Champion Bitch Xylia Allen Retired As Australian Prizemoney Leader

Xylia Allen, one of the greatest chasers our sport has seen, has been officially retired.

The daughter of Turanza Bale and Tayah Bale started on 83 occasions, resulting in the amazing record of 40 victories and 25 minor placings. She has retired as Australia’s highest ever prize money earner with $743,730 to her name.

Part of the Wheeler Dynasty, Xylia Allen was bred by Paul Wheeler and is owned by his wife Jan. Paul Wheeler explained that their star performer was neither on season or injured, but he felt that it was time to bring down the curtain on a truly stellar racing career.

“I went down to Victoria and brought her home last week. It was time to call it a day, she had done enough, more than any other greyhound, and it was time to let her have a life of luxury”, Wheeler said.

Xylia Allen took out four Group One races throughout her career. Her first triumph at the top level was in the Group One Sapphire Crown at Sandown; while she also claimed the Group One Peter Mosman Classic, the Group One National Sprint Championship and the Group One Gold Cup at Albion Park.

In addition to her Group Ones, she was also the winner of the Group Two Launceston Cup, the Group Three Sandown Shootout and the Group Two McKenna Memorial.

Xylia Allen competed against the best throughout her entire career. The tenacious chaser ran placings in ten Group race finals and was a finalist in a further seven Group events.

Not only did she claim some of the sport’s most coveted trophies, Xylia Allen was also a freakishly fast animal. She set seven track records throughout her career at Launceston (515m) 29.09, Horsham (570m) 31.934, Traralgon (658m) 33.038, Geelong (596m) 33.968, Geelong (680m) 38.908, Wentworth Park (720m) 41.53 and The Meadows (600m) 33.983.

Looking back at her remarkable career, there is only one word that Wheeler can use to describe his phenomenal chaser.

“Unbelievable. In my lifetime I never thought I would have a greyhound to win almost three quarters of a million dollars. She was outstanding.”

In addition to Xylia Allen, Wheeler revealed that another one of his fantastic bitches has also been brought home.

“I brought Dyna Willow and Xylia Allen home, the two of them had earned around one million dollars on the track together.

“The average race life of a greyhound is probably up to three or a little after. Both these girls had gone past the three and a half mark. They raced longer than others and they did their share.”

Dyna Willow, trained by Steve Collins, won 20 races from 57 starts, earning over $260,000.

Wheeler said both bitches will now have a spell at his property before being mated when they come on season.

“They are in a kennel complex with a whole lot of other females and they get out and run around all day and eat till their hearts content and just basically have a leisurely life.”

“Neither of them are on season at this stage, we just decided to retire them and bring them back and let them have a bit of a rest before they come and season and are mated. Both of them are in tip top condition, the trainers have done an excellent job with them.”

Wheeler said he is considering several sires for both bitches, with a definite decision yet to be made.

Lucy Lobster Gives Hays Bailey Group One Glory

Victorian syndicate manager Hays Bailey is sitting on cloud nine at present, having notched up his first Group One win on Saturday night with brilliant sprinter Lucy Lobster.

Bailey formed a syndicate with his fellow university students and friends, switching from horse racing to try their luck with greyhounds. After purchasing a moderate greyhound, the syndicate got the opportunity to purchase a regally bred chaser from successful breeder Charlie Lamb.

“I got in contact with Charlie (Lamb) and he had some really well bred pups by Brett Lee out of his good bitch One Tree Hill. We now have three other greyhounds we’ve purchased off him (Lamb) and hopefully they turn out as good as Lucy Lobster has,” said Bailey, who understandably was elated after Saturday night’s stunning victory.

“All of us were just hoping she would get through to the semi’s and then the final and it was so exciting to win that race with so many good dogs around her.”

Lucy Lobster stepped beautifully from box five and battled with Jewel Action for the lead, prevailing by half a length at the finish in a speedy time of 29.85.

“Every single week she jumps well and puts in so much effort. In the back straight when Jewel Action hit the front I thought maybe our chance to win was over.”

“To see her kick back at the finish was awesome and the whole syndicate celebrated at our favourite place; the Golden Century seafood restaurant in Chinatown.”

Fittingly her peculiar race name didn’t come from the syndicate’s traditional post race trip to a seafood restaurant in Sydney, but was the combined efforts of two owners.

“Me and one of the other owners were quite intoxicated and came up with her name in Sha Tin. I’m not sure where Lucy came from, however it just seemed to work with Lobster. We have a lot of similar names that we will use for our other dogs coming through.”

Saturday night not only provided the syndicate with their first ever group victory, but also their first city winner, a feat which has been a dream of Bailey’s for quite some time.

“I grew up going to the TAB in Melbourne and all I’ve ever wanted is a dog that could break 30-seconds at a metropolitan track.”

“I had so many people come up to me after the race offering their congratulations and that was really nice.”

Lucy Lobster also added another milestone to her already impressive resume on Saturday, cracking the $100,000 prizemoney barrier.

“I keep looking up her stats and it’s amazing to see her prizemoney go from $20,000 to over $100,000 in one week.”

The aptly named ‘Sweet Lady Punt’ syndicate will now turn their attention to Sandown Park, with Lucy set to take on some of the best greyhounds in Australia in the Group One Melbourne Cup. Astute Victorian trainer Robert Britton will put the polish on this talented chaser, who will be looking to secure her fifth straight win and tenth of her career.

“I will go and watch her trial at Sandown and hopefully she goes well. An inside box in this race would be nice, but she has such good early speed and hopefully can produce that in Victoria.”

“We will target the Laurels after this and possibly the Gosford Gold Cup and National Futurity. It’s really good we have so many race options for bitches only.”

Lucy Lobster

Sandown Park Greyhounds Tips & Betting Preview November 6th 2014

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Race 1: Bailey Rose

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Race No. 1Happy Birthday Paul Presta7:08 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

1PARIS SPARKS [5]62546NBTD Pulis (Moe South)
2HEAPS OF ABILITY [5]6251841.69(7)C Schlensog (Anakie)
3BAILEY ROSE (NSW)[5]82326NBTE Lieshout (Drouin West)
4MYSTIC TWIST [5]17373NBTM Cauchi (St Leonards)
5JOANE (NSW)[5]12332FSHC Proctor (Londonderry)
6JULIE BALE (NSW)[5]16335FSTDS Collins (Lara)
7MIMICKING (NSW)[5]3523542.15(8)R Britton (Lara)
8IMA FAIRYTALE [4]1226141.98(3)S Cachia (Anakie)
9LOCHINVAR AKIRA (NSW)[5]Res.548F5FSHG Jose (Catani)

Tough race to open the night and I’ve decided to go with the likely leader Mystic Twist. She has had two runs over the staying journey to date at The Meadows and both times she appeared to struggle a little in the run home, however you could see in her second effort that she is benefiting from every run. Tonight she returns to her favourite track and I think if she can find the early lead she should be able to build up a nice lead mid race.

Heaps Of Ability is the interesting runner, he is clearly the most gifted chaser in the event but he likes to scout wide and he can do a lot of things wrong. He has a breathtaking 41.69 PB here and if he runs anywhere near that he will prove very hard to hold out. Bailey Rose has been placed in four of six over this journey and she should be in the mix again. She has the ability to lead or come from off the speed so if she can get away with them she should be able to settle in a prominent position. Julie Bale is making her staying debut and being out of former champion stayer Amity Bale, you would think that she could get the journey.

Top Four: 4 – 2 – 3 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Mystic Twist

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

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

Trifecta: 2,3,4/2,3,4,6/2,3,4,5,6,7 ($36 for 100%)

Race No. 2Grv Vbis Maiden Final (gobis)7:25 PM (VIC time)
Maiden Final event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $19,000 Prizemoney.
1st: $12,000 2nd: $4,000 3rd: $2,000 GOBIS: $1,000.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DESPERATE PETE [M]22FSHW Robertson (Barnawartha)
2VIRGINIA ROSE [M]3542FSHS Chignell (Rosedale)
3SPECIAL SUPREME [5]35711NBTL Gough (Nyora)
4LEKTRA KELLY [5]31FSHA Dailly (Anakie)
5MEPUNGA MIA [5]511FSHJ Britton (Anakie)
6CRACKERJACK MAX [M]14322FSHA Dailly (Anakie)
7WEST ON DELLY [M]11122FSHJ Britton (Anakie)
8GRAND INTENTION [5]11FSHB Ennis (Lara)
9JAMIELA TWIST [5]Res.53613FSHJ Galea (Rowsely)
10KEPT UNDER WRAPS [M]Res.33FSHW Vassallo (Devon Meadows)

Mepunga Mia has pinged the lids in two of her three starts to date and if she pings away again its hard to see her being beaten. In the first round of heats she posted a 5.01 to the first marker but she then followed that up a week later with a ridiculous 4.96. Based on those sections she has at least two lengths on her nearest rival to the first bend and her run home times haven’t been too shabby either.

Special Supreme is an improving type and he has hit the line solidly in both heat wins, he is likely to settle mid field tonight and he should look to make a stronger move as they pass the back straight. Grand Intention is a member of the powerful Ennis Kennel and he has scored two impressive heat wins from inside and outside draws. If he can get away cleanly he should settle near the pace and he can probably get down to the 29.60ish mark. West On Delly is the query runner, she has been a tad disappointing in her two Victorian runs but she has scored some sizzling Mandurah trial wins prior to coming over.

Top Four: 5 – 3 – 8 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Mepunga Mia

Exacta: 3,5/3,5,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

Quinella: 5 to rove with 3,7,8 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 5/3,7,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 3Ready 2 Race Final7:44 PM (VIC time)
Special Event event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $26,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $20,000 2nd: $4,000 3rd: $2,500.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SISCO GOOD [5]166T2NBTR Galea (Brookfield)
2AGILITY [5]16111NBTM Delbridge (Balliang)
3ZELEMAR DIVA [5]47161NBTB Harley (Axedale)
4ABBEY’S HAND [5]7587129.63(5)R Britton (Lara)
5CHLOE’S HAND [5]11756NBTD Dean (Nyora)
6KETUT’S KAPUT [5]7182TNBTE Vigor (Anakie)
7TURBINE [5]5866229.78(8)J Torr (Myers Flat)
8CHEEKY HAND [4]1325129.59(3)D Dean (Nyora)
9GO ON THEN [5]Res.54616FSHL Delbridge (Balliang)
10FINAL BID [5]Res.85314NBTJ Torr (Myers Flat)

Cheeky Hand flew early in her brilliant 29.59 win here last week and a similar effort tonight will see her win again. She is normally a very reliable beginner and she is armed with tremendous speed soon after box rise. There is a little bit of speed drawn in the middle but she does have the speed to cross and I reckon she can carve them up as they head into the first turn.

Agility is aiming for four in a row and he is one of the stronger chasers in the event. He normally doesn’t show a great deal of early speed but he has two very slow beginners drawn on his outside so he should be afforded a clear run in the initial stages. Sisco Good has the right draw and after a few luckless runs he showed a return to form at Horsham when placed in good time. Turbine is much better than his recent form reads and he is suitably drawn out wide. He has been missing the kick of late but he can show speed at times and he may be the value in the event.

Top Four: 8 – 2 – 1 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Cheeky Hand

Exacta: 1,2,8/1,2,7,8 ($9 for 100%)

Quinella: 8 to rove with 1,2,7 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1,2,8/1,2,7,8/1,2,3,5,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

Race No. 4Tab Melb. Cup Prelude 148:08 PM (VIC time)
Special Event event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1CRACKERJACK DAK [2]3826129.43(6)A Dailly (Anakie)
2XTREME KNOCKA [5]1221429.85(7)J Thompson (Pearcedale)
3DYNA GELDOF (NSW)[4]7238429.88(8)S Collins (Lara)
4WEBLEC BELLE (SA)[4]1314129.88(8)J Britton (Anakie)
5DUCHESS BALE (NSW)[5]1782829.53(4)M Delbridge (Balliang)
6WIND WHISTLER [5]4645329.49(8)A Langton (Anakie)
7MISS SUEKO (NSW)[5]27246FSHJ King (Londonderry)
8OSCURA (QLD)[3]7313129.52(3)B Ennis (Lara)
9LEKTRA BRAVE [4]Res.F484429.52(1)A Dailly (Anakie)
10SUBWAY TO VENUS (NSW)[5]Res.57818FSHH Sarkis (Londonderry)

Crackerjack Dak is ideally drawn in the red and he has won four of five over this journey. After a string of unlucky performances he returned to form at The Meadows on Saturday when he pinged the lids and was never headed in a solid 30.14. On that occasion he got a little crowded as he powered to the lead so don’t take too much notice of the time. There are clearly a few chasers in this event which have him covered talent wise but this bloke is reliable early and he will take some catching whilst running 29.40 on the bunny.

Xtreme Knocka is a gifted sprinter and his effort to score at Wentworth Park in 29.56 two runs back was eye catching. His box manners aren’t great but he does muster speed quickly and he loves to rail. I’m anticipating that he will find a little bother early but he should be able to rail through into about third and fourth as they head for the back straight. Wind Whistler has won five of 11 here and he will be steaming home late, his recent form doesn’t look flashy but he returns to his favourite track and trip so I’m expecting him to show improvement. Oscura rounds out the chances, he is a super talent but he does make a lot of mistakes in his races, if he somehow gets across he is likely to feature.

Top Four: 1 – 2 – 6 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Crackerjack Dak

Quinella: 1 to rove with 2,6,8 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1,2/1,2/Field ($12 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1/2,6,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Exacta: 1,2,6/1,2,6,8 ($9 for 100%)

Race No. 5Tab Melb. Cup Prelude 158:28 PM (VIC time)
Special Event event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1HAILSTORM BILLY (NSW)[5]5637429.35(2)A Langton (Anakie)
2CAMPASPE WILL [5]4164629.44(8)N Walls (Melton)
3JAYNEY BALE (NSW)[5]3117729.53(4)A Dailly (Anakie)
4JOEY VALDEZ [3]3215129.46(5)B Divirgilio (Langwarrin)
5ACCESS [4]1618229.43(3)I Garland (Longlea)
6SPEED SERIES (NSW)[4]6473229.50(8)G Campbell (Peechelba)
7DYNA VILLA (NSW)[3]3181329.46(2)J Hunt (Lara)
8HAWK ALONE [1]2232329.38(2)A Dailly (Anakie)
9INNER CITY (NSW)[5]Res.66171FSHC Proctor (Londonderry)
10PRUE BALE (NSW)[5]Res.3788729.42(4)A Dailly (Anakie)

Dyna Villa is unbeaten in five tries here and his effort here two runs back to score in 29.72 was massive. He is normally a much better chaser on the bunny but on that occasion he was posted wide and he had to settle midfield, however he went into overdrive off the back straight and powered to the line for a commanding victory. Tonight I would expect him to sit outside Access in the early stages and he should assume control as they turn for home.

Campaspe Will is a super unit and although he is better suited to a wider draw I still think he can be highly competitive tonight. Four starts ago he overcome numerous difficulties in running to score here in 29.45 and a similar time tonight would be enough to win. Access led for a long way here last week and he should set the pace again. His last 40m is always a worry but he has had three hit outs over this journey since resuming from a spell so he should be at peak fitness now. Hawk Alone must also be respected in this event, he is resuming from a short spell but he is never far away and he always races well from wide draws

Top Four: 7 – 2 – 5 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Dyna Villa

Boxed Quinella: 2,5,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

Exacta: 2,7/2,5,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 7/2,5,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 6Macro Meats Shootout (gobis)8:52 PM (VIC time)
S/E Group 2 event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $60,000 Prizemoney.
1st: $50,000 2nd: $0 3rd: $0 GOBIS: $10,000.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BANJO BOY [1]2331129.34(8)K Virtue (Tooradin)
3IVA VISION (QLD)[4]8112129.43(2)P Young (Morayfield)
5AWESOME PROJECT (NSW)[1]1163129.35(4)D Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
7ALLEN DEED (NSW)[2]1621529.31(8)A Dailly (Anakie)
9OAKVALE DESTINY (SA)[3]Res.1313229.67(7)J Britton (Anakie)
10STAR RECALL (WA)[5]Res.11118FSHJ Britton (Anakie)

Good line up in the shoot out and I’ve gone with one of the fastest in the land as well as probably the hardest chaser in the land, Allen Deed. He recently captured the Group One Adelaide Cup final and a week after he trialled at the Meadows and reeled off a blistering 29.63. He is well drawn out wide and I can see him settling in second or third spot, he’s extremely powerful and he should prove too strong.

Banjo Boy is well drawn in the red and he looks the likely leader. He is aiming for a hat trick of wins and he has recorded an eye popping 29.01 here in the past. If he can hold them out he should give a great sight. Iva Vision is an up and coming star but I think this might be a little beyond him at this point, he is going to be giving some star chasers a start and he may find the going tough. Not keen on Awesome Project at all, he is poorly drawn and I just think the one and the seven are simply faster.

Top Four Order: 7 – 1 – 2 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 7/1/2

Win bet on Allen Deed

Race No. 7Tab Melb. Cup Prelude 169:12 PM (VIC time)
Special Event event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ALLEN ERYK (NSW)[3]1P74229.43(3)A Dailly (Anakie)
2STAR RECALL (WA)[5]11118FSHJ Britton (Anakie)
3SKYFIRE [4]2122229.75(3)S Drummond (Heathcote)
4ACCOMPLISHED [5]14427NBTP Presutto (Devon Meadows)
5CORNELIUS FUDGE [5]4845229.30(8)L Cockerell (Buckley)
6DYNA GLINDA (NSW)[5]7531429.85(2)A Dailly (Anakie)
7ONE DEE [5]5142529.62(1)S Taylor (Keilor East)
8HOSTILE (QLD)[3]5532229.53(1)D Beasley (Footscray West)
9FRANK FURTER [4]Res.5731229.65(1)C Schlensog (Anakie)
10SATSUKI BALE (NSW)[5]Res.24631NBTA Dailly (Anakie)

Star Recall has been airborne back in her home state of WA and she has just joined the powerful Jeff Britton camp for a tilt at the up coming Melbourne Cup. She is normally a brilliant beginner and her first two sectionals are ridiculous, however in recent times she has even been finding the line a lot stronger and that he helped her break the 30 second barrier at Cannington on two occasions. If she handles the track at her first look she should lead throughout.

Hostile is a freak but he can be hard to follow at times. I would prefer he started from a rails draw but he was far from disgraced when placed in near record time at Cranbourne last time from a wide draw. If he can avoid bother in the first 50m then he becomes a serious contender. Cornelius Fudge loves racing here and he will be steaming home late, I dont think he is a winning prospect but he is a must for the exotics and a great dog to anchor for third and fourth in your exotics. Allen Eryk is still a little way from his best but from the red he may be able to sight the bunny a little earlier in the race he can show some improvement.

Top Four: 2 – 8 – 5 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Star Recall

Trifecta: 2/1,5,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Exacta: 2,8/1,2,5,8 ($6 for 100%)

Race No. 8Tab Melb. Cup Prelude 179:35 PM (VIC time)
Special Event event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1HEKATE BELLE [4]4616129.43(3)K Bravo (Lovely Banks)
2DYNA ORION (NSW)[4]3513529.70(5)A Dailly (Anakie)
3POLLY BALE (NSW)[4]3316129.73(8)A Dailly (Anakie)
4CRUSADE MARJEN [4]3531229.28(1)D Jensen (Keysborough)
5CHICA DESTACADA (NSW)[5]11568FSHD Drynan (Llandilo)
6DIVA’S SHADOW [4]2111629.45(5)J Britton (Anakie)
7CAWBOURNE WHIP (NSW)[5]46344NBTJ Lord (Gunning)
8HIGHBURY (NSW)[4]1317829.46(1)R Britton (Lara)
9PRUE BALE (NSW)[5]Res.3788729.42(4)A Dailly (Anakie)
10ACOLA MAGIC (NSW)[5]Res.12235FSTDT Noy (New Gisborne)

Chica Destacada didn’t have much luck in the recent Topgun final but she should be able to make amends tonight. She is hit or miss early but she tends to ping more often than she misses away, she recently captured the National Sprint Championship final and prior to that she posted back to back Wentworth Park wins in 29.60. There isn’t much speed underneath her so with a clean getaway she should find the bunny and prove too zippy.

Crusade Marjen isn’t the most consistent chaser but when he is on song he is capable of matching it with the best of them. He tends to take a few strides to hit top gear but once he gets into some open spaces he should be able to put himself into the race. He does have a blistering 29.28 PB so with a clear run he should feature. Dyna Orion is the run on dog in the event, he should bake in the field on the rails but he will scrape the paint throughout and he should be able to pick a few of them off late in the race. Cawbourne Whip is the interesting runner, she is a star Sydneysider and if she happens to settle near the pace she can run a monster race.

Top Four: 5 – 4 – 2 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Chica Destacada

Quinella: 5 to rove with 2,4,7 ($3 for 100%)

Exacta: 2,4,5/2,4,5,7 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 5/2,4,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 9Tab Melb. Cup Prelude 189:55 PM (VIC time)
Special Event event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ALL STRUNG OUT [5]1332629.90(5)G Rounds (Devon Meadows)
2COSMIC ANGEL (NSW)[5]68125NBTA Azzopardi (Londonderry)
3CRACKERJACK ROSE [5]8823129.71(2)A Dailly (Anakie)
4VEYRON BALE (NSW)[4]3352329.57(3)A Dailly (Anakie)
5WESTON EAST (NSW)[4]2212129.87(2)A Langton (Anakie)
6SCENIC SHOT (NSW)[4]1211229.68(5)M Mallia-magri (Avalon)
7DYNA OSTRANDER (NSW)[3]3333729.56(2)J Hunt (Lara)
8SECRET SPELL [5]11211FSHK Bravo (Lovely Banks)
9PRUE BALE (NSW)[5]Res.3788729.42(4)A Dailly (Anakie)
10SUBWAY TO VENUS (NSW)[5]Res.57818FSHH Sarkis (Londonderry)

Secret Spell appears to be the real deal and its hard to ignore her last start victory at Cranbourne where she destroyed a classy lineup in 29.71. In her brief career to date she has raced well from wide draws and she is capable of showing blistering early speed. She is having her first race start here but she is in good hands and I’m sure she would have had a look at the track in a trial.

All Strung Out is the ultimate professional and he has amazing track sense. He doesn’t have great early speed but he does hit his stride after about 30m and from the red he should be able to settle in the first half of the field. Cosmic Angel set the track alight at Wentworth Park three runs back when posting a scorching 29.62 win and if he can begin like he did that night he will prove very hard to hold out. Veyron Bale could be the surprise packet in the event, his form doesn’t read all that well but he has proven in the past he is capable of absolutely anything and if he happens to step away he should run a very cheeky race.

Top Four: 8 – 1 – 2 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Boxed Quinella: 1,2,4,8 ($6 for 100%)

Exacta: 1,2,8/1,2,4,8 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 8/1,2,4/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 10Tab Melb. Cup Prelude 1910:15 PM (VIC time)
Special Event event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ELITE DEVIL (QLD)[5]2634129.77(1)M Mallia-magri (Avalon)
2DUSTNADO (NSW)[5]21213FSHS Hoffman (Paralowie)
3DYNA YEMEN (NSW)[4]1126329.65(1)A Dailly (Anakie)
4TE AMO (WA)[4]1653829.71(4)R Britton (Lara)
5AZZA AZZA AZZA [4]4124129.37(3)W Vassallo (Devon Meadows)
6GORHAM BALE (NSW)[4]F114329.42(5)S Collins (Lara)
7OAKVALE FLYER (SA)[3]3144329.48(7)J Britton (Anakie)
8LEFT IS RIGHT [4]1312429.84(1)A Langton (Anakie)
9INNER CITY (NSW)[5]Res.66171FSHC Proctor (Londonderry)
10LEKTRA BRAVE [4]Res.F484429.52(1)A Dailly (Anakie)

Great race and appears to be very open but I’ve gone with the exciting Azza Azza Azza. Last week he stepped well and showed his customary blinding turn of foot before stopping the clock in a sizzling 29.37. That was only his second try over this trip and I think he will continue to improve with more racing over this journey. There is a little bit of speed drawn underneath him tonight but if he steps on terms he has more than enough natural speed to cross.

Dyna Yemen is a class act and he will be a major player in feature races in the upcoming months. Four starts ago he posted a commanding 29.87 Meadows win and his effort here last week behind Awesome Project was super impressive. His box manners still let him down a bit but if he can settle just behind the speed he should be there at the end. Elite Devil has the good draw and he was a smart 29.97 Meadows winner last time out, from the red he should be able to hold a spot on the top two early and he is much stronger in the run to the line these days. Gorham Bale is a strong type and he tends to race well here, he must be included in your exotics bets.

Top Four: 5 – 3 – 1 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Azza Azza Azza

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

Quinella: 5 to rove with 1,3,6 ($3 for 100%)

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

Race No. 11Tab Melb. Cup Prelude 2010:38 PM (VIC time)
Special Event event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MAXIMUS GLIDER [3]1821329.48(1)D Crawford (Pearcedale)
2GEMSTAR (NSW)[5]35631NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
3COSMIC WISE (WA)[4]1115329.52(3)J Britton (Anakie)
4ALLEN MALIK (NSW)[5]4637329.80(6)S Collins (Lara)
5SUMMER WAGES [5]2214729.50(2)W Bickerton (Cranbourne South)
6BECKENBAUER (SA)[4]8311129.51(3)D Pattinson (Pearcedale)
7JEWEL BALE (NSW)[5]2632329.32(2)J Hunt (Lara)
8JEWEL ACTION (NSW)[5]18232FSHK Sultana (Londonderry)
9FRANK FURTER [4]Res.5731229.65(1)C Schlensog (Anakie)
10SATSUKI BALE (NSW)[5]Res.24631NBTA Dailly (Anakie)

Beckenbauer has found a leg of late and he should continue on his winning way. Last time out he showed a great turn of foot soon after box rise and he never looked in doubt when scoring at Shepparton in 25.27. He has won here in the past and with the speedy Summer Wages drawn underneath he should be able to get a lovely cart across as they head into the first bend. The last 40m has always been a worry for him over this trip but he seems to be a lot stronger at the end of his races these days.

Cosmic Wise has a great record here and she can ping the lids at times but she also is good enough to win when coming from off the speed. With a slow beginner on her outside she should be afforded a clear run early and that should allow her to feature. Jewel Action comes her with very strong NSW form and if she handles the track she should run a bottler, her sectionals at Wentworth Park indicate that she would be good enough to cross here and she has proven to be a very hard chaser to run down when on the lure. Jewel Bale is a money muncher and she shouldn’t win tonight but she is very strong in the run to the line so she must be included in your exotic bets.

Top Four: 6 – 3 – 8 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Beckenbauer

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

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

Trifecta: 6/3,7,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race 12 – 515M Special Event Heat – 11.01pm

Good race to finish off the night and I think the speedy Lamia Bale can lead throughout. She has been racing well here in recent weeks without winning and she really gets her chance. Four starts ago she led for most of the trip when narrowly beaten by Banjo Boy in sizzling time and she produced a similar effort here last week. If she can get away cleanly she should give a great sight at nice odds.

Nockabout Aussie is a gifted chaser but he can be a little hard to follow at times. He is likely to settle back in the field but he does have a 29.37 PB here and if the gaps open at the right time he will be there to make an impact. Dream It led for a long way when placed behind My Bro Fabio here two runs back and with a good getaway again tonight he should be in the mix for most of the journey, I dont like the box draw but he is too good to dismiss. Texas Titan rounds out the genuine winning chances, he will settle mid field but he is very strong in the run home and he has a great record here.

Top Four: 4 – 7 – 8 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Lamia Bale

Boxed Quinella: 3,4,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

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

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

A Sad But Timely Warning

There used to be a time long ago when horses failing, or even doing well, in the Melbourne Cup were never much good any more. The tough 3200m was too much, especially for the majority which had no experience over the trip. Those days are no more, with trainers and jockeys obviously better attuned to their horses’ capabilities and the sort of preparation they need. Yet still, many are struggling by the time they hit the home straight, and some break down.

Even so, the tragic aftermath of this year’s Cup will have shocked everybody. We don’t know the reason for Admire Rakti’s demise and it may have to be put down to one of those unpredictable events which could happen to any athlete – horse, greyhound or human. Nevertheless, it is a sober reminder that all have physical limits which can be approached or exceeded only at the runner’s peril.

The symptom is even more obvious in a greyhound where the chasing gene is sometimes too strong for its own constitution and it continues on past its apparent deadline, drawing on reserves which were not meant to be used up that way.

One spectacular incident occurred at Albion Park in the 2002 National Distance Championship when Boomeroo, well-conditioned and not over-raced, broke the track record (41.61) but then had to be put on a drip for days after the win, hovering between life and death. It was never the same again.

Not quite so dramatic are the repeated examples of stayers fading when backing up within seven days of a gutbuster. None has been clearer than in the career of our greatest ever stake winner, Xylia Allen, which continually faded the second time up over the long trips yet has been asked again and again to repeat the effort.

In April it broke the Wentworth Park record then faded a week later in the final.

In May it broke the Traralgon record then faded at Sandown a week later.

In June at Albion Park it ran 41.55, 41.71 and 42.07 in successive weeks.

In July at Sandown it ran 41.70 then 41.90 a week later.

In September at Wentworth Park it ran 41.76 then 42.11 the next week.

Following that heavy program, it failed miserably over 515m at Sandown on October 9, then ran a poor 6th in 34.94 over 600m on October 25 at The Meadows, where it hold the track record. Each time it was a hot favourite but looked like it wanted to be somewhere else, rather than chasing the elusive $1 million prize money target. Despite all the evidence, stewards asked no questions and demanded no veterinary checks.

A natural stayer like Sweet It Is might be able to get away with this, perhaps because it takes its time for the first half of the race and only after that does it put its paw on the pedal. Xylia Allen is a leader, probably best suited to middle distance racing, but still goes flat out for the entire trip. Sometimes, that’s too much.

All this can’t be doing the dogs much good but it is just as bad for punters who can have little idea of how some of these dogs will perform when backing up. That contravenes every principle of racing as we know it. It’s time to change the rules.

A DEAD SHOT

Since readers wanted to hear my thoughts before the race, not after (I offered both for the TOPGUN), here is how the SHOOTOUT might be run.

Thursday’s race at Sandown, in sharp contrast to the TOPGUN, boasts four inform racers but no really flash beginners. All three have recently run around 29.40 or the equivalent. At different times three of them have run a fraction faster, while Iva Vision has had just the one run at the track.

I love Allen Deed and he may be marginally the best dog in the race. But he will need luck to win this. He will be no better than 3rd early and will have to run around them. Not impossible but difficult. Its current odds-on price is ridiculous.

Iva Vision will not be far behind early and is suitably boxed. Again, it too has to run around the others to win. If Awesome Project jumps it is hard to see how it can run it down.

Awesome Project is a bit up and down at the jump but at its best should be able to sneak to the front.

Oakvale Destiny will have to rely on collisions to get through. It’s honest and finishes well but may be a notch below in class.

In top class races like this one, it’s rare to see leaders run down. The odds are with Awesome Project.

So there you go. The jump will tell.

TRUTH BEATS FICTION

Another terrific win in the Hume Cup on Monday by My Bro Fabio. As I have written before, this is a really classy dog.

But what was the scribe at GRV on about when he wrote “only greyhounds of the highest order” do this – that is, winning by 14 lengths? He likened the dog to “former greats Miata, El Grand Senor and Brett Lee (which) spring to mind as greyhounds capable of such dominance at this level, but they are few and far between”.

My Bro Fabio’s 34.29 was five lengths outside Xylia Allen’s record, mostly because it began last but fluked a rails run to lead at the judge the first time. It then scooted away while the second dog busted a hock and the remainder pushed, shoved and scrambled around, losing ground all the way. Every dog in the race is capable of 34.20 to 34.60 but the actual second placegetter ran 35.20, a time usually bettered by Maidens and Novices.

The record book will show My Bro Fabio’s running numbers as 1111. In reality, it was 8111. And the 14 length margin was rubbish and should be ignored, together with the form of the remaining six runners.

Anyway, when will someone grasp the nettle and construct a decent start for 600m races? This one is a disgrace.

My Bro Fabio’s Record Victory Margin

To win any race by 14 and a half lengths is an unusual achievement in practically any event; to do it in a major race final is truly phenomenal. My Bro Fabio’s victory by that margin in the Group One Hume City Cup is, to the best of my knowledge, certainly the widest (or biggest, whichever term you prefer) of any race ranked at Group One level.

It is, again to the best of my knowledge, the second-widest of any Group event, only surpassed by Oriana’s 16-length success in the 1997 Ladies Bracelet at Wentworth Park.

Of course, major race finals featuring a group of runners who have collectively competed with each other to make it through, should not be won by big spaces. When they are, severe interference is generally a key factor in allowing the eventual winner to set up and score by such a wide margin.

Certainly in My Bro Fabio’s victory, interference played a role, although the way he had taken the lead with a lap to go suggests he would have scored by a generous space anyway.

After all, back on 14 September My Bro Fabio blitzed the Canberra Cup (Group Three) field by 10 and a half lengths, so he already knows how to win a big race by a big space.

In Oriana’s victory, heavy rain and a big measure of trouble at the first corner led to her running around the field from box eight and careering away to win by that massive margin.

Prior to My Bro Fabio’s victory, former top Queensland sire Just The Best held second place in the wide margin stakes in Group races, having won the 1999 Vince Curry Memorial Maiden at Ipswich by 14 lengths. Just The Best had won his heat by 18 lengths and semi-final by 19 lengths. It’s fair to say those he beat weren’t much good at the racing caper.

Gallant Ruler, who won the 1994 National Sprint Championship (now Group One, but not back then) by 12 lengths at Wentworth Park, holds the record winning margin for a greyhound in a major open race.

Among other current Group and Listed Race events which have been won by big margins over the years are the following:

1979 Roy Maidment Memorial (Listed), taken out by Vanadium by 11 lengths over 715 metres at Sandown

1999 National Distance Championship, won by Kobble Creek by 11 lengths over 720 metres at Wentworth Park

1990 Perth Cup, annexed by Sand Pebble (the great Sandi’s Me Mum’s littermate) by 10 and three-quarter lengths

1975 Laurels Classic, won by Odious by 10 lengths in a track record 30.34 for 513 metres at Sandown

1990 Winter Carnival Cup (then called the XXXX Trophy), won by Highly Blessed by 10 lengths over 558 metres at the Gabba

1997 Dapto Puppy Auction Classic (then simply known as the Dapto Classic), won by Oriana by 10 lengths over 508 metres

1999 Topgun, taken out by Mint Magic by 10 lengths at the Meadows following a major scrimmage at the first turn

2006 Rookie Rebel, which fell to Paua To Burn by 10 lengths, and was the previous widest margin record for a major 600 metre race at the Meadows prior to My Bro Fabio

2005 Sapphire Crown Classic, which also went to Paua To Burn, again by 10 lengths

1991 National Distance Championship, won by Just A Charm by 10 lengths over 704 metres at the Gabba

2005 National Distance Championship, won by Texas Gold by 10 lengths in a new track record time of 42.07 for 720 metres at Wentworth Park

1999 Peter Mosman Memorial, won by Great Wish by 10 lengths

1970 Summer Cup, won by Travel Rev by 10 lengths over 732 metres at Harold Park in a race record 43.0

1988 West Australian Derby, won by Cheatin Charmer by 10 lengths in a race record 30.90 for 530 metres at Cannington

Three Group finals have been won by a margin of nine and three-quarter lengths, these being the 2005 Hobart Thousand, won by Ralph The Mouth; 1998 Peter Mosman Memorial, won by Solve The Puzzle, and 2005 Ballarat Cup, won by Magic Trance.

The Meadows Greyhounds Tips & Betting Preview November 3rd 2014

It’s Melbourne Cup eve and time to boost the coffers for a huge night at The Meadows. Get up to $200 in bonus bets at Centrebet.

Best Bet:
Race 2: Take Charge

Best Roughie:
Race 7: Thunder Eyes

Quaddie:
Leg 1: 2,3,4,5 – Leg 2: 1,7,8 – Leg 3: 1,5,8 – Leg 4: 2,4,7,8 – $144 for 100%

Race No. 1Broadmeadows Sporting Club Ht17:07 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MORSON SENOR [5]48121FSHL Morshead (Barongarook)
2DYNA INCA (NSW)[5]4321230.43(5)T Womann (Lara)
3SIZE DOES MATTER (QLD)[5]12526FSHB Ennis (Lara)
4SAM TOOCAN [5]54362NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
5BAYMAN BALE (NSW)[5]2357530.02(8)J Hunt (Lara)
6KILTAH MAGIC (QLD)[5]1146530.25(5)K Bravo (Lovely Banks)
7ULLA ALLEN (NSW)[5]14462NBTS Collins (Lara)
8SMOULDERING ICE [5]63745FSHP Dundon (Finley)
9ALLEN ODIN (NSW)[5]Res.1433430.37(8)S Collins (Lara)
10PHENOM BALE (NSW)[5]Res.2458430.54(3)T Womann (Lara)

Good race to kick off the night and the enormously talented Size Does matter should get the job done. He has been a little poor to begin in recent times and he hasn’t had much luck soon after box rise. Tonight he has slow beginners drawn on either side and a wide runner drawn directly on his outer. He is having his first race here but I’m sure he would have trialled here previously and if he can find the bunny early a sub 29.80 run looks likely.

Kiltah Magic has a big engine also and she hasn’t had much luck since scoring at Sandown in a blistering 29.35, she normally pings the lids and with a quick getaway tonight she should put herself right in contention. I think the favourite may be a little too brilliant for her but she can fill the quinella spot. Dyna Inca is well drawn near the inside and she will be hitting the line solidly. She is likely to get too far back early to win but she could be a good one to anchor for third and fourth in exotics. Morson Senor has the speed to hold them out and he should give a great sight, he has been racing well at Sandown and if the well fancied ones find bother he may steal the prize.

Top Four: 3 – 6 – 1 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Size Does Matter

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

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

First Four: 1,3,6/1,3,6/2/Field ($30 for 100%)

First Four: 1,3,6/1,3,6/Field/2 ($30 for 100%)

Race No. 2Craigieburn Sporting Club Ht27:24 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DYNA TONY (NSW)[5]5441230.62(7)S Collins (Lara)
2ZEPPELIN BALE (NSW)[5]41317FSHJ Hunt (Lara)
3TAKE CHARGE [5]1162630.20(8)S Mckenna (Napoleons)
4TANTRUM TOMMY [5]22433NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
5SPA CHEANG [5]8242130.63(1)J Mccoll (Daylesford)
6REIKO BALE (NSW)[5]54336FSHT Womann (Lara)
7POCKET KINGS [5]54584NBTR Galea (Brookfield)
8RAPID INCLINE [5]64538NBTR Tartaglia (Newcomb)
9ALLEN ODIN (NSW)[5]Res.1433430.37(8)S Collins (Lara)
10INGA BALE (NSW)[5]Res.4316NBTS Collins (Lara)

Take Charge is dropping considerably in class tonight and he should get every chance to lead throughout. Two starts back he led for a long way in a heat of the Geelong Cup and a similar effort tonight would see him build up a nice lead mid race. There isn’t anything overly strong in this event so if he finds the bunny it’s hard to see him being run down.

Dyna Tony has returned to form in recent weeks at Shepparton and although his record here isn’t flash, he looks suited from this draw and in this class. Two starts ago he beat a classy lineup at Shepparton in 25.52 and he does have enough early speed to settle just behind Take Charge. Zeppelin Bale is the up and comer and he has won two of four here, two starts back he beat a promising type here in 30.29 and he recorded impressive sectionals throughout, if he can step cleanly he should run a big race. Tantrum Tommy rarely wins but is never far away, he will get back early but he must be included in your exotics.

Top Four: 3 – 1 – 2 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Take Charge

Trifecta: 3/1,2,4/Field ($18 for 100%)

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

Quinella: 3 to rove with 1,2,4 ($3 for 100$)

Exacta: 1,3/1,2,3,4 ($6 for 100%)

Race No. 3Roejen Services7:46 PM (VIC time)
Mixed 4/5 event over 600 metres at The meadows Of $8,745 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,120 2nd: $1,750 3rd: $875.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BLACK VEIL [5]63536NBTR Britton (Lara)
2SUPERSONIC HAWK (NSW)[5]6563634.87(5)J Britton (Anakie)
3SISCO RAGE [5]34111NBTJ Galea (Lara)
4DYNA PERSEUS (NSW)[5]15434NBTM Delbridge (Balliang)
6UNTRACEABLE [5]6322134.24(5)M Auld (Tatura)
7ECHELONIC ACTION [4]3147534.52(3)D Coleman (Lara)
8GO MOBO [5]3533435.12(3)D Coleman (Lara)

Sisco Rage is absolutely airborne at present and with an ounce of luck early he should make it five in a row. He can be a little hit or miss early but has slow beginners drawn underneath him and he does possess a great turn of foot soon after box rise. He may face a fair bit of pressure in the early stages from the outside division but if he can punch through and hold them out he should prove too strong.

Echelonic Action has been racing consistently in strong company of late and he loves racing here. He will get back in the early stages but hits the line well and has been in the money in ten of 14 here, so he is rarely far away. Dyna Perseus is a costly conveyance but he does have a heap of talent. If he happens to ping away he will be running time on the bunny and salute, however he is very unreliable and it’s probably best to just include him in your exotics. Untraceable was a strong 34.74 winner here last week and he should be suited by the empty draw underneath, if he can settle in the top three he should be there at the business end.

Top Four: 3 – 7 – 4 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Exacta: 3,4,7/3,4,6,7 ($9 for 100%)

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

Trifecta: 3,4,7/3,4,6,7/2,3,4,6,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

Race No. 4Oraclecms Ht38:09 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DUKE BALE (NSW)[5]11833NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
2DYNA FATBOB (NSW)[5]13841NBTM Delbridge (Balliang)
3RADINKA BALE (NSW)[5]5473330.31(6)S Collins (Lara)
4MORNINGSIDE [5]73741NBTK Bravo (Lovely Banks)
5LUCY COME HOME [5]8683831.00(8)N Gates (St Albans)
6WHITE WALKER [5]5725830.33(2)T Reid (Yuroke)
7IRISH ASTERIA (NSW)[5]73534FSHR Dunne (St Albans)
8TWEAK [5]5315729.90(5)T O’donovan (Devon Meadows)
9ALLEN ODIN (NSW)[5]Res.1433430.37(8)S Collins (Lara)
10PHENOM BALE (NSW)[5]Res.2458430.54(3)T Womann (Lara)

Dyna Fatbob really caught the eye when scoring a commanding 30.16 win here last week. On that occasion he stepped cleanly and assumed control soon after the start. I think Radinka Bale will lead him initially but he should settle just behind her and take over as they pass the back straight.

Radinka Bale as stated earlier is the likely leader and she should good a great sight. She has won three of 14 here but she always has trouble with the last 50m so will need to establish a big lead mid race. Duke Bale is another front runner and he should match motors with Radinka Bale early. He too struggles in the concluding stages so he may need to hold her out to win. Morningside is the run on dog in the event and she looked impressive when scoring a strong 31.17 Ballarat win last time. She is probably better suited to a longer journey but there are quite a few who struggle over this journey so she should be able to pick them off late in the race. Tweak rounds out the chances, he is a classy type but he is probably better suited to a rails draw, however he does like this venue so he must be respected.

Top Four: 2 – 4 – 3 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Dyna Fatbob

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

Trifecta: 2/1,3,4/Field ($18 for 100%)

Quinella: 2 to rove with 1,3,4 ($3 for 100%)

Race No. 5Merrifield8:30 PM (VIC time)
Mixed 3/4 event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SENOR SOCKS (SA)[4]5615130.41(6)R Britton (Lara)
2ALLEN GRAVION (NSW)[4]1515330.14(4)M Delbridge (Balliang)
3PELOTON BALE (NSW)[3]1343229.83(4)J Hunt (Lara)
4TIGGERLONG AMIGO (NSW)[4]8182230.10(7)D Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
5BALLERINO [3]1411630.13(1)J Borg (Maryborough)
6HESTIA BALE (NSW)[4]3212330.36(2)M Delbridge (Balliang)
7ATHOS [4]3516230.28(4)R Gray (Pyalong)
8KID MAXIMUS [4]8723530.23(5)P Akathiotis (Reservoir)
9OUSAI BALE (NSW)[4]Res.8116630.26(1)A Dailly (Anakie)

Peloton Bale has a terrific record over this track and trip and he looks well placed to score again. Senor Socks is drawn to hold the early lead and he will set a cracking pace and that should allow Peloton Bale to drive up behind the leading division as they head through the first turn. His last 100m is the best part of his race and he should be running over the top as they head for home.

Tiggerlong Amigo is a class act and if he can get a clear run in the first 50m he should run a strong race. He can bomb the start at times so he will need to do everything right at box rise. Ballerino is the up and comer in the event, two starts ago he hit the line strongly when scoring here in 30.13 and he appears to be getting stronger with every run. Senor Socks can lead them for a long way but he is a serious doubt over the final 60m or so, I dont think he can win but he can maybe hold on for the minor end of the money.

Top Four: 3 – 4 – 5 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Peloton Bale

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

Exacta: 3,4,5/1,3,4,5 ($9 for 100%)

Quinella: 3 to rove with 1,4,5 ($3 for 100%)

Race No. 6Rsn Silver Bullet (gobis)8:51 PM (VIC time)
S/E Group 3 event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $45,650 Prizemoney.
1st: $25,000 2nd: $7,150 3rd: $3,500 GOBIS: $10,000.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1LUCA NEVEELK [4]3111130.15(3)G Kleeven (Denison)
2BUCKLE UP MASON (TAS)[1]7232329.74(3)J Hunt (Lara)
3MUSQUIN BALE (NSW)[2]5361529.90(2)A Dailly (Anakie)
4TOP SECRET [4]1112230.11(2)K Bravo (Lovely Banks)
5FARMOR LAS VEGAS (QLD)[2]4612429.71(7)R Britton (Lara)
6DREAM IT [1]1342429.84(1)B Ennis (Lara)
7MARCUS JOE [1]5322429.66(3)B Moloney (Marcus Hill)
8KEYBOW (NSW)[3]4153629.58(8)D Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
9DYNA ALCHEMIST (NSW)[3]Res.4214530.01(4)S Collins (Lara)
10OLLIE BALE (NSW)[3]Res.3375129.84(3)A Dailly (Anakie)

The exciting Luca Neveelk has come up the red he appears to be the one they have to beat. He is blessed with ridiculous early speed and he recently captured the Group Two Geelong Cup final. He has won here previously in 30.15 but that was back in July and he is a much better and stronger chaser this time around, if he hold them out at the first bend he should be able to get the cash.

Keybow is a freak and should be ready to fire second up from a spell. He recorded his breathtaking 29.58 PB here from this draw and he does possess great speed once he hits the ground. Marcus Joe has a great record here and he could be the value in the event, he has won seven of 17 and it’s hard to ignore his blistering 29.66 PB. He races best when he can lead but if he can settle in the top three he should have enough petrol in the tank to run over the top of them late. Dream It is more than capable of featuring in a race like this but he does require a lot of luck in the early stages of the race. Like some of the well fancied chasers, he has a great record here and if he goes around at silly odds he may be worth a saver bet.

Top Four: 1 – 8 – 7 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Luca Neveelk

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

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

Trifecta: 1/6,7,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 7Craigieburn Leisure Centre9:09 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 600 metres at The meadows Of $8,225 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,750 2nd: $1,645 3rd: $830.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SEEKING JUSTICE [5]51211FSTDM Auld (Tatura)
2FREESIA BALE (NSW)[5]43644FSTDJ Hunt (Lara)
3TIGEE [5]3323335.02(6)G Flynn (Ballarat)
4LEVI’S HURACAN [5]73164FSHG Mitchell (Keilor)
5THUNDER EYES (NSW)[5]42675FSTDR Britton (Lara)
6LOU TODD [5]32242NBTD Pell (Toolleen)
7HOT GOLD (NSW)[5]21241FSTDL Delbridge (Balliang)
8DEWANA LASS [5]35422NBTB Dewan (Edithvale)

Seeking Justice has improved greatly of late and he appears to be a star stayer in the making. He looks well placed in the red tonight and he recently caught the eye when posting a sizzling 34.35 win here. There is no speed drawn directly on his outside tonight so he should get a fairly clear passage as they head into the first bend.

Dewana Lass is well placed in the pink and after two fast placings at Cranbourne recently she looks overdue for a change of luck. She likes to scout wide in her races so she should get plenty of room soon after box rise and she should be able to settle a little closer to the speed tonight. Thunder Eyes has been crying out for this journey and he showed a few good signs when placed at Sandown Park last time. He will need a few breaks as they head into the first turn but if he can avoid bother he should be right in the mix. Lou Todd is never far away over this trip and he has strong place claims again, with a good getaway he should be able to give a great sight.

Top Four: 1 – 8 – 5 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 1/5,6,8/Field ($15 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1,8/1,8/Field ($10 for 100%)

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

Quinella: 1 to rove with 5,6,8 ($3 for 100%)

Race No. 8Hume Cup Final (gobis)9:38 PM (VIC time)
S/E Group 1 event over 600 metres at The meadows Of $118,000 Prizemoney.
1st: $75,000 2nd: $22,000 3rd: $11,000 GOBIS: $10,000.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1AREJAY SMOKEY [4]5725134.63(2)B Iredale (Pearcedale)
2MY BRO FABIO (NSW)[2]1151134.12(2)B Ennis (Lara)
3FLYING TWIST [3]1111234.58(7)A Dailly (Anakie)
4OSCURA (QLD)[4]7313134.51(5)B Ennis (Lara)
5KNOW CLASS (NZ)[4]8381134.68(8)J Shaw (Anakie)
6DEADLY BOY [3]1217134.22(5)S Mckenna (Napoleons)
7RALPHY CINEL (NSW)[2]2111134.44(4)J Borg (Maryborough)
8ELIZA BLANCHE (QLD)[3]1117134.19(6)D Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
9WARRIOR KING (NSW)[5]Res.23572NBTB Ennis (Lara)
10COULTA ROCK [4]Res.F341234.76(5)D Curtain (Longwarry)

Good lineup set to do battle and I’ve decided to go against the favourite, There is a heap of early speed on the outside and the speedy Ralphy Cinel should be able to cross early and he may steal the prize. He has won his past four in explosive fashion and I dont think the favourite can afford to give him too much of a head start.

Clearly My Bro Fabio is a freak and with any sort of luck he simply wins. My concern is that he may get shuffled back soon after the start and he may have a few problems working his way through traffic, he is still good enough to win but I’m not willing to take under the odds. Eliza Blanche has won seven of her past eight and she set the track alight with a sizzling 34.19 heat win, she is better suited to a rails draw but Ralphy Cinel should give her a nice cart across in the early stages. Oscura rounds out the winning hopes, he turned in a monster performance to score in his heat and he is capable of showing early speed in his races.

Top Four: 7 – 2 – 8 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Ralphy Cinel

Boxed Quinella: 2,4,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

Exacta: 2,7,8/2,4,7,8 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2,7,8/2,4,7,8/2,3,4,6,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

Race No. 9Sunbury Leisure Centre Ht410:04 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SATSUKI BALE (NSW)[5]24631NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
2DYNA ZOD (NSW)[5]8435330.22(1)A Dailly (Anakie)
3NATIONAL TIME (NSW)[5]5233130.00(5)K Bravo (Lovely Banks)
4SKY FIGHTER (NSW)[5]7745730.04(4)I Dann (Whitelaw)
5DELI ALLEN (NSW)[5]3654830.31(6)S Collins (Lara)
6MOROCCAN TRAIN [5]4871430.84(6)A Moro (Kangaroo Flat)
7ICE COLD BUNDY [5]71667NBTP Dundon (Finley)
8MASSIVE MERV (NSW)[5]27438FSHH Mcadam (Diamond Creek)
9ALLEN ODIN (NSW)[5]Res.1433430.37(8)S Collins (Lara)
10PHENOM BALE (NSW)[5]Res.2458430.54(3)T Womann (Lara)

National Time is a super provincial sprinter and in recent months he has scored some scorching wins. Last week at Ballarat he came from off the speed to score in 25.16 and I think he will turn in an even more impressive effort as he should be able to find the bunny soon after the start. He has a smart 30 flat PB here and he could probably go a bit quicker tonight if he avoids early bother.

Deli Allen is much better than her recent form reads and she should run an improved race. Her box manners aren’t great but she does possess a good turn of foot and that should allow her to settle in a fairly prominent position. Dyna Zod has a good record here and he hasn’t been racing with much luck in recent times. With a good getaway he should settle just behind National Time and that should allow him to finish in the placings. Satsuki Bale is going to be well supported tonight but she is yet to feature in five tries here and she is likely to start under the odds.

Top Four: 3 – 5 – 2 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on National Time

Exacta: 3/1,2,5 ($3 for 100%)

Quinella: 3 to rove with 1,2,5 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 3/1,2,5/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 10Broadmeadows Leisure Centre Ht510:24 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ALLEN GIZMO (NSW)[5]3464630.20(6)A Dailly (Anakie)
2ZIPPING MAKKA (NSW)[5]4786730.23(6)J Delaroche (Cranbourne North)
3CREAMY SODA [5]11164NBTL Cockerell (Buckley)
4ULTIMA BALE (NSW)[5]12113FSHS Collins (Lara)
5STETSON QUAMBY (NSW)[5]32314NBTP Dundon (Finley)
6SPA JANGLES [5]4865430.36(3)J Mccoll (Daylesford)
7GRAND LEGACY [5]1418430.17(5)P Dapiran (Northwood)
8HER HIGHNESS [5]21114FSHK Bravo (Lovely Banks)
9PHENOM BALE (NSW)[5]Res.2458430.54(3)T Womann (Lara)
10INGA BALE (NSW)[5]Res.4316NBTS Collins (Lara)

Grand Legacy is a classy type and with a good getaway he should get back into the winners list. Three runs back he pinged the lids and scorched around Ballarat in 25.14. He normally begins well and he has gone sub 5.10 to the first marker here previously, he is a lot stronger these days so if he finds the early lead he should prove too strong.

Ultima Bale is an exciting prospect and he showed a terrific turn of foot when scoring at Ballarat in 25.22 two runs back. He isn’t the most reliable beginner but if he gets some room initially he should drive through and settle in the top two. Her Highness is a classy Tasmanian and she led for a long way at Warrnambool when placed in her Victorian debut, I dont like her chances of crossing tonight so place claims appear to look best. Creamy Soda hasn’t had much luck in his past three runs but he did record a hat trick of wins prior to that.

Top Four: 7 – 4 – 8 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Grand Legacy

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

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

Race 11 – Grade 5 Heat 525M – 10.40PM

Lektra Brave is dropping considerably in class tonight and he looks well placed in a wide draw. There isn’t a whole lot of early speed in this event so if he can step away cleanly he should be able to settle in the top two and he should then prove too strong in the run home.

Allen Icarus is normally a good beginner and he should be able to cross and find the early lead, he has been knocked around a bit in his past couple so if he can land on the bunny he should be able to regain a lot of confidence. Harden Bale is the run on type and he is due for a change of luck, there isn’t too much speed directly on his outside he with an even getaway he should settle on the better side of midfield. Lethal Three rounds out the chances, she doesn’t win often these days but she is rarely far away.

Top Four: 8 – 5 – 1 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Lektra Brave

Quinella: 8 to rove with 1,5,6 ($3 for 100%)

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

Trifecta: 1,5,8/1,5,6,8/1,2,5,6,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

2014 Group One Hume Cup Final Preview

Middle distance racing may not often be the stage where the greats of the sport forge their names, but a quick look at the honour roll of the Hume Cup leaves you under no illusions about the quality of greyhound that contest the Group One event.

Greyhounds the ilk of Temlee, National Poppy, Saltwater Sid and more recently Fallen Zorro and Amity Bale have all won the race which will be contested over 600 metres at The Meadows this Monday night.

In 2014, $75,000 awaits the winning connections of the race which includes the flying My Bro Fabio (2) as well as the exciting youngster Eliza Blanche (8) and the in-form Ralphy Cinel (7).

Brooke and Jamie Ennis comes into the race with the training honours after qualifying two of the initial finalists and also getting a third through to the final via the scratching of Know Class. Their team is made up of My Bro Fabio (2), Oscura (4) and Warrior King (9).

Here is a look at the race in detail, with comments from connections and current Centrebet fixed odds;

Box 1
Race Odds
$21.00
Heat Replay
Arejay Smokey
Trainer
Bob Iredale
Owner
Boblex syndicate
Prizemoney
$56,122.50
Last 10 Starts
3422257251
33 Months Blue Dog by Collision - Galactic Diamond
Start Good Running Wide Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,039 Rating 93
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
54 10 10 11
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
19% 57%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 1 0
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 0 2 1
ARG Comments: Dropped back from longer trips to cause an upset when taking out his heat in 34.63. He does not win out of turn and is yet to salute from box one in six career outings. He looks to be facing a very stern test here.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
34.63 34.63 9.09 9.09
Box 2
Race Odds
$2.10
Heat Replay
My Bro Fabio
Trainer
Brooke Ennis
Owner
Michelle Jones
Prizemoney
$123,575
Last 10 Starts
11211111511
32 Months Black Dog by Turanza Bale - Flamenco
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $3,089 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
40 20 8 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
50% 78%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 3 2 0
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 5 2 1
Jamie Ennis (Kennel Representative): “Everyone knows his ability but no bad luck is needed. It will be good to see him get through the first bend without getting shuffled back. There is plenty of respect for others in the field. Eliza Blanche went well last week although she has drawn the wrong side of the track this week. He is tenacious and very fast and it would be good to get a Group 1 against his name.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
34.12 34.12 9.05 9.08
Box 3
Race Odds
$7.50
Heat Replay
Flying Twist
Trainer
Andrea Dailly
Owner
Kim Hollway
Prizemoney
$81,405
Last 10 Starts
1542311112
39 Months Black Bitch by Velocette - Valley Twist
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,628 Rating 96
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
50 15 5 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
30% 50%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 2 1 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
11 3 0 2
Tom Dailly (Kennel Representative) – “My Bro Fabio will be odds on. Flying Twist is very strong. If My Bro Fabio doesn’t get clear then I expect Flying Twist to run a really good race. If My Bro Fabio gets clear, he will win.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
34.58 34.42 8.90 8.94
Box 4
Race Odds
$10.00
Heat Replay
Oscura
Trainer
Brooke Ennis
Owner
BNS Racing Partnership
Prizemoney
$29,050
Last 10 Starts
5425173131
31 Months Black Dog by Bekim Bale - Size It Up
Start Slow Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,162 Rating 88
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
25 9 3 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
36% 68%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 1 1 0
Jamie Ennis (Kennel Representative): “He went terrific first-up at The Meadows over the 600m distance. Prior to that he went to Cranbourne and struck a hard heat in the Derby. Things didn’t go his way early in that run but he is a dog for the future and looks perfect for the Sale Cup. He will drop to the fence early but lacks pace but he will be looking to make good ground. This is the first Group race for the owner.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
34.51 34.51 9.39 9.39
Box 5
Race Odds
SCR
Heat Replay
Know Class SCRATCHED
Trainer
N/A
Owner
N/A
Prizemoney
N/A
Last 10 Starts
N/A
N/A Months N/A N/A by N/A - N/A
Start N/A Running N/A Finish N/A
Prizemoney Rating N/A Rating N/A
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
N/A N/A
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
SCRATCHED
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Box 6
Race Odds
$5.50
Heat Replay
Deadly Boy
Trainer
Stephen McKenna
Owner
Anthony Forte
Prizemoney
$55,350
Last 10 Starts
6164112171
32 Months Black Bitch by Superman - Dyna Gabi
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,203 Rating 91
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
46 17 6 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
37% 59%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 2 0 0
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 2 0 0
ARG Comments: A smart beginner who could prove to be a very tough nut to crack should he lob on the bunny. He took out his heat in a credible 34.22 and if he is doing that from the front in this final then he may be able to lead all the way. The key for him will be finding the front early.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
34.22 34.22 8.93 8.93
Box 7
Race Odds
$8.50
Heat Replay
Ralphy Cinel
Trainer
Joe Borg
Owner
Michael Crowe
Prizemoney
$53,740
Last 10 Starts
1252121111
36 Months Black Dog by High Earner - Fantasy Parade
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,919 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
28 11 6 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
40% 68%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 4 0 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 0 1
ARG Comments: A greyhound who is right in the middle of a purple patch. He has won five of his last six and has a perfect record at The Meadows winning four from four. He has won from both inside and outside boxes but will need to be prominent early in this race to be a genuine winning hope. He does his best racing from in front so he is another who’s race could be decided in the first 100 metres.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
34.44 34.46 8.89 9.00
Box 8
Race Odds
$5.50
Heat Replay
Eliza Blanche
Trainer
Darren McDonald
Owner
C K Roberts syndicate
Prizemoney
$40,405
Last 10 Starts
4311111171
28 Months Black Bitch by Radley Bale - Jackpot Return
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,244 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
18 12 1 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
67% 78%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 2 0 0
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 1 1 0
Darren McDonald (Trainer): “This is a hard box for her. If she can get across she is some chance. She has pulled up well from last week’s run.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
34.19 34.19 9.04 9.04
1st Res
Race Odds
$8.00
Heart Replay
Warrior King
Trainer
Brooke Ennis
Owner
Wales Knox syndicate
Prizemoney
$104,005
Last 10 Starts
6443123572
32 Months Red Brindle Dog by Turanza Bale - Flamenco
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,476 Rating 91
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
42 13 7 8
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
30% 67%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Jamie Ennis (Kennel Representative): “The draw will help My Bro Fabio out as Warrior King likes to stay in the middle of the track and being 36kg he is hard to get around. He will improve off last week’s run as he hasn’t had much luck from wide draws lately. He runs well from middle draws. He had a couple of niggling injuries that we just got right before his last run. He has now had a good 10 days and he could be the surprise packet. He has shown in the past he is a good dog and he shouldn’t be underestimated.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 34.56 9.18 9.18
2nd Res
Race Odds
Heat Replay
Coulta Rock
Trainer
David Curtain
Owner
David Curtain
Prizemoney
$31,735
Last 10 Starts
3431F34125
27 Months Black Dog by Velocette - Coulta Sally
Start Good Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $962 Rating 89
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
33 9 5 8
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
27% 67%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 1 0
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: A consistent chaser in easier class who would need to improve on his best of 34.76 to worry the big guns if he gains a start in this race.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
34.76 34.56 9.08 9.08

My Bro Fabio (2) showed last week that he has the edge on most of these. He loves the inside and only needs some early luck to blow them away.

Ralphy Cinel (7) and Deadly Boy (6) loom as dangers from the wider boxes if they are able to land on the lure early and make their own luck. Flying Twist (3) is another in a similar predicament but she will need to outpace My Bro Fabio early in proceedings to have a chance.

Eliza Blanche (8) has an awkward draw to contend with and faces the toughest race of her short career, but her record speaks for itself and she has to be considered.

Warrior King (9) is blessed with talent but is likely to need luck early and will also be looking to recapture some of his best form to be any chance of getting the chocolates in this race.

Greyhound Racing Wins A Few Battles

There is little doubt that the NSW parliamentary Inquiry has produced terrific results for greyhound racing. Several battles have been won although the war has some way to go yet.

On the way, Inquiry chairman Robert Borsak from the Shooters party has done a fine job of unearthing many of the facts, helped by all but one of the other six members of the committee from Liberal, National and Labour parties.

The exception has been Dr John Kaye (Greens), who instigated the whole process. He has been a dead loss. His extremist views, supported by demonstrators from tiny splinter groups carrying carefully prepared placards telling lies (eg Don’t Use Taxes to Support Greyhound Racing), from a biased reporter from the Sydney Morning Herald, and from the ABC’s 7:30 Report, have been emphatically quashed by the majority.

Kaye produced dissenting comments on the first report – views which were duly featured in a helpful Sydney Morning Herald, which might be better known as the Green-Left Daily these days. Then he proposed a string of amendments to the just-published second report, all designed to make life near impossible for greyhound participants. Every one was thrown out by a 6:1 vote.

The objective of Kaye and like-minded people is not to improve greyhound racing but to shut it down completely. Happily, no-one bought that theme – certainly not the NSW government which has broadly supported the committee’s conclusions in its formal “Response” to the reports.

Whatever ends up happening, this Inquiry has undoubtedly established a pro-forma approach to the subject and might well lead to improvements in other states and even in other codes. It also provides a stark lesson to media outlets which try to launch tirades based on biased, unproven or limited evidence – all in conflict with journalistic ethics.

To be sure, many of the recommendations are to do with animal welfare and related matters where authorities and clubs need to smarten up. Some work has already been done in that area and the government has assured us it will continue to oversee progress and check on reports demanded from management.

So, where are we now?

Well, the three key conclusions and recommendations – accepted but not formally ruled on by government – are now being thrashed out in detail.

(1) Racing authorities should have the power to adjust racefield fees to a level they consider suitable.

(2) NSW tax rates should be made more competitive with other states – ie reduced.

(3) In Borsak’s words, “I strongly reiterate the importance of a restructure of the board and management of Greyhound Racing NSW”.

Added to which is the proposal to hive off $100 million immediately to distribute amongst the three codes in undecided proportions. But don’t count your chickens yet.

Items (1) and (2) should get a run in some form. The huge difference in tax rates between NSW and all other states is simply bad policy because it means NSW is deliberately pushing business away to other jurisdictions for no good reason. It is killing the goose that laid the golden egg.

It not only poses a cash problem but weakens the ability of the racing codes to prosper in the long run. The issue has been highlighted by the recent agreement signed by Queensland Racing and Tattsbet, cutting the tax rate to 0.83% (from 1.83%), thereby generating a $30 million boost to prize money. Currently, NSW charges 3.22%, Victoria 1.28%.

Item (3) is equally important. Much of the attention has gone to two areas: poor communication between management and participants, and the ineffective operation of the Integrity Auditor job. The new proposal is that the Auditor function should be totally removed from GRNSW control and made fully independent. It may or may not be linked to similar changes to the harness code. Government is also considering whether appeals to ICAC should be possible.

Yet Borsak’s words suggest much more than all that. The government and the Inquiry have not done much more than talk about adding two more members to the board, representing or appointed by participants – ie mainly trainers. That is hardly a “restructure” and it suggests a leaning towards the bad old days when the call was always for “more dog men on the board”.

That sort of stuff has been proven to be ineffective in the past and is even less likely to work now. It runs counter to normal commercial practice and to the trend in all other states except Queensland. If communication is poor that is a failure of the personnel, not of the structure of the board. Even in Queensland the peculiar four-board set up, all staffed by insiders, has shown nothing in its several months of existence that offers any hope of progress – rather the opposite. In fact, the greyhound chairman has barely been heard at all while the overriding RQ chairman, Bob Dixon, talks and talks but does little.

In any event, going down this road would undoubtedly produce one big problem – a good proportion of the work force will dislike the appointed person, or disagree with what he does. Back to square one.

But none of this recognises the racing industry’s key weakness – it is run at authority and club level by committees. All of which reminds us that the camel was a horse designed by a committee. It’s the lowest common denominator effect. That’s the structure that needs to change. 1950s practices have no hope of working in this century, if indeed they ever did.

What the industry has failed to acknowledge is that the system of management by committee, supported by bureaucrats, is suited only to slow action, a lack of innovation and the absence of accountability. Process dominates outcomes. That’s administration, not management.

… more to come.

So, He’s Not The Best Sprinter From The Island State? Sure?

I have to admit to being somewhat surprised by the reaction to my article ‘Buckle Up Wes becomes the best ever from Tasmania.’ Following his first-up from an injury-enforced spell victory in the Topgun, I made the suggestion that Buckle Up Wes could now arguably be called the best sprinter to have ever come out of Tasmania.

One reader commented, ‘very poorly written article’, and I have to put my hands up and say ‘fair enough’, because clearly a number of readers missed the point I was trying to make in the body of the text.

That point was simply that on his performances to date, Buckle Up Wes is surely entitled to be acknowledged as the best sprinting greyhound to have ever campaigned against the best in the country on their own doorstep, that is, on the mainland.

Among some of the greyhounds mentioned in the numerous comments at the end of my original piece were the likes of Sheila’s Teresa, Lillipilli Power, Topline Doovee, Awesome Cole, Cheetah Zorro, and True Vintage.

In my original article I wasn’t making a list of all the Tasmanians down though the decades who have crossed Bass Strait and plundered a major race or two. There are, indeed, plenty like that. I merely highlighted a number who really did register a series of major victories or topline performances which set them apart from many others. Equally, both Sheila’s Teresa and Cheetah Zorro are best known as stayers, so, like Chinatown Lad, Fallen Zorro, Bell Haven and Oak Queen, they weren’t under consideration.

Those who read the original article and with longer memories than many others might have noticed I didn’t mention Busy Vintage (who won the 1984 National Sprint Championship at Harold Park and was plagued by injury throughout his career), or Crotty Kid (who raced with success at Harold Park, winning the last Winter Stake run at that course, in 1987, in race record time and was third in the Melbourne Cup), or Highland Summer, Mona’s Beauty, Arkaroola (who won eight of 12 starts at Wentworth Park and was second in the 1975 Australian Cup), Shantung Tiger, Ralph The Mouth, Big Moose, Fergalicious, Rewind and, well, you get the picture. None of the aforementioned boast the same set of race performances as Buckle Up Wes.

As for True Vintage, she was a mighty sprinter, in Tasmania. Her record on the mainland doesn’t come anywhere near that of Buckle Up Wes, or even the others I mentioned in the original article, such as Ebony Minda or Iceni Princess, to name just two.

True Vintage raced 66 times for 40 wins, 13 seconds and two thirds. She once put together a sequence of 15 successive victories between January and May 1988 and had previously strung together 12 in a row before that. Her best performances on the mainland, however, were restricted to a track record 22.90 over 400 metres at Maitland in February 1987, a win over 424 metres at Sale and two victories over 511 metres at Olympic Park.

Her other interstate races include a second over 400 metres at Wangaratta, third over 424 metres at Sale, a fifth over 424 metes at Warragul, and two sixth’s at Olympic Park. True Vintage is arguably the best sprinter to have ever raced inside Tasmania.

To use a cricket analogy, scoring a series of centuries in grade cricket is hardly to be compared with making a ‘ton’ on the international circuit. For a Tasmanian to be taken seriously as a genuine top-flight performer, he or she needs to cement their credentials in the toughest marketplace in the nation, and that is in Melbourne and Sydney.

The fact remains that Buckle Up Wes is the only genuine Tasmanian sprinter to have made five Group 1 races, scoring two wins, one second, one third, and one fourth.

No other Tasmanian has ever come near to equalling this feat as a sprinter.

Zelemar Fever Unable To Race Pending Inquiry After Positive Swab

RWWA Stewards have been advised by the ChemCentre in Perth, that the presence of 5β–androstane-3α, 17β–diol (metabolite of Testosterone), at a concentration of greater than 10ng/ml, has been detected in the following samples obtained from Zelemar Fever:

A post race urine sample after winning Race 5, the Tabtouch W.A. Sprint Championship Final at Cannington on 16 August 2014.

A post race urine sample after placing third in Race 8 the Tabtouch National Sprint Championship Final at Cannington on 23 August 2014.

These findings of both ChemCentre reports have been verified by the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) in NSW.

Accordingly the Stewards will inquire into these reports and the Trainer of Zelemar Fever, Ms Linda Britton has been requested to attend the inquiry, which will be held in the RWWA Stewards Room at Ascot Racecourse on a date to be confirmed.

Pursuant to provisions of GAR92(5)(a), Zelemar Fever is not permitted to compete in or be nominated for any event until such time as the inquiry is concluded.

ARG Opinion:
There must be a faster way of getting these swabs tested. It is now late October and these samples were taken in August. Two months isn’t fair on any participants; the Britton camp, Zelemar Fever’s connections and those that they are racing against. Zelemar Fever raced a further three times in between the tests and the results being determined.

30th August – 3rd at Cannington.
6th September – 5th at Cannington.
20th September – 7th at Cannington.

If Zelemar Fever is stripped of third placing in the National Sprint Final, then Crackerjak Dak will be elevated to third position and $10,625 will jump into the pockets of connections.

2014 SA Sprint Championship Final Preview

Due to the redevelopment of the Gawler track the Group and Listed racing calendar for South Australia has been amended. The Group Three Gawler Gold Cup heats were due to be run this week but they have been moved to February next year. As a result, the Listed SA Sprint Championship has been moved forward from January. On Thursday night at Angle Park, the final of this Listed feature will take place.

Two heats were conducted last week, with Dustnado the fastest qualifier through to this week’s $15,000 to-the-winner final. Trainers Troy Murray and Kathleen Johnstone have a good hand in the final with two runners each.

Here’s a look at each of the finalists:

Box One – WILD SOUL (Kim Johnstone)

Wild Soul was SA’s national sprint representative this year. The Mogambo and Velocity Thunder (Flying Penske – Subjective Lee) dog comes right into contention for this final as he has drawn well in box one. He has 17 wins at the track for a best time of 29.79. He finished third in his heat last week behind Dustnado after a slow getaway from box three.

Box Two – KALDEN KAPONE (Troy Murray)

Finishing fourth behind Dustnado last week, Kalden Kapone just scraped into the final. He was boxed wide last week and with a less than desirable winning record from box eight he was always going to find it tough. The Lochinvar Marlow and Abbadale Affair (Big Daddy Cool – Sprinkles Of Gold) dog now moves to box two where is record isn’t too crash hot either. He has had six starts from the box for just one win. He has the ability to show early pace and he will need to be right on his game to be in the hunt early. He has won seven times at the track from 25 attempts with a best time of 29.67.

Box Three – GALILEE SPIRIT (Robert Isaacson)

The Aston Galilee and Southpaw Chic (Where’s Pedro – Jayarri) dog was a heat winner last week in 30.04, showing good speed to punch up and lead and hold off Kalden Gambino. The winning time was well outside his best of 29.62, which was recorded back in April this year. If he gets a sniff in front he may prove hard to catch.

Box Four – BLACK BOTTLE (Kathleen Johnstone)

The 21 month old youngster was impressive last week, just getting pipped on the line by Dustnado in 29.88. The Surf Lorian and Flaminia Bale (Lansley Bale – Georgina Bale) dog has shown he has speed to burn early and presents a good each way chance at odds. He has had just the 19 career starts for six wins. He has four wins at Angle Park and a best of 29.84.

Box Five – AS IT GOES (Oswald Chegia)

As It Goes has recorded just the one win in her last 10 starts and has drawn the squeeze box for this final. The Talk’s Cheap and April County (Addis Boy – Ariek) bitch finished three and a half lengths fourth behind Galilee Spirit last week. She is a risky beginner that lacks early speed so she will find it tough from this draw.

Box Six – KALDEN GAMBINO (Troy Murray)

Kalden Gambino has been given no favours drawing box six. He is yet to notch up a win in the green stretch vest from six attempts. He showed great early speed from this draw last week but couldn’t grab lamplighter Galilee Spirit, finishing two and a half lengths behind in second. Overall, Kalden Gambino (the litter brother to Murray’s other finalist Kalden Kapone) has nine wins at the track from 24 starts. His best is 29.70.

Box Seven – GENGHIS KAHN (Kathleen Johnstone)

He is a dog that is always thereabouts and loves box seven. As such, Genghis Kahn is a big hope of taking out this event. The black dog by Brett Lee and Another Request (Collision – Double Guess) lacks early toe but can rattle home strongly. He has nine wins at the track with a best of 29.68.

Box Eight – DUSTNADO (Steve Hoffman)

The Vapour Whirl and Sharlinda (Hotline Hero – Kristasha) dog known as Dustnado has been in good form of late. He has won two of his last three including last week’s heat win in 29.88. He had box two last week when he nabbed Black Bottle in the shadows of the post. He will need to show plenty of speed to cross the field from the wide draw. He has shown a penchant for box eight, winning four of seven attempts in the pink. He will be popular in betting and will be looking to make it 11 career wins at Angle Park.

The reserves for the race are FARMEROO (9) and WINBROOK (10). Farmeroo was fifth in his heat behind Dustnado. He has been a little inconsistent with his form and his chances will depend on drawing somewhere close to the fence. Winbrook recently made the final of the Adelaide Cup, finishing 16 lengths behind the winner Allen Deed. He has now had a few runs under his belt since a long spell. He finished fifth last week behind Galille Spirit from box eight. He will need some luck if he gets a start.

The race jumps at 9:11pm (SA time).

PM Offers Advice From Canberra

The Prime Minister is calling for a debate and a compromise between the federal and state governments about the way they work with each other and how they spend money on such things as health services or how they collect taxes. A national reform, in other words.

“It’s basically about giving everyone ‘a fair go’ – but it has to be fair to the states making the financial contributions as well as to those receiving them, to those who give as well as those who receive. It should be possible to make these arrangements more equitable between the larger states with the smaller states no worse off,” he says, according to Fairfax Media.

For example, he points out that “After two decades of ‘cooperative federalism’ and any number of agreements at Council of Australian Government meetings, we still have tradies who cannot operate across state borders”.

His target involves “Rethinking the conventions about which level of government is responsible for the delivery of particular services or the revenue measures to which particular levels of government should have access will require a readiness to compromise … in our highly partisan system.”

So much for governments, but could it be this way for the racing industry? At least on some matters, without infringing on any sovereign rights?

Already, the march of time has resulted in racing’s customers betting on one state’s events when they live in another one. Horses and dogs don’t care about state borders, especially now that transport and communications make it easy to move from one to another.

Already the industry pays lip service to the national concept but national organisations are still advisory; they don’t carry any real weight. Who can forget the nonsensical situation when everyone approved the change of the brown rug to a green one but it took 18 months to harmonise the deal as each state decided to conduct its own technical review. SKY showed one colour in one race and the other in the next.

Stewards have regular annual meetings but then go home and apply different penalties. The only thing they are consistent about is assessing form badly – or not at all.

Track designs are unsatisfactory everywhere yet solutions are hard to come by. A highly qualified national unit is desperately needed to analyse problems and come up with reliable recommendations. No one state has the technical or financial ability to do that properly; many do not even acknowledge past errors and simply repeat them, putting both dogs and punters at risk.

Formguides do not provide a service to punters, but confuse and frustrate then. What should be a prime means of communication to the public has become slapdash, error-prone and often hard to obtain. This is yet another area where an independent national unit, tuned to customer needs, could do a much better job. After all, we don’t need half a dozen different Stud Books, do we?

In total, some stuff needs to remain state-based, some doesn’t. Compromises are the way to progress.

DON’T SWAB THE DOGS; SWAB THE SELECTION PANEL

What an anti-climax the TOPGUN turned out to be! One of the country’s greatest events was botched by the peculiar policies adopted by the unknown members of the selection panel (although we know broadcaster Ron Hawkswell was on it, because he said so).

In the end, proven performer Buckle Up Wes jumped in front and ran away with the prize. A useful run but the time was mediocre for this class, and four lengths slower than the dog’s best.

The winner, along with Chica Destacada and Keybow, was one of three runners which had not raced for 4 to 8 weeks but which had allegedly been trialling well. Prior to that, the latter two had very ordinary form, which they repeated on the big night, as did lucky reserve Mepunga Hayley. Wes had been going OK but only in Tasmania against lesser dogs.

After many decades of race watching it has not been hard to conclude that while trialling is all very well, it is no guarantee of the same or any performance in a real race. After all, the other seven runners may have trialled well, too (Allen Deed had, for example). Anyway, fit is not match fit. Form and fitness both failed Chica Destacada and Keybow, neither of which figured in the first four places, despite their good box draws.

Tipsters went for the in-form Allen Deed, making him favourite at $2.90 ($3.00 in Victoria) – a fine dog but a ridiculous price considering his box and the difficulties of The Meadows track. It is a death trap for moderate beginners and wide runners. The Watchdog went for Awesome Project, which at least had decent form, but ignored its poor box (6) and risky jumping prowess. It did well enough but was never in the hunt for first prize.

Meanwhile, My Bro Fabio had been relegated to the reserves – and failed to get a run – despite smashing the opposition over several recent runs on different tracks and breaking a track record to boot. Then, on TOPGUN night he blitzed the field in a quick BON win of 34.12 in a 600m heat of the Hume Cup.

Judging from media releases, the TOPGUN selections were based on the quantity of Group victories over the previous year, regardless of current form. Of course, Group races might well be of a higher standard than at regular Saturday night meetings but the dogs don’t know that, nor does it take account of good box draws or luck in running. Wins and hot form are better guides than the title of the race or the size of the prize.

Certainly, the evidence proves that. My Bro Fabio’s omission was a terrible mistake, but not the only one.

Speaking of form, ancient or otherwise, whatever possessed tipsters and punters to send out Xylia Allen at $1.60 from box 7 over 600m? It had run an awful 515m two weeks earlier at Sandown, preceded by moderate placings over 725m at The Meadows and a fading 2nd at Wenty. On Saturday, it just plodded around, finishing in 6th place. None of these runs attracted steward’s comments or questions. Is motherhood indicated?

On the subject of cash, the attraction of The Meadows meeting resulted in NSW punters shifting from Sydney to Melbourne, where takings were always above average while Wenty was below average. The Victorian pools obviously included a bonus from Tabcorp as they recorded a huge $223,520 in the First Four pool. Win pools were $29,121 in NSW, $60,633 in Victoria and $15,658 on Tattsbet. The latter would have been helped by Tasmanians investing on local star Buckle Up Wes although they might have had little left after The Cleaner crashed out in the Cox Plate.

2014 Group One Topgun Preview

All eyes will be on The Meadows tomorrow night for the 22nd running of the Group One Topgun, which will see eight of the country’s best greyhounds chasing top honours and the $150,000 winner’s cheque.

The Wheeler family have won the last three Topgun’s and will be looking to make it four in a row with Adelaide Cup winner Allen Deed, who’s drawn perfectly in box seven. Trained by Andrea Dailly, the son of Jarvis Bale and Greta Bale isn’t blessed with early toe but has a massive motor and will to win. He has been clocking slick times in his recent starts against top company and is currently the $2.80 favourite with Sportingbet to land the cash.

Darren McDonald has two runners in the final, with Keybow in box two and Awesome Project in box six.

Keybow is a good beginner and has an exceptional record from the two alley, but hasn’t been seen on the track for a while and this is not an easy assignment. However, there is no doubt that McDonald wouldn’t race him unless he was 100% fit. He should be fresh and ready to go.

Awesome Project will face a tough task from box six being only a moderate beginner. He is a very fast animal but will need plenty of luck from the green.

Jeff Britton also has two runners in the final with Group One winner’s Oakvale Destiny and Mepunga Hayley.

Oakvale Destiny is another slow beginner but she is drawn well in the three and should be able to find the fence early on. With plenty of field sense she could certainly run into the money if she can position herself well in the early stages.

Following the scratching of Flash Reality, Mepunga Hayley gains a start in the field and, unless there are further scratchings, she will jump from box four. That isn’t a bad alley for her as she has a slow beginner on her inside and will hold a good line to the first turn. She is hit and miss at the start but she really pings the lids when she gets her timing right.

Tassie has it’s first Topgun representative with Buckle Up Wes drawn box five. He has a perfect two from two at The Meadows including a brilliant win in this year’s Group One Australian Cup. He has good pace once he hits the ground and will make his presence felt if he is left alone in the first few strides after box rise.

NSW rounds off the field with Chica Destacada drawn along the rail and Zipping Willow drawn in the pink.

Little Chica is a pocket rocket and can explode from the traps, she will relish the draw. She has been a little flat since winning the National Sprint at Cannington but has had a freshen up since then and will just need to step well to be in with a winning chance.

Zipping Willow is probably the state’s best bitch. She has a good record from out wide but this is tough company and she will really need to burn in the early stages to be close to the lead around the first turn. It will be a big challenge but she is more than capable on her night.

Let’s have a look at each runner’s stats and hear what the trainers have to say:

Box 1
Race Odds
$8.00
Heat Replay
Chica Destacada
Trainer
Doreen Drynan
Owner
Dee and Pee syndicate
Prizemoney
$131,865
Last 10 Starts
6256311156
29 Months Black Bitch by Cosmic Rumble - Eluthra
Start Excellent Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $4709 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
28 11 4 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
39% 61%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 2 0 1
Doreen Drynan (Trainer) – “When you are in a race like this having box one is an advantage, but you have got to be able to use it. She is going well, she is trialling well and she is feeling fit and ready to go. We are just hoping for luck because in a field like this you have got to have luck, that’s for sure.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Box 2
Race Odds
$5.00
Heat Replay
Keybow
Trainer
Darren McDonald
Owner
K Lean
Prizemoney
$306,635
Last 10 Starts
7122414153
34 Months Black Dog by Take
The Kitty
- Key
Exit
Start Good Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $9582 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
32 14 7 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
44% 75%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 3 2 1
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
10 7 2 0
Darren McDonald (Trainer) – “He’s drawn a good box, he just hasn’t had the racing that you sometimes need in these big races, not by choice. He is very fit and he is very well so we are just hoping more than anything, it’s a hard race.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.58 30.81 (5th) 5.03 5.22
Box 3
Race Odds
$14.00
Heat Replay
Oakvale Destiny
Trainer
Jeff Britton
Owner
N Wilson
Prizemoney
$180,525
Last 10 Starts
1153411313
27 Months Blue Bitch by Vapour
Whirl
- Foot
Luce
Start Slow Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $6943 Rating 80
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
26 11 2 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
42% 69%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 0 1
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Jeff Britton (Trainer) - “It is a good box. She is a little bit tardy early so we are hoping for a clear run through to the first corner. The best part of her race is the middle part, she shows a lot of pace once she hits the ground. I am hoping through the first corner she can find herself in a nice position.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.22 (3rd) 30.22 (3rd) 5.16 5.16
Box 4
Race Odds
Heat Replay
Flash Reality (SCRATCHED)
Trainer
Owner
Prizemoney
Last 10 Starts
-
Start Running Finish
Prizemoney Rating Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
Best Casino Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
Box 5
Race Odds
$4.40
Heat Replay
Buckle Up Wes
Trainer
Ted Medhusrt
Owner
Johnson Sutton syndicate
Prizemoney
$401,485
Last 10 Starts
7111121711
40 Months Black Dog by Collision - Everlong
Bale
Start Good Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $8364 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
48 29 7 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
60% 85%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 2 0 0
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 2 1 1
Ted Medhurst (Trainer) – He is reliant on a good beginning. If he begins fairly well he has got high speed to the first peg so I don’t really think the box draw is that bad. He has just got to come out nice and use that speed.
Best Casino Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.74 29.74 5.04 5.04
Box 6
Race Odds
$11.00
Heat Replay
Awesome Project
Trainer
Darren McDonald
Owner
B Canty
Prizemoney
$257,930
Last 10 Starts
1142171116
41 Months Black Dog by Collision - Honour
Phase
Start Slow Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $5,057 Rating 80
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
51 26 7 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
51% 76%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 2 0 1
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 3 0 0
Darren McDonald (Trainer) – “The draw is not as good as it could be but the dog is well and is going well. If he gets the start right he can really fly.”
Best Casino Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.92 30.12 5.16 5.16
Box 7
Race Odds
$2.80
Heat Replay
Allen Deed
Trainer
Andrea Dailly
Owner
J Wheeler
Prizemoney
$187,860
Last 10 Starts
2151211621
34

Months

Blac Dog by Jarvis
Bale
- Greta
Bale
Start Slow Running Wide Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $4581 Rating 98
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
41 18 10 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
44% 71%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
11 5 3 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 3 1 0
George Dailly (Co-Trainer) – “He is drawn well, we needed him drawn out wide. We are hoping he will be in a good position going around the first turn, you can’t give dogs like this a start and a beating. He has got to be running two or three going around the first turn.”
Best Casino Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.85 30.03 5.13 5.13
Box 8
Race Odds
$8.50
Heat Replay
Zipping Willow
Trainer
Jason Mackay
Owner
Hallinan Hallinan syndicate
Prizemoney
$158,320
Last 10 Starts
1111111172
40 Months Black Bitch by Goodesy - Sirocco
Lass
Start Good Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $3770 Rating 92
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
42 28 7 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
67% 88%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 1 0
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 6 1 0
Jason Mackay (Trainer) - “It’s a real hard race and box eight isn’t an advantage at The Meadows, but we are happy with her. It all depends on box rise. If she nails the start I’d expect her to cross and lead at the winning post. I couldn’t be happier with her, her last few trials have been outstanding.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.11 30.11 5.23 5.32
1st Res
Race Odds
$23.00
Heart Replay
Mepunga Hayley (Box 4)
Trainer
Jeff Britton
Owner
B Smith
Prizemoney
$188,560
Last 10 Starts
1123112545
28 Months Black Bitch by Bekim
Bale
- Mepunga
Harmony
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $6734 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
28 12 3 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
43% 61%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 5 0 1
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 2 0 0
Jeff Britton (Trainer) – “Box four is probably good for her, she likes the middle of the track. Hopefully she can jump to the front, she likes to be out on her own and she is a good front runner.”
Best Casino Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.79 29.79 5.06 5.06
2nd Res
Race Odds
$8.50
Heat Replay
My Bro Fabio
Trainer
Brooke Ennis
Owner
M Jones
Prizemoney
$116,375
Last 10 Starts
1112111151
32 Months Black Dog by Turanza
Bale
- Flamenco
Start Slow Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2984 Rating 75
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
39 19 8 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
49% 77%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
10 4 0 3
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
ARG Comments: “More than handy chaser who demolished the Canberra track record recently in a heat of the Group Three Canberra Cup before returning the following week for a dominant win in the final. Hit and miss at the start but could figure in the finish if he gets a start.”
Best Casino Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.69 30.21 (2nd) 5.13 5.25

An intriguing race, I think the inside pair hold the key. Both are terrific beginners on their night and if either bounce on the bunny they can set up a big enough break to snare the prize.

I will go with Keybow for the simple reason that he has plenty of experience around the track. I think Buckle Up Wes will be nice and fresh and can win if he gets a clear run. Allen Deed is well boxed but can’t give this field too much of a start.

Tips:
2. Keybow
5. Buckle Up Wes
7. Allen Deed
1. Chica Destacada

This Week In Racing History

October
22

The inaugural Strathalbyn Cup was held in 1973, run over 536 metres. The winner was Bululla, trained by Neil Penley, who scorched around the circuit in a new track record time of 31.76 to clip 30/100ths from the previous mark. Bululla scoed by 10 lengths from Star Actress and Bronze Record.

White Coonowrin, owned and trained by Ray Gatti, won the 1992 Brisbane Cup, the last one to be run over 558 metres at the Gabba. The local hope defeated former Tasmanian sprinter turned NSW resident Iceni Princess by three-quarters of a length with Goldstream third.

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Tasmanian champion Shantung Tiger scored a brilliant victory in the 1997 Devonport Cup, overcoming box five to score by three and a half lengths from Ginger’s Charm.

The 2001 Devonport Cup saw a close duel with great rivals Black Caleb and Stylish Doctor fighting out the finish. Black Caleb prevailed by a head to take their personal scoreline to two wins apiece. Black Caleb would go on to win his last nine in succession, including another narrow victory over Stylish Doctor. It was the last time the Devonport Cup final was run in October.

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South Australian Scenic Spa downed Victorian finalist Storm Glade in the 1985 final of the National Sprint Championship, run over 513 metres at Sandown Park. The victory was the second for a South Australian in the nationals, coming just four years after Kate’s A Scandal, who had also been successful in Victoria, at Olympic Park.

The 2004 final of the Canberra Cup (530 metres) was annexed by Tasmanian sprinter Awesome Cole who won by three-quarters of a length from Tadmore Eddy with Miracle Cracker third. Highly-fancied Victorian finalist Monster’s Inc was fourth.

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The Ron Gill-trained Bobniak won the 1997 Vic Peters Memorial Classic by almost nine lengths from Little Ego and Victorian finalist Fraud. Bobniak had won his first 13 starts before suffering his first defeat in a heat of the Classic, running second to the ill-fated Marcus Wonacott.

In one of the most controversial races of all time, the 2008 Topgun was taken out by El Galo, who was later disqualified for a drug infringement. Runner-up Regal Thyme was elevated to first place, ahead of One Tree Hill (NSW) and All Caution.

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Alastic Rebel exited box three and took out the 1991 Vic Peters Memorial Classic at Wentworth Park by three lengths over the smart Tallest Peer with Almerzo five lengths away third.

Bookkeeper set a new track record time of 34.06 for 600 metres at The Meadows in 2013, shaving just 1/100th off the previous mark set by Nellie Noodles three and a half years earlier.

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Meticulous defeated Run’s House and Leprechaun Pace in the 2007 Topgun, the first to be run over 525 metres at The Meadows. NSW invitee Mandagery Man was scratched, replaced by fellow NSW sprinter One Tree Hill (who finished fourth). Meticulous received a whopping $125,000 for the victory, the largest amount ever paid to the victor of an invitation-only race.

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Placid Boy scored a hollow eight-length victory in the 1995 Vic Peters Memorial Classic final, earning $30,000 for connections.

The Mark Bell owned and trained speedster Go Wild Teddy won the 2000 Vic Peters Memorial Classic from Allan’s Token and Bigbad Raymond with future topline stayer Pearl Larricki fourth. This was the last time the race was known as the Vic Peters Memorial Classic, the following year it was renamed simply the Vic Peters Classic.

Buckle Up Wes A Top Chance For Tassie

‘Fantastic’ is the word that leading Tasmanian mentor Ted Medhurst has used to describe having a runner in this Saturday night’s Group One Topgun at The Meadows.

Medhurst will put the polish on Buckle Up Wes, one of the best sprinters the Apple Isle has ever produced and the pair are aiming to give their home state it’s first win in the invitation-only feature since its inaugural running in 1993.

“His group level form in the last 12 months has been fantastic and so has his recent form. I thought he’d get an invite and hopefully he’ll do us proud”, Medhurst enthused.

Buckle Up Wes hasn’t been seen since August when he won the Tasmanian Sprint Championship final at Launceston.

The son of Collision and Everlong Bale looked to be one of the leading contenders heading into the National Final at Cannington, before he was scratched and it was revealed that he had pulled up sore after his victory.

Medhurst says that his charge is now back to his best and is ready to take on the nation’s elite.

“He has had a fair bit of work. As soon as we corrected his injury problem he has been on the walking machine every morning and that’s kept him fit. He has had a lot of galloping up our straight at home and he has had enough trials to get his fitness satisfactory, that’s for sure.”

“He’s lovely and sound. He has had a nice little break and is fresh and ready to go.”

Buckle Up Wes has drawn box five in the $150,000-to-the-winner feature, but Medhurst believes that his dynamic black chaser has what it takes to overcome the poor draw.

“He is reliant on a good beginning. If he begins fairly well he has got high speed to the first peg so I don’t really think the box draw is that bad.”

“He has just got to come out nice and use that speed. If he does, the box draw isn’t as vital.”

Buckle Up Wes is already a winner at Group One level at The Meadows having won this year’s Australian Cup in a fast 29.74. Knowing that he can handle the track, Medhurst was happy to keep the 31 kilogram speedster home in the lead up to the Topgun.

“I thought about trialling him, but we took him over and trialled him before the Australian Cup and he had never been there and he ran sensational, his sectionals were really good and he ran 29.70 odd first look.”

“If we took him back and trialled him now he’d run that and you’d be happy, so we may as well do that in the race.”

It won’t be an easy task for the Tasmanian with six individual Group One winners in contention for top honours. Chica Destacada, winner of the National Sprint Championship, has drawn beautifully in box one, as has Keybow which will jump from box two.

Keybow is one of two runners for Darren McDonald, who also has Awesome Project engaged from box six.

Jeff Britton has had a terrific 2014 and will also rug up two runners in the final. Oakvale Destiny has drawn box three while Mepunga Hayley, the winner of this year’s Maturity Classic at The Meadows, has gained a start after the scratching of Queenslander Flash Reality.

Brilliant NSW bitch Zipping Willow will have to work hard to cross the field from box eight, while recent Adelaide Cup winner Allen Deed is drawn ideally in box seven.

The Andrea Dailly trained chaser is one of the finalists which Medhurst rates hardest to beat.

“Allen Deed is in form, he is obviously going to be a hard dog to beat and I have high respect for Keybow.”

“Keybow is a great dog and has run really quick times at The Meadows in the past. I’m sure Darren wouldn’t have him in it unless he was really primed for the race.”

As Medhurst puts the finishing touches on his kennel star, which will fly to Melbourne on Friday morning, he admits feeling excited ahead of one of the biggest races of his training career.

“It’s more being proud that he has been invited and that he is in the race. It’s such a big thrill to have a dog that’s good enough to be in the Topgun, in particular this dog.”

“It would be fantastic (if he could win) but nothing will change what we think of Wes if not”.

More Cash But On A Fragile Basis

Racing authorities are putting on a brave face but the underlying movements in profitability are mixed, to say the least. Fixed Odds business from online bookies and the two big totes is still on the increase but racing authorities lose on the deal as they generate smaller commissions than the conventional TAB wagering that they replaced.

Queensland greyhound turnover went up by 18.8% in 2013/14 but only because it ran 34 more TAB meetings. A decline of 2.23% in all Tattsbet tote betting was saved from a worse result only by Fixed Odds volume from all sources rising by 17.3% to now comprise 32.8% of all wagering. That last figure is itself higher than in other states which probably indicates dissatisfaction with what the tote offers.

Nevertheless, things may improve now that the new 30-year deal with Tattsbet has generated a big increase in prize money. The key there will be whether Tattsbet itself – in the long term – is capable of building up its traditional business and can afford to pay up. In recent years it has been going in the opposite direction, something that might be reversed only if governments create a national betting pool.

Results in Victoria were not a lot different. Betting turnover went up by 3.1% but that included a flat performance for the two big city clubs and a huge rise in Ballarat meetings due to a comparison with a previous year when track reconstruction was taking place. Fixed Odds business doubled from the previous year. Racefield fees now makes up just on 20% of GRV income.

Overall, there was a rise of 7.4% in the number of Victorian meetings (based on individual club figures) or a bit less if you count coursing meetings. That’s where the extra cash came from. The good news is that much of that has been applied to promotion and track improvements as well as to IT enhancements.

All this continues a trend dating from 2010 (or even before) of filling holes in the TAB calendar and simply creating an extra meeting here and there. On average, there is no natural growth in patronage on a like for like basis. Given there is also no increase in the dog population, this explains the consequent fall in average field quality, the high proportion of races starting with short fields, and the more recent staffing of boxes in city races by Novice or low quality dogs. This all-round squeeze is a nationwide trend.

IS A LEGAL DOOR OPENING?

Let’s hope GRNSW is watching closely to see how the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission gets on with its court case against Coles supermarkets. According to The Australian (17 Oct) the claims “contain a litany of potentially damning allegations against Coles and some of its most powerful executives, who help decide what products are placed on the shelf and what price is charged to both shoppers and suppliers”

“This is the second time this year the consumer watchdog has launched action against the nation’s second-biggest supermarket chain over its treatment of suppliers, claiming unconscionable conduct in the way suppliers were treated”.

In effect, the case revolves around Coles telling their suppliers to pay back large amounts of money because Coles could not make a profit selling their goods. Whatever the legalities, this must be the oddest practice known in commercial history.

Woolworths has also asked its suppliers to pay a share of their costs of promoting the Jamie Oliver campaign, which is nearly as odd. Some did and some didn’t but what the longer term outcome will be is a matter for the future.

GRNSW has had legal advice about its obligation to continue subsidising the other two codes from its share of TAB commissions, but decided not to go to court. So far, the NSW government has tried to avoid any responsibility. Would “unconscionable conduct” get a ride there? And will the final outcome of the parliamentary Inquiry recognise the injustice? The discussion is not finished yet.

The original commission sharing agreement was signed off by the then-GRA chairman, citing direct advice to do so from the two major clubs, GBOTA and NCA. The gallops and the trots have refused to consider renegotiation.

Perhaps, like in Victoria, this week’s promotion of the Racing Minister to the deputy Premier role will help?

FRANKING THE FORM

Another great run My Bro Fabio throws up real questions about the makeup of the TOPGUN field where it is only a reserve – second reserve at that, so it has little chance of getting a run. Despite a poor start at Sandown on Thursday, My Bro Fabio soon rounded up the field and won going away in a very quick 29.23. It has now won eight of its last 10 races, all in hot time. Two out, there are only a couple of the existing field that would live with it.

While on the Sandown subject, last Thursday’s meeting attracted some unusually strong betting action. Win pools on the NSW TAB were almost half as big again compared with the average. That business was not diverted from other tracks as both Ipswich (temporarily replacing Albion Park) and Dapto had quite good takings. Even so, the usual sharp decline occurred after 9:30 pm as workers went home to get ready for the following day.

WHY DO THEY WRITE THIS STUFF?

Stewards Report Race 10, Sandown, 16 October.
“Sonic Dash (5) crossed to the rail on the first turn checking Satsuki Bale (1) and Simply Elite (8) causing Simply Elite to race wide”.

Not really. If Sonic Dash touched the inside dog it was miniscule and half way round the turn. It had no effect on the race outcome and was not worth mentioning. Simply Elite was not on the same planet. It did get forced wide but by dogs further back. Nothing remotely to do with Sonic Dash.

2014 Group Two Geelong Cup Preview

It is hard to remember a more evenly matched field than the one that is set to contest the 2014 Group Two Geelong Cup on Friday night. A case can be made for virtually every runner in the race with quality from the red rug right through to the pink.

$45,000 awaits the connections of the first dog past the post which is contested over the 460 metre journey.

Astute Devon Meadows mentor Darren McDonald took the honours in the heats and has qualified three runners for the final, with all appearing to have their share of winning claims.

The Cup final is the eighth race on the card and is scheduled to jump at 9:27pm.

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Box 1
Race Odds
$6.00
Heat Replay
Top Secret
Trainer
Kelly Bravo
Owner
Paul Westerveld
Prizemoney
$68,840
Last 10 Starts
2111237111
31 Months Black Dog by Bartrim Bale - Witch Fantasy
Start Good Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $2,025 Rating 97
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
34 10 11 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
29% 76%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 3 0 0
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 1 0
Kelly Bravo (Trainer)“He is drawn well, he loves the inside and he likes the track too, he won his heat and semi-final of The Great Chase at Geelong. He was drawn up the track a bit more on both of those occasions so he has a bit in his favour here. His first and second sections are his best but he can struggle a little bit at the end so he will need a good break on them.”
Best Geelong Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.63 25.63 6.45 6.51
Box 2
Race Odds
$6.00
Heat Replay
Dyna Villa
Trainer
Jenny Hunt
Owner
Brendan Wheeler
Prizemoney
$22,865
Last 10 Starts
1112143331
24 Months Black Dog by Collision - Roxio Bale
Start Slow Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,429 Rating 94
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
16 10 2 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
63% 94%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 2 0 2
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 0
ARG opinion is – An exciting young dog who is sure to be finishing hard at the business end of the race. He can tend to be a little bit risky at box rise but is drawn to be given some space early.
Best Geelong Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.56 25.56 6.63 6.63
Box 3
Race Odds
$7.00
Heat Replay
Hallelujah Henry
Trainer
Darren McDonald
Owner
Jason McDonald
Prizemoney
$62,625
Last 10 Starts
4137521221
35 Months Fawn Dog by Lonesome Cry - Lily Eve
Start Good Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,739 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
36 15 6 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
42% 72%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 2 1 1
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 0
ARG opinion is – A consistent on pacer who has a good record at Geelong. He will be looking for a little bit of room early and, if he gets it, he could well be in the finish.
Best Geelong Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.59 25.59 6.52 6.52
Box 4
Race Odds
$19.00
Heat Replay
Dyna Alchemist
Trainer
Steve Collins
Owner
Brendan Wheeler
Prizemoney
$34,730
Last 10 Starts
6251112421
27 Months Black Dog by Superman - Talia Bale
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,929 Rating 94
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
18 6 7 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
33% 83%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 1 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 2 1 0
Steve Collins (Trainer) – “If he can come out with them he is a big chance. He is fearless and will run straight through them. He is going well and is ready to go.”
Best Geelong Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.65 25.65 6.60 6.60
Box 5
Race Odds
$3.00
Heat Replay
Luca Neveelk
Trainer
Gerald Kleeven
Owner
Paul Kleeven
Prizemoney
$57,865
Last 10 Starts
1411113111
29 Months Blue Dog by Talk’s Cheap - It’s A Neveelk
Start Excellent Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $2,411 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
24 20 0 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
83% 92%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 2 0 0
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
ARG opinion is - Boom dog with a sensational strike rate who set the time standard in the heats with a 25.47 win. Has terrific early speed after he hits the ground and, if he can find the front early, it could be curtains for his opposition.
Best Geelong Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.47 25.47 6.43 6.43
Box 6
Race Odds
$3.40
Heat Replay
Awesome Project
Trainer
Darren McDonald
Owner
Brad Canty
Prizemoney
$257,930
Last 10 Starts
1114217111
43 Months Black Dog by Collision - Honour Phase
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $5,159 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
50 26 7 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
52% 78%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 3 0
ARG opinion is – Seasoned Group performer who is back to his best. He has won his last three and is likely to land close to the lead early. He is the class runner of this field and looks set to give the race a big shake.
Best Geelong Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.55 25.55 6.60 6.60
Box 7
Race Odds
$21.00
Heat Replay
Swagzilla
Trainer
Darren McDonald
Owner
Allan Tindall
Prizemoney
$14,955
Last 10 Starts
1324121321
25 Months Blue Dog by Cosmic Rumble - Nova Surf
Start Good Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $997 Rating 92
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
15 7 4 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
47% 87%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 3 0 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 1 1
ARG opinion is – Young dog who is undefeated at Geelong in three outings. This race is one of the tougher assignments of his short career but he clearly has his share of ability.
Best Geelong Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.58 25.58 6.56 6.59
Box 8
Race Odds
$12.00
Heat Replay
Nockabout Aussie
Trainer
Peter Akathiotis
Owner
Peter Akathiotis
Prizemoney
$87,625
Last 10 Starts
6115113611
39 Months Blue Brindle Dog by Knocka Norris - Aussie Nicky
Start Slow Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,328 Rating 96
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
66 15 12 7
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
23% 52%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 3 0 1
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 0 3 1
Peter Akathiotis (Trainer) – “Unfortunately he has drawn the eight again, just like he did in the Victorian National Sprint final. This is a different track and it is about a 160 metre run into that first turn. I’m just hoping he comes out ok and stays straight so he has a bit of room to move. He showed a bit of common sense last week the way he raced so I hope he can again. I hope he can bring home the bikkies.”
Best Geelong Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.55 25.55 6.61 6.79
1st Res
Race Odds
Heart Replay
Azza Azza Azza (SCRATCHED)
Trainer
Wayne Vassallo
Owner
Whittington Sprod syndicate
Prizemoney
$45,990
Last 10 Starts
1121111412
29 Months Brindle Dog by Collision - Alotta Mojo
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $2,000 Rating 99
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
17 11 1 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
70% 87%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 3 2 0
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
- - - -
ARG opinion is – Did not have a lot of luck in his heat and would come into string consideration here if he gains a start, especially from an inside box.
Best Geelong Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.39 25.62 6.41 6.67
2nd Res
Race Odds
Heat Replay
Marcus Joe (SCRATCHED)
Trainer
Barry Moloney
Owner
Barry Moloney
Prizemoney
$222,130
Last 10 Starts
1172215322
43 Months Brindle Dog by Velocette - Mojo Glory
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $4,271 Rating 97
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
52 16 12 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
31% 65%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
- - - -
ARG opinion is – Looked to have his heat won last week before being claimed on the line. He is an experienced conveyance and would not be the worst if he gained a start.
Best Geelong Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 25.65 6.53 6.53

The run to the first turn is going to be all-important in this race with at least half the field possessing enough pace to lead.

Top Secret (1) is drawn to find the front but will be under siege late in the race.

Luca Neveelk (5) is not always the first dog to leave the traps but hits the ground with a flurry and is another who could punch through and lead, if he does, he will take a power of beating.

If Awesome Project (6) can exit the boxes rapidly, the race could well be at his mercy, he has plenty of class and only needs to be near the front early to be a huge chance.

Swagzilla (7) has his share of early pace but will need luck to negotiate his way across from the wide draw.

Dyna Villa (2), Hallelujah Henry (3) and Dyna Alchemist (4) tend to be just off the pace early. They will be looking for some space to move to allow them to ply their trade and work their way into the event.

Nockabout Aussie (8) showed how strongly he can finish off his races when he ran down Marcus Joe in his heat win, however is likely to have to negotiate his way past a lot of dogs to win this.

Ozchase Critic Confirms What We Already Know

An amazing thing has just happened. Ozchase, fathered by GRNSW out of GWA, has just altered its standard formguide layout to suit an individual customer.

Racing Queensland, following complaints from its own customers, asked Ozchase to improve the layout because people were finding it too hard to read the tiny print. After some dollars changed hands, Ozchase IT experts deleted some items and then were able to enlarge the print and it now looks good on the screen.

Unfortunately that’s as far as it goes. When you print out the meeting – minimum two full pages to a race – you find that the bigger print does not make it through, at least not on this writer’s system. It is exactly the same as it always was – tiny and near unreadable.

So, will this satisfy the Queenslanders? Probably not. It all boils down to how people use the computer-driven service. How many just want to check it on-screen and how many want to print something to take away with them? No doubt there are a lot of both types but we suspect many would want to take a formguide with them to the meeting or the TAB, or even get hold of one when they get there. In those cases they would need to take a magnifying glass with them, which is hardly practicable.

The same problem applies to races in NSW and the other three states which rely on Ozchase formguides. In total the guides are barely useful for lookers and much less so for genuine users (ie customers).

The Queensland evidence merely reinforces some home truths. NSW did not road test the program before putting it into service. Nor did Queensland authorities before agreeing to join the Ozchase push. Those are basic management errors. The outcome is that four out of five Australian greyhound supporters are discouraged or disadvantaged. What should be a key promotional tool turns out to be hard work.

The original source of the problems lay in the fact that fact that GNSW outsourced the design job some years ago to people who were allegedly expert in racing matters. In fact, following several interchanges with those people, I learnt they were not expert at all. In turn, the vast majority of users they surveyed about formguides were trainers (culled from GRNSW records). Now, while trainers obviously have an interest, 20 years of experience with many hundreds of users of form programs tells me that they essentially do little more than glance through them. It is rare to find one who actually studies or analyses the information in the way a serious punter might.

But, to look at the big picture, why is GRNSW so secretive about the job they do? Why make it hard to view or download the detailed information? And why have other states subscribed to a third rate system? After all, their job is to progress the industry on behalf of the public, particularly those who directly support greyhound racing, and who pay their wages. Yet they have done the opposite.

While on this subject, be alert to claims by racing authorities about the thousands of “hits” they get on their websites. No doubt that is true but there is a world of difference between lookers and users. “Users” are the people who process the information and then bet and boost the code’s income. “Lookers” are doubtful quantities at best.

Ozchase may well have proven useful for some back office functions but for formguide and race results it is a disaster. It needs a complete overhaul. Back to scratch and start again.

There is an irony is all this. GWA previously had one of the best formguides available. It ditched that in favour of the Ozchase option. Can you believe it?

WHO’S IN, WHO’S OUT

Of course there will be a thousand opinions about the selections for the TOPGUN but surely the media release should have nominated who made them. All we know is that it was done by a “panel”.

In fact, there is a lot of historical rather than current form behind these selections. For instance, my view is that a single Group win does not make a champion. Any race, big or small, is heavily influenced by luck in the box draw and luck in running. What counts most are repeated top performances

As I write, Keybow has not raced for two months, which itself creates a poser, and it was erratic then. Four others have not raced for a month. Flash Reality has a fine record at Albion Park but has never won outside of Queensland and the Northern Rivers TAB-tracks. In fact it has never raced anywhere else except for two failures – one each at Dapto and in the Nationals at Cannington. Oakvale Destiny won in a restricted entry big race but is unlikely to match motors in this class, much as it fell short in the Adelaide Cup, mainly because of tardy starts. On the other hand, My Bro Fabio, which is a recent record breaker and in great form, only made the reserves? Very odd.

All told, with four states represented, it looks more like an up and down National Championship field.

What are the chances? Arguably, the slightly better runners are boxed outside so victory at the tricky Meadows track will probably depend on luck going into the first turn. Wide boxes never help there. However, I am suspicious of any dog which has not raced recently, so we will have to wait and see.

2014 Topgun Field Announced

As Australia’s richest invite-only greyhound race, the Group 1 Topgun is one of the most coveted trophies on the group racing calendar and since it’s inception in 1993 it has been won by some of the greatest athletes our sport has seen.

The 2014 edition has been rocked by withdrawals before the final field was decided. Golden Easter Egg winner Tonk declined his invitation as did Hawk Alone.

NSW representatives Evil Punk and Tommy Brislane were also ruled out of the race with Evil Punk’s career now over after breaking a leg, while Tommy Brislane won’t be seen again in 2014 after chipping a bone in a trial last Friday.

It was also bad news for South Australia’s sole invitee Ernie Bung Arrow. While trainer Ken Gill declined the invitation soon after they were released, the son of Lochinvar Marlow and Slipper’s Tonic later sustained an injury to his bicep and will now head to stud.

Things weren’t much better for the chasers from the West with On Coin, Zelemar Fever, Star Recall and Te Amo all bowing out before the field was decided.

Despite so many connections declining their invitations, the 2014 running will still see eight fantastic greyhounds vying for group one glory and the $150,000 winner’s cheque.

With the field and box draw being announced earlier tonight, lets take a look at the contenders…

ALLEN DEED-The son of Jarvis Bale and Greta Bale has always shown a stack of ability and boasts 18 wins and 11 minors from 41 starts. He showed everyone just how classy he really is in September when winning at Wentworth Park in a slashing 29.43 before heading to Angle Park where he recently took out the Group 1 Adelaide Cup. With such terrific form over the past couple of months it would have been hard to deny this fellow a start.

AWESOME PROJECT- While he is yet to taste success at the highest level, Awesome Project has continued to race competitively against the best in the land. A winner of the Group 2 Gosford Cup and the Group 2 Harrison-Dawson, he deserves his start in this feature and another crack at a big one. He has excelled since joining Darren McDonald’s kennel and boasts a remarkable 26 wins from 50 starts.

BUCKLE UP WES- The pride of Tasmania will be looking for his second Group 1 victory at The Meadows after taking out the Australian Cup earlier this year. Trained by Ted Medhurst, Buckle Up Wes hasn’t been seen since winning the final of the Tasmanian Sprint Championship, having been scratched from the National final due to injury. He is sure to be primed for this and will definitely make his presence felt.

CHICA DESTACADA- There isn’t much of her but she can definitely run and she proved she can mix it with the best of them when taking out the National Sprint Championship at Cannington in August. At her next start she finished midfield in the Group 1 Dapto Megastar behind Tommy Brislane before another luckless finish in a heat of the Bob Payne at her only other race appearance since.

FLASH REALITY- Trained by champion mentor Tony Brett, Flash Reality is a two time Group winner. In 2014 he has taken out Group 2 Queensland Derby and the Group 1 Winter Carnival Cup at Albion Park. He also qualified for the National Sprint Championship and finished third in the Group 1 Dapto Megastar. He will have the entire Sunshine State behind him on October 25.

KEYBOW- The son of Take The Kitty and Key Exit gives Darren McDonald two in the Topgun field. A winner of 14 of his 32 starts, he took out the Group 1 Perth Cup in February and finished second in the Australian and Cranbourne Cups respectively.

OAKVALE DESTINY- The Victorian bitch has been a model of consistency for her in-form trainer Jeff Britton, taking out the Group 1 Sapphire Crown and the Group 3 SA Oaks. At her most recent start she finished a strong third in the Group 1 Adelaide Cup behind fellow Topgun finalist Allen Deed.

ZIPPING WILLOW- The star NSW bitch has been in terrific form in the past few months- winning 14 of her past 18 starts. She was off the scene for around a month after a disappointing seventh in the Dapto Megastar before resuming last Friday in a 400 at the Gardens with a second placing. Jason Mackay is sure to have her back to peak fitness in time for the big one and with her dazzling early pace she will be one of the main chances.

The box draw for the Group 1 Topgun is as follows:

Box One – Chica Destacada – Doreen Drynan

Box Two – Keybow – Darren McDonald

Box Three – Oakvale Destiny – Jeff Britton

Box Four – Flash Reality – Tony Brett

Box Five – Buckle Up Wes – Ted Medhurst

Box Six – Awesome Project – Darren McDonald

Box Seven – Allen Deed – Andrea Daily

Box Eight – Zipping Willow – Jason Mackay

First Res: Mepunga Hayley

Second Res: My Bro Fabio

The final will be run at The Meadows on Saturday October 25.

The Bridesmaid Breaks Through

Sometimes, you have to admire the courage of punters. The faithful who took the $2.20 about Sweet It Is in the Sydney Cup at Wentworth Park must be the most dedicated group around. And they must have deep pockets.

Certainly it was a fine win but it was the first time the bitch has greeted the judge since it won the National Championship in Perth back in August. In between it had chalked up five consecutive placings, including one in its heat last week. Logically, the fans should have been broke by now.

The 41.84 time was easily its fastest since Cannington and was largely due to having an uninterrupted run – apart from one slight hold-up which was its own fault. It is not neat in a field but it has two mighty advantages over the others – it is a genuine stayer and it puts out consistently.

The race looked spectacular, as they always do when Sweet It Is flashes home. That belies the fact that not one other dog in the field could produce one of its best times. Zipping Maggie and Space Star faded from the home turn while Zipping Rory (the fastest heat winner) and Dusty Moonshine were gone before that.

The two placegetters were four to five lengths off their best while Zipping Rory ran nine lengths slower than in its heat win, even though none of them met with any real interference. It’s hard to know how Dusty Moonshine was affected as it jumped quite well but could not get across towards the lead and so virtually gave it away (it ended up running 42.54). Now before anyone points out that you can’t expect dogs to be robots, let’s note that these shortcomings applied to every runner except Sweet It Is. They had plenty of chances.

In other words, Sweet It Is was able to back up while the others were not. Barring injury, the other failures are therefore due to a shortcoming in their system – ie either a mental or a physiological factor. That should not be a surprise as the vast majority of dogs would be feeling the pinch after a hard run over 720m or so, more so when they have led clearly and more so again after several such runs with only seven day gaps.

A further example is that Xylia Allen has never been able to overcome this problem, as it repeatedly runs worse time when backing up too quickly. But, having been given a two week break after ten distance runs at virtually seven day intervals since mid-July, it then turned up in a sprint at Sandown last Thursday. There, it plodded around like a refugee from the old folk’s home, finishing 10 lengths behind the winner. It showed no zip whatsoever at any stage. Very sad. Surely, something is missing.

Looking at the facts objectively, all these performances make up a long series of form reversals – Sweet It Is excepted. In such cases you might expect stewards to call for swabs or at least ask questions but that never happens. In any event, they would be unlikely to reveal much. On the other hand, blood tests might be a different matter altogether as they would show up internal variations which would affect performance.

It might be a big ask to expect authorities to go to the time and expense of doing those tests as a matter of routine, even though a trainer will do so in some circumstances. Even so, the constant offering of “less fit” dogs in the above situations does warrant at least launching a sample project to establish just what effects a dog can suffer when it is over-raced, especially in distance events.

The results could well throw light on welfare, training and race programming issues. It would not do punters any harm to know more either. Knowledge will always beat guesswork.

Finally, it is necessary to comment on a matter raised by Dusty Moonshine’s trainer prior to the Chairman’s Cup. In an interview with Rob Sheeley on this website she commented that the “bitch could earn herself a trip to Victoria to pursue further spoils if she manages to prove her worth against quality opposition on Saturday night”. Following that came the claim that “The Victorian stayers are just miles ahead at the moment,”

Hello! Are we on the same planet? Dusty Moonshine has run around 41.90 in three successive weeks at Wenty, followed by a record breaking run over the Dapto 729m trip. Her basic capabilities are quite clear. No Victorian dog is capable of that consistency, including those competing in the Chairman’s Cup. Still, that is where the consistency ended. Its subsequent form has been erratic, notwithstanding a rise in class.

The issue is not its basic ability but the nature of the bitch and its training and placement policies. But we can’t be sure which contributes what.

SLOW MOTION

One of the big advances (maybe the only one) in this industry in recent times has been the general availability of race videos the day after the meeting. They are of huge value to anyone who could not see a live picture and to punters generally.

Sadly, more than 48 hours after the race we are still unable to see how Allen Deed, arguably the best sprinter in the country at the moment, was able to win the Adelaide Cup on Friday. Did GRSA take the weekend off?

The Meadows Greyhound Tips & Betting Preview October 11th 2014

Best Bet:
Race 2: Satsuki Bale

Best Roughie:
Race 11: Blue Mayhem

Quaddie: Big quad at The Meadows. Launch at Tom Waterhouse with a $250 free bet.
Leg 1: 1,2,3,5,7,8 – Leg 2: 4,6,7 – Leg 3: 3,5,6,8 – Leg 4: 3,6 – $144 for 100%

Race No. 1Www.tab.com.au7:15 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1EARL BALE (NSW)[5]12231FSHA Dailly (Anakie)
2AFRICAN STORM [5]48157NBTA Langton (Anakie)
3DR. TAYLOR [5]53556NBTJ Gill (Darriman)
4SAM TOOCAN [5]14737NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
5SOUL MAKER [5]7368TNBTA Britton (Lara)
6LISTER BALE (NSW)[5]1324FSHM Delbridge (Balliang)
7DR. CINNAMON [5]24184FSHW Mcmahon (Darriman)
8PROVEN BOLT [5]13545NBTW Vassallo (Devon Meadows)
9BONJOUR BONSOIR (NSW)[5]Res.7471NBTJ Delaroche (Cranbourne North)

Earl Bale is armed with blistering early speed and he is showing tremendous promise. Last week he recorded a brilliant 5.04 to the first marker before scoring a comfortable win in 30.43. The overall time wasn’t flashy but he is getting stronger with every run and he should get down to around the 30.20 mark tonight.

Sam Toocan has a heap of talent but he makes a lot of mistakes in his races, however this is one of the weakest races he will contest and if he can get some room in the early stages he should make an impact. Soul Maker could be the smokey at nice odds, she is much better than her recent form reads and she has been racing against some talented types of late. Lister Bale rounds out the chances, he was a solid 30.05 Sandown Park winner on debut and he hasn’t had a lot of luck since, with a clean getaway he should be right there.

Top Four: 1 – 4 – 5 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Earl Bale

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

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

Race No. 2Jye’s Last Hurrah7:38 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1TINA TWO [5]28877NBTM Davis (Altona Green)
2JAYNEY BALE (NSW)[5]31513NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
3IMA SCREW LOOSE [5]72211FSHC Capuano (Anakie)
4POCKET KINGS [5]54115NBTR Galea (Brookfield)
5DR. TIMOTHY [5]45334NBTJ Mcmahon (Darriman)
6LAURIE’S CHANCE [5]41422NBTR Britton (Lara)
7MR. GENETIC (QLD)[5]83614NBTC Davis (Altona Green)
8SATSUKI BALE (NSW)[5]12485NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
9BONJOUR BONSOIR (NSW)[5]Res.7471NBTJ Delaroche (Cranbourne North)

Satsuki Bale was far from disgraced when placed at Ballarat during the week and she looks well placed here. She has been beaten in her four tries here, however she showed a big return to form at Ballarat and she should race with a lot more confidence tonight. There isn’t a whole lot of speed underneath so she should get a fairly cheap lead.

Jayney Bale is another promising speedster and she was a recent strong 30.35 winner here and she is capable of going much quicker on the clock, the only concern with her is that she can bomb the start at times. Pocket Kings didn’t have much luck here last time and he could run a big race at odds. He can show early speed in his races and this race isn’t overly strong. Laurie’s Chance is the run on dog in the event and he has raced consistently here in the past having been placed in four of five over this journey.

Top Four: 8 – 2 – 4 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Satsuki Bale

Quinella: 8 to rove with 2,4,6 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 8/2,4,6/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2,4,8/2,4,6,8/1,2,3,4,6,8 ($36 for 100%)

Race No. 3Happy Birthday Brendan8:00 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1OUSAI BALE (NSW)[5]73181NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
2RAPID INCLINE [5]24876NBTR Tartaglia (Newcomb)
3LONESOME NITRO [5]F3311NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
4HESTIA BALE (NSW)[5]54113NBTM Delbridge (Balliang)
5RENSTAR [5]14283NBTL Delbridge (Balliang)
6SISCO FIASCO [5]25363NBTT Galea (Brookfield)
7CREAMY SODA [5]42111FSHL Cockerell (Buckley)
8SURF JESTER (QLD)[5]87715NBTJ Gill (Darriman)
9BONJOUR BONSOIR (NSW)[5]Res.7471NBTJ Delaroche (Cranbourne North)

Surf Jester is a very hard dog to follow but he has his favourite draw and with a clean getaway he should be a major player. Two starts ago he posted a handy 29.88 Sandown Park win from this pin and he really does excel when given room to muster pace in the first 50m.

Hestia Bale looks the likely leader and she recently scored back to back Geelong wins in handy times. If she can reproduce her 30.39 PB run here she will prove very hard to gun down. Ousai Bale continues to improve with every run and he really hit the line well when scoring at Warragul in 26.25 recently. Creamy Soda can show early speed and he has won three in a row with the latest being here in 30.53. It was his first look here last run so I would expect him to be able to go a little quicker this time around.

Top Four: 8 – 4 – 1 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Surf Jester and Hestia Bale

Boxed Quinella: 1,4,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

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

Trifecta: 1,4,8/1,4,8/1,3,4,5,6,7,8 ($30 for 100%)

Race No. 4Le Pine Funerals8:22 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SOHO RHYTHM [5]4422330.43(5)A Hyde (Lara)
2WHITE WALKER [5]7645730.33(2)T Reid (Yuroke)
3HIGHBURY (NSW)[5]5344130.18(2)R Britton (Lara)
4LEKTRA BRAVE [5]7742F30.23(6)A Dailly (Anakie)
5UPSET BOY [5]13322NBTJ Hunt (Lara)
6DYNA ZOD (NSW)[5]6274530.22(1)A Dailly (Anakie)
7SAAHD [5]62332NBTG Ennis (Sandhurst)
8ALLEN GRAVION (NSW)[5]1836130.35(4)M Delbridge (Balliang)
9BONJOUR BONSOIR (NSW)[5]Res.7471NBTJ Delaroche (Cranbourne North)

Highbury showed a big return to form when beating the highly talented Jewel Bale at Sandown Park last time in 29.55. On that occasion he pinged the lids and posted impressive sectionals. Tonight there doesn’t appear to be a heap of speed drawn underneath so with an even getaway he should once again find the early lead. He has proven to be a very talented chaser when on the bunny so this really looks his race.

Upset Boy has been flying of late but he has only been rewarded with one win and four straight placings. His racing pattern makes things hard for him but if some gaps open up for him mid race he should be able to figure in the finish. Allen Gravion is drawn poorly out wide but his last start Shepparton win in 25.38 is too hard ignore. If he can somehow find the rail without finding too much trouble he should be able to hit the scoreboard. Soho Rhythm is well drawn and she is going to be well fancied, my concern with her is that she lacks mid race pace and she may get shuffled back.

Top Four: 3 – 5 – 8 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Highbury

Trifecta: 3,5/3,5/Field ($12 for 100%)

Trifecta: 3/1,5,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Quinella: 3 to rove with 1,5,8 ($3 for 100%)

Exacta: 3,5,8/1,3,5,6,8 ($12 for 100%)

Race No. 5Hume Cup Heats Oct. 25th Final8:38 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Final event over 600 metres at The meadows Of $10,285 Prizemoney.
1st: $7,200 2nd: $2,060 3rd: $1,025.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SCENIC SHOT (NSW)[5]61131NBTM Mallia-magri (Avalon)
2DEWANA LASS [5]45413FSTDB Dewan (Edithvale)
3LOU TODD [5]87123NBTD Pell (Toolleen)
4MOOT POINT (NSW)[5]2F112NBTM Carter (Violet Town)
5BATMANDU [5]31241NBTG Scott-smith (Pakenham South)
6RUN ANGEL RUN (NSW)[5]4F624NBTJ Galea (Brookfield)
7ELIZA BLANCHE (QLD)[5]31111FSTDD Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
8ROCKIN’ JOSIE [5]5122F34.88(2)V Borg (Hoppers Crossing)
9ALLEN GUNDAM (NSW)[5]Res.56634FSTDT Womann (Lara)
10ATHOS [5]Res.45135NBTR Gray (Pyalong)

Scenic Shot is drawn to hold the early lead and he should be much better for the run here last week when he scored an all the way 34.80 win. He appeared to get a little tired in the run home but it was his first 600m try and he should have derived a lot of benefit from that run.

Eliza Blanche is expected to start a short priced favourite and rightly so after she scored a brilliant 34.43 heat win. The big concern with her is that she is desperate for the rail and there is quite a bit of early speed drawn underneath her, so she may be posted wide for most of the trip. Lou Todd has been placed in three of four over this trip and he is racing quite well. He should settle in the top two or three early and if there is some trouble behind he may get away with the prize at odds. Batmandu hit the line hard in his heat win and he must be included in your exotics and multiples.

Top Four: 1 – 3 – 5 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Scenic Shot

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

Trifecta: 1,3,5/1,3,5,7/1,2,3,5,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

Race No. 6Maurice Blackburn Lawyers8:57 PM (VIC time)
Mixed 4/5 event over 725 metres at The meadows Of $8,745 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,120 2nd: $1,750 3rd: $875.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SIR GAZZA [5]7847F43.53(1)R Britton (Lara)
2OSCAR DE LARGO [5]3656543.01(2)R Henness (Heathcote)
3VALERIA BALE (NSW)[5]64431FSTDD Coleman (Lara)
4LADY TOY [5]22342NBTN Gost (Little River)
5ECHELONIC ACTION [5]12223NBTD Coleman (Lara)
6LOOBY LU [5]76124NBTJ Borg (Maryborough)
7STARC (NSW)[5]61275NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
8SHALL SHE ROCK [4]5411242.38(7)D Crawford (Pearcedale)

Pretty open race but I’ve decided to go with the true stayer in Lady Toy. She is going to get a long way out of her ground in the early stages but this race features a number of front runners who will struggle in the closing stages. If she can find the rail soon after the start she should be able to make a strong move mid race.

Starc posted a brilliant 42.10 Sandown win four runs back and he hasn’t had much luck since. With an even getaway he should have enough natural speed that will allow him to settle in the top three and from there he will prove hard to hold out. Looby Lu is the interesting runner, she is second up from a short spell and she is likely to lead for a long way, the concern with her is that she may be a run or two short and she may stitch up in the final 50m.

Top Four: 4 – 7 – 6 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Lady Toy

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

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

Quinella: 4 to rove with 5,6,7 ($3 for 100%)

Race No. 7Geotechnical Laboratories Ht19:20 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 600 metres at The meadows Of $8,225 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,750 2nd: $1,645 3rd: $830.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1GOOD ODDS DEMON (NSW)[5]61111NBTS Whitney (Brighton)
2ALLEN FIRESTORM (NSW)[5]36822FSTDA Dailly (Anakie)
3SIGN OF SNOW [5]3321534.58(2)A Langton (Anakie)
4ROCK DOMINATION (WA)[5]2254334.72(1)J Hunt (Lara)
5MASSIVE MERV (NSW)[5]52743FSHH Mcadam (Diamond Creek)
6STRANGE WISH (NSW)[5]7227634.95(6)D Saunders (Somerville)
7DARBAIN DASHER [5]1355734.88(5)R Conway (Bunyip)
8DYNA GELDOF (NSW)[5]23837NBTS Collins (Lara)
9GREYWINDS BUTCH (NSW)[5]Res.5544734.42(3)T Womann (Lara)
10ACOLA EBONY (NSW)[5]Res.74277NBTT Noy (New Gisborne)

Massive Merv showed smart early speed at Shepparton over 650m last time and with the drop in class tonight he may build up a big enough lead mid race to hold on. There isn’t too much speed drawn on the inside so he shouldn’t have too much trouble crossing in the first 50m. He should be double figure odds and he is definitely worth an each way ticket.

Strange Wish has been racing in much stronger company of late and he should be suited by the rise in distance, three starts ago he turned in a big performance when he charged home to be placed behind the in form National Time. Dyna Geldof is another who is dropping in class and he should be able to regain some confidence if he can find the lure early. His last 40m is always a worry over this journey but if he happens to cross he may just steal the prize. Sign Of Snow beat a classy line-up at Sandown in 34.37 recently and a similar effort tonight would see him be competitive, overall this is a very open race and I suggest you go wide in the quaddies.

Top Four: 5 – 6 – 3 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on Massive Merv and Strange Wish

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

Exacta: 3,5,6/3,5,6,8 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 3,5,6/3,5,6,8/1,2,3,5,6,8 ($36 for 100%)

Race No. 8Macro Meats9:40 PM (VIC time)
Grade 4 event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $7,600 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,320 2nd: $1,520 3rd: $760.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ENNIS BALE (NSW)[4]3267730.11(8)J Hunt (Lara)
2POLLY BALE (NSW)[4]2133130.01(4)A Dailly (Anakie)
3ELITE DEVIL (QLD)[4]6263430.17(4)M Mallia-magri (Avalon)
4DR. RAHOUAL [4]8164130.37(2)J Mcmahon (Darriman)
5ALLEN ICARUS (NSW)[4]6217230.28(4)S Collins (Lara)
6GO MOBO [4]1135330.24(2)D Coleman (Lara)
7COME ON FANTASY [4]3725130.08(5)J Borg (Maryborough)
8GRAND LEGACY [4]3182130.17(5)P Dapiran (Northwood)

Elite Devil looks the likely leader and four starts ago he led here for a long way and it took the Adelaide Cup champ Allen Deed to reel him in. This race is an obvious class drop and if he lands on the bunny he should take a power of beating.

Go Mobo is class act and his effort when placed at Warragul during the week was far from disappointing. He generally begins well but his turn of foot is what will put him into the race early, he has won here previously in 30.24 but these days he is capable of going sub 30. Polly Bale is the up and comer and she is a major player based on her recent 30.01 win here, she can be a little hit or miss at box rise but she does muster speed quickly and she may be able to get a nice sit behind Elite Devil in the early stages.

Top Four: 3 – 6 – 2 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Elite Devil

Exacta: 3,6/2,3,5,6 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 3/2,5,6/Field ($18 for 100%(

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

Race No. 9Geotechnical Laboratories Ht29:58 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 600 metres at The meadows Of $8,225 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,750 2nd: $1,645 3rd: $830.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1WENT WOOSHKA (NZ)[5]4865534.80(1)T Womann (Lara)
2ZIPPING JOE (NSW)[5]3163334.65(8)D Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
3KAYO MARCIARNO [5]35641NBTG Neocleous (Yinnar South)
4ATHOS [5]45135NBTR Gray (Pyalong)
5REBELATION [5]6638834.64(7)J Magri (Avalon)
6TICK BALE (NSW)[5]75376NBTJ Hunt (Lara)
7ACOLA ROSEBUD (NSW)[5]8435534.77(1)T Noy (New Gisborne)
8ZIPPING BART (NSW)[5]11516NBTP Dapiran (Northwood)
9GREYWINDS BUTCH (NSW)[5]Res.5544734.42(3)T Womann (Lara)
10ACOLA EBONY (NSW)[5]Res.74277NBTT Noy (New Gisborne)

Zipping Joe resumed from a short spell at Cranbourne during the week and he powered to the line when placed behind Dyna Ishaan. He should be better suited to this journey and this is one of the weakest races he has contested for some time.

Tick Bale is much better than his recent form suggests and he should be able to show some improvement. Last week he stepped quickly and as he was about to settle in a prominent position he copped a major knock. With an ounce of luck in the first 50m he should be able to make amends tonight. Kayo Marciarno is the run on dog in the event, he rarely wins here but he is never far away. If your taking exotics, he is a great dog to anchor for third and fourth. Athos could be the value in the event, he can ping the lids on occasions and he could give a great sight out in front.

Top Four: 2 – 6 – 3 – 4

Suggested Bets:

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

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

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

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

Exacta: 2,3,6/2,3,4,6 ($9 for 100%)

Race No. 10Rsn – Racing & Sport10:20 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ALLEN ZENTAX (NSW)[5]4562230.03(4)A Dailly (Anakie)
2DR. PAULIE [5]7368730.12(3)L Delbridge (Balliang)
3SAPPORO (NZ)[5]6744829.82(4)T Womann (Lara)
4ALLEN GIZMO (NSW)[5]7534630.20(6)A Dailly (Anakie)
5PETER’S PICK (QLD)[5]31265FSHJ Thompson (Pearcedale)
6SENOR SOCKS (SA)[5]23356FSHR Britton (Lara)
7BILLY BUZZARD (NSW)[5]32773NBTW Vassallo (Devon Meadows)
8BOOKKEEPER (NSW)[5]1188429.97(8)G Dainton (Cosgrove)
9BONJOUR BONSOIR (NSW)[5]Res.7471NBTJ Delaroche (Cranbourne North)

I think we can find some value in this race, Allen Zentax should go around at the $8 mark and he appears drawn to play a major role. He has a great record over this track and after a smart 400m placing at Warragul during the week he should be able to show a bit more natural zip.

Peter’s Pick is a gun chaser when on song but he has a habit of bombing the start, if he happens to get a clear run early then he will prove extremely hard to hold out. Bookkeeper resumed from a spell here last week and he was pretty disappointing, I’m sure he will improve on that run but I’d prefer to wait until he shows a little more. Allen Gizmo is another with a good record here and he could be value, he can show early speed in his races and with slow beginners either side he should get every chance to settle in the top two or three early.

Top Four: 1 – 5 – 4 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on Allen Zentax and Allen Gizmo

Boxed Quinella: 1,4,5,8 ($6 for 100%)

Exacta: 1,4,5/1,4,5,8 ($9 for 100%)

Race No. 11Geotechnical Laboratories Ht310:42 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 600 metres at The meadows Of $8,225 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,750 2nd: $1,645 3rd: $830.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BLACK VEIL [5]25866NBTR Britton (Lara)
2HEAPS OF ABILITY [5]2534634.47(4)C Schlensog (Anakie)
3TWEAK [5]1267534.68(5)T O’donovan (Devon Meadows)
4THOR BALE (NSW)[5]1226434.93(2)S Collins (Lara)
5GOLD AFFAIR TWO [5]2256434.78(1)M Hanke (Miepoll)
6DEADLY BOY [5]64112FSTDS Mckenna (Napoleons)
7BLUE MAYHEM [5]54675FSTDC Davis (Altona Green)
8RUMBLING RICK (TAS)[5]32466FSTDD Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
9GREYWINDS BUTCH (NSW)[5]Res.5544734.42(3)T Womann (Lara)
10ACOLA EBONY (NSW)[5]Res.74277NBTT Noy (New Gisborne)

Deadly Boy is a reliable beginner and based on his impressive 34.33 Sandown Park win recently he should prove very hard to reel in. This is his first try here over this journey but he does have a great record here over 525m.

Blue Mayhem is much better than her recent form reads and she should be suited by the rise in distance. With a clean getaway she should get a nice cart across in the early stages and she should give a great sight at odds. Heaps Of Ability is another who is better than his form reads and although he is better suited to a wider draw but he is still good enough to overcome a few difficulties in running. Thor Bale has been racing well of late and he should be in the mix for a long way, this is the toughest race he has contested for a while but he appears to be getting stronger with every run.

Top Four: 6 – 7 – 2 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on Deadly Boy and Blue Mayhem

Boxed Quinella: 2,4,6,7 ($6 for 100%)

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

Race 12 – 525M Grade 5 – 11:00PM

Dyna Synch recently scored a commanding 27.12 Horsham win and his effort last time when beaten by Agent Jack was far from disappointing. This race features quite a few front runners and he should be able to get a nice sit early and then run over the top of them late in the race.

Sig Sauer has enough early dash to hold them out and he has been placed in his four tries here. He hasn’t been able to lead in his past few runs and he is a much better dog on the bunny, so if he happens to find the early lead he will prove hard to run down. Dr. Des will be hitting the line hard and he is always a threat in this type of class. He is suitably drawn nearer the inside and he may be a worth a saver bet if he goes around at silly odds. Penance Allen rounds out the winning hopes, she is better suited to a longer journey but she does possess great track sense.

Top Four: 4 – 2 – 3 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 4/2,3,5/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2,3,4/2,3,4,5/2,3,4,5,6,7 ($36 for 100%)

Boxed Quinella: 2,3,4,5 ($6 for 100%)

Exacta: 2,3,4/2,3,4,5 ($9 for 100%)

2014 Group Three Sydney Cup Final Preview

Eight stayers will vie to become a part of over 50 years of greyhound racing history on Saturday night when the Group Three Sydney Cup is run at Wentworth Park.

The test of stamina over the 720 metre trip was first run in 1963 and has been won by dogs such as Zoom Top, National Lass, Miss High Lo and Kobble Creek. The 2013 final was taken out by Lucy Wires for Robert Britton.

This year three Victorian trained conveyances will take on the best that New South Wales has to offer in an open affair with $25,000 awaiting the connections of the winning greyhound.

The 2014 Sydney Cup is Race 8 on the card and is scheduled to jump at 9:47pm

All prices are courtesy of Centrebet, who are also offering ARG readers with up to $200 in free bets.

Here is a look at the field with comments from the connections;

Box 1
Race Odds
$14.00
Heat Replay
Mr. Corsair
Trainer
Michelle Shambler
Owner
John Summers
Prizemoney
$12,235
Last 10 Starts
4741533232
35 Months Fawn Dog by Dashing Corsair - Adios Magic
Start Slow Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $437 Rating 86
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
28 5 6 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
18% 57%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 0 2 1
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
ARG opinion is – Ran home fairly to grab second behind Ruff Cut Diamond last week. Faces some quality opposition here and may get a run that presents him the opportunity to run a place here.
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 42.15 16.74 16.74
Box 2
Race Odds
SCR
Heat Replay
Ruff Cut Diamond – SCRATCHED
Trainer
N/A
Owner
N/A
Prizemoney
N/A
Last 10 Starts
N/A
N/A N/A N/A by N/A - N/A
Start N/A Running N/A Finish N/A
Prizemoney Rating N/A Rating N/A
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
N/A N/A
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
SCRATCHED
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Box 3
Race Odds
SCR
Heat Replay
My Asuncion – SCRATCHED
Trainer
N/A
Owner
N/A
Prizemoney
N/A
Last 10 Starts
N/A
N/A N/A N/A by N/A - N/A
Start N/A Running N/A Finish N/A
Prizemoney Rating N/A Rating N/A
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
N/A N/A
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
SCRATCHED
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Box 4
Race Odds
$6.00
Heat Replay
Zipping Rory
Trainer
Bethany Dapiran
Owner
M & F Hallinan
Prizemoney
$45,195
Last 10 Starts
1734144351
32 Months Red Fawn Dog by Mantra Lad - Cho Chang
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,507 Rating X
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
30 10 2 8
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
33% 67%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 0 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 2 1 1
Peter Dapiran (Kennel Representative) – “We thought he could land on the bunny last week and he is hard to beat any time he does. The worry this week will be dogs coming across from the outside which may harm his chances.”
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41.75 41.75 16.13 16.13
Box 5
Race Odds
$5.00
Heat Replay
Zipping Maggie
Trainer
Peter Dapiran
Owner
M & F Hallinan
Prizemoney
$81,275
Last 10 Starts
5111211145
29 Months Dark Brindle Bitch by Turanza Bale - Natalie Rass
Start Excellent Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $3,386 Rating 98
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
24 12 3 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
50% 75%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 2 0 1
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 2 1 0
Peter Dapiran (Trainer) - “She cut hard left last week which is very uncharacteristic of her, it may have been due to the small field. She also collided pretty hard out of the straight and bruised a toe. She should be better this week and may even lead.”
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41.78 42.27 16.06 16.23
Box 6
Race Odds
$2.30
Heat Replay
Sweet It Is
Trainer
Darren McDonald
Owner
Two Bears – Mgr B Finn
Prizemoney
$439,595
Last 10 Starts
2112123222
35 Months Black Dog by Mogambo - Off Springer
Start Slow Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $10,722 Rating 96
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
41 11 10 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
27% 61%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 1 3 1
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
10 3 2 1
Darren McDonald (Trainer) – “Hopefully she will improve this week, she needs to improve. She needs a little bit of luck, she has not been very lucky lately.”
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41.78 42.00 16.53 16.53
Box 7
Race Odds
$23.00
Heat Replay
Paddles Anderson
Trainer
Jodie Lord
Owner
Melissa Baker
Prizemoney
$16,845
Last 10 Starts
1777118521
30 Months Blue Dog by Surf Lorian - Amy Be Good
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $602 Rating 85
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
28 4 5 9
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
14% 64%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 0 1 1
ARG opinion is – Produced a fair effort not much slower than his best last week but could only manage fourth. Based on that, it is hard to see him doing any better in this sort of company.
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.26 42.34 16.29 16.45
Box 8
Race Odds
$5.50
Heat Replay
Dusty Moonshine
Trainer
Denice Warren
Owner
Alanna Orbell
Prizemoney
$48,375
Last 10 Starts
2111461113
36 Months Blue Bitch by El Grand Senor - Kiacatoo Pearl
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,419 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
20 11 3 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
55% 75%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 4 0 1
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 1 1 1
Denice Warren (Trainer) – “We are just happy to be in the final. Hopefully she can get to the front, she is a better dog when she is on the bunny. She might be a couple of lengths off being a top Group dog but we are just hoping.”
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41.86 42.10 16.18 16.36
1st Res
Race Odds
$6.50
Heart Replay
Space Star
Trainer
Dawn Garrett
Owner
Camilla Limon
Prizemoney
$24,190
Last 10 Starts
1411111315
30 Months Black Dog by Bekim Bale - Tonto Tears
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,423 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
17 11 1 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
65% 82%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 2 0 1
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
- - - -
ARG opinion is – A young up and comer who already boasts two track records. Should he replicate his personal best of 41.84 then he may not be without a winning hope.
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41.84 42.23 16.16 16.52
2nd Res
Race Odds
$21.00
Heat Replay
Tears Siam
Trainer
Dawn Garrett
Owner
Camilla Limon
Prizemoney
$7,085
Last 10 Starts
1136141365
30 Months Black Bitch by Bekim Bale - Tonto Tears
Start Fair Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $443 Rating 84
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
16 4 0 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
31% 54%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 0 0
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
- - - -
ARG opinion is – A winner of four from 13 who is yet to make an impression at the top level. She is likely to struggle in this company.
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.34 42.40 16.50 16.86

Zipping Maggie (5) and Dusty Moonshine (8) are likely to be prominent early and that speed battle could go a long way towards governing the chances of both greyhounds.

If Zipping Rory (4) can exit the traps like he did last week, he may be some sort of hope.

Sweet It Is (6) will need luck in the running and if she gets it, she will be powering home late.

Space Star (9) has ability and could be a knockout chance at odds.

Allen Deed Storms Home In 2014 Group One Adelaide Cup Final

Allen Deed (2) has inked his name on an illustrious honour roll after taking out the Group One Adelaide Cup at Angle Park on Friday night.

The Jarvis Bale and Greta Bale (Lansley Bale – Jindara Bale) dog caught the eye last week in the heats when he unleashed a blistering finish to finish a tight second. The final was a different story. The Andrea Dailly trained dog began substantially better and was sitting in fourth around the bend. He found his favoured spot in the middle of the track and charged down the back, circling the field at a rapid rate to hit the lead with speed turning for home and streaking away for a convincing victory in a fast 29.48.

The early race leaders were Blurred Lines (7) and Valladares (6). They were both in a prominent position turning down the back straight but they checked off each other costing them valuable momentum. Oakvale Destiny (1) was also handy but she couldn’t match motors with Allen Deed down the back. Blurred Lines held on for second for Kelly Bravo, with the Jeff Britton trained Oakvale Destiny finishing third.

Full Results

1st: Allen Deed (2) – Andrea Dailly
2nd: Blurred Lines (7) – Kelly Bravo
3rd: Oakvale Destiny (1) – Jeff Britton
4th: Texas Titan (8) – Jeff Britton
5th: Cosmic Wise (5) – Jeff Britton
6th: Valladares (6) – Lauren Harris
7th: Winbrook (3) – Cameron Butcher

Time: 29.48
1st Split: 4.46
2nd Split: 16.85
Run Home: 12.63
Margins: 5 1/4 x 1/2
Scratchings: Mepunga Armagh (4) L/SCR, National Time (9), Iva Vision (10)

Background to the Sydney Cup

The Sydney Cup was the first of what became the ‘big four’ distance events on the Sydney city racing calendar. Starting in 1963, it was eventually joined by the Association Cup (1965), Summer Cup (1965), and Wentworth Park Gold Cup (1966). The Chairman’s Cup, first run in 1984, became the fifth major distance race in Sydney when its conditions were modified in 2007 to turn it into an open event.

Inaugural running

The first Sydney Cup took place on 5 October 1963, over 790 yards (722 metres) on the grass track at Wentworth Park. The event was for the best eight stayers nominated and attracted three Victorian runners: Kerry’s Idol, Lady Cantee, and Pol Stars, the latter owned and trained by the versatile Ed Tucker. The local hopes rested on Bustling Babe, Jane’s View, Local Linen, Magic Vale, and Wally’s Best.

The race saw the consistent Wally’s Best successful, scoring by six lengths from Magic Vale with Lady Cantee third. The victory took Wally’s Best’s race record to 18 wins, seven seconds and five thirds from 44 outings. At Wentworth Park he improved his record to five wins and five placings from 14 starts. Wally’s Best had won three and been placed in three of his previous six distance starts prior to the Cup.

Distances

The race was run over 790 yards (722 metres) on grass at Wentworth Park from 1963 to 1986, then over 720 metres from 1987 until 1992 on grass and since 1993 it has been run on loam.

When is the race held?

It is possibly the only major distance event in the country that has been concluded in the same month, October, since inception.

Biggest Winning Margins

Miagi won by nine and a quarter lengths in 2007. Miss High Lo (1974) won by nine lengths, Wally’s Best (1963) six lengths, and Top Saba (1971), Miss High Lo (1973) and Olympic Rose (1983) all by five lengths.

Closest Winning Margins

Our Vent (1969) by a neck is the closest followed by Pinkstone (1964) and Kobble Creek (1999) by half a length.

Most Successful Trainers

Three people have won the event twice: Les Kelly (Miss High Lo 1973 & 1974), Peter Giles with Valley Cowgirl (2000) and Westend Prince (2002), and Graeme Bate with Fire Lad (1995) and Amity Bale (2009).

Only Dual Winner/s

Only the great Miss High Lo, in 1973 and 1974.

Only Reserves to Win

None.

Dual Finalists

Kerry’s Idol (fourth 1963, sixth 1964), Pinkstone (Won 1964, sixth 1965), Zoom Top (Won 1968, fourth 1969), Busy’s Charm (seventh 1968, fell 1969), Marg’s Fortune (second 1975, sixth 1976), Henry’s Girl (Won 1980, unplaced 1981), Pleasure O’Hope (fifth 1981, Won 1982), Raven Kelly (second 1993, Won 1994), Red Mystique (second 1997, sixth 1998), Bring The Bacon (seventh 1999, fourth 2000), Distinctive (sixth 2002, Won 2003), Royal Riddle (Won 2005, fifth 2006), Miss Brook (sixth 2006, second 2007), Jarvis Bale (seventh 2009, third 2010), Platinum Playboy (sixth 2011, fifth 2012), Bell Haven (Won 2012, fifth 2013)

Beaten Stars

Goldent (third 1964), Miram Miss (second 1968), Mustard Moss (third 1970), Bubble’s Luck (second 1971), Milo’s Charm (fifth 1971), Roman Copy (sixth 1971), Cabernet (third 1972), Dotie Wilson (fourth 1974), Michele Cherie (second 1977), Kawati Boy (seventh 1977), Little Vogue (third 1979), Whip Tip (second 1988), Bold Trease (eighth 1989), Gem Supreme (second 1992), Equability (third 1992), Boronia Blossom (sixth 1995), Keon Star (fourth 1996), Shape Shifter (sixth 1997), Tonight’s Wish (eighth 1998), Arvo’s Junior (second 2003), Irinka Barbie (third 2003), Classy Customer (second 2004), Texas Gold (second 2005), Miss Grub (third 2006), Flashing Floods (fourth 2007), Fallen Zorro (third 2008), Chinatown Lad (fourth 2008), Blue Lorian (second 2010), Irma Bale (fourth 2012), He Knows Uno (sixth 2012)

Notes

The first two Sydney Cup finals were best-eight affairs. The second one, in 1964, saw NSW stayers run first, second, and third, while the three Victorian contestants ran fourth, fifth, and sixth.

The 1965 Sydney Cup was the first with elimination rounds, and these consisted of four heats. From 1966 onwards the race only consisted of two eliminations heats.

In 1969 the mighty Zoom Top looked to have the race at her mercy, having broken the track record with a sensational 42.9 effort in her heat. Sadly, Zoom Top was virtually brought undone by her litter sister Busy’s Charm, who fell at the first turn and Zoom Top was forced to hurdle her. Zoom Top was then poleaxed by another runner. Her effort to run fourth behind Our Vent was huge.

The 1976 running was delayed by nine days due to bad weather, while the 1983 Sydney Cup had to be postponed for a week after the original final date was rained off.

The 1992 Sydney Cup was the last to be run on grass and was won by Sailing Waverly, who took his earnings to $98,915 at a time when the $100,000 mark was still viewed as a major milestone. That race was arguably the most mixed outside of a Nationals final, with Laddies Star from representing Western Australia, Gem Supreme from South Australia, Academy Monaro from Tasmania and two Victorian finalists in Pace Galore and Bon Jamie. The 1992 version was also worth $30,000 to the winner, the most it has ever been. Currently the winner earns $25,000.

Sydney Cup Honour Roll

1963 Wally’s Best
1964 Pinkstone
1965 Barry’s Pixie
1966 Rose Moss
1967 Only Ten
1968 Zoom Top
1969 Our Vent
1970 Miss Limit
1971 Top Saba
1972 Jan’s Issue
1973 Miss High Lo
1974 Miss High Lo
1975 This Guy Moss
1976 Glahda
1977 Bozo Belmont (V)
1978 Brigante Babe
1979 Debraja Flash (V)
1980 Henry’s Girl
1981 Supreme Hiwai
1982 Pleasure O’Hope
1983 Olympic Rose
1984 Linen’s Best
1985 National Lass
1986 Beautiful Dream
1987 Sonic Wave (V)
1988 Kirsty’s Charity
1989 Rules (V)
1990 Rocket To Tubrid
1991 Vindicate
1992 Sailing Waverly
1993 Trojan Tears (Q)
1994 Raven Kelly (SA)
1995 Fire Lad (V)
1996 Bonza Boy
1997 Ringside Fire (V)
1998 Gallant Seagull
1999 Kobble Creek (Q)
2000 Valley Cowgirl (V)
2001 Pearl Larricki
2002 Westend Prince (V)
2004 Resigned
2006 Quidame (Q)
2008 Others Quoted
2009 Amity Bale
2010 Nana Cook
2011 Key To Eden
2012 Bell Haven (T)
2013 Lucy Wires (USA)

This Week In Racing History

October
8
Osti’s Style raced away to score by just over two lengths from Anthem and Railway Road in the 1994 final of the Canberra Cup. Osti’s Style overcame box five and ran a fast 30.68 for the 530 metres trip.

Pure Octane downed Benny’s Toll by three-quarters of a length in the 2005 Paws of Thunder at Wentworth Park, running a new race record time of 29.77 for the 520 metres journey. This clipped a substantial 28/100ths off the previous race record, jointly held by Stately Bird and Some Secret.

9
Brilliant puppy Tempix took out the 1978 Silver Chief Classic, run over 511 metres at Olympic Park, defeating Sharp Roo by just over a length in a quick 30.60. It was the first time the Silver Chief had been run in October.

Dave’s Mentor downed Frozen Keysy and Railroad Wish to annex the 2000 Silver Chief Classic, the first to be run over 525 metres at The Meadows. Dave’s Mentor earned $40,000 for the victory.

10
Gallant Seagull took out the 1998 Sydney Cup (Wentworth Park, 720 metres) by just over three lengths from Rhonda’s Cruiser with John Beam third. Among the well beaten fancied runners were Red Mystique (fifth) and Victorian stayer Tonight’s Wish (eighth).

11
The Ray Gilroy-trained Always Late used box one to full advantage to take out the 1975 Tasmanian Gold Cup (also known as the Hobart Gold Cup), run over 500 metres at Hobart, scoring in a fair 30.00.

Te Amo downed Dyna Nalin and Zelemar Fever to win the 2013 Mandurah Cup for trainer Linda Britton, running a fast 27.26 for the 490 metres journey.

12
South Australian star Kate’s A Scandal exited box one over 511 metres at Olympic Park and scored a three and a half lengths win in the 1981 National Sprint Championship, downing Victorian sprinter Picture This with Queenslander Thor’s Edition third. The victory was her 15th in succession, a new Australian record for consecutive wins.

13
China Lady ran 26.5 to set a new track record for 500 yards at Harold Park, in 1948. That time was later equalled by greyhounds of the calibre of Macareena and Plunkett’s Pride and was not broken until August 1957 when Top Linen ran 26.4.

Carnival Boy set a new track record time of 29.29 for 507 metres at Dapto in 1988 for trainer Alan Pringle, in what was his first official race start.

The Graeme Bate-trained Suellen Bale scored a strong victory in the 2001 Paws of Thunder over 520 metres at Wentworth Park, defeating Vi’s Magic and Jeanie’s Queen. It was the first time the race had been worth $100,000 to the winner.

14
Fire Lad set a race record 43.01 in taking out the 1995 Sydney Cup for trainer Graeme Bate, becoming the first Victorian stayer to win the event on the loam surface. Fire Lad defeated Dave’s Cruiser by a length and a half with Ultra Desire third. Queensland champion Boronia Blossom was sixth.

Foolish Girl won the 2005 running of The Schweppes, the last to be conducted over the 530 metres distance. Trained by John Iwanyk, Foolish Girl won by a length from Token Royale, ran 30.67 and earned $20,000.

The Signs Are Everywhere

There’s probably nothing new about these two events but it’s worth mentioning them anyway.

On Wednesday, in an ordinary maiden at Bendigo, Bramwell Brown was backed in to $1.20 on the Victorian TAB, came out like a dromedary, ran around the field and ended up swamping the leader near the post in a moderate 24.59. Fair enough, but why would anyone back a dog like that into such a prohibitive price? Especially an inexperienced maiden.

A little earlier in the day, Darren McDonald sent the talented Eliza Blanche over 600m at The Meadows in what are now called city “Provincial” meetings (thereby avoiding better fields but also missing out on three or four times the prize money at a Saturday meeting). She started at $1.04 in Victoria, and a bit better at $1.10 in NSW, and romped in.

The question is – what is the point of it all? The first-mentioned dog is clearly not worth that sort of price, never mind how well it might have trialled. Nor is the second case, despite her known good form. At virtually “money back” the whole episode was a waste of space from the betting angle. Doubly so when coming out of a smash and grab bend start. Why would you bother?

While trainers may have had their own motives, these cases make it obvious that greyhound betting has got to farcical proportions. Perhaps punters were doing no more than following the leader and were hoodwinked by higher prices being displayed in early betting? Yet some of them must have kept on when more up to date information was available.

The implication is that far too many gamblers lack knowledge, experience and common sense. That’s not a good sign. The code’s future demands that we do something about it – like educate them, for example. More than just sticking up a wall sheet in the local pub.

The other issue this highlights is the odd nature of our grading systems. Here we have Eliza Blanche winning her ninth race (plus two placings) from thirteen starts at five different tracks, all in good times. All but the last two wins were over the 500s and those seven were all in 5th grade.

Her last two wins over middle distances of 545m at Ballarat and 600m at The Meadows represent the only change to that pattern, the former in a mixed 4th/5th grade and the latter in these peculiar midweek 5th grades in town (formerly Non Penalty) – both of which return winners around $1,500 or so.

Yet this time, a major reason for the crazy prices bet about Eliza Blanche was not so much her own ability, which cannot be denied, but the ordinariness of her opposition. All that has been made possible by the trainer’s judicious use of the grading system – a complex computerised system that I won’t even try to understand as it makes my head hurt. Suffice to say that a major outcome is that it allows dogs to keep on winning in what is the lowest available grade (outside the T3 events for slow dogs).

In other words, that system is bottom-heavy and is therefore the major reason for the relative shortage of higher grade competitors and races – a trend which, for example, has just caused WA to make significant alterations to its own grading policy in an effort to get full fields for its FFA events.

That trend is not limited to WA by any means. Some time ago I instanced the case of a Queensland dog which entered a 5th grade 600m race after having already won five of them previously. All very legal but possible only because of oddities in the way the system worked.

Taken as a whole, the effect of all these rules and regulations is to downgrade the product in a variety of little ways here, there and everywhere, sometimes hardly noticed. But they all add up to an industry which is now dominated by a “be kind to owners and trainers” policy.

The alternative of seeking excellence to better attract customers to regular week to week racing runs a distant second. There is no upside in $1.04 favourites.

The other major issue with Victoria’s grading system is that it has profoundly influenced industry economics. The ability of a dog to do the rounds of the state winning 5th grades as it goes is one of the major factors causing the migration of better dogs from other states – mainly NSW and Queensland. In turn, that tends to promote more betting interest in Victorian racing, thereby allowing prize money to rise, and so the cycle continues.

Even then, it causes complications. The prospect (and the actuality) of top liners with already big bank accounts taking out lowly 5th grades around the bush led to the addition of yet another rule. Qualification for those 5th grade races now includes a proviso that prize money winners over a certain amount are ineligible. That is, a rule on top of a rule.

It is not just good enough to say that Victoria is doing fine (which may be debatable for other reasons) and challenge other states to catch up. Not when its very success also causes those states to weaken their product to a dangerous degree. We have already mentioned higher grade problems in WA but field quality in Queensland have slipped consistently over the past decade to the stage where sub-standard races are needed to fill top city meetings (including Maidens, Novices and short course events). Much the same is true of NSW while SA would be in dire straits without the support of the second ranking Wheeler dogs.

And in all cases, these policies come on top of an industry which has over-reached itself in creating more races than the dog population and punter’s wallets can sustain. Hence all the empty boxes, including in Victoria, and the provision of small and unusable betting pools.

In short, there is nothing natural about this process; it is all a function of artificial situations created by state bureaucracies to satisfy a perceived short term need. None have considered the long term implications which are now popping up as the pressure increases.

In a sense, medicine offers a quirky comparison: the operation was a success but the patient died.

I also noted another illustration in a letter to the editor recently (The Australian, 2 Oct), when a writer was commenting on the hassles caused by clashing government attitudes, no doubt influenced by empire building: “It is time to stop duplicated responsibilities over all portfolios, between State and Federal Governments, including environmental, hospitals, education, etc. When there is split accountability there is no responsibility. Bureaucracy and ineffectiveness thrive”.

In racing, togetherness is not often evident. State rivalries are legion, taxation varies wildly, national consistency is rare, process is more important than outcomes, innovation is absent, control has devolved to other parties, tracks remain poorly designed, customers are relegated to the background, formguides are second rate and industry efficiency is terrible. And so on and so forth.

How about a single national controlling body with real teeth and complete independence? Too hard? No, it’s not; you just have to want to do it.

It’s may be a long way from a lowly Bendigo maiden to a National Racing Commission but it’s always the parts that make up the whole.

Jeff Britton Qualifies Four Runners For 2014 Group One Adelaide Cup

The performance of Jeff Britton’s chasers headlined the heats of the Group One Adelaide Cup on Thursday night at Angle Park.

Britton won four of the heats so he has half the field for next week’s big one. Victorian chasers dominate the final field, filling six of the eight available spots, with Texas Titan the fastest qualifier through to the final just ahead of Blurred Lines.

Heat One

The first heat of the Group One Adelaide Cup resulted in a massive upset when 40/1 chance Winbrook (2) prevailed over Iva Vision (8) and Musquin Bale (3) in 29.94.

The Where’s Pedro and Little Looper (Primo Uno – Koyuga Proof) dog had won just one of his last five races prior to the heats and in his last two starts had finished last. That was back in May this year and this run was his first back from a spell.

The Cameron Butcher trained conveyance began well from box two and just kept bobbing when he crossed the line in front. The favourite Iva Vision was unable to get across and had to do a lot of work to get into a handy position on the rail. Musquin Bale was well away but elected to take the longest way around by sticking three off the rail. The finish was close, Iva Vision missed out by just a head and Musquin Bale was another half a length behind.

Heat Two

Lovely Banks based trainer Kelly Bravo made the long trip to Angle Park worthwhile by taking out the second heat with Blurred Lines (4). The Bartrim Bale and Witch Fantasy (Premier Fantasy – Witch Magic) dog went to the boxes at 9/1 with race favourite Allen Deed (1) looking almost a certainty from box one.

When the lids opened, Blurred Lines was best away and he wasn’t headed for the remainder of the race. Allen Deed and Wind Whistler (2) dwelt and were at the back at the field heading into the first turn. While all honours go to the winner, Allen Deed’s finish was something to behold. He absolutely stormed home to go down by just a neck in 29.75. Superfonic (8) rounded out the placings.

Heat Three

A favourite went down again in the third heat after Campaspe Will (1) absolutely murdered the start at his first look at Angle Park and subsequently blew all his chances of winning. National Time (5) emerged as the lamplighter from box five, followed by Kalden Gambino (2) and Texas Titan (3).

Texas Titan was in a very handy position and as the race progressed the Vapour Whirl and Foot Luce (Hallucinate – Scarlett) dog chipped away at National Time’s lead and then went past him halfway up the home straight to win by two lengths in 29.74 for Jeff Britton. National Time held on for second in front of Kalden Gambino.

Heat Four

Star greyhound Oakvale Destiny (5) embodies the definition of tenacious. The 29kg blue bitch was only moderately away in the fourth heat and jammed between a wall of runners but she still managed to push through, get herself into a clear third and then work away at the leaders to win by three and a half lengths in 29.78. Her finish was very similar to her brother’s in the previous heat. She defeated Dustnado (7) and Clash Of Kings (6) to give Jeff Britton another runner in next week’s final.

Heat Five

The trend of defeated favourites continued in the fifth heat as 18/1 chance Valladares (8) streaked away for a convincing seven and a half length win in 29.87.

In a messy affair, Aston Kane (1) copped another bout of bad interference, this time at the first turn where he had his back legs taken out from underneath him. Valladares was able to cross the field before all the trouble started with the rest of the field ending up off the fence rounding the turn.

It was Valladares eighth win from 16 starts and the El Grand Senor and Sealin’ The Deal (Talk’s Cheap – Trusta Rush) dogs win gives local trainer Lauren Harris a runner in a Group One final.

Heat Six

Jeff Britton’s night got even better after the sixth heat as his charge Mepungah Armagh (7) proved too good in 29.83. All eyes were on Ernie Bung Arrow (8) but he was bitterly disappointing as he ‘bungled’ the start and dashed any chance of defending his title from last year.

Mepunga Armagh, a strikingly marked black and white dog by Premier Fantasy and Mepunga Harmony (Pure Octane – Mepunga Shiraz) was never going to be beaten once he led the field around the first turn and he waltzed away comfortably by over five lengths. Classy local chance Sidney’s Shadow filled second and Eye Smith (2) wound up in third.

Heat Seven

If three runners in a Group final isn’t enough, Jeff Britton decided to go one better and will now rug up half the field after Cosmic Wise’s win in the final heat.

It was a battle early as Footluce Diva (1), Cosmic Wise (7) and Emerley Senorita (8) raced tightly for the lead into the first turn. Emerley Senorita came out on top but her lead was short lived as Cosmic Wise nailed herself to the rail down the back and took the lead turning out of the back straight.

The Cosmic Chief and Wise Penny (Bombastic Shiraz – Awesome Berger) bitch stopped the clock at 29.84. Emerley Senorita and Wild Soul occupied the minors.

The final field for next week’s race is:

Box 1 – Oakvale Destiny (29.78) – Jeff Britton
Box 2 – Allen Deed (29.77) – Allen Deed
Box 3 – Winbrook (29.94) – Cameron Butcher
Box 4 – Mepunga Armagh (29.83) – Jeff Britton
Box 5 – Cosmic Wise (29.84) – Jeff Britton
Box 6 – Valladares (29.87) – Lauren Harris
Box 7 – Blurred Lines (29.75) – Kelly Bravo
Box 8 – Texas Titan (29.74) – Jeff Britton

2014 Group One Adelaide Cup Heats Preview

After conducting a number of Group Three races at Angle Park in recent times, it all culminates with the Group One Adelaide Cup. Seven heats of the $75,000 to-the-winner race will be conducted tonight.

The recent SA Oaks (Oakvale Destiny) and Derby (Iva Vision) winners will each contest a heat.

Here’s a look at the best chances in each heat.

Heat One – Race 3 at 7:25pm

The first heat opens with impressive Derby winner Iva Vision (8) who has the same box as he did in the Derby final. In that particular event he streaked away for a six length win in 29.57. He has been kept fresh since and with two wins from just the two starts at the track he clearly looks the one to beat.

Drawn next to Iva Vision is local chance Genghis Kahn (7). He has four wins from the box seven draw and has compiled nine wins at the tracks with 29.68 his best. He has won his last two and has been in good form prior to that.

Despite an indifferent performance in the SA Oaks final, Mepunga Hayley can never be dismissed. This year’s Group One Maturity winner is yet to record a win at Angle Park from two starts. She is having her first run out of the green rug and connections will be hoping she begins a bit better than the last time she raced at Angle Park.

The consistent Musquin Bale (3) looks well drawn near the fence. If he gets any sort of luck in running he is a chance. This is his first race start at Angle Park. He arrives in SA with 17 wins from 60 starts and he has been a Group race winner and finalist.

Heat Two – Race 4 at 7:44pm

A fortnight ago, Allen Deed (1) whizzed around Wentworth Park in the heats of the Group Two Bob Payne Stakes, stopping the clock at 29.43. He finished sixth in the final from a bad draw but for these heats he has drawn perfectly in box one. The Jarvis Bale and Greta Bale (Where’s Pedro – Gold Rush Bale) dog has not raced at Angle Park previously but he does have 17 wins from 39 starts so he knows how to find his way to the line.

Wind Whistler (2) was the runner-up behind Iva Vision in the SA Derby. He has taken to Angle Park really well with two wins and one placing from three starts. He is never a factor early on in races but he is very strong so watch his finish. He can’t be discounted based on his form at the track.

Galilee Spirit (7) will provide some hope for the locals. He has won his last four including a fourth grade event last week in 29.81. He has been beginning faultlessly and has a load of early speed so that will bring him right into the race. He also has six wins from box seven.

Another local with a bit of speed is Proven Juddy (5). He won at Gawler last start leading all the way. In his last five starts he hasn’t won at Angle Park over the 515m distance. His record at track is seven from 18 with a best of 29.69. He needs to be on top of his game to overcome the draw.

Heat Three – Race 5 at 8:08pm

This is a hard race with a number of chances. Campaspe Will (1) hasn’t drawn the red for a while so it will be interesting to see how goes. He has won three of his last five around The Meadows and Sandown and can run time on his day. This is his first race start at Angle Park.

Kalden Gambino (2) has nine wins at the track. The Lochinvar Marlow and Abbadale Affair (Big Daddy Cool – Sprinkles Of Gold) dog has a best of 29.70 and is good from an inside draw. He finished third in the SA Derby last year behind Ernie Bung Arrow.

Texas Titan (3) impressively won a heat of the SA Derby in 29.77 and subsequently finished third in the final. He will need some luck early as he likes to use a bit of the track. He possesses a strong finish.

National Time (5) has won four of his last five around Warrnambool, Sandown and Ballarat. He has good early speed but a poor record from box five, with just one win from eight attempts.

Heat Four – Race 6 at 8:28pm

SA Oaks winner Oakvale Destiny (5) lines up from box five. She was impressive throughout the Oaks series, winning the final in 29.69. She just needs to repeat that to take out this heat.

Crusade Marjen (4) has been quietly plying his trade in Victoria. The Enry Walt and Katathani (Brett Lee – Xanadu Dancer) dog has won 10 from 16 but has been predominantly racing over the shorter distances. He is fast early but is facing a rise in class and is coming against some experienced chasers.

Clash Of Kings (6) recently won the Group Three Darwin Cup. The lightly raced chaser has had just 13 starts for eight wins. He came to Angle Park in late September for a trial in which he recorded 29.77.

Two local chasers Dustnado (7) and Punishment (8) will battle it out from the wide draw. Both are last start winners at the track and have each won multiple times at the track and distance.

Heat Five – Race 7 at 8:52pm

Aston Kane’s (1) run in the SA Derby final can be wiped from memory as he suffered interference very early on and wasn’t able to overcome that. He has this draw for the first time in his career and coming into this race has 14 wins from 17 starts including eight at Angle Park. He should go well.

Gimme Fuel (4) is more than capable on his day. He is a winner of 16 races on Victorian tracks and will be having his first start at Angle Park. He won at Sandown in 29.44 two starts back and will just need to handle the track to be up there.

Ollie Bale (2) is a multiple Group race finalist that has been fairly quiet in his last five starts with just the one win. If he gets near the lead he will be hard to stop but he just has to overcome the pace of Aston Kane on his inside.

Heat Six – Race 8 at 9:11pm

Local hero Ernie Bung Arrow (8) takes centre stage in the sixth heat. The Lochinvar Marlow and Slipper’s Tonic (Bond – Slipper’s Gin) dog has won his last seven races (even though they have been dispersed over the last year as he had a long spell between January and September) and has a perfect record of three from three from box eight. He won this race last year and has gone a best of 29.55 at the track.

Sidney’s Shadow (3) had an unfortunate fall at his last start at the track but the experienced racer should bounce back well. He has won 13 races at Angle Park and is well boxed on the inside. His best time of 29.56 was recorded back in February this year.

Maximum Lil (4) is a well performed Victorian bitch from the Dailly kennel. She has won two of her last three and possesses a strong finish. Overall she has won 11 from 37. The draw is a worry for her first start at the track.

Especially (5) was a recent runner in the heats of the Group Three Canberra Cup, finishing third behind track-record-breaker My Bro Fabio. She had a run here at Angle Park last week, finishing fourth in a FFA event. She will likely be improved from that run but has a task ahead of her from the ordinary draw.

Heat Seven – Race 9 at 9:35pm

This is a another tough heat and is the final heat of the big Group One.

Footluce Diva (1) cannot be faulted on her recent performances. She won her heat of the SA Oaks and then finished second in the final behind her sister Oakvale Destiny. She won again last week in 29.79 from this box and was close to the lead.

Kalden Balerion (2) has won 10 from 27 including five wins at the track. He has been racing very consistently and will enjoy being drawn close to the fence.

Crackerjak Dak (3) finished third in the heats of the Group Two Bob Payne Stakes at his last start behind eventual winner of the series, Tommy Brislane. Crackerjak Dak was the Victorian finalist in this year’s National Sprint, finishing fourth in the National final at Cannington. If he gets on the bunny he will be hard to catch.

Another National Sprint finalist is drawn in box five. Wild Soul (5) was South Australia’s representative in the series. He has won 16 races at the track for a best of 29.79.

Emerley Senorita (8) impressed by winning a heat of the SA Oaks from this draw in 29.85. She finished third in the final and will be looking to give a good account of herself in this race.

Hellyeah Bolt (4) has won 25 from 48. The Tasmanian chaser has had his last two starts at Angle Park for a second and a fourth. He raced at the track in September last year and recorded a win in 29.76. He has won four times wearing the blue rug.

The seven heat winners and the fastest second will progress through to next week’s s final, which will be held on Friday, 10 October.

This Week In Racing History

OCTOBER
1

NSW sprinter Winifred Bale defeated fellow NSW finalist Bindall’s Hope by four length to take out the 1983 National Sprint Championship, run over 457 metres at Harold Park. Lord Tegimi, the Queensland finalist, was five lengths away third. The $24,000 first prize money propelled Winifred Bale’s earnings to a new Australian record of $94,000.

Whip Tip set a new Australian record for prize money earnings in 1988, taking her figures to $105,995, which surpassed the record of $103,475 held by Queensland sprinter Pretty Fearless.

2
NSW sprinter General Jeff won a heat of the 1980 Brisbane Cup over 558 metres at the Gabba by 10 lengths from Victorian Kalimna Boy. General Jeff ran 32.57 which was the fastest of the four run-offs, the next best being 33.07. General Jeff easily won the final the following week.

Lochinvar Marlow won the 2010 Paws of Thunder by eight lengths from Cosmic Planet and Cosmic Chief, running a fast 29.90.

3
All Design took out the 1979 Chief Havoc Memorial at Gunnedah by 15 lengths, running 30.85 to set a new track record.

NSW stayer Nellie Noodles broke the 600 metres track record at the Meadows in 2010, scoring by a whopping 17 and a half lengths.

4
Sandi’s Me Mum became the first greyhound to win two successive National Sprint Championships when she led all the way to take out the 1990 running, held over 511 metres at Sandown Park.

Press Statement became the first greyhound to break 17 seconds when scoring in 16.96 over 301 metres at Coonamble. On the same day, Speeding Bond broke the 400 metres track record, running 22.77.

5
Lady Sonic ran 31.6 for the 580 yards distance at Wentworth Park to equal the race record when she won the 1963 NSW Country Championship.

The 1974 Casino Cup was taken out by Gold Star Lass by three lengths from Busy’s Chief with Dusky Flame seven lengths away third.

6
Leading sprinters Magic Babe and Top Linen had a close-fought battle in a top-grade race over 500 yards at Harold Park in 1957, with Magic Babe prevailing by a head in 26.61. It was the last race for the year for Top Linen who did appear again for almost five months.

7
Boom Queensland speedster Spotted Lightning was defeated in the 1951 Lismore qualifying final of the Vic Peters Memorial Classic, running third after suffering severe interference. Spotted Lightning, who had set a track record up the straight at Capalaba at his first start and then run track record times in taking out heat and final of the Tweed River Thousand series, started at 1/15 ($1.06), the shortest-priced favourite to ever be beaten on the Northern Rivers.

Bogie Leigh annexed the 2003 Young Guns final over 520 metres at Ipswich, defeating Freedom Bale by a length and a half for trainer Tony Brett.

Brilliant Lee took out the 2005 Geelong Cup, defeating See You Later and Trew Touch in a fairly slow 25.57.

Another Wakeup Call

Last week, being wary of the problems stayers have when backing up quickly, I suggested to anyone interested in the Topcat Video final at The Meadows that “On top of that, they are all going to go round again in another seven days in the final. I suggest using the dartboard approach for that”.

Well, the dartboard worked for those hitting the number 8. At $17.90 in NSW and $15.00 in Victoria, Shot To Bits swamped them on the line, but in a fairly average 42.76. Sweet It Is justified its favouritism (but not its short price) by taking out second place over the better credentialled Xylia Allen and Zipping Maggie, both of which had had enough by half way down the home straight.

For interest, here is a list of the main runners’ times at The Meadows and their average times over their previous five runs (converted from other tracks where appropriate)

GREYHOUND Meadows Av. Last Five Diff.
Shot To Bits 42.76 42.95 -0.19
Sweet It Is 42.81 42.59 0.22
Xylia Allen 42.86 42.7 0.16
Zipping Maggie 43.08 42.83 0.25
Dyna Willow 43.48 43.17 0.31

All had raced at seven day intervals for the previous three or four weeks, although Shot To Bits had only two runs over the 700s, with the earlier two being over the middle distance at Bendigo.

So only one of the five dogs was able to better its average time, never mind its best recent time. Whether from time analysis or from race observation, what conclusion can be drawn other than that these dogs have had too much racing? We are being offered second or third best. But it is not the fault of the dogs but of race programmers and the trainers that accept their demands.

Of course, the trainers don’t own the dogs (a partial exception for Darren McDonald) so maybe that is a small excuse. Nevertheless, the experience does no good for the industry or for the punters who did not use the dartboard.

Incidentally, 1st and 2nd started at a shorter price in Victoria, while 3rd and 4th were shorter in NSW. These sorts of variations keep reminding us how great it would be to have a national betting pool. I noticed even much greater differences at the gallops recently between First Four dividends in the Tabcorp states, as compared with Tattsbet, sometimes of the order of 40%.

A WORLDWIDE CHALLENGE?

To anyone concerned about local administrations, and they are numerous according to various blogs, it’s intriguing to note what overseas participants think about their local greyhound racing. Below is typical of many comments (their grammar etc, not mine) from Irish owners and trainers. Ireland has a single board controlling all racing.

“Once the current board are gone it will be a good starting point, we then need proper selected intelligent individual’s with a proven track record of business and PR qualifications , good past history record that will benefit our industry and take us forward, pay them a fair salary and when goals are achieved and figures met pay then a bonus, if we can hire the proper personnel to over see the running of this industry you will be amazed how quick they can turn this sour grapes into an apple pie, but we must start by restoring integrity and until this is seen far and wide we are at nothing”.

The key issues do not so much revolve around running racetracks, but primarily concern industry management and governance matters which are the responsibility of the over-riding authority. The concept of appointed boards (ie committees) running racing with few if any checks and balances is showing up as a relic of the ages – well, of between one and two hundred years, anyway, depending on the code.

You could put the world’s top businessmen, Mandrake, Superman and the archangel Gabriel on these committees and the result would be the same. It’s the lowest common denominator effect. The buck does not stop anywhere. It’s not the people that are the problem, it’s the system.

The fix? Only state Racing Ministers can bring about the necessary reforms.

Fortunately, other major sports have long since seen the light and, in any event, their leaders do not report to governments. Almost without exception, they have set up national organisations in which a CEO is responsible to the board for running the whole show. Boards are there to hire and fire the CEO and to oversee only major strategic matters and approve major expenditure. Board appointments are decided by merit alone and not, for example, by state of origin. Outcomes are routinely checked by everyone from fans to media organisations and their successes and failures are there for all to see. Not so in racing.

As an aside, you might note that the NSW board is comprised of people who have all had some previous experience in the industry, but who are claimed to be independent because they are not serving officials. With the best will in the world, is that possible? It brings to mind a proposal from former Victorian Premier, Jeff Kennett, that current administrations (at the gallops) should be scrapped and replaced with people who do not have any experience at all in the industry. Now that would really be independent.

Of course, Queensland boards not only have serving participants but the Minister has made it compulsory. Could that be why the state is running last on any measure you might think of?

HAVE YOU HEARD THIS ONE BEFORE?

Steward’s Report, The Meadows Saturday 26, Race 5.

“Smoking Rosie and Left Is Right were slow to begin. Left Is Right (5) crossed to the rail soon after the start, checking Quicker Than Al (3) as a result”.

Yet another silly error. Left Is Right did walk out and cross to the rail but that had no effect on Quicker Than Al, which was in front of it from the jump. However, Left Is Right, a darkish coloured dog with a yellow rug, then charged through at the first turn like a platoon of Hawks headed for the Swan’s goal, scattering the opposition every which way. That caused much of the interference with the rest being due to the tight nature of the turn itself.

Would you let any of these guys take the kick for goal if the match depended on it?

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