Six heats of the Group 2 Lion Quality Products Warragul Cup were conducted on Sunday afternoon and the excitement factor was at an all time high when the Nicole Mcrae trained chaser, Walk Hard, broke the track record in the third heat.
The final will be an interesting affair with Paw Licking and Black Magic Opal meeting for the first time since Paw Lickingâ€™s track record breaking win in the Hobart 1000. That match up alone will have plenty of eyes drawn to Warragul for Friday nightâ€™s final. Here is a summary of the six heats:
2014 Warragul Cup Heat One
There was a boil over in the first heat when Risk of Damage (4) finished too strongly for Whata Good Size (2). Whata Good Size and Transcend Time (1) were vying for favouritism before box rise. When the lids lifted, Risk of Damage, Ollie Bale (5), Transcend Time and Whata Good Size all got away well. By the first turn there was only Risk of Damage, Whata Good Size and Ollie Bale contending for the lead. Ollie Bale was stuck on the outside of the other two and up the straight, Whata Good Size hit the lead but Risk of Damage wasn’t finished yet as he reeled in Whata Good Size to win by half a length in 26.04. He was a $29.60 in Victorian betting markets. Ozzie Bullet (7) rattled home for third.
2014 Warragul Cup Heat Two
Black Magic Opal (4) returned to the winnerâ€™s circle with an emphatic two and a quarter length win in the second heat. Black Magic Opal recorded 25.61 and defeated Crump (7) and Empire Allen (8). Black Magic Opal led and the race was over from that point on, with the contest for second and third the only race happening. Check My Swagger (6) got away well and was positioned nicely in second but collided with Mepunga Armagh (2) in the home straight. Crump finished strongly, getting into second and booking a place in the final.
2014 Warragul Cup Heat Three
The third heat resulted in an amazing track record breaking run by Walk Hard (3) who ran down Paw Licking (7) in an exciting duel up the home straight. Walk Hard recorded 25.46 in his one length victory. Paw Licking led easily into the turn, running the fastest first sections of all the heats and the race looked all but over. Walk Hard began midfield but was able to find a nice position on the rails to begin his record breaking run. Mepunga Fearon (1) battled away for third. Walk Hard is clearly the fastest qualifier through to next Fridayâ€™s final.
2014 Warragul Cup Heat Four
Banjo Boy (7) started favourite but wasnâ€™t able to overcome the box and finished fifth. It was a tight run into the first turn with Nic Nat Nui (8), Izack Bale (2) and Cee Ronaldo (1) all challenging for the lead. Cee Rinaldo came off best but Evieâ€™s Entity (4) was finishing fast along the rails and she drew away to win by two and a half lengths in 25.78.
2014 Warragul Cup Heat Five
This was the hardest heat to pick a clear winner. The recent Tasmanian edition to Darren McDonaldâ€™s kennels impressed with a solid second in this heat. Cointreau Cap (6) led the field up with Premier Event (8) doing the chasing early. Behind them, Awesome Grunt (1) was working himself into the race nicely with a run along the rails. Cointreau Cap kept plugging away up front but Awesome Grunt was slowly working him down, eventually getting to him and winning by three quarters of a length in 25.79. Crawfâ€™s Bread (3) snuck home for third.
2014 Warragul Cup Heat Six
Deadly Vane (8) was much too good in the final heat. He used the outside box to perfection to run away with a five length win in 25.57. Musquin Bale (7) performed well at his first start back from a long spell to finish second with Dark Warrior winding up in third.
The field and box draw for the final on Friday, 24 January 2014 (including heat times) is:
2014 Warragul Cup Final Box Draw
- 1. Paw Licking â€“ Kelvyn Greenough (25.52)
- 2. Deadly Vane â€“ Joe Borg (25.57)
- 3. Awesome Grunt â€“ Ian Bindley (25.79)
- 4. Evieâ€™s Entity â€“ Lyn Smith (25.78)
- 5. Walk Hard â€“ Nicole Mcrae (25.46)
- 6. Risk of Damage â€“ Geraldine Debono (26.04)
- 7. Black Magic Opal â€“ Jason Thompson (25.61)
- 8. Crump â€“ Troy Iwanyk (25.75)
- 9. Cointreau Cap â€“ Darren McDonald (25.84)
- 10. Musquin Bale â€“ Andrea Dailly (25.88)
2014 Warragul Cup Heats Replays
The $500,000version of Australia’s biggest race, the Melbourne Cup; is here front and centre at tonight’s Sandown meeting.
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Sportsbet.com.au have been betting right through the week on the final and installed Queenslander Glen Gallon the $3.50 equal favourite from box 1.
The Jason Thompson trained Don’t Knocka Him also opened at $3.50 from box 3 before drifting out to $3.60, and then returning to $3.50 under weight of money.
That move has seen Glen Gallon’s price push out to $3.60 for trainer Tony Brett.
Thompson’s second runner, Got A Moment, has drifted from $8.00 out to $9.00.
While the third of Jason Thompson’s Melbourne Cup finalists, Proven Nitro, is virtually unwanted in betting. After opening up at $5.50, he was been wound out twice, to $7.00 and now to $7.50.
Greyhound punters haven’t missed the appearance of another Graeme Bate trained greyhound in the final. After training the trifecta in the big race in 1999, winning it with champion Kantarn Bale; Bate has been searching for a fourth Melbourne Cup win for 13 years.
After starting 3 finalists in last years Melbourne Cup, Bate has just the one runner, Desalle Bale who has drawn awkwardly in box 5.
But that hasn’t stopped punters spruiking Desalle Bale’s chances, backing the chaser from $10.00 in to $9.00.
General Destini and Emilio Rinaldi have been the centre of attention in mainstream media circles this past week, but the curiosity of his American bred greyhounds hasn’t translated to the betting markets. General Destini is the rank outsider of the field, drifting out from $15.00 to $17.00 to overcome box 6.
Flying Machine and Geelong Cup winner Hurunui Hitman has firmed one point from $9.00 in to $8.00 but will have to contend with speedy Desalle Bale at box rise. From box 7 he is drawn the right side of the track but may get posted three wide to the first corner with both Proven Nitro and Desalle Bale likely to push up underneath.
Linden Magpie who was very impressive winning his heat last week, will need luck from box 8 but has been kept safe by punters at $8.00. Possessing excellent middle splits, Linden Magpie will be aiming to spear under any trouble on the first corner to get clear running in the back straight for his best chances.
With a “$5.00 the field” market the 2012 Melbourne Cup should be a race to remember and the winner of the race will go straight in to the record books as the winner of Australia’s richest greyhound race, and no better time to get your own $500 free Melbourne Cup Bet.
For the first time in Australian top prizemoney earning greyhounds of all time. Both Glen Gallon ($324,907 #29) and Don’t Knocka Him ($376,329 #21) will eclipse High Earner’s $610,070 career prizemoney record should they be good enough to win tonight.history, tonight’s race will carry an amazing $350,000 first prize money to the winner and the victorious greyhound is assured of going straight in to the
Meanwhile Miata, who has already won $451,758 and sits an #11 on the all time career greyhound prizemoney record list, is prohibitive odds to add another $100,000 in winnings to that tally by taking out the Bold Trease Final, also on tonight’s Sandown card.
The feature staying race has attracted a more than handy field of distance greyhounds but Miata has stifled betting at $1.60 with only the Kelvyn Greenough trained Jethro given any chance of upsetting the favourite.
2012 MELBOURNE CUP
1st Glen Gallon
2nd Got A Moment
3rd Linden Magpie
4th Proven Nitro
2012 Bold Trease
3rd Bell Haven
4th He Knows Uno
The Melbourne Cup is Race 8 on tonight’s Sandown greyhound racing meeting and is timed to go at 9:55pm.
The Bold Trease final is Race 6 and scheduled for boxrise at 8:55pm.
AGRAâ€™s Run of the Month for September 2012 has been awarded to brilliant Victorian chaser Renegade Chief. His enormous performance to win at only his eighth start considering what happened to him in the run flags a very solid future for the Bombastic Shiraz sprinter.
In an extraordinary effort Renegade Chief was slow to begin. He then collided with Blake The Snake on the first turn. Pushed back to sixth at one stage he started to make up ground down the back straight. Quickly weaving his way through the field he reached the lead and raced away to win as he liked by an amazing five and a half lengths in 29.67.
It was his seventh city win after commencing his career with two wins at the Meadows in July. A week later he brought up another win at Sandown Park this time in the best of the night 29.32.
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AGRAâ€™s Greyhound of the Month for October 2010 is current Victorian stayer So Seductive. In October the talented distance star had four starts for four wins with the highlight a come from behind victory in the Group 2 Dillon Memorial at Sandown Park on October 28.
Trainer Kelvyn Greenough only introduced So Seductive to distance racing in the first week of September and in eight city starts she has only been beaten once by Blue Lorian at the Meadows.
She had won her previous three starts there and her next outing was at Sandown Park on October 7. So Seductive won a heat of a grade feature in a sizzling 41.86.
Continue reading So Seductive Scores A Unique Double Being Named Australia’s Greyhound Of The Month
AGRAâ€™s Run of the Month for October 2010 has been awarded to current staying star So Seductive, after her amazing performance to record 41.70 at Sandown Park in a heat of the Dillon Memorial on October 21.
The 715 record had proved hard to lower after it was set by Total Denial way back in March 2002 with the time standard set at 41.80.
Beginning like a shot from box 5, So Seductive was never threatened as she smashed the record with sections of 15.93 and 30.51.
â€śSheâ€™s really got her confidence up at the moment,â€ť said Jackie Greenough, who handled the greyhound for trainer and husband Kelvyn.
â€śAfter her run a few weeks ago (when she ran 41.86) we thought sheâ€™d go close to the record with the right conditions.â€ť
In an unusual move trainer Kelvyn Greenough nominated his charge for this weekâ€™s Sandown Shoot Out over the 515. Even more surprising was the fact she was included in the field along with three class sprinters when the committee decided she provided the race with an X-FACTOR. So Seductive will then go back over the distance in the heats of the Group 1 Bold Trease on November 11.
So Seductive is raced by Tyson Barton and trained by Kelvyn Greenough of Pearcedale in Victoria. She is a Black Bitch whelped December 2007 by Go Wild Teddy from Smiles Are Free (Reggemite x Free Cape) So Seductive has raced 45 times for 15 wins and 15 placings and with her overall stake earnings standing at $84,050.
As usual we had some outstanding runs recorded in October but So Seductive got the nod for her outstanding performance in claiming a city track record that had stood for eight years.
AGRA congratulates owner Tyson Barton, trainer Kelvyn Greenough and So Seductive on being judged the AGRA Run of the Month for October 2010. She joinâ€™s last monthâ€™s winner Smooth Fancy and the previous months winners Stepping Stone, Pedrosa, Velocity Cloud, Dashing Corsair, Nellie Noodles, Drill Emâ€™, Blue Lorian and Goodesy as this yearâ€™s AGRA Runs of the Month for 2010.
The Carolyn Jones-owned and trained El Grand Senor ($5.20) demoralised his rivals in a dazzling display of speed to take out the Group 1 Sky Racing TOPGUN at The Meadows over 525 metres on Saturday night.
The son of Whereâ€™s Pedro and Elgrando Gold was not hindered by his box four draw, spearing to an early lead after a sensational 5.03 split with a lap to run. With rivals finding trouble on the first corner, El Grand Senor opened up a race-winning lead down the back, stopping the clock at an amazing 17.48 at the next split â€“ shaving .04 off his own previous second sectional track record.
Enjoying a massive lead turning for home, the giant 39-kilogram chaser raced away with his second Group 1 win at The Meadows (he was victorious in the Hudson Pacific Maturity in July), stopping the clock at 29.83, ahead of the impressive Enry Walt (box seven), who ran on extremely well to grab second.
Continue reading El Grand Senorâ€™s Second Sectional Record Set up 2010 Topgun Win
Crack female sprinter Latifi Jiam won the Group 2 Bendigo Cup on Sunday night it was her eighth win from just 13 career starts.
Trained at Harston by Ron Giles, Latifi Jiam ($6.20) led all the way from box 8 and scored in the impressive time of 23.98sec winning by three quarters of a length over the Andrea Dailly-trained pair of Cohen Bale ($11.10) and Dyna Obelia ($7.40).
Race favourite Hot Price missed the start badly from his inside draw in box two. The Jason Thompson trained chaser went into the final a $2.20 chance after recording the fastest heat win of 23.86.
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At a gala AGRA Awards night held on the infield of the Cannington race Complex in West Australia the AustralianAssociation last Friday night announced Cindeen Shelby the winner of the 2009 AGRA Australian Greyhound of the Year.
It was a night of nights on the National scene with Delegates and club members coming together from all over Australia to celebrate the AGRA Awards night with all the stars under stars.
Hosted by GreyhoundsWA the associationâ€™s 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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The AGRA today announced the three finalists for the 2009 AGRA Sky Channel Greyhound of the Year.
Amity Bale, Cindeen Shelby and El Galo were judged the top three after the judging Panel considered the achievements of five greyhounds nominated by the AGRA committee.
The judging panel consisting of administrators, media representatives from each state and a group of national media representatives from Print, Radio and Television.
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Cindeen Shelby created history as she stamped herself as Australiaâ€™s premier sprinter with a devastating win in the $72,500 Group 1 Macro Meats Crown Classic at Sandown Park tonight.
Having secured the Paws of Thunder at Wentworth Park in Sydney followed by the Sky Racing Topgun at the Meadows a week later, Cindeen Shelby clinched her third consecutive Group 1 title inside four weeks with an all-the-way in Australiaâ€™s premier race for female greyhounds.
â€śI still canâ€™t believe it,â€ť said handler Jackie Greenough.
Continue reading Cindeen Shelby Wins Third Group 1 In Four Weeks
AGRAâ€™s Greyhound of the Month for October 2009 is New South Wales owned and Victorian trained sprinter Cindeen Shelby. The brilliant fawn bitch had memorable month of October winning two Group 1 finals and a heat of another.
Her success started with the final of the Group 1 Paws of Thunder on October the 3rd she begun brilliantly from box four to lead all the way recording a best of the night 30.08 on the rain affected track.
Back home in Victoria she would have been the first picked to take her place in the invitational Group 1 Top Gun on October 24. Settling third on the rails she never left the fence railing hard on the home turn to reach the lead and hold the fast finishing Velocette for another stunning win.
Continue reading Cindeen Shelby Named AGRA October Greyhound Of The Month
High flyer Cindeen Shelby was airborne in the $100,000-to-the-winner invitational Group 1 Sky Racing Topgun (525m) at The Meadows on Saturday night.
Cindeen Shelby entered the sprinting stratosphere for the second time in three weeks, having taken out a $100,000 first prize in the Group 1 Paws of Thunder at Wentworth Park in Sydney on October 3.
Trained by Kelvyn Greenough of Pearcedale, Cindeen Shelby accounted for a crack speed squadron in notching her 22nd win from 39 starts. Her stakes spiralled to $312,000.
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Welcome toâ€™s for Thursday 15th October 2009 with tonight from Sandown Park (Victoria), Dapto (New South Wales), Albion Park (Queensland), Angle Park (South Australia) and Mandurah (West Australia).
Highlight of tonightâ€™s racing comes from Angle Park with the final of the Group 3 SA Derby for the young male chasers, with half the field full of Wheeler bred greyhounds and just the lone South Australian trained greyhound trying to defend against the marauding Victorians.
The other group race tonight comes from Sandown with the final of the Group 2 Sir John Dillon Memorial and with Amity Bale drawing perfectly in the one box, there will be no betting and the only certainty is the exacta; it’ll be Amty Bale first and daylight second.
Continue reading Greyhound Racing Tips For Thursday 15th October 2009
Promising sprinter Sergio looks to only need an ounce of luck in order to take the Coca-Cola S.A Derby final this Thursday Night at Angle Park. After butchering his rivals with a 29.69sec semi-final win last week, the Collsion-Tarawi Tess pup will start a deserving favourite for the Group 3 Classic. Having been victorious in six of his seven career starts for trainer Kelvyn Greenough, Sergio looks to have a bright future for owner Lorraine Atchison and looks very hard to beat.
But the Wheeler family are making plans of their own to take the $21,000 first prize, having four runners making through to the final. Dyna Forte, owned by Brendon Wheeler looks to have the best chance, having once again drawn the coveted red alley. Having already won 13 races, Dyna Forte definitely has the ability to be competitive at this level, though a 30.17sec PB would need to be improved sharply.
Continue reading Sergio Looks For His First Group Victory At Angle Park
A Victorian trained runner, like last year, was victorious when the Kel Greenough trained Cindeen Shelby won the 2009 NCA Paws Of Thunder courtesy of a brilliant beginning.
Box 1 held no joy for odds on favourite Dyna Lachlan – after a slow start and a chequered passage early her chances disappeared.
NSW featured strongly as the winner is owned in NSW, while second and third are both NSW owned and trained.
All honours were with the winner which started third favourite at $7.50. Take The Kitty for trainer Ken Cheetham ran second as a $4.90 second elect.
Continue reading Cindeen Shelby All The Way in Paws Final
Classy bitch Cindeen Shelby, unlucky in last years Group 2 Multicam Black Top Final, atoned with a hollow victory in the 2009 final at The Gardens last Friday night.
A pronounced $2.50 favourite with the NSW Tab after a very quick heat win the previous week, Cindeen Shelby jumped in front from box three. Queenslander Voodoo Prince raced up outside the favourite and put his head in front going past the winning post in a first split of five seconds. Hesa Felon quickly away from box eight made a line of three before the first turn.
A great railer, Cindeen Shelby led into the back with Hesa Felon on her outside and she went through the second section in 17.55.
Continue reading Cindeen Shelby’s 2009 Group 2 Multicam Black Top
Southern sprinting sensation Velocette will take his shot at a fourth straight win in Brisbane in the Group One Garrardâ€™s Winter Carnival Cup Final this Thursday night.
The Graeme Bate-trained chaser has won his past three starts at Albion Park, including his heat and final win in the Group Two Imagetec Gold Coast Cup where he collected a $25,000 winnerâ€™s cheque with a swift time of 29.90.
The Group One Garrardâ€™s Winter Carnival Cup is the curtain closer for the 2009 Sky Channel Winter Carnival in Brisbane, and is worth $50,000 to the winner.
Continue reading Improved Velocette Aims For Back To Back Group Wins
Welcome toâ€™s free for Thursday 16th July 2009 with tonight from Sandown Park (Victoria), Grafton (New South Wales), Albion Park (Queensland), Angle Park (South Australia) and Mandurah (West Australia).
Tonightâ€™sfeatures the five heats of the Group 1 Garrards Winter Carnival Cup from Albion Park which is a fitting culmination to what has been the best Brisbane Winter Carnival in memory.
As usual weâ€™ll provide our betting
Continue reading Greyhound Racing Tips For Thursday 16th July 2009
Three of the four Group race winners from the 2009 Sky Channel Winter Carnival will join a barrage of top interstate talent this Thursday night at Albion Park for the heats of the Group One Garrards Winter Carnival Cup 520m.
Group One Cartwright Property Group Gold Cup (710m) winner Queen Lauryn, Group Two Brandons Queensland Derby winner High Earner and last weekâ€™s Group Two Imagetec Gold Coast Cup winner Velocette will all be vying for a place in next weekâ€™s $74,000 final.
The Garrardâ€™s Winter Carnival Cup is the closing night of Brisbaneâ€™s Winter Carnival which features five group races and a series of feature races held from June to July.
Continue reading Winter Carnival Showdown In Group 1 Carnival Cup Heats
Welcome toâ€™s free for Wednesday 20th May 2009 with tonight from Ballarat (Victoria), Warrnambool (Victoria), Bulli (New South Wales), and Cannington (West Australia), after Ipswich sucumbed to Queensland’s weather and had to be abandoned.
The feature racing tonight comes from Bulli with a dissapointing turn out of only 26 greyhounds to one of the premier one turn country cup races, the 2009 Goup 3 Bulli Gold Cup. Despite the low turnout, some very good greyhounds are engaged, so we expect to see seom good racing from Bulli tonight.
Also tonight. Ballarat continue with the semi finals of the Ballarat round of the VBIS maiden series, adn while last weeks all heats meeting was impossible to find winners on, the semi’s should be a different story.
Continue reading Greyhound Racing Tips For Wednesday 20th May 2009
Trainer Selwyn Coates will be hoping that his chaser Selynya Magic can follow up last weeks debut win with another win in the VBIS Maiden Series Semi Finals at Ballarat on Wednesday night.
Selynya Magic turned in an impressive first up performance last week to record a two length victory from Box 8.
On that occasion he was slow out, but quickly mustard speed to reel in the opposition.
Continue reading Selynya Magic Big Hope For Ballarat VBIS Maiden
Welcome toâ€™s free for Saturday 13th March 2009. Friday nightâ€™s racing produced some good results again and some near misses for a pretty much neutral night.
After Party won very well at the exceptionally good price of $7.57 at Geelong, while Ravenstoke and Marmalade Sky did the job at Richmond although at short odds. Kaygee was a near miss at Geelong leading in to the straight after working hard to get there and only just getting run down by the favourite while paying well over $7.00 the win.
Continue reading Greyhound Racing Tips For Saturday 14th March 2009
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Eight of Australiaâ€™s best bitches will compete in the $10,000 World Class Sires Special Event at Sandown Park this Thursday night.
Bettyâ€™s Angel, the winner of three Group 1 titles and a veteran of 12 Group race finals headlines the stellar field. She will be joined by litter-sister and dual Schweppes Melbourne Cup finalist Miss Mini Mouse.
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Superstar stayer Chinatown Lad demolished his Albion Park Gold Cup heat rivals on Thursday night running 42.06 on a rain affected track.
The son of Lilli Pilli Lad-Chinatown Babe scored by 16 and three-quarter lengths over Misty Bear with a half length to Fast Dream in third.
Continue reading Chinatown Lad Will Win Gold Cup