Allan Anderson On A Winning Streak In Tasmania

With a team of only eight racing greyhounds in work, it is quite an achievement for a trainer to prepare three winners on any given programme, amazingly however, Mangalore mentor Allan Anderson has been able to do just that on two occasions in recent weeks.

On August 14 at the HGRC meeting in Hobart, he prepared the winners Cut Em Down (Cosmic Chief – Kyra Shiraz), Lashing Polly (Knocka Norris – Jamella Sarah) and Blue Tam (Go Wild Teddy – Juicy Lucy) and then on Thursday night at the same venue, he was once again seen in the winners circle with Cut Em Down and Lashing Polly, his third winner on this occasion being the former interstate chaser Pedro’s Vineyard (Where’s Pedro – Miss Merlot).

“I’m certainly having a great run of success at the moment. Preparing them as I always have done but just enjoying a run of luck,” the modest trainer explained this week.

Cut Em Down, which has now won three of 24 lifetime outings, is owned by Bracknell enthusiast Andrew Spencer, who was introduced to the sport by veteran trainer Maurie Strickland of Rewind fame.

“Maurie didn’t have room for Cut Em Down at his kennels so Andrew offered him to me to train and I am glad that he did,” Anderson explained. “He displays a bit of ability and can probably win again while in his current form.”

Lashing Polly, a late bloomer at three years of age, is raced by the trainer in partnership with kennel client Neil Sargison, who also enjoyed great success recently with last year’s National Distance Championship contender Lashing Jill (Lilli Pilli Lad – Illusion).

“She has taken time to find her racing legs, but is now firing and should develop into a very handy chaser,” Anderson explained.

Unfortunately for the pair, Lashing Jill broke down after contesting the Distance Championship, but has since produced a litter of eight pups by leading stud dog Kinloch Brae.

Pedro’s Vineyard, which is raced by a syndicate headed by interstate owner Brian Ford, was sent to Anderson’s kennels with a long range plan to contest distance races, but is also proving to be very capable over shorter trips.

The winner of four of 54 lifetime outings has been racing consistently in her new environment and is probably also one to follow in coming months.

Allan Anderson is naturally hoping that his current run of success will continue, but is the first to admit that the more races he wins the harder it becomes next time.

Meanwhile Copping trainer Peter Phillips prepared the smart chaser Dirty Rich (Cosmic Chief – Flippin Cool) to take out the Noel Vince Memorial (461 metres) at Thursday night’s meeting.

Named in honour of former owner – trainer Vince, the race is a regular feature on the HGRC calendar and has been won by some outstanding chasers in recent years.

Dirty Rich, the winner of 13 races while accumulating a purse of in excess of $43,000, recorded a time of 26.14 in winning the event, while paying a win dividend of $5.40.

The Anthony Bullock prepared Hellyeah Bolt filled second placing, with Graeme Moate’s kennel occupant Shanlyn Vapour taking third spot.

Are Horses, Dogs And Humans Different?

Following our recent mentions of the risks involved in stayers backing up within seven days it was interesting to note some comments by Phil Purser, who runs the Queensland website justracing.com and is long experienced in all three codes as an owner/trainer.

Given the recent rains all down the eastern seaboard Phil made a point of examining the performances of horses in the three big cities, including their likely handling of soft tracks. Also, heading into spring, many were coming back from lengthy spells. Here is part of what he said.

“So this half fit and somewhat overweight thoroughbred – that is resuming from a spell and has had to be pushed out to the line in slow or more particularly “heavy” going – may well have had a gutbuster without the trainer even subsequently knowing that the horse isn’t quite right. The horse may eat up okay, be as bright as a button at trackwork, yet run below par at its next start. I’ve seen that scenario unfold a thousand times in my lifetime of following racehorses. And it’s probably a fact of life that with the drug laws as they are today in thoroughbred racing, in particular to the way that bi-carb use is targeted, that it’s probably harder for the modern day trainer to legally get a horse over a hard run quickly”.

This more or less parallels our observations about greyhounds in staying races. Xylia Allen has several times done poorly the week after a top win. Dusty Moonshine did likewise at Wentworth Park seven days after a series of well-spaced wins. In contrast, Sweet It Is has rarely backed up too quickly so it is no coincidence that it has generally put in very consistent runs. As it happens, it was just awarded Run of the Year by AGRA for its last to first win at Wentworth Park in April in 41.78. However, as suggested here previously, the track was lightning fast over that period – including when Xylia Allen broke the track record (but faded from the home turn a week later).

It was also notable that at least one distance runner was trialled over the full Cannington 715m trip only days before the National race. It ran poorly.

There cannot be much doubt that neither horses nor dogs can be relied upon to put in top runs a week apart over long trips. The odd exception to that rule does not invalidate the principle. Or, as vet Dr John Kohnke warned (see our article on 11 August), be extra careful about “over-exertion on a particular day” or when a greyhound “exceeds its physical limit”.

WRONG FORM A HASSLE

The shortcomings of the Ozchase form system came to the fore again in the Nationals at Cannington, this time due also to our sloppy friends down in Tasmania. Here’s what the Tasracing tipster said about the local hope prior to the distance race:

“Painted Dotty also is suited to box one and should be (sic) begin like she has at her recent starts she will make her presence felt at the business end of proceedings. The Mick Stringer-trained bitch has been arcing (sic) in peal (sic) form of late over the 720-metre trip in Sydney and in Tasmania and will go into the race in great condition”.

Ozchase more or less backed up that claim by printing (ex the Tasmanian race results) sectionals allegedly run by Painted Dotty at its last two starts – ie 5.17 and 5.11 – over the Launceston 720m trip. Luckily the former time was correct as it led all the way. The second is completely wrong as she had to come from well back and ran to the lead only in the home straight. That 5.11 time was the property of another dog altogether, not Painted Dotty.

For reasons which are impossible to understand, all Tasmanian sectional times – but only one per race – are assigned to the winner, not necessarily the dog that led, thereby corrupting career records for large numbers of dogs.

In the event, Painted Dotty got away well from its rails box in Perth, led for a while and then disappeared off the map when it got to “the business end”.

This sort of problem is compounded by the absence of sectional times for the majority of runners in provincial races in NSW and Queensland, as well as for all races in Tasmania.

The point is that if you have no integrity and consistency in the system, then all sorts of predictions can go wrong and people will be misled. Deliberately giving the wrong dog a fast sectional time is a disgraceful practice yet it has been going on for months, despite constant reminders from this column. Even the Tassie tipster was so frantic to get out the comments that he did not bother to fix all his typos. Not a good look.

PROFESSIONAL OR AMATEUR?

While on the subject of formguides, what a pity that authorities can’t make life a bit easier for fans. Here are a few examples of track codes dreamed up by each of the three main producers. “DFS” is the Daily Form Service contracted by Tabcorp to prepare wall sheets for some 2,000 outlets in NSW.

 

Ozchase GRV DFS
W/P WPK WPRK
RIC RIC RICH
AP/K APK ANPK
CAN CAN CANN
MDW MEA/MEP MEAD
S/P SAN/SAP SAND
AP BGC ALPK

 

In addition, DFS readers have to get used to the most recent race being put first when the normal practice is to put it last. GRV still inserts sectional and overall times for handicap runs without noting what those handicaps were. For anyone reading Ozchase form guides, first make sure you have a magnifying glass handy, especially in bad light. The font is far too small. And avoid TAB outlets which feature the new touchscreens prepared by someone called FLEXICOST – mostly they contain only the last three runs and do not show any times or margins unless the dog won. Where installed, these screens have replaced the DFS wall sheets, which mostly offer only three runs, too.

All of which indicates a complete lack of national supervision in greyhound racing. Standards don’t matter, consistency is out the window, just bung it out for the mugs. Well, for no-one, really, because the mugs don’t read formguides anyway.

AND SO IT GOES ON

From the stewards report for race 9 at Ballarat (Aug27).

“Jessie Small crossed to the rail soon after the start, checking Plantinum (sic) Shen, Dyna Zerg and Lagoon Mytye”.

The first bit is right but five viewings of the video cannot uncover the truth of the rest of the sentence. Those three dogs were well behind the fast-beginning Jessie Small at all stages. And “Plantinum Shen” should be Platinum Shen. Are these guys getting paid by the word?

Xylia Allen Joins Zoom Top In Historic Performance

Xylia Allen may have failed to win the National Distance Championship final at Cannington, but by running second she did succeed in becoming Australia’s highest prize money earner.

In eclipsing Miata at the top of the prize money tree, Xylia Allen became only the second genuine all-distance greyhound to achieve the feat, thereby equalling the effort of the greyhound many still consider the best to have ever graced an Australian racecourse, Zoom Top.

Since Black Top, the sire of Zoom Top, retired in 1963 as the highest prize money winner in Australia, there have been 18 greyhounds who have gone on to take the number one mantle. Of these, 12 have been purely sprinters, and four have been predominantly stayers.

Xylia Allen is only the third greyhound this century to have taken the top spot. The first was the appropriately named Queensland sprinter High Earner who, on 19 February 2011, finally ended the great Rapid Journey’s 147-month stint at the top of the prize money tree.

High Earner held the record for two years, until 9 February 2013, when West Australian super stayer Miata cruised past. Now, just 18 months later, and Xylia Allen becomes the first Victorian since Highly Blessed to take the prize money crown.

In a somewhat ironic fashion, Highly Blessed also supplanted a West Australian greyhound for the title. Sandi’s Me Mum had taken the record from a Queenslander, Dancing Gamble, in May 1990. Highly Blessed, just 10 months later, eclipsed Sandi’s Me Mum at the end of March 1991.

Xylia Allen is also only the fifth Victorian since the 1960s to have held the record. As well as the aforementioned Highly Blessed, the other holders have been the mighty stayers Lizrene and Bold Trease and the underrated sprinter Tangaloa.

Lizrene went past Zoom Top’s 64-month old record in 1974 and held the top spot for 69 months. Tangaloa eclipsed the NSW sprinter Acclaim Star in January 1980 and held the record for the next 45 months.

Bold Trease held the record for a mere one day. He went past the record set by NSW stayer Whip Tip on 19 October 1988. Just 24 hours later, Queenslader Dancing Gamble scored at the Gabba and went past Bold Trease’s total.

It’s hard to see how any current greyhound is going to get past Xylia Allen’ new mark of $722,625, especially as she is yet to finish racing.

Zoom Top finished her career in 1970 with what was then an incredible $59,032. The first greyhound to pass $100,000 was the Allen Wheeler sprinter Winifred Bale, in 1983. Rapid Journey was the first to pass half a million in stake earnings. Now Xylia Allen has the chance to reach three-quarters of a million, or more.

This Week In Racing History

AUGUST
27

Gay Banfort won the 1949 Lismore Cup, run over 500 yards on grass, by four lengths in 27.3.

True Vintage broke the 457 metres Hobart track record in winning the 1987 TGOTBA Division One Cup by nine lengths in 26.32 from box seven.

Buddy Rich earned the right to represent NSW in the National Sprint Championship by taking out the NSW elimination title, in 2005. Buddy Rich defeated Power Of Passion by almost three lengths in 29.92, a new race record.

28
The improvised track at Harold Park, which had been operational since December 1933 was closed in 1936. A new loam circuit opened a week later.

Blue Lorian won the 2010 National Distance Championship for NSW, scoring by four lengths over South Australian star Satanic Cash with Tasmanian Sitka in third position. Owner-trainer Peter Whyte picked up $50,000 for the win at Angle Park.

On the same night, NSW made a clean sweep of the national titles when Smooth Fancy won the National Sprint Championship by a head from Cosmic Chief for trainer Tony Azzopardi.

29
The NSW National Coursing Association (NCA) was officially incorporated in 1933.

Tommie Streaker won the 1998 Wyong Derby by three and a quarter lengths, running 16.40 up the 300 metres straight for trainer Dave Irwin.

30
Knocka Norris (Q) defeated Mountain Of Love (NSW) and All Caution (V) in the 2008 National Sprint Championship final, held at Wentworth Park. Knock Norris scored by seven and a half lengths in a fast 29.83. NSW fielded three finalists after Victorian qualifier Mogambo had to be scratched and was replaced by Hendrix.

Hoover Jack set a new track record time of 29.69 for 520 metres at Geelong in 2013, clipping 2/100ths from the previous mark set by Schroder Bale just seven days earlier.

31
Dusty Rapid won a maiden stake over 457 metres at Harold Park in 1973 in 26.36, breaking the long-held time standard for a maiden set in 1968 by Top Kabana at 26.4. Dusty Rapid was trained by Bob Doak and was a litter brother to the smart Dusty Trail, but had been plagued by injury. Doak considered Dusty Rapid a faster sprinter than his brother and persisted with him. Second in this maiden was future Vic Peters Memorial Classic and Bi-Annual Classic (now Peter Mosman Memorial) finalist Arctic Tiger.

Lord Ballina took out the 1985 Young Star Classic, running 31.14 over the 530 metres at Wentworth Park. This was the last time the Classic was held on the old track. The occasion was saddened by the scratching of Another Flash following the death of his trainer Paul Maroney.

SEPTEMBER
1

Flashing Floods (V) defeated Miss Brook (Q) in the 2007 final of the National Distance Championship, run over 725 metres at The Meadows.

2
Macareena won a Harold Park Stake over 500 yards at the big Glebe circuit by six lengths in 1953 and ran 26.5 to equal the track and world record.

Boronia Blossom became the first greyhound to win back-to-back National Distance Championships when she scored in the 1996 version on her home track at Albion Park for trainer Ron Ball. The victory took her earnings past $200,000.

The Mystery Of the Long Distance Runner

I hope someone can explain why Sweet It Is won the National Distance Championship so convincingly and in near-record time. It started at even money and ran 41.39, just outside Miata’s 41.30 record. For the life of me I can’t work it out.

Admittedly, it was only a 4-dog race in practice, as is common in this event, yet the betting says Sweet It Is is a better dog than Xylia Allen, despite the latter having a much better record, many faster times and some hundreds of thousands of dollars more prize money. And both had crook boxes on a track which heavily favours inside dogs.

At Cannington, the slow-starting Sweet It Is was better placed early than is usual, which would have been a help. But it was never in front of Xylia Allen until the last several metres. Yes, it is a good finisher but it has almost never been in such exalted time ranks in its life before, barring a single exception. (It ran fast times at Wentworth Park during April, along with several other dogs, including Xylia Allen, yet every experience since then has suggested that those times were suspect. Not that they were incorrect, but that the conditions on the night were somehow conducive to ultra-hot times).

Going back to comparisons at Sandown, where it has raced many times, Sweet It Is has consistently been in the 42.00 to 42.10 category, never any better, which would not get it within a bull’s roar of the Cannington time. And most of its wins have been against very ordinary opposition. Yet in Perth all the early markets said it should be a hot favourite. So did punters on the night – and they were right! I am flabbergasted.

Elsewhere over the weekend, we were treated to five other staying races at Wentworth Park and The Meadows; four were pretty average and one a sparkling one. Four more 5th Grade distance heats were run on Thursday at Sandown, two in fair times and two very slowly. All nine of these were won by dogs that led or nearly so, even including long term plodder Fantasizzing (a slow 42.48 at Sandown). Dyna Kayla and Dewana Babe put in quite nice runs at Sandown – both in the 42.00/42.10 bracket I mentioned above in respect to Sweet It Is. The rest were forgettable, bar one.

Space Age (Bekim Bale x Tonto Tears) came to Wentworth Park with a CV that included record-breaking runs at Richmond (618m) and Gosford (600m) and did not disappoint. After jumping in the first few it took the lead at the judge and went further and further away as the race progressed. Its time of 41.84 was exceptional for a first effort and would win nine out of ten good races there.

Obviously it was favourite but a win dividend of $1.04 is extraordinary for any race, let alone a first attempt at the distance.

Its breeding is interesting as while Bekim Bale was no slouch and a strong dog, it had no staying experience before being retired. However, on mum’s side, its grandsire was an All-American performer, Kiowa Sweet Trey, with 31 wins from 41 starts.

It’s worth remembering that the great Paul Wheeler went down the American road a few years back, following a period when very few of his dogs were running out a good 500m. That action helped no end. A few others have done likewise since then.

Space Age, along with Dusty Moonshine, which may well have suffered a minor injury in its defeat in the NSW Championship run-off (according to the trainer), offer real promise for the staying caper, which badly needs rejuvenation. Worth watching.

WHISTLING ON THE WAY THROUGH THE CEMETERY

Queensland again made the news with a report from Tattsbet indicating that it suffered a 2% fall in tote takings over the financial year. Boss Robbie Cooke came up with brave words about a return to growth with a new website, new brand, more advertising and more marketing expenditure (whatever all that means).

Racing Queensland chief Kevin Dixon has been making very similar remarks after boosting all-code prize money, using cash generated by its newly signed agreement with Tattsbet. Technically, that is cash no-one has yet so we will have to live in hope.

However, in both cases the assumption is that a fresh coat of paint will encourage more people to come into the shop. The bigger question is whether they will put products on the shelf that more people want to buy. To bring that about, the state first needs more good dogs and better tracks – prospects of which are uncertain, to say the least.

The new one-turn track at Logan is one to two years away, the Ipswich club has diverted attention to a replacement track at Bundamba in company with the gallops, and there is no indication that anyone recognises the frailities of the Albion Park circuit. Whether they admit it or not, both have (a) disruptive turns everywhere which produce unreliable betting propositions, and (b) declining average dog standards.

Those shortcomings are matched by the uncompetitive nature of Tattsbet’s small pools. Taken together, they demand radical action to reform the state’s racing package to have any hope of success. Bunging up prize money is good but it is no more than the start of a long journey.

Sweet It Is Victorious In 2014 National Distance Final

Sweet It Is has taken out the 2014 National Distance Championship for trainer Darren McDonald. The win tops off a fantastic couple of days for the Cranbourne trainer, who was named trainer of the year.

The daughter of Mogambo – Off Springer was third out of the boxes wearing the seven rug behind a leading Painted Dotty (box one) and Bingle Monelli (box four), with Xylia Allen a little slow to begin in fifth place. It was only a matter of time before Xylia Allen outclassed Painted Dotty and Bingle Monelli, taking the lead and the chance of breaking Miata’s prizemoney record with her at the Solo sign in the back straight. Sweet It Is was at worst in fifth position, not making her run into the race until the dying stages from the outside of the track. In the end it was a battle between the two Victorians who fought it out to the line, with Sweet It Is proving the better stayer on the night by one length in a time of 41.39.

Xylia Allen held onto second place and Miata’s prizemoney record in front Miata’s home crowd, with Queenslander Wag Tail (box two) running on to finish in third place and the WA trained Ash Flash (box three) in fourth.

“I am very very happy with the win, I am just glad to get dogs capable of winning these races.” Trainer Darren McDonald explained.

“I never expect anything, although I was reasonably confident coming into the race. She likes being dictated to and she likes to know where the dogs are in the race.”

The black bitch added her Nationals victory to her list of three group titles including the Group One Association Cup at Wentworth Park and the Group One Sandown Cup.

“All group races are good to win, I can’t compare them one to another.”

Sweet It Is added another $75,000 to her prizemoney, which now stands at over $400,000. She also continued the impressive Perth strike rate for Darren McDonald, with three WA group races for three wins, being the Group One Perth Cup with Keybow, the Group Two Cannington Derby with Tigerlong Amigo and now the Group One National Distance Final.

Chica Destacada Is One Outstanding Girl

New South Wales sprinter Chica Destacada lived up to her Spanish name, outstanding girl, on Saturday night taking out the Group One National Sprint Final for trainer Doreen Drynan.

Chica Destacada flew to the lead from box two and didn’t look back, recording an impressive first sectional of 5.59 and an overall time of 30.27. The daughter of Cosmic Rumble – Eluthra’s only challenger was WA chaser Star Recall who lunged late on the line, missing out on the win by neck. Linda Britton finished up with the minor placegetters, with Zelemar Fever running home strongly to finish third after finding trouble out of the boxes.

After a failed attempt at the Group Two Cannington Oaks earlier in the year, Doreen Drynan and Chica Destacada were able to go one step better, the Group One National Sprint Championship.

“I can’t believe it! Fourth time lucky!” Trainer Doreen Drynan laughed.

“Coming over for the Oaks put her in good stead for the Nationals. She is just the perfect dog, doesn’t mess her bed or dirty her kennel.”

“The big thing is that I bred her, and I am so thankful that her owner let me have her back to train.”

Since breaking onto the NSW racing scene in October last year she has had 26 starts for 11 wins and seven minor placing’s.

The 2014 National’s series was Doreen Drynan’s fourth attempt at the title and it couldn’t be more fitting to record a win with Chica Destacada, who was titled early on at the break in stage as one of the fastest dogs the breaker had broken in.

As for celebrations for the big event, the $75,000 prize is more then enough to keep the smile on Doreen’s face until she makes her way back home on Monday.

Cannington Greyhounds Tips And Betting Preview August 23rd 2014

It’s National final’s night and Sportingbet has a $700 free bet offer. Huge value.

Best Bet: Get on the good thing of the day with free $200 at Centrebet.
Race 5: On Coin

Best Roughie:
Race 2: Special Jim

Quaddie:
Leg 1: 2 – Leg 2: 2,6,7 – Leg 3: 3,8 – Leg 4: 2,3,6 – $18 for 100%

 

Race No. 5Celebrating 50 Years Of National…10:30 PM
FFAC event over 530 metres at Cannington Of $6,960 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,875 2nd: $1,390 3rd: $695.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1STRIKING BLAZE316330.77John Iwanyk
2ON COIN111529.85John Crossley
3THUNDER RAMA728130.44John Iwanyk
4PROVEN WILL276630.29Linda Britton
5PROVEN KATIE146530.52Linda Britton
6GOMES612730.38Linda Britton
7YOU CAN DREAM134830.45Dennis Calleja

Really hard to go past Superstar On Coin, he has been the state’s premier sprinter for some time now and he looks set to lead all the way. Proven Will should hit the line solidly and he can cause an upset if he gets a few gaps mid race, whilst Gomes is rarely far away in these types of race.

Top Four: 2 – 4 – 6 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 2/3,4,6/Field ($18 for 100%)

Exacta: 2/3,4,6 ($3 for 100%)

Quinella: 2 to rove with 3,4,6 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2,4,6/2,3,4,6/1,2,3,4,5,6 ($36 for 100%)

 

Race No. 6Tabtouch National Distance Champ…10:52 PM
OPENC event over 715 metres at Cannington Of $106,875 Prizemoney.
1st: $75,000 2nd: $21,250 3rd: $10,625.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1PAINTED DOTTY1111NBTMichael Stringer
2WAG TAIL1521NBTChristina Harman
3ASH FLASH211241.75Paul Stuart
4BINGLE MONELLI322142.04David Hobby
5TOKEN MCLAREN1211NBTDonald Foster
6XYLIA ALLEN1141NBTJenny Hunt
7SWEET IT IS221141.99Darren Mcdonald
8QUEEN MARINA3621NBTNoelene Holloway

This really does appear to be a match race between the champion Xylia Allen and the freakish Sweet It Is. I’m giving the edge to Xylia Allen, I’m anticipating that she will begin a lot better tonight and she will assume control as they head through the first turn. On the bunny she is an absolute speed machine and she may just give the track record a shake. Sweet It Is will be running on hard as usual and she should fill the quinella spot, I dont think she will be able to reel in Xylia Allen if she is rolling along out in front. Wag Tail is the only other winning chance, she trialled the house down here last week and she might put some pressure on Xylia Allen in the early stages.

Top Four: 6 – 7 – 2 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Xylia Allen ($3 fixed is ridiculous odds, should be $1.90 or shorter)

Trifecta: 2,6,7/2,6,7/1,2,3,6,7 ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 6,7/6,7/Field ($12 for 100%)

Trifecta: 6/7/Field ($6 for 100%)

Boxed Exacta: 2,6,7 ($3 for 100%)

 

Race No. 7Greyhoundsaspets.com.au11:17 PM
5C event over 530 metres at Cannington Of $5,535 Prizemoney.
1st: $3,875 2nd: $1,105 3rd: $555.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ELEPHANT GUNN421330.96Jayson Gunning
2DARK DEE627830.82Linda Britton
3SADIE’S GUESS136230.56Linda Britton
4BEKIM KEEPING723530.77Terry Erenshaw
5BLUEY’S FATE563530.54Andrew Mclaren
6NIGHT WITH SALLY227130.75John Iwanyk
7KARDY GIRL124130.62John Carmody
8LAST DAY411130.48Christine Robartson

Last Day is absolutely flying and if he brings his Mandurah form here he should get the cash in easy fashion. Sadie’s Guess is another who is racing well and she has won here previously in a slick 30.56. Dark Dee has the speed to lead and he may give a good sight at odds.

Top Four: 8 – 3 – 2 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Last Day

Trifecta: 3,8/2,3,4,8/1,2,3,4,7,8 ($24 for 100%)

Exacta: 3,8/2,3,4,8 ($6 for 100%)

 

Race No. 8Tabtouch National Sprint Champio…11:37 PM
OPENC event over 530 metres at Cannington Of $106,875 Prizemoney.
1st: $75,000 2nd: $21,250 3rd: $10,625.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DOMINATOR GIRL2232NBTPaul Hili
2CHICA DESTACADA631130.68Doreen Drynan
3FLASH REALITY1111NBTTony Brett
4ZELEMAR FEVER343129.90Linda Britton
5CRACKERJACK DAK8182NBTAndrea Dailly
6STAR RECALL131230.18Linda Britton
7BESSY BOO1343NBTChristine Proctor
8WILD SOUL1131NBTKim Johnstone

Chica Destacada recently had a look at the track here when contesting the oaks series and since then she has returned to her best with back to back 29.60 wins at Wentworth Park. If she reproduces the Wentworth Park form they won’t know which way she went. Flash Reality is an absolute freak and in around 12 months we could be talking about this bloke as being one of the greatest chasers ever. He is still learning the caper but he has made some gun sprinters look second rate in recent weeks. Star Recall could be the smokey in the event. She can explode from the boxes at times and she has a fantastic record here.

Top Four: 2 – 3 – 6 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Chica Destacada

Trifecta: 2,3/2,3/Field ($12 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2,3/2,3,6,7/2,3,4,5,6,7 ($24 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2/3,6,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

A Way To Bigger Profits

Many years ago, so old-timers would relate, a five pound note pressed into the hand of a local club official would assure you of a good box for that afternoon’s race. Since the common practice then was to gradually build up a dog’s capability in the hope of making a killing in the ring on a given day, that was pretty important. TABs did not exist and your wages had to come out of the bookmaker’s bag.

At the time, the box draw did not take place until kennelling time, sometimes with a steward around, sometimes not.

With better supervision, things improved a lot as the years rolled on. The draw would be made much earlier, usually after the club secretary (as they were called then) sorted through the nominations and made up the fields.

In fact, there was, and is, a good argument that those secretaries could put together more attractive programs, with full fields, and so keep the hundreds or even thousands of patrons happy, nearly all of them from the local area. The dogs were more localised, too, which meant the secretary could always round up a few extras when needed because he was always in touch with trainers. And he knew the dogs.

For 95% of the time that worked pretty well. Unfortunately, the occasional shenanigan gave the system a bad name and eventually “central grading” became the norm. State authorities took over, which meant that producing a quality program took second place to doing the job “fairly” – ie by the numbers. Local initiatives were lost at the same time as the nearby customers were replaced by unknown gamblers from far and wide, doubly so after SKY pictures arrived.

Yet, like laws in every walk of life, those grading systems just grew and grew. Nothing was deleted but new concepts kept being added. “It would be a good idea if … (we did such and such)”. And, since they were all just “ideas” each state had its own preferences and so the current complex and convoluted systems evolved. A tiny handful of national guidelines are overwhelmed by hundreds of pages of grading rules in various state bibles. Now, reading them makes your head hurt.

Often the reasons for the additions are lost in antiquity – a classic example being the use of “Non Penalty” races in Victoria. Why are they there? What purpose do they serve? Is the grading system no good? What are the costs and benefits? No-one knows, it seems, but there are lots of them and they are increasing in number.

Elsewhere, NSW has belatedly introduced a new range of “Masters” events to cater for aging greyhounds. Yet to do that it did not seek common ground with the longstanding Veterans system in Victoria but selected different age brackets and added three Masters Grades, rather than one. More complexity. Not even the same title.

All this came to mind while reading the latest (8 Aug 2014) summary of Grading Guidelines on the Victorian website. Point scores, race times, interstate conversions and lots more get a run when trying to work out where your dog can compete. Words like “algorithms” pop up, suggesting that a lone grader would have no hope of putting a race together. Indeed, only a carefully programmed computer could do the job, and then it needs constant checking and revision as well as periodic audits by an outside consultant to check that all is above board.

This is not to say that there are not some good points about all these changes. But the question that must be asked is “do we need it all?” Nationwide, capital outlays and ongoing costs of labour, equipment and computer programs must be in the millions of dollars now, simply to get eight dogs and two reserves onto the program. That is cash that cannot be allocated to more deserving causes, whether prize money or better tracks or whatever.

There is no evidence that the “product” is better as a result of the long line of changes. Arguably, the average field is less attractive to the customer, probably because the system is less attuned to their needs than to the owner/trainer’s. There are more empty boxes, more slow dogs, more short course squibs, declining numbers of stayers and more mug gamblers to supply the prize money.

Those outcomes are not due just to grading issues but it is a major contributor. The industry has lost sight of its objectives, or maybe it had the wrong ones in the first place. Excellence is present in a few aspects of greyhound racing but not in the way it puts races together. We can do better. How about going back to scratch and rebuilding the system to cater for today’s customers? Nationally, of course. And simpler.

All this is one of those areas where participants keep finding reason to question what their authorities do and why they spend scarce funds on efforts that may or may not produce dividends. The management efficiency of those authorities is never audited. The figures may add up but not the success rate of what they do.

Let me repeat myself. The squillions of dollars that have gone into Ozchase – the be-all and end-all data handling system devised by NSW and WA – may (or may not) have produced lower unit costs for some parts of the work done by state authorities. But it has also resulted in the worst and most unfriendly set of race form and results services seen in the last 50 years. A 1950s formguide from deFax gave you much more readable information more easily. What is the nett benefit, if any?

Background To The National Distance Championship

This year’s National Distance Championship final, of course, holds especial interest in seeing whether champion all-distance bitch Xylia Allen can break Miata’s prize money winning record. No easy task, especially given that the race is a bit of a hoodoo for those who have previously been at the top of the prize money tree.

For example, Zoom Top, who held the prize money mantle between 1968 and 1974, ran third in her only Championship final, in 1969. Whip Tip, who held the record briefly in October 1988, ran second in that years’ final. Bold Trease, who held the record for just 24 hours in 1988, had run fifth in the 1986 final. The ‘hoodoo’, if that what it was, was broken when Miata took out the 2012 final.

Inaugural Running

The first event took place on 22 March 1969, over 790 yards (722 metres) at Wentworth Park. All eight finalists were from either NSW or Victoria and, in a roughly run race which saw local hope Diamond Au Go Go fall, Victorian stayer Amerigo Lady scored by two lengths from fellow Victorian Holding with Zoom Top third.

Tracks & Distances

Eleven tracks across six states have held the final with Angle Park and Wentworth Park hosting the ace seven times apiece.

Wentworth Park 1969 (722 metres), 1988, 1992, 1994, 1999, 2005, 2008 (720 metres)

Sandown Park 1970, 1980 (718 metres), 2001 (715 metres)

Hobart 1971 (674 metres), 1978 (730 metres), 1983 (725 metres), 2012 (709 metres)

Harold Park 1972, 1977 (732 metres)

Gabba 1973, 1975, 1986, 1991 (704 metres)

Angle Park 1974, 1976, 1982, 1989, 1997, 2003, 2010 (731 metres)

Olympic Park 1979, 1987, 1990, 1995 (732 metres)

Launceston 1981, 1985 (722 metres), 2000 (743 metres), 2006 (720 metres)

Cannington 1984, 1993 (740 metres), 1998 (700 metres), 2004, 2009 (715 metres)

Albion Park 1996, 2002, 2011 (710 metres)

The Meadows 2007, 2013 (725 metres)

When Is The Race Run

It was been held in February, March, April, or May until 1993. Then it was September or October until 2000. Since 2001 it has been in either August or September.

Biggest Winning Margins

Kobble Creek blitzed a field by 11 lengths in 1999, Just A Charm (1991) and Texas Gold (2005) both won by 10 lengths, Mary Marella won by eight and three quarter lengths in 1979, and Bolta’s Gift (1976) and Boomeroo (2002) won by seven lengths.

Closest Winning Margins

Pace Galore scored by just half a head in 1992, He’s Some Boy a head 1973, Clean Machine 1990, Sargood (1970), Bayroad Queen (1982), Mantra Lad (2008), and Dashing Corsair (2011) all won by a neck.

Most Successful Trainers

Jason Mackay with Classy Customer (2004) and Texas Gold (2005) and Ron Ball with Boronia Blossom (1995 & 1996) are the only two mentors with a double to their names.

Dual Winners

Boronia Blossom in 1995 and 1996.

Reserve Winners

None. Kippy Kya ran third to Flashing Floods in 2007 after replacing Cash Express.

Dual Finalists

Miram Miss (fourth 1969, unplaced 1970), Gaytilla (sixth 1974, third 1975), Kabisa Gem (fifth 1975, third 1976), Katie’s Disco (second 1979, unplaced 1980), Miss Coroneagh (third 1981, fourth 1982), Supreme Carmen (second 1984 & 1985), Tashla (third 1984, unplaced 1985), Julep (scratched 1988, Won 1989), Boronia Blossom (Won 1995 & 1996), Paradise Street (Won 1998, second 1999), Miss Brook (fourth 2006, second 2007), Fallen Zorro (third 2008, seventh 2009), Dashing Corsair (fourth 2010, Won 2011)

Beaten Stars

Zoom Top (third 1969), Ragsie (third 1972), Yodel High (third 1973), Ascapella Miss (second 1974), Kawati Boy (sixth 1978), Mercia Bale (unplaced 1980), National Lass (second 1986), Bold Trease (fifth 1986), Toni’s Comic (fifth 1987), Whip Tip (second 1988), Kirsty’s Charity (second 1990), Keon Star (third 1995), Northern Legend (third 1996), Shape Shifter (second 1997), Ringside Fire (seventh 1997), Dalalla (third 1999), Fine Horizon (sixth 2000), Irinka Barbie (second 2003), Royal Riddle (sixth 2006), Miss Grub (fourth 2007), Miagi (fifth 2008), Bobby Boucheau (fourth 2011), Irma Bale (second 2012), Bell Haven (fourth 2012), He Knows Uno (fifth 2012), Destiny Fireball (fourth 2013)

Notes

From its inception in 1969 and until 1976, a series of heats and quarter finals were usually held in NSW and Victoria, and later in Tasmania (1971) with the top point scorers coming to the host state for, usually, a pair of semi-finals. The eight top point scorers through these semi-finals would then go to make up the final field. In 1973, Queensland and South Australia were added to the contenders, with Western Australia included in 1976.

Since 1977, each state has conducted its own series and sent the winner to contest the final in the host state.

Tasmania is the only state yet to win a distance championship. So far, its best performers have been Old Hobbs and Summer Idol, second and third respectively in 1971, Coven Vista second 1977, Miss Coroneagh third 1981, Lygon Leader second 1983, Level Charm third 1985, Eskimo Chaveaux third 1987, Classic Xena second 2000, Go Johnny Go third 2001, Fallen Zorro third 2008, Sitka third 2010, Jethro third 2012, and Lashing Jill third 2013.

Corcoran (Angle Park 1974, 731 metres), Dusty Ginny (Hobart 1978, 730 metres), Boomeroo (Albion Park 2002, 710 metres), Texas Gold (Wentworth Park 2005, 720 metres), and Bothing (Launceston 2006, 720 metres) all set new track records in winning their respective finals.

2014 Group One National Distance Final Preview

The 2014 National’s have brought Australia’s best stayers to Cannington to compete against each other for the $75,000 prize.

Being the home state, WA has two chances of recording a win, with David Hobby’s Bingle Monelli and Paul Stuart’s Ash Flash in the final.

Ash Flash has dominated the staying ranks since she made the trip over from Victoria. The daughter of Velocette – Ashleigh Ella has had nine wins from 15 starts over the distance, and placed on four other occasions.

Her come from behind style leaves onlookers hearts in their mouths. She is almost always last out of the boxes, but manages to find her way through the field convincingly week in, week out.

For owner breeder Trevor Rhodes her racing style is all part of the excitement she brings to the track.

“It’s all in the decisions she makes.” Trevor Rhodes explained.

“She has lead a couple of races from box one early on but her racing style is set now. It’s really exciting!”

Ash Flash’s come from behind style was something Rhodes was hoping would be corrected or improved with a move from Victoria to the West.

“It was to give her some confidence, she was up against some really good dogs over here (Victoria) and I spoke to Darren McDonald and he thought she was the kind of dog that needed confidence because she was just hanging back. We thought she would get over hanging back when she was confident.”

“She is more confident now, but she still hangs back. I thought she might learn to lead.”

As a pup, Ash Flash would run with anything and everything she could. After she exhausted her brother Hillbilly Flash, she would be looking for something else to run with.

“I thought she would have to be a stayer.”

Strength and plenty of luck in running is what she will need to have if she is to rein victory in the 2014 National Distance Final. The field is full of talent, especially from Victorian’s Xylia Allen and Sweet It Is.

“She will have her hands full on Saturday night and I don’t think the box matters to be honest. Obviously Xylia Allen is the best dog we have seen and Sweet It Is is a fantastic dog that comes from behind, which is just as exciting.”

“She has a full field, and she is likely to be behind them. It’s a difficult task but I don’t think it’s beyond her. If everything is to go right for her, things would have to go wrong for other dogs in the race.”

Rhodes has made the trip over to see his special little bitch run in the biggest race of her career.

“The venue is terrific, the people are terrific and the crowds are terrific. It’s a good family track.” Rhodes says of Cannington.

The National Distance Championship is set to jump at 8.52pm Perth time from Cannington’s 715 metre boxes. A WA win would make the event all the more special for the home crowd.

The prices listed are the current Centrebet fixed odds. Centrebet are offering readers a $200 free bet that can be used on the big race.

Box 1
Race Odds
$20.00
Heat Replay
Painted Dotty (TAS)
Trainer
Michael Stringer
Owner
Michael Stringer
Prizemoney
$34,405.00
Last 10 Starts
1111133213
37 Months Black Bitch by Mogambo - Painted
Shaza
Start Well Running Rails Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $929.00 Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
37 13 8 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
35% 73%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 1 4 0
Comments: Michael Stringer (Trainer) – “She is well drawn in the red. She loves to rail hard and has a good record from the red box. She has done well to get in the race and I just hope she measures up against the two Victorian stayers. Xyla Allen is an out and out champ and Sweet It Is is a very strong stayer. Pained Dotty in new to staying ranks but she has acquitted herself winning three out of four in NSW.”
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
- - - -
Box 2
Race Odds
$6.00
Heat Replay
Wag Tail (QLD)
Trainer
Christina Harman
Owner
A Team
Prizemoney
$93,540.00
Last 10 Starts
1251134111
42 Months Black Bitch by Velocette - Bacardi
Cruiser
Start Well Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,948.00 Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
48 18 11 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
38% 71%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 0 2 1
Comments: Christine Harman (Trainer) – “With her inside box I like her chances. Xylia Allen looks to be able to win at all tracks so she will be hard to beat. Wag Tail trialled really well at Cannington on Saturday night, so hopefully she stands up to her trial. Normally she doesn’t travel very well, but this time she seems to have.”
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
- - - -
Box 3
Race Odds
$13.00
Heat Replay
Ash Flash (WA)
Trainer
Paul Stuart
Owner
Trevor Rhodes
Prizemoney
$87,615.00
Last 10 Starts
2112112573
34 Months White Bitch by Velocette - Ashleigh
Ella
Start Fair Running Wide Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $2,190.00 Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
40 17 6 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
42% 70%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
15 9 3 1
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 1 1 0
Comments: Trevor Rhodes (Owner/Breeder) – “She is a chance, I wouldn’t say she is a big chance but if everything goes right we are in the race.”
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41.75 42.14 15.49 16.18
Box 4
Race Odds
$14.00
Heat Replay
Bingle Monelli (WA)
Trainer
David Hobby
Owner
M Quinsee & M Quinsee
Prizemoney
$68,185.00
Last 10 Starts
1223212111
35 Months Black Bitch by Collision - Joanne
Monelli
Start Fast Running Rail Finish Well
Prizemoney Rating $1,894.00 Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
36 16 11 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
44% 92%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 4 4 1
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 3 3 1
Comments: ARG comment – Last week she was more then impressive taking out the WA National Distance, holding off Ash Flash. This week her competitors are of a higher standard and may find it hard to keep up with the likes of Xylia Allen. Saying that if she jumps like she has been and finds herself in the lead there could be enough trouble behind her to sneak a victory.
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.04 42.11 15.42 15.58
Box 5
Race Odds
$31.00
Heat Replay
Token McLaren (SA)
Trainer
Donald Foster
Owner
H Foster &
D Foster
Prizemoney
$68,185.00
Last 10 Starts
1121412111
42 Months Blue Dog by Token
Prince
- Stevie
McLaren
Start Well Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,071.00 Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
51 23 9 9
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
45% 80%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 3 1 1
Comments: ARG opinion is - Token McLaren has been in great form in South Australia, but this is a much tougher ask with the likes of Sweet It Is and Xylia Allen.
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
- - - -
Box 6
Race Odds
$2.60
Heat Replay
Xylia Allen (VIC)
Trainer
Jenny Hunt
Owner
Janice Wheeler
Prizemoney
$701,375.00
Last 10 Starts
1141111111
44 Months Black Bitch by Turanza
Bale
- Tayah
Bale
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $9,478.00 Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
74 37 10 11
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
50% 78%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
10 7 2 1
Comments: Max Julien (Caretaker) – “Her record proves that she is going to be very competitive, even flying over at such a late date. She is Australia’s best.”
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
- - - -
Box 7
Race Odds
$2.75
Heat Replay
Sweet It Is (VIC)
Trainer
Darren McDonald
Owner
Boblex syndicate
Prizemoney
$327,910.00
Last 10 Starts
2112212126
33 Months Black Bitch by Mogambo - Off
Springer
Start Average Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $9,644.00 Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
34 10 5 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
29% 53%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 1 0
Comments: Darren McDonald (Trainer) – “She is a very good bitch and has a reasonable box. It’s a hard race with some very competitive greyhounds including Xylia Allen.”
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41.99 42.30 15.95 -
Box 8
Race Odds
$41.00
Heat Replay
Queen Marina (NSW)
Trainer
Noelene Holloway
Owner
Noelene Holloway
Prizemoney
$29,800.00
Last 10 Starts
1263624336
36 Months Black Bitch by Lochinvar
Marlow
- Fascinate
Marina
Start Good Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $634.00 Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
47 7 8 9
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
15% 51%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 2 0 2
Comments: Noelene Holloway (Trainer) – Hopefully she gets away early, she will need to be up there early to win the race. There is no reason why she wont love Cannington but she will have to improve on her trial which I have no doubt she will.”
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
- - - -
1st Res
Race Odds
$20.00
Heart Replay
Reverberate (WA)
Trainer
Linda Britton
Owner
T Whittington &
G Sprod
Prizemoney
$145,450.00
Last 10 Starts
3131311216
44Months Black Bitch by Premier
Fantasy
- Surpassing
Start Fast Running Middle Finish Well
Prizemoney Rating $1,795.00 Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
81 24 22 16
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
30% 77%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
31 11 9 9
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
- - - -
Comments: She was unlucky to miss out on second place last week to get her a start in the final. She is in with a chance if she gets a run.
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41.71 42.18 15.62 15.78
2nd Res
Race Odds
$51.00
Heat Replay
Wing It Appeal (WA)
Trainer
James Jeffereies
Owner
J Jefferies & T Ierace
Prizemoney
$28,955.00
Last 10 Starts
4331248313
36 Months White&
black
Bitch by Head
Bound
- Twinkle
Appeal
Start Well Running Wide Finish Well
Prizemoney Rating $877.00 Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
33 7 4 8
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
21% 58%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
12 2 2 4
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
- - - -
Comments: She looks to be out of her depth if she gets a start in the final.
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.19 42.31 15.71 15.72

2014 Group One National Sprint Final Preview

Cannington gets to celebrate 50 years of the National’s on Saturday night with eight of Australia’s best sprinters showcasing their speed from the 530 metre boxes in hope of becoming the 2014 Group One National Sprint Champion.

WA trainer Linda Britton is the only trainer in the National’s series to qualify two greyhounds into the final field. Zelemar Fever and Star Recall made it through after running first and second in the deciding final last week.

Star Recall holds the least experience of the two jumping from box six. With only 30 career starts and 16 wins to her name she has more then made her mark on WA greyhound racing.

The Daughter of High Earner – No Recall is one of seven talented bitches that come from the litter of 10.

This isn’t her first group campaign, at the start of the year she made the trip to Victoria in the hope of an Australian Cup victory with litter sister High Recall. Although unsuccessful, the 26 kilo bitch returned to her home track Cannington in fine form producing a 30.37 victory and has been hard to beat since. Two months ago she recorded a flying personal best of 30.18 and has been an integral to the success of the Britton kennel.

Star Recall’s racing style sees her jump to the front of the field on most occasions with an average first sectional of 5.73, her best being 5.59. Its hard to fault her performance in recent weeks, she hasn’t been unplaced in 13 starts, eight of those being wins. Star Recall always has a cheer squad on track courtesy of her owner Kevin Dover and his family.

Saturday night is a tough ask for the WA star, but racing on her home track will give her the confidence she needs for a Group One win.

“Star Recall is a more experienced race dog compared to Australian Cup time so that should work in her favour. She is also much better suited on her home turf.” Trainer Linda Britton explained.

“It’s hard to separate Star Recall and Zelemar Fever in the race. They both know the track very well but Zelemar Fever is three to four lengths quicker then Star Recall.”

On paper Zelemar Fever had been in a minor slump in form of late with her first win in a over a month coming last week. The daughter of Bombastic Shiraz – Noaki Pace found her early speed again, charging home to win by two lengths over Star Recall in a time of 30.40.

“I’m pleased she is coming along, she has hit form again.” Britton explained.

Zelemar Fever isn’t a newcomer in group races, with her Group One Temlee victory at The Meadows the highlight of her and trainer Linda Britton’s careers.

Zelemar Fever will jump from box four on Saturday night, a let down compared to the red box she won from last week.

“It’s no secret that she loves box one and she hasn’t drawn as well this week, but if she begins I give her every chance.”

Owners Gary and Craig Weston will be hoping Zelemar Fever struts her stuff all the way to the boxes and back to the winners dais on Saturday night to add another group title to her name.

At 9.37pm Perth time, the boxes will open and in a matter of seconds the Group One National Sprint Champion will be named, taking home not only the title but $75,000.00 in prizemoney.

The prices listed are the current Centrebet fixed odds. Centrebet are offering readers a $200 free bet and frequent greyhound promotions.

Box 1
Race Odds
$23.00
Heat Replay
Dominator Girl (TAS)
Trainer
Paul Hili
Owner
Launnie Boy’s
Prizemoney
$17,280.00
Last 10 Starts
2322373382
39 Months Black Bitch by High
Earner
- Bit
Sweet
Start Good Running Middle Finish Well
Prizemoney Rating $595.00 Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
29 9 5 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
31% 66%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 3 0 0
Comments: ARG comment: She has done well to get here in the absence of Buckle Up Wes. May find this a hard task even though she has a great record from box one.
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
- - - -
Box 2
Race Odds
$4.40
Heat Replay
Chica Destacada (NSW)
Trainer
Doreen Drynan
Owner
Dee and Pee
syndicate
Prizemoney
$56,615.00
Last 10 Starts
1136526115
27 Months Black Bitch by Cosmic
Rumble
- Eluthra
Start Well Running Middle Finish Well
Prizemoney Rating $2,264.00 Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
25 10 4 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
40% 68%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 2 0
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
Comments: Doreen Drynan (Trainer):Box two is a good box to have but it all depends on the start and if there is any trouble. I think Tony Brett’s dog Flash Reality and Linda Britton’s Zelemar Fever will be hard to beat. She (Chica Destacada) has had three starts around Cannington, two race starts and a trial so I didn’t feel the need to trial her again.”
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.68 30.87 5.74 5.85
Box 3
Race Odds
$2.75
Heat Replay
Flash Reality (QLD)
Trainer
Tony Brett
Owner
Marlene Ellis
Prizemoney
$158,460.00
Last 10 Starts
1111131111
32 Months Black Dog by Premier
Fantasy
- Orara
Flash
Start Well Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $9,321.00 Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
17 11 2 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
65% 94%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Comments: Tony Brett (Trainer): Box three is all right; he just needs to do what he has been doing the last couple of weeks and the big track suits him to the ground. It’s a hard call to pick a winner, I think the winner will come from the inside; the two (Chica Destacada) has been here before. Also the WA chasers having a hometown advantage is a big thing.”
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
- - - -
Box 4
Race Odds
$7.00
Heat Replay
Zelemar Fever (WA)
Trainer
Linda Britton
Owner
G Weston &
C Weston
Prizemoney
$233,750.00
Last 10 Starts
1343311122
42 Months Black Bitch by Bombastic
Shiraz
- Noaki
Pace
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $3,292.00 Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
71 29 10 9
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
41% 68%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
32 17 4 5
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
17 6 1 5

Comments Linda Britton (Trainer): “
She isn’t drawn as well as last week but if she begins i put her in with a good chance.”
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.90 30.40 5.60 5.71
Box 5
Race Odds
$6.00
Heat Replay
CrackerJack Dak (VIC)
Trainer
Andrea Daily
Owner
Jordean
Prizemoney
$52,975
Last 10 Starts
1281822111
32 Months Black Dog by Mogambo - Lil’s
Memory
Start Fast Running Rail Finish Well
Prizemoney Rating $1,394.00 Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
38 16 10 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
42% 76%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 1 1
Comments: Jordan Cooper (Owner) : “If he doesn’t lead he can’t win. It’s a tough field and we will need everything to go right.”
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
- - - -
Box 6
Race Odds
$5.50
Heat Replay
Star Recall (WA)
Trainer
Linda Britton
Owner
Kevin Dover
Prizemoney
$97,430.00
Last 10 Starts
2131411111
28 Months Black Bitch by High
Earner
- No
Recall
Start Fast Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $3,214.00 Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
30 16 6 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
53% 87%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
21 8 6 4
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 3 1 1
Comments: Linda Britton (Trainer) - “If she begins, I think she is in with a good show. She is much better suited on her own turf.”
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.18 30.54 5.59 5.72
Box 7
Race Odds
$18.00
Heat Replay
Bessy Boo (NSW)
Trainer
Christine Proctor
Owner
Ashley Wilson
Prizemoney
$127,715
Last 10 Starts
3431341125
43 Months Black Dog by Bekim
Bale
- My
Black
Bess
Start Slow Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $3,115.00 Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
41 13 8 8
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
32% 71%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 1 1 1
Comments: Christine Proctor (Trainer): “The box isn’t that great, either one two or three would have been best but that’s the run of it. Chica Destacada is fast when she gets on the bunny and Tony Brett’s Flash Reality is a good chance but every dog is a chance in the race. He is well suited to the track, the longer distance will suit him because his last sectional is strong and he will motor home. He can also come from behind so he doesn’t need to be in front.”
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
- - - -
Box 8
Race Odds
 $41.00
Heat Replay
Wild Soul (SA)
Trainer
Kim Johnstone
Owner
Velocity Lodge
Prizemoney
$47,545.00
Last 10 Starts
1311112113
33 Months Black Dog by Mogambo - Velocity
Thunder
Start Average Running Middle Finish Okay
Prizemoney Rating $990.00 Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
48 20 10 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
42% 75%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 0 2 0
Comments: Kim Johnstone (Trainer):He is going to need a lot of luck; he isn’t the best beginner so he isn’t going to be able cross any of the dogs early on. I think Zelemar Fever will be hard to beat because its her home track as well as Tony Brett’s Flash Reality because it’s been racing enormously.”
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
- - - -

Kim Johnstone And Wild Soul Flying The Flag For SA

South Australia is set to cheer on Kim Johnstone and Wild Soul (kennel name Raymond) in the National Sprint Final at Cannington tomorrow night, with Kim and Raymond touching down in Perth today on their quest for glory.

“I was really wanting to draw inside with him. It will be really tough from the draw and we will need a heap of luck. If we got an inside draw he was a genuine sneaky place chance, but it’s going to be tough from the pink”, Kim explained.

“You have to be in it to win it though and I’m super excited to be here and be a part of the event.”

Nobody could begrudge Raymond his spot in the field after winning 11 and placing in four of his past 15 starts at Angle Park, but one is left to wonder what might have been if Johnstone’s current kennel star Ernie Bung Arrow was fit and firing.

“Ernie was nominated for the National’s, but I was supposed to trial him leading into the heats and he was a little sore so we scratched him. He had torn a monkey four weeks before that which put us behind.”

“We then had him entered at Gawler and he drew the red, but had a bit of a cough so we pulled him out there. His wrist is going good and he is over the cough. I’m hoping to trial him Tuesday and race the following week.”

“He will head back to Ken’s after that when Ken’s disqualification is finished.”

Wild Soul isn’t the only Croweater on the path to potential riches tomorrow night, with Token McLaren the SA representative in the Distance Final. Although a 40/1 outsider and coming up against Victorian stars Xylia Allen and Sweet It Is, Johnstone isn’t writing off the chances of Token McLaren.

“Token McLaren is a very fast dog that will keep on coming. He’s done a fantastic job to be here after the injuries that he has suffered.”

When asked what the future held for Raymond, the response was very simple.

“We’ll just head back to Adelaide and race around in the 600 metre events back home.”

With the likes of Ernie and Raymond in Kim’s kennel of 20, it’s little wonder she is keen to get home after the National’s.

“Velocity daff is going well without winning and I’ve got a lot of young ones and new ones at the moment, so it’s a really busy time the next few weeks. I’ve also got a favourite at home that I haven’t raced yet called Classify. He’s a lovely dog to have around the place.”

Background To The National Sprint Championship

Cannington plays host to National Sprint Championship final in 2014 for only the fifth time in the history of the event. It first staged the race in 1979, when NSW champion Acclaim Star scored a brilliant win. Acclaim Star became Australia’s highest prize money winner during his career. Then, in 1989, local superstar Sandi’s Me Mum annexed the first of two consecutive Sprint Championships. She too went on to become Australia’s highest prize money winner. In 1998, the great Rapid Journey came from box six and almost last place at the first turn to score. He finished his career as Australia’s highest prize money earner, and the first to pass half a million dollars.

That Cannington/prize money nexus was broken in 2004 when NSW sprinter In For Life was victorious. The last time the race was run in Cannington, the late all-distance champion Dashing Corsair from Queensland was successful.

If the past is anything to go by, then a genuine topliner is needed to take out the race when it is run at Cannington.

Inaugural Running

The first National Sprint Championship was run on 11 September 1965 over 500 yards (457 metres) at Harold Park. The race was taken out by NSW sprinter Best Sun (box seven), trained by Eddie Batiste. Indeed the first four across the line were all from NSW, with second place going to Satyr Rocket, two lengths behind Best Sun, with Chariot Charm a length away third and Black Tass fourth. Queenslander He’s Lightning was fifth ahead of the Victorian Billy Vee.

Eddie Batiste, who earned £2,000 for the win, had earlier made headlines as being the man who discovered the lifeless bodies of Dr Gilbert Bogle and Mrs Margaret Chandler in 1963, in a case that baffled the nation.

Tracks & Distances

Eleven tracks across six states have held the final. Between 1965 and 1976 the race alternated between New South Wales and Victoria. Since 1977 it has moved around the country.

Harold Park 1965, 1969, 1973, 1980, 1983, 1984 (457 metres)

Olympic Park 1966, 1970, 1974, 1981, 1992 (511 metres)

Wentworth Park 1967, 1971, 1975 (530 metres), 1991, 1994, 1999, 2005, 2008 (520 metres),

Sandown Park 1968, 1972 (507 metres), 1976, 1985 (513 metres), 1990, 1995 (511 metres), 2007 (515 metres),

Gabba 1977, 1982, 1988 (558 metres)

Angle Park 1978, 1986, 1993 (512 metres), 1997, 2003, 2010 (515 metres)

Cannington 1979, 1989, 1998, 2004, 2009 (530 metres),

Albion Park 1996, 2002, 2011 (520 metres),

Launceston 2000 (522 metres), 2006 (515 metres)

Hobart 1987 (457 metres), 2012 (461 metres)

The Meadows 2001 (518 metres), 2013 (525 metres)

When Is The Race Run

Until 2006 and again in 2009 it was run in either September or October. In 2007, 2008, and since 2010 it has been held in August.

Biggest Winning Margins

Gallant Ruler (NSW) won by 12 lengths in 1994, Red Zero (NSW) by eight lengths in 1969, Knocka Norris (Q) by seven and a half lengths in 2008, and Temlee (V) by six lengths in 1974.

Closest Winning Margins

Coorparoo Flyer (Q) 1975, Bit Chili (NSW) 2007, and Smooth Fancy (NSW) 2010 all prevailed by a head, while King Miller (NSW) 1971, Prince Of Tigers (WA) 1997, Rapid Journey (NSW) 1998, In For Life (NSW) 2004 and Dashing Corsair (Q) 2009 all scored by just a neck.

Most Successful Trainers

Petar Jovanovic leads with three winners (Scenic Spa 1985, Stetson 1986 and Shayne’s Champ 1996, although Maryanne Jovanovic is also credited in Scenic Spa’s success) ahead of Gerry O’Keefe with Sandi’s Me Mum (1989 and 1990), Graeme Bate with Henerik Bale (2001) and Xylia Allen (2013) and Reg Kay with Elite State (2003) and Knocka Norris (2008). Paul Cauchi trained Coorparoo Flyer to win in 1975 and although his charge Clover Duke won in 1976, it was technically trained by Charlie Gatt, as Cauchi was under suspension at the time.

Dual Winners

Only the West Australian great, Sandi’s Me Mum, in 1989 and 1990.

Reserve Winners

Metz Magic in 2011. The Queenslander replaced Tonneli Bale in a race which also saw the scratchings of Pedrosa (replaced by Maybe Elite) and Damek, who was unable to compete for Tasmania, and was replaced by Hellyeah Jacko.

Dual Finalists

Benjamin John (fourth in 1968 and 1969), Pied Rebel (second in 1969 and 1970), Coorparoo Flyer (Won 1975, third 1976), Odious (fourth 1975, second 1976), White Panther (third 1979, fourth 1980), Winifred Bale (seventh 1982, Won 1983), Defiant Lea (fourth 1983, eighth 1984), Apache Eye (unplaced 1987 & 1988), Sandi’s Me Mum (Won 1989 & 1990), Mister Britain (unplaced 1989 & 1990), Faithful Hawk (third 1998, seventh 1999), Mallee Rebel (eighth 2000, sixth 2001), Buckingham Chuck (second 2006, seventh 2007), Pedrosa (fourth 2010, scratched 2011), Glen Gallon (sixth 2011, second 2012)

Beaten Stars

Chariot Charm (third 1965), Munich Boy (third 1967), Busy’s Charm (second 1969), Tara Flash (sixth 1971), Shapely Escort (seventh 1971, injured), Woolley Wilson (eighth 1972), Half Your Luck (second 1973), Bristol Sue (second 1974), Ungwilla Lad (eighth 1975), Sole Force (second 1978), Tempix (seventh 1979), Glider’s Son (sixth 1981), Eaglehawk Star (second 1984), Shining Chariot (second 1986), Camden’s Ghost (third 1986), True Vintage (second 1987), See Yah (third 1988), Highly Blessed (third 1990), Hotshot (fourth 1998), Reggemite (fifth 1998), Top Shiraz (fourth 1999), Carlisle Jack (second 2001), Modern Assassin (third 2002), Sun Hero (third 2004), Scull Murphy (fourth 2007), Paw Licking (fourth 2013)

Notes

From its inception in 1965 and until 1973, a series of heats and quarter finals were usually held NSW, Victoria, Tasmania, and Queensland, with the top point scorers coming to the host state for, usually, a pair of semi-finals. The eight top point scorers through these semi-finals would then go to make up the final field. In 1973, South Australia was added to the contenders, with Western Australia included in 1976.

Since 1977, each state has conducted its own series and sent the winner to contest the final in the host state. The Northern Territory was also included from 1982

In 1980, trainer Ken Howe had the favourite Fast Sapphire engaged in the final, and gave Ernie Rowe, the greyhounds’ former mentor, the honour of walking the greyhound to the 457 metre boxes at Harold Park. Fast Sapphire (box one) scored a brilliant win, and was immediately retired to stud.

In 1981, South Australian bitch Kate’s A Scandal set a new Australian record of 15 successive victories, eclipsing the 14 straight set by Harryed in 1950. In the same race were the NSW pair of Glider’s Son and Peter Glider. It was the first time a major national race had featured litter brothers bred, owned, and trained by the same person, namely John MacDonald.

In 1988, NSW star See Yah ran third to Queensland champion Dancing Gamble while wearing his dog collar. His trainer had forgotten to remove the collar when loading See Yah into the boxes.

2014 Group Two Black Top Heats Preview

The Gardens will stage six outstanding heats of the Group Two Blacktop, with a juicy $40,000 awaiting next week’s final winner.

This race has an outstanding honour roll, with stars such as Snozz, Bye Bye Bucks and Cindeen Shelby amongst the former winners.

Pre-series favourite is Jason Mackay’s Zipping Willow, who will be looking for her ninth straight win on Friday and is out for redemption after finishing runner-up in this series last year.

Heat one will feature Kicking Rocks (4), who loves this track and posted a near-record 29.30 in his maiden victory back in April. The Ryan Tredway trained chaser is unbeaten at The Gardens and clocked a sizzling time of 29.46 earlier this month. Zipping Summah (5) had no luck in a heat of the NSW National Sprint Championship at Wentworth Park, but has posted flying times at this track including a personal best of 29.49. Trained by astute mentor Jason Mackay, the daughter of Goodesy and Sirocco Lass will only need some luck early on to feature heavily in this affair. Kool Mac (3) has won his past two starts, recording impressive times at the Gardens (29.73) and Wentworth Park (30.35) and has the ability to run a cheeky race.

Queensland chaser Rose Of Galo (7) trialled impressively at The Gardens on Saturday, clocking a flying time of 29.66 and should improve on that this week in heat two. The daughter of El Galo and Noir Rose will be looking for her 20th career win for trainer Albert Kennewell, who will be looking to return home to the Sunshine State with a Group Two title. Fire Elusive (3) has regained form for trainer Mark Moroney after a short stint in the Jason Mackay kennel. The son of El Grand Senor and Cathella Ice recorded impressive wins at Maitland (22.66) and Wentworth Park (30.04) at his past two outings and has the genuine early pace to be competitive. Hersi (1) has solid form at this track, with a speedy personal best of 29.68 recorded back in March and should use the box one advantage.

Zipping Willow (7) steps out in heat three and has the early pace to cross from out wide and post another sizzling time. The daughter of Goodesy and Sirocco Lass clocked a near record 29.33 in May last year and can emulate this with her current run of form. Rue De Kahn (2) returns to The Gardens for the first time since her Group One triumph back in February and is primed for a big performance from box two. Trainer Dean Swain will head into this race with plenty of confidence after a second placing in a FFA at Wentworth Park last Saturday. Dee Getta (4) has been a consistent performer of late and will be running home at the end. The Shane Hill trained greyhound has a flying 29.56 personal best at the track and must be respected.

Zipping Tarn (1) returns to the racetrack for the first time since June in heat four and clocked a blistering 29.37 back in May. The Jason Mackay trained daughter of Mantra Lad and Scarlett Girl has drawn perfectly in box one and is a huge threat in this affair. Golden Easter Egg finalist Magic Display (3) will make her debut at The Gardens for trainer Evelyn Harris. The daughter of Magic Sprite and Display Bonus has sizzling early pace and can lead from start to finish if she times the jump to perfection. Hector Kahn (2) gives Dean Swain another good chance of qualifying for the final, with the consistent chaser runner up at his past three outings. The son of Premier Fantasy and Another Request was successful in her only start at The Gardens, recording a speedy time of 29.53.

Queen Esther (2) is in red-hot form at present, with a flying 29.77 win at Wentworth Park two weeks ago. The daughter of Lochinvar Marlow and Fascinate Marina has recorded a brilliant early sectional of 4.93 and a sizzling overall time of 29.48 at this track, giving trainer Noelene Holloway a huge chance of securing a finals spot via the fifth heat. Push It (8) also has genuine early pace also clocked 29.77 at Wentworth Park at the start of the month for trainer Dean Swain, she is well draw out wide to get a clear run. Miner’s Moss (1) has come up with the red rug in this event and is making his debut at the Gardens for trainer Mathew Reid. The son of Magic Sprite and Bellbird Park recorded an impressive time at Albion Park last month, clocking 29.89 over the 520m journey.

In the final heat, exciting sprinter Lani Banarni (2) returns to the track for trainer Charlie Gatt, after recording three straight wins at her past few attempts, including a flying 29.72 at Wentworth Park. The daughter of Disintegrate and Hey Princess clocked a blistering time of 29.40 at this track back in January and is perfectly drawn near the rails. Evil Punk (4) also returns to The Gardens after some consistent form of late, including a 28.85 performance at Bulli over the 515m. The son of Collision and Punk Angel has a good record at this track and is one of the main dangers to take out this heat and the final. Edge (6) loves this track and has posted a personal best time of 29.51, however will need some luck from box six. Trained locally by Graeme Barnett, the son of Cosmic Rumble and Belle Tara has an outstanding Gardens record of six wins and two minor placings from just eleven starts.

Heat one will jump at 8.17pm, with the six winners and two fastest runner-ups, moving through to next week’s Group Two final.

Saturday, 23 August 2014


Greyhound Box Draw For Cannington – Saturday, 23 August 2014

Race No. 1Welcome To Tabtouch Nationals9:05 PM
5P event over 642 metres at Cannington Of $2,680 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,875 2nd: $535 3rd: $270.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SURF RUNNER4736NBTGrant Campbell
2LOCHIE DO THIS554238.17Brad Cook
3BERRY MILKYSHAKE655437.67Sarah Appleton
4TANGIER2142NBTLinda Britton
5INDIGO BURNING4387NBTChristine Bennett
6CHARM BRACELET643537.69Nick Minutillo
7MILK AND COOKIES412138.33Ricky Valenti
8MONDAVI635438.43Ben Abercrombie
Race No. 2Free Kids Rides “the Peter Thoma…9:27 PM
4/5C event over 530 metres at Cannington Of $5,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,125 2nd: $1,175 3rd: $590.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1LUBA MONELLI252430.43David Hobby
2AMOS GUNDI151130.56Christine Bennett
3CHARITY EARNER253730.59Peter Hepple
4COSMIC RAMBO111130.45Brad Yates
5SPECIAL JIM344430.51John Graham
6COXIE431330.66Joe Dailly
7AMBITIOUS GEM361530.64Jamie Marsh
8DEPUTY CHIEF226230.70Max Julien
9LIKA FIRECRACKER452130.66Ben Abercrombie
10CORBEL343330.73Christine Bennett
Race No. 3Tabtouch “the Peter Thomas” H9:49 PM
4/5C event over 530 metres at Cannington Of $5,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,125 2nd: $1,175 3rd: $590.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BODHI TEMPLE42X630.72Wayne Brown
2FREEWAY ACE474530.42Keith Harding
3VIC GUNDI442230.62Christine Bennett
4VOCAL EXPRESS466130.70Joe Dailly
5WRECK MONELLI353331.34David Hobby
6HOUDINI MONELLI655530.48David Hobby
7WEST ON HUDSON171430.66Emily Frazer
8STANGAFIED161430.21Brad Yates
9CORBEL343330.73Christine Bennett
10LIKA FIRECRACKER452130.66Ben Abercrombie
Race No. 4Tabtouch “the Peter Thomas” H10:12 PM
4/5C event over 530 metres at Cannington Of $5,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,125 2nd: $1,175 3rd: $590.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1KOVA MONELLI711830.39David Hobby
2BLACK DYMAS565230.49Jason Stuart
3JUMP THE QUEUE424330.49Peter Hepple
4FREEWAY FORCE523630.41Keith Harding
5MILLIONS FOR US535630.57Joe Dailly
6TUREAUD111130.14Paul Stuart
7PREMIER FUN336330.73Lexia Isaac
8KENTUCKY BLACK577730.51Max Julien
9CORBEL343330.73Christine Bennett
10LIKA FIRECRACKER452130.66Ben Abercrombie
Race No. 5Celebrating 50 Years Of National…10:30 PM
FFAC event over 530 metres at Cannington Of $6,960 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,875 2nd: $1,390 3rd: $695.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1STRIKING BLAZE316330.77John Iwanyk
2ON COIN111529.85John Crossley
3THUNDER RAMA728130.44John Iwanyk
4PROVEN WILL276630.29Linda Britton
5PROVEN KATIE146530.52Linda Britton
6GOMES612730.38Linda Britton
7YOU CAN DREAM134830.45Dennis Calleja
8TONY’S FAVOURITE371830.35John Carmody
Race No. 6Tabtouch National Distance Champ…10:52 PM
OPENC event over 715 metres at Cannington Of $106,875 Prizemoney.
1st: $75,000 2nd: $21,250 3rd: $10,625.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1PAINTED DOTTY1111NBTMichael Stringer
2WAG TAIL1521NBTChristina Harman
3ASH FLASH211241.75Paul Stuart
4BINGLE MONELLI322142.04David Hobby
5TOKEN MCLAREN1211NBTDonald Foster
6XYLIA ALLEN1141NBTJenny Hunt
7SWEET IT IS221141.99Darren Mcdonald
8QUEEN MARINA3621NBTNoelene Holloway
9REVERBERATE131341.71Linda Britton
10WING IT APPEAL133442.19James Jeffries
Race No. 7Greyhoundsaspets.com.au11:17 PM
5C event over 530 metres at Cannington Of $5,535 Prizemoney.
1st: $3,875 2nd: $1,105 3rd: $555.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ELEPHANT GUNN421330.96Jayson Gunning
2DARK DEE627830.82Linda Britton
3SADIE’S GUESS136230.56Linda Britton
4BEKIM KEEPING723530.77Terry Erenshaw
5BLUEY’S FATE563530.54Andrew Mclaren
6NIGHT WITH SALLY227130.75John Iwanyk
7KARDY GIRL124130.62John Carmody
8LAST DAY411130.48Christine Robartson
9ME AND MASE171630.89Linda Britton
Race No. 8Tabtouch National Sprint Champio…11:37 PM
OPENC event over 530 metres at Cannington Of $106,875 Prizemoney.
1st: $75,000 2nd: $21,250 3rd: $10,625.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DOMINATOR GIRL2232NBTPaul Hili
2CHICA DESTACADA631130.68Doreen Drynan
3FLASH REALITY1111NBTTony Brett
4ZELEMAR FEVER343129.90Linda Britton
5CRACKERJACK DAK8182NBTAndrea Dailly
6STAR RECALL131230.18Linda Britton
7BESSY BOO1343NBTChristine Proctor
8WILD SOUL1131NBTKim Johnstone
9JUMP THE QUEUE424330.49Peter Hepple
10LUBA MONELLI252430.43David Hobby
Race No. 9Tabtouch12:02 AM
4/5C event over 642 metres at Cannington Of $6,395 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,475 2nd: $1,280 3rd: $640.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1REVERBERATE131337.27Linda Britton
2RITZA LIAM521137.45John Carmody
3OBAMA KEEPING212637.24Terry Erenshaw
4JACKIE BALE462237.56David Hobby
5JACKPOT GEORGE646337.51John Iwanyk
6POLITICIAN634237.48John Iwanyk
7BELUCCI687637.84Max Julien
8EM THREE678337.57Colin Bainbridge
Race No. 10Tabtouch12:22 AM
5C event over 530 metres at Cannington Of $5,535 Prizemoney.
1st: $3,875 2nd: $1,105 3rd: $555.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1LOVE OF LAURYN112430.56John Iwanyk
2CHEEKY BLING156330.69Linda Smithson
3BURUNDI321130.74Linda Britton
4WINSOME SENOR111530.69Paul Stuart
5EL DESEO221130.74Andrew Mclaren
6KERRY SPICE352430.74Joe Dailly
7AGENT REX326630.73Ben Abercrombie
8ROWENA RAVENCLAW765230.67John Iwanyk
9ME AND MASE171630.89Linda Britton
Race No. 11Tabtouch12:37 AM
5P event over 530 metres at Cannington Of $2,465 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,725 2nd: $490 3rd: $250.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1IRINKA ADAM538531.06Colin Bainbridge
2VESTA273230.47Jason Stuart
3CONGENIAL FLAME123430.75Tim Mullany
4THREE VOTES123230.74Michael Johnston
5OFF AND RUNNING244131.22Andrew Ball
6LEVEL SEVEN538231.08Colin Bainbridge
7VELOCITY FLIGHT131230.67Jamie Marsh
8CLASSIC RHYTHM673830.93John Iwanyk
9BLAZING STAR373631.63Christine Bennett
10I SEE WHITE287631.33Christine Bennett
Race No. 12Tabtouch12:57 AM
5P event over 642 metres at Cannington Of $2,680 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,875 2nd: $535 3rd: $270.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DISCO BULLET5651NBTPhil Gough
2LOCHINVAR SASS466537.64Nick Minutillo
3CORBEL343337.63Christine Bennett
4WHITE FOX862137.74Wayne Brown
6CAWBOURNE NITRO443637.80Colin Bainbridge
7ANGEL’S CHORUS1313NBTLinda Britton
8CAMBAGE356538.18Michael Johnston

Ipswich Puppy Auction Set For Sunday

In April this year talented sprinter Are Ate captured the 2014 Ipswich Puppy Auction final and pocketed a huge $40,000 for his connections. On Sunday another crop of hopefuls will go under the hammer at the Ipswich auctions.

There is 149 lots in the catalogue and the sale starts from 10am at the Ipswich Track (showgrounds). With the 2016 puppy final worth $40,000 again and a massive $10,000 breeders bonus attached to the winning finalist, interest is sure to be high. Bidding will begin at $800 per pup and there is sure to be plenty of value for astute breeders and buyers.

Some of the key litters represented at the auction are as follows:

Where’s Pedro x Tarlie’s Angel (Group One National Distance finalist)

Head Bound x Tina’s Show (dam of Maid For Ron, Peter’s Pick etc)

Magic Sprite x Maybe Elite (Group One National Sprint finalist & fast city-winning bitch)

Surf Lorian x Kaycee Diva (repeat mating to a litter that includes Ipswich GOTY Black Book Bob and track record holder Jetta’s Girl)

Fear Zafonic x Ultra Cool (2-state City winner, out of Albion Park Broodbitch of the Year, Ultra Swift)

Swift Fancy x Eye the Tiger (dam of Bendigo Track record breaker Shot to Bits)

Turanza Bale x Simmerly (Ipswich Auction finalist who won 15 from 38)

Radley Bale x Suite Tahlia (Tweed Galaxy finalist)

Magic Sprite x Befitting (dam won over $62,000 including Young Guns & Vince Curry Consolation winner)

Fabregas x Wheely Happy (dam a litter sister to the brilliant Leelicious, 29.35 Sandown; Oh So Smooth, Dapto Track Record 29.51; Fluidity 29.51 Sandown)

Pure Octane x Bare Essentials (City bitch who is out of Group placed Tears Of Jupiter)

Vee Man Vane x Amus (multiple city winner from 520-710m)

Magic Sprite is the most listed sire, with the star represented in seven different litters.

Plenty of other star sires will also be represented, with El Grand Senor, Bekim Bale and Lochinvar Marlow just some of the names listed. Also amongst the list are local champions Glen Gallon and the recently deceased and hugely popular Dashing Corsair.

With the enormous increases in prizemoney announced this week, there is no better time to get involved in Queensland greyhound racing. Get along to the Ipswich club on Sunday and see if you can find a bargain amongst the huge list of lots. With so many different sires in the catalogue, there is sure to be a pup that appeals.

Good luck to breeders, buyers and the Ipswich club on Sunday.

Consider 2,100 Years Of Experience

It’s noteworthy, and very topical, that today’s headlines are dominated by the world’s two biggest religions, Christianity and Islam, which both got their start from words that came down from on high – with the help of Moses and the angel Gabriel respectively. Hence the preparation and wide publication of the Bible and the Koran.

The trouble is that no-one is sure exactly what they mean to say. Different interpretations are argued, different branches have developed, and battles are ruinous and ongoing. Over time, the Crusades, the Inquisition, the Reformation and the Jihads have confused the public mightily, and done considerable damage to millions of people. More recently, even Sir Humphrey Appleby, talking about the appointment of a bishop, advised Jim Hacker that a solid belief in God was an optional extra. Such is the world we live in.

But is greyhound racing any different?

The word arrived from state governments about 60 years ago that this was the way to run things. Privateers were cast out of the temple and honest amateurs picked to control operations. And it has been so ever since, virtually according to the same book.

Over the past couple of years, the word came down from administrators in NSW, with some help from WA, that Ozchase would provide all things good and wonderful. In reality, that meant that it would be cheaper for everyone to keep their books, and so you should join in.

Of course, the principles are marvellous – greater efficiency, easy references, more consistency, fewer errors in transmission and less need to go to the money lenders. Consequently, bean counters in Tasmania, SA, the ACT and Queensland have joined with NSW and WA in applauding the idea.

Ozchase is now working everywhere except in Victoria, where the local heathens decided they liked what they already had and said no thanks.

The problem now is that while bottom lines may be improved, Ozchase threw the baby out with the bathwater. With the cheaper costs came a disregard for the people who supply the means to fix those bottom lines – the customers. For real racing information – mainly form and race results – Ozchase stinks. Information is restricted and/or laborious to access and is never supplied in data-friendly formats. It deliberately makes life harder for punters, apparently because Ozchase (which means GRNSW) wants to keep secret as much as possible.

This is a major, although not the only, factor which has caused those same customers to either disappear or be downgraded to mug believers. Accept the word or be excommunicated is today’s mantra. Do not query the good book lest you be censored out of existence. All of which makes progress and innovation hard to bring about.

It is also a reason why the infidels in Victoria will continue to thrive (relatively) as they have been doing for the last decade or more. It is extraordinary that the old-timer thinkers in NSW and elsewhere cannot see what they have done and where they are heading – the downturns are everywhere to be seen.

For a few pieces of silver (temporary only) they are risking the industry’s future by throwing the customers to the lions.

In any case, according to census figures, the biggest growth in the West today is not in believer numbers but in the number of atheists.

QUEENSLAND – HELP FROM ABOVE

Christmas will arrive early this year for Queensland greyhounds. Following the new agreement with Tattsbet standard prize money at Albion Park’s main meeting on Thursdays will rise by 54% to $7,500. This now compares favourably with Wentworth Park in Sydney ($6,750) and Melbourne ($7,180). Prize money at other venues will also be increasing nicely.

So far, so good.

What we don’t know yet is how Queensland has set up its budget and what other improvements it has in mind. There are pressing needs.

1. The government has provided capital to create the new Logan complex to the south of Brisbane but
not up-to-date detail about the design of the track. For example, previous drafts showed it included a bend start for middle distance races. (Despite no official announcement, rumours abound that work has already started. Why the secret?)
2. The fate of Albion Park and Ipswich operations is unknown. Both those tracks are sub-standard for purely technical reasons which need attention. Bend starts and poor turns badly need fixing.
3. Never mind the new agreement; will TattsBet – which is currently unable to maintain its tote turnover – continue to provide the cash from year to year?
4. How will Racing Queensland encourage more local patronage in future years when better alternatives are available in other states with bigger betting pools, all easily accessed via a phone or the internet? So far the new administration has done nothing to promote fresh business.
5. The increased prize money will certainly help but will it be enough to attract more and better quality dogs? Possibly, but it might need serious promotion.

In short, it’s not just the cash but the package to be offered to customers that will be the key to prosperity. That package has to include better fields, better tracks and better betting options. Leave out any one of those and progress will be limited.

By the way, all this information is being put out by the chairman of Racing Queensland, Kevin Dixon. Not a word has been heard from the greyhound board – on this or any other subject. Such is the pecking order.

GREYHOUNDS AUSTRALASIA, PLEASE NOTE

Never short of a word, former Victorian Premier, Jeff Kennett, at a function in Melbourne, called for a revamp of the Australian Racing Board, which he described as “useless”. He says it is “imperative that the national racing board comprises people who are independent of racing”.

“I would like to see people who are genuinely independent and not have a background in racing,” he said.
“You need a small, independent board that can bring best practices together to understand that this industry is just not about racing, but it is about setting standard. It’s about ensuring people are fairly treated.”

Nor was he complimentary about online bookmakers, titling them as “a cancer” on the industry.

“And, Kennett admitted that if he could have foreseen what he says is the damage corporate bookmakers are causing then he would not have privatised the Victorian TAB more than 20 years ago. Kennett said if corporate bookmakers were allowed to exercise their will as they currently do, the racing industry would not exist in five years.”

A bit extreme, perhaps, but understandable. However, Kennett might have pondered more about the way in which online bookmakers are allowed to operate, rather than their very existence. After all, the betting sector was nearly moribund before their injection into the system. And their formation was prompted only by the negative way in which the ARB and the major clubs treated traditional bookmakers, and for no other reason.

This Week In Racing History

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Blythe Spirit took out the 1950 Lismore 350 yards Championship, scoring by three lengths from All Radium. The field consisted of 10 starters.

Olympic Park track opened for its first meeting, in 1962. Races were conducted over 560 yards and 800 yards. The track followed the closure of North Melbourne.

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NSW champion bitch Odious won the 1975 Laurels Classic over 507 metres at Sandown Park, scoring by 10 lengths from box eight. Odious set a new track record time of 30.34 and earned $4,000 for her victory.

In For Life took out the 2004 National Sprint Championship NSW State Final at Wentworth Park (520 metres) by a whopping 13 lengths. Overcoming box six, In For Life ran a fast 29.99. On the same night, Classy Customer took out the National Distance Championship NSW State Final.

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Maggiore commenced what would be an impressive early career by winning his first start for trainer Jim Ward, scoring by two lengths up the 366 metres straight at Wyong in 1987.

The great Rapid Journey won the 1998 National Sprint Championship NSW State Final by eight and a half lengths from November Miss.

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Blythe Spirit won the 1950 Lismore 500 yards Championship, downing Sole Possession by a length with All Radium third. Blythe Spirit had won the 350 yards championship just three days earlier from a similar field.

Glider’s Son defeated the Victorian pair of Stardom Road and Waverly Doll in the 1980 Young Star Classic final at Wentworth Park (530 metres, grass). The John MacDonald-trained black flyer ran 31.03 to set a new race record.

Velocity Regina ran 28.51 to set a new track record over 498 metres at Townsville in 2011.

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Cooper downed City Skopos to win the 1987 Anniversary Trophy at Olympic Park, the first to be run over the sprint journey (511 metres). The race, inaugurated in 1965, had previously been contested over the 732 metres trip.

The ill-fated NSW stayer Smart Valentino took out the 2013 National Distance Championship, run over 725 metres at The Meadows. The Mark Swift owned and trained stayer defeated Magpie Bob of Western Australia and Lashing Jill of Tasmania. The victory was only the ninth time a NSW stayer had taken out the final in 45 runnings.

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Dashing Corsair from Queensland became the first greyhound to win both the National Sprint Championship and the National Distance Championship in a career when he annexed the latter over 710 metres at Albion Park in 2011. Dashing Corsair had joined Just Like Jack (NSW) as the only greyhounds to have contested national championship finals as a sprinter and a stayer.

West Australian superstar Miata defeated her nemesis Irma Bale (Victoria) in the 2012 National Distance Championship final, run over 709 metres at Hobart. This was the first West Australian victory in the event since 1998 when Paradise Street had scored at Cannington.

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Blythe Spirit took out the 1950 660 yards Championship, defeating Shorncliffe by a length and a half. Owned and trained by Claude Fuller, Blythe Spirit took her racing record to 13 wins and 14 placings from 33 starts. Blythe Spirit completed a clean sweep of the Lismore championships, run over 350, 500, and 660 yards, a rare event.

Busy’s Charm, the litter sister to Zoom Top, won a 750 yards event at Wollongong in 1968 by four lengths in 42.5, equalling the track record.

Sandi’s Me Mum took out the 530-metres Winter Cup at Cannington in 1989.

Linda Britton Pair Will Represent WA In National Sprint Final

Zelemar Fever has returned to the winner’s circle in the WA National Sprint Championship Final on Saturday night over Cannington’s 530 metre distance. Trainer Linda Britton produced a quinella in the final with Star Recall running home strongly to also clasp a spot in next weeks National Sprint.

Zelemar Fever jumped from her favourite box one straight onto the rails, with Jump The Queue as expected leading the field from box eight until the 600 metre boxes. Favourite On Coin jumped midfield from box five and was only able to catch the tail ends of leaders Jump The Queue, Star Recall (box three) and Zelemar Fever.

Temlee winner Zelemar Fever was able to show the class she has been hiding by extending her winning margin to just over two lengths in a best of the night time of 30.40, paying $3.70. On Coin was defeated by box five, finishing in fifth place.

From 12 starts out of box one the daughter of Bombastic Shiraz – Noaki Pace has won on eight occasions and placed in three others.

As the wildcard for the National Sprint, Zelemar Fever was guaranteed a rug in next weeks $75,000 to the winner final. Next in line for the wildcard spot was the Christine Proctor trained Bessy Boo (NSW) who made the trip over to the west in hope that Zelemer Fever would make it through to the Nationals either running first or second and Christine Proctor was one of many cheering Zelemer Fever onto victory. In Bessy Boo’s exhibition trial on the night, he stopped the clock at 30.52. Victorian Crackerjak Dak went a slick 30.35 after flying out of the boxes and South Australian Wild Soul went 30.69 for trainer Kim Johnstone.

With the last spots filled for the National Sprint Final the box draw is as follows:

1 Dominator Girl (TAS) Paul Hil
2 Chica Destacada (NSW) Doreen Drynan
3 Flash Reality (QLD) Tony Brett
4 Zelemar Fever (WA) Linda Britton
5 Crackerjak Dak (VIC) Andrea Daily
6 Star Recall (WA) Linda Britton
7 Bessy Boo (NSW) Christine Proctor
8 Wild Soul (SA) Kim Johnstone

Reserves
9 Jump The Queue (WA) Peter Hepple
10 Luba Monelli (WA) David Hobby

Bingle Monelli And Ash Flash To Represent WA In The National Distance Final

WA’s Nationals night was a night for the red box, with both the sprint and the distance winners jumping from the cherry. Bingle Monelli for trainer David Hobby took out the WA Distance race paying $4.10 for the win. $2.60 favourite Ash Flash finished in second place and also received a spot in next weeks National Distance Final.

James Jefferies’ Wing It Appeal (box three) and Linda Britton’s Reverberate (box four) jumped a length in front of the field, with Freeway Ace (box five) and Ash Flash (box seven) last out. Bingle Monelli railed hard and found herself in the lead on the bend after Wing It Appeal ran characteristically wide. Obama Keeping (box eight) also found room on the rails in third positioned as the field went into the back straight and as anticipated Ash Flash began to make her run through the field. The lead changed between Bingle Monelli and Reverberate on multiple occasions and Obama Keeping wanted in on the action, checking itself and Reverberate almost out of the race. This allowed Ash Flash to lunge late and finish in second place, half a length from Bingle Monelli in a best of the night time of 42.11.

The daughter of Collision – Joanne Monelli has had just nine starts over the 715 metre distance, for three wins and five minor placing’s. She was close to her personal best time of 42.04 that she set seven starts back from box eight.

It’s his second year that one of David Hobby’s greyhounds has taken out the WA National Distance Championship. Last year Magpie Bob went onto represent WA in Victoria; finishing second behind Smart Valentino from box eight. Hobby will be hoping he can do one better this year, aided by the home track advantage.

Paul Stuart also received a rug in the final with his come from behind stayer Ash Flash.

Two exhibition trials were run for visiting stayers Queen Marina from New South Wales and Queenslander Wag Tail. Queen Marina stopped the clock at 42.40 and Wag Tail went 41.77.

The National Distance box draw is as follows:

1 Painted Dotty (TAS) Mick Stringer
2 Wag Tail (QLD) Christina Harman
3 Ash Flash (WA) Paul Stuart
4 Bingle Monelli (WA) David Hobby
5 Token McLaren (SA) Donald Foster
6 Xylia Allen (VIC) Jenny Hunt
7 Sweet It Is (VIC) Darren McDonald
8 Queen Marina (NSW) Noelene Holloway

Reserves
9 Reverberate (WA) Linda Britton
10 Wing It Appeal (WA) James Jefferies

Jump The Queue Chasing National Glory For Charity In WA

Jump The Queue faces the biggest race of her career in the WA National Sprint Championship Final on Saturday night at Cannington. Win, loose or draw she will be doing it for a good cause, a charity of the Puppy Club’s choice.

Trainer Peter Hepple has had a long lasting affiliation with the Greyhounds WA Puppy Club programme, which is aimed at involving youth in the greyhound industry. The added bonus with the Puppy Club is that the money won by their greyhounds is donated to a charity of their choice.

Last week Jump The Queue made it into the WA National Sprint Championship Final over the 530 metre distance by running fourth in the first of two qualifying heats. She exited out of box seven and as anticipated went straight to the early lead. The little brindle chaser was unable to hold onto the lead with Star Recall, Luba Monelli and Zelemar Fever showcasing enough strength to run over the top of her.

“She is only a tiny little thing and is real quick early, she is probably the quickest dog consistently out of the boxes. Every time we pray and hope that she hangs on for either first second third or fourth.” Trainer Peter Hepple explained.

Little she is, at just 25kg Jump The Queue is lucky that she has explosive speed out of the boxes that prevents her from finding trouble throughout the race.

“You would rather be in front then behind, you’re basically on your own doing a solo trial. I always pray for interference with the dogs sitting behind her, but I don’t like good dogs getting hurt, especially in this state where we only have a few.”

“My little bitch does everything right for the first three sections but it’s just the last she gets tired. She hasn’t got the ability to keep going to run the 30.20, 30.30 times.”

Jump The Queue and her litter have won over $100,000 in name of the Puppy Club which has been distributed to charities including the Make-A-Wish foundation and the Centre for Cerebral Palsy.

The rest of the litter include Charity Earner, who is looking to increase her prizemoney to over $20,000 with a win on Saturday night at Cannington in the Best 8 WA bred Canning Final. Lindback is looking to do the same on Wednesday night at Cannington and Nice Lil’ Earner, who is due to make a comeback in a month after suffering a tendon injury in February.

At 8.30pm on Saturday night the Puppy Club’s support and attention will be on Jump The Queue, who will be wearing the pink rug in the WA National Sprint Final. Her opposition is extremely talented and it’s more than a tough ask for Hepple’s little star to make it through to represent WA in the National Sprint Final next week.

“I still think she can lead to the first peg, if there is carnage on the first bend then we can win it but she isn’t as quick overall as the other dogs.”

Hepple believes that On Coin is the dog to beat in the final despite having to exit from box five.

“He (On Coin) is the only WA bred dog to break the 30 second barrier. I hope he wins for John Crossley, but I won’t tell him that!” Hepple laughed.

“I think who ever gets in will be a great chance of winning the final. To be in this race you have to be a classy type dog, and you have to do everything right.”

The field for the WA National Sprint Final is bursting with talent, with the box draw looking to play a large role in how the race is going to pan out. The prices are Centrebet’s latest fixed odds.

Zelemar Fever has received box one for trainer Linda Britton and is paying $3.30 for the win. Her form of late hasn’t been up to the standard she was producing at the start of the year, but she is back in her favourite box so anything could happen. She is capable of breaking the 30 second barrier, making her the second fastest dog in the race.

Luba Monelli is jumping from box two and is currently paying $16.00 for trainer David Hobby. Last week saw her return after four months on the sidelines in fine form, finishing second behind Star Recall. The run last week will do her good so she is in with a good chance, especially jumping from the inside box.

Star Recall for trainer Linda Britton is jumping from box three paying around the $2.70 mark. Last week she won more than convincingly in 30.35 from box eight. It will be a great test seeing her come up against On Coin and she will need to jump a little better then last week to lead the field early, especially with Jump The Queue in the race. A front position for Star Recall on the home turn will be essential for her, with On Coin more than likely storming home.

Gomes is jumping out of box four for Linda Britton and is paying $23.00 for the win. He’s been in surprisingly good form lately against some top chasers. The class of dog is very high in this field but you can’t rule the veteran out, because when you do he usually pulls out an exceptional performance.

On Coin for trainer John Crossley has the squeeze box and will more then likely start around $2.30 favourite. His form of late is almost faultless, his box manners have improved and he is strong to the finishing line. On Coin is the fastest WA bred dog going around at the moment and will be a serious contender if he makes it through to next weeks National Sprint.

Freeway Force for Keith Harding will jump from box six and looks to be the long shot of the field and is currently paying $34.00 to take out the race. It’s going to take a lot to go wrong with the amount of talent in the race for Freeway Force to come away with the win.

You Can Dream is jumping from box seven for trainer Dennis Calleja and is paying $23.00. She is another long shot in this classy field and will need to get to the lead early to have any hope of taking the race out.

Jump The Queue is set to pay $9.00 for the win. She will be the likely leader of the field even from box eight. She will need trouble behind if she is to hold on to the lead for the victory.

Reserves

Deyna is the first reserve for trainer Linda Britton. He isn’t in the league of these chasers and if he gets a start I can’t see him taking out the race.

Black Dymas is the second reserve for Jason Stuart. He has been racing in top company of late and hasn’t been able to come away with a win. If he is to get a start in the final it unlikely the outcome will change.

WA National Distance Final Preview

In just his second start over the 715 metre distance, Obama Keeping will line up against WA’s best stayers for a chance to represent his state in the 2014 National Distance Final held next week at Cannington.

The Terry Erenshaw trained middle distance, turned stayer, finished second behind Reverberate from box three in last week’s heat of the WA National Distance Championship. The black dog stuck on Reverberate’s tail, even snatching the lead at one point, but failed to hold on finishing second in his first start over the distance.

With a 700 metre run under his belt, the son of Bekim Bale – Beth Keeping will be better for it as he begins his campaign to become a seasoned stayer against the states best distance dogs.

“You’re never confident with any dog, you expect the worst and hope for the best.” Trainer Terry Erenshaw explained when asked about how he expected his chaser to go first up over the distance.

“I thought he would have been able to stick with Reverberate but he couldn’t, she dropped him off pretty swiftly.”

Drawing box eight in a final with talent coming from just about every box Obama Keeping will have pull out something special if he is to represent the state next week.

“It’s good to have the dog in the race but he isn’t up to the standard. He will shine another day and I am proud to have him in the race.”

“There are plenty of races for this dog, just not this one. But he did a marvellous job to get there.”

“At the moment he can’t compete with seasoned stayers, especially at this level and it would be naive to think otherwise.”

Obama Keeping has had just 23 starts for seven wins and six minor placing’s. If he takes to the 700 metre distance as easily as he did with the 600 he looks to have a bright future ahead of him in the staying ranks.

As for this weeks deciding final, Erenshaw finds it hard to pick the winner out of Reverberate, Ash Flash and Bingle Monelli.

“If Reverberate and Bingle Monelli want to bounce each other around they are going to make the race for something else coming from behind and the only dog coming from behind would be Ash Flash. Then Ash Flash may have trouble getting through the race.”

Despite the high standard of talent that will be arriving on WA soil in the next few days, with the likes of Sweet It Is and Xylia Allen, Erenshaw still believes that a WA dog could take out the National Distance series because of the home ground advantage.

At 9.07pm, the guesswork will stop and the greyhounds will do what they do best, run. The $14,500 to the winner will pale in comparison to the spot in the $75,000 final earned for the following week. All prices are from the current Sportingbet fixed odds market.

Bingle Monelli for trainer David Hobby has received box one and is set to start the race paying $3.60. The daughter of Collision – Joanne Monelli loves the cherry box, producing seven wins from 10 starts and that may prove to be the advantage she needs to win the race.

Flight Of Anevay has drawn box two for trainer Kody Charles and is at long odds to take out the race ($31.00). Last week she finished third in her best performance over the distance to date, this week she will find it hard with an abundance of talent throughout the field. She will probably have to look for her first win over the distance against easier company.

Wing It Appeal for young trainer James Jefferies is a sneaky $21.00 chance from box three. The daughter of Head Bound – Twinkle Appeal has been consistent in the staying ranks at Cannington with 11 starts for eight wins. She loves to use a bit of the track which causes her to do a lot more work then she needs to do.

Reveberate has drawn box four for trainer Linda Britton and will start around $3.10 to take out the race. She has been in great form and in her last 14 starts over the 715 she has been a picture of consistency, never finishing any worse than third place. If she is to take out this race she will need Ash Flash to find trouble behind so that she doesn’t have him on her tail to potentially run over her on the line.

Freeway Ace for trainer Keith Harding will start the race paying around $31. The WA bred dog has been around the staying ranks for a while. The brindle chaser stepped down in distance to the 530 then had a week off before running in the heats last week. Improvement should be eminent with a run over the 700 under his belt.

Mullet Hunter has drawn box six for Ben Abercrombie and is currently paying $11.00 for the win. This bitch is new over the staying ranks with just four starts to her name for one win and one minor placing. She is a fast beginner and that should see her around the lead most of the way despite jumping from box six. If she is caught out in front alone and there is trouble behind she may just hold on to claim the victory.

Ash Flash will start as $2.10 favourite for trainer Paul Stuart out of box seven. It doesn’t matter what box this freakish bitch receives because she is going to be near last out of the boxes. Her come from behind style although entertaining can be cause for concern if there is trouble in front of her. In saying that she is very strong and has been able to manoeuvre throughout the field to win on nine out of 14 occasions over the staying journey.

Obama Keeping is jumping from box eight and is set to pay around $23 to take out the race. He is another dog that could find himself in the lead early, being only his second run over the distance there will still be more room for improvement so its expected that he will tire towards the line.

Reserves

Free Candy for trainer Steve Withers was unlucky not to make it through last week and she is yet to win over the 700 from her three starts. Her run last week was impressive, she was faced with a few interferences and looked to hit the line stronger than before. It’s only a matter of time before the Oaks winner salutes over the staying journey.

Houdini Monelli for David Hobby is the second reserve. Last week he looked mid race as though he could challenge the leading Reverberate and Obama Keeping but instead tired towards the line just holding onto finish fourth. If he was to get a start, he will need to gather a decent lead if he is to take out the race.

Tabcorp Hedging Its Bets

Following falls in normal TAB business in 2013/14 Tabcorp is looking to increase the proportion of betting done via smartphones and the like, particularly in respect to in-play bets which are currently available only through phone or personal contact. Overall, digital betting rose 18.2% to $2.9 billion during the year.

CEO David Attenborough wants to see punters wandering around ClubTabs and PubTabs furiously thumbing their I-Pads and the like as the field heads up the back straight. TAB licensees would be pleased as the extra business (assuming they get the credit) would help with the economics of running their facilities, and also make their venues more valuable in the long term.

Last year retail betting volumes fell 4.9% in Victoria and 1.2% in NSW, which would have been offset by the increasing Fixed Odds business where the company saw a 37% rise in revenue (the turnover figure was not stated).

The benefits of in-play betting for greyhound races are dubious due to the short time frames involved. In fact, how Tabcorp’s price assessors might operate is also a mystery given the huge advantages accruing to leaders. It would be practical only for longer galloping and harness races.

It would be far more helpful to see TABs set up decent “bookmaking” facilities under their Fixed Odds banner, where punitive books of 130% or so are now the norm. More so as genuine bookmaking is almost a lost art in greyhound racing, certainly at most TAB tracks.

A breakdown of Tabcorp’s racing turnover shows NSW with $3,819 million and Victoria with $2,762 million. Its Luxbet “bookmaking” subsidiary in the Northern Territory showed almost no increase.

However, the declining importance of tote betting places even more pressure on the need to create a national betting pool, particularly for greyhound racing which suffers from too many tiny and unworkable local pools. Both state Treasurers (in taxes) and racing authorities (in commissions) have much to gain due to their higher takes from traditional betting forms.

Added to that is the relatively poor performance of the betting exchange Betfair, which is struggling to maintain a level. So much so that James Packer’s interests have now bought out the British parent’s half of the action. His future strategies are unknown but he has shown a long term preference for gaming rather than wagering, unlike his late father.

This is a pity as the concept of a betting exchange provides a significant alternative to traditional means of betting. That’s worth its weight in gold at a time when genuine bookmakers are becoming thin on the ground.

A CHANGING MEDIA LANDSCAPE

If you get one bad apple, how can you be sure there are not more in the bag?

Readers may be amazed to learn that reporter Natalie O’Brien from Fairfax has just won a media award for environmental investigations (not related to racing this time). O’Brien was responsible for a series of heavily biased reports on greyhound racing around the time of the establishment of the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry. Some of those reports extensively quoted dissenting comments by Inquiry deputy chairman Dr John Kaye MLC (Greens) who has himself been side-lined by his fellow members for his lopsided views.

Both these people have clearly indicated they just don’t like greyhound racing. No special reason, they just don’t like it. Well, that’s their right.

O’Brien’s articles occurred around the time of the strongly slanted and poorly researched ABC TV program about greyhound “abuses” on the 7:30 Report. And, while O’Brien’s articles purported to be “reporting”, in practice their limited views should have placed them under an “Opinion” heading. Clearly the paper’s management is not very observant. Or perhaps they just don’t understand racing.

All have since been discredited by the Inquiry, which reported favourably on the care and dedication of greyhound participants. However, it was critical of the code’s administration. A final report on the financial outlook for greyhound racing is due very soon.

In my view, the lack of balanced reporting in the (now) left-leaning Sydney Morning Herald and the ABC means consumers should take anything they say with a grain of salt. I don’t trust either, and nor do many learned observers far more competent than me. For the moment, I am continuing with my SMH subscription only to keep track of what is going on and because I like to get their crosswords and football commentary.

Meantime, although it is a year since this kerfuffle emerged, no action has been seen from racing authorities to better inform the general public about the industry or the greyhound breed. Our leaders seem to think that if they keep punching out media releases which are read only by industry insiders that all will be well. That will not happen. The public will never come to us – we have to go to them.

Let’s take the words out of Hilary Clinton’s mouth. In an interview on America’s future, reported by the Wall Street Journal and The Australian she advised, “We should take pride in ourselves and make our case to the world. We don’t even tell our story very well.” Exactly.

As for awards, many of these appear to be insiders applauding other insiders. All very nice but hardly objective.

DESIGN TO ELIMINATE CROWDING

At Sandown in race 10 yesterday stewards thought fit to mention that “Sky Fighter crossed to the rail soon after the start checking Yakamov Bale, Kerrigan Bale, Eliza Blanche, Sisco Good, Zipping Snoopy, Dr. Don”.

Well, technically, there is a grain of truth in that, but not much more. Sky Fighter is not a crasher and did not crash on this occasion. It simply moved gradually across to the rail, leading by the time it got to the judge.

What really generated all the interference, and there was plenty, was Kerrigan Bale (1) moving out immediately after the jump, thereby inconveniencing favourite Eliza Blanche (2) and generally squeezing up the field. Therefore it appeared that Sky Fighter did more damage than it was really responsible for.

The point about this is not just to pin-prick the stewards’ words (although they could have done better) but to emphasise how important it is to devise ways of designing tracks so that dogs are encouraged to stay further apart. That may not change anything either of these two dogs did but it may help the rest of them.

As a further illustration, in two other races the inside squeezing led to two very good gallopers but moderate beginners from box 8 being able to whizz around the field on the first turn to record really smart times (Allen Deed, R8 and Shot To Bits, R12). Both deserved to win but other runners were denied a similar chance. The fix? Not entirely sure but Hobart may offer a few clues.

This Week In Racing History

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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.

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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.

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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.

16
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.

17
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.

18
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.

19
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.

Sandown Park Greyhounds Tips And Betting Preview August 14th 2014

Centrebet is offering a $200 free bet for our readers. It’s a quality night of racing at Sandown tonight and free bets make for good ammunition!

Quaddie:
Leg 1: 1,3,6,7,8 – Leg 2: 3,4,8 – Leg 3: 1 – Leg 4: 3,4,5,8 – $60 for 100%

Best Bet: Bet up at Sportingbet on Mepunga Hayley with your $700 free bet.
Race 7: Mepunga Hayley

Best Roughie:
Race 11: Dynamo’s Gift

 

Race No. 1Bring Your Club To Sandown Final7:07 PM (VIC time)
Maiden Final event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1HESTIA BALE (NSW)[5]5130.05(1)M Delbridge (Balliang)
2SMOKEM JIMMY (NSW)[5]3129.99(3)S Jones (Orange)
3LISTER BALE (NSW)[5]130.05(2)M Delbridge (Balliang)
4QUASI BALE (NSW)[M]3NBTM Delbridge (Balliang)
5OUR SPOTTY [M]56723NBTG Watts (Lara)
6WHY NOT LISA [M]2NBTG Carter (Devon Meadows)
7UNTHER BALE (NSW)[M]2NBTM Delbridge (Balliang)
8PROVEN BOLT [M]52222NBTW Vassallo (Devon Meadows)

Very open race to start the night but the well bred Smokem Jimmy looked very impressive when scoring here last week in 29.99. On that occasion he stepped cleanly and went past the first marker in a more than handy 5.15, if he can reproduce that type of effort he should be able to hold the early lead again. He appeared to get a little tired in the run home last week so I would expect him to hit the line a little better tonight.

Hestia Bale scored a convincing 30.05 heat win from this draw and she should make an impact again. She has been well supported in her two runs to date and I would expect her to show continual improvement with each run. Lister Bale scored well on debut and he went through the first bend in a zippy 5.12, that type of run would see him settle in the top two tonight and if he can avoid trouble at the first bend he should be thereabouts at the business end. Unther Bale and Proven Bolt both have enough ability to cause a boil over as well, so very tough race to kick off and it’s worth looking for over’s.

Top Four: 2 – 1 – 3 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 1,2,3/1,2,3,7/1,2,3,4,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

Exacta: 1,2/1,2,3,4,7 ($8 for 100%)

Boxed Quinella: 1,2,3,4 ($6 for 100%)

 

Race No. 2Follow Us @sandowndogs7:26 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1KILTAH MAGIC (QLD)[5]5111329.53(4)K Bravo (Lovely Banks)
2TROPICAL OASIS [5]5126829.97(6)B Dapiran (Northwood)
3CONQUER FEAR [5]1825129.88(1)G Howell (Pearcedale)
4BUNGA BUNGA [5]6272129.74(2)J Greenough (Pearcedale)
5VEETEE SAHARRAH [5]21281FSHP Anderton (Devon Meadows)
6DYNA KEITARO (NSW)[5]3118129.73(1)T Womann (Lara)
7PHENOM BALE (NSW)[5]32438NBTT Womann (Lara)
8MY BABY PORSCHA [5]23122NBTC Cortese (Hampton Park)

Kiltah Magic has come up with the gun draw and she announced herself as a future star when scoring here in a sizzling 29.53 last month. She isn’t the best beginner but she does possess a fairly good turn of foot, so if she can get away on terms she should have sufficient speed to punch through and lead. There are a couple of handy types in this event but I don’t think they will be able to reel her in when she is running sub 29.50 on the bunny.

I’m a massive fan of Conquer Fear and I believe that once he really learns how to race he will be a major player in much stronger races than this. He has a solid 29.88 PB here but he is capable of going a lot quicker and if he gets the breaks at the right times he may salute at nice odds. Veetee Saharrah caught the eye with a slick 30.16 Cranbourne win last week and she too is a real up and comer. This is clearly her toughest test to date but if she finds herself in the top two as they head for the back straight she will be looking to make a huge impact. Dyna Keitaro has won three of five impressively and despite the awkward draw he must be kept safe.

Top Four: 1 – 3 – 5 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 1/3,5,6/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1,3,5/1,3,5,6/1,3,4,5,6,7 ($36 for 100%)

Exacta: 1,3/1,3,5,6 ($6 for 100%)

 

Race No. 3Facebook.com/sandowndogs7:44 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1GORHAM BALE (NSW)[5]1221329.42(5)S Collins (Lara)
2HETALIA BALE (NSW)[5]31126NBTT Womann (Lara)
3MISS PENGUIN [5]6147229.76(6)R Neocleous (Hazelwood North)
4LAGOON MYTYE (NSW)[5]11624NBTT Reid (Yuroke)
5STAKER’S CHIN [5]1533129.50(8)B Harper (Seaspray)
6SING FOR ME [5]61821NBTM Repia (Long Gully)
7LONESOME JETT (QLD)[5]11163NBTW Vassallo (Devon Meadows)
8DYNA ZOD (NSW)[5]16554NBTA Dailly (Anakie)

Gorham Bale is a highly promising chaser and I think in time he is going to be a star stayer, however at present he is flying over the sprint trip and he appears drawn to get the cash. Two starts ago he stepped cleanly and let throughout when recording a blistering 29.42 win here, obviously a repeat of that would see him win quite comfortably here. My only concern with him is that he does like to race middle to wide through the turns and with the pace drawn out wide he may just need a little luck as they approach the bend.

Lonesome Jett is blessed with a scintillating turn of foot and although she was beaten here on the weekend, I believe she will be a lot better for the run. In her brief career to date she has recorded some very quick wins on the provincial circuit and I think she is good enough to run a strong 500m. Staker’s Chin scored a commanding 30.50 Cranbourne win last start and he has won here previously in a very zippy 29.50, so with some luck in running he should be able to make an impact. Of the others, Dyna Zod has been a little disappointing since winning a heat of the Group One Maturity Classic but with a clear run early he may be able to regain some confidence.

Top Four: 1 – 7 – 5 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 1/5,7,8/4,5,6,7,8 ($12 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1,5,7/1,5,7,8/1,4,5,6,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

Exacta: 1/5,6,7,8 ($4 for 100%)

 

Race No. 4Opteon Property Final8:08 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Final event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BAHAMA BAY [4]6113129.70(1)A Britton (Lara)
2DYNA OSTRANDER (NSW)[4]1651129.71(7)J Hunt (Avalon)
3OLLIE BALE (NSW)[4]1326129.32(4)A Dailly (Anakie)
4TIGGERLONG AMIGO (NSW)[4]1166129.55(2)D Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
5PAPPA GALLO [4]2211429.45(5)M Cortese (Hampton Park)
6CLASSY BOY [5]2522229.60(2)J Thorpe (Arthurs Creek)
7ASTRONOMIC (WA)[4]5211129.61(4)D Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
8WIND WHISTLER [4]2323129.49(8)A Langton (Anakie)

Astronomic is racing in rare form at present and with his blistering early speed he is going to prove very hard to hold out. After scoring two sub 30 second wins at The Meadows, he followed that up with an all the way 29.61 win here. In his past five starts his first sectionals have consistently been around the 5.10 mark and that type of effort would just about see him cross to the early lead tonight. This race is probably the strongest race he has contested but he can run time on the lure and he appears to be getting better with every run.

Dyna Ostrander is a star in the making and he turned in a monster effort to score a 29.71 heat win. On that occasion he bombed the start and he had to work overtime to get into contention but he was still good enough to score. I am expecting him to step a lot better tonight and he should find himself in contention as they head for the back straight. Wind Whistler is a powerhouse stayer in the making and I would be looking for him to be charging home late in tonight’s event. I think he may get a little too far back early tonight but he should run home into a place.

Top Four: 7 – 2 – 8 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on Astronomic and Dyna Ostrander

Boxed Quinella: 2,3,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2,3,7/8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2,3,7/Field/8 ($18 for 100%)

 

Race No. 5Www.tab.com.au8:28 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1GALAHAD [5]5234F30.09(1)T Womann (Lara)
2LEKTRA BIANCA [5]2366429.91(8)A Dailly (Anakie)
3SISCO RAGE [5]22572NBTD Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
4STRANGE WISH (NSW)[5]6385229.67(2)D Saunders (Somerville)
5VICTA BALE (NSW)[5]3545629.66(1)S Collins (Lara)
6ALLEN MALIK (NSW)[5]23443NBTS Collins (Lara)
7PELOTON BALE (NSW)[5]1323229.80(3)J Hunt (Avalon)
8DUCHESS BALE (NSW)[5]42363NBTM Delbridge (Balliang)

Duchess Bale was a tad disappointing here last week after leading but I think she should have enough speed to lead again tonight and there doesn’t appear to be too many Wind Whistlers in this event. She is yet to win here in seven starts but she has been placed in four of those runs and all of her starts here have been in strong company. The key to this race is that there is very limited early speed engaged and from the pink she will get plenty of room early and therefore she should get a very cheap lead.

Sisco Rage has been racing a tad below his best of late but he should appreciate the drop in class tonight. Box three isn’t a big disadvantage and if he can get away cleanly he should be able to get a nice sit just behind the early leaders. Peloton Bale is a huge talent but he loses too many races because of his poor box manners. From the seven box he is going to need a heap of luck but he still should be good enough to run home into a place. Galahad and Allen Malik must be included in quaddies if you are going wide in the first leg.

Top Four: 8 – 3 – 7 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Duchess Bale

Quinella: 8 to rove with 1,3,6,7 ($4 for 100%)

Exacta: 3,8/1,3,6,7,8 ($8 for 100%)

Trifecta: 8/1,3,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 3,7,8/1,3,7,8/1,3,6,7,8 ($27 for 100%)

 

Race No. 6Rsn – Racing And Sport8:52 PM (VIC time)
Mixed 4/5 event over 715 metres at Sandown park Of $8,745 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,120 2nd: $1,750 3rd: $875.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SIR GAZZA [5]35416NBTR Britton (Lara)
2SONIC PETITE [4]5656842.74(8)P Reinders (Gruyere)
3ZIPPING MAGGIE (NSW)[4]8285141.85(2)P Dapiran (Northwood)
4LADY TOY [5]11234NBTN Gost (Little River)
5MIMICKING (NSW)[4]8622542.15(8)R Britton (Lara)
6SUPERSONIC HAWK (NSW)[5]62245NBTJ Britton (Anakie)
7NEWFIRE RILEY [5]3745342.11(1)P Goold (Monbulk)
8SHALL SHE ROCK [4]5314242.01(8)D Crawford (Pearcedale)

On last week’s performance it is very hard to look past the exciting Zipping Maggie. After a good getaway, she showed great early speed and assumed control soon after the start for an all the way win here last week in a sizzling 41.85. The most impressive part of that effort was that she actually went faster than the National Distance Championship State Final which was won by the champ Xylia Allen. If she begins cleanly and finds the early lead again it is very hard to see her being run down tonight.

Shall She Rock was far from disgraced when placed behind Maggie last week and although I don’t think she can turn the tables, she should be good enough to fill the quinella spot. She will be keen to find the fence early but with some luck in the first 50m she should be able to make an impact. Lady Toy will likely trail them early but she runs all day and I would expect her to pick off the stragglers in the final 100m of the race. She is a bit one paced but if the gaps open at the right times she shouldn’t be too far away.

Top Four: 3 – 8 – 4 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 3/4,7,8/4,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 3/4,7,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 3/8/Field ($6 for 100%)

Quinella: 3 to rove with 4,7,8 ($3 for 100%)

 

Race No. 7Berwick Mazda9:11 PM (VIC time)
Mixed 4/5 event over 595 metres at Sandown park Of $8,745 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,120 2nd: $1,750 3rd: $875.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MEPUNGA HAYLEY [5]11123NBTJ Britton (Anakie)
2EXQUISITUS [5]2647634.27(7)J Imlach (Pearcedale)
3GREYWINDS BUTCH (NSW)[5]56737FSTDT Womann (Lara)
9DYNA YORK (NSW)[5]Res.27765NBTS Collins (Lara)
5PENANCE ALLEN (NSW)[5]2133134.35(6)J Hunt (Avalon)
6MAXIMUM LIL [5]51521FSTDA Dailly (Anakie)
10CLASSIFIED MISS [5]Res.77612NBTA Warton (Elliminyt)
8MISS SOCIETY [4]2521734.47(7)J Imlach (Pearcedale)

Mepunga Hayley is a gun sprinter and she should have no trouble with the rise in distance. Three starts ago she captured the Group One Maturity Classic at The Meadows in a blistering 29.79 and from the red tonight she should lead throughout. She appears to hit the line very strongly in her sprint races and if she finds the early lead and if the track is in good knick I think she can give the 34 second barrier a good nudge. She is going to be short but she looks to be a great anchor in the quaddie and take her up front in your exotic bets.

Oscura turned in a monster effort when scoring here on Sunday in 34.47, he experienced a heap of trouble in the run but he was still good enough to pick himself up and make an impact. He will most likely give Mepunga Hayley too big of a head start but he should be able to run home into the quinella spot. Penance Allen showed her best with a smart 34.35 win here last week and if she can get through the first bend relatively unscathed she should be able to run a drum.

Top Four: 1 – 4 – 5 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 1/3,4,5/3,4,5,6,7 ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1/4/Field ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1/3,4,5/3,4,5 ($6 for 100%)

Exacta: 1/3,4,5 ($3 for 100%)

 

Race No. 8Macro Meats9:35 PM (VIC time)
Free For All event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BRENT BALE (NSW)[4]5726229.66(6)M Delbridge (Balliang)
2TYRONIMO [2]2546129.51(8)W Vassallo (Devon Meadows)
3HAILSTORM BILLY (NSW)[4]6223229.35(2)A Langton (Anakie)
4DYNA BETH (NSW)[2]5638429.55(3)A Dailly (Anakie)
5BUCKLE UP MASON (TAS)[2]2151429.26(5)J Hunt (Avalon)
6CRAWF’S BREAD [3]1131629.37(5)D Crawford (Pearcedale)
7HEIDI GO SEEK [4]1777329.41(3)A Langton (Anakie)
8ALLEN DEED (NSW)[3]5811229.65(4)A Dailly (Anakie)

Allen Deed scored a breathtaking 25.24 Geelong win three runs back and he appears to have returned to racing a much better sprinter. He has always been a very fast chaser but in his two Geelong wins of late he has showed a devastating turn of foot and he has made some quality chasers look second rate. From the pink tonight he is going to need a little bit of luck as they head into the first bend but if he can balance up in the top four he will take a power of beating.

Buckle Up Mason scored a smart 29.99 Meadows win two runs back and he is very reliable at box rise. He isn’t as strong as he used to be but he is still good enough to hold off most of these. Hailstorm Billy does his best racing here and he has been racing in very consistent fashion. He is likely to get a long way back in the early stages but he has terrific track sense and he should be in the mix at the business end. Dyna Beth is the smokey in the event, she was a runner up in last year’s Melbourne Cup and she is just a little down on confidence at present. If she happens to get away cleanly and lead, she can definitely show her best form and get the cash at massive odds.

Top Four: 8 – 5 – 3 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Allen Deed

Trifecta: 8/3,4,5/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 3,4,5,8/3,4,5,8/2,3,4,5,7,8 ($48 for 100%)

Boxed Quinella: 3,4,5,8 ($6 for 100%)

 

Race No. 9Harvey Norman – Springvale9:55 PM (VIC time)
Grade 4 event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $7,600 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,320 2nd: $1,520 3rd: $760.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MUMMA HOOK [4]8153629.75(1)R Neocleous (Hazelwood North)
2CHARMING RUMBLE (NSW)[4]1811129.72(4)H Clarke (Buln Buln)
3GIMME FUEL [4]1567729.49(1)K Bravo (Lovely Banks)
4WHAT FOR (NSW)[4]4144429.76(2)D Fisher (Lara)
5ENNIS BALE (NSW)[4]1512129.68(7)J Hunt (Avalon)
6SOHO RHYTHM [4]3651529.64(7)A Hyde (Lara)
7SKINNY VINNIE [4]3127729.57(2)R Britton (Lara)
9DR. DES [4]Res.1675629.57(6)W Mcmahon (Darriman)

Gimme Fuel has been unlucky/disappointing in his past few runs but tonight he finds himself in one of the weakest races he has contested for a while. There is a fair bit of early speed drawn on his inside and if he can step away cleanly I would expect him to sit just outside the leaders or lob just behind them on the fence. If he avoids trouble he should take over mid race and then career away as they head for home.

Mumma Hook doesn’t run a strong 500m but from the red I would expect her to punch through and lead early. She has won here in a solid 29.75 previously and if there is some shuffling behind her she may just steal the prize. Soho Rhythm charged home to score here in 29.64 two runs back and she isn’t too badly drawn out wide. Jordan Allen is more than capable but he can be a very hard dog to follow, from the pink I have my doubts as to whether or not he will be able to cross early.

Top Four: 3 – 1 – 6 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Gimme Fuel

Trifecta: 3/1,6,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 3/1,6,8/1,6,8 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1,3,6/1,3,6,8/1,3,5,6,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

Exacta: 1,3/1,3,6,8 ($6 for 100%)

 

Race No. 10Sky Racing10:12 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1KERRIGAN BALE (NSW)[5]1372329.48(7)A Dailly (Anakie)
2ELIZA BLANCHE (QLD)[5]2811129.59(1)D Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
3SISCO GOOD [5]53234NBTR Galea (Brookfield)
4ZIPPING SNOOPY (NSW)[5]17174NBTP Dapiran (Northwood)
5DR. DON [5]51114NBTW Mcmahon (Darriman)
6YAKAMOV BALE (NSW)[5]62251NBTJ Hunt (Avalon)
7SKY FIGHTER (NSW)[5]4616329.74(1)I Dann (Whitelaw)
8DYNA GELDOF (NSW)[5]74672NBTS Collins (Lara)

Extremely difficult race and with Eliza Blanche expected to start very short I think we can find some value. Yakamov Bale finally broke through at Cranbourne the other night in a solid 30.53 and I think he can back to back. On that occasion he settled second and as they passed the back straight he idled up to the leader and put pay to him very quickly. The manner in which he hit the line was quite impressive and with a couple of keen railers drawn underneath tonight, he should find himself very close to the early lead again and he may just prove too strong.

Zipping Snoopy can be hard to follow at times but there is no doubting that he has a heap of ability. Three starts ago he beat Eliza Blanche at The Meadows and I think he will be good value again tonight. He would need to settle in the top two to win but he does have a great turn of foot soon after box rise and I can see him finding the early lead with a clean get away. Obviously Eliza Blanche is a great chance but at Sandown on Sunday she appeared to show a flat spot mid race when scoring in easier class, tonight in better company she can’t afford to lose too much ground mid race.

Top Four: 6 – 4 – 2 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on Yakamov Bale and Zipping Snoopy

Boxed Quinella: 1,2,4,6 ($6 for 100%)

Exacta: 2,4,6/1,2,4,6 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2,4,6/1,2,4,6/1,2,4,5,6,8 ($36 for 100%)

 

Race No. 11Tab Rewards10:32 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1LAMIA BALE (NSW)[5]21683NBTS Collins (Lara)
2GROOVE GIRL [5]3142129.52(5)L Delbridge (Balliang)
3ROCKIN’ JOSIE [5]12245NBTJ Britton (Anakie)
4TURBINE [5]5522229.78(8)J Torr (Myers Flat)
5TRULY LOYAL [5]73314NBTD Fisher (Lara)
6DYNAMO’S GIFT [5]7861329.46(5)R Darby (Drysdale)
7GRAND FAITH [5]8418229.49(4)P Dapiran (Northwood)
8CALL ME SCARY [5]1266429.99(7)D Cortese (Hampton Park)

Grand Faith was far from disgraced when placed here last week and with some luck early he should be able to go one better. He is armed with an explosive turn of foot and three starts ago he smashed a smart field when scoring at Shepparton in 25.38. He tends to do his best racing from wide draws and if he can reproduce his sizzling 29.49 PB here he will take a power of beating.

Lamia Bale has had little luck since winning a semi final of the Group One Maturity Classic at The Meadows in 30 flat last month and she is drawn to show improvement. There isn’t a whole heap of early speed drawn outside of her, so she should get a clear run into the first bend. Dynamo’s Gift is very fast on his night and if given a clear run initially he has the ability to score, from box six he will need everything to go his way but if he goes around at big odds he is worth a saver bet. Turbine rounds out the winning hopes, he has been placed in his past three starts and he should be thereabouts again.

Top Four: 7 – 1 – 6 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on Grand Faith and Dynamo’s Gift

Boxed Quinella: 1,4,6,7 ($6 for 100%)

Exacta: 1,6,7/1,4,6,7 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 7/1,4,6/1,2,3,4,6 ($12 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1,6,7/1,6,7/1,2,3,4,6,7 ($24 for 100%)

 

Race 12 – 515M Grade 5 – 10:52PM

Sonic Pirate turned in a monster effort when placed here on Sunday behind gun sprinter Eliza Blanche. On that occasion he pinged the lids and led Eliza Blanche for most of the trip and he was only gunned down in the shadows of the past. If he can reproduce a similar performance tonight he will definitely give them something to catch at nice odds.

Shot To Bits is a freakish talent and he only needs to get through the first bend without too much trouble to make his presence felt. He has been slow to begin in his past two starts but he has powered home to go down narrowly in fast times, with an ounce of luck he will definitely feature. Erza Allen is another promising chaser she must be respected based on her recent 30.18 Meadows win, her 5.05 to the first marker was super impressive and that type of effort would see her just about lead tonight.

Top Four: 6 – 8 – 5 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Sonic Pirate

Exacta: 6,8/5,6,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

Boxed Quinella: 5,6,8 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 6,8/5,6,7,8/1,4,5,6,7,8 ($24 for 100%)

Trifecta: 5,6,7/8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 5,6,7/Field/8 ($18 for 100%)

Angle Park Greyhounds Tips And Betting Preview August 14th 2014

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Quaddie
Leg 1: 1,3,5,6,7 – Leg 2: 4,7 – Leg 3: 1,3,7 – Leg 4: 5,6,7 – $90 for 100%

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Race 2: Spicy Peppa

Best Roughie:
Race 5: He’s A Villain

 

Race No. 1Tony Schultz Stake Cta Division17:10 PM
5 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $3,065 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,150 2nd: $610 3rd: $305.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ABSOLUTE BOSS832130.11Robyn Mackellar
2BOGIE PRINCE381329.83Ben Rawlings
3VICTA BROOKE523229.77Ronald Schadow
4YICHE411130.06Angela Modra
5GILBERT ALLEN743430.00Lisa Rasmussen
6DANYO’S LUKE741429.92Colin Swain
7PRINCESS TEE242529.87Oswald Chegia
8MAX ROCKS216630.14Kevin Murnane
9SPOT GOES RACING646129.94Petar Jovanovic
10VELOCITY BREEZE136730.03Kim Johnstone

Princess Tee has been a little costly of late but I’m willing to give her one more chance. She is perfectly drawn out wide and two starts ago she turned in a monster performance when placed behind Max Rocks. Absolute Boss was a smart 30.11 winner on Monday and he is drawn to play a major role again. Yiche should settle on the speed also and he is in career best form.

Top Four: 7 – 1 – 4 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Princess Tee

Boxed Quinella: 1,4,7 ($3 for 100%)

Exacta: 1,7/1,3,4,7 ($6 for 100%)

 

Race No. 2Blake’s Crossing Vet Surgery Juv…7:35 PM
JUV event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $2,350 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,645 2nd: $470 3rd: $235.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DEADLY CAPER6661NBTRobert Isaacson
2HASHTAG HARRY443230.37Todd Kelly
3ROSES IN SPRING7NBTRaymond Burgess
4TASER MCBAIN133530.32Todd Kelly
5ALDERLEY REFORM5X1130.00Terrance Cahalan
6SPICY PEPPA11130.03Cameron Butcher
7DYNA MOTLEY234230.32Wendy Matcott
8YOUNG GUN MCBAIN755130.41Todd Kelly

Quality race for a juvenile and looks to be a match race between Alderley Reform and Spicy Peppa. I’m giving the nod to Spicy Peppa, she has won her first three starts in great fashion and her first sectionals are very impressive. Alderley Reform beat the talent Gun Mcbain two weeks in a row here recently and with some luck initially he will be in the finish again. Dyna Motley is another promising type and he can run home into a placing.

Top Four: 6 – 5 – 7 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Spicy Peppa

Trifecta: 5,6/5,6/2,7 ($4 for 100%)

Trifecta: 5,6/5,6,7/Field ($24 for 100%)

Exacta: 5,6/2,5,6,7 ($6 for 100%)

 

Race No. 3Suzanne & Lee Prentis Stake Cta …7:55 PM
6 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $2,350 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,645 2nd: $470 3rd: $235.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MISATO BALE526630.92Wendy Matcott
2CHILLI IN WHITE434330.22Desmond Hockley
3MADISON MCLAREN115530.27Helen Foster
4TALKALOT TEARS621830.18Steve Meimetis
5LITTLE DAKOTA144229.88Colin Simes
6FOOTLUCE DIVA371129.81Kenneth Trowbridge
7GRANDE TO EXCEL422530.01George Rehmann
8SUSHI BALE535430.46Lisa Rasmussen
9MISS ICY ROSIE264730.43Steve Meimetis

Grande To Excel finds himself in a race which lacks a lot of early speed and if he can getaway cleanly he should be able to get a very cheap lead, the last 30m is a concern but he may just steal the prize. Footluce Diva set the track alight with a sizzling 29.81 win here recently and she only needs an ounce of luck, whilst Little Dakota recorded a top placing here last week after two months off and he should be much better for that run.

Top Four: 7 – 6 – 5 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 5,6,7/5,6,7/2,3,5,6,7,8 ($24 For 100%)

Trifecta: 5,6,7/5,6,7/2,5,6,7 ($12 For 100%)

Boxed Quinella: 5,6,7 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 7/2,5,6/Field ($18 for 100%)

 

Race No. 4Angle Park Vet Clinic – Greg Moo…8:14 PM
FFA event over 600 metres at Angle park Of $4,800 Prizemoney.
1st: $3,360 2nd: $960 3rd: $480.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1VICTA SCOTT713835.10Ronald Schadow
2GENGHIS KAHN544734.85Kathleen Johnstone
4CAMOUFLAGE MODEL341335.71Steven Brook
5STUZZICHINO754135.54Petar Jovanovic
7JACKO LANKAN533635.63Petar Jovanovic
8PANDORA’S SIN642135.35Wendy Matcott

Genghis Kahn is dropping back to his favourite trip and he should be suited by the smaller field. He will be looking to get wide early but once he balances up he should be able to put them to the sword. Camouflage Model should ping to the early lead and she was far from disgraced when placed at Gawler over 643m last time, whilst Pandora’s Sin is never far away over this journey.

Top Four: 2 – 4 – 8 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 2/4/5,8 ($2 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2/4/Field ($4 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2/4,5,8/4,5,8 ($6 for 100%)

Quinella: 2,4

 

Race No. 5Gapsa Birthday Celebration Stake…8:38 PM
5 event over 600 metres at Angle park Of $3,355 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,350 2nd: $670 3rd: $335.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1WIREGRASS774335.19Ben Rawlings
2ULTIMATE LIDDELL657435.96Dean Decrea
3CORRINE CORRINA511335.32Kenneth Trowbridge
4DOONA BALE484435.10Tony Rasmussen
5DYNA GRAY153735.23Lisa Rasmussen
6HE’S A VILLIAN523735.70Lisa Rasmussen
7AS IT GOES163234.92Oswald Chegia
8WHO DE PUNK536535.05Walter Harkins

Wiregrass appears drawn to find the early lead and she finds herself in the weakest event she has contested for a while. Her last effort when placed here over 515m was impressive and she indicated she would be better suited to this journey. He’s A Villain is one the unluckiest chasers in work and if he can get through the first bend he should impact the scoreboard.

Top Four: 1 – 6 – 7 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Wiregrass

Trifecta: 1/3,6,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1,6/1,3,6,7/1,3,4,5,6,7 ($24 for 100%)

Exacta: 1,6/1,3,6,7 ($6 for 100%)

Quinella: 1 to rove with 3,6,7 ($3 for 100%)

 

Race No. 6Bucket O’beef Stake Cta Division…8:58 PM
5 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $3,065 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,150 2nd: $610 3rd: $305.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1OMAR BALE543529.97Wendy Matcott
2BIG MICK DEE326229.98Lisa Rasmussen
3VELOCITY DAFF625330.09Kim Johnstone
4KALDEN KOSTELLO621430.04Troy Murray
5SENNI TONY326629.91Colin Swain
6SCREAMIN’253730.28Ben Rawlings
7VALLADARES111129.75Lauren Harris
8VICTA MERRILL358230.33Ronald Schadow
9FANCY FICELLE468830.16Kathleen Johnstone
10WOODSIDE JAGGER755430.04Graham Smith

Kalden Kostello scored a commanding 30.04 win here recently and he should have no trouble finding the early lead tonight. He should be around the $4.00 mark and that appears to be great value. Valladares is racing in dazzling style and obviously he would win with a clear run, however he does bomb the start in his races and may find himself posted wide for most of the trip. Screamin’ struggles to win at present but she has the ability to cause a boilover.

Top Four: 4 – 7 – 6 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Kalden Kostello

Trifecta: 4/3,6,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

Exacta: 4,7/3,4,6,7 ($6 for 100%)

4,7/4,7/Field ($12 for 100%)

 

Race No. 7Wine Wise Stake Cta Division19:22 PM
4 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $3,355 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,350 2nd: $670 3rd: $335.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1KALDEN BALERION225229.75Troy Murray
2YODA BALE241530.21Tony Rasmussen
3NEBULA152129.78Lauren Harris
4ALLEN ILLEM251629.81Tony Rasmussen
5DYNA ERWIN526129.84Wendy Matcott
6VELOCITY LYREM727130.14Kim Johnstone
7FARMEROO212529.78Robyn Mackellar
8CHARMED ASSASSIN614129.60Petar Jovanovic

Wide open affair, but I think if Kalden Balerion can get away cleanly he may just be able to lead all the way. He is better suited to a wider draw but his effort behind Wingard last week is too hard to ignore. Nebula has won eight of 13 here and he has brilliant track sense, whilst Farmeroo can make an impact if he gets a clear run early.

Top Four: 1 – 3 – 7 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Kalden Balerion

Trifecta: 1,3,7/1,3,4,7/1,3,4,7,8 ($27 for 100%)

Quinella: 1 to rove with 3,4,7 ($3 for 100%)

Exacta: 1,3/1,3,4,7 ($6 for 100%)

 

Race No. 8Thank You – Janice Teague Mixed …9:41 PM
FFA event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $4,415 Prizemoney.
1st: $3,095 2nd: $880 3rd: $440.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SET THE SCENEX12729.66Laurence Cahalan
2REGAL LOOPER312829.70Cameron Butcher
3SPRING AMANDA221529.59Wendy Matcott
4KALDEN GAMBINO311429.70Troy Murray
5SIDNEY’S SHADOW211329.56Cameron Butcher
6SPORTING TEARS113229.85Steve Meimetis
7WINGARD131229.71Desmond Hockley
8ENCOSTA KAHN356329.79Kathleen Johnstone
9PREMIER EVENT235129.98Laurence Cahalan

Fantastic line-up and I’ve decided to go with the early speed of Wingard. He got rolled on Monday but I think he should be able to fire to the early lead tonight and he’s a much better chaser on the bunny. Sidney’s Shadow is a gun and if she can step cleanly she will prove very hard to hold out. Sporting Tears is flying at present and he will be in the firing line throughout, whilst if Set The Scene can get to the outside without losing too much ground he may just chew them up late.

Top Four: 7 – 5 – 6 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Wingard and Sporting Tears

Boxed Quinella: 5,6,7 ($3 for 100%)

Exacta: 5,6,7/1,5,6,7 ($9 for 100%)

 

Race No. 9Samantha Herzog Mixed Stake Cta …10:05 PM
4/5 event over 731 metres at Angle park Of $4,200 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,835 2nd: $910 3rd: $455.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1PSYCHOTIC GOLD211243.13Petar Jovanovic
2SHEZA TEN777443.56Petar Jovanovic
4VICTA VICTORIA135443.84Ronald Schadow
5KAYLARIKKI432843.22Raymond Burgess
7ZARA MCLAREN323443.25Helen Foster
8DEFIB DARYL712343.26Petar Jovanovic

Psychotic Gold was desperately unlucky in the National Distance Championship state final last week and she gets her chance to make amends tonight. From the red she should get a perfect sit early and she will prove way too strong. Defib Daryl will be suited by the smaller field and he looks the obvious quinella chance. Zara Mclaren loves racing here and she regularly fills the placings behind the two mentioned earlier.

Top Four: 1 – 8 – 7 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 1/8/7

Trifecta: 1/8/5,7 ($2 for 100%)

First Four: 1/8/7/4,5 ($2 for 100%)

 

Race No. 10Natasha Jones And Family Stake C…10:24 PM
5 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $3,065 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,150 2nd: $610 3rd: $305.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ALDERLEY RIOT751830.45Terrance Cahalan
2KALDEN PLAYBOY473330.40Troy Murray
3BUGSY TAYLOR215529.95Michael Giniotis
4POP’S CASTLE342130.25Damien Smith
5CHERIA BALE863530.46Wendy Matcott
6BOGIE YATES513430.48Ben Rawlings
7LONZA’S CHARM762230.46Lester Harris
8HONKY TONK DOLL221129.82Sidney Topp
9VICTA NICOLE747730.07Ronald Schadow
10YELENA BALE154730.27Lisa Rasmussen

Honky Tonk Doll has finally put it all together having scored two brilliant wins here in a row and from the favourable pink draw she should make light work of these. Lonza’s Charm has turned in two great performances here since coming from NSW and with a clear run early she should run the quinella. Kalden Playboy is in good hands and will be better for his last start placing here when having his first look at the track.

Top Four: 8 – 7 – 2 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 8/2,3,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 8/2,3,7/2,3,7 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 8/7/Field ($6 for 100%)

 

Race No. 11The Searle Family Stake Cta Divi…10:44 PM
6 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $2,350 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,645 2nd: $470 3rd: $235.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DYNA WISTA347430.16Tony Rasmussen
2SHAMUS’S ENTITY454330.58Ben Rawlings
3CUDDLETIME TEARS2157NBTSteve Meimetis
4BLACK BOTTLE131831.12Kathleen Johnstone
5AEROPLANE BOWSER435631.27Walter Harkins
6LEKTRA HEARN234730.49Wendy Matcott
7PUNISHER BALE446530.27Wendy Matcott
8KASAI WARRIOR242230.10Petar Jovanovic
9MISS ICY ROSIE264730.43Steve Meimetis

Shamus’s Entity was very unlucky here last week and finds himself in a fairly weak affair tonight. He is normally a reliable beginner and there isn’t a whole heap of speed in this event. Kasai Warrior has a fair bit on most of his rivals but will be giving them a big head start. If the gaps open at the right time he will be right in the finish.

Top Four: 2 – 8 – 6 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 2,8/2,5,6,8/1,2,3,5,6,8 ($24 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2,8/2,8/Field ($12 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2/5,6,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Quinella: 2 to rove with 5,6,8 ($3 for 100%)

Friday, 15 August 2014


Greyhound Box Draw For Wentworth Park – Friday, 15 August 2014

Race No. 1Welcome To Wentworth Park Stakes7:17 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $4,330 Prizemoney.
1st: $3,300 2nd: $700 3rd: $330.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1RUM PUNCH126630.15John Callaughan
2MACOREKA615430.72Corey Spliet
3WILLY THE WOMBAT152730.47Michael Green
4BLACK BRAVO782X30.57Jason Laurence
5CUMBERLAND BLACK535730.69Lisa Mcfarlane
6KEZZA’S SPIRIT353230.50John Chapman
7SET BLACK MAGIC6531NBTEvelyn Harris
8SWIFT DESIGN156230.34Judith Fisher
9BEE’S THUNDER788730.54Ashleigh Harris
10ARIEK VIV764730.97Vivian Jones
Race No. 2Good Luck Nsw National Reps Stak…7:40 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $4,330 Prizemoney.
1st: $3,300 2nd: $700 3rd: $330.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BUNNY BURGESS3774NBTAnthony Hardaker
2ORBITAL SPEED318630.37Wayne Smith
3JACK FINN671230.66David Taylor
4BIT BAZZAAR2X21NBTMichael Clayton
5SWEET DADDY DEE2115NBTShaun Dooley
6HURRICANE COZZA13X6NBTAnthony Gannon
7COMMUNITY FUND558430.71Shaun Parnis
8NITROUS MUNCHER753630.42Mark Vella
9ARIEK VIV764730.97Vivian Jones
10BEE’S THUNDER788730.54Ashleigh Harris
Race No. 3Rapidvite Stakes7:58 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $4,330 Prizemoney.
1st: $3,300 2nd: $700 3rd: $330.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1KATIE OI OI236730.38Christine Proctor
2DANCER224530.39Christine Proctor
3MACGALLEN655230.35John Gannon
4ZIPPING BRUNO113429.81Anthony Azzopardi
5TARZAN LUKE885130.06Danielle Matic
6ELLIE MAC LEE717331.16Judith Fisher
7STYLISH JENMAR254529.82Jennifer Brown
8COLLISION POST757430.36Rita Nicolaou
9BEE’S THUNDER788730.54Ashleigh Harris
10ARIEK VIV764730.97Vivian Jones
Race No. 4Petsnacks.com.au Stakes8:17 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $4,330 Prizemoney.
1st: $3,300 2nd: $700 3rd: $330.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BREEZE MAGIC315230.18Charles Bolton
2ZIPPING MOLLY552230.43Patricia Chaker
3KEELIAH CANNON112630.62Walter Simmons
4BLACK KASPA334230.30John Callaughan
5THUNDER EYES1325NBTAnthony Gannon
6ARTHUR136330.58Neville Brown
7MAGIC TONI348630.68Lisa Mcfarlane
8GEE SOMEBODY178430.77Anthony Hardaker
9ARIEK VIV764730.97Vivian Jones
10BEE’S THUNDER788730.54Ashleigh Harris
Race No. 5Gosford – City F8:40 PM
4/5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $4,330 Prizemoney.
1st: $3,300 2nd: $700 3rd: $330.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1COSMIC PRINCESS451230.89Carly Brown
2SASS4X33NBTAnthony Duggan
3RAY MAN4452NBTEvelyn Harris
4ALAN’S KIDZ214130.05Robert Barnden
5SPIRIT TO EXCEL233129.96Anthony Callaghan
6JESSICA MACY143530.82Michael Bonser
7TINA’S DISPLAY8472NBTEvelyn Harris
8SHOWROOM4634NBTPeter Lagogiane
9MASTER TRICKETT857530.52Jill Harper
10SAMBUCA SIYAN835831.12Frank Cini
Race No. 6Macro Meats Gourmet Game Stakes8:58 PM
4/5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $4,630 Prizemoney.
1st: $3,500 2nd: $770 3rd: $360.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1WASHINGTON TRICK366830.19Janette Finneran
2FIRE ELUSIVE276129.83Mark Moroney
3MARIA’S IMPACT733429.85Luke Azzopardi
4PAUA IS LETHAL455X30.16Donna Campbell
5CHEEKY MARBLE123630.10Mervyn Buckley
6SILVER DOMINO154330.02Phillip Wall
7MISS HUXTABLE418730.33Terry Priest
8TEDDIE BOY366229.93Mark Arncliffe
9BEE’S THUNDER788730.54Ashleigh Harris
10ARIEK VIV764730.97Vivian Jones
Race No. 7Adopt A Greyhound Stakes9:17 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $4,330 Prizemoney.
1st: $3,300 2nd: $700 3rd: $330.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MISS BOWIE634230.63Lynn Maney
2HAYVILLE CHARLEE2111NBTWilliam Bates
3BLACK NAT BONUS863431.46Evelyn Harris
4KOOL MAC272130.42Anthony Duggan
5MRS. DUNCAN511230.15Grant Dunphy
6MR. UNO631530.71Lisa Mcfarlane
7MY BLACK LORIAN6155NBTJeff Crawford
8JEDD TOKAAM362230.24Helen Pullman
9BEE’S THUNDER788730.54Ashleigh Harris
10ARIEK VIV764730.97Vivian Jones
Race No. 8Macro Meats Gourmet Game Stakes9:40 PM
3/4 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $4,630 Prizemoney.
1st: $3,500 2nd: $770 3rd: $360.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MAGIC DISPLAY13X329.71Evelyn Harris
2KING COBBER755529.77Frank Hurst
3VAN CARRHO FLASH823629.88Lisa Mcfarlane
4PADDY’S DEVIL215629.96Patrick Byrne
5HURRICANE RINO776229.93Anthony Azzopardi
6MAKE A FIFTY821329.92Simon Ma
7CRASH MODEL313329.87Keith Waddington
8EVIL PUNK115129.70James Coyle
Race No. 9Bohemia Crystal Stakes9:58 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $4,330 Prizemoney.
1st: $3,300 2nd: $700 3rd: $330.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1RITZA RUBY232130.25Preston Rowles
2FLIP THE WEAPON262329.98Frank Hurst
3SWEET LOLLY1331NBTPeter Massa
4UNO NORRIS824430.35Lisa Mcfarlane
5MASTER TRICKETT857530.52Jill Harper
6ISHAMAEL717430.67Wes Ryan
7STRYKER’S LUCK773630.61Anthony Pagano
8MADGE’S BUNNY’S221530.45Anthony Hardaker
9ARIEK VIV764730.97Vivian Jones
10BEE’S THUNDER788730.54Ashleigh Harris
Race No. 10Schweppes Solo Stakes10:17 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $4,330 Prizemoney.
1st: $3,300 2nd: $700 3rd: $330.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1COSMIC HIMM823730.32Jason Laurence
2UNO JUSTICE545230.67Lisa Mcfarlane
3KISS THE HAWK227330.20Christine Proctor
4GREEK DRAMA466230.42Rita Nicolaou
5BIG TEE SAL271730.76Robert Barnden
6ZIPPING TANK218631.22Anthony Azzopardi
7HARDAWAY TIARA185330.47Ronald Marsden
8JUST LIKE ME132430.42Peter Lagogiane
9ARIEK VIV764730.97Vivian Jones
10BEE’S THUNDER788730.54Ashleigh Harris

Buckle Up Wes Set To Break Thirty Year Drought For Tassie In National Sprint

It has been 30 years since Tasmania, courtesy of Busy Vintage, claimed a National Sprint title. Buckle Up Wes will be looking to change that statistic when he travels to Cannington to contest the National Sprint final after taking out the Tasmanian leg of the sprint series on Monday night at Launceston.

Buckle Up Wes (3) was the odds-on pick and favourite punters weren’t disappointed as he emerged the clear-cut winner in 29.73. He was away well but it was Dominator Girl (7) that led the field into the first turn. Buckle Up Wes had settled nicely into second position and with a clear run along the rails the Collision and Everlong Bale (Primo Umo – Shique Bale) dog soon joined Dominator Girl down the back straight, taking the lead and streaking away for a comfortable win. Dominator Girl held on for second with Hellyeah Bolt (6) finishing on for third.

Buckle Up Wes is the deserved representative for Tasmania as he has been competing in plenty of Group race finals this year. He has now won 29 races for trainer Ted Medhurst and is certainly a top chance of bringing the trophy back to the Apple Isle.

Painted Dotty Prevails In 2014 Tasmanian National Distance Final

Odds on favourite Painted Dotty (8) prevailed in a thrilling finish to win the AGRA Tasmanian National Distance Championship Final at Launceston on Monday night.

The Michael Stringer trained daughter of Mogambo and Painted Shaza (Puzzle Prize – My Tiger Lily) scored by a mere head from Pedro’s Vineyard (2) with Wild Cindy (7) only a half-head away in third place in a classic blanket finish.

The 29kg black bitch stopped the clock at a moderate 43.26 in the mixing affair, which is a time that is over half-a-second outside her personal best.

After leaving the outside box towards the rear of the field, Painted Dotty settled in fifth position and was posted deep as she looked to move forward. Gemstone Jack (1) led early but was collared by Cosmic Fire (6) before they passed the post the first time. Pedro’s Vineyard (2) had found the fence and was glued to the rail in third.

Cosmic Fire held a length break down the back with Painted Dotty accelerating to move to second placing and looking like a probable winner a long way from home, Pedro’s Vineyard continued to work away on the fence.

Rounding the home turn, the race developed into a mixing affair. Cosmic Fire and Painted Dotty led with Gemstone Jack making his way back into the race on the inside, Pedro’s Vineyard copped some interference and fell back to fourth.

As Gemstone Jack reached the leaders, the three appeared to collide with Gemstone Jack suffering the most. Painted Dotty hit the front with Pedro’s Vineyard zooming along the fence in a hurry to join her while Wild Cindy began a long run home out wide.

As they hit the line, Painted Dotty had clung on to win from Pedro’s Vineyard who had kept finding on the fence along the straight only to fail narrowly. Wild Cindy had only just missed out on claiming the pair after making good ground late.

The win was Painted Dotty’s 13th from 37 career starts and takes her total prize-money earnings beyond $34,000. She will now represent the Apple Isle in the National final at Cannington in Western Australia on August 23rd.

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