Just days after being named AGRA Greyhound Of The Month for November, Amity Bale has broken down hopelessly and will be retired.
Racing last night in the Group 3 Newcastle Cup at The Gardens, Australia’s top ranked stayer was always struggling and fell back sharply at the point of the home corner, dropping out quickly.
Subsequent veterinary inspection revealed a fractured hock for the Graeme Bate trained staying star.
Continue reading Australia’s Top Stayer Amity Bale Breaks Down
AGRAâ€™s Greyhound of the Month for November 2009 is New South Wales owned and Victorian trained stayer Amity Bale. The outstanding Graeme Bate trained black bitch has had a sensational five months of racing and capped it off by winning two Group 2 finals and finishing third in another in the month of November.
November started with a super win in the final of the Group 2 Hume Cup not only did she win the final effortlessly by broke the Meadows track record in the process. Next it was back to Wentworth Park for the heats of the Summer Cup she had no trouble making yet another final winning in the fastest time of the night 42.14.
In the final a week later she had to work hard but once in the lead she raced away to win her sixth Group race in a row holding off the fast finishing Forty Twenty.
Continue reading Amity Bale Is November’s Greyhound Of The Month
It has been a very long time since master trainer Graeme Bate has lead one of his chasers to the boxes, but when the quality field for the Group 3 Sport 927 Silver Bullet was paraded the punters were clamouring to back the dog on the end on the multiple group winners lead â€“ Turanza Bale.
Obviously confident, not even Graeme himself could predict what was to unfold as his black speedster overcame a moderate beginning to muster quickly and smash one of Australiaâ€™s most sought after mantles – The Meadows track record. Running home in 11.90, Turanza Bale shaved 0.01 off Big Daddy Coolâ€™s record that has stood since 2004.
Positioned just behind the early leader Dyna Lachlan and kennel mate Velocette through the first turn, Turanza Bale was finely poised to at last break his hoodoo at the highest level and win his first group race after seven desperate attempts.
Continue reading Amity Bale And Turanza Bale Salute In Style
Welcome to Australian Racing Greyhoundâ€™s Greyhound Racingfor Saturday 24th October 2009 with tonight from The Meadows (Victoria), Wentworth Park (New South Wales), and Cannington (West Australia).
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Big night of greyhound racing with Australia’s only Group 1 by invitation race, the Topgun being run at The Meadows, along with the heats of the Group 2 Hume Cup for the stayers. In Sydney the champions of tomorrow go around in the Group Vic Peters Classic for the young greyhounds and despite the scratching of potential superstar Outa Credit, there is still plenty of depth in the semi finals. Over in Perth the final of the $40,000 to the winner All Stars Sprint has attracted a good field including 5 time track record holder Queen Lauryn.
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Amity Bale clinched her third consecutive Group race title with a stunning win in the $36,000 Group 2 Sir John Dillon Memorial at Sandown Park tonight.
Clearly the best stayer currently racing, Amity Bale was sent to the boxes a $1.40F on SuperTAB but was as much as $1.80 on course.
However it was kennelmate Jarvis Bale ($15.60) who made the best of the start, jumping well with Headley Bale (18.90) and Drill â€˜Em ($5.30) to lead through the first turn. Amity Bale trailed the leaders past the winning post the first time and the order remained unchanged entering the back straight.
Continue reading Bate Wins Group Title 11, Then 12 Within Five Minutes
One time “Nationals King” as dubbed by his mates in the media; Jason MacKay didn’t even have a greyhound worthy or eligible of starting in this years News South Wales National Sprint or Distance Championships heats, but an aptly named son of an import confirmed his training comeback at Richmond greyhounds tonight.
Jason MacKay enjoyed a purple patch of form as a trainer as lead trainer for his uncle Barry Gibbons, that catalysed in to a sensational career as a greyhound trainer in his own right when the â€˜Nationals Kingâ€™ took a historic four Nationals Championships.
Mackay enjoyed the pinnacle of his career as a trainer with a record second to none at The Nationals, winning three successive titles â€“ Classy Customer in the 2004 National Distance Championship Final in Perth, Texas Goldâ€™s 2005 record breaking performance in the National Distance Championship Final on his home track, Wentworth Park and his breakthrough Group 1 sprint victory, a win in the Tasmanian hosted 2006 National Sprint Championship series with Immortal Love.
Continue reading Sand Burner Lights Up Richmond Greyhound Track
Aunty Vick a greyhound known more as a stayer who tried to qualify in 2008 for the New South Wales National Distance Championship, has won the South Australian National Sprint Championship Final for trainer Mick Giniotis.
Having only over started over the sprint distances at nineteen of her sixty six starts, Aunty Vick managed to rally from last early to claim the South Australian final in a driving bunched finish where just 2.5 lengths seperated the first four greyhounds over the line.
Sent out at luxury odds of $11.00 after producing a big finish in the heats last week to get up by a head over C’mon Billy in 30.05, Aunty Vick produced a similar effort tonight getting back to last early and working up toward those in front at every point in the race.
Continue reading Stayer Claims SA National Sprint Title For Giniotis
Chinatown Lad, El Galo and Fallen Zorro will now be judged by the panel and one crowned the winner of the coveted award.
Continue reading 2008 Australian Greyhound Of The Year Finalists Announced
The GRV have today announced the three finalists for the 2008 Victorian Greyhound Of The Year.
They three finalsts were trimmed from a total list of 25 nominees by a seven member anonymous panel (Australian Racing Greyhound did not have a representative on the panel). The three finalsist are :
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Reigning Brisbane Trainer of the Year, Paul Felgate, is making a late charge for a second title with 11 starters in eight races at Albion Park this Thursday night.
Continue reading Felgate Looking For Repeat Performance
Continue reading Fallen Zorro Salutes In Sir John Dillon Thriller
Dual Group 1 one winning stayer Chinatown Lad has been scratched from the final of the $36,000 Group 2 Sir John Dillon Memorial after succumbing to a tail injury.
Continue reading Chinatown Lad Scratched From Sir John Dillon Final
One of Ron Ballâ€™s top bitches Berella Diva is set to rise to the top of the Brisbane Greyhound of the Year leader board if she can secure a placing tonight.
Continue reading Berella Diva One Run From Topping GOTY Ladder
Last yearâ€™s Hume Cup winner Technoman will start his campaign for a second title this Thursday night at the Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club.
Continue reading Technoman On Hume Cup Campaign