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Saturday, 27 December 2014


Greyhound Box Draw For Wentworth Park – Saturday, 27 December 2014

Race No. 1Wentworthpark.com.au Stakes7:27 PM
4/5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,670 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,650 2nd: $1,350 3rd: $670.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1KING COBBER147529.60Neville Brown
2MAGIC DREAM234329.84Jodie Lord
3FANTASTIC SID113529.71Jason Fletcher
4CAWBOURNE COBRA343729.69Jodie Lord
5MIKE LOWRIE163630.18Frances Harris
6WATTO LOTTO723229.73John Callaughan
7MAGIC EARNER128630.06Jodie Lord
8I’M PEDRO354229.75Sydney Wales
9COSMIC SWIPER6411NBTKristy Sultana
10UNO SUZIE1272NBTJodie Lord
Race No. 2Rapidvite Stakes7:48 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BLACK LAGOON136230.41Rodney O’brien
2SUPERSONIC KAOS411230.72Natasha Benhard
3FEAR THE SPEED235330.70Lisa Mcfarlane
4SPACECRAFT234230.22Lorraine Atchison
5BLACK BRONCO245330.23Christine Proctor
6GRAND DIDDLE315330.78Robert Groizard Jnr
7MARTIN CLEGG322129.97Julie Fletcher
8MAJESTIC ODESSA442130.44Kristy Sultana
9PRODIGY145330.54Dean Swain
10SIR ANGELO411430.26Jason Magri
Race No. 3Schweppes Stayers Stakes8:08 PM
4/5 event over 720 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,325 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,110 2nd: $1,485 3rd: $730.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ELEAZAR665442.32Dean Swain
2BULLETPROOF ESKY5222NBTWalter Simmons
4RARAMURI414342.15Ian Morgan
5STUNNING ASHBERG673642.64Harry Sarkis
7QUEEN MARINA623742.28Noelene Holloway
8MULLAWAY8722NBTJoanne Price
Race No. 4Petsnacks.com.au Stakes8:28 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1FUNNY BONE121230.29Simon Ma
2YALE1311NBTJodie Lord
3LEMON TREE GIRL351130.24Gary Wilson
4LET IT DEVELOP732130.25Jodie Lord
5KASINDA362230.30Owen Langley
6LUKEY CHINO265130.28Christine Proctor
7CUMBERLAND BLACK464230.24Lisa Mcfarlane
8JUST RUN IT612230.34Maureen Sharman
9WHITE LABEL135330.04Sydney Swain
10OPUS FORTE511530.18Luke Azzopardi
Race No. 5Ladbrokes Paws Of Thunder Prelud…8:50 PM
4/5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1LE SIRENUSE1673NBTTom Tzouvelis
2VON RYAN121129.94John Ayoub
3JEFFY GEE414130.11Jason Laurence
4MINZA RED ONE127629.77Charlie Gatt
5SANTORINI BLUE535130.07Justin King
6CLASSY SAHARA161529.81Jason Magri
7USAINE876129.98Margaret Bannerman
8PIERRO KADE232330.09Jodie Lord
9MAGIC DREAM234329.84Jodie Lord
10I’M PEDRO354229.75Sydney Wales
Race No. 6Ladbrokes Bitches Only F9:10 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1FRANCINE122330.57Robert Barnden
2FRATTINI836129.89Christine Oldfield
3DREAMSICLE133130.11Lorraine Atchison
4RUBELLY MAGIC151130.30Rodney O’brien
5SHE’S ANDY535230.34Dean Swain
6FROST YOURSELF131230.14Jason Mackay
7WHO DE PUNK733130.16Adam Campton
8WAYFARER165230.42Steven White
9OBAN227330.12Jodie Lord
10WHITE LABEL135330.04Sydney Swain
Race No. 7Ladbrokes Paws Of Thunder Prelud…9:27 PM
4/5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1TEE BRADY317129.93Tom Tzouvelis
2LINSKI115230.06John Ayoub
3CAWBOURNE KAYONO231830.09Jodie Lord
4MISS DOVER552130.09Justin King
5CAWBOURNE WHIP236129.38Jodie Lord
6FORT ALLEN251229.97Simon Rhodes
7MR. UNO115729.99Lisa Mcfarlane
8VARCOE232129.90Mark Gatt
9KING SAPPHIRE634730.19Noelene Holloway
10ELLA HAS CLASS416229.68Dean Swain
Race No. 8Macro Meats Gourmet Game Stakes9:47 PM
3/4 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1JOE HANLEY411330.22Ronald Bell
2COOLABAH JET128129.79Jodie Lord
3PRINCE TANGA422529.93Maureen Sharman
4FIRE ELUSIVE512729.73Mark Moroney
5WINSOME JACKO161129.61Melinda Finn
6NAGINI617230.11Ronald Bell
7ADDISON ROAD161129.85Mark Gatt
8ZIPPING OSCAR111129.88Jason Mackay
Race No. 9Aaa Radiator Specialists Stakes10:12 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ELLA HAS CLASS416229.68Dean Swain
2WINSOME PRINCE111430.01Melinda Finn
3JACK KADE377330.04Jodie Lord
4RIVERGUM DRIVE118129.72Wayne Attwill
5DIAMOND OF HOPE664130.48Bob Groizard
6CAWBOURNE POWER444329.78Jodie Lord
7ENCOSTA DEPLENTE222729.96Lorraine Perrin
8DRAGON EMGRAND427429.97Luke Azzopardi
9SEXY OPINION133530.16Owen Langley
10FAY THE WEAPON174330.54Neville Brown
Race No. 10Gardens – Wenty F10:35 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1CAMACHO1623NBTRonald Bell
2SWEET DADDY DEE178430.23Troy Donaldson
3OXLEY AXEMAN764130.41William Davies
4RENAGAIDE ROBBO1812NBTEileen Robertson
5MIRACLE ARIA436230.74Ronald Bell
6BENT ABILITY5173NBTAaron Shearman
7IONA CHAMPION2114NBTTroy Donaldson
8SIR REDMOND153130.10Brett May
9MY COSMIC ENCORE255330.25John James
10REELEM IN RYNO63X5NBTJeffrey Hilder

Wentworth Park Greyhound Tips & Betting Preview December 20 2014

While most of the attention will focus on The Meadows tonight, we should still have a top night of racing in the Harbour City.

Best Bet:
Race 10: Miss Dover

Best Value:
Race 3: Eton Gold

Quaddie:
Leg 1: 7 – Leg 2: 5,8 – Leg 3: 1 – Leg 4: 2,3,4,6,8
$10 for 100%

Race No. 1Luke Zorzi Birthday Classic Stak…7:28 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1INTERROGATED643329.83Michelle Shambler
2SMOOTH NUMBER721130.20Allen Hansen
3HEROIC AVENGER125230.28Michelle Shambler
4I’M PEDRO335429.75Sydney Wales
5VON RYAN412129.94John Ayoub
6MIDNIGHT TOAST261130.04Geoffrey Greville
7BLACK EMPRESS248829.81Harry Sarkis
8CAWBOURNE POWER444429.78Jodie Lord
9GOOD AS OSTI857730.20Michelle Shambler

I’m Pedro hasn’t been racing with much luck of late and I’m expecting him to show a lot more improvement in this company. In recent weeks he has been finding bother soon after the start and therefore he has been unable to make an impact, tonight he has speed drawn underneath so he should get a nice cart into the race from the three and he should then take over as they head into the first bend.

Smooth Number is in rare form and he hit the line when scoring here last week in 30.20. In that effort he found some bother in running so with a clear run tonight I would expect him to go a lot quicker on the clock.

Von Ryan has a good record here and he should settle near the speed, the box draw isn’t great but he did post his impressive 29.98 PB here from this draw.

Cawbourne Power must be included in your exotics, he doesn’t win very often but he is never far away in this type of company.

Top Four: 4 – 2 – 5 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on I’m Pedro
with Sportingbet

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

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

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

Race No. 2The Sydney City Toyota Stakes7:47 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MAZZY STAR886330.12Ronald Bell
2WINSOME MISSION111329.68Melinda Finn
3JACK KADE237730.10Jodie Lord
4HOT THING433730.68Shane Pulbrook
5ELLA HAS CLASS141629.68Dean Swain
6LORELLA FIRE147X30.28Troy Halligan
7THREE MUGS IN156630.40Justin King
8JUMBLE622229.88Craig Chappelow
9GOOD AS OSTI857730.20Michelle Shambler

Jumble finally showed his true potential last time out and I think he is ready to take the next step. Last week he turned in an almighty performance when placed behind star sprinter Chica Destacada, on that occasion he was fair to begin and he managed to find some bother as they headed into the first turn so he probably should have finished even closer to the winner. From the pink tonight he should get a clear run early and if he gets across he should prove too zippy for his rivals.

Winsome Mission set the track alight here two runs back when winning in 29.68 and he should start the favourite, he has won five of eight to date in explosive fashion and if Jack Kade doesn’t get in his way early he will prove hard to hold out.

Ella Has Class is another one who scored a ridiculously fast win here two runs back and she too can feature with some luck early, she can be slow to begin at times so I’m not too keen on her winning hopes tonight.

Lorella Fire is showing some promise and she must be included in your exotics, while Jack Kade has the early speed to lead them up and he too could hold on for a place.

Top Four: 8 – 2 – 5 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Jumble with Sportingbet

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

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

Trifecta: 2,8/2,8/Field ($12 for 100%)

Race No. 3Macro Meats Gourmet Game Stakes8:08 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ETON GOLD66X330.36Marie Burton
2VARCOE323229.98Mark Gatt
3MR. FORDHAM745529.96Warren Harper
4CUMBERLAND BLACK146430.24Lisa Mcfarlane
5ABUNDA611431.29John Miles
6UNO NORRIS663230.35Lisa Mcfarlane
7GOTTA PLAN455430.41Jodie Lord
8SHEBA’S DIVA187330.25Michelle Shambler
9GOOD AS OSTI857730.20Michelle Shambler

Tough race but I think the former Tasmanian Varcoe can get the job done. Last time out he resumed from a spell with a top 472m Bulli placing and he should have derived a lot of benefit from that run. There isn’t a lot of speed drawn directly on his outside so if he can step away cleanly he should be able to drive through and hold a prominent position in the early stages.

Eton Gold has come up with the coveted rails draw and he does his best racing from this pin, I dont think he can hold Varcoe out but he should be able to camp just behind him and fill the quinella spot.

Abunda is racing in great form at present and he possesses smart early speed, if he crosses the inside two he might be able to steal a race winning break as they head to the back straight.

Mr. Fordham could be the value in the event, he was fair when resuming from a lengthy spell last time but he did trial well before that and he should turn in an improved effort.

Top Four: 2 – 1 – 5 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Varcoe with Sportingbet

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

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

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

Race No. 4Flight Centre Coogee Stakes8:29 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1FEAR THE SPEED823530.70Lisa Mcfarlane
2ODD SOX845430.36Ronald Bell
3STUNNING ASHBERG367330.38Harry Sarkis
4MASTER TRICKETT341530.52Jill Harper
5UNO JUSTICE835730.52Lisa Mcfarlane
6GOLD DAWN522430.14Marie Burton
7SANTORINI BLUE253530.45Justin King
8KASINDA836230.30Owen Langley
9GOOD AS OSTI857730.20Michelle Shambler

Gold Dawn is yet to win here in 10 tries but she has turned in some very handy efforts of late and she finds herself in a very winnable race. She is normally very good to begin and the early pressure is going to come from the outside, so if she can step on terms she should have enough natural speed to hold them out at the first turn. This is not a very strong race so if she leads she should have enough in the tank to hold on in the final 50 metres.

Kasinda should match motors with Gold Dawn for most of the trip and she too is getting close to another win, if she was drawn underneath Gold Dawn she would be my top pick, however because she is drawn on the outside I think she might be posted wide for most of the trip so the quinella spot looks best.

Stunning Ashberg hit the line solidly when placed here last week and she shouldn’t be too far away again, I dont think she can win but she would be a great anchor for third and fourth in your exotics.

Santorini Blue rounds out the chances, he has been disappointing here of late but if he can sight the bunny early he may turn in an improved effort.

Top Four: 6 – 8 – 3 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Gold Dawn with Sportingbet

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

First Four: 6,7,8/6,7,8/3/Field ($30 for 100%)

First Four: 6,7,8/6,7,8/Field/3 ($30 for 100%)

Race No. 5The Beastwear Stakes8:52 PM
4/5 event over 720 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,325 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,110 2nd: $1,485 3rd: $730.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1LUZAKA ICON236242.55Marien Sullivan
2GRETA’S RESCUE122842.27Rodney Mcdonald
3RARAMURI541442.15Ian Morgan
4RITZA RUBY116242.35Preston Rowles
5JOANE443342.40Christine Proctor
6MY MISS DIVA366442.68John James
7DUSTY MOONSHINE637141.86Denice Warren
8STARGATE SYSTEM615142.63Wayne Crick
9QUEEN MARINA762342.28Noelene Holloway
10NODDY HOLDER5543NBTMark Davidson

Good race and I think the classy Dusty Moonshine should find this race to her liking. In recent times she has found the going tough against the nation’s best stayers but last time out she dropped back in class at The Gardens and she destroyed a field which is similar to what she meets tonight. If she can get away cleanly and settle in the top three, she should prove far too good for this lot.

Stargate System made his Wentworth Park debut last time out and he powered to the line when scoring in 42.63, I think he will be giving Dusty Moonshine too big of a head start but he should be able to run home into the quinella spot.

Ritza Ruby should settle somewhere near the speed and she was a top 42.35 winner here three runs back, she can be a little hit or miss early but if she gets away she should run a cheeky race.

Raramuri is rarely far away in this company and she has a slick 42.15 PB here, she may get shuffled back a bit early but she can run home into a place.

Top Four: 7 – 8 – 4 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 7/3,4,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

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

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

Exacta: 7,8/3,4,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

Race No. 6Thedogs Bp Betfair Blue Paws F9:12 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,670 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,650 2nd: $1,350 3rd: $670.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1CRAZY COSMIC146130.52Gary Adams
2SO FAR871230.17Charlie Micallef
3JOE HANLEY541130.22Ronald Bell
4STRATAVON PAT141230.19Christine Kay
5WHITTAKER211429.80Julie Fletcher
6COSMIC PRINCESS212130.35Carly Brown
7HAZY RAINBOW114130.07Yvonne Harris
8TOPPER ROAD134129.97Anthony Azzopardi
9UNO NORRIS663230.35Lisa Mcfarlane
10LYLA MEL481230.34Anthony Meredith

Topper Road is armed with explosive early speed and if he can step away he should be able to burn them off and score. Last week he went through the first marker in a blistering 5.39 before going on to score in 29.97, that was his first run for a few weeks so if he finds the top again tonight I would expect him to go a little quicker overall.

Whittaker is a star in the making and if he can avoid early bother he will take a power of beating, he has plenty on this lot ability wise but I’m concerned about the draw because he can miss away and he is likely to find early bother.

Hazy Rainbow showed tremendous improvement here last week and she should be in the mix again, this is obviously a big class rise but she does possess early speed and she appears to be getting better with more racing.

Top Four: 8 – 5 – 7 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Topper Road with Sportingbet

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

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

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

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

Race No. 7Ladbrokes Paws Of Thunder Prelud…9:28 PM
4/5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1WINSOME JACKO316129.61Melinda Finn
2ZIPPING TANK242729.86Anthony Azzopardi
3LINSKI211530.06John Ayoub
4JACKS ZAC613230.02Susan Pitstock
5CAWBOURNE REV271629.95Jodie Lord
6MR. UNO711529.99Lisa Mcfarlane
7BESSY BOO444429.71Christine Proctor
8REMOTE CONTROL341329.97Anthony Azzopardi
9CAWBOURNE WHIP323629.38Jodie Lord
10KING COBBER414729.60Neville Brown

Winsome Jacko is the real deal and it’s hard to see him being beaten tonight, in his two efforts here of late he has been slow to begin but tonight he has two slow beginners directly on his outside so he should get plenty of room to drive through at the first bend. Last week he rated off the charts and with a trouble free run it will be interesting to see if he can go sub 29.50.

Bessy Boo looks the likely quinella, he has been racing against some real top liners of late and he loves racing over this journey, with Winsome Jacko expected to gap this field, he should be able to run over the top of some stragglers in the home straight.

Remote Control has his favourite draw and he shouldn’t be too far away, he should get plenty of room to muster speed early and he is capable of running time when he lands on the bunny.

Cawbourne Rev rounds out the chances, she scored a strong 30.33 win here two runs back and with some luck early she should be in the mix for some minor money.

Top Four: 1 – 7 – 8 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Winsome Jacko with Sportingbet

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

Trifecta: 1/5,7,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 8Ladbrokes Paws Of Thunder Prelud…9:50 PM
4/5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1CAWBOURNE COBRA334329.69Jodie Lord
2PETER’S PICK232630.22John Callaughan
3ZIPPING TARN226129.81Anthony Azzopardi
4FORT ALLEN225129.97Simon Rhodes
5COOLABAH JET512829.79Jodie Lord
6GILGAMESH641129.90Justin King
7EVOKED513129.90Craig Chappelow
8ASIA’S BABE133529.80Marie Burton
9VON RYAN412129.94John Ayoub
10BLACK EMPRESS248829.81Harry Sarkis

Zipping Tarn looked very impressive when she overcame some difficulties to score here last week in 29.95 and with a trouble free run tonight she should be able to score in much faster time. There is a little bit of speed on her outside but she does possess good burn after box rise so she should be able to hold Fort Allen out early.

Asia’s Babe is ideally drawn in the pink and she looks well placed in this class, four starts back she scored a sizzling 34.52 Gosford win and if she can settle in the top four early she should be there at the end tonight.

Fort Allen returned to form with a speedy 29.97 win here last week and he should be in the mix for a long way again.

Peter’s Pick could be the value in the event, he has recorded two strong placings here of late and drawn nearer the inside he could run a big race at nice odds.

Top Four: 3 – 8 – 4 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Zipping Tarn with Sportingbet

Trifecta: 3,4,8/2,3,4,8/2,3,4,5,6,8 ($36 for 100%)

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

Race No. 9The Petersham Rsl Club Stakes10:15 PM
4/5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,670 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,650 2nd: $1,350 3rd: $670.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1KNOT TELLING YA6X5529.75Marie Burton
2WATTO LOTTO172329.73John Callaughan
3KING COBBER414729.60Neville Brown
4CHARLM ROAD587429.92Richard Muscat
5WOODS346530.05Marie Burton
6MAGIC DREAM123429.84Jodie Lord
7SINGING SAMMY5X2230.08Ronald Bell
8CAWBOURNE WHIP323629.38Jodie Lord
9GOOD AS OSTI857730.20Michelle Shambler

Cawbourne Whip returns to her favourite track and she is drawn to make a big impact. She has won six of 18 here and she has a blistering 29.38 PB, there is a bit of speed drawn in the six and seven and that should allow her to get a nice cart across as they head into the first bend. If she settles in the top three early she should prove too strong, so if you can land $2.80 or better that is great over’s.

King Cobber can be hard to follow at times but there is no doubting his talent, back in October he won here in a ridiculous 29.60 and since the he has also scored in very fast time at Nowra, he will need to ping and run to win but that isn’t beyond him.

Watto Lotto is well placed nearer the inside and he is a great place hope, he lacks mid race speed but he will scrape the paint and finish on well.

Magic Dream has the speed to lead and he could give a great sight, with Woods cutting left early he should allow Magic Dream to drive through as they head into the first bend.

Top Four: 8 – 3 – 2 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Cawbourne Whip with Sportingbet

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

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

Trifecta: 8/2,3,6/Field ($18 for 100%)

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

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1WINGIN’ PRAYER462330.47Ronald Bell
2BLACK BRONCO424530.23Christine Proctor
3SEXY OPINION513330.16Owen Langley
4COSMIC VEE BEE456631.28Ian Morgan
5MISS DOVER355230.09Justin King
6JETEYE EXPRESS767230.64Stevan Vas
7AUSSIE SPRITE354630.72Lisa Mcfarlane
8DEVINE FROSTI6X21NBTPatrick Parrelli
9GOOD AS OSTI857730.20Michelle Shambler

Miss Dover resumed from a spell with a top effort here last week, after stepping cleanly she led for a long way against Winsome Jacko and she was far from disgraced when beaten by seven lengths. If she can find the early lead tonight she should give a great sight again and this race is a lot weaker than the event she contested last week.

Sexy Opinion should settle just behind Miss Dover and she should run a big race, three starts back she won here in a solid 30.16 and that type of effort again will see her figure prominently.

Black Bronco has been placed here on six occasions and he has strong place claims again, whilst Cosmic Vee Bee is dropping back in distance and she should be steaming home at the end.

Top Four: 5 – 3 – 2 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Miss Dover with Sportingbet

Exacta: 3,5/2,3,4,5 ($6 for 100%)

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

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

Saturday, 20 December 2014


Greyhound Box Draw For Wentworth Park – Saturday, 20 December 2014

Race No. 1Luke Zorzi Birthday Classic Stak…7:28 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1INTERROGATED643329.83Michelle Shambler
2SMOOTH NUMBER721130.20Allen Hansen
3HEROIC AVENGER125230.28Michelle Shambler
4I’M PEDRO335429.75Sydney Wales
5VON RYAN412129.94John Ayoub
6MIDNIGHT TOAST261130.04Geoffrey Greville
7BLACK EMPRESS248829.81Harry Sarkis
8CAWBOURNE POWER444429.78Jodie Lord
9GOOD AS OSTI857730.20Michelle Shambler
Race No. 2The Sydney City Toyota Stakes7:47 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MAZZY STAR886330.12Ronald Bell
2WINSOME MISSION111329.68Melinda Finn
3JACK KADE237730.10Jodie Lord
4HOT THING433730.68Shane Pulbrook
5ELLA HAS CLASS141629.68Dean Swain
6LORELLA FIRE147X30.28Troy Halligan
7THREE MUGS IN156630.40Justin King
8JUMBLE622229.88Craig Chappelow
9GOOD AS OSTI857730.20Michelle Shambler
Race No. 3Macro Meats Gourmet Game Stakes8:08 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ETON GOLD66X330.36Marie Burton
2VARCOE323229.98Mark Gatt
3MR. FORDHAM745529.96Warren Harper
4CUMBERLAND BLACK146430.24Lisa Mcfarlane
5ABUNDA611431.29John Miles
6UNO NORRIS663230.35Lisa Mcfarlane
7GOTTA PLAN455430.41Jodie Lord
8SHEBA’S DIVA187330.25Michelle Shambler
9GOOD AS OSTI857730.20Michelle Shambler
Race No. 4Flight Centre Coogee Stakes8:29 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1FEAR THE SPEED823530.70Lisa Mcfarlane
2ODD SOX845430.36Ronald Bell
3STUNNING ASHBERG367330.38Harry Sarkis
4MASTER TRICKETT341530.52Jill Harper
5UNO JUSTICE835730.52Lisa Mcfarlane
6GOLD DAWN522430.14Marie Burton
7SANTORINI BLUE253530.45Justin King
8KASINDA836230.30Owen Langley
9GOOD AS OSTI857730.20Michelle Shambler
Race No. 5The Beastwear Stakes8:52 PM
4/5 event over 720 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,325 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,110 2nd: $1,485 3rd: $730.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1LUZAKA ICON236242.55Marien Sullivan
2GRETA’S RESCUE122842.27Rodney Mcdonald
3RARAMURI541442.15Ian Morgan
4RITZA RUBY116242.35Preston Rowles
5JOANE443342.40Christine Proctor
6MY MISS DIVA366442.68John James
7DUSTY MOONSHINE637141.86Denice Warren
8STARGATE SYSTEM615142.63Wayne Crick
9QUEEN MARINA762342.28Noelene Holloway
10NODDY HOLDER5543NBTMark Davidson
Race No. 6Thedogs Bp Betfair Blue Paws F9:12 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,670 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,650 2nd: $1,350 3rd: $670.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1CRAZY COSMIC146130.52Gary Adams
2SO FAR871230.17Charlie Micallef
3JOE HANLEY541130.22Ronald Bell
4STRATAVON PAT141230.19Christine Kay
5WHITTAKER211429.80Julie Fletcher
6COSMIC PRINCESS212130.35Carly Brown
7HAZY RAINBOW114130.07Yvonne Harris
8TOPPER ROAD134129.97Anthony Azzopardi
9UNO NORRIS663230.35Lisa Mcfarlane
10LYLA MEL481230.34Anthony Meredith
Race No. 7Ladbrokes Paws Of Thunder Prelud…9:28 PM
4/5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1WINSOME JACKO316129.61Melinda Finn
2ZIPPING TANK242729.86Anthony Azzopardi
3LINSKI211530.06John Ayoub
4JACKS ZAC613230.02Susan Pitstock
5CAWBOURNE REV271629.95Jodie Lord
6MR. UNO711529.99Lisa Mcfarlane
7BESSY BOO444429.71Christine Proctor
8REMOTE CONTROL341329.97Anthony Azzopardi
9CAWBOURNE WHIP323629.38Jodie Lord
10KING COBBER414729.60Neville Brown
Race No. 8Ladbrokes Paws Of Thunder Prelud…9:50 PM
4/5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1CAWBOURNE COBRA334329.69Jodie Lord
2PETER’S PICK232630.22John Callaughan
3ZIPPING TARN226129.81Anthony Azzopardi
4FORT ALLEN225129.97Simon Rhodes
5COOLABAH JET512829.79Jodie Lord
6GILGAMESH641129.90Justin King
7EVOKED513129.90Craig Chappelow
8ASIA’S BABE133529.80Marie Burton
9VON RYAN412129.94John Ayoub
10BLACK EMPRESS248829.81Harry Sarkis
Race No. 9The Petersham Rsl Club Stakes10:15 PM
4/5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,670 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,650 2nd: $1,350 3rd: $670.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1KNOT TELLING YA6X5529.75Marie Burton
2WATTO LOTTO172329.73John Callaughan
3KING COBBER414729.60Neville Brown
4CHARLM ROAD587429.92Richard Muscat
5WOODS346530.05Marie Burton
6MAGIC DREAM123429.84Jodie Lord
7SINGING SAMMY5X2230.08Ronald Bell
8CAWBOURNE WHIP323629.38Jodie Lord
9GOOD AS OSTI857730.20Michelle Shambler
Race No. 10Aaa Radiator Specialists Stakes10:37 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1WINGIN’ PRAYER462330.47Ronald Bell
2BLACK BRONCO424530.23Christine Proctor
3SEXY OPINION513330.16Owen Langley
4COSMIC VEE BEE456631.28Ian Morgan
5MISS DOVER355230.09Justin King
6JETEYE EXPRESS767230.64Stevan Vas
7AUSSIE SPRITE354630.72Lisa Mcfarlane
8DEVINE FROSTI6X21NBTPatrick Parrelli
9GOOD AS OSTI857730.20Michelle Shambler

This Week In Racing History

December

10

Melbourne celebrated the popular new sport of greyhound racing behind a mechanical lure with the opening of the White City circuit at Tottenham in 1927.

Victorian sprinter Zazziam used box one to full effect and took out the 1994 NSW St Leger (now the Paws of Thunder) by three lengths from Wary Andy, running a race record 30.55.

11

Bounty set a new track record time of 24.1 for 440 yards on the loam surface at Harold Park in 1937. This clipped 2/10ths from the previous record held by eight greyhounds. On the same night, Collin set a new track record time of 39.6 for the 700 yards trip, taking 3/10ths off the previous mark set just over six months earlier.

Arctic Flame set a new track record time of 29 14/16 for 560 yards at Olympic Park in 1972, taking 1/16th off the previous record held by NSW star Woolley Wilson.

True Vintage scored a hollow nine lengths victory in the 1987 Coca Cola Cup, run over 520 metres at Launceston, defeating Bookie’s Regret and Riverbank Twig and earning $1,500 for trainer Margaret Crosswell.

12

Promises Free downed Admiral Lynch by five lengths to win the 1981 NSW St Leger, at what was only her third race start. Promises Free would go on to win her next 11 races in a row, including the Bi-Annual Classic (now the Peter Mosman Memorial) and the NCA Futurity.

Thorgil Tex won the 1994 Bendigo Cup by six lengths from Red Card and True Type, at what was the last occasion the event was run in December. No race was held in 1995, but in March 1996 when the Bendigo Cup was resumed, the third placegetter from 1994, True Type, scored a strong victory.

13

The only time the NSW St Leger was run at Harold Park saw Memories Gate down Tom’s Two and Dixie Cup in the final, in 1986. The Kevin Johns-trained sprinter exited box one to score by a length.

The last meeting was held at the White City track in Launceston in 2004, almost 50 years to the day since the course had reopened following a remodelling and nearly 72 years since racing had first commenced at the location.

14

Another Flash downed Legendary Kid and Camden’s Ghost to win the 1985 NSW St Leger, the last time it was held over 530 metres at Wentworth Park. The track was later closed for extensive remodelling.

Champion sprinter Flying Amy annexed the final of the 1995 Eukanuba Cup (now known as the Winter Carnival Cup), run over 520 metres at Albion Park, defeating Jurassic Vapour by five lengths with Tenthill Doll third. Flying Amy ran the trip in a race record 29.99 to pick up the $50,000 first prize money. The time was not eclipsed until 2003.

15

Mantra Lad set a new 650 metres track record at Sale in 2009, running 36.71.

The Andrea Dailly-trained sprinter Dyna Tron took out the 2011 Hobart Thousand defeating local hero Rewind by just a head to pick up the $75,000 first prize money.

16

Likely Light scored a sensational victory over rank outsider Millaska in the 1972 NSW St Leger, coming from well back to down the front runner by one length in a fast 31.1. Six lengths away third was favourite Benny McGrath, who had broken the long-standing 580 yards (530 metres) track record in the semi-finals the previous week but found trouble from his unfavourable box six draw.

Keybow Unlocks Top Honours In The Group One Brisbane Cup

Keybow (7) has finally cracked his second Group One victory following a tenacious performance in tonight’s Brisbane Cup at Albion Park.

Stepping a touch slow from box seven, the son of Take The Kitty and Key Exit was given a bit of room to move early when Fusaichi Kahn (6) crashed left just after the start.

Despite Kiss Me Ketut (8) racing stride for stride with him in the run to the winning post on the first occasion, Keybow was able to muster pace and slip into a handy position behind lamplighter You Can Talk (3) around the first turn.

Entering the back straight and Keybow loomed up beside You Can Talk, eyeballing the leader as they both chased with all their might. Halfway down the back and the Perth Cup winner looked to be in a spot of danger as Fusaichi Kahn applied pressure three wide with Kiss Me Ketut hot on the leaders heels in fourth position.

But Keybow dug deep and showed his class, pushing his way from between the Queensland pair and striding a length clear around the home turn. As he stormed to the line, Keybow extended his lead to two and three quarter lengths in a time of 29.98.

Fusaichi Kahn ran a terrific race to nail second for Glenda Dart while Kiss Me Ketut, last year’s Brisbane Cup winner, lost no supporters back in third.

Trained by Darren McDonald and owned by Kel Lean, Keybow has now won 18 of his 38 starts with the $75,000 winner’s cheque taking his earnings beyond $480,000. It was the seventh Group final he has contested during his career and, amazingly, Keybow has been in the money on six of those occasions.

He is now expected to head towards the Group Two Cranbourne Cup, which he finished second in last year, before heading to Wentworth Park for the 2015 Group One Paws of Thunder in January.

Group One Brisbane Cup Full Results

1. Keybow (Box 7) – Darren McDonald
2. Fusaichi Kahn (Box 6) – Glenda Dart
3. Kiss Me Ketut (Box 8) – David Burnett
4. Cyndie’s Special (Box 1) – Bill Elson
5. Iva Vision (Box 2) – Peter Young
6. Le Sirenuse (Box 5) – Tom Tzouvelis
7. You Can Talk (Box 3) – Peter Ruetschi
8. Exhibitionist (Box 4) – Darryl Chapman
Scratchings: Happy Haswell (1st Res), Clash Of Kings (2nd Res)

Time: 29.98 Margins: 2 3/4L x 1 1/4L

 

This Week In Racing History

December

3

Champion stayer Rose Moss took out the second running of the Summer Cup (800 yards at Harold Park), in 1966, defeating Carbon Lass by two and a half lengths with Werombi Girl third. Werombi Girl had run third in the inaugural event the previous year.

Citing used box one to full advantage and won the 1992 Damsel’s Dash over 511 metres at Sandown Park, downing Dallas Rocket by two and a half lengths with Wicked Sister a length and a half away third.

4

In what was arguably one of the weakest fields ever to contest a major Sydney staying race in the 1970s, Slender Eyra won the 1971 Summer Cup at Harold Park by a nose from Jody’s Clopook, earning trainer Bruce Wilson $6,000. The final was marred by the scratching of champion Victorian stayer Roman Copy, who looked to have a ‘mortgage’ on the event.

Stately Bird set a new race record time of 30.05 for 520 metres at Wentworth Park in taking out the 1999 Paws of Thunder by seven and a half lengths over Flash Joan.

Made To Size set a new track record time of 29.57 for 520 metres at Albion Park in 2008. This clipped 4/100ths from the previous best, which had also belonged to Made To Size and had been set 10 months earlier.

5

Rated the best stayer to have ever raced over the 800 yards (732 metres) trip at Harold Park, Travel Rev scored a hollow 10 lengths victory in the 1970 Summer Cup, downing his great rival Mustard Moss and running a new race record time of 43.0.

Happy Reuben won the 1996 Bookmaker’s Trophy (now the Bold Trease Carnival Cup) by nine lengths over the 715 metres trip, defeating Enduro Boy with Keon Star five and a half lengths away third.

6

Pharaoh’s Mask scored by almost five lengths in the 1986 Cranbourne Victoria Cup from Lord Of Camelot, running a fast 44.42 for the 735 metres trip.

Queen Rose, trained by Kristy Sultana, took out the 2008 Potential Stakes (520 metres, Wentworth Park) from Raw Character and Sydney Vella and earning $15,000 for connections.

7

The Gold Coast, or Parklands, track held its first official race meeting in 1988. The one-turn grass circuit remained in operation for 20 years.

Little Denver won the 1991 NSW St Leger (now the Paws of Thunder) by a length and a half from Tallest Peer and Quigley, running a race record 30.17.

8

After winning his maiden by 20 lengths in equal track record time at Lithgow, the Bill Fletcher-trained Mister Moss scored by 12 lengths over 555 yards at Dapto in 1966, at only his second race start. He ran 30.3 which was the best time of the night.

Trella Light scored an emphatic victory in a semi-final of the 1973 NSW St Leger. Among the unplaced division was South Australian star Bristol Sue, who had been victorious at her previous six starts, including wins in the Summer Cup at Angle Park and a fast victory over the 530 metres trip at Wentworth Park.

9

Champion Victorian stayer He’s Some Boy won the Sun Toy Fund Cup (790 yards, Wentworth Park) by four lengths in a slow 43.9 in 1972. The race was sponsored by The Sun newspaper and aimed at attracting donations for their annual Christmas toys for underprivileged children campaign.

The inaugural Canberra Cup took place in 1979. Run over 530 metres, it was taken out by Brenrae Girl by two and a half lengths from Inspired and Swift Tovera, running 32.94 for trainer Ken Staines.

Slater set a new track record time of 24.82 for 450 metres at Shepparton in 2006.

This Week In Racing History

November

19

A crowd estimated at 16,000 attended Harold Park in 1949, creating a new record for attendance at a greyhound meeting in Australia. They saw a dead-heat in one event and Pretty Secret equal the 800 yards (732 metres) track record of 43.7 in scoring her seventh win in 12 starts at the Glebe circuit.

Mixed Blessings won the 1979 final of the Olympic Park Distance Championship (732 metres) from Irish Haste and Midnight Hour. It was the first time the race, inaugurated in 1967, had been held in November. It was also the last time the event was run until 1984. The race is now known as the AWM Distance Title.

Toban Leah took out the 1994 City of Ipswich Gold Cup, run over 512 metres, defeating Diamond Rell and Lookout Max for trainer Dave Brett.

20

Nulla’s Idol caused a boilover when she downed champion stayer He’s Some Boy by two lengths in the final of the 1972 Spring Cup, run over 732 metres at Olympic Park.

High Climax won the 1975 Queensland Derby, run over 558 metres at the Gabba, scoring by five lengths from Cruisaway.

21

A greyhound track at Alfred Oval in Young opened in 1953 with sprint distances over 550 yards (503 metres).

Former Victorian stayer Sonic Wave established a track record 42.09 for the 720 metres trip on the new grass circuit at Wentworth Park when she won the 1987 Summer Cup. This was the first time the historic race had been run at Wentworth Park since the closure of Harold Park.

South Australian staying star Gem Supreme took out the 1992 Summer Cup (720 metres, Wentworth Park), defeating National Digger by half a head. This was the first Summer Cup contested on the new loam surface.

22

Reena’s Raider downed Alarmist Belle by six lengths to win the 1972 Farrell’s Dog Food Trophy, run over 617 metres at Bulli. Reena’s Raider, a greyhound which would often race two or three times a week, earned $750 for connections.

The 2003 running of the 520-metre Bull N Barley Cup at Wentworth Park saw All Display overcome box six to score by almost nine lengths and earn $8,000 for connections.

23

The inaugural Queensland Derby was run over 558 metres at the Gabba in 1972 and saw the Reg Smith trained Dixie’s First score by seven lengths from Native Glen and Soval.

National Lass made it four starts for four wins over 732 metres at Harold Park when she led all the way from box four to take out the 1985 Summer Cup at Harold Park, downing Statistician by four lengths in a fast 42.83.

Donovan Bailey set a new race record time of 42.96 in downing the Victorian pair Happy Reuben and Ebony Park Lass in the 1996 Summer Cup final at Wentworth Park.

A fire destroyed much of the steward’s accommodation and ground staff facilities at the Cannington track in 2001.

24

Champion stayer Pharaoh’s Mask set a new track record time of 43.09 for 732 metres at Olympic Park in 1986.

Exiting box seven, Hua took out the 1988 Melbourne Cup by two lengths from Disco Dishlicka and Indiana, running a new track record time of 30.01 for the 511 metres trip.

25

The Sandown greyhound track had its official opening in 1952. The Lightwood Road circuit had the largest turn of any course in the country.

Some Secret won the 2005 Paws of Thunder (520 metres, Wentworth Park) by just over five lengths, running 30.05 to equal the race record set the previous year by Stately Bird.

Provincial Veteran Yo Cool Maxie Hangs Up The Collar And Lead

We always hear when the champions of the track retire after the curtains close on their dazzling careers on the Group racing stage. However, it is not to often we get to recognise and applaud the careers of the iron dogs that race week in, week out.

Yo Cool Maxie was never a champion, but a tougher campaigner you will struggle to find. The son of Big Daddy Cool and Be My Girl has been one of the most consistent chasers in New South Wales in recent years and, as of Wednesday, his racetrack career is now over.

Trained by Barry and Roz Evans of Moonbi, Yo Cool Maxie faced the starter on 110 occasions and amassed the fantastic record of 32 wins and 35 minor placings.

Roz said that they decided to retire their kennel star after he led at Maitland Wednesday before fading to finish fourth, after which it was discovered that he had sustained an injury.

“He actually ran the fastest first section of the day. He led around the home turn and half way down the straight he baulked and steadied up, running fourth. He tore his groin”, Roz explained.

“He tore it quite badly and he’s only a month off turning five. We had pretty much decided we would call it a day soon and I think the groin injury just made our mind up, it was just the final thing”.

Yo Cool Maxie, affectionately known as Scooby, was bred by Roz and Barry and is owned by the Scooby Six syndicate, managed by Pete Hyson. He is from a fantastic litter which also includes Little Ed, the former 400 metre track record holder at Maitland.

“Scooby wasn’t the fastest in his litter, Little Ed was, but he was the soundest dog and he was more versatile, he just kept going.

“He won the Armidale Cup, the Gold Collar at Maitland and he broke two track records, one at Gunnedah and one at Armidale, all this year or late last year.”

Yo Cool Maxie won on seven different tracks throughout his career with his last victory being a 22.61 triumph at The Gardens in August.

Roz and Barry, who have been together for 30 years, have endless memories of ‘Scooby’ on the racetrack, but rate two of his victories as being particularly special.

“When he ran 29.94 on the Paws of Thunder night at Wentworth Park. He ran a faster first and second section that night than the winner of the Paws of Thunder did.

“That Paws of Thunder night and when he won the Gold Collar at Maitland this year stand out.

“His brother, Little Ed, had won it (Gold Collar) two years before in 2012 and Yo Cool Maxie ran second to him that year. It is rather unique that two litter brothers could win the Gold Collar and especially being two years apart, I don’t think it had ever been done before.

“There were a lot of nice races that he won, but those two are definitely standouts for Barry and I.”

Roz and Barry are especially thankful for the assistance shown to them by veterinarians Peter Yore, John Newell and Reece, from their local clinic on Piper Street, for all their efforts in keeping Yo Cool Maxie healthy and sound throughout his career.

As for what lies ahead for Scooby, Roz said that he will live out his life in luxury at their home with lots of pats and the odd ice-cream.

“As a dog he is very much loved by all of our family. He has a huge personality, but he is a quiet little dog.

“He has lots of funny little ways about him that endears him to people and the children love him, of course, because he is so quiet.

“Scooby is everyones darling and we would never not have him here, he would fret to death.”

And how would Roz sum up the incredible ride Yo Cool Maxie took them on? Two words.

“Absolutely delightful.”

Iona Seven All Set For A Date With Spud Regis

Earlier this year there was no better sprinting bitch Australia wide than Iona Seven. The daughter of Swift Fancy and Iona Habit was on her way to group one glory in the Paws Of Thunder and had the world at her feet.

Next stop on the group radar was the Perth Cup and it was there that disaster struck. Just as the excitement machine was crossing to find the front she was tightened and fell.

She had another two starts but after falling at Mount Gambier it was decided by owner Frank Sidrak that it was retirement time.

“She is in the house now and lives on the lounge. She goes outside for a 10 minute run and then spends the rest of the day relaxing. She is loving life as a pet”, Frank Sidrak explained.

“She will spend the rest of her days at home living in luxury. Misty is part of the family and we love having her here.”

“She was going better than ever and she trialled at Mount Gambier and flew. She then fell in the race at Mount Gambier and we just thought that was it. We love the bitch and she owed us nothing. She made four group one finals and we decided it was time to let her inside the house.”

It’s now off to the breeding barn, where Misty will hope to leave her mark.

“We went to Jagger Swagger with Iona Tokyo and he is out of Premier Fantasy. We took Courageous Girl to Cape Hawke and he’s a Where’s Pedro. We wanted to go to a son of Bombastic Shiraz with Misty and we believe Spud Regis was the best of them. I remember how fast he was at his best, he was a machine and was from a good litter. It was just a no brainer.”

Iona Seven is due to be served naturally tomorrow by Spud Regis and it will be exciting times when this litter starts to grace the tracks in a couple of years time!

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.

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.

Post Box The Local Hope In Group Three Townsville Cup

In a picturesque town, approximately 28km north of Townsville, resides a greyhound trainer and his Group Three Townsville Cup finalist. Bluewater resident Michael Hickmott has Post Box engaged in box two in the Townsville Cup final on Tuesday night and he is looking to win his second Townsville Cup as a trainer.

Post Box arrived in Hickmott’s kennels back in October 2013 and he hasn’t looked back, winning 12 races for Hickmott around Townsville and Cairns at a range of distances between 380m and 544m. Overall, the dog has won 14 races and had 10 placings from 34 starts. His two wins prior to arriving at Bluewater were at Albion Park.

Hickmott told ARG that he and a friend purchased Post Box from Tony Apap:

“I’ve had the dog about 12 months. A mate and I bought him off Tony Apap; we get all our dogs off him. He is the only one we trust to buy dogs off. You never get a bad kennel dog off Tony. He is a beautiful dog from a great breed. If he wins this race, I will have to keep him as a pet.”

Post Box is by Irish import Fear Zafonic and his dam is You Can Too (Brett Lee – Jeanie’s Queen). Jeanie’s Queen held the track record at Launceston and won at Sandown, Wentworth Park, The Meadows and Albion Park. She also finished third in the Paws of Thunder and second in the Sandown shoot-out, so it’s not hard to see where Post Box has got his talent from.

As for his chances in this year’s Cup final, Hickmott is hoping he can replicate Happy Valentine’s win in 2005, which was the last Townsville Cup that Hickmott won:

“I am really happy with the draw. He is better from the inside as he gets around the corner better. I am happy with the dog inside him because he’s not real quick out and tends to go straight. He has been trialling track records at Townsville and if he gets going he will be a big chance. I haven’t been able to get a race there for him in a long time. I can only hope. I have won the race once before with Happy Valentine. She came through for the win after the good dog I had for the race at the time broke down before the race.”

Post Box is the only local in the final so he’s sure to get plenty of support from the home crowd. After the Townsville Cup, Hickmott plans to take Post Box down to Brisbane for some racing.

Syd Swain Receives Nine Month Disqualification After Positive Swab

Greyhound Racing NSW Stewards concluded an inquiry on Thursday, 10 July into analyst’s reports that the urine sample taken from Manyana Groper after that greyhound won the Sportingbet Paws Of Thunder Heat (520m), the fourth race of the Wentworth Park meeting on Saturday 11 January 2014, had been analysed and confirmed to contain the prohibited substances methylamphetamine and amphetamine.

Mr. Swain was allowed representation from Mr. Vince Murphy of Lenz Legal. The inquiry was held over three days – 7 May, 12 June and 10 July 2014. Evidence was taken from the greyhound’s trainer, Mr Sydney Swain, and from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) Science Manager, Dr Adam Cawley. Written evidence was tendered from the ARFL, Racing Analytical Services Victoria, Racing NSW Chief Veterinarian Dr Craig Suann and from GRNSW. Mr Swain had also been supplied footage of the kenneling process from the track on the day in question.

During the course of the hearing on 12 June it had been advanced that a possible cause of the laboratory reports was the common usage between trainers of petroleum jelly on the limbs of greyhounds engaged on the night in question. Having regard to the evidence in its entirety, in the opinion of the Stewards, this scenario could not be supported.

Mr Swain subsequently pleaded guilty to a charge under GAR 83 (2) (a) in that he presented Manyana Groper for the race in question other than free of any prohibited substances in that the urine sample taken from the greyhound after the race had been found on confirmatory analysis to contain the prohibited substances methylamphetamine and amphetamine.

After considering submissions on penalty Mr Swain was disqualified for a period of nine months. The disqualification concludes at midnight on 11 December 2014, having regard to the period of suspension of Mr Swain’s registration imposed on 13 March 2014 upon confirmation of the findings. In consideration of the particular circumstances in this case the final three months of the disqualification was suspended, conditional on Mr. Swain not being found in breach of the prohibited substance rules over the twelve months concluding 12 December 2015.

In considering penalty under the GRNSW penalty guidelines, factors taken into account included mitigating factors such as Mr. Swain’s guilty plea and the extremely low comparative level of substances detected. His record of having only two minor prohibited substance offences in more than forty years, with the last occurring over 15 years ago, the fact that he is a professional trainer, breeder and rearer with no other source of income, and that there was no evidence of substantial support for the greyhound were also considered. Other mitigating factors considered were the high number of cleared samples taken from Mr. Swain’s greyhounds over his registration history and a number of personal references submitted on behalf of Mr. Swain by leading industry figures.

Notwithstanding these factors, the need for a reasonably harsh penalty in the circumstances of presentation of a greyhound with a Category Two substance present and the effects that such reports have on the image of greyhound racing were also considered.

Under the provisions of GAR 83 (5) Manyana Groper was disqualified from the race in question and the semi-final of the special event conducted on 18 January 2014.

In respect of the race on 11 January the placings were amended to:

1st – Trapper Jet
2nd – Pierino
3rd – Battistuzzi

Manyana Groper was disqualified from its seventh placing on 18 January 2014.

Mr Swain was advised of his rights of appeal.

2014 Group One Golden Easter Egg Heats Preview

The heats of the Group One Golden Easter Egg kick-off on Saturday night. The three-week series will see 10 heats conducted on Saturday night followed by four semi-finals next week.

Notable absentees from the heats include Black Magic Opal and Paw Licking, who are setting their sights on the Bendigo Cup.

Recent Australian Cup winner Buckle Up Wes has made the journey up, and it will be interesting to see if he can nab the rich Australian Cup and Golden Easter Egg double.

Alongside the Australian Cup, the Golden Easter Egg is the richest race on the Group racing calendar, with a grand sum of $250,000 awarded to the winner.

Last year’s winner was Grigorieva Bale and other previous winners include Mancunian Girl, Tenthill Doll, Rapid Journey, Brett Lee, Bogie Leigh, Paua To Burn and Cosmic Rumble.

Here’s a look the main chances in each of the 10 heats:

Heat One – Group One Golden Easter Egg (Race 1 at 7:28pm)

Grand chaser Dyna Nalin (1) headlines the first heat. The Paul Stuart trained dog loves box one and trialled 29.65 last week at Wentworth Park. He lacks the early speed of some of the other runners in the race but you can never under-estimate class and if he gets even just a tiny bit of luck, he’s well and truly in this.

Chica Destacada (4) is only young but has shown plenty of ability. She has three wins from four starts at the track and distance with a best of 29.73. She has shown good box manners at the track, which she will need to use to overcome box four.

Victorian chaser Allen Eryk (8) appears to be well drawn out in box eight, as he has had two wins and a placing from three goes wearing the pink rug. The Jarvis Bale-Greta Bale (Where’s Pedro-Gold Rush Bale) dog has won four of his last five around The Meadows and Sandown over the longer trip. This will be his first start at Wentworth Park.

Fast Archer (7) has a load of early pace and won a free-for-all last week at the track from box seven. He recorded 29.75 leading all the way. He’s been hit-and-miss at box rise in recent times and needs to repeat last week’s efforts to take this out.

Rough each-way chances are Pride Of Mykonos (2) and Make A Fifty (3). Both won Preludes (at double figure odds). If there’s any trouble in the race, they may be the ones that benefit.

Heat Two – Group One Golden Easter Egg (Race 2 at 7:50pm)

Iona Tokyo (3) has drawn well near to the fence. His box manners have been brilliant and he is a last start winner (back on 1 March) in 29.71. He has gone 5.34 to the first mark previously, the best of any dog drawn in this race. Iona Tokyo is trained by Francois Sidrak and is by Swift Fancy-Iona Habit (Fenceline-Dancing Habit). She is a litter sister to Paws Of Thunder winner Iona Seven.

Another chaser that has been showing good box manners since a return from a spell is Kulu Special (2). The Anthony Azzopardi trained bitch is just 24kg and has won two from two at the track. Last week she recorded her best time of 29.72.

Queenslander Yogi Blue (5) has had the advantage of a few looks at Wentworth Park and was a Prelude winner in 30.03. The box draw hasn’t been kind to him as he has only had the one career win from box five.

Where’s The Surf (7) won here last week for Darren McDonald, drawing away to win by over six lengths in 29.71. He had the suitable rails draw on that occasion and now needs to contend with the wider draw.

Varcoe (8) failed in the Maitland Cup heats after beginning terribly. He has trialled here in 29.92 in preparation. If he doesn’t begin he will find it hard to crack a top spot in this heat.

Prue Bale (4) is also worthy of some consideration. She is a last start winner at The Meadows and showed handy box manners to lead. She has had a start at Wentworth Park but failed to run a place.

Heat Three – Group One Golden Easter Egg (Race 3 at 8:07pm)

National Futurity winner Rue De Kahn (1) will get every chance to lead from the nice draw. She is drawn next to Gradence (2) who is a slow beginner. The Where’s Pedro-Shelbourne Dream (Boherduff Light-Queen Survivor) bitch has three wins at the track and a best of 29.79. She looks to be one of the main chances.

Apollo Reign (4) has not missed a place since returning from a five month spell. His win at Richmond in March was a flying 30.43. He ran third here to Hellyeah Bolt last week and is definitely a place chance.

Edge (7) has not long returned from a two month spell and should be nice and fresh. He won at The Gardens last week in 29.52 and loves Wentworth Park, where he has won seven races. His best is 29.68 and if he shows the early speed we know he has, he should go well.

Crash Model (8) won a Prelude in 29.87 from box one. She has five wins at the track but goes better from the inside.

Heat Four – Group One Golden Easter Egg (Race 4 at 8:28pm)

Local chaser Mexico City (1) is well drawn and Mark Gatt will be hoping his chaser can get close to his best of 29.58. The Where’s Pedro-Physical (Surf Lorian-By Request) dog has had two runs back since a four month spell. He ran third in a Maitland Cup heat last start.

Crawf’s Bread (6) is a handy Victorian chaser visiting Wentworth Park for the first time in his career. He is a consistently good beginner and will need to begin here at Wentworth Park from the poor draw. He has been racing dogs like Innocent Til and Dark Warrior, so he can handle the class of dogs in this heat.

Warrior King (5) is a talented Victorian youngster who ran second at Wentworth Park in a Prelude. He has been showing some early speed in recent racing and is very strong. He was a placegetter behind Crump in the Horsham Cup and will need luck from the squeeze draw.

Winsome Charlee (8) ran a place in last years Egg final and makes her first race-track appearance since June 2013. She clocked 30.35 here in a trial last week and will need to improve off that to get anywhere near her best of 29.66.

Tricky Jade (4) has not won since December last year but she clearly has a lot of talent. The Martin Hallinan bred and trained bitch has a best of 29.56 at Wentworth Park. Her problem is that she hasn’t been showing any early pace in her three most recent starts.

Heat Five – Group One Golden Easter Egg (Race 5 at 8:50pm)

Star chaser Keybow (2) is the class act in the fifth heat. The Group One Perth Cup winner and Australian Cup placegetter trialled 29.62 here in preparation and he should prove too good for this field.

Recent Group Three Nowra Summer Puppy Classic winner Stilton Blue (5) has drawn box five and has been flying around Nowra, with a near track record breaking run just over a fortnight ago. He has a best of 30.23 at Wentworth Park, which you think he would need to improve on to be a chance.

Healesville track record holder Frosty Jay Jay (6) is a fast animal but he lacks the early toe. He ran fifth here to Dark Warrior last week, finding trouble. The one thing in his favour is that he appears partial to wearing the green rug, winning two from three out of the box.

Veyron Bale’s (4) recent form has been ordinary but a change in scenery may prove good for him. Last time he came to Wentworth Park (January this year) he scorched around the Glebe circuit in 29.50.

Tomac Bale (8) loves box eight and is coming here with a short spell under his belt. Interestingly, he has recently changed hands and left Wheeler’s ownership and is now trained by Luke Azzopardi. He failed at Wentworth Park in January and will need to improve on his recent form to be any sort of chance.

Heat Six – Group One Golden Easter Egg (Race 6 at 9:07pm)

Ken Burnett’s Double Trigger (4) will be advantaged by his experience and form at the track. His most recent win was on the 15th of March and it came at the track in 29.68. He has six wins in total at Wentworth Park and has brilliant early speed.

Jason Thompson and Darren McDonald trained chasers can never be overlooked and both have chasers engaged in this heat. Thompson has Boris Fields (5), a dog that has won two races at Wentworth Park with 29.54 his best time. He needs some room to move, which may be tricky from box five. McDonald has the speedy There’s A Earn (6), who ran second last week at Wentworth Park to Yogi Blue and should be improved by the look at the track.

Strong finishers Ritza Hattie (2) and Ollie Bale (3) are also in with a chance but their fortunes will lay with the all important start, as both will need some luck in the early stages. Tee Brady (1) is also worth some consideration from the rails alley.

Heat Seven – Group One Golden Easter Egg (Race 7 at 9:30pm)

Innocent Til (8) has again drawn a wide box but he has a good record from box eight, with seven wins. He has won four of his last five starts and was recent runner-up in the Horsham Cup. He has had the one start at Wentworth Park and didn’t run a place. However, he cannot be ruled out based on that. He has loads of talent and a win wouldn’t surprise.

Warragul Cup winner Walk Hard (5) makes his first visit to Wentworth Park under race conditions. He trialled last week in a fast 29.68, but he needs some room early in order to muster pace and that might be difficult from the draw.

Evil Punk (4) fell at his last start here at Wentworth Park and it remains to be seen how he will react this week after that. He is a talented local chaser trained by James Coyle with a best of 29.70.

Boyce Road (2) is a very handy youngster with three wins at Wentworth Park to his credit. He is already a Group race finalist and has recorded 29.69 at the track. He’s tardy at box rise and that might cost him at this level.

Fort Allen (6) has been racing consistently in Victoria and makes his first appearance at Wentworth Park. The Andrea Dailly trained chaser is an excellent beginner and that should put him in this race.

Heat Eight – Group One Golden Easter Egg (Race 8 at 9:50pm)

We have to wait until the eighth heat to see Australian Cup champion Buckle Up Wes (3) go around. He has had a short spell since his big win and had a tune-up at Hobart last week, winning in the fastest time of the night. He has taken to Wentworth Park well in the past, with three wins and a place from five starts. He ran third in the Paws of Thunder final in January and has a best of 29.65. He will be hard to hold out.

Horsham Cup winner Crump (6) has drawn off the fence in box six. He trialled in 29.85 last week and this will be his first start at the track under race conditions. If he can negotiate the turn safely he could turn this into an interesting race, as he is very strong.

The Victorian trained Tonk (1) debuted at Wentworth Park on 15 March in a flying 29.57. This heat is a rise in class from the field he met two weeks ago but if he runs up to that performance he will be up there.

Awesome Project (8) is a former NSW chaser now in the hands of the astute Darren McDonald. He is risky at box rise and will need to do everything right from the wide draw.

Heat Nine – Group One Golden Easter Egg (Race 9 at 10:12pm)

Richmond Derby winner Red Road (6) gets a chance to strut his stuff in the ninth heat. He has 11 career wins from 15 starts, with three of those wins coming at Wentworth Park. He has a best of 29.54 and displays generally good box manners. He just has to steer clear of any interference from the bad draw to take this out.

Calm Model (5) is returning from a long six month spell so should be fresh for this. She has two wins at Wentworth Park, with a best of 29.70.

Rookie Rebel winner Hawk Alone (1) has drawn his box. He is a strong 500 metre chaser who will be looking to pounce if he has a clear run.

Maitland Cup finalist New Gleam (4) has had the one start at Wentworth Park for a 30.01 win. He recorded a first section of 5.38 and if he can do that again he is a big chance of being near the lead.

Cawbourne Havoc (2) has 10 wins at the track and his experience will put him in good stead. He is a leader and could very well take this out at good odds.

Heat Ten – Group One Golden Easter Egg (Race 10 at 10:35pm)

Hellyeah Bolt (8) has excelled at Wentworth Park and has a best of 29.92 from box eight. He has won four in total from the box and looks hard to beat.

Hellyeah Bolt’s immediate danger is drawn directly inside him. Billy Buzzard (7) has been very consistent of late and has recorded a flying 5.32 to the first mark this year. If anyone can upset the favourite, it is Billy Buzzard.

Bathurst Cup and Prelude winner Zipping Tess (3) has been pinging the lids in her last few starts but failed to do so at Maitland. Her Prelude win came here in 29.79 and she is certainly capable of performing well from the decent draw.

Dark Warrior (4) was impressive winning a Prelude two weeks ago in 30.06. He could only manage fifth from box three here last week and will need to improve to feature.

Stars Align For Group Two Richmond Derby

A star-studded line up of greyhounds will battle it out in four competitive heats of the $40,000 Group Two Richmond Derby this Saturday night.

Conducted over the testing 535m distance, this prestigious event will celebrate its 41st running this year with past winners including; Cyrus The Virus, Stately Bird and last year’s victor Jagger Swagger, who is nominated for 2013 Greyhound of the Year.

 

Key Players:

 

Heat One – Race Three (7.26pm)

 
Ritza Raider (8) comes into this race with superb form on the board, having only been unplaced once out of sixteen career starts. The son of Bombastic Shiraz and Midnight Flare was very impressive at Wentworth Park two starts ago, saluting comfortably from box eight in a respectable 29.93. The Mark Gatt trained chaser made his debut at Richmond back in October last year and clocked a slick 30.47.

Gatt’s other star chaser Gradence (4) returns to the racetrack after a month-long hiatus and comes fresh off his sensational Group Three Bulli Gold Plate Victory over the 472m distance. The winner of twenty-two races had an outstanding month of January, notching up two other feature races wins in the Gosford Gold Cup Consolation and ‘The Collerson’ Paws of Thunder Consolation at Wentworth Park. The son of Vapour Whirl and Ding’s Rocket has a speedy personal best of 30.61 at the track and can trouble this field with a clear run.

Litter brother to Group One winner Belfast Johnny, Belfast Kaiser, is drawn ideally near the rails and recorded three straight victories during February, including a quick 30.67 at this track. Trained by Troy Vella of Blacktown, this greyhound possesses the genuine early pace to feature heavily at the first turn. The son of Cosmic Rumble and Wongawilliesue has won two from four at Richmond thus far.

Heat Two – Race Five (8.14pm)

 
Evil Punk (5) is unbeaten at the Richmond circuit, with five starts for five victories and a blistering personal best of 30.35. This greyhound has been airborne at present, finishing runner up in the Group One National Derby last month, clocking a fast personal best of 29.59 over the 515m. The son of Collision and Punk Angel has the early pace to overcome the middle box and give trainer James Coyle another group final berth.

Ritza Ryder (4) is in fantastic form at the ripe old age of four, and has only had two starts at Richmond for a speedy win in 30.57 back in February of 2012. Exiting from box seven will suit the winner of twenty-two races, with his best work produced at the finish. Another prodigal son out of sensational broodbitch Midnight Flare, Ritza Ryder could easily take out this heat in smart time for trainer Mark Gatt.

Hunter Valley trained sprinter Cawbourne Havoc (3) will be looking to secure his fourth consecutive win after some quality performances at Wentworth Park in 29.84 and 29.85 in FFA class. The son of Brett Lee and American Spot has only had the one start at Richmond, however is perfectly drawn to get the fly in this race and secure the win.

Heat Three – Race Six (8.34pm)

 
Two-time Group One finalist Boyce Road (7) returns to his stomping ground after unsuccessful trips to The Gardens and The Meadows during February. This gifted chaser by Collision out of Mystic Pace has drawn ideally out wide and is set to return to his best for trainer Mark Gatt. Boyce Road has a superb Richmond record, having won four of his five starts over the 535m distance, with a fast personal best of 30.48.

King Cobber (4) is yet to be unplaced at Richmond and recorded a flying time of 30.48 last November. The Frank Hurst trained greyhound by boom sire Swift Fancy, has been successfully racing around the Bathurst circuit of late, placing third in the Bathurst Gold Cup last month.

Like A Boss (2) stepped up to the 600m distance at Dapto last week and saluted in fine style, clocking 35.00. Despite just the one victory at Richmond, a slick personal best of 30.64 and an ideal box two will see this greyhound run a cheeky race for trainer Frances Harris.

Heat Four – Race Seven (8.52pm)

 
Red Road (6) is another greyhound from the highly-talented Collision x Mystic Pace litter and relishes the Richmond track, having stepped out on debut during October last year and clocked a sizzling 30.22. He has drawn awkwardly in box six, however only needs some room early to clock a blistering time once again.

Clay Mullen’s star chaser Fast Archer (7) returned to his brilliant best at Wentworth Park two weeks ago, clocking a flying 29.61. The son of Collision and Clay Model will be searching for his first victory at Richmond, after finishing second twice from three attempts.

Father Skeeta (5) has an excellent record at the track, having won three races from seven starts and two minor placings. The Leslie Dennis trained son of Ashton Galilee and Madam Jessie recently recorded three straight wins and despite box five proving a difficult task to overcome, this greyhound shows good early pace and his three recent victories came from boxes 5, 8 and 6 respectively.

Buckle Up Wes – 2014 Group One Australian Cup Champion

Buckle Up Wes (7) is the 2014 Group One Maurice Blackburn Australian Cup champion.

The Tasmanian trained dog by Collision – Everlong Bale (Primo Uno – Shique Bale) led all the way for a remarkable 29.74 win.

Before the race, it was up in the air who the actual leader would be as plenty of chasers in the field possessed early speed.

When the lids lifted, Musquin Bale (6) began tardily and this gave Buckle Up Wes breathing space in the early stages. He charged down the home straight and was able to cross Kiss Me Ketut (1) going into the first corner.

Race favourite Keybow (2) didn’t step well and copped a check from Dyna Nalin (3) just a couple of strides out of the boxes. He was also clipped from behind, momentarily losing balance on his back legs. His strong chasing instincts allowed him to balance up quickly and by the time he was around the first turn, he had moved into fourth position. At this stage, Buckle Up Wes had at least six lengths on the chasing pack, which was led by Kiss Me Ketut and Marcus Joe (8).

Keybow shook off Kiss Me Ketut and Marcus Joe and quickly set off after Buckle Up Wes. Rounding the home turn, it looked like Keybow may grab the front-running Taswegian up the home straight, but the 31kg black chaser stuck on solidly to record his 21st career win. Dyna Nalin (3), who was last in the early stages, came from nowhere to finish third, five lengths off the winner. It was a fantastic run considering how far back he was at the start of the race.

Of the others, Kiss Me Ketut found trouble down the back and ended up finishing seventh. Sixth placed Marcus Joe was up in third in the early stages of the race but was checked by Kiss Me Ketut down the back straight and immediately after that he was involved in some interference with Innocent Til (4), who ended up finishing at the tail end of the field. Hallelujah Henry (5) didn’t get a clear run after leaving the boxes but tried his heart out to finish fourth. Musquin Bale, after the tardy start, was fifth.

Buckle Up Wes, who is trained by Ted Medhurst, had run a place in his last ten starts and ran a placing in the recent Group One Paws of Thunder at Wentworth Park, so his form was spot on. With the addition of $250,000 to the kitty, Buckle Up Wes has now earned $324,000 for connections.

2014 Group One Australian Cup Preview

A great group of finalists has been assembled for the Group One Australian Cup on Saturday night at The Meadows. At 9:43pm, Australia will know the winner of one of the biggest races on the greyhound racing calendar and connections will be $250,000 richer.

Keybow is the fastest qualifier, with all but two dogs breaking the 30 second barrier in the heats.

The winner will also have their name added to the illustrious honour roll of recent Australian Cup victors which includes Spud Regis, Zara Zulu, St. Pierre, Dyna Lachlan, Velocette, Tasman Queen, Pete’s Conquest, Miss Spicy, Pure Octane, Bogie Leigh, Most Awesome, Blackjack Tom, Isa Brown, Brett Lee and Arvo’s Express. Historical winners include Rookie Rebel, Benjamin John, Tangaloa, Eaglehawk Star, Ginger, China Trip, Mancunian Girl and Tenthill Doll.

Looking at that list, it’s definitely a bit of a “stud maker” race for the lads that win.

Here’s a look at the form of each of the finalists.

Box 1
Race Odds
$5.50
Heat Replay
Kiss Me Ketut
Trainer
David Burnett
Owner
David Burnett
Prizemoney
$199,775.00
Last 10 Starts
7115635351
30 Months Black Dog by Bombastic Shiraz - Spiral Siyan
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $4,540.00 Rating 92
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
44 18 6 7
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
40% 70%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
10 3 3 1
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 1 1
Comments: David Burnett (Trainer) - “I’m hoping to run the same as I did last week and if I do that he will be competitive. I got him back out of the boxes again. We’ve just had this issue since the Brisbane Cup that we just haven’t been able to pinpoint a problem. When you’re racing in top grade all the time you don’t know whether it’s actually a problem, whether it’s the field or whether it’s the box, but you’re always making these excuses up. We did find a problem, an injury, that once fixed made him come out of the boxes better and made him go around the corner better. There’s been some concern in the market about the box draw not being good for everybody because they believe Kiss Me Ketut will probably run off on the first corner which he did in the Melbourne Cup and elsewhere but hopefully this injury problem we’ve found has fixed that and he certainly went well Saturday night. When the pressure was on, he went around the corner beautiful. He’ll rail beautifully this week hopefully.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.77 29.77 5.04 5.04
Box 2
Race Odds
$2.40
Heat Replay
Keybow
Trainer
Darren McDonald
Owner
Kelvin Lean
Prizemoney
$203,595.00
Last 10 Starts
4313128111
28 Months Black Dog by Take The Kitty - Key Exit
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $10,716.00 Rating 96
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
19 10 3 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
53% 79%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 3 1 1
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 5 0 0
Comments: Darren McDonald (Trainer) – “If he comes out like he did Saturday night, he will be hard to beat. He’s had five starts for five wins from box two. I’m pretty happy with the box.” 
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.58 29.58 5.03 5.03
Box 3
Race Odds
$4.50
Heat Replay
Dyna Nalin
Trainer
Paul Stuart
Owner
Brendan Wheeler
Prizemoney
$541,945.00
Last 10 Starts
2221353161
35 Months Black Dog by Ashom Bale - Tally Bale
Start Risky Running Rail Strong Strong
Prizemoney Rating $10,422.00 Rating 94
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
52 29 11 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
56% 85%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 4 1 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 2 5 0
Comments: Paul Stuart (Trainer) – “It’s a good draw. There’s a fair bit of speed inside and out. If he does his normal habit, he should get a clear look at the rails. He has every opportunity and there are really no excuses. It is whether something comes out and gets a look at the bunny and runs 29.7. If there’s trouble, hopefully he will be in striking distance.”

 

Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.89 30.04 5.13 5.26
Box 4
 Race Odds
$7.00
Heat Replay
Innocent Til
Trainer
Jason Thompson
Owner
Family Frenzy syndicate
Prizemoney
$119,445.00
Last 10 Starts
1411761181
30 Months Black Dog by Premier Fantasy -

Proven Polly

Start Good Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $2,913.00 Rating 92
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
41 24 6 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
59% 80%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 4 0 1
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 3 1 1
Comments: Jason Thompson (Trainer) – He’s got a chance although he’s drawn badly. He will need to do everything right. His heat win was good but that was from a good box. He will need to begin and go as this is a lot worse draw. He will need a little bit of luck. There’s a big difference between being in box four in a Group One final and an impressive win from a good box in a heat.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.79 29.79 5.06 5.06
Box 5
Race Odds
$21.00
Heat Replay
Hallelujah Henry
Trainer
Darren McDonald
Owner
Jason McDonald syndicate
Prizemoney
$51,125.00
Last 10 Starts
1513123741
27 Months Fawn Dog by Lonesome Cry - Lily Eve
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,223.00 Rating 92
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
23 11 3 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
48% 78%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 4 0 1
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
Comments: Darren McDonald (Trainer) – He has to lead to be a chance of winning. I do think he’s capable on his night of breaking 5 seconds to the first post.  So if he leads, he could win.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.91 29.91 5.04 5.05
Box 6
Race Odds
$21.00
Heat Replay
Musquin Bale
Trainer
Andrea Dailly
Owner
Paul Wheeler
Prizemoney
$57,600.00
Last 10 Starts
5182775111
34 Months Red Fawn Dog by Dyna Lachlan - Princess Bale
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,920.00 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
30 10 5 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
33% 57%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 4 0 0
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0  0
Comments: Tom Dailly (Co-Trainer) – “His lack of early pace is going to be a bit of a problem and being drawn out in the six has done him no favours, so he’s going to need a fair amount of luck to get into the race.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.90 29.90 5.04 5.10
Box 7
Race Odds
$7.00
Heat Replay
Buckle Up Wes
Trainer
Edward Medhurst
Owner
R Johnson & S Sutton
Prizemoney
$74,145.00
Last 10 Starts
1213131311
32 Months Black Dog by Collision - Everlong Bale
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,181.00 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
34 20 5 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
59% 85%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 2 1 0
Comments: Ted Medhurst (Trainer) –  “He’s got it ahead of him from the box draw. He is more than capable. He began ordinary last week and I know he can begin a lot better. I can’t fault the dog, he is in good form. It is his second Group One final on the mainland. He ran third in the Paws of Thunder recently. I am thrilled to make the final and if he wins, that would be a big bonus.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.98 29.98 5.11 5.11
Box 8
Race Odds
$14.00
Heat Replay
Marcus Joe
Trainer
Barry Moloney
Owner
Barry Moloney
Prizemoney
$177,470.00
Last 10 Starts
1281618461
34 Months Brindle Dog by Velocette - Mojo Glory
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $4,930.00 Rating 89
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
36 11 8 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
31% 64%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
11 5 3 0
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 1 1 1
Comments: Barry Moloney (Trainer) - “It will be quite difficult really. They’re all pretty much good beginners. It’s going to be a bit of a charge to the corner. I can’t see how he can get across but you don’t know what’s going to happen inside either. It’s going to be hard. He loves The Meadows, it’s his favourite at this stage. He’s had 11 starts for five wins there.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.66 30.05 4.96 5.09
1st Res
Race Odds
$N/A
Heart Replay
Punch One Out – 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
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
N/A N/A
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments:  Scratched
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
N/A N/A N/A N/A
2nd Res
Race Odds
$26.00
Heat Replay
Crawf’s Bread
Trainer
David Crawford
Owner
David Crawford
Prizemoney
$61,990.00
Last 10 Starts

1223312572

33 Months Black Dog by Where’s Pedro - Tekki
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,033.00 Rating 89
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
60 17 11 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
28% 68%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
14 4 3 2
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Handy dog but faces a tough test if he gets a start. Will need a suitable draw and some luck in the early stages.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.96 29.96 5.04 5.08

 

 

Keybow (2) is the obvious favourite. He is racing in a rich vein of form that seen him capture the Group One Perth Cup from the same box he has here in the final. He ran the perfect race last week and if he puts it all together he will loom as the winner.

Kiss Me Ketut (1) returned to Group race winning form last week. He was pressured throughout last week but stood tall to record a personal best. His trainer is hoping he has found the issues with his recent tendency to run off at the turn and after railing beautifully last week, we could see a winning performance from Kiss Me Ketut if he does the same again on Saturday.

Dyna Nalin (3) is chasing the prize money record. He lacks the early speed but makes up for it in race nous. He loves The Meadows and is very consistent. With an ounce of luck early, he may just break Miata’s prize money record.

Innocent Til (4) is a little hit and miss at box rise. He has great mid race speed but we’ll have to wait and see what happens in that first 50 metres.

Hallelujah Henry (5) has to lead to win. His trainer advised that he is capable of breaking 5 seconds to the first mark and if he does that, he may well find himself in front.

Musquin Bale (6) has returned to form with style in recent weeks and is a dog that puts in 110% every time. He will be trying very hard but it’s the average box draw that’s the concern and he has a speedy dog drawn to his outside in Buckle Up Wes (7). Buckle Up Wes handled his first race track appearance at The Meadows with ease last week and will no doubt be improved by the look at the track. He hasn’t missed a place in his last 10 starts and is an each way chance.

Lastly, Maturity winner Marcus Joe (8) has the extreme outside. His trainer did acknowledge that the draw will make it hard for his dog and hopes for a bit of luck to go his way in getting across the field. He’s a fast dog, with a 29.66 PB at his favourite track.

This is a very tough race to pick a winner. There’s plenty of dogs in the market and as such, plenty of chances. This is usually the recipe for a great race so don’t forget to tune in on Saturday night.

Gatt and Mackay To Fly The Flag For New South Wales

The New South Wales assault on the Group One Australia Cup heats on Saturday night will rely on the performances of just three runners from the kennels of Jason Mackay and Mark Gatt.

Wentworth Park and Richmond track record holder Punch One Out returned to Mackay’s Richmond Vale kennels last month, after a brief stint with her owner Grant Fennelly in Queensland. The daughter of Knocka Norris and Little Egyptian took out the final of the Group Three Gold Coast Cup at Albion Park, clocking a sizzling time of 29.75 and won four races at Albion Park and Capalaba.

Upon her return to Mackay in January, Punch One Out ran a gallant second behind Iona Seven in the Group One Paws of Thunder final at Wentworth Park, in a fast time of 29.70.

Punch One Out became a genuine superstar when she smashed the 29.43 Wentworth Park record, previously held by Noble Pedro, by clocking an airbourne 29.27 over the 520m, in taking out a heat of the Group One Golden Easter Egg during March of last year.

Making her debut at Lismore during July of 2012, Punch One Out finished second at her first three starts, before breaking her maiden status over the 366m straight journey at Capalaba. She then went on to win her next four races around the Queensland circuits.

During January of 2013, Punch One Out made her way to the Mackay kennel, recording a flying personal best at The Gardens (29.30) and became a multiple track record holder when she clocked a blistering 29.90 over the 535m at Richmond.

Recently nominated for 2013 Greyhound of the Year, Punch One Out now has an impressive 22 wins next to her name from 48 starts, including 16 minor placings and a healthy prize money total of $153,749.

Exiting from box five in heat one of the Australian Cup will prove a difficult task; however her run home strength and stamina will be a definite factor, provided she avoids trouble at the first turn.

Mackay’s other runner Zipping Willow also returned from a two-month spell last Thursday at Maitland, clocking a sensational time of 22.42 over the 400m. The beautifully bred daughter of Goodesy and Sirocco Lass scored by a head, and despite having just the one start over the short course distance since her return, this gifted chaser will test her rivals in heat two of the Australia Cup and will also exit from box five.

Owned by renowned breeders Martin and Fiona Hallinan, who took out the Group One National Derby, two weeks ago, Zipping Willow will be chasing her 15th career win from start 23. She began her career in fine style around the Hunter Valley circuits, winning three of her first four starts and stamped her authority after a near-record 29.33 win at The Gardens over the 515 metres. After making a successful debut at Wentworth Park at start number five, Zipping Willow now has a sensational metropolitan record of seven wins and two minor placings from eleven starts.

Last month Mackay made the four hour trip with Zipping Willow to Canberra and wasn’t disappointed as she blitzed her rivals in the Group Three Canberra Cup final, saluting in a blistering time of 30.12 by two and a quarter lengths.

Master Thirlmere trainer Mark Gatt will send up and coming youngster Boyce Road to The Meadows circuit, looking to make his third Group One final after just 14 career starts.

Despite finishing fifth in the Group One National Derby final as the $1.70 favourite, Boyce Road sizzled around the two-turn Newcastle circuit in 29.33; at his first ever look at the track.

Coming up with box eight in heat three on Saturday night will prove testing; however Gatt is confident his charge can go well at his first interstate start.

“He should go alright, he’s fit and ready to go. The box will suit him, but it’s a very hard box at The Meadows. If he can get a cart across then I’m confident in his chances, it all depends on whether he gets a clear run or not.”

Coming from the highly-talented Collision x Mystic Pace litter, Boyce Road made an impact from day one when he stepped out in a heat of the $15,000 maiden series at Richmond, recording an impressive 30.69 victory over the 535m.

At just start number ten, Boyce Road produced a sensational effort, saluting comfortably in a heat of the Group One Paws of Thunder, clocking a flying 29.69, and didn’t lose any followers after finishing a respectable fourth in the final.

Boyce Road now has nine wins and two minor placings from just fourteen career starts, with a third Group One finals berth a definite possibility for this rising star.

Sadly, Gatt will be without his second representative for the series, with Ritza Hattie a scratching from the heats due to injury.

2014 Group One Australian Cup – Heat Previews

The Australian Cup carnival at The Meadows moves into full swing on Saturday, with eight heats of the 2014 Group One Australian Cup being conducted on a big night of racing that also includes the heats of the Super Stayer’s series.

The Australian Cup is one of the biggest Group One races on the racing calendar, with a whopping quarter of a million dollars going to the ultimate winner of the series.  As it is, each heat winner this week will earn a cool $10,000.

Just the winner of each heat will go through to the final and the two fastest seconds will be reserves. There is no Black Magic Opal in the heats, but there are plenty of other Group race performers lining up for a tilt at the big prize such as Zelemar Fever, Dyna Nalin, Hawk Alone, Peter Rocket, Ollie Bale, Banjo Boy, Keybow, Kiss Me Ketut and the list goes on.

Here is a look at each heat.

Heat One – 2014 Group One Australian Cup – Race 2 at 7:38pm

Kiss Me Ketut (3) returns from a luckless fifth in the Temlee and has a suitable draw here. The box manners of the dog by Bombastic Shiraz – Spiral Siyan have not been at there best in recent weeks and they need to improve in order for Kiss Me Ketut to lead. If he doesn’t lead then he will have trouble winning.

Punch One Out (5) has drawn the squeeze box, but if she shows the pace she did in the Paws of Thunder series at Wentworth Park recently, then she is chance of overcoming the draw. The worrying factor is that she hasn’t won at The Meadows from two attempts.

Rocky Bale (7) won an Australian Cup preliminary race last week in 29.92 from box one. He has a good record from the draw with three wins from three starts. He will need a little room early to muster and with some luck is an each way chance.

Wise Ella (8) ran second behind Vapourash in an Australian Cup preliminary race last weekend and has two wins at The Meadows. She is a consistent beginner but she has not won from box eight. Angela Langton advised ARG during the Laurels series that Wise Ella is an inside box specialist.

Of the remaining Wheeler brigade, Liara Allen (2) has a perfect record from box two, and three wins at the track for a best of 30.09. Melbourne Cup place-getter Dyna Beth (1) doesn’t look suited by the draw, with none of her 11 career wins coming from the rails draw. Prue Bale (4) loves The Meadows and at her last appearance, which was from box four, she led all the way in 29.99 and ran a smart 5.03 first section.

The other runner in the race is NSW chaser Amadeus Strikes (6), who is a recent addition to Rob Britton’s Lara kennel. The black bitch by Bombastic Shiraz – Forgetful Lucy has had two starts in Victoria for a third at Geelong. Her NSW form includes 9 wins at Wentworth Park with a best of 29.70. The green rug hasn’t been a problem for her in the past as she possess a perfect record from the box.

Heat Two – 2014 Group One Australian Cup – Race 3 at 8:00pm

Temlee place-getter Peter Rocket (1) finally has a decent inside draw and he will be looking for his first win out of box one. His record from box two is outstanding with seven wins, but for some reason he has only ever placed out of box one. His run was eye catching in the Temlee last week and if he runs up to that, he is a big chance of making yet another group race final.

The 2013 Group One Maturity winner Marcus Joe (2) is drawn alongside Peter Rocket. He has not been performing at his best in the lead up to this race but if he puts his best paw forward he is capable of running some time, with 29.66 his personal best at the track.

Ollie Bale (8) won the Group One Silver Chief from this box at The Meadows earlier this year. However, since that race he has failed to rack up another win, although he did perform well over at Cannington during the Perth Cup series. He won’t be afforded any mistakes on Saturday night.

Deadly Vane (7) and Kid Maximus (6) were also finalists in the Silver Chief series. Deadly Vane had a short break after the Silver Chief series after changing hands for a large figure. Formerly trained by Joe Borg, he will be racing for Braden Finn for the first time. He has a great record at The Meadows, with four wins and is hit and miss at box rise, but if he gets it right he is in with a chance. Kid Maximus won his semi of the Silver Chief and finished second in the final. He hasn’t run a place since and is better suited drawn near the rails.

Magic Diva (3) is an excellent beginner who has won six of her last seven starts, with her last two wins coming over the 450 metre distance at Ballarat. She is yet to be tried over this trip at The Meadows so her strength over the closing stages of a 525 metre race is unknown. She has no wins over a distance greater than 500 metres recorded against her name.

Zipping Willow (5) is a NSW chaser trained by Jason Mackay. She flew around Canberra in 30.12 to win the Group Three Canberra Cup in 2013 and she has also recorded a fast 29.52 out of several wins at Wentworth Park. It’s her first start at The Meadows.

Buckle Up Mason (4) contends with the tricky box four draw. His recent form isn’t great and his last win came back in October 2013.

Heat Three – 2014 Group One Australian Cup – Race 5 at 8:38pm

Three Rookie Rebel finalists line up in the third heat. Rookie Rebel winner Hawk Alone (3), Daintree Emperor (4) and General Destini (5) are all boxed next to each other.

General Destini (5) showed good pace to lead the Rookie Rebel field last week and the drop back in distance suits. He is one of the more consistent dogs going around so he can’t be written off.

Hawk Alone (3) was able to begin well enough last week to slot in behind General Destini for much of the race. He collared him down the home straight to secure a strong win. Connections believe he is better suited over the 525 metre distance. He will be one dog that will be storming home.

Daintree Emperor (4) had no luck in the final and has just three wins at The Meadows from 12 looks at the track.

Empire Allen (7) won an Australian Cup preliminary race in 30.11 last week and has three wins at The Meadows. He will need to improve on that time if he is to win this heat.

Hallelujah Henry (1), from the Darren Mcdonald kennel, will appreciate the rails draw and he has won three from five at the track. He ran fourth behind the track record breaking Hooksy at Ballarat last week. His best time at The Meadows is 29.95.

Jewel Bale (6) looks to be one of the leaders. She is a fairly consistent beginner with two wins at the track and a best of 29.89. She has also won five of her last eight career starts.

Crawf’s Bread (2) hasn’t won from box two and is a bit risky at box rise. He has won four at The Meadows with his last win at the track coming in November 2013.

The talented NSW youngster Boyce Road (8) has his first start at The Meadows on Saturday. He has nine wins from 14 starts but he may find trouble early trying to get across the field. If he is anywhere near the lead, he will show what he is capable of, as he is very strong.

Heat Four – 2014 Group One Australian Cup – Race 6 at 8:57pm

Paw Licking (7) features in this heat. He finished second in the Temlee after breaking the second sectional record during the race. He has brilliant early speed (evidence by a 4.94 first section split last week) and with that 525 metre run under his belt he should be better for the run. If he pinches a break, there’s no doubt he is capable of winning through to the final.

Dark Warrior (6) is also capable of beginning well. He has been freshened since his win at The Meadows on 8 February. In that win, he led all the way from box seven, running 5.06 to the first mark and recording a best of 29.98. He is drawn inside Paw Licking so will need to get out well and avoid being crossed.

Perth Cup finalist High Recall (8) will be looking to give his owners, the Weston’s, another Group race finalist. He has eight wins from 12 starts and this will be the black bitch’s first run at The Meadows. She is an excellent beginner and will need to do everything right to be able to cross Paw Licking in the early stages.

Musquin Bale (2) has returned to form with two wins from his last two starts. He won here last week in an Australian Cup preliminary race in 30.05, bringing up his third win at The Meadows. He is yet to win from box two but has showed good box manners at his last two outings.

Of the others, Rozehill Sanya (5) is in a super kennel (Jason Thompson) and has won five of her last six. She is capable of leading and has recorded 29.89 from two wins at the track. Gold Town (4) is a strong finisher but is likely to be squeezed out in the early stages. Bazza’s Gift (3) is a consistent good beginner but is yet to win at The Meadows after four attempts. Blue Giant (1) has the coveted rails alley but he is a slow beginner and will have trouble in this field.

Heat Five – 2014 Group One Australian Cup – Race 7 at 9:20pm

This heat is littered with Group race performers. It features Farmor Las Vegas (1), Buckle Up Wes (6), Zelemar Fever (7) and Banjo Boy (8). Out of all those, it is Farmor Las Vegas that is boxed to perfection. The black dog by Knocka Norris – Farmor Cee You has won six times wearing the red rug and he is coming off a fast win at Horsham on the 11th of February. He has also recorded a fast 29.71 at the track.

Zelemar Fever (7) won the Temlee in impressive strong running fashion last week from a more suitable box two draw. Her record from outside boxes isn’t as good as the inside but if she is anywhere near the lead, she is strong enough to win. She ran a personal best of 29.87 last week.

Banjo Boy (8) also prefers the inside draw, but he has won three from box eight. If he stays out of trouble, he is certainly fast enough once he musters to be up among the leaders around the turn. If he has that little bit of early luck he is certainly a chance.

Buckle Up Wes (6) performs best when he leads and it will be interesting to see how he handles his first look at The Meadows. He missed out on making the final of the recent Launceston Cup but still ran the best time over the Cup distance on Cup night. He was also a place-getter in the Paws of Thunder final at Wentworth Park, where he ran very fast early sections. He has been a model of consistency and is a definite each way chance.

Veyron Bale (2) and Peloton Bale (3) have not been beginning well of late and with a lot of early pace in the race, may struggle to tack on in those all important early stages. Veyron Bale can show early speed when he wants but isn’t consistent.

Jordan Allen (4) won an Australian Cup preliminary race last week in 30.09. He is a good beginner with a 5.09 sectional recorded last week. He has three wins at the track for a best of 30.09. National Time (5) has just one win at the track and has mixed form in the lead up. The awkward box draw doesn’t help although he did record his only win from box five at The Meadows back in January and went 5.05 to the first mark.

Heat Six – 2014 Group One Australian Cup – Race 8 at 9:40pm

Dyna Nalin (1) is the big name in this race. The inside draw suits him and he has won from box one at The Meadows in 29.89. He didn’t begin well last week from box six in the Temlee final, but the return to the better box may assist in that respect. He is also very consistent at The Meadows.

Humphrey Bale (2) has taken a liking to The Meadows, winning four from nine, including an Australian Cup preliminary race last week. He led all the way last week from box three in 29.98 and has won his last two at The Meadows.

Vapourash (6) was a recent finalist in the Healesville Cup and picked up his third win at The Meadows last week in an Australian Cup preliminary race. He had this box last week, leading all the way in 29.98. He is approaching the tail end of his career but has been racing in good stead.

Cornelius Fudge (3) is a risky beginner who has managed a win at The Meadows and Sandown in last two performances. He hasn’t got the best early speed, only going 5.27 to the post the first time at his last start at the track. From three wins at the track, he has recorded a best time of 29.91.

Rose of Galo (4) is a recent addition to Victorian racing after being sent down from Queensland to Jason Thompson’s kennel. She has had just the one run at The Meadows for a third placing. She led the race, running 5.04 for the first section, but was run down by Speed Series.

Te Amo (5) is having her first run at the track for Western Australian trainer Linda Britton. She is a slick beginner and will need to lead to be a chance.

Purcell Bale (7) has a good record from box seven, winning five times. He has two wins at The Meadows including one on 1 February where he led all the way in 30.03 and recording a 5.02 first section. She stays under notice.

Nockabout Aussie (8) looks likely to struggle in this field but has won at The Meadows in 29.83.

Heat Seven – 2014 Group One Australian Cup – Race 9 at 9:58pm

2013 Laurels winner Ritza Hattie (2) struts her stuff for the first time at The Meadows. The draw is good for her and will hopefully improve her recent run of bad box manners. She only ran unplaced for the first time in her career two starts back and given her ability, she looks a chance on paper.

Spud Regis (5) hasn’t raced since the 25th of January, when he ran last at The Meadows. At his best, he recorded 29.63 at the track back in March 2013. He does his best work when leading and hopefully for connections, the freshen up helps him get out in front from the middle alley.

Zipping Brock (3) is the recent winner of the National Derby at The Gardens. He is the most inexperienced chaser in the field, facing the starter on just 10 occasions. He has been to The Meadows before and won in a moderate 30.52.

Recent Gosford Cup winner Awesome Project (4) is a relatively new addition to Darren McDonald’s kennels. He is a last start winner at Cannington during the recent Perth Cup series where he recorded a strong 30.46. He has won six of his last eight and is sure to be well schooled at The Meadows.

Hailstorm Billy (1) has been doing much of his recent racing over the longer 600 metre trip and has just the one win at The Meadows over the 525 metre distance, and is yet to record a win from box one.

Tick Bale (6) and Shadow Lane (7) may struggle from their respective unsuitable draws. Tick Bale won an Australian Cup prelimiary race last week in 30.00 from box one. He is generally only fairly away and will need some luck early. Shadow Lane is yet to win from box seven and is unlikely to do so in an Australian Cup heat.

Innocent Til (8) stays under notice. There’s no doubting his ability as he was an invitee to the Temlee. He finished last in that race from box seven after striking trouble. He doesn’t mind box eight as he has recorded five wins in the pink rug. He should get a clearer run with two moderate beginners on his inside.

Heat Eight – 2014 Group One Australian Cup – Race 10 at 10:20pm

Perth Cup winner Keybow (8) headlines the final heat of the evening. He will be wearing the pink for the first time in his career and looks better suited to an inside draw (he has won all five starts from box two). He needs some room in the first couple of strides to muster pace and will be assisted by the moderate beginner on his immediate inside (Clone Your Own). He is very strong and will be prominent in the closing stages if he doesn’t suffer interference early on.

Warragul Cup runner-up Evie’s Entity (1) is another one that will be finishing strongly. She hasn’t raced much at The Meadows (three times in her 49 start career), but ran second behind Dark Warrior back on the 8th of February. She is also suited by the rails alley, so keep her safe.

Tomac Bale (6) finished seventh in the Temlee last week and is searching for his first win since November 2013. He is a fast dog when everything goes his way, as evidenced by his personal best of 29.67. He just needs a little bit of fortune and some confidence to return to his winning ways.

Deadly Boy (2) won three in a row at The Meadows back in December 2013 and is well mannered at box rise. He is yet to win from box two and was held up numerous times in his third placing behind Dark Warrior at the track last start. He has the advantage of a slower beginner on his inside and that could mean he gets the advantage of a favoured rails run.

Dyna Ishaan (3) won an Australian Cup preliminary race last week in 30.17. His form has been a little bit patchy and he will need to run up to his best to steal this heat.

Allen Deed (4) had an unfortunate fall in the Perth Cup final at his most recent start and it will be interesting to see how he bounces back from that. He is a talented chaser with four wins at The Meadows and a best of 29.85.

Speed Series (5) is a good beginner and he will need to lead to factor, while Clone Your Own (7) will have to contend with box seven, a box that is not ideal for a moderate beginner in this class.

Don’t forget to tune in and watch the best dogs in Australia contest the heats of one of the biggest races on the Australian greyhound racing calendar.

Time to Buckle Up – It’s Tassie’s Australian Cup Duo

Unlike the Melbourne Cup where runners need to travel over for a prelude before getting a start, the Australian Cup gives all interstate dogs a chance to be graded on their interstate efforts and line-up in one of the highest profile series on the calender.

For two states like South Australia and Tasmania, this is a big deal.

However, out of those two, it is the Apple Isle contenders that would be frothing at the mouth to have their dogs unleashed upon The Meadows next Saturday night, with both Buckle Up Wes and Buckle Up Mason being selected upon the 56 seeds granted a walk-up start into the heats.

OK, now before everyone emails in frantically, saying that Buckle Up Mason is a Victorian greyhound, it needs to be said that the dog is Tasmanian owned and Tasmanian bred by the well-known Robyn and Gary Johnson partnership. Despite the dam of the pair, Everlong Bale, doing most of its racing in South Australia, as long as they carry the ‘Buckle Up’ name, they will forever be part of the Tasmanian crusade.

Focussing on Buckle Up Mason firstly, his career has been carried out almost entirely in Victoria under the care of Graeme Bate. Like most of the Bate army, he is now being guarded by Peter and Jenny Hunt. His form has been a model of consistency through 2013 and into the new year, with several victories at Free For All level including a Melbourne Cup Prelude.

On the other hand, Buckle Up Wes has predominantly raced on home soil with Ted Medhurst putting on the finishing touches. His résumé looks a little more imposing, with wins in the Paws of Thunder and Launceston Cup heats, and took out the Launceston Cup Consolation last night just to prove he’s ready to go.

Apart from both runners racing best when on the bunny, and both chasers wanting the rail, both of them have also amassed $64,000 in prizemoney. Buckle Up Wes got to that total via 18 wins and 9 placings from 32 starts, at a strike rate of 52%, while Buckle Up Mason has done it more steadily scored on 13 occasions with 18 placings out of 50 tries, in other words a 26% winning rate.

They are no flashes in the pan for the Johnson team. The ‘Buckle Up’ moniker has been around for some time now, and it’s not unusual for them to find a bit of success on the highest stage. Buckle Up Tina had a great career for Robyn and Gary when it competed from 2006 to 2008, making three Group 1 finals in a 98 start career that yielded 32 wins along the way.

Then there is the host of runners that remain on home soil via the different litters, with the likes of Buckle Up Myke, Gaye, Kade, Brett and Grace all paying their way week in, week out.

But back onto the star duo, who are by far the standouts from the Collision x Everlong Bale litter. They will line up in heat two and five of the Australian Cup. Mason will have his work cut out from box three, with Peter Rocket and Marcus Joe drawn inside. Meanwhile, Wes has come up with box six, hoping to out-pace Farmor Las Vegas, Banjo Boy and Temlee winner, Zelemar Fever.

While on the topic, Dark Warrior who started his career in Tasmania is also nominated, and will be desperate to hold out Paw Licking around the first corner in the fourth heat.

As mentioned earlier, there was space in this article for the chances of the South Australian entrants in the Australian Cup. However with the injury to pin-up boy Ernie Bung Arrow, the croweaters will be sadly left with no representation.

While every state has their peaks and troughs, anytime an interstate chaser can conquer the Victorian stranglehold is always a popular result. For the sake of Tasmania, let’s hope the Johnson team can do just that.

2014 Group One Temlee Preview

The Group One Macro Meats Temlee is one of three big Group One races to be run at The Meadows on Saturday night. The invitational race features eight classy runners and is a very even field. The Temlee is Race 8 on the card and is scheduled to jump at 8:55pm.

The honour roll for this race features some big names including Paua to Burn, Slater, El Galo and High Earner. Trainers Kel Greenough and Jason Thompson, who both have runners in the 2014 Temlee field, have won this race before. In fact, Thompson has won this event three times and Greenough has won it twice.

A grand prize of $100,000 is up for grabs for the winner, with second place not missing out with $30,000 and third place winning $15,000.

Box 1
Race Odds
$3.20
Heat Replay
 
Paw Licking
Trainer
Kelvyn Greenough
Owner
Allan Lang
Prizemoney
$307,450.00
Last 10 Starts
2712112312
35 Months   White & Black   Dog   by   Elite State - Kingsbrae Di
Start Excellent Running Rail Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $6,405.00 Rating 97
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
48 28 9 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
58% 83%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 2 4 0
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 5 1

Comments: Kel Greenough (Trainer) - “It’ll be a bit hard to step him up to 525 metres on the circle in a week, after running 350 metres in a straight line. It’s a very hard step up in a week, I probably would have liked a bit more time but you’ve got to take the races when they are on, if you get selected, you have a crack. It’s not ideal, I’d probably have liked another two weeks to be honest, but I can’t change the calendar.”

Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.95 30.36 (09/11/13) 4.96 5.09
Box 2
Race Odds 
$4.80
Heat Replay
 
Zelemar Fever
Trainer
Linda Britton
Owner
G Weston & C Weston
Prizemoney
$128,080.00
Last 10 Starts
1411312115
36 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Bombastic Shiraz - Noaki Pace
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,417.00 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
53 23 6 5
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
43% 24%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
10 3 1 2
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 5 2 0
Comments:  Trainer unavailable for comment. ARG opinion is – Recent Perth Cup finalist who was badly boxed. Better boxed here in the two and can show some early speed. Hasn’t broken 30′ at The Meadows but isn’t without a chance.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.05 N/A (13/07/13) 5.08 5.21
Box 3
Race Odds
$7.00
Heat Replay
 
Tomac Bale
Trainer
Mark Delbridge
Owner
Paul Wheeler
Prizemoney
$180,455.00
Last 10 Starts
2415116826
34 Months   Red Fawn   Dog   by   Dyna Lachlan - Princess Bale
Start Risky Running Rail Strong Strong
Prizemoney Rating 5,639.00 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
32 15 4 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
43% 63%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
13 7 3 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 1 1 0
Comments: Mark Delbridge (Trainer) – “He’s boxed alright. He has been missing the kick a little. We found a couple of problems with him. Hopefully those problems have now been sorted out and he begins better then what he has been. I expect Paw Licking to lead and I am hoping we are close enough to try and run him down.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.67 30.43 (18/01/14) 4.97 5.17
Box 4
 Race Odds
$21.00
Heat Replay
 
Kiss Me Ketut
Trainer
David Burnett
Owner
David Burnett
Prizemoney
$189,275.00
Last 10 Starts
1171156353

30 Months

  Black   Dog   by   Bombastic Shiraz -

Spiral Siyan

Start Risky Running Wide Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $4,507.00 Rating 93
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
42 17 6 7
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
40% 71%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 2 3 1
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 2 1 0
Comments: David Burnett (Trainer) – “It will be tough from box four. He is going to have to jump and be up close early. I’d like to think he can get to the rails but he will need to lead or he will be in trouble.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.96 30.38 (21/12/13) 5.06 5.20
Box 5
Race Odds
$7.00
Heat Replay
 
Banjo Boy
Trainer
Ken Virtue
Owner
Andrew Varasdi
Prizemoney
$126,480.00
Last 10 Starts
3223311533
34 Months   White & Black   Dog   by   Vee Man Vane - Off Springer
Start Moderate Running Rail Finish

Strong

Prizemoney Rating $1,100.00 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
31 15 6 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
48% 84%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 2 2 0
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 2 0 0
Comments: Ken Virtue (Trainer) – “He is going to need a miracle. I think in his last few runs he has not been beginning as quick. In box five you have to close your eyes and hope for the best. It is an ordinary draw. Kiss Me Ketut begins like him and gets off a bit and some of the dogs on the outside begin a bit quicker then him. In saying that, I am pleased to be in the race. The dog is well.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.73 29.91 (05/10/13) 5.09 5.14
Box 6
Race Odds
$7.00
Heat Replay
 
Dyna Nalin
Trainer
Paul Stuart
Owner
Brendan Wheeler
Prizemoney
$531,945.00
Last 10 Starts
2322213531
35 Months   Black   Dog   by   Ashom Bale - Tally Bale
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $10,639.00 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
50 28 11 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
56% 86%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 3 1 0
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 5 1  0
Comments: Paul Stuart (Trainer) – “He is probably not well drawn. He is a bit too far off the track. There’s plenty of speed on the inside. He will need a lot of luck early and needs to be somewhere handy on the first turn. It will be hard to run any dogs down. He has had a good preparation for the race. I was wrapped with how he went on Saturday (at Cannington).”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.89 29.90 (26/10/13) 5.13 5.13
Box 7
Race Odds
$3.90
Heat Replay
 
Innocent Til
Trainer
Jason Thompson
Owner
Family Frenzy syndicate
Prizemoney
$108,945.00
Last 10 Starts
3114117611
30 Months   Black   Dog   by   Premier Fantasy - Proven Polly
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating

$2,793.00

Rating 96
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
39 23 6 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
59% 82%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 3 0 1
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 2 0 1
Comments: Trainer unavailable for comment. ARG opinion is –  A reliable beginner with a good record at the track and a decent record from box seven. More than capable.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.84 29.84 (25/01/14) 5.06 5.06
Box 8
Race Odds
$21.00
Heat Replay
 
Peter Rocket
Trainer
Keith Hellmuth
Owner
Lisa Hellmuth
Prizemoney
$299,895.00
Last 10 Starts
 6327242528
42 Months   Black   Dog   by   Where’s Pedro - Belron Blue
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $4,837.00 Rating 93
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
62 21 11 15
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
34% 76%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
15 5 3 6
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 2 1  3
Comments: Keith Hellmuth (Trainer) - “I think it will be hard. Hopefully he gets a clear run and gets around the turn. I prefer him boxed on the outside then in the middle. I scratched him last Thursday once I found out he was in this race. He’s been running flat out so I thought it would be good to freshen him up.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.95 30.13 (04/11/13) 5.07 5.20
1st Res
Race Odds
$8.00
Heart Replay
 
Punch One Out
Trainer
Jason Mackay
Owner
Grant Fennelly
Prizemoney
$153,749.00
Last 10 Starts

1132116422

36 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Knocka Norris - Little Egyptian
Start Risky Running Wide Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $3,203.00 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
48 22 12 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
46% 79%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 0 1
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments:  Handy bitch who performed well in the recent Paws of Thunder series at Wentworth Park. She hasn’t won at The Meadows on two visits to the track so she will need some luck if she gains a start.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.13 30.68 (26/10/13) 5.18 5.21
2nd Res
Race Odds
$11.00
Heat Replay
 
Marcus Joe
Trainer
Barry Moloney
Owner
Barry Moloney
Prizemoney
$111,940.00
Last 10 Starts

3128161846

37 Months   Brindle   Dog   by   Velocette - Mojo Glory
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $4,770.00 Rating 93
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
35 10 8 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
29% 63%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
10 4 3 0
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Group 1 Maturity winner at this track and has a flying personal best of 29.66. His recent form is a bit patchy so he may struggle against some of the others in the main field if he gets a go.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.66 30.58 (01/02/14) 4.96 5.13

It is terribly hard to pick a clear winner in this race. The obvious leader is Paw Licking (1), who has an exceptional record from box one. The biggest thing against Paw Licking is his preparation. As his trainer Kel Greenough has pointed out, Paw Licking is coming off a series at Healesville and he believes this isn’t the best preparation for a race conducted over 525 metres on the circle. The stronger dogs in the field will be looking to pounce if Paw Licking is found wanting in the closing stages.

Tomac Bale’s (3) recent form hasn’t been great, but he likes The Meadows and if he can get himself in a handy position early, he is an each way chance. If Zelemar Fever (2) can transfer her Cannington form across to The Meadows, she is in with a chance, but if she misses the start she may find it hard to put herself into the race. Kiss Me Ketut (4) and Banjo Boy (5) may bring each other undone. Kiss Me Ketut likes to shift wide and Banjo Boy likes the rail. They generally begin on terms so there may be trouble negotiating the turn.

Dyna Nalin (6) performed well at Cannington Saturday but he has to overcome an unfavourable box draw. He is very handy and has great field sense. He has not been unplaced at The Meadows and has been very consistent in the times and sectionals he has run at the track. Innocent Til (7) has the speed to overcome box seven and has good recent form at the track. He is in the market. Lastly, Peter Rocket (8) has been freshened for this race and it was needed based on his recent form. He will appreciate the break and has plenty of experience in group races, so he cannot be completely dismissed.

The Breeding Behind A Temlee Finalist

Temlee is one of Australian greyhound racing’s true immortals, the brindle dog by Tivoli Chief x Temora Lee (Mister Moss x Venetian Babe) is the namesake of the big Group 1 race, The Temlee, which will be run at The Meadows on Saturday night.

Aside from a stellar racing career, Temlee has also left an indelible mark on the Australian greyhound breeding scene, a legacy which is still very evident today.

Temlee was born on 1 March 1972 and had 37 starts for 25 wins and three placings. He earned his connections the grand sum (considering it was the 70’s) of $26,000. He was nicknamed the “King of Olympic Park” as he won 13 races there including the 1974 National Sprint, 1974 Maturity and also set the track record. He stood at stud for $300 in 1975 and this fee soon increased to $1,000, which was a record at the time. Naturally, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame and had a Group One race named in his honour.

The Temlee is an invitational only race so features, what experts consider, to be the best current sprinters in the land. So what does it take to become a Temlee finalist?

Given the impact Temlee has had on breeding, what better way to answer the question then to have a brief look at what secrets lie in the breeding of each of this year’s finalists.

The first starting point has to be Temlee himself. Remarkably he features in the direct sireline of six of the eight finalists. Dyna Nalin (Ashom Bale x Tally Bale) features no Temlee blood in his direct sireline but a dam in his direct damline is by Temlee. The only greyhound in the final eight to ‘miss out’ on the Temlee blood is Innocent Til (Premier Fantasy x Proven Polly).

Tomac Bale (Dyna Lachlan x Princess Bale) and Banjo Boy (Vee Man Vane x Off Springer) are lucky enough to feature Temlee on both sides of their breeding.

Digressing a little, it is also interesting to note that of the last 11 winners, only one does not feature Temlee in its breeding (Closing Argument).

Back to the current finalists, here’s a look at the bloodlines that have helped them become Group One Temlee finalists.

We all know a sire is important but the story is often better told when looking at the dam. It helps to have a mother that performed well. It also helps if they are bred in the proverbial purple.

Paw Licking’s mum is Kingsbrae Di. The tiny white and black Northfield bred bitch won 40 races and dominated the Country Cups in NSW, winning the Cups at Tamworth, Grafton, Taree and Gunnedah. She also won the 2007 Country Challenge and held the Tamworth track record. She was very zippy early and has no doubt passed this trait on to her track record breaking son. Paw Licking’s granddam, Pretty Jacalyn, was a multiple Wentworth Park winner and National Futurity finalist.

Noaki Pace, the dam of Zelemar Fever, won five races but its her breeding that stands her out as a dam. She is by Spiral Nikita x Leprechaun Pace. Leprechaun Pace (Brett Lee x Leprechaun Yap) won the Group One Paws of Thunder and was a finalist in numerous other Group races. Leprechaun Pace just happens to be sister of superstar Betty’s Angel and a half sister to stud dogs Bo Frazier and Talk’s Cheap as well as Glamorous (the mother of Magic Sprite). Noaki Pace herself is a sister to current stud dog and Group One winner, Oaks Road. Zelemar Fever is out of Bombastic Shiraz and her litter mates have been more than handy, with her brother Noaki Spitfire recently making the finals of a number of Group races in Victoria.

Tomac Bale has a track record holder as his mother. Princess Bale (Hallucinate x Gold Rush Bale) held the 515 metre track record at Bulli for a period of time. She was a very strong bitch who won over the staying trip at Wentworth Park and placed in Group races over both the 500′ and 700′. Princess Bale has also thrown Desalle Bale and the freakishly fast Maturity winner Barcia Bale. Gold Rush Bale has been a “gold mine” for the Wheeler’s, producing the likes of Dyna Tron, Dyna Bert, Greta Bale, Ashby Bale, Bartrim Bale and the list goes on.

The cleverly named Kiss Me Ketut is out of Spiral Siyan (Spiral Nikita x Flight and Life). Interestingly, both Spiral Siyan and Flight and Life were unraced. However, Flight and Life is a daughter of the great Flying Amy. We all know Flying Amy is the mother of one of Australia’s best sires, Just the Best. So, although unraced, the dam and granddam of Kiss Me Ketut lack nothing in the breeding department.

Off Springer (Flying Penske x Skullring) was bred by Leonard Jones and has been very handy in the breeding barn. Not only is she the mother of Banjo Boy, but she is also the mother of classy stayers Grandeur, Echelon and Sweet It Is. Banjo Boy’s granddam Skullring also features in the breeding of Classy Maldini and recent Warragul Cup winner Walk Hard.

Tally Bale whelped Dyna Nalin at a remarkable 10 1/2 years of age. She won 14 races around Sandown, The Meadows, Geelong and Horsham. Aside from Dyna Nalin, who is the apple of her eye, Tally Bale has produced Firefly Bale (Premier Fantasy) who finished second in the 2009 Group One Maturity Classic and Aleta Allen (Where’s Pedro) who won 23 races.

Proven Polly is a ‘proven dam’ with her son Innocent Til. Proven Polly won 14 races and featured in the final of the 2009 Group One Australian Cup. Proven Polly traces back to Proven Misty, who ran second in the 1992 Laurels at Sandown and was a handy broodbitch, throwing the likes of Proven Reward, a finalist in the Silver Chief and National Derby.

Lastly, we have Belron Blue, the matriarch of Peter Rocket. Belron Blue traces back, through the direct damline, to Jess Park. Jess Park is a great foundation dam that is found through generations of numerous Group race performers. These performers include not only Peter Rocket but stayer Ebony Park Lass and Lukeamy. Belron Blue is also the mother of Violet Crumble, a finalist in the Group One Sapphire Crown and the Group Two Traralgon Cup.

Clearly, having a mum with good breeding on her side helps. She doesn’t necessarily have to be well performed, but as you can see, it certainly helps. Throw in a dash of Temlee (for the majority) and you have yourself a Group One runner in the Temlee.

Paws Of Thunder Champion Iona Seven Suffers Nasty Fall

Group One Paws Of Thunder winner Iona Seven has suffered a heavy fall in the third heat of the Perth Cup.

The Robert Britton trained bitch was crossing to find the front from box seven, but was tightened by Liara Allen driving up on her inside and Saving Bundles applying pressure on her outside.

She didn’t follow the field into the pen and was being attended to.

We have been informed that the early prognosis is a cracked shoulder. The area is very swollen and they aren’t 100% yet what damage has been done.

Gatt Steals The Show At The Gardens

Thirlmere trainer Mark Gatt dominated proceedings at The Gardens yesterday afternoon, securing three of the four National Derby heats and qualifying two further runners for the National Derby and Futurity semi-finals to be conducted next Friday.

Black Road stepped out in heat one of the National Derby and began beautifully from box seven, leading all the way is a solid time of 29.79, recording sizzling early sections of 5.00 and 17.03.

Superstar prodigy Red Road has been firmly supported as the Derby series favourite and didn’t disappoint in heat three, jumping brilliantly from box eight and flying around the two-turn circuit in a near record 29.34. Even more pleasing for Gatt, was his performance after an under-done preparation.

“He went exceptionally well yesterday and was really short of a run. He’s only had a couple of small trials after being injured when he hit the running rail at Wentworth Park, so he can go better.”

After Red Road set the benchmark extremely high, no one expected it to be lowered. But then Gatt’s Paws of Thunder finalist Boyce Road dominated the final heat of the National Derby, edging out Red Road’s time by 0.01, clocking a sensational 29.33.

Exiting from box six, Boyce Road stunned race goers when he took out a heat of the Group One Paws of Thunder two weeks ago, clocking a speedy 29.69 over the 520m distance. Due to time constraints, Gatt didn’t have time to trial Boyce Road at Unibet Gardens and surprised his trainer with a magnificent performance.

“I was surprised how good he went yesterday. He jumped so well from box six and really showed good pace after that. I said to his owner Eddie (Kingswell), that the Paws of Thunder series would bring out the best in him and it has.”

With all three winners coming from the highly successful Collision and Mystic Pace litter, Gatt’s partnership with Oaks Road’s owner Edwin Kingswell have once again produced some exceptional prospects, set to dominate the states biggest races.

Waymore’s Blues took out National Derby heat number two for astute breeder Martin Hallinan, using box one to perfection and clocked a speedy 29.65.

Gatt’s Group winning bitch Ritza Hattie was installed as the $1.50 favourite for heat four of the National Futurity. However she had to settle for second best behind Charlie Gatt’s talented chaser Lani Banarni, who jumped superb from box one and led all the way in flying 29.40, making her the fastest qualifier for next week’s semi-finals. Despite finishing second, Gatt was very pleased with his charges performance and expects plenty of improvement next week.

“She didn’t jump that well yesterday and I was really happy she only finished a length and a bit behind the winner in that time. It seems to take her a couple of runs to really fire, so I’m expecting a lot of improvement next week and hopefully she can qualify for the final.”

Other heat winners of the National Futurity included; Unbelief for Troy Donaldson, clocking 29.65, Push It trained by Dean Swain ran 29.82 and Smashing Sally for Neil Falk recorded 29.87.

“I just hope I can get as many through to the final as I can. It would be a great thrill to have so many there and win. Some great dogs that have qualified for next week so mine really have to be on their game.”

If all goes according to Gatt’s plans, he could have four National Derby finalists and a National Futurity finalist, giving him a great chance of taking out both $75,000 to-the-winner finals on February 7th.


2014 National Futurity Heats


2014 National Derby Heats

Group One National Derby and Futurity Set To Light Up The Gardens

Group One action will hit The Gardens this Friday afternoon, with four heats of the Group One National Derby and Group One National Futurity to be conducted.

Greyhounds will arrive at the Birmingham Gardens circuit from all over Australia, in a bid to secure the sensational $75,000 first prize money on offer for each final winner.

Heat one of the National Futurity will kick off proceedings, with a few newcomers to the track, including last start winners; Bella Senora (2), who won the Australian Racing Greyhound Summer Cup last Thursday at Maitland over the 450m in a very quick 25.26, and Zipping Electra (7), for champion breeder Martin Hallinan, a winner over the 280m at Wentworth Park in 16.21. Cawbourne Cobra (3) has the fastest personal best at the track; recording 30.00 back in July of last year and can win this after some consistent performances at Wentworth Park.

Heat one of the National Derby sees another Hallinan runner in Zipping Snoopy (1) ideally drawn on the rails, having recorded two victories at Horsham (23.35, 410m) and Shepparton (25.85, 450m) in his preparation. Topper Harley (3) for Anthony Azzopardi comes into this race with solid Wentworth Park form and has genuine pace to lead this field. Black Road (7) put in an impressive performance during a stewards trial last week at Richmond for in-form trainer Mark Gatt, clocking a fast 30.64 and will be highly competitive in this affair.

Smashing Sally (2) will step out in heat two of the Futurity for trainer Neil Falk after two slick performances at Richmond over the past two weeks, clocking a personal best of 30.45. Dean Swain has another strong chance in this heat with Rue De Khan (4) having excellent form at the track with a personal best of 29.80. Recording three wins from four starts; this bitch is very strong in the latter stages and look for her at the finish. Cawbourne Rev (7) has been consistent of late, with a 29.66 personal best at Unibet Gardens and has enough early pace to get across from the wide draw.

Group One Brisbane Cup hero Kiss Me Ketut (7) will be looking to take out heat two of the National Derby for owner-trainer David Burnett, after some mixed form of late at Wentworth Park during the Paws of Thunder series. The winner of seventeen races can bounce back and has recorded blistering times all over the country. Evil Punk (2) ran a super race finishing second behind Gradence in the Paws of Thunder consolation last week at Wentworth Park and has good early pace to lead this field. Ritza Raider (6) is yet to be unplaced after ten starts and should run a cheeky race from an awkward draw, whilst Waymore’s Blues (1) has an excellent career record of five wins from nine starts and can’t be ignored from the favourable inside alley.

A newcomer to the Mark Gatt kennel, She’s Scandalous (1) gets a great chance to display her talent in heat three of the Futurity from the red rug at her first attempt around the two turn circuit. Unbelief (5) has flown around The Gardens at her past two attempts, recording 29.79 and 29.77, making her a genuine contender to take out this heat. In-form trainer Adam Wade has another talented chaser engaged in Peta Pitstop (6), impressive at Maitland last week over the 450m, clocking 25.30.

Superstar in the making Red Road (8) will exit from the wide alley in heat three of the National Derby for trainer Mark Gatt, and will only have to step cleanly to clock a blistering time. A winner six races from just eight starts, including a sizzling 30.22 at Richmond. Punters are already labelling him a series favourite. Zipping Brock (4) comes into this heat with some solid performances around the Victorian tracks for trainer Peter Dapiran, including a 29.73 personal best at Sandown. My Boy Snoop, for well-respected Hunter Valley trainer Brett May, has an ideal draw on the rails, with a sensational 29.56 time at the track. Recording a brilliant win two weeks ago at Wentworth Park in 29.92, expect a bold showing from this son of Where’s Pedro and National Futurity winner Daydream.

An amazing line up of bitches will compete in the final heat of the Futurity, with two-time Group winner Ritza Hattie (2) returning to the track she made her debut. She clocked a blistering 29.41 over the 515m journey back in July of last year. The unanimous series favourite; bred, owned and trained by Mark Gatt, has good early pace and will take some running down from a superb draw. Cawbourne Whip (3) enthralled enthusiasts during the St Ledger series at this track, recording a flying 29.46, and will provide a great battle with Ritza Hattie if she begins well. Larni Banarni (1) and Premier Mozz (5) have both won their past two starts in respectable times and can figure for the minors.

The final heat of the Derby will be an exciting race. Boyce Road (6) returns from a fourth placing in the Group One Paws of Thunder final in an easier field and will be highly competitive if he gets room early. He sizzled around Wentworth Park in his heat of the Paws, clocking 29.69, expect him to be storming home at the finish. Kelly Bravo and Take Charge (3) will make the trip up from Victoria. He has three consecutive wins under his belt and is a threat to take this out and book a semi-final spot. Tricky Pluto (7) has got plenty of ability and can figure in the finish. He ran second here last week and saluted at Wentworth Park the week prior in 29.99.

Heat one will kick off at 3.48pm EDST time on Friday afternoon, with the first four place getters moving through to next week’s semi-finals.

Iona Seven Is The 2014 Paws Of Thunder Champion

An emotional Peter Riley has handled Iona Seven (6) to a win in the Group 1 Sportingbet Paws of Thunder. The Robert Britton trained bitch began well, registering a blistering 5.32 to the first mark. She never looked back and recorded a two length win in a personal best 29.56.

After numerous scratchings, Punch One Out (7) secured a start as first reserve. She started the race as favourite but was not able to match it with Iona Seven early, nor get her down the home straight. She ended up in second. Buckle Up Wes (4) didn’t begin as well as last week, but still mustered enough speed to be up near the leader. He duelled with Punch One Out for much of the race and was beaten by one length for third.

This is Iona Seven’s first Group 1 victory and she is sure to have made connections very proud. She was bred by Francois Sidrak and is owned by Michelle Sidrak. Her breeding is Swift Fancy-Iona Habit (Fenceline-Dancing Habit).


2014 Paws Of Thunder Final

Paws Of Thunder Updated Box Draw

The scratchings of Double Twist, Allen Malik and National Time resulted in Punch One Out and Peter Rocket getting a start in tonight’s Group One Paws Of Thunder.

Punch One Out has moved into box seven and will have the chance to follow noted quick beginner Iona Seven into the race.

Evergreen chaser Peter Rocket moves into box five and will need a lot of early luck being drawn beneath Iona Seven.

The obvious winner at today’s draw is the Tasmanian visitor Buckle Up Wes, who now has a vacant box on his inside.

The updated box draw is show below.

Box One – Veyron Bale
Box Two – Manyana Groper
Box Three – Vacant
Box Four – Buckle Up Wes
Box Five – Peter Rocket
Box Six – Iona Seven
Box Seven – Punch One Out
Box Eight – Boyce Road

Punch One Out is the selection of our resident tipster Warren McDonald in what should be a fascinating race.

Speed Needed To Succeed In Warragul Cup Heats On Sunday

The Group 2 Lion Quality Products Warragul Cup heats will be run on Sunday evening with the first heat starting at 7:14pm. The race has attracted some big names including Black Magic Opal, Paw Licking, Banjo Boy and Farmor Las Vegas.

The heats will be run over the 460 metre distance and all eyes will be on the clock with the likes of Black Magic Opal and Paw Licking running around. The current track record for the 460 metre distance is 25.51 and is held by El Grand Senor.

Heat One (Race 5 at 7:14pm)

The two dogs drawn closest to the fence look to be the main dangers in this heat. Transcend Time (1) has won five of his last eight races. He hasn’t been to Warragul before under race conditions but he has performed well at Bulli, another big one turn track. He has had five wins from six starts out of box one. Drawn next to him is Whata Good Size (2) who has had one start at the track and distance for a win in 26.23. He has a good record from box two and is a reliable beginner. Silver Chief winner Ollie Bale (5) comes to Warragul off a last start eighth at Wentworth Park in the Paws of Thunder heats. He doesn’t generally begin well, so will need some luck from the draw. Black Foo (6) is only a young dog, but has had a great start to his career, winning seven from 13. He also has a perfect record at the track, recording three wins from three starts. His best time is 26.02. He can be risky at box rise and this is his first go at wearing the green rug. Ozzie Bullet (7) has been racing over middle distance events recently so it will be interesting to see how he goes stepping back to a sprint. He hasn’t factored too well from outside boxes in his 22 start career. Werynski (8) has a great record from the outside box and has won at the track in 25.96, but that was back in November 2012. Risk of Damage (4) and Sundae Smasher (3) have both won at the track but may struggle against the inside division.

Heat Two (Race 6 at 7:32pm)

Black Magic Opal (4) is the obvious standout in this field. He will need to be on his toes though and jump well as Check My Swagger (6) is drawn on his outside. Black Magic Opal missed the start at Wentworth Park in the Paws of Thunder heats and didn’t run a place. However, he is returning to a track where he has won in a blistering 25.59 and box five is vacant so he may just get an interference free run. If he leads or is near the leader, this race will be his. Check My Swagger is an excellent beginner with two wins at Warragul and a best of 25.82. He has won from box six so isn’t without a chance. Crump (7) is the interesting runner in the field. He has recorded 25.58 at Warragul, but he is hit and miss at box rise. At his best, he could challenge here. Empire Allen (8), Vapourash (3) Mepunga Armagh (2) and Tyra Giselle (1) make up the rest of the field. All, except Vapourash, have won at Warragul, but may find this a little tough.

Heat Three (Race 7 at 7:49pm)

This race will be an exhibition of early speed. Stagger (6) and Paw Licking (7) possess great early toe, so it will be a tight run into the turn if these two get away well. Stagger has won a ‘staggering’ 56 races and has won nine times at Warragul, with a personal best time of 25.59. He’s won five of his last seven as well. Paw Licking is the recent Hobart 1000 winner, where he defeated Black Magic Opal and broke the track record. He hasn’t started since that run so is fresh for this. He has won here in a flying 25.55. If Stagger and Paw Licking bring each other undone, Walk Hard (3) looks a good chance. He has won twice at Warragul including a fast 25.56. Mepunga Fearon (1) is having his first start at the track and may put in a forward showing. He can begin when he wants to and is drawn away from the speed outside, which might result in him getting a clear run. Prue Bale (2), Speed Series (4) and Majestic Lee (8) will need to improve on recent form in order to be in contention.

Heat Four (Race 8 at 8:07pm)

Cranbourne Cup winner Banjo Boy (7) has drawn an outside box in this heat. He has trialled very fast at the track and has won in 25.51. If he begins like he did in the Cranbourne Cup, he will be hard to beat. Farmor Las Vegas (8) placed in the Hobart 1000 and ran fourth last week in the Paws of Thunder heats. He hasn’t been beginning well of late and has a box he has never won from. The speedy Nic Nat Nui (6) has been racing in good form with three wins from his last four starts, including a speedy win at Sale over the 440 distance. It is his first start here. Evie’s Entity (4) last started at Warragul on the 7th of December 2013, and ran a flying 25.55 to win. She loves Warragul, having won four from six at the track and distance, and is definitely a chance. Izack Bale (2) and Whodat Knockin’ (3) are both having their first start at the track. Cee Ronaldo (1) has won at Warragul but will need luck to feature as he is slow early. Coolan Blue (5) has failed to record a win after three attempts at the track.

Heat Five (Race 9 at 8:28pm)

This is a tough heat with plenty of chances. Top Innings (4) comes to Warragul off a third placing in the Silver Chief. He is a reliable beginner with a 26.10 win to his credit. He should give a good account of himself here. Noaki Spitfire (5) has made a number of Group finals recently and he has the ability to begin and lead. Once in front he can be hard to get past, but he is yet to win at Warragul from three attempts. Spud Regis (2) has drawn well in box two and has been consistent of late and needs to lead to be a chance. Awesome Grunt (1) has won three from three at Warragul and is a last start Sandown winner in 29.23. He has recorded 26.02 at Warragul. Crawf’s Bread (3) is another dog that has been in consistent form. This is his first start at the track. Cointreau Cap (6) has just recently arrived in the kennels of Darren McDonald. Prior to this move, he had done all his racing in Tasmania. He has won 19 races from 41 starts and won three of his last five. Black and Cool (7) and Premier Event (8) are the outside runners, with Black and Cool winning twice at Warragul, while Premier Event is having his first start at the track.

Heat Six (Race 10 at 8:44pm)

Deadly Vane (8) is a recent Silver Chief finalist and a very speedy dog. He will need to utilise that speed from box eight. Dark Warrior (2) is very well boxed in box two and presents the main danger in the race. He has won at the track in 25.85 and should get some room to move early. Hailstorm Billy (5) gets back in his runs and runs home strongly. His success will depend on how much interference he suffers early and how quickly he can close the gap on the leaders. Dundee Toro (1) has won eight from 17 starts and has recorded a best of 26.24 from three starts at the track. He is a place chance. Dyna Beth (4) is very inconsistent at box rise but if she happens to lead, which she is capable of doing on occasion, her chances can’t be discounted. Musquin Bale (7) is returning from a long six month spell, while Superstar Magic (3) and Shaw is Cool (6) are facing a big rise in class.

The heat winners and the two fastest seconds will go through to next Friday’s final, which is worth $43,750.00

Behind The Looking Glass – Paws Of Thunder & Summer Distance Plate

Apart from looking at the facts, figures and numbers, it’s always interesting to have a closer look at a race from a different perspective and to listen to trainers and owners and what they say and feel about their dogs. With the Paws of Thunder and Summer Distance Plate final happening on Saturday night, here’s a bit of a look behind the scenes at what some of these dogs are about and what their plans are for the future.

Did you know that Boyce Road is related to the fabulous Oaks Road? He is owned by Edwin Kingswell and trained by Mark Gatt, the same successful combination behind Oaks Road. Boyce Road is by Mystic Pace (Spiral Nikita-Leprechaun Pace) and she is a sister to Oaks Road. Mystic Pace was based in Queensland and never raced. She was mated to Collision in 2010 which resulted in one pup that didn’t race. She (went to Collision again in February 2012 and this repeat mating has produced a number of pups owned by Kingswell and trained by Gatt. You may have seen the likes of Addison Road, Black Road and Red Road racing around the traps and winning plenty. Boyce Road is one of that litter and he has now made a Group 1 final and is fast following in the footsteps of his highly successful uncle Oaks Road.

Smart Valentino has had an interesting preparation for this series with a couple of 500’s contested prior to the heats. Unfortunately there were no staying events available for Smart Valentino, meaning trainer Mark Swift had to resort to racing over 500 metres at Bathurst and Richmond. The benefit is that it has him jumping better, but it highlights the problems for class stayers in NSW. “Everywhere I nominated there was no 700’s, so I thought if I dropped him back to a 500 it might sharpen him a bit, which has worked because he’s starting to jump a bit better. But he just doesn’t have the early speed when he hits the ground. It actually worked to his favour the 500’s. There’s nothing around”.

Set To Shine’s owner, George Tsohalis also raised a similar issue with the availability of staying events and if Set To Shine holds up, he is considering taking her down to Victoria to do some racing.

Smart Valentino’s next venture may also be in Victoria, depending on whether he gets an invite to the Zoom Top. “I’m waiting to see if he gets into the Zoom Top or not. I’ll find out halfway through the month they said. It’s best eight, invitation only. If he doesn’t get into it I’m going to give him a spell. He’s the National Champ and won the Newcastle Cup so I’m hoping he’s a chance of getting an invite.” Swift Valentino certainly has the credentials and has no doubt earned a spot in that field.

Then there’s the two group race campaigners in each final that are heading towards potential stud careers at the end of their respective racing careers. Destini Fireball and Peter Rocket are both approaching four years of age and are in the twilight of their careers and they both have impressive resumes. Destini Fireball has cracked half a million dollars in prize money and Peter Rocket has won nearly $300,000. They also both share the same father, the great Where’s Pedro.

Destini Fireball has won four Group 1 races and one Group 2 race. These include the Group 1 Sale Cup, Group 1 Zoom Top, Group 1 Stayer’s Cup, Group 1 Albion Park Gold Cup and the Group 2 AVM Distance Championship. A win in the Summer Distance Plate would round off his career well. This is what Rinaldi had to say about his charge, “every time he steps out it’s been in Group company. He’s had the young stayers to contend with coming along. He’s a trooper. This is probably his last campaign, so we’re sorta going all out to try and compete in those races. He’s won five group races, four Group 1’s and a Group 2 so he’s done pretty well. There’s been a lot of people asking when he’s going to stud so we’ll just finish his race career and then he’ll go to stud. He’s a good dog, always puts in his best effort.”

As for Peter Rocket, he has won the Group 1 Dapto Megastar, the Group 2 Horsham Cup, ran second in the Group 1 Topgun and was a finalist in the Group 1 Adelaide Cup, Group 1 Melbourne Cup and Group 3 Christmas Gift. Keith Hellmuth, the dog’s trainer, said “he’s been in a lot. It (winning the Paws of Thunder) would be good for his resume. He’s been a reserve in a couple of Group 1’s and Group 2’s and he’s also raced in a few. He’s been around. He’s an adaptable dog, he loves travelling, loves getting in the car and sleeping. He’ll go anywhere. He just tries his ass off. After the race, I’ll keep him going, if he’s still keen. I’d like to put him to stud but don’t know if he’ll get any bitches. He’s going as fast as he was when he was young, he just needs a bit of luck.”

Peter Rocket is also a tough dog and has shown his resilience after recovering from a serious thigh injury he suffered in the Adelaide Derby series. “When he went in the Adelaide Derby he tore his thigh over the sheath, in the triangle. I had to get it stitched back up and he had to have four or five months off and he’s come back perfect, it didn’t affect him at all. He’s never backed off once in his life, he just keeps going, he doesn’t care.”

It will be interesting to see what the future holds for the yet to be two year old Boyce Road. His career his just starting while the likes of Destini Fireball and Peter Rocket are winding up their careers. Keep an eye out for the Bold Trease field and let’s hope Smart Valentino gets a mention. And if you are a fan of Set To Shine, you might see her pop up in a field down in Victoria for a race in the near future.

2014 Group One Paws Of Thunder Preview

The Group 1 Sportingbet Paws of Thunder final jumps at 9:50 (Race 8) on Saturday night at Wentworth Park.

The final has been at the mercy of scratchings, with pre-post favourite Double Twist (3) out of contention, along with Allen Malik (5) and National Time (7). With a new rule change that was made effective in June 2013, reserves are no longer automatically allocated the box in order of scratchings. What occurs now is a ballot after the scratching deadline. Peter Rocket and Punch One Out’s connections will not know what draw they get until after 9:00am on Saturday.

Fastest heat winner Veyron Bale (1) has drawn the prime inside position for this race. If he repeats the efforts of last week he will prove hard to beat.

Box 1
 
 
Race Odds
$5.00
Veyron Bale
Trainer
Andrea Dailly
Owner
Paul Wheeler
Prizemoney
$81,905.00
Last 10 Starts
8612611741
34 Months   Black Dog   Dog   by   Meticulous - Blachura Bale
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,489.00 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
55 15 10 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
27% 55%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 4 0 1
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 1 2 0
Comments: Trainer unavailable for comment. ARG opinion is - He’s the fastest heat winner and has drawn the inside. He can be risky at box rise and will need to begin well. Was a strong performance last week so if he does lead, he will be hard to beat.
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.50  29.50 5.39  5.42
Box 2
 
 
Race Odds
$33.60
 Manyana Groper
Trainer
Sydney Swain
Owner
William Mulligan
Prizemoney
$15,035.00
Last 10 Starts
6161236141
32
Months
  White & Blue Brindle    Dog   by   Knocka Norris - Speedy Cadillac
Start Slow Running Railer Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $653.00 Rating  85
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
23 8 2 1
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
35% 48%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 3 0 0
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 2 0 0
Comments: Trainer unavailable for comment. ARG opinion is - Slow beginner who is rising sharply in class. Will need luck to feature.
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.91 29.91 5.50 5.50
 Box 3
 
 
Race Odds
$SCR
Double Twist – 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
Comments: Scratched
Best Wentworth Park  Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Box 4
 
 
Race Odds
$3.40
Buckle Up Wes
Trainer
Edward Medhurst
Owner
R Johnson & S Sutton
Prizemoney
$46,545.00
Last 10 Starts
7141241211

31 Months

  Black   Dog   by   Collision - Everlong Bale
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,662.00 Rating 97 
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
28 16 5 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
57% 82%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 3 0 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 3 1 0
Comments: Edward Medhurst (Trainer) – “I’d like to think if he begins really well, that’s his only hope of being competitive is to lead. He’s quite capable, but I think his chances rely on him being on the bunny, thus a fast beginning is essential, especially in that class of field.”
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.65 29.65 5.34 5.34
Box 5
 
 
Race Odds
$SCR
Allen Malik – 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 N/A 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 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Scratched
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Box 6
 
 
Race Odds
$3.80
Iona Seven
Trainer
Robert Britton
Owner
Michelle Sidrak
Prizemoney
$81,455.00
Last 10 Starts
5851812651
33 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Swift Fancy - Iona Habit
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,036.00 Rating 97 
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
40 14 11 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
35% 68%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 1 1 1
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 2 3 0
Comments: Robert Britton (Trainer) – “If she can jump like last week and get a clear run, she’s got to be in the race. I’m not overly thrilled with the box but she did it from out there last week and just hope she can run the same race.”
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.62 29.62 5.38 5.38
Box 7
 
 
Race Odds
$SCR
National Time – SCRATCHED
Trainer
N/A
Owner
N/A
Prizemoney
N/A
Last 10 Starts
N/A
N/A   N/A   N/A   by   N/A - N/A
Start N/A Running N/A Finish N/A
Prizemoney Rating N/A Rating N/A
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
N/A N/A
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Scratched
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Box 8
 
 
Race Odds
$10.90
Boyce Road
Trainer
Mark Gatt
Owner
Edwin Kingswell
Prizemoney
$18,750.00
Last 10 Starts
1311111311
23 Months   Black   Dog   by   Collision - Mystic Pace
Start Slow Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,875.00 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
10 8 0 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
80% 100%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 3 0 1
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Comments: Mark Gatt (Trainer) – “It’s not an ideal box in a Group 1 as you have to cross a field of seven good dogs. He’s a young dog and he will try hard.”
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.69 29.69 5.44 5.44
1st Res
 
 
Race Odds
$4.20
Punch One Out
Trainer
Jason Mackay
Owner
Grant Fennelly
Prizemoney
$128,749.00
Last 10 Starts
 1113211641
35 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Knocka Norris - Little Egyptian
Start Risky Running Wide Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,739.00 Rating 97
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
47 22 11 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
47% 79%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 5 2 0
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Trainer unavailable for comment. ARG opinion is – Current track record holder who has recently returned to racing. She will be better for the run last week and looms as a big threat.
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.27 29.72 5.34 5.37
2nd Res
 
 
Race Odds
$6.50
Peter Rocket
Trainer
Keith Hellmuth
Owner
Lisa Hellmuth
Prizemoney
$295,145.00
Last 10 Starts
2316327242

41
Months

  Black   Dog   by   Where’s Pedro - Belron Blue
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $5,002.00 Rating 94 
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
59 21 10 15
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
36% 78%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 1 2 0
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A  N/A
Comments: Keith Hellmuth (Trainer) – “If he jumps alright, which he normally jumps pretty good and as long as nothing smashes him and he can get to that corner, he’ll go alright. I think every dog has a chance. He just needs a bit of luck going into that turn. He will try like you wouldn’t believe.”
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.52 29.74 5.41 5.52

As always, a lot will depend on the start. There’s plenty of early speed in the field with Buckle Up Wes (4), Iona Seven (6) and current track record holder Punch One Out all going under the 5.40 mark to the post the first time last week. Boyce Road (8) is the youngster of the field. He isn’t even two years old yet, but has found himself in a Group 1 final after just 10 starts. He is capable of running time but will need luck from the outside draw. Veyron Bale’s performance was polished last week, he clocked 5.42 to the first mark, 17.83 down the back and ran home in 11.67. Double Twist’s run home was 11.52 but her earlier sections of 5.49 and 18.04 weren’t as good as Veyron Bale’s. The consistent Peter Rocket finds himself in another Group final and Manyana Groper (2) is in his first Group 1. Manyana Groper is likely to struggle in this field, as he doesn’t possess the early speed or overall best time at the track to compete with the dogs in this field. Whoever ends up winning the Paws Of Thunder will go home $100,000 richer.

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