Tasmania’s second-biggest series rounds out a huge four days of racing. Once you’ve battled through the Perth and Healesville Cups over the weekend, it’s time to reload with eight full fields for the Group 2 Launceston Cup on Monday night.
The change in format to a three-week series has altered the dynamics of this year’s race. Firstly, there is only four interstate entrants, with two of those originally from the Apple Isle, greatly bucking the trend of recent years. This shows not only the crowded nature of the calendar, but also the preference of the big kennels to travel only two consecutive weeks with their stars.
On the positive side of the equation is that the local trainers have gone all out for the state’s only two-turn Group-level feature. With the Adelaide Cup, Brisbane Cup and Hobart Thousand all providing six or less heats, the change can only be seen as a success at this stage with a maximum 64 runners to face the starter.
For those unfamiliar with the tight Mowbray circuit, let it be known that inside draws are worth their weight in gold. It is awfully hard to come from further back than third around this place, so early speed combined with enough strength to run out the 515-metres makes results hard to predict.
Nonetheless, here is a summary of what punters may face come Monday night:
LAUNCESTON CUP HEAT ONE
Black Rip from the Shane Whitney kennel looks hard to beat in the opener. He’s consistent from the boxes and will get plenty of room to move in the early stages from box three. He should be good enough to win from there in around the 30-second mark.
Sing the Song is the obvious danger, although the six-alley will make life tough. Given a clear run he has got the ability, but can only be taken on trust with Black Rip likely to be highballing early.
Tiger Toes races much better around the two-turn tracks and must be included for trifecta players. Street Talk is next best. Be prepared to risk Classic Spence from the poor draw, despite the 30.04 win last start.
LAUNCESTON CUP HEAT TWO
Buckle Up Wes deserves to make the finals and should do from box three. All the speed in the race is out wide, so if he can hold the rail, the race is over. Fast Turtle (box six) and Miss Kiss (box eight) will fly out of the boxes, but both struggle to run out the 515 in sub-30 time. Miss Kiss is the better of those two.
Look for Maurie Baba, Mumford’s Son and Wynburn Wizard to run on late and put value into the trifecta.
LAUNCESTON CUP HEAT THREE
Heidi Go Seek for Angela Langton flies the flag for Victoria here. While being the most talented dog, and drawn to perfection in one, she will be very short and might be unders at her first look at the track and first run over more than 400 metres since September.
Nooee’s Lad anticipates the start, and if he gets it right, will be literally three lengths in front by the time the others get off the mat. He will represent value, along with Hellyeah Missile from box eight. The Anthony Bullock-runner struggles to put two good runs together sometimes, but won last start by 14 lengths in 30.08 and with a repeat of that would go close.
Hard to find enthusiasm for anything else, although To Be Trew races best at here and only ever wins when no one expects it.
LAUNCESTON CUP HEAT FOUR
Hellyeah Bolt should bounce back here.
Last week, he missed the start by half a step and was bashed from every direction for the rest of the race. Forget than run ever happened and focus on the 29.55 personal best. He’ll find the rail unless Lashing Illusion gets in the way, but she is well up in grade.
Dominator Girl looks a certainly to run a place with the rails draw. She loves the track and will win if the favourite gets tangled up again.
Chosen Jewel has returned from W.A and belted a field on Thursday at Hobart. Looks a better dog at home again and will get a nice run into the race. Meanwhile, Sober Moment and Champagne Girl will be coming home hard at could run a place at odds.
LAUNCESTON CUP HEAT FIVE
Varcoe draws the red here at looks a great bet. His last start effort at Devonport was brilliant and there isn’t a heap of strength in this one. Has been racing in the best grade possible for the majority of his career and this race is well within his capability.
Proven Fantasy is desperate for the rails, so this will give Teddy Tom Boy and Cosmic Fire a lovely passage in the frantic opening stages from boxes five and six respectively. Teddy Tom Boy is the better of those two greyhounds and has been in form of recent weeks.
If there is one to take a risk on, it could be Jeff The Tipster. Despite being the strongest dog in the race, it’s hard to see him getting a crack at them from box eight. He looms as a first turn victim here.
LAUNCESTON CUP HEAT SIX
Definitely one of the trickier races on the card, with a case to argue for every runner.
Pinto Pronto is the first dog to stand out with the good draw; however he hasn’t been seen since December and wasn’t going that well before the layoff. If the price is right and the dog is back to his best, should be a good bet.
Are Ate will probably be favourite after his Devonport Cup win, but prefers the one turn tracks and is drawn the yellow. Could well lead the race for a long way, but won’t set the clock on fire and others will be lining him up in the home straight.
Palooka gets the privilege of the cherry rug and races well at this course. Despite being up in class, and down in distance could well be the dog to upset the apple cart.
Chances also given to An That and Alvin Benz in a tough race.
LAUNCESTON CUP HEAT SEVEN
Bell Oh Moss looks the certain leader here, but that won’t necessarily guarantee a final berth. She hasn’t been the same dog for the past couple of months and is suddenly suspect at the 515. She’ll probably be favourite, but this isn’t an open-shut kind of affair.
Bain’s Lane has hit a purple patch of form and won’t be too bothered by the wide draw. There isn’t much pace around him and he’ll get a lovely sit behind Bell Oh Moss.
Tic Tac Thomas was only a juvenile when he previously raced on the Apple Isle and has improved while racing in Victoria. Only being moderate from the boxes will work against the Jeff Britton trained chaser here, but he still appears a solid chance.
Those three should really fight it out, but you can add Hellyeah Fiona and Victorian Micky Mambo if looking for a surprise.
LAUNCESTON CUP HEAT EIGHT
Onto the final heat and it wouldn’t surprise if the favourite was $4.00 when they jump.
While there are a host of possibilities, anyone who saw the run of Whodat Lass over the 600 two starts back will jump on board the Graeme Moate runner here. Despite the lack of early speed, it should get a nice trail behind Mighty Lomar and run over the top barring any bad luck.
Mighty Lomar won’t be that easy to get past though and comes into the race with good form, especially the 25.30 run at Devonport two starts back. Expect improvement with this being his second look at the track.
Rumbling Rick draws box seven here and is as capable as any of his rivals in this. Will need luck to get across but if it manages to do so, will break 30 and progress with ease.
Tiza Gold is back from NSW and armed with good early pace and an affinity for Launceston brings this chaser right into calculations. She did struggle a little when in top grade during her Tassie days and looms more as a place chance.
From the others, Heliski is talented, Frytson is drawn well and Tiny Tilly can pull out a run. Should be a nice dividend if one can find a collect in the last heat.
The might of champion trainer Ted Medhurst’s kennel has never been more evident than in Thursday night’s $10,500 Maiden Thousand Final (461 metres) to be conducted at Tattersalls Park in Hobart.
Half the field are occupants of Medhurst’s Mangalore complex and to make it harder for the opposition, they will occupy the two inside and the two outside boxes, in what promises to be a wonderful contest.
Medhurst will box Groovy Lane (Velocette – Come Over Nova), Homeward (High Earner – In Top Gear), Mystic Falls (Bit Chili – Wongawillilesley) and Real Caution (Dyna Lachlan – Topline Relly), with the former the fastest qualifier with a time of 26.06.
Despite the dominance of the Medhurst kennel during the qualifying events, Brighton trainer Shane Whitney is quietly confident that his representative, Arome Peche (Dyna Lachlan – Last Serenade), will give connections a great sight.
Best known for his previous association with the outstanding stayers Chinatown lad and Fallen Zorro, Whitney has been enjoying a great run of success in recent weeks with his small team and is naturally hoping that it will continue in Thursday night’s feature.
Raced by Les Winter and Frank Katranjac, Arome Peche has raced on only two occasions for a win and second placing and is generally regarded as a big improver.
“He is usually a very fast beginner, but last week he was slow out and headed for the rail, which ultimately brought about his undoing.” Whitney explained this week.
“I know the yellow box is not ideal, but I believe that he has the speed to lead this field and if that happens, he will take plenty of catching. My father Gavin won the race about fifteen years ago with Tick Two Five, so I am naturally hoping that I can also be seen in the winners circle on Thursday night.”
Another of the Whitney team that has excelled in recent weeks is the former New South Wales chaser Black Rip (Goodesy – Richmond Fox), whomade it three in a row by taking out the Big Dog Front Runner Oil Invitation (515 metres) at the LGRC meeting on Monday night.
“I heard on the grapevine that Black Rip was for sale, so I arranged a syndicate headed by my father to purchase him. We are all having plenty of fun because he has won six of eleven starts for us,” he explained.
The chaser will now contest the Curtains and Blinds Launceston Cup Heats which commence on Monday night and culminate in a $40,000 to the winner final on Monday night February 17.
Meanwhile astute Moonah trainer Graeme Moate was seen in the winner’s circle at the NWGRC meeting on Tuesday afternoon when the smart bitch Whodat Lass (Big Daddy Cool – Shanlyn Lass) was successful in the $4,340 Betfair Distance Championship Final (580 metres).
The bitch gave nothing else a chance after finding the premier position early in the event from the pink box and has now won seven of 20 Tasmanian outings since debuting here in August.
$10,500 MAIDEN THOUSAND FINAL (461 METRES)
1. Mystic Falls (Bit Chili – Wongawillilesley) TedMedhurst
2. Real Caution (Dyna Lachlan – Topline Relly) Ted Medhurst)
3. Wee Fire (Lochinvar Marlow – Arrow On Fire) Margaret Rossendell
4. Midnight Bird (High Earner – Superlicious) Michael Dobson
5. Arome Peche (Dyna Lachlan – Last Serenade) Shane Whitney
6. Captain Dylan (Collision – Lightning Moss) Allan Anderson
7. Homeward (High Earner – In Top Gear) Ted Medhurst
8. Groovy Lane (Velocette – Come Over Nova) Ted Medhurst
9. Pacha Queen (Dyna Lachlan – Wicked Witch) Em 1 Harold Cameron
10. Spring Fall (Bit Chili – Wongawillilesley) Em 2 Ted Medhurst
The 3 finalist for the Queensland Greyhound of the Year have been announced with Xylia Allen, Glen Gallon and Starliner set to do battle off the track to claim this prestigious title.
With wonderful track performances throughout 2013, the judging panel will have a tough decision in crowning the greyhound of the year winner. The awards night, to be held on March 14th 2014 at Kedron Wavell Services Club will also recognise the following performances from a great 2013 year of Queensland Greyhound Racing:
2013 Brisbane GRC Greyhound of the Year
2013 Bundaberg GRC Greyhound of the Year
2013 Cairns GRC Greyhound of the Year
2013 Capalaba GRC Greyhound of the Year
2013 Ipswich GRC Greyhound of the Year
2013 Rockhampton GRC Greyhound of the Year
2013 Townsville GRC Greyhound of the Year
Brisbane Leading Owner
Brisbane Leading Trainer
Brisbane Trainers Strike Rate
Brisbane Sire of the Year
Brisbane Broodbitch of the Year
Women in Racing Award
Young Achiever of the Year
Top Simbi Award
Hall of Fame
2013 Greyhound of the Year
The 2013 Greyhound of Year Finalists:
GLEN GALLON (Flying Stanley – Incoherent)
Tony Brett trained chaser will be looking to secure his first Queensland Greyhound Of The Year title after being a finalist in 2012. He was a winner of the Group 1 Winter Cup, going back to back after his success in 2012. He’s a retired superstar who raced against the best throughout his illustrious career.
Albion Park 2013 record of 12 starts for 8 wins and 2 placings including multiple sub 30 second performances.
Top grade performances in every one of his race track performances.
2013 overall record – 21 starts – 11 wins and 4 placings.
STARLINER (Pure Octane – Borgata)
Gary Pettersen trained chaser who excelled over the Albion Park 600m trip, highlighted by his Group 3 Big Dog Cup success. Starliner will be named the 2013 Albion Park Greyhound of the Year after starting at the track 32 times for 13 wins and 15 placings – winning the award based on a point system.
The white flash was a revelation in 2013 and much was written about the Northern NSW chaser, who was simply brilliant at headquarters, winning races over the 520m, 600m and 720m journeys.
2013 overall record – 40 starts – 18 wins and 16 placings.
XYLIA ALLEN (Turanza Bale – Tayah Bale)
Jenny Hunt trained superstar who dominated racing Australia wide. In Queensland she started 6 times for 2 wins and 3 placing’s including being a three time Group finalists at Albion Park, with her results including – 2nd in the Group 2 Futurity, 3rd in the Group 1 Winter Cup and 4th in the Group 1 Brisbane Cup.
Victorian trained chaser who is eligible for the Queensland Award after starting the minimum six races in Queensland. She was a multiple group finalists who certainly clocked up the travel miles in 2013 and will be favourite to win this award after her efforts in Queensland and other states.
Controversy will surround any award won by this super bitch after the suspension of her previous trainer Graeme Bate for multiple positive swabs in 2013.
2013 overall record – 40 starts – 16 wins and 15 placings, including winning 5 Group races and qualifying for many other group finals. Three time Group 1 Winner, including the Sapphire Crown, National Sprint and Peter Mosman Classic. Group 2 Launceston Cup winner and Group 3 Sandown Shootout winner.
ARG wishes all finalists the best of luck and congratulations go to award winners on their contributions to greyhound racing in Queensland for 2013.
Whilst we admired and had infinite conversations about the emergence of Australia’s on-track superstars of 2013, our sensational stud dogs battled it out for top honours in the breeding barn, with legendary sire Bombastic Shiraz prevailing once again.
Sires receive points based on the performance of their offspring in Group races on a sliding scale from first to eighth position. Bombastic Shiraz blew his rivals away scoring 1384 points, with the ever consistent Where’s Pedro finishing second on 1297 points and Collision third with 790 points.
Unfortunately the greyhound world mourned the passing of Bombastic Shiraz back in October at 12 years of age, with owner-trainer Darren Cairns left with a lifetime of memories on and off the track.
‘Bailey’ sired an astonishing seven Group One winners, three Group Two winners and three Group Three victors for 2013. Bombastic Shiraz’s biggest win of the year came when Spud Regis, trained by Andrea Daily, saluted in the Group One Australian Cup worth an immense $250,000.
There were plenty of newcomers to the achievers list for 2013, with Ashom Bale (14th) making the biggest impression, largely thanks to his exiting son Dyna Nalin (x Tally Bale). Trained by Miata’s mentor Paul Stuart. This talented youngster collected two of the biggest races in Australia, the Group One Topgun and Group One Perth Cup.
Other new entrants on the list included: Lochinvar Marlow (22nd) sire of Ernie Bung Arrow, winner of the Group One Adelaide Cup, Group Three South Australian Derby and the Group Three Brian Johnstone Final. Goodesy (26th), sired Group Three Canberra Cup winner Zipping Willow. Droopy’s Marco (34th) is the sire of Group One Harrison-Dawson winner Clone Your Own and Vapour Whirl (30th), sired Townsville Cup winner Spirited Flame.
Magic Sprite made an enormous surge up the rankings after finishing the 2012 season in 42nd position. He finished in 12th spot at the end of 2013. The lightly raced sprinter was an incredibly popular sire throughout the year, particularly after the arrival of his superstar son Black Magic Opal (x Awesome Opal). Regarded as Australia’s newest sensation, the Jason Thompson trained chaser saluted in the biggest race on the greyhound-racing calendar, claiming the $350,000 Group One Melbourne Cup.
Turanza Bale also had an astonishing 2013, jumping from 37th place to 4th place, being the sire of Group One Golden Easter Egg winner Grigorieva Bale. Turanza Bale is also the sire of superstar chaser Xylia Allen, winner of the Group One Sapphire Crown, Group One Peter Mosman Classic, Group Two Launceston Cup and Group Three Macro Meats Shootout.
For the girls, it was Tayah Bale’s year, being a newcomer to the list and finishing in top spot with 46 points. Greys Destiny had another great year jumping from eighth to finish second with 42 points and Princess Bale claimed third spot again for the second year running with 36 points.
Tayah Bale had a stunning year with her daughter Xylia Allen (x Turanza Bale), racking up big points winning two Group One races, a Group Two and Group Three race. Xylia Allen belonged to Tayah Bale’s first litter born in April of 2011, with a second litter of eight whelped to boom sire Ashom Bale in December of 2011.
Greys Destiny has been an extremely consistent broodbitch with the rise of Destini Fireball, her most successful offspring for 2013. The son of Where’s Pedro took out the; Group One Superstayers, Group One Zoom Top, Group One Gold Cup and Group Two Distance Championship Final. Litter brother General Destini also was successful in the Group Three Perth Cup Consolation. Bred and trained by Norm Rinaldi, Greys Destiny has whelped three litters since then, two by Brett Lee and one to Velocette.
Queensland owned chaser Are Ate provided a major upset at the Devonport Raceway on Tuesday afternoon by recording an all the way victory in the prestigious Dowling McCarthy Hankook Tyres Devonport Cup (452 metres).
The Anthony Bullock prepared son of Lochinvar Marlow flew the lids from box 7 to take up the premier position and was never headed, eventually strolling to a comfortable 25.57 score and paying a handsome win dividend of $23.20.
Are Ate, raced by the Quad Dog Syndicate, was one of three Bullock kennel occupants to qualify for the North West’s premier greyhound racing event after running second to the Russell Watts prepared Jeff The Tipster in the previous week’s heats.
Most pundits declared the race a match in two between Hellyeah Bolt and Yappin’ Jack, but those chasers winning hopes were dashed following an early scrimmage.
The Mick Stringer prepared Yappin’ Jack did well to recover and run into fourth placing behind second placegetter An That and the previously mentioned Jeff The Tipster – the Tattsbet First Four paying a massive $21,650.
Anthony Bullock has only returned to the ranks of Tasmanian trainers recently following a three month stint on the sidelines and is currently enjoying a great run of success.
“I’m happy to win a maiden, but the Devonport Cup’s at the top of the tree,” he explained after the race.
“I won the Tweed Heads Galaxy race a few years ago, but to win a Tasmanian Cup is far better than winning a race interstate.”
When interviewed last week about his Devonport Cup chances, Bullock declared Are Ate the certain leader in the rich event and it is common knowledge that once in front the majority of greyhounds are in with a winning chance at most venues.
Are Ate will now be aimed at the Launceston Cup series which commences at the Tote Racing Centre on February 3rd.
Meanwhile Tuesday’s Tasracing Angus Evans Memorial (452 metres), considered the Devonport Cup Consolation, was taken out by the Shane Whitney prepared Black Rip, which gained a start with the graduation of An That to the main feature.
Heavily supported into a win dividend of $2.70, the son of Goodesy defeated Varcoe and Teddy Tom Boy and recorded a slick 25.48 in doing so.
Raced by the Ripping Syndicate headed by the trainer’s father Gavin, Black Rip has now won four of nine Tasmanian outings and is proving to be a worthwhile conveyance.
The big betting Whitney kennel has enjoyed great success in recent years with the likes of outstanding stayers Chinatown Lad and to a lesser extent the bitch Fallen Zorro.
Fastest time for the day at the NWGRC meeting was recorded by the interstate chaser Mighty Lomar, which recorded a sizzling 25.30 in winning the tattsbet. Com Grade 4 event.
2014 Devonport Cup Final
Exeter based mentor Anthony Bullock has qualified three of his team for the $35,700 Dowling McCarthy Hankook Tyres Devonport Cup Final (452 metres), to be conducted at the Devonport Raceway on Tuesday afternoon.
Bullock won heats of the Group 3 event with litter mates Hellyeah Missile and Hellyeah Bolt, and also qualified former Queensland chaser Are Ate, which ran second to Jeff The Tipster from the Russell Watts kennel.
Bullock has enjoyed great success since returning from an enforced spell on the sidelines and would dearly love to win a Devonport Cup, which has so far eluded him.
He is more than happy with the box draw for the rich event, with Hellyeah Missile and Hellyeah Bolt drawing alongside each other in boxes 1 and 2, and the speedy Are Ate drawing out in box 7.
“Are Ate will lead this field for sure, and the Hellyeah dogs will be in the firing line behind him.” Bullock explained on Wednesday.
“Whatever happens next is in the lap of the gods, but all I know is that I have a great chance of winning my first Devonport Cup.”
Both Hellyeah Missile and Hellyeah Bolt are raced by the Hellyeah Syndicate, headed by Rick Donaldson, which originated at the Hellyer mine site located on Tasmania’s rugged West Coast.
The latter recorded a time of 25.71 in winning his Cup heat and has now won 13 of 20 lifetime outings and stakes in excess of $38,000.
Hellyeah Bolt’s winning heat time was eclipsed only by the Ricky Ponting owned Rumbling Rick, which sped to an impressive 25.57 score at the expense of the Mick Stringer prepared Yappin’ Jack, which had led from the outset.
Anthony Bullock has nominated Yappin Jack’, which ran third in the recent Group 1 Hobart Thousand, as his main danger in next Tuesday’s finale.
Prepared by Launceston’s Dale Hammersley, Rumbling Rick has now won 12 of 34 lifetime outings and stakes of almost $40,000. He appears to have benefited greatly from a recent stint in Western Australia.
Hammersley was thrilled that Rumbling Rick was able to chase down Yappin Jack’ and has unveiled Launceston Cup plans for the chaser, who has drawn awkwardly in box 5 next Tuesday.
The only interstate greyhound to qualify for the Devonport Cup was the Dave Burnett prepared Archie Gumballs, which recorded a time of 25.74 in defeating Varcoe and last year’s winner Allen Benji.
The chaser will no doubt be improved by the outing on the circuit, but has drawn box 4 in the final, making his task a difficult one.
Loira trainer Paul Hili, who transferred to Tasmania from Victoria a couple of years ago, will be represented in the Devonport Cup by the smart chaser Proven Fantasy, who recorded a time of 25.74 in winning his heat from the inside box.
He has now won 12 of 29 lifetime outings and stakes of almost $20,000 and has drawn box 8 on Tuesday afternoon.
2014 DEVONPORT CUP (452 METRES) GROUP 3
1st $25,000 2nd $6,000 3rd $2,800 4th $700
1. Hellyeah Missile (Dyna Lachlan – Flash Diamond) Anthony Bullock
2. Hellyeah Bolt (Dyna Lachlan – Flash Diamond) Anthony Bullock
3. Yappin Jack’ ( Aston Galilee – Patsy Anne) Mick Stringer
4. Archie Gumballs (Where’s Pedro – Come On Roxy) David Burnett
5. Rumbling Rick (Cosmic Rumble – Ricky’s Angel) Dale Hammersley
6. Jeff The Tipster (Mantra Lad – Petal) Russell Watts
7. Are Ate (Lochinvar Marlow – Long Long Mama) Anthony Bullock
8. Proven Fantasy (Premier Fantasy – Proven Polly) Paul Hili
9. An That (Chinatown Lad – Creighton’s Star) Em 1 Rodney Campbell
10. Wynburn Wizard (Collide – Hayley’s Girl) Em 2 Scott Bryan
2014 Devonport Cup Heats Replays
For everyone except Kel Greenough and Allan Lang, it wasn’t supposed to be this way.
Black Magic Opal for Jason Thompson supposedly had a mortgage on Australia’s oldest race after breaking the track record with an 11-length heat win a week earlier. He had box eight. He had the $1.40 price tag. He was the reigning Melbourne Cup winner.
But 25.64 seconds later, he would be upstaged, out sped and beaten on merit. The dog who can now claim to having the prize scalp, and the Hobart track record in the process, is none other than fellow Victorian, Paw Licking.
Bred by Charles Northfield in March 2011, the son of Elite State and Kingsbrae Di flew out of the traps, keeping the favourite wide in the early stages. They drew well clear of the chasing brigade, headed by Yappin’ Jack who exited box two.
Ronan Izmir was far from his brilliant best, as was Hellyeah Bolt. Farmor Las Vegas, Clone Your Own and Sing The Song were all left scrapping for position at the tail of the pack.
At the half way point, it was clearly a race in two. It was going to be a moment to saviour as the high-profile duo swung for the judge. Paw Licking had done the hard part and crossed to the fence in the lead, but could he complete the job and hold off one of the fastest dogs of the last decade?
Black Magic Opal wasn’t going down without a fight. He saw an opportunity on the fence and didn’t need asking twice. Gritting his teeth and burrowing hard, the prize was still in reach. Paw Licking is noted as having a limited tank, and with each stride, the Thompson-trained superstar got closer and closer. But so too did the post, and with one last gasp, Black Magic Opal made its final dive. However Paw Licking was going too fast, breaking every sectional record and claiming the Hobart Thousand by under a length.
Yappin’ Jack was third all the way doing his state proud. Ronan Izmir kept the interest for first four players.
Paw Licking’s statistical record now reads as 44 starts for 27 wins, along with four minors. The 2013 Hobart Thousand will go down on paper as his third Group final success from nine appearances, and his first win at the highest level. Prizemoney for Paw Licking now exceeds $275,000, but one would dare think that it was the circumstances of beating Black Magic Opal at his own game that will be remembered most.
Trainer Kel Greenough has been previously associated with the Apple Isle, having taken in several Tasmanian Chasers for their mainland campaigns; Galtee Again, I’m a Fencer and Jethro just to name a few. Now it is his turn to receive a reward for his efforts, with this $75,000 win with his star chaser.
Earlier in the night, the traditional consolation for the Thousand, the Bob Brown Memorial, was deservedly taken out by Buckle Up Wes in 25.87.
The Ted Medhurst-prepared runner has been a class act in recent months, winning in good time on several tracks, including two wins at Wentworth Park.
From box two, the son of Collision and Everlong Bale was one of the best out, but had to tussle with Black Rip for the early lead. While those two were battling, Varcoe made his presence known and the stage was set for a grandstand finish.
Buckle Up Wes had other ideas though, and blew his rivals apart with a powerful finishing burst. Black Rip battled away in second place, holding off Varcoe and Pinto Pronto, who couldn’t make up any ground despite settling just behind the trio up front.
Buckle Up Wes takes his career performance to an imposing 15 wins from 25 starts, along with over $38,000 for connections and is a worthy winner of a listed event.
Feature racing will remain in Tasmania over the summer months, with Devonport holding their Cup series in January before the action moves east for the Launceston Cup in February.
2013 Hobart 1000 Final Replay
The stalwart partnership of Robert and Robin Grubb caused the upset of the week by running the quinella in the opening heat of the Furniture City Ladies’ Bracelet held at Launceston Monday night.
Not that seeing the Grubb kennel prepare winners is anything new, but the fact that the State Sprint Champion She’s All Class could only manage third behind the duo of Sing the Song and Pipstar is what had punters running for cover.
Perhaps showing the effects of the heavy fall suffered during the National Sprint Final, She’s All Class was crossed easily by Pipstar originally, before Sing The Song took control of the race down the back. In a dominant performance, Sing The Song drew right away in the concluding stages and stopped the clock at 29.92.
Both Grubb runners are out of the High Earner x Stylish Moon litter whelped in 2011, which has produced a batch of very talented greyhounds with Roxy Rhythm, Stylish Abbey and Kiss Me Elvis all part of this super group.
Stylish Moon herself was also part of a star litter that produced Launceston Cup winner Fisherman, as well as Pedro Pronto, Stylish Monty and Where’s Ned, but the bitch Stylish Moon was clearly the pick of breeding options.
The second heat of the Ladies Bracelet was a far more popular result, with race favourite Queen Ahmose getting the job done ahead Hollyheath, Li Li and Fulande.
Fulande was also heavily backed before the race, and after a moderately successful campaign in Victoria, was looking for her first win since May. She flew out of the six trap and led the field clearly for the opening stanza of the race, before her competitors settled in for the chase.
While it took a while for Fulande to surrender the lead, once she did there were challengers left right and centre, with Hollyheath claiming the front first. But not to be outdone, Queen Ahmose stormed over the top, taking out the race in 30.22.
Alison Walker is responsible for the preparation of Queen Ahmose, and the improvement of this bitch since starting her career has been noticeable. Since not placing in her first four outings in Juvenile company, the daughter Collision and Shepherd’s Girl has certainly found her groove, taking her tally up to eight wins from 26 starts overall.
The Ladies Bracelet final will be held at the Mowbray circuit on Monday.
It seems the exodus of the state’s best dogs mainland pastures continues, with both Hellyeah Bolt and Buckle Up Wes joining the list of dogs currently the other side of Bass Straight.
Hellyeah Bolt was in engaged the S.A Derby heats last Thursday night at Angle Park, running a respectable third behind Allen Mokoto and Kalden Gambino. From box six, Hellyeah Bolt began fairly and pushed hard for the rail showing good strength at the back end of the event. Eventually beaten by just over a length, he showed enough to suggest that travelling will have little impact on the Paul Hili trained youngster.
Buckle Up Wes on the other hand has gone up to Sydney, and will line up in race two of Saturday Night’s Wentworth Park meeting. Ted Medhurst has tasted success in that part of the country before, and having drawn the red with Buckle Up Wes, he will no doubt represent the Apple Isle with pride.
Also just in closing, it was rather pleasing to watch the winner of Race 4 at Launceston this week. Greysynd Merry for Darren Critchley would start from the red box, and at her 81st start she finally brought up her long-awaited second victory. Not since February 2012 had Greysynd Merry stood on the top step of the podium, resigned to 23 placings over countless different distances in between.
With a dog that many others would have given up or offloaded, it was tremendous to see such patience and determination pay off. They say ‘every dog has their day’, so to Darren Critchley and Greysynd Merry, we say well done.
On Thursday night the greyhound racing world farewelled Miata; a true icon who gave our great sport more than just another champion but a legend, whose legacy will live on forever.
As a large crowd assembled at Sandown Park to witness ‘Goldies’ final race start, one trainer and his dog had a fairytale story of their own in mind; to secure back to back Group One RSN Sandown Cups.
In another era, Irma Bale would be regarded as the number one stayer in the Country, yet on every occasion had to settle for the ‘Bridesmaid’ tag, behind Australia’s all-time number one stakes earner.
Leading up to the race, Irma Bale’s champion trainer Graeme Bate had exuded confidence to the media, that his charge could spoil the party and snare the highly sought after $125,000 winner’s purse.
‘I knew if she jumped she would have a real good chance. There was less pressure on her (Irma Bale) since it was Miata’s last race start and once she jumped in front I just prayed she could hold on. What an unreal finish it was, the little girl just keep fighting and finding something and that was most pleasing’ said a proud Bate.
Despite the master trainer’s plethora of Group One victories, Bate still experiences pre-race nerves, as the endless hours of preparation are defined by 42 seconds of racing.
‘I still get quite nervous which people find unusual because I have won a lot of big races but it’s because I care and really want to win. I like to be on my own before a race and just put my head down and wait for the boxes to open’.
Beginning beautifully from box five, the daughter of Batrim Bale and Amelia Bale was heavily challenged in the concluding stages of the grueling 715m distance, lasting by a nose over her competitive rivals; Bell Haven and Miata.
Bate was overwhelmed with joy at the events that unfolded on Thursday night and will never forget the moment for several reasons.
‘She’s been a great little girl over a long period of time. Even though that was her 83rd start she is getting better with every race. She struggled to get past 600m for a while but now she just loves running that distance and we will keep perusing with her when she’s in this sort of form.’
Despite approaching four years of age, the forever-young chaser has plenty of life left in her according to Bate and is already set for her next targeted race at Albion Park next month.
‘We will definitely keep her going when she is performing like she is. I’ll give her a trial next Friday and that will set her up beautifully for the Group One Macro Meats Gold Cup. I’ll be very confident in her preparation going into the heats’.
The heats of the Gold Cup will be conducted on June 6 over the 710m distance, with a healthy $75,000 first prize that could take Irma Bale’s prizemoney total beyond the $600,000 mark. The 25kg lightweight who Bate describes as having ‘a heart as big as any dog I’ve trained’ is proving that age is merely just a number.
In a sentimental touch for Bate, the Lara trainer also put the polish on Irma Bale‘s dam; Amelia Bale, for the latter part of her career back in 2009. The insurmountable rewards of the Paul Wheeler breeding dynasty have provided the resilient combination with several group victories already in 2013 including; Group Two WP Summer Distance Plate, Group Two Launceston Cup and Group Two Bogie Leigh Futurity.
‘Amelia Bale was a beautiful dog but just didn’t quite have the mentality like her sister Amity Bale did. Paul and I discussed that she would make a real handy broodbitch and she has.’
As expected, Wheeler and Bate were spot-on with their prediction as Amelia Bale has produced out of her first litter to Batrim Bale; Bekim Bale ( 2011 Group Three Sandown Shootout winner, Sandown 515m track record holder and active sire), Heston Bale (The Meadows 525m track record holder and active sire) and Adelle Bale (2012 Group One Super Stayers Runner Up).
A daughter of Sonic Flight and Evonne Bale, Amelia Bale’s biggest achievement on the race track was runner up in the 2008 Group One Sapphire Crown Classic. Amelia Bale now has three more litters in the process of progressing to the racetrack to; Cromlah Bale and Hallucinate, who are certainly worth keeping a close eye on in the future.
Being no stranger to success, it hasn’t always been smooth sailing for the Bate kennel with a tough initiation into the sport. Bate is very appreciative of the triumphs he is experiencing today and I’m certain, in the near future.
‘The prizemoney wasn’t very good back when I first started so I would travel all over the countryside and it was very hard work. What the administrators have done for greyhound racing today is remarkable. The prizemoney is fantastic and there are so many incentives for all types of trainers’.
Graeme Bate’s simple philosophy of treating greyhounds as ‘creatures of habit’ has proven effective time and time again, as the two-time Australian Trainer of the Year is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with again in 2013.
Images courtesy of Sandown Greyhound Racing Club and Paul Munt Photography
2013 Ladies Bracelet Heat One
Owner Harry Markou will be hoping to continue his fantastic run of success with his ‘Love’ dogs this Saturday night when the well performed My Sweet Love lines up in the first heat of the group three $25,000 to the winner Ladies Bracelet at Wentworth Park. The black bitch is trained by the astute Ruth Matic of Canyonleigh and has developed into a track specialist at headquarters saluting at eight of her eighteen starts over the 520 metre distance with a personal best time of a scintillating 29.73 seconds. The three year old chaser has drawn ideally in box two and should ping to the front, however she comes up against a highly talented bunch with almost half the field reassembling from last week’s QLD Futurity.
The winner of that event, Purcell Bale will line up from box four for the powerful Bate/Wheeler combination. The daughter of Dyna Lachlan and Princess Bale has won eight races from nineteen starts and looks a force to be reckoned with despite the poor draw.
On her outside wearing the yellow is the vivacious Winsome Charlee for Melinda and John Finn. The pocket rocket was desperately unlucky in last week’s Futurity finishing sixth, which was just one of many feature finals she has competed in. Winsome Charlee placed 3rd in the Dapto Country Winnebago Puppy Classic, 3rd in the Gosford Gold Cup Consolation, 3rd in the National Futurity Final and second in this year’s Golden Easter Egg to Grigorieva Bale whilst she was also a finalist in the 2013 Collerson at Wentworth Park. The beautifully bred bitch is by Where’s Pedro and out of Ramblin’ Ruby and has won from every box except from box five where she has drawn for this week’s heat. Despite this the peppy bitch has plenty of heart and although she has no early speed, she comes home like a train and should be figuring in the finish.
Queensland Futurity runner up Xylia Allen will give the Bate/Wheeler team two runners in heat one when she begins from box seven. As a winner of ten from twenty four she looks to have a massive shot, with the Launceston Cup winner rated by her trainer as ‘one of the fastest I have ever trained’. This massive statement paired with her awesome ability should see the big 31 kilogram bitch go close to favouritism.
Also worth mentioning in the first heat is Christopher Nutt’s Parissette. The daughter of prolific producer Paris St Germain carries with her great form which she has brought up from the apple aisle, with her rails draw sure to be in her favour.
2013 Ladies Bracelet Heat Two
Golden Easter Egg placegetter Cracker Jack Lil will be looking to bounce back to the winners list when she pings from the black in heat two. The 27 kilogram speedster is a winner of nineteen races from thirty one starts with a best of 29.72 seconds for the track and distance with her exceptional early pace a definite advantage in this field where she looks to be the early leader.
Drawn poorly on her inside is the flying South Australian My Little Star who will be making her Wentworth Park debut at her thirty eighth start. The black and white daughter of Carlisle Jack has been a terrific money spinner for trainer Bozidar Stamenkovic but will face her acid test tonight against a cracker field. Despite this she has plenty of class but will need to get away cleanly and avoid interference from her outside competitor who begins like a bullet and cuts straight to the rails.
Squeeze box runner Velvet Fog will be looking to maintain her impressive statistics and to keep her Wentworth Park form unblemished when she jumps wearing yellow for owner/trainer Benjamin Mccauley. The daughter of Bit Chilli has won five with four minors from a mere twelve starts and made her Sydney debut last Friday in great fashion running away to score by five and a half lengths in a fast 29.98 seconds. The black bitch possesses plenty of early speed and looks a definite threat if she can overcome the draw.
Rails runner Cawbourne Classy has hit a purple patch of form at precisely the right time for this event as a winner of her last two starts including a win at Wentworth Park where she travelled 29.99 seconds however she will have to do everything right with many of these runners capable of running much faster than the time that she posted in her win. Whilst it is definitely tougher than her recent assignments, the Anthony Lord prepared bitch is suited to run well from box one and should be able to sneak up into the placings
Graeme Bate and Paul Wheeler also have two engaged in this heat, with their best shot looking to be Dyna Jezabel who will start from box three.
2013 Ladies Bracelet Heat Three
The inform Sharron Webster kennel will start close to favourite in heat three with three and a half year old Lagoon Lowanna who has been racing in career best form over recent weeks. The Wentworth Park specialist won two on the trot at the Ultimo circuit including a barnstorming 29.68 seconds success where she also flew early, running a stunning first section of 5.30 seconds before finishing down the track last week to Jason Mackay’s sensational bitch Sometimes Speedy. The black bitch has won four over the track and distance and seventeen overall, and looks to be a huge chance.
Her biggest threat looks to be the lightly raced speedster Princess Black who lines up from box three for trainer John Heard. The pint sized performer tips the scales at just over 25 kilograms but certainly races with plenty of heart which she showed throughout February and March this year collecting four wins in succession over the track and distance with a best time of a breathtaking 29.59 seconds. The daughter of Give Me Five has only started once since finding trouble in a semi of the Golden Easter Egg, when finishing fifth behind the talented Fast Archer earlier this month. With a fast beginner on her outside, the risky starter will need to beat her rival out of the boxes, however she has the ability to do that and should go close from this draw where she has won two from three.
Yet another runner from the Bate kennel, Langi Bale, will jump from box five and looks to have a great chance at her track debut. The 27 kilogram lightweight has been a handy little racer winning fourteen races from thirty three starts including a fast 29.66 seconds at Sandown. The quick youngster has been running over the middle distance trips of late where she saluted at her last start over the consistent Yowyeh. Whilst she has a massive motor, she does lack early pace, and racing against a strong field, she can’t afford to give them too much of a start.
Green runner Midnight News will be looking to bring all of them undone at just her tenth start for trainer David Pringle. The least experienced of the eight runners, the bitch by champion sire Bombastic Shiraz out of Midnight Movie showed plenty of field sense and talent at her last start when overcoming a poor getaway to win by seven and a half lengths in an electrifying 29.45 seconds. This is clearly the best time posted by any of the runners in her heat and a repeat of that performance will see her obliterating her top class counterparts, however it will be difficult from the poor draw as she is another that lacks early zip.
2013 Ladies Bracelet Heat Four
The second half of John and Melinda Finns dynamic duo will step from box three in heat four. Sheikha is an extraordinary bitch who has made two group one finals at headquarters, the Golden Easter Egg and The Paws of Thunder, with the daughter of Collision and Im Exceptional taking out the latter in superb style earlier this year. A renowned railer, she is much better suited here than out wide and although she won’t be flying the lids, she is boxed perfectly to sit behind and pounce on the early leader.
One of her biggest threats is Kenneth Staines flying machine Montana Izmir who recently scored a hatrick of wins in town in fast time before running second to Lagoon Lowanna at her last start. Montana Izmir has won eight races from twenty nine starts and looks to have a promising future after posting a scorching 29.63 seconds at Wentworth Park just two starts back. The Elite State youngster is accustomed to the awkward draw where she has started from seven times and with her early pace she should be up with the leaders in the early stages, and if she can cross, she looks hard to run down.
Stamenkovic has another South Australian flyer engaged on Saturday night with Koombooyana Girl who is drawn nicely in box two in the final heat. The red fawn sprinter by Big Daddy Cool comes into the series with good form as a winner of sixteen from thirty two. The bitch has only just resumed from a two and a half month spell when she ran fifth behind Just Shine earlier this month. Despite this, she has plenty of speed with her record showing fast wins at the track including a 29.66 seconds triumph over the 515 metre journey whilst she has also defeated the likes of Sometimes Speedy, and based on this, she should also be respected.
Racing kicks off at Wentworth Park at 7:27pm this Saturday night whilst the girls are set to shine with the first heat of the Ladies Bracelet being race four with the lids to fly at 8:27 pm.
Group Racing returns to Albion Park this Thursday night with the final of the Group 2 Bogie Leigh Futurity. The $40,000 to the winner final is sure to be a wonderful spectacle as trainers and owners look to have their chasers claim the prestigious final named in honour of one of Queensland’s and Australia’s best greyhounds. Last weeks heats attracted some of the country’s best young bitches and the final looks set to be a race to remember with many chances in the race vying for victory.
Box 1 – Celtic Diva (Collision – Tad Smarter) January 2011
The Joe Menary owned and trained chaser has been a model of consistency winning over $16,000 dollars with the outstanding overall record of 21 starts for 8 wins and 6 placings. At the track and distance she excels with 3 wins and 5 placings from 13 starts. Drawn favourably in the red she has a best time of 30.20 from box 1 set back in October 2012. After a great heat last week where she finished a solid second behind Purcell Bale from box 7 she demonstrated her consistency at the track. If she can repeat her blistering 5.63 first section she will be in front early and will definitely give the other runners something to catch. A live each way chance especially if there is a mix up behind her. From the good producer in Tad Smarter it would be a real home town win if she can greet the judge first.
Box 2 – Miss Karoo (Where’s Pedro – Miss Tickles) March 2011
Jumping from box 2 in the final is the classy Miss Karoo for owner trainer Stephen Casey of Doubtful Creek. After a wonderful heat last week behind Winsome Charlee where she started at the big odds of 35-1 she looked impressive in the run home. The March 2011 daughter of Where’s Pedro will need to improve on her Albion Park record where she has just the one win from 7 starts, if she is to win the Group 2 final. Not as consistent at headquarters, she has run some very fast times at Ipswich including a 30.45 earlier this year. If she can run close to that in thursday nights final she will be ultra competitive. Rough outside chance.
Box 3 – Purcell Bale (Dyna Lachlan – Princess Bale) April 2011
Starting in box 3 is the first of two finalists for Australia’s premier trainer Graeme Bate. After an enormous heat win last week – where she was having her first look at the track she excelled from the 3 box winning in a great 30.19 from Celtic Diva by almost 5 lengths. No doubt she will be well tuned up for the final. With a great record of 17 starts for 7 wins and 5 placings including over $27,000 in prizemoney the young fawn bitch is well travelled having already raced in Victoria, Tasmania and Queensland.
The heat run again showed how strong the depth is in the Bate kennel as she took the heavy knocks and took the runs when they presented pushing past dogs in an impressive victory. With the ability to take a knock and to keep trying, whatever happens in the final Purcell Bale will definitely be a greyhound to follow and will win more than her fair share as she progresses throughout her career. From the super producer Princess Bale (Hullucinate – Gold Rush Bale) she will be one of the favourites and is a very strong chance in the final.
Box 4 – Pearl Za Zinger (Surf Lorian – Kaycee Diva) Nov 2010
Starting from box 4 in the rich final is Pearl Za Zinger for owner / trainer John McCarthy. The blue daughter of Surf Lorian has raced almost her entire career on the Albion Park circuit where she has the great record of 5 wins and 16 placings from the 30 starts on the track. She has also registered a win at Ipswich and has surpassed $23,000 in prizemoney. Last weeks heat win showed that in greyhound racing there is no such thing as a sure thing as she started the outsider in the small 6 dog field to win – albeit in the slowest time of the 4 heats stopping the clock in 30.49. While she will be one of the outsiders in the race she does have a best time at the track of 30.29 from March this year. Rough chance.
Box 5 – Xylia Allen (Turanza Bale – Tayah Bale) April 2011
Fastest heat winner Xylia Allen for trainer Graeme Bate starts from box 5 – the same box she won her heat last week in a fast BON time of 29.98. Just two years of age the daughter of Turanza Bale has had an enormous start to her career and her heat win showed that she has a ton of class and ability. The superstar bitch ran home in an incredible 12.34 seconds just 0.02 off the final section record.
With a career record of 20 starts she has registered 8 wins and 6 placings and over $60,000 in prizemoney. The superstar bitch hasn’t been protected and has raced in feature races and series in 4 different states including:-
- Victoria – Sandown Laurels – heat (2nd), semi (2nd) and final (5th)
- Victoria – Cranbourne Cup – heat (2nd) and final (8th)
- Victoria – Warragul Cup – heat (6th)
- Tasmania – Launceston Cup heat (1st) and final (1st plus TR)
- Victoria – Meadows Superstayers heat (2nd (2 lengths to Miata)) final (4th)
- NSW – Golden Easter Egg – heat (6th)
- Queensland – Bogie Leigh – heat (1st) final
She is an exceptionally strong chaser and if bad luck doesn’t stop her nothing will. The greyhound to beat and one to keep an eye on throughout her career. Winning chance.
Box 6 – Winsome Charlee (Where’s Pedro – Ramblin’ Ruby) Dec 2010
The John Finn trained Winsome Charlee representing NSW starts the final from box 6 after a great heat win last week in 30.39 seconds. The Golden Easter Egg runner up looked impressive last week and is developing into a quality greyhound. With a great career record of 30 starts for 11 wins and 14 placings connections will hope she can go one better in the final. She will definitely be primed for the final and with last weeks look at the track she will be better for the run and is a great each way chance. The NSW representative who will be well supported locally and interstate for the popular Finn’s.
Box 7 – Cee Eh Oh (High Earner – Suite Tahlia) Dec 2010
Lake Clarendon owner / trainer Bruce Linnan has Cee Eh Oh engaged in box 7 for the final after a good second last week behind Pearl Za Zinger in the heats. Qualifying second in the slowest heat, the black daughter of High Earner has been consistent throughout her young career. With just 13 starts registering 4 wins and 5 placings, the final will easily be her toughest test to date. She will need to begin better against this quality field and with 5 starts at the track and distance without a win she will start one of the outsiders in the final. She has won at the track over the short sprint trip but looks like the 520m is as far as she wants to go at this stage. A rough place chance and will need plenty of luck.
Box 8 – Tarks Jewel (Primo Uno – Skrat) Nov 2010
Anakie trainer Angel Langton will start former Queenslander (if you can call her that) Tarks Jewel in box 8 for the final. After a distant second to Xylia Allen in the heats, Tarks Jewel will need plenty of luck and a clear passage late to challenge these. Of interest, Tarks Jewel had her first ever race start over the 520 m at Albion Park before heading south to Victoria where she has raced with ability over her short career. On form she appears to prefer the slightly longer journey with wins and consistent racing over the 595m at Sandown and 600m at The Meadows. After her short career she has won over $16,000 in prizemoney. She will be a rough outside chance in the final.
Box 9 – Bellismo Belle (Fear Zafonic – Matisse’s Angel) April 2011
Will need plenty of luck if gains a start – rough place chance only
Box 10 – Sarah’s Spirit (Premier Chief – Kathy’s Recall) Oct 2010
From a great litter and a start would see another one from the mating qualify for another feature final. Very consistent greyhound who is improving. Rough chance.
Selections – 1. Xylia Allen, 2. Purcell Bale, 3. Celtic Diva
The Bogie Leigh Futurity Group 2 final is race 8 on the card at 9.08pm.
Brilliant bitch She’s All Class recorded a sizzling 29.72 in winning her Breeders Classic Semi-Final (515 metres) at Monday night’s LGRC meeting.
The David Crosswell prepared speedster defeated the Ricky Ponting owned Rumbling Rick by four lengths and returned the very good win dividend of $12.
By Dyna Lachlan from the wonderful producer It’s A She, She’s All Class was resuming from an injury enforced spell and has now won five of her eight starts while accumulating a purse of in excess of $8,000.
The first of Monday night’s semi-finals was won by the Rodney Walker prepared Bell Oh Moss, which led them a merry dance from the red box at odds of $6.80.
The Kiowa Sweet Trey – Marananga Moss bitch defeated Quick Advance by three lengths and was responsible for a slick 4.96 opening split.
Teddy Tom Boy, one of the highly successful Aston Galilee – Patsy Anne litter, took out the second semi-final from the Maurie Strickland kennel.
Also racing from the red box, he recorded a time of 30.24 in defeating Bain’s Lane by three lengths and returned a win dividend of $5.
The remaining semi-final was won by the classy bitch Roxy Rhythm, which recorded a time of 29.88 in defeating Willy Wag Tail from the pink box.
One of two of the High Earner – Stylish Moon litter to qualify for next week’s rich finale, she returned a win dividend of $3.10 and has now won five of 13 lifetime outings and stakes of in excess of $8,000.
Veteran Hobart mentor Mark Sutcliffe provided the surprise of the LGRC meeting when he took out the Mitsubishi Autumn Distance Medley Series Final (720 metres) with Surf Osti.
By Surf Lorian from Maria’s Conquest, he prevailed in a close finish by defeating Greysynd Merry and Paper Trail at odds of $23.00.
Sutcliffe, best known as the trainer of the former Launceston Cup winner Fisherman, has now won six of 43 outings with Surf Osti, whose future may very well be in distance events.
Meanwhile the champ Rewind recorded his 53rd victory at the NWGRC meeting on Monday afternoon and is quickly closing in on the all-time record number of wins by a Tasmanian greyhound.
Showing his customary early brilliance, the old fellow led throughout to take out the Furniture City Invitation (452 metres) in the time of 25.57.
Diminutive bitch Tiny Tilly, by Head Bound from It’s A She, showed great courage to challenge Rewind for the entire race and at the wire was still trying her heart out in second place.
LAUNCESTON VETERINARY HOSPITAL BREEDERS CLASSIC FINAL (515 metres)
TOTE RACING CENTRE MONDAY NIGHT MARCH 25
1. Willy Wag Tail (trainer Peter Dalton)
2. Teddy Tom Boy (Maurice Strickland)
3. Bain’s Lane (Richard Post)
4. She’s All Class (David Crosswell)
5. Quick Advance (Robert Grubb)
6. Rumbling Rick (Dale Hammersley)
7. Bell Oh Moss (Rodney Walker)
8. Roxy Rhythm (Robert Grubb)
9. Pipstar (Robin Grubb) 1st Emergency
10. Hindsight (Mick Stringer) 2nd Emergency
Local champ Rewind continued on his winning way at the Devonport Raceway on Tuesday afternoon when he led them a merry dance in the $5,760 Reg and Aileen Ivory Memorial Classic (452 metres).
The four-year-old has now won 52 races and accumulated stakes of in excess of $216,000 and is being compared with our greatest chasers, in fact it is believed that 56 lifetime victories would surpass any previous record.
The Maurie Strickland owned and prepared marvel flew the lids from the red box on Tuesday afternoon and was never headed, eventually defeating Fine Eagle and Martello Towers in the time of 25.53.
The late Reg and Aileen Ivory were legends of the sport in Tasmania and their memorial race is a regular feature on the NWGRC calendar.
Their kennel produced some outstanding chasers of the calibre of Tugrah Beaver, Scott James, Hindu Flame, Unique Venture and Sally’s Jim.
The Ivory’s son-in-law, NWGRC chairman Gary Sutton, made the presentation to the Bracknell based Strickland and in doing so described Rewind as one of the best chasers to have graced the arena.
In return Strickland commented that he believed that Reg Ivory was one of the best trainers he had encountered and that it was an honour to win a race named in his memory.
Meanwhile a battle royal is looming at Launceston’s Tote Racing Centre on Monday night when our best stayers lock horns in the Mitsubishi Autumn Distance Medley Final (720 metres).
It was thought that the super bitch Cheetah Zorro had a mortgage on the race, however she went down fighting behind the Doug Cassidy prepared Paper Trail in one of two preludes conducted last Monday night and the Margaret Rossendell prepared Canadian Bay was impressive in winning the other.
Monday night’s LGRC meeting will also feature the running of the Launceston Veterinary Hospital Breeders Classic Semi Finals (515 metres), which culminate in the rich final the following Monday when a first prize of $5,000 and a breeders bonus of $4,500 will be decided.
Unbelievably, Launceston breeder Robert Grubb will provide seven of the semi-final runners, all members of a High Earner – Stylish Moon litter.
Best known as the owner of 2011 Launceston Cup winner Fisherman, Grubb has been involved in greyhound racing for 40 years and along with his wife Barbara, is still actively involved.
The pair prepare three of the litter, namely Roxy Rhythm, Sing The Song and Quick Advance, from their Norwood kennels, their son Robin prepares Pipstar, Kiss Me Elvis and Stylish Abbey at St Leonards and Karoola based Dennis Turner attends to Hi Lyn.
Kiss Me Elvis recorded a slippery 29.90 in qualifying for the semi-finals last weekend, as did Yappin Jack, a member of the highly successful Aston Galilee – Patsy Anne litter and an occupant of Mick Stringer’s Mangalore kennel.
That chaser followed up with an outstanding 25.50 score in the Sally’s Jim Grade 5 (452 metres) conducted at the NWGRC meeting on Tuesday.
Stylish Abbey recorded a slightly slower 29.93, the box draws to obviously play a major part in deciding which young chasers compete for the riches the following week.
We’re going to try something a little different tonight. It’s going to be a all or nothing !!!
We are going to give you a odds on pop, In each race and the plan is to have an all up with all 5 runners. Of course you can back them individually, but they are going to be short. The best way is to have a Multi Bet, with one of our many sponsors –
Sportingbet, Luxbet, Sportsbet, Centrebet or IASbet.
Ipswich Greyhounds, Race 3 Box 6 Miss Clowntown. 7.25 pm Qld time
A 732m staying event, and Miss Clown Town, looks an easy winer in this. She’s been tripping around the country lately but is back here again after her last start over the 630 here at Ipswich. She was slow to begin last start and got caught up in traffic early. But to her credit she knuckled down and got home very well,after a tearaway leader, who run super quick time. She should get out quite cleanly here, with slow beginners all around. And prove way too good here. She can come from behind to win, or lead and win, either way, She should be winning.
Angle Park Greyhounds, Race 7 Box 2 Just Shine 9.25 pm Vic Time
Just Shine looks unbeatable here. He has been going fantastic of late and posting very quick times. He’s going to get a fantastic run behind, Five Star Knocka, who absolutely burns out of the boxes, but finds it tough in the run home. Just Shine will sit right behind him and as soon as Five Star Knocka starts to get tired, he will just whoosh straight pass him and be first past the post. Boxed to perfection and he should be winning this.
Dapto Greyhounds, Race 1 Box 1 Fast Archer, 7.29 pm Nsw time
Another shorty to keep the ball rolling with Fast Archer here. Two starts ago he stopped the clock in a very fast 29.88 after beginning very well, but still being out paced. He should lead early tonight, and as soon as this bloke finds the front it’s all over bar the shouting. The rest of the field can’t run anywhere near the time this bloke can and bad luck won’t beat this fellow.
Hobart Greyhounds, Race 9 Box 1 Rumbling Rick 10.11 pm Vic time
Ricky Pontings, super fast chaser is engaged in this, and after the blistering 29.58 he posted two starts ago at Launceston he looks near impossible to beat in this. There’s a few smart ones in this but I can’t go past this bloke. He will get a nice clear run out wide and only has to get away safely to show his burn. Forget his last start in the heat of the Launceston cup where he began slowly and found bad trouble soon after. Should have no such trouble tonight and I think the only thing we will be watching is the clock.
Sandown Greyhounds, Race 9 Box 2, Catcha Grenade 9.58 pm vic time
Well if we are going to be let down in our quest for 5 winners. Then this is the most likely one to do so. Fingers crossed, with Catcha Grenade in this super though race. We tipped this bloke last week and he completely lost his bearings around the first turn. I’m hoping he doesn’t do the same thing here tonight at Sandown. He’s going to have his work cut out to run down Kent Bale, who seemed to get a little tired,In his latest win. Kent Bale has a slick 29.66 to his credit, but I have the feeling the Darren McDonald runner can go a little quicker with the right run. It all boils down to the first corner, if Catcha Grenade, can get around the first turn he will get his chance. He will be the longest priced runner of our short favorites.
Well There you have it 5 very short runners but if we can nail all 5 with a multi bet, the reward should be great.
Best Of Luck.
$$ Another Day Another Dollar $$
Greyhound racing enthusiasts were treated to a wonderful display of sustained speed at the Tote Racing Centre last night when the outstanding bitch Xylia Allen recorded a sensational 29.09 in winning the $57,000 Group 2 A Total Car Rentals Launceston Cup (515 metres).
The winning time eclipsed the previous track record of 29.35 established by the bitch when she won her heat of the prestigious event last week.
A market wobbler out to $4.30, Xylia Allen chased hot on the heels of her kennel mate Fully Advanced, before assuming control on the home turn and streaking away from her rivals to score by seven lengths.
Fully Advanced hung on nicely to secure second prize money with Schroder Bale a further length away in third spot.
All three place getters and in fact the fourth place getter Imry Bale as well, are prepared by legendary Victorian mentor Graeme Bate.
It is believed that it is the first time that a trainer has prepared the first four home in a Group race conducted in Australia.
Bate has now won three Launceston Cups, having previously been successful in 2006 with Wongawillicath and last year with Radley Bale.
He revealed after Xylia Allen’s heat win that he considered her an “awesome greyhound”.
“She is one of the fastest I have ever trained and that is a big statement,” he said.
“However she is very big for a bitch at 31 kilograms, so she takes time to get going and invariably needs a bit of luck getting a run.”
The Launceston Cup consolation was won in good fashion by the Debbie Cannan prepared Parisette, which recorded 29.82 in defeating Cointreau Cap and Tadmore Dunoon while paying a dividend of $3.20.
Meanwhile the local champ Rewind, which was once again unlucky in finishing fourth behind Parisette, has been named the Tasmanian Greyhound of the Year.
Owned and prepared by Maurie Strickland at Bracknell, the son of Collide won 22 races and was placed ten times while competing in 36 races both in Tasmania and New South Wales.
The champ has run second in the Hobart Thousand, Tasmania’s only Group 1 event, for the past two years and can boast lifetime earnings of in excess of $209,000.
Exeter based trainer Anthony Bullock, was Tasmania’s leading trainer for the year, his kennel having been represented by 108 winners and 422 placegetters.
The leading sire was the Tony Lockett owned Where’s Pedro, whose progeny were successful on 150 occasions.
The leading matron was the Leigh Alexander owned It’s A She, a daughter of Bond, whose progeny won 80 races.
Xylia Allen smashes her own track record!!!
I thought the threat of a track record run may come from Nosey Rozy at Bulli last night, but Xylia Allen was simply breathtaking in the Launceston Cup last night.
After trailing the early lead she burst away in the straight to lower her own record she set the previuos week by more than 4 lengths, running a stunning 29.09 !!!
I’ve always had a huge opinion of this bitch and now she’s putting it all together. Xylia Allen will be a force to be reckoned with in the future.
Ipswich Greyhounds, Race 5 Box 6 Simmerly 4.17pm Qld time
Plenty of winners on today’s cards at Ipswich, but a tough day to find a little value. So we’re going to have to back a good dog off a bad box to increase the odds a little. And Simmerly looks that dog in race 5. Really honest bitch who is back from a go at the national Futurity where she finished unplaced in here heat. Should have no problems defeating this field here today. Has great early toe and is a reliable beginner. The 4 dogs drawn inside her are all slow beginners and this will allow her to jump and run. She should be a couple in front rounding the first turn. The best parts of her race are the first and second sectionals. And if she jumps and runs this race should be over passing the 600 boxes. Should easily break 31.00 and from the front that will win this. Great bet.
Gawler Greyhounds. Race 9 Box. 4 Tartuffe 3.12pm Vic Time
Very fast little bitch, who was one of the favorites in the S.A sprint Championship heats. But seems to race best when her confidence is up. Has poor form of late but this looks a race for her to regain her confidence. Am I’m guessing Her trainer Karen Bearpark has brought her he for exactly that. A confidence boost. She’s quite capable of running very slick time having allready won at Angle Park in 29.84. Has only a slow 31.27 here after 8 attempts, but theirs no doubt she can go alot quicker.
Is drawn in the middle here and theirs very little speed around her. The straighter start here at Gawler will suit and allow her to muster. If she can jump and muster from the get go she looks mighty hard to beat in this. Big Chance.
Devonport Greyhounds. Race 2 Box 8 Silent Giggle. 1.04pm Nsw time.
A 580m heat of the distance Championship here and Silent Giggle looks a great chance having drawn well here. Very versatile bitch who has no problems mixing here distances week in week out. Is the winner of 18 races and looks set to rack up win number 19 here. Should jump and sit out wide here on the track and as long as they dont skip too far away early she should be finishing off her race very hard. She needs to head a couple of her rivals early but if she does she looks a great chance in this.
Lismore Greyhounds. Race 4 Box 6. Bralyn Sharkie, 7.41pm Nsw time
Local trainer Bop Bop, (Brad Northfield) rugs up his first starter here, and the son of Collision is coming of a great performance trial of 30.35 for the 520m distance. And theirs no doubt a repeat of that performance will easily win this. Has come up with box 6, which makes it very hard. But Brads young dogs are going really well at Lismore and I’m hoping this bloke can continue that trend. His main danger looks to be the well drawn Last Mail. Who looks as if the extra distance will suit. Last Mail and Bralyn Sharkie look set to fight this one out.
Gosford Greyhounds, Race 6 Box 1 El Grover 8.39pm Nsw time
Tough 600m race here tonight with 3 genuine winning chances. I like to select dogs from good boxes however a couple of runners are perfectly boxed in this. I’m going to go with El Grover he’s the class runner of the field and is coming of a great Second 3 starts back from a wide box over 600 at Dapto. Where he chased gamely all the way.Has no trouble running out the 600 and from the inside looks as if he will boot up early and take running down. Only needs Bit Elite or Star Sapphire to make a little mistake, or cop a little check in running to run away with this. Great chance from the inside and looks a super winning chance. Boots up hits the lead and wins. Great chance.
Warragul Greyhounds. Race 11 Box 2 Frame. 10.09pm Vic time
Another shorty here tonight to end the night at Warragul, but it’s the one I like the most here tonight. Frame has been a bit hit and miss lately. And if that run continues it suggest she wins this. Has good early toe and should be able to hold a forward spot early on. If she can do this and balance up she will be mighty hard to beat. Penny Allen loos the main danger here but I’m hoping Frame is able to lead Penny early on and if she can she should be too strong in the run home for Penny Allen. Has a great winning record and generally wins or runs nowhere. If they head her early she may turn it up, so win bet only for this girl, although there’s very little in the race.
Best of luck
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Tonight’s Feature comes to us from the Apple Isle, for the running of the 2013 Launceston Cup and Graeme Bate rugs up five of the 8 runners.
Bate’s runners are likely to start at the head of betting and he and the Wheeler’s look to have yet again, another Feature race firm within their grasp.
Xylia Allen looks the hardest to beat after scorching around the track last week lowering the track record to 29.35 and leaving local champ Rewind in her wake, wondering what he was chasing.
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Albion Park Greyhounds. Race 10 Box 1 Webster 9.46pm Qld time
Tony Brett returns to the creek tonight, after Champion Glen Gallon ran an unlucky 4th in the Perth cup. However it looks like Tony will have a Cheer me up here in the last with Webster, looks very hard to beat in this event tonight. Meets a ordinary bunch and only needs to navigate his way around the first turn to win this. Was working his way into the race last week before getting chopped out. Has the ability to jump lead and win. Or come from behind to win. Either way he should win. Great bet..
Angle Park Greyhounds. Race 5 Box 4 Betsy Allen. 7.55pm NSW time
Tonight’s Angle Park tip is STRICTLY A Place Bet only. Abdon Bale looks set to score here but Betsy looks a huge place chance.
She has great early speed and looks as if she can set the early tempo here. Really really moody bitch that needs to get clear early room and her own way. If she can get out and get into clear room she certainly has the ability to win.However she’s been struggling to do so but with slow beginners all around she should get a great chance tonight. If she jumps and leads theirs no doubt she runs a place. Great Place Bet Only.
Bulli Greyhounds Race 6 Box 1 Nosey Rozy. 8.53pm NSW time
Nosey Rozy looks as if she’ll start unbackable odds and should easily account for these. Ran a very fast 26.38 here last week placing. And rumour has it she has trialled much quicker. My tip here is not to Back her but simply get set to watch an incredibly fast bitch go around and maybe enen lower the track record. It will be greyhound racing at its best showcasing a super young bitch who looks to have a huge future ahead of her. Can’t wait!!
Launceston Greyhounds. Race 5. Box 3. Scrawny 9.04pm Vic time
A division 1 race is run here tonight. And I’m not sure what that means. But I’m guessing its similar to Victoria’s Tier 3 racing. And unfortunately it’s gotta be one of the worst fields I’ve seen on a Monday night here ever. Shocking field and without Scrawny it would be a close your eyes and hope job. However, Scrawny looks set to bring up win number 4 here. Has great strength in the second half of her races and only needs to possie up mid field here to run right away with this. But the fields that ordinary I would not be surprised to see her lead all the way. Shocking race but she’s been going ok and looks the outright winner here. Her or nothing!!!
Shepparton Greyhounds Race 8 Box 2 Casey Jones. 9.32pm Vic time
Casey ran a fantastic race last start leading all the way over 650 at Warnambool. And I see no reason why he cannot do the same again here tonight. Has his work cut out here having to deal with Lollipop Bling, but if he’s able to head her off early he looks mighty hard to beat. Has no issue With the distance but does need to lead this field here tonight to win. Great chance and you’ll know your fate when they jump. Rapid Tide looks a great rough show in this, got home unbelievable well a few starts back to win. And if the top two find trouble this bloke may be the knockout chance.
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Champion trainer Graeme Bate has qualified five of his kennel for the $57,000 A Total Car Rentals Launceston Cup (515 metres) to be conducted at the Tote Racing Centre on Monday night.
Members of his team contested seven of last night’s heats, with only Joshua and Irma Bale failing to progress to the rich final.
The trainer will be represented by Xylia Allen, Schroder Bale, Fully Advanced, Xenos Bale and Imry Bale and fellow interstate trainer Peter Hunt has qualified Pop’s Max.
Continue reading Bate’s Launceston Cup Bonanza
Outstanding chasers Irma Bale and Rewind head nominations for the rich A Total Car Rentals Launceston Cup Series (515 metres) which commences at the Tote Racing Centre on Monday night.
Eight heats of the prestigious event will be conducted, with the winners progressing to the final the following Monday night.
A National Group 2 event, the Launceston Cup carries prize money of $40,000 to the winner, $9,600 to the second place getter, $4,500 to the third place getter, $1,000 to the fourth place getter and then $500 to all unplaced runners.
Continue reading Irma Bale And Rewind Head Launceston Cup Nominations
Local champ Rewind ($2.30) failed in his bid to create Devonport Cup history on Tuesday, however he was gallant in defeat and took many lengths off the eventual winner Allen Benji ($3.70) in the run home.
While the Graeme Bate prepared Allen Benji found the premier position mid-race after a brilliant beginning from the green box, Rewind encountered a traffic jam, but then powered home to run second, beaten seven lengths in the time of 25.60.
Outsider Shanlyn Peanut ($55), an occupant of Graeme Moate’s Moonah kennel, also ran home strongly to finish in third placing.
Continue reading Rewind Fails But Gallant In Defeat
Tassie champ Rewind, which was impressive in winning his heat of the time honoured Hobart Thousand (461 metres) from the blue box, has drawn the box again in Thursday night’s $75,000 to the winner finale.
The Bracknell owned and prepared son of Collide recorded a time of 26.22 in comfortably winning his heat, but will have to be at his very best if he is to prevail in Thursday night’s star-studded final.
Last year the Maurie Strickland prepared chaser finished a luckless second to the Victorian chaser Dyna Tron in Tasmania’s premier greyhound racing event and he will carry the hopes of all Tasmanians, in what will almost certainly be his last chance at Hobart Thousand glory.
Continue reading Rewind Draws The Blue Box Again In Hobart Thousand Final
Old stager Fisherman (Where’s Pedro – Stylish Dotty) proved that he is not yet ready for retirement with a slashing victory in the Rapidvite. Com Invitation (452 metres) conducted at the Devonport Raceway on Tuesday afternoon.
Whelped in January 2007, the Mark Sutcliffe prepared chaser has now won 34 of 113 lifetime outings with earnings approaching the magical $100,000 mark.
Fisherman began nicely from the pink box and clashed with race favourite Quarter Hitch (Hallucinate – Go Girls) early in proceedings, but then took up the running and hung on to score in the time of 26.21 and paying a dividend of $7.10.
Veteran trainer Sutcliffe is pleased to report that the chaser has recovered nicely from the run and will be seen going around again in the very near future.
“We decided to retire Fisherman several months ago, but he is his own worst enemy when turned out in a yard and is inclined to injure himself by careering around,” he explained on Wednesday.
“I have built him a nice retirement penthouse, but at this stage he is still enjoying racing and as keen as ever, so we have put retirement on hold for the time being.”
Fisherman’s big payday came in last year when he surprised everyone by winning the prestigious Launceston Cup as the outsider of the field.
“He doubled his earnings that night despite the fact that almost everyone said that at four years of age he was too old and just to prove them wrong he has won six or seven since,” Sutcliffe explained.
The trainer is assisted in his endeavours by his wife Shirley and over the years the pair have proven to be a formidable combination.
Meanwhile another veteran of the sport in Bracknell trainer Maurie Strickland, was also seen in the winners circle at Tuesday’s NWGRC meeting.
The ace trainer prepared former Queensland chaser Bubble Gump ( Big Daddy Cool – Jasper’s Oceania) to take out the Simon’s Design Centtre Maiden (452 metres) at his 12th Tasmanian outing.
The chaser ran on strongly to score by seven lengths in the time of 26.07, paying the handsome dividend of $8.20.
Strickland will be glued to the TV on Saturday night when his kennel standout Rewind ( Collide – Ricky’s Angel) contests the $25,000 Ambrosoli to be conducted at Wentworth Park.
Rewind, the winner of 31 of 51 lifetime outings and stakes of in excess of $144,000, has drawn the red box and according to Strickland will give a good account of himself.
“Terry Penny took Rewind to Sydney for me and reported that he was off colour for a few days, but I believe that he is now spot on and will give a great sight,” he revealed.
Unfortunately for Penny, Rewind’s litter sister Miss Roman Nose, which also travelled north to contest the Golden Easter Egg Series, is believed to have broken a hock and will most likely be retired to stud.
Great fields, good track, but nobody came. The top quality Horsham Cup heats last Tuesday, on one of Australia’s best tracks, turned out to be a financial horror. The main reason is quite clear; they shifted it from its customary twilight slot to night time and so everyone went home. On top of that, promotion in general was hard to find.
Horsham has been running for yonks in the 4pm to 7pm period but this week the club operated from 6:48 pm to 10:27 pm. GRV is prone to shift major provincial meetings away from their normal times to a seemingly better day or time of day. But it never works.
Takings were disastrous. Win betting in NSW averaged $7,850 per race. The four maidens on the 12-race program did almost as well as the seven Cup heats or a popular 5th grade final from the previous week. Compare that with the previous week’s twilight average of $17,115 and you get a drop of 54%. More amazingly, that previous week comprised all maiden races, with one exception, and every one of those races featured unraced dogs.
Continue reading Good Intentions Often Don’t Work Out
The best referees and umpires are the ones you never notice. The best tracks are the ones that let the dogs do their own thing. Another maxim of greyhound racing is that whenever two dogs are competing closely they will never run the time they would achieve on their own.
It’s necessary to write about the Temlee, last Saturday’s Group 1 sprint at The Meadows, mostly because of the nonsense that has been written elsewhere. The “best race ever seen”, it has been called; Radley Bale was “incredible” and showed “pure courage”.
This is fairytale stuff. The facts are that it was an ordinary race run by good dogs at an ordinary track.
Continue reading The Temlee Proves A Point
Four year-old star Radley Bale become the third highest prizemoney earner in Australian history after a sensational last stride victory in the Group 1 Macro Meats Temlee over 525 metres at The Meadows on Saturday night.
The son of Big Daddy Cool and Minkara Bale showed his amazing will to win, running down noted powerhouse chasers Mystic Apple and Glen Gallon to win his second Group race in five days, pushing his prizemoney to $570,528 – less than $40,000 behind Australia’s leading prizemoney champion High Earner.
In an amazing sign of longevity, Radley Bale lined up for his 98th race start on Saturday, in a career spanning well over two years. His latest 30.16 win was one of the best of his career, according to master traine Graeme Bate.
Continue reading Radley Bale Wins Temlee & Takes Career Prizemoney To Over $570,000
Everybody in greyhounds knows it – breeders, trainers, genuine punters, even stewards. Hard chasing has to be the top of the list of critical characteristics for a successful greyhound. Only then is it worthwhile seeing if the dog is fast. Get both and you are on your way.
A stark reminder of these qualities came when reading an item by David Brasch in greyhoundqldmagazine.com. In part it read:
“(Lee) took Flash Hero to Casino for a trial one Monday morning in September last year and while hosing him down, Flash Hero broke free and did two extra laps of the track. The next day he had severe acidosis.
“He spent ages in the vet surgery and at one time his kidneys shut down and we never thought he would get back to the track,” said Lee. “I suppose it was more an experiment by the vet clinic to see if they could save him.”
The two “R’s”, Radley Bale and Rewind, dominated proceedings at the Tote Racing Centre on Monday night and are now being set for bigger and better things.
The Victorian champ Radley Bale ran his rivals ragged in the $57,000 Tasracing Group 2 Launceston Cup and will now contest the Group 1 Temlee to be conducted at The Meadows on Saturday night and then the Australian Cup heats.
The Tassie champ Rewind, who won the Launceston Cup Consolation, may be given a chance to take on the best in the land in the Golden Easter Egg to be conducted at Wentworth Park.
Continue reading The Two “R’s” Steal The Tote Racing Centre Show
Duo Dyna Tron and Radley Bale – owned by the Wheeler family – will push their prizemoney to over $500,000 if either is victorious in the Group 1 Macro Meats Temlee over 525 metres at The Meadows this Saturday night.
Currently, only four greyhounds have managed to crack the half million dollar mark (High Earner, El Grand Senor, Rapid Journey and El Galo) in Australia, a number likely to change over the three-week Australian Cup Carnival at The Meadows.
Radley Bale – trained by Graeme Bate – is less than $6000 away from the magical mark after taking out the Group 2 Launceston Cup on Monday night. The son of Big Daddy Cool and Minkara Bale has drawn favourably in box two in Saturday’s Group 1 invitation-only event, lining up for his 98th race start.
Continue reading Dyna Tron & Radley Bale Duo Aiming For Half A Million In Prizemoney In Group 1 Temlee
The Launceston Greyhound Racing Club in conjunction with Tasracing hosted the Launceston Cup and Greyhound Awards Presentation Dinner at The TOTE Racing Centre on Saturday Night 11 February 2012.
At the function to announce the winners attended by some 200 guests, Rewind was named The TOTE 2011 Tasmanian Greyhound of the Year.
Rewind, owned and trained by Morrie Strickland of Bracknell, won the award after winning 22 races and being placed 11 times from his 38 starts across Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales during the year.
Other award winners announced were:
- Leading Trainer – Anthony Bullock (85 winners for the year)
- Leading Owner – Ted Astbury (46 wins during the year)
- Most Consistent Greyhound – Damek (20 wins, 2 seconds and 1 third in Tasmania in 2011)
- Leading Broodbitch – Ricky’s Angel (Owned by Ricky Ponting) (Ricky’s Angel’s progeny won 57 races during 2011)
- Leading Sire – Where’s Pedro (Owned by Tony Lockett in New South Wales) (Where’s Pedro’s progeny won 179 races in Tasmania during 2011)
Tasracing’s Chief Executive Officer, Gary Lottering, paid tribute to the industry on its success through 2011 and congratulated the award winners on their achievements.
Classy Victorian chaser Radley Bale has been installed favourite in early markets on the $57,000 Tasracing Launceston Cup (515 metres) to be conducted at the Tote Racing Centre on Monday night.
The only Graeme Bate prepared chaser to make it through to the rich final, Radley Bale will run from the white box and is being quoted at $2.
On Monday night the son of Big Daddy Cool recorded the time of 29.91 in winning his heat from the blue box and no doubt will be improved by the experience.
Continue reading Radley Bale Early Favourite For 2012 Launceston Cup Final