Champion trainer Graeme Bate must be thinking the ‚Äėstaying‚Äô stars are all in alignment in the first half of 2012 and they are all favouring his brilliant all-distance star Irma Bale.
Bate has won just about every major event on the Australian racing calendar. Yet, until this year the prestigious Sandown Cup and the long-established McKenna Memorial had eluded him.
Admittedly, in the case of the Sandown Cup, Bate just hasn‚Äôt had the ‚Äėstock‚Äô capable of making it through to what is arguably the premier distance event in Australia.
Continue reading Irma Bale Rates As Bates‚Äô Lucky Charm
Incircles, the month of May can only mean one thing ‚Äď Sandown Cup. The ‚ÄėMelbourne Cup for Stayers‚Äô always attracts the finest going around, and usually the finals go down as the great races in the history of our Sport. In preparation for the 2012 version of this great event, here is a look back at the victors for the 21st century so far:
2000 – The first Sandown Cup of the new millennium was taken out Osti‚Äôs Joker in 42.26. The son of Gallant Ruler and Versatile Osti was approaching four years old when he won the Cup, and would eventually go on to win the National Distance Championships in Launceston the same year. This iron dog eventually retired in February 2002, at over five years of age, with a bank account of over $180,000. His Sandown Cup win some twelve years ago, currently remains the last time the cup was won form box one.
2001 – A front-running white dog by the name of Bentley Babe took out the Cup the following year in 42.54 ahead of Pearl Larricki in a great finish. It was a strong time for stayers, with dogs such as Gateway, Tip Top Tears, Hotshow Vintage, Why Complain and Mr Boswell all at their best. Bentley Babe continued on to make it back to back Group 1 finals, when beating Call Collect in a heat of the Albion Park Gold Cup a few weeks later. Bentley Babe was by Head Honcho out of Malawi Blue and trained by Peter Dapiran.
Continue reading The Sandown Cup – The 21st Century History
One of the finest nights of racing on the Australian greyhound calendar will be run at Sandown Park on Thursday night, with eight heats of the $250,000 Group 1 Solo Melbourne Cup (515m), and two heats of the $72,500 Group 1 Bold Trease Carnival Cup.
Continue reading Sandown Greyhound Racing Club‚Äôs 2010 Group 1 Melbourne Cup Preview And Tips
AGRA‚Äôs Greyhound of the Month for May 2010 is consistent Victoria stayer Next Top Model. In May the Jason Thompson trained stayer scored a very courageous win in the final of the Group 1 Sandown Cup.
Her Greyhound of the Month award is well disserved after her consistent form at the top level has seen her make no less than 11 group race finals. It was her second start in a Sandown Cup she made the 2009 final at only her ninth race start finishing unplaced behind Mantra Lad.
After an impressive heat win on May 6th when she downed Reign Over Me in 42.28 she wasn‚Äôt all that well fancied in the final starting an $8 quote.
Continue reading Next Top Model Named May Greyhound Of The Month
Next Top Model scored a thrilling last-gasp victory in a memorable Radio Sport 927 Sandown Cup at Sandown Park tonight.
Trained by leading Pearcedale mentor Jason Thompson, Next Top Model ($8.10) began well to
lead Darren McDonald‚Äôs Reign Over Me ($7.50) into the home straight the first time. Reign Over
Me soon switched to the rails to take the lead as the pair broke away from the chasing pack.
In an epic finish to Australia‚Äôs richest race for stayers, Next Top Model and Reign Over Me raced
neck and neck down the home straight, with Next Top Model getting the dive in on the line to
defeat Reign Over Me by a head.
‚ÄúWhen she was out in front I thought she‚Äôs going to be in it but when Reign Over Me got up on
the inside of her I thought she may run a place,‚ÄĚ said emotional handler Seona Hood.
It was just reward for the connections of Next Top Model. The rising three year old was
contesting her 11th Group race final having been placed in six of them leading into tonight‚Äôs race.
‚ÄúShe‚Äôs gone around in plenty of Group finals and just hasn‚Äôt had the luck or the right run in races.
‚ÄúI thought she was going to run a nice placing again tonight but she put her head down at the
right time and did everything right.‚ÄĚ
Next Top Model is the second Sandown Cup winner for the Thompson kennel, having previously
scored with Proven Lethal in 2004.
The win took Next Top Model‚Äôs career record to 19 wins from 41 starts and the $100,000
winner‚Äôs cheque took her prizemoney beyond $200,000. It also highlighted her liking for the
Lightwood Road circuit, having now won six of her 12 starts at the venue. Included in her
Sandown Park record are second placings in the Group 2 Bold Trease Carnival Cup and Group 2
Maidment Memorial, as well as a fifth placing in the 2009 Sandown Cup final at just her 10th race
‚ÄúShe‚Äôs done very well here,‚ÄĚ said Hood.
Next Top Model‚Äôs winning time of 41.96 set a new time standard for the race, eclipsing Mantra
Lad‚Äôs 2009 race record of 42.00.
McDonald also prepared third placegetter Countess Of Cork ($8.90) who flashed home after
finding early trouble, while favourite Jarvis Bale ($3.50) was never in contention.
South Australian Satanic Cash ($4.20) made an uncharacteristic fast start from box 6 but was
soon outpaced and struck interference approaching the straight for the first time.
On a big night for the Thompson kennel, three-time Group 1 winner Fedex added the $14,500
Dave Hodgson special event to his impressive resume, defeating Birthday Boy ($8.70) by 1.5
lengths in a slick 29.46.
After the placings the field finished in the following order 4th Allen Zander ($8.40), 5th Symmetry
($8.50), 6th Jarvis Bale ($3.50fav) 7th Satanic Cash ($4.20) and Best Of Times ($19.20).
Next Top Model is raced by the John McGeary she is a Brindle Bitch whelped July 2007 by Surf
Lorian from By Request (Lindale Blue x Roshana Reason). Next Top Model has won 19 of her 41
starts and has been placed on 13 occasions and with the $100,000 first prize for the Sandown
Cup it took her current stake earnings to $206,390.
Listed below is the honour roll for the Sandown Cup the race has been won by many of the
champion stayers of the past including AGRA Hall Of Famers Lizrene and Bold Trease. Plus the
great stayers of their particular era Fawn Scout, Paul‚Äôs Thunder, Corcoran, Raurimu, Boronia
Blossom, Tonight‚Äôs Wish, Osti‚Äôs Joker, Bentley Babe, Arvo‚Äôs Junior, Best Quoted and Sargent
Sandown Cup Honour Roll
- 1982 Status Supreme B. Barrington 3 len x nk 44.32
- 1983 Lead Role D. Holmes 2 len x hd 43.96
- 1984 Raurimu K. Chalker 5 len x 3 len 43.41
- 1985 Tashla N. Renshaw Nk x ¬ĺ len 44.00
- 1986 Bold Trease N. McCullagh 6 len x ns 43.84
- 1987 Bold Trease N. McCullagh 2 len x DH 43.59
- 1988 Bold Trease N. McCullagh 2 len x ¬Ĺ hd 44.05
- 1989 Bold Trease N. McCullagh 1¬Ĺ len x 1¬Ĺ len 43.85
- 1990 Western Creole O. Lockett 8 len x ¬Ĺ hd 43.84
- 1991 Pixie Eyes D. Stavropoulos ¬Ĺ nk x ¬ĺ len 44.15
- 1992 Village Stomper P. Newman ¬ĺ len x 1 len 43.84
- 1993 Eliza Dylan W. Allars 3¬Ĺ len x ¬Ĺ len 44.01
- 1994 Top Sovereign J. Westerlo ¬Ĺ hd x 3 len 43.74
- 1995 Keon Star R. Crisafi 1¬Ĺ len x 1¬Ĺ len 43.09
- 1996 Boronia Blossom R. Ball ¬Ĺ hd x nk 42.79
- 1997 Tonight‚Äôs Wish A. Britton 2 len x ¬Ĺ hd 42.49
- 1998 Red Mystique D. Mahoney ¬Ĺ len x ¬Ĺ len 42.46
- 1999 Smart Attitude D. Irwin 9¬Ĺ len x ¬Ĺ len 42.27
- 2000 Osti‚Äôs Joker S. Barker 4 len x ¬ĺ len 42.26
- 2001 Bentley Babe P. Dapiran Hd x nk 42.54
- 2002 Jennev L. Britton ¬ĺ len x 2¬ľ len 42.46
- 2003 Arvo‚Äôs Junior G. Arvanitis 1 len x 4¬ĺ len 42.48
- 2004 Proven Lethal J. Thompson 3¬ĺ len x 4¬ľ len 42.12
- 2005 Best Quoted J. Mooney 2¬Ĺ len x 3¬ĺ len 42.33
- 2006 Sargent Major P. Giles 1 len x 2¬ľ len 42.50
- 2007 NO RACE
- 2008 Chinatown Lad S. Whitney 4¬ĺ len x nk 42.14
- 2009 Mantra Lad G. Jose 9.5 x 1.125 42.00
- 2010 Next Top Model J. Thompson Hd x 2.65 len 41.96
Satanic Cash scored a scintillating last-to-first victory to secure a berth in Australia‚Äôs richest race for stayers, the $143,000 Group1 Radio Sport 927 Sandown Cup at Sandown Park tonight.
A clear last after walking out of box 6, Satanic Cash tacked onto the pack chasing early leader Nelly Bale down the back straight before sweeping around the field to defeat favourite Reign Over Me by 1.25 lengths in 42.10.
Satanic Cash ran an eye catching second in the recent Group 3 Macro Meats Lizrene Classic, and the exciting South Australian will once again need to overcome box 6 if he is to break his Group race maiden.
Continue reading South Australian Storms Into Sandown Cup Final
Allen Shaul caused a major upset in the $29,000 Group 3 Macro Meats Lizrene Classic tonight with a stunning all-the-way victory.
After scraping through to the final after finishing fourth in his heat last week, Allen Shaul ($22.70) began brilliantly from box 6 to establish an early lead.
Reign Over Me ($6.90) settled two lengths from the leader with Next Top Model ($8) and last week‚Äôs fastest heat winner Symmetry ($4.10) close behind.
Continue reading Roughie Gets Up In Upset Lizrene Classic Win
There has never been any question about the ability of Steve Elsum-trained greyhound Birthday Boy, but he gets the chance to take his career to another level in this Saturday night’s Group 1 Australian Cup final at The Meadows.
Birthday Boy was the fastest of the eight heat winners by some three and a half lengths on Saturday night when clocking the sensational time of 29.71sec over the 525 metres.
The next fastest heat time was recorded by 2009 Hobart Thousand winner Prankster [29.91], followed by High Earner [29.92] and Galba Jack [29.94].
Other heat winners were Dyna Lachlan [30.08], Manuel Bale [30.20], Arvo’s Breeze [30.22] and Dyna Obelia [30.47] with all eight earning their way into the prestigious final.
While Birthday Boy has posted an impressive 21 wins from 70 career starts, victory this Saturday night would be his first at group level and would see the son of Where’s Pedro claim a $150,000 first prize.
Meanwhile, promising South Australian distance chaser Satanic Cash was the fastest of the two heat winners in the Group 1 Macro Meats Super Stayers series on Saturday night over 725 metres at The Meadows.
Satanic Cash made it 12 wins from 25 starts when defeating Drill ‘Em by three lengths in 42.43sec, while the other heat winner was the Jason Thompson-trained Next Top Model in 42.89sec.
The $50,000 to-the-winner Group 1 Macro Meats Super Stayers final will be run at this Saturday night’s Australian Cup meeting.
All roads lead to the Meadows on Saturday night with a host of entertainment to be enjoyed on course and some red hot action on the track with the highlights the two Group 1 finals the MTD Australian Cup and the Macro Meats Super Stayers Trophy. Listed below are the fields in box draw order.
The Robert Isaacson trained Satanic Cash stamped himself as the greyhound to beat in the Group 1 Macro Meats Super Stayers final after a sensational 42.43 gallop in the first of the two heats last Saturday night.
The son of former 525-metre Meadows track record holder Big Daddy Cool and Satanic Miss turned the tables on Group 2 Macro Meats Zoom Top winner Drill ‚ÄėEm, defeating the three-time Group winner by three lengths.
Satanic Cash seems to have the $50,000-to-the-winner final at his mercy if he can replicate his outstanding heat win. Next Top Model ‚Äď who won the second heat last Saturday night ‚Äď ran almost nine lengths slower than Satanic Cash, who has placed in both of his Group race finals to date.
Continue reading South Australian Raider The One To Catch In Super Stayers
Drill ‚ÄėEm won his third Group final in the last six months when he overcame some early trouble to race away from a classy invitational field in the Zoom Top.
Drill ‚ÄėEm is somewhat of a transformed chaser from his early sprint days when he appeared to have his mind on other things but since entering the Dave Knocker kennel in the later part of 2009 he has performing in fine style.
Drill ‚ÄėEm‚Äôs win in the Zoom Top was his fourth from five starts at the Meadows showing he has a distinct liking for the track.
Continue reading Drill ‘Em Takes Zoom Top
This nation‚Äôs finest chasers head to The Meadows on February 13 for three amazing invitation-only Group races, including the Group 1 Temlee (525 metres), Group 2 Rookie Rebel (600 metres) and Group 2 Zoom Top (725 metres) – all sponsored by Macro Meats.
Australia‚Äôs premium sprinters ‚Äď including Group 1 winning queen Cindeen Shelby and Adelaide Cup winner Dyna Lachlan ‚Äď will clash in the Temlee, with the winner set to take home $50,000.
Interstate chasers such as High Earner and Mr Metz will be hoping to fire the first shot in the lead up to the time-honoured Australian Cup.
Continue reading Country Best Line Up For Invitation Racing At The Meadows
Forty Twenty claimed the second Group race of his career with a hard fought victory in the $36,000 Group 2 Maidment Memorial at Sandown Park tonight.
Having his second start at Sandown Park, Forty Twenty ($5.10) showed great track sense to rail strongly after a poor start and took up second position behind favourite Next Top Model ($1.60) as they entered the home straight the first time.
Forty Twenty continued to rail, taking the lead as Join The Queue ($37.70) made his run. However the Central Coast stayer never left the rail in the run to the line and defeated Next Top Model by 2.75 lengths in 42.45.
Continue reading Forty Twenty Scores Maidment Memorial Win
Champion greyhound Mantra Lad overcame an imperfect preparation to snare the Group 2 Sale Cup on Boxing Day.
The Graeme Jose-trained superstar had what looked to be a comfortable lead for much of the 650 metres race, but he had to hold off a heroic late challenge from Next Top Model before claiming the $50,000 first prize by just three quarters of a length. The win catapulted Mantra Lad‚Äôs career stake earnings up to $397,365.
‚ÄúIt was a race against time to get him right for the final. He injured his calf in his heat win six days earlier so I couldn‚Äôt exercise him at all during the week as he needed rest. Ideally I like to give him a gallop in between races, and without that gallop he was a bit underdone‚Ä¶but his heart got him over the line‚ÄĚ, said Mantra Lad‚Äôs trainer Graeme Jose, who lives in the Victorian town of Catani.
Continue reading Mantra Lad’s 2009 Group 2 Sale Cup
At closing time Thursday morning, GRSA received 25 nominations for the 2010 West End Draught Distance Championship.
This means that there will be three heats of the Group Three event at Angle Park next Thursday 31st December 2009.
The $27,000 Final will be run the following week on Thursday 7th January, with the winner‚Äôs purse of $18,800.
Continue reading Next Top Model Contests West End Distance Championships
Drill ‚ÄėEm put an end to Amity Bale‚Äôs phenomenal nine race winning streak when he took out the $36,000 Group 2 Bold Trease Carnival Cup at Sandown Park tonight.
Backed into $7.50, Drill ‚ÄėEm pounced from box four to lead all the way and win in 42.08 seconds.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a huge win,‚ÄĚ said owner Neil Rowe.
Continue reading Drill ‘Em Ends Amity Bale’s Winning Streak
Welcome to‚Äôs for Friday 23rd October 2009 with tonight from Geelong (Victoria), Richmond (New South Wales) and selected races from Mandurah (West Australia).
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The 2009 Coffex Coffee Oaks begins next Wednesday, with 6 heats of the classic at Angle Park. At close of nominations GRSA had 49 greyhounds entered. This is well up on last year‚Äôs 5 heats with 35 nominations.
Local nominations are headed by Fairy Bower for Bosco Stamenkovic who has won her last 3 starts, the undefeated Boo‚Äôs Polly for Petar Jovanovic, Crystal Scull for Natasha Isaacson who has won 6 from 10 starts, Delta Foxtrot for Jan Jones who has won 6 from 11 starts and Emerley Belle for Peter Hurley who has won in 29.84 around the Angle Park circuit.
Interstate nominations are headed by Next Top Model for Jason Thompson who made the Group 1 Sandown Cup Final, Dyna Obelia for Andrea Dailly who won the Cranbourne Puppy Classic, Chloe Allen for Steve Collins who won the SA Champion Puppy and Jean Jeannie for Geoff Mitchell who has won 7 from 11 starts.
Continue reading Increased Nominations For SA Oaks And Derby
Welcome to‚Äôs for Monday 31st August 2009 with tonight from Cranbourne (Victoria), Wentworth Park (New South Wales), Albion Park (Queensland) and Angle Park (New South Wales).
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With racing from Cranbourne (Victoria), Wentworth Park (New South Wales), Albion Park (Queensland) and Angle Park (New South Wales), lets just review some of our betting advice for the way those tracks play.
Continue reading Greyhound Racing Tips For Monday 31st August 2009
Welcome to‚Äôs for Monday 24th August 2009 with tonight from Cranbourne (Victoria), Wentworth Park (New South Wales), Albion Park (Queensland) and Angle Park (New South Wales).
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Not a bad night of Sand Burner will try to make it 2 track records in 3 days with a start over the Richmond 618m in a scartching depleted race, which should see him unchallenged throughout at 5:51pm in Race 5 from box 6.
Continue reading Greyhound Racing Tips For Monday 24th August 2009
Welcome to‚Äôs free for Thursday 7th May 2009 with tonight from Sandown Park (Victoria), Dapto (New South Wales), Albion Park (Queensland), Angle Park (South Australia) and Mandurah (West Australia).
The main feature of the night will be five heats of the Group 1 Sandown Cup for the stayers, with the winners and 3 fastest 2nds progressing to Australia’s richest staying race and a potential $100,000 first prizemoney.
Although not a group race Albion Park will showacse the youngsters in the Flying Amy Puppy Classic, and we’ll get another look a Australia’s rising star High Earner, who looks the heir apparent to El Galo’s mantle.
Continue reading Greyhound Racing Tips For Thursday 7th May 2009
Part-owner Vicki Smith reckoned what was good enough for Seona Hood was good enough for her. Late last year Victorian Seona celebrated her birthday on the same day as El Galo won the Group 1 Brisbane Cup at Albion Park.
Last Thursday night, Vicki was also celebrating her birthday and her star bitch Millennium landed the Group 2 Qld Futurity (520m). Millennium ($6.00) (Hallucinate-In My Dreams) scored running away by four lengths over Whirly Storm ($12.00) with a half head to Next Top Model ($5.50) a luckless third.
Continue reading Millennium’s 2009 Group 2 Queensland Futurity
Welcome to‚Äôs free for Friday 13th March 2009. Thursday night’s racing was an absolute nightmare for form punters and a blessing for lotto players. They were winning without names all night at Sandown and Albion Park produced more than few upsets as well.
Overall we managed a neutral night, losing just a little over the 10 bets from our 4 winners with some boomakers and making a small profit backing out
Continue reading Greyhound Racing Tips For Friday 13th March 2009
Welcome to‚Äôs free for Thursday 12th March 2009. Last night was the complete opposite of Tuesday night and even though we went for a few at odds and concentrated half our in to Warrnambool, we still managed 6 winners with the one winner at Warrnambool rewarding our interest when Miss Fluffy flew the lids and blew them away paying $11 (Best Price) for a nice collect.
After 80 bets and and 8 days of bets and a bad start to the tipping we are now only 2 to 3 bets behind with most of our bookmakers and the trend is obviously up. Of our other running a new track record in the process. At Ballarat Betty Boo and Eskimo Maggie both proved their class and won well and Pop Culture rewarded our faith at Ipswich.
Continue reading Greyhound Racing Tips For Thursday 12th March 2009