Reigning National Distance Champion Jarvis Bale scored a thrilling victory in his heat of the $29,000 Group 3 Lizrene Classic at Sandown Park tonight, railing strongly to defeat Reign Over Me in the final stride.
However Jarvis Bale ($3.60) was untroubled as he picked his way through the field, setting off in pursuit of the leader coming off the back straight and finding the line a nose the better of Reign Over Me in 42.33.
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AGRA‚Äôs Run of the Month for March 2010 has been awarded to exciting Victorian stayer Drill ‚ÄėEm. In another outstanding performance Drill ‚ÄėEm added the Group 1 Galaxy to his ever increasing trophy cabinet, however it was the way in which the David Knocker trained star went about his win that scored him AGRA Run of the Month for March.
Drill ‚ÄėEm came into the final in a rich vein of form and the Galaxy win was his second Group One success after winning the Super Stayers in Melbourne. It was another front running display and in dominating fashion after fast sections of 15.44, 23.57 and 29.34 he lower the track record recording 41.33.
It had stood for only a week after Jarvis Bale set Cannington alight in the heats. But like their last encounter in the Group 1 Super Stayers at the Meadows Jarvis Bale had to once again settle for second place chasing his superior opponent all the way to be beaten by a hollow five lengths.
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Winless in 10 attempts at Wentworth Park ahead of the $25,000-to-the-winner Group final, the Graeme Bate-trained marvel held off the country‚Äôs best stayers including Drill ‚ÄėEm, Dashing Corsair and Lochinvar Vogue.
Jarvis Bale was quickly away from his unfavourable box five draw and waged a magnificent battle with Queensland‚Äôs Dashing Corsair before having to one length to spare at the post in a rain-affected 42.75s.
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The nation’s best stayers have their sights set on the Group Two Globe Memorial Easter Chase (720m) after the heats were staged at Sydney‚Äüs Wentworth Park tonight. The oncourse box draw has delivered an exciting final with any number of chances in the $25,000- to-the-winner event.
Robert Smith‚Äüs Newcastle based Lochinvar Vogue was the other heat winner in a slick 42.20s.
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At a gala AGRA Awards night held on the infield of the Cannington race Complex in West Australia the Australian Association last Friday night announced Cindeen Shelby the winner of the 2009 AGRA Australian Greyhound of the Year.
Hosted by GreyhoundsWA the association‚Äôs team is led by CEO David Simonette and Chairman Pat Tassell. They staged a unique and glittering affair out in the open and have certainly set the bench mark for the other states to follow in the years to come.
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Staying star Drill ‚ÄėEm showed why he is rated as one of the nation‚Äôs finest half-milers with an all the way win in the Group 1 Macro Meats Super Stayers Final at The Meadows last Saturday night.
Trained by David Knocker, the brindle chaser jumped straight to lead in the $50,000 to the winner final and never relinquished it, scoring by three and a half lengths over 2009 National Distance Champion Jarvis Bale.
Next Top Model, from box six, finished third, six and a half lengths away from the winner, who ran a fast 42.53. Favourite Satanic Cash ($2.60) ran fifth.
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The Robert Isaacson trained Satanic Cash stamped himself as the greyhound to beat in the Group 1 Macro Meats Super Stayers final after a sensational 42.43 gallop in the first of the two heats last Saturday night.
The son of former 525-metre Meadows track record holder Big Daddy Cool and Satanic Miss turned the tables on Group 2 Macro Meats Zoom Top winner Drill ‚ÄėEm, defeating the three-time Group winner by three lengths.
Satanic Cash seems to have the $50,000-to-the-winner final at his mercy if he can replicate his outstanding heat win. Next Top Model ‚Äď who won the second heat last Saturday night ‚Äď ran almost nine lengths slower than Satanic Cash, who has placed in both of his Group race finals to date.
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Leading trainer Jason Thompson has achieved the incredible feat of training three Group 1 Macro Meats Temlee winners in a row after Fedex powered to victory to defeat an outstanding field of chasers in the feature race at The Meadows on Saturday night.
Fedex ‚Äď who finished second in last year‚Äôs race behind champion sprinter El Galo ‚Äď sat behind early leader High Earner and finished too strong, scoring in 30.06 over the 525-metre journey. Queensland chaser High Earner finished second, while Group 1 Hobart Thousand winner Prankster finished third. Fedex – who will be one of the leading contenders in next Saturday‚Äôs MTD Australian Cup semi-finals – improved his prizemoney to almost $240,000 from 57 race starts.
The Group 2 Macro Meats Zoom Top was thrown wide open after the scratching of champion stayer Mantra Lad on Saturday morning, with the classy Drill ‚ÄėEm eventually proving far too strong, taking home the $30,000 first prize after a 42.76 gallop. South Australian-raider Satanic Cash and National Distance Champion Jarvis Bale filled the minor placings.
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Having his second start at Sandown Park, Forty Twenty ($5.10) showed great track sense to rail strongly after a poor start and took up second position behind favourite Next Top Model ($1.60) as they entered the home straight the first time.
Forty Twenty continued to rail, taking the lead as Join The Queue ($37.70) made his run. However the Central Coast stayer never left the rail in the run to the line and defeated Next Top Model by 2.75 lengths in 42.45.
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And the event, New South Wales‚Äô richest staying race, could take on extra significance for Graham Jose‚Äôs marvel Mantra Lad who is closing in on Rapid Journey‚Äôs all-time stakes record.
The $50,000-to-the-winner final has had trainers converging on Sydney from all over the country in search of the spoils in Australian
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Backed into $7.50, Drill ‚ÄėEm pounced from box four to lead all the way and win in 42.08 seconds.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a huge win,‚ÄĚ said owner Neil Rowe.
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Amity Bale has earned the mantle as the nation’s top stayer and as a short priced favourite won her heat as expected in a very slick 42.12 chasing down the early leader Salvatore which stared 6-1 behind the 2/5 favourite. The others were no match for Bate’s champion stayer. ‚ÄúShe simply breaks their hearts, ‚ÄúBate said.
Bate was pleased with Whitfield Bale’s win (he started at 12/1), but said they were in a different class, ‚Äúno Amity Bale in that race, she simply breaks their hearts,‚ÄĚ were his comments.
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