Cannington plays host to National Sprint Championship final in 2014 for only the fifth time in the history of the event. It first staged the race in 1979, when NSW champion Acclaim Star scored a brilliant win. Acclaim Star became Australia’s highest prize money winner during his career. Then, in 1989, local superstar Sandi’s Me Mum annexed the first of two consecutive Sprint Championships. She too went on to become Australia’s highest prize money winner. In 1998, the great Rapid Journey came from box six and almost last place at the first turn to score. He finished his career as Australia’s highest prize money earner, and the first to pass half a million dollars.
That Cannington/prize money nexus was broken in 2004 when NSW sprinter In For Life was victorious. The last time the race was run in Cannington, the late all-distance champion Dashing Corsair from Queensland was successful.
If the past is anything to go by, then a genuine topliner is needed to take out the race when it is run at Cannington.
The first National Sprint Championship was run on 11 September 1965 over 500 yards (457 metres) at Harold Park. The race was taken out by NSW sprinter Best Sun (box seven), trained by Eddie Batiste. Indeed the first four across the line were all from NSW, with second place going to Satyr Rocket, two lengths behind Best Sun, with Chariot Charm a length away third and Black Tass fourth. Queenslander He’s Lightning was fifth ahead of the Victorian Billy Vee.
Eddie Batiste, who earned ÂŁ2,000 for the win, had earlier made headlines as being the man who discovered the lifeless bodies of Dr Gilbert Bogle and Mrs Margaret Chandler in 1963, in a case that baffled the nation.
Tracks & Distances
Eleven tracks across six states have held the final. Between 1965 and 1976 the race alternated between New South Wales and Victoria. Since 1977 it has moved around the country.
Harold Park 1965, 1969, 1973, 1980, 1983, 1984 (457 metres)
Olympic Park 1966, 1970, 1974, 1981, 1992 (511 metres)
Wentworth Park 1967, 1971, 1975 (530 metres), 1991, 1994, 1999, 2005, 2008 (520 metres),
Sandown Park 1968, 1972 (507 metres), 1976, 1985 (513 metres), 1990, 1995 (511 metres), 2007 (515 metres),
Gabba 1977, 1982, 1988 (558 metres)
Angle Park 1978, 1986, 1993 (512 metres), 1997, 2003, 2010 (515 metres)
Cannington 1979, 1989, 1998, 2004, 2009 (530 metres),
Albion Park 1996, 2002, 2011 (520 metres),
Launceston 2000 (522 metres), 2006 (515 metres)
Hobart 1987 (457 metres), 2012 (461 metres)
The Meadows 2001 (518 metres), 2013 (525 metres)
When Is The Race Run
Until 2006 and again in 2009 it was run in either September or October. In 2007, 2008, and since 2010 it has been held in August.
Biggest Winning Margins
Gallant Ruler (NSW) won by 12 lengths in 1994, Red Zero (NSW) by eight lengths in 1969, Knocka Norris (Q) by seven and a half lengths in 2008, and Temlee (V) by six lengths in 1974.
Closest Winning Margins
Coorparoo Flyer (Q) 1975, Bit Chili (NSW) 2007, and Smooth Fancy (NSW) 2010 all prevailed by a head, while King Miller (NSW) 1971, Prince Of Tigers (WA) 1997, Rapid Journey (NSW) 1998, In For Life (NSW) 2004 and Dashing Corsair (Q) 2009 all scored by just a neck.
Most Successful Trainers
Petar Jovanovic leads with three winners (Scenic Spa 1985, Stetson 1986 and Shayne’s Champ 1996, although Maryanne Jovanovic is also credited in Scenic Spa’s success) ahead of Gerry O’Keefe with Sandi’s Me Mum (1989 and 1990), Graeme Bate with Henerik Bale (2001) and Xylia Allen (2013) and Reg Kay with Elite State (2003) and Knocka Norris (2008). Paul Cauchi trained Coorparoo Flyer to win in 1975 and although his charge Clover Duke won in 1976, it was technically trained by Charlie Gatt, as Cauchi was under suspension at the time.
Only the West Australian great, Sandi’s Me Mum, in 1989 and 1990.
Metz Magic in 2011. The Queenslander replaced Tonneli Bale in a race which also saw the scratchings of Pedrosa (replaced by Maybe Elite) and Damek, who was unable to compete for Tasmania, and was replaced by Hellyeah Jacko.
Benjamin John (fourth in 1968 and 1969), Pied Rebel (second in 1969 and 1970), Coorparoo Flyer (Won 1975, third 1976), Odious (fourth 1975, second 1976), White Panther (third 1979, fourth 1980), Winifred Bale (seventh 1982, Won 1983), Defiant Lea (fourth 1983, eighth 1984), Apache Eye (unplaced 1987 & 1988), Sandi’s Me Mum (Won 1989 & 1990), Mister Britain (unplaced 1989 & 1990), Faithful Hawk (third 1998, seventh 1999), Mallee Rebel (eighth 2000, sixth 2001), Buckingham Chuck (second 2006, seventh 2007), Pedrosa (fourth 2010, scratched 2011), Glen Gallon (sixth 2011, second 2012)
Chariot Charm (third 1965), Munich Boy (third 1967), Busy’s Charm (second 1969), Tara Flash (sixth 1971), Shapely Escort (seventh 1971, injured), Woolley Wilson (eighth 1972), Half Your Luck (second 1973), Bristol Sue (second 1974), Ungwilla Lad (eighth 1975), Sole Force (second 1978), Tempix (seventh 1979), Glider’s Son (sixth 1981), Eaglehawk Star (second 1984), Shining Chariot (second 1986), Camden’s Ghost (third 1986), True Vintage (second 1987), See Yah (third 1988), Highly Blessed (third 1990), Hotshot (fourth 1998), Reggemite (fifth 1998), Top Shiraz (fourth 1999), Carlisle Jack (second 2001), Modern Assassin (third 2002), Sun Hero (third 2004), Scull Murphy (fourth 2007), Paw Licking (fourth 2013)
From its inception in 1965 and until 1973, a series of heats and quarter finals were usually held NSW, Victoria, Tasmania, and Queensland, with the top point scorers coming to the host state for, usually, a pair of semi-finals. The eight top point scorers through these semi-finals would then go to make up the final field. In 1973, South Australia was added to the contenders, with Western Australia included in 1976.
Since 1977, each state has conducted its own series and sent the winner to contest the final in the host state. The Northern Territory was also included from 1982
In 1980, trainer Ken Howe had the favourite Fast Sapphire engaged in the final, and gave Ernie Rowe, the greyhounds’ former mentor, the honour of walking the greyhound to the 457 metre boxes at Harold Park. Fast Sapphire (box one) scored a brilliant win, and was immediately retired to stud.
In 1981, South Australian bitch Kate’s A Scandal set a new Australian record of 15 successive victories, eclipsing the 14 straight set by Harryed in 1950. In the same race were the NSW pair of Glider’s Son and Peter Glider. It was the first time a major national race had featured litter brothers bred, owned, and trained by the same person, namely John MacDonald.
In 1988, NSW star See Yah ran third to Queensland champion Dancing Gamble while wearing his dog collar. His trainer had forgotten to remove the collar when loading See Yah into the boxes.
The Gardens will stage six outstanding heats of the Group Two Blacktop, with a juicy $40,000 awaiting next weekâ€™s final winner.
This race has an outstanding honour roll, with stars such as Snozz, Bye Bye Bucks and Cindeen Shelby amongst the former winners.
Pre-series favourite is Jason Mackayâ€™s Zipping Willow, who will be looking for her ninth straight win on Friday and is out for redemption after finishing runner-up in this series last year.
Heat one will feature Kicking Rocks (4), who loves this track and posted a near-record 29.30 in his maiden victory back in April. The Ryan Tredway trained chaser is unbeaten at The Gardens and clocked a sizzling time of 29.46 earlier this month. Zipping Summah (5) had no luck in a heat of the NSW National Sprint Championship at Wentworth Park, but has posted flying times at this track including a personal best of 29.49. Trained by astute mentor Jason Mackay, the daughter of Goodesy and Sirocco Lass will only need some luck early on to feature heavily in this affair. Kool Mac (3) has won his past two starts, recording impressive times at the Gardens (29.73) and Wentworth Park (30.35) and has the ability to run a cheeky race.
Queensland chaser Rose Of Galo (7) trialled impressively at The Gardens on Saturday, clocking a flying time of 29.66 and should improve on that this week in heat two. The daughter of El Galo and Noir Rose will be looking for her 20th career win for trainer Albert Kennewell, who will be looking to return home to the Sunshine State with a Group Two title. Fire Elusive (3) has regained form for trainer Mark Moroney after a short stint in the Jason Mackay kennel. The son of El Grand Senor and Cathella Ice recorded impressive wins at Maitland (22.66) and Wentworth Park (30.04) at his past two outings and has the genuine early pace to be competitive. Hersi (1) has solid form at this track, with a speedy personal best of 29.68 recorded back in March and should use the box one advantage.
Zipping Willow (7) steps out in heat three and has the early pace to cross from out wide and post another sizzling time. The daughter of Goodesy and Sirocco Lass clocked a near record 29.33 in May last year and can emulate this with her current run of form. Rue De Kahn (2) returns to The Gardens for the first time since her Group One triumph back in February and is primed for a big performance from box two. Trainer Dean Swain will head into this race with plenty of confidence after a second placing in a FFA at Wentworth Park last Saturday. Dee Getta (4) has been a consistent performer of late and will be running home at the end. The Shane Hill trained greyhound has a flying 29.56 personal best at the track and must be respected.
Zipping Tarn (1) returns to the racetrack for the first time since June in heat four and clocked a blistering 29.37 back in May. The Jason Mackay trained daughter of Mantra Lad and Scarlett Girl has drawn perfectly in box one and is a huge threat in this affair. Golden Easter Egg finalist Magic Display (3) will make her debut at The Gardens for trainer Evelyn Harris. The daughter of Magic Sprite and Display Bonus has sizzling early pace and can lead from start to finish if she times the jump to perfection. Hector Kahn (2) gives Dean Swain another good chance of qualifying for the final, with the consistent chaser runner up at his past three outings. The son of Premier Fantasy and Another Request was successful in her only start at The Gardens, recording a speedy time of 29.53.
Queen Esther (2) is in red-hot form at present, with a flying 29.77 win at Wentworth Park two weeks ago. The daughter of Lochinvar Marlow and Fascinate Marina has recorded a brilliant early sectional of 4.93 and a sizzling overall time of 29.48 at this track, giving trainer Noelene Holloway a huge chance of securing a finals spot via the fifth heat. Push It (8) also has genuine early pace also clocked 29.77 at Wentworth Park at the start of the month for trainer Dean Swain, she is well draw out wide to get a clear run. Minerâ€™s Moss (1) has come up with the red rug in this event and is making his debut at the Gardens for trainer Mathew Reid. The son of Magic Sprite and Bellbird Park recorded an impressive time at Albion Park last month, clocking 29.89 over the 520m journey.
In the final heat, exciting sprinter Lani Banarni (2) returns to the track for trainer Charlie Gatt, after recording three straight wins at her past few attempts, including a flying 29.72 at Wentworth Park. The daughter of Disintegrate and Hey Princess clocked a blistering time of 29.40 at this track back in January and is perfectly drawn near the rails. Evil Punk (4) also returns to The Gardens after some consistent form of late, including a 28.85 performance at Bulli over the 515m. The son of Collision and Punk Angel has a good record at this track and is one of the main dangers to take out this heat and the final. Edge (6) loves this track and has posted a personal best time of 29.51, however will need some luck from box six. Trained locally by Graeme Barnett, the son of Cosmic Rumble and Belle Tara has an outstanding Gardens record of six wins and two minor placings from just eleven starts.
Heat one will jump at 8.17pm, with the six winners and two fastest runner-ups, moving through to next weekâ€™s Group Two final.
Greyhound Box Draw For Cannington – Saturday, 23 August 2014
1st: $1,875 2nd: $535 3rd: $270.
1st: $4,125 2nd: $1,175 3rd: $590.
1st: $4,125 2nd: $1,175 3rd: $590.
1st: $4,125 2nd: $1,175 3rd: $590.
1st: $4,875 2nd: $1,390 3rd: $695.
1st: $75,000 2nd: $21,250 3rd: $10,625.
1st: $3,875 2nd: $1,105 3rd: $555.
1st: $75,000 2nd: $21,250 3rd: $10,625.
1st: $4,475 2nd: $1,280 3rd: $640.
1st: $3,875 2nd: $1,105 3rd: $555.
1st: $1,725 2nd: $490 3rd: $250.
1st: $1,875 2nd: $535 3rd: $270.
In April this year talented sprinter Are Ate captured the 2014 Ipswich Puppy Auction final and pocketed a huge $40,000 for his connections. On Sunday another crop of hopefuls will go under the hammer at the Ipswich .
There is 149 lots in the catalogue and the sale starts from 10am at the Ipswich Track (showgrounds). With the 2016 puppy final worth $40,000 again and a massive $10,000 breeders bonus attached to the winning finalist, interest is sure to be high. Bidding will begin at $800 per pup and there is sure to be plenty of value for astute breeders and buyers.
Some of the key litters represented at the auction are as follows:
Where’s Pedro x Tarlie’s Angel (Group One National Distance finalist)
Head Bound x Tina’s Show (dam of Maid For Ron, Peter’s Pick etc)
Magic Sprite x Maybe Elite (Group One National Sprint finalist & fast city-winning bitch)
Surf Lorian x Kaycee Diva (repeat mating to a litter that includes Ipswich GOTY Black Book Bob and track record holder Jetta’s Girl)
Fear Zafonic x Ultra Cool (2-state City winner, out of Albion Park Broodbitch of the Year, Ultra Swift)
Swift Fancy x Eye the Tiger (dam of Bendigo Track record breaker Shot to Bits)
Turanza Bale x Simmerly (Ipswich Auction finalist who won 15 from 38)
Radley Bale x Suite Tahlia (Tweed Galaxy finalist)
Magic Sprite x Befitting (dam won over $62,000 including Young Guns & Vince Curry Consolation winner)
Fabregas x Wheely Happy (dam a litter sister to the brilliant Leelicious, 29.35 Sandown; Oh So Smooth, Dapto Track Record 29.51; Fluidity 29.51 Sandown)
Pure Octane x Bare Essentials (City bitch who is out of Group placed Tears Of Jupiter)
Vee Man Vane x Amus (multiple city winner from 520-710m)
Magic Sprite is the most listed sire, with the star represented in seven different litters.
Plenty of other star sires will also be represented, with El Grand Senor, Bekim Bale and Lochinvar Marlow just some of the names listed. Also amongst the list are local champions Glen Gallon and the recently deceased and hugely popular Dashing Corsair.
With the enormous increases in prizemoney announced this week, there is no better time to get involved in Queensland greyhound racing. Get along to the Ipswich club on Sunday and see if you can find a bargain amongst the huge list of lots. With so many different sires in the catalogue, there is sure to be a pup that appeals.
Good luck to breeders, buyers and the Ipswich club on Sunday.
Itâ€™s noteworthy, and very topical, that todayâ€™s headlines are dominated by the worldâ€™s two biggest religions, Christianity and Islam, which both got their start from words that came down from on high â€“ with the help of Moses and the angel Gabriel respectively. Hence the preparation and wide publication of the Bible and the Koran.
The trouble is that no-one is sure exactly what they mean to say. Different interpretations are argued, different branches have developed, and battles are ruinous and ongoing. Over time, the Crusades, the Inquisition, the Reformation and the Jihads have confused the public mightily, and done considerable damage to millions of people. More recently, even Sir Humphrey Appleby, talking about the appointment of a bishop, advised Jim Hacker that a solid belief in God was an optional extra. Such is the world we live in.
But is greyhound racing any different?
The word arrived from state governments about 60 years ago that this was the way to run things. Privateers were cast out of the temple and honest amateurs picked to control operations. And it has been so ever since, virtually according to the same book.
Over the past couple of years, the word came down from administrators in NSW, with some help from WA, that Ozchase would provide all things good and wonderful. In reality, that meant that it would be cheaper for everyone to keep their books, and so you should join in.
Of course, the principles are marvellous â€“ greater efficiency, easy references, more consistency, fewer errors in transmission and less need to go to the money lenders. Consequently, bean counters in Tasmania, SA, the ACT and Queensland have joined with NSW and WA in applauding the idea.
Ozchase is now working everywhere except in Victoria, where the local heathens decided they liked what they already had and said no thanks.
The problem now is that while bottom lines may be improved, Ozchase threw the baby out with the bathwater. With the cheaper costs came a disregard for the people who supply the means to fix those bottom lines â€“ the customers. For real racing information â€“ mainly form and race results – Ozchase stinks. Information is restricted and/or laborious to access and is never supplied in data-friendly formats. It deliberately makes life harder for punters, apparently because Ozchase (which means GRNSW) wants to keep secret as much as possible.
This is a major, although not the only, factor which has caused those same customers to either disappear or be downgraded to mug believers. Accept the word or be excommunicated is todayâ€™s mantra. Do not query the good book lest you be censored out of existence. All of which makes progress and innovation hard to bring about.
It is also a reason why the infidels in Victoria will continue to thrive (relatively) as they have been doing for the last decade or more. It is extraordinary that the old-timer thinkers in NSW and elsewhere cannot see what they have done and where they are heading â€“ the downturns are everywhere to be seen.
For a few pieces of silver (temporary only) they are risking the industryâ€™s future by throwing the customers to the lions.
In any case, according to census figures, the biggest growth in the West today is not in believer numbers but in the number of atheists.
QUEENSLAND â€“ HELP FROM ABOVE
Christmas will arrive early this year for Queensland greyhounds. Following the new agreement with Tattsbet standard prize money at Albion Parkâ€™s main meeting on Thursdays will rise by 54% to $7,500. This now compares favourably with Wentworth Park in Sydney ($6,750) and Melbourne ($7,180). Prize money at other venues will also be increasing nicely.
So far, so good.
What we donâ€™t know yet is how Queensland has set up its budget and what other improvements it has in mind. There are pressing needs.
1. The government has provided capital to create the new Logan complex to the south of Brisbane but
not up-to-date detail about the design of the track. For example, previous drafts showed it included a bend start for middle distance races. (Despite no official announcement, rumours abound that work has already started. Why the secret?)
2. The fate of Albion Park and Ipswich operations is unknown. Both those tracks are sub-standard for purely technical reasons which need attention. Bend starts and poor turns badly need fixing.
3. Never mind the new agreement; will TattsBet â€“ which is currently unable to maintain its tote turnover – continue to provide the cash from year to year?
4. How will Racing Queensland encourage more local patronage in future years when better alternatives are available in other states with bigger betting pools, all easily accessed via a phone or the internet? So far the new administration has done nothing to promote fresh business.
5. The increased prize money will certainly help but will it be enough to attract more and better quality dogs? Possibly, but it might need serious promotion.
In short, itâ€™s not just the cash but the package to be offered to customers that will be the key to prosperity. That package has to include better fields, better tracks and better betting options. Leave out any one of those and progress will be limited.
By the way, all this information is being put out by the chairman of Racing Queensland, Kevin Dixon. Not a word has been heard from the greyhound board – on this or any other subject. Such is the pecking order.
GREYHOUNDS AUSTRALASIA, PLEASE NOTE
Never short of a word, former Victorian Premier, Jeff Kennett, at a function in Melbourne, called for a revamp of the Australian Racing Board, which he described as â€śuselessâ€ť. He says it is â€śimperative that the national racing board comprises people who are independent of racingâ€ť.
â€śI would like to see people who are genuinely independent and not have a background in racing,â€ť he said.
â€śYou need a small, independent board that can bring best practices together to understand that this industry is just not about racing, but it is about setting standard. Itâ€™s about ensuring people are fairly treated.â€ť
Nor was he complimentary about online bookmakers, titling them as â€śa cancerâ€ť on the industry.
â€śAnd, Kennett admitted that if he could have foreseen what he says is the damage corporate bookmakers are causing then he would not have privatised the Victorian TAB more than 20 years ago. Kennett said if corporate bookmakers were allowed to exercise their will as they currently do, the racing industry would not exist in five years.â€ť
A bit extreme, perhaps, but understandable. However, Kennett might have pondered more about the way in which online bookmakers are allowed to operate, rather than their very existence. After all, the betting sector was nearly moribund before their injection into the system. And their formation was prompted only by the negative way in which the ARB and the major clubs treated traditional bookmakers, and for no other reason.
Blythe Spirit took out the 1950 Lismore 350 yards Championship, scoring by three lengths from All Radium. The field consisted of 10 starters.
Olympic Park track opened for its first meeting, in 1962. Races were conducted over 560 yards and 800 yards. The track followed the closure of North Melbourne.
NSW champion bitch Odious won the 1975 Laurels Classic over 507 metres at Sandown Park, scoring by 10 lengths from box eight. Odious set a new track record time of 30.34 and earned $4,000 for her victory.
In For Life took out the 2004 National Sprint Championship NSW State Final at Wentworth Park (520 metres) by a whopping 13 lengths. Overcoming box six, In For Life ran a fast 29.99. On the same night, Classy Customer took out the National Distance Championship NSW State Final.
Maggiore commenced what would be an impressive early career by winning his first start for trainer Jim Ward, scoring by two lengths up the 366 metres straight at Wyong in 1987.
The great Rapid Journey won the 1998 National Sprint Championship NSW State Final by eight and a half lengths from November Miss.
Blythe Spirit won the 1950 Lismore 500 yards Championship, downing Sole Possession by a length with All Radium third. Blythe Spirit had won the 350 yards championship just three days earlier from a similar field.
Glider’s Son defeated the Victorian pair of Stardom Road and Waverly Doll in the 1980 Young Star Classic final at Wentworth Park (530 metres, grass). The John MacDonald-trained black flyer ran 31.03 to set a new race record.
Velocity Regina ran 28.51 to set a new track record over 498 metres at Townsville in 2011.
Cooper downed City Skopos to win the 1987 Anniversary Trophy at Olympic Park, the first to be run over the sprint journey (511 metres). The race, inaugurated in 1965, had previously been contested over the 732 metres trip.
The ill-fated NSW stayer Smart Valentino took out the 2013 National Distance Championship, run over 725 metres at The Meadows. The Mark Swift owned and trained stayer defeated Magpie Bob of Western Australia and Lashing Jill of Tasmania. The victory was only the ninth time a NSW stayer had taken out the final in 45 runnings.
Dashing Corsair from Queensland became the first greyhound to win both the National Sprint Championship and the National Distance Championship in a career when he annexed the latter over 710 metres at Albion Park in 2011. Dashing Corsair had joined Just Like Jack (NSW) as the only greyhounds to have contested national championship finals as a sprinter and a stayer.
West Australian superstar Miata defeated her nemesis Irma Bale (Victoria) in the 2012 National Distance Championship final, run over 709 metres at Hobart. This was the first West Australian victory in the event since 1998 when Paradise Street had scored at Cannington.
Blythe Spirit took out the 1950 660 yards Championship, defeating Shorncliffe by a length and a half. Owned and trained by Claude Fuller, Blythe Spirit took her racing record to 13 wins and 14 placings from 33 starts. Blythe Spirit completed a clean sweep of the Lismore championships, run over 350, 500, and 660 yards, a rare event.
Busy’s Charm, the litter sister to Zoom Top, won a 750 yards event at Wollongong in 1968 by four lengths in 42.5, equalling the track record.
Sandi’s Me Mum took out the 530-metres Winter Cup at Cannington in 1989.
Zelemar Fever has returned to the winnerâ€™s circle in the WA National Sprint Championship Final on Saturday night over Canningtonâ€™s 530 metre distance. Trainer Linda Britton produced a quinella in the final with Star Recall running home strongly to also clasp a spot in next weeks National Sprint.
Zelemar Fever jumped from her favourite box one straight onto the rails, with Jump The Queue as expected leading the field from box eight until the 600 metre boxes. Favourite On Coin jumped midfield from box five and was only able to catch the tail ends of leaders Jump The Queue, Star Recall (box three) and Zelemar Fever.
Temlee winner Zelemar Fever was able to show the class she has been hiding by extending her winning margin to just over two lengths in a best of the night time of 30.40, paying $3.70. On Coin was defeated by box five, finishing in fifth place.
From 12 starts out of box one the daughter of Bombastic Shiraz â€“ Noaki Pace has won on eight occasions and placed in three others.
As the wildcard for the National Sprint, Zelemar Fever was guaranteed a rug in next weeks $75,000 to the winner final. Next in line for the wildcard spot was the Christine Proctor trained Bessy Boo (NSW) who made the trip over to the west in hope that Zelemer Fever would make it through to the Nationals either running first or second and Christine Proctor was one of many cheering Zelemer Fever onto victory. In Bessy Booâ€™s exhibition trial on the night, he stopped the clock at 30.52. Victorian Crackerjak Dak went a slick 30.35 after flying out of the boxes and South Australian Wild Soul went 30.69 for trainer Kim Johnstone.
With the last spots filled for the National Sprint Final the box draw is as follows:
1 Dominator Girl (TAS) Paul Hil
2 Chica Destacada (NSW) Doreen Drynan
3 Flash Reality (QLD) Tony Brett
4 Zelemar Fever (WA) Linda Britton
5 Crackerjak Dak (VIC) Andrea Daily
6 Star Recall (WA) Linda Britton
7 Bessy Boo (NSW) Christine Proctor
8 Wild Soul (SA) Kim Johnstone
9 Jump The Queue (WA) Peter Hepple
10 Luba Monelli (WA) David Hobby
WAâ€™s Nationals night was a night for the red box, with both the sprint and the distance winners jumping from the cherry. Bingle Monelli for trainer David Hobby took out the WA Distance race paying $4.10 for the win. $2.60 favourite Ash Flash finished in second place and also received a spot in next weeks National Distance Final.
James Jefferiesâ€™ Wing It Appeal (box three) and Linda Brittonâ€™s Reverberate (box four) jumped a length in front of the field, with Freeway Ace (box five) and Ash Flash (box seven) last out. Bingle Monelli railed hard and found herself in the lead on the bend after Wing It Appeal ran characteristically wide. Obama Keeping (box eight) also found room on the rails in third positioned as the field went into the back straight and as anticipated Ash Flash began to make her run through the field. The lead changed between Bingle Monelli and Reverberate on multiple occasions and Obama Keeping wanted in on the action, checking itself and Reverberate almost out of the race. This allowed Ash Flash to lunge late and finish in second place, half a length from Bingle Monelli in a best of the night time of 42.11.
The daughter of Collision â€“ Joanne Monelli has had just nine starts over the 715 metre distance, for three wins and five minor placingâ€™s. She was close to her personal best time of 42.04 that she set seven starts back from box eight.
It’s his second year that one of David Hobby’s greyhounds has taken out the WA National Distance Championship. Last year Magpie Bob went onto represent WA in Victoria; finishing second behind Smart Valentino from box eight. Hobby will be hoping he can do one better this year, aided by the home track advantage.
Paul Stuart also received a rug in the final with his come from behind stayer Ash Flash.
Two exhibition trials were run for visiting stayers Queen Marina from New South Wales and Queenslander Wag Tail. Queen Marina stopped the clock at 42.40 and Wag Tail went 41.77.
The National Distance box draw is as follows:
1 Painted Dotty (TAS) Mick Stringer
2 Wag Tail (QLD) Christina Harman
3 Ash Flash (WA) Paul Stuart
4 Bingle Monelli (WA) David Hobby
5 Token McLaren (SA) Donald Foster
6 Xylia Allen (VIC) Jenny Hunt
7 Sweet It Is (VIC) Darren McDonald
8 Queen Marina (NSW) Noelene Holloway
9 Reverberate (WA) Linda Britton
10 Wing It Appeal (WA) James Jefferies
Jump The Queue faces the biggest race of her career in the WA National Sprint Championship Final on Saturday night at Cannington. Win, loose or draw she will be doing it for a good cause, a charity of the Puppy Clubâ€™s choice.
Trainer Peter Hepple has had a long lasting affiliation with the Greyhounds WA Puppy Club programme, which is aimed at involving youth in the greyhound industry. The added bonus with the Puppy Club is that the money won by their greyhounds is donated to a charity of their choice.
Last week Jump The Queue made it into the WA National Sprint Championship Final over the 530 metre distance by running fourth in the first of two qualifying heats. She exited out of box seven and as anticipated went straight to the early lead. The little brindle chaser was unable to hold onto the lead with Star Recall, Luba Monelli and Zelemar Fever showcasing enough strength to run over the top of her.
â€śShe is only a tiny little thing and is real quick early, she is probably the quickest dog consistently out of the boxes. Every time we pray and hope that she hangs on for either first second third or fourth.â€ť Trainer Peter Hepple explained.
Little she is, at just 25kg Jump The Queue is lucky that she has explosive speed out of the boxes that prevents her from finding trouble throughout the race.
â€śYou would rather be in front then behind, youâ€™re basically on your own doing a solo trial. I always pray for interference with the dogs sitting behind her, but I donâ€™t like good dogs getting hurt, especially in this state where we only have a few.â€ť
â€śMy little bitch does everything right for the first three sections but itâ€™s just the last she gets tired. She hasnâ€™t got the ability to keep going to run the 30.20, 30.30 times.â€ť
Jump The Queue and her litter have won over $100,000 in name of the Puppy Club which has been distributed to charities including the Make-A-Wish foundation and the Centre for Cerebral Palsy.
The rest of the litter include Charity Earner, who is looking to increase her prizemoney to over $20,000 with a win on Saturday night at Cannington in the Best 8 WA bred Canning Final. Lindback is looking to do the same on Wednesday night at Cannington and Nice Lilâ€™ Earner, who is due to make a comeback in a month after suffering a tendon injury in February.
At 8.30pm on Saturday night the Puppy Clubâ€™s support and attention will be on Jump The Queue, who will be wearing the pink rug in the WA National Sprint Final. Her opposition is extremely talented and itâ€™s more than a tough ask for Heppleâ€™s little star to make it through to represent WA in the National Sprint Final next week.
â€śI still think she can lead to the first peg, if there is carnage on the first bend then we can win it but she isnâ€™t as quick overall as the other dogs.â€ť
Hepple believes that On Coin is the dog to beat in the final despite having to exit from box five.
â€śHe (On Coin) is the only WA bred dog to break the 30 second barrier. I hope he wins for John Crossley, but I wonâ€™t tell him that!â€ť Hepple laughed.
â€śI think who ever gets in will be a great chance of winning the final. To be in this race you have to be a classy type dog, and you have to do everything right.â€ť
The field for the WA National Sprint Final is bursting with talent, with the box draw looking to play a large role in how the race is going to pan out. The prices are Centrebetâ€™s latest fixed odds.
Zelemar Fever has received box one for trainer Linda Britton and is paying $3.30 for the win. Her form of late hasnâ€™t been up to the standard she was producing at the start of the year, but she is back in her favourite box so anything could happen. She is capable of breaking the 30 second barrier, making her the second fastest dog in the race.
Luba Monelli is jumping from box two and is currently paying $16.00 for trainer David Hobby. Last week saw her return after four months on the sidelines in fine form, finishing second behind Star Recall. The run last week will do her good so she is in with a good chance, especially jumping from the inside box.
Star Recall for trainer Linda Britton is jumping from box three paying around the $2.70 mark. Last week she won more than convincingly in 30.35 from box eight. It will be a great test seeing her come up against On Coin and she will need to jump a little better then last week to lead the field early, especially with Jump The Queue in the race. A front position for Star Recall on the home turn will be essential for her, with On Coin more than likely storming home.
Gomes is jumping out of box four for Linda Britton and is paying $23.00 for the win. Heâ€™s been in surprisingly good form lately against some top chasers. The class of dog is very high in this field but you canâ€™t rule the veteran out, because when you do he usually pulls out an exceptional performance.
On Coin for trainer John Crossley has the squeeze box and will more then likely start around $2.30 favourite. His form of late is almost faultless, his box manners have improved and he is strong to the finishing line. On Coin is the fastest WA bred dog going around at the moment and will be a serious contender if he makes it through to next weeks National Sprint.
Freeway Force for Keith Harding will jump from box six and looks to be the long shot of the field and is currently paying $34.00 to take out the race. Itâ€™s going to take a lot to go wrong with the amount of talent in the race for Freeway Force to come away with the win.
You Can Dream is jumping from box seven for trainer Dennis Calleja and is paying $23.00. She is another long shot in this classy field and will need to get to the lead early to have any hope of taking the race out.
Jump The Queue is set to pay $9.00 for the win. She will be the likely leader of the field even from box eight. She will need trouble behind if she is to hold on to the lead for the victory.
Deyna is the first reserve for trainer Linda Britton. He isnâ€™t in the league of these chasers and if he gets a start I canâ€™t see him taking out the race.
Black Dymas is the second reserve for Jason Stuart. He has been racing in top company of late and hasnâ€™t been able to come away with a win. If he is to get a start in the final it unlikely the outcome will change.
In just his second start over the 715 metre distance, Obama Keeping will line up against WAâ€™s best stayers for a chance to represent his state in the 2014 National Distance Final held next week at Cannington.
The Terry Erenshaw trained middle distance, turned stayer, finished second behind Reverberate from box three in last weekâ€™s heat of the WA National Distance Championship. The black dog stuck on Reverberateâ€™s tail, even snatching the lead at one point, but failed to hold on finishing second in his first start over the distance.
With a 700 metre run under his belt, the son of Bekim Bale â€“ Beth Keeping will be better for it as he begins his campaign to become a seasoned stayer against the states best distance dogs.
â€śYouâ€™re never confident with any dog, you expect the worst and hope for the best.â€ť Trainer Terry Erenshaw explained when asked about how he expected his chaser to go first up over the distance.
â€śI thought he would have been able to stick with Reverberate but he couldnâ€™t, she dropped him off pretty swiftly.â€ť
Drawing box eight in a final with talent coming from just about every box Obama Keeping will have pull out something special if he is to represent the state next week.
â€śItâ€™s good to have the dog in the race but he isnâ€™t up to the standard. He will shine another day and I am proud to have him in the race.â€ť
â€śThere are plenty of races for this dog, just not this one. But he did a marvellous job to get there.â€ť
â€śAt the moment he canâ€™t compete with seasoned stayers, especially at this level and it would be naive to think otherwise.â€ť
Obama Keeping has had just 23 starts for seven wins and six minor placingâ€™s. If he takes to the 700 metre distance as easily as he did with the 600 he looks to have a bright future ahead of him in the staying ranks.
As for this weeks deciding final, Erenshaw finds it hard to pick the winner out of Reverberate, Ash Flash and Bingle Monelli.
â€śIf Reverberate and Bingle Monelli want to bounce each other around they are going to make the race for something else coming from behind and the only dog coming from behind would be Ash Flash. Then Ash Flash may have trouble getting through the race.â€ť
Despite the high standard of talent that will be arriving on WA soil in the next few days, with the likes of Sweet It Is and Xylia Allen, Erenshaw still believes that a WA dog could take out the National Distance series because of the home ground advantage.
At 9.07pm, the guesswork will stop and the greyhounds will do what they do best, run. The $14,500 to the winner will pale in comparison to the spot in the $75,000 final earned for the following week. All prices are from the current Sportingbet fixed odds market.
Bingle Monelli for trainer David Hobby has received box one and is set to start the race paying $3.60. The daughter of Collision â€“ Joanne Monelli loves the cherry box, producing seven wins from 10 starts and that may prove to be the advantage she needs to win the race.
Flight Of Anevay has drawn box two for trainer Kody Charles and is at long odds to take out the race ($31.00). Last week she finished third in her best performance over the distance to date, this week she will find it hard with an abundance of talent throughout the field. She will probably have to look for her first win over the distance against easier company.
Wing It Appeal for young trainer James Jefferies is a sneaky $21.00 chance from box three. The daughter of Head Bound â€“ Twinkle Appeal has been consistent in the staying ranks at Cannington with 11 starts for eight wins. She loves to use a bit of the track which causes her to do a lot more work then she needs to do.
Reveberate has drawn box four for trainer Linda Britton and will start around $3.10 to take out the race. She has been in great form and in her last 14 starts over the 715 she has been a picture of consistency, never finishing any worse than third place. If she is to take out this race she will need Ash Flash to find trouble behind so that she doesnâ€™t have him on her tail to potentially run over her on the line.
Freeway Ace for trainer Keith Harding will start the race paying around $31. The WA bred dog has been around the staying ranks for a while. The brindle chaser stepped down in distance to the 530 then had a week off before running in the heats last week. Improvement should be eminent with a run over the 700 under his belt.
Mullet Hunter has drawn box six for Ben Abercrombie and is currently paying $11.00 for the win. This bitch is new over the staying ranks with just four starts to her name for one win and one minor placing. She is a fast beginner and that should see her around the lead most of the way despite jumping from box six. If she is caught out in front alone and there is trouble behind she may just hold on to claim the victory.
Ash Flash will start as $2.10 favourite for trainer Paul Stuart out of box seven. It doesnâ€™t matter what box this freakish bitch receives because she is going to be near last out of the boxes. Her come from behind style although entertaining can be cause for concern if there is trouble in front of her. In saying that she is very strong and has been able to manoeuvre throughout the field to win on nine out of 14 occasions over the staying journey.
Obama Keeping is jumping from box eight and is set to pay around $23 to take out the race. He is another dog that could find himself in the lead early, being only his second run over the distance there will still be more room for improvement so its expected that he will tire towards the line.
Free Candy for trainer Steve Withers was unlucky not to make it through last week and she is yet to win over the 700 from her three starts. Her run last week was impressive, she was faced with a few interferences and looked to hit the line stronger than before. Itâ€™s only a matter of time before the Oaks winner salutes over the staying journey.
Houdini Monelli for David Hobby is the second reserve. Last week he looked mid race as though he could challenge the leading Reverberate and Obama Keeping but instead tired towards the line just holding onto finish fourth. If he was to get a start, he will need to gather a decent lead if he is to take out the race.
Following falls in normal TAB business in 2013/14 Tabcorp is looking to increase the proportion of betting done via smartphones and the like, particularly in respect to in-play bets which are currently available only through phone or personal contact. Overall, digital betting rose 18.2% to $2.9 billion during the year.
CEO David Attenborough wants to see punters wandering around ClubTabs and PubTabs furiously thumbing their I-Pads and the like as the field heads up the back straight. TAB licensees would be pleased as the extra business (assuming they get the credit) would help with the economics of running their facilities, and also make their venues more valuable in the long term.
Last year retail betting volumes fell 4.9% in Victoria and 1.2% in NSW, which would have been offset by the increasingbusiness where the company saw a 37% rise in revenue (the turnover figure was not stated).
The benefits of in-play betting for greyhound races are dubious due to the short time frames involved. In fact, how Tabcorpâ€™s price assessors might operate is also a mystery given the huge advantages accruing to leaders. It would be practical only for longer galloping and harness races.
It would be far more helpful to see TABs set up decent â€śbookmakingâ€ť facilities under their Fixed Odds banner, where punitive books of 130% or so are now the norm. More so as genuine bookmaking is almost a lost art in greyhound racing, certainly at most TAB tracks.
A breakdown of Tabcorpâ€™s racing turnover shows NSW with $3,819 million and Victoria with $2,762 million. Its Luxbet â€śbookmakingâ€ť subsidiary in the Northern Territory showed almost no increase.
However, the declining importance of tote betting places even more pressure on the need to create a national betting pool, particularly for greyhound racing which suffers from too many tiny and unworkable local pools. Both state Treasurers (in taxes) and racing authorities (in commissions) have much to gain due to their higher takes from traditional betting forms.
Added to that is the relatively poor performance of the betting exchange Betfair, which is struggling to maintain a level. So much so that James Packerâ€™s interests have now bought out the British parentâ€™s half of the action. His future strategies are unknown but he has shown a long term preference for gaming rather than wagering, unlike his late father.
This is a pity as the concept of a betting exchange provides a significant alternative to traditional means of betting. Thatâ€™s worth its weight in gold at a time when genuine bookmakers are becoming thin on the ground.
A CHANGING MEDIA LANDSCAPE
If you get one bad apple, how can you be sure there are not more in the bag?
Readers may be amazed to learn that reporter Natalie Oâ€™Brien from Fairfax has just won a media award for environmental investigations (not related to racing this time). Oâ€™Brien was responsible for a series of heavily biased reports on greyhound racing around the time of the establishment of the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry. Some of those reports extensively quoted dissenting comments by Inquiry deputy chairman Dr John Kaye MLC (Greens) who has himself been side-lined by his fellow members for his lopsided views.
Both these people have clearly indicated they just donâ€™t like greyhound racing. No special reason, they just donâ€™t like it. Well, thatâ€™s their right.
Oâ€™Brienâ€™s articles occurred around the time of the strongly slanted and poorly researched ABC TV program about greyhound â€śabusesâ€ť on the 7:30 Report. And, while Oâ€™Brienâ€™s articles purported to be â€śreportingâ€ť, in practice their limited views should have placed them under an â€śOpinionâ€ť heading. Clearly the paperâ€™s management is not very observant. Or perhaps they just donâ€™t understand racing.
All have since been discredited by the Inquiry, which reported favourably on the care and dedication of greyhound participants. However, it was critical of the codeâ€™s administration. A final report on the financial outlook for greyhound racing is due very soon.
In my view, the lack of balanced reporting in the (now) left-leaning Sydney Morning Herald and the ABC means consumers should take anything they say with a grain of salt. I donâ€™t trust either, and nor do many learned observers far more competent than me. For the moment, I am continuing with my SMH subscription only to keep track of what is going on and because I like to get their crosswords and football commentary.
Meantime, although it is a year since this kerfuffle emerged, no action has been seen from racing authorities to better inform the general public about the industry or the greyhound breed. Our leaders seem to think that if they keep punching out media releases which are read only by industry insiders that all will be well. That will not happen. The public will never come to us â€“ we have to go to them.
Letâ€™s take the words out of Hilary Clintonâ€™s mouth. In an interview on Americaâ€™s future, reported by the Wall Street Journal and The Australian she advised, â€śWe should take pride in ourselves and make our case to the world. We donâ€™t even tell our story very well.â€ť Exactly.
As for awards, many of these appear to be insiders applauding other insiders. All very nice but hardly objective.
DESIGN TO ELIMINATE CROWDING
At Sandown in race 10 yesterday stewards thought fit to mention that â€śSky Fighter crossed to the rail soon after the start checking Yakamov Bale, Kerrigan Bale, Eliza Blanche, Sisco Good, Zipping Snoopy, Dr. Donâ€ť.
Well, technically, there is a grain of truth in that, but not much more. Sky Fighter is not a crasher and did not crash on this occasion. It simply moved gradually across to the rail, leading by the time it got to the judge.
What really generated all the interference, and there was plenty, was Kerrigan Bale (1) moving out immediately after the jump, thereby inconveniencing favourite Eliza Blanche (2) and generally squeezing up the field. Therefore it appeared that Sky Fighter did more damage than it was really responsible for.
The point about this is not just to pin-prick the stewardsâ€™ words (although they could have done better) but to emphasise how important it is to devise ways of designing tracks so that dogs are encouraged to stay further apart. That may not change anything either of these two dogs did but it may help the rest of them.
As a further illustration, in two other races the inside squeezing led to two very good gallopers but moderate beginners from box 8 being able to whizz around the field on the first turn to record really smart times (Allen Deed, R8 and Shot To Bits, R12). Both deserved to win but other runners were denied a similar chance. The fix? Not entirely sure but Hobart may offer a few clues.
Tara Princess won the inaugural Laurels Classic, in 1964. The Syd Barrett-trained bitch ran the 555 yards trip at Sandown Park in 31.44.
Spread Eagled lived up to his name as he took out the 1990 Anniversary Trophy (Olympic Park, 511 metres) by four lengths from the smart Eureka Man, overcoming box five.
Marcy Maree won a maiden stake at Moree over 453 yards from box one in 1971, at the age of just 10 months. She was believed to be the youngest chaser to ever win a race at a licensed meeting.
Track specialist Footmark defeated Maria’s Mystery, another local star, in a match race run over 684 metres at Maitland in 1974.
Irinka Barbie notched her 14th victory (from only 21 attempts) over 720 metres at Wentworth Park, in 2004. This equalled the record of 14 wins at the 720 metres trip on the loam surface at the track, set by Pearl Larrcki. It would prove to be her last distance win at the Sydney course. The race was a heat of the NSW division of the National Distance Championship. Irinka Barbie would finish second to Classy Customer in the final the following week.
Knocka Norris defeated Made To Size by nine lengths to win the 2008 National Sprint Championship Queensland State Final for trainer Reg Kay.
William Charles won the 1988 Anniversary Trophy, run over 511 metres at Olympic Park. Trained by Graeme Bate, William Charles scored by three-quarters of a length from The Earbrander with Terminal Time a head away third.
Mantra Lad equalled the track record of 42.28 for 725 metres at The Meadows when taking out the 2008 National Distance Championship Victorian State Final by six and a half lengths.
Montana Jet equalled the track record of 27.0 over 500 yards at Temora in 1957, notching her fifth win in six career starts. She was just 13 months old.
Saki Dasher ploughed through the heavy track to take out the 1970 Anniversary Trophy final over 800 yards at Olympic Park, scoring by three and a half lengths for owner-trainer Randall Hutchinson.
Karen Janet won the 1998 Australian Airlines Sprint Trophy, run over 511 metres at Olympic Park. She scored by just half a length from the smart Bright Judge. Future Melbourne Cup winner Speedy Mick was fifth.
Punters staged a demonstration against the judges decision after the running of the Harold Park Stake (660 yards) in 1933. Odds-on favourite Footlight Flashes had fought the eventual winner Veassa in the home straight, going down officially by a neck. Stewards later barred Footlight Flashes from future races, so he was taken to Victoria and went on to win the 1933 Melbourne Cup.
Ascapella Miss scored by 13 lengths over 749 metres at Gawler in 1974, running a new track record time of 45.20.
At the Gabba in 1976, Joy Of Salome was engaged in a race when she was tackled by a young male as the field swept onto the home turn. Joy Of Salome, a 14/1 ($15.00) chance, was running sixth at the time. The man wrestled her to the ground. A number of spectators converged on the man but police arrested him first and took him from the ground. Stewards ordered all bets be paid after viewing film of the race and determining the result had not been affected by the incident.
Centrebet is offering a $200 free bet for our readers. It’s a quality night of racing at Sandown tonight and free bets make for good ammunition!
Leg 1: 1,3,6,7,8 – Leg 2: 3,4,8 – Leg 3: 1 – Leg 4: 3,4,5,8 – $60 for 100%
Best Bet: Bet up at Sportingbet on Mepunga Hayley with your $700 free bet.
Race 7: Mepunga Hayley
Race 11: Dynamo’s Gift
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.
Very open race to start the night but the well bred Smokem Jimmy looked very impressive when scoring here last week in 29.99. On that occasion he stepped cleanly and went past the first marker in a more than handy 5.15, if he can reproduce that type of effort he should be able to hold the early lead again. He appeared to get a little tired in the run home last week so I would expect him to hit the line a little better tonight.
Hestia Bale scored a convincing 30.05 heat win from this draw and she should make an impact again. She has been well supported in her two runs to date and I would expect her to show continual improvement with each run. Lister Bale scored well on debut and he went through the first bend in a zippy 5.12, that type of run would see him settle in the top two tonight and if he can avoid trouble at the first bend he should be thereabouts at the business end. Unther Bale and Proven Bolt both have enough ability to cause a boil over as well, so very tough race to kick off and it’s worth looking for over’s.
Top Four: 2 â€“ 1 â€“ 3 â€“ 7
Trifecta: 1,2,3/1,2,3,7/1,2,3,4,7,8 ($36 for 100%)
Exacta: 1,2/1,2,3,4,7 ($8 for 100%)
Boxed Quinella: 1,2,3,4 ($6 for 100%)
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.
Kiltah Magic has come up with the gun draw and she announced herself as a future star when scoring here in a sizzling 29.53 last month. She isn’t the best beginner but she does possess a fairly good turn of foot, so if she can get away on terms she should have sufficient speed to punch through and lead. There are a couple of handy types in this event but I don’t think they will be able to reel her in when she is running sub 29.50 on the bunny.
I’m a massive fan of Conquer Fear and I believe that once he really learns how to race he will be a major player in much stronger races than this. He has a solid 29.88 PB here but he is capable of going a lot quicker and if he gets the breaks at the right times he may salute at nice odds. Veetee Saharrah caught the eye with a slick 30.16 Cranbourne win last week and she too is a real up and comer. This is clearly her toughest test to date but if she finds herself in the top two as they head for the back straight she will be looking to make a huge impact. Dyna Keitaro has won three of five impressively and despite the awkward draw he must be kept safe.
Top Four: 1 â€“ 3 â€“ 5 â€“ 6
Trifecta: 1/3,5,6/Field ($18 for 100%)
Trifecta: 1,3,5/1,3,5,6/1,3,4,5,6,7 ($36 for 100%)
Exacta: 1,3/1,3,5,6 ($6 for 100%)
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.
Gorham Bale is a highly promising chaser and I think in time he is going to be a star stayer, however at present he is flying over the sprint trip and he appears drawn to get the cash. Two starts ago he stepped cleanly and let throughout when recording a blistering 29.42 win here, obviously a repeat of that would see him win quite comfortably here. My only concern with him is that he does like to race middle to wide through the turns and with the pace drawn out wide he may just need a little luck as they approach the bend.
Lonesome Jett is blessed with a scintillating turn of foot and although she was beaten here on the weekend, I believe she will be a lot better for the run. In her brief career to date she has recorded some very quick wins on the provincial circuit and I think she is good enough to run a strong 500m. Staker’s Chin scored a commanding 30.50 Cranbourne win last start and he has won here previously in a very zippy 29.50, so with some luck in running he should be able to make an impact. Of the others, Dyna Zod has been a little disappointing since winning a heat of the Group One Maturity Classic but with a clear run early he may be able to regain some confidence.
Top Four: 1 â€“ 7 â€“ 5 â€“ 8
Trifecta: 1/5,7,8/4,5,6,7,8 ($12 for 100%)
Trifecta: 1,5,7/1,5,7,8/1,4,5,6,7,8 ($36 for 100%)
Exacta: 1/5,6,7,8 ($4 for 100%)
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.
Astronomic is racing in rare form at present and with his blistering early speed he is going to prove very hard to hold out. After scoring two sub 30 second wins at The Meadows, he followed that up with an all the way 29.61 win here. In his past five starts his first sectionals have consistently been around the 5.10 mark and that type of effort would just about see him cross to the early lead tonight. This race is probably the strongest race he has contested but he can run time on the lure and he appears to be getting better with every run.
Dyna Ostrander is a star in the making and he turned in a monster effort to score a 29.71 heat win. On that occasion he bombed the start and he had to work overtime to get into contention but he was still good enough to score. I am expecting him to step a lot better tonight and he should find himself in contention as they head for the back straight. Wind Whistler is a powerhouse stayer in the making and I would be looking for him to be charging home late in tonight’s event. I think he may get a little too far back early tonight but he should run home into a place.
Top Four: 7 â€“ 2 â€“ 8 â€“ 3
Win bets on Astronomic and Dyna Ostrander
Boxed Quinella: 2,3,7,8 ($6 for 100%)
Trifecta: 2,3,7/8/Field ($18 for 100%)
Trifecta: 2,3,7/Field/8 ($18 for 100%)
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.
Duchess Bale was a tad disappointing here last week after leading but I think she should have enough speed to lead again tonight and there doesn’t appear to be too many Wind Whistlers in this event. She is yet to win here in seven starts but she has been placed in four of those runs and all of her starts here have been in strong company. The key to this race is that there is very limited early speed engaged and from the pink she will get plenty of room early and therefore she should get a very cheap lead.
Sisco Rage has been racing a tad below his best of late but he should appreciate the drop in class tonight. Box three isn’t a big disadvantage and if he can get away cleanly he should be able to get a nice sit just behind the early leaders. Peloton Bale is a huge talent but he loses too many races because of his poor box manners. From the seven box he is going to need a heap of luck but he still should be good enough to run home into a place. Galahad and Allen Malik must be included in quaddies if you are going wide in the first leg.
Top Four: 8 – 3 â€“ 7 â€“ 1
Win bet on Duchess Bale
Quinella: 8 to rove with 1,3,6,7 ($4 for 100%)
Exacta: 3,8/1,3,6,7,8 ($8 for 100%)
Trifecta: 8/1,3,7/Field ($18 for 100%)
Trifecta: 3,7,8/1,3,7,8/1,3,6,7,8 ($27 for 100%)
1st: $6,120 2nd: $1,750 3rd: $875.
On last week’s performance it is very hard to look past the exciting Zipping Maggie. After a good getaway, she showed great early speed and assumed control soon after the start for an all the way win here last week in a sizzling 41.85. The most impressive part of that effort was that she actually went faster than the National Distance Championship State Final which was won by the champ Xylia Allen. If she begins cleanly and finds the early lead again it is very hard to see her being run down tonight.
Shall She Rock was far from disgraced when placed behind Maggie last week and although I don’t think she can turn the tables, she should be good enough to fill the quinella spot. She will be keen to find the fence early but with some luck in the first 50m she should be able to make an impact. Lady Toy will likely trail them early but she runs all day and I would expect her to pick off the stragglers in the final 100m of the race. She is a bit one paced but if the gaps open at the right times she shouldn’t be too far away.
Top Four: 3 â€“ 8 â€“ 4 â€“ 7
Trifecta: 3/4,7,8/4,7,8 ($6 for 100%)
Trifecta: 3/4,7,8/Field ($18 for 100%)
Trifecta: 3/8/Field ($6 for 100%)
Quinella: 3 to rove with 4,7,8 ($3 for 100%)
1st: $6,120 2nd: $1,750 3rd: $875.
Mepunga Hayley is a gun sprinter and she should have no trouble with the rise in distance. Three starts ago she captured the Group One Maturity Classic at The Meadows in a blistering 29.79 and from the red tonight she should lead throughout. She appears to hit the line very strongly in her sprint races and if she finds the early lead and if the track is in good knick I think she can give the 34 second barrier a good nudge. She is going to be short but she looks to be a great anchor in the quaddie and take her up front in your exotic bets.
Oscura turned in a monster effort when scoring here on Sunday in 34.47, he experienced a heap of trouble in the run but he was still good enough to pick himself up and make an impact. He will most likely give Mepunga Hayley too big of a head start but he should be able to run home into the quinella spot. Penance Allen showed her best with a smart 34.35 win here last week and if she can get through the first bend relatively unscathed she should be able to run a drum.
Top Four: 1 â€“ 4 â€“ 5 â€“ 3
Trifecta: 1/3,4,5/3,4,5,6,7 ($18 for 100%)
Trifecta: 1/4/Field ($6 for 100%)
Trifecta: 1/3,4,5/3,4,5 ($6 for 100%)
Exacta: 1/3,4,5 ($3 for 100%)
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.
Allen Deed scored a breathtaking 25.24 Geelong win three runs back and he appears to have returned to racing a much better sprinter. He has always been a very fast chaser but in his two Geelong wins of late he has showed a devastating turn of foot and he has made some quality chasers look second rate. From the pink tonight he is going to need a little bit of luck as they head into the first bend but if he can balance up in the top four he will take a power of beating.
Buckle Up Mason scored a smart 29.99 Meadows win two runs back and he is very reliable at box rise. He isn’t as strong as he used to be but he is still good enough to hold off most of these. Hailstorm Billy does his best racing here and he has been racing in very consistent fashion. He is likely to get a long way back in the early stages but he has terrific track sense and he should be in the mix at the business end. Dyna Beth is the smokey in the event, she was a runner up in last year’s Melbourne Cup and she is just a little down on confidence at present. If she happens to get away cleanly and lead, she can definitely show her best form and get the cash at massive odds.
Top Four: 8 â€“ 5 â€“ 3 â€“ 4
Win bet on Allen Deed
Trifecta: 8/3,4,5/Field ($18 for 100%)
Trifecta: 3,4,5,8/3,4,5,8/2,3,4,5,7,8 ($48 for 100%)
Boxed Quinella: 3,4,5,8 ($6 for 100%)
1st: $5,320 2nd: $1,520 3rd: $760.
Gimme Fuel has been unlucky/disappointing in his past few runs but tonight he finds himself in one of the weakest races he has contested for a while. There is a fair bit of early speed drawn on his inside and if he can step away cleanly I would expect him to sit just outside the leaders or lob just behind them on the fence. If he avoids trouble he should take over mid race and then career away as they head for home.
Mumma Hook doesn’t run a strong 500m but from the red I would expect her to punch through and lead early. She has won here in a solid 29.75 previously and if there is some shuffling behind her she may just steal the prize. Soho Rhythm charged home to score here in 29.64 two runs back and she isn’t too badly drawn out wide. Jordan Allen is more than capable but he can be a very hard dog to follow, from the pink I have my doubts as to whether or not he will be able to cross early.
Top Four: 3 – 1 – 6 – 8
Win bet on Gimme Fuel
Trifecta: 3/1,6,8/Field ($18 for 100%)
Trifecta: 3/1,6,8/1,6,8 ($6 for 100%)
Trifecta: 1,3,6/1,3,6,8/1,3,5,6,7,8 ($36 for 100%)
Exacta: 1,3/1,3,6,8 ($6 for 100%)
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.
Extremely difficult race and with Eliza Blanche expected to start very short I think we can find some value. Yakamov Bale finally broke through at Cranbourne the other night in a solid 30.53 and I think he can back to back. On that occasion he settled second and as they passed the back straight he idled up to the leader and put pay to him very quickly. The manner in which he hit the line was quite impressive and with a couple of keen railers drawn underneath tonight, he should find himself very close to the early lead again and he may just prove too strong.
Zipping Snoopy can be hard to follow at times but there is no doubting that he has a heap of ability. Three starts ago he beat Eliza Blanche at The Meadows and I think he will be good value again tonight. He would need to settle in the top two to win but he does have a great turn of foot soon after box rise and I can see him finding the early lead with a clean get away. Obviously Eliza Blanche is a great chance but at Sandown on Sunday she appeared to show a flat spot mid race when scoring in easier class, tonight in better company she can’t afford to lose too much ground mid race.
Top Four: 6 – 4 – 2 – 1
Win bets on Yakamov Bale and Zipping Snoopy
Boxed Quinella: 1,2,4,6 ($6 for 100%)
Exacta: 2,4,6/1,2,4,6 ($9 for 100%)
Trifecta: 2,4,6/1,2,4,6/1,2,4,5,6,8 ($36 for 100%)
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.
Grand Faith was far from disgraced when placed here last week and with some luck early he should be able to go one better. He is armed with an explosive turn of foot and three starts ago he smashed a smart field when scoring at Shepparton in 25.38. He tends to do his best racing from wide draws and if he can reproduce his sizzling 29.49 PB here he will take a power of beating.
Lamia Bale has had little luck since winning a semi final of the Group One Maturity Classic at The Meadows in 30 flat last month and she is drawn to show improvement. There isn’t a whole heap of early speed drawn outside of her, so she should get a clear run into the first bend. Dynamo’s Gift is very fast on his night and if given a clear run initially he has the ability to score, from box six he will need everything to go his way but if he goes around at big odds he is worth a saver bet. Turbine rounds out the winning hopes, he has been placed in his past three starts and he should be thereabouts again.
Top Four: 7 â€“ 1 â€“ 6 â€“ 4
Win bets on Grand Faith and Dynamo’s Gift
Boxed Quinella: 1,4,6,7 ($6 for 100%)
Exacta: 1,6,7/1,4,6,7 ($9 for 100%)
Trifecta: 7/1,4,6/1,2,3,4,6 ($12 for 100%)
Trifecta: 1,6,7/1,6,7/1,2,3,4,6,7 ($24 for 100%)
Race 12 â€“ 515M Grade 5 â€“ 10:52PM
Sonic Pirate turned in a monster effort when placed here on Sunday behind gun sprinter Eliza Blanche. On that occasion he pinged the lids and led Eliza Blanche for most of the trip and he was only gunned down in the shadows of the past. If he can reproduce a similar performance tonight he will definitely give them something to catch at nice odds.
Shot To Bits is a freakish talent and he only needs to get through the first bend without too much trouble to make his presence felt. He has been slow to begin in his past two starts but he has powered home to go down narrowly in fast times, with an ounce of luck he will definitely feature. Erza Allen is another promising chaser she must be respected based on her recent 30.18 Meadows win, her 5.05 to the first marker was super impressive and that type of effort would see her just about lead tonight.
Top Four: 6 â€“ 8 â€“ 5 â€“ 7
Win bet on Sonic Pirate
Exacta: 6,8/5,6,7,8 ($6 for 100%)
Boxed Quinella: 5,6,8 ($3 for 100%)
Trifecta: 6,8/5,6,7,8/1,4,5,6,7,8 ($24 for 100%)
Trifecta: 5,6,7/8/Field ($18 for 100%)
Trifecta: 5,6,7/Field/8 ($18 for 100%)
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Leg 1: 1,3,5,6,7 – Leg 2: 4,7 – Leg 3: 1,3,7 – Leg 4: 5,6,7 – $90 for 100%
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Race 2: Spicy Peppa
Race 5: He’s A Villain
1st: $2,150 2nd: $610 3rd: $305.
Princess Tee has been a little costly of late but I’m willing to give her one more chance. She is perfectly drawn out wide and two starts ago she turned in a monster performance when placed behind Max Rocks. Absolute Boss was a smart 30.11 winner on Monday and he is drawn to play a major role again. Yiche should settle on the speed also and he is in career best form.
Top Four: 7 â€“ 1 â€“ 4 â€“ 3
Win bet on Princess Tee
Boxed Quinella: 1,4,7 ($3 for 100%)
Exacta: 1,7/1,3,4,7 ($6 for 100%)
1st: $1,645 2nd: $470 3rd: $235.
Quality race for a juvenile and looks to be a match race between Alderley Reform and Spicy Peppa. I’m giving the nod to Spicy Peppa, she has won her first three starts in great fashion and her first sectionals are very impressive. Alderley Reform beat the talent Gun Mcbain two weeks in a row here recently and with some luck initially he will be in the finish again. Dyna Motley is another promising type and he can run home into a placing.
Top Four: 6 â€“ 5 â€“ 7 â€“ 2
Win bet on Spicy Peppa
Trifecta: 5,6/5,6/2,7 ($4 for 100%)
Trifecta: 5,6/5,6,7/Field ($24 for 100%)
Exacta: 5,6/2,5,6,7 ($6 for 100%)
1st: $1,645 2nd: $470 3rd: $235.
Grande To Excel finds himself in a race which lacks a lot of early speed and if he can getaway cleanly he should be able to get a very cheap lead, the last 30m is a concern but he may just steal the prize. Footluce Diva set the track alight with a sizzling 29.81 win here recently and she only needs an ounce of luck, whilst Little Dakota recorded a top placing here last week after two months off and he should be much better for that run.
Top Four: 7 â€“ 6 â€“ 5 â€“ 2
Trifecta: 5,6,7/5,6,7/2,3,5,6,7,8 ($24 For 100%)
Trifecta: 5,6,7/5,6,7/2,5,6,7 ($12 For 100%)
Boxed Quinella: 5,6,7 ($3 for 100%)
Trifecta: 7/2,5,6/Field ($18 for 100%)
1st: $3,360 2nd: $960 3rd: $480.
Genghis Kahn is dropping back to his favourite trip and he should be suited by the smaller field. He will be looking to get wide early but once he balances up he should be able to put them to the sword. Camouflage Model should ping to the early lead and she was far from disgraced when placed at Gawler over 643m last time, whilst Pandora’s Sin is never far away over this journey.
Top Four: 2 â€“ 4 â€“ 8 â€“ 5
Trifecta: 2/4/5,8 ($2 for 100%)
Trifecta: 2/4/Field ($4 for 100%)
Trifecta: 2/4,5,8/4,5,8 ($6 for 100%)
1st: $2,350 2nd: $670 3rd: $335.
Wiregrass appears drawn to find the early lead and she finds herself in the weakest event she has contested for a while. Her last effort when placed here over 515m was impressive and she indicated she would be better suited to this journey. He’s A Villain is one the unluckiest chasers in work and if he can get through the first bend he should impact the scoreboard.
Top Four: 1 â€“ 6 â€“ 7 â€“ 3
Win bet on Wiregrass
Trifecta: 1/3,6,7/Field ($18 for 100%)
Trifecta: 1,6/1,3,6,7/1,3,4,5,6,7 ($24 for 100%)
Exacta: 1,6/1,3,6,7 ($6 for 100%)
Quinella: 1 to rove with 3,6,7 ($3 for 100%)
1st: $2,150 2nd: $610 3rd: $305.
Kalden Kostello scored a commanding 30.04 win here recently and he should have no trouble finding the early lead tonight. He should be around the $4.00 mark and that appears to be great value. Valladares is racing in dazzling style and obviously he would win with a clear run, however he does bomb the start in his races and may find himself posted wide for most of the trip. Screamin’ struggles to win at present but she has the ability to cause a boilover.
Top Four: 4 â€“ 7 â€“ 6 â€“ 3
Win bet on Kalden Kostello
Trifecta: 4/3,6,7/Field ($18 for 100%)
Exacta: 4,7/3,4,6,7 ($6 for 100%)
4,7/4,7/Field ($12 for 100%)
1st: $2,350 2nd: $670 3rd: $335.
Wide open affair, but I think if Kalden Balerion can get away cleanly he may just be able to lead all the way. He is better suited to a wider draw but his effort behind Wingard last week is too hard to ignore. Nebula has won eight of 13 here and he has brilliant track sense, whilst Farmeroo can make an impact if he gets a clear run early.
Top Four: 1 â€“ 3 â€“ 7 â€“ 4
Win bet on Kalden Balerion
Trifecta: 1,3,7/1,3,4,7/1,3,4,7,8 ($27 for 100%)
Quinella: 1 to rove with 3,4,7 ($3 for 100%)
Exacta: 1,3/1,3,4,7 ($6 for 100%)
1st: $3,095 2nd: $880 3rd: $440.
Fantastic line-up and I’ve decided to go with the early speed of Wingard. He got rolled on Monday but I think he should be able to fire to the early lead tonight and he’s a much better chaser on the bunny. Sidney’s Shadow is a gun and if she can step cleanly she will prove very hard to hold out. Sporting Tears is flying at present and he will be in the firing line throughout, whilst if Set The Scene can get to the outside without losing too much ground he may just chew them up late.
Top Four: 7 â€“ 5 â€“ 6 â€“ 1
Win bet on Wingard and Sporting Tears
Boxed Quinella: 5,6,7 ($3 for 100%)
Exacta: 5,6,7/1,5,6,7 ($9 for 100%)
1st: $2,835 2nd: $910 3rd: $455.
Psychotic Gold was desperately unlucky in the National Distance Championship state final last week and she gets her chance to make amends tonight. From the red she should get a perfect sit early and she will prove way too strong. Defib Daryl will be suited by the smaller field and he looks the obvious quinella chance. Zara Mclaren loves racing here and she regularly fills the placings behind the two mentioned earlier.
Top Four: 1 â€“ 8 â€“ 7 â€“ 5
Trifecta: 1/8/5,7 ($2 for 100%)
First Four: 1/8/7/4,5 ($2 for 100%)
1st: $2,150 2nd: $610 3rd: $305.
Honky Tonk Doll has finally put it all together having scored two brilliant wins here in a row and from the favourable pink draw she should make light work of these. Lonza’s Charm has turned in two great performances here since coming from NSW and with a clear run early she should run the quinella. Kalden Playboy is in good hands and will be better for his last start placing here when having his first look at the track.
Top Four: 8 â€“ 7 â€“ 2 â€“ 3
Trifecta: 8/2,3,7/Field ($18 for 100%)
Trifecta: 8/2,3,7/2,3,7 ($6 for 100%)
Trifecta: 8/7/Field ($6 for 100%)
1st: $1,645 2nd: $470 3rd: $235.
Shamus’s Entity was very unlucky here last week and finds himself in a fairly weak affair tonight. He is normally a reliable beginner and there isn’t a whole heap of speed in this event. Kasai Warrior has a fair bit on most of his rivals but will be giving them a big head start. If the gaps open at the right time he will be right in the finish.
Top Four: 2 â€“ 8 â€“ 6 â€“ 5
Trifecta: 2,8/2,5,6,8/1,2,3,5,6,8 ($24 for 100%)
Trifecta: 2,8/2,8/Field ($12 for 100%)
Trifecta: 2/5,6,8/Field ($18 for 100%)
Quinella: 2 to rove with 5,6,8 ($3 for 100%)
Greyhound Box Draw For Wentworth Park – Friday, 15 August 2014
1st: $3,300 2nd: $700 3rd: $330.
1st: $3,300 2nd: $700 3rd: $330.
1st: $3,300 2nd: $700 3rd: $330.
1st: $3,300 2nd: $700 3rd: $330.
1st: $3,300 2nd: $700 3rd: $330.
1st: $3,500 2nd: $770 3rd: $360.
1st: $3,300 2nd: $700 3rd: $330.
1st: $3,500 2nd: $770 3rd: $360.
1st: $3,300 2nd: $700 3rd: $330.
1st: $3,300 2nd: $700 3rd: $330.
It has been 30 years since Tasmania, courtesy of Busy Vintage, claimed a National Sprint title. Buckle Up Wes will be looking to change that statistic when he travels to Cannington to contest the National Sprint final after taking out the Tasmanian leg of the sprint series on Monday night at Launceston.
Buckle Up Wes (3) was the odds-on pick and favourite punters weren’t disappointed as he emerged the clear-cut winner in 29.73. He was away well but it was Dominator Girl (7) that led the field into the first turn. Buckle Up Wes had settled nicely into second position and with a clear run along the rails the Collision and Everlong Bale (Primo Umo – Shique Bale) dog soon joined Dominator Girl down the back straight, taking the lead and streaking away for a comfortable win. Dominator Girl held on for second with Hellyeah Bolt (6) finishing on for third.
Buckle Up Wes is the deserved representative for Tasmania as he has been competing in plenty of Group race finals this year. He has now won 29 races for trainer Ted Medhurst and is certainly a top chance of bringing the trophy back to the Apple Isle.
Odds on favourite Painted Dotty (8) prevailed in a thrilling finish to win the AGRA Tasmanian National Distance Championship Final at Launceston on Monday night.
The Michael Stringer trained daughter of Mogambo and Painted Shaza (Puzzle Prize – My Tiger Lily) scored by a mere head from Pedro’s Vineyard (2) with Wild Cindy (7) only a half-head away in third place in a classic blanket finish.
The 29kg black bitch stopped the clock at a moderate 43.26 in the mixing affair, which is a time that is over half-a-second outside her personal best.
After leaving the outside box towards the rear of the field, Painted Dotty settled in fifth position and was posted deep as she looked to move forward. Gemstone Jack (1) led early but was collared by Cosmic Fire (6) before they passed the post the first time. Pedro’s Vineyard (2) had found the fence and was glued to the rail in third.
Cosmic Fire held a length break down the back with Painted Dotty accelerating to move to second placing and looking like a probable winner a long way from home, Pedro’s Vineyard continued to work away on the fence.
Rounding the home turn, the race developed into a mixing affair. Cosmic Fire and Painted Dotty led with Gemstone Jack making his way back into the race on the inside, Pedro’s Vineyard copped some interference and fell back to fourth.
As Gemstone Jack reached the leaders, the three appeared to collide with Gemstone Jack suffering the most. Painted Dotty hit the front with Pedro’s Vineyard zooming along the fence in a hurry to join her while Wild Cindy began a long run home out wide.
As they hit the line, Painted Dotty had clung on to win from Pedro’s Vineyard who had kept finding on the fence along the straight only to fail narrowly. Wild Cindy had only just missed out on claiming the pair after making good ground late.
The win was Painted Dotty’s 13th from 37 career starts and takes her total prize-money earnings beyond $34,000. She will now represent the Apple Isle in the National final at Cannington in Western Australia on August 23rd.
The National spotlight will be firmly affixed on Tasmania this Monday night as Launceston hosts their state finals of both the 2014 AGRA National Sprint and Distance Championships.
When it comes to the distance final, the Apple Isle is yet to register a win in the national final, but that is not to say that they have not been producing some superb stayers of late.
Greyhounds the ilk of dual Group One winner Cheetah Zorro along with Bell Haven and Jethro immediately spring to mind, all of which have been more than competitive at every level.
This Monday’s field will all be hoping to earn the right to represent their state in the National final at Cannington on August 23rd and hopefully become the first to win the big event.
here is a look at the final field and Sportingbet’s current fixed odds market;
1 – Gemstone Jack ($14) – Anthony Bullock - A consistent type who has recently graduated to middle-distance racing and takes the step up to the “half mile” in this race. His last win over any ground was over 600 metres at this track in June. He did run a placing at The Meadows over 600 metres in July but is an unknown quantity at this journey. Take him on trust.
2 – Pedro’s Vineyard ($10) – Allan Anderson – A winner of just two races from 51 starts, the last of which was over this trip. She has only saluted the judge once in 2014 but has filled a placing in her last three starts, all over this trip. It would be a surprise to see her win but she is a place chance.
3 – An That – SCRATCHED
4 – Domenic’s Dove – ($4.20) – Clinton Tapp – Has been in stellar form of late winning three of her last four starts, all at this journey. Registered a best of 42.73 four starts back when she defeated Painted Dotty, the greyhound who is likely to be her main adversary in this race. She looks to be the main danger to the favourite.
5 – Alvin Benz ($21) – Brian Crawford – Is yet to win over this trip in six attempts. He has been beaten a fair space by Domenic’s Dove at his last two outings and appears to be more of a place chance than a winning one.
6 – Cosmic Fire ($14) - Could be the knockout dog in this race. Has a good strike-rate with 11 wins from 37 starts and stepped out for his first 720 metre race last time out where he finished third to Painted Dotty. He should be much better served for that run and is easily the best of the rest.
7 – Wild Cindy ($13) - Ted Medhurst – Had been racing well over the middle-distance trips before stepping up to staying events. She has only managed one placing from three attempts over this journey but it was a credible second to Domenic’s Dove two starts back. She needs to reproduce that run to be any hope of winning this but she is hard to have given her other two staying efforts.
8 – Painted Dotty ($1.55) - Michael Stringer – The big gun of this final. She has won her last four races, all over the longer trips at Richmond, Wentworth Park and at this track. She has a best of 42.73 and won here in 42.99 last week. She is yet to win from box eight in three attempts but does look to have a lot of class on most of these. She will take some beating.
9 – Hellyeah Oliver – SCRATCHED
10 – Mumford’s Son ($23) – Anthony Bullock - Has a decent career strike-rate with 14 wins from 43 starts. Had his first go over this trip last start where he finished fifth beaten eight lengths by Painted Dotty. He has not won since June and is hard to have in this race.
Tasmania will determine its National Sprint representative on Monday night at Launceston. The race, which runs at 9:58pm, features multiple Group One winner Buckle Up Wes, who was also the fastest qualifier into the state final. Anthony Bullock has qualified two finalists and his best chance looks to be Hellyeah Bolt.
Here’s a look at each of the finalists:
Box 1 – Her Highness (Keith Nichols)
The 30kg black bitch by Bartrim Bale and Witch Fantasy (Premier Fantasy – Witch Magic) has been rather impressive in Tasmania. She has had 17 career starts for 10 wins. At Launceston she has had eight starts for five wins and three placings. She won her heat last week in 30.00 but has a best of 29.88 at the track. Her record from box one is sound and it’s the box she won from last week. She meets a class greyhound in Buckle Up Wes in this so it will be interesting to see how she measures up.
Box 2 – Classic Spence (Anthony Bullock)
A winner of just three from 16 at the track, this dog by Mandagery Man and Camdale Alex (Bombastic Shiraz – Camdale Smudge) will probably struggle to feature. He has a best time of 30.04 at the track and is yet to win from box two.
Box 3 – Buckle Up Wes (Edward Medhurst)
He is the star of Tasmanian racing and has proven himself against the best sprinters in the land this year, taking out the Group One Australian Cup. The Collision and Everlong Bale (Primo Uno – Shique Bale) dog has had 17 starts at Launceston for 12 wins and he has recorded a best time of 29.33. He won his heat from box five last week in 29.59 by over ten lengths. He is the one to beat.
Box 4 – Black Rip (Shane Whitney)
Black Rip is a dog with an almost perfect record at Launceston; he has won six of his seven races there. He also finished second in the Group Two Launceston Cup last year. The Goodesy and Richmond Fox (Hallucinate – Great Fox) dog won his heat in 30.28 last week, slightly off his best time of 29.96. His record from box four is good but he isn’t always the best away. He will be afforded no mistakes in this field.
Box 5 – Despicable Ben (Brendan Pursell)
This Westmead Hawk and Electron (Hallucinate – Little Fausta) dog has been very consistent in his short career. He has had 11 career starts for six wins and five placings. He has won two from four at Launceston. His best time of 29.84 was recorded at the track in late July. Last week, he did all the chasing behind Buckle Up Wes, finishing ten and a half lengths second. The draw has done him no favours.
Box 6 – Hellyeah Bolt (Anthony Bullock)
Hellyeah Bolt looks to be one of the biggest dangers to Buckle Up Wes although he could only manage third last week in his heat behind Her Highness. He ran second to Buckle Up Wes a month ago here at the track. Overall, he has won six from 11 at the track and has ran a personal best of 29.55. Although his form has been a little patchy over the last month, the Dyna Lachlan and Flash Diamond (Elite State – Chinatown Babe) dog is more than capable on his day.
Box 7 – Dominator Girl (Paul Hill)
Dominator Girl hasn’t won a race since May and she qualified for this race by running third to Buckle Up Wes last week. The High Earner and Bit Sweet (Solve The Puzzle -Chili Berger) bitch has won four from 11 at the track with a best of 29.81. She has never won from box seven so she will be at long odds to take this out.
Box 8 – Heliski (Michael Louth)
Heliski finished three lengths behind Her Highness last week from box six and moves even wider for the final this week. The Nitro Burst and Parsipanny (Collide – Mohar) dog has won just one race from the draw and his best first section is the slowest in the field so it looks unlikely that he will be able to cross the field. He has also won just three from 19 at the track with a best of 30.12. He will need to improve to be in the placings.
Both Little Miss Take (9) and Hello Benny (10) look to be up against it if they gain a start. Neither of the two chasers has a flash record at the track and they both have been in average form. Little Miss Take’s last win was in November last year and Hello Benny notched up his last win in May this year.
After Dusty Moonshine crashed out of the NSW final of the National Distance Championships I may have to hand in my tipping license. Still, I may have an excuse. This was the first time the bitch had backed up over a longer trip inside seven days. Previously, her runs have been very well spaced.
Itâ€™s always been an awkward process when authorities schedule heat and final series with quick turnarounds and it is fraught with danger. A few dogs can manage it but the majority canâ€™t. And mostly they run slower time anyway, which makes betting difficult.
It was a great shame as the bitch is miles better than the opposition when in top form. Winner Queen Marina is honest enough but 42.29 while leading all the way is only a moderate time for a top class race. Dusty Moonshine began well enough and had every chance but looked to have no real zip at all and finished six lengths behind the winner â€“ or about 11 lengths slower than each of its previous three runs at the track.
We cannot expect dogs to be machines but that comparison is ridiculous. No doubt all the people who took the $1.60 price thought so, too.
Letâ€™s give this subject some perspective. The average greyhound reaches peak speed at around 440m. After that they are slowing down, some more than others. Many winners over the 500s are flat out getting that trip, even including top notchers (eg El Galo and El Grand Senor). In Victoria, many winners over the 500s in town cannot get the 480m at Horsham with its long and demanding home straight. Many good sprint winners at Angle Park cannot run out the same distance when coming over to Sandown â€“ the distance might be the same but the effort needed is greater because of the longer straights. At the other end of the scale, the industry now seems to have dismissed marathons of 800m-900m from all programs, although I have yet to see any official announcement. That’s been a sensible policy because almost no dogs can run that trip out and they pose extreme dangers to most of them. Statistically, career performances show that the majority of marathon competitors never regained their earlier form afterwards, or not unless they were born and raised in Kenya.
In other words, while no two are the same, the big picture indicates that 700m events may take more out of a dog than it has available to give, especially when it is trying to lead all the way. When coupled with all the available dog by dog experience we have seen, the conclusion is inescapable â€“ for the vast majority, it is too tough to handle.
In that context, why should we expect 700m dogs to reproduce their best with only seven days to recover? Repeatedly, the evidence is that they canâ€™t. Xylia Allen, which is as good as we have even though she is not a true stayer, has shown time and again that she canâ€™t.
So donâ€™t make them do it.
For another important viewpoint, see here comments by vet Dr John Kohnke (my emphasis added).
Post-Race Stress Related Problems- a review
Many stress related conditions, such as subclinical cramping, post-race urinary shutdown and respiratory distress can occur with obvious external physical signs within 1-6 hours after a hard race. However, a number of less common metabolic and other conditions related to extreme physical exertion, often without visible symptoms, can also affect greyhounds over the 6-72 hours during the post-race recovery period.
These conditions are not always relative to the fitness level of the greyhound, although well-conditioned and prepared greyhounds are less likely to develop signs of metabolic stress. In many cases, these conditions are caused by over-exertion on a particular day, the influence of the weather, as well as interference or checking in a race where a keen greyhound attempts to make up lost ground and exceeds its physical limit. As most of these conditions can have severe physical metabolic or life threatening consequences, prompt recognition is paramount to avoid long term complications. (Published by Star Greyhound Products, UK).
Essentially, these comments address severe cases, yet obviously there will be a range of effects from none to a lot. The difficulty is that no-one, including the trainer, can be sure how far along that line a particular dog lies without conducting lengthy and expensive tests. But even reducing a dog from 100% to 90% efficiency can obviously decide the outcome of a race.
To ignore these impacts makes a mockery of widespread publicity being given to welfare issues, to say nothing of the damage to puntersâ€™ wallets. Both are critical to the industryâ€™s future.
Fortunately, the National Championship itself is a one-off affair so the race should be a fair one, depending only on how hard trainers work their dogs prior to the event. But it is the exception to the rule. That aside, Australian staying ranks are such that the winner will probably be battling to get within half a second of the track record. Xylia Allen might do better than that, but only if she draws near the inside and does not get hassled.
BEAUTIFUL ONE DAY, DIRECTIONLESS THE NEXT
Following a judicial review and a call for more independence, the Queensland Racing Minister has acted in his own peculiar way.
Current Racing Queensland chairman Kevin Dixon has resigned his position as head of the thoroughbred board but retains his position as the chairman of the overarching RQ board. Therefore he is now independent, says the Minister. Some will believe that, thousands may not.
Members of the three code boards, all insiders proposed by other insiders, have little power as all major decisions have to go to the main board for approval. The greyhound board is comprised of two former or current club officials (albeit one is a QC) and one broadcaster
Playing musical chairs on the Titanic comes to mind. Since the new structure arrived, no marketing initiatives and no reform packages have been seen and so the decline of the last 10 or 20 years is certain to continue. Indeed, the only marketing effort seen at all since the restructure is WeRunAsOne â€“ a program designed to convince participants to be nice to one another. Its dedicated website is notable for the massive lack of interest from the industry, and for its disregard for those few queries which are voiced by participants.
Greyhounds WA held just two heats of the WA National Sprint Championship on Saturday night. Despite the lack of numbers the standard of WA chasers were high, with On Coin holding the majority of interest.
In the first heat of the night, Temlee winner Zelemar Fever (box two) was $1.85 favourite over kennelmate Star Recall ($2.80) who jumped from box eight. As the boxes opened Jump The Queue (box seven) landed at the front of the field leaning into the fence. Luba Monelli (box three) sat tight in second position as Star Recall made her run from box eight. Zelemar Fever looked to be in a good position when she moved in front of Luba Monelli to sit third. Star Recall quickly outclassed Jump The Queue, snatching the lead at the 600 metre boxes. The daughter of High Earner â€“ No Recall pulled away to win 1 ÂĽ lengths in 30.35. Luba Monelli ran home well to finish second with Zelemer Fever looking to tire towards the line into third position and Jump The Queue finishing fourth.
The second heat of the night was all about On Coin. He started odds on favourite ($1.40) from box one with his closest rival Gone To Heaven (box four), paying $4.80. As anticipated On Coin jumped and won, leaving the rest of the field to fight for their rugs in next weeks final. Black Dymas (box five), Freeway Force (box eight) and Gomes (box two) began the battle for the minor placingâ€™s out of the boxes. You Can Dream (box seven) also pushed up to ensure she was a chance to get through to next weeks deciding final. In the end Gomes ran on strongly to finish second with Freeway Force and You Can Dream finishing third and fourth respectively. Gone To Heaven failed to make an impact on the field after being squeezed out of the race in the early stages. On Coin was the fastest qualifier with a time of 30.20.
The box draw for the 2014 National WA Sprint Championship is as follows:
1 Zelemar Fever Linda Britton
2 Luba Monelli David Hobby
3 Star Recall Linda Britton
4 Gomes Linda Britton
5 On Coin John Crossley
6 Freeway Force Kieth Harding
7 You Can Dream Dennis Calleja
8 Jump The Queue Peter Hepple
9 Deyna Linda Britton
10 Black Dymas Jason Stuart
Like the Sprint, the WA National Distance series could only pull enough interest in WA to make up two fields. Paul Stuartâ€™s Ash Flash drew the most attention because of her exciting come from behind style of racing.
The first heat of the night saw Mullet Hunter (box one) and Wing It Appeal (box seven) lead the field, with Ash Flash (box six) unsurprisingly last out of the boxes. Ash Flash had the whole field ahead of her as the lead chopped and changed between Mullet Hunter and Wing It Appeal. Bingle Monelli quickly made ground on the leading duo, followed by Free Candy (box two) in hot pursuit of the lead. Wing It Appeal lost a lot of ground by running around the outside of the track and Ash Flash began to make her run home as the field made their way past the 700 metre boxes. Ash Flash stole the victory off Bingle Monelli who held the lead for only a few strides, in a time of 42.09. Bingle Monelli held on to finish second while Wing It Appeal came again to finish third and Mullet Hunter rounded out the placingâ€™s with fourth.
Linda Brittonâ€™s Reverberate (box seven) started as the odds on favourite at $1.40. She went straight to the early lead, followed closely by Obama Keeping (box three). The duo broke away from the field and tried to extend their gap but Houdini Monelli (box eight) proved hard to shrug off. In just his first start over the 715 metre distance Obama Keeping wouldnâ€™t let up without a fight. Reverberate was able to take home the win by six lengths in a time of 42.17. Although he tired towards the finishing line, Obama Keeping held onto second place with Kody Charlesâ€™ Flight Of Anevay finishing third and Freeway Ace (box two) fourth.
The box draw for the 2014 National WA Distance Championship is as follows:
1 Bingle Monelli David Hobby
2 Flight Of Anevay Kody Charles
3 Wing It Appeal James Jefferies
4 Reverberate Linda Britton
5 Freeway Ace Keith Harding
6 Mullet Hunter Ben Abercrombie
7 Ash Flash Paul Stuart
8 Obama Keeping Terry Erenshaw
9 Free Candy Steve Withers
10 Houdini Monelli David Hobby
It was well and truly ladies night at Wentworth Park this evening, with two female greyhounds taking out the finals of the NSW Sprint and Distance Championships, trained by two female trainers.
The NSW Distance final kicked off proceedings in race six, with last weeks fastest heat winner Dusty Moonshine, stepping out as the $1.60 favourite from box three. Queen Marina led the field past the post the firm time as expected and showed incredible strength to hold off Pumped Up Zarr and Miss Fiction, who filled the minor placings. Trainer Noelene Holloway continued her winning ways at headquarters, securing $12,000 for her efforts and booking a ticket to Perth to compete in the national final. Dusty Moonshine found trouble the entire way and finished in fourth spot.
A highly competitive NSW Sprint final saw an open market between runners, with Tommy Brislane made the $3.30 favourite over Chica Destacada at $3.60. The race was all over in a matter of seconds as Doreen Drynanâ€™s outstanding chaser Chica Destacada pinged the lids from box three and led throughout in a flying time of 29.60. The daughter of Cosmic Rumble and Eluthra recorded her tenth win tonight and will be a genuine threat in the final at Cannington over 530m.
NSW National Distance Final Results:
1st â€“ Queen Marina â€“ Noelene Holloway ($12,000)
2nd â€“ Pumped Up Zarr â€“ Neil Staines ($3,000)
3rd â€“ Miss Fiction â€“ Ivan Hanna ($1,500)
4th â€“ Dusty Moonshine â€“ Denice Warren
5th â€“ Cosmic Rosie â€“ Gary Adams
6th â€“ Cyclone Simone â€“ Majella Ferguson
7th â€“ Gotta Problem â€“ Denice Warren
8th â€“ My Asuncion â€“ Adele Powell
1st Section: 16.18 (5)
2nd Section: 29.66 (5)
Run Home: 12.63 (5)
Margins: 3 Â˝ x Âľ
NSW National Sprint Final Results:
1st â€“ Chica Destacada â€“ Doreen Drynan
2nd â€“ Tommy Brislane â€“ Steven White
3rd â€“ Bessy Boo â€“ Christine Proctor
4th â€“ Miss Sueko â€“ Justin King
5th – Silent Effective â€“ Darren Sultana
6th â€“ Asiaâ€™s Babe â€“ Marie Burton
7th â€“ Take It All â€“ Doreen Drynan
8th â€“ Queen Esther â€“ Noelene Holloway
1st Section: 5.33 (3)
2nd Section: 17.88 (3)
Run Home: 11.72 (3)
Margins: 2 Â˝ x Â˝
In a very open betting race, it was Crackerjack Dak (1) who emerged victorious in the final of the Victorian National Sprint at The Meadows on Saturday night.
The son of Mogambo and Lil’s Memory (Bombastic Shiraz – We Owe Heaps) was drawn to do well and he used the rails alley to his advantage to take the lead early and stay there.
Racing was tight in the first few strides as Cosmic Wise (3), Marcus Joe (5), Mepunga Armagh (6) and Buckle Up Mason (7) fought for the sit behind Crackerjack Dak. Cosmic Wise couldn’t sustain the early pace and was back in the field before the post the first time and this allowed Marcus Joe the run across to the rail. Mepunga Armagh slotted into third. Buckle Up Mason couldn’t overcome being posted wide and had to settle for fourth.
Crackerjack Dak was going well out front with the race on for second and third between Mepunga Armagh and Marcus Joe. As the greyhounds crossed the line, Crackerjak Dak had a margin of one and three quarter lengths over Marcus Joe with Mepunga Armagh a head away in third. The winning time was 30.05.
Crackerjak Dak has now won 17 from 40 and he will head across to Cannington with trainer Andrea Dailly to represent Victoria in the National Sprint final. While Victoria has taken out the National Sprint title on a number of occasions, it is yet to succeed in doing so at Cannington.
Crackerjak Dak’s win followed on from litter sister Maximum Lil earlier in the night and ended a good week for sire Mogambo (Where’s Pedro and Zarbo), who has qualified two runners in the National Sprint as his son Wild Soul took out the South Australian title on Thursday night.
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Race 2: Maximum Lil
Race 12: Sprite Lee
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.
Erza Allen is an exciting talent and she returned to form with a brilliant 30.18 heat win here last week. In her heat she showed tremendous early speed and if she can reproduce similar sections she should have no trouble leading throughout. Her heat time was pretty handy but I think under the right conditions she can go much faster and a sub 30 second run is on the cards.
Ennis Bale is a super consistent chaser and he has been placed in seven of eight tries over this journey with three of those efforts being wins. He has slow beginners drawn either side tonight and he should get a clear run early. He also has the ability to lead or come from behind in his races. Dyna Synch is a highly promising type and he appears to be getting better with every run. He will get back in the early stages but he has great track sense and he only needs an ounce of luck to feature.
Top Four: 1 â€“ 4 â€“ 8 â€“ 5
Trifecta: 1/4,5,8/Field ($18 for 100%)
Trifecta: 1/4,5,8/4,5,8 ($6 for 100%)
Quinella: 1 to rove with 4,5,8 ($3 for 100%)
1st: $5,750 2nd: $1,645 3rd: $830.
Maximum Lil took a while to find her form when she resumed from a spell, however she showed she was back to her brilliant best when placed behind Astronomic here last week. She is a very reliable beginner and although she has a flat spot mid race she hits the line quite strongly and has given every indication that the 600m trip will suit. She really should get a cheap lead and she may prove too zippy for these.
Dyna Orion powered to the line when scoring at Cranbourne recently in 30.54 and from the red draw he should get every chance. He hasn’t experienced a lot of luck in his three tries over this trip previously but he should be able to settle a lot closer to the speed and he will make an impact on the scoreboard. Lady Toy will get a long way back in the early stages but she will run all day and I would expect her to run home into third or fourth spot.
Top Four: 3 â€“ 1 â€“ 6 â€“ 7
Win bet on Maximum Lil
Quinella: 3 to rove with 1,6,7 ($3 for 100%)
Exacta: 1,3/1,3,6,7 ($6 for 100%)
Trifecta: 3/1,6,7/Field ($18 for 100%)
Trifecta: 1,3,6/1,3,6/1,2,3,6,7,8 ($24 for 100%)
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.
Mepunga Moss is a lid pinger and she tends to like racing over this track and trip. She did a lot of racing early in her career here and she won three of her first five tries here. Her PB 30.34 isn’t too flashy but she is a much faster chaser this time around and she should be able to go sub 30 seconds nowadays.
War Room comes here with very strong NSW form and if he can handle the track at his first look he should make a big impact. He showed smart early speed in his slick 30.02 Bathurst win and that type of effort would see him play a part. Waymore’s Blues hasn’t experienced a lot of luck in his most recent efforts and if he can get a clear run early he should give a great sight. Zell Bale is back in form but he is better suited to a wider draw.
Top Four: 7 â€“ 2 â€“ 3 â€“ 5
Win bet on Mepunga Moss
Exacta: 2,7/2,3,5,7 ($6 for 100%)
Trifecta: 2,3,7/2,3,5,7/1,2,3,4,5,7 ($36 for 100%)
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.
Blinder had been a little disappointing, however she showed signs she is almost back to her best when placed at Geelong last time over 520m. She normally does her best racing when on the bunny but after a steady beginning she balanced up in third spot and stayed in touch with the top two in the run to the line. Tonight I am anticipating that she will get across early and she may just steal the prize.
Ruff Cut Diamond ran the hands off the clock at Sandown last time when posting a blistering 29.26 win and that form is hard to ignore. The only knock on her tonight is that she is drawn poorly in the middle and with some pace drawn on her outside she can’t afford to make too many mistakes early. Dyna Fulcrum rarely runs a bad race here and he should get a nice cart across in the early stages. He struggles to win these days but he is always a chance to run a drum.
Top Four: 7 â€“ 4 â€“ 8 â€“ 5
Win bet on Blinder
Trifecta: 4,7/4,7/Field ($12 for 100%)
Trifecta: 7/4,5,8/1,3,4,5,8 ($12 for 100%)
Quinella: 7 to rove with 4,5,8 ($3 for 100%)
1st: $6,120 2nd: $1,750 3rd: $875.
Very open event and I think I have found some value with Gold Affair Two. Her form at present doesn’t look too attractive but she has been racing against the likes of Xylia Allen and Dyna Perseus in recent times. She doesn’t meet anything near that type of calibre tonight and I think she should be able to get a cheap lead and now that she has had five runs since a spell she should strip much fitter.
Beks turned in a monster performance to score here last week in 43.15 and if he gets an ounce of luck in running he should be in the finish again. He has shown much better track sense in recent efforts and I think he should continue to improve in the coming months. Zipping Joe has the good draw and he beat gun stayer Dyna Willow here three runs back, he is likely to start a short priced favourite tonight and I think he can win but I wouldn’t be willing to take odds on about him.
Top Four: 5 – 6 – 1 – 4
Win bet on Gold Affair Two
Boxed Quinella: 1,5,6 ($3 for 100%)
Exacta: 1,5,6/1,4,5,6 ($9 for 100%)
Trifecta: 1,5,6/1,4,5,6/1,2,3,4,5,6 ($36 for 100%)
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.
Awesome Project has been racing in super form of late and it’s hard to see him being beaten in this event. From the red draw he should be able to fire through and lead at the first bend and from there on I would expect him to put a space in them. He has a PB here of 29.92 but I think if he can lead tonight a sub 29.80 run could be on the cards.
Crackerjack Rose turned in a great performance two runs back when placed behind Eliza Blanche at Cranbourne and a similar effort tonight should see her fill the quinella spot. She has won two of four over this trip and in two of those efforts she has gone 5.05 or faster to the first marker, that type of effort would see her just about lead tonight. Clone Your Own has a favourable wide draw and if he can get away on terms he should be in the finish, whilst Spring Leaf loves racing here and she has the ability to cause a boil over.
Top Four: 1 – 5 – 7 – 2
Trifecta: 1/2,5,7/2,5,7 ($6 for 100%)
Trifecta: 1/2,5,7/Field ($18 for 100%)
Quinella: 1 to rove with 5 & 7 ($2 for 100%)
1st: $7,200 2nd: $2,060 3rd: $1,025 GOBIS: $2,400.
Looks to be a very skinny quaddie tonight as we get see the explosive My Bro Fabio strut his stuff in this event. In recent weeks at Sandown he has turned in two breathtaking performances when winning over the 595m journey. Both times he has been steady to begin but he has worked his way through the field and powered to the line when scoring in 33.94 and 34.01 respectively, with an ounce of luck early he should get the prize quite easily.
Dyna Kayla looks the obvious and only danger, she is unbeaten over this trip and she has a very slick 34.24 PB. If she can ping the lids and find the early lead she will definitely make the favourite work hard for victory. Rumero Reason has won three of seven here and he is aiming for a hat trick of wins, I don’t think he can win tonight but he can run home into a place.
Top Four: 3 – 7 – 4 – 8
Trifecta: 3/7/4,8 ($2 for 100%)
Trifecta: 3/4,7,8/4,7,8 ($6 for 100%)
Trifecta: 3/7/Field ($5 for 100%)
1st: $12,000 2nd: $3,500 3rd: $1,750.
Marcus Joe has a fabulous record over this journey and he was desperately unlucky in his heat last week. Once again he hasn’t been treated well with the box draw but he has enough natural early speed to avoid trouble as they charge for the first bend. It’s a very open race but at around the $4 fixed mark I think he is as good a chance as any and is nice over’s.
Crackerjack Dak has the favourable draw and he too loves racing at this track. From the red I would expect him to punch through at the first bend and hold the lead or at worst be sitting second as they head to the back straight. Dream It scored a blistering 29.84 heat win and he is always a chance in these type of events, the only knock on him is that he doesn’t like to be crowded and he can be slow to begin at times. Nockabout Aussie is a freakish talent and if he gets the right breaks he has the ability to cause a boil over.
Top Four: 5 – 1 – 8 – 4
Win bets on Marcus Joe and Nockabout Aussie
Trifecta: 1,5,8/1,4,5,8/1,2,4,5,6,8 ($36 for 100%)
Boxed Quinella: 1,5,8 ($3 for 100%)
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.
I’m a big fan of Dyna Alchemist and although he has drawn poorly again I think he can get the job done. He has been desperately unlucky in his past four runs here but in those runs he has still managed to post two smart placings. His box manners aren’t great but he musters speed at a great rate and he should be in the top three as they negotiate the first turn.
Clearly Oakvale Destiny is the main danger and likely favourite, she has scored dominant wins at Cranbourne and Geelong in recent weeks and provided she can cross early she will make her presence felt. Lady Goldenpaw could be the surprise packet, he form of late has been poor but she is a reliable beginner and if she can land on the bunny she should be able to regain some much needed confidence. Ralphy Cinel has the good draw and if he doesn’t get shuffled back early he shouldn’t be too far away.
Top Four: 4 – 6 – 8 – 1
Win bets on Dyna Alchemist and Lady Goldenpaw
Boxed Quinella: 4,6,8 ($3 for 100%)
Trifecta: 4,6,8/1,4,6,8/1,2,4,6,8 ($27 for 100%)
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.
Shot To Bits is an enormous talent and he appears to be learning how to race, three starts ago he turned in a monster effort to score at Albion Park and then after a couple of months off he turned in a strong performance to be placed in his heat at Bendigo. He should have derived a lot of benefit from his first up effort and I think he can get a perfect sit behind the early leaders tonight. He will need a few things to go his way but if he gets some clear galloping room his opposition better look out.
Hold On Wincup has been racing in consistent style and he is drawn to probably hold the early lead. He makes his Meadows debut but he has posted some smart placings at Sandown Park in recent months. Reckless Brown is another front runner and if he happens to cross he may find himself with a big lead as they head off the back straight, whilst National Time should get plenty of room early from the pink draw and he is all class on his night.
Top Four: 3 – 1 – 5 – 8
Win bets on Shot To Bits and Hold On Wincup
Exacta: 1,3,5/1,3,5,8 ($9 for 100%)
Boxed Quinella: 1,3,5,8 ($6 for 100%)
Trifecta: 1,3,5/1,3,5,8/1,2,3,5,6,8 ($36 for 100%)
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.
Very tough race but I’ve decided to go with the early speed of My Kinda Music. She has been disappointing in two of her past three runs but tonight she has two very slow beginners drawn underneath her and she should get enough room early to muster speed and burn to the early lead. She has scored some blistering Wentworth Park wins in her brief career to date so if she leads the distance will not be a problem.
Dello Bale has loads of talent and he will be powering to the line, the only concern with him is that he is a keen railer and being a slow beginner who may have a few difficulties getting across. If he can find the fence without losing too much ground, all he needs is a few gaps to open and he will make a big impact. Oakvale Flyer will be well fancied and if she gets away cleanly she should be in the mix throughout.
Top Four: 8 – 7 – 5 – 2
Trifecta: 8/2,5,7/Field ($18 for 100%)
Trifecta: 2,5,8/7/Field ($18 for 100%)
Trifecta: 2,5,8/Field/7 ($18 for 100%)
Quinella: 8 to rove with 2,5,7 ($3 for 100%)
Race 12 – 525M Grade 5 Heat – 11:00PM
Fort Allen loves racing at this track and he is armed with sizzling early speed. If he can get away cleanly tonight he should be able to find the early lead and with the class drop he should be able to hold on for victory. His last 50m is always a concern but this is the weakest race he has contested for quite some time.
Kiltah Magic is a highly promising speedster and she looked ultra impressive when scoring at Sandown Park in 29.53, I feel she is a better chaser from an inside draw but if she can get the right breaks early she may just find herself in the mix as they head to the back straight. Fratelli Fresh is racing well and she should be afforded a clear run early, whilst Sprite Lee has been very unlucky of late and she has the ability to cause an upset.
Top Four: 2 – 8 – 3 – 5
Win bet on Fort Allen
Trifecta: 2,8/2,3,5,8/2,3,4,5,6,8 ($24 for 100%)
Boxed Quinella: 2,3,5,8 ($6 for 100%)
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Race 4: Shoulders
Race 10: Zola Icon
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.
Allmendinger was desperately unlucky here last week and although he is drawn poorly out in the pink I think he should be able to make amends tonight. Three starts ago he recorded a blistering 29.69 win here and on that occasion he showed a tremendous turn of foot soon after box rise. If he can get away on terms tonight he should be able to burn them off after about 50m or so. He isn’t the most reliable beginner but I think he should get the breaks tonight.
Fancy Chance looks the obvious danger from the gun draw. He recently scored an all the way win here in 29.99 and he possesses great early speed. From the red he should be able to settle in the top two as they head for the back straight and he won’t be far away at the business end. Le Burglar is the interesting runner, he lacks genuine early speed but he has the ability to work his way through a field and after a string of placings he is bursting to break through.
Top Four: 8 â€“ 1 â€“ 5 â€“ 6
Trifecta: 1,8/1,5,6,8/1,3,5,6,7,8 ($24 for 100%)
Exacta: 1,8/1,5,6,8 ($6 for 100%)
Trifecta: 8/1,5,6/Field ($18 for 100%)
1st: $5,110 2nd: $1,485 3rd: $730.
Irinka Hope has been a little disappointing in her past two starts but prior to that she looked super impressive when scoring here and in the process she broke the magical 42 second barrier. From the rails draw she should be able to hold the lead or at worst settle in the top three, this isn’t a very strong affair and with an ounce of luck in running she should get the cash.
Luzaka Icon has the ability to cause an upset at odds and she should be afforded a fair bit of luck in running from the favourable draw. She hasn’t been too far away in recent efforts and she appears to be running out the trip a lot better these days. Joane smashed a similar field here last week in 42.77 and a repeat of that effort would see her be in the mix again.
Top Four: 1 â€“ 8 â€“ 3 â€“ 4
Trifecta: 1/3,4,8/Field ($18 for 100%)
Trifecta: 1/3,4,8/3,4,8 ($6 for 100%)
Trifecta: 1,3,8/1,3,4,8/1,3,4,5,7,8 ($36 for 100%)
Exacta: 1/3,4,8 ($3 for 100%)
1st: $4,650 2nd: $1,350 3rd: $670.
Very open race but I’m going to give the edge to My Boy Snoop. He is hit or miss at box rise and at present his box manners are very poor but I’m willing to give him a chance tonight. Two starts ago he turned in an enormous effort to score at Sandown in 34.11 and he has previously won here in a sizzling 29.70. There isn’t a whole lot of speed drawn around him so he should get a relatively clear run early.
Oh So Striking is an exciting prospect and he recently gapped a handy field when scoring at Richmond in 30.52. The empty draw underneath is a big advantage and he should get plenty of room in the first 50m. Lani Banarni has returned to racing in fine style with two brilliant wins and if she can ping the lids again she will be in the mix for a long way. She has a good record here having won four of six but she will need to trim her steady 30.08 PB.
Top Four: 2 â€“ 6 â€“ 7 â€“ 8
Win bet on My Boy Snoop
Trifecta: 2,6/2,6,7,8/1,2,6,7,8 ($18 for 100%)
Exacta: 2,6/2,6,7,8 ($6 for 100%)
Trifecta: 2/6,7,8/1,6,7,8 ($9 for 100%)
1st: $4,650 2nd: $1,350 3rd: $670.
Shoulders returns to her home track after running second in the Group One Maturity Classic at The Meadows and he looks primed to return to the winners list. The pink draw can sometimes be a disadvantage but he has a few keen railers drawn underneath and that should allow him to get a nice cart across in the first 50m.
Swan’s Mavis has been pinging the lids of late and if she gets away again she should lead for a long way. She was beaten by a freakish type here last week and if Shoulders happens to find trouble she may just steal the prize. Tautology is likely to be well supported but I feel that he is drawn poorly in the red, he is going to need the breaks in the first 50m and I don’t think he will get it. Velvet Flame possesses early speed and she should also give a great sight.
Top Four: 8 â€“ 6 â€“ 3 â€“ 4
Trifecta: 8/3,4,6/Field ($18 for 100%)
Trifecta: 3,6,8/3,6,8/2,3,4,6,7,8 ($24 for 100%)
Boxed Quinella: 3,6,8 ($3 for 100%)
1st: $4,650 2nd: $1,350 3rd: $670.
Booming Bennett has been racing in good style here of late and if she can reproduce her 29.83 winning effort from four runs back she will take a power of beating. There is a fair bit of speed in this event but she has recorded 5.42 to the first marker on two occasions here and that would be more than enough to lead here. With a couple of handy speedsters in this event she may go around at big overs.
Creepy Coupe obviously has the class edge but from the two box he will need everything to go his way in the first 50m. If he gets a clear crack at them he will most likely win, however there is a fair bit of speed drawn either side and he may just get squeezed out. Ready To Riot has gone off the boil since scoring at The Meadows in June, however she returns to her favourite track and that may help her regain some confidence.
Top Four: 5 â€“ 8 â€“ 1 â€“ 2
Win bets on Booming Bennett and Ready To Riot.
Boxed Quinella: 1,2,5,8 ($6 for 100%)
Exacta: 5,8/1,2,5,8 ($6 for 100%)
Trifecta: 5,8/1,2,5,8/1,2,4,5,6,8 ($24 for 100%)
1st: $12,000 2nd: $3,000 3rd: $1,500.
Dusty Moonshine has won three in a row in brilliant style here of late and she really should make it four on the trot. All three wins here have been in sub 42 seconds and with her early speed she should be in the firing line from the outset. This is a pretty weak final and she appears to have at least six lengths talent wise on her nearest rival.
Pumped Up Zarr is drawn to hold a forward spot early and he was a recent winner here in a smart 42.42. I don’t think he can roll the favourite but a repeat of his previous win here would see him fill the quinella spot. Cosmic Rosie has been disappointing in her five tries here but I still believe she can do better and am willing to give one more chance. Her 42.05 Richmond win in July was super impressive and if she can bring that form across she could give this a big shake.
Top Four: 3 â€“ 1 â€“ 4 â€“ 7
Trifecta: 3/1,4,7/Field ($18 for 100%)
Trifecta: 3/1,4,7/1,4,7 ($6 for 100%)
Exacta: 3/1,4,7 ($3 for 100%)
Trifecta: 3/1/Field ($6 for 100%)
1st: $4,800 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $700.
Alan’s Kidz scored a recent 30.05 win here two runs back and on that occasion he showed blistering early speed. From the red draw he should be able to hold the early lead and he appears to be getting stronger with every run. This isn’t the strongest event so if he does hold the early lead he should have enough in the tank to hold on.
Cawbourne Cobra has recorded some top placings over this trip of late and she is bursting to break through. She can be slow to begin in her races but there is a bit of speed underneath her and that should allow her to find the rail soon after the start. Tiger The Weapon would be better suited to a rails draw but he is normally quite reliable early and he is capable of running time when on the bunny.
Top Four: 1 â€“ 4 â€“ 8 â€“ 3
Win bets on Alan’s Kidz and Cawbourne Cobra
Boxed Quinella: 1,3,4,8 ($6 for 100%0
Exacta: 1,4/1,3,4,8 ($6 for 100%)
Trifecta: 1,4/1,3,4,8/1,2,3,4,7,8 ($24 for 100%)
1st: $12,000 2nd: $3,000 3rd: $1,500.
Chica Destacada smashed a quality field when scoring here last week in a blistering 29.60 and a repeat of that would see her score in convincing fashion. She is a very fast chaser on the bunny and she has the luxury of having two very slow beginners drawn underneath her. She is currently $3.50 fixed with some online bookmakers and that is enormous value.
Tommy Brislane looks to be the main danger and prior to the heats, he was my tip to take out the final. Unfortunately he was a tad slow to begin in his heat and he was never a factor behind Chica Destacada. I would expect him to show immense improvement tonight but if he can’t cross her again in the early stages I don’t think he will be able to get past her. Queen Esther loves racing her but she will have her work cut trying to cross from the seven draw. Silent Effective is the interesting runner, he is blessed with ridiculous talent but he does take a few strides to get going.
Top Four: 3 â€“ 5 â€“ 1 â€“ 2
Win bet on Chica Destacada (snap up the $3.50, Huge over’s)
Trifecta: 1,3,5/1,2,3,5/1,2,3,4,5,8 ($36 for 100%)
Exacta: 3,5/1,2,3,5 ($6 for 100%)
Quinella: 3 to rove with 1,2,5 ($3 for 100%)
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.
Bearded Midget is a brilliant beginner and he has returned from a short spell with two brilliant Bulli wins over 400m. The second of those wins appeared to be the most impressive as he had to overcome early difficulties to score. His last 50m is obviously going to be a big concern but I would expect him to establish a monster lead mid race.
Cawbourne Power has been placed in four of his past five starts here and he should appreciate the big drop in class. His box manners aren’t great but there are a few runners in this event who struggle to run the trip out and that should allow him to run over the top of them late. Queen Charlie has been racing in fine style of late over this trip and if she pings the lids again she should be in the mix when they head for home.
Top Four: 7 â€“ 5 â€“ 2 â€“ 3
Win bet on Bearded Midget
Trifecta: 2,5,7/2,5,7/2,3,4,5,6,7 ($24 for 100%)
Boxed Quinella: 2,5,7 ($3 for 100%)
Exacta: 5,7/2,3,5,7 ($6 for 100%)
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.
Ritza Raider was desperately unlucky when placed here last week and tonight he gets every chance to return to the winners list. The middle pin is a big disadvantage but there are a number of wide runners drawn on his outer and that should allow him to get a relatively clear run in the early stages. This is probably the weakest race he has competed in for a while and if he can find the form which saw him win here in a slick 29.79 he should get the cash.
Avondale Zena is a reliable beginner and she is blessed with tremendous early speed. Her last 50m is always a struggle but if she can cross early she may carve them up and get away with a race winning lead. Zola Icon is much better than her recent form suggests and she should show some improvement tonight.
Top Four: 4 â€“ 8 â€“ 2 â€“ 1
Win bet on Ritza Raider
Quinella: 4 to rove with 1,2,8 ($3 for 100%)
Exacta: 4,8/1,2,4,8 ($6 for 100%)
Trifecta: 2,4,8/2,4,8/1,2,4,5,8 ($18 for 100%)
Tonightâ€™s New South Wales sprint and distance championship final’s will be run and won, with the two winners heading over to Perth to compete in the grand final, worth $75,000 each.
The Distance final will kick off proceedings, with Dusty Moonshine the standout performer in last weekâ€™s heats clocking a flying 41.93. The daughter of El Grand Senor and Kiacatoo Pearl will be looking for her fourth straight win tomorrow night for trainer Denice Warren, who also has Gotta Problem exiting from box six, giving her two strong chances of making the trip to Perth.
NSW National Distance Championship Final 720m – $12,000 – $3,000 – $1,500
1. Pumped Up Zarr â€“ Neil Staines (42.23): Won two on the trot before finishing third in his heat last week, after getting back mid-field early on. Has drawn ideally in box one to get a good look at the bunny early on and will be running on at the finish.
2. Cyclone Simone â€“ Majella Ferguson (42.62): Has relished the step up in distance, recording three straight wins over the 600m recently and pretty much led all the way in her first attempt over the 720 in solid time.
3. Dusty Moonshine â€“ Denice Warren (41.90): Was the standout performer in the heats last week, recording her fourth straight win and breaking the 42-second barrier. Definitely the one to beat.
4. Cosmic Rosie â€“ Gary Adams (42.33): Has been a very consistent chaser over her past few starts, with an excellent personal best over the distance, could run a cheeky race if she gets room early.
5. Queen Marina â€“ Noelene Holloway (42.28): Has electric early pace and should lead the field. If she can have
some luck will run a gallant race as expected.
6. Gotta Problem â€“ Denice Warren (42.18): ran home very well last week, beaten by a length in fast time. Has drawn awkwardly in box six, however has a flying personal best over this distance and will be competitive.
7. Miss Fiction â€“ Ivan Hanna (42.65): Has a solid record over this distance, however has failed to fire at her past few attempts at the track and will need to improve significantly to challenge this field.
8. My Asuncion: Adele Powell (42.28): Recorded an excellent win last week in fast time and is drawn well on the outside to get a nice run across. Will need to lift more at the finish.
NSW National Sprint Championship 520m: $12,000 – $3,000 – $1,500
An outstanding line-up of greyhounds will compete for the NSW National Sprint Championship title, with favourite runner Chica Destacada, who returned to her sensational best last week, leading all the way in 29.60 in her heat. Queen Esther is also flying at present, recording three of her past four starts at Wentworth Park and has electrifying early pace.
1. Take It All: Doreen Drynan (29.75): Is in great form at present, placing at his past four attempts at the track and has drawn ideally in box one. This greyhound has a very strong motor and look for him to come at them in the latter stages.
2. Silent Effective: Darren Sultana (29.54): When on song this greyhound has a massive motor and can record blistering times. If he gets a clear run, is definitely the one to watch to upset the favourite runners.
3. Chica Destacada: Doreen Drynan (29.49): Has a flying personal best at the track and returned to her brilliant best last week with a 29.60 all the way performance. Can lead all the way and fly the flag proudly for NSW.
4. Bessy Boo: Christine Proctor (29.71): Despite the poor box draw, the Group One Peter Mosman winner will be winding up at the finish and recording a smart time.
5. Tommy Brislane: Steven White (29.51): Ran a gallant second last week behind Chica Destacada in flying time and will need to time his start to perfection to position himself well in this race. Has a sizzling personal best at the track and can lead from start to finish.
6. Asiaâ€™s Babe: Marie Burton (29.89): Ran third last week in a heat and will find this race testing from a poor box draw. Place chance.
7. Queen Esther: Noelene Holloway (29.64): Is electrifying at boxrise and is one of the main dangers to take out this final. Has plenty of heart and will be up the front in the early stages.
8. Miss Sueko: Justin King (29.67): Recorded a sensational personal best at the track last month and has enough early pace to get across from the wide draw. Can test this field with a bit of luck.
The NSW Distance final will jump in race six at 9.12pm and the NSW Sprint final will be run in race eight at 9.57pm.
Itâ€™s Western Australiaâ€™s turn to showcase their talents in the National Sprint heats on Saturday night at Cannington over the 530 metre distance. With just the two heats set to be run, the first four placegetters will receive a rug in next weeks WA deciding final.
Heat One â€“ 8.10 PM, Perth time
Linda Britton looks to have the two favourites in the first heat of the National Sprint, Zelemar Fever, jumping from box two and Star Recall, jumping from box eight.
Reigning Temlee winner Zelemar Fever is set to start at $2.50 favourite. After a fall at Sandownâ€™s Sapphire Crown she looks to have lost her zip out of the boxes that has seen her land in front of the field time after time. Her previous three starts have seen her manoeuvre through the field and hit the finish line with strength. If she manages to jump to the lead itâ€™s hard to see anything catching her.
Star Recall is currently paying $2.80 to take out the heat from box eight. The little black bitch has been in great form from the start of her career, only missing out on finishing in the top three on four occasions. She missed out on the Oaks series and looks to be a genuine contender after a freshen up on the sidelines last week.
Luba Monelli returns from four months on the sidelines for trainer David Hobby. Prior to her break, Luba Monelli produced some impressive victories over the 600 metre trip. Itâ€™s a tough ask for Luba Monelli ($15.00) to take out this heat with chasers that are capable of clocking some very quick times.
Peter Heppleâ€™s Jump The Queue ($5.00) will be the likely leader from box seven but will have to rely on trouble behind if she is to take out this heat.
Heat Two â€“ 8.30 PM, Perth time
The winner of the second heat looks likely to come out of the inside boxes, especially with On Coin off the red. Since his return from a shoulder injury sustained in January, On Coin has set the standard high in WA. Almost week in week out On Coin has produced best of the night performances. The brindle chasers box manners have improved, which has helped him find the lead heading into the back straight on multiple occasions. He is the dog to beat in this heat and is paying $2.00 for the win.
Gone To Heaven has shown a return to form in recent weeks, pulling together two great performances in lower grade company. Jumping from box four, paying $3.50 for the win, she will need to be at her best to finish first past the post.
Last week, veteran Gomes proved that he could still perform in top company, clutching \victory in the closing stages. From box two he is starting at $15.00 for the win and itâ€™s going to take a lot for the old boy to win, but like he showed last week he is capable of surprises.
With the first four chasers getting a run in the deciding final next week, it will bring them one week closer to possibly being named the 2014 National Sprint Champion.
In less then a month Canningtonâ€™s 715 metre distance will be the visiting home of Australiaâ€™s best stayers for the 2014 National Distance Championship. As part of the series this Saturday night WAâ€™s stayers will vie for a position in next weeks deciding final. With just the two heats on show the first four placegetters will receive a rug next week, with a possible ticket to a Nationals victory on the line.
Heat One â€“ 8.53PM, Perth time
The Paul Stuart trained Ash Flash is set to start as the $1.90 favourite from box six. The white bitch has only been unplaced twice over Canningtonâ€™s 715 metre distance. Her signature come from behind style can leave punters with hearts in their mouths, but her strength is hard to pass up.
Bingle Monelli for trainer David Hobby will exit from box four paying $3.50. Running in top grade over the 700 and has seen her run in the top three in all of her starts. She tends to find the lead early and therefore will be able to take advantage if trouble holds up Ash Flash.
Ben Abercrombieâ€™s Mullet Hunter is currently paying $6.00 for the win from the favourable box one draw. With just the three starts over the 715 metre journey, Mullet Hunter is finding her strength quickly and last week ran down the very talented Free Candy. She will be at the front end of the field for the majority of the trip, but with strong chasers Bingle Monelli and Ash Flash, Mullet Hunter is going to have to hope for trouble behind her.
Oaks winner Free Candy will jump from box two at $6.00. She has had just the one journey around the 715 metre distance for a second placing and has produced convincing victories over the 642 with a 100% strike rate. Like Mullet Hunter, Free Candy will be at the front of the field and will need trouble behind to claim victory.
Heat Two â€“ 9.12 PM, Perth time
Reverberate will start $1.70 favourite from box seven in the last heat of the night. Her consistency of late has seen her only finish unplaced twice over the staying journey at Cannington. This little bitch looks the likey winner of this heat because of her strength.
Ben Abercrombieâ€™s Mondavi will start from box one paying $6.50 in his seventh journey over the 700. The red box will help the brindle chaser and looks to be a better place chance in this classy field.
Obama Keeping for trainer Terry Erenshaw is making his 715 metre debut from box three. The black dog has been impressive in his three starts over the middle distance including winning last week. He is set to start on Saturday night paying $5.00. Itâ€™s hard to see Obama Keeping win this heat; he looks to be more suited for a place chance because of his lack of experience over this distance.
Houdni Monelli is jumping out of box eight with punters given an $8.00 chance for him to take out the race. Last week he made a return to the 715 metre distance after a stint over the 530 and finished fifth. With a 700 metre run under his belt he will look to be a better chance in this race.
The winners of each of the heats will go home with $5,225 and find themselves a step closer to representing WA against the rest of Australia’s best stayers.
Victorian aspirants for the National Sprint Championships line up on Saturday night at The Meadows for the Victorian leg of the Nationals series. The field is missing a number of top Victorian sprinters but nevertheless it should be a good race as each dog has a reasonable chance of success. Brooke Ennis’ Dream It is the fastest qualifier through to this week’s Victorian final. If Dream It cannot win this race on Saturday night he is a very rough chance of getting a wild card into the big final at Cannington.
Jeff Britton has two finalists. Britton missed out on a berth in the National Distance final with Mepunga Tiara on Thursday night at Sandown but he has a chance of qualifying for the sprint final with Cosmic Wise and Mepunga Armagh.
Here’s a look at each of the finalists and their current Sportingbet fixed odds prices:
Box 1 – Crackerjak Dak (Andrea Dailly) – $3.40
This Andrea Dailly trained dog loves an inside box so he is drawn to do well. The extremely well bred son of Mogambo and Lil’s Memory (Bombastic Shiraz – We Owe Heaps) ran second to Dream It in the heats last week from box two. He has won four from nine at The Meadows with a best time of 29.94. He needs to lead to do his best work.
Box 2 – Crawf’s Bread (David Crawford) – $9.00
Crawf’s Bread is an extremely consistent chaser and winning this race would be a nice little reward for the dog by Where’s Pedro and Tekki (November Fury – Brian’s Tiger). He defeated Marcus Joe last week to land a heat win in 30.12. He has won six from 18 at The Meadows with an overall best of 30.03. He’s got an imposing record from box one but from box two he has won just the one race from eight attempts.
Box 3 – Cosmic Wise (Jeff Britton) – $10.00
The Cosmic Chief and Wise Penny (Bombastic Shiraz – Awesome Berger) bitch had box four last week when running one and three quarter lengths second behind Buckle Up Mason. She has won two from six at the track and has stopped the clock at 29.94. Her form from inside boxes is good and she is generally reliable at box rise.
Box 4 – Dream It (Brooke Ennis) – $5.00
Dream It was last week’s fastest heat winner from box one. The Bartrim Bale and Ondina Bale (Collision – Maple Bale) dog moves to box four to week, a draw he has won from three times. Dream It is a talented conveyance, running second in this years Group Two Warrnambool Classic and also a finalist in the Group Two McKenna Memorial. He has had 10 starts at the track for six wins. He takes a few strides to get motoring so he will need some luck in the early stages.
Box 5 – Marcus Joe (Barry Moloney) – $6.00
This Velocette and Mojo Glory (Jack Junior – Mint Mojo) dog loves The Meadows. It was the scene of his Group One Maturity win last year and overall he has seven wins from 15 starts at the track with a flying 29.66 to his credit. He finished strongly behind Crawf’s Bread last week from box six and he has the squeeze draw for this race. He has only won once from box five so his connections will be hoping he can overcome the draw.
Box 6 – Mepunga Armagh (Jeff Britton) – $4.60
A winner last week in 29.86, Mepunga Armagh will be looking to make it two in a row on Saturday night. The Premier Fantasy and Mepunga Harmony (Pure Octane – Mepunga Shiraz) dog has two wins at the track from four starts. He had box eight last week for his eight and a half length win so the wide draw should not worry him this week. He’s got great early pace and looks a real chance.
Box 7 – Buckle Up Mason (Jenny Hunt) – $7.50
Jenny Hunt will be looking to qualify her second runner for the Nationals after her charge Xylia Allen took out the Victorian National Distance final at Sandown on Thursday night. Buckle Up Mason won in 29.99 last week to bring his Meadows record to 13 wins from 32 attempts at the track. His best is 29.74. The Collision and Everlong Bale (Primo Uno – Shique Bale) dog has just the one win from box seven but is capable of showing the pace needed to lead.
Box 8 – Nockabout Aussie (Peter Akathiotis) – $16.00
Nockabout Aussie had a comfortable six length win over Grand Legacy last week to win his heat in 30.02. He has not won from a draw wider than box six so the Knocka Norris and Aussie Nicky (Aussie Cruiser – Aussie Nerabella) dog looks to have a tough task ahead of him. He has won just three from 16 at the track so he will be relying on a lot of luck.
Grand Legacy (9) finished second behind Nockabout Aussie. He has just the one win at The Meadows and will find it tough to challenge some of the others in this final. Woodnear (10) was well beaten by Mepunga Armagh. His last win was back in April this year and he is likely to be double figure odds if he gets a run.