGER [5]5685122.65(4)B Hare (Greendale)
6COUP D’ETAT [4]1134222.60(2)B Buchanan (Sunday Creek)
7JESSIE SMALL (NSW)[5]81132NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
8CARAMEL MIX (QLD)[5]5687722.46(2)W Hansen (Daisy Hill)
9SILVER ROCKSTAR (NSW)[5]Res.4673122.88(7)L Delbridge (Balliang)
10AUDREANA (NSW)[5]Res.1182FSHE Lloyd (Anakie)

Thursday, 25 September 2014


Greyhound Box Draw For Sandown Park – Thursday, 25 September 2014

Race No. 1Tab Early Quaddie7:07 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

1TOMMY EL [5]56144NBTG Whitford (Yarram)
2JINGELLIC (NSW)[5]52353FSTDM Fox (Laverton)
3CREATIVE KARISMA [5]411129.98(4)K Podmore (Wagga Wagga)
4JUBILEA BALE (NSW)[5]6531529.57(4)J Hunt (Lara)
5SCANEZ CEE [5]5112230.07(4)B Divirgilio (Langwarrin)
6RAPID INCLINE [5]1372430.03(5)R Tartaglia (Newcomb)
7WAR ROOM [5]36652FSHM Carter (Violet Town)
8POLLY BALE (NSW)[5]7412130.02(1)A Dailly (Anakie)
9DYNA FANCY (NSW)[5]Res.7433130.03(8)A Dailly (Anakie)
10SURF JESTER (QLD)[5]Res.5887729.58(5)J Gill (Darriman)
Race No. 2Nathan Sturgess Final7:25 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Final event over 595 metres at Sandown park Of $10,285 Prizemoney.
1st: $7,200 2nd: $2,060 3rd: $1,025.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DR. RAHOUAL [5]54281NBTJ Mcmahon (Darriman)
2LONESOME KNIGHT [5]68652FSTDJ Westerlo (Clyde)
3PENANCE ALLEN (NSW)[5]7656134.35(6)J Hunt (Lara)
4DR. DES [5]42171FSTDW Mcmahon (Darriman)
5DYNA TREASON (NSW)[5]46552NBTJ Hunt (Lara)
6EXPLOSIVE ANGEL [5]62132FSTDM Brown (Loch)
7MOOT POINT (NSW)[5]132F1FSTDM Carter (Violet Town)
8ROCKIN’ JOSIE [5]5875134.26(8)V Borg (Hoppers Crossing)
9BERRY BLITZ [5]Res.5253234.98(8)A Langton (Anakie)
10DAINTREE PUZZLE [5]Res.42232NBTG Joske (Jeeralang Junction)
Race No. 3The “superdogs” Are Coming!7:44 PM (VIC time)
Mixed 4/5 event over 715 metres at Sandown park Of $8,745 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,120 2nd: $1,750 3rd: $875.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ALLEN WAKE (NSW)[5]1443642.44(3)A Dailly (Anakie)
2FLYING TWIST [5]15423NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
3DEWANA BABE [4]1335142.00(7)M Dewan (Carrum Downs)
4BIG KAT [4]3588442.13(3)C Schlensog (Anakie)
5LOVE AFFAIR (NSW)[5]14314NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
6STARC (NSW)[4]2161242.10(4)A Dailly (Anakie)
7BLINKER’S ON [5]17123NBTB Ennis (Lara)
8KIM KEEPING (NSW)[5]5124742.31(2)J Cottrell (Langwarrin)
Race No. 4Tab Melb. Cup 21/11 – Grv Vic Bred Final (gobis)8:08 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Final event over 595 metres at Sandown park Of $12,685 Prizemoney.
1st: $7,200 2nd: $2,060 3rd: $1,025 GOBIS: $2,400.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1REBELATION [5]4266334.51(1)M Mallia-magri (Avalon)
2MEPUNGA FEARON [5]25432NBTJ Britton (Anakie)
3ROY GALO [5]26563NBTS Ralph (Tooradin)
4RINASH [5]1143234.68(3)G Laidlay (Devon Meadows)
5SIGN OF SNOW [5]2833234.51(3)A Langton (Anakie)
6COULTA ROCK [4]1343134.22(8)D Curtain (Longwarry)
7SONIC PIRATE [4]1726134.49(8)P Reinders (Gruyere)
8DEADLY BOY [4]1641134.33(8)S Mckenna (Napoleons)
9MORNINGSIDE [5]Res.12273NBTK Bravo (Lovely Banks)
10HESSION BOOTS [5]Res.28634NBTR Clark (Toolleen)
Race No. 5Tab Melbourne Cup Prelude 18:28 PM (VIC time)
Special Event event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1TEXAS TITAN (SA)[4]3431329.57(7)J Britton (Anakie)
2DYNA OSTRANDER (NSW)[3]1152529.56(2)J Hunt (Lara)
3WE ARE GEELONG [4]7112129.62(2)M Karamatic (Lara)
4MUSQUIN BALE (NSW)[4]8414829.30(2)A Dailly (Anakie)
5BANJO BOY [2]1134229.34(8)K Virtue (Tooradin)
6FARMOR LAS VEGAS (QLD)[4]2115429.61(4)R Britton (Lara)
7BLURRED LINES [3]7117129.68(8)K Bravo (Lovely Banks)
8TIGGERLONG AMIGO (NSW)[4]4345129.52(4)D Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
9PAPPA GALLO [5]Res.8656429.45(5)M Cortese (Hampton Park)
Race No. 6Tab Melbourne Cup Prelude 28:52 PM (VIC time)
Special Event event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1WIND WHISTLER [4]2121229.49(8)A Langton (Anakie)
2OLLIE BALE (NSW)[4]2515329.32(4)A Dailly (Anakie)
3DREAM IT [4]3217129.53(5)B Ennis (Lara)
4DYNA NICO (NSW)[3]4313129.62(1)A Dailly (Anakie)
5NATIONAL TIME (NSW)[4]4111129.43(3)D Brown (Lara)
6TAKE CHARGE [3]2221129.52(2)S Mckenna (Napoleons)
7BUCKLE UP MASON (TAS)[2]2331229.26(5)J Hunt (Lara)
8CAMPASPE WILL [5]3116429.44(8)N Walls (Melton)
9PAPPA GALLO [5]Res.8656429.45(5)M Cortese (Hampton Park)
Race No. 7Tab Melbourne Cup Prelude 39:11 PM (VIC time)
Special Event event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MEPUNGA ARMAGH [3]3437229.37(6)J Britton (Anakie)
2GIMME FUEL [2]2186129.44(1)K Bravo (Lovely Banks)
3HIGHBURY (NSW)[4]2353429.46(1)R Britton (Lara)
4WARRIOR KING (NSW)[4]4431229.25(1)B Ennis (Lara)
5MYSTIC TWIST [4]6615129.63(3)M Cauchi (St Leonards)
6DYNA BETH (NSW)[4]6267729.55(3)A Dailly (Anakie)
7DELLO BALE (NSW)[4]2343129.41(1)J Hunt (Lara)
8LAMIA BALE (NSW)[3]5161129.54(2)S Collins (Lara)
9PAPPA GALLO [5]Res.8656429.45(5)M Cortese (Hampton Park)
Race No. 8Tab Melbourne Cup Prelude 49:35 PM (VIC time)
Special Event event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1HEKATE BELLE [5]15614NBTK Bravo (Lovely Banks)
2BAZZA’S GIFT [2]1854729.54(1)N Bell (Point Lonsdale)
3HUMPHREY BALE (NSW)[5]4886429.48(1)A Dailly (Anakie)
4OAKVALE DESTINY (SA)[3]5341129.67(7)J Britton (Anakie)
5MARCUS JOE [1]2215329.24(4)B Moloney (Marcus Hill)
6LADY GOLDENPAW [4]6311829.66(8)R Britton (Lara)
7SAMUS ALLEN (NSW)[5]52452NBTJ Hunt (Lara)
8MY BRO FABIO (NSW)[3]1211129.38(2)B Ennis (Lara)
9PAPPA GALLO [5]Res.8656429.45(5)M Cortese (Hampton Park)
Race No. 9Macro Meats9:55 PM (VIC time)
Free For All event over 595 metres at Sandown park Of $10,285 Prizemoney.
1st: $7,200 2nd: $2,060 3rd: $1,025.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1RUMERO REASON (NSW)[4]3427434.33(1)A Dailly (Anakie)
2DYNA ORION (NSW)[4]3144334.65(5)A Dailly (Anakie)
3HEIDI GO SEEK [2]3552334.25(2)A Langton (Anakie)
4RALPHY CINEL (NSW)[4]2521234.38(6)J Borg (Maryborough)
6SUPERSONIC HAWK (NSW)[4]2512534.41(2)J Britton (Anakie)
7TICK BALE (NSW)[3]5775334.32(3)J Hunt (Lara)
8ARISING [3]3174134.01(3)D Knocker (Langwarrin)
Race No. 10Berwick Mazda10:12 PM (VIC time)
Mixed 3/4 event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SPEED SERIES (NSW)[3]2652629.50(8)G Campbell (Peechelba)
2PRINCE TO EXCEL (NSW)[4]7121129.91(2)G Jose (Catani)
3GORHAM BALE (NSW)[4]2123229.42(5)S Collins (Lara)
4BAHAMA BAY [4]3154829.70(1)A Britton (Lara)
6DR. KLAAS [4]111429.62(5)W Mcmahon (Darriman)
7FABIO (QLD)[4]1111229.63(3)K Greenough (Pearcedale)
8BAYMAN BALE (NSW)[4]1611630.06(2)J Hunt (Lara)
Race No. 11Tab Rewards10:32 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

1UNIX BALE (NSW)[5]81276NBTS Collins (Lara)
2MORNINGSIDE [5]12273NBTK Bravo (Lovely Banks)
3BUNGA BUNGA [5]42116NBTJ Greenough (Pearcedale)
4TWEAK [5]12126NBTT O’donovan (Devon Meadows)
5KAYO MARCIARNO [5]2535634.59(3)G Neocleous (Yinnar South)
6VELOCEMENTE [5]86334NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
7DYNA GELDOF (NSW)[5]24238NBTS Collins (Lara)
8HE ISN’T REALLY [5]3736434.44(6)C Schlensog (Anakie)
9MISS SOCIETY [5]Res.7286734.47(7)J Imlach (Pearcedale)
10ATLAS GENIUS (SA)[5]Res.1231634.55(5)B Divirgilio (Langwarrin)

Kevin Wright Cleared Of Breaching GAR 99

Offence:

GAR 99: Effect of disqualification, suspension, warning off or being declared a defaulter

(1) A penalty imposed pursuant to these Rules shall apply throughout the area of jurisdiction.

(2) A person who is disqualified, warned off, suspended or declared to be a defaulter shall not, during the period of the penalty-
(a) nominate a greyhound for any Event;
(b) permit a greyhound of which that person is the owner or the trainer to compete in any Event;
(c) act as an attendant at a meeting;
(d) train a greyhound for any other person;
(e) participate in a breeding program;
(f) act as an official at a meeting;
(g) be engaged as an employee or agent by any other person in the training of greyhounds; or
(h) be a member of any committee of a club which is registered pursuant to the Rules of a Controlling Body.

(3) Unless the Controlling Body in special circumstances otherwise directs, a person who has been disqualified, warned off or declared as a defaulter is not-
(a) entitled to retain any registration certificates or greyhound identification cards held by the person and the person shall immediately deliver to the Controlling Body all registration certificates or greyhound identification cards issued to the person; (amended – 01.01.12)
(b) permitted to transact any business affecting the registration of persons or greyhounds with the Controlling Body;
(c) to enter any enclosure or other portion of a racecourse or any lands occupied or used in connection with a racecourse during any Event, whether acting as agent or otherwise;
(d) to enter the premises of a club on a day when a meeting, qualifying trial, satisfactory trial, other trial, Event or greyhound training of any type is occurring or would reasonably be expected to occur regardless of whether the meeting, qualifying trial, satisfactory trial, other trial, Event or training is actually occurring at that time;
(e) to have any of the rights or privileges conferred by any registration pursuant to these Rules;
(f) eligible to otherwise participate in or associate with greyhound racing and any greyhound which has been nominated by the person or in the person’s name, or of which the person is wholly or partly the owner or which is proved to the satisfaction of the Controlling Body to be pursuant to the person’s care, custody or training, is prohibited from competing in any Event; and
(g) to enter or go or remain on, at any time, any place where greyhounds are trained, kept or raced.

Report

On the 22 September 2014, Stewards conducted an Inquiry into an alleged breach of GAR 99 (effect of disqualification, suspension, warning off or being declared a defaulter) by Mr Wright in that he participated or associated with greyhound racing; in that he made several phone calls and emails between 27 August 214 and 1 September 2014 to Greyhounds Australasia (GA) and GRV’s Member Services Department.

Stewards tabled copies of correspondence (via email) from Mr. Steve Hosking (GA), and obtained verbal evidence from Mr. Steve Hosking (GA), Mrs Kate Williams (GRV) and Mr. Kevin Wright.

Based on the evidence provided, it was established that Mr Wright had not breached GAR 99.

Progress Comes Only After Hard Decisions

It’s always hard to know what GRNSW is doing (Brent’s Blog has not been seen for the last three months, for example) but its approach to the four NSW Northern Rivers clubs has always been puzzling.

Of those, Tweed Heads is Non-Tab and will remain so because its Saturday afternoon meetings are in no-man’s land due to Tabcorp’s preferences for the gallops. However, although this club is also by far the most successful Non-Tab operation in the country, it has had its dates cut as part of what we assume to be an economy drive by GRNSW. We don’t know what the savings are but they could not be great.

It is also a mystery because that happened at a time when Queensland lacked a one-turn track following the closure of the Gold Coast. A hole was waiting to be filled. Even now, its replacement at Logan is likely to be a good two years in the making (regardless of what the publicity says). That was an opportunity to better promote Tweed Heads but it was not to be. Opportunity lost!

Elsewhere, the grass circuit at Casino celebrates its Cup meeting tonight. All the usual suspects will be going around, unlike at Tweed Heads’ lucrative Galaxy meeting where numerous dogs come from interstate to compete. But, in this day and age, Casino’s tight, no-straight track does not measure up to modern standards and, in any event, it is much too close to the nearby Lismore club to justify them both existing. If money is tight, why were their efforts not combined?

Lismore, too, needs improvements because of its bend starts but that could readily have been organised at the time of the rationalisation. It is the business, population, educational, cultural and administrative centre of the region. Casino has lots of cattle but they don’t bet much.

The relative performances of these two clubs should also be considered in the light of the fact that Casino has long enjoyed a preferred time slot – usually Friday twilight – while Lismore has been in the deadly Tuesday night position and Grafton has been jumping around all over the place, generally filling gaps here and there.

Further south, Grafton is battling along with half-money racing although it offers by far the best layout available in the area (particularly its 407m trip) and is nicely separated from the other three. In all the circumstances, some rationalisation is called for and Grafton is long overdue for promotion.

It would be no different in principle to what has already happened at Orange-Bathurst – with modest success (apart from building a horrible 450m start at Bathurst).

GOOD TIMES AHEAD?

Following his good win the week before it looked like Starc was disappointing in running second to Ruff Cut Diamond at Sandown on Thursday. Not so. He actually improved by nearly three lengths but had no hope with the winner. And the dog is not yet two years old and smallish for a male at barely 30 kg.

It was no wonder. Ruff Cut Diamond ran the fastest 715m seen in a long while – 41.52 – easily bettering anything ever done by Xylia Allen or Sweet It Is. Miata’s track record is 41.17. Ruff Cut Diamond led all the way but actually ran away from Starc in the home straight.

Both the newcomers were having only their second start over the long trip and both were sired by Bekim Bale, as were two others in the field, including the fourth placegetter, Love Affair, and Allen Wake. Dare I suggest they all could do with a break of at least a couple of weeks now.

Critically, Bekim Bale might be launching a return to glory in the staying ranks. Can it be true?

(See also other Bekim Bale comments in our 15 September article re NSW stayer Space Age etc).

HARD TO FOLLOW

At Sandown in Race 8 stewards deemed the run of Tonk (6) as “unsatisfactory” and demanded a trial before accepting future nominations. I have to feel for the connections, even though the decision is not too dramatic. Here are some excerpts from the stewards report.

“Billy Bowlegs and Tonk collided soon after the start checking Billy Bowlegs”. “Tonk checked off Stunning Ashberg on the third turn”. “Tonk and Dyna Geldof collided in the home straight”.

Observations show that Tonk, a dedicated railer and chancy beginner, came out moderately from the middle box, got barrelled on the awful 595m bend start, got to the rail around the back, and pressed on strongly to pass a couple of runners on the way to the post – still chasing hard all the way into the pen. What was the point in being nasty to it?

A more productive recommendation from the stewards would be to put the club and GRV on trial for creating such a lousy start to a race. Ditto for the 600m start at The Meadows.

By comparison, the talented Dyna Perseus (8) (about which I wrote nice things many weeks ago when it was in sparkling form around the provincials) was in Race 7 just earlier, well backed just behind the two favourites. It came out poorly and ran last all the way, not really interested. Its previous form had been up and down. Stewards said not a word. How can you work them out?

(Note: The writer had no financial interest in either of these dogs).

No Value, No Bet

The bloke who claimed that nobody ever reads this column might have been partly right. (Maybe nobody reads it except him?). Here’s what I wrote a week ago about the Chairman’s Cup: “Based on its history, Xylia Allen will not be able to repeat its heat time with the final only seven short days away. Whether it can still win is the hard question. Odds-on, look on!”

Well, very few of you took any notice. In the final, Xylia Allen started at $1.80, ran the same style of race it did in the heat, and ran second in 42.11, which was five lengths slower than in its heat and a similar amount behind this week’s winner. There was nothing unusual about this. Its petrol tank was not refilled. The bitch has done this repeatedly when forced to back up within seven days of an earlier distance race. It simply cannot manage the two. Sweet It Is also ran as it normally does, messing around early and finishing on late in its normal time.

Zipping Maggie recorded its fifth win in a row, running a spritely 41.78 on the pace all the way and leading from the judge the first time around. It never looked like losing while the other two never looked like winning. Noteworthy is that throughout its career it has moved up steadily through the distances, from 500 to 600 to 660 and then to the 700-plus category, always improving as it went on. The Wenty victory was certainly its best.

I had made it 3/1 each of the three of them, give or take a bit, which was pretty right in the circumstances. Odds-on for Xylia Allen never made any sense.

I am now demanding that my tipping license be returned immediately.

AND AROUND THE TRAPS

Elsewhere, against moderate opposition at Dapto, Dusty Moonshine returned to its former glory when it streeted the field in 43.16, busting Forty Twenty’s five year old track record. It was coming off two mysterious failures at Wenty when it did not look like a fit enough dog. Perhaps they have got it right now? Its next run might tell more.

Just prior to the Chairman’s Cup, another provincial record breaker, Space Star, trounced a 5th grade field at Wenty in a smart 41.97. Not a flash beginner, it will be interesting to see how it progresses with more experience and in better class. The interesting thing about Space Star and Dusty Moonshine is they both race like stayers. Not many do that.

The Space Age performances further emphasise a trend I noted earlier (see August 29 article) as its sire is the dynamic Bekim Bale. That connection was underscored last Thursday at Sandown where five of the eight entries (two were later scratched) in a 5th Grade 715m event were sired by the same Bekim Bale, all with different mums. No world beaters amongst them but one of them bowled home to victory (Starc) in nice time and another ran third. Similarly on Saturday at The Meadows, Bekim Bale provided two of the eight runners over 725m, including the winner Shot To Bits. In recent times, it’s hard to recall a more prominent sire of distance dogs than this one, perhaps excepting Bombastic Shiraz.

It’s interesting to note that some thoroughbred buffs have pointed out that sires with a short racing career do much better at stud than those with lots of races under their belt. Bekim Bale’s racing career was cut short quite early through injury, but not before recording a track record over Sandown 515m. Likewise for Brett Lee and others.

Shot To Bits also adds to the mysteries. A noted hard finisher, the 725m handicap at The Meadows on Saturday was its first attempt at the long distance following top middle distance form, including a track record at Bendigo 660m. It won nicely but in very slow time. Corrected for the handicap (which GRV formguides fail to show) it ran the equivalent of 43.31which is one of the three worst times recorded this year. That’s surprising, notwithstanding its normal slow start. More information needed.

Still at The Meadows, last Saturday’s meeting may have been a sign of the times. It had a slowly run handicap over the long trip, a Maiden Final over 600m, which generally indicates only that the dogs are not much good at shorter trips, and Novice dogs scattered through the program – five actually raced and four more were listed as reserves. There was a time when Novices could not dream of getting a run at major city meetings.

More signs. Albion Park’s Sunday meeting contained nothing but 331m races. Usually it has a mix of distances. This is a reflection of the quality of dogs on offer in that state and often elsewhere. Indeed, the first law of racing now is that nominations will always gravitate to the shortest trip on offer. Unfortunately, they are also the least predictable. Inquiries reveal that these policies are there to keep trainers happy, but punters will have a different view (meaning punters, not gamblers).

However, please don’t tell me these races pull in good money, therefore they are worthwhile. Observation at the TAB over many years tells me that the majority of mug gamblers have no idea what the upcoming race distance is. They are often disappointed when it finishes so quickly, which is also why serious punters don’t like them.

THE BIGGER QUESTION

All this to and fro about the quality of the staying ranks, or individual dogs, amounts more to a stab in the dark than anything else. It brings to mind ongoing studies into thoroughbred breeding where scientists have been trying to identify which genes produce sprinters and which stayers – and some claiming success.

But should the vets and the scientists be doing more to delve into greyhound genetics? The apparent shortage of genuine stayers is not helpful to the breed or to the way we put races together. I have already mentioned that programming heat and final events over successive weeks poses significant doubts (see above). Equally, there are both economic and welfare factors involved in that overstressing a dog does no-one any good – the dog, the connections, the punters or the public.

Tabcorp Should Get Its Finger Out

It’s all very well for Tabcorp’s boss, David Attenborough, to complain* about the activities of corporate and overseas bookmakers, but should he try to be more competitive himself?

*See address to American Chamber of Commerce, 28 August, listed on Tabcorp website.

The major example can be seen in Tabcorp’s Fixed Odds pricing, where books of 130% are normal and roughly parallel those of the online people. These are punitive figures which no normal customer can ever overcome over a period. In traditional wagering terms, they are an insult to punters.

Attenborough could well order the figures reduced to, say, 117%, which equates to the deduction he takes out of conventional tote business (an average of $16 out of every $100 or $14.50 for Win bets). He could make the pace and re-take the initiative from the NT group. No doubt the NT companies would follow and customers would get a better deal all round. Turnover and prices would both be better, and there is still plenty left for the betting operators to dine out on.

Another sensible move would be to get rid of the ridiculous Duet bet, which hardly anyone buys, and thereby boost turnover for standard Quinella and Exacta betting, both badly in need of help at the smaller greyhound meetings.

So why doesn’t he?

Of course, part of the answer is that, contrary to Attenborough’s claim that “we have morphed into a more agile, customer-led organisation”, Tabcorp is hell-bent on scraping as much as it can out of every bet made, almost regardless of where that will lead customers and the industry in the longer term. For Fixed Odds, the current attitude is that if they (corporate bookies) can do it, so can we. For Duet betting, they obviously cannot be bothered cleaning up a relic of the ages. The customers are not leading at all, Tabcorp is.

WINNING AND LOSING AT THE SAME TIME

Mind you, state racing authorities are no better than Tabcorp as they are also in the 130% camp when quoting odds on their formguides. What a terrible example to set for the industry! It is impossible to understand their motives in doing that. Their other options are to use a 100% book as a guideline to runners’ real chances or to adopt the tote figure of 117% which would allow direct price comparisons.

Let’s take those comparisons a bit further. As I write, at Horsham (Tuesday) the Watchdog is suggesting books of 125%, 132%, 128%, and 127% for four of the better races. But in real life punters did things a little differently. All four of the Watchdog’s top picks also ended up as favourites but at shorter prices.

 

NSW TAB Watchdog Actual
Race 4 $2.80 $1.80 Won
Race 5 $1.70 $1.40 Won
Race 6 $2.00 $1.90 Lost
Race 7 $2.50 $2.30 Lost

 

This introduces three features of greyhound betting; (a) punters over-bet on the favourite; (b) the Watchdog, as the most prominent tipster, probably influences punters’ selections; and (c) the average punter is not paying attention to value.We have not shown Fixed Odds for these races but they are in fact identical to the final tote payout. Information on what happened during the course of betting is not available.

An even dollar on each of these favourites resulted in a loss of 80 cents, or 20% of your $4 investment. To put it another way, the Watchdog’s suggested odds are more sensible but they never happen in practice. Maybe GRV should take out a bookie’s licence?

A further comment would be that most punters would not be aware of the final odds because only around half of the pool would be evident prior to the time punters had to place their bet. Any later fluctuations are influenced by the relatively small size of greyhound pools – and Horsham’s twilight slot on Tuesdays is as good as it gets for provincial racing, often producing bigger pools than for evening races in town (on the NSW TAB).

The outcome is that maybe half the punters are taking a pig in a poke because they are gambling without real knowledge while the other half may understand the form but is still forced to guess that the final price will be satisfactory – and often it will not be. Of course, this may well be one of the factors which encourage a shift to Fixed Odds Betting. Seldom will that do you any good but at least you will know what you are getting.

From the industry’s viewpoint, it is stuck with a volatile betting structure, one which has grown up like Topsy and is totally out of the control of racing administrators. The real competition we used to have – from on-course bookmakers – has disappeared along with the on-course crowds they once served. Indeed, that change is the real reason why controls over wagering should have changed long ago. (Efforts by RNSW to regulate online bookmakers are belated steps but are unlikely to reverse the trends significantly).

Aside from extra regulation, solutions, or rather assistance of some sort, are available from two sources – the creation of a national pool with greater price certainty, and mounting efforts to better educate punters about greyhound racing.

The Federal Minister for Social Services, Kevin Andrews, is currently looking into online gambling activities and so may well venture into the wagering scene, particularly as many prominent people are complaining – eg Tabcorp, Racing NSW, former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett, and probably Racing Victoria (which often tends to be follower, not a leader).

JOKING, PERHAPS?

Here is one that slipped by me, largely because I take a very low interest in racing at Ipswich due to its disruptive layout.

However, since the recent transfer of form and results data from the local Queensland people to the GRNSW-operated Ozchase system some changes have occurred, not least being the fact that winning box information is missing.

Importantly, they have ended up with the dreadful Tasmanian practice of assigning sectional times for Ipswich 431m races to whatever dog won the race, never mind what actually led. Consequently, future career records will be distorted because they follow only what goes onto the formline.

Queensland is also deficient at all other provincial tracks.

Add to that the more common practice – at NSW Northern Rivers tracks, for example – of not allocating the single sectional time for all short races to any runner at all and you have a dog’s breakfast of data.

Expecting serious punters to support the sport under these conditions is fanciful dreaming.

Help Is Available If You Want It

Not for the first time, a boffin is on his way to radically changing a sport. This time it’s the way tennis coaches can make use of technology to improve their charge’s tactics.

The Australian reports that a USA-based Aussie, Damien Saunder, is collecting data from Hawkeye files to better guide tennis players on where to place their serves, for example. Saunder is a geospatial designer specialising in online mapping and data visualisation. He grew up playing tennis and AFL in Wangaratta.

“Tennis is a spatial game, meaning that the location of the ball or where a stroke or player is and therefore we can begin to understand the spatial patters about the sport”, Saunder said. “Many sports, like football, basketball and baseball have been using analytics for years to explore potential unknown patterns about the game, their players and opponent’s tactics”.

Currently, analysis of this sort is in widespread use by AFL and NRL clubs and the Australian Institute of Sport to check how well their players are doing, where they run, jump or swim, where injuries occur and how much work they do – and more.

Saunder’s technique goes well beyond the data you might have already seen on Hawkeye screens. For example, it not only looks at where the server places the ball but also how well the receiver handles it.

The underlying technology seems ideally suited to working out how best to design a greyhound track. Science will beat opinion any time.

A small example is already here as Tasmanian thoroughbreds carry a GPS marker to allow authorities to pinpoint their exact positions at various stages of the race and then calculate sectional times accurately. (What a pity they can’t move on to local dog races, where existing practices are hopelessly in error).

ANOTHER EXAMPLE

Full marks for GRV in its effort to rebuild the Healesville straight track. I had thought it improved considerably on the previous version – and it probably did. However a review of the heats of the Cup racing last Sunday revealed a great deal of unpredictable lateral movement, mostly from dogs veering over to the rail and the inside lure. Even dogs racing out wide were crabbing their way along, keen to get a better sight of the lure.

Relatively, little of that happens at Capalaba in Queensland, where they use a centre drag lure. So how best to do it?

HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF

At Wentworth Park on Saturday Xylia Allen did what she normally does and won. Sweet It Is did what she normally does and lost. They ran 41.76 and 42.15 respectively.

Xylia Allen gets out quickly and leads. Sweet It Is comes out slowly and has to find her way through the maze, usually getting held up a couple of times. Those have always been their patterns and that’s what happened at Wenty.

And that’s why the result at Cannington in the Nationals was an aberration – a top effort from both but still an aberration. As were their relative starting prices. Sweet It Is may well have improved slightly over the last couple of months but that still does not make her a reliable bet in a top race. Apart from the winner, her opposition in the Chairman’s Cup heat was not too marvellous yet punters paid dearly to see her go down at $1.30. If you put a dollar on her both times, you are now losing money.

It’s not just these two. For years now the majority of top staying races have been taken out by leaders. Their staying capacity comes second. See, for example, Bentley Babe, Flashing Floods, Irma Bale and perhaps Dashing Corsair. Admittedly, genuine staying types have often been thin on the ground but that’s another story again.

It also makes another point. While a change of kennel to a top mentor may well produce good results (as with Sweet It Is), you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. Sometimes, the stories concentrate on the successes, and ignore the failures, much as punters will tell you about their wins but never their losses. Essentially, Sweet It Is is still what she always was – a talented but slow-beginning stayer.

The bigger disappointment at Wenty was the poor showing of Dusty Moonshine, which was only a shadow of the dog that ran in the 41.90s three times in a row. It would not have beaten Xylia Allen anyway but a fading 42.54 after a good start tells us it was nowhere near its best form. It simply was not fit enough for this class and will not make the final.

Now to the future. Based on its history, Xylia Allen will not be able to repeat its heat time with the final only seven short days away. Whether it can still win is the hard question. Odds-on, look on!

DOLLARS AIN’T DOLLARS

I refuse to read, digest or believe any more stories about record prize money unless the authors first correct their data for inflation. Just to take one example, Xylia Allen, for all her brilliance, would not live with a former “record” money winner, Rapid Journey, if you put them up ten times in a row. Nor with Miata at the other end of the distance scale. Xylia Allen does score in the versatility stakes, but is probably best served over the middle distances.

That inflation, incidentally, has occurred not just in broad economic terms but it the way the industry allocates prize money. Neither of those other two dogs competed for $250,000 to $350,000 first prizes in relative or absolute terms.

Somebody with the data should set, say, the year 2000 as a base and adjust everything back to that level.

The Mystery Of Form Reading

The mystery of form reading

‘This inaccuracy in the form guide was unavoidable due to the need to create a new track for this type of meeting. GRV realises this may cause some inconvenience for punters until such time that there is sufficient history in our system at the SAP and MEP tracks.’

So reads part of the information from GRV about its new MEP and SAP style meetings, which are being held at the Meadows and Sandown Park respectively.

While I can kind of understand what they’re trying to do, I’m sorry to say it but I think this new classification system as it applies to form reading is, to borrow a phrase Winston Churchill used about the old USSR, “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.”

So, what we have is GRV telling us they know the form guide will be inaccurate, but it was unavoidable. I beg to differ.

That it ‘may cause some inconvenience for punters’ is an understatement. Arguably the average punter won’t notice. Which is not good in the longer term. Punters are the lifeblood of racing. Things need to be as clear and straightforward as possible to encourage turnover.

Imagine, a few weeks into the future as someone looks at a form guide and sees SAP and MEP and they ask a mate, “What track is SAP? Is that Sale? Shepparton? Shelbourne Park in Ireland?” When informed it’s actually Sandown Park and there are three or four runs marked SAN as well, do you not think our average punter is going to shake his head in wonderment?

Same track, same distances. The only difference supposedly is the ‘quality’ of the competition. And that, is total rubbish as well. Take the Thursday night meeting at Sandown on 28 August. There were greyhounds engaged with such luminary racing records as 38 starts for 4 wins (10.5%), 37 starts for four wins (10.8%), 41 starts for six wins (14.6%), 49 starts for four wins (8.1%), 65 starts for nine wins (13.8%), 94 starts for nine wins (9.5%) and so on. Remember, this is the peak city meeting of the week.

At the SAP meeting on 31 August -and, dare I say I think ‘sap’ is about the right term for this classification- there were a couple of greyhounds with four wins from 10 starts (40%), and another with 23 wins from 72 outings (31.9%), and plenty of others with reasonable racing records. Yes, there was plenty of rubbish getting a start, but regular greyhound punters are not stupid; they can work out the quality, or otherwise, for themselves.

I feel like I’m in a time warp here. Back in 1998, floods in the Wollongong area led the Bulli club to have its meetings transferred to Wentworth Park. The GBOTA hierarchy decided the deFax form guide should read ‘Bulli’ instead of Wentworth Park to reflect the fact the races weren’t full city meetings.

The stupidity of this was soon shown when a greyhound named Judge Smailes won at ‘Bulli’ over the mythical 520 metres trip in 30.41. The early form guide for a standard Wentworth Park meeting came out a few days later and showed Judge Smailes had only ever won a single event at the course in 30.92.

As I wrote at the time in the now-defunct NSW Greyhound Weekly, ‘…deFax form guides are there to help punters find winners; how the hell are they going to do that if there are greyhounds scooting around Wentworth Park with an alleged best time of 30.92 when the dog won just a week or so earlier in 30.41?’

Sense prevailed and the ‘Bulli’ runs became Wentworth Park starts soon after when the classification reverted to what it should have been all along.

A few lines of computer code could overcome this silliness. That is, instead of having a greyhound’s form show, let’s say, five starts at Sandown Park for two wins, best 29.60, when in fact it has graced the course, let’s say, 15 times for six wins, best 29.55, a modification to a few lines of code would make sure all the runs on this course are included as one set.

Punters, the lifeblood of the industry remember, would not then needlessly be inconvenienced. Sure, the graders will have a bit of a hassle, but then the state of the grading situation across Australia is an issue all on its own.

From now on the form guides for The Meadows and Sandown will be forever inaccurate. When a greyhound races at Sandown Park, for example, say 10 times as a SAP meeting and then races five times at the SAN meetings it will actually have had 15 starts on the track. Its fastest recorded time, when winning, say, at the SAP might be 29.59. It’s fastest recorded time when winning at SAN might be 29.85. So, depending on the meeting it’s best time, and the number of wins, will be all over the shop.

Personally I think it’s absolutely ridiculous. I understand the ‘logic’ behind it, I just happen to think it is terribly flawed.

You might get a greyhound which, let’s say, has raced six times at MEP for three wins and three placings. It then ‘graduates’ to a MEA meeting and the form guide reads ‘FSH’. It clearly likes racing at The Meadows, but someone not paying sufficient attention dismisses it because the greyhound is having its first start at this course after competing very well on some mythical track that looks remarkably like The Meadows. Anywhere else this kind of ‘logic’ would bring howls of laughter.

I’ll be really interested to hear from readers, whether they’re punters, trainers, owners or whatever, as to what they think about this change. As I understand it, as with the silliness of the Bulli/Wentworth Park fiasco, the chief reason for the change is to help the graders. In other words, inconveniencing punters takes precedence over inconveniencing the pencil pushers.

Confessions Of A Partly Successful Writer

Mostly we get good reactions to our articles here, but occasionally a reader takes me to task about a comment I have made. I skip some of these as they tend not to make their point logically, or offer facts to back their story. But I do read them when possible.

One case in point concerned Wag Tail’s run in the Nationals at Cannington. My article had said that one starter had trialled over 715m shortly before the actual race, in which it then ran poorly. This upset one reader although I did not nominate Wag Tail and was actually referring to another runner.

Nevertheless, Wag Tail did trial five days prior in 41.76 and then ran 41.84 to take out 3rd spot in the main race. That followed a fairly busy distance racing program over the previous few weeks, so the question then became whether it was in tip-top condition for the Nationals.

My guess would be barely, if that. Its recent background contained a series of distance races with mostly seven day breaks, which is always a doubtful policy. On its best form, it would have been entitled to run a bit quicker than it did in Perth – not to win but certainly to feature in the Quinella. My impression was that it was a bit flat for the final, which is not surprising given that it had run 715m only five days earlier. The lack of strong opposition allowed it to hold on to the placing.

The other runner of concern was Queen Marina, which both trialled and raced poorly over the full 715m.

The point, as always, is that we keep seeing regular examples of dogs which do not handle a quick back-up very well. And the logic of giving a dog a 715m trial just before a 715m race escapes me. A slip or a 530m trial, perhaps, but not over the full distance.

What happened to the other six runners after arriving in Perth is unknown, according to the formguide, but none had a stewards trial.

Change or Lack of It

Another reader claimed that nobody took any notice of what I wrote, so I was wasting my time. They may be partly right, but that’s about all. For example, several years ago I started asking why Victoria had Non-Penalty races/meetings. And I have kept on with that thought ever since. What purpose did they serve? Was the grading system no good?

Well, just the other day, GRV dumped the practice and converted the twice weekly dates in town into what they now call Meadows Provincial and Sandown Provincial – effectively 5th Grades.

It doesn’t happen overnight, but it does happen. Perhaps I gained some support along the way?

Mind you, none of that embraces what I considered the real problem with those old NP meetings. As soon as they started over a decade ago, field quality at the provincials dropped off, thereby giving clubs less to promote if they were so inclined, and weakening their attraction to serious punters. In exchange, the industry got a mixed bag of maidens, novices, more short races, and dogs out of form or just returning from a spell. Not a good swap. It needs action to reverse that shift. Big feature events are all very well, but it’s the week to week strengths that are the key to maintaining customers.

The Good News Publications

Probably the most common complaint is that I am always “whingeing” about something. Well, there are not too many, really, but there are a few and they are quite right. Except for the spelling. Most people wrongly leave the “e” out of whingeing.

Let me make two points here.

First, there are lashings of commentators saying how marvellous things are, especially if they work for a state authority, and almost none saying there are problems. So, do we have a perfect industry? Hardly, according to numerous moans and groans I keep hearing from both participants and punters, or at the Parliamentary Inquiry in NSW.

Second, that’s not a surprise as the industry is still based on 1950s habits and practices, including its ineffective organisational structures. There has been plenty of change around the edges where services are supplied by outside people. Feeds, medicines and veterinary skills have come along in leaps and bounds. Transport facilities are a millions miles away from the old days. Communications are a whiz by comparison.

Yet we are still running meetings in the same old way, hopefully handing out prize money from the same sources but not at a rate keeping pace with inflation or with standards in other sports. States barely talk to each other and there is little national coordination or consistency. To understand grading policies you need university degrees in mathematics, logic and IT. Since crowds stopped going to the track, the knowledge of greyhound racing has declined and much of the public don’t like what we do anyway. Our public image varies from poor to non-existent.

Put another way, I suggest that were we able to modernise our product and services in keeping with standards in the outside world the opportunity is there to raise incomes by 50% or more. We are selling ourselves short. Our assets and our skills are going to waste. We have long ignored views from outside the inner circle. Our tracks are sub-standard. Our income is dependent on mug gamblers. Management is never seriously challenged, never asked to justify its actions and routinely dismisses criticism, whether right or wrong. We are not running a business but processing pieces of paper, and sometimes not doing that too well.

What it amounts to is that a huge increase in profitability is there to be grabbed if we want it. Consequently, what else is there to do but point out where that might happen? To take no action is to encourage a decline.

So keep writing in. That’s the only way we will get better outcomes.

Full Of Grace Wins The 2014 NCA Victoria Waterloo Cup

The weather gods were shining on us this weekend as we headed to Lang Lang for the running of this year’s Waterloo Cup. Firstly I would like to say a huge thank you to the committee and volunteers from Lang Lang on a job well done. Also to our major sponsor for this event, the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club, thank you, your support is greatly appreciated.

Well what can I say but congratulations to our NCA President Peter Craig and connections on winning this year’s Waterloo Cup with your fawn superstar Full Of Grace. She went into this event as one of the main chances and favourite with the bookie Garry Thomas and she didn’t put a foot wrong all weekend. To the runner-up Texan trained by Karen Leek well done to you also, he was gallant in defeat but just beaten by a better greyhound on the day.

We had 45 nominations for this year’s Cup which was a little disappointing, but the quality of the dogs we did have was excellent so thank you all for your support.

The Waterloo Plate was won by Dublin Down trained by David Dawson with the runner-up Why Not Wayne. Both of these greyhounds also coursed well over the weekend and should be proud of their efforts.

In the Waterloo Purse, Graham Whitford’s Tommy El was too good today for Why Not Oscar trained by Wayne Gray from Wendouree.

The Silver Eagle Challenge only had 6 runners return to contest and Baines Park, another from David Dawson’s kennel, proved to be too good for Some Nights trained by Del Vigor. This event is designed for dogs which have been defeated on the first day with preference given to those defeated in their 3rd course in the Waterloo Cup.

The first of our supporting events was the lady trainer’s Maiden and this year we saw Casboult trained at Junction Village by Valda Rose go past the post first over Toni Jones’ Rex Best.

Our Junior Handler’s Maiden was won by Bassyappa trained at Bass by Rob Colpoys who was assisted today by his granddaughter Mia. Congrats team Colpoys! Runner-up in this event was Trevor Whitford’s Golden Hippy who was having his first outing at the coursing so well done to him.

The Sandown GRC Dog Maiden was next and the winner was Broden Rain for Aaron Setford, who trained a double in the maiden’s when Broden Thunder got up in the mixed Maiden event which was next on the card. The runner-up against Rain was Captain Revenge for Ash craven who made the trip down from Wangaratta. Thunder’s runner-up was Bogan’s Hero, another from Trevor Whitford’s camp.

In the Petpanels Dog Puppy Yarra Gun was awarded first place after Bloss’s Bluffing was withdrawn from the final due to an injury, so we wish him a speedy recovery and hope it’s nothing too serious.

The MGRA Dog Puppy saw local greyhound Banjo Bullet trained by Ken Virtue who was making a return to coursing after a number of years away so a nice welcome back to team Virtue! Ima Lonely Boy trained by Del Vigor was runner-up in this event.

The Elite Greyhounds Mixed Maiden was won by Soul Maker who once again coursed well all day for team Britton. Big Fancy was runner-up trained at Devon Meadows by Marlene Schmidt.

Last event on the card was the Aleeka Lodge Bitch Puppy and Laquita Lass trained by Graeme Campbell was too good today for Game Maker, who was another one from Rob Britton’s team.

On a somewhat lighter note our day concluded with an Ice Bucket Challenge after our vet Barb Backhoy accepted a challenge from GRV Steward Carl Scott on the proviso that Carl completes the challenge as well. Grant Truett, who is another GRV Steward, said he would also complete the challenge if another $50 was donated. It was and he did also complete the challenge. Great job guys and thank you to all of coursing patrons. We raised approx $450 which we will send off to MND Australia to help them find a cure for Motor Neurone Disease. Many of you may have seen Neale Daniher speak about this and the Ice Bucket Challenge in the media recently.

This concludes this year’s coursing season so I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our sponsors, trainers and supporters for coming along to our meetings and we hope to see you all back again in 2015.
Safe travels to you and your hounds and we look forward to seeing you in 2015.

Are Horses, Dogs And Humans Different?

Following our recent mentions of the risks involved in stayers backing up within seven days it was interesting to note some comments by Phil Purser, who runs the Queensland website justracing.com and is long experienced in all three codes as an owner/trainer.

Given the recent rains all down the eastern seaboard Phil made a point of examining the performances of horses in the three big cities, including their likely handling of soft tracks. Also, heading into spring, many were coming back from lengthy spells. Here is part of what he said.

“So this half fit and somewhat overweight thoroughbred – that is resuming from a spell and has had to be pushed out to the line in slow or more particularly “heavy” going – may well have had a gutbuster without the trainer even subsequently knowing that the horse isn’t quite right. The horse may eat up okay, be as bright as a button at trackwork, yet run below par at its next start. I’ve seen that scenario unfold a thousand times in my lifetime of following racehorses. And it’s probably a fact of life that with the drug laws as they are today in thoroughbred racing, in particular to the way that bi-carb use is targeted, that it’s probably harder for the modern day trainer to legally get a horse over a hard run quickly”.

This more or less parallels our observations about greyhounds in staying races. Xylia Allen has several times done poorly the week after a top win. Dusty Moonshine did likewise at Wentworth Park seven days after a series of well-spaced wins. In contrast, Sweet It Is has rarely backed up too quickly so it is no coincidence that it has generally put in very consistent runs. As it happens, it was just awarded Run of the Year by AGRA for its last to first win at Wentworth Park in April in 41.78. However, as suggested here previously, the track was lightning fast over that period – including when Xylia Allen broke the track record (but faded from the home turn a week later).

It was also notable that at least one distance runner was trialled over the full Cannington 715m trip only days before the National race. It ran poorly.

There cannot be much doubt that neither horses nor dogs can be relied upon to put in top runs a week apart over long trips. The odd exception to that rule does not invalidate the principle. Or, as vet Dr John Kohnke warned (see our article on 11 August), be extra careful about “over-exertion on a particular day” or when a greyhound “exceeds its physical limit”.

WRONG FORM A HASSLE

The shortcomings of the Ozchase form system came to the fore again in the Nationals at Cannington, this time due also to our sloppy friends down in Tasmania. Here’s what the Tasracing tipster said about the local hope prior to the distance race:

“Painted Dotty also is suited to box one and should be (sic) begin like she has at her recent starts she will make her presence felt at the business end of proceedings. The Mick Stringer-trained bitch has been arcing (sic) in peal (sic) form of late over the 720-metre trip in Sydney and in Tasmania and will go into the race in great condition”.

Ozchase more or less backed up that claim by printing (ex the Tasmanian race results) sectionals allegedly run by Painted Dotty at its last two starts – ie 5.17 and 5.11 – over the Launceston 720m trip. Luckily the former time was correct as it led all the way. The second is completely wrong as she had to come from well back and ran to the lead only in the home straight. That 5.11 time was the property of another dog altogether, not Painted Dotty.

For reasons which are impossible to understand, all Tasmanian sectional times – but only one per race – are assigned to the winner, not necessarily the dog that led, thereby corrupting career records for large numbers of dogs.

In the event, Painted Dotty got away well from its rails box in Perth, led for a while and then disappeared off the map when it got to “the business end”.

This sort of problem is compounded by the absence of sectional times for the majority of runners in provincial races in NSW and Queensland, as well as for all races in Tasmania.

The point is that if you have no integrity and consistency in the system, then all sorts of predictions can go wrong and people will be misled. Deliberately giving the wrong dog a fast sectional time is a disgraceful practice yet it has been going on for months, despite constant reminders from this column. Even the Tassie tipster was so frantic to get out the comments that he did not bother to fix all his typos. Not a good look.

PROFESSIONAL OR AMATEUR?

While on the subject of formguides, what a pity that authorities can’t make life a bit easier for fans. Here are a few examples of track codes dreamed up by each of the three main producers. “DFS” is the Daily Form Service contracted by Tabcorp to prepare wall sheets for some 2,000 outlets in NSW.

 

Ozchase GRV DFS
W/P WPK WPRK
RIC RIC RICH
AP/K APK ANPK
CAN CAN CANN
MDW MEA/MEP MEAD
S/P SAN/SAP SAND
AP BGC ALPK

 

In addition, DFS readers have to get used to the most recent race being put first when the normal practice is to put it last. GRV still inserts sectional and overall times for handicap runs without noting what those handicaps were. For anyone reading Ozchase form guides, first make sure you have a magnifying glass handy, especially in bad light. The font is far too small. And avoid TAB outlets which feature the new touchscreens prepared by someone called FLEXICOST – mostly they contain only the last three runs and do not show any times or margins unless the dog won. Where installed, these screens have replaced the DFS wall sheets, which mostly offer only three runs, too.

All of which indicates a complete lack of national supervision in greyhound racing. Standards don’t matter, consistency is out the window, just bung it out for the mugs. Well, for no-one, really, because the mugs don’t read formguides anyway.

AND SO IT GOES ON

From the stewards report for race 9 at Ballarat (Aug27).

“Jessie Small crossed to the rail soon after the start, checking Plantinum (sic) Shen, Dyna Zerg and Lagoon Mytye”.

The first bit is right but five viewings of the video cannot uncover the truth of the rest of the sentence. Those three dogs were well behind the fast-beginning Jessie Small at all stages. And “Plantinum Shen” should be Platinum Shen. Are these guys getting paid by the word?

Monday, 1 September 2014


Greyhound Box Draw For Shepparton – Monday, 1 September 2014

Race No. 1Shepparton Aged Care7:08 PM (VIC time)
Maiden event over 450 metres at Shepparton Of $1,415 Prizemoney.
1st: $990 2nd: $285 3rd: $140.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1RUBY’S ENTITY [M]25FSHM Wallworth (Gisborne)
2SKIP’S NIGHTMARE (NSW)[M]FSHT Collins (Lara)
3STEEL TRUE BLUE (NSW)[M]FSHW Bocquet (Mullengandra)
4MISS ROMELDA [M]47FSTDM Fothergill (Numurkah)
5DUGHALL ENTITY [M]24FSHM Wallworth (Gisborne)
6HIGHFIELD SILK [M]7FSTDS Divers (Tamleugh)
7KANGA KEL (NSW)[M]FSHT Collins (Lara)
8POWER OVERLOAD [M]4FSHP Bartlett (Bamawm)
9HINNOMUNJI FIRE [M]Res.FSHD Pattinson (Pearcedale)
10VOLATILE BALE (NSW)[M]Res.76277NBTT Womann (Lara)
Race No. 2Byers Electrical7:33 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 390 metres at Shepparton Of $1,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $375 3rd: $190.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MANELITO (NSW)[5]55362NBTD Petersen (Wangaratta)
2ALL INN LINE [5]6216622.70(2)T Duncan (Harston)
3ELAY GALAXY [5]753F6FSHR Camilleri (Lara)
4HIGH BABE [5]55537NBTL Dalton (Coldstream)
5LIQUID CLUB [5]261FSHS Fisher (Lara)
6KOMONDO [5]2716322.47(5)R Henness (Heathcote)
7BE MY LOVE (NSW)[5]1361822.46(8)S Carswell (Elmore)
8HOL [5]22241NBTD Moore (Kialla)
9REUBEN WILL (NSW)[5]Res.66462FSHJ Hartley (Forest Hill)
10KHARLESSI [5]Res.37765FSTDD Petersen (Wangaratta)
Race No. 3Middy’s Data & Electrical7:51 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 450 metres at Shepparton Of $1,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $375 3rd: $190.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1IMMORTAL POWER (NSW)[5]121FSTDG Dainton (Cosgrove)
2TIGGERLONG MOON (NSW)[5]22423NBTR Whybrow (Chiltern)
3DELLAVEDOVA [5]65222FSTDS Fisher (Lara)
4TRON’S SON [5]23266FSTDS Fisher (Lara)
5LUMUMBA [5]17FSHM Hehir (Viewbank)
6BURST A MOVE [5]33372FSTDD Pattinson (Pearcedale)
7SPIRITED REVENGE (NSW)[5]1FSTDA Craven (Wangaratta)
8DEE LIGHTNING [5]3621325.64(6)R Henness (Heathcote)
9DYNA MACHINA (NSW)[5]Res.7125NBTJ Hunt (Avalon)
10RECKO BALE (NSW)[5]Res.63381NBTT Womann (Lara)
Race No. 4Cardamone Real Estate (gobis)8:08 PM (VIC time)
Novice Grade 5 event over 650 metres at Shepparton Of $3,175 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,525 2nd: $430 3rd: $220 GOBIS: $1,000.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ARISIA BALE (NSW)[M]25266FSHJ Hunt (Avalon)
2BREAKING NEWS [5]67367FSHS Dalton (Coldstream)
3BUCKLE UP AXEL (TAS)[5]28473FSHS Mills (Tooradin)
4SMALL ONE [M]22324FSHG Jose (Catani)
5MO TOWN SAN [5]43173FSTDP Clark (Wangaratta)
6BUCKLE UP NIKKI (TAS)[5]46878FSHS Mills (Tooradin)
7TAMINICK GIRL [5]85327FSTDG Campbell (Peechelba)
8ALLEN GUNDAM (NSW)[5]65134FSHT Womann (Lara)
9HOT CHILTERN [5]Res.41347FSTDC Newman (Chiltern)
10CORROBOREE QUEEN (NSW)[5]Res.75482FSHB Limbach (Gladstone Park)
Race No. 5Lights Plus – Shepparton8:28 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 450 metres at Shepparton Of $1,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $375 3rd: $190.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1WAR ROOM [5]41413FSHM Carter (Violet Town)
2MINKARA YARMI (NSW)[5]54442NBTJ Hartley (Forest Hill)
3FEIKUAI ZACK [5]14441FSHA Inger (Nambrok)
4IMA LEGEND [5]75411FSHD Minarelli (Cranbourne)
5WILSON’S DREAM (NSW)[5]31567FSHS Stefanos (Longwood)
6MULTI KING [5]21312NBTB Gatt (Melton West)
7FEIKUAI MOLLY [5]75842FSTDP Tabone (Nambrok)
8MISTER SUNRAYSIA [5]1674625.51(5)P Clark (Wangaratta)
9LEWIS FIELDS [5]Res.63826FSHT Collins (Lara)
10DYNA ZERG (NSW)[5]Res.73417NBTS Collins (Lara)
Race No. 6Totalspan Cobram – Grv Vic Bred Final (gobis)8:48 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Final event over 450 metres at Shepparton Of $5,360 Prizemoney.
1st: $3,050 2nd: $875 3rd: $435 GOBIS: $1,000.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ROZEHILL LUCY [5]31472NBTJ Simmonds (Boolarra)
2AZZA AZZA AZZA [4]1211125.18(6)W Vassallo (Devon Meadows)
3LEXIA [5]76312NBTK Podmore (Wagga Wagga)
4TRAIL BLAZING [4]5424125.77(6)T Womann (Lara)
5WILD LAST STRESS [4]1162125.76(6)K Ward (Mount Moriac)
6ELITE STRESS [5]1111225.70(4)N Carthew (Newcomb)
7MOHINGA MAX [4]2121125.53(3)W Methven (Wooragee)
8BLUE TARTAN [5]71312NBTM Mason (Finley)
9RECKLESS BROWN [5]Res.13113NBTR Clark (Toolleen)
10BLACK BEARD [5]Res.41883NBTS Tabb (Norlane)
Race No. 7Rexel Electrical Supplies9:08 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 450 metres at Shepparton Of $1,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $375 3rd: $190.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DYNA OLWEN (NSW)[5]2324225.72(4)D Coleman (Lara)
2HETTIE ALLEN (NSW)[5]12321FSHS Collins (Lara)
3DON JULIO [5]67881FSHR Henness (Heathcote)
4SHE’S VIVACIOUS [5]16151FSTDS Daniliuk (Sunbury)
5NAVAHO [5]2123525.71(6)L Austin (Eaglehawk)
6COLLEGE QUEEN [5]2321725.75(5)M Chilcott (Heathcote)
7HIGH COMMANDO [5]31272NBTC Dalton (Coldstream)
8GEORGE DELAKER (QLD)[5]81872FSHA Setford (Devon Meadows)
9MISS TRON [5]Res.41318FSHS Fisher (Lara)
10KALIMNA STAR [5]Res.156F5NBTR Sharples (Murchison)
Race No. 8Shepparton Carpet Court9:28 PM (VIC time)
Mixed 4/5 event over 450 metres at Shepparton Of $2,005 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,405 2nd: $400 3rd: $200.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DON’T BE SHORT [4]5138425.65(5)B Parker (Tatura)
2DYNA TONY (NSW)[4]4452325.32(2)S Collins (Lara)
3BECKENBAUER (SA)[5]51228NBTD Pattinson (Pearcedale)
4DYNA ANDY (NSW)[5]82351NBTR Camilleri (Lara)
5DYNA RAPIDASH (NSW)[5]24535NBTJ Hunt (Avalon)
6NAIL CLIPPER (NSW)[4]6341825.53(4)T Auld (Tatura)
7ALLEN ODIN (NSW)[5]41733FSTDS Collins (Lara)
8RICK FERN [4]1452425.54(2)M Mason (Finley)
9RED LINE LAD [5]Res.83854FSHG Jose (Catani)
10MINORITY (TAS)[5]Res.6814225.57(8)G Campbell (Peechelba)
Race No. 9Metricon Homes9:48 PM (VIC time)
Mixed 3/4 event over 390 metres at Shepparton Of $2,360 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,650 2nd: $475 3rd: $235.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1TIGGERLONG JESS (NSW)[4]1842122.42(6)R Quigley (Chiltern)
2EL JAY TORANA [4]7245F22.39(3)S Kaliszewski (Melton)
3VICTORIA PLEDGE [4]8711222.01(2)R Comensoli (Wangaratta)
4RUSTIC ROCKET [4]2427422.28(8)M Carter (Violet Town)
5SHADOW LANE [4]56364FSTDM Carter (Violet Town)
6DIMPLE WAY (NSW)[3]7677422.09(4)D Fisher (Lara)
7SYMMETRY LAD [4]5565322.26(2)S Kaliszewski (Melton)
8EVER TO BE [4]1212222.53(1)D Coleman (Lara)
Race No. 10O’sullivan Insurance Brokers P/l10:06 PM (VIC time)
Mixed 4/5 event over 390 metres at Shepparton Of $2,005 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,405 2nd: $400 3rd: $200.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SENORITA DAPHNE [5]46782NBTT Womann (Lara)
2MY TAB [5]74312FSHP Tabone (Nambrok)
3KATUNGA TIME [5]2886222.19(1)K Dexter (Katunga)
4NAMRON STAR [5]38214NBTJ Sharp (Lara)
5RUMOUR MILL (NSW)[4]2411122.43(6)M Carter (Violet Town)
6ALL INN BLACK [4]3133822.36(8)T Duncan (Harston)
7HIGH LIGHT STAR [4]8863421.98(1)L Dalton (Coldstream)
8HOLD ON BEAU [5]23656NBTB Gatt (Melton West)
9BIG BAD ROY [5]Res.28858NBTP Stefanos (Longwood)
10ALL IN TEARS [5]Res.1366622.46(5)T Duncan (Harston)
Race No. 11Sherbourne Terrace Hotel Motel10:25 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 390 metres at Shepparton Of $1,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $375 3rd: $190.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1PAGANI BRIDIE [5]4228422.53(1)J Donaldson (Euroa)
2ALL INN STAR [5]1332822.64(7)T Duncan (Harston)
3IN A DAZE [5]81253FSHS Mills (Tooradin)
4MIGHTY HULK (NSW)[5]61414NBTT Van taarling (Tallygaroopna)
5JAKE ROB [5]321F8NBTR Whybrow (Chiltern)
6AUSSIE IRISH [5]41426NBTN Burns (Rushworth)
7PAGANI LOLA [5]7575122.47(6)J Donaldson (Euroa)
8COSE DROM [5]4616522.37(8)G Austin (Eaglehawk)
9BIG BAD ROY [5]Res.28858NBTP Stefanos (Longwood)
10PREMIER WALLY [5]Res.2165622.36(1)W Methven (Wooragee)

Michael Power Charged Under Rule GAR86 (q)

Offence:

He did engage in conduct which was detrimental or prejudicial to the interest, welfare, image, control or promotion of greyhound racing.

Reports:

Stewards on the 26 August 2014, conducted an Inquiry into the conduct of Mr. Power in the kennel area of the Healesville Greyhound Racing Club on 27July 2014 prior to event 7.

After hearing the evidence, Stewards charged Mr Power with a breach of GAR86 (q) in that he did speak in an inappropriate manner to GRV Steward Ms. Heather Montgomery.

Mr. Power pleaded guilty to the charge.

Stewards found Mr. Power guilty as charged and suspended his licence for two months, wholly suspended for a period of twelve months; effective 26/08/2014 pending no further breaches of GAR 86(q) or 86(g).

Grace And Polish At Longwood

After receiving a great number of nominations all was looking well for a superb Derby and Oaks meeting. Whilst the weather during the week left a lot to be desired the weather gods smiled on coursing and the sun shone at its winter best. It was cold early on both mornings but the longer the days went the better the weather became for coursing.

31 girls and 33 boys kicked off Day 1 and kick off they did with some close courses. The girls started the day with the 136th running of the Oaks following by the boys in the Derby. By Sunday morning we were down to the Quarter Finals in both the Oaks & Derby and their respective consolation races. In the Oaks our final eight were Find Out Friday, Kraken Sal, Tracey Fozz, Laquita Lass, Senorita Crisis, Full Of Grace, Enchanted Bling and Shirdon Wee Nell. All of these pups showed their strength, stamina and speed during the day and by the afternoon tea break we had just two heading off to slips to contest the final.

Kraken Sal, a Fawn Bitch (Mogambo – Rose Patch) July 2012 owned and trained by Kevin Eyles at Murchison and Full Of Grace, also a Fawn Bitch (El Grand Senor – Catch Up Sunday) March 2012 who is owned by the Amstel syndicate and trained by our NCA President Peter Craig at Langwarrin. Both of these girls coursed brilliantly across the weekend, but in the end a few months in age and a tad more experience may have been a contributing factor which saw Full Of Grace get the break in the final stages of the course and prove how strong she is. Congratulations to the Amstel/Craig team I am sure they will be smiling for a while about this win.

The quarter-finals of the Derby looked like this on Sunday morning Kraken Concord, Zulekha, Skin To Bone, Polished Steel and Forheza. Not to be outdone by the girls in the Oaks these guys showed also what they were made of and whilst they made the judge earn his dinner with a few very close courses, when we broke for afternoon tea we had Kraken Concord, a black dog and littermate of Kraken Sal, also owned and trained by Kevin Eyles, along with Polished Steel, also a black dog (Magic Sprite – Fifield Lass) March 2012 owned by Glenn Smith and trained at Wangaratta by Ashley Craven.

It was hard to say who was going to get the prize going into this final and the crowd was divided on who they thought would win. Once again Polish Steel got the edge over Kraken Concord in the middle part of the course and finished off the better, taking out the final of this year’s derby by a couple of lengths in the end. A great effort by all finalists and I am sure you are all very happy with your charges.

Next on the card was the Consolation Number 1’s which are for greyhounds beaten in the first round of the Derby & Oaks. Oaks Consolation Number 1 was won by In A Daze trained at Tooradin by Stuart Mills and she was too good today for a newcomer to coursing Pevensay, who is trained at Yarrawonga by John Shaw.

The Derby Consolation 1 was won by Swan To Steele who is trained at Golden Square by our broadcaster this weekend Noel Massina. Great job today both on the track and on the microphone Noel! Runner Up in this event was Intrepid Voyager, trained at Maffra by the CEO of the Sale & District Greyhound Racing Club, Des Dooley. Thanks to the Sale & District GRC who are our major sponsor for this Derby and Oaks meeting and have continued their generous support of this event for about the past five years.

Next was the Consolation Number 2’s and in the Oaks we saw Black And Pretty, trained at Wattle Glen by Pat Burley get the goods over Go Go Danni, who is part of David Dawson’s team from Crossover.

In the Derby Consolation Number 2 it was El Cee Dee getting to the winning post first for Glenn Campbell over Clive McLennan’s Dynamic Luke.

Then we moved onto the heats of our Twin Code Challenge. In this event we called for and got 32 All Aged greyhounds who firstly had to make it to the final in their heat, so yes they had to run three times in a day, and then head off to Shepparton on the 11th August, 2014 to contest a Grand Final over the 390 Metres.

Heat One saw a final between Gypsy Bling and Cette For Speed. Cette for Speed showed his speed and won his final in great fashion.

Heat two saw the David Dawson trained duo of Shifty Mifty and Dee Diamond in the final and Shifty got the shift alright over Dee Diamond in the final, showing her speed and endurance was still there at the ripe old age of 4 and a bit! I might add Shifty had a litter of pups not too long ago, so a great effort by her to win this final today.

Heat Three was won by Mal Davis’ Big Bad Tom and the runner-up was Ten Aces trained at Kyabram by Graeme Glass.

The final heat was won by another from the Glass team, this time Moonshine Crash, who showed off his talent to get the goods over Tiggerlong Moon who is trained at Chiltern by Ray Whybrow. Congratulations to all of the finalists and I look forward to seeing you at Shepparton for the Grand final next Monday. Just a reminder the two reserve runners for this event will be drawn by GRV and will be made up of the greyhounds defeated in the semi-finals of these heats. Two greyhounds will be randomly drawn to take part if required, so trainers don’t forget to check the fields to see if you were successful in gaining a reserve runner place in this event.

The second last of our supporting events on the card was the Bendigo GRC Maiden Dog and we saw Mr Genetic, trained by Craig Davis at Altona Green, prove to have that extra bit of fuel in his tank required to get to the post in first place over a well know circle specialist Nic Nat Nui, who has had some time off recently with a Stopper Bone problem. His owners decided to get Allan Meyer from Hoppers Crossing to see how he faired on the coursing grounds. Don’t worry Allan I don’t think he will be retaining this Maiden status on the coursing for too long!

Last but not least was the GRV Maiden Bitch Stake, which was won by another of Team Dawson’s girls Dublin Dee. Runner-up in this event was Albion, trained at Shepparton by Brian Knight.

On behalf of the NCA executive I would like to congratulate the Longwood Coursing Club on a fantastic meeting as always, also our slipper Peter Gavin who only started slipping at meetings this year and I am sure many of you trainers would agree is doing a sterling job, and finally to all of our sponsors. We really couldn’t do what we do without your continued valuable support so once again thank you.

Our next meeting is the GOTBA Cup meeting being conducted at Lang Lang on Sunday 17th August, 2014. Lang Lang is also the host club of this year’s big one, the 2014 Waterloo Cup, so this next meeting will be your last chance to have a look at Lang Lang before the Waterloo! I hope to see you there and in the meantime safe travels to you all and your greys!

RIP Elektra – One Of The All Time Greats

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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