Group racing headed to Far North Queensland on Tuesday night at Townsville, with six heats of the Group Three Townsville Cup over the 498m distance. The heats featured dogs trained by top-class trainers Tony Brett and Robert Britton and also featured plenty of city winning greyhounds.
The six heat winners and two fastest seconds will contest the final on August 26, 2014. The final is worth $25,000 to the winner.
Yogi Blue (1) was clearly the class dog in the first heat, being the only FFA graded dog in the field. He had the perfect draw and duly saluted for trainer Peter O’Reilly. Pace Ventura (6) shot out of the boxes and was six lengths clear down the back straight. Yogi Blue was handy in second and overcame the weakening Pace Ventura down the home straight to draw away for a half-length victory in 28.79. Third place-getter was the fast-finishing Lilly Bellebird (7).
It was Yogi Blue’s first start at the track and the Cool Effort and Opal Assassin (Whisky Assassin – Zane’s Girl) dog has an overall career record of 22 wins from 72 starts. He is already a Group One finalist and is a city winner at Albion Park and Wentworth Park and will be considered one of the main chances in the final.
The Robert Britton trained Farmor Las Vegas (4) was the favourite in the second heat but the Victorian trained chaser almost didn’t make it to the track with kennel-hand Peter Riley stating earlier in the day “just the one racing tonight with Steve and Farmor Las Vegas hopefully making it in time for the Townsville Cup Heats tonight – next time the Boss tells the transporters the connection is too close, they will listen!” Despite this, all turned out well as Farmor Las Vegas made it to Townsville and took out the second heat in a tough chasing display in 28.92.
The Knocka Norris and Farmor Cee You (Black Enforcer – Farmor Zippy) dog was squeezed out of the race early and had to settle for fourth down the back straight. Wild Roses (7) was setting the pace out front with Zabini (1) and Tejay’s Grand (2) in hot pursuit. Farmor Las Vegas, who had been to the track on two previous occasions stuck to the rail and was able to run down the three greyhounds in front of him to win by a length over Webster (8), who put in an eye-catching run after being back in the pack for much of the race. Tejay’s Grand filled the minors.
Farmor Las Vegas has now won two at Townsville with a personal best of 28.73. He is the winner of the 2013 Silver Bullet at The Meadows and he has made multiple Group race finals in his career. This is another to add to his resume.
Tony Brett’s charge Chant (8) was considered the main chance in the third heat but he wasn’t able to handle the wide draw at his first look at the track and could only manage fourth. Cawbourne Hazard (1) emerged the leader after the first few strides but he couldn’t hang onto that lead down the home straight with $10 chance Glamour Row (5) finishing too strongly to win by three quarters of a length in 29.18. It was an exciting finish as Gumlow Star (6) just got past Cawbourne Hazard to take second spot.
It was Glamour Row’s first race start at the track. The Go Wild Teddy and Rose Chalice (Surf Lorian – Glass Placard) bitch is trained by Peter Simpson and has now won 18 races.
Cyndie’s Special (5) and Fred Sealey (6) didn’t have the best draws but they featured heavily in the fourth heat. In fact, Fred Sealey had never won from box six but he changed that statistic by reeling in Cyndie’s Special in the closing stages of the race to win by an increasing two length margin in 28.97. Both greyhounds were having their first look at the track under race conditions and Fred Sealey handled it just that little bit better than Cyndie’s Special. Fearless Ruler (2) was the only other chaser in the field to stay in touch with the two front-runners and was able to secure third place.
Fred Sealey has won 13 career races from 49 starts and the Made To Size and Charming Molly (Whisky Assassin – Oreo) chaser is trained by Amy O’Reilly.
Post Box (6) gave the locals something to cheer about when he ran down the Tony Brett trained Exhibitionist (1) to snare a win by the barest of margins in 28.91. It was a huge finish by Post Box who was back in the field early and had to use plenty of the track. Road Warrior (8) unleashed an equally impressive finish to claim third prize. Exhibitionist finished second and may have done enough to qualify for next week’s final.
Post Box, trained by Michael Hickmott, is a black dog by Fear Zafonic and You Can Too (Brett Lee – Jeanie’s Queen). He has now won seven from nine at the track and he has a best time of 28.84.
Are Ate (2) finished off the heats in style, winning by the proverbial country mile in the fastest heat time of 28.67. He led from go to whoa and really staked his claim for the final next week with a strong run home that broke 15 seconds.
Are Ate, the 2014 Group Two Devonport Cup winner and 2014 Group Two Ipswich Auction winner, was vying for favouritism with Bill’s Fantasy (5). Bill’s Fantasy bombed the start and with that, lost all chance of challenging Are Ate and could only manage third. Cool Sprite (1) was the runner up.
Are Ate was having his first start at Townsville and the Lochinvar Marlow and Long Long Mama (Vesuvio – Eyre Intent) dog has now won 22 races for trainer Rachel Scott.
The finalists for next week will be – Yogi Blue (Peter O’Reilly), Farmor Las Vegas (Robert Britton), Glamour Row (Peter Simpson), Fred Sealey (Amy O’Reilly), Post Box (Michael Hickmott), Are Ate, (Rachel Scott), Pace Ventura (Peter Simpson) and Exhibitionist (Tony Brett).
Tara Princess won the inaugural Laurels Classic, in 1964. The Syd Barrett-trained bitch ran the 555 yards trip at Sandown Park in 31.44.
Spread Eagled lived up to his name as he took out the 1990 Anniversary Trophy (Olympic Park, 511 metres) by four lengths from the smart Eureka Man, overcoming box five.
Marcy Maree won a maiden stake at Moree over 453 yards from box one in 1971, at the age of just 10 months. She was believed to be the youngest chaser to ever win a race at a licensed meeting.
Track specialist Footmark defeated Maria’s Mystery, another local star, in a match race run over 684 metres at Maitland in 1974.
Irinka Barbie notched her 14th victory (from only 21 attempts) over 720 metres at Wentworth Park, in 2004. This equalled the record of 14 wins at the 720 metres trip on the loam surface at the track, set by Pearl Larrcki. It would prove to be her last distance win at the Sydney course. The race was a heat of the NSW division of the National Distance Championship. Irinka Barbie would finish second to Classy Customer in the final the following week.
Knocka Norris defeated Made To Size by nine lengths to win the 2008 National Sprint Championship Queensland State Final for trainer Reg Kay.
William Charles won the 1988 Anniversary Trophy, run over 511 metres at Olympic Park. Trained by Graeme Bate, William Charles scored by three-quarters of a length from The Earbrander with Terminal Time a head away third.
Mantra Lad equalled the track record of 42.28 for 725 metres at The Meadows when taking out the 2008 National Distance Championship Victorian State Final by six and a half lengths.
Montana Jet equalled the track record of 27.0 over 500 yards at Temora in 1957, notching her fifth win in six career starts. She was just 13 months old.
Saki Dasher ploughed through the heavy track to take out the 1970 Anniversary Trophy final over 800 yards at Olympic Park, scoring by three and a half lengths for owner-trainer Randall Hutchinson.
Karen Janet won the 1998 Australian Airlines Sprint Trophy, run over 511 metres at Olympic Park. She scored by just half a length from the smart Bright Judge. Future Melbourne Cup winner Speedy Mick was fifth.
Punters staged a demonstration against the judges decision after the running of the Harold Park Stake (660 yards) in 1933. Odds-on favourite Footlight Flashes had fought the eventual winner Veassa in the home straight, going down officially by a neck. Stewards later barred Footlight Flashes from future races, so he was taken to Victoria and went on to win the 1933 Melbourne Cup.
Ascapella Miss scored by 13 lengths over 749 metres at Gawler in 1974, running a new track record time of 45.20.
At the Gabba in 1976, Joy Of Salome was engaged in a race when she was tackled by a young male as the field swept onto the home turn. Joy Of Salome, a 14/1 ($15.00) chance, was running sixth at the time. The man wrestled her to the ground. A number of spectators converged on the man but police arrested him first and took him from the ground. Stewards ordered all bets be paid after viewing film of the race and determining the result had not been affected by the incident.
Some of the best sprinters from Queensland and interstate will converge on Albion Park this Thursday night for the running of five heats of the Group One Winter Carnival Cup.
The race is conducted over 520 metres and competitiors will vie for a $75,000 winners cheque in next week’s final.
Queensland mentor Tony Brett has dominated the race in recent times, winning the last three with Glen Gallon (2013 and 2012) and Iso Octane (2011).
Other recent winners include Trew Millions (2009), Made To Size (2008) and Fenceline (2006).
With plenty of interstate raiders from New South Wales and Victoria all keen to take out the Cup, the Queenslander contingent will have their work cut out to maintain their superb recent record in the race.
Here is a look at the main chances in each of the five heats;
Race 4 – Winter Cup Carnival Heat One – 7:41pm
Darren McDonald returns to Albion Park with his Queensland Derby runner-up Keybow in the first heat. The son of Take The Kitty and Key Exit (Over Flo – Atlanta Belle) is a winner of 13 races, including the Group One Perth Cup and looks to have plenty of class on this field. He will exit box eight which should suit his penchant for using the track, provided he gets a clean run to the first turn.
Cyndie’s Special (1) is a speedy bitch who is drawn well and could go close to leading this field. The Bill Ison trained conveyance registered a personal best of 29.88 here last week from this box and could give them something to catch.
Auriga Legend (4) has been consistent without winning in recent times, but has a great record at Albion Park. The winner of six from 28 at the track has a personal best of 29.94 and should be thereabouts.
Rose Of Galo (3) is a winner of 12 from 31 at Albion Park and is another with plenty of early toe. She is yet to break the 30 second barrier and has been a little below her best in recent efforts.
Race 5 – Winter Cup Carnival Heat Two – 8:05pm
It is not often that you are blessed with two Australian Cup winners in the one race but that is exactly the case in heat two.
2014 Australian Cup winner Buckle Up Wes (2) headlines the heat. The son of Collision and Everlong Bale (Primo Uno – Shique Bale) will be making his Albion Park debut but has proven ability to adapt to many tracks. He is sure to take a power of beating here.
The interesting runner in the race is the 2013 Australian Cup winner Spud Regis (5). The winner of 17 races has not raced since late February and in that time has found a new home in Tony Brett’s Grandchester kennels. He too makes his Albion Park debut and will be one to keep an eye on.
Late Angel Lee (1) comes back from racing over staying trips for this event. She has recorded a sizzling 29.57 here in the past but may find the sharp drop in distance within seven days a little too much.
Maid For Ron (3) has a handy record over this trip winning five of her 12 attempts. She has a best of 29.92 but looks a little below her best on recent runs.
Race 6 – Winter Cup Carnival Heat Three – 8:25pm
Master Victorian trainer Darren McDonald produces another flying machine in Awesome Project (3) for the third heat. The son of Collision and Honour Phase (Big Daddy Cool – Hunter Tylo) is a multiple Group winner and boasts an imposing career record of 20 wins from 41 starts. He has won his last three at Sandown, all in very slick times. Barring bad luck, it’s hard to see him getting beat.
Duchess Bale (5) is another Victorian who makes the trek to the Sunshine State with a good record. She has won 10 from 21 and is a powerful type. She has been done no favours by the box draw and will be hoping for some room early.
Rue De Khan (2) is a regular top-line performer in New South Wales for trainer Dean Swain. She meets a quality field here but there is no doubting her talent.
Top Story (1) has won 16 races over this trip including a flying 29.65 effort back in February. He is drawn to give the big guns plenty of cheek here.
Race 7 – Winter Cup Carnival Heat Four – 8:44pm
The fourth heat features plenty of depth with Queensland Derby winner Flash Reality (8) taking the star billing. The Tony Brett trained son of Premier Fantasy and Orara Flash (Bond – Sweet Elite) has won five of his eight starts at Albion Park including a near-record 29.58. He has performed well from wide boxes in the past, but will be afforded no room for error early in this field.
Magic Display (1) was a finalist in the Group One Golden Easter Egg and is blessed with plenty of early pace. She has the advantage of having raced at the track in the past and is drawn to get the fly here.
Mepunga Armagh (6) is a winner of 14 races in Victoria and has gone very fast at Sandown in recent weeks. If he can cross the field early he is capable of landing an upset.
Peter’s Pick (7) is a consistent local performer who is sure to be doing his best work in the concluding stages of the race.
Race 8 – Winter Cup Carnival Heat Five – 9:08pm
The 2013 Brisbane Cup winner Kiss Me Ketut (7) makes his return to Albion Park in the final heat looking to keep his undefeated record at the track intact. The son of Bombastic Shiraz and Spiral Siyan (Spiral Nikita – Flight And Life) has won two from two at the track with a personal best of 29.82. His recent form has not been anything special and this run will be just his second back from a five-week let up. He’s one to take on trust.
The Kelly Bravo trained Gimme Fuel (2) may be better know for his exploits over slightly longer trips but he has been in sparkling form over the sprint distances recently. If he gets a clear run around the first turn, he may be very hard to hold out.
Local sprinter Yogi Blue (1) is very consistent and looks drawn well here. He has won nine from 34 at the track with a best of 29.89. He is one for the exotics.
Benarkin (5) is another stayer dropping back to the sprints for this feature event. He has been given a month freshen up by trainer Tony Brett and could be the smokey in this field.
It was a great night of racing last night with the odds on favourite Keybow going down to the young gun Flash Reality for trainer Tony Brett. The son of Premier Fantasy and Orara Flash pinged to the front and ran a blistering 29.69 to win the $40,000 final. Keybow was gallant running second.
Ipswich Greyhounds Race 4 Box 6 Shaylor Bert, 4.52pm
On time form Shaylor Bert should just win this 630 metre staying test. The son of equal Albion Park record holder Made To Size and Jetta Bale has had just one start here for one win in a smart 37.36. He’s been out of form since but both starts were at Albion Park. All he needs to do tonight is stay out of trouble and he should just win. The dangers will be the Reg Hazelgrove trained Silky Wanda and Honey Blonde, who both placed last start at Albion Park and were pretty good in doing so. They could be find the extra journey a challenge though, so keep that in mind.
Geelong Greyhounds Race 8 Box 3 Langi Bale, 9.27pm
The former topliner Langi Bale has been out of form for a long while now and hasn’t tasted success since November last year. She’s bound to bounce back sooner or later and tonight looks a great chance for that. She has the speed to lead these and once in front it’s all over. There’s not a great deal of speed around her which should ensure she gets a trouble free run. She’s only had the one go here so she should relish the new track.
Crackerjack Dak is the main danger and he’s racing in fine form of late. Box seven makes it tough and he’ll need to get over, but if does he’ll be tough to beat. Box the exacta 3-7 $2.00 for 100%
Mandurah Greyhounds Race 4 Box 2 De Wade 9.39pm
De Wade is worth having a go at here tonight. The Paul Stuart trained flying machine is back again to have a crack at winning a 405 metre race. He’s won here previously in a solid 22.63 and has a wonderful record from box one. Special Pup is likely to start favourite. The Mandurah Cup winner has yet to fire since returning from a stint in Victoria where he also struggled. He’s the fastest short courser in the race and id say the majority of money will be for him.
If De Wade can ping and hold the rail around the turn he’ll be motoring home late and has the ability to run over the top of them. With nine starts from box one he’s recorded five wins and three placings. So from the red tonight he’s worth having a go at.
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A handy field has been assembled for the final of the Group Two Queensland Derby next Thursday night. Keybow and Size Does Matter set the track alight in the heats with fast runs under 29.70.
Heat One – Group Two Queensland Derby
Late Angel Lee (3) dominated the betting with support for Peter’s Pick (2) coming late, and it was the latter of the two that wound up victorious in 30.18. At box-rise the best away was Murtaugh (1) while short-courser Mr Elegant (8) also showed early speed to move into second early.
Peter’s Pick was only average away and had to drive up along the rail through the turn to stay in touch with Murtaugh. He pushed underneath Murtaugh down the back to take the lead. However, the race wasn’t over at this stage as noted strong finisher Zipping Brock (7) was right on Peter Pick’s hammer. Peter’s Pick elected to move to the middle of the track turning for home and Zipping Brock was able to take the lead momentarily. Peter’s Pick kicked again and emerged the winner by a neck. Late Angel Lee (3) finished strongly to be a length away in third.
Peter’s Pick is trained by Tom Noble and is by Made To Size – Tina’s Show (Late Late Show – Berella Batina). He has now won 10 races.
Heat Two – Group Two Queensland Derby
Flash Reality (2) secured his second career win in the second heat, finishing too strongly for race leader Grand Roman (1). The early stages of the race were no place for the faint-hearted with Give You Credit (3) falling as the field charged into the first turn.
Flash Reality (2) shifted off on the first turn but once he got where he wanted to be he was happy and took off after Grand Roman. Clash Of Kings (6) showed early speed but couldn’t get a clear run and finished fourth. Darren McDonald’s Where’s The Surf (7) could only manage fifth after a poor getaway. Winged Elite (5), who was near last approaching the first turn, showed some good field sense to finish third.
Flash Reality, trained by Tony Brett recorded 30.14 for his first Albion Park win. He is by Premier Fantasy – Orara Flash (Bond – Sweet Elite).
Heat Three – Group Two Queensland Derby
The slowest of the three heats was taken out by the fast finishing Angvella (7) in 30.56. Favourite Fusaichi Kahn (4) blew his chances at the start when he was last away. From there he could not make an impact. Chant (6) looked handy going around the turn but a check put paid to his chances. Wazz’s Fantasy (2) was full of running early and pinched a five length break down the back. However, he was running out of gas up the home straight allowing Angvella to pinch the win. Thunder Of Speed (3) also challenged late to fill the last of the minor placings.
Angvella has now won five races and is trained by Christina Harman. He is by Just The Best – Joy Esme (Fortified Rush – Marine Queen).
Heat Four – Group Two Queensland Derby
Size Does Matter (3) for Reg Kay gave nothing else a chance when he flew the lids and led easily to romp away for a quick 29.69 win. The real race was going on behind him for the placings with Tejay’s Hand (8) just staving off the challenge by Are Ate (5). Battistuzzi (6) was expected to perform well but unfortunately ran unplaced for the third week in a row after bombing the start.
Size Does Matter has now won five races. He is by Bekim Bale – Size It Up (Elite State – Size ‘Em Up).
Heat Five – Group Two Queensland Derby
Keybow (2) saved the best for last to record the fastest of the five heats, scorching away by nine and a quarter lengths in 29.67. The Darren McDonald trained chaser took the early lead and was never troubled and will be the likely favourite for the final next week. Farmer’s Gold (4) found some space in the home straight to run on for second, while Trav’s Fantasy (1), who was second for the better part of the race, held on for third.
Keybow is by Take The Kitty – Key Exit (Over Flo – Atlanta Belle) and has now won 12 from 24.
The box draw for the final is:
1. Zipping Brock – Peter Dapiran
2. Keybow – Darren McDonald
3. Peter’s Pick – Thomas Noble
4. Grand Roman – John Conlon
5. Flash Reality – Tony Brett
6. Tejay’s Grand – Travis Elson
7. Angvella – Christina Harman
8. Size Does Matter – Reg Kay
First Reserve – Farmer’s Gold – Darren Russell
Second Reserve – Wazz’s Fantasy – William Elson
Queensland greyhound racing steps into the limelight on Thursday night with five heats of the Group Two Queensland Derby taking place at Albion Park over the 520 metre distance.
The ultimate winner of the final pockets a cheque of $40,000, which takes place on Thursday, May 1.
The Derby heats are comprised of the best male greyhounds nominated that are whelped on or after 1 October 2011. Last year’s Derby was taken out by Victorian Hello Good Bye.
Here’s a look at the heats;
Heat One – Group Two Queensland Derby (Race 2 at 6:57pm)
Late Angel Lee (3) equalled the 29.57 track-record at Albion Park back in February. The Late Late Show – Rocklynn’s Angel (Elite State – Oriental Angel) dog has won 13 from 42 and was a finalist in this year’s Group Three Big Dog Cup at Albion Park. He is a dog that likes to get back and storm home so he will need some luck in running. His last win was on 10 March and since then he has had six starts for five seconds.
Group One National Derby winner Zipping Brock (7) makes his first trip to the Albion Park circuit. He has won six from 12 and goes well from the outside. If he handles the track, he is in with a chance.
Peter’s Pick (2) is developing into a very handy chaser. The Thomas Noble trained dog by Made To Size – Tina’s Show (Late Late Show – Berella Batina) has won nine of his 12 career starts and has been unplaced just once. He has done most of his racing around Ipswich and Rockhampton but came to town last week for a nine length win in 29.98. He isn’t without a chance.
White Hornet (6) has 10 wins at the track over the 520 metre distance for a best of 30.07. His last win was a month ago and he started over 600 metres two runs back. He may find trouble from box six.
King Elliot (4) has eight wins from 13 starts and two wins at Albion Park. His best time is 30.34 and he will need to improve on that to be a chance.
Of the others, NSW chaser Murtaugh (1) and Mr Elegant (8) are having their first start over a distance of 520 metres. Mr Elegant has two wins at the track over the 395 metres. Both look tested against some of the more experienced chasers in the field. Royal Albert (5) made the final of the recent Ipswich Auction series, running fifth. He has one win at Albion Park in 30.60 and looks tested.
Heat Two – Group Two Queensland Derby (Race 3 at 7:17pm)
Darren McDonald has Where’s The Surf (7) drawn in this heat. Where’s The Surf contested the semi-finals of the Golden Easter Egg and ran third to Ritza Hattie in the Group Three Ambrosoli on Easter Egg final night at Wentworth Park. It will be his first look at the Albion Park circuit. He has the speed to lead and if he does, he will be hard to reign in.
Grand Roman (1) has six wins from 10 starts with all six wins coming at Albion Park over the Derby distance. His best is 29.92 and he has a perfect record from box one.
Bill’s Fantasy (4) has also broken the 30 second mark over the course of his five wins at Albion Park. He recorded his best of 29.93 in December. His recent form is patchy, finishing outside the placings in his last three starts. Give You Credit (3) also has a sub-30 personal best which he ran three starts back. He won at Ipswich last week and has won five from 18 overall.
A few eyes will be on the regally bred Clash Of Kings (6). He is by Fear Zafonic out of champion race bitch Queen Lauryn (Token Prince -Cheeky Sprite). He’s had just four careers starts for two wins and one placing. Both wins have come at Ipswich over the 520 metres and this is his first start at Albion Park.
The smokey in the race is Flash Reality (2). He hasn’t started since February and has been placed in the astute hands of Tony Brett. Marlene Ellis told ARG in December 2013 that he was a handy little chaser and we may now start to see the best of him.
Winged Elite (5) is out of form in its last four starts but has won five from 13 at the track. Washington Trick (8) has managed just one win at the track from five attempts.
Heat Three – Group Two Queensland Derby (Race 4 at 7:41pm)
Recent Wentworth Park winner Fusaichi Kahn (4) jumps from box four in the third heat. The Where’s Pedro – Daydream (Bit Chili – Stresa) dog is trained by Glenda Dart and is yet to miss a place over the 520 metres at Albion Park. He has had six starts there for three wins and three seconds and a cracking best of 29.88. He looks the one to beat.
Chant (6) recently contested the final of the Launching Pad at Sandown for trainer Tony Brett. He won a heat of the series in 30.01 and finished fifth in the final. He’s won four at Albion Park. He mixes his box manners but is capable of performing well.
Angvella (7) got to the front last week from box two to record a personal best 29.97 at the track and bringing up his fourth career win in the process. He moves to what looks like an unsuitable wide draw for this event.
You Say So (1) has been performing very consistently lately with two wins and four placings in his last six starts. He won last week in a best time of 30.09 and is drawn to do well.
Killer Lyon (5) is a NSW chaser that has had just four starts. He has fast wins at Richmond and The Gardens in a maiden and fifth grade event. This presents as his toughest test to date and he hasn’t been given any favours by the box draw.
The other runners; Wazz’s Fantasy (2), Thunder Of Speed (3) and Blue Den (8) will all need luck based on disclosed recent form and form at the track.
Heat Four – Group Two Queensland Derby (Race 5 at 8:05pm)
Battistuzzi (6) will be looking to return to the winner’s circle in the fourth heat after two unplaced runs in recent weeks. The Collision – Dulcinea (Primo Uno – Hannalore) dog is no stranger to group racing, having placed in the Group One Brisbane Cup and Group Two Lismore Cup and making the final of the Group Three Gold Coast Cup. He has a best of 29.77 and he looks the winner on paper.
Size Does Matter (3) for Reg Kay has a huge motor and is capable of running the hands off the clock. He has only been unplaced once in his nine start career. He isn’t the best beginner but is very strong and seems to find his way through a field. He has recorded 29.83 at the track coming from behind and a repeat of that will see him go well in this.
Group Two Ipswich Auction winner Are Ate (5) didn’t bring his winning form to Brisbane last week, fading to finish down the track. He couldn’t quite lead from box three and ended up 10 lengths seventh behind Angvella. He’s a talented dog but will need to do better then the 30.40 he has recorded at the track previously.
Trident (7) has won four from seven at the track and ran 30.21 winning last week from box three. That was his best time to date.
Tejay’s Grand (8) has had 40 starts for 17 wins and has won three at Albion Park with a best of 30.24. He has a good record from the outside.
Costa Kahn (1) is a brother to Fusaichi Kahn. He’s has just the two wins from nine starts but has run 30.15 at the track. The inside draw may provide some assistance.
Macgallen (2) and Late Show Angel (4) will struggle. Between them they have just four wins from 68 starts.
Heat Five – Group Two Queensland Derby (Race 6 at 8:25pm)
The class runner of the heats makes his appearance in the final heat. Group One Perth Cup winner Keybow (2) has drawn well in box two for trainer Darren McDonald. It’s his first go at the track, but he should be able to seal a win here as he is a huge talent.
I’m I Said (6) is one of the next best performed dogs in the race. He has had eight wins from 12 starts and three wins at Albion Park for a best of 30.18. He struck trouble last week behind You Say So from box one.
Trav’s Fantasy (1) has 11 wins from 41 starts and is in great current form, winning five of his last eight. He also has three wins from box one, which means the draw brings him into contention.
Outa Tempo (3), Farmer’s Gold (4) and Wally Who Calls (7) have all recorded wins at the track. Farmer’s Gold has the best time of the three, running 29.98 in December. He has recently returned from a three month spell and won last week in 30.52.
Shot To Bits (5) and Elvee Express (8) have no wins at the track. Shot To Bits is a Victorian chaser having his first look at the track. He’s had just the seven career starts for three wins. Elvee Express has had three goes at Albion Park for three placings.
The heat winners plus the three fastest seconds will proceed through to next week’s final.
After undergoing a complete remodelling, Wentworth Park re-opened for racing over new distances in 1949. The sprint events were raised from 550 (503 metres) to 585 yards (535m) and the longer trip went from 750 (686m) to 795 yards (727m). Among the winners on opening night was Erinâs Ace who took out the top grade NCA Stake by 10 lengths and took his record to four wins and one second from just five races at Wentworth Park. He would later retire as Australiaâs highest stakesearner.
Champion sprinter Bombastic Shiraz scored in the 2003 Sandown Shootout, downing Flying Scott and NSW sprinter Nautical Bill.
In 2008 Mantra Lad won a thrilling Sandown Shootout by just half a head from bananabender Queen Lauryn. Made To Size was third and One Tree Hill fourth.
Royal Regent took out the 1949 Melbourne Cup, then run at Napier Park, in a blanket finish, defeating Oakleigh Dan by a neck with Dimpleâs Double a neck away third.
Gem Supreme took out the 1991 West End Draught Distance Championship (also known as the South Australian Distance Championship) over 731 metres at Angle Park, downing the 1990 winner Sprusoâs Star. A year later, with the race run in December, Gem Supreme was in turn relegated to second place, by Victorian invader Saltwater Sid.
The Premierâs Cup, formerly contested over 530 metres at Wentworth Park, was first run over 722 metres in 1980. The winner was the smart Waverly Doll who defeated Jodarlene and Petite Allira.
Lilley Criminal, trained by Tony Azzopardi, downed Others Quoted by almost four lengths in a sizzling 42.29 to snare the $25,000 first prize for winning the 2008 Summer Cup at Wentworth Park.
Chief Havoc continued to completely dominate racing by winning the NCA Stake over 500 yards (457 metres) at Harold Park in 1946. Chief Havoc defeated Terracena (who had won eight races in a row at one point in 1945) by six lengths with Blonde Glen third and Jeanâs Dream fourth and last. The next day it was reported that Chief Havoc was to be retired âbecause he is too fast for opponents.â The champion later returned for a few more races before finally retiring to a hugely successful stud career.
Victorian raider Pezzaâs Tiger annexed the 1996 West Australian All Stars, downing Storm Act by five and a half lengths over 530 metres at Cannington in a speedy 30.68. Among the unplaced division were the likes of Tribute To Dad and Gemarly Park.
Coulta Bandit, from South Australia, won the 2001 Canberra Cup to become the first greyhound to win the prestigious race two years running. Coulta Bandit exited box seven, the same box it had won from in 2000.
The inaugural running of the Frank Kennedy Memorial Trophy took place in 1977 over 537 metres at Richmond. The race, held to honour the memory of the late racecaller and greyhound stalwart Frank Kennedy, was take out by the first reserve Harvest Imp who defeated kennelmate Monkey Jill, thereby giving trainer Jack Pringle the quinella. Harvest Imp made the 1978 final as well, but finished unplaced behind Irish Dragon.
Its been a slow tough last couple of days, but we have found the odd winner or two.Â I’m not one who relies on finding that $5.00 to $10.00 winner to keep going.Â I prefer to rely on backing more winners then losers, and don’t mind backing theÂ odds on pop, if they are worth the bet.Â I think you will find that having a higher strike rate is better than the odd big winner, however i have tipped a few rough ones, but when i have more than notÂ they get the cash.Â Gitch Money On has been our best result i think, and he saluted at huge odds ofÂ $16.00, so hopefully we can find a few more here tonight for you guys to have your hard earned on.
Albion Park Greyhounds Race 9Â Box 1 King KodaÂ 9.04pm
King Koda, Made To Size – Yes Mistress, looks the one here tonight against this line up.Â He’s a pretty fair animal who has top mid race acceleration and willÂ have the added advantage of the inside box.Â He should be able to boot up early on and lead this field here tonight, or at worst posse up second or third.Â His recent form has been good and since his return to the trackÂ hes knocked up winning a few races.Â Hes trained by the Master trainer Ron Ball and i am assured Ron has hisÂ dogs 120 % every time they are led out.Â With a little luck I expect Ron Ball to have a pretty good night,Â so make sure you keep a close eye on his runners tonight.Â King Koda only has a fair PB but that’s about all it will take to win this raceÂ against an ordinary line up.Â Box 1 is worth lengths, and he looks a solid win bet here tonight, and IÂ highly doubt he’ll miss a place.
Angle Park Greyhounds Race 3 Box 1 Dyna DainaÂ 7.19pm
>Dyna Daina looks another easy money bet here tonight.Â Her last two starts over the 731 have resulted in twoÂ wins and she got the job done, in a great front running display.Â She has run the same first sectional the last two starts but did manage toÂ lower her PB here last week, which is a sign shes getting stronger over the grueling staying trip.Â Box 1 is generally a big advantage but shes got far too much
speed early on here, and it wont matter what box she jumps from.Â She will bounce straight to the front here tonight and should carve out good sectionals.Â However there is a good line up of strong dogs, and she wont wanna make aÂ mistake early on.Â As long as she heads straight to the front and clears out she’llÂ hold on here tonight.Â Great bet.
Launceston Greyhounds Race 4 Box 8Â Dark Gladiator,Â 8.40pm
I’m going with the litter mate to Terror Time here in Dark Gladiator. He beat her fair and square lastÂ start, but he’s been going ordinary of late.Â She has no trouble with the staying trip and i doubt he will either.Â Box 8 wont be all that bad if he is able to punch forward earl on.Â He looks a good each way chance here stepping up to the staying trip hereÂ for the first time.
Best Of Luck
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With the deciding game of this yearâs State Of Origin series this Wednesday night, Australian Racing Greyhound has compiled our own state teams featuring the best of all time from Queensland and New South Wales. As always, a list of this nature draws with it controversy and we the authors acknowledge that an argument can be made for the countless other (greats) who are not listed below. This list represents the Queensland Team and their contribution to Australian Greyhound Racing; past, present and future.
1.Tony Zammit â (Trainer – Coach)
Champion Queensland Trainer and Hall of Fame inductee. Winner of 17 Metropolitan Queensland Training Premierships including 11 in a row. Trained Qld Greyhound of the Year winners and finalists as well as countless group winners. Zammit has produced top chasers including â Surf Lorian, Credibility and Trojan Tears amongst a host of other superstars. Involvement in the industry spanning over 40 years and a testament to the racing game. Possesses the ability to always have his chasers give 110%.
2. Tony Brett (Trainer)
Tony Brett has put the polish on some of the best greyhounds to have graced the track in recent years including Bogie Leigh, Black Enforcer, Glen Gallon and Queen Lauryn to name only a few. A trainer that tests his ability on a national scale, he isnât afraid to travel interstate targeting feature group races and the rewards that they bring. A trainer with a great belief in his ability he has put the polish on Greyhound of year winners and finalists, track record holders and countless group winners.
3. Top Simbi (Milimsimbi â Susie Voile) Whelped March 1971
In the 1970âs, Thursday night racing at the Gabba would come alive under lights and the greyhound the crowd came to see was the Queensland Greyhound Hall of Famer Top Simbi. He excelled at the Gabba winning 20 and running second 3 times from 24 starts. Overall he won 30 races from 49 starts. He was the Gabba Greyhound of the year in 1973 and 1974. A white and brindle chaser his best wins included Lord Mayerâs Cup, Gabba Sprint Championship and the Exhibition Trophy. Trained by Bert Kennedy he was famous for living on the family lounge and was the Gabba 558m track record holder.
4. Pretty Fearless (Pretty Short â Fearless Payout) Whelped January 1985
The 1987 Queensland Greyhound of the Year and another inducted into the Queensland Hall of Fame, Pretty Fearless travelled the country racing and beating the best at the time. Trained by Reg and Mary Crawford, the brindle chaser won the Coca-Cola Cup at the Gabba and the Mining Cup (Perth) and All State Challenge (Perth). He started 47 times for 20 wins and 20 placingâs and finished his career on top of the prizemoney list at the time with $103,000 in stakes.
5. New Tears (Pretty Short â Starfire Lady) Whelped June 1985
A brilliant race track performer who would become an even greater success at stud. A race career that compiled 32 starts resulting in 24 wins, he was a track record holder at Ipswich, Tweed Heads and Olympic Park. At stud he dominated the Australian scene and his name can be found in the pedigree of some of the all-time greats including â Trojan Tears, Sobbing Sal and Light Of Fire. His daughters have thrown champions including Brett Lee, Big Daddy Cool and No Intent to name but a few. A Queensland star both on and off the track, a Queensland Hall of Famer and one of the most potent pedigrees in Australian racing.
6. Tenthill Flyer (Chariot Supreme â National Queen) Whelped May 1988
The broodbitch responsible for generations of greyhounds, Tenthill Flyer produced the first two inducteeâs into the Australian Greyhound Hall of Fame in brilliant bitches, Tenthill Doll (by Malawiâs Prince) and Flying Amy (by Credibility). The Jim Gallaway trained chaser had ability on the track setting a track record at Moree and winning a Lord Mayerâs Cup at the Gabba. Found in the pedigree of many champions, she changed the industry off the track producing offspring who can be found in the champions of the past and today.
7. Credibility (Worth Doing â No Liability) Whelped December 1989
Super-fast greyhound on the track who would make his mark as a sire, producing champions whose pedigrees dominate Australian racing. The winner of 21 races with a further 9 placingâs from 39 starts, he was a Track record holder at Toowoomba. He tasted success in winning the Lawnton Cup, Gold Coast Derby, and was a finalist in the National Derby, Tweed Galaxy and Richmond Derby. At stud he produced Just The Best, Nobodyâs Fool, Yo Yoâs Boy, Faithful Hawk and Bearability to name a few. A Queensland Hall of Fame inductee.
8. Flying Amy (Amerigo Man â Tenthill Flyer) Whelped May 1992
The Ron Ball trained immortal Flying Amy was a superstar both on and off the track, where her influence continues in racing pedigrees throughout Australia. With 59 career starts resulting in 42 wins, 5 seconds and 5 thirds, the 1994 and 1995 Queensland Greyhound of the Year winner is the best of all time. An inductee into the Hall of Fame, the brindle bitch broke the magical 30 seconds at Albion Park on 9 occasions and was the long standing track record holder at an unheard of 29.73. A multiple group winner and finalist, she is the dam of Just The Best and the most influential greyhound in Queensland history.
9. Tenthill Doll (Malawiâs Prince â Tenthill Flyer) Whelped March 1993
Greyhound Hall of Fame inductee Tenthill Doll was Queensland born and commenced racing on the old Toowoomba track prior to her sale to NSW for $20,000 after 13 starts. A wonderful racetrack performer, she finished her career with 56 starts for 31 wins, 10 seconds and 7 thirds. A multiple group winning bitch and finalist she would be remembered for her success in 3 consecutive Group 1âs, the Egg, Perth Cup and Australian Cup. Finishing her career with $382,000 in prizemoney (Australian Record at Time) she was known for her ability to lead or come from behind in what was a remarkable career. From the same dam as fellow legend Flying Amy, a brilliant greyhound that changed the lives of those around her.
10. Just The Best (Credibility â Flying Amy) Whelped January 1997
Champion sire Just The Best has influenced the pedigrees of greyhounds the world over. The winner of 9 races from 15 starts, with a further 3 placingâs his average winning margin was in excess of 11 lengths. Sub 30 sec runs at Albion Park indicated his ability and he came close to the Albion Park track record with a Best 29.78 â the second quickest ever at the time. Injury stopped a race track career but his success continued off it. At stud JTB produced champions including Hall of Famer Bogie Leigh, Surf Lorian, Elite State and Big Daddy Cool plus many more. JTB female offspring continue to produce with his dams throwing champions including stud dogs and group winners. With royal bloodlines he was destined to be a success and continues to be so.
11. Bogie Leigh (Just The Best â Hypo Havoc) Whelped April 2001
With a career record of 68 starts for 48 wins, 12 seconds and 5 thirds Bogie Leigh set race tracks alight throughout Australia winning over $488,000 in prizemoney. Trained by leading mentor Tony Brett the black chaser was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005. Bogie Leigh started in 13 Group race finals, winning the 2003 Group 1 Brisbane Cup, 2003 Group 1 Sapphire Crown Classic, 2003 Group 2 Queensland Futurity, 2003 Group 3 Lismore Cup, 2004 Group 1 Golden Easter Egg, 2004 Group 1 Australian Cup. She was the 2004 QLD Greyhound of the Year and the best of her time.
12. Surf Lorian (Just The Best â Barrio Fiesta) Whelped April 2002
Multiple track record holder Surf Lorian produced on the track and continues to produce off it as a leading sire of Group winners and track record breakers throughout Australia. From 19 careers starts, Surf Lorian won 15 with 1 second and 1 third. Track record performances at Albion Park 520 (29.73 Equal (Twice)), Ipswich 520m (30.18), Gold Coast 429 (24.06), and Gold Coast 457 (25.61). The winner of the Group 2 Peter Mosman at Wentworth Park, Surf Lorian was also a Group finalists in the Group 1 Winter Cup at Albion Park and the Group 2 Qld Derby. At stud he has produced Slater, Made To Size, Miss Hot Gossip, Blue Lorian plus many more.
13. Black Enforcer (Token Prince â Miss Corleone) Whelped June 2003
Black Enforcer was a track superstar who dominated racing in 2005. From 35 career starts he finished with 26 wins and 2 placingâs tasting group success when winning the Group 1 Topgun and Group 2 Queensland Derby. He represented Queensland in the National Sprint Final finishing 4th in the final behind Pure Octane. He ran BON times at every track he raced; Albion Park, Gold Coast, Wentworth Park and the Meadows. Retiring to stud with $207,000 in prizemoney, the black chaser was a member of a fantastic litter that included Qld sprint start Token Jet. Black Enforcer has continued to make a name for himself at stud with his offspring winning Group events and being track record holders.
14. Made To Size (Surf Lorian â Queen Size) Whelped April 2005
The Reg Kay trained superstar joins the team as the fastest ever at Albion Park, an unheard of 29.57 TR. The red fawn chaser broke the magical 30 seconds at Albion Park on 7 occasions in his decorated career that finished with 48 starts for 21 wins, and 19 placingâs. On the track he won the Group 1 Winter Cup, Group 3 Pert Cup Consolation, and was a finalist in the Group 1 Melbourne Cup and Group 1 Brisbane Cup where he suffered a career ending injury. Sold at stud to overseas interest he now stands in Macau.
15. Dashing Corsair (Malfoy â Rose Flamenco) Whelped April 2007
The champion greyhound was the first ever to win both the National Sprint (2009) and National Distance (2011) finals â an event that first started in 1965. The 2010 Queensland Greyhound of the Year was trained by Dwyer Lennon and has won the most races at Albion Park, 33 in total eclipsing the long standing record of Winged Runner. Overall he was an iron dog, facing the starter on 124 occasionâs for 57 wins, 16 seconds and 14 thirds. He was a brilliant sprinter and stayer as well as multiple group winner and finalist. He won the 2009 Group 1 National Sprint final in Perth, the 2011 Group 1 National Distance in Brisbane, Group 3 Big Dog Cup, the Super stayers invitational. Overall he sits number 14 on the all-time prizemoney list with $455,000.
16. High Earner (Collision â Double Guess) Whelped May 2007
Second overall in the prizemoney list behind the mighty Miata, the ill-fated High Earner set Australian racetracks alight with his tenacious chasing ability and brilliant box speed. The winner of 33 starts, with a further 13 seconds and 8 thirds from 69 overall starts he was a 6 time Group winner and 12 time Group finalist. With Group 1 wins in the Perth Cup (twice) and Temlee he was a favourite all over Australia. From an outstanding damline that has also produced El Galo and Never Enough he lived up to his name on the track before his ill demise off it when his stud career was just beginning.
17. Glen Gallon (Flying Stanley â Incoherent) Whelped August 2009
Third on the all-time prizemoney list with $597,000, Queenslandâs favourite greyhound continues to inspire the industry with his performances around Australia. The 14 time Group finalist and 3 time Group 1 winner has raced the best since his 8th start. With 64 starts resulting in 36 wins and 12 minor placingâs, he has traversed Australia captivating the industry with guts and determination. Trained by leading mentor Tony Brett, Glen Gallon last start won the Group 1 Winter Cup at Albion Park. Although reaching the twilight of his career, he will long be remembered as one of the greats for Queensland and Australia.
Geelong GRC was host to the Buxton Real Estate bitches final on Friday night, where Remo Belle was able to snare the $1850 first prize for Lal Lal trainer, Neville Vincent. Starting at lucrative odds of $9.50, the March 2011 daughter of Aston Galilee and Remo Agogo has made her good box manners more consistent in recent starts, and it proved to be the winning factor on this occasion.
After dashing to the front in 8.25 for the first split last week, Remo Belle was clearly out in front again in 8.21 giving nothing else a chance in a dominant display over Sweet Millions, who was the even-money favourite and Britomartis in third.
Stopping the clock in 22.70 for the 400 metres, the black bitch brings up her fourth win from twelve starts for owner Terry Mort.
Remo Belle actually was introduced to full racing at Albion Park, where her first two starts took place, including a win on debut over the 331 metres in January. Fast-forward a month and she had been whisked back to Victoria and eventually brought up another win at Warrnambool in March.
Now with back to back wins and a bit of maturity, she could well find herself racing through the grades in the area rather quickly.
While Neville has only a handful of dogs around the traps at present, his kennel does have some speedy youngsters such as the promising Street Life, who has six wins to its name already from twelve outings. Veteran performer Donâs Fantasy is at the other end of the spectrum, having had over 70 starts and $50,000 the bank, but also calls the Vincent kennels home.
Meanwhile, earlier in the week Graeme Brereton was another to snare a feature event courtesy of Derby Ghostâs win in the Oscar Furniture Final over Horshamâs 570-metre journey.
Starting from box four, Derby Ghost was only fair to begin, but was too strong for Wayne Wroutâs College Treat who had hit the lead in the home straight. Xenar Bale was the runaway leader early in the race, but found the going a bit tough in the latter stages, surrendering the lead and College Treat and Derby Ghost were left to fight out the finish. With barely an eyelash between them, the Brereton runner got the judges approval in a photo finish and claimed the $1950 first prize.
Derby Ghost is by Made to Size out of Budeful and has been slowly working its way over more ground in 2013, culminating in this weeksâ strong performance for a seventh win in 32 starts.
There were multiple finals on the Horsham card this week, with Peter Hunt claiming the Maiden feature earlier in the day with Crackerjack Babe. Most readers would be more familiar with Peterâs star runner Crackjack Lil, who also won on Tuesday, however the Jordeanlook to have another good one on their hands with Crackerjack Babe who came from midfield to win in 27.72. Coming into the series with a couple of unplaced runs at The Meadows, the Cosmic Chief pup felt far more comfortable back at the circuit where she started her career.
Considering that Crackerjack Babe doesnât turn two until September, there is still plenty of time for her to develop into a really nice chaser, and it seems likely that her name will be seen in Melbourne again sooner rather than later.
The Mick Byrne Memorial headlines the feature racing this Thursday night at Queensland’s Albion Park. Named in his honour, the event is an annual feature on the Queensland Greyhound calendar with participants remembering the contribution of the greyhound tragic. A life member of the Brisbane Racing Club Mick sadly passed away in 2006. Restricted to 5th graders this years five heats have attracted a number of quality greyhounds both local and interstate.
MICK BYRNE MEMORIAL – HEAT ONE – 7.22pm
The ever consistent Mr Garcia for Sandra Hunt draws the cherry in the first heat and he looks to be ideally boxed to continue his good form. Mr Garcia (Bit Chilli – Mrs Trickett) has faced the starter on 24 occasions so far with the outstanding record of 7 wins and a further 11 placings including being a finalist in the recent Albion Park Young Guns. The white and black chaser is easily recognisable in his races and always puts himself in contention with his strong running style and chasing ability. He has great box speed and a good jump here will certainly makes things tough for his opposition.
Looking to spoil the Sandra Hunt show will be Pharmacopia for Margaret Quarrell. The October 2010 son of Premier Chief – Kathy’s Recall is from an outstanding litter who between them have made numerous feature finals already this year in Queensland. Pharmacopia himself is a recent Ipswich Auction finalist and Group 2 Derby finalist and after 15 starts has the enviable record of 5 wins and 4 placings. At Albion Park he has raced on 9 occasions for 4 wins including a fast 30.08 registered in March this year. If he can exit the 7 box and clear them early he will be a massive chance of winning this heat and qualifying for yet another feature final.
The other leading chance in heat one looks to be Gotcha Back for Burpengary trainer Gary Keep. The February 2011 black son of Mogambo – Gotcha Covered has been in great form since stepping up in distance to 520m racing. With recent wins at the track and distance in near BOD times, he will be a strong winning chance if he can improve his box manners and avoid early trouble as he exits box 2.
MICK BYRNE MEMORIAL – HEAT TWO – 8.25pm
Recent Queensland Futurity Finalist Pearl Za Zinger for John McCarthy looks to be the dog to beat in heat two after drawing the pink rug. Pearl Za Zinger (Surf Lorian – Kaycee Diva) has recently contested the Capalaba feature events, and while not disgracing herself the freshen up over the straight 366m track may work in her favour here as she steps back up to 520m racing. The November 2010 whelping has faced the starter on 40 occasions resulting in 6 wins and 18 placings and close to $25,000 in prizemoney.
The Brian Francis trained Arabian McAbdi (Soprano Drive – Elite Juno) will wear the white rug and looks to be the biggest danger to Pearl Za Zinger. With limited starts on the Albion Park circuit where she has registered just the one win from 3 attempts she has won in fast times at Ipswich. In her last 4 Ipswich starts she has recorded 3 wins, including 2 BOD’s in 30.92 and 30.55. If she can replicate her 30.55 Ipswich run here she will be very hard to beat.
Box two runner Poetic Mover for Ray Burman will be another strong winning chance after coming up with the striped box. The January 2011 son of Knocka Norris – Bomber Babe has outstanding recent form including contesting the heats of the Group 3 Big Dog Cup where he finished 4th behind Irma Bale. He has also recently won a Monday night heat and final. The regular racing seems to have switched him on nicely as he is in a real purple patch of form. With the great overall record of 39 starts for 7 wins and 9 placings he is a definite winning chance with clear running.
MICK BYRNE MEMORIAL – HEAT THREE – 8.44pm
Front running Honey Bouquet looks to be the greyhound to beat in heat three after coming up with the ideal cherry box. The beautifully bred June 2010 daughter of Bit Chilli – Honey Mist has really come of age recently and her front running style is well suited to the Albion Park circuit. A recent Big Dog Cup finalist where she produced the best runs of her career in the heat and final she looks well placed here for trainer John Conlon. With the consistent record over the track and distance of 12 starts for 6 wins and 4 placings, she will start a short favourite for the heat as she looks to qualify for another Albion Park feature final. The Dam won the inaugural Mick Byrne Memorial and it would be a great result if she could qualify and win the final, replicating Honey Mist’s 2007 win.
Looking to spoil the party of Honey Bouquet will be the interstate raider Winsome Blackie for Thirlmere trainer and popular mentor John Finn. The November 2010 black son of Bit Chill – Ruby Red Lips has a recent fast Bulli win to his credit and will look to improve on his overall record of 37 starts for 4 wins and 14 placings. The 33 kilogram chaser will look to have more luck then his first and only appearance at Albion Park where he fell in April this year over the 600m journey behind Starliner. He looks to be a strong chaser like most Finn charges and with clear running from box 3 will be one of the fancies to knock off the favourite.
Dayseas Jet for Gilberton mentor Claude Dacey looks a strong place chance in heat three also after drawing box 6. A noted short track performer, the August 2010 son of Cosmic Rumble – Classy Kate has outstanding form at Casino, the Ipswich 431m and Albion Park sprints where he has won a total of 17 races with numerous BOD performances. He struggles to get the 520 m as evidenced by his track and distance record of 5 starts for 1 second. With the overall record of 41 starts for 17 wins and 14 placings, if he can lead clearly and there be any mix up behind him he may hold onto a deserved 520m win. His recent form is excellent with 4 wins and 2 seconds from his last 6 starts. He will need luck behind him however, with the strong finishers of Honey Bouquet and Winsome Blackie engaged. Place chance.
MICK BYRNE MEMORIAL – HEAT FOUR – 9.28pm
Ben’s House for leading trainer Glenda Dart looks the greyhound to heat in heat four. The son of Runs House – Spirit Released has faced the starter on 24 occasions for the imposing record of 8 wins and 5 placings. He can be sloppy at times from the boxes but he does have a good first section on his day. At Albion Park he has a best time of 30.18 set earlier this month in a BON performance and if he can run up to that time he will take beating.
The consistent Ellie’s Choice for John Edwards looks to be another chance in heat four. The daughter of Buckingham Chuck – Ellie’s Diamond is no stranger to racing at Albion Park having had every one of her 46 starts on the track. Over the distance she has faced the starter on 31 occasions for 6 wins and 13 placings. Her recent from is below her best but if she can find some of her early zip she will give a lot of cheek from the tough box 5.
Peter Simpson returns to Albion Park with Glamour Row, a daughter of Go Wild Teddy – Rose Chalice. From an outstanding litter that includes Rush Of Power and Raging Obsession, Glamour Row will hope to add to the list of litter winners at Albion Park for the inform Simpson kennel. Drawn favourably in box 1, she has had just the two starts here for no luck on both occasions. She is relatively inexperienced with just 9 starts resulting in 3 wins and 3 placings including a last start BOD win at Casino on last Friday. She is better than her times and form shows and with luck will be a strong each way chance.
The offspring of Bit Chilli seem to have a strong chance in the heats and another Bit Chilli offspring in Rylee’s Reign looks a good chance to add to his impressive winners rate as a sire. The June 2010 son of Reneen Lass has a best time over the track and distance of 30.22 set in February this year and overall he has won 13 races from 36 starts with a further 10 placings. Prizemoney already tops $22,000 and with early luck the strong finisher will be charging home late. Dropping back from 600 plus racing, look out for the green rug if he is close at the home turn.
MICK BYRNE MEMORIAL – HEAT FIVE – 9.53pm
Woodview trainer Robert Cooke returns to town with his ultra consistent bitch Watta Jackpot in the 5th and final heat. Drawn the cherry red, the daughter of Vapour Whirl – Teddy’s Jackpot has the great record of 20 starts for 7 wins and 9 placings. At Albion Park the white and black chaser has had two placings from two starts, but with the better draw this time she looks set to atone those placings. Slow early, if she can find a length or two at box rise she will be on the bunny and hard to beat.
Diane Hannon always has a strong chance in feature racing at headquarters and in the Mick Byrne heats that looks to be continued with young black chaser Fashion Guru. A new coming to racing he has faced the bunny on 8 occasions, all over the creek 520m, where he has recorded two wins and 3 placings including a solid 30.23 maiden win in March this year. The July 2011 son of Made To Size – Elegant Enforcer will have to contend with box 7 but he looks a smart young dog and is in good hands with the astute Hannon.
The final contender in the final heat looks to be the aptly named Mr Contender for Derek Milham for Forest Hill. Wearing the striped rug, the 3 year old 35 kilogram black dog has amazed a good record over the track and distance where he has recorded 6 wins and 11 placings from 35 starts. He has a best time of 30.22 set way back in November 2011 but on his day he is a real fighter and at his best will challenge the younger brigade in this. A half brother to the earlier mentioned Runs House, Mr Contender is by Collide – Spirit Released and it will be a great effort if Spirit Released can get two finalists through to next Thursdays final.
The five winners and three second fastest seconds will qualify for the final next Thursday week. All greyhounds will hope to join the list of winners of this great event, that includes fellow winners Honey Mist (2007), Bogie Ace (2008) and Auriga Fox (2010).
We managed a clean sweep again last night, with 3 winners from 3 starters. Unfortunately our other two selections never felt the lead and collar around there neck. After the scratching of Cousin Callum, and the power problem at Launceston, which forced the meeting to be abandoned.
Last Nights Results
Mysterious Thing – Winner $2.60
Compass – Winner $1.40
Speed Lane – Winner $3.90
Im not as confident about today as i have been in the past, and if you are planning to break the bank, today may not be that day. Tread carefully !!
Ipswich Greyhounds Race 5 Box 2 Surfin’ Kawati. 4.27 pm QLD time
Mmm, Surfin’ Kawati, the current final section record holder over 520 at Ipswich -a very fast dog. Honest? A little iffy, and iffy and slow beginners are a punters worse nightmare. I usually steer right away from these animals. Backing dogs that need luck in racing,is a sure fire way to go broke. So why select him you may ask? Well he should be the best value of the short priced favorites today. There is absolutely no doubt he is the fastest dog one out in this race, but this means nothing in greyhound racing as luck and box draws all too often decide the outcome. Box 2 should suit this guy perfectly, with the 1 and the 3 both very quick beginners. He should have no trouble holding down 3 or 4th position around the first turn. With very little speed outside i can see him maneuvering into a winning position early. He only needs to get around the first corner, and gain a clear passage to belt these. If he can do this, he will have no problem powering right over the top to win here. Do not back this dog with confidence -Bet at Own Risk! However if he is $2.80- $3.00 he may be worth the risk. I’ve given you the information, now you make your own decision. Good Luck !!
Gawler Greyhounds, Race 5 Box 5 Alis Bale 2.03 pm VIC time
Another Shorty, probably the shortest of the day; but as close to unbeatable as you will get. Track specialist that has barely found a dog who can beat her here – 9 starts 8 wins, 1 second. Her record speaks for itself, she can lead and win, come from behind and win; just about fall over and still win. There is no danger for some unknown reason she loves Gawler and some seriously fast dogs have challenge her and all bar 1 failed. Put simply I’d challenge anyone in the world to tell me how shes going to get beat. However now I’ve said this things may go wrong.. LoL.
Devonport Greyhounds, Race 6 Box 2 Rewind 2.32 pm Vic Time
I can hear you all now, I know “it doesn’t take any skill to tip the Tassie Champ”; but as I said earlier its not a day of super confidence. So I’ll take the easy road out and tip the shorty’s! Most of us know the Rewind story, he’s near unbeatable at home and he generally only tastes defeat at the hands of a quality mainlander. Their isn’t any of them here today and he should just win. He’s going really well and should just continue on his winning way.
Lismore Greyhounds Race 3 Box 3 Bit Breezy, 7.23 pm Nsw time
I can honestly say, this bitch has only just come to my attention of late. I’ve witnessed her at her last couple at Ipswich, and both times looked a good thing beat. She failed badly Saturday night on a bog track from a wide box, so we will totally forget about that run. Tonight she has drawn well, but is stepping up in distance and this make its tough to be overly confident. Its a weak field, and she’s an experienced campaigner. I’m hoping this is enough to get her home on this. The 520 wont be too much of a ask and with a good jump, she could prove hard to catch. One thing is for sure, if she fails tonight and heads back to Ipswich and gains a inside box, I’ll be backing her no doubt. Each Way here tonight.
Gosford Greyhounds, Race 7 Box 1 Dual Aces, 8.57pm Nsw time
Maya Keroma, is no doubt going to be favourite, if the so called smarties keep putting their hard earned on. I fell victim once, but no way, not again she can happily win without me. She has great early speed but stops as if shot. This is why im selecting Dual Aces. She wont be able to keep up early with Maya, but will certainly loom large in the second half of the race. She should camp all over the back of her main rival and blow her away. The daughter of Made To Size is not super strong either but surely she can go past Maya Keroma here. She’s finished off her races really well at Bulli, and got home nicely at Dapto, so she should handle the added trip here. I can’t select Maya Keroma here and have gone looking for something to beat her, and Dual Aces is it !! Each Way.
Traralgon, Greyhounds Race 8 Box 8 Orthia Bale, 9.09 pm Vic time
Traralgon, is far from one of my favourite tracks and to make matters worse, the majority of the races are those, speedy squib, no good events that even the professionals fail to find a winner in. They are boring riddled with interference, and quite frankly their should be far less of them in my opinion. But I’ve found a race over 520m and hopefully a winner. Orthia Bale looks as if she may have learnt what winnings all about. She has a tremendous place record with 13 seconds, but only 4 wins. But she went super well last start wining at Bendigo as the second favourite and I’m hoping she reproduces that here tonight. Her main rival, kennel mate Dale Bale, looks her danger. He’s also one who has found form of late, and he too raced at Bendigo last start. His overall time was not as quick as the girls, but he still looms as a danger. She has great box speed and fly’s ouy and if she can cross early she will prove very hard to catch. Each Way.
A tough day of racing with a few really short favourites. I’ve thrown in the odd value runner and I wish you the best of luck, investing your hard earned on.
$$ Another Day Another Dollar $$
Albion Park Greyhounds, Race 9 Box 1 Blackjack Gent. 7.42pm
The son of Made to Size looks to have a mortgage on this race. He’s been flying out of the boxes and looks certain to do the sane again here today. He should open up a gap between his two main rivals Kesh Stream, and Casual Paddy and from the red he looks way too good for these today.
Sandown Greyhounds, Race 9 Box 1, Proceed 4.38 pm Vic time
The 515m event looks an open affair but from the coverts rails box Proceed looks to be big chance. Should jump and push up early and if he can get around the first turn ok he will be hard to beat. Has run a fair 30.44 at the Meadows when landing second and proving too strong. With a safe start he looks a great chance to salute here.
Sale Greyhounds, Race 8 Box 3 Diesel Drive, 8.14pm Vic time
Free for All event and Diesel Drive looks like he’s nearing the form that lead him to a very fast 24.94 here. He certainly has his work cut out taken on his kennel mate,from the red, Make The Call. MTC has a great record from inside boxes and is in fine form. Needs a clean get away or the chance to possie up but Diesel Drive looks a great each way bet and may be nice odds here tonight. Each way chance.
Gawler Greyhounds, Race 5 Box 4 Skye Collision, 7.14pm NSW Time
A speedy line up of customers here but Skye Collision looks as if she will be very hard too beat in this. She’s been going quite well until last week where she found trouble. She has enough early speed to go forward and if she can get across early. She should win this. Can run quick time and looks as if she can go really well here.. Good each way bet.
Wagga Wagga, Greyhounds. Race 8 Box 2 Avoid Scandals. 8.17pm NSW time
The recent Wenty Winner, Avoid Scandals looks well placed, to jump and run in this. He can certainly win this. If he hits the front this bloke will certainly prove hard to catch. Won’t be big odds but he looks the one outside the favourite.
Best of Luck
$$ Another Day Another Dollar $$
Master Mangalore trainer Ted Medhurst dominated Monday night’s J G Nelson Cup Final Series by winning two of the three races contested.
Named in honour of the administrator who was instrumental in the introduction of greyhound racing in the Launceston area, the series is a regular feature on the LGRC calendar.
Medhurst took out the Division 1 Final with the former Queensland chaser Rob Pines (Bombastic Shiraz â Velocity Thunder) and the Division 2 Final with the highly promising bitch Olwyn ( Bombastic Shiraz â Pipe Dreams).
Continue reading Medhurst Dominates Nelson Cup Series
The Tony Brett juggernaut swept on its way when Glen Gallon ($4.20) won Thursday nightâs Group 1 Winter Cup (520m) at Albion Park in race record time.
Leading trainer Brett landed his third straight Group 1 sprint at Albion Park when Glen Gallon scored by four and a quarter lengths over Wy Yung Tiger ($4.70) with a length to Zipping Catra ($21.50) in third.
Brett had trained Iso Octane to win last yearâs Winter Cup and Glen Gallon won the Group 1 Brisbane Cup late last year.
Continue reading Glen Gallon’s 2012 Albion Park Winter Cup
Back in May of this year, astute trainer John Iwanyk was handed a 26kg fawn bitch from Queensland who was struggling for consistency. It must have felt like a gamble at the time, however it has turned out to be a master stroke by the Ausdrill, and one that has eventuated in $40,000 thanks to Deutronuim.
Fresh off the back of an easy win in the Mandurah Oaks less than a month ago, the April 2010 daughter of Made to Size and Nice Portrait backed up the performance to take out 2012 W.A Oaks Saturday night.
Arriving in W.A with no wins from itsâ previous seven starts, John has drastically changed the fortune around for Deutronium, with Saturday night making it seven wins out of eight starts in the state. With blistering early speed being the highlight, the past two months have been an amazing rise to fame, as she continues to go from strength to strength.
Continue reading Deutronium Completes Oaks Double For Iwanyk
Exciting youngster Knocka Knows All set The Gardens alight last week, running a sensational 29.45 to be by far the fastest qualifier for the $15,000 to the winner Greyhound Recorder Mega Maiden this afternoon.
There has been plenty of hype surrounding the son of Knocka Norris and Miss Venamite, especially after champion trainer Reg Kay stated that he was the fastest chaser he has trained at the same age, faster than the likes of Group one Winners and record breakers such as Elite State, Made To Size, Knocka Norris, Elite Oriental and Size Can Matter.
âThis dog is special and I have been blowing his trumpet for months,â Kay told The Greyhound Recorderâs Gary Harley
Continue reading Knocka All The Rage In The Mega Maiden Final At The Gardnes
Greyhound Box Draw For Dubbo – Thursday 13th May 2010
1st: $400 2nd: $115 3rd: $55 Unplaced: $20.
1ELITE DIOR2G W Miller (Mullion Creek)
2WOT A CROC25G J Ford (Dubbo)
3TOOLMAN MUTLEY35R J Huppatz (Parkes)
4TOTAL THUNDER24363L Winter (Brocklehurst)
5MYALLA ATOM524S Cleary (Woodstock)
6MYALLA STRIKE344S Cleary (Woodstock)
7SNOW LADY8J P Lopes (St Marys)
8MONSTER DAMAGE76756W L Marriott (Parramatta)
9MYALLA EAGLE48S Cleary (Woodstock)
10MYALLA CLASSIC657A L Dailly (Anakie)
1st: $400 2nd: $115 3rd: $55 Unplaced: $20.
1MYALLA SWIFT7S Cleary (Woodstock)
2MYALLA FAKE442S Cleary (Woodstock)
3CENA LEGEND57665G Ginn (Cudal)
4FRED BOND47445B J O’Neil (Wellington)
5WEATHER85346W L Marriott (Parramatta)
6THOR’S CASEY742P Carr (St Fillans)
7BLUE MONSTER77557W L Marriott (Parramatta)
8POLLY KEEPING3334C Roberts (Dubbo)
9MYALLA CLASSIC657A L Dailly (Anakie)
10HOPE RELTUB856M Brunker (Londonderry)
1st: $700 2nd: $150 3rd: $75 Unplaced: $20.
1TOOLMAN UNO6116R J Huppatz (Parkes)
2REGAL KAYLA51553M L Edwards (Geurie)
3AWESOME MATE34212C M Rusten (Spring Flat)
4OVERHEAD32571R T Mcdonald (Cowra)
5GET TOUGH85227L Haaring (Cooks Gap)
6ROYAL COURT61328G B Pickering (Coonamble)
7TARADEARRA71612P K Braddon (Cowra)
8GO YOU MUPPET45414R C Harland (Westdale)
9PIPPI’S MATE63684P K Braddon (Cowra)
10NEVER BEFORE18467L J O’Brien (Cowra)
1st: $525 2nd: $150 3rd: $75 Unplaced: $20.
1NOVEMBER ROCK36563C Rusten (Spring Flat)
2INCESSANT31545G B Pickering (Coonamble)
3DANNY CASEY23622P Carr (St Fillans)
4TYLER’S LEGEND16G Ginn (Cudal)
5WALKABOUT GRACEE36313S M Thornton (Kelso)
6MINNY GIGGLES35718A Ginn (Cudal)
7SPEEDY HEATHER116B L Maxwell (Dubbo)
8MYALLA VALLEY4341A L Dailly (Anakie)
9MIGHT AND MILTON16645L J Whitton (Spring Hill)
10WHISPERED LIES83366R N Bourke (Wellington)
1st: $800 2nd: $160 3rd: $80 Unplaced: $20.
1TOOLMAN BUCKO211R J Huppatz (Parkes)
2JOSEY CASEY82311P Carr (St Fillans)
3DANA BLAZE22451R T Mcdonald (Cowra)
4DEPOSIT CARGO22632R B Steel (Wellington)
5CODY KEEPING11721C Roberts (Dubbo)
6GRANNY STATE44632B J Caden (Casino)
7DAD’S MYSTERY14252R T Mcdonald (Cowra)
8TOTAL SURPRISE54622L J Winter (Brocklehurst)
9MYALLA SUNSET17343A L Dailly (Anakie)
10CARADO PRINCE55573K J Brennan (Mudgee)
1st: $525 2nd: $150 3rd: $75 Unplaced: $20.
1MUSCLE’S MONARO14426G B Pickering (Coonamble)
2GOGO MARY68816J F Rudd (Londonderry)
3MISS WISCONSIN41325A Ginn (Cudal)
4CARADO PRINCE55573K J Brennan (Mudgee)
5FRED ESTATE41617G B Pickering (Coonamble)
6PRADA BAZAAR21L W Miller (Mullion Creek)
7OLD MAN KEEPING713C Roberts (Dubbo)
8LADY ELORA7718E Sanchez (Lidsdale)
9MIMZY77545B N Coyte (Orange)
10*** NO RESERVE ***
1st: $525 2nd: $150 3rd: $75 Unplaced: $20.
1GIMME MOJO52214R C Harland (Westdale)
2MYALLA FEVER46414S Cleary (Woodstock)
3DUNGALEER BOY51456L J O’Brien (Cowra)
4AT THE HOP61733R N Bourke (Wellington)
5JACK’S CRIMINAL71531B K Eveleigh (Camberwell)
6BOOMER ESTATE52525J L Harvey (Orange)
7MISS MASON21515R C Harland (Westdale)
8TOOLMAN BONZA14425R J Huppatz (Parkes)
9MURRAY’S CHOICE53755B J O’Neil (Wellington)
10UNO THE DOOLEY43647L Haaring (Cooks Gap)
1st: $525 2nd: $150 3rd: $75 Unplaced: $20.
1BARNEY CASEY211P Carr (St Fillans)
2GAZMICK MARLEY63662G J Abernethy (Parkes)
3SUDDEN LIFT65168J F Rudd (Londonderry)
4BLACKRAIN BONNIE22314G J Ford (Dubbo)
5LITTLE ARGUMENT41613P K Braddon (Cowra)
6BRUMBY TRICK22537J S Wilcox (Keerrong)
7HI VISIBILITY51363L J Duncan (Euchareena)
8LA BIANCA17172E E Sanchez (Lidsdale)
9MIMZY77545B N Coyte (Orange)
10*** NO RESERVE ***
1st: $525 2nd: $150 3rd: $75 Unplaced: $20.
1HAYLEY’S SHIRAZ22772G B Pickering (Coonamble)
2SHIVA’S MIRAGE11516S M Thornton (Kelso)
3FINNSTER182A Ginn (Cudal)
4AMARINA BOY18758S M Thornton (Kelso)
5MYALLA SUNSET17343A L Dailly (Anakie)
6EMJACK OSTI23355B J O’Neil (Wellington)
7SHERWOOD BLACK52474H D Simpson (Dubbo)
8TOO HOTTA TOP26443G J Ford (Dubbo)
9MISS GUN CARGO77364R B Steel (Wellington)
10HONEYBEE STRONG63T38H D Simpson (Dubbo)
1st: $525 2nd: $150 3rd: $75 Unplaced: $20.
1DANCING PIXIE2F314R C Harland (Westdale)
2SUNSET DOMINATOR61737R J Lovett (Parkes)
3ALISHA’S BOY22556B K Eveleigh (Camberwell)
4DROOPY’S HEART47836P Dutton (Dubbo)
5TRUST MUNRO22735G B Pickering (Coonamble)
6WENT BEGGING86681L J Duncan (Euchareena)
7PREMIER DOOLEY63236C M Rusten (Spring Flat)
8TRADING SHARES11141J E Edmondson (Lowood)
9DUSTY JACK41365B K Eveleigh (Camberwell)
10SOLVE IT QUICK33485R N Bourke (Wellington)
The Group One winning team of Julie Edmondson and Reg Kay will once again be a dominant force at todayâs Gardens meeting.
Yesterday the pairâs kennel star, Elite Blue Size ran a sensational 24.94 to be the fastest qualifier for the Group Two Maitland Gold Cup. The time was only two hundredths of a second outside Accountsâ 450 metre course record and he should start a hot favourite in the final, which is worth $25,000 to-the-winner next Thursday.
Earlier this year, Elite Blue Size won the Group Two Gosford Gold Cup in January, before taking out the Group One NCA National Derby at The Gardens a month later.
Continue reading Kay And Edmondson Size Up The Gardens
Again with the big occasion timing of Bart Cummings, veteran maestro Reg Kay, the 2008 Australian Trainer of the Year, annexed yet another Group final, this time the Group 2 Woy Woy Poultry Gold Cup at Gosford, with emerging star Elite Blue Size.
In a race of hard luck stories, Reg, a lottery winner from way back, enjoyed the rails draw and all the favours possible as Elite Blue Size ($5.50) rallied when favourites Take The Kitty ($2.70) and Lochinvar Marlow ($3.60) brought each other undone as they looked to have the measure of the winner.
But it was all honours to Reg who trained a winning treble on the night. However in the Cup final, Lochinvar Marlow, who had lengths on the final field with his spectacular 29.72 heat win, was the chief sufferer.
Continue reading Gosford Gold Cup Fit For Size
The Australian greyhound community has been quick to react to the tragic news stemming from bushfires which swept through the Perrin’s Michelago property late Thursday.
In addition to losing their sole business, their sawmill, and all the milled timber; the Perrins suffered the cruel fate of losing 13 of their beloved greyhounds, and had to endure the sounds of their demise without being able to reach them and rescue them.
All 18 of the Bruce and Lindsay Perrin’s greyhounds were their own ex racing greyhounds and the family had provided them all a home for life, such is the deep levels of affection and care the Perrins have for they dogs.
Continue reading Australian Greyhound Community Rally Behind Perrin Family
Support for the Capalaba Greyhound Racing Club has rallied with the signing of eight new sponsors after the announcement of a new management structure
The Capalaba Club yesterday signed a deal with the metropolitan Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club that sees the Brisbane Club takeover the management and business development of the Redland City-based Capalaba track.
Six new sponsors have got behind the Brisbane Greyhound Racing Clubâs appointment including Cartwright Property Group, Brandons Electrical, Big Dog Racing Supplements, Redcliffe Oxley Meats, Eagle Boys Pizza at Victoria Point, Bogie Lodge Breeding Kennels, Perfect Option Design and Print as well as greyhound enthusiasts Chris and Sonya Andrews.
Continue reading Capalaba Picks Up 8 New Sponsors In 24 Hours
It may have taken two attempts, and they had to wait until he was nearly four years of age but classy southern sprinter Trew Millions will head home to Melbourne with his first Group Race win after winning the Group One Winter Carnival Cup.
The Tina Womann trained performer, which is owned by her partner Denis Trewin, pounced on the field from the start rocketing out from box seven almost taking the lead into the first turn.
The Brett Lee â Chloe Jones dog sat behind leader High Earner heading into the back straight, settling third coming into the home turn behind High Earner and Dyna Forte.
Continue reading Iron Dog Trew Millions Finally Bags A Worthy Group One
The Jason Thompson trained speed machine, El Galo was declared the 2008 Sky Channel Australian Greyhound Of The Year at a magnificent gala function in Sydneyâs Sheraton on the Park last Friday evening.
El Galo started 34 times during 2008 for 23 wins, six seconds and two thirds. The explosive blue son of Whereâs Pedro enjoyed spectacular success at Group level. He won the Group 1 Brisbane Cup, Group 2 Bendigo Cup, Warrnambool Cup, Gold Coast Cup and Bulli Gold Cup and was placed in the Australian Cup, Paws of Thunder and Wangaratta Cup.
Owner, Seona Hood, enthralled the large crowd with a heart felt acceptance speech, confirming in the process that the end of El Galoâs racing career may be near. El Galo has qualified for Saturday nightâs $150,000 to the winner Nice Products Golden Easter Egg Final at Wentworth Park. He will start favourite and victory will almost certainly close the door on what has been a truly brilliant career.
Continue reading El Galo Is 2008 Australian Greyhound of The Year