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 bettingfor 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).
Members of Australian Greyhound Racing Club are eligible for exclusive benefits, including a special best of all three totes offer from Iasbet, for any greyhound owner or trainer who is a member of the club. This is similar to what thoroughbred owners benefits they have been offered for some time.
If you are interested in this offer, you just need to join our club and the offer will be sent in your welcome email. You can join by clicking on the email icon in top right of the menu bar or the “join club” panel in the top right of the sidebar on the home page.
Continue reading Greyhound Racing Tips For Thursday 24th February 2011
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 bettingfor 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.
Members of Australian Greyhound Racing Club are eligible for exclusive benefits, including a special best of all three totes offer from Iasbet, for any greyhound owner or trainer who is a member of the club. This is similar to what thoroughbred owners benefits they have been offered for some time. If you are interested in this offer, you just need to join our club and the offer will be sent in your welcome email. You can join by clicking on the email icon in top right of the menu bar or the “join club” panel in the top right of the sidebar on the home page.
Continue reading Greyhound Racing Tips For Thursday 10th February 2011
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.
Continue reading Bullock Gives Posh Di A Great Chance In Launceston Cup Final
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.
Continue reading No Launceston Cup Run For Mushy Peas
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.
Continue reading Eagle Eye Swoops Again
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.
Continue reading Tasmanian Greyhounds Welcome Back Ted Medhurst
The Hobart Thousand was the brainchild of M.A. (Arthur) Morgan, widely regarded both in Tasmania and on the mainland as one of the founding fathers of greyhound racing in Tasmania, and one of the greatest administrators the sport has seen. It remains the longest running Classic event on the Australian greyhound-racing calendar.
Greyhound racing commenced in Hobart at the T.C.A. ground on January 30th 1935, Morgan and his original committee established the Hobart Cup as the Classic race of the year and it was run on February 2nd that year. The winner Elwick Boy collected 20 pounds for his owner S. Burton.
Morgan in his great desire to establish Hobart as the leading greyhound track in Australia, saw the Hobart Cup as the way to achieve this. The race was advertised as the Hobart Thousand in 1939 with a first prize of an Australian record 500 pounds.
Continue reading The History Of The Hobart 1000
Feature racing returned to Devonport this week with the finals of the Tasmanian Country Oaks and Country Derby being run Tuesday afternoon.
The Oaks final was the first to go, with the Debbie Cannan trained Sultanâ€™s Swing ($2.50) vying for favouritism along with the well-performed Perfect Socks ($3.50). Considering the awkward draws for both greyhounds, Anthony Bullockâ€™s brigade consisting of Posh Di ($9.00), Posh Emma ($5.50) and the in-form Kialdu Anna ($13.00) were all given genuine chances.
But once the lids opened, Sultanâ€™s Swing was the only dog worthy of being on, as she sped away in front and set up an a handy break off the back, ahead of Perfect Socks. The outsider of the field, Tiu Jet ($36.00), was making things awkward for those doing the chasing, as she positioned forward early but then weakened, allowing Posh Di to fire up to second. But it was all too late, as Sultanâ€™s Swing was off and gone, hitting the line with four lengths to spare. Posh Di was a clear second with Perfect Socks and Kialdu Anna finishing third and fourth.
Continue reading Country Oaks & Derby Become One Act Affairs