A Hard Choice For Trainers And Others

Debate about positive and negative aspects of the industry could go on forever, not just in these columns but in the several blogs favoured by some in the industry – mainly owners and trainers. These folk, particularly in NSW, are not happy about many aspects of the industry. They concentrate on fees, prize money and grading, all of which are under the direct control of state racing authorities, each one different from the others.

Their dilemma is emphasised by the actions of the country’s biggest owner, the NSW-based Paul Wheeler, as outlined in his submission to the NSW Inquiry recently. Good dogs go to Victoria, lesser ones to South Australia, and that’s about it. Virtually none go to NSW. This bias is a direct reaction to policies adopted by state authorities – nothing more, nothing less.

With that in mind, I have often written to Racing Ministers, Greyhounds Australasia, state authorities and official inquiries proposing significant changes and improvements to the system. In fact I have been doing that since 1994, starting with the idea of creating a national form database and making it readily available to all, just like the Stud Book. I never had a reply from them, which is par for the course on most subjects,

In fact, good form information is harder to get now than it was 20 years ago. That’s largely due to the secretive way in which WA/NSW set up the Ozchase data system. Whatever else it does, it denies customers access to data-friendly form and results services. Conversely, Victoria, the only state outside Ozchase, is much more helpful.

Anyway, attempting to halt the slide, below I have printed below a copy of part of a letter sent to Greyhounds Australasia over four years ago, hoping that it could spark authorities into action. It never got a reply. I don’t even know if they read it.

This section was titled “The Big Choice”.

“The industry has a choice to make. Should it seek higher quality racing, and with it the potential for better educated and wealthier punters, or should it accept the status quo and run with volume at any cost, any quality and with mug gamblers as the dominant customer group?

With some limited exceptions, the industry has chosen the latter course so far, and all indications are that it will continue that way. In all codes, the top bracket is not the problem. It is the week to week fare that has fallen away.

Indeed, in greyhound racing such a policy is specific and deliberate as administrations and clubs everywhere persist with measures to better satisfy – some might say subsidise – low grade performers. Heavy maiden programs, often with added prize money, events for dogs with limited wins, novice races (ie with a maiden win only) and non-penalty races (ie circumventing the normal grading rules) are routine parts of the effort. No other racing code, no other sport, and no other human endeavour, goes down that path. Well, the Salvos do but do we want to take a page out of their book?”

If anything, these trends have been magnified since 2010, presumably indicating that none of the states have any concern about progress or excellence. Indeed, we should add to the above list the substantial recent shift towards short course racing and the squibs they encourage. In effect, the industry is asking its customers to patronise the equivalent of park football or fourth grade district cricket and to bet on them.

However, they are about to get another poke in the eye. Revenue is at stake this time.

Tabcorp is excited about new ventures into its coverage of international racing, especially from Hong Kong where the season is just starting.  This comes at a time when the wagering scene is in some turmoil as tote turnover is on the decline, while local and overseas-based online bookies battle with authorities and (often) their own customers to grab a bigger slice of the action.

There is no other option but that this move will harm greyhound racing yet not a word has been heard from state authorities, much less from GAL which does not like addressing commercial matters (never mind that its members have to deal with exactly that when they get back to their home states). An already crowded racing program is about to get more so, meaning that greyhounds will get squeezed out the back.

How long can we allow this to continue? And what’s next? The Mongolian marathons are popular in some quarters. And the Kazakhstan races where team members hurl the headless body of a goat from one to the other are very traditional – it’s a bit like a cross between roller derby and horse polo. They could be slipped in between the Swedish trots and the New York gallops, about which gamblers also know absolutely nothing.

 

ON A NARROWER SCALE

There’s a funny thing about the life of a greyhound writer – some readers are happy, some hate you. Such is life. However, I should comment on a couple of matters brought up the other day.

One reader said I was right but negative in my last article (a perplexing comment?). That’s the one in which I congratulated four or five winners, including Zipping Maggie.  I am guessing about the negative bit but it might have been the comments about poor fields at The Meadows and Albion Park being an illustration of the state of the art in this country. In particular, that revolves around the fact that the nation is now running more races but with the same or fewer dogs. Along with other factors, I suggested that we could “ignore this at your peril”.  So far, that has been the attitude of racing authorities.

As always, my articles are fact-based and then often accompanied by opinion or suggestions. Preferably, people who don’t agree should put forward their interpretations so we can get a good balance, but rarely does that happen so you are stuck with me.

Another comment came from someone – apparently a trainer – who suggested I needed to get a dog and a lead and learn properly myself. Now this would be a big mistake, even if I wanted to (and I don’t).  A lifetime of brushing shoulders with trainers tells me that most have very strong opinions but rarely do they ever go into print, which means it’s hard to know what everybody is thinking. Even the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry brought out just a handful.

Anyway, were I to go down that road, I would then become less independent and less inclined to properly evaluate another trainer’s performances. Now, I rarely talk about individual people as such but I do comment on their dogs and what they do. That’s my job.

Two more things: first, having been in the greyhound writing caper for 20 years or so, I must have pointed out a hundred times or more in various articles that the industry’s two greatest assets are its top dogs and the skills of its better trainers.  The problem is that the industry is not taking full advantage of those assets. Second, I cannot claim to represent any one group but if I have a bias it would be towards the serious punter group. They are the people who pay everybody’s wages. They are also the source, potentially, of increased prize money. Consequently, they are more than entitled to express their opinions. In fact, it should be compulsory.

A mix of positive and negative will therefore continue as and when necessary and as supervised by the editor. By all means, keep count if you want to. But please write in, preferably with reasons for your views – there is plenty of space after each article or on the CONTACT section of the website.

Angle Park Greyhound Tips & Betting Preview September 18th 2014

Sportingbet is offering ARG readers with an exclusive $700 free bet. With such a big night of racing at Angle Park tonight the time is now to take advantage.

 

Race No. 1Emmsee Sportswear 82681155 Stake…7:14 PM
5 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $3,065 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,150 2nd: $610 3rd: $305.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1YODA BALE753330.21Tony Rasmussen
2VICTA BROOKE336529.77Ronald Schadow
3DANYO’S LUKE134429.92Colin Swain
4COSMIC WISE541330.51Jeffrey Britton
5SADIE’S GUESS6216NBTKim Johnstone
6DYNA QUISTIS318530.00Wendy Matcott
7ROCK DOMINATION422230.12Joseph Briffa
8YICHE312229.99Angela Modra
9RED TIN136630.06Robin Harnas
10WITCH BALE864530.90Wendy Matcott

Cosmic Wise comes here with strong Vic form and if she gains a clear run early she should win. Sadie’s Guess scored an impressive 30.69 Cannington win two runs back and she can burn along early. Yiche is best of the local hopes.

Top Four: 4 – 5 – 8 – 1

Suggested Bets:

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

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

 

Race No. 2Handy Can Rubbish Stake Cta Divi…7:35 PM
6 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $2,350 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,645 2nd: $470 3rd: $235.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1STORM ALLEN532230.55Wendy Matcott
2KRAKOW MCLAREN151130.09Donald Foster
3TOP GUN MCBAIN165230.80Todd Kelly
4SPARE WHEEL833230.48Roger Harris
5LONG GULLY MARK221430.11Paula Hearnden
6SNIPER SKILLS577630.29Leanne Fagan
7BRONCO BALE631630.50Wendy Matcott
8YOUNG GUN MCBAIN341230.32Todd Kelly
9DYNA MORRIGAN646530.37Wendy Matcott
10POIDA688430.32Leanne Fagan

Krakow McLaren is airborne at present and he beat a smart type when scoring here last week in 30.20, he should lead all the way again. Long Gully Mark is well graded and he too has been racing in great form. Bronco Bale was unlucky in a heat of the derby last week and he can atone tonight.

Top Four: 2 – 5 – 7 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Krakow McLaren

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

Quinella: 2 to rove with 1,5,7 ($3 for 100%)

 

Race No. 3Gsm Property Management Mixed St…7:55 PM
3/4/5 event over 600 metres at Angle park Of $3,995 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,795 2nd: $800 3rd: $400.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1PANDORA’S SIN212135.21Wendy Matcott
2HE’S A VILLIAN116335.21Lisa Rasmussen
3SPRING AMANDA122835.17Wendy Matcott
4DOONA BALE365635.10Tony Rasmussen
6STOP SCRAMMIN’426435.42Petar Jovanovic
7GENGHIS KAHN133234.85Kathleen Johnstone
8PIERO5658NBTRobert Isaacson

Genghis Kahn has turned in some enormous performances here over 515m recently and tonight he is perfectly drawn and he steps back up to his favourite trip. Spring Amanda can ping to the early lead and she should give a great sight. Pandora’s Sin is racing well and she is drawn to be thereabouts.

Top Four: 7 – 3 – 1 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 7/1,2,3/Field ($15 for 100%)

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

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

 

Race No. 4Peak 24 Fitness And Pt Stake Cta…8:14 PM
5 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $3,065 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,150 2nd: $610 3rd: $305.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1WREX BALE622330.08Wendy Matcott
2VELOCITY DAFF343230.09Kim Johnstone
3ABSOLUTE BOSS242130.11Robyn Mackellar
4JUNTA BALE136430.00Lisa Rasmussen
5GEORGE AGAIN362429.73Ben Rawlings
6WAVE JOCKEY664230.01Leanne Fagan
7BIG ZAP612429.65Troy Murray
8LIFESTYLE LAD187129.97Petar Jovanovic
9MAX ROCKS663830.14Kevin Murnane
10LYRICAL ALLEN6486NBTWendy Matcott

Big Zap has been pinging the lids of late and from his suitable wide draw he should make every post a winner, this is a big drop in class for him and there should be no excuses. George Again hasn’t had a lot of luck recently and he can show improvement at good odds. Wrex Bale just needs luck to feature.

Top Four: 7 – 5 – 1 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Big Zap

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

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

 

Race No. 5Jim’s Electrical – 131 546 Free …8:38 PM
FFA event over 731 metres at Angle park Of $4,200 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,835 2nd: $910 3rd: $455.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1LONG GULLY SURF531243.26Paula Hearnden
2PSYCHOTIC GOLD113143.13Petar Jovanovic
3HUSKY DREAMER336443.19John Gale
4VICTA VICTORIA433143.44Ronald Schadow
5TOKEN MCLAREN115X42.89Donald Foster
6INFINITE WISH5636NBTAngela Langton
7DEFIB DARYL242543.26Petar Jovanovic
8SHEZA TEN233243.56Petar Jovanovic

Token McLaren recently represented SA in the National Distance Championship and he should return to the winners list tonight. Psychotic Gold has won 10 of 16 over this journey but she has been racing very flat of late. Infinite Wish has enough talent to cause a boil over.

Top Four: 5 – 2 – 6 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Token McLaren

Trifecta: 5/1,2,6/Field ($18 for 100%)

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

 

Race No. 6Macro Meats Grade 4 Series H Cta…8:58 PM
4 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $3,355 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,350 2nd: $670 3rd: $335.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1PREMIER EVENT827529.98Laurence Cahalan
2ALLEN ILLEM271729.81Tony Rasmussen
3SENNI TONY256129.91Colin Swain
4COOL GUINNESS511529.90Kirin Corby
5LUKEY DEEZ135329.87Troy Murray
6SHIMMERING HOOD455130.16Kevin Murnane
7GALILEE SPIRIT821129.62Robert Isaacson
8DAKOTA PREMIER145329.57Colin Simes
9BRENT BALE885230.66Wendy Matcott

Dakota Premier is well placed in the pink box and he should be much better for the run here last week when he was first up from a short spell. Galilee Spirit smashed his rivals when scoring here last week in 29.92. Allen Illem can run home into a place.

Top Four: 8 – 7 – 2 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Dakota Premier

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

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

 

Race No. 7Goodwood Baseball’s 125th Mixed …9:22 PM
FFA event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $4,415 Prizemoney.
1st: $3,095 2nd: $880 3rd: $440.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1KALDEN KAPONE882629.67Troy Murray
2SPORTING TEARS576129.85Steve Meimetis
3MEPUNGA ARMAGH343730.74Jeffrey Britton
4NEBULA221529.78Lauren Harris
6WILD SOUL171129.79Kim Johnstone
7CAIRNLEA LAYLA611229.44Robyn Mackellar
8SIDNEY’S SHADOW651329.56Cameron Butcher

Mepunga Armagh never got a look in here last week and if he can step a little better tonight he should be able to lead early and prove too classy for these. Wild Soul continually finds a way to win and he will be suited by the empty draw underneath. Cairnlea Layla is a massive chance if she gets across.

Top Four: 3 – 6 – 7 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Mepunga Armagh

Trifecta: 3/6,7,8/Field ($15 for 100%)

 

Race No. 82014 Schweppes Sa Derby F Cta Di…9:41 PM
SE event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $34,000 Prizemoney.
1st: $25,000 2nd: $6,000 3rd: $3,000.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1WIND WHISTLER212129.82Angela Langton
2ALLEN ICARUS346229.96Steven Collins
3ASTON KANE111129.57Raymond Murray
4DYNA ALCHEMIST111229.70Steven Collins
5LANNISTER512229.97Troy Murray
6DYNA OSTRANDER115230.13Jenny Hunt
7TEXAS TITAN343129.77Jeffrey Britton
8IVA VISION118129.68Peter Young
9DYNA CHASER323330.04Steven Collins
10DAKOTA PREMIER145329.57Colin Simes

Iva Vision turned in an excellent performance to score here last week in 29.68 and he appears better suited from the pink draw tonight. Aston Kane should lead for a long way and he has a terrific record here having won eight of nine. Wind Whistler will be charging home into a place. Texas Titan could be the surprise packet, he will go around at over the odds but he was super impressive in his heat.

Top Four: 8 – 3 – 1 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Iva Vision

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

Trifecta: 1,3,8/1,3,7,8/1,3,4,6,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

 

Race No. 9Gap Racing To Retirement Stake C…10:05 PM
5 event over 600 metres at Angle park Of $3,355 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,350 2nd: $670 3rd: $335.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1FANCY FICELLE8866NBTKathleen Johnstone
2JACKO LANKAN647335.38Petar Jovanovic
3STUZZICHINO225235.32Petar Jovanovic
4VICTA SCOTT385535.10Ronald Schadow
5JOJA STAN424235.31Graeme Stirling
6ANIMATE132235.25Lester Harris
7SET THE SCENE2718NBTLaurence Cahalan
8CRASH DOOLEY312135.28Lisa Rasmussen

Set The Scene is stepping up to the 600m journey in SA for the first time and he really should put a space in them. Stuzzichino has been racing well of late and he can fill the quinella spot, whilst Jacko Lankan has been placed in two of four over this trip and he will be running home late.

Top Four: 7 – 3 – 2 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Set The Scene

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

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

Quinella: 7 to rove with 2,3,6 ($3 for 100%)

 

Race No. 10Mcqueens Tavern Stake Cta Divisi…10:24 PM
5 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $3,065 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,150 2nd: $610 3rd: $305.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ALLEN KENNY721830.02Tony Rasmussen
2DYNA CHASER323330.04Steven Collins
3OMAR BALE356729.97Wendy Matcott
4SHADY DEAL7451NBTKim Johnstone
5SCREAMIN’234230.09Ben Rawlings
6BLACK BOTTLE251530.17Kathleen Johnstone
7KISAI BLADE331829.95Petar Jovanovic
8FLYING BALE736629.97Lisa Rasmussen
9WOODSIDE JAGGER144430.04Graham Smith
10MADIBA MAGIC378830.83Paul Fagan

Flying Bale is well drawn out wide and he has been racing in much stronger company of late, with a clean getaway he should run a big race at value. Screamin’ was far from disgraced when placed here last week and she is overdue for another win.

Top Four: 8 – 5 – 7 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Flying Bale

Quinella: 8 to rove with 1,5,7 ($3 for 100%)

Exacta: 8/1,5,7 ($3 for 100%)

 

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

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DYNA MOTLEY232630.23Wendy Matcott
2KNUCKLE BOOM116230.48Leanne Fagan
3KARA ROTO635430.67Todd Kelly
4IRISH MIDGE273230.26Kirin Corby
5BILLIE ROCK186530.37Alan Randall
6ONE WINTA218630.62Micheal Delorenzo
7VELOCITY SAPHIRE643230.40Kim Johnstone
8MISATO BALE434130.51Wendy Matcott
9POIDA688430.32Leanne Fagan
10DYNA MORRIGAN646530.37Wendy Matcott

Dyna Motley looks well placed in the red and after being placed in six of his past eight starts, he is bursting to break through. With some luck early he should make light work of this lot. Misato Bale has the speed to lead and he hung on for a solid win here on Monday. Irish Midge is rarely far away and she should get plenty of space in the first 50m of the race.

Top Four: 1 – 4 – 8 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Dyna Motley

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

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

Trifecta: 1,4/1,4/Field ($12 for 100%)

 

Best Bet:
Race 9: Set The Scene

Best Roughie:
Race 2: Bronco Bale

Saturday, 20 September 2014


Greyhound Box Draw For Ipswich – Saturday, 20 September 2014

Race No. 1Ray White Real Estate Springfiel…6:54 PM
M event over 431 metres at Ipswich Of $1,225 Prizemoney.
1st: $860 2nd: $245 3rd: $120.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1LITTLE BIT NIPPY543325.68Andrew Rich
2MAYWYN WEALTH-NBTRobert Essex
3DORAK DESSA-NBTDeborah Arnold
4JUST GARIS-NBTRon Ball
5PRATER’S PROBLEM3525.78John Judd
6AUSCZECH DIVA878625.71Ashley Bock
7JUST A SHOW38NBTRon Ball
8ROB’S ME MATE826.43Phillip Shaxson
9STEELIE PRINCESS5NBTMick Campbell
10JOHN SNOW445425.62Karl Buhner
Race No. 2First National Real Estate Sprin…7:17 PM
NOV event over 431 metres at Ipswich Of $1,775 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,240 2nd: $355 3rd: $180.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1GRANT’S MISTAKE322625.35Amy O’reilly
2WHAT’S THE PROB555625.49Ron Jackson
3ANGEL MOONX43125.36Sharon Morris
4MEMORY OF TREES186525.44Paul Stadnikoff
5VILVANDAX86325.67Brent Kline
6DRESS CODE548225.35Phillip Shaxson
7HE’S OUR MAN561626.23John Jeffrey
8BRINNIE BE GOOD73X525.54Richard Nelson
9CAPRICORN SURFER465826.56Steve Woods
10WAZDEW NIRO667825.65Warren Nicholls
Race No. 3Ipswich City Council7:36 PM
NOV event over 520 metres at Ipswich Of $2,075 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,450 2nd: $415 3rd: $210.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1KNOCK THE TOP832530.93Nikki Peters
2DORRIE MAC827330.93Bruce Linnan
3THIS TIME REBA436330.80Peter Ruetschi
4MAGIC MOUSSE672831.08George Broadrick
5BUSBY213331.44Peter Wilson
6BERRY IN LOVE753530.89Amy O’reilly
7DEEP DESPAIR563431.02Michael Geraghty
8WILD BOY381531.19Garry Gilbert
9FOUR EXCEPTIONAL854631.77Colin Wills
10BOO BOO CHILD765631.41Paul Mcilveen
Race No. 4Ray White Real Estate Bundamba7:59 PM
4/5 event over 431 metres at Ipswich Of $1,775 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,240 2nd: $355 3rd: $180.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ABBY’S FANTASY453625.54William Elson
2WAZZ’S FANTASY127126.20William Elson
3RAINBOW REX646225.19Darren Russell
4NO BOSS231625.31Maria Shedden
5JEBRYNAH STORM2816NBTDean Turley
6OSKAR DA POOCH323825.22Amy O’reilly
7ASTON NOTSA828325.14Tony Zammit
8SPRING ENTRY122125.09Edward Neal
9NEVER LOOKED138425.34Peter Dunne
10IPSWICH MELODY864825.32Lancelot Waldon
Race No. 5Walker Pender Group8:20 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Ipswich Of $2,075 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,450 2nd: $415 3rd: $210.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1OUTBACK SASSY376531.17Mick Campbell
2HOPE’S FANTASY566531.33William Elson
3FAR FROM FEAR452530.96Amy O’reilly
4CAPTAIN COOL663430.66Peter May
5THUNDER OF SPEED857230.85Marion Goodwin
6SHILLELAGH LANE347530.63Raymond Knudsen
7ROYAL ALBERT516630.68Desmond Gilroy
8DON’T JOSH ME716830.43Wayne Mcdonald
9ORINOCO786730.81Peter Dunne
10GALWAY PRINCESS687831.60Kevin Galloway
Race No. 6Racehorse Hotel8:39 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Ipswich Of $2,075 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,450 2nd: $415 3rd: $210.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1PILGRIM’S PRINCE361730.72Rachel Scott
2RUPERT362630.77Bruce Linnan
3JEBRYNAH ALLEY7322NBTDean Turley
4DAINTY LASS126830.82Amy O’reilly
5LIL’ BIT SPARKY7233NBTDeborah Arnold
6NINJA TOUCH555831.15Mick Campbell
7SAV’S GIRL876531.00Michael Brauer
8SELDOM DREAMIN’324731.49Jamie Mchugh
9ORINOCO786730.81Peter Dunne
10WHERE’S CATTIVA568831.16Mick Campbell
Race No. 7Happy 2 Express Cards 5th Grade …8:59 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Ipswich Of $2,075 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,450 2nd: $415 3rd: $210.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1TEMPO POPPY666430.74Deborah Arnold
2PERCY PIERCE387331.09Raymond Knudsen
3RUBY’S IN YELLOW141130.52Edward Neal
4SHANSI114330.75Peter Dunne
5CAPTAIN BARKER625130.70Peter May
6GOOD SIZE341230.74Jamie Mchugh
7PART THE SEA876430.70Rachel Scott
8CELTIC MATCH657230.78John Pay
9PIKELET518530.75Ron Ball
10SAV’S GIRL876531.00Michael Brauer
Race No. 8Press Business Machines9:23 PM
3/4 event over 520 metres at Ipswich Of $2,075 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,450 2nd: $415 3rd: $210.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1GANGNAM STRIDE435230.58Sheryl Clark
2TINY TURNER211330.51Ron Ball
3BIG DAC375630.66Colin Hamilton
4LITTLE SATISFIES3644NBTDean Turley
5KIDATEE CROC411130.40Darren Russell
6GALWAY TORNADO313830.61Kevin Galloway
7DOC GRAHAM764431.04Darren Russell
8SPACE WAVE444530.72Tony Zammit
Race No. 9Ray White Real Estate Springfiel…9:41 PM
5 event over 431 metres at Ipswich Of $1,775 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,240 2nd: $355 3rd: $180.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1HEZ SO FAST517425.22Ricky Rolls
2LEGLESS STATE653625.44John Gardiner
3BLUE SIZE2241NBTDean Turley
4GRACE OLIVIA867525.29Deborah Arnold
5SOX AND CROCS717225.11Neil Catchpole
6FARMER’S GOLD52X425.66Darren Russell
7WONG SIZE SUZIE162225.59Cynthia Suttle
8GREASY VINES165725.21Edward Neal
9SO SWANKY267725.37Ron Ball
10MISS PITTY PAT745825.38Paul Mcilveen
Race No. 10Rosewood & District Community Ba…9:59 PM
5 event over 431 metres at Ipswich Of $1,775 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,240 2nd: $355 3rd: $180.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ESPRESSO SHOT6747NBTDavid Smyth
2SERIOUS JOY263125.46Barry Morris
3MARIA DE CEE516625.97Paul Stadnikoff
4BLOO FRANKIE876125.79Peter Furbank
5JUST LIKE TINA3246NBTRon Ball
6NOT WORTH IT675325.22Desmond Gilroy
7SPANKY’S LEGEND2285NBTDean Turley
8EXCELEBRATION843526.17Brent Kline
9BLOWIN’ NUMBERS7725NBTCorey Mutton
10GOLDEN FLEECE576425.42Neil Catchpole

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Dutchy’s Angel took out the 2000 Traralgon Cup by a head from Trousers with Hotshow Ben third. The Tom Dailly-trained sprinter collected $16,000 for the victory.

Cape Hawke set a new track record for 515 metres at Sandown in 2011, running 29.13 to clip 2/100ths off the previous mark set by Heston Bale just two days earlier.

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Busy’s Chief won the 1976 NSW Country Championship, run over 580 yards at Wentworth Park. From box eight, Busy’s Chief won by three lengths from Sunset Lodge in a fair 31.35.
On the same night, Olympic Thunder won the Metropolitan Cup over 790 yards by four lengths, also from box eight.

The Larry Procopio-owned and trained stayer What’s New won the 2004 Chairman’s Cup (720 metres, Wentworth Park) defeating Resigned by three-quarters of a length with Victorian Arvo’s Athena just a neck away third.

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The first night meeting was held at the Bulli greyhound track, in 1952.

Bristol Sue took out the 1974 Adelaide Cup from Prince Arthur and Melwood. The brilliant bitch gave trainer Doug Payne a record of three wins in the three runnings of the premier sprint held in South Australia. He would have to wait 15 years before winning his fourth and last Adelaide Cup (with Kuriarkin in 1989).

Rooney ran a new race record time of 23.80 in taking out the 2006 Warragul St Leger for trainer Darren McDonald.

Keeko Bale won the 2008 Traralgon Cup by just almost seven lengths from Velocette, running a new race record 29.46

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Red Zero scored by a whopping eight lengths in the 1969 final of the National Sprint Championship, run over 500 yards at Harold Park. The local hope defeated star stayer Busy’s Charm with Queensland sprinter Pied Rebel third and the brilliant Benjamin John fourth. Red Zero earned $6,000 for the victory.

Jesse Bale took out the 2007 Dapto Leagues Club Maiden (formerly known as the Dapto Maiden Thousand), defeating Leroy Brown and Double Trouble in a fair 30.20 to collect the $15,000 first prize money.

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The Jim Ward-trained Maggiore became the last undefeated greyhound to race at Harold Park before the track closed forever when he scored by five lengths over 457 metres there in 1987. Maggiore took his record to six starts for six wins and was unbeaten in three races at Harold Park.

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Queensland hope Dancing Gamble scored a brilliant victory in the 1988 National Sprint Championship final, run over 558 metres at the Gabba. Exiting box two, Dancing Gamble defeated fellow Queenslander Daring Coup by three-quarters of a length with NSW star See Yah a similar margin away third. There was controversy after the race when it was found that See Yah’s trainer had neglected to remove the greyhound’s collar prior to loading him into the boxes and See Yah had competed in the race with his collar still on.

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The Geoff Watt-trained speedster Benny McGrath won the 1972 Singleton Classic (then called the Daphne Smith Memorial Classic), run over 466 metres. Benny McGrath defeated Harold Park specialist El Gazelle by a length with Grand Metal third.

Western Australia registered its first victory in a National Sprint Championship when local hero Mister Toewyte took out the 1978 final, run over 512 metres at Angle Park. Mister Toewyte defeated NSW representative Sole Force with Victorian Ella’s Champion third.

Bogie Leigh set a new track record time of 29.48 for 520 metres at Lismore in 2003.

2014 Group Three Canberra Cup Preview

My Bro Fabio set the track alight in last week’s Group Three Canberra Cup Heats and he will start the favourite for Sunday night’s final.

Lowering Prince Diablo’s 2011 track record of 29.96, My Bro Fabio was supremely dominant, romping away to a 12 length victory in 29.89 at his first start at the track. He had box one last week and is similarly drawn this week in box two for trainer Brooke Ennis. Gunning trainer Jodie Lord has three runners in the final and her best chance looks to be Cawbourne Whip boxed out wide.

The Canberra Cup has a quality honour roll, with previous winners of this race including former Topgun and Shoot Out winner Jaimandy Coops, Mark’s Wild Girl, Red Hot Lee, Runaway Promises, Mythological, Prince Diablo, Mepunga Geordie and Zipping Willow.

 

Be sure to check out Fixed Odds markets at Centrebet, where you can also get $200 in free bets.

Here’s a look at the 2014 final which is scheduled to start at 8:09pm:

Box 1
Race Odds
$12.00
Heat Replay
 
Cawbourne Power
Trainer
Jodie Lord
Owner
D Edwards & R Wallace
Prizemoney
$26,895
Last 10 Starts
3242533324
35 Months   Black   Dog   by   Smooth Fancy - Prodigal Child
Start Fair Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $517 Rating 79
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
52 8 11 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
15% 65%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 0 1 3
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 1 1 2
ARG Comments: A moderate beginner who does not win out of turn. He is yet to win at the track and has won one from seven out of box one. He looks a rough hope at best.
Best Canberra Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 30.64 N/A N/A
Box 2
Race Odds
$2.00
Heat Replay
 
My Bro Fabio
Trainer
Brooke Ennis
Owner
Michelle Jones
Prizemoney
$78,855
Last 10 Starts
2215111211
30 Months   Black   Dog   by   Turanza Bale - Flamenco
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,253 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
35 16 8 3
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
46% 77%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 3 2 1
Jamie Ennis (Kennel Representative): “I was glad he could finally put a performance like that on the board last week. I know everybody has heard me say that he is the fastest dog I’ve had and that he has put some great performances in around The Meadows in heats and stuff like that, but it is great for him to finally get a track record. On ability and times, you’d like to think he can win the Canberra Cup but that is barring an accident or bad luck.”
Best Canberra Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last

29.89

29.89 N/A N/A
Box 3
Race Odds
$20.00
Heat Replay
 
Another Call
Trainer
Jodie Lord
Owner
John Shea
Prizemoney
$27,315
Last 10 Starts
1126113442
32 Months   Black   Dog   by   Collision - Dolphin Call
Start Fair Running Wide Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $803 Rating 80
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
34 11 6 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
32% 56%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 0 0
ARG Comments: Has a reasonable strike-rate and boasts a quick win at Wentworth Park. Most of his 11 wins have either been in easier class or over shorter trips. It would be no surprise to see him lead but he will be under siege a fair way from home.
Best Canberra Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 30.65 N/A N/A
Box 4
Race Odds
$14.00
Heat Replay
 
Shilling Flex
Trainer
Sean Bannerman
Owner
Sean Bannerman
Prizemoney
$5,525
Last 10 Starts
1131361122

25 Months

Fawn     Bitch   by  

Dyna Tron

- Okie Bale
Start Good Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $368 Rating 89
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
15 5 2 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
33% 73%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 1 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
ARG Comments: A youngster who has been racing around the country tracks with moderate success. She will need to improve on her best time at the track of 30.55 if she is going to be a winning chance in this.
Best Canberra Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.55 31.02 N/A N/A
Box 5
Race Odds
$9.00
Heat Replay
 
Rue De Kahn
Trainer
Dean Swain
Owner
Michael Laffey
Prizemoney
$112,000
Last 10 Starts
5221632321
31 Months   White & Blue Fawn   Bitch   by   Where’s Pedro - Shelbourne Dawn
Start Fair Running Rail Finish

Strong

Prizemoney Rating $3,862 Rating 96
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
30 10 7 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
33% 70%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 1
ARG Comments: A top-line bitch and Group One National Futurity winner who has done plenty of racing at the elite level. She did not flatter on the clock in her heat win but is definitely the capable of going a lot quicker and could be the improver in the field. She is a definite each way proposition.
Best Canberra Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.63 30.63 N/A N/A
Box 6
Race Odds
$6.50
Heat Replay
 
Father Skeeta
Trainer
Leslie Dennis
Owner
Leslie Dennis
Prizemoney
$23,810
Last 10 Starts
7237311111
33 Months   Black   Dog   by   Aston Galilee - Madam Jessie
Start Good Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $744 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
32 11 5 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
34% 66%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 0
ARG Comments: This dog has hit a purple patch of form in the last three months with five straight wins, four of which were best on night performances. His heat win was a second slower than the favourite’s track record run which would suggest he is up against it. Should be close to the front early but may find this a little too tough.
Best Canberra Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.91 30.91 N/A N/A
Box 7
Race Odds
$20.00
Heat Replay
 
Black Daddy
Trainer
Kenneth Staines
Owner
George Solomons
Prizemoney
$19,810
Last 10 Starts
6616361442
39 Months   Black   Dog   by   Big Daddy Cool - Spooky
Start Fair Running Wide Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $566 Rating 85
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
35 9 6 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
26% 54%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 3 0 2

ARG Comments: A strong type who will have little trouble running a strong 530m trip. The concern is that he may be caught up in trouble early. He is definitely a place hope if he is lucky enough to secure a clear run.

Best Canberra Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 30.87 N/A N/A
Box 8
Race Odds
$3.60
Heat Replay
 
Cawbourne Whip
Trainer
Jodie Lord
Owner
Jodie Lord
Prizemoney
$72,025
Last 10 Starts
1163812511
33 Months   Black & White   Bitch   by   Dyna Lachlan - American Spot
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,300 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
31 16 3 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
52% 68%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 3 0 0
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
ARG Comments: A quality conveyance who is undefeated over this trip in the nation’s capital from three starts. She can be a little hit-or-miss at box rise but is as strong as they come. She looks the main danger to the favourite.
Best Canberra Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.09 30.47 N/A N/A
1st Res
Race Odds
$10.00
Heart Replay
 
Especially
Trainer
Rodney Clark
Owner
Peter Knott
Prizemoney
$83,225
Last 10 Starts
1322156153
49 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Brett Lee - Special Sign
Start Good Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,300 Rating 89
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
61 16 11 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
26% 49%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 0 1
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
- - - -
ARG Comments: A veteran Victorian bitch who races mostly over the middle distances. She is certainly not the worst here should she gain a start.
Best Canberra Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT

30.84

N/A N/A
2nd Res
Race Odds
$20.00
Heat Replay
 
Storm Twister
Trainer
Allan Manwaring
Owner
K Thompson & A Manwaring
Prizemoney
$11,100
Last 10 Starts
1512362813
32 Months   Black   Dog   by   Where’s Pedro - Ima Osti
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $529 Rating 79
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
21 7 2 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
33% 57%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 0 1
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
- - - -
ARG Comments: A speedy type who raced on the pace before finishing third last week. Would need to lead to be any hope in the final should he get a start.
Best Canberra Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 30.88 N/A N/A

Tommy Brislane Takes Out The 2014 Group One Megastar Final

Tommy Brislane is the 2014 Group One Megastar champion, after leading all the way from box three Friday night at Dapto, to secure the title for trainer Steve White and owner Geoff Slattery.

Starting at $8.30 with punters, the son of Premier Fantasy and Mary Virginia was having his first start for a month, after finishing second at Wentworth Park in the NSW National Sprint Final to Chica Destacada.

Trainer Steve White was happy with the box draw of three and was just hoping for some luck in the early stages.

“I think he’s well boxed. It’s a very hard race as it should be for a group one and he just needs some luck running through the first corner.”

Tommy Brislane was best away with Tony Brett’s Flash Reality matching strides early on. The 34kg chaser bumped him off at the first turn and shot away down the back over Mark Gatt’s Ritza Hattie, who was making good ground along the rail. Coming to the home turn Ritza Hattie made one last surge and missed by a neck in the end, with Tommy Brislane securing $75,000 for elated connections.

“Once he went past me on the home turn I started cheering, then I saw on the TV that Ritza Hattie was getting closer and I was just hoping he could hang on. Mark Gatt has done a great job to get that dog back to her best after four months,” explained White.

“With so many group winning dogs in the race, Tommy (Brislane) had been trialling well and I was hoping he would jump as well as what he had been.”

“When he bumped off Flash Reality at the first turn, I started to think he could win and I’m really happy for the owner as well.”

Tommy Brislane burst onto the scene back in April at Wentworth Park and won seven of his first eight career starts, including a heat and semi final of the Group One Peter Mosman Classic in 29.71. After finishing fifth in the final, he returned one week later to clock a sizzling time of 29.51 over the 520m, stamping his authority as a genuine Group race contender.

White’s next target will hopefully be the Group One Topgun at the end of October.

“I hope he can make the Top Gun now off the back of that performance and I’ll probably put him in the Bob Payne series as well.”

Tommy Brislane now has an impressive prizemoney total of $116,890 and recorded his tenth win on Friday night from fourteen career starts.

Group One Dapto Megastar Final Results:

1st – Tommy Brislane – Steve White ($75,000)
2nd – Ritza Hattie – Mark Gatt ($15,000)
3rd – Flash Reality – Tony Brett ($7,500)
4th – Woods – Marie Burton
5th – Chica Destacada – Doreen Drynan
6th – Lacey Lois – Peter Acers
7th – Zipping Willow – Jason Mackay
8th – Shoulders – Anthony Azzopardi

S1: 5.34 (4)
S2: 17.09 (3)
Run Home: 12.73

Time: 29.82

Margins: Neck x 3 ½

Wentworth Park Greyhounds Tips & Betting Preview Sept 13th 2014

Best Bets: Sportingbet has given ARG readers the opportunity of a $700 free bet. Open an account and have something on Brad’s best three on tonight’s card at Wenty.
Race 4: Flaming Frenzy
Race 5: Are Jip
Race 7: Space Star

Best Roughie:
Race 8: Dyna Willow

Quaddie:
Leg 1: 8 – Leg 2: 1,2 – Leg 3: 6 – Leg 4: 4,5,9 – $6 for 100%

 

Race No. 1Bowl’s Getting Hitched 2-5 Wins …7:28 PM
NG event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1FANCY TOP115829.90Dennis Barnes
2COOLABAH JET723229.93Jodie Lord
3KENNY SINGMAN372230.48Barry Lazzarini
4REMEMBER ROSS533829.89Keith Jarvis
5KATIE OI OI234430.17Christine Proctor
6TIGGERLONG CHICK313430.13Kevin Keys
7FANTASTIC SID111129.79Jason Fletcher
8GRALIN3121NBTBeau Hedley
9WINGIN’ PRAYER436430.47Ronald Bell
10EAST COAST LOW684730.17Ivan Hanna

Fantastic Sid is an exciting talent who has won five on end in devastating fashion. He has stepped on terms in every start and its dazzling turn of foot which has been his asset in all of those wins. Fancy Top is another highly talented prospect and she has the good draw in her favour. Remember Ross has a speedy 29.89 PB here and with an ounce of luck early he may just cause an upset.

Top Four: 7 – 1 – 4 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 7/1,2,4/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1,7/1,7/Field ($12 for 100%)

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

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

 

Race No. 2Brett Scott’s Last Stand 2-5 Win…7:47 PM
NG event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MAGIC EARNER172630.06Jodie Lord
2PASSENGER145130.06Larry Procopio
3SWEET LOLLY741130.04Peter Massa
4ZIPPING LAYLA532530.54Leanne Jordan
5ODD SOX627530.59Ronald Bell
6COCKTAIL PARTY341731.25Kayla-jane Coleman
7BIG TEE SAL171830.08Robert Barnden
8JUST LIKE ME442230.23Peter Lagogiane
9SHADY RHINO871430.63David Duncan
10WELL FOUND434730.64Ashley Dwyer

Passenger has won here in the past in a zippy 30.06 and he showed he is somewhere near that kind of form when scoring at Richmond last time in an impressive 22.69. He has early speed to burn and I can see him leading all the way in this event. Magic Earner was handily placed here two runs back and from the red she should get a nice sit on Passenger in the early stages. Sweet Lolly has won her past two starts here in good style, my only concern tonight is that she has a couple of handy ones drawn underneath here and she may not get across early.

Top Four: 2 – 1 – 3 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Passenger

Trifecta: 1,2,3/1,2,3,4/1,2,3,4,5,7 ($36 for 100%)

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

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

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

 

Race No. 3Macro Meats Maiden Series F8:10 PM
M event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $11,855 Prizemoney.
1st: $10,000 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1TALKIN FANCY254130.34Dennis Barnes
2DEVINE RAIDER563130.76Patrick Parrelli
3PEEJAY JACK130.60Amy Bennett
4FANTASTIC SPIRAL22230.09Jason Fletcher
5LAGOON KOOTCHY130.27Raymond Webster
6PAUA EXPLOSION426130.00Steven White
7KARMA CONNIE26130.12Peter Honnery
8MEDUSA’S ME MUM129.93Beau Hedley
9TICK AWAY FIRE84230.22Mark Moroney
10ZIPPING SAXON222230.29Jason Mackay

Paua Explosion finally put it altogether with a brilliant 30.00 heat win and surprisingly she is much better drawn tonight in the six box. In her heat she moved right soon after box rise and found some bother but she picked herself up very quickly and then went into overdrive. Fantastic Spiral has showed tremendous early speed in his three runs to date and he should lead them a merry dance again. Medusa’s Me Mum was the quickest heat winner and she is a winning chance again, however she can’t afford to make any mistakes at box rise. Lagoon Kootchy rounds out the winning hopes, he led throughout in his heat and he may prove hard to reel in if he can lead again.

Top Four: 6 – 4 – 8 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Paua Explosion

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

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

Trifecta: 6/4,5,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

 

Race No. 4Robbit’s Bish Bash Bosh Dash 2-5…8:27 PM
NG event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1KISS THE HAWK311330.07Christine Proctor
2ZIPPING WESTON233429.62Anthony Azzopardi
3ELLA HAS CLASS131NBTDean Swain
4HURRICANE MAYBE343630.10Brian Barton
5RHINO COLLISION461129.89David Duncan
6MIKE LOWRIE858730.23Frances Harris
7FLAMING FRENZY224629.67Justin King
8LADY LIVINGSTON614530.10Leanne Procopio
9SORRENTO MOON455530.12Ronald Bell
10MIAMI THUNDER447430.41Leonard Studders

Flaming Frenzy has had no luck in her two runs from a long spell and tonight she should appreciate the enormous drop in class. In her two runs she has showed smart early speed before copping a sever knock at the first turn, with a good getaway tonight she should have enough speed to cross and she will be off and gone with the prize. Zipping Weston has a massive engine and with a clear run in the first 50m he will make a major impact. He can bomb the start at times but he does muster speed very quickly.

Top Four: 7 – 2 – 4 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Flaming Frenzy

Trifecta: 7/1,2,4/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2,7/2,7/Field ($12 for 100%)

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

 

Race No. 5Damian Woodards Spectacular 2-5 …8:50 PM
NG event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ZIPPING MOLLY243330.05Patricia Chaker
2KURMOND GODDESS673230.30Christine Proctor
3TAUTOLOGY327129.68Steven White
4GLOWING OPAL433730.33Wendy Brown
5BUNDY BEAR311530.05Mark Davidson
6MARIA’S IMPACT434329.85Luke Azzopardi
7IGNITE FOUR US143730.12Paul Grech
8ARE JIP114229.48Kristy Sultana
9SWEET ODESSA368230.53Natasha Benhard
10SORRENTO MOON455530.12Ronald Bell

Are Jip is a speed demon and he appears perfectly drawn in the pink. Three starts ago he posted a ridiculous 29.48 win here and a repeat of that run would see him win with ease tonight. He can be a tad hit or miss at box rise but he will get plenty of room to muster speed. Maria’s Impact should have enough speed to cross and lead and she was far from disgraced in her last start placing here. Tautology beat a gun field in 29.68 here last week, the only concern is the poor draw as he normally needs a bit of room in the early stages.

Top Four: 8 – 6 – 3 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Are Jip

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

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

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

 

Race No. 6Alan Pendleton Stakes9:15 PM
FFA event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BESSY BOO435429.71Christine Proctor
2QUEEN ESTHER841329.64Noelene Holloway
3TAKE IT ALL431429.75Doreen Drynan
4RITZA RAIDER413529.79Mark Gatt
5AVONDALE CHARM461429.68Ronald Bell
6HERSI262529.75Peter Lagogiane
7ALAN’S KIDZ111330.05Robert Barnden
8TAINTED LUKE546829.95Jennifer Brown

Bessy Boo has been desperately unlucky in recent months and tonight he should be able to atone from his favourite draw. He is normally slow to begin but from the red he should settle a little closer to the pace and he is likely to run over the top of them in the home straight. Queen Esther should pounce on the bunny and lead for a long way, with a wide runner drawn on her outside there should be no excuses for her tonight. Take It All is poorly drawn in the three but he should be charging home into a place at the end.

Top Four: 1 – 2 – 3 – 6

Suggested Bets:

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

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

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

 

Race No. 7Aaa Radiator Specialists Stakes9:35 PM
4/5 event over 720 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,325 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,110 2nd: $1,485 3rd: $730.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1AVONDALE MAURICK123742.34Ronald Bell
2JOANE232142.64Christine Proctor
3MISS FICTION365642.55Ivan Hanna
4CLAN ANNIE236242.44Alex Anderson
6SPACE STAR111341.84Dawn Garrett
7QUEEN MARINA183542.28Noelene Holloway
8YELLOW FEVER264742.45Ronald Bell

Space Star scored a dazzling 41.84 win here two runs back and he should make light work of this field. He can bomb the start in his races but with an empty draw underneath he should get more than enough room to muster speed. Avondale Maurick has a good record from inside draws and he should settle in the top two early, I dont think he can match the favourite but he shouldn’t be too far away. Miss Fiction will trail them in the early stages but she has a solid record here and I can see her running home into the minor money.

Top Four: 6 – 1 – 3 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 6/1,3,4/Field ($15 for 100%)

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

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

 

Race No. 8Chairmans Cup F9:57 PM
NG event over 720 metres at Wentworth park Of $34,375 Prizemoney.
1st: $25,000 2nd: $6,250 3rd: $3,125.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BAILEY ROSE122342.33Eddie Lieshout
2MY ASUNCION618442.28Adele Powell
3ZIPPING MAGGIE111142.00Peter Dapiran
4SWEET IT IS121241.78Darren Mcdonald
5XYLIA ALLEN121141.53Jenny Hunt
6ZIPPING RORY734442.41Bethany Dapiran
7LIARA ALLEN332342.61Steven Collins
8GOLD AFFAIR TWO262242.14Robert Britton
9DYNA WILLOW876541.69Steven Collins
10QUEEN MARINA183542.28Noelene Holloway

Superstar chaser Xylia Allen caught the eye with an impressive 41.76 heat win and with a clear run early again she should get the cash. She is the current track record holder over this journey and she tends to begin a lot better from middle to wide draws. Sweet It Is looms as the obvious danger, she is a freakish stayer who recently beat Xylia Allen in the National Staying Championship, I think she may get a little too far back thought tonight so the quinella spot looks best. Dyna Willow is the former track record holder here and she is much better than her recent form suggests. She gets a start from the seven draw and I think she can run a bottler at odds.

Top Four: 5 – 4 – 9 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Xylia Allen

Trifecta: 5/3,4,9/Field ($18 for 100%)

Exacta: 4,5/3,4,5,9 ($6 for 100%)

Quinella: 5 to rove with 3,4,9 ($3 for 100%)

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

 

Race No. 9Rapidvite Stakes10:17 PM
4/5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,670 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,650 2nd: $1,350 3rd: $670.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1COSMIC ANGEL133129.99Anthony Azzopardi
2ADDISON ROAD345129.98Mark Gatt
3LONGNECK163730.11Christine Proctor
4LUCY LIPS721529.99Susan Smith
5FIRE ELUSIVE182429.83Mark Moroney
6EDGE433529.68Graeme Barnett
7SWAN’S MAVIS276329.92Dean Swain
8SILENT EFFECTIVE441129.54Darren Sultana
9HERE’S SKEETA417830.16Ronald Alcock
10CAN OF118529.47Beau Hedley

Silent Effective is the real deal and it’s hard to see him getting beat after he scored here last week in a blistering 29.60. Last week he came from off the speed to win and the scary thing is that I think he can actually lead from the pink tonight. Cosmic Angel is super consistent and he showed a great turn of foot in his recent 29.99 win here, he should use his rails draw to advantage and if the favourite finds trouble he should capitalise. Addison Road returned to form last week and with some luck initially she should be thereabouts.

Top Four: 8 – 1 – 2 – 3

Suggested Bets:

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

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

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

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

 

Race No. 10Www.wentworthpark.com.au Stakes10:37 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SWEET ODESSA368230.53Natasha Benhard
2SHERLOCK885530.11Ronald Alcock
3ALL TOO FANCY611129.81Dennis Barnes
4MIAMI THUNDER447430.41Leonard Studders
5KITCHENER RUM622630.37Michael Gatt
6STEADFAST COSMO111229.95Lorraine Perrin
7ZELL BALE827330.19Steven Collins
8JEDD TOKAAM421230.23Helen Pullman
9HECTOR KAHN253629.88Dean Swain
10SOMETHING BLUE1251NBTMark Gatt

All Too Fancy has won three in a row with the latest being here in a slick 29.81. In all three wins she has been good to begin and has assumed control soon after the start, a similar getaway tonight she see her lead throughout again. Zell Bale is ideally drawn out wide and he has been placed in his three tries here. Steadfast Cosmo was far from disgraced in his handy placing here last week and he should be in the mix for a long way.

Top Four: 3 – 7 – 6 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on All Too Fancy

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

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

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

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

2014 Group Three Chairman’s Cup Preview

Wentworth Park will be the stage for the clash of Australia’s staying Queens on Saturday evening when Xylia Allen and Sweet It Is go toe-to-toe in the Group Three Chairman’s Cup.

It will be the 30th running of the race and promises to be one of the best yet.

The $25,000-to-the winner event also features the promising Zipping Maggie as well as multiple Group winner Dyna Willow and should provide a great spectacle for all those on hand at the Glebe circuit.

Will it be the front-running Xylia Allen who carts the field home? Or will the exciting fast finisher Sweet It Is mow the field down on her way to victory?

The Chairman’s Cup is Race Eight on the card and is scheduled to jump at 9:57pm.

Here is a detailed look at all the runners with comments from connections;

 

Box 1
Race Odds
$15.00
Heat Replay
Bailey Rose
Trainer
Eddie Lieshout
Owner
The Golden Paw
Prizemoney
$15,686
Last 10 Starts
6435161223
30 Months Black Bitch by Cosmic Rumble - Spanky
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $922 Rating 89
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
17 5 3 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
29% 71%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 0 1
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 2 0 0
Eddie Lieshout (Trainer): “What can you really say about the race? She is racing against two of the best stayers in the world. You might say I’d be better off buying a TattsLotto ticket than hoping to win but, really, I’ll be over the moon if she runs a place. We know she is always going to give us 101%, I’m just glad she got box one, luck’s a fortune.”
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 42.33 16.33 16.33
Box 2
Race Odds
$51.00
Heat Replay
My Asuncion
Trainer
Adele Powell
Owner
Adele Powell
Prizemoney
$39,010
Last 10 Starts
4323236184
50 Months Black Bitch by Bit Chili - Just Friends
Start Fair Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $500 Rating 79
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
78 8 17 20
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
10% 58%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
24 1 6 5
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 1 0 5
ARG Comments: A veteran bitch who has raced over this trip 24 times for just one win. She is a dour type who will keep on coming but is up against some very good ones here and is likely to find them too hot.
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.28 42.99 16.16 16.95
Box 3
Race Odds
$6.50
Heat Replay
Zipping Maggie
Trainer
Peter Dapiran
Owner
M & F Hallinan
Prizemoney
$48,225
Last 10 Starts
1828511121
27 Months Dark Brindle Bitch by Turanza Bale - Natalie Rass
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,411 Rating 96
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
20 10 3 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
50% 75%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 2 0 1
ARG Comments: Made a nice debut at the track in her upset heat win. She could find the front early and give them something to catch. She looks the best chance outside of the two favourites.
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.00 42.00 16.29 16.29
Box 4
Race Odds
$2.80
Heat Replay
Sweet It Is
Trainer
Darren McDonald
Owner
Two Bear’s
Prizemoney
$425,310
Last 10 Starts
1212211212
33 Months Black Bitch by Mogambo - Off Springer
Start Slow Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $11,495 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
37 11 7 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
30% 57%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 2 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 2 0
Darren McDonald (Trainer): “We just hope she can get a good go at them. It is a bad box in a tough race. If she wins, she wins, if she doesn’t well it is not going to change anything I do with her. She is exciting.”
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41.78 42.15 16.62 16.68
Box 5
Race Odds
$1.90
Heat Replay
Xylia Allen
Trainer
Jenny Hunt
Owner
Janice Wheeler
Prizemoney
$731,920
Last 10 Starts
1111411211
41 Months Black Bitch by Turanza Bale - Tayah Bale
Start Excellent Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $9,384 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
78 40 11 11
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
51% 79%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 2 0 1
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
16 7 1 2
ARG Comments: Champion bitch who has found her early speed again. Clocked a sizzling 41.79 last week and is capable of going even faster. If she finds the front early it could be curtains. She is the one to beat.
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41.53 41.76 15.84 15.98
Box 6
Race Odds
$18.00
Heat Replay
Zipping Rory
Trainer
Bethany Dapiran
Owner
M & F Hallinan
Prizemoney
$38,070
Last 10 Starts
1333173414
31 Months Red Fawn Dog by Mantra Lad - Cho Chang
Start Fair Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,464 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
26 9 2 7
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
35% 69%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 0 0
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 2 0 0
ARG Comments: Snuck into the final with a fourth after coming from well back in the field. He will need to begin better to be a winning hope but place chances look more likely.
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 42.41 16.51 16.51
Box 7
Race Odds
$N/A
Heat Replay
Liara Allen – SCRATCHED
Trainer
N/A
Owner
N/A
Prizemoney
$N/A
Last 10 Starts
N/A
N/A N/A N/A by N/A - N/A
Start N/A Running N/A Finish N/A
Prizemoney Rating $N/A Rating N/A
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
N/A% N/A%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
ARG Comments: SCRATCHED
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Box 8
Race Odds
$26.00
Heat Replay
Gold Affair Two
Trainer
Robert Britton
Owner
Martin Hanke
Prizemoney
$126,720
Last 10 Starts
1476642622
53 Months Black Bitch by Texas Gold - Olgers Affair
Start Good Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,254 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
101 21 17 18
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
21% 55%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
16 4 2 1
Rob Britton (Trainer): “It is a big ask for her but I’m hoping that she can lead. If she can do that then she is a chance. She is going as well as ever but she is going to keep coming up against these good dogs. Realistically a place chance looks to be more of a hope for her.”
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 42.14 16.04 16.04
1st Res
Race Odds
$10.00
Heart Replay
Dyna Willow
Trainer
Steven Collins
Owner
Brendan Wheeler
Prizemoney
$253,670
Last 10 Starts
1142228765
38 Months Red Brindle Bitch by Collision - Horizon Bale
Start Fair Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $4,786 Rating 96
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
53 19 9 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
36% 64%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 6 0 0
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
- - - -
Tammy Collins (Kennel Representative): “She is lucky she was a reserve. She is not racing with a lot of confidence, I think she just needs a run where she is left alone for the first hundred metres so she can do what we know she can. She is jumping out of her skin this week so I’m just hoping for that little bit of luck.”
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41.69 42.53 16.14 16.69
2nd Res
Race Odds
$15.00
Heat Replay
Queen Marina
Trainer
Noelene Holloway
Owner
Noelene Holloway
Prizemoney
$31,325
Last 10 Starts
2636211835
36 Months Black Bitch by Lochinvar Marlow - Fascinate Marina
Start Excellent Running Rail Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $627 Rating 80
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
50 7 8 10
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
14% 50%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 1 2 1
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
- - - -
ARG Comments: Moderately performed bitch who qualified for the National Distance Final. She will need to improve on her best to be any chance of figuring in the placings should she gain a start.
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.28 43.00 16.18 16.64

 

Zipping Maggie (3) could well find the front early but is likely to be stalked by Xylia Allen (5).

If Xylia Allen can find the front easily enough then they are going to have to be very good to catch her.

Sweet It Is (4) will be in the back half of the field early but look for her to really unwind as they pass the 720 metre boxes in the run home. She will be the main danger to any front runner, she has a giant motor.

Dyna Willow (7) has the ability but will need a clean start and will also want to recapture her best form to be a winning chance.

2014 Group One Megastar Final Preview

All eyes will be on Dapto tonight with the running of the Group One Megastar final. A star-studded line up of greyhounds will take their place in the boxes at 9.40pm, with one group of connections walking away with $75,000.

After a superb 29.69 performance in last week’s prelude, Shoulders is likely to start the favourite from box one, just ahead of Jason Mackay’s superstar Zipping Willow, who will be looking for her tenth consecutive win in tonight’s final.

Londonderry trainer Anthony Azzopardi had the opportunity to select his box last week and certainly gave plenty of hope to Shoulder’s breeders and owners Brett and Deborah May, who will make the trip from the Hunter Valley today to be trackside.

Recent National Sprint winner Chica Destacada has also drawn well in box two and can never be underestimated in these big affairs. Trainer Doreen Drynan is having a dream run with her at present and will be looking to notch up her second Group One victory for the year.

All prices are courtesy of Sportingbet, who are also offering ARG readers with an exclusive $700 free bet.

“Shoulders is drawn ideally from the cherry and is entitled to be favourite after winning last Friday’s Prelude in smart time,” Sportingbet’s Andrew Brown said.

“Chica Destacada will make things interesting from Box 2 though and if she finds the lead early you can bet she’ll take some running down.”

Box 1
Race Odds
$3.20
Shoulders
Trainer
Anthony Azzopardi
Owner
Deborah May
Prizemoney
$61,185.00
Last 10 Starts
3211222121
27 Months Black Dog by Comic Rumble - Bit Stressed
Start Fast Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $3.824.06 Rating 98
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
16 7 5 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
44% 81%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 3 0 0
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 0 1
Comment (Brett May – Owner): “I am really happy with the draw and if he steps well and gets some room to move on the rail that would be great. He loves Dapto and hopefully things can go his way.”
Best Dapto Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.49 29.69 5.36 5.40
Box 2
Race Odds
$5.00
Chica Destacada
Trainer
Doreen Drynan
Owner
Dee and Pee syndicate
Prizemoney
$131,615
Last 10 Starts
1162563111
28 Months Black Bitch by Cosmic Rumble - Eluthra
Start Fast Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $5,062.12 Rating 99
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
26 11 4 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
42% 69%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 1 0
Comment (Kerry Drynan – Kennel Representative): “It’s a hard race and she will definitely have to do everything right to be competitive. Her trial last Friday was a little disappointing, but the conditions weren’t the best so it is hard to get a guide on that run. What I can tell you though is that she is sound and well so we are just hoping for a good start and a little luck.”
Best Dapto Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT NBT NBT NBT
Box 3
Race Odds
$7.00
Tommy Brislane
Trainer
Steven White
Owner
Geoffrey Slattery
Prizemoney
$41,890.00
Last 10 Starts
1111151122
24 Months Black Dog by Premier Fantasy - Mary Virginia
Start Fast Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $3,222.31 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
13 9 2 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
69% 85%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 2 0 0
Comment (Steven White – Trainer): “I think he’s well boxed, very hard race as it should be for a group one. He’s fit and healthy just needs luck in running through the first corner.”
Best Dapto Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT NBT NBT NBT
Box 4
Race Odds
$4.80
Flash Reality
Trainer
Tony Brett
Owner
Marlene Ellis
Prizemoney
$159.585
Last 10 Starts
1113111116
33 Months Black Dog by Premier Fantasy - Orara Flash
Start Fast Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $8,865.83 Rating 98
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
18 11 2 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
61% 89%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
18 11 2 3
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Comment (Tony Brett – Trainer): “I was really happy with how well he trialled last week, given it was his first look at the track. Obviously the box isn’t ideal, but I’m hoping he can get away well and have some luck at the first turn.”
Best Dapto Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT NBT NBT NBT
Box 5
Race Odds
$61.00
Heat Replay
Woods
Trainer
Marie Burton
Owner
Kevin Maloney
Prizemoney
$53,305.00
Last 10 Starts
4871757736
42 Months Black Dog by Goodesy - Ominous Spirit
Start Average Running Rail Finish Average
Prizemoney Rating $683.40 Rating 80
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
78 15 13 7
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
19% 45%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 0 1
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
10 2 2 1
ARG Comment: Found a lot of trouble before getting a run through in the megastar prelude won by Shoulders. Is drawn badly once again and will really need to lift to challenge this field.
Best Dapto Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.59 30.59 5.34 5.34
Box 6
Race Odds
$17.00
Heat Replay
Ritza Hattie
Trainer
Mark Gatt
Owner
Mark Gatt
Prizemoney
$150,810
Last 10 Starts
2142331126
34 Months Black Bitch by Bombastic Shiraz - Midnight Flare
Start Fast Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $5,386.07 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
28 14 8 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
50% 93%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 2 0 0
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 1 1
ARG Comment: Returns from a four month spell and trialled 30.26 at this track last week. Faces a tough task from box six, however if she jumps and is given some clear room to move is capable of winning this final.
Best Dapto Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.59 30.07 5.43 5.47
Box 7
Race Odds
$4.20
Heat Replay
Zipping Willow
Trainer
Jason Mackay
Owner
M & F Hallinan
Prizemoney
$157,410.00
Last 10 Starts
2111111111
39 Months Black Bitch by Goodesy - Sirocco Lass
Start Fast Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $3,935.25 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
40 28 6 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
70% 90%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 2 0 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 2 0 1
ARG Comment: Absolute superstar who is unbeaten at this track and will be looking for her tenth consecutive win tonight. Faces a tough test crossing from a wide draw, however only needs to be up the front early on to test this field.
Best Dapto Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.48 29.48 5.37 5.37
Box 8
Race Odds
$41.00
Heat Replay
Lacey Lois
Trainer
Peter Acers
Owner
P Acers & A Powell
Prizemoney
$24,915.00
Last 10 Starts
4223242662
33 Months Black Bitch by Superman - Naughty Nicki
Start Fast Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $803.71 Rating 85
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
31 6 12 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
19% 74%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 1 3 0
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 0 3 1
Comment (Adele Powell – Part-Owner): “I know she will be competitive and if there’s any trouble with the inside division she may get the fly. She is well and will be a little fitter for the run last week, I’m looking forward to Friday.”
Best Dapto Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.03 30.03 5.37 5.37

Sandown Park Greyhound Tips & Betting Preview September 11th 2014

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Race 2: Bridgeson

Best Roughie:
Race 4: Dynamo’s Miss

Quaddie:
Leg 1: 3,4 – Leg 2: 2,3,6 – Leg 3: 3,5,6,8 – Leg 4: 3,4 – $48 for 100%

 

Race No. 1Bring Your Club To Sandown7:08 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BUNGA BUNGA [5]2142129.74(2)J Greenough (Pearcedale)
2WEBLEC BELLE (SA)[5]1130.13(2)J Britton (Anakie)
3ERZA ALLEN (NSW)[5]82513NBTM Delbridge (Balliang)
4DYNA SYNCH (NSW)[5]3112329.91(7)J Hunt (Avalon)
5TOMMY EL [5]23561NBTG Whitford (Yarram)
6LEKTRA OUTLAW [5]811FSHA Dailly (Anakie)
7MY BABY PORSCHA [5]54325NBTC Cortese (Hampton Park)
8FRAGILITY [5]45622FSHJ Van gelderen (Traralgon)
9BERRY BLITZ [5]Res.6425229.82(2)A Langton (Anakie)
10GO GO GAIL [5]Res.76651NBTF Bickerton (Pearcedale)

Bunga Bunga has shown a return to form recently and from her favourable draw she should continue on her winning way. Four starts ago she posted a strong 29.74 win here and most recently she scored a commanding 30.20 Cranbourne win from this draw, so if she can get away on terms tonight she should be able to lead from go to whoa.

Weblec Bale is unbeaten in her two starts to date and it’s hard to ignore her debut win here in a slick 29.71, on that occasion she showed smart early speed and scored by a whopping 12 lengths. This is clearly a big step up in class but she should be able to handle it. Erza Allen recently posted a handy 30.28 Meadows win and with a clean getaway tonight she should figure prominently. Her box manners can be a little inconsistent but when she pings she is capable of running slick sectionals on the bunny. Dyna Synch rounds out the winning hopes, he is likely to get a long way back initially but he has been hitting the line solidly of late and he tends to race well here.

Top Four: 1 – 2 – 3 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Bunga Bunga

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

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

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

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

 

Race No. 2Facebook.com/sandowndogs7:25 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1RUFF EDGES [5]72741NBTD Ferguson (Longwarry)
2PRAISE CHORUS [5]11362NBTD Condon (Devon Meadows)
3JUAN DIEGO [5]16717NBTN Boyd (Pearcedale)
4BRIDGESON [5]6171429.40(6)T Iwanyk (Seymour)
5SMOKING ROSIE [5]5344329.90(4)J Reid (Notting Hill)
6YOUNG HAWKE [5]61164NBTC Bahen (Yuroke)
7AIRBOUND [5]2313830.07(3)M Delbridge (Balliang)
8DYNA ZOD (NSW)[5]5113729.76(3)A Dailly (Anakie)
9DYNA FATBOB (NSW)[5]Res.35235FSHM Delbridge (Balliang)
10MIDNIGHT REIGN [5]Res.2352130.00(8)M Marshall (Noble Park)

Bridgeson is an exciting prospect and she looks well graded in this event. Prior to her luckless Meadows effort, she showed a tremendous turn of foot when scoring at Horsham in a speedy 27.15. There isn’t a whole lot of speed drawn around her tonight and if she reproduces her blistering 29.40 PB run here she will prove far too classy for this lot.

Airbound is a very consistent chaser having been placed in seven of his past eight starts. He races better from inside draws but he is likely to get back early so he should be able to find the rail soon after the start. Dyna Zod scored a brilliant 25.84 Geelong win from this draw last month and if he can improve his box manners tonight he will be a major player. Young Hawke is the interesting runner, he is very hit or miss at box rise but when he steps he is capable of carving out very zippy sectionals. He is likely to start around the $8 mark and with slow beginners on his outside he should get a clear run in the early stages, so he is definitely over the odds.

Top Four: 4 – 7 – 6 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Bridgeson

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

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

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

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

 

Race No. 3Follow Us @sandowndogs (1-5 Wins) Final7:44 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Final event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ALLEN GRAVION (NSW)[5]513F2NBTM Delbridge (Balliang)
2DYNA KEITARO (NSW)[5]3477229.73(1)T Womann (Lara)
3SIG SAUER [5]42811NBTD Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
4ABOVE ALL (NZ)[5]1F1FSHR Britton (Lara)
5PEGGIE [5]73261NBTB Walker (Rowville)
6SCANEZ CEE [5]3851130.07(4)B Divirgilio (Langwarrin)
7CUSTOM CLASSIC [5]47161NBTK Smyth (Lang Lang)
8GLOCK [5]72311FSHD Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
9BERRY BLITZ [5]Res.6425229.82(2)A Langton (Anakie)
10CONQUER FEAR [4]Res.6411229.80(3)G Howell (Pearcedale)

Glock has turned in some enormous performances of late and he should fire again tonight. He first caught my eye when he charged home to be narrowly beaten by All Strung Out at Cranbourne four runs back. Since then he has posted a strong 600m Meadows win and last Sunday he smashed his rivals when scoring here in a very fast 29.45. The wide draw isn’t an advantage but he has the ability to lead or come from off the speed in his races.

Allen Gravion has the good draw and he was far from disgraced when narrowly beaten here on Sunday. From the red he should be able to settle a little closer to the early speed and he is very strong in the run to the line. Sig Sauer showed a great turn of foot when scoring a 29.59 heat win and he should be in the mix from the outset. He had been struggling for a while there but he appears to have put it all together in his past two starts. Above All is likely to start favourite and based on his breathtaking 29.33 heat win he must be respected, my only concern with him is that there is a bit of speed drawn either side and he may not get enough room to muster.

Top Four: 8 – 1 – 3 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Glock

Exacta: 1,3,8/1,3,4,8 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 8/1,3,4/Field ($18 for 100%)

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

Trifecta: 1,3,8/1,3,8/1,2,3,4,6,8 ($24 for 100%)

 

Race No. 4Sky Racing8:08 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 595 metres at Sandown park Of $8,225 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,750 2nd: $1,645 3rd: $830.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1IMA FAIRYTALE [5]1532534.13(7)S Cachia (Anakie)
2ALOTTA LUCK [5]32833NBTG Jose (Catani)
3ABBEY’S HAND [5]4324534.21(4)R Britton (Lara)
4DYNA GLINDA (NSW)[5]42817NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
5DYNAMO’S MISS [5]64421FSTDL Darby (Drysdale)
6SONIC PIRATE [5]24172FSTDP Reinders (Gruyere)
7VELOCEMENTE [5]43863NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
8ROCKIN’ JOSIE [5]5165834.26(8)V Borg (Hoppers Crossing)

Dynamo’s Miss has been racing in great style at Ballarat of late and I think she may be great value in this event. Two starts ago she was placed behind the states hottest chaser in Allen Deed and she followed that effort up with a strong 30.98 victory there. She can be a little hit or miss early but if she gets away with them she will take a power of beating at nice odds.

Sonic Pirate steps up in distance and he shouldn’t have too much trouble running out it. He has a terrific record here over the 515m trip and he is normally quite reliable early, the wide draw is also an advantage. Dyna Glinda pinged the lids when scoring at The Meadows in 34.43 recently and she is likely to start favourite. She is obviously a great winning chance but she is very hit or miss early and I wouldn’t be willing to take short odds. Ima Fairytale does her best racing here and if she can reproduce her blistering 34.13 PB here should she be right in the mix.

Top Four: 5 – 6 – 4 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on Dynamo’s Miss and Sonic Pirate

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

Exacta: 4,5,6/1,4,5,6 ($9 for 100%)

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

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

 

Race No. 5Www.tab.com.au8:28 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 715 metres at Sandown park Of $8,225 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,750 2nd: $1,645 3rd: $830.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1FLYING TWIST [5]13154FSTDA Dailly (Anakie)
2ALLEN WAKE (NSW)[5]6514442.44(3)A Dailly (Anakie)
3RUFF CUT DIAMOND [5]12725FSTDM Fearnley (Yinnar)
4STARC (NSW)[5]42216FSTDA Dailly (Anakie)
5HEAPS OF ABILITY [5]2534641.69(7)C Schlensog (Anakie)
6BANJO BLITZ (NSW)[5]51483NBTK Virtue (Tooradin)
7NEWFIRE RILEY [5]5373242.11(1)P Goold (Monbulk)
8BEKIM HATRICK [5]22457NBTC Schlensog (Anakie)

Ruff Cut Diamond is making her well awaited staying debut and with the scratching of two smart types her task has been made a lot easier. Since her breathtaking 29.26 win here she hasn’t experienced a lot of luck and I’m expecting her to be able to find the early lead tonight and that should allow her to regain some confidence. The manner in which she has hit the line over her middle distance races of late suggests that she shouldn’t have too much trouble covering the extra distance

Starc is another making his staying debut and he should relish the rise in distance. He has turned in some monster efforts at The Meadows over 600m of late and he should be breathing down the favourites neck as they head for the finish line. Newfire Riley is a veteran chaser and he is still racing well, he will be suited by the smaller field and if the two staying debutant struggle in the run home he should be thereabouts and ready to pounce.

Top Four: 3 – 4 – 7 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Ruff Cut Diamond

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

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

Exacta: 3,4,7/2,3,4,7 ($9 for 100%)

 

Race No. 6Berwick Mazda8:52 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1VAPOURASH [5]8811129.39(1)L Morshead (Barongarook)
2WHERE’S THE SURF [5]27682NBTD Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
3ALL STRUNG OUT [5]4512129.90(5)G Rounds (Devon Meadows)
4ENNIS BALE (NSW)[5]1632629.68(7)J Hunt (Avalon)
5PAPPA GALLO [5]1668629.45(5)M Cortese (Hampton Park)
6WARRIOR KING (NSW)[5]1644329.25(1)B Ennis (Lara)
7COBRA BALE (NSW)[5]4565129.70(1)J Hunt (Avalon)
8GALAHAD [5]F624430.09(1)T Womann (Lara)
9ZANDER’S EXPRESS [5]Res.63114NBTJ Britton (Anakie)
10MEPUNGA LOCKY [5]Res.5654529.58(2)S Elsum (Camperdown)

Where’s The Surf showed a sign of his best form when runner up here last week and I think he can go one better tonight at nice odds. Before last week’s effort he had experienced a string of luckless efforts and with his confidence boosting run last week I believe he will be back to his brilliant best tonight. He is yet to win here in seven tries but he has been placed in four of those runs.

All Strung Out recently captured the Great Chase at The Meadows and he appears to be getting better with every run. He can be a tad slow to begin in his races but he has terrific track sense and he is able to work his way through a field. Warrior King has won only one of eight here but that win was in a scorching 29.25, the box draw is against him tonight but he has the ability to ping the lids on occasions and if he does tonight he should be a major player.

Top Four: 2 – 3 – 6 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Where’s The Surf

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

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

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

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

 

Race No. 7Rsn – Racing & Sport Final (gobis)9:11 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Final event over 595 metres at Sandown park Of $19,650 Prizemoney.
1st: $12,000 2nd: $3,500 3rd: $1,750 GOBIS: $2,400.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MORNINGSIDE [5]23122NBTK Bravo (Lovely Banks)
2MAXIMUM LIL [4]1438134.28(6)A Dailly (Anakie)
3GIMME FUEL [4]1321834.33(7)K Bravo (Lovely Banks)
4DYNA GELDOF (NSW)[5]21242NBTS Collins (Lara)
5LOU TODD [5]81532NBTD Pell (Toolleen)
6DYNA PERSEUS (NSW)[5]1483234.74(8)M Delbridge (Balliang)
7SUPERSONIC HAWK (NSW)[4]5425134.41(2)J Britton (Anakie)
8MYSTIC TWIST [4]1266134.36(1)M Cauchi (St Leonards)
9VELOCEMENTE [5]Res.43863NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
10SIGN OF SNOW [5]Res.3628334.51(3)A Langton (Anakie)

Gimme Fuel is armed with explosive early speed and he should prove hard to reel in based on his impressive 34.33 heat win last week. There is a little bit of speed drawn underneath him tonight but he should have sufficient speed to cross and he appears to be getting stronger with every run over this journey.

Dyna Perseus has been very costly in recent times and he is a very hard dog to follow, however there is no doubting his talent and he is always a chance in these races because he does have the ability to ping away. Lou Todd finished quite strongly when placed in his heat and he won’t be too far away at nice odds. Mystic Twist was a top all the way 34.36 heat winner last week and if she can cross from the wide draw she should be in the mix again. She can be a bit risky at box rise and from the wide draw she will need to step but I’m willing to give her the benefit of the doubt and say she will get away on terms with them.

Top Four: 3 – 6 – 5 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Gimme Fuel

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

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

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

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

 

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

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1RUMBLING RICK (TAS)[4]2233229.52(3)D Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
2MEPUNGA FEARON [3]1625429.43(5)J Britton (Anakie)
3CRACKERJACK DAK [3]8214729.43(6)A Dailly (Anakie)
4ASTRONOMIC (WA)[4]1133429.61(4)D Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
5HUMPHREY BALE (NSW)[4]3248829.48(1)A Dailly (Anakie)
6MUSQUIN BALE (NSW)[4]6484129.30(2)A Dailly (Anakie)
7CRAWF’S BREAD [2]1672129.37(5)D Crawford (Pearcedale)
8DYNA BETH (NSW)[4]4626729.55(3)A Dailly (Anakie)
9ALLEN MALIK (NSW)[4]Res.3123629.80(6)S Collins (Lara)
10JERSEY JACK [4]Res.6463429.54(2)J Zammit (Hazelwood North)

Crackerjack Dak is the reigning Victorian Sprint Champ and he is unbeaten in three runs over this track and trip. In his return to Victoria he experienced no luck at all at The Meadows and I am expecting him to improve tonight. He is normally a very reliable beginner and he has gone a very zippy 5.03 to the first marker here in the past.

Astronomic is another who hasn’t raced with a lot of luck recently and he should be able to follow Crackerjack Dak across in the early stages and he should be able to settle in the first two as they negotiate the first turn. Rumbling Rick has the good draw and he hasn’t missed a place in his past eight starts. With a clean getaway tonight he should be in the mix for a long way again. Humphrey Bale could be the value in the event, his last two runs have been poor but he is much better than that and he can run a big race at odds.

Top Four: 3 – 4 – 1 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Crackerjack Dak and Humphrey Bale

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

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

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

 

Race No. 9Harvey Norman – Springvale9:55 PM (VIC time)
Mixed 4/5 event over 595 metres at Sandown park Of $8,745 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,120 2nd: $1,750 3rd: $875.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1TONK (SA)[5]311F5FSTDB Ennis (Lara)
2DYNA ORION (NSW)[4]5131434.65(5)A Dailly (Anakie)
3RUMERO REASON (NSW)[4]1134234.33(1)A Dailly (Anakie)
4DUCHESS BALE (NSW)[4]5113734.37(3)M Delbridge (Balliang)
5PRUE BALE (NSW)[5]1737834.13(3)A Dailly (Anakie)
6KAYO MARCIARNO [5]4525334.59(3)G Neocleous (Yinnar South)
7SIGN OF SNOW [5]3628334.51(3)A Langton (Anakie)
8ROY GALO [5]27265NBTS Ralph (Tooradin)

Reigning Golden Easter Egg Champion Tonk didn’t have much luck when resuming from a spell at Warragul but he will be much better for the run and from the red draw tonight he should be able to lead from go to whoa. This is his first try over this distance range but I’m sure he would have had a number of trials in the lead up to this and he shouldn’t have too much trouble covering the extra ground.

Duchess Bale has a smart 34.37 PB over this journey and she should be able to settle in the top two or three initially, she has missed the kick in her past two so she appreciate being up on the speed and out of trouble. Dyna Orion is the run on dog in the event and he appears perfectly placed in the two box, with a fairly clean getaway he should be able to settle just off the speed and he will be looking to run over the top late. Rumero Reason has a good record here over this trip and the 515m journey and if he can avoid early bother he won’t be far away at the business end of proceedings.

Top Four: 1 – 4 – 2 – 3

Suggested Bets:

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

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

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

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

 

Race No. 10Razldazl Greyhounds10:12 PM (VIC time)
Grade 4 event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $7,600 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,320 2nd: $1,520 3rd: $760.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1JEWEL BALE (NSW)[4]2162429.32(2)J Hunt (Avalon)
2DR. PAULIE [4]1363729.90(3)L Delbridge (Balliang)
3BECKENBAUER (SA)[4]2281229.51(3)D Pattinson (Pearcedale)
4LAMIA BALE (NSW)[4]3251629.54(2)S Collins (Lara)
5CROWDZA CAPTIVE [4]6342229.66(8)K King (Langwarrin)
6TIGGERLONG AMIGO (NSW)[4]6143429.55(2)D Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
7JORDAN ALLEN (NSW)[4]1484329.60(3)A Dailly (Anakie)
8COSMIC STATION (NSW)[4]1231429.55(4)D Brown (Lara)
9ALLEN MALIK (NSW)[4]Res.3123629.80(6)S Collins (Lara)
10JERSEY JACK [4]Res.6463429.54(2)J Zammit (Hazelwood North)

Jewel Bale has been placed in all seven tries from this draw and this is one of the easiest races she has contested for a while. She tends to jump a lot better from this draw and she should be able to settle in the top three early, with a blistering 29.32 PB here she should prove far too strong in the run home.

Lamia Bale recently scored a commanding 29.54 win here and she is one of the more reliable beginners in this event. She should have enough speed to cross in the early stages and she should give a great sight. Crowdza Captive has been placed in 15 of her 22 tries here and she should settle in the top two early, her last 50m isn’t great but if there is some shuffling behind her she may steal the prize. Tiggerlong Amigo has been a little disappointing of late but he is in good hands and he should make some improvement.

Top Four: 1 – 4 – 5 – 6

Suggested Bets:

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

Exacta: 1,4,5/1,4,5,6 ($9 for 100%)

Quinella: 1 to rove with 4,5,6 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1,4,5/1,4,5,6/1,3,4,5,6,8 ($36 for 100%)

 

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

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MEPUNGA RANGER [5]8151429.76(3)S Elsum (Camperdown)
2STRANGE WISH (NSW)[5]5237229.67(2)D Saunders (Somerville)
3NATIONAL TIME (NSW)[5]1411129.43(3)D Brown (Lara)
4PETER’S PICK (QLD)[5]63312FSHJ Thompson (Pearcedale)
5SAMUS ALLEN (NSW)[5]21524NBTJ Hunt (Avalon)
6SOHO RHYTHM [5]5277429.64(7)A Hyde (Lara)
7SOFA SO GOOD [5]13715NBTI Vigor (Anakie)
8PEDRO’S RUNAWAY (NSW)[5]54214NBTB Burns (Werribee)
9JUBILEA BALE (NSW)[5]Res.7166529.57(4)J Hunt (Avalon)
10CALL ME SCARY [5]Res.6786429.99(7)D Cortese (Hampton Park)

National Time has been absolutely airborne of late and if he steps away cleanly he should continue on his winning way. In his past three country wins he has smashed quality opposition and the turn of foot he showed after the start was tremendous. He has a top 29.43 PB to his credit and a similar effort tonight will see him fight out the finish.

Peter’s Pick has turned in great performances in his two Victorian runs and he should be suited by the rise in distance. Prior to coming to Victoria he had scored some blistering wins at Albion Park over a similar journey. Mepunga Ranger has come up with the coveted red draw and he recently caught the eye when he scored a powerful 30.09 Meadows win, he has raced well here in the past and with a clear run initially he should be in the mix. Samus Allen has been a little disappointing in her past few but with a better start tonight she can find some form.

Top Four: 3 – 4 – 1 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on National Time

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

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

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

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

 

Race 12 – 515M Grade 5 – 10:52PM

Shanlyn Patch has recently rejoined the powerful Thompson kennel and from his favourable draw he looks poised to return to the winners list. Prior to returning to Victoria, he had been racing well at Wentworth Park and he had scored two sub 30 second wins. He likes to scout wide in his races and with a slick beginner and keen railer drawn underneath he should get a nice cart across.

Summer Wages has won three of five runs here and if he can reproduce his 29.50 PB run here he should be fighting out the finish, my only concern with him is that he is a mad railer in Silver Brodie drawn directly on his outside. Kerrigan Bale has a brilliant turn of foot and she has recorded a 5.05 to the first marker here previously. Silver Brodie is much better than his recent form indicates and he may be worth a saver bet if he goes around at silly odds.

Top Four: 8 – 2 – 5 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Shanlyn Patch

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

Exacta: 2,5,8/2,3,5,8 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 8/2,3,5/Field ($18 for 100%)

This Week In Racing History

SEPTEMBER
10

Security Star set a new track record time of 20.03 for the 350 metres trip at Kempsey in 2005.

Lochinvar Prada annexed the 2008 Black Top over 515 metres at the Gardens, defeating Elite Oriental and Cindeen Shelby.

11
The inaugural National Sprint Championship was run over 500 yards at Harold Park in 1965. The event was taken out by NSW representative Best Sun, trained by Eddie Batiste, who downed fellow NSW sprinters Satyr Rocket and Chariot Charm. The closest interstate runner was Queenslander He’s Lightning, with Billy Vee (sixth) the first Victorian across the line.

The Reg Hazelgrove-trained Carnage Maker took out the 2007 Lismore Cup and picked up $25,000 first prize money.

12
King Cinbon set a new track record of 24.3 for 440 yards on the loam circuit at Harold Park. The loam track had only been opened seven days earlier.

Ascapella Miss collected $640 for taking out the 1974 Interstate Challenge over 704 metres at the Gabba. The South Australian champion defeated local star Captain Winter by seven lengths with arch-rival Miss High Lo third in a new track record time of 41.61.

Freewheeler won the 1988 Victorian final of the National Sprint Championship, held at Olympic Park, defeating Hay Dinney.

The Robert Britton-trained Victorian sprinter One Tree Hill took out the 2007 Black Top at the Gardens, running a fast 29.44 for the 515 metre trip.

13
Victorian stayer Corcoran won his maiden in 1973. Running over 720 metres at Shepparton, Corcoran scored by 15 lengths and equalled the track record of 43.00.

Chinatown Lad became the first Tasmanian stayer to take out the Chairman’s Cup (720 metres, Wentworth Park), winning the 2008 running from Varvatos and kennelmate Fallen Zorro. Chinatown Lad set a new race record time of 42.23.

14
Peter Brent made it three starts for three wins in taking out the 1949 Maitland Derby, run over 440 yards, by two lengths.

The inaugural Adelaide Cup was won by local sprint star Bristol Miss in 1972. The Doug Payne-trained champion (box 8) scored by five lengths from the smart North Kinta.

Victorian stayer Proven Impala won the 2013 Chairman’s Cup by four and a half lengths from the ill-fated Smart Valentino, running a race record 42.01 for trainer Joe Borg.

15
Cheeky Student took out the 1972 Gippsland Hurdle Championship, run over 540 yards at Warragul, by five lengths from Italian View and Jeandelo, running 30.5/16.

Wylie Boy won the 1995 Traralgon Cup by seven lengths from Sonic Duke to pick up $10,000 for his connections.

New Zealand stayer Know Peace won the 2012 Chairman’s Cup (720 metres, Wentworth Park) by three lengths from Victorian star Irma Bale.

16
Macareena won a Harold Park Stake (top grade) over 500 yards in 1953 by eight lengths in a fast 26.6 to take her record to seven starts for seven wins at the big Glebe circuit.

Cherrie Sepol smashed the 722-metre Wentworth Park track record in taking out the 1978 Metropolitan Cup. Cherrie Sepol scored by 10 lengths and ran a sensational 42.50 to clip 4/100ths off the previous mark held by Kawati Boy.
On the same night, prolific winner Happy Endo took out the final of the NSW Country Championship, run over 530 metres. The victory was her fifth from her previous six outings.

Tabcorp Should Get Its Finger Out

It’s all very well for Tabcorp’s boss, David Attenborough, to complain* about the activities of corporate and overseas bookmakers, but should he try to be more competitive himself?

*See address to American Chamber of Commerce, 28 August, listed on Tabcorp website.

The major example can be seen in Tabcorp’s Fixed Odds pricing, where books of 130% are normal and roughly parallel those of the online people. These are punitive figures which no normal customer can ever overcome over a period. In traditional wagering terms, they are an insult to punters.

Attenborough could well order the figures reduced to, say, 117%, which equates to the deduction he takes out of conventional tote business (an average of $16 out of every $100 or $14.50 for Win bets). He could make the pace and re-take the initiative from the NT group. No doubt the NT companies would follow and customers would get a better deal all round. Turnover and prices would both be better, and there is still plenty left for the betting operators to dine out on.

Another sensible move would be to get rid of the ridiculous Duet bet, which hardly anyone buys, and thereby boost turnover for standard Quinella and Exacta betting, both badly in need of help at the smaller greyhound meetings.

So why doesn’t he?

Of course, part of the answer is that, contrary to Attenborough’s claim that “we have morphed into a more agile, customer-led organisation”, Tabcorp is hell-bent on scraping as much as it can out of every bet made, almost regardless of where that will lead customers and the industry in the longer term. For Fixed Odds, the current attitude is that if they (corporate bookies) can do it, so can we. For Duet betting, they obviously cannot be bothered cleaning up a relic of the ages. The customers are not leading at all, Tabcorp is.

WINNING AND LOSING AT THE SAME TIME

Mind you, state racing authorities are no better than Tabcorp as they are also in the 130% camp when quoting odds on their formguides. What a terrible example to set for the industry! It is impossible to understand their motives in doing that. Their other options are to use a 100% book as a guideline to runners’ real chances or to adopt the tote figure of 117% which would allow direct price comparisons.

Let’s take those comparisons a bit further. As I write, at Horsham (Tuesday) the Watchdog is suggesting books of 125%, 132%, 128%, and 127% for four of the better races. But in real life punters did things a little differently. All four of the Watchdog’s top picks also ended up as favourites but at shorter prices.

 

NSW TAB Watchdog Actual
Race 4 $2.80 $1.80 Won
Race 5 $1.70 $1.40 Won
Race 6 $2.00 $1.90 Lost
Race 7 $2.50 $2.30 Lost

 

This introduces three features of greyhound betting; (a) punters over-bet on the favourite; (b) the Watchdog, as the most prominent tipster, probably influences punters’ selections; and (c) the average punter is not paying attention to value.We have not shown Fixed Odds for these races but they are in fact identical to the final tote payout. Information on what happened during the course of betting is not available.

An even dollar on each of these favourites resulted in a loss of 80 cents, or 20% of your $4 investment. To put it another way, the Watchdog’s suggested odds are more sensible but they never happen in practice. Maybe GRV should take out a bookie’s licence?

A further comment would be that most punters would not be aware of the final odds because only around half of the pool would be evident prior to the time punters had to place their bet. Any later fluctuations are influenced by the relatively small size of greyhound pools – and Horsham’s twilight slot on Tuesdays is as good as it gets for provincial racing, often producing bigger pools than for evening races in town (on the NSW TAB).

The outcome is that maybe half the punters are taking a pig in a poke because they are gambling without real knowledge while the other half may understand the form but is still forced to guess that the final price will be satisfactory – and often it will not be. Of course, this may well be one of the factors which encourage a shift to Fixed Odds Betting. Seldom will that do you any good but at least you will know what you are getting.

From the industry’s viewpoint, it is stuck with a volatile betting structure, one which has grown up like Topsy and is totally out of the control of racing administrators. The real competition we used to have – from on-course bookmakers – has disappeared along with the on-course crowds they once served. Indeed, that change is the real reason why controls over wagering should have changed long ago. (Efforts by RNSW to regulate online bookmakers are belated steps but are unlikely to reverse the trends significantly).

Aside from extra regulation, solutions, or rather assistance of some sort, are available from two sources – the creation of a national pool with greater price certainty, and mounting efforts to better educate punters about greyhound racing.

The Federal Minister for Social Services, Kevin Andrews, is currently looking into online gambling activities and so may well venture into the wagering scene, particularly as many prominent people are complaining – eg Tabcorp, Racing NSW, former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett, and probably Racing Victoria (which often tends to be follower, not a leader).

JOKING, PERHAPS?

Here is one that slipped by me, largely because I take a very low interest in racing at Ipswich due to its disruptive layout.

However, since the recent transfer of form and results data from the local Queensland people to the GRNSW-operated Ozchase system some changes have occurred, not least being the fact that winning box information is missing.

Importantly, they have ended up with the dreadful Tasmanian practice of assigning sectional times for Ipswich 431m races to whatever dog won the race, never mind what actually led. Consequently, future career records will be distorted because they follow only what goes onto the formline.

Queensland is also deficient at all other provincial tracks.

Add to that the more common practice – at NSW Northern Rivers tracks, for example – of not allocating the single sectional time for all short races to any runner at all and you have a dog’s breakfast of data.

Expecting serious punters to support the sport under these conditions is fanciful dreaming.

2014 Group Three Canberra Cup Heats Preview

The nation’s capital hosts the heats of the Group Three Canberra Cup on Sunday afternoon.

The race is conducted over the trying 530m journey and is open to the best greyhounds nominated. The eventual winner will pocket $25,000. The first two place-getters from each heat will go through to next week’s final.

Here’s a look at the four heats:

Heat One – Group Three Canberra a Cup (Race 5 at 5:42pm)

On paper, the race looks to be a battle between Pumped Up Zarr (1) and Rue De Kahn (8). Pumped Up Zarr has recently turned four years of age but the Big Daddy Cool and Midnight Drama (Go Wild Teddy and Ready To Rise) dog is still winning races. He has been racing over the distance events in the latter part of his career however his sprint form at Canberra is good. He has two starts for two wins over the trip and a best of 30.28. He has also won three times from the rails draw.

Rue De Kahn (8), the winner of the Group One National Futurity at The Gardens, will be having her first start at Canberra. She has the ability to show pace and lead and she will need to in order to overcome the wide draw. She has good form from boxes six and seven but is yet to win from box eight. She is a winner at both Wentworth Park and The Meadows so is definitely up to the class of dogs in this heat.

The only other runners that look like a possible chance are Tiger The Weapon (3), Another Call (5) and Tribal Beat (7). They’ve all had relatively recent wins but their form and the times they have posted haven’t been as good as the two main chances.

Heat Two – Group Three Canberra Cup (Race 6 at 6:05pm)

The clear stand-out in this race is the Victorian My Bro Fabio (1). The Brooke Ennis trained son of Turanza Bale and Flamenco (Where’s Pedro – Zarbo) has won four of his last five around Sandown and The Meadows and should prove too good in this field. He is strong, loves box one, and can run time so he ticks all the boxes. The only thing going against him is that he is having his first look at the track in race conditions.

If Especially (4) can handle the awkward draw she is the main danger to My Bro Fabio. She is a very consistent beginner and back in July she led My Bro Fabio in a race around Sandown. He ended up winning that event by seven lengths so she really needs to get in front here to give herself a chance.

NSW bitch Lani Banarni (6) has shown solid form coming into this series with six wins from her last 10 starts including two in a row at Wentworth Park recently. She’s hasn’t had too much joy from box six in the past so she will need some luck from the draw.

Cheeky Grant (8) has won five of her last 10 but is yet to record a win from box eight. Her recent wins have been at Dubbo and Wentworth Park.

Another Chance (5) has won over the 400m distance at Canberra. He can show good speed but the query is whether he can run out the 530m strongly.

Heat Three – Group Three Canberra Cup (Race 7 at 6:21pm)

Father Skeeta (2) has won his last four in a row and the Aston Galilee and Madam Jessie (Bond – Go Wild Jessie) dog will be looking to make it five in a row from the handy draw. He is yet to have a start at Canberra but is coming off two good wins at Wentworth Park. He’s reliable early so should be right in this.

Shilling Flex (6) has faced the starter just 14 times in her career. She has won five of those races including one at Canberra over this trip in 30.55. Her box manners have been consistent and this should put her in good stead from the draw.

Other winners at Canberra include Van Carrho Flash (4) who has win twice at the track for a best time of 30.73 and Usaine, who has also won two at the track, for a best of 30.75.

Heat Four – Group Three Canberra Cup (Race 8 at 6:41pm)

Zambora Magic (8) absolutely scorched around Wentworth Park two starts back, stropping the clock at 29.49. The Magic Sprite and Secret Powers (Pure Octane – Witch Magic) dog has notched up 14 career wins. He is having his first look at Canberra over this trip. If he replicates his recent Wentworth Park run he is right in this.

Cawbourne Whip (3) has won two at the track including a 30.21 victory last start. The black and white bitch by Dyna Lachlan and American Spot (Molotov – Elite Monelli) has won 15 from 30 in her career and has recorded fast times at Bulli, The Gardens and Wentworth Park. She is a winner of the 2014 Canberra Capital Distance Championship and took out the Group Three Dapto Maiden last year. She is drawn well in box three and will start the favourite.

Pleiades (6) has had six goes at this trip at Canberra for one win and four placings. He finished five lengths second behind Cawbourne Whip last week from box three and he now moves out to box six for this. He has had nine starts from the draw for just one win.

Storm Twister (1) is capable of leading from this draw. He is a last start winner at Nowra in 30.22 and has won from this draw previously. This will be his first run in Canberra over this distance.

Black Daddy (2) is a strong type who hasn’t had much luck in his last two runs from bad draws. He has won in a fast 30.53 over the 535m at Richmond and has won nine from 34 overall. The better draw brings him into the race.

Xylia Allen The Yardstick In Chairmans Cup Heats

Superstar bitch Xylia Allen stamped her authority on yet another Group race series when she set the time standard in the heats of the Chairmans Cup at Wentworth Park on Saturday night.

The black flash was as dominant as ever en route to her 40th career win, roaring away to win by 5 1/2 lengths in a slick 41.76, which is 0.23 seconds outside the track record she set back in April.

After beginning on terms with the field from box six, Xylia Allen quickly found the front in the first heat. Gold Affair Two (8) managed to remain within a length of her until they passed the post the first time before the champion proceeded to give a quality field a galloping exhibition.

The daughter of Turanza Bale and Tayah Bale (Droopys Vieri – Francesca Bale) notched up her 12th win from her last 14 starts and is likely to be sent out as favourite for next Saturday’s $25,000 to-the-winner event.

Gold Affair Two hung on for second placing with Bailey Rose a further 2 1/4 lengths back in third. Zipping Rory (5) claimed fourth to also advance to the final.

The second heat saw a boilover when the Peter Daprain trained Zipping Maggie (3) showed the virtue of racing on the pace to defeat recent National Distance Champion Sweet It Is by 2 1/4 lengths in 42.00.

The daughter of Turanza Bale and Natalie Rass (Malfoy – Al Fresco) was fourth away but worked her way to the front by the post the first time.

She wasted no time in putting a margin on the field, opening up a four-length ascendency heading into the back straight. A margin she would maintain until the final stages of the race.

All eyes were on the odds-on favourite Sweet It Is (4) who was finding her fair share of trouble back in the field. By the time she found some space it was too late and she could only manage to run home for second.

The win was the 27-month old bitch’s 10th from just 20 starts and, given it was her first run at Wentworth Park, she may be open to improvement in the final.

Liara Allen (2) hung on for third place while My Asuncion (8) booked a place in the final with a fourth placing.

The box draw for the Group Three 2014 Charimans Cup Final is as follows;

1 – Bailey Rose (Eddie Lieshout)
2 – My Asuncsion (Adele Powell)
3 – Zipping Maggie (Peter Daprain)
4 – Sweet It Is (Darren McDonald)
5 – Xylia Allen (Jenny Hunt)
6 – Zipping Rory (Bethany Daprain)
7 – Liara Allen (Steve Collins)
8 – Gold Affair Two (Robert Britton)

Reserves

9 – Dyna Willow (Steve Collins)
10 – Queen Marina (Nolene Holloway)

Shoulders Storms Into Group One Megastar Final

Anthony Azzopardi’s chaser Shoulders was simply brilliant in taking out the Dapto Megastar Prelude Friday night, clocking a flying time of 29.69 over the 520m distance.

Shoulders started from box four as the $2.30 race favourite and began well to sit in second position behind early leader Lacy Louis. The 33kg son of Cosmic Rumble and Bit Stressed took the lead at the top of the home turn and accelerated away to score comfortably at the finish by five and half-lengths. Lacey Louis was gallant in defeat and finished second, whilst Woods finished in third position.

Even more pleasing for Azzopardi is Shoulders drew the one box last night and will go into next week’ final with a strong chance of claiming his first Group One final.

Three of the five invited finalists performed exhibition trials at Dapto last night, with Queensland chaser Flash Reality clocking an impressive 29.78, whilst recent Group One National Sprint Champion Chica Destacada clocked 30.18 and multiple Group winner Ritza Hattie clocked 30.26.

The box draw for next week’s $75,000 to the winner final is:

1 – Shoulders – Anthony Azzopardi

2 – Chica Destacada – Doreen Drynan

3 – Tommy Brislane – Steve White

4 – Flash Reality – Tony Brett

5 – Woods – Marie Burton

6 – Ritza Hattie – Mark Gatt

7 – Zipping Willow – Jason Mackay

8 – Lacey Lois – Peter Acers

Wentworth Park Greyhounds Tips & Betting Preview September 6th 2014

Tonight is a big night of racing at Wenty and with quality racing around the country there is plenty of value available.

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Best Bet:
Race 1: Zipping Tarn

Best Roughie:
Race 4: Flaming Frenzy

Quaddie:
Leg 1: 1,3,6,7,8 – Leg 2: 6 – Leg 3: 4 – Leg 4: 1,3,6,7,8 – $25 for 100%

 

Race No. 1Rapidvite Stakes7:27 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1COOLABAH JET372329.93Jodie Lord
2KATIE OI OI723430.17Christine Proctor
3MAZZY STAR34X730.12Ronald Bell
4ZIPPING TANK621230.00Anthony Azzopardi
5BLACK EMPRESS674129.92Harry Sarkis
6BLUZA BREWIN343430.45Domenic Traino
7BEARDED MIDGET114229.95Ronald Hoogenboom
8ZIPPING TARN674329.85Jason Mackay
9ZIPPING LAYLA553230.54Leanne Jordan
10SHERLOCK885530.11Ronald Alcock

Zipping Tarn looks perfectly placed in the pink draw and if she can reproduce her slick 29.85 PB run here she will take a power of beating. With the speedy Bearded Midget drawn underneath, she should get a nice cart across in the early stages.

Bearded Midget looks the likely leader and he is getting a little bit stronger with every run. He has won here previously in 30.16 and a similar effort tonight would see him hang on for a place. Zipping Tank has a heap of ability but he will need a few breaks in the early stages. Two starts ago he won here in 30 flat but I think with a clear run he is capable of going much quicker. Coolabah Jet has been racing consistently and from the rails draw she must be included in your exotic bets.

Top Four: 8 – 7 – 4 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Zipping Tarn

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

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

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

 

Race No. 2Heath Carter’s Off The Market St…7:47 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SILENT EFFECTIVE544129.54Darren Sultana
2I’M PEDRO211329.75Sydney Wales
3ASHA TANGA531429.83Maureen Sharman
4KISS THE HAWK331130.07Christine Proctor
5MINT SPLICE531430.17Chad Garrard
6ZIPPING SNOOPY471130.39Peter Dapiran
7LORD RAIN541430.09Betty Keene
8STEADFAST COSMO311130.17Lorraine Perrin
9DECASTELLA1X6430.09Leonard Polidano
10DANISH SUCCESS865830.11Harry Sarkis

Silent Effective is a freak and star in the making and although he is drawn poorly I still think he can get the job done, he is normally slow to begin and wants to move wide but with a bit of speed drawn on his outer, he should get a bit more room to move in the early stages. It was only a field of three, however last week at Bulli he broke the track record with a blistering 28.34 win, so if he reproduces that form he will take a power of beating.

Zipping Snoopy has been racing well at Sandown of late and he should settle in the top two or three early. He was beaten in his only try here but on that occasion he was in trouble from the outset so he should be able to atone for that effort tonight. Steadfast Cosmo has won three on the trot at Bulli in sizzling fashion and if he can cross from the wide draw he should figure in the finish, he has struggled here in the past but he is a much better chaser this time around.

Top Four: 1 – 6 – 8 – 2

Suggested Bets:

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

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

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

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

 

Race No. 3Another Yard Chief Stakes8:10 PM
4/5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,670 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,650 2nd: $1,350 3rd: $670.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1INNER CITY166129.93Christine Proctor
2LE BURGLAR613629.83Pauline Moran
3LACH’S WISH274530.01Adam Campton
4GENETIC JENNYX34130.17Leslie Whitton
5APOLLO REIGN512129.92Michael Cope
6GRADENCE533629.76Mark Gatt
7PREMIER MOZZ223329.93Kristy Sultana
8SINGING SAMMY712230.08Ronald Bell
9ZELL BALE182730.23Steven Collins
10MANYANA PEARL884629.95William Mulligan

It’s always hard to put Gradence on top but this really looks his race, he has been placed in six of his past eight starts and he has been facing much stronger company than this. He is likely to settle well back early but he should get out into some open space as they head for the back straight and I would expect him to run over the top of them late.

Singing Sammy looks the leader and he has recorded two top placings here of late, if he can cross he should be able to set up a nice lead and provided Gradence or Apollo Reign aren’t on his hammer he may have enough in the tank to hold on. Le Burglar recently scored a brilliant 29.83 win here and if he gets a clear passage in the initial stages he should figure in the finish.

Top Four: 6 – 8 – 5 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Gradence

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

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

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

 

Race No. 4Macro Meats Gourmet Game Stakes8:27 PM
FFA event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1TAUTOLOGY332729.95Steven White
2FLAMING FRENZY722429.67Justin King
3TAINTED LUKE154629.95Jennifer Brown
4ZIPPING SUMMAH281429.64Jason Mackay
5ARE JIP411429.48Kristy Sultana
6ZIPPING ANGEL621129.73Jason Mackay
7QUEEN ESTHER184129.64Noelene Holloway
8BESSY BOO343529.71Christine Proctor

Zipping Summah is armed with early speed and she recently put it on display when scoring at the Gardens in a brilliant 29.49. There isn’t a whole lot of speed drawn underneath and if she can get away cleanly she should be able to find the rail and lead in the early stages. She has a sizzling 29.64 PB here so if she finds the bunny early she will prove very hard to reel in.

Are Jip is an excitement machine and he looms as the obvious danger based on his eye popping 29.48 win here two runs back. He can be a little hit or miss early but once he gets out into some open space he can really motor. Flaming Frenzy was far from disgraced when she resumed from a lengthy spell and she should continue to improve. Bessy Boo is poorly drawn out wide but he has a top record here and he has terrific track sense.

Top Four: 4 – 5 – 2 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Zipping Summah

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

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

Trifecta: 4,5/2,4,5,8/2,4,5,6,7,8 ($24 for 100%)

 

Race No. 5Www.wentworthpark.com.au Stakes8:50 PM
4 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,670 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,650 2nd: $1,350 3rd: $670.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SWAN’S MAVIS427629.92Dean Swain
2HERE’S SKEETA241730.16Ronald Alcock
3HECTOR KAHN225329.88Dean Swain
4INVICTIVE331830.03Jason Magri
5LONGNECK216330.11Christine Proctor
6TAKE IT ALL743129.75Doreen Drynan
7EDGE743329.68Graeme Barnett
8WATTO LOTTO761429.73John Callaughan

Take It All has shown a big return to form in recent months and he finds himself in a fairly weak event tonight. Last week he powered to the line when scoring in a smart 30.06 and tonight he should be able to run over the top of them again.

Swan’s Mavis has a solid record here and she is drawn to hold the early lead, her last 40m isn’t great but if she holds them out there are only a couple of strong runners in this event and they might get stuck in traffic mid race. Watto Lotto continues to race well and if he finds the rail in the early stages he will be a major contender, like Take It All he lacks early speed but he does have a lot of class on his side.

Top Four: 6 – 1 – 8 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Take It All

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

Exacta: 1,6,8/1,3,6,8 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1,6,8/1,3,6,8/1,3,4,6,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

 

Race No. 6Chairmans Cup H9:15 PM
NG event over 720 metres at Wentworth park Of $8,550 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,000 2nd: $1,700 3rd: $850.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1AVONDALE MAURICK612342.34Ronald Bell
2DUSTY MOONSHINE111441.90Denice Warren
3BAILEY ROSE6122NBTEddie Lieshout
4DYNA WILLOW287641.69Steven Collins
5ZIPPING RORY1734NBTBethany Dapiran
6XYLIA ALLEN112141.53Jenny Hunt
7ASTEROID MISS113142.54John Lawson
8GOLD AFFAIR TWO4262NBTRobert Britton
9INFINITE WISH655642.25Angela Langton
10CLAN ANNIE423642.44Alex Anderson

Xylia Allen is the all time leading stakes earner in history and she should add another 6k to it tonight. Prior to going on a winning rampage in Victoria she set a track record here with a blistering 41.53 victory. There isn’t much speed drawn around her tonight so I would expect her to assume control after 80 or so metres and from there on it should be a procession.

Dyna Willow held the track record here prior to Xylia Allen setting a new mark and she should be able to return to some form tonight. Dusty Moonshine has won three of four here and all three wins have been in sub 42 seconds, this is clearly the strongest race she has contested but she appears to be more than capable of matching it with this lot. Zipping Rory rounds out the legitimate winning chances, he is having his first look here but if he brings his Sandown form here he will be a major player.

Top Four: 6 – 4 – 2 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 6/2,4,5/Field ($18 for 100%)

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

Quinella: 6 to rove with 2,4,5 ($3 for 100%)

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

 

Race No. 7Chairmans Cup H9:35 PM
NG event over 720 metres at Wentworth park Of $8,550 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,000 2nd: $1,700 3rd: $850.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MISS FICTION436542.55Ivan Hanna
2LIARA ALLEN3332NBTSteven Collins
3ZIPPING MAGGIE5111NBTPeter Dapiran
4SWEET IT IS112141.78Darren Mcdonald
5TERRY’S MEMORY115242.50Raymond Smith
6QUEEN MARINA218342.28Noelene Holloway
7YELLOW FEVER526442.45Ronald Bell
8MY ASUNCION361842.28Adele Powell
9CLAN ANNIE423642.44Alex Anderson
10INFINITE WISH655642.25Angela Langton

This heat doesn’t have as much depth as the first heat and Sweet It Is looks an absolute moral. She recently captured the National Distance Title at Cannington in near record time and this is probably the weakest race she has contested for some time. She is likely to drop out to last as usual but she should picking them off a little earlier than normal due to the lack of depth.

Zipping Maggie is an improving stayer and she has won three on the trot at Sandown and The Meadows. She should have enough speed to settle in the top two early and she should be there at the finish. It’s her first look at this track so she will need some luck as they head into the first turn. Queen Marina was the NSW representative in the recent distance championship and she should be in the mix for a long way. Liara Allen rounds out the chances, she has adapted well to the step up in distance of late, she is yet to win over the staying journey but she has turned in some massive efforts in strong company.

Top Four: 4 – 3 – 6 – 2

Suggested Bets:

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

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

Trifecta: 3,4/2,3,4,6/2,3,4,5,6,8 ($24 for 100%)

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

 

Race No. 8Bohemia Crystal Sprint Series F9:55 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $8,020 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,000 2nd: $1,350 3rd: $670.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1CAPRIATI382330.25Harry Sarkis
2SWEET LOLLY574130.16Peter Massa
3MAGIC EARNER217230.06Jodie Lord
4MISS ALL CLASS637230.27Ronald Field
5LITTLE RUM627229.97Peter Akers
6AVONDALE CHARM446129.68Ronald Bell
7EXPLOSIVE EBONY221130.15Walter Simmons
8LUCY LIPS172129.99Susan Smith
9KURMOND GODDESS167330.44Christine Proctor
10COOLABAH JET372329.93Jodie Lord

Lucy Lips is a reliable beginner and she should prove hard to hold out based on her top 30.06 heat win. Last week she reeled off a very slick 5.39 to the first marker and a repeat of that effort would see her cross tonight.

Avondale Char is the most gifted chaser in the race but she can do a lot of things wrong in her races. She has a blistering 29.68 PB here so if she gets a clear run early she will take a power of beating. Magic Earner is showing plenty of promise and she was far from disgraced when placed in her heat last week. She can show smart early speed in her races and if she holds the lead she will give a great sight at odds.

Top Four: 8 – 6 – 3 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Lucy Lips

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

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

 

Race No. 9Aaa Radiator Specialists Stakes10:15 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ADDISON ROAD234530.04Mark Gatt
2GLOWING OPALX24330.46Wendy Brown
3THUNDER EYES562130.15Anthony Gannon
4SORRENTO MOON345530.12Ronald Bell
5JEDD TOKAAM242130.23Helen Pullman
6BILLY BOWLEGS274229.97Harry Sarkis
7STUNNING ASHBERG115830.49Harry Sarkis
8ODD SOX616230.59Ronald Bell
9SPANISH SENORITA436230.26Troy Halligan
10SWEET ODESSA368230.53Natasha Benhard

Billy Bowlegs was desperately unlucky here last week and he should be able to go one better tonight. His PB here of 30.24 is just average but he has gone much quicker in some his placings here. There doesn’t appear to be an abundance of speed drawn around him so with a clean getaway he should figure prominently.

Jedd Tokarm has only been placed in one of his three tries here but it’s hard to ignore his recent Gardens win in a blistering 29.59. He is normally slow to begin but he can muster pace quickly and he should be able to find the lead as they head into the first turn. Addison Road is a tremendous talent when she is on song but she was a tad disappointing when resuming from a spell here last week. I’m expecting her to improve tonight but I still won’t be rushing to take short odds.

Top Four: 6 – 5 – 1 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Billy Bowlegs

Trifecta: 1,5,6/1,5,6,7/1,2,3,4,5,6 ($36 for 100%)

Quinella: 6 to rove with 1,5,7 ($3 for 100%)

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

 

Race No. 10Happy Father’s Day Stakes10:35 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ZIPPING MOLLY232430.05Patricia Chaker
2KURMOND GODDESS167330.44Christine Proctor
3AWESOME RIP742330.56Chris Arletos
4FANTASTIC SID111130.01Jason Fletcher
5MUSCLE UP KAOS532330.61Natasha Benhard
6TIGER TEAZE145430.43Ross Jones
7ZIPPING WESTON123329.62Anthony Azzopardi
8WINGIN’ PRAYER754330.47Ronald Bell
9SHADOW APACHE7178NBTKristy Sultana
10MIAMI THUNDER447430.41Leonard Studders

This is probably the race of the night as we get to see the exciting Fantastic Sid take on the explosive Zipping Weston. I’m going to give the edge to Fantastic Sid, after winning here in 30.01 he followed up with two sizzling Dapto wins in sub 29.80. He has showed tremendous early speed in every start to date and I can see him leading from go to whoa tonight.

Zipping Weston has a breathtaking 29.62 PB here which he set when scoring a maiden victory, since then he has scored two Gardens wins in 29.50 and 29.52. Clearly he is the most gifted chaser in this event, however it’s hard to put him on top because he can bomb the start at times and he will need some room to muster speed in the early stages. Zipping Molly has the good draw and she has been placed in four of her five tries here, she hasn’t got the class of the first two but she is honest and won’t be far away.

Top Four: 4 – 6 – 1 – 2

Suggested Bets:

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

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

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

Trifecta: 4,6/4,6/Field ($12 for 100%)

Superstar Stayers In Sydney For 2014 Chairmans Cup

If you could select a trio of stayers that you’d hope to see contest a Group Three event, chances are that all the greyhounds you select are taking part in the 2014 Chairmans Cup series at Wentworth Park, which kicks off this Saturday night.

The heats of the $25,000 to-the-winner event features the two big guns of Australian “half-mile” racing in Xylia Allen and Sweet It Is.

Xylia Allen has done it all, eight track records, multiple Group One victories over both sprint and distance trips and is the greatest Australian stakes earner of all time.

Sweet It Is is a triple Group One winner who possesses an exciting finishing burst in her races.

Add to those two the former Wentworth Park track record holder Dyna Willow, who has also won multiple Group events at Wentworth Park and it has the makings of a classic series.

The race was first conducted over the 732 metre trip on the grass of Harold Park in 1984 before moving to Wentworth park in 1988, also on the grass surface. It has been conducted over the current 720 metre loam journey since 1992.

The honour roll boasts such names as Miss Cruise (1994), Sharden Blaze (1998), Yaroun Express (2000), Chinatown Lad (2008), Amity Bale (2009) and Shimaguni (2011).

The 2013 final was won by Proven Impala for Joe Borg.

Here is a look at the two heats;

Race 6 – Chairmans Cup Heat 1 – 9:15pm

1 – Avondale Maurick (Ron Bell) – A good beginner and a winner of 12 from 38 who loves box one. He has only won two from 10 over this trip and will need to find the front and hope he can hang on for a place in this sort of field.

2 – Dusty Moonshine (Denice Warren) – An exciting staying bitch who only tasted her first defeat over the Wentworth Park 720 metre trip at her last start. Before that she had won three in a row including a best of 41.90. She should be near the lead and is capable of pushing the two big guns in this race. If there is a query over her, it may be the fact that she has not raced for a month and may be better for the hit out.

3 – Bailey Rose (Eddie Lieshout) – A young Victorian who is yet to compete regularly in the top grade. She has been placed in her last two outings at Sandown Park but will need to be a lot better than that in a field like this. This looks too tough for her.

4 – Dyna Willow (Steve Collins) – A quality race bitch and multiple Group winner with a genuine penchant for Wentworth Park. She has won six from eight at the Glebe circuit and is a former track record holder with a best of 41.69. Her recent form has been a little below her best with a last placing followed up by a short let-up and two subsequent unplaced runs. She will need to find close to her best to win this but it will take a sharp improvement on recent efforts.

5 – Zipping Rory (Bethany Daparin) – A promising type and Group placed dog who has his first Wentworth Park outing in this race. His Victorian form is consistent without being outstanding and he would need the more fancied runners to make a few errors for him to be winning this.

6 – Xylia Allen (Jenny Hunt) – A Champion all-distance race bitch who is the current Wentworth Park track record holder. She has won 11 of her last 13 starts and warmed up for this with a dominant 39.07 win at Geelong. She has never missed a placing from box six and is clearly the one to beat in this race.

7 – Asteroid Miss (John Lawson) – A youngster who is still working her way up through the grades. Faces a massive class rise on her last start fifth grade win here and her best of 42.54 is a second slower than Xylia Allen’s best. This race is too much to ask of her at this stage of her career.

8 – Gold Affair Two (Robert Britton) – A 100-start veteran who has competed in top company for a long time. Finished second to Xylia Allen last week, albeit some 9 3/4 lengths from the winner. She is yet to race at Wentworth Park and looks to be more of a place chance than a winning one.

Reserves

9 – Infinite Wish (Angela Langton) – A Group One placed bitch who has also made two Group finals at Wentworth Park. She has been a little below her best of late but does have a tendency to improve at the track and would be a place hope if she gained a start.

10 – Clan Annie (Alex Anderson) – A winner of just 4 from 38 who looks to be way out of her depth in this type of company.

Race 7 – Chairmans Cup Heat 2 – 9:35pm

1 – Miss Fiction (Ivan Hannah) – A slow beginner with a less than flattering strike-rate who is yet to impress on the clock in her three wins over this trip. She is likely to be tested in this sort of company.

2 – Liara Allen (Steve Collins) – A consistent Victorian bitch who races in good company on a regular basis. She has been placed in her last six starts and has a great record from box two with three wins from four attempts. She could find herself near the speed from the draw and may give a little bit of cheek at her first Wentworth Park appearance.

3 – Zipping Maggie (Peter Daprain) – Another quality Victorian stayer who has won her last three, including two at Sandown Park in slick time. She also has the ability to leave the traps well and will be a huge chance if the favourite finds trouble back in the field. She registered 42.50 in a stewards trial at the track last week and she will need to improve a little on that to be a winning hope here.

4 – Sweet It Is (Darren McDonald) – A triple Group One winner and recently crowned Australian Distance Champion. She has a terrific turn of foot in the back half of her races and provides a great spectacle as she flashes home. All she will need is a bit of space in transit and this race looks to be hers for the taking.

5 – Terry’s Memory (Raymond Smith) – Has only recently graduated to the longer trips and is yet to register a win in easier company at two tries over this journey. He looks likely to find this field a little bit too hot.

6 – Queen Marina (Nolene Holloway) – The recent New South Wales distance champion who finished last to Sweet It Is in the national final at Cannington. She has since finished third over 600 metres at The Gardens. Surprisingly, she has only managed one win in seven attempts at this trip and has a best of 42.28. She is likely to find this race tough and will need to find the front to be any hope.

7 – Yellow Fever (Ronald Bell) – A regular in easier grade staying races at this track who has only managed two wins in his last 20 races. Has only won one from 13 over this distance and has a best of 42.45. He is sure to be tested in this one.

8 – My Asuncion (Adele Powell) – A track regular who broke through for her first Wentworth Park 720 metre win two starts back at her 22nd attempt. She does not win out of turn but has a good place strike rate and her best claims look to be in the placings again in this event.

Reserves

9 – Clan Annie (Alex Anderson) – A winner of just 4 from 38 who looks to be way out of her depth in this type of company.

10 – Infinite Wish (Angela Langton) – A Group One placed bitch who has also made two Group finals at Wentworth Park. She has been a little below her best of late but does have a tendency to improve at the track and would be a place hope if she gained a start.

WA Recognises A Problem

WA authorities have recognised a longstanding trend in Australian greyhound racing and have now implemented a plan for “INDUSTRY REVITALISATION” because they are running out of dogs.

We have been banging on about this for some years now, only to see other state authorities go in the opposite direction or, as we suggested in a recent article, “whistling on the way through the cemetery”.

A GWA statement says that “Some of the amendments to Grading Policy have been implemented as part of a revitalization concept for the WA Greyhound Racing Industry; the major issues being the current difficulties being experienced in sourcing quality interstate racing stock and the ever-increasing reliance on short-course chasing in WA”.

Let’s re-state the position; the nation has run out of dogs, or at least competitive ones. Breeding has been on the decline, more races have been added, city races now include Novice or Maiden greyhounds, provincial meetings embrace more short course events, and around a quarter of all races start with empty boxes.

One outcome has been that outgraded dogs in the east are no longer flowing over to WA and those that are on offer are just not worth paying good money for. A longstanding pattern is coming to a halt. The cause and effect is obvious.

This is a natural issue for Greyhounds Australasia to look into, providing it fits into its self-imposed narrow charter. The shortage of starters is of national importance. The basic structure of racing and the strategies the code adopts are now critical to its future, especially if it wants to achieve a degree of excellence.

The WA solution, if it can be called that, is to reduce the entry barriers for imported dogs. Relatively, a higher graded dog from the east will be able to run in a lesser event in WA. That is not excellence but amounts to a reduction in the quality of the average race. But it is no less than has already occurred in the east.

Already Queensland has possibly a bigger problem than WA but the new management seems to think that throwing more cash at the issue will solve all the ills. It won’t. Paying higher prize money will simply put it on a par with NSW, for example, meaning no fresh blood is likely to move north. In any event, as WA is finding out, the other states are short themselves. And in both cases, if we are not breeding more dogs, where can the growth originate?

On a brighter note, the WA government has now approved the allocation of $13 million to finalise the funding for the new Cannington track complex. A sigh of relief for all!

MYSTERY BETS

Dogs were not the only competitors in Perth at the Nationals. With impeccable timing, it is possible there was also a meeting of Greyhounds Australasia Ltd at the same time. We can’t be absolutely sure of that as our national body operates very much in the background, keeping itself to itself.

The GAL team comprises 11 members plus 6 alternates from various states, and possibly the odd helper or spouse. Doing some quick sums to work out what they paid to get there we consulted our favourite travel agent and learnt that four-day trips to Perth from Sydney, including accommodation, go for between $900 and $1,400 depending on the quality of your pub. Economy class air travel and twin share, of course. Those figures would go up or down a bit for trippers from other places, and with or without spouses or offsiders.

Adding in the cost of meals and “ahem”, incidentals, would bump up the average considerably and so would using business class instead of economy.

Even allowing for some locals taking part, it seems probable that upwards of $25,000 of punters’ money was invested in the talkfest. So was it worth it?

Well, we would expect to hear about three things, at a minimum:

(a) The agenda,
(b) A brief summary of discussions on each subject, and
(c) A list of decisions taken.

All that would help us understand how the industry is going and what great plans are in mind for the future. We might even hear about why the 2011 industry statistics have not been updated. It would be a bit like the quarterly statements we get from Tabcorp, Tatts, Qantas, Virgin, BHP, the Federal Treasurer or any company you might like to name.

So, what did we get? Nothing, actually. Zero. Zilch. Not a very good return on our investment, is it? We are not even sure they met, but they do it four times a year.

VIEWING PUZZLES

Sandown stewards are still besotted with the “crossing to the rail” syndrome but continue to get it wrong. See their comments on the meeting on 4 September. (Box numbers added here).

Race 8
“Dyna Beth (4) crossed to the rail soon after the start, checking Jewel Bale (3) and Ozzie Bullet (2)”.

No. If Dyna Beth brushed the slow-beginning Jewel Bale, and I don’t think it did, it was very minor and of no importance. It had no effect whatsoever on Ozzie Bullet.

Race 12
“Praise Chorus (5) crossed to the rail soon after the start, checking Young Hawek (sic) (3) and Big Bad Tom (4)”.

No again. Never touched them. By the time they got to the judge Praise Chorus was still outside another runner. It did not get to the rail until well around the corner.

THE BIG QUESTIONS

How will Xylia Allen’s and Sweet It Is’ relative times compare in the heats of the Chairman’s Cup at Wentworth Park tomorrow? How well has Xylia Allen recovered from the gutbuster at Cannington two weeks ago? If they both get through to the final, how will they take the shortish seven-day break? And will a refreshed Dusty Moonshine scupper them both – it’s in Xylia Allen’s heat and will also have to endure the short break which worried it last time.

And I am still waiting for someone to explain why Sweet It Is started at odds-on against the better performed Xylia Allen in Perth – after opening very short two days prior on Fixed Odds books. And how did Sweet It Is exceeded all its previous form in that near record run?

Let’s also remember that in their previous battle in the Victorian run-off on August 17 Xylia Allen beat Sweet It Is by 3.5 lengths.

This Week In Racing History

SEPTEMBER
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Interest Only annexed the 1990 Lord Mayor’s Trophy (732 metres, Olympic Park), defeating Jezepop by almost three lengths.

Paradise Street kept its undefeated record over 700 metres at Cannington intact when taking out the 1998 National Distance Championship final by two lengths from the Victorian pair of Cape Drina and Shar Den.

Texas Gold broke the three-and-a-half-year-old 720 metres track record at Wentworth Park in 2005 when scoring in 42.07 and in the process winning the National Distance Championship by 10 lengths. On the same night, Victorian sprinter Pure Octane took out the National Sprint Championship from fellow Victorian Junior’s Gypsy with Buddy Rich (NSW) third.

4
Pharaoh’s Mask defeated arch-rival Bold Trease by a head to take out the 1986 Sir John Dillon Memorial Final over 716 metres at Sandown Park. The pair had clashed in the heats a week earlier and the result had been precisely the same, a victory to Pharaoh’s Mask by a head.

Immortal Love broke the 515-metre track record at Launceston in taking out the 2006 National Sprint Championship for NSW. The Jason Mackay-trained sprinter used box one to perfection and ran 29.52 to defeat Buckingham Chuck (Q) by five and a half lengths with Fenceline (V) third.

5
Chief Zephyr won an 800 yards (732 metres) Invitation Stake at Harold Park in 1959 by a whopping 25 lengths in an official 43.59. Chief Zephyr was unofficially clocked at 43.25, which was just 5/100ths outside Bright Pleasure’s track and world record.

Rapid Journey scored a remarkable almost last to first victory, from box six, in the 1998 National Sprint Championship, run over 530 metres at Cannington. The champion ran down outsider Bula Boy (SA) to score by a neck with Faithful Hawk (Q) third. Local star Reggemite was fifth, behind Hotshot (V).

6
West Australian sprinter Prince Of Tigers exited box one and scored a neck victory over Victorian Chicago Blue in the 1997 National Sprint Championship, run over 512 metres at Angle Park. Local hope Larrikin McLaren was third. Prince Of Tigers emulated the feat of Mister Toewyte, West Australia’s first National Sprint Championship victor, who had also scored at Angle Park, in 1978.

7
Swift Laser won the 1987 Lord Mayor’s Trophy for trainer Graeme Bate, the first occasion the race had been run over 732 metres at Olympic Park. Previously the race had been conducted as a sprint.

Boomeroo defeated Castellan by a neck to take out the 2001 Cranbourne Puppy Classic. Boomeroo had won the Champion Puppy Classic at Angle Park in July.

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Venetian Note won a 540 yards (494 metres) hurdle at Warragul in 1972 in 30 3/16 to equal the long-standing track record, set by Radiant Bay.

Brilliant NSW sprinter Turbo Top was forced out of the 1984 National Sprint Championship series after running second in a heat over 457 metres at Harold Park to Calga Miss and then hitting the catching pen gate at the end of the race, causing a minor laceration to an eye. She did not race again for four months.

Crazy Carrie set a new time standard for 392 metres at Taree, running 22.12 in 2012.

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The Warragul greyhound track opened in 1955. Prize money was £3 ($6) for first, £1 ($2) for second and 10 shillings ($1) for third placegetters.

Prominent Sydney bookmaker and greyhound owner John Stollery died in 2013. He had sponsored the Xmas Gift at WP for many years and owned such stars as Flying Seagull, King Seagull, Pacific Seagull, Brave Gambler, and City Gambler. His son Mark Stollery was still operating at WP.

Confessions Of A Partly Successful Writer

Mostly we get good reactions to our articles here, but occasionally a reader takes me to task about a comment I have made. I skip some of these as they tend not to make their point logically, or offer facts to back their story. But I do read them when possible.

One case in point concerned Wag Tail’s run in the Nationals at Cannington. My article had said that one starter had trialled over 715m shortly before the actual race, in which it then ran poorly. This upset one reader although I did not nominate Wag Tail and was actually referring to another runner.

Nevertheless, Wag Tail did trial five days prior in 41.76 and then ran 41.84 to take out 3rd spot in the main race. That followed a fairly busy distance racing program over the previous few weeks, so the question then became whether it was in tip-top condition for the Nationals.

My guess would be barely, if that. Its recent background contained a series of distance races with mostly seven day breaks, which is always a doubtful policy. On its best form, it would have been entitled to run a bit quicker than it did in Perth – not to win but certainly to feature in the Quinella. My impression was that it was a bit flat for the final, which is not surprising given that it had run 715m only five days earlier. The lack of strong opposition allowed it to hold on to the placing.

The other runner of concern was Queen Marina, which both trialled and raced poorly over the full 715m.

The point, as always, is that we keep seeing regular examples of dogs which do not handle a quick back-up very well. And the logic of giving a dog a 715m trial just before a 715m race escapes me. A slip or a 530m trial, perhaps, but not over the full distance.

What happened to the other six runners after arriving in Perth is unknown, according to the formguide, but none had a stewards trial.

Change or Lack of It

Another reader claimed that nobody took any notice of what I wrote, so I was wasting my time. They may be partly right, but that’s about all. For example, several years ago I started asking why Victoria had Non-Penalty races/meetings. And I have kept on with that thought ever since. What purpose did they serve? Was the grading system no good?

Well, just the other day, GRV dumped the practice and converted the twice weekly dates in town into what they now call Meadows Provincial and Sandown Provincial – effectively 5th Grades.

It doesn’t happen overnight, but it does happen. Perhaps I gained some support along the way?

Mind you, none of that embraces what I considered the real problem with those old NP meetings. As soon as they started over a decade ago, field quality at the provincials dropped off, thereby giving clubs less to promote if they were so inclined, and weakening their attraction to serious punters. In exchange, the industry got a mixed bag of maidens, novices, more short races, and dogs out of form or just returning from a spell. Not a good swap. It needs action to reverse that shift. Big feature events are all very well, but it’s the week to week strengths that are the key to maintaining customers.

The Good News Publications

Probably the most common complaint is that I am always “whingeing” about something. Well, there are not too many, really, but there are a few and they are quite right. Except for the spelling. Most people wrongly leave the “e” out of whingeing.

Let me make two points here.

First, there are lashings of commentators saying how marvellous things are, especially if they work for a state authority, and almost none saying there are problems. So, do we have a perfect industry? Hardly, according to numerous moans and groans I keep hearing from both participants and punters, or at the Parliamentary Inquiry in NSW.

Second, that’s not a surprise as the industry is still based on 1950s habits and practices, including its ineffective organisational structures. There has been plenty of change around the edges where services are supplied by outside people. Feeds, medicines and veterinary skills have come along in leaps and bounds. Transport facilities are a millions miles away from the old days. Communications are a whiz by comparison.

Yet we are still running meetings in the same old way, hopefully handing out prize money from the same sources but not at a rate keeping pace with inflation or with standards in other sports. States barely talk to each other and there is little national coordination or consistency. To understand grading policies you need university degrees in mathematics, logic and IT. Since crowds stopped going to the track, the knowledge of greyhound racing has declined and much of the public don’t like what we do anyway. Our public image varies from poor to non-existent.

Put another way, I suggest that were we able to modernise our product and services in keeping with standards in the outside world the opportunity is there to raise incomes by 50% or more. We are selling ourselves short. Our assets and our skills are going to waste. We have long ignored views from outside the inner circle. Our tracks are sub-standard. Our income is dependent on mug gamblers. Management is never seriously challenged, never asked to justify its actions and routinely dismisses criticism, whether right or wrong. We are not running a business but processing pieces of paper, and sometimes not doing that too well.

What it amounts to is that a huge increase in profitability is there to be grabbed if we want it. Consequently, what else is there to do but point out where that might happen? To take no action is to encourage a decline.

So keep writing in. That’s the only way we will get better outcomes.

Allan Anderson On A Winning Streak In Tasmania

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Are Horses, Dogs And Humans Different?

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

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

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

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

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

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

WRONG FORM A HASSLE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PROFESSIONAL OR AMATEUR?

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

 

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

 

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

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

AND SO IT GOES ON

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

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

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

Xylia Allen Joins Zoom Top In Historic Performance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This Week In Racing History

AUGUST
27

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SEPTEMBER
1

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

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

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

The Mystery Of the Long Distance Runner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WHISTLING ON THE WAY THROUGH THE CEMETERY

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

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

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

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

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

Sweet It Is Victorious In 2014 National Distance Final

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chica Destacada Is One Outstanding Girl

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cannington Greyhounds Tips And Betting Preview August 23rd 2014

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

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

Best Roughie:
Race 2: Special Jim

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

 

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

No.NameFormBestTrainer

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

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

Top Four: 2 – 4 – 6 – 3

Suggested Bets:

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

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

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

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

 

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

No.NameFormBestTrainer

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

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

Top Four: 6 – 7 – 2 – 3

Suggested Bets:

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

No.NameFormBestTrainer

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

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

Top Four: 8 – 3 – 2 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Last Day

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

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

 

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

No.NameFormBestTrainer

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

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

Top Four: 2 – 3 – 6 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Chica Destacada

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

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

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

A Way To Bigger Profits

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Background To The National Distance Championship

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

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

Inaugural Running

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

Tracks & Distances

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

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

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

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

Harold Park 1972, 1977 (732 metres)

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

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

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

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

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

Albion Park 1996, 2002, 2011 (710 metres)

The Meadows 2007, 2013 (725 metres)

When Is The Race Run

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

Biggest Winning Margins

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

Closest Winning Margins

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

Most Successful Trainers

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

Dual Winners

Boronia Blossom in 1995 and 1996.

Reserve Winners

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

Dual Finalists

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

Beaten Stars

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

Notes

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

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

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

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

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