Disqualified Linda Britton takes out WA’s leading trainer award

LEADING greyhound identities in Western Australia have defended the decision to crown disqualified Linda Britton the state’s no.1 trainer.

Britton, who was not allowed to attend the function on Sunday night, continued her stranglehold on the mantle as WA’s leading trainer despite being disqualified for 18 months by Racing and Wagering Western Australia on January 18.



Britton was sidelined from the training ranks after her star greyhound Zelemar Fever was found to have a prohibited substance in urine samples taken after she won the WA Sprint Championship and then placed third in the Group 1 National Sprint Championship last August. 



While Zelemar Fever was disqualified from both events, Britton still managed to train 299 winners from 1,285 starters throughout 2014, a feat which saw her claim the title of leading trainer.

RWWA’s Manager of Greyhound Racing, Mark Bottcher, told Australian Racing Greyhound that they never questioned Britton’s eligibility for the award despite the fact that she is now a disqualified person.



“No, not really especially given that the award was for the 2014 calendar year based on the number of winners she trained across the three tracks, obviously Linda was not disqualified until this year,” Bottcher said.

“We didn’t feel it was appropriate to take that award off her because it was something she has achieved by training all throughout that year while she was a licensed person.

“As far as that award is concerned we don’t really have any criteria in there that we wouldn’t award it to someone that became disqualified at some point.”



Britton has won the Leading Trainer Award every year since it’s inception – she also won the Cannington Trainers’ title for a record 16th time in 2014 while she took out the Mandurah Trainers’ title for the seventh time.



Britton was unable to accept the award on the night that saw her two of her former chasers, Zelemar Fever and Star Recall, fight it out to be named greyhound of the year, with the latter ultimately victorious.



“Because she is disqualified and it was a RWWA official function she couldn’t be there, so she couldn’t accept that award or the accolades of having two greyhound of the year contenders including the greyhound of the year winner,” Bottcher said.



“I was at the evening and the response was quite good, there was a reasonable amount of cheering in the audience when her name was mentioned. Obviously she had some kennel staff and people connected to her which were there, there wasn’t much negativity.”



Australian Racing Greyhound attempted to contact some of WA’s other leading trainers to get their thoughts on Britton taking out the award. While several declined to comment, John Iwanyk said the legendary Britton deserved to be named WA’s leading trainer despite the ban.



“I think she won it fair and square, I don’t think it should be taken off her,” Iwanyk said. “She had two positive swabs but that doesn’t paint the picture of her full year, her dogs would have been swabbed hundreds of time. I am fully behind her, I think she deserved to win it.”


RWWA Chief Steward Carlos Martins told Australian Racing Greyhound on Tuesday that Britton has lodged an appeal against her disqualification with a date for the hearing yet to be decided.

Until then, she will remain unable to train greyhounds with all prohibitions placed upon her applicable.

Britton failed to return Australian Racing Greyhound’s calls, but previously said she does not want to comment on her disqualification until all avenues of appeal had been exhausted.

When contacted just after her disqualification was announced, Britton mentioned she was thankful for the support shown by her family and friends during this arduous period.

It’s time. In fact, it’s overdue that bend starts should go

LAST Thursday, Trip To Cairns (5), a 26 months old bitch, got out quite nicely in a 595m race at Sandown (R2) but was then sideswiped by another dog as they straightened up. It still had enough pace to lead around to the back straight where it pulled up abruptly with a broken hock.

Last Saturday, Irelands Force (6), a 29 months old bitch, came out in the middle of the field in a 600m race at The Meadows (R9). It was knocked sideways as they turned into the home straight, and then continued on for a while until pulling up as they rounded the main turn. It had a broken hock.

In essence, these experiences were identical. The bumps were perhaps no different, or even less extreme, than those suffered by half the field in many of these bend start races. But this time they had awful consequences.

Anecdotally, a highly experienced vet has noted that many dogs are actually racing with hairline fractures evident in their legs (I do not have his permission to quote him). You might also note the rough similarity between these greyhound experiences and those of young fast bowlers – whose bodies have yet to toughen up – suffering stress fractures which put them out of action for months or years. 19-year old tennis star Nick Kyrgios has the same sort of problem with his back.

In some cases the risk is that extra stress on a dog’s leg will cause catastrophic damage. In all likelihood, that’s what happened to the above two dogs. Both were severely spreadeagled just after the start of the race, as is obvious on the race films, but subsequent pressure caused the final break.

More typically, hock injuries occur as the dog is coming out of the first turn in a 500m race, where entry speeds may be higher. Pressures on the turn light the fire and the explosion occurs as they accelerate down the back straight. It does not even need the involvement of another dog in the field. For example, Knocka Norris broke its hock at Sandown in a solo trial in exactly this way..

The underlying causes of these injuries have to be due to one or more of (a) genetics, (b) early education and racing experience, (c) track surface quality and camber, and (d) the shape of the track, particularly the turns. To be more specific requires considerable scientific investigation.

In one sense it is fortunate that some investigation is going on now, although we have no details. Initially, authorities in WA and SA combined to start assessing the number and reasons for broken hocks. That work has apparently fallen under the purview of GRV’s house vet in Melbourne, who is developing a major thesis on the subject for a higher degree. More information has yet to emerge.

Meantime, to suggest we just wait and hope is not acceptable. Apart from the individual traumas for both dogs and connections, the major effect is to lessen the quality of the greyhound product and also to attract more criticism of the industry’s attitude to welfare – a topical subject these days but one that sometimes gets lopsided treatment.

Because this problem is effectively man-made there are immediate measures which can be taken to improve outcomes.

The first is to actively engage in eliminating bend starts from all tracks. They are a menace and do no-one any good. All need to be moved or replaced by shutes. It is also the height of folly that two multi-million dollar investments are now going into new tracks in Perth and at Logan, near Brisbane, and which include bend starts for middle distance races. In both cases better options are available and, in fact, were formally discussed and rejected by WA authorities. Shame on them!

(Noting at the same time that the Queenslanders have not been able to make up their minds about how and when to start building. Work at Logan was supposed to commence in mid-2014 but the site has not seen a shovel yet. Heaven knows what the new government will do now. It holds the purse strings).

Short of those steps, it is a simple matter to ease the burden by reducing all fields for bend start races to six runners. The big issue today is that there are eight runners trying to get into space sufficient for only four. Bedlam is the only possible outcome. Six would be a good compromise. (That is also the English solution).

Of course, the bigger issue is how to build better turns in any races. Assessing the right track shapes, radii, cambers, surface quality and other matters must become the task of a small group commissioned to study the subject thoroughly and scientifically.

This is a national need which should be funded by all states. We must remove the guesswork and the “she’ll be right” content of track designs. History has served the industry badly in this area. It is time we moved into the 21st century. The dogs will thank you for it.

Incidentally, at the risk of boring readers, donkey’s years ago I was playing fullback for a rugby league team in New Guinea and roared across to cut down a flying winger near the sideline. I got him alright but connected with his hip bone rather than something higher or lower. I felt a bit numb in the arm at the time but it went away. Ten minutes later I had the ball and was cutting through the opposition when an opponent sideswiped me – not seriously but the impact broke my collar bone. Obviously it had been cracked previously. That was all my own doing but it does illustrate the possible effect of collisions. They can affect any athlete at any time.

A Note

The need for detailed study of track designs was well illustrated in the Shepparton Cup heats last night. No winners were affected directly, largely because they got out quickly and led all the way (barring El Grand Seal, which always gets run down over this distance). However, the chances of many runners to earn a place were significantly affected by sideways squeezing on the way into the first turn. In a 450m race you do not get a second chance. This is why longshots got up into the places in most races. Despite favourites doing well, four of the eight First Fours paid over $800.

It is impossible to know exactly which cause has what effect in these cases. That’s why we need a proper study.

What you may have missed: Wild Soul crowned No.1 in SA

WILD Soul has been crowned South Australia’s best greyhound for 2014, as well as being named the state’s sprinter of the year.

Trained by Kim Johnstone, the son of Mogambo and Velocity Thunder had 42 starts for the year, recording 19 wins and 15 minor placings. His highlights included winning the John Gray Memorial Final, the Adelaide Consolation Cup, running third in the Shane McQueen Memorial final and making the final of the SA St Leger and Group One National Sprint Championship.

The awards were presented at a gala function on Saturday night. Other award winners included:

  • SA-bred greyhound of the year – Sidney’s Shadow
  • SA distance greyhound of the year – Luna Jinx
  • Volunteer of the year – joint winners Neil Wright and Yvonne King
  • Stud dog of the year – Emerley Carlos
  • Broodbitch of the year – Flame McBain
  • Breeder of the year – Karen Bearpark
  • Country trainer of the year – Don Turner
  • Owner/trainer of the year – Cameron Butcher
  • SA TAB leading trainer of the year – Wendy Matcott
  • Syndicate of the year – Next Racing
  • Run of the year – Rulebook – April 10, 2014, at Angle Park over 600m

    Casino slow out of boxes

    Casino Greyhound Racing Club has been forced to delay its return to racing, after the track’s conversion from grass to loam has taken longer than expected.

    Racing was expected to resume on Friday, February 6, however, has now been rescheduled to February 27.

    Lismore will host the three meetings that were due to take place, with a final inspection of the track to be conducted by GRNSW before any trialling or racing.

    Keep an eye on

    Astronomize clocked a sizzling time of 30.05 in a heat of the Group 1 Perth Cup on Saturday evening over 530m. Trained by Paul Stuart, the son of Kinloch Brae and Starlight Delly was the fastest qualifier for next week’s $140,000-to-the-winner final. Stuart also has litter brother Starlight Jack through to the final, along with second-fastest qualifier Quartz Bale.

    Lock in your diary

    February 2
    – Heats of the Group 2 Shepparton Cup over 450m
    – Heats of the Group 2 Launceston Cup over 515m

    February 5
    – Final of the Group 3 Big Dog Cup over 600m at Albion Park

    February 6
    – Heats of the Group 2 Vince Curry Memorial Maiden over 520m at Ipswich

    February 7
    – Final of the Group 1 National Derby over 520m at Wentworth Park
    – Final of the Group 1 National Futurity over 520m at Wentworth Park
    – Final of the Group 1 Perth Cup over 530m at Cannington
    – Final of the Group 1 Galaxy over 715m at Cannington
    – Final of the Group 3 Perth Cup Consolation over 530m at Cannington

    Drums are beating for Fernando Bale in National Derby final

    ANDREA Dailly has a great chance of landing both Group 1 finals next Saturday, after National Derby hope Fernando Bale sizzled around the 520-metre circuit at Wentworth Park, clocking 29.42 in his semi-final.

    Stepping beautifully from box one on Saturday night, the son of Kelsos Fusileer and Chloe Allen recorded a flying first sectional of 5.32, clocking 17.70 in the back straight and a fast run home of 11.72.

    Dailly’s other runner in the second semi-final, Lektra Outlaw, finished six-and-three-quarter lengths behind the winner in second and has drawn the coveted one box for the final, with Fernando Bale in seven.

    Dailly has another handy back-up in Dyna Tiber, which drew box five, while she also won two of the three semi-finals of the Group 1 National Futurity with Spring Leaf and Kerrigan Bale.

    Last week’s fastest qualifier from the National Derby heats, Winsome Mission, was made the favourite in semi-final No.1, exiting from box seven at $2.60. The Melinda Finn-trained chaser stepped well before being forced wide at the first turn, finishing in fourth position. Anthony Azzopardi’s Topper Road repeated his impressive effort from last week, leading all the way from box five in a fast time of 29.80. The son of Oaks Road and Uno Emi clocked sizzling splits of 5.35 and 17.85, scoring by two lengths over Dyna Tiber. Finn’s Winsome Prince ran home well to finish third and moves through to next week’s final.

    In the last semi-final punters launched into several greyhounds, with Jason Magri’s Bad Boy Sniper starting at $4.20, just ahead of Zipping Carter which started at $4.50 for trainer Jason Mackay. Magri’s talented chaser began brilliantly from box four, leading all the way in a blistering 29.43. The son of Dyna Tron and Isseymiyake recorded a new personal best time at Wentworth Park, bettering the 29.54 set two weeks ago in a free-for-all event. Zipping Carter ran a great race, finishing four-and-three-quarter lengths behind the winner. Finn’s Maitland track record holder Winsome Jacko grabbed third and is first reserve for next week’s $75,000-to-the-winner final.

    Group 1 National Derby box draw
    (Run Saturday night over 520m)

    1 - Lektra Outlaw – Andrea Dailly

    2 – Dark Vito – Edward Medhurst

    3 - Winsome Prince – Melinda Finn

    4 - Bad Boy Sniper – Jason Magri

    5 - Dyna Tiber – Andrea Dailly

    6 - Zipping Carter – Jason Mackay

    7 - Fernando Bale – Andrea Dailly

    8 – Topper Road – Anthony Azzopardi

    Reserves:

    9 – Winsome Jacko – Melinda Finn

    10 – Whittaker – Julie Fletcher

    Team Dailly dominates National Futurity semi-finals

    ANDREA Dailly’s star bitches Kerrigan Bale and Spring Leaf were at their brilliant best at Wentworth Park on Saturday night in winning their semi-finals of the Group 1 National Futurity. 



    The first semi was all about Kerrigan Bale with the consistent Victorian sent to the boxes as the $1.50 favourite from the one.

    When the lids flew open Jingjing (box three) exploded from the boxes with Kerrigan Bale pushing up along the rail into second position. 

Despite stepping off around the first turn, the daughter of High Earner and Maple Bale was able to hold on to her position and set off in pursuit of the lamplighter, eventually finding the front around the home turn before drawing clear to score by three-and-a-half lengths in 29.73. 



    Kerrigan Bale has won three from four at Wentworth Park with her only defeat being a third placing to Dyna Villa in the Group 1 Paws of Thunder. 



    Jingjang ran a gutsy second for Chris Nutt while another Dailly runner in Polly Bale filled the trifecta. 



    In the second semi-final Jason Mackay’s Assertive Bella (box 2) started the favourite but she was out of action early following a slow beginning. Spring Leaf on the other hand shanghaied out of the boxes, crossing from box seven and never really looking in danger, defeating Weblec Belle by three-and-a-quarter lengths in a flying 29.50. 



    Spring Leaf has now won 14 races from 40 career starts with 10 minor placings and more than $70,000 in prizemoney earnings. 



    The third and final semi-final was the only one to go to a locally-trained greyhound with Zipping Midge triumphing in the final stages for Hunter Valley conditioner Mackay.

    Stepping cleanly from box three, the daughter of Fabregas and Zipping Jewel slipped into second position behind Dyna Nico (box 5) around the first turn, trailing by around three lengths by the time they ran past the 720-metre boxes. 



    Once she balanced up, the black bitch began taking ground off the leader, hooking to its outside around the home turn and accelerating in the straight, claiming the lead in the final stages to record a terrific 29.82 win.

    Dyna Nico held on for second spot for Andrea Dailly with Zipping Abby finishing third.



    The final of the Group 1 National Futurity will be run next Saturday night and will offer $75,000 to the winner. 



    Group 1 National Futurity final box draw
    1 Spring Leaf
    2 Polly Bale
    3 Dyna Nico
    4 Kerrigan Bale
    5 Ella Has Class
    6 Zipping Midge
    7 Jingjing
    8 Weblec Bale

    9 Zipping Abby
    10 Eyes Adorable

    The Meadows greyhound tips & betting preview January 31 2015

    WHILE most of tonight’s attention will centre on Wentworth Park tonight with the semi-finals of the Group 1 National Derby and Futurity, there is still an excellent 12-race card being run at The Meadows with some talented types engaged. Lets get into our selections for the card:

    Best Bet:
    Race 2: Targaryen

    Best Value:
    Race 6: Love Affair

    Quaddie:
    Leg 1: 6,7,8 – Leg 2: 1,4,8 – Leg 3: 1,3,7 – Leg 4: 3,5,6,7,8
    $135 for 100%

    Race No. 1Topcat Video (handicap)7:15 PM (VIC time)
    Handicap event over 725 metres at The meadows Of $10,285 Prizemoney.
    1st: $7,200 2nd: $2,060 3rd: $1,025.

    No.NameFormBestTrainer

    1SHALL SHE ROCK -7m [2]2241142.38(7)D Crawford (Pearcedale)
    2BERRY BLITZ -9m [4]5216142.69(7)A Langton (Anakie)
    3TIME DIMENSION -10m [5]14288FSHC Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
    4CAMBRIDGE PRINCE -10m [5]54238NBTA Langton (Anakie)
    6TEARS SIAM -10m (NSW)[5]74145NBTR Britton (Lara)
    7SLIPAWAY MAVIS -10m [5]1552243.08(6)A King (Sulky)
    8MAY IT BE -10m [7]58262FSTDA Langton (Anakie)

    Tears Siam is a full sister to the gun stayer Space Star and she isn’t too far off him talent wise. She is well placed out wide and she should get every chance to lead from the front mark. Three starts back she posted a sizzling 41.91 Sandown Park win and if she can reproduce that type of effort she would put a space in this lot.

    Shall She Rock will give them a bit of a head start but she has a great record here and she should be able to drive through into a prominent position as they go past the post the first time.

    Cambridge Prince has enough speed to settle in the top two early and if he does lead them up he should give them something to catch, he can be unreliable but he should get every chance from the front marker.

    Berry Blitz rounds out the chances, she recently posted a strong 42.69 victory here and with some luck early she should be able to make an impact.

    Top Four: 6 – 1 – 4 – 2

    Suggested Bets:

    Win bet on Tears Siam with Sportingbet

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

    Quinella: 6 to rove with 1,2,4 ($3 for 100%)

    Trifecta: 6/1,2,4/Field ($15 for 100%)

    Race No. 2Doc Dunn Buxs Derby7:35 PM (VIC time)
    Grade 7 event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
    1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

    No.NameFormBestTrainer

    1TARGARYEN (NSW)[7]12NBTR Britton (Lara)
    2BALLY MO TOWN (NSW)[7]34321NBTM Wallworth (Gisborne)
    3WHY NOT LUCY [7]37375NBTW Gray (Wendouree)
    4HAWK TANA [7]23313NBTB Harley (Axedale)
    5HAKATA BALE (NSW)[7]53734NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
    6WHY NOT FRANKLIN [7]47344NBTW Gray (Wendouree)
    7TANTRUM TOMMY [7]8522630.42(8)A Dailly (Anakie)
    8CRAY CRAY [7]32134FSHR Britton (Lara)
    9BIT OF ALRIGHT [7]Res.75683NBTP Formosa (Lalor)

    Targaryen has recently joined the powerful Robert Britton kennel and he comes here after scoring a brilliant 26.41 Bulli win on debut. On Wednesday he went around this track and trip and he was far from disgraced when finishing second. From the red tonight he should be able to push through and hold the early lead and I think if he finds the bunny early he will be running some serious time.

    Bally Mo Town is armed with smart early speed and he broke through for a well deserved win at Shepparton in 25.68. He is likely to match motors with the red for most of the trip and he should hold on for the quinella spot.

    Tantrum Tommy doesn’t win very often but he is very strong and he has been placed in seven of his 14 tries here, he might be a good anchor for third and fourth in your exotic bets.

    Hakata Bale could be the value in the event, his recent form isn’t that great but he does possess early speed and if he finds the early lead he may prove hard to catch.

    Top Four: 1 – 2 – 7 – 5

    Suggested Bets:

    Win bet on Targaryen with Sportingbet

    Exacta: 1,2/1,2,5,7 ($6 for 100%)

    Trifecta: 1/2,5,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

    First Four: 1,2,5/1,2,5/Field/7 ($30 for 100%)

    First Four: 1,2,5/1,2,5/7/Field ($30 for 100%)

    Race No. 3Wigan Warriors & Jd Darts Club7:55 PM (VIC time)
    Grade 6 event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
    1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

    No.NameFormBestTrainer

    1NEOLISIOUS [6]25152NBTR Crisafi (Pakenham)
    2TIGER’S HERO [6]2711430.22(7)R Britton (Lara)
    3FLASH ZOE [6]5736630.48(8)R Britton (Lara)
    4DYNA BRAINIAC (NSW)[6]15275NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
    5SCHUMACHER [6]13413NBTJ Shaw (Anakie)
    6GIRTHY [6]34662NBTB Jones (Pyalong)
    7VELVET HAMMER (NSW)[6]7171FSHS Fisher (Lara)
    8GANGNAM STYLE [6]63272NBTC Capuano (Anakie)

    Neolisious is drawn perfectly in the red and she is improving with every start. Two starts back she overcame a slow start to score at Bendigo in 24.19 and tonight I am expecting her to begin a lot better and lead at the first turn. She isn’t known for her strength but she is hitting the line a lot better of late and this class should suit.

    Dyna Brainiac has the class edge and he has been placed in five of his seven starts here to date. The box draw hasn’t done him any favours but he does muster speed well and he should be able to follow the three across in the run to the first bend.

    Schumacher has a heap of talent and if he gains a clear run from the squeeze box he should be able to run a big race, he will go around at big odds and he could be the value.

    Tiger’s Hero round out the chances, he has won two of his past three here and he does possess a great turn of speed soon after box rise.

    Top Four: 1 – 4 – 5 – 2

    Suggested Bets:

    Win bet on Neolisious with Sportingbet

    Boxed Quinella: 1,2,4,5 ($6 for 100%)

    Exacta: 1,4,5/1,2,4,5 ($9 for 100%)

    Trifecta: 1/2,4,5/Field ($18 for 100%)

    Race No. 4Hudson Pacific Final8:15 PM (VIC time)
    Grade 5 Final event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
    1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

    No.NameFormBestTrainer

    1REPAYMENTS (NSW)[5]1311129.87(2)B Ennis (Lara)
    2RASHAD REASON (NSW)[5]2835130.34(3)A Dailly (Anakie)
    3GROOVE GIRL [5]15325NBTL Delbridge (Balliang)
    4TIGGERLONG FOX (NSW)[5]4761130.22(5)J Cusack (The Rock)
    5RENSTAR [5]1213130.43(4)L Delbridge (Balliang)
    6TIGGERLONG KATUT (NSW)[5]1352130.15(2)J Cusack (The Rock)
    7PEDRO’S TWIST [5]3221230.20(7)D Murray (Napoleons)
    8DESTINI LOBO [5]4245130.48(6)E Rinaldi (Lethbridge)
    9ANGSANA (NSW)[5]Res.4142130.22(5)D Drew (Dennington)
    10STARZAR DIAMONDS [5]Res.74T82NBTK King (Langwarrin)

    Repayments is an exciting prospect who has won five of six to date and his latest victory was here in a blistering 29.87. His first sectional of 5.17 wasn’t overly impressive but he did bomb the start last time and from the red he should be able to begin a lot better. He is going to be quite short but it’s hard to tip against him so it may be worth anchoring him up front in your exotic bets.

    Tiggerlong Fix is a highly talented speedster who has been sparingly raced to date. Last time out he showed dazzling mid race speed when posting a handy 30.22 and if he can begin well tonight he should give the favourite a minor scare.

    Tiggerlong Ketut has enough speed to cross early and he should be able to improve on his smart 30.15 heat win, he got quite tired in the run home last week so he should be a lot better for that run.

    Rashad Reason is well drawn nearer the inside and he should finish on strongly, he has been placed in seven of nine here and he shouldn’t be too far away again.

    Top Four: 1 – 4 – 6 – 2

    Suggested Bets:

    Win bet on Repayments with Sportingbet

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

    Trifecta: 1/2,4,6/Field ($18 for 100%)

    Quinella: 1 to rove with 2,4,6 ($3 for 100%)

    Race No. 5Adam Di Blasi Stakes8:35 PM (VIC time)
    Grade 5 event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
    1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

    No.NameFormBestTrainer

    1KID MAXIMUS [5]6443830.23(5)P Akathiotis (Reservoir)
    2HILDA’S BOY (NSW)[5]25344NBTR Britton (Lara)
    3GALAHAD [5]7442730.12(2)T Womann (Lara)
    4ZELL BALE (NSW)[5]6343829.99(3)S Collins (Lara)
    5ALLEN ERYK (NSW)[5]2827530.01(2)A Dailly (Anakie)
    6CRACKERJACK ROSE [5]1732230.14(2)A Dailly (Anakie)
    7MEPUNGA MOSS [5]2856430.13(7)J Britton (Anakie)
    8BECKENBAUER (SA)[5]7565530.26(6)D Pattinson (Pearcedale)
    9POBBLEBONK [5]Res.88868NBTI Cockerell (Buckley)

    Beckenbauer is much better than his recent form reads and he should get every chance to regain some confidence from the favourable pink draw. Back in early December he posted two brilliant Sandown Park wins and since then he has continually found bother soon after the start, with a keen railer drawn underneath tonight he should get a nice cart across and he will prove very hard to hold out.

    Crackerjack Rose is extremely consistent and she has led in her past three starts here, if she can step cleanly again she should be able to cross and find the bunny again. She isn’t overly strong but this is the weakest event she has contested for a while so if she leads she will give a great sight.

    Mepunga Moss is much better than her recent form reads and she too will benefit from the drop in class, she has won four of 11 over this journey and she just needs a clear run early to regain some confidence.

    Zell Bale rounds out the chances, I dont like his winning hopes from the middle pin but he can run home into the placings.

    Top Four: 8 – 6 – 7 – 4

    Suggested Bets:

    Win bet on Beckenbauer with Sportingbet

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

    Exacta: 6,7,8/4,6,7,8 ($9 for 100%)

    Trifecta: 8/4,6,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

    Race No. 6Rsn – Racing & Sport Final8:55 PM (VIC time)
    Grade 5 Final event over 725 metres at The meadows Of $17,250 Prizemoney.
    1st: $12,000 2nd: $3,500 3rd: $1,750.

    No.NameFormBestTrainer

    1DEADLY BOY [5]32213NBTS Mckenna (Napoleons)
    2PENNSYLVANIA IS [5]11143NBTA Paraskevas (Cranbourne South)
    3BIG KAT [4]4526142.63(5)C Schlensog (Anakie)
    4SERASH BALE (NSW)[5]15124NBTJ Hunt (Lara)
    5KILTAH MAGIC (QLD)[4]1517142.90(2)K Bravo (Lovely Banks)
    6RAIN STREAM (QLD)[5]82642NBTR Britton (Lara)
    7PRINCESS PASS [5]22274NBTJ Sharp (Lara)
    8LOVE AFFAIR (NSW)[5]5375242.71(5)A Dailly (Anakie)
    9GO JETTA GO [5]Res.52425NBTJ Thompson (Pearcedale)
    10LITES AND SIRENS [5]Res.3221543.56(8)R Divirgilio (Devon Meadows)

    Love Affair has the good draw and she could be great value in this event. She tends to do her best racing at this track and trip and from wide draws she tends to begin a lot better than normal. Last week she stormed home after finding early bother and she was far from disgraced, tonight she should settle in the first half of the field and as they round for home she should be about to assume control.

    Deadly Boy made his staying debut and after being headed early and finding bother he managed to plug on well and hit the line better than expected, from the red he should be able to punch through and hold the early lead and I think he is a different chaser when on the bunny.

    Serash Bale was desperately unlucky in her heat and I would expect an improved performance tonight.

    Big Kat was the fastest heat winner and if she pings the lids she will give them something to catch, my concern with her is that there is a heap of speed in this event and she might ease out at the first turn.

    Kiltah Magic can lead them up but I think they will reel her in with about 60m to go.

    Top Four: 8 – 1 – 4 – 3

    Suggested Bets:

    Win bets on Deadly Boy and Love Affair with Sportingbet

    Boxed Quinella: 1,3,4,8 ($6 for 100%)

    Exacta: 1,8/1,3,4,8 ($6 for 100%)

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

    Race No. 7Ajs Corporation9:12 PM (VIC time)
    Mixed 3/4 event over 600 metres at The meadows Of $10,285 Prizemoney.
    1st: $7,200 2nd: $2,060 3rd: $1,025.

    No.NameFormBestTrainer

    1MACCA’S SWAY [4]4353134.57(2)J Borg (Maryborough)
    2ATHOS [4]4532334.89(4)R Gray (Pyalong)
    3COULTA ROCK [4]6633234.76(5)D Curtain (Longwarry)
    4CORNELIUS FUDGE [3]8515634.35(8)L Cockerell (Buckley)
    6DYNA GLINDA (NSW)[4]2474634.43(2)A Dailly (Anakie)
    7MEPUNGA HAYLEY [4]3152734.36(1)J Britton (Anakie)
    8HAILSTORM BILLY (NSW)[4]6573734.47(4)A Langton (Anakie)

    Mepunga Hayley appears to be a few lengths off her best form at present but this is the easiest race she has contested for quite a while and if she finds the bunny early she should salute. She tends to begin well from wide draw and there doesn’t appear to be a lot of early speed in this event, she is a different chaser when on the bunny and if you can land $3.50 or better that is over the odds in this class.

    Macca’s Sway hit the line solidly in his handy 34.57 victory here last week and from the red he should settle a bit closer to the speed than normal.

    Coulta Rock should be suited by the drop back in distance and with the lack of speed around him, he should get every chance to settle in the top two and he can run time when given a clear run.

    Cornelius Fudge is the only other chance, he has won two of three over this trip and he will benefit from the empty draw on his outside.

    Top Four: 7 – 3 – 1 – 4

    Suggested Bets:

    Win bet on Mepunga Hayley with Sportingbet

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

    Exacta: 1,3,7/1,3,4,7 ($9 for 100%)

    Trifecta: 7/1,3,4/Field ($15 for 100%)

    Race No. 8Macro Meats9:39 PM (VIC time)
    Grade 4 event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $7,600 Prizemoney.
    1st: $5,320 2nd: $1,520 3rd: $760.

    No.NameFormBestTrainer

    1DYNA ZOD (NSW)[4]7243130.13(6)A Dailly (Anakie)
    2FLEETWOOD JAY [4]7631530.32(1)A Langton (Anakie)
    3GO MOBO [4]1211130.24(2)D Coleman (Lara)
    4REIKO BALE (NSW)[4]2363130.26(2)T Womann (Lara)
    5DYNA FANCY (NSW)[4]7315130.16(5)A Dailly (Anakie)
    6BOTTOM DOLLAR [4]6142630.22(8)A Dailly (Anakie)
    7LEKTRA HAWK [4]3433730.13(6)I Cockerell (Buckley)
    8CRACKERJACK MAX [4]4511630.07(2)A Dailly (Anakie)

    Crackerjack Max is a class sprinter in the making and he should prove hard to hold out based on his recent Wentworth Park win in a sizzling 29.79. On that occasion he flew to the first marker and never looked back, he will find it a little hard to cross from the pink tonight but there is very little speed directly underneath so he should be able to carve across.

    Bottom Dollar showed a return to form at Ballarat last time with a strong 25.32 victory and if he can show that type of form again he should be right in this. The box draw is a disadvantage but he does have good speed and he has won three of six here.

    Dyna Fancy should settle in the top two or three early and she is rarely far away in this company, I dont think she will win tonight but she should figure in the placings.

    Top Four: 8 – 6 – 5 – 3

    Suggested Bets:

    Win bet on Crackerjack Max with Sportingbet

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

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

    Trifecta: 8/3,5,6/Field ($18 for 100%)

    Race No. 9Le Pine Funerals9:55 PM (VIC time)
    Grade 5 event over 600 metres at The meadows Of $8,225 Prizemoney.
    1st: $5,750 2nd: $1,645 3rd: $830.

    No.NameFormBestTrainer

    1MY ZEPHYR [5]77167FSTDN Armstrong (Cranbourne)
    2WHY NOT WAYNE [5]7672534.77(3)W Gray (Wendouree)
    3FULL ON BLING [5]61144NBTJ Westerlo (Clyde)
    4MY NAME’S JESSIE [5]24166FSTDW Vassallo (Devon Meadows)
    5OAKVALE FLYER (SA)[5]54578NBTJ Britton (Anakie)
    6IRELAND’S FORCE [5]14251FSHM Auld (Tatura)
    7UNTRACEABLE [5]2111434.24(5)M Auld (Tatura)
    8VOLKSJAGER BLUE [5]32248NBTP Ryder (Corio)
    9DYNA ORION (NSW)[5]Res.5656834.81(4)A Dailly (Anakie)

    Great race and I think the speedy Oakvale Flyer should appreciate the rise in distance and she should give the two fancied runners something to catch. Her form at present reads quite ordinary but she is much better than that and last time out at Wentworth Park she was about to assume control before being knocked over. On the bend start she should be able to carve across to the early lead and I think she will have no trouble covering the distance.

    Full On Bling has scored two devastating Sandown park wins in recent weeks and if he is given some room early he should make his presence felt. He was a tad disappointing here last week but that was his first look at the track and I’m willing to forgive him.

    Untraceable is an absolute beast and if he is switched on he should get the cash, the concern with him is that he can lose focus at times and he does tend to find bother in his races, so from the wide draw he will need everything to go his way early.

    Top Four: 5 – 3 – 7 – 8

    Suggested Bets:

    Win bet on Oakvale Flyer with Sportingbet

    Exacta: 3,5,7/3,5,7,8 ($9 for 100%)

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

    Race No. 10Sky Racing10:15 PM (VIC time)
    Grade 5 event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
    1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

    No.NameFormBestTrainer

    1PUD [5]33123NBTJ Desaubin (Langwarrin)
    2SONIC DASH [5]31761NBTA Langton (Anakie)
    3FEARLESS JOHN [5]3421330.40(2)J Hunt (Lara)
    4USAIN I’M NUTTY [5]52531NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
    5LOUIE NEVEELK [5]53153NBTR Kleeven (Denison)
    6LIARA ALLEN (NSW)[5]2386630.09(2)S Collins (Lara)
    7SE’S HIGH ABOVE (GA)[5]4551230.35(7)R Britton (Lara)
    8DYNA NIHILIST (NSW)[5]34462NBTJ Hunt (Lara)
    9POBBLEBONK [5]Res.88868NBTI Cockerell (Buckley)

    Usain I’m Nutty is a highly promising chaser and he is armed with a powerful finish, last time out he showed a bit more early dash than normal at Sandown and that allowed him to score with ease in a blistering 29.45. If he gains a clear passage in the first 50m he should be too strong in the run to the line.

    Dyna Nihilist has a ridiculous amount of ability but he doesn’t always show it, from the wide draw he should get plenty of room to muster speed and if he can settle mid pack he should make a strong bid for victory as they get near the finish line.

    Pud should hold a forward spot early and she didn’t have much luck in her debut here on Wednesday, she has scored some slick Sandown wins and if she does hold them out she will prove hard to reel in.

    Top Four: 4 – 8 – 1 – 2

    Suggested Bets:

    Win bet on Usain I’m Nutty with Sportingbet

    Boxed Quinella: 1,4,8 ($3 for 100%)

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

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

    Race No. 11Downtown Cleaning10:35 PM (VIC time)
    Grade 5 event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
    1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

    No.NameFormBestTrainer

    1SCUNITZA SPEED [5]7762230.61(3)B Panetta (Melton West)
    2YOUNG HENRY [5]35216NBTN Gost (Little River)
    3SPRING MILLIE (NSW)[5]2644330.68(8)A Dailly (Anakie)
    4VERMONT [5]11818NBTS Hamilton (Ballarat)
    5YOKO [5]6542130.31(1)J Carr (Devon Meadows)
    6WHY NOT LUKE [5]53252NBTW Gray (Wendouree)
    7ULLA ALLEN (NSW)[5]1771730.23(4)S Collins (Lara)
    8FILIUS FLITWICK [5]75274FSHD Todd (Dereel)
    9POBBLEBONK [5]Res.88868NBTI Cockerell (Buckley)

    Vermont has won three of five to date in commanding fashion and with a clear getaway tonight he should get every chance to lead throughout. Two starts back he showed a great turn of speed when scoring at Warrnambool in 25.30 and a similar effort here will see him figure prominently.

    Scunitza Speed led for a long way when placed here two runs back and she should settle on the speed again, she isn’t overly strong but this is quite a weak race and she might be able to hold on.

    Young Henry has plenty of gears and if he can get to the outside he will prove hard to hold out. Three runs back he set the Bendigo track alight with a brilliant 23.81 win.

    Ulla Allen rounds out the chances, she will hit the line solidly and she tends to race well here.

    Top Four: 4 – 1 – 2 – 7

    Suggested Bets:

    Win bet on Vermont with Sportingbet

    Quinella: 4 to rove with 1,2,7 ($3 for 100%)

    Exacta: 1,4/1,2,4,7 ($6 for 100%)

    Trifecta: 1,2,4/1,2,4,7/1,2,4,5,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

    Race No. 12Tab Rewards10:57 PM (VIC time)
    Grade 5 event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
    1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

    No.NameFormBestTrainer

    1ALLEN ICARUS (NSW)[5]3244230.28(4)S Collins (Lara)
    2SUAVE ODESSA (NSW)[5]43671FSHJ Fothergill (Numurkah)
    3NALA’S HEART (QLD)[5]28753NBTR Handyside (Loganlea)
    4WHITE WALKER [5]4862530.33(2)T Reid (Yuroke)
    5PETER PETTIGREW [5]68485NBTL Cockerell (Buckley)
    6NIFTY NEVEELK [5]61633NBTR Kleeven (Denison)
    7DELI ALLEN (NSW)[5]5463730.24(7)S Collins (Lara)
    8JEREMEY RENT [5]21466NBTB Pell (Toolleen)
    9POBBLEBONK [5]Res.88868NBTI Cockerell (Buckley)

    Allen Icarus hasn’t won for a little while but he is dropping in class tonight and from the red he should prove too good for this lot. He has been placed in 12 of 21 here and with a clean getaway he should have enough early toe to hold them out.

    White Walker is another who doesn’t win very often but he is more than capable, two runs back he was narrowly beaten at Sandown Park in solid time and a similar effort here should see him feature.

    Nala’s Heart hit the line solidly when placed here last time and if she is given a clear run early she can play a part in the finish, she is better suited to a wider draw but she won’t be desperate to get to the outside.

    Top Four: 1 – 4 – 3 – 5

    Suggested Bets:

    Win bet on Allen Icarus with Sportingbet

    Boxed Quinella: 1,3,4,5 ($6 for 100%)

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

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

    Sportingbet are giving all new customers up to $700 in free bets to place on tonight’s The Meadows meeting.

    Wentworth Park greyhound tips & betting preview January 31 2015

    EVERYTHING is set for a fantastic night at Wentworth Park tonight with three semi-finals of the Group 1 National Derby and Futurity over 520-metres.

    First and second from each semi-final will progress through to the following week’s $75,000-to-the-winner finals as well as the two fastest seconds.

    Best Bet:
    Race 10: Smoken Jimmy

    Best Value:
    Race 1: Miss Sueko

    Quaddie:
    Leg 1: 1,2,3,7 – Leg 2: 1 – Leg 3: 1,2,3,8 – Leg 4: 1,2,4,5,6,8
    $96 for 100%

    Race No. 1Bakers Cup7:28 PM
    4/5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,670 Prizemoney.
    1st: $4,650 2nd: $1,350 3rd: $670.

    No.NameFormBestTrainer

    1KISS THE HAWK313529.91Christine Proctor
    2STUART TOWN451430.24Owen Langley
    3FUNNY BONE217530.07Simon Ma
    4COSMIC ANGEL112529.62Anthony Azzopardi
    5CAWBOURNE REV165229.95Jodie Lord
    6QUEEN ESTHER341429.64Noelene Holloway
    7VON RYAN666129.94John Ayoub
    8MISS SUEKO246729.67Justin King

    Interesting race to kick off the night and I think we can find some value with the well drawn Miss Sueko. Her form reads pretty ordinary of late but she is much better than that and from the pink I think she will get every chance to land on the lure and she is a different chaser when she finds the front. She has a blistering 29.67 PB and a repeat of that effort will see her feature in the finish at odds.

    Queen Esther is ultra reliable and she loves racing over this track and trip. She recently cracked the 100k mark in prize money and she showed that she is still capable of matching it with the best. The draw doesn’t help but she has speed to burn and she should put herself in to contention early.

    Cosmic Angel is capable of just about anything but he can be very hard to follow, if he can step away cleanly he should find the rail early and he can then make a big impact.

    Kiss The Hawk rounds out the chances, he has a good record here and he is drawn to be thereabouts.

    Top Four: 8 – 6 – 4 – 1

    Suggested Bets:

    Win bet on Miss Sueko with Sportingbet

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

    Exacta:: 4,6,8/1,4,6,8 ($9 for 100%)

    Trifecta: 8/1,4,6/Field ($18 for 100%)

    Race No. 2The Royal Regis Cup7:48 PM
    5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
    1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

    No.NameFormBestTrainer

    1MARTIN CLEGG221529.97Julie Fletcher
    2IBROX BLACKJACK366430.81William Dance
    3OBAN426230.12Jodie Lord
    4IKAKU BALE281530.37Andrea Dailly
    5HIGH PRAISE251530.70Karen Thompson
    6MAGIC KNIGHT222130.86Frank Hurst
    7ZIPPING EASTWOOD162629.97Jason Mackay
    8ZIPPING SAXON123630.03Jason Mackay

    There are a few highly promising types in this event and I think the box draw is going to play a major role. Martin Clegg has the good draw and he has been smartly placed in his only two tries here. He should have enough speed to hold them out at the first bend and when out on his own he is capable of reeling off impressive sectionals.

    Zipping Eastwood has scored some dazzling wins in his brief career to date and he musters speed at a great rate. Two starts back he found a heap of bother in the run but he still hit the line hard and went down narrowly in fast time here, he is suited to the wide draw and with an ounce of luck he will be in the finish.

    Like his kennelmate, Zipping Saxon has also scored some blistering wins in his career and he must also be respected. I would prefer him drawn closer to the inside but he is far too good to totally dismiss.

    Ikaku Bale rounds out the chances, he is an exciting Victorian sprinter who should atone for his luckless effort here last week.

    Top Four: 1 – 7 – 8 – 4

    Suggested Bets:

    Win bet on Martin Clegg with Sportingbet

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

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

    Trifecta: 1/4,7,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

    Race No. 3National Futurity S8:08 PM
    NG event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $9,600 Prizemoney.
    1st: $7,000 2nd: $1,750 3rd: $850.

    No.NameFormBestTrainer

    1KERRIGAN BALE813129.80Andrea Dailly
    2MEPUNGA TREASURE145230.32Jeffrey Britton
    3JINGJING113330.16Christopher Nutt
    4POLLY BALE613230.59Andrea Dailly
    5DEMI CALI133330.50Edward Medhurst
    6OAKVALE DESTINY123129.81Jeffrey Britton
    7HUMMING BIRDHILLX15430.60Robert Britton
    8MAXIMUM CHEZ612430.98Andrea Dailly
    9HIGH PRAISE251530.70Karen Thompson
    10PAUA EXPLOSION242530.00Steven White

    Kerrigan Bale is presently racing in explosive fashion and if she steps on terms with the rest of the field I can’t see them getting past her. Last week she flew through the first marker in a sizzling 5.40 and a repeat of that effort would see her hold them out again. Her overall time of 29.81 was the fastest of the night and it’s really hard to see her missing out on making next week’s rich final.

    Mepunga Treasure was far from disgraced in her heat effort here last week and she should run a solid race again, she should get a nice sit behind the red early and a top three finish is on the cards.

    Jingjing is a promising speedster and she will continue to improve with more racing, I think she will find this beyond her but she should be a factor in better races in the coming months.

    Polly Bale has been racing in good style of late and she will be very strong in the run home, she got held up at a crucial time in her heat and it was her first look at the track, so i would expect her to find a fair bit on that run.

    Humming Birdhill is another talented Victorian and she can show smart early speed in her races, she will need to step cleanly to cross but if she does she should put herself into contention.

    Top Four: 1 – 2 – 3 – 4

    Suggested Bets:

    Win bet on Kerrigan Bale with Sportingbet

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

    Exacta: 1,2,3/1,2,3,4 ($9 for 100%)

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

    Race No. 4National Derby S8:28 PM
    NG event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $9,600 Prizemoney.
    1st: $7,000 2nd: $1,750 3rd: $850.

    No.NameFormBestTrainer

    1DYNA TIBER213230.04Andrea Dailly
    2LEKTRA CONCORD217430.41Andrea Dailly
    3SPRING MISSILE732330.13Christine Oldfield
    4WINSOME PRINCE11X329.72Melinda Finn
    5TOPPER ROAD247129.97Anthony Azzopardi
    6RARE PEARL121429.77Steven White
    7WINSOME MISSION132129.62Melinda Finn
    8NIGHTWATCHMAN131230.32John Callaughan
    9IKAKU BALE281530.37Andrea Dailly
    10GUNDAL A GOGO211530.65Barry Colless

    Winsome Mission is an explosive talent and he looks well placed in the wide draw. With the eight being a notoriously slow beginner and the six being a keen railer, he should get a clear run in the first 50m and that should allow him to swoop into the lead at the first bend. He was the most impressive heat winner from last week and he only needs a clear passage in the early stages to score.

    His kennelmate Winsome Prince appears to be the main danger, he was luckless in his heat last week and with a better getaway tonight he should make a strong bid for victory. He has won 14 of 17 overall and four starts back he set the track alight here with a brilliant 29.72 win.

    Dyna Tiber is a gun Victorian sprinter and he has the draw to feature, he was narrowly beaten in his heat and he should have derived a lot of benefit from that run.

    Rare Pearl rounds out the chances, he is a big talent but he is still learning to race and he will need some luck in running.

    Top Four: 7 – 4 – 1 – 6

    Suggested Bets:

    Win bet on Winsome Mission with Sportingbet

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

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

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

    Race No. 5National Futurity S8:48 PM
    NG event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $9,600 Prizemoney.
    1st: $7,000 2nd: $1,750 3rd: $850.

    No.NameFormBestTrainer

    1WEBLEC BELLE262330.65Jeffrey Britton
    2ASSERTIVE BELLA112429.82Jason Mackay
    3KURMOND GODDESS253329.94Christine Proctor
    4ELLA HAS CLASS142229.68Dean Swain
    5COSMIC SWIPER132429.94Kristy Sultana
    6LORELLA FIRE711230.28Troy Halligan
    7SPRING LEAF316129.91Andrea Dailly
    8EYES ADORABLE226130.32Angela Langton
    9FUNNY BONE217530.07Simon Ma
    10WUXI726530.21Luke Azzopardi

    Weblec Belle has not won in her past six starts and she has been a tad disappointing. Last week she was slow to begin but she managed to hit the line strongly and she caught my eye when placed in her heat. From the red I am expecting her to ping the lids and land on the bunny and if she can hold the lead at the first bend she will prove almost impossible to reel in.

    Assertive Bella has excelled since coming to NSW and she was a recent finalist in the Group One Paws Of Thunder. From the two box she should be able to rail into a prominent position early and if she can settle in the top two she will prove hard to hold out.

    Spring Leaf is another Paws finalist and she smashed a handy lineup here last week when scoring in 29.91, she will need some luck at the first bend but if she gets it she will be right in the mix.

    Kurmond Goddess could be the value in the event, she races well here and her recent efforts have been much better than they look on paper.

    Top Four: 1 – 2 – 7 – 3

    Suggested Bets:

    Win bet on Weblec Belle with Sportingbet

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

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

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

    Race No. 6National Derby S9:25 PM
    NG event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $9,600 Prizemoney.
    1st: $7,000 2nd: $1,750 3rd: $850.

    No.NameFormBestTrainer

    1FERNANDO BALE135129.65Andrea Dailly
    2SEVEN JACKS821130.02David Taylor
    3DARK VITO111330.02Edward Medhurst
    4LEKTRA OUTLAW132430.38Andrea Dailly
    5JUMBLE613429.88Craig Chappelow
    6SOKYO242330.15Christine Oldfield
    7WHITTAKER214229.80Julie Fletcher
    8COUNTRY FOX814230.03Neil Staines
    9BLUE REVOLVER435130.34Preston Rowles
    10KISS THE HAWK313529.91Christine Proctor

    Fernando Bale is an absolute speed demon and from the red he should lead from go to whoa. Last week he absolute shanghaied out and went past the post the first time in a breathtaking 5.30, I’m not expecting him to go that again tonight but if he gets within a length and half of that run he will hold them out and eventually get the cash.

    Jumble has a great record here and he can show explosive speed soon after box rise, he didn’t have a lot of luck in his heat last week and I am expecting an improved performance tonight.

    Whittaker has won four of eight here and he recently qualified for the Group One Paws Final, he is poorly drawn out wide but if he can work across slowly he should be able to settle into a fairly prominent position mid race.

    Dark Vito is a classy Tasmanian chaser and he should have derived a lot of benefit from his debut run here last week.

    Top Four: 1 – 5 – 7 – 3

    Suggested Bets:

    Win bet on Fernando Bale with Sportingbet

    Quinella: 1 to rove with 3,5,7 ($3 for 100%)

    Exacta: 1,5,7/1,3,5,7 ($9 for 100%)

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

    Race No. 7National Futurity S9:48 PM
    NG event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $9,600 Prizemoney.
    1st: $7,000 2nd: $1,750 3rd: $850.

    No.NameFormBestTrainer

    1MEGAN KEEPING121130.04Jason Mackay
    2ZIPPING ABBY341129.66Ronald Seymour
    3ZIPPING MIDGE112229.80Jason Mackay
    4LIKA JAY JAY311429.85Bradley Field
    5DYNA NICO721329.86Andrea Dailly
    6FROST YOURSELF432230.01Jason Mackay
    7LUNAR SKY837330.45Amy Bennett
    8JAYNEY BALE167430.50Andrea Dailly
    9BROADWAY MISS313530.65Michael Carter
    10LEMON TREE GIRL614530.24Caroline Hughes

    Zipping Abby is an absolute star in the making and she is drawn to get a great sit behind the speedy Megan Keeping. Last week she scored a strong 30.06 heat win but she has also scored here previously in a sizzling 29.66 and 29.74. With the speed underneath she should get a clear run early and she should be able to put an explosive time on the board.

    Megan Keeping flew early in her great 30.04 heat win last week and she would have derived a lot of benefit from that run as it was her first try over 500m for quite some time. I still dont think she can run a genuine 500m but the way she runs the first 400m means that she will always be in contention as they turn for home.

    Jayney Bale could be the value in the event, she was just average in her heat but she has scored some top Metro wins in Victoria and if she found her best form she is more than capable of matching it with these.

    Zipping Midge rounds out the chances, she has turned in two great placings here of late and she is going from strength to strength.

    Top Four: 2 – 1 – 8 – 3

    Suggested Bets:

    Win bet on Zipping Abby with Sportingbet

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

    Trifecta: 2/1,3,8/Field ($18 for 100$)

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

    Race No. 8National Derby S10:08 PM
    NG event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $9,600 Prizemoney.
    1st: $7,000 2nd: $1,750 3rd: $850.

    No.NameFormBestTrainer

    1WINSOME JACKO535429.61Melinda Finn
    2OPUS FORTE321229.72Luke Azzopardi
    3PRESCRIBE713329.95Edward Medhurst
    4BAD BOY SNIPER151429.54Jason Magri
    5DYNA YEMEN355229.89Andrea Dailly
    6ZIPPING OSCAR141129.88Jason Mackay
    7CRACKERJACK BURN511330.32Andrea Dailly
    8ZIPPING CARTER141129.78Jason Mackay
    9SMOKEM JIMMY451529.62Alan Pringle
    10FANTASTIC SID133529.71Jason Fletcher

    This is the toughest race on the card and there are numerous chances. I have noticed that some agencies have the red at $12 in early markets and that is ridiculous overs. Talent wise, he has this field covered and although he is better suited to a wider draw, he may actually begin better from the red as he will sight the lure earlier. If he can get anywhere near his explosive 29.61 PB here he will prove extremely hard to hold out at nice odds.

    Bad Boy Sniper is another who is well over the odds, he is currently quoted at the $5 mark and those odds are mind blowing considering that two runs back he won here in a scorching 29.54. Tonight he has no speed drawn on his outside and he should follow the speedy Prescribe across in the run to the first turn.

    I’m a huge fan of Dyna Yemen and I would love to see him show his best tonight, my only concern with him is that he can miss the kick at times and it’s hard to give chasers of this calibre a start and beating.

    The two Zipping chasers round out the chances, both have enormous talent but Zipping Carter is still learning and may need more time, whilst Zipping Oscar can be slow to begin and he will need a lot of luck in running.

    Top Four: 1 – 4 – 5 – 6

    Suggested Bets:

    Win bets on Winsome Jacko and Bad Boy Sniper with Sportingbet

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

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

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

    Race No. 9Macro Meats Gourmet Game Stakes10:28 PM
    NG event over 720 metres at Wentworth park Of $8,550 Prizemoney.
    1st: $6,000 2nd: $1,700 3rd: $850.

    No.NameFormBestTrainer

    1SMOOTH NUMBER343242.84Allen Hansen
    2BESSY BOO332342.42Christine Proctor
    3CALAMITY TRIGGER4255NBTMichael Eberand
    4GOLDEN GATE312142.52Ernest Borg
    5AVONDALE MAURICK255142.34Ronald Bell
    6MISS FICTION675442.55Ivan Hanna
    7LUZAKA ICON611142.34Marien Sullivan
    8JOANE653442.29Christine Proctor

    Bessy Boo is returning to the staying journey and after four runs at Nowra over the 630m journey he should be primed and fully fit. Before dropping back and becoming a classy sprinter, he had won over this journey in a handy 42.42 and he is probably a better chaser this time around. There is still some doubt that he will run the trip but I’m going to give him the nod and say that he will run it out.

    Smooth Number has been taking on some classy stayers of late and he is drawn to be in a prominent position throughout, he too isn’t overly strong in the run home but this race doesn’t have a great amount of depth.

    Golden Gate scored a strong 42.52 win here three runs back and he should be respected again, unlike most of his opponents he actually runs a true 720m.

    Joane loves racing over this track and trip and she has the speed to cross from the outside, I dont think she will win tonight but she is a must for your exotic bets.

    Top Four: 2 – 1 – 4 – 8

    Suggested Bets:

    Win bet on Bessy Boo with Sportingbet

    Quinella: 2 to rove with 1,4,8 ($3 for 100%)

    Exacta: 1,2/1,2,4,8 ($6 for 100%)

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

    Race No. 10Ladbrokes Stakes10:47 PM
    5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
    1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

    No.NameFormBestTrainer

    1SMOKEM JIMMY451529.62Alan Pringle
    2CAWBOURNE KAYONO872230.09Jodie Lord
    3GILGAMESH116829.90Justin King
    4AMYJO116330.08Jodie Lord
    5FASHION PRINCESS113130.06Arthur Langman
    6IBROX ANGEL531230.28William Dance
    7JACK KADE121730.04Jodie Lord
    8FINAL BELL115530.04Leonie Barnes

    Smoken Jimmy is an enormous talent and from the red he should get every chance to lead from go to whoa. He has won five of 15 career starts and he has posted some ridiculously fast times in those wins. If he lands on the bunny he should get near his 29.62 PB and that will see him win with ease.

    Cawbourne Kayono has recorded two solid placings here of late and he should settle on the speed. He isn’t overly strong but, outside of the red, this race isn’t very strong.

    Jack Kade must lead to win his races and if the red misses away he may find the lead and he could give a great sight at nice odds.

    Gilgamesh rounds out the hopes, she was a slick 29.90 winner here in early December and she has enough early speed to put herself in contention as they negotiate the first turn.

    Top Four: 1 – 2 – 7 – 3

    Suggested Bets:

    Win bet on Smoken Jimmy with Sportingbet

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

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

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

    Swain’s chaser has class to burn in National Futurity semi-final

    VINEYARD trainer Dean Swain went into the 2014 Group 1 Futurity series with an underdog and came out victorious when Rue De Kahn scored a thrilling victory, giving the father of three his first win at the highest level. 



    This year he is hoping for a similar tale with the consistent Ella Has Class engaged in Saturday night’s semi-finals at Wentworth Park.

    The daughter of Bekim Bale and Bralyn Ella ran a tough second behind Spring Leaf in her heat last week, handling herself extremely well in the field from box eight.

    Swain said he was happy with the performance. 



    “She handled herself beautifully last week,” he said. “She only just missed getting cleaned up by the five and even when she got across she was still posted wide and couldn’t get down on the track. By that time Spring Leaf had gone to the lead.

    “Spring Leaf is very strong, she ran down My Boy Snoop in a Paws of Thunder heat so I knew I wasn’t going to pick her up, but it was still a really gutsy effort. This bitch has a real lot of ability, it wouldn’t surprise me anything she does.”

    Ella Has Class, which will be handled by Dean’s wife Danielle on Saturday, will meet Spring Leaf again in the semi-finals. The Victorian raider has drawn out wide in box seven while Swain’s bitch is drawn favourably in box four.

    “I love her in the four, I think her perfect box is the three, but I’m not fussed because she uses a little bit of the track,” he said.

    “There isn’t a great deal of pace from the three (Kurmond Goddess) and one (Weblec Belle) and I think she has as much pace as Assertive Bella (box two). Plus, I won the Futurity last year off the four so it is my lucky box.

    “If she goes through the first turn in the first three untouched, she will qualify and that’s all we are looking to do.”

    Swain said he wouldn’t be surprised to see her contend, drawing comparisons between Ella Has Class, a winner of six from 21, and Rue De Kahn.

    “Ella can run amazing times when she is left alone, but it is a strong Futurity series so I am just hoping she can get through to the final,” he said. “It would not surprise me to see her win the whole series because that is the opinion I have of her.

    

“Ella Has Class is more forward than Rue De Kahn was this time last year. Rue De Kahn went into the series with just six or seven starts and it was at The Gardens, a track where you just lead and win, Wenty is completely different. 



    “Ella Has Class has come into the series with a really strong preparation, she has raced the best dogs all the way through her career. She is going into the race 10 times more credentialled than what Rue De Kahn was and she can probably run better times.

    

“With that being said, Rue De Kahn has an incredible amount of class, she can lift and compete against the top dogs and she has proven that time and time again. Ella Has Class hasn’t done that yet, she has run some good races, but now she needs to lift and win.”

    

While it may be a tough assignment for the black bitch, Ella Has Class is very special to connections and she will have plenty of supporters track-side to cheer her on, including her owner Zachary Kessanis.

    

“It is the first greyhound that Zac has owned,” Swain said. “His fiancé picked her out at the Dapto Puppy Auction and while she was getting reared his fiancé passed away. She never got to see her race so Zac’s whole family and his fiancé’s family always go to watch her race and it is always very emotional.

    

“It is a big thing for them, they absolutely love her, and it gives me a great amount of pleasure to be training her for them.

    

“Every race she wins they are all over the fence crying and I walk back from the boxes with a soccer ball in my throat – I have never experienced anything like it.

    

“After the race they all crowd around her at the kennels to take photos and to kiss and cuddle her. She loves it and she thrives on it.

    “For all those reasons I really want her to win every time she goes around.”



    Swain also explained what it would mean to win the Group 1 Futurity two years in a row. 



    “Winning it last year enabled me to train greyhounds full-time, it gave me a good boost and it enabled me to get some recognition as a trainer so then I could get some more dogs to train.

    

“The thrill of winning it is indescribable, I nearly fainted last year. The trainers that have won a lot of them say that they get used to it, I could never get used to it. 



    “To win it again would be incredible.”



    Three semi-finals of the Group 1 National Futurity and Derby will be held at Wentworth Park on Saturday night before the finals on February 7, both offering $75,000 to the winner.

    

Ella Has Class is $7.50 to win her semi-final and $15 to win the series with Bet 365 which is offering all new customers up to $200 in bonus bets to place on the National Futurity series.

    Azzopardi on the road to National Derby success

    ASTUTE Sydney trainer Anthony Azzopardi will head to Wentworth Park tomorrow night with Topper Road, his sole representative in the Group One National Derby semi-finals.

    After returning to the metropolitan circuit for the first time this year in last Saturday night’s heats, Topper Road stepped beautifully from box six and led throughout in a smart of 30.04. The son of Oaks Road and Uno Emi recorded sizzling sectionals of 5.34 and 13.79, scoring by an impressive margin of four and a half lengths over second placegetter Nightwatchman.

    Despite coming up with an awkward middle-alley draw tomorrow night, Azzopardi is still hopeful of his chaser’s chances.

    “I think he’s half a chance tomorrow night. He’s not real strong, but if he can get out in front and do his own thing, I think he’s a chance to make it through to the final,”he said.

    Statistics show that this 30kg lightweight greyhound will be competitive again tomorrow night, having recorded three wins and two minor placings from just five starts at Wentworth Park.

    Topper Road has only had one previous start from box five, where he was successful in a 5th grade event at headquarters by twelve-and-three-quarter lengths in a career-best time of 29.97.

    Azzopardi believes the early speed his greyhound possess will again play a vital role in the result tomorrow night, with the first and second placegetter from each semi-final moving through to next week’s decider and fastest two third placings making up the remainder of the field.

    “He’s got really good early speed and hopefully he can get up the front and there’s some trouble behind him.”

    “You need to be quick early in these types of races and that will definitely help him if he can begin.”

    Topper Road began his career in style at Dapto last year over the 520m distance, saluting by nine and a quarter lengths in a fast time of 30.08. The Frances Harris-owned chaser has since gone on to record some speedy personal bests at Maitland over the 450m (25.30), Bulli over 472m (26.35) and also lowered his best time at Dapto to 30.02.

    “I’d love to have a kennel full of dogs like him, because he always tries hard and chases hard,” Azzopardi said.

    “I’ll be very happy if he just makes it through to the final.”

    Topper Road is currently a $4.50 chance to win his semi-final on Saturday night and is $13 to win the entire series with Sportsbet which are offering up to $501 in bonus bets to place on the National Derby series.

    Greyhound tips & betting preview January 30 2015

    WITH the semi-finals of the Group 1 National Derby and Futurity being run at Wentworth Park tomorrow night, it promises to be an excellent weekend of racing in the Harbour City.

    A 10-race card kicks of proceedings at the Ultimo circuit tonight with some terrific greyhound engaged.

    Best Value:
    Race 10 No. 1: Spanky’s Legacy

    Race No. 2Schweppes Distance Series H7:38 PM
    5 event over 720 metres at Wentworth park Of $4,760 Prizemoney.
    1st: $3,630 2nd: $770 3rd: $360.

    No.NameFormBestTrainer

    1GAZZA’S ANGEL3355NBTDenice Warren
    2COSMIC VEE BEE864442.33Ian Morgan
    4QUEEN MARINA573842.28Noelene Holloway
    5AMY PARKER558643.19Stuart Hazlett
    7FLAMIN’ GO611XNBTLorraine Atchison
    8INNER CITY7247NBTChristine Proctor

    Only a small field set to do battle but I think we can find some value with Inner City to finish in the top two. He is making his staying debut tonight but I am expecting him to find the early lead and there doesn’t appear to be a lot of staying depth in this event. He likes to scout wide in his races and the manner in which he hits the line over 520m suggests he will run a fairly strong 650m and if he has a big enough lead he should hang on over the last 70m.

    Flamin’ Go has scored some very fast 600m wins in her brief career to date and she should give a great sight. I’m expecting her to match motors with or sit just behind Inner City for most of the journey. Like my top pick, she is a doubt to run the trip but both should be a long way ahead of the pack mid race.

    Gazza’s Angel could be the value, she is much better than her recent form reads and she will be suited by the rails draw.

    Top Four: 8 – 7 – 1 – 2

    Suggested Bets:

    Each Way Inner City (top two finish) with Sportingbet

    Boxed Quinella: 1,7,8 ($3 for 100%)

    Exacta: 7,8/1,2,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

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

    Race No. 3Wal’s Last Stand Sprint Event Se…7:57 PM
    5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $4,330 Prizemoney.
    1st: $3,300 2nd: $700 3rd: $330.

    No.NameFormBestTrainer

    1CROWIE’S CHANCE122230.11Lorraine Roy
    2ARE VEE PEA361731.03Terry Priest
    3PRICELESS221130.35Leanne Jordan
    4UNBROKEN123730.24Majella Ferguson
    5BUNDY BEAR424730.05Mark Davidson
    6ACCEPTED261530.69John Mooney
    7KNIGHT SPRITE111230.39Gayle Masterson
    8RESERVOIR CHANCE733230.82Peter Barnes
    9HERODES566830.52Fay Wotton
    10LECTURE785631.19Mathew Wotton

    Crowie’s Chance looks well placed in the red draw and he should get the cash if he can hold them out in the run to the first bend. This race has a bit of speed engaged in it but the other likely leaders like to use plenty of the track so he should get all the breaks in the run to the first bend. Four starts back he posted a sizzling 25.90 Bathurst win and a repeat of that will see him figure in the finish.

    Knight Sprite turned in a strong effort when placed here last time and if he can get across from the wide draw he should figure prominently, prior to his placing he had posted three impressive Wauchope wins over the 457m journey.

    Priceless has won five of eight to date and he should have Unbroken run some cover for him into the first turn, he isn’t overly strong in the run home but he should hang on for a place.

    Top Four: 1 – 7 – 3 – 4

    Suggested Bets:

    Win bet on Crowie’s Chance with Sportingbet

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

    Exacta: 1,3,7/1,3,4,7 ($9 for 100%)

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

    Sportingbet are offering their new customers up to $700 in bonus bets to place on tonight’s Wentworth Park meeting. Hurry, don’t miss out!

    Warning: actual events may differ slightly from distant memories

    Whenever someone is asked, “What do you remember” in relation to an event or series of events in their past, most people will drag out and dust off their recollections. Naturally enough, they believe the information they then impart is correct.

    When it comes to recalling specific information about races and racing in general I am often taken aback by the often misinformed memories which are then recorded and published in a variety of publications related to greyhound racing.

    At this point I need to make it clear that, (a) I have been guilty of making errors when it comes to writing about past events; and, (b) I don’t believe anybody who relates something as fact, when it is actually flawed in some way, does so deliberately to mislead or misinform.

    The following are just two examples of how one person’s memory does not fit with the actual facts.

    Story one

    The following, edited, piece appeared on The Dogs website in 2013. The story was an interview by Jeff Collerson with the smart trainer Colin Kneeshaw, whose brilliant sprinter Diddy Strike had just scored his 24th win at The Gardens.

    Towards the end of the piece Kneeshaw recalled his re-introduction to greyhound racing.

    “Colin was almost turned off greyhound racing when he visited the Bathurst track with friends in 1954 and a hotly disputed photo-finish result in the final race saw an angry mob tear down the judge’s box,” the story read. “‘At the time I thought I never wanted to go the dogs again but in 1981 I was persuaded to go to a meeting at Dubbo to watch Promises Free, the champion of the day, in action,’ he said. ‘I was hooked from then on and Promises Free went on to win the 1982 National Futurity.'”

    A great story, except the facts are slightly off. Promises Free did not race at Dubbo in 1981 and her first, of only two starts, at the track took place on July 24, 1982, and that was her first race after having won the National Futurity.

    Promises Free did win that Dubbo race, by 10 lengths.

    Once again, to be clear, this is not meant as any kind of personal attack on someone’s memory, just a gentle (I hope!) reminder that our memories and the facts can sometimes be misaligned.

    Story two

    This comes from Greyhound Queensland’s Journal. A great boon to the sport in the land of the bananabenders, over the years I’ve often noted small errors in the memories of those who are interviewed about their time in greyhound racing.

    The stories are always good to read, but the facts need often to be taken with the proverbial grain of salt.

    In the March 2005 edition of the Journal, there was a story about a character known as “Lemonade” Tommy Feehan, interviewed by David Brasch.

    “When it comes to the best greyhound he has ever seen, it’s Zoom Top by a winning mile,” goes the story. No disagreement from me on that score, but then the quote from Lemonade Tommy had me shaking my head.

    He is quoted as saying: “Did you know Zoom Top won a 300m race on a Monday at Wollongong, a 500m on the Tuesday at Gosford, a 617m at Bulli on the Wednesday, a 790m at Dapto on the Thursday and topped it off with an 800-yard win at Harold Park on the Saturday night,” he said.

    Zoom Top was certainly rightly famous for her incredible ability to back up quickly and over a variety of distances and tracks, but that story is just a complete fancy.

    The closest I can come to matching the fanciful quote is a period between November 20 and December 28, 1968, 36 days, not six. Zoom Top won over 617m at Bulli, three days later won over 530m at Wentworth Park, seven days later scored over 732m at Harold Park, won again at Harold Park over 732m a week later, won over 530m at Wentworth Park for two weeks running then five days after the second victory she won over 375m at Richmond and two days later made it eight on end with a 732m win at Harold Park.

    Earlier in 1968 Zoom Top had raced six times in 28 days, between July 6 and August 3. Zoom Top ran second over 457m at Harold Park in the final of the Winter Stake, two days later won in track record time over 795m at Beenleigh, nine days after that she won over 402m at Grafton, then three days later won over 676m at Grafton. A week later she was second over 457m at Harold Park and then won over 292m at Richmond.

    Part of the reason these unintentional falsehoods make it into print is journalists are unable to quickly verify the information they’re given regarding events that often took place many years ago. They might have misgivings about the imparted memories, but there’s really no way to check quickly and easily, which therefore allows these kinds of mistakes to be perpetuated.

    This week in racing history

    January

    29

    Victorian entrant On Par won the fourth running of the Hobart Cup, in 1938. The race, which became the Hobart Thousand the following year, was run over 410 yards and consisted of 10 starters. All four Hobart Cup’s were won by margins of half a length or less, with On Par’s being the closest as he defeated fellow Victorian Father’s Night by a long neck.

    The Martin Hallinan-trained Many Tricks took out the 2000 Association Cup by just a nose from Victorian stayer Poetic Reward with Frisky Rebel third, running a race record 42.55, taking 12/100ths off the previous mark, set in 1994 by Worthy Reward.

    30

    An attendant at the Napier Park speed coursing track in Melbourne was used as a ‘lure’ for the races, in 1950. The man, with a stuffed hare skin dangling on a string behind him, ran down the course before the start of each race and then jumped the fence half-way around and hid while the field was released behind a pacemaker. The law in Victoria at the time prohibited greyhounds chasing any kind of mechanical lure, so hares were used to ‘excite’ the runners. These hares would escape into a schute before a field was released from the boxes. Unfortunately, a ferret or other animal, had managed to gain access to the hares home paddock the previous night and killed them all. Replacements could not be found before the meeting, hence the unusual step of asking a fleet-footed attendant to pose as the ‘lure’.

    Sun Hero won the 2005 Warragul Cup, defeating Arejay Saint by just over two lengths over the 424-metre trip in a fast 23.90, just 5/100ths outside the race record.

    31

    Pasha Chief, owned and trained by Fred Clifford, downed Lefroy’s Ace by just half a head to pick up £1,200 in winning the 1954 Hobart Thousand.

    Billed as the Super Challenge, a four-dog match race took place in 1987 over 457 metres at Harold Park between Camden’s Ghost, Holstein Boy, Legendary Kid, and Snow Report. Between them, they had won 39 races at Harold Park, from a collective 81 starts, and 86 races overall from a combined 176 starts. Legendary Kid scored a fairly hollow three lengths win over Snow Report, Camden’s Ghost and Holstein Boy, running a fast 26.13.

    February

    1

    The Grant Langston-trained sprinter Miss Crisp defeated NSW visitor Faust’s Legend in a race record 30.89 to take out the 1989 Perth Cup over 530 metres at Cannington. The previous race record of 30.94 had been set by NSW champion General Jeff in 1981.

    The first National Derby final to be run on the new loam track over 520 metres at Wentworth Park took place in 1994 and saw victory to Indian Dance, who downed Tap Dance by three lengths. Future National Sprint Championship victor, Gallant Ruler, was seventh.

    2

    The 2006 Roy Maidment Memorial, run over 715 metres at Sandown, was annexed by the Lauren Gorman-prepared Mid City Mandy who defeated Atomic Jet by just a neck with NSW stayer Royal Riddle third. Rocky and Spalding dead-heated for fourth.

    3

    The 1992 Diamond Distance Title (now known as the AWM Distance Title), run over 732 metres at Olympic Park, fell to Modern Express, who scored by just over nine lengths from Flash Maggie.

    4

    Three divisions of the Launceston Cup were run, in 1939. Polly Sheen won the first division from Some Pride in 17.10/16; Aberdeen downed Ruby’s Pride in 17.8/16 to take the second division and Dan’s Gift defeated Gay Isle in the fastest of the three divisions, running 16.4/16.

    ARG rates the Temlee, Rookie Rebel and Zoom Top invitees

    Fifty-three invitations have been sent out for the three Group 1 races on February 21: the Temlee (525m), Rookie Rebel (600m) and Zoom Top (725m), all of which will be run and won at The Meadows.

    Twenty-six greyhounds have been invited to compete in the $100,000-to-the-winner Temlee, the list containing some of the best sprinters from across Australia (and New Zealand).

    Group 1 Temlee invitees:

    Above All - Winner of the Group 1 Hobart Thousand and Group 1 Silver Chief Classic. The Kiwi-owned son of Magic Sprite and Kara Janx is one of the most exciting youngsters in the country.

    Allen Deed – The Andrea Dailly-trained powerhouse, which won last year’s Adelaide Cup final, is an absolute freak when he gets some clear galloping room and is the track record holder at The Meadows.

    Avondale Porche – Extremely consistent bitch which was on the sidelines for nearly a year with seasonal issues. She returned in fantastic style winning the Group 2 Cranbourne Cup earlier this year.

    Awesome Project – Darren McDonald’s ultra-consistent charge which is yet to salute in a Group 1 but does have two Group 2 features to his name – the Group 2 Gosford Gold Cup and the Group 2 Harrison-Dawson.

    Blitzing Mayhem – Top-class New Zealand greyhound which has won 35 of his 55 races including two Group 1 races and one Group 2.

    Chica Destacada – Flying NSW bitch which scored a memorable victory in the 2014 Group 1 National Sprint Championship at Cannington. She also ran second in the Melbourne Cup behind Dyna Villa.

    Dream It – Honest dog which has some top wins around Victoria and has saluted in 19 of his 49 starts for trainer Brooke Ennis.

    Dyna Double One – Freakish animal with just six starts to his name. He clocked an incredible 29.52 in his semi-final of the Group 1 Silver Chief Classic before running third to Above All in the final.

    Dyna Villa – Rarely puts a paw wrong in his races and at less than two-and-a-half years of age has already tasted success in two of the sport’s biggest races – the Group 1 Melbourne Cup and the Group 1 Paws of Thunder.

    Flash Reality – Talented Queensland sprinter which won the Group 2 Queensland Derby and made the final of the Group 1 National Sprint Championship and the Group 1 Dapto Megastar before being sidelined through injury. Has resumed racing in recent weeks and should be nearing his peak.

    Iva Vision – Boom youngster from the Sunshine State which took out the Group 3 SA Derby and the Group 2 Sandown Shootout. While he can be tardy early, he has a massive motor and excellent field sense that tends to find him in the money.

    Keybow – Dual Group 1 winner which has been a model of consistency throughout his career for Darren McDonald. He is blessed with a mix of speed and strength and is rarely too far away in feature races.

    Lamia Bale - Won two Group races in the space of 10 days late last year for Steve Collins. She is also invited to compete in the Rookie Rebel which may be a better fit for her.

    Luca Neveelk – One-turn specialist which has limited experience on two-turn tracks but has proven he can match it with the best of them, making the final of last year’s Group 1 Melbourne Cup.

    Marcus Joe – Group 1 Maturity Classic winner which is never in the spotlight but rarely puts in a bad effort.

    Maximum Lil – Is in career-best form. She recently won a heat of the Group 1 Paws of Thunder for trainer Andrea Dailly before running fifth in the decider.

    Musquin Bale - Old-timer with 22 wins from 74 starts which is still capable of matching it with the youngsters on his night.

    My Bro Fabio - Absolute machine when he is on song which has put in some dazzling performances around Sandown and The Meadows while he also won last year’s Group 3 Canberra Cup the week after smashing the track record in his heat.

    Oakvale Destiny - The blue bitch oozes class and makes up for her lack of early speed with her excellent navigation. She was a winner of last year’s Group 1 Sapphire Crown Classic.

    Ride The Rails - Has been flying since coming into Kelly Bravo’s kennels, making the finals of the Group 1 Hobart Thousand and the Group 2 Warragul Cup.

    Ritza Hattie - After a string of luckless runs, things finally turned around for the Mark Gatt-trained bitch when she took out this year’s Group 2 Gosford Gold Cup. She has experience in Victoria and is capable of holding her own against the top dogs.

    Shoulders - Gun speedster which ran a cracking second in the Group 1 Maturity Classic and has posted scintillating times around Wentworth Park.

    Spring Leaf - Another from Andrea Dailly’s kennels which has been in top form of late, making the Paws of Thunder final.

    Star Recall - Extremely versatile bitch which was placed twice at Group 1 level in 2014 before finally breaking through for a deserved win at the top level in the Sale Cup on Boxing Day.

    Winsome Prince - Won his first 11 starts and looks to be one of the most promising youngsters in New South Wales. Would be interesting to see how he stands up against the elite class away from home.

    Zipping Willow - Pin-up Sydney greyhound which has won 20 races at Wentworth Park and 34 overall from 52 starts. 



    Group 1 Rookie Rebel invitees:



    Allen Deed - Also invited to take his place in the Group 1 Temlee. Would be right in the race if he were to accept.

    Awesome Project - Looks like he would be suited nicely by the middle-distance run, even though he is a dual Group winner over the sprint trip.

    Blinkers On - Handy stayer trained by Brooke Ennis which will be targeted towards the Zoom Top.

    Come On Fantasy - Has a handy record over the middle distance for Joe Borg and is a winner of six from 27 overall.

    Cornelius Fudge - Ultra-consistent dog which rarely puts in a bad performance. Deserves a shot at a big feature such as this.

    Cosmic Wise - Made the Melbourne Cup final over the sprint trip but is much better suited to the middle distance and would make her presence felt in a race like this.

    Echelonic Action - Litter brother to Sweet It Is which is nowhere near as fast as his superstar sister but has his share of ability.

    Eliza Blanche – Looked like being a superstar when she broke her maiden at The Meadows and she has indicated she has the potential to become a genuine middle-distance campaigner once she matures.

    Hostile - Hasn’t been seen so far in 2015 but is a massive talent when on song.

    Lady Toy - Recently won the Listed Maidment Memorial, indicating she has plenty more to offer over the longer trip.

    Lamia Bale - Well suited over the middle trip. She won the Group 3 Sir John Dillon Memorial over 595 metres at Sandown last year and this looks to be her caper.

    Lillycette – Tassie bitch which held her own over the middle distance when she had a three-week stint in Victoria late last year/early this year.

    Mullaway - Queenslander that mixes his form but could feature if he brought his best

    My Bro Fabio - Is better known as a sprinter but he would be a massive player if Brooke Ennis decided to accept for the Rookie Rebel rather than the Temlee.

    My Mate Cobber - WA sprinter turned stayer which would represent the West well if he were to get his chance to line up.

    Ralphy Cinel - Has a serious engine, particularly when drawn on the inside, and is capable of matching it with most on his night.

    Ride The Rails - Has been in dazzling form recently and despite being predominantly known as a sprinter, he is another which looks as though he would be suited by the rise in trip.

    Sisco Rage – Consistent dog which has won 20 races for trainer John Galea.

    Space Star – One of the best stayers in the country, but he holds two track records over the middle trip so he would be right in this race, too.

    Star Recall - Scored her Group 1 win over 650 metres at Sale after two placings at the top level over the sprint. It will be interesting to see which race Jeff Britton opts for.

    Waymore’s Blues - Another in-form greyhound which is really hitting his straps at present for Kelly Bravo. He always looked to be a super talent and he is finally showing it off.

    

Group 1 Zoom Top invitees:



    Ash Flash - WA stayer which made the final of the National Distance Championship last year and would hold her own if given the chance to start.

    Blinkers On - He is capable of a feature win over the staying trip. The son of Comic Rumble and Good Oil is a winner of 10 races from 27 starts.

    Flying Twist – Perhaps not of the same class as some of the other invitees but has been racing well enough to deserve an invite for Andrea Dailly.

    Lady Toy - Also invited for the Rookie Rebel but she would probably be more suited for the Zoom Top as she tends to get back in her races and charge home.

    Luna Jinx - SA stayer which has a handy record in her home state.

    My Mate Cobber - The WA dog has put together some excellent performances over the staying trip at Cannington in recent weeks and looks ready to be tested. He is also invited to the Rookie Rebel, but this race looks a better fit.

    Opec Bale - Has only just stepped up over the staying trip for Mark Delbridge but he looks like he could be a genuine top stayer in the making.

    Psychotic Gold - Reasonable distance runner from South Australia which has done enough for an invitation.

    Pumped Up Zaar - Has put in some handy runs at Wentworth Park during his career and has been racing against Group company at his past few starts. Wouldn’t be without claims in a race such as this.

    Shall She Rock - Recently broke the track record at Warragul over 680 metres. Can definitely run and would not be out of place in this.

    Space Star - Looks to be Australia’s next top stayer and has really made the step up to Group class since joining Rob Britton’s kennel.

    Starc - Has been mixing it with some top-grade stayers and he recently led for most of the way in the Group 2 Summer Distance Plate. May be short of top class but is as honest as the day is long.

    Sweet It Is - Australia’s staying sweetheart which is an absolute freak. She will have no problems making the cut.

    Takahashi - Has an excellent record of 21 wins from 33 starts and appears ready for the challenge of the rise in class.

    Zipping Maggie - Excellent stayer on her night which can put in some breathtaking performances.

    Zipping Rory - Has been down on his best form recently but is a talented greyhound and deserves a crack at a Group 1 win. 


    



    Greyhound tips & betting preview January 28 2015

    HEADING to Angle Park for today’s tips to hopefully find you a couple of winners.

    It is the perfect day to have a couple of bets in preparation for yet another massive weekend of racing, with semi-finals of the National Derby and Futurity and heats of the Perth Cup and Galaxy.

    To make sure you have plenty of cash in your betting account for the weekend, open an account with Sportingbet for up to $700 in bonus bets

    Best Roughie:
    Race 10: Cool Duffy

    Race No. 5Macro Meats Free For All Pr2 Div…1:18 PM
    FFA event over 388 metres at Angle park Of $1,810 Prizemoney.
    1st: $1,270 2nd: $360 3rd: $180.

    No.NameFormBestTrainer

    1COSMIC ILLUSION115122.20Richard Pearce
    2HIGH STATUS227122.50Karen Wittholz
    3BOGIE EMERALD373522.57Ben Rawlings
    4CASH OR CREDIT422222.10Aart Verhoef
    5EMERLEY LOVER263322.41Troy Murray
    6YES CHEF146522.20Desmond Hockley
    7ASTON CATE821122.37June Sharpe
    8FEAR MITCH271622.26Lester Harris

    Cosmic Illusion is probably better suited to a wider draw but she is airborne at present and if she can step cleanly she should have sufficient speed to hold them out and then boot away mid-race. She has won seven of 14 over this journey and her two most recent wins have been in sizzling times. If she can step on terms she should lead all the way.

    Fear Mitch can be hard to follow but he has the favourable draw and he is capable of reeling off brilliant sectionals when given a clear run, there is a fair bit of speed underneath but if they crash to the fence early he should get a nice cart across.

    Yes Chef is better than his most recent form suggests and he must be respected, prior to his past three defeats he did post four brilliant wins on the trot.

    Emerley Lover is the interesting runner, he is resuming from around three and half months off and he should be ready to fire fresh.

    Top Four: 1 – 8 – 5 – 6

    Suggested Bets:

    Win bet on Cosmic Illusion

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

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

    Trifecta: 1/5,6,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

    Race No. 7Tattsbet.com Grade 5 Series H Pr…1:53 PM
    5 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $1,400 Prizemoney.
    1st: $980 2nd: $280 3rd: $140.

    No.NameFormBestTrainer

    1BILLY HOOPER383630.48Patricia Moule
    2DYNA PRANKSTER6116NBTTony Rasmussen
    3DUKE BALE437730.58Wendy Matcott
    4BLUE BOTTLE4726NBTKevin Murnane
    5NEVADA SMITH422530.00Gavin Harris
    6RITZA TIGER414730.53Oswald Chegia
    7FUNKY CHICKEN146630.06Oswald Chegia
    8HESTON’S GUESS2411NBTKaren Wittholz
    9THOR BALE454730.89Tony Rasmussen
    10IFRIT BALE6475NBTWendy Matcott

    Funky Chicken is much better than his recent form reads and he should be suited by the drop in class. He is likely to settle back in the field but with the abundance of early speed drawn underneath he should be able to lob onto the rail and he should then find himself in a prominent position mid race.

    Heston’s Guess is stepping up in distance and he is ideally placed in the pink draw, he is normally slow to begin but he musters speed well and he should get plenty of room in the early stages. He is a little doubt to run the trip but he should give them something to catch.

    Dyna Prankster comes here with strong Victorian form and she should run a forward race, she is coming off a three month spell so there might be some injury concerns with her.

    Nevada Smith rounds out the chances, he has a top record here and he should settle in a prominent position early.

    Top Four: 7 – 8 – 5 – 2

    Suggested Bets:

    Win bet on Funky Chicken

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

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

    Trifecta: 7,8/7,8/Field ($12 for 100%)

    What you may have missed: Best in west, new grades in Victoria

    Racing and Wagering Western Australia this week announced three finalists for its prestigious greyhound-of-the-year title to be presented at a gala awards night on February 1. They are On Coin, Star Recall and Zelemar Fever.

    On Coin, which was also a finalist in the 2013 award, notched up 11 wins from 20 starts in 2014. Despite suffering several injuries last year, the John Crossley-trained chaser won the Lew Dorsa Memorial Final, Sandi’s Me Mum Memorial Final and the Winter Cup. The son of Primo Uno and West On Lee also contested the WA Sprint Championship and Group 2 Solo All Stars Sprint.

    Star Recall, now trained in Victoria by Jeff Britton, had 32 starts in 2014 for 20 wins and eight placings. The daughter of High Earner and No Recall made 12 feature finals, with her biggest success a third in the Group 1 Perth Cup at Cannington. Her wins included “The Sandgroper”, Mandurah Oaks, Spring Gift and WA Sprint Championship.

    Zelemar Fever is now retired and was trained by Linda Britton. The daughter of Bombastic Shiraz and Noaki Pace won eight of her 25 races in 2014, with her biggest achievement being selected for the Group 1 Temlee. She finished fifth in the Group 1 Perth Cup and unfortunately fell in the Group 1 Sapphire Crown at Sandown Park.

    GRV making the grades

    Greyhound Racing Victoria will introduce two new grades this month, with grade 6 and grade 7 giving greyhounds the chance to build up more experience before joining fifth-grade contests.

    Maiden winners will automatically become grade 7 greyhounds and after another win will move up to a grade 6.

    The rollout of the new grades starts on Monday, January 26.

    Stars check out Cannington

    Six greyhounds contesting the $140,000 Group 1 Perth Cup heats next weekend had exhibition trials at Cannington on Saturday night over the 530m.

    Space Star trialled over the 642m distance, as he prepares to line up in this week’s Group 1 $80,000 Galaxy heats.

    The trial results were:

    Allen Deed – 30.29

    Dyna Double One – 30.35

    Avondale Porche – 30.86

    Droopys Bentley – 30.43

    Above All – 30.31

    Space Star – 37.09

    Keep an eye on

    After almost falling at box rise, Nightwatchman produced a sensational effort to come from last and finish second in a heat of the Group 1 National Derby on Saturday night at Wentworth Park. If he gets a trouble-free start in this week’s semi-finals, watch for another strong finish.

    Lock in your diary

    January 29:

    Heats of the Group 3 Big Dog Cup over 600m at Albion Park.

    January 31:

    Semi-finals of the Group 1 National Derby and Futurity over 520m at Wentworth Park.

    Heats of the Group 1 Perth Cup over 530m at Cannington.

    Heats of the Group 1 Galaxy over 715m at Cannington.

    Winsome Mission sets the pace in National Derby heats

    Melinda Finn’s talented chaser Winsome Mission qualified fastest from six heats of the Group 1 National Derby at Wentworth Park on Saturday night.

    Exiting from box two in the final heat, Winsome Mission stepped well and headed into the back straight in second position, behind early leader Prescribe. The son of El Grand Senor and Ramblin’ Ruby dashed away in the home straight, scoring by four-and-a-quarter lengths in a sizzling time of 29.62. Outside runner Dyna Yemen ran a great race to snatch second, with Prescribe winding up in third position. Jumble finished fourth and also moves through to next week’s semi-finals.

    In the first heat of the night Jason Mackay’s Zipping Saxon started a short-priced favourite at $2.70, with solid support also shown for Finn’s Winsome Prince and Bad Boy Sniper, trained by Jason Magri. Outsider Seven Jacks was best away from box two and led around the first turn, with Dyna Tiber and Winsome Prince the chasers.
    Despite a brave effort from Dyna Tiber on the line, Seven Jacks held on by a head, recording a solid time of 30.03. Winsome Prince finished a length away in third and Bad Boy Sniper also gets a second chance next week after finishing fourth.

    Talented Victorian chaser Fernando Bale was all the rage in heat two, starting at $2.60 from box six for in-form trainer Andrea Dailly. The race was all over in a matter of seconds, after Fernando Bale speared the lids, recording a sizzling first split of 5.30, before saluting by nine lengths in a flying time of 29.65. The son of Kelsos Fusileer and Chloe Allen recorded his fourth career win from start No.8 and is a genuine threat in next week’s semi-finals. Country Fox for Neil Staines battled on gamely to finish second, ahead of second favourite Sokyo. Dailly’s other runner Lektra Concord finished fourth, giving her two qualifiers from this heat.

    Anthony Azzopardi’s Topper Road was returning from a three-week spell, after finishing seventh in the Gosford Gold Cup consolation earlier this month. Jason Mackay’s Zipping Eastwood started as the $2.30 favourite off the inside alley and after missing the start, Azzopardi’s speedy chaser crossed his rivals from box six, leading throughout in 30.04. John Callaughan’s hopes looked to have been dashed in the early stages, when his runner Nightwatchman was severely checked at box rise. After being forced to the back of the field, this notable finisher produced a sensational effort to finish second, four-and-a-half lengths behind the winner. Spring Missile for Christine Oldfield finished third and Dailly secured another qualifier with Lektra Outlaw crossing the line in fourth place.

    Heat four was a wide-open affair, with several greyhounds well supported. Tasmanian sprinter Dark Vito ($3.90) started favourite from strong finisher Anything Less ($4.70). Dark Vito began cleanly from the inside alley, with Mackay’s Zipping Carter taking advantage of a glorious rails run to position himself behind the early leader. Zipping Carter, a son of Mandagery Man and Pink Bandanna, took the lead halfway around the home turn, streaking away up the straight to score by two-and-a-half lengths, stopping the clock in a flying time of 29.78. Whittaker showed great strength to finish second for trainer Julie Fletcher and early leader Dark Vito finished third. Steve White’s Rare Pearl overcame some early interference to run fourth, booking himself a spot in next week’s semi-finals.

    Gosford Gold Cup finalist Are Jip started at skinny odds of $2.10 in heat five, ideally in drawn in box eight for trainer Kristy Sultana. After a poor getaway, Are Jip left the door open for notable beginner Crackerjack Burn, which led around the first turn. Zipping Oscar was hot in pursuit, taking the lead halfway down the back straight, accelerating away by four-and-a-quarter lengths in a fast time of 29.90. The win gave trainer Mackay a running double and another qualifier in next week’s Derby semi-finals. Optus Forte ran a gallant race to finish second, and advances to the semis along with early leader Crackerjack Burn and Maitland 400m track record holder Winsome Jacko.

    The box draw for next week’s three semi-finals will be released on Tuesday afternoon. Semi-final winners, second place getters and the two fastest third qualifiers, will move through to the $75,000 Group 1 National Derby final on February 7.

    Kerrigan Bale, Megan Keeping sizzle in National Futurity heats

    TALENTED Victorian Kerrigan Bale was the fastest qualifier from Friday night’s Group 1 National Futurity heats at Wentworth Park, clocking a hot 29.81 over 520 metres.

    Her trainer, Andrea Dailly, also had the second-fastest qualifier in Spring Leaf (29.91), while the Jason Mackay-trained Megan Keeping exploded from the pink box in heat two, clocking a lightning first sectional of 5.30 before stopping the clock in 30.04.

    Kerrigan Bale pushed up along the rails from box one, assuming the lead in the run to the first turn in the fourth heat. Once she had clear galloping room, the daughter of High Earner and Maple Bale shot clear, defeating Mackay’s Zipping Midge (4) by four-and-three-quarter lengths on the line.

    The brindle bitch has been in excellent form, winning her heat of the Paws of Thunder two weeks ago followed by a great third in the final behind Dyna Villa.

    Another of Dailly’s Paws of Thunder finalists, Spring Leaf, proved too classy in the sixth and final qualifier. Stepping cleanly from box two, Spring Leaf found the rails going around the first turn with Miss Dover and Oakvale Flyer (box five) challenging for the lead.

    Down the back and Spring Leaf slipped away as her two main rivals came together, both losing all chance. Ella Has Class (box eight) ran a handy race to grab second, but was no match for the winner, which finished four lengths in front.

    Race A Chaser syndications

, which is owned by Australian Racing Greyhound’s parent company Race Media, had plenty to cheer about when Megan Keeping scored an all-the-way victory to book her spot in the semi-finals.

    Recording a blistering 5.30 early section, the black daughter of Cosmic Rumble and Indigo Gem was never in danger, romping in by eight-and-a-half lengths.

    Now a winner of eight from 16, Megan Keeping looks to have plenty of improvement with her heat win being her first “500” since April last year. Shares are still available in Megan Keeping.

    Powerful Victorian training duo Jeff Britton and Angela Langton also won heats on Friday night with Eyes Adorable first to salute in the third heat for Langton.

    The well-bred daughter of Collision and Sassy Sprite was having only her 11th career start but showed great determination to push up underneath the field in the early stages, quickly taking the lead and never being headed from that point. Mackay’s Frost Yourself (box three) never left the winner alone and was gallant in defeat, going down by just a neck in a respectable 30.32.

    Oakvale Destiny (box five) gave Britton his heat winner in the fifth qualifier, showing loads of class to weave her way through the field and find the front. The blue bitch is already a Group 1 winner, having taken out last year’s Sapphire Crown at Sandown Park, and she looks right in contention for this title, too. Despite posting only 30.34, the style of the win was outstanding and she will be a key player in next Saturday’s semi-finals.

    Britton had another two runners progress to the next stage with Mepunga Treasure and Weblec Belle finishing in the placings in their respective heats. 

Mepunga Treasure (box two) ran second to Zipping Abby (box eight) in the opening heat, with the winner putting in a strong performance to triumph.

    The fawn bitch got plenty of room to move in the early stages when Miss Pocano (box seven) cut across the field to find the rail and take the early lead. This allowed Zipping Abby to sweep casually around the outside and set off in pursuit of the pacemaker, finding the lead down the back and drawing clear to record a 30.06 win.

    Semi-finals of the National Futurity will be held next Saturday before the $75,000-to-the-winner final the following week.

    The Meadows greyhound tips & betting preview January 24 2015

    WHILE the focus of tonight’s greyhound racing will be on the National Derby heats at Wentworth Park, there is still 12 great races at The Meadows featuring some of the best chasers in Victoria.

    If you feel like having a bet tonight, open an account with Sportingbet for up to $700 in bonus bets.

    Best Bet:
    Race 6: Alex’s Entity
    Race 9: Waymore Blues

    Best Roughie:
    Race 4: Macca’s Sway

    Quaddie:
    Leg 1: 2,3,6,7 – Leg 2: 1 – Leg 3: 4,5,6,7 – Leg 4: 1,2,4,5,6,8
    $96 for 100%

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

    No.NameFormBestTrainer

    1HULA [5]7F61FSHJ Borg (Maryborough)
    2SCHUMACHER [5]31341NBTJ Shaw (Anakie)
    3APIDRA’S DOUBLE (NSW)[5]74575NBTG Smith (Tumblong)
    4MAY IT BE [5]31582NBTA Langton (Anakie)
    5PRETTY BALE (NSW)[5]8224230.47(6)S Collins (Lara)
    6TIGER’S HERO [5]2271130.22(7)R Britton (Lara)
    7ZABIMARU BALE (NSW)[5]2118230.29(4)A Dailly (Anakie)
    8GO GO TREETMENT [5]13FSHJ Karamatic (Lara)

    Hula is a member of a highly promising litter and she finally delivered at Warrnambool last time after three steady efforts. Last time out she showed great early speed when posting a speedy 25.59 and if she can show similar early speed tonight she should be able to lead throughout again. The last 50m is a concern but if she holds them out she should be able to build a nice lead mid race.

    Zabimaru Bale has been placed in all five tries here and two of those efforts have been strong wins. He isn’t favourably drawn out wide but the six has a bit of speed early and that should give him a nice cart across in the early stages.

    Tiger’s Hero has won two on the trot here and his winning time of 30.22 last time was a big improvement on his previous win and he appears to be going from strength to strength.

    Go Go Treatment scored a brilliant 25.83 Geelong win on debut and if she can handle the track at her first look she can play a major role.

    Top Four: 1 – 7 – 6 – 8

    Suggested Bets:

    Win bet on Hula

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

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

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

    Race No. 2Ajs Corporation7:35 PM (VIC time)
    Grade 5 event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
    1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

    No.NameFormBestTrainer

    1VERMONT [5]1181FSHS Hamilton (Ballarat)
    2AXIS BALE (NSW)[5]46355NBTJ Hunt (Lara)
    3GOT THE PICTURE [5]85513NBTA Chapple (Exford)
    4REIKO BALE (NSW)[5]1236330.26(2)T Womann (Lara)
    5TANTRUM TOMMY [5]7852230.42(8)A Dailly (Anakie)
    6SUTTON CLUB [5]23116FSHS Fisher (Lara)
    7WINFIELD SAMMY [5]73351NBTC Grenfell (Lara)
    8SPRING MILLIE (NSW)[5]1264430.68(8)A Dailly (Anakie)

    Got The Picture didn’t have a lot of luck when placed here last time but at his start prior he did post an impressive and powerful 30.24 Cranbourne win. Tonight he has slow beginners drawn on either side so he should get every chance to drive through and find the early lead and he is a very fast chaser when on the lure.

    Axis Bale has the class edge and he is much better than his recent form reads. In recent weeks he has been racing in open class and he hasn’t had a lot of luck in running. He is suitably drawn nearer the inside and if he can settle in a prominent position he will take a power of beating.

    Vermont has won three of four in his brief career and his latest win at Warrnambool in 25.30 was eye catching, this is his toughest test to date but he looks up to the challenge.

    Top Four: 3 – 2 – 1 – 8

    Suggested Bets:

    Win bet on Got The Picture

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

    Exacta: 1,2,3/1,2,3,8 ($9 for 100%)

    Trifecta: 3/1,2,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

    Race No. 3The Chris & Leigh Are 40 Classic7:55 PM (VIC time)
    Grade 5 event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
    1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

    No.NameFormBestTrainer

    1MY ZEPHYR [5]17716FSHN Armstrong (Cranbourne)
    2WHY NOT LUKE [5]14532NBTW Gray (Wendouree)
    3HOLD ON BEAU [5]58522NBTB Gatt (Melton West)
    4SATSUKI BALE (NSW)[5]4518630.11(3)A Dailly (Anakie)
    5ROO DEE [5]43556NBTS Stefanos (Longwood)
    6WATCH MY PATH (NSW)[5]4226230.51(5)C Treherne (Lara)
    7NALA’S HEART (QLD)[5]27287FSHR Handyside (Loganlea)
    8EARL BALE (NSW)[5]4734330.43(5)A Dailly (Anakie)

    Satsuki Bale is dropping considerably in class tonight and with a clean getaway she should get the cash. In recent weeks she has taken on some classy speedsters and she hasn’t had much luck soon after box rise, tonight there doesn’t appear to be much speed drawn around her and she should get all the breaks in the run to the first turn.

    Earl Bale should match motors with Satsuki Bale for most of the journey and he is getting a little stronger with every run, if he doesn’t cross to the lead then he can’t win, but if he sits behind the leader he should be able to hang on for the quinella spot.

    Watch My Path turned in a great effort when placed at Sandown last time and a similar effort tonight will see her figure prominently.

    Nala’s Heart is the interesting runner, she has done little in her three Victorian runs but she did show great talent early in her career in QLD.

    Top Four: 4 – 8 – 6 – 7

    Suggested Bets:

    Win bet on Satsuki Bale

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

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

    Trifecta: 4/6,7,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

    Race No. 4Hudson Pacific Final8:15 PM (VIC time)
    Grade 5 Final event over 600 metres at The meadows Of $10,285 Prizemoney.
    1st: $7,200 2nd: $2,060 3rd: $1,025.

    No.NameFormBestTrainer

    1SETSUNA BALE (NSW)[5]12242NBTD Coleman (Lara)
    2MACCA’S SWAY [5]44353NBTJ Borg (Maryborough)
    3MECHATRONIC [5]14542NBTD Coleman (Lara)
    4WAR ROOM [5]25412NBTM Carter (Kialla)
    5SONIC PIRATE [5]3515135.01(6)P Reinders (Gruyere)
    6DYNA FULCRUM (NSW)[5]3532134.58(6)J Hunt (Lara)
    7SLIPAWAY KESSA [5]1312135.14(4)G Hughes (Warrenheip)
    8WIND WHISTLER [5]32423NBTA Langton (Anakie)
    9OLIVE’S GIFT [5]Res.52363NBTT Fiddian (Wyndham Vale)
    10WILL HE BOLT (NSW)[5]Res.3764835.09(6)F Tasca (Greenvale)

    Wind Whistler has been a little disappointing of late but from the favourable wide draw he should be able to get into some open space early and return to form. This race features quite a few chasers who must lead to win and they are all suspect at the journey, so if he can settle mid pack he should be able to reel them in as they turn for home.

    Dyna Fulcrum is poorly drawn but he did post an impressive 34.58 win here from this draw recently and with some luck early he should be in the mix, his box manners aren’t great but he does possess a good turn of foot.

    Sonic Pirate is armed with smart early speed and he scored a handy 35.01 win here last time, if he can ping to the early lead he should prove very hard to reel in.

    Macca’s Sway could be the value, he has been placed in two of three tries over this trip and he has been racing in strong company of late.

    Top Four: 8 – 6 – 2 – 5

    Suggested Bets:

    Win bet on Wind Whistler

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

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

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

    Race No. 5Topcat Video Ht18:35 PM (VIC time)
    Grade 5 Heat event over 725 metres at The meadows Of $8,225 Prizemoney.
    1st: $5,750 2nd: $1,645 3rd: $830.

    No.NameFormBestTrainer

    1RAIN STREAM (QLD)[5]38264NBTR Britton (Lara)
    2KILTAH MAGIC (QLD)[5]71517FSTDK Bravo (Lovely Banks)
    3DEADLY BOY [5]13221FSTDS Mckenna (Napoleons)
    4GO JETTA GO [5]25242NBTJ Thompson (Pearcedale)
    5SERASH BALE (NSW)[5]31512FSTDJ Hunt (Lara)
    6EVIE JANE [5]8614242.72(2)A Dailly (Anakie)
    7BEKIM HATRICK [5]4576642.90(4)C Schlensog (Anakie)
    8CAMBRIDGE PRINCE [5]15423NBTA Langton (Anakie)
    9SABLE SWAG (NSW)[5]Res.21331FSHG Derrick (Tumblong)
    10ALLEN GUNDAM (NSW)[5]Res.56358NBTT Womann (Lara)

    Bekim Hatrick is well drawn out wide and after two runs from a spell he should be ready to fire. He has done his most recent racing over the 515m journey, so back up to the 725m trip he should settle a lot closer to the speed than normal and I would expect him to put a gap in them mid race.

    Kiltah Magic is expected to lead for a long way and she recently scored at Wentworth Park in a smart 42.40, if she can turn in a similar effort tonight she should give them something to catch.

    Deadly Boy is expected to match motors with Kiltah Magic for most of the journey and he should give a great sight, the last 50m is a concern but I think he has a great chance of running out the journey.

    Evie Jane rounds out the chances, she has turned in three great efforts here of late and with some luck early she will be in the mix again.

    Top Four: 7 – 2 – 3 – 6

    Suggested Bets:

    Win bet on Bekim Hatrick

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

    Exacta: 2,3,7/2,3,6,7 ($9 for 100%)

    Trifecta: 2,3,7/2,3,6,7/1,2,3,4,6,7 ($36 for 100%)

    Race No. 6Macro Meats8:55 PM (VIC time)
    Free For All event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
    1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

    No.NameFormBestTrainer

    1ALEX’S ENTITY [4]1141229.96(8)K Greenough (Pearcedale)
    2SAAHD [4]4618330.48(7)G Ennis (Sandhurst)
    3FLAME BALE (NSW)[3]2763630.14(1)A Dailly (Anakie)
    4BLURRED LINES [4]7183530.13(3)K Bravo (Lovely Banks)
    5DYNA GLINDA (NSW)[4]6247430.12(4)A Dailly (Anakie)
    6QUANTUM BALE (NSW)[4]5712530.09(2)T Womann (Lara)
    7BUCKLE UP MASON (TAS)[1]2423329.74(3)J Hunt (Lara)
    8ALLEN ERYK (NSW)[4]5282730.01(2)A Dailly (Anakie)
    9DELI ALLEN (NSW)[4]Res.6254630.24(7)S Collins (Lara)

    Alex’s Entity is airborne at present and with an even getaway he should be able to make every post a winner. Two runs back he posted a slick 29.96 victory here and the most impressive part of the victory was that he managed to come from off the speed.

    Buckle Up Mason has a great record here and he is still racing quite well. This race lacks early speed and he should go with the red for most of the journey, I dont think he can beat the red but he should grab the quinella spot. Quantum Bale turned in a big effort when placed behind Marcus Joe two runs back and a repeat performance will see him feature in the finish. Allen Eryk rounds out the chances, he should be suited by the wide draw and he loves racing over this track and trip.

    Top Four: 1 – 7 – 6 – 8

    Suggested Bets:

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

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

    Exacta: 1,6,7/1,6,7,8 ($9 for 100%)

    Race No. 7Le Pine Funerals Ht29:15 PM (VIC time)
    Grade 5 Heat event over 725 metres at The meadows Of $8,225 Prizemoney.
    1st: $5,750 2nd: $1,645 3rd: $830.

    No.NameFormBestTrainer

    1ACOLA ROSEBUD (NSW)[5]67136NBTT Noy (New Gisborne)
    2PRINCESS PASS [5]42227FSTDJ Sharp (Lara)
    3ZELL BALE (NSW)[5]46343NBTS Collins (Lara)
    4LITES AND SIRENS [5]4322143.56(8)R Divirgilio (Devon Meadows)
    5BIG KAT [5]3452642.67(6)C Schlensog (Anakie)
    6DECANUS (QLD)[5]21545FSTDK Chalker (Pearcedale)
    7LOVE AFFAIR (NSW)[5]5537542.71(5)A Dailly (Anakie)
    8PENNSYLVANIA IS [5]11114FSTDA Paraskevas (Cranbourne South)
    9SLIPAWAY MAVIS [5]Res.1552243.08(6)A King (Sulky)
    10MISS MIYAKE (NSW)[5]Res.72854NBTS Knight (Wyndham Vale)

    Love Affair is well placed in the wide draw and she tends to do her best racing here. She likes to scout wide in her races and with a clean getaway she should be able to settle in the first half of the field. This is the easiest race she has contested for a while and she should get every chance to make an impact.

    Decanus is making his staying debut and he is in astute hands. His recent efforts over 525m have been impressive and he gives every indication that the longer journey will suit and he should also be able to settle a lot closer to the speed than normal tonight.

    Lites And Sirens charged home to score at Sandown in 42.04 last time and she should be in the mix again, this track probably doesn’t suit her but she is racing too well to dismiss.

    Big Kat has a solid record here and she shouldn’t be too far away again, she is a must for your exotics.

    Top Four: 7 – 6 – 4 – 5

    Suggested Bets:

    Win bet on Love Affair

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

    Exacta: 4,6,7/4,5,6,7 ($9 for 100%)

    Trifecta: 4,6,7/4,5,6,7/2,4,5,6,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

    Race No. 8Tab Rewards Final9:35 PM (VIC time)
    Grade 5 Final event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $17,250 Prizemoney.
    1st: $12,000 2nd: $3,500 3rd: $1,750.

    No.NameFormBestTrainer

    1CRUSADE MARJEN [4]2327130.22(4)D Jensen (Bangholme)
    2SECRET SPELL [4]1818130.01(1)K Bravo (Lovely Banks)
    3BOGNER BALE (NSW)[4]1452130.01(5)J Hunt (Lara)
    4ONE DEE [4]1252129.96(4)S Taylor (Keilor East)
    5IMA FAIRYTALE [4]6112130.11(4)H Collins (Lara)
    6HERCULES BALE (NSW)[4]8621130.09(4)S Collins (Lara)
    7FLEETWOOD JAY [4]3763130.32(1)A Langton (Anakie)
    8DYNA KEITARO (NSW)[4]1523130.10(5)T Womann (Lara)
    9ROCKA HULA BABY [5]Res.134F2NBTK Bravo (Lovely Banks)
    10CRACKERJACK ROSE [5]Res.4173230.14(2)A Dailly (Anakie)

    Good race to round out the quaddie as there are a number of chasers racing in great form. Secret Spell has won nine of 12 overall and she is unbeaten in her four runs here. Her winning time of 30.27 here last week was far from impressive but I think she will find the early lead again tonight and I would expect her to get down to around the 30 flat mark or a tad quicker.

    Hercules Bale turned in a mammoth effort when scoring here last week in 30.09 and he appears to be getting better with every run. He is going to need some luck early but if he gets it he will be running over the top of them late.

    One Dee broke the 30 second barrier here last week and she should put some pressure on Secret Spell early, she would normally be my top pick but I dont think she has the speed to cross Secret Spell in the first 50m.

    Crusade Marjen is probably the only other winning hope, he can be hard to follow but he has enormous talent and he only needs luck in the first 50m to feature.

    Top Four: 2 – 6 – 1 – 4

    Suggested Bets:

    Trifecta: 2/1,4,6/Field ($18 for 100%)

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

    Quinella: 2 to rove with 1,4,6 ($3 for 100%)

    Race No. 9Sky Racing9:52 PM (VIC time)
    Mixed 4/5 event over 600 metres at The meadows Of $8,745 Prizemoney.
    1st: $6,120 2nd: $1,750 3rd: $875.

    No.NameFormBestTrainer

    1HAILSTORM BILLY (NSW)[4]5657334.47(4)A Langton (Anakie)
    2TICK BALE (NSW)[5]53321NBTJ Hunt (Lara)
    3DYNA ORION (NSW)[5]5565634.81(4)A Dailly (Anakie)
    4WAYMORE’S BLUES [4]1112534.65(5)K Bravo (Lovely Banks)
    5PUNCH IT [5]43678NBTJ Collins (Lara)
    6WHY NOT WAYNE [5]2876734.77(3)W Gray (Wendouree)
    7TEKKI MINX [5]23323NBTD Crawford (Pearcedale)
    8RUMERO REASON (NSW)[5]8156434.48(3)A Dailly (Anakie)

    Waymore Blues has been racing in great form of late having scored three consecutive wins at this track. The most recent victory came over this journey and on that occasion he showed great early speed. If he can pounce on the early lead again he should prove too hard to reel in.

    Tekki Minx will also settle on the speed and she has been racing very consistently with seven straight placings. If she can settle in the top two three early she should finish in the money.

    Dyna Orion could be the value, he is going to settle back in the field but he does have a big finish and if he can find the rail early he should be able to make a move a little earlier than normal.

    Top Four: 4 – 7 – 3 – 1

    Suggested Bets:

    Win bet on Waymore Blues

    Boxed Quinella: 1,3,4,7 ($6 for 100%)

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

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

    Race No. 10Downtown Cleaning10:15 PM (VIC time)
    Grade 5 event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
    1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

    No.NameFormBestTrainer

    1KID MAXIMUS [5]4644330.23(5)P Akathiotis (Reservoir)
    2WHODAT KNOCKIN’ [5]2613330.20(7)J Thompson (Pearcedale)
    3LIARA ALLEN (NSW)[5]3238630.09(2)S Collins (Lara)
    4RADINKA BALE (NSW)[5]1134230.29(3)S Collins (Lara)
    5CRACKERJACK ROSE [5]4173230.14(2)A Dailly (Anakie)
    6MAXIMUS GLIDER [5]2543530.24(4)D Crawford (Pearcedale)
    7BECKENBAUER (SA)[5]1756530.26(6)D Pattinson (Pearcedale)
    8ATHOS [5]7453230.28(4)R Gray (Pyalong)

    Whodat Knockin’ is dropping considerably in class and with an ounce of luck early he should make light work of this lineup. He is showing a lot more early speed than normal at present and he should be able to settle in the top two or three early. He appears to have a fair bit on this lot so he looks a really good bet tonight.

    Crackerjack Rose should get a nice cart across from Radinka Bale early and she should assume control mid race. She has a top record here and if the favourite happens to find bother she may just steal the prize.

    Athos is well drawn out wide and he could be the value, he has been racing well without winning of late and if they shuffle up underneath him, he may swoop into the lead at the first bend.

    Top Four: 2 – 5 – 8 – 4

    Suggested Bets:

    Win bet on Whodat Knockin’

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

    Quinella: 2 to rove with 4,5,8 ($3 for 100%)

    Trifecta: 2/4,5,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

    Race No. 11Rsn – Racing & Sport10:35 PM (VIC time)
    Grade 5 event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
    1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

    No.NameFormBestTrainer

    1HARD MERCHANDISE [5]65574NBTP Cusack (Mount Cottrell)
    2DYNA FANCY (NSW)[5]7731530.16(5)A Dailly (Anakie)
    3JOSHUA TREE (NSW)[5]11446NBTB Gatt (Melton West)
    4JULIE BALE (NSW)[5]4363430.31(3)S Collins (Lara)
    5BLACK ILLUSION [5]62128NBTA Langton (Anakie)
    6BELENA PRINCE [5]4222130.34(3)R Brewer (Camperdown)
    7WEALTHY SCHOONER [5]4138330.40(4)C Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
    8PUNK PIRATE [5]3212430.34(3)M Mallia-magri (Avalon)

    Dyna Fancy is normally a very reliable beginner and she looked impressive when scoring at Sandown recently in 29.61. There is no speed in the red so if she can step on terms she should be able to drive to the early lead and there doesn’t appear to be anything in this field that will reel her in.

    Julie Bale is the run on type in the event, she normally races over the longer journeys but her effort here last week when finishing just outside the placings was eye catching.

    Punk Pirate is a gun provincial sprinter and he should be suited to the wide draw, the only concern with him is that he can be a little hit or miss at box rise.

    Black Illusion tends to struggle here but he has talent and he can run an improved race.

    Top Four: 2 – 4 – 8 – 5

    Suggested Bets:

    Win bet on Dyna Fancy

    Quinella: 2 to rove with 4,5,8 ($3 for 100%)

    Exacta: 2,4,8/2,4,5,8 ($9 for 100%)

    Race No. 12Www.tab.com.au10:57 PM (VIC time)
    Grade 5 event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
    1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

    No.NameFormBestTrainer

    1SE’S HIGH ABOVE (GA)[5]1455130.35(7)R Britton (Lara)
    2ZEPPELIN BALE (NSW)[5]6814230.29(4)J Hunt (Lara)
    3BE TWO BOMBER (NSW)[5]11223NBTS Fisher (Lara)
    4DYNA NORFOLK (NSW)[5]63318NBTJ Hunt (Lara)
    5BOMBER JACK (NSW)[5]44545NBTG Green (Lethbridge)
    6SAM TOOCAN [5]8172630.37(5)A Dailly (Anakie)
    7HASHTAG SELFIE [5]3122830.21(3)R Britton (Lara)
    8IMA SCREW LOOSE [5]3862730.30(3)C Capuano (Anakie)

    Zeppelin Bale scored a brilliant and strong 23.99 Bendigo win three runs back and if he can hold them out at the first bend he should prove hard to reel in. He has won here previously in 30.29 but I know he is capable of going much faster with a clear run.

    Dyna Norfolk is hit or miss early but when he hits he is capable of running some great sectionals. Two starts back he pinged the lids and posted a classy 29.54 Sandown Park win, if he goes around at silly odds he is worth an each way ticket.

    Se’s High Above is the run on type in the event, I dont think she is a winning chance but she should be able to run home into a place.

    Top Four: 2 – 4 – 1 – 3

    Suggested Bets:

    Win bet on Zeppelin Bale

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

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

    Greyhound tips & betting preview January 23 2015

    IT is going to be a massive weekend of racing, with tonight featuring the Group Two Warragul Cup and the heats of the Group One National Futurity, while tomorrow the heats of the National Derby will take centre stage at Wentworth Park.

    Before all of that action kicks off, we are going to head to Geelong with today’s tips, hopefully we can find you a couple of winners.

    To ensure you have plenty of cash in your betting account for the big weekend ahead, open an account with Sportingbet for up to $700 in bonus bets

    Race No. 4Krock8:05 PM (VIC time)
    Mixed 4/5 event over 520 metres at Geelong Of $2,005 Prizemoney.
    1st: $1,405 2nd: $400 3rd: $200.

    No.NameFormBestTrainer

    1CRACKERJACK BABE [5]44168NBTM Gibbons (Lara)
    2MEPUNGA LEDGER [5]61136FSHJ Mcdowall (Nullawarre)
    3UNO WHIRL [4]6268430.28(1)J Maple (Little River)
    4DYNA TREASON (NSW)[5]46375FSTDJ Hunt (Lara)
    5SOHO RHYTHM [4]3355830.11(4)A Hyde (Lara)
    6BERNMAR NITRO [5]27557FSHP Borradale (Rosedale)
    7BERNMAR PAULINE [5]41886FSHP Borradale (Rosedale)
    8RAINBOW MISS [5]15577FSHO Mcgovern (Rosedale)

    Mepunga Ledger hasn’t had much luck in his past two starts but prior to that he did post two brilliant Warrnambool wins over 450m. He doesn’t have great box manners but he does possess a wonderful turn of foot and from the rails draw he should be able to drive up into a prominent position early. He is very strong in the run to the line so the 520m journey should suit.

    Crackerjack Babe was a strong 33.03 Horsham winner three runs back and she should figure prominently from the red draw, she is a fair way from her best at present but she is drawn to make an impact.

    Soho Rhythm is much better than her recent form suggests and she should appreciate the drop in class, she normally shows early speed and if she can settle in the top two or three early she will prove hard to hold out.

    Top Four: 2 – 1 – 5 – 3

    Suggested Bets:

    Win bet on Mepunga Ledger

    Boxed Quinella: 1,2,3,5 ($6 for 100%)

    Exacta: 1.2/1,2,3,5 ($6 for 100%)

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

    Race No. 8Sita Australia9:28 PM (VIC time)
    Grade 4 event over 460 metres at Geelong Of $2,005 Prizemoney.
    1st: $1,405 2nd: $400 3rd: $200.

    No.NameFormBestTrainer

    1CAPULLO BALE (NSW)[4]1614525.60(2)J Hunt (Lara)
    2WE ARE GEELONG [4]58362NBTM Karamatic (Lara)
    3RYLEE’S MARSHALL (QLD)[4]3524725.96(1)G Whitford (Yarram)
    4SUPERSONIC HAWK (NSW)[4]68154NBTV Borg (Hoppers Crossing)
    6FEARSOME MINT (NSW)[4]8337626.03(5)M Lloyd (Anakie)
    7SOFA SO GOOD [4]2722325.72(2)I Vigor (Anakie)
    8SANTA’S SPECIAL (NSW)[4]4412125.74(1)E Lloyd (Anakie)

    Capullo Bale looks perfectly placed in the red draw and he enjoys racing at this track. He normally steps fairly but he musters pace at a rate of knots and with just average beginners drawn on his outside he should get every chance to punch through and hold them out. He has a blistering 25.60 PB here and if he can repeat that effort he will take a power of beating.

    Santa’s Special is another who loves this track and trip and she is well drawn in the pink, last time out she overcame numerous difficulties to score here in 26.21 and with a clear run early she is capable of going a lot quicker.

    We Are Geelong can be hard to follow but he has plenty of talent and he should get a nice trail behind Capullo Bale in the early stages, I dont think he can win but he is a must for the exotics.

    Top Four: 1 – 8 – 2 – 6

    Suggested Bets:

    Win bet on Capullo Bale

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

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

    Trifecta: 1/2,6,8/Field ($15 for 100%)

    Best Roughie:
    Race 7: Chevy Spark

    2015 Group One National Derby heat tips & betting preview

    AFTER the girls get their chance to shine in Friday’s Futurity heats, the boys will hold all of the attention on Saturday night with six sensational heats of the Group One National Derby at Wentworth Park.

    The three week series offers $75,000 to-the-winner and has attracted plenty of fast greyhounds.

    Race No. 3National Derby H8:08 PM
    NG event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
    1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

    No.NameFormBestTrainer

    1ZIPPING SAXON112330.03Jason Mackay
    2SEVEN JACKS582130.02David Taylor
    3IKAKU BALE128130.94Andrea Dailly
    4BAD BOY SNIPER515129.54Jason Magri
    5DRAGON EMGRAND212829.92Luke Azzopardi
    6NO JOCKEY NEEDED251630.41Anthony Azzopardi
    7WINSOME PRINCE411X29.72Melinda Finn
    8DYNA TIBER1213NBTAndrea Dailly
    9AROLDIS515131.31Neil Staines
    10BLUE REVOLVER3543NBTPreston Rowles

    The first heat is probably one of the strongest heats of the night and I think the Melinda Finn trained Winsome Prince can get the job done. This explosive chaser has won 14 of 16 overall and he looks well placed to find the early lead and dominate out in front.

    Bad Boy Sniper is in rare form and he scored a devastating 29.54 win here last week and if he repeats that effort he will take a power of beating, my only concern with him is that there is a fair bit of speed drawn around him and he will need everything to go his way in the early stages.

    Victorian chaser Ikaku Bale has a big engine and if he gets some room early he should be able to make an impact, his effort to score at Sandown last time was enormous.

    Zipping Saxon rounds out the chances, he appears to be improving with every run and he is armed with a blistering turn of foot soon after box rise, all he needs is a clear passage in the first 50m.

    Top Four: 7 – 3 – 1 – 4

    Suggested Bets

    Win bet on Winsome Prince

    Exacta: 1,3,7/1,3,4,7 ($9 for 100%)

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

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

    Race No. 4National Derby H8:28 PM
    NG event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
    1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

    No.NameFormBestTrainer

    1COUNTRY FOX381430.03Neil Staines
    2KISS THE HAWK531329.91Christine Proctor
    3SOKYO124230.15Christine Oldfield
    4MYALLA MONARO1317NBTStephen Cleary
    5OLD SPICE1121NBTTerry Priest
    6FERNANDO BALE113530.02Andrea Dailly
    7LEKTRA CONCORD3217NBTAndrea Dailly
    8OH SO STRIKING157329.70Darren Sultana
    9KAZMIC’S REVENGE331NBTStephen Lambley
    10VERNA’S PRIDE247230.35Christopher Carl

    Fernando Bale is a star in the making and he looks well placed in this event. There is very little speed on his outside and if he can step on terms he should be able to out muster the field and find the lead at the first bend. Three starts back he set the track alight at the Meadows when winning in 29.71 and a repeat of that will see him score easily tonight.

    Country Fox had little luck here last week and he should run an improved race from the red. He possesses smart early speed and he really caught the eye when winning at Nowra two runs back in 30.02.

    Sokyo was solidly placed here last week after having a month off and he would have derived a lot of benefit from that run, he has scored some sizzling wins in his brief career and if he finds the bunny early he should give a great sight.

    Oh So Striking is the run on type in the event, however he is resuming from a spell so he should show a bit more early dash. He is well drawn in the pink and he has won here previously in a brilliant 29.70.

    Top Four: 6 – 1 – 3 – 8

    Suggested Bets:

    Win bet on Fernando Bale

    Boxed Quinella: 1,3,6,8 ($6 for 100%)

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

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

    Race No. 5National Derby H8:48 PM
    NG event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
    1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

    No.NameFormBestTrainer

    1ZIPPING EASTWOOD216229.97Jason Mackay
    2NIGHTWATCHMAN413130.62John Callaughan
    3EMPEROR JETEYE781230.24Stevan Vas
    4GUNDAL A GOGO121131.04Barry Colless
    5SPRING MISSILE573230.13Christine Oldfield
    6TOPPER ROAD124729.97Anthony Azzopardi
    7COUNTRY GUN1131NBTNeil Staines
    8LEKTRA OUTLAW8132NBTAndrea Dailly
    9MR EMGRAND456629.88Luke Azzopardi
    10KAZMIC’S REVENGE331NBTStephen Lambley

    Zipping Eastwood is an exciting prospect and he turned in a monster effort when narrowly beaten here last week. With a slow beginner drawn in box two, he should get plenty of room to drive through at the bend and if he can get into some open space he should round them up and dash away. It’s worth noting he did win a trial here a couple of weeks ago in a sizzling 29.75.

    Spring Missile is your likely leader and he should be able to build up a nice lead mid race. His last 50m isn’t great but he has won here previously so he should be able to hold on for a top three finish.

    Topper Road should follow Spring Missile across in the early stages and prior to his two luckless Gosford efforts he was in fantastic form.

    Country Gun is the interesting runner, he could cause the five and six some bother early because he is a brilliant beginner. I dont think he will run out the trip but he could cause some problems early in the race.

    Top Four: 1 – 5 – 6 – 8

    Suggested Bets:

    Win bet on Zipping Eastwood

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

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

    Trifecta: 1/5,6,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

    Race No. 6National Derby H9:28 PM
    NG event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
    1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

    No.NameFormBestTrainer

    1DARK VITO1111NBTEdward Medhurst
    2LEKTRA UTOPIA1152NBTAndrea Dailly
    3ZIPPING CARTER114129.94Jason Mackay
    4WHITTAKER321429.80Julie Fletcher
    5RARE PEARL312129.77Steven White
    6FANTASTIC SID513329.71Jason Fletcher
    7ANYTHING LESS132X29.56Melinda Finn
    8BLACK BRONCO326830.23Christine Proctor
    9RIVERGUM DRIVE186629.72Wayne Attwill
    10MR EMGRAND456629.88Luke Azzopardi

    Anything Less is a beast and he has won 10 of his 16 tries over this trip. He doesn’t have the best box manners but he does have great track sense and he should be able to work his way through the field mid race and be in a threatening position as they turn for home. He has numerous wins here in around the 29.60 mark and with a clear run he should get the job done.

    Dark Vito is a brilliant Tasmanian chaser and he is drawn to lead for a long way, he captured the Devonport Cup final at his last start and on that occasion he hit the line powerfully.

    Rare Pearl is an enormous talent but he tends to find a lot of trouble in his races, from the yellow box he is still a chance but I wouldn’t be taking short odds about him.

    Whittaker was a recent finalist in the Paws Of Thunder and his effort in the final was respectable, he isn’t well drawn but he can muster speed quickly and he might fluke a run through at the first bend.

    Zipping Carter is the interesting runner, I think this bloke is going to be a star in the future and he is just lacking a little bit of experience at present. He can obviously win tonight, but I would be watching him in future Group races.

    Top Four: 7 – 1 – 4 -3

    Suggested Bets:

    Win bet on Anything Less

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

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

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

    Race No. 7National Derby H9:45 PM
    NG event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
    1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

    No.NameFormBestTrainer

    1CRACKERJACK BURN5511NBTAndrea Dailly
    2WINSOME JACKO153529.61Melinda Finn
    3ZIPPING OSCAR114129.88Jason Mackay
    4SCHOONER DOLL111430.10Beverley Sweeney
    5OPUS FORTE232129.72Luke Azzopardi
    6PAUA TO ROAR128129.95Steven White
    7RAMPION212NBTNeil Staines
    8ARE JIP1X3429.48Kristy Sultana
    9BLUE REVOLVER3543NBTPreston Rowles
    10RIVERGUM DRIVE186629.72Wayne Attwill

    Are Jip has turned in three steady efforts of late but tonight he exits his favourite draw and he should get every chance. There is a fair bit of speed drawn underneath so that should allow him to get a nice cart across early and with a clear run he will be running some serious time. He did record his blistering 29.48 PB here from this pin.

    Opus Forte announced himself as a force to be reckoned with when scoring here in a brilliant 29.72, he had always showed great talent but he was making a lot of mistakes in his races. Last week he reeled off impressive sectionals and he then powered to the line.

    Winsome Jacko is one of the most talented chasers in training and if he gets some room early he will make an impact.

    Paua To Roar looks the likely leader and he should give a nice sight, he will get a stitch in the last 50m but if he breaks them up mid race he might have enough in the tank to hold on.

    Top Four: 8 – 5 – 2 – 6

    Suggested Bets:

    Win bet on Are Jip

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

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

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

    Race No. 8National Derby H10:08 PM
    NG event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
    1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

    No.NameFormBestTrainer

    1JET HUA164230.07Luke Azzopardi
    2WINSOME MISSIONX13229.68Melinda Finn
    3PRESCRIBE3713NBTEdward Medhurst
    4DYNA YEMEN435530.95Andrea Dailly
    5ZIPPING SONNY112129.81Jason Mackay
    6SMOKEM JIMMY245129.62Alan Pringle
    7JUMBLE161329.88Craig Chappelow
    8CRACKERJACK MAX451129.79Andrea Dailly
    9VERNA’S PRIDE247230.35Christopher Carl
    10AROLDIS515131.31Neil Staines

    Crackerjack Max appears to be improving with every run and last week he flew into the first turn before posting an impressive 29.79 victory here. If he can produce a similar first sectional this week he should be able to cross early and if he finds the bunny I dont think they will reel him in.

    Winsome Mission has plenty of gears and if he can step cleanly he will prove hard to hold out, last week he was far from disgraced when placed behind Bad Boy Sniper and with slow beginners drawn around him tonight he should get every chance to push through early.

    Dyna Yemen has been disappointing of late but I know he is better than that and he should show improvement tonight.

    Zipping Sonny must also be respected, he has scored three sizzling wins of late and he appears to be going from strength to strength.

    Top Four: 8 – 2 – 4 – 5

    Suggested Bets:

    Win bet on Crackerjack Max

    Boxed Quinella: 2,4,5,8 ($6 for 100%)

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

    Trifecta: 2,4,8/2,4,5,8/2,4,5,6,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

    2015 Group One National Futurity Heat Tips & Betting Preview

    Six terrific heats of the Group One National Futurity will be run at Wentworth Park on Friday night.

    The three week series, offering $75,000-to-the-winner, has attracted some fine female performers from around the country with the 2015 series shaping up to be a terrific edition.

    Race No. 1National Futurity H7:18 PM
    NG event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
    1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

    No.NameFormBestTrainer

    1BROADWAY MISS1313NBTMichael Carter
    2MEPUNGA TREASURE4145NBTJeffrey Britton
    3SO FAR251530.17Charlie Micallef
    4CALLA BLACKIE131630.04John Callaughan
    5HUMMING BIRDHILL4X15NBTRobert Britton
    6DYNA NICO172129.86Andrea Dailly
    7MISS POCANO272830.08Justin King
    8ZIPPING ABBY134129.66Ronald Seymour
    9BARCELONA STAR645630.02Dean Swain
    10SCANDY LASS351630.95Kristen Harris

    Zipping Abby is absolutely flying at present and she looked ultra impressive when scoring here last week in 29.74 from this draw. There is a bit of speed drawn underneath her but that should help her out as Dyna Nico should cut off the inside division. She is really improving with every run and she looks to be a star in the making.

    Dyna Nico scored a handy 29.86 win here last week and she should lead them a merry dance for a long way again. Her last 40m isn’t great but she has been getting stronger with every run.

    Broadway Miss is a classy Victorian and she is drawn to hold a forward spot early, with a clean getaway she should sit just behind Dyna Nico early and if she handles the track at her first look she should be in the mix at the end.

    Mepunga Treasure rounds out the chances, she can be very hit or miss early but when she times the start she is capable of reeling off very smart sectionals.

    Top Four: 8 – 6 – 1 – 2

    Suggested Bets:

    Win bet on Zipping Abby

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

    Trifecta: 6,8/6,8/Field ($12 for 100%)

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

    Race No. 2National Futurity H7:38 PM
    NG event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
    1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

    No.NameFormBestTrainer

    1LORELLA FIREX71130.28Troy Halligan
    2MAXIMUM CHEZ1612NBTAndrea Dailly
    3WEBLEC BELLE4262NBTJeffrey Britton
    4RUBELLY MAGIC113430.12Rodney O’brien
    5UNO SUZIE311330.21Jodie Lord
    6MISS SUEKO724629.67Justin King
    7WUXI272630.21Luke Azzopardi
    8MEGAN KEEPING312130.57Jason Mackay
    9SCANDY LASS351630.95Kristen Harris
    10BARCELONA STAR645630.02Dean Swain

    Very even affair but I think the early speed of Megan Keeping will play a key part in the outcome. Since returning to the track she has been racing in dazzling style and she set the track alight at Maitland last time when scoring in 25.09. She is a doubt to run out the trip but her effort over 450m last time showed that she is getting stronger with every run and when in work last time she did post two placings over this journey. If she finds the bunny early she will give them something to catch.

    Miss Sueko can ping the lids and she has won here previously in a brilliant 29.67, she is resuming after a few months off and she should be ready to fire first up.

    Weblec Belle has the class edge and if she has been racing against strong company of late, I would prefer her from a wider draw but she is too good to dismiss.

    Uno Suzie rounds out the chances, like the top two picks she races best when on the bunny and with a clean getaway she has the speed to match the six and the eight, she isn’t as strong in the run home but she should give a great sight.

    Top Four: 8 – 6 – 3 – 5

    Suggested Bets:

    Win bet on Megan Keeping

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

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

    Trifecta: 8/3,5,6/Field ($18 for 100%)

    Race No. 3National Futurity H7:58 PM
    NG event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
    1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

    No.NameFormBestTrainer

    1LUNAR SKY183730.72Amy Bennett
    2EYES ADORABLE1226NBTAngela Langton
    3FROST YOURSELF243230.01Jason Mackay
    4ELECTRIC STAR1841NBTAlan Pringle
    5JAYNEY BALE316730.70Andrea Dailly
    6PAUA EXPLOSION224230.00Steven White
    7SHEBA’S DIVA318230.25Michelle Shambler
    8COSMIC OWL1181NBTJeffrey Britton
    9UNO TOPPER14NBTFrances Harris
    10MANN SHE’S FAST873530.82Justin King

    Paua Explosion is armed with a devastating turn of foot and if she is given some room in the first 50m she should be able to roll to the early lead. She hasn’t had much luck in her two recent efforts here but I’m expecting her to get a clearer run soon after box rise and she can then show her best form.

    Jayney Bale is a classy Victorian speedster and she was desperately unlucky in a heat of the Paws here recently, she would have derived a lot of benefit from that run and she should handle the track a lot better tonight.

    Frost Yourself is a consistent type and she consistently goes around 5.50 or a bit better to the first marker, if she shows that type of speed she might hold them out and she could run a cheeky race.

    Electric Star rounds out the chances, she scored a devastating 30.62 Richmond win last time and she appears to be getting better with every run.

    Top Four: 6 – 5 – 3 – 4

    Suggested Bets:

    Win bet on Paua Explosion

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

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

    Race No. 4National Futurity H8:18 PM
    NG event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
    1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

    No.NameFormBestTrainer

    1KERRIGAN BALE381329.80Andrea Dailly
    2JEWEL ACTION714429.66Kristy Sultana
    3LIKA JAY JAY631129.85Bradley Field
    4ZIPPING MIDGE111229.80Jason Mackay
    5DIVA’S SHADOW2516NBTJeffrey Britton
    6DEMI CALI1133NBTEdward Medhurst
    7MISSISSIPPI GIRL112230.43Troy Provost
    8HIGH PRAISE1251NBTKaren Thompson
    9MANN SHE’S FAST873530.82Justin King
    10CALLA BOOM2214NBTJohn Callaughan

    Another good heat and it looks to be a speed battle between the one, two and four. I’m giving the edge to the classy Kerrigan Bale, she was placed in the Paws Final last week and she looked impressive when winning her heat in 29.80. If she can turn in a similar display of speed tonight she should hold them out and score.

    Jewel Action should match motors with Kerrigan Bale for most of the trip and she has a great record here, she isn’t overly strong but there are a lot of speed chasers in this event so if she holds them out she will be right in the finish.

    Zipping Midge is a real up and comer and she has scored some slick wins in her brief career. She is still learning but she has the speed and talent to match it with this lot.

    Top Four: 1 – 2 – 4 – 5

    Suggested Bets:

    Win bet on Kerrigan Bale

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

    Exacta: 1,2/1,2,4,5 ($6 for 100%)

    Trifecta: 1/2,4,5/Field ($18 for 100%)

    Race No. 5National Futurity H8:35 PM
    NG event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
    1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

    No.NameFormBestTrainer

    1FOXY NAKITA311429.72Steven White
    2RIO ROCKET317330.58Rita Nicolaou
    3JINGJING111330.16Christopher Nutt
    4TEMALORX12129.91Beau Hedley
    5OAKVALE DESTINY112329.81Jeffrey Britton
    6POLLY BALE8613NBTAndrea Dailly
    7ASSERTIVE BELLA811229.82Jason Mackay
    8LEMON TREE GIRL161430.24Caroline Hughes
    9CALLA BOOM2214NBTJohn Callaughan
    10MANN SHE’S FAST873530.82Justin King

    Foxy Nakita is the real deal and she defeated the in form and exciting Opus Forte here two runs back when posting a sizzling 29.72. Tonight she exits the same draw and she should have no trouble holding them out early and repeating the dose.

    Oakvale Destiny was far from disgraced when placed in a heat of the Paws recently and she is an established star, the box draw hasn’t done her any favours but she tends to make very few mistakes and she should have no trouble weaving her way through the field.

    Assertive Bella was runner up in the Paws last week and she keeps going from strength to strength, I dont like her drawn out wide tonight but she is too good to dismiss.

    Jingjing has won five of six and she has high speed but this is a big rise in class for her and she may need a bit more experience to be a factor.

    Top Four: 1 – 5 – 7 – 4

    Suggested Bets:

    Win bet on Foxy Nakita

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

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

    Quinella: 1 to rove with 4,5,7 ($3 for 100%)

    Race No. 6National Futurity H8:58 PM
    NG event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
    1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

    No.NameFormBestTrainer

    1KURMOND GODDESS725329.94Christine Proctor
    2SPRING LEAF131629.92Andrea Dailly
    3MISS DOVER231530.09Justin King
    4RARAMURI3515NBTIan Morgan
    5OAKVALE FLYER5457NBTJeffrey Britton
    6FUNNY BONE121730.07Simon Ma
    7COSMIC SWIPER113229.94Kristy Sultana
    8ELLA HAS CLASS214229.68Dean Swain
    9CALLA BOOM2214NBTJohn Callaughan
    10UNO TOPPER14NBTFrances Harris

    Spring Leaf was a recent finalist in the Group One Paws of Thunder and she has been racing in scintillating form. This is probably one of the weaker heats so if she can get away cleanly she should be able to roll to the early lead and she should prove too strong for her rivals. She has the ability to lead or come from off the speed in her races and she looks really well placed here.

    Ella Has Class has scored some blistering wins over this trip and if she can cross from the wide draw she will prove hard to hold out, if she happens to get across early she should be able to put some pressure on Spring Leaf throughout.

    Oakvale Flyer is much better than her recent form reads and she can run time when she sites the bunny. She has no speed drawn around her so if she steps well she could find herself vying for the early lead.

    Kurmond Goddess has the good draw and she rounds out the chances, she hasn’t had much luck of late and I would expect an improved effort here.

    Top Four: 2 – 8 – 5 – 1

    Suggested Bets:

    Win bet on Spring Leaf

    Boxed Quinella: 1,2,5,8 ($6 for 100%)

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

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

    Jingjing goes for glory in Group One National Futurity series

    CHRIS Nutt is hopeful his highly promising Jingjing can handle the leap in class when she contests Friday’s heats of the Group One National Futurity at Wentworth Park.

    

The pint-sized rocket has had just six starts for five wins and a third, including a handy 30.16 winning debut at headquarters earlier this month, with Nutt enthusing that her early speed was a deciding factor in entering the lucrative series. 



    “She is only young, she has got the world before her,” he said. “She is a really good chaser and she has plenty of speed – that is probably the only reason why we have thrown her in the deep end to have a crack at the Futurity.

    

“I’m sure if she begins well on Friday night then she will put her best paws forward.”



    Jingjing faces a tough assignment when she jumps from box three in heat five with Foxy Nakita (box one), Oakvale Destiny (box five) and Assertive Bella (box seven) looming as the main threats.

    

“I think it is the hardest heat of the night,” Nutt said.

    “The one deserves to be the favourite and Jason Mackay’s bitch, Assertive Bella, ran second in the Paws of Thunder. On top of that you have Jeff Britton’s bitch in the five, she is just a gun.

    “At the end of the day she [Jingjing] doesn’t know who she is up against and she will be trying her best. I have confidence in her and at the end of the day she only has to finish in the first four to qualify for the semis, a win would just be a bonus.”

    

Despite the classy opposition, Nutt remains optimistic his brilliant bitch will perform well.

    

“She is a dog that has to lead, if she begins well then she is going to be there,” he said. “I think if she can nail the start then she will lead easily, if they are good enough to run her down then so be it.



    “She hasn’t actually nailed the start in a race yet. She is always up there at the first turn but she is capable of running first and second sectional records. I know she has got it in her, it is all just a matter of time.”

    

Nutt, who trains from the famous The Oaks establishment in partnership with Shaun Evans and Kayla Coleman, has been associated with many fast greyhounds during his career, one of those being Barcia Bale, the sire of Jingjing.

    “I have been fortunate enough to work for Paul Wheeler for 10, 15 years and I have broken in some very fast dogs for them, but Barcia Bale is the fastest dog that I have ever seen and I am his No.1 fan,” Nutt said.

    

“He is from a blueblood line and I have no doubt that he will make it all the way as a sire. His oldest dog is Winsome Prince, but I think the best of his pups are yet to come.”



    Friday night is shaping up as a massive night of racing at Wentworth Park with six sensational heats of the $75,000-to-the-winner Group One Futurity series. Other greyhounds to keep an eye on are Weblec Belle and Megan Keeping (heat two), Jewel Action and Zipping Midge (heat four) as well as Spring Leaf and Ella Has Class (heat six). 



    Saturday night should also be a cracker with heats of the National Derby featuring Zipping Saxon and Winsome Prince (heat one), Dark Vito and Anything Less (heat four), Paua To Roar and Are Jip (heat five) and Prescribe and Crackerjack Max (heat six).

    WA’s leading lady Linda Britton disqualified for 18 months

    The sport has been rocked by an 18-month disqualification handed to champion trainer Linda Britton on Monday.

    The WA Hall of Fame trainer was disqualified for 18 months and fined $500 on four charges in relation to one of her greyhounds testing positive to a prohibited substance, and for failing to keep treatment records.

    The first two charges came after Zelemar Fever, trained by Britton, was found to have the substance testosterone – evidenced by the presence of 5β – androstane- 3α, 17β – diol at a concentration greater than 10 nanograms per millilitre in urine samples taken after winning the WA Sprint Championship final and placing third in the National Sprint final in August last year. 



    Britton, who trains her team near Mandurah, was also charged on two counts for failing to keep treatment records.

    The first of those charges related to the administration of ethyloestrenol tablets to the greyhound bitches which she was training at the time.

    The second was in regards to possessing 1500 ethyloestrenol tablets, a scheduled 4 medicine, in two unlabelled containers which were “not prescribed in compliance with the relevant provisions”.

    

The champion conditioner pleaded guilty to all four charges when the stewards’ inquiry resumed last Thursday.

    

Britton was disqualified for nine months, effective immediately, on each of charges one and two, totalling 18 months on the sidelines.

    

In regards to charges three and four, Britton was fined $200 and $300 respectively. 



    The penalty imposed has come as a massive shock to most greyhound participants, not just from the West but nationwide, as well as Britton herself.

    

Britton, who was inducted into the WA Racing Industry Hall of Fame in 2012, has won the leading state trainer award each year since its inception in 2003.

    

She is the daughter of legendary trainer Allan Britton and is also the sister to Jeff and Rob Britton, two of Victoria’s leading trainers.



    Linda Britton has trained many stars of the track over the years such as Paradise Street, Reggemite, Vulture Street, Western Land, Topline Doovee and Dance Portrait. More recently she has put the polish on outstanding types Zelemar Fever, Star Recall, Uno Reltub and Te Amo, just to name a few.

    



    Finalists announced for 2014 Victorian Greyhound of the Year

    Six superb finalists have been announced for the 2014 Victorian Greyhound of the Year with the winner to be announced on Friday, February 20.

    Three sprinters and three stayers make up the numbers for the prestigious title and, between the six of them, they have won eight Group One races, four Group Two races and three Group Three races.

    The finalists won a combined total of more than 100 races throughout 2014 and have earned more than $2.68 million between them.

    The finalists in alphabetical order are:

    Awesome Project

    Awesome Project won 19 races in 2014 including the Group Two Gosford Gold Cup and the Group Two Harrison-Dawson in what was a remarkable year for his trainer, Darren McDonald.

    The son of Collision and Honour Phase made a further six Group race finals, most notably the Group One Topgun (3rd), the Group One Brisbane Cup (4th) and the Group One Melbourne Cup (6th).

    Dyna Willow

    The bonny Dyna Willow had an affinity with Wentworth Park, winning both the Group Three Betfair Cup and the Group Two Summer Distance Plate in the Harbour City in 2014.

    The brindle bitch won in three different states (Victoria, NSW and Western Australia) during the year, claiming seven races overall.

    Dyna Willow has since been retired and is expected to whelp her first litter to Magic Sprite within the next few days.

    Keybow

    The unfashionably-bred sprinter was one of the most consistent greyhounds during 2014, making eight Group finals, finishing out of the placings in only one of those, the Group One Topgun (6th), at what was his first start back from injury.

    The black son of Take The Kitty and Key Exit won two Group One races, the Perth Cup and the Brisbane Cup, as well as the Group Three Silver Bullet.

    He ran second in the Group One Australian Cup, the Group Two Cranbourne Cup and the Group Two Queensland Derby while he also finished third in the Group One Melbourne Cup.

    Oakvale Destiny

    Trained by Jeff Britton, the gutsy blue bitch won the Group One Sapphire Crown in brilliant fashion before landing further success in the Group Three SA Oaks later in the year.

    Owned in SA by Nathan Wilson, she made a further six Group race finals during 2014 with her best performance arguably being a strong second in the Group One Topgun behind Buckle Up Wes.

    Sweet It Is

    The black powerhouse was a dominant force in the staying ranks throughout 2014, winning four Group One races (Sandown Cup, National Distance Championship, Bold Trease and Association Cup) and one Group Three race (Sydney Cup) over the 700s.

    On top of this, the kennel-mate to fellow finalists Keybow and Awesome Project, made a further seven Group finals, finishing either second or third in four of them.

    Xylia Allen

    The versatile champion Xylia Allen rounds out the six finalists for Victorian GOTY with her biggest 2014 victory being in the Group One Gold Cup at Albion Park. The daughter of Turanza Bale and Tayah Bale also took out the Group Two McKenna Memorial.

    Australia’s highest stakes earner qualified for seven other Group finals during the year, retiring in late 2014 with $743,730 to her name.

    There is no doubt the six finalists for the 2014 Victorian Greyhound of the Year are all exceptional athletes, ensuring a tough battle to determine which chaser will take home top honours.

    NSW, Western Australia and South Australia have also announced their finalists for greyhound of the year.

    NSW has three outstanding finalists in National Sprint Championship heroine Chica Destacada, Group One Megastar winner Tommy Brislane and the Queen of Wentworth Park, Zipping Willow.

    WA has three contenders in grand campaigner On Coin and the Linda Britton-trained duo Star Recall (now trained in Victoria by Jeff Britton) and Zelemar Fever.

    SA’s title should be a tight finish with Cairnlea Layla, Galilee Spirit, Genghis Kahn, Sidney’s Shadow and Wild Soul all in contention to be crowned the state’s top dog.

    Where do the dogs fit into the bigger picture at SKY?

    The biggest worry about the SKY v TVN saga is not that we don’t quite know when TVN will fold. The critical issue is how SKY (owned by Tabcorp) will react to demands from racing’s big shots to create a product similar to the one TVN had been offering. You can bet the pressure will be large.

    What that involves is lengthy before and after commentaries and reviews of each race. Horses and jockeys would look impressive when parading. Many in-house tipsters would be involved, no doubt with different tips. Others will tell you how the horses look or have been running recently – something you could read about for yourself in the formguides.

    They will probably drop fashions on the field, which would be no loss to punters but champagne sales may suffer. Even so, consider the big picture. SKY 1 and 2 are already jam-packed with races and will become more so as Tabcorp continues its relentless march into the international sphere. How can it fit more in? The only answer would be to relegate more trots and dogs to SKY2, or perhaps not cover some at all. In fact, in the past I have noted NSW Racing Radio omit coverage of a Victorian TAB meeting entirely.

    The prospect of using SKY’s third channel, as some have suggested, is hardly practical. Many TAB outlets do not show it anyway. Some do not even have SKY2.

    Either way, sound will be absent. People might have two ears but they cannot listen to two broadcasts at the same time.

    Ideally, greyhound leaders should be shouting from the rooftops for improved service for the code. After all, greyhound racing is a huge benefit to Tabcorp because it offers far more meetings than the other two codes and therefore maintains continuity. It is racing’s version of Selleys “No More Gaps”. TABs like gamblers to keep turning over the cash.

    Our national body, Greyhounds Australasia, would be no use as it does not address “commercial” matters. That leaves chiefs in the two largest states, NSW and Victoria, to lead the way. So far, we have heard only a deafening silence. If we can’t get into the debate, we will lose.

    Can there be too much racing?

    Last Thursday’s Sandown meeting may have created a modern-day record. All 12 races started with a full field. On the same night Albion Park had one short field, Dapto one and Angle Park four. On Friday night, Wentworth Park had vacancies in six races, while two were short on Saturday. The Meadows on Saturday ran with three short fields, but was a bit fortunate as 10 races had no reserves. It was helped by the inclusion of seven novice-class dogs (i.e., one win only) and many others with just two wins. Cannington had three short fields and finished with two 297m races.

    Are we scheduling too many races? All across the nation, at least one in five races is short of starters. Squibs’ races are being squeezed into major city programs at Albion Park, Wentworth Park and Dapto as well as Cannington. Shorter events (400m or less) are dominating programs at provincial meetings but are unfortunately less predictable than longer trips. As there is no increase in the dog population, it indicates slower and weaker dogs are infiltrating what used to be better contests.

    Favourites dominate

    On the big night at Wentworth Park, Dyna Villa continued its excellent run in winning the Paws of Thunder. It was virtually unchallenged and ran nearly identical time to its heat.

    The First Four on the big race pulled in $158k (presumably including some jackpots) which may also be some sort of record. That means more than 300 lucky punters took home $405.40 each on average.

    Similarly, Space Star won well in the end despite a hold-up at the first turn in the Summer Distance Plate. It also recorded similar time to its heat run – 42.18 v 42.20. However, let’s hold back on the superlatives. The dog is capable of several lengths faster than that but had to beat only a modest collection of average or out-of-form stayers to get the cash. There have been many smarter runs over the past 12 months.

    Besides, sometimes a hold-up during the race is not necessarily a bad thing. It might mean the dog does not use up all its power too early, thereby leaving a little left for the finish. The evidence suggests that may have been true here.

    Typically, top staying races are won in 42 seconds or less, something Zipping Rory (eighth) and Pumped Up Zarr (fourth) have done previously. In fact, can I suggest to Peter Dapiran that Zipping Rory could well benefit from a month or so chasing butterflies in the paddock? If it doesn’t lead it doesn’t win, which was again the case this time.

    Stewards’ reports – more of the usual

    Race 6. The Meadows, January 17.

    “Pyromania (8) crossed to the rail on the first turn checking Humming Birdhill (2).”

    Never happened. There was no check, no contact. Humming Birdhill put in a poor effort after being a clear second early. It eased from the back straight onwards. Stewards did note the run but took no action other than to order a vet inspection (negative). That offered little consolation to punters who sent it out an even-money favourite.

    In passing, Pyromania adds another element to our recent story about sectional times. Over its past nine runs (its whole career) the dog had a moderate average. However, its past three starts have been good, with the above race making four. Clearly, a change of form took place. It happens.

    Race 8, The Meadows, January 17.

    “White Spyro (7) and Bunga Bunga (8) collided soon after the start. Quantum Bale (5), Avondale Porche (6), White Spyro and Bunga Bunga collided soon after the start checking Avondale Porche, White Spyro and Bunga Bunga. Avondale Porche, White Spyro and Bunga Bunga collided several times approaching the first turn checking White Spyro and Bunga Bunga. Missile Flash (3) and Duomo Bale (4) collided on the first turn. White Spyro and Bunga Bunga collided on the first turn checking Bunga Bunga. Avondale Porche checked off Liara (1).”

    All this verbiage may well be right but stewards should have nominated the prime cause of it all – Bunga Bunga smashed its way towards the rail after the jump, eliminating all chances for half the field, including the short-priced favourite. That was the real story – the only story, in fact – and it is important racing information. The rest is just wallpaper.

    Rising star Dyna Villa may be one in a million, says Wheeler

    LEVIATHAN owner-breeder Paul Wheeler believes we still may not have seen the best of his superstar sprinter Dyna Villa after the black chaser’s dominant victory in the Group One Paws of Thunder at Wentworth Park.

    The win took the reigning Melbourne Cup hero’s tally to 19 wins and nine minor placings from just 30 starts with a whopping $629,990 in prizemoney.

    “As a rule, greyhounds don’t reach their peak until they are between two-and-a-half and three – by the time he gets to that stage it should be very exciting, he may have some improvement in him yet,” Wheeler said.

    “[Trainer] Jenny [Hunt] and I laugh a bit and say he could be the dog to break the magical million dollars, but we will just wait and see because, with any racing animal, you don’t know what tomorrow brings.”

    Beginning flawlessly from box eight in Saturday’s $100,000-to-the-winner event, the son of Collision and Roxio Bale crossed swiftly to the rails and shot clear to score by two-and-a-quarter lengths from Assertive Bella in a flying 29.69.

    A true professional which rarely puts a paw wrong, Dyna Villa’s early toe was what set him apart from his competitors, Wheeler said.

    “It is probably due to his early pace and the fact that he can get out of the pack and go,” he said.

    “I don’t know if he likes the outside but he tends to have a lot of pace and he usually heads for the rail, squashing the field up before slipping away from them.”

    Wheeler said the likely next target for his speedster was Saturday’s heats of the Group One National Derby, where he is hoping Dyna Villa can continue his meteoric rise to stardom.

    “I think Jenny is going back for the Derby with the aim to give him a little bit more experience at Wentworth Park to prepare him for the Golden Easter Egg,” he said.

    Despite the buzz surrounding Dyna Villa, which is less than $114,000 off becoming the greatest prizemoney earner, Wheeler refuses to get swept up in the excitement just yet.

    “What has put his prizemoney up there has been the win in the Melbourne Cup,” he said. “Realistically he has stepped up a long way because of the prizemoney increases so, to be fair to everyone, I think he has to stand up to racing for a little bit longer. I just hope he doesn’t get any injuries.

    “I never count my chickens before they hatch but he is certainly shaping up pretty good at the moment.”

    The Wheeler dynasty has enjoyed a remarkable 12 months with stars Xylia Allen, Allen Deed and Ollie Bale winning Group One races in 2014 while Wheeler dogs made Group or Listed finals more than 60 times.

    Although he is reluctant to label it as his best, the latest crop of Wheeler greyhounds on the track is nothing short of exceptional with Allen Deed, Dyna Villa, Dyna Double One and Lamia Bale four standouts.

    Wheeler is equally as excited about his next lot of young pups coming through.

    “We have some really handy ones breaking in at the moment that are by an American dog called Afleet Alex and we have got some by an Irish coursing dog called Kyle James,” he said.

    “We have got a few different bloodlines coming through so it’ll be very interesting to see how they front up in the near future.”

    Meanwhile, there is plenty happening at Wheeler’s breeding establishment in NSW with former top stayer Dyna Willow due to whelp her first litter to Magic Sprite in about a week’s time.

    The champ Xylia Allen is still waiting to come on season.

    Box draw settles a grand St Leger final for likely type

    It was a final containing three current or former track record holders of the 580 yards (530 metres) distance at Wentworth Park, a rarity that had not occurred before in an age classic and is unlikely to happen again, but the race very nearly fell to one of the rank outsiders.

    The 1972 NSW St Leger final (as the Paws of Thunder was then known), conducted on December 16, had looked to be a race in three between the Geoff Watt-trained pair Benny McGrath and Woolley Wilson, and the John Wright-trained Likely Light.

    The trio had dominated their respective semi-finals and although the box draw favoured Likely Light, which had come up with the rails alley, Benny McGrath (box six) and Woolley Wilson (box five) possessed the brilliance and race experience to overcome their poor draws.

    As it happened, punters rallied to the best-drawn greyhound, Likely Light, and she went into the boxes as a solid 2-1 ($3.00) elect.

    Likely Light, a sleek black bitch, had raced just four times for two wins and two placings when she first appeared at Wentworth Park, on November 11. Despite box five she raced away to score by nine lengths and set the greyhound world abuzz by registering 30.8, equalling the track record first set in March 1967 by the great Roman Earl. It had since been matched by Red Zero and Pied Rebel (both in 1969), Tara Flash (1971), and Spanish Dancer, Lord Galaxy and Woolley Wilson, all during 1972.

    Likely Light had run only fifth at her next start at Wentworth Park but then easily took out her non-betting heat and quarter-final for the NSW St Leger series.

    Drawn perfectly in box one for her St Leger semi-final, Likely Light scored by eight lengths from Arctic Scott and again registered 30.8, equalling the track record again. She thus became the only greyhound to equal the track record at her first start on the course and the only one to equal it twice.

    The next semi-final featured the outstanding sprinter Benny McGrath, perfectly drawn in box one. Sent out a long odds-on favourite, the brindle speedster flew the lids and raced away to score by 12 lengths in an incredible 30.7, finally breaking the track record.

    A few races later and now the former equal track record holder Woolley Wilson, a veteran of 39 starts, exited box eight to win his semi-final in a fast 31.1.

    The other semi-final had been won by Tivoli Scout from Millaska, in 31.3.

    When the lids lifted for the final, the 33-1 ($34.00) outsider Millaska (box two) speared out of the boxes and raced to an early lead, chased by Tivoli Scout, Arctic Scott and Likely Light while Benny McGrath and Woolley Wilson bumped each other and effectively knocked each other out of contention.

    In the back straight Millaska opened up a break of five lengths on Likely Light and looked to be going strongly, but Likely Light cut that lead to just more than a length as the field swept on to the home corner.

    In the straight the huge crowd roared as Likely Light stormed home down the outside to collar the weakening Millaska and score by one length in 31.1. Benny McGrath snared third, six lengths further adrift, with Woolley Wilson a close-up fourth.

    Likely Light took her racing tally to five wins, one second and one third from only eight starts. She went on to take out the 1973 National Futurity the following April but later suffered injuries which eventually led to her early retirement after just 27 career starts.

    Group One Paws of Thunder Heat Review & Final Box Draw

    It was somewhat of a changing of the guard on Saturday night at Wentworth Park, with the eight heats of the Group One Paws of Thunder throwing up several upsets and some heartbreak, before next weekend’s final.

    The first heat was the only one in which a favourite saluted when Dyna Villa (box four) scored an emphatic 29.64 success. Stepping brilliantly, the son of Collision and Roxio Bale went straight to the lead and was never headed, scoring by a length from the fast-finishing Zipping Tarn (box two). Dyna Villa, the winner of last year’s Melbourne Cup, has now won 18 races from just 29 starts with nine minor placings. One of the most consistent young chasers in the country, he looms as one of the biggest threats in next Saturday’s $100,000-to-the-winner final.

    In the second heat National Sprint Championship victor Chica Destacada started as odds-on favourite from box three. The Doreen Drynan-trained bitch was expected to bounce on the bunny from box three, and she did, but she was outpaced in the run to the first turn by Victorian speedster Maximum Lil (box five). Once out in front, Maximum Lil put on a terrific display and gave nothing else a chance, striding to the line two lengths clear of Cosmic Angel (box eight) in 29.99.

    Heat three was an open affair with six of the eight runners starting under double figures. For the second time in three races, box four would salute with Coolabah Jet proving too good for her opposition. Finding the lead early, the black speed machine crossed to the rails racing through the first turn and was off and gone, eventually clocking a fast 29.88.

    The fourth heat was gut-wrenching to watch, with champion Tasmanian sprinter Buckle Up Wes going amiss and tailing the field into the catching pen. The dual Group One winner was found to have injured his back muscle, and is likely to be retired. While many eyes were on “Wes”, making sure he was all right, there was an exciting duel between My Boy Snoop (box five) and Spring Leaf (box one) out in front with the latter ultimately prevailing. The Andrea Dailly-prepared bitch railed beautifully in the home straight, defeating My Boy Snoop by a head in 29.92.

    The fifth heat was touted to be the best of the night and it proved to be an exhilarating affair. Allen Deed (box four), the new track record holder at The Meadows, started the favourite while Dyna Double One (box seven) had plenty of supporters. The boom youngster was searching for his fourth career victory at start five while Oakvale Destiny (box two) was also in the market after her eye-catching second in Wednesday’s Group Two Cranbourne Cup. There was plenty of action when the lids flew open with Allen Deed falling early and Dyna Double One stepping slowly from out wide. The Anthony Azzopardi-trained Shoulders (box six) made no mistakes, however, bounding straight to the lead and giving nothing else a look-in, recording his ninth win by just under two lengths in an airborne 29.64. Thankfully, Allen Deed did not seem to have suffered any significant injuries, picking himself up and chasing the field home.

    In heat six Andrea Dailly qualified her third runner for the final with Kerrigan Bale leading all the way from box eight. Starting at double-figure odds, the brindle bitch was having her first start since late December and was definitely fresher for the break, clocking a quick 29.80. Favourites Winsome Prince (box four) and Anything Less (box six), trained by Minnie and John Finn respectively, both came to grief on the first turn and fell heavily. Both chasers completed the event.

    Are Jip (box three) and Whittaker (box one) battled for favouritism in the seventh heat and, although he didn’t win the race for favouritism, Whittaker booked his spot in the Group One decider courtesy of a 30.17 victory. Despite a slow beginning, the Julie Fletcher-trained pup managed to navigate his way through the field to find the front, saluting by one-and-a-half lengths at the finish.

    Punters who bet on favourites were crying by the time runners stood behind the boxes for the last heat and, unfortunately, things did not end on a good note for them. Recent Gosford Gold Cup winner Ritza Hattie (box eight) began well but was posted wide and shuffled back through the field on the first turn, failing to feature in the race from that point onwards. A relatively unknown greyhound, Assertive Bella (box four), having her second start for Jason Mackay, managed to sneak under the radar and collect the last spot in Saturday’s feature. The daughter of Bekim Bale and Black Foot Lass, which is now winner of five from 12, stopped the clock in a nippy 29.82.

    The box draw for Saturday’s Group One Paws of Thunder final is as follows:

    Box One - Assertive Bella (Jason Mackay)

    Box Two - Kerrigan Bale (Andrea Dailly)

    Box Three - Spring Leaf (Andrea Dailly)

    Box Four - Coolabah Jet (Jodie Lord)

    Box Five - Whittaker (Julie Fletcher)

    Box Six - Shoulders (Anthony Azzopardi)

    Box Seven - Maximum Lil (Andrea Dailly)

    Box Eight - Dyna Villa (Jenny Hunt)

    Reserves Zipping Tarn (Anthony Azzopardi) Dyna Double One (Andrea Dailly)

    Azzopardi unleashes powerful team for Paws Of Thunder

    LONDONDERRY trainer Anthony Azzopardi hopes his talented team of chasers can represent the locals well when they contest Saturday night’s heats of the Group One Paws Of Thunder at Wentworth Park.

    Azzopardi will have four runners on a night where there are eight heats of the $100,00-to-the-winner series.

    His first hope of making next Saturday’s final is Zipping Tarn, which will exit box two in the first qualifier. The daughter of Mantra Lad and Scarlett Girl is a winner of seven races from 23 starts but Azzopardi has conceded she will be facing a tough task against Dyna Villa (box four).

    “She can’t let Dyna Villa get too far ahead of her, she can’t run the times that he can run. He is definitely the one to beat in the race,” he said.

    ”The draw helps her a lot, she needs the inside to be anywhere near them, but she is a really rough chance, we are going to have to rely on a lot of luck with her.”

    On the other hand, Azzopardi believes the in-form Cosmic Angel (box eight) is a live chance in heat two. The white and black dog has won his past two at headquarters and appears well suited out wide.

    “I am really happy with Cosmic Angel, he is starting to find really good form at the right time,” Azzopardi said. ”Box eight is not going to worry him, it is actually probably a bonus. I wouldn’t leave him without a chance, that’s for sure.

    “If he is up near the front by the first turn, he’ll be very hard to hold out, he is very strong. I am quietly confident with him.

    “He can come home in 11.56, that is very strong. I want him in front, but if he can park close behind them all then he will be hard to hold out, but he has got to do everything right.”

    Despite being drawn awkwardly in box five in the fourth heat, My Boy Snoop proved just how talented he is last start, producing a phenomenal performance in the Gosford Cup consolation, running an airborne 29.27.

    My Boy Snoop, a son of Where’s Pedro and Group One National Futurity winner Daydream, will meet an outstanding field which includes Brisbane Cup winner Kiss Me Ketut (box two), dual Group One winner Buckle Up Wes (box eight) and boom pup Winsome Mission (box seven).

    “His only downfall is his early speed, but if he is within striking range then ‘the big Snoop’ will be flying home, that’s for sure,” Azzopardi said.

    “He is a deadset flying machine. He hasn’t had a clear run at Wentworth Park yet but when he does people are really going to see what he can do. I just hope he gets a clear run one night down there, it would be nice if that night was tomorrow.”

    It has been a long road back to the track for My Boy Snoop, which is lucky to be alive, let alone competing in the heats of a Group One.

    “He was really ill, he had a twisted bowel and was on life support for a while. It was hard to get him going again but he is such a strong dog, he has come through it pretty good.

    “I was at the vets every day with him, I don’t know what I would have done if we lost him, he is such a nice dog. He is a strong dog, he has a will to live, that’s the difference with him.

    “I am very happy with how he has come back, it was touch and go there with him for a while, but he has come back very good.”

    Azzopardi said his best chance of making it through to the final would be in race seven, arguably the best heat of the night. He will be represented by Shoulders (box six), which is a much better greyhound than his recent form reads and should be able to handle the tricky box draw.

    “I am very happy with the box draw, he needs to be out wide to show his pace,” he said.

    “He has been running with no luck at all and he has had niggling injuries which I am hoping we are on top of now. I am expecting him to show something tomorrow night, he has been smashing records in trials wherever I take him, he just hasn’t had the luck in races to get clear.”

    His opposition are all terrific greyhounds. Silver Chief finalists Midnight Flynn (box one) and Dyna Double One (box seven) ooze class while Oakvale Destiny (box two), Silent Effective (box three) and The Meadows track record holder Allen Deed (box four) all command attention.

    Despite the classy line-up, Azzopardi remains optimistic his charge, which has a flying best of 29.36 over the track and trip, is right in contention.

    “He gets every chance to lead tomorrow night and if he leads he should hang on, if he doesn’t then I will be very disappointed. I know Oakvale Destiny and Allen Deed are very strong but I rate him as good as them.

    “I know Allen Deed broke the record at The Meadows, but this is his home turf. He gets his chance and I really expect a result out of him. If he can get clear tomorrow night, I think he can match them, but it is a hard race.”

    It would be a dream result if Azzopardi could qualify one, or more, through to the Paws Of Thunder final as he strives to emulate his success in 2011 with Fancy Will. The leading conditioner said the 2015 edition was an outstanding series and has highlighted who he will be keeping his eye on.

    “When we won it with Fancy Will in 2011, it was one of the hottest races I have seen, but I think the series this year is double that, it is so strong.

    “[Andrea] Dailly (who has more than 20 runners engaged on the 10-race card) has a strong hand through the series, they are going to be very hard to beat.

    “Dyna Double One looks very exciting and I want to watch his career, but I hope I beat him tomorrow night. It will definitely test out how good my fellow is.

    “This race deserves the best and they got the best so let’s see what happens.”

    The first heat of the Group One Paws of Thunder is race one and is set to jump at 7.28pm.

    This Week In Racing History

    January

    8

    Local champion Scull Murphy gave Victorian speedster El Galo a severe thrashing in the 2009 Interstate Challenge Cup, run over 515 metres at Angle Park, downing him by just over six lengths. Scull Murphy had run second behind the smart Tasman Queen in the same event in 2008.

    Paw Licking set a new track record time of 23.74 for 420 metres at Lismore in 2013, slicing 20/100ths off the previous record, held by Roman’s Know.

    9

    Dark Midori defeated Hunting Gold by three-quarters of a length with National Asset a well beaten third in the final of the 1989 Edments Trophy, run over 600 metres at Olympic Park.

    Run The Line downed Zini’s Jet and Tyler Man in the 405-metre Mandurah Birthday Cup in 2009, covering the trip in a slow 22.99 to earn $20,000 for trainer Linda Britton.

    10

    The Maribyrnong speed coursing track had its official opening, in 1933.

    Fine Linen scored his sixth successive victory, in a top-grade NJC Stake at Newcastle in 1953. The six wins on end were all since Fine Linen had resumed after breaking down in the shoulder in the Spring Handicap at Newcastle the previous October. Owned and trained in Queensland, Fine Linen was recognised as one of the best sprinters racing north of the Tweed River.

    Victorian stayer Bubble’s Moss won the inaugural All Stars Invitation event run over 731 metres at Angle Park, in 1974. Bubble’s Moss defeated local hero Ricca Donna with the previously undefeated Allocate third and NSW champion Miss High Lo only fifth.

    11

    Brilliant NSW puppy Montana Jet scored a first-up victory off 1/10 behind in a handicap over 540 yards at Hobart, in 1958. Montana Jet scored by seven lengths. The Melbourne Cup runner-up was being set for the Hobart Thousand.

    The 2001 Interstate Challenge Cup was raised to Group 3 status and won by Victorian super-sprinter Brett Lee who defeated Dutchy’s Angel by just over six lengths in a new track record time of 29.04 for the 515 metres at Angle Park.

    12

    Stoner Bale recorded 29.92, the second-fastest run ever over 520 metres at Cranbourne, in taking out the 2009 Cranbourne Cup by three and a half lengths over Turanza Bale with Vintage Octane third.

    13

    Osti’s Joker won the 2000 West End Draught Distance Championship at Angle Park, downing Gemtrea Gypsy by just half a length with Top Condition third, and earning $12,000 for the win. In the heats the previous week, Osti’s Joker had defeated Gemtrea Gypsy by a little over nine lengths.

    14

    Classy Victorian stayer High Intensity defeated Flying Brucon by four lengths to take out the 1988 Roy Maidment Memorial Trophy at Sandown Park. His great rival Bold Trease stormed home into third place. High Intensity would return again in 1989 to make it two Maidment Memorial victories in a row, once again defeating his now aged rival Bold Trease (fourth).

    Spring Secret defeated Winsome Revenge by almost three lengths to win the 2004 Bulli Gold Plate for trainer Christine Oldfield, running the 472 metres trip in a speedy 26.41 and earning $15,000 for connections.

    « Previous PageNext Page »