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 â€śawesome greyhoundâ€ť.
â€śShe is one of the fastest I have ever trained and that is a big statement,â€ť he said.
â€śHowever 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.â€ť
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.
Fixed odds are available on tonight’s Launceston Cup and it appears to be quite open. So if you like something don’t hesitate to back it with one of our many sponsors – Luxbet, Centerbet, Sportingbet or Sportsbet. All of which will offer fixed odds.
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 â€“ 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 â€“ 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.
â€śWe 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,â€ť he explained on Wednesday.
â€śI 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.â€ť
Fisherman’s big payday came in last year when he surprised everyone by winning the prestigious Launceston Cup as the outsider of the field.
â€śHe 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,â€ť 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 â€“ 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 â€“ 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.
â€śTerry 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,â€ť 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 Australiaâ€™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 weekâ€™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.
Itâ€™s necessary to write about the Temlee, last Saturdayâ€™s Group 1 sprint at The Meadows, mostly because of the nonsense that has been written elsewhere. The â€śbest race ever seenâ€ť, it has been called; Radley Bale was â€śincredibleâ€ť and showed â€śpure courageâ€ť.
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 â€“ less than $40,000 behind Australiaâ€™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 â€“ 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:
â€ś(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 â€śR’sâ€ť, 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 â€śR’sâ€ť Steal The Tote Racing Centre Show
Duo Dyna Tron and Radley Bale â€“ 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 â€“ trained by Graeme Bate â€“ 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 Saturdayâ€™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 â€“ Anthony Bullock (85 winners for the year)
- Leading Owner â€“ Ted Astbury (46 wins during the year)
- Most Consistent Greyhound â€“ Damek (20 wins, 2 seconds and 1 third in Tasmania in 2011)
- Leading Broodbitch â€“ Rickyâ€™s Angel (Owned by Ricky Ponting) (Rickyâ€™s Angelâ€™s progeny won 57 races during 2011)
- Leading Sire â€“ Whereâ€™s Pedro (Owned by Tony Lockett in New South Wales) (Whereâ€™s Pedroâ€™s progeny won 179 races in Tasmania during 2011)
Tasracingâ€™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
Greyhound Box Draw For Launceston – Monday 13th February 2012
1st: $1,325 2nd: $380 3rd: $190 Unplaced: $70.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $380 3rd: $190 Unplaced: $70.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $380 3rd: $190 Unplaced: $70.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $380 3rd: $190 Unplaced: $70.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $380 3rd: $190 Unplaced: $70.
1st: $3,070 2nd: $875 3rd: $435 Unplaced: $105.
1st: $1,570 2nd: $450 3rd: $225 Unplaced: $70.
1st: $40,000 2nd: $9,600 3rd: $4,500 Unplaced: $1,000.
1st: $1,375 2nd: $395 3rd: $195 Unplaced: $70.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $380 3rd: $190 Unplaced: $70.
The powerful Graeme Bate kennel will be represented by five runners in heats of the $40,000 to the winner Tasracing Launceston Cup ( 515 metres) to be conducted at the Tote Racing Centre on Monday night.
The winners of the eight heats will graduate to the rich final the following Monday night March 13.
The master trainer will box Radley Bale, Shereen Bale, Tonneli Bale, David Bale and Carol Anne in what promises to be a spectacular night’s racing.
Continue reading Bate Kennel Out In Force In Launceston Cup Heats
NWGRC chairman Gary Sutton declared outstanding chaser Rewind a champion following his victory in yesterday’s $35,700 Dowling and McCarthy Devonport Cup (452 metres).
When presenting the trophy for the rich event to veteran Bracknell owner-trainer Maurie Strickland, Sutton said â€śI believe that Rewind deserves to be called a champion after today’s effort.â€ť
Few would disagree – the son of Collide was at his brilliant best on the day and recorded a sizzling 25.31 in defeating Victorian chaser Classic Maldini and Portrait Ignites as a well supported $1.70 commodity.
Continue reading Sutton Labels Rewind A Champion After Devonport Cup Win
Veteran trainer Maurie Strickland, who has been involved in greyhound racing for 56 years, cannot remember if he has previously had a starter in the time honoured Hobart Thousand or not.
â€śI may have qualified the good bitch Bookies Regret for the final many years ago, I am not sure â€“ but one thing I am sure of is, I have never won the race,â€ť he declared on Monday.
Maurie has qualified the very smart Rewind (Collide â€“ Ricky’s Angel) for this year’s prestigious race and has an undeniable chance of taking home the major portion of the prize from the black box.
â€śI said I wanted to draw either the black or the pink, so I can’t complain â€“ all I have to do now is keep Rewind on song and I believe he will give a very good account of himself,â€ť he explained.
The winner of 26 of 41 lifetime outings and stakes of in excess of $92,000, Rewind was equal fastest qualifier for the Hobart Thousand with the outstanding Victorian chaser Dyna Tron (Collision â€“ Gold Rush Bale).
Both chasers recorded the time of 25.78 in winning their respective heats, only marginally outside the track standard for the 461 metre trip of 25.71, established in July by the Mick Stringer prepared Bergermeister ( Bit Chili â€“ She Be Nimble).
The Mangalore based Stringer is no stranger to Hobart Thousand success, having won the event in 2008 with Little Spaniard ( Firefly Boy â€“ Barcelona Babe).
Bergermeister has drawn the coveted red box on Thursday night, with the Andrea Dailly prepared Dyna Tron alongside him in the check.
Another Tasmanian trainer to have previously enjoyed success in the Hobart Thousand is Ted Medhurst, also domiciled at Mangalore, who was successful in 2004 with the Barry Heawood prepared Regent Thunder (Lilli Pilli Lad â€“ Magic Alarm).
Medhurst will be represented this year by Sandbanker (Collision â€“ Baretta Betty), which will be one of the outsiders of the field from the yellow box.
The Tea Tree based Heawood, a prolific breeder and devout greyhound racing enthusiast, will once again be the only bookmaker fielding on what is the biggest night on the Tasmanian calendar.
But back to veteran trainer Strickland, who prepares his team in the shadows of the Western Tiers on the outskirts of the quaint Northern town of Bracknell.
Despite achieving great success throughout his career with the likes of former champion hurdler Golden Unicorn, a major event has to date escaped him.
â€śI ran second in the Launceston Cup with Society Friend, but that’s about as close as I have been to winning a big race, so here’s hoping,â€ť he said.
Dyna Tron, which has been racing recently with success against the best in the land is obviously the one to beat and will most likely be a hot favourite, but the majority of Tasmanians will be hoping that this time Maurie Strickland will have his way.
$100,000 ACELAND HOBART THOUSAND FINAL
(461 METRES) RUN THURSDAY NIGHT DECMBER 15
2. DYNA TRON
3. CLYDE’S ANGEL
4. GALTEE AGAIN
6. DYNA BERT
8. DYNA BALE
9. RADLEY BALE
10. PORTRAIT IGNITES
After a night of spectacular greyhound racing when eight heats of the keenly contested Group 1 Hobart 1000 took centre stage over the 461 metres at Hobartâ€™s Tattersallâ€™s Park.
We once again look forward to next Thursday nightâ€™s rich final sponsored by Aceland Stud, when one of the brilliant sprinters that have qualified will take home a cheque for $75,000.
The home town Hobart record holder Bergermeister was impressive when winning in 26.05. With the locals delighted to have five of the finalists Rewind a greyhound that has raced with success in Victoria ran the equal quickest of the night a sizzling 25.78 with sections of 5.04 and 10.97.
Continue reading Super Field For Another Classic Hobart Thousand Final
Following a run of outs, smart bitch Ella Lucy (Collide â€“ Copper Delight) has struck a purple patch of form, winning three Invitation events at the Tote Racing Centre in recent weeks in brilliant fashion.
The bitch has now won 17 of 58 lifetime starts while accumulating a purse of slightly in excess of $37,000.
â€śElla Lucy dropped a monkey muscle and lost confidence for a while and it didn’t help that she was chasing Damek home either,â€ť owner-trainer Butch Deverell explained this week.
Continue reading Ella Lucy Strikes A Purple Patch
Greyhound racing betting tips for Thursday 24th February 2011 with racing from Warragul greyhounds (Victoria), Grafton greyhounds (NSW) , Bendigo greyhounds (Victoria), Sandown greyhounds (Victoria), Dapto greyhounds (New South Wales), Maitland greyhounds (New South Wales), Albion Park greyhounds (Queensland), Hobart greyhounds (Tasmania), Angle Park greyhounds (South Australia), and Mandurah greyhounds (West Australia).
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Veteran greyhound racing participants Robert Grubb (82) and Mark Sutcliffe (81) combined to provide one of the biggest upsets in recent times when track specialist Fisherman led throughout to take out Monday nights $57,000 Country Club 2011 Launceston Cup.
Drawn in the white box, the son of Where’s Pedro flew the lids to establish a clear lead and in doing so was able to avoid early scrimmages, before scoring an emphatic victory as a despised $25 outsider.
In winning Northern Tasmania’s most prestigious greyhound racing event, Fisherman enhanced his Tote Racing Centre record to 15 wins from 30 starts at the venue and increased his lifetime earnings to in excess of $83,000.
Continue reading Fisherman Leads All The Way For Greyhound Racing Veterans
The Launceston Greyhound Racing Club in conjunction with Tasracing hosted the Country Club Tasmania Launceston Cup and Tasracingâ€™s Greyhound Awards Presentation Dinner at The TOTE Racing Centre on Saturday Night 12 February 2011.
At the function to announce the winners attended by 200 guests, Damek was named the 2010 Tasmanian Greyhound of the Year.
Damek, owned by Peter Phillips of Copping and trained by Eileen Thomas of Invermay, won the award after winning 23 races from his 25 Tasmanian starts during the year.
Continue reading Damek Named Tasmanian Greyhound Of The Year 2010
Greyhound racing betting tips for Thursday 10th February 2011 with racing from Warragul greyhounds (Victoria), Grafton greyhounds (NSW) , Bendigo greyhounds (Victoria), Sandown greyhounds (Victoria), Dapto greyhounds (New South Wales), Maitland greyhounds (New South Wales), Albion Park greyhounds (Queensland), Hobart greyhounds (Tasmania), Angle Park greyhounds (South Australia), and Mandurah greyhounds (West Australia).
The highlight of todays greyhound racing is the heats of the Vic Breeders maiden series at Sandown, which usually unearths a handful of city class chasers. Sandown also showcase a few lower class city grade greyhounds with 5th grade heats. Maitland greyhounds have the final of their 5th grade Show Time Cup with some good racing from the heats last week, and Albion Park have the annual running of the Surf Life Saving Clubs Trophy. Angle Park have the final of the Breeders Prelude for SA bred greyhounds only.
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Exeter trainer Anthony Bullock is more than happy that outstanding bitch Posh Di has drawn the check box in the $57,000 Group 2 Country Club Tasmania 2011 Launceston Cup Final to be conducted at the Tote Racing Centre on Monday night.
â€śThat is really where she needs to be to have a winning chance, a lot depends on what the dog in the red box does when the lids fly, but I am confident that she will be there at the finish,â€ť he declared on Thursday.
Bullock is full of praise for the daughter of Bombastic Shiraz, which is raced by prominent Burnie owner-breeder Allan Clark, a former chairman of the North West Greyhound Racing Club.
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Despite having won impressively at the Tote Racing Centre on Monday night, the Gary Johnson prepared chaser Mushy Peas will not contest next week’s Launceston Cup heats.
â€śHe has a niggling injury and is not suited by the tight circuit, in fact it was his first win at the venue, so I will be contesting Invitations at the Devonport Raceway and Tattersalls Park with him rather than taking him back to the Tote Racing Centre so soon,â€ť the trainer revealed on Tuesday.
Heavily supported into odds of $2.30, Mushy Peas blitzed a smart field by seven lengths on Monday night to take out the Tote Speed Betting Grade 5 event in the time of 30.11.
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Master Penguin trainer Butch Deverell has unearthed some outstanding chasers over the years and the flying Eagle Eye is no exception.
At the Tote Racing Centre on Monday night the rising four-year-old continued on his winning way by taking out the Jet Pats Animal Transport Invitation as a well supported $2.80 commodity.
By Bond from the proven producer Copper Delight, Eagle Eye has now won 39 of 123 lifetime outings while accumulating a purse of in excess of $90,000 and his career is far from over.
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Champion trainer Ted Medhurst has completed a three-year term of disqualification and was back at the sports on Tuesday afternoon at the North West Greyhound Club’s Devonport Raceway meeting.
Unfortunately the fairy-tale return did not eventuate when Ted’s only runner Left Seattle, failed to run down tearaway leader Classic Crime in the Simon’s Carpet One Juvenile.
The son of Big Daddy Cool went around as a heavily supported $2.60 favourite, but was shuffled back into the field early, before taking ground off Classic Crime in the run home.
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