2014 Group One Topgun Preview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Months

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

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

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

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

This Week In Racing History

October
22

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

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

23
Tasmanian champion Shantung Tiger scored a brilliant victory in the 1997 Devonport Cup, overcoming box five to score by three and a half lengths from Ginger’s Charm.

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

24
South Australian Scenic Spa downed Victorian finalist Storm Glade in the 1985 final of the National Sprint Championship, run over 513 metres at Sandown Park. The victory was the second for a South Australian in the nationals, coming just four years after Kate’s A Scandal, who had also been successful in Victoria, at Olympic Park.

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

25
The Ron Gill-trained Bobniak won the 1997 Vic Peters Memorial Classic by almost nine lengths from Little Ego and Victorian finalist Fraud. Bobniak had won his first 13 starts before suffering his first defeat in a heat of the Classic, running second to the ill-fated Marcus Wonacott.

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

26
Alastic Rebel exited box three and took out the 1991 Vic Peters Memorial Classic at Wentworth Park by three lengths over the smart Tallest Peer with Almerzo five lengths away third.

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

27
Meticulous defeated Run’s House and Leprechaun Pace in the 2007 Topgun, the first to be run over 525 metres at The Meadows. NSW invitee Mandagery Man was scratched, replaced by fellow NSW sprinter One Tree Hill (who finished fourth). Meticulous received a whopping $125,000 for the victory, the largest amount ever paid to the victor of an invitation-only race.

28
Placid Boy scored a hollow eight-length victory in the 1995 Vic Peters Memorial Classic final, earning $30,000 for connections.

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

Buckle Up Wes A Top Chance For Tassie

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More Cash But On A Fragile Basis

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

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

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

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

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

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

IS A LEGAL DOOR OPENING?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FRANKING THE FORM

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

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

WHY DO THEY WRITE THIS STUFF?

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

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

2014 Group Two Geelong Cup Preview

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

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

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

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

ODDS COURTESY OF CENTREBET’S FIXED ODDS MARKET.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ozchase Critic Confirms What We Already Know

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WHO’S IN, WHO’S OUT

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

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

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

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

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

2014 Topgun Field Announced

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Box One – Chica Destacada – Doreen Drynan

Box Two – Keybow – Darren McDonald

Box Three – Oakvale Destiny – Jeff Britton

Box Four – Flash Reality – Tony Brett

Box Five – Buckle Up Wes – Ted Medhurst

Box Six – Awesome Project – Darren McDonald

Box Seven – Allen Deed – Andrea Daily

Box Eight – Zipping Willow – Jason Mackay

First Res: Mepunga Hayley

Second Res: My Bro Fabio

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

The Bridesmaid Breaks Through

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SLOW MOTION

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

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

The Meadows Greyhound Tips & Betting Preview October 11th 2014

Best Bet:
Race 2: Satsuki Bale

Best Roughie:
Race 11: Blue Mayhem

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

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

No.NameFormBestTrainer

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

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

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

Top Four: 1 – 4 – 5 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Earl Bale

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

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

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

No.NameFormBestTrainer

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

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

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

Top Four: 8 – 2 – 4 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Satsuki Bale

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

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

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

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

No.NameFormBestTrainer

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

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

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

Top Four: 8 – 4 – 1 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Surf Jester and Hestia Bale

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

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

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

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

No.NameFormBestTrainer

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

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

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

Top Four: 3 – 5 – 8 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Highbury

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

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

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

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

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

No.NameFormBestTrainer

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

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

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

Top Four: 1 – 3 – 5 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Scenic Shot

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

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

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

No.NameFormBestTrainer

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

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

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

Top Four: 4 – 7 – 6 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Lady Toy

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

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

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

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

No.NameFormBestTrainer

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

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

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

Top Four: 5 – 6 – 3 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on Massive Merv and Strange Wish

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

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

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

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

No.NameFormBestTrainer

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

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

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

Top Four: 3 – 6 – 2 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Elite Devil

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

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

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

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

No.NameFormBestTrainer

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

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

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

Top Four: 2 – 6 – 3 – 4

Suggested Bets:

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

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

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

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

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

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

No.NameFormBestTrainer

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

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

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

Top Four: 1 – 5 – 4 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on Allen Zentax and Allen Gizmo

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

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

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

No.NameFormBestTrainer

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

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

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

Top Four: 6 – 7 – 2 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on Deadly Boy and Blue Mayhem

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

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

Race 12 – 525M Grade 5 – 11:00PM

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

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

Top Four: 4 – 2 – 3 – 5

Suggested Bets:

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

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

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

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

2014 Group Three Sydney Cup Final Preview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Allen Deed Storms Home In 2014 Group One Adelaide Cup Final

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

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

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

Full Results

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

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

Background to the Sydney Cup

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

Inaugural running

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

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

Distances

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

When is the race held?

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

Biggest Winning Margins

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

Closest Winning Margins

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

Most Successful Trainers

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

Only Dual Winner/s

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

Only Reserves to Win

None.

Dual Finalists

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

Beaten Stars

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

Notes

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

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

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

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

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

Sydney Cup Honour Roll

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

This Week In Racing History

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Signs Are Everywhere

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jeff Britton Qualifies Four Runners For 2014 Group One Adelaide Cup

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

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

Heat One

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

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

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

Heat Two

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

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

Heat Three

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

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

Heat Four

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

Heat Five

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

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

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

Heat Six

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

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

Heat Seven

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

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

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

The final field for next week’s race is:

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

2014 Group One Adelaide Cup Heats Preview

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

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

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

Heat One – Race 3 at 7:25pm

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

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

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

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

Heat Two – Race 4 at 7:44pm

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

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

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

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

Heat Three – Race 5 at 8:08pm

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

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

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

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

Heat Four – Race 6 at 8:28pm

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

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

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

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

Heat Five – Race 7 at 8:52pm

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

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

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

Heat Six – Race 8 at 9:11pm

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

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

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

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

Heat Seven – Race 9 at 9:35pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This Week In Racing History

OCTOBER
1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Another Wakeup Call

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A WORLDWIDE CHALLENGE?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HAVE YOU HEARD THIS ONE BEFORE?

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

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

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

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

I’m Tired And I Wanna Go Home

That title is a variation on the lyrics from an old song but it is being sung by a few dogs these days.

Sandown on Thursday become a night of contrasts – first when up and coming stayer Starc put in a shocker. Backed into favouritism ($2.00 in NSW and $2.60 in Victoria), it wandered out of the boxes and meandered around at the tail of the field for the entire race, finishing eight lengths behind a smart winner in Flying Twist (41.90). Starc looked really tired.

Previously, it had put in a solid effort to win at the track on 11 September, running 6.13 and 42.10. A week later it did even better (6.15 and 41.88), finishing on strongly although unable to catch the runaway winner. Then this week, its third distance run in three weeks and an ignominious failure – 6.54 and 42.42.

The Dailly camp had four starters in this field, including the winner as well as Starc, and all had much the same recent racing experience. But then so did all the others. One week gaps are what all trainers seem to work with these days but in reality they are all kidding us. Time after time the evidence is that no-one can really be sure how the dogs will turn up this week – not for distance races. It’s all guesswork.

Even sadder is that stewards generally take little interest in performance reversals like Starc’s, despite it being a warm favourite and running poorly. Perhaps a visit to Flemington or Caulfield might throw some light on how best to handle these situations?

Anyway, if trainers won’t do it and stewards are not interested, it falls to racing authorities to bring in a rule banning a second distance run inside 14 days. That might produce screams of horror in some places but not from punters or the dogs themselves. It’s all a question of priorities.

The Prelude sprints were another deal altogether.

In a night of smart times, nothing could compare with the 29.09 run by My Bro Fabio out of box 8. Like a very similar performance by Campaspe Will, also from box 8 (but with a small bump on the first turn), the dog came out moderately and then ran around the field to end up threatening Bekim Bale’s track record of 29.86. Never have I seen a dog put so much space on a quality field as My Bro Fabio did from the home turn to the post. It was a massive display of power.

More remarkable was that My Bro Fabio had just broken the Canberra 530m record from an inside box, railing and leading all the way. By comparison, My Bro Fabio ran around the centre of the track at Sandown, covering much more ground than a railer like Bekim Bale. Those two “each way” runs are the mark of an outstanding greyhound.

BACK AGAIN

What should have got a big mention last week was the huge return to form of Dusty Moonshine. After breaking the Dapto distance record, the dog returned to Wentworth Park and ran a personal best of 41.86, a length quicker than its previous winning efforts.

Even so, it’s still hard to explain away the erratic nature of some runs. The dog ran really well on 21 Jun, 4 July and 2 August, then went poorly on 9 August and 6 September. The Dapto record followed on 12 September and the quick run at Wenty on 20 September.

Who knows exactly why the drop off occurred. There was some talk of a minor injury yet the dog was passed fit to run in both the slow runs, including the state run-off for the Nationals, but it looked jaded to the eye. One poor run was after a quick back-up but the other was well spaced.

Whatever the answer, this is a talented dog and the subject in general warrants more serious investigation. The prospect of apparently in-form stayers suddenly losing their spark is not an acceptable proposition for the greyhound public – as indicated above for the Sandown race, and many others.

NUMBERS NOT ADDING UP

The other day we advanced some reasons that would have forced WA to permit reduced fields for local FFA races, one of which was that everyone is short of starters to one degree or another, not just WA.

Taking that a step further, we surveyed the main eastern tracks over the last three months and found that 24% of all higher grade races started with one or more empty boxes. That more or less accords with other surveys of all race types.

This should not be a surprise. We have no more dogs but we do have more races to fill. It’s simple arithmetic and has been trending that way for years.

A full appreciation of this subject – and it is a complex one – could come only from a comprehensive review by a national body, yet the one we have appears uninterested or incapable of assessing how the industry is going. That leaves us with each state authority making up its own stories about why things are good or bad, or worse, keeping on pumping out slanted media releases about how marvellous things are.

However, there is a quick solution. Reduce all meetings to 10 races (remember those?) and then market them more aggressively. Instead of waiting for gamblers to turn up at the TAB counters, go out to the public and explain to them what makes the canine athlete tick and how to get involved.

Taking action like that would give the industry some chance of replacing income from lost races with bigger pools and commissions from the ones that remain. In doing those sums, we should also remember that income from a short field is always lower than from a full field – due to exotic betting trends.

WA’s immediate problem is getting hold of enough higher grade dogs. But it is not the only state with that challenge. Why not go back to the hopelessly complex and convoluted grading rules now in place and simplify them? Current practice has been to keep adding more rules to the ones that already exist. The recent Master’s rules in NSW and the MEP and SAP system in Victoria (replacing non-penalty races at Sandown and The Meadows) are classic examples of how to make life harder for all.

More importantly, most states now have policies where – irrespective of their intentions – the effect is to introduce more and more races where dogs can retain their 5th grade status. Success in that area obviously means that fewer dogs make their way up through the grades, which is where the WA dilemma originates.

When in doubt, throw everything out. Go back to scratch and start again. A simpler system worked well enough for 50 years or more, so why not now?

Sandown Park Greyhounds Tips & Betting Preview September 25th 2014

Quality fields at Sandown tonight with Melbourne Cup Preludes taking place. We have many free bets for ARG readers looking to boost their betting banks.

Best Bet:
Race 12: Cosmic Wise

Best Roughie:
Race 3: Flying Twist

Quaddie:
Leg 1: 1,2,5,6,8 – Leg 2: 1,2,5,6,8 – Leg 3: 1,2 – Leg 4: 4,5,8 – $150 for 100%

 

Race No. 1Tab Early Quaddie7:07 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

1TOMMY EL [5]56144NBTG Whitford (Yarram)
2JINGELLIC (NSW)[5]52353FSTDM Fox (Laverton)
3CREATIVE KARISMA [5]411129.98(4)K Podmore (Wagga Wagga)
4JUBILEA BALE (NSW)[5]6531529.57(4)J Hunt (Lara)
5SCANEZ CEE [5]5112230.07(4)B Divirgilio (Langwarrin)
6RAPID INCLINE [5]1372430.03(5)R Tartaglia (Newcomb)
7WAR ROOM [5]36652FSHM Carter (Violet Town)
8POLLY BALE (NSW)[5]7412130.02(1)A Dailly (Anakie)
9DYNA FANCY (NSW)[5]Res.7433130.03(8)A Dailly (Anakie)
10SURF JESTER (QLD)[5]Res.5887729.58(5)J Gill (Darriman)

Jubilea Bale is dropping considerably in class and with an even getaway she should prove very hard to hold out. Two starts back she showed her strength when she overcame early difficulties to score at Warragul in 26.33. With a slow beginner drawn underneath she should get a fairly clear passage early and she has won here previously in a zippy 29.57.

Scanez Cee has been racing in very consistent form of late and he was narrowly beaten here last week behind the exciting Dyna Yemen. He consistently runs around the 5.15 mark early and that should see him settle in the top three early. War Room is the interesting runner, he has been struggling of late in Victoria but prior to coming here he had scored some blistering wins on prominent NSW tracks. Polly Bale is going to be well supported and she really caught the eye when scoring at The Meadows in a slick 30.01, my only concern with her is that she may have trouble crossing in the first 50m.

Top Four: 4 – 5 – 7 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Jubilea Bale

Trifecta: 4,5/3,4,5,7/1,3,4,5,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

Boxed Quinella: 3,4,5,7 ($6 for 100%)

Exacta: 4,5/3,4,5,7 ($6 for 100%)

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

 

Race No. 2Nathan Sturgess Final7:25 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Final event over 595 metres at Sandown park Of $10,285 Prizemoney.
1st: $7,200 2nd: $2,060 3rd: $1,025.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DR. RAHOUAL [5]54281NBTJ Mcmahon (Darriman)
2LONESOME KNIGHT [5]68652FSTDJ Westerlo (Clyde)
3PENANCE ALLEN (NSW)[5]7656134.35(6)J Hunt (Lara)
4DR. DES [5]42171FSTDW Mcmahon (Darriman)
5DYNA TREASON (NSW)[5]46552NBTJ Hunt (Lara)
6EXPLOSIVE ANGEL [5]62132FSTDM Brown (Loch)
7MOOT POINT (NSW)[5]132F1FSTDM Carter (Violet Town)
8ROCKIN’ JOSIE [5]5875134.26(8)V Borg (Hoppers Crossing)
9BERRY BLITZ [5]Res.5253234.98(8)A Langton (Anakie)
10DAINTREE PUZZLE [5]Res.42232NBTG Joske (Jeeralang Junction)

Rockin’ Josie looks well placed in the pink draw and she returned to her brilliant best with a sizzling 34.24 heat win last week. From the draw she should get room to muster in the first 50m and that should allow her to carve across to the early lead. Her heat winning time was at least three lengths faster than any other heat and she has the ability to either lead or come from off the speed in her races.

Dr. Rahoul took over soon after the start in his commanding 34.56 heat win and from the red he should be in a prominent position early, he isn’t overly strong but if he holds them out at the first bend he may just pinch the race. Penance Allen has the class edge but she is going to need a heap of luck in the first 50m. If she can reproduce her 34.35 PB run here she will be right in the mix. Dr. Des has a great record here and if he can get away cleanly he should be a major factor, however I think he may be a little under the odds in this event.

Top Four: 8 – 3 – 1 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Rockin’ Josie

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

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

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

 

Race No. 3The “superdogs” Are Coming!7:44 PM (VIC time)
Mixed 4/5 event over 715 metres at Sandown park Of $8,745 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,120 2nd: $1,750 3rd: $875.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ALLEN WAKE (NSW)[5]1443642.44(3)A Dailly (Anakie)
2FLYING TWIST [5]15423NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
3DEWANA BABE [4]1335142.00(7)M Dewan (Carrum Downs)
4BIG KAT [4]3588442.13(3)C Schlensog (Anakie)
5LOVE AFFAIR (NSW)[5]14314NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
6STARC (NSW)[4]2161242.10(4)A Dailly (Anakie)
7BLINKER’S ON [5]17123NBTB Ennis (Lara)
8KIM KEEPING (NSW)[5]5124742.31(2)J Cottrell (Langwarrin)

Starc is an exciting prospect and his effort when placed here last week was impressive. He was beaten six lengths behind Ruff Cut Diamond here last week but they did run an eye popping 41.52 in that event. I would expect him to settle in the top two again early and he appears to be getting stronger and stronger with every run over this journey.

Blinker’s On is going to start a false favourite again and although he is a winning chance he is going to be way under the odds. He is likely to get back in the early stages and he was quite disappointing when coming from off the speed at Bendigo last time over 660m. Flying Twist has been far from disgraced in her two recent placings over this trip and she can run a monster race at odds again. She is likely to set the tempo and if there is some shuffling behind she may just steal the prize. Love Affair rounds out the chances, she recently scored an all the way Meadows win in 42.95 recently and that type of effort would see her be competitive in this.

Top Four: 6 – 2 – 5 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on Starc and Flying Twist (more on Starc)

Exacta: 2,5,6/2,5,6,7 ($9 for 100%)

Quinella: 6 to rove with 2,5,7 ($3 for 100%)

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

 

Race No. 4Tab Melb. Cup 21/11 – Grv Vic Bred Final (gobis)8:08 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Final event over 595 metres at Sandown park Of $12,685 Prizemoney.
1st: $7,200 2nd: $2,060 3rd: $1,025 GOBIS: $2,400.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1REBELATION [5]4266334.51(1)M Mallia-magri (Avalon)
2MEPUNGA FEARON [5]25432NBTJ Britton (Anakie)
3ROY GALO [5]26563NBTS Ralph (Tooradin)
4RINASH [5]1143234.68(3)G Laidlay (Devon Meadows)
5SIGN OF SNOW [5]2833234.51(3)A Langton (Anakie)
6COULTA ROCK [4]1343134.22(8)D Curtain (Longwarry)
7SONIC PIRATE [4]1726134.49(8)P Reinders (Gruyere)
8DEADLY BOY [4]1641134.33(8)S Mckenna (Napoleons)
9MORNINGSIDE [5]Res.12273NBTK Bravo (Lovely Banks)
10HESSION BOOTS [5]Res.28634NBTR Clark (Toolleen)

Mepunga Fearon normally pings the lids and he led for a long way when narrowly beaten in his heat last week. From the rails draw he should punch through and lead again and with a wide runner drawn on his outside I am expecting him to get away with a bigger mid race lead. Obviously the last 30m is going to be a concern again but at around the $3.50 mark I’m willing to take the chance.

Deadly Boy reeled in Mepunga Fearon last week and he exits the same pin tonight, the concern with him is that there is more pace drawn underneath him tonight and he may be posted wide for the first 200m or so. If he gets a similar run early as last week he is an obvious contender but I wouldn’t be willing to take short odds. Rebelation has the good draw and he wasn’t disgraced in his heat, he has some early speed and he should be able to settle in the top three. Prior to last week he was well down on confidence and after last week’s improved effort he may continue to improve.

Top Four: 2 – 8 – 1 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Mepunga Fearon

Quinella: 2 to rove with 1,5,8 ($3 for 100%)

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

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

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

 

Race No. 5Tab Melbourne Cup Prelude 18:28 PM (VIC time)
Special Event event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1TEXAS TITAN (SA)[4]3431329.57(7)J Britton (Anakie)
2DYNA OSTRANDER (NSW)[3]1152529.56(2)J Hunt (Lara)
3WE ARE GEELONG [4]7112129.62(2)M Karamatic (Lara)
4MUSQUIN BALE (NSW)[4]8414829.30(2)A Dailly (Anakie)
5BANJO BOY [2]1134229.34(8)K Virtue (Tooradin)
6FARMOR LAS VEGAS (QLD)[4]2115429.61(4)R Britton (Lara)
7BLURRED LINES [3]7117129.68(8)K Bravo (Lovely Banks)
8TIGGERLONG AMIGO (NSW)[4]4345129.52(4)D Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
9PAPPA GALLO [5]Res.8656429.45(5)M Cortese (Hampton Park)

Dyna Ostrander was desperately unlucky in last week’s SA Derby Final at Angle Park and he should make amends tonight at nice odds. After a smart getaway, he was about to cross and lead but just as he was about to clear them he was dragged down and he lost all momentum. With slow beginners all around him tonight he should get a very clear passage early and he will give a great sight on the bunny.

Texas Titan loves racing over this track and trip and he recently powered to the line when scoring at Angle Park in 29.77. He likes to use a bit of the track, however from the red he should get a fairly clear passage early and that will allow him to get into some open space without too much trouble. Banjo Boy resumes from a spell and if he is wound up he should make an impact. There is a fair bit of speed drawn around him in this event so he can’t afford to make too many mistakes early. Farmor Las Vegas is ridiculously consistent and he should be in the mix for a long way, surprisingly he has a great record from this draw and he is worth a ticket if he goes around at silly odds.

Top Four: 2 – 1 – 6 – 5

Suggested Bets:

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

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

Exacta: 1,2,6/1,2,5,6 ($9 for 100%)

Quinella: 2 to rove with 1,5,6 ($3 for 100%)

 

Race No. 6Tab Melbourne Cup Prelude 28:52 PM (VIC time)
Special Event event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1WIND WHISTLER [4]2121229.49(8)A Langton (Anakie)
2OLLIE BALE (NSW)[4]2515329.32(4)A Dailly (Anakie)
3DREAM IT [4]3217129.53(5)B Ennis (Lara)
4DYNA NICO (NSW)[3]4313129.62(1)A Dailly (Anakie)
5NATIONAL TIME (NSW)[4]4111129.43(3)D Brown (Lara)
6TAKE CHARGE [3]2221129.52(2)S Mckenna (Napoleons)
7BUCKLE UP MASON (TAS)[2]2331229.26(5)J Hunt (Lara)
8CAMPASPE WILL [5]3116429.44(8)N Walls (Melton)
9PAPPA GALLO [5]Res.8656429.45(5)M Cortese (Hampton Park)

Campaspe Will has won five of seven from this draw with a keen railer in box seven he is likely to better that winning record. Three starts ago he set the track alight at The Meadows when posting a blistering 29.72 win and a similar effort tonight would see him get the cash with relative ease.

Wind Whistler is racing like an absolute Beast at present and he will be charging home again. He is likely to get a long way back in the early stages but he has won five of nine here so he has no trouble working his way through a field. Ollie Bale is a little hit or miss early but he showed he can run time when he scored an all the way Meadows win recently in 29.89. He needs to lead to win his races but with slow beginners either side he may be able to find the bunny early. Dream It is going to be well fancied and with some luck early he is a major player, however with the pace around him I think he is a risk tonight. National Time and Take Charge are two smokey’s who must be included in your quaddies, both are lid pingers and if there is some shuffling behind, either one could steal the prize.

Top Four: 8 – 1 – 2 – 5

Suggested Bets:

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

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

Exacta: 1,2,8/1,2,5,8 ($9 for 100%)

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

 

Race No. 7Tab Melbourne Cup Prelude 39:11 PM (VIC time)
Special Event event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MEPUNGA ARMAGH [3]3437229.37(6)J Britton (Anakie)
2GIMME FUEL [2]2186129.44(1)K Bravo (Lovely Banks)
3HIGHBURY (NSW)[4]2353429.46(1)R Britton (Lara)
4WARRIOR KING (NSW)[4]4431229.25(1)B Ennis (Lara)
5MYSTIC TWIST [4]6615129.63(3)M Cauchi (St Leonards)
6DYNA BETH (NSW)[4]6267729.55(3)A Dailly (Anakie)
7DELLO BALE (NSW)[4]2343129.41(1)J Hunt (Lara)
8LAMIA BALE (NSW)[3]5161129.54(2)S Collins (Lara)
9PAPPA GALLO [5]Res.8656429.45(5)M Cortese (Hampton Park)

Mepunga Armagh had been struggling in recent weeks but last time at Angle Park he showed a glimpse of his best and I would expect that his confidence will continue to climb. After a slow getaway he showed that blistering turn of foot which had been missing in his recent efforts. If he can reproduce that turn of foot he should have no trouble holding the lead from the red and he will be running time on the bunny.

Warrior King smashed his rivals when scoring here in 29.30 two runs back and with a clear run in the first 50m he should be a major player again. Once again the box draw is against him and he will need a lot to go right for him to win. Gimme Fuel reeled off smart sectionals in his 29.44 win here last week and if he crosses the red early he will give a great sight again. Dello Bale could be the value in the event, he will trail them early but he hits the line strongly in his races and he does have a very impressive 29.41 PB.

Top Four: 1 – 2 – 4 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Mepunga Armagh

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

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

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

 

Race No. 8Tab Melbourne Cup Prelude 49:35 PM (VIC time)
Special Event event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1HEKATE BELLE [5]15614NBTK Bravo (Lovely Banks)
2BAZZA’S GIFT [2]1854729.54(1)N Bell (Point Lonsdale)
3HUMPHREY BALE (NSW)[5]4886429.48(1)A Dailly (Anakie)
4OAKVALE DESTINY (SA)[3]5341129.67(7)J Britton (Anakie)
5MARCUS JOE [1]2215329.24(4)B Moloney (Marcus Hill)
6LADY GOLDENPAW [4]6311829.66(8)R Britton (Lara)
7SAMUS ALLEN (NSW)[5]52452NBTJ Hunt (Lara)
8MY BRO FABIO (NSW)[3]1211129.38(2)B Ennis (Lara)
9PAPPA GALLO [5]Res.8656429.45(5)M Cortese (Hampton Park)

My Bro Fabio is racing in electric fashion and it’s hard to see him being beaten after he recently broke the Canberra Track Record with a breathtaking 29.89 win. He followed that effort up by winning the Canberra Cup final by a whopping 12 lengths. If he can get through the first bend with only a few knocks he should balance up as they head for the back straight and he will round them up very quickly.

Oakvale Destiny recently captured the Group Two SA Oaks Final and she loves racing here, like the favourite she can be a little slow to begin but she does have a tremendous turn of foot and she always finds a way to put herself into contention. Marcus Joe should settle in the top two early and he will give a great sight, he has won here previously in 29.24 and a similar effort would see him go very close to winning. Samus Allen rounds out the genuine chances, she has the speed to cross and lead and she appears to be getting stronger with every run.

Top Four: 8 – 5 – 4 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 8/4,5,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

Exacta: 4,5,8/4,5,7,8 ($9 for 100%)

Boxed Quinella: 4,5,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

 

Race No. 9Macro Meats9:55 PM (VIC time)
Free For All event over 595 metres at Sandown park Of $10,285 Prizemoney.
1st: $7,200 2nd: $2,060 3rd: $1,025.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1RUMERO REASON (NSW)[4]3427434.33(1)A Dailly (Anakie)
2DYNA ORION (NSW)[4]3144334.65(5)A Dailly (Anakie)
3HEIDI GO SEEK [2]3552334.25(2)A Langton (Anakie)
4RALPHY CINEL (NSW)[4]2521234.38(6)J Borg (Maryborough)
6SUPERSONIC HAWK (NSW)[4]2512534.41(2)J Britton (Anakie)
7TICK BALE (NSW)[3]5775334.32(3)J Hunt (Lara)
8ARISING [3]3174134.01(3)D Knocker (Langwarrin)

Heidi Go Seek has shown some improvement in her two most recent efforts and she should appreciate the step up in distance. She has won three of five over this journey and she has a tendency to ping the lids over this distance range. With no speed in the inside two boxes, I can see her easily crossing to the early lead and she will give a great sight at nice odds.

Rumero Reason has his favourite draw and he posted his impressive 34.33 PB here from this pin. From the red he should settle a lot closer to the speed than normal and I would expect him to be putting pressure on the leaders as they head off the back straight. Ralphy Cinel has early speed and he should appreciate the empty draw on his outside. This is a bit or a rise in class for him but he should be able to adapt. Tick Bale is the interesting runner, he is much better than his recent form reads and he has a great record from wide draws.

Top Four: 3 – 1 – 4 – 7

Suggested Bets:

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

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

Trifecta: 1,3,4/1,3,4,7/1,2,3,4,7 ($27 for 100%)

Each Way Heidi Go Seek

 

Race No. 10Berwick Mazda10:12 PM (VIC time)
Mixed 3/4 event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SPEED SERIES (NSW)[3]2652629.50(8)G Campbell (Peechelba)
2PRINCE TO EXCEL (NSW)[4]7121129.91(2)G Jose (Catani)
3GORHAM BALE (NSW)[4]2123229.42(5)S Collins (Lara)
4BAHAMA BAY [4]3154829.70(1)A Britton (Lara)
6DR. KLAAS [4]111429.62(5)W Mcmahon (Darriman)
7FABIO (QLD)[4]1111229.63(3)K Greenough (Pearcedale)
8BAYMAN BALE (NSW)[4]1611630.06(2)J Hunt (Lara)

Gorham Bale hasn’t had a lot of luck in recent weeks and he is bursting to break through. There is a bit of speed drawn around him and that should help him, as it will allow him to get a nice sit in the early stages. When he gets out into some open space he is capable of reeling off very impressive sectionals which is evident by his brilliant 29.42 PB here.

Speed Series has a great record from the red and he can show smart early speed in his races. He has clearly lost a couple of lengths with age but his placing at Warragul two runs back showed he is still more than competitive. Prince To Excel has scored two strong 440m Sale wins of late and he should be ready to step back up to 500m. Fabio is likely to start favourite but I think he is a risk tonight as this is clearly the toughest race he has contested in his brief career.

Top Four: 3 – 1 – 2 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Gorham Bale

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

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

Trifecta: 3/1,2,8/Field ($15 for 100%)

 

Race No. 11Tab Rewards10:32 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

1UNIX BALE (NSW)[5]81276NBTS Collins (Lara)
2MORNINGSIDE [5]12273NBTK Bravo (Lovely Banks)
3BUNGA BUNGA [5]42116NBTJ Greenough (Pearcedale)
4TWEAK [5]12126NBTT O’donovan (Devon Meadows)
5KAYO MARCIARNO [5]2535634.59(3)G Neocleous (Yinnar South)
6VELOCEMENTE [5]86334NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
7DYNA GELDOF (NSW)[5]24238NBTS Collins (Lara)
8HE ISN’T REALLY [5]3736434.44(6)C Schlensog (Anakie)
9MISS SOCIETY [5]Res.7286734.47(7)J Imlach (Pearcedale)
10ATLAS GENIUS (SA)[5]Res.1231634.55(5)B Divirgilio (Langwarrin)

Unix Bale is a keen railer and the way she has been hitting the line of late suggests that she is looking for this distance range. She recently made the SA Oaks Final and the manner in which she finished off the race in her heat was very impressive. From the inside draw she should be able to settle mid pack and she should make a strong move mid race, this is one of the weakest races she has contested for a while and she should be value.

Tweak scored a more than handy 34.67 Meadows win three runs back and he should set a cracking pace. He is yet to win here in seven tries over this journey but this is a big drop in class for him. Dyna Geldof has been racing well of late and he will settle in the top two early. He isn’t strong in the run home but if there is some trouble behind he may get away with the prize. He Isn’t Really has a heap of talent and if he can get some luck in the first 50m he won’t be far away.

Top Four: 1 – 4 – 7 – 8

Suggested Bets

Win Bet on Unix Bale

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

Exacta: 1,4,7/1,4,7,8 ($9 for 100%)

 

Race 12 – 515M Grade 5 – 10:52PM

Cosmic Wise overcame a bad start to score at Angle Park last week in 30.29 and tonight I would expect her to step a lot better and dictate the terms. She has a smart 29.60 PB over this journey and she is armed with a great turn of foot when she hits the sand, with slow beginners on either side she should get all the breaks.

Dyna Glinda is much better than her recent form suggested and if she can step a little better tonight she will run a big race at odds. Four starts ago she posted a strong 34.43 Meadows win but she hasn’t experienced a lot of luck since then. Hailstorm Billy loves racing here and he will be steaming home in the closing stages, he is a great dog to anchor for second and third in your exotic bets. Soho Rhythm has the good draw and she was far from disgraced in her recent 545m Ballarat placing.

Top Four: 3 – 7 – 4 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Cosmic Wise

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

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

There’s Nothing Like A Good Bookie

It’s not always easy to follow the West Australians. They are now debating whether to privatise their TAB – the last one remaining in government hands. Labor is against it while the Liberals-Nationals want to go ahead. These are the same Liberals that tried to stop Betfair operating in the state, only to be thwarted by the High Court ruling in favour of Betfair. A different Minister is now in charge.

Anyway, the important thing is to assess who would be better off with or without a sale.

Other states were quick to make the change, largely because their Treasurers liked the idea getting hold of big dollars to help with other state demands. Short term gains are always popular with politicians – the long term is someone else’s problem.

In part, there were usually quick payoffs to the racing codes to ensure their support yet that also came at a cost – ie racing lost most of its influence over what the TABs did.

However, all those sales came at a time when the racing scene was vastly different. Betting exchanges and NT bookmakers were either non-existent or not a significant force and life was much more stable. Not necessarily progressive, but more stable.

Today, there is no more dominant force in the racing industry than Tabcorp, by far the bigger of the two TABs. Not just because it controls NSW and Victorian TABs (and also hosts WA for the moment) but because it also owns SKY and most radio broadcasters and it alone decides when races will be run and at what tracks, and which codes get preference. Then there are all the international races that now have coverage, with more to come according to CEO Attenborough. These will shove greyhounds further into the background and there will be no appeal possible.

What we are left with now are two questions; are Tabcorp and Tattsbet efficient and are they helping the industry go forward?

In the power game, TattsBet is hardly relevant at the moment. Its pools are small and declining so its only hope is that state governments will get together and nationalise betting pools. It can then rely on service and marketing alone.

The arrival of NT bookmakers (so-called – they are not really bookmakers at all) has immediately demonstrated that there is a lot of padding in the “price” the TABs charge. That is, their legislated 16% average deduction from each dollar is well above what it costs the newcomers to operate, albeit that the TABs provide more services, particularly the across the counter betting facilities throughout the country. This factor alone produces instability.

One outcome is that the NT people, with base costs of around 6%, have a huge excess they can use to pay for publicity, advertising and sponsorship as well as to shift profits to their mostly overseas owners. They also pay smaller fees than the TABs so the more they succeed the less raceclubs rake in for a given amount of wagering (even after allowing for sponsorship payments etc). There is a counter argument that the NT guys have expanded the market but while that was certainly true at the beginning, it has been more of a once-off benefit than an ongoing one.

Another view is that the NT people provide real competition for the betting dollar yet that is getting to be a thin argument, mainly because they do not initiate price competition but simply copy what the TABs offer – albeit the customers get some help from “best of” payouts.

At heart, the TABs are still monopolists. But is a private monopoly better than a state-owned monopoly? That’s always a doubtful proposition. One acts in the interests of the average citizen, the other in the interests of its shareholders, who will expect useful and continuing dividends. Currently, actions by the TABs to jam more and more action into a small space – ie the racing calendar – and to push more strongly into the mug gambler sector are clearly more helpful to their shareholders than to the racing industry.

Over time, quality has bowed to quantity, thereby contributing to a downgrading of the customer profile. That alone creates some risk to the industry, as has already been evidenced by the massive drop in wagering’s share of the gambling market over the last 20 years – from 50% to around 10% now. While TAB policies are far from the only factor involved there, they are certainly influential.

On balance, it is hard to see what benefits the privatised TABs offer to customers or governments under the current regime. They are growth oriented but only in respect to what their shareholders might like, and then perhaps more short than long term.

Historically, TABs, and later SKY Channel, have provided hefty boosts to customer services and therefore to turnover. But those advantages seem to have run out of steam and are now on a downward slide due to the heavily overcrowded calendar. In any case, who is to say those gains would not have occurred were governments to have retained ownership?

Philosophically, I prefer privatisation of commercial activities, but not to private monopolies. The only other option would be that governments – or perhaps a National Racing Commission – take a much closer role in supervising what the privatised TABs do. That might be more cumbersome but it could also take TABs down a road that better serves the industry and its customers.

Another sensible measure would be to introduce more direct competition. That is readily available in the form of traditional bookmakers who have long been dudded by the same forces that influenced state Treasurers to grab as much money as they could out of TAB sales. That is, the excessive protection offered to TAB buyers as a part of the sale. For example, why not allow those bookmakers to operate shopfronts around the suburbs at their discretion, and to take bets any way and at any time they wish?

It’s as well to remember that the current wagering mess – which is what several high profile people claim it is – is a direct product of arbitrary restrictions placed on oncourse bookmakers by raceclubs and state governments. Out of economic necessity those bookies rebelled and decamped to the NT to ply their trade. All that can be traced back to poorly justified free kicks given to TAB buyers in the first place. In short, free enterprise did not triumph at all. Instead, private monopolies prospered but, in the long term, at some cost to racing.

That’s why I could have no confidence in the WA Liberals flogging off their TAB.

This Week In Racing History

SEPTEMBER

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Which Chariot, later to become a pre-potent outcross sire, won his second Australian start, over 375 yards at Goulburn, in 1960. The UK import had raced with success in England before being brought to Australia. He had won his first start, also over 375 yards at Goulburn, three weeks earlier.

Queensland sprinter Questions caused a minor upset when he defeated champion sprinter Rapid Journey in the 1998 final of the Brisbane Cup for owner-trainer Dennis Reid. Fellow Queenslander Faithful Hawk was a strong third.

25
Arvo’s Junior took out the 2003 Sir John Dillon Memorial over 715 metres at Sandown. In doing so, he notched his 13th successive win on the track and was unbeaten at the distance. The win meant he equalled Striding Ahead’s record of 13 consecutive metropolitan wins in Melbourne (which had been achieved at Olympic Park).

The Dave Irwin-trained Tommie Streaker won the Dapto Leagues Club Maiden in 1997, scoring by five lengths in a fast 29.85 and earning $20,000 for the win. Tommie Streaker went on to win the 1998 Christmas Gift (Wentworth Park), Bulli Gold Plate, Wyong Derby and 1999 Toowoomba Cup.

26
At a cost of $18 million the new Wentworth Park racetrack and grandstand opened, in 1987. The grass track had race distances of 520 and 720 metres. A crowd estimated at around 7,000 people attended the night. The first race winner (over 520 metres) was War, from box one; the first 720 metres winner was Tiara Rapid; the last race (720 metres) was won by Aunt Becky; the fastest time of the night over 520 metres was 30.20, run by Tiger Flyer; the fastest over 720 metres was 42.13 by former Victorian stayer Sonic Wave, who won a heat of the Sydney Cup. Darinelli Star became the first to fall in a race, the Free For All, won by Flash Jass.

27
Coorparoo Flyer became the first Queensland sprinter to take out the National Sprint Championship when he scored in the 1975 event, run over 530 metres at Wentworth Park. Trained by Paul Cauchi, Coorparoo Flyer defeated NSW hope Solid Bond by a head with South Australian Cape Soon third. The winner picked up $8,000 for first.

28
Champion bitch Flying Amy defeated Dynamic Driver by eight lengths to take out the 1995 Brisbane Cup (520 metres, Albion Park) in a new race record time of 29.89. Flying Amy earned $50,000 for the win.

29
Tasmanian star Busy Vintage won the 1984 National Sprint Championship, run over 457 metres at Harold Park. The David Crosswell-trained sprinter defeated Victorian Eaglehawk Star by three lengths with West Australian Blue Echo third. Blue Echo had won his previous 14 starts on end and was attempting to emulate the effort of South Australian speedster Kate’s A Scandal who won the 1981 National Sprint Championship to record her 15th successive win, then an Australian record.

30
Track specialist Temlee scored a six lengths victory in the 1974 National Sprint Championship, run over 511 metres at Olympic Park. Exiting box four, Temlee defeated South Australian champion Bristol Sue with NSW representative Thunder’s Pride third.

NSW sprinter Bob’s One took out the 1999 Brisbane Cup by almost six lengths from Queensland stars Faithful Hawk and Questions in a fast 30.02.

Gondwana Land Reveals Its History

The story by my colleague Molly Haines about WA resorting to six-dog fields for Free-For-All races should tell the industry what is under the rock when you pick it up. So, what do we find? And what are the likely implications?

Few would know that WA has a rule that ensures a race must have no fewer than seven starters. Quite a lot of races in the east have smaller fields than that to start with, and hundreds more when scratchings are included. As another example, this column has more than once proposed that all bend-start races should be limited to six runners to lessen the effect of unpredictable interference. The worst of those are in the 600m category where, ironically, WA is planning to build exactly that at its “new” multi-million dollar Cannington track.

England would be laughing as it has only six boxes anyway, and therefore offers low-interference running – the evidence is there for the taking.

But this is just what’s on the surface. You have to dig further.

Consider the industry climate. For over a decade now greyhound breeding numbers have been flat or in decline. The number of races has been on the increase as state authorities strive to fill (supposed) gaps in the TAB calendar, always with inferior dogs because that’s all that are left. Overcrowded programs have led to a fall in wagering turnover per race, even for major events and at the bigger city tracks. Those volumes are being split amongst more and more operators and the traditional TABs are losing market share. Gross turnover has been creeping up but only because of extra races or better tax deals with governments, not because of internally generated growth. Products are more attuned to mug gamblers who are rising as a proportion of the total.

That’s a pretty messy package.

WA’s conundrum is that it has been one of the main offenders. Between 2003 and 2013 it increased the number of races by 32.2% while the number of starters went up by 28.3%. Most of that change was due to programming more races per meeting. 12-race cards are normal while the odd 13- or 14-race meeting also pops up. In practice, it is demanding more dogs to fill its own races.

Of course, WA has always relied on the flow of decent dogs from the eastern states to replenish its ranks. These are usually well-performed dogs which may have outlived their competitiveness at home and where owners see the potential for better returns in the west. Since WA now finds that flow is fading it has recently decided to attract more newcomers by giving them an easier transition into the local grading system.

But that eastern supply is equally affected by the demand at home – a symptom that comes out in the wash when we find that 20% to 25% of all races are starting with short fields. Simultaneously, there has also been a significant rise in the proportion of short races, many down to the 300m category, which are invariably filled by dogs of dubious quality.

The upshot now is that WA is wondering how it can maintain turnover levels when it reduces the number of runners per race. The short answer is that it can’t, because punters are geared to chasing high-return exotic dividends and invariably steer away from short fields.

On the other hand, trying to squeeze more Win betting out of existing races is difficult for two reasons. First, overcrowded programs offer smaller pools and also leave no time for punters to re-set their objectives to the next race and, second, because the code has steadily built up an over-betting habit caused by sheep-like following of favourites and tipsters’ selections. Value is hard to find. TABs have accelerated those trends by promoting dumb bets such as Mysteries, boxed Trifectas, Big 6 and the like. In all those cases you will lose in the long run and very often in the short term due to the resultant distortion in odds and therefore in dividends. The TAB takeout is much higher in those areas, too. All of which reduces the ability of customers to keep turning over their money.

A solution for WA, or any other state, must lie in making better use of what they have – ie promoting greyhound punting to more and wealthier people. However, to do that requires not only better marketing but also creating more attractive products and better tracks.

So far, there is not the slightest indication that any authority wants to go down that road. Quite the reverse, in fact. WA is trying to patch up a 1960s Holden when parts are scarce and people are not even buying new ones. Queensland is in a similar bind but is not trying to do anything about it. NSW admits it has long term financial hassles but still has difficulty in grasping the nettle. Other states either don’t know the problem is there or are hoping it will go away.

Nevertheless, a problem is also an opportunity, not just for WA but for the whole country. It just needs a national racing authority and a national betting pool to exploit it.

PICTURES WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS

In a revolutionary move, Channel Seven is mooted to shortly do a deal to bring TVN pictures inside its own camp and show live gallops races routinely on its free-to-air network. It already does so for some prime Saturday meetings.

Remember that TVN was created by the leading thoroughbred raceclubs in NSW and Victoria because they were dissatisfied with the depth of coverage provided by SKY. SKY’s two or three-channel operation is wedded to Tabcorp’s already overcrowded calendar (see above item) and therefore allows little time to chat about pre-race or post-race matters.

Probably the key point here is that the change is media-driven, not something that racing bosses thought up. Indeed, TVN has been something of a financial embarrassment. It is further evidence that the racing establishment is unable to come up with decent ideas about advancing the industry. There are plenty of moans, groans and waffle but little attention paid to modern business practices.

My personal evidence would be that as someone with only a passing interest in the gallops I am always an interested follower of the existing Seven coverage of horse racing. Being in my dotage (as are more and more of us), I no longer play football or cricket so Saturday afternoons are usually available for anything interesting. So I now watch the gallops. It even encourages me to make the odd bet.

Surely this is an area where greyhounds could better take the sport to the public. Costs are not small, but it could be worth a try.

The Meadows Greyhounds Tips & Betting Preview September 20th 2014

Massive night of racing tonight at Wenty and The Meadows. Open an account at Sportingbet for an exclusive ARG $700 free bet.
Best Bet:
Race 2: Summer Wages

Best Roughie:
Race 9: Gemstone Jack

Quaddie:
Leg 1: 4 – Leg 2: 2,4,7,8 – Leg 3: 2,4,6,7 – Leg 4: 1,3,5,6 – $64 for 100%

 

Race No. 1Macro Meats Ht1 (1-6 Wins)7:18 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1POCKET KINGS [5]71355NBTR Galea (Brookfield)
2SALEGREY’S LATE [5]48436NBTC Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
3MUMMA HOOK [5]53318NBTR Neocleous (Hazelwood North)
4SMITH AND WESSON [5]17232NBTD Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
5REEN’S FABIAN [5]73733FSTDJ Holden (Nambrok)
6ELLY NORA [5]12445NBTM Briganti (Tuerong)
7MACCA’S SWAY [5]223T1NBTJ Borg (Maryborough)
8HUNTER ROCKS [5]61133FSHG White (Mount Helen)
9SONIC DASH [5]Res.5415NBTA Langton (Anakie)

Smith And Wesson is a highly promising speedster and he should go one better tonight after being narrowly beaten here last week. He is normally a very good beginner but last week he was a tad slow early and he wasn’t able to lead. With a clean getaway tonight he should be able to lead from go to whoa.

Reen’s Fabian is a very fast chaser when given room early and he should get a nice cart across in the early stages. He hasn’t had a lot of luck in his most recent efforts but he has scored some sizzling wins at Sale over a similar journey. Hunter Rocks has a heap of talent and he should improve on his debut placing here last week, whilst Macca’s Sway broke through for a well deserved win at Horsham during the week in a smart 27.37.

Top Four: 4 – 5 – 7 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Smith And Wesson

Quinella: 4 to rove with 5,7,8 ($3 for 100%)

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

 

Race No. 2Sky Racing Ht2 (1-6 Wins)7:35 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1FIRST DAN [5]72553NBTG Nicoll (Botanic Ridge)
2LEFT IS RIGHT [5]16230.24(2)A Langton (Anakie)
3SMOKING ROSIE [5]34431NBTJ Reid (Notting Hill)
4SPREADING RUMORS [5]1283130.04(4)J Maple (Little River)
5SUMMER WAGES [5]34122NBTW Bickerton (Cranbourne South)
6BUNGA BUNGA [5]14211FSTDJ Greenough (Pearcedale)
7ALMANI BRUISER [5]45817FSHN Kosky (Hallam)
8BOOLITE BRUISER [5]56164FSHJ Thomson (Boolite)
9SONIC DASH [5]Res.5415NBTA Langton (Anakie)

Summer Wages has been racing in consistent fashion and with an even get away tonight he should return to the winners list, three starts ago he posted a strong 29.74 Sandown Park win and he has then followed that effort up with two handy Metro placings. He should have the speed to lead and he will prove too good for this lot.

Left Is Right was a top 30.24 debut winner here last month and on that occasion he posted a solid 5.14 to the first marker, a repeat of that effort would see him go with the favourite for quite a while. Almani Bruiser is showing plenty of promise and he looks to be a major player based on his impressive 29.74 Sandown Park win in early August. Spreading Rumours rounds out the winning hopes, he can be hard to follow at times but he does have a lot of talent, if he doesn’t get crowded by the five in the early stages he can feature.

Top Four: 5 – 2 – 7 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Summer Wages

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

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

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

 

Race No. 3Follow @thewatchdogtips On Twitter7:58 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1FEIKUAI MOLLY [5]42434NBTP Tabone (Nambrok)
2ATHOS [5]8488430.28(4)R Gray (Pyalong)
3FEIKUAI ZACK [5]41133NBTA Inger (Nambrok)
4BAYMAN BALE (NSW)[5]4161130.02(8)J Hunt (Avalon)
5KERRIGAN BALE (NSW)[5]5615130.17(1)A Dailly (Anakie)
6ALLEN GRAVION (NSW)[5]13F2130.35(4)M Delbridge (Balliang)
7SILVER BRODIE (NSW)[5]3565530.06(4)L Delbridge (Balliang)
8DELLO BALE (NSW)[5]F234330.33(7)J Hunt (Avalon)
9SATSUKI BALE (NSW)[5]Res.1151NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
10DYNA LEMMY (NSW)[5]Res.71344NBTT Womann (Lara)

Feikuai Zack is very hit or miss early but he is extremely talented when he hits and I’m tipping him to ping the lids tonight. Four starts ago he scored a commanding 30.12 win here and he has since been placed on two occasions here in strong company. There is a fair bit of depth in this event but if he does everything right early he can salute at nice odds.

Kerrigan Bale has the class edge and she beat a good line-up when scoring at Sandown Park in 29.63 recently. She too can be unreliable early but she has a consistent record here having been placed in six of her nine tries. Allen Gravion is the in form chaser but the box draw is a big concern for him, if he gets some room in the first 50m he should be right in the mix at the end.

Top Four: 3 – 5 – 6 – 4

Suggested Bets:

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

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

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

 

Race No. 4Hudson Pacific Final8:19 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Final event over 600 metres at The meadows Of $10,285 Prizemoney.
1st: $7,200 2nd: $2,060 3rd: $1,025.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1GALLOPING ROCKY [5]4562334.55(5)R Conway (Bunyip)
2LADY TOY [5]21112NBTN Gost (Little River)
3TWEAK [5]5121234.68(5)T O’donovan (Devon Meadows)
4DISCO [5]21312FSTDC Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
5HURRICANE ISAAC [5]2667234.62(1)A Flores (Yinnar South)
6KIRABILLI GEORGE [5]52372FSTDD Drew (Dennington)
7HANKOS [5]2125234.94(2)M Briganti (Tuerong)
8DARBAIN DASHER [5]4161334.88(5)R Conway (Bunyip)
9DEWANA BABE [5]Res.7133534.66(7)M Dewan (Carrum Downs)
10ULTOR BALE (NSW)[5]Res.6545334.51(4)J Hunt (Avalon)

Lady Toy has been racing in dazzling style of late and although she is better suited to a longer journey she should still prove too good. Last week she settled much closer to the speed than she normally would and from there on she was always going to win her heat, from the two box she should be able to rail up and settle fairly close again.

Tweak looked impressive when posting a strong 34.67 heat win and he should be able to find the early lead again, he appeared to be tiring late in the race last week, so he should be better for the run. Galloping Rocky has the good draw and she is never far away in her races. From the red she should be able to settle in the top three and she is a must for your exotic bets.

Top Four: 2 – 3 – 1 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 1,2,3/1,2,3,8/1,2,3,4,5,8 ($36 for 100%)

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

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

 

Race No. 5Topcat Video Cup Ht18:38 PM (VIC time)
S/E Heat event over 725 metres at The meadows Of $10,285 Prizemoney.
1st: $7,200 2nd: $2,060 3rd: $1,025.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ZELL BALE (NSW)[5]82732FSTDS Collins (Lara)
2MADAME BLACK [5]36515FSTDM Trapani (Greenvale)
3BAILEY ROSE (NSW)[5]12236FSHE Lieshout (Drouin West)
4XYLIA ALLEN (NSW)[4]1211242.47(2)J Hunt (Avalon)
5MIMICKING (NSW)[5]2555442.76(1)R Britton (Lara)
6CAN CAN HURRICAN (NSW)[5]43213NBTP Bouchier (Dennington)
7AMITY FLAME [2]1172141.89(2)A Flores (Yinnar South)
8ZIPPING MAGGIE (NSW)[4]1111143.38(5)P Dapiran (Northwood)

The great Xylia Allen and Zipping Maggie are set to do battle again and I think the Champ can turn the tables on Zipping Maggie. Last week Xylia Allen missed the kick and was never able to put any pressure on Maggie at Wentworth Park, tonight I would expect her to begin a lot better tonight and she will be running time on the bunny.

Obviously Zipping Maggie is the second pick, she has won five on the trot and in four of those wins she has posted sizzling times, if she crosses from the pink tonight she will make the favourite work overtime again. Bailey Rose has been racing well over the staying journey and she will continue to improve with more racing. Zell Bale is the interesting runner, he has good form over the middle distance journey and he should be on the speed for a long way. This is a big ask at his first staying try but if he can hold the early lead he may be able to hold on for a place.

Top Four: 4 – 8 – 3 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Xylia Allen

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

 

Race No. 6Tabrewards.com.au8:57 PM (VIC time)
Mixed 4/5 event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $7,600 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,320 2nd: $1,520 3rd: $760.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1KETUT’S KAPUT [4]2113230.53(5)E Vigor (Anakie)
2ALLEN ZENTAX (NSW)[5]T238530.03(4)A Dailly (Anakie)
3SOFA SO GOOD [4]7158630.39(7)I Vigor (Anakie)
4HEIDI GO SEEK [5]3355229.74(1)A Langton (Anakie)
5JAUNTY BALE (NSW)[4]2371630.56(7)S Collins (Lara)
6SISCO GOOD [4]5132130.11(5)R Galea (Brookfield)
7ALLEN GIZMO (NSW)[5]5162730.20(6)A Dailly (Anakie)
8FABIO (QLD)[4]5111130.22(2)K Greenough (Pearcedale)
9DYNA LEMMY (NSW)[5]Res.71344NBTT Womann (Lara)
10DYNA KEITARO (NSW)[5]Res.47723NBTT Womann (Lara)

Allen Zentax was very unlucky at Ballarat during the week in a strong field and from the good draw tonight he should be able to make amends. I expect the red to hold the early lead and that should allow him to drive through at the first turn and hold a prominent position. He has won here previously in a slick 30.03 and a repeat of that run would see him roar away with a commanding victory.

Fabio is aiming for his fifth victory in a row and if he can cross from the pink he will give himself every chance, he is expected to start a short price favourite and I think he is a little bit of a risk. There is a fair bit of early speed in this race and he is not going to have things his own way in the first 50m. Heidi Go Seek has been struggling in recent months but this is one of the weakest events she has contested for a while, if she gets some room in the initial stages she should be right in the mix.

Top Four: 2 – 4 – 7 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Allen Zentax

Quinella: 2 to rove with 4,7,8 ($3 for 100%)

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

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

 

Race No. 7Topcat Video Cup Ht29:22 PM (VIC time)
S/E Heat event over 725 metres at The meadows Of $10,285 Prizemoney.
1st: $7,200 2nd: $2,060 3rd: $1,025.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ALCALA [5]66464NBTC Newman (Chiltern)
2SHOT TO BITS [4]1111142.68(6)P Ryder (Corio)
3PARIS SPARKS [5]7256143.15(7)D Pulis (Moe South)
4SWEET IT IS [5]1212342.67(6)D Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
5HONEYDUKES [5]31635FSHB O’keefe (Wangoom)
6DYNA WILLOW (NSW)[3]8765842.16(4)S Collins (Lara)
7ZIPPING RORY (NSW)[4]7344442.17(6)B Dapiran (Northwood)
8GOLD AFFAIR TWO [5]2622542.70(7)R Britton (Lara)

Quality line-up and I am going to give the edge to the up and coming star Shot To Bits. Last week he made his staying debut and he scored a strong victory in a handicap event. I expect that he will have derived a lot of benefit from that run and he should be even better this week. With Sweet It Is in the event, you are likely to get big over’s about this one.

Sweet It Is looks the clear danger and she is the reigning National Distance Champion, however her record here isn’t that great and she is going to be giving them an almighty head start. Zipping Rory has been racing well without winning of late and he has the ability to ping the lids on occasions. He is likely to be big over’s in this event also and he is definitely worth a saver bet.

Top Four: 2 – 4 – 7 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on Shot To Bits and Zipping Rory

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

Exacta: 2,4,7/2,4,6,7 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2,6,7/4/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2,6,7/Field/4 ($18 for 100%)

 

Race No. 8Maurice Blackburn Lawyers9:42 PM (VIC time)
Free For All event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1TICK BALE (NSW)[4]5577530.00(1)J Hunt (Avalon)
2CEE RONALDO [4]3354330.17(3)G Campbell (Peechelba)
3LAMIA BALE (NSW)[4]2516130.00(7)S Collins (Lara)
4HOOVER JACK [3]7486829.78(5)A Dailly (Anakie)
5BUCKLE UP MASON (TAS)[1]2233129.74(3)J Hunt (Avalon)
6HUMPHREY BALE (NSW)[3]2488629.96(8)A Dailly (Anakie)
7CRAWF’S BREAD [1]6721830.03(1)D Crawford (Pearcedale)
8ZIPPING SNOOPY (NSW)[4]7115130.11(2)P Dapiran (Northwood)

Buckle Up Mason is a track specialist and after winning here last week in 30 flat it’s very hard to look past him. This event is much weaker than last week’s race and if he can reproduce his 5.07 to the first marker he should be able to make every post a winner.

Lamia Bale caught the eye with a strong 29.64 Sandown Park win last time and she has won here previously in a speedy 30.00. She has been missing the kick of late but I am expecting her to improve her box manners tonight. Tick Bale has been racing without luck in recent times and he should show some improvement from the red draw. He has won four of 11 here and the draw should allow him to settle much closer to the early speed tonight.

Top Four: 5 – 3 – 1 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Buckle Up Mason

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

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

Exacta: 1,3,5/1,3,5,6 ($9 for 100%)

 

Race No. 9Follow @thewatchdogtips On Twitter10:05 PM (VIC time)
Mixed 4/5 event over 600 metres at The meadows Of $8,745 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,120 2nd: $1,750 3rd: $875.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ECHELONIC ACTION [4]5211234.52(3)R Camilleri (Lara)
2DUCHESS BALE (NSW)[4]1137134.57(2)M Delbridge (Balliang)
3SPEED SERIES (NSW)[5]42652FSTDG Campbell (Peechelba)
4GEMSTONE JACK (TAS)[5]35437NBTA Bullock (Exeter)
5ARISING [5]4317434.27(8)D Knocker (Langwarrin)
6BLONDE CAVIAR [5]3125334.86(6)P Franklin (Moyston)
7FUZZY BUZZY [5]65723NBTN Perkins (Romsey)
8SMART MAXWELL [4]3122134.64(5)R Camilleri (Lara)

Duchess Bale returned to form with a sizzling 34.21 Sandown Park win last week and she appears set to make it two in a row. She normally pings the lids and with a slow beginner drawn underneath she should be able to find the rail quite easily. Eight of her 13 career wins have been from inside draws so all the stats point to her winning.

Echelonic Action has won two of his past three here and he is drawn to get a nice sit in the early stages, I dont think he can reel the favourite in but he should run home into the quinella spot. Speed Series is the interesting runner, he has a good record here over 525m and he should put a lot of pressure on Duchess Bale for most of the trip. Gemstone Jack is a Tasmanian visitor and he is more than capable when on song, he might be a nice place bet at big odds.

Top Four: 2 – 1 – 3 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Duchess Bale

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

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

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

 

Race No. 10Sky Racing Ht3 (1-6 Wins)10:25 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SIMPLY CRUZIN [5]23712FSHS Clarke (Tooradin)
2COURTESY [5]2712830.79(2)C Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
3WILLOWVALE FOX [5]72175FSHA Flores (Yinnar South)
4JESS’ FANTASY [5]32223FSHM Jenkins (Frankston)
5FLEETWOOD STORM [5]31730.30(5)A Langton (Anakie)
6KUKLINSKI [5]88452NBTP Mccoll (Kooroocheang)
7BREMER [5]23746NBTD Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
8TURBINE [5]2242830.22(8)J Torr (Myers Flat)
9SONIC DASH [5]Res.5415NBTA Langton (Anakie)

Bremer is much better than his recent form reads and he should appreciate the drop in class tonight. He has been missing the kick and finding trouble soon after the start in recent times and with a slow beginners drawn either side I expect that he will get more room in the early stages here.

Simply Cruzin is drawn to lead for a long way and he was far from disgraced when placed at Sandown Park in his 500m debut. He should have derived a lot of benefit from that run and I would expect him to hit the line much better. Fleetwood Storm was an impressive 30.30 winner here two runs back and he is showing loads of promise, whilst Turbine is more than capable but he will need some luck as he may struggle to cross from the wide draw.

Top Four: 7 – 1 – 5 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Bremer

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

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

Trifecta: 1,7/1,5,7,8/1,2,4,5,7,8 ($24 for 100%)

 

Race No. 11Ajs Corporation Ht4 (1-6 Wins)10:42 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1LONESOME PIRATE [5]12552NBTA Mcdonald (Reservoir)
2SIG SAUER [5]42811FSHD Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
3EXPRESS LANE [5]54166FSHS Clarke (Tooradin)
4QUICKER THAN AL [5]52262NBTA Hanson (Marong)
5RENSTAR [5]21221FSHL Delbridge (Balliang)
6RICK FERN [5]24326NBTM Mason (Finley)
7KINGSTON REGAL [5]38125FSHW Bickerton (Cranbourne South)
8VICTORIA PLEDGE [5]12212NBTR Comensoli (Wangaratta)
9SONIC DASH [5]Res.5415NBTA Langton (Anakie)

Rick Fern turned in a massive effort at Shepparton two runs back and he appears well graded in this event. He is quite a reliable beginner and with his turn of foot I can easily see him crossing in the first 50m. He has won over 595m previously so if he does find the lead in the early stages he is going to take a power of beating.

Sig Sauer scored a sizzling 29.59 Sandown Park win recently and if he gets some room early he should be right in the mix. Quicker Than Al is always thereabouts but he struggles to win, with seven placings in 11 tries here, I would expect him to finish in the minor money again. Victoria Pledge is a classy provincial chaser and from the good draw she may cause an upset, she has struggled here in the past but her early speed always makes her a factor in these races.

Top Four: 6 – 2 – 4 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Rick Fern

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

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

Trifecta: 2,6/2,4,6,8/1,2,4,6,7,8 ($24 for 100%)

 

Race 12 – 525M Grade 5 – 11:00PM

Tough race to finish but the promising Lonesome Jozza appears to have the edge. In mid August he made his debut and on that occasion he posted a solid 30.47 win here when leading all the way. If he can reproduce that effort, that should be enough for him to score.

Viral Bale has a heap of talent but he tends to do a lot wrong. If he can avoid trouble in the first 50m he should be right in the finish. Thor Bale is racing consistently and he can muster pace very quickly in his races, with a slow beginner on his outside he should get every chance to settle in a prominent position. Jingellic rounds out the chances, I dont think she can win the race but she may be able to run on into the minor money.

Top Four: 7 – 8 – 2 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 7,8/2,3,7,8/2,3,4,6,7,8 ($24 for 100%)

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

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

Group Two Bob Payne Spring Sprint Heats Preview

Group racing action will return to Wentworth Park tonight, with four heats of the Group Two Bob Payne Spring Sprint to be conducted.

Last week’s Group One Dapto Megastar winner Tommy Brislane and runner-up Ritza Hattie will line up in heat three and four respectively. Group One National Sprint Champion Chica Destacada returns to Wentworth Park for the first time since her National’s victory over in Perth and Peter Mosman Classic winner Bessy Boo will start in heat three after returning to her winning ways at headquarters last Saturday night.

In heat one, Cawbourne Whip returns to Wentworth Park after finishing runner-up in last week’s Canberra Cup. She has a sizzling personal best of 29.38 at this track and despite a hindering box six draw will be hard to beat. The Jodie Lord trained chaser has a good Wentworth Park record of six wins and two minor placings from fourteen starts.

Shoulders unfortunately came out on his nose in last week’s Dapto Megastar final, however look for a much-improved performance on Saturday night. This beautifully bred son of Cosmic Rumble and Bit Stressed flew around the 520m distance last month, recording a time of 29.36. Anthony Azzopardi’s chaser will have to overcome a box seven draw, but will only need a clean getaway to figure heavily in this affair.

Zambora Magic clocked a flying personal best of 29.49 at Wentworth Park last month and has a great opportunity to take this out from a handy inside draw. The son of Magic Sprite has four wins from twelve starts at the track and will run a cheeky race if given room to move early.

Silent Effective headlines heat two and is one of the form sprinters in New South Wales, recording three impressive victories at his past three outings. The son of Cosmic Rumble and Best Percentage broke the track record over the 515m at Bulli last month, followed by a 29.60 performance at Wentworth Park a week later. Despite being a notable slow beginner, trainer Darren Sultana will gain plenty of confidence from his perfect box eight record of three wins from three attempts.

Stilton Blue has excellent early pace and is suitably drawn in box three. The son of Where’s Pedro and She’s A Player led last week at Dapto, before being claimed by Premier Mozz in fast time. The Philip Goodsell trained greyhound has two wins from nine attempts at Wentworth Park, with a solid personal best of 29.82.

Kicking Rocks will motor home from box four and has recorded some consistent performances of late at Maitland. The son of Comic Rumble and Really Satisfies has an excellent Wentworth Park record of two wins and two minor placings from five starts and will only need some luck early on to challenge this field.

Queen Esther is faultless at box rise and should get a nice cart across from box seven in heat three. The daughter of Lochinvar Marlow and Fascinate Marina took out the Black Top Consolation at The Gardens last month and has notched up 11 victories at this track from 39 starts, with a flying personal best of 29.64.

Ritza Hattie returned to her brilliant best last week, finishing runner up in the Group One Dapto Megastar. Despite being drawn inside a fast beginner, the daughter of Bombastic Shiraz and Midnight Flare can ping the lids and has a sizzling personal best of 29.47. Trainer Mark Gatt will gain plenty of confidence from her Wentworth Park record of four wins and six minor placings from ten starts.

Rue De Kahn finished fifth in the Canberra Cup final on Sunday and has drawn ideally in box two for trainer Dean Swain. The daughter of Where’s Pedro and Shelbourne Dawn has a solid Wentworth Park record of three wins and five minor placings from thirteen starts and has a speedy personal best of 29.64, recorded back in May.

The final heat has last week’s Group One Dapto Megastar winner Tommy Brislane engaged. He will exit from box three and is looking for his third straight win. After stepping away beautifully last Friday, the son of Premier Fantasy and Mary Virginia led throughout in smart time and has an impressive Wentworth Park record of seven wins from eleven starts. Trainer Steve White will be hoping for a repeated performance, with a personal best of 29.51.

Group One National Sprint Champion Chica Destacada returns to headquarters for the first time since taking out the NSW Sprint Championship final last month. The daughter of Cosmic Rumble and Eluthra has notched up seven wins from fourteen starts at the track, including a sizzling personal best time of 29.49. Trainer Doreen Drynan will be hoping for a flawless beginning after she found a heap of trouble in the Dapto Megastar final last week.

Crackerjack Dak will relish an inside draw after a very impressive performance at Sandown last week, recording 29.50. The Andrea Dailly trained chaser has good early pace when on-song and is a genuine chance in this final heat. The son of Mogambo and Lil’s Memory will be the second runner from that litter, with his sister Maximum Lil jumping from the pink in heat three.

The first heat will jump at 8.50pm.

2014 Group Three Casino Cup Heats Preview

The best 32 greyhounds nominated for the 484m distance at Casino on Friday will contest the heats of the Group Three Casino Cup.

The first of the four heats kicks off in the Northern Rivers area of NSW at 1:59pm. The first two place-getters in each heat will contest next week’s $25,000 to-the-winner final.

Here’s a look at the top chances in each heat:

Heat One – Group Three Casino Cup (Race 5 at 1:59pm)

The Northfield family is never without a talented chaser and in the first heat Bralyn Stalker (7) gets to show his wares in what appears to be his toughest assignment to date. Coming into the race, the large 38kg chaser by El Grand Senor and Bralyn Maisie (Firefly Boy – Moulamein) has won 9 from 13, including three from four at Casino and a personal best of 27.33. He is a great beginner and has won from the box. Bralyn Stalker’s mother was a handy conveyance, winning the Casino Cup in 2006 and the National Futurity and Ladies Bracelet in 2007.

Sassy Dior (1) has the fastest best time in the race. Back in September last year she stopped the clock at 27.12. She had four months off not long after that run, returned to racing for one month and then was off again for another four months. On her first run back she had a fall but has since recovered from that to be a last start winner at Lismore. She loves box one, winning four from six. She has had three wins at the track.

Trenty’s Rose (2) has had just six starts in her short career but has won four of them. Three of her wins have been over the 411m distance at Casino. She stepped up to 484m last week and won in 27.77. She is likely to improve on that and has been drawn in a position where she can show her early speed.

If you’re looking for dogs that have had plenty of racing experience then you can’t go past Gloria Trick (6) and Wilhelm (8). Both chasers have been racing around Albion Park. Gloria Trick finished second to the flying Miner’s Moss last week over the shorts at Albion Park. The only issue for both greyhounds is that they don’t have great records from their respective boxes.

Heat Two – Group Three Casino Cup (Race 6 at 2:17pm)

Glenda Dart’s Nevaeh Beach (1) has drawn perfectly and will start the likely favourite in the second heat. She has a best of 27.36 at the track, which she recorded when winning last week. The El Grand Senor and Runya Beach (Big Daddy Cool – Little Receiver) bitch has won five from seven wearing the red rug.

Glamour Row (5) hasn’t raced since her win in the heat of the Townsville Cup. On that occasion she led all the way to win at big odds. She will again start at big odds for this race but cannot be overlooked. She has won six from 16 at the track with a best time of 27.09.

Glenreagh Rocket (8) knows what it takes to win the Casino Cup after taking out last year’s final. He has won four of his last six starts and has three wins and four placings from seven starts at the track. He also has a good record from box eight, recording five wins and five placings. His best is 27.18.

I’m A Believer (7) has an overall record of 10 wins from 21 starts but is yet to have a start at Casino. He has been unplaced in his last two runs but prior to that had won three of his last four. He will need to begin well from the awkward draw.

Heat Three – Group Three Casino Cup (Race 7 at 2:34pm)

Paw Licking’s sister Kingsbrae Molly (5) will strut her stuff in the third heat. She has the pace to overcome the box but it will be interesting to see how she goes over the 484m distance as she has done all her recent racing over 411m. She has been lightly raced in her career, with just the 19 starts. She has won 11 of those and that is largely due to her almost faultless performances out of the boxes. She has won nine of her last 10 and is sure to be prominent.

Kikem Shilling (2) is a well-bred chaser by High Earner and Bit Sweet (Solve The Puzzle – Chili Berger). She has won two from three at the track. Last week she ran six and a half lengths second behind Nevaeh Beach. Her best time at the track is 27.23.

Birkdale Beauty (1) has not been out of a place in her last seven starts. She has won three of her last five and those wins have been around Lismore and Grafton. She is coming to Casino for her first race-start.

Heat Four – Group Three Casino Cup (Race 8 at 2:52pm)

Pace Ventura (5) has all the pace that his name suggests. He was gallant in the final of the Townesville Cup, finishing second to Farmor Las Vegas. The Run’s House and Sniveller (Bombastic Shiraz – Georgia Brown) dog has won at the track in 27.14 and can easily overcome the poor draw with his speed.

With the pace on the inside, Stev (6) may get a good cart across. He has won twice at Casino for a best of 27.42. He has been in the money in his last four starts and isn’t the worst chance in this race.

Cosmic Dyrva (3) is the form-dog of the race. She has won her last four straight for trainer Glenda Dart. She is yet to win over this distance at Casino with her recent wins coming at Lismore, Tweed Heads and Grafton. She has begun well in all those wins and if she repeats that she may well prove hard to beat.

Dayseas Jet (4) has a mile of experience at the track. She has been around this distance on 17 occasions and has earned herself five wins in the process. Her recent form is patchy with just the three placings in her last 10 starts but those three placings have been in her most recent race performances.

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

This Week In Racing History

SEPTEMBER
17

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.

18
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.

19
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.

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