The 2011 Group 1 Sapphire Crown Classic Final will be run and won tonight at Sandown greyhounds, and one of the eight finalist will win $50,000 in first place prizemoney, as well as the respect and recognition that goes with one of Australia’s most prestigious female only greyhound races.
In the interestâ€™s of helping you find the 2011 Group 1 Sapphire Crown Classic winnerhave scoured the form of the finalists to find all the facts and figures you need to know (and a few of the ones you donâ€™t) to help steer you in the right direction.
Tonneli Bale will aim for her third Group race win in six weeks after recording the fastest time in tonightâ€™s heats of the $72,500 Group 1 Macro Meats Sapphire Crown at Sandown Park.
Trained by master mentor Graeme Bate, Tonneli Bale was sent to the boxes a $2.70 favourite on the back of two brilliant interstate Group race wins. Jumping only fairly from box 6, Tonneli Bale swept to the lead coming off the back straight and powered to the line four lengths clear of Garis Garis in a slick 29.60 seconds.
Bate has enjoyed a remarkable run with Tonneli Bale in this yearâ€™s bitches classics having won the Group 2 Ladies Bracelet at Wentworth Park and the Group 2 Western Australian Oaks at Cannington. She also ran an unlucky second in the Group 1 National Futurity at The Gardens, and also reached the final of the Group 2 Bogie Leigh Futurity at Albion Park.
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AGRAâ€™s Greyhound of the Month for May is New South Wales owned and Victorian trained sprinter Tonneli Bale. In May Tonneli Bale won two Group 2 finals for bitches firstly at Wentworth Park she won her heat and final of Ladies Bracelet. She then went Cannington in West Australia ran second in her heat coming back a week later to win the final.
In the Bracelet final Tonneli Bale posting a sizzling 29.66 seconds and she had a grip on proceedings from the outset. She defeated Shereen Bale by four and a half lengths with Darya Bale third another length and a quarter away providing the master trainer G Bate with the trifecta.
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Itâ€™s that time of year again when greyhound industry participants are exposed to buying heaven with over 300 quality pups on offer at the 2011 Dapto Puppy Auction. To be held on May 5 at Dapto Racing Club commencing at 10am, some extremely well bred pups are being auctioned off making them eligible for the Country Winnebago Dapto Puppy Auction Racing Series in December 2012 worth $75,000 followed by a 297m spring series in February 2013 worth $8,000.
Now in its thirteenth year, multiple amounts of group winners have been brought and sold at the auction. Not only have some gone on to win the Dapto Puppy Classic but also have gone on to win several group races.
These include; Toll Security (2001 Group 2 Vic Peters Classic Winner), Most Awesome (2003 Australian Cup Winner and proven sire), Here I Come (2006 Group 2 Queensland Futurity Winner), Adris Echo (2006 Group 3 Young Star Classic), Merciless Lu (2007 Group Two SA Derby) and Jedd Lion (2003 Group 3 Nowra Puppy Classic).
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This year marks the 22nd anniversary of one of the greatest races in the world: the 520-metre Golden Easter Egg, the Group One event that is the richest open entry contest in Australia and the brainchild of the late Bill Baker, GBOTA Chairman.
The Golden Easter Egg was in some ways a response to the nationâ€™s first $100,000 to the winner event, the Greens Classic held at the Dapto circuit. The-then Dapto Secretary, the late Bill â€˜Dumplingâ€™ Dwyer, conceived the idea of running a race worth $100,000 to the winner, a concept many believed was a pie-in-the-sky dream.
By the time it became a reality in 1990, the GBOTA, under the direction of Bill Baker, had already formulated an idea to promote an un-sponsored event to rival Dwyerâ€™s. So, the inaugural event was held in March-April 1990.
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The AGRA greyhound rankings have been released up until March 2011 and on-again / off-again stud dog High Earner has been ranked the number 1 dog in the country.
High Earner has been ranked with 188 points by the AGRA, largely courtesy of his Group 1 Perth Cup win, and invitation-only Group 1 Temlee win.
And despite being officially re-retired to stud with studmaster Paul Westerveld immediately after the finishing second in the Group 1 Australian Cup final, High Earner has been returned to Kelvyn Greenough’s kennels to contest the heats of this weekend’s Group 1 Golden Easter Egg heats.
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Australianfor Friday 4th February 2011 with selections from Ballarat greyhounds (Victoria), Casino greyhounds (NSW) ,Traralgon greyhounds (Victoria), Wentworth Park greyhounds (New South Wales), The Gardens greyhounds (New South Wales), Albion Park greyhounds (Queensland) and Mandurah greyhounds (West Australia).
The highlight of todayswill be the running of the 2011 finals of the Group 1 National Futurity and 2011 Group 1 National Derby at The Gardens. Also of interest are heats of the ladies only Damsels Dash special event at Traralgon and the final of the Dawesville Cup at Mandurah.
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The timing of Lochinvar Marlowâ€™s retirement could not have been more perfected by Robert Smith with the son of Bombastic Shiraz finishing in style with an impressive victory in the 2010 Group Three Christmas Gift at Wentworth Park, giving him some crucial last minute bonus points in his bid to secure the title of New South Wales Greyhound of the Year.
This victory along with his Group One Paws of Thunder triumph will still be fresh in the judgeâ€™s minds when the decision is announced on February 12th at the Hilton Hotel in Sydney.
High hopes were placed upon Lochinvar Marlow when he began his career by blitzing the field in the Group Three Laurie Healon Memorial Maiden at Betchoice Gardens back in 2009 clocking a near record 29.43 effort from the tricky box five.
Continue reading Lochinvar Marlow Looks To Finish With Another Bang
A Group quality line-up is the highlight of race program tonight at The Gardens, when Paws Of Thunder winner, Lochinvar Marlow, Tweed Heads Galaxy champion, Big Bunga and multiple Group Two finalist, New Divide do battle in race five, the Schweppes FFA.
Lochinvar Marlow has had one start, where he finished second last Wednesday night, since suffering an injury in the Group One invitation only Topgun at The Meadows in Melbourne a month ago. The Robert Smith trained galloper before that defeated Australiaâ€™s best chasers in the Group One Paws Of Thunder at Wentworth Park.
New Divide has established himself as one of the stateâ€™s best sprinters making the Peter Mosman and Multicam Black Top finals, both at Group Two level. He is also a Gardens track specialist, winning seven races from 10 starts at the Hunter Valleyâ€™s premier circuit, including a sensational 29.49 for the 515 metres.
Continue reading Big Guns Heading To The Gardens Greyhounds Tonight
Former New South Wales greyhound Outa Credit has overcome a more than moderate start to power over the top of tiring Allen Chang to give one time Victorian premier trainer Jason Thompson two finalists in next weeks rich $175,000 to the winner Melbourne Cup.
Returning to Jason Thompson for the Melbourne Cup Superdog Series after having unsuccessfully competed in the Group 2 Lismore Cup heats for former trainer Reg Kay, Outa Credit was only moderately away from box four in the early stages of heat seven of the Melbourne Cup.
The Dailly family trained Allen Chang had begun brilliantly from box three and quickly established a lead from the boxes, while the greyhounds in arrears jammed at the winning post the first time.
Continue reading Former NSW Greyhound Overcomes Tardy Start To Give Thompson Two Finalists
Twelve strong heats of the coveted Multicam Systems Maitland Future Stars will be conducted this Thursday morning, with established trainers travelling from far and wide to the Hunter Valley one turn track in a bid to secure the $7,000 prize check and free service to Knocka Norris awarded to this years winner.
Always a recognisable name at the feature classic races at any track, Christine Oldfield will be bringing several potential young stars carrying the famous â€˜Novemberâ€™ line. Christineâ€™s record with her November youngsters at Maitland is as good as any, having started 35 times for 12 wins and 11 placings.
Oldfield looks to have a dominant hand in the series, with five starters in the heats; four of whom are from the October 2008 litter by Bit Chili out of Oldfieldâ€™s own prolific winner, November Savanna. The dam was the winner of 12 of 41 starts with her career highlights coming when she ran third in the 2006 Group 1 National Futurity and was runner up in the 2006 Group 2 Ladies Bracelet. This is her first litter to race.
Continue reading Maitland Future Stars Young Guns Locked and Loaded
The Gardens will play host to one of the most open group races in recent memory this Saturday night, when eight accomplished sprinters line-up for a tilt at the Group 2 Multicam Black Top (515m).
First run in 2005, the Black Top has become the signature event at The Gardens, with some star chasers laying claim to being victorious in the rich Group 2 event over the years.
This Saturday night will be no different, and if the spirited racing from the four heats is anything to go by, patrons are in for a champagne night of
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Boom youngster, Winsome Gun, confirmed his favouritism for the $20,000 to the winner Laurie Healion Memorial Final at The Gardens next Friday with another stellar display in the second round of the prestigious series.
Jumping from box eight, the son of dual AGRA Australian Sire of the Year, Bombastic Shiraz and Winsome Silver, completely outclassed his rivals, running a sensational 29.47 for the 515 metres, the fastest run so far in the series.
Trained by Minnie and Jinn Finn, Winsome Gun has firmed even further after drawing box one in the final, but the $20,000 winnerâ€™s cheque wonâ€™t has be handed over with a challenge.
Continue reading Finn’s Gun Maiden Fires Up Laurie Healion Memorial Finals
Greyhound fans wonâ€™t have to wait long for one of the highlights of tonightâ€™s excellent meeting at The Gardens, when the highly promising Lochinvar Lee steps out in the first event of the night.
The superbly bred son of champion sire Just The Best and Knockabout Wilma, who ran second in the 2004 Group One National Futurity, gains a start from box four after initially being the first reserve in race one, The Edenâ€™s Bistro Open Tonight Stake over 515 metres.
Owned by Heather Gordon, the daughter of NCA director Kevin Gordon, and under the guidance of master trainer, Robert Smith, Lochinvar Lee has only had one public outing, where he trialled in fast time at Maitland at the start of April, and he is expected to start his race track career off in style.
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Looking for that well-bred Macro Meats Golden Easter Egg entrant? Look no further than Sky Fly High.
Closing in on her fourth birthday, the Vincent Bennett-trained veteran can count on proven bloodlines in Australiaâ€™s biggest race.
Her mother Token Melody is the daughter of outstanding sire Token Prince, who counts 2006 Golden Easter Egg winner Edie Beauchamp and 2008 champion Blazing Token among his best offspring.
Continue reading 2010 Golden Easter Egg Prelude Winner Bred To Win
The darling of the New South Wales sprinting ranks, Nova Surf, is “very much still in Australia……and she is going better than ever”. That’s the word direct from connections regarding the pint size pocket rocket who hasn’t been seen on the track since late August.
Confusion surrounded her future whenwere informed by one of our overseas sources that Nova Surf had been sold to international interests, but her owner Allan Tindall has clarified that situation.
“Yes, she was the subject of a very large offer from overseas but I can tell you now, there is no way any amount of money could buy this bitch!”.
Continue reading Nova Surf Still In Australia………And Flying!!
Top performer Santino Marella is sure to head into Thursday nightâ€™s Group 3 Big Dog Queensland Cup at Albion Park as favourite after drawing box two in the final.
The Stephen Rolf-trained, Surf Lorian-dog dominated his heat winning by almost six lengths and in a blistering time of 34.97.
Jumping from box two tonight, the classy middle-distance runner only made the step up to 600m for the first time last week, and will be looking to take the $15,000 winnerâ€™s cheque in only his second start.
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Nova Surf is set to start a long odds-on favourite in the final of next weekâ€™s $72,500 Group 1 Hawkins Media Laurels at Sandown Park after blitzing her rivals in tonightâ€™s semi finals.
Rated the kennelâ€™s fastest early dog by trainer Darren McDonald, Nova Surf ($1.40F) shanghaied from box 7 to cross to the rail and lead through the first turn.
From there, the former New South Wales sprinter was never challenged, racing to a 4.5 length win over the fast finishing Boozeroo ($5.20) in a slick 29.74.
Continue reading Nova Surf Bolts In To The Laurels Final & Favouritism
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 Sydneyâ€™s 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 Whereâ€™s 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 Galoâ€™s racing career may be near. El Galo has qualified for Saturday nightâ€™s $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.
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Welcome toâ€™s free for Thursday 19th March 2009 with tonight from Sandown Park (Victoria), Dapto (New South Wales), Albion Park (Queensland), Angle Park (South Australia) and Mandurah (West Australia).
Yesterdayâ€™swere a case of how close. We closed out a profit at all bookies but added to our 3 winners, we had 3 runners outed in to 2nd in photo’s and Lochinvar Milano a certainty beat at The Gardens.
For the very first time we nominated a Lay Of The Night and happily Aston Volante did everything we expected and less and managed to get beat from box 1 paying $1.50. If you didn’t lay the dog at
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Another Futurity win looks imminent for Group One National Futurity Winner Digital Magic after an impressive five length win in last Thursdayâ€™s Group Two Bogie Leigh Queensland Futurity heats.
The classy southern bitch had the racing gods on her side last week running in the quickest heat in 30.24 and then drawing box two in the Final this Thursday night (March 19, 2009)
The Queensland Futurity Final is an historic race in the Queensland
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Welcome toâ€™s free for Thursday 12th March 2009. Last night was the complete opposite of Tuesday night and even though we went for a few at odds and concentrated half our in to Warrnambool, we still managed 6 winners with the one winner at Warrnambool rewarding our interest when Miss Fluffy flew the lids and blew them away paying $11 (Best Price) for a nice collect.
After 80 bets and and 8 days of bets and a bad start to the tipping we are now only 2 to 3 bets behind with most of our bookmakers and the trend is obviously up. Of our other running a new track record in the process. At Ballarat Betty Boo and Eskimo Maggie both proved their class and won well and Pop Culture rewarded our faith at Ipswich.
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If omens were anything to go by Tony Brettâ€™s young bitch Bogie Gem would be a sure thing this Thursday night.
The talented black bitch, out of Bogie Leigh, will line up in Heat Four of the nightâ€™s Group Two Bogie Leigh Queensland Futurity, a $38,000 race which trainer Tony Brett has won three times including his 2003 winner, and AGRA Hall of Famer, Bogie Leigh.
Continue reading Tony Brett Sizes Up Queensland Futurity Number Four
Last month, El Galo and Fedex shared the lead in the AGRA National Greyhound Rankings, ahead of stayers Lilley Criminal and Gunnadoo Magic.
And this month, the top four stay the same. Both El Galo and Fedex added another 105 points to the totals to share the rankings lead with 175 points. El Galo added his points from just 3 runs in February, a Group 1 Temlee win at the The Meadows, followed by a Group 1 Australian Cup Semi Final win and his second to Velocette in the Final, both again at The Meadows.
Continue reading Little Change At The Top In The AGRA National Greyhound Rankings
Digital Magic produced a similar effort to win the Nexia and Company National Futurity Final (515m), also worth $50,000 to the winner, as group 1 racing made its debut in the Hunter.
Owner Alan Mottershead labelled trainer Mick Abbott a genius after Digital Magic scorched an all-the-way win.
Continue reading Digital Magic Wins Garden’s Group 1 National Futurity